New Ediacaran Fossils: Do They Ignite the Cambrian Explosion?

first_imgWell-preserved fossils of seaweed-like colonies have been reported from China.  They are dated by the scientists at 600 million years old, from the Ediacaran period.  Can these be missing links, lighting the fuse of biodiversity that culminated in the Cambrian explosion?    PhysOrg summarized the findings published in Nature.1  “In addition to perhaps ancient versions of algae and worms, the Lantian biota – named for its location – included macrofossils with complex and puzzling structures,” the article said.  “In all, scientists identified about 15 different species at the site.”  Pictures of the seaweed-like fossils show fronds with a distinctive holdfast, like modern seaweed use to cling to the seafloor.    The paper in Nature shows pictures of frond-like and tube-like organisms “with uncertain phylogenetic affinities,” but no clear Cambrian-like body plans.  A couple of them, Guy Narbonne speculated in the same issue of Nature,2 are “probable ancestors of radial and bilaterian animals.”  The discoverers mentioned a hopeful case: “The axial structure in Types D and E is puzzling and it could represent the digestive structure of worm-like animals,” they hinted; “In an animal model, the holdfast and stalk of Type D would be alternatively interpreted as the proboscis of an early worm-like organism.”  The photos are not compelling.    Both papers spent much of their space discussing what effects varying levels of oxygen in the oceans might have had on the evolution of life.  For instance, “To reconcile the conflicting geochemical and palaeontological indicators of palaeoredox conditions, we propose that the Lantian basin was largely anoxic but punctuated by brief oxic episodes,” the original paper said, harking back to the jargon of punctuated equilibrium, if that somehow helps evolution.  “These oxic episodes were opportunistically capitalized on by benthic macroeukaryotes that were subsequently killed and preserved by frequent switch-backs to anoxic conditions.”  Evolution did not seem to be going in any particular direction toward complex animal life.    The paper claims the Lantian biota is “probably older than and taxonomically distinct from the Avalon biota,” the previous record setter for “earliest-known fossil assemblage with macroscopic and morphologically complex life forms” at 579-560 million years old.  That suggestion, however, does not create any evolutionary linkage between the two independent groups.  Even so, neither fossil beds show any of the complex organs seen in Cambrian phyla.  The paper calls them multicellular eukaryotes.  The focus of the research was not so much on evolution upward and onward from these seaweed-like impressions, but “suggests that morphological diversification of macroscopic eukaryotes may have occurred in the early Ediacaran Period, perhaps shortly after the Marinoan glaciation, and that the redox history of Ediacaran oceans was more complex than previously thought.”1.  Yuan et al, “An early Ediacaran assemblage of macroscopic and morphologically differentiated eukaryotes,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 390�393, doi:10.1038/nature09810.2.  Guy Narbonne, “Evolutionary biology: When life got big,” Nature 470 (17 February 2011), pp. 339�340, doi:10.1038/470339a.Even with the most generous concessions to Mr. Darwin, these fossils do not help explain the Cambrian Explosion.  They are simple frond-like colonies of eukaryotic algae, with no clear differentiation or body plans typical of Cambrian animals.  No amount of acquiescence to the evolution-incestuous dating methods can link these imprints with trilobites and vertebrates by an evolutionary sequence.    That’s why they changed the subject to talking about rising and falling oxygen levels in the oceans.  It’s a distraction and a red herring, intended to give a false impression that they are making some kind of progress solving this super-falsification of evolutionary predictions (01/07/2011). (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Nelson Mandela Bay is smart

