‘Ebola is a Global Issue’

first_imgAlthough the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Basin is not the issue of priority in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington, some African leaders are raising the concern that it should not just be seen as a regional issue for a few countries but a global humanitarian crisis that can affect any group of people.The leaders, including Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Macky Sall of Senegal, made the observation on August 5, 2014 during a panel discussion on the Africa Business Forum that is a part of the U.S-Africa Summit.President Zuma noted that Ebola is a disease that is affecting humanity, and that it must be collectively battled and not be attributed to one region in Africa.President Sall stressed that Senegal is not far from Guinea and Sierra Leone, where people travel from almost every day to enter his country.He added that recently, an American contracted the disease and was quickly flown to the U.S., which indicates that the virus can now spread even into the United States.He told the audience that as the disease spreads in the sub-region, it is necessary that the world sees it as a “threat to human survival”, and should dare to fight it with commitment and sincerity while it is still concentrated in a specific region.The two Presidents’ comments came in response to a question about how Ebola is affecting Africa.When the question about the effect of Ebola on the three West Africa states arose,  Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said even though his country was far from West Africa, Tanzania is nonetheless taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease to the east African coast.The outbreak of the Ebola virus in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has claimed more than 700 lives over the past five months, with more than 500 suspected cases recorded.It has worsened over the past two weeks, with doctors from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda losing their lives to the deadly disease, and an American doctor and nurse still battling in the US for theirs. This worsening situation prevented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s participation in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington, which President Obama said he deeply regretted. Madam Sirleaf was instead represented by Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and a number of other cabinet ministers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UN Security Council Applauds Liberians for Peaceful Elections

first_imgUN Security Council in session (Courtesy: UN/Evan Schneider).Commends use of legal mechanism for resolution of disputes; wants timely conclusion of electionsThe UN Security Council congratulated the Liberian people and government, as well as political leaders, civil society organizations, and the media, for the peaceful conduct of October 10 presidential and House of Representatives elections.In a release issued in New York, the members of the Security Council commended international partners and UNMIL for their support in elections preparation and applauded the role of international, regional, and domestic election observation missions for their contributions to the transparency of the electoral process.They also commended Liberia’s National Elections Commission’s conduct in an expeditious tallying process and timely announcement of results.The members of the Security Council commended the Government of Liberia, political parties, and the National Elections Commission for the use of established legal mechanisms to address complaints about the conduct of the October 10 election.They called on Liberian claimants and institutions to resolve any disputes, including pending litigation, in an appropriate, fair, transparent, and expeditious manner with a view to permitting the timely conclusion of Liberia’s electoral process and a peaceful transition of power to a new president in accordance with timelines outlined in Liberia’s Constitution.The members of the Security Council called upon leaders of all political parties to continue to refrain from incitement of followers toward any violent action.They noted the importance of a credible and peaceful second round presidential election and called upon Liberians to ensure the elections are free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women.The Security Council reiterated that the responsibility for the preparation, security, and conduct of free, fair and transparent elections rests with the Liberian authorities.They also reiterated their call for international partners to continue to support the Liberian authorities, including through the deployment of international electoral observers, with a view to ensuring the credibility of the second round of elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Caricom’s unity drives it to surmount challenges, says SG

first_imgThe unified strength of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has enabled it to surmount challenges posed over the past 44 years of regional integration.This declaration was made by the Caricom Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, while he urged the Community Council of Ministers to use those weapons to forge ahead.(l-r) Caricom Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Haiti’s Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Antonio Rodrigue; and Caricom Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma SoeknandanCaricom’s second highest organ held its 41st meeting at its Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown Headquarters on Monday to discuss the provisional list of items for the agenda of the 29th Inter-sessional Meeting of Heads of Government, which will be held in Haiti on February 26-27. The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Antonio Rodrigue, Minister of Foreign and Religious Affairs of Haiti.“Let us once again engage those weapons as we strive to ensure that, in our 45th year, integration continues to be the vehicle to provide sustained development and a secure, prosperous and viable Caribbean Community for all our peoples,” Secretary-General LaRocque admonished.He said the pressing issue of crime and violence — given the gravity of the situation faced by many member states — as well as disaster management and preparedness are among the items proposed for the Heads’ Meeting agenda.The SG reminded the Council that the discussions were being undertaken against the background of recovery efforts within the countries that suffered the terrible devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Unified strength, he said, was evident in the relief effort galvanised by the Governments and peoples of the region in response to those disasters.Members of the Community Council of Ministers at its 41st meeting held on Monday at Caricom Headquarters“Our member states rallied around the stricken countries and rendered yeoman service in the aftermath of the disasters. Our institutions, well led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in close collaboration with the Secretariat, also delivered in support of the recovery efforts. The international community also made a sterling contribution,” he noted.Ambassador LaRocque went on to quote Prime Minister Minnis of The Bahamas, who had stated, “Sadly, the economic, environmental, social and psychological damage will remain for quite some time”. He added that the reality is that storms would be more frequent and intense as extreme climatic events become the new normal, as we are living with climate change.The Community’s main focuses, therefore, he added, are rebuilding and, critically, “on preparing for the others that are sure to come.”To this end, he noted that as a matter of urgency and as advocated in the Community’s Strategic Plan, efforts must be engineered to “build a resilient Community in all facets: economically, socially, environmentally and technologically.”As the Community forges ahead with reconstruction, the Secretary-General urged, regional and national programmes must be implemented to transform it into the world’s first climate-resilient region.last_img read more

