Chico Nuts sweep doubleheader over Humboldt Eagles

first_imgChico >> On a typical afternoon in July there isn’t much shade to be had on the baseball diamond at Doryland Field, home to the Chico Nuts. And yet, even with no place to hide from Saturday’s sweltering summer heat, the Nuts kept their cool.Chico, an American Legion baseball team, swept a doubleheader at home against the Humboldt Eagles with an 11-1 victory in five innings in the opener followed by a 5-0 win in the nightcap.There were plenty of hits to be had across both games for the Nuts. …last_img read more

Are These Really Transitional Fossils?

first_imgTo get to the truth, you often have to tune out the Darwin cheerleaders and just examine the data.Transitional TurtleScience reporters like to bring fossils to the imagination with colorful artwork. The artist’s conception of Eorhynchochelys, a fossil found in China, shows it looking somewhat like a sea turtle without a hard shell. It had a toothless beak like a turtle, but who’s to say it was evolving toward turtledom, instead of away from it? Science Daily writes as if it didn’t have a shell “yet” – wording which embeds progressive evolutionary assumptions into the story. And yet we know that modern sea turtles show variations in their shell shapes and textures. Further down in the report from the Field Museum of Chicago, we find evolutionists scratching their heads, making up a just-so story that relies heavily on the Stuff Happens Law:The fact that Eorhynchochelys developed a beak before other early turtles but didn’t have a shell is evidence of mosaic evolution — the idea that traits can evolve independently from each other and at a different rate, and that not every ancestral species has the same combination of these traits. Modern turtles have both shells and beaks, but the path evolution took to get there wasn’t a straight line. Instead, some turtle relatives got partial shells while others got beaks, and eventually, the genetic mutations that create these traits occurred in the same animal.Then we find the evolutionists scrambling to reassure the public that they are getting warmer toward an answer to”an unsolved problem in paleontology for many decades“:“This impressively large fossil is a very exciting discovery giving us another piece in the puzzle of turtle evolution,” says Nick Fraser, an author of the study from National Museums Scotland. “It shows that early turtle evolution was not a straightforward, step-by-step accumulation of unique traits but was a much more complex series of events that we are only just beginning to unravel.“Artist rendition of Eorhynchochelys. Credit: Field Museum.The BBC News notes that the six-foot fossil was “bigger than a double bed” and admits that “How the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years.” The authors of the paper in Nature are even less confident in their understanding of turtle evolution:The early evolution of turtles continues to be a contentious issue in vertebrate palaeontology. Recent reports have suggested that they are diapsids, but the position of turtles within Diapsida is controversial and the sequence of acquisition of turtle synapomorphies remains unclear. Here we describe a Triassic turtle from China that has a mixture of derived characters and plesiomorphic features. To our knowledge, it represents the earliest known stem turtle with an edentulous beak and a rigid puboischiadic plate. The discovery of this new form reveals a complex early history of turtles.In a commentary about the paper in Nature, Jeremy Bohm seems almost bipolar. His title finds him in depression: “230-million-year-old turtle fossil deepens mystery of reptile’s origins.” At one point, he appears hyperactive for Darwin, cheering the discovery of a transitional form. He quotes one scientist saying, “This new species fits almost perfectly in the evolutionary picture that researchers conceived of years before regarding how turtles acquired their signature features,” and adds “the discovery of Eorhynchochelys fills in the gap between these two species.” But later, in another state of depression brought on by listening to reptile specialist Rainer Schoch, he admits, “But even though Eorhynchochelys helps to demonstrate the acquisition of turtle traits, Schoch says, it’s not so informative about their place on the evolutionary tree.” Schoch also laments with him, “researchers don’t know enough about the anatomy of early reptilian ancestors to know for sure where turtles fall.”Update 8/24/18: A video posted by the BBC News says that the fossil proves turtles can live without shells. The evolutionists essentially call this a shell-less turtle, adding, “We can’t say when or how exactly these broad ribs became a shell.” How do they know the shell was not lost, or that the animal was a degenerate form like a blind cave fish? Moreover, it was bigger and badder than modern turtles today, clearly a complex and successful creature. Where is the evolution?So does this fossil help? We read about an “evolutionary reversal” in the number of ribs and a strange mix of “derived” (advanced) features. They’re not sure it was terrestrial or