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4 new cases reported locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 371 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A total of 45,952 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 489,716 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 9.4% positive rate and 8 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,456 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 204 cases and 22 deaths reported, Decatur County has a total of 246 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 124 positive cases and 8 deaths and Ripley County has 112 positive cases and 7 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img read more

QPR v Fulham: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgFulham beat QPR 4-0 at Craven Cottage in SeptemberKick-off: 12.30pm, Saturday 13 February 2016Referee: Tim Robinson (Chichester, West Sussex)Match in a nutshell: QPR host Fulham – who have lost just once in nine matches against Rangers – in the fourth west London derby of the season.Five key battles: Including Grant Hall against Ross McCormackBetVictor.com preview: QPR favourites to win derby clashInjuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: None.Fitness test: Ale Faurlin (thigh).FULHAMRuled out: Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring), Cauley Woodrow (broken toe), Marcus Bettinelli (knee).Fitness test: Tim Ream (illness). Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Phillips, Luongo, Faurlin, Hoilett; Washington Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Hill, Angella, Robinson, Kpekawa, Yun, Tozser, Doughty, Henry, Chery, Petrasso, El Khayati, Grego-Cox, Mackie.Fulham: Lonergan; Richards, Burn, Amorebieta, Garbutt; Cairney, Ince, O’Hara, Christensen; Dembele, McCormack. Subs from: Lewis, Fredericks, Stearman, Hutchinson, Madl, Ream, Mattila, Parker, Hyndman, Kacaniklic, Labyad, Smith. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: W D D W D (9 points)Home: W D L D D (6 points)Fulham total: D L D L L (2 points)Away: D L L D L (2 points)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 10; Phillips 6; Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Polter 5; Chery 4, Hoilett 4; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1.Fulham: McCormack 17; Dembele 11; Kacaniklic 4, Woodrow 4; Cairney 3; Pringle 2, Tunnicliffe 2; Christensen 1, Garbutt 1, O’Hara 1, Smith 1.Last five meetings25 September 2015: Fulham 4 QPR 01 April 2013: Fulham 3 QPR 215 December 2012: QPR 2 Fulham 125 February 2012: QPR 0 Fulham 12 October 2011: Fulham 6 QPR 0QPR 1 win, Fulham 4 wins, 0 drawsSee also:QPR v Fulham: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Not Another Tetrapod Missing Link

first_imgFossils don’t contain light bulbs, but almost every time a new one is found, scientists claim it sheds light on evolution.  The BBC News kept that tradition going with this line, “Scientists say a fossil of a four-legged fish sheds new light on the process of evolution.”  What, exactly, was found?  Whatever Ventastega curonica was, it would be hard to claim it helped shed any light on evolution, because according to the article, it was an “evolutionary dead end.”    A close look at the article reveals other evolutionary conundrums.  Ventastega was placed after Tiktaalik, but was more primitive.  The BBC News article also said, “Scientists once believed that these early amphibious animals descended in a linear fashion, but this discovery instead confirms these creatures diversified into different branches along the way.”  The animal is made up of a curious mosaic of features.  It would have looked something like an alligator, they said, but allegedly had fishy features like a tail fin and gills.  Interesting, also, is the fact that this fish-o-gator from Latvia was found in sand.  Somehow these sediments, said to be 365 million years old, had not solidified into rock.    Since popular news reports tend to exaggerate, a look at the original paper in Nature1 might shed light on the wattage of this fossil.  The Editor’s Summary in the June 26 issue said it “resembles a simple intermediate between Tiktaalik and Acanthostega, with the skull shape of an early tetrapod, but proportions more closely resembling a fish.”  Sounds promising so far.  The next sentence, however, undermined the missing-link story in a one-two punch: “But the picture is more complicated than that, due to the unexpected morphological diversity of early tetrapods, and the fact that their initial diversification was earlier than had been thought.”    On to the original paper.  Ahlberg et al opened by claiming that the long-mysterious fish-to-tetrapod gap has been beginning to close, and that their fossil narrows it further.  But then they said that the paucity of complete fossils makes it hard to fill in the gap.  Even after the highly-publicized find of Tiktaalik, “Acanthostega and Ichthyostega are still the only Devonian tetrapods known from near-complete skeletons,” they said, adding: “We know less about the fish�tetrapod transition than the taxic diversity suggests.”    The fossils are not new discoveries.  They had been collected between 1970 and 2001.  In addition, the fossil did not declare itself a transitional form.  This deduction was done with software.  The team plugged various traits they deemed significant into tree-building algorithms.  Though they got consistent results with different permutations, the interpretations were not straightforward.  The fossil contained both “primitive” and “derived” (evolved) features.  The paper suggested that the authors were puzzled about where to fit the pieces from Ventastega and other specimens.    They ended by saying it was “tempting to interpret Ventastega as a straightforward evolutionary intermediate” (i.e., missing link).  “However, this simple picture should be approached with a degree of caution.”  Why?  Because it contains trait combinations that are substantially different from alleged earlier fossils.  “At a minimum this demonstrates the presence of considerable morphological diversification among the earliest tetrapods,” they said, ending on a positive note that this fossil and Tiktaalik fit expectations of what a transitional form “at a particular point in the phylogeny” should look like.    All the paper’s caution was cast to the wind by the popular press.  Science Daily, with artwork to prove it, trumpeted, “New Fossils Of Extremely Primitive 4-Legged Creatures Close The Gap Between Fish And Land Animals.”  National Geographic News admitted that the diversity of the Devonian tetrapods was surprising, but nevertheless labeled them as “Fishy Ancestors of Humans”.  Only on page 2 was some caution sprinkled in: “So researchers have a rough idea of the major evolutionary changes that took place but still have their work cut out for them when it comes to filling in the gaps.”    Shaun Doyle critiqued the claims being made about this fossil in an article on Creation Ministries International.1.  Ahlberg, Clack et al, “Ventastega curonica and the origin of tetrapod morphology,” Nature 453, 1199-1204 (26 June 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06991.Probably this was just Jennifer Clack’s latest attempt to one-up Neil Shubin’s fish-a-pod after the press gushed on him without shame or restraint (04/06/2006) and made him a celebrity (01/16/2008).  Clack had been the darling of PBS till this rival muscled in.  Remember her sermonette on 04/06/2006 that one skeleton is unlikely to unlock the key to understanding of evolution, and that the concept of missing links, though having a powerful grasp on the imagination, contains unfounded notions of evolutionary progress?    Does anyone really believe a fish-o-gator (or whatever it was) from Latvia decided to swim over to Canada where the evolving conditions were better?  We could make up a better case for an evolutionary sequence with living fish and amphibians than these ideologues can with fragmentary fossils that their worldview demands be placed into ancient epochs without observers.  When the Darwin story collapses, sociologists will use these phylogenetic rivalries to “shed light” on how scientists can deceive themselves into seeing what they want to see.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Shareholder motions demand Imperial Oil transparency on water risk lobbying

