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Jan
12

“Positive discipline” rather than corporal punishment – ChildLink advises

first_imgIt has been found that children who are abused sexually are afraid to speak out because they are afraid their parents, or even teachers may hit them. This is according to ChildLink, an advocacy group which recently completed a study on Child Sexual Abuse in Guyana.The group, in concluding its report, recommended that positive discipline be used in homes and in schools rather than corporal punishment as it continues to be a reason why many children are afraid to ‘tell’.“This study demonstrates that fear of beatings deters children from speaking with their carers about abuse. General acceptance of corporal punishment also allows sexually abusive carers to beat children into silence,” the report states.It added that Guyana remains one of the few countries that still permits child corporal punishment in the home, schools, in some alternative care settings as well as in some day care facilities.ChildLink is positive, having conducted the study that, “teaching parents, carers and educators proactive, positive discipline rather than (corporal) punishment would create an environment that is less conducive to child sexual abuse, (as) corporal punishment sabotages efforts to teach about ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ or ‘inappropriate touching’”.In June 2014, the historic Education Bill was tabled in the National Assembly by the then Education Minister Priya Manickchand. While the use of corporal punishment in the education system is still allowed in the school system, there are specific guidelines under which it can be administered. In this context, corporal punishment can only be administered by the head teacher, deputy head teacher, or designated senior master/mistress and can only be used in cases of continued display of unacceptable behaviour or in grave circumstances.Meanwhile, in the penal system under the enacted the Juvenile Justice Act 2018, all corporal punishment is prohibited against children in penal institutions and as a sentence for a crime. Under the Act, corporal punishment is also unlawful as a sentence for a crime as Article 15 of the Act states that juveniles “shall be dealt with as provided for in this Act”. Part VI of the Act on sentencing makes no provision for judicial corporal punishment.Children in Guyana can, however, still be lawfully subjected to corporal punishment in the home, alternative care and day care settings and in schools.While the debate on corporal punishment in Guyana continues to be debated as to whether it is a disciplinary mode or abuse, President David Granger in 2016 had called for the abolition of corporal punishment in Guyana. Quoting from the Bible, the head of state had said that to “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is a backward move, noting that parents should use nonphysical means to uphold discipline within the home.“We need to remove all forms of corporal punishment from the school and in the home. Maybe 50 years, 100 years ago it might have been typical but the days of going into a classroom or a home and seeing the wild cane have passed. Intelligent educated parents must use different means which do not involve the application of force,” the President had when addressing the issue of corporal punishment.last_img read more

Jan
10

A lot of work need to be done, admits Put

first_img0Shares0000Paul Put has pledged to take Kenya to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 – Even as he takes over reign at the Harambee Stars technical bench, new head coach Paul Put has admitted that there is a lot of work to be done for the team to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.Put, who is of the Belgian nationality, has pleaded for support from all stakeholders, saying it will come in handy to helping him make history with the Kenyan football team, with his main target being to send Kenya to the 2019 Cup of Nations for the first time since 2004. Put, who has a wealth of experience having successfully managed African sides Gabon and Burkina Faso, was speaking on Tuesday after paying Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberai a courtesy call since signing a two-year contract.“I will raise the Kenyan flag very high because If I make decision to sign for a nation my work is to get good results since I believe in the project. There is a lot of work to do in Kenya but if I see a big nation with a lot of talent then I’m convinced I can do a great job,” the 61-year-old said.Paul Put guided Burkina Faso to the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, losing 1-0 to Nigeria. Photo/COURTESY“I have a great feeling we can move forward to get Kenya on the highest level and be amongst the biggest football nation in Africa. I’m not a kind of person who like talking big words but I can say I have been writing history with small countries like Jordan, Gambia and Burkina Faso and what I did there I’m convinced I will do it as well in Kenya ,” he added.Despite having little knowledge on Kenyan football especially local based players, Put has asked to be given more time and in the meantime his predecessor Stanley Okumbi, who has been handed the role of first assistant coach, will help him out in naming the squad that will do duty at the upcoming CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Put’s first assignment will be an acid test match against the Amavubi Stars of Rwanda on December 3 during the opening day of the regional tournament.“I did my homework, I come from Belgium and I know two of your players Victor Wanyama and Ayub Timbe who have played for Belgium clubs before so I know a little bit. Of course I don’t know local players so please give me time to get in the job and find out on the players then I will give my input,” Put pleaded.Harambee Stars in past training. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHe called on supporters to rally behind the team and make the home advantage count.“I don’t want to play in a stadium with 7,000 people I want to play in a stadium with 60,000 people, I want to play 12 against 11, I want to win the game but to win the game you need the support in the right way,” he urged.“You can trust me I will go for it not for 100 percent but for ‘500 percent’ I will give everything that I have inside me to really make it happen and make everybody celebrate. I know you (Kenya) have great athletes but now we going to make sure that football is on the highest level.”He takes charge when Kenya is ranked 102 in the FIFA rankings after the Harambee Stars slumped 14 places in the rankings that were released October.Put’s biggest achievement in the continent was leading Burkina Faso to the 2013 African Nations Cup final where they lost 1-0 to Nigeria.Kenya, who will be out to reclaim the CECAFA title that they last won in 2013, will also face Tanzania, Zanzibar and guest team Libya in Group A.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dec
29

