Production-Ready Kubernetes

first_imgApplication architectures are evolving. The value of cloud-native approaches including faster delivery and better service levels is widely recognized and that is driving a rapid evolution of the Information Technology (IT) architectures in enterprises today. Certainly, the software development and delivery paradigm is shifting, but even organizations that don’t develop their own applications are seeing the value of containerized workloads and need to develop a strategy for adoption.Right alongside the application architecture evolution, the enterprise IT operations paradigm has evolved rapidly. The simplicity of public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has led organizations to rethink how they purchase and operate on-premises equipment. Cloud is an operating model, not a place – meaning it is about how you’re using IT infrastructure not about where you run an application. There are opportunities for tremendous returns if that operating model is implemented for on-premises infrastructure.These two forces are driving the requirement for some fundamental capabilities in enterprise IT today:The ability to simultaneously support both virtualized and containerized workloads in a production-ready environment.The automation of lifecycle management for private cloud infrastructure.With VMware being the market share leader today in virtualization, most organizations have existing investments in the supporting infrastructure and skills to run that environment as well as current applications that are optimized to run there. Kubernetes is the de-facto standard for container orchestration and a key building block for any organization looking to add cloud-native software to the mix.  It makes the most sense for organizations to implement Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) n a way that embraces and extends their virtualization investments.  This is why we’re so excited that Dell Technologies Cloud Platform supports VMware PKS on Cloud Foundation on VxRail, creating a truly unified platform for enterprise IT.The simplicity of cloud operations may be best summarized by saying that users of public cloud don’t have to invest a lot of time or energy in standing up and patching/versioning/updating the underlying infrastructure. This is where the Dell Tech Cloud approach shines as well. With automated lifecycle management for both the IaaS and CaaS infrastructure, delivering significant improvements in efficiency and reliability. For example, patches are presented as packages that include updates to all components in an integrated bundle to include VxRail system software, hypervisor, management tools and all other parts of the VMware Cloud Foundation stack. This allows an operator to perform a non-disruptive cluster-aware rolling upgrade of all relevant components so that downtime is avoided, and the system stays up-to-date. PKS includes current upstream Kubernetes as well as other crucial cloud-native ecosystem software. The deployment and updating of VMware PKS is also automated as part of this solution so that organizations have a standardized CaaS environment that can always stay fresh and secure.The evolution of application architectures and operating paradigms is placing new demands on enterprise IT. Having a single environment that supports both virtualized and containerized workloads and has automated lifecycle management across the full stack provides crucial support to organizations dealing with this dual dynamic. Dell Technologies Cloud Platform delivers the right capabilities to help organizations adopt a cloud operating model today. For more information please visit Dellemc.com/cloudlast_img read more