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium. The municipality’s listing as one of the most intelligent communities in the world will enhance its status as a 2010 host city. (Image: Nelson Mandela Bay)Janine ErasmusThe Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Bay municipality has made it onto the 2009 list of the world’s 21 most intelligent communities. The list is issued annually by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) on the basis of a community’s capacity in and innovative use of broadband.African communities are starting to make their presence felt in the global broadband arena. Nelson Mandela Bay follows Cape Town’s feat – in 2008 the Western Cape capital was the first and only African city to make it to the Smart21 list.The municipality, which includes Port Elizabeth and the nearby towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, is home to 1 200 000 citizens in around 289 000 households.It was singled out with 20 other communities from 12 nations on four continents, among them two counties and two multi-city metropolitan areas. Nelson Mandela Bay is the only African entrant to have been thus honoured in 2009.ICF development director Louis Zacharilla lauded each nominee for their efforts in improving their environment through innovative broadband applications.“The ingenuity of these communities is exemplified in their investments in the future of the young, the growth and progress of job-creating businesses, and economic security,” he said at the announcement. “An overarching theme of the 2009 honourees has been the dedication to putting people first and building a ‘talent inventory’ that will thrive with technology and innovation.”Industrial hubNelson Mandela Bay is the acknowledged hub of the automotive industry in South Africa, an achievement commended by the ICF in its citation. The municipality is also investing into information and communications technology (ICT) with the goal of establishing an ICT sector built around call centres and ICT outsourcing. This will serve to bridge the current inequality in education and income.The recently developed Nelson Mandela Bay Technology Hub is a project that focuses on providing support to small- and medium-sized businesses in ICT and related industries. An initiative of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the Technology Hub plays a crucial role in the growth of these businesses in the province’s burgeoning ICT sector.The municipality has also developed a detailed strategy for the implementation of wireless and fibre-to-the-premises broadband, an initiative which will further narrow the digital gap. Fibre-to-the-premises is a type of network architecture where fibre optic cable is run right into the client’s premises, in contrast with traditional methods which use copper for last mile delivery.The introduction of an e-government programme in 2008 has helped to raise the standard of services in the municipality. The scheme consists of four focus areas – government to citizen; government to government; government to business; and internal efficiency and effectiveness.Among the recently implemented e-government solutions is the full computerisation of six community libraries, complete with office packages as well as public internet and email facilities. All municipal departments are now connected with a cost-saving 100Mb wireless network, and work more efficiently with an electronic document management system.The municipality’s traffic control system is to be improved, with new traffic signals and CCTV screens and cameras. The new bus rapid transport system, which is expected to form the core of the public transport system up to 2020 and is currently under construction, will also be accommodated with priority at traffic signals for buses.Worthy of imitationThe ICT panel concluded that the Nelson Mandela Bay approach is “worthy of imitation, because it creates a bold strategy and high-quality plan but sets realistic expectations for achieving it within the community’s means”.The ICF’s Smart21 list is part of its annual Intelligent Community Awards programme, an initiative that identifies the most technologically-savvy communities on the planet. An intelligent community is defined by the ICF as being a community, irrespective of its size or composition, which views bandwidth as an essential resource, one that is vital to economic growth and public welfare.Nominations are received from hundreds of communities of all sizes and on all continents. Once the 21 smart communities for the year have been named, the list is further shrunk to a shortlist of seven, from which the world’s most intelligent community is selected.No African nominee has yet made it to the final seven, but in light of the fact that two years ago an African city had never been named at all, it is surely just a matter of time. The 2009 winner is Stockholm in Sweden.Nomination to the elite Smart21 group is considered a great honour, as well as a step towards wider recognition as an intelligent community with a bright future in the ever-growing broadband economy. The Smart21 initiative is now in its fourth year of existence.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesNelson Mandela Bay is the best Wacs cable gets the green lightBroadband in Africa set to soarUseful linksNelson Mandela BayNelson Mandela Bay tourism siteIntelligent Community ForumComputer Society of South AfricaSavant ICT portallast_img read more

