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Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam left with mixed emotions after stunner in Chelsea defeat

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first_imgStoke midfielder Charlie Adam admitted he had mixed emotions after scoring the best goal of his career only to ultimately end up on the losing side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.The Ex-Liverpool and Blackpool player netted one of the most memorable goals since the Premier League’s induction in 1992 by lobbing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from inside his own half.Adam’s stunner brought the scores level, but the Blues snatched a second half winner through Loic Remy to ensure a 2-1 win, and the Scottish international was reflective following his side’s third successive defeat.“Of course [when asked if it was the best goal of his career]. It’s an incredible strike, it’s a nice goal to score but the important thing for us is winning the game.”“On an individual level it’s great, but on a team performance it was ok and there’s a lot that we can improve on for next week.”Mark Hughes’ team face West Ham next week with both sides on 42 points in relative mid-table obscurity, and Adam thinks the Hammers will pose a stern test.“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re in and around us as well. If we can win that will keep us in the top 10, a few points ahead of them and hopefully we can do that with two homes games to come,” said the 29-year-old. Charlie Adam 1last_img read more

Calling Something a Whale Doesn’t Make It a Whale

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first_imgAnother popular article was more accurate and did not call it a whale or a Protocetidae but an “unknown species of animal.”[3] Claiming this animal was a whale is worse than claiming a dog is a cat. It is rather more like claiming a dog looks like a crocodile. The illustrations used to publicize the creature show a large doglike body and a crocodile-like head that contains the brain, head and mandible. Plus, it has a crocodile-like tail. So what is the more absurd comparison? Although shown swimming in the water, it had four legs and could navigate on land as well as any other land mammal. The problem is, “Whales look so unlike other mammals that it’s hard to imagine the type of creature that they evolved from.”[4]Example of media hype over this fossil.Dogs Evolved into Whales?The reports on the Peregocetus pacificus discovery claim the “ancestors of modern whales and dolphins evolved from a small, four-limbed hoofed animal living in south Asia that looked very much like a dog.” They actually think the ancestor could well have been related to an ancient dog. In the words of LePage, “Whales started evolving in South Asia around 50 million years ago from a dog-like creature related to deer and hippos.”[5]Genetically, the molecular evidence shows whales’ closest living relatives are the artiodactyls. These are hoofed mammals that include cows, sheep, pigs, deer, giraffes, camels, and hippos. The dog-to-whale evolution theory claims that the hoofs of the dog-like ancestor evolved into flippers. Likewise, hundreds of other body parts had to evolve into other structures to get a whale out of a dog. So many changes would have been required to go from some type of dog to a whale that it would seem better to start over. Anyone who has attempted to renovate and modernize a house built in the 1800s will understand this.Darwinists teach that as whales “became more aquatic, these early whales began spreading along coasts.”[6] Eventually they made it to Peru where the discovery of Peregocetus pacificus was made (7 April 2019). This very unlikely scenario from-dog-to-whale evolution was selected because no other known animal has even a close possibility of being a whale ancestor. Various just-so-stories made up about whale evolution have been proposed, but all were soon rejected. Famously, Darwin thought the ancestor was a bear! He wrote, “I can see no difficulty in a race of bears being rendered, by natural selection, more and more aquatic in their structure and habits, with larger and larger mouths, till a creature was produced as monstrous as a whale.”[7] Well, he should have seen lots of difficulties. When scientists contemporary to Darwin mocked this claim—and many did—Darwin removed it from subsequent editions of his book, but privately defended it.[8] He admitted his bear-to-whale hypothesishas been well laughed at, and disingenuously distorted by some into my saying that a bear could be converted into a whale …. As it offended persons, I struck it out in the second edition; but I still maintain that there is no especial difficulty in a bear’s mouth being enlarged to any degree useful to its changing habits—no more difficulty than man has found in increasing the crop of the pigeon, by continued selection, until it is literally as big as the whole rest of the body.”[9]Credit: Brett MillerDarwin’s speculation that whales evolved from bears is, ironically, not far from the modern just-so-story of whale evolution! If the earliest whale ancestor was claimed to be the ancestor of wolves, this story is still proposed by Darwinists.Speaking of wolves, all the Darwinists can say about wolves is that they evolved “from carnivores (meat-eaters) … canids (which include wolves, dogs, and the felids [cats and their relatives]) around 20 million years ago.”[10] One could tell a just-so-story that cats and dogs have some common ancestor which was some type of carnivore. The major question is, which carnivore was it? And what animal did that carnivore evolve from? Some other animal, but which one? And which common ancestor evolved into a whale? Guesses exist, but no evidence. Yet some look to this as the best case. The “flood of new fossils has filled in the gaps in our knowledge to turn the origin of whales into one of the best-documented examples of large-scale evolutionary change in the fossil record.”