first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESAARON GRYDER, RUBY BRADLEY, WINNER: “She runs well, she runs hard every time. She’s a filly you really have to work with and convince her to really pick it up. She’s not overly aggressive. Today I told the pony girl, ‘turn me lose, I want her to pull on me,’ so I warmed her up alone and she got a little sharp in the first turn, but it was exactly what I wanted. I wanted her underneath me and because of that she was very responsive when I asked her to run. I wasn’t concerned with the time. I was in contact with them and if I was good enough and she was good enough, we only had a couple of lengths to make up. I was very pleased with the position we had.”TRAINER QUOTESPHIL D’AMATO, RUBY BRADLEY, WINNER, AND VILLETTE SZABO, THIRD: “She’s kind of been unlucky to not break her maiden by now. She didn’t get the greatest of rides up at Golden Gate but I was intent on running her anyway. I felt the longer (the distance) the better and Aaron (Gryder) gave her a superb ride.”OWNER QUOTESNICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER, RUBY BRADLEY, WINNER: Origin of the name: “Ruby Bradley was the most decorated woman soldier in World War II. She was a flight nurse in the Philippines. Her job was taking wounded soldiers from the battlefield to the field hospitals in an old plane. The plane didn’t have Red Cross markings or anything, so she got shot at, was in a prison camp in the Philippines for three years. After the war, she volunteered for Korea, did the same thing there, but she’s a Medal of Honor winner and a wonderful woman.“This filly’s mother (Sudden Sunday) never got to win a stakes. She ran fifth in a stakes beaten a length and a half so it’s kind of cool that this filly won one.“This is our third winner in this race. Enola Grey won this race, then S Y Sky won it a couple years ago. This is the  first foal out of the mare that never won a stake but got close several times and we always thought she would be a good broodmare. We liked this filly but her first couple of races were ho-hum. I think Aaron did an awesome job today.“The breeders’ awards and stallion awards make the Cal-bred program a phenomenal one. I am shocked that there are not more people taking advantage of it because it is a way to have a farm and have a farm pay for itself with all the bonus programs. This was a lot of fun.”NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nick Alexander.last_img read more

8 Banned From Sporting Activities for 2 yrs

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports has banned five players and three technicians, including officials from all sporting activities either directly or indirectly in Liberia for two years beginning January 25, 2016 to January 25, 2018.The Ministry leveled the suspension owing to the “unwholesome conduct” exhibited during matches at the just ended 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet.A release from the Ministry announced the affected players as Alex Doe (jersey #11), Alex Denessi (jersey #17), Mircus Weah (jersey #1), Kofie Brown (jersey #13) and Emmanuel Quoineh (jersey #24) all of Sinoe County football team. Sinoe County’s Development Superintendent Sneh Johnson and Technical Director Dell Desmond were also banned. The release said it was established that Sinoe County players and officials invaded the playing pitch and rained mayhem on the team of match officials and some personnel during the match between Grand Bassa County and Sinoe County at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium in Buchanan on December 15, 2015.The Organizing Committee found the group guilty of Article XXI: Cautions and expulsion section Section 24.5, which states “Any player (s) and coach (es) caught fighting within the game vicinity before, during and immediately after the game shall be suspended and fined, as deem necessary,” it said.The Ministry has also banished Bong County football team trainer Timothy Kromah for two years for an unwholesome conduct exhibited during the Bong County versus Grand Bassa County semi-finals played January 15, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.It was further established that Kromah invaded the field while the game was in progress and smacked the referee in the face which constituted a violation of the rules and guideline governing the competition, precisely article XXII, section 24.5.“This action becomes expedient as a way of deterring others who may harbor similar stance in the future to undermine the sanity of the competition which seeks to promote national peace and reconciliation; provide opportunities for small businesses to increase income; create temporary employment for young athletes to demonstrate their talents and provide additional opportunities for sports development.Meanwhile, four counties have been fined US$8,500 for nonparticipation (forfeit).The Youth and Sports Ministry said Sinoe, Lofa and Rivercess counties have each been fined US$2,000 for not participating in the volley game.Bong County was fined US$2,500 for refusing to play the 3rd place match with Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exxon to begin drilling in new Stabroek Block well

