Salvadoran Armed Forces, National Civil Police Cooperate to Fight Gangs through ‘Plan Safe House’

first_img“As an Army, we stand ready to support the PNC in any way that contributes to improving public security. It is a slow process, but we are making progress,” Brig. Gen. Mejía said. “The Soldiers keep watch over the homes that the gang members had taken and that, without a doubt, improves the environment,” de González said. “I hope this continues for a long time, so gangs can’t keep taking over vacant houses.” In cooperation with the National Civil Police (PNC), Troops are carrying out the initiative in the 50 municipalities with the highest crime rates and in zones where Military intelligence units have reported squatters at abandoned homes. They’ve searched approximately 5,600 homes in 50 localities, closed 297 houses occupied by squatters, and arrested 650 alleged gang leaders — all since January 1. “Our plans have not stopped,” Brig. Gen. Mejía said. “We are going to keep supporting the PNC to continue closing off these spaces and give the people tranquility and security.” Tulio Edgar Granadino said he and his fellow residents of the October 10th development in San Marcos have felt more at peace since the FAES and PNC evicted gang members from several properties. Once one of these houses has been identified by security forces, they detain the gang members from the residence, clean it, lock it, and leave an explanatory note for the owner. The Salvadoran Armed Forces’ (FAES) “Plan Safe House” initiative is improving public security by evicting gang members from residences they are illegally using to plan crimes. The effort is authorized by Article 219 of the Criminal Code, which states that “authorities may enter a house immediately if they have intelligence information or a citizen report on the commission of a crime.” Improved security Residents are grateful for the cooperative efforts of the FAES and the PNC. For example, Julio Ernesto Andrade, a 38-year-old carpenter who lives in the area around Centenario de San Salvador Park, said he feels calmer due to the presence of the Military in his community. Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés echoed those remarks. “The destroyer houses are houses that were abandoned by their owners due to lack of security or threats that gang members are now using for meetings or planning crimes,” Rony Morán, chief of the PNC’s San Salvador-South 911 Emergency Response System, said. “The FAES is involved in all public security plans developed by the PNC because they don’t have enough officers to resolve the gang problem,” Brig. Gen. Mejía said. “Faced with an emergency [like this], we are always ready to continue our support, even with more service members.” center_img “We are [present] in the highest crime areas, where the PNC has asked for our assistance…We conduct joint patrols [to] give the populace some peace and create trust because they are confident that we will remove all criminals from this place.” By Dialogo August 04, 2015 Hooray for the Army Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. (Romans 13:1-3). THE FULL FORCE OF THE LAW. Yes, it’s all fine, but it would be more efficient to have the army and the police force develop preventive patrols in the communities and neighborhoods all over the nation, since what is happening is that the police and the army carry out operations in one area and the criminals go to another area and it turns into a game of cat-and-mouse. What the authorities are doing to bring security to society is good. They should have done this before. It is too bad the country that is so beautiful and has such a corrupt government. Just like my country. I think it’s very helpful to inform us about what’s happening !!!! The PNC has no authority here anymore. The gangs are in charge. There are places they won’t even even go into. Our security is a shame. They have the resources; it’s just that they need honest men, not cowardly, fearful ones who are afraid and don’t want to work, so why did they choose this work? It’s a shame that a meter away, or even worse, in front of police stations, they’re extorting. They know who they are, and they don’t do anything. Really you want to put an end to the mafia. Go ahead “One feels safer, seeing them in action,” he said. “For a long time, the gangs have been taking over abandoned homes for their meetings and no one has come to get them out. Now, they know they cannot take houses to commit crimes, because the Soldiers are here, watching.” Effective intervention The Armed Forces will continue to be vigilant while working with the PNC to confront gangs and prevent crimes. And during another joint operation on July 2, Troops and the PNC seized a 12-gauge shotgun and four shotgun shells at a home where gang members were squatting. María Elena de González, a 45-year-old housewife and resident of the Jardín development in the municipality of Mejicanos, agrees. “It isn’t that the violence is over, but the environment has improved a lot,” he said. “Now the gang members know that the Military and the police are here, and they can no longer meet in these houses alone. We hope that the abandoned houses stay closed up, with surveillance, to prevent the gangs from taking them over again.” Plan Safe House has had some significant successes. On June 18, for example, the PNC’s Beta Task Force detained several alleged gang members who were hiding in abandoned homes in the subdivision of San Antonio Las Vegas in the municipality of Ciudad Delgado. With Soldiers from the Zeus Command providing security during the search, police officers confiscated an M-16 rifle with six cartridges, a 10mm pistol, a .38 revolver with cartridge, two magazines for 9mm pistols, and five police hats that have been turned over to judicial authorities. Many of those successes have come with the essential help of concerned citizens, who report on gang members squatting at abandoned properties — popularly known as “destroyer houses”. “Our service members directly accompany agents when conducting censuses and searching through houses to strengthen community security, while the task forces deployed to those sectors survey the perimeter,” Brigadier General William Mejía, Salvadoran Army Chief of Staff, said during the 14th anniversary celebration of the creation of the Army’s Joint Staff Office on July 11. last_img read more

