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USS Oak Hill Launches Aqua Puma All Environment Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

first_img View post tag: Aerial View post tag: Naval View post tag: Aqua View post tag: Environment View post tag: Oak Training & Education View post tag: Unmanned View post tag: all Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3 Detachment (Det.) 1 launched an Aqua Puma All Environment (AE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from the weather d…(unmannedvehicles)[mappress]Source: unmannedvehicles, November 01, 2011; View post tag: Navy November 1, 2011center_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Oak Hill Launches Aqua Puma All Environment Unmanned Aerial Vehicle View post tag: Hill View post tag: Vehicle Share this article View post tag: Puma View post tag: launches View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic USS Oak Hill Launches Aqua Puma All Environment Unmanned Aerial Vehiclelast_img read more

Cats Revival Cast Announced

first_img View Comments The naming of cats is a difficult matter—it isn’t just one of your holiday games! We finally have casting (except that belter Grizabella) for the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, which is set to begin previews on July 14 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Tyler Hanes will play Rum Tum Tugger, along with fellow Great White Way alums Ricky Ubeda as Mistoffelees, Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy and Eloise Kropp as Jennyannydots / Gumbie in the production, which will now officially open a little earlier, on July 31, instead of August 2.Joining Hanes (On the Town), Ubeda (On the Town), Darrington (Ragtime) and Kropp (Dames at Sea) in the new generation of cats will be Giuseppe Bausilio (Aladdin) as Carbucketty, Jeremy Davis (The Last Ship) as Skimbleshanks, Kim Faure (Bullets Over Broadway) as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) as Jellylorum, Lili Froehlich (Broadway debut) as Electra, Daniel Gaymon (Broadway debut) as Macavity, Shonica Gooden (Hamilton) as Rumpleteazer, Christopher Gurr (All the Way) as Gus/Bustopher Jones, Andy Huntington Jones (Bullets Over Broadway) as Munkustrap, Kolton Krouse (Broadway debut) as Tumblebrutus, Jess LeProtto (On the Town) as Mungojerrie, Georgina Pazcoguin (On the Town) as Victoria, Emily Pynenburg (Gigi) as Cassandra, Arianna Rosario (Broadway debut) as Sillabub, Ahmad Simmons (Broadway debut) as Alonzo, Christine Cornish Smith (Broadway debut) as Bombalurina, Corey Snide (13) as Coricopat, Emily Tate (Broadway debut) as Tantomile and Sharrod Williams (Broadway debut) as Pouncival.Rounding out the company will be Richard Todd Adams, Aaron Albano, Callan Bergmann, Claire Camp, Francesca Granell, Jessica Hendy, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell, Nathan Patrick Morgan and Megan Ort.Cats, featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards in 1983, including Best Musical; this production will be the first Main Stem revival of the tuner. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.”Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock is currently playing at Cats’ former Great White Way home, the Winter Garden Theatre. He is also represented on Broadway by The Phantom of the Opera.Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph the revival, based on the original choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, joining forces on the production with original creative team members, director Trevor Nunn, and scenic and costume designer John Napier.Check out Broadway.com’s exclusive interview with Lloyd Webber at the opening night of the London revival of Cats below. Tyler Hanes, Ricky Ubeda, Quentin Earl Darrington & Eloise Kropp(Photos: Bruce Glikas) Related Showscenter_img Cats Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017last_img read more

Fossil Finds Feed Facile Fables

first_img The results have shown that tetrapods evolved from marine environments during times of higher oxygen levels. The change in environmental conditions played a major role in their evolution. According to our analysis this evolution occurred at about 397-416 MYA during the Early Devonian unlike previously thought. This idea is supported by various environmental factors such as sea levels and oxygen rate, and biotic factors such as biodiversity of arthropods and coral reefs. The molecular data also strongly supports lungfish as tetrapod’s closest living relative. Brazil crocodile:  A partial crocodile skull has been found in Brazil with really big teeth and a dog-shaped head.  According to PhysOrg, evolutionists surmise it was 70 million years old and lived in a dog-like ecology, galloping on elongated limbs.  Do they know all this?  The article ended, “Though their importance for crocodyliform evolution is widely recognized, there are still a lot of questions about the internal relationships of the group not yet studied, but which all three researchers plan to explore.” Jaws:  PhysOrg reported a claim that “Vertebrate jaw design locked 400 million years ago” (a case of theoretical lockjaw?).  