Newcastle will move for £7million Serie A star IF they win survival fight

first_img Kamil Glik in action for Torino Newcastle will make an approach for Torino captain Kamil Glik this summer if they survive relegation from the Premier League.The Magpies are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and manager Rafael Benitez has made the experienced Poland international his top target.According to La Stampa, only a bid in excess of £7m will persuade Torino into selling their skipper but it is understood Newcastle will be more than prepared to meet their valuation.Despite recently signing a new contract with the club to keep him there until 2020, Glik is reportedly seeking a new challenge this summer and a move to the Premier League will be an attractive option.Of course, relegation to the Championship is likely to see Benitez leave St. James’ Park in the summer and therefore any approach for the Serie A player is likely to be called off. 1last_img read more

Dec
29

Real Madrid v Manchester City live stream and confirmed lineups

first_imgCLICK HERE TO STREAM REAL MADRID V MANCHESTER CITY LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45BST.Manchester City travel to the Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, looking to book their place in their first ever Champions League final.Their Spanish opponents have won the competition 10 times, and whoever reaches the final will have to take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, who defeated Bayern Munich in the first semi-final on Tuesday.SEE ALSO: WATCH ALL THE GOALS AND PENALTY MISSES FROM BAYERN MUNICH V ATLETICO MADRID HEREManuel Pellegrini, whose career as City boss is drawing to a close, has named a threatening starting line up, with Yaya Toure, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero all in his XI.Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been able to recall the fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo, who starts alongisde Gareth Bale and Jese.Confirmed line-ups:Real Madrid XI: Navas, Pepe, Ramos, Kroos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Modric, Jese, Isco, Bale, RonaldoSubstitutes: Casilla, Varane, James, Kovacic, Vazquez, Danilo, MayoralManchester City XI: Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Toure, De Bruyne, AgueroSubstitutes: Caballero, Mangala, Kolarov, Delph, Sterling, Bony, Iheanacho 1 Zinedine Zidane and Manuel Pellegrini last_img read more

