TCU School of Music celebrates 40th Jazz Festival

first_imgLinkedin ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ writer visits campus, talks media coverage on Nike, Kaepernick ad Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Brandon Kitchin Campus organizations to host ‘Black Panther’ screening, discussion + posts Memorial to commemorate MLK Jr. to come to downtown Fort Worth Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ printThere were plenty of notes and swing rhythms filling Ed Landreth Hall and the PepsiCo Recital Hall as the School of Music celebrated the 40th anniversary of the TCU Jazz Festival and its impact on thousands of young musicians throughout the years.“I just wanted to get high school students on campus to see the campus and hear our bands,” said Curt Wilson, director of jazz studies emeritus. He was honored for creating the festival.Wilson, a TCU alumnus, recalled the festival’s first year in 1978 starting in the old Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. He said the stands were packed and he remembers how hopeful he was that the festival would turn out to be a good idea for years to come.“We get the young kids to try things that maybe if they’re a little bit older they’d be a little bit more hesitant to take on,” said Director of Jazz Studies Joseph Eckert, who is also a professor of saxophone. “The presence of big bands in middle schools has expanded and many of the high schools have two and some have three big bands.”Now in his tenth year at TCU, Eckert said he has seen the festival grow more popular every year to the point where there’s a waiting list for schools to participate.“We’ve had bands come from Louisiana and from Oklahoma, and across state lines to come to the festival so the interest is there,” he said.In previous years, bands from Tennessee, Iowa and Hawaii have traveled to perform.The festival runs as a competition among participating bands in their University Interscholastic League classifications, meaning there are multiple performance divisions to accommodate for different skill levels and school sizes where bands perform in front of a panel of adjudicators.This year there were five categories: Middle School, 5A Non-Varsity, 5A-Varsity, 6A Non-Varsity, and 6A-Varsity. Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Kaufman High School, Lone Star High School, Carroll Senior High School and Plano West High School won respectively in those divisions.Curt Wilson, Director of Jazz Studies Emeritus giving tips to a band during a post-performance clinic. (Brandon Kitchin/TCU360In addition to the contest portion, the festival offers a post-performance clinic for bands to get direct feedback from a judge who heard them play on stage.“Directors are always eager to get comments and constructive criticism,” Eckert said. With the extra session, bands can find out how they did right afterwards getting on-the-spot contextualized tips on how to improve, instead of relying on reading comments off the score page.Each year at the festival an accomplished jazz guest artist comes to perform and offer a clinic of their own. This year’s artist, John Fedchock, is a trombonist, Grammy-nominated arranger and bandleader of the John Fedchock New York Big Band.Fedchock said he enjoys seeing young musicians learning and expanding their musical minds when he speaks to them in instances like his clinic.“It’s nice to see when the lightbulbs go off and people start making connections about things and associations because that’s when you know you get your idea across,” Fedchock said. “If they’re not on the right track, then that’s why I’m here to set them straight.”Junior music education major Catelyn Hawkins, who has participated in the jazz festival every year since she’s been at TCU, said the festival is a big deal.“Over the years I have seen the true impact music has on people and I am constantly amazed by the talent that enters our doors during the festivals,” she said. “It’s really neat for students to interact directly with amazing jazz musicians. It’s not a privilege most people get!”Last 10 years of special guest musicians at TCU Jazz FestivalIn the span of 40 years, jazz has changed immensely through the advancement of technology and mixing with other genres of music Fedchock said.“You’ve got a lot more influences now just because the world is getting smaller with transportation and the Internet and everything,” Fedchock said. “The only way to take it a new way was to add a different rhythmic element under it or a different stylistic element. There’s a lot of music that you can’t really put a specific label on now because it’s such a mixture of so many different things.”Eckert talked about the different eras of jazz and how the approach of writing has changed. The musical setting and mood has also changed over time too.“When I started playing in big bands back in the 60s… the music of Glenn Miller and Bennie Goodman and Count Basie and Duke Ellington was standard repertoire,” Eckert said. “It might have been more dance music, whereas today with some of the modern bands and modern composers, it’s more considered concert music.”All the changes, he said, are a product of the desire to be different just like any other art form.“[Composers and arrangers] were trying to reach out to new horizons and maybe to a new audience. Some of the jazz music now have elements of rock and hip-hop and fusion, you know different styles to incorporate into the big band,” Eckert said.The 41st TCU Jazz Festival will take place Mar. 23-24, 2018 and will feature special guest and trumpeter Bobby Shew. 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World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleMoney Week teaches impact of philanthropyNext articleTCU looking for Kenny Hill to regain ‘swagger’ this season Brandon Kitchin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU Faculty Jazz combo performing in Ed Landreth Hall. (Brandon Kitchin/TCU360)last_img read more

