TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanlimerickMid-West Humanists (MWH) WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleLimerick girls get Ireland soccer call-upNext articleBig Beautiful Woman makes an entrance Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick atheists call for a secular education systemBy Alan Jacques – December 4, 2014 1137 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WhatsApp Email Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Peter O’Hara of the Mid West HumanistsAN atheist group with members from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary has called on Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to end religious influence on the primary and secondary school system.The Mid-West Humanists (MWH) believe the present education system discriminates against children who have no religion and breaches their human rights by denying them access to an education free from the teaching of religious beliefs as facts.The group say they are not asking for more schools of multi-denominational patron, such as the Educate Together schools, but for all state-supported schools to be in State ownership, and to be secular schools.The changes that the Mid-West Humanists seek to Ireland’s education system will, they say, make it easier for government to deal with the increasing variety of religions and make it easier to provide education.The group, who meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues relating to an ethical philosophy of life, maintain that the secular system it proposes would also “liberate” teachers who are “unhappily forced to teach values in which they no longer believe”.Peter O’Hara from the MWH said that a secular education system where everyone has the right to their beliefs and where the State remains neutral on these beliefs is the only way to protect equally the rights of religious and nonreligious people. Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
In addition, members will receive back payments dating back to March 2016 when BHS filed for bankruptcy.The £363m (€424m) includes £343m in funding for the new scheme and a separate £20m to cover expenses and implementation costs.TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb said: “The agreement we have reached with Sir Philip Green represents a strong outcome for the members of the BHS pension schemes. It takes account of the interests of both pensioners and the PPF, and brings a welcome level of certainty to present and future pensioners.“Throughout our discussions with Sir Philip and his team, we have always been clear that we were determined to achieve the right outcome for members of the schemes both in terms of the amount and the structure of the settlement.”Setting up the new scheme “is likely to take a number of months”, TPR said in a document outlining the BHS settlement.Alan Rubenstein, chief executive of the PPF, said the arrangement “relieves the PPF’s levy payers of the cost of meeting the initially reported shortfall. The Pensions Regulator will be monitoring the new scheme and members will be protected by the PPF”. The BHS pension saga became a flagship case for defined benefit (DB) scheme reform last year. The Work and Pensions Committee, a group of members of the UK lower house of parliament, last summer published a damning report into the chain’s collapse.The committee – chaired by Frank Field – said at the time that Sir Philip “gave insufficient priority to the BHS pension scheme over an extended period” and “contributed substantially to the demise of BHS”. During the inquiry by the committee, Sir Philip had promised to help fix the BHS schemes, which were both in deficit.BHS was also cited in the government’s recent consultation on corporate governance reform , with the Work and Pensions Committee calling for trustees of large pension funds to be subject to the UK’s corporate governance code.TPR is still investigating the roles of Retail Acquisitions Limited, which bought BHS from Arcadia, and its director Dominic Chappell. The former owner of British Home Stores (BHS) is to pay “up to £363m” (€425m) to the bankrupt chain’s two pension funds, the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced.The arrangement will mean members of the two schemes who are yet to retire will not have to transfer to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), avoiding a 10% cut to their benefits. TPR has ended its enforcement action against Sir Philip Green, whose Arcadia Group sold BHS in 2015. BHS declared bankruptcy last year.TPR has set up a new pension scheme, to be overseen by three independent trustees, and the existing schemes’ 19,000 members will be given the option to transfer in. The regulator said benefit payments in the new arrangement would be “on average” closer to those from the existing BHS schemes, and better than the payments available from the PPF.Pensions built up prior to April 1997 will increase at 1.8% a year, the regulator said. The PPF does not apply increases for pensions accrued before April 1997. Some members will have the option of a lump sum transfer, and members will be permitted to transfer to the PPF if they prefer.
