Great Britain: Westcode Inc and Sabre Rail Services Ltd have formed Westcode (UK) Ltd as a joint venture to produce air-conditioning and automatic doors.On August 8 GATX Capital Corp and Lombard North Central plc set up GL Railease Ltd as a joint venture offering lease financing to the privatised domestic passenger businesses.Japan: SKF AB has announced plans to establish a research centre in Japan to help increase its local market share.Switzerland: FIAT-SIG Schienenfahrzeuge AG has sold its passenger coach gangway business to German manufacturer Hübner Gummi & Kunststoffe GmbH in Kassel.USA: GEC Alsthom Transportation Inc is to take over the Hornell plant formerly owned by American Passenger Rail Car Co, and previously Morrison Knudsen; after modernisation, GEC Alsthom plans to produce signalling equipment.Bombardier Transit Corp is to invest $18m to double the capacity of its Plattsburgh works, following orders for 680 R-142 metro cars for New York and American Flyer trains for the Northeast Corridor; a development centre will be set up at a local former Air Force base, with a 64 km/h test track.Standard Car Truck Co has bought Durox Co; Standard Car subsidiary J & D Supply will be merged into its new acquisition.
Before MN, Cartigny worked in various investment roles at ABN AMRO Asset Management. He currently also serves as a board member of DUFAS, the Dutch fund association, and as vice chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. Vækstfonden — The DKK9.6bn (€1.3bn) Danish Growth Fund has appointed Rolf Kjærgaard as its new chief executive. He was previously the state financing fund’s CIO and, as of 2 July, has replaced its most recent chief executive Christian Motzfeldt, who announced in February he wanted to step down after working for the fund for 18 years.Kjærgaard has worked at Vækstfonden for almost 18 years, as CIO for the last four. Prior to this, his professional roles included that of national expert for the EU Commission and special consultant for the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.State Street Corporation – Jörg Ambrosius has been promoted to head of the asset manager’s UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa business, succeeding Liz Nolan, who earlier this year became head of State Street’s global delivery team. Ambrosius was most recently co-head of State Street’s global services business in EMEA and head of its global sovereign wealth servicing business. In his new role he will also serve on the asset manager’s management committee. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – Jo Taylor has been named the Canadian pension fund’s new president and CEO, effective 1 January next year. Currently executive managing director, global development, he will succeed Ron Mock, who retires at the end of 2019 after almost two decades at the now $191bn (€167bn) pension fund.Taylor joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2012, and in his current role is responsible for overseeing the investment teams operating in its international offices, setting strategy, and reviewing investment proposals, among other tasks.Dalriada Trustees – Judith Fish, formerly head of pension risk at Santander UK, has joined the firm as a professional trustee. Fish left Santander at the end of June and has previously also worked at HSBC Actuaries and Consultants, which was acquired by JLT, and Deloitte. She has more than 25 years of experience in pensions, serving as a trustee, scheme actuary, corporate adviser and employer.Insight Investment – Andrew Stephens is the asset manager’s new head of distribution for EMEA. He joined from BlackRock, where he spent 19 years, most recently as head of UK institutional client business.Gresham House – The specialist alternative asset manager has hired Catriona Buckley as institutional business development director. She joined from Fidelity International, where she was responsible for manager research and field consultant engagement with global and domestic investment consultants in the UK, and for direct client relationships in Ireland. Before joining Fidelity she was client director at Pioneer Investments, now Amundi. Osmosis Investment Management – The sustainable investment specialist has announced three new appointments, including Anthony Chisnall as product distribution manager and Susan Hunnisett as a new member of the investor relations team, with a focus on European business development. Chisnall’s previous roles include head of marketing and investor relations for Gulf International Bank Asset Management while Hunnisett worked for European equities specialist SW Mitchell Capital before joining Osmosis.Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – An organisation providing a framework for sustainability reporting, GRI has recruited Marco van der Ree for the new position of chief development officer, which he will take up on 15 July. According to the GRI, he will lead work to diversify and implement the organisation’s fundraising strategy and oversee outreach to institutional, foundation and public donors. Van der Ree was previously director for business development and fundraising for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. Swiss Life Asset Managers – Nelufer Ansari has been named head of ESG, a new role in which she will be responsible for extending the company’s sustainable investment approach to all asset classes and countries in which it operates. She will assume the task in her role as head of strategic and special tasks, which she has held since March, and will also be responsible for developing a cross-border ESG strategy spanning all products for the manager. Ansari started her career at BEOS, which has been part of Swiss Life Asset Managers since 2018. MN, GSAM, Vækstfonden, State Street, Ontario Teachers’, Dalriada Trustees, Insight Investment, Gresham House, Osmosis IM, GRI, Swiss Life Asset ManagersGoldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) – Gerald Cartigny is set to leave MN, the €135bn asset manager for Dutch sector pension schemes PMT and PME, to become head of GSAM’s client business in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as of the beginning of October.Cartigny will have spent seven years at MN, becoming its chief investment officer in 2014. In a statement about his time at MN, Cartigny highlighted the manager’s work on socially responsible investing, saying that this had been fully integrated into the investment approach and that MN was “internationally recognised as a leader in ESG integration”.At MN Cartigny also oversaw the merger of its individual asset management and fiduciary management groups into a single unit.
