SMC pushes gift campaign

first_imgTo encourage students to make their class gift and educate them about the benefits of donating to Saint Mary’s College, the Class Gift Campaign (CGC) hosted its second annual launch party Monday. The event was held in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall during dinner hours. Molly Gorszczyk, CGC co-chair, said the event was created to draw attention to the mission of the CGC as well as allow students to meet and get to know members of the campaign. “The launch party is pretty much just a way for us to get publicity up of who we are and what we do,” Gorszczyk said. “It’s the first chance all of our girls get for the year to make their donation of class gift. It’s pretty much the starting of our season of campaigning and fundraising and trying to get the class gifts.” Gorszczyk said the event invited students to enjoy themselves while learning about the CGC. Students were also encouraged to make their donation to the CGC for their class. According to Gorszczyk, the campaign works during the academic year to earn money for each class’ senior gift. Each class decides which gift it would like to donate to the College. “The class gift campaign is a student organization, and we are the ones that encourage raising all the money to give Saint Mary’s that each class gives when they graduate,” she said. “Along with that we encourage the importance of philanthropy and giving back to Saint Mary’s. [Saint Mary’s College] just [relies] on giving back so much and they encourage it so much that we try to encourage our students to give back as well.” According to Gorszczyk, during the launch party, students had the opportunity to break open a piñata, play corn hole, listen to music and meet with members of the CGC. “People can come make their class gift, they can ask us questions, they can get to know us,” Gorszczyk said. “[The Launch Party is] kind of like a meet and greet type deal so they [students] can actually get to know what the Class Gift Campaign is.” The CGC also plans to offer other events throughout the academic year. Gorszczyk said the CGC will offer Give Back Night at Hacienda on Oct. 25. Karaoke Idol, an event that allows students to sing karaoke in front of faculty and staff judges, will also be held on Nov. 18. Gorszczyk said she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of the CGC. “I think it’s really important just because we have a tradition that part of our gift to give back is a scholarship of some form or scholarship money,” she said. “That’s really important just because so many girls are on scholarship. Ninety- four percent of the student body right now is on scholarship. So if we can encourage girls to give back now that would also encourage them to give back after they graduate.” The CGC doesn’t just ask for donations from juniors and seniors, instead, they encourage first-year students to donate money as well. “We work really hard and start looking freshman year to raise a gift so you can give something amazing back to Saint Mary’s to thank them for the amazing time you had here,” Gorszczyk said. “Also, you try to raise the pride of Saint Mary’s that you have in your four years and beyond after you graduate and so you’re always proud to be a Saint Mary’s girl and you’re so proud of your school.” The CGC asks that students donate whatever amount they feel comfortable giving, but also encourages each student to donate the amount of their class year, Gorszczyk said. “We are encouraging all students to try to at least give their class year, so a senior would give $20.11, juniors would give $20.12,” Gorszczyk said. “But they are free to give as much as they want, and we appreciate everything they give and we understand that everybody’s situation is a little different so what they can give might not be the same as others.”last_img read more

Team finds new type of bacteria

first_imgA team of researchers from USC and Aarhus University in Denmark has discovered bacteria with the ability to transmit electrons over large distances. They published their discovery in the science journal Nature on Wednesday.They found that Desulfobulbus bacterial cells have the ability to transmit electrons as far as 1 centimeter, or thousands of cell lengths away, as part of their respiration and ingestion processes.“To move electrons over these enormous distances in an entirely biological system would have been thought impossible,” Moh El-Naggar, assistant professor of physics at USC and co-author of the paper, said in a release.Research began after Aarhus scientists discovered an electric current on the sea floor several years ago. The experiments conducted by USC and Aarhus researchers found that the apparently inexplicable currents were created by unknown multicellular bacteria that function as living power cables.The cells survive through a chemical reaction: the cells that live in an oxygen-deficient zone oxidize hydrogen sulfide, a process that provides oxygen for other cells on the top.“You have feeder cells on one end and breather cells on the other, allowing the whole living cable to survive,” El-Naggar said in a release.Researchers from both universities collaborated on physical evaluations of this long-distance electron transfer. El-Naggar and his colleagues had previously used some of the methods he used in his research, including scanning-probe microscopy and nanofabrication.El-Naggar was recently named one of the Popular Science magazine’s article “Ten Young Geniuses Shaking Up Science Today.” He collaborated on the paper with Lars Peter Nielsen from the Aarhus University Department of Bioscience. The paper was funded by the European Research Council, the Danish National Research Foundation, the Danish Foundation for Independent Research and the German Max Planck Society.last_img read more

