National senior men’s football head coach, Winfried Schafer, says only the best players are good enough to play for him, and if local players are better than their overseas-based counterparts, then they will play. “The best players play in my team. (If) The local players are better than overseas players, yes, they play,” he noted. In line with his reasoning, Schafer asked: “How many local players go out in the last two years from Jamaica to play overseas? “Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Andre Clennon are local players; they go out and are not local players now, and it is good for the football in Jamaica when the players go out and bring money back. When they go out from here, money comes back to the clubs and the clubs have more money to grow better infrastructure,” he said. Schafer called up 24 local-based players to camp on Monday in preparation for their March 25 World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. However, camps of this type are not unusual ahead of World Cup qualifiers or international matches and tournaments. What is common is seeing local-based talent restricted to warming the bench, rarely getting the opportunity to get a taste of international competition. One domestic player who has been impressive this season is Arnett Gardens playmaker, Vishunul Harris, who is away with his team participating in the CFU Club Championship in the Dominica Republic. Asked to comment on the talent, Schafer said: “Harris, he is a good player, I have seen him. Probably, yes (will be in squad), but not only him. But I don’t know we have time. They (local players) have to learn,” observed Schafer. He added that having locals trained by the national coaches will lead to overall development. “We have many good talent in Jamaica, and we want the talent to be good players as we need good players. We want the local players, in training so we can make the local players better. The local players see the head coach of the national team and his interest, it is good for him, the country and development while training,” the German coach said. “Our training is good for local players, it helps build their confidence and helps to make them better,” he reasoned. SQUAD: Andre Vassell, Andrew Vanzie, Ronaldo Rodney, Allan Ottey, Jermaine Woozencroft, Andre Dyce, Ricardo Morris, Upston Edwards, Jamie Robinson, Omar Daley, Damano Solomon, Rohan Roye, Jason Moore, Mark Miller, Chevonne Marsh, Hughan Gray, Shaven Sean Paul (GK), Rosario Harriott, John-Ross Edwards, Vishunul Harris, Swayne Thomas, Amal Knight (GK), Ramone McGregor and Nicholas Campbell (GK). The training camp started Monday and ends today. – L. S.
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For every hyped-up demonstration of evolution in action the media announces with gusto, there are setbacks that often do not get the splashy headlines. Here are three recent examples.Treehopper evolution wasn’t: Recently a “spectacular” announcement that some bugs called treehoppers had evolved a new functional appendage has been found false. “Evidence for a spectacular evolutionary novelty was recently reported,” wrote nine scientists in PLoS ONE,1 claiming that the treehopper bugs evolved their odd-looking “helmet” as new thoracic appendages. Those evolutionists, publishing in Nature,2 were not at all modest in their pronouncement: “Here we show that the treehopper (Membracidae) ‘helmet’ is actually an appendage, a wing serial homologue on the first thoracic segment. This innovation in the insect body plan is an unprecedented situation in 250 Myr of insect evolution.”Wrong, the new team reports. It’s not a novelty, but a common and widely-distributed feature among hemiptera (true bugs) – just an invagination of tissue, not a distinct limb. The new paper not only corrects the error but criticizes the evolutionists who proposed the wrong idea, telling them basically they should have consulted the insect experts (entomologists) before hopping to a Darwin-tree conclusion. “The treehopper pronotal wing hypothesis yields examples of misinterpretation that could have been avoided through updated best practices in phenotype knowledge representation and the broader development of anatomical references,” they said.Wish Ida known: Remember Ida, the extinct lemur that briefly made a splash in the science headlines as being a possible human ancestor? (5/19/2009, 3/03/2010). The discoverer even paid homage to Darwin by naming it Darwinius masillae, and it became the star of a TV documentary. Live Science reported this month that new evidence is casting doubt on it having anything to do with the human line. Another similar lemur fossil from Wyoming shows a grooming claw characteristic of mammals on other branches of the assumed evolutionary line of primates. “After examining the data, both with and without information about the grooming claw,” therefore, “it appeared both these ancient primates were more closely related to lemurs than to monkeys, apes and humans.”Darwin wouldn’t like this: Biologists can’t conjure up gradualism out of the data. Charles Darwin’s theory depended on the slow accumulation of gradual changes over long periods of time. In Current Biology last month,3 Douglas Erwin tried hard to put a happy face on the ugly problem