Election schedules and unintended consequences

first_imgMichael Lenz Dear Editor:There are problems with December runoffs, but, despite what the blogs say, increasing voter fraud isn’t one of them. 1,000 bought and paid for votes don’t matter less in November when you need 4,000 votes to win, than they do in December, when you need 7,000 to win. Nonetheless, I don’t like runoff elections in December, which is always too busy. It’s hard on voters and even harder on the people who volunteer on campaigns. And fewer volunteers from Hoboken just increases the impact of money and support from outside Hoboken.But switching from May to November elections the way we did had a disastrous unintended consequence. Eliminating the runoff entirely strongly incentivized toxic campaigns. Much like the broken Electoral College system nationally, Hoboken’s broken electoral system now rewards targeting a divisive message at a narrow support base of 30-35 percent. With a runoff, this strategy is a losing one, as no supporter of an eliminated candidate would turn to the campaign who’d falsely smeared their first choice. The need to win a majority of the popular vote keeps campaigns focused on serving most, and ideally all, of the electorate. Electing a president with less than half the vote is ripping our country apart. Electing a mayor with less than a third of the vote threatens to do the same to our city.I wish we could go back to the May election and June runoff. But the state legislature in its infinite wisdom has made that impossible until we’ve suffered for ten years under this terrible system that we chose. So what do we do until then? Just live with what we’ve got? After what we lived through last November almost anything would be better – even a December runoff. We can’t go back to where we were. The consequences of staying where we are played out vividly in the damage they did to Hoboken’s political civility. We have no choice but to move forward.If it were our only option I would still consider a runoff in December a bad choice but I would probably conclude it the best bad choice available. But it’s not the only option. We have another choice – Instant Runoff – that would show the kind of leadership Hoboken should strive to be known for. Hoboken’s city council has all stated their support for the idea. Some would wait on the legislature. But after years of inaction in Trenton that seems an unlikely hope. This council has voted to give the voters the chance to restore majority rule. Great. Now they should show leadership and schedule a referendum letting Hoboken voters demand Instant Runoff.Hoboken is famous for having the first girl play little league, the first woman elected mayor in Hudson County and the first Sikh mayor to be elected in the state of New Jersey. We can do this too.We might not be successful right away. It might take years. But let us begin. last_img read more

