Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett rocked “The Star-Spangled Banner” in epic fashion before Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.The two guitarists combined for a fiery, passionate instrumental version, pulling plenty of emotion out of every note.Hammett, one of the best Bay Area guitarists of all time, did most of the heavy lifting on the song, while Hetfield — who is also the band’s lead singer, …
Scientists trying to measure the damage done on Earth by humans need to look way back.Ancient civilizations were already messing up the planet (Science Daily). A study from the Field Museum of Chicago finds a surprising thing: despite centuries of civilization’s rise, the industrial revolution and modern tech, there is nothing really new about human impact on the planet.As issues like climate change, global warming, and renewable energy dominate the national conversation, it’s easy to assume these topics are exclusive to the modern world. But a huge collaborative study in Science reveals that early humans across the entire globe were changing and impacting their environments as far back as 10,000 years ago.The conclusions do not imply that human impacts are less rapid or serious now. Rather, they imply that humans have always been modifying the environment.While today’s climate change and environmental destruction are happening more quickly and on a far larger scale than the world has ever seen, Feinman notes that this study helps provide a historical context to today’s problems.A while back, for instance, CEH relayed news that large geoglyphs in the Amazon Basin showed that people were modifying that ‘pristine’ jungle long ago, before the rise of modern times (18 Feb 2015, 2 March 2017).No consistent effects of humans on animal genetic diversity worldwide (bioRxiv). Endangered species, extinctions, habitat desolation – we hear about this all the time. How recent is it, though? Six scientists looked at tens of thousands of species and found that the human imprint on biodiversity has not changed all that much much over 35 years.Human impacts on genetic diversity are poorly understood yet critical to biodiversity conservation. We used 175,247 COI sequences collected between 1980 and 2016 to assess the global effects of land use and human density on the intraspecific genetic diversity of 17,082 species of birds, fishes, insects, and mammals. Human impacts on mtDNA diversity were taxon and scale-dependent, and were generally weak or non-significant. Spatial analyses identified weak latitudinal diversity gradients as well as negative effects of human density on insect diversity, and negative effects of intensive land use on fish diversity. The observed effects were predominantly associated with species turnover. Time series analyses found nearly an equal number of positive and negative temporal trends in diversity, resulting in no net monotonic trend in diversity over this time period. Our analyses reveal critical data and theory gaps and call for increased efforts to monitor global genetic diversity.The phrase “critical data and theory gaps” is code for reality not fitting expectations.The late Jack T. Chick, a Christian illustrator, had some fun with the iconic progression, pointing out flaws in the interpretation.Anthropocene? Humans Have Been Changing the Planet for Millennia (Live Science). The human impact on the planet has been so extreme, some geologists have coined a word for a new geologic era: the Anthropocene. But that has caused a debate on the start of the new era: the industrial revolution? The invention of the atomic bomb? By crowdsourcing data from over 1,300 archaeologists, and getting 250 replies, they concluded that you have to go way back thousands of years.Global archaeological data show that human transformation of environments began at different times in different regions and accelerated with the emergence of agriculture. Nevertheless, by 3,000 years ago, most of the planet was already transformed by hunter-gatherers, farmers and pastoralists.To guide this planet toward a better future, we need to understand how we got here. The message from archaeology is clear. It took thousands of years for the pristine planet of long ago to become the human planet of today.This kind of research cannot be done accurately by natural scientists like geologists. The human element is important.And there is no way to fully understand this human planet without building on the expertise of archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists and other human scientists. To build a more robust Earth science in the Anthropocene, the human sciences must play as central a role as the natural sciences do today.Evolutionary anthropologists, though, claim that hominids were around for millions of years, and Homo species were around for over 300,000 years and quickly spread through Africa and Asia. What happened so suddenly that modern humans began transforming the planet “thousands of years” ago?Maybe it was a mutation in the brain. Isn’t it interesting that archaeologists cannot account for the sudden rise of agriculture and civilization longer than a few thousand years ago? According to the Bible, humans were farmers and ranchers nearly from the start, after the expulsion from Eden. With upright posture, nimble hands, and big brains, it makes sense that humans would use good sense and figure out easier ways to live. The achievements of Egyptians, Babylonians and Romans are astonishing, considering they had no electrical power and no “scientific method.” What makes no sense is to imagine our ancestors, capable of making tools and using fire, living in caves for up to 300,000 years without ever learning how to plant a farm, keep animals or ride horses.Humans have also been corrupting the planet since the beginning in another way: ever since sin entered the world. The world was “filled with violence” before the Flood. After that judgment, it didn’t take long for corruption to rise again. Even in our “enlightened” era, the capacity for human evil is shocking. Without turning to God’s offer of salvation, human influence on the planet will proceed from bad to worse, Paul said in II Timothy 3:13. The book of Revelation, describing the last days, declares that it is only right and just for God to punish