New living accommodations for Saint Mary’s seniors will be available next year, as Regina South will be opened exclusively as on-campus housing for seniors. Janielle Tchakerian, director of Residence Life and Community Standards at Saint Mary’s, said the College is “very excited” to offer this opportunity to the students. “It’s a privilege for their senior year,” she said. The updates to the residence hall include 36 available single rooms, a visitation policy to match that of Opus Hall, the only other senior-exclusive residence on campus, a reduced meal plan requirement and the acceptance of pets weighing under 30 pounds. “For some students it’s a great comfort,” Tchakerian said. “It allows them to bring a family pet from home to live with them in their last year.” Tchakerian said to accommodate students’ pets, the South courtyard will become a “pet friendly” yard. “We know that they can’t just be cooped up inside their rooms,” she said. She said she has already seen a positive response from rising seniors during two information sessions, some of which have expressed interest in rooming with pets such as cats, dogs, rabbits and hedgehogs. In addition to allowing pets, the new Regina South will also offer seniors more space. Each of the 36 rooms will be offered as a single, including rooms that were previously offered as quads or doubles. Regular-sized singles will be parceled together as a two-room suite, Tchakerian said. The building that used to house the smallest singles on campus will now house the largest, she said. Each floor will have a microwave and refrigerator available, as well as a shared single-room for storage. “For a lot of our students, moving off-campus loses financial aid,” Tchakerian said. “We wanted to make an affordable option on campus. Because Regina South is [currently] not occupied, we decided to look at it and see if we could make it more attractive for our rising seniors.” There will be a special room selection for seniors on Feb. 1, during which names will be drawn in a lottery first for Opus housing, then for Regina South, following the same process. “So they don’t have to wait until April to find out where they are going to live,” Tchakerian said. “Those students who might be on the fence about living off-campus will know.” The class of 2013 will be the first to try out the new arrangement and policies regarding pets. “The most attractive part of Regina South is the new rooming and meal plan,” Tchakerian said. “This is a great compromise in meeting [students’] needs.”
Newcastle full-back Massadio Haidara will not play again this season after undergoing surgery on his troublesome knee. Press Association Haidara’s prolonged absence comes as a blow to Carver, who is already without defenders Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett through injury and skipper Fabricio Coloccini through suspension, but there is at least some better news further up the field with Mehdi Abeid and Rolando Aarons close to returning from thigh and hamstring problems respectively. Indeed, holding midfielder Abeid could even be involved in Sunday’s derby trip to Sunderland, although winger Aarons will not be risked. Carver said: “We have had a good week with Mehdi Abeid and Rolando Aarons, but we are going to be careful. Rolando won’t be in the squad this weekend, but Mehdi Abeid will be.” The 22-year-old Frenchman, who has missed the last three games, had a procedure to remove a cyst from his knee last Thursday and head coach John Carver revealed his campaign is now over as a result. Carver said: “Sadio Haidara had a cyst taken off his knee last Thursday in France and he won’t be available for the rest of the season.”
Facebook38Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympic National ForestTo align with the order from Washington State’s Governor Inslee to “stay home, stay healthy” and align with state and local partners, the decision was made to begin closing public facilities on the Forest. “We want to keep the public and our employees as safe as we can, and closing facilities is necessary,” states Acting Forest Supervisory, Leisa Cook. These closures have been deemed necessary to address social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Washington to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To get the latest information about closures on the Forest, go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/olympic. Trails are currently open, but please practice social distancing. It is also a good time to use good public lands etiquette and please, for the safety of everyone, do not leave waste or trash for others to remove. For further updates and news about the Forest, please go to the Olympic National Forest Facebook page and the Olympic National Forest official web page https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/olympic/home.
