Humboldt State football ranked No. 22 nationally heading into Western Oregon showdown

first_imgArcata >> As September went on a season ago, the Humboldt State football team’s national ranking was on its way to becoming a thing of the past.Different year, different level of success, different kind of direction in the national rankings.A week after just missing being included in the Top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll, the Jacks are now a part of the party. Following its 72-14 dismantling of Simon Fraser, Humboldt State is one of two Great Northwest …last_img

Would Wood Evolve?

first_imgThe woods.  We call them by their primary substance: wood.  But would wood evolve from plants lacking woody stems?  Was there some evolutionary pressure to force plants to grow tall to reach the sun, so that lucky mutations found a way to produce lignin and the other building blocks of wood?  What other mutations did the blind evolutionary algorithm have to find to organize the components into trunks for trees?  Two discoveries, a fossil and a mechanism, offer evolutionists a way to enhance their woody story. The early wood.  A fossil plant said to be 400 million years old was reported in the BBC News.  The cross-section of a stem of this early Devonian plant shows the rings of cells characteristic of wood.  The find pushes the origin of wood “about 10 million years earlier than previously thought,” said Mark Kinver, who failed to identify the thinkers (presumably evolutionists).  Surprisingly, it appears this plant (about 8-16 inches tall) did not need wood for height.  The discoverers from the University of Liege in Belgium feel the “unexpected” woody structure “appeared to be a mechanism to transport water rather than acting as a support to allow plants to grow taller.”  Dr. Philippe Gerienne said the findings “helped shed light on the initial biological role of the woody substance in early plants” because it appears “rays (horizontal cells) most probably evolved after the other cells in wood (longitudinal cells).”  How he knew that was not explained.  Michael Marshall at New Scientist gave an abbreviated report on this discovery, calling this the “World’s oldest wood – so far”.  Trees didn’t begin to evolve till15 million years  later, he said.  That’s a long time for plants to grow close to the ground with a structurally-strong material that could have given them height. The paper by Gerienne’s team was published in Science.1  The authors admitted in the abstract, “The first steps of wood evolution are unknown.”  They could only offer a suggestion: “The small size of both plants and the presence of thick-walled cells in their cortex support the earlier suggestion that the evolution of wood was initially driven by hydraulic constraints rather than by the necessity of mechanical support for increasing height.”  On the difficulties of wood evolution, see 10/26/2001, 05/30/2008, 01/29/2009, and 12/16/2010 bullet 2. The required mechanism.  A mechanism that drives plants upward toward the sun was described in PhysOrg.  This article ignored the E-word evolution in favor of design language: “UBC [University of British Columbia] researchers have discovered a key mechanism that — much like a construction site foreperson — controls the direction of plant growth as well as the physical properties of the biopolymers that plants produce.” Scientists have been trying to find this design for a long time, the article indicated.  “The finding is a major clue in a 50-year-long quest to explain how plants coordinate the behaviour of millions of cells as they grow upward to compete for light, penetrate soil to obtain nutrients and water, and even open petals to flower.”  In a nutshell, the finding explains how microtubules in the cell become organized into scaffolding for cargo transportation, capture and positioning of large structures, and cell shape. In addition to the basic cell shape acting as a guide, a protein called CLASP that “plays a key role as a foreperson, modulating the geometric constraints of the cell.”  Without CLASP, microtubules underwent “catastrophic disassembly” when encountering an edge.  CLASP enabled them to bend up to 90 degrees and continue growing in nice, parallel arrays.  Computer models confirmed what the gene knockout experiments showed.  Explained one researcher, “We confirmed that the self-organization depends on the extrinsic cues from the cellular geometry, and that the presence of the CLASP protein along select edges modified the pattern dramatically.” Where will this finding lead?  “Microtubules and the CLASP protein are common to all cell types in plants animals, fungi and many unicellular organisms,” another researcher commented.  “So what we find out about their behaviour in plant cells is relevant to understanding their function in cells types [sic] as diverse as neurons and disease-causing protozoans.”  Of all the nerve; design-based inquiry may improve your health some day. 1. Gerienne et al., “A Simple Type of Wood in Two Early Devonian Plants,” Science, 12 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6044 p. 837, DOI: 10.1126/science.1208882. One research team tried to find their way in the dark with a Darwin-brand flashlight, hoping it would shed light on evolution.  Too bad the batteries have been long dead.  How could it be otherwise?  The second law demands it for undirected processes.  The other team turned on the lights of intelligent design and found the foreman on the job, directing building blocks into functional structures.  You don’t need a dead Darwin flashlight in a well-lit factory.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa takes agenda to build competitiveness to Mpumalanga

