first_imgFILE – In this Sunday, March 18, 2018 file photo, AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrates with his players after winning the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo Verona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. UEFA has on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 given AC Milan a one-year Europa League ban for overspending on player transfer and wages. Milan last year spent more than 200 million euros (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the Italian club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)MILAN — UEFA banned AC Milan from European competition for one year on Wednesday for overspending on player transfers and wages in one of the toughest sentences handed down for breaching financial fair play regulations.Milan will be excluded from next season’s Europa League unless an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport is successful.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) … has taken a decision in the case of AC Milan that had been referred to it by the CFCB Chief Investigator for the breach of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, in particular the break-even requirement,” UEFA’s statement said.“The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two seasons (i.e. one competition in 2018/19 or 2019/20.”Atalanta, which finished seventh, looks set to take Milan’s Europa League place, with Fiorentina entering at the second qualifying round.Fiorentina announced on Wednesday it had brought the start of its pre-season training forward by two days, to July 2.The first leg of the second qualifying round is scheduled for July 26.ADVERTISEMENT A statement announcing the club’s appeal said the breach occurred “in the three-year period between July 2014 and June 2017” — before its spending spree.Milan spent more than 200 million euros last year (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt finished sixth in Serie A and qualified for the Europa League.UEFA rejected both a voluntary agreement at the end of last year and a settlement agreement last month. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown ‘Dark day for German football’ after World Cup elimination Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgThe Government Analyst- Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) is placing consumers and retailers on high alert that some of the Tunnock’s caramel wafer chocolate bars in circulation have expired since March 31, 2016, but they are still being sold by businesses.The original eight-pack with a new expiry date of 2017 neatly overlayingAccording to the Department, customers are being intentionally deceived as the shelf life of this product is being “deliberately and fraudulently extended”, by it being removed from its original packaging and placed in a translucent package containing eight bars. A sticker is then attached bearing the extended expiration date of February 28, 2017.This matter was brought to light due to the numerous complaints the GA-FDD received from the public, implicating a particular importer.The GA-FDD said that during a visit to the business entity on June 22, 2016, 12 cases of this product (12 cases x 20 packs x 8pcs x 80g) were confiscated and removed from the premises.With support from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), legal action is being initiated against this importer, the Food and Drug Department outlined.Meanwhile, another 24 packs of the expired product were seized and removed from several locations in Georgetown.At a recently-hosted National Food Safety and Control Committee meeting on July 12, 2016, the Department informed many officers (inspectors) of this situation and it is expected that similar actions would be taken against other importers of this expired product in the remote regions.Additionally, the Department is alerting consumers about Tunnock’s eight-pack caramel bars in their original packaging that bears barcode #: 5010975070095. According to the GA-FDD, the expiry date has been erased and a sticker with a new expiry date (two years past the original: 14/12/2017) is neatly laid over the area where the original expiry date was.The Food and Drug Department said it was in communication with Allan Burnett, Export Manager of Thomas Tunnock’s Limited of 34 Old Mill Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, who via a letter informed the GA-FDD that the eight-bar Tunnock’s caramel pack is made exclusively for the Canadian market, whereas the four-bar caramel pack is made for the US and Guyana markets.The Department is advising consumers to “purchase only sealed four-bar packs of Tunnock’s caramel and [we] will continue to work with all stakeholders, importers, the legal system and the general public to ensure that products traded on our local market are safe and of the requisite composition and quality”.The GA-FDD is also calling on all importers to have in their possession “an original Free Sale Certificate/Health Certificate to facilitate their products’ entry into Guyana, since this is our first line of defence against substandard products being supplied and / or released on our local market.”last_img read more