Girl Guide: On Being a Woman and a Whitewater Guide

first_imgTara Nathan stops adjusting her spray skirt for a minute to stand up in front of the sea of red rafts. She waves at the boats full of Boy Scouts (most of whom are a good five inches shorter than her) and grins, a flash of white teeth on tan skin, then plunks back down on her green kayak. She pulls at her shorts.“I wore the wrong underwear,” she says under her breath. “You think guys chafe. Ugh.”There aren’t many other women in her position. The whitewater raft guide scene is mostly dominated by tan, muscular dudes with bushy beards and questionable hygiene practices.For the next seven miles of Class III-V whitewater, Nathan will be responsible for the lives of 80 strangers. There’s an epileptic, a diabetic, and a handful of unfit tourists on the trip. It rained the night before, and the water’s high. A raft will almost definitely flip. But she’s not worried at all.Curly blonde hair tucked under her river helmet, Nathan drags her boat down to the river, scoots inside, and paddles out. She floats, waiting.The trip goes smoothly. There are no injuries, and only a few swimmers. Sitting outside of the local pub afterward, she relaxes in the sun with a cold Sierra Nevada.On the river, Nathan’s a Youghiogheny River goddess. She often gets anonymous comment cards from Boy Scouts asking her on dates. She paddles smoothly around the rafts, shouting clear, concise instructions to each group as they float past.“I didn’t know I had a voice until I became a raft guide,” she says with a grin.Nathan’s 22, a recent graduate from Keene State College with a journalism degree. Right now she works for Wilderness Voyageurs, a rafting company on the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, Pa. But she started working as a guide in 2009 for a different company, where her family had gone rafting on their summer vacations. Nathan was just getting out of a bad relationship back home in Connecticut. She wanted physical work that she could throw herself into, body and soul.But her rookie year was rough.“I was at a company where testosterone rules,” she recalls. “They respect the big, strong guys who excel fast and do kinda crazy things. It was like a pissing contest all the time.”Every day she was constantly trying to prove herself—jumping over fires, swimming over the waterfall at midnight—to feel respected. But she wasn’t getting anywhere. They wouldn’t let her take on more responsibility. She was never a trip leader, never encouraged to take on bigger responsibilities. On the river, her coworkers made jabs at her for being a girl.“Hey, why didn’t Hellen Keller know how to drive?” they’d ask her boat. “Because she was blind? No! It’s because she was a woman! Good luck with Tara!” They’d laugh and paddle away.Nathan shakes her head. “I was taking so much shit, getting bogged down so much.”So she switched companies and went to work for Wilderness Voyageurs in 2012.“I think all companies are defined by their senior guides,” she says. “There aren’t a bunch of hot-shot studs running around trying to prove their masculinity. The guys there are really eclectic. Some of them are quiet, but they’re good leaders. One guy plays the mandolin. One of them reenacts Civil War battles. If you do something wrong, they still might come down hard on you, but the criticism is constructive.”In that positive environment, Nathan was allowed to learn and excel. She learned how to kayak, and now she paddles the river almost every day. (Sometimes twice in a day. Sometimes with beer.) Now, in her fourth year on the river, she’s completely immersed in the lifestyle—she lives in a guide house, hangs out with the other guides all day, and drinks with them every night.That isn’t to say that Wilderness Voyageurs is a shining beacon of feminist empowerment. Nathan still takes her share of ribbing and jokes about PMS (which is really a bitch on the river), shock and awe when she shows up in a skirt on her days off. But the banter is good-natured.“It’s really taken a hit on my social skills,” she says with a laugh. “I spend all day shooting the shit with a bunch of guys. If I make the same joke in front of girls, they’re totally appalled.”Nathan’s boyfriend Mark, a bartender and fellow guide, swings by the table with a basket of tortilla chips and another beer.Guiding with her main squeeze on the river gets stressful, she admits. “I really don’t think we should work together. We care too much about each other’s safety. The nature of the job is to care about the customers, not yourself.”Even though she’s comfortable working in a predominately male field, Nathan thinks more women should give it a try.“I was never put in an executive position like this until I started guiding,” she says. “I was never the expert, never the person who could give orders instead of taking them. The fact that I have the confidence to yell and project—that’s important.”Still, there are only a handful of girls who work on the river in Ohiopyle. And right now, Nathan’s the only female at Wilderness Voyageurs who works on the more difficult sections of the river.“The average girl my age doesn’t think she can hang with this crowd,” she says. “But nobody starts as an expert. If more girls were encouraged, they could learn.”last_img read more

