Sinn Féin councillors Gary Doherty and Liam Doherty have been confirmed as the party’s candidates to contest this year’s local elections for the Municipal District of Stranorlar, while Maria Doherty confirmed as Sinn Féin candidate for the Milford area. The news comes after the two Doherty’s received the unanimous backing of Sinn Féin members at the party’s selection convention which took place yesterday afternoon (Sunday) and was held at the Finn Valley Centre complex.Speaking following the convention, the Stranorlar Councillors said: “We are so honoured to have this afternoon been re-selected to contest the upcoming Local Election for Sinn Féin here in the Stranorlar MD. “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the support and good wishes which we’ve received, not just from the membership who’ve been so supportive of our decision to stand again, but also from our families, friends, and from the many communities throughout the Finn Valley and wider region.“It’s been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to represent the Finn Valley and surrounding area as Councillors for a number of years now, and we hope to be fortunate enough to continue to represent this region going forward should we be successfully re-elected later this May.“With the election approaching, we now very much look forward to campaigning in the coming weeks and, with the continued support of the people of the Finn Valley area, we’ve no doubt that we can once again return two strong Sinn Féin Councillors who will work tirelessly to defend and uphold the interests of ordinary people here in the Stranorlar MD.”In Milford, Maria Doherty was confirmed as the Sinn Féin candidate for the new three seat Milford Electoral Area in the forthcoming local elections. The convention was addressed by the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald, a close friend of Maria Doherty.Deputy McDonald said: “I have known Maria for many years and indeed she acted as my Director of Election on a number of occasions. She is a remarkably talented and determined woman.“While Maria worked in Dublin for many years, her heart was always in the hills of Donegal. She always yearned to return home and our loss in Dublin is very much Donegal’s gain.”Maria Doherty said: “I am deeply honoured to have been selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this area.‘Like many young people back in the day and since, I had to leave my home place to earn a living but it was always my dream to return home and to roll up my sleeves for the people of my home parish and the people of Donegal. ‘I have been living back home for the last year now and I look forward to meeting as many people as possible across this Milford Electoral Area over the months ahead and I hope to join a strong Sinn Féin team on Donegal County Council when the votes are counted in May”.Sinn Fein select party candidates for Stranorlar and Milford areas was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:local elections 2019MilfordSinn FeinStranorlar
Cycads growing wild in the forest ofthe Rain Queen Modjadji.(Image: South Africa Tourism) MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip RousseauUJ Dept of Botany and Plant Biotechnology+27 11 559 3477 or +27 73 545 7056• Herman EsterhuizenUJ media relations+27 11 559 6653 or + 27 72 129 0777Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s rare and sought-after cycads are to be protected by a new DNA barcoding initiative that will help clamp down on illicit trade in the endangered plants.Botany masters student Philip Rousseau, under the guidance of Professor Michelle van der Bank of the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), initiated the project in January 2010. His aim is to preserve the ancient plants, which are often sold illegally to eager collectors in the US and Far East.The database will focus specifically on plants from the Encephalartos genus, as these are native to Africa, with 39 species occurring in South Africa alone. The country also is home to one species from the genus Stangeria, S. eriopus.The name Encephalartos comes from the Greek words en (within), kephali (head), and artos (bread). This refers to the traditional use of the pith of the stem as a starchy food, a practice reflected in the Afrikaans name broodboom (“bread tree”).“This project forms part of a global initiative, known as TreeBOL, to DNA barcode all the trees of the world within the next five years,” said Van der Bank. “UJ will generate a library of reference barcoding sequences for all cycad species, which will enable researchers and custom officials to identify specimens.”UJ is driving the African section of TreeBOL.According to the regulations South Africans need a permit to own a cycad, with one permit issued for every plant. Although the country’s laws are among the tightest in the world where cycads are concerned, officials have a difficult time with smugglers transporting valuable plants under the name of a less endangered species.In great demandNow modern technology is set to stop thieves in their tracks. The barcode library will deter illegal trade in cycads by preventing unscrupulous dealers and buyers from presenting rare plants as more common species. As visual identification is almost impossible once the leaves have been stripped for transport purposes, DNA will provide conservation officials with a foolproof way of identifying seized cycads.Plants are regularly stolen from protected areas and botanical gardens or simply dug out of their natural areas. In one such case, in January 2008, 103 extremely rare specimens with a value of US$1.3-million (R10-million), were plucked from the Lillie floral reserve in Limpopo province.Ruthless buyers, who are willing to pay $13 500 (R100 000) or more for cycads, ignore the fact that the plants take up to 800 years to grow tall stems, and that they are endangered in their native habitats because of excessive demand.Encephalartos cerinus, for example, was only described in 1989, but subsequent demand and poaching of the plant led to it tottering on the brink of extinction mere months after its discovery. Other species may