Macke Named MVC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Drake University junior and Ankeny, Iowa, native Kylee Macke has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday, Sept. 9.The libero helped Drake to two wins over the weekend at the Drake Invitational and was the Bulldogs’ top defender on the weekend. She led Drake with 56 digs in three matches and 12 sets to average 4.67 digs per set. Her defensive efforts held Drake’s opponents to just .175 percent hitting and led Drake in digs in all three matches including 28 digs in the five-set loss to Milwaukee.Her final dig of the weekend, in a 3-1 win over Saint Louis, moved her into sole possession of sixth in career digs at Drake with 1,171.Macke and the Bulldogs return to action Tuesday evening for a single non-conference match at Western Illinois at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs close the week by taking on two ranked opponents at the Bluejay Classic in Omaha, Neb.last_img read more

Why Kevin Durant not impressed with Knicks billboards

first_imgNEW YORK – The sign will greet Kevin Durant when the Warriors’ star enters a building that he holds dear. Just outside of Madison Square Garden, which will hold Friday’s game the Warriors (4-1) playing the New York Knicks (1-4), a billboard features a likeness of Durant along with a plea.“Can you make NY Sports Great again?” the sign reads along with Durant and Kristaps Porzingis wearing Knicks-colored jerseys and holding a Larry O’Brien trophy. Durant admitted he has seen the sign. But …last_img read more

Eating Meat Made Us Human

first_img(Visited 106 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sorry, vegans; evolutionists tell us that eating meat 1.5 million years ago made us what we are today.In “Anthropologist Finds Evidence of Hominin Meat Eating 1.5 Million Years Ago: Eating Meat May Have ‘Made Us Human’,” Science Daily swallowed the evolutionary line without asking where’s the beef.  “A skull fragment unearthed by anthropologists in Tanzania shows that our ancient ancestors were eating meat at least 1.5 million years ago, shedding new light into the evolution of human physiology and brain development.”If meat eating made us human, what does that make T. rex?  Lots of animals ate meat.  Carnivores go way back.  Didn’t the anthropologist consider that?“Meat eating has always been considered one of the things that made us human, with the protein contributing to the growth of our brains,” said Charles Musiba, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver, who helped make the discovery. “Our work shows that 1.5 million years ago we were not opportunistic meat eaters, we were actively hunting and eating meat.“But lots of carnivores hunt their meat.  That’s what makes a carnivore a carnivore and not just a scavenger.  Is hunting meat what makes eagles human?Somehow Musiba built his conclusion on a malnourished juvenile “hominin,” as inferred from the skull fragment. The reader looks in vain for deeper thinking about this than the headline suggested.The study offers insights into the evolution of hominins including Homo sapiens. Musiba said the movement from a scavenger, largely plant-eating lifestyle to a meat-eating one may have provided the protein needed to grow our brains and give us an evolutionary boost.Some scientists have argued that we became human when we became carnivorous-omnivorous creatures.“Meat eating is associated with brain development,” he said. “The brain is a large organ and requires a lot of energy. We are beginning to think more about the relationship between brain expansion and a high protein diet.”Certainly a T. rex or a lion eats much more protein per ounce of brain than a human does.  How can Musiba say such things?  How can Science Daily publish it uncritically?  Musiba says that chimpanzees have smaller brains and eat less meat, but nowhere did he apply his notion to the large carnivores that have inhabited earth.He may be convinced of his hypothesis: he said that our meat eating “separates us from our distant cousins.”  But he also can’t explain why our ancestors went to the meat market: “The question is what triggered our meat eating? Was it a changing environment? Was it the expansion of the brain itself? We don’t really know.”This story is so full of baloney it’s hard to know where to start slicing.  First, he says meat eating made us human (ignoring all the other carnivores that ever stalked the earth).  But then he offers the idea that the expansion of the brain came first. This guy needs an evolutionary boost, all right; a boost out of the garbage bin he’s in.So let’s just take him at his word.  “We don’t really know”  (the “we” referring to himself and his fellow baloney sellers).  Science Daily knows even less, because the editors didn’t call him on it.  What do you do with people who don’t know what they’re talking about?  Ignore them.We can’t ignore the sad fact, however, that thousands of people read this kind of baloney and think it is wonderful science.Assignment: Feed meat to a guinea pig, wait a million years, and see if it starts writing books on logic.last_img read more

