177 SCHOOLS ACROSS DONEGAL GET GRANTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS

first_imgA total of 177 primary schools in Donegal are to receive a grant before the end of November to enable them to undertake small-scale repairs, under the Minor Works Scheme.Senator Jimmy HarteSenator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the announcement.He also confirmed that the Summer Works scheme has been re-opened to local primary and secondary schools for the first time since 2011 describing it as “great news.” “News that the Summer Works scheme has been reinstated for the first time in three years was confirmed by my colleague, the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, on Thursday.“Funding from the scheme will allow local schools to carry out works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings. This includes small and medium scale building works such as gas, electrical and mechanical works, roof and window upgrades, or structural improvements. It also minimises the disruption to students, this scheme applies to work undertaken during non-school time.“It will also create direct and indirect local construction jobs.”It is up to all local primary and secondary schools to identify the most urgently required projects to be funded from the Summer Works Scheme, and to apply accordingly. Meanwhile, the Minor Works grant will be paid to every primary school in (insert county) by the end of the month. It provides them with a small amount of funding to carry out small capital or improvement works to the school.Each school will receive a payment of €5,500 per school, and a further €18.50 per mainstream pupil, or €74 per pupil with special needs.“I am especially pleased that these two schemes have been announced this week. Despite the funding constraints on the Minister’s capital budget, Minister Quinn continues to improve educational infrastructure in local communities,” added Senator Harte.177 SCHOOLS ACROSS DONEGAL GET GRANTS FOR IMPROVEMENTS was last modified: November 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalimprovementsschoolsSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

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Ratto: Sharks’ Thornton line turns Game 1 against Avalanche

first_imgThe San Jose Sharks had less rest and more momentum than the Colorado Avalanche when this Western Conference semifinal series began, so they did what any team in their predicament would do.San Jose surrendered momentum in the first period and figured how to get its rest in the second and third, all in one night. Seems perfectly reasonable when you think about it … as long as you don’t think about it too long.The Teal Apology won Game One, 5-2, despite surrendering early operational control to …last_img read more

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More Examples of Exceptional Preservation in Fossil Reptiles

