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But Is it Evolution?

first_imgScientists have been noticing some things that seem contrary to Darwin’s predictions – but they give Darwin credit anyway.Not till us:  The chambered nautilus is a “living fossil,” that uses “jet propulsion,” New Scientist said, with origins way back in the Cambrian.  Has its fitness improved over all that time?  “Its movement is ungainly and slow, but it has survived virtually unchanged for at least 450 million years, so it must be doing something right,” reporter Michael Marshall remarked.  “Its relatives the ammonoids dominated the oceans for millions of years before going extinct along with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago – but the nautilus came through that disaster and is still with us today,” despite having “much simpler brains than other cephalopods.”  They also have weaker eyes and take longer to mature, and are currently endangered by overfishing.  Wouldn’t evolution get rid of adaptations that are inferior?  “Such jet power is a cumbersome way of getting around the seas, and most modern cephalopods personification of negative selection.  “Despite its primitive way of getting around, however, the nautilus is no mental slouch.”Debunking neo-Darwinist genetics:  According to neo-Darwinism, beneficial genetic mutations become established by “selective sweeps” in a population.  “The selective sweep model was introduced in 1974 and has pretty much been the central model ever since,” Molly Przeworski [U of Chicago] said.  In an article posted by PhysOrg.  “It is fair to say that it is the model behind almost every scan for selection done to date, in humans or in other organisms.”    Unfortunately, the model doesn’t fit the DNA.  Looking at the human genome in more detail, the article concluded, “The result suggests that classic selective sweeps could not have been the most common cause of these low diversity troughs, leaving the door open for other modes of evolution.”  Unfortunately again, no other mode was provided:“Phenotypic variation in humans isn’t as simple as we thought it would be,” [Ryan] Hernandez [UC San Francisco] said.  “The idea that human adaptation might proceed by single changes at the amino acid level is quite a nice idea, and it’s great that we have a few concrete examples of where that occurred, but it’s too simplistic a view”….Przeworski said… “These findings call into question how much more there is to find using the selective sweep approach, and should also make us skeptical of how many of the findings to date will turn out to be validated.”Mystery of Mysteries:  What was Darwin’s “mystery of mysteries?”  Believe it or not, it was the thing his famous book set out to explain.  “Although Charles Darwin titled his book On the Origin of Species, speciation was one thing he could not explain,” wrote Bob Holmes in New Scientist.  “He called it the ‘mystery of mysteries’, and even a century-and-a-half later the mechanism by which two groups of animals become genetically incompatible remains one of the greatest puzzles in biology.”  That is a surprising statement, because in popular understanding, it was Darwin’s mechanism of natural selection that promoted evolution into a scientific theory over earlier speculations about common ancestry.    Holmes went on to describe suggestions that a “speciation gene” named Prdm9 might be “evolution’s missing X factor” to solve the mystery.  It’s a rapidly evolving gene, he claimed – a virtual “evolutionary sprinter” on the basis of sequence dissimilarities between humans and chimpanzees.  After a convoluted tale about how this gene blinks on and off, and incompatible mutants make mice sterile, he proposed an “intriguing idea” that “Variation in this gene could be driving a wedge between different parts of our human population.”  But alas, “the evidence to date seems not to corroborate it.”  Evidence, however, should never be allowed to get in the way of a good story.  One expert he quoted said, “We can speculate that this could be some sort of universal reproductive-isolation gene in animals, which would be beautiful,” but, alas again, we shall have to wait, after waiting 150 years already since Darwin, to find out “If that turns out to be the case”.Feathery evolution:  Ken Dial, the Montana man who watches the partridge family run up ramps (12/22/2003), got notoriety again in National Geographic’s story on the evolution of feathers.  Writer Carl Zimmer could never quite figure out if feathers arose for sexual display, or for insulation, or for flight, but they evolved somehow, he is sure.  Dinosaurs with imaginary feathers also made the final cut of the Darwinian script.  “The origin of this wonderful mechanism is one of evolution’s most durable mysteries,” Zimmer said.  Whatever happened, or why, “there is one natural wonder that just about all of us can see, simply by stepping outside,” he teased: “dinosaurs using their feathers to fly.”  From there he went on to describe the marvelous design of feathers:Airplane wings exploit some of the same aerodynamic tricks.  But a bird wing is vastly more sophisticated than anything composed of sheet metal and rivets.  From a central feather shaft extends a series of slender barbs, each sprouting smaller barbules, like branches from a bough, lined with tiny hooks.  When these grasp on to the hooklets of neighboring barbules, they create a structural network that’s featherlight but remarkably strong.  When a bird preens its feathers to clean them, the barbs effortlessly separate, then slip back into place.Most people believe airplane wings came from intelligent design, but all Zimmer could propose for the origin of those “vastly more sophisticated” feathers from simple scales were suggestive analogies.  “The long, hollow filaments on theropods posed a puzzle,” he said of the barbs on some dinosaur skins that lack the complex interlocking structures of flight feathers.  “If they were early feathers, how had they evolved from flat scales?  Fortunately, there are theropods with threadlike feathers alive today: baby birds.”  He then said that reptiles and birds both have tiny patches in their skins called placodes that produce bristles.  Did reptile placodes evolve into feathers via a “simple switch in the wiring of the genetic commands inside placodes”?  If so, “Once the first filaments had evolved, only minor modifications would have been required to produce increasingly elaborate feathers.”    Obviously.  Stuff happens all the time in evolution.  Voila, said the viola: “In other words, feathers were not merely a variation on a theme: They were using the same genetic instruments to play a whole new kind of music.”  Unmixing of metaphors is left as an exercise.  Complete that exercise before tackling the more difficult assignment: understanding the evolutionary significance of another of Zimmer’s evidence-challenged plot lines: “So perhaps the question to ask, say some scientists, is not how birds got their feathers, but how alligators lost theirs.”  (Caution: do NOT visualize a magic dragon.)  It would seem that if the ancestor of all these animals already had feathers, the origin of feathers has just been pushed back into the unknown.  Ken Dial’s partridge family (05/01/2006, 01/25/2008) got the final exit pun, complete with an apparition of Haeckel’s friendly ghost: “Perhaps, says Dial, the path the chick takes in development retraces the one its lineage followed in evolution—winging it, so to speak, until it finally took wing.”  So to speak.Gene comparisons underlying tree-of-life stories may have suffered a setback.  Nature News reported that “Around a fifth of non-primate genome databases seem to be contaminated with human DNA sequences, according to a study.”  The finding represents a “failure of the filter” in software that was supposed to weed out contamination.  In a few cases, “stretches of more than a thousand human bases were seen in assembled non-primate sequences.”  The article did not elaborate on what this means for previously-published phylogenetic studies.We could go on and on.  This borders on the criminal.  Taking data that falsifies evolution and using it to praise Charlie is like election fraud.  Unlike Dawkins, though, we will not stoop to calling our opponents ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked – just deceived.  So deceived, in fact, that they cannot even receive the sight to conceive their own deception.  The only remedy for the self-deceived is truth given with tough love.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

