Two Sides of the Class System Coin

first_imgThe class system is a definite benefit to the smaller schools.  For instance, Jac-Cen-Del & South Decatur have both had state titles in basketball.  Several other schools have had runner-up finishes. This is wonderful and it takes nothing away from their state titles.  However, I personally feel that it should be one way or the other.One of the big reasons for the IHSAA’s opposition to classes in the open sports we mentioned a couple days ago is the cost involved with providing awards for these teams.  Remember, in football there are 6 state champions and in most cases football teams have the largest rosters of any sport in Indiana.  It does not seem to bother the IHSAA to shell out the money for the awards for 6 state football teams, but they don’t want to do it for track (generally the sport with the second largest roster).last_img read more

Cretaceous Starling Flew Over Feathered Dinosaurs

first_imgA beautifully-preserved fossil from China shows a full-fledged bird doing just fine 60 million years before T. rex walked.A USC press release spills the beans about a fossil that could undermine the consensus view of dinosaur-to-bird evolution.  Titled “When Dinosaurs Flew,” it says:A team of paleontologists affiliated with USC Dornsife and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has determined that birds were capable of modern flight patterns much earlier than previously suspected — at least 60 million years before T. rex stalked the land.The new findings have added a layer of understanding to the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, as researchers explore how early birds took flight.A study published online by PeerJ on Jan. 2 detailed the examination of a startlingly complete and pristine specimen of an ancient, dinosaur-era bird: Hongshanornis longicresta, which flapped throughout what is now China roughly 125 million years ago during the early Cretaceous Period.This particular specimen, discovered a few years ago in rocks from northeastern China, is the latest example of the unexpected diversity of primitive birds that have been unearthed from that part of the world.The paleontologists still believe in bird evolution, thinking “well-preserved specimens like this one give us a wealth of information about the early evolution of birds.”  But they’re going to have a hard time explaining this fossil – not only for the early date, but its similarity to living birds.Roughly 90 percent of the skeleton is complete, with wings and tail so finely preserved that the outlines of feathers and what may be dark color bands on the tail can still be seen. That high level of preservation — particularly around the wings and tail — has allowed the team to perform an aerodynamic analysis of the bird, revealing how it likely flew….The flying style is far closer to that found in modern birds than what was supposed of ancient flyers — which have been thought to rely more on gliding due to a lack of enough muscle mass in flying appendages to achieve flapping bursts.“This isn’t a mode of flight we expected from Cretaceous birds,” [Michael] Habib said, adding that its small size and overall shape are comparable to that of modern birds. “It was pretty much a Cretaceous starling with a larger tail like a mockingbird.”Transported to the modern world, it wouldn’t look like anything special to the casual observer, until a closer examination revealed claws at the end of the bird’s wings and tiny teeth in its beak.The new fossil is dated to the same evolutionary age as Protarcheopteryx (12/03/12), which is commonly portrayed as a theropod dinosaur running on the ground with feathered arms too useless for powered flight.  That shows that it could not have been an evolutionary ancestor of Hongshanornis, which was already flying overhead, indistinguishable from modern birds to a casual observer.  That supports Alan Feduccia’s idea it was a secondarily flightless bird (4/27/12), not an ancestor to birds.Speaking of starlings, evolution defender Jerry Coyne fell into a trap recently, posting a clip of starling murmurations from the acclaimed intelligent-design documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds.  His faux pas was gleefully pointed out by Evolution News & Views.  Coyne hastily backpedaled, telling the ID proponents to “Stuff it.”The story of dinobird evolution continues to unravel.  If a modern-looking bird resembling a starling or mockingbird was flying overhead its presumed primitive ancestors, the ancestors were contemporaries, not ancestors. Who knows they may have been doing murmurations over the head of their presumed ancestors.What’s funny is to watch the evolutionists continue to believe their myth in spite of this evidence.  They say euphemistically, this adds “a layer of understanding to the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, as researchers explore how early birds took flight.”  They say fossils like this “give us a wealth of information about the early evolution of birds.”  They say this fossil allows them “to explore new questions about long-extinct species.”  Yeah, right.  Stuff it.  The only value evolutionists offer is a lesson in spin doctoring.Even if the evolutionists had a sequence that looked like a lineage, there’s enough irreducible complexity in a bird to discount its emergence by unguided natural processes.  Watch Flight for good reasons why, and listen to the mockingbird. (It’s mocking Charlie).When charms of spring awaken, awaken, awaken,When charms of spring are awaken and the mockingbird is singing on the bough,I feel like one so forsaken, so forsaken, so forsakenI feel like one so forsaken, since my Darwin is no longer with me now.Listen to the mockingbird, listen to the mockingbirdThe mockingbird is singing o’er his graveListen to the mockingbird, mocking Charlie Darwin’s word,Still singing where his weeping fellows rave.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa Statement