[11] This statement says less about whale evolution than it says about the pathetic fossil record for most other animals.What is Peregocetus? My guess is the creature found has nothing to do with whale evolution, but is yet another example of an extinct animal similar to those already found. The Peregocetus family fossil record shows no evidence of having evolved from something else, nor evidence that it has evolved into something else. It is part of an extinct animal kind – nothing more.Whales were first classified as mammals only in 1693 by the famous creation-affirming naturalist John Ray, a Bible-believing Christian. Although the Pakicetus family had a few minor aquatic characteristics, most of its traits were very different from whales as is also true of the Peregocetus pacificus. Converting a land tetrapod to a fish-like mammal would demand thousands of major structural changes. As with any animal, all of its body systems are interrelated and function as a coherent unit. Evolutionary transformation into another kind of animal would require altering the complete set of complex interrelationships in entire biological systems. Both size and structural changes would be necessary for a large dog-sized tetrapod animal to evolve into a whale. Consider that a humpback whale is larger and heavier than a city bus! A few examples of the transformations required will now be summarized.LocomotionLeg changes required for a dog to evolve into a whale include the front legs becoming shorter and shorter until they are replaced by flippers. When its front legs are halfway between ordinary legs with feet and flippers, this mutated creature would be at a tremendous disadvantage, both while on land and in the water. In this stage of its claimed evolution, it could neither swim nor walk very well, or if it was able to manage some movement on land, it would at best be terribly awkward. When in the water, it could not swim with front flippers that were partly feet, and with a tail that was only a partial fluke. Why this change would occur is unexplainable, especially due to the fact its intermediate stages would severely compromise its ability to hunt and live.ScaleThe body size changes required to evolve from the small terrestrial mammal proposed by evolutionists as the precursor of whales to a marine whale are enormous—from a less than 50-pound dog-sized terrestrial animal to up to a 150-ton sea animal, and from a few feet long to up to a 100-foot-long animal. The tongue of a blue whale alone weighs as much as an elephant. These changes require not only size modifications, but major design changes in every body organ, structure, and system.Illustration courtesy Illustra Media.EnvironmentThe body must also be streamlined to flow in the water like a shark, animals they closely resemble in shape but not in size. Many whales can travel at enormous speeds in spite of their enormous body size. The speed record is held by the killer whale, which can travel as fast as 34 mph (55 kilometers per hour), faster than any other sea mammal. To achieve this speed, they possess huge muscle blocks that carry some whales as far as from Alaska to Mexico to mate and back to Alaska. This trip involves more than 12,000 miles (20,000 km).[13]ReproductionReproduction is another major problem. Do females at this stage of evolution from land to water have their offspring on the land or in the water? If she had her calves in the water, how does she keep them from drowning? And how does she nurse them until she evolved all the complex systems required to nurse under water? The idea that a hairy, four-legged mammal gradually changed into a whale during millions of years is irrational. Illustra Media’s film Living Waters also discusses the insuperable difficulties of evolving the male’s reproductive organs from outside to inside the body.Skeleton, Diet and RespirationOne study of Pakicetus’s anklebones determined it did have many similarities to artiodactyls, not whales.[14] Moreover, the teeth of the Pakicetus wolf-sized land animal “closely resemble those of land-dwelling mesonychids—so closely that paleontologists . . . had always regarded such teeth as belonging to mesonychids until they found the jaws those teeth came from.”[15] Then they had to revise their theory. In contrast to the whale diet of fish, the teeth of Pakicetus were probably used to feed on carrion, mollusks, or tough vegetable matter. Pakicetidae nostrils were also located in a very different place than where a modern whale blowhole is located, Rather they were in the same place as a dog’s nostrils.[16]ConclusionAs is obvious from this brief review, the problem of dog to whale evolution is beyond enormous. It is scientifically untenable, as I document in my new book on whale evolution which I hope will go to press this year.[1] Lambert, Olivier, et al., 2019. “An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans.” Current Biology 29:1–8 April 22, Elsevier Ltd. p. 1.[2] Black, Riley. 2010. “How Did Whales Evolve?” Smithsonian Magazine, December 1st. [3] Dvorsky, George. 2019. Unknown Species of Ancient Four-Legged Whale Uncovered in Peru. Gizmodo.[4] Yong, Ed. 2010. “Whales evolved from small aquatic hoofed ancestors.” Discover Magazine.[5] Le Page, Michael. 2019. “Amazing four-legged fossil shows how walking whales learned to swim.” New Scientist.[6] LePage 2019.[7] Darwin, Charles. 1859. The Origin of Species. John Murray, London, p. 184.[8] Darwin, Francis and N. C. Seward (Editors). 1903. More Letters of Charles Darwin. London: John Murray.[9] Darwin, Francis and N. C. Seward (editors), 1903, Letter 1860.[10] Resnick, 1999, p. 6,[11] Black, 2010.[12] Dvorsky, 2009.[13] Papastavrou, Vassili. 2004. Eyewitness Whale. New York: DK Publishing.[14] Thewissen, J.G.M. Hans, E.M. Williams, L.J. Roe and S.T. Hussain. 2001. “Skeletons of Terrestrial Cetaceans and the Relationship of Whales to Artiodactyls.” Nature, 413:277-281.[15]Parsons, Keith.  2004.  The Great Dinosaur Controversy: A Guide to the Debates. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA., p. 160.[16] Gingerich, P.D. 2003.  “Land-To-Sea Transition in Early Whales: Evolution of Eocene Archaeoceti (Cetacea) in Relation to Skeletal Proportions and Locomotion of Living Semiaquatic Mammals.”  Paleobiology, 29(3):429-454, Summer. Solid lines indicate actual bones found. Dotted lines are inferred. Locomotory behaviors are also inferred. This absurdly hyped fossil is a WINO— Whale in Name Only. Dr Jerry Bergman gives it a reality check. On Calling a Creature Very Unlike a Whale a Whale by Jerry Bergman, PhDGiven the title of a paper in a peer reviewed scientific journal, “An Amphibious Whale from the Middle Eocene of Peru Reveals Early South Pacific Dispersal of Quadrupedal Cetaceans,” one would assume the researchers discovered a whale. Actually, it was a very non-whale creature the authors assumed was on its way to evolving into a whale! The article classifies it as a Protocetid (“first whale”),[1] and, judging solely by the drawings of the animal in the flesh, it looks very much like another extinct non-whale animal called a Pakicetidae. Also judging by the drawings of the skeleton, the skeleton looks very much like a dinosaur. Not surprisingly, whale bones were once often mistaken for dinosaur fossils.[2]Peregocetus pacificus (“the traveling whale that reached the Pacific”) was the name given to the “whale” fossil. It is a “remarkably well-preserved” four foot long, fairly complete animal, the discoverers say. The fossil includes its jaw, front and hind legs, bits of its spine, and most of its tail.[12] The fossil was found in 2011 at a site called Playa Media Luna and is the first ostensible “whale” found in Peru. Due to possessing characteristics similar to modern otters and beavers, this mammal was apparently well-adapted to both land and water.center_img Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. 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Oscar wins Laureus Disability Award

