DS News Webcast: Wednesday 10/2/2013

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: DSNews Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Wednesday 10/2/2013 Share Save Previous: $100mm REIT raised for Distressed Impact Investing – Oct 02,2013 Next: FHFA and Zillow Talk HARP Sign up for DS News Daily DS News Webcast: Wednesday 10/2/2013 in Featured, Media, Webcasts Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post October 2, 2013 566 Views Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago 2013-10-02 DSNews Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Strickler joins elite club with Super Nationals championship repeat

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – Kyle Strickler wrote his name in the record book again Saturday night, at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Strickler became just the third Modified driver to win back-to-back Super Nationals titles, dicing his way back to the front following a couple late restarts to take the checkers ahead of 2013 champion Dylan Smith and 19th starting Ricky Thornton Jr. at Boone Speedway.“I looked at the scoreboard and saw who was behind me. I was pretty sure where they were going to go,” said Strickler, who earned $3,300. “My heart sunk when I got up on the cushion and I saw three cars go by me but I was going to drive as hard as I needed to get the lead back.”Jordan Grabouski and Adam Larson completed the top five. Thirteen states and two Canadian provinces were represented in the Modified main event.A record 876 drivers, from 25 states, Canada and Australia, competed at IMCA’s centennial season and 33rd annual Super Nationals. A purse of more than $275,000 plus another $60,000 in contingency awards went home with those drivers.Also winning Saturday night championships were Dustin Larson in the Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the Northern SportMods and Jason Wilkinson in the Hobby Stocks.Larson led all 30 laps of the Stock Car feature, becoming the first Minnesota driver to rule that class at Super Nationals. Larson’s victory was good for $3,100. Mike Nichols was second and Chris Mills took third.Luellen took the SportMod lead late, then held on against defending king Johnathon Logue for the $2,250 win. Logue had taken the lead on the second lap and settled for runner-up honors. Third was Nick Meyer.Wilkinson earned his career second Hobby Stock title, and $600, leading the last eight circuits. Also the 2010 champ, he led Andrew Burg and Brandon Nielsen across the stripe.Winners of Race of Champions events were Dustin Smith in the Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC, Kevin Opheim in the Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car RoC, Myles Michehl in the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock RoC, and Lucas Lamberies in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod RoC.Smith’s win paid $2,200, Opheim’s $575, Michehl’s $800 and Lamberies’ $350.Nate Coopman was the first champion crowned during the week after winning the Tuesday night Sport Compact main event. Jeff Aikey won his record-tying fifth Late Model title, and 65th Deery Brothers Summer Series feature on Thursday.Aikey earned $3,510, Coopman $480.Jimmy Gustin took the $1,750 checkers in Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational.Champions’ shares of the purse included Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonuses based on their number of sanctioned starts during the point season. Lap money was paid in each race of champions event and the All-Star race.Also on Saturday, IMCA and Casey’s General Store presented a check for $5,000 to Hope for the Warriors, the national non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen.Accepting that check were veterans and honorary starters Travis Hansen, Nick Guernsey and Jay Soupene.Saturday Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 5. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 6. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 7. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 8. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 9. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 10. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 11. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 12. Jason Cum­mins, New Richland, Minn.; 13. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Da­vid Brown, Kellogg; 16. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M.; 18. J.D.  Au­ringer, Waterloo; 19. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 20. Nick Deal, Walnut; 21. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 22. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 23. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 24. Mike Ha­gen, Williston, N.D.; 25. Josh Most, Red Oak; 26. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 27. William Gould, Cal­era, Okla.; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 29. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 30. Wade Cross, Phil­lips, Neb.; 31. Jason Murray, Hartford; 32. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 33. Lucas Schott, Chat­field, Minn.Stock Cars – 1. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 3. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 4. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 5. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 6. Heath Tulp, Britt; 7. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 8. Dalton Flory, Williston, N.D.; 9. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; 10. Gary Bass, Des Moines; 11. Randy Brands, Boyden; 12. Bob Daniels, Des Moines; 13. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 14. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 15. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 16. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 17. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 18. Kenneth Tietz, Belle Plaine, Minn.; 19. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 20. Jason Minnehan, Churdan; 21. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 22. Josh Daniels, Carlisle; 23. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 24. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 25. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 26. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 27. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 28. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 29. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; 30. Donavon Smith, Lake City. Hobby Stocks – 1. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; 2. Andrew Burg, Grimes; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 4. John Watson, Des Moines; 5. Corey Madden, Avoca; 6. Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; 7. Michael Prutt, Redfield; 8. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 9. Jason Fusselman, Shelby; 10. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 11. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 12. Luke Ramsey, Bedford; 13. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; 14. Brandon Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 15. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 16. Steve Larson, Decorah; 17. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 18. Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; 19. Jus­tin Nehring, Storm Lake; 20. Leah Wroten, Independence; 21. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 24. Matthew McAtee, Minburn; 25. Craig Graham, Webster City; 26. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 27. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger; 28. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 29. Tim Barber, Story City; 30. Nathan Ballard, Marengo.Northern SportMods – 1. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 2. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 3. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 4. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 5. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan.; 6. Jared VanDeest, Holland; 7. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 8. Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; 9. Jerry Hinton, Adel; 10. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Greg Metz, Washington, Kan.; 12. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.; 13. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa; 14. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 15. George Nordman, Mason City; 16. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; 17. Randy Roberts, Boone; 18. Matthew Looft, Swea City; 19. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 20. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 21. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; 22. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 23. Jacob Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 24. Jeff Schmuhl, Fall River, Wis.; 25. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 26. Doug Smith, Lanesboro; 27. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 28. Tory Mack, Surrey, N.D.; 29. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 30. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill. Modified Race of Champions – 1. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 6. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 9. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 10. John Gober, Poolville, Texas; 11. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 12. Jesse Sob­bing, Malvern.Stock Car Race of Champions – 1. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 2. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 3. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 4. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 5. David Smith, Lake City; 6. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 7. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 8. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 9. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 10. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.Hobby Stock Race of Champions – 1. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Austin Brauner, St. Edward, Neb.; 6. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 8. Leah Wroten, Independ­ence; 9. John Watson, Des Moines; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle.Northern SportMod Race of Champions – 1. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 2. Clint Luel­len, Minburn; 3. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 4. Brandon Toftee, Webster City; 5. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 6. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Alex Zwanziger, Nashua; 8. Joshua Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; 9. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; 10. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.last_img read more

