Hazardous holiday

first_imgIf you have children, consider getting new products anddisposing of the old ones.Check the labels of PVC Christmas products before you buythem. Companies are now required to disclose if any products maycontain lead. To date, there are no recalls or exchange programsfor these products.Wash your hands after touching the item.PVC products may degrade in sun and heat. Clean the entirearea carefully to eliminate any lead particulate matter. Lead exposure risk”Children are more susceptible to the negative effects of leadexposure, which can range from learning disabilities to seizuresand death,” Atiles said.”Exposure can come from airborne lead dust, emitted from thetree, which may be breathed into children’s lungs,” he said.”Lead dust also may settle on the ground and on gifts stackedunder the tree.”Children ingest the lead when they touch the ground and the giftsand then put their contaminated hands into their mouths.Until safe levels of lead exposure are determined, it’s importantto keep children from coming in contact with the tree and leaddust emitted from it, Atiles said.For more information on lead contamination, visit the World WideWeb at yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/.(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaPreliminary research has found that artificial Christmas treesmade with PVC may contain lead.In a study of new and used artificial trees, the EnvironmentalQuality Institute at the University of North Carolina-Ashevillefound that some trees contained lead.”Researchers studied the trees for a month, using weekly wipesamples taken from below the tree,” said Jorge Atiles, aUniversity of Georgia Extension Service housing specialist.”The study found that two of the used trees with lead in the PVCbranch material emitted high levels of lead,” Atiles said. “Whilethe use of lead as a PVC stabilizer is becoming more infrequent,some common Christmas products such as artificial trees made inChina may contain lead used as a PVC stabilizer.”What can you do?If you’re concerned about your PVC tree, garland or wreath, youcan have items tested for lead emission with a kit from theEnvironmental Quality Institute.The kit costs $15. Mail orders with checks to FE/EQI CPO #2331,UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC 28804. You’ll get a test kit withinstructions, disposable lab gloves, a lab wipe and vial, aresearch questionnaire and a return mailer, Atiles said.In the meantime, if you suspect your tree or other PVC productmay contain lead, minimize your family’s exposure to them. Atilesoffers these tips:last_img read more

Roberto Martinez: Steven Naismith’s future is in his own hands

first_imgEverton forward Steven Naismith remains in limbo while he is injured but manager Roberto Martinez admits a decision to leave lies with the Scotland international. “The promise was we would review it in the next window and see how he is. Steven is in a position where he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked as a senior player. “It’s very much in the player’s hands to be able to make the right call.” Everton are hopeful they can tie up a deal for Leeds academy graduate Byram after agreeing terms with the Sky Bet Championship club. “There’s been an initial approach but from there, for having conclusive news for our fans, is a long gap still,” said Martinez. “We don’t do things quickly or panicky. If there’s any signing to be made, he has to be the right character, the right addition and that will always be the case. “At the moment we have to be very careful. I don’t enjoy the window clashing with important games. “Leeds have important games now and we have important games.” Three days after their goalless draw at Manchester City Everton head to Stamford Bridge to face a Chelsea side whom they beat 3-1 – thanks to a Naismith hat-trick – back in October when Jose Mourinho was still in charge. Guus Hiddink is now in temporary charge and despite some indifferent results all season Martinez is still wary. “Chelsea are a team full of winning footballers,” he added. “”Remember that they won the Premier League last season and that wasn’t long ago. So the quality is there and they have players that in one second can produce a moment of magic.” However, it was allowed to stay on the table and despite Swansea caretaker boss Alan Curtis expressing an interest this week it appears the Canaries are the only one to come up with a definitive offer. An ankle problem has kept Naismith out of the squad recently but Martinez has not ruled out him leaving before the end of the month. “There has been no approach (from Swansea). There has been another Premier League club that has made a lot of progress in that respect,” he said. “Everything is more or less agreed in terms of a possible transfer. “At the moment the priority is to see Steven fully fit and available and then probably we will have a sit down and decide the next step.” Asked whether the decision was now the player’s, Martinez added: “It is up to a point but it has to be right for everyone. “We are open to the Steven Naismith situation because in the last days of the previous window it’s an open secret Steven wanted to know about his future, and at that time we couldn’t replace him and it wasn’t right to do that. “That’s been there since day one on January 1. It’s never been a question of welcoming approaches and offers, it’s making sure we sit down with the player and he’s clear with the next step of his career. Press Association While the Toffees boss continues to try to strengthen his squad by bringing in Leeds full-back Sam Byram, for whom the club had a £5million offer accepted on Thursday, he is almost resigned to the departure of Naismith. The 29-year-old has made just five starts this season – the last in mid-October – and the club received a bid for him from Norwich in the last transfer window but it came too late for Everton to find a replacement and so was rejected. last_img read more

