This week is my fifth visit to China in the two years I have been Chancellor, a clear sign of the strength of our economic partnership and the importance of the relationship between our two countries. I am here to meet political leaders with the clear message that the UK is a committed and reliable partner and a proponent of open trade and free markets.“Global Britain” is not just a strategy for Britain’s economic future. It is a statement about what kind of people we are – and about the economy and the society we are seeking to build. The UK is committed to free and open trade, as we chart a new relationship with our European partners and also deepen our relationship with the rest of the world.Our partnership with China is already deep and strong, and I want us to keep it growing. Financial services cooperation, in particular, has huge scope to develop and thrive. It is already at the very heart of our annual Economic and Financial Dialogues. The UK is a champion of RMB internationalisation and London is the largest offshore RMB centre after Hong Kong. I want to deepen that relationship as China continues to open up, to encourage greater two-way trade and investment and cement the UK’s position as the world’s premier financial centre. Last week I announced a new Global Financial Partnerships Strategy to bring together governments, regulators, and industry to build an enhanced framework for cross-border financial services. This will facilitate access to markets, increase trade, reduce frictions and position the UK as the gateway of choice for global finance.Financial services is a highly innovative industry, always finding new ways to serve its customers. Fintech – the future of global finance – is another area where I want to deepen our collaboration. The UK is recognised as the best place in the world to set up and grow a fintech business, and in China over 700 million people use fintech every day for payments and investment. This is why we have a Fintech Bridge between our countries, to bring our governments, regulators and entrepreneurs together. The UK and China are also key partners in green finance, together leading global discussions in the G20 and driving global standards on green bonds. There is already clear momentum: just last week both ICBC and Bank of China issued green bonds in London. It is my ambition that the UK leads the world in financing green investment, which is why I announced the establishment of a new Green Finance Institute in London. It will mean that firms from across the world can access our one-stop-shop for both world-leading climate science and financial services. This Institute will house our joint work with China, giving it the dedicated resource and expertise needed to take the relationship to the next level.I also want the UK to seize the great opportunities to lead in the financing of the Belt and Road initiative. The unique combination of financial capacity and legal and professional skills in London makes the UK ideally placed to help create a globally-recognised asset class of Belt and Road initiative projects. That is why I appointed Sir Douglas Flint, the former Chairman of HSBC, to be my Belt and Road Envoy and invited him to join my visit here to China this week. I also want to deepen our collaboration in new and innovative financial services.I look forward to welcoming Vice Premier Hu Chunhua to London later this year for the tenth Economic and Financial Dialogue between our two counties. This an important anniversary in our relationship, held against the backdrop of another important anniversary, the fortieth year since reform and opening up – a fitting backdrop for a meeting between partners committed to free and open markets.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAt Friday night’s Golden State Warriors game against the Denver Nuggets, Stephen Curry stood at center court during the halftime break with Riley Morrison, 9, of Napa, and Vivan Wu, a senior at Oakland Technical High School, all sporting Curry’s new International Women’s Day themed Curry 6 signature shoes.The two young women were honored for their accomplishments in celebration of International Women’s Day. Morrison …
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
Q I want to increase the R-value of the single-pane windows in my 44-year-old house in New Hampshire. I am considering using movable window insulation. Is this insulation good for limiting excess heat gain in summer? The windows also fog up easily. Will inner storm windows prevent the fogging and provide more R-value? Can you suggest other alternatives?-Patrick Clary, Dover, N. H.A Stan Griskivich, a window-insulation specialist in Yarmouth, Maine, responds: Movable window insulation would certainly help reduce winter heat loss, but the payback period could be long, depending on the type of insulation, heating system and Btu cost. If you build thermal shutters, the payback period will be shortened. Curtain shops may also carry a line of insulating curtains.Movable window insulation requires that you take an active role opening and closing the shade or shutter during the heating season. Most people lose interest in this process after the first season (or sooner) and stop using the thermal shades or the shutters.You should not use movable window insulation to reduce summer heat gain. Dark-colored insulating shutters or shades kept closed during a summer day, especially on the south or west side of the house, will have the opposite effect. Your windows and house will become solar collectors, which store and radiate heat. Shading the summer sun is best done with roof overhangs, exterior awnings or deciduous trees.Adding inner storm windows can solve both problems. But first you must caulk and weatherstrip the existing windows. Cold-air infiltration can account for almost as much heat loss as the conductive loss through single glazing. Once you have sealed the windows, you could install inner storm windows. The key to preventing fogging is to get a tight seal around both windows so that there’s a dead-air space between them. Fogging occurs when warm, high-moisture interior air circulates in the space between the windows and then condenses on the surface of the cool window.A well-sealed inner storm window should give an R-value of 2. You also should remove the window casing and sill and make sure the exposed areas are properly insulated because they’re often overlooked.However, unless you want to save the original windows for historical reasons or otherwise, the best course of action, even though it may be drastic and expensive, is to replace your old windows with new windows using high-performance insulating glass. Most high-performance glass is double-pane glazing with special coatings on the glass, and the space between panes is filled with argon gas to achieve an average R-value of 4. This R-value may not sound like much, but it is 400% better than your single-pane windows (typically rated at R-1) and twice as good as standard double-pane insulating glass at R-2. Once installed, a high-performance window saves energy 24 hours a day, year-round, and you won’t have to do a single thing.From the Q&A archives of Fine Homebuilding magazine Issue 97, September 1995.