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A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

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first_imgLAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon. — Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening …last_img

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Scientists, Reporters Still Nuts Over Darwin

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first_imgNo other historical scientist gets as much praise and worship as Charlie D. Why is that?Darwin’s name appears frequently in science news and journal papers, much more than Newton, Maxwell, or Einstein. And yet other than doing some legit observation of barnacles and pigeons, Charlie’s main contribution was to anoint the Stuff Happens Law with an aura of science. He wrote hundreds of pages elaborating how stuff happens without reason or guidance, by means of some mysterious Selector out there who cares nothing about the results. Why would that make him famous? The only explanation is that Darwin made it possible to become an intellectually fool-filled atheist.In these recent news articles, ask if the actual observations and evidence justify drawing Charlie’s name into it.HMS Beagle: Dock where Darwin’s ship ‘was dismantled’ revealed (BBC News). The Beagle’s famous passenger is treated like a saint. “Charles Darwin was aboard HMS Beagle when he made discoveries that led to his theory of natural selection,” the article says. “Darwin was aboard the ship on its second great voyage between 1831 and 1836 to survey the South American coast and the Galapagos Islands.” Such a holy relic cannot be forgotten. Pieces of wood from the True Beguile [pun intended] must make their way into university biology departments.What Is Convergent Evolution? (Live Science). To demonstrate Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law, reporter Charlie Wood gives examples of how things evolve [happen] to look the same except when they evolve [happen] to look different. “Convergent evolution is when different organisms independently evolve similar traits,” Wood states worshipfully, applying Darwin Flubber to the congregants’ foreheads.Each of Earth’s habitats presents its own challenges. Sometimes, different species develop the same solution to the same problem. Biologists call this process — when two organisms share characteristics that they didn’t jointly inherit from a common ancestor — convergent evolution.What is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?Convergent vs. divergent evolutionThe classical examples of evolution, such as Darwin’s finches, demonstrate the opposite process:  divergent evolution.‘But Mr. Wood, is it really a ‘process’? Do species really ‘develop’ solutions, or do opposite things just happen to them?’ No questions allowed. This is a worship service. Everyone chant, “Stuff Happenzzzzzz….”Darwin Fish on a scientist’s office door at JPL.Earthworms Coordinate Soil Biota to Improve Multiple Ecosystem Functions (Current Biology). “Earthworms have been perceived as benevolent soil engineers since the time of Charles Darwin,” this paper begins, but surely Darwin was not the first. What’s Darwin got to do with it? Engineering is a mental activity. One could (or should) argue that earthworms were designed by a benevolent, purposeful Creator to be “benevolent soil engineers.” But no; in today’s biology and media, all observations must be force-fit into the Darwin Hymnal. Everyone sing:Now the fit will be survivors and survivors will be fit,And survivors will survive to prove the fitness of the fit.Oh, this natural selection, it’s so simple, isn’t it?‘Tis ruthless marching on.Male mating displays can evolve from exploitative origins to cooperative endings (PNAS). “What could explain such elaborate mating behavior?” Richard Gomulkiewicz of Washington State U begins in this treatise on sexual selection, the Stuff Happens Law applied to sex. “Evolutionary biologists have been puzzling over this question since Darwin,” he says with a genuflect to Saint Charles.Following in Darwin’s footsteps: understanding the plant evolution of florist’s gloxinia (Science Daily). Many people make pilgrimages to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Jesus or Moses. Why would anyone wish to follow in Darwin’s footsteps? The reason may be that lazy biologists don’t like doing science the old way. It was too rigorous and constraining. Thanks to Charlie, it is so much easier now to just say “Stuff Happens.”More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s fascination with genetics and domestication catapulted the scientific world into new territory as scientists started to ask: How did a species evolve to be this way?….Florist’s gloxinia, a species originally documented by Darwin himself [pause to genuflect], was introduced to England in the 18th century. Since then, plant breeders have cultivated hundreds of strains by intentionally selecting for desired traits. Within 200 years — a mere blink of an evolutionary eye — florist’s gloxinia reached the same levels of phenotypic variation as snapdragons, Antirrhinum spp. Snapdragons, however, have been cultivated for 2,000 years.The disciples have learned from their master well. Stuff happens rapidly, except when it happens slowly. And through artificial selection [breeding, a form of intelligent design], converts can perceive fleeting glimpses of the mystical Selector—that blind watchmaker—that makes stuff happen.Intellectually fool-filled atheists in their worship center. More later. We don’t want readers’ stomachs to get upset with too much junk science at one time. (Visited 314 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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How is a jet engine tested?

