HARD NOT TO LIKE HEADS FIELD OF 11 IN GRADE I, $300,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES SATURDAY; FANTICOLA & ELEKTRUM PROMINENT AS WELL AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF

first_imgTHE RODEO DRIVE IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015) – Grade I Stakes winning mare Hard Not to Like comes off her second win in a row and will seek her third in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up going 1 ¼ miles on turf.The six-year-old mare’s first visit to Santa Anita was a winning one in late May when she scraped the rail with Victor Espinoza aboard in the Grade I Gamely Stakes to get up, just in time for the win over Fanticola and Joe Talamo by a neck.Trained by Christophe Clement and primarily stationed at Belmont Park in New York, her most recent win came in the Grade I, Diana Stakes at Saratoga on July 25 going 1 1/8 miles on turf. In her first start for Clement on Jan. 31 having been previously trained by Michael Matz, she won but was then disqualified and placed second after coming out sharply late in the Grade III Endeavor Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. She went on to a third place finish in the Grade I Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on April 11 over a yielding turf course.Having only run four times thus far in 2015, she seems to thrive off a period of time in between races and looms large Saturday. The gray mare is owned by Speedway Stable LLC and is 20-8-3-2 overall with $1,261,671 in earnings.Fanticola returns Saturday off a disappointing fourth to Elektrum in the Grade II, John C. Mabee at Del Mar on Aug. 8. Following a neck loss in the Gamely after leading throughout, Fanticola went on to win the Grade II, Royal Heroine Stakes going a mile over the turf course at Santa Anita on June 27.Fanticola was trained by the late Mike Mitchell and is now in the care of his protégé, Philip D’Amato. Fanticola, an Ontario bred, is owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino. The five-year-old mare by Silent Name will once again be ridden by Talamo and will break from the far outside. She is 18-5-5-6 overall with $483,300 in earnings.Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing LLC, Elektrum comes off a win in the John C. Mabee. Her first start in the U.S. came this year in February when she shipped in from France and joined the Sadler stable. She has only been out of the money in one start since, a fourth place finish in the Gamely when she was boxed in down the lane.The 4-year-old Irish bred filly by High Chaparral will gain rider Tyler Baze for the first time and will break mid-pack. Elektrum is 15-4-4-2 overall with earnings of $299,438.The complete field for the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes, to be run as the ninth race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Star Act, Gary Stevens, 119; Lady Pimpernel Rafael Bejarano, 119; Photo Call, DRayden Van Dyke, 119; Famous Alice, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Three Hearts, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Elektrum, Tyler baze, 119; Queen of The Sand, Mike Smith, 119; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, 124; Sharla Rae, James Graham, 121; Stormy Lucy, Corey Nakatani, 119; Fanticola, Joseph Talamo, 119. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Kevin Love suffers broken hand, could be out 6-8 weeks

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) reacts after he was called for a personal foul against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DETROIT — Kevin Love left Cleveland’s game at Detroit on Tuesday night with a broken left hand.Love went down the tunnel toward the locker room during the first quarter. He had X-rays at the arena, which the Cavaliers say showed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal. The team says his status will be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Without Wall, Wizards end Thunder’s winning streak Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Love would likely to be out 6-8 weeks.Love played only 4:41 on Tuesday night and went scoreless.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 29-year-old Love has missed only one game this season, and he’s the Cavs’ second-leading scorer behind LeBron James. With the trade deadline looming, Cleveland has been in a funk lately. The Cavs had lost 10 of 15 heading into Tuesday’s game, and they trail Boston and Toronto atop the Eastern Conference.Love’s injury will likely affect the Cavs’ plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. The Eastern Conference champions may have to make a significant move to replace Love, who could be out for more than a month. View commentscenter_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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‘I Took Political Bullets for You’ – Prez. Sirleaf

