BSF Congratulates Ukrainian Counterparts

first_img Share this article View post tag: Congratulates Training & Education December 8, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Counterparts View post tag: News by topic Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) command on Dec 6 congratulated Ukrainian naval servicemen on 20th anniversary of Ukrainian Armed Forces. “We closely cooperate in providing security at southern frontiers of our countries and conduct full-scale interaction. Joint exercises, consultations, and festivities expand our partnership“, said BSF Deputy Commander Yury Orekhovsky addressing the solemn assembly of Russian and Ukrainian naval servicemen.The fleet’s deputy commander expressed hope that “such weighted and business approach” in relations between mariners of the two countries would be preserved in future.The meeting was followed by the concert given by Russian and Ukrainian song and dance collectives.Administration of Sevastopol, veterans, and public figures also congratulated Ukrainian servicemen on the remarkable date.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 08, 2011 View post tag: Ukrainian View post tag: Navy View post tag: BSF Back to overview,Home naval-today BSF Congratulates Ukrainian Counterparts BSF Congratulates Ukrainian Counterpartslast_img read more

Pisgah National Forest will begin reopening trails and roads and lifting restrictions on dispersed camping

first_imgFor a complete list of trails, roads, and recreation areas that are reopening please visit The few roads that remain closed are only closed to motorized vehicles, non-motorized use is allowed.  Restrictions on dispersed camping will be lifted for the entire Appalachian Ranger District. Dispersed camping restrictions will also be lifted for the Grandfather Ranger District with the exception of overnight camping within the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the weekends, which requires a permit. For the month of May, the Forest Service will not be issuing these permits. Dispersed camping restrictions remain in place for the Pisgah Ranger District. These decisions were made in coordination with county and local partners to ensure the safety of the public and employees. Visitors can expect restrooms to remain closed and trash services to continue to be suspended. Please pack out what you pack in and remember to use Leave No Trace Principles. Forest Service staff will continue to perform risk assessments to determine which recreation areas can resume operations in accordance with county and local partners and current public health guidance. The Forest Service’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of the public and their employees while supporting mission-critical functions. Please review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings. For additional information please contact the Appalachian Ranger District at (828) 689-9694; Grandfather Ranger District at (828) 652-2144; Pisgah Ranger District at (828) 877-3265; Supervisor’s Office at (828) 257-4200. The Pisgah National Forest began to reopen many trails and roads and partially lift restrictions for dispersed camping May 14, using a site-by-site approach, including assessment of facility cleanliness, maintenance status, and health and safety of recreation areas. Facilities and services may remain limited at some sites. Popular recreation areas that reopened include, but are not limited to: Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook ( or Twitter ( for more news and features.center_img Catawba Falls, TR 225Brown Mountain Off Highway Vehicle AreaBlack Balsam Road, FSR 816, and associated trailsBent Creek Road, FSR 479 and most trails and trailheadslast_img read more

Richter Scaling: Is Funding for Astrobiology and SETI Justified?

