Title would make Smith a happy Hammer

first_imgMitchell Smith plans to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday by winning his first professional title this weekend.Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect, 20, faces Scott Moises of Norfolk for the vacant southern-area title at the Copper Box Arena.The Frank Warren-promoted card is headlined by emerging middleweight Billy Joe Saunders and is the first of six boxing shows that will be staged at the Olympic Park venue, which hosted handball and modern pentathlon during London 2012.And it is a stone’s throw from the site of the planned new stadium for Smith’s beloved West Ham.“I can’t wait for Saturday night and the venue makes it even more exciting,” Smith told West London Sport.“Being a West Ham fan, I’m really looking forward to fighting there and it’s a place I’d like to fight at more during my career.“It’s also my daughter’s first birthday and I want to bring that belt back home to her on Saturday. It would mean a lot to me.”A former ABA champion, Smith has made a blistering start to his pro career and his dazzling first-round stoppage of Gavin Reid at Wembley Arena in April took his record to 6-0.Beating the 25-year-old Moises (7-7-1) would continue his rapid rise up the rankings and further enhance his growing reputation.His fan base also continues to grow – around 400 of his supporters will travel to east London expecting to see their man produce another impressive display.But Smith said: “I see the three stoppages I’ve had as a bonus. I don’t just go in there looking for the knockout – if it comes it comes.“The main thing is to go in there, perform well and win the fight. If I can get the stoppage then great. I’m an exciting fighter by nature.“It would mean everything to me to get that first pro title and that’s what I’ll be going out there to do.“I’ve sparred with Scott so I know a bit about him. I want to go in there and show what I can do again.“The training’s gone really well, my weight’s perfect, and this week it’s just been a case of tapering it down and getting ready for the fight.“I’m just so looking forward to it. Fighting for titles is what it’s all about and I want this one badly.”See also:Smith is made to work for first pro 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

So Is Archaeopteryx a Transitional Form, Or Not?

first_imgAn international team set out to determine if the skull features of Archaeopteryx, the famous fossil bird, indicated whether it was capable of flight.  The answer reported in Nature1 was affirmative:Here we show the reconstruction of the braincase from which we derived endocasts of the brain and inner ear.  These suggest that Archaeopteryx closely resembled modern birds in the dominance of the sense of vision and in the possession of expanded auditory and spatial sensory perception in the ear.  We conclude that Archaeopteryx had acquired the derived neurological and structural adaptations necessary for flight.  An enlarged forebrain suggests that it had also developed enhanced somatosensory integration with these special senses demanded by a lifestyle involving flying ability.Everything they measured was within the range of characteristics for modern flying birds.  For instance, they say: “Birds with the same body mass as Archaeopteryx have from one-third (for example, galliforms and columbiforms) to five times (for example, psittaciforms and passeriforms) bigger brains.  However, the brain of Archaeopteryx is about three times the volume of those of non-avian reptiles of equivalent size.”  The scientists say nothing about transitional forms, and only make this one indeterminate statement about evolution: “it has remained contentious whether brain size increase was tied to the evolution of flight, arboreality, or other environmental influences,” hardly an affirmation that birds evolved from reptiles.    A very different conclusion was reached by reviewer Lawrence Witmer (Ohio U), who calls Archaeopteryx “the near perfect transitional form.”  Since Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, he says, “it has been a compelling example in the case for evolution.”  Witmer understands that the requirements for flight are pretty demanding: “But flight isn’t just about wings, rudders and flaps,” he says; ”It’s also about the pilot and on-board computer, and those are the missing elements that this new study provides for Archaeopteryx.”  Nevertheless, he concludes, “This latest in a long line of papers on Archaeopteryx affirms the iconic status of this fossil” (i.e., as a classic transitional form between reptiles and birds).    See also the MSNBC and National Geographic slants on this story.1Patricio Domínguez Alonso et al., “The avian nature of the brain and inner ear of Archaeopteryx,” Nature 430, 666 – 669 (05 August 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02706.2Lawrence M. Witmer, “Palaeontology: Inside the oldest bird brain,” Nature 430, 619 – 620 (05 August 2004); doi:10.1038/430619a.A more shameless example of spin doctoring by a Darwin Party hack could hardly be found.  The evidence showed that Archaeopteryx not only had the wings of a bird, but it had the skull of a bird, the eyes of a bird, and the pilot and onboard computer of a bird.  And he has the audacity to say this confirms it as a near-perfect transitional form between reptiles and birds!  Speaking of icons, Witmer needs to read ch. 6 of Icons of Evolution, where Jonathan Wells puts this fossil in its place.  (Click here and here for summaries of his arguments; TrueOrigin has an article by Ashby Camp on Archaeopteryx and the supposed evolution of birds from reptiles.)(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ICT and electronics in South Africa

