Bleachers removed from Ellsworth track, new ones eyed before fall

first_img Turn about is fair play – January 29, 2020 Bio The Gould Life – January 8, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The wind-toppled bleachers that prevented use of the track at Del Luce Stadium this spring are officially a thing of the past.“It’s great news,” said Superintendent Dan Higgins on Friday.The bleachers were removed last week by Clouston Trucking of Bangor. The Ellsworth School Department paid the company $6,500 to do the work, which included disassembling the bleachers and taking the scrap metal to a salvage yard in Holden.The bleachers were removed after a determination was made they could not be repaired and would instead need to be replaced. They blew out of their proper position and onto the track in a strong windstorm in early April.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textClouston initially had the second lowest of three bids to do the removal work, but was selected for the job after the successful low bidder backed out.“They did an excellent job,” said Higgins, referring to the crew from Clouston. “We’re very pleased.”The next step will be for the Vermont Tennis Courts Surfacing company to come in and inspect the track surface to see how much repair work is needed. Higgins said an initial assessment by school personnel did not reveal any significant damage although there are some disturbances on the rubberized track surface where the bleachers hit hard.Vermont Tennis Courts worked on the track several years ago, Higgins said, and that is why they will be involved with this repair work. He said the company should be here within a week or so.The School Department has received two bids so far to install a new set of bleachers. Higgins said the School Board and the insurance company will be involved in the process, and he also will keep the City Council informed of progress on the project.Higgins said he still hopes to have the new bleachers installed for the start of the fall sports season. The field in the center of the track is used by Ellsworth school soccer teams.Higgins said school officials recognize the toppled bleachers disrupted spring sports and community events, including the popular Relay for Life that had to be moved to Bucksport.“We appreciate the patience and understanding of Ellsworth citizens,” he said. Latest Postscenter_img Steve FullerReporter at The Ellsworth American,Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast’s Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland. Real stories – March 11, 2020 Latest posts by Steve Fuller (see all)last_img read more

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ETB learners awarded certificates at evening of celebration – Pic Special

first_imgDonegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service presented QQI certificates at an awards ceremony to over 175 learners in the Millpark Hotel on Tuesday evening last.Cróna Gallagher, Director of Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training Service welcomed over 200 students, guest and staff to the awards presentation.Anne McHugh, Chief Executive congratulated the learners on their achievement and outlined the range of courses and services that Donegal ETB provides. She spoke about Donegal ETB’s Adult Guidance Service which provides guidance and information about both full and part-time courses that are available.Mr. Geoffrey Browne, Chairperson of Donegal ETB, congratulated each student on their achievement and spoke about how Donegal ETB’s FET Service has developed courses and programmes of learning that respond to the economic, cultural and social profile of the county.Mr. Browne described it as an innovative service and acknowledged the work of CE Anne McHugh and FET Director Cróna Gallagher for their work in ensuring that Donegal ETB FET’s service has both a strong national and local profile.Students were from a range of ETB courses and programmes: Youthreach, VTOS, Learning for Living, Recognition of Prior Learning, BTEI and Community Education. A number of students spoke about their experience and learning journey. Awards were presented in the following subjects: Digital and computer skills from introductory to advanced level, Business Administration, E-business, Customer Service, English and Communications, English language skills, Setting Learning Goals, Event Production, Entrepreneurial Skills, Mathematics, On-line Form Filling, Media Studies and Health Service Skills.The work and commitment of staff and tutors who facilitated and supported the teaching and learning process was also praised.Some of the courses presented this evening were co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Further information on Donegal ETB can be found on its website (www.donegaletb.ie) or social media accounts – #GoFurtherWithDonegalETBYouTube (Donegal ETB) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/donegaletb).BTEI Business and Digital Skills Group Donegal Town. (John/jmac.ie)ECDL Group Donegal Town.Community Education Training and Development Group.BTEI Early Childhood care and Education and ECDL Group, Ballyshannon.Event Management and Entreprenural Skills, Castle Adventure Open Farm.Horticulture Group Killybegs and Donegal Town.CE Scheme participants, Donegal Town.IT Skills Donegal Town.IT Skills Bundoran.Farmers Group and ICT Donegal Town.ICT Group Killybegs.  Youthreach Ballyshannon Group.ETB learners awarded certificates at evening of celebration – Pic Special was last modified: November 28th, 2019 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:awardsdonegalETBlast_img read more

