By Dialogo April 12, 2010 The Red Cross has become truly international in Haiti since the earthquake, with representatives of the organization arriving in the Caribbean country from various regions of the world in order to help their Haitian colleagues. “The Haitian Red Cross is small, and with the disaster, its structures were severely affected. For this reason, the International Red Cross came to support them and help them move forward. Now they’re taking on more of a leading role, because we’re leaving and they have to continue on,” said Cesar Augusto, the head of the Colombian Red Cross mission. Thirty Colombian members of the Red Cross are working in Haiti and will stay for a year at most, Cesar Augusto explained. “After the initial search-and-rescue stage, we are organizing health clinics in order to begin the process of rebuilding,” he added.
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Kim Gerst Bauer for Piper’s PlaygroundChildren and parents in the South Sound are learning a new way to communicate – through the music and rhythms of an internationally recognized early childhood music program, Music Together®. The lively and fun music class is based on the theory that every child can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate in making music with confidence. Music Together® classes are offered in 2000 communities and 40 countries around the world. For the first time, children in the South Sound can sign up for this esteemed program at Piper’s Playground, a new indoor play area for families in Olympia.Kim Gerst Bauer, owner of Piper’s Playground, got licensed to offer Music Together® as part of Piper’s enrichment classes. “We are thrilled to offer such an engaging opportunity for our area’s children and parents,” said Gerst Bauer. “Music Together® classes are unlike any other early childhood music program. Based on the Suzuki method of strong parent involvement, children hear their parents practicing tonal patterns and rhythm patterns in class. These patterns provide the building blocks for their own musical development. It is the equivalent of teaching a child how to walk by walking in front of them.”The program focuses on active music-making in a relaxed teacher and parent-led environment. The structure of the classes allows for children to do what they do best – be kids! They can play or sing along or simply listen. Children and their parents receive a CD and a songbook when they join the class, which they listen to throughout the week.“When they come to class I sing the songs a cappella with the parents and some of the children,” said Music Together® Instructor Jennifer Huntley. “We also come up with silly rhymes or improvisations from the original melodies. It’s incredible to see a toddler’s face light up in the third or fourth week of class, when we begin singing live a favorite song of theirs from the CD.”Music Together® classes at Piper’s Playground are currently being offered for children ages 6 months to 5 years. During a regular semester, classes are 45 minutes long, once a week and last for ten weeks.Sign-up for summer session classes is now open. They run twice a week for three weeks in June, July and August. A once-a-week Saturday option begins in mid-June and runs through mid- August. For more information on the summer session of Music Together®, interviews, photographs or to attend a preview class, please contact: Kim Gerst Bauer [email protected] (360) 584-9886
The most famous horse in America, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, arrived at Monmouth Park racetrack on Wednesday and immediately was treated to a cool bath. Observing were a handful of fans and journalists from as far away as Australia.Excitement is in the air. Today, Monmouth Park announced it has upped the purse on the million dollar William Hill Haskell by $750,000, making the Haskell the largest invitational in the country, at $1.75 million and the largest purse in New Jersey history.American Pharoah is being lodged at Kelly John Breen’s barn, where owner Bob Baffert traditionally keeps his horses.When the horse and its entourage arrived at the Atlantic City Airport a few hours earlier, he was greeted by a handful of enthusiastic fans holding up signs.Fans wait at the fence in anticipation of Triple Crown Champion American Pharaoh at Atlantic City Airport in Egg Harbor Township, on Wednesday afternoon. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.The 3-year-old colt’s arrival at Monmouth Park was met with excitement and anticipation by fans as well as track workers.“It’s exciting. He’s a beautiful horse,” said Liz Donahue, a nurse working for a clinic available for track employees. “He’s nice he’s from New Jersey,” she said. “He’s coming home.The horse’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, owns and operates Zayat Stables, in Teaneck.With the increased purse, “This lets the state know and the racing industry know Monmouth Park is a place to showplace champions,” said Dennis Drazin, a Red Bank lawyer and advisor for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, which operates Monmouth Park, Oceanport Avenue.Racetrack representatives expect crowds topping 60,000 to attend the Haskell invitational on Sunday.