first_imgShould the government fleece taxpayers again for a project with almost zero chance for success? Consider two “Richter scales” that should inform hopes.NASA has gritted its teeth ever since SETI went on the government-funding chopping block in the 1990s. They keep titillating the public with hopes for finding their invisible friends in space. Microbes are not enough, even though NASA gets loads of money for “astrobiology,” the big-tent search for even one-celled life. They want someone to talk to. Let’s see how they express their motivations:We need to keep looking for aliens, scientists tell senators ( via Fox News; report duplicated by Live Science). When conservative Senator Ted Cruz asked a panel flat-out why we should look for life on other worlds, the scientists (only one from NASA) appealed to “symbolism and inspiration rather than science directly.”“I believe it’s one of the big questions of all of humanity. This is how great nations make a mark — it’s by what they do for their citizens but also how they move history forward,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA, said. “This will be one of those questions, if answered, that will be remembered forever, because it will be a leap in not only understanding more about nature but a leap in understanding ourselves at a level we’ve never had in the past.”Some of the panelists made pragmatic appeals. The search would spin off new technologies, some said. Others argued that it would help the United States keep the lead in space science. One quoted John Adams about his belief in space aliens. Much of the discussion focused on astrobiology (search for microbes), because the panelists seemed sheepish about bringing up SETI:While most of the hearing’s conversation focused on microbial life, the discussion did touch briefly on technologically advanced civilizations beyond our solar system. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan referenced the theoretical possibility of billion-year-old civilizations and asked whether we are even searching for life in the right way. Stofan elegantly directed the conversation back to exoplanet science and surveying our own neighborhood first.But what if the search has high cost and low chance of success? Even microbial life is extremely complicated. The likelihood of finding life depends on which “Richter Scale” one puts confidence in.The Charles Richter ScaleSETI Researchers Want to End the Alien-Detection Hype ( In order to keep their scientific respectability, the serious SETI researchers have to distance themselves from the kooks. To help with that, they concocted a “Rio scale” by which to evaluate how earth-shaking claims of life detection should be judged. Reporter Meghan Bartels calls this a kind of “alien equivalent of the Richter scale,” referring to Caltech geophysicist Charles Richter (1900-1985), who devised the famous scale of earthquake magnitudes.See CMI’s documentary Alien Intrusion for analysis of extraterrestrial claims.The Rio scale, devised in 2000 (Rio 1.0) but updated this year (Rio 2.0), goes from 0 to 10, with zero indicating a claim of no importance to 10 indicating a claim of great importance. But how is importance judged? The paper in the International Journal of Astrobiology  indicates that the “scientific consensus” judges how to rank a detection claim. This gives announcements a more official look, an improvement on “close encounters of the third kind” perhaps. Reporters who trust the experts can all use the same talking points, using an integer value that confers an air of scientific legitimacy on groupthink conclusions:In this paper, we revise the Rio scale, with the aim of (i) achieving consensus across academic disciplines on a scheme for classifying signals potentially indicating the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life, (ii) supplying a pedagogical tool to help inform the public about the process scientists go through to develop an understanding of a signal and (iii) providing a means of calibrating the expectations of the world at large when signals are discussed in the media. We also present (and encourage the SETI community to adopt) a single set of consistent terminology for discussing signals.The Henry Richter ScaleIf intelligent aliens exist, why haven’t we seen them? ( Kaylie Zacharias of Purdue University puzzles over the never-solved Fermi Paradox. After considering only a couple of requirements for habitability, and possible answers to the paradox, she looks to Mars investigator Brioni Horgan for hope, but possible answers for them both only lie within the Darwinian worldview.“How does life evolve? How unique are we? How critical is it that humanity makes it off this planet? Our quest to find life outside Earth brings us back to those very fundamental questions,” Horgan said. “I think life is the most incredible thing the universe has ever produced, so if we are the only life in the universe, that to me is a huge motivating factor for moving beyond our Earth.”9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet (Live Science). This is a funny slideshow by Brandon Specktor of proposed answers to the Fermi Paradox. It’s a little odd to link the words “strange” and “excuses” to “scientific,” when science is supposed to deal in observable, testable evidence. Perhaps “strange excuses” would suffice. Take your pick: maybe the aliens are hiding in plain sight. Maybe they’ve quarantined Earth. Maybe they live underground and don’t use radios. Maybe aliens always evolve to kill off other aliens. Maybe they died of climate change. Maybe they can’t evolve fast enough. Maybe dark energy is ripping them apart. There’s always one more possibility Specktor didn’t bother to consider: maybe they don’t exist.Life Needs Sunlight — and That Could Change Where We Look for Aliens (Live Science). Assuming they get funding, where should astrobiologists look? This article correctly notes that being in the habitable zone where water can subsist as a liquid is not enough. Habitable planets need to avoid intense flares and excessive UV radiation, for instance. And yet for the RNA World theory to work, there has to be sufficient UV radiation to overcome the energy barriers and get the building blocks to link up. Cambridge astrophysicist Paul Rimmer has done a “thought experiment” to estimate the minimum energy required from a star, and then ran some experiments to see how sulfur-rich compounds behaved under different UV energy levels. He did not get RNA, of course. Another astrobiologist was not particularly impressed.Others may not be so convinced by the new experiments: Frances Westall, an astrobiologist at the National Center for Scientific Research in France who was not involved with the study, called the paper more of an “interesting thought experiment” in an email to She said she’s particularly concerned that one of the two initial sulfur mixes the team used didn’t create RNA under Earth-like conditions — and, after all, we’re positive life started here somehow.“One of my problems with many prebiotic chemistry experiments run by chemists is that they do not consider what the early Earth really was like,” she wrote, mentioning that the team used what she considers an outdated recipe of gases to represent our planet’s early atmosphere. “[Chemists] use spurious concepts simply because they can get good results under certain physicochemical conditions,” Westall wrote.Read Henry Richter’s biography here (click image).Westall’s complaint can be expanded. Not only did Rimmer omit plausible Earth-like conditions, he omitted numerous other factors required for habitability. These were listed by another Caltech geophysicist, Dr Henry Richter, whose recent article here at Creation-Evolution Headlines listed a dozen factors that must be just right for habitability (6 July 2018). Inserting reasonable estimates into his “Richter scale” pretty much rules out life existing anywhere in the universe by chance, considering habitability requirements alone. But he agrees with Westall, “we’re positive life started here,” so there’s at least one success.As a Christian, Henry would argue with Westall’s extra word “somehow,” which presumes the Stuff Happens Law. He would argue instead that the evidence points to intelligent causation: i.e., creation. If evolutionists weren’t so closed-minded and bigoted, they would realize that good, observational science and sound logic actually support creation as the only rational cause for life, especially human life. But with hard hearts, stiff necks and closed minds, the astrobiologists and SETI believers plod on, making even more irrational excuses for the lack of evidence. Arbitrary rules like methodological naturalism that presuppose atheistic causes and hinder understanding should be jettisoned in favor of following the evidence where it leads.Dr Henry Richter lists factors needed for life and calculates the probability it will be found. (Visited 381 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