first_imgBurning welder’s body…body burnt after cop left crime scene for assistance – Crime ChiefA well-known sawmill owner from Corentyne, Berbice, along with some of his employees could face jail time for perverting the course of justice among other charges related to the burning of a welder’s body to ashes before Police could investigate his death.Yogindra “Steve” RamkarranThe dead man, Yogindra “Steve” Ramkarran, was employed at a sawmill and is said to have mysteriously died about 100 feet from the camp he was employed at in Berbice onJuly 4, 2019, but his co-workers burnt his body after allegedly being instructed to do so by their boss.However, their employer continues to deny the allegations.Crime Chief (ag), Senior Superintendent, Michael Kingston in a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Saturday stated that when the police received a report about Ramkarran’s demise, a rank was dispatched to investigate.However, due to the distance of the crime scene, it took some time for him to arrive at that location. Kingston explained that when the officer arrived, he found a decomposed body, which he was told was that of Ramkarran’s.“Indeed the body had begun to decompose. So the police left to go and get assistance and when he returned with the assistance, that is what they had done [burn the body]. The police had no involvement in the burning of that body, none at all, the men in [the] workplace said they were acting on the instruction of their employer [in burning the body] but he denied this,” the acting Crime Chief said.As a result of this, the workers who burnt the body, along with their employer, were arrested and held for the mandatory 72-hour holding period as investigations were underway.However, according to the Crime Chief (ag), this case is a “bizarre” one and, therefore, legal advice is necessary on the way forward.“We have to seek legal advice. It is a matter of, it is one of these strange matters that we never really had to deal with before, so we had to seek legal advice. The file is presently with the legal adviser at the Director of Public Prosecutor’s chambers,” he said.Testing on bone sampleHe stated that although it has been alleged that the ashes from the decomposed body belong to Ramkarran, the necessary testing needs to be conducted, for confirmation.According to the acting Crime Chief, samples of the remains will be tested at the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) to confirm the identity.“We had a crime scene team that went up into the area, we took whatever bone sample was there and samples were also taken from the relatives. That is basically for DNA purposes, we will utilise the services of the [GFSL] lab unless they tell us that they are incapable. But for now, we will utilise the services of the lab and a file has already been compiled and sent for legal advice on this matter.”Meanwhile, according to a senior officer close to this case, there is at least one charge that the employer and co-workers of Ramkarran can face, if indeed it is his ashes and bone sample that was recovered.“There is a charge such as disposing of a body…disposing of a body other than in the rightful means or charged of disposing of a body than the prescribed way, I believe it is,” the source said.Thirty-four-year-old welder, Ramkarran of Number 72 Village, Berbice, was discovered dead by his colleagues about 100 feet from the camp he was employed at in Berbice on July 4, 2019, but it is unclear as to what led to his demise.According to another senior police source close to the investigation, Ramkarran was allegedly consuming alcohol at a shop a short distance away from the camp on July 3 and after the business closed, he left to return to the camp.However, he was not seen again until his co-workers found his body the following morning.Meanwhile, the now dead man’s sister, Somwattie, told Guyana Times earlier this month that at that time of her brother’s death, her other siblings were clueless about the entire situation.“My husband called the sawmill where Steve was employed at and the owner told him that Steve died and that they are making preparation to bring his body out from river.”However, the distraught woman had stated that three individuals, who worked at the sawmill, arrived at her residence a few days later and related to her family that her brother’s body was decomposed and could not be removed from the location where it had been found and as such, it was cremated.Police are continuing their investigation.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez has not featured for the mid-table Foxes, in matches or training, since his dream move to Manchester City stalled in January © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Leicester manager Claude Puel says he hopes Riyad Mahrez can “get his head right” and rejoin the team, confirming the Algeria international will not feature against Manchester City on Saturday.The match at the Etihad will be the third consecutive league game the winger has missed since Pep Guardiola’s City failed to get their man on January 31, transfer deadline day. Mahrez, 26, has not featured for the mid-table Foxes, in matches or training, since his dream move to the Premier League leaders stalled.“I think Riyad is not available for Saturday’s game,” Puel told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Thursday. “I hope Riyad can get his head right and come back with us and work hard. The best way is for him to come back and enjoy his football.