Fr. Glenn: The Freedom Of Truth

first_imgBy Fr. Glenn JonesIs anyone—everyone—confused? Perhaps more than we think. With the onslaught of conflicting information concerning the various candidates in the upcoming election, it’s hard not to be. We find ourselves continuously having to ask: “Is this … or is it that … report which is correct; they are claiming essentially opposite things. Did this thing even really happen … and as they say it happened? Did he or she really do what is alleged?Sigh. For those who want to be truly informed and not simply vote for the “correct” letter by a name, it can be a jungle out there. But, unfortunately, politics has always been that way. One reads in the history of the Roman republic of the same (even worse) jockeying for position of candidates for the ruling consuls’ seats, with all sorts of accusations, misinformation and mud thrown around. The same has certainly occurred in this nation throughout its history as well … as we older who have seen many elections well know. After all, scriptwriters of even the old classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” didn’t get their plot from thin air or wild imagination.Where power exists, it will be pursued at least some (most?) of the time with selfish purpose—whether in national governments, businesses, churches or wherever; that is simply a tragic reality of our human condition. Founders of organizations often have the best motives and purpose, but they eventually pass them on to others who may not; it is quite difficult to discern hearts’ intentions, regardless of outward claims or past record. Not infrequently people will present a helpful and loyal Dr. Jekyll mien while in lower ranks, then transform into Mr. Hyde when attaining higher position. Or, like Judas Iscariot, even betray their own benefactors and former mentors for material gain.Wealth and fame, power and authority are strong attractors for our species, and in pursuit of those, truth, integrity and unselfish purpose are all-too-often discarded when the former are achieved. In the choice of government officials such is particularly detrimental, however, because their pursuit of self is to the hurt of those who govern—embezzled funds from taxes, bribes, shady deals, etc. And thus of information is vital for the greater good of the many when it comes to choosing those who govern. How can voters possibly make good decisions without truth? Misinformation is simply an attempt at coercion using false pretenses. One cannot help but want to question the misinformer: “If you are confident and seek the common good by your position, then why do you misinform?” And, of course, those who spread misinformation may themselves be misinformed, and thus the snowball rolls farther down the hill and picks up speed and mass. Jesus tells a parable of two brothers: one who tells his father that he will obey but does not, and the other who says he will not obey and yet repents and does so. Despite the second son’s initial impertinence, Jesus says it is he who actually does the will of his father.All too often, though, poorly chosen (often because of misinformation) officials are like the first son—mouthing the right words to voters simply to get elected, but afterward acting quite oppositely for selfish purpose. This, of course, is terribly frustrating to those who put their trust in them, and in the various sources of information upon which they based their decision that they theretofore had considered trustworthy. Voters are most often sincere and desire the best for all the governed, and conscience would not allow most a moment’s peace should they have acted otherwise; thus, they are mystified when betrayed and cannot imagine how deceitful persons can “live with themselves”. But, alas, the deceitful can and do … and often without apparent qualms or remorse. So the sincere have to always be alert to that sad reality, remembering Jesus’ own warning: “I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16), and for us to remember that: “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” (Luke 16:10) How wonderful it would be if we could simply trust, and that those who govern—and those who inform—were unfailingly trust-worthy, carrying the burden of governance with honor. Well … we may not be able to change the world, but we can certainly mold ourselves, becoming the persons which WE long to associate with: trustworthy, self-giving, honest in all circumstances. After all, we remember Jesus:  “…whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:3), and in John’s Revelation: “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12)  Rather than dread that day, live as to look for it with anxious anticipation and so as to be received into the Heavenly habitations with the words ringing in our ears: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little…enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23)Pilate said to [Jesus], ‘What is truth?’” (John 18:37-38)“Jesus said… ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life…’” (John 14:6)Rev. Glenn Jones is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and former pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos.last_img read more

