Why astrobiology needs collaboration

first_imgAntarctic astrobiological research has benefited from the affiliation of the UK Astrobiology Forum (UKAF) to the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). NAI funding of a miniature Raman spectrometer for the characterization of biomolecules in Antarctic cold deserts as a prelude to its space qualification for a future Mars lander/rover mission is a practical example of collaboration between the UK and USA fostered by this agreement. Research by the British Antarctic Survey into cyanobacterial communities under stress from UV, desiccation, salinity stress and low temperature features in joint studies associated with NASA Ames Research Center, Montana State University and the International Space Station.last_img read more

SSL experiences power cut

first_imgSocial Sciences Library and two colleges nearby were hit by a power cut on Tuesday evening.At about 5pm, the lights and the electronic equipment in the library suddenly turned off. After 15 minutes, the staff decided to close the library. This caused inconvenience for many revising finalists.Mansfield and St Catherine’s colleges also were hit by the power cut. At St Catz, electricity was restored only the next day.last_img

At The Finish Line…Spurs will beat The Heat in six!

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sits on the sideline against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. San Antonio won 110-95. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Where Only the Truth Matters• Here’s “some truth” for ya!  “Pop” knows something we don’t know and “Duncan” knows something too.  All that being said, The Spurs will beat The Heat in six!• You know, I tried to send our President a message after the Russian invasion thing and again after the Benghazi tragedy.  Don’t be the guy they blame the end of the world on.  Well, he’s moving in that direction again.  And unless I’m missing something here, it looks like they didn’t do their homework on bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  home after being a POW for five years.  And look, I want all the boys home too, but not how they say to do it.  I’ve got the big stick.  We’ll make the trade the way I say so or we’ll kill your guys.  “Nobody gives me my guns and tells me to ride, nobody!”Bill Neal• Here come the Bucs . . . Here come the Bucs . . . Here come the Bucs!  And I told you so.  Just be patient.  It’s a long season.  When the young boy comes up (xxxx) and the pitching kicks in . . . then the party starts.  Don’t worry, the bats are there.  That’s not the problem.• So you world Penguins haters gotta eat some words now don’t cha?  You know that Rangers team that kicked our butts, well, they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals now.  Just shut up and eat the words!• I’m telling you right now so you can book it in because I know you’re going to want to make plans.  The biggest par-tay of the year is coming Friday, July 4, 2014.  It’s a brand new thing . . .  Achieving Greatness Inc. will present The First Friday Fantasy plus . . . the summer’s first gala, all white party, featuring The United Rays Corvette Club Car Cruise at Brewstones in Monroeville.  BYOB – cash kitchen – free parking – 50/50 – The Legend Sly Jock – The Fabulous Allure Models – and surprise celebrity West – call (412) 628-4856 for more information.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Lacey-Area Military and Families Recognized for Commitment, Sacrifice