first_imgHow could structures this delicate survive the ravages of tens or hundreds of millions of years?Tired BloodA video posted by Reuters shows the “‘oldest in world’ fossilized blood vessels.” Found by Polish scientists, this fossil reptile appears to have original traces of proteins—including the amino acids of collagen—in rock said to be 240 million years old. It clearly shows traces of blood vessels and their “molecular remnants” in bones found during an excavation. “Researchers were soon able to show that there was organic matter from prehistoric animals present in the bone,” including “fragments of amino acids that are typical components of collagen.” This was apparently “among other proteins” detected. This new claim is much older in the evolutionary time scale than the previous record, which they cite as 80 million years. “The latest discovery goes back 3 times further,” the video concludes.Snake BlingImpressions of chromatophores in fossil snake skin have allowed paleontologists to infer the color of a snake found fossilized in Spain. The particular chromatophores have the shape of carotenoids that would have endowed the snake, said to be 10 million years old, with a pale green color. “The findings suggest that the animal had a pale belly and a green back and sides, with brown–black and yellow–green blotches — possibly a form of camouflage,” Nature News says. The chromatophores are apparently mineralized, not original tissue. Still, the preservation is so exceptional, the researchers say in their paper in Current Biology that they cannot rule out some original material present:Certain pigments, including melanins, pteridines, and carotenoids, are known to have an affinity for metal cations. Elevated levels of sulfur in the dermal chromatophores and collagen fibers may reflect the presence of sulfur-bearing moieties in the original tissue structures or the incorporation of sulfur (in the form of sulfate) into the replacement phosphate during mineralization. There is no evidence, however, for partitioning of trace elements among the various chromatophores in the fossil snake skin (Figure 3). This may reflect concentrations below detection limits (<100 ppm) or overprinting of the original trace element chemistry during the mineralization process. The fossil chromatophores are therefore interpreted on the basis of their size, geometry, and, in some examples, internal structure compared with those in extant reptiles.Before this, colors were inferred from the presence of melanosomes that contain the dark pigment melanin. This was the first time that chromatophores containing carotenoids have been detected in a fossil. The search should accelerate for more, the scientists say:Our discovery confirms that direct evidence for diverse coloration mechanisms can be preserved in fossils via an alternative taphonomic pathway, namely replication of tissues in authigenic minerals, and that the high fidelity of preservation allows original coloration to be reconstructed. The various factors that control phosphatization of soft tissues are known, and fossil examples of phosphatized skin are not uncommon; importantly, they have been reported from various taxa and fossil localities, suggesting that our discovery has broad applications in the fossil record. Our discovery should prompt a search for other examples and is likely to be the first example of a recurrent phenomenon. Integuments replicated in calcium phosphate are obvious targets for further attempts to reconstruct color patterns derived from melanin and, critically, other pigments and structural coloration mechanisms across diverse vertebrate groups.The discovery raises a question. After decades and centuries of looking at fossils, why was this not found before now? Were paleontologists not looking?Modern MythologyIronically, Current Biology simultaneously published a book review written by Rick Shine, lamenting the fact that most human beings only know about reptiles and amphibians through mythology. The book by Marty Crump recounts various myths about these animals. Science is so much better, Shine thinks, as he lobs some sarcastic aspersions at those he considers anti-science:Most human beings in the world ‘know’ about reptiles and amphibians through myth, not science. Even in developed countries, the general public is woefully ignorant of reptiles and amphibians (and of evolution, and ecology, and physics, and chemistry, and…). Indeed, many of Crump’s fables come from Louisiana or Essex, not Islamabad or Palembang. Of the teeming millions of humans on the planet, few have access to a scientific education. And even of those that do, folk beliefs often trump schoolbooks as a source of trusted information (and I use the word ‘trump’ advisedly).How ironic it would be, indeed, if future scientists look back on the Darwinian explanation for reptiles, and the long ages of their emergence by unguided processes, as a regrettable myth.He who laughs last laughs best. If you think that complex specified information in reptile and amphibian genes and body types show evidence of intelligent causes instead of “stuff happens,” you should be having some roaring guffaws right now.(Visited 113 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Kruger captures first European Tour title