sinners: “The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth” (Revelation 11:18). But that’s not the end of the story. After the judgment at the end of a great tribulation, Christ ushers in His millennial reign, during which people will prosper, have long lives and enjoy good health – as if to show how a King of Righteousness can produce bounty without destroying the earth. After the last judgment at the Great White Throne, the King of Kings will reign forever in a new heavens and new earth, as the “New Jerusalem” joins heaven to earth. The new earth will easily satisfy myriads of people and animals. No good thing will be lacking. The secret to a bountiful ecosystem is not fewer humans. It is the absence of sin. (Visited 313 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Union Minister of State for Human Resource Department and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha has, of late, been making headlines with his flip-flop on political statements, fuelling speculation on electoral alliances. Mr. Kushwaha’s gameplan, many believe, is to bargain for more seats ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. On Friday, while addressing journalists in Patna, he stirred further speculation, asserting, “There are some people within the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) who do not want to see Narendra Modi as Prime Minister. They create confusion over the declaration on seat sharing; no seat sharing discussion has been carried out yet within the NDA and I am very much in the NDA.”Informed sources told The Hindu that the statement was directed towards his political bête noire Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Nitish Kumar, with whom he parted ways in 2013 to float the RLSP, which contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as an NDA constituent, winning three seats. Contradictions Later, although Mr. Kumar snapped ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led (RJD) ‘Grand Alliance’ in July 2017 and returned to the NDA, the political animosity between Mr. Kushwaha and him remained. However, Mr. Kushwaha said, “With Nitish Kumar, the NDA has been strengthened.” He also refrained from making any attack on RJD chief Lalu Prasad or his family members. “They [the cases] are all legal issues and not political,” he said.Recently, while addressing a function in Patna on the birth centenary of veteran socialist leader B. P. Mandal, architect of the Mandal Commission, Mr. Kushwaha generated considerable political heat with his kheer analogy. “If milk and rice are mixed, a tasty and healthy kheer will be made,” he said in an apparent reference to the politically powerful cattle-rearing Yadavs, hinting at a possible political tie-up with the RJD.
The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee has negotiated with the State leadership of the CPI, the CPI(M) and the JMM for seat sharing for the upcoming simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha, party sources said on Thursday.The State Congress leadership has already completed several rounds of talks with like-minded parties for an alliance, they said. “Yes, we have been in touch with like-minded parties for seat sharing for the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections,” OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly seats.Sources in the Congress said the party could leave three Lok Sabha seats and 20 Assembly seats for the alliance partners.CPI national council member Ramakrushna Panda said: “Though we have not yet finalised the seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress, the party has proposed to field its candidates in 12 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats.”CPI sources said that the party may field its candidates in Aska and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seats.The CPI(M) has also talked to the Congress and sought at least one Lok Sabha seat, including Bhubaneswar, and about seven Assembly seats, sources said. JMM) supremo Sibu Soren during his recent visit to Baripada in Mayurbhanj district said the party will take a decision soon on a possible alliance with the Congress in Odisha. JMM sources said that the party has been asking for Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat and at least five Assembly seats in the State.
James Taylor’s England team-mates reacted with sadness after the diminutive batsman was forced to retire on Tuesday at the age of 26 because of a heart condition.”It is an immensely sad day. We couldn’t believe it when we were told this morning,” experienced batsman Ian Bell said.”Thoughts are with ‘Titch’ and for a speedy recovery. He is one of the top blokes in English cricket. It is shocking news.”The 1.65m-tall (5’5″) Taylor, who plays county cricket for Nottinghamshire, withdrew from last week’s game against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral infection. (James Taylor retires because of heart condition )However, scans showed he had a serious heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia (ARVC). Middle-order batsman Taylor played seven Test matches and 27 one-day internationals for England and captained the side against Ireland in May last year.England pace bowler Stuart Broad, a county colleague of Taylor’s, described his early retirement as “cruel news”.”Gutted for @jamestaylor20,” Broad wrote on his Twitter account. “He’s one of the strongest guys I know with a brilliant family around him.”Jason Roy, one of the standout performers as England reached the final of the World Twenty20 in India earlier this month, called it “heartbreaking news”.”(He is) a seriously talented and hard-working man. Stay strong my buddy, everyone’s with you,” Roy tweeted.Retired England spinner Graeme Swann also said Taylor was “one of the good guys”.”Devastated for my mate @jamestaylor20,” Swann tweeted. “No one has ever worked harder to achieve his dreams.”advertisementFormer England captains Michael Vaughan and Geoff Boycott also sent Taylor their good wishes.”Gutted…@jamestaylor20 is one of the great people of our great game.” tweeted Vaughan. “The cricket family will make sure we support his every need.”Boycott said: “I’m sad to hear the news about @jamestaylor20. I admired your talent and wish you well for your operation and moving forward.”
