Kaylee Shukin brings back gold from BC Summer Games

first_imgBy Dusty Yurkin, BC Summer Games The first time she tried vaulting, Nelson’s Kaylee Shukin (Kootenays – Zone 1) fell in love. Now, it’s brought her gold in the equestrian event at the BC Summer Games on Saturday. Shukin said she shares her passion for horses with her mother. The 13-year-old has never looked back since neighbours allowed her to try vaulting during a visit to a farm. She has been vaulting for three years and now competes often in Canadian vaulting competitions, as well as many in Washington. She also stated that she does gymnastics in the winter to help keep her flexibility and help with her overall balance. Shukin’s favourite part about vauliting is “the horses, for sure.” Alongside Shukin on the podium, were New Westminster’s Carley Harder (Fraser River-Delta – Zone 4) who received the silver medal and Janelle Roed of Abbotsford (Fraser Valley – Zone 3) who received the bronze medal.last_img read more

Leafs finish exhibition season by scoring 5-5 tie against Beaver Valley

first_imgThe win for Creston avenged a 4-3 loss Friday in the East Kootenay City to Nelson.Nelson opened the four-game preseason schedule by playing to a 4-4 tie against the Nitehawks Wednesday in Fruitvale.The Leafs remain a work in progress as coach Dave McLellan continues to search for players.Nelson is expecting a Western Hockey League cut in camp early this week.The Leafs begin the 2014-15 KIJHL regular season Friday against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Game time is 7 p.m.Saturday Nelson hosts Castlegar Rebels.The Leafs play six of seven games in September at home. The Nelson Leafs completed the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season with a 5-5 tie against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The game was the third in three days and fourth in five nights for the Leafs.Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer, Blair Andrews, Patrick Croome and Matt MacDonald scored for Nelson.Three different goalies played the game for Nelson.Saturday, Creston scored a 4-2 victory over Nelson in the Heritage City.The Leafs struggled through two periods before outshooting the Thunder Cats 18-7 in the third period.last_img read more

REC SITE: The Times They Are A-Changin’

first_imgNew Shelters Coming, Old Shelters GoingUnder the community-generated Management Plan for the Rossland Range Recreation Site, some new day-use shelters will be built  to replace the older, rodent-infested but beloved structures that so many of us have happily skied or snowshoed to, and  used to warm up,  toast sandwiches or heat up soup, and  talk with whoever else came by.   We will end up with fewer shelters, but they will be mouse and rat-proof, probably insulated to require less wood to heat them, and they will have outhouses that won’t be too frightening or too yucky to use.Recently, students from Selkirk College’s  Recreation, Fish and Wildlife program got some hands-on experiential education in “Parks and Recreation Management” by helping to tear down 2 defunct, non-maintained and deteriorated old huts in the new Rec Site.  “Lost” cabin was already pretty shaky on its rotting and unstable feet.  Now  it’s gone.   “Buffalo Jump” had already been taken over by pack rats and then demolished by a fallen tree; all that remained was to remove the  mess. So what’s wrong with a few cute mousies?Deer mice may carry hantavirus — a virus that causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.  Perhaps our mice don’t carry it yet, but perhaps they do, or they may carry it in the near future.  Hantavirus was first recognized in BC in 1994, with 3 cases diagnosed.  There is no specific treatment, medication or cure.  The risk?  About 1/3 to 1/2 of people in North America who develop Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome die.  That’s a very high percentage, so although the chances of actually developing it may be low, the risk of dying from it is unacceptably high — worth taking precautions.    A lack of mouse poop in our shelters won’t hurt us, but breathing  tiny specks of dust containing mouse poop or dried mouse urine could possibly kill us.  Sweeping a floor with mouse droppings on it, or chopping kindling in a hut with a dirt or dirty floor are both excellent ways to risk breathing infected dust.   So do we really need to make the shelters rodent-proof?  That’s what I call a no-brainer.   Cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome are fairly rare — let’s do our best to make them non-existent in our area.New Mt. Lepsoe Shelter in the works:A keen crew is designing and preparing to build a new shelter in Lepsoe Basin, and the Kootenay Mountaineering Club (KMC) has generously volunteered to fund it.   The crew has already generated a plan and a complete set of CAD drawings showing all stages of the construction.   It will have a separate woodshed, and an outhouse with a view.  The shelter is intended to be completed by October of this year.  I plan to pay it a visit this coming winter.  Other people are planning other shelters, too, so here’s to a good snow year!last_img read more