aquatic. Whatever it was, it was not on any kind of straight line from pre-turtle to turtle. Why not just accept that the fossils reveal more diversity in animals than we see today? Why must they be connected by Darwinian lines of ancestry? Darwin’s tree of life, we’ve already learned, is dead (6 Aug 2018). This animal was part of a network of creatures that possibly exchanged genetic information.Transitional Dino-BirdsConfusion reigns once the astute reader gets past the Darwin Cheerleaders in another case of an alleged transitional form. This time it’s a set of dinosaur fossils that Astrobiology Magazine insists are “Rare intermediate fossils” that “give researchers insight into evolution of bird-like dinosaur.” Odd, is it not, that intermediate fossils are rare? Shouldn’t they be everywhere, blending all creatures smoothly from one to another? But we find more reasons to doubt the “intermediate” status of this fossil, called a type of alvarezsaur (named after a historian, George Alvarez). First of all, despite the artwork, no feathers were found. The creatures look like standard theropods.“Alvarezsaurs are weird animals,” said Choiniere. “With their strong, clawed hands and weak jaws, they appear to be the dinosaurian analogue to today’s aardvarks and anteaters.“Piecing together an evolutionary just-so story about these fossils requires heavy coatings of imagination, figuring out what they ate and why their forelimbs changed sizes. Here comes the Darwin yell king, James Clark:“The fossil record is the best source of information about how anatomical features evolve,” said James Clark, co-author and an Honorary Professor at Wits University. “And like other classic examples of evolution such as the ‘horse series’, these dinosaurs show us how a lineage can make a major shift in its ecology over time.“Bulletin to Clark: the horse series has been debunked (11 Feb 2017). Favorite evolutionary just-so stories fall slowly, like hot air balloons in the wind after the burner has run out of gas.Dino-bird pusher Xing Xu, always mysteriously present when a feathered dinosaur story hits the press, is lead author in the paper in Current Biology. Calling this an “intermediate” between Jurassic and Cretaceous alvarezsaurians, his team asserts that “Specialized alvarezsaurian forelimb morphology evolved slowly, in a mosaic fashion.” There’s no mention of feathers for this alleged “bird-like dinosaur” in the paper, and a mosaic is not a tree.The non-Darwinian story strains credibility: “Our analysis shows that alvarezsaurian skeletal evolution occurred in a somewhat modular manner, with different skeletal parts being modified at different evolutionary rates.” Genetic mutations know nothing of modules. The authors get all excited about forelimb length, but that presupposes the existence of forelimbs. Where is some new innovation, like a new organ or system? Is a king penguin intermediate between an adele penguin and an emperor penguin? With “different evolutionary rates,” the Darwin storyteller has all the flexibility needed to fit any data to his story.Transitional HumansThe science media are reporting another case of interbreeding between human ancestors:Neanderthals and Denisovans Mated, New Hybrid Bone Reveals (Live Science)Neanderthal mother, Denisovan father! Hybrid fossil: Newly-sequenced genome sheds light on interactions between ancient hominins (Science Daily)The genome of the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father (Nature, original paper)Mum’s a Neanderthal, Dad’s a Denisovan: First discovery of an ancient-human hybrid (Nature, commentary by Matthew Warren)Needless to say, if mating produced successful offspring, the two groups were members of the same species. This should collapse the Neanderthal and Denisovan categories into one. Then that blended category, which hybridized with modern humans and produced offspring surviving to the present, is also one species. They’re all varieties of Homo sapiens. No Darwin-style evolution in this ‘tangled tree’ can be claimed.Another example of “mosaic evolution” is found in a PNAS paper entitled, “Evolution and function of the hominin forefoot.” Certain bones are claimed to occupy “an intermediate portion of the morphospace between apes and humans.” The thrust of the paper, however, is that evolution proceeded in a mosaic fashion, not a clear evolutionary progress. Some bones in Ardipithecus actually moved away from apes but not toward humans, they say. “This pattern of evolutionary change is seen consistently throughout the evolution of the foot, highlighting the mosaic nature of pedal evolution and the emergence of a derived, modern hallux relatively late in human evolution.”A much more important question for Darwinians should concern the astoundingly complex integration of functional parts. One anatomist said in 2007, “With its 26 bones, 33 joints, the foot is a biomechanical masterpiece.”What a scandal Darwin started. To see how these Darwine-drunk reporters and paleontologists ply their trade, read “How not to work a puzzle” at the end of the 5 Feb 2013 commentary. (Visited 925 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