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 17th August 2018 – Brand South Africa’s Board of Trustees has appointed Ms Thembi Kunene-Msimang as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the entity as of 13th August 2018.Ms Kunene-Msimang is currently a non-executive Trustee at Brand South Africa. She has over 18 years’ executive management experience in the fields of Tourism, Communication, Marketing and serves on various other Boards.“I am delighted to have been trusted to help steer the organisation to success with the support from employees and the Board. I look forward to continuing the work in fulfilling the organisation’s mandate for the greater good of our country”, said Ms Kunene- Msimang.Chairperson of the Board, Ms Khanyisile Kweyama added, “the Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Nadine Thomas for her contribution and willingness to act as CEO since April. She will now continue in her role as Chief Financial Officer of the organisation”.For more information, please contact, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Communications, Ms Thoko Modise 082 787 6695, [email protected]last_img read more

Brand South Africa in collaboration with Edenvale Lions Basketball Academy hosted the official opening ceremony of a Basketball Court

first_imgBy Mduduzi MalingaBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Edenvale Lions Basketball Academy, hosted the official opening of a basketball court in Edenvale, Ekurhuleni November 16.The basketball court was launched to improve the state of basketball as a sport in South Africa, by developing players who can compete at an international level, starting from the grass-roots level and across the board. The programme not only refines the players’ game and the teams collectively, but also develops them at an individual level through and integrating them into an inspiring environment that will change their lives for the better.The Edenvale Lions Basketball Academy is an idea born from a place of passion and love for the game of basketball and the community. They develop and mentor players of all ages and across all walks of life. They mainly participate at tournaments that are able to get the players to a point where they can compete on an international level.Brand South Africa is delighted to collaborate with the Edenvale Lions to drive a message that positions the country’s excellence in sport and contributes to nation building and social cohesion. This is aligned to Brand South Africa’s mandate to position South Africa as a globally competitive sporting destination of choice.Byron Pinheiro- Co-Founder said: “We are grateful for our on-going partnership with Brand South Africa and the opening of this  court is the start of a new legacy for basketball in  South Africa”.According to former President Nelson Mandela, “sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Universal Design for Learning

first_imgEarlier this week, Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D. presented on “Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.”Throughout the presentation, Dr. Mahadevan provided many examples of the different principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Representation, Action and Expression, and Engagement. To watch a recording of this webinar please click here – Advocating for Universal Design for Learning in Classrooms.This presentation provided resources to help participants better understand what UDL is, and ways in which parents/guardians and students can self-advocate for UDL to be incorporated in classrooms. 1.  A Parent’s Guide to Universal Design for Learning (UDL): This resource from the National Center for Learning Disabilities was designed to give parents and guardians a better understanding of the background and benefits of UDL, a breakdown of the three UDL principles, as well as information on how UDL and Assistive Technology and Accommodations can work hand-in-hand. 2.  Universal Design for Learning Checklist: Mahadevan’s printable checklists helps parents, guardians, and educators identify which UDL practices they are currently using, which UDL strategies they would like additional training on, and which UDL practices they would like to add to their current instruction. Additional resources were provided with the presentation and can be found at Universal Design for Learning Resources.Another great place to learn about available resources is our Successful Transition for Students with Special Needs: What Resources are Available to You webinar presented by Dr. Mahadevan earlier this year.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on December 1, 2017.last_img read more

Governor-General Lauds FosRich Company Limited

first_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has lauded FosRich Company Limited as a good example of corporate governance.In his keynote address at the company’s 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday (May 19) at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, the Governor-General commended the company’s directors and staff on the milestone achievement.“We are proud of you and all those who have stood with you on this exciting journey. We are here in the company of members of an enterprise which has set an excellent example of corporate responsibility, corporate sensitivity and profound appreciation of national need,” he said.The Governor-General argued that at 25 years, FosRich is well positioned to build on the success of the past. He encouraged the management and staff to build on the powerful foundation that is already established.“There is no stopping FosRich. They are on the go, looking ahead and going beyond. From a small beginning in a small apartment, the company has grown to become the island’s largest distributor of electrical products, energy and lighting solutions,” the Governor-General said.Expressing gratitude to his employees for their dedicated service, Managing Director, FosRich Company Limited, Cecil Foster, attributed the company’s success to identifying and supplying the needs of the local market through partnerships with reputable brands such as Phillips, Nexans and Siemens. This, he said, is complemented by exceptional service by the company’s employees.Wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen (left), presents a plaque to FosRich Company Limited employee, André Thomas, for his 12 years of service to the company. Occasion was the company’s 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony, held on Sunday (May 19) at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. FosRich Company Limited is a major importer and distributor of electrical and lighting products. “We are proud of you and all those who have stood with you on this exciting journey. We are here in the company of members of an enterprise which has set an excellent example of corporate responsibility, corporate sensitivity and profound appreciation of national need,” he said. Story Highlights In his keynote address at the company’s 25th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony on Sunday (May 19) at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston, the Governor-General commended the company’s directors and staff on the milestone achievement.center_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has lauded FosRich Company Limited as a good example of corporate governance. “To our special customers and tremendous partners, we are committing every single day from now on to continue working with you and for you. We have achieved this milestone on the backs of some great individuals. We are going to achieve further success with your continued support,” he said.The company honoured 10 employees for serving between 10 and 19 years. Several employees also received the Chairman’s Award for exemplary performance. Customers were also recognised from the northern, southern, eastern and western regions.The company is also providing one scholarship each to the University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston and Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Manchester. Each is valued at $500,000.FosRich Company Limited was established in 1993 with three employees. It now boasts a staff complement of 126 across seven locations in Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay.The company is a major importer and distributor of electrical lighting, solar water heaters, solar photovoltaic systems, light-emitting diode (LED) and induction lighting, and hardware products.It carries a range of electrical products, including panels, breakers, copper wires, energy-saving bulbs, decorative lights and ceiling fans. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC conduits) and pipes are also being manufactured in Jamaica by FosRich Limited.In 2015, FosRich introduced its hardware division, ‘Better Homes Depot’, carrying ladders, tiles, doors, bathroom fixtures, vanities, lumber, among other things.The company was listed on the junior arm of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in December 2017.last_img read more

