No. 1-ranked Humboldt State softball team splits second straight twin bill against UCSD

first_imgThe order of how things went down was flipped, but the results were just the same in La Jolla 24 hours later.The No. 1-ranked Humboldt State softball team split a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader against UC San Diego for the second straight afternoon on Saturday, winning the opener 6-4 and then falling 3-2 to the Tritons in the series finale.The Jacks — who have now split three straight conference doubleheaders — opened the series with a loss to the Tritons before …last_img

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Watch the Birdie Develop

first_imgDuring a bird’s development, feathers first arise in a row along the middle of the back (the dorsal midline), with rows of new feather buds added sequentially in a spreading wave.Chick hatching as development is completed. Credit: Illustra Media.You can watch this pattern emerging in a 5-second video animation in the article. The secret is in complex feedback loops between molecular machines (enzymes) and signal molecules.Scientists have revealed how bird feathers form in a wave-like motion, creating a regular pattern in the skin. The team has identified chemical signals that are switched on and off in the birds’ skin as feathers are arranged sequentially. The findings could help design strategies to reduce feather density in farmed birds that can be prone to overheating, which is a major welfare concern in tropical climates, researchers say.A Defect is BornThe scientists note that, “Intriguingly, the researchers found that, in contrast to chickens and ducks, these waves and the precise hexagonal array of their feather patterning have been lost via different developmental routes in the flightless emu and ostrich.” In the paper on PLoS Biology, the authors say, “the evolutionary loss of emu feather tract patterning in the dorsal skin is a result of a mesenchymal defect, with the emu epidermis being competent to participate in feather development.”This fits the thesis of Michael Behe’s new book Darwin Devolves (being published this week), where he says that adaptation comes from breaking things. Some deleterious mutations, he says, can help an animal survive, such as developing resistance to a threat, but that comes at a cost. And destructive mutations, he argues, are far more likely to spread through a population rapidly than constructive mutations. He doubts that any such constructive mutations occur. So in emus and ostriches, a previously functional patterning mechanism has been degraded. Behe describes his thesis with examples in a podcast on ID the Future, and in the article link above.Here we see a single step in bird development, the feather follicle pattern, that shows precise timing through a number of molecular machines working in concert. It’s is exactly what Timothy Standish, Paul Nelson and Ann Gauger said in the Illustra film about an “elaborate dance” where machines do jobs and cells commit themselves to pathways that have a goal and a purpose: a living bird. The one step of patterning the follicles is arguably simpler than building the feathers that will come later. And what about all the prior and subsequent steps: assembling a beating heart with circulatory system previously built for it, designing the eyes and beak and limbs, and all the rest. How can anyone say that this orchestrated performance is the result of a long chain of accidents? Mutations break things; they don’t build things.Share this video on social media.* The evidence for an intelligent Designer speaks for itself.*Click the paper airplane icon for options on how to share the clip.(Visited 417 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What’s more common than a chicken? What’s more phenomenal than a chicken? Watch the birdie in the video.A Bird Is BornIllustra Media has packaged its stunning clip from Flight: The Genius of Birds about an egg hatching into a new standalone short film. It’s called, “A Bird Is Born.” Watch all the choreographed steps that must occur on time and in the right sequence in order to get a living chick out of an egg:This short film is easy to share on social media. It and many other short films can be viewed on TheJohn1010Project.com.A Feather Pattern Is BornOne of the steps in the development just got more scientific research. In “How bird feather patterns form,” Phys.org shows a photo of what looks like a plucked chicken in a butcher shop, but it’s actually an ostrich embryo before the feathers emerge. Something stands out as you look at it: the orderly arrangement of follicles in a hexagonal pattern. How does that come about?According to a new study published February 21 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, led by Dr. William Ho and Denis Headon of the University of Edinburgh, and collaborative colleagues, the patterning of bird feathers relies on signaling through ectodysplasin (EDA) and its receptor EDAR—the same signaling pathway known to be crucial for the formation of hair follicles, teeth and scales in fish, lizards and mammals.last_img read more