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Kajima secures Skinner to lead Irish expansion

first_imgThe company was recently awarded a £40m contract to develop a new primary and community care centre in Lisburn and alongside the hire, Kajima said it is seeking to “broadly increase its work across the Irish market”, with a focus on integrated primary and social care units and higher education facilities.Skinner will be leading on new development activities across Ireland and has more than 35 years’ experience in public private investment and consultancy.He has been involved in Irish market for over three decades and recently spent two years as an SPV general manager for the construction and operational rollout of 14 new Primary Care Centres throughout Ireland and five years as SPV project director for DBFO 1’s Westlink project in Belfast. He started his career with 15 years at major engineering consulting giant Atkins in the 1980s, including two years working on the new Foyle Port in Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland.Kirk Taylor, Kajima’s head of development, said: “We are delighted that Nigel has joined the team. Ireland is an increasingly attractive market, with many exciting projects for us to bid for and having such a first-rate investment delivery professional leading our Irish operations will significantly enhance our prospects of success.”last_img read more

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Electronic offerings price increase

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Carbon2Chem creates ammonia from steel mill gases

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US Patent & Trademark Office awards Impact Cryotherapy

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Combining the Data to Gain the Most

first_imgEarlier in this special we elaborated on the idea of big data. The maritime industry is not yet very familiar with the ins and outs of this kind of data use. Nevertheless, a number of projects were conducted during the last few years which focussed on the use of big data.A research project of TNO in cooperation with fishing company Jaczon and Farsounder Inc regarding sonar systems in the fishing industry has recently become of relevance again due to the changed regulations in the area of bycatch. This bycatch is no longer allowed to be thrown back into the sea, which among others takes a lot of space aboard.“Where very specific catch quota become more and more important, TNO was asked to develop and propose an innovative tool capable of assisting the fish industry, from the fisherman to the deciding authorities, by giving insight on fish schools and shoals”, states Benoit Quesson, SOFIC project leader at TNO.A lot of fishermen already used sonar equipment to spot where the fish is, but now the equipment has been developed with the use of big data in order to spot the kind of fish.Recognising fishIn the project Sonar for Fish Classification (SOFIC) a prototype of a sonar detection device was developed and tested. The SOFIC Demonstrator is able to recognise four types of pelagic fish, which are herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and sprat. With the help of set algorithms about the fish’s behaviour, among others based on information provided by biologists, in combination with existing sonar equipment delivered by Farsounder, a prototype was developed.Cheryl M. Zimmerman, president of FarSounder adds: “We believe that this project will be of significant interest to anyone concerned with ocean resource management. This technology can help the fishing industry take another step towards preventing unintentional bycatch.”The prototype was installed on a Jaczon fishing vessel in May 2013. “Selective fishing is one of the possible solutions in which Jaczon is investing to achieve its aims for sustainable fishing”, says Eric Roeleveld, operation manager of Jaczon. The testing phase was completed in the summer of 2014. The results showed that the Demonstrator was able to recognise the kind of fish in 80 per cent of the cases. Combined with the knowhow of the fishermen about the influence of the weather and the direction of the water flow, and to their decision to fish or not to fish the system was 100 per cent accurate in preventing any bycatch. A great example of using data that is already available, combining it with relevant information and manipulate it in that way the needed information is generated, according to TNO’s Dan Veen. Jaczon is still using the system while fishing.Connecting the logistic chainAs previously explained, the ports of the Netherlands make use of the data exchange system Port Community System (PCS) developed by Portbase. In 2011 the Nextlogic programme was kicked off by the Port of Rotterdam in cooperation with several market parties in the shipping industry.Earlier programme manager Teunis Steenbeek said: “At the start of the project we said ‘doing nothing is not an option’, the inefficiencies and unreliability will stay and will get worse.”Rien Geurts, managing director at BCTN, an inland terminal operator, added: “The most important thing for us is that our customers can rely on us. Reliability means we can effectively predict when a container arrives in the hinterland from the seaport, but the alignment between terminals and shipping companies is difficult.”The solution Nextlogic wants to offer is based on three pillars: neutral integral planning of terminal and depot slots, call optimisation and performance measurement.TransparencyThe first pillar consists of a neutral integral planning of terminal and storage slots in the port of Rotterdam. “At the moment the planning of the slots is bilateral, this needs to become integral. Therefore a system based on PCS, which offers logistical information to relevant parties, is developed that will be the information platform for the brain. The brain is a set of mathematical algorithms that create an optimal planning for all the different companies that use each others services. However, in order for the information platform, and therefore the brain, to work the relevant companies need to put actual data into the platform
and in order for it to be up-to-date they also need to keep
updating their information”, says
Steenbeek. The brain will be de-
veloped during 2015 and in 2016
the brain and the platform will undergo testing.Jouke Schaap, commercial manager at APM Terminals comments added: “The base of the whole Nextlogic project is creating transparency. It is important to show the whole chain how the performance has been up until now. Through measurements and insight it is possible to have a dialogue with the sector.”Amsterdam canalsThen thirdly, Waternet Amsterdam, the organisation among others responsible for maintaining the Amsterdam water network, wanted to gain more
insights in the activities on the Amsterdam canals for three
purposes. Firstly, to know who is
sailing on what; secondly, to gain
insight into how crowded the
canals are at any point of time and
if there are any delays at present,
and lastly, to ease the enforcement of the rules and regulations. Tourist vessels are for example banned from certain parts of the canals. With the new data platform a violation can be spotted right away.However, not only Waternet itself can benefit from the data but waterway users as well. Therefore the VaarwaterApp (in English: waterway app) and a Vaarkaart (in English: canal navigation map) available on the site of Waternet, have been developed. With these tools waterway users can for example spot areas in the canals where it is quiet, or too busy or blocked and adapt their sailing route. The Vaarkaart gives among others predictions about the speed and number of vessels.Combining dataHow is it possible to receive all this different kind of information? In order to create the right output of all the data, TNO became involved in the project. On 17 spots in the Amsterdam canals they placed sensors, which can measure the presence of boats, their sizes and much more. This information was connected to the AIS information, and data like weather information and knowledge about obstructions were used to be able to make the right predictions in a data platform.Veen: “This project has been the perfect example to show how you can connect your own data with public information in order to gain the most and to service different people with the use of the same data.” Anne Kregtinglast_img read more

