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first_imgOakfield Park re-opened earlier this month and is celebrating its 280th year in 2019 with the first of many special events, Easter in Wonderland, which takes place on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday.The Oakfield Park gardens will be open from 12 to 6pm each day and will host a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The family fun includes treasure hunts and character meets with the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Easter Bunny and Alice. The Easter Bunny Express Train will be running regularly each day and there’ll be egg and spoon races, flamingo croquet, and Easter themed crafts and storytelling. Visitors to the park are invited to come along dressed up as their favourite Wonderland Character, have tea in Buffers or bring their own Mad Hatter’s Picnic. Meet the Easter Bunny in Oakfield Park this Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12-6pm.Hop Aboard The Easter Bunny Express Train at Oakfield Park this weekendNo tickets are necessary. Normal gate fees apply and all activities are included. As this event is not ticketed, it will be free to access for 2019 Annual and Gold Pass holders. The start of a new season is the perfect time to get an Oakfield Park annual pass, which can be purchased online at www.oakfieldpark.com/passes Spend Easter in Wonderland at Oakfield Park; the family fun includes treasure hunts and character meets with the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the Easter Bunny and Alice.Meanwhile, tickets for Oakfest – the park’s summer music festival – are expected to sell out. Taking place over the June Bank Holiday weekend, Oakfest will run across two stages and two days and includes a stellar line-up of national and international artists. World-renowned Alabama 3 Acoustic will headline on Saturday 1st June, while one of Ireland’s most exciting bands, The Academic, will headline on Sunday 2nd June.Other top acts for Oakfest include Ryan McMullan, Little Hours, The Frank & Walters Acoustic, Cronin, Rory & The Island, State Lights, DD & The Delta Boys, The Lost, Mark Black & Izzy, The Davy K Project, Cherym, Makings, Control The Dark and String Empire. As well as a top-class musical billing, Oakfest at Oakfield Park will have plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including a disco dome for little music lovers, arts and crafts, face-painting, puppetry, nature walks, train heritage, folklore and storytelling.  Tickets are selling fast so get yours before it sells out: https://oakfieldpark.com/oakfest/  Enjoy Easter in Wonderland at Oakfield Park was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:days outeaster 2019family funoakfestOakfield ParkRaphoeThings to dolast_img read more

first_img(Visited 486 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 This fish hasn’t evolved for 66 million Darwin Years and is a classic “living fossil.” We get a Darwin fish story anyway.By all accounts, the coelacanth (Latimeria) is a strange fish among an ocean of strange fish. (For another strange fish, watch this video clip of the hairy frogfish, which has the fastest bite in the animal kingdom.) Strange, indeed. The coelacanth (pronouned see-la-canth) is unique for its bony fins, and its cranial development and brain. Its neurocranium is divided into two lobes connected by an intracranial joint. If that detail is only worth a yawn, consider this: the fish is a classic living fossil.Before 1938, evolutionists told people that the coelacanth went out with the dinosaurs, having gone extinct 66 million Darwin Years ago. That was before a living coelacanth was found off the coast of Africa. It was as if a “Lazarus fish” had returned from the dead! Scientists were astonished. Coelacanths and their relatives, the sarcopterygians, were well known from the fossil record, but here was one alive and well, with not a single known fossil in between all those alleged millions of years and the present.This is certainly the most important fact about the coelacanth, but it gets worse for Darwinians. The fish was still like its fossil precursors, having stayed the same all that time. During those alleged tens of millions of years, evolutionists claim there was a bird explosion, a mammal explosion, and other extreme diversifications. In just a fraction of that time, a land mammal evolved into whales and apes evolved into humans. Yet here was coelacanth, just the same as ever. Another problem for evolution is that the fish was not evolving feet. Evolutionists had speculated that the bony fins of the coelacanth were on the way to becoming limbs that could support the fish in shallow water or on land, as it was evolving into a tetrapod. To their disappointment, living coelacanths were found to spend much of their time in an upright posture in deep water, not using their fins for any kind of walking.Coelacanth on display at Wyoming Dinosaur Center (DFC)Testing the Darwin MediaGiven these important facts about this fish, will a new paper in Nature about coelacanth evolution mention any of them? What will 10 Darwinian biologists have to say about this anti-evolutionary evidence in a paper entitled, “Neurocranial development of the coelacanth and the evolution of the sarcopterygian head”? Watch for it:The neurocranium of sarcopterygian fishes was originally divided into an anterior (ethmosphenoid) and posterior (otoccipital) portion by an intracranial joint, and underwent major changes in its overall geometry before fusing into a single unit in lungfishes and early tetrapods. Although the pattern of these changes is well-documented, the developmental mechanisms that underpin variation in the form of the neurocranium and its associated soft tissues during the evolution of sarcopterygian fishes remain poorly understood. The coelacanth Latimeria is the only known living vertebrate that retains an intracranial joint. Despite its importance for understanding neurocranial evolution, the development of the neurocranium of this ovoviviparous fish remains unknown. Here we investigate the ontogeny of the neurocranium and brain in Latimeria chalumnae using conventional and synchrotron