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Building Relationships with Families from Diverse Backgrounds

first_imgSecond, make a sincere effort to learn from families about their goals, dreams, and concerns for their children and family members. Over time, we may find that through conversations with families we have more in common with each other than we have differences! By Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhDIf you are working with military families of young children with developmental delays and disabilities, there is a good chance that you work with, have worked with, or will work with children and families whose backgrounds are different from your own.The most recent data on active duty members and their families show that military families tend to have young parents with young children (birth to 5 years old). Of the total number of active duty members, 20% completed a bachelors degree or higher. Furthermore, 31% identified themselves as members of a minority group. The majority of active duty members (35%) are married to civilians. Notably, 93% of the spouses of active duty members are female. While over 60% of spouses are employed, the majority (40%) are employed in the civilian labor force. These demographics provide context and insight into the unique situations that providers may face when working with military families with very young children with and without disabilities.Why does this matter?According to the NEILS data, professionals working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families are largely Caucasian females who are highly educated and monolingual. These findings are echoed in other data sources [5] and research studies that have examined the backgrounds of the work force for the preschool population [4].There is compelling evidence to suggest that one’s background, including race, ethnicity, educational attainment, age, and economic status influence an individual’s beliefs and perceptions regarding disability, parenting styles, and expectations of children’s attainment of developmental milestones. With differences in demographic backgrounds between military families of young children and the providers who work with them, it is not surprising that these two groups may not always share similar beliefs and understandings of how young children develop and learn. These differences can lead to mismatched expectations, miscommunication, mislabeling and misdiagnosing disabilities, and overall misunderstandings between families and providers.What can providers do?It is the job of professionals to provide services that are family-centered, which is built upon the premise that “all families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development” [6]. Here are three ways that professionals can build relationships with children and families when they do not share similar backgrounds:First, recognize that we all look through a different “lens” and our “views” affects how we look at (and often judge!) others. By understanding our own biases and other people’s biases, we can begin to understand why we hold certain beliefs and expectations about our world and of each other. By becoming more aware that we all view our world differently we can be more open and begin to appreciate, and accept differences in beliefs, values, and practices. Third, gather information about the communities with which children and families identify. Not every family will identify themselves by specific categories (e.g., marital status) nor would they identify with just one single category (e.g., religious group). In fact, many families identify themselves using multiple categories (e.g., Active duty Marine wife, second-generation American Jew from the Midwest). The more we learn about the different communities with which families identify, the better able we are to understand some of the unique beliefs and practices that they have that may be different from our own. Local community centers, libraries, social media groups, and churches are just a few of the resources that providers can access to learn more about different communities.Some researchers have noted that while sharing the same background as the children and families we work with may help us get our foot through the door, it is more critical that we gain the disposition to willingly embrace the differences we each bring to the table. If we remain open to the diverse backgrounds and beliefs that children with disabilities and their families bring to any relationship, we allow ourselves to learn and grow as professionals!References[1] Hebbeler, K., Spiker, D., Bailey, D.B., Scarborough, A.,  Mallik, S., Simeonsson, R., Singer, M., & Nelson, L. (2007). Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families: Participants, Services and Outcomes. Final Report of the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS). Menlo Park, CA: SRI. [2] Division for Early Childhood. (2014). DEC recommended practices in early intervention/early childhood special education 2014. [3] Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy (2013). Demographics: Profile of the Military Community. Washington, DC: Author. [4] Saluja, G., Early, D. M., & Clifford, R. M. (2002). Demographic Characteristics of Early Childhood Teachers and Structural Elements of Early Care and Education in the United States. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 4 (1). [5] U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs (2014). 36th annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2014. Washington, DC: Author. [6] Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments, OSEP TA Community of Practice: Part C Settings (2008). Seven key principles: Looks like/doesn’t look like. This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Amy Santos, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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The XFiles creator defends shocking premiere twist

first_imgTHE X-FILES: The all-new 10-episode installment of THE X-FILES will once again be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny (L) and Gillian Anderson (R) returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The event series will air during the 2017-2018 season. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Robert Falconer/FOX Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment *** SPOILER ALERT *** The X-Files just revealed the biggest and what’s likely the most controversial twist in the show’s 25-year history — and fans are already having very strong reactions online (read some of the tweets below).Wednesday night’s season 11 premiere (major spoilers ahead) explained that Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully’s (Gillian Anderson) absent teenage son is not the product of their on-again, off-again romance (as had been assumed by the characters and fans even though the show has always been vague about when the child was conceived). Instead, the evil Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) abducted Scully long ago and impregnated her with alien-assisted science.The move explains a cryptic and suggestive scene from 2000’s season 7 episode “En Ami” (French for “as a friend”). Scully took a road trip with CSM, who told her, “I confess I’ve always had a particular affection for you. I assure you my intentions are honorable … My affection for you is special…” After she falls asleep in the car, CSM is shown putting on black leather gloves. Later, Scully wakes up in a cabin in a silk gown. “You drugged me!” she accuses. “How the hell did I get out of my clothes and into bed? … I don’t know what you’re up to …” In the season 7 finale, Scully learns she’s pregnant. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 10

