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Donald Trump has come at just the right time for Theresa May

by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyMaternity WeekAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongMaternity WeekDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny whatsapp Trump, who has huge affection for the UK, has taken to calling May “my Maggie” – in reference to the relationship enjoyed between Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.Read more: Special relationship: Theresa May set to be first leader to meet TrumpWhile it must be acknowledged that Trump is no Reagan, the importance that the new President attaches to America’s relationship with the UK should be seen as a welcome diplomatic asset to a PM embarking on the process of exiting the European Union.Trump has made no secret of the fact that he thinks other EU member states could (and indeed, should) follow the UK through the exit door, but May is rightly singing a different diplomatic tune.Her excellent speech last week made clear that it is in the UK’s interests for the EU project to survive and thrive. Christian May Tomorrow, Theresa May will become the first world leader to meet President Donald Trump.It is unlikely to be a meeting of minds, but it will certainly be a meeting of huge significance. Both the President and the PM have spoken in recent weeks about the importance of the special relationship and of their desire to strengthen it. whatsapp Share Read more: Theresa May on Trump, Trident and trade dealsShe cannot afford to antagonise EU leaders with Trumpian talk of their project being in demise. The challenge for May will be in balancing her relationship with EU leaders still wounded by our departure and a President who revels in the prospect of further continental deterioration.Nevertheless, Trump has come at the right time for May and there is no doubt that a strong ally in the White House should provide much needed backup during Brexit.Key to this new relationship will be Ted Malloch, the Oxford academic and entrepreneur tipped to serve as Trump’s ambassador to the EU. Yesterday Malloch, a eurosceptic and passionate believer in free-market economics, said that Trump’s “high energy” could ensure a swift US-UK trade deal, which would “send a signal that the US is behind Great Britain in its hour of need.”Read more: May: I’ve had positive talks with banks over Brexit Donald Trump has come at just the right time for Theresa May He also dismissed the “absurd proposition” that the UK cannot commence trade talks before formally exiting the EU in 2019.May should take full advantage of such diplomatic capital. She’s going to need friends during the Brexit negotiations, and it seems she’s already found some in the new US administration. Thursday 26 January 2017 6:00 am read more

Votes on boardroom pay could become legally binding in the near future, as the government mulls feedback from corporate governance consultation

At present, votes on pay are advisory only, meaning firms can dish out hefty awards even if the majority of investors disapprove. However, since 2014, votes on pay policies – essentially the methodology for how execs will be paid over the next three years – are binding, meaning remuneration committees could be sent back to the drawing board if their plans are rejected by shareholders.Read more: The City’s pay schizophrenia will fuel discordA number of consultation submissions called for investors to be handed more power on top dog pay. Asset manager Fidelity International urged the government to consider increasing binding votes on boardroom pay policy from once every three years to once every year, while a group led by the Investment Association urged ministers to impose an automatic binding vote for companies whose pay deals were voted against by more than a quarter of shareholders the year before.Now, the Sunday Times has reported the white paper from the consultation could force companies to reassess pay packets and put them to a second shareholder vote if they fail to garner favour from investors.However, Roger Lawson, deputy chair of shareholder interest group Sharesoc, warned such measures would not go far enough, telling City A.M.: “It will help. It won’t solve the problem altogether.” Share Hayley Kirton Shareholders could be given the right to block bumper pay packets for companies’ executive teams in the much-anticipated upcoming white paper on corporate governance.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has run a consultation on corporate governance, including executive pay and whether pay votes should be binding, which closed for feedback last month. Sunday 19 March 2017 6:10 pm Read more: Pirc hits back at Sports Direct over “fake news” allegationsLawson’s own group put forward proposals for shareholder committees, to counteract director-dominated remuneration committees, in its submission to the consultation.The launch of the white paper could well coincide with many firms putting their newest pay policies to shareholders for the first time since votes on these became binding. Experts have previously told City A.M. they expect firms to be facing off with investors more this year, while pay plans have been called into question at FTSE 100 BAE Systems and Glaxosmithkline, as well as newly-merged broker’s firm TP Icap.Read more: Martin Sorrell’s share scheme pay is down more than 30 per cent (to £42m)Meanwhile, tobacco behemoth Imperial Brands has already backed down over a £3m pay rise for chief executive Alison Cooper over fears it would fail to pass muster with investors. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy declined to comment on the contents of the white paper, but a government spokesperson said it was “committed to creating an economy that works for everyone, and that’s why we have consulted on options to strengthen corporate governance. We are considering the responses received and will respond in due course.” Votes on boardroom pay could become legally binding in the near future, as the government mulls feedback from corporate governance consultation whatsapp whatsapp read more

