Trenton Acadians earn doubleheader sweep against Skowhegan

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BLUE HILL — Locked in tight games twice Saturday afternoon, the Trenton Acadians came up clutch at the plate when it mattered most.The Acadians used situational hitting to pull ahead late and secure a pair of much-needed American Legion wins against Skowhegan on Saturday in Blue Hill. The victories, both of which came by scores of 7-3, significantly improved the team’s chances of making a playoff run later this month.“Our team produced everything we needed today in terms of pitching, defense and timely hitting,” Acadians coach Christopher Barnes said. “We went after them in all facets and got two big wins in the standings.”Trenton Acadians pitcher Beckett Slayton throws a pitch during the seventh inning of an American Legion baseball game against Skowhegan on July 8 in Blue Hill. Slayton was the winning pitcher in the first of the Acadians’ two victories in a doubleheader. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLWith the Acadians trailing 3-1 in the sixth inning of Game 1, Jacob Keenan tied the game an RBI double that scored Brad Smith and Beckett Slayton. From there, the Acadians added four more runs in the top of the seventh, and Slayton quickly dispatched Skowhegan in the bottom of the inning to give the Acadians the first game of the doubleheader.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“In the late parts of these games today, we got big hit after big hit,” Barnes said. “In some of the previous games, we would have these lapses where we wouldn’t be able to get our bats rolling and get runs in those situations, but today, we put those hits together at the right time.”The teams exchanged leads throughout the first four innings of Game 2, but neither one could find a real breakthrough during that span. For the Acadians, Ellsworth High School pitcher Conner Wagstaff, who had seven strikeouts, departed in the top of the fifth inning a with the score tied 3-3.The Acadians (3-8) nearly gave up the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Skowhegan put a runner on second base, but Wagstaff made a diving stop on the first-base side that kept the visitors from scoring. Both teams failed to produce runs despite putting runners in scoring position throughout the sixth and seventh.After the two teams failed to score again in the top of the eighth, the Acadians rallied in the ninth. The team took a 4-3 lead with a Slayton RBI single, and Nick Bagley followed it up by knocking in three runs with a bases-clearing double to break the game open before reliever Stefan Simmons retired the Skowhegan (5-6) side in order to earn the sweep.Slayton, who claimed the win in the first game, also had three hits and two runs scored. Deer Isle-Stonington’s Ethan Shepard had two hits and an RBI for the Acadians in the second contest.The Acadians’ next game will be on the road against Oakland’s Post 51 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Although the team has work to do to claim a top-five spot in the Zone 1 standings, the wins Saturday pushed them within reachable distance of Skowhegan, Post 51 and Brewer.“We’ve been looking for those wins that could get us on track for a while now, and this could go a long way in helping us do that,” Barnes said. “There are still a few games to be played, and if we can play like we did today, we might find ourselves with a fairly good shot.” Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Saint Martin’s Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor to Induct…

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityEight Saint Martin’s alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Saint Martin’s athletic program will be inducted into the Saint Martin’s Athletic Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Saturday, Feb. 11, as part of the University’s Homecoming 2017 festivities for alumni.The Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Celebration is an annual tradition at Homecoming, which brings together alumni of Saint Martin’s High School, College and University.The 27th Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor ceremony and celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. at the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. To register or for more information, please go to https://www.stmartin.edu/alumni-and-friends/news-and-events/homecomingSaint Martin’s College/University Hall of Fame HonoreesGerritt Eades – Men’s basketball, 1998-2002Gerritt Eades compiled 1,525 points during his Saint Martin’s University career, ranking him 6th all-time at Saint Martin’s. He made 18-32 field goals, and in one game against Alaska-Anchorage in 2002, scored 46 points, a Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) record. He ranks 14th all-time in the conference in points scored and field goals made. Eades averaged 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 106 games during his career; he shot 45.6 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from the three-point