“I would assume because of mandatory minimum Canadian players, and the fact that two of my teammates have contracts in the CFL (most notably Ontario native Chris Rwabakumba of the Tiger Cats),” Pearkes said when asked why a player with limited college experience would garner interest in professional ball.“Further, CFL teams have huge turnover and regularly invite many players to work out; not surprising to see them cast a wide net.”Pearkes, 22, isn’t planning to hit the weight room right away to prepare for a shot at the pros.Instead the son of Tim and Eileen Pearkes plans on taking his skills learned at Duke to the boardroom where a full time job offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch awaits.Pearkes, graduating with a degree in Public Policy, a minor in Economics along with a Markets and Management Studies Certificate, will join the Global Markets Analyst program after receiving his diploma from Duke in May.“I never even considered professional football,” confessed Pearkes, who played a handful of years in the now-defunct West Kootenay Minor Football League for the Nelson Wildcats before attending Duke after graduating from LVR in 2008.“This was a really fun thing to have happen, but my career with Duke Football was pursued for entirely different reasons — the off field skill set, the camaraderie of the team, and the stability and family offered by the program over the four years I was there.”So George. What was your best memory at Duke? Football. Attending the Blue Devil basketball games?“I can’t sum up my Duke experience in one moment,” Pearkes answered.“Football was amazing. Tenting as a freshman and getting to see one of the greatest rivalries in sports inside Cameron Indoor Stadium was amazing.“The classes and professors I’ve been exposed to hear have been amazing. And last but certainly not least the people I’ve gotten to share life here with have been incredible and life changing.”And athletes say playing time is [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyGeorge Pearkes never caught a game-winning touchdown during his collegiate football career at Duke University.The L.V. Rogers grad never started during his four-year career or played a full game.However, in the Canadian Football League, Canadian born players are about as hard to unearth as gold in Canada.So finding 20 non-imports, or Canadians, is not that easy for CFL scouts.Which is why despite not setting the world on fire at Duke University, the CFL still wanted to know what the future held for a tight end named George Pearkes.“I was asked informally by TSN’s CFL analyst Duane Ford what my plans for next year were,” Pearkes told The Nelson Daily from Duke.“He did not mention a specific combine or camp (although he did ask if I was interested in one), but reached out by Facebook and email informally to see what I was thinking.”For those keeping score at home Pearkes did not see any time during his first three seasons with the Blue Devils.And during his senior year the 6’2”, 240-pound tight end played only a handful of minutes.“My definitively non-illustrious Duke career (on the field) was limited to three snaps running out the clock against Tulane this year,” Pearkes explained.“I was never a real depth chart player, but contributed through show-team offense, defense and special teams all four years.”Still the CFL came calling.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2016)–Separated by a length and a half when last they met, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade and Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca head a field of 10 older marathoners in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at a mile and three quarters on turf, Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature. TRADITIONAL CLOSING DAY FEATURE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 10 OLDER HORSES GENEROSIDADE: Trained by Paulo Lobo and ridden by fellow Brazilian, Tiago Pereira, this 7-year-old mare blew out the tote board when defeating Quick Casablanca and other males in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes at 71-1 on March 13. Although unplaced, she had been close in three stateside stakes assigments prior to annexing her first North American win in the San Luis Rey. Lightly raced, Generosidade has five wins from 17 lifetime starts. Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Generosidade surged from far back to win the San Luis Rey as she held a troubled Quick Casablanca at bay. QUICK CASABLANCA: Conditioned by Hall of Famer, Ron McAnally, who seeks his third lifetime win in the San Juan Capistrano, this 8-year-old full horse, who has been winless since taking his Southern California debut for McAnally 11 starts back on April 25, 2014, appears to be back on his game as he makes his fourth start of the current Winter Meet. “The added distance should be a benefit,” said McAnally. “In the San Luis Rey he kept coming even after he got in trouble turning for home. He was still closing and wasn’t beaten that far.” Best suited when allowed to settle and make a run from well off the pace, Quick Casablanca has an overall mark of 27-4-8-6 and he has earnings of $689,160.THE GRADE III SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS, WEIGHTS & MORNING LINERace 8 (of 11) A Red Tie Day–Mario Gutierrez–120–(6-1)Cardiac–Fernando Perez–120–(20-1)Energia Fribby–Rafael Bejarano–115–(4-1)Kenjisstorm–Edwin Maldonado–120–(8-1)Bourbon Soul–Flavien Prat–120–(6-1)Generosidade–Tiago Pereira–119–(4-1)Blingo–Alex Solis–120–(6-1)Quick Casablanca–Tyler Baze–120–(7-2)Life’s Journey–Kent Desormeaux–120–(20-1)Generoso–Martin Pedroza–120–(20-1)First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, closing day of Santa Anita’s current Winter Meet, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo looked glum as he came off and directed some words at coach Maurizio Sarri before heading to the changing rooms and Sky Sport Italia reported that the 34-year-old had left the stadium three minutes before the match finished.However Sarri said he did not know whether Ronaldo had left the stadium early.“Disrespectful to his teammates? Like I said, I don’t know,” Sarri said. “If it’s true that he left before the end it is a problem to be resolved with his teammates.”“I have no problem with Cristiano, he should be thanked because he made himself available despite not being in the best condition,” said Sarri.“In the last month he has had discomfort in his knee and this is a little problem for him.”Ronaldo had reacted furiously after been substituted in his team’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Moscow midweek which saw Juventus advance to the Champions League last 16.“The important thing is that he made himself available. If he gets angry when he comes out this is part of the game,” continued the Juventus coach.“It’s only natural a player is going to be irritated about leaving the pitch, especially when he worked so hard to be there.“All players who are trying to give their best will have at least five minutes of being annoyed when they are substituted, but a coach would in general be much more worried if he didn’t seem upset.”0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch after being substituted for the second game in a week. © AFP / Marco BertorelloMILAN, Italy, Nov 11 – Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly left the Allianz Stadium before the final whistle of Juventus’ 1-0 Serie A win over AC Milan on Sunday after being substituted for the second match in a week.Paulo Dybala replaced Ronaldo on 55 minutes with the Argentina striker going on to score the winning goal 22 minutes later to keep Juventus top in Serie A ahead of Inter Milan.
Eden Hazard’s brilliant goal put Chelsea ahead in the final pre-season friendly of their American tour.Hazard showed his trademark skill to beat four defenders and fire home in the 10th minute of the game at FedEx Field in Washington DC.The goal came after Barca keeper Marc-André ter Stegen had produced an early save to keep out Kurt Zouma’s header.After going ahead, the Blues continued to attack and almost scored again when Oscar’s free-kick hit the post.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois twice produced saves to deny former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.The Chelsea keeper also did well to keep out an effort from Barca captain Sergio Busquets.Kenedy, who has been training with the Chelsea squad, was included in the starting line-up.His move from Fluminese is yet to be formally completed but the Brazilian club granted permission for him to play. Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Costa. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The news story about a girl who can see in both eyes with half a brain has stunned neurophysiologists (see New Scientist and Live Science). Somehow, the remaining parts of her brain underwent a massive reorganization of the circuits involved in vision. “It was quite a surprise to see that something like this is possible,” one of the neuroscientists who imaged the girl’s brain remarked. Even more surprising is that the girl appears to be able to lead a normal life. This story illustrates that much about the workings of the brain remains to be understood. How aware is an unborn baby in the womb? Live Science reported that experiments seem to show short-term memory in fetuses 30 weeks of age. Tests with vibroacoustic stimulation on 100 pregnant women in the Netherlands apparently showed habituation to stimuli by the growing infants. This does not necessarily correspond to consciousness, but was unexpected; Dr. Jan Nijhuis, a co-author of the study and an obstetrician at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands, said that until a few decades ago, “people would say that the human fetus is a sort of black box.” Tests on