have been wiped out before they were even discovered.Several cycad species are now extinct in the wild, while the numbers of others have dwindled alarmingly. In South Africa three of the 38 indigenous species are extinct in the wild – they are Encephalartos woodii, E. brevifoliolatus and E. nubimontanus. The cycad specialist group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified 12 more as critically endangered, and a further 13 as threatened.According to Dr John Donaldson of the IUCN cycad specialist group, South Africa has a disproportionately high number of critically endangered cycads. “We certainly are on the cusp of extinctions. We have a lot of rare plants that are down to less than 100 individuals in the wild,” he said.In recent years botanists have implanted microchips, which can only be read with a scanner, into rare cycads. This enables authorities to identify stolen plants and trace their rightful owners. The technology has proved effective on a number of occasions, although some canny thieves try to extract and get rid of the transponders. The DNA technology will overcome this hurdle.Plants of myth and legendThe palm-like cycads are the oldest seed plants on earth, with fossils dating back to the Early Permian period, about 280-million years ago. This puts the leafy specimens on the scene even before the Jurassic period when dinosaurs flourished.Just over 300 species have been described to date, falling into 10–12 genera and two or three families (the number of genera and families varies according to the taxonomic viewpoint).Cycads are found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, America and Australasia. They have given rise to many myths and intriguing stories, and whole cultures have developed around them.One of the most famous is that of Ga-Modjadji, a rural community of over 150 villages near Tzaneen in Limpopo province, ruled by the Rain Queen Modjadji of the Lobedu people.The Modjadji dynasty is some 400 years old, but since the sixth Rain Queen, Makobo, died in 2005 at the age of 27, no heir has been chosen. The Rain Queen is always succeeded by her eldest daughter and Makobo did give birth to a daughter, now almost four years old, but as her father was a commoner it is said to be unlikely that the Royal Council will accept her as the next queen.The Rain Queen is believed to have special powers, including the ability to control clouds and rain. Farmers in the area are particularly respectful of her abilities. The annual rainmaking ceremony takes place at the royal compound in Khetlhakone village in November each year, at the start of the rainy season.The Modjadji cycad forest is a well-known tourist attraction which has been tended by the Balobedu for centuries. Here the Modjadji cycad, Encephalartos transvenosus, grows in abundance. The then-reigning queen passed stewardship of the 305ha forest to the South African government, who subsequently proclaimed it as a protected area in 1979.
Posted: May 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMore info: http://fiestadelsol.net/ Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 19, 2018 Updated: 12:20 PM Jason Austell 39th Fiesta del Sol 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJason Austell interviewed Tina Sharp, Board of Directors, about the weekend event Fiesta del Sol. The event is at Solana Beach and lasts from 9AM to 9PM on Saturday and Sunday, with plenty of food, art, and music for all to enjoy.Featuring music from Hirie, who will be performing Sunday night. Jason Austell,
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSpecial counsel Robert Mueller (left) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21 in Washington, D.C.Five months into his mandate, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller III unleashed a legal version of “shock and awe” on Monday with criminal charges against President Trump’s former campaign chairman and a guilty plea by a foreign policy aide.Mueller made no public comment about the charges or the next steps in an investigation that’s irritating the White House and riveting the nation. But there are some clues in the court documents about where the former FBI director and his investigators may be heading.1. The Foreign Agents Registration ActAmong the charges facing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his right-hand man Richard Gates is failing to register as agents of a foreign government, and making false and misleading statements about that. The grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses the men of working on behalf of Ukraine and telling the Justice Department their activities “did not include meetings or outreach within the U.S.”Those charges are controversial, in part because violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act are rarely enforced. Kevin Downing, a lawyer for Manafort, told reporters outside the courthouse that prosecutors have used that “very novel” charge only six times since 1966, winning just one conviction.On Capitol Hill, however, Senate Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa offered praise for that approach: “It’s good to see the Justice Department taking seriously its responsibility to enforce” the law, Grassley said in a written statement.