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first_img Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Marcala Garland – Staff Writer for The Apopka High School Newspaper The Blue and WhiteWe can’t remember Newton’s laws or the x’s and y’s, but one thing we don’t forget is, “Get off your phone!” (#MajorBug)Adults always complain about teens and technology and how our lives depend on our social networking.Phones aren’t the root of all laziness. (#RememberTheRemote) Does the term “couch potato” ring any bells? Did that come from tweeting and posting? (#Nope) Remember when you were younger and you had to get up and channel surf or go blind sitting closer to the TV, right? Then they made magical devices that allowed you stay on your big comfy couch. Was the mass culture complaining then? (#Hypoes)Seriously though, what’s the issue with expanding technology anyways? (#Luddite)They’re kind of right. (#Nah)I personally salute anyone under 19 who can go 24 hours without a phone, laptop, or a tablet. (#That’sCray) What would I read? How will I find a simple hint of laughter? No tweets, no post, no pics? (#MySoulForASelfie)Fun fact… according to a survey conducted by Pew Internet Teens, as of September of 2012, 78% of teens have a cell phone and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones.Looking at things from a teen’s perspective we know there’s more to our phones than Twitter and Instagram. See, to adults, we spend all of our time twitter beefing and posting selfies. (#TriggerFingersToTwitterFingers) Personally, my phone is my homework assignments, job schedule, and even teacher help at home. Not to mention, it’s an alarm clock, a calendar, an mp3 and then some.Something we should consider is how we’ve become much more isolated. It seems we spend more time chatting online than actually going out. A story in The Wall Street Journal reported there being a “small-to-modest change, rather than a large drop in the number of people who report that they have [someone] they can discuss important matters with, compared to 1985.””I spend most of my time texting, of course, and playing madden mobile,” said Trelin Thomas, a junior at South Fort Myers High. Snapchat and Instagram are his two favorite apps. (#Saame)Personally, I feel age has something to do with the answer to my question. Heidi Malesa, 29 year old hair technician, says she spends most of her time emailing, and every now and then she’d peep a post or two on Facebook.Now, back to the relative comments. (#lol) South Fort Myers High junior Domenica, after checking her stats on her iphone6 plus, says she spends most of her time on Netflix (#NetflixAndChill) , and twitter. (#DataWaster) SFMY student Kamina also wastes data on twitter but says texting is 43% of her cell usage.People may say technology is ruining our society. While that may be somewhat accurate, understand phones and social media give us a more broad connection. We meet people miles away that may end up being our soulmate or our best friend. Notice how I said maybe. (#Catfish) Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSApopka High SchoolTechnologyTeenagersThe Blue and White Previous articleConsumer Fraud Unit Protects Against ScamsNext articleFormer Abortionist to Speak at 40 Days for Life on Saturday Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Obama issued a solemn address to the nation Wednesday in the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, praising his life and work and vowing continued military action in Iraq to protect US interests and “extract this cancer” of the Islamic State, the militant group who murdered him.“Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the whole world,” said Obama. “We are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim in all that he did. “Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast with his killers,” he continued. “They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims—both Sunni and Shia—by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.”“ISIL speaks for no religion,” said Obama. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt… People like this ultimately fail.”“The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” he added, calling upon other nations to join the fight against the group. “There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.