“He is a magnificent player and he enjoys his football. He loves his team-mates, and that’s important. He loves to touch the football but he needs to come back right. I hope he can come back with a good attitude and prepared to work, but he will need time, and time to be match-fit.“It’s important this remains inside the club and private, not in the public. The most important thing for me is to keep Riyad and the club and the fans united and in a good way about this. It is important to keep a good feeling together through these difficulties.”Despite a second transfer request from the player in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for a deal worth £80 million ($112 million, 91 million euros), with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners unwilling to go beyond a reported £50 million plus an unnamed player they valued at £15 million.Mahrez is unhappy that Leicester were determined to secure such a huge profit on a player they bought for a reported £350,000 from French second-division side Le Havre in 2014 and who played a pivotal role in the club’s rise from the Championship to Premier League champions.He was crowned players’ player of the year during Leicester’s remarkable title-winning campaign in 2015-16, scoring 17 Premier League goals, and then signed a four-year deal to help lead their Champions League charge.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s title-winning triumph — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgBy Steven Harmon MEDIANEWS SACRAMENTO BUREAU SACRAMENTO – In a last-minute veto, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied voters an opportunity at the ballot box to express their views on the war in Iraq – and in doing so carefully continued to keep his own views on the war to himself. As expected, Schwarzenegger – just before a midnight deadline – rejected SB 924, which would have allowed voters to call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Schwarzenegger called the war a federal issue and also cited his opposition to non-binding advisory legislation. The measure would have appeared on the Feb. 5 ballot with the presidential primaries. “Placing a non-binding resolution on Iraq on the same ballot,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message, “when it carries no weight or authority, would only further divide voters and shift attention from other critical issues that must be addressed.” Schwarzenegger had a dozen days to decide the fate of the bill but waited until the midnight deadline to veto the legislation – in an apparent attempt to minimize fallout from the decision. It came on the same day he announced the deaths of four California-based soldiers. The author of the bill, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, scoffed at the notion that Schwarzenegger was worried about further dividing voters on the war. “It’s ironic that the governor’s message said that it would be too divisive,” Perata said. “He’s obviously not paying attention to the effect Iraq is having on this country. “We had an opportunity today,” Perata added, “to let Californians speak out on what I don’t think is even arguably the most important issue today, and he denied them that opportunity. That’s too bad.” Other critics said Schwarzenegger’s veto showed a fear that Californians’ opposition to the war would put him in an awkward position with President Bush. The veto came on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and in the same week that the top U.S. military commander in Iraq and the top U.S. diplomat there presented their appraisals of the war to Congress. “He’s a unique governor who is not afraid to make his own decisions,” said Ron Nehring, the chairman of the state Republican Party. “This would have been such a brazenly political and cynical stunt that … certainly it was a proper decision that recognizes that conducting foreign policy by state initiative is not the way the world’s super power should conduct its foreign affairs and defense policy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgAn award-winning Donegal chef is set to cook up a storm for food lovers throughout the county at his new restaurant which opens for business on Wednesday.Talented Brian McMonagle will let the food do the talking at Sargasso located on the former site of Beetroot restaurant on the Port Road in the town. “This is the right time for me to be in Letterkenny. I’m really pleased to be back and I feel it’s my time,” said the 32-year-old from Rareagh, near Newmills, after spending eight years honing his skills and progressing his career in Galway.However, the former St Eunan’s College pupil didn’t waste any time while in the west and landed a job at the well-known eaterie O’Grady’s on the Pier in Barna.Under his creative direction, the seafood restaurant notched up a host of accolades including the prestigious Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for “Best Bistro & Brasseries” as well as  “Best Seafood Restaurant in Ireland” 2008 and the Most Creative Use of Seafood Award and Best Restaurant Connacht from Food & Wine Magazine. Just as McMonagle was saying his goodbyes, O’Grady’s scooped the Best Seafood Experience 2011 at the Irish Restaurant Awards. So what made him return home and open a restaurant at this time in his career and in the current financial climate?