Spartans battle early but fall in first round

first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff Spartans ended their 2016 campaign with a 56-14 loss on the road to the Shasta Wolves, but it was a playoff loss and that in and of itself was a victory, being the team’s first post season action since 2012.The Spartans finish the year with wins over Yreka, Central Valley and Anderson and made significant progress after opening the season with five straight losses thanks to some key injuries and being on the wrong end of close match-ups. Instead of giving up, the team …last_img read more

Noah’s Ark Gets Balanced Treatment

first_imgReuters gave balanced treatment to the question of how Noah fit all the animals on the Ark.  Evolutionists, of course, deny that Noah existed or a boat ever saved all the animals on earth.  The article quoted mocking comments to the effect that there is no way up to 50 million species with vastly different environmental needs could have lived in a floating zoo for a year.  But reporter Alister Doyle also quoted Dr. David Menton, from Answers in Genesis, explaining factors that would have allowed God’s directive to be carried out.  Doyle agreed that the Biblical description of the Ark is “far from the tiny vessel depicted in many children’s books with giraffes’ heads sticking out the top.”  He gave Menton surprisingly ample space in the article.    The question stemmed from a meeting May 19-30 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.  Scientists are considering how to preserve earth’s biodiversity with some kind of modern-day refuge.  A picture of a large wooden ship taking shape with a Mount Ararat in the background adorns the article.Thank you, Alister Doyle, for attempting to give fair and balanced reporting on this question.  Was a floating refuge for the animals possible?  Consider Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study by John Woodmorappe (see Answers in Genesis), or an article on the subject by Jonathan Sarfati on Creation Ministries International.  Don’t ridicule it till you’ve heard it defended with competence.  Consider also that dozens of people groups have legends of a worldwide flood during which people and animals were preserved on a floating vessel.  Only the Biblical account comes close to feasibility and plausibility.  Don’t forget, too, that geology provides evidence of sedimentation and erosion on colossal scales far greater than anything occurring today.  For more evidences of a global flood, see a brief article on Answers in Genesis by geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA scientist lauded for polar work