Press release: Charity Commission issues Official Warning to trustee of housing charity

first_img Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 We want to see all charities thrive, so I welcome the arrival of new trustees at Expectations UK. This should signal a watershed moment for the charity, and I expect the new board to take swift steps towards tightening its governance and management. Charity trustees should at all times consider the needs of their beneficiaries, and be driven by their charitable purpose and mission in everything they do. The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today (5 February 2019) issued an Official Warning to a trustee of Expectations (UK) (registered charity number 1152491) due to a breach of trust and legal duties.The charity, which operates in Birmingham to provide social housing accommodation and assistance, has been subject to a regulatory compliance case since August 2017 due to concerns about its governance and the viability of the charity.The Official Warning, issued under section 75A of the Charities Act 2011 comes after the trustee, Mr Blanchette, failed to cooperate with the Commission and failed to comply with two formal Action Plans previously issued.The Commission is concerned by serious governance issues within the charity and has advised of the need to strengthen the board to bring additional skills and expertise into the charity.The Commission’s previous advice required the trustee to provide a business plan as evidence of its short and long term financial viability to provide the service and manage debts. Despite several requests, that plan was not provided until the Commission took steps to impose the Official Warning.The regulator is also concerned about decision-making around an emergency loan provided by a company whose director is an associate of a former trustee. The decision to accept the loan was not documented, and so it is unclear whether the conflict of interest and/or loyalty was identified and properly managed.The charity is also in breach of its statutory duty to file an annual return and accounts for the financial years ending March 2016 and March 2017. It has also provided the Commission with information that was inconsistent with that provided to another regulator also engaged with the charity.The Commission is encouraged to see that steps have been taken to address its governance concerns, and that 5 new trustees have recently been appointed to the charity’s board.Tracy Howarth, Head of Regulatory Compliance at the Charity Commission said: Email [email protected] In issuing the warning, the Commission has set out action that should be taken to address its regulatory concerns, including carrying out a governance review, filing the outstanding accounts; submitting a business plan to the Commission.The Commission expects the newly appointed trustees to address its concerns as a matter of priority.Tracy Howarth added:center_img Press office The regulator will be engaging with the new trustees, as well as Mr Blanchette, as part of its ongoing case. Any further breaches of charity law or regulatory advice would be of serious concern to the Commission.The Official Warning is published in full here.Ends.Notes to editors: The power to issue charities or individuals with an Official Warning was granted by the Charities Act 2016. It is designed to ensure a charity or its trustees know that a breach, misconduct or mismanagement has taken place and that it needs to be rectified. An official warning is not a statutory direction. The Commission cannot use an official warning to direct trustees to take specific action. However, it must specify any action it considers the trustees or the charity should take to rectify the breach, misconduct or mismanagement. Furthermore, failure to remedy any breach specified in a warning can be used as evidence of misconduct or mismanagement including when considering whether to exercise other specified powers. Section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011 gives the Commission the power to issue formal regulatory advice, including Action Plans, to trustees. The public, and those that rely on the vital support of charities, expect high standards of integrity and accountability from those that run charities. This trustee has failed to live up to those standards, exposing their charity to serious uncertainty and risk. This warning should serve as a reminder to all charity trustees that their work is of high importance, and that they will be held to account for compliance with their legal duties and regulatory advice.last_img read more

