NCAA: Utah College Track & Field Roundup: 5/11

first_img Brad James May 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA: Utah College Track & Field Roundup: 5/11 Written by Tags: Big Sky/Mountain West/Southern Utah/Utah Valley/WAC/Weber State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMOSCOW, Idaho-Thursday, as the Big Sky track and field championships ensued, numerous Southern Utah and Weber State athletes excelled.In the women’s hammer throw, Northern Arizona’s Brooke Anderson took the crown with a toss of 227-9. Weber State’s Terrell Womack placed eighth overall with a toss of 166-10.In the women’s high jump, Weber State’s Abbigael Brecht had a leap of 5 feet 8 inches to win the conference title in this event.Her teammate, Eden Richards, tied for third with a leap of 5 feet 5 and 3/4 inches.In the men’s shot put, Idaho’s Zack Short took the title with a toss of 59 and 7 3/4 inches. Nick Benham of Weber State placed sixth and Southern Utah’s Cannon Brunsvik finished seventh.The women’s discus saw Molli Detloff of North Dakota place first and Weber State’s Sophie Merritt finish fifth.Cidnee Davies of Weber State won the women’s long jump with a leap of 19 9 3/4 feet. Another Wildcats’ conference title was won by Trey Devereaux in the men’s pole vault with a leap of 16 1 1/4 feet. His teammate, Keaton Pace, placed fifth in this event.In the men’s javelin, Jensen Lillquist of Montana took the conference title, while Southern Utah’s Skyler Porcaro and Jeff Rowley finished second and fourth, respectively.The men’s long jump title was won by Eastern Washington’s Keshun McGee with a leap of 24 10 1/2 feet.The men’s 3000-meter steeplechase title was won by Weber State’s Jordan Cross in 9:01.49 as Southern Utah’s Michael Finch placed third.In the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase, Sarah Medved of Portland State placed first in a time of 10:30.35 as Weber State’s Summer Harper finished fourth and Morgan Porcaro of Southern Utah finished sixth.The men’s 10,000-meter run title was won by Southern Utah’s Aidan Reed in a time of 30:04.06, as Matthew Wright, his teammate, placed second and Colton Rimann of Weber State placed sixth.Concluding action Thursday was the women’s 10,000-meter run with this title won by Southern Utah’s Angie Nickerson in a time of 35:04.29 with her teammate, Madison Fruchey placing fourth.After three days of competition, Montana State’s men are in the lead with 44 points, while the Southern Utah men are second with 41 points. Weber State is in third with 36 points.For the women, North Dakota is in first with 52 points while Weber State is in second with 37.5 points. Southern Utah is in seventh place with 19 points.LAWRENCE, Kan.-As Day 2 of the WAC track and field championships ensued, the team standings see Grand Canyon’s men’s and women’s teams currently in the lead. The Antelope women have 26 points, just ahead of second-place Utah Valley with 24 points. The Antelope men have 24 points and once again, Utah Valley is in second as the Wolverines have 16 points.In the men’s decathlon, Grand Canyon’s Grant Carpenter won the crown with 6486 points. Josh Thomas of Utah Valley finished fourth overall in the event.The women’s heptathlon was won by Ashley Krawczuk of Grand Canyon as she amassed 4672 points. Sara Ohlwiler of Utah Valley placed fourth with 4378 points.In the women’s 10,000-meter run, Olivia Stein of Seattle U. won the title in a time of 35:51.29. A trio of Utah Valley Wolverines took the second, third and fourth slots with McKayla Walker, Savannah Berry and Hannah Branch finishing in these respective slots.In the men’s 10,000-meter run, Missouri-Kansas City’s Nathan Keown took the crown in a time of 31:03.75. Utah Valley’s Tyson Lambert and Kevin Lynch placed third and fourth, respectively.The meet resumes Friday with Day 3.FRESNO, Calif.-As Day 2 of the Mountain West track and field championships unfolded at Fresno State Thursday, the women’s heptathlon saw history made.On her home track, Fresno State’s Jestena Mattson won the heptathlon with 5511 points, which is a new school record for the Bulldogs. Talie Bonds and Niki Xydona of Utah State placed seventh and eighth, respectively.For the men, Air Force’s Cavlin Berstler won the decathlon title, becoming the first Falcon to do so in 9 years. Berstler posted 7203 points. Thus, the second day of the Mountain West track and field championships saw numerous historic events occur, setting the stage for what should be a great third day of competition Friday.last_img read more