first_imgFrom Oct 11– vessels urged by MARAD to avoid areaBy Jarryl BryanEsso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL), an affiliate of oil giant ExxonMobil, is slated to commence a three-month drilling operation at a new well within the Stabroek Block.This was revealed following a notice (see today’s edition, page 8) from the Guyana Maritime Administration Department (MARAD). It is understood that drilling of the well, dubbed the Ranger=1 Well Site, will commence from October 11.The Department noted that there would be five vessels partaking in the operationExxon’s current operation in the Stabroek Blockwhich would be displaying the relevant international signal for oil exploration: the Stena Carron; the MV Cat Island; the MV Fast Titan; the MV Hannah Chouest and the HOS Commander.The drill site, according to MARAD, is 160 nautical miles from Guyana’s coast and covers a square kilometre. The coordinates, the Department noted, are 08 degrees, 56.340’, 08 degrees, 56.340’, 08 degrees, 55.250’ and 08 degrees 55.250’ at Latitude North.At Longitude West, the coordinates were 057 degrees, 18.680’, 057 degrees, 17.590’, 057 degrees, 17.590’ and 057 degrees, 18.680’. These are all in Zone 21.Urging that ordinary vessels in the zone stay clear of the operation and these vessels, MARAD also encouraged vessels to navigate with caution when in the vicinity and to radio on VHF Ch. 16 or via the Georgetown Lighthouse.Drilling has consistently encountered oil reservoirs since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets. Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart. The lesser known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, after they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting Licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government last year.last_img read more

Conejo Valley almanac

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POPULATION Thousand Oaks: 117,005. Westlake Village: 8,368. Agoura Hills: 20,537. Calabasas: 20,033. WEATHER Average annual rainfall: Thousand Oaks, 14 inches; Agoura Hills, 19 inches; Calabasas 13.6 inches. Average high temperature: 70s. Average low temperature: Upper 40s. LOCAL GOVERNMENT Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village: General-law cities with a council/manager form of government. City Hall locations: Thousand Oaks, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 449-2100. Agoura Hills, 30001 Ladyface Court, (818) 597-7300. Westlake Village, 31200 Oakcrest Drive, (818) 706-1613. Calabasas, 26135 Mureau Road, (818) 878-4225. City Web sites: Thousand Oaks: Agoura Hills: Westlake Village: Calabasas: Local government officials: Thousand Oaks: Mayor Andrew P. Fox, (805) 449-2101; Mayor Pro Tem Jacqui Irwin, (805) 449-2104; council members Dennis C. Gillette, (805) 449-2105; Claudia Bill-de la Pena, (805) 449-2103; Thomas P. Glancy, (805) 449-2102. Agoura Hills: Mayor Dan Kuperberg, (818) 597-7372; Mayor Pro Tem John Edelston, (818) 597-7374; council members William Koehler, (818) 597-7373; Harry Schwartz, (818) 597-7375; Denis Weber, (818) 597-7371. Westlake Village: Mayor Susan McSweeney, Mayor Pro Tem Philipa Klessig, council members Jim Bruno, Mark Rutherford, Robert Slavin, (818) 706-1613. Calabasas: Mayor Dennis Washburn, Mayor Pro Tem James Bozajian, council members Barry Groveman, Mary Sue Maurer, Jonathon Wolfson (818) 878-4225. Ventura County Board of Supervisors: Steve Bennett, (805) 654-2703; John Flynn, (805) 487-6331; Kathy Long, (805) 654-2276; Peter Foy, (805) 582-8010; Linda Parks, (805) 373-2564. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: Michael D. Antonovich, (213) 974-5555; Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, (213) 974-2222; Don Knabe, (213) 974-4444; Gloria Molina, (213) 974-4111; Zev Yaroslavsky, (213) 974-3333. COURTHOUSES Thousand Oaks: East County Division, Superior Court, 3855-F Alamo St., Simi Valley, (805) 654-2963; Ventura County Hall of Justice, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, (805) 654-2963. Agoura Hills. Calabasas Highlands: Malibu Courthouse, 23525 Civic Center Way TRANSIT General information: Ventura County Transportation Commission (800) 438-1112. Bus service: Thousand Oaks Transit: (805) 375-5473. Greyhound: (800) 231-2222. Senior/disabled services: Thousand Oaks Transit Dial-A-Ride: (805) 375-5467; Calabasas Dial-A-Ride: (866) 878-2242. Rail service: Metrolink (800) 371-LINK; Amtrak (800) 872-7245. UTILITIES Water: Thousand Oaks: City offices, (805) 449-2400; California American Water Co., (805) 498-6770; California Water Service, (805) 497-2757. Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, (818) 251-2100. Power: Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Southern California Edison, (800) 655-4555, (800) 684-8123, repairs/outages (800) 611-1911. Gas: Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Southern California Gas Co., (800) 427-2200. Telephone: Thousand Oaks: Verizon Communications, (800) 483-4000 for residential service, (800) 483-5000 for businesses. Agoura Hills, Calabasas: SBC Pacific Bell, (800) 310-2355. Cable TV: Adelphia (888) 683-1000, Charter Communications (866) 499-8080. TRASH/RECYCLING Thousand Oaks: Harrison Industries/Newbury Disposal, (800) 418-7274; G.I. Rubbish, (805) 522-9400. Agoura Hills: G.I. Rubbish Co., (818) 782-2474; Consolidated Disposal Services, (818) 889-9400. Calabasas: G.I. Rubbish Co., (818) 782-2474; Consolidated Disposal Services, (818) 889-9400. LAW ENFORCEMENT Thousand Oaks: Thousand Oaks/east county station of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, 2101 E. Olsen Road, (805) 494-8200. Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lost Hills station, 27050 Agoura Road, (818) 878-1808 Emergency: 911 FIRE Thousand Oaks: Ventura County Fire Department operates Stations 30-37 in the area: the Civic Center station, Westlake Village station, Potrero station, Lake Sherwood station, Arboles station, Newbury Park station, Oak Park station, North Ranch station. Westlake Village, Agoura Hills: Los Angeles County Fire Department operates battalion headquarters at Station 70, 3970 Carbon Canyon Road, Malibu, as well as Station 144 on Foxfield Drive in Westlake Village and Station 65 on Cornell Road in Agoura Hills. Calabasas: Los Angeles County Fire Department operates Station 68, 24130 Calabasas Road; Station 125, 5215 N. Las Virgenes Road; and Station 67, 25801 Piuma Road. AMBULANCE American Medical Response provides ambulance services throughout the region. (818) 808-2100 ANIMAL LICENSES Thousand Oaks: Dog licenses are sold at the Agoura Hills Shelter and City Hall Finance Department. Cats may be licensed through a voluntary program. Agoura Hills Animal Control Center, 29525 W. Agoura Road, (818) 991-0071 BUSINESS LICENSES Thousand Oaks: City Hall, Finance Department, (805) 449-2201. Agoura Hills: The city does not require a business license but requires businesses to register with the city. Los Angeles County issues business licenses for some types of businesses. Call the city at (818) 597-7313 or the county at (213) 974-2011. Calabasas: Los Angeles County, (213) 974-2011 DRIVER’S LICENSES Department of Motor Vehicles, 1810 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks (800) 777-0133 TV STATIONS Thousand Oaks: TOTV Channel 10. Westlake: WVTV Channel 10 Agoura Hills: Channel 8 (Adelphia). LIBRARIES Thousand Oaks: Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, (805) 449-2660; Newbury Park Branch Library, 2331 Borchard Road, (805) 498-2139. Agoura Hills: Agoura Hills Library, 29901 Ladyface Court, (818) 889-2278. Calabasas: Agoura Hills Library, (818) 889-2278; Woodland Hills Library, 22200 Ventura Boulevard, (818) 226-0017. HISTORICAL SOCIETIES Thousand Oaks Conejo Valley Historical Society, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320. Stagecoach Inn Museum Complex, 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320, (805) 498-9441 HOSPITALS Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, 215 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, (805) 497-2727 West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, 7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills, (818) 676-4000. POSTAL SERVICE Agoura Hills main office, 5158 Clareton Drive, (818) 889-8392. Thousand Oaks main office, 3435 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., (805) 497-1641. Conejo Valley station, 235 N. Moorpark Road, Suite A, (805) 778-1058. Newbury Park post office, 1602 Newbury Road, (805) 480-9214. Calabasas Branch, 4774 Park Granada, Suite 10. Call (818) 348-3226 for Woodland Hills office. For additional postal services, call: (800) 275-8777 VOTER REGISTRATION City halls: Ventura County Elections Division, (805) 654-2782. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Voter Registration Request Line (800) 481-VOTE. SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES Agoura Hills, Calabasas: (800) 772-1213. Thousand Oaks: 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Suite 200, (805) 379-3427. Simi Valley: Social Security office representatives at City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, first and third Thursdays of each month. (805) 583-6700 BIRTH, DEATH & MARRIAGE RECORDS Thousand Oaks: Ventura County Recorder’s Office, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, (805) 654-2295. Agoura Hills: Los Angeles County residents, call the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk at (800) 201-8999 or go to MAJOR SHOPPING MALLS Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas: The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks, The Promenade at Westlake Village, The Commons at Calabasas. Camarillo: Premium Outlets, 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo ANIMAL SHELTERS Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills: Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road, (818) 991-0071.last_img read more

