Bumper day of action at Wimbledon

first_imgAll last-16 matches across the men’s and ladies’ singles need to be completed on the so-called “Manic Monday”.Later, Andy Murray takes on Australian Nick Kyrgios on Centre.Before that, Serena Williams faces Svetlana Kuznetsova – and Roger Federer plays Steve Johnson.last_img

Commission Will Hear Overview of Marine Fueling Facility Program

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA, WA – The Port of Olympia Commission will hear the first overview of marine fueling facilities at their regular meeting on Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Board Room, 500 Adams Street NE in downtown Olympia.“We received a petition of more than 800 signatures requesting the Port to open a marine fueling station in Budd Inlet,” said Jeff Davis, Commission President. “So we asked staff to take a hard look at what would be required to make such a project successful for residential and visiting boaters, the downtown community and Thurston County citizens. We also asked the Port’s Citizen Advisory Committee to develop a public participation plan to ensure that we have community involvement.“We invite everyone who is interested to come to the meeting on Monday the 13th, listen to the alternatives, and give us your feedback. We want to hear from you,” Davis said.The presentation is expected to include a summary of work to date on the Port’s Marine Fueling Facility Program, including a history of marine fueling facilities in the Budd Inlet area, various fuel dock alternatives and evaluations, and general program financing issues.last_img read more