Police record 14% increase in rape

first_img…decrease in murder, increase in other crimesThe Guyana Police Force on Wednesday revealed that at the end of March 2017, there was a reduction in serious crimes by three per cent with a whopping 43 per cent decline in murders.However, there were increases in other crimes such as robbery under arms, robbery with violence, larceny from a person, robbery with aggravation, and burglary.In addition, there was a 14 per cent increase in rape and an 18 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny. In each of the categories, the Police were able to apprehend and charge the perpetrators with a solve rate of 28-87 per cent.Up to March 31, there were 23 murders recorded, with 10 of them committed in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank); six in F Division (Interior locations); four in B Division (Berbice) and three in D Division (West Demerara). This is in comparison with 40 murders for the same period in 2016.The Police further stated that 37 unlicensed firearms (18 pistols, four revolvers, seven shotguns and eight rifles) were seized when compared with 16 last year. These include.The statistics released on Tuesday revealed that the reduction of serious crimes although not significant – coupled with the large number of illegal weapons seized and the number of persons arrested and charged with indictable offences – were positive indicators that the Police Force is gaining the public’s trust and support in the fight against crime.Traffic offencesWith respect to traffic, the Police recorded a 21 per cent decrease in fatal accidents. Twenty-six fatalities were recorded up to the end of March, compared to 29 for the same period last year. Of the 26 road fatalities, seven were drivers, six pedestrians, five pedal cyclists, four motorcyclists and four occupants of motorcars. Speeding continues to be the major contributor to road deaths as it was the cause of 14 accidents, followed by driving under the influence of alcohol with four. The Police had instituted charges against 17,846 traffic offenders up to the end of March. Speeding offences topped the list with 4469.last_img read more

Focus on New York Jets: Are Raiders facing Jets at the wrong time?

first_imgIf there was ever a bad time to be facing the New York Jets, the Raiders just may be experiencing it this week. At second glance, the once-laughable Jets may no longer deserve the scorn they’ve been drawing most of the season.If you’re like most NFL fans, you haven’t bothered to notice the Jets are now riding a two-game winning streak. And, judging by how difficult it was for Oakland to dispose of the winless Bengals on Sunday, beating the Jets might not be an easy task.For the first time …last_img read more

