Joe Pavelski credits unsung hero for changing Sharks season

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski tipped his cap at Justin Braun, who took the credit with open arms.When the Sharks last met up with the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 2, Braun scored his only goal of the year, setting the stage for a win that helped turn the Sharks season around. Earlier in the day, the team had held a closed-door meeting with general manager Doug Wilson, who relayed a simple message in the wake of a four-game …last_img

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Cambrian Explosion Precursors, or Drops in the Bucket?

first_img1Jun-Yuan Chen et al., “Phosphatized Polar Lobe-Forming Embryos from the Precambrian of Southwest China,” Science 312, 16 June 2006: 1644-1646.2Katherine Unger, “Fossil Embryos Hint at Early Start for Complex Development,” Science 312, 16 June 2006: 1587.The Schopf talk was egregious for claiming Darwin has been vindicated.  For one thing, he gave no clue how microbes exploded into a plethora of complex body plans in the Cambrian.  For another, he guaranteed he cannot see evidence against evolution!  One of his criteria was, “Does it fit with evolution?”  This means that no matter what is found, if it doesn’t fit with evolution, it must be mistaken.  Darwin in, Darwin out.    Bilaterian embryos are too little, too late.  These are just drops in the bucket, in a bucket too large for Darwin to fill.  Read the Paper View article from 04/23/2006 for a detailed account of the problem.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Two recent presentations, one in person and one in print, tried to fill in the gap of fossils that led to the explosion of diversity in the Cambrian, known as the Cambrian Explosion (see 04/23/2006 entry).Darwin’s Dilemma Solved?  Dr. J. William Schopf (UCLA), renowned discoverer of Precambrian microfossils, triumphantly announced the solution to “Darwin’s Dilemma” at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a slide presentation to scientists 06/14/2006.  He showed examples of cyanobacteria, stromatolites (see 03/22/2006) and carbon isotope anomalies.  All these, however, showed evidence for microbes, not the complex body plans that burst on the scene in the Cambrian.  Moreover, he showed fossil cyanobacteria dated as 3.5 billion and 1.5 billion years old alongside modern species that looked identical; he even speculated that their biochemistry was probably the same.Bilateral Split:  Fossil embryos with “polar lobes” characteristic of bilaterians (animals with two-sided symmetry) were reported in Science this week from Precambrian deposits in China.1  Though simple microscopic bundles of 3-5 cells, the authors claim, “these fossils imply that lobe formation is an ancient evolutionary device, and that the general strategy of precocious blastomere specification still used in most bilaterian groups was extant at least 40 million years before the Cambrian.”  Katherine Unger wrote in the same issue2 that “Some scientists are reluctant to give the fossils their unequivocal endorsement.”  No adult forms were found; some speculate they could represent an extinct lineage of early bilaterians.last_img read more

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VW South Africa to export Jettas

first_img9 May 2008Port Elizabeth-based Volkswagen South Africa has secured a contract to export the latest version of the Jetta sedan to countries that also use right-hand-drive vehicles, enabling the company to achieve record export volumes this year.In a statement this week, the company said that its South African operations would export in excess of 40 000 vehicles in 2008, a figure that includes the new export contract for 10 260 VW Jettas to countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain and Ireland.“The Volkswagen world-wide group posted record sales in 2007 which continued into the first quarter of 2008, placing the group’s world-wide production facilities under capacity pressure,” said VW South Africa MD David Powels. “As a result, Volkswagen of South Africa has been given the opportunity to build 5th generation Jettas for these key right hand drive markets.”The additional export order is above existing plans to export 21 000 5th generation Golfs and 8 800 5th generation Polos in 2008 to various countries in the Asia Pacific region, with the bulk of the vehicles going to Japan.Powels said the order provided the perfect opportunity for the local operation to demonstrate to both the Volkswagen Group and its customers around the world that South Africa was capable of producing world-class quality products.“This additional export contract is particularly welcomed during a period when volumes in the domestic market are under pressure from macro economic factors well-known to us all,” he said.“We plan to build around 100 000 vehicles in our plant in Uitenhage (in the Eastern Cape province) this year, of which 40% will be exported.”Volkswagen of South Africa will celebrate a number of export milestones in 2008 – by the end of April, 100 000 5th generation Golfs will have been exported into countries in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, by the end of June, Volkswagen of South Africa will have exported a total of 350 000 vehicles into various markets around the world.Motor Industry Development ProgrammePowels said that VW South Africa had embraced the principles of the Motor Industry Development Programme from its inception, which has enabled the company to embark on an aggressive export strategy that is optimised not only for fully built up vehicle exports, but also for engine and component export contracts.“In fact, the export business is at the core of our business strategy going into the future,” he said.“It is critical that the Government not only clarify the future of the Motor Industry Development Programme on an urgent basis, but also structure it in a way that continues to encourage the South African manufacturing industry to optimise production platforms and maximise production volumes to both domestic and export markets.”Powels said that the Volkswagen Group had been extremely supportive of VW South Africa’s export initiatives, and the latest contract to manufacture and export the newest generation of Jettas to key markets was a clear indication of the confidence that the group had in the local operations.“Together with the Volkswagen Group, we are developing an aggressive long-term export strategy for Volkswagen of South Africa, which will enable it to continue to import the premium segment Audi brand, and the entire Volkswagen commercial vehicle range,” he said.“We are confident regarding the longer-term prospects for Volkswagen of South Africa as a volume manufacturer of globally competitive vehicles.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Poor schools score textbooks

