Residents Celebrate Sime Darby’s Road Project

first_imgSando Fahnbulleh, 57, is among the first female town Chiefs for her Village, Karnga. She says her village, which is in Zodua Clan Grand Cape Mount County, is proud to be one of three villages that surrendered new land to Sime Darby for development in Oil Palm earlier this year.Even though Sando’s rubber farm was not qualified to get corps compensation because it falls within a 2 kilometer buffer zone that Sime Darby sets aside to each town as part of SDPL’s policy for land expansion and acquisition, she remains grateful that the nightmare of bad roads are over. With good roads, Sando says she and other women will be able to transport food crops to markets nearby for additional income. The almost week-long rehabilitation of the more than 40 kilometer road that stretches across Sinjeh to Gbesseh is, according to Sando, a mark of fidelity by Sime Darby.“I woke up one morning to the sound of yellow machines on our road. When I saw the company fixing our roads it made me feel happy. It shows that we didn’t make the wrong choice by letting Sime Darby in our area, and that we can trust the company.”Sando said the last time she recalled the Zodua road being rehabilitated was in 2007. Since then, her clan has faced huge challenges of getting vehicles into the areadue to bad road. Sick people, pregnant women and children according to the chief, have borne the blunt of the lack of good roads.Conditions in the area are very dire, the chief told this paper. According to her, the hope of many people, old and young, would have vanished if Sime Darby had insisted it was not coming to the area because of the challenges it faced in its past over land acquisition in Liberia.Clinics, roads, and safe drinking water are still luxuries in most parts of Liberia, Zodua not excluded.According to the Chief Sando, Zodua residents were not the only beneficiaries of the road. She said because the only bridge that links Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties had spoiled, commuters were now using Zodua road as an alternative route to get their goods to those parts of the country. Petty Traders in their numbersfrom different areas were also seen with food and other commodities in Zodua.One of the Traders, Miatta Kaidii, said they are aware that people have money in the area because they themselves were getting money for their crops.“Besides that, plenty people from Monrovia and other parts of the country will soon start to come here. When you bring anything thing like food or regular household things people will buy it;” Miatta said.Morris Sembeh is the general Town Chief of Zodua Clan and a strong opinionated leader among his people. He has been General Town Chief for many years before and after the war. As father of 17 children, he believes the best he has done for the future of his children was to be a part of the decision to let Sime Darby move onto his clan.Grateful Sembeh could only recite the Al Fatihaa verse from the Holy Koran with a smile on her face. Chief Sembeh said as a Muslim the verse was usually read for people who need the protection and blessing of God.“Sime Darby is our true friend. What you’re seeing me doing, the people of Zodua have not done this for any other company. But I can tell you this for sure- I can see a future for our children. I can see a better day for this clan. Zodua is about to open”! Sembeh said in a passionate voice.Sembeh said he believes the development that Sime Darby will carry on in his clan will far exceed what was done in lower Garwula District.“Our children are already getting employed, even though Sime Darby is still far from beginning the real work. We were told to recommend some young people from each village to get employed- I was not even expecting this,” Sembeh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cup runneth over toward Americans

