Resolution aims to recruit young bakers

first_imgNA MEMBERS passed a resolution to explore co-opting an under-35-year-old director on to its board at its annual conference last weekend. The motion, to recruit an extra director, aged under 35, was brought by London-based craft baker Christopher Freeman, who said he wanted to send a message to young members that they were the lifeblood of the NA.He said: “We are a small organisation and we need to look to the future very hard.”In the course of the debate, Tony Cavan suggested all directors’ stints on the board should be limited to three years, to create a market for the positions. And Henry Jefferies commented that if it is possible to get a man on the moon, then the NA should be able to get a younger director. It was also suggested by members including Carol Gatto-Hall that younger members must be made more involved in the NA. Currently, they may be intimidated by their parents’ presence at NA meetings and might not feel comfortable next to established figures on the board, delegates suggested. The motion was carried, and the Board will discuss the practicalities of implementing it – such as length of service and how to recruit – at its next meeting in July.However, age discrimination in employment legislation, which comes into effect in October, may complicate the NA’s quest for a young director. The new regulations make it illegal to set age criteria in recruitment, promotion and training, unless it is a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”.last_img read more

Interfaith club hosts ‘Better Together Day’ celebration

first_imgSaint Mary’s students are working together to create a new interfaith group on campus after recent interfaith discussions. Sophomore Alayna Haff said the idea for the club was ignited after Interfaith Youth Core came to campus for a conference earlier this year. Haff discussed Better Together Day, a day that honors interfaith dialogue. “Better Together Day is a national day of action headed by Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit working towards an America where people of different faiths, world views and traditions can bridge divides and find common values to build a shared life together,” Haff said. Julianna McKenna | The Observer Professor Catherine Cornille spoke about the role gender plays in interfaith dialogue Tuesday in Carroll Auditorium.The goal of Better Together Day is to raise awareness about religious diversity and dialogue across college campuses, professor Anita Houck of the Saint Mary’s Religious Studies Department said.“It is an annual day where they invite people to sign up online and bring awareness to the fact that it’s better to have conversations with people who are different from you,” she said. “We want to learn from each other and grow from interaction with other people. Better Together day brings attention to this, especially by getting college age students to talk about these topics.” Religious dialogue is an important aspect of community development, Houck said. “Obviously the most immediate benefit is for us to engage with other interesting people and to get insights about ourselves for those of us that are religious or spiritual or just wanting to develop our own world views,” she said. “We learn so much by talking to people who see the world differently.” She also said engaging in these types of conversations not only advances our religious understanding, but our cultural understanding as well.“We do this by acknowledging commonalities and differences, which allows us to see others as human beings,” Houck said. “It affects our politics, it affects our decisions about who we are going to vote for, what policies we support, the kinds of jokes we are going to make and so forth. It teaches us a lot about ourselves. By learning from other people about how they see the world it clarifies to us about what is really important for us.”Saint Mary’s honored Better Together Day with a lecture by Boston College professor Catherine Cornille on “Women and Interreligious Dialogue.” Cornille argued that women play an integral role in religious dialogue. “Women often are the ones taking initiative to reach out to other religious traditions and because of this are able to break down barriers and are much more open and generous to recognizing truth in other religious traditions,” Cornille said.This is formative in the mission of Saint Mary’s Better Together club, as they plan to appeal to the entire campus community, Haff said.“Our goal for this club is to incorporate our community in working together to make everyone feel included,appreciated and understood,” she said. “We need to be inclusive and understanding of those who are different than us.”Haff said she believes religious dialogue is an important aspect of communication in general. “Research has shown that when someone gets to know a person different from them, their attitudes towards that entire group also grows more positive,” she said. “By learning about other faiths and building relationships with people of different world views, we can break barriers, overcome biases and build bridges.”Tags: Better Together Day, interfaith, interfaith conference, Interfaith Youth Corelast_img read more