Cops complicit with bandits everywhere

first_imgBandits with cops telephone numbers– but not in Black Bush Polder case – RamjattanPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanDead bandit:Kelvin “Kelly” ShivgobinPublic Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan said that the discovery of several police officers’ numbers stored in a cellphone that was found on the slain bandit, Kelvin Shivgobin, does not prove that there was any collusion between the lawmen and criminals.Shivgobin was one of three bandits shot and killed during a standoff with the police in Johanna, Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Among the items found at the scene on the dead man was a mobile phone and according to a recent article published in a local newspaper, the phone numbers of four police ranks were found stored in the handset.“I understand that there might be some whistleblower who set it up and indicated that indeed this is true… I hope [the police] gonna get the witness giving a statement rather than just wildly making the accusation. But that accusation also could be corroborated with the phone numbers,” Ramjattan told reporters when prompted.In the same breath, however, the Public Security Minister posited that the numbers found in the phone do not mean there was any collusion. But in the article, the whistleblower revealed that the numbers were also in the call log, providing that there was contact between the ranks and the now dead bandit.Nevertheless, the Minister noted that the matter is being investigated.“Phone numbers of policemen could very well be in criminals’ phone; it doesn’t mean that the policeman is complicit with the criminal… So, we have to be cautious about what is being said in this whistleblowing episode and so although indeed a certain policeman’s phone number was found in the criminal’s [phone], the connection now that they were complicit is what the police will have to investigate. That, as you know, can be very difficult but whatever it is, I am absolutely certain that that set of difficulties could be surmounted by good detective work,” Ramjattan contended.The report which was published earlier the week referenced unanimous “ranks”, who called for an independent probe into the corrupt practices by those four officers, which is reportedly being aided by a senior cop. It was alleged that one of the implicated ranks was a mole for the criminals, collecting large sums of money to tip them off whenever the police are on their tail.According to Minister Ramjattan, there is always some sort of complicity between criminals and rogue elements of law enforcement. While noting that this phenomenon is not limited to Guyana, there is a no-tolerance for such behaviour.“Once these things happen, the police is investigating them thoroughly and if anybody – whether a popular policeman, high ranking policeman; if he has to be charged, charge him. It’s a zero tolerance and no-nonsense approach; that’s the only clear way we can get rid of the rogue elements in our Police Force and get a better, safe security system,” the Public Security Minister stressed.The now dead Shivgobin, called “Kelly”, was believed to be the ringleader of a notorious gang that has been terrorising residents in Berbice for months. However, on May 19, he along with Ramnarine Jagmohan and Sewchand Sewlall were shot dead after opening fire on the police.The trio is believed to be behind the 2018 Old Year’s Night attack in Bush Lot, Corentyne, during which brothers, Harricharran and Premcharran Samaroo, were shot and killed.Shivgobin was on the police wanted list for several other armed robberies, but, more particularly, for the murder of the two brothers.last_img read more