Slaying the sludge monster

first_imgHe’s covered in sticky tentacles of frustration, endless inescapable globs of pointless paperwork, ridiculous rules, and cruel barbs of rejection and fees. The Sludge Monster is clogging up your membership growth, and he’s costing your credit union members and money left and right.So what is sludge, anyway? Sludge is anything that creates friction, frustration, bad vibes, or negative outcomes. Sludge slows everything down, and keeps people from completing tasks.In a credit union, sludge keeps people from getting loans, from opening accounts, and from bringing more of their business to your credit union. It can even sludge up your brand by making people feel ashamed, uncomfortable, or taken advantage of.Sludge is riskIn the credit union world, a lot of sludge is there through some misguided attempt at reducing risk – “if we ask for shoe size and a haiku on our loan apps, we won’t have as many defaults.”The problem is that every added slug of sludge also increases a few other kinds of risk. The most obvious risk is that the member will give up or make a mistake. Sludge is also a significant brand risk, making you seem old-fashioned, overly suspicious, or elitist. After all, didn’t they just see a commercial about a place that can approve a mortgage in a few minutes from their phone? So why is this car loan taking so long? Is someone back there using chisels on stone tablets?Leading the sludge slaughter is Marketing’s jobIf you’re a credit union marketer, you’re also responsible for your credit union’s brand. And being a good brand steward means going to bat for your members. Point out sludge where you see it. Ask “why” when you see something sludgy.It also means you have to get comfortable getting nosy in areas that don’t “belong” to marketing. Lots of sludge comes from moldy old processes, outdated products, and pointless policies. Part of your job is to find and manage these risks. Desludgification doesn’t always mean expensive or high-techSome sludge is there because of cost. If you’re hanging on to an ancient brand, a clunky website or lame online banking because of the cost to upgrade or exit a contract, take another look. That fusty old-fashioned reputation is probably costing you a lot more in the long run than the dollars and cents you’re “saving.”But desludging doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. And technology isn’t a cure-all for sludge. Sometimes desludging just takes  a few policy updates, or rearranging schedules, or rethinking a cumbersome process or product.To give just one example: the most popular days to visit a dealership and buy a car are Saturday and Sunday. Guess when most credit unions are closed and incommunicado?What would it take to do some creative scheduling, streamline your processes, and tweak a few policies to grab all those car loans you’re missing? The tech doesn’t matter much if you can make loans in minutes instead of Monday.Desludging pays off for everyoneWhile you’re saving your members all that time, frustration, and money you’re also saving your staff frustration and time. That frees them up to listen more, learn more, get to know their members, and give more meaningful service.In other words, credit union staff also suffer from every sludge. A “no sludge” culture leads to happier, more empowered staff and less wasted time. And that leads inevitably to happier members.Get out there, get nosy, and start your sludge hunt today! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Detailslast_img read more

