Finkenauer and King expect massive relief bill to pass House

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Congressman Steve King, a Republican from Kiron, says he is not sure yet if the U.S. House will vote via telephone on the $2.2 trillion  coronavirus relief bill that has passed the Senate. He says they have been discussing the issue frequently.King says they’ve been having as many as two conference calls a day where Republicans discuss the issue and he says his sense is that the House will pass the bill on a voice vote. King says his assessment now is to go along with that. “I am leaning toward allowing it to pass on a voice vote and lending my support to it. As we are spending the better part of today going through the components,” he says.King says the bill was only finalized right before the Senate vote, and House members want to look it over. He says the bill isn’t perfect — but it is important to not delay longer. “The good outweighs the bad. We do move quickly, there isn’t going to be another opportunity to let’s just say stall this bill in the House — amend it in some way — and call the Senators back,” according to King.Democrat Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer from Cedar Rapids talked about the bill in an online forum for constituents Thursday. “We worked hard to ensure that the priorities that our district called for were included in the package,” Finkenauer says.She says she did not get everything she wanted in the bill — but is happy to see the federal payments of  $1,200 in there. She says those making less than $75,000 a year will get a payment up to 100-thousand, where it would gradually go down. And couples making less than $150,000. Finkenauer says she is also please to see more money going toward unemployment benefits. She says it boosts the payments above the maximum of $600 and ensure most people will get their full pay for at least four months.Finkenauer says she expects the bill to pass Friday — or Saturday at the latest.last_img read more

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John Downey in bid to have murder case dropped

first_imgA 67-year-old man charged with murdering two British soldiers in 1972 is set to mount a legal bid to get the case thrown out, a court has heard.John Downey’s lawyer confirmed plans to contest prosecution attempts to have him stand trial for the car bomb attack which killed Ulster Defence Regiment members Alfred Johnston and James Eames in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.Concerns were raised about a European Arrest Warrant used to detain him in the Republic of Ireland in October last year. Defence solicitor John Finucane told Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday: “Even without exploring these issues (the committal proceedings) are going to be contested.”Downey, with an address in Creeslough, Co Donegal,  faces prosecution after losing an extradition battle.He exhausted all appeals before handing himself into the authorities last month.Lance Corporal Johnston and Private Eames died in an explosion on the Irvinestown Road in August 1972. They were carrying out checks on a car when a command wire initiated device was detonated, killing them instantly.The bomb went off as a truck carrying 13 off-duty soldiers approached, blowing it onto its side and injuring some of the troops inside.That lorry is believed to have been the primary target for the attack.Downey is also charged with aiding and abetting an explosion likely to endanger life.A previous court was told his fingerprint was allegedly found on insulating tape used to construct the device. Although the original impression has since degraded, photographs of it were said to have been used in “multiple comparisons”.They included analysis carried out on prints taken from Downey earlier this month, and also after his arrest at Gatwick Airport in 2013 for the 1982 bombing at London’s Hyde Park.He had been due to stand trial for the murder of four Royal Household Cavalry men in the Hyde Park attack.But the case against him collapsed after it emerged that he received a letter of assurance from the British Government that he was not wanted for any offences. The prosecution now intends to rely on the fingerprints taken at Gatwick as evidence in the current case.Downey remains in custody after being refused bail at the High Court in Belfast.His case is due to be reviewed again later this month, when a date for a preliminary enquiry was expected to be set.But it emerged on Tuesday that the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is seeking to bring those proceedings forward by a week.Mr Finuncane expressed opposition to the move, and sought approval for two barristers to represent his client due to the circumstances and complexities of the case.“There are issued that have arisen as a result of having sight of the papers,” he told the court.“There’s also an issue which has arisen with regards to the European Arrest Warrant itself.”Adjourning the case, District Judge Fiona Bagnall agreed to certify two defence counsel.She said: “It’s a unique and highly complex case.”John Downey in bid to have murder case dropped was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

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Darwin Plagiarized Paley?

