Did a Global Flood Move Rocks Across Continents?  No, uh…

first_imgPaper View Sept 14, 2010 — Geologists were baffled.  Something moved rocks up to 3,000 miles across whole continents.  They found evidence in Asia and also in America.  How on earth could that happen?  Their list of explanations omitted one possibility: the transporting power of water.  Maybe it’s because it would have implied a global flood like the world had never seen.    An international team publishing in the GSA Bulletin wrote about “Extraordinary transport and mixing of sediment across Himalayan central Gondwana during the Cambrian�Ordovician.”1  They found similar detrital zircon samples across a wide swath of the Himalayan foothills, covering “great distances” of at least 3000 km and perhaps as much as 5000 km.  They used assumptions to rule out time as a factor, suggesting that this “extraordinary” transport of material occurred at one time.  What does it imply?  “In any case, by examining samples within a small window of well-constrained depositional ages from across the length of the Himalayan range, our data not only indicate extraordinary transport distances, but a high degree of sediment mixing and homogenization.”  They emphasized it again: “In this regard, both transport distances and sediment mixing within early Gondwana are extraordinary for the geologic record.”  It likely applies to “much, if not the whole of Gondwana” (the hypothetical supercontinent that broke up into today’s continents).    The Himalayas are not the only location.  They referred to evidence published earlier that assigns the origin of many of the Grand Canyon sediments to the Appalachian mountains thousands of kilometers to the east (09/15/2003).  Again, extraordinary long-distance transport mechanisms must have been in operation.  What could possibly do it?  Their short list of possible mechanisms omits one that creation geologists would probably be saying is intuitively obvious: a global flood.The causes of such a pattern might be unique to time and place, and may include a combination of (1) lack of continental vegetation, (2) clustering of continents near the equator, (3) increased continental weathering rates, (4) widespread uplift and erosion associated with regionally extensive and relatively synchronous orogenesis [mountain-building] recording supercontinental amalgamation, and (5) production of significant relief, providing stream power for large-scale river systems.A closer look reveals that none of those mechanisms contradicts a global flood; in fact, they would each appear to be consequences of one.  What else would produce any one or a combination of those causes?1.  Myrow, Hughes et al, “Extraordinary transport and mixing of sediment across Himalayan central Gondwana during the Cambrian�Ordovician,” Geological Society of America Bulletin Sept. 2010, v. 122 no. 9-10 p. 1660-1670, doi: 10.1130/B30123.1.Composite explanations are generally avoided in science because of Ockham’s Razor: “plurality should not be posited without necessity.”  If a scientist explains the yard being wet by saying, “It might have rained, or the sprinklers might have come on, or a water-spraying truck drove by,” the power of the explanation is decreased.  Here, the scientists admitted that something extraordinary – something possibly unique in the geologic record – occurred to move sediments so far at one time.  (Notice, incidentally, this amounts to a rejection of uniformitarianism.)  Nothing like that is seen happening today.  Special pleading is also to be avoided when explaining things scientifically, but isn’t that what they just did?  They did not explain with reference to natural law and observable, repeatable processes.  They said, essentially, that an extraordinary one-time effect might have been caused by five things or any combination of them.  On the surface of it, the explanation sounds weak.    A scientific explanation is strengthened when a single cause explains multiple effects.  Suppose your yard is wet, some objects are knocked over and a swath of wetness covers several homes in a line.  Which explanation is better?  (A) House #1 turned the sprinklers on, house #2 had a watering truck drive by, house #3 got rained on and house #4 had an above-ground pool that leaked, and the houses just happened to be in a line.  (B) There was a brush fire nearby and a water-dropping plane doused the area.    A global flood would produce all 5 effects that the geologists listed as causes: (1) a lack of continental vegetation, because it had been stripped away at the onset of the flood; (2) clustering of continents near the equator, because creationists generally agree the continents split apart as the fountains of the great deep opened; (3) weathering rates increased dramatically (well, duh); (4) widespread uplift and erosion associated with regionally extensive and synchronous mountain building occurred (because the mountain ranges formed as a consequence of the dividing continents, and erosion was intense); and (5) production of significant relief, providing stream power for large-scale river systems, because the new mountains caused dramatic runoff as the waters receded, transporting soft sediments over vast distances.  One more for good measure: a global flood would explain the “high degree of sediment mixing and homogenization” of sediments they observed.    Notice that the secular geology explanation cannot account for increased weathering rates, widespread erosion, homogenization, synchronous mountain building and large-scale river systems (cf. 04/30/2009, “Are Secular Geologists Ready to Consider a Global Flood?”).  In the current example, the composite, special-pleading scenario in the paper leaves much to be desired as a scientific explanation.  Biblical creationists can point to a single cause that explains all the effects.  They have eyewitness testimony, too: Yes, uh… Noah.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Zuma pledges friendlier, more efficient public service

