RCMP looking for missing Fort St. John male

first_imgDouglas Remenda left the hospital yesterday afternoon and has not been seen since.Police are concerned for his safety and would like to locate him as soon as possible.Remenda is described as a 44 year old male, 5 feet 5 inches, 150 pounds, brown eyes and is clean shaven, unlike the photo provided.- Advertisement -If you have seen Remenda or know of his whereabouts, contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100.last_img

Letterkenny gets into the Halloween spirit – Picture Special

first_imgLetterkenny’s Halloween Fest 2019 was frightfully good fun for young and old alike on Thursday afternoon.Little ghosts, witches, wizards, superheroes and all sorts of characters took to the streets for the popular events and Trick or Treat Trail.The Halloween Fest, organised by ShopLK and supported by Donegal County Council, got the entire town into the spirit of the holiday. The fantastic festival included a spooktacular Halloween parade down Main Street, storytelling sessions in the library, and a very creative fancy dress competition in the Courtyard Shopping Centre.Children enjoyed music and dancing… and the treats of course, which were handed out in a large number of local venues.Clive Wasson was in the town centre to capture the great and ghoulish scenes from the festival, see all his photos in the picture gallery here:Anne Marie Gallagher grabs a photo with Leonard Watson, Chamber, President, John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor and Margaret Tone, CDP Manager. at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonZoe Guichard with John O’Donnell, Letterkenny Mayor and Leonard Watson, Letterkenny Chamber Presiident at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLook behind you- Leonard Watson and John ODonnell pose with children in fancie dress at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonMathime Alver, Alisha Gallagher and Saoirse Gallagher at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonWhat have I done – scarey creatures at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonSarah Louise Rankin, Katelyn McCauley, Thomas McCauley, Kenzy Rankin and Andrew McCauley at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonAmy Lee Rankin and Freya McGeehan at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny-Milford Mayor, Cllr John O’Donnell with Aoibhinn, Aisling and Donna Kenny at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLeonard Watson, Letterkenny Chamber President, Anne Marie Gallagher, CDP, Margaret Toner, CDP, Toni Forester, Letterkenny Chamber and John O’Donnell, Letterkenny-Milford Mayor with some of the characters at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonSarah Louise Rankin at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonCupcake, Peyton McLaughlin at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonTom and James O’Donnell at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonStorytelling with Evelyn Mc Glynn at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonBrian Lyndsey, Barbara Doherty and Aria Doherty at the annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest run by Shop Lk and Letterkenny on October 31st. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny gets into the Halloween spirit – Picture Special was last modified: October 31st, 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:letterkenny halloween festShopLKlast_img read more

Silly Science Gets a Pass

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s not just that science doesn’t know the following claims.  It cannot know them – yet few are the reporters laughing out loud.Men’s faces evolved to weather punches during arguments (University of Utah, BBC News)Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes (PNAS; see Live Science)Sex organs evolved as an extra pair of legs (PhysOrg)High status co-eds use ‘slut discourse’ to assert class advantage (PhysOrg)Rats experience regret for making bad decisions (Science Daily, Science Magazine)A computer passes the Turing Test (University of Reading); but it’s not the milestone it seems (New Scientist)Complex mineral surfaces could be indicators of life on other planets (Astrobiology Magazine)Delegating the dirty work is a key to evolution (Astrobiology Magazine)Milky Way “may” have 100 million “life-giving” planets (Cornell U)When nations agree, they don’t go to war (Live Science)Free will stems from brain noise  (UC Davis)Why haven’t we found aliens yet?  The answer could be climate change (The Conversation)Standing up made human brains bigger, created philosophy (University of Sydney)Stories like this, emanating from academia via university PR departments, commonly are passed along throughout the media with little alteration or dispute.This is why it’s hard to take Neil deGrasse Tyson seriously when he talks about “science” as the path to knowledge (as opposed to “religious philosophy”).  Nobody questions the kind of science that gives us practical, verifiable results, but too much of what passes for science is raw speculation that is impossible to test, even in principle, or gives unquestioning allegiance to evolutionary assumptions.  The emphasis should be on evidence and logical thinking, not “scientific” thinking as if that is something unique.  All human knowledge should be based on logic and evidence, whether in history, law, science or anything else.So where is the logic in free will coming from brain noise?  That’s illogical; it’s self-refuting.  How is a scientist going to get into the mind of a rat to see if it experiences regret?  Who is going to find 100 million “life-giving” planets, and what on earth does “life-giving” mean?  Who is going to watch an extra pair of legs develop into sex organs, or watch a man’s face take a punch and evolve better protection?  Do we need a scientist to tell us that nations that agree tend not to go to war?All these things are so dumb they are funny.  Where are the reporters who should be laughing out loud?  They’re too busy mocking creationists, who believe that effects need a cause, and complex specified information requires an intelligent cause.  Wisdom is known by its children.  Secular science’s children are acting pretty darn foolish.last_img read more

