4 Jun

€1.5million research project at UL

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEducationHealth€1.5million research project at ULBy Guest Writer – November 7, 2013 947 University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success TAGSHealth Economics ProfessorJohn ForbesMusic LimerickUniversity of Limerick Facebook Advertisement University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Previous articleShane figures to be removedNext articleFrom Brazil to Limerick Institute of Technology Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie LEADING health economist, John Forbes has been appointed h as professor of health economics at the University of Limerick and will lead a €1.5 million programme of research into the economics of personalised health.A member of the American Economic Association and the Royal Economic Society, Prof Forbes’ appointment has been supported by the Health Research Board (HRB). According to Prof Forbes this research programme will develop and apply better ways of assessing the health and economic consequences of new and existing health technologies where personalised care is feasible and desirable.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Explaining the significance of an economic perspective on personalised health, Prof Forbes commented: “Advances in science have increased the prospect of diagnosing, treating and preventing illness in a more personal way. Improved understanding of how individuals may benefit from tailored therapies will permit a better match and more informed choice by users and health care professionals. Opportunities to design and deliver better services that are sensitive to the needs of particular groups are widespread.”“The economic and health issues are genuine and deserve the application of modern methods used by economists to determine ways of improving health and welfare in Ireland. This research will aim to strengthen public interest in personalised health so that the positive effects of investing in these innovative approaches will be shared more wisely and fairly for everyone,” he said.Vice President of Research at UL, Dr Mary Shire welcomed the announcement of Prof Forbes’ appointment. “Now more than ever as a society we appreciate the need for, but also the costs of, the provision of innovative health technologies. Prof Forbes brings a very relevant skill set that will enhance our understanding of the economics of making these innovate and potentially lifesaving technologies available to patients. His appointment will support the university’s commitment to enhancing the health service provision in Ireland.”Prof Michael Larvin, Head of the Graduate Entry Medical School at UL also welcomed Prof Forbes’ appointment; “Health Economics has recently taken on greater importance, given the rising trend towards more effective personalised healthcare as well as the planned reorganisation of Irish health services. I am certain that Professor Forbes will make a tremendous contribution to health service research across UL and our HSE partners, as well as more widely. We are extremely fortunate to have attracted a researcher of such calibre and experience to the University.” Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties center_img Twitter Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Print Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering Linkedin Email Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick WhatsApplast_img read more

1 Jan

Dubie promotes Vermont-made wind turbines on Alaska energy tour

first_imgVermont Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie was in Alaska this week to visit remote Alaskan villages where Vermont-made Northwind 100 wind turbines have begun to replace diesel-powered electric generators with clean, renewable and more affordable wind energy. Dubie toured the sites with Alaska Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, and executives from Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont, where the Northwind 100 machines are engineered and built.Dubie said, I m here to draw attention to a superior machine. The Northwind 100 is community-size and low maintenance which is a serious consideration when it s 40-below outside and you re hundreds of miles from the nearest city. The direct-drive, gearless design produces more power at lower wind velocities. Because it has fewer parts than conventional turbines, it breaks down less often.Alaska s remote population centers are largely powered by diesel generators. If the diesel is transported by air into a village, electricity retails for up to $1.00 per kWh. Shipping by barge reduces that cost by half. By comparison, Vermont s July 2009 electric rates average between 9 and 15 cents per kWh, depending on sector.Wednesday Dubie, Campbell and Northern Power representatives met with local leaders and toured turbine sites and power plants in the remote west coast village of Ulalakleet, 395 miles northwest of Anchorage, with a 2008 population 723, and in Savoonga, a village located on the northern coast of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, 164 miles west of Nome, with a population of 642.Today, Lt. Governor Dubie and Lt Governor Campbell are scheduled to conduct a town hall meeting on alternative energy at the University of Fairbanks.Lt Gov Dubie said, My involvement with Northern Power began in the summer of 2006, when we started to talk about ways for the company to grow its Barre operation. They asked me if I knew anyone in Alaska, where they knew that the Northwind 100 would be an ideal energy source in cold and remote regions. I had a good relationship with then- Lt Governor Loren Leman, so we set up a couple of conference calls and planted the seed.Dubie continued, As of today, Northern Power has sold 40 units into the important Alaska market, at roughly a half a million dollars each.  The number of installations should reach 31 by the end of this year’s construction season.Northern Power had 75 employees a year ago.  The company has added 55 more to date, and expects to double its staff by the end of this year, with an expected total of 150 employees.Dubie noted that a week ago, he was at Bolton Valley Ski Resort to break ground for the first Northwind 100 turbine installation planned for Vermont. The resort expects it to be operational in late autumn.Source: Dubie’s office. 9.18.2009.last_img read more

