Officers from the Chilean and Brazilian Air Forces in Professional Exchange

first_imgBy Dialogo September 23, 2010 Two pilots from the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) have been at Chabunco Airbase, in Chile, since September 7th, in a professional exchange between the two countries in which FAB officers have been able to fly with Chilean Air Force F-5 Tiger III aircraft. Aviation Group No. 12, the host tactical unit, welcomed Captains Cássio de Souza Neto and Gregore Denicoló, who arrived from the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, respectively. Both expressed their happiness to be in Punta Arenas, especially with the Fourth Air Brigade, where they were very warmly received and witnessed the professionalism with which the Chilean Air Force (FACh) operates. During their stay with Aviation Group No. 12, the Brazilian officers will be able to participate in a flight program elaborated by the institution, in which they will have the opportunity to carry out several missions with F–5 Tiger III aircraft, in a region that has special geographical and meteorological characteristics. The FAB officers said that among the conditions that stand out are the low temperatures and the strong wind predominant in the area, while in Brazil the temperatures in which they are used to operating vary between 20ºC and 30ºC, and the wind speed normally does not exceed 40 km/h. On September 9th, Captains Cássio and Denicoló were hosted by the Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade and the Southern Joint Command, Air Force Brig. Gen. Juan Soto Palomino, who offered them a cordial welcome and wished them much success in the mission they were beginning with the Brigade.last_img read more

Ex-UEFA president Johansson dies at 89

first_imgLennart Johansson said creating the Champions League to replace the European Cup was his proudest achievement at UefaStockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Lennart Johansson, who was president of European football body UEFA from 1990 to 2007, has died at the age of 89, the Swedish football federation said on Wednesday.“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said.Johansson’s long reign at the head of UEFA coincided with a transformation in the finances of football as the game became big business and saw a huge increase in TV revenue.In 1998, he was defeated by Sepp Blatter in his bid to become head of football’s global federation FIFA. Johansson was an outspoken critic of Blatter, who was forced out of office in 2015 following accusations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Half-time: Sheffield Wednesday 1 QPR 0

first_imgGary Hooper’s goal five minutes before half-time means QPR trail at the interval at Hillsborough.David Jones’ scuffed shot ricocheted into the path of Hooper and the striker, played onside by Niko Hamalainen, slotted past Alex Smithies.Sheffield Wednesday had gone close when Fernando Forestieri headed a 21st-minute corner towards Daniel Pudil, who volleyed against the bar from close range.Tjaronn Chery had a couple of early efforts for Rangers, both of which were saved by stand-in keeper Cameron Dawson, who was given his full debut for the Owls after Kieran Westwood was ruled out with a back injury.Conor Washington did find the net after being found by Ben Gladwin’s cross but the goal was rightly disallowed for a clear foul on Jack Hunt.Hamalainen and the fit-again Gladwin started in place of the injured Joel Lynch and Jordan Cousins respectively.Gladwin has been booked, as has fellow R’s midfielder Ariel Borysiuk.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Caulker, Hamalainen, Borysiuk, Luongo, Gladwin, Chery, Washington, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Wszolek, Polter, El Khayati, Shodipo, Henry, Kakay.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Butterfly Evolution Pushed 70 Million Years Before Flowers