David Pope: HooYu – Betting needs to stay alert on temporary KYC actions

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The four months of global lockdown has seen several regulators place temporary player restrictions across licensed gambling marketplaces.   Facing further regulatory scrutiny, David Pope Marketing Director of digital customer identification solutions provider HooYu tells SBC that betting would be foolish to think of new KYC demands as pandemic stopgap measures. _____________________SBC: Hi David, great to catch-up. Are you surprised by the UKGC’s ‘lockdown measures’ asking operators to increase customer interventions, player monitoring, due diligence and affordability checks?HooYu: Hi SBC…  no I’m not surprised at all.  That’s their general direction of travel, to drive their licensees to make sure that each customer is looked after and considered by each customer’s personal circumstances, not just by how much they bet,I know the industry is hurting with the lack of sports markets but it’s healthy to see regulators regulating and identifying market risk. In the long run looking after the customer is what will keep the gaming industry buoyant and help ensure continual long-term growth. Sadly, there wasn’t enough of that in 2008 when we saw the last significant economic shock.This is something that we will see more of from the UKGC and other regulators.  I see a very near future where the term Understand Your Customer is as common as Know Your Customer.SBC: The UKGC has asked for operators to revisit their framework on triggers and consider their customer base and their disposable income levels as a starting point for deciding intervening actions… Can this broad remit be fulfilled by incumbents?DP:  Only partially.  Operators tend to only use customer behaviour triggers such as withdrawal reversal, velocity, spend, loss chasing etc that lead to customer outreach, cool-off offers or limit setting to trigger player review or outreach. Once an operator conducts Enhanced Due Diligence on a player then they start to look for negative financial indicators.    However, at present operators don’t have the tools to programmatically assess each customer’s financial situation before deciding thresholds at which problem gambling triggers are set.SBC: Focusing on KYC. Can a betting operator gather relevant data on consumers who have likely been disrupted in such a short period of time (daily habits, spend, income,)?DP:  It’s tough for gaming operators, they’re don’t have access to the same sort of financial insight as financial services providers do. One of the ways that HooYu helps solve this for gaming clients is to use our UX and UI tools to reach out to the customer to ask for copies of payslips, bank statements or other documents that help understand a customer’s source of funds.SBC: Operating under unprecedented circumstances. From your experience, how has COVID-19 changed the roadmap for KYC and compliance tech development? DP:  Firstly, the reduced customer activity and diminished sign-up flow has made the efficiency of the KYC process even more important.   More than ever now, operators need to work with a partner that helps them optimise the success of their KYC process, not just give them the tech to tick the KYC regulation box.Secondly, the KYC process is evolving into what I call UYC, namely Understand Your Customer.  Again, operators need to work with a KYC provider that enables them to go a little deeper to reveal negative financial indicators or address links to known problem gambling or self-exclusion cases.SBC: Finally, as industry mindsets focus on recovery strategies, what core dynamics and factors should betting leadership be focused on to ensure long-term stability?DP:  Stable long-term growth is more likely when we minimise the chance of seismic shocks.  True, there’s no way we can forecast the next Covid-19, but it’s certainly time for regulators, operators and their tech partners to come together to examine how we can help evolve KYC to UYC.At HooYu, we’re designing the future of gaming KYC/UYC and I’m keen to hear from operators what they want so please do email me at [email protected] with your wish list._______________________last_img read more