first_imgNatural selection didn’t begin with Darwin, William L. Abler (Geologist, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago) claims in a letter to the editor of Nature1 Dec. 18th.  According to Abler, Darwin probably got the idea from a theologian he once admired, only later to ridicule:Darwin was educated not as a biologist, but as a country vicar.  Although he may have read Hutton’s book, it is equally likely that Darwin read one of the standard religious works of his day (now perhaps the most ridiculed book in biology), William Paley’s Natural Theology (1803), which presents Paley’s proof of the existence of God, as well as of Divine creation.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He quotes Paley as stating the principle of natural selection, only to refute it as a possible objection against design: “There is another answer which has the same effect as the resolving of things into chance,” Paley writes in Chapter 5 of Natural Theology.  He explains it as the proposition that…the eye, the animal to which it belongs, every plant, indeed every organized body which we can see, are only so many out of the possible varieties and combinations of being which the lapse of infinite ages has brought into existence; that the present world is the relict of that variety; millions of other bodily forms and other species having perished, being by the defect of their constitution incapable of preservation, or of continuance by generation.2Abler thinks even Darwin could not have stated the principle of natural selection better.  He notes that even Stephen Jay Gould also pointed out Paley’s priority, but believes natural selection (by other names) was a common heresy in Darwin’s day.William L. Abler, correspondence, “What Darwin Knew,” Nature 426, 759 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426759b.William Paley, Archdeacon of Carlisle, Natural Theology, or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature, 1803, ch. 5, pp. 46-48 (click title for online edition).Charlie, a plagiarist?  This was interesting, so I looked up Paley’s refutation in his once-honorable, classic treatise that Abler calls “now perhaps the most ridiculed book in biology.”  The venerable theologian offered three rebuttals to the principle now known as natural selection.  (1) His first might be characterized as a straw man argument today; Paley rhetorically asks that if all possible creatures had existed, why do we not see unicorns, centaurs, etc.  Darwinists might reply with their standard common-ancestry claim that natural selection would only build on patterns established early on, rather than from an infinite pool of possible forms.    (2) The second argument is more interesting and still carries weight today.  It’s the argument from classification.  If nature could produce infinite gradations between forms, why do we find all living things grouped into nested hierarchies of taxa, Paley asks:But, moreover, the division of organized substances into animals and vegetables, and the distribution and sub-distribution of each into genera and species, which distribution is not an arbitrary act of the mind, but is founded in the order which prevails in external nature, appear to me to contradict the supposition of the present world being the remains of an indefinite variety of existences; of a variety which rejects all plan.  The hypothesis [i.e., natural selection] teaches, that every possible variety of being hath, at one time or other, found its way into existence (by what cause or what manner is not said), and that those which were badly formed, perished: but how or why those which survived should be cast, into regular classes, the hypothesis does not explain; or rather the hypothesis is inconsistent with this phenomenon.  Ibid.,, p. 48.In other words, why are their large gaps between major kinds?  The problem of gaps between living and extinct phyla was clearly understood long before Darwin.  For an elaboration of this “nested hierarchy” objection to common descent, read The Biotic Message by Walter Remine.    (3) The third rebuttal is an argument from analogy with machines.  Paley says that no man seeing a variety of machines would think that, out of an assortment of all possible machines that might have arisen from a pool of metal, the remaining forms were “what were left from the accident, as best worth preserving….”  Paley sees no difference between this and inferring natural selection instead of design in living things.  Although this argument from analogy might have been rebuffed in the past, with the retort that living things are not like artificial machines, the discovery of molecular machines in the cell gives the point renewed force today (see Dec. 4 headline and embedded links in the commentary).  Biologists know that protein machines are selected from a near-infinite configuration space, being determined by the sequence of amino acids of which they are composed (see 09/06/2001 headline).  Yet we find these machines already functional in the most primitive life forms and highly conserved throughout the living world.  Natural selection cannot be invoked before the machines of replication existed.  It is time, therefore, to resurrect Paley’s third argument against natural selection and speak it into 21st century terms.    So two out of three objections Paley raised to selection have not been satisfactorily refuted by Darwinists, without first assuming evolution to be true (circular reasoning).  It looks like Paley anticipated Darwin’s case and ably refuted it in advance.  So if Charlie cannot claim priority for the “discovery” of natural selection (according to popular misconception), maybe it is time to distribute the credit and blame where it is due.  Thanks, Dr. Abler, for enabling us to set the record straight.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Four killed, 3 injured in fire at ONGC plant