line and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He had 15 career double-doubles, and in 2001, was named to the Second Team All-GNAC and Third Team Little All-Northwest.Blake Poole – Men’s basketball, 2007-2011Blake Poole was a five-time GNAC Player of the Week and was named GNAC Player of the Year in 2011. He also was honored as GNAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2008, and was named GNAC All-Conference First Team in both 2010 and 2011. Poole recorded 53 double-doubles and had seven 30-point games during his career. In the 2008-2009 season, Poole ranked 27th in scoring and sixth in rebounds nationally. In 2010-2011, he was second in rebounds. He was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ First Team and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II Bulletin Third Team in 2011. That same season, he was chosen for the Coaches’ All-West Region First Team. He was also picked as a member of the Sports Information Directors’ All-West Region Team and holds the individual conference game record in rebounds, with 24, as well as the career record in offensive rebounds with 229 and total rebounds with 662.Jill Jensen-Webb – Women’s soccer, 2008-2011Jill Jensen-Webb played three years at Saint Martin’s, where she was named Most Valuable Player, First Team All-League and Second Team All-Regional as a sophomore. In 2008, she ranked nationally, placing 25th in points, 28th in points-per-game and 24th in assists-per-game. She was a four-time GNAC Player of the Week, and was honored by GNAC with the Newcomer of the Year Award in 2008 and Player of the Year Award in 2010. Jensen-Webb was a three-time GNAC All-Conference member and the only three-time winner in Saint Martin’s history. She also was a two-time GNAC All-Academic winner and holds GNAC records in multi-point games in a season (seven) and career (18), along with multi-goal games in a season (five) and career (11). Her GNAC records also include goals scored in three years, with 39. She is ranked seventh overall in GNAC history. Her Saint Martin’s career spanned 56 games, in which she had 23 assists and racked up 101 points for a 1.80 average, a GNAC record.Dara Zack – Women’s basketball, 2007-2011Dara Zack has a special place in Saint Martin’s history, both as the women’s leading scorer, with 1,503 points, and as the leading rebounder, with 831 rebounds. She also is first in field-goal percentage for a career at .474, and, in GNAC history, ranks seventh in rebounding. Zack was a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and a 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-West Region honoree. She was selected First-Team All-Conference in 2009 and 2011, and was named GNAC Player of the Week twice.Saint Martin’s High School Hall of FameMike Danford – Wrestling, 1968-1972In four years, Mike Danford posted a record of 72-9-1 and, as a freshman, won the city championship. He won the state championship at 136 lbs. as a sophomore, and was the first wrestler in Saint Martin’s history to bring home a first-place medal. As a junior, he took second in the state. Following his junior season, he was chosen to wrestle on the area’s All-Star Team against a Japanese cultural exchange team touring Washington. He went undefeated through the regular season as a senior, advancing to the state championships for the fourth year in a row. Danford was co-captain of his team in 1971-72, and was three times the recipient of his team’s Most Valuable Player Award. During his senior year, he also served as acting head coach.Joe Monroe – basketball, baseball and football, 1964-1968Joe Monroe was a valued member of the basketball and baseball team. During his junior year, he also was quarterback for the football team. That season, he led the Central League in basketball, scoring 199 points, and helped his team win the league in football with a 6-0-1 record. In basketball, he topped off his senior year by finishing third in the conference, with 186 points in basketball. During high school, he also was class secretary his senior year, M-Club vice president for two years and a member of the school band. Monty Walker – coach of football and track, 1960-1969Monty Walker coached and also taught at Saint Martin’s from 1960 through 1969. He coached basketball for two years, and football and track for nine. He also founded the school’s wrestling program during his tenure. In 1965, the high school’s football team he coached went undefeated and was ranked first in the state. Coach Walker was seldom without a stopwatch and whistle around his neck. Sportsmanship and humility were expected and taught by Coach Walker throughout his career.Saint Martin’s Hall of HonorBob Whitney ’71Bob Whitney entered Saint Martin’s as a freshman in 1967, the same year the Pavilion opened, and has long been a stalwart supporter of Saints Athletics. Before graduating, he attended many basketball games, something he kept doing after graduation. He served as a scorekeeper during the Coach Dick Kaufman era until he moved to Bellingham. In 1976, he returned to the area when his first wife, Eileen, was asked to start the women’s basketball program at Saint Martin’s College. He became an assistant coach. His affiliation with the University spans many areas, and includes membership on the Hall of Fame selection committee. For 20 years, he has been a volunteer driver for athletes. He also has served as Saint Martin’s Athletic Foundation vice president. Whitney has continued to attend nearly all home basketball games, both men’s and women’s, and many away-games. His support for Saints Athletics does not stop at basketball. He is a regular at many other University sporting events and at the annual Saint Martin’s Golf Classic each summer.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

