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Budding entrepreneurs from all academic disciplines across Letterkenny Institute of Technology came together to brainstorm ideas for the national Student Entrepreneur Awards run by Enterprise Ireland.Dr Isobel Cunningham, organiser of the event and lecturer with the LYIT School of Business said, “I have been working closely with our Head of School of Business, Michael Margey to further develop the entrepreneurship ethos across all disciplines of the college and offer students creative mechanisms to support their entrepreneurial focus. The Student Entrepreneur Awards do just that.“I was delighted to have so many students in attendance and I was particularly impressed with the range of subject disciplines. We had many students from the other three academic schools from within the college, Science, Computing and Hospitality and Tourism along with students from Business Studies. “I felt it was important that students heard first hand from a young and successful fashion and clothing entrepreneur, Thomas McLaughlin, who provided inspiration and practical insights”.This event was the ideal platform for students to learn about the new ErasmusPlus funded project that LYIT is involved in – Generation Data.Generation Data seeks to provide teachers and lecturers with the knowledge and skills they need to teach smart data to today’s students and future entrepreneurs. Over the remaining 18 months, the project will deliver on outputs culminating in the realisation of an online course through an open education resource system, which will be free and available to everyone who wants to improve their knowledge around smart data and its application in business and enterprise development. Commenting on her involvement in the project Dr Cunningham said, “I am very much looking forward to meeting project partners when they visit Galway next month and will be hosted by fellow Irish partner Feltech Software Innovations Ltd. Our students and staff have been busy contributing to our project research and we look forward to analysing the results. In the meantime, I would encourage anyone wishing to find out more about the project to check out our website and related social media pages at www.generationdata.eu”.John Andy Bonar, VP for Research, Equality and External Affairs said Letterkenny Institute of Technology is extremely proud of the pivotal role we play in the economic development of the North West region.“We have been actively growing our numbers of international students and our profile internationally with a view to showcasing the possibilities of the North West and of course our capabilities as a higher education provider. We are delighted that with initiatives such as these, we are beginning to reap the fruits of our efforts,” he said.Budding entrepreneurs workshop talk Generation Data at LYIT was last modified: March 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Follow along Thursday night for in-game insights and analysis when the 7-0 49ers take on the Cardinals in Arizona. SERIES: 49ers lead all-time series … GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (7-0) vs. Cardinals (3-4-1) at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium on Thursday at 5:20 p.m. (PT)TV: Fox-TV (Ch. 2) and NFL Network, Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (reporter), Kristina Pink (reporter). ODDS: 49ers -10 (opened at 49ers -610. OVER/UNDER: 43 (opened at 43).
The title is not intended to suggest pieces of pachyderm flying all over the place, but rather one paleontologist’s theory about the rapid pace of elephant evolution 60 million years ago. He bases his ideas on a small fossil he found in Morocco. According to him, the primitive ancestor of all elephants (order Proboscidea) lived 5 million years earlier than thought, and gave rise to “one of the most spectacular examples of morphological evolution known in Mammalia” that occurred in “a rapid and basically explosive placental radiation.” Emmanuel Gheerbrant, a paleontologist in Paris, described his fossil Eritherium azzouzorum in PNAS.1 His evolutionary story was picked up by Jeanna Bryner at Live Science who wrote about the “oldest elephant relative found.” Elephant? Bryner admitted, “the animal would not have looked much like an elephant. It was just 1.6 to 2 feet (50 to 60 cm) long and weighed 9 to 11 pounds (4 to 5 kg).” That’s compared to a modern elephant standing 11 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 5 tons. New Scientist joined in, saying that “You wouldn’t have recognized Eritherium as an elephant when it was roaming Morocco 60 million years ago… But detailed study of the newly discovered fossil’s teeth, jaws and skull shows it to be the oldest member yet found of the order Proboscidea, of which elephants are the only living survivors.” New Scientist hoped that “The new find may shed light on the origins of elephants and other mammals… It shows elephants were making evolutionary progress 5 million years after the dinosaurs died out.” Since pachyderms didn’t evolve till 34 million years ago, Darwin apparently shipped the trunk 26 million years late. How, then, could Gheerbrant call this an ancestor of the gentle giants we know and live in the local zoo? Bryner