first_imgSub-70 roundOnly eight players, however, Kruger included, managed sub-70 scores over the last 18 holes as the South African put together a round that included four birdies and the lone dropped shot on the 17th hole. “I felt that victory was inevitable when I got to the 14th hole. I knew that I had a good chance as I had a comfortable three-shot cushion then.” It was his ability to avoid drops that played a big role in his victory. He dropped only three shots all tournament, but more than made up for that with three eagles, including two in the third round. Kruger’s previous best result in a European Tour event was a third place finish in the 2010 Africa Open at the East London Golf Club. Lower down the leaderboard, South Africa’s Richard Sterne tied for 23rd on four-under-par 284 after a steady tournament, with rounds of 71, 70, 71, and 72. Jbe Kruger lifted his maiden European Tour title when he clinched the Avantha Masters in New Delhi, India on Sunday. It was the sixth win by a South African in the past 10 European Tour tournaments. Kruger carried a one-shot lead into the final round, on 11-under-par 205 after an excellent six-under 66 in the third round. Jbe Kruger (-14) 70, 69, 66, 69, 274 Jorge Campillo (-12) 72, 71, 66, 67, 276Marcel Siem (-12) 69, 69, 68, 70, 276Marcus Fraser (-11) 69, 69, 69, 70, 277Jose Manual Lara (-11) 74, 69, 64, 70, 277Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (-10), 68, 69, 69, 72, 278Tano Goya (-10) 74, 70, 64, 70, 278Prom Meesawat (-10) 72, 64, 71, 71, 278Thorbjorn Olesen (-10) 71, 67, 70, 70, 278 20 February 2012 LEADERBOARDcenter_img ‘A big relief’“It’s a big relief now that I’ve won,” he said, “but I think I needed all those second-placed finishes to be able to appreciate it. There was no pressure even when I made my only bogey of the day on the 17th. Race to DubaiThe €300 000 winner’s cheque (approximately R3.06-million) lifted Kruger to fourth place in the Race to Dubai standings, behind fellow South African Branden Grace, who won the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions in successive weeks earlier in the season, Robert Rock, and Paul Lawrie. “I’m very relieved to win for the first time,” said Kruger, adding that what he had learned from his victory was, “if you want to win, you need to make putts on the final day.” It was tight just behind him, with Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Marcel Siem on 206, followed by Marcus Fraser, Jose Manuel Lara, Paul McGinley, Prom Meesawat, andrea Pavan, and Marc Warren all on 207, only two shots off the pace. Spain’s Jorge Campillo and Marcel Siem of Germany tied for second, two shots behind Kruger on 276, while Australia’s Marcus Fraser shared fourth with Jose Manual Lara of Spain on 277. Incredibly, Kruger has yet to taste victory in South Africa. He has twice won on the Sunshine Tour, but those wins came in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victory also guaranteed him European Tour exemption until the end of the 2014 season and raised him 50 places from 159th to 109th in the official world golf rankings. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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The Leader’s Guide to Monday Morning

first_imgIt’s Monday morning. How do you know you are going to make progress this week? Here are four action items that will ensure you start your week with activities that will move things forward.1. Reiterate the MessageYou might be tempted to believe that you need to change your message. You might think that you need to continually come up with something new, but you don’t. Changing the message only confuses people as to what is really important. When your message provides the vision, the mission, and the meaning you need to continually reiterate that message.Change the stories. Change the words. But stay on message.2. Share Successes WidelyFind examples of people living the values in your mission. Find examples of where what you are doing creates meaning, where it’s bigger than just “the job.” Find the success stories and share them widely so that everyone understands what great looks like. This is how you help them find meaning in their work, and it’s how you inspire them with the confidence to be proactive in making a difference.Share successes. Praise people publicly. Provide examples of people who have found meaning in what they do.3. Verify Progress ContinuesIf you want your initiatives to stick, you have to verify that progress is being made. Talk to the leaders in your organization to make sure that they are moving things forward, that they have what they need, and remind them that you are there to provide the support and resources they need.When you lose interest in verifying that progress is being made, others will follow you down the path of apathy.4. Troubleshoot IssuesIf you want to know where the trouble spots are in moving your organization forward, talk to the people responsible for the day-to-day operations. Ask them to describe the challenges they face. Ask them what they would need to change to produce better results. First, work to understand their issues and challenges, and then work to give them the help they need.If you want to know where the roadblocks and bottlenecks are, go and see for yourself. You’ll quickly find the issues. Next week, make sure something has been done.QuestionsAre you always on message? Do you move from idea to idea without getting your priorities over the line?How many success stories are you prepared to share this week? Where are people getting it right?Are you verifying that progress is being made and proving your commitment to your vision?Where are the trouble spots? Have you seen them yourself? What are you waiting for?last_img read more

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Navy Gold Coast Conference in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, July 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Navy Gold Coast Conference in San Diego Posted: July 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is sponsoring its annual Gold Coast conference with the support of the Navy’s Office of Small Business.The event is specifically put on to help small businesses understand how they can do business with the Navy.On the 25th, the kick off day for the formal presentations, Kevin Fahey, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, and Jaime Guertz, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition will speak and they will be followed by a number of speakers who will address Department of the Navy needs in acquisition.There will be more than 200 booths at the convention center with Navy commands and industries available to show their wares and meet with each other.For more information click here. last_img read more

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