Tests on Matt Shoemaker leave Angels in a holding pattern

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels’ bullpen had a 2.44 ERA, before Wednesday’s game, which is encouraging. The relievers had also combined to pitch 55-1/3 innings, which is not so encouraging. They led the league in relief innings.“These guys have been very good, but we don’t want to see that same pace,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Wednesday’s game. “It’s unrealistic to think we can keep using these guys as much as we have. We are on pace to have five guys with 90 appearances. I don’t think that’s going to work.”Angels starters did not even average five innings in the first 12 games, with only three quality starts.“We know we can not maintain the pace we had in the first week, and we don’t believe we will,” Scioscia said. “We feel we’ll start to get that length out of the starters, where we’re getting 17, 18, 19 outs consistently, which will take a little pressure off us.”ALSOIan Kinsler (groin) came through a pregame workout without issue on Wednesday, Scioscia said. Kinsler is expected to be activated before Thursday’s game in Kansas City. He is expected to return to the leadoff spot, with Zack Cozart going back to the middle of the order. …Jefry Marte, who had nine hits in his first 21 at-bats, was one of the more pleasant early surprises for the Angels. In 2016, he hit 15 homers in about a half-season worth of plate appearances, with a .790 OPS, but last year he struggled to a .173 average and .576 OPS.. “I think last year was a year he just never felt comfortable at the plate,” Scioscia said. “He tried a couple different things and just couldn’t get comfortable. He worked very hard in the spring. I think he’s back to the comfort level we saw a couple years ago when he was a very productive offensive player.”UP NEXTAngels (Nick Tropeano, first start of the 2018) at Royals (Ian Kennedy, 1-0, 0.75), Thursday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (AM 830).Related Articles ARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels are still trying to figure out exactly what is wrong with Matt Shoemaker.The team announced on Wednesday that recent tests showed “no new findings of nerve irritation.” Shoemaker will continue to undergo treatment, without throwing, and he’ll continue to be evaluated.He had already undergone an MRI that showed no other structural damage.Shoemaker has been on the disabled list with what’s been diagnosed as a strained forearm since last week. He said he felt some discomfort late in his first start of the season, on March 31, and then it got worse over the next 24 hours. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Last year Shoemaker went on the disabled list in June with what was called forearm tightness. Shoemaker got as far as a minor league rehab assignment before suffering a setback, which led to a diagnosis of radial nerve compression. He had season-ending surgery to release the radial nerve.Shoemaker then had no issues throughout spring training and into his first start.Because he said this year’s injury felt similar, the Angels did more nerve tests. He underwent an electromyogram and nerve conduction tests, which provided no further insight to his injury.The Angels have already had three of their starters land on the disabled list. JC Ramírez has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, with Tommy John surgery suggested. Andrew Heaney, who was out with elbow inflammation, said he’s now ready to return as soon as the Angels decide to put him in the rotation.TOO MUCH RELIEFlast_img read more