The Boston Celtics are going to the Eastern Conference finals following a 92-87 triumph over the Raptors in Game 7. Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and Jaylen Brown had 21 for the winners, who opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to take an eight-point lead. Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Kemba Walker added 14, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining.Fred VanVleet scored 20 points for the Raptors, who were bidding to become the first NBA team to win four consecutive Game 7s.The third-seeded Celtics will face the No. 5 Miami Heat beginning Tuesday.Also in the NBA Playoffs, the Denver Nuggets continue to be the comeback kids, but it took one of their veterans to help them improve to 4-0 when facing elimination in this postseason.The Nuggets have forced a Game 6 by rallying from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Clippers, 111-105. Medvedev was a point away from taking the third set at 5-3, 40-30, but framed a forehand. MLB-SCHEDULEYanks blank Birds in DH openerNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees entered their weekend series with Baltimore in danger of falling behind the Orioles for the final American League wild-card berth. The Bombers are off to a good start, winning a doubleheader from the Orioles after dropping 15 of their previous 21 games.Gerrit Cole ended a three-start losing streak by firing a two-hitter in the Yankees’ 6-0 win over the Birds in Game 1. He struck out nine in ending his personal skid that began after he had won 20 straight decisions. Big 12 gets access to rapid COVID-19 testsUNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used the day before competition on players, coaches and staff. The Pac-12 recently announced a partnership with Quidel that will provide its schools with the capacity to test daily and get results in about 15 minutes. The Big 12 said it expects the Quidel test to provide results that quickly.LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONKorda maintains lead in LPGA major UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the paternity list and optioned infielder Matt Beaty to the team’s alternate site. Pederson has struggled during the shortened season, hitting .184 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 34 games. He set career highs last year in batting average, homers and RBIs, among other categories. Elsewhere in the majors:— Undefeated Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler ripped a fingernail putting on his pants, delaying his next start for two days and perhaps longer. Wheeler would have taken a 4-0 record and a 2.47 ERA into Saturday’s scheduled start against Miami. That start has been pushed back to at least Monday, though manager Joe Girardi said that could be wishful thinking.NFL-NEWS Update on the latest sports — The Chargers’ offensive line could be down three starters for Sunday’s opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Center Mike Pouncey is out after not practicing all week due to a lingering hip injury, while right guard Trai Turner and right tackle Bryan Bulaga are listed as questionable.— The Falcons will be without cornerback Kendall Sheffield and defensive end Charles Harris for Sunday’s opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Sheffield was ruled out with a foot injury, while Harris is sidelined with an ankle problem. — Packers offensive lineman Billy Turner didn’t practice Friday and is considered doubtful for the season opener at Minnesota as he deals with a knee injury. That could mean a start for former Lions tackle Rick Wagner.— The Cardinals have placed receiver KeeSean Johnson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list two days before their season opener. Johnson is the first player put on the COVID list by the Cardinals this season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS — The Nationals coughed up a five-run lead before beating the Braves, 8-7 on Michael A. Taylor’s walk-off single in the 12th inning. Juan Soto drove in three runs for last-place Washington, which has won five of seven.— Aaron Nola struck out 10 and pitched all seven innings for the first complete game of his big league career, pitching the Phillies to an 11-0 thumping of the Marlins in Game 1 of a twinbill. Rhys Hoskins ripped a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs with three hits, including a home run.