5 Aug

Voters Encouraged to Consider Running for Local Public Office

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County ElectionsVoters interested in running for elected office must file during “Candidate Filing Week,” Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19. There are nearly 80 offices in Thurston County up for election this year, including:• County Treasurer• Port Commissioners• City and Town Mayors & Council Members• City Municipal Court Judge • School Board Directors• Fire Commissioners• Cemetery District Commissioners• Parks & Recreation CommissionersVoters may file:• By mail – Now, but must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. May 19.• Online – 24/7 beginning May 15 at 9:00 a.m. until May 19 at 4:00 p.m. File on line at the Thurston County Elections’ website.• In person – Thurston County Auditor’s Office from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. between May 15 – 19.Filing fees (if any) vary by each position. These fees are nonrefundable and must be received in the Thurston County Auditor’s Office by 4:30 p.m. May 19.“There’s a great political awareness in our country right now, and serving in local elected office is a great opportunity for someone to make a difference,” said Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall. “These local elected officials make decisions that impact all of us on a daily basis. Why not you?”For additional information, contact the Auditor’s Elections Division at 360-786-5408, [email protected], or visit the Thurston County Elections’ website.last_img read more

2 Aug

CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY TO FEATURE FIVE CAL-BRED OR SIRED STAKES ON SATURDAY, $200,000 SNOW CHIEF & $200,000 MELAIR SHARE TOP BILLING