3 P’s to reclaiming member service superiority

first_imgBy now many of you have probably read the alarming results of consumer satisfaction in financial services in today’s environment. For the rest of you, you may want to sit down before reading further.The highly respected annual survey published by the University of Michigan, the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (www.theacsi.org),  compares satisfaction scores across all industries, including financial services. Within the “Financial Services” category, it further breaks down results into banks, community banks, and credit unions.The 2019 report showed that, for the first time EVER, credit unions ranked below banks in consumer satisfaction. Bank score = 80; credit union score = 79. While one point isn’t that big of a deal, this point is a huge deal: the credit union score has been steadily declining the previous five years in relation to banks. After a +9 point margin in 2014, the credit union advantage has dwindled to +5, +2, +1, and +0 since.Further, a deeper dig into the results shows that credit union scores dropped further in almost every service category compared to banks, including loyalty-building categories like “ease of opening accounts” and “problem resolution”.While these eye-popping findings shouldn’t lead to panic, and it certainly isn’t the case at every credit union, they should get every CEO laser-focused on taking immediate action in 2020 to move the needle back in the positive direction. Here are three general and critical areas to center your attention:PeopleIn previous articles, we’ve presented numerous ideas about improving the culture for your employees and optimizing their engagement. In addition, we’ve shared ideas for enhancing the member experience and making that experience a positive differentiator. Whatever excuse you’ve had in the past for not acting on those ideas needs to go away … stop delaying and start changing.Everything should pivot off of people – employees and members! Strategic plans, tactical initiatives, budget allocation decisions, and goal setting all need to be people-focused. Challenge yourself with the question, “What else do we need to do to completely maximize our employee and member experiences?Regarding staff, do the following:Stop making excuses for underperforming employees, including long-tenured ones. If they’re in the wrong roles, get them into the right onesEstablish clearly defined expectations for performance and hold everyone accountable to adhering to them – stop over-paying for under-performanceProvide as much investment in development as possible – making sure it’s development that will make employees better contributors to your cultureFor members, do the following:Mine your data and find out as much about your members as possible, especially how they like to do business with you – there’s gold in that data if you dig for itKeep your finger on the pulse of member performance and behavior, especially the most valuable ones. Gather their feedback and suggestions at every touchpoint and act on the resultsReach out to members on a consistent basis with a genuine, sincere “thanks!” How often do you hear thanks from a retail business? It sure makes a big difference when you doPlaceAs a consumer it’s impossible to not notice how retail environments have changed over the past 10-20 years. Look at your local Macy’s store today and contrast its layout from 2000. Compare a Tesla showroom today to a Ford dealership in the past. Think about a Nike store compared to a sporting goods store 20 years ago. Most restaurants and hotels have changed dramatically during this time, especially those in the popular mid-price range.In each example, the physical store changed but so did the people, feel, and image. It’s not just about colors or furniture or wallpaper; it’s about the experiences created by the physical environment. The way retail establishments have changed recently is the same way credit unions need to change today. Modify the physical environment however necessary to create the type of new, fresh experience today’s consumers expect.Specifically, look at:Branches – does your environment look like 2020 or 1920? There are a lot of efficiencies that can be gained from a refresh in addition to creating a more memorable experienceCall center – most people think calling a business is a negative experience – long wait times, employees who are hard to communicate with, being transferred, never ending recordings – stand out for the right reasons by making your contact center a pleasant experience for all callersWebsite – it doesn’t have to be flashy, but it shouldn’t be text-on-screen, either. In many cases, your website is the first impression a consumer has of your company; what message is it sending about your brand and what expectation is it setting for their experience with you?Online & Mobile – while relatively new tools in our industry, it’s amazing how many of them look so old. If you’re going to drive members to e- and mobile-channels, make sure they feel modern and deliver a positive experience or they will actually turn consumers awayProcessThis component is all about being fast, easy, and efficient. In some cases, technology will make up much of the solution; but, in most cases, simple re-engineering will suffice. Look at every process in your credit union and put it through a detox program. Immediately supplant the “we’ve always done it this way” mentality with a high spirited “let’s find the best way!” attitude.In the past we’ve been able to expect the member (and potential member) to do business with us on our terms. For the most part, they remained loyal – sure, they complained a bit, but they generally stuck it out with us, in spite of some hiccups. However, those days are over … tomorrow’s consumer will not be complacent. They’ll simply say, “Goodbye.” How many current and prospective members can you afford to say goodbye?Here are some ways to get them to say, “Hello”:Number of steps – don’t overcomplicate what should be a simple transaction (i.e., opening a new account, getting a simple loan); if it currently takes 20 steps to do a transaction, try to do it in 10 or 5 – and free up time to do more with each member interactionConsistency – provide an equally positive experience across all delivery channels – don’t let a member have one experience at branch A and a different one at branch B; today’s consumer expects a consistently positive experience regardless of how and where they interact with youLanguage – we live in an industry full of acronyms and jargon, but the consumer doesn’t care. They want to clearly understand what we’re telling them and expect of them; so simplify your language and shorten your documents to minimize concerns they may haveThere’s a lot more depth to the 3 P’s but these suggestions can get your team started on the path to reclaiming that top spot in member satisfaction. Remember, if you don’t take care of your members and create the best experience possible, someone else will (and, apparently, the banks have been!).Let us know what you think about the ACSI results and how your credit union is responding – we’d love to hear what’s working and not working to best serve your members and claiming the top satisfaction spot in your market. We can be reached at https://fi-strategies.com/contact-us/. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