Covid-19: Decision to cut Tube services caused overcrowding, say watchdogs

first_imgThis caused a public backlash from some when pictures emerged of overcrowded Tube carriages at peak times, with some calling for a resumption of services back to normal levels. LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan pays a visit to the Department of Health on March 11, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images) Stefan Boscia Monday 20 April 2020 6:00 am Andy Lord, managing director of the London Underground, added: “Our clear message to Londoners is not to travel, but for any absolutely essential journeys to be made later in the day, if possible. Last month, Khan moved to reduce Tube numbers to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, with services now running at 55 per cent capacity at rush hour. Share The mayor of London, on numerous occasions, blamed overcrowding on some Tube lines to people using the network unnecessarily at peak times. A decision made by Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) to reduce Tube services has caused overcrowding during the coronavirus lockdown, according to the UK’s two largest transport watchdogs. LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan pays a visit to the Department of Health on March 11, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: Decision to cut Tube services caused overcrowding, say transport watchdogs The report said that when making journeys “the majority of Londoners are walking rather than taking public transport, although car use is significant”. He also closed 40 Tube stations and completely shut down the Circle line. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniorsbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USA They added: “The mayor has been clear that Transport for London is running the maximum number of services possible with the limited staff resources available.  The mayor fired back at Hancock, saying that one-third of TfL staff were off ill and that services could not be increased.center_img whatsapp LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan pays a visit to the Department of Health on March 11, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: Decision to cut Tube services caused overcrowding, say transport watchdogs A spokesperson for the mayor said it was not possible to increase Tube services as one-third of TfL staff, including drivers and control centre staff, were off sick or self-isolating. A joint report by watchdogs Transport Focus and London TravelWatch seen by City A.M, and to be released later today, said that a cut in services was indeed to blame for the overcrowding. “The mayor continues to urge Londoners to only use the transport network for essential travel and that people should work from home whenever possible to help protect key workers who need to travel.” This fits with the latest government figures showing that Tube usage is down by 95 per cent since February. This caused a war of words between Khan and the government last month, after health secretary Matt Hancock said the overcrowding was caused by his decision to dramatically cut Tube services and that people were at risk of spreading Covid-19 if public transport was busy. “The majority of people are playing their part and we need people to continue to not travel, to stay at home and to save lives.” Coronavirus: Decision to cut Tube services caused overcrowding, say transport watchdogs whatsapp Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said the report showed Khan had “botched efforts to keep Londoners safe” and that his “decision to dramatically cut the Tube service has had dire consequences”. The report said that one of its findings was that “overcrowded Tube trains due to reduced frequencies have led to a lack of social distancing”. 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State attorney general wants to give more criminal justice options to tribes

