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first_imgIt was as if all the drivers saved the best for last.A total of 148 turned up to entertain a bumper crowd with blistering action, superb execution and blinding speed at the final drag racing meet for 2015 at Vernamfield on Sunday.Executive member of the National Drag Racing Circuit (NDRC) Stephen Gunter says the turnout of drivers was testament to the level of confidence they are now showing in the drag racing product. He notes that there has been big year-on-year growth.”In 2014, we were seeing average fields of 122 for that series. This year, we saw average fields of 148, which happens to be the number that participated in the final challenge for the year,” Gunter said.He also pointed to the increased number of foreign entries. In 2014, there was a lone Caymanian representative in Michael Williams driving a Mitsubishi Evolution, who managed to win the Pro Racer 9 Second Challenge. This year, there were all of four representatives from Cayman piloting serious machines and laying down good times.Highlights of meet five included the record run of Xavia Murray – in his Honda Civic – who broke the NDRC Front Wheel Drive record three times. The new record is 10.048 seconds.The record run of Orville Williams in his Nissan Pulsar also excited the crowd. He set a new NDRC Four Wheel Drive record of 8.944 seconds down the quarter-mile track.Caymanian Jody Jervis was not to be outdone. He piloted his Nissan Skyline to set new NDRC Rear Wheel Drive 4, 6 and Rotary records twice. The new record is 8.903 seconds.Gunter says the larger fields also contain better prepped cars, as evidenced by the faster times and a resulting greater level of competition.”There is no denying that the drivers are better prepared; the times that they are recording are phenomenal,” Gunter said.Plans are already in place for the 2016 Drag Challenge. Gunter would not be drawn on the sponsorship line-up since ‘things are at a delicate stage”, he said. The NDRC executive was not shy in saying, however, that 2016 will be bigger and [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgDorrian Construction Limited are seeking a quantity surveyor to join their team.DescriptionThe role will involve: Working within & assisting the construction team to ensure a successful project is delivered, while maintaining relationships, maximizing commercial returns and manage risk.Key Responsibilities:* Support the Senior Quantity Surveyor functions, assisting with & taking responsibility for:Preparing tenders, analysing, selecting appropriate subcontractor’s, negotiation & finalise subcontractor orders, financial & commercial management of subcontractor’s to Final Account completion.* Site records & document control * Site measurement records* Assisting in the preparation of forecasts, targets & Cost Value reconciliationsValuations* Prepare variations with adequate records & details, agree as works progress* Update projected Final Account, prepare & submit in a timely manner* Maintain & protect DCL commercial & contractual entitlement * CVR – Be actively involved in & understand the process, maintain independent view* Cash management – Be aware & be actively involved to ensure good cash management* Tender preparation – Support as required* Manage & oversee tender process – Involvement with & take some responsibility for:– Simple Design & Build/Contractors Design Portion contracts– Claims & disputes– Understanding of contract law– Seek out new opportunitiesExperience & SkillsDemonstrate clear written and verbal communication skills.Ability to effectively utilise a range of technology platformsBe fully conversant with the use of the Standard Method of MeasurementDemonstrate ownership/commercial awarenessEffective time management, organisational, interpersonal and negotiation skillsQualifications/TrainingEducated to diploma or degree level and working toward the relevant professional accreditationCost Value ReconciliationsContract/commercial appreciationSend enquiries to mailto:[email protected] Vacancy: Leading Donegal construction company require Quantity Surveyor was last modified: April 23rd, 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:Dorrian ConstructionjobQuantity Surveyorvancancylast_img read more

first_imgThe Feb. 17 issue of Current Biology1 has a Q&A magazine feature on the genetic code.  After dismissing some myths about it being universal, consisting of only 20 amino acids and obligated to only three codons (there are some minor exceptions to these mostly-true principles: see 04/30/2003), the authors tackle the big question: where did it come from?I heard about a ‘frozen accident’�One of the first proposals, in 1968, for the origin of the code, was Francis Crick’s ‘frozen accident’ model.  But the discovery of alternative codes showed that the code is not frozen.  And similar codons are assigned to similar amino acids, indicating that the code is not an accident.So, how did the code evolve?There are several theories that try to explain the origin of the code.  Most can be classified in one of three major groups.Chemical: posits that direct chemical interactions between amino acids and their cognate codons/anticodons influenced codon assignment.  Studies of binding of RNA aptamers to amino acids showed that, for at least some amino acids – arginine, tyrosine and isoleucine – such chemical interactions do exist.  