SYDNEY, Australia, (CMC): West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite says his focus at the top of the order remains on playing long innings for the team’s benefit. The right-hander started the new year on a high note with a doughty, solid batting display, which held the team’s innings together on the opening day of the third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground before 33,000 fans. He made 85 off 174 balls in four hours, on a day truncated due to heavy rain in the second and third sessions, as West Indies closed on 207 for six. “I always look to bat long. I always look to set up the innings for my team, and that requires me to stay, provide a solid start and then look to capitalise on the bad balls, if any come along,” said the 23-year-old. “I back my technique, and I always look to play to my strengths. I enjoy batting for long periods, and that requires a lot of concentration, so I trying to dig in whenever I get a start.” Brathwaite played sensibly from the start, mixing sound defence with aggression, which brought him ten boundaries. He added 91 for the second wicket with left-hander Darren Bravo (33) after he lost opening partner Shai Hope cheaply for nine early in the morning session. Brathwaite, who made a robust 94 in the first Test, seemed set for his maiden century Down Under when he fell to off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who was again Australia’s best bowler, on a pitch offering turn. “It’s a good challenge. He [Lyon] is bowling quite well, and you just have to keep believing in your ability,” Brathwaite explained. “He bowled well to his field and, for me, it’s about trusting my defence because he obviously turns the ball a bit. Going forward, I just have to keep believing in my ability and working at my plans. “This is a tour where I’m learning. I just want to keep going out there and building a foundation for my team and learning the process.” He added: “Last year (2014-2015), we toured South Africa, and I learned a lot from that tour. It’s all about getting better as a player and as a team. There is a lot of work to be done, but a lot can be achieved as a team if we continue to play together.” Sensible playing
– to boost oil and gas, environmental audit capacity– as 2017 Audit Report handed over to SpeakerThe Audit Office of Guyana will be embarking on a partnership with a Canadian firm that will aim to prepare the agency to be able to audit oil companies in Guyana, among other areas.The moment the report was handed over. Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland and Auditor General Deodat SharmaThis was explained by Auditor General Deodat Sharma at the official handing over of the 2017 Audit Report of Guyana at the Public Buildings on Friday to Speaker of the House, Dr Barton Scotland.He revealed that the firm, Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation (CAAF), will be conducting training over a seven-year period.“One officer will be working on the area of environment audits, with special emphasis on Guyana’s preparedness to deal with oil spills at sea that could have devastating effects on endangered species and also our crops and livestock along our coastland.”“This arrangement with the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation, for which an agreement with the Audit Office of Guyana will be signed in January 2019, whereby CAAF will be providing training in various disciplines for the next seven years. The other officer will be working in the area of gender equality.”Sharma also assured that the Audit Office will continue to ensure improvements are made to its operations. These improvements will include the implementation of software – TeamMate – with the ultimate aim of paperless operations at the office.Meanwhile, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Nigel Dharamlall lauded the Audit Office for timely delivery of the report. Dharamlall, who spoke on behalf of PAC Chairman Irfaan Ali, said several issues that affected accountability in public office are expected to be addressed.“I think the Auditor General’s report is an important element, critical to our good governance, public accountability and transparency. And we do hope that whatever is obtained in the Auditor General’s report, many of the issues perceived to affect public officers and their duties regarding their treatment of the public purse that those issues have been dealt with this time around.”“We had some issues with the 2016 report and 2015 and previous years. There’ve been instances where we had repeat offenders,” Dharamlall added, though he acknowledged the limitations under which accounting officers do their jobs.Meanwhile, Dr Scotland observed that the Auditor General’s work remains an integral part of the management and scrutiny of resources made available to the Government. He added that while the office is an independent one and is protected in the performance of its duties, the annual presentation by the Auditor General is mandatory.“The report of the Auditor General is of signal importance in relation to Parliament’s treatment of the budget and the scrutiny of Parliament of the resources generally. So, we must appreciate that as set out in the Constitution, the AG must at this time, annually present this report.”It was explained at the handing over that the audit report would be laid in the National Assembly once the House comes out of recess early next month. It is then that the report becomes a public document.