first_imgThe South African information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is well established and sophisticated.South Africa’s telecom’s infrastructure is 99.9% digital and includes the latest in wireless and satellite communication, the country has the most developed telecoms network in Africa (image: j_cadmus)Brand South Africa reporterThe largest and most advanced in Africa, the local IT industry is characterised by technology leadership, particularly in the field of mobile software and electronic banking services.South African companies are world leaders in pre-payment, revenue management and fraud prevention systems, and in the manufacture of set-top boxes, all exported successfully to the rest of the world.It’s a buoyant sector, with IT spending in 2010 reaching $10,6-billion, according to the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC). Together with telecommunications, it generates an estimated $29-billion in revenues, R10.3-billion of which comes from IT.InnovationSouth African software developers are recognised for their innovation, production and cost efficiency – and are backed by sturdy local infrastructure, as well as government support. For example, the government amended the Income Tax Act in efforts to stimulate local innovation and create jobs: software developers can now claim back 150% of research and development (R&D) expenses against tax. There are around 1 000 software development firms in South Africa.TelecomsWith a network that is 99.9% digital and includes the latest in wireless and satellite communication, the country has the most developed telecoms network in Africa. Financial assistance is also available from the Industrial Development Corporation, which aims to promote technology development. The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) supports companies engaged in the development of innovative or creative products, for example.Several international corporates, recognised as leaders in the IT sector, operate subsidiaries from South Africa, including IBM, Unisys, Microsoft, Intel, Systems Application Protocol (SAP), Dell, Novell and Compaq.OpportunityTesting and piloting systems and applications are growing businesses in South Africa, with the diversity of the local market, first world know-how in business and a developing country environment making it an ideal test lab for new innovations. In 2010/11, Gartner, the international research group, ranked South Africa within the global top 30 software development outsourcing destinations.OutsourcingSouth Africa is a favoured international location for business process outsourcing. Investment opportunities lie in the roll-out of wireless networks and technologies, and in the local assembly of green-energy technologies for electronic components and subassemblies.Other opportunities include the development of access-control systems and security equipment, automotive electronic subsystems, systems and software development in the banking and financial services sector, silicon processing for fibre optics, integrated circuits and solar cells. There are also significant opportunities for the export of hardware and associated services, as well as software and peripherals.Export growth and internationalisation of South African companies is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC). South Africa’s ICT infrastructure is among the most developed in Africa. (Image: Beyond Access)Communications and mobileMuch of the excitement in South Africa’s electronics sector centres around communications – which, together with transport and storage, accounts for around 10% of GDP. The communicaitons sector has been one of the fastest growing of the South African economy, reflecting the rapid expansion of mobile telephony across the country.Read more about South Africa’s telecommunications sectorWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Moeraki Boulders (North Otago) – GC124MY – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 27, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedStonehenge in the Desert — Geocache of the WeekJuly 25, 2018In “Community”A photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Unleash Your Inner Indiana — Raiders of the Lost Cache (GC2HN2H) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 14, 2013In “Community” The Moeraki BouldersThe Geocache of the Week takes us to a striking location. The New Zealand beach looks like a scene from a science fiction movie.The Moeraki Boulders (North Otago) (GC124MY) is a difficulty one, terrain two EarthCache located just south of Oamaru, New Zealand.Local Maori legend has it that the boulders are the remains of eel baskets, kumara (sweet potato), and calabashes (a long, squash-like melon grown on a vine) that washed ashore from the wreck of a large sailing canoe hundreds of years ago.Scientists explain that the boulders were formed over the course of millions of years by a layering process similar to the formation of oyster pearls. The seabed was lifted to form coastal cliffs that have eroded over time causing the boulders to tumble onto the beach.boulder with septaria cracksThe boulders are impossible to miss. Some are up to four meters (13 feet) in circumference and egg shaped.Since the creation of the cache by tomsqrd in 2007, nearly 200 geocachers have logged a visit to this magnificent attraction, awarded it 30 Favorite Points, and shared an incredible 436 images.One geocacher logging a visit writes, “What a great location to come to and explore! Really enjoyed the walk on the beach. It is quite amazing how spherical the concretions are. Thanks for an added reason to stop on my drive south!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.comFrom one boulder to anotherShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Mamata, Chamling agree to resolve irritants, work together