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first_imgTesting After that test ¾ of a ton of hail is fired at the engine in just 30 seconds. Finally, virtually all serious engine problems happen within 15 minutes of takeoff! Early jet engines were unreliable. Initially they had an In Flight Shut Down (IFSD) rate of 0.9 shutdowns per 1,000 engine hours but today’s engines, such as the giant GE90, boast an incredible IFSD rate of 0.001 per 1,000 hours. Virtually all early jet-powered aircraft had four jet engines to enable them to cross oceans. The only significant exception was the twin-engine Caravelle designed for short ranges around Europe. Aircraft builder Airbus put this type of progress into perspective in the early 1990s when it said that its A330 would have to fly 17,880 years back in time to the beginning of the Ice Age before it suffered loss of power from both engines from independent causes. Part of the reliability comes from the exhaustive and torturous testing to which engines are subjected. The GE90 has been tested to 127,000lbs of thrust or 100,000hp!center_img The extraordinary increase in reliability has had far-reaching effects on aircraft design, airline flexibility and costs, all contributing to a reduction in airfares. Reliability Flexibility Testing of a jet engine takes up to two years and includes one test where 4.5 tons of water a minute is poured into the engine and it must keep running. In the 1950s, only four-engine aircraft were allowed by regulators to fly more than 60 minutes away from an airport in case of engine failure. But as the jet engine became incredibly reliable, regulators eased restrictions allowing aircraft to fly more direct and economical routes. Today, a twin-engine aircraft such as the Boeing 777 can fly up to 330 minutes away from an airport.last_img read more

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ED arrests Upendra Rai after bail in CBI case

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first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate on Friday night arrested journalist Upendra Rai under the money laundering law, soon after a Delhi court granted him bail in a case of alleged extortion and dubious financial transactions registered by the CBI.An ED team put Rai under arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) at the Tihar jail here, officials said.The Delhi-based scribe was arrested as he was required to be put under custodial interrogation. He will be produced before a court on Saturday, they said.Earlier on Friday, a Delhi court had granted bail to Rai, who was arrested by the CBI last month for allegedly using fake information to gain access to airports across India. Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted bail to Mr. Rai on furnishing a bail bond of ₹5 lakh, with two sureties of a like amount. The judge had last month refused bail to the journalist.The counsel for Mr. Rai submitted that no purpose would be served by keeping him in custody as the court had on May 9 rejected the CBI’s plea seeking further custody of Mr. Rai.The other accused in the case are Air One Aviation Limited, its chief security officer Prasun Roy and unidentified Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) officials.At the time of Rai’s arrest, the agency had said that besides property papers and a valid Aerodrome Entry Permit, some confidential documents were also seized. It was alleged that the journalist had applied for the permit in January 2017, as a consultant of Air One, falsely showing himself as a permanent employee of the company.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities

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first_imgPosted on November 5, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the ninth event of the series on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health. Please RSVP to globalhealth@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation. About the event: Postpartum hemorrhage, eclampsia, and unsafe abortion are some of the leading causes of maternal deaths in developing countries. Maternal health supplies such as oxytocin, misoprostol, manual vacuum aspirators, and magnesium sulfate are crucial tools needed for effective interventions to address these issues. In order to expand access to these maternal health commodities increased research and coordination is needed to improve supply chain mechanisms and health care training.Melodie Holden, president, Venture Strategies Innovations, will discuss what maternal health supplies are available and share lessons learned for distributing these supplies to trained health care workers. Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, senior research associate, Population Action International, will discuss the access challenges and gaps in supply chain mechanisms. John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, will address the feasibility of integrating maternal health supplies into existing family planning supply mechanisms. Dotian Wanogo Ali, chief technical advisor of reproductive health supplies, UNFPA, will share experiences and lessons learned for implementation of family planning and maternal health supply chains in Madagascar.About the Maternal Health Policy SeriesThe reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than 350,000 deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community. The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. Powerpoint presentations will be available online prior to meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.Directions: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.Share this: Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health CommoditiesNovember 30, 20109:30 – 11:30 a.m.5th Floor Conference RoomWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWFeaturing:Dotian Wanogo Ali, Chief Technical Advisor Reproductive Health Supplies, UNFPA Madagascar (Invited)Melodie Holden, President, Venture Strategies InnovationsElizabeth Leahy Madsen, Senior Research Associate, Population Action InternationalJohn Skibiak, Director, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (Invited)Moderated by Werner Haug, Director of Technical Division, UNFPA ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?