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said to keep the peace she has had to take some shots for the team, so to speak.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday delivered her farewell address during the opening of the October 2017 Term of the Supreme Court, saying that she allowed herself to take what she considered as “political bullets.”Although she did not give further explanation about what she described as “political bullets” she informed her audience “I took the bullets for many of you in this room; and I did so, in the interest of peace.”Besides, the President cautioned the justices of the Supreme Court to do everything possible to make the country take pride in their opinions (judgments) whenever they are confronted with electoral related matters.“As I give my farewell message and with the historical elections before us, I make my final appeal to you, judges of Liberia’s highest judicial body to please make our country proud,” President Sirleaf said, adding, “Please stay united in the dispensation of justice and be an institution that is beyond reproach, while doing the people’s business.”“Our country’s democracy can only be sustained through you and even each and every one of you and the role each of you will play,” Sirleaf emphasized.She told the Supreme Court judges that it is only by delivering a transparent and fair justice that the country can sustain its democracy.“Be guided as you make a critical decision that will sustain the lasting peace for our dear country, as we go to the polls to elect my successor,” the president said.Madam Sirleaf said she had assured Liberians about her desire to tackle the country’s long-standing issue on integrity, but admitted that integrity was a challenge for her administration, and behavior change still remains a challenge for her government and the judiciary and legislature.“With your cooperation together we try to strengthen our democratic institution so that we guarantee the peace and not subjected to the whim of anyone or group of people,” Sirleaf noted.She, meanwhile, lauded the justices for their cooperation with the executive branch. “I thank you for your courtesy and cooperation you extended to me during the years. My government inherited a failed state and in the past 11 plus years working with you and with your full cooperation we managed to strengthen our democratic system,” Sirleaf noted.Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, meanwhile, recognized the numerous contributions President Sirleaf’s administration accorded the judiciary.“Under her administration, the judiciary is recognized and accorded its proper place as one of the separate, coordinate and co-equal branches of the government, equal in importance to the executive and legislative,” Justice Korkpor noted.The Chief Justice also said President Sirleaf kept her promise to seek, empower and build the capacity of the judiciary, “as a result conditions have improved within the judiciary; more courthouses were built across the country to address the infrastructure need that has ensured greater access to justice in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NEC Is the Cause of Accusations against Itself

first_imgCharles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP) is the first presidential candidate to raise qualms (misgivings) with the National Elections Commission (NEC) for alleged irregularities in the October 10 elections.According to the LP presidential candidate, the election did not meet minimum standards, and that the preliminary results released by authorities of NEC are “not valid.”Brumskine, a counselor-at-law, said he had evidence to substantiate his claims, and will, therefore, go to the Supreme Court to seek redress.The Liberty Party standard bearer’s argument went further to pinpoint delay on the part of NEC on Election Day to dispatch voting materials to various centers in Montserrado County and other parts of the country.At the same time, it has been reported in Nimba County that a rerun of the October 10 election is expected in Districts 3 and 4, owing to what NEC authorities described as “fraud and discrepancies.”According to our Nimba County Correspondent Ishmael Menkor, a NEC presiding officer, Josephus Cooper, was caught with six ballot papers already checked in favor of a candidate.Apart from the LP candidate’s accusation, there are some instances to consider on the part of NEC in the scheduled Nimba electoral rerun.It may be recalled that in many voting precincts, voters remained in queues until 8 o’clock p.m., contrary to the 6 p.m. closing schedule. There were two factors causing voters to be in queues beyond the set time. First, NEC failed to dispatch materials to centers soon enough, and because of this procrastination, the voting process at many centers across the country did not start at the scheduled 8 a.m.This happened when the United Nations and other partners had begun transporting election materials by air to areas inaccessible by road, and the NEC itself dispatching some materials to areas in its reach. On Election Day it was reported that even in Montserrado County, which is very much within the reach of NEC, the surprisingly late arrival of voting materials caused some precincts to commence the voting process as late as 3 p.m. What, then, was NEC’s problem in reaching precincts in Montserrado so late with voting materials?Part of the delay, as far as voters’ complaints were concerned, was due to inefficient and ineffective performances of poll workers. Voters at many centers complained that poll workers were so slow that they could not easily identify names on the voter roll list before them.This ineffective and inefficient performance led a girl at the Liberty Christian Institute precinct in Ganta, Nimba County to be sent home for damaging some documents at that center.NEC, in its quest to hire competent and qualified people, went on earlier to outline qualifications for those to be considered. NEC indicated in its advertisement that registrars and other election workers should have Bachelor’s degrees in Social Sciences and Business, and that persons doing the least work should be high school graduates.Performances of some of the recruited poll workers did not convince voters that these workers were quite high school students, rather, relatives and friends of NEC officials and other employees.The case of voters having valid voting cards without names on the voter roll was another problem, especially in Bong County. In Gbartala, as in many other centers around the country, many voters were disappointed that their names were not on the voter roll.When the voter exhibition was done in June, the same concern was raised and NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya said all those with valid voter ID cards but without names on the voter roll will be qualified to vote.  Again, to the surprise of Liberians, some voters were denied the right to vote, thus leading some angry voters to set up roadblocks in Bong County.As we await the final results and the presidential run-off, we urge NEC to do its best to rectify some of its mistakes made and conduct the runoff election appropriately and efficiently.Anticipating the run-off, we urge NEC to make adequate preparations to get voting materials to all precincts well ahead of time. As we have always contended, the peace of this country hangs on the election, and NEC has the power to uphold the peace, or destroy it, single-handedly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lancaster beefs up sheriff’s patrols

