Things to Do

first_imgBird Walk, 9-11 a.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Sierra Club hike, 9 a.m. today at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Meet in the parking lot. Call (661) 255-3606. Swazzle Puppet Show, “Harry and the Tyrannosaurus Rex,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. “Cabaret” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Moonlight Hike, 6-7 p.m. Friday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Jimmy Brogan and Greg Vaccarella will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Les Miserables” will be presented by the Canyon High School Advanced Drama students, 6:30 p.m. today at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for children and students with ASB cards. Call (661) 313-3887 for tickets. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Andres Fernandez and Don McEnery will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. last_img read more

Goodbye, Oracle: At Warriors’ longtime arena, popcorn, “Steph” Curry, and decades of memories

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.OAKLAND — As the Golden State Warriors wind down their half-century run at Oracle Arena starting with Wednesday’s NBA Finals Game 3, the memories run deep for Darrell Parrish, who has been selling jerseys and souvenirs there since the mid-1990s.The meteoric rise and fall of the improbable “We Believe” playoff run. Stephen Curry’s transcendental rise and how he made near-half court shots a staple of the modern NBA. And don’t …last_img

Did Borax Evolve Into 20-Mule Teams?

first_imgYou’re dating yourself if you remember the old TV western Death Valley Days, and its commercials about 20-Mule Team Borax.  (Mule teams actually did pull loads of borax from Death Valley to Mojave, quite a feat in those days, but that’s another story.)  In modern times, though, borax has made science news as a possible ingredient in the chemical evolution of life, according to a paper in the Jan. 9 issue of Science1 (see also summary on EurekAlert, “UF study suggests life on Earth sprang from borax minerals”).    Chemical evolutionists have faced many problems, one serious one being the origin of sugars needed for RNA and DNA.  According to the most popular “RNA World” hypothesis for the origin of life (see 07/11/2002 headline), RNA was a molecule that, as the story goes, possessed both primitive coding and enzymatic functions, and was able to evolve by natural selection.  But the ‘R’ in RNA is ribose, a sugar that is doggedly hard to explain by natural processes.  It is unstable and tends to degrade quickly into sticky, tarry substances.  EurekAlert reminds us that Stanley Miller, of spark-discharge experiment fame, gave up on this problem in 1995, lamenting that “The first genetic material could not have contained ribose or other sugars because of their instability.”    Scientists at the University of Florida found that some of the minerals in borax can stabilize ribose, at least for awhile.  So they speculate that borax was an ingredient in the chemical evolution of life.  Steven Benner, one of the scientists on the team, a member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, is cautiously optimistic:“We are not claiming that this is how life started,” Benner stressed.  “We are saying that we have demonstrated a recipe to make a key part of life without any biochemical machinery.  The more recipes of this type that can be found, the more clues we have about how life could have actually gotten started on the primitive Earth.” (EurekAlert, emphasis added)So presumably once life got going, natural selection developed it all the way to humans, who could hitch mules to carry loads of the stuff that helped them get where they are today.1Ricardo, Carrigan, Olcott and Benner, “Borate Minerals Stabilize Ribose,” Science 09 January 2004, 10.1126/science.1092464.Need we remind anyone that recipes are written by intelligent design?  These scientists did not use chance and mutations in their experiments.  They applied mind to make matter do what it would not do naturally.    If I told you a tall tale, that was so implausibly funny it would make you laugh yourself sick at the campfire, would you believe my story if I added one little observation that might make it slightly more plausible?  Let’s say I told you the story of why fire engines are red:A fire engine has eight wheels and four crew.  Four plus eight is twelve.  Twelve inches make a foot.  Most rulers are a foot long.  Peter the Great was a ruler.  He was also Russian.  Red is the symbolic color of Russia.  Therefore fire engines are red, because they’re always rushin’ all around.Now suppose that one flaw of my story was that the color red had not been clearly identified as a national color in pre-Soviet Russia, but I found an old painting of Peter the Great that showed a prominent red ruby in his crown.  Are you now convinced of my story?  If not, would you at least acknowledge that I am making progress?    This is why chemical evolution tall tales are so lame.  Evolutionists are already convinced life arose from chemicals in some unknown way, without any intelligent guidance, and they feel no need to prove their case.  This is, of course, circular reasoning, or assuming what needs to be proved.  But since NASA is fond of giving away our tax money to storytellers who can explain away an intelligent Creator, there will always be volunteers.  Astrobiologists (a.k.a. Bio-alchemists) feel that they can justify their expense reports if they can add one tiny little experimental detail that might, just might, in some way, support the Darwin Party’s official Origins myth.    Here is how Benner et al. clothe their naked materialism in scientific jargon: “Because neither borate minerals nor interstellar organics are excluded from the early Earth, we also cannot exclude the availability of ribose formed prebiotically at the time when life emerged on Earth” (italics added).  Well, we cannot exclude the possibility of the proverbial tornado in a junkyard causing the emergence of the proverbial 747 either, can we?  There’s that magic word “emerged” again.  It’s a stealthy propaganda trick.  It pulls the wool over unsuspecting readers’ eyes, by embedding within it the assumption that chemical evolution succeeded somehow, against astronomical odds.    Our readers are encouraged to count the number of implausible elements in the “RNA World” scenario as reported in the 07/11/2002 entry.  If there are two dozen show-stoppers preventing the curtain from rising, dreaming up a possible way to remove one (temporarily, under special conditions) does not make the show go on, especially when there is not even a script or actors yet.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Terence Parkin: Deaflympics giant