Why the death of George Floyd has resonated throughout the NBA

first_img Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Legions of fans have been waiting for months to see NBA players gather again in the same building — but not like this.The scene at Minneapolis City Hall was grim and somber, as Stephen Jackson — flanked by Karl-Anthony Towns, Gary Trent Jr. and Josh Okogie among others — spoke passionately and painfully about George Floyd, the man he called “my twin” for their close physical resemblance.Floyd’s death is now famous nationwide after a video was released showing his arrest: While Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee across Floyd’s neck, Floyd complained that he couldn’t breathe before eventually appearing to pass out. Bystanders asking Chauvin to stop the chokehold were largely ignored. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.“A lot of times, when police do things they know that’s wrong, the first thing they try to do is cover it up, and bring up their background to make it seem like the (expletive) that they did was worthy,” said Jackson, a 14-year NBA vet who once played for the Clippers. “When was murder ever worthy? But if it’s a black man, it’s approved.” The momentum of outrage of Floyd’s death, however, has spurred consequences: Four officers involved in the arrest were fired; as of Friday, Chauvin had been arrested and charged with third degree murder. Protests sparked throughout the country, with at least seven people shot in Louisville and the destruction of a police precinct in Minneapolis. Public officials have been caught between attempting to empathize with the frustration of citizens tired of the deaths of black people at the hands of police, while also hoping to maintain a sense of order as riots have escalated.While NBA stars have long been vocal about this particular issue, perhaps most memorably dating back to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the NBA is particularly close to this case. In addition to being Jackson’s friend, Floyd died in Minneapolis, an NBA market. While in another year, the NBA playoffs might keep some occupied from speaking out on social issues, with the league on hiatus, off-court interests are especially piqued, and frustration is being expressed throughout the NBA about Floyd’s death and other similar cases in the last few months.The scale of these responses has spread throughout whole organizations: In an internal memo reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Hawks announced they would bring in a diversity expert to conduct a workshop for company employees, and invited anyone disturbed by the high-profile deaths to speak out. But many are reacting as individuals, as concerned citizens dismayed by what they see as a chronic injustice.“It’s a sad thing to see young minorities being murdered on camera by people supposed to protect us,” Lakers guard Quinn Cook told Southern California News Group. “You don’t know what can happen. We need to pray for our country, pray for George Floyd and his family, and we have to keep being a voice for reason.”There’s an inherent tension for black athletes between the game and league that has helped them become famous, and the reality that many black people still face profiling and excessive violence for the color of their skin. On “Get Up” on ESPN, former player Jalen Rose spoke to the juxtaposition: “I wish America loved black people as much as they love black culture. Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ “We’re not here designed only to entertain,” Rose added. “We’re actually living and breathing human beings that have a multitude of intelligence, work ethic, discipline and talent.”Recent years have seen the NBA’s biggest stars make efforts to expand the scope of their influence, perhaps no one moreso than the Lakers’ LeBron James. His media company Uninterrupted carries the tagline: “More Than An Athlete.” He famously has skirmished with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, who once advised him to “shut up and dribble” (James later backed a documentary by the same name about the history of social activism in sports).In the last few days, James has tweeted frustration about the death of Floyd, posted a photo of himself wearing an “I CAN’T BREATHE” T-shirt from when Eric Garner died in 2014, and posted workout videos of himself listening to hip-hop group Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power.”But James is far from the only NBA luminary to weigh in, and not all are black: Golden State Steve Kerr tweeted early in the week that he believed the Floyd video showed a case of murder. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Kerr underlined that the black community needs white advocates to help enact real change.“I think most people in my circle can talk about this stuff and we are horrified. And then we move on. Move on to the next day,” Kerr said. “Human nature is to live your own life, take care of yourself, take care of your family. When you see something horrifying, you wanna do something about it. But when you don’t live it, when it’s not in your backyard, not your children, it’s easier for things to slide by. Even when people are outraged.”Related Articles Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead last_img read more

Brandon Ingram clears his mind and the Lakers benefit

first_img Lonzo Ball helping key Lakers’ surprising defensive resurgence The former No. 2 overall pick finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and filled out the box score with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Lakers blow out Pistons behind balanced scoring, sizzling shooting LOS ANGELES — The burden of expectation has never drifted far from Brandon Ingram. Even Lonzo Ball has been presented as a complement to Ingram’s eventual stardom, rather than a standalone replacement.Imagine Ingram’s mind as a blizzard of prognostications: emerge as a go-to scorer, take big strides defensively, show flashes of an All-Star in the making.On Tuesday, perhaps for the first time this season, Brandon Ingram accomplished all of those things in one game. All he had to do was not worry about doing them.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think I had a clear head,” Ingram said. “I was confident, I knew I had no self doubt in what I was doing. Everything was in flow.”After a 113-93 win over Detroit at Staples Center, Ingram said he didn’t think about how many shots he took. Or if could score 25 points.“It’s what I loved about him when I watched him play in college,” Coach Luke Walton said. “It was what he was doing at the end of last year, just playing, making the appropriate read. … When he plays like that, he gives other guys a round of confidence.”Lonzo Ball said it is “like night and day” when Ingram is able to focus.“When he plays like this we’re going to be hard to beat,” Ball said. “He’s only 20, that’s the scary thing. We’ve got a long way to go, but tonight was a great game for him.”center_img It was another encouraging defensive performance for the Lakers, who play in Portland on Thursday, and Ingram was at the heart of it. He has logged eight steals over his last two games, after recording just two over the first five.“Hopefully something clicked for him on that part of the game,” Walton said.Ingram’s six assists were also a season high, and better than all but two games in his rookie season.“Of course, I’m human, everyone wants to score the basketball,” Ingram said. “To win these games I have to be locked in, I have to help my teammates be locked in, I have to have their back.”Against the Pistons, Ingram said, “We didn’t care who shot the ball as long as it went into the hole.”The victory was the Lakers’ most complete performance, leading Walton to say that his message in Portland will be pretty simple.“My pregame speech for next game is just going to be go out and do what you did last game,” he said.STAY IN YO LANEEven before scoring another 62 points in the paint on Tuesday, the Lakers were already leading the league in that department.Their 55.1 points in the paint ranked No. 1 in the NBA, and Walton said there’s a good reason for that.“Have you seen our 3-point shooting,” Walton joked. “Let’s get to the paint, let’s not settle for 3s.”Of course, on Tuesday, they enjoyed the best of both worlds. The Lakers had their best night from beyond the arc, as well. Making 12 of 26 3-point attempts. But Walton knows the Lakers don’t have the personnel to do that on a nightly basis, so while the rest of the league zigs, he wants his team to zag.“In a modern NBA where everyone runs to the 3-point line,” Walton said, “we want to put pressure at the rim.”It’s been a constant theme throughout the first month of the season.“We want to run to the rim,” he said. “We don’t want to run to the 3-point line. It’s something we’ve been focusing on. It’s just part of the mentality and identity that we want to create.”KUZ SHOESNo one shot the ball better from deep on Tuesday than Kyle Kuzma, who made all four of his attempts from deep. Footwear mogul Lonzo Ball said it could be attributed to Kuzma’s shoes, a custom pair of Kobe A.D.’s  that said “Kuzzz!” across the toe.“Those shoes he had,” Ball said, “I told him it was a good game, so wear those.” Brandon Ingram says he’s ready to become Lakers’ next great closer Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ladyboys make a splash to raise 1.3 million baht for charity

