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McKinleyville edges Del Norte to keep pace in Big 5

first_imgCrescent City >> A.J. Stubbs scored a game-high 15 points, as the McKinleyville Panthers got off to a blazing start and ultimately held on for a 53-50 victory over the Del Norte Warriors in Big 5 basketball action at Crescent City Friday evening.From the opening tip of the contest it appeared as though the fans at Thunen Gymnasium were going to be treated to an indoor track meet rather than a basketball game, as both teams came out of the gates at a blistering pace on both ends of the court.Th …last_img

Human Face Book Is Customized

first_imgMake a face.  How do you make a face?  We are all made with faces that can make unique facial expressions, thanks to unique combinations of subcutaneous muscles.  Nature News said that humans have unique faceprints of 16 common expression-making muscles.    We all have the same 5 subcutaneous muscles that can make us look angry, happy, surprised, afraid, sad and disgusted.  But we have different combinations of 11 more muscles that allow us each to have our own idiosyncratic facial expressions.  This was announced by researchers who examined 18 Caucasian cadavers.  It means that all humans can express shared emotions important for social communication, but each of us can add our own nuance.    One of the researchers speculated that this can be explained in evolutionary terms.  Humans have been selected to communicate the same basic emotions, he said, but have differences to allow for creating relationships within social groups.  He did not explain why this strategy never occurred to social bees, ants, schooling fish and flocks of birds.We’ll just ignore that little evolutionary fable with an expression of disgust and move right along.  Facial expression is one of many unique traits among humans who were created like animals in many ways but with special features to express an inner spirit made in the image of God: intellect, emotions, will, love, personality, and faith.  To communicate our rationality, we needed a voice apparatus appropriate for the sophisticated nuances of human language.  For combined spiritual and physical intimacy, we needed skin instead of hair.  For face-to-face communication and stewardship, we needed upright posture.  For work, we needed hands with opposable thumbs.  None of these is quite the window of the spirit as a person’s unique countenance.    We have the most versatile bodies and faces in nature appropriate for accountable souls.  Think of the importance of facial expressions in comedy sitcoms, vocal solos, plays and movies; visualize the clown or mime using faces to get a laugh.  Perhaps you have taken a silly family photo with everyone making funny faces.  Even humor is a gift of God.  Chimpanzees and dogs and parrots can seem to comprehend fun, but try to tell them a joke, and no comprendo.  Human laughter and a hearty smile is a joy of life that only spirits operating physical equipment can fully understand and appreciate.    We have more equipment than needed to just eat and survive because we have a special role in God’s creation: to be His stewards, to love Him, and to love one another.  Facial expression is an intrinsic part of our unique ability to relate to one another visually and verbally.  That we each have unique faces and combinations of facial muscles fits the description of humans being unique individuals with a special role in the world.  Look at one penguin and you’ve seen them all.  Same for prairie dogs, antelope, honeybees, wildebeest, flamingos and any other wild social animal.  Though specialists can tell them apart, other primates have limited diversity and expressivity on their faces.  They can curl their lips into funny ways, and bare their teeth and scream, but have you ever seen a chimpanzee with an expression of altruistic love, faith, thoughtful contemplation, solemnity, gratitude or inner joy?    The variety of human faces, though, is astonishing: just look at the faces of any crowd on the street or in a public event.  And the number of expressions you can contort your face into in front of a mirror is equally astonishing.  We often remember a face when we cannot remember a name.  We can pick easily out faces we know from hundreds of strangers in a yearbook.  Faces are put on “Wanted” posters.   We normally take pictures of ourselves that emphasize our faces.  Magazines and newspapers (except for certain kinds) concentrate on the faces of people in the news.  We normally take pictures of people to emphasize their faces.  This makes sense if we are individual created souls distinct from the animals.  It makes no sense in evolutionary terms, or else you would see extreme facial diversity and expressivity all over the animal kingdom.  What other animal invented FaceBook?  The face is the interface for rational and emotional communication.  “Face it, we’re all different” said the Nature News article.  Yes indeed, Nature, face up to it.  We can make faces because He made our faces.  Go smile at someone and start a spiritual communication.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nose Has Gain Control