infants below 30 weeks were negative, but that could be due to using the wrong kind of stimulus. Apes have brains but something is missing: the ability to innovate. Experiments show they can imitate one another, and even pass on lessons learned. But New Scientist said, “For all their cognitive prowess, chimpanzees will never build four-stroke engines, stone pyramids, or even a simple wheel.” Why? When watching another chimp, they focus on the outcome, but not on the process that produced the outcome. Andrew Whiten (St. Andrews U, UK) thinks that dichotomy, however, is too simplistic. His observations acknowledged the monkey-see-monkey-do ability, but said, “They didn’t show any kind of cumulative cultural evolution.” What in the brain of a chimp limits them? It’s not just size, as the first story indicated. New Scientist also debunked the myth that we only use 10% of our brains by discussing the vital role of glial cells that has been coming to light in recent years. Long thought as mere scaffolding, these cells that constitute 90% of brain tissue may underlie dreams and imagination. They have also been implicated in cell regeneration and cell death. For those reasons, they may hold keys to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other neural disorders. Helen Thomson wrote about this in her review of a book, The Root of Thought by Andrew Kolb, that surveyed the history of speculation about the brain. Thomson ended, “No matter what scientists uncover, though, it is clear that the brain is a far more subtle structure than the neural lightning storm it was once thought to be.” Bacteria don’t have brains at all but they display some uncanny abilities that seem downright brainy. New Scientist described bacteria that can communicate, make decisions, cooperate, form communities, navigate, learn, remember, and adapt. “Remarkable though these behaviours are, we have probably only scratched the surface of what single-celled organisms can do,” reporter Michael Marshall wrote. “With so many still entirely unknown to science, there must be plenty more surprises in store.” Another story on New Scientist warned that doctors may be misdiagnosing patients in comas. New testing methods found that 41% judged in a vegetative state were actually minimally conscious. The thought of a partly conscious human being denied food and allowed to die should bring shudders to family members who are typically more concerned about their loved one than the medical staff. “We may have become much too comfortable about our ability to detect consciousness,” said Joseph Giacino, the doctor in Belgium whose team re-diagnosed 44 patients and reclassified them as minimally conscious. “I think it’s appropriate for there to be some level of alarm about this.” Most diagnoses are made with subjective techniques that are subject to examiner bias. The new method devised in 2004, called revised coma recovery scale, uses a series of behavioural tests based on criteria that can be used to distinguish between the two states. It considers patients who may pop in and out of consciousness, and distinguishes reflex responses more objectively. Judging the mental state of someone seemingly unconscious is important. It can be a matter of life or death. Some jurisdictions allow withdrawal of food depending on the diagnosis of vegetative state. The other investigator said, “It’s very important to be sure of the diagnosis.”Between birth and death, that 3-pound jelly-like mass in your skull is your physical key to rationality, decision-making, and emotion in ways we do not fully understand. It may half as large as others – that’s not the important thing. Take what you have and use it wisely. And be careful how you treat the brains of others.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
You can see a transition between a fish and a land creature in fossils and genes only if you have a vivid imagination.Evolutionists made a big media push this month to promote their narrative of a Great Transformation between fish and land animals. One came in a new science paper on genetic evidence co-authored by a champion of that narrative, Dr. Neil (“Your Inner Fish”) Shubin. Another came from fossil evidence about a star witness, the extinct “stem tetrapod” Acanthostega, which comes after Tiktaalik in the narrative. As we shall see, neither evidence serves as a strong prop for the stage play of tetrapod origins.Genetic EvidenceIn Nature, Aditya Saxena and Kimberly L. Cooper announce that the fin-to-limb transition is “within our grasp.” Why? A new paper by Nakamura, Shubin et al., also published in Nature, shows that Hox genes between zebrafish and mice “have more in common than was previously thought.” The particular developmental genes relate to fin rays in the fish and finger digits in the mammal. Saxena and Cooper acknowledge, though, that the resulting structures comprise different types of bone (endochondral bone in