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first_imgPistorius was also a finalist for the World Breakthrough of the Year Award, which was won by Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy. Pistorius is the third South African to be named a winner of the Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability Award. Wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk was honoured in 2006 and swimmer Natalie du Toit won in 2010. Laureus chairman Edwin Moses praised Pistorius after his win, saying: “Oscar is a remarkable human being, one of the most impressive people I have ever met. When you think of the challenges he has faced in his life, and overcome, and gone on to break new ground, you can only be impressed. “This is just a great privilege to be nominated, it is really humbling to be here,” said Pistorius after receiving the winner’s statuette from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and Spanish actress Elsa Pataky. Previous South African winners He added: “And he is now also a Laureus Ambassador and has shown his determination to support the cause of sport for good. I congratulate him on this well-deserved award.” He was up against stiff opposition for the title in the form of two-time Laureus winner, Dutch tennis star Esther Vergeer; five-time London Marathon wheelchair winner David Weir; Russian cross-country skier Irek Zaripov, a winner of five medals at the 2010 Winter Paralympics; Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, who won the Disability Award in 2009 and won seven gold medals at the 2010 IPC Paralympic Swimming World Championships; and visually impaired sprint star Terezinha Guilhermina, also of Brazil. ‘Well-deserved award’ Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 February 2012center_img This year’s Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to English football legend Sir Bobby Charlton, while Rai Souza Vieira de Oliveira, a former Brazilian footballer, now a social justice campaigner, won the Laureus Sport for Good Award. He also made the semi-finals of the individual 400 metres in Daegu, the only South African to advance that far, after clocking a fast 45.39 seconds in the heats. South African athlete Oscar Pistorius received the Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability Award at a gala function in London on Monday evening. The Laureus Sports Awards are the biggest awards on the international sporting calendar, with the Academy that selects the winners made up of 47 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time. They include South African adventurer/explorer Mike Horn, golf legend Gary Player, who won the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and former Springbok captain Morne du Plessis. He was recognised for his feat of becoming the first amputee to win a non-disabled World Championship track medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, as part of the South African 4×400 metres relay team that claimed the silver medal behind the USA. 2012 LAUREUS AWARDS WINNERS London Olympic GamesKnown as the “Blade Runner”, because he runs on prosthetic limbs, Pistorius has long been one of the leading lights in the world of the Paralympics. Now, after his success in Daegu, he is aiming to qualify for and make his mark at the 2012 London Olympic Games. World Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic World Sportswoman of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot World Team of the Year: FC Barcelona World Breakthrough of the Year: Rory McIlroy World Comeback of the Year: Darren Clarke World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oscar Pistorius World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slaterlast_img read more