first_imgProfessor Steven Chown, recognised forhis outstanding contribution to Antarctic science and policy, is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize. (Image: Stellenbosch University) The ice-covered continent is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959. (Image: US Antarctic Programme) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Steven Chown+27 21 808 2385• Engela DuvenageMedia liaison, Faculty of Science, SU+27 21 808 2684 or +27 82 874 1291RELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • Unesco fellowship for SA scientist • Top award for Rhodes scientist • SA biologist wins thesis awardJanine ErasmusProfessor Steven Chown of Stellenbosch University is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica.The announcement was made at a gala evening held during the Antarctic Treaty Summit, which took place from 30 November to 3 December at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.Delegates at the gala also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing by 12 nations, South Africa among them, of the Antarctic Treaty in the same city on 1 December 1959. The treaty came into force on 23 June 1961. Today, South Africa is the only African signatory out of the present 46 member nations. The award recognises Chown’s status as a world leader in his field, and his work with invasive alien species on the snowy continent, as well as the effects of climate change and the many years of human inhabitation in the region. It is worth a one-off US$100 000 (R750 400).As well as holding the position of director of the university’s DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Chown is professor of zoology in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch.He will receive his award and deliver the Muse lecture at the Oslo International Polar Year Conference in June 2010. The conference aims to promote and strengthen the scientific and outreach achievements of the International Polar Year (IPY), which was established in 1882. The third IPY began in March 2007 and carried though to March 2009.The professor will also be a guest of honour at the 31st Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (Scar) and Open Science conference in Buenos Aires in August 2010. Here the international polar community will gather to discuss various topics under four main themes: health of the Antarctic ecosystem, tipping points, continuity and change, and connectivity and cross-scale interactions.Preserving the continentDespite its wintry appearance Antarctica is regarded as a desert, with an annual rainfall of just 20cm. The continent has no permanent human habitation, but many bird, animal, plant and even insect species have adapted to the cold and now call the vast icy expanse their home.Antarctica is almost completely covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, which is about 1.6km thick on average and constitutes about 90% of the world’s ice. This is the equivalent of about 70% of the world’s fresh water.South Africa has been involved in Antarctic research for about half a century and runs the South African National Antarctic Programme, maintaining bases on the continent as well as on Marion and Gough Islands.The Martha T Muse award is given by the Tinker Foundation, a funding organisation with a special interest in Antarctica, to individuals that contribute to the science- and policy-related understanding of Antarctica, and help preserve it for future generations.Scar, a committee of the International Council for Science, and tasked with overseeing scientific research in Antarctica, acts as the administrative body in the award process.The award is named after Martha Twitchell Muse, chair of the Tinker Foundation. Muse is known for her particular passion for Antarctica and intended the prize to honour a like-minded person in the early to middle stages of his or her career.Distinguished careerProf Steven Chown has built a solid international reputation and has garnered many awards and honours.Earlier in 2009, together with his colleague Prof Sue Nicholson of Pretoria University, he took the Bill Venter/Altron Literary Award for 2009 for their book on insect physiology. The award is presented for the most outstanding contribution to research by an academic, published in book form.Also in 2009 he received the gold medal from the Zoological Society of Southern Africa for his contributions to zoology.Chown obtained his PhD in Ecology and Systematics in 1989 from Pretoria University and immediately accepted a position as lecturer in the zoology and entomology department there. Just eight years later he received his full professorship.Chown has been with Stellenbosch University since 2001 and with the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology since 2004. In the five years since he has built the centre into a world-renowned research institute that focuses on the impact and management of invasive plants and animals.He is an A1-rated researcher according to the National Research Foundation, which establishes him as a world leader in his field of research, and consequently is in great demand as a lecturer at local and international meetings and workshops.Under his supervision many M.Sc. and PhD students have obtained their degrees, and he has also mentored several post-doctoral researchers. Chown has set disadvantaged students on their career path by developing and running the USAID Capacity Building Programme for Climate Change Research on the Prince Edward Islands in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean.Chown has been instrumental in many policy decisions regarding the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. He is the Scar representative on the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection, and is the chief officer of the Scar standing committee on the Antarctic Treaty System.A prolific author, Chown has published over 250 scientific papers and has co-written four books and contributed to 21 others. He edits two journals and sits on the editorial board of six other journals, among them The American Naturalist and Antarctic Science. He is also a member of a number of scientific societies.Chown is said to have one of the highest h-factors of any South African zoologist – around 31. The h-index is a tool to measure the scientific productivity and consequent scientific impact of a scientist or group of scientists. It is based on the scientist’s most cited papers as well as the number of citations he or she has received.last_img read more

Harbhajan promises to strike back

first_imgIndia are reeling at 136 for nine after the first day of the opening Test, but spinner Harbhajan Singh said the match is still not over and they had enough ammunition to strike back.The senior off-spinner said toss played a crucial role in the opening Test, which was delayed by more than four hours because of overnight and early rain at the Super-Sport Park.”It was a bad day for us. Losing the toss was the most crucial blow as the wicket was clearly damp. The ball was doing quite a bit. It was swinging and cutting too,” Harbhajan said after the match.”But I would like to say that the match is not over. We need to collect as many runs as possible and then try and bowl well to restrict them in the first innings. We have very good and experienced batting line up.They will score good amount of runs in the second innings. I only hope that this wicket will keep on assisting the bowlers,” he added.The 30-year-old tweaker also heaped praise on South African bowlers for exploiting the seaming conditions well.Meanwhile, South African pacer Morne Morkel said his and Dale Steyn’s exploits with the new bowl on the first day of the opening Test would have repercussions on the rest of the three match series and also send a message to the Indian camp.”We caused huge damage for the rest of the series. We dealt the first blow, the first punch after winning the toss. It sends a good message that we are here and we’re not going to step back,” said Morkel.advertisement”We have been bowling together for some time and so there was a bit of pressure on us to deliver. The main thing was not to get caught in there and get carried away as the game can change very quickly,” he said.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for ‘special’ Roger Federer clash

