Serious Accident on Highway 77

first_imgThe Fort Nelson RCMP are reporting a serious accident happened early Saturday morning on Highway 77.On August 1st at about 2:46am, the Fort Nelson RCMP were called to a serious motor vehicle accident approximately 16km north on Highway 77.  The Fort Nelson RCMP arrived on scene and administered first aid to the lone female occupant of the vehicle until Emergency Medical Services and Fire Rescue attended.The female driver was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Fort Nelson General Hospital.  The 39 year old driver has since been airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital in serious but stable condition.- Advertisement -The female’s name is not being released pending notification of family members.  At this time no further details are available.last_img read more

Auto Racing Etc.

first_imgRichard Childress Racing is off to a great start to the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Kevin Harvick won the Daytona 500. Jeff Burton has a pair of top-five finishes in the first two races of the year – third at Daytona and fourth at California Speedway – and is second in the Cup standings. Rumor has it that RCR will only get better when the Car of Tomorrow is introduced for the fifth race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway. That’s mainly because word is spreading that RCR is working harder to develop the Car of Tomorrow than the other teams. Burton finds that rumor humorous. “You think Hendrick has been hanging out at the lake?” Burton said Wednesday from Bristol Motor Speedway, where Cup teams are testing the Car of Tomorrow, which will be used in 16 of the 36 Cup races this season. “You think Roush hasn’t been working on it? There are a handful of teams missing their crew chiefs, a result of penalties handed down by NASCAR when cars failed inspection for the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth, winner of the California Speedway race on Sunday, was without his crew chief, Robbie Reiser, for the race. Harvick has been in a similar situation. His crew chief was suspended by NASCAR last year when one of his cars failed inspection. “You leave him out of there, it’s not a plus by my means, I can promise you that,” Harvick said. “You leave him out of there three, four weeks, things start to fall apart a little bit as you run across situations you haven’t been in before.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Y’s Guys Have a Marvel, Not Junk

first_imgThe Y chromosome is making a comeback.  It’s not junk, it’s an “evolutionary marvel.”Live Science had this to say: “The Y chromosome may have gotten a bad rap. Despite the claim that this male sex chromosome is mostly junk, new research suggests it’s actually a lean, mean, highly evolved machine for producing the fittest males possible.”What is said new research?  A study presented at a genetics conference last week disputed two claims: (1) that the Y chromosome is junk, and (2) that variation in the male sex chromosome is due to a few “alpha males” passing on their genes.  As for the latter, the study suggests more monogamy in human history than previously assumed; if anything females were more promiscuous.As for the junk myth, the article explained:The researchers’ models showed that evolution probably weeded out a lot of the variation that happened randomly throughout history. But evolution didn’t just cull harmful gene changes: it also reduced the variation in the one-third of the Y chromosome composed of highly repetitive strings of letters.Those strange regions don’t code for proteins, which carry out a gene’s instructions in the body, but Wilson Sayre’s results suggest they are probably doing something useful or evolution would have not have reduced how much variation they contain. Some scientists have suggested those regions prevent the Y chromosome from degenerating, but their exact purpose remains a mystery.Whatever mysteries remain, the new study counters earlier claims that men were on the way to extinction, genetically speaking.Let’s get this straight.  When the Y chromosome was junk, evolution was keeping junk around.  The new study claims that evolution produced a lean, mean, highly evolved machine.  When the Y was degenerate, evolution didn’t care to maintain it.  The new study claims that evolution engineers the Y to create the fittest males possible.  When there was variation, evolution varied it.  When variation was low, evolution cleaned it up.  Evolution wins!  No matter how opposite the claims, evolution can’t lose.For integrity in science, we don’t need old men like Darwin and his degenerate X-men spreading materialistic junk.  We need strong leaders who understand  design.  How about a new Y’s Men Christian Association. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