Dr. Phillip Anderson of the University of Bristol unraveled previous evolutionary assumptions: “Surprisingly, our results indicate that long-held assumptions concerning the replacement of jawless fishes by newly evolved jawed forms are likely wrong. The variety of feeding mechanisms in early jawed animals appears to have had little to no affect on the diversity of jawless fishes, which shared ecological space with the jawed fishes for at least 30 million years before beginning to notably decline. When the jawless fishes do decline, we see no indication that their jawed cousins took up new functional roles, calling into question old ideas of ecological replacement. “Furthermore, jawed vertebrates achieved a stable diversity in their feeding apparatus early in their evolution, and maintained this diversity in the face of major environmental changes during the Devonian period. Previous studies have suggested that the rise of major jawed vertebrate ecological diversity is tied to a documented oxygenation event 400 million years ago, but our results place the first burst of diversification of jawed vertebrates well before that.” Human footprints that can’t be:  Our last entry updates thinking about the Laetoli footprints – trackways found in African volcanic ash in 1976, dated to the time of Australopithecus but looking like they were made yesterday by modern barefoot beachgoers (02/03/2006, 03/22/2010).  Without blinking an eye over why a tree-loving ape should have feet fit for modern Nikes, PhysOrg trumpeted, “Ancient footprints show human-like walking began nearly four million years ago.”  Sure enough, “Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that ancient footprints in Laetoli, Tanzania, show that human-like features of the feet and gait existed almost two million years earlier than previously thought.”  Apparently eager to outdo PhysOrg, Live Science posted a risque picture of two nude apes, telling the world with nary a blush, “Our Ancestor Climbed Like an Ape but Walked Like a Man.”  Reporter Jennifer Walsh felt no need to dodge tomatoes for that.  She continued, “Our ancestors may have spent most of their time in the trees, but their feet were made for walking 2 million years earlier than thought. Footprints made in Tanzania, East Africa, by our hominin ancestors some 3.5 million years ago suggest they walked with an upright gait that is distinctly human.” Walsh’s article admits that earlier evolutionists had tried to argue that the prints were made in an ape-like way.  After all, they had to be, for the story of human evolution to be true.  A spokesperson on the team was not helpful.  “Our findings are very different. They support the opposite interpretation that they are very modern footprints in many respects.”  Comparing footprints of modern humans and chimpanzees, Robin Crompton [U of Liverpool] found the Laetoli prints to be “quite definitely well within the modern human range, I’m sure of that.”  Very surprising, considering that Lucy’s tribe was supposed to be the only hominid ancestor around at the time and spent most of the time in the trees.  “This is a very early date for human-like walking.”  Stretching credulity further, Crompton added, “This is a clear indication that walking on two feet evolved not on the ground but in the trees.” PhysOrg’s coverage of the story has more quotes from Crompton and others struggling to rescue evolution from the evidence, such as Bill Sellers [U of Manchester] admitting, “The shape of the human foot is probably one of the most obvious differences between us and our nearest living relatives, the great apes,” and then trying to argue that the evolution somehow gave the tree-habituated Australopithecus fully modern human feet before sending Lucy down to the ground to begin her long march to the Science Building. Dinosaur displays:  A couple of monumental displays of dinosaur fossils were featured in recent news.  This week in California, a 14,000 square foot Dinosaur Hall opened at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, with 300 fossils and 20 skeletons of many species, including three T. rex specimens.  PhysOrg reported that the permanent exhibit features Thomas, one of the most complete T. rex skeletons in the world.  “The skeleton of a two-year-old T. rex – believed to be the youngest specimen in the world – is mostly a reconstruction, as all that was found were parts of the skull,” the report added.  As for the ongoing public fascination with dinosaurs’ “enormous size, their weirdness, the fact that animals like these ones were alive, walked right there, in our own backyard in a way, millions of years ago,” curator Luis Chiappe commented, “The fact that they’re not animals that live in our imagination – they are real animals, and yet they were almost magical because of their appearance – all this makes them very popular.” On the other side of North America, an exhibit at the American Natural History Museum in New York puts flesh on the dinosaur bones.  “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs,” curated by Mark Norell, showing till January 2, 2012, features reconstructions of the internal anatomy of giant sauropods.  In Nature, reviewer Brian Switek confessed, “Naturally, reverse-engineering the anatomy and physiology of animals from prehistoric bones involves speculation and informed guesswork.  What sauropod hearts looked like must be inferred from those of birds and crocodiles, and the physiological functions of the air sacs in sauropod bones are still debated.”  The exhibit apparently doesn’t take sides on the debate about whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded or cold-blooded. From tail to snout, they stretched as long as four London double-decker buses parked end-to-end. The largest grew from 10-kilogram hatchlings to 100,000-kilogram adults. Their legs alone weighed several tonnes. No land creatures before or since have ever attained the size of the sauropod dinosaurs. Obviously, these titans “had a suite of specializations that enabled them to reach such immense proportions,”  including long necks, wide-opening jaws, rake-like teeth, sturdy bones with hollowed-out vertebrae that balanced sturdiness with light weight, and a faster-than-normal growth rate.  “Palaeontologists have long thought that these anatomical novelties arose with the large sauropods – that a burst of evolutionary specializations coincided with the explosion in size,” Heeren said.  Such miracle stories are no longer necessary, he claimed, because “a slew of discoveries in recent years reveals that many important changes first showed up long before, among the relatively puny forerunners of sauropods known as the early sauropodomorphs.”  How could these upright-walking midgets be the ancestors of four-legged Diplodocus or Brachiosaurus?  It’s a story of pre-adaptations, Heeren argued: “they achieved their gigantic size because they evolved from small-bodied ancestors that already had these features.”  For instance, their learning to like plants “kick-started the increase in body size,” one evolutionist claimed.  This seems a strange idea, considering that gophers eat plants but are not anywhere near the size of sauropods.  It also seems unconvincing that diet alone would cause a whole suite of anatomical novelties to arise.  That sounds just as much an evolutionary miracle as before.  Heeren fills in his story with particular fossil discoveries, but ends up with a kind of Lamarckian story: the need or desire of the animals produced the necessary body changes: e.g., “That kind of feeding required long necks, which would have been impossibly heavy if they were built with solid vertebrae.”  Apparently Darwin (or Lamarck) was there to meet the requirement.  Even if pneumatic vertebrae are found in earlier sauropodomorphs, it begs the question how or why those animals “evolved” them if they didn’t have long necks and London-bus-sized frames. Heeren hedged his bets on his story.   After mentioning Leonerasaurus, a creature with rake-like teeth similar to those of sauropods, he let the air out of the bag: “Researchers note that Leonerasaurus and other known sauropodomorphs were not the ancestors of sauropods.”  Then he confessed, “Because the fossil record is so spotty, it is usually impossible to identify direct ancestors.”  Then, begging the readers’ credulity, he added, “But the prosauropods and near-sauropods of the Jurassic preserve information about adaptations that appeared among the unknown ancestors of sauropods.”   His final paragraph presents the new Stuff Happens Theory of Wonka Ticket Evolution: The sauropod story shows the importance of pre-adaptations – traits that are neutral or serve some purpose but later become co-opted to fill a new function. Such traits constrain the future evolutionary pathways of a lineage, but with hindsight they can seem fortuitous for something that researchers consider an important attribute, such as gigantism. “The evolution of sauropods does look like kind of a crapshoot in which everything fell into place,” says [Matthew] Wedel [Western U of Health Sciences]. “Sauropods seem to have somehow gotten the evolutionary Wonka ticket of all the features that they needed to grow big.” Tetrapod revisions:  A new paper in PLoS One tries to revamp the origin of tetrapods.  The paper by David George and Alain Blieck referred to the tetrapod tracks found in Poland.  Surprisingly, they did not mention the famous Tiktaalik fossil that had yielded TV specials and a book by its discoverer, Neil Shubin, titled Your Inner Fish (01/16/2008).  Tiktaalik was later discredited as the forerunner of tetrapods, being younger than the Polish fossil tracks (01/06/2010).  Instead of new fossils, the authors claim that the driving force to develop feet was higher oxygen.  Here is their thesis in their own words: Texas crocodile:  Another crocodile snout has been found in Texas.  What does it mean?  Science Daily said it was thought to originate in Europe, and looks similar to a living species in India, but appears to be a Texas native that is 96 million years old – the oldest member of its group.  This implies it evolved not in Europe, but in North America.  How it got to India was not explained.  The discovery team said of this monster that was probably 25 feet long, “this actually changes a lot about what we thought we knew about this group.”  The article also said that of hundreds of species of crocodiles in ancient times, only 23 species remain on earth today.  This one must have died in the water.  That’s puzzling, since they are good swimmers.  It had to have been buried very quickly, the researchers said. Insect ancestors:  Some beautifully-preserved imprints of bizarre insects have been found in South America.  PhysOrg promised that these “Mysterious fossils provide new clues to insect evolution,” even though they look just as complex as living species, with wings and all: “Equipped with wing venation of a mayfly, breast and wing shape of a dragonfly, and legs of a praying mantis, these winged insects look like a patchwork of various animals.”  The new species, named Coxoplectoptera, resembles living mayflies, but the article said that they “significantly differ from both mayflies and all other known insects in anatomy and mode of life,” even though their mode of life (a “major enigma”) is not observable; the “Mode of embedding and some of their characters clearly suggest a fluvial habitat,” they decided. Somehow, these specimens also promised to provide “clues to the long-standing controversial debate of the evolutionary origin of the insect wing,” even though these fossil insects already had fully formed, functioning wings.  