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Scientific Markers Can Mislead

first_img(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In historical sciences, observable phenomena are often used as indicators of past phenomena.  Some recent examples show how these can mislead researchers.Ice cores:  A press release from University of Wisconsin-Madison, echoed on NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine, has climate scientists scrambling.  For decades, they have used Greenland ice cores as proxies for historical climate change, particularly the ratios of oxygen isotopes in bubbles in the ice.  Now, research has shown that these ratios are misleading and can exaggerate temperatures.  The press release is concerned with one particular period scientists have labeled the Younger Dryas, alleged to be 13,000 years ago, when the temperature supposedly plummeted, according to the old interpretation of oxygen ratios in Greenland ice.  Trouble is, that indicator is at odds with other indicators.“We don’t believe the ice cores can be interpreted purely as a signal of temperature,” says Anders Carlson, a University of Wisconsin–Madison geosciences professor. “You have to consider where the precipitation that formed the ice came from.”So, will a simple correction bring the data into conformance with theory?  “It’s a fresh reminder from an ancient ice core that climate science is full of nuance,” Carlson said.  “Abrupt climate changes have happened, but they come with complex shifts in the way climate inputs like moisture moved around.  You can’t take one difference and interpret it solely as changes in temperature, and that’s what we’re seeing here in the Greenland ice cores.”Gravitational lenses:  A press release from JPL today has cosmologists worried.  They found an arc of light where it shouldn’t be.  According to theory, arcs are the light of distant galaxies distorted by intervening matter.  “The giant arc is the stretched shape of a more distant galaxy whose light is distorted by the monster cluster’s powerful gravity, an effect called gravitational lensing,” the article explained.  “The trouble is, the arc shouldn’t exist.”  This sent one observer of the Hubble image into a psychological crisis:“When I first saw it, I kept staring at it, thinking it would go away,” said study leader Anthony Gonzalez of the University of Florida in Gainesville, whose team includes researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “According to a statistical analysis, arcs should be extremely rare at that distance. At that early epoch, the expectation is that there are not enough galaxies behind the cluster bright enough to be seen, even if they were ‘lensed,’ or distorted by the cluster. The other problem is that galaxy clusters become less massive the further back in time you go. So it’s more difficult to find a cluster with enough mass to be a good lens for gravitationally bending the light from a distant galaxy.”The lensing galaxy is extremely distant and massive, containing an estimated mass of 10 trillion suns – but the galaxy behind it, whose light is distorted, is so close to the time of the big bang, it shouldn’t exist.  “The chance of finding such a gigantic cluster so early in the universe was less than one percent in the small area we surveyed,” one JPL team member said. “It shares an evolutionary path with some of the most massive clusters we see today, including the Coma cluster and the recently discovered El Gordo cluster.”  It’s unlikely this giant cluster is unique.There are several lessons here, and one of them is not the triumphal march of scientific progress.First, consider that all the papers written up to these discoveries are now wrong.  Are they going to be corrected?  Unlikely.  The errors will continue to be cited, perpetuating falsehoods.  The IPCC will use Greenland ice cores as proof positive of climate fluctuations in the unobservable past.  The fictional Younger Dryas and Older Dryas periods will continue to be spoken of in textbooks.  As we have seen with the Haeckel embryos and other undying frauds, myths are as hard to exterminate as ants in the kitchen.Second, these revelations reveal knowns turning into unknowns, and a couple of unknown unknowns become known unknowns.  But if one does not know the extent of the unknown unknowns, or the unknowable unknowns (see Evolution News & Views), there is no confidence that future revelations will not undermine today’s knowns further, showing scientific regress rather than progress.  Philosophically, it is impossible in any system whose boundaries are unconstrained to account for it from within.  As with Godel’s Theorem, you can’t prove arithmetic with arithmetic, or geometry with geometry.  Higher-order information is needed.Third, flexible theories contradict scientific progress.  If gravitational lensing theory is correct, the observation described above has just cast serious doubt on evolutionary cosmology.  The most massive galaxies should not exist so close to the big bang.  Since the observation can’t be tweaked, the evolutionary story will have to give.  But even if the standard model gets rescued somehow by alterations of theory, it goes to show that theories are plastic.  That will have to be said of the rescued theory, and possibly other theories considered well-established today.It was cute of Carlson to sugar-coat the ice-core problem with a euphemism: “This goes to show that climate science is full of nuance” (i.e., subtle distinctions).  Phonetically speaking, we can translate “nuance” to mean that what they knew once they don’t know now.last_img read more

