Here’s an old “evolutionary puzzle” to challenge your local Darwinist: explain living fossils. Many living animals and plants were known only from the fossil record, thought to have gone extinct many millions of years ago, only to turn up in a local meat market or remote forest. Science Daily tackled this question in the Nov. 17 issue.1 Perkins told the story of three famous cases of “Lazarus” species that came forth from the dead: coelacanth, Laotian rock rat, and Wollemi pine. Sifting away the extraneous facts, what was the kernel of evolutionary explanation for these organisms, some of which supposedly spent up to 93 million years of evolutionary time alive and well, without leaving a trace in the rocks? Here are the three leading suggestions:Many scientists contend that the simultaneous reappearance of so many Lazarus taxa indicates that the fossil record from that era can’t be trusted, says [Margaret] Fraiser [U of Michigan–Milwaukee]. Others suggest that the missing creatures simply became so rare that they weren’t captured in the fossil record. Yet others propose that the creatures survived only in small areas and that their fossils haven’t yet been discovered.Fraiser and her colleagues put these ideas to the test by surveying fossil counts before and after the Permian extinction. They concluded that the fossil record is trustworthy. Richard Twitchett, a paleoecologist from U of Plymouth, concluded, “These Lazarus taxa must have been somewhere, maybe in [rocks] that paleontologists haven’t sampled yet. Or maybe their fossils have been misidentified or overlooked.” Perkins did not discuss a related evolutionary puzzle. Why did the living forms look identical to the ancient forms after so many tens of millions of years of evolution?1. Sid Perkins, “Back from the Dead? ‘Resurrections’ of long-missing species lead to revelations,” Science News, Week of Nov. 17, 2007; Vol. 172, No. 20, p. 312.This is not science; it is religion masquerading as science. They did not even consider the possibility that living fossils falsify long ages and evolutionary theory. But if they want to play the “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” game, creationists can, too. If an evolutionist asks you to show you a Precambrian rabbit or Silurian human, show them this story. Of course, we know what the Darwin Party would do if they did find a Precambrian rabbit: they would say, “Well, what do you know? We were wrong! This rock isn’t Precambrian, it’s Pleistocene!” (cf. 09/19/2007). Have faith, brother, and you will see miracles: Lazarus species rising from the dead.(Visited 114 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
13 June 2012 President Jacob Zuma has appointed South Africa’s first female national police commissioner, Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega, to replace Bheki Cele, who has been fired after a presidential board of inquiry found him unfit for office. Phiyega has been serving as chairperson of the Presidential Review Committee on State-Owned Enterprises, and deputy chair of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.‘Wealth of experience as senior executive’ “Ms Phiyega brings a wealth of experience as a senior executive who understands the responsibility of government in the fight against crime and the duties imposed in dealing with state assets,” Zuma told a press briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. “I have every confidence that she will show leadership and acquit herself well as national commissioner.” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa welcomed Phiyega’s appointment, saying she brought with her a “wealth of experience on strategic leadership and a sound management background, both from public service and the private sector”. This experience would “stand her in good stead as she steers the South African Police Service [SAPS] towards better compliance, systems integration, effective and greater accountability,” Mthethwa said.Cele ‘unfit for office’ In September last year, Zuma appointed a board of inquiry, chaired by Justice Jakes Moloi, to investigate alleged misconduct by Cele and pronounce on his fitness for office. “The board has found General Cele to be unfit for office and has recommended his removal from office in terms of the provisions of section 8(6)(b)(v) of the South African Police Service Act No. 68 of 1995,” Zuma said. “Having thoroughly considered the report of the board, and applied my mind thereto, I have decided to release General Cele from his duties.” Zuma said that Cele still had a lot to contribute to South Africa, adding that crime levels in the country had continued to drop under his tenure.Improving management, financial, security systems “However, the reports of the Public Protector and that of the board of inquiry indicate deficiencies administratively and in particular in relation to General Cele’s duties as an accounting officer,” Zuma said. Zuma said he had had a discussion with Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa about “what needs to be corrected immediately within the SAPS so that we can continue the excellent record of fighting crime”. This included management and financial systems as well as the breaches of information security which, Zuma said, had “unfortunately become common”. “We have in the past few weeks witnessed a disappointing spectacle of police officers jeopardising state security by placing information in the public domain, in contravention of their oath of office. This is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated if the fight against crime is to continue being effective.” Source: BuaNews
