Golden Arrowhead hoisted as Guyana rings in 52nd Independence Anniversary

first_imgThe Golden Arrowhead fluttered in all its glory on Friday before thousands of Guyanese patrons gathered at the D’Urban Park in Georgetown to participate in the ceremonial flag-raising exercise that represented part of this country’s pre-Independence ceremony.The Golden Arrowhead being hoisted at the pre-Independence ceremonyThe event, Guyana’s historical 52 Independence Anniversary observance, was graced with the presence of President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger, along with several other ministers of the Government, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the disciplinary forces, students, and well-wishers.This year saw performances by over 2000 students, who participated in the various cultural dances of Guyana’s six peoples, decked in the colours of the flag to represent social cohesion.A section of the performers who danced to the various cultural musicMeanwhile, a march past was collectively conducted by the National Cadet Corps, Hope Secondary, Kuru-Kuru College, Mackenzie High School and several other institutions.The inclement weather could not prevent the performers from showcasing their cultural pieces, done much to the enjoyment of the crowd. Then, as the skies gradually cleared, the honoured members of the Guyana Defence Force took up their positions to hoist the national flag.last_img read more

Wildfires torment 3 states

first_imgOKLAHOMA CITY – A rash of wildfires raged Sunday across Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, including one that burned several homes in northeastern Oklahoma City. Several city residents were evacuated but no injuries were reported, Fire Maj. Brian Stanaland said. Television images showed at least one large structure engulfed in flames. At least a dozen wildfires continued to burn across Oklahoma on Sunday evening, urged on by winds up to 50 mph and hot, dry weather. A large blaze near Guthrie threatened several homes, said Michelann Ooten, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. At least 20 fires sprang up in Texas, including an 8,000-acre blaze that threatened up to 200 homes near Carbon, about 125 miles west of Dallas. In Hobbs, N.M., a grass fire forced the evacuation of a casino, community college and neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson High winds, record-high temperatures and drought-like conditions across much of the region have increased the fire danger to critical levels. Wildfires in Oklahoma and Texas last week ravaged more than 50,000 acres, destroyed nearly 100 homes and businesses and killed four people. At least 15 grass fires burned in the metro area Sunday afternoon, consuming more than 100 acres, Stanaland said. “Today has been extremely intense,” he said. “I think it’s maybe starting to take its toll on our department.” Power lines arced and sparked one grass fire in northeast Oklahoma City. While firefighters battled that blaze, high winds tossed material from a nearby construction site into power lines, causing the debris to burn before it landed on a nearby nursing home, Stanaland said. “You basically had flying, flaming debris,” Stanaland said. “Luckily, we were already on the scene putting out the fires when it happened so we were able to put it out.” A fire near Wainwright in Muskogee County charred several thousand acres and was at least a mile wide, but no injuries or structure fires were reported, said Bill Beebe, an information officer at a statewide command center established in Shawnee. Oklahoma had called on firefighters from across the South to help battle the blazes, which had been predicted over the weekend. In Carbon, at least three homes and several barns were destroyed Sunday afternoon and area residents were evacuated, said Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver. Helicopters with the Texas Air National Guard help firefighters battle the blaze. Billowing clouds of light gray smoke hung across the horizon for miles. Carbon is just northeast of Cross Plains, where more than 90 homes and a church were destroyed in a raging grass fire last week. “We just took up money for the folks in Cross Plains at church this morning, never thinking it would be us in just three hours,” said Mallory Fagan, who waited in nearby Eastland with her daughter, Shana Fuchs, and 15 dogs they rounded up from the family’s dog rescue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Surprising Water Found on Inner Solar System Objects