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Crime & Courts | State GovernmentState attorney general wants to give more criminal justice options to tribesMay 17, 2018 by Dan Bross, KUAC-Fairbanks Share:Jahna Lindemuth the Attorney General of Alaska. (Photo by Graelyn Brashear/Alaska Public Media)The state is taking steps to expand the criminal justice authority of Alaska Native tribes.Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth talked about the initiatives at a tribal court conference in Fairbanks last week.One initiative allows tribal courts to take over low level misdemeanor cases from the state, Lindemuth said.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.”It keeps that person outside of the state’s criminal justice system. And many times, that can be really important,” Lindemuth said. “Especially for a first offender or somebody who’s just starting out with dabbling with crime. We want to avoid them getting into the whole system and starting that lifelong pattern that we see so often. And so, I really hope that tribes will look at this closely and that they will consider working with the state on the civil diversion agreement.”A second change allows state funded village public safety officers to enforce tribal laws.”If you have a VPSO in your community, and you want that person to help enforce your tribal code, you need to sit down with your VPSO person and work that out. And it’s just a matter of if you can have that agreement in place, then that can go forward. And I really encourage all of you to do that.”A third initiative allows crime evidence collected by tribal officers, under state compliant search warrants, to be used for prosecution in state court.“We can prosecute that case in state court, even if a trooper never shows up in your community and investigates.”Lindemuth said the three tribal justice initiatives are included in a broader public safety action plan being developed by the state, with public input.“We don’t have a trooper or VPSO in every community, but we need law enforcement in every communit. We need public safety in every community,” Lindemuth said. “So how can we do this better? That’s what this is all about.”Tanana Chiefs Conference Executive Director of Tribal Government and Client Services Will Mayo greeted the initiatives with enthusiasm, saying it wasn’t too long ago that the state did not even acknowledge the existence of Alaska tribes.“Their belief was that the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act terminated any existence of tribes,” Mayo said. “Tribes did not exist in Alaska. That was the official position. They did not even use the word tribe.”Mayo credited tribes with bringing the state around. The TCC Tribal Court Conference offered training on the new state initiatives.Share this story:last_img read more

How to Navigate Metro’s Lost and Found System Without Succumbing to…

first_imgUncategorizedHow to Navigate Metro’s Lost and Found System Without Succumbing to Existential DespairRead this before you lose something. Not after.By Thomas Harlander – March 22, 20172143ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItYou haven’t experienced true hopelessness until you’ve watched a bus drive away with the bike your girlfriend’s dad gave you still in that rack on the front. Not that I would know. Most people manage to not forget their valuables on buses, but enough of us do that the Metro agents responsible for answering lost item calls have this uniquely gentle “mmhmm” they employ while you shriek about your missing wallet. They’re pleasant, and they’re courteous, and they’re helpful, and you can tell they’re trying to give you hope. The good news is, there is hope. The bad news is, there just isn’t very much.When you lose something on the Metro, the first thing you do is call the information line, (323) 466-3876. You’ll be surprised how quickly an actual person answers. Use the passive voice when you report the loss, not for any practical reason, but just because because saying “My purse got left on the bus” feels way less humiliating than “I left my purse on the bus,” and you can sort of indirectly blame The Universe instead of yourself. Free will is probably an illusion anyway, so you might as well take this opportunity to grammatically shrug off personal responsibility and accept the deterministic nature of existence.Now, anyone reading this preemptively, take note: The agent will ask you for the coach number of the bus or train car you rode (on buses, it’s printed below the driver’s side windshield). You probably won’t remember, of course, because you haven’t developed a habit of situational awareness. So instead, they’ll ask for the time and location you boarded, and the time and location you got off. They pass that information on to Bus Operations Control, where someone punches it into some sort of algorithm machine to triangulate the position of the bus you most likely rode. (I don’t actually know if there’s triangulation involved, or even what that means, but I think it’s a safe assumption.) They then send a message to that bus to ask if the forgotten item is still on board, and if it is, you can wait to meet the bus on its return route.Of course, there’s no guarantee they’ll actually locate the item, at which point your best bet is to go home, file a lost item report online, and maybe weep quietly in the shower for 25-30 minutes. Metro should let you know once the item turns up in their system, but to be safe, it’s best to wait three days, and then head over to their lost and found center at Heritage Square Station. There, someone will check the inventory and then politely inform you that your item has not been logged and was probably stolen, because apparently that happens pretty frequently—especially where mid-range road bikes are involved. Thieves, man.At that point you might be tempted to shake your fist at the night sky and scream obscenities into the abyss. Instead, try sitting quietly and meditating on the words of Job:“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”If you contemplate your loss long enough, maybe you’ll realize that, through some mystical paradox, life, meaningless as it can seem, is rich with purpose. Maybe the loss of the bike your girlfriend’s dad gave you is a reminder to hold material possessions loosely, to approach the givenness of the world with gratitude, regardless of your situation.Or, you know, maybe it’s just a reminder to not be an irresponsible dumbass.Thomas Harlander is a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. He recently wrote: 100 Square Miles of Los Angeles Are Surrounded by a Hidden Religious Wall Previous articleIn Defense of Drinking Cereal MilkNext articleSilver Lake Reservoir Is Going to Be Refilled in April (Finally)Thomas Harlanderlast_img read more