Liverpool back on top as Salah stunner kills off Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.Chelsea posed the last major threat to Liverpool’s title bid, yet the leaders dealt with the challenge impressively to mark Klopp’s 200th game as Reds manager in style.With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp’s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.Their run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City’s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 Liverpool fans and in the week that club legend Tommy Smith passed away, there was even more emotion at Anfield than usual.After a minute’s silence featuring mosaics reading “30 years” and “96” held up by fans around the ground, Liverpool’s focus was trained on avenging one of the more painful defeats in the club’s recent history.Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in 2014 led to a defeat against Chelsea that effectively gifted the title to Manchester City when Liverpool had looked odds-on to lift the trophy.But Klopp insisted his players wouldn’t be haunted by the ghosts of that collapse and they were true to his word. Liverpool threatened an early goal when Mane whipped a pin-point cross towards Salah and he fired a volley that Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga held well.– Salah makes his point –Chelsea were unbeaten in their last eight matches at Anfield going into Sunday’s clash and showed signs of troubling Liverpool when Eden Hazard twisted away from Joel Matip for a low shot that forced Alisson Becker into action.David Luiz launched a dangerous Chelsea counter-attack with a pass that sent Willian racing away, but the Brazilian’s miscued shot drifted wide.Those escapes shook Liverpool out of their brief lull and Salah got behind Emerson to cross for Mane to smash just wide.Hampered by a first-half injury to Antonio Rudiger, Chelsea creaked at the back and Liverpool took full advantage to break the deadlock in the 51st minute.When Salah scampered onto Roberto Firmino’s flick in the Chelsea area, Blues defender Emerson could only prod the ball to the influential Jordan Henderson and his deft cross reached the unmarked Mane, who headed home at the far post.Any Liverpool nerves had been wiped away by jubilant celebrations and soon after Salah blew the roof off Anfield with a moment of pure genius.Taking possession wide on the right flank, Salah cut inside and glided away from Emerson before unleashing a sumptuous 25-yard drive that arrowed past Kepa into the far corner.It was a sweet moment of vindication for the Egypt forward after a group of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting “Salah is a bomber” before their team’s Europa League tie at Slavia Prague on Thursday.And Salah, a practising Muslim, celebrated his 22nd goal of the season by adopting a prayer position in front of the Kop.Hazard should have reduced the deficit, but twice the Belgian couldn’t find the net from close-range as Liverpool moved a step closer to their holy grail.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Virat Kohli reveals only one more seamer spot up for grabs in 2020 T20…