first_imgNew fossil evidence puts the squeeze on Darwinians, making butterflies appear suddenly, with complex mouth parts, before there were any flowers to pollinate. Time to rescue the theory again.Keeping the evolutionary story consistent is like having to modify a play with the characters constantly making their entry earlier than they were supposed to. We’ve seen that numerous times. The latest is about butterflies (Lepidopterans), the darlings of the insect world. Reporters are scrambling to keep the crown on King Charles (Darwin) in the aftermath of fossil butterfly scales found in Jurassic rock they claim is 70 million Darwin Years older than the evolution script says they were supposed to appear on stage. This means they appeared already as modern-looking butterflies 200 million Darwin Years ago.Moths and butterflies existed during Jurassic era, millions of years before flowering plants, team reports (Science Daily). “A team of scientists report on new evidence that primitive moths and butterflies existed during the Jurassic period, approximately 50 million years earlier than the first flowering plants, shedding new light on one of the most confounding cases of co-evolution.” It wasn’t co-evolution, though, if butterflies lived just fine for 50 million Darwin Years before the plants they were supposed to co-evolve with first appeared.Scientists have accidentally found the oldest ever butterfly or moth fossils  (The Conversation): Now researchers in the Netherlands have discovered Lepidoptera fossils that are older than any previously found, proving these familiar insects have been around for at least 200m years,” worries paleontologist David Martill. “The particular type of fossils found mean we have to rethink Lepidoptera evolution.” [insert Tontologism here; see Darwin Dictionary].The Oldest Butterflies on Earth Had No Flowers to Feed On (Live Science). “Some of the fossils share features with modern moths in the suborder Glossata, which have a straw-like proboscis that can suck up fluids like nectar,” writes Darwinist reporter Laura Geggel. “Given their complexity, and the time it would’ve taken to evolve to have such complex features, these fossils push the calculated age of glossatan moths back by about 70 million years to the Late Triassic ‘refuting ancestral association of the group with flowering plants,’ the researchers wrote in the study.”Monarch butterfly using proboscis to suck nectar from a flower (Illustra Media)Darwinians still have some tricks to keep Darwin’s crown glued onto his mummy’s head. They can say that butterflies slurped on gymnosperm sap before the flowers cornered the butterfly market. That could be reasonable, since butterflies can eat tree sap and other things. They could introduce ghost lineages, imagining butterfly ancestors further back in time than they had assumed. And they can use the sidestepping tactic, smiling for the press and saying that the embarrassing situation “sheds light on evolution.”What they cannot do is show the public a series of fossils showing the gradual evolution of a proboscis, which is admittedly one of the “complex features” that should have taken time to evolve even for Darwinians. The Illustra Media film Metamorphosis shows this complexity it detail, showing close-up footage of the proboscis coming out of the chrysalis as two long half-tubes that the adult fastens together with its palpi (mouth parts). Even more challenging for evolution, this complex structure forms inside the chrysalis from a previous form—the caterpillar—that did not have a proboscis, and fed on different food. The obstacles these facts present to evolutionary theory are explained in the film.Martill hedged his bets, saying,If the fossil record can be pushed back 70m years in one stroke, it may get pushed back even further, and we’d need another way to explain the change.Whatever the trigger for the development of the butterfly proboscis, it was clearly an evolutionary innovation that resulted in phenomenal diversity and added immensely to the beauty of planet Earth.Insect fossils incl. moth at Florissant Fossil Beds (Darwin date 34 my). Photo by David Coppedge.The source paper in Science Advances advances another conundrum: these delicate little flying insects managed to survive the Triassic extinction (the “end-Triassic biotic crisis), another tangle in the convoluted story of evolution that unravels if butterfly origin precedes the catastrophe. The authors admit, “the early evolutionary history of these insects remains murky and mired in an exceedingly poor fossil record.” Now that fossil evidence pushes butterflies 70 million years back, does the paper explain how the proboscis evolved? Their answer invokes the “mother-of-necessity” angle in Darwinian storytelling: “Development of the proboscis may be regarded as an adaptive innovation to sucking free liquids for maintaining the insect’s water balance under arid conditions.” This idea should be testable. Go into the desert and see if it evolves on you. If it doesn’t, then death also “may be regarded as an adaptive innovation” to free up the gene pool for humans who happen to evolve straw-like mouths.About Those Flowers…An article on Phys.org tantalizes readers with news about “the origin of flower-making genes.” Does it succeed? Only by hand-waving about a “likely” just-so story. First, though, the author claims his turf. The first sentence announces, “Flowering plants have evolved from plants without flowers.”The DAM Law appeared on schedule in the discussion of flowering plants: namely, the phrase “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery.” Look in Science Daily, where the phrase is part and parcel of the story about the origin of flowering plants. It also appears in Science Daily‘s latest confabulation about “How flowering plants conquered the world.” Here’s the story; is it plausible?Over the last thirty years researchers have shown that the flowering plants have unparalleled rates of photosynthesis. This has allowed them to grow faster and to outcompete ferns and conifers which had dominated ecosystems for hundreds of millions of years. The secret to the metabolic success of flowering plants is their specialized leaves that facilitate faster rates of water transport and carbon dioxide uptake. But how were the flowering plants able to build leaves capable of these high rates of transpiration and photosynthesis?This new research provides a mechanism. By scouring the literature for data, the authors argue that these anatomical innovations are directly linked to the size of their genome.This speculation, naturally, does nothing to explain the origin of photosynthesis itself. It makes the beauty of large leaves a matter of accident (the Stuff Happens Law). And what good is an answer that creates more problems than it solves?Although this research answers a major question, it opens the door to many more. Why were the flowering plants able to shrink their genomes more than other plant groups? What innovations in genome structure and packing have the flowering plants exploited? How have the ferns and conifers managed to elude extinction despite their large genomes and cells?Evolutionists are not perturbed by having more questions, because it provides job security for storytellers.The mystery is not abominable. Darwin is. “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,” says the Good Book, “But those who deal faithfully are His delight.” (Proverbs 12:22) (Visited 892 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