explained, “The animal’s relation to elephants was determined via analysis of the specimen’s teeth and skull. While it lacked a trunk, the animal had an enlarged first incisor, which researcher Emmanuel Gheerbrant of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France, says represents a primitive tusk.” It is doubtful that this little animal used a tooth enlarged by millimeters to pull down trees. That word “primitive” was indeed found all over Gheerbrant’s paper (used 19 times). Yet for the animal itself, its features would have seemed well adapted for its own environment. Is not the word “primitive” a judgment call by the paleontologist assuming it was “making evolutionary progress” from primitive to advanced? That idea would be guilty of circular reasoning. Another kind of circularity was revealed in the dating of the fossil. The estimate of 60 million years was based entirely on index fossils and stratigraphy – both of which assume the evolutionary dating scheme the author was trying to use to establish the fossil’s time and place in evolutionary history. A look through the scientific paper reveals other statements that cast doubt on the author’s confidence that this fossil has anything to do with the evolution of elephants. For one thing, the photo of the fossil pieces shows no postcranial anatomy. His judgment was made entirely on pieces of skull and jaw and five teeth. None of the teeth looks anything like a primitive tusk – nor did he claim so in the paper, regardless of what he told the press. For another, placement of this fossil in a phylogenetic position with the Proboscidea involved numerous human judgment calls on his part. He had to juggle which pieces of evidence, based on tiny measurements from the fragmentary fossil, represent plesiomorphies (traits present before the common ancestor), synapomorphies (traits present in the common ancestor), and homoplasies (unrelated but similar traits attributed to “convergent evolution”). Of the latter, his table listed 11 homoplasies with other unrelated groups. The factors he considered worthy were then plugged into computer software that tried to build an evolutionary tree out of them. The outcome of tree-building software, however, can vary widely depending on the criteria inserted or left out, the relative weighting of factors, the algorithm used, and the outgroup selected (see 07/26/2008, 06/26/2008, 10/15/2003, and especially 10/01/2005 and 07/25/2002). The following quotes reveal something of the contradictory data, the gaps in empirical data from fossils, and the juggling involved in reaching a conclusion. Notice how his best fit was obtained with his own previous work – raising additional questions about objectivity:The TNT unweighted parsimony analysis including Eritherium yields a very poorly resolved consensus tree mainly resulting from the unstable position of Khamsaconus. Analysis without Khamsaconus shows that, besides the robust proboscidean relationships of Eritherium, basal relationships among paenungulates remain unstable, as illustrated by the basal polytomy in the consensus (Fig. 3A). This polytomy is basically related to our poor fossil knowledge of the ancestral morphotype of several orders such as Embrithopoda, Desmostylia, and Anthracobunia. Our analysis supports a Sirenia-Desmostylia clade sister group of Proboscidea within Tethytheria. The standard TNT “implied weighting” analysis yields a topology (Fig. 3B), which is nearly identical to that of Gheerbrant et al.Here’s another quote that reveals multiple levels of subjectivity:2The bunodont incipient lophodont morphotype is derived relative to the eutherian condition, and it is distinct from the perissodactyl pattern. This morphotype is an additional morphological character and one of the most remarkable dental characters reported for close relationships of paenungulates, macroscelideans, and louisinines. However, our parsimony analysis does not formally support sister-group relationships of the Macroscelidea plus Louisininae and the Paenungulata by contrast to molecular and recent morphological analyses advocating the Afrotheria clade. The recovered topology (Fig. 3) shows a sister-group relationship of Laurasian lophodont ungulates such as perissodactyls to paenungulates, instead of the macroscelideans (and louisinines). Similarly, our analysis does not discriminate clearly Laurasian (e.g., phenacodontids) and African (e.g., Ocepeia) “condylarths” as possible early ungulate representatives of molecular laurasiatherian and afrotherian clades. Fossils gaps, and especially for African taxa, most probably explain poorly resolved cladistic basal relationships of the Paenungulata in our tree (Fig. 3). These gaps are illustrated by our poor knowledge of the ancestral morphotype of several key paenungulates orders; for instance, the ancestral relative size of the last molar in paenungulates is challenged by Eritherium (M33 not enlarged). At lower level in the tree, the morphological and fossil gap is even worse for the phylogenetic analysis of the superordinal clade Afrotheria including Tenrecoidea and Tubulidentata, which are excluded from this study because of the lack of Paleogene data. In this respect, the cladistic study of Eritherium does not help to test the