Championship clubs linked with striker Hawkins

first_imgEaling-born striker Oliver Hawkins has been linked with a move to the Championship from National League side Dagenham & Redbridge. The Evening Standard suggests Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich are all interested in the 24-year-old west Londoner.Hawkins has scored 16 goals in 28 appearances for Dagenham this season, having joined from Hemel Hempstead Town.He spent several seasons playing for local non-League clubs, beginning his career as a 17-year-old at North Greenford United.He then had spells at Hillingdon Borough and Northwood prior to signing for Hemel Hempstead.Hawkins averages a goal every 139 minutes this season and is third in the National League scoring charts.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Richard Sherman was right on no national-anthem policy

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.MINNEAPOLIS — Cornerback Richard Sherman predicted there would be no NFL policy regarding how players observe the national anthem, and he’s apparently correct.The league, according to ESPN on Sunday, will not enforce a rule set in May that mandated players stay in the locker room to protest during the anthem rather than kneel on the …last_img

Have Darwinian Anthropologists Learnt Their Lessons?

first_imgChris Stringer, writing for the BBC News, talked about “Piltdown’s lessons for modern science.”  After telling the history of the famous “missing link” fraud, he discussed four “lessons learnt” by one of the most notorious hoaxes in science history.  For one, “we mustn’t let preconceived ideas run away with us.”  For another, “specimens have to pass certain basic tests.”  He added, “Part of the cleverness of the hoax was the way in which it suited preconceived ideas about what early humans should look like.”  Stringer also commented that science thrives on controversy, and claimed science is self-correcting.  Then he expressed confidence in the more recent fossil ape-man finds.    In another story from the BBC News, an evolutionary economist from the London School of Economics is claiming “Humanity may split into two sub-species in 100,000 years’ time as predicted by HG Wells.”  Oliver Curry thinks humans will divide into a tall, genetically superior upper class, and a short, dimwitted lower class (an illustration fills in the imagination).  Visible splits could be seen in a much shorter time frame.  He speculated, as if this is not already evident, “Social skills, such as communicating and interacting with others, could be lost, along with emotions such as love, sympathy, trust and respect.  People would become less able to care for others, or perform in teams.”  Though racial differences might be ironed out by interbreeding in the short term, Curry thinks the logical outcome of this evolution “would be two sub-species, ‘gracile’ and ‘robust’ humans similar to the Eloi and Morlocks foretold by HG Wells in his 1895 novel The Time Machine.”  Those familiar with the story might remember how the powerful bred the weak for food.  Is this an echo of Darwin’s words?1At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world.  At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated.  The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.1Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1882) p.156; see Evolution quotes.Stringer, a positivist and progressivist, thinks science is self-correcting, and will no longer fall for such a low deed.  We leave it to the reader to judge if the Darwin Party has learnt their lessons, or earnt any credibility or respect among civilized human beings.  Maybe we should let them inhabit their own island and evolve this way if they want to.  The rest of us will read good books and hone our social skills for the common good, choose our soul-mates wisely, and develop the moral character needed to be good citizens and fulfill our Creator-endowed rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of eudaimonia.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bipedal Ape Fossil Falls on Its Face