Physician-Chief, Gynecological Oncology – 133

first_imgEqual Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c) West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Department ofObstetrics & Gynecology seeks a Chief, Gynecologic Oncologist(ranks available: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, orProfessor). The successful candidate will be expected to practicein Morgantown, WV.Successful candidate may also be assigned to provide services atother worksites, including but not necessarily limited to, WestVirginia University Hospitals, Inc., West Virginia UniversityMedical Corporation doing business as “University HealthAssociates,” [etc.] located in West Virginia, Maryland, andPennsylvania and, as such, travel is anticipated and expected tofulfill said duties at these other worksitesDuties: The successful candidate will practice in the area ofGynecologic Oncology while leading and building a legacy. Inaddition to providing excellent patient care, the successfulcandidate will also be actively involved in teaching medicalstudents, residents, and fellows. For appointment at the AssociateProfessor or Professor rank, it is expected that candidates sustainan outstanding, extramurally supported research program.Qualifications: Candidate must have an MD or DO degree or foreignequivalent and be eligible to obtain a West Virginia medicallicense. Successful candidate must have completed ACGME accreditedobstetric and gynecology residency program, as well as ABOGrecognized fellowship program in gynecological oncology program.Successful candidates must be board certified / eligible in bothgeneral obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology. Aminimum of 5 years’ post fellowship experience in gynecologiconcology is required. Candidates who are not board certified /board eligible who possess extraordinary ability and demonstratedtrack record may be considered at the discretion of the ChiefMedical Officer. For appointment at the Associate Professor orProfessor ranks, a demonstrated track-record of leadership,excellent communication skills, and publications in high-impactjournals are required. All qualifications must be met by the timeof appointment.The WVU Cancer Institute is one of the country’s premier cancertreatment centers. Multidisciplinary medical teams use the latestcancer therapies, sophisticated technologies, and patient drivenresearch to deliver the best possible treatment in state-of-the-artfacilities operated by WVU Medicine. We offer treatment to those inWest Virginia as well as patients from five border states. We havea very active clinical trial program, pharmaceutical studies, andemerging statewide WV Clinical Trials Network. In addition, WVUCancer Institute has recently added several regional cancertreatment sites with continued planning efforts to add additionalsites in the next 1-2 years.Practicing at WVU, you will be making an extraordinary differencein the lives of women not only locally, but across our entirestate. There are no hierarchies here. Ours is a collaborativeatmosphere that encourages you to grow and evolve as you practiceadvanced medicine in a highly satisfying academic setting.The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center is one of only 20nationally designated Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health,providing comprehensive health care to the women of West Virginiaand beyond. We provide the most advanced level of care available tothe citizens of West Virginia and bordering states.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. The WVU Health System iscomprised of eleven member hospitals and five hospitals undermanagement agreements, anchored by its flagship hospital, J.W RubyMemorial Hospital in Morgantown, a 700+ bed academic medical centerthat offers tertiary and quaternary care. WVU Medicine has morethan 1,000 active medical staff members and 18,000 employees whoserve hundreds of thousands of people each year from across thestate of West Virginia and the nation.Morgantown, West Virginia is located just over an hour south ofPittsburgh, PA and three hours from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,MD. Morgantown is consistently rated as one of the best smallmetropolitan areas in the country for both lifestyle and businessclimate. The area offers the cultural diversity and amenities of alarge city in a safe, family-friendly environment. There is also anexcellent school system and an abundance of beautiful homes andrecreational activities.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make a differencefrom day one. To learn more, visit and apply online additional questions, please contact Megan Core, SeniorPhysician Recruiter, [email protected] Virginia University & University Health Associates are anAA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU isthe recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.last_img read more

Dons salute free speech in Hebdo anniversary e-book

first_imgOn the subject of translating the works, Warman added, “Translation is a particularly intense way of reading, because to translate something you really have to get inside the text. It’s incredibly stimulating, because you’re both reading and writing at the same time.“102 of us – tutors and their second-year students (who don’t have any exams) from lots of different colleges – translated the anthology this past summer term.’’
The anthology was published on 7th January 2016 to mark the first anniversary of the shootings. It was launched at the annual conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, which supported the project, and it has received positive coverage in the press and online.
The e-books are free to download, including links to the original French texts and in some cases, the original eighteenth-century edition.Dr Warman appealed to the “open-minded thinkers” of the future to read the texts.Flora Hudson, a second year French and Russian student, commented, “I think it’s a very effective and moving way for Oxford to mark the anniversary. Instead of focusing on the pain and grief following the attacks, it promotes tolerance in society, which is so important for multiculturalism in French culture.”
Jake Smales, who studies French and Spanish at Pembroke College, told Cherwell, “I think it’s brilliant that everyone can access texts that are so important to the idea of free speech in France and across the world. Translation is in itself one step of bridging the barriers between nations and cultures, uniting all under the common values we share, both past and present.“It reminds us all of the importance of the power of speech, ideas and freedom over violence, which it seems we need to remember now more than ever. I hope people are aware of the e-books and have a read a few; especially as they’re free! They should start everyone talking and thinking about very relevant issues.” A group of Oxford academics has translated essays about free speech and then published them as free e-books in order to mark the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.Lecturers and students have translated the works of Voltaire and other figures renowned for defending free speech to mark the murders of 12 Charlie Hebdo journalists last year.Dr Caroline Warman, associate professor in French at Jesus College, has led a group of more than 102 students and staff at Oxford who sought Oxford academics to produce their own version in English of the collection of essays called Tolérance: le combat des Lumières, produced by French academics after the attack by Islamic extremists.The professors and students translated the works of 18th Century writers and philosophers including Diderot, Montesquieu and Rousseau,
as well as Voltaire, who all discuss topics including slavery, religious intolerance and the rights of individuals. The collection also includes Italian writer Cesare Beccaria.Dr Warman wrote on the ‘Adventures on the Bookshelf’ blog how “posters of Voltaire” and some of his polemical slogans about the importance of religious tolerance appeared “in the vigils and marches that followed the Charlie Hebdo assassinations”.She said, “Dozens of university lecturers in France who teach Voltaire and other 18th century writers, and who were all as distressed by the events and by the increasingly polarised politics that followed as anyone else, decided to put together an anthology of texts from the Enlightenment. This anthology would make available to everyone what writers of the time said about liberty, equality, and fraternity, about the importance of religious tolerance, about the rights of women, about the abomination of slavery, about the exploitation created by a system of global capitalism, and so on.“We in the UK wanted to support and applaud this initiative, and we wanted to extend its readership. So we decided to translate it. And we thought, who better to translate this texts than our students? They are the citizens, female and male, of today and tomorrow, they are deeply engaged in our world, and they are brilliant at languages.”last_img read more