These theories fail to explain the assignment of codons that do not show direct interactions to their cognate amino acids.Historical: proposes that an initially smaller code grew by incorporation of new amino acids. For example, new amino acids may have captured codons from their metabolic precursors, contributing to the assignment of similar amino acids to similar codons.Selection: suggests that the code was selected to minimize the phenotypic effects of point mutations.  The code’s organization supports this: nonsynonymous substitutions often lead to replacement of an amino acid by one chemically similar, causing little disruption in the protein.Accumulating evidence for these models suggests that they are not mutually exclusive.  Rather, the code probably evolved by an interplay among some or all of them.  Direct interactions of short RNA molecules and amino acids may have fixed the assignment of certain codons, while subsequent assignments may have been driven by history and selection.(Emphasis in original.)1Andre R.O. Cavalcanti and Laura F. Landweber, “Magazine: Genetic Code,” Current Biology Vol 14, R147, 17 February 2004.They just violated Occam’s razor.  They also violated the rule that three wrongs don’t make a right. The “Chemical” theory is the old biological predestination idea that Dean Kenyon abandoned.  If RNA happens to bind to three amino acids better than the 17 others, that does not explain how they subsequently linked via peptide bonds to form a polypeptide with any catalytic activity.  Amino acids do not have the ability to link up by themselves.  Getting just one element of the complex protein machinery that can translate DNA and construct a protein is astronomically improbable, to put it mildly (see our online book).The “Historical” theory is hysterical, because it personifies amino acids.  One cannot ascribe purposeful processes to chemicals.  No cheating with natural selection, either; it cannot even begin to a player unless an accurate system of self-replication is already working.The “Selection” Theory also personifies the chemicals: the code was selected to minimize … point mutations”  Enough of this passive-voice nonsense.  Who selected it, and why would he/she/it want to, if not to optimize the system?  The sentence makes perfect sense in intelligent design theory, but is bizarre otherwise.  No cheating with natural selection here, either.    The authors committed one more foul: card stacking.  All their theories assume naturalistic evolution.  They left out the only theory that explains the observations without violating Occam’s razor: intelligent design. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img13 December 2011 The outcome of the Durban climate summit is a historic achievement that will go a long way towards furthering the global climate agenda, says the head of the South Africa’s COP 17 delegation, Edna Molewa. Speaking a few days after Sunday’s conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, Molewa – South Africa’s minister of water and environmental affairs – described the final outcome as “precedent setting,” adding that it ranked with the 1997 conference at which the Kyoto Protocol was adopted. A comprehensive package agreement, the “Durban Platform”, was finally reached in the dying hours of the conference on Sunday morning. Molewa said the agreement “sets a new long-term pathway for the development of a fair, ambitious and legally binding future multi-lateral and rules-based global climate change system, which can balance climate and development imperatives.” The agreement also ensures the fair participation of all countries in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions now and in the future.‘New willingness to negotiate’ The Durban climate summit was characterised by a new willingness by parties to move beyond entrenched negotiating positions. COP 17 also ensured the survival of the Kyoto Protocol through the decision to adopt the second commitment period, capturing legally binding commitments of the developed countries beyond the first commitment period expiration in 2012. “Under the convention, we anchored emission reduction targets for developed countries that are not willing to be part of the Kyoto second commitment period, as well as emission mitigation actions of developing countries, and were able to elaborate the transparency and accountability framework for both developed and developing countries,” Molewa said. “Crucially, we have been able to preserve the multilateral rules-based system underpinning the mitigation regime by agreeing on a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, through an agreement to amend the Protocol, setting up a five-year second commitment period from 2013 to 2018.” It was noted that the US had not joined the Kyoto Protocol, and not all developed countries were prepared to place their commitments under the Protocol.Transparency of mitigation efforts To address this gap, a process to increase transparency of mitigation efforts was established. “In the case of developed countries, we will review and assess their economy-wide emission reduction targets and commitments. In the case of developing countries, we will increase the transparency of their nationally appropriate mitigation actions.” With regards to finance, Molewa noted that there was an agreement on the detailed design of the Green Climate Fund. Africa’s priority of adapting to the impacts of climate change was also firmly placed on the global agenda. The