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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Paul AblackLast week in my blog, Credit Union Industry Disruption: NACUSO 2015 – Part 1, I talked about the pending threat of Big Bang Disruption in the financial services industry and the growing prominence of predictive analytics. In this second and final blog on the learnings from the NACUSO 2015 conference, I will cover what we learned about how credit unions can respond to Big Bang Disruption and the strategic importance of Predictive Analytics.In my Part 1 blog, I summarized the portion of the presentation by John Lass, Lass Advisory Services (www.cunamutual.com) that outlined the threats facing the credit union industry. The latter part of his presentation provided four recommendations on how credit unions should respond to industry disruption:Be Alert – pay attention to your competitionPay Attention to the clock – things change very quickly as the taxi industry is realizing with UBER.Use defense to buy time – John referenced using a legislative approach; this will buy time but it is not a fixDevelop an offensive strategy – this is the only way to long term prosperityIn his closing comments Mr. Lass referred to the book “Only the Paranoid Survive”, by Intel CEO Andy Grove, as a template for how CEOs should constantly challenge their business model. Many businesses get trapped by the own strategy and process to the point where they are unable to respond to competitive challenges. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgInformation is posted and updated on the California IMCA Speedweek Facebook page. Merced also opens the pits at 2 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and racing is at 7 p.m.  MERCED, Calif. – California is the place Modified and Northern SportMod drivers will want to be, for the inaugural California IMCA Speedweek Aug. 10-15. All events are draw/redraw. Modified features pay $100 to start, Northern SportMod features $75, with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Shaw Race Cars Western Region and KMJ Performance State points, in addition to series points at stake.  Top five drivers in standings for each division receive point fund shares, in increments of $1,000, $400, $200, $100 and $100 for the Modifieds and $700, $300, $200, $100 and $100 for the North­ern SportMods.  At Petaluma, the gate opens at noon, the drivers meeting is at 3:45 p.m. and racing starts at 5:30 p.m.  And at Bakersfield, pits open at 3 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and the first green flag flies at 7 p.m. sharp at Keller.  Pits open at 2 p.m. at Antioch. The drivers’ meeting is at 4 p.m. and racing is at 5 p.m.  Camping is allowed at each track but drivers and fans following Speedweek are reminded that no fires will be allowed. Several tracks will have Covid-19 forms to be filled out. Information about those forms is available from those tracks. IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying fea­tures while Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods chase $750 top checks each night.  Nightly entry fee for drivers who did not pre-register is $20. Pit passes each night are $45. All events will be broadcast on Speed Shift TV and FloRacing.  The inaugural California IMCA Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports opens next Mon­day at Placerville Speedway, then travels to Petaluma Speedway on Aug. 11; to Antioch Speed­way on Aug. 12; to Merced Speedway on Aug. 13; to Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Aug. 14; and to Bakersfield Speedway for the Aug. 15 finale. Placerville opens the pit gate at 11 a.m. with the drivers’ meeting at 4:45 p.m. and cars on the track at 5:15 p.m. last_img read more

first_imgAmanda D. McCamey, age 39 of Harrison, Ohio passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Harrison, Ohio. Born November 29, 1979 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of George and Carol (Kidd) McCamey.Amanda graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 1997 and received her Associate degree from Southwestern College as a medical assistant.Amanda is survived by her son Hayden McCamey, mother Carol McCamey and siblings Richard “Tony” (Shannon) Enderle, Beth (Frederick) Harris and Michelle (Roy) Wurtzler. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held Monday, September 16 from 5:30 P.M. until time of funeral services at 7:30 P.M. with Pastor John Calabrese officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030.Memorials may be directed to Lifespring Christian Church 803 E. Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030 c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

first_imgThe 24-year-old joins form the Hurricanes and will link up with Leinster in July.Meanwhile, it’s also been confirmed that second row Hayden Triggs has extended his contract and will remain with the club next season.last_img

