Looking for a live band? Don’t miss this Icebreakers showcase

first_imgDonegal band Icebreakers are hosting a special showcase event in House Wine Bar and Tap Room on Friday the 24th of May. This is a unique opportunity to see the band perform in one of Letterkenny’s most intimate venues, over prosecco and canapes. Icebreakers are one of Ireland’s most exciting live bands, specialising in playing weddings and events. The band will be playing a set of covers on the night and this will be a fantastic opportunity for couples searching for their wedding band to see Icebreakers perform. WHEN: 9pm – 11pm, Friday 24th May 2019 WHERE: House Wine Bar and Tap Room – Voodoo VenueIcebreakersIcebreakers are highly energetic and professional live covers band with an ability to pack dancefloors and thrill audiences with their upbeat and diverse setlist. Icebreakers are also fortunate to have a sound engineer (and multi-instrumentalist!) among them and their individual experiences on the cover band circuit have readied them to provide a personalised service to each client. Knowing how to adapt the set list to every room and making each show memorable is the band’s speciality. The band would love to welcome friends old and new to the showcase. It’s a perfect night for those on the search for their wedding band. Refreshments will be provided, head over to Facebook to see more about the event. Icebreakers look forward to welcoming you to House Wine Bar and Tap Room on Friday the 24th of May – all welcome!Check out Icebreakers on Facebook and Instagram, or head over to www.icebreakers.ie Looking for a live band? Don’t miss this Icebreakers showcase was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:house wine baricebreakersMUSICshowcase eventwedding bandlast_img read more

Medical Professionals Lambaste the Nature of Ethics

first_imgNature’s editorial on religion and ethics last month (see 12/09/2004 entry) motivated two medical professionals to write in and give the journal a piece of their mind.1  Apparently indignant over the editorial’s patronizing view of religion and its simplistic view of ethics, they made it clear that the scientific establishment is no judge of truth and righteousness.Ben MacArthur, a bone and joint researcher at University of Southampton, reminded Nature that science without dissent is in danger of dogmatism.  He said that science, which has become the “orthodox worldview of the industrialized world,” has become a court from which there is no appeal, and in so doing, has become the mirror image of medieval religious intolerance:As you note in your Editorial, “Where theology matters” (Nature 432, 657; 2004), this is perhaps most clearly seen in medical research.  It is often presented as being carried out purely to relieve pain and maximize personal autonomy.  Yet most religious traditions would disagree with these aims, suggesting that well-being additionally depends upon other, ‘spiritual’, factors such as expressions of love and fulfilment of purpose.    Critical dissent has played a central role in advancing scientific understanding, and the right to dissent should be held in high esteem by scientists.  In the past this dissent has primarily been by thinking scientists against the religious establishment.  It seems ironic that these roles have now been reversed, with much dissent coming from thinking religious communities against the scientific establishment.    Like it or not, such dissent should be accepted, perhaps even embraced, since it may provide a means to a more balanced view of the place of science in society.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Did he have in mind the intelligent design scientists and the creationists as the dissenters that should be embraced?  The context seems to demand it.Stephen McSorley of the University of Connecticut Health Center gave Nature some advice about claiming the moral high ground.  In a tone of righteous indignation, he writes that it’s not just theologians who are morally troubled: on the contrary, the shoe is on the other foot:Your Editorial “Where theology matters” (Nature 432, 657; 2004) fails to mention that it is scientists, not theologians, who are out of step with society.  The seemingly important ethical question, “Why [should society] be denied a medical advance just because some of its members find it morally troubling?”, is disingenuous.    I question the assumption that only a small minority are troubled by the ethics of medical research.  In the United States, scientists who believe that “all scientifically sound lines of research should be pursued simultaneously” are in the minority.  Although US polls reveal a large majority in support of stem-cell research for therapeutic purposes, they also indicate broad support for President Bush’s stance on federal funding restrictions.  Scientific progress within strict ethical limitations seems to be the majority opinion.    Thankfully, we live in a democracy where public policy is decided by elected representatives, not a scientific oligarchy.  A better question is why certain individuals should be allowed to pursue a line of research when most members of our society find it morally troubling. A third letter, by a Indian mathematician, tended to agree with Nature.  Rahul Siddharthan wrote that followers of Eastern religions (Buddhism, Hinduism and others) stress following one’s own path within certain basic ideas of ethics, rather than following the holy writ of ancient texts.  He seemed eager to distance himself from Nature’s characterization of the “‘religions of the book’ that originated in west Asia, and to Christianity in particular.”1Correspondence, Nature 433, 355 (27 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433355a, b, c.Medical professionals may be the awakening giant among allies in the revolution against Darwinism and the naturalistic, secularistic Big Science oligarchy.  Highly intelligent, well trained and compassionate, doctors have no use for a philosophy that glorifies selfishness and survival of the fittest, even though the Darwin Party tries to wiggle its way into the medical schools (see 06/25/2003 entry).  Medical doctors have devoted their lives to the unselfish care of the unfit: the weak, the sick, the poor and needy, unlike followers of eastern religions that have viewed the suffering as better off left alone to work out their karma.*  Western doctors understand morals, love and purpose.  If you are a medical professional, follow the lead of these two bold letter-writers, and voice your opinion.  All that is needed for out-of-touch, dogmatic, disingenuous scientific oligarchies to triumph is for good doctors to say nothing.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ARC County looking forward: Making county of payment choice for 2016-2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their ARC-CO projected payments for 2016 to 2018. If no decision to change is made, ARC-CO payments will be calculated on the average yields for the administrative FSA office county, regardless of where the land is physically located. Earlier in the year, FSA announced that farmers could elect to have the 2014 and/or the 2015 ARC-CO payments calculated on the county in which the land is physically located. For some farms this was financially beneficial. However, do not expect 2016 to be like previous years since the high yields that reduced payments in a few locations (Defiance County 2014, and Ross County 2015) are now included in the formula to determine the payment.Visual maps for farmers to reference for the 2016 to 2018 payment projections have been created. With the assumption that corn and soybean yields will average 5% above the county Olympic average for 2016 and wheat yields will average 10% above the county Olympic average for 2016. The Market Year Average (MYA) price is currently estimated by USDA to be $3.50 for corn, $9.50 for soybeans, and $4 for wheat. Lower prices and/or lower yields could improve the ARC-County payment while higher prices or higher yields could erode the projected payment.These maps give a quick visual for ARC-CO corn, soybean, and wheat payments by county with payments rounded to the nearest dollar. The maximum potential payment for each county is listed followed by (in parenthesis) the expected payment based on the above assumptions. Farmers can quickly look to see if the land in a neighboring county, that is not their administrative county, had a significantly different payment. Based on this information, they can decide if they want to elect to be paid based on the farmland’s county or keep it in their current county of administration. Check with FSA to determine the process you will need to follow to make any changes.Farmers may also want to consider potential payments for 2017 and 2018 into this decision. Using the assumption that we will have average yields and the same MYA prices as used for 2016, there will not be ARC-County payments for corn and soybeans those years. Most of this is due to a significantly lower revenue guarantee as the high price years of 2012 and 2013 are no longer in the Olympic average or are thrown out as the high year in calculating the Olympic average. Significantly lower actual prices or yields could generate some level of payment, but the maximum will be reduced by 50% from 2016 projections. Wheat is the only crop that which may make some payments, but they will be smaller with the 2017 and 2018 payments combined running in the $30 to $45 range per base acre with an estimated two-thirds paid for 2017 and the other third paid for 2018.The prices listed on the maps are the best guess estimate of the actual payment rate per acre. However, if farmers want to estimate ARC-CO payments for their farm, they would need to make two adjustments. First the program pays on 85% of the base acres, one would need to multiply the amount by 85% to adjust for this reduction. Secondly there would need to be an adjustment if Congress creates a sequestration deduction.Farmers with land in more than one county have until Aug. 1to make the permanent decisions for 2016 through 2018’s ARC-CO payments. This does not affect farms enrolled in ARC-Individual or the PLC program. The 2016 and beyond estimates are based on current best information provided by Farm Services Agency and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These numbers can change in thecoming months and are provided as a guide only. Please use your own judgement and assumptions when making the determination for the 2016 ARC-CO payment county decision.last_img read more