Another Evolutionary Statistic Is Wrong

first_imgMarine invertebrate diversity has not increased dramatically over time, contrary to conventional wisdom.  That’s the conclusion of a team of 35 researchers who spent a decade analyzing seashell fossils from around the world.    Science Daily reported the story July 7.  A week later, on July 14, Science Daily reported a follow-up story, entitled, “Disproving Conventional Wisdom On Diversity Of Marine Fossils And Extinction Rates.”  The later article featured John Alroy (UC Santa Barbara), the principal author of the paper published in Science.1  “There’s been 36 years of people arguing about this,” he said.  “And I feel we finally resolved this debate, which is certainly one of the most high profile debates in the study of diversity of the fossil record.”  95% of the fossil record consists of marine invertebrates (see ICR claim).  The abstract says,It has previously been thought that there was a steep Cretaceous and Cenozoic radiation of marine invertebrates.  This pattern can be replicated with a new data set of fossil occurrences representing 3.5 million specimens, but only when older analytical protocols are used.  Moreover, analyses that employ sampling standardization and more robust counting methods show a modest rise in diversity with no clear trend after the mid-Cretaceous.  Globally, locally, and at both high and low latitudes, diversity was less than twice as high in the Neogene as in the mid-Paleozoic.  The ratio of global to local richness has changed little, and a latitudinal diversity gradient was present in the early Paleozoic.The team painstakingly catalogued 248,816 fossils from around the world and found that things that paleontologists have been saying for 40 years may not be accurate.  Diversity reached saturation early after the Cambrian and Ordovician and remained flat, with minor excursions, over the remaining eras.    The new database suggests that there were only three, not five, mass extinctions.  The number of species recovered quickly, they said.  The sixth and last presumed extinction never happened, they claim, based on their results.    Another researcher explained the utility of the project.  She said, “If we know where we have been, we know something about where it will go.”1.  Alroy et al, “Phanerozoic Trends in the Global Diversity of Marine Invertebrates,” Science, 4 July 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5885, pp. 97-100, DOI: 10.1126/science.1156963.It’s good to know where you have been.  Where you have been, though, does not necessarily predict where you will go.  Do these researchers know the answer to such questions?    Statistics can be misleading.  Good for them that they went at it in much more detail than in previous studies.  They have falsified claims going back four decades.  That does not ipso facto “truthify” their own claims.  Because their work has an incestuous relationship with evolutionary geology and biology, any conclusions borne out have a statistically high likelihood of dementia.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MH370 searchers check sonar anomalies

first_imgThe MH370 search team is re-checking more than 40 sonar contacts to make sure they are not the shattered remains of the missing jet.The sonar contacts are anomalies found in previous sweeps that did not fit the profile of a typical aircraft debris field but raised questions about their origin.  The sonar data include some contacts that look more anomalous than others although the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which heads the search, believes most are almost certainly geological formations. The search in the southern Indian Ocean has been underway since the shortly after the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER disappeared in March, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board while travelling between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing. Two ships, the Fugro Equator and  China’s Dong Hai Jiu 101,  are still conducting the search in water up to 5 kms deep.About 96 per cent of the search are has been probed using deep tow sonar but there some areas this technology cannot adequately penetrate. These areas are marked and an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)  currently carried by the Fugro Equator investigates those over a size determined by studies of underwater debris fields from previous aircraft accidents.The torpedo-like Hugin 4500V AUV comes-equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system and uses the latest battery technology to allow it to operate for 30 hours, travelling at about four knots.Highly manoeuvrable and with a turning radius of about 15m, it is equipped with sonar and video surveillance equipment. It is generally programmed to search a particular area and the data downloaded after it returns to the ship but it can also receive commands though an acoustic system.In addition to the AUV, the searchers also have remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried by the Dong Hai Jiu 101  and operated by US firm Phoenix International .The squat ROV — which  is tethered to the ship above by a cable, remotely piloted and comes equipped with video and still cameras — is being used to check the 40 plus sonar anomalies.The Remora III is the same ROV was also used in the recovery of Air France flight AF 447 after it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. That operation successfully recovered the plane’s black boxes but it took two years to locate them even though searchers knew the position of the plane when it went down.Decent weather is needed to launch and recover both vehicles and conditions have been improving in the southern Indian Ocean after a fierce winter which delayed operations. The search is entering the December-March period providing the best weather as searchers move to complete the sweep  120,000 sq. km high priority search area by early next year.The outstanding search area contains some of the most difficult terrain,  although the AUV has covered much of it in the previous two summers.  While there is still a possibility the plane may be found in the current sweep, searchers are bracing themselves for the eventuality it will not.A meeting of transport ministers from Australia, Malaysia and China decided earlier this year that the search, which has already cost $180m, would not be extended unless compelling new evidence emerged.Experts from around the world met in Canberra recently to review the evidence and a report on their findings is expected to be released within weeks.The experts included  several B777 captains, scientists, representatives from accident investigators in the US, the UK and Malaysia as well as the aircraft  manufacturer and technology companies such as Inmarsat and Thales.last_img read more