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sound engineers know how to use gain control to avoid “redlining” or saturating the signal while amplifying weak but important signals.  Your nose knows that trick, too.The sense of smell is complex because of the tremendous variety of odorant molecules that must be interpreted.  Molecules that trigger signals in the initial neurons trigger a cascade of responses that pass through a chain of olfactory organs and neurons before reaching the brain.  Some of these organs “format” the signal for the brain, explained Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy in a Harvard press release, “Sniff mechanics,” posted also on Science Daily.  Murthy’s team achieved a new level of precision to identify the functions in the olfactory pathway.Reaching that level of precision was critical, Murthy explained, because while the olfactory bulb contains many “principal” neurons that are responsible for sending signals to other the parts of the brain, it is also packed with interneurons, which appear to play a role in formatting olfactory information as it comes into the brain.But the complexity doesn’t stop there.  There’s not only formatting, but feedback:“The image of the brain as a linear processor is a convenient one, but almost all brains, and certainly mammalian brains, do not rely on that kind of pure feed-forward system,” Murthy said. “On the contrary, it now appears that the higher regions of the brain, which are responsible for interpreting olfactory information, are communicating with lower parts of the brain on a near-constant basis.”Using advanced techniques, Murthy’s team identified that the interneurons receive messages back from the brain – feedback.  This feedback serves as a method of gain control:“If you make a system that is very good at detecting weak signals, it becomes saturated as the signal gets stronger, and eventually it’s impossible to differentiate between strong signals,” Murthy said. “To avoid that problem, brain circuits use a process called gain control. By inhibiting certain neurons, it ensures that you stay within the detection range, so you don’t miss the weak things, but you don’t miss the very strong things either.”The brain can effectively turn down the gain knob on certain neurons, like a sound engineer at a mixing console subduing an input that is too loud, while simultaneously turning up the gain for inputs that are too weak.  The brain can say, “I heard you” to one input while switching attention to weaker signals.  Other senses use gain control, but “the extent of the olfactory feedback was surprising,” the press release said.There’s also gain control at the receiving end.  The olfactory bulb can turn up the gain for weak but important signals:Even more surprising, Murthy said, was evidence that the olfactory bulb’s principal neurons were also receiving feedback signals — albeit weak ones — that appeared to prime them for incoming signals.“These weak connections help the principal neuron get over the top when it’s listening to weak inputs,” Murthy said. “If there’s a weak smell coming in, but it’s not able to drive the principal neuron over the threshold to signal the rest of the brain, but say you’re in an environment where you’re primed to smell that weak smell — we believe this feedback from this higher area of the brain is sort of tickling these principal neurons, so when there’s a weak input you’re able to smell it.Murthy recognized that the sense of smell is very important for many animals.  A weak smell may signal danger, but it must not be overpowered by other strong odors in the environment.  That’s where gain control is essential, Murthy explained:  “We are hypothesizing that this mechanism, where the cortex is talking back to the olfactory bulb and suppressing neurons, through this feedback they may be able to detect that weak signal.”Isn’t it wonderful what the blind, impersonal forces of nature evolved.  Without any foresight, millions of mutations brought forth a finely-tuned mechanism, like a mixing console, and a brain to operate it.  In the imagination of the evolutionist, all things are possible.  Close your eyes and speculate.Something about that mindset has a foul odor.  It must be Darwin of the Gaps.Fortunately, in this press release there was no mention of evolution.  Hats off to Murthy for sparing us the foul odor and giving us another wonder of the human body that has the sweet smell of intelligent design, even without the sight of those words in print.last_img read more