first_imgAssistant City Manager Mark Bozigian expects the increased law enforcement presence to deter crime and encourage citizens to become more actively involved in crime-fighting efforts, he said. “The more deputies we have out there, the more likely people will become involved in Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch (groups),” Bozigian said. “An engaged citizenry is critical.” Most of the deputies newly assigned to the Lancaster station are about a year removed from working at local jails such as Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster and Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, said Deputy Guillermo Martinez, who was involved in the deputies’ training. Several new deputies have Antelope Valley ties. Martinez said the 15 deputies will hit the streets immediately. They include Deputy Michael Rose, a Mojave High alumnus and longtime Lancaster resident who served a tour in Iraq for the Army before enrolling in the Sheriff’s Academy. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” Rose said. “Serving my country was a great thing, but now I want to serve my community.” LANCASTER – The city closed in on its goal Tuesday of fielding a fully staffed sheriff’s station with the addition of 15 deputies. Increasing the number of deputies is considered key crime-fighting efforts in the city, which contracts with the county Sheriff’s Department for municipal police services. With the additions, Lancaster’s contract station has 187 deputies, Lt. Gordon Carn said. Twelve more will be hired to start later this summer, and the station will get seven more deputies from other parts of the county, Carn said. Many deputies have been working overtime, so the reinforcements will help, officials said. The increased staffing is needed to keep pace with a fast-growing population and increases in crime, Carn noted. Bozigian, who addressed the deputies during a portion of a City Hall tour Tuesday, said he expects the community to embrace them. “This is a really good environment to work in,” he said. “They won’t find a place in the county that’s more supportive of law enforcement.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want 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

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Watford eye shock Balotelli deal as Liverpool outcast targets Premier League stay

first_imgLiverpool flop Mario Balotelli wants to remain in the Premier League this season.The Italian forward has been linked with a move back to his homeland, with Sampdoria leading the chase to secure his signature.But according to Sky Italia, Balotelli wants to either stay and fight for his place at Anfield or move to another club in the top-flight.Watford are reported to be interested in the 25-year-old and Balotelli is thought to have a good relationship with the club’s Italian owners.Liverpool would prefer to sell Balotelli before the window closes but may be forced into negotiating a loan deal as clubs will find it difficult to match the player’s wage demands. 1 Mario Balotelli last_img read more

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DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL

first_imgThe brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly are Firestar Firelighters and will represent Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards in Dublin on 22 April.Farm SIS (Safety is Success) is representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe at this years national finals of the Student Enterprise Awards and the team includes Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston.Excitement is building for student entrepreneurs from Donegal, who are preparing to represent the county at the Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park on April 22nd.Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D., launched the programme in September last year and since then, around 17,000 budding entrepreneurs from 380 secondary schools across the country have been running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.The student enterprises representing Donegal at the National Finals on April 22nd in Croke Park are:  Senior Category: Farm SIS (Safety is Success) representing Royal and Prior Comprehensive School in Raphoe. The team of Ben Wallace, Dylan Laird, Aaron McCready, Christine Russell, Orlagh Fogarty, Adam McConnell, James Roulston designed farm safety jigsaw puzzles based on three themes – ‘Beware of the Bull’, ‘Stay Away from Moving Machinery’ and ‘Stay Away from Slurry – toxic fumes’. Ms Davina McCandless is the teacher in charge. Intermediate Category: Firestar Firelighters representing Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana. The brother and sister team of Andrea and Owen Kelly made firelighters soaking pieces of wood in kerosene. The teacher in charge is Ms Martina McBride. Over 300 finalists from all over the country will set-up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. The judging panels will takes numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.As well as gaining substantial business experience, there is an impressive prize-fund on offer for the young entrepreneurs, including a European trip, a national trophy and cash prizes.  DONEGAL TEENAGE ENTREPRENEURS REACH CROKE PARK FINAL was last modified: March 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Natural Wonders Can Be Useful