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 16 September 2015 – Brand South Africa will on Thursday 17 September 2015 bring the country’s agenda of building competitiveness, pride and patriotism, to the province of Mpumalanga during a one-day workshop at the Mecure Nelspruit Hotel, in Nelspruit.This is in line with Brand South Africa’s agenda to encourage all South Africans to play their part in building South Africa as a globally competitive destination for investment, tourism and skills.Provinces and cities are crucial to the positive positioning of South Africa because they cumulatively contribute to perceptions about the country.These are the perceptions that drive the country’s reputation.Building positive perceptions about South Africa requires all citizens to have hands on deck and Brand South Africa is happy to host representatives of business, government and civil society at the workshop.The inputs from the workshop will contribute to Brand South Africa’s efforts to position the country as a competitive investment destination.Media are invited to attend the workshop. The details are as follows:Date: Thursday 17 September 2015Time: 08h30Venue: Mecure Nelspruit Hotel, Cnr. N4 & Graniet Street, NelspruitEnquiries/RVSP: Manusha Pillai on [email protected] or SMS to 082 389 3587Follow the conversation on #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Messi still a doubt for Sevilla trip

first_imgLionel Messi Messi still a doubt for Sevilla trip, says Valverde Jamie Smith 00:26 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Lionel Messi Barcelona Sevilla Sevilla v Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Roma UEFA Champions League The attacker missed both of Argentina’s recent games and could be forced to sit out as Barcelona look to maintain their lead at the top of La Liga Lionel Messi remains a doubt for Barcelona’s trip to Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday, coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed.A hamstring injury kept Messi out of both Argentina matches during the international break, including a 6-1 thumping in Madrid at the hands of Spain.Messi took part in some of Thursday’s session, but with a Champions League quarter-final against Roma coming next week Valverde is prepared to give the forward time to prove his fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We have to wait, we are taking care of him, like Argentina did,” Valverde told a media conference on Friday. “Football players are used to having these little niggles during parts of the season, they’re used to putting up with it.”Players can control it but you have to try not to go over the limit. We’d love to have all the players at 100 per cent but we know someone will have a knock or a twinge after the game. At the moment we need to see how we get on in training today.”It makes it difficult in one way. But it happened in the last game away at Malaga, Messi was missing at the last minute, we played with 11 men in a slightly different way [Barca won 2-0]. But when you don’t have a player like Leo we have alternatives, but it is different.”He seems relaxed, we’ve been talking about how things are with Andres [Iniesta] and the other players. Every player likes to win. I’m not going to go into criticism, we are all used to that so it’s nothing. There is nothing unusual in terms of his morale.”Valverde accepts he is taking Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Roma into account when considering his team to face Sevilla, especially as Barca face seven fixtures in a 22-day period.”We’re looking at the game tomorrow and trying to separate it from Wednesday’s game,” Valverde said. “Obviously you have to have a medium-term plan for a week or two and it’s true the accumulation of games goes against you risking players.Ernesto Valverde: “Tomorrow we have to compete, we will have to work as we have done throughout the season to get the three points” #SevillaBarça pic.twitter.com/aJeapnJImP — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 30, 2018 “Tomorrow is important but so is the next one and the one after that. I want to try and separate them but you’re always looking at the next game out of the corner of your eye.”Sergio Busquets will miss the trip to Seville with a toe injury, but Valverde is hopeful the midfielder will be available to face Roma.”It’s true he hasn’t trained with the rest of the squad,” Valverde added.”We don’t know if he can train today, he might come back next week but it’s not definite yet.”last_img read more

