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Harmon denies bribing Duncan to resign

first_img…tribunal to hear 1st witness todayMinister of State, Joseph Harmon has rejected claims made by trade unionist Carvil Duncan that Government offered money in exchange for his resignation as Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in light of his court charges.According to a public statement released on Sunday, “The Office of the Minister of State categorically denies the assertion made by Mr Carvil Duncan that he was offered monies by the Minister of State or the President.”The statement conceded that meetings were indeed held where Duncan was “gracefully” asked to vacate the positions he currently holds on several constitutional service commissions given his current trial for allegedly stealing $984,900 and conspiring to steal $27,757,500 from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Harmon’s office said Duncan indicated that he would discuss the matter with his family and return with a decision; however, he never did, which prompted President David Granger to establish a tribunal to determine his fate.However, Duncan, in a missive on Saturday evening, indicated that he made attempts to make contact with the Minister following the meeting, but all attempts proved futile.He also alleged that both Harmon and the President offered him money to step down from his post on the Public Service Commission, which would automatically result in his removal from the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.“President Granger insisted I resign as Chairman of the Public Service Commission to be followed by the other constitutional service commissions. He then said to me as much as three times, that ‘he does not want any blood on his carpet’… The President offered me a financial package under the same conditions as had been offered by Minister Harmon if I were to resign as he insisted,” Duncan claimed in his statement.The embattled official also insisted that he never received a letter from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo asking him to justify why a tribunal should not be established to address his removal from his posts.Reports indicate that Nagamootoo wrote Duncan asking him to show cause why a tribunal should not be established to address the question of his removal from constitutional office.Given his non-response, the President took a decision to establish the tribunal to investigate and recommend whether Duncan should be removed from his offices for his inability to discharge his function and/or misbehaviour.The tribunal members comprise Chairperson Justice Roxanne George, Justice Winston Patterson and Attorney-at-Law Robert Ramcharran.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over the alleged theft of monies.He was placed on $1 million bail in February last after he had appeared in the Magistrates Court charged with larceny to which he pleaded not guilty.Police alleged that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of GPL.It is also alleged that he conspired with GPL’s then Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal the money and to commit a felony, namely, he conspired to steal $27,757,500, property of the utility company.The tribunal will hear its first witness today.last_img read more

Warriors Report: The team readies for the return of Omri Casspi

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up practice Sunday afternoon. Here are three takeaways from the session.The return of Omri CasspiOn Monday the Warriors will present Casspi, who signed with the Grizzlies over the summer, with his championship ring from last season. The Warriors’ decision to sign Casspi last summer was heralded by much of the league, because of his basketball IQ, combined with his ability to integrate into the team’s offense.“I enjoyed coaching Omri,” Warriors’ coach Steve …last_img

Paleoproteomics Misses the Implications

first_imgThe ability to examine original proteins in off-the-shelf fossils should tell you something about evolutionary timescales.Scientists found original collagen in the fossil of a giant beaver sitting on a shelf in the New York State Museum. PhysOrg hints they were surprised:“Paleoproteomics is a young field. We don’t yet know the full potential of the information it may offer us, and one barrier to that is the supply of fossils we can call upon for research,” said Deepak Vashishth, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. “In developing these techniques, we’re creating new value in fossils that are already on exhibit, or sitting in storage waiting for a purpose.”No date is given for the evolutionary age of the fossil that was discovered and given to the museum 170 years ago.* It’s been collecting dust all this time, and was coated with varnish, so they took samples from inside the nostril. Lo and behold, collagen from the long-dead beaver was found. But instead of asking how the protein could survive in a fossil, they scientists are only focused on how the study of paleoproteins could shed light on evolution:“Now imagine if we were able to build up a database of post-translational modification to ancient organisms, we could begin to make inferences about evolutionary changes, or use them in protein engineering to look at how function in the ancient protein compares to that same protein in living animals.”It wasn’t long ago that scientists thought proteins and other original biological material could not last long in fossils.*The paper lists the radiocarbon dates as 10,500 years BP. However, unlike mammoth specimens in permafrost, this specimen in New York was readily exposed to the elements:Three layers occur above the skull, which were originally described as follows from the surface: (i) ‘vegetable soil’ (0.5–0.75 m thick) with heavy tree growth; (ii) a plant-rich (i.e. twigs, leaves, plant fragments) layer of fine sand with some clay (up to 1 m thick); and (iii) peat (over 1 m thick) including wood, bark, leaves and tree trunks.Secularist hearts are harder than the bones they handle, and more fossilized. (Visited 147 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio’s top conservation farmers honored