Wartsila Reveals Strong Demand for Its Aquarius UV BWMS

first_imgzoomWärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS; Image Courtesy: Wärtsilä The technology group Wärtsilä secured 13 contracts for its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) to global shipping operators in the fourth quarter of 2018.Wärtsilä said that the systems have been ordered for ships being built at yards in China, including a RoRo ferry, two RoPax, six tankers and four container vessels. Ship owners are also increasingly requesting quotations for their existing sailing fleet, the company added.The demand for BWMSs is rising as owners work to make their vessels compliant with the Ballast Water Management Convention regulations that entered into force in September 2017 for all new build vessels. The convention aims at preventing the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another, and at halting damage to the marine environment from ballast water discharge.For a vessel to be compliant with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, owners have to install a BWMS at the next special survey of the vessel after September 8, 2019. This essentially gives a five-year window for retrofits between September 2019 and September 2024, depending on when the special survey is due.“This continued strong demand is a very positive verification of the efficiency, reliability, and robustness of the Wärtsilä Aquarius systems. Owners around the world recognise the fact that our BWMS solutions, which are backed by Wärtsilä’s extensive global service support network, provide assurance that their vessels can fully comply with the regulations, even with varying levels of water quality,” says Arto Lehtinen, Director, Water and Waste, Wärtsilä Marine.The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) BWMS has been submitted for US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. This follows the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Type Approval granted in 2012. The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination), was granted USCG Type Approval in August 2018, and IMO Type Approval in 2013.last_img read more

PNP newly supports Service Charge calls on Premier to ensure passage in

first_img Recommended for you TCI: ‘Futile changes’, PNP ex-Chairman questions PDMs Cabinet shuffle Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 22, 2017 – Providenciales – There is fresh focus on getting hotel employees that contentious and sorely missed 100% service charge which means significantly more take home pay for thousands of industry workers.Appointed member of the Opposition PNP, Royal Robinson has issued statement calling on the Premier to step up to the plate and to deliver on her impassioned position.  Robinson cited comments made by the Hon Sharlene Robinson when she was Leader of the Opposition in parliament and summoned action in the House of Assembly to see what was a resolution and a private members motion be reinstated as TCI law.Hon Royal Robinson also corrected that it is not gratuity which needs to be fixed, but the service charge which guests pay.   “I am therefore calling on the Premier to move a motion in the House of Assembly to have this amendment Bill be taken through its three readings at this sitting and that she ensures its passage in the House by impressing upon her colleagues to support this bill as they did the Resolution that she had previously made.”A change in the law would give hotel workers 100% of the service charge collected, and not just the 40% they are reportedly now receiving.   Ironically, the Progressive National Party as government did not support the resolution on gratuity or the private members motion on service charge when they were brought to the House.According to Clarence Selver, then a PDM appointed member, who tried to get the service charge motion passed just before the General Elections, the Rufus Ewing administration was actually trying to block his presentation on the matter.  Member Royal Robinson now reminds that all eight PDMs voted for the gratuity resolution in April 2016 and that because the Governing PNP sustained it, it was carried.Magnetic Media reached out to Clarence Selver who explained that the motion by Sharlene Robinson last year did not address the correct ordinance and so was ineffective; Selver explained that the bill which he tabled in October 2016 did address the 10 year old problem more accurately but he said, “it did not garner the support of either side when I made the motion to have the majority of the House stand with me…”   On the day the motion was to get a second reading, the House was prorogued as General Elections were called.Today, the House of Assembly reconvenes for business.#MagneticMediaNews#PNPsupportsservicecharge#ClarenceSelver#RoyalRobinson#100%servicechargetohotelworkers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img A father speaks in TCI Parliament Related Items:#100%servicechargetohotelworkers, #ClarenceSelver, #magneticmedianews, #PNPsupportsservicecharge, #RoyalRobinsonlast_img read more

Day 2 of KAABOO Del Mar

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: KAABOO FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: September 15, 2018 Updated: 2:13 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – KAABOO Del Mar is back, and it’s in full swing!Elizabeth Alvarez was live at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to preview night 2 of KAABOO.KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences. A curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific. center_img Elizabeth Alvarez, September 15, 2018 Day 2 of KAABOO Del Marlast_img read more