Emergency meeting called in bid to save Lifford Greyhound Stadium from closure

first_imgGreyhound owners and trainers in the Northwest have called an emergency meeting in a bid to save Lifford Greyhound Stadium.Last night, it was confirmed that Lifford Greyhound Stadium – which has been in operation since 1959 – will close its doors after its race night on Saturday-week, August 17.Lifford Stadium owners, the Duffy family, who took over the running of the venue in 2003, cited ‘an ongoing lack of support from the Irish Greyhound Board’ (IGB) as they announced notice of the closure, which will affect 25 jobs. The IGB say they regret the proposed closure, but say they have supported the privately owned track over the years as much as they could.An emergency meeting will take place in the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane at 7pm on Wednesday 17th August. All local greyhound owners and trainers are asked to attend, while TDs and Councillors are also expected to be in attendance.The IGB say the assistance sought by the owners of the Lifford Greyhound Stadium was beyond their remit.The IGB and representatives of the Lifford Greyhound Stadium met as recently as May after concerns about the future viability of the venue were raised. “The arrangement of the type sought by the stadium representatives at that time is not within the mandate of the Board as a semi-state company and does not meet the corporate governance requirements applying to the IGB,” the IGB said in a statement released today.”The IGB said it ‘regretted’ the closure of the Lifford Greyhound Stadium, which underwent a €12million upgrade in 2003.The IGB said: “The IGB is very aware of the excellent work done by all those at the track as part of the greyhound fraternity. The Duffy family, owners of the track, have a long association and strong commitment to greyhound racing.“While Lifford is a private track and not in the ownership of the Irish Greyhound Board, the IGB has provided wide ranging support to Lifford for a long period of time. This included a significant capital financial investment in providing the current facilities at the stadium.”In recent times, Lifford has been restricted to a ten-race card one night a week and will cease operations next weekend. Indecon Economic Consultants is currently conducting a comprehensive, strategic review into the future needs of the Irish greyhound industry, with a full report expected by October 2019.The review will provide an assessment of stadium infrastructure and financial sustainability, along with detailed recommendations regarding all licensed stadia.Emergency meeting called in bid to save Lifford Greyhound Stadium from closure was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Greyhound RacingIGBIrish Greyhound BoardLiffordLifford Greyhound StadiumMatthew Duffylast_img read more

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First Lizard Was 100% Lizard