Southern California’s Roadside Architecture in All Its Glowing, Midcentury Glory

first_imgBooksArchitectureArts & EventsL.A. HistorySouthern California’s Roadside Architecture in All Its Glowing, Midcentury GloryIn the new book ’Gas and Glamour,’ photographer Ashok Sinha celebrates the region’s most wonderful—and functional—architectural odditiesBy Chris Nichols – December 1, 20201814ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItText by Chris Nichols ❉ Photography by Ashok SinhaAshok Sinha racks up a lot of miles on his rental car when he comes to visit hisfamily in Los Angeles. For the last four years, the New York-based photographer has been hunting for L.A.’s midcentury roadside architecture and going to great pains to capture the sparkling neon and stucco motels, coffee shops, and gas stations for his new book, Gas and Glamour. “I had this idea of Los Angeles as sort of a dream city,” Sinha says. “In my fantasy, there should be a certain kind of a glow to it. That’s where I got the title.”The Donut Hole1968 | La PuenteAshok SinhaEverybody loves Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, but what if the doughnut was even bigger, and you could drive through it? The Donut Hole in La Puente dates back to 1968, a few decades after California first fell in love with programmatic architecture like the Brown Derby and the Tail O’ the Pup. Sinha also captured the enormous beer barrels of the Idle Hour bar in North Hollywood, and the Fleetwood Center in Tarzana, a minimall shaped like the front end of a 1970 Cadillac.Jack Colker’s Union 761965 | Beverly HillsAshok SinhaThere has been a gas station on this corner for almost 100 years, but when it got a space-age upgrade in 1965, sales skyrocketed. The eye-catching design was by Gin Wong of William Pereira & Associates, the designers behind CBS Television City and the theme building at LAX. Writer Tom Wolfe described the shape as a “spherical triangle whose swooping lines and upthrust ends reach for the sky.”McDonald’s1953 | DowneyAshok SinhaRichard and Maurice McDonald had just completed their plans for a food revolution and needed a distinctive and recognizable building that would show it all off. Architect Stanley Clark Meston created an exciting glass fishbowl to showcase all that modern efficiency, wrapped it in festive red and white tile, added a pair of giant golden arches with flashing neon—and a legend was born. The world’s oldest McDonald’s was restored in 1996 and features a museum and gift shop.Bowlium1958 | MontclairAshok SinhaThis is one of the last survivors from an era when bowling alleys grew ever more lavish as operators competed to build larger and more luxurious complexes. Some midcentury pin palaces had cocktail lounges, fine-dining restaurants, and plush nightclubs that appealed to young couples in the new suburbs, with supervised playrooms for their baby boom kiddos. Bowlium was designed by Long Beach-based Powers, Daly & DeRosa, the undisputed kingpins who reinvented the modern bowling experience.Saga Motor Hotel1959 | PasadenaAshok SinhaThe baroque script of backlit letters floats in white above the lean and low walls of this sleek roadside lodging built in 1959. Travelers along Route 66 can stop in to enjoy the same giant swimming pool, breeze blocks, and dozens of soaring palms you might see in Palm Springs, plopped down in genteel Pasadena. The motor hotel, by architect Harold Zook, has been designated a Pasadena landmark.Driftwood Dairy1961 | El MonteAshok SinhaDrive-in culture didn’t end at movies and restaurants. Midcentury banks, doughnut shops, and even churches allowed you to conduct much of your life from behind the steering wheel. Why trudge to the market to pick up milk when you could glide through the market, which was more of a space-age pavilion, and eager clerks would bring you all the bread, eggs, and ice cream that the milkman forgot? The unique glue-laminated beams create an enormous open span large enough to shield an entire fleet of tail-finned cars from the warm California sun.Excerpted from the book Gas and Glamour by Ashok Sinha.Stay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook and Instagram. TAGSRoadside architectureL.A. HistoryMidcenturyPrevious articleLooking for Ways to Give Back this Giving Tuesday? Here Are 27 Good CausesNext articleL.A. Decides Not to Close a COVID Testing Site for the Filming of Addison Rae’s First MovieChris Nichols RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORRandy’s Donuts Says It’s Been Famous Since ’62. History Tells a Different StoryManhattan Beach Took Beachfront Land from a Black Family. L.A. County Has Voted to Give It BackA New Book on L.A.’s Historic Places Is Eye-Opening Even for Longtime Angelenoslast_img read more