Hear Ye: Another Darwinian Prediction Falsified by Fossils

first_imgIn a classic test of evolutionary “post-diction” (predicting what should be found in the fossil record), scientists made a bold prediction of what insect ears would look like before the evolution of bats.  Believing that the presence of bats, a new predator with sonar, would spur the evolution of insect ears, the scientists predicted that earlier insects would have less-developed ears, or none at all.  Then they found exceptionally-preserved insect fossils from the Green River formation in Wyoming, and compared the fossil evidence with their prediction.  What was found?PhysOrg summarized the results that were published in the Journal of Paleontology.1 The abstract of the paper unveils the falsification of Darwinian expectations:Tympanal ears in insects are important for both intraspecific communication and for the detection of nocturnal predators. Ears are thought, based on modern forms, to have originated independently multiple times within insects and can be found on multiple regions of the body. Here we describe and document the exceptionally well preserved tympanal ears found in crickets and katydids from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado, which are virtually identical to those seen in modern representatives of these groups. These specimens are among the best preserved insect ears in the fossil record and establish the presence of ears in two major clades of Orthoptera 50 million years ago. Also discussed and evaluated are previously described insect ears from the Mesozoic and the implications of the findings of the present study for studying the evolution of ears within insects.PhysOrg dressed up the story in progressive language: “50 million year old cricket and katydid fossils hint at the origins of insect hearing.”  But further down, the article admitted, “The fossil ears measured half a millimeter in length, and were virtually identical in size, shape, and position to their modern counterparts.” Yet earlier, the article quoted lead author Roy Plotnick (U of Illinois) clearly stating that they expected the opposite:“The big evolutionary trigger for the appearance of hearing in many insects is thought to be the appearance of bats,” Plotnick said. “Prior to the evolution of bats we would expect to find ears in relatively few insects, but after that we should see ears in more insect groups,” he explained.How can such a falsification of expectations be spun into a “hint at the origins of insect hearing?”  The only hint would seem to be abrupt appearance, or stasis at least, if not intelligent design.  The press release did its best: “The findings suggest that this group of insects evolved their supersensitive hearing long before bat predators came to be, the researchers say.”  Dena Smith (U of Colorado), co-author of the paper, used her imagination: “Their bat-detecting abilities may have simply become apparent later.”PhysOrg stated that the paleontologists were working for the National Evolution Synthesis Center (NESCent), a “nonprofit science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  The Center “promotes the synthesis of information, concepts and knowledge to address significant, emerging, or novel questions in evolutionary science and its applications,” according to its mission statement.  “NESCent achieves this by supporting research and education across disciplinary, institutional, geographic, and demographic boundaries.”1. Roy E. Plotnick and Dena M. Smith (2012) Exceptionally Preserved Fossil Insect Ears from the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado. Journal of Paleontology: January 2012, Vol. 86, No. 1, pp. 19-24.Well, the NSF needs to close up shop at the NESCent, now that Darwinism has been falsified (again).  Two paleontologists went hunting, but returned wanting.  The insect ears are identical to modern ones on live insects, they found, despite having 50 million years (in their timeline) to do the Darwin thing.  Not only were those ears working just fine long before bats “came to be” (did you catch that cute little miracle phrase?), but they want us to believe that “Insects have evolved ears at least 17 times in different lineages.”  Let’s see what this means.  If one miracle has the probability of 1 in 10150, then 17 different miracles occurring by evolution should have one chance in (10150)17.Plotnick wrote with a straight face about the “appearance of hearing” and the “appearance of bats.”  Tell us, Dr. Science, how did they appear?  Out of a magic hat?  To evolutionists, saying that something “evolved” is synonymous with saying it “appeared.”  No evidence is necessary.  Evidence can even contradict it, but Darwin marches on, working miracles out of thin imagination.  Stephanie Pappas at Live Science (the same reporter who got all bent out of shape on New Year’s Day reporting that school boards want to expose students to the flaws in Darwinism, see Live Science) told her readers this wondrous fairy tale: “Now, a new examination of 50-million-year-old cricket and katydid fossils finds that these odd ears evolved before even the appearance of the predators that these ears can hear.”  Let’s try to understand this sentence.  Darwinism has no foresight, no plan, and no ability to even get one mutation right, but it was able to equip insects with complex organs they would need millions of years later.  What did the bugs  listen to in the meantime?  The bee gees?Another thing you should notice about the story is the amazing preservation of detail in these fossils.  “You can see every tiny feature down to the veins in their wings and the hairs on their legs,” Smith said.  Try this experiment: drop a cricket in mud, wait 50 million years, and see how much detail remains. Odds are, grasshoppa, after the winter rains, you would find nary a hair, even if you were knee high to a cricket.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tax relief, funding for small business

first_img23 February 2012Delivering his National Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced both some tax relief for small business and a new financing agency to improve funding for the sector.The tax-free threshold for small business corporations will be increased to R63 556, while the 10% rate is reduced to 7% – the threshold up to which this rate is applied is increased to R350 000.For taxable income above R350 000, the usual 28% corporate tax rate will still apply.The payment of tax has also been simplified for micro enterprises. From next month, qualifying micro-businesses – those that fall within the R1-million turnover limit – will be able to pay turnover tax, VAT and employees’ tax twice a year.“This means that the number of returns and payments a year will be reduced from 18 to just two,” said Gordhan.Although Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for companies was increased from 50% to 66.6% and for individuals from 25% to 33.3%, the exclusion threshold for the disposal of a small business when a person is over the age of 55 has been increased from R900 000 to R1.8-million, and the maximum market value of assets allowed for a small business disposal for business owners over 55 has been lifted from R5-million to R10-million.Gordhan also said that the consolidation of small business financing into a new subsidiary under the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) would benefit small firms.President Jacob Zuma told Parliament earlier this month that the agency was expected to launch in April.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