first_imgMOTOWN MEN & SHIP IN JOY BOY HEAD FIELD OF 10 IN $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES La Fiera, a winner of the one mile turf Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields April 26, and Sheer Pleasure, a rousing off the pace winner of Santa Anita’s Evening Jewel Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, head a competitive field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes, to be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.Owned and bred by Dr. and Mrs. William T. Gray and trained by Greg James, La Fiera broke her maiden for a $32,000 claiming tag going one mile on synthetic Tapeta four starts back at Golden Gate and has three wins from five starts. A dark bay or brown filly by Comic Strip out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty, La Fiera, who gets the services of Rafael Bejarano, will try natural dirt for the first time in the Melair. With earnings of $82,607, she’s proven a tractable sort and will likely stalk the early pace on Saturday.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure rallied from far off the pace to take the state-bred Evening Jewel by three quarters of a length. A 6 ½ length first-out Cal-bred maiden special weight winner going six furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 19, Sheer Pleasure has two wins from four starts. A dark bay or brown filly by Birdonthewire, she is out of the Blare of Trumpets mare Kathryns Birthday and has earnings of $147,450.Second, beaten two lengths by La Fiera in the Campanile at Golden Gate April 16, trainer Peter Eurton’s Ashley’s Sassy was third, beaten five lengths by Sheer Pleasure two starts back in the Evening Jewel at Santa Anita. Owned by her breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashley’s Sassy is 6-2-1-2 with earnings of $135,800. A two time sprint winner, she is by Decarchy and is out of the Urgent Request mare Ashely’s Folly.Third, beaten two lengths by La Fiera in the Campanile Stakes, Jack and Barbara Owens’ homebred Niassa was a close third five starts back in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes versus state-breds at Los Alamitos Dec. 7 and rates serious consideration with Flavien Prat set to ride for the first time. A dark bay or brown filly by Papa Clem, she is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Glamour Cat and is 8-3-0-3 with earnings of $126,930.The complete field for the Melair Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira, 118; Thermodynamics, Gary Stevens, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 123; Niassa, Flavien Prat, 120; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 120; La Fiera, Rafael Bejarano, 123, and Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 118. GOLDEN GATE INVADER LA FIERA & LOCALLY BASED SHEER PLEASURE HEAD $200,000 MELAIR STAKES STAKES WINNER GO WEST MARIE HEADS FIELD IN FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES RECENT STAKES WINNERS GRAZEN SKY & RICHARD’S BOY HEAD $200,000 SNOW CHIEF; FIELD OF 11 SOPHOMORES SET TO CONTEST 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF Motown Men heads a field of 10 California-bred or sired older horses in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at a mile on the main track.Motown Men, who is trained by Ted West, was claimed out of a $40,000 optional claiming race March 8, won at a mile in an allowance race April 10 then went on to run a close third in the Grade III Precisionist going a 1 1/16 miles on the main track May 2.The 6-year-old gelding by Decarchy has one win and a second at the Tiznow distance and will again be ridden by Tyler Baze. He is owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC and is 28-5-6-5 overall with earnings of $294,459.Joy Boy ships in from Midwest for trainer Kellyn Gorder and returns once again to Santa Anita following his Gus Fonner Stakes win in Nebraska on April 25. The 7-year-old gelding by Tribal Rule has two wins, two seconds and third at the mile distance and will gain Joe Talamo as he breaks from the far outside in Saturday’s Tiznow.Joy Boy is owned by Kevin and Tammie Hulse of TK Stables, LLC and is 36-11-5-3- overall with earnings of $455,377.The complete field for the Tiznow Stakes, to be run as the ninth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 121; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 119; Toldeo Eddie, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 119; Short Heat Wave, David Flores, 121; Soi Phet, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Poshsky, Elvis Trujillo, 121; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 121; Joy Boy, Joe Talamo, 124. GRADED STAKES WINNER HARLINGTON’S ROSE HEADS FIELD IN SPRING FEVER STAKES Stakes winner Go West Marie heads field of eight in Saturday’s Fran’s Valentine Stakes for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going one mile on turf.Trained by Eddie Truman, Go West Marie will attempt to improve her perfect record at the Fran’s Valentine distance Saturday. Ridden by Gary Stevens in her last four starts, in which she has not finished worse than second, Go West Marie will retain the services of the Hall of Fame rider.A close second in the Grade III Las Cienegas turf sprint on April 11 and a winner of both the Irish O’Brien Stakes and the Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Stakes earlier this year, Go West Marie will attempt a mile on the grass for just the second time.Owned by Peter Redekop, B.C Ltd, the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame is 19-6-2-5 overall with earnings of $482,520.Mike Puype’s Chati’s On Top is coming off two back-to-back wins in allowance company and will look to make the jump in class Saturday. A close second in the Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate on June 8 going a mile on the turf, she has one win, two seconds and a third overall at the Fran’s Valentine distance.