Medical devices get to market faster in Europe — but are tied to more safety issues

first_img Related: Landmark effort to speed drug approvals nears critical phase in Congress Currently, companies in the United States that want to sell high-risk devices, such as implants designed to support and sustain life, must first demonstrate that their products are reasonably safe and effective — usually through clinical trials. Related: Republicans seize on reports critiquing FDA to push for agency reforms By Sheila Kaplan June 28, 2016 Reprints WASHINGTON — Medical device companies have argued that streamlining the regulatory process at the Food and Drug Administration could help get their devices onto market more quickly and ultimately help save lives.But a new study comparing US and European approaches to medical devices suggests that doing so could also carry significant risks for patient safety.The two-continent study — led by Harvard Medical School researchers — comes as Congress is considering legislation that would make it easier to get drugs and medical devices through the regulatory process.advertisement Kesselheim said the researchers did not expect to find such striking results.The medical device industry has argued that the regulatory process can be streamlined without sacrificing patient safety.One of the industry’s major trade groups, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, said it was reviewing the BMJ study but cautioned that it “touches on a complex issue” that may make it difficult to compare the US and European systems.“It is important to note that the EU has recently taken steps to significantly strengthen its oversight of medical devices,” said Ralph Ives, the group’s executive vice president for global strategy and analysis.Kesselheim said he believes speeding up the approval process for devices in the United States would be problematic.It “moves our regulatory system closer to the European system, at the same time that the people in Europe are trying to come up with proposals to move their system closer to ours,” he said.A bill that would accelerate the approval of drugs and medical devices, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, passed the House late last year. The Senate could consider its own version of the legislation in the coming weeks. In the European Union, by contrast, medical devices can be sold as long as they perform “as intended” and “are likely to be safe.” They generally get to market faster than in the US.advertisement HealthMedical devices get to market faster in Europe — but are tied to more safety issues In the new study, published Tuesday in the BMJ, researchers found that medical devices that were first approved in the European Union were associated with a greater rate of safety issues than devices first approved by FDA.Researchers examined 309 devices, 206 of which were approved by the FDA and the EU. Sixty-three percent were approved first in the EU.The researchers found that the devices approved first by the EU were three times more likely to require safety alerts and recalls.The study was led by Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim, along with Thomas J. Hwang and Dr. Jessica M. Franklin, all of Harvard, as well as Elisaveta Sokolov of King’s College in London.“There are well-known differences between the systems for device authorization in the US and the EU,” said Kesselheim. “I think there is a concern that the EU is trading speed for safety, and I think that’s what is borne out in the study.” The process for approving medical devices like pacemakers differs between the US and the European Union. APStock Tags FDAmedical devicespolicyregulationslast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, March 21, 2019