first_imgThree personnel of the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) fire and safety wing and the Residential Plant Supervisor of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) were killed in a fire that broke out at the oil and gas processing plant in Uran, Navi Mumbai, early on Tuesday.The deceased have been identified as Residential Plant Supervisor C.N Rao (50), Capt. E. Nayaka (48), S.P. Kushwaha (36) and M.K. Paswan (33) of the CISF.Three other CISF Fire personnel also suffered burns and were hospitalised. Of these, one had minor injuries and was discharged, while constables Mahesh K.R. and Shindu Raj, are in hospital, but out of danger.At 6.47 a.m. the CISF control room informed the CISF fire station about the detection of naphtha gas leakage near the LPG plant. “Immediately fire tenders took all precautionary measures with Breathing Apparatus (BA) sets and were the first to respond to the fire. The three CISF fire fighters started looking for the source of leakage under the supervision of Mr. Rao. They detected the leakage and tried to close the main valve,” Lalit Jha, commander in-charge of the plant, CISF said.Mr. Jha said the team had managed to close the valve and were looking for any other leakage when a blast occurred killing all four. The explosion was followed by a fire. “While they perished, the team managed to save human lives and surrounding property worth crores of rupees only due to their alertness and dedication,” he said.Two vehicles, one of Mr. Rao and one used by CISF Special Task Force (STF), were also burnt.The CISF fire team along with fire tenders of ONGC, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco), Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) and Reliance managed to control the fire in the next four hours.Three other CISF Fire personnel also suffered burn injuries and were hospitalised. Of these, one had minor injuries and was discharged while fire constables Mahesh KR and Shindu Raj, are in hospital, but out of danger.Twenty fire tenders of all agencies were pressed into service. “Since chemicals were involved, we used foam to control the fire. The operation started by around 7.15 a.m. and was brought under control by around 11 a.m. The fire was concentrated within the plant,” Cidco fire officer Arvind Mandke said.Residents shiftedResidents from the neighbourhood of the ONGC plant were shifted to a school till noon as the smell of chemical caused discomfort to them.There is no impact on the processing as the gas has been diverted to Hazira plant in Gujarat.The ONGC shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange closed down 3.34% at ₹117.15 in a weak Mumbai market on Tuesday.CNG services hit in MumbaiCompressed natural gas (CNG) services in and around Mumbai were affected owing to the fire.“Gas supply to City Gate Station at Wadala has been severely affected,” said Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) in a statement.The MGL is ensuring that supply to its domestic piped natural gas (PNG) consumers is maintained on priority without any interruption.However, many CNG stations across Mumbai may not operate due to low pressure in the pipeline and industrial and commercial customers have been advised to switch to alternative fuel, the statement said.Gas supplies across the MGL’s network would normalise once the supply of natural gas from the ONGC is restored, it added.Bus, autos affected Gas supply to the city’s filling stations was cut off for a few hours but restored by 1 p.m. albeit under low pressure.In the coming days, the biggest hit could be felt by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking as CNG-run buses make up over half of its fleet of 3,200 buses. A senior BEST official said all bus depots were instructed in the morning to fill up as many buses as possible. “We are in constant touch with Mahanagar Gas regarding the issue and we’re monitoring the situation closely. While no bus operations were affected today, there could be some impact on services in the coming days if the supply is not restored,” Surendrakumar Bagde, BEST General Manager, said. At present the BEST has 1,777 buses that run on CNG.There are nearly 1.82 lakh registered auto rickshaws in Mumbai, a majority of which run on CNG. Leader of Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, Thampi Kurien, said that through the day rickshaw drivers were waiting in queues at filling stations for hours. Mr. Kurien said while they have been in touch with Mahanagar Gas, no indication has been given as to when the supply would be restored.(With inputs from Raina Assainar and Ajeet Mahale)last_img read more

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‘We’re here to fight, learn’: Valdez, PH volleybelles unfazed after loss

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines just absorbed a disappointing loss at the hands of Kazakhstan in the Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19, but Alyssa Valdez remains unfazed.“We’re here to learn, we’re here to fight, we’re here to win,” said Valdez Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here. “Teamwork will bring us to a good finish, and we’ll give our 101 percent to achieve that.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “That’s what we want to show to the people, that we will fight.”The Philippines finished the group stage with a 1-1 record and trail the 2-0 Kazakhs in Pool A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez, who scored a combined 28 points in the both games, hopes they can bring whatever lessons they learned in their loss to Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals where they are set to face Pool C leaders Korea.“There comes a point where you just tell yourself that we should just accept the challenges and learn the lessons we need to advance,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is still a long tournament, this isn’t the end.” LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “This is the first time that this group has been together to represent the country and I hope this continues until we achieve that perfect chemistry.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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a month ago​Osonyq unveiled as Everton’s official sports drinks partner

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Osonyq unveiled as Everton’s official sports drinks partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have signed a new multi-year partnership which sees Dutch isotonic drinks manufacturer Osonyq become the club’s official sports drinks partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Continuing the brand’s expansion across European premier leagues, the agreement includes Everton’s men’s, women’s, and youth teams, and will also see Osonyq take up several match day activations at the club’s home stadium Goodison Park.In addition, the drinks vegan-friendly and gluten-free manufacturer will make its products available to purchase at the Premier League club’s official Everton One and Everton Two merchandise stores.Everton’s commercial director Alan McTavishat said that the partnership with Osonyq marks “another exciting addition to our partner portfolio”. last_img read more

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20 days agoInter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petition