first_imgAdvertisement 4amNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4b61q20Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3nmWould you ever consider trying this?😱2vgbCan your students do this? 🌚9dxk6vi6Roller skating! Powered by Firework With everyone curious about the 2020 World Cup squad that is to be held in Australia, Indian team captain, Virat Kohli, reveals that there is only one seamer spot left, and plenty of pace bowlers are eyeing the vacant spot. He reveals the players that are being considered at the moment- Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Swami, Bhuvneswar Kumar, and Deepak Chahar.Advertisement India had a reputation for having a lot for pace bowlers, which makes the competition tough to be chosen to be a part of the WC team, but Virat considers this positively. He said, “The fight obviously is for one spot, and I think more or less three guys have made a place for themselves. It’s going to be a healthy competition, and it will be interesting to see how it pans out.”Advertisement Deepak Chahar is a new entrant who debuted in the pink-ball Test series against Bangladesh. The bowler had an impressive run at the series. Deepak (Chahar) has come in and has bowled really well,” he told the media. Upon the return of the bowlers Bumrah and Kumar to the T20 International series, Virat is confident that the pace attack will be strong in the upcoming Test match against West Indies.Mohammad Shami becomes third Indian bowler in top 10 of ICC test bowling rankingsAdvertisement No-balls to be called by third umpires in upcoming India-WI series  Advertisementlast_img read more

MP leads the way with sensational round at Barnhill

first_imgM.P. LEADS THE WAY!With the late summer-like weather lasting well into the week, it was cat 3 member M.P.O’Donnell [16] who took full advantage of the benign conditions and, although recording a double bogey at Hall Door [1st], Michael took the turn with 20pts only for another double bogey at 10th [Cornagill] and a ‘blank’ at Stackyard [14th]  to halt progress but 19pts on inward nine was enough to relegate Sam Hegarty [18] to runner-up on 37pts.Saturday 22nd was day one of the annual Audi Open Weekend of Golf and driving into the record books was club ‘seniors’ team captain Kevin Kiely [8] who, with birdies at 1st, 3rd and 5th holes, returned a level par 22pts on outward nine and, with a nett level par four over on back nine, scored his way onto the team panel for Sunday’s final with a winning total of 40pts. In runner-up spot was single figure handicapper Simon Stephens [3] whose magnificent level par round card read like a European Tour player’s with successive birdies at 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th holes for a two [2] under outward nine, double bogeys at 13th and 17th and yet another birdie at Stockade [18th]  for a two over back nine and 39pts. A close third placing went to Kevin Rafferty [7] whose birdies at Glebe [2nd] and The Isle [7th] gave him 21pts on front nine but no doubt hisdouble bogey at 10th robbed him of top spot. Another great scorehelped John Doran to the gross prize, with birdies at 5th, 11th and 18th but unfortunate double bogeys at 7th and 16th kept him out of top spot also.The second day of the Audi Open, Sunday 23rd, had ‘Boss’ watch collector and cat 4 member Paddy O’ Gorman [22] taking top spot with 39pts. Despite three ‘blanks’  and a double bogey on the card, Paddy took control on back nine to record 24pts and outpoint runner-up EndaMannion [13] by one. Enda’s ‘blank’ at Inishowen, par three 5th, was quickly erased by his birdie at 7th for a 20pt front nine and, once again, if not for a double bogey at 18th, Enda would have taken the winner’s title. In third place with 37pts was Kevin Roche [19] and gross was won by Kieran Sweeney [6] with 30pts gross.Congratulations to club member Kevin Kiely who completed a unique ‘double’ over the weekend by also winning the 10k road race on Sunday and of course will be hoping for atreble by leading his club seniors team to win the Donegal Seniors Challenge Pennant for the second year in succession on Sunday, 30th.Anne Condon, organizer of the social club’s Night at the Races, is looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday 28th. There are still horses available for members and friends attending on the night and, if anyone is interested, horses to sponsor for some of the races. Racesponsorship is €100, horses are €10 each.Browns on the Green will be providing snacks on the night.Thank you in anticipation! MP leads the way with sensational round at Barnhill was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarhillgolfSportlast_img read more