first_img23 October 2009A silver medalist at the 2000 Olympics, deaf swimmer and cyclist Terence Parkin has dominated the Deaflympics like no other athlete, accumulating 29 medals over more than a decade. At the recent Fina Swimming World Cup in Durban, he showed that he can still challenge the best in the world.Lost among the world and South Africans records set at in Durban last weekend was a strong performance by Parkin in the men’s 200 metres breaststroke.Back in 2000, Parkin announced himself to the swimming world by winning silver in the same event at the Sydney Olympic Games.Now 29, Parkin made his return to “mainstream” competitive swimming a good one, clocking two minutes, 8.64 seconds – which, as 2000 Olympic Games team coach Wayne Riddin pointed out, was comparable to the times Parkin was swimming back in 2000.World Championship medalsParkin has been an exceptional performer for many years now. Back in 2000, at the Short Course World Championships in Athens, he won silver in both the 200 metres breaststroke and the 400 metres individual medley.Much like Michael Phelps has become a giant of the Olympics Games, culminating in his record-setting eight gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, so Parkin has become a giant in the world of the deaf at the Deaflympics.In 2001, at the Rome Deaflympics, Parkin claimed five titles – the 100 and 200 metres freestyle, the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke, and the 400 metres individual medley. That, however was merely a precursor to his astounding collection of results the the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne.2005 DeaflympicsIn that year, Parkin became the most successful competitor in the history of the Games, winning an incredible 12 gold medals and one silver.In the freestyle, he won the 100 and 400 metres in Games record times and captured the 200 and 1 500 metres with world records.He won the 50 metres breaststroke in a world time, and also claimed the 100 and 200 metres titles.To this he added the 200 metres butterfly, with another world record, as well as the 200 and 400 metres individual medley. Parkin was also part of another two world records, in the 4×100 medley relay and the 2×200 freestyle relay. His silver came in the 4×100 relay.His success spoke volumes about his fitness, competitive drive, and sheer talent.Thanks mostly to Parkin, South Africa came in third place overall on the medals table with a haul of 19, including 13 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.2009 DeaflympicsIn recent times, Parkin’s focus has been on cycling, but he was back in the pool for the 2009 Dealympics in Taipei and, once again, was on the winning trail.He was unbeaten in the swimming in the seven events he entered, claiming gold in the 50, 100, and 200 metres breaststroke, the 200 and 400 metres individual medley, and the 200 and 1 500 metres freestyle.On top of this, he proved he was excellent at cycling too by finishing third in the 93-kilometre road race.Parkin’s cycling success shouldn’t have surprised anyone. In 2006, he won gold at the World Deaf Cycling Championships in the road race and picked up silver in the mountain bike event.With Parkin leading the way, South Africa finished eighth on the 2009 Deaflympics medals table with eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals.That he managed this success at the age of 29 confirms Parkin as an exceptional athlete, and the most successful athlete in the history of the Deaflympics, much like Phelps in the Olympics.Deaflympic medals haulParkin has now accumulated 29 medals in four visits to the Deaflympics. Prior to Melbourne 2005, he claimed seven medals in Copenhagen in 1997: gold in the 200 freestyle, silver in the 100 backstroke, bronze in the 200 backstroke, gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and gold in the 200 and 400 individual medley.A loyal supporter of South Africa’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, which he won in 2000 and 2002, Parkin received a cheque for R20 000 from the organisers in 2009. The Deaf Association of SA was also presented with a cheque for R20 000.Through his interpreter, Parkin responded: “Thank you, thank you. Midmar Mile has been very much part of my life and will always be. I will be here next year, and who knows what I may be able to do then.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A guide to South Africa’s best beaches