first_imgTo find great ideas, look to nature.  Many plants and animals are as useful as they are ornamental.  They can show the way to solve problems of great interest to humans.Mussel power:  Want an abrasion-resistant, highly-extensible coating?  PhysOrg reported that mussels are providing inspiration to materials scientists.  They build a byssus, or network of threads, that attaches to hard surfaces and absorbs the energy of crashing waves.  A cuticle on the outer surfaces of these stretchy, flexible fibers is “a biological polymer, which exhibits epoxy-like hardness, while straining up to 100% without cracking.”  The cuticle’s success depends on its careful tailoring of protein-metal chemistry and organization of cross-links at the submicron level.  All human inventors need to do is study and copy what the mussel has achieved.  “Nature has evolved an elegant solution to a problem that engineers are still struggling with; namely, how to combine the properties of abrasion resistance and high extensibility in the same material,” said Peter Fratzl, director of the biomaterials department at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces.  “Conceivably, this same strategy could be applied in engineered polymers and composites.”  ScienceNow has a close-up picture of the mussel fibers.Insect glue:  The caddis fly is well known to fishermen.  They are accustomed to hunting for the tube-shaped larva shelters, made of grains of sand and rock.  The larva glues those grains together with silk made of a wet adhesive that is attracting the attention of inventors.  Science Daily reported on research into the characteristics of this glue.  It could be extremely useful to invent a glue that works when wet.  Imagine trying to put on a bandage in a shower.  Surgeons often have to attach sutures to wet biological tissue.    Scientists have found that the caddis fly can work its magic with glass beads replacing sand.  The silk, they found, resembles tape more than anything else.  It fastens the beads together from the inside.  They are studying this mechanism “for the purpose of trying to copy it,” the article said.  The material properties of the silk that allow it to work underwater have something to do with the way electrical charges are arranged on the molecules.    The article ended by speculating about how these abilities evolved.  The ability to make underwater adhesives has been identified in four phyla – members of which include caddis flies, sandcastle worms, mussels and sea cucumbers.  What does that mean?  To Russell Stewart (U of Utah) it can only mean one thing: “They came to this underwater adhesion solution completely independently,” he said.  The press release added, “showing that it repeatedly evolved because of its value in helping the creatures live and thrive, Stewart says.”Sea squirt lab rat:  Science Daily said that hope for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may come from the lowly sea squirt.  Scientists have found that they produce the tangles and plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s quickly.  This makes them suitable as a model organism on which new drugs can be tested in a shorter time.  The article said, for whatever it means, “as long ago as Darwin, it has been recognized that sea squirts may be our closest invertebrate relatives; in their immature, tadpole form, they resemble proper vertebrates, and they share about 80% of their genes with us.”  But does this imply we are 80% sea squirt, or 60% banana?Bee silk for aviation:  Science Daily reported on progress to imitate bee silk.  Maybe you didn’t realize that bees make silk.  Maybe you also didn’t realize that silk is useful.  Indeed they do, and indeed it is: “Possible practical uses for these silks would be tough, lightweight textiles, high-strength applications such as advanced composites for use in aviation and marine environments, and medical applications such as sutures, artificial tendons and ligaments.”  A team in Australia is working on recombining the ingredients by producing them with the genes of other organisms, so that silk fibers can be hand-drawn without the need for the bee’s silk-producing glands.  Those glands are probably as hard to work with as bee’s knees.Pitcher plant medicine:  Some day, your cabinet may not just have pitchers, but medicines inspired by the pitcher plant.  Researchers at Tel Aviv University are producing anti-fungal drugs, said Science Daily, based on the carnivorous plant’s technology.  Pitcher plants need more than just the ability to digest animal products to gain carbon and nitrogen from poor soils; “Carnivorous plants also possess a highly developed set of compounds and secondary metabolites to aid in their survival.”  It’s in those compounds, produced in special glands by the plant, where anti-fungal medicines are waiting to be discovered.    The plant has to protect itself from fungi that would steal its meal.  “To avoid sharing precious food resources with other micro-organisms such as fungi, the carnivorous plant has developed a host of agents that act as natural anti-fungal agents,” said Prof. Aviah Zilberstein of the university.  Some of these compounds, if isolated for medicine, “may avoid the evolution of new resistant infective strains.”  Secondary infections from fungi are a serious problem in hospitals.  “There is a lot of room for developing compounds from nature into new drugs,” Zilberstein said.  “The one we are working on is not toxic to humans.  Now we hope to show how this very natural product can be further developed as a means to overcome some basic problems in hospitals all over the world.”  The article noted that drinking pitcher plant liquid as an elixir has been documented in the folk medicine of India.Green fertilizer:  Nitrogen is a tough nut to crack.  The triple bonds of N2 gas usually require high amounts of energy, like lightning or the Haber process, to pull apart so that ammonia and other compounds can be produced (this is called “fixing” nitrogen).  Somehow, nitrogenase enzymes in bacteria that live in nodules attached to the roots of some plants do it with ease at room temperature.  “It sounds simple, but it is a complicated and poorly understood process,” the article said.    For thousands of years, farmers have known that legumes (including peas, beans, alfalfa and clover) can increase productivity of fallow ground when alternated with other crops.  That’s a major reason George Washington Carver urged southern farmers, whose fields were being depleted by cotton and boll weevil infestations, to grow peanuts.  Until recently, no one understood why legumes were so effective in boosting the productivity of the soil.  Science Daily reported on a discovery at Stanford that helps explain their potential.  The finding might reduce fertilizer use and help the environment.  “We have discovered a new biological process, by which leguminous plants control behavior of symbiotic bacteria,” said Stanford molecular biologist Sharon Long.  “These plants have a specialized protein processing system that generates specific protein signals.”  The scientists have identified the gene responsible for the signal.  If scientists can generate that signal in other plants, perhaps through genetic engineering or selective breeding, they might trigger more nitrogen fixation in crops without fertilizer.  World farmlands could remain more productive as population grows while simultaneously reducing pollution by nitrous oxide (a highly potent greenhouse gas) and other fertilizer byproducts.  “When you deal with a natural soil, you are dealing with a lot of complexity.  Everything we learn about what makes symbiosis work gives us a tool to understand why, sometimes, symbiosis fails,” said Long.  “Plant breeders who are trying to help develop better-adapted plants can now analyze traits such as this.  We’ve given them a new tool” – a tool that was there all along, but needs a little prying and coaxing.Energy the way plants make it:  There’s no more effective solar power plant than a plant, so why not plan to imitate plants?  PhysOrg said that’s just what scientists in France are trying to do.  Photosynthesis may become the next new source of electrical energy.  The team has found a way to convert the chemical energy from photosynthesis into electrical energy in biofuel cells.  “They thus propose a new strategy to convert solar energy into electrical energy in an environmentally-friendly and renewable manner.”    This kind of biomimetics actually employs a real plant – in this case, a cactus.  By implanting special enzyme-modified electrodes sensitive to the products of photosynthesis, the French scientists were able to generate 9 watts per square centimeter.  They could see more juice when the light was turned up.  They envision not only more efficient solar cells, but medical applications.  Similar biofuel electrodes in human skin, sensitive to glucose and oxygen in biological fluids, could power implanted medical devices autonomously, without batteries or external power sources.In each of these stories, evolution was either ignored or mentioned only in passing.  This indicates that the heavy lifting in the scientific research is being done without it.  Instead, the impetus of the research is drawn from attention to biological design.Biomimetics could well be a major player in the downfall of Darwinism.  For one thing, evolutionary theory has very little to do with biomimetics, if anything.  Saying stupid things like, “This organism figured this out 150 million years ago,” or, “Four phyla came up with this elegant solution independently,” contributes only entertainment, not substance.  For another, biomimetics is a completely positive enterprise.  Scientists don’t have to get bogged down in philosophical debates about origins.  They can get funding, work constructively, increase understanding of nature, and come up with Nobel-prize-quality discoveries that will help the world – all without Darwin.  Here is a positive alternative to evolution that relies on intelligent design assumptions.  The wealth that can be generated is enormous.  Darwin will be left in the dust as the world stampedes to biomimetic technology.  Think Michael Behe’s famous illustration as we repeat, “If you can build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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‘Green’ internships for SA youth