Mourinho expects Pogba to stay

first_img“I think he is going to be here next season,” Mourinho said. “I can give the guarantee that I don’t want him to leave. I can give the guarantee that the club does not want to sell.“And I can give the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him, from his agent, or any club. So in this moment, for me, he is staying.”Pogba, who joined United for a then-world record £89m in the summer of 2016, has made just 25 Premier League appearances for the club this season, scoring six goals.Mourinho’s comments come after Pep Guardiola recently said that Pogba was offered to Manchester City in January by his agent Mino Raiola.It has also been reported this week that he has been offered to former club Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Meanwhile, Mourinho said that the United squad needs improvement in the off-season, and that current squad members need to be “more consistent” and show “more quality” on the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba with his Manchester manager Jose MourinhoLONDON, United Kingdom, May 10 – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he expects Paul Pogba to stay with the club next season, but admitted the final decision is up to the player.The 25-year old midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after being in and out of the first team this season.last_img read more


first_imgBY KENNETH MC DONAGH NORTHERN LIGHTS (AURORA BOREALIS) – 18/1/12UPDATE FOR TONIGHT – 8:19 PMCloud cover tonight will not be as bad as last night giving you star gazers looking to catch the northern lights a better chance of getting a glimpse of them. Last night there were reports of them in the skies over Donegal in Ardara, Malin Head and Convoy. Anyone that does spot anything in the sky please take a photo and send it on to so it can be confirmed.Thursday night is said to be the big night for them with a coronal mass ejection (CME) heading mainly for Venus might deliver a glancing blow to our plant, too, on Jan. 19th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the cloud arrives says spaceweather.com__________________________________________ INFO ON AURORA BOREALIS (NORTHERN LIGHTS)__________________________________________– Look North to a Northwest direction.– Get to high ground make sure there is no town lights blocking your view out in to the distance to the North and Northwest.– If your up in north Donegal or from Derry head to from Pollan Beach in Ballyliffin, Inishowen, or Malin head best chances of seen them.– Make sure of clear sky’s in the area. – wrap up and stay warm.KEEP TUNED TO THE DONEGAL WEATHER CHANNEL FOR MORE NEWS ON THE LIGHTSKENNETH McDONAGH’S NORTHERN LIGHTS UPDATE was last modified: January 18th, 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:Ardaraconvoydonegal northern lightsMalin Headnorthern lights donegallast_img read more


first_imgFORMER HOOPS favourite Aiden McGeady will be heading back to Glasgow to face former club Celtic in the Champions League group stages.The clubs were drawn together in Group G today – alongside Spanish giants Barcelona and super Portuguese side Benfica.Celtic manager Neil Lennon however said he was delighted with the draw. “It is fantastic to be involved with the draw, very exciting and to be in a group with Barcelona – tough but real glamour games for the club – and the other two are huge clubs in their respective countries,” said Lenny.“We have familiar with all three clubs, we have recent history against all three of those teams. I remember under Gordon (Strachan) we played Barcelona and Benfica and we knocked out Moscow in a play-off.“It’s a tough, tough group but all the teams play football so it should be attractive to watch. Let’s not get carried away, let’s see what fixtures are coming up. We are in it, it is fantastic to be here and we are going to make the most of it and enjoy it.”Meanwhile Celtic want Alessandro del Piero to lead Celtic’s Champions League campaign. Del Piero has been released by the Serie A champions Juventus, but believes that he still has a season left at the highest level and doesn’t want to play for another Italian side, opening a glimmer of light for Lennon’s ambitious plan.Group A: FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev, PSG, Dinamo ZagrebGroup B: Arsenal, Schalke 04, Olympiacos, MontpellierGroup C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, MalagaGroup D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC NordsjaellandGroup F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE BorisovGroup G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, CelticGroup H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj THE HOOPS REPORT: McGEADY RETURNING TO PARKHEAD, HOOPS ALSO GET BARCELONA AND BENFICA was last modified: August 30th, 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:HOOPS ALSO GET BARCELONA AND BENFICATHE HOOPS REPORT: McGEADY RETURNING TO PARKHEADlast_img read more


