The government has been criticised for their decision to walk away from talks with trade unions on pensions for Community Employment Supervisors. He was speaking after the campaign of community supervisors in Donegal conveyed their dismay at the decision – branding the government actions as “unacceptable”.Senator MacLochlainn said: “It is now 11 years since the Labour Court made a recommendation that an agreed pension scheme for CE Supervisors should be put in place by the State. “That means 11 years of CE Supervisors retiring from their job without the occupational pension recommended by the labour relations machinery of the State.“I welcomed Minister Doherty coming to the table with Minister Donohue to engage with representatives of CE Supervisors. It was believed that these talks would continue until an agreement was reached, once and for all.“Instead, we now have a situation where both Ministers have walked away from the talks process and reneged on their commitment to bring forward their proposals to resolve the matter.“This is unacceptable and I am calling on Minister Doherty to keep her word and to engage in good faith with representatives of CE Supervisors. The Labour Court recommendation from 2008 must be implemented now.” Govt slammed for “unacceptable” actions towards pension talks was last modified: November 13th, 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)
There’s no genetic difference between Cro-Magnon Man and modern Europeans, a genetic study reported by Science Daily. Researchers took extra care to avoid contamination of bones found in southern Italy, they said. They claimed Cro-Magnon people were able to maintain genealogical continuity for 28,000 years, remaining distinct from Neanderthals, whom they said lived in Europe for 300,000 years.Forget everything you were taught about early man in Europe, because the evolutionists keep changing their story and what they say now is absurd. Is it really plausible that two groups of Homo sapiens lived side by side for nearly 30,000 years and never intermarried? Has that ever happened in modern times? Where is all the genetic evolution that should have occurred between the time this Italian Cro-Magnon individual lived and today? He’s virtually identical to modern Europeans. Why even classify him as “other” than us? And why think that he lived so long ago? 28,000 years is three to four times the length of all recorded human history. These people were our equals physically and probably mentally. Maybe they were even superior. Who could possibly believe that Cro-Magnon, or even Neanderthals for that matter (with bigger average cranial capacity than us), would not have reached the moon in 28,000 years, to say nothing of 300,000? Evolutionists want us to believe they were smart enough to hunt mammoths and produce cave paintings that attract the awe of modern artists, but never learned how to ride a horse in all that time. That is absurd. Wouldn’t you expect that they would have built cities in a fraction of the evolutionary time scale, and invented writing? They have no answer for what “switched on” in the human brain to create instant civilization about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. The ages they give are not scientific. They are part of a vast evolutionary myth that is propagated by a powerful class of shamans who run our schools and scientific institutions. There is nothing in the data that is inconsistent with the Biblical view that these were people after the Flood (which itself is remembered in hundreds of tribal legends around the world), scattered after Babel into distinct family clans. Those remaining in the Fertile Crescent built the first cities and started writing in clay tablets about their banking transactions and laws. Others with different spoken languages migrated east and west, north and south. The harsh conditions in Europe during the Ice Age delayed the development of writing and civilization. (Think of how few records modern tribes near the Arctic leave today.) Neanderthals were particularly hardy individuals who got to Europe first. Cro-Magnon people (just as much offspring of Noah as their brethren but genetically distinct) arrived later after conditions were becoming more hospitable. If this started a big war, with the Cro-Magnon ending up victorious over the Neanderthals, would there be any fossil remains? Not likely; nor would there necessarily be any written records, any more than detailed accounts of wars between Germanic tribes in later Roman times or Anasazi in North