U.N. report links shift in climate, humans

first_imgThe latest U.N. assessment of the role of humans in global warming has found with “high confidence” that greenhouse gas emissions are at least partly responsible for a host of changes already under way, including longer growing seasons and shrinking glaciers. A summary of the working draft of the report, to be released Friday in Brussels, Belgium, was provided to The New York Times on Wednesday by several people involved in reviewing it. It is a detailed follow-up to a February report by the U.N. group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was the fourth assessment since 1990 of the basic science that points to a human hand on the planet’s thermostat. That report said there was at least a 90percent chance that most warming since 1950 had resulted from a continuing buildup of heat-trapping emissions in the atmosphere. The new report describes the specific effects of climate changes on people and ecology, identifies those species and regions at greatest risk, and describes options for limiting risks. Some of the changes could be beneficial, but most will prove harmful in the long run, the report says. It finds that global warming caused by humans has almost certainly contributed to recent shifts in ecosystems, weather patterns, oceans and icy regions, and that it will have large and lasting effects on human affairs and on the planet’s web of life in this century. The draft report predicts a variety of health effects as well, with “increased deaths, disease and injury due to heat waves, floods, storms, fires and droughts,” but also “some benefits to health such as fewer deaths from cold.” Also in the plus column, higher concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas, are contributing to a greener world, according to the draft. “Based on satellite observations since the early 1980s, there is high confidence that there has been a trend in many regions towards earlier greening of vegetation in the spring and increased net primary production linked to longer growing seasons and increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations,” it said. But warming in cool regions can bring mixed results, the draft says. For example, while temperate and higher latitudes could be friendlier to farming, they are also proving friendlier to weeds, as well as insect pests and wildfires that are likely to imperil forests. Final details of the summary are being discussed by hundreds of authors and government representatives from more than 100 countries. Scientists and government officials sparred about the wording of the draft on Wednesday, according to some people involved, with disagreements on the level of certainty in projections of health and ecological consequences of warming.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Suspect arrested in 1986 shooting

first_imgA man wanted for shooting to death an El Monte businessman in 1986 was arrested Thursday night. Francisco Reyes of South El Monte, who also goes by Sergio Hernandez, was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held without bail at county jail. The 46-year-old was taken to El Monte Superior Court on Friday. Reyes is the prime suspect in the July 28, 1986 killing of Hector Alonso Rodriguez, the proprietor of American Organization Service Agency, a photocopying business at 2349 Durfee Ave., El Monte. Reyes, who was an illegal immigrant at the time, had traffic tickets and ended up getting a warrant for them, according to county Sheriff’s Department Detective Larry Brandenburg. He told detectives he paid Rodriguez $250 to fix the tickets but when he checked later, he still had a warrant, Brandenburg said. “They had a dispute over money to take care of the traffic tickets. He went over and confronted him (Rodriguez),” the detective said. The two exchanged words, Reyes allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the 59-year-old Rodriguez. There’s no evidence the victim had a gun, Brandenburg said. Officers responding to a shots fired call found Rodriguez on the floor of business, said sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Mondry. He’d been shot in the neck, side and chest. Even in 1986, police didn’t think robbery was the motive. Mondry said there was no evidence of ransacking and nothing appeared to have been stolen. After the killing, Brandenburg said Reyes went to Bakersfield and lived there as Sergio Hernandez for four years. Reyes was arrested Thursday night in the 10700 block of Elliott Avenue in South El Monte, where he’d been renting a room. Detectives heard Reyes might be back in the area, Mondry said. He was hiding in an attic or crawl space but surrendered when he heard the announcement that deputies were going to use a police dog, Brandenburg said. On Friday, detectives were trying to track down Rodriguez’s family to tell them about the arrest. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811,Ext. 2718 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MARY SWEENEY’S GRANDCHILDREN BRING HOME THE BACON!