Durban agreement put into operation a number of international mechanisms to enable and support mitigation and adaption efforts of developing countries, particularly efforts needed in the least developed, African and small island countries.Common vision for global cooperation Looking to the future, Molewa said COP 17 reaffirmed a common vision for global cooperation on climate change to hold the increase in the global average temperature below two degrees or 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Molewa said forcing countries to do more than they were willing or able to was a recipe for failure, adding that the solution was to build a system that gradually transitioned to a low-carbon future and simultaneously created jobs, reduced poverty and improved quality of life. “Therefore, under the Convention, agreement was reached on the Durban Platform, which initiates negotiations next year, leading to a legal instrument, protocol or agreed outcome with legal force applicable to all countries that will be adopted by 2015 and be fully operational no later than 2020.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgMathiba Molefe Children are set to parade the streets of Yeoville in celebration of Africa’s legacy at the Gauteng Children’s Carnival.(Image: Play Your Part)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mpolokeng M. MoloiPublic Relations OfficerGauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation+27 11 355 2623+27 83 554 1974RELATED ARTICLES• Educated children help the nation grow• Nurturing the children• Putting children’s rights first• Teaching children to love themselvesThe start of spring after a long, cold winter will be marked with a celebratory carnival, which will also reference the vibrant history and culture of South Africa. Schoolchildren from across the province will participate in the third annual Gauteng Children’s Carnival through Yeoville on Saturday, 7 September.In all, 90 schools are participating. The carnival will be centred at Yeoville Boys Primary School, but the children will put their creative skills on show in a parade through the suburb’s streets in costumes of their own making. The Children’s Carnival is part of the build-up to the Road to Gauteng Carnival, scheduled for December. It will expose not only South African arts and various cultures, but those from around the continent. In this way, it will help to end xenophobia by exposing the youth to other people.It aims to enforce the feeling that Africa is one community, and to help African nationals hailing from all corners of the continent integrate into local spaces. It will also spread unity among the diverse groups of young people.Yeoville was previously known for its energy and artistry, all of which will be brought back to life by the children and their colourful, extravagant costumes. The theme is “Celebrating Africa’s Legacy”. Given that Yeoville has such a large African community, the carnival organisers identified it as the perfect venue to make as big an impact as possible.Organisers hope it will help to strengthen social cohesion and return the suburb to its former splendour. Another aim is to highlight the importance of education and to use this day of fun and games to encourage participating children to pursue their dreams of one day becoming world-class professionals in the fields of their choice.Festivities will begin at 10am and end at 4pm, starting with a 2.3km walk, the route of which will be painted in bright colours. Among those who will attend are Trevor Fowler, the Joburg city manager, and Boy Ngobeni, the head of the Gauteng department of education, as well as representatives from SA Breweries, which is working alongside the National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Trade and Industry on the You Decide campaign.You Decide is aimed at educating the youth and building awareness about the dangers of alcohol consumption and abuse at a young age.About the carnival, Lebogang Maile, the MEC of sport, arts, culture and recreation, says: “The Gauteng Children’s Carnival is more than fun and more than showcasing talent; it is also a means to urge youth’s interest in education using the arts. It is about telling the youth to remain in school while pursuing their talent or ambition, especially within the entertainment industry. It is also about celebrating Africa’s heritage and creativity. The learners don’t only participate on the day but get involved in the creation of the costumes, music and dance.”The interest from local leaders such as the area’s ward councillor, Sihlwele Myeki, has led to an additional number of children from Yeoville and surrounding areas being allowed to join in on the action this weekend. Music will be provided on the parade by DJs performing on flatbed trucks. They are the finalists of the 2012 Gauteng Carnival DJ programme, held to unearth musical talent.Children will also be involved in the hip-hop programme at Yeoville Boys Primary School, in which they will compete in activities such as such as emceeing, poetry, graffiti and dance. It will take place after the parade, and marks the end of the Dance to your Rhythm project aimed at high school pupils who have a passion for all things hip-hop.