Mennen and Hynek claim first Cape Epic title

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first_img1 April 2014 Germany’s Robert Mennen and Kristian Hynek of the Czech Republic claimed the overall honours in the Absa Cape Epic on Sunday at Lourensford in the Western Cape, while Denmark’s Annika Langvad and Switzerland’s Arianne Kleinhans lifted the women’s title. The event, the world’s biggest mountain bike stage race, once again attracted the cream of the world’s mountain bike marathoners, many top cross country competitors too, and other intrepid amateurs up for a massive challenge. The Topeak-Ergon pair of Mennen and Hynek won only one stage, the second, but it was enough to move them into the leader’s yellow jersey. They never gave it up by showing the most consistency among the title contenders.‘I never thought I could win’ “I never thought I could win the biggest mountain bike stage race in the world. It feels incredible,” Mennen said after securing victory. He had famously failed to finish the 2013 Cape Epic after colliding with a duiker, which sent him flying over his handlebars, resulting in a broken collarbone. World cross country champion, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter, riding with South African cross country star Philip Buys, came on strong in the latter part of the 718 kilometre race, with the Scott-Odlo MTB Racing capturing victory on stage four and stage six. They also backed off to allow the Scott Factory Racing team of South Africa’s Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns to take the honours on the final stage by just 0.3 seconds. In the end, Schurter and Buys finished fifth overall.‘Unbelievable!’ “Unbelievable! To do this with my two best friends (Heyns and Buys) and the world champion, who has also become our friend, was very special,” an ecstatic Beukes said of the final stage win. The Meerendal Songo Specialized pairing of Christoph Sauser, a four-time winner of the Cape Epic, and Frantisek Rabon, finished second to Topeak-Ergon, with the Bulls 2 combination of Tim Boehme and Simon Stiebjahn placing third. One of the pre-race favourites, the Team Bulls duo of Karl Platt and Urs Huber, failed to finish after Platt picked up an injury. Scott Factory Racing’s Beukes and Heyns were the leading African pairing in sixth place. Erik Kleinhans, the husband of Arianne Kleinhans, and Nico Bell, racing as RECM, were the second South African team in the overall classification, in eighth overall, while Red-E Blend’s Andrew Hill and Charles Keey, in 11th place overall, were the third of the South African teams.Women’s race Team RECM’s Langvad and Kleinhans dominated the women’s race, winning six of the seven stages, but a disastrous first stage, filled with mechanical problems, left them almost 25 minutes down on Meerendal’s Esther Suss of Switzerland and British star Sally Bigham. It took until after stage four for RECM to hit the front in the general classification, but there was no stopping them as they went on to win by close to 38 minutes over Meerendal. Third place went to the Cape Brewing Company combination of Sweden’s Jennie Stenerhag and South Africa’s Theresa Ralph. Kleinhans thanked the South African crowd, who have “adopted me as their daughter.‘Very emotional’ “Their support made me very emotional,” she added. Sasol Racing’s Ischen Stopforth and Yolande De Villiers were the leading South African women’s pair, finishing in sixth place overall, followed Sasol Racing 2’s Yolandi du Toit and Leana de Jager, in seventh, and Pragma Orange Monkey’s Hanlie Booyens and Mariske Strauss, in eighth.last_img read more