After thrashing Portugal 4-0 in its first game, Germany has seen its probability of winning the World Cup steadily rise, to 13.4 percent from 10.7 percent. That increase is more than any team’s since the tournament began, except the Netherlands’. The Germans face Ghana in the second game of the day.Argentina vs. Iran: 12 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Ghana: 3 p.m. EDTNigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe odds are stacked in favor of Germany (71 percent to Ghana’s 10 percent) in our Game to Watch, so Ghana will need an unlikely win or draw against if it has any hope of seeing the knockout stage of the tournament. Germany is sitting pretty atop Group G with a 97.9 percent chance of advancing.Despite the apparent mismatch, Germany and Ghana still had the highest harmonic mean between the Soccer Power Index (SPI) scores of any two teams playing each other Saturday (82.0, compared with Argentina vs. Iran at 78.4 and Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria at 76.9). Both Germany and Ghana are powerful defensively, but it’s Germany’s offense — the strongest in the tournament, according to ESPN’s SPI — that poses the biggest threat to Ghana.Ghana outplayed the U.S. on Monday, controlling 60 percent of the possession and outshooting (both on goal and otherwise) the Americans in a game that probably should have ended in its favor. But of its 21 shots, only one managed to find the back of the net. So, if Ghana hopes to dig itself out of the hole it’s in in Group G, it must score against Germany. Its best hopes lie in the Ayew brothers — Andre scored in the 82nd minute against the U.S., and his younger brother, Jordan, has scored 16 goals for Sochaux in the top French league this season.Ghana has a 89 percent chance of being eliminated from the Cup, but a win or draw against Germany and an unfavorable outcome for the Americans against Portugal on Sunday could drastically change the dynamics of Group G.YESTERDAYIn Costa Rica’s 1-0 victory over Italy, the losers had the advantage in possession, with 731 touches to Costa Rica’s 508. But Costa Rica had 91 touches in the attacking third compared with Italy’s 83, and it created nine chances to Italy’s six. The Italians’ 83 touches in the attacking third were their fewest in a match in the past five World Cups.Italy’s offensive futility was reflected in other stats as well. Of its 10 shots, only two were in the attacking penalty area, which ties for its fewest in a World Cup match since the 1966 tournament (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes). The team was called offside 11 times, tied for the most in a World Cup match since 2002.Costa Rica also shut down two of Italy’s biggest stars. Andrea Pirlo completed one of four passes in the attacking third; he was 12 for 12 on such passes in Italy’s first match, against England. Mario Balotelli had 24 touches, the fewest of any Italian starter, including seven in the second half. That tied for the fewest of anyone on the pitch.The victory advanced Costa Rica to the knockout stage for the first time since 1990 (it was eliminated in the group stage in 2002 and 2006 and didn’t qualify in the other years) and eliminated England in the process. It is the first time since 1958 that England has failed to reach the knockout round.In the match between Switzerland and France, Switzerland had more overall touches, 636 to 532, but France more than doubled the Swiss in the attacking penalty area, 23 to 10. Led by Karim Benzema, whose match-high seven touches in the penalty area gave him a tournament-high 16, France is averaging 25.5 penalty-area touches per match (the best in the tournament).France scored in the 17th and 18th minutes with two of its first three touches in the attacking penalty area — the quickest back-to-back goals in French World Cup history. The first goal was France’s 100th at the World Cup, making it the fifth team to reach that milestone. Benzema had a goal and two assists, giving him a hand in five of France’s eight goals in the tournament (three goals, two assists). He created six chances Friday, the most by a player in a match to that point in the tournament. The two teams combined for 29 chances, the most in a match this tournament. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPN OFF THE PITCHGermany and Ghana have had significant relations since Ghana gained its independence from Britain in 1957. One of the most striking examples is their plan for economic development cooperation, which they updated in 2012. The plan includes facets of cultural and academic exchange, but the most tangible aspect is aid. The plan itself doesn’t provide data on Germany’s aid to Ghana, but AidData shows that Ghana received $2.5 billion in aid from Germany between 1973 and 2011 for 1,100 projects, including water supply improvements and forestry development. Most of the aid (about $611 million) has been aimed at debt alleviation, but that mostly ended in 2006. By 2011, a majority of the German aid was geared toward government, civil society and agriculture.  — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Been the Americas’ World CupThe Reducer: World Cup Winners and Losers read more