More Evidence that Neanderthals Were Fully Human

first_imgDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles. by Dr Jerry BergmanFor over a century, Neanderthals were considered the evolutionary ancestors of modern humans. The leading biology textbooks pictured Neanderthals as the missing link between apes and modern man.1 These misleading illustrations no doubt convinced many thousands to accept human evolution.Early textbook portrays Neanderthal man in between Java man, now shown to be a forgery, and modern man. From Benjamin Gruenberg. 1924. Elementary Biology. Boston: Ginn. P. 495.Put a suit on a Neanderthal and most people wouldn’t notice the difference.The latest evidence that Neanderthals are fully modern humans, and simply another ethnic group, is a study of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The mtDNA is the DNA in organelles found in most every cell that converts food calories into energy in the form of ATP for cellular use. The researchers sequenced the mtDNA from a Neanderthal femur, found in a cave, that scientists claim lived about 100,000 years ago in southwest Germany.2 They found that this type of DNA, which is inherited only from the mother, closely resembled that of early modern humans. Unfortunately, the researchers, in an attempt to cling to their Darwinian story, wildly speculate thestartling conclusion: A female member of the lineage that gave rise to Homo sapiens in Africa mated with a Neandertal male more than 220,000 years ago—much earlier than other known encounters between the two groups. Her children spread her genetic legacy through the Neandertal lineage, and in time her African mtDNA completely replaced the ancestral Neandertal mtDNA.3BBC special makes Neanderthals look primitive, stupid, and dirty.These findings were so radical that critics wrote “it will take more than one genome to prove. It’s a nice story that solves a cool mystery—how did Neandertals end up with mtDNA more like that of modern humans.” The researchers suggested nuclear DNA from Neandertals and another race called the Denisovans, an extinct subspecies of human in the genus Homo, were close kin. The researchers also speculate that their lineage split from ours more than 600,000 years ago.Early textbook places Neanderthals between Java man (now known to be a hoax) and modern man. From Benjamin Gruenberg. 1924. Elementary Biology. Boston: Ginn. p. 493.The problem with these DNA studies is that DNA is not a stable molecule, and in the cell body it has to be constantly maintained and repaired or it rapidly deteriorates. When the animal is no longer alive, DNA is no longer being repaired, thus breaks apart. Furthermore, it requires what is called a clean lab (an enormously expensive system, thus rarely used, to insure very little contamination occurs) to reduce contamination. A problem is that often modern DNA gets into the DNA sequenced in the lab. People have both DNA and DNAase (the enzyme that chops up DNA) on their skin and even in their breath, thus contamination is a major problem.Having worked in a research lab sequencing DNA, I can relate to these problems and the difficulty of reducing them. This could be one reason why “the Neandertal mtDNA from these samples posed a mystery: It was not like Denisovans’ and was closely related to that of modern humans—a pattern at odds with the ancient, 600,000-year divergence date.”4Artists have long portrayed Neanderthals as brutes, but click to read Phys.org revision.Nonetheless, we have much other evidence proving that the Neanderthals were just another family of humans, and the mtDNA study gives credibility to the conclusion that Neanderthal mtDNA, which is inherited only from the mother, closely resembled that of early modern humans.1. Gibbons. Ann. 2017. Neandertals and modern humans started mating early Science. Jul. 4.2. Posth, Cosimo. 2017.  Deeply divergent archaic mitochondrial genome provides lower time boundary for African gene flow into Neanderthals. Nature Communications. | 8:16046 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16046 | www.nature.com/naturecommunications.3. Gibbons, 2017.4. Gibbons, 2017. Dr Bergman’s latest book has just been released today: Fossil Forensics: Separating Fact from Fantasy in Paleontology. Order now… available in print and Kindle editions. Here are some endorsements:[Fossil Forensics] by Professor Jerry Bergman is an absolutely extraordinary book of 20 chapters.  I have had the great privilege and honor of proofreading books for him for many years now.  This book, in particular, I believe will be important evidence in helping to deal the death blow to evolution’s use of the fossil record to advance their theory of the evolution of simple molecules-to-man fairy tale.  I predict it will be a best-seller, and profoundly impact this and future generations.  —Bryce Gaudian, Development Manager for Agilis CorporationAs a biology researcher who has published in the peer reviewed scientific literature, and also a lifetime college biology professor for 40 years, I am pleased to state that, as I read the draft of the manuscript of this book, I was so intrigued that, when finishing each chapter, I eagerly looked forward to the next fascinating chapter! I co-wrote chapter on turtles with Dr. Bergman, an area I have publisher numerous peer reviewed articles on, and completed a PhD on this topic as well.  —Professor Wayne Frair, PhDcenter_img (Visited 1,900 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Q&A with founder of Champion South Africa