Watch: Matt Breida’s record-breaking, eye-popping TD gives 49ers quick lead

first_imgOn the 49ers’ first play from scrimmage, Breida took a … Speed kills, especially with Matt Breida’s swiftness, as the Cleveland Browns found out rather quickly on Monday night.The 49ers’ running back scored on a jaw-dropping 83-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game to give San Francisco a 7-0 lead on Monday Night Football.This is the fastest an NFL player has run in 2019, per ESPN. pic.twitter.com/fGXpR6FoW2— Bay Area Sports HQ (@BayAreaSportsHQ) October 8, 2019last_img read more

Showdown: Is Dino Soft Tissue Just Bacteria?

first_img(Visited 932 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Just bacteria? Press release caption from 2018 find: “Dinosaur blood vessel with adjacent bone matrix that still contains bone cells. These structures have a perfect morphological preservation over hundreds of millions of years, but are chemically transformed through oxidative crosslinking. The extract comes from a sauropod dinosaur in Howe Stephen’s Quarry, U.S. (Image credit: Jasmina Wiemann/Yale University)” See 10 November 2018 entry. By dismissing dinosaur soft tissue as bacteria, Field Museum scientists may have given creationists a selling point.Scientists at Chicago’s prestigious Field Museum of Paleontology have made a frontal assault on claims of original dinosaur proteins in dinosaur bones. The claims that soft tissue can be found in some dinosaur fossils, made primarily by Mary Schweitzer at North Carolina State University, and by others, have invigorated young-earth creationists with alleged proof that the bones are only thousands of years old, not tens of millions. Are they wrong? Were they looking at bacterial biofilms masquerading as dinosaur proteins, blood vessels and blood cells?It’s an old argument revitalized by new experiments. The Field Museum team of 19 paleontologists from a dozen institutions in the US, Canada, Britain and China sawed out some bone from Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada to check. They took precautions to avoid contamination. They found evidence of recent bacteria, but no collagen (bacteria do not make collagen).Bad news, Jurassic Park fans—the odds of scientists cloning a dinosaur from ancient DNA are pretty much zero. That’s because DNA breaks down over time and isn’t stable enough to stay intact for millions of years. And while proteins, the molecules in all living things that give our bodies structure and help them operate, are more stable, even they might not be able to survive over tens or hundreds of millions of years. In a new paper published in eLife, scientists went looking for preserved collagen, the protein in bone and skin, in dinosaur fossils. They didn’t find the protein, but they did find huge colonies of modern bacteria living inside the dinosaur bones.“This is breaking new ground—this is the first time we’ve discovered this unique microbial community in these fossil bones while they’re buried underground,” says lead author Evan Saitta, a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum. “And I would say that it’s another nail in the coffin in the idea of dinosaur proteins getting preserved intact.”Avoiding a direct attack on creationists, the press release and paper simply discounts the possibility of dinosaur tissue in the samples they dug up. In addition, it plays up the likelihood that bacteria would be expected in the bones.Saitta and his colleagues aren’t sure why these particular microbes are living in the dinosaur bones, but he’s not shocked that bacteria are drawn to the fossils. “Fossil bones contain phosphorus and iron, and microbes need those as nutrients. And the bones are porous—they wick up moisture. If you were a bacterium living in the ground, you’d probably want to live in a dinosaur bone,” he says. “These bacteria are clearly having a jolly good time in these bones.”Whether phosphorus and iron from the age of dinosaurs would be expected to remain after fossilization is not explained. It also seems odd that these bones would contain living bacteria when they have not been described before in other fossils.An unnamed creationist (unnamed because we did not seek his permission to name him) finds reasons to doubt their conclusions, though. Summarizing his concerns,The presence of bacteria in these bones should be problematic to old-earthers.Lack of evidence is not evidence of lack. One sample without soft tissue does not rule out others.Other paleontologists rigorously detected collagen in other samples.center_img Thank You Darwin?Some of the statements by the Field Museum evolutionists are a gift to creationists: they confirm that original dinosaur biomolecules could not possibly have survived 66 million years. If they are proven indeed to be original dinosaur proteins and DNA, and if the samples are not radiocarbon dead, then evolutionists will be up a creek without a paddle. According to their own statements, quoted below, those substances cannot have survived that long, nor can the bones be as old as believed.From the press release:DNA breaks down over time and isn’t stable enough to stay intact for millions of years.even they [proteins] might not be able to survive over tens or hundreds of millions of years.