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first_imgOn 25 June, arguably the most important meeting in the history of the sport will be held. The Special General Meeting will vote on a new constitution that will fundamentally change – for the better – the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. Let’s assume that the vote is `yes’. What does this mean for the affiliates; for those people actually out there delivering the sport, running competitions? If you’ve been wondering what the answer to this question is, it’s well worth your time to check out the following document… THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?last_img
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10 months agoBayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool draw

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes getting Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 is the toughest draw they could land.The Bundesliga champions will travel to Anfield for the first leg on February 19 with the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13.Kovac said, “Liverpool got to the final last year, they’re top of the Premier League and one of the favourites for the Champions League.“We’re FC Bayern München, though, and I’m sure Liverpool know they’ve got to come here to Munich for the second leg. The chances are 50-50. We’ll see what happens. I’m very confident we’ll get through.”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy.“You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”Winger Arjen Robben was also gushing in his praise of Jurgen Klopp’s side.“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development,” Robben told Bayern’s website.“They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”However, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer claimed that the Reds can still be “vulnerable” defensively having shipped seven goals in the group stage.“They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year,” Neuer said.“They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.” last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool star van Dijk: Napoli loss no cause for panic

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool star van Dijk: Napoli loss no cause for panicby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVirgil van Dijk has called for calm after Liverpool’s loss to Napoli in the Champions League.Van Dijk made a rare mistake for Napoli to make it 2-0 through Fernando Llorente in the dying stages of Tuesday’s clash at the San Paolo Stadium.But the Dutchman insists the result will not have a far-reaching impact on the Reds.”I don’t know if it’s a wake-up call,” the defender said of defeat in Naples. “Both sides were full in the game and thought it was going to be a draw. Obviously the penalty changed it all and we’re going home with no points but it shouldn’t be a wake-up call. “We’ve been performing since the start of the season outstanding so there’s no reason for panic. “The majority in the game we played well, we put them under pressure and we created opportunities on the break. “There’s a lot of positive things apart from the result. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on Chelsea.” last_img read more

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9 days agoNorwich fullback Max Aarons admits he’s loved past year

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first_imgNorwich fullback Max Aarons admits he’s loved past yearby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City full-back Max Aarons admits he’s loved his past year.Aarons was speaking before England U21’s thumping Euro qualifier win against Austria.”I’ve had a lot of ticket requests,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of people there, family, friends and stuff like that. Because I play in Norwich, it’s not easy for everyone to see me play much, but this is going to be good. I can’t wait. I think Austria will be tough, but we’re a really good group too, so I think we can come into the game with confidence.”Asked about his career at Norwich City since breaking into the first team against Ipswich Town last season, Aarons has seen the time fly by.”It’s gone so quickly,” he added. “It’s been such a turnaround from jumping up through the age groups and then into the first team at Norwich, but I’ve relished it and loved it. Hopefully I can just keep the progression going and playing and performing with my club.”The target here with England is to keep pushing and hopefully reach the senior squad one day, but to do that I need to do well with the U21s and we’ve got some good games coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Honoring Members Of Basketball Program Who Died In Plane Crash 14 Years Ago Today

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first_imgOklahoma State honors 2001 plane crash victims.On January 27th, 2001, the Oklahoma State basketball program suffered an unthinkable tragedy when eight members of its family (two players and six staffers and broadcasters) died in a plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. In the years since that traumatic event, the 10 people who died in the crash –including the pilot and co-pilot–have been memorialized with a banner hanging in the rafters of OSU’s home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, and a memorial located inside the Athletics Center. Also, each year, at the home game closest to the date of the crash, Oklahoma State honors the 10. This post from the Cowboys’ official athletics Instagram account has all the details on the ceremony before tonight’s game against Baylor: Very touching and appropriate tribute for those whose lives were inexplicably cut short, and it’s incredible to think 14 years has passed since this tragedy happened.last_img read more

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