Boydston’s appointment last winter to finish the term of Cameron Smyth after Smyth took a state Assembly seat hinged in part on his promise not to run in 2008 – and some wonder if his zeal is a ploy to trigger a groundswell of support for a run anyway. Boydston insists the decision stands, but he may run in 2010 or seek a different seat, he said. He has brainstormed with Dr. Gene Dorio, a geriatrics specialist who’s lobbied against the hospital’s planned closure of an intermediate care unit, and with David Gauny, who heads Smart Growth SCV, a grass-roots group of about 500 that questions the density and impacts of the hospital project. Boydston’s queries ranged from practical to tactical. How many doctors on staff have offices on and off hospital grounds, how much space in campus medical buildings is occupied by nonstaff doctors, what’s the occupancy rate for beds, how is the space laid out and what changes are planned and will the hospital’s president and CEO get a bonus if the plan and a development agreement are approved, he asked. Among its responses, the hospital noted 7,700 square feet of medical office space is leased to those who are not on staff. About 40 percent of the hospital campus is owned by G&L Realty Corp., which develops medical-related properties. The company provided an infusion of cash when the hospital went into bankruptcy several years ago. Roger Seaver, Newhall Memorial’s president and CEO, is widely credited with turning things around. SANTA CLARITA – Newly appointed Santa Clarita Councilman Tim Ben Boydston has hit the ground running, demanding answers from local hospital officials to a battery of questions about their controversial master plan, which will soon go before the City Council. Boydston, the executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild, met with an independent consultant and is determined to master the economics of hospital governance before his vote on the long-range plan. “Some people in the hospital organization voiced the opinion it’s not a good thing we are taking so much time in this process,” Boydston said, noting that he disagrees. “As far as I’m concerned, we won’t have a vote until the questions are answered.” Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is seeking the city’s approval for a master plan that would detail how the facility could be built out over the next 25 years. Santa Clarita planning commissioners last fall approved the plan, which allows for tripling the size of the nearly 333,000-square-foot campus. During city planning commission hearings, the grass-roots coalition questioned whether the plan provides an adequate balance of hospital and medical office space. In other words, is Newhall Memorial beholden to G&L and allowing high-density offices in a plum hospital location as payback for the financial rescue. A study requested by Councilman Bob Kellar, on the proportionality of hospital versus medical office space, is under way. Boydston asked for copies of all agreements between Newhall Memorial and G&L and questioned whether G&L is helping to pay fees for lobbyists and consultants hired for the project, how much space the hospital now leases from G&L and what it is used for, and what land on campus is owned by the hospital and by G&L. The hospital said consulting costs for engineering, architecture, urban and environmental planning are paid 60 percent by Newhall Memorial and 40 percent by G&L – based on land holdings – and lobbyist fees are split 50-50 by the partners. The hospital leases less than one-fourth of the medical office space managed by G&L on the grounds. Boydston asked pointedly if Seaver or others have an ownership interest for profit-sharing agreements with G&L, how much G&L is paying Newhall Memorial for permission to build medical office buildings and parking garages on hospital property and whether there are profit-sharing agreements between the hospital and G&L. Newhall Memorial declined to reveal Seaver’s compensation for 2006, but said its board members do not and have not had any business relationship with G&L. “It is the consensus of the board that any other release of Mr. Seaver’s total compensation would be an inappropriate diversion of time and attention needed on the master plan, as well as a violation of Mr. Seaver’s privacy,” Elizabeth Hopp, chairwoman of the hospital’s board, wrote in an April 5 letter to Boydston and the council. “Mr. Seaver has the potential for a performance bonus that is highly integrated to the strategic priorities of the hospital.” Newhall Memorial serves 680 square miles of rapidly growing suburbia, and Seaver says city approval for the master plan is needed for the hospital to remain the predominant provider of acute services in the valley. Roughly 60 percent of residents’ health care needs are being met outside the valley. Seaver and others agree the region’s growth would be able to support two hospitals. In a recent “report card” on hospitals statewide, Newhall Memorial was rated “above average” by maternity patients, but it rated “poor” in patient satisfaction and care for patients with heart failure, and “below average” in caring for pneumonia patients. Earlier this month Providence Holy Cross – which recently opened a $47 million outpatient medical facility near Newhall Memorial – confirmed it has begun negotiating for property owned by Newhall Land and Farming Co. just outside city limits that would be suitable for a 200-bed hospital. Newhall Memorial’s master plan is on the council’s agenda in June. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Shay Given has warned his Aston Villa team-mates they are not safe from relegation.The Villans moved six points clear of the Premier League drop zone with a win over Tottenham last weekend and, with just five games remaining, they look to have secured their top-flight status.But Given insists the hard work is not over.The Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “We’re not thinking we’re safe yet. It’s going to be very close and there’s still a lot of work to be done.“You get some mad results at this time of year and anything can happen. We have to make sure we do our job, then it doesn’t matter what happens elsewhere. It will probably go down to the last game of the season to see who stays up.”Villa can put the battle at the bottom to one side this weekend as they take on Liverpool at Wembley for a place in next month’s FA Cup final.And Given is hoping Christian Benteke can continue his fine recent form and end the Reds’ hopes of a trophy this term. “Liverpool will be favourites, but we’ll focus on what we want to do and how we want to play,” he added. “We’re looking forward to it.“The gaffer [Tim Sherwood] has got us playing some good stuff and [Christian] Benteke is back on top form. He’s really flying. He’s such a big player for us. He gives us such a presence and his confidence is sky high.“We’ll look at the things we can do to hurt Liverpool. This is not just a day out, we want to make it all the way to the final now.”