first_img12 June 2013South Africa has launched a R300-million training, mentoring and workplace-based learning project aimed at building a pool of young, capable professionals for the country’s biodiversity and natural resource management sector.The Groen Sebenza project, launched by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa in Pretoria on the weekend, aims to develop skills while bridging the gap between education and job opportunities in South Africa’s green economy.Spearheaded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), the innovative project will see 800 unemployed graduates and matriculants being placed in skilled biodiversity jobs in both the public and private sector for a period of two-and-a-half years.The practical workplace experience and training will, it is hoped, kick-start their careers in a fast-growing industry.Over half of the interns commenced with the programme in May, with the remainder due to begin this month.The project is sponsored by the government’s Jobs Fund, which is administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.“The Groen Sebenza venture effectively brings to life the ideals of the vision of a green economy, by mobilising for and engendering the involvement of young people in the management of biodiversity through job creation,” Sanbi CEO Tanya Abrahamse said at the launch.A month into the project, the young participants and the 33 Groen Sebenza partner organisations say they are thrilled to be part of the initiative.Sabelo Linda, a 28-year-old from Osizweni, a semi-rural area in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, who is working at NCC Environmental Services in Cape Town, says he is “very grateful” for the opportunity he has been given.Despite holding an Honours degree in science, Linda was unemployed for the first few months after completing his studies, and had to rely on the help of friends to support his siblings.Honing his skills in the field of environmental management, Linda says he feels encouraged by the structured and earnest manner in which the NCC approaches the intensive learning and mentorship of the Groen Sebenza “incubants”.Another participant, Sanelisiwe Mkhize, is training in nature conservation with Ezemvelo Wildlife with only a matric school certificate to her name. Mkhize followed her second choice of study, public management, at the Durban University of Technology last year, but was forced to drop out when her family experienced financial problems.Mkhize feels she has now been given a second chance to “prove myself” and realise her ambition of following a career in nature conservation.Along with three other participants, Mkhize is currently focusing on commercial offshore fishing and compliances which involves inspecting the fish offloaded in the harbour and sold in restaurants for species and sizes.SAinfo reporter and South African National Biodiversity Institutelast_img read more