KohlsFit GeoTour

first_img SharePrint RelatedSchatzhüterin GeoTourOctober 7, 2015In “GeoTours”GeoTour Azores (GT6F)November 13, 2018In “GeoTours”Helena Montana GeoTourNovember 13, 2015In “GeoTours” Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.Share with your Friends:More GeoTour: KohlsFit GeoTourLocation: Valley of the Sun –  Phoenix, Arizona areaTotal Favorite Points: 56A beautiful view from a path in the city near one of the geocachesWhy this GeoTour is unique:The name says it all: Valley of the Sun. If you need a little vitamin D and dry desert air in your life, you’ll love this GeoTour location.All the geocaches on the tour are translated into both English and Spanish, making it the only bilingual GeoTour in the nation.In the last year, families walked a combined 3,500 miles together while participating in the KohlsFit GeoTour.A beautiful view from a path in the city when you are finding one of the geocaches on the tour.Best time of year to visit:Visit October through April to beat the heat. The area is beautiful in the winter, especially if you want to escape the cold.Must-see attractions:All the geocaches on the GeoTour are placed in unique locations around the Phoenix area including art installations, parks, an amazing library, and beautiful hiking & urban trails.Hidden gems only locals know about:Our focus is to help families be active. Many of the caches are tucked away on urban trails and in Maricopa County Parks, all of which bring you to breathtaking desert views.Prizes: This fall, the first 150 geocachers to complete their passports will earn a special trackable. See more details on the October passport.Geocachers pedaling away at Pedal Power, one of the geocache locations.What Geocachers are saying about KohlsFit GeoTour:“Very cool! I was taking a stroll around this neat park. What better way to see it than to cache. Thanks for the stash. Thanks for the cache. SL. Nice Hide!”“A beautiful spring day to go and look and find… great flowers, nice breeze, no snakes, great hides,… what more could a gal want???”“This was our first day of vacation. We always enjoy our visits to Arizona to see roadrunners. Thanks Kohlsfitgeo for placing these caches for us to find and contributing to our fun. from South Dakota.”Additional Information:Make memories, have fun, and be active along the way! For more information and to print a passport, visit www.kohlsfit.com/geocaching.last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Camera Tips for Stabilizing a Shot in Post