PRETTYSHOP Scrunchy Scrunchie Bun Up Do Hair Piece Hair Ribbon Ponytail Extensions Wavy Messy Wine red # 118 G27B : Lovely scrunchie

first_imgVersatile Scrunchie and easy to styleIt’s called ‘Dark Blonde’ but it’s not. It’s a mid blonde.High quality hairpiecePRETTYSHOP Scrunchy Scrunchie Bun Up Do Hair Piece Hair Ribbon Ponytail Extensions Wavy Messy Wine red # 118 G27Bhigh quality synthetic heat-resisting (120°C)fibres, which looks like real human hairVery easy to fit with a elastic Hair tie, 30 gramwashable and very comfortable and easy to usePerfect for adding volume and length. For glamour, fashion and elegance, and at any occasionsOther colours and style available in shop As good as the expensive versions. Great value, as good as the more expensive ones. Good quality scrunchie – bought two slightly different shades. Looks like real hair and blends perfectly with mine. Delivery and service from supplier excellent. Can’t go wrong at the price too. Brilliant product and price. Really pleased with this, keeps my hair neat and quick to do ready for work in the morning. The colour was a perfect match and had loads of positive comments about how it looked. Amazing matching in colour really love it ??. Very good quality and value for money. Very good quality and value for money. My hair is pretty fine so needed to twist around my ponytail three times as it is quite a full hairpiece but still looked good and colour match was good too. Good but be careful of what colour you order otherwise you will waste your money. Love this scrunchie, its more or less an exact match to my own hair. I think i might order a few more and just keep swapping them as i use them as i think they might become tatty over weeks or months. Useful looks fairly realistic a tighter curl would also be welcome. Very realistic and comfortable to wear. Very realistic and comfortable to wear.More then enough hair to add depth to your own. I have very fine hair which is thinning due to thyroid issues (getting better though). I got this hoping to create a more volumised look to a messy side bun look i want for an upcoming black tie event. Usually i wouldn’t be brave enough to attempt an up-do like that myself but the event is on a sunday, hairdressers all closed, so it’s diy. For this price and based on the good reviews i figured i would give these a go. I ordered 2 colours, the 10a medium brown (shown in the pictures) and another one called brunette. They are almost identical in colour but the brunette isn’t the same style at all, it’s much shorter and curlier. If you have a look at the pictures you can see the medium brown is not a bad match for my hair at all. Slightly lighter than my own hair but hair tends to be naturally lighter at the ends anyway. Wonderful products, only criticism is the scrunchi elastic band is not wide enough so are unable to be twisted plenty of.Amazing solution and selling price. Definitely happy with this, keeps my hair neat and speedy to do ready for perform in the early morning.Matched my hair colour so very well could not notify it was falselook & feels realrecommend to anyone seeking rapid & ease type updo.Superior excellent scrunchie – bought two a little bit diverse shades. Appears to be like serious hair and blends properly with mine. Supply and assistance from supplier excellent. Are unable to go completely wrong at the selling price as well.Matched my hair colour so very well could not notify it was falselook & feels realrecommend to anyone seeking rapid & ease type updo.Had to minimize out a huge chunk of dazzling ginger. Experienced to slash out a massive chunk of vivid ginger, so not as purely natural looking as it need to have been. Good but be careful of what colour you order otherwise you will waste your money. Love it very natural in colour and style. I want to wear it every day,colour is true to picture,highly recommended. Worth every penny have had lots of compliments. Amazing matching in colour really love it ??. last_img read more