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook GAA GAA Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Máire Hughes (née Hegarty)Garrykennedy, Portroe, Nenagh, Tipperary / Ballinamore, Leitrim / Bawnboy, CavanMáire Hughes (nee Hegarty) Garrykennedy, Portroe, Nenagh Co. Tipperary & formerly of Bawnboy/Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. Peacefully in the loving care of Milford Hospice (March 20th 2019). Deeply regretted by her loving husband Jim,  ex Borris Road, Portlaoise, daughters Crona, Orla, & Mary, sons Niall, Joe, & Jim, sisters Kitty (Dolan), Deirdre (Forde), Emir (Mc Niffe) & Fionnuala (Mc Niffe), sons-in-law John, Finian, & Gary, daughters-in-law Dara, Claire & Aysel, her adored grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, neices, relatives & many friends.Rest in peace. Reposing at her home in Garrykennedy (eircode E45 PY79) on Thursday evening from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral arriving to Portroe Church on Friday morning at 10.45am for Funeral Mass at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to Milford Hospice.Mary Daly (née Osborne)Marian Ave., Portlaoise, LaoisDaly (nee Osbone) Marian Ave., Portlaoise and recently in the tender care of Ballard Lodge Nursing Home. 20th March 2019 In her 92nd year. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family at The Regional Hosp., Portlaoise. Mary, beloved wife of the late Tom and mother of the late Maureen. Dearly loved mother to Kieran (Liverpool), Catherine Fitzgerald, Anne Price (Waterford) and Paula Nurney. Cherished grandmother to 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Deeply regretted by her loving family, daughter-in-law Carol, sons-in-law Tim, Seamus and Mossey, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, former colleagues at St. Fintan’s Hosp., relatives, great neighbours and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 pm with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Friday morning to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise. Family flowers only.John (Sean) QuinlanAbbeycresent, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully . Deeply regretted by his loving wife Elizabeth, son John, daughters Caroline and Lisa, sons-in-law Jimmy and Raymond, Johns partener Suzanne, grandchildren Aaron, Meghann, Alex, Ben and Josh, brother George, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at his residence from 2pm on Wednesday with Rosary at 8pm. Removal to the Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix for 11am. Requiem Mass on Thursday. Burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.Mary FingletonPark Upper, Stradbally, LaoisFingleton . Park Upper. Stradbally Co. Laois . March 19th 2019 In the tender care of the staff of Ballard Lodge Nursing Home. Peacefully surrounded by her loving family Mary . Sister of the late Lila . Deeply regretted by her loving family. Sisters Kit (Phelan) , Nellie (Heery) , Bridget Fingleton ,and Anne (Sheahan) . Brothers Jimmy, Tommy, Michael, Anthony and Paddy. Bros in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces. Grand nephews and grand Nieces, Relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in Peace.Reposing at her family home from 3pm on Wed. with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Thursday morning to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s church Portlaoise for 12 noon requiem mass. Interment will follow in Ratheniska cemetery. Family flowers only donations if desired to The Alzheimers Society.Kieran KellyBallacolla Road, Abbeyleix, LaoisPeacefully, at his residence, in the loving care of his family. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Bernie, sons Paul, Kieran, and Brian, daughter June, son-in-law Niall, daughters-in-law Paula and Geraldine, grandchildren Charlie, Sophie, Matilda and Oliver, brother-in-law, sisters -in-law, relatives and friends.Reposing at his residence from 2pm on Monday with Rosary at 7pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to the Church Of The Most Holy Rosary, Abbeyleix, for 11.30am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.Family flowers only, by request. Donations, if desired, to Laois Hospice. House private on Tuesday morning please.Michael (Mick) MurrayGlenbrook, Ballyroan, LaoisMichael (Mick) Murray, Glenbrook, Ballyroan, Co. Laois. Founder Ballyroan Vintage Club and Former Chairman Colt GAA. Died unexpectedly, on St Patrick’s Day, surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his loving wife Brigid and son Edward Patrick. Deeply regretted his daughters Breda, Carmel, Cathy, Lorraine,and Michelle, sons-in-law Denis, John, Robert, Jim and Liam, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters Kathleen and Mary, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Reposing in his home from 3pm on Monday and from 3pm on Tuesday Recital of The Rosary at 9pm on Tuesday night. Funeral arriving for 12 noon Requiem Mass on Wednesday in St Patrick’s Church, Ballyroan. Burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery. House Private on Wednesday morning.Breda Fitzpatrick (née Hanrahan)St Brigid’s Drive, Ballinakill, LaoisBreda died in the loving care of the Management and Staff of Brookhaven Nursing Home, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. Deeply regretted by her brothers Fr Noel Hanrahan MHM and Michael, sister Joan O’Halloran, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Brookhaven Nursing Home from 5pm on Sunday evening with Rosary at 7pm. Removal on Monday morning at 10.20am to St. Brigid’s Church, Ballinakill, for Funeral Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 20, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, March 21, 2019 Deaths Pinterest TAGSDeaths in Laois By Siun Lennon – 21st March 2019 WhatsApp Pinterest GAA Deaths in Laois – Thursday, March 21, 2019 Previous articleRDS, Malahide Castle or Croke Park – use Martleys Transport to get to your concerts this yearNext articleElection Diary: World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, broadband issues and a female bootcamp Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Dr. Tufton to Swear in New IICA Director General