first_imgSubmitted by The Landing at Hawk’s Prairie 11 year old Sarah Bamesberger was the grand prize winner at The Landing at Hawks Prairie’s Military Appreciation Day.For the second consecutive year, The Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center in Lacey played host recently to a special celebration at which Lacey-area military families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were treated to an afternoon of free hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, giveaways from center tenants and children’s games and activities.The highlight of the July 25 event was 11-year-old Sarah Bamesberger winning the grand prize in a raffle conducted by the Hawks Prairie owner, Cimmarusti Holdings LLC/Lucia Properties.Sarah, the youngest of five children, moved from Kentucky to Fort Lewis just one month prior to the event. Her father has served in the Army for 18 years and the family has lived in Texas, Missouri, Alaska, Georgia and South Korea prior to Kentucky and now Washington.“We saw the sign in front of Navy Federal and I told my Mom we had to come,” said Sarah, who won a $50 Domino’s gift certificate, a $100 gift card to Pho Hoa’, a free haircut from Jack and Jill’s, a free massage and facial from Hand and Stone Spa, and a stuffed animal and free yogurt from Menchie’s. All of these stores are tenants at The Landing at Hawks Prairie.Despite being the big winner, Sarah said that wasn’t the highlight of her day, but rather, “our favorite was the snow cones.”Attendance this year was twice what it was at the inaugural event in 2014, and in addition to the participation of nearly all of the center tenants, the event was supported by radio station KAYO, Rutledge Farm train cars, Costco, the Lacey Fire Department, and Kidz n’ Motion.The River Ridge High School Taiko Band entertained guests.“We also had the River Ridge Taiko Band there to entertain our guests, and we served more than 1,000 hot dogs, in addition to all of the other treats,” said center owner Larry Cimmarusti. “Everyone loved the 40 foot obstacle course and the face painting – it was a great military family turnout and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”“We consider this to be a small gesture of our immense appreciation for these selfless, modern-day heroes,” said owner Ralph Cimmarusti. “In our minds, we can never do enough to thank the brave members of our military for the sacrifices they make to protect and preserve our freedoms,”Brothers Ralph and Larry Cimmarusti, who currently own and operate the Original Roadhouse Grill restaurants in Oregon and California, have a two decade-plus history of staging fundraisers on behalf of the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.“It is our responsibility as members of the local communities we are part of to honor the memories of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting those communities, and here in Lacey we wanted to create an event to pay tribute to the brave service men and women, and their families, who are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” said Ralph Cimmarusti.Lacey Firefighters came out to honor local military soldiers and their families.“This event is just our way of recognizing these service men and women, and their families, to whom we owe so much,” said Larry Cimmarusti. “It’s just one way for us to say ‘thank you.’”In addition to Domino’s, Hand and Stone, Jack and Jill’s, Menchie’s and Pho Hoa’, other Hawks Prairie tenants participating in the event included Red Robin, Comfort Dental, Navy Federal Credit Union, Kiddie Academy, Mattress Depot, LA Fitness, Total Nutrition, Sprint, Game Stop, Tan Republic, America’s Best and the Military Recruitment office.Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM provides world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports 60,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles. Facebook34Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Construction to Begin in 2021 on New Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge

first_imgBy Philip Sean Curran Overall, the entireproject is expected to cost around $80 million, all of which is funded throughthe federal government. The largest chunk of that total is the new bridgeitself at an estimated $63 million.  Editor’s Note, April 1: The first community stakeholders meeting has been scheduled for Weds., April 10 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Sea Bright Beach Pavilion, 3rd floor, 1097 Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright. RSVP to Martine Culbertson, Community Involvement Facilitator at 856-795-8485. The current bridge, whichwill be demolished after the new one opens, was built at a time when bridgeswere designed to have a service life of about 50 years, Ettore said. Demolition of the oldstructure will take about six months, Ettore said. The county intends to havea series of information sessions in the fall and again in the early part of2020, said Thomas A. Arnone, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders director. “In final design, thereare elements that are yet to be determined,” he said. “And that dictates whenthe project can be bid and how long it will take to construct.” “The county has done a really good job of including both towns in the process from the beginning,” said Thomas S. Rogers, Rumson borough administrator. “At some point, obviously, the traffic’s going to have to be diverted over to the new bridge, so there will be a closure. But the county has assured us that closure would take place in the off-season.” The plan is to replace thecurrent bridge, built in 1950, that spans the Shrewsbury River. Deemedstructurally deficient, the old bridge on Rumson Road is safe to drive over andinspected annually, but it is has outlived its useful lifespan, according tothe county.   “So we’re obviously wellbeyond that,” he said of a bridge that was deemed functionally obsolete anddowngraded to a 15-ton low-carrying capacity.  The new bridge project isin the final design phase, county engineer Joe Ettore said. The freeholders last weekgave the green light to the right-of-way acquisition process, Ettore said. Itis not clear yet whether all or some of the property will be bought by thecounty.  James Barry, who owns a gym in the building on that property, said he supports having a new bridge, so long as it does not mean businesses have to close. “The physical construction(of the bridge) does not require the complete acquisition of that property,”Ettore said. “That’s really a matter of negotiations with the property owner.” Construction of a newcounty bridge connecting Rumson and Sea Bright is slated to start in the springof 2021 and take an estimated 24 months to complete, in a federally funded jobscheduled to avoid disrupting Shore traffic.  “Federal authorization toreceive funding is anticipated by fall 2020,” Arnone said. Like the current bridge,the new bridge will have one lane of traffic in each direction, but will featurewider sidewalks and shoulders and be located on the south side of the currentstructure. As part of the project, the county will look to acquire needed right-of-way,including negotiating with the owner of a property on Ocean Avenue in SeaBright where a Dunkin’ is located.  The old bridge will remainopen during construction, Ettore said. The transition from the old bridge tothe new one will not happen during the peak beach season, when anywhere from10,000 to 15,000 vehicles travel the bridge daily. This article was first published in the March 28-April 3, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson U15 Boys Selects