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: the merry-go-round of buck-passing continues

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Crowley delivers incinerator

first_imgThe island government contracted Crowley to move the incinerator from the US manufacturer. The 42 individual pieces required specialised equipment including 10 flatbeds and four open-top containers. The largest of the pieces was 10m long and 4m high and wide and weighed 36.2 tonnes. The total weight of the incinerator was more than 235 tonnes. Crowley used its ro-ro service to transport the consignment. Once installed, the new unit will double the amount of rubbish that can be incinerated daily, especially important in the busy winter tourist season and to deal with year-round cruise ship calls.last_img

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Spriggs turns to Hiab for Bloodhound move

first_imgThe Bloodhound SSC, which is designed to travel at over 1,000 mph (1,600 kph), will attempt to break the current land-speed record in 2015 at Hakskeen Pan in South Africa. The Bloodhound SSC Project is run by Richard Noble, project director, and Andy Green, driver, owners of the current land-speed record of 763.035 mph, achieved with the Thrust SSC in 1997.Arthur Spriggs and Sons used a Hiab Moffett M8 truck mounted forklift to move the replica car on and off the transporter that was used to convey it around Europe and beyond. “Whenever we have a new business opportunity that requires materials handling equipment, we sit down with Hiab’s Moffett team and specify the correct machine for the task,” said Chris Spriggs, managing director of Arthur Spriggs and Sons. “So when we agreed to become the Logistics Product Sponsor for the Bloodhound SSC project, which entailed delivering the exhibition models and related equipment to shows and schools around Europe, we knew we needed a highly specialist piece of equipment, that could be easily maintained out in the field, to handle it all.”www.cargotec.comwww.hiab.comwww.arthurspriggs.co.uklast_img read more

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