“Some molecules can survive in the fossil record, but I suspect proteins can’t; they’re unstable on those timescales in the conditions of fossilization.”“We found non-radiocarbon dead organic carbon, recent amino acids, and DNA in the bone….”From the paper in eLife:During the fossilization process, biological tissues degrade over millions of years, with some types of molecules breaking down faster than others.However, the fossils contained more organic carbon, DNA, and certain amino acids than the sediment surrounding them.Fossils have traditionally been thought to retain little original organic material after undergoing decay and diagenesis.DNA, which is relatively unstable, is thought to persist no longer than a million years under optimal conditions (Orlando et al., 2013).A lengthier quote to this effect is reproduced below.** The team’s assertion that some molecules can survive long periods – i.e., “Pigments such as melanin and porphyrins are highly stable and can persist for hundreds of millions of years” – must be read with the background understanding that those are estimates based on (1) a prior commitment to millions of years and (2) the fact that such biomolecules have indeed been found where they were not predicted. Nobody can test hundreds of millions of years.The situation in this showdown is as follows: opposite secular teams claim to have used careful procedures to test dinosaur bone. The Field Museum team is resurrecting 2008 arguments that the tissues are bacterial biofilms, not original tissues (30 July 2008, original paper in PLoS). But Schweitzer’s many papers reveal her careful techniques to rule out contamination (19 Sept 2017).It will remain to be seen if Schweitzer and others dispute this paper. Creationists, in the meantime, have found carbon-14 in dinosaur bones (18 June 2015), and Schweitzer is not the only one to have found intact soft tissue. Other scientists have diligently sought to falsify the soft tissue claim, or used multiple methods to determine the nature of the material (1 Dec 2015; see also Bob Enyart’s list of papers). Clear evidence of osteocytes (bone cells) have been detected inside of dinosaur bone by Mark Armitage; those could not have been made by bacteria, which obviously do not have bones. Secular scientists, understandably, are perturbed by the evidence and would like to dismiss it (see 19 Sept 2017). They have a vested interest in keeping their millions of years. Darwin, their idol, needs the time to evolve humans out of bacteria (as if that were enough time anyway).The Field Museum paper just came out today, so we will have to see the reaction, and how the arguments shake out. We’ll post any updates here.**Quote from the eLife paper about molecular survival:Reports of dinosaur protein and complex organic structure preservation are problematic for several reasons. Firstly, it remains unclear how such organics would be preserved for tens of millions of years. If endogenous, putative dinosaur soft tissues should contain diagenetically unstable proteins and phospholipids (Bada, 1998; Briggs and Summons, 2014), vulnerable to hydrolysis (Eglinton and Logan, 1991; Zuidam and Crommelin, 1995), although the released fatty acid moieties from phospholipids could be stabilized through in situ polymerization into kerogen-like aliphatic structures (Stankiewicz et al., 2000; Gupta et al., 2006a; Gupta et al., 2006b; Gupta et al., 2007a; Gupta et al., 2007b; Gupta et al., 2008; Gupta et al., 2009). At 25°C and neutral pH, peptide bond half-lives from uncatalyzed hydrolysis are too short to allow for Mesozoic peptide preservation, although hydrolysis rates can be decreased through terminal modifications and steric effects on internal bonds (Kahne and Still, 1988; Radzicka and Wolfenden, 1996; Testa and Mayer, 2003). Estimates based on experimental gelatinization suggest that, even when frozen (0°C), relatively intact collagen has an upper age limit of only 2,700,000 years (Nielsen-Marsh, 2002). Secondly, the instances of dinosaur peptide preservation reported are older than the oldest uncontested protein preservation reported by at least an order of magnitude. The oldest non-controversial peptides include partially intact peptides from 3.4 Ma in exceptionally cold environments (Rybczynski et al., 2013), as well as short peptides bound to eggshell calcite crystals from 3.8 Ma stabilized via unique molecular preservation mechanisms (Demarchi et al., 2016). The youngest non-avian dinosaur bones are 66 million years old; on both theoretical and empirical grounds, it seems exceptional that original proteins could persist for so long.last_img read more