first_imgThe father of a champion boxer became involved in a row after claims that a man swerved his car at his son while he was out jogging.Letterkenny court.The claim was made during the court case of Shane Gallagher, a Ballybofey man charged with a public order offense. Mr Gallagher, 40, of Kinletter, Ballybofey appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court following an incident with Martin O’Brien at Navenney Street on May 14th last year.Mr O’Brien alleged that Gallagher had passed him by in his car but done a u-turn and then confronted him as he sat in his car.However Mr Gallagher said he was merely trying to sort out claims that Mr O’Brien had swerved his car at his son Michael who is due to box for Ireland in the World Championships shortly.Mr O’Brien was on his way to hospital along with his partner Victoria Mitchell to have a hernia operation.He alleged that Mr Gallagher told him to “get the f*** out of the car” and that he feared for his life.“I told him I was going to the guards and he said to me ‘so you’re one of those kind of boys.”“I told him to cop himself on and he said he would get me on my own,” claimed Mr O’Brien.After being discharged from hospital, Mr O’Brien made an official complaint to Gardai.The court heard there had been an ongoing dispute over the ownership of a house which Mr O’Brien’s late brother, Martin O’Brien himself and Mr Gallagher were involved in renovating.Mr O’Brien claimed his late brother and Mr Gallagher were friendly but that he was never friendly with him.He claimed he had been paying a mortgage on the house which he had been renovating.He claimed that Mr Gallagher and his son Michael had come up to his house and he wanted to fight him but he had refused.Mr Gallagher gave evidence and said the reason he spoke to Mr O’Brien at the junction on the day in question was to clear up claims that he had swerved towards his son Michael while he was out jogging.He said his son Michael, a member of Finn Valley Boxing Club, is due to go to the World Championships in April, and he did not want him injured.He told his son that perhaps Mr O’Brien had swerved to avoid a pothole on the road and wanted to clear it up.He said he had been friendly with the O’Brien family and had known Martin since he was a young boy.After reviewing the evidence, Judge Denis McLaughlin said he did not find Mr Gallagher’s evidence credible.He adjourned the case to see if Mr Gallagher was suitable to do 100 hours community service in lieu of two months in jail.FATHER OF CHAMPION BOXER FOUND GUILTY AFTER PUBLIC SPAT was last modified: March 21st, 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:BOXERdonegalfinn valley boxing clubhouseLETETRKENNY DISTRICT COURTMartin O’BrienrowShane Gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgA protest group wants Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh to sign his own resignation letter and send it to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Joe McHugh TDDonegal Action Against Austerity are to make the bizarre request when they hold a protest outside Deputy McHugh’s office in Letterkenny today.But Deputy McHugh has already dismissed the move as a “stunt.” The group has scripted a letter which they are demanding the Donegal politician sign and send to his boss.The letter claims that the Carrigart-based TD can no longer mislead the people of Donegal, claiming he is now seen as a traitor by his own people.The letter finishes by pleading with the Fine Gael leader to see sense.“Enda, I hope that you will accept this resignation in good grace and will realise the error of your ways. I also look forward to you joining me on the dole queue as soon as possible so that you may bring some humility into your life, but I suppose there is no chance of that happening given your arrogant ways.” However Deputy McHugh said he had no comment to make other than: “It’s just a stunt and not worth talking about.”This is the full text of the letter which will be handed to Deputy McHugh at his office later today.Dear Enda,Please accept my resignation from the Fine Gael Party and from my position as a T.D.Following your unfair, unjust and inhuman attack on the poor and vulnerable of Ireland, and especially on the people of Donegal, I find that I am unable to continue representing Fine Gael and find the position of T.D. untenable. The lies and double talk which Fine Gael put forward on a continuous basis goes against whatever principles I have left. Your expectation from me to carry on misleading the people of Donegal and Ireland leaves me in the invidious position of being branded a traitor to these people, especially to the unemployed