October 15, 2003 Notices

first_imgAt its September 12 Tampa meeting, The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors preliminarily approved amendments to its articles of incorporation and bylaws. The amendments would broaden the base of potential donors supporting Foundation programs by opening up membership to all persons interested in the Foundation’s charitable purposes ( expanding and improving representation of low-income persons in civil legal matters, improving the fair and effective administration of justice, and promoting service to the public by members of the legal profession by making public service an integral component of the law school experience ). Currently, only members of The Florida Bar can be Foundation members. Proposed amendments also would require that Foundation officers and directors are members of the Foundation throughout their terms in office and on the board, establish $25 annual dues for law student members, and permit members of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar to extend Fellows pledge payments for up to 10 years. A number of housekeeping amendments also are proposed.As required, notice of the proposed bylaw amendments is herein given to members of the Foundation. Proposed additions to the bylaws are underscored. Proposed deletions are struck through.Foundation members are Fellows, those paying annual $100 dues to the Foundation, and members of The Florida Bar practicing in law firms with an IOTA account.The Foundation’s board will review members’ comments at its December 12 meeting. Members should send their comments to Jane Elizabeth Curran, The Florida Bar Foundation executive director, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801, (407) 843-0045, (800) 541-2195, (407) 839-0287 (fax) or [email protected] by December 1. THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION, INC. BYLAWSARTICLE IMEMBERS1.1 Members. The following persons who are members of The Florida Bar shall be members of The Florida Bar Foundation.a) One who contributes money or property of a value of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or more shall be a member of the Foundation for that fiscal year of the Foundation.b) One who is a student at an accredited American law school who contributes or on his/her behalf is contributed Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) shall be a member of the Foundation for that fiscal year of the Foundation. b c ) One who contributes money or property of a value of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or more for the Foundation’s endowment shall be designated a Fellow of the Foundation and shall be a member for life. Any increase in the contribution required to become a Fellow of the Foundation shall not affect the status of then current Fellows. d) One who is an existing life member of the Foundation at the time of the adoption of these ByLaw revisions shall be a member for life and shall be designated a Fellow of the Foundation.d) One who has made a pledge to be a Fellow of the Foundation for life membership and made at least one payment of $100.00 or more thereon on the effective date of these ByLaw revisions shall, upon completion of payment of the life membership pledge, be a member for life and shall be designated a Fellow of the Foundation so long as the Fellow completes payment of such pledge within five (5) years of the date of such pledge, except that members of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar may extend such payments for a period of up to ten (10) years.* * *ARTICLE IIDIRECTORS2.1 Number. The affairs of the Foundation shall be managed by a board of directors consisting of eight (8) directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 2 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, eighteen (18) directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, and the duly elected officers, as set forth in Article 5 6. 4 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended. Directors selected pursuant to Article 6.3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended who are members of The Florida Bar shall be members of the Foundation for their terms of office.2.2 Selection. Selection of directors pursuant to Articles 5 6. 2(f) and 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be conducted in the following manner:a) Selection of directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(f) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be by the joint nominating committee of The Florida Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar.b) Directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 3(a) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be selected by the current board of directors of the Foundation by the date of the final meeting of the board of directors in each administrative year.(1) Nominations for such director positions shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by the president of the Foundation. Members of such nominating committee shall include, but shall not be limited to, the four (4) Foundation appointees to the nominating commission established pursuant to Article 6.3(c) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended.* * *c) Directors set forth in Article 5 6. 3(b) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be selected in a manner determined by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, and shall be certified to the Foundation no later than May March 1st of every year.d) Directors selected by the Supreme Court of Florida set forth in Article 5 6. 3(c) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be certified to the Foundation no later than May March 1st of every year.2.3 Term. The terms of office for directors shall be as follows:a) The president of The Florida Bar, immediate past president of The Florida Bar, president-elect of The Florida Bar, and president of Florida Legal Services, Inc. as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(b), Article 5 6.2(c), and Article 5 6. 2(d) and Article 5 6. 2(e) respectively of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, shall be directors of the Foundation during their respective terms in office. The two judicial officers designated by the Chief Justice as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(a) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall serve for two-year terms of office and may be redesignated for additional two-year terms at the pleasure of the Chief Justice. The immediate past president of The Florida Bar shall serve for a one-year term.b) The two non-lawyers selected pursuant to Article 5 6. 2(f) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall serve for not more than two, two-year staggered terms.c) Directors selected as set forth in Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall serve for three-year staggered terms. Such directors may be re-selected for one additional three-year term. d) In the event a person is elected president, president-elect or secretary-treasurer of the Foundation who is not for the term of office of such president, president-elect, or secretary-treasurer otherwise a director of the Foundation, such officer shall be a director of the Foundation for the term of office of such officer. d e ) The term of office of a director selected as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(a), Article 5 6. 2(f), and Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall begin with the start of the Foundation’s administrative year immediately following the selection of such director and shall conclude at the end of the third administrative year of the Foundation following such director’s selection.2.4 Removal. A director selected as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(f) and Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended may be removed for cause at any time by concurrence of two-thirds of all directors of the Foundation, provided, before a director is removed without such director’s consent, such director shall be given an opportunity to be heard. Such “cause” shall include three, consecutive unexcused absences (as defined by written policy of the board) from board meetings during a three-year term of office.* * *2.18 Executive Committee.a) Membership. The executive committee shall consist of the president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer, the chairs of the Foundation’s legal assistance for the poor /law student assistance, improvements in the administration of justice , and law student assistance sub grant committees appointed by the president, and four (4) three (3) directors appointed by the board of directors at its annual organization meeting. In the event an individual holds both an office and committee chair position described above, the president shall appoint such additional directors of the Foundation as may be necessary so that the number of members serving on the executive committee is nine (9). Members appointed by the board of directors may be removed by the board of directors at any time with or without cause. Vacancies of members of the executive committee appointed by the board of directors shall be filled by the remaining members of the executive committee subject to confirmation by the board of directors at its next meeting.