“It was a difficult decision to leave, it definitely was, but I had a feeling that it was the right time and yes, even with the way things are financially, I wanted to come back, ” said Brian, who was also former head chef at Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy.“I believe in the restaurant. I think it looks great. I don’t want Sargasso to be perceived as a seafood restaurant but I would like to see people enjoying seafood more. I want people to come here and have a really good experience.”The chef, who was asked by Ireland’s top food critic Georgina Campbell for a recipe for her book, also said, for him, one of the most important things was to present good, fresh ingredients and flavours without the need to be over-elaborate.He said: “It really is about locally sourced produce and quality and that’s what I mean about allowing the food to speak for itself, not covered or hidden in all sorts of stuff but good ingredients.” The young chef, who is single, said being back home has meant the chance to see more of his family as he was too busy working while in Galway. He has two brothers, John and P.J and three sisters, Marie, Roisin and Breda.And he admitted that his sister Roisin, former restaurant manager at The Brewery restaurant in the town might end up giving him a hand. “She’s left the hospitality industry now but I might drag her in here at the weekends.”But it’s his mother Rosaleen who he credits for inspiring him to make a career as a chef.“My mum would have been a definite influence on me. She would have done a lot of baking, scones and breads and other stuff and she was able to add and mix things up and it would taste great. That really interested me and I got a lot from her. It was all very rustic,” he said. Brian cites celebrity chef Dylan McGrath as one of his food heroes but laughed off any suggestion he may have a fiery temper like McGrath. “I respect his ethics and his work but I don’t think that would work for me, not all the time anyway.”Sargasso opens on Wednesday and is now taking bookings. It offers an a la carte menu as well as daily specials, vegetarian options and will also be open for Sunday lunch.YOUNG CHEF COOKS UP A STORM FOR FOODIES WITH NEW DINING EXPERIENCE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Barnabrian mcmonagleCo DonegalCo GalwaySargasso restaurant Letterkennylast_img read more

first_imgBeidh tús a chur le RITH 2012  i nGaoth Dobhair amárach ag a 9 a chlog ar maidín ag Crois an Bhunbhig.Déanfaidh an tAire Stáit, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnghaile TD an ocaid a sheoladh agus ba iad CLG Naomh Muire, curaidh soisear reatha Chomortas Peil na Gaeltachta, urraithe an chead chiliméadair. Tá fáilte roimhe chuile dhuine bheith páirteach linn sa RITH agus beidh cuid luthchleasaithe óga Scoil Chonaill, an Bunbeag agus Scoil Mhín Tine Dé as Ard a Ratha ansin ag an tús chomh maith leis an dúshlán a thabhairt do Naomh Muire don chead chiliméadar!Leanfaidh an cúrsa ar aghaidh ansin fhad le Leitir Ceanainn agus críochnoidh Lá 1 suas ar an tSratha Bán oíche amárach, áit a mbeidh fáilte a chur roimhe ag Gaelphobal an tSratha Báin, príomhbhuaiteoirí dhuais Ghlór na nGael i mbliana.Is léiriú siombolach é an chead lá seo de RITH 2012 dén ceangal atá idir an Ghaeltacht agus na pobail úra Gaeilge atá ag blathú ar fud na tíre.Tá chuile eolas faoin cúrsa, na dreamanna a bhéas ag déanamh sealaíocht agus na hamanna measta don lá le fáil ar * In foinse na seachtaine seo, tá agallaimh eisiacha againn le hUachtarán na hÉireann agus leis an Taoiseach, chomh maith le hailt ó Breakfast with Hector on RTÉ 2FM, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge agus a lán eile. Bí cinnte é a fháil sna siopaí inniu, saor in aisce leis an Irish Independent.In this week’s Foinse, we have exclusive interviews with the President of Ireland and the Taoiseach, plus articles from Hector, Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge and plenty more. Make sure to get it in the shops today, free with the Irish Independent.  DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 AG TOSNÚ AMÁRACH I NGAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: RITH 2012 AG TOSNÚ AMÁRACH I NGAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

first_imgAnother finding undermines the concept of “junk DNA.”  A team of scientists in Massachusetts found over a thousand functional RNA transcripts from intergenic sequences.  These RNA transcripts, coming not from genes but from regions earlier thought to be non-functional, take part in diverse functions from stem cell pluripotency to HOX gene developmental processes to cell proliferation.    The work by Guttman, Rinn et al was reported in Nature.1  The March 12 issue also included a technology feature highlighting the research of co-author John Rinn of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.2  The research team developed new methods for identifying the activity of large intervening non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs).  They also found that these RNAs are strictly regulated.    Recognizing that non-coding regions of DNA could be functional has “turbo-charged the field,” he said, “as not only can we identify these things now but we can get a good idea of what they might be doing to test functional relationships.”1.  