first_img20 June 2014South Africa will put improved performance by the state, particularly the public service, at the core of how the government conducts business over the next five years, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Friday.Responding to the debate on his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma said: “We want government to deliver services faster and more efficiently. More importantly, we want members of the public seeking services to be treated with respect, patience, understanding and courtesy.“The Batho Pele People First programme will thus be revitalised this term, accompanied by the promotion of the new Public Service Charter, under the leadership of the Public Service and Administration Department.”In his State of the Nation address on Tuesday, Zuma said the government aimed to ensure “that all levels of this administration treat complaints management as a priority issue, so that we can achieve the goal of being a government that is accessible and responsive to citizens”.He noted that more than 190 000 citizens had logged complaints and queries through the Presidential Hotline that was introduced in 2009, helping the government to understanding how important it was to have a well-functioning and responsive complaint systems.To added that the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency would continue to conduct unannounced visits to service delivery sites around the country in order to monitor things such as queue management and waiting times, dignified treatment, cleanliness and comfort.The focus will be on facilities where the public is directly served, such as Home Affairs offices, South African Social Security Agency offices, police stations, hospitals and clinics, drivers’ licence centres, municipal customer care centres, schools and courts.Zuma told Parliament on Friday that while a lot of good work was being done by public servants, some improvements were needed.“There is a need to enhance skills development in areas such as financial management. Shortcomings become glaring each time the Auditor-General releases his annual report.“We agree with Honourable Members that part of improving the performance of the state is to get government to pay small businesses and other suppliers promptly within 30 days.”During the previous administration, the National Treasury and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation put in place a system to monitor the payment of suppliers by national and provincial departments within 30 days.There will now be more emphasis on assisting departments with large numbers of invoices that are paid late. This will draw on case studies of the best performing departments.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ohio Beef Expo enjoyed success in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted more than 30,000 participants and attendees at the Ohio Expo Center in March for the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo.The Expo provides an annual opportunity for those in the cattle industry in Ohio, and across the nation, to learn and enhance their operations through a three-day trade show, cattle sales, youth events and educational seminars.Five breed shows and two breed parades were featured Friday, as well as numerous breed displays representing the Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Red Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeds. The Genetic Pathway, located in the Showbloom breed’s barn, had the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend. Six breed sales brought in large crowds on Saturday, March 17, selling 374 lots with an average price of $2,864 and a gross of $1,197,125.Two recipients were honored with the Friend of the Expo Award for their contribution to the Expo’s annual success. Linde Sutherly, New Carlisle, and Nancy Snook, Caldwell, were both honored. Sutherly is the owner of Linde’s Livestock Photos and a huge supporter of OCA youth programs. She has been the official Expo photographer since 2014. Snook has been actively involved in the Expo since her family participated in the first Ohio Beef Expo in 1988. Since then, Snook has served on the junior show committee, facilitated the judging contest and most recently taught youth beef quality assurance.Friday was Youth Day, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The day began with the judging contest where over 450 youth participated. First place winners included: Beau Johnson, Gallia County (Junior Division); Wally Minges, Butler County (Senior Division); Brooke Simon, Hannah Lang, Ethan Davies and Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County (Junior Team); and Katelyn Cowdrey, Adrianne Moran and Amber Storey, Brown County (Senior Team).In addition, nearly 500 youth participated in beef quality assurance training. Junior exhibitors could also take advantage of two fitting and clipping demonstrations and a welcome pizza party.Events continued Saturday with over 500 exhibitors in the showmanship competition, sponsored by Cattle Visions, LLC and ShowBloom. The top finishers in showmanship included first place in Novice Showmanship: Caroline Winter from Pickaway County, Beginner Showmanship: Carly Sanders from Highland County, Junior Showmanship: Beau Johnson from Gallia County, Intermediate Showmanship: Allison Davis from Carroll County, and Senior Showmanship: Kyle Piscione from Medina County.The junior portion wrapped up Sunday with the market animal show and heifer show with a combined total of nearly 900 head from across the state. During the junior show, Natalie Wagner, Brown County, was awarded the $1,000 Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo.During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed nearly 200 memberships including NCBA members. Any current or new OCA member had the opportunity to win some great prizes. The OCA County Affiliate of Darke County won the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest drawing and received their choice of a grill or set of Tru-Test Scales sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.The Expo featured a trade show featuring more than 130 vendors from 17 states. Cashman’s Equipment was selected as the premier large booth exhibitor, Weaver Leather Livestock was selected as the premier small booth exhibitor and Lance’s Trailer Sales was selected as the premier outdoor exhibitor. An educational seminar, Accessing Current and Future Cattle Markets, jointly sponsored by AllFlex USA, Inc. and United Producers, Inc. took place on Saturday, March 17.A complete list of the event’s sponsors can be found at www.ohiobeefexpo.com. The dates for the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo are March 15-17. Visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for more information as well as complete coverage of the 2018 event.last_img read more

