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BREAKING NEWS: SOLDIER BASED AT FINNER DIES AFTER FALL IN DUBLIN

BREAKING NEWS: SOLDIER BASED AT FINNER DIES AFTER FALL IN DUBLIN

first_imgA 32-year-old soldier based at Finner Camp has died after falling from a height in McKee Barracks, Dublin in the early hours of the morning.Private Patrick (Paddy) Conlon was based in the 28th Infantry Battalion but had an address at Cooloney, Co Sligo.He was pronounced dead in the Mater Hospital at 2.10 am. A Military Police and Garda Siochána investigation into the incident has been launched.BREAKING NEWS: SOLDIER BASED AT FINNER DIES AFTER FALL IN DUBLIN was last modified: July 25th, 2013 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:diesfallFinner CampPADDY CONLONlast_img read more

Milking the Martian Meteorite

Milking the Martian Meteorite

first_imgOne would think everything has been told about ALH 84001, the Martian meteorite that made a splash in 1996 with claims it contained fossils of living organisms.  That claim was essentially discarded in subsequent years.  Its major contribution was giving life to a new science called astrobiology and energizing NASA’s Mars program.  Now, a new claim is being made about the rock, reported New Scientist: the rock was once bathed in cool water.    Paul Niles of NASA Johnson Space Center, not a part of the original 1996 team, examined some of the carbon-based minerals in the rock.  One of the criticisms of the life claim was that these minerals would have had to form in temperatures too hot for any organisms.  Niles’ research “suggests the water involved was cool enough to allow for life, which at least keeps open the possibility of fossilised life in the meteorite.”  To him, it also means that the environment in which the rock sat for a long time was potentially habitable.    A JPL scientist who was not part of the team called this meteorite “probably the single most examined rock in all of human history.”  He did not think this proves life existed.  Finding out that answer “may require a mission to bring back rock samples from the planet,” New Scientist said.Mission accomplished!  What is the mission, you ask?  It’s twofold: (1) keep the possibility of life on Mars open, and (2) provide more reasons to support the Mars program.  This is like keeping the possibility of gnomes open, because their fossilized representations keep turning up in gardens and on Travelocity commercials.  Now, scientists have found that the environment in remote forests is not as harsh for gnomes as previously believed.  If the forests were cool enough to allow for life, it at least keeps open the possibility that gnomes may be found.  Support tax-funded gnome research!    There are better reasons to study Mars than to pursue certain atheists’ unending quest for fellowship with space brethren.  Learning more about Mars, for instance, might help earthlings appreciate the gift of God’s green earth.  The only gnomes we know about were produced by intelligent design.  They are not mystical beings that emerge from the environment.  They were created by human beings for a function: decorating gardens, selling vacation packages and providing amusing stories for children, like imaginary life on Mars.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Elections 2014: expats all set to vote

Elections 2014: expats all set to vote

first_img The IEC has confirmed that 25 390 150 voters have registered to cast their ballots in the 7 May 2014 national and provincial elections. This is an increase of 9.5% over the 2009 voters’ roll. The voters’ roll reflects a total of 80.80% of registered voters, the IEC said. Gauteng has the highest number of voters with just over 6-million followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 5.1-million, the Eastern Cape with 3.24-million and the Western Cape with 2.9-million. Between them, these four provinces make up almost 68% of all voters. The final candidate lists, released by the IEC on 25 April, show a total of 8 651 candidates who are standing for elections. Of these, 2 089 candidates are on national lists; 2 165 candidates on regional lists; and 4 397 candidates on provincial lists contesting for 400 National Assembly and 430 provincial legislature seats respectively. This gives candidates an overall statistical 1 in 10 chance of election, the IEC said. According to VoteHome, a DA Abroad initiative aimed at encouraging South Africans living overseas to vote, the top 21 overseas voting stations with the most number of registered voters are: Find your nearest SA foreign mission All the overseas voting stations, except for the one in Helsinki, Finland, will open at 7am and close at 9pm. In Finland, voting will close at lunchtime due to a spring festival celebration. In order to vote, you must have both a valid green, bar-coded South African ID book, ID smartcard or Temporary Identity Certificate and your valid South African passport Voters registered in South Africa for a special vote will cast their vote on 5 and 6 May. The rest of the country heads for the polls on 7 May. Check the status of your VEC10 via the IEC websiteSee FAQs for overseas voters on the IEC’s website The thousands of South Africans living overseas who have registered to vote in this year’s national elections will cast their votes when polls open around the world, beginning with the SA High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand, at 7am on Wednesday (or 9pm on Tuesday in local time). The last voting station to close will be the one Los Angeles in the US, which will close at 6am South African time on Thursday. This year the fifth general elections since 1994. A report in a South African newspaper on Tuesday alleged that voters living abroad would not be able to do so due to a government communication problem relating to a notification form. However, this was swiftly dismissed as incorrect by the Department of International Relations, according to a report in the Mail & Guardian. “People are going to be voting tomorrow [Wednesday],” spokesperson Clayson Monyela said. “Elections are run by an independent body, not by government,” Monyela is quoted as saying. “All the information related to the elections, whether it’s here or abroad, is communicated by the IEC.” The IEC says it has printed 31-million papers for this year’s elections, and has recruited more than 200 000 to ensure smooth elections. There are 26 000 registered voters abroad, according to a report in the Cape Times. The IEC has reportedly budgeted R2-million to courier ballot papers from 116 cities back to South Africa. According to the IEC’s website, the South Africans living overseas who did not submit their VEC10 forms, which notify the IEC of their intention to vote, by 12 March are not eligible to vote. If you submitted your VEC10 by the specified date, and it was approved, you will be able to vote at the foreign mission you selected. London – 9,863Dubai – 1,539Canberra – 1,243Kishasa – 773Hague – 667New York – 604Qatar – 557Abu Dhabi – 540Dublin – 466Khartoum (Sudan) – 458New Zealand – 406Cuba – 395Namibia – 361Botswana – 357Washington – 356Seoul – 345Berlin – 342Berne – 340Los Angeles – 338Hong Kong – 330 SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Data, Insight, and Wisdom

Data, Insight, and Wisdom

first_imgThe word data means facts and statistics that have been in some way collected. Our technologies now allow us to collect an endless amount of data, some of which is helpful in making sense of our world, as well as assisting with better decisions. But data by itself is just data.Insight is an understanding of the data or information. It’s the discernment of what the data means, how it might be interpreted. Insight is necessary to make data useful; otherwise, it’s just facts with no meaning. This is the application of thinking to the data.Wisdom is something altogether different from data or insight. Wisdom is applying experience and judgment about decisions one might take—or not take—in light of the insight and data. Wisdom offered from one person to another is called advice, something that includes data and insight, and adds something of greater value.Data is important. If you lack a command of the facts, it is difficult to make a case that someone should be doing something different. If you lack the insights to derive meaning from the data, to explain why it matters and the implications from your interpretation, the data is useless. Insight starts with asking questions to determine what story the data tells and why based on the context in which the information is being used.Wisdom is knowing why the insight and data matters, what it means for your dream clients, what they should do about, and how they should go about making change. Wisdom is a level of knowledge that is greater than the sum of the data and the insights. The experience that enables you to offer advice, the good judgment that has come from bad judgment (yours and other’s), and recognizing the choices of action and the accompanying trade-offs are what allows you to offer advice.If you want to help other people produce better results, data and insight are essential, but acquiring experience is critical to your being able to offer advice in the first place. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more