first_imgWell-known radio host Ashraf Garda challenges South Africans to change their mindsets to become champions in everything they do. Read more about his initiative, Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda, co-founder of Champion South Africa, says he wants to multiply the number of champions in the country to help turn South Africa into a champion nation. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanSouth Africa will become a champion nation when the government, business and civil society synchronise their efforts towards the goal of becoming individual and collective champions. This is according to Ashraf Garda, who is the co-founder of Champion South Africa.“Champion people build champion people and only champion people build champion nations,” he says.The movement, launched in November 2015, is currently asking: What are you doing to build your country?Several local leaders, such as Vusi Thembekayo, Khanyi Dhlomo and Yvonne Chaka Chaka, were chosen to be part of Champion South Africa, so they too can spread the message and urge more people to become champions.Brand South Africa sat down for a question and answer session with Garda about Champion South Africa.Watch Ashraf Garda motivate an audience to help build Champion South Africa:Melissa Javan: Tell us about the journey of Champion South Africa.Ashraf Garda: The Champion South Africa concept started after I had many conversations with people on the talk show I host on Radio SA FM. [We would] talk about their aspirations and moving the country to another level.I kept hearing “If you have an idea, just start with it.”My son, Zaahid, is in marketing and owns a start-up called Student Photography. We talked about my idea and worked together to start Champion South Africa. We are the founders.Zaahid GardaMJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa?AG: Firstly, as Champion South Africa we want to change the mindset of South Africans. We currently have a mid-table mindset, but we want to change it to the “okay is not good enough” mindset.Collectively and individually everyone should be champions in whatever they are doing. This is so that the country will have more champions. The country needs us to become a champion nation. That’s why you need the change in the mindset of the people.Secondly, we have to change the mindset of the country. Champion is a noun; we want the world to think about a champion nation when people think about South Africa.There’s no world cup of nations – there is no competition like that. If there ever was one, then the vision would be that the United Nations secretary-general would in the future announce South Africa as a champion nation.To achieve this, we need to increase the number of champions we have in the country.Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is congratulated as 2017 Miss South Africa in March this year:This is @DemiLeighNP SA’s newest champion #MissSA2017 @Official_MissSA ! #ChampionSouthAfrica @MIssKunene pic.twitter.com/4swFibmAdD— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 26, 2017MJ: What is the aim of Champion South Africa’s Twitter campaign #BuildChampionSouthAfrica?AG: We decided we would have a campaign that would last a few weeks. With the #BuildChampionSouthAfrica campaign we ask: “What are you doing to build South Africa?”It’s a tactical campaign that talks about the personal actions of each individual South African. We want everyone to have the licence to say “My mission is to build a champion South Africa.”Well-known people such as social cohesion advocate Yusuf Abramjee talk about why they are building a champion South Africa:This how @Abramjee wants to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/Ocbhl19Q0C— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017Hang on to this message to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica from @DrRidwanMia – Share this and send us your video about your nation building plans pic.twitter.com/5IY71RujRm— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 24, 2017Energized by human rights makes @Abeyphonogenic determined to #BuildChampionSouthAfrica @OgilvyCT @OgilvyJoburg @OgilvyCT pic.twitter.com/Wy4X2eAO8q— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) March 25, 2017MJ: In a recent radio interview you spoke about a 10-point plan, saying it speaks about the attitudes you should have as a nation. Can you elaborate?AG: We are busy drawing up a 10-point plan, still busy drafting it. We welcome the public’s feedback. You can give suggestions about what you think are the things that are going to make a shift [in the country].For example, what specific goals do you think we should have as a nation and secondly, as individuals?Champion South Africa recognises people, such as actress Connie Ferguson, who receive international acknowledgement for their hard work:[email protected]_Ferguson you living legend #AWA2016 #ChampionSouthAfrica #SABCNews pic.twitter.com/YcCljITO8s— ChampionSouthAfrica (@ChampionSAfrica) December 6, 2016MJ: You also said mentorship was linked to nation-building. Why is mentorship important for Champion South Africa?AG: Mentorship is critically important. The one-on-one connection can impact on a person completely. There are many forms of mentorship. You can get mentorship through watching someone on television or YouTube.If someone is an 18-year-old, that person needs a Champion South