All About Radiant Floors

first_imgSo-called radiant floors have an excellent reputation. Many customers report that this type of heating system is comfortable and quiet. Moreover, some suppliers of radiant floor materials and equipment claim that these systems can save energy.In spite of the purported benefits of this type of heating system, few green homes include a radiant floor heating system. This article will explore why.We’ve all seen ads for this type of heating system, including photos showing a barefoot mom watching her baby crawl across the floor. Using photos like this as a guide, is it possible to describe the heat transfer mechanisms in such rooms?The mother’s bare feet are being heated by conduction. The air near the floor is also being heated; as the warm air rises to the ceiling, it creates a convective loop. So the room is being heated by convection. And, if the floor is warm enough, the mother’s bare arms are being heated by radiation.In other words, all three heat transfer mechanisms are at work. So why is this a “radiant floor”? The phrase “radiant floor” is misleading, and should be abandoned. It’s more accurate to say that this floor has “in-floor hydronic tubing.”There are three types of heated floors:A hydronic heating system has a boiler rather than a furnace. (Boilers heat water, while furnaces heat air.) While most hydronic systems distribute heat using fin-tube baseboard units or wall-mounted radiators, some use in-floor hydronic tubing.It’s also possible for a hydronic heating system to use a water heater rather than a boiler to heat the water.The main disadvantage of hydronic heating systems is that they don’t provide a convenient way to integrate air conditioning. (Most air-conditioned homes in the U.S. use ductwork to distribute cool air; since… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Pinterest’s New “Questions” Feature Might Be The Key To Visual Search

