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King’s 21 helps Adelaide win second straight

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Stacy-Ann King shone, albeit briefly, but her Adelaide Strikers were still strong enough to beat West Indies teammate Deandra Dottin’s Perth Scorchers by 35 runs in the Women’s Big Bash here on New Year’s Eve.Opting to bat first at Adelaide Oval, the hosts rattled up 135 for six off their 20 overs, with King stroking a run-a-ball 21 in a 50-run opening stand with Sarah Taylor who top-scored with 48 off 37 balls.King struck three fours before perishing in the seventh over, leg before wicket to left-arm seamer Katie-Jane Hartshorn who finished with two for 20.Sophie Devine chipped in with a run-a-ball 32, posting 41 for the third wicket with Taylor.In reply, the Scorchers were dismissed for 100 in the last over, to lose their third straight game in the inaugural tournament.Jenny Wallace struck 29 from 33 deliveries but no other batsman managed to make it past 15.Dottin looked to be getting into stride when she stroked three boundaries in reaching 13 off 11 balls but was third out in the fifth over with the score on 30.Fast bowler Megan Schutt (3-11) and 18-year-old seamer Amanda Wellington (3-13) both wrecked the innings with incisive spells as Strikers won their second straight.last_img read more

No progress for three Donegal schools in urgent need of complete rebuilds

first_imgCalls have been made for the development of three new Donegal schools to get underway without further delays. Pat the Cope Gallagher said that St Marys NS Stranorlar, Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistrí Donegal Town and Little Angels School Letterkenny are among those in urgent need of new schools.Raising the issue in the Dail on Wednesday, Gallagher added that the current system of progressing projects through the Department of Education in order to get final sanction before building can commence is too lengthy and time-consuming, and is allowing projects to drag on for years before a final sanction is given. “I have for years, been raising these school projects within the Dáil and with various Ministers but ultimately progress has been slow to such a point that progress is difficult to quantify on an annual basis, such is how minuscule and slow the actual progress being made by these project is.“I am calling on the Minister and the Department to proceed with these projects and to minimalize the actual delays and eliminate the procrastinating on the necessary approvals and to bring each of the three projects – namely, St Marys NS Stranorlar, Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistrí Donegal Town and Little Angels School Letterkenny to construction stage.”“There is an urgent need for these schools in their respective communities, these school buildings are so urgently needed and the onus of responsibility of delivering these schools falls on the Government.”No progress for three Donegal schools in urgent need of complete rebuilds was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Donegal EducationPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Lemur-fish, Vege-fang and other Fossil Follies

first_imgFossils are doing just fine, but the scientists who interpret them are having a rough week (or century).Vege-FangIt looks like a dinosaur in a scary Halloween costume, but it’s just a nice little guy that ate vegetables, Science Daily announced: “New Fanged Dwarf Dinosaur from Africa Ate Plants.”  Live Science even identified the costume: “‘Dracula’ Dinosaur Had Bristles and Fangs.”  Sure enough, the artist gave it the scariest demeanor possible.  Trick or treat: toss it a radish.  Even with scary fangs, Pegomastax africanus, found in South Africa 50 years ago but “languished in a museum drawer” till recently, was apparently a vegetarian.  This goes to show one can’t always tell carnivory by the teeth.It was small, too, weighing less than a house cat.  National Geographic said, “New Fanged Dwarf Dinosaur Found—’Would Be Nice Pet’.”  Paleontologists think it might have used its porcupine-like bristles and fangs for defense or display, but mostly the teeth and jaws worked like “self-sharpening scissors for shearing plant parts.”  Live Science promised the little critter “may shed light on evolution,” but didn’t say exactly how; neither did Science Now.  Evolutionary paleontologist Paul Sereno [U of Chicago] ventured some light in National Geographic‘s article:  “What’s more, the study revealed that P. africanus‘ sophisticated jaw structure was ahead of its time, Sereno noted. Such structures evolved again millions of years later in mammals.”  Sereno did not point out where his light was shining.Vege-BehemothSpeaking of vegetarians (and speaking of animals ahead of their time), evolutionists now say that duckbill dinosaurs were better equipped for eating plants than horses are (sidebar: grazing mammals supposedly evolved much later).  