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Rotarians celebrate positive year and awards at new amphitheater

first_imgLora Williams and Rob DuckworthGreensburg, IN—Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in Rotary International District #6580 held its officer changer over meeting and awards presentation Monday at the new Amphitheater located at Rebeka Park in Greensburg. It was the first event to be held at the theater since it was constructed.Lora Williams, Greensburg Club President for the 2019-2020 Rotary year recapped the year by discussing a few of the highlights and achievements.President Lora assisted Rotary Foundation Chair Larry and Bev Moore with the presentation of Paul Harris Fellow Awards to members of the club, which include Courtney Crowe, Kelby Owens, Jenni Hanna, Nathan Vandrey, Dr. Mathew Gauck, Eric Raver and Doug Westerfeld. Also receiving a PHF award were multiple award winner Mandy Lohrum who received her seventh award with three of those awards being presented for her husband Micah, daughter Mackenzie and son Mason, while Jeff Emsweller received his second award. The Paul Harris Fellow Award recognizes individuals who have contributed $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation and is named after Rotary Founder Paul Harris.Likewise, the Greensburg Rotary Club presents Paul Harris Fellow Awards to deserving community members who are not Rotarians. Receiving awards at the ceremony on Monday were Rob Duckworth and Dick Reed. Duckworth served as the director of the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency until February 2018 where he accepted a position as the school resource officer for Decatur County Schools. Rob now works as the Director of Traffic Safety for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Rob was recognized for his efforts in working with local authorities which resulted in the expansion of the Emergency Management Operations Center in Decatur County. Those efforts lead to improved technology needed to help in coordinating emergency responses during disasters, converting the former Library mobile bookmobile into a mobile command center, assisting in establishing a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) in the county, and establishing the Nixel text alert system for use in the county. During Rob’s tenure as EMA Director, the county received more than $2.3 million in state, local and federal grants.The second Community Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to Dick Reed of Kova Fertilizer. Dick has never been an official Rotarian buy has followed the standards set forth by Rotary International throughout his entire life. His actions follow closely in the footsteps of Founder Paul Harris, preferring to stay out of the spotlight and forgo public recognition. Dick helped bring many new technologies, products, and employees in the Decatur County community. He has served as the Decatur County Fair Board President and on the Indiana State Fair Board. In the early 1960’s, Dick helped establish the Indiana Plant Food and Agrichemicals Association and served on the first board of directors and as the organization’s third President. His achievements are many.Also, a Paul Harris Fellow presentation was made to Decatur County Memorial Hospital CEO Rex McKinney and other leaders for their cooperate sponsorship of the Greensburg Rotary Club.Williams and Mandy LohrumRotarian Barb Jakad was presented with a special President’s award for her continued dedication as the Club Secretary and weekly newsletter publisher.Mandy Lohrum also received the Jack Hurst Award, which is the Rotarian of the Year Award. Jack Hurst was a longtime member of the club, dedicated, and never having missed a meeting in all his years as a Rotarian.The evening concluded by President Lora turning the gavel over to 2020-2021 President Tami Wenning. Tami is the Executive Director of the Decatur County Community Foundation. Greensburg Rotarians thanked Lora Williams for her successful and courageous leadership during an unusual year marred by COVID-19 and the club looks forward to the 100th Anniversary Celebration Party in the future.last_img read more