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify she is 13-3-5-2 overall with earnings of $184,228.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out stakes winner Heat Du Jour. A winner of the Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar on August 17 at a mile on turf, Heat Du Jour ran fifth in her next two stakes attempts; the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap on Sept. 1 and the Oct. 4 Swingtime Stakes.Owned in part by Hollendorfer as well as Mark Schlaich and George Todaro, she is 26-5-2-4 overall with earnings of $263,910.The complete field for the Fran’s Valentine Stakes to be run as the sixth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 121; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 121; Heat Du Jour, Corey Nakatani, 124; Chati’s On Top, Santiago Gonzalez, 121; Qiaona, Mike Smith, 119; Mangita, Aaron Gryder, 119; Chilada, Elvis Trujillo, 119. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2015)–A pair of $200,000 stakes, the Snow Chief, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf and the Melair Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, headline a total of five stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California on Saturday, California Gold Rush Day, at Santa Anita.The Snow Chief, which attracted a field of 11, is headed by Grazen Sky and Richard’s Boy, both recent stakes winners, along with impressive allowance winners Rocko’s Wheel and Zinvor.Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Steve Miyadi, Grazen Sky, a grey or roan colt by Grazen out of the Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, tried turf for the first time and pressed the pace en route to a 1 ¼ length win in the one mile Silky Sullivan Stakes on April 26 at Golden Gate Fields. The 6-5 favorite in a field of six state-breds, Grazen Sky followed up on a good second to highly regarded Gimme Da Lute in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita on April 4.With three wins and three seconds from six starts, Grazen Sky has earnings of $186,800. Like the rest of the field, he’ll try the deep waters of a mile and one eighth for the first time in the Snow Chief.Owned by Rockingham Ranch and conditioned by Peter Miller, Richard’s Boy comes off a neck win as the 9-5 favorite in the Desert Code Stakes, which was run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course May 2. A grey or roan gelding by Idiot Proof, Richard’s Boy finished third, a half length behind Grazen Sky two starts back in the Echo Eddie. With four wins from five starts, Richard’s Boy, who will try two turns for the first time, has earnings of $187,840.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and co-breeder Jimmy Ukegawa, Rocko’s Wheel rallied from off the pace to take a 1 1/16 miles state-bred allowance by 1 ¾ lengths on April 26 and thus looms a serious contender given his proven ability to act around two turns. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel earned a Snow Chief best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 89 and will try to transfer his recent sharp form onto turf, which he’ll try for the first time.A dark bay or brown colt by Grazen, Rocko’s Wheel is out of the Double Honor mare Honored Gold and was bred in-part by D’Amato’s mentor, the late Mike Mitchell. Rocko’s Wheel has two wins from four starts and earnings of $81,900.Trained by John Sadler and owned by Triple B Farms, Zinvor was a handy 2 ¼ length state-bred allowance winner going a mile on turf April 4, and with two wins from three tries on grass, he rates a huge chance in the Snow Chief. A dark bay or brown gelding by Tribal Rule out of the Woodman mare Shady Lady Dancer, Zinvor is 8-2-2-1 overall with earnings of $109,068.The complete field for the Snow Chief Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Cardiac, Santiago Gonzalez, 118; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 123; Book Thirty Four, Felipe Valdez, 118; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 120; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Chief of Staff, Tyler Baze, 118; Temple Keys, Drayeden Van Dyke, 118; Neveradoubt, Flavien Prat, 118; Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 120; Pulmarack, Corey Nakatani, 118, and Over Par, Mario Gutierrez, 118. Graded Stakes winner Harlington’s Rose heads the field in Saturday’s Spring Fever Stakes for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares going six furlongs.Winner of the Grade III Las Flores on March 8 at the Spring Fever distance, Harlington’s Rose has finished in the money in each of her last four starts, including a third place finish in the Grade II Santa Monica on Jan. 19 after a slow start.The Steve Knapp trainee will again be ridden by Joe Talamo who has been aboard for her last four starts. Harlington’s Rose is owned by Thomas Halasz, Ryan Johnson, Paul Newhart and partners and is 21-4-5-2 overall with earnings of $371,040.Philip D’Amato’s Sunday Rules will be looking for her fifth win in a row Saturday. The lightly raced 4-year-old filly by Tribal Rule broke her maiden at first asking in August 2013, went on to win the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar the same year then after a 10 month layoff returned to the races winning by 8 ¾ lengths in her 2014 debut at Santa Anita. After another approximate 10 month layoff, she won again on April 30 going 6 ½ furlongs in an optional allowance race and looks ready to go once again.Sunday Rules is owned by her breeder Nick Alexander and has $224,880 in earnings.The complete field for the Spring Fever Stakes to be run as the third race on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Shakeitupbetty, Elvis Trujillo, 119; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo, 123; Sidepocket Run, Tiago Pereira, 119; Meinertzhageni, Fernando Perez, 121; Sunday Rules, Tyler Baze, 121; Tribal Gal, Rafael Bejarano, 119. First post time on California Gold Rush Day is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