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Mandzukic wants to stay at Juventus

first_imgAfter head coach Massimiliano Allegri announced that he will be remaining, Mario Mandzukic has reportedly announced that he now intends to remain at Juventus, reports Football-ItaliaThe Croatian forward is believed to have been frustrated with his role with the Bianconeri this season with Mandzukic having regularly featured out on the left flank of Juventus’ attacking line-up.In light of Allegri’s reported interest in taking charge at Arsenal for next season, Mandzukic became unsettled by the uncertainty of the boss’ future at Turin and began to question whether it was time for himself to move on.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.However, after winning a fourth successive domestic double this season, Allegri met with the Juventus board and confirmed that he intends to stay with them.Upon learning this, Mandzukic has now declared himself happy to remain at the club with the 32-year-old currently under contract until 2020.Mandzukic was signed by Allegri in June 2015 from Atletico Madrid in a €19m deal and he has since scored 34 goals in 127 appearances and has won seven trophies in his three years at the club.last_img read more

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Hodgson comments on Puncheons return

first_imgRoy Hodgson has warned Jason Puncheon he can’t guarantee him more playing time but says his performance in Crystal Palace’s Carabao Cup win improved his chances.Puncheon, 32, wore the captain’s armband in their 1-0 victory over Swansea City as it was his first game for the club since last December.It was also his first appearance since he was fined and given community service in June for his part in a brawl outside a nightclub.Alexander Sorloth was the hero of the night by scoring the solitary goal of the game and the first since his £9 million move from FC MidtyjllandJoel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“His [Puncheon] state of mind was fine,” Hodgson said.“He’s a good professional and I’ve no problem with that at all. He wants to play more and I’ve told him I can’t guarantee that because it’s in midfield that we are at our most competitive. But this performance improved his chance of playing.“If he insists he wants to be playing week-in-week-out I can’t guarantee that, but he’s still a good player and was important in our victory.“I’m very happy with the result because in football you have enough bad days. This was a good win against a more than a bona fide opponent because Swansea are a good side.”last_img read more

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Giampaolo Derby clash against Genoa is crucial

first_imgSampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo believes the derby against Genoa is a must-win clash after three defeats in a row.Sampdoria were beaten by Milan, before being thrashed 4-1 by both Torino and Roma, and they play the Derby della Lanterna after the international break.“We lost two games with too many goals conceded, and that makes losing all the harder,” Giampaolo confirmed to Football Italia via Sky.“Before we were more solid, but the last two defeats to Torino and Roma put everything into question, particularly the self-esteem of my lads.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We need to have the strength to continue, to do the things we know how to do. In that sense, the derby could be ideal.“I love Samp and I think I’ve done good work with this club. There are ups-and-downs, but that’s the league.”Meanwhile, Juve cemented their stay at the top after beating fellow rivals AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro on Sunday.last_img read more

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Borough Mayor Vetoes Additional Funding For KPBSD

first_imgThe mayor’s budget will be presented to the assembly at  their meeting on Tuesday, May 7. Additional details to follow. Total funds provided for school purposes are $57,555,977; the Borough portion is $57,555,977 and the State of Alaska is forecasted to provide $0.00 for debt reimbursement. Funding provided by the Borough, net of the State’s contribution for debt service, for school purposes is equivalent to 6.79 mills. This statute outlines the minimum and maximum amounts that can be contributed to the school district. The required minimum local contribution is estimated to be $27,492,488 and the maximum amount is $52,537,091. The amount the Borough has appropriated for FY2020 is $51,512,091, or 98% of the maximum allowed by statute. Pierce announced his intent to veto the additional funding in education ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting. That money had been approved by the assembly at its April 16 meeting. Pierce also released his proposed KPB Budget for FY2020 to the Assembly. The largest component of the budget is the contribution the Borough makes to fund the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The Borough’s local contribution is governed by AS 14.17.410, according to a social media post from the borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce issued a veto of Ordinance 2018-19-33, which appropriated supplemental funding of $2,423,955 for the Kenai Peninsula School District for Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. Sales tax revenue is expected to cover $32,272,462; the balance of funding of $25,283,515 (equivalent to 2.98 mills) comes from property taxes, federal revenue, and other sources. Total funding provided for schools (not including post-secondary education funding) represents an amount equal to 68% of the Borough’s General Fund budget.last_img read more

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