Charles Choi reported on Live Science that “Vegetarian Dinosaurs Were Champion Chompers.”  He began, “Giant plant-eating dinosaurs may have been champion chewers up there with the likes of mammals such as horses, bison or elephants, researchers say.”  Some hadrosaurs had 1400 teeth with flat, grinding surfaces perfect for grinding tough plants – and they could replace them when they wore out.  Their teeth were composed of six types of tissue that migrated, “exposing different surfaces as the teeth migrated across the chewing surfaces in the mouths of the dinosaurs over time.”  With teeth like that, “The finding could help explain why these behemoths dominated the plains of Europe, Asia and North America during the last part of the age of dinosaurs,” Choi speculated.Hadrosaurs were “as sophisticated, if not more sophisticated, than any known mammal,” one paleontologist said.  This makes it sound like evolution has been going downhill.  They thought dinosaur teeth would resemble those of other reptiles, like alligators, but found something quite different.  “The complexity of hadrosaurid teeth would have proved excellent tools for handling tough, gritty plants,” but can we trust their opinions?  Evolutionists can look a gift horse in the mouth, but “We still don’t have a good understanding even of how horse teeth work,” one of them confessed.  PhysOrg posted a cross-section of the “remarkably complex architecture” of one tooth of a hadrosaur (Edmontosaurus).  Six tissues is four more than reptiles have, and two more than horses.  Some of the tissues apparently functioned to prevent cavities and abscesses.  Not even vegan humans can boast that evolutionary innovation.One more thing.  These teeth avoided decay for a long, long time, in their view.  “We were stunned to find that the mechanical properties of the teeth were preserved after 70 million years of fossilization,” Gregory Erickson on Mark Norell’s team said; “if you put these teeth back into a living dinosaur they would function perfectly.”Lemur-FishWhoops; a fossil thought to be that of a lemur (a primate) for over a century has now been reclassified as a fish.  No kidding.  “That’s No Primate: It’s a Fish!” Science Daily exclaimed.  PhysOrg echoed, “Fossil—thought for over a century to be the only trace of a prehistoric primate—is actually that of a fish.”  Paleontologists often pride themselves on how much they can tell about a creature from just a fragment.  They had even given this one a name: “Arrhinolemur scalabrinii – which translates literally to ‘Scalabrini’s lemur without a nose’.”  Pedro Scalabrini would be really embarrassed right now (he was a fossil hunter for whom it was named in 1898).George Gaylord Simpson had doubted the classification half a century later and suggested it was fishy.  In 1986, Alvaro Mones agreed, even specifying the fish family.  But it wasn’t until two years ago that Argentinian scientists looked into it with more detail and settled on the fish identification.  Evolutionary paleontologists took credit anyway, saying, “It also helps us analyze evolutionary transitions — we can look at in the past and compare them to similar fish today to see what features have changed over time and try to understand why.”  It would seem that proper identification is a prerequisite for understanding.  114 years of misidentification is a rather long time.Mammoth BoyAn 11-year-old Russian boy made the find of a lifetime: a nearly complete mammoth carcass in the tundra of northern Russia – one of the best-preserved mammoths ever found.  Paleontologists claim it is 30,000 years old.  The article indicates that DNA is not expected to survive such ages for resurrecting a mammoth, even though cloning experiments are underway elsewhere.  “A big obstacle, of course, is degraded, ice-damaged DNA,” New Scientist‘s report said, even though it would seem an ice freezer would offer the best possible preservation.Evolutionary Weight GainFor neo-Darwinism to be true, mammoths had to have tiny ancestors, maybe like mice (note: this is not an Aesop’s Fable; at least, not intentionally).  PhysOrg stepped to explain to the world about “Small winners in the mammalian race to evolve.”  Speaking for evolutionists at Monash University, PhysOrg explains how they examined the fossil record through evolutionary glasses (“We chose the generation as our basic measure of evolutionary time, as it is the shortest interval over which evolutionary change can occur“) , and deduced that it takes 24 million generations for a mouse to become an elephant, but only two million to shed all that weight and become tiny again.  Tom Weller’s cartoon of a pond hippopotamus on a lily pad comes to mind.  Where are the mouse-sized elephants, if they can lose weight much faster than gain it?  “Bigger is not always better,” the reader is informed, except when it is, or else elephants would not have “appeared” from tiny creatures by evolution.  