X-ray micro-computed tomography as well as magnetic resonance imaging, performed on an extensive growth series for this species. We describe the neurocranium at the earliest developmental stage known for Latimeria, as well as the major changes that the neurocranium undergoes during ontogeny. Changes in the neurocranium are associated with an extreme reduction in the relative size of the brain along with an enlargement of the notochord. The development of the notochord appears to have a major effect on the surrounding cranial components, and might underpin the formation of the intracranial joint. Our results shed light on the interplay between the neurocranium and its adjacent soft tissues during development in Latimeria, and provide insights into the developmental mechanisms that are likely to have underpinned the evolution of neurocranial diversity in sarcopterygian fishes.A search on the word evolution shows only suppositions about what might have evolved from what. But the coelacanth is unique! It does not appear to be evolving from something else into something else. How many times do the authors mention the most important facts about this fish?Living fossil: zero timesLazarus taxa: zero timesExtinction in the Cretaceous: zero timesReappearance after 66 million years: zero timesNot evolving into another form: zero timesNatural selection: zero timesFigure 4 in the paper shows how the coelacanth skull compares with other fish. It looks completely different! This fish’s anatomy is one of a kind, not evolving into any of the other putatitive descendant forms (lungfish and tetrapods).The authors might be excused as having only focused their research on the intracranial joint of this fish’s unusual skull. The excuse rings hollow, though, since the title of the paper mentions the evolution of this fish, and the word evolution gets 14 hits. A press release from ESRF, “Coelacanth reveals new insights into skull evolution,” states one sentence about the living fossil, but then jumps right into evolutionary propaganda, saying, “Latimeria remains of scientific interest for understanding the origin of tetrapods and the evolution of their closest fossil relatives – the lobe-finned fishes.”Does Might Make Right?In order to conjure up evolution to save Darwin, the authors of the paper ratchet up the perhapsimaybecouldness index. Watch the placeholders for imagination mount up, if you can stay awake:The development of the notochord observed in Latimeria appears to affect the adjacent tissues, and might underpin the complete division of the neurocranium.We therefore suggest that the intracranial joint probably results from the configuration of the brain as imposed by the notochord.The marked expansion of the notochord thus probably causes a major spatial packing constraint on the brain, and anteriorly restricts the growth of the hypophyseal and orbital regions, which might drive the allometric growth and elongation of the brain.The similarities between the endocranium of Latimeria pups and those of stem-sarcopterygians suggest that this developmental pattern is ancestral to the group, whereas brain shape appears to match that of the endocranium in fossil actinopterygians and stem-osteichthyans.…the ventral expansion of the brain and the higher brain-to-body mass ratio in extant lungfishes and tetrapods (Fig. 4) might have been permitted by the progressive reduction and displacement of the notochord posterior to the otic capsule during the evolution of each of these lineages……the displacement of the entire brain into the otoccipital portion, which occurs relatively late during the development of Latimeria, might result from biomechanical constraints linked to the intracranial joint.The press release quotes one author admitting, “There are still more questions than answers!” (exclamation in the original). With promissory notes in hand, they expect the public to keep trusting them, because the new data will surely “open up new avenues for research on the evolution of the vertebrate head.”This paper is a prime example of teaching evolution by obfuscation. One might learn some things about fish cranial anatomy in this paper, but nothing about evolution. To obfuscate means to “confuse, bewilder, or stupefy” by making things obscure or unclear. The paper obfuscates in more than one way. First, it ignores the most significant facts about coelacanth evolution: that they did not evolve! Second, it teaches evolution by the Jargonwocky method. Readers are overwhelmed with jargon that is promised to “shed light” on the evolution of this fish, all the while keeping readers in the dark about its status as a living fossil. Third, it commits the non-sequitur fallacy, pretending that a very unique fish with a unique cranium will somehow “provide insights into the developmental mechanisms that are likely to have underpinned the evolution” of coelacanths. A unique set of traits has nothing to do with connecting the dots between species.The only “likely” thing about this paper is that few will notice the snow job the authors committed. That’s why we’re here: to unmask the deceitfulness of the Darwinists. We explain not only what they say, but what they fail to say. If you appreciate this, please share the links on social media and support us.last_img read more