Guttman et al, “Chromatin signature reveals over a thousand highly conserved large non-coding RNAs in mammals,” Nature 458, 223-227 (12 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07672.2.  N.B., “Technology Feature: Transcriptomics: Rethinking junk DNA,” Nature 458, 240-241 (12 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/458240a.The few mentions of evolution in the main paper are instructive.  One of the methods the scientists used to identify functional RNA transcripts was “evolutionary conservation,” which means the lack of evolution.  Presumably a “conserved” (unevolved) region of DNA or RNA was protected from mutation and selection because it was too functional for Tinker Bell to tinker with.  There is a subset of natural selection called “purifying selection,” which essentially means “defending DNA from the ravages of mutation.”    The researchers found that these previously-unknown functional transcripts were, indeed, highly conserved in mammals: “In sharp contrast to previous collections,” they said, “these large intervening non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) show strong purifying selection in their genomic loci, exonic sequences and promoter regions, with greater than 95% showing clear evolutionary conservation.”  The team believes there could be many thousands of these lincRNAs in mammalian genomes.    If some of the other non-coding DNA is found to be functional, the implications would be hard on evolutionary theory: “the markedly low rate of conservation seen in the current catalogues of large non-coding transcripts ([less than] 5% of cases) is unprecedented and would require that each mammalian clade evolves its own distinct repertoire of non-coding transcripts.”  That would be too much new genetic information for a Darwinian mechanism to create.  For that reason, they are postulating that most of the RNAs represent “transcriptional noise, with a minority of bona fide functional lincRNAs hidden amid this background.”      The authors did acknowledge one point of logic: “Strictly speaking, the absence of evolutionary conservation cannot prove the absence of function.”  One of their criteria for measuring functionality of lincRNAs was the degree of conservation.  They hedged this criterion by saying, “We do not exclude the possibility that lincRNAs identified by shotgun sequencing that fail to show conservation are nonetheless functional, but other evidence will be required to establish this point.”    To avoid circular reasoning, they cannot use evolutionary conservation as support for evolutionary “purifying selection.”  If absence of evolutionary conservation cannot prove the absence of function, then neither can it prove evolution; the lack of conservation might be due to other causes, like design.  And if a host of functional unconserved transcripts are found, it will seriously call into question the ability of neo-Darwinism to generate a large amount of unique functional information in each mammal genome.    For the time being, Guttman et al are banking on the unconserved stuff being transcriptional noise.  The trend against the “junk DNA” paradigm is against them, however (11/07/2008, 02/06/2008, 09/12/2007, 07/16/2007, and especially 06/15/2007).  One additional thing from the paper is apparent: evolutionary theory was only incidental to the story.  What they were searching for was functional information, conservation, regulation, and the lack of evolution.  In a word, that’s design.  Chalk up another turbo-charged research project to the inherent motivation of ID science: seeking to understand the design in nature.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgWe continue examining findings that call into question the certainty of scientific consensus about global warming. Here are interesting papers from leading peer-reviewed science journals.Ozone depletion following future volcanic eruptions (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper concerns the ozone layer, another atmospheric phenomenon blamed on humans. What about volcanoes? “If HCl, a chlorine-containing compound often present in large quantities in volcanoes, were to reach the stratosphere following a future explosive eruption, substantial ozone loss could result, regardless of the year in which the eruption occurred.” Have humans really been the culprit?Satellite snafu masked true sea-level rise for decades (Nature). This data point seems to favor the consensus. “Revised tallies confirm that the rate of sea-level rise is accelerating as the Earth warms and ice sheets thaw,” Jeff Tollefson reports. The reason for the correction, however, might undermine confidence in other types of data gathering methods:Now, after puzzling over this discrepancy for years, scientists have identified its source: a problem with the calibration of a sensor on the first of several satellites launched to measure the height of the sea surface using radar. Adjusting the data to remove that error suggests that sea levels are indeed rising at faster rates each year.River networks dampen long-term hydrological signals of climate change (Geophysical Research Letters). Here’s another non-trivial factor that was not given adequate consideration in current climate models. [Anecdote: The Fraser River is shown in the salmon migration episode of the Illustra Film, Living Waters.]River networks may dampen local hydrologic signals of climate change through the aggregation of upstream climate