Brainwave Trust – Keryn O’NeillThe attempts to use evidence when developing policy to enhance outcomes for New Zealand’s children are to be applauded. Research can certainly be a very useful tool in determining which of the multiple options facing Government are likely to effectively contribute to improved wellbeing for children. However, like the tools used by the Kiwi DIY-er, correct use is necessary for a positive result.Inaccurate interpretations of research can occur, particularly when relying on reviews rather than the original research. One of the most publicised early intervention studies is The High Scope/Perry Preschool project (Campbell, Pungello, Ramey, Miller-Johnson, & Burchinal, 2001), which has been frequently misinterpreted to advocate for extending centre-based early childhood education (ECE) (Fergusson, Boden, & Hayne, 2011; Fergusson, Horwood, Grant, & Ridder, 2005; Zigler & Styfco, 1994).The following extract from the recent Report of the Health Select Committee is an example of this:“The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study, which began in the 1960s, has determined the short- and long-term effects of a high quality preschool education programmes (sic) for young children living in poverty” p.22…. There are a number of conclusions often attributed to the Perry Preschool research which are in fact not supported by the study. Some of these are noted below.• The Perry Preschool study does not claim to tell us anything about the effects of ECE on children aged from birth to 3 year of age, as its participants were all 3 or 4 years old. Therefore this study cannot be used to support children under 3 years attending ECE.• It does not indicate that ECE, on its own, is an effective intervention as it was combined with family intervention, which could have had equal or greater effect on the positive outcomes achieved. Therefore Perry Preschool cannot be used to globally endorse ECE as an intervention to improve children’s outcomes.• The Perry Preschool project was staffed by highly qualified and trained teachers who received ongoing supervision and training. Their outcomes cannot be equated with those from the largely commercially-oriented New Zealand ECE environment in which only 50% of staff may have any qualifications.• The children in the study attended for 12.5 hours per week, therefore it tells us nothing about the effects of being in ECE for up to 20 hours per week and cannot be used to support increased hours in ECE.CONCLUSIONFor the reasons cited above, the recommendation to increase ECE for babies and children from birth to 3 years cannot claim to be based on the evidence provided by this study. The move towards cross party agreement on investment in our youngest children is a hugely positive step for NZ’s future. A commitment to accurately applying the available evidence will ensure this investment is maximised.http://www.brainwave.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Perry-Preschool_2.pdf
National hunt enthusiasts will be gearing up for another top-notch day at Thurles today where Willie Mullins is represented by a number of interesting sorts.Mullins’ Karalee may be the pick of his three runners. The Rich Ricci-owned mare is lightly-raced but clearly has a fair level of ability judging by her latest effort in finishing third behind Apple’s Jade in a Grade One event at Punchestown back in April.If running up to scratch, she should take the world of beating on her seasonal reappearance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Hurdle (1.25) under Paul Townend.The champion handler will be bidding to get his afternoon off to a good start with Montalbano, also owned by Ricci and ridden by Townend, in the Killinan Beginners Chase (12.25).Meanwhile, Mullins has won the Cahir Maiden Hurdle (1.55) with Turban (2011), Lucky Bridle (2013), Max Dynamite (2014), Petit Mouchoir (2015) and Riven Light (2016) in recent seasons and relies on Real Steal in this year’s renewal.Real Steel’s main danger looks to be Daly Tiger from the Noel Meade stable who was a comfortable winner of a bumper at the track earlier this month.The racing at Thurles is underway at 12.25 and the ground is currently soft-to-heavy there. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay
Twitter has been testing a feature in Canada that lets you hide replies and now it’s coming to the U.S. and Japan.The goal is part of an effort to stop the spread of hate and vitriol online.This new feature allows the person who tweeted the original comment to decide which replies stay and which are hidden from other users.
Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna (42) shoots as Florida center Patric Young (4) and forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) defend during the second half in a third-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)The coach of a team many people have winning the Final Four has a new contract extension that raises his average salary to $3.7 million a year.Billy Donovan also got a $250,000 bonus just for staying at Florida, but his is not the sweetest deal in college athletics. That belongs to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, who will get more than $18,000 simply because one of the school’s wrestlers is really good.Little did grappler Logan Stieber know when he signed on for room and board at the university that winning the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA wrestling championship paid actual cash. Not to him, of course, because that would violate NCAA rules that seem designed to make everyone money but the athletes themselves.Instead, Smith gets the bonus money, part of a deal where he gets paid every time there are “exceptional athletic achievements” under his watch. Smith already makes $940,484 a year, but if the athletes at Ohio State perform well he could earn more than $1.5 million a year under a sweetheart contract that runs through 2020.That’s the way things operate in big-time college athletics, where the rich are getting richer. Hard not to profit when the labor is free, and the new television contracts seem to carry an extra zero every time they are renegotiated.Unfortunately, the gravy train might be coming to an end. Current and former athletes are showing they learned something in college.Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA could go to trial this summer and change everything. Several Northwestern athletes are trying to start a union. And a lawyer jumped in the fray last week with a federal lawsuit on behalf of four players that calls the NCAA and five major conferences an “unlawful cartel” that illegally restricts players from making money while taking in billions.In the meantime, the NCAA continues to pocket an average of $771 million a year in television rights to the basketball tournament and millions more in ticket sales. There’s an official drink for the tournament, as well as an official wireless partner.And the players? They get three squares a day and, in the case of New Mexico State last week, a long ride home in the middle of the night after an emotional overtime loss. And when the NCAA charger dropped them off around 5:48 a.m., they didn’t have enough buses to take everyone back to campus.“The older I get the harder it is to understand how this has gone on as long as it has,” said O’Bannon, who led his UCLA team to the national championship in 1995. “It’s just unbelievable to me.”O’Bannon isn’t the only former UCLA player pushing for player rights. Ramogi Huma formed the National College Players Association as a sophomore in the mid-1990s after seeing teammate Donnie Edwards suspended for accepting free food when his scholarship money ran out before the end of the month.Now Huma is involved with the Northwestern players and actively campaigns for raises in scholarship amounts along with the dropping of the ban on athletes making money for themselves.“Public opinion has changed a lot on this issue since I first got involved with it,” Huma said. “Less and less people are buying into the NCAA’s hypocritical definition of amateurism.”O’Bannon, who began his lawsuit after seeing a likeness of himself in a video game licensed by the NCAA without his knowledge, still carries fond memories of winning the national title for UCLA.But he also remembers not being able to afford a meal at KFC after a late study hall. He remembers teammates who played for nothing but a scholarship who weren’t as fortunate as he was to eventually play in the NBA.And he remembers a lot of wealthy people paying big money to sit courtside at Pauley Pavilion to watch them perform.“The revenue that’s generated is through the roof – and they play in domes with tall roofs,” O’Bannon said. “Yet the players get nothing.”There are settlement talks ordered by the judge, but O’Bannon says he will not sell out his basic principles for a long overdue paycheck. Come June 9 he expects to be in a California courtroom challenging a system he believes is unjust.“I’m prepared to go to trial,” he said. “It’s never been about monetary gain. It’s all about changing the rules and making sure the players, both present and former, are represented as well.”Lofty goals, sure, but O’Bannon is on a crusade. He believes deeply in his cause and says he won’t back down.And that should make the people who run college sports more than just a little nervous.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http:twitter.com/timdahlberg
A gas emitted by volcanoes, carbonyl sulfide (COS), enables amino acid molecules to form peptide bonds. That’s what long-time origin-of-life researcher Leslie Orgel and colleagues at Scripps Institute have found. The reaction is especially productive in the presence of metal ions that act as catalysts, and even better in the presence of oxidizing agents. Moreover, the bonds form at ambient temperatures, and are not hindered by salty seawater, they state in their paper published in Science.1 Science news outlets like EurekAlert are claiming this indicates that “volcanic gas may have played a significant role in the origins of life on Earth,” and that the discovery bridges an important “missing link” in studies of “pre-biotic” chemistry (National Geographic News. Reza Ghadiri, one of the team, does not think life began at volcanoes, of course, but said, “It puts the whole idea of pre-biotic speculation on sure footing. It’s something that could have happened.” Amino acids have been produced in previous origin of life experiments (see 05/02/2003 headline), but, critics of chemical evolution have often claimed that peptide bonds between amino acids do not form readily in water (in fact, water hastens their dissolution). The team’s experiments began using one amino acid, phenylalanine, in only the left-handed form. Several intermediates were produced in the reaction with COS, one of which was “reasonably stable” against hydrolysis with a half-life of up to 20 hours. That intermediate was concentrated with more L-phenylalanine at alkaline pH 9.0 plus or minus 1.4 in anaerobic conditions, and yielded 6-7% dipeptide in 40-60 hours. The step from the intermediate to the peptide bond is the slowest. The team found, however, that metal ions (doubly-ionized lead, iron or cadmium) produced “dramatic rate accelerations” up to fourfold. Even more effective, oxidizing agents (including oxygen, although not expected to be present on the early earth) produced 63% yield of dipeptide in just 5 minutes, 13% tripeptide, and 3% quadrapeptide and traces of longer chains of 5 or 6 amino acid residues. The team also succeed getting chains of another amino acid, serine (left-handed only) and mixtures of serine and phenylalanine. They then generalized the experiment to others, including L-tyrosine, L-leucine, and L-alanine, in the presence of the lead ion catalyst. “In all reactions,” they reported, “efficient production of mixed dipeptides and tripeptides was observed.” How realistic is the presence of COS in early earth scenarios? Orgel et al. claim that COS is present in 0.09% of volcanic