Rescuing Dinosaur Soft Tissue from the Ravages of Time

first_imgThe reaction of scientists to irrefutable evidence for soft tissue in dinosaur bone sounds all too human: ignore, rant, rationalize; repeat.Blogger Jon Tennant, a grad student at Imperial College London studying vertebrate macroevolution, believes in ghosts.  His recent post, “How do the chemical ghosts of dinosaurs help their preservation?”, abridged on The Conversation, tries to keep soft tissue old in dinosaur bones by building on Mary Schweitzer’s recent work suggesting that iron atoms from heme molecules hold onto the delicate remains, keeping them intact for millions of years.  Does it work?  He knows it’s a stretch:Life as we know it is carbon-based, that is, organic. These organic molecules containing mostly carbon and hydrogen are delicate to the ravages of time, relatively speaking. They aren’t usually preserved in fossils that paleontologists unearth to tell the story of our planet’s past. For them, it is vital information lost forever.It should be lost forever, that is, if the bones are tens of millions of years old.  But it’s not.  That’s the problem.  Schweitzer’s work turned up “structures resembling blood vessels and even the residue of proteins.”  What is his answer?  A fairy tale:… Schweitzer shows that, during the process preservation, the conditions can often be “just right” to save tissues – the ‘Goldilocks effect’. This process that she calls “tissue fixation” may help paleontologists look at molecular remains that may hold important clues about these beasts. Borrowing a host of analytical tools from Earth and environmental sciences, Schweitzer shows it may be possible to observe the “chemical ghosts” remaining in fossils, and how these have helped to exquisitely preserve molecular structures.One should not confuse cute phrases, like those in quote marks above, with explanation.  (Q. “How did soft tissues survive for 70 million years?”  A. “Tissue fixation.”)  It’s also suspect in science to invoke special conditions, like a “Goldlilocks effect.”  For the explanation, Tennant offers nothing new; he just borrows Schweitzer’s hypothesis that iron preserved the blood and osteocytes preferentially.  He knows this is also a stretch:Only a decade ago, this hypothesis would have been laughed at by fellow scientists. While many still remain unconvinced, there is growing evidence that molecular tissues may actually have been preserved. Now the question is: how much have palaeontologists missed by not considering these potentially high levels of preservation in dinosaurs? And how much is there that is still left to be found at such levels of detail?In his lengthier blog entry, Tennant reveals the reaction of fellow scientists to the news about dinosaur soft tissue.  It sounds all too human:Naturally, her research has been met with a whole wad of stiff resistance from the scientific community, seemingly for no other reason than “We don’t like the sound of that..”. Scientific rigour ftw!(We refuse to translate the acronym, but it means the scientific community was very bothered by the news.)   He adds to the laughter claim: it’s “something that 10 years ago would have been laughed out of the room, and still is by many.”  For himself, though, he finds the evidence compelling that it really is original soft tissue.  To rule out other explanations, he points to (1) the reaction of the tissue to antibodies, (2) the peptide sequence data, and (3) the discovery of intact histone proteins.Tennant’s blog entry says that Phil Manning coined the term “chemical ghosts,” but the phrase seems misleading.  They are not phantoms, but real original remains, including osteocytes with their delicate dendrites intact.  Tennant includes some electron micrographs of T. rex vessels infiltrated with iron, compared with tissues from a hadrosaur fossil and from a recently-dead ostrich.  Since they all show infiltration of iron, it’s iron to the rescue!  Soft tissue can be preserved for 70 million years!  (See 11/26/13 about Schweitzer’s hypothesis.)  Now, armed with a catch-all “explanation” for delicate remains, he can breathe a sigh of relief, and get excited again with his evolutionary scientism:For me, this is one of the greatest steps in recent palaeontology – no longer do we just have bones, but we have other soft tissues like feathers, skin, and internal structures, adding a whole new bio-chemical dimension to how we perceive fossils. Of course, this opens up a whole new wealth of knowledge to be uncovered about extinct animals, their physiologies, and their evolutionary roles.So why aren’t paleontologists all over the world rushing to uncover all this evidence they had not considered before?  He doesn’t say.  Nine years after Schweitzer’s first bombshell announcement (3/24/05, 1/30/11), maybe they still don’t like the sound of it.Other Dinosaur NewsSpeaking of T. rex, Europe got its version of a tyrannosaur, which National Geographic calls “Big Bruiser.”  A “pint-size” tyrannosaur was found in Alaska, Nature News reported.  Finally, in a bizarre mix of cosmology and paleontology, both Nature and New Scientist proposed a hypothesis that dark matter killed the dinosaurs.  The idea is that the solar system passes through the disk of the Milky Way periodically, where dark matter is expected to be more dense.  The extra matter might trigger barrages of comets.  This hypothesis was not treated with unmixed support:The arbitrary selection of craters and the fact that some estimates of their ages bear large error bars, adds to the uncertainty, says Adrian Melott, an astrophysicist at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. “Dissipative dark matter is a possible explanation, but it’s not clear that it’s explaining anything real,” he says.Despite its speculative basis, Randall says that the exercise is valuable. “This is trying to turn this somewhat crazy idea into science, by saying we will make predictions based on it,” she says. “We’re not saying we think it’s 100% going to be true.“Send in your crazy idea to Nature and make a prediction.  Who knows; maybe they will publish it.Well, you have just observed something about “the scientific community.”  They are willing to blast the world to hang on to their evolutionary notions.  They will ignore evidence that stares them in the face.  They don’t like the sound of anything that threatens their naturalistic religion with its obligatory moyboys.  They believe in ghosts and children’s fairy tales (whatever happened to uniformity of nature, if Goldilocks is their savior?).  They invent phrases that masquerade as explanations, that accomplish nothing more than hiding their biases.  Give them contradictory evidence, and they will laugh you out of the room.  When they can’t do that any longer, they will grasp at any straw and turn it into a pillar, then stand on it and proclaim how wonderful scientism is.This is known as “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). 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State Visit: A Time to Reflect