the fish, dermal bone in the mouse). After looking at Shubin’s evidence, they backtrack from the headline, admitting that the evidence is not really “within our grasp.”Some caution should be taken in the interpretation of these data. Because zebrafish are highly derived compared with more-basal fishes, it is possible that the role of hox13 transcription factors in the development of fin rays is a recent zebrafish acquisition. It will be important, where possible, to perform some of the same fate-mapping and gene loss-of-function experiments in fish species, such as the paddlefish and gar, that diverged closer to the shared ancestor with tetrapods and that have fin skeletons with more similarities to ancestral tetrapods. Fortunately, these exciting questions are emerging just as CRISPR–Cas9 genome-editing technologies are becoming options for a variety of unusual model species. The answers may soon be within our grasp.If the transition were solved, Nakamura and Shubin would not have begun their paper with these confessions:Understanding the evolutionary transformation of fish fins into tetrapod limbs is a fundamental problem in biology. The search for antecedents of tetrapod digits in fish has remained controversial because the distal skeletons of limbs and fins differ structurally, developmentally, and histologically. Moreover, comparisons of fins with limbs have been limited by a relative paucity of data on the cellular and molecular processes underlying the development of the fin skeleton.The paper reveals only the barest of possible connections in certain developmental genes. Employing the power of suggestion, they say: “These discoveries reveal a cellular and genetic connection between the fin rays of fish and the digits of tetrapods and suggest that digits originated via the transition of distal cellular fates.” Assuming a transition, however, is not the same as providing evidence for it. “Neil Shubin and colleagues have compared Hox function in fins and limbs by performing cell lineage and knockout assays of Hox genes in zebrafish fins,” the Editor’s Summary states. “They find that zebrafish deficient in HoxA and HoxD gene clusters show reduced fin rays and increased endochondral elements.” That’s negative evidence in a “derived” fish. Mice, in turn, are mammals far removed from the presumptive first tetrapod – hardly evidence for creative inventions of shoulders, wrists, and digits. It’s not surprising that common upstream switches would have detrimental effects on downstream products.Fossil EvidenceAll fossils of Acanthostega come from eastern Greenland, where Jennifer Clack found them in 1987. Till now, paleontologists assumed they were adult skeletons. Wrong; a new find “rewrites the tetrapod move to land,” Science Daily says. A new analysis of the limited number of available fossils in X-rays by researchers at Uppsala University suggests that the individuals were juveniles.The tetrapods are four-limbed vertebrates, which are today represented by amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Early tetrapods of the Devonian period (419-359 million years ago) are of great interest to palaeontologists: they were the earliest vertebrate animals that ventured onto land, paving the way for all future vertebrate life on land. The move from water to land must have affected every aspect of the biology of these animals, but until now there has been no serious attempt to investigate their life histories — how long they lived or whether they had an aquatic juvenile stage, for example. Well-preserved skeletons are rare and it has simply been assumed that they represent adults.What is the impact of undermining that assumption? For one, it now becomes unlikely that the juveniles could have ventured onto land. And since we now realize we don’t have adult specimens of Acanthostega, Live Science notes, “it’s impossible to say whether they were aquatic or terrestrial animals” at all. Sophie Sanchez at Uppsala connects the dots: “This means that we need to find the adult fossils before being able to build up theories on the tetrapod move to land,” she said. It’s like being back to square one.None of the articles or papers addressed the problem of tetrapod trackways found in Poland that predate Tiktaalik by 20 million Darwin years in the evolutionary timeline (see Casey Luskin’s article on that in Evolution News & Views). Nor did they explain whether living fish like mudskippers (see YouTube clip from National Geographic) are going through a great transformation now (see Luskin’s response to fish-amphibian similarities in ENV, 2011). A Canadian submersible found a bright red deep-sea fish walking on the seafloor (YouTube), apparently oblivious to ambitions of invading the land.The tetrapod transition narrative remains an “evolutionary gem” for Darwinians (see Casey Luskins listing from ENV, 2010). But with wrong assumptions and only flimsy suggestions that fish learned to