question of the macroscelidean position within Afrotheria. However, Eritherium dental morphology argues for a bunodont-lophodont, i.e., ungulatelike, ancestral morphotype for the Paenungulata, Louisininae, and Macroscelidea, within putative Afrotheria.A lot of his evolutionary reasoning, therefore, depends on tiny measurements of tooth shape and systematic gaps in fossil evidence. The “ancestral morphotype” exists only in the evolutionist’s imagination. Given these empirical problems, it does not appear even possible to arrive at a definitive evolutionary analysis from the fossil evidence. This creature could have been called one more well-adapted, extinct mammal, like many other well-adapted, extinct mammals, and left at that. The story of evolution, however, is what received prominence. Gheerbrant spoke of a “rapid paenungulate radiation at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) transition” several times. In fact, it was this story line that excused the lack of evidence: “Rapid paenungulate radiation and fossil gaps may explain poorly resolved interordinal relationships,” he said at one point. The elephants-to-be must have been evolving so quickly they didn’t have time to leave any fossils. In fact, this rapid evolution involved more than the Proboscidea: there was a “rapid and basically explosive placental radiation,” he said. That explosion involved all the post-Cretaceous placental mammals. So here is another explosion to add to the Cambrian explosion: a “basically explosive placental radiation” that was used to support evolutionary theory, as was the Cambrian explosion, by the lack of evidence for it (see 05/10/2008).1. Emmanuel Gheerbrant, “Paleocene emergence of elephant relatives and the rapid radiation of African ungulates,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, print June 22, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0900251106.2. Note: the reader does not need to understand the jargon to get a sense of the fudging that goes on. Curious readers can use Dictionary.com for definitions and the Reference.com page on cladistic analysis.Day by day, we expose the unscientific divination practices of the Darwin sooth-slayers. Don’t be intimidated by the jargon. You can look it up. Learn to perceive the methods, omissions, assumptions and philosophy that makes these modern-day shamans pretend to be doing science, when they are really practicing divination to conjure up the Will of Darwin.(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued wet conditions hamper field workWhile some areas of the state are still too waterlogged, some areas were dry enough for fieldwork until heavy rains over the weekend, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 23rd. Some fields are showing damage from too much rain, particularly soybean fields with yellowing and some plant death. Growers were also having difficulty cutting hay, harvesting wheat, spraying fields, and spreading manure. Some growers resorted to aerial application of fungicides and pesticides. Wheat harvest moved closer to completion, but quality issues were found in the wake of the warm wet weather of late.Click here for the full report
Geocaching ToolboxMy Geocaching ProfileThere are many more! Do an online search for “geocaching puzzle solving tools”. Use a PC or laptop rather than your phone. There are some puzzles you cannot solve with a phone alone.Google and other search engines are your friend.Attend geocaching events and ask more experienced geocachers for help. Geocachers enjoy helping other geocachers.Geocachers helping geocachers solve Mystery/Puzzle CachesSome basic tricks to start filling your bag: Highlighted text. Some Mystery/Puzzle Caches use white font on the page that can only be seen when highlighted. Run your computer mouse along the entire cache page including text and images. If your cursor changes from an arrow to a pointed finger, you’ll know you passed over a hidden link.*Source code. Many times clues are hidden in the coding for a cache page. Depending on your browser, view the source code for that cache page. To find possible clues, choose a word/phrase from the description and use the Ctrl+F function. This will point you to the areas where a message may be hiding. Keep calm and go Puzzle (Mystery) CachingThis article was written by Geocaching superstar and Geocaching HQ employee, Cathy (Prying Pandora). Do you look at Mystery Caches, also known as Puzzle Caches, and have no idea where to start? You’re not the only one. Many geocachers feel overwhelmed by Mystery/Puzzle Caches, but they’re not as scary as they appear. You just need to begin collecting your own “puzzling bag of tricks” to help you solve them.What should you keep in your puzzling bag of tricks? Think of the “tricks” as what you learn from each puzzle you solve. Many puzzles use the same ideas, so if you solve one, you can often pull that same trick out again and solve another similar puzzle. The more tricks you put in your bag, the easier Mystery/Puzzle Caches will be to solve. You will never stop finding new tricks to put in your bag, no matter how long you’ve been solving puzzles.This Mystery/Puzzle makes you literally put together a puzzle (GC3K2AZ)Some helpful tips to get started:Start with