first_imgLetsibogo’s grade 12 learner Mathapelo Mothapo will have access to various books at the school’s library. Librarian Cecilia Padi with a learner at the school’s library. One of the two wagons filled with new books. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Masennya Dikotla Chief Executive OfficerMolteno Institute for Language and Literacy +27 11 339 6603 mdikotla@molteno.co.za RELATED ARTICLES • SA colleges get $6.7m boost • UK pupils learn SA languages • Unesco lauds SA literacy project • Major plans to combat illiteracy Bongani NkosiLetsibogo Girls High School in Meadowlands, Soweto, has scored about 600 books through a groundbreaking project that’s set to benefit 100 government schools in South Africa.A partnership between the Telkom Foundation and Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, the project is providing mobile wagons filled with study books to disadvantaged schools in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng provinces. A total of 56 high schools and 44 primary schools have been chosen as beneficiaries.The schools were selected from across the country, according to Molteno’s CEO Masennya Dikotla. “The schools have been identified on the basis of need and are located in some of the country’s most impoverished areas,” he said.Each wagon contains about 300 books, according to a Molteno official. Letsibogo Girls High received two wagons, as will all the other beneficiary schools.“The book wagon concept is a mobile library that can be provided to needy schools very quickly,” added Dikotla. “A special focus is placed on subject matter such as science and mathematics, giving pupils rapid access to information. This allows them to build their knowledge and improve their chances of a brighter future.“Additionally, the learning materials provided in the book wagons include reference books, novels, readers and mobile science laboratories to enable teachers and pupils to apply science and laboratory techniques in their learning environments.”About 70% of the books have been distributed to beneficiary schools in the four provinces, said Molteno’s Brenda Ramokgadi. By the end of April all selected schools would have received their books.“This, for us, is creating opportunities for our girls. I’m actually happy that the girls can have these resources without having to go out of the school,” said Letsibogo Girls High principal Ellen Kondowe.Enhancing literacy at LetsibogoLetsibogo, offering grades from eight to 12, received its book delivery during the first week of March. School librarian Cecilia Padi has already done a good job of inscribing the Letsibogo stamp on them. Pupils at the school would have access to their new books from 14 April, said Padi.The school has an established library with more than 3 000 books.  “[The project] has helped us a lot. There are books with information we didn’t have before,” Padi said.Padi, who’s full of praise for the project, believes the new books will be critical in helping the pupils enhance their literacy skills, while also helping them in their studies, which include science, mathematics and economics, among others.Padi leads a school literacy project in the library, focusing on pupils in grades eight and nine, while they are fresh from primary. “I group them and choose a leader to guide them,” she said. “I develop them… not that I don’t care about other grades but these are children [grades 8 and 9] with problems on reading, spelling and writing.”Attendance to the library project has been good, according to Padi. “They enjoy reading novels and that’s useful because reading does help them,” she said.“What’s important is exposing children to reading, and to test their level of comprehension,” said Kondowe.The mobile wagons will make it even easier for her to grow the study programme, Padi noted. “I will even visit classes with these.”Molteno seeks to reach outMolteno, founded in 1974, is an organisation seeking to improve literacy skills among learners. It has run projects all over South Africa and by 2008 had reached Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.The organization established South Africa’s first ever national literacy campaign, the Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Molteno Institute Literacy Campaign, in partnership with the renowned local musician Chaka-Chaka, in June 2009.The books project adds to other programmes Molteno runs or is involved in. “We feel privileged to form part of a project like this which reaches out to schools in need in our country,” Dikotla said.“With this material and training, teachers can substantially improve the transfer of knowledge and provide a learning experience, giving more South African children better opportunities in the modern world.” The Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Molteno Institute Literacy Campaignlast_img read more