Behaviour Change Programme to Help at-Risk Youth

first_img Contracts for the programme’s implementation were signed by JSIF Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, and representatives of partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that will work with community stakeholders, during a ceremony at the agency’s head office in New Kingston on Tuesday (September 18). The target communities include Denham Town, West Kingston; Waterhouse, St. Andrew; Portmore, Spanish Town and Bog Walk, St. Catherine; Lionel Town, Clarendon; and Granville and Tucker, St. James. Story Highlights At-risk youth between eight and 25 years of age who reside in volatile and vulnerable communities in five parishes are to benefit from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) implementation of an $18-million behaviour change programme over the next eight months. At-risk youth between eight and 25 years of age who reside in volatile and vulnerable communities in five parishes are to benefit from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) implementation of an $18-million behaviour change programme over the next eight months.The target communities include Denham Town, West Kingston; Waterhouse, St. Andrew; Portmore, Spanish Town and Bog Walk, St. Catherine; Lionel Town, Clarendon; and Granville and Tucker, St. James.Contracts for the programme’s implementation were signed by JSIF Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, and representatives of partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that will work with community stakeholders, during a ceremony at the agency’s head office in New Kingston on Tuesday (September 18).The Behaviour Modification Initiative/Community-based Behaviour Change Programme, which forms part of phase four of the European Union (EU)-funded Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP IV), aims to reduce deviant behaviour among the target beneficiaries through a range of social services and interventions.These include conflict resolution, mentorship, the performing arts, sports, and training and soft skills development for employment.Each parish will be allocated $3.6 million of the earmarked $18 million, to undertake activities.This will be supplemented by communities’ contributions, facilitated by NGOs through various inputs, totalling $1.8 million.These entities include the Multicare Youth Foundation, Family and Parenting Centre, Women Media Watch Jamaica, University of the West Indies Social Welfare Training Centre, and Peace and Love in Society (PALS).In his address, Mr. Sweeney said that the behaviour-modification project is consistent with the country’s long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica, specifically Goal #1, of ensuring that “Jamaicans are Empowered to Achieve their Fullest Potential”.“I’m happy that [the] focus will be on behaviour modification and that this funding will support the work you, the NGOs, do every day,” he added.Social Officer at JSIF, Taneisha Stoney, said the NGOs will partner with grassroots entities, such as community development councils, community-based organisations and youth clubs, to implement various programmes, which are expected to get under way on Wednesday (September 19).She said it is anticipated that these interventions will yield that 15 per cent reduction deviant behaviour target under goal four of the PRP.Meanwhile, JSIF Project Manager, Celia Dillon, said the agency welcomed the EU’s ongoing grant support, through which “we are able to help you fund another cycle of your programmes… because they are extremely important in our… fight [to reduce] poverty”.last_img read more

Tanker Market Earnings on Path to Recovery

first_imgzoom Tanker market earnings in the third quarter of 2017 are encountering difficulties, but peaking fleet growth and increased tonne-miles could see spot rates stabilize and time charter rates improve, Maritime Strategies International said.The quarter is proving vexatious for owners still struggling with the effects of fleet oversupply, but MSI believes that changing trade patterns could help stabilise the market towards year-end and into 2018.“With all-OPEC crude exports setting record highs in July, the cartel’s attempts at lowering production are clearly open to question. There was a reduction in flows from OPEC’s Gulf producers while China’s imports tumbled to seven-month lows in July.”Exports are seeing a divergent trend in the group though, with African volumes of lighter grades on the rise while Middle Eastern medium/heavy crudes have been receding. China’s decline could signal the potential start of a slowdown in imports, yet the July figure was still up by 12% from a year prior and the ongoing downtrend in China’s domestic crude output should continue to lend support to imports, MSI informed.“Though the remainder of Q3 will be weak, fleet growth has now moved past its peak which should have some stabilising effect as we look to 2018. Despite falling in June, T/C rates are set to see a modest improvement over our forecast,” Sierra Highcloud, MSI Analyst, said.“However, liquidity is thin and should the upside expected in Q4’s spot market not materialise, the period market could move lower as owners look to protect against spot market downside,” Highcloud added.Furthermore, other factors have affected the situation. India has been able to buy more US crude after recent upgrades which have allowed refiners to easily switch between running light and heavy crudes. African OPEC volumes of lighter grades have tracked higher while Middle Eastern medium/heavy crudes have been receding.In Venezuela, where output has already seen a dramatic decline due to political turmoil, any possible oil-related sanctions would invariably have numerous and far-reaching impacts across the tanker market, Highcloud said.last_img read more