* * *(3) Notice of meetings of the executive committee shall be given to each member of the committee personally or by mail, e-mail, telephone or telegraph at least three (3) days prior to the day named for such meeting. Notice of special meetings shall state the principal purpose of the meeting, but such notice shall not limit the nature of the business to be transacted. Any member of the executive committee may waive notice of a meeting in writing before or after the meeting and such waiver shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of notice.* * *ARTICLE IIIOFFICERS3.1 Officers. The officers of the Foundation shall be a president, a president-elect, and a secretary-treasurer, each of whom is a member of the Foundation at the beginning of the term of office of such president, president-elect, or secretary-treasurer, and each of whom has previously served on the board of directors; and such assistant officers as the board of directors shall from time to time deem desirable. The board of directors may, from time to time as it deems desirable, separate the office of secretary-treasurer and elect, for that term, a secretary and a treasurer. Officers and assistant officers may be removed by vote of the board of directors at any meeting. Termination of membership in the Foundation shall not disqualify an officer from completing such officer’s term of office.* * *3.5 President. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Foundation. The president shall have all of the powers and duties which are usually vested in the office of president of a corporation, including, but not limited to, the power to appoint committees , including the four (4) Foundation appointees to the nominating commission established pursuant to Article 6.3(c) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, from time to time, as the president may, in the president’s discretion determine appropriate, to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Foundation.* * *ARTICLE IVGIFTS, DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS4.1 Acceptance. Gifts, donations and bequests may be given directly to the Foundation, or the principal of a gift, donation or bequest may be given to some other person, corporation or trustee with instructions that the principal or income therefrom shall either be paid to the Foundation or disbursed in accordance with the instructions of the board of directors of the Foundation; provided, however, that the uses and purposes of all such gifts, donations and bequests either of income or principal, shall be in accord with the purposes of the Foundation. All restricted gifts, donations and bequests shall be subject to acceptance by the board of directors of the Foundation.4.2 Use. Unless gifts, donations or bequests are given subject to a stated special purpose, they shall be unrestricted funds of the Foundation. All membership contributions shall be unrestricted funds of the Foundation. Contributions by persons to become Foundation Fellows and members for life shall be for the benefit of The Florida Bar Foundation Endowment Trust, a 501(c)(3) Supporting Organization to the Foundation. In the discretion of the board of directors, unrestricted funds may be used for any purposes or expenses of the Foundation, or may be invested and the income therefrom used for any purposes or expenses of the Foundation, and invested funds may be withdrawn from investment and used for any purposes or expenses of the Foundation.* * * October 15, 2003 LAWS Regular News October 15, 2003 Notices Nominating petitions for the 2004 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the Board positions are for two-year terms.Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr. on October 1 certified to Thomas D. Hall, clerk of the Supreme Court, the number of members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the State of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in rule 2-3.3, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.Pursuant to rule 2-3.4(b), incumbent Board members must advise the executive director of their intention to seek reelection to a new term. The Board members who do not plan to run again are indicated by an asterisk next to their names.Nominating petitions for the Board of Governors must be signed by no fewer than five members in good standing whose official bar address is in the same judicial circuit (or out-of-state, if applicable) as the nominee (see form below).Election ballots will be mailed on or before March 1, 2004, and voted ballots must be received prior to midnight, March 22, 2004.Comments sought on DNA testing extension December appointments to be filledcenter_img The Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has filed an emergency petition to amend Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853(d)(1)(A), Motion for Postconviction DNA Testing, to extend the October 1, 2003 filing deadline to October 1, 2004. Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853(d)(1)(A) (Postconviction DNA Testing), Case No. SC031630.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendment, which is reproduced in full online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html.An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before October 24, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Circuit Judge Olin Wilson Shinholser, P.O. Box 9000, Drawer J118, Bartow 33831-9000, and the proponent of the rule change, Ivy R. Ginsberg, 1 NE 2nd Ave., Ste. 200, Miami 33132-2507, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument scheduled in this case for November 7, 2003. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette.Proposed Foundation bylaw amendments Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., on October 1 certified to Mark Romance, YLD president, the number of YLD members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the State of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in Art. V, Section 5 of the YLD bylaws. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may be nominated for the board from the circuits indicated by their official Bar address if they will not have reached the age of 36 before July 1, 2004, or if age 36 or older by such date will not have been admitted to practice in any jurisdiction for more than 5 years. To be nominated, a member must submit a nominating petition signed by no fewer than five members of the Young Lawyers Division in good standing in that circuit. Nominations for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, 12th, 14th, 20th, and Out-of-State circuits must specify the seat number that is being sought. Nominees shall endorse their written acceptance on such petitions, but no nominees shall accept a nomination for more than one seat. Should you decide to change seats, you must submit another nomination form prior to 5 p.m. on December 15 . On a date to be fixed by the president-elect, the nominating petitions shall be canvassed and tabulated by the executive director and he shall thereupon certify in writing the names of all members who have been properly nominated. Ballots will be mailed to young lawyers in all even-numbered circuits having contested elections on or about March 1, 2004. Voted ballots must be received prior to midnight, March 21, 2004. Elected board members will take office at the 2004 Florida Bar Annual Meeting in Boca Raton and will serve a two-year term. The YLD board meets approximately six times a year and attendance at the meetings is mandatory. Potential candidates should be aware that all travel and accommodation expenses to attend the meetings are the responsibility of the board member (nominal reimbursement is available). The YLD Board of Governors has general management and control of the affairs of the division. The board assists and cooperates with the officers and committees of The Florida Bar. Service on the board carries with it the responsibility of speaking on behalf of approximately 17,000 members of the Young Lawyers Division.Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15 The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its December 5 meeting: Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, Inc., Board of Governors: One attorney to serve a two-year term on this 11-member board which sets policy and manages the affairs of GOALS. Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors: One attorney to serve a three-year term on its 19-member board of directors. Other appointments are made by the ACLU, NAACP, several housing authorities, and various other small groups. The main purpose of Florida Rural Legal Services is to help migrant farm workers and the rural poor in civil (not criminal) cases. Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Five attorneys, one from each state appellate district, for two-year terms. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 10 lawyers appointed by TFB and 10 realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between realtors and attorneys. 11th Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Middle District of Florida for a four-year term. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing a reception during the conference.All terms for the foregoing appointments are set to commence January 1, 2004.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Special Appointment application from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business November 7. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.YLD nominations now being acceptedlast_img read more