Johannesburg – Thursday 19th September 2019 – Brand South Africa has partnered with Touch HD and Soweto TV, to host the first ever soccer match aptly named the Game of Heritage, Pride and Unity on Heritage Day, 24th of September.The game is the brain child of media personality Thabo Molefe, fondly known as Tbo Touch. He established an online audio platform in 2008 with a vision to be a world class service that provides podcast and audio live streaming services that bring the benefits of low data rates to the market.Speaking on the game, Thabo says “Nothing draws people together more than sport and soccer is huge in South Africa. We want to celebrate Heritage Day not just through embracing our different cultures (something that makes SA so beautiful) but through doing something that brings about a spirit of unity and patriotism through the friendly game of soccer between South African celebrities and sports icons”.“Brand South Africa is proud to be part of the inaugural Game of heritage, pride and unity. As an organisation we have to consistently find ways that promote nation building, pride and patriotism in order to unite the people of South Africa and this collaboration helps achieve our mission. Sport has the ability to unite nations and what better way to also showcase our diverse and colourful heritage,” said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms Sithembile Ntombela.Cultural pride will be in the air with different proudly South African pop up shops and stalls selling everything cultural from clothes, food, art and jewellery. Spectators are encouraged to come dressed in ways that represent their pride in their heritage and country.Kick off will take place at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto in Soweto from 11am. Gates open at 10am.Entrance on the day is a South African Flag. These will also be available on sale at the venueJoin the celebration and follow us on #GameofHeritage #PlayYourPart #HeritageMonth2019 #InspiringNewWays
17 July 2015The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started work on its R900-million Southern Region construction project.The national road network is the economic link between Port Elizabeth and East London, and is the west-east link between Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.In the first phase, it has begun upgrading a 47km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in Eastern Cape.The project comprises upgrading a single carriageway through the mountainous region, and construction is in three phases. It is not without its challenges, among which are saving the protected Oldenburgia grandis trees indigenous to some places along the route, limiting delays to road users during construction and keeping the impact on adjoining property owners to a minimum.A large amount of rock has to be blasted, and the design also has to tie into the existing Fish River Bridge.Rock blasting is planned for today, 15km outside Grahamstown towards Peddie, according to Sanral. The upgrade of 16.7km of the N2 included geometric improvements, realignment, widening of existing cuttings and fill embankments, the roads agency said.Grahamstown to KingIn total, the project is expected to take six to seven years. It is part of a long-term strategy to improve roads around and between Grahamstown and King William’s Town and comprises geometric improvements to portions of the national highway.Climbing lanes to improve the level of surface will also be added.“The existing road was built in the 1960s and currently does not meet Sanral’s desired alignment and safety standards,” said the agency. An increase in traffic volumes, particularly heavy vehicles, had prompted the need for the upgrade.Improved sight distance for drivers was expected to cut road accidents and reduce vehicle operating costs, while travel times were expected to be shorter.In media reports, Sanral has that the project will improve and prepare the N2 to support increasing volumes of motorists on the national road over the next 25 years, while enabling lower fuel consumption on the upgraded road, which will also reduce carbon emissions.Regarding the rare Oldenburgia grandis, which only grows on quartzite outcrops, Sanral collaborated with Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, and funded a study and transplant programme for these plants. The project is being overseen by a postgraduate botany student.N2 Wild Coast toll roadIn other road news, the construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road was expected to start in September 2016, said Gugile Nkwinti, the rural development and land reform minister.He was speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee (PICC) on 9 July at a public consultation meeting in Bizana, Eastern Cape.The PICC oversees bulk infrastructure projects and manages 18 strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs). Nkwinti is responsible for SIP3, which targets the South-East Node and Corridor Development. This includes the N2 Wild Coast Highway, new dam at Mzimvubu with an irrigation system.He received a Sanral report on the status of the project earlier last week. “We have made a decision. What we want to know now is where we are going to relocate people who have to make way for the road. In case of graves, we want people to indicate where the graves will be relocated. We are left with 13 months before construction starts.”The department said that if court processes against the construction of the toll road persisted, the project would start in 2017.“Before construction resumes, houses, graves, animal veld, and mealie-fields will be relocated to suitable alternative land. A survey commissioned by Sanral about the proposed new route for the N2 along the Wild Coast indicated an almost unanimous level of support for this development.