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South Africa’s Wits University climbs world rankings

first_img31 August 2016The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has climbed the world rankings of universities, to become the best in Africa.This comes from the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities, commonly referred to as the Shanghai rankings. It placed Wits among the top 1% of all universities in the world, and on the threshold of making it into the top 200.Wits University, as it is more informally known, welcomed the news, released in mid-August, and credited its outstanding staff, alumni and student body.“At Wits our research output has increased substantially in the last few years,” said Professor Zeblon Vilakazi, deputy vice-chancellor of research at the university.“Noting though that this achievement is a culmination of work done over many years by our researchers. We are truly appreciative of this recognition, and we are particularly appreciative of our researchers, scientists, students and alumni to whom these accolades really belong,” said Vilakazi.Wits University has steadily climbed the Academic Ranking of World Universities. (Image: Screengrab via Academic Ranking of World Universities)For the 14th consecutive year, Harvard University in the US took the top spot, while Stanford University and the University of California, Berkley, both also in the US, came in second and third respectively.Other South African universitiesThe universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and KwaZulu-Natal all featured in the top 500 academic institutions in the world. Vilakazi said it demonstrated the strength of the South African higher education system.Wits acknowledged different rankings made use of different methodologies so results should be “approached with a level of measured circumspection”.“For this reason and others,” he said, “we believe that as a university we should not be driven by ranking systems. Rather, our focus should be on building a nationally responsive and globally competitive institution. This means concentrating on research and teaching, and embedding the institution in the work that is necessary to South Africa, the continent of Africa, and the rest of the globe.”Source: Wits University and South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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