America much later, who vanished without a trace (unless the Hopi are living descendants). No long periods spanning tens or hundreds of thousands of years is required in this scenario. It matches what we know about people, and it matches the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. Think how much migration could happen among intelligent people in just decades or centuries. We know how curious people are. Within a few millennia, Germanic tribes were exploring the New World. South Pacific Islanders were hopping from island to island. Columbus, a latecomer, was sailing west for the Indies. We are familiar with human wanderlust. It is inconceivable that Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons would have sat still for 28,000 years or 300,000 years and not populated the globe. There’s only one logical conclusion. The evolutionary story, with its vast periods of time, portraying brutish people living like cave potatoes, is a myth. If they can be so flagrantly wrong about dates and activities close to us in time, do the math and tell us if you trust them when they weave tales about what happened millions and billions of years ago. The reckless drafts on the bank of time must stop.(Visited 101 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Sandwiches – some call them food of the gods, but for most of us, they’re a simple, easy meal to enjoy out and about or at home as comfort food. While technically a savoury or sweet filling between two pieces of bread, there are many different takes on what a sandwich can be.CD AndersonFrom the Mexican tortilla to the American hamburger, the ham and cheese croque-monsieur and the Middle Eastern shawarma, cultures around the world all have their own version of a sandwich that perfectly sums up their tastes and heritage.South Africa, with its melting pot of cultures, has its own distinct sandwiches, rich in both the history of the country as well as in taste.Here are six of the best South African sandwiches to inspire your next lunchtime.Bunny chowIconic South African sandwiches: the Bunny Chow pic.twitter.com/IEuVGsMPlg— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016The bunny chow dates back to the 1940s, when Indian migrant workers in the sugar cane plantations of what was then Natal devised a unique, no-mess, no-fuss method of carrying their vegetable curry lunches in the fields: in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread.Traditional roti bread proved too unstable for a meal on the run, so food sellers (most notably the legendary Durban street café Kapitan’s) used loaves of government bread as a cheaper and more mobile alternative.The name derives from the word ‘bun’ and the curry ingredient ‘achar’, anglicised into ‘bunny chow’. The modern bunny chow is not limited to vegetarian curry, with meat variants and even a breakfast bunny made with bacon and eggs proving popular. Despite the sandwich’s working class origins, the bunny chow is also enjoyed as a gourmet meal in top-class South African-themed restaurants around the world.An African variation of the bunny chow, found in most food spaza shops in townships across the country, is the spatlo, or kota, a hollowed-out quarter-loaf filled with chips, polony and egg.Iconic South African sandwiches: the Spatlo (or Kota) pic.twitter.com/a30twfnUNX— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016The gatsbyIconic South African sandwiches: the Gatsby pic.twitter.com/dm1bYAzXpJ— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016The gatsby is a Western Cape take on the traditional submarine, or sub, sandwich, a long bread roll filled with fish, chips and peri-peri sauce. Variations can include other meats, egg and polony. Calamari is also a favourite filling. A larger, Gauteng variation is nicknamed ‘AK-47’ because it can be held in one’s arm.Originating on the Cape Flats during the 1970s, the sandwich, named after the book The Great Gatsby was a way for factory workers to use dinner leftovers for next-day lunches.As one of the country’s more well-known foods, strongly integrated into the heritage and identity of the Cape Flats, gatsbys are served in up-market restaurants and corner cafés alike.Above all, given its generous size, part of the sandwich’s enduring popularity is that it is always best enjoyed when shared.Boerewors rollIconic South African sandwiches: the Boerewors roll pic.twitter.com/q0xRCe24sV— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016Like the American hotdog, the humble boerie roll is quintessentially a national food of