When the Indian physio tended to Bangladesh’s Nayeem Hasan after he was hit in…

first_imgAdvertisement g51xNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ikmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8qy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xweWould you ever consider trying this?😱nvnCan your students do this? 🌚9n5Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian skipper Virat Kohli asked the physio of Indian Cricket Team, Nitin Patel to come inside the field to take care of Nayeem Hasan who was hit in the head by a bouncer of Mohammed Shani on the first day of the pink ball test between India and Bangladesh.Advertisement Few minutes back, Bangladesh’s wicket keeper Liton Das faced a concussion injury and the physio of Bangladesh was busy attending him. So, Virat Kohli called Nitin Patel to attend Nayeem Hasan in the field. However, Nayeem Hasan continued to play after the injury. It was a class act by the Indian skipper to call the physio of the team in the field.Advertisement Liton Das could not continue his innings and he was taken to Woodland Hospital. The recent reports are suggesting that Liton Das’ physical condition is all fine now. Mehidy Hasan came as the concussion substitute for Liton Das in this match. Bangladesh were bowled out within 106 runs in the first innings. In the reply India posted a total of 174 runs in the board with losing three important wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma at the end of the first day at Eden Gardens on Friday.The Man With A Golden Arm: Jaddu best Indian fielder of the decade – fielding coachAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Legendary Rock Group Foreigner Taps Trinity Hall Choir for Basie Show

first_img“We wanted the reaction to be organic. So rather than lead with news of the opportunity, we just played the song and watched the reaction,” Kiernan said. “Ten seconds in we had 250 girls singing, swaying and dancing together.” “When we were presented with the opportunity, obviously I was excited, as was the administration, because we know Foreigner and we’re big fans. But we really didn’t know how relevant the band was to the kids,” Kiernan said. For years the Foreigner stage show had included support from an adult choir, Jones said, but on recent tours, through partnerships with the Grammy Foundation and Shriners International, the band has been coordinating with younger vocalists to help inspire and advance music programming in schools and communities around the world. Tickets for the event are still available at the Count Basie Center for the Arts Box Office or by visiting thebasie.org. To gauge their interest, Kiernan said Trinity Hall administrators called for a community meeting in which faculty, staff and students gather in the school’s common area to keep up with school and student happenings. He shaped the vision as a child in his Portsmouth, England bedroom, losing himself in the records of his heroes; revolutionary songwriters from across the pond like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran. “I listened to these true pioneers playing what my favorite kind of rock ’n’ roll was and I thought maybe it could be possible for me to make this my life, too. It was a dream and I’ve been lucky enough to live it out,” Jones, the band’s cofounder, primary songwriter and lone remaining original member, said. When Foreigner presents its May 7 “Hits on Tour” performance at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, Jones said he hopes to nurture the dreams of a group of local vocalists from Trinity Hall who have been tapped to support the band during one of its biggest hits, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Nearly 35 years since the song’s worldwide release, and more than four decades since the band first charted with tunes like “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice” in 1977, Jones said it’s an emotional experience to see today’s youth connecting with music he wrote so long ago. center_img According to Theresa Kiernan, Trinity Hall’s director of advancement and admissions, about 25 members of the all-female Tinton Falls private school’s choir have been training for the last six weeks to back the band on its massive 1984 single, which topped the pop charts both here and in the United Kingdom. RED BANK – The glowof