Photojournalist presents civil rights work

first_imgSilhouetted against the image of Martin Luther King Jr. on the cover of last year’s Time Magazine, photojournalist Dan Budnik took the stage at Annenberg Auditorium last night to share his experiences as a civil rights photographer and insights behind some of the movement’s most famous moments during a lecture titled “Marching to the Freedom Dream.”The talk was co-sponsored by the Snite Museum of Art, the department of art, art history and design, the history department, the American Studies department, the Africana Studies department and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.Budnik presented snapshots from the march on Washington, the Youth March for Integrated Schools and the Selma to Montgomery march, featuring renowned civil rights leaders such as King, Marlon Brando, Malcolm X, Ralph Abernathy and Harry Belafonte.“In the whole civil rights movement I was right there, like a fly on the wall,” Budnik said. “It was quite amazing.”Budnik, who was born in 1933, got his start with Magnum Photos in New York in 1957, after being drafted into the military and photographing at the New York School of Abstracts Expressionist and Pop Artists, according to his personal website. The next year, Budnik shot one of his more famous collections at the Youth March for Integrated Schools. “The Youth March for Integrated Schools was really the prototype to the march on Washington,” Budnik said.Budnik said the photos from the march on Washington helped him gain backstage access to speeches and famous civil rights leaders. His ability to get in the action got him the recognition of Life Magazine, Time Magazine, Vogue and Sports Illustrated for his coverage of the civil rights movement.All of Budnik’s images from the three marches came with a story. Budnik said he made it his mission to know the names of the people in each of his photos, sometimes making complete trips just to find them.“This young lady in the middle is Crutilla Harold,” Budnik said, referring to a young black girl at a protest in Selma. “I ended up going back [to Selma] because I wanted to identify as many people as possible, so I had an exhibit up for a couple weeks and people said, ‘Oh that’s Crutilla.’”Budnik said he built up relationships with civil rights leaders, especially King, who can be seen in many of his photographs. He had access to King’s personal group, catching intimate shots between King and his friends, colleagues and family. One image in particular of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, was a personal favorite of Budnik because he said it showed King’s intimate side. “Martin Luther King Jr. was always with the group, I noticed,” Budnik said. “But he was a loner, always alone.”Last year, Budnik’s photo of King in this typical solitary state was placed on the cover of Time Magazine as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington and “I Have a Dream” speech.“This was the pay off picture,” Budnik said. “But I like these kinds of photos the most. They have their own longevity.”Tags: Civil Rights Movement, Dan Budnik, March on Washingtom, Martin Luther King Jr., photojournalistlast_img read more