first_imgEvolutionists celebrate the earliest fossil lizard, but have to push back the origin of lizards by 75 million years.CT scans of a fossil found in the early 2000’s has revealed it to be a lizard. Its location in the Dolomite mountains in Italy requires evolutionists to date it at 240 million Darwin Years. That, however, pushes the origin of lizards 75 million years earlier than evolutionists thought. From the bones, the artwork and the text, though, nothing reveals this animal to be a transitional form. It looks like a lizard one might find scampering about today.The press release from University of Bristol includes a video clip of the discovery and analysis. Good scientific work was done on the fossil, but support for its evolutionary status appears strained. The researchers assert it evolved, and that all subsequent squamates (lizards and snakes) evolved from it, but no evidence is presented to support that view. Instead, they speculate that the ancestor of lizards must have evolved earlier.Megachirella. Credit: Davide Bonadonna, Univ of BristolThe 240-million-year-old fossil, Megachirella wachtleri, is the most ancient ancestor of all modern lizards and snakes, known as squamates, the new study, published today in the journal Nature, shows.The fossil, along with data from both living and extinct reptiles —which involved anatomical data drawn from CT scans and DNA— suggests the origin of squamates is even older, taking place in the late Permian period, more than 250 million years ago.Tiago Simões, Lead author and PhD student from the University of Alberta in Canada, said: “The specimen is 75 million years older than what we thought were the oldest fossil lizards in the entire world and provides valuable information for understanding the evolution of both living and extinct squamates.”Why doesn’t this fossil provide “valuable information for understanding” that lizards did not evolve? The only reason is that Darwinians require lizards (and all organisms) to have bacteria ancestors. As many previous posts have shown, however, various groups are seen in the fossil record to have appeared earlier than expected.Currently, there are 10,000 species of lizards and snakes around the world—twice as many different species as mammals. Despite this modern diversity, scientists did not know much about the early stages of their evolution.It appears now, with this fossil, that they know even less about lizard evolution. This fossil was not a pre-lizard; it was a lizard. To an evolutionist, finding a true lizard 240 million Darwin Years old must seem unbelievable.Co-author Dr Randall Nydam of the Midwestern University in Arizona, said: “At first I did not think Megachirella was a true lizard, but the empirical evidence uncovered in this study is substantial and can lead to no other conclusion.”In science, one should question a theory when evidence contradicts it. Rather than question evolution, though, these Darwinian scientists are only altering details of evolutionary theory. It forces them, however, to believe that lizard evolution occurred in less time than they thought. “The restudy of Megachirella wachtleri fossil allowed the authors to re-write the history of all fossil and living lizards and snakes,” the press release says. One can be sure that they will only re-write that history in Darwinian terms, despite the evidence against it.Update 5/30/18: Live Science tends to write its own material rather than regurgitate press releases, but reporter Mindy Waisberger could not bring herself to critique what the press release says. She calls Megachirella “the mother of all lizards” that is helping scientists “to understand its placement in the evolutionary tree of reptiles.” Said understanding, though, always resides in the future, to give Darwinians job security:“What we are discovering is the tip of the iceberg, and much further work needs to be done to understand the early evolution of squamates,” he [Simões] said.Caribbean Lizard DiversificationAnother example of twisting data into an evolutionary mindset comes from Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Islands contain a remarkable diversity of anole lizards, including some varieties that prefer particular microclimates on the same tree. A press release from the University of Missouri hails this as a triumph of evolutionary theory:The islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica — collectively known as the Greater Antilles — are home to more than 100 species of Anolis lizards.The success of this colorful group of reptiles is often attributed to the evolution of distinct body shapes and behaviors that allow species to occupy different ecological niches.A new study from the lab of Dr. Manuel Leal with the Division of Biological Sciences reports that the evolution of physiological differences that allow these lizards to take advantage of different microclimates (e.g., sun vs. shade) may have been just as important as these physical differences.The observed variations in these lizards would make a young-earth creationist yawn. These are not just lizards; they are Anolis lizards. Yet the press release, and the Royal Society paper behind it, celebrate the measurements of these lizards as somehow supporting Darwinism. At the same time, the findings provide job security for evolutionists by letting them take more Caribbean vacations to try to tease out nuances of Darwinian evolution that the data seem to contradict.Dr Leal, evolutionary biologist, in comfortable Caribbean attire.For scientists, the Greater Antillean anoles represent a classic example of an evolutionary process known as adaptive radiation. After appearing on each of the four islands about 50 million years ago, the colorful lizards quickly diversified to exploit different niches on the island’s trees, including the canopy, trunk near the ground, mid-trunk, and other twigs. Each new species developed its own distinct body type, called an ecomorph, adapted to the niche where it lived. According to Leal, this focus on differences in appearance leaves some important questions unanswered.“How can similar species coexist without outcompeting one another? One of the tenants [sic, tenets] of evolutionary ecology is that when a structural niche is filled, species diversification should either slow or come to an end due to competition. There must be some other way they are sharing that habitat to avoid competition,” he said.The researchers hypothesized that the evolution of physiological traits related to temperature tolerance also facilitated the maintenance of biological diversity by providing an additional axis of co-existence.Adaptive radiation is not a “process.” It is a name given to an observation. Calling it a process implies causation; it would be like calling the ringing of a phone the cause of a phone call.A skeptical observer of this quote would also have to chuckle at the evolutionists’ quandary over the lack of competition. Competition – the struggle for existence – was the old Darwinian ethic that led to so much suffering under Social Darwinism (eugenics, world wars, etc.). Here, a large number of lizard varieties seem to get along just fine in the same space. Solving that puzzle will undoubtedly give Dr Leal some time between work observations to sample his own shady niche under an umbrella on some Caribbean beach to see if he evolves his own ecomorph – a round belly, perhaps – until some buff competitor walks by kicking sand in his face. (Visited 554 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