Mystery/Puzzle Caches with low difficulty ratings.Solve puzzles based on something you’re familiar with. For example, if you know a lot about history, you might be able to solve a history puzzle more easily than a complicated math puzzle.Find a partner who is good at things you struggle with. Together, you can fill in each other’s gaps.Analytical/methodical + creative/artistic = wide range of puzzle types.Each can see and work through things the other can’t. Now that you are armed with some basic tricks, go forth, and happy puzzling!Congratulations! You found the hidden white text! You’re on your way!Share with your Friends:More Other languages. Some Mystery/Puzzle caches want you to “decode” other languages. Pasting the text into an online translator and converting it to your language often does the trick.Binary numbers and other bases. Use an online reference such as Purple Math that may help you with these types of mathematical stumpers. Local latitude and longitude. For example, Seattle, Washington, is at 47° North and 122° West. If you solve puzzles in Seattle and something you try makes a 47 or 122, keep going and it will likely give you the rest of the coordinates.This blog about Mystery/Puzzle Caches may also have hidden white text…Here are some online resources which may give you more tricks to try: SharePrint RelatedDon’t Miss Out on Pi Day! Top Tips for Mystery CachesMarch 4, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Top Tips for Puzzle CachesAugust 12, 2014In “Learn”3 tips for finding Mystery CachesApril 10, 2018In “News”
By Barbara O’NeillWhat are the eligibility requirements for Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI)?Eligibility for Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance coverage is automatic for these persons:most active duty service membersReady Reserve and National Guard members scheduled to perform at least 12 periods of inactive training per yearmembers of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Servicecadets and midshipmen of the U.S. military academiesROTC membersCoverage can be extended for up to two years if the service member is totally disabled at separation.For more information, refer to the Life Insurance page and select the “Eligibility” tab.Learn more on the topic of military life insurance benefits in a web conference with Dr. O’Neill on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. ET. 1.5 CEUs will be available for AFC-credentialed participants. For more information: Life Insurance: What PFMP Staff & Military Families Need to Know.Browse more military personal finance articles and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on TwitterThis post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on December 9, 2013.
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Success comes from doing the things that most people don’t want to do–when they need to be done. You repel success when you procrastinate. Here’s how to beat procrastination once and for all.From To Do to Why DoA to-do list looks like an endless list of tasks waiting to be completed. It can feel like an uninspiring list of work demanding both your time and attention. But doing what needs done–when it needs done–is what you must do to be successful.A list of tasks divorced from some big, compelling mission can be uninspiring. You can make the tasks you need to complete more compelling by attaching them to a bigger reason “why.” Instead of looking at a mind-numbing list of to-do’s, create an inspiring list of “why-do’s.” Attach the task to your greater mission, your goals, and your identity.I have a half a dozen tasks I have to complete regularly, all of which take time and require me to be creative. I have very little interest in these tasks, but they are important to my marketing goals. These tasks are attached to my goals around my personal brand, my income, and my financial goals. Because they outcomes are important, I do the tasks.Being productive has a technical component, like making task lists. But all the action is on wrapped up in the emotional aspects of being productive. You can hate the task and still be compelled to get it done when you are in love with your mission and the meaning it creates for your life.Look at a couple of the tasks that you’ve been putting off for far too long. Why are these tasks important to you and your success? How do they move you closer to your goals? When you think about who you are at your core, how does avoiding these task jeopardize your identity? Would the best version of yourself avoid these tasks, or would they get them done?Make RoutinesMany of the tasks you complete are boring, mindless, and mundane. But they are also necessary. Some of the things that you need to do are unpleasant, but critical to your success. You can avoid procrastinating by making these tasks routine. Here is an example of the morning routine that I follow each and every day.5:00 AM – 5:10 AM: Meditation and affirmations5:10 AM – 5:30 AM: Update personal journal (each day I start with an entry on what I am grateful for that day)5:30 AM – 6:00 AM: Write blog post for TSB6:00 AM – 7:00 AM: Complete daily training and exerciseMost days I don’t want to do my meditations and affirmations. That’s why I do them first. I