first_imgRafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates his victory against Karen Khachanov, of Russia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A hurting Rafael Nadal is “hopeful” he’ll be ready Saturday to renew his rivalry with Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.The longtime foes have amassed 37 Grand Slam titles between them — Federer with 20 and Nadal with 17 — and built a unique relationship over 15 years and 38 prior matches, not to mention countless promotional and charitable activities off the court together.ADVERTISEMENT “If I don’t see this match as special it’s because I don’t love this sport and I don’t appreciate the story of this sport,” Nadal said after reaching the semi-final showdown with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov.“It’s not my case,” he said. “Of course it’s a special match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFederer, who defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals, feels the same, saying the contrast in styles and personality between himself and Nadal lend spice to their history.“The way we go about it is very different, yet we both find a way to excel,” Federer said. “The way he came up was very clay-court based, and I was apparently very grass-court based, and we both found our ways also on the other surface,” Federer said. “It’s been quite a journey with Rafa side by side.” LATEST STORIES View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Just hours earlier Federer had looked forward to the chance to take on a healthy Nadal, after similar knee trouble spelled the end of the Spaniard’s US Open campaign last year, and his US Open campaign last year.He didn’t play again until the Australian Open, where he fell in the championship match to Novak Djokovic.Nadal said he hoped to be ready to battle again with Federer, but with a pragmatism born of hard experience he couldn’t help but hedge.“Of course my goal and my idea is to be ready for tomorrow,” Nadal said. “I cannot guarantee how I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU sweeps first round; NU comes in 2nd After 38 career meetings, Nadal leads the series 23-15, but Federer holds a slight 11-9 advantage on hardcourts.The Swiss great has won the last five in the series, but says that’s of little significance now that it has been almost a year and a half since their last meeting in the Shanghai Masters final in October 2017.Nadal, too, says the contrast in styles, coupled with the pair’s sheer longevity, makes every meeting something to treasure.“Different styles, different ways to understand the sport. And at the same time, two players with a good relationship after all the things that we went through in our careers, competing for the most important things,” he said.There was a shadow hanging over the blockbuster showdown however, after oft-injured Nadal needed treatment to have supportive tape applied to his right knee in his victory over Khachanov.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Thanks The Voters

first_imgDear Wilmington Community,I just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to voters for re-electing me to the Wilmington School Committee at this past weekend’s Town Elections. I am humbled and honored by your trust in me, and am looking forward to serving my community and schools once again.I am committed in ensuring our schools continue to remain strong centers for student learning and achievement. As our community welcomes Dr. Glenn Brand into our District, I am looking forward in working collaboratively with him and the Board to ensure the work we do together continues to focus on this goal.I appreciate and thank families and residents, who have reached out to me during my campaign, not only with their concerns, but also with words of encouragement and support. I will continue to listen and be available to you, and promise that I will be objective in my decision making. I will continue to work diligently on your behalf to find solutions, so that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe, positive and supportive environment.I would also like to extend many thanks to friends and residents, who were kind enough to have my signs on their lawns, took time out of their busy schedules to write letters of endorsements on my behalf, and came out this weekend to hold signs. I am sincerely grateful for your help and support!I would also like to thank my incredible husband, Joe, and my children, Conor and Erika, for allowing me to do this labor of love, and encouraging me throughout my campaign. Without their sacrifice and support, I couldn’t do what I do.It is easy to see why Wilmington is a great place to live! I am truly grateful to be a part of such a strong and caring community that not only supports one another, but the Town as a whole. I feel fortunate to be able to contribute in serving my community in my role on the School Committee and look forward to my third term on the board and working on behalf of our schools and families.Sincerely,MJ ByrnesWilmington School CommitteeLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Fennelly, Ragsdale & Byrnes Discuss What They Want To Accomplish In Year #1, How They’ll Be Responsive To ResidentsIn “Education”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee’s MJ Byrnes Asks For Your VoteIn “Education”CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENT: Wilmington School Committee Member MJ Byrnes Announces Re-Election BidIn “Government”last_img read more