Dec
27

GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB CONVOY NEWS

first_imgBingo in Hall Tues @8.30 lotto result LS,LH,LD,OY 5 Matched 2 Donal Coyle ,Colm Mc Hugh ,Eileen Toner,Ryan Carlin Convoy Sadie Henderson Raphoe  Nx Weeks Jackpot €2550 Lottos available from any Commitee member €2 each or 3 for €5Club Registration Now Due Adults €30 Children €3 Contact Julia Blake Registrar 0862611290 There will be a registration day for under age date TBC.St Marys AGM took place on Sun 6 th Jan the following were elected Vice Presidents  Fr Mc Gettigan &Fr Kemmy , Hon President Danny Harkin Chairperson Oliver Prunty , Ass Chair Conor Mc Dermott, Secretary Sabrina Barnett, Ass Sec Mairead Browne, Joint Treasurers ,Paul Mc Mullan &Paul Lynch, PRO Mairead Browne, Registrar Julia Blake , Oifig na Gaelige Grainne Reid, Child Officer Ciara Foy ,Ladies Board Delegate Stephanie Friel ,County Board Delegates Liam O Keefe and Oliver Prunty Sub Delegate Liam Mc Conologue , Northern Board Delegates Conor Mc Dermott and Ryan KettleSt Marys Dinner Dance takes Place this Sat 19th in Jacksons Hotel with the Minor and U 21 teams receiving their County medals Music by Beefsteak Dancers with Special Guests and Sam !!  Bus times Raphoe Friels  7.15 Convoy Green 7.30 Drumkeen Jamesons 7.45 with Dinner at 8  Could anyone looking Tickets let Committee know by Thurs please .Congratulations to Clubman Packie Mailey who made his intercounty debut on Wed last in the Mc Kenna Cup v Fermanagh.Congratulations to our own Brendan Kelly who is the Donegal Representative on the Ulster Council best wishes in you new post.GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB CONVOY NEWS was last modified: January 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: ST MARY’S GAA CLUB CONVOY NEWSlast_img read more

Dec
26

Liverpool and Real Madrid target goes viral thanks to hilarious video

first_img 1 But rather than see himself become a hit at the World Cup thanks to his abilities as a shot-stopper, the 25-year-old he became the centre of attention when he popped a huge inflatable ball which rolled onto the pitch.Not only did his action prompted a series of memes on Twitter, but one user craftily edited the clip and altered it so Alisson ‘exploded’ rather than the object he stamped on, late in the second half. Liverpool target Alisson pops an inflatable ball which came onto the field during Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Liverpool and Real Madrid target Alisson went viral after Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland when he ‘exploded’ in a hilarious edited video.The Roma goalkeeper is expected to be one involved in one of the biggest transfer deals of the summer with several clubs, including the Reds and Los Blancos keen on his services. A VINGANÇA DA BOLA KKKKKKKKKKKKKK pic.twitter.com/0r7C6ugRAo— Escanteio Curto (@ESCANTElOCURTO) June 17, 2018Liverpool were leading the race for the Brazil international this summer but now it seems Real Madrid are set to beat them to his signature, although their president remains coy on any deal.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Dec
25

DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL, LETTERKENNY

first_imgNEWSLETTER Sunday 24th February 2013Second Sunday of LentAFTERNOON OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER This afternoon, (Sunday 24th February), we will celebrate 25 years of JESUS truly present in the Blessed Sacrament in St. Pius X Adoration Chapel.Fr. Thaddeus Doyle (Curate’s Diary) will lead us in our afternoon of Thanksgiving and Prayer for Healing in the Cathedral.Our afternoon will commence at 2.30 pm with an Introduction followed by Exposition/Holy Hour. From 4.30 pm to 6 pm we will have a Eucharistic Healing Service. Mass will be celebrated at 6.30 pm followed by the laying on of hands for healing. SCOIL NAOMH FIACHRA, ILLISTRIN CONFIRMATIONPlease remember in your prayers all the girls and boys from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin, their parents, families and teachers who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 28th February at 5 pm.CONFESSIONS for the Children, their families and friends will take place on Tuesday 26th February at 8 pm.Trocaire Boxes are available at the back of the Cathedral. Please give what you can this Lent.Confessions available after 7.30 pm Mass every MondaySUNDAY 24th February Masses ~ 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6.30 pmBaptisms in the Cathedral – 1.30 pmSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 7 pm‘The Dead Theologians Society’ Young Adults Prayer Group in the Cathedral Conference Room – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY 25th February8 am Mass ~ Annie McTeague, Michael McTeague and Mary Carlin10 am Mass ~ John Askin7.30 pm Mass ~ Willie Peoples (First Anniversary)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openConfessions: After 7.30 pm MassGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY 26th February8 am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions on the next page10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Bridget and William McNultySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation in the Parochial House on Tuesday 5th March at 8 pmConfessions for the Confirmation Class from Illistrin and their families – 8 pmDivine Mercy Prayer Group in the Crib Room – 8 pmLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room – After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY 27th February8 am Mass ~ Cecelia and Daniel Bradley10 am Mass ~ Nan Kennedy7.30 pm Mass ~ James FordSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openFirst Confession for the children from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin – 6 pmScripture Course in the Parochial House – 8.15 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Room – 8 pmMother’s Prayer Group Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmTHURSDAY 28th February8 am Mass ~ Sheila and John Quigley10 am Mass ~ ®5 pm – Confirmation – Illistrin7.30 pm Mass ~ Seamus HanniganSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openConfessions: 12 noon – 1 pm and after 7.30 pm MassFr. McGroarty will do his Thursday (First Friday Calls) todayAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCharismatic Prayer Meeting in the Conference Room – 8 pmFRIDAY 1st March – First Friday8 am Mass ~ John and Mary Moloney10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openFr. McGroarty and Fr. McLaughlin will visit the Sick and Elderly todayG.P’s Rosary and Benediction in the Cathedral – 8 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmSATURDAY 2nd March10 am Mass ~ Seamus Doherty1 pm Mass – Nuptial7.30 pm Vigil MassConfessions: 12 noon to 1 pm and after the 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amMass Intentions for 8 am Tuesday and 7.30 pm FridayHugh Wallace ~ Margaret Wallace ~ Eunan Collins ~ John CollinsJohn Browne ~ Frank Bradley ~ Terry Sullivan ~ Margaret McElroyCharles Duffy ~ Patrick Baxter ~ William BaxterRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityEimear Frances McKeaguePRIEST ON DUTY: Fr. Eamonn McLaughlinPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9121021Email: steunanscathedral@eircom.netSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Conwal and Leck ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366Pastoral Council on conwalandleckpc@gmail.comDON’T GIVE UP – TAKE UP! Why not take something up for Lent? There will be Reflection and Meditation on the scripture readings for the Sunday’s in Lent after 7.30 pm Mass each Monday evening. These sessions will last about half an hour and will be held in the Conference Room. Come and deepen your relationship with the Lord this Lent through His Word in Scripture.CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GOD, FAITH AND FAMILY LIFE – For parents/guardians who want to explore their Catholic faith and their own role as the first teachers of faith for their children will take place in The Colmcille Rooms (above Veritas) on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.TASTE THE NEW WINE: REDISCOVERING VATICAN II – An evening of input, conversation and reflection with Bishop Donal Murray author of ‘Keeping Open the Door of Faith: the legacy of Vatican II’ on how the Second Vatican Council has shaped our understanding and experience of Church, will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Monday 25th February at 7.30 pm. Booking essential – by phoning the Pastoral Centre on 9121853.A SOCIAL for the ‘Young at Heart Club’ will be held in the Social Centre, Oliver Plunkett Road on Tuesday 26th February at 8 pm. This Social will be hosted by the Celtic Supporters Club.LETTERKENNY ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION will have a meal in ARENA 7 on Wednesday 27th February at 4.45 pm.The A.G.M. of LETTERKENNY PIONEER ASSOCIATION will take place on Thursday 28th February at 8.10 pm in Loreto Convent, Letterkenny. As this is our A.G.M., we would encourage as many Pioneers as possible to attend to help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant Centre. There will be a member of the Association outside the Sacristy after Masses next Weekend 2nd and 3rd March, to take the names of anyone interested in joining or finding out more about the Pioneers. If you would like to find out more about our meetings or any other aspect of the Pioneer Association, please contact Joe on 085-1269238, Michael on 087-6774618 or Geraldine on 087-7962045.A TABLE QUIZ will be held in Arena 7 on Thursday 28th February at 9 pm in aid of the Loreto Convent Parents Association. Everyone welcome.REALT ULADH 2013 ~ Competitions through the medium of Irish for pre-school and primary school children will be held in the LYIT on Saturday 2nd March. Categories include: Poetry Recitation, Reading, Presentation, Dialogue, Drama, Writing and Singing. Closing date is Saturday 2nd February. For further information: www.realtuladh.com or caitlin.conluain@lyit.ie or 087-3232326.Letterkenny C.D.P. are now taking names for the following COMMUNITY/ADULT EDUCATION COURSES, starting in early to mid March. Basic D.I.Y., Cookery on a budget, Paint your own pottery and Machine sewing. For further information please contact Sinead on 9120633.DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL, LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRALletterkennylast_img read more