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte hits out at Juventus fans over petitionby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte has hit out at his former Juventus fans ahead of today’s game.Conte was asked about the petition, signed by over 15,000 fans, to have his star removed from the Allianz Stadium Walk of Fame, a proposal already rejected by Juve president Andrea Agnelli.“I’m disappointed that he had to intervene, because it just gave publicity to a vulgar proposition. It gave room to a move that showed ignorance, lacking values and education. I didn’t even want to discuss this, but you in the media are giving a spotlight to these stupid and ignorant people,” replied Conte.“Those are not fans, they are ignorant. I gave a message to the fans 10 days ago. We are fortunate to be involved in the best sport in the world and must set the example, pass on positive values and be enthusiastic about playing football. This is sport, not war. Sometimes people forget that.“It is a sport that should reflect positive human values, not hate and violence. If that’s not the case, then I am the first to walk away. Nobody makes me work as a Coach.“It’s increasingly difficult, because society nowadays highlights hatred and violence. I’ve honestly struggled since I came back to Italy from England. I see situations and wonder why I am even doing this.“As long as my passion for this sport surpasses these issues, then I will continue. If my passion drops, I will be the first to say it’s time to call it quits. It won’t be a big loss for football, but it won’t be a loss for me either.” last_img read more

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Health Ministry Gets Help to Purchase Fogging Machines

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on February 6 handed over a cash grant for US$40,000 to the Ministry of Health’s vector control/dengue outbreak control and prevention programme. The money, which was handed over during a press briefing at the Ministry of Health, downtown Kingston, will be used to purchase 18 fogging machines and a drum of Malathion, one of the chemicals used in the fogging process to eliminate the adult mosquitoes.In his remarks, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, expressed appreciation to the UNDP for the urgency in which the agency moved to assist with the dengue prevention and control programme after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.“This has been a fruitful partnership which has enabled us to provide well needed services to the people of Jamaica in an effort to secure their health. We know we cannot go it alone and so we thank you for your profound understanding of the situation and the importance of reducing vector borne illnesses among our population,” Dr. Ferguson said.He added that the Ministry welcomes the partnership, which will result in better health outcomes for the people of Jamaica, especially amidst “this environment of declining budget”.In an effort to improve the vector control programme, the Ministry of Health has so far purchased 28 fogging machines at a cost of $5.2 million. The total expected to be purchased are 48 machines. The budget for the 48 machines is $9.02 million, made possible through the National Health Fund (NHF).For his part, UNDP Resident Representative, Arun Kashyap, said that while the new equipment will complement the efforts of the Ministry of Health at the national level, the epidemiology of mosquito-borne dengue suggests the need for an inclusive community approach that engages community leaders in sustainably managing potable water and ecological sanitation.“Communities will then be vigilant in keeping their surroundings hygienic, including ensuring adequate safeguards is in place to get rid of stagnant water, work with all stakeholders in the identification and management of water collection points and report early symptoms of infections to the relevant authority,” Mr. Kashyap said.He added that this should build community awareness and ownership of the national vision to eradicate incidences of dengue in Jamaica.Last year the Ministry of Health recorded more than 5,000 clinically suspected cases of dengue fever with 11confirmed deaths.last_img read more

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HIDCO to launch pilot project to check wastage of water

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to check wastage of water, West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will start a pilot project using state-of-the-art technology and IoT sensors to detect leakages and monitor flow in pipes in New Town.The technology that will be adopted after the elections will be able to detect even hairline cracks in the water supply pipeline and hence the engineers will be addressing the issues at a fast pace. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It costs around Rs 1 crore a month to meet the operating expense for supplying water to households in New Town. So, it is important to prevent water loss, leakages and quality deterioration. Hence, we will be embracing this technology,” a senior official of HIDCO said. It may be mentioned that water in New Town comes from the Hooghly river located around 10 km away and then it is treated using the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) enabled plant in New Town, to supply pure potable water to all. The entire water supply network is underground and houses built on 6 acres and less is exempt from paying water charges. 24/7 treated water is provided to all citizens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRecently, a national-level workshop on smart water was held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, which was attended by Mohan Kumar of the civil engineering department of IISc Bangalore. NKDA chairman Debashis Sen mentioned that reject water from RO units (Reserve Osmosis water purifiers: for example the Water ATM in Eco Park Gate 2) and condensed water usually drained out from air conditioners in HIDCO Bhavan, will be stored in tanks for use in lawns or parks. The design process has been started by the engineering wing of HIDCO. Sen also talked about attempts in New Town to use rejected water from Sewerage Water Treatment Plant to water road-median plants through tankers. He also suggested organising a hackathon to get such solutions on the ground.last_img read more

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208 FIRs DD entries registered till date

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 208 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the poll body in Delhi said on Monday.The statistics surveillance team of the Delhi’s chief electoral officer’s (CEO) office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 3,48,86,850/crore in cash and also seized 1411.1264 kg of narcotics and drugs. “A total of 208 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct,” Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told reporters. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Out of these, twenty two are against the Aam Aadmi Party (13 FIRs and 9 DD entries), Thirty Three against the Bharatiya Janata Party (16 FIRs and 17 DD entries), Eleven against the Congress (3 FIRs and8 DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry), one against Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 95 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said. The Delhi CEO office said more than 3.33 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 1,08,028 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 95,317 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement from CEO office said.last_img read more

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