first_imgAt the same time, Taylor can’t go with 2019 fourth-rounder Ryan Finley as Burrow’s backup. Cincinnati needs to find an experienced No. 2 who can serve as an extra offensive coach.The Chiefs’ Matt Moore, who worked with Taylor in Miami, is a free agent. On the lowest level of the open market, there’s also the Vikings’ Sean Mannion, who worked under Taylor and Sean McVay behind Jared Goff in Los Angeles.2. Extend Joe Mixon and get him more involved in the passing gameMixon was the lifeblood of the Bengals’ offense in 2019. Taylor was slow to give his dynamic feature back big workloads early in the season, but Mixon averaged 24 touches per game in the second half, ending up with 313 touches for 1,424 yards when the passing game was hit-or-miss with Finley and Dalton.​Mixon was effective as a receiver, consistently explosive with his 35 catches on 45 targets. There was room to use Mixon even more in that capacity. Meanwhile, Burrow at LSU was boosted by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who caught 55 passes for the Tigers.MORE: 9 absurd records Burrow set in 2019Burrow is a few months older than Mixon, who will be 24 entering the 2020 season and the final year of his rookie contract. He is a vital piece to what the Bengals need to do offensively going forward. It makes a lot of sense for them to take care of his long-term contract so he can be in lockstep with Burrow in the critical early years.3. Try to keep A.J. Green, but also get Burrow a rookie go-to guy outsideGreen ideally would stay with the Bengals to finish his career and keep working on the franchise’s career receiving marks. But he is entering his age-32 season and didn’t play at all in 2019 with his ankle injury.Those things can add up to a team friendly-deal that would keep his venerable presence in the receiving corps. The Bengals’ most productive receiver over the past two seasons has been Tyler Boyd, who at 26 is already signed through 2023. A strong route runner with good hands, though, Boyd would be more effective as a slot security blanket for Burrow. Whether or not Green stays, given his age, it wouldn’t be smart for the Bengals to settle for 2017 speedy first-rounder John Ross and 2018 big seventh-rounder Auden Tate. The 2020 wide receiver draft class is deep enough that the Bengals can get a well-rounded prospect with starting potential in the second or third round.4. Keep addressing pass protection and get Jonah Williams healthyThe Bengals didn’t get to see what Williams, their 2019 first-round pick (No. 11 overall from Alabama), could do at left tackle after he suffered a torn labrum in the offseason. He should be fully recovered from the shoulder injury to play in 2020, and at 6-4, 305 pounds, he has the potential to be the rock for Burrow the way Andrew Whitworth was for Dalton.Cincinnati decided to re-sign shaky right tackle Bobby Hart to a three-year, $21 million extension last March, so it can be assumed Williams and Hart will be Burrow’s initial edge blockers. But the Bengals should be more interested in upgrading the interior given 2018 first-round center Billy Price looks like an all-out bust.Burrow, who is tough and elusive, has good footwork and pocket presence to sidestep pressure, but he also benefited from sturdy LSU line play. Note that Cincinnati was in the bottom 10 in sacks allowed (48) but was No. 22 in QB hits allowed (83) in 2019. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Burrow first of three QBs taken in Round 1With LSU, Burrow won back-to-back College Football Playoff games. The Bengals have not won an NFL playoff game in 29 years. Burrow will be the centerpiece of Cincinnati’s latest rebuild after a 2-14 season. With offensive-minded head coach Zac Taylor entering his second year, that’s a good start for Burrow to get favorable pro coaching after working so well with the braintrust of Ed Orgeron, Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger.To keep Burrow on the right track, here is the Bengals’ must-do immediate groundwork with the soon-to-be rookie quarterback.1. Move Andy Dalton and sign a willing veteran backup QBFirst things first, the Bengals need to commit to starting Burrow right away so he doesn’t have to worry about a pseudo training camp competition. Dalton has given the Bengals his best, but the 32-year-old is not built to be a mentoring backup.There are plenty of NFL teams with QB concerns and/or pending free agents at the position for Dalton to find a new home, either as a starter for a team that gives him strong support or as a bridge option. Dalton is the past, and Burrow is the future — the Bengals shouldn’t try to blend that and create mixed messages. (SN/Getty) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3/c8/tyler-eifert-082619-getty-ftr_qrupsgb8m0i16no0vx5rnxod.jpg?t=-813563380&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cf/ce/joe-burrow-011420-getty-ftr_1gsb6xaguioax1bjrolrr24e33.jpg?t=-1529200753&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/45/aj-green-102519-getty-ftrjpg_wh8d0ybqmrck1n18oii7baxci.jpg?t=64471014&w=500&quality=80 Joe Burrow just finished his Heisman Trophy-winning senior season at LSU with a national championship. In putting up the greatest individual season by a college quarterback ever, he cemented his status as the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft.That means Burrow, 23, is trading the Bayou Bengals for the Cincinnati Bengals, who hold the top pick and a need a new franchise quarterback. Let’s hope he enjoyed that victory cigar after beating Clemson, because he is literally stepping into the next-level challenge of trying to get his new team to a Super Bowl. BENDER: Burrow arrived at the perfect timeBurrow was awesome to close his LSU career, but he had a lot of help from coaching, scheming, blocking and supporting skill players to make him an elite QB prospect.Now the Bengals need to make the 2020 season all about accelerating his pro development and potential. 