first_imgFrom news services The Presidents Cup is supposed to be a team event. Based on the beating the Americans delivered Saturday, the only excitement left is one match between the two biggest stars at Royal Montreal. Thousands of Canadian fans who wanted to see the International team hoist the cup might have to settle for a consolation prize of their beloved Mike Weir trying to take down Tiger Woods. And just like the rest of these matches, it seems like a tall task. Woods won twice with different partners, neither match going longer than 15 holes. The Americans pitched a shutout in the five morning matches of alternate-shot, then turned back an International rally in the afternoon fourballs with one of its own. When 11 hours of limited cheers finally ended, the United States had a 14 -7 lead, the largest at the Presidents Cup in seven years. The International team must win 10 of the 12 singles matches today to take back the cup. “It’s not over,” International captain Gary Player said. “But things don’t look too good. The egg is not sunny-side up.” All eyes will be on Match No. 4, which Player and U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus orchestrated and both players welcomed. “Anybody who plays Tiger has got their hands full,” Weir said after winning one of the 2 points the International team earned out of 10 matches Saturday. “But I’m playing well, and I feel like if I can keep that up, it’s going to be a great match.” Woods played Australian icon Greg Norman at Royal Melbourne in 1998 and Ernie Els in South Africa in 2003, winning both matches. He told Nicklaus he had no preference whom he played, but gladly accepted a match against a fellow Masters champ. The last time the Americans held such a big lead was in 2000 in Virginia, when they rode a 14-6 lead into the biggest rout in Presidents Cup history. Just like then, contributions are coming from all corners. Phil Mickelson showed Woody Austin how to stay dry in stealing a half-point in the afternoon when both made birdie over the final two holes. It included one comical moment when Mickelson had to step into the lake to hit a shot, just as Austin did the day before. Lefty didn’t go face-first into the water, but he did borrow his caddie’s shoe, a veteran move. Stewart Cink made clutch putts to turn another likely loss into a point that continued to fill the scoreboard with U.S. red numbers. Player watched in disbelief, searching for answers. “Look, you can come up with all kind of theories,” he said. “But the Americans have just played better. Amen.” It appears that for the second time in three weeks, the Sunday chase for a cup will be anticlimactic. Woods essentially wrapped up the FedEx Cup at East Lake before the weekend arrived, and only the greatest comeback in Presidents Cup history will keep this event from turning into a snoozer at Royal Montreal. Except for Weir versus Woods. “If there’s one player on our team that can really give Tiger a go, it will be Mike Weir,” Els said. “He’s going to have all of Canada behind him.” Navistar LPGA Classic Lorena Ochoa, seeking her fourth consecutive win, shot a 3-under-par 69 and overtook Stacy Prammanasudh on the last hole to take a one-stroke lead into the final day in Prattville, Ala. Prammanasudh, who carried a three-stroke lead into the day, three-putted for bogey on the 18th hole. She overshot the hole on the 12-foot downhill birdie putt, starting the trouble and shot a 73 – 10 strokes worse than her opening round. Ochoa had few such misjudgments in moving to 13-under with a bogey-free round and a second straight strong finish. The Mexican had birdied the final three holes to cut a six-stroke deficit in half Friday and added two more on 12 and 15. Winning would put Ochoa in select company. Only Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam have won four in a row on the LPGA Tour, but Ochoa said she didn’t want to focus too much on that milestone. “It’s not good to think too much ahead of what could happen if I win,” she said. “I’m just going to come out here with the same routine I always do.” Maria Hjorth and Virada Nirapathpongporn finished the day with 70s and are four strokes back. Angela Stanford’s 65 put her within five strokes of Ochoa. Viking Classic David Branshaw shot a 3-under-par 69 to lead by two strokes after three rounds in Madison, Miss., with a crowd of 17 golfers within six shots of him going into the final day. Bill Haas had a 70 and was in second place. Seve Trophy Continental Europe clung to a 9 -8 lead after Britain & Ireland rallied in the foursomes in Kellenard, Ireland. The tournament ends with 10 singles matches today. Europe won three and halved one of the four greensomes to open an 8 -5 lead, before Britain & Ireland won three of the afternoon foursomes.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

Exclusive – Van Gaal expects Man United to challenge for the Premier League title next season, says Yorke

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal will expect his side to challenge for the Premier League title next year, believes former striker Dwight Yorke.The Red Devils’ top four finish this season has ensured they will return to the Champions League after a campaign away, although whether they will enter the group phase or face a qualifier is yet to be determined.But Yorke, who won the treble in 1999 under Sir Alex Ferguson, reckons Dutch boss Van Gaal will want to improve further and is likely to target regaining the title.“Louis van Gaal’s objective was to get into the Champions League but I’m sure in the back of his mind he would have thought they would have been a lot closer to Chelsea,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He needs to adjust himself in terms of getting used to the Premier League and will have learned enough from a managerial point of view.“[Add the fact] that some of his big players haven’t been able to deliver the goods for him as well and he will take a bit of pride from the fact they got into the top four – but he knows that is not good enough as far as Manchester United are concerned.“I think next season he will expect this team to be far closer to [the title].”last_img read more