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Last seat

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Tamaraws outplayed and outhustled the Eagles for long stretches last Sunday with former Ateneo players Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani doing some of the damage on both ends of the floor. FEU also got solid games from graduating player Ron Dennison and Richard Escoto.FEU coach Olsen Racela said it would take more than their performance last Sunday to overcome the Eagles in the decider.“It was our best game so far and we’re hoping that it happens in Game 2,” said Racela, a rookie coach in the UAAP.“Actually, I told the players that we’re peaking at the right time so we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday.”The Tamaraws entered the Final Four with an even 7-7 record, but looked sharper on both ends of the floor against the Eagles, whose only other loss came against fierce rival La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “The tough games we went through in the elimination round helped us (against Ateneo),” said Racela.“But then again, it will be about defending Ateneo’s disciplined offense. We did that last Sunday, but it’s not going to be enough on Wednesday so we have to find more ways to beat them.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa New Pinoy boxing star Ancajas burns bright QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 The Tamaraws forced a do-or-die encounter with an 80-67 dumping of the Eagles last Sunday in their initial Final Four meeting. But Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin remains confident enough that the Eagles can turn the tables on the Tamaraws in their rubber match.The Eagles won all but one of their 14 games in the elimination round, including two victories over the Tamaraws, an accomplishment that should give Ateneo a morale boost heading into their most important game of the season yet.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 shutout“We have a successful season to fall back on in terms of looking for confidence,” said Baldwin.“So really, it’s about the coaching staff giving these players a message, something specific that they can look at and say, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ And go about doing it.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Far Eastern U seeks to complete a stunning reversal, while Ateneo hopes its impressive season won’t go for naught.The stage is set for a dogfight between the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws on Wednesday as they dispute the right to face defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three finals of UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

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Laxman-Ishant special thwarts Australia in Mohali nail-biter

first_imgThis is the stuff of sporting dreams. Two half-fit batsmen, one a crisis specialist, another a wayward young turk, playing on with injections and pain-killers, took India to an astonishing one-wicket win over Australia in the first Test in Mohali.VVS Laxman and Ishant Sharma refused to give up in the direst circumstance, leading India to one of their greatest Test wins ever. The match, which see-sawed all five days, is an endorsement for Test cricket, emphasizing that it is a contest — not fours and sixes — that makes cricket memorable.Chasing 216, India were dead and buried at 124-8. Laxman, who had taken little part in this game due to a bad back, and Ishant, who had also injured his knee on the first day of the game, added 81 for the ninth wicket on a crumbling, two-paced wicket on which Australia’s pacers had bounced out as many as five of India’s top-order batsmen.SCOREBOARD: INDIA VS AUSTRALIAIt was then that two umpiring blunders had a huge bearing on the game. With 11 runs to get, Ishant fell LBW to Ben Hilfenhaus but Ian Gould didn’t see the ball drifting down the leg. Out came Pragyan Ojha, shivering in his boots. He failed to turn over the strike to Laxman in the 58th over. In the deciding over — by Mitchell Johnson — umpire Billy Bowden didn’t give one out LBW when it was. In the confusion, Ojha strayed out of his crease, Steven Smith missed the direct hit, and four overthrows resulted. One ball later, Johnson strayed on Ojha’s pads and the batsmen made a mad dash for two runs to complete India’s only one-wicket win in Tests.advertisementThe young Ishant’s bowling form has been suspect for a while, but his finest show in the international arena so far has come with the bat. The 22-year-old played with the calm of a veteran, displaying watertight technique that Gavaskar and Dravid would approve of. Taking injections for his troublesome knee, the lanky No. 10 batsman evaded bouncers, negotiated close-in fielders — edges flying through the vacant third-man did not hurt — rotated the strike confidently and brought India closer to the win with his highest Test score of 31.For Laxman, however, this was just another day at work. He’s probably India’s least acknowledged Test match winner. Think Ahmedabad (1996), Port of Spain (2002), Perth (2008), and Colombo (2010) where his hundred batting with a runner helped India level the series. The 35-year-old battled on with painkillers, while Suresh Raina (out for zero yesterday) did his running. The wrist artist unleashed drives and whips that sped to the boundary even through defensive fields as Australia captain Ricky Ponting was left clutching at straws.India had begun the day wobbly at 55-4. Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, who slummed out half an hour before edging Nathan Hauritz to slip. Tendulkar and Laxman turned the game around with 43 from 37 balls. Runs came with no discomfort for the two who’ve taken plenty off Australia over the decades. Then, Tendulkar slashed one that was too close to his body to point and India were in trouble all over again.Two more wickets fell in the heap. MS Dhoni ran himself out after a gigantic mix-up involving him, Laxman and Raina. Next over, Harbhajan was bounced out by Doug Bollinger and the game seemed gone.Ishant, struggling with his knee, wasn’t to be burdened with the expectations of taking India through. But he hung on for his life, in the process mitigating his wayward ways with the ball.The game also presents a case for the BCCI to implement the Umpiring Decision Review System. Gautam Gambhir yesterday was wrongly given out LBW by Bowden despite an inside edge. Ishant’s fall nearly cost India the game, even though it was an umpiring blunder that helped them win.last_img read more