5. Think about re-signing Tyler Eifert — or get a big-time tight end in free agencyMany thought Eifert, after being re-signed to a one-year deal for the beginning of the Taylor era, would return to a sizable role in the passing game. That was somewhat the case, as he stayed healthy all season to catch 43 of 65 targets for 436 yards and 3 TDs for a team that averaged fewer than 18 points per game.​However, Eifert is entering his age-30 season as a pending free agent. Some elite young receiving tight ends also are set to become free agents in 25-year-olds Austin Hooper and Hunter Henry. Given Burrow’s connection with Thaddeus Moss (Randy’s son) at LSU, it would make sense for Cincinnati to keep what it has at the position. But it would make even more sense for the Bengals to get younger and better at tight end to help Burrow as a rookie.last_img read more

first_imgThe absence of Calabar High School represent-atives was conspicuous at yesterday’s launch of the 2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Grace-Kennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston as the defending champions’ protest over the school sports governing body’s decision to allow Ugandan 800 metres runner Aryamanya Rodgers to compete for Kingston College at this year’s event threatened to overshadow all.ISSA President Dr Walton Small moved quickly to address questions over ISSA’s decision despite rules stating that athletes must be registered for their respective schools by September 30 and have at least 80 per cent attendance record to compete at Champs.Small explained that ISSA had received all documentation from Kingston College as early as July 18, 2016 and the athlete was scheduled to arrive in Kingston on August 24, 2016.However, he said, adding that ISSA had been party to the paper trail, when Rodgers arrived at the airport in the Ugandan capital at Kampala, he was refused boarding for Germany as it was determined he needed a German visa to travel. This was communicated to KC authorities and Jamaican embassy officials who moved to address the issue.TICKET CANCELLEDRodgers’ airline ticket was cancelled and a second ticket purchased for him to arrive in Kingston on September 24, 2016, via Kenya. However, he was once again refused boarding.Eventually Rodgers received clearance, and he travelled to Kingston on October 16 and began school at KC on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.”We waived the attendance and deadline registration because we were convinced that enough effort was made to get the young man to Jamaica,” said Small.The vote by those present was one absentia, one against, and the remaining members voted in favour.He noted that not all 15 members of the executive were present. Among those absent was Calabar Principal Albert Corcho, whom Dr Small said learnt of ISSA’s decision on the day it was made.”This is a democratic society, and if the committee decides that the young man should participate, then that was the result, and that was sent off to Kingston College.”Meanwhile, Small said that he had received a letter addressed to the “Chairman of ISSA”, dated Friday, March 10, on Wednesday (March 15) from Corcho, demanding the results of the case be published in the media within seven days of the decision.”Mr Corcho is member of the executive committee, and if he wants, he can get not only the letter that was sent to Kingston College, but also the details of the minutes to see the discussion, to see who voted, who abstained, and who voted against,” he said.ISSA had scheduled an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon to decide on that matter and several others.last_img read more

first_imgTwo drivers who were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre before subsequently being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) following a three-vehicle collision on the Friendship Public Road, East Bank Demerara on Saturday evening, remain in critical condition.The wrecked Toyota AllionThe names of these two individuals have not been released to the media, but hospital officials have confirmed that they have sustained severe head injuries and lacerations to their bodies.On that fateful Saturday, at about 18:30h, Toyota 4Runner PLL 7337 was reportedly heading to Timehri while Toyota Carina wagon PLL 2247, carrying several occupants, including a man with an artificial leg, was heading to the city at a fast rate, and reportedly came into contact with the rear wheel of the 4Runner, thus causing the driver thereof to lose control of that vehicle.The result of that mishap was that the 4Runner reportedly spun several times before coming to a halt facing the opposite direction, while the wagon collided head-on with Toyota Allion PWW 6374.Public-spirited citizens pulled the drivers of the two motor cars from the wreckage and rushed them to the Diamond medical facility; and at least three other persons who were injured were treated there and sent away.Police are continuing their investigations into this accident, but the driver of the 4Runner has been detained.last_img read more

