Site C Request For Qualifications

first_imgCommunity Relations Manager Dave Conway confirms the company has posted a Request for Qualifications on the BC Bids website.“So, what we’re doing is looking for four qualified contractors, who have the ability to respond to the fully-detailed RFP (Request for Proposal) that we would issue in the Summer of 2014, once we have the qualified contractors, and then, they would work on responding to that RFP, and we would hope to award the contract in the Summer of 2015,”  Conway admits the project still needs approval and certification before any actual work can begin.- Advertisement -The next step in the process is a  final report by a Joint Review Panel, expected later this month or in early June.last_img read more

Seminar to discuss issues facing migrant and minority ethnic women

first_imgA seminar will take place in Donegal next week to discuss issues affecting women in the border region.Issues affecting migrant, black and minority ethnic women living on both sides of the border will be explored at an upcoming “Women, Culture and Crossing the Borders” seminar, hosted by the PEACE IV Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) Project.Women who are migrants or members of black and minority ethnic communities as well as other members of the public are invited to share stories, discuss struggles and celebrate identities at the seminar, which will be held on Wednesday the 13th of November, at an Grianán Hotel in Burt from 9.30am to 3.30pm, with lunch included. “This seminar will be a fantastic opportunity for migrant and minority ethnic women, living both in the North and South, to come together to celebrate the richness of our diversity and explore some of the challenges we share”, said Francine Blaché Breen, BIC Project Community Development and Training Officer.“Women on both sides of the border face many of the same issues in situations where their gender, migration status and ethnicity intersect. This is a very timely event considering the uncertainty in relation to the border, and I urge women from all communities to contact us to book a place”.The seminar will feature a number of speakers and strategic planning amongst participants to address the issues raised. Discussion topics will include: border-related issues, such as Brexit and visas; experiences with An Garda Síochána and the PSNI; issues arising from ethnicity, religion, class, culture, domestic violence and housing.The BIC Project is a collaboration between Intercultural Donegal (formerly Donegal Intercultural Platform) and Donegal Travellers Project. Like other projects in Donegal County Council’s 5.5 million euro PEACE IV Action Plan, BIC is designed to promote a society where people from different backgrounds and traditions can enjoy living, learning and socialising together.For more information about the “Women, Culture and Crossing the Borders” seminar or to book a place, either send an email with your name and phone number to BIC Project Worker Caoimhe Sweeney at [email protected] or ring her on (086) 858 0298.This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Seminar to discuss issues facing migrant and minority ethnic women was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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:Intercultural DonegalWomen Culture and Crossing the Borderslast_img read more

Warriors’ GM Bob Myers said team has not changed its stance on Patrick McCaw

first_imgLAS VEGAS — It appears plausible the Warriors could go through their entire training camp without any resolution with Patrick McCaw’s free agency. Yet, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Bay Area News Group the team has not wavered in its hopes to re-sign the third-year wing player.“I’ll update you if there’s anything new,” Myers said.The Warriors plan to finalize their regular-season roster on Saturday after huddling up following the team’s pre-season finale against the Los Angeles …last_img read more

Secrets of Photosynthesis Coming to Light

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 “It’s perhaps the most important biochemical process on Earth and scientists don’t yet fully understand how it works.”It’s in the vibes:  Scientists at University of Michigan have used extremely brief pulses of light to study molecular vibrations that enhance the light-gathering ability in the chloroplasts of plants—specifically, in the antenna complex called Photosystem II that does the “heavy lifting” of photosynthesis.  Enzymes in this complex kick electrons out of molecules as the first step in energy transfer.  Science Daily says that irradiating spinach leaves in a blender with ultrashort pulses revealed these vibrations that take place faster than one hundredth of a billionth of the blink of an eye.Through photosynthesis, plants and some bacteria turn sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into food for themselves and oxygen for animals to breathe. It’s perhaps the most important biochemical process on Earth and scientists don’t yet fully understand how it works.The researchers likened the vibrations to the activity of a bucket brigade.  When all the workers are in sync, the maximum amount of water can be transferred.  With this knowledge, researchers hope to reverse engineer photosynthesis, “to design materials that have appropriate vibrational and electronic structure to mimic this highly efficient charge separation process.”It’s in the traps:  Researchers at Arizona State also irradiated Photosystem II with light pulses and found that the enzymes open up and grab water molecules during the energy transfer, according to Science Daily.  To see this in action, they had to use light pulses lasting only one quadrillionth of a second (a femtosecond, 10-15 second).  Watching the response, they saw the enzyme elongate allowing water to enter.  “This is a major step toward the goal of making a movie of the molecular machine responsible for photosynthesis, the process by which plants make the oxygen we breathe, from sunlight and water,” one researcher said.  Like the team in Michigan, the Arizonans are looking to apply what they learn to improve photocells.It’s in the maintenance:  Another article about Photosystem II on PhysOrg tells about the quality control system in the machinery.  Deep in the thylakoid membranes that make up the grana of chloroplasts, there are specialized enzymes that can remove receptors that have become damaged by strong light, and replace them by newly-synthesized parts.  Researchers at Okoyama University in Japan found that the grana become “unstacked” in order for the FtsH proteases to enter the damage site and make repairs.  “This maintenance system keeps photosynthetic activity under light stress.”When the older among us were going to school, photosynthesis was a “black box” that was only crudely understood.  Light photons entered the black box, and sugar came out.  In the last few decades of research, just the barest outlines of the process have been coming to light.  Who would have known that there is quality control, synchronized vibration, and moving parts?  This is intelligent design on a quantum scale.  Yet the second article makes this stupid statement: “The early Earth contained no oxygen and was converted to the oxygen-rich atmosphere we have today 2.5 billion years ago by the ‘invention’ of the water splitting process in Photosystem II (PSII).”  No scientist ever experienced a thousand years, let alone 2.5 billion years.  And who, pray tell, “invented” this elegant molecular machine?  Natural selection?  Fat chance.  Chance is too fat to do such things.  It’s so fat it can’t budge.  Slim down into the sleek, functional intelligent design athletic wear so that you can think rationally.last_img read more