R1bn boost for smallholder farmers

first_img17 June 2011 The Junior LandCare Initiative, focusing on enhancing an ethic of natural resources stewardship, reached 22 166 young people; and in total 14 815 green jobs were created through rehabilitation works related to soil, water and veld management. With regard to the Illima/Letsema programme, which is aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency and the eradication of hunger, Joemat-Pettersson said a budget of R400-million has been earmarked for this and each province will receive a share. The Eastern Cape is to receive R174.9-million; Free State R102.9-million, Gauteng R41.1-million and KwaZulu-Natal R164.6-million. “As part of the LandCare programme for 2011/12, an estimated 15 000 job opportunities will be created through the rehabilitation and land utilisation activities under the LandCare programme,” she said. “An amount of R57.7-million has been earmarked for the LandCare programme in this financial year, and all provinces will receive a share of this.” The department will establish these farmers where there is a large concentration of subsistence producers, including supporting smallholders on land acquired through land reform in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, she said. Joemat-Pettersson said over 5 000 jobs were created in the 2010/11 financial year as a result of the support interventions of Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), including programmes on state land managed by the department. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to establish 50 000 commercially oriented smallholder farmers focusing on homelands, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said during her Budget Vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town this week. She said they will increase their support to new and existing smallholder farmers, working in close collaboration with the provinces to achieve their targets. Limpopo will receive R154.3-million, Mpumalanga R102.9-million, Northern Cape R72.05-million, North West R133.8-million and the Western Cape will get R82.3-million. Encouraging self-sufficiency A total of 15 000 smallholder farmers have been targeted for the 2011/12 financial year. In addition, a Smallholder Development Plan will be developed this year to strengthen coordination with provinces in regard to the support of 15 000 smallholder farmers. KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape get R60-million each; Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo R40-million each, Free State R52-million Gauteng R20-million, and the Western Cape R48-million. Smallholder Development Plan “For this CASP programme, a grant of over R1-billion has been allocated to the nine provinces, which will be paid out in tranches, depending on progress,” Joemat-Pettersson said. “By now the provinces will have received the initial 10% of their allocation, which will be followed by a further 20% next month, and the remaining allocations in October and January next year.” The LandCare Programme, during the 2010/11 financial year, directly and indirectly benefited 28 161 land users. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA sets aside R5.3bn for student loans

first_imgIt has also earmarked more than R1.7-billion for the country’s Further Education Training (FET) colleges for 2012, compared to R1.2-billion last year. For example, Khena indicated that Walter Sisulu University would receive nearly R250-million in 2012 compared to the R148.7-million it received last year, while Tshwane University of Technology would get R393-million compared to R42.7-million last year. Source: BuaNews 17 February 2012 At the same hearing, Higher Education South Africa acting chief executive Jeffrey Mabelebele made a proposal that students who owed universities money should still be allowed to graduate. He proposed that these students sign a formal contract committing to pay their outstanding fees once they got a job, adding that they should not receive their certificates until their debts were cleared. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) projects that it will allocate over R3.6-billion to South Africa’s universities this year, up from R3.4-billion in 2011. Limpopo University has been earmarked to receive R203-million compared to last year’s R186.9-million, while North West University would get R124-million compared to the R115.9-million from last year. On FETs, Boland College in Stellenbosch would get R35.7-million in 2012 compared to last year’s R23-million, while King Sabata Dalindyebo FET College in Mthatha would get R24-million compared to the R17-million it received in 2011. Mabelebele said universities were willing to provide employers with a letter confirming that the student had graduated. Addressing MPs on Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education in Cape Town on Wednesday, NSFAS chief executive officer Nkosinathi Khena said the allocations took note of historically disadvantaged institutions, as well as how money had been spent in the previous year.last_img read more