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture today recognized five families as winners of the 2019 Conservation Farm Family Awards at the Farm Science Review in London. Ohio Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the awards.“It is one thing to talk about the importance of conservation on the farm, but it is quite another to practice it every day like these award-winning families,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda. “I am proud of each of them for being good neighbors, handling the land with care, and helping to responsibly keep food and agriculture a top-ranking industry in Ohio.”The five families honored were: Kurt Farms of Hardin County; Rick and Janice Brill of Lorain County; Doug and Beth McConnell of Muskingum County; Timothy and Lynn Miller of Logan County; and Fred and Kristy Walters of Hocking County.“Each of the five farm families we recognized operates in a different area of Ohio, with differing acreages, soils, and topography,” said Kirk Hines, chief of the department’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation. “What binds these families together is the commitment to conservation, and dedication to thinking of the next generation of farmers to come.”Since 1984, the Conservation Farm Family Awards program has recognized 186 Ohio farm families for their exemplary efforts conserving soil, water, woodland, wildlife and other natural resources on the land they farm. Conservation farm families also host a variety of educational programs, opening their farms to schools, scout groups, farm organizations and others.The families each receive $400 from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, are featured in the September issue of Ohio Farmer magazine and receive plaques from ADS Hancor Inc. Ohio Farmer magazine has sponsored the Ohio Conservation Farm Family Awards since the program’s inception. Nominations are sought annually between January and May, and Ohio farming families are encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, individuals can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).2019 Winner profilesArea 1 Winners — Kurt Farms has more than 470 acres in Hardin County, raising corn and soybeans. In 2014, Kurt Farms worked with the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District and The Nature Conservancy to install a half-mile, two-stage ditch, which carries a normal flow of water, as well as a high flow on benches planted with vegetation. Through a partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ohio Farm Bureau, Kurt Farms became part of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network to educate on conservation practices. The farm has been the site of dozens of tours, trips, and demonstrations for farm and community groups, media, school and college groups, and political representatives. Kurt Farms was named the 2018 Hardin SWCD Cooperator of the year in 2018.Area 2 Winners — Rick and Janice Brill of Brill-View Farms have more 1,800 acres in Lorain County used for corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa. They recently sold the milking cows and are now raising 200 calves and heifers. Brill-View Farms has been a cooperator with Lorain Soil and Water Conservation District since 1971. The Brills work with Sunrise Cooperative to adhere to the 4Rs with both fertilizer and manure applications. Brill-View Farms has hosted many farm tours for school groups and dairy groups through the Holstein Association. Rick is a member of the Lorain County Farm Bureau, Sunrise Cooperative board of directors, and Lorain County Dairy Auction Committee.Area 3 Winners — Doug and Beth McConnell farm 482 acres in Muskingum County, raising corn and soybeans. They also custom-raise Jersey heifers for a nearby dairy. They have transitioned to using rye cover crops on corn and soybean acres. Most of their property is considered highly erodible land, and they use no-till and cover crops to reduce erosion. They have also implemented rotational grazing for their cow/calf herd. The McConnell Family Farm won the Muskingum SWCD Resource Conservationist of the Year in 2018. They are Muskingum County Farm Bureau members.Area 4 Winners — Timothy and Lynn Miller have more than 2,400 acres in Logan County used for no-till corn and soybeans. Farm Bureau members, the Millers apply their own fertilizer, using variable rates based on field needs identified with grid soil sampling and yield monitoring.  Besides doing their own fertilizer application and spraying, the Millers install their own subsurface drainage as needed. The Miller family has hosted the Top of Ohio Ag tour to educate the non-ag community about agriculture. The Miller family was the Logan SWCD Cooperator of the year in 2015.Area 5 Winners — Fred and Kristy Walters farm 335 acres in Hocking County with 203 acres managed as a woodland. The farm also includes grasslands used for pasture, hay production, wildlife food plots, and pollinator habitat. They also maintain a cow-calf herd of registered Angus cows. The Walters are currently developing a tree farm that was previously clear-cut in the 1990s. Utilizing a Woodland Stewardship Management Plan by the Division of Forestry, they have become a certified American Tree Farm. In addition to the forests and grasslands, the Walters have planted pollinator plots and wildlife food plots. The plots help support deer, turkeys, and other wildlife on the farm. The Walters have been cooperators with Hocking SWCD for 39 years.Photo caption: Pictured are Kurt Farms of Hardin County; Rick and Janice Brill of Lorain County; Doug and Beth McConnell of Muskingum County; Timothy and Lynn Miller of Logan County; and Fred and Kristy Walters of Hocking County. Photo by Kelli Milligan Stammenlast_img read more

Spray Foam Insulated Homes Need Ventilation

first_imgThe role and responsibilities of spray foam contractorsIf I were a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation contractor, I’d do like they all do and make sure that every potential customer I talked to knew about SPF’s air sealing qualities. (I would not, however, try to sell people on fantasy R-values of 20 or 40 per inch, which I have known some SPF contractors to do.) RELATED ARTICLES Designing a Good Ventilation System GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation ChoicesAre HRVs Cost-Effective?HRV or ERV?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?Questions and Answers About Air BarriersSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic Bullet Then I’d do what not nearly enough spray foam contractors do: I’d tell all my customers they need to install a mechanical ventilation system in every new home with spray foam. In fact, I’d include mechanical ventilation as one of the things I sell. (Maybe that’s just because I’d rather be an HVAC contractor, though.)If a client didn’t want me to do the ventilation, I’d have them sign a liability waiver acknowledging that they have been informed about the importance of mechanical ventilation in airtight homes. Then I’d have that piece of paper so I could pull it out if the homeowner ever came after me for poor indoor air quality.I’m not the only one saying that ventilation needs to be part of new homes with spray foam insulation. Recently, Mac Sheldon of Demilec emailed me about this issue and wrote, “I’m telling… preaching… admonishing… SPF contractors to never pull the trigger on a spray foam job until there’s a ventilation plan in place.”I believe that spray foam insulation can be an effective product to use in building enclosures. I also know that spray foam can be done poorly. No matter which way it’s done, however, mechanical ventilation is not optional in airtight homes. I wonder how many spray foam contractors will find that out the hard way. Most installations of spray foam insulation, when properly installed, act as an air barrier. When you use it instead of the fluffy stuff (fiberglass, cellulose, cotton), a house will be more airtight. That’s good.When a house is airtight, the nasties in the indoor air tend to stick around. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), water vapor, odors, radon, and other stuff you don’t want to immerse yourself in make the home’s indoor air quality worse.How do you solve this problem? Mechanical ventilation. Well, source reduction and separation would come first, but airtight homes need mechanical ventilation. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more