first_imgRecently-visited objects in the inner solar system show evidence of water ice or volatile materials.According to secular models of the solar system, the inner objects should be rocky, and the outer objects should be icy. Over billions of years, volatile materials such as water should evaporate away. That appears to be happening before our eyes at an exoplanet around another star, where a comet-like tail shows the light element helium being stripped away by the star’s heat (Phys.org). The Earth’s oceans create a problem for secular theories, leading to rescue hypotheses that invoke comets bringing the water after the Earth cooled.That’s what theorists believed in the past. Now, there’s increasing evidence for water in the inner solar system, to the surprise of planetary scientists.Asteroid Bennu Had Water! NASA Probe Makes Tantalizing Find (Live Science). The exclamation point in the headline expresses the surprise in the science. NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft just arrived at a small asteroid named Bennu, located in the asteroid belt. One of the first discoveries was “hydrated minerals” (minerals with water content). This is particularly surprising given that they believe Bennu is a collision product:The discovery suggests that liquid water was once plentiful in the interior of Bennu’s parent body, which scientists think was a roughly 62-mile-wide (100 kilometers) rock in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (Bennu is likely a pile of rubble that coalesced after a massive impact shattered that larger object hundreds of millions of years ago.)Bennu was chosen as a target to learn about the possible water content of asteroids, as a possible source of the water in Earth’s oceans. Seth Borenstein says at Phys.org that the water is in the form of wet clay, not liquid water, at least today. But…“There’s evidence of liquid water in Bennu’s past,” said NASA scientist Amy Simon. “This is great news. This is a surprise.“The asteroid is also unexpectedly covered in boulders 10 meters high. The spacecraft is slated to retrieve some samples and return them to Earth in Sept. 2013, if it can land safely on the boulder-strewn surface. The team hopes to find evidence of organic molecules, too.Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface (Phys.org). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently arrived in orbit at another asteroid named Ryugu. Like the Americans, the Japanese face a difficult landing on a body that was rockier than expected. Ryugu shows no sign of a smooth surface for Hayabasu-2 to land and collect samples, according to orbital photographs and information from two probes delivered to the surface.He said the data collected so far shows similarities, including the shape and surface, with Bennu, an asteroid being investigated by NASA with its spacecraft Osiris-Rex. The initial findings show the asteroids are more moist and studded with boulders than initially thought.Evidence for carbon-rich surface on Ceres (Astrobiology Magazine). The asteroid or dwarf planet Ceres is like a chemical factory with a unique mineralogy, according to ongoing analysis of the data provided by the Dawn spacecraft last year. Its “carbon-rich compounds are intimately mixed with products of rock-water interactions, such as clays,” the report says. To rescue formation theories, scientists are having to posit unusual circumstances:Ceres is believed to have originated about 4.6 billion years ago at the dawn of our solar system. Dawn data previously revealed the presence of water and other volatiles, such as ammonium derived from ammonia, and now a high concentration of carbon. This chemistry suggests Ceres formed in a cold environment, perhaps outside the orbit of Jupiter. An ensuing shakeup in the orbits of the large planets would have pushed Ceres to its current location in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.[Note: Passive voice is the last resort of scoundrels; ‘is believed to’—by whom? Did you believe that? Readers should not let scientists sweep everyone into their belief system with Tontological statements. They should say, “Secular materialists believe Ceres originated about 4.6 billion years ago….]“Blueberries” concretions on Mars (natural) next to drill holes (designed).‘Blueberries’ on Mars Have a Watery Past. But Scientists Are Still Baffled. (Space.com). The small concretions found on Mars by the Opportunity Rover in 2004 provided the “earliest evidence we had that Mars was once incredibly wet,” this article says. Unlike their counterparts on Earth, which have a calcite center, these concretions are made of the iron mineral hematite all the way through. “Based on those observations in the field and chemical modeling, the scientists suggested that floods of iron-rich, gently acidic water washed over the original calcite structures.” The water may have submitted the calcite to “overwash,” dissolving out the calcite nucleus. The mystery of the blueberry recipe extends into the Martian atmosphere:The second potential implication would relate to another long-standing debate about Mars — what happened to its once-thick atmosphere. The authors in the new study argued that this atmosphere could have gone into the carbonate ions locked in calcite precursors to the blueberries.But that wouldn’t solve the atmospheric mystery, Steve Ruff, a planetary geologist at Arizona State University who works on the Opportunity mission, told Space.com. “My sense of what we know about the area of the hematite that we can map from orbit is it’s not a huge area,” covering less than 1 percent of Mars’ surface, he said. There just aren’t enough blueberries to pack away very much atmosphere.Effects of a Weak Intrinsic Magnetic Field on Atmospheric Escape From Mars (Geophysical Research Letters). This paper confirms that magnetic fields are necessary to retain an atmosphere. Oxygen and carbon dioxide escape 25% faster without a magnetic field, according to these scientists’ simulations. Mars currently has a thin atmosphere and very little surface water, and yet “Mars does not have a global magnetic field such as that of Earth,” the scientists admit. To save the evidence of abundant water in the past, “it is expected that ancient Mars had a global magnetic field.” Another possibility, though, is that Mars is young.In the Smithsonian’s Apollo 8 commemoration yesterday (12 Dec 2018), NASA Director Jim Bridenstine mentioned the possibility of a global ocean 10 miles under the Martian surface. He also indicated evidence for “hundreds of billions of tons” of water in the shaded craters on the poles of the moon.Making PlanetsSome scientists confuse their imaginations with reality. They feel so confident in their overall worldview, they bluff recklessly in their stories of how the planets formed, even when they admit the numerous problems that remain to be solved. One such example is found on Science Daily (Nov 21), where the language of ‘evolution’ and ‘missing links’ is brought in to support the secular model. Building on observations of Comet “Chury” from the Rosetta spacecraft, Jürgen Blum pronounces our knowledge complete:Professor Blum explains the implications of the team’s observations “Our results show that only a single model for the formation of larger solid bodies in the young solar system may be considered for Chury. According to this formation model, ‘dust pebbles’ are concentrated so strongly by an instability in the solar nebula that their joint gravitational force ultimately leads to a collapse.”This process forms the missing link between the well-established formation of ‘dust pebbles’ (‘planetary building blocks’ formed in the solar nebula by sticking collisions between dust and ice particles) and the gravitational accretion of planetesimals into planets, which scientists have pondered over for years.What Professor Blum is not telling you, though, is that disk instability was recently called a ‘heretical’ view by other planetary scientists who relied on accretion. Accretion theory, on the other hand, motivated the heresy when scientists realized that doesn’t work, either (dust particles bounce off and erode each other, instead of sticking together). Did you notice? Blum just assumes that little pebbles will stick together. Then he believes that an instability in the planetary dust disk will sweep them together into planetesimals big enough to grow.The media love the scientists’ bluffing, and eat it up. They regurgitate it uncritically to the public, because they never want to have to go back to the clear alternative, “In the beginning, God created.” Better a long series of chance miracles than that!Food for Thought: Dr Walt Brown has long contended that comets and asteroids were ejected from the Flood waters that roared out of the “fountains of the great deep” as described in Genesis. This would account for the presence of water and volatile compounds on these objects. Given the shock among secular scientists at finding water, volatiles, clays and organics on comets and asteroids, this view deserves a hearing. Although a maverick view among many creationists, it is defended by Brown in detail here, with some videos and other material on the home page creationscience.com.(Visited 383 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Archer Rajat Chauhan eyes historic medal for india in world cup final