of “punctuated equilibria” that causes mismatches between molecular methods of tracing the unfolding tree of evolution, and the fossil record that shows stasis and explosive diversification. Factoring in the ad hoc method of “rate heterogeneity” (something like artist Salvador Dali’s stretchy clocks in The Persistence of Memory) still doesn’t get the data in sync.Erwin recalled the long-standing “tension between microevolutionists and macroevolutionists” – the former looking for processes they can tweak in the lab, the latter looking at the fossils. It’s a tension that has lasted for over a century. Even though Erwin grinned like a hungry flashlight salesman that “Several recent papers now shed new light on macroevolutionary processes,” his light was lacking batteries in the body of his Dispatch.First, the darkness: “The discrepancy between plots of the diversity of taxa through time as inferred from molecular phylogenies and those based on counts documented by the fossil record has long been troubling,” he said, “largely because molecular phylogenies appear to underestimate the frequency of extinction.” In hopes of mitigating the damage, he presented three recent papers. One team of evolutionists found additional ways to tweak their models to get a better fit, particularly with dolphins and whales. But the next subtitle states, “Punctuations Are Not Passé.” The second study, this one more extensive, covering 40 species from fish to mammals, was not so gradual: “Their analysis supports a model of rare bursts of extensive evolutionary change in a sea of shorter-term fluctuations.” At the end of the section, Erwin lists three possible explanations for this:The bursts of evolutionary change over longer timescales remain to be explained but could reflect episodic changes in the optimal adaptive phenotype as the environment changes, as the authors suggest, the construction of new ecological environments, or the longer waiting time for significant developmental innovations.A third paper Erwin cited showed another episodic, not gradual, record of life, this time modeling developmental changes in light of the fossil record. Try as he might to save Darwin’s face, Erwin waved his hands, smiling, while writing what sounds like evolutionary gobbledygook to save macroevolution from the evidence of sudden, explosive change:In each of these papers [2,3,4] the results document a greater range of evolutionary processes, including great differences in origin and extinction rates in different clades through time, bursts of phenotypic change interrupting intervals of greater phenotypic quiescence, and a structuring of the developmental sources of evolutionary change.If anyone can understand that last clause without invoking intelligent design, it would make a good project in the psychology of evolution.1. Mikó I , Friedrich F , Yoder MJ , Hines HM , Deitz LL , et al. 2012 On Dorsal Prothoracic Appendages in Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae) and the Nature of Morphological Evidence. PLoS ONE 7(1): e30137. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030137.2. Prud’homme et al., “Body plan innovation in treehoppers through the evolution of an extra wing-like appendage,” Nature 473 (05 May 2011), pp. 83–86, doi:10.1038/nature09977.3. Douglas H. Erwin, “Macroevolution: Dynamics of Diversity,” Current Biology, Volume 21, Issue 24, R1000-R1001, 20 December 2011, 10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.007.What do we have here? (1) Treehoppers are out as evidence for evolution. (2) Ida is out as evidence for human evolution. And (3) punctuated equilibria, completely contrary to what Darwin envisioned, is a gremlin in the Darwin camp that cannot be escaped with prodigious exercise in hand-waving, ad hoc models and gobbledygook.Erwin’s statement above is classic Darwinian obfuscational confability. Let’s parse it with our Baloney Detectors on:The bursts of evolutionary change…. [He acknowledges the evidence is bursty, but then embeds his own evolutionary assumptions into the phrase “evolutionary change” here. What if it is not evolutionary (i.e., gradual) change? What if it is creationary change?] over longer timescales… [Longer timescales embeds more of his evolutionary assumptions of slow, gradual change over millions of years.]remain to be explained… [Notice the subtle use of passive voice infinitive here; some nebulous entity will have to explain it someday over the rainbow. He should fess up and write in active voice, declarative sentences: “We can’t explain it. They can’t explain it. I can’t explain it. We are all clueless. I can only wish upon a star that someday, somebody will explain it.”]but could reflect episodic changes in the optimal adaptive phenotype as the environment changes,… [Stop right there! We put you under citizen’s arrest for impersonating a scientist (9/30/2007 commentary). That’s miracle talk. Erwin is assuming that if a landslide occurs, or the sea level changes, or a volcano blows its top, the Goddess of Evolution will produce an “optimal adaptive phenotype” on demand. How? By snapping her fingers? By waving her Tinker Bell Mutation Wand? This is crazy! Don’t let them get away with obfuscation like this.]as the authors suggest,… [You know, we’re really