ATT earnings sees wireless growth in Q2 but video side continues to

first_img Share your voice 1 Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR 2:00 Now playing: Watch this: News • AT&T misses on revenue, loses more DirecTV Now customers Why you should say no to DirecTV Now Mobile Tech Industry 13 Photoscenter_img DirecTV Now continues to underperform for AT&T.  Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AT&T met analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, even as struggles continued around the company’s U-Verse and DirecTV video unit. The technology giant added 335,000 phone users, the bulk of them coming on the company’s prepaid side. AT&T says it added 72,000 postpaid users, the more lucrative customers that sign up for its traditional monthly wireless service. By comparison, in the first quarter of the year, the company added 179,000 phone users, of which 80,000 were postpaid. Utilizing its deployment of FirstNet, a wireless network for first responders, AT&T says it has been able to upgrade its traditional wireless network and get it ready for 5G, which it plans to make commercially available nationwide during the first half of 2020. “The wireless side of the house, we’re feeling more and more confident every day,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO in a call with investors. Stephenson says the company has built out 60% of its FirstNet network thus far. The growth in mobile comes as its more premium DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse continue to shed users for its traditional satellite, cable and streaming DirecTV Now services. AT&T said it lost 778,000 premium video users, with an additional 168,000 users disconnecting from DirecTV Now as the company rolled out fewer promotions. AT&T warns that the losses could continue through the rest of the year as it still has 1 million users locked on two-year pricing promotions. The company is touting a new, forthcoming over-the-top streaming service called AT&T TV, set for trial in the third quarter of the year, as well as next spring’s HBO Max launch, as options to turn its video ship around. Read more: DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu and moreStephenson says HBO Max will have live sports, touting the NBA and MLB as two potential examples. While it is unclear exactly what AT&T TV will look like and how it will compare to the company’s other streaming services, Stephenson told investors that the company “will put our shoulder and our muscle behind AT&T TV.”WarnerMedia, the division that houses the Time Warner properties AT&T acquired last year, including Turner TV stations and HBO, had revenues of roughly $8.4 billion. Earnings per share were 89 cents for the quarter, exactly matching the estimates from analysts polled, according to Yahoo Finance. Revenues came in at $45 billion, slightly higher than the $44.85 billion analysts anticipated.   Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Tags DirecTV Now AT&Tlast_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obamas cybersecurity summit

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at Obama’s cybersecurity summit2.8K viewsBusinessROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was oneVentuno Web Player 4.50ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 people at the White House summit on cybersecurity in Palo Alto, California. Before his remarks, Cook was onelast_img read more

Khaleda nomination rejection part of govts blueprint

first_imgLogo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s nomination papers have been cancelled as part of government blueprint to hold a lopsided election, reports UNB.”We think it’s an ill-motivated decision. Our leader’s (Khaleda Zia) nomination papers have been rejected as part of government a master plan and a blueprint to keep her away from the election,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Addressing a press conference at the BNP Naya Paltan office, he also alleged their party’s some other popular candidates’ nomination papers have also been annulled as the government is trying to hold a unilateral election and stay in power by force.The Bangladesh Election Commission on Sunday trashed Khaleda’s all the three nomination papers filed for contesting the polls from Feni-1, Bogura-6 and Bogura-7 seats for her conviction in two graft cases.However, the party has alternative candidates in Feni-1 and Bagura-6 seats while it has no candidates in Bagura-6 constituency.Rizvi said the government is not willing to hold a credible election as it is desperate to retain power by any means.He, however, warned that voters will go to polling stations on 30 December braving all the obstacles to ensure the fall of the current ‘autocratic’ regime.The BNP leader said though the ruling party leaders and candidates are violating the election code of conduct, the election commission is not taking any action against them.”It seems the election commission has turned blind while the chief election commissioner and some other commissioners engaged themselves in works to help the government,” he observed.Rizvi said the government has established its control over the EC, police and civil administrations like a ghost to manipulate the election results in its favour.last_img read more

