Plane bound for Peace River, AB reported missing

first_imgThe Vancouver Sun is reporting that a small plane left Norman Wells, NWT bound for Peace River, AB yesterday but did not show up at its destination. The Single Engine plane was carrying only the pilot.The Sun is reporting that a Hercules plane from Winnipeg, a Buffalo aircraft from Comox, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter and five aircraft from the volunteer Civil Air Serarch and Rescue Association are looking for the overdue plane.- Advertisement –last_img

QPR round-up: R’s unable to land winger, Barnsley want Kpekawa, Lumley set for loan move

first_imgQPR have missed out on the signing of Swansea City winger Modou Barrow.The 23-year-old Gambian was among Rangers’ top summer targets and the club were initially optimistic they would be able to take him on loan.However, Swansea stalled over a potential deal when he impressed during pre-season, forcing his way into their first team for the start of the new campaign.And with Barrow having also impressed in the Welsh club’s opening couple of Premier League matches, Rangers now accept he will not be joining them.Meanwhile, Barnsley have made an offer for QPR defender Cole Kpekawa.And Rangers have signed goalkeeper Seny Dieng after development squad keeper Conor Hudnott was ruled out for around six months with a shoulder injury.The Swiss 21-year-old was a free agent, having left German club MSV Duisburg at the end of last season.The signing means QPR can send goalkeeper Joe Lumley out on loan in the coming days.Lumley, 21, had been lined up for a loan move to Gillingham but that deal now appears unlikely to go through.Rangers are now looking at other options as they are keen for Lumley to pick up more first-team experience.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jerry Blevins looks to re-establish lefty specialist role in A’s return

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Jerry Blevins returns to the A’s a different pitcher, a veteran who is now well-traveled with plenty of experience. But that sense of humor he had his first time around remains intact, and it was on full display as he arrived at Hohokam Stadium for the first day of workouts.“I don’t think I’ll get sick from mold in this one,” Blevins joked when talking about the differences from his first A’s stint, referring to the club’s older spring home of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The …last_img read more

Panthers through to NCS semis, first time since 2011

first_imgPitcher Cameron Saso carried a shutout for six innings and Lance Lally finished it off as the top-seeded Panthers prevailed in the the quarterfinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs, silencing the No. 8 Redwood Christian — San Lorenzo Eagles 3-0 Wednesday night at McKinleyville High.Saso struck out nine while allowing a third as many hits and walks in the win. Lally, the go-to closer for the Panthers throughout the season, ended the night with a quick no-hit seventh inning. …last_img read more

NBA Finals: Warriors’ comeback ability faces ultimate test

first_imgOAKLAND – Can the Warriors come back? That’s become a familiar and jarring question as they’ve trailed by double digits for six consecutive games.That comeback curiosity now goes for the Warriors’ three-peat hopes in the NBA Finals.As much as injury woes are impacting this two-time title defense, the Warriors constantly find themselves in need of a rally.They’ve trailed by 17, 18, 17, 12, 12 and 17 dating back to Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against Portland. And, yet, they are …last_img read more