Player to have Chelsea medical and Spurs tell United where to go regarding Dier

first_imgHere is the latest gossip on Sunday 09 July…Man United captain Wayne Rooney has completed a medical before his return to Everton. (Sky Sports)Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be handed a new deal by United when he recovers from a knee injury. (Sunday Mirror)Tottenham will tell Man United and any other clubs interested in Eric Dier that the midfielder is not for sale at any price. (Mail on Sunday)Manager Antonio Conte will return to Chelsea on Monday and immediately seek talks after the club failed to re-sign Romelu Lukaku. (Sunday Express)However, Antonio Rudiger will complete a medical at Chelsea ahead of a £34m transfer from Roma. (Sun on Sunday)Chelsea have also been reportedly offered Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, with Real Madrid looking to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe. (Diario Gol)Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, will be allowed to join Paris St-Germain or Bayern Munich – but not Premier League rivals Manchester City. (Sunday Express)Newly promoted Newcastle want Man City’s Fabian Delph, but Stoke will fight for the midfielder’s signature. (Mail on Sunday)Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer wants to sign out-of-favour Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, who spent last season on loan at Roma. (Sunday Mirror)PSG have convinced full-back Dani Alves, 34, to reject Manchester City and join them on a free transfer. (L’Equipe, via Sun on Sunday)Newcastle have been in talks to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, who could cost up to £20m. (Chronicle)Robbie Keane is interested in a move to Championship side Birmingham. (Sky Sports)Steve Bruce wants to bring 36-year-old Peter Crouch to Aston Villa. (Sun on Sunday)More from talkSPORT.comWayne Rooney pictured at Everton training groundBack with a bang! Footballers who returned to their club and were still brilliantAlternatives to Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea talkSPORT.com has got you covered for transfer rumours 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES

first_imgLotto NumbersThis weeks Lotto Numbers were 10-11-13-20. No jackpot winner. One match three wins €70. Niamh McLaughlin Ballyare. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,740.Minor Girls The minor girls had a great win last Saturday morning when they made the short trip to Termon. In a great team performance they won on a scoreline of 8-8 to 6-1. With only one team qualifying from a group that also includes Fanad and St. Michaels the girls still have a lot of work to do but they can take great heart from last Saturday’s performance.All IrelandCongratulations to Jimmy McGuinness and all the players and backroom team on their great win over Mayo last Sunday. It is a day that will live long in the memory of everyone who was lucky enough to be there and the celebrations are sure to continue on for a long time. Well done to all involved.Website For all the latest information and news checkout the new look club website at www.milford.donegal.gaa.ie and also our facebook page GAA NEWS: MILFORD CLUB NOTES was last modified: September 25th, 2012 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:Milford GAA noteslast_img read more

DONEGAL MOTOR CLUB: PATTERSON AND BAIRD CROWNED ESCORT KINGS IN CARLOW

first_imgLisburn man Wesley Patterson with Letterkenny’s Johnny Baird on the notes won the much sought after Mrk II Challenge in Carlow last weekend winning by 45 seconds from their nearest rival’s Frank Kelly in second and Viv Hamill in third. Another Donegal crew battling out for Mrk II honours were Letterkenny’s Brendan Mc Daid and Damien Mc Gettigan in their two litre Escort a steady loop in tricky conditions would leave the Letterkenny pair just outside the top twenty. Paddy Mc Veigh with Donegal Town’s Gary Mc Elhinney on board were lying 5th with three stages remaining and Ballybofey man Pauric McGee was leading class two in his Civic by 3 seconds.At the end of the day it was the Mc Laughlin Motor Factors sponsored Escort of Patterson and Baird who clinched the 10th Anniversary Mark Two Challenge title from Frank Kelly and Liam Brennan.Brendan Mc Daid and Mc Gettigan brought their Escort home safe and ready for the Donegal International in June.Gary Mc Elhinney guided Mc Veigh home to fourth, and Pauric Mc Gee clinched the class two awardmaking it yet another successful weekend away for the Donegal Rallying men By John Mc CayVictory for McFadden in the RiverRidge Recycling Lark In The ParkWillie McFadden and Brendan McElhinney in their Escort G3 took top honours in the RiverRidge Recycling Lark in the Park.They finished just 2 seconds ahead of Mark Alcorn and Kevin McCafferty in the Toyota Corolla.In third place were Damian Tourish and James McNulty in the first of the MkII Escorts. Amazingly, the first three overall were all from the two wheel drive category. The competition was tight throughout the seven stages.A great drive by Mark O’Leary and Gerard McHugh saw them in the lead for the first three stages before being caught. At the end, the top four were covered by just 12 seconds.DONEGAL MOTOR CLUB: PATTERSON AND BAIRD CROWNED ESCORT KINGS IN CARLOW was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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:Donegal Motor ClubNoticesRacingSportlast_img read more