first_imgTickets were priced at 1,500 baht which included entrance to the event and the buffet in the evening; it ‘sold out’ weeks ago and this demonstrates the outstanding public support for this one-of-a-kind event which has a unique carnival atmosphere.Father Giovanni Contarin from the Camillian Home (left) gratefully accepts a cheque for 500,000 baht from event organizer Tony Sales.Tony stated that despite the atrocious weather he was delighted with the turnout.  In 2012 he hosted the first event hoping to raise 150,000 baht – the event nearly doubled that amount, then in 2013 it raised 1,000,000 baht shared between 4 charities. Water4Life (Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard), Heartt2000, Life Home Trust Project (Phuket) and Camillian Homes.115 people sponsored the 8 teams, and 4 corporations made significant contributions – NB Surveys contributed 150,000 for the second year running.The raffle and auction consisted of dining vouchers from popular Pattaya eateries – Beefeater, Sportsman and Yamato restaurants.  Many other items were donated by individuals and by every participating bar.Dr. Jureerat (left) receives a cheque for 500,000 baht on behalf of Dr Philippe Suer (Heartt2000) from Tony Sales.After last year’s event all the teams were invited to visit each of the 4 beneficiaries and every team actively participated in these visits. They could see the actual results of their contribution.  One visit was to deliver 250 gravity-fed water filters to the mangrove swamp area, near Chantanaburi, to provide free potable water to 250 families for up to 5 years.  This year’s beneficiaries are the Camillian Home and Heartt2000, Tony Sales explained: “250,000 baht makes a difference but 500,000 makes a bigger difference.  Camillian is a wonderful place for kids suffering from a variety of disabilities, and we wanted to make a BIG difference.  They are building a new extension and we hope that our contribution can see that realized on schedule.”TJ’s team relax in the pool before one the qualifying matches.Tony continued: “Heartt2000 is run by Doctor Philppe Suer who looks after 2000 patients affected with HIV.  He has my personal respect as a ‘one man’ humanitarian who invests his own time in helping people with HIV.  This illness is not a killer if treated quickly enough – education is the key.”The sponsors for the 2014 event were the Areca Lodge, NB Surveys, LadyBoysPattaya, OzTrail Leisure Products, USVPN, The Beefeater, Sportsman, Yamato and Pattaya Mail & Pattaya Mail TV.Cheerleaders get into the spirit of things.Aside from the charity angle the focus on the day was to have fun, with teams from 8 bars around Pattaya and Bangkok giving up their time and energy to show their positive contribution to society.  Since May, many of them have been training hard, honing their skills on the beaches around town in an effort to be crowned worldwide ladyboy water volleyball champions.Last year’s winning team, Sensations, had lost 2 of their key players so TJs, last year’s runners up were keen to take advantage.  There were two ‘dark horses’ (Temptations and Check In Bar), competing from Bangkok, and that left everyone unsure of the outcome.The Pattaya teams (Baby Boom, Kings Bar, La Bamba, Sensations, Stringfellows and TJs) were all under pressure to secure a home win.The Areca Lodge sold drinks and food at competitive prices as the ladyboys played game after game and after a while as the rounds became more heated everybody forgot about the rain.A fashion parade and water volleyball tournament go hand in hand.The standard of play has improved vastly over the last few years and the top 5 bars were those that practiced the most – and it showed.In spite of the torrential rain the matches were all completed on time with one critical point, in a deciding game between TJs and Baby Boom, seeing a challenge with the referees actually referring to video footage to confirm the point and decision.Sensations take on Baby Boom in the tournament final at Areca Lodge, Saturday, Nov. 1.In the end it was a black and white finish with Sensations in Black and Baby Boom in white, and yet again Sensations came in first place, earning them the coveted title of 2014 champions.The hugely enjoyable day raised 1,300,000 baht and after expenses 500,000 baht was donated to the Camillian Home and another 500,000 baht to Heartt2000.More information about this unique and colorful event can be found online at www.lbwvb.com. The only ladyboy water volleyball contest in the world took place on Saturday the 1st of November at the Areca Lodge in central Pattaya.  This is the third consecutive year the event has taken place and despite dark skies and torrential rains, a loyal turnout of fans and enthusiastic players resulted in it being the greatest fundraiser yet. The whole event is the brainchild of Tony Sales, a man who is keen to show ladyboys (transgenders/transsexuals) in a positive light.  “Every strata of society has good and bad – I am proud of all the teams to demonstrate that many ladyboys care about their society and, given the chance, can positively contribute.  We have given them that opportunity and they excel,” said Tony.Event organizer Tony Sales (left) presents the winning trophy to the Sensations Bar Team.The venue for the event was the large pool nestled at the rear of Areca Lodge on Soi Diana and it provided the ideal location and size for the 350 people who attended.last_img read more