first_imgPinterest is testing an unnamed Q&A feature, the visual search company confirmed to ReadWrite.See also: Pinterest Is Changing The Way We BlogThe feature came to light after developer Tom Waddington blogged about noticing a blank “Questions” tab on his Pinterest account for Cut Out & Keep, a craft community he helped found in 2007. A quick scroll through the code indicated the feature was almost ready to be rolled out. When I reached out to Pinterest, a spokesperson confirmed that it wasn’t a coincidence. “We’re currently testing the ability to ask and answer questions in a more structured way on Pins, with a small group of Pinners,” the spokesperson said in an email.With meteoric growth and billions of pins, Pinterest has nailed down horizontal expansion. Over the past year, its focus has instead moved to verticals—improving the quality of information in each Pinterest category as opposed to the number of categories, which is already quite expansive. One way Pinterest is improving the quality of its information is with Rich Pins, which are images about specific topics that are tagged with relevant metadata. For example, Recipe Pins, a type of Rich Pin, automatically come with recipes attached because Pinterest can uniquely recognize the link type as a recipe.See also: In Challenge To Google, Pinterest Launches Guided SearchMost recently, Pinterest unveiled Guided Search, a search function that establishes the company’s most bold experiment yet into visual search. Guided Search works a bit like an autocomplete function, suggesting related keywords when a user types in just one thing. For instance, if you type “burgers,” Pinterest might suggest “turkey” or “vegan.”Guided Search indicates a desire on Pinterest’s part to help you search for answers you didn’t know you wanted yet. The unnamed Q&A feature could take this a step further. Pinners already ask questions on Pinterest—even though there isn’t a designated space to do so. Instead, people query in the comments on a specific pin. As pins are repeatedly repinned onto many users boards, the same questions sometimes get asked over and over again.See also: Why Pinterest Is The Google Competitor You Weren’t ExpectingRight now, the unnamed Q&A feature is a blank page, so we don’t really know what it’ll look like yet. But if it ends up being a list of frequently asked questions about a pinner’s images, it might answer questions browsers didn’t know they had yet and steer the conversation toward answers they didn’t yet know they wanted.As CEO Ben Silbermann said when revealing Guided Search:“In the future, search will be a discovery tool. Pinterest at its heart is about discovering things you didn’t even know were there.”A Pinterest Q&A feature might be part of his campaign to accomplish just that.Photo by Hannah Born Tags:#Guided Search#Pinterest#Rich Pins#The Future of Search#visual web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img lauren orsini Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