first_imgAnna, Connie, Beth, Eimear, Sean, Luke, Michael. All young Sweeneys’.Also included in the photo are Emma Bulugn and Mary Sweeney aka Nana Mary!Mary Sweeney recently gave seven of her grandchildren piggy banks to do a collection for the Fergus Cleary Romanian appeal.The aim was to buy goats and hens for families known to Fergus in Romania and between them the children collected a total of €213.70 over a six week period.The money was collected from their pocket money, loose change that came into their paths and so on. Every car and pocket was not safe from the loose change scavengers!They were very proud handing over the money to Emma Bulugn, the Romanian representative, at the weekend. MARY SWEENEY’S GRANDCHILDREN BRING HOME THE BACON! was last modified: October 13th, 2014 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:donegalFergus Cleary’s Romanian AppealMary SweeneySwilly Drivelast_img read more

“IT’S AMUSING AT TIMES BUT I’M LOVING GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE LANGUAGE” – MINISTER McHUGH

first_imgThe Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, has admitted he had had some hilarious moments as he gets to grips with the Irish language.Minister Joe McHughThe Carrigart man was appointed to his post last July but admitted he had very little Irish.But he soon won over public opinion after attending a number of courses in his native county. But the father of three told Donegal Daily he had some amusing moments as he struggled with his “cupla focal.”“I threw myself into the language because I knew that I had to try and use the small bit of language I had if I was to improve it.“In the early days of my appointment I was in a hotel in Galway and I needed to go to the toilet.“I was quite confident and I went up to a member of staff and I asked them where the football was? That was quite amusing,” he laughed. The Minister, who is married to former Fine Gael Minister Olwyn Enright, revealed there is a struggle between Galway and Donegal Irish at his home.“Olwyn would have been taught Galway Irish but I have Ulster Irish so that’s a little be different.“We have three children under five years and we are trying to speak as much Irish as possible in the house.“But our Irish is very different and it’s a battle to get the children to speak our Irish,” he laughed.He admits one of his secrets is an Irish/English dictionary which he learns one word from each day. And he says he now actively speaks irish to a number of his neighbours and friends whom he said would never have attempted to converse with him in Irish because he never had a good grasp of the language before.The Minister said he is actively seeking ways to continue to promote the language including bringing down the cost of learning the language.He also plans to bring in a new symbol or technique which he hopes will help the public recognize that people are open to speaking the language in everyday situations.“I appreciate that you have the ‘Fainne’ but I would like to introduce something be that a phrase or a symbol that would allow other people to recognize that you are willing and keen to speak the Irish language. “I also appreciate that not everyone can afford to do courses in Irish so I am continually looking at ways of making learning Irish as cost neutral as possible,” he said.“IT’S AMUSING AT TIMES BUT I’M LOVING GETTING TO GRIPS WITH THE LANGUAGE” – MINISTER McHUGH was last modified: January 23rd, 2015 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:Carrigartdonegalirishjoe mchugh tdlanguagelast_img read more

TEENAGER KELLY CROWNED DONEGAL’S ATHLETICS ALL STAR 2013

first_imgWinner Kelly – pictured here in the centreTIR Chonaill AC’s Kelly McGrory has been crowned the county’s young Athletics Star for 2013.She was given the award at a star-studded event at the Tullamore Court Hotel.Kelly was named the Donegal Junior All Star. There was also a special award for Finn Valley AC’s John Kelly.TEENAGER KELLY CROWNED DONEGAL’S ATHLETICS ALL STAR 2013 was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:All Star awardFinn Valley ACJohn KellyKelly McGroryTIR CHONAILL ACwinnerlast_img read more

