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Huskies forced to play games 1 & 2 in Slave Lake

first_imgAfter a great stretch run, it looks like the Huskies will start the playoffs on the road. While the Huskies finished second in the league, thereby earning home-ice advantage through at least the first two rounds, the inability to get ice-time in Fort St. John has forced the Huskies to move games 1 and 2 to Slave Lake. Times are still pending, but it looks like game 1 will be Friday night, with game 2 Saturday night. Both games will be broadcast live on Moose FM – stay tuned for exact start times, and more updates as soon as they become available. – Advertisement -Game 3, and following games (if necessary) will be played the following weekend.last_img

Mosasaurs Show No Clear Record of Evolution

first_imgThe tricks of the Darwin trade come out in force to explain these aquatic reptiles that evolutionists maintain came from land lizards.To understand an evolution paper, you have to learn to look past the overconfident words. “Mosasauroid phylogeny under multiple phylogenetic methods provides new insights on the evolution of aquatic adaptations in the group,” claim six authors publishing in PLoS One. OK, want some insights?Mosasauroids were a successful lineage of squamate reptiles (lizards and snakes) that radiated during the Late Cretaceous (95–66 million years ago). They can be considered one of the few lineages in the evolutionary history of tetrapods to have acquired a fully aquatic lifestyle, similarly to whales, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. Despite a long history of research on this group, their phylogenetic relationships have only been tested so far using traditional (unweighted) maximum parsimony. However, hypotheses of mosasauroid relationships and the recently proposed multiple origins of aquatically adapted pelvic and pedal features in this group can be more thoroughly tested by methods that take into account variation in branch lengths and evolutionary rates. In this study, we present the first mosasauroid phylogenetic analysis performed under different analytical methods, including maximum likelihood, Bayesian inference, and implied weighting maximum parsimony. The results indicate a lack of congruence in the topological position of halisaurines and Dallasaurus. Additionally, the genus Prognathodon is paraphyletic under all hypotheses. Interestingly, a number of traditional mosasauroid clades become weakly supported, or unresolved, under Bayesian analyses. The reduced resolutions in some consensus trees create ambiguities concerning the evolution of fully aquatic pelvic/pedal conditions under many analyses. However, when enough resolution was obtained, reversals of the pelvic/pedal conditions were favoured by parsimony and likelihood ancestral state reconstructions instead of independent origins of aquatic features in mosasauroids. It is concluded that most of the observed discrepancies among the results can be associated with different analytical procedures, but also due to limited postcranial data on halisaurines, yaguarasaurines and Dallasaurus.Hidden with the Jargonwocky are the clues one needs to see what is going on. There is no real story of evolution. The team tries this method and something breaks; then they try another method and other things break. No method produces a clear picture of ancestry and descent. And nowhere do they answer the real question: how did a land animal acquire enough beneficial mutations to move from land to full time in the water?Notice that the mosasaurs are only one of three reptile groups that transitioned to a full-time aquatic lifestyle, along with plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs. When you add in whales, the challenge facing evolutionists is quadrupled.What you find in this paper is a mishmash of evolutionary storytelling methods: convergent evolution, parallel evolution, mosaic evolution — tricks we collectively dub Darwin Flubber.(Visited 499 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gallery: White Lions of Timbavati