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly DetwilerWhat’s in your fridge? Just in time for the holidays, it’s time to find out. Nov. 15 is National Clean Out Your Fridge Day. We lead such busy lives that this task is often procrastinated, avoided, dreaded and maybe never done by many. Leaks, mold and expired condiments are just a few surprises in store! I’m sure I’ll find things that have been forgotten about and are hiding and even, unreachable. Pauuuul! Refrigerators these days are pricey and necessities that everyone needs. Routine maintenance such as vacuuming parts we never see will help extend the life of a fridge.In the world of food policy these days food waste is one hot topic. The Institute for food safety and health in Illinois states that confusion over “sell-by,” “use-by” and “best-by” leads to billions of pounds of food waste each year. These are important terms to know as we clean out our fridges this year.Use-by: This date is basically a goal to eat by date. It may not necessarily make us sick but the quality will start to diminish and safety could be lessened.Sell-by: This label is primarily for retailers. They should sell or remove from the shelf by this date. We don’t need to eat it by this date!!! It is interesting to know that at least a third more of its eatable life is to come. Sounds like a great way to get a deal on meat and other perishable foods that we can eat or freeze for later!Best-by: This is the consumer date to consume for best quality of this product.Not sure when you opened your condiments? Just guess for now. After cleaning and reorganizing your fridge, one great way to keep track of your food is to mark with a sharpie the date you opened it. Check out what eatbydate.com says how long you can keep these common products past their printed date (if opened and kept at appropriate temps).Eggs: a monthButter: at least a monthKetchup/ BBQ/Mustard: at least one yearMayonnaise/Miracle Whip: 1 weekRanch/Blue Cheese/Caesar/Thousand Island: 1 to 2 monthsItalian/Balsamic vinaigrette: 3 to 4 monthsSoy sauce: 2 to 3 yearsWorcestershire: 3 to 4 yearsJam/Jelly: 1 year (homemade 6 months)Grab your soapy water, disinfectant, sponge, trash can and accept this challenge! Empty each shelf and completely wash down the inside and underneath drawers and shelves. Throw out all that moldy, expired and stuff you don’t use. Don’t forget about the routine maintenance of vacuuming condenser cords and underneath your fridge. Before you know it, your fridge will be sparkly clean and ready to be restocked and organized with healthy foods, leaving plenty of room for all those holiday leftovers! Eat well & healthy!Shelly What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Check out these new twists on the staff’s favorites! Matt Reese…Turkey with Cranberry SauceWayne’s Cranberry Sauce pauladeen.com 1 cup sugar1 cup water1 (16 oz) bag fresh cranberries1 cup apple, chopped1 cup walnuts, chopped1/2 cup raisins1/4 cup orange liqueur1/2 orange, juiced1/2 lemon, juiced1 teaspoon cinnamon1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated Combine the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and return to a boil, then lower the heat so that the liquid simmers. Add the apples, walnuts, raisins, orange liqueur, orange and lemon juices, cinnamon and nutmeg, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the sauce cool. Serves 6. Serve in a side bowl with turkey or any preferred holiday dish. Ty Higgins…StuffingBasic Thanksgiving Dressing pioneerwoman.com 1 loaf Cornbread (see My Skillet Cornbread Recipe)1 loaf Italian Bread, Such As Ciabatta1 loaf French Bread1 whole Large Onion Or 2 Medium Onions, Diced5 stalks Celery, Diced1/2 bunch Parsley, Chopped1/2 cup (1 Stick) Butter6 cups Low-sodium Chicken Broth, More If Needed For Moisture1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil1/2 teaspoon Ground Thyme1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, Finely MincedSalt And Pepper Cut all the bread into 1-inch cubes and lay them out on sheet pans. Cover with a dish towel and let them dry out for 24-48 hours until they’re dry and crisp. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions and celery and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth, parsley, rosemary, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir. Put all the bread cubes in a large bowl and slowly ladle in the broth mixture, tossing as you go until the dressing has the moisture level you want. Taste and add more seasonings as needed. Pour the dressing into a large casserole pan and/or the turkey cavity. Bake the casserole for 20 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees until golden and crisp on top. Serve piping hot with a turkey and gravy! Skillet Cornbread pioneerwoman.com 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal1/2 cup All-purpose Flour1 teaspoon Salt1 Tablespoon Baking Powder1 cup Buttermilk1/2 cup Milk1 whole Egg1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda1/4 cup Shortening2 Tablespoons Shortening Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Stir together. Measure the buttermilk and milk in a measuring cup and add the egg. Stir together with a fork. Add the baking soda and stir. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until combined. In a small bowl, melt 1/4 shortening. Slowly add melted shortening to the batter, stirring until just combined. In an iron skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons shortening over medium heat.Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Spread to even out the surface. (Batter should sizzle.) Cook on stovetop for 1 minute, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Edges should be crispy! Dale Minyo…Thick Noodles and StuffingHomemade Egg Noodles kingarthur.com 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking powder2 large eggs, whisked well1/2 cup milk Place the flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to aerate and combine.With the machine running, drizzle in the eggs. Process for 20 seconds, or until the mixture looks like fine cornmeal.Turn the machine on again, and drizzle in the milk. You may not need all of it, so hold back on the last tablespoon or two, adding only if needed to make a smooth, firm dough.Remove the dough from the processor and knead it briefly by hand to smooth it out. Wrap in plastic wrap, and let sit for 30 to 60 minutes at room temperature. At this point you can place the dough in the fridge for up to 24 hours; longer than that, though, and the dough will oxidize, turning an unattractive gray color.With a large rolling pin or your pasta machine, roll the pasta about 1/16″ thick. Cut long strips 1/2″ wide, then cut those strips into 3″ pieces. Dust with a touch of extra flour and let dry at room temperature while you bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.Drop the noodles into the boiling water by the handful. Be sure to stir the water to keep the strands separated. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, or until tender. Test a noodle every minute or so until done. Drain the noodles, and serve them hot, with butter, salt, and pepper. Yield: 4 to 6 servings. Fast and Easy version…Try Reames frozen egg noodles. Use 16 oz. package. Cook according to directions. After draining stir in can of cream of chicken soup. Stir in chicken broth until desired creamy version! Joel Penhorwood…Honey Glazed Ham and all of the above!Baked Ham with brown sugar honey glaze Trisha Yearwood1 10-pound bone-in smoked ham (with water added)1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar½ c clover honeyAdjust the oven racks to accommodate a large roasting pan. Fit the pan with a shallow roasting rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Unwrap the ham and rinse it under cold water. Place it on the rack in the roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour 40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar and honey in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and the sugar has dissolved.Pour the brown sugar glaze over the ham and continue roasting1 hour 40 minutes more, basting at least twice with the drippings in the roaster. (To adjust the total roasting time for a smaller or larger ham, calculate 20 minutes per pound.) Check for doneness by inserting a meat thermometer into a meaty spot (not into fat or touching the bone)-it should register 160 degrees F.Let the ham stand 15 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to set. (You can make the ham up to 2 hours ahead; tent with foil and serve at room temperature.)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers of the importance of proper grain bin safety procedures. To help review both the importance of and procedures for grain bin safety, NCGA is again offering an informative video.To view the video, click here.The video, shot on location in several states, provides a wide range of information from prevention tips and background data on grain bin accidents. The project also involved interviews with professionals in the fields of grain bin safety research and rescue to provide as much information to viewers as possible.
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Rohit Sharma scored his 20th one day international century during the first ODI of the five-match series between India and West Indies at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.Rohit brought up his hundred off 84 balls with a boundary of the bowling of Ashley Nurse in the 32 over.He hence became the fourth Indian to reach the 20 hundreds in ODI cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Live updates | ScorecardRohit finshed his innings with a six to give India a comprehensive 8-wicket win. He was unbeaten on 152 is now the batsman with the most 150+ scores in ODI cricket, as he scored his 6th and overtook Sachin Tendulkar, who has five.His unbeaten 152 is the also the second-best score agianst the West Indies in the 50-over foramt, with Sehwag’s memmorable 219 at Indore in 2011.Rohit hit 15 boundaries and 8 maximums in his century. Rohit also surpassed former India captain Ganguly on the list of most sixes for India in ODIs.HITMANNNN @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v1E8OCwE8LBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Onus was on Rohit from the get go after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by debutant Oshane Thomas in the second over of India’s chase of 323.Rohit started off slowly as he choose to take a back seat after skipper Kohli came in at No.3 and started the onslaught on the West Indies bowlers.HITMAN joins the partyBrings up his 20th ODI ton off 84 deliveries.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/DjUNt6wMCFadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Rohit was happy to take the singles and rotate the strike. At 37, when Kohli had already surpassed him, Rohit had had enough. He hit spinner Devendra Bishoo for two consecutive sixes to bring up his fifty.READ – Virat Kohli scores 36th ODI hundred, breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s recordAfter Kohli reached his 36th ODI hundred, it was time for Rohit to unleash. He lifted Ashley Nurse for a humongous six to let everyone know at the stadium that he meant business.The Mumbai batsman has been in excellent form with the bat. He recently led Team India to their seventh Asia Cup triumph in the absence of regular captain Kohli.He was the second highest scorer at the Asia Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, as he scored 317 from five games, including an unbeaten 111 against Bangladesh in the Super 4 stage.Since Rohit is not a part of the Indian Test set up, he opted to play for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He played two matches and scored 33 not out and 17.