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Retaining cattle ownership in the midst of declining prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Under normal market conditions, it can be profitable for cow-calf producers to wean and background their calves in the fall. Historically, feeder cattle prices dip in early fall when many producers choose to market their calves before bouncing back to higher levels in the late fall and early winter months.Producers who wean and background their calves during this time frame are often able to ride out the seasonal price slump and take advantage of this cycle in normal years. Is that still the best strategy if the market is in the midst of a price decline that is not expected to fully recover? Some larger producers may be able to use the futures markets to hedge and “lock in” a profitable price with only basis risk, but many smaller producers are not easily afforded this luxury.So what happens upon closer examination of a few price scenarios? First of all, assume that a producer will want to wean now and will continue to grow the calves for 90 days. In other words, the calves will be weaned now and backgrounded until November. Further, assume that the calves weigh approximately 500 pounds today and that they will gain two pounds per day. That results in a selling weight of around 680 pounds in November. These are all reasonable assumptions that could apply to many spring-calving cow-calf producers across the U.S. Using the most recent reported Oklahoma City feeder prices, a calf weighing 500 pounds will sell for around $238.41 per hundredweight while a 680-pound calf will sell for around $214.41 per hundredweight. That equates to approximately $1,192 for a 500-pound calf and $1,458 for a 680-pound animal, a $266.94 per head difference. If prices remain constant for the next 90 days and a producer can grow a calf for 90 days for cheaper than $266.94 per head, he/she could turn a profit. But, we all know that prices will likely change between now and November. Since mid-July, Oklahoma City prices for 650- to 700-pound steers have dropped by more than $20 per hundredweight. In mid-September, the November feeder cattle futures contract was trading for nearly $7 per hundredweight less that the September futures, indicating that traders believe cash prices will be lower in November than they are now. If a producer were to hedge and assuming that there is no change in basis between now and November, the difference in revenue between selling now and backgrounding until November narrows from $266.94 per head to $215.55 per head.While some producers could hedge and ensure themselves a gross return of $215.55, one would need at least 73 steers to be able to hedge without assuming at least some additional risk through speculation. If 650- to 700-pound steer prices drop even more to $200 per hundredweight or even $195 per hundredweight, then difference narrows to roughly $168 per head and $134 per head, respectively. As the revenue differences shrink, it becomes much more difficult to cover costs, and the door starts to open for potential losses instead of profits.There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding today’s cattle markets. The bears have been running the show recently, and it looks like the trend might continue in the near future. The possibility always exists that markets could turn the other way as well, particularly given such tight supplies. It is more important now than ever before that U.S. cattle producers are aware of market movements and how price fluctuations can impact their bottom lines, especially those who plan on retaining their calves past weaning.last_img read more