emissions, but “hydrolyzes rapidly on a geological time scale,” so is “unlikely to have accumulated to a high concentration in the atmosphere.” A “prebiotic soup” or enriched atmosphere of peptides by the tons is not envisioned, therefore, but rather enrichment at “localized regions close to its volcanic sources.” Because of the relatively short half-life of the intermediate, “it may be unlikely that a substantial proportion of any amino acids present would have been converted” to the necessary intermediates. The team suggests a “polymerization on the rocks” scenario, “in which peptides long enough to be irreversibly adsorbed near the source of the COS were subject to slow chain elongation,” especially if metal ions or oxidizing agents were also present. “The direct elongation of peptide chains using COS as a condensing agent and the condensations catalyzed by Fe2+ or Pb2+ ions seem plausible as prebiotic reactions,” they claim. And who knows; maybe COS was the effective ingredient to speed up other prebiotic reactions, too. “It remains to be determined whether COS could have participated in prebiotic chemistry in other ways—for example, as an intermediate in the reduction of CO2 and as a condensing agent in phosphate chemistry.”1Leman, Orgel and Ghadiri, “Carbonyl Sulfide-Mediated Prebiotic Formation of Peptides,” Science, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5694, 283-286, 8 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102722].There’s the plausibility criterion again (see 12/22/2003 and 01/15/2004 commentaries). But how plausible is this series of ad-hoc scenarios? First, the amino acids (however they got there, from meteorites or wherever) need to find themselves near a volcanic source with all the expected heat and commotion going on, to breathe in that 0.09% COS without getting destroyed in the process. Then they need some handy doubly-ionized lead, iron or cadmium ions, or oxidizing agents, nearby to speed up the slow reaction before the COS or intermediates get hydrolyzed (i.e., split by the very water they are presumably soaking in). But simultaneously, the other prebiotic molecules need to be shielded from the salts and oxidizing agents that would destroy them. Then the lucky dipeptides or tripeptides need to find a handy rock to get adsorbed onto before they fall apart in the water, which hopefully was within the right pH range to begin with. Good luck. Does Orgel really believe that under ideal conditions any chains longer than five or six are going to be produced? Short chains are no more useful to a cell-wannabee than single amino acids. What happens with a more realistic experiment consisting of a racemic mixture of left- and right-handed amino acids? Why did they start with a concentrated, highly improbable one-handed set? (see online book). Speculation on a “sure footing” is still speculation. “Could have happened” doesn’t cut it in science. Lots of things could have happened. I could have won the lottery 100 times in a row, if I had bought the tickets. Good thing I don’t have that kind of faith. The team can be congratulated for doing some interesting lab work in organic chemistry that adds to our understanding of how certain reactions occur under carefully controlled conditions. To leap from there and think that it has any relevance to a naturalistic origin of life, however, is like thinking “the existence of plastic explains the origin of Legos.” This new scenario suffers from all the faults of previous attempts to bridge the canyon between nonlife and life (see 10/31/2002 headline and 05/22/2002 commentary). Every step in the Darwin Party’s hypothetical naturalistic origin-of-life scenarios is exceedingly improbable. It is illogical to assume they reinforce each other. Improbabilities do not add up to probabilities; they multiply into even greater improbabilities. Even if, against all odds, Orgel succeeded in getting hundreds of peptide bonds, it would not explain the origin of the information needed for a polymer to function in any useful way as part of a system containing genetic instructions and molecular machines. Get real; read Creation-Evolution Headlines where, unlike the Darwin-worshipping science news outlets, we let you in on the damaging details camouflaged within the original journal articles instead of squawking like a silly parrot, “Volcanoes May Have Sparked Life on Earth” (National Geographic). If you believe that, we have a fountain of youth to recommend: Mt. St. Helens. Jump in and inhale all that life-giving carbonyl sulfide.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Porkbelly BBQ, manufacturer of four unique, handcrafted, Ohio-made barbecue sauces, was honored with the CIFT Excellence Award.The award is in recognition of exceptional achievement in the development of the food company and the contribution to the industry and state of Ohio.“This achievement comes at such an exciting time for Porkbelly BBQ,” said Rory P.J. Earl, co-founder/partners, Porkbelly BBQ. “Due to the assistance from CIFT, we have been able to focus on our business growth and expand our small business. Now, as we enter the final stages of opening our restaurant, we look forward to growing our business further and expanding the reach of our sauces.”In 2011, Earl co-founded “RoarE Q” (doing business under the name of Porkbelly BBQ) with his wife, Heather, and parents Charles and Patricia Earl. They started producing barbecue sauce at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen, managed by CIFT. Their sauces quickly became available in northwest Ohio grocery stores. Soon they added a mobile vending unit, seasonal staff, and catering to their business portfolio. In February, the Earl’s are opening a restaurant in Bowling Green, Ohio, including the addition of several new full-time employees, and further expansion of catering.The company specializes in homestyle barbecue meals, scratch cooking, and slow-pit cooking over cherry wood throughout the day.
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