a white hot spotlight anda wall of sound so large itphysically removed fansfrom their assigned arenaseating was a dream forMick Jones, guitarist for theclassic rock band Foreigner. “It’s not just our singers who are excited for the opportunity, but the community at large. There’s definitely a buzz around campus that’s been growing as we’ve been getting closer to the date. It’s a really unique opportunity and so many of our families have already gotten their tickets,” Kiernan said. “We’re ready to rock.” Kiernan said the singers, who learn music under the direction of Andrew Bogdan, are excited to represent their school community and will be buoyed by a large contingent of Trinity Hall students, parents and faculty when they hit the stage May 7. “We’ve been joined by young choir groups quite a bit lately, and even when you look out into the crowd and see young faces singing along with you and pumping their fist, it’s a time warp that very often brings tears to my eyes. I see them and it says that the music has survived. And it’s not only carrying on, but reaching people of all ages and denominations. That’s a powerful thing and it’s very moving,” Jones said. “We want to encourage schools and community groups not to ignore the importance of music opportunities and music education for young people,” Jones said. “And having them up on stage with us is a pretty cool way of demonstrating where your dreams can take you. So often they’re nervous when they get up there. But when the music kicks in, the nerves fade away, because they’re in a dream.” This article originally appeared in the May 2-8 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Senior Leafs sweep past competition at Castlegar Novice Tournament

first_imgFresh off a successful performance in the Heritage City, the Nelson Senior Leafs took the show on the road to capture the Castlegar Novice tournament Sunday in the Sunflower City.The Senior Leafs won all three games by a combined 25-4 scored.Nelson opened the tournament by stopping Greater Trail Snipers 12-0 on goals by Max Jean, Cash Linnen, Griffen Wanhella, Miller Tedesco, two from Larson Proctor and a hatrick from both Jack Boyes and Wyatt Groenhuysen. Shea Anderson registered the shutout.Nelson kept on rolling, blasting Cranbrook Key City Drywall 8-2 Saturday.Jack Boyes had another hat trick with singles going to Kale Gehrmann, Cohen Wolbaum, Sawan Bhabra and Larson Proctor.Goalie Shea Anderson stopped a lot of great shots and pretty much stood on his head.Sunday Nelson completed the sweep edging Creston Valley Chiefs 5-2.Wyatt and Grady Groenhuysen scored along with Miller Tedesco.last_img read more

KFC and Hero CPL work together to bring fans “Chicken Played Louder”

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League and KFC will partner for the 2018 tournament which runs from 8 August to 16 September. They will be working with the Biggest Party in Sport to bring the flavour of CPL cricket to their outlets with KFC being the food of choice for fans leading up to, and during, the matches.CPL Commercial Director Jamie StewartKFC will be introducing innovative and exciting sales promotions based on their involvement with CPL as they bring their customers “Chicken Played Louder” to celebrate their partnership with the Cricket Played Louder T20 event. There will be Big Hit Buckets, Big Hit Boxes and other exciting ways for KFC customers to get involved with competitions with CPL prizes.Simon Hardy, CEO of Prestige Holdings Ltd, franchise holder of KFC Trinidad and Tobago said: “The ethos of CPL is to bring the excitement and energy of cricket to the fans and create the biggest party in sport – at the game or while watching at home. At this year’s CPL KFC brings the biggest flavour to this cultural extravaganza with our “Chicken Played Louder”. This promotion promises to fuel our customers with not only our great tasting chicken in our Big Hit Bucket catering for families during the holidays but with captivating weekly prizes. Stay tuned for more exciting things to come.”Jamie Stewart, Commercial Director of CPL said: “KFC is a brand that is synonymous with T20 cricket via other sponsorships around the globe. It is an exciting moment for Hero CPL to welcome an iconic global brand like KFC, one whose cricket-centred fan promotions have won accolades globally, on board as a partner for the Biggest Party in Sport.”last_img read more

Secular Geology Admits to Rapid Canyon Formation by Megafloods