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Familiar territory

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’ PLAY LIST 01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’02:525 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths03:15Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Tan helps Team PH to two more bowl medals in Asian youth championshipscenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Alex Cabagnot had 22 points, 15 of them off triples, while five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo completed a three-cornered battering ram for the Beermen by finishing with 17.Tiny point guard LA Revilla fired 15 points and led a searing Phoenix fightback in the fourth quarter that just fell short as the Fuel Masters ended their most impressive conference in the league with a losing semis stint.San Miguel’s entry to the best-of-seven title series will also mark the first time that two-time scoring champion Terrence Romeo will play in a championship playoff.“Although he didn’t score that much [in this game], his two points [late] was crucial,” Austria said of the team’s off-season acquisition.Meanwhile, try as Chito Victolero might, it’s quite hard to disassociate the Finals with another Magnolia victory over Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Hopefully this could serve us in our upcoming series as Rain or Shine and Magnolia are both very competitive teams,” added Austria after sealing his eighth title series appearance as the storied franchise shoots for its 26th title starting next week.Up next for the Beermen would be either the Hotshots or the Elasto Painters, with Magnolia taking the first of two shots it has to close out Rain or Shine at 7 p.m. at Ynares Center in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsChris Ross had a sterling performance on both ends, scoring 24 points—his most in the series—while adding six steals, as the Beermen closed this half of the semifinals, 4-1, by winning the last two games.“They really brought out the best in us,” added Austria in respect of their foes, the top-ranked team in the eliminations who won Game 3 last Sunday. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s not in our minds right now,” Victolero said after holding off the Elasto Painters, 82-74, on Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “The goal is to win the series and we will try to close it out.”Leading 3-2, that goal can be realized at 7 p.m. Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo, where the Hotshots will be shooting for a fourth straight win and send the Painters packing.With two chances to wrap up their best-of-seven series, that’s how close Victolero and his crew are to the Finals.Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas will play at least three friendlies before flying to the Fiba World Cup later this year, including one game in Russia against a yet-to-be-named European foe.Coach Yeng Guiao can also start holding twice-a-week practices starting June and then will have his players practicing every day starting August as he can get his pool members from the PBA teams that will be eliminated from the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.Al Panlilio, the president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), told the Inquirer over the phone that two of those friendlies will be held close to the third week of August so that Guiao “could make adjustments based on what he sees in those games.”Panlilio also said that the SBP has gotten an invitation from the Russian basketball federation to play there, where the Filipinos could see action for a maximum of two games against world-class opposition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer is back to a place it is most familiar with, and in getting there, the Beermen got just the perfect workout they needed.“Phoenix pushed us to the limit. And we love it,” coach Leo Austria said on Thursday night, minutes after a 105-94 Game 5 victory that bundled out the Fuel Masters in their rugged semifinal series at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Carsons alleged Top Secret access troubling NDP MP

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Conservatives need to come clean on whether Bruce Carson had access to Top Secret information on the Afghanistan war, says NDP MP Paul Dewar.“We need to know what he knew and who he shared the info with,” said Dewar. “Now that we know he was in the inner circle when it came to the Afghan file.”The Toronto Star reported this week that Carson was involved with the Afghanistan file and had access to Top Secret information. Carson only had a lower echelon, Secret-level security clearance.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has faced question over how Carson managed to work in the Prime Minister’s Office when he had five criminal convictions and faced two bankruptcies.Carson is currently facing an RCMP investigation. The PMO asked the RCMP to investigate Carson after a meeting with APTN reporters.APTN was investigating Carson’s involvement with Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell water filtration systems to First Nations communities.The water company had a financial arrangement with Carson’s fiancee, a former escort.last_img read more

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NWT Ottawa ink devolution deal

first_imgAPTN National NewsA final devolution agreement for the Northwest Territories was signed Tuesday.The deal will transfer federal power over land, water and resources to the territory.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has a look back at the long road to devolution.last_img

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