Have you seen a squirrel on the road or in your back garden in Donegal?A new community wildlife initiative aimed at mapping the whereabouts of red and grey squirrels in North East Donegal is asking for your help. They want members of the public to report sightings of squirrels ’Dead or Alive’.North East Donegal holds one of the last Native or Red Squirrel populations in the country but they are under threat from the invasive Grey Squirrel an introduced rodent from North America. Anthony Robb the Coordinator of the newly established North East Donegal Squirrel project explained the situation on the ground.“The greys are rapidly expanding their territories north and pushing the native Red squirrels before them. In recent years North East Donegal has seen a big influx of Red squirrels and now greys are starting to appear.“If things are left unchecked Inishowen will be site of their last stand. We want to establish exactly where the red and grey populations are and how many is in each group. Armed with that information we can then undertake protective measures for our Native Reds”.Red Squirrels are small mammals which depend on a woodland habitat to survive. Competition from grey squirrels, squirrel-pox virus, habitat fragmentation and road kills are their biggest threat. Their colour ranges from almost brown to chestnut on their back with a white underside. Their distinctive ear tufts make them unmistakable to their invasive cousins the grey squirrels.They can be found in both broadleaved and conifer forests as well as gardens and parklands feeding on a variety of nuts and seeds. They are protected under the Wildlife Act 1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 and 2010.Grey squirrels are non-native and were introduced from America into Ireland in 1911 and today they are now found all over Ireland. They can feed on a variety of nuts, fruit and flowers as well as stripping bark off trees to get to the sap.Grey squirrels are larger, more adaptable and more aggressive. They can digest foods like acorns and beech nuts more efficiently than reds. It has also been recently discovered that grey squirrels are carriers of parapox virus, which is harmful to red squirrels. Grey squirrels are regarded as pests in forests.The project was launched at a recent presentation night in Buncrana. A large crowd from local gun clubs and the Inishowen wildlife club listened with concern as Anthony highlighted the problem of the approaching grey squirrel invasion into Inishowen, one of the last strongholds of red squirrels in the country. Members of the public are urged to keep an eye out for red or grey squirrels when they are out and about in their gardens. Squirrels will make the most of bird feeders at this time of the year and can often be seen when walking the dog in forests or parks.Please report any sightings to Anthony on 0860724821, or online at www.donegalsquirrelproject.comOH NUTS – HAVE YOU SPOTTED A SQUIRREL IN CO DONEGAL? was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalgrey squirrelred squirrel
Drake Game Notes Live Video The Drake University men’s basketball team travels to UMKC for the first time in the program’s history to take on the Kangaroos on Tuesday, Nov. 15, evening in Municipal Auditorium. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.Tuesday’s game will be the Bulldogs’ first visit to the Kangaroos’ home court. Drake leads the all-time series, 5-1, but dropped last year’s meeting, 79-73, in the Knapp Center in what was the first meeting between the two programs since 1985.Drake opened its season on Friday evening with a 79-74 loss to South Dakota at the Knapp Center. Junior Reed Timmer led the Bulldogs in the loss with 17 points while newcomer T.J. Thomas added 13 points and eight rebounds. C.J. Rivers and Graham Woodward also scored in double figures with 10 points each as the Bulldogs shot 47.3 percent.UMKC returns home after falling at No. 22 Creighton on Friday evening, 89-82, despite outscoring the Bluejays in the second half, 48-34. Martez Harrison, the 2014-15 WAC Player of the Year, led the Kangaroos in the loss with 17 points, four assists and five steals.The last time Drake and UMKC met, Reed Timmer scored 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting while UMKC’s LaVell Boyd scored 16. Both players will be back on the court for this season’s meeting.Boyd and Harrison were preseason All-Western Athletic Conference picks for UMKC with Harrison earning first team honors and Boyd being selected to the second team. The Kangaroos were picked fifth in the preseason WAC poll and return three starters from last year’s 14-19 team.Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to host Simpson College on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2:05 p.m. Live Audio Live Stats Story Links Print Friendly Version