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Mangeshkar sisters to be awarded Tana-Riri Sangeet award

first_imgLata MangeshkarNoted playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Usha will be awarded the Tana-Riri Sangeet Sanman Award today for their contributions in the field of music.The Gujarat government has instituted this award to mark the golden jubilee celebration of the two-day Tana Riri festival this year, Bhagyesh Jha, Youth & Sports Secretary, told PTI.The festival is organised every year in the memory of Gujarat’s classical music duo Tana and Riri.The award will be presented to Usha Mangeshkar by Chief Minister Narendra Modi. However, Lata will not be present at the occasion, Jha said.Beside the Mangeshkar sisters, Dhari Panchamda, who began her record-breaking classical music endeavour near the tomb of Tana-Riri in Vadnagar on November 11, will also be honoured for completing singing about 109 ragas for 99 hours, 99 minutes and 99 seconds this afternoon, Jha said.”Dhari’s world record will be the truest tribute to Tana and Riri,” state Cultural Minister Fakirbhai Vaghela said.last_img read more

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Poor infra hurdle for footballers in Nagaland: Sports dept dir

first_imgKohima, Nov 2 (PTI) Nagas are second to none in football but due to lack of proper infrastructure, the boys and girls here are unable to perform to the best of their abilities, said the states Youth Resources and Sports (YRS) department director, Linda Solo.The YRS director was addressing the inaugural function of the 23rd edition of Classic Cup, a prestigious football tournament in the state, on Local Ground here.”The department has two hostels, one each in Kohima and Dimapur, with quite a few students, but due to lack of proper infrastructure, our boys and girls are unable to perform to the best of their abilities,” she said.”Some of our talented youth are playing for clubs of other states in the Indian Super League, and we are proud of them. It is a shame that Nagaland doesnt offer similar opportunities to our players,” she said.Nonetheless, she asked the players not to lose heart as the sport was gaining momentum in the state.”The tournament is organised every year to promote young and talented footballers and foster a team spirit among them,” said Classic Club president K Neibou Sekhose. PTI NBS RMSlast_img read more

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9 days ago​Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenal

first_img​Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has admitted that he wanted to join Arsenal instead of the Reds!The German defensive midfielder played over 200 games for the club in the early 2000s.But when he left Newcastle in 1999, Hamann has revealed that his first choice was to go to Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.It is understandable, given the Gunners were competing for Premier League titles in those years.However, Hamann told The Athletic that he never got any serious interest from Arsenal, which meant that Liverpool was his best option for a step up from Newcastle.He signed for the club in an £8 million deal under Gerard Houiller and became a mainstay in the team for the next seven years. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Nebraska Students Will Wear #AveryStrong T-Shirts During Saturday’s Game vs. Michigan State

first_imgNebraska's #AveryStrong shirts.Saturday is #AveryStrong day for the Nebraska men’s basketball program. Avery Harriman, the 7-year-old son of Huskers’ assistant coach Chris Harriman, has battled leukemia since he was 2. He’s been an inspiration to Tim Miles’ team this season and the Huskers’ players are constantly interacting with their No. 1 fan. Saturday’s event will be part of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week. Chris Harriman says #Huskers players are constantly asking about Avery. “Its fun to see them be happy when hes doing well” #AveryStrong— Jake Bockoven (@jakebockoven) January 23, 2015Nebraska (11-7, 3-3 Big Ten) is set to host Michigan State (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) in Lincoln Saturday. During the game, the Huskers’ students will be wearing #AveryStrong T-shirts. First 1,500 students. #GBR “@HuskerSports: Getting the shirts in place for #AveryStrong tomorrow. #Huskers” pic.twitter.com/SpUsRoHGml— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) January 23, 2015Nebraska and Michigan State are set to tip off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