first_imgCALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. shareholders are seeking to force the company to be more transparent about its water-related risks from pollution and climate change, as well as its lobbying activities and expenditures.A motion sponsored by Fonds de Solidarite des Travailleurs du Quebec, a $13.7-billion socially responsible investment firm, regarding water-related risks will be voted on at Imperial’s annual meeting on April 27.OceanRock Investments Inc., a $1.5-billion fund associated with Desjardins Group, has sponsored the lobbying motion.Imperial is recommending shareholders vote against both because it says it already provides enough transparency.Laura Gosset, engagement analyst for the Shareholder Association for Research and Education or SHARE, says her organization was turned down when it asked Imperial to voluntarily adopt more transparent policies on water risk.“As one of the largest oil producing and refining companies in Canada, Imperial’s heavy reliance on water for its production processes means the company and its investors are exposed to potential physical, regulatory and reputational water-related risks, both in terms of water consumption and wastewater disposal,” she said.Gosset is hoping strong shareholder support for the motion will encourage the company to reconsider and accept reporting practices that are being followed by many of its peers, including Cenovus Energy Inc. and Husky Energy Inc.In a regulatory filing, Imperial said its disclosures about water risk provide the “necessary transparency,” and its compliance with lobbying laws means its activities are already reported in associated lobbying registries.Meanwhile, pipeline company TransCanada Corp. is recommending investors vote in favour of a shareholder motion being considered at its annual meeting also on April 27 in Calgary.The motion calls for TransCanada to report on how it is assessing long-term risks in relation to climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.In a filing, it said it welcomes the opportunity to improve its disclosure.Oilsands giant Suncor Energy brought forward shareholder motions at its annual meeting in 2016 calling for it to provide more detail on its plans to thrive under tougher climate policy and on its political lobbying.Shareholders followed management’s recommendations in the votes, approving the former motion and defeating the latter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:HSE, TSX:CVE, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP look to return found item to rightful owner

first_imgPolice say it is unknown as to how long the jewellery had been on the bridge or who may have lost it.The ring is very distinguishable and therefore no photo is being released at this time in the event the owner can describe it.If you believe this is your ring, you are being asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are looking to return a found item to its rightful owner.On June 7, Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of some found jewellery on the OldKiskatinaw River bridge.According to RCMP, what was found on the old wooden bridge is being described as a female’s wedding ring.last_img read more