walk by mutation and natural selection, the story seems overhyped (see Casey Luskin’s critique of the Hox gene evidence from ENV, 2014). David Klinghoffer reported an “everything-you-know-is-wrong” discovery about early tetrapod backbones in 2013 on ENV. How many other hits could this already-challenged narrative survive in the future?Update 9/14/16: A week after Shubin’s paper, another paper by Jennifer Clack and Per Ahlberg appeared in Nature (Sanchez et al.) reinforcing the juvenile age of the Acanthostega fossils. The editor’s summary says that the individuals, six years old at the oldest, were “obligately aquatic”, In a companion piece in Nature, Nadia B. Fröbisch says that the mass kill of the fish occurred in a “catastrophic flood event”. Neither of the articles provides any specific evidence for evolution beyond speculation in future tense, such as, “Their results will provide a deeper understanding of the development and evolution of our four-legged forerunners.”Like the YouTube clips show, it’s not unusual to see some fish using strong fins for locomotion on land. The only ones Darwinians get excited about are the ones they can fit into their timeline at the presumed spot where the transition occurred. They used to think coelacanth was the innovator of precocious limbs, until living ones were seen using their bony fins for swimming, not walking (4/18/13, 1/25/14).Creationists see the world populated with an enormous variety of creatures, with some potential for variability within their kinds, each well adapted to its habitat. Only Darwin’s ideology tries to connect them in a branching ancestral sequence. Instead of looking for tiny clues here and there that offer little more than suggestions, biologists should examine the big picture: how could blind, unguided processes produce unified organisms with senses, locomotion, digestion, and reproduction? Douglas Axe calls such entities (whether animals or robots) “busy wholes” and “whole projects” in chapter 6 of his new book Undeniable, a good read about functional coherence that we all know by intuition comes from a personal, intelligent source. Axe provides abundant evidence from his own research on proteins to show why our intuition is scientifically correct. (Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
1 December 2009South African President Jacob Zuma took the lead in the fight against HIV/Aids in the country on World Aids Day 2009, announcing bold and life-changing policies for people living with HIV/Aids.Speaking at a World Aids Day event at in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma announced that South Africans infected with Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/Aids would, as of April 2010, receive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment when their CD4 count was at 350 or less.At present, state-sponsored treatment is available only when one’s CD4 count is less than 200.“TB and HIV and AIDS will now be treated under one roof,” Zuma said. “This policy change will address early reported deaths arising from undetected TB infection among those who are infected with HIV.”Approximately one percent of South Africa’s population suffers from TB, and the co-infection rate between TB and HIV/Aids stands at 73 percent.Another change in policy is that, as of April 2010, all pregnant HIV-positive women with a CD4 count of 350 or less, or with HIV/Aids symptoms regardless of their CD4 count, will now have access to treatment. At present, HIV-positive pregnant women are eligible for treatment only if their CD4 count is less than 200.“All other pregnant women not falling into this category, but who are HIV-positive, will be put on treatment at 14 weeks of pregnancy to protect the baby,” Zuma said. “In the past, this was only started during the last term of pregnancy.”He said all children under the age of one would receive treatment if they tested positive, and that initiating treatment would not be determined by their level of CD cells.“This decision will contribute significantly towards the reduction of infant mortality over time.”In order to meet the need for additional testing and treatment, Zuma said the government would work to ensure that all health facilities in the country were ready to receive and assist patients.Zuma also announced, to the applause of those gathered, that he would be taking an HIV test. “I have taken tests before and I know my status,” Zuma said. “I will do another test soon as part of this new campaign. I urge you to start planning for your own test.”He re-emphasised the importance of all South Africans taking responsibility for their actions, saying that prevention remained South Africa’s most powerful and effective weapon in the fight against HIV/Aids.“Let this be the start of an era of openness, of taking responsibility, and of working together in unity to prevent HIV infections and to deal with their impact,” Zuma said.Source: BuaNews