first_imgNow the long awaited State visit to the UK by President Zuma has taken place, John Battersby reflects on the historic occasion. Visit Reconnect Africa to read more.Gallery: Zuma’s UK state visitlast_img

1Goal: education ‘the greatest legacy’

first_img12 July 2010Addressing heads of state during the “1Goal: Education for All” summit in Pretoria on Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said there was no greater legacy that hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ could leave than that of education.“The most important investment in the future of any nation is in education. No legacy can be higher than that,” he said.The President told the summit that there were approximately 72-million children across the world who were not in school, with half of them in Africa.Ensuring education funding1Goal aims to help the millions who do not have access to education by ensuring that governments keep their promises related to education and provide the money needed to get every boy and girl to school by 2015, or by the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014.Zuma urged the world leaders to renew their commitment to advancing the millennium Development Goals relating to education, which included giving every citizen in every society the benefit of an education.World governments needed to redouble their efforts to ensure that the suffering of those most affected was not prolonged, he added.Zuma called on African countries to focus on the basics, such as ensuring school fees and uniforms did not become a barrier to education.“We have to fund feeding schemes to ensure that children are healthy and physically ready to study. We have to strengthen ties with community and non-governmental organisations, the religious sector and others to help us reach children in remote areas who are not attending school,” he said.More teachers needed to be employed and trained, to improve the quality of learning and teaching, and more investments had to be made in programmes that kept children from dropping out of school, Zuma said.Scoring ‘a bigger goal’Other speakers at the summit also emphasised the need for the World Cup to leave behind a legacy that would impact on future generations.Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokena told the heads of state that they had the opportunity to create the greatest legacy in one of the world’s biggest sporting event in history by giving children worldwide access to education.“We have just seen the world’s greatest game celebrate its greatest tournament but now we have the chance to score a bigger goal,” he said.Mokena said the world had failed to deliver on its promise to ensure that every child in the world had an education, and called on world governments to act quickly and decisively in providing children everywhere access to education.The campaign would translate into giving hope to children and youngsters across the world and hope was what the youth of the world needed, he added.Giving children opportunities1Goal ambassador, 12-year-old Nthabiseng Tshabalala, asked the leaders to give the children of the world the same opportunities they had when they were younger.“There are millions of children in Africa and around the world who can’t go to school. I think that our government and other governments should do everything they can to make sure that all children are allowed to get the education they need for their futures.“As leaders, you had your opportunity to go to school. Please sure make that 72 million children get theirs,” she said.Fifa president Sepp Blatter said some of the biggest names in world football including Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo, as well as teams such as Manchester United and Barcelona had added support to the 1Goal campaign.The African Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation also gave the campaign its support at the summit.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The impact of the Oscar Pistorius trial on Brand South Africa and its global reputation

