According to Natural Resources Canada there was an earthquake triggered this afternoon that could be lightly felt in Charlie Lake. The quake was centred near the Jedney Road and the Alaska Highway.It happened at 1:15 p.m. The website states that there are no reports or damage at this point, nor would any be expected given the magnitude of quake at 4.4 on the Richter Scale.John Cassidy with Natural Resources Canada says they will now investigate to determine if the earthquake was induced by fracking or a naturally occurring earthquake.- Advertisement -Natural Resources Canada indicates it’s very unlikely that an earthquake with a magnitude lower than five could cause any damage.
A new paper about a theropod dinosaur fossil illustrates the methods Darwinians use to force uncooperative data into their belief.Science is supposed to gather evidence before announcing conclusions. Darwinians, however, often reverse the method, and announce their conclusions before gathering the evidence. A case in point is a Dec. 11th paper in Nature Scientific Reports about big carnivorous dinosaurs (you know, the Allosaur kind). The conclusion? They evolved. The first sentence announces: “Tetanurae, the most successful clade of theropod dinosaurs, including modern birds, split into three major clades early in their evolutionary history: Megalosauroidea, Coelurosauria, and Allosauroidea.” Now that the conclusion is settled, how about the evidence?Another trick is to use an artist conception to sell evolution by Visualization. Credit: Gabriel Lio, LMU Munich.Unfortunately for the authors, Rauhut and Pol, the fossil they discovered in Patagonia poses lots of problems for Darwinism. In the title, they call it a “probable basal allosauroid from the early middle Jurassic,” but the fossil “highlights phylogenetic uncertainty in tetanuran theropod dinosaurs.” For a basal (ancestral) allosaur, their big fossil already had features characteristic of the three subsequent lineages they thought took millions of years to evolve. A second problem shows the descendants evolving rapidly in what they call a “rapid expansion and diversification.” What to do?Opposites AttractThe press release from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich applies a Darwin trick—sophoxymoronia—to get around this: “experiments in evolution.” One would think that a blind process is incapable of running experiments, but Darwinians merge those contradictory words together into an sophomoric oxymoron. This effectively turns the mystical blind watchmaker into an experimental scientist through personification. Then, they make him into a wizard who sheds light on a situation he can’t even see (he’s blind, remember?)A new find from Patagonia sheds light on the evolution of large predatory dinosaurs. Features of the 8-m long specimen from the Middle Jurassic suggest that it records a phase of rapid diversification and evolutionary experimentation.FlubbingAnother trick is to pour on plenty of Darwin Flubber. This magic potion allows animals to converge, diverge, run parallel, and make animals with mosaics of traits. All these ideas run contrary to the simple formula of RM+NS (random mutations and natural selection, e.g., the Stuff Happens Law). But skilled Darwinians know that there’s no combination of unexpected data that Darwin Flubber cannot mold into conformity with theory.The press release applauds the rhetorical wizardry of Oliver W. M. Rauhut to pull of this miracle of evillusion with the help of his stage hand, Diego Pol. Give dinosaurs the opportunity, they say, and they will evolve into whatever niche is there. “If you build it (the niche), they will come.” Driving out the competition through extinction is the pathway to adaptive radiation!Rauhut links the explosive evolution of the group with an episode of mass extinction that had occurred in the late stage of the Lower Jurassic, about 180 million years ago. The two researchers therefore interpret the parallel development of similar external traits in different species as an example of evolutionary experimentation during the subsequent rapid expansion and diversification of the tetanurans. The prior extinction of potential competitors will have opened up new ecological niches for the groups that survived, and the tetanurans were apparently among those that benefited.Pre-Emptive DefenseWith the layman now taking the experts’ word for it that magic really does happen, the wizards up the ante. To show how powerful Darwin magic is, they run it past the red line. Darwin Flubber not only resolves dinosaur family trees, it resolves all those other uncooperative phylogenetic trees that characterize the whole Darwinian tree of life! Watch—“This is a pattern that we also observe in many other groups of animals in the aftermath of mass extinctions. It holds, for example, for the expansion and diversification of both mammals and birds following the extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago,” says Rauhut. It could also explain why it is so difficult to unravel the phylogenetic relationships close to the origin of many highly diversified animal groups.Firecrackers explode all over the Tree of Life, and yet it survives. It’s a miracle.This tactic of pre-emptive defense recalls a memorable cartoon by the late Johnny Hart (a Christian who also drew the “B.C.” comic strip) and Brant Parker, from their series, The Wizard of Id. In one episode, the wizard accidentally turned the king into a chicken. The king chicken grows increasingly agitated as the wizard thumbs through his spell books trying to find the way to reverse his mistake. “If you don’t change me back soon,” the king clucks, “I’ll peck your eyes out!” Hurriedly, the wizard mixes various fluids together in a flask, and says, “Here; drink this.” The king, after drinking it with a sour face, asks, “Yechhh. What was that?” “Beak softener,” the wizard replies proudly.The wizard, in other words, protected his own assets instead of fixing his mistake. This is what Darwinians do. They know they are safe. Their conclusion of evolution is already considered “settled science” by the culture, no matter what the fossils show. When skeptics point out problems, they pull out their beak softening tricks, hiding their errors with circumlocutions and subterfuges in various Jargonwocky incantations to soften the critics’ mouth parts. They don’t realize what’s happening to them. The Darwin Wizards