USC cruises to victory over Nevada

first_imgFollowing a closely-contested win in the first round of the WNIT, the USC women’s basketball team made sure a victory in the second round would be assured from the tip-off. The Women of Troy (21-12) shot 49.2 percent from the field as they defeated the Nevada Wolf Pack, 78-59, to advance to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT.“We just came out and we were all on point,” said junior guard Ashley Corral. “We didn’t have any mistakes, we were all playing together, we hustled after loose balls … we all came out with the same mentality today, and we just put it all together.”Senior guard Jacki Gemelos led the charge with an all-around game, tallying 20 points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals.Corral, USC’s career leader in three-pointers made, came off the bench to score 20 points. But that doesn’t seem to have negatively affected her play. If anything, it has improved it. Corral is eight-for-nine from three-point range and has scored a team-leading 35 points in the WNIT despite being relegated to a sixth-man type role.“With [Corral] coming off the bench, it’s been fun to watch,” said senior center Kari LaPlante. “She’s been having a lot of really good games coming off the bench and just hitting shots, instead of having to run the offense and do other things that she’s had to do in the past.”The Women of Troy started off the game hot, grabbing an 8-0 lead. After a brief rally from the Wolf Pack, USC went on a 12-0 run to gain a 30-11 lead with seven minutes to go in the first half. A 42-26 lead marked the biggest halftime lead that USC had held all season.The lead would extend to 26 points in the second half, but a late scoring run manufactured at the free-throw line by Nevada cut USC’s lead to its final 19-point deficit. The Wolf Pack were led by senior Tahnee Robinson, who scored 19 points and also added 6 rebounds. “I thought we did a very good job of containing [Robinson] and all the players around her,” Corral said.In the WNIT’s third round for the first time in school history, USC will play BYU (25-8), the regular-season champions of the Mountain West conference. The Cougars were relegated to the WNIT when they were upset in their conference tournament by one point Utah. The two teams will tip-off in Provo, Utah on Wednesday at 6 p.m. “BYU is another big opponent, and we’re going to have to play as hard as we did today,” Corral said. “We’re hoping to keep playing hard, and hope to get the next four wins [and win the WNIT championship].”last_img read more

Same song, different verse: Andale dominates Wellington

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Whatever gap Wellington was hoping to close with the Andale football program, is not materializing and it might not do so for awhile.The Crusaders traveled to Andale and were totally dominated 46-0 Friday evening in a game not as close as the score may indicate.Perhaps, even worse, Wellington is starting to accumulate injuries again which so devastated the team last year. Crusader Connor Burnett left the game with a foot injury. Colton Glover is out for the season with a head injury. Remington Gilkey was out of the lineup with knee injury. Connor Phelps seemed to be hobbling.The Crusader world that seemed to look so bright just last week, seems to be crumbling. Andale has had that kind of effect on the Crusaders.Again, if one could pinpoint a recurring problem this season for the Crusaders, it would be the special teams. Twice Zach Meyer would score off special teams — one on a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. The second one on a 90 yard kickoff return to open the second half. He would have had a third one had it not been an Andale block in the back penalty in the second quarter.Wellington’s defense which has been consistent this season up until Friday night, seemed to become less potent as the game progressed. The Crusaders would give up 312 yards for the game.At the beginning of the game, Wellington appeared to be have Andale stopped on a fourth and long on the Indians first possession. But Andale quarterback Taylor Richter threw a screen pass to Bo Knowblauch in the flat, who would then scramble 31 yards for the Indians score.That was a dagger and it seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game.While Wellington would get a first down on every drive in the first quarter, it could not pick up a second, and after a punt return for a touchdown, the Dukes were trailing 13-0.Wellington would reach midfield and a good punt pinned the Indians inside the 10. Andale would go to work and drove the length of the field, scoring on a 7-yard Richter run, his first of four touchdowns of the night. That made it 20-0.The Crusaders had their best play of the game when Phelps found an open seam and scrambled 43 yards to the Andale 35. But the Indians would stiffen their defense and allow just five more yards before taking over on downs.That would lead to a Richter 16-yard touchdown thereafter. The lone consolation for Wellington was Andale failed to score to end the half.Once the second half started and Meyer delivered his 90 yard TD on the kickoff, this game was officially over. Wellington would give up two more touchdowns of 57 and 46 yards.By the fourth quarter it was a running clock as the junior varsity got to see playing time. Wellington hopes for a better performance when Wichita Collegiate comes to town this Friday. Andale – Meyer 65 punt return (PAT no good). Passing – Wellington: Cade Phelps 1-3-9. Andale: Richter 3-5-56 Andale121420046 Wellington00000 Receiving – Wellington: Co. Phelps 1-9. Andale: N/A. Andale – Richter 7 run (PAT kick good). Wellington vs. Andale Andale – Richter 16 run (PAT kick good). Andale – Richter 57 run (PAT kick no good).center_img Scoring 1234Final Rushing – Wellington: Co. Phelps 16-90, Kop 11-17, Jones 10-26, Ca. Phelps 6-(-27), Ferguson 1-5. Total 46-111 Andale – 90 kickoff run (PAT kick good). Rushing – Andale: Dagenais 5-48, Meyer 7-110, Reichter 10-47, Horsch 3-17, Stuever 6-0, King 1-16, Tr. Meyer 7-28. Total: 39-266. Andale – Richter 46 run (PAT pass no good). Andale – Richter to Knoblach 31 pass (PAT kick good). Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Video Assistant Referee system used for first time in World Cup history