Alistair Evans almost expected incredulity: “Believe it or not, the ancestors of elephants were once as small as mice,” he said.  The option to disbelieve it is therefore held open.Molluscs: Complex to SimpleA new fossil has been dubbed the ancestor of molluscs.  One problem: it is more complex than its descendants.  The “armoured aplacophoran” name Kulindroplax, described in Nature,1 is touted as the “a kind of missing link with a worm-like body, bearing a series of shells like those of a chiton or coat-of-mail shell” by co-author Derek Briggs of Yale, according to the write-up on Science Daily.   The reader is assured this “discovery reinforces previous findings from molecular sequencing studies and helps clarify the evolutionary relationships of mollusks,” only to be told later that mollusc evolution has been controversial for a long time – particularly the worm-like group called aplacophorans (without armor):The evolutionary relationships of worm-like mollusks, known as Aplacophora, has been a subject of controversy. Previously thought to be a product of the explosion of diversity during the early Cambrian period, they are now shown to have evolved probably 40-50 million years ago by losing shells like those on Kulindroplax.What this means is that the more complex animals came out of the Cambrian explosion, and the simpler ones evolved much more recently.  Kulindoplax is said to be 425 million years old, younger than the Cambrian explosion but much older than “40-50 million years ago”.  That’s why the article’s headline asked, “Which Came First, Shells or No Shells? Ancient Mollusk Tells a Contrary Story” – contrary, that is, to what evolutionists expected.How this fossil helps evolutionary theory is not clear, particularly when “The interrelationships of the Mollusca — one of the most diverse and species-rich animal phyla — have been contentious,” according to the Editor’s summary of the paper in Nature.1 Indeed, the authors concurred that “relationships among major molluscan taxa have long been a subject of controversy.”  Putting the more complex animal at the beginning, and the simpler animal as the more recent one, does not seem a good way to reduce contentiousness.1. Sutton, Briggs et al., “A Silurian armoured aplacophoran and implications for molluscan phylogeny,” Nature 490, 04 October 2012, pp. 94–97, doi:10.1038/nature11328.)The implication for molluscan phylogeny, and all phylogeny, is that Darwinism is tosh (10/25/2011).  Its followers should say Bosh! and quash it.  We keep putting the evidence out there, right out of evolutionists’ own discoveries, hoping it will lead to a new Darwinian revolution from inside out, i.e., a revolt against sloppy speculation in the name of science in support of a predetermined naturalistic worldview. (Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Jevon Rockwell, Nov. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Harvest is done. We finished last Wednesday. Corn was from about 130 to our best was 175 or 180 bushels. It wasn’t as bad as we thought it could be but wasn’t what we were expecting either. We’ve never had corn yield as low as it was across the board this year and that was around a 150-bushel average.The corn would not have handled another month out in the field. Even a couple of weeks would have been too long. It was time to get it out of the field. It did dry down pretty nicely. It started in the 20% to 21% range. When we finished up it was right around 16.5% to 18.5%. It went through the drier pretty quickly.Now we are on to tillage and in a week and a half or so we’ll be finished up. My brother has been chiseling bean ground and said it was pretty decent. We have had a couple of inch rains and we have moisture again.We did have some bird damage but it was definitely not as bad as it has been in the past. The quality of the corn was better than expected. The test weight averaged 55 to 58.5 test-weight.We had our best soybeans ever. Across our acres we had a 68-bushel yield average, which is the best soybean crop we have ever had. It was an average year when you figure it all out. We actually finished later than last year when we finished with harvest and tillage by Halloween.last_img read more

Second Guessing an Insulation Upgrade