The key to smarter farms? IoT farm application ecosystems

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first_imgRelated Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… ReadWrite Sponsors Farming is getting smarter every day. From large commercial operations to local organic growers, technology is at the forefront of reducing cost, improving yield and guaranteeing optimal delivery to market. The key ingredient in smart agriculture is data.Modern farmers have more tools for gathering intelligence than ever before. Soil chemistry data informs fertilization decisions. Moisture sensors and precision irrigation controllers optimize irrigation, while reducing water consumption. Drones precisely apply pesticides. Autonomous harvesters traverse fields under the watchful eye of location and capacity sensors. The list goes on. Almost every agricultural process can be instrumented using sensors generating data that can optimize processes and inform decision making. The Internet of Things is at the center of this revolution. IoT hardware has rapidly evolved to offer low-cost sensors for almost every conceivable need. These sensors are being built into IoT devices with battery life that can be measured in years and access to affordable low-power mobile networking. IoT device management platforms have also evolved rapidly, and have the ability to securely onboard and manage devices on a large scale. IoT cloud services provides suites of application enablement services that can easily be consumed by developers, allowing them to focus on building their application’s business logic. These developments are driving the creation of powerful new IoT applications in almost every vertical, including agriculture.But what makes today’s farm truly smart? Let me ask that another way. When will smart farm technology reach the point where the domain intelligence it provides exceeds that of experienced professional farmers? The answer may not be as straightforward as you think. Data is not enoughIt‘s true that gathering precise data helps farmers make better decisions. Obtaining soil moisture readings at several depths definitely provides more precise information than if the farmer simply sticks a finger down in the soil. Satellite weather reports provide better forecasting than the farmer’s old barometric weather station. Precise soil chemistry data can help a farmer fertilize the soil, at the lowest cost per acre, and avoid the risk of some soil-borne diseases. A precisely controlled low-flying drone may apply pesticide more efficiently than a traditional crop duster. But this data simply informs the farmer. It is the farmer’s experience that integrates this intelligence to make the best decisions to optimize operations. An assortment of technology “tools” is not enough. Dean Hamilton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit, AcceleriteSmart farming calls for data integration . . .The applications themselves that the farmer uses must be designed and built with the ability to communicate and work together to optimize outcomes. An experienced farmer intuitively integrates all of the knowledge available. Irrigation decisions will not simply be based on the weather and the type of crop, but by the nature of the soil and its chemical composition. It’s not enough to know how to efficiently apply pesticides over an area. A farmer will also consider the irrigation cycle to maximize the effectiveness of the pesticide. The problem with many of today’s smart farm IoT technologies is that these applications exist in silos. Even if fully-automated, they do not work efficiently together. The algorithms for scheduling irrigation don’t take into account when fertilizer was last applied. A truly smart farm is one that can be highly automated so even a novice farmer can optimize their operation. But to do so, valuable data from the many silos throughout the farming operation must easily and automatically integrate.. . . And IoT service creation and enrichment platformsA new class of IoT platform-building technology now provides such capabilities — IoT service creation and enrichment platforms (SCEP). SCEPs, such as Accelerite’s Concert IoT, provide a suite of complementary services that developers can use to create cloud-based IoT applications while building and monetizing application partner ecosystems. IoT platforms for vertical markets such as smart farms enable developers to create ecosystems of highly integrated and targeted apps. However, a full-featured SCEP must provide these three critical capabilities for IoT application developers:Tools for visually modeling and orchestrating IoT applications, allowing non-programmers to participate in developing and refining IoT solutions. With a smart farm platform, the farmer should be able to modify the application without extensive programming effort. This reduces the development cost and time required to create and evolve the applications.An IoT “platform builder” offered as a service, with capability to easily create new platforms from the applications themselves. Applications use the platform builder to expose APIs, allowing their services to be leveraged by partner applications. API and partner management capabilities, integrated into the SCEP, allow application developers to create and offer new, vertically-oriented IoT platforms-as-a-service. A monetization engine that simplifies forming commercial relationships with partners who want applications as services and data via APIs.SCEPs build on existing IoT enablement cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services IoT, and are designed to complement the suite of IoT services offered by these platforms. With SCEP technology, IoT vendors across agriculture, manufacturing, retail, supply chain and logistics, and government can not only rapidly create ecosystems of innovative IoT applications, but can integrate – even monetize — those applications by offering them as platforms to additional application partners. And when a farm runs on such a service creation and enrichment platform, instead of silos, the underlying data throughout the entire agriculture operation grows smarter each day. The farmer can fine-tune operations, based on precision intelligence and knowledge from an ecosystem of partners. It’s when the vision of a truly smart farm becomes reality. Interested in learning more about building an IoT service-oriented application ecosystem, optimized for targeted industry markets such as agriculture? Contact us for an introductory demo on the Concert IoT service creation and enrichment platform today.This article was produced in partnership with Accelerite. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Accelrite#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#smart farms 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoT Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology …last_img read more