youth of Ireland, to our elderly and those with disability, whom you have constantly put in jeopardy through your callous policies of cuts in services and sly imposition of stealth taxes. The forced migration of our youth leaves families broken in their wake. These policies are also responsible for driving people to suicide across the length and breadth of Ireland and where over four hundred vacant posts in Mental Health during 2013 have not been filled, which would have provided a backstop to this humanitarian crisis in our country.The taxes and cuts to the amount of approximately €3 billion could have been raised easily from the imposition of increase taxes on the wealthy and large corporations within Ireland.By closing the loopholes in the tax system for large corporation and ensuring and effective rate of 12.5% would have raised approximately €4 billion, more than enough to cover the budget deficit. A Financial Transaction Tax of 0.1% would raise a minimum of €1 billion.A Wealth Tax of 5% on those with assets of over €1 million would have raised approximately €3 billion.Calling a moratorium on interest payments of the national debt would amount a sum in excess of €8 billion in 2014, another €8 billion in 2015 and €9 billion in 2016 rising each year to an excess of €14 billion by 2032.So, obviously this legacy of austerity that you have landed us and our children with will continue into the foreseeable future and I find this unacceptable. It’s time to give this country back to it’s people in line with Article 6 of the Irish Constitution as set out below.Article 6All powers of government, legislative, executive and judicial, derive, under God, from the people, whose right it is to designate the rulers of the State and, in final appeal, to decide all questions of national policy, according to the requirements of the common good.Enda, I hope that you will accept this resignation in good grace and will realise the error of your ways. I also look forward to you joining me on the dole queue as soon as possible so that you may bring some humility into your life, but I suppose there is no chance of that happening given your arrogant ways.Yours Faithfully,Joe McHugh ………………………. DONEGAL TD DISMISSES RESIGNATION LETTER MOVE AS A STUNT was last modified: October 25th, 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:Donegal Action Against AusterityEnda KennyJoe McHughlast_img read more

Fungi Supply Plant Communities With Underground Nutrient Pipeline

first_imgDig up a cubic yard of soil, and you may have disturbed 12,000 miles of an extensive network of passageways that supply plant roots with carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus.  This highway is made of fungi.  Their secret lives in the soil rarely see the light of day, but down in their cryptic, dark, subsurface world, they support most of the thriving plant communities above ground, writes Elizabeth Pennisi in the June 11 issue of Science.1  “Once considered pathogens,” she begins, “microscopic fungi that live in soil are shaping plant communities and aiding efforts in environmental restoration.”    She tells how scientists are beginning to understand that the above-ground and underground biotas form a network of symbiotic relationships.  The thin mycelia (hair-like threads) of fungi, being 1/60th the diameter of roots, are able to wiggle between soil particles and extract minerals; they supply these to the plant roots, which in turn, reward their fungal partners with sugars.  Usually these relationships are beneficial to both parties, although some fungi are parasitic (and some plants become freeloaders on underground welfare).  Most plants, however, depend on their underground partners in a mutually beneficial way.  Long difficult to study because of their “cryptic environment” and fragility, underground fungi called mycorrhizae are providing scientists with a new paradigm about the complex web of plant life.  Pennisi lists some of the new realizations about mycorrhizae:Pioneer infrastructure:  “when the first plants colonized land, mycorrhizal fungi were there,“ helping plants survive a harsh, dry landscape.  “Often the first plants to repopulate polluted or highly disturbed sites are weeds that don’t form mycorrhizae.  Only when mycorrhizal fungi move in … does diversity blossom.”Cultivation:  “By hindering water loss and erosion, they improve the soil.”Toxic cleanup:  “They also protect against pathogens and dampen harm from toxic wastes—talents that researchers exploit to reduce fertilizer use and remake damaged ecosystems.”  One of her illustrations is captioned, “Mycorrhizal fungi can enable plants such as this rare flower (right) to live in polluted wastelands.”  Another study showed that “when fungi are present, they can modify a heavy metal, such as cadmium, making that toxin unavailable for uptake by the plant.”  In this way, they “sequester toxins and make soils more amenable to diverse growth.”Damage repair:  “They help plants settle into damaged areas, such as those destroyed by fire.”  