Serena Williams composed herself after a first-set loss and a burst of anger to vanquish tenacious fellow American Christina McHale 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-4 in a nail-biting second-round match at Wimbledon on Friday.The defending champion finally ran out a winner against the world number 65, marching on in her quest to emulate Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 grand slam singles titles.Williams thought she had won the first set and was walking back to her chair after a McHale forehand was called long with the world number one 5-4 and 40-30 up. To her chagrin, however, a Hawkeye challenge showed the ball brushing the baseline.McHale went on to win the game and force a tiebreak in which a rattled Williams made a string of errors, including two double faults, before burying a forehand into the net to lose the set.Furious as she sat down, she hammered her racket into the ground in frustration before hurling it behind her.But the 34-year-old put the disappointment behind her and showed the battling form that has won her six Wimbledon crowns to take the next two sets, closing out the two-and-a-half hour match with three aces.
AB De Villiers will lead South Africa in the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe at St George’s Park starting on Boxing Day in the absence of regular captain Faf Du Plessis.Du Plessis will miss the day-night match because of a viral infection, confirmed Cricket South Africa hours before the start of the historic match.”Faf has been making steady progress from back and shoulder injuries and until last week was on track to make a comeback in this match,” said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.”He developed a respiratory tract infection which delayed his recovery this week, and subsequently made it difficult for him to make a full recovery in time for the match.”We are hopeful he will recover in time to lead the team for the first Test match against India starting in Cape Town on January 5.”He will continue to receive treatment and rehab from our physiotherapist, Craig Govender, and we are hopeful he will recover in time to lead the team for the first Test match against India starting in Cape Town on January 5th.ï¿½?ï¿½ – Dr Moosajee on Faf. #SAvZIM pic.twitter.com/YUM4RtI575- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 26, 2017De Villiers will be making his return to Test cricket after a gap of almost two years in the one-off Test. This will also be the first-ever day-night Test in South Africa.A minimum of 98 overs will be played on each day and a first-innings lead of 150 will be enough to enforce the follow-on in the day-night fixture in Port Elizabeth. Play will also be extended for an extra 30 minutes to accommodate the additional eight overs.advertisementCurrently, a minimum of 90 overs must be bowled per day during a five-day Test affair and a first-innings lead of 200 is required to enforce the follow-on.The Test is a warm-up for the Proteas’ three-match home series against India in January and then four against Australia in March and April.The historic Test will act as a warm-up for the Proteas, who will host India for a three-match Test series, followed by six ODIs and three T20Is. The first of the three Tests starts on January 5 at Cape Town. (With inputs from Reuters)
PLYMOUTH COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED AND CHARGED THE DRIVER OF A TANKER TRUCK THAT OVERTURNED ON HIGHWAY 75 THURSDAY MORNING, CAUSING TRAFFIC TO BE DETOURED FOR NEARLY TEN HOURS.58 YEAR OLD RONALD VAN KIEFT OF KIRKVILLE, IOWA WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL.SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATORS SAY VAN KIEFT APPARENTLY FELL ASLEEP WHILE DRIVING THE SOUTHBOUND SEMI TANKER BETWEEN MERRILL AND HINTON AROUND 5AM.THE TRUCK ENTERED THE MEDIAN AND ROLLED, CAUSING THE NORTHBOUND LANES TO BE SHUT DOWN.VAN KIEFT SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT.
Nova Scotia anglers are invited to discuss angling regulations and provide input on sportfishing issues in their area at meetings throughout the province in November and December. Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, announced the Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings today, Nov. 17. The meetings are open to the public and give representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries an opportunity to share information on research, fish stocking programs, education and extension programs, and discuss regulatory issues. “We continue to monitor the health of our sport fishery,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Through our assessment of the fishery, combined with valuable input from anglers, we develop and change regulations which conserve, enhance, protect and in some cases, provide increased sportfishing opportunities for Nova Scotia anglers.” There will be six Recreational Fishing Advisory Council meetings and all will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24Cape Breton (includes Cape Breton, Inverness, Victoria, and Richmond counties)Mariner C Room, Delta Sydney Hotel, 300 Esplanade St., Sydney Tuesday, Nov. 29Central Nova Scotia (includes Halifax and Lunenburg counties)Ralston Room, Park Place Ramada Plaza Hotel, 240 Brownlow Ave., Dartmouth Wednesday, Nov. 30Southern Nova Scotia (includes Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Queens counties)Digby East Fish and Game Association, Hillgrove Road, Digby Thursday, Dec. 1Western Nova Scotia (includes Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)Room 224, Kings Tech Campus, 236 Belcher St., Kentville Tuesday, Dec. 6Eastern Nova Scotia (includes Antigonish, Pictou, and Guysborough counties)Nova Scotia Museum of Industry auditorium, 147 North Foord St., Stellarton Wednesday, Dec. 7Northern Nova Scotia (includes Cumberland and Colchester counties)Howard Johnson Hotel and Convention Centre, 437 Prince St., TruroNote: this meeting is being held in conjunction with the Cobequid Salmon Association monthly meeting. Additional information on angling and meeting dates can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/sportfishing or by calling 902-485-5056.
On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 18.83 points to 15,101.08.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 13.30 points to 21,980.41.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 2.56 points to 2,463.28.The Nasdaq composite index was down 9.13 points to 6,331.10.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.39 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 78.71 cents US.