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FD Early Intervention Webinar: Enriching Social Emotional Literacy

first_imgSocial Emotional Development in the Early Years: Enriching Social Emotional LiteracyDate:  December 3, 2015Time:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm EasternLocation: Social Emotional Development in the Early Years: Enriching Social Emotional LiteracyCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Reading with Daddy by Madgerly, April 26, 2010]Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, and Kimberly Hile will discuss the importance of supporting children’s social emotional development by building their early social emotional literacy and vocabulary skills.  Specific topics will include:Research evidence on the importance of early social emotional literacy and vocabulary skills on children’s social emotional well-being.Selecting age-, developmentally-, and culturally-appropriate books for children to support their social emotional development.  We will highlight topics that may be relevant to military families, such as: loneliness, friendships, understanding and acceptance of disability, separation, transitioning to new locations, bonding, dealing with family stressors, and grieving.Evidence-based strategies for embedding early literacy activities to support children with disabilities within their typical routines and home, school, and in the community.Parent coaching strategies to support parents’ and caregivers’ implementation of early social emotional literacy and vocabulary activities to facilitate the children’s social emotional development. MFLN FD Early Intervention webinars offer CE Credits through the Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois. The EI team is actively pursuing more CE opportunities in states other than Illinois. Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, & Virginia participants can obtain a certificate of completion to submit to their credentialing agencies for review for CE credits. Please check back frequently to the webinar Learn Event web page to receive updates on our progress. Access to the webinar Learn Event page can be found, here.For more information on future presentations for MFLN Family Development, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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Set of Six: What we learned at State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS1. Touch football tournaments and rain are a match made in heaven:It’s probably something we already know but if you want rain, hold a touch football tournament. I would not be surprised if there was a touch football comp held in the middle of the Sahara Desert, it would rain cats and dogs. The torrential rain we saw for the men’s open match was incredible. In 15 minutes, the field turned into a swimming pool. It brought back plenty of memories of past touch tournaments where Mother Nature has turned ugly.2. Tight divisions across the park:Out of the 13 divisions played, nine of them were decided in the final match. This was a huge increase compared to the 2012 series where four games were decided by the last game. The only divisions not to remain alive after two matches were the women’s 30s, women’s 40s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. Three of those divisions produced clean-sweep victories with New South Wales winning all the matches in women’s 30s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. 3. Queensland looks good for the future:Queensland can salvage some pride from their State of Origin series loss and they can also look to the future with optimism. The maroons won both the under 20s divisions. It was a far contrast from two years ago when NSW clean swept the women and men’s 20s divisions. Queensland got revenge by winning the two divisions 2-1 respectively. With a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks and as well playing in the open divisions, Queensland looks really strong for the future. 4. Television production takes touch football to next level:Touch Football has been telecast plenty of times before but not like how it was during the State of Origin series. For the first time, the series was broadcast live and with commentators. Power Productions did a great job at streaming the State of Origin series online and will no doubt do a phenomenal job at producing a 90-minute for Fox Sports in early October.5. Don’t mess with the refs:Referees – you either love them or loathed them. Some players, coaches and spectators think they are blind, while others can’t stand them. So what happens when the referee strikes back? We certainly found out in the mixed open first match when referee Nathan Budge levelled Adam Pryde. In a hit that would have seen Budge face a lengthy spell on the sidelines if it was the NRL, his shoulder charge on Pryde floored the Queensland player. Who says referees don’t have a mean streak?    6. Mate against mate, best against best:Trans-Tasman is great, World Cup is even better, but nothing compares to State of Origin. The best touch football players in Australia representing their state and going head-to-head. It was fast, energetic, acrobatic, breath-taking and exhilarating. For two days, the best of Australian touch football lit up Sunshine Coast Stadium. State of Origin is a great concept and a must for the touch football calendar. Ask the players what it means to represent either New South Wales or Queensland and they will tell how much pride they get by wearing their state colours.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – LinksSOO set of sixlast_img read more

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Allied performance sees the Alliance make their mark