Can evolutionists watch wings evolve in a fossil sequence?  Apparently not; “The scientists presume that wings originated from thoracic backplates, while leg genes were recruited for their developmental control.”  That’s a lot of beneficial mutations.  “Overall,” the skeptical reader is reassured, “the exciting discovery of Coxoplectoptera contributes to a better understanding of insect evolution.” Live Science called the new insect “an ancient Frankenstein insect”; its coverage of insect evolution was filled with speculation, debate, and unanswered questions. Patagonia eucalyptus:  Fossil leaves, flowers, fruits and buds from a eucalyptus tree have been found in Patagonia.  PhysOrg gave the date three significant figures, saying they are 51.9 million years old, “making them the oldest scientifically validated Eucalyptus macrofossils and the only ones conclusively identified as naturally occurring outside of Australasia.”  Even the subgenus was recognizable; this “makes that subgenus older than previously thought.”  Eucalyptus are extinct in South America today.  “The evolutionary history of Eucalyptus and its relatives has been poorly documented from the fossil record,” the article confessed.  Nevertheless, the research team claims they “were able to accurately date the fossils and then place them in a phylogenetic context in relation to living plants,” so that “the findings may now be used as a reference point to test the results of recent molecular dating studies that have calculated the age of the eucalypts.”  The article did not state that these fossils were any less complex or well-adapted than living trees, nor did it suggest that they were a transitional form. Feather evolution:  Nature printed a book review by Alan Brush on Thor Hanson’s new work, Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle.  Is it a work of fiction or science?  “Thor Hanson’s storytelling is enhanced by his infectious excitement,” Brush said.  At least it was not one-sided: “he interviews the leading proponents on all sides of the controversies that surround the origin and evolution of feathers and the birds that produce them.”  Apparently, no creationists were included in the set of “all sides”.  Hanson’s book talks about the wonders of feather construction, the photonic structures that produce iridescent colors, the aerodynamic and insulating properties of feathers, and their spectacular decorations. For his evolutionary storytelling, Hanson discussed the alleged “feathered dinosaurs” from China, the “‘ground-up’ and ‘tree-down’ theories of how the first birds took to the air, and the alternative ‘wing-assisted incline running’ hypothesis” of Ken Dial (06/26/2011).  Brush thought the book is “comprehensive, accurate, timely and engaging” if somewhat negligent for omitting discussion of genetic links between feathers and scales; but overall, it provides “a compelling introduction to one of nature’s wonders,” he opined. Dinosaur impact:  The belief that dinosaurs went extinct from a meteor impact received indirect support from the discovery of a fossil ceratopsian in Montana.  Found just 5 inches below the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary, it appears to be “one of the last dinosaurs to exist before the mass extinction that gave way to the age of mammals.”  The reason that this supports the impact theory, according to PhysOrg, is that “The finding indicates that dinosaurs did not go extinct prior to the impact and provides further evidence as to whether the impact was in fact the cause of their extinction.”  This supposition is explained in more detail by the BBC News.  In Live Science, Charles Q. Choi announced, “Dinosaurs Became Extinct in Single Blow, Fossil Suggests.” Dinosaur growth:  How did dinosaurs grow so large?  A report on Nature News, “Dinosaurs: Rise of the Titans,” addresses the question.  “The sauropods were the biggest creatures ever to walk the planet,” reporter Frederic Heeren began.  “But the keys to their success emerged in their tiny ancestors.”  He began with the wow factor: Turtle impact:  One problem with the meteor impact theory for the extinction of the dinosaurs is that smaller, less hardy animals survived.  Live Science promised to explain to its readers, “How Tough Turtles Survived Dino-Killing Meteor.”  The answer, in a shell: their aquatic lifestyles, burrowing habits and slow metabolisms allowed them to enter a state of hibernation till the earth’s habitability returned.  “Essentially, since their bodily processes were so slow, needing very little energy, they could survive on sparse resources during and after the wipeout of dinosaurs.” For support, they produced turtle fossils from 75 to 60 million years ago, spanning the period before and after the presumed impact. They didn’t discuss how mammals, with terrestrial habitats, survived, nor how marine reptiles, with aquatic habitats, went extinct.  Maybe it’s just a tragic story.  “But this story of survival has a sad ending.  After enduring more than 85 million years on Earth, the baenid turtles ultimately died out around 40 million years ago, probably when North America hit a dry spell during the late Eocene Epoch.”  Question: were there no other dry spells in 85 million years? Duckbill dinosaur:  Two specimens of a new hadrosaur species were found within a year and 650 miles apart – one in Montana, one in Utah. According to PhysOrg, these are the oldest duckbills known, 79.3 million years old on the evolutionary timeline.  