get away with this because all the secular media are on their side. And Darwinians have another advantage greater than the king in the cartoon: their King Charlie the Magnificent gets to be king and wizard at the same time!This allows Darwinians to rule science and pull off magic tricks with impunity. Critics outside the Darwin castle can’t get a hearing, because the Wizard King pours battering ram softener on their weapons. Charlie, the Wizard King, hates peasants. He resembles the king pictured on a Wizard of Id cartoon book, who called his peasants Idiots. Johnny Hart and Brant Parker show the king up in his parapet, safely above the rabble. A messenger shouts, “The peasants are revolting!” to which the king remarks, “They certainly are.”Exercise: Now that you’ve watched some of the Darwinian tricks, look for them in this article on Phys.org, “When penguins ruled after the dinosaurs died.” What other tricks can you identify? For assistance, refer to the Darwin Dictionary and the Baloney Detector.(Visited 271 times, 3 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
13 August 2015The mesmerising Perseid meteor shower is set to light up skies across the world tonight, including South Africa, as the annual celestial event reaches its peak this week. While the shower might not be as visible in urban areas compared to rural areas, if you are in any wide open space with a good view of sky after midnight, you might be in for a great cosmic show.“It is a northern hemisphere constellation, but we can see the Perseid from South Africa relatively from the northern horizon,” Astrological Society of Southern Africa Johannesburg Centre chairperson and viewing officer Jerome Jooste told News24 yesterday.Perseid, derived from the Greek word for ‘son of Perseus’ (the hero-god) is the debris cloud from the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle travelling past Earth on its way back to the Perseus constellation, part of the Milky Way, located 250 million light-years from Earth.The meteor shower seen from Earth is distinctive in the variety and beauty of its formations. While the show is best viewed in the northern hemisphere, stretching from Asia to the Americas, over Europe, Africa will be able to view the tail end of the event, itself a sight to behold, according to local astronomers.The radiant of a meteor shower is the point in the sky, from which meteors appear to originate. The Perseid shower radiates from a point within the constellation of Perseus. “What we call the radiance or the point of radiance, where the meteors seem to radiant from is a little higher than the Perseid constellation itself,” Jooste says, “you will start to notice there will be more meteors than what you would normally see and also there would be more per an hour.”Most of the Perseid meteors will burn up as close as 80km above sea level, within Earth’s outer atmosphere, producing long bright trails and fireballs, before becoming part of the larger cosmic debris.No special equipment or specialist astronomical knowledge is needed to view Perseid, as much of the action is easy to find with the naked eye. The only requirement is find a dark, open spot where as much sky, particularly to the north, is viewable. The show will be late and intermittent – the meteors arrive in spurts with a bit of waiting time between sightings – so a cup of coffee, a comfortable chair and some patience will make the experience more enjoyable.The more open the sky, the better, as there is much to view, with meteors moving in different directions and at varying speeds. The current waning crescent moon also helps keeping the sky as dark as possible for the best viewing experience.The Perseid meteor shower has been recorded for thousands of years, first documented in China in AD 36. Its origin was officially tracked and the shower named by Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet in 1835. Catholics refer to the shower as the ‘tears of Saint Lawrence’, occurring around the same date as the saint’s martyrdom. The Romans believed that the meteor shower was a positive harvest forecast from the fertility god Priapus.Source: News24Wire
DefinitionA bruise is an area of skin discoloration. A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin.Alternative namesContusion; HematomaConsiderationsThere are three types of bruises:Subcutaneous — beneath the skinIntramuscular — within the belly of the underlying musclePeriosteal — bone bruiseBruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.CausesBruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, car accidents, or blows receivedfromother people or objects.If you take a blood thinner,such asaspirin or warfarin (Coumadin), you are likely to bruise more easily.SymptomsThe main symptoms are pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. The bruise begins as a pinkish red color that can be very tender to touch. It is often difficult to use the muscle that has been bruised. For example, a deep thigh bruise is painful when you walk or run.Eventually, the bruise changes to a bluish color, then greenish-yellow, and finally returns to the normal skin color as it heals.First AidPlace ice on the bruise to help it heal faster and to reduce swelling.Wrap the ice in a clean towel–do notplace ice directly on the skin. Apply the ice for up to 15 minuteseach hour.Keep the bruised area raised above the heart, if possible. This helps keep blood from pooling in the bruised tissue.Try to rest the bruised body part by not overworking your muscles in that area.If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help reduce pain.In the rarecase of compartment syndrome, surgeryisoftendone to relieve the extreme buildup of pressure.advertisementDo NotDo nottry to drain the bruise with a needle.Do notcontinue running, playing, or otherwise using the painful, bruised part of your body.Do notignore the pain or swelling.