Flyers host Rangers on Thursday

first_imgFlyers fans are looking forward to one of the most promising games of the year, as Spirit River heads to the North Peace Arena on Thursday night.The Rangers currently sit in first place in the NPHL, with 11 wins and 1 overtime loss, and are going to be Fort St. John’s toughest competition, as the Flyers re-enter the league playoffs.The teams are looking like a likely matchup for the NPHL Western Final, and play four times during the regular season.The Rangers will not only provide a challenge for the league crown, but also some stiffer competition as the Flyers prepare for the ‘AAA’ MacKenzie cup.The Flyers have won 10 straight since an opening night loss to Grande Prairie, while the Rangers’ only loss came in overtime to the Fairview Kings.The teams matchup twice this week, with the first on Thursday night in FSJ, and the second on Saturday night in Spirit River. Catch Saturday’s game live on Moose FM – pregame at 7:45.- Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council’s ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ Digital Marketing Conference has been fully booked out in record time.The innovative conference will be held on 25th September in Solis Lough Eske Castle. Demand for places at this much anticipated conference has been extremely high and there is an extensive waiting list of those who wish to attend in the event of a cancellation.Organisers of the conference, Donegal County Council in association with Failte Ireland and Donegal Tourism Ltd are delighted by the response, but are not surprised by the positive appetite for the conference amongst the trade in Donegal. An Cathaoirleach, John Campbell expressed his delight at feedback he has received in relation to the conference.“Tourism is a hugely important part in generating economic growth and development in the county, the Wild Atlantic Way is the perfect marketing tool to promote our fantastic county, combine this with the latest Digital Marketing technology and businesses in Donegal have a winning formula for tourism success. Enthusiasm and interest in this conference has been phenomenal,” he said.An expert panel of speakers will present at the conference including representatives from Google, Facebook and two of Ireland’s leading digital agencies, Wolfgang Digital and Ambition Digital.The conference will also feature practical case studies from Donegal businesses in the tourism sector that feature the Wild Atlantic Way in their marketing campaigns with great success. Exhibitors will be on hand with useful information on everything from funding to marketing plans, tools and techniques to Wild Atlantic Way literature and market research data from Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland. Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said the fact that the conference was booked out so quickly is testament to the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the tourism sector in Donegal.“Businesses are keen to embrace the Wild Atlantic Way and use the latest Digital Marketing technologies to reach target audiences online. This conference will be a very useful and informative event for those who want to make the most of opportunities presented by the Wild Atlantic Way.”For those who have been fortunate to secure a place by registering early, this conference is sure to inspire and inform you to take a new marketing direction combining digital marketing techniques blended seamlessly with Wild Atlantic Way to produce real and lasting results for your tourism business. DONEGAL’S ‘WILD ATLANTIC WAY’ DIGITAL CONFERENCE BOOKED OUT IN RECORD TIME! was last modified: September 22nd, 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:Digital conferenceWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Dunn Paces Bulldogs On First Day Of MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial

first_imgStory Links Day 1 Results Drake plays the final round of the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday with tee times set for 8:30 a.m. Print Friendly Version SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Through 36 holes, the Drake University women’s golf team are in sixth-place out of 15 team at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Monday at the Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield, Mo. Junior Grace Dunn fired a one-over par, 72, in the second round to finish the day tied for 12th-place with a score of 149 (77-72). Freshman Sam Paulak carded a score of 152 (77-75) and is tied for 29th-place, while sophomore Sigurlaug Jonsdottir was six shots better in her final round for a total score of 152 (80-74). Fellow sophomore Aimee Gerschke registered a score of 156 (76-80). Senior Madison Glennie rounded out the team’s effort with a score of 159 (81-78). “I am proud of the way the ladies fought for their rounds today. There were points in the day when they could have let their rounds get away from them, but they dug deep and finished strong,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “It was great to see that we looked as fresh physically and mentally on holes 33 through 36, as we did at the beginning of the day. The Bulldogs began the day by recording a score of 310 and were tied for fifth with South Dakota State, UTEP and Wichita State. Drake dropped 11 strokes from its first round to the second round for a 36-hole total of 609 (310-299) and is five shots back from fifth-place Wichita State.last_img read more