It’s a good thing the Nelson Leafs like playing at the NDCC Arena.If not this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season season would be off to a disastrous start as Nelson plays nine of its first 11 games in the Heritage City.The home stretch continues as the Leafs play host to Murdoch rivals Castlegar, Friday, and Spokane, Saturday in the first two games of a three-game set.However, these games are extra special for the Leafs as its Parent Weekend.“(Parent Weekend) is a great tradition in junior hockey,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan.“It looks like (Leaf executive) has really thought this weekend out well and this should be a great opportunity for the parents to get here and see the kids, which I feel is just fantastic.”Nelson enters the weekend with a slim two-point lead over Beaver Valley Nitehawks and three ahead of Saturday’s opponent, Spokane Braves.Sunday, Nelson completes the home-and-home series against Castlegar with an afternoon game in the Sunflower City. Rayce Miller continues to lead the Leafs in scoring with 10 points, one in front of surprising offensive defenceman Patrick Croome. Miller also leads the Leafs in goals scored with five.The Western Hockey League Prince Albert Raiders have been kind to the Leafs as the Tier I Junior A club has sent two prospects to sharpen their skills with in the KIJHL.Cody Paivarinta was the first to get send to Nelson.Earlier this weekend, GM Bruno Campese re-assigned 16-year-old left winger Dylan Williamson to Nelson.Williamson is in Nelson but paperwork has slowed the process for the Calgary native to play with the Leafs.Allowing four goals last weekend moved Nelson netminder Brett Soles up the goalie leader board and into third spot.Soles, who came to Nelson from the Saskatchewan Junior League, has a .921 save percentage and a 2.11 goals against average.Alex Kong of Summerland leads the goalies with a 1.71 GAA.After Saturday’s tilt, Nelson plays five straight games, including Sunday in Castlegar, on the road.Saturday at the Leafs game is set aside for Bra’s in the Barn night.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Teng’s skills weren’t the only thing put to the test but also his character after Blackwater fought tooth and nail in the final seven minutes of the game.The Elite erased Alaska’s 90-82 lead with an 11-2 run to take a 93-92 buffer with 3:41 left to play after Allein Maliksi’s three-pointer.Alaska, however, got back to its offense and scored on back-to-back baskets with Sonny Thoss giving the Aces a 103-100 lead with 34.3 seconds remaining on a free throw line jumper.Although Teng went scoreless in the final period, he made enough impact for the Aces to get the win.“I think it was our composure that brought us the win and we just stuck to the system,” said Teng. “It’s a good thing we made crucial baskets at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jeron Teng is one of Alaska’s most diligent troopers and with the team still severely undermanned three games into its campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup, the sophomore wing man knew he had to step up to the plate.Constantly switching from being a backcourt player to playing up front, Teng shone brightly in his best game of the season, scoring 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting and grabbing six rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history ‘Hungry’ Rene Catalan not to be held back by age ahead of biggest fight yet Listed as a guard in the Aces’ roster, Teng, at times, had to play power forward just to fill in the gaps in the system but the 24-year-old said he’s fine with whatever role he’s given even if it means he has to adjust on the fly.“I just keep myself ready every time I get on the court and I always try to give my best whatever role coach asks me to play,” said Teng Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” he added.Alaska is still missing Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, Simon Enciso, Yutien Andrada, and rookie GBoy Babilonia due to injuries and some players had to adjust and play multiple positions just to keep the system in place. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
DOWNEY – The CIF Southern Section girls water polo playoff brackets said Downey High had stepped up in competition this year, from Division VI to Division III. The tears that streamed down the Vikings’ faces Thursday, however, said they expected to make yet another long playoff run, regardless of the competition level, and the disappointment was obvious. Downey rallied to tie the game twice, including early in the fourth quarter, but was eliminated from the postseason with a 6-5 loss to Chino Hills. Seniors Stephanie Rosero, Lauren Davis, Karen Aguirre, Amy Mendez and Stephanie and Jackie Lopez were all part of a class that claimed back-to-back Division VI crowns and established the Vikings as a formidable program in Southern California. “This is the end of that (era),” said first-year coach Dani Bell. “To lose (six) seniors and an All-American goalie (Davis) obviously is going to be rough.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chino Hills controlled the tempo throughout the first half and led 4-1 at halftime. Bell felt her team may have been intimidated early, remembering a 12-4 loss to the Huskies earlier in the season. Downey, however, cut the lead to 5-3 after three quarters and tied the game at 5 with 5:38 left in the fourth. Arianna Weisenburger converted on a 6-on-5 advantage with her second goal of the game, capping a 4-1 run. “We finally got in synch mentally (in the second half),” said Bell. “We realized it was a good matchup talent-wise.” But the Huskies scored the game winner on a long pass from the goalie to Jenna Gelet, who beat Davis to the ball and tapped the ball into the open cage. David Felton can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1318.