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‘Everybody’s job is in jeopardy’: Syracuse’s struggles continue against Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Clayton Welch ran a lot on Friday night. He ran because Syracuse needed a spark, and his quarterback keepers jump started a drive. He ran because Taj Harris was in the end zone some 94-yards away and needed someone to celebrate a touchdown with. He ran because the pass rush was closing in. And that’s when he stopped.Welch had nowhere to hide. The white jerseys of Pittsburgh defenders were seeping into the backfield once more and there was no escaping that mess. “They brought the house on Tommy,” Welch said. “They brought the house on the me. I don’t think they changed much.”Syracuse fell to Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) in the Carrier Dome, 27-20, allowing nine sacks in the process. It’s the most sacks allowed by the Orange since a 2013 matchup with Clemson and puts SU two sacks behind its season total in 2018 through seven games. Syracuse (3-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) clawed for 328 yards, including Welch’s 94-yard heave. The offense finished 5-of-18 on third down. “Right now everybody’s job is in jeopardy,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “We’re going to go through the tape and if guys haven’t done the type of job they need to do then we need to start getting some other guys in there. It’s not fair to keep playing the same guys if the results don’t change…the other guys have to be good too. It’s not intramurals.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMax Freund | Staff PhotographerSyracuse entered this game at 3-3, stuck between a team that’s shown glimpses of hope on the defensive side of the ball while playing paralyzingly bad on offense. The Orange, perhaps more than it needed a win, needed to show life. Could the offensive line keep the quarterback upright? Could the offense finally move the ball consistently? Against Pittsburgh, the Orange offense flatlined with a few brief jumps in the cardiac monitor. Syracuse’s first two drives ended in sacks and the third should’ve ended on a quarterback hurry, had Pitt not dropped the ensuing punt. The pressure, as it had a week ago against NC State, came from blitzes all over the pocket. DeVito didn’t have room to maneuver, often shifting past the first rusher only to find a second defender looming elsewhere. When the offense needed a spark, it turned to Welch and designed quarterback runs. His first scamper — a fake jet sweep that he kept up the middle — went for 26 yards on third down. His next went for 18 and another third down conversion. Then, the collapsing pocket found Welch, too, leaving him 8-of-20 for 176 yards and two touchdowns at the game’s end. In the third quarter, the hits had piled up on DeVito, who entered the game as he had the week before, with additional padding over his ribs. On his final play of the game in the third quarter, DeVito once again tried to avoid the rush. He ran three yards past the line of scrimmage before his lowered shoulder collided with Pittsburgh defensive back Paris Ford’s lowered shoulder. The ball popped loose. DeVito lay motionless on the turf. He slowly rose up without the help of trainers and jogged off the field where he was eventually evaluated in the medical tent. DeVito was cleared to come back in the game medically, Babers said. But Babers didn’t want to see DeVito hit anymore. “You’ve done enough for this one,” he said to DeVito. A third down heave from inside the Syracuse end zone provided the games’ lone spark. Welch, with a defender running unblocked at him, slung a deep pass to Harris for a 94-yard touchdown. The next drive ended with a quarterback hurry and an incompletion. Syracuse just wasn’t opportunistic. With a trick play looming — a handoff to a tight end Aaron Hackett — Syracuse was called for a false start. Then, another sack set the Orange back and a drive headlined by three penalties in the Pitt secondary ended in a missed field goal.“We’ve been close but we need to clean up stuff,” guard Evan Adams said. “Me myself, I had false start today. That’s inches that we could’ve used.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerThe mishaps came on defense, too. A personal foul call extended a Pittsburgh drive into field goal range and the Panthers capitalized. The Orange made contact with running back A.J. Davis ahead of the final third down carry but couldn’t get him to fall. The first down all but ended Syracuse’s game. “We need to regroup,” Babers said. “We need to go back and we really need to check ourselves. And we will do that as a family. Then we will come out and try to do a lot better than what we’ve been doing.”Last week, it was a double pass that gave an otherwise stagnant opposing offense life. This week, it was a triple pass. Last week, Syracuse turned to the wildcat offense and direct snaps to running back Abdul Adams. This week, SU elicited similar duties to backup quarterback Welch. Last week, Syracuse scrambled back to nearly salvage a dismal offensive outing at North Carolina State. This week, it was nearly identical, if not worse.And so the Orange left the field losers by one score for the second week in a row, though the issues loom deeper. Like a disease, the symptoms are repetitive. They’re worsening. If the Orange are to turnaround their slipping season, they need an antidote.center_img Commentslast_img read more