African to mentor him.We’ve had requests from people who want to volunteer. If people are interested in being Champion South Africa volunteers, a form of mentorship can be done, such as talking at schools or to their community, spreading the message of being Champion South African. We school them on how to do it.Last year, we asked more than 20 people to be Champions South Africans. All of them said yes. They are people such as Khanyi Dhlomo, Kass Naidoo, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Snowy Khoza and Yusuf Abramjee.We’re going to have four tiers of Champion South Africa. We want to identify up to 40 people in each level.The first tier is the Champion South Africans. The second tier is called Future Champions. They are people who have a potential to become Champion South Africans. Thirdly, you’ll get the student champion, and the fourth tier will be the community champion.MJ: On Twitter you started the hashtag #TeamOfTheWeek in which you ask people to nominate people who had done great things. Tell us about #TeamOfTheWeek.AG: We choose a person for #TeamOfTheWeek because it was someone who had done something remarkable within of period of seven days.Just because you are in the #TeamOfTheWeek does not mean you are a Champion South African but it does mean your contribution will help to build a nation of champions. A Champion South African is someone who is formidable and is a globally known player.What can South Africans do if they want to be part of Champion South Africa?People such as Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada were Champion South Africans. We need to honour them by ultimately becoming champions like them. They passed on the baton to us.Our grandchildren will reflect on us. If we are not producing new champions, then we are not making a significant shift in the country. Remember, champion people build champion people. Champion people build a champion nation.Each one of us is on the field of play. You have to commit to be the best person for your country.You need to up your game to be in one of those tiers of Champion South Africa. If you change your mindset [to be a champion in everything you do], then you are already part of the Champion South Africa movement.The Champion South African listOn the first tier are the Champion South Africans:1. Felicia Mabuza-Suttle – well-known television host, businesswoman and motivational speaker.2. Snowy Khoza – CEO of Bigen Africa and the founding chair of Knowledge Management South Africa.3. Dr Thandeka Mazibuko – healthcare practitioner and businesswoman who specialises in the treatment of cancer. She also heads up Women of Magnitude.4. Janine Hills – CEO and founder of Vuma Reputation Management.5. Thebe Ikalafeng – global African branding and reputation architect, adviser and author.6. Douglas Kruger – professional speaker, business author and innovation strategist and the only speaker in Africa to have won the Southern African Championships for Public Speaking a record five times.7. Wendy Luhabe – social entrepreneur, mentor and author.8. Leanne Manas – host the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s News breakfast show, Morning Live.9. Abey Mokgwatsane – CEO of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.10. Kass Naidoo – South Africa’s first female cricket commentator, sports anchor on Radio 2000 and founder of GSport for Girls.11. Imtiaz Sooliman – founder, director and chairman of Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster relief organisation of African origin in Africa.12. Themba Baloyi – founder and executive director of Discovery Insure, a short-term insurance company.13. Michael Jordaan – former CEO of First National Bank who now heads a private investment company, Montegray Capital.14. Farah Fortune – publicist and founder of African Star Communications.15.Carolyn Steyn – founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, executive producer of film Mandela’s Gun, Tongue in Cheek host on SABC3.16. Yvonne Chaka Chaka – internationally recognised South African singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.17. Gil Oved – an entrepreneur who is the co-founder and co-CEO of advertising agency The Creative Counsel.18. Vusi Thembekayo – South African based global business speaker, author, investor and serial entrepreneur.19. Jeremy Sampson – founder of the Interbrand Sampson Group.20. Khanyi Dhlomo – founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and Ndalo Luxury Ventures, as well as a TV host.21. Riaan Manser – pioneering explorer who was the first person to circumnavigate the coast of Africa by bicycle, a distance of 37,000km, through 34 countries over two years and two months.22. Yusuf Abramjee – consultant, social cohesion advocate and Play Your Part ambassador.23. Phuti Mahanyele – businesswoman, former CEO of Shanduka Group and executive chairperson of Sigma Capital.24. Dr Ridwaan Mia – leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon.25. Buyane Zwane – motivational and inspirational speaker, student and leadership development practitioner and business owner.26. Conrad Koch / Chester Missing – South Africa’s top ventriloquist and a double International Emmy nominated comedian, best known for his puppet character, Chester Missing.Stay up to date on Champion South Africa on Twitter:#ChampionSouthAfrica Tweets Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