For more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.If you’re a fan of the game, you’ve certainly read about Major League Baseball being at a crossroads.But the way I see it, baseball ran the stop sign and is already a mile down the road toward permanent cultural irrelevance.And without a neck-jerking, tire-squealing U-turn, the sport will cement its status as part of the ever-growing tranche of culturally unimportant regionalized sports leagues, right alongside hockey …
(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If a report on EurekAlert is right, some evolutionary biologists used lack of evidence for natural selection as confirmation for evolution. They predicted guppies would show no evidence of a “grandmother effect” on life history after reproduction, and “that is what they found.” The question under study is why evolution keeps aging individuals living if it’s only reproductive fitness that matters in keeping a species going. Perhaps the aging are worth keeping around if they contribute to the fitness of the offspring (see 07/23/2003 entry). After admitting that the “granny effect” is not found in many mammals, even among sociable groups, the article said:Since guppies are livebearers that provide no postnatal maternal care, Reznick et al. predicted the populations would show no differences in postreproductive lifespan–which is what they found. Though overall lifespan varied among the populations, these variations stemmed from differences in time allotted only to reproduction. Postreproductive lifespan, in contrast, showed no signs of being under selection, and appeared to be what the authors called a “random add-on at the end of the life history.” Random or not, this is the first demonstration of a postreproductive lifespan in fish. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The article then stated that whether postreproductive lifespan can be under selection at all is an open question. But then, it said that this new study helps gain an evolutionary perspective on such matters – including how they relate to humans.What kind of reasoning says, “we predict there will be no evolutionary natural selection” on a process, then uses the confirmation of the prediction as evidence for evolution? You can’t have it both ways. The article stated an evolutionary principle: “For natural selection to shape the twilight years, postreproductive females should contribute to the fitness of their offspring or relatives.” Notice that word should. If natural selection is the be-all and end-all of existence, and if nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution, and if most biologists expected there to be a granny effect, then Reznick’s study amounts to falsification. Grandparents everywhere should be relieved that another evolutionary principle has been falsified, because now their self-worth does not need to be tied to their tubes. You can’t bet at the racetrack that an aging Charlie Horse will win because it is more fit, then claim his loss also confirms your prediction. Charlie Horse is not just a loser; he’s a pain in the arm of science. Charlie’s hoarse cries for his theory to get to the finish line, or even past the starting gate, are increasingly falling on deaf ears among those who know how to spot winners and losers (see 09/26/2005, 08/15/2005 commentaries).