R220m investment in Durban beachfront

first_img9 April 2013 South African hotel and casino operator Tsogo Sun is to invest R220-million in Durban’s famed “Golden Mile” through refurbishing and combining its Southern Sun Elangeni and Southern Sun North Beach hotels into one complex, the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani. Tsogo Sun’s investment was “a direct response to the substantial investment into the revival of the Durban beachfront promenade by the eThekwini Municipality,” Tsogo Sun CEO Marcel von Aulock said in a statement last week. eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo welcomed Tsogo Sun’s announcement, saying “there is so much good news to be told about the renewal of the city – with corporates coming back to the city centre, the International Convention Centre’s status as a leading convention centre in the country, the rescue of the iconic Durban Country Club, and the location of the Moses Mabhida stadium all contributing to the revitalisation of the city”. According to Tsogo Sun, the first phase of the project, which will be completed in May, will include the total refurbishment of the Maharani Tower, substantial new food and beverage offerings within the Elangeni Tower, and the renovation of the external building facades. The second phase will see the opening in the third quarter of 2013 of The Camelot Spa, featuring five treatment rooms, a double treatment room with a hydro therapy bath and a Himalayan salt room in the Elangeni Tower. The historic Raffles area is being transformed into a multi-purpose venue on top of the Maharani Tower available for conferences, launches and themed evenings with breathtaking views. The final phase will include a refurbishment of the Elangeni rooms and additional public areas. The Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani complex will boast 734 bedrooms, two gyms, three swimming pools, 17 meeting and conference rooms, two business centres, and 11 restaurants and bars offering a variety of a la carte and buffet meal options. The restaurants will include new offerings ranging from The Grill Jichana, “a modern and stylish grillhHouse with great food in a convivial ambience”, the Panorama Bar & Pool Deck, “a bar and light food zone with views of the coastline, serving cocktails, mezes, ice creams, granitas and light meals throughout the day”, and the Ocean Breeze Restaurant, “a laid-back Indian Ocean Island styled restaurant with a view second to none”. Visitors will still be able to enjoy old favourites such as Japanese restaurant Daruma, Piatto Mediterranean Kitchen, and the Lingela Restaurant, “one of the top traditional buffet restaurants in the country”. “We have great confidence in Durban, and it is our sincere belief that we have a responsibility to support the City to ensure that it achieves its full potential as the premier leisure and event city in South Africa,” said Von Aulock. “We believe that the positioning of the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani hotel complex combined with quality offerings and service will breathe new energy, life and soul into the Durban beachfront.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mandela ‘an inspiration for the world’

first_img19 July 2013 The international community was “united in concern” for South Africa’s ailing former president, and also “joined in admiration for a towering figure in the worldwide fight for equality and justice,” secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said as the UN marked Nelson Mandela International Day 2013. Ban was speaking on Thursday at a special General Assembly meeting in New York attended also by former US president Bill Clinton, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, and Andrew Mlangeni, a close friend of Mandela who was imprisoned with him on Robben Island. “The heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is good works for people and the planet,” Ban said. “Its theme … is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world. This is the best tribute we can pay to an extraordinary man who embodies the highest values of humanity.” With Mandela still in hospital in Pretoria nearly six weeks after being admitted for treatment for a lung infection on 8 June, Ban said: “We are united in concern. “We are also joined in admiration for a towering figure in the worldwide fight for equality and justice, a model of compassion and integrity, a man who took on and then gracefully relinquished the responsibility of power.” Also addressing the General Assembly, Bill Clinton recalled his friendship with Mandela, saying that “his heart was so big, and his humanity so great, that we often had trouble keeping our official roles apart from our personal friendship”. He praised Mandela’s efforts to stop the spread of HIV/Aids in South Africa years after he left office, saying he had also encouraged Clinton to help him renegotiate the prices South Africa was paying for Aids medicines, saving millions of dollars each year that could be invested in the country’s development. Reverend Jackson praised Mandela’s commitment to achieving reconciliation and his emphasis on forgiveness and tolerance, as well as his determination to not give up, but to continue fighting for social justice. “Social transformation is an intentional act,” Jackson said. “It is because of Mr Mandela’s sacrifice that South Africa is free today.” He said that Mandela’s struggle should not be in vain, and called on the international community to keep his legacy alive. Speaking to the UN News Centre on Thursday, Ban’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas “Fink” Haysom, who served as chief legal adviser throughout Mandela’s presidency, said Mandela’s work served as an inspiration for countries across the world. “As Afghanistan prepares for its historic presidential election next year, I hope the acts and words of Madiba can be of some inspiration to people here, that they realize from South Africa’s experience just how important it is for leaders and potential leaders – at whatever level, whether it be at the national or the village level – to be bigger than the divisions that can tear communities apart,” Haysom said. He added that the widespread concern for Mandela’s recovery was “a reminder that Madiba holds a special place in the hearts and minds of people all over the world”. Source: United Nationslast_img read more