The Ediacaran Era May Be a Flawed Concept

first_imgBefore humans arrived, no strata came with “Ediacaran” stamped on them.  Does this human-invented name have any real meaning?  Does it tell time?The so-called Ediacaran era came just before the Cambrian, when all the animal phyla exploded onto the scene.  Actually, that sentence requires believing they were in a time sequence.  To the observer’s eye, Cambrian strata have certain kinds of fossils in them interpreted to represent an era when the first complex animal body plans emerged.  In certain places on earth below strata designated Cambrian, there are odd frond-like organisms that have been named the Ediacaran fauna, so named after a location in Australia where they were first identified.  Below Cambrian implies before Cambrian, simply enough.  But two papers in Geology raised new questions about these beliefs.Buatois and a team harking from Canada and South Africa, writing in Geology, consider the Ediacaran-Cambrian interface “arguably the most important in the stratigraphic column,” noted that the ichnofossil Treptichnus pedum is commonly used to indicate the interface.   They went hunting for this fossil in South Africa and found it in a wide variety of environments:Our study in Fortunian units in the Vanrhynsdorp Group of South Africa shows a broad environmental tolerance for the T. pedum producer in shallow-marine clastic settings. This ichnotaxon is not only present in low-energy offshore wave-dominated marine settings, but it also occurs at considerably shallower water in intertidal and shallow-subtidal zones of tide-dominated systems. T. pedum seems to have high values of peak abundance in the upper offshore and lower intertidal sand flats. In many sections, the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition occurs in successions containing a sequence boundary due to incision of valleys that were filled with coarse-grained deposits of fluvial or estuarine origin, both representing facies that are unsuitable for T. pedum. The range offset of this ichnotaxon is typically greater above sequence boundaries and within transgressive systems tracts, providing some constrains [sic] on its use.Despite these concerns, they believe that “the broad environmental tolerance of T. pedum in shallow-marine clastic settings supports evolutionary innovations rather than facies controls as the main mechanism underlying the observed vertical pattern of distribution of this ichnospecies” in the study area.  In their mind, it “supports” one interpretation over another, despite the constraints.A second paper in Geology asks a more fundamental question: “How well do fossil assemblages of the Ediacara Biota tell time?”  Notice the frequent use of the word interpret in their opening sentences:Patterns of origination, evolution, and extinction of early animal life on this planet are largely interpreted from the fossils of the Precambrian soft-bodied Ediacara Biota, spanning nearly 40 m.y. of the terminal Ediacaran period. Localities containing these fossils are loosely considered as part of either the Avalon, White Sea, or Nama Associations. These associations have been interpreted to have temporal, paleobiogeographic, preservational, and/or paleoenvironmental significance. Surprisingly, elements of all three associations occur within the Ediacara Member of the Rawnsley Quartzite of South Australia.What does it mean to have three associations in one location?  It means serious questions are in order about the interpretation of observed strata as markers of time and evolution:An analysis of over 5000 specimens demonstrates that fossil distribution is strongly controlled by facies and taphonomy rather than time or biogeography and that individual taxa vary considerably in their environmental tolerance and taphonomic integrity. The recognition that these taxa represent organisms living in various distinct environments, both juxtaposed and shared, holds strong implications for our interpretation of the record of early animal life on this planet and questions the biostratigraphic utility of the three associations. Furthermore, although in situ soft-bodied preservation provides a unique perspective on composition of benthic fossil assemblages, the record should not be interpreted as a simple “snapshot”. Fossil beds represent a range of preservational modifications varying from current winnowed census samples of benthic communities at different depths and ecological maturity, to entirely transported assemblages. Unless the appropriate environments and taphonomic conditions are present for certain taxa, the absence of a particular taxon may or may not indicate its extinction in space or time.There’s a lot in that paragraph for doubt.  Geologists cannot simply count fossils.  Unseen geological processes can scramble the mix, winnowing the census, transporting whole assemblages elsewhere.  They ask their fellow geologists to identify “appropriate” environments and taphonomic (fossil-creating) conditions, but they don’t identify who decides what is appropriate.  Eyebrows should rise at their statement that the considerable variation in the environment and “taphonomic integrity” at Ediacaran sites has not just implications, but “strong implications for interpretation of the record of early animal life on this planet”.  That warning could just as well be sounded for the remainder of the fossil record.Notice how they ended by saying that “the absence of a particular taxon may or may not indicate its extinction in space or time.”  The absence of evidence for the notorious Precambrian Rabbit is not evidence of absence.  Who knows without an eyewitness?  Precambrian rabbits may have been hopping in another country at the same time Ediacarans were fossilizing under the sea.  Remember?  You need appropriate taphonomic conditions.  You can’t look at a stratum, they said, as a simple “snapshot” and decide there were no rabbits in this era.  Unseen processes may have been at work winnowing the census or transporting entire assemblages.The key point is that strata designations and their interpretations are highly theory-laden.  It doesn’t matter that most geologists accept the current theory.  The consensus has been wrong many times before.  When you look at evidence, learn to scrape off the labels humans attach to them, and especially the canned interpretations.  Science progresses by perceptive observers who see the anomalies those within the paradigm have been trained to ignore. 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South Australian 15’s Girls Feature On ‘Totally Wild’

first_imgThe episode, which was filmed at City Touch late last year, was shown on Channel 10 on Friday, 1 April. The Heat side finished in third place at the 2010 School Sport Australia Touch Tournament. Touch Football South Australia would like to acknowledge 15’s Girls coach Matthew Schinckel for his efforts in securing this feature.To view the story, please click on the following link:http://ten.com.au/video-player.htm?movideo_p=41457&movideo_m=97041last_img

9 days agoSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve had

first_imgSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve hadby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Dean Henderson says Sheffield United goalkeeper coach Darren Ward can make him the best shot-stopper in the world.Henderson is in the midst of his second loan spell with the Blades, with a recent call-up to the England squad as an indication of his personal development.And the 21-year-old says Ward is the “best goalkeeping coach” he has had.”Wardy has been outstanding,” Henderson said.”The best goalkeeping coach I’ve ever worked with. He’s brought me on leaps and bounds in every aspect of the game – mentally, physically, tactically – and the sessions are brilliant.”I look forward to coming into work every day, and long may that continue. If I could work with Wardy for the next couple of years, I really think I can elevate to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”In a weird way, I feel Wardy is more in charge of me at United and the gaffer is outstanding with that. He said to me at the start, ‘Listen Deano; I won’t be chewing your ear off every day. Darren’s your coach, he knows what he’s talking about and I don’t have a clue about goalkeeping. I’ll speak to you before games or whatever, but he’ll look after you because he’s the specialist’.”The gaffer has real good trust for his coaches. So the ‘keepers go off and do our little thing in the corner. He’s always keeping a watchful eye over us and making sure we’re doing well though, not letting our standards slip. His standards are so, so high.”But it’s been a pleasure working with him. Sometimes I feel like I can get away with murder, but he doesn’t let me. He’s the only guy, apart from my dad, who gets on at me and doesn’t let me get away with anything, but does it at the right times. He also wants to have a laugh and I’ve got massive respect for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ottawa funds health changes aimed at giving First Nations more control