KAVANAGH SLAMS DELAY IN UPGRADING LETTERKENNY ROAD

first_imgFine Gael councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has slammed the delay in upgrading Letterkenny’s Glencar Road.  Cllr Kavanagh says that the upgrading has gone on too long on the road which was flooded last July.“Money has been agreed to fix the road since last year, but repairs are still waiting to be completed. “The road is an extremely busy one, and has also been prone to accidents.“Drivers should not in addition face the prospect of damaging their vehicles, because of the potholes on the road.“I understand from speaking to council officials, that the delay has been caused by a contractor not completing the work as previously agreed and scheduled.“I now call on the council to pull out all the stops to get works on the road completed as soon as possible”.  KAVANAGH SLAMS DELAY IN UPGRADING LETTERKENNY ROAD was last modified: March 28th, 2014 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:Cllr Jimmy KavanaghdonegalFLOODINGglencarlast_img read more

Watch: Hilarious videos being sent to Late Late Toy Show in a bid for last two tickets

first_imgRTÉ has announced that they are giving away two tickets to a very talented individual who can wow judges with their finest party piece.The broadcaster is inviting adults to film their goofy, wacky, or downright impressive talents, and post the video to the RTÉ One or Late Late Facebook pages, or to post it to Twitter or Instagram with the tag #ToyShowTalent.Late Late Toy Show host Ryan Tubridy said: “We’ve seen the kids, they’re great but we haven’t seen you. You old people in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 900s, we need you to send us footage of you with your Toy Show Talent. “Anything you do: blow a trumpet, bang a drum, tell a joke, as long as it is halfway decent, #ToyShowTalent is all you have to do. Send them to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and you could find yourself in that audience. Get busy, get goofy and good luck!”So far, RTÉ has received videos of a whole myriad of talents, ranging from the side-splitting to adorable.Do you have a favourite? #ToyShowTalent please give me tickets ‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/6nWIqaYYwR— Alyks (@AliceKellya) November 21, 2017My 8 year-old’s talent, owning the dance floor! #ToyShowTalent pic.twitter.com/JPmR7pMUQs— Erma Kiely (@erma_kiely) November 22, 2017@rte @RTELateLateShow I can say all the 32 counties of Ireland in 8 seconds. #ToyShowTalent pic.twitter.com/gZbPlwU4wG— John Hamill (@mufc_burger) November 21, 2017Just your typical night in with some friends #ToyShowTalent pic.twitter.com/N1gTg5j5wz— Orla O Regan (@regan_orla) November 21, 2017#ToyShowTalent well here’s my mams talent, its picking up handsome men everywhere we go, total flusey pic.twitter.com/5AmdPZhCLW— louise (@mearog) November 21, 2017#ToyShowTalent my hubby showing his talent of “trying” to beat the kids pic.twitter.com/6Tn5vvCiqn— rebecca naughton (@becksnaughton) November 22, 2017#ToyShowTalent @rte @RTELateLateShow I mean if this isn’t talent I literally don’t know what is!! RT pic.twitter.com/I9tJ3iSn8r— TAZ IRISH LAMB (@tazirishlamb) November 21, 2017@rte #ToyShowTalent from 27 to 54, from Kildare to Cork, surely the toy show needs our level of banter this year… pic.twitter.com/4hKurXjgXv— Addey (@AddeyTweets) November 21, 2017Watch: Hilarious videos being sent to Late Late Toy Show in a bid for last two tickets was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:#toyshowtalentCHristmasLate Late Toy Showlast_img read more