first_img“The recall is huge. It’s unprecedented, and people are seeing their dog food is on the list and picking up the phone, wondering if there’s anything they can do or what to do,” said Tim Hackett, who runs a small-animal clinic at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. “Fortunately, most of these animals are absolutely fine.” Julie Benesh of Chicago brought her cat, Truffle, to a vet’s office Wednesday after realizing the animal had eaten some of the contaminated food. The cat was lethargic and had been drinking an unusual amount of water. “That’s my baby,” Benesh said of the black-and-white cat she’s had since the animal was a kitten. “We’ve been through a lot together.” The Animal Medical Center on the East Side of Manhattan has tested 143 animals for renal failure since Saturday. Of those, 10 were confirmed to be diet-related cases, and one cat died. “I have people coming in who haven’t even said their pet’s eaten the bad food, but they’re worried that maybe the recall has not been broad enough so they want their pet tested to be sure,” said Ann Hohenhaus, a veterinarian at the clinic. The recall has led to at least three lawsuits against Menu Foods from pet owners who allege their animals got sick or died after eating recalled food. Menu Foods CEO and President Paul Henderson said Wednesday that the company is still investigating the cause of the kidney failure because the food linked to the deaths has shown no signs of contamination. He apologized for the worry that the recall has caused. Denise Tracy of Milford, Mass., said her first thought after hearing about the recall was, “Oh my gosh, I killed my cat.” Fluffy’s health deteriorated after Tracy fed her Special Kitty brand food, one of the recalled labels, and she had to euthanize the 11-year-old cat last week. She said the family, including her five children, are heartbroken. Her husband contacted a lawyer, and she plans to contact her state’s attorney general. “They’re killing animals because of somebody’s mistake,” Tracy said. “They should be held accountable for that.” In California, a Yorkshire terrier named Pebbles has been battling kidney failure since eating Nutro dog food. Even hooked to an IV, she attempts to wag her tail. The dog’s owner, Jeff Kerner, said he has called and e-mailed Nutro, and hasn’t heard back. “I want to give them an opportunity to do the right thing. Money can only do one thing, which is pay bills,” Kerner said. “I don’t want to end up with my dog not surviving and then owe $10,000. Or that she survives and I owe $10,000.” The FDA has sent inspectors to Menu Food plants in New Jersey and Kansas. Most complaints stem from products made at the latter factory, though both received shipments of wheat gluten, identified as a possible source of contamination, from the same supplier, said Stephen F. Sundlof, the FDA’s chief veterinarian. The ingredient is a protein source used to thicken the pet food gravy. The FDA is screening pet food samples for substances known to harm the kidneys, like toxins produced by molds. Dr. Robert Davis, a veterinarian in Ashland, Mass., said most customers have remained calm – in part because of detailed information available online. “There’s been no panic that I’ve seen,” Davis said. “I think a lot of people, rather than becoming more nervous and concerned, they go to the Internet.” Addressing pet food fears Questions about the recall of 60 million containers of potentially deadly pet food: Q: What has been recalled? A: Menu Foods has recalled “cuts and gravy” style pet food packaged from Dec. 3 through March 6. The products are contract-made for nearly 100 national brands of pet food. There is no recall for dry pet food. Q: Why was the recall issued? A: The recalled food has been blamed for kidney failure in scores of animals and killed at least 16 pets. Q: What are some symptoms? A: Symptoms include loss of appetite, loss of energy, diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive thirst or urination. Q: What should I do if I notice these symptoms? A: Contact the pet’s veterinarian immediately. A simple blood and urine test can determine whether the pet has been affected. If so, the problem can be treated if caught early. Q: What are pet stores recommending? A: Pet stores have removed the recalled food and have been recommending other kinds of wet or dry food. Some pet stores have also suggested supplements to help pets make the switch to different food. – Source: Village Veterinary Centers Inc., PetSmart, PETCO.