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God bless my child Mahi, he is the true son of India: ex-VP of Dhoni’s school

first_imgFormer vice president of MS Dhoni’s school, DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi, AK Singh has said he is not surprised by the India cricketer’s gesture when it came to showing respect to the national flag during the recently-concluded third T20I between India and New Zealand in Hamilton.Singh said patriotism was in Dhoni’s soul and the credit for the same should go to his mother, who was his first teacher.Singh’s comments came after Dhoni made sure the Indian tri-colour didn’t touch the ground even as a pitch invader, carrying the flag tried to touch the cricketer’s feet on Sunday.Dhoni snatched away the Indian flag from his fan’s hand, showing some quick reflexes that are often visible with his glovework. Dhoni’s gesture went viral on social media wherein the World Cup-winning former skipper was lauded.”Mahi had patriotism in his soul and I am sure he is not only a youth icon but he is an ambassador of patriotism. In a match, he swiftly showed the respect of 132 crores fellow countryman. His immediate refection should be an example for educating youth not only for job but most important duty towards mother Bharat Mata,” Singh was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.The former vice-president added: “God bless my child Mahi. The whole country is full of pride by his recent act In New Zealand.What a player! pic.twitter.com/0K6ew0Pbx1Abhishek Pandey (@abhishekpnd63) February 10, 2019″This is an important aspect of Mahi’s personality and patriotism… He had shown high discipline, dedicated attitude to any tasks as I am a witness of his journey of grooming and education at our school or our beautiful colony.advertisement”First credit should be given to his mother (Devaki Devi) as she is the first teacher. In JVM Shyamali there are different assemblies as it is a big school. Students sing the National Anthem at a distance of 400 or 300 meters. All students stand in attention while the National Anthem is played. The students never look at the ground but sing the Anthem and visualizing the love for the country and the tri colour.”Dhoni, who is at the twilight of his international career, is part of India’s 2019 World Cup plans. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper started the World Cup year on a high after being under the pump over poor form for the most part of 2018.Dhoni hit three successive fifties in Australia and helped India to a historic 2-1 ODI series win. He chipped in with some crucial knocks in New Zealand and was at his best with the gloves from behind the wickets.Expressing confidence at Dhoni’s ability to contribute for the Team India at the upcoming Cricket World Cup, India’s selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad said the wicketkeeper-batsman is back to batting the way he was known for during his heyday.”The way Mahi has played in the last couple of series, in Australia and New Zealand, the message is very, very clear: now he has decided to play his natural way. This is the Dhoni that we know. We will be very happy if he can replicate those fearless knocks, using that brutal force he has within him,” Prasad told ESPNCricinfo.Dhoni is expected to be part of India’s squad for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home from February 24. The seasoned campaigner will also make use of the Indian Premier League to gain crucial game time in the lead up to the World Cup.Also Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK PrasadAlso Read | Thought Rishabh Pant was a thick-skinned guy but he proved us wrong: MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

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Australian Mixed Assistant Coach Required

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is the current holder of the Trans Tasman Trophy, following the success of our Teams at the Trans Tasman Series held in Wollongong in April this year. In particular the Mixed Open team was very successful winning every match of the 3 match series. To ensure the momentum continues, TFA are calling for expressions of interest for 1 (one) Assistant Coach to the Mixed Open team and coach Bernie Morrison.  The coach will be appointed to join the coaching team at the January 2010 Trans Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand.Please see attachment below.Related Filesmixed_assistant_advert_memo-pdflast_img