Original Proteins Found in Fossil Sea Turtle

first_img(Visited 1,019 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The fossil of a sea turtle said to be 54 million years old still has original proteins of pigment and muscle.A press release from North Carolina State University drops another bomb on deep time. Even though the researchers, including co-author Mary Schweitzer, do not doubt the age of the fossil at 54 million Darwin Years, that is an awful lot of time for original biomolecules to be preserved.Researchers from North Carolina State University, Lund University in Sweden and the University of Hyogo in Japan have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54 million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work adds to the growing body of evidence supporting persistence of original molecules over millions of years and also provides direct evidence that a pigment-based survival trait common to modern sea turtles evolved at least 54 million years ago.That last clause compounds the problem by pushing back a trait earlier than expected. In this case, it is dark coloration, believed to provide camouflage from predators and heat regulation by absorbing sunlight as the hatchling scurried across the sand to the seashore. No evolution is documented, because the adaptive trait was already present!Fossil (left) and modern sea turtle hatchlings. Credit: Johan Lindgren, reproduced from NC State press release (click for link).The fossil was found in Denmark in 2008, but soft tissue remains were not recovered till 2013. Johan Lindgren of Lund University performed multiple tests to analyze the remains. He found organelles he suspected were melanosomes, the structures that provide coloration. He brought in other researchers for further analysis.Lindgren performed ToF-SIMS on the samples to confirm the presence of heme, eumelanin and proteinaceous molecules – the components of blood, pigment and protein.Co-author Mary Schweitzer, professor of biological sciences at NC State with a joint appointment at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, performed histochemical analyses of the sample, finding that it tested positive against antibodies for both alpha and beta-keratin, hemoglobin and tropomyosin, a muscle protein. TEM, performed by University of Hyogo evolutionary biologist Takeo Kuriyama, and Schweitzer’s immunogold testing further confirmed the findings.Schweitzer, in an apparent pre-emptive strike at skeptics, stated that confirmation of these particular proteins rules out contamination, because bacteria don’t make eukaryotic melanin or keratin.The open-access paper was published October 17 in Nature Scientific Reports, DOI:  10.1038/s41598-017-13187-5. It calls the specimen “arguably one of the best preserved juvenile fossil sea turtles on record.” Traces of soft tissue were preserved “with great fidelity“, the paper says. What was found was original, unmineralized material.Here we show that the extraordinary preservation of the type of T. danica goes beyond gross morphology to include ultrastructural details and labile molecular components of the once-living animal. Haemoglobin-derived compounds, eumelanic pigments and proteinaceous materials retaining the immunological characteristics of sauropsid-specific β-keratin and tropomyosin were detected in tissues containing remnant melanosomes and decayed keratin plates. The preserved organics represent condensed remains of the cornified epidermis and, likely also, deeper anatomical features, and provide direct chemical evidence that adaptive melanism – a biological means used by extant sea turtle hatchlings to elevate metabolic and growth rates – had evolved 54 million years ago.“…arguably one of the best preserved juvenile fossil sea turtles on record.”The evolutionary speculation and dates are not derived from the observations. It’s important to recall that until recently, no one expected original proteins to survive a hundred thousand years, let alone millions. So how do the researchers explain this “extraordinary preservation” of material in this fossil labeled MHM-K2, that should be long gone?We hypothesise that calcium ions (and other trace elements) adsorbed onto the surface of the carcass during the microbially mediated formation of the calcareous concretion in which MHM-K2 was found. Mild geothermal conditions might then have limited further breakdown of the stabilised organics.Haemoglobin also imparts tissue fixation by iron-catalysed free radical reactions and/or inhibition of bacterial growth (ref.44 and references therein), possibly contributing to preservation of anatomical features deeper than the cornified epidermis. Blood breakdown products released from erythrocytes during hemolysis can seep into surrounding tissues, causing a reddish-brown discolouration. Impregnation by haemoglobin-derived compounds has been recorded not only in bones, but also in scales and teeth. Consequently, it is possible that the outer integument was infiltrated by blood residues diffusing from underlying (and now almost completely degraded) dermal or deeper tissues sometime during the early stages of decomposition of MHM-K2. Detection of haemoglobin- and tropomyosin-derived compounds supports this possibility.The language is cautious, because they can only suggest “possibilities” that “might” explain the preservation. Proteins, however, are delicate molecules subject to thermal breakdown. Stabilizing processes, even if plausible, cannot last indefinitely. But for tens of millions of years? Mark Armitage, who has recovered and analyzed dinosaur soft tissue himself, strongly disputes the ability of blood-derived iron to stabilize soft tissues.Much of the paper sidesteps this important question by speculating about when “adaptive melanism” evolved. But really, does the fossil look any “less evolved” than the living turtle? Why do they give it a different scientific name when it is virtually identical? Did the hatchling really fossilize that long ago?Since dinosaur soft tissues and proteins have been found twice as old as those in this sea turtle (1/29/17), long-age evolutionists are panicking. They are scrambling to downplay the findings (6/09/15, 9/19/17) or pretending soft tissue is exciting because it can shed light on evolution. These are distractions from the danger their worldview is in.The Darwin hot-air balloon can only hold a finite number of fossils with soft tissue before it comes crashing to the ground. Keep piling them up in the gondola. And turn on those video cams, everyone! Let the public see the collapse.last_img read more