Manipur University students lock departments in protest

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first_imgStudents of intensified their demand for the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey by locking all the departments of the varsity on Wednesday. This followed the resignation of 21 heads of departments since protests began on the campus on May 30.Mr. Pandey has been accused of making frequent trips outside the State, misusing university funds and obtaining Y-category security and bullet-proof vehicles.“Our agitation will continue until the Vice-Chancellor is removed,” a spokesperson of the Manipur University Students’ Union said on Thursday, blaming the Central and State governments for the impasse on the campus.The Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA) and the Manipur University Staffs’ Association lent support to the students in their agitation against Mr. Pandey and have accused him of taking “whimsical decisions”.Mr. Pandey has refused to resign, insisting that he has followed the rules in running the university.An MUTA spokesperson said six deans and 29 heads of departments had tendered their resignation so far to give moral support to the students’ agitation. They include the 21 who quit on Tuesday.State-wide shutdownThe “lockdown” coincided with an indefinite State-wide shutdown announced by four tribal students’ organisations in protest against the government’s “failure” to appoint tribal language teachers in higher secondary schools of Manipur.A joint committee of the four organisations said the State government did “great injustice to tribal students” by not appointing teachers in nine tribal languagesThe organisations include the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation and Liangmei Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR).‘No teacher posts’ “The State Cabinet on March 12 decided to recruit 42 teachers for nine tribal languages. But no posts were announced for tribal language teachers when the order for recruiting 409 teachers was issued recently,” LNKR education secretary Rofica Newmai said.The government was urged to issue a recruitment notification for tribal language teachers in one month. “We resolved to announce an indefinite shutdown after the government ignored our deadline,” TSA joint secretary Thangtinlen Haokip said.The students’ organisations said the government should comply with the National Council for Teacher Education, 2014 norms and not deprive the rights and privileges of trained candidates.last_img read more