“One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”Obama’s statements were the first official confirmation of authenticity of a video posted on YouTube Tuesday depicting Foley’s beheading. The 40-year-old had been missing since Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012, when the car he was traveling in toward the Turkish border in northern Syria was stopped by four armed men. He had been reporting from the Middle East for the five years prior, and leading up to his disappearance had spent several weeks reporting inside Syria. Until Tuesday there had been no direct contact with Foley, nor communication with his kidnappers or ransom demand, wrote Phil Balboni, president and CEO of online news outlet GlobalPost, where Foley was a contributor, in a note to staff on the year anniversary of his taking. Besides the Syrian civil war, the freelance photojournalist from New Hampshire had reported on conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, where he was once held captive for 44 days.He appeared dressed in orange, on his knees with his hands bound behind his back in the gruesome five-minute video segment titled “A Message To America.” His murderer stood by his side wearing ISIS’ signature all-black cloaks and mask, a holstered gun slung across his shoulder and grasping a large blade. Following forced anti-American remarks from Foley, his killer made threats against the United States, naming Obama, and then beheaded Foley before grabbing the neck of what the video purported to be Steven Soltoff, a TIME magazine contributor who disappeared in the region earlier this month. Soltoff is also kneeling in the sand, his hands bound. The masked man then warns Obama that his fate rests in Obama’s decision about continuing US airstrikes against the group.ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and most recently, the Islamic State—proclaimed the creation of a caliphate, or Islamic state, across parts of western Iraq and northern Syria in June. Its leader, or caliph, is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a militant once in US custody but released.James Foley, Tripoli (Libya) airport, August 2011. (Photo by Jonathan Pedneault, courtesy of FreeJamesFoley.org and “Find James Foley” Facebook page)American warplanes have been targeting the group and bombing its positions in the region since it began slaughtering religious minorities in the region in the beginning of August. The group has swept into towns and villages demanding its residents convert to Islam, pay a fine, or be killed, according to local religious leaders, Iraqi government officials, humanitarian workers and members of those groups being persecuted—which includes Muslims, Christians and the followers of an ancient religious order called the Yazidis.Hundreds of thousands have been forced to abandon their homes in the region and tens of thousands had sought refuge on a nearby mountain range, which led to a humanitarian crisis due to extreme heat, the shortage of water and food and medicine and lack of shelter. The United States, Britain and several other countries have been dropping food and water for the past two weeks and arming Kurdish fighters to help repel ISIS. The Kurds have also successfully escorted tens of thousands to relative safety in makeshift refugee camps. Obama recently ruled out a US-led evacuation of Yazidis still stuck on the mountain, citing an assessment by about 20 US special forces deployed there that those displaced no longer faced an imminent threat. That decision and assessment has been widely criticized, as tens of thousands of Yazidis reportedly still remain in dire straits trapped on the south side of the mountain range. There have been reports of Christian children being beheaded and mass executions with people being buried alive. ISIS has also reportedly abducted more than 1,000 Yazidi women, according to media reports from the conflict, who are feared to have become sex slaves and made to wed ISIS fighters.An outpouring of support for Foley and his family and resounding condemnation against his barbaric mutilation continued to flood social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter Wednesday, with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe issuing the following statement:“The barbaric murder of journalist James Foley, kidnapped in Syria and held almost two years, sickens all decent people. Foley went to Syria to show the plight of the Syrian people, to bear witness to their fight, and in so doing to fight for press freedom. Our hearts go out to his family, who had dedicated themselves to finding and freeing Jim.”Foley’s mom Diane honored her son in a post on the Facebook page “Find James Foley.”“We have never been prouder of our son Jim,” she wrote. “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.“We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us,” she added. “He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.”Two journalists with Long Island ties have also been victims of the Syrian conflict: Matthew Schrier, a Syosset native and photojournalist, escaped from ISIS rivals Nusa Front last summer after the group kidnapped him and Marie Colvin, an East Norwich native, was killed in 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war for The Sunday Times in London.James Foley addresses students at Medill in 2011:last_img read more