19 Dec

Sponge Bobs Upward in Respect

first_imgThe simplest group of multicellular animals, the sponges, is not so simple.  “Researchers have long regarded sponges as the most primitive form of animal life,” wrote Helen Pilcher in Nature;1 “At first glance, sponges seem simple.  They have no gut, no brain, no obvious front or back, left or right.  Adults pump water through a system of canals and cavities to extract food.”  That apparent simplicity belies some pretty advanced technologies possessed by these creatures.  Pilcher mentions several (emphasis added in all quotes):They contain a diversity of cell types; one species contains “at least 11 specialized cell types arranged in a particular pattern.”They contain collar cells with whip-like tails that create currents in the body to ingest food and excrete waste.They produce sperm and egg cells.They have an epithelial layer that provides protection.They make use of a cellular adhesive, integrin, that works with collagen to provide a tether.They communicate with signals that tell developing embryonic cells where to go.  “Like more complex animals,” Pilcher writes, “sponges solve this problem by using specific molecules to guide differentiation and migration as the cells develop in their embryos.”These and other characteristics of sponges suggest to evolutionary biologists that the genetic toolkit for these functions was already present in a putative unicellular ancestor before the first metazoan emerged.  It seems that the unknown ancestor must have already been “a sophisticated creature.”    Later, in Science,2 more marvels about the sponge called Venus Flower Basket were revealed (see 03/01/2004 entry).  Not only does it know how to create high-performance, flexible fiber optic cable at low temperatures; now, says MSNBC News, it is able to “build glass cages that have biologists and materials scientists oohing, ahhing and taking notes for future bio-inspired engineering projects and materials.”  Reporter Daniel B. Kane continues, “These glass cages have at least seven levels of structural organization, many of which follow basic principles of mechanical engineering,” referring to the paper by Aizenberg et al.  who wrote in the abstract, “The ensuing design overcomes the brittleness of its constituent material, glass, and shows outstanding mechanical rigidity and stability.  The mechanical benefits of each of seven identified hierarchical levels and their comparison with common mechanical engineering strategies are discussed.”  Their opening paragraph puts this discovery in context:Nature fascinates scientists and engineers with numerous examples of exceptionally strong building materials.  These materials often show complex hierarchical organization from the nanometer to the macroscopic scale.  Every structural level contributes to the mechanical stability and toughness of the resulting design.  For instance, the subtle interplay between the lattice structure, fibril structure, and cellulose is responsible for the remarkable properties of wood.  In particular, it consists of parallel hollow tubes, the wood cells, which are reinforced by nanometer-thick cellulose fibrils wound helically around the cell to adjust the material as needed.  Deformation occurs by shearing of a matrix rich in hemicelluloses and lignin, “gluing” neighboring fibrils, and allowing a stick-slip movement of the fibrils.  Wood is an example that shows the wide range of mechanical performance achievable by constructing with fibers.  Bone is another example of a hierarchically assembled fibrous material.  Its strength critically depends on the interplay between different structural levels—from the molecular/nanoscale interaction between crystallites of calcium phosphate and an organic framework, through the micrometer-scale assembly of collagen fibrils, to the millimeter-level organization of lamellar bone.  Whereas wood is fully organic material, bone is a composite, with about half organic and half mineral components tightly interconnected at the nanoscale.  However, nature has also evolved almost pure mineral structures, which—despite the inherent brittleness of most minerals—are tough enough to serve as protection for the organism.  In mollusk nacre, for example, the toughening effect is due to well-defined nanolayers of organics at the interfaces between microtablets of calcium carbonate.  In such structures, the stiff components (usually mineral) absorb the bulk of the externally applied loads.  The organic layers, in turn, provide toughness, prevent the spread of the cracks into the interior of the structure, and even confer a remarkable capacity for recovery after deformation.From here, they discuss how the Venus Flower Basket builds its glass house from the bottom up with each level of organization contributing to the high performance of the end product.  