first_imgWith the CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference taking place in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, we bring you a collection of images taken at the Global White Lion Protection Trust in Timbavati.Zukhara’s name is derived from the Egyptian sun god Ra. He is also named in honour of a tawny male that was trophy hunted in Timbavati. He has lived up to the name, becoming a confident and powerful apex predator.Images by Varuna Jina Words by Shamin ChibbaThe CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference is starting on Saturday, 24 September 2016 in Johannesburg and the fate of some of South Africa’s beloved animals will be decided during the 12-day event.South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia have submitted a joint proposal to lift the ban on ivory trade, which could change the lives of elephants. At the opposing end, 29 African countries are proposing an end to endemic poaching of elephants and to put a stop to the decline in their numbers.In another case are proposals to change the status of lions from endangered to a species not under threat.So while policymakers will be discussing the fate of wildlife in air-conditioned auditoriums at the Sandton Convention Centre, the animals will still go about their day in the warm South African sun.We present to you a collection of images from the Global White Lion Protection Trust in Timbavati, Limpopo. While the trust’s primary focus is on preserving the white lion, it cares for other animal and plant species in its vicinity too. The trust is proposing against changing the status of lions at CITES CoP17.To find out more on the white lions and CITES, read:Fate of white lions to be decided at CITES CoP17 Children roar to save white lionsThe sun rises over Timbavati. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is close to the Klasserie River, which founder trust lion ecologist Jason Turner says is the lifeblood of the area. Wildlife is suited to Timbavati, he explains. “So with nature restoring itself, the parks in the area are growing and the different species are all moving through as they should be.”Brothers Zukhara and Matsieng are inseparable, says Jason Turner, lion ecologist at the Global White Lion Protection Trust. Here, they were on the way to a hunt. They are marking scents along the way.Zebra form part of the ecology at the Global White Lion Protection Trust camp. Their presence, and the presence of other animals, is an indication that nature is slowly restoring the balance in Timbavati.Zukhara lounges in the morning sun after a night hunting for food.Zukhara and his brother, Matsieng, split up into what Jason Turner, the Global White Lion Protection Trust lion ecologist, calls a pincer formation. It is a hunting tactic that allows the brothers to envelope their prey, giving it little chance of escaping. The pair picks up the scent of a hunt about a kilometre away.Shangaan sangomas dance to appease the ancestors during a ceremony that called for the protection of white lions in Timbavati.At the elephant temple site at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, children wait to perform skits asking policymakers to make decisions that favour the lives of lions.Children stand in line to perform at the elephant temple. The Global White Lion Protection Trust is getting the Shangaan community, and particularly its children, to be the voice of the lions in hope of persuading policymakers to favour the lives of lions.The Global White Lion Protection Trust has created a wild environment suitable for white lions to thrive. This means introducing animals of other species into the reserve, such as this black-backed jackal.Jason Turner, the lion ecologist at the Global White Lion Protection Trust, uses radio telemetry to determine a lion’s proximity. When Turner and trust founder Linda Tucker introduced the white lions into the wild in 2002, scientists were sceptical they would adapt to hunt and be able to camouflage in the bushveld. Turner says the lions integrated quickly into the environment and are thriving.The skull of a blue wildebeest. The trust has numerous species of game, which are part of a holistic ecology that Linda Tucker is aiming for. Wildebeest are part of the white lions’ diet, which includes impala, wild hog and even porcupine.White lions are significant to Shangaan culture. The big cats are believed to be kings and queens of the past reborn.Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, roars for the crowd at one of the trust’s camps. Tucker has immersed herself in Shangaan culture, using their knowledge systems to communicate with lions.Founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust Linda Tucker established the trust as a way to return white lions to the area and bring them back for the Shangaan people. The trust now has six white lions and three tawny females within its boundaries.Matsieng is one of four male white lions at the Global White Lion Protection Trust. According to the trust, he is known to be curious, playful and has an affinity for new lionesses, strutting around to peak their interest. His name means star warrior in Sepedi.Sangomas are said to be able to communicate with the lions in Timbavati. A sangoma, Maria Khosa, saved Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, and her friends from being lion prey in 1991. When the lions surrounded the van of tourists, Khosa appeared from nowhere and calmly made her way to the van, walking among the lions. The big cats calmed down and backed off.A typical male lion paw print. Male lion paws are larger and their toes more splayed than lionesses. Measurements taken from a lion’s paw print can also help Linda Turner, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, guess its age. Such tracks can also help determine the direction the lion is headed.This tiny construction is a remnant of what was a farm before Linda Turner, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, bought the land for the trust. It was a house for Joseph, a farm worker at the time. Today, the little house is empty and Joseph has been hired by the trust and given more dignified lodging at the camp.last_img read more

LaunchRock Wants to Give A Boost to Startups Launching at SXSW

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img The anticipation in the tech world is palpable, as SXSW Interactive kicks off at the end of the week. We expect to see lots of startups launch over the course of the event, and LaunchRock, the creator of viral launch pages for startups is putting the pieces in place to make its own, newly launched service even more useful.We covered LaunchRock here last month, following the startup’s creation over Philly Startup Weekend. LaunchRock makes it incredibly simple to get interested users signed up for your startup service or product, pre-launch. LaunchRock has added more features, including an embeddable widget and an API so that you can integrate the service into your current sign-up process.In order to incentivize startups using LaunchRock in conjunction with SXSW, LaunchRock is running a contest, with the support of CloudSponge, HootSuite, Posterous and Rapleaf to highlight the hottest startups in Austin. For the startup that gets the most signups using LaunchRock during SXSW Interactive, LaunchRock will give that company $1 per signup, up to $5,000.In addition to the viral tools offered by LaunchRock, startups using the service will also get access to some new features that have been integrated into LaunchRock: the ability to easily import email addresses with CloudSponge, add a blog with Posterous, get insights on who’s signed up with Rapleaf, and track the buzz via HootSuite.Even if you’re not using LaunchRock, you can go here and register to make sure you’re on the leaderboard. And while in Austin, you can discover new startups via that leaderboard. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watterslast_img read more