first_imgRajat ChauhanIndia’s top archers are gearing up for the Incheon Asian Games, but one of them has a more hectic schedule than the others. Compound archer Rajat Chauhan will be the only Indian in action at the World Cup Final (September 5-7) in Lausanne, and a creditable performance there can boost his confidence going into the continental showdown.”I am the first Indian compound archer to have qualified for the season finale. As such, it is a big achievement for me and for the country,” Chauhan told Mail Today during a practice session at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Wednesday.”It means that I will miss the beginning of the 20-day preparatory camp ahead of the Asian Games. But since there was still a 10-day gap before the Games, I decided to go for the World Cup Final. I am in fine form and feel the probability of winning a medal in Lausanne is 70 per cent.”The top eight archers in each category, based on their results in the four World Cups, qualify for the season-ender. Chauhan was sixth in the World Cup rankings. The Indian compound archers have recently returned from a 10-day stint at the Salt Lake City in the United States, where they practised under the watchful eye of famous coach Dee Wilde. Chauhan feels the experience will stand the team in good stead.”There is not much difference between us and the other top archers in the world. Wilde just guided us on some finer points of the sport, and how to handle pressure in big tournaments,” he said.advertisementQuality of the equipment can make the vital difference in compound archery. “The facilities at Salt Lake City are top class, with every requirement of the archers available at one place. In India, we do not have one venue for a permanent camp. Tuning of the bow is crucial and the Americans do it best,” Chauhan said.Looking ahead to the Asian Games, he predicted India will return with a bagful of medals. India won three medals at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. “Team events are our stronger suit with Korea and Iran our major challengers. We dominated at last year’s Asian Championships and that trend should continue. The three of us (Abhishek Chauhan and Sandeep Kumar being the other two) are as good as anyone around,” he added.last_img read more