Petr Cech went off injured during the first half of the Champions League semi-final first leg in Madrid, where Chelsea have defended resolutely. Already without the injured Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o as well as the suspended Branislav Ivanovic, they lost their keeper after 17 minutes.Cech left the pitch after appearing to hurt his ribs as he cleared a corner under pressure from Raul Garcia, who was shoved towards him by Chelsea’s David Luiz.It meant another appearance for Mark Schwarzer following the 41-year-old’s unconvincing display in Saturday’s shock home defeat against Sunderland, which Cech missed because of illness.Schwarzer was well protected by his back four but when called into action he showed good handling to collect a couple of crosses and dived to tip away a 25-yard drive from Mario Suarez.At the other end, Ramires shot wastefully wide after great work by Willian gave the visitors the chance to launch a counter-attack.Fernando Torres was named in the Chelsea starting line-up against his former club, while on-loan Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois is in goal for the home side.Chelsea: Cech (Schwarzer 17); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Luiz, Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Willian, Torres.Subs: Kalas, Ake, Van Ginkel, Oscar, Schurrle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Engineers continue to look to the living world for solutions to practical problems. One of them is as close as your skin.Artificial photosynthesis: As reported here 6/22/13, plants achieve 95% efficiency of light capture compared to man’s 20%. PhysOrg reported how scientists at Caltech and Berkeley labs are making slow progress toward “An artificial version of photosynthesis … one of the most promising of solar technologies.” One comment in the press release sounds like old-earth creationism: “For more than two billion years, nature has employed photosynthesis to oxidize water into molecular oxygen.”Artificial cricket hairs: A sensitive flow sensor modeled on cricket hairs was announced by Science Daily:These tiny hairs, which are manufactured using microtechnology techniques, are neatly arranged in rows and mimic the extremely sensitive body hairs that crickets use to detect predators. When a hair moves, the electrical capacitance at its base changes, making the movement measurable. If there is an entire array of hairs, then this effect can be used to measure flow patterns. In the same way, changes in air flow tell crickets that they are about to be attacked.That’s why crickets are usually able to jump before you swat them.Artificial butterfly wings: An old biomimetics story is back, the prospect of improving anti-counterfeiting technology through the use of photonic crystals like those found on butterfly wing scales. Live Science reported that a Canadian company named Nanotech Security Corporation has imitated the iridiscent wings of the Morpho butterfly to create a pattern that could be placed on paper currency that would be impossible to counterfeit.The phenomenon Nanotech employs is similar to the way some animals, including male peacocks, produce iridescent colors: instead of using proteins and other chemicals to produce a hue, the creature’s feathers or scales play with light, using very tiny holes that reflect different colors or wavelengths. The Morpho does this with complicated scales on its wing that produce shimmering blues and greens.The company’s product could be embossed on nearly any surface, making it possible to watermark products like plastics, metals, solar cells, fabrics, paper, and even pills. Since no dies or paints are required, even images can be embossed on surfaces without affecting their composition.The work is another example of what scientists call biomimicry, which adapts nature’s solutions for innovative human devices, in this instance, nano-optics, a burgeoning new technology.Artificial skin: Who would want to imitate an ugly scab? Medical engineers, that’s who: “Human scabs have become the model for development of an advanced wound dressing material that shows promise for speeding the healing process,” reported PhysOrg. How would they do it?They describe how research on the surface structure of natural scabs served as inspiration for developing a “cytophilic” wound dressing material. It attracts new cells needed for healing. The material mimics the underside of scabs, where tiny fibers are arranged in the same direction like velvet or a cat’s fur. Wang’s team spun fibers of polyurethane—the common durable and flexible plastic—into the same pattern. In laboratory experiments, the human cells involved in healing quickly attached to the membrane and lined up like those in actual scabs.“The abstract of the paper in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces states, “This scab-inspired cytophilic membrane is promising in applications as functional interfacial biomaterials for rapid wound healing, bone repair, and construction of neural networks.”Have you ever observed the underside of a scab? Be thankful for small wonders like these. Scabs may look gross and ugly for awhile, but they are designed to heal. Underneath, precision operations are taking place to heal the wound and build new skin to make it like new. If every scratch and wound we got from childhood onward left permanent scars on our skin, we would be an awful sight by now. Fortunately, most small wounds are healed so completely we completely forget about the momentary afflictions.No wonder scientists are imitating living technology. These are but a few of dozens of ongoing projects that began with inspiration for the intelligent design in nature. Even though one of the articles assumed billions of years, none of them had any use for evolution. Intelligent design is guiding science into the information age.