first_img0Shares0000The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) operation room in Moscow © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – The Video Assistant Referee system was used for the first time in World Cup history on Saturday, when France were awarded a penalty against Australia in Kazan.Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture. Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead.Minutes later Australia drew level through a spot-kick of their own although it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly beating Hugo Lloris.VAR has been used to varying degrees of success in Serie A and the German Bundesliga, while FIFA used the system at the Confederations Cup in Russia last year.But the English Premier League voted in April not to use the system during the 2018/19 Premier League season after controversial trials in English cup competitions.VAR technology is used in what are considered “game-changing” situations, such as a goal, penalty or red card, and can also be used to help referees with cases of mistaken identity.FIFA director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system has been rushed in for the World Cup, but insists officials are ready and that VAR will help referees make better decisions in Russia.Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the referees committee at FIFA, said it was time for the VAR to prove its worth in the modern game because referees were “humans” and should have a safety net to prevent them making mistakes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton

first_imgAn appeal has been made following a criminal damage incident to a patrol car outside a local Garda station in Donegal. It is understood in the early hours of Saturday morning last, between 1:40am and 2:10am, considerable damaged was caused to a parked patrol vehicle outside Newtoncunningham’s Garda station.The car’s wing mirror was ripped off, causing serious damage to the driver’s door. Gardaí said one person, who has been recorded with CCTV, was involved in the incident.Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Child Prodigies Disprove Brain Size as Intelligence Driver