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA Sprint Triathlon is just a few days away….The event is slated to take place in the lower Bight on November 10th from 3pm to 6:30pm. The event features several parts including swim of .5 miles, a ride of 12.1 miles and a run of 3.15 miles. The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Akierra Misick and the Minister of Labour & Border Control the Hon. Don Hue Gardiner among other officials are expected to be in attendance. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Provo SNAP Centre. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Manager Santiago Solari revealed what he told Vinicius after he scored the goal against Real Valladolid, he also gave his impressions of the win.After so much pressure had mounted against Real Madrid in the last few weeks, the Spanish squad really needed a victory like the one they got today under interim manager Santiago Solari as his decision to use Vinicius paid off. Throughout the whole match, the Argentine manager was able to write down the many concepts that he needs to improve for the next match against Viktoria Plzen and he also took note of the players who are not going through the best moment of the season.The one that especially worried Santi was Gareth Bale, the Welshman left eh pitch of the Bernabeu in the middle of a thunderous jeer because he doesn’t seem to be making the effort from other seasons.Amongst all the players who struggled to find their best form, there was Vinicius who could lift up the spirit of his teammates right after he got on the pitch and didn’t take long to create the first goal at the Bernabeu.After he went to celebrate the goal with Solari on the sideline, we could see the manager shouting instructions to a player who was happy for his moment.👊 That winning feeling!#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/ur3BGMYO1Y— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 3, 2018After the match, Santiago Solari spoke with the media about Vinicius and many more topics, but the press was a lot more interested in the Brazilian and his performance.When Santiago was questioned about the instructions he gave Vinicius after the first goal, the manager revealed what he said.“I asked him to be more daring on the attack, I asked him to go after the defenders in a one vs one situation, I asked him to dribble and to not be afraid which is something he already does anyway,” said Solari on the Real Madrid website.“But most importantly, I asked him to defend more, which is something that he needs to improve.”“The football players or the people who are inside this world of football cannot fight with what happens outside of the pitch, we can’t change the mind of the media.”“I love the people getting hopeful for players like Vinicius, who is still 18 and has his whole career in front of him.”“All the analysis about him will need to get made 20 years from now, once he’s finished his career.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“For now, Vinicius is one more element from the squad, who has his obvious virtues and his defects as well. But let’s all remember that he is still an 18-year old lad, please,” he added.🏁 FT: @RealMadrid 2-0 @realvalladolid (Kiko Olivas (og) 83′, @SergioRamos 88′ (p)).#Emirates | #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/KKsvc6gWk4— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 3, 2018When asked about the result of the game and what he thought can be improved, Santiago Solari was mostly happy because the squad was able to get the three points.However, Santi understands football differently and he confessed that he would’ve loved to win the game by many more goals but he understands that football doesn’t work like that.“You can’t always win by a large margin during the most delicate moments. This has been a very challenging test for us against a very difficult opponent, they took this match very seriously and were always very close together which is always harmful to us,” continued Solari.“I would like to congratulate the lads because they played a very serious game, very strict. Games with results like this are always like that.”“This is what football is all about, very visceral, emotional, it relies a lot on self-confidence from the players.”“The whole dynamic changed after the first goal and the hormones flowed inside the pitch after that. Scoring the first goal was very important, as it was also important to keep a clean sheet.”“Valladolid is a very tough opponent, they hadn’t lost in the last seven matches. This is a very serious squad and they can hurt you when you leave them space to do it. We needed these three points.”2We need to keep calm, we can’t surrender and we need to stay organized in order to create a balance but I think we could pull it off. I’m very well actually, I have been in this situation before as a player, I am already used to the stadium,” he concluded.🎙💬 Santiago Solari takes charge of @realmadrid in a LaLiga match for the first time tomorrow! Hear his thoughts on his first days as head coach and tomorrow’s match against @realvalladolid. #HalaMadrid | #RMTV pic.twitter.com/l7h92XKolB— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 2, 2018How would you grade Santiago Solari’s first match as the Real Madrid manager at the Santiago Bernabeu? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Leaders in Columbus, Ga., helped the Army celebrate Fort Benning’s 100th anniversary this past month, but state and local officials continue to look ahead in their effort to support the installation. The state, for example, is proposing to establish a Robotics Center of Innovation at the post, an initiative designed to reinforce Fort Benning’s R&D mission for the infantry, armor and cavalry, reports the Ledger-Enquirer. Autonomous systems have a range of applications for the Army, including clearing areas for troops and military vehicles and transporting heavy loads into combat zones.“Robotics show great promise for everything from logistics to medical to taking some of the load off the soldier, to going in and being able to provide weapons systems to augment the soldier to make sure he has more and more lethality on the field of combat,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military and government affairs at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.Read “Fort Benning 100 Years,” a special series of stories published by the Ledger-Enquirer to celebrate the post’s centennial.Photo courtesy of robotLabo