In Search of Bigfoot

first_imgOriginal story ran in the August 2008 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.Blue Ridge Outdoors goes in search of Bigfoot.“Can all these people be crazy?” asks William Dranginis as we scan the forest with night vision goggles.“Thousands of people have seen them. How can they all be nuts?”It’s midnight and the black veil of darkness that pervades the woods has been transformed into varying shades of green, thanks to the night vision goggles we’re using. It’s as if we’ve stepped out of reality and into a video game.We’re looking for Bigfoot in a wildlife management area on the edge of the Rappahannock River, about an hour from Washington D.C. It’s a strange thing to be doing on a Sunday night in the woods of Eastern Virginia, because A) Bigfoot does not exist according to mainstream scientists, and B) if he does exist, it’s hard to imagine the creature living here, half an hour from the nearest D.C. Metro stop.But Dranginis claims to have seen a Bigfoot creature not far from here several years ago, and a number of sightings have been reported in this general vicinity dating back to the 1950s. Even though the Pacific Northwest is widely recognized as Bigfoot country, the Southeast has a long history of Bigfoot sightings, from the pre-colonial Native American tribes, to the first settlers in Virginia, to the Dranginises of today. Even more shocking than the prevalence of Bigfoot sightings below the Mason Dixon is the fact that a number of well-respected scientists are starting to warm up to the idea that maybe, just maybe, there’s something to all this Bigfoot business. Dranginis is on the forefront of Bigfoot field research, supplying some of these scientists with the data they need to prove to the world that Bigfoot is not just a mythical creature that exists in the imaginations of a few overzealous believers, but an actual living species of primate that should be recognized by the scientific community.So here we are, sitting in the dark on a Sunday night, searching the woods with night vision technology, looking for a seven-foot-tall ape-like creature who walks on two legs and is not supposed to exist.———-BIGFOOT 101Bigfoot is not alone. Most people assume Bigfoot is a single creature, but researchers believe there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of these man-like apes roaming the forests of the world. Eyewitnesses put the creature anywhere between six and ten feet tall. Reports vary, but they all say it is at least 500 pounds. It runs approximately 40 miles per hour. It is extremely agile, quiet, and curious but suspicious at the same time. Its eyes will sometimes glow red or yellow.In 1967, two Bigfoot hunters caught on video a large, ape-like creature in Northern California near the Oregon border. For 16 seconds of shaky film, you can watch Bigfoot walk on two legs through a sandy creek bed, swinging its arms with each big stride it takes before disappearing into the dense forest. It’s called the Patterson-Gimlin Film (named after the two hunters who captured the footage), and depending on whom you ask, it is either a glaring hoax or the most convincing evidence of Bigfoot’s existence. Doubters say the film captures nothing more than a man in an ape suit walking through the woods, but some experts in anatomy and motion say there is no way a man in a suit could pull off the locomotive nuances captured on film. To this day, the 16 seconds of film have never been definitively discredited, though many have tried.Fact or fiction, that film turned the Pacific Northwest into ground zero for Bigfoot encounters, while also inspiring hundreds of amateur “researchers” to hit the woods in hopes of catching a glimpse of the creature for themselves. Sightings have been reported all across America, from Florida to Washington State—eyewitness reports that have fueled a small army of Bigfoot hunters to scour the woods for enough tangible evidence to prove Bigfoot’s existence.Some say Bigfoot is the missing link, a distant cousin of man on the evolutionary tree. Others say the creatures are simply an undiscovered species of ape. The majority of mainstream scientists refuse to entertain either theory.“How do you research a creature that the scientific community says does not exist?” Dranginis asks as we sit in a field listening to bullfrogs bellow from a nearby pond. “Intelligence and superior technology. That’s how.”There are three other Bigfoot researchers with us in the forest, most of whom are decked out in camouflage and safari khaki, and they’re all packing serious technological hardware. Billy Willard is a researcher with his own weekly radio show about Sasquatch hunting who’s filming everything with an infrared digital video recorder. D.B. is a stay-at-home dad and the unofficial “sound guy” of the group. He’s hidden a digital audio recorder in the woods, a few hundred yards from our location, and he has dragged a massive speaker system into the forest on a red Radio Flyer wagon. He’s going to blast Bigfoot calls into the trees, hoping for a response. Then there’s Tom, a large man who refuses to take his Ray Bans off, even indoors, who records and listens to every sound in the forest through a parabolic microphone—a small satellite-looking device that amplifies even the smallest creak in the woods into clear, high-definition sound. Dranginis rolls onto the scene with an infrared digital video recorder, night vision goggles, and the holy grail of Sasquatch hunting: a thermal camera, which translates the landscape into varying heat signatures. The trees and bushes become ghost-white, while humans and animals become shapes of red, orange, and yellow.The price tag of all this high tech equipment? Over $20,000. And this is just Dranginis’ off-the-shelf equipment. For his day job, he works for Northrup Grumman modifying video security systems for the Department of Defense.“I get paid to develop technology that helps find people who don’t want to be found,” Dranginis says. “The work I do there parallels the work I do with Bigfoot.”Case in point: Dranginis has invented a remote camera system called the Eyegotcha that puts off no ultraviolet light or ultrasonic sound. It is the first camera system of its kind, and he hopes that it will be the key ingredient in catching these creatures on film, a feat that has not been accomplished since the original Bigfoot footage in 1967—at least, not to a degree that would satisfy skeptics.“There’s research that shows animals hear ultrasonic and see in ultraviolet,” Dranginis says, showing me his EyeGotcha system, which looks a lot like the black box of a commercial jet. “I think that’s why we haven’t caught one of these creatures on a trail camera yet. They know the cameras are there, and they avoid them.”Hundreds of people search for Bigfoot on a regular basis—there are active research groups in all 50 states—but none use the sort of high-tech equipment that Dranginis and his cohorts carry. For several years, Dranginis drove around Virginia and West Virginia in a converted RV stocked with the latest digital video and thermal imaging equipment available. Recently, he’s sold the RV and cashed in a chunk of his 401K to purchase a cabin in West Virginia—a permanent research station in a habitat that’s ripe with Bigfoot sightings.“It’s on the edge of a steep mountain with banks of old growth that loggers couldn’t get to,” Dranginis says. “I think that area supplied Sasquatch with a safety net, a place where they could live for generations without being harassed.”At the cabin, Dranginis is setting “curiosity traps” (glowing basketballs, jars of peanut butter, and TV screens that emit blue light into the woods) that trigger security cameras and homing beacons. It’s a project that has cost Dranginis over $100,000— money that he says is perfectly well spent. “Something’s gonna happen at the cabin. This is what’s gonna get me video.”Dranginis is an even-keeled, professional, middle-aged man with a family and steady job who just happens to be cashing in his retirement fund to hunt for a mythical creature. It’s a quest that Dranginis probably wouldn’t be on if he hadn’t gone metal detecting 13 years ago. That’s when he saw a seven-foot ape standing in the woods on the edge of Washington D.C. Dranginis and two FBI agents were looking for Civil War artifacts in a privately owned forest near Prince William Forest and Quantico. One of the agents dropped his metal detector and pointed toward the woods.“I look over and a big black head pops out from behind the tree,” Dranginis says. “Both the agents grabbed their weapons and the thing starts running. It was something right out of a book of mythology. Much bigger than human. Muscles flexing, hair blowing in the wind. The shoulders were four feet wide. No way was it a guy in a suit. It was big and bulky, but agile. We had a clear view of it. I looked down at one of my friend’s hands, and his knuckles were white around the gun.”The craziest thing about Dranginis’ account isn’t that he saw a giant bipedal ape that isn’t supposed to exist, it’s that he saw a giant bipedal ape in Eastern Virginia, thousands of miles away from the misty woods of the Pacific Northwest. If he would have said he saw Bigfoot in a mall outside Richmond, it wouldn’t sound any more unlikely. Dranginis contacted some Bigfoot researchers in California and Oregon at the time of his sighting, but they all told him the same thing: There are no Bigfoot in the Eastern United States.While most Bigfoot sightings come from the Pacific Northwest, Eastern states like Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida have a high frequency of sightings as well. There’s actually a long history of Bigfoot sightings throughout the Southeast. The first settlers to push west into Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia told stories of large apes throwing rocks at their settlements. The Cherokee Indians supposedly had two names for Bigfoot-like creatures: “Nun Yunu Wi” (Stone Man) and “Kecleh-Kudleh” (Hairy Savage). Loggers in the early part of the 20th century described apes along the mountains that divide Virginia and West Virginia. In 1960, a bread truck driver crossed a bridge in West Virginia when a seven-foot-tall ape-man walked in front of him. That particular sighting got picked up by several newspapers. Reports have been frequent in North Carolina’s Madison County since the first homesteaders set up permanent residence in the hollows. Dranginis is currently investigating three farms in Virginia that have repetitive Bigfoot activity.Bigfoot sightings in the Southeast are common. But then, so are Elvis sightings.