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Features#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 5. Google Chrome OS? We can’t help but put Google Chrome OS on this list. Although the OS isn’t actually a product yet, only an announcement, we’re incredibly excited to see what Google comes up with for their first real launch into the OS market (Android notwithstanding). All we really know about this Linux distro is that Google aims to build a real “cloud OS” where web applications run in the company’s Chrome web browser. We also know that their goals include a fast boot time to get you on the web quickly and an OS which is safe from malware and viruses. But whatwe don’t know about Chrome OS could fill a room. According to Google, this OS will make its debut in the second half of 2010. We’re not sure if we can stand the wait. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 4. Ubuntu Netbook RemixThe Ubuntu Netbook Remix is a netbook-friendly version of one of the most popular Linux distros, Ubuntu. This OS features a customizable Ubuntu Mobile Edition (UME) Launcher which basically serves to replace the desktop for easy access to applications and system settings. Categories on the left display related icons when clicked and a “Favorites” category lets you store your most frequently used applications for quick launching. Remix also offers a unique window switcher which lets you move between programs similar to how you switch between tabs in your web browser. This version of Linux is available for download now from here. center_img Late last year, we boldly proclaimed that your next computer might be a Linux PC. Thanks to the ever-growing market for the low-end machines dubbed “netbooks,” this seemed like a real possibility at the time. But then, MSI’s U.S. sales director Andy Tung had to come along and burst our bubble saying that the Linux machines were seeing a higher return rate than their Windows counterparts. For a while, that seemed it would be the end of hope for this next big “Linux for consumers” push. Or it was at least until this month, when Todd Finch, Dell senior product marketing manager, made a very different claim. He noted that return rates for Linux machines were about the same as those for Windows. Is this a second chance for the Linux netbook? Perhaps.  All that being said, you don’t have to buy a netbook with Linux pre-installed to enjoy what this “alternative” OS has to offer. There are several versions out there which you can try today, no purchase required. And there are even more soon-to-launch distros which really get us excited. 1. JolicloudThe netbook OS getting the most buzz today is one that doesn’t scream “I’m a Linux distro!” Instead, Jolicloud’s internet OS provides easy access to all your favorite applications whether those are online apps like Gmail and Facebook or desktop apps like Skype and Boxee. A bar at the top tracks all the applications you’re currently running for easy switching between them. However, the most unique element to this netbook OS is the social component which lets you “subscribe” to other Jolicloud users so you can see what applications they’ve installed and vice versa. Jolicloud is still in private alpha, but those who signed up to try it are starting to receive their invites now. You can request one too from the Jolicloud home page. 2. gOS’s Cloud 1.0Most people remember gOS as the distro that tried and failed to make it big by way of a deal with Walmart. The company was the pre-installed OS for the low-end Everex machines sold at the American superstore. But that failure shouldn’t count gOS out of the running just yet. For one thing, the Everex machines were boring, cheap desktop computers sold without monitors. Plus, the Walmart shoppers…well…let’s just say they probably didn’t know what they were getting into. While the original gOS is still available for download today, we’re more intrigued by the company’s upcoming Cloud 1.0, an OS optimized for notebooks. This new version boots straight to a web browser (one that looks just like Google Chrome, in fact). Cloud is supposed to go into private beta this year. You can sign up here to be one of the first to try it. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 3. Moblin 2.0Moblin 2.0 is a netbook OS which is publicly available right now. Designed for Intel Atom-based netbooks, this Linux distro focuses on aggregating your social networking activity and media content. A dynamic start page called the “Myzone” is the centralized area where you can get instant access to files, tasks, your calendar, updates from your social networks, and more. Unfortunately though, when it comes to social networks, only Twitter and Last.fm are supported at this time. If you’re not sure if Moblin is right for you, there’s a “test drive” available as a downloadable live image. Once you’re ready to install it for good, you can grab the full download. sarah perezlast_img read more