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Atlanta veterinarian Will Draper received so many calls and e-mails about the recall that he drafted a newsletter on it and e-mailed his customers. “That helped tremendously,” Draper said. “It has calmed clients.” Since Friday, nearly 100 brands of the “cuts and gravy” style food have been recalled by Menu Foods of Canada, including popular labels sold at Wal-Mart, Kroger and other large retailers. Veterinarians are directing most questions to the Food and Drug Administration’s recall Web site. Some have agreed to run blood tests on pets, even though many of the animals have not consumed any of the recalled brands. Pet owners with animals showing symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy and extreme thirst are being told to bring them in for immediate examination. ATLANTA – A recall of potentially deadly pet food has dog and cat owners studying their animals for even the slightest hint of illness and swamping veterinarians nationwide with calls about symptoms both real and imagined. “It’s like we’re on pins and needles,” said Brian Paone, a 27-year-old loan auditor in Knoxville, Tenn., who scheduled a blood test with his vet after realizing both of his cats had eaten brands on the recall list. “You kind of sit there and wonder – it’s terrible to say this – you wonder if this is going to be your last moments with your pet. It’s not pleasant.” Some of the 60 million cans and pouches of food have been blamed for kidney failure in scores of animals and killed at least 16 pets. Neither the manufacturer nor authorities have been able to determine why the pets died. last_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_img18 February 2009Soweto, South Africa’s famous township, is well known to tourists who’ve visited Johannesburg and gone looking for a taste of the city’s African culture and history of resistance against apartheid.Now, adventure tourists can also board the bus to Soweto, as a project to develop a “vertical adventure centre” with a distinctive township feel starts coming to fruition.And, if you’re a local and you’ve already done the bungee swing between the two 100-metre-high Orlando Towers in Soweto, and need to push the boundaries further: no problem. For a new adrenaline rush, you can now do the swing inside one of the towers.Zoopy TV takes a flying leap from Soweto’s Orlando Towers. Click arrow to play video.Yes, from this weekend you can line up for the internal bungee swing, says Bob Woods, the project director and rope expert. The external swing involves falling 30 metres from the top of the tower, then swinging back and forth like a pendulum and eventually being lowered to the ground.On the internal swing, you swing high inside one of the towers and then are lowered to some 15 metres above the ground before taking a foefie slide (zip slide) back to earth.Soweto’s Orlando site is dominated by the huge, colourful twin towers, which used to supply electricity to the former white suburbs of Johannesburg, but which are now defunct. The disused power station building is a cavernous structure some five storeys high, overlooking a dam.Phase one almost completeThe internal swing and other features will complete phase one of the adventure tourism project taking place at the towers, made possible by a loan of R3.6-million from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).“Adventure tourism is a major growth market around the world, and the creation of an adventure tourism facility will undoubtedly contribute towards Soweto’s economic diversification and tourism attractiveness,” says Kate Rivett-Carnac, the DBSA’s tourism specialist.Woods says the vast walls of the towers will be developed into a “vertical adventure centre the scale and nature of which describes a truly unique and legendary facility.”He promises that by late March you can expect to be abseiling down the towers, and by early May you are likely to be bungee jumping between the two towers. He has brought in Canadian experts to help with the final rigging for the bungee jumping.Climbing the wallsAlso in the pipeline is climbing the internal walls of the towers, a climb of some 60 metres. Woods is concerned that climbing is an elitist sport – he’d like to bring it to young Sowetans.“I would like to promote climbing among the people of Soweto. It can often be a tool in helping to channel energies in a positive way,” he says. Other facilities below the towers he foresees are a restaurant, a music venue and bar, and a small skateboarding park.“We want to create the feeling of a park, where families can spend the day.”Since opening in June last year, Woods says he has had 15 to 20 jumpers take to the towers each day. Most visitors to the site are Gautengers, with 18 percent being foreign tourists. But it seems most people can’t quite bring themselves to jump off the towers, preferring instead to take the lift up, and stand admiring the view.Otherwise, from March you will be able to take a foefie slide ride from 10 metres up the side of one of the towers.You pay R360 for the swing, or R60 to take in the view from the top. The swing is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm. You can book your place on the website.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more