— Miami took the nightcap as Jorge Alfaro had his fourth consecutive two-RBI game to lead a 5-3 win against Philadelphia. Alfaro’s two-run single capped a three-run fourth for the Marlins, who also got a home run from Lewis Brinson. — Jacob deGrom struck out nine and limited Toronto to three hits over six innings of the Mets’ 18-1 laugher against the Blue Jays. Dominic Smith hit his first career grand slam and Wilson Ramos had a three-run double in a 10-run fourth inning. — Caleb Smith threw three solid innings in his Diamondbacks debut before long reliever Alex Young worked into the ninth to help Arizona secure a 4-3 victory against the Mariners. Christian Walker’s triple jump-started the Diamondbacks’ three-run first. NHL-BYNG TROPHYAvs’ MacKinnon gets Byng TrophyEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon has won the Lady Byng Trophy given for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with strong play.He finished ahead of Toronto’s Auston Matthews and St. Louis’ Ryan O’Reilly in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.MacKinnon had a career-low 12 penalty minutes this season. No other forward averaged more ice time than MacKinnon’s 21:13 average while taking fewer penalties. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSCeltics advance, end Raptors’ reign; Nuggets extend seriesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors’ reign as NBA champions lasted 14 1/2 months. NEW YORK (AP) — It was a couple of firsts for Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) at the U.S. Open as he earned a meeting with Dominic Thiem (teem) in Sunday’s men’s final.Zverev is in the men’s final of a Grand Slam for the first time after storming back from a two-sets deficit to beat a fading Carreño Busta, (sah-REH’-noh BOOS’-tah), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Zverev had never won a match after dropping the opening two sets. He appeared in serious trouble after dropping nine straight points and 17 of 19 before righting the ship.Zverev is the first man to win a U.S. Open semifinal after a 2-0 set deficit since Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) did it against Roger Federer in 2011.Thiem won a far more entertaining match, holding off 2019 U.S. Open runner-up Daniil (DAN-ihl’) Medvedev 6-2, 7-6, 7-6. Medvedev held a set point in both the second and third, but Thiem hung in there both times and now will try to improve his 0-3 record in Grand Slam finals. Associated Press — The Rockies pulled out an 8-4 win over the Angels on Charlie Blackmon’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Blackmon finished with five RBIs and Story three for Colorado.— Kris Bubic worked hard through five innings to earn his first major league win for the Royals in their fourth win in a row, 4-3 against the Pirates. Adalberto (ad-ah-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi homered, scored three runs and stole two bases for the Royals. — The Padres-Giants game in San Diego was postponed following a positive test for COVID-19 in the San Francisco organization. MLB also says tomorrow’s game has been postponed.MLB-NEWSDodgers reinstate Pederson, option Beaty Los Angeles was up, 61-46 with 9:42 left in the third when Paul Millsap got hot. The 35-year-old veteran scored 14 of his 17 points in the period to help Denver get back into the game.Nikola Jokic put the Nuggets ahead for the first time by draining a 3-pointer with 7:06 to play. Jokic finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Jamal Murray had a team-high 26 points for Denver.Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George added 26 for the Clippers, who are searching for the franchise’s first appearance in a conference finals.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIsles top Bolts September 12, 2020 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders hadn’t won a game in this postseason when allowing more than two goals. They took that monkey off their backs while getting back in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.The Isles blew a 3-1 lead in the third period before Brock Nelson scored with 3:25 remaining in a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) each finished with a goal and an assist as the Islanders pulled within 2-1 in the series.Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) also scored for the Islanders, and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 34 saves.Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv), Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning.Game 4 is Sunday. Also in the NHL:— The Wild have acquired center Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad) from the Penguins for a conditional selection in the 2021 draft. The 28-year-old Minnesota native played in only 13 games for the Penguins in the virus-shortened 2019-20 season, missing a large portion due to a core muscle injury that required surgery.The swap that includes the Penguins covering an unspecified portion of Bjugstad’s $5.25 million salary next season.TENNIS-US OPENZverev reaches Open final — Luis Garcia walked his first three hitters in the first inning before Matt Olson nailed a grand slam to spark the Athletics’ 10-6 verdict over the Rangers. Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) provided six solid innings as the AL West-leading A’s moved a season-high 13 games over .500 and reduced their magic number for reaching the playoffs to single digits.— Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez socked a three-run homer in a four-run sixth that sent the White Sox to their sixith win in seven games, 4-2 versus the Tigers. Evan Marshall (2-1), Codi Heuer and Alex Colomé combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) for the AL Central leaders.— Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda (KEHN’-tah mah-EH’-dah) pitched seven shutout innings for the Twins in a 3-1 victory against the Indians. Shane Bieber fell to 7-1, yielding five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.— Brandon Woodruff pitched seven innings of one-hit ball before Ryan Braun’s sacrifice fly gave the Brewers a 1-0 decision over the Cubs. Woodruff, Devin Williams and Josh Hader combined on a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts to give Milwaukee its second straight shutout.— The Reds picked up a 3-1 win over the Cardinals as Luis Castillo pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors. Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) provided all the offense Cincinnati would need with a two-run blast in the first. NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Sam Burns overcame an early double bogey and used steady iron play to take the lead through two rounds of the PGA’s Safeway Open. Burns made nine birdies in a 7-under 65 to get to 15 under at the Silverado Resort. Harry Higgs closed with an albatross for a 62, the best round of the day in the PGA Tour’s season opener. He’s alone in second, two shots behind Burns.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS3-way tie after 18 Miller has surgery, could be out for the seasonUNDATED (AP) — Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller has undergone surgery to repair a dislodged ankle tendon. The Broncos are hopeful Miller could be back in three months but there’s also a possibility Miller’s season is over before it began. The Broncos dodged a second serious injury with word that wide receiver Courtland Sutton suffered a sprained A.C. joint in his right shoulder and could return to practice as soon as Saturday. Coach Vic Fangio says Sutton will be day to day.Elsewhere in the NFL:— The Bills have ruled out cornerback Josh Norman from their season opener against the Jets on Sunday. Norman did not practice this week and has missed much of the past three weeks since hurting his left hamstring. — Jets rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims will be sidelined for the season opener at Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase announced Friday that the second-round draft injured his other hamstring at practice Thursday after recently returning from an issue with his other leg that sidelined him for much of training camp. RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Nelly Korda had five birdies and a clean card for a 5-under 67 that gives her a two-shot lead going into the hot weekend at the ANA Inspiration.The only fairway she missed was on her 11th hole, the par-5 second, and she was badly out of position the entire way until making an 18-foot par putt to escape her big mess. One hole later, after hitting a fat shot from the fairway, she again had to make a par putt from some 25 feet.Korda’s 11-under total leaves her two shots clear of Mirim Lee, who also played bogey-free in the rising heat for a 65. Joining them in the final group is Lexi Thompson, a past champion at Mission Hills who can overpower the Dinah Shore course.PGA-SAFEWAY OPENBurns leads Safeway Open at midway mark DJ LeMahieu led off the first inning with a home run. Brett Gardner and Kyle Higashioka also homered off starter Alex Cobb in his return from the injured list.In the nightcap, Luke Voit hit a pair of three-run home runs and Masahiro Tanaka combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and the Yanks clobbered Baltimore, 10-1. Voit turned it into a blowout with homers in consecutive innings. New York moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles for the AL’s final postseason spot Elsewhere around the majors:— Blake Snell worked 5 1/3 shutout innings for the Rays in an 11-1 dismantling of the Red Sox. Nate Lowe homered twice and had four RBIs for Tampa Bay, which became the first team since at least 1900 to start a lineup of all lefthanders with no switch-hitters. SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall into a tie with David Toms and Dicky Pride for the first-round lead in the rainy Sanford International.The leaders were at 5-under 65 at Minehaha Country Club, with Jerry Kelly, Paul Goydos, Paul Broadhurst and Steve Flesch a stroke back.It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event with fans since returning from a break because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] The Orange had chances. Several clears, better defensive pressure and three quality shots gave the Orange hope of clawing back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half. Then the ball came off Louisville player Emina Ekic’s foot and sailed tightly into the top left corner of the net in the 76th minute, erasing any SU optimism.Despite Syracuse’s adjustments, the comeback wasn’t coming. No. 22 Louisville (8-1-0, 1-0-0) secured the win 3-0, the sixth time the Orange (2-5-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) have been shut out this season.