Glenfin GAA club to host Night at the Races fundraiser

first_imgGlenfin GAA News: Lotto Lotto winning numbers for 18/10/2016 are 3-5-1-8-6-4-7-2. Graham McGinty matched 3 numbers and gets €60. Jackpot for the 25/10/2016 is €4500.00. Cumann Peil na mBan Ghleann Fhinne are running a Flower Demonstration in the Villa Rose Hotel on the 25th October 2016 at 8pm. There will be refreshments there on the night. Tickets are €10 and can be bought by contacting Rose on 087 750 2005. All support much appreciated, everyone welcome.There will be an underage local league starting on Monday the 31st of October and running for 5 or 6 weeks All league games will commence on Bank Holiday Monday 31st at 12.00 noon.The Fixtures for Monday are: Dublin v Mayo,  Tyrone v Cork,  Kerry V Monaghan,  Donegal v Derry,  Armagh v Cavan.The rest of the league games will hopefully be played on a Sunday at 12 noon however it may depend on player availability. If it doesn’t suit the managers can arrange a date that suits both teams. Any Adult Player willing to help/manage can they let Paul McGlynn know on 086 8719166. Our senior men lost out to Killybegs on Saturday the 22nd in the senior A championship relegation play-off replay. This result means that Glenfin will be in the Intermediate Championship in 2017. Killybegs had the better of us right from the off and were more accurate in front of goals. While Glenfin created chances it took to the 25th minute of the first half to register a score. A goal and two points from Killybegs in the last 2 minutes of the first half killed the game off as a contest leaving the half time score Glenfin 01 Killybegs 1.08. While the second was a more even contest on the score board Killybegs never let their lead slip and secured their senior championship status on a score of Glenfin 1.06 Killybegs 2.14. Glenfin team and scorers: Liam O Meara – Martin O Donnell – Gary Herron – Gary Dorrian – Steven McGlynn – Frank McGlynn – Jason Morrow – Stephen Ward – Michael McGlynn 1.02 – Daniel McGlynn – Paddy O Connor 02 – Stephen Carr – Conor McBride 02 – Gerard Ward – Kevin McGlynn. Subs Used: Hugh Foy – Ronan Carlin – Ciaran Foy – Sean McGlynn – Jason Marley.Our U18 boys had a great victory over Malin in the County Final of the Division 3 championship on Sunday in Convoy. While Glenfin got off to a bad start conceding 2 goals and a point in the first 10 minutes these lads not for the first time this season showed great character and class to come back and when Karl McGlynn scored a goal in extra time of the first half it put Glenfin in at half time two points up on a score of Glenfin 1.06 Malin 2.01. In the second half it was from end to end and when Malin levelled the game on the 13th minute in was anybody’s game. But again Glenfin showed great strength and went 4 points up playing some great football. Malin never gave up but Glenfin were that bit better organised and went on the won on a score of 1.13 to 2.06. Glenfin team and scorers: Luke Reder – Darren Marley – Shane O’Donnell – Jack Marley – Odhran McGlynn – Thomas Walsh – Keelan McMonagle – Stephen Carr 07– Karl McGlynn 1.01 – Kaine McGlynn – Matthew McGinley 02 – Kyle OMeara 01 – Charlie Herron – Adam Marley 02 – John Harkin. Subs Used: Martin Doherty – Eoin McGarrell. Other members of the panel: Raymond Gallagher – Jason Gallagher – Martin Herron – Ryan Gallagher. This was a great achievement and well done to Joe McGlynn – Aiden Marley – Sean Foy – Graham McGinty and all the players on a job well done. The adult men’s teams are running a night at the races on Saturday the 3rd of December in the Reelin Bar. Horses are €10.00 each and can be got from any of the players. Anyone or business interested in sponsoring a race for €100.00 can do so by contacting any of the following Frank McGlynn, Hugh Foy, Gerard Ward, Andrew Walsh or Martin McGlynn.Club Gear is available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539, Francie F Marley on 0872414714 or Jakie OMeara on 0871222112 .Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to seamusward61@gmail.com or texting 0872052481Glenfin GAA club to host Night at the Races fundraiser was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAglenfinSportlast_img read more