It’s the Little Things

first_imgI was hired a few years ago to consult on a new luxury residence to make the house as green as possible. At about 7,500 square feet, many people would argue that it could never be a green home, but as I was brought in after the design was complete, my job was to do the best I could with what I was given to work with. While the builder, Mike LaBelle, had no prior experience in high-performance homes, luckily for everyone, he was very interested and enthusiastic about learning how to build better.We had some very good, open discussions on how this new, high-performance home would work differently than the owner’s existing older home, and the builder, the owner, and I worked together to make the best decisions for the project. ICFs were selected for the wall structure early in the process, primarily for aesthetic reasons. My recommendations included a spray-foam insulated roofline to bring the attic furnace and ducts into conditioned space, solar water heating, high-performance HVAC systems, and an ERV.So far, so goodConstruction went smoothly, and the builder ultimately decided to have the house certified as an EarthCraft House, achieving a HERS index of 56 and meeting the then-available federal tax credit threshold. The owners moved in, and all was well in the world of luxury housing.After a few months, I heard from both the owner and the contractor that the power bills seemed very high. We discussed possible problems, and I offered to come out to the site to help figure out their problem. Ultimately, the owner hired Southface Energy Institute to investigate the problem.The culpritsA mechanical engineer from Southface did a thorough review of the energy usage and equipment in the house, and generously provided me with a copy of his report on the house. The heating and cooling loads were appropriately low for a house of this type, but the electrical baseload was through the roof at about 7,000 kWh per month.Inspections of the existing house systems identified three items that together accounted for over 6,000 kWh of the baseload: a hot water pump, pool pumps, and HVAC supply fans. After the house was occupied, a continuous pump was installed to create a hot water circulation loop to eliminate the wait for hot water in the bathrooms. This pump was installed on the electric backup tank rather than the solar storage tank, causing the electric elements to run continuously as the water was being circulated around the house in an uninsulated line. This accounted for about 4,000 kWh per month.Two pool pumps — one for filtering, one for vacuuming — were running full time, adding another 1,400 kWh per month. Finally, the owners kept the furnace blowers on full time (not realizing that the ERV provided necessary fresh air throughout the house), adding another 900 kWh to the baseload.Simple solutionsRecently, the continuous hot water pump was changed out with a timed pump, the pool pumps were set on timers to run only when needed, and the furnace fans were set to auto. Results are not yet in, but it is expected that these changes will help bring the baseload down to a reasonable level and allow the owners to benefit from the high-performance home they live in. I will report on the progress as I learn more.As the consultant, I was not involved in the pool equipment selection, nor do I have the expertise to make appropriate recommendations in this area. I will, however, research pool equipment for any future projects and share my knowledge with new clients.I always recommend against hot water circulation loops, opting for demand-operated systems. The pump was probably added at the suggestion of the plumber — a typical solution for long hot water runs, with no consideration of the energy penalty involved.Keeping the furnace fans on full time may have been a habit left over from the owner’s previous house or possibly a suggestion of the HVAC contractor; in either case, it was a poor decision that added to excess electrical use.Lessons learnedWhat I took away from this project is the need for everyone involved to always keep the big picture in mind throughout the process, to maintain open communication, and to avoid making changes and additions in a vacuum. The entire construction team must stay in communication throughout the project and stick to the plan; no one should make any changes unless they are considered in the context of the whole house and its systems. Finally, commissioning of mechanical systems is important but rarely done in residential construction; this situation should change.Fortunately, the problems with this project proved to be relatively minor and simple to correct. A less-conscientious builder could have made significant changes and created problems with the building envelope or moisture management that would have been complicated and costly to correct. In this case, all that was needed were some minor adjustments, and the only penalty was some wasted energy.last_img read more

Why Google’s Now Encrypting Data In The Cloud

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#cloud#encryption#Google#nsa#privacy selena larson Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud In what seems to be a response to increased anxiety about the privacy of data stored online among both consumers and businesses following revelations of extensive spying by US government agencies, Google announced that Google Cloud Storage, a service used by third-party developers to build cloud apps, now automatically encrypts all data before it is written to disk. Google is not charging anything extra for the service.   Users of Cloud Storage do not need to configure or modify the way they access the service—though if developers were previously managing their own encryption, they may want to reprogram their apps to save themselves the work.The data is encrypted automatically with a unique key under the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128). Users who prefer to manage their own keys are encouraged to continue encrypting their data personally before writing it to the cloud. This new feature is active on all new data written to the cloud. Older data will be encrypted over the next few months. Google’s announcement comes on the heels of concerns that the National Security Agency and other US agencies overstepped their legal authorities in conducting surveillance over data networks. But Google is also playing catch-up with other cloud-storage platforms like Amazon. That company implemented server-side encryption on its Amazon S3 storage service in 2011.last_img read more

Women members suggest poll reforms

first_imgElected women representatives in Rajasthan have suggested major reforms in the process for allotment of symbols, counting of votes, setting up of polling booths and allotment of time for campaign by the candidates ahead of the Panchayati Raj elections in the State. The women leaders also demanded financial autonomy for panchayat bodies.On empowerment Taking part in a dialogue on empowerment of women panchayat members here over the week-end, the representatives said the election symbols should be allotted at least 10 days before polling to give enough time for contacting the voters. Besides, the counting of votes should be undertaken two days after polling at the block level.Over two dozen women Sarpanches from Rajsamand, Sirohi, Jaipur and Tonk districts recounted their experiences during the last five years and called upon the State Election Commission and Panchayati Raj Department to facilitate the election of more women leaders in the January-February 2020 polls.Ganeshi Devi, first-time Sarpanch of Gaonguda village panchayat in Rajsamand, said she had ensured the availability of 100 days’ work to rural labourers under NREGA and brought girls to the government schools. Manu Gayari of Sema panchayat narrated her experiences during the construction of a new building for the local school.Direct grant transferThe women Sarpanches and panchayat members demanded that the Finance Commission directly transfer the grants to the panchayat bodies without any restrictions on expenditure to strengthen local self-government. The functions of 29 subjects listed in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution should also be transferred to panchayats in the true spirit of the 73th amendment.Free, fair polling While Kamal Tak of Rajasthan Election Watch said the candidates should monitor the activities of all stakeholders during the panchayat elections to ensure free and fair polling, former civil servant Rajendra Bhanawat said the suggestions for electoral reforms should be supported with the proposals for works in consultation with the villagers.State Election Commission’s Assistant Secretary Uttam Singh Maderna also attended the dialogue. The women representatives later met Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi and raised the demand for allocation of untied funds to village panchayats and transfer of budgets of five departments to them under the process of decentralisation.last_img read more