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How the Bills can clinch a playoff berth in one wacky Week 14 scenario

first_imgMORE: Full NFL playoff picture entering Week 14If the Bills beat the Ravens, they then would need some help from the Raiders, Texans and Colts in the form of losses or ties. Below is the scenario in which Buffalo would clinch a playoff berth in Week 14:Bills beat Ravens ANDRaiders lose or tie against Titans ANDTexans lose or tie against Broncos ANDColts lose or tie against BuccaneersFor what it’s worth, the Colts and Raiders are three-point underdogs in their respective games, with Indianapolis playing at Tampa Bay and Oakland playing at home against Tennessee. The Texans are 9 1/2-point home favorites over the Broncos, but as we noted in our Week 14 NFL picks and predictions, that game could be a trap for Houston.If the Bills beat the Ravens, their clinching scenario for a playoff berth in Week 14 would become more likely than that of Baltimore, which would need a Raiders-Titans tie specifically in addition to a Texans loss and a Colts loss or tie.MORE: All clinching scenarios for Week 14The other AFC teams that have chances to clinch playoff berths this week, the Patriots and Chiefs, play each other in the late Sunday afternoon window after the Bills and Ravens play early. While New England technically can clinch a playoff spot before it even plays (Texans loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Raiders-Titans tie), it also would need that unlikely Oakland-Tennessee tie.Though the Bills would lose their shot at clinching a playoff berth in Week 14 with a loss to the Ravens, they would maintain at minimum a full game advantage in the wild-card race. If that happens, they might as well pull for the Raiders to beat the Titans and knock Tennessee back a game. The other 7-5 wild-card team, the Steelers, will play in Arizona this week. Below is the full AFC playoff picture going into Week 14.Ravens (10-2)Patriots (10-2)Texans (8-4)Chiefs (8-4)Bills (9-3)Steelers (7-5)In the hunt: Titans (7-5), Raiders (6-6), Colts (6-6), Browns (5-7)This clinching scenario for the Bills in Week 14 is unlikely, of course, but it’s possible. SN picked the Ravens to beat the Bills this week in both our picks against the spread and our picks straight up for Week 14.Yet we figured the Cowboys would beat the Bills on Thanksgiving, too. Don’t be completely surprised if the NFL’s quietest playoff contender makes the loudest statement this week. Despite their 9-3 record and strong standing in the NFL playoff picture, the Bills are not generating the same level of national hype that surrounds their Week 14 opponent. The 10-2 Ravens, after all, are the hottest (and arguably best) team in the NFL, and Baltimore simply needs to beat Buffalo on the road Sunday to clinch its spot in the postseason.Yet, if Buffalo pulls off an upset this week as a six-point home underdog, there is one Week 14 playoff clinching scenario in which the Bills — not the Ravens or the Chiefs or the Patriots — would become the first AFC team to reach the postseason.last_img read more

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Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test

first_imgAdvertisement a2p0nNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqdqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7o8si( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s22uWould you ever consider trying this?😱u3Can your students do this? 🌚gu8Roller skating! 11b2See more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morek74y2aBody tricks that only special people can do pt-1abnHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkieszz6oA visualization of how Karma works vn8p91kPowered by Firework Australian batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test after suffering a concussion in the second test at Lord’s. Smith was hit in the neck by a brutal bouncer from Jofra Archer on day four, but had passed the initial concussion test before returning to continue his innings. On Tuesday though, head coach Justin Langer confirmed his absence after Smith sat out Australia’s training session. The former Aussie skipper has played a key role in the series scoring 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings so far.Advertisement “Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, with coach Justin Langer confirming the news after the batsman sat out Australia’s training session on Tuesday,” Cricket Australia announced on their website.Advertisement Smith, whose two centuries in the first Test played a pivotal role in Australia’s win at Edgbaston, returned to bat on Saturday after the blow which floored him. He added 12 runs before finally being declared out. However, he was unable to play on the final day on Sunday as he woke up feeling “groggy” and was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne who became Test cricket’s first concussion substitute. Team doctor Richard Saw was seen speaking with him during team training on Tuesday and vice-captain Pat Cummins also confirmed that the rest of the squad trained without him. There hasn’t been any news on who will replace him for the third Test at Headingley, which starts on Thursday. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Red Bank Regional Welcomes Six Into Hall of Fame