Why Awe Is Uniquely Human

first_img(Visited 181 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Psychologists are noticing that a sense of awe makes you a better person. Why is it a uniquely human trait?Animals have some of the best views of the world: geese that sly over Mt. Everest, squirrels that gather nuts at the edge of the Grand Canyon, butterflies that travel over the continental United States to Mexico. No adventurer in a wingsuit (video) gets a more thrilling ride than a peregrine falcon gets every day. But we don’t see animals pausing to soak it all in. Birds and whales sing for communication or to attract mates, but we don’t know of any animals that vocalize music in response to the pure beauty and majesty of the earth. None of them write poetry about it. It’s a uniquely human experience to express transcendental thoughts in response to majestic sights and ideas beyond ourselves. We call it awe.As reported in “News from Eden” (5/20/15), the American Psychological Association has recognized awe as a motivator for altruism. Expanding on that theme, Paul Piff from UC Irvine says that “Seeing awe-inspiring natural sights makes you a better person” (New Scientist). Simple experiments proved to him that “no matter who you are, awe” has the power to make us nicer. The abstract of his APA paper explains what 5 psychologists did to test this hypothesis:Awe is an emotional response to perceptually vast stimuli that transcend current frames of reference. Guided by conceptual analyses of awe as a collective emotion, across 5 studies (N = 2,078) we tested the hypothesis that awe can result in a diminishment of the individual self and its concerns, and increase prosocial behavior. In a representative national sample (Study 1), dispositional tendencies to experience awe predicted greater generosity in an economic game above and beyond other prosocial emotions (e.g., compassion). In follow-up experiments, inductions of awe (relative to various control states) increased ethical decision-making (Study 2), generosity (Study 3), and prosocial values (Study 4). Finally, a naturalistic induction of awe in which participants stood in a grove of towering trees enhanced prosocial helping behavior and decreased entitlement compared to participants in a control condition (Study 5). Mediational data demonstrate that the effects of awe on prosociality are explained, in part, by feelings of a small self. These findings indicate that awe may help situate individuals within broader social contexts and enhance collective concern.This implies that awe could reduce the size of government. Too many people feeling entitled? Are entitlement programs breaking the budget? Save money; take them to the rim of the Grand Canyon, or give them a night looking at the stars through telescopes.It’s not clear if the team feels that evolution produced the human sense of awe.  The trait is already present; looking at nature just brings it out (that’s what he means by “naturalistic induction of awe” in this context). The experiments showed that the participants were less likely to help others when looking at a building rather than a grove of tall trees. But that only works with humans. Apes and birds look at tall trees every day; why don’t we see them as the most altruistic beings in the world? If the city mouse moved to visit the country mouse, would the new surroundings make it more altruistic? Do geese get goose bumps from looking at a sunset?Why do people get goose bumps? Paul Piff asked that in the New York Times:Here’s a curious fact about goose bumps. In many nonhuman mammals, goose bumps — that physiological reaction in which the muscles surrounding hair follicles contract — occur when individuals, along with other members of their species, face a threat. We humans, by contrast, can get goose bumps when we experience awe, that often-positive feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.Piff feels that humans today are “awe-deprived” and that society has an “awe deficit,” but he makes no attempt to explain where this uniquely human trait comes from, other than to speculate that “awe might help shift our focus from our narrow self-interest to the interests of the group to which we belong.” That provides neither a necessary or sufficient condition for awe, nor does it explain why it is unique to the human species. Bees will sacrifice themselves for the hive but do not, as far as we know, do it because of awe.Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr, on his Friday 5/29 podcast “The Briefing” (text here), commented on this study and noted that people with a naturalistic worldview “have nothing but natural explanations and everything has to be defined in purely natural terms, including a three letter word that doesn’t appear to work in a naturalistic worldview. That three letter word: awe.” The word awe makes sense in a Biblical worldview, but not a naturalistic one.Now once again we have the naturalistic worldview at work. Here we have a couple scientists trying to explain that one of the problems of the modern world is that we are so disconnected now from nature, we’re so attached to our digital devices, we stay indoors so much of our lives, that we’re not outdoors have any experience of looking at a valley, looking at a sunset, looking at the stars, and having experience of awe, complete with a goose pimples they physiologically described.But of course the biblical worldview would respond by asking the question, why in the world would human being even looking at the stars, or looking at a valley, or looking at a sunset, or looking at anything experience what might be described as awe?Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, goes on to describe how the word awe is used in the Bible. Most often, it is a response to the presence of God—and not always a positive “goose bumps” type of response. It’s more dread (as when Moses or Daniel fell on their faces), or Isaiah saying “Woe is me!” in recognition of his sinfulness before a holy God (Isaiah 6).Having just talked about the FIFA soccer scandal, which seems an inevitable human outcome when play becomes sport becomes business becomes money, Mohler draws the distinction between the two worldviews:So let’s think about the deep distinction between the Christian biblical worldview and the naturalistic worldview. The naturalistic worldview tells us that sin is something that happens by some biological necessity or evolutionary accident for which largely we are not responsible. The biblical worldview responds that we are moral agents made in the image of God, and that we are inherently, inescapably responsible.The naturalistic worldview says that we are impoverished if we don’t take a look at nature and have the experience of goosebumps in looking at the fact that we’re so small and nature is so large. The biblical worldview responds by saying looking at nature and being impressed simply isn’t enough. When one has a vision of the one true and living God, the response is an awe that leads to an understanding of the fact once again that we are sinners. And we shouldn’t be surprised that sin makes its way into every dimension of our existence, even in our play.Awe may have a positive effect on anyone, Christian or not, since we are all made in the image of God and know deep inside about God from the things He has made (Romans 1). But only the Bible believer can explain awe as a unique part of human nature. And only the Christian can experience the fulness of awe combined with joy resulting from God’s salvation (Romans 5, Romans 8).Have some awe on us!  Hymn writers often combined awe from nature with joy from salvation in Christ. Here are a couple of examples.George W. Robinson put these thoughts into his hymn, “I am His, and He is Mine,” in 1876. Notice the unique Christian experience of awe in verse 2.(1) Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know;Gracious Spirit from above, Thou hast taught me it is so!O this full and perfect peace! O this transport all divine!In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.(2) Heav’n above is softer blue, Earth around is sweeter green!Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen;Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauties shine,Since I know, as now I know, I am His, and He is mine.Since I know, as now I know, I am His, and He is mine.And who could forget “How Great Thou Art!” by Stuart K. Hine. Verse 3 is often omitted in congregational singing, but shouldn’t be; it flows into verse 4.(3) When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeurAnd see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art, How great Thou art.Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art, How great Thou art!(4) And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,He bled and died to take away my sin.Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art, How great Thou art.Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,How great Thou art, How great Thou art!last_img read more