6 Simple, No-Nonsense Accounting Apps for Microbusinesses

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Tags:#accounting#engagement Peter Daisyme “Small” businesses today come in a broad range of sizes, from the 500-person light manufacturing plant to the “solopreneur.” One distinct category is the microbusiness, which typically features one owner with up to four other employees. A freelancer is a good example of a microbusiness, as is someone who owns his or her own landscaping or pool service company.Super small though these businesses may be, even solopreneurs need to conduct basic accounting and bookkeeping functions. This includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, taxes, expense tracking, and even payroll. Depending on the microbusiness’s particular structure (corporation, sole proprietorship, etc.), it will have specific financial reporting responsibilities.That’s where technology comes to the rescue. Companies have developed tax preparation software, accounting apps, and even AI-powered platforms to help businesses do the hard work themselves. “Now all firms, even small ones, should be thinking about how to adopt advanced technology like artificial intelligence (AI), whether it will be by contracting with specialized technology companies or building their own departments,” says Derek Bang, the chief strategy and innovation officer at Crowe Horwath.Even today, there are now many simple, no-nonsense, and affordable accounting apps available to help microbusiness owners complete accounting, bookkeeping, and tax tasks from anywhere. Here are six small business accounting apps to consider for your microbusiness: Sage Expenses & InvoicesSage Expenses & Invoices is a small business accounting app from Sage, a renowned accounting software development company that has delivered many innovative accounting solutions for businesses of all sizes. This free, valuable app for micro and small businesses is available on both the App Store and Google Play.This cloud-based app provides a way to easily record business transactions from anywhere. It can account for and digitally store expenses, send and reconcile invoices, and maintain current business records. The app uses straightforward language and easy navigation, making it a snap to continually record income and expenses on the go. As your business grows, you can integrate the app with Sage One, which expands the range of available accounting features. 1tap Receipts1tap receipts is an app from Receipt Bank that uses character recognition software to eliminate data entry — and the headache of lost receipts — for self-employed workers. Available for both iOS and Android, 1tap was developed to make it easier to be self-employed by enabling freelancers, contract workers, and others to take pictures of business expenses year-round to assist at tax time. The app can save them money, too, as tax professionals often charge self-employed clients 50 percent more to complete their taxes because of the additional organization and itemization required.The app works in tandem with those accounting professionals to automate data collection and enable self-employed workers to leverage the information for analysis. 1tap retains all collected receipts in the cloud for 10 years, meaning the information can be resurrected at any time, as well as reviewed to find trends and patterns that might not otherwise be apparent.Creating an 1tap account is free, and the app offers three different pricing levels to match individuals’ needs. FreeAgent MobileFreeAgent is another accounting software platform that has added a mobile app that works on iOS and Android devices. You’ll be able to instantly view what is outstanding in terms of bills and payments from clients while also gaining a longer-term picture of your expenses against budget. This small business accounting app lets you create new expenses and capture receipts via photo.For invoices, the cloud-based app enables you to create and send invoices, issue estimates, and bill for expenses. The app will also help you focus on higher-level accounting issues related to cash flow, bank balances, taxes, and profit and loss statements. Lastly, the timer feature lets you set a timer so you can record how much time you spend on each task, information that can be used to generate an invoice or time slip.FreeAgent offers a 30-day free trial, after which you can select a pricing plan that works for the size of your business. KashFlow GoKashFlow aims to make the accounting process for your microbusiness as simple and comprehensive as possible through its web and mobile applications. It works with companies all over the world that need a simple way to track their invoices, expenses, and financial performance. Features include invoicing, quotes and estimates, taxes, banking, payments, and payroll. While originally developed for small businesses in the UK, many features can also be used by businesses in other countries.This app, available in iOS and Android, offers a 14-day trial period. After that, you can select one of three pricing levels to align with your business size and scope. FinancialForceFinancialForce does considerably more than just accounting, which makes it ideal for a micro business that could benefit from using one comprehensive platform rather than dozens of tools. It is designed to integrate with Salesforce, which allows you to combine your accounting tasks with your customer relationship management processes. There are numerous billing and financial management features, including an array of accounting tools, statements, and reports. It also offers tools for inventory and spend management as well as invoicing. You’ll even be able to tap into more sophisticated features such as automated forecasting.FinancialForce offers free demonstrations and customized pricing to match your business needs. XeroXero offers regular accounting software as well as a mobile accounting application, for iOS and Android, that is built for small business owners. Xero offers a wealth of features that allow you to stay on top of your finances from anywhere. This includes reconciling bank transactions, capturing and approving expenses, and sending invoices from your phone instead of waiting to get back to the office.You can also use the mobile accounting app to store information about your customers and suppliers, including their addresses, phone numbers, and other key details. If you have employees, the app allows you to give them access to certain tasks related to invoicing and expenses while restricting access to more sensitive financial information.In addition, there are multiple tiers to Xero’s subscription plan based on the size of your business and the features you need, including whether you require a desktop version.Start Using Accounting Apps and Stop Wasting TimeNow you don’t have to spend tons of time on tasks that don’t really make you money. Instead, these small business accounting apps enable you to get these tasks done quickly and much more effectively. That way, you can focus on nurturing customer relationships, finding new prospects, and generating revenue. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