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BHMC Florida Update

first_imgAlso check out the information about the upcoming event sponsored by BHMC Florida, Back to School Bash! For more information about the BHMC program in Florida, contact Lynn Brannon:lynn.b.brannon.ctr@mail.mil Other information & resources:To Access the WebEx recording regarding Behavioral Health, click here.center_img This week we’d like to share an update on the Building Healthy Military Communities Program in Florida. This update is a guest post from BHMC State Coordinator, Lynn Brannon. Thanks Lynn for sharing your progress! We have been very busy in Florida. BHMC has joined the Suicide Prevention working group through Department of Children and families. Through this working group I have collaborated with many organizations on the State level. The focus of this group is to decrease the suicide rate in military, veterans and their families.BHMC is collaborating with many local organizations such as USO, YMCA, Baptist Health, UF Cooperative Extension Offices, 4-H, Creation Health, FLNG Family Assistant Centers, and others to put on a 3 location Back to School Bash for Guard, Reserve and Active Duty in Northeast Florida August 5th. BHMC has provided training to the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Associate. BHMC put together a WebEx training to explain BHMC in Florida and to also discuss some of the gaps in service that were identified in a Behavioral Health Care survey completed in December 2016.Next month BHMC will hold a workshop at the National Behavioral Health Care Conference in Orlando. BHMC’s workshop will have panel members from the Florida National Guard to answer questions about the needs of Military, Veterans and their Families and to assist with understanding the military population and behavioral health.In June I was able to go to Minnesota to see how their Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program was established. It is a fantastic example of how to build community capacity and sustain it. We are going to DC this week to work on our State’s strategic plan and I look forward to working on community capacity building in Florida when I return.We have had a Family Programs volunteer assist BHMC with scheduling a community network meeting in Miramar, FL where we have invited, City Manager’s, Police Dept, Fire Dept, Mission United and Commissioners among others. The goal of this meeting is to discuss BHMC in the State and to present Florida’s community capacity building plan.We have made some valuable connections with a program through Humana called Bold Goal. Bold Goal is in different locations in Florida and each location has identified areas to concentrate on. The goal of this program is to raise the health of their areas 20% by 2020. Jacksonville’s Bold Goal concentrates on Behavioral Health and Diabetes. Tampa’s Bold Goal concentrates on Behavioral Health and Food Insecurity. BHMC and Military OneSource has had the opportunity to brief these Bold Goal organizations and their working groups. This is a great partnership as we move forward in our state.This is our update from Florida. We look forward to more progress as we build our State’s plan and begin implementation of that plan.last_img read more