the people, enjoyed by South Africans of all ages, from all walks of life.Served with fried onions and tomato relish – maybe a hint of chilli if so inclined – the boerie can be homemade as part of a traditional family braai or bought from mobile food stalls at sporting events, church bazaars, even after a night out on the town. It is the ultimate South African comfort food.Braai broodjieIconic South African sandwiches: the Braai broodjie pic.twitter.com/S3KxrXgrNR— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016While it might seem like a deceptively simple variation on the universal toasted cheese and tomato sandwich, the distinct South African flavour of the braai broodjie comes from its back-to-basics preparation: on the grill, over an open fire.A sandwich with cheese, tomato, onion and salt and pepper, the challenge in making a flawless broodjie is getting the cheese perfectly melted without burning the bread.While commercial food manufacturers have attempted to duplicate the taste of a braai broodjie on a larger scale, nothing quite beats building your own broodjie from scratch and grilling it over the fire to your personal perfection.Midundu, or vetkoek and minceIconic South African sandwiches: the Midundu (vetkoek and mince) pic.twitter.com/WpbXM4950Y— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 4, 2016Based on the Dutch ‘olie bol’ (oil dough ball), the vetkoek is a perfect package as a sandwich, even if not completely traditional. The variations are endless, and not just savoury. The vetkoek can be made with jam, peanut butter and thick syrups.But mostly, the vetkoek and mince combination is the most popular, always readily available and always delicious, from mobile food stalls at public gatherings and at the self-styled vetkoek palaise fast food outlets.As comfortable in the heart of farming country as it is at your local shis’nyama, or even as part of a bunny chow or gatsby, the vetkoek and mince sandwich is the quintessential South African sandwich.Source: WikipediaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane hails Valverde performanceby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was left satisfied with Fede Valverde’s showing for their 4-2 win over Granada.The Uruguayan impressed again for Los Blancos, helping them to get back to winning ways after their midweek slip against Club Brugge.”He is quite a modern player,” Zidane said afterwards”I’m happy for him.”He’s very good and he’s always shown that.”He’s growing.”He always moves forward, he wants the ball and he’s been key for two goals today.”But it’s a team game and our first half today was phenomenal in every way.”
March 12, 2003Golf at Arcosanti? The amazing ‘Dinky Links’ tournament is the brainchild of alumnus Richard Johnson and originated in Jerome, Arizona. Eli Michael lines up his shot. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman organized this tournament in the desert surrounding Arcosanti. This environmentally friendly golf course requires zero maintenance and zero water. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] [left] Matteo Di Michele. [right] Sparks makes the point that anyone can hit a ball on a lawn. This much more difficult course consists of 12 holes, four of them in the Minds Garden, two on the sloping way to camp, three in camp and three on the far side of the Agua Fria river. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] Jennifer Thornton. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] This photo shows some of the difficult terrain. Gabriel Hendrix. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] The trophies were in the best of Arcosanti recreational tradition. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa] The so-called 19th. hole [in this case the 13th. hole], is ‘The Beach’ at the pool cube where Sparks announces the winners. Among the awards were trophies for first, second and third place, as well as for mediocracy, winner of the 5th and 9th hole and for the most shots. [Photo: Jeff Kunzelman & Text: sa]
Telenor-owned content security specialist Conax has teamed up with video-on-demand infrastructure specialist Quadrille to combine the Conax Contego content security product with Quadrille’s QuadriFast push VOD system to deliver push-VOD services.QuadriFast is an off-the-shelf solution allowing VOD content to be pushed over any broadcast network without the need for a dedicated channel. It uses the available bandwidth on broadcast channels and auto-adjusts data transmitted according to the bandwidth available.