“It came down to a lack of heart from us,” senior defender Taylor Bennett said. “We need to really take a gut check and really fix ourselves first before we look at the outside opposition.”Head coach Nicky Adams said she was surprised at how little energy her team came out with. They were outshot 10-3 in the first half.While Syracuse couldn’t put away chances in the second half, Louisville struggled to find the same footing it had in the first. Adams said she game-planned for the Cardinals’ high-pressure attack, but SU wasn’t able to execute in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At halftime we said we have to be more direct but keep our team shape more compact so when we do go direct we have numbers around the ball that can help us attack,” Adams said. “And I do think we started the second half better.”Louisville only outshot the Orange 6-3 after the break. But while the Orange were able to do a better job beating the press defensively, the offense still couldn’t click. In the 46th minute, a through ball to an open Meghan Root got just ahead of her and was cleared by Louisville keeper Gabby Kouzelos before Root could get a touch. Shannon Aviza had Gianna Villoresi wide open on the attacking side in the 52nd minute, but her pass was just too far and once again first reached by Louisville. SU got more hesitant.As Kailee Coonan regained possession and brought the ball up midfield, the wings on both sides were ready to break loose. “Play it!” Adams yelled. But the Cardinal defenders caught on and forced a short pass before stealing possession.The biggest opportunity came off a Syracuse corner kick, but Allen knocked it high and left of the goal.“I mean we had one-on-one opportunities with the goalie,” Allen said. “We could have been three-all, we could have gone to overtime. The reason that Louisville won the game is because they took their chances and we didn’t.”Fouls also killed momentum on several occasions for the Orange. In the 49th minute, Kailey Brenner made an explosive move with the ball down the sideline, before committing a foul as Louisville’s final defender closed on her.In the 62nd minute, Syracuse drew a free kick and then immediately a corner. A play that looked to be a good chance in front of the net was blown dead as Villoresi was given a yellow card for her third foul, drawing the ire of Adams and her staff who didn’t understand the call. After being dominated in the first half, Syracuse’s sloppiness in the second cost them the game, even when the door was open to bring the deficit within reach.“We chose to take too many touches when we had the ball and the things we worked on in training the past two games weren’t executed today,” Adams said. “So this is totally on us for not executing a game plan that could set us up for success.” Comments
Hundreds 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0
11 December 2006South Africa’s second satellite, SumbandilaSat, will be launched in early 2007 from a submarine off the coast of Russia and carried halfway around the world by a modified intercontinental ballistic missile before being released into low-earth orbit.The 81-kilogram micro-satellite will orbit the earth at a height of 500 kilometres for between three and five years, giving South Africa affordable access to space technology.Its images will enable scientists to monitor disasters such as fires, floods and oil spills, and deliver useful data on climate, dam levels, population density, crop yields and vegetation.SumbandilaSat will be South Africa’s second satellite after SunSat, which was built by Stellenbosch University staff and postgraduate students and launched into low-earth orbit by Nasa in 1999, remaining operational for almost two years.Sumbandila“Sumbandila” is Tshivenda for “lead the way”. The name was chosen from more than 3 000 entries in a competition run among South Africa’s high school students by the SA Agency for Science and Technology Advancement.State-of-the art payloadAlthough the new satellite will be around the same size as SunSat, technological advances mean it will be far more capable, carrying a state-of-the-art imaging payload.According to Allan Duggan, writing in Popular Mechanics, SumbandilaSat’s “six-band onboard multispectral line-scan camera and video sensors, equipped with three different lenses, will scan the Earth at varying angles”.The resulting high-resolution images will be transmitted to a ground tracking station at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Satellite Applications Centre at Hartebeeshoek bordering the Magaliesberg mountains in Gauteng, with backup stations at Overberg Test Range, Bredasdorp and Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape.“The satellite is equipped with 24 gigabytes of non-volatile memory, allowing it to stream about 6GB of image data every day per unique located ground station,” Duggan writes.The satellite was designed and built by Stellenbosch-based SunSpace, the company that developed out of the success of SunSat. According to Business Day, SunSpace completed construction of the satellite in September and has since put the craft through a series of trials to check its ability to withstand extreme temperature and vibration.Business Day reports that SumbandilaSat’s launch, originally planned for December, was delayed until the European spring to allow for better weather. The new launch window period is in April or May 2007.“Technically, it’s ready, it’s passed all the tests,” department spokesman Nhlahlha Nyide told Business Day.The government has invested R26-million in the project, which is being managed by the University of Stellenbosch.While the university also trains postgraduate students in, and conducts research into, satellite engineering and software development, the CSIR’s Satellite Applications Centre will be responsible for operating, tracking and monitoring the satellite.Essential monitoring toolAccording to the Department of Science and Technology, rural communities stand to benefit from the information gathered by SumbandilaSAT, whose observations will inform decision-making in land use and agriculture, natural resource and disaster management, and infrastructure and urban planning.“Space assets” such as satellites are no longer merely a matter of prestige for a country but “have become essential tools,” the department said in a recent statement.“We need to understand the earth system to improve human health, safety and welfare and to protect the environment, reduce disaster losses and achieve sustainable development.”According to Professor Sias Mostert of the University of Stellenbosch, satellites now monitor “almost all aspects of the world’s climate systems,” including sea and land temperatures, wind, rainfall and vegetation cover.Town planners also use satellite images to help tackle problems such as traffic congestion, illegal building and lack of recreational sites, says Mostert.Mothibi Ramusi, manager of the Satellite Applications Centre at the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research, says the satellite’s communications payload will also enable it to provide certain telecommunications services based on the “store and forward” principle.For example, Ramusi explains, as the satellite passes over South Africa, users with receiving stations will be able to send and receive e-mails. In addition, local data – such as data on dam levels – can be transmitted from ground sensors to the satellite for forwarding on to central authorities.According to Popular Mechanics, SumbandilaSAT will take to the sky during a five-day launch “window” starting on 20 December.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We sprayed the last field of corn so that is done. We do have some 360 Y-Drops for our sprayer and we have a couple of fields that we may go back in and add N later. We are going to test to see if we need to put more N on. We did not have a lot of N down early so I don’t think we lost a whole lot early in the season.This week we are going to be getting ready for wheat harvest. I am not sure we will quite be ready to run anything this weekend, but definitely within two weeks. It looks like it is at least a week or 10 days ahead of schedule. It is still hard to tell how the quality will be, but it seems like a really good wheat crop. We’ll bale all of the straw and we bale some for the neighbor.We used to have a double-crop deadline of July 10 to get all of the beans in, but it seems like we have been able to push that later. We’ll try to plant double-crop beans up until July 18.For wheat harvest, it is kind of a rush there for a couple of weeks. We run three small square balers. Most of our straw is sold out of the field so we don’t have to mess with putting it in barns.We plant the beans in the evening or at night while we’re baling. If we didn’t have such a good market for straw, we’d just plant the beans after the wheat because the prices are looking better.We have been really spotty with the rains. We could definitely use some rain this week. There was a little replanting of beans around here. We replanted 16 acres of beans we spotted in. Now we could use some rain.
I think this might have been the best catch I’ve ever seen Dez make live.It wasn’t the most spectacular or the most highlight-worthy or maybe even the most difficult. But I think it might have been the best.Dez’s stats that game:Six catches — 91 yards — 2 TDIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!