“Anyone who says they’ve seen a Bigfoot is branded as a kook,” Dranginis says. “But this is not a crackpot scheme. There is physical evidence. I know what I saw.”———-ALSO KNOWN ASLarge, bipedal apes pop up in the folklore of native people across the globe. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most famous Bigfoot-like creatures.SASQUATCH“Sasquatch” is a derivative of “Sesquac,” which means “wild man” in a British Columbian Native American language.YETIStalking the high elevations of the Himalayas, the Yeti has captured the interest of the western world since climbers began tackling peaks like Everest. Local tribes consider the Yeti to be a fact of life, no more strange than the black bears of Appalachia. Reports from Western climbers are frequent throughout the last hundred years, so frequent that even Sir Edmund Hillary himself mounted an expedition in search of the massive man-ape.ALMASAnother variety of Bigfoot, this creature lives in the mountainous terrain on the border of Mongolia and China. It’s more human-like than our Bigfoot; some scientists believe it’s more of a Neanderthal than a primate.SISIMITEThis is the ape-man of Central America. The shaggy-haired creature is said to have supernatural powers, which it uses to protect the wilderness. According to legend, the Sisimite will attack hunters in order to protect wildlife.SKUNK APEThe Southernmost Bigfoot to occupy North America, the Skunk Ape is a resident of Florida’s extensive Everglades. Some say it is a cousin to Bigfoot, while others say it’s the same species. The number of sightings of the Skunk Ape in Florida rival the number sightings of Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest. The animal earned its name because of its unique smell.———-THE SCIENCE OF BIGFOOT“I get accused of believing in Bigfoot, but belief has nothing to do with it,” says Dr. Jeff Meldrum, an anthropologist and professor at Idaho State University as well as a curator at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. “One of my goals is to establish a base of what we know about Bigfoot and determine if there is enough evidence to warrant serious scientific study. My conclusion, as well as the conclusion of other academics and professionals, is yes, there is something to this. Something is leaving footprints, shedding hair, and vocalizing.”More and more legitimate scientists are starting to open their minds to the notion that there may be an unknown species living in the mountains of North America. George Shaller, one of the pioneers of primate research and the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, has called for a serious scientific inquiry into the Sasquatch phenomenon. Famous primatologist Jane Goodall (inspiration for the movie Gorillas in the Mist) has spoken at Sasquatch seminars and came out on National Public Radio as a Bigfoot believer, telling the reporter, “You’ll be amazed when I tell you I’m sure they exist. I’ve talked to so many Native Americans who all described the same sounds. Two who have seen them…”The most outspoken Sasquatch scientist, however, is Meldrum, who specializes in primate locomotion and evolution. Meldrum has a collection of legitimate evidence that could intrigue even the staunchest skeptic: dozens of hair samples that scientists have not been able to classify as any known mammal, a cornucopia of sighting reports from credible witnesses like Dranginis, and hundreds of footprint casts which, according to Meldrum, are the most convincing pieces of evidence that Bigfoot exists.“There are some questionable casts, as well as some glaring hoaxes, but a heck of a lot of these casts are suggestive of consistent, distinct anatomy,” Meldrum says. “In these footprints, we see a flexible-footed primate, elegantly suited to the environment it finds itself in. It is overwhelmingly the foot of a primate that appears to have evolved and adapted to its environment.”Among the thousands of footprint casts that Meldrum studies, hundreds display the same unique characteristics. They come from all over the country, but have subtle similarities that Meldrum maintains could not be forged. The legitimate Bigfoot footprints all display dermal ridges (similar to a fingerprint, but on the bottom of a primate’s foot), as well as the mid-tarsal break, which suggests a flexible foot. Minute details like these that only a primate anthropologist would recognize have Meldrum convinced that there is a natural, living species behind the footprints.“It’s more incredible to suggest that all of this is the result of an elaborate hoax that spans decades and thousands of miles than it is to suggest there is an unknown species leaving these footprints,” Meldrum says. “Today, you never know if these eyewitnesses are just pulling the descriptions off the web. But stories that leave footprints and shed hair? If these are all fake, if all these people through the decades, across continents, are partaking in a hoax based on remarkably subtle consistencies that only an anthropologist would recognize, then who’s passing out the instruction manual? Who’s telling these people exactly what to do over the last 50 years?”———-BIG FOOT ON MYSPACE“Would you rather have the brain squeeze or the heart punch?” D.B. asks as we huddle together on a gravel forest road, waiting for Bigfoot to come charging through the woods, or scream at the top of his lungs, or throw a rock in our direction.He’s referring to a cheesy “Bigfoot Attacks” horror movie where Sasquatch goes on a killing rampage, squeezing brains and punching people in the heart. There’s a lot of schlock surrounding the Bigfoot phenomenon. For instance, Bigfoot has his own Myspace page. It says Sasquatch likes “breaking sticks, facial hair, and ‘Will and Grace.’”Some Bigfoot enthusiasts believe the creature has mind control and telepathic powers. Others think Bigfoot can walk through portals of time and space. There’s a popular theory that involves an alien race who used the Bigfoot creatures as the building block for a genetic modification project which led to the human race. Others suggest Bigfoot is an offshoot of humanity, a pit stop along the evolutionary journey to our current state.All of this is peripheral static that clouds the true science of Bigfoot research, according to Meldrum.“Bigfoot is not a close relative to people. This species does not rewrite history or evolution—it is simply another great ape,” Meldrum says. “There’s an automatic lumping of Sasquatch with the paranormal, the otherworldly or alien. There’s a stigma involved with this research. Part of the problem is that there is a void in the field left because of the rejection of Bigfoot from the scientific establishment. Into that void steps the amateur investigator. There are a lot of people who are just too enthusiastic, who see Bigfoot everywhere.”Eyewitness reports are usually treated with skepticism because of the “enthusiasm factor,” but the quantity of sightings can’t be ignored. Neither can the locations.“In Idaho, 99 percent of the reported sightings exist in an area of the state that gets 16 inches or more of rain annually,” Meldrum says. “The majority of reports across North America come from similar ecosystems. We’re not seeing reports by certain types of people, but by people who venture into certain types of ecosystems. We don’t get sightings from the deserts of Nevada. The sightings aren’t demographic, but geographic.”The geographic similarities in the sightings help support the leading scientific theory regarding Bigfoot, which involves an ancient species of giant primate who migrated across the Bering land bridge. Gigantopithecus was the largest ape ever to roam the earth. Projections based on molars and partial skeletons recovered in Chinese medicine shops put the primate at 10 feet tall and 1,200 pounds. Researchers believe that climate change and resource competition from early humans either killed off Gigantopithecus, or forced it to migrate into friendlier ecosystems. Several species alive during the same time period migrated across the land bridge between Asia and North America, including certain species of the brown bear.“Gigantopithecus was the right size, in the right location, and lived at the right time to migrate across the land bridge,” Meldrum says. “If the Gigantopithecus was a ground ape of a large size, as it is believed to be, it makes sense that it would have wanted to migrate into these forests.”Certain Native American mythology and artifacts support this theory. Most North American tribes refer to Bigfoot-like creatures. The Sioux called Bigfoot their “elder brother.” The Hopi considered Bigfoot a messenger who appeared in evil times as a warning from the creator. The Anasazi painted petroglyphs of demi-god figures with enlarged hands and feet. Masks created by the Tsimshia Tribes near British Columbia depict monkey faces. Stone heads were carved by Native Americans in the Columbia River Basin that resemble the face of an ape. The heads and masks date from 1500 BCE to 200 AD. If there was never a species of primate living in North America, where did these tribes find primate faces to base their artwork from?In light of the cultural and physical evidence that’s being gathered, there is a thawing in the scientific community in regards to Bigfoot, according to Meldrum. “When you have the likes of Jane Goodall and others taking a “let’s see” attitude, it certainly lends an amount of credibility.”