Oladipo’s 19 leads Pacers, snapping Spurs’ home streak

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first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during the first half. APSAN ANTONIO — Indiana made itself at home at an arena that’s rarely hospitable to visiting teams.Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday (Monday Manila time), snapping the Spurs’ 14-game home winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Asked if Dejounte Murray would continue to start at point guard, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, “We’ll see.”Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.“A little different, so I guess we’re figuring where we need certain things (with Parker) coming off the bench to start the game,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “Trying to get a happy medium of getting some fast pace, slower pace, getting it inside, working outside, but turn the ball over a little less, move it a little bit better.”Parker responded with 12 points, five assists and one turnover, but LaMarcus Aldridge struggled without the veteran point guard.The Pacers stymied Aldridge offensively even without the injured Myles Turner, limiting the Spurs forward to a season-low 10 points. Aldridge finished 5 for 14 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Dinwiddie basket in last second, Nets beat Pistons Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting San Antonio lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.“It’s just a great win for this young team to come into San Antonio, where they only lost two games,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “This has always been a tough place to play and to end the road trip when you’re a little fatigued and a little tired. The challenge was mentally give yourself a chance by giving the effort, staying connected, playing together, and they did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Pacers became the first Eastern Conference team in three years to sweep a season series from the Spurs.With Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay and Kawhi Leonard out with injuries, San Antonio made a last-minute lineup change, bringing Tony Parker off the bench for the 14th time in 1,165 career games. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The difficulty of winning in San Antonio was not lost on veterans Collinson and Jefferson.“It’s big time,” Collison said. “Al and I were just talking about all that it takes to get a victory here. It’s a good win all around. If we can continue to keep this up, the way we’ve been playing, beating teams like this, we’re going to have a very good time.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “Thaddeus (Young) did a really nice job of making LaMarcus work,” McMillan said. “You don’t stop those guys, but he was physical and made it tough for him to score. The rest of our guys did a good job defending and just keeping them in front.”Indiana, which led by as many as 17 points, had 15 steals while forcing 20 turnovers.“We did a great job just getting stops and moving the ball,” Oladipo said. “They’re a tough team to play against. Well-coached team, great players over there, it was a tough-fought team win. We’ve just got to build on it.”Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.The Spurs pulled within 83-76 with 5:03 remaining on Davis Bertans’ 3-pointer, but San Antonio committed two turnovers on the next two possessions.“It happens a little too much with our team,” said Pau Gasol, who had 14 points. “We get a little bit out of whack. We don’t execute, we’re a little sloppy at times and we pay the price. We can’t afford mistakes like that.”TIP-INSPacers: Turner missed his seventh straight game with an injured right elbow. He high-stepped halfway down the baseline in celebration after Al Jefferson dunked on Gasol early in the fourth quarter. … The Pacers concluded their longest trip of the season, going 3-2. … Indiana came in averaging 106.5 points per game, which was 10th in the league.Spurs: Ginobili was a late scratch after being listed as questionable with bruised right thigh. … Popovich said he is still not sure when Leonard will return as he continues to rehabilitate right quadriceps tendinopathy. … Spurs players have missed 123 games collectively because of injuries and sat out 10 games for rest. … Aldridge’s previous low was 11 points against at Boston on Oct. 30.BIG WINlast_img read more