MURRAY FIGHTS HIS WAY TO TOP TO BECOME GRAND MASTER

first_imgLetterkenny businessman Josie Murray and toiled away at his chosen sport, Jiu Jitsu, for more years than he can remember.Josie with one of his many previous awardsBut the soft-spoken sportsman, who runs Josie’s Bar at Lower Main Street, received his just rewards for his dedication at the weekend.Josie has become the first person in Ireland to be made Grand Master of the sport. Josie received the award in Orlando, Florida after a number of amazing fights.Two of his students, Kieran McMenamin and Mairead Mackey, were in America to see Josie win his Grand Master’s Award.Later today he is expected to be met at Dublin Airport by Minister for Sport Michael Ring in recognition of his achievement.Congratulations Josie on your amazing achievement.    MURRAY FIGHTS HIS WAY TO TOP TO BECOME GRAND MASTER was last modified: June 4th, 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:Grand MasterJiu JitsuJosie MurrayOrlandolast_img read more

Cosmologists Lurk in the Dark

first_imgCreepy cosmologists, who think everything came from nothing, have a fascination with darkness.Watch out for creatures who love darkness rather than light. Their deeds are evillusion.Dark Matter: It Sneaks Up on YouPlacing another piece in the dark matter puzzle (Phys.org) “Very little is known about the exact nature of dark matter,” this article begins. Actually, nothing is known. The only thing cosmologists can say they “know” is what dark matter is not, because every candidate so far has been a no-show (30 May 2019, 26 July 2019). They keep looking, nevertheless, for mysterious unknown stuff that MUST exist, because their pet theories require it. The latest candidate is the axion, a ghostly particle that eludes detection. But is CASPEr really a friendly ghost?Photograph of dark matter. White background provided for contrast.Budker’s group is searching for dark matter through the Cosmic Axion Spin Precession Experiment (CASPEr). The CASPEr group conducts their experiments at the PRISMA+ Cluster of Excellence at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM). CASPEr is an international research program that uses nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to identify and analyze dark matter….This particular form of sideband analysis enabled the scientists to search for dark matter in a new frequency range. No dark matter signal was detected, as the CASPEr team reports in the latest edition of Science Advances, allowing the authors to rule out ultralight dark matter with couplings above a particular threshold. At the same time, these results provide another piece of the dark matter puzzle and complement previous results from the CASPEr program reported in June, when the scientists explored even lower frequencies using another specialized NMR method called comagnetometry.They didn’t find it in June, either. Whatever they are looking for, they keep not finding it. To them, it counts as a success.Daily briefing: Why the search for dark matter depends on ancient shipwrecks (The Atlantic). Lead (the metal) is a good shield for radiation. There’s a lot of it down in sunken ships. It might help in the search for dark matter: that is, if they can get the lead out.Particle-physics experiments look for the most fundamental building blocks of the cosmos, including dark matter, an as-yet unseen substance that acts like glue within and between galaxies. This ancient lead, then, is helping humanity unlock the secrets of the universe—but obtaining it often presents practical and ethical uncertainties.Read on to learn about World War II, atomic testing, and historical artifacts. But don’t expect any scientific facts about dark matter. There’s only empty promises about a “discovery [that] will revolutionize our future,” if they ever find the dark stuff.Axion particle spotted in solid-state crystal (Science Daily). Did they really spot a particle of dark matter? Did the hopeful monsters at Max Planck actually see an axion? Can cosmologists celebrate, now that “Scientists have spotted a famously elusive particle: The axion – first predicted 42 years ago as an elementary particle in extensions of the standard model of particle physics”? Well, it depends on what they mean by “spotted.” If you raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index sufficiently high, you can propose that a particular quantum properties of a charge-density wave of a dark crystal might be consistent with the predicted features of the theoretical particle. It’s like an eager hunter saying he spotted a tiger. Other striped things could also be be consistent with what he thought he saw.Beware the Dark Energy, My Son5,000 Mini-Eyes Just Blinked Open to Scan the Skies for Dark Energy (Live Science). It’s downright spooky. “Thousands of tiny eyes just blinked open and will soon scan 35 million galaxies for evidence of dark energy.” The ghost of DESI is prowling about on Kitt Peak.These 5,000 mini-telescopes make up the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which was installed on the Mayall Telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. Astronomers recently completed the first test run of the nearly-complete DESI, which, from its high mountain perch, will soon scan the cosmos for dark energy, beginning early next year.Dark energy is a ghost, they say. “Dark energy is an invisible force that’s thought to be accelerating the expansion of the universe and is thought to make up 68% of it, according to the statement.” Who thought that? Did you? Welcome to the spooky use of Tontologism, employed frequently by true believers in occult physics.Does this pie chart represent reality?Probing the Universe’s Dark Energy with a super-telescope (BBC News). A video clip with spooky music tries to convince you, like a Twilight Zone episode, that all we know, love and experience is only a small fraction of a dark, ghostly reality out there. But there’s a moment of comic relief when astronomer Ofar Lahav says, “It’s just embarrassing to live in a Universe where we understand only 5% of it.” Speaking of dark energy, Pallab Ghosh admits, “Scientists… haven’t got a clue what it is.” More spooky music, then a woman scares the children with thoughts of parallel universes in a multiverse. Maybe more mysterious unknown stuff is leaking out of those universes and driving ours to rip apart! [Cue sound of scream.]A crisis in cosmology: New data suggests the universe expanding more rapidly than believed (Phys.org). If Keck Observatory scientists keep looking in the dark, they might find something: darkness.The team’s results add to growing evidence that there is a problem with the standard model of cosmology, which shows the universe was expanding very fast early in its history, then the expansion slowed down due to the gravitational pull of dark matter, and now the expansion is speeding up again due to dark energy, a mysterious force. Spider in shale still glows (Tae-Yoon S Park / Paul Seldon)Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe’s greatest mysteries (The Conversation). Like Dad reading a scary story to the kids on Halloween, Bob Nichol tells about DESI and other hunters in the dark, ending with a photo of astronomers in clean-room suits peering through a lens, looking like ghosts.The ‘Dark’ Legacy of Nobel Prize Winner Jim Peebles (Space.com). Astrophysicist Paul Sutter tells his ghost story about Jim Peebles, one of the culprits behind the dark matter mystery story. “Peebles and his friends led the way to explaining the origins of the cosmic web, finding that structures in our universe grow slowly over time, building up from smaller bits to larger bits with every passing eon.”Oh, great. Now we have to worry about the Cosmic Spider.If you’re tired of mystery stories in the dark, come out into the light and learn about Reformation Day, October 31. It’s the day that opened the doors in a world of darkness, tradition, authority and superstition, to bring in the light of God’s Word. “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130).Recommended Resource: Illustra DVD “Call of the Cosmos” talks about real things out there. See sample clip below.Now on sale: 50 DVDs for $75. Give copies to family and friends!Episode from this DVD: see it also on TheJohn1010Project.com (Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