first_img“We don’t feel like any team is better than us. We feel asthough we are as good as or better than any team in the conference.” This is the attitude surrounding the 2007-08 men’s tennisteam, voiced by assistant coach Evan Austin as it heads into the Big Ten IndoorChampionships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluding the fall and,essentially, exhibition season. In its latest warm-up, the five-day long ITA Regional inMinneapolis, three Badgers reached the quarterfinals — seniors Jeremy Sonkinand Nolan Polley and sophomore Moritz Baumann — and the tandem of Sonkin andLuke Rassow-Kantor reached the semifinals. It was arguably Wisconsin’s best performancethis fall. Last year, the Badgers’ tennis team had one of their bestseasons in the program’s history, finishing No. 32 nationally and fourth in theBig Ten with a 16-11 record. They beat eight ranked opponents throughout theseason. Looking ahead to the spring season, however, the team willface a difficult road. It will play 14 teams from the FILA Collegiate TennisRankings. Out of those ranked teams, eight of them come from the Big Ten,including last year’s Big Ten champion, No. 3 Ohio State.”It’s going to be physical and every match is going to be a grind for us,”Austin said. “We have to prepare now to get the mindset that every match isgoing to be tough, and if you take a day off, then you are going to lose.”So what makes this team different from the previous few seasons? Coach Austindescribed it in one word: leadership.Led by Sonkin and Polley, the diverse Badger lineup is one of intimidation anddiligence. “The whole dynamic with the team has really changed. In previous years, the attitudewas in no way like the team we have this year,” Sonkin said. “The guys areready to go that extra length to be where we should be.”We are going to be a dangerous threat to any team in thecountry.”Sonkin and Polley are both previous MVPs of the team and have had great successat singles in both the Big Ten and NCAA. Polley concluded the season ranked No.101. Also, Baumann came out of nowhere to make a name for himself by finishingat No. 49. His ranking placed him among the top five in the nation forfreshmen.”A lot of our focus has been getting the guys on the same page,” Sonkin said.”Knowing that we are strong in our singles and doubles, our team has been ableto bring a lot of really great aspects to every practice and we have beenworking to get the best out of every practice we have.”The official season doesn’t open up until Jan. 26 against UW-Green Bay at theNielsen Tennis Stadium, but Sonkin and company are already eagerly anticipatingits arrival. They have high expectations, despite having never gotten past theround of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in school history, and want to put them tothe test. “Anything less than the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament and No. 1 or 2 inthe Big Ten would be a disappointment with the talent on this team,” Polleysaid.last_img read more

first_imgThe Shasta Creations volleyball team, which includes several Red Bluff High School athletes, went into the Far Westerns Volleyball Tournament in Reno, Nevada ranked 26th and finished 5th in the tournament.The team beat No. 25 Legends 25-11, 25-13; No. 9 Bombers 23-25, 25-20, 15-5 and lost to No. 8 Endline 15-25, 23-25 to take over the 9th seed.On day two of the tournament, the Creations beat No. 4 Rise 15-25, 25-23, 15-10; No. 6 Sequoia 28-26, 26-24 and No. 15 LVBC 25-17, 25-19 to take over …last_img read more

first_imgJimmy Garoppolo, Kyle Shanahan, and the 49ers have done something rather incredible.Against all odds, and seriously bucking a league-wide trend, the Niners have managed to make the preseason really interesting.It’d be impressive if it wasn’t so concerning.For the past few years, we’ve seen more and more NFL coaches punt the exhibition portion of their schedule: This preseason, in their third game — the so-called “dress rehearsal” — the Packers started a quarterback who threw one touchdown to …last_img read more

first_imgHundreds of flowering plant seeds from early Cretaceous strata on two continents show exceptional preservation; how can they be 125 million years old?A paper in Nature reports another example of “exceptional preservation” of biological material, this time of plant seeds. The seeds were found in Portugal and in the eastern United States. They contain embryos and nutritive material, the paper says, yet are thought to be 125 to 110 million years old, the time in the evolutionary story when angiosperms (flowering plants) were rapidly diversifying. Here are some quotes from the paper:Here we report the discovery of embryos and their associated nutrient storage tissues in exceptionally well-preserved angiosperm seeds from the Early Cretaceous.