first_imgSome of the conditions which Jason had to endure on Mt EverestFOR the first time in a public forum Mt Everest conqueror Jason Black will speak of his epic journey in becoming the first Donegal person in history to scale the greatest mountain in the world. The evening will be fundraiser hosted by the Letterkenny Lions on 30th April at An Grianan Theatre will all proceeds going to SVP.‘From rock bottom to the top of the world’ will see Jason open up to an audience at An Grianán Theatre of the life-changing journey which culminated on him reaching the summit of Everest on May 19th last.So what inspired this proud ordinary Donegal man – Jason will tell us all.In Jason’s honesty he will openly share his life growing up as a young Donegal boy and how life dealt him some really difficult demons to deal with losing his mum to cancer & losing his best friend & brother in an accident. He will deal with bullying and the effect it had when rock bottom yet as he stood on top of the world Jason confronted his demons and survived… he tells it all.“We are living in an environment with a lot of gloom and doom. Everyone has their own Everest to climb, some more than others whether it is suicide, depression, sickness, fear, drink, drugs, lack of work or lack of money. I only had to climb Mt Everest for two months people in my community are climbing it daily.“I will speak of my own challenges in life and I’m sure people will draw the parallels. I’m nervous about speaking to an audience because I will be opening up about things I’ve never spoke of before. I will be showing pictures of the climb for the first time and speaking of how in the face of adversity we have to look deep within ourselves to meet our dreams.“To the people of my county the message is clear, there is nothing that can’t be achieved, with the right plan , preparation & focus you can achieve anything in this world. That is what I want to bring back to the young & old of the county,” he added.The Letterkenny Lions are delighted to be associated with Jason on such a unique event.“Jason is an inspiration to so many people,” spokesman Eamon Stevenson.“Reaching Everest was an epic journey but what we will hear here for the first time of what was the motivation and the reasons why Jason took on the challenge. “In life we all have our challenges, but I think people will draw from Jason’s honest and candid account of his life journey,” he added.The event will take place in An Grianán Theatre on Wednesday, April 30 and the organizers are hoping to fill the house.For enquiries contact An Grianán Theatre box office.Since his conquer of Mt Everest Jason has been keeping busy. Nominated for Donegal person of the year & picking up numerous awards, the highlight been the Donegal Sports Person Special Achievement of the 2013 award . Jasons achievements to Letterkenny were engraved by way a civic reception by Letterkenny Town Council & Donegal County Council commissioning a symbolic sculpture by Redmond Herity at the town’s Market Square and at the foot of mount Errigal.Jason is now busy preparing to scale Mt McKinley in Alaska leaving on May 18th while last September he and four very proud Donegal men Clive and Keith Davison (twins), Brian McFadden, and Francie Gallagher stood high on Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Northern Europe.Since Jason’s return he has carried his powerful message to our youth in schools & presenting at several youth events & Mental Health Roadshow, which he promotes Mental health awareness to kids in Donegal on behalf of Donegal Youth Council.His wife, Sharon, and their children Laura, Kate, Billy and Ella, are so proud of what he has achieved, and what he is doing for their community.Jason’s life story has the power to change the way you thing about life ….. Trust us it’s thrilling from start to finish.To follow jasons journey www.facebook.com/voodooireland“There’s no mountain too high, there’s no problem too big to be conquered – Jason Black”EVEREST CONQUEROR JASON BLACK BRINGS HIS STORY TO THE STAGE – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! was last modified: April 4th, 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:An Grianan TheatredonegalJason BlackletterkennymountainMt Everestlast_img read more

Do New Fossils Soften the Cambrian Explosion?