Talking the divide between U.S., Canada dairy supply systems

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Joel PenhorwoodThe trip to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show by several Ohio dairy farmers, thanks to the efforts of Hill’s Supply, put on display not only the latest in robotic milking technology, but also the relationship between Canadian and American dairy farmers in what has been a contentious time with regard to trade.Ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations have highlighted the differences between the two countries on milk production.“The dairy industry is challenging right now. As you look across Ohio and the nation, our nation’s dairy farmers are facing an economic downturn that’s rivaling the downturn that many of us remember in 2009,” said Frank Burkett III. Burkett, a dairy farmer and current president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, has signed a letter of intent on buying Hill’s Supply in the near future. “We look through Hill’s for ways to partner with dairymen to get through this cycle and move onto another cycle that hopefully delivers a little bit better economics and maybe a littler prosperity into dairy farmers.”Trade is an essential part of market prices in any agricultural commodity, milk included. Burkett was talking trade with many Canadian farmers.“Dairy and trade are a topic of conversation from the Farm Bureau perspective. Clearly as we look nationally, I would say there’s probably never been a time where there’s been more critical issues. Trade, the Farm Bill, immigration — there are a lot of big national issues that are impacting America’s farmers and ranchers,” Burkett said.A difference in the American and Canadian supply systems has been brought forth through NAFTA talks. Canada operates on what’s known as a supply management system where dairy farmers are given a quota of how much milk to produce. The end goal being an attempt to control the supply and protection against a surplus.Rick Shantz is an Ontario dairy farmer who said he and his fellow Canadians would like to see NAFTA completed and to allow both countries to move forward equitably.“We’re running 200 acres and 100 cows. It’s a fifth generation dairy farm. My son’s helping me now,” said Shantz. “I think a lot of it just comes down to supply and management. If we don’t have the demand there, why are we supplying it? So I think that’s the bottom line and that’s our system. That’s the box they have kept us in and we’ve been able to grow moderately. Sometimes you would like to grow a little faster, but the system has kept us at a slow growth. It has worked very well and has been sustainable. We have given up some price over the last couple of years.”“The box is a good thing. It’s here to stay. We in Ontario can compete, we can produce milk. The bottom line is we’re controlled.”The space in between for U.S. and Canada milk export and import is where the details of NAFTA are at a sticking point. Some in Canada have responded to the call for relaxation of certain protectionist dairy policies with agreement, while others have drawn the line. Time will tell what results of the matter.In the meantime, dairy farmers were busy looking at the latest in milking technology — Shantz included.“We started robotic milking eight years ago now. We love the new robot. It’s pretty exciting to see the movement of technology and the future looks very promising,” he said.The new DeLaval VMS V300 milking system was on active display, milking for the first time in North America. The system is a challenge to the Lely Astronaut which has been on several Ohio farms for a number of years. Hill’s Supply said they see the new robot as the next wave in efficiency for the robotic industry, with it boasting improved milking times and hookup efficiency.last_img read more