first_imgFrom the Cape West Coast on the desert border with Namibia to northern KwaZulu-Natal, the South African coastline stretches more 2 500 kilometres and boasts some of the most beautiful beach landscapes in the world. Kei Mouth in the Eastern Cape is one of many beaches along the South African coastline that you can enjoy this summer. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterEverything from popular blue flag beaches to secluded sandy stretches seemingly untouched by the modern world, South Africa’s beaches have something for everyone and every taste: surfing, fishing or relaxing.Here are captivating images of just a small portion of the majestic South African coastline.Hobie Beach: When in Port Elizabeth, check out Hobie Beach. Situated in the vicinity of The Boardwalk, the beach hosts the annual Splash Festival, which has great shopping and entertainment. The beach, which is a favourite for swimming, sunbathing and body surfing, also offers sheltered rock pools with interesting inter-tidal sea life. It also includes a launching place for sailing and rubber ducking. (Image: Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism)Jeffreys Bay: South Africa’s home of surfing is a laid back hamlet that always opens its arms to tourists. Try your hand at surfing or just relax with a drink at the Jolly Dolphin pub. (Image: South African Tourism)Kei Mouth: The small seaside village of Kei Mouth is less than 100km from East London. With a comfortable climate and uncluttered beaches on the western bank of the Great Kei River, the area is a popular fishing spot and for those looking for a slower pace. (Image: Wikipedia)Morgans Bay: Just an hour’s drive from East London, this little resort town has been the Eastern Cape’s best kept secret for its frequent visitors until recently. Now, it graces must-visit lists. Don’t be surprised if the beach is packed in December. Book early. (Image: Morgan Bay Hotel)Nahoon: Nahoon is a popular East London beach, and is one of the region’s top surf spots with almost perfect waves. Watersports, safe swimming and fishing are also big attractions for locals and tourists alike. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Umhlanga Rocks: Meaning “the place of reeds” in Zulu, Umhlanga Rocks makes for a fine getaway for those looking to do some shopping and fine dining. And if you want to stay in luxury with a great view of the ocean, The Oyster Box Hotel should be your first choice. (Image: Caelus Aerial Photography)Boulders Beach: Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town, Cape Town, is renowned for its penguin population and picture-postcard family-friendly beaches. Boardwalk tours through the penguin colony give visitors a close-up view of the endangered African penguin. (Image: South African Tourism)Christmas Bay: Situated in Ballito Bay, it is here that the wreck of the Phoenix can be spotted. (Image: Tourism KwaDukuza)Camps Bay: As one of South Africa’s most famous beaches, Camp’s Bay attracts tourists and locals alike with pristine white sand beaches, favourable summer weather and one-in-a-million views of the majestic Table Mountain. (Image: Wikipedia)Hermanus: Hermanus is a coastal town on the southern coast of the Western Cape, renowned for its perfect whale-watching experience. Humpbacks and blue whales can be spotted along its coast from June to December. (Southern As one of the Cape’s best kept secrets, Noordhoek hides in the shadow of Chapman’s Peak. Its picturesque and sandy shoreline is popular with horse riders and families. (Image: Noordhoek Tourism)Paternoster: Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the west coast of South Africa. (Image: Audley Travel)Santos Beach, Mossel Bay: As one of South Africa’s most recent blue flag beaches on the Garden Route, Santos is becoming a popular destination for families and young people in the region.Coffee Bay: Coffee Bay is a rustic beachcomber village, close to Port St Johns on the Eastern Cape coast, offering fishing, swimming and diving for visitors looking for a tranquil but adventurous ocean experience. (Image: Pank Seelen, Flickr)Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay: Situated on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast, The Hole is part of a natural rock formation that connects the ocean to the Mpako River. The booming waves against the rock give it its isiXhosa name ‘esiKhaleni’ – the place of sound. (Image: Rodger Bosch, Brand South Africa)Source: SAA 26 Degrees South Bloglast_img read more

Cloud Community Debates, Is Amazon S3’s API the Standard? (And Should It Be?)