FIFA to return to Morocco to check hotels, stadiums

first_imgThe visit comes three weeks after criticism from the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) on the rating system and the technical criteria chosen by FIFA for the selection of a host country.Morocco is battling a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.The North African nation has bid four times in the past for the World Cups of 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.For their fifth attempt, they are planning 12 hosts cities and 12 stadiums.The African continent has hosted the World Cup just once — in South Africa in 2010.Share on: WhatsApp Casablanca, Morocco | AFP | FIFA experts will make a second visit to Morocco next week after expressing some concerns over hotel capacity and stadiums earmarked for the North African nation’s ambitious bid to host the 2026 World Cup.The visit follows this week’s four-day trip by FIFA’s evaluation group ahead of the vote on the 2026 hosts to be taken on June 13, just before the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia.The group visited five cities this week “and noticed some deviations from the initial planned programme,” said the president of the Moroccan bid, Moulay Hafid Elalamy.The working group “asked questions about reliability of accommodation projections…and the plans for the transformation of stadiums,” he added.Elalamy insisted that the group showed “admiration for our dossier” but “made some remarks about the non-compliance of some of the stadiums. Our experts are in discussions with FIFA.”“So next week, FIFA will send to Morocco experts to talk to us about possible solutions for accommodation and stadiums,” said Elalamy, who welcomed “reciprocal satisfaction during talks”.last_img read more

Silver Tee award for Georgia Hall

first_img18 Feb 2013 Silver Tee award for Georgia Hall Dorset teenager Georgia Hall has won the England Golf Silver Tee award for the way she combines her education with her top class golf career. Georgia, 16, is both Europe’s number one woman amateur golfer and a student at the LeAF Elite Athlete Academy in Bournemouth, where she is taking a BTEC National Diploma in Sport. “I was very, very pleased to get the award because I do try to do my best at school,” said Georgia, who is a member at Remedy Oak. The award was announced at the annual general meeting of England Golf. The BTEC suits her ideally: it’s coursework based and offers her the flexibility to study around her international golfing commitments, and she can relate her studies to her own sporting experience. “Golf comes first, but I want to keep my education going if I can,” said Georgia. “School is really, really good, they support my golf and always want to know how I’m getting on.”   There’s a lot to relay. Georgia is the British girls’ champion and she’s the fifth ranked woman amateur in the world. Already this season the England international has made history by winning two gold medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and she’s been invited to play in the first women’s Major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California in April. She’s currently in Spain on warm weather training with England Golf and will go on to compete in the Spanish women’s amateur championship. Image of Georgia Hall © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Garda drugs unit slashed by half in Donegal