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Alliance have been the big movers on day two of the National Touch League, putting together a perfect day in the Women’s Elite Eight competition.One-touchdown wins against the New South Wales Country Mavericks and the New South Wales Mets sees them sitting pretty in the competition’s top three ahead of a huge third day of competition.It sets up a pivotal match-up with the top of the table Queensland Broncos on Friday morning, with the winner set to put themselves in prime position ahead of the finals.The highly fancied Broncos suffered their first loss of the competition on Thursday, outplayed by the New South Wales Scorpions who at that stage were unbeaten.But all this good work came undone in Round 5 of the tournament, with the Queensland Cowboys pulling off a huge upset to win 7-5 over the Scorpions.It’s now a hugely open tournament, with no unbeaten teams in the female side of the Elite Eight competition.The Broncos will still fancy their chances of going back-to-back, but the Scorpions have proved that the team from Queensland can be beaten.It means the Broncos, the Scorpions and the Alliance all sit on 16 competition points, with the Queensland Titans and Cowboys just trailing in 4th and 5th position respectively.Both the Titans and the Cowboys sit on 12 competition points and it looks as if this battle for 4th will be one of the main storylines on day three.Neither side can afford to give an inch if they are to sneak into the finals and make their mark in the knockout stage of the competition.  Unfortunately it looks like the Mets’ competition is all but over.Sitting in 6th, they are the hard luck story of the tournament after a disastrous day of play.It was a nightmare day two for the team from New South Wales, with a one-touchdown loss and a costly draw ruining any chances of a finals appearance in 2017.To make things worse, the Mets draw came against the winless New South Wales Rebels.The Rebels sit in 7th and will be playing for pride on day three after a poor showing on the first two days of competition.The Mets will know they should have beaten the Rebels and if they had been victorious they would still be in finals contention – what could have been.It leaves the Mavericks on the bottom of the table – still winless after five matches.The Cowboys’ touchdown machine Mary McLean leads the tournament with a personal tally of 13, but Bronco Katee Maller (10) and Scorpion Yasmin Meakes (10) closely follow her.Round 6 of matches will begin at 9:00AM on Friday morning at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Related LinksElite 8 Women Day 2last_img read more

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New US$24.9M Ferris to Mackfield Road 85 Per Cent Complete

first_imgStory Highlights Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that most of the work on the 14-kilometre roadway should be completed by May. The National Works Agency (NWA) says construction of the US$24.9-million Ferris to Mackfield road in Westmoreland is approximately 85 per cent complete.Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that most of the work on the 14-kilometre roadway should be completed by May.This, she said, places the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited-executed project on track to meet the 18-month completion date, adding that “it should be substantially completed in terms of all areas being asphalted”.“So far, we have completed 10.5 kilometres of base and sub-base work… and of that amount, we have now asphalted approximately seven kilometres. So we have asphalted 3.4 kilometres from Ferris Cross to Whithorn; we have also done the 3.5 kilometre stretch from Mackfield to Haddo,” Ms. Ricketts said.She further advised that work remains to be completed on the middle section of the roadway, which, she added, is expected to be significantly advanced in the region of the community of Galloway by the end of the week.“So once we have pressure tested it, we will be able to asphalt it. The contractor uses a paver, so the process goes by quickly,” the Community Relations Officer added.Ms. Ricketts also advised that new water lines are installed along a section of the roadway, which “we are now in the process of pressure testing”.Additionally, she said drainage infrastructure installation is far advanced as “all the side drains along the asphalted sections have been completed and we have installed the necessary culverts at other sections of the roadway”.“There were [also] quite a number of retaining structures that were built [and] those are now complete.” Ms. Ricketts further indicated.The Ferris to Mackfield road project, which is being managed by the NWA, is intended to improve the north-south roads linking Savanna-la-Mar and Black River to Montego Bay.The project is being executed under the Government’s Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Meanwhile, Ms. Ricketts advised that the NWA has commenced compensating residents who were inconvenienced consequent on the removal of structures to facilitate the project.She indicated that the compensation exercise got under way last week.“Quite a number of residents would have received payment, or are in the process of receiving payment. It is an ongoing process, which we are now working on. By the end of this week, another set of payments should be processed,” she told JIS News.Ms. Ricketts, in noting several residents’ concerns about the pace of the payments, pointed out that the NWA is “actively” undertaking the process and assured that “all persons who we have engaged will be paid”.She further indicated that the NWA is in the process of doing the final relocation to make way for the new alignment, adding that “we have removed most of the fences, houses and other structures”. This, she said, places the China Harbour Engineering Company Limited-executed project on track to meet the 18-month completion date, adding that “it should be substantially completed in terms of all areas being asphalted”. The National Works Agency (NWA) says construction of the US$24.9-million Ferris to Mackfield road in Westmoreland is approximately 85 per cent complete.last_img read more