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Keeping up with Kobe

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras, basketball excellence runs in Kobe’s blood. The high expectations come with the territory as he is part of basketball royalty in this hoops-mad country.Kobe moved to California four years years ago to take his game to the next level. As one of the top high school talents in Los Angeles, he was recruited to play for University of California in LA (Ucla), where he could have teamed up with current Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. But Kobe withdrew his application as he failed to meet academic requirements.Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, came calling, but Kobe hardly saw time on the court for the Blue Jays in his first NCAA season, leading to his decision to transfer to California State University-Northridge.“I didn’t play much last season, so that still fuels me to play and want to prove something,” he says. “I still have three more playing years and four more years in college, so I’m going to take it year by year, day by day.”As he waits for the start of the school year in the United States, Kobe is keeping himself busy representing the country, most recently in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. He is expected to play a key role for Gilas in both the ongoing Jones Cup in Taipei and the Southeast Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES At Gilas, Kobe has the opportunity to showcase his talents. He’s been hailed by coach Chot Reyes as the future of the national team program and he has responded with flashes of stellar play in Gilas’ tuneup games.“I’ve told Kobe that he’s going to be a big part of the future of Philippine basketball,” Reyes says. “But in the meantime, he has to be more patient, not to get too hard on himself, let the game come to him, and continue to learn and to grow. It’s the first time he’s been exposed to this level of competition. This will go a long way in his development and maturity and I have very high hopes because his talent and potential are limitless.”Kobe says the feedback from Reyes comes in handy as he works on his game. “I’m just glad that coach keeps it real,” he says. “Sometimes I try to do too much and Kiefer (Ravena) and the guys tell me that I don’t have to prove anything. It just lifts me that I have teammates who understand my situation.”He has plenty of time. And with coaches like Reyes and Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag guiding him in the national team, he’s in a perfect environment to grow as a player. “I’m the type of player who doesn’t care who I go up against,” says Kobe. “I just want to give my all playing my own game, but coach tells me to relax a bit.”Says Alapag: “I think he’s the youngest of the group, and anytime you’re the youngest, there’s an opportunity to learn and just to continue to improve. I know he has not played enough the last year and a half, but I think being part of the [Gilas] program gives him that opportunity. Getting some tough competition will serve him as well through his time in college.”Kobe’s talent is undeniable. His size and athleticism make him an asset for the national team. But what stands out is Kobe’s work ethic, says Alapag.“Obviously, he’s very talented,” says Alapag. “I didn’t realize how big a 6-6 kid he was until he got here. He’s coming in and excited to get to learn and do the work. Hard work is the foundation of any good player.”Kobe is just delighted to be representing the country and shows a deep understanding of what it means to wear the country’s colors, thanks to his father.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he says. “There are a lot of players my age who want to be in this position. My dad keeps reminding me, ‘Every time you wear that jersey and play, you’re not just fighting for the people, you’re fighting for the soldiers who fight for freedom, too.’”Off the court, Kobe describes himself as “ambitious.” While he plans to take up fashion or art-related courses in college he has also taken an interest in culinary arts. View comments In the know: Kobe Paras “I love to cook,” he says. “I love to play the guitar. I love fashion. There’s just a bunch of stuff that I want to do. People think I’m just about basketball. There are people who tend to take basketball outside the court and I don’t think I need that because I’m also interested in other things.”Kobe says his style is a mix of urban and high fashion, and considers basketball stars Russel Westbrook and Nick Young as his fashion icons. The teenager also harbors dreams of doing his internship in some of the world’s top fashion firms like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.“It’s exciting what the future holds,” he says.Philippine basketball will be watching Kobe Paras grow, but there will be more to him than just his talents on the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kobe Paras walks out of Gilas Pilipinas practice wearing a loose, colorful air-cool basketball shorts under a vintage black shirt. The teenage basketball sensation had slipped into a pair of dirty white Vans sneakers, before putting on a light brown leather backpack and a yellow cap.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes There’s an air of swag as the 6-foot-6, 19-year-old leaves the gym. His looks depict his personality—young, creative and carefree. Make no mistake about it, Kobe puts so much thought into his style, just like the way he works on his game.“I’m trying to make wearing basketball shorts a new trend,” says Kobe. “It’s different. You don’t see this everyday and I love vintage shirts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKobe’s eyes light up when he talks about fashion. His Instagram feed is equal parts basketball, fashion and family.“I was in LA (Los Angeles) and that’s where it started,” says Kobe on his interest in fashion. “Everyday in LA is a fashion show. You don’t really need to dress to impress, but when you dress good you feel good. But that’s just me, I just like to stand out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

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Mediation best alternative dispute resolution mechanism, says

first_imgHP HC chief justice Shimla, Sep 19 (PTI) Mediation is the best alternative dispute resolution mechanism as it saves time, Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir said today. Inaugurating the state meet of para-legal volunteers and conference on mediation here, Mir laid stress on the importance of mediation in dispute redressal saying it ensures confidentiality as proceedings before the mediator are not disclosed to any person. He said so far 6,268 para-legal volunteers and 1,429 retainer lawyers have been identified to man the Village Legal Care and Support Centres. “Further, 2,628 village legal care and support centres have been set up in Gram Panchayats, which are being manned by trained para legal volunteers and retainer lawyers who sit in their concerned panchayat bhawans every Tuesday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm,” Mir said. Legal aid clinics in central jail/district jail/sub jail have been made functional and the performance of the para legal volunteers is being monitored by the District Legal Service Authorities under the supervision of HP State legal Service Authorities. Till date, 33,183 persons have been benefited and provided legal Service. As many as 61 mediators and 54 volunteers from all over the state and 11 chairmen of District Legal Services Authorities attended this conference, organised by Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLA). Para Legal Volunteer Scheme was started by National Legal Service Authority in 2009 for training individuals to assist in making legal services available to poor at grassroot level. Also addressing the conference, HPSLA Executive Chairman Justice Sanjay Karol said justice must reach every section of the society. “Under Article 39 A of the Constitution, the state is bound to provide legal aid by enacting schemes and regulations and each individual should have access to justice,” he said. Emphasising that opportunities for securing justice must not to bedenied for economic reasons or other disabilities, he said the purpose of themeet is to analyse activities carried out by the HPSLSA. PTI PCL HUadvertisementlast_img read more

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