QLD – Level 1 Selectors Course, Tallebudgera

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10 months agoEx-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…

first_imgEx-Chelsea No2 Alessio admits they considered Dzeko, but…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea assistant coach Angelo Alessio admits they considered a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko when Antonio Conte was in charge.However, no serious offer was made for the Bosnia international.”A lot has been talked about, but there was never a real negotiation,” Alessio told RMC Sport, when asked how close Dzeko was to signing for Chelsea.But he reiterated an agreement between Chelsea and Roma was not in the pipeline.”Yes, he likes players who have the characteristics of Dzeko: a high point, structured and which brings the team up,” Alessio added.”But in the end there was never a real negotiation between the two companies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Videos: Jalin Marshall Makes Impressive One-Handed Catch For Go-Ahead Touchdown

first_imgJalin Marshall making a one handed touchdown catch.Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.last_img read more

DONALD SUTHERLAND TO RECEIVE SAN SEBASTIANS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOR

center_img The festival will also host a special screening Sept. 26 immediately following the award of the Giuseppe Capotondi-directed, Italy-set neo-noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy, in which Sutherland stars alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang and Mick Jagger. Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Survey suggests more Canadians plan to do holiday shopping online this year

first_imgA new survey suggests more Canadians are planning to do some or all of their holiday shopping online this year.A survey commissioned by FedEx Canada and released today found that 65 per cent of Canadians polled planned to shop online this year, while 55 per cent said they did so last year.Six per cent of those polled said they planned to shop online this holiday season for the first time.Participants in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia were the most likely to shop online for the holidays, with 68 per cent of Ontario respondents and 67 per cent of the others saying they planned to avoid brick-and-mortar stores.Saskatchewan, Quebec and Alberta had the lowest percentage of respondents who said they intend to shop online, ranging from 58 to 62 per cent.The survey was conducted online from Oct. 5 to 7 and involved roughly 1,490 adult Canadians. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationlast_img read more

OGC releases thirdparty review on induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area

first_imgThe review found that the state of stress throughout much of the Kiskatinaw area at depths between the Doig and Belloy is strike-slip and in a near-critical state. This means only small fluid pressure increases are sufficient to cause the most critically oriented fractures and faults to become critically stressed.The full review can be found on the OGC’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission released a third-party review of the factors that contributed to induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area.According to the OGC, on November 29, 2018, the area experienced a 4.5 magnitude induced seismic earthquake which led to heightened public concern.In the third-party review, conducted by Enlighten Geoscience Limited, it looks at understanding the issues surrounding induced seismicity in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area.last_img read more

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