6 Tips for Filming a Thrilling Car Chase Scene

first_imgFloor it! Here are six pieces of practical advice and some behind-the-scenes tutorials on how to safely and efficiently film a pedal-to-the-metal car chase scene.Cover image via Bullitt (Solar Productions)In way, cinema was built for the car chase, at least in the U.S.A. It’s everything we want to see. It’s loud, it’s dangerous, it’s action and conflict and decades of industry innovation all rolled into one explosive sequence of roaring engines and sweaty palms.If you’re attempting a car chase scene for the first time (or even just starting production on your first film, no matter the subject), carry this truth with you in every moment: Safety is your top priority. Always, always, always work to ensure the safety of your actors, your crew, your cars, your equipment, and the safety of the surrounding area.It takes a tightly controlled, well-rehearsed and creative mind to orchestrate a proper car scene that gives audiences reasons to sweat. Let’s dive into some tips, tricks, and practical behind-the-scenes advice from some of the best in the business.1. Tightly Script EverythingImage via ShutterstockIn hindsight, every polarizing problem I’ve ever encountered on a shoot, whether the over-all experience was positive or negative, can be traced back to pre-production. With that in mind, the following can’t be overstated: If you want your car chase shoot to be safe, professional, and fun, you simply must put in the time to tightly script out every single part of it. Period.And it’s more than just traditional scripting. A good pre-production plan should include a binder (sometimes several) of meticulous plans for every tiny part of the shoot. You can start broad and write out what you want for the final product, but be prepared to expand on, in practical terms, how every screech, side-glance, and burnout will sound, look, and feel, along with exactly how you will film it.2. Control Your EnvironmentImage via ct.govGiving due diligence to scripting will give you the most control over your production, which, when filming something as dangerous and traditionally out of control as a car chase, will help you get the best footage.This doesn’t only apply to car interiors and the space immediately around your camera. To truly control your full set, you’ll need to clearly define and lay out the entire environment. This includes all the areas your camera will see as it moves around, in addition to “buffer” spaces around the action designed to safely protect the cast and crew from any unexpected automotive mishaps.3. Use ProfessionalsImage via Bold FilmsWhich brings us to the next important tip: Use professional drivers! Unless you plan on shooting in a stationary car against a green screen, you’ll really be putting yourself and your crew in harm’s way if you enlist non-professional friends to perform complex car maneuvers.Stunt driving isn’t just a noble profession — it’s an art form dependent on strict adherence to safety protocols for the benefit of everyone involved. Hiring trained professionals is your best bet if you’re concerned with staying on schedule and staying safe.4. Move the Camera AroundImage via YonkersArguably, the best car chases are the ones that get creative and make the most use of diverse camera shots from many different places and angles. The possibilities really are endless. Even inside the car, you have a huge array of shots to consider. Study the classics and see what decisions your favorite directors have made, and take note of which scenes you like and why.Once you have your base, make your plan to include shots you are certain will work and add a few that you might not be so sure about, as you haven’t actually seen them pulled off before. As long as your main coverage is solid and controlled, you can free yourself to experiment.5. Don’t Focus on the Cars. Focus on the Action.Image via YouTubeAction filmmaking is built on this principle. When Chuck Norris executes a perfect roundhouse kick, we aren’t focused on his alligator boot. We’re focused on the action the boot takes in the air before it connects hard enough to send a perp flying out of frame.A car being driven down the road is mildly entertaining at best. A car gunning its engine as it swerves, slides, and hops a curb to barrel through an unfortunately placed newsstand, well, that’s another story completely.The trick is to give your audience enough auxiliary information that they can create something far greater in their imaginations than you’ve actually produced. You get this in everything from reaction shots and off-camera shrieks to close-ups of small items in the car flying around.6. Cheat as Much as You CanImage via ColliderThe golden line where safety and creativity meet is found when a director’s production decisions make the most of both. When faced with the litany of problems associated with shooting a challenging sequence, success depends on utilizing every production trick and camera cheat you have at your disposal.If you’re doing it right, the behind-the-scenes video of your shoot will look as safe and boring as your final product looks exciting and out of control. Things like trailer rigs, car mounts, and camera cars are vital tools for safely capturing and presenting action that looks awesomely wheels off and dangerous.Still feeling the need for speed? These in-depth features will definitely scratch that itch. Here are three videos from the guys at Film Riot (with some help from DJI Film School) which take you behind the scenes to demonstrate how they filmed a car chase of their own.Original Scene by Film RiotFeaturette on Production and CamerasBehind-the-Scenes Tutorial Got any experience filming car chases, car crashes, or any other instances of intense automotive action? Share your tips, tricks, and techniques in the comments below!last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he’d bring back Jose Mourinho.Moratti and Mourinho won the Treble together at Inter in 2010.Current coach Luciano Spalletti is under pressure after failing to qualify from their Champions League group.And Moratti, who is still influential at the San Siro, said: “Would I like Mourinho back at Inter? Yes, I’m very fond of him.“However, we’ll give time to Spalletti to prove his worth. Diego Simeone? I love him too, but Mou is special.” last_img read more

19 days agoAC Milan directors Boban and Maldini admit Elliott differences

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan directors Boban and Maldini admit Elliott differencesby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini admit they have different ambitions compared with owners Elliott Management.Elliott remain in the business of selling the club.“No young team, with all young players, won the Champions League. That’s a fact,” said Maldini to the FT.“Even a Scudetto,” added fellow director and former teammate Boban.“Our dream is to have results tomorrow. [Elliott] have a different path, they have a different vision . . . I think we can find a way that we’re both happy.” last_img read more