Cabinet Reviews Energy Sector Performance

first_imgTop officials of the government, known as the Cabinet, have carefully reviewed the latest update on the performance of the energy sector, received economic update and AfT Midterm report while mandating an accelerated progress on the energy front and the need to prudently enforce austerity actions to maintain macroeconomic stability. According to an Executive Mansion release, the Cabinet reviewed current progress involving policy issues in the energy sector, the pace of transmission and distribution, the CLSG Project, the status of the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant vis-a-viz the commissioning of the first turbine on December 15, 2016. Cabinet, however, mandated a more aggressive scheme of work that will ensure results that impact the population as government fulfills its obligation to address the energy needs of the country and expressed the hope that with the appointment of a Transitional Team, the sector would begin to experience increased dynamism. On the economic outlook and AfT Midterm report, Cabinet received updates on strategic austerity measures and policies being put in place thus far. The updates underscored that the major objective of the AfT is to improve the livelihood and ensure better quality of life for Liberians. Cabinet was brought up to speed in terms of steps being taken to domesticate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and was as well informed of the seconding of an expert on SDGs expected in country shortly to advise government on the domestication process. Cabinet also received updates on the two-day official visit to Liberia by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau – who met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and select members of the Cabinet, held bilateral talks, visited a school in Slipway in Central Monrovia and held a press stakeout – on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Meanwhile, Cabinet was updated on the administration’s legislative agenda including critical pieces of legislations the Executive submitted to the National Legislature for passage into law.In a related development, Cabinet acknowledged the unqualified coordination and collaboration that characterized the handling of the recent near go-slow action by medical doctors in the country and commended the medical practitioners for amicably resolving the situation without rancor. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs lose second straight with 5-2 loss to San Lenadro Ports

first_imgARCATA >> Tyson Fisher certainly hopes his team can bounce back from their second loss of the season a whole lot better than they did from their first.Falling behind 5-0 after just two innings, the Humboldt Crabs never found their footing in a 5-2 loss to the San Leandro Ports on Tuesday night at the Arcata Ball Park. The early deficit proved to be too much for the Humboldt offense, one that managed just six hits total and has scored five runs after exploding for 25 the first two games of the …last_img read more

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Is This Salamander Really 40 Million Years Old?

first_imgby Jerry Bergman, PhDThe development of new techniques has allowed researchers to see inside of fossils to evaluate not only organs but also tissues. An example is a report on a new study of “an exceptionally preserved salamander from the Eocene of France”[i] that revealed many of its organs and structures. In addition to the skin and skeleton the researchers found muscles, lung, spinal cord, digestive tract and even nerves.[ii] The most incredible find the French researchers made was the preservation of frog bones within the salamander’s stomach, evidently its last meal. This find is of note because as far as we knew salamanders rarely eat frogs or other salamanders. This is just one of many studies that are creating big problems for evolutionists. A putative 35 to 40-million-year old salamander whose organs look just like a present-day salamander? No evolution in 40 million years? Many organs preserved? The fossil is claimed to be permineralized, where minerals have replaced the organs, leaving good detail of the structural detail that was originally in the organism. It belongs to the same family as the living fire salamander Salamandra salamandra.It is true that in 99 percent of the cases, fossils are represented only by hard parts, such as bones and shells, but that rare 1 percent can tell us a great deal about ancient life, such as it appears that there is no way these fossils could be 40 million years old.The trunk, hip and part of hind legs and tail are also preserved. Although discovered in the 1870s, until very recently the only traits paleontologists could determine about this specimen was the visible anatomical details, such as the cloaca. The cloaca is an external orifice used for reproduction and the urinary canal.The specimen was scanned at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, which produced an incredible level of details achieved by electronically slicing the specimen into a series of thin sections somewhat like CAT scans achieve with x-rays. The technique is called phase-contrast synchrotron X-ray microtomography.[iii] The quality of preservation is such that the details of at least six kinds of organs are preserved in almost perfect condition. As a result, the researchers were able to describe the structures in great detail, indicating little difference exists between this specimen and modern examples. In this case they were not soft tissues, but the organs were permineralized that allow the researchers to describe the structures in great detail, indicating little difference exists between this specimen and modern examples.Soft Tissues Is Another Area of ImportanceThe most exciting development is a technique, namely to dissolve fossil bones in acid to reveal soft tissue, that has revolutionized our understanding of ancient life. Many writers on the topic of ancient soft tissue finds assume, or imply, that Mary Schweitzer’s 2005 article was the first published paper on this topic. This may be because her paper received significantly more attention than all of the previous papers. It was, though, by no means the first paper to determine that soft pliable tissue, including arteries and other blood vessels, exists in dinosaur fossil bones.[iv] Actually, reports date back to 1907 on empirical research of possible blood vessels in dinosaur fossil bones. One review was published in 1920 in The American Naturalist titled “Concerning the Fossilization of Blood Corpuscles” in dinosaur bones. The paper concluded that very good evidence exists for such preserved tissue in dinosaur bones.[v]In his paper “Original Biomaterial in Fossils,” Brian Thomas noted the existence of many pre-2005 publications on soft-tissue, and cited a few examples.[vi] One must wonder why this topic has been almost totally ignored for so long. Today, evolutionists are still trying to explain them away, as documented in the Creation Research Society’s i-Dino project.[vii]  It could be for the reason that Darwinists realize these discoveries produce major problems both for their theory of life’s origin and gradual evolution.ConclusionsThe new techniques, such as phase-contrast synchrotron X-ray microtomography, plus the realization that fossils alleged to be many millions of years old contain soft tissue, will likely result in an enormous number of soft tissue studies on putative ancient fossils. The results will likely cause a revolution in our perceptions about evolution by documenting that these fossils are not as old as once believed, and that little change has occurred from these ancient specimens and to animals living today. Time will tell. Stay tuned.[i] Ancient petrified salamander reveals its last meal https://phys.org/news/2017-10-ancient-petrified-salamander-reveals-meal.html October 3, 2017.[ii] Jérémy Tissier et al, 2017 Exceptional soft tissues preservation in a mummified frog-eating Eocene salamander, Peer Journal 5:e3861 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3861[iii] Tissier, 2017.[iv] One of the newest is Yao-Chang Lee, Cheng-Cheng Chiang, Pei-Yu Huang, Chao-Yu Chung, Timothy D. Huang, Chun-Chieh Wang, Ching-Iue Chen, Rong-Seng Chang, Cheng-Hao Liao, Robert R. Reisz. Evidence of preserved collagen in an Early Jurassic sauropodomorph dinosaur revealed by synchrotron FTIR microspectroscopy. Nature Communications, 2017; 8: 14220 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14220. And Dinosaur rib bones reveal remnants of 195-million-year-old protein. February 1, 2017.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170201140952.htm.See also1/29/17 http://crev.info/2017/01/no-doubts-left-its-dinosaur-protein/Source article: https://news.ncsu.edu/2017/01/schroeter-collagen/Source paper: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b00873and 1/31/17 http://crev.info/2017/01/oldest-dinosaur-blood-reported/Source article: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-dino-rib-yields-evidence-oldest.htmlSource paper: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14220[v] Sept-October 1920 pp 460-464[vi] See p. 238-239 of The iDINO Project Special Report. Creation Research Society Quarterly. Spring 2015 issue. 51(4)[vii] See “Dinosaur Tissue or Bacterial Biofilms?” By Kevin Anderson, PhD in the iDINO project report cited above.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. Recommended Resource: Dr. Bergman’s book Fossil Forensics analyzes every animal and plant category, showing that the fossil record does not support Darwinian evolution.(Visited 490 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mayweather, McGregor get ready for business

