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Red Bank’s Holiday Tree To Remain on Monmouth Street

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The tree isn’t going anywhere.A Red Bank RiverCenter proposal to relocate the borough’s holiday tree to Riverside Gardens Park hit a brick wall at the borough council meeting last week.Representatives for RiverCenter, the borough’s downtown business alliance, appeared before the mayor and council last Wednesday to discuss moving the tree from 30 Monmouth Street, where it has stood in the courtyard in front of the Dublin House Restaurant for the last few holiday seasons.The organization sponsors the annual tree lighting and concert that takes place each year on the day after Thanksgiving.RiverCenter’s Executive Director Nancy Adams said the park offered a more family friendly location for the tree and would be more visible there.Adams said she has received complaints from the public about the tree’s location “next to a bar” and the organization had been looking for an alternative site.Adams had attended a recent borough Special Events Committee, where she is a member, where the matter was broached, with Adams under the impression there was no opposition to it.But Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels disagreed. “There are a lot of issues that haven’t been discussed that have to be discussed,” about relocating the tree to the park, said Sickels, who also sits on the events committee.“It may not be an inexpensive proposition,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.In order to move the tree to Riverside Gardens Park, West Front Street, the borough would have to install some infrastructure to secure it that could be kept covered the rest of the year, and would also need to be sure there is sufficient electrical power there to keep the tree lit, Menna noted, inquiring as to how that would be paid for and whether or not the logistics of moving the tree had been thoroughly considered.“What we really want to do is make the residents happy,” with an appropriate home for the decorated tree, Adams told the council.“You just can’t make a decision on limited facts,” Menna told Adams. “We may not have enough time.”“To be fair it was brought up a month ago,” at the last committee meeting, Adams responded.But the council seemed steadfast, with Council member Michael DuPont adding, “If you ask me my opinion, I think (Riverside Gardens Park) is a bad location.”Menna suggested RiverCenter consider putting the tree in front of 51 Monmouth Street, the former borough police headquarters and one time borough hall. The Community YMCA now owns it, but the borough maintains a volunteer fire company and the veterans’ memorial at the site.But for this year, at least, the tree will remain in its usual location on Monmouth Street.The tree lighting and concert are conducted each year, for about the approximately 20, on the Friday after Thanksgiving—“Black Friday” for retail merchants—to promote the downtown business district as a shopping location.Borough workers install the 2010 holiday tree outside the Dublin House on Monmouth Street.last_img read more

Locks lock up medals at B.C. Cross Country Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsDespite fatigued from a heavy week of training, the Locke boys managed to capture bragging rights in the Junior Boy’s Division at the B.C. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Kamloops.The race was held at the Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lakes. Julien and Peter Locke of Nelson finished with gold and silver, respectively, in the 10-kilometer Junior Boy’s Individual Start Skate race.“We (Peter and I) are currently training for Nationals and we raced after a heavy week of intense training with no rest,” Julien Locke explained. “As expected, I felt a bit flat but I was still able to race quite well.”“I had a good race in Kamloops but I am quite tired now from training for Nationals and I was not able to keep up with Julien’s pace during the 10-kilometre race,” said Peter Locke.Both Peter and Julien Locke ski out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland.The Locke boy’s sister, Robyn took fifth overall in the Juvenile Girl’s Individual Start Skate five-km race.  Sunday in the 3 X 3.5 km Junior Men Classic Relay, the Nelson team of Peter and Julien Locke combined with Shawn DeGroot of the Nelson Nordic Ski club to claim the top prize.Robyn Locke finished eighth overall in the Junior Women’s event.All racers are preparing for the Canadian Cross Country Championships March 12-19 in Canmore, Alta. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Phantom ends Cats season by sweeping Kootenay out of the playoffs