portfolio assets. Here we examine this hypothesis using flow and climate trend estimates (1970–2007) at 55 hydrometric gauge stations and across their contributing watersheds’ within the Fraser River basin in British Columbia, Canada. Using a null hypothesis framework, we compared our observed attenuation of river flow trends as a function of increasing area and climate trend diversity, with null-simulated estimates to gauge the likelihood and strength of our observations. We found the Fraser River reduced variability in downstream long-term discharge by >91%, with >3.1 times the attenuation than would be expected under null simulation. Although the strength of dampening varied seasonally, our findings indicate that large free-flowing rivers offer a powerful and largely unappreciated process of climate change mitigation. River networks that integrate a diverse climate portfolio can dampen local extremes and offer climate change relief to riverine biota.Influence of shale-total organic content on CO2 geo-storage potential (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper concerns efforts to store excess carbon dioxide in shale rock, but indicates that how it stores the gas is poorly understood. Might natural carbon storage be more variable than thought?Shale CO2-wettability is a key factor which determines the structural trapping capacity of a caprock. However, the influence of shale-TOC [total organic content] on wettability (and thus on storage potential) has not been evaluated despite the fact that naturally occurring shale formations can vary dramatically in TOC, and that even minute TOC strongly affects storage capacities and containment security. Thus there is a serious lack of understanding in terms of how shale, with varying organic content, performs in a CO2 geo-storage context.Land surface albedo bias in climate models and its association with tropical rainfall (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper’s opening sentence undermines confidence in climate models by admitting, “The influence of surface albedo on tropical precipitation is widely appreciated, but albedo bias over snow-free areas in climate models has been studied little.” Even if modelers find ways to compensate for this factor, what other factors have been “studied little”?Glacial weathering, sulfide oxidation, and global carbon cycle feedbacks (PNAS). These authors found a negative feedback loop that could prevent runaway glaciation, so often worried about in the climate change literature. In addition, these researchers consider large climate changes over a million years, when man had nothing to do with big changes in global temperatures.Record Temperature Streak Bears Anthropogenic Fingerprint (Geophysical Research Letters). Despite the uncertainties and unknowns listed above, many climate scientists overstate their confidence that the consensus is right. A look at the statistical methods in this paper, however, shows a fair amount of selective data manipulation to come up with probability numbers that the authors infer point to anthropogenic causes. Then notice the lead author: Michael Mann, a staunch advocate of the consensus whom some conservatives feel is so tainted with political bias as to be untrustworthy.We think the public deserves to know how much error and uncertainty goes on behind the curtain of the science wizards. Think of the money and the global political fallout downstream of the trust world leaders put in the scientists modeling climate change. What if much of it is fake science? What if it impossible to gauge the extent to which humans are responsible? What if natural processes will warm the climate no matter what humans do about it? These are important questions. It’s not our place to decide human fault on this issue; we just report what we run across in the literature, and as you can see, a lot of it is much more uncertain than the media make it out to be. With our 20 years of experience watching a consensus overplay Darwinism, we have reason to doubt the credibility of scientists’ judgment on such a global, complex issue. And we certainly doubt their credibility as prophets! None of them will be around in a century to see whether their forecasts of warming will come to pass or not.(Visited 485 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe Oscar Pistorius trial being broadcast live is an indication that media freedom in South Africa is in a healthy state, say reporters covering the case. Despite this, they believe it is being challenged regularly. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Jacques SteenkampCurrent affairs producer South African Broadcasting Corporation +27 78 219 5937 • FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial • Oscar Pistorius’ advocate: Barry Roux • Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media • A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial • The media and open justice By Mathiba Molefe and Shamin Chibba With the Oscar Pistorius trial garnering international attention, it is no surprise to see some of the world’s biggest news organisations camping outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.Their outside broadcast vans line Madiba Street and their reporters stand outside the court building under a greying sky, facing the cameras, and speaking to television audiences thousands of miles