UK outsourcing giant buys into SA

first_img25 July 2012British outsourcing giant Capita plc has entered the sub-Saharan African market through the acquisition of South African contact centre solutions business Full Circle for an undisclosed amount.Newspaper Business Day reported Capita as saying the acquisition would see it investing R500-million in South Africa over the next three years.“Capita is one of the largest companies of its kind, providing ‘front-office’ contact centre and back office processing solutions for multiple clients from the private and public sectors,” Capita’s joint chief operating officer, Vic Gysin, said in a statement last week.“The acquisition of Full Circle, a leading contact centre solutions business in South Africa, will enable us to provide a full range of offshored services in the region to our clients.”Peter Ryan, a lead researcher with UK-based technology analyst firm Ovum, told UK website ChannelBiz that Capita’s move would provide the company “with a deeper penetration into global brand names such as Amazon, as well as the hosted delivery platform that Full Circle has been pioneering.“This is significant considering the very high level of quality that many executives in the UK (and the broader English-speaking world) associate with contact centre work from South Africa,” Ryan said.Gareth Pritchard, CEO of Business Process enabling South Africa (BPeSA), said Capita’s acquisition “demonstrates the high value international companies see in the professionalism of home-bred organisations.“Capita will play a significant role in developing the industry and thereby become a major contributor in our efforts to create jobs in the Western Cape,” Pritchard added.Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said Capita’s experience would “reinforce the Western Cape’s reputation as a serious offshore BPO [business process outsourcing] location.“Their investment into the region shows the important role that local businesses such as Full Circle have to play in facilitating BPO investment into South Africa.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Petroleum industry sees black women making strides

first_imgMathiba Molefe Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba said that economic growth was essential to addressing unemployment, gender equality, education and other social development related areas. (Image: The Department of Public Enterprises) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mayihlome Tshwete  Spokesperson for Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba  + 27 72 869 2477 RELATED ARTICLES • Transport investment a must • Liquid fuel from coal • Infrastructure development in South AfricaSouth Africa’s first 100% black women-owned petroleum plant has opened in Limpopo.Oil company Econ Oil officially opened the petroleum blending plant in Marble Hall on 17 October as part of its business expansion project. Nothemba Mlonzi is managing director.Following winning a five-year contract to supply three Eskom clusters with fuel, Econ Oil saw a chance to strengthen its foothold in the industry with the new blending plant.The company had already been supplying a number of Mpumalanga province power stations with 16-million litres of fuel on a monthly basis and had created more than 30 permanent jobs.It also supplied 18% of Eskom’s fuel oil needs in a 2003 to 2006 contract, and continued with a 60% supply from 2006 to 2009.The new plant will strengthen its position as a fuel supplier, supplying one of South Africa’s oldest operating power stations, Hendrina, in Mpumalanga, during the last third of this year. Economic growth for equalityPublic Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba opened the plant, saying; “Economic growth is essential to addressing unemployment, gender equality, education and other social development related areas.”The Econ Oil plant, being the first of its kind, may pave the way for other oil companies and corporations alike to invest in empowering female stakeholders to help rectify the corporate power imbalance in the country. The Alberton-based oil company’s expansion is one of the Eskom group’s success stories in its move to transform the industry to be fully representative of South Africa’s population.“Since government adopted economic transformation policy, South Africa has seen a change in the structure of the economy and this can be measured through African and black participation in various sectors of the economy,” Gigaba said, commenting on government’s role in transforming the country’s economy.“The constraints imposed by the industry’s failure to commit to transformation and the financial sector’s unwillingness to support many black entrepreneurs have not deterred the growth of the company,” Gigaba said, adding that “Econ-Oil has experienced these market failures and black women showed resilience, true entrepreneurial spirit to establish this company against all odds.”Econ Oil is a direct beneficiary of the Department of Public Enterprises’ transformation policies, which have helped a small business to succeed in an industry dominated by international oil companies. The Liquid Fuel CharterThe Liquid Fuel and Petroleum Charter was revised in 2000 to stipulate that South African oil companies should aim for 25% black ownership as soon as possible; to date the majority of oil companies operating in South Africa have yet to achieve this goal, with just a 48% compliance rate.Former Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters – who currently serves as the minister of transport – has expressed her disappointment in the figure, saying that; “on ownership, the finding concludes that the average effective narrow-based black shareholding is 18,9%, instead of the [requisite]25%”.“Out of this 18,91%, representation for black women stands at a meagre 6,72%….”The Department of Energy, now headed by Dikobe Ben Martins, says that if energy companies do not work harder towards meeting the charter’s mandate, they risk losing their licences or having their activities curtailed.According to the 2002 South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) report, the industry’s total income tax payment to the state was more than R3-billion.last_img read more