UPDATE: Leafs 2-0 on Okanagan road trip

first_imgNelson Leafs exploded for four goals in the third period to dump the Kelowna Chiefs 5-1 Satuday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in the Central Okanagan City.Travis Wellman, Carsen Willans, Tyler Garcia and Alec Wilkerson scored for Nelson in a period the Leafs out shot the Chiefs 15-5.Cole Arcuri and Kyle Hazelwood exchanged first period goals.Tyler Moffat made 19 saves to register his ninth win of the season.The Leafs wrap up the three-game road swing Sunday afternoon in Summerland against the Steam.Former Leaf Matthew Naka was in the lineup for the Chiefs. Naka, traded to Kelowna last week, registered no points in the game.Wellman scores twice to power Leaf past North Okanagan 5-1 Travis Wellman scored twice to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 5-1 win over North Okanagan Knights in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in Armstrong.Nelson scored three times in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit en route to the win.Brandon Sookro, Bryce Nielsen and Darnel St. Pierre added singles at Nelson pushed its season record to 11-0-1-1.Wellan, increasing his goal scoring lead to 21, finished the game with three points.St. Pierre, Jamie Vlanich and Alex Wilkerson each had two points.Mat Lambert scored the lone goal for the Knights, which led 1-0 after the first periodd.Nelson, leading the Murdoch Division by six points over Beaver Valley, out shot North Okanagan 37-31 making a winner out of goalie Tyler Moffat.Nelson travels to Kelowna to take on the Chief Saturday.The Leafs conclude the three-game swing through the Okanagan with a game Sunday in Summerland.last_img read more