South Africa’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift

first_img4 April 2016South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell industry received a boost on 31 March with the unveiling of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at Impala Refining Services in Springs, east of Joburg.Over the past three years, Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) has provided HySA Systems with funds of R6-million to enable the prototype development. Implats plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of energy for material handling and underground mining equipment.Impala Refining Services is a unit of Implats, one of the world’s foremost producers of platinum and associated platinum group metals. The refining services unit was created in July 1998 as a dedicated vehicle to house the toll refining and metal concentrate purchases built up by Implats.Speaking at the event, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said fuel cell technologies had the potential to provide access to affordable, safe, clean and reliable energy, which was necessary for broad-based economic development and growth in the country.“While the fuel cell market is still in its infancy in South Africa, recent developments indicate a growing appetite for the technology,” Pandor said.Min Pandor, said fuel cell technologies had th potential 2 provide access 2 affordable, safe, clean &reliable energy pic.twitter.com/n6ERkbeYZj— SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (@dstgovza) March 31, 2016Starting smallThe minister said South Africa had started to make a number of bold moves that could see it “leapfrog into the leading countries in hydrogen fuel cell technology installations” in the short to medium term.“That’s what we are here to make. A bold move. A forklift may appear to be a small move. But great industries have developed from small moves.”The metal hydride containers feed the fuel tank with hydrogen required to drive the forklift – similar to petrol or diesel in a motor vehicle (Image: Implats Forklift factsheet)Collaborative effortThe minister said industry collaborations were critical in taking research outputs from the laboratory to the market.“To promote further deployment of hydrogen fuel cell technologies, especially in the lucrative automotive sector, public-private partnerships are required to put in place the requisite infrastructure,” Pandor said.The prototype is a collaborative effort between the Department of Science and Technology through the HySA Systems Centre of Competence based at the University of the Western Cape and Implats, through its Impala Refineries in Springs.HySA Systems is one of three centres of competence established by the Department of Science and Technology under the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Innovation Strategy. It was established to use local resources to develop high-value commercial activities in hydrogen fuel cell technologies.The ultimate goal of the HySA Strategy is to enable South Africa to supply 25% of global platinum group metal-based catalyst demand by 2020.Benefits and challenges“Developing a viable fuel cell industry in South Africa has several advantages for the country, such as economic development, sustainable job creation and social good,” said Implats chief executive Terence Goodlace. “As the world’s largest platinum-supplying region there is a guaranteed supply of the metal as well as the potential increase in global platinum demand.Goodlace said this type of technology gave South Africa a chance to reduce its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and reduce urban pollutants, which could help to lessen health care costs and lead to an improved quality of life.The benefits of the metal hydride technology include:Longer operational times between refuelling, contributing to a significant increase in productivity; and,The onboard metal hydride storage allows the forklift to operate at a low pressure (180 bar), which increases safety.#FuelCell technology will reduce ventilation requirements, lower heat, noise levels, as well as noxious emissions in underground operations— Implats (@Implats) March 31, 2016There are hurdles that must still be overcome, however. “The limited availability of refuelling infrastructure, coupled with the challenge of finding the most appropriate on-board hydrogen storage technology, remains a big challenge,” said Dr Cordellia Sita, the director of HySA Systems.She addressed both challenges through the use of a novel metal hydride material for both hydrogen compression and storage.More information on the forklift is available on the factsheet.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