first_imgThe playoff run of the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday as Fraser Valley Phantom completed a two-game sweep in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series.The Phantom, regular season champs, finished off the Cats with a 4-3 win at the Langley Sportsplex.Fraser Valley won the opener of the best-of-three series 2-0.Two third-period goals by Madison Sands and Simran Sidhu late in the game allowed the Phantom to escape with the narrow win.Sarah Doll of Cranbrook was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, finishing fourth in regular season standings, qualified for the semis with a 2-1 series win over Prince George Cougars. The Wildcats had affiliate and West Kootenay Bantam player Merissa Dawson in the lineup for the weekend.Fraser Valley now advances to the Female Final against the Okanagan Rockets.The Rockets ousted Vancouver Fusion in straight games in the other league semi final series.This is the first time in four years Kootenay Wildcats have not played in the championship final.The Female Midget AAA League was established in the 2007-2008 season to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to play against elite Female players in the province.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Rare Fossils: Dead Animals Decay Rapidly

first_imgWhy do some fossils leave soft tissue remains? It takes guts, some scientists propose.Given that bacteria are the enemies of fossilization, could they actually play a role in preserving them? A new study thinks so. Science Magazine says,The overwhelming majority of organisms will never fossilize. Preservation of an animal’s anatomy in rocks is a rare event requiring a strict set of geologic and chemical conditions. Fossilized soft tissues like skin or muscle are even rarer, as they decay very quickly beyond recognition before mineralization occurs. It would be tempting to assume that microbes—the great mediators of rot and recycling—would be a natural enemy to high-quality fossils, but [Philip] Donoghue’s time spent watching shrimp waste away seems to hint at exactly the opposite.Donoghue’s team at University of Bristol, with others from Uppsala University, tested the rapidity of decay with brine shrimp. As expected, microbes quickly rendered them unrecognizable. If deprived of oxygen, though, the microbes could act as preservatives, the team thinks. PhysOrg explains:In watching the process of decomposition, the team noted that bacteria in the gut set to work right away, multiplying massively as they engaged in eating the dead tissue around them, so much so that they completely filled the cavity and eventually caused it to burst, which gave them access to other internal organs. If the shrimp was in a low oxygen environment when it died, such as being buried in sand, then most of the decomposition occurred from the inside, and then stopped as the bacteria ran out of air. But, because gut bacteria carry a lot of calcium and/or phosphates and because they form biofilms, after they died, they left behind a mold of sorts that showed the form of the gut organs of their dead host.This explanation predicts that exceptional fossils form in low-oxygen environments. It also predicts that the best preservation will be in the gut. For this reason, Donoghue’s team thinks that the evolution of a through-gut (mouth and anus) made exceptional preservation possible. Science Magazine explains:The researchers also point out that animals with true “through-guts”—ones that contain both a mouth and an anus—are much more likely to leave behind high-quality fossils than animals like corals and jellyfish, which eat and excrete through the same hole and are home to far fewer bacteria. The evolution of the anus appears to have given rise to a more complex microbiome and, thus, that “definitely increases your chances” of leaving behind an exceptional fossil, Donoghue says.And yet jellyfish fossils have been found in mass graveyards. Other soft-tissue remains, like the famous dinosaur red blood cells and osteocytes, were found in bone. The ink-sac of a squid still contained the carbon remains, enough to write words with it. Original material from feathers has been seen in Archaeopteryx fossils. These have nothing to do with gut bacteria. The explanation, therefore, seems inadequate:For many years scientists have debated whether the “Cambrian Explosion” was the result of more species suddenly developing or whether it was just the result of more remains being fossilized and found. In this new effort, the researchers suggest it might have had to do with the development of the anus and a through-gut.This cannot be true, since Ediacaran fauna have no guts, but are found around the world. These precede the Cambrian animals in the fossil record.The original paper on the Proceedings of the Royal Society B is open access. Here’s its gutsy explanation for the Cambrian explosion:The