Mechanical Engineering in the Skeleton

first_imgNote: While the editor is out of town, we are bringing you readings of interest from creation books associated with CEH.Wonders of the Immune System, by Dr Henry Richterfrom Spacecraft Earth, a Guide for Passengers (CMI, 2017, ch. 2, “The Spacesuit: The Amazing Human Body,” pp. 42-44).The elbow is a marvelous piece of mechanical design. It is an articulating joint between two bone structures that allows movement of the arm along two different axes (hinge movement and some rotation). An elbow is essential for people to be able to manipulate their surroundings. It’s just one example of the hundreds of joints in the human body. Fingers have three joints each. The wrists have gliding joints that allow motions in two dimensions, allowing the hand to move up and down or side to side. The shoulders have ball-and-socket joints. The legs have joints at the hips, knees, and ankles. Feet have dozens of joints; the bone structure of the foot is “a biomechanical masterpiece” one news report said.The elbow is a ‘hinge joint’ that connects the humerus of the upper arm to the radius and ulna of the forearm. It actually consists of three joints in one. The humeroradial joint is a ‘ball and socket’ joint that complements the hinge-type humeroulnar joint. The bone ball is perfectly matched to the cavity of the socket. Cushioned with cartilage, it permits smooth, easy movement while being held in place in this captured position. Cartilage provides a smooth, very low friction surface between the ball and the socket. Then there is a gland, which secretes the perfect lubricant to the cartilage, thus ensuring low friction between the ball and the socket. Figure 1 shows the basic components.We must wonder, again, how all these parts could have come together through a series of random mistakes (mutations). If they required numerous small, gradual changes one-by-one, then how did rudimentary bone joints function before all of the necessary features were in place and working in concert?   How could a mutation creating a ball provide any fitness benefit before its matching socket arrived?  A square ball and a square socket certainly wouldn’t work. If the first production of a ball at the end of the bone was not approximately spherical, then how could the joint move? If the joint didn’t move, it would be useless, and the survivability of the body would be very much in question. If the first product of an elbow were so crude as to not allow much movement, then how did that body survive and produce countless generations in order to let random chance produce a more perfect joint?The elbow is not only able to bend like a hinge, but also to rotate in the upper radius-ulnar joint, rotating the hand with it. This requires an additional set of muscles, the radius bone fitting into the socket and controlling the ball at the end of the humerus bone. That’s amazing.Henry Richter’s book is available for $12 from Creation.com, or $8 each for 5 copies. It is also available in eBook formats.The same can be said for all the other articulating joints in the body. It is interesting to me that all of the joints are so similar in function and design. If an elbow came about through a long chain of random, gradual variations to individual elements, then how come our two elbows are identical, yet mirror images of each other?  If one of them developed through a long series of spontaneous aberrations, it seems remarkable that an identical set of aberrations would have happened to the other elbow to create an identical design with the opposite orientation. Even if, (as evolutionists believe), these came about by master-switch genes far upstream of the details, why would these master switches create symmetry between left and right parts of the body?Consider just one elbow. How did its development progress having to simultaneously produce a bone ball and matching socket, the cartilage just right to cushion movement, and the lubricating fluid to maintain the cartilage?  Each is necessary for the proper working of the whole. If any one of these elements was missing or improperly shaped, that early organism would have had a very difficult time of movement and survival waiting for random chance, again through countless generations, to supply the missing cartilage, fluid or exact matching shape of the ball and socket.That lubricating fluid, by the way, has been called “nature’s most effective grease.” The substance, called lubricin, is a protein with tiny “feet” that attach themselves to virtually any surface. The proteins assemble into a dense, carpet-like layer between the joints that cushions the bones as well as reducing friction as they slide past one another. Without this amazing substance, bones would wear out much faster and our movements would be painful and stiff. Instead, they allow us to operate like a ‘well-oiled machine’. Was the origin of this highly effective lubricant just one more accident of nature?We do not see imperfect or missing forms around us now, except in rare circumstances—and those are usually caused by genetic defects. Yet genetic defects are supposed to be the raw material for improvement in living things! Genetic defects are overwhelmingly deleterious. Even if a beneficial mutation did arise, it would not add novel genetic information which is required for organisms to progress from simple to complex. Most likely, it would be useless (and quickly removed) if the matching parts had not arrived by another mistake in the same individual in a population.The same series of questions can be asked about the dozens of other joints in our elbows, knees, hips, fingers, and toes. It is certainly interesting that all of them are identical in design but come in mirror-image pairs.Similarly, think of the spine, with its capability to move up and down along most of its length. The spinal joints between vertebrae display a different design altogether. Being hollow, they provide a protective conduit for the nerves. It would be bad news if our nerves ran outside the protection of the spine!  But protected inside, they allow signals to pass from the brain down the neck, through the vertebrae, and then throughout the body, all the way to the ends of the fingers and toes. 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CSIR Conference focuses on SMME programmes