first_imgBy Sarah PittmanIt has always been known that there is typically an increase in calories during the holidays, whether it is Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. People like to celebrate with food and higher caloric drinks on special occasions. Which brings me to my next question: what are some healthy tips to fight the extra calories?Some research has been done on strategies to take charge of your plate at family holiday meals.  Harvard Medical School came out with some tips for holiday eating:Budget wiselyTake 10 before taking secondsDistance helps the heart stay healthyDon’t go out on an empty tankDrink to your healthAvoid alcohol on an empty stomachPut on your dancing (or walking) shoesMake room for veggiesBe buffet savvyDon’t shop hungryThe overall message from combined research articles revealed overall similarities, which include:Do not show up at a holiday party on an empty stomachGive your stomach time to assess if you are full Limit your alcohol intakeTake time in between getting seconds or thirdsAll in all, enjoy your holiday festivities while maintaining a healthy lifestyle!This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgChennai, Dec 31 (PTI) In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena. “I am joining politics and it is for sure,” said the actor clad in a spotless white kurta and sporting a grey beard, amid thunderous applause from fans. Batting for honesty in politics and good governance, he said, “everything needs to be changed” and declared that “spiritual politics” needs to be ushered in, sans shades of any caste or religion with transparency. “This is my motto and desire,” he said and appealed to people to support him in his venture adding it was not possible to do it alone. During the era of kings, they plundered the countries of their enemies. However, in democracy, parties were plundering their own people and such a “system” needs to be changed democratically.Dramatically, he asked for “volunteers,” not cadres to see to it that those who prevent amenities and rights reaching the people are thwarted. Asserting that he will not tolerate nepotism or under the table dealings, he said, “I want volunteers who will keep vigil and who will not go to any officials, ministers or MPs, or MLAs for selfish needs.”Such volunteers should question whoever commit mistakes, Rajinikanth said adding he needed only such people for his party.advertisement”I am only a representative of the people to monitor such vigilantes.” He said such a force of selfless volunteers who will act as not cadres but as vigilantes was needed and it should be built. The actor said the first task would be streamlining the existing registered and unregistered fan clubs across the State. He appealed to his fans to bring all sections of people into the club so that it could transform into a party and “till then there is no need to indulge in political talk which includes me.” “Politics and democracy have gone pretty bad,” he said and added the some political incidents in the past one year in Tamil Nadu has made every Tamilian hang his head in shame and people of all other States were “laughing at us.” The actors remark is seen as a reference to the bitter infighting in the ruling AIADMK, allegations of rampant corruption, perceived political instability, and also the tax raids held at premises in the State including those linked to the ruling establishment, notably a Minister and his associates. The RK Nagar Assembly bypoll in April was also cancelled following allegations of money distribution. “If I do not take this decision now, the feeling of not having any effort to do good through democratic means to the Tamil people who gave me life will haunt me till my death,” Rajinikanth said. Stressing that he knew that launching a party, capturing power and governing was not an “ordinary thing,” he said it was akin to extracting pearl from sea.”This was possible only with the blessings of the God and full support of people,” he said and expressed confidence that he will get both of it. Quoting a shloka from Bhagawad Gita, which stresses the importance of doing ones duty and leaving the result to the Lord, he said “this is the compulsion of time.” “Engage in war, if you win you will rule the nation, if you die you will go to heaven. If you go without waging war, they will call you a coward,” he said quoting the scripture amid thunderous applause. Months after his long-time friend and fellow actor Kamal Haasan gave a clear indication of his political entry, Rajinikanth said he will launch a political party, which will contest all the 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Addressing his fans here on the valedictory of a six day long photo-session meet, he said contesting the local body polls was not possible in view of the short time. Entering politics was not for name or fame, he said and wondered if he would hanker for power now at the age of 68, when he did not have it at the age of 45 when he voiced his first political message against late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. “If hankering for power comes to me now am I not a fool?” he said and added it will also not suit his stature of a spiritually-oriented person.advertisementIn 1996, the actor had voiced his opposition against Jayalalithaa. He said the party will be launched ahead of the Assembly elections at an appropriate time. The policies of the party will be taken to the people at that time clearly outlining the policies what could be delivered and what not, he added.He said truthfulness, hard work and growth will be the slogan of his party. “Do good, speak and only good will happen,” will be a guiding slogan, he said. Praising his fans for their “discipline” he said anything could be achieved with it. Asking if there has been too much of a waiting game, and speculation on if he will enter politics or not, he said with a laughter that he was not afraid of joining politics. “I am not afraid of coming to politics, I am only afraid of the media, I am still a child, how I will feel,” he said.In a tweet in Tamil, Kamal Haasan welcomed his fellow actors political entry. PTI VGN SS DVlast_img read more