Education Minister Commends NCEL

first_img “I must extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you graduates who have endured the rigours of this important programme. You have been well trained and prepared for the task that is ahead of us. You have now empowered yourselves to take on leadership roles,” he said. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for outstanding work in preparing educators to be effective leaders, through its Aspiring Principals Programme.At a graduation ceremony on June 28, some 96 participants successfully matriculated from the programme. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston.Senator Reid also commended the participants for taking this step in their careers.“I must extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you graduates who have endured the rigours of this important programme. You have been well trained and prepared for the task that is ahead of us. You have now empowered yourselves to take on leadership roles,” he said.He charged the participants to go forward with the newly acquired knowledge and skills, and to be transformational leaders.“Wherever you serve and wherever you go, you are the finest principals in Jamaica and the world,” the Minister said.For his part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, also commended the graduates.“With the changing dynamics, new paradigms and demands on the education system, teachers, and especially those that aspire to leadership, are better served when they commit themselves to a process of professional development and lifelong learning,” he said.“Experience has shown also that while many of our teachers are prepared for classroom instruction delivery, and in some cases to take on additional administrative duties, the overall responsibilities of management often prove to be demanding. I am confident that in this professional development programme, you have acquired an appreciation of the task of school leadership and management, along with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” the Permanent Secretary said.For her part, Director/Principal of NCEL, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, said the programme intersects practice and theories with the practical elements. These include personalised action plans, peer learning groups, reflective logs, teaching and creation of educational blogs. Participants also received training in public speaking, academic writing etiquette and decorum.“This exposure helps participants to challenge assumptions, build their understanding and ability to discover for themselves, make connections and create solutions.They, therefore, have these skills to build the same in their colleagues and students,” Dr. Ingleton explained.Established under the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), the NCEL seeks to develop excellence in leadership as a common denominator in schools and support institutions.The nine-month modular Aspiring Principals Programme aims to identify and prepare future school leaders. It is delivered through the UWI at both its Mona andWestern Jamaica campuses on a part time basis by way of face-to-face instruction, distance learning, coaching and mentorship.The programme provides a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP) to which the Ministry of Education and school Boards will refer before authorising the hiring of principals of public schools.The programme is designed to enhance key leadership competencies, such as financial acuity, community leadership, organisational leadership, transformational leadership, instructional leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, communication, collegial engagement, teamwork and fellowship, ethics and integrity, self awareness and technological skills. At a graduation ceremony on June 28, some 96 participants successfully matriculated from the programme. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for outstanding work in preparing educators to be effective leaders, through its Aspiring Principals Programme. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Landslide overnight in Dominica no one reported hurt

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Dominica, January 17, 2018 – Loubiere – It could have been a far worse report coming out of Dominica when a looming hunk of dirt left hovering since Hurricane Maria finally collapsed, creating a scary situation in Loubiere as children played in the street.   Loubiere is one of the areas hardest hit by September 2017’s Hurricane Maria; the southern community recorded a high loss of life and human casualties in the fierce storm which decimated the island.Dominica News Online reports that they first got information of the landslide on Monday night, their check on Loubiere on Tuesday morning revealed that thankfully, no one was hurt.    One lady reported hearing a large sound; it was the collapse of some dirt and there is another area which the neighborhood is reportedly monitoring, as it too is expected to fall.Authorities are not yet officially commenting, but there is word that some people have been made to evacuated Loubiere following the landslide.   It was unclear if the collapse of the dirt was weather related, or just gravity at work.  It is forecast to rain today in Loubiere. #loubieredominica#landslide#magneticmedianewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pellegrini heaps praises on fringe players

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise on the team’s fringe players for standing in for injured first team players.The former Manchester City boss was only able to name six players from an available seven on the bench during the Hammers’ 2-1 win over Southampton on Thursday, with a number of first team players sidelined through injury and illness.Pellegrini played Michail Antonio at right-back in the absence of Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta while Angelo Ogbonna started only his fourth Premier League game of the season, and the West Ham boss has hailed the work ethic of the fringe players of the team.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“Well it is not easy when you have 10 players injured,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“But I always say that we have a squad and it is the moment maybe for players that are not playing all the games to demonstrate why they are in this squad.”“Antonio I think played very well tonight also very happy with the performance of Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang, players that for different reasons were not playing and tonight they play as if they were always in the starting XI, because they work well during the week.”last_img read more