never want to make a journal entry, but if I don’t write the entry, I will not have a record of the things that were most important to me at this time later, and I am compelled to examine my life. I am a writer, so that one is easy. If I exercise in the morning, it gets done. The later it gets in the day, the greater the likelihood that I miss my workout.I have also made it routine to tackle the most difficult or unpleasant task first thing every day. Problems don’t age well, particularly not problems that require difficult conversations with other human beings.Look at your list of tasks. What tasks do you need to bundle together and create a routine to follow with a frightening level of devotion and consistency?Do Three Things Each DayYou are constrained by time and energy. When you invest these resources in one area, you eliminate your ability to invest them elsewhere. You can’t do everything that needs to be done. Looking at the entire list creates resistance because it’s overwhelming (my task list today has 153 tasks, an impossible feat in a month, let alone a day).It’s easy to stop procrastinating when you stop looking at the massive list you have in front of you and focus on only the three most important outcomes you need to achieve each day.Choose three major outcomes for each day. What are the tasks that must be done that contribute the most to your major outcomes or goals? Block time for the three most important tasks each day, and focus on completing those three tasks. If nothing else gets done, you will have still made progress towards your mission and your goals.By devoting 90 minutes to each of your three tasks without procrastinating, you will be doing more work than most of the distracted, urgency-addicted, reactive people you know. You will be intentional and proactive instead.Right now look at your task list. What are the three things that, if completed today, would have the biggest impact on your results and move you closer to your goals? Put those on the calendar and get them done.Follow this recipe to stop procrastinating and take the actions that move you closer to your goals now.
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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, being executed through the University of Technology (UTech), recently hosted the second in a series of conversations called ‘Big ‘Ooman Chat’. In seeking to expand the window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights, especially among young women and girls, the Fi Wi Jamaica Project forged a Women for Empowerment (WFE) network across Jamaica, comprising mainly community-based groups and non-governmental organisations committed to empowering women and girls. Story Highlights Ubuntu is a South African Philosophy, which means that through a common understanding, community members are able to help and care for each other as members of one family. It refers to the interconnectedness of humans…“I am because you are”. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, being executed through the University of Technology (UTech), recently hosted the second in a series of conversations called ‘Big ‘Ooman Chat’.Several successful professional and entrepreneurial women were invited to hear of the success of one major output of the project, ‘Girls using Ubuntu, Respect and Love for Entrepreneurial Success’ (GURLES).Ubuntu is a South African Philosophy, which means that through a common understanding, community members are able to help and care for each other as members of one family. It refers to the interconnectedness of humans…“I am because you are”.In seeking to expand the window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights, especially among young women and girls, the Fi Wi Jamaica Project forged a Women for Empowerment (WFE) network across Jamaica, comprising mainly community-based groups and non-governmental organisations committed to empowering women and girls.Chairman of GURLES, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, said the group was established to support entrepreneurship, mainly among women in the WFE network, by supporting entrepreneurial growth and building sisterhood, incorporating love, respect and other core values embodied in Ubuntu. The highlight of the Big ‘Ooman Chat was the conversation about a new album, ‘Big Woman Tingz’.This album is being described as an artistic, eclectic and empowering body of music featuring 10 tracks from talented modern-day female artistes who are at varying stages of their careers.The objectives of GURLES are to facilitate female empowerment; to build a viable network of female entrepreneurs; to provide forums for both teaching and learning; to raise awareness about the complexity of issues affecting females; to assist in creating funding, organising and promoting events that are being spearheaded by females, and to promote unity and sisterhood amongst females.On May 21, 2015, the USAID signed a Cooperative Agreement to provide grant funding to UTech to execute a three-year national social-intervention project to expand a window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights of targeted socially excluded and vulnerable members of the Jamaican population. The project comes to an end on May 20, 2018.