Spinal cord injury

first_imgA severe spinal cord injury often causes loss of feeling and paralysis, the loss of movement and voluntary control over the muscles in the body. Spinal cord damage also causes loss of reflex function below the point of injury interrupting bodily functions such as breathing, bowel control, and bladder control. In the event of a spinal injury prompt medical attention can help to minimize further spinal cord damage.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

Balancing the Bicycle

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 23, 2010June 20, 2017By: Seth Cochran, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Seth Cochran, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. He will be blogging about his experience every month, and you can learn more about him, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle – to keep your balance you must keep moving.”I have never been a poster boy for managing a good Work/Life balance. With a full-time commitment to my project with EHAS and a startup non-profit of my own with OperationOF, I am now facing the challenge of a Work/Work/Life balance. But when I accepted this Young Champion challenge, I expected to grow in unexpected ways.I have to admit that the Life part of my Work/Life balance is typically my first sacrifice. Normally in a situation like this, I would learn just as much Spanish as necessary (if any) and live as close to work as possible.Everyone here speaks great English, so necessity demands little. But learning Spanish has become important to me and I am devoting hours of every day studying its intricacies. I also did not choose the path of least resistance in the apartment search. But, being picky paid off. I found a little flat on top of a tall building. With panoramic views in every direction, my terrace is my new refuge. This wide-open, rooftop patio dumps Spain’s enchanting light on me and I honestly can’t get enough. I’m making every day a little longer just by refusing to miss a sunrise. Believe me, I need all the extra time I can get.So how can I get the Work/Work done with Life demanding a bigger piece of the pie? I keep moving and try to make sure there is very little wasted motion. It helps that my work with EHAS is contributing to my effort with OperationOF and vice versa. This synergy is driving my growing knowledge not only of maternal health, but also of how I can apply old skills in new ways.For example, in my first month with EHAS, I did a fair amount of research on telemedicine and ICT (information and communication technologies) for health. This definitely sharpened my research skills and helped me orient myself around the various peer-reviewed resources available. These research skills found immediate use in the investigation of new approaches to preventing obstructed labor and obstetric fistula for an international consultation.As a member of the Prevention sub-committee in the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) consultation on obstetric fistula, I had the opportunity to present research at the SIU meeting in Marrakesh. My new research skills helped me discover new mechanisms to potentially prevent maternal death. Presenting the findings at the Marrakesh meeting also gave me the opportunity to see one of the world’s leading fistula surgeons: Dr. Steve Arrowsmith. I convinced this thought leader to join OperationOF’s surgical advisory board. So my work with EHAS is not only growing my technical skills, but also helping me strengthen my organization.I am also finding new ways to apply my old private sector skills in my work with EHAS. When I worked in the private equity industry, the application of business development and finance skills translated ideas into profit. As part of my role, I have assisted Andres and Carlos Rey, a member of the EHAS team with broad ICT knowledge, to develop social business strategies for EHAS as part of the Ashoka/Siemens Foundation Social Business Development Group. The strategy sessions and financial forecasting we did this month felt very similar to private sector work, except we sought profit in the form of improved health outcomes. Andres presented the high level strategy at a meeting in Munich and we are now digging deeper into several elements of the plan as well as focusing efforts on maternal and newborn child health.The breadth of my efforts in this Young Champion experience is most definitely fueling my growth as a maternal health innovator, but I am also growing from interaction with my Young Champion peers. Anna Dion and I are adapting a business planning structure. Martha Fikre Adenew and I are developing a collaboration plan to synergize our project ideas. Ifeyinwa Egwaoje and I have discussed how to reduce volunteer attrition and increase participation. Yeabsira Mehari, who also works on obstetric fistula, has shared a great deal of her experiences and ideas with me. There is truly cross-pollination on every level and in every dimension.I love how Einstein implied that balance lives in motion. I am “moving” more than I can remember, but am finding incredible balance amidst the flurry of Young Champion experiences. I can’t wait to see where this “bicycle” will take me next.Share this:last_img read more