away. Australian, American and German accents are among those heard in the crowd around the shipping container that serves as the Dros mobile kitchen. In the thick of things, journalists and camera crew gave their opinions on the state of South Africa’s media freedom.Michael Sammut, a cameraman for Channel 9 Network in Australia, who is in South Africa to cover the trial, said South Africa enjoyed a greater amount of media freedom and freedom of expression than his home country. “You probably have more freedom than we have in Australia. It is rare that you have court cases filmed here but it is even rarer in Australia. In terms of going inside, we are not even allowed to go past security with a camera so I was surprised that, on the first day, we were allowed to film in the foyer area [of the court] because that doesn’t happen in Australia. I would be surprised if we had this level of coverage in an Australian case.”South Africa’s media freedom was unmatched, said SABC current affairs producer Jacques Steenkamp, when compared to countries like Zimbabwe and North Korea. “They’re told what they can do. And if they dare cross the line they’re screwed.”He said the live broadcast of Pistorius’s trial was an indication that media freedom in South Africa was evolving. “It has to be adapted all the time as new [media] come in.” But it was being tested regularly. One of those challenging moments occurred on Monday, 10 March, when Judge Thokozile Masipa banned all forms of live coverage, including Twitter feeds, during the pathologist’s testimony stating that the details in the evidence would be too graphic. However, print media were allowed to report on it.Steenkamp was not impressed by the judge’s decision, saying that Masipa seemed not to know what media freedom entailed. “Twitter is just a form of freedom of expression. A precedent was almost created that in other cases this could happen as well, where the prosecution and the defence can basically decide that they want to just stop all kinds of information going out of the court room.”With elections coming up, political parties would test the media. “The Economic Freedom Front were here the other day. Someone was injured badly and its members attacked the journalists, saying that they’re going to kill them if they dare report [the incident]. That kind of takes media freedom away when certain people’s viewpoints come into the matter.” Social media’s effects on reportageSteenkamp, who has tweeted about other high profile events, including the Griekwastad murder trial and the Marikana Commission, was in favour of Twitter because of its immediacy. “Twitter is very direct. It just gets you there and it connects the entire world.”In the Griekwastad trial, a 17-year-old boy stands accused of killing farmer Deon Steenkamp, aged 44, his wife Christel, aged 43, and raping and killing their daughter, Marthella, aged 14. On 12 December 2013, it was postponed to 18 March, after the accused’s legal team was fired.While social media networks did have their merits, one could not overlook the possibility of errors occurring when information was shared immediately. “I’ve made a mistake, like when Oscar [Pistorius] pleaded not guilty… I tweeted that he pleaded guilty until I was allowed to correct myself. But mistakes are made; it’s human nature. You can’t get by it but I think in the larger sense of things it’s a free-flowing democracy.”Having just 144 characters in a tweet limited the journalist in what he or she could say and forced them to paraphrase, Steenkamp noted. “As a journalist, I have to include SABC News’s hashtag and Oscar Pistorius’s hashtag, so [I] have very limited space to tweet. It’s kind of an art form to get accustomed to though, to be able to narrow it down in such a way that you can still tell what occurred.”He said that as representatives of the public, journalists were supposed to be allowed to report on any events that took place. However, he acknowledged that such reporting had to be done within the confines of the law.Sammut said Twitter was the best way to keep up with events occurring inside the court while he waited outside. “I’ve been keeping up with Twitter so I know when they are taking a break and being adjourned. That sometimes happens in Australia as well.” Not willing to talkThe first day of the trial may have attracted more than 300 journalists from around the world, but as it has worn on, the media scrum has decreased. By 12 March, just a handful of the major international and South African news organisations remained.Asked about the state of South Africa’s media freedom, almost all of the international media refused to comment, saying that they would have to ask their editors or public relations officers, who sat in offices in London or New York, for permission.Associated Press’s senior television producer, Rob Celliers, said he and his organisation did not have a point of view on anything regarding either the Pistorius case or media freedom. He was only there to cover events as they unfolded. “It’s not up to me to comment on whether the justice system is oppressive or needs to be looked at. It’s just not what we do.”He did say, though, that interest in the Pistorius trial had been phenomenal. “The interest has been immense for the fact that Oscar is who he is and what he has achieved as a paraplegic in the Olympic Games.”last_img read more