first_imgEvolutionists Struggle to Explain the Evolution of Bipedalismby Jerry Bergman, PhD Another new discovery yet again claims to “challenge the prevailing view about when and where our ancestors first started walking upright.”[1] A major difference between all primates and humans is humans are bipedal (walk on two feet) and all other primates are quadrupedal (walk on four feet). As Professor Offord acknowledges, “Although some other extant great apes, such as chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), can walk upright, Homo sapiens are the only species that regularly walks on two legs.”[2] Actually, the great apes can walk upright but only for very short distances, and are clearly not designed to walk upright. In contrast, humans, who are designed to walk on two feet, are only comfortable walking upright.The evolution from quadrupedal to bipedal walking requires many major anatomical changes. Some of the many morphological alterations to the human skeleton that are required include major changes to both the arrangement and size of the bones of the foot, changes in the hip size and shape, the knee size, the leg length, and both the shape and orientation of the vertebral column. Even the ribcage must be altered. Specifically, the Chimpanzee ribcage is cone-shaped to house the gut and yet provide a great range of motion around the shoulder to allow them to walk on all fours. In contrast, the human ribcage is barrel-shaped, allowing arms to swing freely from side to side which is required to effortlessly maintain balance when walking. A few other alterations required to walk upright include the following:Chimpanzee feet have a divergent hallux (the big toe) that is opposable like the human thumb, allowing chimps to grasp objects with their feet. A disadvantage is when walking upright, chimps have no center of balance. In contrast, humans have a longitudinal arch that runs along the entire foot, allowing the foot to push off the ground with the toes. The heel bone of the human foot is also more robust than that of chimps, allowing it to absorb the force encountered during heel strikes, such as when distance jumping. The hallux of the human foot is longer and not divergent (extending away from the body), aiding in balance due to the center of gravity over the big toe when walking.The foramen magnum in Humans lies in the center of the base of the skull and the spine. It attaches at this location to hold the head up straight. The foramen magnum in chimpanzees is located at the back of the skull, designed for their locomotion style, namely knuckle-walking.The nuchal crest is located in Chimpanzees at the back of the cranium. It is larger and more prominent than this structure in humans, reflecting the large muscles required to hold the chimp’s head up. Humans have a far smaller nuchal crest because the skull is balanced above the vertebral column, and thus use muscles to help hold up the head.The ‘S’-shaped spine in humans is caused by a forward bend in the lumbar region and a backwards bend in the thoracic region. The ‘S’-shaped spine produces a center of gravity directly above the pelvis, allowing the forces of locomotion to be effectively absorbed without bodily damage. The Chimp design lacks the S-curve and uses only one curve.New book by Dr Bergman addresses back pain and many other alleged cases of poor design in the human body.These are just a few of the many alterations that are required as a set to convert a chimp from quadrupedal to human for bipedal walking. Any one of these changes found in the fossil record is perceived by evolutionists as evidence of human evolution, even though the result would likely be a major misfit. All of these changes, and many more, including major brain and neuron changes, would be required to evolve from quadrupedal to bipedal travel.The origin of bipedalism is conventionally addressed by evolutionists using either a top-down or a bottom-up approach. Top-down theory involves animals that eat, sleep, and for protection, live in trees, but spend much of their time on the ground knuckle-walking. The bottom-up theory was inspired by the mechanical similarities between how apes use their legs for climbing and how humans use theirs for walking. This observation suggests that bipedalism evolved from an ape ancestor almost fully committed to life in the trees that was forced by climate changes to walk on the ground.[3]Ironically, in spite of these many major alterations, some evolutionists incorrectly claim the human skeleton remains poorly adapted to bipedalism, including the fact that lower back and knee joints are plagued by malfunctions resulting in pain.[4] One of many studies that contradicts this claim found the vertebrae of humans with disc problems are closer in shape to those of chimpanzees than vertebrae of humans without disc problems. The evidence against these poor design claims, and the harm they cause to medicine, has also been carefully documented.[5]  (See my 7 Sept 2019 article.)The two main theories are human bipedalism evolved from an ancestor that was a palmigrade quadruped (which would have moved similar to living monkeys) or from a more suspensory quadruped (most similar to extant chimpanzees who can seemingly effortlessly brachiate on trees).”[6] The palmigrade quadruped involves placing the entire foot on the ground as opposed to walking on the toes; from palma, the palm of the hand and gradi, to walk.A Find that Evolutionists Hope to Bridge this GapThe evolution from quadrupedal to bipedal travel is “thought” by many evolutionists to have occurred from the middle to late Miocene epoch.