first_imgWINNIPEG – The federal government has taken another step in transferring control over Indigenous health programs to First Nations.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott announced $68 million over three years for Indigenous communities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.The money follows up on plans first announced in the 2017 budget to boost First Nations-led health services in sometimes remote communities.Philpott says the money will help boost First Nations health services closer to home.She says this should help reduce the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in areas such as diabetes and infectious disease.Final funding amounts to each First Nations organization are still being worked out.“The idea is to increase the control and the design of health systems in the hands of First Nations governments,” Philpott said Thursday.“The health outcomes for First Nations are vastly different, in many cases, from non-Indigenous Canadians. If you look at the rates of diabetes, if you look at rates of infectious diseases …. the disparities are absolutely there.”Grand Chief Garrison Settee, who represents dozens of northern Manitoba Indigenous communities, said the funding will help set up more services in communities, which will mean less travel for patients.“We can bring these services to the north that are so, so needed,” he said.The initiative is somewhat similar to the move in 2013 to transfer Indigenous health programs in British Columbia to a First Nations health authority, Philpott said.“The evidence is there that the health outcomes have improved considerably,” Philpott said.The funding announced Thursday will be split between the provinces, with Manitoba getting $42 million, Saskatchewan $13.6 million and Ontario $11.9 million.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions referred to Jane Philpott as health minister.last_img read more

Tangerine works the night shift

first_imgThe spot will run on TV, in cinema and online through social channels as well as pre-roll.It was created by John St., which also did the “Hard Work” spot that positioned Tangerine as a bank that understands how hard people work for their money by showing them in all kinds of different high-stress job situations, promising that it would work just as hard for them. Advertisement Login/Register With: Tangerine is continuing its positioning as a hard-working bank that helps Canadians get the most out of their hard-earned dollars in a new campaign for its money back credit card.In the new spot, we see a cab driver during a typical night shift and the passengers that regularly test his patience, from yelling businessmen to soaking wet dogs to rowdy groups headed for a night on the town. Along the way, he uses his Tangerine credit card to purchase the things he needs to get through the night, from gas to ibuprofen to a warm cup of coffee. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State baseball carries nohitter into extras but swept by Maryland in

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterOhio State senior pitcher John Havird couldn’t have pitched much better than he did Friday in the second game of the day against Maryland, but a costly late error tied the game, and the Buckeyes would eventually fall 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Havird threw a career-high eight innings, allowing no hits and striking out seven, but after hitting his second batter during the first at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, the senior was pulled. Senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei retired his only batter on a pop fly, but the struggles immediately began after redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos took to the mound.After a groundout to short, Pavlopoulos struck out Maryland junior designated hitter Nick Cieri, but Cieri reached first on the wild pitch. Sophomore first baseman Kevin Biondic then hit a hard groundball to third baseman Nick Sergakis. The senior could not come up with the ball cleanly and airmailed the throw to first into the stands, scoring the runner from third.With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, sophomore center fielder Zach Jancarski singled up the middle for the first Maryland hit of the game. He would later steal second base and score off another single up the middle by junior right fielder Madison Nickens to give the Terrapins the 2-1 win.The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning when OSU freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sergakis. With the way Havird was pitching, the 1-0 lead seemed like it might have been enough to come out victorious, but the rally erased the lefty’s third win of the year. Game 1The first game of the doubleheader on Friday saw Maryland take an early two-run lead and keep OSU off the board to win by a final score of 3-0.After the Buckeyes went down in order to lead off the first inning, Nickens led off the bottom of the first with a walk. Freshman second baseman Nick Dunn singled to follow the free pass, and both runners would advance a base after an error by OSU senior shortstop Craig Nennig. After a strikeout, Cieri singled to left, scoring Nickens. A passed ball by OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington would score the Terrapins’ second run of the inning.The following four innings saw the score remain at 2-0 until Maryland freshman left fielder Marty Costes hit a solo home run to center field. Both starters pitched complete games in the matinee. OSU junior starting pitcher Tanner Tully went eight innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. His counterpart, Maryland sophomore Taylor Bloom, tossed nine innings of shutout baseball, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out five. With rain and snow looming, the Buckeyes and Terrapins will take a day off Saturday, with plans to finish out the series Sunday. The finale is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. with junior right-hander Mike Shawaryn set to take the bump for Maryland and redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer starting for OSU. read more