first_imgIt’s not the size; it’s the wiring. Don’t we know that for electronics? Why are evolutionists still obsessed with brain size?Measuring skull capacity as a proxy for intelligence has a long history. In his book The Mismeasure of Man (1981), Stephen Jay Gould recounted how Victorian evolutionists were obsessed with skull measurements (craniometry) in their determination to prove Europeans were superior to other races. As he shows, their a priori bias influenced what they “saw” in their measurements as they preferred only the measurements that supported their expectations.Biological racism really took off after Darwin, Dr Bergman shows.In his book The Darwin Effect, Jerry Bergman documents how biological racism really took off after Darwin. Evolutionary theory demanded differences between groups to establish superiority in fitness. Since Europeans had shoes with buckles and Africans did not, it was obvious to Victorians that they were the fittest, and so they rigged their data to prove it. As Bergman shows, biological racism was embraced by leading Darwinists for over a century. It was even blatant in the very textbook at issue in the Scopes Trial, for instance. Racism was tied in with eugenics – that blotch on human history that gave Hitler and other racists a pseudo-scientific justification for their evil deeds. A linchpin of “biological racism” was skull capacity.Today’s anthropologists know better than to argue for “biological racism” based on skull size. And yet craniometry still crops up in paleoanthropology, where it forms what might be called “paleo-biological racism.” Most anthropologists will avoid acting racist with any members of Homo sapiens today, but they still need differences in fitness between us and our “hominin” ancestors to support the notion that we evolved from apes. For that reason, evolutionary anthropologists continue to be fascinated with skull capacity. A paper this week in Current Biology, for instance, begins with an acknowledgement of former sins:SummaryTraditional views of human brain evolution focus on increases in brain size. However, the brain endocast of Homo naledi adds evidence that brain re-organisation played a significant role in hominin evolution.Main TextCompared to the brains of our primate cousins, human brains are undeniably large. Although brains do not fossilize well, skulls do, which makes it possible to measure brain volume in our extinct relatives and to chart the evolutionary trajectory of hominin brain size. A naïve but still widely popularised representation of these data implies an unwavering trend towards progressive brain expansion; a ‘hockey stick graph’ for human evolution (Figure 1A). While no anthropologist would accept such a simple series of transitions between extinct hominins, recent discoveries also suggest that this trend captures only one dimension of hominin brain evolution. A new analysis by Holloway and colleagues adds to our picture of hominin brain evolution in two ways: it adds weight to the idea that brain expansion was not a universal trend in hominin evolution, and provides evidence that brain re-organisation occurred independently of brain expansion and may have, in fact, preceded it.This is all well and good, but it still relies on skull capacity as “one dimension of hominin brain evolution.” Author Stephen Montgomery’s only figure in his “Dispatch” article, “Hominin brain evolution: Which way is up?” continues the tradition of mapping skull size over time. “Brain size is often taken as a naïve proxy for cognitive ability,” he admits, “with the trend towards progressive brain expansion providing a simple way of tying evidence of behavioural or cultural transitions in the fossil record to the evolution of cognition.” All he does in the end, though, is show a “revised” hockey stick graph with some outliers, like Homo naledi and Homo floresiensis, that buck the trend of increasing skull capacity. He proposes an explanation that those outliers suffered “allometric reduction” (reduction in both body and skull sizes). This shows that the assumption of evolution from apes that originally gave fodder to biological racism has not disappeared entirely. For evolutionary theory, why must skull sizes increase at all for a creature to be intelligent? Aren’t honeybees, ants and crows remarkably smart for their small brains?Child Prodigies Defy Evolutionary MeasurementsIt should have been obvious to Victorians that brain size cannot be all that important. Child prodigies have been known since antiquity. Let’s look at two alive today that astonish us with their pre-adolescent abilities. In their not-yet-full-grown skulls, look what the brains in these two child prodigies have already accomplished:William Maillis, age 11This boy has graduated from college at age 11. “Before he was 2 years old, William Maillis was adding and subtracting,” Joe Kovacs reports in WND with a photo of him holding his diploma. “As a 3-year-old, he knew the alphabet in six languages.” That’s just the beginning.By age 4, he was an algebra whiz. At 5 years old, a psychologist at Ohio State University said the boy was a genius.Now at the ripe young age of 11, Maillis has officially become a college graduate, receiving an associate’s degree Saturday from St. Petersburg College in Florida.But his education is not finished yet, as he begins classes next month at the University of South Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree, as he’s looking upward toward the heavens.Little William wants to become an astrophysicist. And to the consternation of Twitter evolutionists who call creationists ignoramuses and nincompoops (21 July), William is a Bible-believer who wants to use science to turn people to God.Alma Deutscher, age 13CBS NewsThis young girl astounds everyone who hears her music. She was featured on 60 Minutes earlier this year, where she astonished host Scott Pelley by composing and performing an impromptu minuet based on 4 notes he drew at random from a hat (see a completely different musical ‘hat trick’ here with another host on YouTube). A child prodigy since at least age 6, Alma says she hears melodies in her head almost all the time, but that is only the beginning of her amazing prowess. At the tender age of 13 she is a Mozart-class composer, a virtuoso violinist, a virtuoso pianist, and a singer with a beautiful voice. She has composed and performed her own piano concerto (hear the 2nd Movement on YouTube), an opera, and a violin concerto, among many other pieces – and this includes composing and arranging all the orchestra parts, too.On her YouTube channel this week, Alma posted a complete performance of her entire 35-minute Violin Concerto in G that she performed last year in Europe with orchestra, all from memory. If you can watch her virtuosity and sensitivity and creativity without shaking your head in utter disbelief that this is even possible at age 13, someone might have to check if you have a pulse. Hundreds of comments at this performance express delight at watching and hearing her amazing ability, thinking back to what it must have been like to hear Mozart as a child. One writes,It is so easy to forget that we listen to a concerto composed by a young girl, it truly sounds at the same level of the