first_imgAdding more insulation to the atticIn Lucrisia’s staged approach to an energy retrofit, increasing attic insulation is still on the to-do list. When the time comes, he plans to blow in cellulose over the insulation that’s already there.Dana Dorsett suggests additional air sealing first. “You can leave the existing attic-floor insulation in place,” Dorsett writes, “but air-seal all penetrations before adding more. Wrap R-15 rock wool around any flues or chimneys (tied in place with steel wire, or wire fencing) to keep cellulose from contacting them.” Vented Roof for Cold Climate (Cathedral Ceiling) Podcast:Air Barriers vs. Vapor Barriers The walls are OK, but what about the ceiling?The foil face of the polyiso insulation won’t allow the passage of moisture, but Lucrisia should have no problems as long as the walls can dry to the exterior, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. And that, Lucrisia says, appears to be the case.“I presume things will dry from the exterior,” he writes. “It’s typical sheathing and siding on the exterior. It’s just that my wooded area with the rain and cool air air scares me with some of the stuff I have been reading lately.” RELATED MULTIMEDIA And then there’s the Corvette connectionAs much as Lucrisia has profited from the discussion, he calls for a truce and points to his association with a forum for Corvette aficionados as a model. “We cautiously give advice to ‘younger’ members: the power of a Corvette can kill you as it is,” he says. “But us old timers typically want to provide answers to questions (usually posed by newbies) to help them with their mechanical issues — and typically close with, ‘Be careful.’”And so it is with his post to GBA, only in this case it’s Lucrisia who’s the newbie. “To all of this,” Lucrisia writes, “I saw no mold in my walls before my demo — I did what I did — I have elevated [humidity] levels in my living space and I am trying to rectify this condition through crawl space encapsulation.“To all the other DIYers with thoughts of doing what I did? Well, if you own a Corvette and have issues send me a note. I will do the best to help you and tell ya to be careful.” Is there anything worse than getting midway through a renovation and then suddenly wondering whether you’ve got some important detail all wrong?That seems to be the predicament of William Lucrisia, who’s in the midst of an insulation upgrade at his house north of Seattle.“The house was heated by propane,” he explains in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. It was a cost that was hard to get hold of, especially with some of the design [features] of the house (high ceiling).”So Lucrisia set about making improvements, and his plan involved gutting interior walls and adding mineral wool insulation and then a layer of foil-faced polyisocyanurate insulation before applying new gypsum drywall.“I am a bit ‘OCD’ now that the living room is for the most part done… I wonder if I am trapping moisture inside my walls, having used the foil-faced polyiso just behind the Sheetrock… Was it okay to do what I have done?”That’s the question for this Q&A Spotlight. Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!How to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingGreen Basics: Insulation OverviewGreen Basics: Insulating Roofs, Walls and Floors But a related issue concerns the ceiling. A second photo that Lucrisia posts with his question shows a ceiling finished with slats of wood, and Holladay wants to know whether there’s a good air barrier behind the boards.Lucrisia explains the wood ceiling consist of slats secured to 24-inch o.c. nailers. They are essentially a decorative detail, applied over an existing ceiling. “There is about one inch between the slat assemblies and the Sheetrock on the ceiling,” he says. “I never disturbed the makeup of the ceiling. Drywall-[vapor barrier]-insulation.” Will mold be an issue?Richard Beyer believes Lucrisia will be fine with the polyiso he’s installed, but he raises questions about another potential problem with the assembly.“This installation is fine as long as you tape the seams and maintain the indoor RH (humidity),” Beyer writes. “If not, mold is inevitable in time. I visited two homes where this was the installation system. One with fiberglass and one with open cell foam. Both homes did not have controlled humidity and ventilation systems. Both ended with sickness and asthma-related issues.“Fortunately for both homeowners the problem associated with their health was located inside their walls,” Beyer adds. “Not everyone living with mold is as fortunate.”Writing from upstate New York, AJ Builder finds Beyer’s suggestion of a potential mold hazard amounts to scare-mongering. “Millions of homes have no problems,” AJ Builder says. “But what, no diabetes, no big blood pressure from worrying about the mold? Your posts are out of line with mainstream home ownership. The sky is not falling. Yours is. Most are not. Mine is not.”“I’m sorry you are offended by factual posts,” Beyer replies. “Maybe you can explain why both of these homeowners became so sick? Maybe black mold is good? This is as real as it gets!