first_imgIt’s hard to deny catastrophic canyon formation when you have the evidence right in front of you.  Look what happened in Texas a few years ago, as reported by PhysOrg:In the summer of 2002, a week of heavy rains in Central Texas caused Canyon Lake – the reservoir of the Canyon Dam – to flood over its spillway and down the Guadalupe River Valley in a planned diversion to save the dam from catastrophic failure.  The flood, which continued for six weeks, stripped the valley of mesquite, oak trees, and soil; destroyed a bridge; and plucked meter-wide boulders from the ground.  And, in a remarkable demonstration of the power of raging waters, the flood excavated a 2.2-kilometer-long, 7-meter-deep canyon in the bedrock.The actual canyon was formed in just three days, said Science Daily.  Live Science also reported the story, saying, “Some of the most spectacular canyons on Earth and Mars were probably formed in the geologic blink of an eye, suggests a new study that found clues to their formation deep in the heart of Texas.”    Such catastrophic floods and canyons that resulted are not unknown in historic times, but what’s new is that geologists are taking note and applying the lesson of Canyon Lake to large, prehistoric megafloods on earth and even Mars.  PhysOrg continued, “Our traditional view of deep river canyons, such as the Grand Canyon, is that they are carved slowly, as the regular flow and occasionally moderate rushing of rivers erodes rock over periods of millions of years.”  Quoting Michael Lamb of Caltech, co-author of a paper in Nature Geoscience,1 the article said that such is not always the case: “We know that some big canyons have been cut by large catastrophic flood events during Earth’s history.”    Lamb went on to explain that there is not often an easy way to tell a catastrophically-formed canyon from a gradually-formed one:Unfortunately, these catastrophic megafloods – which also may have chiseled out spectacular canyons on Mars—generally leave few telltale signs to distinguish them from slower events.  “There are very few modern examples of megafloods,” Lamb says, “and these events are not normally witnessed, so the process by which such erosion happens is not well understood.”  Nevertheless, he adds, “the evidence that is left behind, like boulders and streamlined sediment islands, suggests the presence of fast water”—although it reveals nothing about the time frame over which the water flowed.Lamb found that process like “plucking” – in which boulders popped up from fractured bedrock became sledgehammers in the current, and headward-eroding waterfalls, led to quick downward erosion of the canyon.  He hopes the features witnessed in the Canyon Lake flood will aid in interpreting megaflood evidence on earth and Mars.  Here is the abstract from the paper by Lamb and Fonstad:Deep river canyons are thought to form slowly over geological time (see, for example, ref. 1 [Grand Canyon]), cut by moderate flows that reoccur every few years 2, 3.  In contrast, some of the most spectacular canyons on Earth and Mars were probably carved rapidly during ancient megaflood events 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.  Quantification of the flood discharge, duration and erosion mechanics that operated during such events is hampered because we lack modern analogues.  Canyon Lake Gorge, Texas, was carved in 2002 during a single catastrophic flood 13.  The event offers a rare opportunity to analyse canyon formation and test palaeo-hydraulic-reconstruction techniques under known topographic and hydraulic conditions.  Here we use digital topographic models and visible/near-infrared aerial images from before and after the flood, discharge measured during the event, field measurements and sediment-transport modelling to show that the flood moved metre-sized boulders, excavated ~7 m of limestone and transformed a soil-mantled valley into a bedrock canyon in just ~3 days.  We find that canyon morphology is strongly dependent on rock type: plucking of limestone blocks produced waterfalls, inner channels and bedrock strath terraces, whereas abrasion of cemented alluvium sculpted walls, plunge pools and streamlined islands.  Canyon formation was so rapid that erosion might have been limited by the ability of the flow to transport sediment.  We suggest that our results might improve hydraulic reconstructions of similar megafloods on Earth and Mars.Their references included the paper by J H Bretz on the channeled scablands of Washington, and other research on the Lake Bonneville floods, but no work by creation geologists who have postulated rapid formation of the Grand Canyon by a dam breach megaflood.  They did not discuss the Grand Canyon in their paper other than to state in the introduction that “Most bedrock river canyons are thought to be cut slowly over millions of years (for example, Grand Canyon, USA, ref. 1) by moderate flows that reoccur every few years.”  They did not say whether they agree with that assessment now in light of their work.    Lamb and Fonstad described in the paper how it is hard to tell slow processes from rapid ones:It is difficult to identify morphologic features in Canyon Lake Gorge that indicate canyon formation during a 3 day event, versus a longer-lived flood or multiple events.  For example, inner channels, knickpoints and terraces are often formed slowly over geologic time in response to shifting climate or tectonic forcing, but in Canyon Lake Gorge and other megafloods they must have formed rapidly through intrinsic instabilities in the erosion processes.  A narrow gorge is sometimes inferred to represent slow persistent erosion, whereas Canyon Lake Gorge was formed in a matter of days.  