greatest classical music composers of all time. We need to be grateful for being alive at this time, as rarely any generation on Earth gets to witness such extraordinary talent of someone this age.ImplicationsIs Alma Deutscher able to do this because her brain is larger than those of the grown musicians in the orchestra? Is William Maillis a college graduate at age 11 because his skull is larger than his professors? Certainly not! You can tell by looking at them that their heads probably have a ways to grow before adulthood. Neither child resembles those space aliens that are often drawn with huge heads and diminutive bodies to indicate that they are smarter than humans, having had millions more years to evolve. The myth of brain size as a measure of intelligence is tossed into the trash bin of history by these two child prodigies, and by all the others who have preceded them. This should have been obvious to the Victorian biological racists who certainly would have known of prodigies in their day. And in our modern day of electronic gadgets, we have seen the trend toward more capacity in smaller space (example: an advance at the University of Alberta may increase computer memory a thousand-fold, reports Science Daily). In hindsight, evolutionists could well have predicted human skulls would get smaller over time, not larger. It’s the wiring, not the size. Compactness is a feature, not a bug. The human brain still remains the most complex known object in the universe, with more ability than all the world’s computers combined.Darwin FatheadsBack to Stephen Montgomery at Current Biology. What does he do with this realization? You can feel the tension in his writing, as he discounts brain size yet clings to evolutionary theory’s expectation that something about skull size or shape might still be able inform us about human progress from the apes:Even without a definitive phylogenetic hypothesis, the description of the H. naledi endocast provides a major lesson in thinking about brain evolution. First, both evolutionary scenarios described above involve reorganisation of brain structure without correlated changes in brain size; implying the morphological changes observed in later Homo are not a result of allometric scaling, and may be somewhat functionally independent from size increases. The evolutionary independence of these two modes of brain evolution implies that a narrow focus on brain size will likely ignore behaviourally important features of brain architecture. This conclusion should not be surprising, as comparative analyses across a range of vertebrates demonstrate similar patterns of mosaic brain evolution, and a complex relationship between brain size and behaviours used as proxies for cognition. Indeed, recent work on brain morphology within anatomically modern humans also provides evidence for a dissociation between brain size and structure. A geometric morphometric analysis of 20 H. sapiens digital endocasts, dated between 300,000 to 10,000 years ago, revealed that early and late H. sapiens brains were similar in size, but not shape. In more recent specimens, the brains appear more ‘globular’, with changes in the relative shape of several cortical features, most notably the parietal lobe, and a bulging of the cerebellum. These shape differences may reflect changes in the development of particular brain components, and coincide with the emergence of behavioural modernity.Neubauer et al, ScienceThat’s a recipe for more biological racism. He has just exchanged shape for size. Can you see some Darwinian measuring shapes now, ranking people on that basis? Montgomery seems to sense the danger in that route. He gives up.These studies suggest changes in brain organization played a major role in the emergence of both our genus and our species. What then is the relative significance of the apparent trend towards brain expansion? Could brain size be less important than we thought? Several lines of evidence suggest brain size is still a big part of our story. For example, modelling the genetic covariance between brain and body size provides evidence for selection acting directly on brain size during hominin evolution, rather than body size. Similarly, molecular genetics continues to uncover evidence of adaptive evolution of genes affecting brain development, including the recent identification of the latest ‘human-specific’ gene, NOTCH2NL, which may have played a major role in prolonging cortical neurogenesis. However, brain size is merely a reflection of internal changes in brain composition and structure, including increases in neuron number and changes in connectivity. The challenge is therefore to understand the behavioural relevance of the kind of structural changes that do, or don’t, necessitate changes in overall brain volume. Until we have a good grasp of the functional effects of these different patterns of brain evolution, a sound understanding of the multiple dimensions of the hominin fossil record will remain elusive.Question, class: How much has Darwinian evolution helped us understand ourselves?Update 8/05/18: Here’s an eye-catching headline on Live Science: “Part of This Boy’s Brain Was Removed. The Rest of His Brain Made Sure He Wouldn’t Notice.” A boy nicknamed U.D. had a third of his brain removed to treat seizures. Now the seizures are gone, and the rest of his brain has compensated for most functions that were performed by the missing mass. “Aside from U.D. not being able to see the left side of his world, the team found that he functions just as well as others his age in cognition and vision processing.”We grieve at the evils done by evolutionists who promulgated biological racism based on Charles Darwin’s evil theory. Oh, that they were alive today for us to chastise with these facts and to show them what their fake science led to. We can’t do that, but we can warn the living to learn from history, and never again to rank people on an evolutionary basis.Now, go watch Alma Deutscher play her violin concerto and celebrate the gift of God in music. (Visited 602 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

9 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti happy with Coppa win over Benevento

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti happy with Coppa win over Beneventoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti was pleased with their Coppa Italia triumph over Benevento.Inter won the round of 16 clash 6-2.”I told (Benevento Coach Cristian) Bucchi after the final whistle that he ought to be proud of that performance,” Spalletti said on Inter TV.“When we went 4-0 up, there was the risk they would stop playing and our attitude was one of assuming it was over, but they constantly pushed forward to harass us off the ball. It was a real game and a difficult one.“I compliment my team, because they proved themselves very professional in their approach during the week building up to it. There is the risk of getting distracted and embarrassed, the way we were last year, so this result is a step forward.“I was impressed with the players who haven’t been on the field as much this season, such as Andrea Ranocchia, Daniele Padelli, Antonio Candreva and Roberto Gagliardini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more