FTC To Silicon Valley: Lying About User Privacy Will Get You A Big … Wrist Slap

first_imgThe Federal Trade Commission today effectively told technology companies: Go ahead and lie to consumers about your privacy protections, because even if you get caught, the most you’ll have to do is apologize. (If that.)Snapchat, the “ephemeral” messaging service, agreed to settle FTC charges over claims that alleged it violated user privacy and deceived its customers. The company claimed that messages disappear entirely once viewed by the recipient, which they don’t, and collected user data such as location and address books without notice or consent.The FTC charges followed a Snapchat security breach that leaked 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers. According to the FTC, Snapchat made multiple representations to consumers that turned out to be utterly false. It also failed to properly safeguard its “Find Friends” feature—the one that led to the breach.“If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keep those promises,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. “Any company that makes misrepresentations to consumers about its privacy and security practices risks FTC action.”And The Punishment Is … Nothing Much Sounds pretty bad, right? But the price Snapchat has to pay for all this is, well, basically nothing. The FTC settlement forbids Snapchat from lying to consumers about the privacy and security of the application, and requires the company to implement a privacy program that will be independently monitored for the next two decades. (Assuming Snapchat lasts anywhere near that long, of course.)As it turns out, the FTC couldn’t have done much more at this point. In cases of this sort, the FTC has to give businesses one free pass where they don’t have to pay a fine, but subjects them to further monitoring. If they violate their consent decree, they can then face fines. That’s a problem in itself, but that’s the system.Because this is Snapchat’s first offense, the startup which has raised $123 million to date, is getting off with a warning. The startup responded to the settlement with a “whoopsie” and a vague promise to be “more precise” in how it communicates with the Snapchat community. Even as apologies go, that leaves something to be desired.If the messaging startup violates users’ privacy again, it could end up like Google. In 2012, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle with the FTC after it tracked Safari users who visited sites within Google’s advertising network, even though Google had told those users they would automatically be opted out of such tracking.While $22.5 million is a drop in the bucket for Google, a multi-million dollar fine might have crimped the startup’s bid to become a mobile messaging giant.Any company should be held accountable for their actions, whether a small startup or an industry giant like Google. Facebook, a company notorious for confusing privacy policies, settled its own $20 million lawsuit last year after a court determined its shady “Sponsored Stories” advertisements violated users’ privacy.The fact is, social media companies are way too cavalier about vacuuming up their users’ data and offering too little in return. Now both small companies and tech giants alike can look to the Snapchat ruling for support in future cases—they got off easy the first time, now we can, too.Update 2:00 PM:An earlier version of this article didn’t acknowledge that the FTC can’t levy fines for first offensive in deceptive practices. Thanks to Justin Brookman for pointing that out. Image courtesy of TechCrunch on Flickr A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit selena larson Related Posts Tags:#FTC#privacy#security#Snapchat#social media center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Drinking Deeply and Long-Form Content

first_imgA newsletter subscriber sent me a note to ask that I remove him from my email list. He was taken aback by the length of the newsletter. It was 642 words in total. That’s a lot less than a magazine article, and a bit more than a blog post. He complained that the email newsletter was too long.The subscriber who sent me the note is right. For him, the newsletter is too long. If it doesn’t create value for him, then he is right to unsubscribe (and you might think about unsubscribing from anything doesn’t create value for you).Are we losing our ability to read long-form, write long from, and think in more than soundbites? Twitter allows 140 characters. Text messages are limited to 160 characters. The news that you see and hear every day provides you with sound bites, framing a complicated, complex issue up to what can be read in a minute or two. For a lot of information, this might be enough. But if something is important, you need to drink deeply.Sipping from the StreamWhile I was recovering from brain surgery in late 1992, I read a book a day for about 60 days. I told my neurologist that I felt like my brain was on fire. He told me that it was likely compensation, that there is nothing about having a piece of your brain removed that would cause it to operate at peak performance.After about 60 days of recovery, I started back to work. With less time to read, I slowed down to reading a book a week. I kept up this pace while working during the day and attending college at night, and then when I attended law school. No matter what my work or school work required, I maintained a book a week.I was sipping from the stream, making sure I got a small taste of everything as it passed by. But I wasn’t applying as much of what I read as I might have.Drinking DeeplyI’ve intentionally slowed down my reading. Instead of trying to keep up with the stream, I am more selective. I have chosen to drink deeply because the value in reading books and magazines, listening to audio programs, and taking courses is to apply what you have learned.When you sip from the stream, you gain awareness. You get to sample lots of ideas. But you don’t devote enough time and energy to truly benefit, and you have likely shifted your attention from one idea to the next, not gaining much in the way of application.There is a difference between awareness and integration.As you sip from the stream, you need to look for what is most important and most useful to you now. And then you need to drink deeply. You need to find longer form content and spend time studying it. Ask yourself “What part of this do I need to apply to my work?” Or, “How do I begin executing on these ideas now?”Information is essentially free and completely ubiquitous. You carry a good part of the collected knowledge of humankind in the smart phone in your pocket (or more likely, in your hand). Not everything that flies by you is worth your time or your energy. Small sips are not going to quench your thirst.What is worth your time and energy deserves more of your time and energy. When something rises to that level, drink deeply without worrying about what you are missing.How much time do you spend sipping from the stream of information being hurled at you? How much time do you spend drinking deeply?How much of what you see, read, and study are you applying to your life in some useful, meaningful way? How much do you forget within hours?How would your results be improved if you spent more time working on studying and applying a few things instead of trying to keep up with the many novelties and distractions? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more