first_img“It was a very challenging weekend for us due to the number of players that we had missing with injuries or other commitments,” said coach Kerry Dyck.“Even though it was a small tournament, with only local teams, I was very proud of the effort and result, given the adversity the boys had to overcome to achieve it, and that we were playing up an age,” Dyck added.Dyck said this was the third tournament this season where we had to play up at U16, and in those three events we came away with one silver medal and two golds.Mallard’s Source for sports is a firm believer of giving its best at all times and would like to honour the Nelson Selects U15 Boys as Team of the Week.The team includes coach Kerry Dyck, Thomas Baxter, Ernesto Archambault, Liam Jones, Jacob Erickson, Blake Markin-Hellekson, Keanu Tromans, keeper Bradey Sookero, Ezra Foy, Jesse Thurston, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Aidan Mushumanski, Josh Yasek, and Jaden Dyck. It was a golden moment for the Nelson Selects U15 Boys at the inaugural Kootenay South Eye of the Storm tournament in Castlegar.Nelson Selects, playing up a division, outlasted their U16 rivals 5-3 to claim the gold medal in the U16 Boy’s Division Sunday in the Sunflower City.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Padraig Club NotesCLUB LOTTOThe thirty-third Club Lotto draw of the year took place on Monday the 7th of September at the clubhouse.  The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 14, and 16.  There was no jackpot winner.  Two players matched three of the numbers drawn.  They were: Paul Melaugh (Letterkenny) and Jayden Bogle (Porthall).  Each received €50.  Next week’s jackpot is €2000.THE WEEK GONE BYOn Saturday evening, our Senior Men’s team bowed out of the Junior A Championship at the Quarter Final Stage with a two point defeat to Na Rossa.  Naomh Padraig Lifford led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half time interval; however a much improved second half performance by the men from the Rosses saw them prevail on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-10.SYRIAN APPEAL In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Club has organised a drop-off-point at the clubhouse in The Roughan for donations.  Donated items can be left in the prefab building to the right of the main Clubhouse building.  The gates of the Clubs facilities will remain open at all times over the coming weeks in order to allow people to make donations.  The following list of items is urgently required:BlanketsTowelsTents (Particularly 4 Person Tents and Larger)Heavy Duty Rubbish BagsTorchesCandlesBatteriesMedicinesFirst Aid KitsToiletriesWinter Clothing (Men, Women, Children)Hats, Scarves (Including Head Scarves for Ladies), Coats, GlovesNappies and Baby WipesShoes for all Ages (Must Be In Reasonable Condition)NAOMH PADRAIG GAA CLUB ORGANISE DROP-OFF POINT FOR DONATIONS IN AID OF SYRIAN REFUGEES was last modified: September 8th, 2015 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:Sportlast_img read more

Deele College celebrates cultural diversity through Erasmus week – Pic Special

first_imgThere was a European flavour emanating from the corridors of Deele College this week, as the Raphoe school celebrated Erasmus week with staff and students being treated to different cuisines from throughout the continent at break and lunch-time.Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Deele College has been a participant in the programme for a number of years and its inclusion in the programme has been of great benefit to the school.In recent years, the school has hosted student teachers from other European countries and a number of teachers from the school have visited other schools across the continent, with the aim of picking up new skills and practises.This year, the school is sending four members of staff to Barcelona to take part in a training programme, which deals with ‘emotional intelligence.’ The four staff members; Danny McFadden, Marilyn O’Riordan, Patricia Brady and Patrick McAteer will attend a week-long workshop on emotional intelligence and restorative practises and it is hoped that these practices can then be implemented in the school.This will help the school in continuing to promote best practise in the area of discipline and student well-being with the main aim being helping students to deal with their emotions.Co-ordinator of the Erasmus Programme is a maths teacher, Marilyn O’Riordan, who has been central in putting the Deele College delegation forward for the trip to Barcelona.Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden, who is going to Barcelona, as part of the Deele College delegation says that the Erasmus programme offers the school a unique opportunity to bring European best practice back to Donegal.“We have been involved in the Erasmus programme now for a number of years and it has been a great opportunity for the school and for our staff. We have been able to examine the ways in which schools across Europe operate and take the positives back to our own school. I would like to thank Marilyn O’Riordan for her hard work in putting the school forward for this opportunity.“This year, we will travel to Barcelona and we will spend the week seeing how they deal with students who are dealing with emotional difficulties and we will be able to relay this information back to all our staff and implement the practises, which we will have learned.”Deele College celebrates cultural diversity through Erasmus week – Pic Special was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