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Exclusive Clay Aiken Talks Disabilities New Horizons And National Inclusion Project

first_imgClay Aiken will be honored at this weekend’s New Horizons Havana Nights Gala in Burbank, and talked with Look To The Stars about what the cause means to him.Congratulations on receiving the Celebrity Advocate Award from New Horizons! How will this honor continue to propel your advocacy for people with developmental disabilities?The Advocate Award highlights to an expanded audience the work that we have been doing at the National Inclusion Project. The inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all activities is the right thing to do and I appreciate their recognition of my involvement and the success we are achieving.You are a staunch supporter of people with developmental disabilities, you are also the founder of the National Inclusion Project. How was your passion for this cause born? During high school and college years I had the opportunity to work with summer camp programs at my local YMCA. As I worked with kids and could see the fun that they had and the friendships formed I noticed that we had a special camp for individuals with disabilities. I challenged this separation and asked why not include everyone together? The simple answer at the time was that we did not know how and that it would not work. I found the answers unacceptable and knew at that time I wanted to make a difference and include all kids. This experience was a key factor in my decision to major in special education.The National Inclusion Project’s initiative “Let’s All Play” is widely used across the nation. Congratulations on that! What makes this research based initiative unique? How is it changing lives and the perceptions of individuals with developmental disabilities?The uniqueness comes in the fact that we establish true partnership with organizations around the country. We don’t just write a check and we don’t just do a one-time training. We work closely with community organizations to give them the best possible resources so that they can successfully include individuals into their fantastic programs.We start with the mindset and beliefs that everyone can make a friend, everyone can participate, and everyone can be successful and then we equip professionals with best practices that make the implementation of those beliefs possible.The results have been overwhelmingly positive as entire organizations have seen their cultures change toward inclusion.You were once a special education teacher and you served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. What are some legislative changes you’d like to see involving children and adults who have developmental disabilities?
ADA is celebrating 25 years this year. While being a landmark in legislation and setting the stage for some progress over the last several decades in this area, I think most understand that legislation can only go so far because you can’t force heart or culture change simply through a new law. I believe that we need to continue to educate leaders, teachers, parents, everyone about different abilities and how inclusion benefits society. Our “Let’s ALL Play” model has been implemented in over 120 programs across the country since 2008 and we see kids of all abilities participating and making friends.Viewers are starting to see an increase in the amount of people with developmental disabilities in television commercials, sitcoms, and on the big screens. What are your thoughts on this increased inclusion?It is overdue – all elements of media should reflect society and respect the value of individuals.What more can be done to decrease the gap between these individuals and the world?As society we owe everyone the opportunity to be included in life’s activities. Getting people off the sidelines, playing together, working together, we learn about differences and likeness. Participating together we will remove stigmas and friendships will be formed benefitting all for a lifetime. Together we are better!What should your fans and people in general understand about people with developmental disabilities?Take the opportunity to get to know someone with different abilities, your personal experience will be speak for itself. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to become friends and be a beacon for others.What keeps you motivated to be an avid supporter of not only people with developmental disabilities, but such a wide range of humanitarian causes?One of the most rewarding aspects of what we have been able to do at the National Inclusion Project is to open doors, to help provide opportunities for people of all abilities to be included. These experiences and the positive impact inspires myself and our entire team to work harder and try to do more.What advice do you have for your fans who want to support people with developmental disabilities or your fans who wish to become advocates/humanitarians?Many of my fans are already supporters and to them I extend my sincere appreciation. However, I would like to see all of the fans and their friends become supporters and advocates for inclusion. The National Inclusion Project’s mission is so much bigger and more important than just me and our team. We have made great strides but have only scratched the surface.To find out more about the New Horizons 2015 Gala, click hereCopyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Germanys Siemens to build new trains for London Underground

first_imgFRANKFURT — German firm Siemens AG has landed a 1.5 billion pound ($1.9 billion) order for new trains for the London Underground’s busy Piccadilly line, which brings 700,000 people in and out of central London every day.The 94 trains from the Siemens Mobility division have fully air-conditioned and walk-through carriages. They will go into service in 2024, replacing trains that date back to the 1970s and have become increasingly unreliable, crowded and expensive to maintain.The company said Tuesday the contract was awarded “with the expectation” Siemens would build single-design trains for all four deep Underground lines: Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City.Siemens has announced plans for a train factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, that will employ 700 people and offer roles for 1,700 suppliers.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Five Peace Region students advance to Canadawide Science Fair at regional competition