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal

first_imgA handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain`s prime minister Theresa May (C) making a statement in the House of Commons in London on 15 January 2019 directly after MPs rejected the government`s Brexit deal. Photo: AFPBritain’s parliament on Tuesday resoundingly rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and plunging its plans to leave the EU into further chaos.MPs voted 432 to 202 against May’s plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history.With a deal that took nearly two years to craft in tatters and her government’s future hanging in the balance, EU leaders sounded a note of exasperation, urging Britain to come out and say what it actually wants.”If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” EU president Donald Tusk tweeted.Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, warned of a heightened risk of a “no deal” Brexit — an outcome that could disrupt trade, slow down the UK economy, and wreak havoc on the financial markets.The government of Ireland — the only EU member state with a land border with Britain — said it would now intensify preparations to cope with a “disorderly Brexit”.And German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, representing the EU’s most dominant economy and leading political voice, called the vote “a bitter day for Europe”.’Catastrophic’ defeatMost lawmakers have always opposed Brexit, as have some leading members of the government, creating a contradiction that has been tearing apart Britain ever since a June 2016 referendum began its divorce from the other 27 EU states.Moments after Tuesday’s outcome, which was met with huge cheers by hundreds of anti-Brexit campaigners who watched the vote on big screens, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn submitted a motion of no-confidence in May’s government, calling her defeat “catastrophic”.The vote is expected on Wednesday at 1900 GMT.May sought to strike a conciliatory tone, telling MPs they had the right to challenge her leadership and promising to hold more talks to salvage a workable solution by the rapidly approaching 29 March Brexit deadline.She promised to hold discussions with MPs from across parliament to identify ideas “that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House”.”If these meetings yield such ideas, the government will then explore them with the European Union.”Downing Street said May will then return to parliament with a new Brexit proposal on Monday.’Political poker’With their nation again in turmoil, noisy supporters and opponents of Brexit, rallied outside the ancient parliament building in London.”It could end up being the day that will lead to us leaving with no deal!” said 25-year-old Simon Fisher, who backs a swift and sharp break with the EU.A much larger rally nearby in support of a second referendum turned Parliament Square, dotted with statues of past UK leaders, into a sea of EU flags.Economists said the scale of May’s defeat — on the upper end of most predictions — now also put pressure on Brussels to make more meaningful compromises.The pound surged higher against the dollar and euro after the vote, seemingly buoyed by May’s promise to seek a compromise with her opponents.”Markets project beliefs and the underlying belief is that nobody’s going to be committing economic suicide,” BK Asset Management’s Boris Schlossberg said.But businesses voiced alarm about the outcome, which does nothing to resolve uncertainty that has been dampening the UK investment climate for months.”Financial stability must not be jeopardised in a game of high-stakes political poker,” warned Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, the body governing the British capital’s massive financial district.’Warm words not enough’May made it her mission to carry out the wishes of voters after she became prime minister a month after the referendum, putting aside her own initial misgivings and stating repeatedly that “Brexit means Brexit”.But her deal raised concern that Britain could end up locked in an unfavourable trading relationship with the EU.Criticism of the deal was focused on an arrangement to keep open the border with Ireland by aligning Britain with some EU trade rules, if and until London and Brussels sign a new economic partnership — a tortuous process that could take several years.Arlene Foster, head of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party upon which May relies for her parliamentary majority, said May needed to win binding concessions from Brussels to secure her vote.”Reassurances whether in the form of letters or warm words, will not be enough,” said Foster.”The prime minister must now go back to the European Union and seek fundamental change to the Withdrawal Agreement.”Speculation is growing on both sides of the Channel that May could ask to delay Britain’s divorce from the EU after almost half a century of membership.But a diplomatic source told AFP any extension would not be possible beyond 30 June, when the new European Parliament will be formed.last_img