The Four Most Common Mistakes Made By Feature Length Directors

first_imgMany directors fall into one of the common traps described below, ultimately preventing their film from becoming a success. It’s all about execution.Image from Northfoto / Shutterstock.comDirecting at it’s core is simply the subjective execution of an idea. It’s one individual’s unique take on a story, set of characters, and themes. It goes without saying that every director is going to make their own unique choices both on and off set, and this individuality is what makes films so dynamic and surprising to watch – yet nearly all directors at one point or another make one of the critical mistakes that are outlined below.So whether you’re a seasoned director, or just getting ready to shoot your first film, the four mistakes listed here should always be taken into account when working on a film project, as they are powerful enough to be detrimental to your final picture.Image from Vancouver Film School on Flickr1. They DON’T Make Films For Their ViewersPersonally speaking, this is the mistake that I have most commonly fallen into when directing films. So often when we direct, we have our own personal biases in mind (as we should), but there is a time and a place to let those biases go, and start to think from the perspective of the viewer.You need to remember that you are making your film for your audience – not yourself. At least that’s how it works if you want to make a career out of directing. If you intend to simply make art films for yourself to satisfy your own need for a creative outlet, then that is fine – but you will never have a large audience with this type of mentality. Yes, you want to be true to yourself and put your own spin on things, but you also need to understand the needs of your audience. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine their experience with your film.For example. you might be tempted to cut out backstory details from a scene when shooting or editing it, because it feels too contrived to you, but you need to remember that your audience may need this information to connect with the story. Just because your personal taste may be more subtle, doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what your audience needs.So while you always want to stay true to your vision and style, remember to do so in the context of a film that can still be commercially and creatively viable.2. They DON’T Make Their Protagonist LikeableThis is an issue that plagues directors and screenwriters alike. Some of the most interesting characters that we can develop on or off screen are not necessarily going to be the most likeable, and this is fine so long as it doesn’t apply to the protagonist.You need to remember that when your audience watches your film they are essentially becoming your protagonist. They are putting themselves in his or her shoes and remaining connected to the entire story through that character. The second the protagonist is not likeable is the second that your audience disconnects from that character, and inevitably the film. This point is something that you need to be conscious of throughout your entire filmmaking process – from working with your writer to create a dynamic and likeable character, to casting an actor that is charismatic, all the way through to editing in the right takes that capture the individuals true personality.Making a likable protagonist is actually quite simple once you recognize the importance of it and make creative decisions throughout the filmmaking process with you character’s likability in mind.3. They DON’T Trust The Intelligence Of Their Audience Audiences today have truly seen it all. The average movie-goer has seen thousands of hours of film and television content and in many ways knows the story you are about to tell before you even tell it. Unfortunately many directors today seem to underestimate their audiences and believe that they need their hands held through every last scene and detail in order to understand the story.As a general rule, you always want to stay a step ahead of your audience (except in certain specific genres or instances), which means you need to trust them to follow along. If you spell out the next plot point for them before it actually happens, they are going to become bored and disinterested very quickly.You need to surprise your audience. Show them something that they haven’t seen before, and that they will never see coming. Because if you don’t do that, it doesn’t matter how great your story, your actors, and your production value are – they just won’t care.4. They DON’T Know When Enough Is EnoughThere is a time and a place for a 3 hour film, but for the most part shorter is often better when it comes to feature films. Unless you are directing an epic story that spans generations or has multiple interwoven plot lines, there is no reason why the average film needs 180 minutes to get the story across. These days however, it seems we are seeing more and more ultra-long films (likely because of the ramifications of shooting/editing digitally), and in the majority of cases it is being done to the detriment of the final product.Often times directors make the mistake of believing that providing their audience with a longer cut makes the film feel more substantial or valuable, but in reality it usually has the exact opposite effect. Shorter films tend to only include the absolute best takes and most captivating moments (even if it means making painful decisions in the editing room), whereas longer films will often include additional scenes or moments that create a meandering and redundant feeling to the final piece. On nearly any film that I have directed, I had enough raw footage to make the film twice as long as I did in the end, but I always chose to have a tighter film with only the best moments packed in, rather than a longer film with a bunch of filler. In the end, it might be hard to lose some of those moments or scenes that you worked so hard for, but your audience will thank you for it.last_img read more

Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela isn’t the one to shy away from controversial statements directed at the PBA and its game officials.He was fined P10,000 back in August for in-game statements directed at PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, and he often voices out his displeasure over calls or the lack to the referees.ADVERTISEMENT The technical foul wasn’t the end for Racela as he exchanged choice words with Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua in the tunnel of the Big Dome at halftime.READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2 And as for Racela’s “perfectly officiated ball game,” his KaTropa were called for 35 fouls, 11 more than Ginebra received. TNT also had 14 free throws, 29 fewer than the Gin Kings attempted.“The referees did their part, did their best, in calling the game,” said Racela. “They made the right decisions. I don’t really question that and I’m happy our players did their best and gave ourselves a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT And even though Racela took a different approach Friday after TNT’s 106-103 loss to Ginebra in game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, his message was still filled with resentment.READ: Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3FEATURED 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“Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can’t really question the obvious,” said Racela with a straight face but with a heavy tone of sarcasm after the KaTropa moved on the brink of elimination in the semis.Racela was called with a technical foul in the second quarter when his import Glen Rice Jr. got into several scuffles with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambohot returns for Letran but still groping for form Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Gameslast_img read more

Kenya squad

first_imgKenya Skipper Jimmy Kamande will be aiming to get a few wins under his belt in this mega tournament even though they too are classified under the ‘Minnows’ category.Players to watch out for in Kamande’s team are Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, David Obuya and Collins Obuya.Squad: Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Maurice Ouma, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche.last_img read more

10 months agoFulham to release Luca de la Torre for loan

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham to release Luca de la Torre for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuca de la Torre is set to leave Fulham next month.The Mirror says Fulham are looking to send De la Torre out on loan.Fulham will allow him to leave for more first-team games next month and they have received initial interest from clubs in Germany and the Netherlands.Several League One clubs are also interested in the US international.Cottagers chiefs believe six months away will accelerate De la Torre’s development. last_img read more

Commissioner of JFB Calls on Residents to Protect Fire Hydrants

first_imgCommissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Stewart Beckford, has renewed the call for residents to support firefighters in their quest to lessen the threat posed by fires, by protecting fire hydrants in their communities.Commissioner Beckford made the appeal at a ceremony to officially open the Montego Bay Fireboat Station and hand over two fire units and a fireboat in St. James, on December 28.Mr. Beckford said that nonfunctional fire hydrants greatly impede the effective operations of the Brigade, which can result in devastating losses to persons in the event of a fire.“What we have been experiencing over time, is that our hydrants right around the country are either tampered with or marl, sand and gravel are dumped on them, so they are inaccessible to us, and, as such, we have problems accessing reliable water sources,” Commissioner Beckford pointed out.He urged members of the public to take special care of working hydrants, “because that hydrant may very well make the difference between your house going up in flames and us being able to save it”.“The units we have carry a limited supply of water. If we are pumping at a fire at 10 bars per minute (measurement used in firefighting), a tank of this capacity will be exhausted within 10 to 12 minutes. That’s not a long time to be fighting a fire, and so we rely heavily on our hydrant network. I am making a special appeal that persons desist from tampering with our hydrants,” the Commissioner said.last_img read more

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider Scheduled to Perform at the Grand Opening

center_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter VICTORIA, March 7, 2018 – On May 5, 2018, Elements Casino Victoria will host a Grand Opening celebration featuring Canada’s iconic rock star and eight-time Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane and Red Rider.last_img