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is an icon of evolution. Since the 1930s these poor little bugs have been mutated endlessly and watched for signs of Darwinian change. So far, though, only useless mutants, unable to survive in the wild, have been produced. Recently, scientists seem more enamored with their design. Two recent articles had nothing to say about evolution but a lot to say about the amazing ways they are put together. They are so well put together, in fact, that they put humans to shame in some ways – not only because they can fly and we can’t.Fly eye: Did you know fruit flies have better color perception than we do? Science Daily said that scientists studying phototaxis (attraction to light) in Drosophila found their 8 photoreceptors produce different responses in behavior. One of the study authors pointed out, “This simple insect can achieve sophisticated color discrimination and detect a broader spectrum of colors than we can, especially in the UV.”Fly fountain of youth: Science Daily reported on work to study how fruit flies overcome aging. Scientists at UC San Diego identified a protein named Sestrin that “serves as a natural inhibitor of aging and age-related pathologies in fruit flies.” The structure and biochemical function of this protein is “conserved” (i.e., unevolved) between fruit flies and humans – meaning that we may owe the ability to live longer, healthier lives some day to research on these tiny insects. Experiments that reduced Sestrin in the flies produced stress and deformities. “These pathologies are amazingly similar to the major disorders of overweight, heart failure and muscle loss that accompany aging in humans.” The pathologies appear to arise by disrupting an important “quality control” mechanism called autophagy, the article explained. The team is trying to find out if “proper Sestrin expression will provide the explanation to some of the currently unexplainable degenerative diseases associated with old age.” One researcher hoped for good fruit from these experiments: “Maybe one day we will be able to use Sestrin analogs to prevent much of the tissue failure associated with aging, as well as treat a number of degenerative diseases, whose incidence goes up with old age, including sarcopenia and Alzheimer’s disease.”Fly time: Oregon State is studying the fruit fly biological clock, reported Science Daily, in hopes of helping humans find the “key to better health and a longer life.” A properly-functioning biological clock is important in preventing damage from oxidative stress. The article noted that the genes for the fruit fly clock are essentially the same as in humans, having been “conserved [unevolved] through many millions of years of evolution.” Obviously some other things have not been so conserved. Most of us don’t resemble them much.Fly power: Bodybuilders, be humble before the fruit fly: on your scale, they could bench press triple your personal best – for more reps, too. PhysOrg noted that the muscles in these tiny insects are among the strongest in the animal kingdom (ounce for ounce, that is). Frank Schnorrer of the Max Planck Institute said of their flight muscles, “They are able to produce 100 watt per kilogram muscle mass and that over a long period of time. Bodybuilders and Tour de France riders can only dream about such a performance. They steadily manage about 30 watt per kilogram muscle mass.” About 2000 genes in the fruit fly genome of 12,000 genes are involved in the production of these flight muscles. Schnorrer remarked, “It is fascinating how the genetic programme of an organism is able to produce such different cell types out of identical precursor cells.” Live Science posted a video last month showing how the fruit fly’s supercharged muscles ramp up during flight.Humans share some of the same genes with fruit flies. That’s leading to some other scientific design-based scientific research: using Drosophila as a model organism to understand the structure and function of genes for muscles, so as to produce cures for disabilities like muscular dystrophy. “In the future, insight into such connections may help to detect and treat muscle diseases individually,” Schnorrer said, without a word about Darwin.When you approach a scientific problem with design in mind, you have different goals and methods than a Darwinian does. You attack the problem assuming there is a good design that needs to be understood. Then, you have a goal of improving human life by applying what is understood to real problems we face. One of the most amazing stories we ever reported on this subject was by Michael Dickinson of Caltech back on 12/08/2003. We urge you to revisit that entry now to be convinced once for all that design-based science is vastly superior to zapping creatures in the vain hope of finding something to offer Charlie. Thinking about all that power and design in a tiny little fly is enough to turn a child into an enthusiastic scientist – the kind that would sign a growing list.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
WR Tweets HIV results – David Clowney has bounced around the NFL, with stops in New York, Carolina, and, currently, Buffalo. He’s had a nondescript career, mostly as a deep reserve receiver, hauling in just 22 total receptions.Well, the 25-year-old finally made headlines — and it had absolutely nothing to do with football. On Tuesday, Clowney fired off a tweet of his HIV test results, which, evidently, he received from his doctors Tuesday, and was unable to contain his excitement.