Anticipatory bail Bill gets President’s nod

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a key Bill of Uttar Pradesh that will pave the way for reintroduction of the provision of anticipatory bail, revoked during the Emergency in 1976, officials said on Monday. Barring Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, all other States in the country have the provision of anticipatory bail. “The President has given assent to the Code of Criminal Procedure (Uttar Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2018,” a Home Ministry official said. With the Presidential assent, the provision of applying for an anticipatory bail in Uttar Pradesh has been restored after over four decades.last_img read more

Advertising to Facebook Fans Improves Conversion Rates [New Data]

first_img For instance, if a health care company planned on acquiring 1 million registrations over a year via Facebook ads at $10 per registration, it could save $4.4 million by advertising to its Facebook fans instead of the general Facebook population. This means if the cost of attaining enough fans from which to secure 1 million health care registrations is less than $4.4 million, the company has produced a direct return on investment on its The post goes on to provide the following example: alongside its organic, free resources like without even counting the value of being able to communicate directly with the fans through Page updates. Originally published Jun 13, 2011 4:20:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 For marketers, Facebook can sometimes be mysterious. The leading social network has many moving parts including Pages, Places, Groups, and more. One of the most difficult tight ropes to balance is how to use Inside Facebook Marketing Takeaway ” The problem is that even though someone may be a fan of your business, they are still a long way away from being an actual customer. This data supports the idea that marketers should spend more of their efforts, both paid and organic, to move existing fans further along the sales cycle and convert them into leads and customers. By advertising to Facebook fans instead of non-fans, advertisers can reduce the acquisition cost of registrations by 44%, event signups by 33%, and purchases by 15%. Facebook fan acquisition strategy ” Facebook’s paid advertising opportunities Have you had success advertising to existing Facebook fans? recently shared some interesting data from Facebook ad buying service TBG Digital. According to the post: ” Facebook Fans ” Facebook Advertising as being part of your marketing reach already and instead spend your advertising dollars trying to motivate non-fans. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack In marketing — and in life — common sense prevails. It only stands to reason that Fans of your Facebook page who already have some familiarity with your business would be more likely to take a next step like registering or purchasing. It’s an easy mistake to disregard . Topics: This data was derived from a 4.1 billion ad-impression, thirteen-client test run by TBG Digital. Facebook Pageslast_img read more