Dec
25

ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE REVS UP FOR F1 CHALLENGE

first_imgSt. Eunan’s College has signed up a team – named Optimal F1 – to participate in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge.This will be the Letterkenny school’s second year entering the competition – last year, Sigma Racing did very well and got through to the National Final in Griffith College, Dublin.Lucas Saava, a member of last year’s F1 in Schools team, explains why F1 in Schools was such a good challenge to participate in. “It was a great experience to design an f1 car, having to follow the specification and compensating for things such as CNC machine drilling capabilities. Also, designing a website for a business-like purpose gave me an insight into what people like to see on such websites”.Members of the team -Matthew Hanlon, Ciaran Kelly, Gavin Maguire, Caolan Vaughan, Pauraic Neely & Ayrton Kelly- will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1TM car which will be raced against other participating schools in the Regional Finals in March and National Final in April.This is the seventh year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with Discover Science & Engineering.Caolan Vaughan of St. Eunan’s College explains why their school chose to enter F1 in Schools Challenge: “None of us knew much about F1 in Schools, but once Mr McGinley explained a bit about it we all wanted to partake. “I think that it’s a great thing to do because it will help us develop and working in a team will give us experience that we never really get. What’s more, you get a fantastic opportunity to build a car which, if good enough, could represent Ireland in another country in the World finals”.Optimal F1 will be required to write a five page plan explaining how they would go about putting their model F1 car together should they qualify for the Regionals.Once a school team has qualified they will receive a kit which includes balsa wood – a very light, durable wood grown in South America – for making the model.Ongoing support will be offered and the school will be paired with a Formula 1 Make Centre i.e. a college or university with the necessary equipment for milling the models. This interaction with colleges will give students an introduction to Engineering, Science and Technology choices at third level.The colleges will offer their paired teams the opportunity to visit their facilities for design tutorials, to show models being made and cars being tested. All participating schools also get free computer design software with which to form their creation. Visit www.F1inSchools.ie for more information on the Challenge.ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE REVS UP FOR F1 CHALLENGE was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:F1 challengeS Eunanslast_img read more