Man involved in ‘illegal’ deal nabbed with Rs 60 lakh cash

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested with cash worth Rs 60 lakh from B B Ganguly Street on Monday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal deal.According to sources, on Monday, sleuths of the detective department got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was about to be made around B B Ganguly Street. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the area. While keeping a vigil a police source identified one of the suspects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe person was identified as Dinesh Lohia of Patipukur in Lake Town. He was detained on suspicion. Sleuths found Rs 60 lakh in his bag. When asked about the source of money he could not provide a satisfactory answer. Sharma was immediately arrested and taken to Lalbazar. The information about the seized money has been shared with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate for necessary actions on their part. During the past few days, Kolkata Police have seized huge amount of unaccounted money and arrested several persons. Sleuths suspect a section of people are trying use black money during the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and for the same reason money is being circulated through hawala.last_img read more

2,000 Aadhaar cards dumped on river bank

first_imgThanjavur: About 2,000 Aadhaar cards have been dumped near the Mulliyaaru bank in Tiruvarur district, according to revenue officials. The cards meant for distribution to the owners had not been apparently delivered by the post office concerned, the officials said. Some of the local people in Thiruthurapoondi managed to get their Aadhar card from the dump, they said. The cards, bundled in jute bags and abandoned, were found by the children playing in the riverbed.last_img

Defiant Morsi tells Egypt court to try ‘coup’ leaders

first_imgCairo — Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court Monday on the first day of his trial for incitement to murder, rejecting its legitimacy and demanding “coup” leaders be prosecuted.In his first public appearance since the military toppled him in July, Morsi was indignant and outraged as he attended a make-shift courtroom at a police academy in east Cairo. The trial was adjourned to January 8.“I am Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic,” a defiant Morsi told the court. Monday’s hearing lasted nearly three hours and the judge heard requests from the defendants’ lawyers, who demanded to see all the case files and be allowed to meet their clients privately.Morsi, who had been kept in secret detention since July, was then flown to Borg al-Arab prison outside Egypt’s second city of Alexandria.Morsi and 14 co-defendants are accused of inciting violence and the murder of protesters outside the presidential palace in December, charges that could lead to the death penalty or life in prison.The Islamist leader branded as criminal his overthrow by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his single year of turbulent rule.“This was a military coup. The leaders of the coup should be tried. A coup is treason and a crime.”“I cannot accept for the judiciary to become a cover for the military coup,” he yelled. “I am here involuntarily, and through force.”Morsi, wearing a dark blue suit, was brought to court by helicopter that touched down nearby and then driven to the heavily fortified police academy.State television aired footage showing Morsi smiling as he stepped out of a white van, buttoning his blue blazer and entering the dock to applause from fellow defendants dressed in white prison uniforms.Muslim Brotherhood co-defendants Essam al-Erian and Mohammed al-Beltagui chanted “Down with military rule” at the hearing, as Morsi, his greying beard closely trimmed, smiled and waved at his supporters packing the benches of the courtroom.Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef banned cameras and recording equipment from the courtroom.Morsi’s supporters, battered by a bloody and sweeping police crackdown, accuse the army-installed government of fabricating the charges against him.They held anti-military rallies across Cairo, including outside the police academy where dozens brandished posters of Morsi and signs bearing anti-military messages.Thousands also protested in front of the constitutional court.“Morsi’s trial is a farce. The criminals are trying the legitimate president,” supporter Ibrahim Abdel Samd said.Security forces completely closed Nahda Square — site of a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters in August — and Cairo University, while military vehicles guarded police stations.The authorities deployed 20,000 policemen for the trial, and warned they were ready to deal with any violence.‘Defiance noteworthy’‘Free and fair trial’Morsi’s trial is seen as a test for Egypt’s new authorities, who have come under fire for their heavy-handedness.With more than 1,000 people killed since Morsi’s overthrow and thousands of Islamists arrested, hopes for a political settlement are slim in Egypt.“Morsi’s insistence that he is still the legitimate president shows that he and most of the Muslim Brotherhood is not ready to give up their legitimacy claim,” said Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center think-tank.“Their stand is detached from the reality, but their defiance is noteworthy and could keep supporters energized.”Amnesty International said Morsi should be granted a fair trial, including the right to challenge evidence against him.“Failing to do so would further call into question the motives behind his trial,” said the watchdog’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.But Hamid believes the “political” nature of the trial will drive its outcome.“There is zero chance of it being free and fair,” he said.On the eve of the hearing, foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Morsi “will have rights to a free and fair trial”.Morsi was catapulted from the underground offices of the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt’s first democratically elected president in June 2012.His victory was made possible by the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.But Morsi’s stint at the helm was marred by political turmoil, deadly clashes and a crippling economic crisis.In November 2012, Morsi decreed himself sweeping powers, prompting opponents to accuse him of failing the ideals of the revolution.It was a turning-point that launched the worst polarisation in Egypt’s recent history.A month later, deadly clashes erupted outside the presidential palace between his supporters and opponents in which at least seven people were killed.last_img read more