———-A BIG FOOT ENCOUNTERJason Valenti studied to be a minister at Oral Roberts University. He was taught to believe that evolution was just a thin theory and that humans were put on this earth by God’s hand several thousand years ago. He believed these things without question until the night he saw a Bigfoot creature on the side of the road in northern Florida.“I was driving outside of Tallahassee with a friend,” Valenti says. “We got lost and took a wrong road through the national forest. It was about 4am, but both of us were wide awake. When I saw the creature first, I thought it was an Irish Setter chasing its tail on the side of the road. So I put my brights on. Then the thing stood up. She was 6’8”, maybe 7’. Her hip came to the top of the door jamb of the truck. It was a big creature, hair on its chest. It stumbled backwards, mouth open, hands covering its face. You could see the muscles in her arms, the tendons. She had incredibly wide shoulders, no neck, and sort of an hourglass figure. Primates are incredibly furry, but in places, you could see patches of skin, like the palms of her hands. She had such human-looking hands, it made me wonder what this thing was. She dropped down, bringing her fists to the ground, and she did a standing broad jump, twisting in the air and jumping 30 feet away. She hit the ground and immediately jumped again, and she was gone. Humans just don’t have any comprehension about how fast these things can move. They move like lightning.“My friend and I sat in complete silence the whole way home. We didn’t talk about it for another year, until I got to the point where I was beginning to doubt it ever happened. Eventually, I told everyone at church and they all thought I was possessed by a demon. I couldn’t stop obsessing about it.”The sighting made Valenti question everything he had been taught to believe within his church—if evolution was not true, then what was this thing that was so human-like, yet so animal-like as well? Valenti left the church and moved to Oregon to study Bigfoot full-time.“I had to start a whole new life because of my sighting. It blew my belief system into pieces,” Valenti says.“I’m using Bigfoot as a springboard into something so fantastic and amazing. I’m looking for answers as to why the human race has appeared out of nowhere like it has. I’m interested in Bigfoot because of where it leads us theologically. I want to prove the existence of Bigfoot so we can move on to the bigger questions.”———-THE LION EATERVillagers in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo tell stories of a giant ape that kills lions. Legend has it, the apes are seven feet tall with large black faces. They catch fish and howl at the moon, walk on two feet, and hunt in packs. Aside from a few footprints and some questionable first-person accounts, these legends were all primatologists had to go on when they embarked on a massive search of the Congo for these giant apes in 2003. A massive primate species in the Congo intrigued scientists, since no known species of chimpanzee had reached the epic size described, and the nearest gorilla population in Africa was thousands of miles away.Researchers descended upon the Congo in droves, armed with the latest technology and hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants. Several months later, they discovered the Bili Ape, a giant chimpanzee, larger than any other chimp or gorilla, that has developed a completely new chimpanzee culture due to their isolated habitat. The Bili Ape isn’t a relative of Bigfoot or Gigantopithecus, but it proves two things: Large primates like Bigfoot do still exist, and sometimes, legends are more than just stories.The massive chimps (chimps are the closest evolutionary relative to humans) occasionally walk on two feet, sleep on the ground, and use rocks to smash the shells of turtles and snails to gain access to meat. Scientists believe these chimps have developed a completely different culture, departing from chimpanzee norms. Given the Bili Ape’s distinct and highly developed “smashing culture,” some even believe they are catching evolution in the act.“What’s interesting about the Bili Ape is the evidence the researchers had on hand,” Meldrum says. “Oversized footprints, nests, local lore. This is the same kind of evidence we have for the existence of the Sasquatch, only in the case of the Bili Ape, there was much less of it. Still, the evidence warranted huge grants and interest from mainstream anthropologists.”What will it take to send mainstream anthropologists into the forests of North America looking for a similar species of giant ape? Considering there has never been a record of an ape species living in North America, it’s going to take a dead body. The fact that no hunter has ever shot a Bigfoot and strapped it to the hood of his truck is the most damning piece of evidence against the theory of an unknown species of ape lurking in North America’s forests.“Where’s the body?” Dranginis asks as we watch the woods through his thermal camera. There are no heat signatures on the screen—nothing but white trees and bushes. “I honestly don’t know why we’ve never come across a dead Sasquatch. I’m working with a statistician to examine this. Assuming there are a certain number of Sasquatch out there, assuming a certain number will get struck by lightning or have a tree fall on them, or get shot and crawl off to die, what is the probability of coming across one in the woods? That’s what I’m trying to figure out.”Based on eyewitness reports and legitimate footprint casts, Meldrum puts the entire Sasquatch population at about 500 for all of North America, which he believes is large enough to sustain reproduction without inbreeding, given the numbers of other species of ape. Factor in the low number of the animals, the expanse of North America’s wildlands, and the 35-50-year life expectancy of an ape species in that size range, and Meldrum doesn’t see the lack of a body to be that damning of a feature.“When you’ve only got one or two Sasquatch dying in a given year in all of North America, what are the odds of finding a carcass?” Meldrum asks. “We’re looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.”———-THE FINAL FRONTIERDranginis and I sit in our camping chairs on the edge of the Rappahannock and listen to Bigfoot’s howl pierce the woods in front of us. It sounds like a coyote, or a werewolf howling at the moon. The noise comes from D.B.’s speaker blast, and the sound quality is excellent.A number of Bigfoot calls have been recorded over the years, and “vocalizations” are one of the more puzzling pieces of evidence that Bigfoot exists. The call D.B. is blasting is known as the “Illinois Howl.” The most famous Bigfoot vocalization is actually a series of recordings known as “Sierra Sounds,” which is periodical Bigfoot chatter recorded over a period of years in the Sierra Nevadas. The chatter has been tested by a number of linguists, sound engineers, and wildlife experts, all of whom have determined that the vocalizations did not match any known animal and could not be human because of the vocal range.We sit, quiet and still, and wait for a response. Nothing. No repeated howl. No scream in response. No call back.“Tonight, there are maybe ten other people in the entire United States doing this exact same thing,” Dranginis says, filling the night with his voice. “When I first got the thermal camera, I thought I’d see the creatures everywhere, but nothing. It’s been 13 years and I’ve never had another sighting.”The skeptic would say that Dranginis never had a sighting in the first place. What he and the two FBI agents saw 13 years ago was a psychological event, or a massive bear, or a man in a suit—anything but a seven-foot-tall ape that walks on two feet. The reluctance to believe these Bigfoot sightings, hair samples, footprints, local legends, and legitimate scientists is understandable given the well-traveled terrain of North America. Our highway systems are expansive, our suburbs are sprawling. Only 5% of America’s old growth forest remains intact—we’ve cut down the rest. How could a species of giant ape go undetected during the systematic clearing of our forests over the last 100 years?“The attitude that every nook and cranny of North America has been explored is frustrating,” Meldrum says. “A lot of people don’t have a sense of the vastness of our forests. There are a lot of places that I’m quite sure have not seen a human footprint.”In the Southeast, more old growth is being discovered every year. More importantly, species that were previously driven out of our region are returning, like the coyote, cougar, and red wolf. Perhaps Bigfoot is undergoing a similar migration. Perhaps the great apes have hidden in the small pockets of untouched forests for decades and are only now coming back home.For fun, I pick up the thermal camera and train it on the forest in front of us. The trees register a stone white. The pond has cooled down in the few hours we’ve been staking out the area, shifting from a warm pink to a cool gray. Everything on the thermal screen is now a cold, white hue. There is no Sasquatch in front of us, but according to Meldrum and others, that doesn’t mean there is no Sasquatch.last_img read more