Their concluding paragraph seems to contain mixed metaphors: design and evolution—The structural complexity of the glass skeleton in the sponge Euplectella sp. is an example of nature’s ability to improve inherently poor building materials [e.g., glass].  The exceptional mechanical stability of the skeleton arises from the successive hierarchical assembly of the constituent glass from the nanometer to the macroscopic scale.  The resultant structure might be regarded as a textbook example in mechanical engineering, because the seven hierarchical levels in the sponge skeleton represent major fundamental construction strategies such as laminated structures, fiber-reinforced composites, bundled beams, and diagonally reinforced square-grid cells, to name a few.  We conclude that the Euplectella sp. skeletal system is designed to provide structural stability at minimum cost, a common theme in biological systems where critical resources are often limited.  We believe that the study of the structural complexity of unique biological materials and the underlying mechanisms of their synthesis will help us understand how organisms evolved their sophisticated structures for survival and adaptation and ultimately will offer new materials concepts and design solutions.In the same issue of Science,3 John Currey provided details on six of the levels of organization investigated by Aizenberg et al.:Euplectella is a deepwater sponge whose glassy skeleton is a hollow cylinder.  On the first level of structural hierarchy, nanometer-sized particles of silica are arranged around an organic axial filament.  On the second level, alternating layers of silica and organic material form spicules.  On the third level, these small spicules are bundled together to form larger spicules.  On the fourth level, the larger spicules are arranged in a grid, with struts in longitudinal, circumferential, and diagonal directions, resisting all load modes (see the figure).  In the mature animal, these larger spicules are coated with a cementing layer of silica.  On the fifth level, this grid is wrapped into a curved cylinder.  Finally, on the sixth level, helical surface ridges further resist torsion and stiffen the structure. Currey was most intrigued with level four, a “most remarkable feature” with its cross-beams and struts providing load strength and protection from shear.  The MSNBC article contains three photos illustrating the architecture in this “primitive” metazoan.  Aizenberg told the reporter, “It puzzles me.  In my wildest dreams I can’t imagine how these fibers are assembled to make the nearly perfect, highly regular square cells, diagonal supports and surface ridges of the cage.”  Despite the simplicity of the sponge’s anatomy, possessing no brain or nervous system, these structures represent “some of the most complex and diverse skeletal systems known.”1Helen Pilcher, “Back to our roots,” Nature 435, 1022-1023 (23 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/4351022a.2Aizenberg et al., “Skeleton of Euplectella sp.: Structural Hierarchy from the Nanoscale to the Macroscale,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5732, 275-278 , 8 July 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112255]3John D. Currey, “Materials Science: Hierarchies in Biomineral Structures,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5732, 253-254 , 8 July 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1113954].Wild dreams and imagination are not science; they indicate that Aizenberg is in a philosophical slumber by attributing engineering to evolution.  If evolution produced this sponge’s architecture, as assumed by faith by these investigators, each stage must have contributed to an end result.  Stage four would not help unless the lower stages in the hierarchy were already conferring their benefits; it would be like trying to build struts out of crumbly styrofoam or bits of broken glass.  But end results are prohibited by evolutionary theory which stresses that evolving organisms have no goal in mind.  In the Nature article, Simon Conway Morris extolled Tinker Bell: “Evolution is an extremely dynamic system and paradoxically a very lazy one.  It will co-opt whatever it can.”  Evolutionists preach that laziness and tinkering with available parts produced wonders of engineering that are the envy of materials science.    It’s time to replace Darwin’s tomb in Westminster Abbey with Kepler’s, and change the objective of science from explaining away God back to thinking God’s thoughts after Him.  This will lead to productive inquiry in science.  Notice that the researchers here were oohing and ahhing not over Charlie’s little outworn myth, but over the engineering design apparent in the lowly sponge.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