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May 12 2002 The sun is rising on another large po

first_imgMay 12, 2002 The sun is rising onanother large pour. The location is Unit 9 & 10 of the East Crescent. Some of the crew actually slept on theconstruction site to be ready for the arrival of the first cement truckat 5:30am. [photo: Karen Taylor & text: SA] Everybody is inposition. People from a lot of other departments have come to help. 64cubic yards of concrete will be poured. [Photo: Karen Taylor & text:SA] Welding manager RonChandler is guiding the pump-hose. [Photo: Karen Taylor & text: SA] Furious activity toevenly spread the concrete. [Photo: Karen Taylor & text: SA] Ray Shong is guidingthe screed-vibrator. [Photo: Karen Taylor & text: SA] Tomiaki Tamura andScott Riley are removing the temporary screed guides. [Photo: KarenTaylor & text: SA] Scott Riley is usinga jitterbug over the area where the guides were removed. This forcesthe moisture to rise to the surface while pushing down the aggregate inorder to make even an finish. [Photo: Karen Taylor & text: SA] In the next stepgarden manager Adam Nordfors is using the bull-float to smoothen thesurface. [Photo: Karen Taylor & text: SA] Since the beginningof this year the complete second floor of Unit 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 of theEast Crescent has been poured. The construction crewhas worked tirelessly to accomplish this task. All theworkshoppers and volunteers who have stayed on contributed greatlyin the whole process. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text: SA]last_img read more

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May 14 2012Ernest Callenbach died just a few days

first_imgMay 14, 2012Ernest Callenbach died just a few days ago at age 82. He was an admirer of Paolo Soleri and of Arcosanti. He died April 16. of cancer at his home in Berkeley CA. I first met him back in 1981 when he and I were paired in a keynote dialogue at a statewide conference of gifted high school students from throughout California. He spoke of the ideas underlying his famous book, Ecotopia, I of the ideas underlying our famous project Arcosanti. His book Ecotopia was written in 1975.This past August we were connected again by Richard Register at the 9th Ecocoties World Congress in Montreal. Here’s his last bit of writing, something that was found on his computer after his recent death. Jeff[photo: web & text: Jeff Stein]last_img read more

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Trust fund approval sends more than 500000 to Crawford Roscommon

first_img Categories: Rendon News Rendon votes to allocate grants across MichiganLegislation approved by the House this week allocates funds from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF), and state Rep. Bruce Rendon is pleased to announce that three grants totaling $522,500 will directly benefit areas of Crawford and Roscommon counties.“Sharing our region’s natural resources with all Michiganders is an important aspect of these generous grants,” said Rendon, chair of the House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. “Our lakes and parks are a gift to this community, and I’m grateful that with the help of the trust fund we can improve them for everyone.”Annual revenues from the development of state-owned mineral resources—largely oil and natural gas—maintain the MNRTF, which financially assists local governments and the Department of Natural Resources with public land acquisition, natural resource protection and public outdoor recreation.The three local projects are as follows:A $300,000 grant will help fund improvements to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake, which will include remodeling lodges and meeting barrier-free standards to attract visitors and improve the local economy.A $182,500 grant will assist barrier-free developments at Lakeview Park on Houghton Lake, including two family-style restrooms; a dual-height drinking fountain; van-accessible parking spaces; boardwalk and beach routes; swim area and foot wash; picnic area with tables and grills; and pergola, seating and plaza space.A $40,000 grant will help renovate Park 27—the largest park in Lyon Township—based on community feedback to construct two asphalt tennis courts for use as an ice-skating rink in the winter months.Applications for trust fund grants are reviewed and recommended by the MNRTF Board, then submitted to the Legislature for approval and appropriation. This year’s grants total more than $24 million and will be given to 69 projects in 40 Michigan counties.“Utilizing Michigan’s natural resources also requires a balancing act of protection and preservation, and distributing trust fund grants across the state help us maintain that balance,” said Rendon, R-Lake City.House Bill 4078—which authorizes the MNRTF allocations—passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and has been referred to the Senate. 06Feb Trust fund approval sends more than $500,000 to Crawford, Roscommonlast_img read more

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