South Africa’s judiciary

first_imgFind out more about how the wheels of justice turn in South Africa.The inside of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. (Image: Design Indaba, YouTube)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has an independent judiciary, subject only to the Constitution and the law.The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and binds all legislative, executive and judicial organs of state at all levels of government.No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the courts, and an order or decision of a court binds all organs of state and people to whom it applies.The Constitution provides for the following courts:Constitutional CourtSupreme Court of Appeal (SCA)high courtsmagistrate’s courtsany other court established or recognised in terms of an Act of ParliamentThere are also special income tax courts, the Labour Court and the Labour Appeal Court, the Land Claims Court, the Competition Appeal Court, the Electoral Court, divorce courts, small claims courts, “military courts”, and equality courts.The Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and High Courts have the power to protect and regulate their own processes, and to develop the common law.The courts are also required to declare any law or conduct that is inconsistent with the Constitution to be invalid, and develop common law that is consistent with the values of the Constitution, and the spirit and purpose of the Bill of Rights.How are judges appointed?Judges in the various courts are appointed by the President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, the leaders of parties represented in National Assembly, and, where relevant, the President of the Constitutional Court.The Judicial Service Commission includes the Chief Justice, the President of the Constitutional Court and the Minister of Justice. It is a widely representative body, with the transformation of the judiciary remaining one of government’s key priorities.Legal systemSouth African law is a combination of different legal systems, with its origin in Europe and Great Britain. Its foundation lies in Roman-Dutch law, which is itself a blend of indigenous Dutch customary law and Roman law. The legal system that prevailed in Holland during the 17th and 18th centuries was introduced to South Africa after the Cape was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s.When the Cape was occupied by the British at the end of the 18th century, Roman- Dutch law was retained and confirmed as the common law of the country. English became the language of the courts and English legal procedures and the English law of evidence in both criminal and civil matters were introduced.As with any other country, the common law has been augmented by statutory law and many of the cases before the court are now concerned with their interpretation and application.Because of the unique heritage of South African law, and the constitutional imperative to regard comparative law, foreign law is frequently consulted, not as binding but as persuasive authority.Judicial decisions are themselves a source of law. The decisions of the court are binding on all lower courts.The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is responsible for ensuring an accessible justice system that promotes and protects social justice, fundamental human rights and freedoms, thus providing a transparent, responsive and accountable justice for all.Source: South African Yearbook and the Department of Justice.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Ohio’s Buehler vying for National FFA office

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s candidate to become National FFA Officer for 2017-2018 is Mary Buehler, former president of the Ohio FFA Association. She continues to be in contention for national office.“It’s really neat to transition from state president to national officer candidate,” Buehler said. “A lot of those people that I met throughout my year last year — those members — they are what have inspired me to run as a national officer and I’ve been getting a lot of texts and messages from them as encouragement and I just hope I can represent Ohio to the best of my ability.”Buehler must go through a number of interviews that whittle down the amount of blue corduroy-clad young people hoping to lead the organization over the next year.“It started back in June. I was chosen for a candidate for Ohio so it’s been all sorts of prep and studying since then. I drove to Indy on Friday evening and we started the process bright and early at 7 a.m. on Saturday. I’ve had three rounds of interviews so far and one more to go before we find out who’s going to be advancing on.”Buehler offers advice to FFA members experience the 90th National FFA Convention.“I would say just to soak up the awesomeness that is convention. It’s so empowering to be in such a big sea of blue and to meet people from all across the nation. There’s a lot of really neat people. Lock in that encouragement and inspiration and bring it back home with you.”last_img read more

Wolfram Alpha’s $50 iPhone App: Too Expensive or Worth the Extra Money for the Premium Experience?