Women’s monument unveiled in Tshwane

first_img10 August 2016The Women’s Living Heritage Monument, unveiled by President Jacob Zuma onWomen’s Day 9 August 2016, commemorates the story of women’s contribution tothe liberation struggle and features four statues of the heroic stalwarts, LillianNgoyi, Sophia Williams-de Bruyn, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.2. TheWomen’s Living Heritage Monument at Lillian Ngoyi Square in PTA #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/CG0TDX8HEQ—#ThankYouLimpopo (@ANCLimpopo) August 9,2016The four women led a peaceful protest march to the Union Buildings in 1956,with thousands of women from all parts of the country. The women delivered apetition to the then Prime Minister, JG Strijdom, against carrying a pass book,referred to as a dom pass in Afrikaans, meaning “dumb pass”. They also marched against the degradation of African women. This Women’s Day marked the 60th anniversary of the march.The monument also includes a leadership development and training centre, anddedicated walls for murals, artworks and artefacts that tell the stories of women’sstruggles throughout the South Africa’s history.Susan Shabangu, the Minister of Women in the Presidency, said the event wasan emotional reflection on what women have done to take the country from whereit was to where it is today.“Women once more are gathered here to witness the opening of the livingmonument, where people can see the contribution of women across colour lines,”the minister said in her presentation.Shabangu asked women, particularly young women, to visit the monument inorder to reflect and inform their destiny, adding that “the women of the 1956 marchplayed their role and today we have a Constitution which includes what womenfought for”.She said it is up to the young South African women of today to protect theConstitution and ensure human rights, especially women’s rights, are not violated.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, African Union Commission chairpersonNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the last surviving march leader De Bruyn, wereamong those who attended the unveiling and toured the monument.Sophie De Bruyn standing next to her statue unveiled at Lillian NgoyiSquare #TellHerStory #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/xpYIflHZK4— SAGov News (@SAgovnews) August 9,2016De Bruyn told EWN News that the monument and recognition of the struggle ofwomen during apartheid gave her great joy, particularly seeing how far womenhave come in advancing their rights since 1956.“Today when I see what they’ve achieved, they’ve achieved a lot. They canchoose their own professions, they can choose anything they want to do, and I oftensay to them that it’s no longer a case of the sky being the limit. But you can gobeyond the sky because you can even become an astronaut.”#WomensDay2016 These women were among the thousands whomarched on August 9 1956. DB. pic.twitter.com/4XLKns6dUl—EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) August 9,2016Also in attendance were a number of women who were part of the original 1956march.Mita Motlolometsi marched 60 years ago and had come to witness the unveilingof the monument.She said the day was an emotional one for her because she had witnessedhistory unfold around her over the last six decades, particularly since 1994. She feltproud that she had been a small part of bringing change to the country.However, while commending the interventions made by democracy to empower black people, Motlolometsi said that women and, especially elderly women, were not fully liberated yet.Motlolometsi hopes there will be more efforts made by the country to unite,respect and liberate the nation’s women.Source: South African Government News Agency Southafrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or Shine Even de Ocampo’s former longtime teammate with TNT, Jimmy Alapag made fun out of it. Aside from the video that was shared by top websites in the US, a photo taken by the Inquirer’s Sherwin Vardeleon also made rounds on social media.Almost got it Del!!😂 @jutaca33 https://t.co/ZzfkDS0Ltg— Jimmy Alapag (@JAlapag3) September 2, 2017The picture appears to show de Ocampo mirroring James from behind as the three-time NBA champion went for lift off.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonRanidel de Ocampo is already a household name in basketball crazy Philippines.Then he went global over the weekend after taking part in LeBron James’ highlight video during his Strive For Greatness Show in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments “If you look at it, I made a lot of people laugh. I’m sure my face was able to reach different places in the world and I think I made LeBron popular,” De Ocampo added in jest. In the video that went viral, de Ocampo was seen trying to give James a dose of his own medicine as he attempted a chasedown block on the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s patented Statue-of-Liberty dunk during an exhibition game.“Actually, I really wanted to challenge him, but I had already jumped when I realized that I won’t be able to get to him. But at the same time, I was okay to be included on his poster,” said the veteran forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

No grand slam talk this time for all-Filipino champions

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “This conference, there are much better imports, more skillful. It’s just another challenge for me,” said Rhodes in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Braska Restaurant, and Pagcor.“I feel like every game is going to be competitive,” he said. “I just want to help the team. I don’t want to think toward the Finals. I know if we play hard and have a lot of love, we’ll be in the Finals, and then we’ll go from there.”That Rhodes-powered title was the closest the Beermen came to a Grand Slam, before they were ambushed in the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup by sister team Ginebra.“We know the consequences of thinking about the Grand Slam, and that means you’re pressuring yourself,” said Austria. “After winning seven championships, why would I pressure myself?”San Miguel is actually celebrating the 30th anniversary of its 1989 Grand Slam behind a team composed of four-time MVP Ramon Fernandez, Samboy Lim, Hector Calma, former MVP Ricky Brown and current team assistant coach Ato Agustin, among others.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Taiwan Open draws best in region; Jay Bayron only Filipino enteredcenter_img The return of Rhodes gave Austria the confidence San Miguel will be in the running for back-to-back championships.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s a question San Miguel Beer never had problems dealing with in the past. As the Philippine Cup champions of the PBA, the Beermen had been—for the last five seasons—the only squad with a shot at a Grand Slam.And with their talent-rich roster, the Beermen have looked capable of pulling off a triple crown for the past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning a fifth straight All-Filipino crown—a league record that tightened the Beermen’s stranglehold on the league’s prized jewel—San Miguel isn’t talking Grand Slam anymore.“What we’re thinking about is (winning) the next conference,” said coach Leo Austria in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters’ Association Forum at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Everybody wants a grand slam, but we have to win another championship in the second conference,” added Austria.Charles Rhodes, the former Best Import awardee who steered the franchise on top of the Commissioner’s Cup in 2017, will shoulder a lot of the burden this conference—and he looks up to the task. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Claw foot

first_imgClaw toe is a deformity of the foot in which the toes are pointed down and the arch is high, making the foot appear claw-like. Claw toe can be a condition from birth or develop as a consequence from other disorders.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wanglast_img