In fact, “some fungi build up a ‘bank’ of stored spores that become active after fires and help rejuvenate the mycorrhizae network.”Pollution control:  “Mycorrhizae also cause soil particles to clump, enabling them to hold on to nutrients. At waste sites, these clumps keep toxins from becoming airborne and dangerous to people,” noted one soil ecologist.Community lifeblood:  “In addition, new studies are showing that these fungal threads link one plant to another, transferring nutrients not only among fungi but from plant to plant as well, shaping the biological makeup of whole communities.”  All the species in a community are thus tapped into a common pipeline: “The mycelia pipeline can extend well beyond the immediate partners; it also provides for two-way traffic of carbon resources through the tangled maze of plant roots and fungal threads.  In this way, a large oak tree may be feeding not just its fungal partner but also other plants in its neighborhood.”  For new seedlings, this pipeline may actually be a lifeline, letting it get a foothold in the community.In other words, fungi form an “underground highway” that links plants into a community.  DNA sampling of soil is revealing that these fungi are more diverse and widespread than previously believed.    Furthermore, “in contrast to a widely held view—soil microorganisms aren’t always harmful.”  The world of mycorrhizal fungi is “cracking wide open,” leading ecologists to envision practical benefits that could be gained from understanding these relationships.  Scientists are finding, for instance, that adding mycorrhizae to strip mines and toxic waste dumps allows plants to become established again, without the need for polluting fertilizers.  Others are working to find the right mycorrhizal mix that will allow endangered species to become reestablished in their native environments.    The discovery of this “underground highway“ is “changing the way people think about plant ecology.”  Results of recent investigations that portray fungi as pioneers, providers and protectors “are solidifying the idea that the fungi are movers and shakers in the plant world.”1Elizabeth Pennisi, “The Secret Life of Fungi,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5677, 1620-1622, 11 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5677.1620].The old Darwinian/Malthusian picture of a dog-eat-dog world, nature red in tooth and claw, each species fighting over limited resources for survival of the fittest, just took a beating with this story.  This complex web of beneficial interactions looks mighty friendly.  You can almost picture the scouts exploring the new territory, the carpenters following behind to build the town and string the telegraph lines and railroad tracks, the sheriff and firefighters setting up headquarters and the settlers moving in to form a thriving, interactive, responsive community — all in the silent world of plants.  Where Darwinists used to see selfish, harmful microorganisms trying to steal from the land plants, they now see pioneers, providers and protectors.    So how does evolutionary theory deal with these new realizations?  There are only three references to evolution in this paper:Once upon a time: “Four hundred million years ago, ’when the first plants colonized land, mycorrhizal fungi were there,’ helping newcomers survive in a harsh, dry landscape, [John] Klironomos explains.  Since then, the support system has grown, says Katarzyna Turnau, an ecologist at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.  ‘Mycorrhizae [gave] the plants the ability to use different areas and to explore new niches,’ making possible the incredible diversity of modern flora.”    This statement has no explanatory power; it merely assumes evolution.  It fails to answer how the mycorrhizae survived in sterile dirt without the sugars that land plants provide.  It assumes that resources are sufficient to create diversity, which begs the question of how that might occur.Fictitious force:  One ecologist who studied the relationships between orchids and truffles remarked that the truffles “appear to be evolution drivers.”  Sorry, truffles don’t qualify for a driver’s license.Job prospecting:  Klironomos says in conclusion, “when it comes to ecology and evolutionary biology, the [mycorrhizal] field is cracking wide open.”  I.e., here is an opening for unemployed storytellers (see 12/22/2003 headline).In short, evolutionary theory adds nothing to these findings.  On the contrary; evolutionists appear surprised by them, because they ran counter to their expectations.  In light of the sophistication of the observed underground pipeline, its many specialized functions, and its many beneficial effects, it appears instead that the mycorrhizal field is cracking wide open for the intelligent design movement.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more