Finance Minister Tables Microcredit Bill

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first_img The Microcredit Act (2019) was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 26 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.The Bill seeks to regulate the persons who provide microcredit services, ensuring that such persons are licensed by the Regulatory Authority.They will also be required to keep proper accounting and other records and make reports to the Regulatory Authority on a timely basis.The Bill also seeks to regulate the provision of microcredit services offered by microcredit institutions, in order to ensure, among other things, that microcredit services may be utilised by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals to facilitate their financial or economic advancement; the interest of borrowers may be protected by discouraging excessive interest rates and predatory lending practices by microcredit institutions.It prohibits false and misleading advertising by microcredit institutions; and makes it an offence for microcredit institutions to use threats and violence in the process of collecting a debt.The Bill identifies the Consumer Affairs Commission as the body responsible for accepting complaints against microcredit institutions, investigating complaints against microcredit institutions and formulating a code of conduct for microcredit institutions on consumer-related matters. The Microcredit Act (2019) was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 26 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. They will also be required to keep proper accounting and other records and make reports to the Regulatory Authority on a timely basis. The Bill seeks to regulate the persons who provide microcredit services, ensuring that such persons are licensed by the Regulatory Authority. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Marketing Blitz to Promote MacDill AFB

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first_imgThe Tampa Bay Defense Alliance is rolling out a campaign to promote MacDill Air Force Base at a time when DOD is facing budget constraints and pursues a new round of base closures.The initiative is intended to raise awareness of the installation among area residents and businesses, as well as in Washington. A central theme of the effort is showcasing the robust partnership between the community and MacDill, reported the Tampa Tribune.The initiative is centered on the “My MacDill” website, which provides residents and local organizations an opportunity to post photos, videos and personal memories about the base and its contributions to the Tampa region and the nation. The site features a series of interviews with personnel who have served at MacDill, including retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks, who commanded U.S. Central Command from 2000 to 2004.The campaign also will be rolled out at local sporting events, music festivals and other public happenings. One of the effort’s goals is to go viral on the Internet, at least locally, said John Schueler, president of the defense alliance.“This is like the ALS Challenge, without the water,” said Schueler. “We were interested in an approach that can bring the community together.”The campaign was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the first flights at the airfield, which occurred last month. A second 75th anniversary celebration will be held next April to mark the airfield’s formal naming as MacDill Field.The initiative follows the release of a report from Deloitte Consulting outlining actions that Tampa officials can take to preserve MacDill and its many tenants, including U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Operations Command Central and the Joint Communications Support Element, according to the story. The report calls for the state to allocate sufficient funding and staff to its military affairs organization; funding independent studies of base strengths, weaknesses and economic impact; investing in infrastructure; and creating a commanders council to foster greater communication between the community and base officials. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NASA InSights marsquake detector is ready to listen to Mars heartbeat

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first_img NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Whew – winding down after a long day, but I’ve done it: I’ve placed my seismometer on the surface of Mars! With SEIS, I’ll be able to listen in for marsquakes and help reveal the heartbeat of #Mars. https://t.co/GYNO4txPPi pic.twitter.com/18eQHXOfiO— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 20, 2018 Now playing: Watch this: “Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.”Because this isn’t NASA’s first rodeo, a team of scientists has been practising the deployment of instruments with an exact replica of the lander (known as ForeSight) on a fake Mars set back here on Earth. (Fun fact: the fake Martian dust is made from crushed up garnet stones). And the practice has paid off. “InSight’s timetable of activities on Mars has gone better than we hoped,” said InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman. “Getting the seismometer safely on the ground is an awesome Christmas present.” Sci-Tech Share your voice NASA Space NASA’s InSight lander has perfectly deployed its seismometer on the surface of Mars, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission is going from strength to strength with news that the Mars lander has successfully positioned its seismometer, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA announced the news late on Wednesday, tweeting out a GIF of the instrument being placed on the red dust of Mars. According to the space agency, it’s the first time a scientific instrument has ever been placed on the surface of another planet. The InSight lander touched down on Mars in late November, ready for a seven-year mission that will see the spacecraft drill deeper into the planet than ever before. It will measure how the planet wobbles on its axis as it orbits the sun and ultimately study the composition of Mars’ core. Alongside all that science, InSight will also study seismic activity on Mars — just like Earth gets earthquakes, NASA is looking for ground motion, or “marsquakes,” beneath the Martian surface. But to do all that, NASA had to position InSight’s seismometer just right, which is no easy feat when you’re remotely operating a spacecraft on another planet with an eight-minute communications delay.  0 NASA’s InSight landing and the crazy odds behind getting… 5:54 Tags Post a commentlast_img read more