A federally-funded NASA website about astrobiology has just launched an evolutionary comic strip. Is this an appropriate use of taxpayer funds?“The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa” was announced by NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine on November 4. This was not the first attempt at the comic-book genre (see category “Astrobio Comics” on the site), but promises to be an ongoing series. The intent is to add some colorful adventure to topics like alien life and global warming.Our new comic strip, “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa,” imagines what aliens from Europa might look like, and also shows what might happen if such creatures developed a space program and other advanced technology. Will “Europe-ans” visit Earth as part of a Cold War space race of their own, similar to our Apollo missions to the Moon? Would they, perhaps, quest to better understand [sic] their solar system, like with our many missions to Mars? Or do they have other motivations that are entirely alien to our own?Since their nondiscovery precludes any knowledge of what they think, this is purely an exercise in imagination at best, and indoctrination at worst. The writers and illustrators will slip in their own beliefs on these topics and channel them through imaginary beings to young people. Some JPL scientists will enter the world of the comic strip to confront the aliens in this imagination-fest.Astrobiologists are keen to peek beneath Europa’s crazy-quilt patchwork ice, but missions to penetrate the ice and send a probe are decades away. In the meantime, we can only dream about what, if any, strange creatures might be swimming in that alien sea.One unanswered issue is what dreams might be acceptable. What if the aliens are creationists? What if (most likely), no aliens show up? What if the JPL scientists reach Europa, dig through the ice and nobody’s home? It’s highly doubtful the comic strip will broach those possibilities.Visitors can read the first episode of the Sunday series on the Astrobio Comics page of the site. The introductory page explains the purpose, and adds some fright to grip the reader:Coming Soon… Astrobiology Magazine is proud to launch a new comic strip, “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.” … this new series will tell the story of an alien invasion of Earth. We plan for this series to be a fun way to visit science topics like terraforming, climate change, icy moons, alien communication, and “life as we know it,” and to imagine, if life did evolve on Europa, what might it be like and what goals would its civilization develop? This series will feature a new strip each Sunday, so visit us each week as the story unfolds — and follow how the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance!The writers apparently chose Europa because of its centrality in Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, that portrayed beings much further ahead in evolution than humans.The comic strip page bears the NASA+Home link and the FirstGov emblem, but Creation-Evolution Headlines has so far been unable to determine funding for the comic strip. The “About Us” page of Astrobiology Magazine only states that the site is “a NASA-sponsored online popular science magazine.”Of course NASA is proud to launch a comic strip. That’s the only place where their evolutionary dreams come true.We can’t fault the outreach and education folks at NASA for using the comic-strip medium per se. We use comics to liven up our site. Humor and visualization can be effective teaching tools. But they can also be tools of propaganda or sidestepping. The difference between NASA’s site and ours is that you get all sides here: we give the microphone to the best and brightest of evolutionists to spew their view before we critique it and, when called for, have fun with it. With NASA’s new comic strip, by contrast, children will never hear the views of Darwin skeptics. All problems with evolution will be glossed over when not completely ignored. The producers of the comic strip will subvert the natural inclination of children to let their imaginations run wild to lead them down the primrose path to Charlie’s shrine, where some of them will offer sacrifice. Since the criticisms of creationists and Darwin skeptics are blocked from view, the impossible will look possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain – all with the imprimatur of the federal government. That’s not education. It’s brainwashing. It’s your tax dollars at work.Why don’t they write comics about the real abominable snow aliens of Europe? Ahhh…Answer: because global cooling is not politically correct. (The warm ones are still abominable.) (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0