first_imgLITTLE SILVER –The Red Bank Regional (RBR) BUC Backer Foundation inducted six distinguished alumni into its 2016 Hall of Fame on April 29. They join the ranks of the 120 honorees previously inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame over the last 14 years by the RBR BUC Backer Foundation.The new members are:• Janice A. Egeland, Ph.D., Class of 1952, Professor Emerita, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry• S. Thomas Westerman, M.D., Class of 1952, Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology Drexel University College of Medicine, Retired Ear, Nose and Throat Physician• Dean S. Ross, Class of 1969, Community leader and small business owner• Lindsay Maggio, M.D., Class of 1998, Assistant Professor University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine• Tahj Holden, Class of 1999, Sports and Entertainment Associate, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach at Ranney School• Bo Olsen, Class of 2004, Captain in the United States ArmyRBR Buccaneer student newspaper writers read the biographies they each wrote on the Distinguished Alumni. In addition to a special brunch prepared by RBR’s Culinary Art students in the RBR media center, RBR Visual & Performing Art piano majors provided musical accompaniment.Every year RBR BUC Backer Foundation sponsors the induction of distinguished alumni in the Hall of Fame. All of the Distinguished Alumni have enjoyed long distinguished careers in their profession and as community leaders and volunteers. Additionally, the special student guests invited represent those with promise to become future distinguished alumni.The RBR BUC Backer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding broad-based educational programs through teacher-requested grants at Red Bank Regional High School. The foundation also coordinates the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and honors its inductees each year.last_img read more

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Europa Joins the Geyser Club

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Hints of watery plumes have been detected on Europa – like Enceladus, at its south pole, too.Judging from its surface, Europa should have activity.  It resembles the known active surface of Saturn’s geysering moon Enceladus.  Europa has numerous ridges bounded by parallel mounds that suggest water from its inferred subsurface ocean has gushed out of linear vents many times.  No activity has been detected, though, till now.  The Hubble Space Telescope detected blogs of hydrogen and oxygen near the south pole, best explained as plumes of water vapor.  Planetary scientists are excited (see Hubble Site, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nature News, Science Now, BBC News, National Geographic, New Scientist and data are indirect and preliminary.  No plumes have been imaged; only concentrations of hydrogen and oxygen that suggest ionization of water has occurred.  The concentration of hydrogen, moreover (imaged in ultraviolet light) varied during the orbit, becoming strongest when Europa was farthest from Jupiter.  Planetary scientists announcing the find at the AGU meeting said the data are best explained by watery plumes 200 km high (125 miles) – higher than Mt. Everest and higher than Io’s volcanoes, but not as high as Enceladus’s geysers.  According to the estimates, 7 tons of material is escaping per second (most of it falling back on the surface), at supersonic speeds of 700 meters per second.  As for a mechanism, “The frictional heat of ice rubbing against itself might melt parts of the icy crust and feed the plumes,” Nature News said.  If so, the material does not necessarily tap into the subsurface ocean.It’s possible many more plumes exist.  The south polar plumes were best seen against the blackness of space; others would have been harder to discern against the bright surface.  This initial observation is sure to be followed up by more attempts.  Since no proposed Europa missions could reach the moon till the 2020’s or 2030’s, most observations will require Earth-based observations, although America’s Juno mission to Jupiter (arriving in 2016) might be able to sense the plumes remotely.None of the articles addressed the age question.  All of them except Science Now suggested that the presence of water might mean life exists there.Update 12/18/14: Cassini scientists could not find signs of plumes in their data from the spacecraft’s flyby of Jupiter in 2001 (see JPL press release).  Either the plumes are intermittent, or the Hubble Space Telescope saw something else.  The Hubble team is going to look some more.Since the observations are indirect, it will take time to corroborate the conclusions that water or water vapor is indeed erupting at Europa, but the possibility is intriguing and will be fun to watch.  It should be quite a surprise to those believing the moons are billions of years old to find another one popping off – at its south pole, too, just like on Enceladus.  What is it about south poles that generates activity?  One would expect the equators to be the most active.  The active zones may just be the latest in a long series of eruptions that produced the ridges on both moons.  It shouldn’t be too hard to estimate upper limits for activity.  Given that small bodies should freeze solid in short order, it’s likely the scientists will struggle now with Europa’s activity like they have with Enceladus, Io, Titan, Triton, the Moon, Earth, etc.Science reporters are so predictable.  They completely ignore the age issue.  Instead, hearing the word “water,” they go into robotic mode.  They turn off their minds and quack the L-word Life like programmed rubber ducks (see hydrobioscopy in the Darwin Dictionary).last_img read more