first_imgBy Miller MatolaThe high profile murder trial of South Africa’s blade runner, Oscar Pistorius, is shining a global spotlight not only on the athlete himself and his personal reputation, but also on our country, its constitutional state and legal system, and ultimately puts South Africa’s brand reputation on centre stage.The formal commencement of the trial over the past week has generated unprecedented media attention and comparisons have already been made with the similarly high profile and globally televised trial of American football star O J Simpson in recent years.In the case of the Oscar Pistorius trial, thousands of articles have already appeared in the world’s press, hours of television and radio coverage have been flighted with many more scheduled, and non-stop commentary and analysis emanates from the large numbers of international and local journalists and photographers now decamped in Pretoria outside the court buildings.The unprecedented decision taken by Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, to rule that all trial audio, and selected video, could be broadcast on radio, television and online, was groundbreaking, bringing South Africa into line with other democracies around the world.  It also showed the world that South Africa is looking to actively fulfill its commitment to achieving greater transparency with its citizens in relation to the legal system, as embedded in the country’s Constitution.As South Africa prepares to commemorate 20 years of democratic freedom, this high profile trial serves to remind both South Africans and the world that South Africa’s Constitution may still be fledgling, but it has undoubtedly put in place a substantial framework for the building of a society that is built on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights – the right to a fair trial being one of those rights.  Our strong and stable legal system is a fundamental building block of our constitutional democracy, as is the independence of our courts and our judiciary.In an age when social media is a powerful force in making information and opinions available to a global audience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, events such as the Oscar Pistorius trial make global headlines and feed the voracious appetite of the public for news in real-time as it happens.If one looks at the immediacy of international journalists who are able to tweet their reports and insights ahead of scheduled radio and television news coverage, it means that global audiences are receiving a vast amount of information around the trial process as it unfolds.They are also being bombarded with televised and photographic images both negative and positive of South Africa and its society, not simply its judicial system at work, and such an assault of the senses undoubtedly assists in shaping opinions about the country in the eyes of the world, whether accurate or not.However, if there is a positive to be taken from this unprecedented level of media attention on South Africa, it is that there is a respect for the right of the country’s citizens to expect an open and transparent system of justice.  In the 20 years since South Africa achieved democratic freedom, the principle of the right to justice is one that is upheld for the world to see in action.  It is perhaps a testimony to the country’s progress made during the past two decades that it can welcome the global media to see a world-class constitution and legal system in action, despite the challenges of the past and the long road to freedom well traveled.  The world’s media has a similar responsibility in high profile trials such as this one to report in a responsible yet engaging manner, and one that is capable of educating the public, not simply providing news and entertainment for the global masses.Ultimately, as the world watches as the Oscar Pistorius trial starts to unfold, public opinions will inevitably be formed, not just around the lives of those directly involved, but also on South Africa where this drama is playing out in the public spotlight.Perhaps as we look to commemorate the country’s two decades of democratic freedom, we can take comfort in the robustness and solidity of our legal system and our Constitution which is the cornerstone of that democracy. It provides the reassurance that South Africa protects the human rights of every citizen, including the right to a fair trial, without fear, favour or prejudice.  This trial also provides an opportunity to encourage the country’s own population to gain a better understanding of how the country’s legal system works and how it safeguards the legal and human rights of both the person on trial and the victim.  It hopefully also sends a message to the world that, despite the huge volume of media headlines around the trial, strong legal ethics define the process, with lawyers on both sides of the argument bound by the same ethical standards. The global respect for the country’s system of justice and its robust implementation is one that can serve to position Brand South Africa positively in the eyes of the world as it watches to see the outcome of this case.last_img read more