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REMEMBERING BRUCE GRAY

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico of Canadian parents, Bruce Gray came to Toronto when his parents decided to return home. He was thirteen. Enrolled at Humberside Collegiate he became an honours student and went on to graduate from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Psychology before heading to London, England in 1960, in search of adventure.Here, far from home, he found himself on stage with a young Donald Sutherland in the play Androcles and the Lion at the Mermaid Theatre. He spent a season at Bath as the juvenile lead at Theatre Royal. Two years after leaving home he returned to Toronto and continued to pursue a career on stage playing regional theatre from BC’s The Bastion to the Playhouse in New Brunswick. During this time he also ran Aries Productions with his Toronto partners and played the lead on CBC’s Son of a Hundred Kings and took the role of the young beachcomber in the cultist Strange Paradise series.

 In 1968 he was on stage at Buffalo’s Studio Arena and then in Rockford, Illinois, appearing in The Owl and the Pussycat opposite legendary black actress Diana Sands. She introduced him to her influential agent who encouraged him to move to Manhattan, which he did in 1970.Over the next few years his career blossomed as he was cast in such popular productions as A Shot In the Dark (San Antonio) and The Philadelphia Story (Indianapolis). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment READ MORE Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Duncan wont visit Attawapiskat but says temporary shelters opening in healing centre

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Attawapiskat residents living in squalid housing conditions will be able to move into temporary accommodations in the community’s sportsplex and healing centre.Duncan, however, said he had no immediate plans to take up Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s request to visit the community.Duncan said Emergency Management Ontario was already in the community to prepare temporary shelter inside the community’s existing facilities.Duncan said people would be able to live in the sportsplex and healing centre until the department figures out a way to find a permanent solution to the housing crisis, which has forced families to live in tents, shacks with no running water and a trailer packed with 90 people.The housing crisis has turned into a national spectacle with the Canadian Red Cross flying in sleeping bags and images of children living in houses being slowly choked by mould.“We looked at the facilities, they are ready and we can make other facilities available very, very quickly,” said Duncan, in an interview with APTN National News. “Our most critical thing is to make sure we deal with the urgent need. That is what we are doing. We will look at the medium and long-term separately, that is our priority.”Duncan announced Wednesday the community would be put under third-party management, meaning an outside consultant would come in to run administer the band’s finances.Duncan told APTN National News there were problems with how the band was managing its funds, which total about $90 million since 2006 to run all its services and build houses. Duncan said the department had been very patient with the community.“Twelve years of co-management, the indication is things were not being delivered quite efficiently and there was a high degree of patience expressed,” said Duncan.A former deputy minister for Aboriginal Affairs who read the audit on the community said there were problems with how the band handled the money, but found it “surprising” the department didn’t know about it despite Attawapiskat being in co-management for so long.“There is a co-manager in there. The department should have had access to any information they needed if they were really tracking what was going on,” said Scott Serson, deputy minister for the department from 1995 to 1999. “None of this should come as a surprise.”Serson said the bigger issue hanging over the Attawapiskat situation is the two per cent cap imposed by the Jean Chretien Liberal government in 1996 on funding for core band services.The cap, which meant funding for services like education, child and family services and welfare, could only receive up to two per cent extra funding every year.With First Nations facing rapid population growth, they couldn’t keep up with their needs and often took money from housing and other infrastructure to top up their service delivery.“We are going to see more communities like that because the transfers aren’t adequate when they don’t have other sources of income,” said Serson.For his part, Duncan said he didn’t know about the housing situation in the community until recently, despite repeated trips by Aboriginal Affairs officials to Attawapiskat over the last several months, including three trips in October.“I was unaware. My officials may or may not have been aware,” said Duncan.Duncan also dismissed calls made by some newspaper columnists and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former advisor that it may be time to shut down some of these remote reserves that consistently find themselves in crisis.“We don’t do forcible relocations. It is a relic of the 1950s and we don’t do that,” said Duncan.The minister, however, said he wouldn’t be visiting the community any time soon. Spence told APTN National News she wanted Duncan to visit.“I have had officials in the community and that is what is required,” said Duncan. “I have been to many, many communities in remote areas since 1994.”last_img read more

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