not interested in your suggestions. We want our scientists to do real science – observable, testable, repeatable science.]the construction of new ecological environments,… [More hand-waving and gobbledygook. This is an offhand reference to “niche construction” theory, that organisms not only adapt to environments but construct them. Such notions personify evolution and beg the question of how adaptation occurs.]or the longer waiting time for significant developmental innovations…. [Aaagh! Stop it. This is more miracle-talk assuming the Stuff Happens Law. Wait long enough and “significant developmental innovations” will just occur. How? Will they just arise? Will they just emerge? Will they somehow develop? When the “waiting time” is up, will they pop into existence, like the Pop-Eye theory of evolution? Stop the funnies. We thought we were watching The Science Channel, not the Cartoon Network.]Learn how to slice, dice and analyze these baloney tales from the evolutionists. Learn how to blow away the fogma* and get to the evidence. We naturally tend to defer to “scientists” because they are supposedly so smart. Their jargon sounds intimidating. The list of references to other baloney-generating scientists in science journals presents an aura of credibility. But it’s all aura and no substance, aurora with no charged particles of data, a roar a minute with no teeth.Understand that the structure in which Erwin and the evolutionists act with rhetorical flourish is just a façade like a movie set, with the script already written. Darwin’s script is being directed by ideologues that care less about the facts of nature than preserving their epic tale. Charlie’s Angles is one script so implausible, so out of touch with reality, it deserves to be left on the cutting room floor.*Fogma (n.), dogma so thick you can’t see through it unless you are outside of it (5/14/2007 commentary).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The global accident rate for commercial jets ticked up in 2016 but the chances of being in an air crash remained miniscule.The accident rate for jetliners increased to 0.39 hull losses (where the plane is destroyed) per million flights last year from 0.32 in 2015 and was also above the five-year average of 0.36 losses per million flights.But this translated to just one major accident for every 2.56 million flights to see aviation retain its mantle as the safest way to travel. By comparison, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration puts the odds of being struck by lightning in any one year at about one in a million.Regions to see increases in the jet accident rate included Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East/North Africa.Those recording a fall were the Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). North Asia recorded its second consecutive year of no hull losses.The accident rate for all commercial aircraft was 1.61 accidents per million flights, an improvement on 1.79 in 2015, according to figures released Friday by the International Air Transport Association.The world turboprop hull loss rate improved to 1.15 per million flights from 1.18 in 2015 and remained well below the five-year average of 2.85. Every region except the CIS recorded an improvement.There were 10 fatal accidents and 268 fatalities among the 3.8 billion travellers taking 40.4 million flights. This was less than the average of 13.4 fatal accidents and 371 fatalities per year across the previous five years.For IATA’s 256 member airlines, the jet hull loss rate of 0.35 was better than the global average but a deterioration of the 0.22 figure achieved in 2015.“The number of total accidents, fatal accidents and fatalities all declined versus the five-year average, showing that aviation continues to become safer,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said. “ We did take a step back on some key parameters from the exceptional performance of 2015; however, flying is still the safest form of long distance travel. And safety remains the top priority of all involved in aviation. The goal is for every flight to depart and arrive without incident. And every accident redoubles our efforts to achieve that.” Aviation authorities have worked hard to reduce the accident rate over recent decades to keep a lid on the number of accidents. They are aware that even if they manage to keep the rate stable the steady increase in the number of flights will see the number of accidents rise.Initiatives to reduce the rate included requiring all member airlines to take a standardised global audit called IOSA and programs targeting accident black spots such as Africa and the CIS, both of which enjoyed an accident-free year for jets in 2016.The overall accident rate for Africa was 2.3 per million departures compared to 9.73 for the previous five years with continuing improvement in turboprop safety. The accident rate for IOSA members, 1.25 hull losses per million flights, was nearly twice as good as for non-IOSA airlines and three times better than over the previous five years. IATA said the industry was continuing to target areas such as loss of control in flight, controlled flight into terrain and runway excursions that data show will have the biggest impact on reducing accident risks.