“It certainly blew my mind when we opened the wall and saw black mold. I’m pretty certain many homes with tight wall assemblies have some form of mold problems when moisture is not controlled. If it was not a problem, explain why there’s so much focus on air exchange and dehumidification today, AJ. Are you one of those guys installing humidifiers on HVAC systems?” RELATED ARTICLES CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Mold threat is overstatedIndoor relative humidity can get so high that mold growth results, Holladay says, but this is relatively rare. Most homeowners run their bathroom exhaust fans enough to prevent mold growth. “There is no reason to believe that an interior layer of polyisocyanurate on exterior walls will cause health problems for homeowners,” Holladay writes.Mold points to elevated moisture levels, he says, so if you see mold, try to determine why it’s there, and then find a way to reduce moisture.Holladay adds a quote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site: “There is always a little mold everywhere — in the air and on many surfaces. There are very few reports that toxigenic molds found inside homes can cause unique or rare health conditions such as pulmonary hemorrhage or memory loss. These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven.”But Beyer is adamant. “I’m just the messenger and reporting what I witnessed,” he says.“Maybe mold is a hoax to rob people of their money?” he continues. “Maybe you have an answer as to why there’s a mold exclusion in all of our insurance policies? I now wonder what all of those mold remediation companies do in their down time since mold is such a rare occurrence in homes?”He also points to a statement from the American Lung Association, which suggests mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in some people. Our expert weighs inGBA technical director Peter Yost added these comments:After a bit of additional information directly from William Lucrisia, here is how I would sum up this discussion:Measuring relative humidity: William has assessed interior moisture using Acurite humidistats (such as the ones you can get from The Home Depot). I can’t find any specs on the accuracy of these humidistats, or compliance to any standard of +/- accuracy, but I have found inexpensive hygrometers of this sort to be of very questionable accuracy, and not in any linear way (that is, that they don’t tend to always read high, or low, or that they are off by the same amount over their measurement range. They tend to get the air temperature pretty well, but not the relative humidity.Even “good” hygrometers, such as those in Onset HOBOs or in a tool like the Omega 4-in-1 meter, the stated accuracy is around +/- 3% on RH, and $10 or so hygrometers like the Acurite are far less accurate. So, even though I am unaware of any ASTM standard for assessing/reporting hygrometer accuracy, look for ones that at least publish their error bands (but click here for an interesting assessment of electronic hygrometer accuracy).Interior RH of 68-70%. Having said the above, William is reporting mighty high interior wintertime RH, even for his climate. If you manage energy better, you have to manage moisture better. Part of managing moisture better is to identify interior sources (like the damp clay soil in William’s crawl space). It’s pretty clear the exposed soil in the crawl space section of his home is one, or even the, likely problem, and William is right on that.Assessing airtightness. On any energy retrofit, and particularly one like William’s that is fairly intensive and extensive, identifying and managing air leakage is critical. I strongly recommend that William’s work and other projects like it be guided by a complete building performance audit. To manage energy and moisture with equal intensity means going after air leakage first (because air leakage carries so much wetting potential with it). And if you can’t or won’t spring for a whole house performance audit to identify your specific air leakage, at least use the EPA Energy Star Thermal Bypass checklist as your guide.last_img read more

Labour Day Concert on the Waterfront

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture will be partnering with the Jamaica Biscuit Company to host its annual Labour Day concert on Thursday, May 23, at the Waterfront, in downtown Kingston.Dubbed ‘Excelsior Water Crackers Marching Band Festival and Labour Day Concert’, the event will feature performances from different genres of music, including gospel, vintage, popular, traditional folk form and contemporary.Speaking with JIS News, Event and Production Co-ordinator of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Hopeton Murray, said the event features an impressive line-up of local artistes and entertainers, such as gospel sensations, Omari and Sister Pat; the Fab Five Band and the Islington Dinki Mini Dance Troupe.Another exciting element of the show will be the parade of marching bands, representing various community groups within downtown Kingston and its vicinity.“We are expecting persons to be there early, as we have the marching bands on show and other activities throughout the day, then the concert at 8:00 p.m.,” the JCDC Co-ordinator pointed out.The concert is organised annually by the JCDC, in collaboration with the ministries of Youth and Culture, Local Government and Community Development and Labour and Social Security.Contact: Sanasha Pearsonlast_img read more