first_imgThe number of gardaí in Donegal’s divisional drugs unit has been cut by half in the past 8 years.There are six gardaí currently assigned to tackling drugs across Donegal.Back in 2011, there was shock as the local drugs unit was slashed due to budget cuts. Since then, the number of personnel in the unit has fluctuated in recent years. In 2018, there were two gardaí in the Donegal drugs unit. Four gardaí were assigned to the unit in 2017.Fianna Fáil TD John Curran, who received the recent data on drugs units across Ireland, said the cuts are unacceptable. Deputy Curran is calling for extra resources for Specialist Bureaus such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.It comes as the number of controlled drug offences is on the rise in Donegal. There were 287 crimes related to controlled drugs, including cannabis, in Donegal in 2018. In the first two months of 2019 the total has already reached 245.Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan, has said that an extra €122 million has been allocated to increase An Garda Síochána’s budget for 2020 to  €1.882 billion. He said that additional resources are coming on stream for Specialist Bureaus such as the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.  Garda drugs unit slashed by half in Donegal was last modified: October 30th, 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

Leaky Fat Blobs Produced Life

first_img“How life began remains an open question,” said David Deamer in Nature,1 then filled the opening with a speculation: maybe life started in leaky blobs of fat.    The imaginary first primitive cells would have had a problem.  Without transport proteins that control entrances and exits, any lucky ingredients that might have come together inside a primitive membrane might leak out.  But if the membrane was too protective, the inside molecules would be trapped.  “A model of a primitive cell suggests that early membranes were surprisingly permeable,” the article subtitle teased.  Indeed, a team writing in the same issue published results of their laboratory simulations of an artificial vesicle that “allows small, organic ‘nutrient’ molecules to pass through its membrane.”  Would that solve the problems?    Deamer switched imaginary views to a primitive earth with volcanoes popping out like acne.  The“local conditions were far from equilibrium – a constant flux of energy drove organic reactions towards ever-increasing complexity,” he imagined.  “This would ultimately have yielded various polymeric products, perhaps including prototypes of nucleic acids or proteins.”  Next, he envisioned “vast numbers of microscopic assemblies of molecules” that became enclosed in fatty bubbles.  By chance, life emerged:In this theory of the origins of life, each cell-like assembly had a different composition from the next.  Most were inert, but a few might have contained a particular mixture of components that could be driven towards further complexity by capturing energy and small ‘nutrient’ molecules from the environment – the beginnings of a heterotrophic system.  As the nutrient molecules were transported into the internal compartment, they became linked together into long chains in an energy-consuming process.  Life began when one or more of the assemblies found a way not only to grow, but also to reproduce by incorporating a cycle involving catalytic functions and genetic information.The leaps in that scenario are astonishing, but finally Deamer acknowledged a problem: “the membrane that forms the compartment of the putative cell is also a permeability barrier.”  How to get nutrients inside for the catalytic cycle, assuming it got going?  He pointed to the work of Mansy et al in the same issue.2  They experimented with prefabricated vesicles that were able to selectively permit the passage of ribose or nucleotides but exclude polymers.  The researchers “establish for the first time that a simulated prebiotic protocell can work with an external source of reagents,” he said.  “a heterotrophic origin of primitive cellular life is feasible.”3    In his closing paragraph, Deamer took a swipe at the strong minority of origin-of-life researchers who believe life took hold in metabolic cycles before cells emerged: “Cells are the basic unit of all life today, and there is increasing reason to think that the first form of life was a primitive version of a cell, rather than a replicating molecule supported by a metabolic network.”1.  David Deamer, “Origins of life: How leaky were primitive cells?,” Nature 454, 37-38 (3 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454037a.2.  Mansy et al, “Template-directed synthesis of a genetic polymer in a model protocell,” Nature 454, 122-125 (3 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07018.3.  Heterotroph (other-nourished) means an organism that lives off the nutrient manufacture of others; i.e., humans are heterotrophs.  Autotrophs (self-nourished) organisms make their own food.  Because autotrophs, like plants, require much more complexity in order to harvest energy and make food, origin-of-life researchers have preferred to believe that the first life-forms were heterotrophs.  Though the complexity gets divided up somewhat, it begs the question of how heterotrophs obtained their required nutrients with no autotrophs around.More powerful than a loco motive, leaping tall conceptual hurdles with a single bound, faster than a speeding roulette, it’s Supermad!    For more cartoons, stay tuned to the Nature channel.  Now, for a word from our sponsors.  Do you sometimes feel like a fat blob?  Are you lacking energy and feeling lifeless?  Here’s a tip; jump into a volcano.  That’s right.  The far-from-equilibrium conditions at the Volcano Mountain Health Spa are sure to drive you toward higher degrees of complexity and fitness.  It will also improve your sex life.  You’ll find yourself growing and reproducing in no time.  Spend a few million years on our metabolic cycles and read our magazines, filled with genetic information.  Join today and get a free cart load of our sugary snacks made of 100% pure ribose, just in from Death Valley! (11/05/2004).    If you’re tired of cartoon re-runs (09/03/2004), get some realistic intellectual nourishment at Creation-Evolution Headlines.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Your Lack of Engagement Kills Deals