Brazil’s Economic Prosperity Attracts Bolivian Cocaine

first_img More than 50 percent of the cocaine processed in Bolivia is destined for Brazil, where the number of consumers has noticeably increased due to the economic prosperity of recent years, according to an investigation by the daily Valor, published on December 12. “In the last ten years, Brazil has moved from being a transit country to being a consumption country” for cocaine, said Murilo Vieira, a diplomatic official at the Brazilian embassy in La Paz. The country is suffering “the collateral effects” of having raised 30 million people out of poverty who became middle-class consumers over the last decade, Vieira added. “The so-called new middle class acquired access to cocaine and to a relatively cheap drug, crack” (a cocaine product), the diplomat stated. As a consequence of the increased consumption in Brazil, “Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian, and Brazilian mafias began to establish themselves in Bolivia in order to export those drugs” to Brazilian territory, according to Valor. “Between around 60 and 80 percent of Bolivian cocaine is destined for the Brazilian market, estimated at around 900,000 users,” which would make the country the third-largest consumer of the drug, behind the United States and the European Union, the newspaper said. Control of drug-trafficking routes has unleashed a struggle among mafia groups in Bolivia, “at times violent, at times not so violent, but involving all” the organizations, Douglas Farah, a researcher at the International Assessment and Strategy Center in the United States said. Bolivia, the world’s third-largest cocaine producer after Peru and Colombia, according to the UN, signed an agreement with Brazil at the beginning of the year to fight drug trafficking using Brazilian unmanned planes. Early in December, the Brazilian government acknowledged that it is facing a “crack epidemic” due to the increased consumption of the substance and announced an offensive combining medical care for users and a hard line against trafficking at the borders. In 2010, the Brazilian Federal Police seized almost 28 tons of cocaine (paste, hydrochloride, and crack) and 154 tons of marijuana. In 2011, they had seized 15 tons of cocaine and 87 of marijuana as of August, a Federal Police spokesperson told AFP. By Dialogo December 13, 2011last_img read more

NCUA adopts two rules on appraisals

first_img continue reading » At its April 16, 2020 meeting, the NCUA Board adopted two rules relative to the requirement to obtain an appraisal on certain real-estate related transactions. First, the Board amended the appraisal rule to increase the threshold where a formal appraisal may be required from $250,000 to $400,000. Second, the Board adopted an interim final rule defers the requirement for obtaining an appraisal or valuation requirement for up to 120 days after closing. These changes went into effect on April 21, 2020 and are effective through December 31, 2020.As background, NCUA’s appraisal requirements in Part 722 depend on the risk posed by the loan. The requirements defines two different levels of appraiser credentials: a state licensed appraiser or a state certified appraiser. NCUA’s appraisal regulation requires an appraisal performed by a state certified or state licensed appraiser for real-estate related financial transactions that are not complex, involves residential real estate, and the transaction value not guaranteed under a government agency or government sponsored agency is under the threshold in the rule. An appraisal by a state certified appraiser is required for all transactions of $1,000,000 or more; and “complex” residential real estate transactions where the transaction value not guaranteed under a government agency or government sponsored agency is over the threshold in the rule. For some additional background, check out this NAFCU Compliance Blog post.Many may recall that a few months ago, federal banking regulators increased the threshold for when certain real estate transactions would require a formal appraisal from $250,000 to $400,00 back in September 2019. In contrast, NCUA still kept the threshold for credit unions at $250,000. NAFCU advocated for parity for credit unions, and NCUA’s final rule does this. This rule will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register. In Letter to Credit Unions 20-CU-10, released yesterday evening, NCUA summarized this change accordingly: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What does the growth of antidepressant consumption in the world have to do with tourism?