key role of gut-derived microbes in decay and, by inference, preservation means that the evolution of a through gut is likely to have important implications for preservation potential. Organisms that have blind guts, such as cnidarians, evert their guts such that they cannot maintain a gut flora. As a result, one might expect that such organisms would have little chance of preserving internal anatomy. Preservation must depend on the formation of favourable external biofilms that invade inwards, similar to the process observed in embryos, to stabilize their internal anatomical structure post-mortem, allowing a much longer window for internal autolytic processes to take effect and thus resulting in a much lower preservation potential for internal anatomy. This prediction is largely borne out by the fossil record. The overall quality of preservation is also often of a lower fidelity in described soft-bodied diploblast grade and blind-gut bearing organisms relative to groups possessing through-guts. For example, arthropods, annelids, priapulids and hyoliths can in many cases preserve aspects of gut, musculature and, in rare cases, neural tissues. On the other hand, diploblastic organisms, such as cnidarians, are typically found as impressions or outlines only (with the notable exception of very rare specimens of the probable cnidarian Olivooides [37,38]). This may go some way to explain the mismatch between phylogenetic and molecular clock expectations that diploblasts existed long before diploblast bilaterians, yet the fossil records of diploblast and triploblast eumetazoans is approximately coincident [39,40].Under almost all circumstances, pseudomorphing of biological anatomy by biofilm-forming microbes [5,13] may be limited to small structures. This process can provide a good explanation for the preservation of microfossils such as fossilized embryos as well as internal microenvironments, such as guts, within larger fossils. However, it is only in the most exceptional examples of exceptional fossil preservation that microbes replicate and preserve internal anatomy more generally. Bacterial biofilm pseudomorphing of anatomical structure may not be an important mechanism in preserving macroscale animal remains, even though endogenous microbes are important vectors of the decay of visceral tissues that leaves cuticle articulated and intact in Burgess Shale-type preservation. Thus, endogenous microbes exert a fundamental control on the amount of soft tissue morphology, and therefore the amount of anatomical information, that is preserved in Konservat-Lagerstätten [exceptionally preserved fossils]. Hence, the evolution of a through gut is an important factor in both the ecology of metazoan diversification and its fossil record. This finding also suggests the bauplan of an animal may act as a strong control on the processes of subsequent taphonomic transformation into an exceptionally preserved fossil, when the basic conditions required for the genesis of Konservat-Lagerstätten are met.The authors provide almost no reference to actual fossils when they state that “this prediction is largely borne out by the fossil record.” Brian Thomas at ICR has a list of 42 documented cases of soft tissue preservation (original tissue, not biofilms) found in fossils dating as far back as 360 million years in the evolutionary timescale. Most of them are not related to gut bacteria. They mention cnidarians (jellyfish) as unlikely to be preserved, but what about ctenophores (comb jellies) that are found in Cambrian strata? Soft tissue preservation is rampant in Burgess Shale fossils. Evolution News & Views reported fossils of modern-looking jellyfish dated by evolutionists at 580 million years old.So either Donoghue’s team did not do a thorough literature search, or is ignoring this evidence. Having made a prediction, though, that animals with anuses are the most likely to preserve biofilms that create “pseudomorphs” of soft tissues in low-oxygen conditions, they have opened the door to falsification in future studies. On the face of it, their lab work on shrimp is unlikely to capture the variety of circumstances that preserve animal tissues.Someone should call this the anal-retention theory of taphonomy.Why is nobody asking hard questions of the Donoghue team? Aren’t they aware that many exceptional fossils have nothing to do with gut bacteria? Aren’t they concerned that soft-tissue fossilization raises serious questions about the dating of fossils into millions of years?What is being ignored in this paper is far more important than what is being stated. Maybe they can’t stomach the notion that soft tissue challenges long ages. See Real Science Radio’s list of published papers on dinosaur soft tissue remains. (Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ESPN Announces College Football Broadcast Teams For Fall, Kaylee Hartung To Be Featured More Prominently