No return for Turner Buckeye guard to skip senior season for NBA

Ohio State guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.“I was blessed with this decision,” Turner said, his voice quivering. “I have a great opportunity and I’m going to turn a leaf over and go on to the next stage of my life.”Turner’s choice stemmed from the realization of his dream to play professionally, he said.“Ever since I was a little kid, I had a dream to play basketball and play in the NBA,” Turner said in the auxiliary gym at the Schottenstein Center. “Right now, I have the opportunity where my dream is realized. … I’m going to forgo my senior season and go to the NBA. It’s a dream come true and I definitely want to thank Coach [Thad] Matta.”Turner’s departure didn’t exactly come out of left field, but the soft-spoken point guard said the decision has tortured him since OSU’s season came to an end.“The past few weeks have been really hard for me,” he said. “I’ve been agonizing over my decision due to the simple fact of how much I love The Ohio State University. I love being a Buckeye. I love my coaching staff and being a kid and the opportunity to just do everything I always dreamed of.”Turner said he made the decision late Tuesday night and told some of his teammates just before he announced his decision to the media Wednesday.“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Turner said. “If I could, I’d really just disappear.”Throughout the season, Turner maintained his intention to remain in school until he felt comfortable with the legacy he was leaving behind. He led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 and earned Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors.The Chicago native has been widely projected as a top-three pick in June’s NBA Draft. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his third season with the Buckeyes.Turner’s season didn’t go unblemished, however. He fractured a pair of vertebrae in his back after a nasty fall on a breakaway dunk in a Dec. 5 win over Eastern Michigan. After doctors initially diagnosed an eight-week timetable for his return, Turner made his way back onto the court just five weeks later. He said the risk of another serious injury played a small part in his choice to jump to the next level.His departure leaves the Buckeyes without their leader for next season, when OSU adds one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Although Turner stressed how he has “two feet in” his decision to enter the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-7 guard said he was satisfied with the state of the OSU program, even without him.“I was in a win-win situation regardless. … If I one day woke up and didn’t have the opportunity to play in the NBA, then my dream and taking care of my family and stuff like that, and I was heartbroken, then that pretty much says you need to go. It’s definitely a great step, and I had great times here, but I’m leaving the program in great hands.”Still, Turner will be leaving behind a close-knit unit that spent plenty of time together on and off the court.“[There have been] a lot of great times, and I’m just thankful I was fortunate enough to be a part of something like this,” Turner said. “My teammates were always great. They helped mold me into who I am. My coaches helped mold me. I’m just lucky to be in the position I’m in and to have the past experiences I’ve had.”As for the legacy that the Naismith winner will leave behind in Columbus, Turner left it to everyone else to decide.“I can’t really say. That’s what the writers are for,” Turner said. “People that watched me play, people I had encounters with, they pretty much build your legacy. You don’t build your own legacy, so we’ll see in 10 to 15 years.” read more