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O Beautiful for Amber Waves of Fossils

first_imgStriking examples of life encased in fossil tree sap open eyes on creation vs evolution.Lizards, geckos and chameleons entombed in amber were reported in Science Advances recently. Images and information about the “dinosaur-era” creatures were reported by the BBC News, New Scientist and PhysOrg. The world’s oldest chameleom had a catapulting tongue already in place. The geckos also had their adhesive toe pads in the mid-Cretaceous, “suggesting the gecko’s climbing lifestyle evolved much earlier than thought.” The BBC calls the chameleon a missing link, but at 80 million years older than the next oldest fossil chameleon, it “significantly pushes back the origins of the group and challenges long-held views that chameleons got their start in Africa,” PhysOrg says. The amber pieces are from Myanmar in Asia.The specimens were collected decades ago and put into museum drawers. They are just now being analyzed. With modern CT scan techniques, the scientists can generate 3-D models of the animals to examine their anatomy in detail. Another PhysOrg talks about a new micro-CT scanner that is allowing scientists to view the insides of fossils, even tiny ones, with exceptional detail without destroying the rock. Details of a frog’s nervous system can be imagined with this newly-adapted technology.Other Burmese amber samples from Myanmar reveal new details about ants. “Ants were socializing — and sparring — nearly 100 million years ago,” Science Daily reports about the Cretaceous fossils. Though dead and immobilized in the amber, scientists infer that ants were social way back then, as they are now. This particular species, outfitted with large fighting jaws, is no longer extant. Termites have also been found in the amber. A press release from the American Museum of Natural History also discusses the fossils, playing up the “evolution of eusociality” angle (which, if it already existed in the Cretaceous, says nothing about how it evolved). Even though the ants and termites look different from living species, “Eusociality was going strong in both groups during the Cretaceous,” the scientists surmise.The findings were published in Current Biology (#1) and Current Biology (#2). The record for oldest termite previously was 17 million years; the amber fossils push them back 83 million years into the Cretaceous (100 Ma.), yet they already had a well-developed caste system. “These discoveries demonstrate the Mesozoic antiquity of specialized termite caste systems and corroborate that among all social species, termites probably had the original societies,” the abstract says. Both the ants and termites are labeled “basal” by the paleontologists, but what were their ancestors? If they already looked like termites and ants, and already had their characteristic caste systems, whatever is “basal” had to be further back and remains undiscovered.One other critter was reported in Burmese amber. Science Daily says that a microwhip scorpion was found, the first from the Mesozoic (also about 100 million years old). Though 97 million years older than the next oldest fossil of this order, it looks pretty much the same. “Because it looks so similar to other microwhip scorpions still found today, it most probably shared the same habitat and preferences as its modern-day kin.” No evolution here for 100 million years.Extinction is not evolution. Where is the ancestry? There was a lot more diversity in the past in many groups. O, the word games these evolutionists play! Calling something “basal” does not make it primitive. It does not demonstrate ancestry. These were full-fledged ants, termites, chameleons, lizards and geckos that had all the representative equipment of their species, even if they looked slightly different. The ants and termites had division of labor and eusociality already. Why talk of the “evolution of eusociality”?These samples are not 100 million years old. They are only assigned that age to keep Charlie from getting embarrassed, because he needs the time. But they can’t even keep their own story straight. Over and over, we see them surprised that things “evolved much earlier than thought.” The only ones who thought that are evolutionists. (Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Boksburg company scores a double at national premier business awards