Low Latency & High QoE for Live Video StreamingContributions by Harmonic, Akamai, THEOplayer, Viaccess-Orca and NexStreamingAs the demand for streamed video content continues to grow, including for live events, the challenge is meeting the increasing expectations of audiences in terms of quality of experience. Low latency is a key factor in this quality of experience when watching live events.Read our new white paper to find out about the major advancements made by DASH CMAF LLC technologies and how they can help you achieve new levels of low latency in video streamingGet the whitepaper
Source:https://www.rush.edu/news/press-releases/predictive-analytics-pinnacle-reached Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 10 2019Rush University Medical Center is just the third health care provider in the country to achieve the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Stage 7 for the Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity (AMAM). HIMSS, a health care information trade association, says the achievement “represents the pinnacle of applying analytics to support patient-specific prescriptive care.””Rush University Medical Center has dynamic analytics leadership. From the COO’s office live dashboard to front line care in the Road Home Program for vets, Rush showed how to deliver passionate, data-driven care,” said James E. Gaston, Senior Director, Healthcare Advisory Services Group, HIMSS analytics.Health systems strive to improve care by identifying meaningful patterns in data – especially the genomic and biometric data used in personalized medicine. In 2016, HIMSS Analytics created its Adoption Model for Analytics Maturity to provide a framework and benchmarking system to help hospitals guide and measure these efforts. The eight-stage (0-7) model measures a continuum of efforts, from simply committing to a data analytics strategy through developing the infrastructure, processes, technology and leadership necessary to be able to convert data quickly into actionable information.During a series of site visits, Rush information technology leaders, clinicians and administrators demonstrated the Medical Center’s ability to stream data in real time from many sources, process it, and provide analysis on an almost-real-time basis. The HIMSS evaluators, for example, reviewed an initiative aimed at substantially reducing the number of people who present at the Medical Center’s emergency department but leave without being seen (LWBS).A hospital’s LWBS percentage often is considered a key indicator of overall efficiency, as well as having significant impact of revenue and patient satisfaction. Rush leadership felt their percentage was too high, set an aggressive goal of lowering it to only 1.4% of ED visitors leaving before receiving treatment, and assembled a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, executives and data scientists to address the issue.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyHome-based support network helps stroke patients adjust after hospital dischargeStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesBy building predictive models that analyzed huge demographic and utilization data sets in real time, the team quickly was able to identify individuals at high risk for leaving the emergency department and customize workflows in near real time to intervene before those patients left. In the three months prior to the initiative, the Medical Center’s LWBS rate was 3.83 percent. After the predictive models shaped clinical workflows for the identified patients, the rate dropped to 1.25 percent.”Data and information are the new liquid gold,” said Dr. Shafiq Rab, senior vice president and chief information officer, Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System. “At Rush, we are using tools like artificial intelligence and machine learning to mine that gold and use it to improve outcomes for our patients and our communities.”The Stage 7 AMAM designation directly follows another notable HIMSS designation – also achieving Stage 7 for the HIMSS Analytics Outpatient Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model. This framework measures the degree to which electronic medical record technology is being used in outpatient settings. Accomplishing O-EMRAM Stage 7 demonstrates that Rush is maximizing the full potential of the EMR, especially by demonstrating continuous improvement of patient care at the population health level. The use of technology has been central to Rush’ efforts to address discrepancies in health equity.Rush was officially awarded both AMAM and O-EMRAM Stage 7 designation in December and will be publicly recognized during the Opening Keynote at the HIMSS19 conference on Tuesday, February 12 in Orlando, Florida.
Source:https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2019/02/28/new-study-indicates-early-term-infants-can-succeed-at-breastfeeding/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 28 2019Researchers have determined that healthy premature babies can have as much success breastfeeding as full-term babies.The study, conducted by researchers at UBC Okanagan’s School of Nursing and the University of Hong Kong, involved 2,700 pairs of mothers and infants and included two different survey groups–one in 2006/07 and another in 2011/12. The mother-infant pairs were monitored from birth to 12 months or until breastfeeding ceased.”An early-term birth is associated with adverse neonatal outcomes that may impede breastfeeding, especially when compared with a full-term birth,” says Marie Tarrant, director of the School of Nursing. “However, the effect of early-term birth on exclusive breastfeeding duration among healthy normal weight infants is unclear.”Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits to infants and can potentially offset the effects of early-term birth, explains study author Heidi Fan. Traditionally, full-term births are those from 37 to 42 gestational weeks. However, previous research has shown that infants born early-term from 37 to 39 gestational weeks have a greater incidence of adverse respiratory outcomes, extended hospital stays, newborn sepsis or admission to a neonatal unit. And until now, it was also believed they might be less successful at breastfeeding.The researchers wanted to examine the correlation between early-term births and how long these infants breastfed. Of the babies in the study who were all healthy at birth, 32 per cent were born early-term. By two weeks postpartum, half of the infants in the study were not exclusively breastfed and by three months, more than half of the participants had stopped breastfeeding completely.”Some studies show that early-term birth is associated with a shorter breastfeeding duration while others show no association at all,” says Fan. “And there are only two studies that we are aware of that have examined the effect of gestational age in term infants when it comes to exclusive breastfeeding duration, again with conflicting findings.”Related StoriesAdequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseasesMany low-income infants receive formula in the first few days of life, finds studyStudy: Mothers’ breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for lifeResearch assistants contacted the study participants, who were from four different hospitals in Hong Kong, when the infants were one, two, three, six, nine and 12 months old or until breastfeeding stopped.Participants with early-term and full-term babies reported the average time they stopped breastfeeding was at nine weeks. Notably, the average times for mothers of both early- and full-term babies to stop exclusively breastfeeding was two weeks of age.”Our findings contrast with the conclusions of some existing studies, where early-term birth was significantly associated with breastfeeding cessation,” says Fan. “A possible explanation for this difference is that our study included only normal-weight infants who did not have serious obstetrical or neonatal complications and admission to the neonatal intensive care unit.”Fan says their study determined there is no significant increase in the risk of breastfeeding cessation between early-term and full-term infants.”Consequently, in this sample early-term infants may have been more similar to full-term infants when compared with participants in other studies and this may explain why we were unable to find any differences in breastfeeding duration between the two groups. Our study findings therefore suggest that the shorter breastfeeding duration in early-term infants found in other studies may be due to the postpartum and neonatal complications associated with early-term birth rather than the actual effect of gestational age.”While Fan says they found no association between early and full-term birth when it came to the duration of breastfeeding, she does suggest more research is needed in particular to determine the duration and success of breastfeeding for infants of early-term birth who may have other neonatal complications.”It is also important for clinicians to recognize that mothers who give birth to early-term infants with neonatal complications may need individualized support to achieve their breastfeeding goals,” she adds.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Amazon’s talking delivery drone would ask for help if it fell out of the sky Explore further Citation: Amazon looks at dropping packages onto your patio from as high as 25 feet (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-packages-patio-high-feet.html ©2018 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. It’s not that drones get tired, it’s just that if they’re delivering your box of cat food and low-rise socks, dropping down to put it on your patio and flying back up for the next delivery takes power that they need to conserve. Better to just hover over your home and drop the box, a new patent from Amazon proposes.And no need to cover your head: the Seattle e-commerce giant has that—and the delivery box full of your precious items—covered, at least in theory.Amazon on Tuesday received a patent for cushioning packages with inflatable airbags, so they can be dropped from as high as 25 feet.The drone could inflate the “airlift package protection airbag” with a gas canister or even just from the downdraft from the aircraft’s propellers, while in transit or “near a drop location, such as a backyard or patio of a residential dwelling,” the patent said.This patent, like at least two others Amazon has received, also envisions the possibility of catastrophic mid-air failure. The airbag for the package could be inflated automatically if a drone—also known as an unmanned-aerial vehicle or UAV, “becomes unresponsive to controls and/or loses some or all power” if the drone “contacts an object, a building, and/or the ground.”Should you be, say, barbecuing on your patio when your delivery drone appears, there’s no reason to fear, but if you want your package, you’ll need to get out of the way—and take your bottles of beer with you—so it can fall from the sky. The drone could use cameras and other sensors to make sure the “drop zone” is empty of people, animals and “fragile objects,” and decline to make the delivery till all is clear, according to the patent.A drone could even be constructed in such a way that it could let loose a package that would travel “partially horizontally,” to land on “an elevated balcony of a tall building.”The airbag Amazon envisions would deflate slightly upon impact with the ground to cushion the landing and protect a package’s contents.Energy consumption is an important consideration for drones, which “may conserve energy if they minimize changes in altitude,” the patent says in explaining why dropping packages from the sky makes sense.Height range for the release of packages from a drone would range from five to 25 feet, “depending on the size and weight of the package.”Amazon, keenly focused on automation and cheap, efficient product delivery, has obtained dozens of drone-related patents in recent years, but it remains to be seen whether this latest one, or any of the others, will lead to technology used in drone deliveries.