Video: Engineering a 2010 marvel

first_imgZoopy TV takes a closer look at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium, a key venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, tracing the sequence of engineering marvels that will go into raising the stadium’s iconic hanging roof – made up of 37 000 square metres of glass weighing 4 500 tons. Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 20 February 2009.last_img

OFBF seeking 2016 Ohio State Fair ambassadors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking candidates to serve as ambassadors for the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Ambassadors will assist Ohio Farm Bureau in staffing interactive exhibits and educating fair goers at the Land and Living Exhibit in the Donahey Ag & Hort Building. The program provides the opportunity to interact with many leaders in Ohio agriculture and Ohio government.Ambassador responsibilities include:• Attend a training, safety and engagement orientation.• Assist Ohio Farm Bureau staff with Land and Living implementation.• Work in conjunction with exhibit partners, contractors and Ohio Exposition Commission staff on set up of exhibits according to construction timeline. Also assist in the tear down of the displays post fair.• Commit to at least 75% of the varying scheduled shifts from July 20-Aug. 10.• Ensure Ohio Farm Bureau, Our Ohio and Ohio agriculture policies and goals are well represented in the exhibit.• Serve as an ambassador for Ohio agriculture to fair attendees.• Must be comfortable talking to the public, answering questions and promoting agriculture.• Assist Ohio Farm Bureau interns with implementation of summer educational programs.• Other duties as assigned.Please send cover letter and resume by May 31, 2016 to:Ohio Farm Bureau FederationAttn: Susan GaughanPO Box 182383Columbus, OH 43218-2383hr@ofbf.org614-246-8298last_img read more