first_imgDelegates heard about the growth of and challenges in the industries relating to science and innovation at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s sixth biannual conference in Pretoria.Besides various panel discussions, the CSIR Conference features live demonstrations of CSIR-developed technologies that are benefitting an array of sectors from mining to energy, to aerospace and defence. (Image: CSIR, Facebook)Melissa JavanA total of 181 new permanent jobs were created through 22 enterprises that were supported by the Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) programme of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), said Daniel Visser, a speaker at the biannual CSIR Conference.The two-day event, taking place on 5 and 6 October, was held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The theme of the conference was “Ideas that work for industrial development”.CSIR CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini said the event celebrated some of the work the council undertook with public and private sector partners to contribute to industrial development.Developing biomanufacturing in South AfricaThe BIDC programme had supported many small-, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa, mostly in Gauteng, said Visser, research and development strategy manager at the CSIR. “The majority of the SMMEs we’ve supported are black owned.”They include OptimusBio, which creates an industrial biologics product; Mamoa Trading Enterprise, which creates a cosmetics product; Sliek, which creates lactose-free products; and Golden Goose, which creates a traditional beverage product.Since 2013, the BIDC has trained 72 interns – between 20 and 25 interns per year. The programme has also created 201 temporary jobs and 20 permanent staff are employed. A total of 75 new products were transferred to enterprises.According to the council, the programme provides access to infrastructure, expertise and skilled human capital. The initiative is in line with the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Policy Action Plan and the Department of Science and Technology’s Bioeconomy Strategy.Biomanufacturing is a small sector, said Visser, although it crossed a lot of industries.South Africa’s global competitivenessThe UK and South Africa had a lot of similarities when it came to the bioeconomy sector, said Kris Wadrop, director of industrial biotechnology and biorefining in that country’s Centre for Process Innovation.He was speaking in the “Industrial development of SMMEs in the bioeconomy sector” session. “What Christo (Fourie) of the Industrial Development Corporation said is applicable to the UK. We seem to be learning and going through the same experiences all over the world.”His company was a bit like the CSIR. “It’s not as big as the CSIR, but it is has four business units.”Wadrop advised that collaborations were very important when it came to bringing an idea to product, and then the product to market. “You need a lot of different skills to get that product to the market. If an SMME only has two staff members, it’s going to be difficult to finish the project (if you do not collaborate with others).”Visser and Wadrop were also on the panel discussion “Local pharmaceutical manufacturing: what can South Africa’s competitive advantage be?”.On that panel, Makekele Sono-Tladi, managing director of Elvema Nutrition, said SMMEs needed to master the route to commercialisation of a product. “You need to educate the consumers before you even take the product to the (shop’s) shelves. You need to introduce the product to the people.“This industry can be booming if we just master the commercialisation route.”Regarding funding, Dr Sibongile Gumbi, founder and CEO of iVac Biotherapeutics, said: “Be strategic in how you are going to get funding. We were fortunate enough to get funding from a private investor.”Ross Norton, chairman of the chemical company SA Bioproducts, said the “Overseas is better than local” mindset of consumers should be addressed. “We should challenge local people who don’t want to buy local goods.”Panel discussion on what role can science, technology and innovation play in industrial development #CSIRconf2017 pic.twitter.com/pQsg1LoUpa— CSIR (@CSIR) October 5, 2017Minister of trade and industry giving the key note address #CSIRConf2017 pic.twitter.com/eRR1v7m8Rk— Green-STEMfoundation (@Green_STEMorg) October 5, 2017Get more children in to the ECD centres #CSIRConf2017 Sizwe Nxasana— Khethiwe Ngema (@KGN9) October 5, 2017What to do with chicken feather waste…interesting applications explained by Prof Bruce Sithole #CSIRConf2017 pic.twitter.com/1GeFPOZB7j— Dr Lorren Haywood (@LorrenHaywood) October 5, 2017Reduce the barriers to access in the biotech industry, especially for startups – Dr Gumbi #CSIRConf2017— Bathong Wena… (@TheeRorisang) October 5, 2017Minister Pandor of @dstgovza compliments @CSIR on 72nd anniversary & challenges experts to drive ‘transformative innovations’ #CSIRConf2017— GrowSA (@GrowSANet) October 5, 2017Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial ResearchWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Chinese firms urged to invest in SA

first_img29 October 2013Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, in his opening address at the 5th South Africa-China Bi-National Commission in Beijing on Monday, called for greater participation by Chinese companies in renewable energy, mining, banking, manufacturing and rail infrastructure in South Africa.This, he said, would help to stimulate the South African economy through local procurement of inputs, technology transfers and skills development.Motlanthe, who is co-chairing the two-day meeting along with Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao, said the results of the strategic partnership between the two countries “speak for themselves, as China has become South Africa’s single largest trading partner in the world, and South Africa, China’s largest trading partner in Africa”.Motlanthe told the delegates that South Africa’s destiny was inextricably linked with that of the African continent.“As such, we look forward to more partnerships between South African and Chinese state-owned enterprises. Such partnership will contribute towards regional development and integration, as espoused by the African Union and its constituent regional economic communities.”During Monday’s meeting, the two countries signed agreements to cooperate in the areas of human resources development and tourism.Motlanthe’s delegation in Beijing includes Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Energy Minister Barbara Thomson, Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo, and Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Bulelani Mangwanishe.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more