first_imgAustralia is the second largest consumer of antidepressants, followed by Portugal, the UK, etc.… This is also a good example of how ideas are created or a plastic example of a creative process. Just one piece of information, a moment, a picture, a sentence is enough to get our attention to start a creative tornado in our head. That is why it is necessary to read, explore, look at the world with open eyes, and follow a wider range of topics. It all starts with one idea, and I hope that this article has provoked at least one positive reaction, so maybe with a good brainstorming a new tourist story will happen. PS The project will start soon “Let’s go to the country”In Zagreb County, so here is perhaps the first opportunity for a #nostress weekend without the city crowds and noise. NoStress as the main motive for communication would offer enjoyment on an island without a lot of people, in the pre- or postseason, or in Lika and Slavonia, and would certainly include active tourism, eno and gastronomic offer, Wellness, olive picking, Lika or Velebit (Via Dinarica ), cycling in the interior of Istria and visiting taverns, eco accommodation, picking truffles or lavender (making perfume or lavender soap), a tour that visits several islands, etc.… on the other hand physical work, as well as sports, is according to many studies a good stress channel . Can I imagine spending a weekend in Betina on Murter in the off-season at a small shipbuilding workshop? I certainly can. And if he managed to make a small boat that is functional in 7 days, that would be a great story. Imagine taking a ride on a boat you made yourself and throwing a hook and catching dinner with the host. By the way, last year in Resort 9 on Korčula, in cooperation with the masters of shipbuilding, they worked on a workshop with guests, and as part of the animation team worked with children on small wooden boats, which were functional and later driven by children at sea. I can only imagine the joy and facial expressions of the children as they boarded their wooden boat and sailed the sea. By the way, the consumption of antidepressants is growing in the world from year to year, and various studies show that. For example, as reported by Novi List, in a study published in the European Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, it is stated that in the period from 2005 to 2012, the number of young people prescribed antidepressants by doctors in Germany increased by 49 percent, in the UK by 54 percent, and in Denmark by as much as 60 percent. In the same period, the United States recorded a 26 percent increase in the consumption of these drugs, and the Netherlands a 17 percent increase. Photo: Can we offer a #nostress weekend or week in Croatia? We certainly can, from the islands, the inland along the coast and continental tourism. Also, we can thematically relate to the same philosophy, but through some additional motive / passion such as reading, (a week of literature by the sea, a week of French chanson) or some education in the context of sewing, brewing beer, etc.… These are all just different ideas that are currently spinning in my head, my brain is working in sixth gear, but with a little longer brainstorming you can certainly make a great story and a winning “nostress combination. Especially if there are more of us, because two heads are smarter than one. Source: Statista Looking at this table, the idea immediately came to my mind so that we could use this information well for tourism, in the context of a tourist offer that communicates and positions a destination as a #NoStres destination. So let me share the loud thinking with you. When we look at the bigger picture, stress is one of the main diseases of the modern age, and the growing focus is on exercise, a healthy and organic diet or a healthy lifestyle, and immediately away from the hustle and bustle of the city and work. What does the growth of antidepressant consumption in the world have to do with tourism? Opportunity to extend before and after the season? #nostress as a tourist product and smart positioning of a tourist destination would certainly be a smart move. The world is full of people who share the same passion, and who gather through various specified and niche portals, groups, etc.… let’s say one of the great passions are the fans of the spachki. Thus, Samobor hosted 23 participants from 9000 countries and about 40 visitors as part of the 3000rd World Meeting of Spaček in a few days. There is no #NoStress motive in this story, maybe it would be more of an international chess tournament on an island, but I’m just giving an example of how people connect through various passions, which can and are the motive for coming. (Chess grandmaster Gari Kasparov has Croatian citizenship and lives in Croatia, and I’m sure many chess lovers would like to have the opportunity to talk to him in person) Globally, the World Health Organization estimates, depression will become another health problem by 2020. #NoStress, healthy living, nature, ecology, organic food, with an additional motive for coming are certainly a great combination. Fifteen years ago, Iceland had the world’s highest rate of antidepressant consumption – 15 out of 71 people consumed antidepressants daily. Until 1.000, this trend did not change, unfortunately it only worsened, and according to the Statistics in 2015, the number of antidepressant consumption increased to 2015 out of 130 antidepressants consumed daily. #NoStress as the focus and positioning of a destination in the off-season. Why not, who will be the first to position itself in that segment? Of course, this is not about the mass of tourists, but about the philosophy of fewer tourists with higher consumption. One thing is for sure, but stress tours that offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the city with an invitation to get to know nature, hear the “sound of silence” and various other marketing messages packaged in a great NoStress tourist product could be a hit.last_img read more

HBOR has extended the moratorium for all tourism activities until 2021.

first_imgAll clients are allowed to use the moratorium for up to 7 months, ie until 30 September 9. For clients who have a positive COVID score according to the FINA methodology (or otherwise prove a drop in income) it is possible to use the moratorium for up to 2020 months , ie until 10 December 31. Clients engaged in tourism are allowed to use the moratorium for up to 12 months, ie until 2020 June 16. However, since the business of Croatian businessmen is still affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, HBOR has extended the moratorium, HBOR reports, pointing out that tourism activities allowed a moratorium of up to 16 months. “The use of the moratorium, which we made possible as a first measure, has so far been accepted by almost 1.500 HBOR clients. Since Croatian entrepreneurs are still suffering the economic consequences of the epidemic, and given the still difficult working conditions, it has been possible to extend the moratorium and introduce new conditions for the repayment of due obligations and reprograms.”Said Tamara Perko, President of the Management Board of HBOR. In addition to the moratorium, HBOR, with the introduced measure of rescheduling existing credit obligations, enabled entrepreneurs to extend the terms of use, waiting and repayment of loans. For reprogramming up to 6 months, entrepreneurs are exempted from paying the usual fees, and the new decision allows entrepreneurs from tourism activities to approve reprogramming for up to 16 months, also without paying fees.center_img In March, in order to mitigate the negative consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic, HBOR enabled its clients to reschedule loans and use the moratorium until 30 June 6, with the announced possibility of extension. HBOR will send a direct notification to the direct users of the loan on the conditions for extending the moratorium, as well as the consent form that the loan users will need to submit to HBOR, HBOR added.last_img read more

Chelsfield to take over Global Switch

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