1 September 2010South Africa’s 2010 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Mavis Mathabatha, heads up a community project to cultivate the Moringa or “Miracle Tree”, the leaves of which have astounding nutritional properties.The Lammangata Moringa project, based in Tooseng village in the Ga-Mphahlele region of Limpopo province, produces and packages up to 10 000 tons a year of all-natural Moringa Leaf Powder.The project was launched in March 2009 by community-based organisation Sedikong sa Lerato in partnership with charity organisation Starfish Greathearts Foundation.The leaves of Moringa oleifera are loaded with essential nutrients, far surpassing the vitamin and mineral content of carrots, spinach, bananas and oranges combined. They also contain more protein and calcium than milk, plus all nine essential amino acids.The Moringa tree is easily cultivated in semi-arid areas, grows quickly, and is not invasive.The project, which employs 12 women and five men, also offers Moringa seedlings and education on nutrition, at no cost, to rural communities in the province. In 2009, they disseminated over 500 seedlings to rural households and child-care projects in the area, and brought nutrition education and Moringa awareness to more than 1 000 people.“I want to make an impact in my area, province and across the country through this project,” said Mathabatha, who walked away with the top award and R365 000 in prize money at the Female Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony in the Eastern Cape on the weekend.Mathabatha was the founder of Sedikong sa Lerato, which aims to alleviate hunger and poverty and promote healthy living and a strong sense of self for the orphans and vulnerable children of Tooseng.According to Mathabatha, using Moringa tree products has reduced malnutrition among over 350 children supported by the organisation.“Before we started, malnutrition was very prevalent,” she says on the Starfish Greathearts Foundation website. “But since we’ve started adding Moringa to the children’s food, we have seen remarkable results – the children no longer suffer from malnutrition.”Speaking after the award ceremony on the weekend, Mathabatha said a 25-hectare Moringa plantation had recently been planned. “This will drastically increase the production and sales of Moringa Leaf Powder, and proceeds from leaf powder sales will generate income to support our child-care initiatives,” she said.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews
We’ve all been there: staring at the timeline with no idea what to do next in an edit. Here are three ways to get things moving again when you’re stuck.We’ve all been horribly stuck on an edit at some point or another. There are many different types of edits, and they all have their own challenges. Movie trailers, music videos, documentaries, narrative films, etc. — they can all cause “editor’s block” in their own special and frustrating ways.First, I’m going to get something out of the way, without counting it as an actual “tip” in this list: the best way to get unstuck when you’re editing is to take a break. Just coming at it with fresh eyes, after a snack or a walk outside, is the best way to get some perspective on what to do next. So, the following tips are, in my opinion, for after you’ve already tried taking a break and you still can’t see a clear route ahead.1. Skip to The EndOne of my favorite things to do when I’m stuck on an edit is to skip to the end and work backward for a bit. This is particularly helpful when you’re working on a short piece, like a hype reel or trailer, because you can get the end laid out and start to figure out how the edit will eventually get there.This is especially useful for hype reels or trailers because they usually culminate in some sort of exciting finale. That ending swell montage with intensifying music and flashing images will almost always be that jolt of editing fun that reminds you why you like editing in the first place.For a longer project, you can always just jump ahead to the next section or scene for a while. I guarantee that doing this will give you that little bit of clarity and energy that you need to finish the previous segment.2. Work on Your Sound Bed for a BitOne aspect of editing that has almost always been a weakness for me (but every now and then is actually a source of strength) is that I love editing to sound that’s already in place.Nothing helps me visualize an edit more than listening to perfect sound for it beforehand. Sometimes, when you’re stuck on an edit, it’s likely that you might have started trying to edit with the wrong track — or you haven’t picked a track at all.In cases like this, I’ll spend a good chunk of time just laying down a sound edit with swells, sound effects, stingers, and anything else that helps conjure the visuals for me. You can begin to think to yourself “Ok, here’s where that one slo-mo shot will go, then I can ramp it up into this next track . . .” etc. Just browse the music you have available or spend some time looking at the reliable PremiumBeat music catalog (guess I’m a company man after all), and find a track that makes you want to finish your edit.3. Revisit The MaterialStop. Stop trying to move your mashed potatoes around on the plate.One thing I find myself doing often is just using the same 4-5 media clips and trying to make the scene work even if it won’t. Sometimes, it won’t. So, you need to go and find new clips.While it may seem obvious, when you get caught in these loops, you have to break the cycle. You’ll sit there for an hour, moving clips around, hitting CTRL+Z, moving around, CTRL+Z, and repeat. What’s so funny about these horribly vicious cycles is that the solution is almost always already in your media bin.When I get stuck, sometimes I’ll just go through my footage one more time — whether that means watching every clip I have (usually in a selects sequence), or just spending some time revisiting a few moments. Almost every time, I’ll find something I didn’t see before.Image via Kornburut Woradee.In my opinion, there will never be an edit that simply won’t work, no matter what you do. In all my years working in this industry, I’ve never come across a task in the editing room that I couldn’t solve somehow. The finished product might not be the result that I originally envisioned, but there is always a way to make something work.The infinite nature of the possible solutions has always fascinated me. The answer might be removing the sound, or adding more sound; it might be fading to black or cross cutting; it might even be removing elements of a story altogether. It’s your job as an editor to take the footage and make the best, most watchable piece of content you can. Sometimes it’s more difficult than others. Sometimes you have to give yourself a chance to calm down and find that needle-in-a-haystack solution that makes it all work.So, please, just go take a walk every once in a while.Cover image via Altitude Visual.Looking for more video editing tips and tricks? Check these out.Improve Your Masks with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance QualifiersSaving Noisy Footage: The Easy Way and the Hard WayVideo Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri CurvesDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageProduction Tip: How to Edit a Fight Scene for Rhythm and Pacing
The body of a foreign national was found hanging from a tree in an orchard in Bodh Gaya, Bihar on Saturday. Police said the deceased has been identified as James Allen, 33, from Australia.His body has been found hanging from a tree a an orchard in Rajpur area of Bodh Gaya.The police have also recovered a letter in which it has mentioned that all belongings should be handed over to his sister.“It is yet to be verified whether he has been murdered or committed suicide. Officials from the forensic department would be reaching the spot soon and examine the stuffs recovered from the spot to reach a conclusion”, Anil Kumar, Gaya city Superintendent of Police, told local journalists.The incident came to light when some local residents noticed it while passing through the area on Saturday morning. They immediately informed the local police.The police have found a bag, a diary and water bottle at the spot. “Phone numbers with Australian code in the diary suggest he could be from Australia”, said police officials.
Eight vehicles, which were part of NCP MP Supriya Sule’s convoy, were fined after being found parked in a no-parking area in Solapur city, the police said on Sunday.Ms. Sule on Tuesday evening participated in an event, ‘Sanvad Taishi’, a mass outreach campaign, ahead of the Assembly polls, at the Indian Medical Association’s hall at Dufferin Chowk in Solapur.As the programme started, there was a traffic jam in the area following which the police asked the event organisers to remove some vehicles parked in the no-parking area outside the premises, a traffic police official said. However, despite repeated warnings, the vehicles were not removed.Subsequently, eight vehicles, including some SUVs, which were part of Ms. Sule’s convoy, were fined under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act.These included a four-wheeler registered in the NCP’s name and another vehicle in which Ms. Sule, the Lok Sabha member from Baramati (Pune district), arrived for the event, he said. “We are not sure if any of the vehicles belonged to the MP,” the official said.However, some members of the NCP’s youth wing claimed there was no other place in the area to park the vehicles and alleged the action was taken “deliberately” by the police.Ms. Sule on Friday launched her ‘Sanvad’ (dialogue) campaign to reach out to the public ahead of the Assembly elections. In the first phase, Ms. Sule, who is the daughter of NCP chief and former Union Minister Sharad Pawar, will cover Ahmednagar, Solapur, Jalgon, Nashik, Thane and Navi Mumbai, a party leader said.