first_imgLook at the picture of fossils in an article on PhysOrg.  The discoverers claim these fossils from Gabon are 2.1 billion years old, and provide evidence that multicellular organisms began evolving long before the Cambrian explosion.  “Until now, it has been assumed that organized multicellular life appeared around 0.6 billion years ago and that before then the Earth was mainly populated by microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc.),” the article said.  “This new discovery moves the cursor of the origin of multicellular life back by 1.5 billion years and reveals that cells had begun to cooperate with each other to form more complex and larger structures than single-celled organisms.”    The original paper in Nature shows detailed photos of the structures.1  The largest are 12 centimeters long, but most are smaller.  Many have a radial growth pattern, and the centers of some show a fold, indicating the organisms were composed of flexible sheets of cells.  The fossils, however, show no cellular differentiation, gut, limbs, or other complex structures characteristic of the Cambrian phyla.  The best that El Albini et al could claim is that the structures suggest colonies of organisms that were more organized than mere microbial mats.  To have grown into such shapes, “They require cell-to-cell signalling and coordinated responses, akin to that required for multicellular organization.”  Most of the paper was concerned with how they dated the fossils and ruled out chemical processes for their formation.    In the “News and Views” section of the same issue of Nature,2 Donoghue and Antcliffe (U of Bristol) commented on the findings.  They said this find “will get palaeobiologists talking” because there is “excitement” any time fossils bigger than microbes are found before the Cambrian explosion.  They began by debunking a myth about Darwin:It is a peculiar but widely held view that Charles Darwin used the palaeontological record as one of the principal lines of evidence for biological evolution.  He did not.  To modern eyes, On the Origin of Species presents a shocking account of the fossil record as an archive of evolutionary history.    For instance, Darwin highlights the idea that the then earliest-known fossil-bearing rocks, from the Cambrian period, beginning about 542 million years ago, contain records of modern groups – implying an extensive prehistory teeming with life.  One-and-a-half centuries of subsequent research have revealed a vast microscopic fossil record of unicellular protists and bacteria extending, some would argue, as far back as there are sedimentary rocks from which they could be recovered.  But although fossils of millimetre- to metre-scale multicellular organisms characterize the 90 million years of the Ediacaran period that precedes the Cambrian, pre-Ediacaran macroscopic fossils are exceedingly rare.In their timeline of the fossil record, Donoghue and Antcliffe show that the Ediacaran fossils appeared in a mere blip of time before the Cambrian explosion.  These, however, are significantly earlier.  Darwin knew of no Precambrian fossils.  It really bothered him.  “It was Darwin’s view that absence of organisms in these early intervals of Earth’s history would prove his theory of biological evolution wrong.”  Although they concluded that Darwin would be vindicated now (“The discovery and continuing elucidation of the Precambrian fossil record has met Darwin’s predictions on the extent and structure of evolutionary history”) they also pointed out that “Interpreting truly ancient fossils is an especially tricky business.”    Much of the evolutionary significance of these fossils depends on whether they represent true eukaryotic multicellular life, with division of labor and signalling between the cells.  “The fossils are not much to look at,” though, they admitted, and “Out of their geological context, these structures are unremarkable and would probably have been ignored.”  Dating of the fossils, therefore, is another requirement for assigning them any evolutionary significance.  “The null hypothesis, however, has to be that these remains represent bacterial colonies.”  Are they any more significant than stromatolites dated earlier?  Do they represent anything as remarkable as the later Ediacaran biota?3    The discoverers ended on a note that stimulates another question.  “Although we cannot determine the precise nature and affinities of the 2.1-Gyr macroorganisms from the Francevillian B Formation of Gabon,” they said, “we interpret these fossils as ancient representatives of multicellular life, which expanded so rapidly 1.5 Gyr later.”  Combined with Donoghue and Antcliffe’s statement that “pre-Ediacaran macroscopic fossils are exceedingly rare,” this makes one wonder what took evolution so long to do anything with its new experiment in multicellularity.  Why did multicellular life expand so rapidly at the Cambrian?  Readers should note that all the spectacular evolution of toucans, platypus, dinosaurs, horses and humans occurred in one third of the timeline after the Gabon fossils, assuming the evolutionary dating.  If after a century and a half of looking, these rare fossils from one tiny place on the globe are all that paleontologists can find, a statement by Donoghue and Antcliffe in their final paragraph seems understated: “This latest discovery raises more questions than it answers.”1.  El Albani et al, “Large colonial organisms with coordinated growth in oxygenated environments 2.1?Gyr ago,” Nature 466, 100-104 (1 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/nature09166.2.  Philip C. J. Donoghue & Jonathan B. Antcliffe, “Early life: Origins of multicellularity,” Nature 466, 41-42 (1 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/466041a.3.  For background on the Ediacaran biota in relation to the Cambrian explosion, see 12/23/2002, 08/19/2004, 04/23/2006, and 07/14/2009.Under the most generous concessions to the Darwinists, these fossils can only be described as enigmatic.  Under more realistic assumptions, however, they are no help at all.  First, consider their rarity.  Why isn’t the globe teeming with fossils of multicellular experiments and transitional forms in Precambrian strata?  We’re talking about 3.4 billion years of dice-throwing since the first life appeared in their saga.  If (as they believe) microbial fossils appeared “as far back as there are sedimentary rocks from which they could be recovered,” evolution had no trouble doing the grunt work of creating cells and spreading them over the globe.  Those cells, according to the Darwin fundamentalists, had already mastered genetic coding, transcription, translation, regulation, cell division, signaling and networks run by thousands of molecular machines. Are we to believe that evolution could not do the much easier task of stitching cells together into more complex colonies?  Given humans, it’s not hard to envision them forming a club in short order.  Given cells with communication tools and remote sensing, it’s also not hard to envision them coming together in social groups, and profiting from division of labor.  Coming up with the humans and the cells to begin with is the big leap.  Given the explosion of diversity later, why did evolution struggle for most of the habitable history of the planet to cross that threshold?    Second, these fossils are of dubious interpretation.  They may be nothing more than fairy-ring colonies growing outward like bacteria in a Petri dish.  Perhaps the matlike remains were flexible enough to fold on the inside in some cases.  There is no indication of a coelom or tissue differentiation.  They do not appear transitional to Ediacaran fossils, let alone to Cambrian animals.    Third, the dating is incestuous to evolutionary geological assumptions.  Donoghue and Antcliffe spoke glibly about “speculative hypotheses on the co-evolution of life and the chemistry of the oceans” that tempt them to think the fossils fit “elegantly” within tales of a Great Oxidation Event and other evolutionary sub-myths (12/10/2006).  If one does not accept the Darwinian premises, all such talk is circular.    Finally, the structures, even under generous concessions that they represent multicellular experiments far back in the Precambrian, do nothing to mitigate the Cambrian explosion.  These fossils have none of the jointed limbs, digestive systems, reproductive systems, eyes, antennae, fins, and other complex organs seen in the earliest animal fossils.  As the must-see film Darwin’s Dilemma illustrates powerfully, complex body plans bespeak even more complex developmental programs able to direct cells at the right place at the right time into tissues, organs, and functioning organisms.  The only theory that can explain hierarchical organization with goal-directed assembly is intelligent design.    For these reasons, this discovery represents Darwinian wishful thinking.  They are grasping at straws, trying to fill a Grand Canyon of a gap in their theory with pebbles.  It’s almost humorous watching the tension in their rhetoric between the obligations of scientific restraint and the wish to see a huge embarrassment relieved.  “This latest discovery raises more questions than it answers,” they said.  One question we’d like to add is, “When are you guys going to concede defeat?”(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Today’s IoT technologies are circling tomorrow’s airports