Sensex moves up 281 pts to 3-month high

first_imgThe Sensex on Monday rose to 3-month high at over 19,701, up about 281 points on brisk buying in fundamentally strong stocks on expectations of good fourth quarter earnings and a firm global trend.The 30-share Bombay Stock Exchange index, Sensex, shot up 281.34 points to 19,701.73, a level last seen on January 7, on aggressive buying in capital goods, IT and banking stocks. Similarly, the broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty shot up 82.40 points to 5,908.45.Brokers said investor sentiment remained positive on expectations that corporate earnings, as well as overall economic growth will be strong despite the recent surge in oil prices that moved up last month in view of political turmoil in West Asia.Besides, they said a firm trend in other Asian stock markets and higher openings in Europe bolstered the trading sentiment.The rally was led by Hero Honda, Mahindra and Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki, BHEL, Larsen and Toubro, Infosys, Wipro, Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank.The two most heaviest, with 23 per cent weightage, on the Sensex – Reliance Industries and Infosys surged. While RIL gained Rs 14.55 at Rs 1,049.85, Infosys was up Rs 65.65 at Rs 3,283.85. Wipro led gains among software exporters after its last week’s announcement to buy SAIC’s IT unit.Hero Honda Motors, the largest motorcycle maker rose for the 10th day, adding Rs 15.65 to RS 1,618.30 after its sales surged 24.41 per cent to a record in March. Mahindra and Mahindra, the largest maker of sport-utility vehicles and tractors, increased Rs 33.75 to Rs 743.85.Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, the biggest maker of power equipment rose Rs 59.95 to Rs 2,173.80 and Larsen and Toubro by Rs 39.10 to Rs 1,690.05.The capital goods sector index gained the most, adding 2.38 per cent to 13,662.20, followed by IT index that was up 2.18 per cent at 6,659.54. Tech index rose 1.84 per cent to 3,915.18 and auto index by 1.83 per cent to 9,527.37.advertisementlast_img read more