“I’ve been raising concerns about lackluster enforcement of this foreign influence disclosure law for years now, regardless of administration or political party,” he added. “The dirty little secret is that lots of people across the political spectrum in Washington have skirted their FARA obligations for years now with little to no accountability.”Grassley convened an oversight hearing on the issue in July, flagging work by Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group on behalf of what he calls “a front for the Ukrainian government.” The firms are mentioned in the indictment as “Company A” and “Company B.” A prominent Democratic lobbyist, Tony Podesta, announced he would step down from that firm Monday after the charges became public.At least one other person with ties to the Trump campaign, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, belatedly filed a foreign agent registration with the Justice Department this year connected with his work on behalf of Turkey. He has not been charged with a crime.2. Will Manafort fight?Despite an onslaught of pressure from federal investigators, including an FBI raid on his residence in July, Manafort has steadfastly denied wrongdoing, and people close to Manafort say he has little of use to offer the special counsel.Even so, the 31-page indictment suggests that federal investigators are not finished squeezing him. Authorities want to seize Manafort’s properties in New York and Virginia, at a time when he’s already strapped for cash. The court papers refer to business dealings with Manafort’s daughter and son-in-law, who have not been publicly charged with any crimes.And the Manafort indictment doesn’t refer to contacts between Manafort and Russians with close ties to Vladimir Putin, despite media reports that he emailed with a longtime Ukrainian client in Putin’s camp to offer private briefings on the election.3. Fallout from the Papadopoulos pleaThe guilty plea by George Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, detailed a series of contacts he had with people close to the Russian government in 2016. The court documents said Papadopoulos reported his conversations to a “supervisor” and “high-ranking” members of the campaign team.Investigators said that after his secret arrest in July, Papadopoulos has been meeting with the government “on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions.”The message: He may be offering evidence against others still under investigation. Other people inside the Trump campaign also are said to have received overtures from Russians or Russian agents at about the same time that Trump named Papadopoulos as an adviser. One of them, Carter Page, traveled to Moscow at least twice last year.Thomas Breen and Robert Stanley, lawyers for Papadopoulos, said they had to refrain from comment on the case for now. But, they added, “We will have the opportunity to comment on George’s involvement when called upon by the court at a later date. We look forward to telling all of the details of George’s story at that time.”4. Will Mueller keep his job?Congressional Democrats reacted quickly after the indictments to insist that the independence of special counsel Mueller and his team must be protected. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the rule of law is “paramount.”“The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way,” Schumer added. “If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues.”At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was “no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel.”Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told CNN he’s had no conversations with Trump about issuing pardons for Manafort or others implicated in the Russia investigation.But Mueller could charge more people in Trump’s world and bring even more heat onto the president’s camp — which might prompt Trump to revise his thinking about trying to get rid of the special counsel.And legal experts say they don’t know what might happen if Trump exercises his sweeping power to pardon people in a way that obstructs the Mueller probe.Copyright 2017 NPR. 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My father has been having an affair with a lady for several years. My mother is a homemaker and she has tolerated this for years. I have got a job now and will soon move to another city. She refuses to move with me. What should I do?Om Prakash, Uttar PradeshWomen are miracles. We tend to tolerate beyond our means sometimes. You surely should try and convince her. If she still doesn’t agree you can try an emotional trick after you’ve settled in your new place. Just call and pretend to have a health issue. Mothers are bound to leave the world behind to take care of their children. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Once she’s with you, blackmail her emotionally by highlighting how much you need her. This might work!I have two daughters. My elder one is fair and pretty and the younger one is dark. Our relatives pass comments on this and this affects my younger one badly. How do I handle this?Divya Mathur, New DelhiStop meeting such relatives! In today’s day and age it is just pathetic that someone’s complexion is still a discriminating factor! This is really sad and unwanted. You should ensure that you drill this well into the heads of both your children that colour and looks don’t compose a person’s life. Always highlight small, good things to your daughters and appreciate their talents. If the younger one is ever upset about this, tell her that she is the most beautiful thing that happened to you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOur only son has developed a major drinking issue. He has his own business but he regularly comes home in an unstable condition. What should we do? Mrs and Mr. Sinha, HaryanaYou should have a chat with him at the breakfast table. As parents, express your concern in a friendly manner. Try to understand his reasons for drinking so much. Don’t get into an argument, avoid confrontations if you can. Look and sound hurt but don’t nag. Parents’ tears and sincere requests sometimes have huge healing effects on kids. You can also take some inputs from doctors who can advise you on ways to treat alchoholism. Seek professional help from rehabilitation centres, if needed. Good luck! My best friend and I have fallen for the same girl. We all go to the same college. I don’t know whats going to happen in future! Please help!Name unknownWell, either you both will fall out of this ‘crush’ or either one has to let go in the near future. Another thing that has to be considered – what does the girl feel? This triangular love story sounds interesting but in reality, only those ‘two’ will be together who have similar frequency and wavelength. Love will happen only when the two ‘click’. So, your friend and you have to wait for the right time to understand what’s best for all. Don’t lose your friendship for anything else!