The headline announced, “New duck-billed dinosaur gives scientists clues to evolution of head ornamentation and provinciality,” and was “named by scientists who expect the discovery to shed new light on dinosaur evolution.”  What light, specifically, does it shed?  “The new fossil hints that the two different styles of hadrosaur headgear evolved independently from an ancestor that did not possess ornamentation.”  But the find is also “suggesting that earlier species of duck-billed dinosaurs roamed over a much larger region of North America than their successors four million years later.”  Does this imply some kind of law of nature, that the more elaborate the headgear, the smaller the range?  Maybe the Darwin mobile plan adds roaming charges on fashion models. Remarkable fossils continue to come to science’s attention, yielding clues about past ecological conditions.  Once in awhile, whole fossil specimens – even graveyards of many organisms – are uncovered, but most fossils are mere fragments.  Placing fossils into interpretive stories requires knowledge of other fossils and comparisons with living species.  Even then, the history of life is not directly observable.  Fossils, being silent, can only show their current state; the lack of access to the past, combined with ignorance of all the clues, leaves room for alternative interpretations.  Evolutionists, in their desire to fit fossils into a preconceived story, sometimes go far beyond what the actual fossil evidence is capable of saying – and some of their explanations border on the miraculous. Fossils don’t tell tales.  Humans do.  Other recent fossil stories: giant prehistoric marsupial in Australia (PhysOrg), pterosaurs not driven to extinction by birds (Science Daily), some pterosaurs as large as giraffes (Live Science), and a Colorado mastodon graveyard so big the scientists had to call for reinforcements (Live Science). Don’t you get sick of this Gumby habit of the Darwin Party?  Try as it might, the Evidence cannot break their Gumby story, because it bends and stretches to accommodate any discovery.  Add to it the Darwin Party’s reckless drafts on the bank of time, and their masterful invocation of the Stuff Happens Law, and they cannot lose.  This is why they can claim with a straight face that no evidence is inconsistent with evolution.  It’s like claiming the measurement fits the blueprint, but you used a tape measure made of rubber.  Modern human footprints two or three million years earlier than thought?  No problem; we just stretch the theory to accommodate it.  No ancestors to sauropods?  No problem; we’ll invent a new tool called “pre-adaptation” for Tinker Bell to use.  Impossible to believe so many functional adaptations could come together at once to produce an ancestor to sauropods?  No problem; we’ll just announce that they won the Evolutionary Wonka Ticket.  Darwin wins again!  Isn’t evolution great?  (Ironically, you can find ads in some of the stories above for Wonka bars.) They want it all.  They want it now.  They want the Science Department, the media, the courts, the textbooks, and if they don’t get it all now, they’re going to scream.  If this is how they want to behave in Willy Wonka’s Science Factory, the sensible Oompa Loompas know just what to do: send the bad eggs down the garbage chute with Veruca, their heroine.  Everybody sing: Oompa Loompa doompadee doo I’ve got another puzzle for you Oompa Loompa doompadah dee If you are wise you will listen to me Who do you blame when theory’s a brat Pampered and spoiled like a Siamese cat? Blaming the bones is a lion of shame You know exactly who’s to blame: The father Charlie Darwin! Oompa Loompa doompadee dah If you’re not spoiled then you will go far You will live in happiness too Like the Oompa Loompa doompadee do.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Geology of the Gaps: Dolomite

first_imgDolomite, a common rock minerals of the world, suffers from an “explanation gap.”An article on PhysOrg admitted that a common type of rock widespread on earth remains little understood since it was first described over 200 years ago.Not only in the Dolomites, but throughout the world dolomite is quite common. More than 90 percent of dolomite is made up of the mineral dolomite. It was first described scientifically in the 18th century. But who would have thought that the formation of this mineral is still not fully understood, although geologists are aware of large deposits of directly formed (primary) dolomite from the past 600 million years. The process of recent primary dolomite formation is restricted to extreme ecosystems such as bacterial mats in highly saline lakes and lagoons. “As these systems are very limited in space, there is an explanation gap for geologists for the widespread presence of fossil dolomite,” explains Dr. Stefan Krause, Geomicrobiologist at GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.However it formed, dolomite seems to have required vast quantities of bacteria.  A recent paper is alleged to have brought “a light light” into the “darkness of this scientific riddle.”  A team was able to get some dolomite to crystalize under conditions that prevail in the current oceans.  But that raised a new question:Evidence of primary dolomite formation by a process as common as microbial sulphate respiration under conditions that currently prevail in the seabed, provides new insights into the reconstruction of fossil dolomite deposits. But why are large scale deposits from primary dolomite no longer formed at the ocean floor? “Here we are still faced with a puzzle,” says Professor Tina Treude, head of the Working Group at GEOMAR.  “One possibility is that massive primary dolomite can form particularly during times when large quantities of organic matter in the seabed are degraded by sulfate-respiring bacteria. Such conditions exist when the sea water above the seafloor is free of oxygen. In Earth’s history, several such oxygen-free periods have occurred, partly consistent with time periods of intensified dolomite deposition.”The “possibility,” though, invokes an explanation that calls on conditions that at first were described as those that currently prevail, yet apparently do not prevail, because large scale deposits of dolomite are not forming now on the ocean floor.  By admitting the puzzle, and stating that the “possibility” is only “partly consistent with” times assumed to have existed in the unobservable past, the geologists effectively restate that the “explanation gap” for dolomite formation has not been substantially filled despite two centuries of research.This would be a good topic for creation geologists to examine in terms of global flood conditions.  At the very least, they couldn’t do any worse than secular geologists have during their two-century turn at bat.  The umpire should call foul for stalling and let another team play.  They’ve been practicing, as search lists from ICR, CMI and AIG show. Not only in the Dolomites, but throughout the world dolomite is quite common. More than 90 percent of dolomite is made up of the mineral dolomite. It was first described scientifically in the 18th century. But who would have thought that the formation of this mineral is still not fully understood, although geologists are aware of large deposits of directly formed (primary) dolomite from the past 600 million years. The process of recent primary dolomite formation is restricted to extreme ecosystems such as bacterial mats in highly saline lakes and lagoons. “As these systems are very limited in space, there is an explanation gap for geologists for the widespread presence of fossil dolomite,” explains Dr. Stefan Krause, Geomicrobiologist at GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Giving Wings focuses on communication

first_imgThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. (Giving Wings)Giving Wings – as the name suggests – was set up to help young people fly.A skills development organisation, Giving Wings has designed a programme aimed at providing young people with the knowledge, guidance and confidence they need to succeed in an ever-more competitive working environment.As part of its approach, Giving Wings identified the lack of communication skills as one of the major challenges young South Africans face when trying to find employment and grow in their careers. To address this, the organisation offers coaching in public speaking, presentation, business conduct and writing skills to promote work readiness.Founded by award-winning public speaker Kefilwe Morobane and business analyst Thato Mboweni, Giving Wings is devoted to giving back to society and, in doing so, has focused the bulk of its efforts on Olievenhoutbosch, a township in Centurion, in Gauteng.Mboweni, the director, says the objective of the organisation’s youth development programme is “to empower young and effective communicators… I believe that everyone is a communicator, but not everyone is an effective communicator.”Through its partnership with the Olieven Development Association, it facilitates workshops to hone people’s verbal and written communication skills.Watch Giving Wings Youth Development Programme in action:GROWTH AMONG PEERSThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. The workshops also help them overcome the initial fears of speaking in public.“One of the greatest fears in this world is the fear of public speaking,” said Morobane, the managing director of Giving Wings, at the 2015 Giving Wings school speech contest, held in Olievenhoutbosch.That event was the culmination of a four-week programme the organisation had run for Grade 11 pupils that gave them the opportunity to display their new-found skills in front of their friends, parents and teachers.At the close of the event, Mboweni said she was “proud to see young students flourishing, flying. Express themselves in a way that they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to had we not done this… Giving Wings is about giving wings and I think we have really achieved that today.”last_img read more

IPL 2011: Teams and their strength analysis

first_imgWith 127 players bought by the 10 IPL franchisees, here is an analysis of the teams and their strategies.KINGS XI PUNJABCurrent squadVirender SehwagAdam Gilchrist (Rs 4.14cr), David Hussey (Rs 6.4cr), Dinesh Karthik (Rs 4.14cr), Stuart Broad (Rs 2.07cr), Abhishek Nayar (Rs 3.68cr), Piyush Chawla ( Rs 4.14cr), Praveen Kumar (Rs 3.68cr), Ryan Harris (Rs 1.49cr), Shaun Marsh (Rs 2.07cr); Dimitri Mascarenhas (Rs 46 lakh)Team analysisKings XI have a decent mix with Adam Gilchrist, in all probability, leading the side in the fourth edition. David Hussey is a specialist T20 player and will give them a solid middle order batsman. The pace bowlers picked are Praveen Kumar, Stuart Broad and Ryan Harris. One fails to understand why would any franchisee pick a pace bowler who has been ruled out of action after undergoing a knee surgery and who would be fighting against time to get fit for the IPL. Even Stuart Broad isn’t a specialist T20 bowler.DELHI DAREDEVILSCurrent squadGautam Gambhir.Irfan Pathan (Rs 8.74cr), David Warner (Rs 3.45cr), Naman Ojha (Rs 1.24cr), James Hopes (Rs 1.61cr), Morne Morkel (Rs 2.18cr), Aaron Finch (Rs 1.38cr), Virender Sehwag (retained), Umesh Yadav (Rs 3.45 cr), Venugopal Rao (Rs 3.22 cr), Ashok Dinda (Rs 1.72 cr)Team analysisThe Daredevils have stitched together a team that doesn’t look very solid on paper. Irfan Pathan was bought at a whopping Rs 8.74 cr even though he hasn’t played international cricket for nearly two years and has just returned from an injury lay-off. David Warner comes back as he forms a lethal opening combination with Virender Sehwag. Morne Morkel is the main strike bowler but apart from these players, the Delhi line-up isn’t awe inspiring.advertisementPUNE WARRIORSCurrent squadZaheer Khan.Yuvraj Singh (Rs 8.28cr), Graeme Smith (Rs 2.30cr), Robin Uthappa (Rs 9.66cr), Tim Paine (Rs 1.24cr), Angelo Mathews (Rs 4.37cr), Nathan McCullum (Rs 46lakh), Callum Ferguson (Rs 1.38cr), Ashish Nehra (Rs 3.91cr), Jerome Taylor (Rs 46 lakh), Wayne Parnell (Rs 89.6 lakh), Mitchell Marsh (Rs 1.29 cr), Murali Kartik (Rs1.84 cr)Team analysisThe franchise owned by the Sahara conglomerate has jumped into the IPL bandwagon and have made quite a big splash at the auction itself. They seem to have all bases covered. They have a plethora of foreign talent at their disposal but with the limit of playing just four of them in the eleven, they would need some good local talent to supplement the squad. They have just under $1 million left to spend on players.DECCAN CHARGERSCurrent squadAdam Gilchrist.Kevin Pietersen (Rs 2.99 cr), Cameron White (Rs 5.06 cr), Kumar Sangakkara (Rs 3.22 cr), JP Duminy (Rs 1.38 cr), Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 1.38 cr); Dale Steyn (Rs 5.52 cr); Amit Mishra (Rs 1.38 cr); Ishant Sharma (Rs 2.07 cr) Pragyan Ojha (Rs 2.3 cr) Dan Christian (Rs 4.14 cr), Manpreet Goni (Rs 1.33 cr)Team analysisDeccan Chargers bid aggressively for Dale Steyn, currently the best bowler in the world. He is going to be a great asset in T20, even though he has a propensity to leak runs in limited overs cricket. They stuck with left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who has had a fair amount of success in IPL. Cameron White is an intelligent buy as he has the ability to win a match on his own. But having Ishant Sharma in their ranks might be a double-edged sword as his form has dipped alarmingly.CHENNAI SUPER KINGSCurrent squadIfran Pathan.Michael Hussey (Rs 1.95cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 46lakh), Dwayne Bravo (Rs 92lakh), Doug Bollinger (Rs 3.22cr), R Ashwin (Rs 3.91cr), S Badrinath (Rs 3.68cr), MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and Albie Morkel (all retained), Sudeep Tyagi (Rs 1.1 cr), Scott Styris (Rs 92 lakh), Faf du Plessis (Rs 52 lakh), Ben Hilfenhaus (Rs 46 lakh)Team analysisThe defending champions had a clear strategy: retain as many stars of the previous seasons as possible, simply because as they won the IPL and the Champions League last year. So there was no surprise as they got back players like R Ashwin, Doug Bollinger and Sudip Tyagi. They have a good balance of national and international players. Having genuine all-rounders like Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel, who can hit some lusty blows, gives Chennai a settled look.KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERSCurrent squadRobin Uthappa.Gautam Gambhir (Rs 11.04 cr), Yusuf Pathan (Rs 9.66 cr), Jacques Kallis (Rs 5.06cr), Brad Haddin (Rs 1.49), Shakeeb Al Hasan (Rs 1.95cr); Brett Lee (Rs 1.84cr), Eoin Morgan (Rs 1.61 cr); Manoj Tiwary (Rs 2.18cr), Jaidev Unadkat (Rs 1.15 cr), Lakshmipathy Balaji (Rs 2.3 cr)Team analysisAfter being in the wrong half for the first three seasons, Shah Rukh Khan and his co-owners have decided to change strategy. They have spent most of their money on a selected few impact players. They have also cared nothing for sentiment and allowed Sourav Ganguly to leave. They have a well-balanced side as of now, but need some good local talent and uncapped players to fill the gaps in the squad. They don’t have a lot of money left in the bank though.advertisementTEAM KOCHICurrent squadDale Steyn.M Jayawardene (Rs 6.9cr), VVS Laxman (Rs 1.84cr), Brendon McCullum (Rs 2.18cr), Sreesanth (Rs 4.14cr), RP Singh (Rs 2.30cr), Parthiv Patel (Rs 1.33cr), Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 4.37cr), Steven Smith (Rs 92lakh), M Muralitharan (Rs 5.06cr), Brad Hodge (rs 1.95cr), Ramesh Powar (Rs 82.8 lakh), R Vinaykumar (Rs 2.18 cr), Steven O’Keefe (RS 9.2 lakh)Team analysisThe newest member of the IPL club seem to have played their cards well. Snapping up the experienced Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan is a good move. Sreesanth was always going to go to Kochi, as he is the state cricket’s poster boy. The explosive Brendon McCullum gives Kochi the x-factor while Parthiv Patel, Brad Hodge and VVS Laxman give them solidity in the middle order. RP Singh had a successful IPL-2 and provides the team a well-rounded look.MUMBAI INDIANSCurrent squadM S Dhoni.Rohit Sharma (Rs 9.2 cr), Andrew Symonds (Rs 3.91 cr), Davy Jacobs (Rs 87 lakh), James Franklin (Rs 46 lakh); Sachin Tendulkar (retained); Harbhajan Singh (retained); Kieron Pollard (retained); Lasith Malinga (retained), Munaf Patel (Rs 3.22 cr), Clint McKay (Rs 50.6 lakh)Team analysisThey were the most balanced side last season and if anything, they seem stronger this year. The core of their team is intact. The seam bowling department has also been strengthened with some sound buys. Mumbai has always produced good players so the local talent they sign should be of high quality as well. Playing under Tendulkar will be a major attraction for youngsters they wish to acquire. And interestingly, Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds will share the dressing room.ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORECurrent squadGautam Gambhir.Tillakaratne Dilshan (Rs 2.99 cr), Zaheer Khan (Rs 4.14 cr), AB de Villiers (Rs 5.06 cr), Daniel Vettori (Rs 2.53 cr), Saurabh Tiwary (Rs 7.36 cr); Dirk Nannes (Rs 2.99 cr); Cheteshwar Pujara (Rs 3.22 cr); Virat Kohli (retained), Mohammad Kaif (Rs 57.8 lakh), Charl Langeveldt (Rs 64.4 lakh), Abhimanyu Mithun (Rs 1.19 cr)Team analysisWith Anil Kumble by his side, Vijay Mallya could not have got it wrong. Most departments seem to be taken care of but the captaincy issue has to be decided. Kumble has quit playing and Rahul Dravid has moved to Rajasthan Royals. However, apart from Mithun, there seems to be a lack of local flavor in the squad and the franchise will have to look into the issue when it recruits its remaining players in the coming days. Dirk Nannes is an excellent buy as he is a proven performer in Indian conditions.RAJASTHAN ROYALSCurrent squadS Sreesanth.Ross Taylor (Rs 2.6 cr), Rahul Dravid (Rs 2.3 cr), Johan Botha (Rs 4.37 cr), Paul Collingwood (Rs1.15 cr), Shane Warne (retained), Shane Watson (retained), Shaun Tait (Rs 1.38 cr), Pankaj Singh (Rs 42.3 lakh)Team analysisThe winners in Season One have made some good buys but whether they will be good enough to upset the applecart of more fancied teams remains to be seen.advertisementUnder the astute captaincy of Shane Warne, the Royals have been punching above their weight. The champion leg-spinner spinner will have to work his magic once more to get the best out of his squad. Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson will hold the key for them once again.last_img read more

Methodist Training Centre Opened in Orange Hill, St. Ann

first_imgStory Highlights Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, Dr. Dayton Campbell, welcomed the facility’s opening Residents of Orange Hill in St. Ann can now pursue academic and vocational development in their community, as a training centre catering to these provisions has been opened in that district.The Methodist Episcopal Academic School of Learning and Marketable Skills, which opened on August 22, is operated by the Methodist Church in Jamaica. It offers a range of programmes, including: Mathematics, English, information technology, and agriculture, among other areas of study.Guest speaker at the dedication ceremony, Ministry of Education Regional Director, Maxine Headlam, noted that the institution’s establishment is a “significant” investment in the community by the Church.“There is everything right about the church leading the charge in ensuring that education remains the primary vehicle for upward development, academic skills, and moral development,” she said.Ms. Headlam contended that the school’s opening “has come at a very opportune time”, based on the extent to which the local and global economy have become service oriented and technology driven.“We need to have students who are (familiar) and comfortable with technology. The courses that are offered are very significant and strategically selected. Information technology is in demand…so we want to make sure that our children become natural at technology. We want to make sure that they are exposed early to these technologies that are available,” she said.Ms. Headlam also highlighted the significant contribution the institution will make in preparing students for other jobs and vocations, such as agriculture.“I see this institution preparing young people to contribute to our food security… preparing youth to produce their way out of poverty, through agriculture. We have to do all that we can to support productivity in our country…because it is going to redound to the benefit of us all,” she said, while urging the resident to take advantage of the opportunities being offered through the institution.Member of Parliament for North West St. Ann, where the institution is located, Dr. Dayton Campbell, who also spoke at the ceremony, welcomed the facility’s opening.“Your programme complements what I am trying to do. This initiative is one that is so good, and is one that we want to commend to other persons,” he said.In a bid to encourage persons to enroll, Dr. Campbell offered assist with the payment of registration fees.“For the first 50 persons, who come in to register, you can come to my office and we will take care of the fees, thus removing any form of excuse that they may have (not to enroll). All they have to do is show up to the class, get themselves enrolled, and participate,” he urged.Dr. Campbell said, by doing so, “what you would have done for yourselves is to move yourself from unemployable, to employable”, thereby positioning themselves to gain employment when the opportunities arise.“If you remain focused, and you understand that you don’t lose your worth, there is nothing that can stop you in life,” he added. Residents of Orange Hill in St. Ann can now pursue academic and vocational development in their community The Methodist Episcopal Academic School of Learning and Marketable Skills opened on August 22last_img read more

Mission Valley Stadium Site Special Measure G E

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter Mission Valley Stadium Site Special: Measure G & E Posted: October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img October 19, 2018 The San Diego County Taxpayers Association cross-comparison of options for the Mission Valley stadium site can be read here. Updated: 5:22 PMlast_img

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