first_imgGrade 11 NPSS student Kyra Taylor did her project on preventing and monitoring back complications in horses. The quartet will be joined by Dawson Creek Grade 11 student Amy Crandall. DCSS Central Campus student Ridley Chisholm was originally selected to go to Ottawa, but was replaced by Korfmann after he was unable to attend.The full awards results from the Northern B.C. Regional Science Fair on April 10th are as follows:SPECIAL AWARDS:AGAT Laboratories Outstanding Chemistry Project (Junior) – $50Winner – Alexander Rugina, Grade 6, CM Finch Elem., The Race of DiffusionAGAT Laboratories Outstanding Chemistry Project (Senior) – $50 Winner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionBC Game Developers Innovation Award (Grades 6-8) – $50Winner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping Energy BC Hydro Power Pioneers Award – $100, Perpetual TrophyWinner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping EnergyBC Nature Award (Grades 6-8) – $75Winner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionBC Science Teachers’ Award – $100Winner – Avary Tyrell, Grade 7, Freedom Thinkers, A Freezin’ FrenzyBCIC Young Innovator Scholarship – $2000 Scholarship to a BC UniversityWinner – Kyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Senior Sec., A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesBritish Columbia Dental Hygienist Award – $25 Each, Keeper TrophyWinner – Ava Gordon and Gemma Parsonage, Grade 4, Charlie Lake Elem., Will it Decay … or Will it Stay?CWL Energy Botany Award – $50Winner – Abi Krafczyk, Grade 5, Christian Life School, Does WI-FI Affect Plant LifeCWL Energy Health and Safety Award – $50Winner – Jack Webster, Grade 5, CM Finch Elem., Tide Pod Toxicity ChallengeCWL Energy Healthy Living Award – $50Winner – Justin Vander Linden, Grade 6, Clearview, H2 EwCWL Energy People’s Choice Award – $50Winner – Brianna Shuman, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Students vs GradesCWL Energy Physics Award – $50Winner – Maryam Khanum, Grade 4, Duncan Cran Elem., Potential Energy Height and Falling Impact RelationshipsCWL Energy Science of Sport Award – $50Winner – Adalyn Dutchak, Grade 4, Alwin Holland Elem., Skate, Swim, Sit, or FlingEngineers & Geoscientists of BC Award – $100Winners – Lucas Wuthrich, Grade 6, Heritage Christian Online School, Recycle BuddyGenome BC Award – 2 Awards of $100Winner – Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky MosquitoesWinner – Miranda Pauls, Grade 8, Bert Bowes Middle School, The Evolution of Wolves to DogsMichael Crooks Physics Prize – $75Winner – Jaleh Azarpaad, Grade 6, Ecole Central Elem., Spaghetti Bridge EngineeringNPVC Animal Care Award – $50Winner – Harlan Giesbrecht, Grade 4, North Peace Home Educators, Weight Gain in Eggs During IncubationRoy Northern Environmental Award Junior – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Emilia Dysterhuis, Grade 6, Upper Pine, No Air to Spare: Scrub That CO2Roy Northern Environmental Award Senior – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionSCWIST Award – $100, Perpetual TrophyWinner – Miranda Pauls, Grade 8, Bert Bowes Middle School, The Evolution of Wolves to DogsTimberline Trail and Nature Club Award – $50Winner – Brynn Beswick, Grade 5, Hudson’s Hope Elem/Sec., The Dirt on SoilVibrant Communities Award Elementary – $100Winner – Nathan Tremblay, Grade 6, Robert Ogilvie Elem., Wind TurbineVibrant Communities Award Senior – $100Winner – Claire Urich, Grade 7, Bert Bowes Middle School, Bullying BehaviourDIVISIONAL AWARDS:Viper Innovations Top Grade 4 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Maryam Khanum, Grade 4, Duncan Cran Elem., Potential Energy Height and Falling Impact RelationshipsViper Innovations Top Grade 5 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Krispin Johnson, Grade 5, Upper Pine, Coming Soon: Ice Age the RealityViper Innovations Top Grade 6 Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Emilia Dysterhuis, Grade 6, Upper Pine, No Air to Spare: Scrub That CO2Honourable Mention Junior Project – $50, Keeper TrophyWinner – Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky Mosquitoes Second Place Junior Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Ridley Chisholm, Grade 8, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, Tapping EnergyTop Junior Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionSecond Place Intermediate Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Jaiden Gibbons, Grade 9, Freedom Thinkers, Trash TalkTop Intermediate Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Jade Haab, Grade 9, Freedom Thinkers, Elevated IQSecond Place Senior Project – $100, Keeper TrophyWinner – Amy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome IITop Senior Project – $200, Keeper TrophyWinner – Kyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Secondary School, A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesNominations for Provincial Awards:Genome BC Scholarship – $1000 ScholarshipNominee – Amy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome II W.E. Coates Award – $200Nominee – Haley Korfmann, Grade 8, Freedom Thinkers, Drowning in OilStudents Selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, May 12-19:Hailey Dutchak, Grade 7, Dr. Kearney Middle School, Pesky MosquitoesHaley Korfmann, Grade 8, Freedom Thinkers, Drowning in OilKayli Taylor, Grade 8, Upper Pine, Hydro Seeding: Plant Regrowth help for logging blocks where wood chips are used for erosion preventionAmy Crandall, Grade 11, Dawson Creek Secondary, SPSS Campus, A Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome IIKyra Taylor, Grade 11, North Peace Secondary School, A Novel Approach for Preventing and Monitoring Back Complications in EquinesNote: Ridley Chisholm, Dawson Creek Sec. Central Campus, was originally selected to attend the CWSF in Ottawa, but he is unable to attend, and he was replaced by Haley Korfmann. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students in Grades 4 – 12 from around the Peace Region showed off their science knowledge at the Northern B.C. Regional Science Fair in Fort St. John on Tuesday.Of the hundreds of students that competed at this year’s regional science fair, just five earned themselves spots to compete at the Canada-wide Science Fair, which is taking place this year in Ottawa from May 12th to 19th. Haley Korfmann, Hailey Dutchak, and sisters Kayli and Kyra Taylor will represent the North Peace at the competition.Dutchak, who is currently in Grade 7 at Dr. Kearney Middle School, did a science project on mosquitoes. Kayli Taylor, who attends Upper Pine School in Grade 8, studied Hydro Seeding – a plant regrowth for logging blocks. Freedom Thinkers independent school student Haley Korfmann, also in Grade 8, did a project called ‘Drowning in Oil’.center_img Winner – Kordell Ollenberger, Grade 8, Clearview, Top ConductorAl Appleton Award – $100Winner – Elanor Copes, Grade 8, Clearview, Feel the HeatBC Agriculture in the Classroom Award – $65last_img read more