first_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Saturday’s bout could become the most lucrative fight in history according to Showtime Sports television executive Stephen Espinoza.Mayweather could add another $200 million to his career earnings depending on pay-per-view sales while McGregor, who only four years ago was a struggling former plumber’s apprentice living on welfare, could collect $100 million.This will be the most widely distributed pay per view in history,” Espinoza said.“That’s not hyperbole that’s fact. We are well on the way to a record-setting event.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. APLas Vegas, United States — Conor McGregor vowed to destroy Floyd Mayweather here Wednesday as the two fighters faced off ahead of their money-spinning boxing duel that could become the richest fight in history.In stark contrast to their lurid, trash-talking global press tour last month, a subdued McGregor and a stern-looking Mayweather spoke respectfully as they looked ahead to Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather, who bombarded McGregor with expletives and homophobic slurs during last month’s frenzied publicity blitz, did not swear once during Wednesday’s news conference.McGregor, the massive underdog for this weekend’s bout, restricted himself to verbally abusing a heckler in the audience who predicted he would be knocked out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGregor faces his first ever professional boxing contest against Mayweather, the undefeated former welterweight king who has come out of a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star.However McGregor, the 29-year-old from Dublin, insisted he was ready to stun the world of combat sports by upsetting Mayweather, who would improve his record to a perfect 50-0 with a win. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Been to a lot of these crazy press conferences,” said McGregor, a two-time UFC world champion. “This is a lot more subdued. More business-like, the way I like it.“We are prepared for 12 three-minute rounds of non-stop pace. We are prepared, I will put pressure on him and break this old man. Trust me on that.“I don’t see him lasting two rounds. I feel I have the decision to end it inside one.“Keep your hands up, keep your hands down, I don’t care, I’m going to break through whatever’s in front of me.”‘I’ll die a fighter’ ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mayweather, 40, looked relaxed throughout, even taking time to quietly admonish members of his entourage shouting at McGregor.And rather than the abuse of last month, Mayweather praised McGregor as a “helluva fighter, a stand-up guy and a tough competitor.”“It’s not going to be an easy fight,” Mayweather said. “It’s going to be blood sweat and tears. “He’s the best at what he do, I’m the best at what I do. It comes down to the two competitors going out there and displaying our skills.”But Mayweather’s words came with a warning for McGregor.“After 21 years I’ve been hit with everything and I’m still right here,” Mayweather said.“And if you give it, you must be able to take it.“Anything and everything in boxing that can be done, I’ve done it. I was born a fighter, I will die a fighter. He’s going to bring his best. But it’s not going to be easy, Conor.”McGregor is hoping his punching power can catch Mayweather out on Saturday. But the American veteran warned he had faced plenty of hard hitters before.“Manny Pacquiao got bombs, Canelo (Alvarez) got bombs, Shane Mosley got bombs. But remember this — I got a great chin. And the same way you give it, you’ve got to be able to take it.”The showdown between Mayweather and McGregor was confirmed in June after a protracted guessing game about whether the two fighters from different sports would meet. Who’s the best puncher? Mayweather says it could surprise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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