16 Dec

Maine Hosts a ‘Pretty Good House’ Conference

first_imgDesigning a house that balances the competing interests of performance and cost is the focus of a December 2 conference at the Augusta, Maine, Civic Center.“The Pretty Good House: Balancing Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality and Cost” will be hosted by the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council and the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals. According to organizers, the program is designed for just about anyone interested in residential and light commercial building, including architects, engineers, code officers and inspectors, and those who just want to know more about the topic.Among the speakers will be Eric Werling, the national coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Program.The fee is $99 for members and $150 for non-members. Lunch is included. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs through 3:35 p.m.Panel discussions will cover basics of the “Pretty Good House” concept; federal resources to promote energy efficiency, such as the Department of Energy’s Building America Solution Center; and HVAC issues. Registration can be handled online.last_img read more

9 Dec

The Hustler’s Playbook: Spend Time with People More Successful Than You

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You can’t see your potential from where you are now. It isn’t visible to you.There is a reason that you should spend time and develop relationships with people who are more successful than you are now. But before we get into all the reasons this is true, we need to cover a few important issues.First, success is personal. It isn’t measured on a curve. Your definition of success and my definition of success might be vastly different. They may even be at odds. In fact, you living my definition of success might make you miserable, while me living your definition of success might not make me the least bit happy.Second, success can get a bad rap, and some people make the very pursuit of success a divisive issue. Success shouldn’t be divisive, and the idea that you need to surround yourself with people who have a greater level of success is not a judgment of the people you love and care about that aren’t experiencing the same level of success as the people you will need to spend time with.The reason you need to spend time with people who are more successful than you is because you can’t see your real potential from where you are now.Your potential is far greater than anything you can imagine. The only limit on your real potential is the limit of your awareness of what is possible for you. Your potential isn’t visible to you.Think about where you were years ago, when you weren’t as successful as you are right now in some area of your life. Your beliefs and behaviors were different than they are now. And even though you weren’t conscious of how they were limiting you, they acted as a governor on your success. At some point, you gained an awareness of what these beliefs and behaviors and changed them.Someone standing higher up on a mountain can see further than you can. They can also more easily see the path that is available to you, even if it isn’t yet clear to you. They have a greater view of your potential. By spending time with people who are more successful, you start to become conscious of what you believe and how it limits you. You also gain the advantage of transforming faster by finding people whose beliefs and behaviors you can model.Develop relationships with people who are more successful than you. Find mentors. Develop a mastermind group of people who have something you want, whatever that is, be it financial success or being a great parent, or whatever you call success.last_img read more