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, will attend the swearing-in of new Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA), Víctor M. Villalobos, on January 15, in Costa Rica.The Minister of Agriculture of Jamaica, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, will swear in the new Director General, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Inter-American Board of Agriculture, IICA’s highest governing body.The OAS Representative in Costa Rica, Ambassador Patricio Zuquilanda, has confirmed that the Secretary General will be attending the ceremony. The speakers and special guests will include the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias.The Institute’s current Director General, Barbadian Chelston W. D. Brathwaite, will deliver the opening address and welcome those present to the House of Agriculture of the Americas. An important delegation is expected to attend the ceremony from Mexico, comprising senior Government officials, lawmakers, entrepreneurs and former secretaries of agriculture.The Minister of Agriculture of Jamaica, Hon. Dr. Christopher TuftonA Mexican citizen, Villalobos, until recently, was the Co-ordinator of International Affairs of his country’s Agriculture Secretariat. He was elected by the Ministers of Agriculture of the hemisphere at their most recent meeting, last October in Jamaica. He will hold the post for four years (2010-2014).Founded nearly seven decades ago, IICA has its headquarters in Costa Rica and offices in its 34 Member States. Its goals are to promote agriculture and rural development in its member countries. RelatedDr. Tufton to Swear in New IICA Director General RelatedDr. Tufton to Swear in New IICA Director General Advertisementscenter_img RelatedDr. Tufton to Swear in New IICA Director General Dr. Tufton to Swear in New IICA Director General AgricultureJanuary 7, 2010last_img read more