Chernobyl vodka is real but you cant drink it yet

first_img 18 Photos Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Sci-Tech Bottle o’ rads? James Smith The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl remains the worst nuclear accident in human history, leaving a 1,000 square mile region of the Ukraine uninhabitable since 1986. While some have continued to live there and tourists flock to the radioactive zone in droves (thanks to HBO’s fantastic series), the surrounding areas have been reclaimed by nature. Now, the BBC reports, a team of scientists have produced the first consumer product out of the exclusion zone since the nuclear disaster: An artisan vodka dubbed “Atomik”.The Chernobyl Spirit Company, has brewed up the vodka from “slightly contaminated” rye grain they planted within the exclusion zone. While many traditionally think of vodka as produced from potatoes, these days most vodka is made from grains such as wheat and rye. atomik-bottle-1The one, the only (literally!) bottle of Atomik. Distilled in Chernobyl.  James Smith James Smith, an environmental scientist from the University of Portsmouth, is part of the team at Chernobyl Spirit Company and has published numerous studies discussing the effects of radioactive pollutants, with a focus on accidental releases. He’s studied Chernobyl since 1990 and spent time working in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia. “Our Atomik grain spirit came from an experiment we were doing to see how much radioactivity transferred into different crops in the Exclusion Zone 30 years after the accident,” he says, via email.The experimental plot where the grain was grown is situated about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Chernobyl reactor. Part of the process also involved using water from Chernobyl’s aquifer, lying about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the site of the disaster. The aquifer has been shown to contain traces of radioactivity in the past.”We had the Atomik grain spirit idea as a way to firstly (hopefully) make people think more deeply about the recovery of the Chernobyl affected areas and a way (also hopefully!) to make money to help support the affected communities.”Smith has released a technical report of the creation process on ResearchGate. Part of the report discusses risks associated with the production of the vodka which he says it’s completely safe.”We had to do a risk assessment, but radioactive safety isn’t really a problem,” Smith says. “The beauty of distillation is that it takes nearly all the radioactivity out (except for natural C-14) so we hope people will be happy to drink Atomik.”However, there is one little problem. Anyone wanting to taste the nuclear nectar will have to wait because there is currently only a single bottle of the stuff in existence. Now, I know the internet will be clamoring for a taste, because humans have proven to be incredibly interested in seemingly forbidden liquids. I remember when some suggested we should drink the fluid from an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that was discovered in 2018. I know you want to taste the not-so-radioactive drop, but you’ll have to wait.The team plan to manufacture more Atomik before the end of the year, with the aim of making a profit they can then give back to the local communities that surround the abandoned exclusion zone. To really ramp up production, the team will need to get the go-ahead from the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management and from Ukrainian authorities to produce alcohol, Smith says.”Unfortunately this will be slow — we hope to begin only very small scale experimental production this year,” he notes, explaining the Chernobyl Spirit Company is “not taking orders yet.”When they do, we’ll raise a glass.    Tags 2 Share your voice Originally posted 10:55 p.m. PTUpdated Aug. 8: Adds additional comments from Smith and links to Spirit Company Commentslast_img read more

Oil Slides below 84 as Saudi Arabia Lowers Price for US

first_imgBrent crude oil fell below $84 a barrel on Tuesday, extending losses to a fourth consecutive session after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States.The world’s top exporter increased its December sales prices, relative to benchmarks, to Asia and Europe on Monday, but lowered prices to the United States, a smaller export market. Front-month Brent crude LCOc1 was down $1.25 at $83.53 a barrel by 0915 GMT. Brent dropped $1.08 on Monday, after falling sharply on the news from Saudi Arabia.US light crude CLc1 was down $1.15 at $77.63 a barrel. It touched a session low of $77.20, its weakest since October 2011, as its discount to Brent hovered around $6.”This is mixed news, and the fact that the positive angle has not made an impact shows that market sentiment is very negative at the moment,” said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.Daniel Ang of Phillip Futures said in a note that the move “signalled Saudi Arabia’s intention to fight for US market share and could even show its intention to squeeze US shale producers”.But analysts at JBC Energy wrote that the pricing reflected market fundamentals and did not have a political motive.”We would strongly advocate against interpreting every month’s OSP publication in the context of ‘price war’ and ‘market share battle’ stories,” they said in a note.The absence of signs that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could curb output in a well supplied market also continued to weigh on sentiment.The oil cartel will meet on Nov. 27 in Vienna to discuss its oil output targets for next year.Members Venezuela and Ecuador are working on a joint proposal to defend oil prices, but the United Arab Emirates oil minister said the group is “not panicking.” OPEC’s secretary general last week said the production next year would not vary much from 2014, and members Iran and Kuwait have said a cut in output at the next meeting was unlikely. “The market sentiment will stay negative until OPEC appears to be unified,” said Commerzbank’s Weinberg. “Everybody is blaming each other but nobody is willing to cut.”There is a growing lobby in the United States to lift a 40-year ban on US crude exports which if successful could ease a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin. A stronger dollar was also weighing on oil prices, making the commodity more expensive for buyers using other currencies. The dollar touched a four-year high on Monday, before slipping back slightly on Tuesday.last_img read more