first_imgESPN's logo in red and white.ESPN has announced its college football broadcast teams for the fall. Most of the teams are similar to last year – Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox are still the network’s top team and will call the primetime Saturday night game on ABC; Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will have the prime Saturday night contest on ESPN. There are some changes, though. Among them: Kaylee Hartung, everyone’s favorite sideline reporter, has been promoted to ESPN’s Thursday night team with Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack. Maria Taylor will take Hartung’s sideline spot for the SEC Network’s top Saturday game. Beyond thrilled to join ESPN’s Thursday night crew and keep rolling with SEC Nation on Saturdays. Let’s go!! https://t.co/K6yfxwBT0J— Kaylee Hartung (@KayleeHartung) August 6, 2015Only Kaylee Hartung can make Nick Saban smile. pic.twitter.com/PqwP4JBktB— Curtis (@Curtos07) February 4, 2015Here are the full pairings, from ESPN.    Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.11.34 PMESPN. Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 12.11.42 PMESPN ESPNESPNThe season can’t get here soon enough.Related: Kaylee Hartung Commits Cardinal Sin Of Baseball >>>last_img read more

Russian service provider MTIS has launched a new d

first_imgRussian service provider MTIS has launched a new documentary channel.The Minsk 24 Doc channel will air award-winning documentaries covering, politics, the economy, the arts, sociology and ecology. The operator described the channel as being for “smart people with a wide scope of interests”.last_img

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first_imgShareTweet These Live Stories are estimated to have reached up to 2 million people worldwide, showcasing Derry to ‘social energisers’ everywhere as THE place to celebrate Halloween.In addition to the Live Stories over the weekend, James continues his journey in Northern Ireland today (1 November), capturing more beautiful images and footage – that will be used to promote the North of Ireland on the Beautiful Destinations and Tourism IrelandInstagram pages during the month of November.He’s travelling along the Causeway Coastal Route and visiting some of our iconic sites, including the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy and Glenariff Forest Park.He’s also going to take in the famous Dark Hedges and Belfast. TOURISM Ireland has teamed up with Beautiful Destinations – the world’s largest travel and lifestyle community on Instagram, with a massive 7.4 million global followers – in its latest promotion for Derry.It has invited content creator James Relf Dyer, from Beautiful Destinations, to visit Derry over the weekend, to experience – and promote – the famous Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival.During his time in the city, James captured ‘in the moment’ images and videos and then posted them to the live Instagram Stories on the Beautiful Destinations Instagram page. ALANA TAYLORBEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONSJAMES RELF DYERMCE PUBLIC RELATIONSMILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TO SEE IMAGES AND VIDEOS OF DERRYTOURISM IRELAND Julie Wakely, Tourism Ireland’s Deputy Head of Great Britain, said: “Our partnership with Beautiful Destinations is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Londonderry and Northern Ireland to a huge audience of prospective holidaymakers. “With a massive 7.4 million followers, Beautiful Destinations is the world’s largest inspirational travel account on Instagram – and the perfect platform to inspire those followers to come and check out Northern Ireland for themselves. “Social media is a hugely important element of our promotional programme and Tourism Ireland has been working hard to maximise the impact of social media, to highlight Northern Ireland and inspire potential holidaymakers everywhere to come and visit.”Beautiful Destinations is the award-winning agency behind the world’s largest travel and lifestyle community on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat – specialising in photography, drone and video creation for a mobile, millennial audience.James Relf-Dyer, at only 19, is one of the UK’s most successful Instagram travel photographers.Over the past year, he’s gained an audience of over 190,000 on Instagram, who follow his adventures around the world.MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TO SEE IMAGES AND VIDEOS OF DERRY was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Google unveils new virtual reality experience at SIGGRAPH 2018