Early Human Activity In Australia May Have Led To Animal Extinctions

first_imgThe earliest humans who peopled Australia some 55,000 years ago may have inadvertently disrupted the continent’s food chain by burning vast areas of native vegetation, resulting in the extinction of most large animal species. Professor Gifford Miller, a geochronologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said recent dating evidence indicates an ostrich-sized bird known as Genyornis newtoni suddenly disappeared about 50,000 years ago. The research team speculated that many browsers like the flightless Genyornis — and other animal species that fed predominately on shrubs and trees — became extinct after centuries of burning by humans in the continent’s interior changed the ecosystem’s flora. “I think we have compelling circumstantial evidence that the Genyornis extinction date is applicable to the vast majority of Australian megafauna,” said Miller. “There are certainly no secure dates to refute this supposition.” Like any other group of people, the early Australians were just trying to keep their families fed, said Miller, currently on sabbatical in Australia. “We suspect the systematic burning by the earliest colonizers – used to secure food, promote new vegetation growth, to signal other groups of people and for other purposes — differed enough from the natural fire cycle that key ecosystems were pushed past a threshold from which they could not recover.” A paper authored by Miller and Beverly Johnson of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, John Magee, Linda Ayliffe, Malcolm McCulloch and Nigel Spooner of Australian National University in Canberra, and Marilyn Fogel of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., appeared in the Jan. 8 issue of Science. Johnson is now a faculty member at the University of Washington. The debate on megafauna extinction in Australia has raged for more than a century, with some scientists proposing climate change and others touting human causes like overhunting or fires. “By dating one element of the megafauna for the first time, we think we can evaluate which explanation is most probable,” Miller said. Although fire was common before the first humans, the natural fire season occurred in November and December due to lightning strikes during the build-up to the “wet season” after sufficient fuel had accumulated, Miller said. “The possibility of human burning at other times of the year and at a greater frequency may have inhibited the regeneration of the natural tree and shrub vegetation in the interior.” More than 85 percent of the Australian megafauna weighing more than 100 pounds became extinct at about the same time as the extinction of Genyornis, he said. The list includes 19 species of marsupials over 220 pounds, including a hippopotamus-sized relative of the wombat, a 25-foot-long, three-foot-in diameter snake, a 25-foot-long lizard and a Volkswagen-sized giant horned tortoise. Although the precise dates for many of the extinctions are still under debate, the evidence for extinction of Genyornis is more clear, said Miller. The team reported on more than 700 dates on Genyornis eggshells from three climate regions that documented their presence more than 100,000 years ago to their sudden disappearance about 50,000 years ago — shortly after humans arrived in Australia. “The demise of Genyornis seems to have been triggered by a disruption of the food chain caused by the vegetation ecosystem being knocked out of balance over large areas of the continent,” said Miller. “The simultaneous extinction of Genyornis at three different sites during an interval of modest climate change implies that human impact, not climate change, was responsible.” The researchers used a dating technique known as racemization on the fossil Genyornis eggshells, in which changes in the amino acids present in the shells act as geological clocks. They also used radiocarbon dating and the decay of uranium to date the fossil eggshells directly. In addition, they used a luminescence dating technique to measure changes in quartz grains caused by trace levels of background radiation. The research team also was able to measure the dietary characteristics of Genyornis by using carbon isotopes in their eggshells. The results indicated Genyornis — which had a strong, shearing beak — was dependent primarily on shrubs and trees, while other bird and animal species with more versatile feeding habits survived. “We conclude than Genyornis was primarily a browser, and likely dependent on extensive shrub land, a dependency that may have made it susceptible to ecosystem disruption,” the authors wrote. The extinctions appear to have been “taxonomically selective” in that animals with broader dietary tolerances like the emu and cassowary — half the weight of the 200-pound Genyornis — survived while Genyornis died out, said Miller, a professor in CU-Boulder’s geological sciences department. “Systematic burning practices of the earliest human immigrants could have disrupted an especially sensitive ecosystem across the semi-arid zone, which in turn placed unprecedented stress on the dependent fauna. We postulate that this stress, possibly coupled with modest drying that occurred simultaneously and/or some direct human predation, led to megafaunal extinction,” the authors wrote. Although some have speculated the demise of Genyornis was due to overhunting, evidence of direct predation on the birds by humans is limited to a single site, said Miller. In addition, kill sites for other megafauna are equally rare. The debate over the megafauna extinctions in Australia is somewhat similar to the debate over North American megafauna extinctions some 13,000 years ago. The North American extinctions occurred at a time when PaleoIndians may have first arrived on the continent, which also was a time of rapid climate change. “Our evidence from Australia, where extinction clearly occurred when the climate was not severe, will likely rekindle the debate in North America,” he said. In 1997, Miller proposed that systematic burning of vegetation by the earliest human colonizers beginning roughly 50,000 years ago may have altered the vegetation sufficiently to diminish the effectiveness of summer monsoons that periodically drenched northern Australia, triggering increased aridity over much of the interior. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 6, 1999 last_img read more