…we analysed the internal structure of mature seeds from about 75 different angiosperm taxa recovered from rich assemblages of angiosperm flowers, fruits and seeds in 11 mesofossil floras from eastern North America and Portugal, ranging in age from Barremian-Aptian to early or middle Albian, about 125–110 million years ago.SRXTM revealed exquisite preservation of three-dimensional cellular structure, often including traces of nuclei and subcellular nutritive bodies. In mature fossil fruits and seeds, the seed coat is generally well-developed and cellular preservation is usually excellent. Softer tissues such as embryo and nutrient storage tissues may be degraded or distorted, but of the roughly 250 Early Cretaceous mature seeds examined about half show cellular structure inside the seed coat.In about 50 seeds, complete or partly preserved embryos occur along with remains of the surrounding nutrient storage tissue. Minimal shrinkage of the seeds during preservation is indicated by the typically straight cell walls and the fact that the nutrient storage tissue often fills out the whole seed volume inside the seed coat.Cellular preservation of the embryos in all six taxa [i.e., those shown in a figure] is excellent.[Figure 4 caption]: …Surface rendering of embryo showing the two small cotyledon primordia. c, Detail of endosperm with nutritive bodies (protein and lipids).Mesofossils preserved in these floras are often exquisitely preserved in three dimensions as charcoalified or lignitic specimens and include complete and fragmentary flowers, as well as abundant fruits and seeds.The authors make a big deal of the fact that the seeds are tiny, as if this represents a primitive condition before the evolution of modern flowering plants. Other statements, however, make it hard to imagine 130 million years going by. Some aspects of these seeds compare well with those found in modern plants:Cells in the nutritive storage tissue often contain small rounded structures (Figs 2a, c and 3) that are most probably remains of the protein and lipid bodies that occur in the equivalent seed tissues of many extant angiosperms.In each cell there is typically a central body about 4–6 μm in diameter (Fig. 2b) that is similar in size and position to the nuclei seen in the embryo cells of extant early diverging angiosperm lineages.Very similar cellular differentiation occurs in the endosperm of modern Sarcandra (Fig. 4a, c) and other extant early diverging angiosperm lineages.As in extant taxa, the contents of the cells immediately around the embryo were apparently consumed very early in the development of the young plant.The distinctive exotestal seeds of taxon 1 and taxon 3 are also indicative of a relationship to Schisandraceae or Nymphaeaceae, and the broad embryo of taxon 3 is very similar to the embryos in seeds of extant Nymphaeaceae.Canrightiopsis is phylogenetically close to the common ancestor of extant Ascarina, Sarcandra and Chloranthus (Chloranthaceae). Comparison of the almost spherical Canrightiopsis embryo with that of extant Sarcandra shows strong similarities and the same cellular features. However, the seeds and embryos of Canrightiopsis are much smaller.The differences between fossil and extant seeds appear slight. The authors confess the “limitations of inferring ancestral characteristics solely by extrapolation from the features of extant taxa.”Again, the authors are frustratingly equivocal about whether the remains are composed of original biological material or lithified remains.  It would be helpful if they would state clearly whether the “proteins and lipids” are just that—proteins and lipids—or if they are minerals that replaced them. It seems reasonable to infer, though, that these structures are the original material. The authors say that some of them are “decomposed” but do not say they are lithified. For instance, they say, “The nutrient storage tissue immediately around the embryo is often partly or fully decomposed, but in seeds with particularly good preservation these cells are usually distinguished by their smaller size, thinner walls and lack of nutritive bodies.” Even decomposed biological material is still biological. Given the hubbub over original soft tissue found in dinosaur bones and fossils older than 100 million Darwin years, it would seem they would brag that the fossils are fully replaced by rock if they could. Also, it seems unreasonable to expect that structures as small as subcellular units and nuclei could be lithified. The clearest reference to original biological material is that “Mesofossils preserved in these floras are often exquisitely preserved in three dimensions as charcoalified or lignitic specimens and include complete and fragmentary flowers, as well as abundant fruits and seeds.” (See Field Museum discussion of mesofossils.) The Methods section suggests the specimens are not mineralized: “Fossils were isolated from the sediments by sieving in water, remaining mineral matrix was removed using hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids, and the fossils were then rinsed in water and air-dried.