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#Analysis#cloud A couple of weeks ago, we asked on ReadWriteCloud’s weekly poll if you thought that Amazon S3‘s API should be considered as the standard for data storage. Almost 50% of respondents indicated that yes, it should be. 23% thought “maybe,” but wanted to see other companies weigh in first, and roughly 17% said that “no, there are better options out there.” And 11% responded that they don’t believe an API standard is necessary at this time.The 125 people who responded our poll by no means constitute the definitive answer to the question of cloud storage API standard, and there have been multiple blog posts over the last week or so with folks weighing in on this subject, an indication arguably that the question of standards – and whose standards – is an important and interesting one for the cloud community.CloudSwitch founder Ellen Rubin, writing on the company’s Enterprise Blog, asks a similar question as the ReadWriteCloud weekly poll: Is Amazon the official cloud standard? Her post follows up on a statement made by Structure conference, where Amazon was called the de-facto industry standard.Rubin writes, “If there were an industry standard, Amazon certainly has a strong claim for it. They’re the clear leader, with technology second to none. They’ve made huge contributions to advance cloud computing. Their API is highly proven and widely used, their cloud is highly scalable, and they have by far the biggest traction of any cloud. So full credit to Amazon for leading the way in bringing cloud computing into the mainstream. But it’s a big leap from there to saying that Amazon should be the basis for an industry standard.”Rubin admits that Amazon isn’t necessarily promoting its API as the standard – “they’re just ‘doing their thing’” – and she questions whether or not a standard for the cloud is necessary or relevant. And in an article on CNET, James Urquhart is similarly cautious about crowning Amazon as the standard too quickly. “Not so fast,” says Urquhart, who offers three main reasons why, despite Amazon’s strong market position, that its storage API may not be the the standard:1. The Amazon APIs define only one set of cloud features: Amazon’s.2. Four vendors (Amazon, Eucalyptus,, and Nimbula) do not a standard make3. It’s too early for a standard.Urquhart’s assertions do overlook Google’s adoption of the Amazon S3 API, but the point about the institution of a standard at what can still be considered the early stages of computing seems to be a valid one. Do standards prevent innovation? And on the other hand, without standards, are we slowing cloud adoption?It’s clear, based on the changing industry and on the multitude of recent blog posts on cloud APIs, that the matter is far from decided. But as more and more vendors adopt the Amazon S3 API, whether we like it or not, it will become the de facto standard. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Delivering Community-Based Nutrition Education Programs

first_imgThe Nutrition and Wellness concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) addresses the preventative and medical nutrition needs of the military and their families. Professionals working with military families are provided education and resources by MFLN Nutrition and Wellness through synthesizing, integrating, and applying research updates with innovative educational and counseling strategies.Professionals working with military families can also turn to the Cooperative Extension System when looking for education and resources addressing nutrition. Partnered with National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Cooperative Extension provides nutrition education programs that help individuals, families, and communities nationwide.Curious to see what your state Extension has to offer for Nutrition programs? Listed below are the 7 pilot program states:Florida Cooperative Extension Indiana Cooperative ExtensionMaryland Cooperative ExtensionMississippi Cooperative ExtensionMinnesota Cooperative ExtensionNew Mexico Cooperative ExtensionOklahoma Cooperative ExtensionDon’t see your state listed above? Here is a nationwide directory to help: Food, Nutrition and Affiliated Areas State Extension Directorylast_img read more

WWE Monday Night Raw completes 1000 episodes

first_imgWWE Raw or Monday Night Raw or WWE Raw SuperShow has now completed its 1000 episodes. A sports entertainment program for WWE that airs on the US Network, it is the fifth longest-running weekly wrestling show in history. The Rock: Who is he? John Cena: Who is he? Since its launch in 1993, Raw continues to air on Monday nights. It is generally seen as the company’s flagship programme due to its high ratings, weekly live format and an emphasis on pay-per-views.WWE Raw has been broadcast live from 197 different arenas in 165 cities and towns in nine different nations.last_img