first_imgThata Ubeke Manufacturing won both the Black Industrialist and Manufacturer Awards at the fifth annual South African Premier Business Awards.Nana Sabelo’s company Thata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd wins the Manufacturer Award and the Black Industrialist Award of the 5th annual South African Premier Business Awards. Here she is with her COO, Thuthu Khumalo. (Image: Melissa Javan)Johannesburg, 31 January 2018 – A Boksburg-based company in Gauteng scored a double when it scooped two awards at the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards.Winners were announced at the awards ceremony that was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday night 30 January 2018 under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies the awards recognise and reward the contribution of the country’s companies in growing and transforming the South African economy.Thata Ubeke Manufacturing which manufactures electrical and electronic sub-systems for the domestic and export markets romped home with the Black Industrialist and Manufacturer Awards.It was for the second time in a row that the company won the Black Industrialist Award. The award is for companies with a high level of black South African ownership and operate in a manufacturing sector identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as key for the growth of the SA economy.The Manufacturer Award recognises enterprises or organisations that demonstrate efforts to achieve world-class manufacturing standards and manufacturers that produce innovative products.“This year the South African Premier Business Awards acknowledge the Black Industrialist Award as its prestigious main category. In doing so, government is demonstrating its commitment to supporting and increasing the participation of black people in the industrial space,” said Minister Davies.Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, a tyre manufacturing company, also won two awards at the ceremony, namely the Enterprise Development Award and Investor Award.The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brand South Africa, Dr Kingsley Makhubela said: “We are very proud to have successfully awarded businesses that are contributing positively to the economy and the various communities.“These businesses truly understand the importance of making positive strides to the contribution of South Africa’s global competitiveness. Congratulations to all the winners,” said Makhubela.The CEO of Proudly South African, Mr Eustace Mashimbye said: “Apart from our own Proudly South African prize we are delighted to see another member company amongst the winners. We acknowledge all the companies that fly our flag and work to build local procurement levels, in so doing creating jobs. We congratulate all the entrants and especially the winners.”The awards were sponsored by Old Mutual, Tsogo Sun, Wits Business School and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.List of winnersBlack Industrialist AwardThata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) LtdEnterprise Development AwardSumitomo Rubber South AfricaExporter AwardAerosud Aviation (Pty) LtdInvestor AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaManufacturer AwardThata Ubeke Manufacturing (Pty) LtdPlay Your Part AwardClover Mama Afrika TrustProudly South African Member Company AwardLa Van Skin and Body Excellence SystemSMME AwardMemeza Shout (PTY) LtdWomen-Owned Business AwardBBD Steel SuppliesYoung Entrepreneur AwardGridbow Engineers and Technical ServicesWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Impacts of group housing on hog farms

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Eleven states and several large pork producers are moving away from gestation crates for sows, but the effects of alternative housing designs on the sows’ reproductive performance are unclear. In a new article, an animal welfare expert from the University of Illinois takes a closer look at group housing.“Reproductive performance has always been a metric that people have been concerned about with housing,” said Janeen Salak-Johnson, an associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at U of I.Most previous research suggests reproductive performance is approximately equal in group housing versus individual stalls, but in real-word scenarios, many producers notice compromised reproduction in group pens. Most sows are put into group housing after pregnancy is confirmed, so the effects of the transition usually manifest in low birthweight piglets or fewer piglets, rather than an impaired ability to become pregnant or stay pregnant.“That’s one of the big reasons people don’t see effects of group housing on reproductive success — the sows are already pregnant. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t potential effects on the litter during the course of the pregnancy,” Johnson said.Differences in design, size, feeding system, and number of animals in group pens may have a huge impact on stress levels – and therefore reproductive performance — but no one has successfully identified the factors that have the biggest impact.“You can’t just look at individual versus ‘group housing,’ because group housing means something different to every producer. There is no one set standard,” Johnson said. “And nobody has done direct comparisons between things like floor space or group size to determine the best designs.”In her article, Johnson examines the effects of group housing on reproductive success for pregnant sows in the context of stress, touching on competitive versus non-competitive feeding systems, group size, floor space, and social rank.The relationships between group housing variables are complex, but Johnson said maintaining reproductive performance boils down to social rank and feed intake.Aggression is strongest when animals are first mixed into groups and during feeding, especially if competitive feeding systems such as floor feeding are used. However, if too much emphasis is placed on protecting submissive sows during feeding, for example by using long feeding stalls, dominant sows can experience negative reproductive outcomes.“If dominant sows are not able to assert their dominance during feeding by displacing submissive individuals, they get frustrated,” Johnson said. “That can lead to low birthweight piglets. Short feeding stalls offer some level of protection, but also allow dominant sows to exhibit normal behavior.”Johnson’s article concludes that the wide variation in group housing designs makes it difficult to provide research-backed recommendations for producers, but she does have some ideas.“Maybe we start grouping them by body weight, parity, or speed of feed intake. Heavier sows eat much faster. Maybe put them all together,” Johnson said. “You’re still going to have a dominant sow and a submissive sow, but if you bring your composite groups closer together, I think you have an opportunity to do a better job in reducing this variation that occurs in group housing.”The article, “Social status and housing factors affect reproductive performance of pregnant sows in groups,” is published in Molecular Reproduction and Development. The work was supported by the National Pork Board, grant no. 12-200.last_img read more

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