Dec
19

Dino-Bird Link Confused by New Fossil

first_imgA “bizarre” new dinosaur fossil found in Spain with a hump on its back that resembles a fin also has quill knobs on its arms, interpreted as attachment points for feathers.  For this reason, the BBC News announced that it “may” yield clues to the origin of birds.”  It has been named Concavenator corcovatus and was described in Nature.1    The fossil, however, does not provide unequivocal evidence for a dinosaur-bird kinship; Live Science said this fossil “surprises and puzzles experts” and even National Geographic which a decade ago embarrassed itself with Archaeoraptor seemed to downplay the dino-bird link, calling it a “carnivorous camel” in its headline.  Whatever attachment points the bumps on its skimpy forearms provided (assumed to be quill knobs for feathers) were certainly not anything like flight feathers of birds.  NG called them “protofeathers” but the filaments in the artist’s reconstruction (not found on the fossil) may have been merely for display, since the discoverers could not think of any locomotive or thermoregulatory function for them.  New Scientist alleged, “This pushes back the emergence of theropods with bird-like feathers by some 50 million years.”  Live Science, however, was more cautious, stating that the idea the bumps were anchor points for feathers is “only speculation at this point….”  The authors of the paper in Nature said only that “These bumps correspond topographically to, and are morphologically similar to, feather quill knobs, and we consider them homologous to those present in many birds.”  The comparison photos, though, do not show them equidistant as on modern birds.  At the end of the paper, they speculated on how to interpret the bumps:Recent findings have reported the presence of filamentous tubular integumentary structures in ornithischian dinosaurs such as the heterodontosaurid Tianyulong and the ceratopsian Psittacosaurus.  The debate about the homology between these structures and bird feathers is open.  If ornithischian tubular filaments are a kind of feather, they are an evolutionary novelty in dinosaurs, and their presence is expected in non-maniraptoran theropods such as Concavenator.  If they are not a type of feather, Concavenator marks the most primitive presence of non-scale skin appendages in the theropod lineage, placing them at the node Neotetanurae.  The simplest hypothesis about the ulnar Concavenator skin appendages is that they are short, rigid filaments (Fig. 2).  However, it is possible that they might have had barb ridges, because these structures appear before the formation of the follicle.  In any case, Concavenator shows that the combination of scale and non-scale skin appendages exhibited in present-day poultry was already present in large theropod dinosaurs 130 million years ago.    Another surprise is that this member of the carcharodontosaurid (“shark-tooth”) family was found in Europe.  “Ten or 12 years ago everybody thought that carcharodontosaurids were a group that was exclusive to South America and Africa,” NG quoted a paleontologist as saying.  Now they have to surmise that the group originated in Europe then drifted or migrated across the globe. 1.  Ortega, Escaso and Sanz, “A bizarre, humped Carcharodontosauria (Theropoda) from the Lower Cretaceous of Spain,” Nature 467, 203-206 (9 September 2010); doi:10.1038/nature09181.For analysis of the confusion that reigns in the alleged evolutionary transition from dinosaurs to birds, see Casey Luskin’s entry, “Inconsistent Reasoning Governs Evolutionary Interpretations of Feathered Dinosaurs” in Evolution News and Views.  If the evolutionists want to interpret the bumps on Concavenator as feather attachment points, they should apply the same reasoning to Protoavis.  But they don’t want to do that, because “it would wreak havoc with standard evolutionary story” because Protoavis, in their timeline, would represent a bird living contemporaneous with the earliest dinosaurs – a conclusion that “could undermine the entire dino-to-bird evolutionary theory.”(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dec
16

Conduct Social Media Sentiment Analysis Research with SMART@zmeb

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Yesterday SMART@znmeb (SMART stands for “social media analytics research toolkit”), a SUSE Linux appliance created by Ed Borasky, added sentiment analysis to its set of features. The toolkit now includes texttir, a sentiment analysis package created in the statistical programming language R. SMART@znmeb includes other open source tools that include data mining, dashboarding and data visualization.Borasky says textir is the first open source sentiment analysis library he’s found that he thinks may actually work. “Most of the vendors sell a sentiment analysis tool of some kind or another, and the customers that have tested multiple tools spend a lot of time trying to figure out why they give different answers,” he says. He also cautions that sentiment analysis is vulnerable to spam and other gaming tactics and requires a large investment in hardware.Borasky also added textir to Project Kipling, another SUSE appliance he designed for data journalism.Borasky created SMART@znmeb at Open Source Bridge in Portland in June 2009. “It was a spur-of-the-moment thing,” he says. “I was initially looking for a way to combine my two main interests at the time, Linux and Twitter.” @zmeb is Borasky’s Twitter Handle. “A few weeks later, the SUSE Studio project opened up publicly and that was the final push – I could package Linux software into appliances on line, for free,” he says.SMART@znmeb is a great case study in how off the shelf free open source software can be applied towards business problems. It can be used as a replacement for or in conjunction with many business analytics and social CRM tools. “I’ve done a few tests of that nature, interfacing it with the Viralheat and Clicky APIs and with Twitalyzer CSV reports, but I built those mostly for myself to help manage my blog,” Borasky says. SMART@znmeb users do need to have some background with Perl, R and PostgreSQL to use it.At the moment it’s a non-commercial project. It doesn’t cost Borasky much to maintain since all the software is free and SUSE Studio lets him distribute the package for free. But he says he’d sell applications built from the tools or consult on applying the technologies.Photo by kirinqueen klint finleycenter_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more