Tia Norfleet Makes Historic NASCAR Debut

Tia Norfleet, the first  African American female licensed by NASCAR, made her debut at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Virginia, August 4, 2012. In its 67-year history, she is the first and only African American woman to compete in NASCAR.“It gives us great pleasure to officially announce Tia Norfleet’s historical accomplishment to the world. It has been a long time coming and we are extremely elated and expect nothing but the best from her,” said Guernica Williams of the The Platinum Marketing and Public Relations Group, which is representing Norfleet.“While this has been an enduring journey for the entire Norfleet team, it has taught us patience and perseverance in all things,” said Norfleet. “Today is the result of persevering. I am truly honored and truly blessed to be able to experience this moment with my family and to race with some of the best drivers in the sport.”Tia Norfleet, the multi-talented Suffolk, VA native, is the daughter of 20-year veteran NASCAR driver, Bobby Norfleet. Tia started racing, under her father’s tutelage, at the age of 9 and has a true passion for the sport.“Getting here has taking much hard work and dedication, there are so many people who have helped to make this happen and we are very thankful for their devotion and support. At Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc., it is a family affair and we all stand strong and firm behind Tia. We are extremely proud of her and the hard work that she has put into this program,” stated Allen L. Ellison, President of Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc.Read more: Target Market News read more

Businesses around OSU not worried about game day sales without Tressel

Jim Tressel is officially the former head coach of Ohio State football and the impact of his resignation will be felt far beyond the towering walls of Ohio Stadium. Many campus area businesses said game days are also big paydays. According to a 2005 study published in the “Journal of Sports Economics,” OSU athletic programs generated an estimated $100 million for the local economy in 2003. But with the football program in turmoil, will football Saturdays still be a windfall for local businesses? Michael Weisgarber, a fourth-year in English and history, said he attended almost every home football game last season. Next year, however, he is considering sitting out some games because of the scandal. “A lot of the popularity of the football team has to do with image,” Weisgarber said. “I think Tressel is pretty integral to that image.” John Miles has been working the register at Tommy’s Pizza and Subs on West Lane Avenue for five years and he said it’s not easy to predict if a lot of fans will skip games and impact sales. “It’s hard to say, it might drop off a little, but nothing major,” Miles said. Tommy’s often does about $2,000 of business on a Friday, but game days can bring in $10,000 to $15,000, Miles said. During the University of Southern California game in 2009, that figure was about $17,000. But Tommy’s has been serving pizza and subs to the OSU community for more than 25 years, and Miles said it is confident business will remain strong, even without the Senator at the ‘Shoe. “I think people care more about the school than Tressel,” Miles said. That is true for Nathan Rodriguez, a fourth-year in electrical and computer engineering. Rodriguez said he goes to a couple games every year. “I don’t see myself being any less likely to go,” Rodriguez said. “I still will go to a couple games.” Buckeye Donuts on North High Street is another game day favorite and owner Jimmy Barouxis said it’s common for the restaurant to serve more than 1,000 customers. “It definitely matters how well the team is doing,” Barouxis said. “As the tension and excitement builds when the team is doing well, we definitely do more business.” Barouxis said game-day business might drop off by a few percentage points now that Tressel is gone, but the donut and sandwich shop will be fine. “We’re not worried,” Barouxis said. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing.” Some businesses are even hopeful their sales will improve. Leah Reynolds is a Columbus artist who sells prints of hand-drawn portraits of Tressel and former OSU football coach Woody Hayes through the online crafts site, Reynolds said page views for her Tressel prints went up after the embattled coach resigned. Her online store sells full portraits as well as cards and magnets that feature the legendary OSU coaches and other artwork. “Right before football season I sell more Woody Hayes and coach Tressel prints,” Reynolds said. “If you live (in Columbus), you have to be a fan.” Reynolds said she has no intention of taking down the Tressel prints. “They won’t go off (the website),” Reynolds said. “There will still be Tressel fans, just like there are still Woody Hayes fans.” The artist said some people might buy the Tressel prints as a gag gift for a Buckeye fan. But Reynolds isn’t dwelling on the past, in fact she is already working on her latest piece: a portrait of coach Luke Fickell. “I will absolutely have a print of him (Fickell),” Reynolds said. “I’m planning on getting that up just as soon as I can.” read more