Morneaus pledge to backstop pipeline expansion draws criticism

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is prepared to backstop investors to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, even if Kinder Morgan, the project’s original sponsor, wants to back out, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday.His comments sparked reaction from across the political spectrum. A selection of quotes:“Nothing the finance minister said today will ensure that the Trans Mountain expansion actually gets built. The Liberals still don’t have a concrete plan of action to remove delays. Their own policies continue to drive energy investment out of Canada at historic levels.” Shannon Stubbs, Conservative MP and natural resources critic.___“For a Toronto-based finance minister to single out British Columbia as a problem here, he should look at the failure of Energy East, he should look at the failure of Keystone and a whole host of other projects.” British Columbia Premier John Horgan.___“We will do whatever is necessary to ensure construction on the pipeline resumes this summer, as scheduled.” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.___“The Liberals promised change but we keep getting more of the same: Harper-style politics. Now it’s a blank cheque to a Houston-based pipeline company. A spectacular violation of a key plank of the Liberals’ 2015 campaign platform. Whatever happened to ending subsidies to fossil fuels?” Green party Leader Elizabeth May.___“We remain steadfast in our previously stated principles: clarity on the path forward, particularly with respect to the ability to construct through British Columbia, and ensuring adequate protection of our KML shareholders. While discussions are ongoing, we are not yet in alignment and will not negotiate in public.” Steve Kean, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada.___“The risks facing this project go far beyond the B.C. government and Kinder Morgan knows it. Those risks include legal challenges from First Nations, environmental groups and municipal governments, potential legislation in the U.S., along with growing on-the-ground opposition from land and water protectors willing to face arrest to stop this project — from Vancouver to Seattle to Quebec, and beyond. This project isn’t moving forward. The federal government should cut their losses, not double down on them.” Mike Hudema, Greenpeace Canada.___“Let’s be clear, today’s announcement was a pledge to write a blank cheque, backed by public money, to a Texas oil company in a desperate play to bailout a pipeline that violates Justin Trudeau’s own promises on climate change and Indigenous rights. It’s desperate, dangerous and delusional.” Aurore Fauret, tarsands campaign co-ordinator with 350.org.___“This is a desperate attempt by the Trudeau government to use taxpayer money to bail out a collapsing project. It’s fiscally irresponsible and ignores the growing protests to the project and the federal government’s own promises on Indigenous reconciliation.” Tzeporah Berman, Stand.earth.___“Government guarantees to Kinder Morgan shareholders are at odds with the commitment to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and promises to fix the energy project review process. It also adds weight to recent revelations that the decision to approve the project was made before a full analysis of possible impacts was completed.” Tim Gray, Environmental Defence.___“This morning’s desperate ‘announcement’ once again demonstrates the disconnect between the reality of Indigenous title and rights and the federal government’s approach to Kinder Morgan. The world is listening and while Morneau reiterated his government’s support for Kinder Morgan, the purpose of the press conference — to update Canadians on the progress of talks with Kinder Morgan — was lacking in specifics. Canada cannot indemnify against the risks of not respecting Indigenous title and rights.” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.___“The strength of the language from the federal government is refreshing and necessary. This is clearly federal jurisdiction and the project has federal support.” Sandip Lalli, president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber.___last_img read more

HBC withholding info in deceptivepricing probe Competition Commissioner says

first_imgTORONTO – The Commissioner of Competition has accused Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) of possibly withholding tens of thousands of documents in a case of alleged deceptive pricing practices, but the department store chain said the commissioner’s request is irrelevant and too broad.The commissioner filed a request to the Competition Tribunal to require HBC to produce documents related to its pricing practices of mattress and box spring sets, as well as other products from February 2015 until now.The request asked the tribunal to strike HBC’s response from the record should it fail to produce the documents within 10 days.HBC responded by asking the tribunal to dismiss the commissioner’s motion on the basis that the documents from the time frame are not relevant and the request for that many documents within 10 days is too broad, unreasonable and unrealistic.HBC said it would be a considerable burden to comply and the company has already spent more than US$425,000 to gather 37,000 documents from different dates for the commissioner.In February, the Competition Bureau accused the department store chain of misleading consumers over sleep set prices since at least March 2013 — a claim HBC disputes. The proceedings are ongoing.“We take compliance with all laws and regulations very seriously, and we believe our mattress pricing process is fair, competitive and in line with industry standards and the Competition Act,” HBC said in a statement.last_img read more

Liberals deliver appeal to youth who helped carry them to government in

first_imgAnd today, the Liberals are making the case young voters should stick with the governing party because of its pledges to increase Canada Student Grants, extending the interest-free grace period on student loans, and plans to improve affordability across the country.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau didn’t make any public appearances today, but the party noted that early voting is available on some university campuses from today until Wednesday — part of an expanded program from Elections Canada.Research from Abacus Data suggests Canadians between the ages of 18 and 38 are the largest voting bloc in this election at around 37 per cent of the total electorate.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2019.The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Liberals are ramping up their get-out-the-vote push with a message targeting younger Canadians.Young voter participation jumped by over 18 per cent in 2015, with around 57 per cent of eligible voters aged 18 to 24 casting a ballot.That level of participation among youth was credited as a significant contributing factor in the Liberals’ majority victory.last_img read more