“Assuming, then, that the fossils are composed of original biological material, is it reasonable to expect it would be preserved for 110 million years or more? Even if it were permineralized, how could such detail be preserved that long? Remember, evolutionists believe that a major catastrophe struck the Earth just 65 million years ago. Undoubtedly there were smaller catastrophes across the eastern US and Portugal from the time those seeds were laid down till now. A lot of geological change can happen in even 1 million years, or 100,000, or 10,000 years. The logical conclusion is that the “Cretaceous” strata containing these fossils are young, not millions of years old. Until that sinks in to open-minded scientists, we can add this paper to the pile of evidence for exceptional preservation of original biological material that cannot be anywhere near as old as claimed. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img22 January 2014An exceptional 29.6-carat blue diamond has been discovered at the Cullinan mine in South Africa, the mine’s owner, Petra Diamonds, announced on Tuesday.“The stone is an outstanding vivid blue with extraordinary saturation, tone and clarity, and has the potential to yield a polished stone of great value and importance,” the company said in a statement.“Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds, and the Cullinan mine is the most important source of blues in the world. This stone is one of the most exceptional stones recovered at Cullinan during Petra’s operation of the mine.”Located at the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range, 37 kilometres north-east of Pretoria, the Cullinan mine earned its place in history in 1905 with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3 106 carats.This iconic stone was cut into the two most important diamonds that form part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London – the First Star of Africa, which is mounted at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre and which at 530 carats is the largest flawless cut diamond in the world, and the Second Star of Africa, a 317-carat polished diamond which forms the centrepiece of the Imperial State Crown.According to Petra Diamonds, the Cullinan mine frequently yields diamonds larger than 10 carats, and has produced over 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats.“Cullinan is also renowned as the world’s most important source of blue diamonds, providing the collection of 11 rare blues displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star and which included the fancy vivid blue ‘Heart of Eternity’ (27 carats polished),” the company said.Petra Diamonds has interests in five producing mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, and also maintains an exploration programme in Botswana.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#Tools How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Zed Shaw yesterday unveiled Vulnarb.com, an experimental project to improve the process of responsible security vulnerability disclosure. Today, security researchers have two choices: contact the developers about a vulnerability and wait for them to fix it, or publish the vulnerability for the world to see. Both of these solutions have flaws. Users may be unaware that the products they use have vulnerabilities if it isn’t publicly disclosed, but public disclosure could make them even more vulnerable to exploitation.Shaw’s plan is to create a public repository of security vulnerabilities. The specifics of the vulnerability will be encrypted and provided only to the company or developers behind a product. The public will know what products have vulnerabilities, but not what the specific vulnerabilities are. Companies or researches can then disclose the vulnerability once it’s been fixed.“The goal is to provide a market incentive for companies to fix security holes, rather than the current situation where they can sit on them legally for years,” Shaw writes.They key to making this work is the encryption. If a researcher posts an inaccurate vulnerability, the developers will be able to decrypt the alleged vulnerability and make it public to clear their names.Here’s how it would work, according to Shaw:At the moment, the project is in its earliest stages. Shaw is looking for people to test the viability of his plan to use a company’s website’s SSL certificate as a public key. Those interested can contact Shaw through Twitter.Giving researchers tools to upload SSL public key encrypted vulnerability descriptions, which only the SSL private key holders can decrypt.Consumers then can go see which companies and products have vulnerabilities, but not actually know what those vulnerabilities are until the company fixes them.Once the company fixes their product, they can upload the decrypted files to prove they fixed it.If they don’t it’s assumed they haven’t fixed it.If the researcher lies then they’ll easily be exposed by just decrypting their lies for everyone to see.Shaw is the creator of the Mongrel and Mongrel2 Web servers and the author of Learn Python the Hard Way and the Programming, Mother F*cker manifestoPhoto credit: Circo de Invierno. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts last_img read more