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Sikkim counterpart Pawan Kumar Chamling on Friday agreed to bury the hatchet on the Darjeeling issue and work together for peace and development in both the States. The two Chief Ministers held a meeting at the mini secretariat here on Friday. Later, at a joint press conference, they said the differences that arose between them during the disturbances in Darjeeling last year were a matter of the past. “We are neighbouring States. Both of us need a good understanding to maintain peace and promote development works. All misunderstandings are over now,” they said, adding that “all the problems and petty issues” between the two States would be sorted out and coordination strengthened.Mr. Chamling promised to cooperate with West Bengal in all the development initiatives in the Darjeeling hills. Ms. Banerjee, in turn, assured Mr. Chamling of her government’s cooperation for Sikkim’s development. “Because of their strategic locations, both Darjeeling and Sikkim need peace and development for growth and prosperity,” Ms. Banerjee said. Stating that Sikkim’s presence at the just-concluded Darjeeling Business Summit could have helped the region attract more investments, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo invited Mr. Chamling to its next edition. Mr. Chamling too invited Ms. Banerjee to Sikkim. Stating that a major share of tourists to Sikkim was from West Bengal, Ms. Banerjee said she would ensure that transportation between the two States was smooth. “Bengalis constitute a major chunk of Sikkim’s total tourist volume. I too love Sikkim, its capital Gangtok, and several other places. We have to think about the tourists. Vehicles from both sides will move freely and officials from both the States will take appropriate measures in this regard,” she said. Ms. Banerjee had, last month, accused Sikkim of fuelling the unrest in Darjeeling. She had also alleged that those with vested interests in Sikkim did not want development in the hills of Bengal. Mr. Chamling had voiced support to the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland during the over-three-month-long Darjeeling agitation last year and written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the statehood would fulfil the demand of the people of the hills, bring permanent peace in the region and benefit Sikkim.Special Correspondent adds from Kolkata: Sources told The Hindu that the Union Home Minister played a “proactive role” in settling the differences.last_img read more

Narendra Modi condoles death of archbishop of Shillong

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the demise of archbishop of Shillong, saying he will be remembered for his passion towards Meghalaya’s progress.Dominic Jala (68), the archbishop of Shillong, Meghalaya died in a car accident in California, US, according to news reports.“Anguished by the passing away of Most Rev Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong. He will be remembered for his impeccable service to society and passion towards Meghalaya’s progress,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted quoting Mr. Modi.last_img

Stunner! Kate Upton flaunts her cleavage for upcoming V Magazine shoot

first_imgModel Kate Upton has shot for an upcoming V Magazine photo spread wearing a super sexy silvery bra. She flaunted her sizeable assets in a stunning lace bra for the magazines photo shoot.Click the picture to see the galleryGiving her fans a sneak peek into the shoot, Kate tweeted two photographs from the V Magazine shoot. In the second picture, Kate sports thick black eyebrows, thick false eyelashes, and partially-up hair for the 1960’s-inspired picture. Her make-up was done by Jeanine Lobell.The 20-year-old blonde bombshell recently revealed that she would rather look like a normal girl than a stick-thin model. Kate has done cameos in Tower Heist and The Three Stooges.Kate Upton is known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue first in 2011, when she was named Rookie of the Year, and again in 2012, when she was announced as the cover model.last_img