first_imgIoT technologies, including sensors, wearables, virtual reality, and more are set to become a big part of the airports of tomorrow – and nearly a quarter of the world’s airlines are already on board.For the most part, travellers are becoming accustomed to the slowly growing influence of technology on their travel. Electronic check-in has eliminated the need to stand in long lines at the check-in counter. Body scanners and other technologies are used by the TSA as passengers pass through the checkpoint.See also: 5 IoT innovations that can’t advance without wireless powerOnce you get to your gate, you can use your smartphone to get a real-time update on your plane’s location and status. A savvy traveller will be able to use these tools to quickly move from the drop-off point to their seat on the plane in a fraction of the time they would have just ten years ago.But airports are a little different. They’re busy, crowded places where the flow of people through the different checkpoints can go from smooth to a standstill in seconds. Bags are still misplaced and even lost, and finding your way through the maze of a building is every bit as confusing as it has ever been.This is where IoT technologies including sensors placed at strategic points in the airport can come in handy. Sensors that track the flow of traffic at various checkpoints, the location of luggage as it passes through the airport to its destination, and even security tools such as biometric tokens and wearables for staff can help streamline and improve the travel experience for passengers and staff alike.A recent study by the airline industry association, SITA, shed light on the kind of role IoT technologies will play in tomorrow’s airport.This study found that nearly a third of all airports are already taking advantage of the Internet of Things by placing sensors in key locations around the airport. Over the next three years, this number is expected to climb by 43%.Sensors are a core feature of the IoT. They provide valuable insight by tracking things like traffic flow, congestion, and performance. Here’s a quick breakdown of the percentage of the 225 airports represented in the global study plan to place sensors over the next three years.66% — Security check points61% — Bag-drop areas60% — Retail areas54% — Boarding gates52% — Baggage claimThese sensors will enable airport management to have a real-time understanding of where they need to focus to improve traveller experience. Whether it’s additional staff at the check-in counter or a faster turn-around at the TSA checkpoint, this data will undoubtedly help to speed things up in the airport.And it’s not just sensors at airportsSensors aren’t the only IoT-related technology being applied to airports. Travellers with smartphones will be able to take advantage of location-aware apps to help guide them to their gate, a point that 71% of respondents indicated they were working to implement.Wearables for both passengers (36%) and staff (41%) were also at the top of the list of applied IoT technologies. These wearables will enable staff to have quick access to restricted areas and give them access to data collected by sensors in their area to help them make educated decisions.Virtual reality services (41%) and artificial intelligence (33%) were also on the list. Artificial intelligence would enable airport staff to benefit from quick, accurate analysis of real-time data to offer passengers more accurate arrival and departure times as well as to predict a rush on a certain service or checkpoint within the airport.IoT technologies may not solve everything. Air travel will still be a pain in the neck for many travellers. But, at least with the additional insight and ease of access made possible by these technologies, it could be less of a hassle. Tags:#airports#Internet of Things#IoT#SITA IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Ryan Matthew Piersonlast_img read more