first_imgfrederic lardinois When Wolfram Research released its iPhone app for Wolfram Alpha earlier this week, most of the attention quickly shifted away from the features of the app itself and towards the high price of the app. At $49.99, Wolfram Alpha is far more expensive than most apps in the App Store today, where only a small number of highly specialized apps sell for more than $9.99. Today, we got a chance to discuss Wolfram’s pricing strategy with Schoeller Porter, the product manager for Wolfram Alpha’s iPhone app.Early ReactionsOnTwitter and in the tech blogosphere, the reactions to the app’s price were anything but subtle. We called it “too expensive” ourselves, though others had strongerwords for it. MIT’s Technology Review called it a “a pricey online calculator for geeks” – a product that’s more like the expensive but immensely powerful Mathematica than Stephen Wolfram’s original idea for Alpha (“Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people”). It is worth noting that the Wolfram Alpha app quickly appeared in the list of top 100 grossing apps in the iTunes App Store (iTunes link) and has been hovering at the lower end of the top 50 ever since. That doesn’t make it a breakout hit, but some people are clearly buying the app, even though only a small number of users have left reviews. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#Trends#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement A Premium Price for a Premium ExperienceThere can be little doubt that the Wolfram Alpha team was expecting some backlash. As Porter told us today, the Wolfram Alpha team decided to price the app with the cost of a hardware graphing calculator in mind. At $50, the app costs roughly half of what a hardware calculator would cost. As Porter also stressed, the app offers a far superior range of features thanks to its connection to Wolfram’s server farm. The company thinks this price is justified because of the superior experience of using the app over the mobile website. After using the app for a few days, we definitely have to agree there. The dual-keyboard solution makes entering queries in the app much easier than using the mobile site and accessing Wolfram Alpha from the app is also much faster then using the mobile site. Porter noted that Wolfram is trying to set itself off from the mass of $0.99 apps that only get used once and are quickly forgotten. Instead, the company hopes that the app will become a regular companion for its users, whether they are using it for help with their homework in school or college, or in their professional life.At the end of the day, this is an app for specialists. While Schoeller Porter worded this more carefully in our interview today, the basic fact is that Wolfram is charging a premium price for a premium experience. Users who don’t need the app can continue to use the website, while those who are willing and able to spend $50 on the app will get a superior experience. For the time being, Wolfram doesn’t expect to bring the price of the app down and so far, according to Porter, the team has been happy and excited about how the app has been performing in the marketplace.The Price of iPhone AppsThis also leads into a broader discussion about the current pricing in the iPhone App Store, where even the most complex apps and games have to sell for under $10 to reach a wide audience. At the end of our discussion, Porter noted that the Wolfram app may lead to some changes here, though we have to wonder if anything is likely to change the current drift towards lower prices in the App Store. It is also worth pointing out, though, that a lower price point opens up the market for an app to a far wider audience – often to the point where the lower price brings in exponentially more users and more than offsets any potential losses from the lower price. What Do You Think?Is Wolfram’s price point for the iPhone app a bold move? Hubris? Or would you be happy to pay $50 for the superior experience and ergonomics of the app? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

HTC Launches New Flagship Smartphone, HTC One

first_imgdan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#Android#HTC HTC has officially announced its newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One, at events in New York City and London. The new 4.7-inch smartphone sports a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and introduces a concept called “ultrapixels” to improve the the camera. The HTC One has two front-facing stereo speakers and an all-aluminum chassis that should give it a comfortable fit in the palm of your hand.HTC has also redesigned Sense, its skin that it lays on top of the Android operating system. Integrated into this is a series of live tiles HTC calls “Blink Feed” that will pull in stories and content form social media, brands and new sources straight to the smartphone’s home screen. The HTC One will launch in 80 countries on 185 mobile operators. This will be HTC’s biggest and most wide spread device launch ever.It will begin shipping in late March.Stay tuned for more coverage of HTC’s newest smartphone. Lead image: HTC president Jason Mackenzie on stage at HTC launch event in New York by Dan Rowinskicenter_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more