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Phase 3 polls in UP to decide fate of four members of

first_imgLucknow: The third phase of polling for ten Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh will decide the electoral fate of four members of the SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan besides those of senior party leader Azam Khan and film actor and BJP candidate Jaya Prada.The polling for the third phase is to be held on April 23 for ten Lok Sabha seats in the Rohilkhand region of the state along with 105 other seats across 13 other states. The BJP, which had won seven out of the ten seats in this region in 2014, has a huge stake in this phase in Uttar Pradesh as the area is considered a SP stronghold as three of the total five members of the Yadav family had won from this region despite a Modi wave in the last elections. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The three Yadav family members who are seeking re-election respectively from Mainpuri, Badaun and Firozabad in this phase are Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his two nephews, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav. Pitted against Akshay Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav, is another brother of the party patriarch, Shivpal Yadav, who has fallen out with SP president Aklhilesh Yadav, and fighting from Fiorozabad after floating a new political outfit, Pragateesheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia). In 2014, Mulayam Singh had won both the Mainpuri and Azamgarh seats, but had vacated the first one, which was won by his another family member Tej Pratap Singh in the subsequent bye-election. The electoral fortunes of senior SP leader Azam Khan will also be decided in this phase from Rampur which witnessed a new low in campaigning this time. Known for his controversial statements, Azam Khan made an “indecent” remark, targeting his BJP opponent Jaya Prada in Rampur by allegedly speculating on the colour of her underwear and attracting the saffron party wrath, besides that of the NCW.last_img read more

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