It is clear that models for the rate of bedrock erosion are needed to calculate the duration of flooding necessary to excavate a canyon of known volume.  Although notable progress has been made, there are no well tested mechanistic models of bedrock erosion via plucking during megafloods.They did the best they could to come up with a “semi-empirical theory” of sediment transport capacity to account for the rapid erosion of Canyon Lake Gorge.  Apparently it was not the strength of the bedrock that limited erosion, but the ability of the water to pick up and move large blocks: “Thus, it seems plausible that erosion of well-jointed rock by large floods might be extremely rapid, such that canyon formation is limited by the capacity of the flood to transport plucked blocks rather than by the plucking processes itself.”  Whether that is the only surprising paradigm shift from this observational example of rapid canyon formation remains to be seen.  It may be time to change a lot of western national park interpretive signs.1.  Lamb and Fonstad, “Rapid formation of a modern bedrock canyon by a single flood event,” Nature Geoscience, Published online: 20 June 2010 | doi:10.1038/ngeo894.What does he mean this is not well understood?  If the secular geologists had been reading the creationist journals for decades, which are way ahead of the curve on this topic, they would not be so clueless.  The Creation Research Society Quarterly, Journal of Creation and other peer-reviewed journals written by creation scientists, with field research and PhDs, have for years been talking about the power of catastrophic processes to produce the Grand Canyon and other large earth features in just days and weeks by breached dams and other megaflooding processes.  This is nothing new, but the secular journals and news media act like it is.  It’s nice for the secular crowd, still awaking from their Lyellian slumbers, to catch the groove finally (better late than never), but how about some attribution?  Creationist authors of papers on this subject should get together and walk into Lamb’s office with a stack of their papers on catastrophic canyon formation by megafloods, pile them on his desk, and ask, “Where have you been all this time?”    Who speaks for science?  Notice what a bizarre situation this is.  The secularists have been admittedly clueless for a long time about the power of catastrophic flood geology, while the creationists have taken the lead on the subject.  But the creationists have been routinely and summarily ignored, because their opinions are deemed “religious” from the outset and therefore “pseudo-scientific.”  One would think that what matters in science is being right.  If a creation scientist has a PhD in geology or a related subject, has demonstrated competence in field work and research, and has published his ideas, it should not be an issue what his theology or motivations are – it should matter whether his ideas are reasonable, testable, and fit the evidence.  In fact, one’s degree or field work should not even matter.  Some scientific ideas that have stood the test of time were not published by people with degrees, or in peer-reviewed journals, or by the other standard trappings of today’s scientific milieu.    Philosophers of science recognize that the process of scientific discovery is irrelevant to the designation “scientific.”  If a geologist comes up with a theory in a dream that turns out to work, so be it.  Similarly, the process of scientific explanation should not be evaluated based on beliefs, memberships, degrees or associations.  Darwin and Wallace, you recall, were known mostly for field studies.  There may be political, social, and sociological reasons why Lamb and Fonstad did not reference creation literature in their paper, but there is no logical or scientific reason not to do so.  “But we have to have institutional standards to keep the crackpots out!” some skeptical gatekeeper will say.  Guess what; a lot of them are running rampant inside the ivied walls right now (e.g., 06/14/2010, 06/13/2010, 06/10/2010; follow the links on “Dumb Ideas” for a parade of the shameful).  Didn’t a famous Teacher once say to clean the inside of the cup first?    Unless modern secularists want to cut out Newton, Kepler, Boyle, Faraday and a host of other great achievers in science because they were Christians and creationists, it’s wrong to exclude today’s creation scientists simply on the basis of their beliefs and motivations.  Face it; everybody has beliefs and motivations.  Inside the academy, they might include naturalism and defending uniformitarianism.  The only way to guard against dogmatism and self-deception is to square off with those having other beliefs and motivations in light of the evidence.  And you know, maybe some of the best qualifications for good science come from the Judeo-Christian tradition: honesty, impartiality, humility, and a deep, abiding respect for the truth.(Visited 142 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Madiba Music: Your 67-minute Mandela Day Mixtape