Forrester: Banks Must Innovate for Mobile Banking Growth to Continue

first_imgSince 2007, mobile banking has more than doubled in use. According to analyst firm Forrester, this trend will continue, with usage again doubling by 2015, but analyst Emmet Higdon says that a few changes and realizations need to be made for mobile banking to really catch on. According to Higdon, mobile banking lacks “any clear differentiated functionality” and “appeals most strongly to those consumers already inclined to use the mobile channel.” To really gain adoption, says Higdon, “U.S. banks will need to enhance today’s functionality significantly.”Forrester reports that mobile banking has undergone rapid adoption, more than doubling from 5% of online users in 2007 to 12% in Q2 of 2010. By 2015, this number is predicted to nearly double again, with one in five U.S. adults using mobile banking. “To reach one in five US adults, as Forrester predicts mobile banking will do by 2015,” writes Higdon, “U.S. banks will need to enhance today’s functionality significantly to create a unique value proposition that resonates with both online and offline consumers.”Higdon suggests that banks introduce innovative features like mobile remote deposit, make common activities even simpler to do by using mobile apps, and use the unique characteristics of mobile devices (such as GPS coordinates) to offer additional functionality. Why would banks want to get people accessing their accounts on the go? It’s all about the bucks, of course. With the current offerings, writes Higdon, “banks are not realizing the full benefit of switching customers to cheaper servicing channels, but instead are seeing cannibalization of one low-cost channel (online) by another (mobile).”What do you want to see in your mobile banking app? Does an augmented reality-style ATM search pique your interest or would you rather deposit checks via camera? “The real ROI from mobile banking will come from engaging the 40% of US consumers who today do not bank online,” concludes Higdon. “Simply replicating today’s online banking functionality will not get the job done.” Related Posts Tags:#Finance#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Four labourer buried alive while repairing tunnel in Rajasthan

first_imgFour labourers, repairing a tunnel in Rajasthan’s Sirohi district, died after being buried alive under debris, the police said on Saturday.The victims were trapped under the debris on Friday which fell due to vibrations generated by a poclain machine at the site on Beawar-Pindwara national highway, they said.The family members of the deceased, identified as Devi Singh, 32, Uttam Kumar, 23, Mahendra Kumar Meena, 27, and Mahendra Hiragar, 30, have refused to accept the bodies till they are provided compensation by the private firm which was carrying out the repair work, Sirohi collector Babu Lal Meena said.The bodies have been kept at a mortuary. The State government has announced ex-gratia for the kin of the deceased. A case has been registered against the company and the driver of the poclain machine, the police said.last_img read more

Gasums Coralius Marks Bunkering Milestone in Rotterdam

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gasum Gasum’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel, Coralius, conducted its first bunkering in the port of Rotterdam.During the ship-to-ship operation LNG was supplied to the chemical tanker Bit Viking. The event represented a milestone for Coralius when proving its availability in the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp area).“Finally, being able to bunker our clients in the ARA area increases LNG availability and security for the LNG fueled fleet. The amount of LNG driven vessels is growing rapidly globally, and we will definitely be part of the growth in being present where LNG is needed,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Vice President, natural gas and LNG, Gasum, said.Coralius mainly operates in the North Sea and the Skagerrak area, where it celebrated its 100th bunkering operation in late Fabruary.Gasum said it expects an increase in the average amount of delivered stem, as it will perform bunkerings on shuttle tankers and other bigger vessels.last_img read more