first_imgA team of leading researchers at Google, will unveil the new immersive virtual reality (VR) experience “Welcome to Lightfields” at ACM SIGGRAPH 2018. Credit: Google/Overbeck Google has unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) immersive experience based on a novel system that captures and renders high-quality, realistic images from the real world using light fields. Created by a team of leading researchers at Google, Welcome to Light Fields is the tech giant’s splash into the nascent arena of light fields VR experiences, an exciting corner of VR video technology gaining traction for its promise to deliver extremely high-quality imagery and experiences in the virtual world. Disney Animation to premiere first VR short at SIGGRAPH 2018 Among other things, explains Overbeck, “The processing pipeline uses computer vision to place the images in 3-D and generate depth maps, and we use a modified version of our vp9 video codec to compress the light field data down to a manageable size.” To render a light field dataset, he notes, the team used a rendering algorithm that blends between the thousands of light field images in real-time.The team relied on Google’s talented pool of engineers in computer vision, graphics, video compression, and machine learning to overcome the unique challenges posed in light fields technology. They also collaborated closely with the WebM team (who make the vp9 video codec) to develop the high-quality light field compression format incorporated into their system, and leaned heavily on the expertise of the Jump VR team to help pose the images and generate depth maps. (Jump is Google’s professional VR system for achieving 3-D-360 video production at scale.)Indeed, with Welcome to Light Fields, the Google team is demonstrating the potential and promise of light field VR technology, showcasing the technology’s ability to provide a truly immersive experience with a level of unmatched realism. Though light fields technology has been researched and explored in computer graphics for more than 30 years, practical systems for actually delivering high-quality light field experiences has not yet been possible.Part of the team’s motivation behind creating this VR light field experience is to invigorate the nascent field.”Welcome to Light Fields proves that it is now possible to make a compelling light field VR viewer that runs on consumer-grade hardware, and we hope that this knowledge will encourage others to get involved with building light field technology and media,” says Overbeck. “We understand that in order to eventually make compelling consumer products based on light fields, we need a thriving light field ecosystem. We need open light field codecs, we need artists creating beautiful light field imagery, and we need people using VR in order to engage with light fields.” Explore further Citation: Google unveils new virtual reality experience at SIGGRAPH 2018 (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-google-unveils-virtual-reality-siggraph.html Provided by Association for Computing Machinery Google released Welcome to Light Fields earlier this year as a free app on Steam VR for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The creators will demonstrate the VR experience at SIGGRAPH 2018, in the Immersive Pavilion, a new space for this year’s conference. The Pavilion is devoted exclusively to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality and will contain: the Vrcade, a space for VR, AR, and MR games or experiences; the VR Theater, a storytelling extravaganza that is part of the Computer Animation Festival; and the well-known Village, for showcasing large-scale projects. SIGGRAPH 2018, held 12-16 August in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an annual gathering that showcases the world’s leading professionals, academics, and creative minds at the forefront of computer graphics and interactive techniques.Destinations in Welcome to Light Fields include NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery, delivering to viewers an astronaut’s view inside the flight deck, which has never been open to the public; the pristine teak and mahogany interiors of the Gamble House, an architectural treasure in Pasadena, CA; and the glorious St. Stephen’s Church in Granada Hills, CA, home to a stunning wall of more than 14,000 pieces of glimmering stained glass.”I love that light fields in VR can teleport you to exotic places in the real world, and truly make you believe you are there,” says Ryan Overbeck, software engineer at Google who co-led the project. “To me, this is magic.”To bring this experience to life, Overbeck worked with a team that included Paul Debevec, senior staff engineer at Google, who managed the project and led the hardware piece with engineers Xueming Yu, Jay Busch, and Graham Fyffe. With Overbeck, Daniel Erickson and Daniel Evangelakos focused on the software end. The researchers designed a comprehensive system for capturing and rendering high-quality, spherical light field still images from footage captured in the real world. They developed two easy-to-use light field camera rigs, based on the GoPro Hero4action sports camera, that efficiently capture thousands of images on the surface of a sphere. Those images were then passed through a cloud-based light-field-processing pipeline. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Germany sees surge in new solar power as prices drop

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Picture taken 24 April 2017 shows cells of a solar power plant in Herdwangen, Germany, (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP) Germany added almost 3 gigawatts of new solar power generation in 2018, about 68 percent more than the previous year amid a drop in prices for new systems. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.center_img But the country’s solar industry association, BSW, said Thursday that Germany needs 7.5 GW of new photovoltaic systems annually to meet long-term energy demand.Germany plans to switch off its nuclear plants by 2022 and the government is considering a proposal to stop burning coal for electricity by 2038 at the latest in a bid to curb greenhouse emissions.Europe’s biggest economy depends heavily on reliable electricity supplies. Solar contributed about 8 percent of Germany’s electricity last year.At 46 GW, Germany has the fourth largest installed solar capacity behind China (174 GW), the United States (63 GW) and Japan (60 GW). Citation: Germany sees surge in new solar power as prices drop (2019, January 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-germany-surge-solar-power-prices.html Germany should phase out coal use by 2038: commission (Update)last_img read more