first_imgMelissa JavanA brand should behave and uphold the message it communicated, said Kingsley Makubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, ahead of the South African Top 50 Brands announcement.The leading brands will be announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa on Thursday, 15 September at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. This will be the fourth annual survey released on South Africa’s Top 50 BrandsHow the top brands are valuedThe Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing brands on three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of brand commonly used in the marketplace, reads Brand South Africa’s site. “The levels include: brand business value, brand contribution and brand value.”South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by domestic and international audiences, it adds. “As such, commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.”Brand Finance defines brand as the “trademark and associated IP (intellectual property) including the word mark and trademark iconography”.Last year, the five Most Valuable Brands in the country were MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank and First National Bank. Retail group Woolworths and First National Bank were the strongest brands in South Africa in 2014-15. The cellphone network MTN was the Top Valuable Brand in the country.The top 50 corporate brands in South Africa last year were valued at approximately R1.5-trillion, reported Media Club South Africa.News portal Business Tech reported that the Top 50 Brands survey was conducted by Brand Finance, which calculated brand value using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Characteristics of top brandsLast year, Thebe Ikalafeng, chief executive officer of Brand Finance Africa, said the key pillars of a brand’s success were its performance, its relationship with its customers, and the money it spent on equity.This week, Makhubela narrowed the characteristics of a successful brand down to authenticity. “This is an especially important principle in positioning the Nation Brand positively.”Authenticity, honesty, reliability and credibility are crucial to how a brand is able to weather crises that may impact on its reputation.”It was very important for a brand to be able to generate positive emotions to help it to enable the conversion of attention into loyalty, according to Makhubela.Why celebrate top brands?Commercial brands were important carriers of the South African brand and message, he said. “It conveys the story of a South Africa that is innovative, caring and entrepreneurial.”Commercial brands can also carry a message of a country that is grounded in the principles of good governance,” he said. “Behaviour to the contrary impacts negatively on the corporate entity as well as the nation brand.”In international markets, the corporate entity is sometimes a consumer’s first experience of a country. South Africa’s corporates are therefore very important in our work to position South Africa positively.”South Africa’s Most Valuable Brands of 2014 and 2015 are listed here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers#news Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud It is inevitable for any considerable enterprise to consider how the cloud and the data center can be combined in the most dynamic, efficient and secure way as possible.It’s a decision making process that gets even more complex when considering the dizzying terminology that makes sense only after considerable conversation.I kept thinking about these customers when listening to Hewlett-Packard (HP) discuss its new hybrid cloud service.HP is announcing today that it is offering:A public cloud environment for customers that want all of its IT services in the cloud.An extended data center environment that leverages the security of the data center with the distributed network of a cloud environment.An automated cloud management system for managing multiple cloud and data center environments.Workshops to help IT managers and executives better understand the complexities of what’s available and better define what they need in order to create a network that meets their needs.It gets complicated when Hewlett-Packard starts getting into the details of what they are offering. It’s not the first time we have heard a company call what they are offering a hosted and private cloud environment. That’s how HP describes its offering for what amounts to an extended data center that uses a virtualized environment to create a network that leverages the cloud and its core, on-premise environment.But this is the nature of the market. Customers believe they need private clouds. What they really needs are flat networks to move resources in a virtual environment. The network needs to be able to manage any variety of applications that between thousands of virtual machines.To do that, HP offers a converged infrastructure that includes the storage, servers that can be provisioned in clusters, the network, power and cooling and the management software.My colleague Klint Finley spent a few days with HP and learned a lot about these infrastructures:HP claims that not only can it do all the work of setting up racks, wiring, optimizing power consumption and building out the full data center for you – it claims it can do so at the fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. HP takes advantage of assembly line productivity to industrialize the process of creating data centers.The management software is a critical component of the offering. It may also be on of the most important aspects of what is required to manage a virtualized infrastructure. It’s the automation component. It orchestrates the process so virtual machines can be managed effectively.The team at HP realizes that there is an inherent complexity in the language associated with today’s complicated array of data center offerings. So we can see why workshops make sense. In the end, though, we find the language a bit of a folly. The hardware and software that HP is selling costs millions of dollars. What it provides is a network, albeit different from previous generations, it is still a network. Not to say the technology is unnecessary, it’s just more what we think of as networked data centers rather than cloud computing. Related Posts center_img alex williams Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgWhile preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.In the run-up to the Assembly byelections on October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. The byelections are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” The Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Sunday alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.last_img read more