first_imgIn this tutorial, let’s take a look at the best camera settings to use if you plan on stabilizing a shot in post-production.If you’re filming on location, there may be times when you know you are going to stabilize a shot in post-production (for example, using Warp Stabilizer in After Effects.) Maybe this is because you’re filming handheld, or perhaps you know you’ll want to smooth out a gimbal shot. Knowing this in advance, you can take advantage of a few camera settings and tips that will make the post-stabilization process a lot easier. In this tutorial, we are going to explore the best settings to use if you plan on stabilizing a shot using Warp Stabilizer in post-production. Wide LensNext, shoot with a wide lens (or just frame your shot a bit wider than normal.) This is because Warp Stabilizer is going to crop in on your footage in order to stabilize it. Knowing this in advance will allow you to frame your shot appropriately — that way your subject doesn’t get cut off in the crop. High Shutter SpeedThe first tip is to use a high shutter speed, which will help reduce motion blur. This allows Warp Stabilizer to analyze your footage better from one frame to the next. (Essentially, everything in your shot will be sharper, which allows Warp Stabilizer to get a better track.) The shutter speed I used in this tutorial was 1/400s. (For comparison, for normal footage I would typically film at 1/60s or 1/120s, depending on the frame rate.) Film in 4KThe next tip, if your camera can do it, is to film in 4K. Again, this is because we know Warp Stabilizer is going to crop our footage, and if you film in 4K, you will still be able to output full 1080p footage after the crop. 2.5K and other resolutions will work as well, just as long as they are higher than your final output resolution.Tripod TrickIf you have a tripod handy, I highly recommend this trick. Mount your camera to a tripod, with the legs of the tripod collapsed inward. (This centers all of the weight.) Then carry the camera and tripod together while you film. The tripod imitates a Steadicam-like movement (due to the weight). This trick will drastically help reduce smaller “micro shakes” on your camera that can contribute to unwanted rolling shutter.Lens and Camera Sensor Stabilization (Optional)Next, depending on your lens and camera setup, you can try using lens and sensor stabilization. Be warned, however: these results can be hit or miss. (Experiment on location. Get one shot with and one without stabilization, so you have options.) If I use one of these, typically I’ll just use lens stabilization. This is because sensor stabilization can be prone to “Jell-o” image distortions that don’t mix well when combined with Warp Stabilizer. (It is worth noting that sensor stabilization generally will also crop in on your framing, so make sure you’re filming wide enough.) If you use lens or sensor stabilization, you’ll want to change the Method setting on Warp Stabilizer from “Subspace Warp” to “Position” for better results.center_img Extra TipsHere are a few other things to keep in mind when you’re filming:Avoid lens flares because they will drastically throw off post-stabilization.While filming with a wide lens, watch out for your own shadow at the bottom of the footage.Use a deep focus range, which insures sharp footage for Warp Stabilizer to analyze.Use the lowest ISO possible to reduce unwanted image noise, which can throw off tracking. Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: How to Make 360° Videos Look BetterBest Lenses for Gimbal CinematographyCreate Seamless Transitions with the WHIP PANVideo Tutorial: How to Use a Vehicle as a Dolly SystemTutorial: How You Can Travel the World Making Videoslast_img read more

Many parties, separatists welcome Hurriyat’s offer

first_imgSeveral mainstream political parties cutting across the ideological divide and separatist groups supported the resumption of dialogue with the Hurriyat, days after Governor Satya Pal Malik welcomed Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s readiness to hold talks with the Centre on Kashmir.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Hurriyat’s new position. “Better late than never. The underlying purpose of the PDP-BJP alliance was to facilitate dialogue between the Government of India and all the stakeholders. I tried my best to make it happen in my tenure as Chief Minister, but I am relieved that the Hurriyat has finally softened their stand,” Ms. Mufti said.Hold talks: NCNational Conference (NC) president and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah said, “If the Governor says ‘Hurriyat has agreed to talks,’ then talks should be held with them.”BJP’s national vice-president and J&K affairs in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna said the Centre was open for a dialogue. “Hurriyat leaders are our own people, they are the residents of J&K. So they are most welcome to talk to us, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but within the ambit of the Indian Constitution,” he said in Srinagar.‘Welcome consensus’“Support for the dialogue process only endorses one point, that the current militaristic approach adopted by the Centre is not a way out to address the Kashmir problem,” the Mirwaiz told The Hindu. “I think New Delhi should rethink its Kashmir policy and come to the table and involve all the parties. We welcome consensus emerging on dialogue”.last_img read more