NYC – Top Seeds Results Day 2

first_imgA few surprises today at the X-Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour.Early on day two of the X-Blades National Youth Championships, the seeds performed as planned, most of them winning their pool matches. In the Boys 18’s, QSST, Brisbane, NSWCHS and NSWCIS were all victorious. The upsets were 16th ranked North Queensland beating 15th-ranked Northern Territory 18-0, with the major upset being first seeds Sydney Mets going down to 6th ranked NSWCCC 6-3.In other divisions, SQBD played a tight match, tying 8 all with North Queensland in the Boy’s 20’s.  Also in the Boys 20’s, 2nd ranked Southern Suns beat Hornets 14-7, and first seeds Sydney Mets beat fourth seed Cobras 10-6.In the Girls 18’s, SQBD were too good for the Southern Suns and Northern Territory beat South Australia 9-2. Top seeds QSST were too good for Tasmania, winning 15-1, while the other winners were NSWCHS, Sydney Rebels. Northern Eagles and South Queensland fought out a 3 all draw, while the X-Blades match of the round lived up to expectations, with 6th ranked NSWCCC defeating third seeds Brisbane 8-1.In the Girls 20’s, it was all the favourites taking victory, with Brisbane, Sharks, Sunshine Coast, Southern Suns and Sydney Rebels all winning. Later in the afternoon, the Boys 18’s NSWCHS, ranked 4th came back from a heavy defeat to beat the 3rd ranked Cobras 10-3. In other Boys 18’s results, NSWCIS, Southern Suns and the Mets were the winners.In the final games of the day, it was the usual suspects, with NSWCHS, Sharks and NSWCCC winning in the Boys 18’s, although 3rd ranked Brisbane did it tough, being held to 3-all against 11th ranked Hornets. The Hornets were winners in the Girls 20’s, beating Victoria 10-4.last_img read more

Vouchers for Volunteers

first_imgIf you’re a not-for-profit volunteer and you use a vehicle to undertake your volunteering activities, you could be awarded with free BP fuel to help you in your volunteering work. Through this scheme BP will be providing $250,000 in fuel vouchers to volunteers assisting not-for-profit organisations.For further information on this offer, please go to

24 days agoSolskjaer convinced Man Utd on the right path: Not as bad as you think!

first_imgSolskjaer convinced Man Utd on the right path: Not as bad as you think!by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer remains convinced Manchester United are on the right path. Solskjaer thinks his side have performed well despite not getting positive results. The Red Devils are in tenth with nine points from seven games following the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday.And Solskjaer says his side have been unlucky not to get more points from their performances.”There are many things we look at that gives me loads of confidence,” he said. “You can talk about performance, but results matter. “You can talk about results – I can talk about six out of seven good performances that weren’t as bad you thought.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more