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia Queensland branch and University Sport are working together to run the Northern University Games Touch Championships to be held at Quad Park Kawana from 3rd to 6th July 2006. REFEREES ARE REQUIRED for this event and they will be paid at a rate of $20 per single and $10 per Dual.If you are interested in refereeing at this event, please contact Glen Richardson at glen@austouch.com.au to register your interest.This is a great event and heaps of fun and a good chance to earn a few dollars along the way.All referees will also be given a social pass to attend the night time functions – if that interests you?Any assistance will be appreciated! Register your interest now.For Further information check out the Unisport website : Northern University Games Websitelast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The gatekeepers of Canada’s rich agriculture exports are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade export terminals as they prepare the country to become an ever-growing bread basket to the world.Canadian grain shipments have been steadily rising and hit a record high in the last crop year. And Canadian companies are making long-term bets on the growth of crop exports.Statistics for the 2016-2017 crop year shows Canada continues to improve on the massive logistical hurdle of moving prairie grains to global markets.“It was the best year we’ve ever had in terms of total movement and total amount of grain that was exported,” said Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp., which monitors grain shipping for the federal government.The numbers show Canada’s rail network moved 50.7 million tonnes of grain from Western Canada for a five per cent bump from the year before, with about 39.7 million of that getting shipped to the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Thunder Bay.To put it into perspective, the amount of grain hauled on trains last season would be the equivalent weight of carrying 430 CN Towers, which lined up end to end would stretch from about Montreal to Quebec City.Farming techniques and climate change are set to make Canada even more productive, says Karl Gerrand, chief executive of grain handler G3 Canada.“Farmers are getting better at growing grain. They’re using drone technology, they’re using GPS technology, genetics continues to improve, we’re growing more grain out of less land.”The company, which bought a majority stake in the Canadian Wheat Board’s assets after it lost its monopoly in 2012, is in the midst of spending more than half a billion dollars on a modern grain shipping terminal in Vancouver, the first built from scratch at the port since the late 1960s.Gerrand said climate change will also increase international demand for Canadian agriculture, which has already seen a big jump in shipments to Asia.“From a Canadian perspective, we’re positioned fairly well to manage what appears to be coming at us like a freight train,” said Gerrand.“What you’re going to find over time, and research would indicate, is that geographical areas like Canada, the northern climes, will become more efficient at growing grains, at the expense, unfortunately, of the more southern climes.”G3’s terminal will be a dominant player, with capacity to ship about eight million tonnes a year, but all the major grain handlers have been making investments.Winnipeg-based grain handlers Parrish and Heimbecker Ltd. and Paterson GlobalFoods have a West Coast terminal in the works that will be able to ship about four million tonnes of grains a year.The export terminal, to be built on the Fraser River in Surrey, B.C.’s port lands, is still going through regulatory review with a potential construction start next year.And further north, Ray-Mont Logistics International officially opened its new grain terminal in Prince Rupert at the end of August, which can ship about a million tonnes a year.The recent investments come on top of work wrapped up last year, including Viterra Inc.’s tripling the capacity of its Vancouver terminal to six million tonnes a year, and Richardson International doubling the capacity of its terminal, also to about six million tonnes.The transportation system has in recent years strained under the increased load — including a disastrous 2013 shipping year — leading to major investments in smoother operations and better co-ordination.Gerrand said G3’s Vancouver terminal is designed to improve the efficiency of the system, allowing two 134-car trains to unload simultaneously while still hooked up to the locomotive and in motion, which he said will reduce cycle times from farmers fields to the port by more than 40 per cent.“Everyone in the industry is concerned about congestion at all of our ports, including Vancouver. We’re bringing the solution,” he said.Hemmes of shipping monitor Quorum Corp. said the capacity and efficiency investments are needed, since farmers have been improving grain production by about 2.5 to three per cent a year for the past five years, with more growth on the way.He said the latest efforts, however, are part of a long-term push to improve grain transportation, with travel times cut in half since he started monitoring the system in the early 2000s.“It used to be 70, sometimes as much as 80 days to get from the farm to the time it got on a vessel at the port. That’s down into the low 40s now. So the system has become far more efficient.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) Friday asked the government and the debt-ridden IL&FS to submit details of assets and liabilities of 13 entities of the group. A two-member bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya asked the IL&FS group to submit the details of four ‘amber’ entities — Hazribagh Ranchi Expressway Ltd, Jharkhand Road Project Implementation Company Ltd, Moradabad Bareily Expressway Ltd and West Gujarat Expressway Ltd. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt also asked IL&FS to prepare a similar list for the rest nine ‘amber’ entities of the group. Under its resolution plan, the government has categorised IL&FS group companies into green, amber and red categories based on their respective financial positions. Companies classified as ‘green’ would continue to meet their payment obligations, while ‘amber’ category firms can meet only operational payment obligations to senior secured financial creditors. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostRed category entities are those which cannot meet their payment obligations towards even senior secured financial creditors. In its order Friday, the NCLAT bench said, “Union of India and ILFS Ltd are allowed to submit details of assets and liabilities of each of aforesaid four entities, including the amount payable to one or other financial creditor and operational creditor.” The matter with regard to these four amber entities will be taken up on the next date of hearing, which is April 8. “However, in the meantime, with regard to rest of the nine Amber entities, similar status report be prepared and kept ready for taking up their matter subsequently,” the order said. During the proceedings, the appellate tribunal also clarified that there was no stay on the government to proceed with the resolution plan for IL&FS companies. The bench also said it would hear the banking regulator RBI on moratorium against IL&FS group companies at the next hearing. During the proceedings, senior secured financial creditors of IL&FS asked the tribunal to direct the amber companies to discharge their debt liability. Earlier, the corporate affairs ministry submitted the debt resolution plan for IL&FS. The entire resolution process is based on the principles enunciated in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, as per the ministry. During the previous hearing on March 19, IL&FS had informed NCLAT that the number of ‘green’ companies has increased to 50 from 21. The number of ‘amber’ companies also increased to 13 from 10. IL&FS, which is facing a debt burden of over Rs 90,000 crore, is in the process of classification of the rest group companies.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) and Facebook Tuesday said they have collaborated to help small entrepreneurs in India build their businesses using digital platforms to aggregate demand, market products and acquire customers. The objective of this partnership is to ramp up job creation and to further empower entrepreneurs, in line with Facebook’s commitment to train 5 million people with digital and entrepreneurial skills by 2021, a statement said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “GAME and Facebook will kick-start their engagement with a project empowering local communities of rural entrepreneurs – using digital and physical modes, a landscape review and identification of solutions for women entrepreneurs and a grand prize challenge for innovative models that spur new business creation,” it added. Phase I will be rolled out this year covering 10 states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra among others. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Imagine the power of a platform that can bring together communities of artisan clusters, agri-entrepreneurs or homepreneurs in the thousands to learn, collaborate and succeed – the possibilities are boundless,” GAME founder and former Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi Venkatesan said. GAME — a consortium of public and private organisations — was formed last year and aims to facilitate creation of 10 million new entrepreneurs and 50 million jobs by 2030, with a special focus on opportunities for women. The statement pointed out that women currently comprise 23 per cent of internet users and six per cent of mass entrepreneurs in India. The partnership aims to significantly improve women’s participation in the workforce through entrepreneurship by increasing internet usage and leveraging its potential to connect and empower, it added. “We believe that when you give women and youth the skills and technology to improve their lives, we can equip them to unlock economic and social value for themselves and their communities,” Facebook India, South and Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das said.last_img read more

Royce White, the Houston Rockets’ first-round draft pick, is away from the team and says the club has been ”inconsistent” in its agreement to help him cope with his anxiety disorder.The 6-foot-8 White, the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, made a deal with the team to travel by bus to some games this season, so he could confront his fear of flying and obsessive compulsive disorder over the long term. He flew with the team to its season opener in Detroit, then traveled by bus to games at Atlanta and Memphis.He was not with the team for Monday’s home game against Miami and also missed Tuesday’s practice.”In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder – due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets,” White said in a statement released by his publicist Tuesday night. ”As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”Houston general manager Daryl Morey also released a statement on Tuesday night, saying White ”is not available right now. We are committed to his long term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”White’s off-the-court issues were never a secret, but the Rockets felt as though he was worth the risks. In one spectacular season at Iowa State, he became the only Division I player to lead his team in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounds (9.3 per game), assists (five per game), steals (1.2 per game) and blocks (0.9 per game) and led the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years.He missed the first week of training camp, though, to meet with the Rockets about creating an arrangement that he felt would help him balance his anxiety disorder with the demands of the NBA schedule. White said on his Twitter account Tuesday that he is ”most defiantly not AWOL” and that the team is aware of the reason for his current absence.”Any other response is inaccurate,” he said in his statement. ”This is important to me, it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights, it is a player-commodity league – the failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.”The Rockets play New Orleans on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center. Coach Kevin McHale has also been away from the team since taking a leave of absence on Saturday to return home to Minnesota and deal with a family matter.http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:8460068 read more