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring for others dips during adolescence but when young people feel supported by their social circles, their concern for others rebounds, suggests new research.Values of social responsibility decrease between the ages 10 to 16 before levelling off in later adolescence, the study showed. “Relationships with parents, schools, and peers do get more complex during adolescence, and some young people may start to feel less bonded to those around them,” said Laura Wray-Lake, one of the researchers and assistant professor in psychology at the University of Rochester in New York. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“But, if a student has support from their parents and their school, and they also have supportive friends, those relationships are going to give them a boost in terms of pro-social engagement,” Wray-Lake noted.“Increase in young people’s perceptions of positive relationships is related to increases in social responsibility. It is also true that decrease in positive relationships resulted in decline in social responsibility,” Wray-Lake explained.The study involved over 3,500 US adolescents from rural, suburban and urban communities. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers also looked at students’ individual behaviour and found that over time, volunteering resulted in an increase in values of caring. The actual experience of being civically engaged appears to enhance social responsibility values, the researchers said. The opposite is true, however, for substance use. An increase in substance use is related to lower social responsibility over time. According to the study, published in Developmental Psychology, young people who get involved with risky behaviour might have values that are more hedonistic-living in the moment and having fun-which can conflict with social values that lead to helping and caring for other people.
Kolkata: Rahul Thakur (23), a resident of Bijpur in North 24-Parganas was shot dead by his friend following a quarrel.The incident took place at Halisahar under Bijpur police station on Saturday night when both the youths were sitting outside a closed tea stall. Police have arrested the accused, Subhadip Das. Police came to know that both of them were friends for a long time.Thakur used to work as a contractual labourer. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the victim might have had hurled expletives on one of the relatives of the accused. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThis had led to a quarrel between the duo. A scuffle also broke out between the two following which the accused took out a gun and shot Thakur from the close quarter.The accused fired two rounds of bullets at the victim one of which pierced his abdomen while the other injured his leg. Locals heard the sound of the gun shots and rushed to the spot. They took the victim to Kalyani JNM Hospital where he died late on Saturday night. The family members of the victim lodged a complaint with the local police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. They later arrested the accused. The family members of the victim demanded stringent punishment for the accused youth. The police are interrogating the accused and trying to know where the accused had received the gun from.
Air France/KLM forecasts better times ahead for Canadian market MONTREAL — Air France/KLM’s Canadian operations in 2016 were challenged after terrorism incidents in France prompted some Canadians to choose other destinations.“Canada to France was impacted by the incidents,” says Jean-Noël Rault, the Vice-President and General Manager Air France/KLM Canada in an interview with Travelweek. Air France/KLM invited journalists from 40 countries last week to meet with airline and airport executives and take a first-hand look at the many changes that have been and will be implemented at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.“Compared to last year the number of people going to France should improve (in 2017).” He added that last year there was huge capacity to Europe from Canada from various airlines.Rault is optimistic about 2017 and believes there will be moderate growth outbound from Canada. “In terms of volume it should be okay and competitive,” says Rault.There are no current plans for additional flights out of Canada this year since the past couple of years they have added flights and gateways including Edmonton as a new gateway. There are five gateways Air France and KLM operate out of Canada: Montreal and Toronto with Air France and Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver with KLM.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAir France will operate a new 787 Dreamliner aircraft beginning May 1, 2017 from Montreal. It will be Air France’s first destination in the Americas using the new Dreamliner aircraft. KLM will increase to five weekly flights from Vancouver beginning in June for the summer season.This summer Air France will operate 33 flights and KLM 37 flights for a total of 70 weekly flights from Canada. Air France/KLM partner with WestJet which provides another 30 gateways in Canada.Besides the new Dreamliner, Rault believes the new business class cabins will be a big hit with passengers. Rault says the newly designed “triple F” seat as he calls it is full flat, full access and full privacy. The redesigned cabin has seats providing more legroom, fully flat seat for sleeping comfort and more privacy.One area that hasn’t given airlines more comfort is U.S. President Trump’s travel ban. Rault is sympathetic to passengers that were affected by this ban and it has caused operational headaches for the airlines as it was implemented initially without warning.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upThe instability is not good for anyone but Canada may receive some benefit. With Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and Montreal’s 375th anniversary and the numerous events and publicity surrounding it he expects inbound traffic to Canada from Europe and other overseas markets to be very positive. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share By: Chris Ryall Tags: Air France, KLM Tuesday, February 14, 2017