HSU football will play its final season; program to be cut

first_imgHumboldt State University announced Tuesday that it will discontinue its football program after the 2018 season.“Our football team has been an important source of pride for our students, staff, and alumni, as well as our regional community,” HSU President Lisa Rossbacher said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “Sadly, and despite a tremendous fund drive effort, we found that football cannot be sustained through student fees and community giving. At the same time, the university cannot …last_img read more

Brand SA embraces spirit of competition

Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South AfricaA Brand South Africa initiative, the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum, will bring together the government, business and civil society to unpack issues affecting the country’s competitiveness and reputation.The South African Competitiveness Forum was officially launched on 25 July, followed by a number of regional consultations leading up to the main event, which takes place at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, on 5 November.Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South Africa, is passionate about the forum and the long-term implications the event could have for the future of the nation brand. “It’s very much a consultative forum – this is a key platform for us to share knowledge and experience, but also to work together to build a stronger reputation and a competitive country to position internationally.”It has a number of key content partners, which means there will be input from many levels and sectors. The forum will include senior business delegates, ministerial officials, representatives from several government departments, and from the Top 50 companies listed on the JSE, he explains.SACF launch: The South African Competitiveness Forum takes place at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 5 November 2013. There will be a commemorative exhibition documenting the creative and design work done by Brand South Africa in marketing the country.The programme is jam-packed, with a plenary session to be opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, followed by five breakaway sessions. Taking a workshop-style format, these sessions will focus on major themes, such as education, skills and labour; governance and leadership; manufacturing and related services; infrastructure; and foreign direct investment competitiveness.De Kock says the workshops will highlight the country’s reputational and competitive strengths and weaknesses. “We are looking at how we can fix problems and ways we can make the national brand even stronger.”The timing of the forum is hugely relevant, he adds. “Next year, we are celebrating 20 years of democracy [which] is very much founded and built on the concept of stakeholder input, of negotiation, of consultation, so the forum is very much a consultative platform [where] business, government and civil society can together identify the reputational strengths and competitive strengths, as well as challenges. So I think that’s unique, you know, very much as an open, public platform and what we can extract or absorb from that input into, say, our international marketing in the country.”He expects there will be much to learn from the delegates and the sessions throughout the day. “We [Brand South Africa] are not the experts at manufacturing, for example, and we will probably learn a tremendous amount about strengthening the country. I think it’s not just a talk shop; it’s very much focused on those things that we can extract and then incorporate into our operations going forward.”Brand South Africa launched the new payoff line in 2012, he explains – “Inspiring New Ways” – and the South African Competitiveness Forum is an effort by the marketing organisation to create a new kind of a platform and a new way of engaging key stakeholders, industry and the government.“The South African Competitiveness Forum is a call to all stakeholders across business, government and society to provide input and to inspire new ways of positioning the brand both domestically and internationally.”Brand South Africa will also take the opportunity to showcase a decade of creative and branding design work. “The forum aims to inspire delegates to become brand ambassadors through the exhibition of the brand and the work of Brand South Africa and through the thought- and knowledge-sharing. The forum is there as a call to stakeholders to help us to frame the picture in more detail and also to make the value proposition even stronger so that we can work towards realising the goals of the National Development Plan.”De Kock expects a fair amount of robust debate. “The forum promises to be an exciting and an engaging and probably a tough platform. As South Africans, we can engage thoroughly on issues, so I think it will be in-depth conversation … I think the experience people will have will enrich them and I hope, ultimately, that this will build more pride and patriotism and mobilise us as South Africans to work together to realise the strategic objectives that we have as a country.” read more

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