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care providerright awayif you feel extreme pressure in a bruised part of your body, especially if the area is large or very painful. This may be due to a condition known as compartment syndrome. Increased pressure on the soft tissues and structures beneath the skin can decrease the supply of blood and oxygen to the tissues. Thiscan belife-threatening and you should receive emergency care.Also call yourhealth care providerif:You are bruising without any injury, fall, or other reason.There are signs of infection around the bruised area including streaks of redness, pus or other drainage, or fever.PreventionBecause bruises are usually the direct result of an injury, the following are important safety recommendations:Teach children how to be safe.Be mindful to avoid falls around the house. For example, be careful when climbing on ladders or other objects. Avoid standing or kneeling on counter tops.Wear seat belts in motor vehicles.Wear proper sports equipment to pad those areas most frequently bruised, such as thigh pads, hip guards, and elbow pads in football and hockey; shin guards and knee pads in soccer and basketball.ReferencesPiette WW. Purpura. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 22.Brinker MR, O’Connor DP, Almekinders LC, et al. Physiology of injury to musculoskeletal structures: 1. Muscle and tendon injury. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 1, section A.Review Date:4/14/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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In an interview with JIS News, Miss Dixon said the agency has been getting calls from concerned parents, and has executed a number of interventions in different institutions. Story Highlights In light of recent reports of bullying among students, and the traumatic impact on the victims, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is imploring parents to engage their children on a deeper level.“It is important that parents have frequent dialogue with their children and ask the right questions,” advises Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the CDA, Rochelle Dixon.In an interview with JIS News, Miss Dixon said the agency has been getting calls from concerned parents, and has executed a number of interventions in different institutions.She noted, however, that the victims may not necessarily reach out for assistance until the case becomes extremely severe.She informed that there are a number of tell-tale signs that parents may look for to determine whether something is amiss with the child.“Your child may express a desire to stay away from school. There may be changes in the child’s mood and behaviour pattern. He or she may be apprehensive about discussing what happens in class, as well as other stress-induced symptoms may present themselves,” she explained.A United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)/CDA study conducted in 2015, found that six in 10 students report being bullied at some point in their lives, with the majority of cases occurring at school.Miss Dixon is encouraging parents to forge partnerships with the teachers and guidance counsellors at the schools their children attend, and report incidents to the school’s administration.Additional support may also be had by reaching out to the CDA. In light of recent reports of bullying among students, and the traumatic impact on the victims, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is imploring parents to engage their children on a deeper level.
Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25.The event, to be held under the theme, ‘Partnerships to Transform Gender Relations’, is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; the Jamaican Parliament; and ParlAmericas, an inter-parliamentary association with membership across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop.She said that the event provides an opportunity for parliamentarians, along with civil society, to engage in dialogue and discuss actions to deal with the gender equality issue.“When they go back, participants are expected to strengthen systems within the Parliament that will encourage dialogue on gender affairs and how to treat with gender balance,” she said.Mrs. Cooke stated that there will be a closing session and a press briefing with the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the end of the workshop.For her part, Director, Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said the Ministry is “extremely ecstatic” to partner with the Houses of Parliament on the initiative.“For years we wanted to sensitise parliamentarians. This is a part of our mandate coming out of… the National Policy for Gender Equality,” she added.She noted that one of the areas of the Policy is to “sensitise our parliamentarians, so that they understand the importance of legislation and the impact it has on gender equality, and that they are not just aware but they are engaged strategically”. Story Highlights Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop. It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Prospects for the once ailing multipurpose shipping fleet have improved amid a surging growth in renewable energy generation and a construction boom in South East Asia.In its report, shipping consultancy Drewry said that it remains “cautiously optimistic on the outlook for the sector,” as there are some caveats to this optimism. Global general cargo demand is forecast to grow at a rate of just 2% per year to 2022, while the multipurpose and heavylift fleet is expected to contract at less than 1% per year over the same period.“Meanwhile, the threat of a trade war continues to loom over the horizon and the competing sectors are not yet secure enough to move from this sector.”Multipurpose vessels benefit from the growth in demand for both breakbulk and project cargo and, while it is clear that both are effected by modal competition and trade tariffs, the latter has seen some renewal in certain sectors.BP’s energy outlook shows that, although renewable energy consumption is still a minor part of the global mix, it is growing at a faster rate of almost 17% year-on-year, compared to any of the other fuel types. Wind energy provided more than half of that renewables growth, which is positive news for the multipurpose sector.The other significant factor in the uplift for demand is a region-wide constriction boom for South East Asia that is expected to last the next ten years. It is largely fueled by China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, which will link China to Europe through Central and South-East Asia.The outlook for the competing sectors, although mixed going into the final quarter of the year, remains positive for the medium term, according to Drewry.“There may be trouble ahead but the green shoots of recovery appear weather-proofed to withstand the volatility expected to the end of 2018.”