16 Nov

Champions League: Liverpool demolish Barcelona to reach second successive final

first_imgLiverpool produced one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history to beat Barcelona 4-0 on Tuesday, overturning a three-goal first-leg deficit and advancing to their second successive final with a 4-3 aggregate victory.Two goals each from stand-in forward Divock Origi and halftime substitute Georginio Wijnaldum left Lionel Messi and Barcelona utterly shell-shocked after a Liverpool performance full of passion, belief and determination.Juergen Klopp’s side will play the winner of Wednesday’s other semi-final between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur, with the Dutch side leading 1-0 from the first leg in London.”It was overwhelming. I would say it’s impossible,” said Klopp, amid wild celebrations at the final whistle when his team stood in front of their famous Kop stand to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with fans.”Playing against the best team in the world. Winning with a clean sheet, I don’t know how the boys did it. It’s unbelievable,” added the German.Are you not entertained?The UEFA Champions League #UCL pic.twitter.com/LGxYiNNGdQUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019″I saw James Milner crying after the game on the pitch. It means so much to all of us. There are more important things in the world but creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special.”Liverpool became only the third team in the history of the European Cup or Champions League to come from three goals down after the first leg of a semi-final and progress after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona themselves in 1985-86.It was a night that will be remembered by Liverpool fans alongside their fifth European Cup win in Istanbul in 2005, when they came back from 3-0 down at halftime to win on penalties.advertisementFor Barca, who went out on away goals to AS Roma in the quarter-finals last year, after winning the first-leg 4-1, it was a bitter occasion that will raise many questions for coach Ernesto Valverde.MESSI SUBDUEDAfter games, 12 goals and 3 assists, Leo Messi’s Road to Madrid has come to an end… pic.twitter.com/yFBw5PIPoMUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019Messi, whose two goals in the first leg had given his team a seemingly comfortable advantage, was unable to influence the game with an away goal that would have been decisive.The scoreline was remarkable enough in itself, but the fact that Liverpool overcame five-times European champions Barcelona without two thirds of their usual strike force made it extraordinary.With inspirational Egyptian Mohamed Salah and key Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino injured, Juergen Klopp had to play Belgian reserve Origi alongside Sadio Mane, with Swiss attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri also given a rare start.Salah believed…#UCL pic.twitter.com/PLKNHJRZWSUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019Klopp had said before the game that he wanted his side to “fail in the most beautiful way” if they were to go out of the Champions LeagueYet the Anfield crowd wanted glory they roared their team on to the field and greeted Barcelona, especially their former Liverpool players Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, with boos.The Liverpool players responded, taking the game to Barca and then grabbing a seventh-minute lead when a poor headed clearance from Jordi Alba fell at the feet of Jordan Henderson, who burst goalwards.RomeLondonParisRomeIstanbulMadrid?#UCL | #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/bQcnlGBgj0UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019His low shot was parried out by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen but straight to Origi who slotted home.QUICKLY-TAKEN CORNERBarca had openings in the first half but when Messi twice got space around the box he fired wide of the target and when Jordi Alba burst through just before halftime, Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was out quickly to nullify the danger.Yet the game took a remarkable turn following the introduction at the break of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for injured left back Andy Robertson.DRAMA!5 minutes added time.Will Liverpool hang on?OR will Barcelona snatch a winner?#UCL pic.twitter.com/r8nP0fZ9pcUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019The Dutchman drove home a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, which Barca keeper Ter Stegen should have saved, to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute.Two minutes later Wijnaldum rose to meet a Shaqiri cross with a powerful header to make it 3-3 on aggregate.Liverpool then grabbed an extraordinary fourth goal with a quickly-taken corner from Alexander-Arnold, catching the Barca defence asleep with a low ball that was turned in at the near post by Origi.That sent Anfield wild and meant Klopp’s side suddenly needed to switch mindset and defend a lead as Barca slipped, belatedly, into their trademark possession game.advertisementLiverpool 4-0 Barcelona.Who saw this coming? #UCL pic.twitter.com/KcYIrxpkoRUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019Yet with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip outstanding in the centre of defence and Brazilian Fabinho making some crucial interventions in midfield, Liverpool held on for one of their most famous wins.Klopp’s side, who lost to Real Madrid in last year’s final in Kiev, remain in with a chance of a double triumph as they head into Sunday’s final round of Premier League games trailing leaders Manchester City by just a point.After their defeat in Barcelona, Sunday was expected to be the conclusion of a Liverpool season that promised so much but would ultimately conclude with Klopp’s side finishing empty-handed.Now their campaign has been extended until the June 1 final in Madrid where they will have a chance of a sixth European Cup which would move them above Barca on the all-time winners list.last_img read more

17 Sep

TCI CED Announces New Location and New Staff

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 7, 2017 – Providenciales – The Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) has relocated its Providenciales office to Unit 205, Sam Harvey Complex, Downtown.   The CED is a business support organization that partners with public and private sector stakeholders, to provide among its core services, business start up and management assistance to Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises across the TCI.   Director, Mrs. Sophia Thomas stated that “We are excited about this new location, which provides more space to allow for the administering of the CED’s services, as well as improved visibility.”Mrs. Thomas also added that,  the Centre has employed two new Business Advisors attached to the Providenciales office.  Mr. Jerelle Laporte,  is a former Small Business Manager at a local Commercial Bank and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.   Ms. Daleshia Elliott has experience in Finance and Auditing, and holds a Masters in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship.   Mrs. Thomas is confident that the two employees would be an asset to the mission of the CED, in helping to grow and empower our small business sector.She further stated that the Grand Turk office located at Unit 101, Windmills Plaza, Church Folly is back in operation.   This office is staffed by Business Advisor Wendy Bovell, a former Banker and holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.The CED became operational in January 2016 and has provided over one thousand counselling and training sessions to its clients.   Anyone wishing to start a small business or need business management coaching and training should contact the CED at email:  [email protected]  or Providenciales phone  941-7233  or Grand Turk 946-2333.Press Release: CEDTCIPhoto caption:CED Chairman Mr. Pedro Ariza, Pictured with Staff members. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more