Beermen, Painters try to bolster Q’Final bid

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH fighters bag 2 golds “Alaska is not a team you can relax against,” said RoS coach Caloy Garcia referring to the Aces. “We have to come out with the mentality of wanting to win rather than just playing the game.” Read Next The Beermen take on Phoenix Fuel at 7 p.m., right after the 4:15 p.m. duel between the Painters and the Alaska Aces.San Miguel coach Leo Austria got first-hand experience how it is paying against a team with nothing to lose when the Beermen needed a big finish and a huge game from June Mar Fajardo to subdue KIA Picanto, 118-112, in what he aptly described as “an ugly win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is a wake-up call for us,” said Austria who is hoping to bring to the illustrious franchise its second Grand Slam.Rain or Shine will also guard against complacency when it battles Alaska. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine will shoot for wins on Wednesday that would push them closer to a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.And it’s not much of an advantage that the Beermen and the Elasto Painters will be facing teams that have scraped the bottom of the barrel. In fact, it could work against the two squads in the doubleheader at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ronda Rousey signs with WWE

first_imgRead Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers WHAT?!ROWDY @RondaRousey is HERE in Philadelphia at @WWE #RoyalRumble!!! pic.twitter.com/Aue3HOrJIT Gin Kings shocker John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding — WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2018In a report by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the 30-year-old has signed a full-time contract with the WWE, which very well ensures his spot in the promotion’s biggest event at WrestleMania 34 in April.Rousey last fought Amanda Nunes at UFC 2017 back in December 2016 before leaving the mixed martial arts company.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo from WWE.comShe has arrived.Ronda Rousey stole the show in the Royal Rumble on Monday (Manila time) in Philadephia as she came out and sent an ominous message to the top female wrestlers in the company.ADVERTISEMENT The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion showed up after the historic first ever women’s Royal Rumble match just when eventual winner Asuka was going to pick her opponent at WrestleMania 34.Rousey had a staredown with Asuka, SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte, and Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss before shaking the hand of Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language01:15Learn basic phrases in Filipino Sign Language01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

PBA D-League: Valencia City-San Sebastian blasts CD14 Designs to zero in on no. 1 seed

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PBA D-League: Family Mart-Enderun stuns AMA for breakthrough win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allyn Bulanadi leads Valencia City-San Sebastian. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Valencia City-San Sebastian dismantled CD14 Designs-Trinity, 105-82, to stay on course for a top seed finish in the Foundation Group in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Golden Harvest took their fourth straight win and pulled even with idle Centro Escolar University atop the Foundation Group at 7-1.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emmanuel Bonleon had an early offensive spark, scoring 20 of his total 23 points in the first half to lead the Golden Harvest to a 36-23 lead heading into the break.Allyn Bulanadi, however, led Valencia’s offense with 28 points to go along six rebounds, two assists, and three steals while JM Calma had 16 points and 11 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’re just taking it one game at a time and we have an opportunity to take the top spot and I think that was the reason why the players were so motivated,” said Golden Harvest head coach Egay Macaraya in Filipino.Clark Derige led the Stallions with 22 points and five rebounds but the team has yet to win after nine games. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

10 months agoInce slams Man Utd handing England trio new contracts

first_imgInce slams Man Utd handing England trio new contractsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Paul Ince has slammed the new contracts handed to three players.Ince questioned the decision to hand new deals to Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard, insisting there are too many players at the club who ‘aren’t fit to wear the shirt.'”When players like Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are getting long-term contracts, it shows how backward they are going,” Ince told Paddy Power.“Give them two or three-year contracts to keep them hungry, but don’t spoil them when they aren’t good enough for the club anyway.”He continued: “A resounding issue at the club is that there are far too many players who aren’t fit to wear the shirt. Something has got to give.“I’m not one to call for Jose Mourinho’s head, but something urgently needs to change. The board need to decide whether they’re going to pay him off or give him more money for players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more