One-stop service centre for mineworkers launched

first_img9 April 2014 The South African government has launched a one-stop health and social welfare centre for current and former mineworkers at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape province. The centre will work to set up a comprehensive database of current and ex-mineworkers, and provide them and their dependents with health and rehabilitation services, social services, and compensation and benefit management services. Speaking at the launch of the centre on Monday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said that, historically, there had been a fragmented approach to the provision of social services for mineworkers. “Of particular concern for a very long time has been the issue of the inhumane conditions under which mineworkers live and work, the challenges emanating from the migrant labour system, and the treatment meted out to ex-mineworkers once they are too ill to work or are retired due to other social and health-related complications. “These are issues we have been grappling with since the dawn of our democracy, and we continue to do so today,” Motlanthe said. “[But] instead of allowing this reality to dampen our efforts, we should be encouraged that by continuing to confront these challenges we will be able to find solutions, as evidenced here today.” Mining is an integral part of the southern African economy. The industry currently employs about 500 000 people, many of them from the Eastern Cape. “Government acknowledges the importance of the mining sector for the economy, job creation and contribution to social and economic development,” Motlanthe said, adding that the initiative had received the support of employer organisations, the private sector, various development partners, civil society and associations of ex-mineworkers. The governments of countries such as Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and others in the region from which mineworkers came had also backed the initiative. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more