first_imgThere is something you may not be aware of that is damaging your ability to sell. You may not know that you are doing this, but it can cause people to decide not to work with you or your company. Without meaning to, you can make it difficult for someone to work with you.A lack of real engagement in your work can be seen and felt, and it can cause people to decide to work with someone else.My first draft of The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need had four chapters that were either removed or consolidated into other chapters to meet the constraint of 60,000 words. One of the chapters that was removed was called Passionate Engagement. More and more, I believe that chapter should have been included.When you look like you don’t want to be doing what you are doing, you make others believe that you don’t want to be doing what you are doing. You look like a “dread Monday” and “live for Friday” kind of person, the kind of person that is not all in on producing the outcomes they sell, and the kind of person who may not want to deal with the difficult issues that are certain to come with any real change initiative.You make it difficult for your dream client to add you to their team when you lack energy, when you are simply going through the motions, when you respond slowly, when you are dispassionate and disengaged, and when it is clear you aren’t in love with what you are doing.You may want to believe that someone else is supposed to inspire and motivate you in order for you to be passionately engaged with your work, but you would be wrong. The decision to passionately engage with your work is a decision that is yours alone. You decide whether to bring your best self to your work. You decide to give yourself over to your work.If you are not passionate about what you do now because things aren’t perfect, you aren’t going to find your next role in another company any more perfect. In the meantime, your projecting a lack of passionate engagement will make it difficult for your dream client to imagine having you as part of their team. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Castro warns Gilas against complacency vs Taipei

first_img“We’re good. At least, the team’s composure was tested in that game against Japan. Even though our opponents came back, the team showed that we don’t get rattled that easily,” he said.He also believes that his fellow guards Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena will perform better after their silent showing in Tokyo especially with the game being played at home.“It was our first game and it’s noticeable that we still lacked in preparation. But after that, I think we can play well,” he said. “We got lots of open shots that didn’t go in, and hopefully, it will all go down in our home floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be the favored team against Chinese Taipei on Monday, but Jayson Castro reminded his team not let its guard down against its fierce rival.“We can’t be that confident because Chinese Taipei had beaten us before,” Castro said after team practice Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Reyes: Japan and Taipei ‘very similar’ Castro harked back to the two nations’ clash in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge in Iran, where the Taiwanese topped a young Gilas crew.Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz were the lone remnants of that team and that loss is still fresh in their memories.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 shutout“That’s a good example for us to learn from, and a motivation for us not to let that happen again,” said Castro.The speedy playmaker liked what he saw from the Philippines’ 77-71 win over Japan last Friday. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!

first_imgShearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho. last_img read more