26 Mind-Blowing Black Friday Statistics [Data]

first_img Inbound Marketing Black Friday. It’s the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and today marks the busiest day of the entire holiday season. As retailers prep their brick and mortar presence with lights and glitter, smart inbound marketers are also taking to the internet in order to cash in on their online sales. Take a look at some mind-blowing statistics and predictions around the use of mobile devices, online coupons, and email marketing this holiday shopping weekend.26 Black Friday Statistics for Marketers1.) Almost 85 percent of retailers will send an email to their customers about Black Friday deals, up from 80 percent last year. (Source: Shop.org) Tweet This Stat!2.) U.S. spending has reached $9.7 billion in the first 20 days of the holiday season, up 14 percent versus 2010. (Source: Reuters) Tweet This Stat!3.) Forget the turkey. 26 percent of those surveyed planned on shopping online on Thanksgiving Day. (Source: Deloitte) Tweet This Stat!4.) Nearly three-quarters of retailers will use their Facebook page to reach out to shoppers, up from 57.1 percent last year. (Source: Shop.org) Tweet This Stat!5.) Only half of retailers will utilize their website’s homepage to promote Black Friday deals. (Source: Shop.org) Tweet This Stat!6.) As many as 152 million people plan to shop this weekend, up 10 percent from last year and the biggest expected turnout ever. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!7.) Some 34 percent of shoppers said they plan to shop on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, up from 31 percent last year and 26 percent in 2009. (Source: International Council of Shopping Centers) Tweet This Stat!8.) More than 74 percent of frequent online shoppers plan to look for online coupons and coupon codes this year, compared with 63 percent last year. (Source: Offers.com) Tweet This Stat!9.) Half of shoppers plan to keep track of holiday sales and promotions via advertising circulars throughout the holiday season. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!10.) In-store mobile shoppers are big spenders; they’re looking for premium gifts and prefer to purchase from a physical store. (Source: Kellogg Shopper Index) Tweet This Stat!11.) Men say they always use mobile devices to check prices while shopping in stores versus just five percent of women. (Source: Kellogg Shopper Index) Tweet This Stat!12.) Black Friday shoppers will do most of their shopping at Walmart and Best Buy according to an analysis of Twitter conversations. (Source: Mashwork) Tweet This Stat!13.) Holiday television commercials will be tuned into by 31.7 percent of shoppers in an effort to find those awesome gifts. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!14.) Coupon websites will enjoy visits from 23.1 percent of holiday shoppers. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!15.) Nearly one-third of Santa’s elves will specifically keep track of the email coupons they receive from retailers this holiday season. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!16.) One in four consumers frequently or always use a mobile device to compare prices while shopping in a store, and 64 percent do so at least occasionally. (Source: Kellogg Shopper Index) Tweet This Stat!17.) Mobile will play a critical shopping role today, Saturday, and Sunday, with an estimated 60 million consumers planning to use their devices to shop, research purchases, or seek retailer information. (Source: InMobi) Tweet This Stat!18.) Social media will play a big role in consumer behavior, with 17.3 percent monitoring retailers’ Facebook pages. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!19.) Discount hounds will take advantage of deals, with 11.3 percent checking out group-buying sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. (Source: National Retail Federation) Tweet This Stat!20.) A staggering 42 percent of mobile shoppers plan to use their mobile devices to shop or research sales on Cyber Monday, which has traditionally been dedicated to online shopping. (Source: InMobi) Tweet This Stat!21.) Of those who own tablet devices and who plan to shop for or research holiday items this year, one in five (21.3 percent) will seek out group buying sites and 31.2 percent will check out retailers’ Facebook pages. (Source: InMobi) Tweet This Stat!22.) The number of consumers shopping from their mobile device this holiday season has increased 150 percent since last year. (Source: IBM Coremetrics Benchmark) Tweet This Stat!23.) Fully 15 percent of all searches made on Black Friday will come from mobile devices. (Source: Portfolio) Tweet This Stat!24.) Not to be outdone, Cyber Monday will have 39 percent of shoppers buying, almost the same number as Black Friday. (Source: PriceGrabber) Tweet This Stat!25.) Virtually all Cyber Monday shoppers will be drawn in by the one-day deals, discounts, and free shipping offers. (Source: PriceGrabber) Tweet This Stat!26.) Most Cyber Monday shopping will be done from home (84 percent) and the balance will be done from work (for those willing to admit to it!). (Source: PriceGrabber) Tweet This Stat!If you haven’t finished putting together your online coupons, your mobile site optimization isn’t quite complete, or your email marketing campaigns aren’t quite nailed down yet, ask your marketing elves to get hopping! Even if you miss the Black Friday shopping rush, the rest of the holiday season will still be busy for retailers, especially those who can cater to the last-minute shoppers.What am I doing today? Well, besides working on our lead generation plan and marketing budget for 2012, not a whole lot. I am not going anywhere near a store or mall. But I might venture forth into the online realm. With my Android, of course. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:center_img Originally published Nov 25, 2011 5:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Marketing Datalast_img read more