first_imgIn celebration of Mandela Day, here is an essential list of the best Madiba-inspired musical moments. Spend your 67 minutes doing something to honour the man and his life with this soundtrack of great local and international artists paying tribute to South Africa’s greatest citizen. Nelson Mandela dances on stage in October, 1995, with supporters in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Image: Reuters)• South African music• Nelson Mandela – a timeline • Watch: Salif Keita and Black Mambazo call for harmony in Africa• Remembering Mandela, one year on• Jazz trumpets the notes of freedom CD AndersonNelson Mandela called music the “great blessing”, and believed that it has the power to “unite us all to sing with one voice”, to give us all the opportunity to both dream and dance.Madiba inspired a diverse collection of musicians, from ska punkers to classical composers, world-beating rock stars and jazz greats, and they all responded with some amazing tributes.In celebration of Mandela Day, here is an essential list of the best Madiba musical moments, including some of his personal favourites, as well as songs that helped define his place in history and our hearts.While you spend 67 minutes doing something to honour the great man and his life, take a moment to listen to the songs below and join the celebration.Hugh Masekela – Bring Him Back Home One of South Africa’s jazz greats, Masekela spent much of his life in exile, and that longing to return home inspired this somber but powerful lament to both the African diaspora and Mandela himself, the guiding light for those returning home to a new South Africa. Masekela had the honour of playing the song live for Madiba on his release from prison in 1990.Simple Minds – Mandela DayA song celebrating an imprisoned African leader by a Scottish rock band makes for an interesting dichotomy, but it is an appropriate one: Simple Minds’ singer Jim Kerr was one of the more outspoken proponents of the UK’s anti-apartheid movement. This celebratory song is, naturally, the unofficial anthem of July 18th, but a more lasting legacy was its part in bringing the story of Mandela and apartheid South Africa to a global audience during the 1980s.Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Umqombothi According to Chaka Chaka, this song – an upbeat sing-along about traditional African beer – was Mandela’s favourite song of all time. With its bold African groove, catchy chorus and addictive rhythm, it is the perfect fit for our famous Dancing President.Abdullah Ibrahim – MannenbergThe quintessential sound of South Africa, instantly recognised by all its citizens by the rolling piano theme and dynamic tempo. Named after the vibrant District Six area scarred by forced removals during apartheid, the song’s uplifting coda also acts as a perfect motif for a returning hero to free his people.Brenda Fassie – Black PresidentMa Brrr was one of Madiba’s favourite singers, and she celebrated his presidency in 1994 with this impassioned pledge of allegiance to his leadership and his dream for a free South Africa. The song inspired a generation and made her one of the country’s greatest musical icons.Vusi Mahlasela – When You Come BackThe Voice of Mamelodi has enjoyed a long career as a musical storyteller at home and around the world. In 1992, he greeted Madiba and other returning heroes with the “ringing of bells and the beating of drums” in this joyful harmony that quickly become his signature song. The song, much like Mandela, calls for humanity to “give something to the world and not just take from it.”The Specials AKA – Free Nelson MandelaWithout doubt the most famous song about Madiba, this rollicking ska protest song inspired the youth-led anti-apartheid movement across the world during the 1980s. Today, the song’s lyrics still have resonance, highlighting the ideals of Nelson Mandela to overcome poverty through positive action.Johnny Clegg – Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)The live performance of this song says it all: a powerful performer with a powerful song, joined on stage by the most powerful icon in South African history. Asimbonanga is a joyous refrain to all South Africans to be inspired by the life and work of Madiba and use it every day to continue his legacy.U2 – Ordinary LoveWorld citizen Bono has always had a strong connection to Madiba and his ideals, so it was appropriate that U2 was asked to write the theme song for the “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” film in 2013. The song, released a week before Madiba died, is a touching final tribute to the great man and his life’s work.Some other great Madiba-inspired tracks to soundtrack your 67 minutes this Mandela Day: Zahara featuring Mzwakhe Mbuli – Mandela Youssou N’dour – Nelson MandelaSipho Hotstix Mabuse – NelsonKoos Kombuis – Madiba BayWilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann – Hommage a Nelson M for Cello and PercussionMiles Davis – Amandlalast_img read more

Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.Crops such as red clover, planted after a main crop’s harvest, often are used to provide cover for insects such as ground beetles that feed on weed seed scattered along the soil surface. Beetles remove the seeds before they are tilled under and become part of the field’s long-term seed bank. Rodents are also important consumers of weed seeds and, like beetles, tend to prefer foraging under the shelter provided by cover.As a result, in fields planted with cover crops, three to four times more weed seed is eliminated from the combination of beetles and rodents, according to recent research.While that result wasn’t unexpected, Ian Kaplan, a Purdue University associate professor of entomology, and Carmen Blubaugh, who earned her doctorate at Purdue and is now a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University, used field experiments to learn a little about how habitat and fear might cause ripples along the food chain and affect seed predation.Beyond eating weed seeds, rodents also attack seed-feeding beetles, making it a challenge to predict seed consumption rates where both mice and beetles coexist. Each face numerous threats that change their approaches to finding food. On dark nights, for example, rodents might roam open fields. But under a moonlit sky, they are vulnerable to nocturnal predators.“We know moonlight has this predictable effect on small mammal behavior,” said Blubaugh, whose findings were published in the journal Oecologia. “When the moon is full, small mammals hide under the protection of cover. It helps them avoid predators that fly at night.”Kaplan and Blubaugh assumed that increasing the amount of light would drive rodents to cover more often, increasing the number of beetles they ate. If that were the case, reducing the beetle population might increase the amount of weed seed left in a field.In field experiments, they artificially manipulated “moonlight” in fields using lanterns to simulate a full moon. They indeed found fewer beetles under the illuminated cover crops, but instead of reducing the rate of weed seed consumption, the light treatments had no effect.“This is particularly surprising and interesting since rodents had strong negative effects on beetle densities,” Kaplan said. “Theory predicts that this interaction — called intraguild predation — will disrupt biocontrol, especially when the weaker seed predator (rodents) attacks the more effective predator (beetles).”In lab tests, exposure to a rodent decreased the movement of beetles, likely their way of becoming less noticeable to the predators. But surprisingly, the beetles ate 50% more seeds, despite the risk of being eaten themselves.“Beetles reduce their movement, but it might just mean that they hunker down on a pile of seeds and use that as a resource instead of hunting around for higher quality food,” Blubaugh said.Blubaugh expects to continue studying the interactions among animals and insects to understand how they’re affected by fear and risk. She said a study of animal feces could inform how diets change in response to fluctuating risk.The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded Kaplan and Blubaugh’s research.last_img read more

Stari Most GC28FXB – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 9, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedÞingvellir – The Mid-Atlantic Ridge — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 23, 2019In “Community”Two Oceans — Geocache of the WeekDecember 20, 2017In “Community”Råbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012October 25, 2012In “Community” Geocaching at Stari MostThe Geocache of the Week takes us to a country where fewer than 100 geocaches exist.Stari Most (GC28FXB), or Old Bridge sits in the heart of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is rated a difficulty 1 1/2, terrain 1 1/2 EarthCache.The bridge spans the Neretva river and connects two parts of the city of Mostar. Built in 1567, it stood for 427 years before it was destroyed in November of 1993 during the Croat-Bosniak conflict.Jumping off the bridgeStari Most, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become quite the tourist attraction since it was rebuilt in 2004. It stands 19 meters (62 feet) tall and spans 28.7 meters (94 feet ) in length.Much of Stari Most’s charm lies in its tradition of bridge jumping each year in the month of July. Tens of thousands of spectators line adjacent to the bridge and watch the divers of the Mostar Diving Club jump off the highest point (the arch) of the bridge.This EarthCache is no stranger to geocachers. It has accumulated nearly 250 logged visits, 23 Favorite Points and over 335 images since it was placed in 2010 by Team HeiMat.One geocacher logged, “I finally made it. I’m so pleased to finally say I’ve stood on the Stari Most despite, or indeed, because of its history TFTC.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the world. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.comIf you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] the bridgeShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more