[7] Some of the discoveries uncovered that hint at this change include some partial skeletons, but none of the discoveries have included the “preservation of completely intact long bones” which would be necessary to document a transition from quadrupedal to bipedal locomotion. Authors of the current study believe that the newly-discovered long bones provide such evidence. The fossil contains 12 bone fragments assumed to belong to four different Danuvius individuals. The name Danuvius guggenmosi is from the discovery in the Hammer-schmiede locality named Sigulf Guggenmos.Researchers found 21 bones from a single Danuvius guggenmosi individual at the site.CHRISTOPH JÄCKEL, 7 Nov 2019, The ScientistThe bones were unearthed from a Bavarian clay pit between 2015 and 2018. The results reveal a “combination of anatomical features that are indicative of a pattern of arboreal” activity termed extended limb clambering.[8] Although classified as a small hominid (hominin lineage comprises all species more closely related to humans than to chimpanzee) ranging in size from about 17 to 31 kg, a more likely classification is probably an extinct ape.In contrast to the glowing reports about the importance of the find to document the evolution from quadrupedal to bipedal travel, the New Scientist article was more circumspect, writing that researchers in “Germany have discovered the fossilized bones of a previously unknown species of ape that appeared to walk upright.”[9] The Nature article also openly admitted that the evolution of bipedalism has proven to be a major problem in evolution, admitting that, although many “ideas have been proposed to explain the origin of bipedalism in hominins and suspension in great apes (hominids),” the persistent problem was always that the “fossil evidence has been lacking.”[10] In other words, there exists no fossil evidence. In place of evidence was only speculation. They hope that will change with this new discovery. Madelaine Böhme, a paleobiologist at the University of Tübingen in Germany where the bones are stored, admitted  that many researchstudies since the nineteenth century have investigated the origin of human bipedalism. From Darwin and Huxley to the present, many researchers have added insights into this question but with little or no fossil evidence in support. Although many fossils have been discovered, none has shed light directly on this central question in palaeoanthropology.[11]According to one study of the Danuvius guggenmosi bones, which the team Darwin-dated to nearly 12 million years ago, the findings “suggest that bipedalism might have evolved in a common ancestor of humans and other great apes living in Europe, and not in more-recent human ancestors in Africa as many researchers had assumed.”[12] This find challenges the almost universally accepted conclusion called the ”Out of Africa theory”—the belief that modern humans first evolved in Africa —thus requiring a major rewriting of the thousands of books and scrapping the major educational and documentary films that all assume this view was settled science. Thus, the claim is the D. guggenmosi bone-fragment finding “changes the why, when and where of evolution of bipedality dramatically,”[13]The evolutionists’ interpretation is that the bone fragments “reveal an ape with arms suited to hanging in trees but human-like legs, suggesting a form of locomotion that might push back the timeline for when walking on two feet evolved.” [14] Professor Kivell added that the find “offers something for everyone: the forelimbs suited to life in the trees that all living apes, including humans, still have, and lower limbs suited to extended postures like those used by orangutans during bipedalism in the trees.” The problem is, “the clues uncovered from such fossils can be difficult to interpret,” as is also very true in this case.[15]Another possibility is that the D. guggenmosi find actually consists of mixed humans and orangutan fossils. I look forward to more research being completed on this intriguing find. The fact is, there exists “many theories about the evolution of bipedalism,” most assuming that “upright walking appeared in our ancestors about 6 million to 8 million years ago—possibly as an adaptation to a reduction in forest cover occurring in East Africa around the same time.”[16] The fossil rejects this basic assumption. The orthodox “Out-of-Africa” theory will clearly be questioned as a result of this find.References[1] Offord, Catherine. New Scientist 2019. The 12-million-year-old bones of a previously unknown species named Danuvius guggenmosi challenge the prevailing view about when and where our ancestors first started walking upright. [2]  Offord, 2019.[3] Kivell, Tracy L. 2019. Fossil ape hints at how bipedal walking evolved. Nature, November 6. https://www.nature.com/magazine-assets/d41586-019-03347-0/d41586-019-03347-0.pdf.[4] Stearns, Stephen K and Jacob C. Koella. 2008. Evolution in Health and Disease. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.[5] Bergman, Jerry, Useless Organs: The Rise and Fall of the Once Major Argument for Evolution. 2019. Tulsa, OK: Bartlett Publishing; The “Poor Design” Argument Against Intelligent Design Falsified. 2019. Tulsa, OK: Bartlett Publishing.[6] Böhme, Madelaine, Nikolai Spassov, Jochen Fuss, Adrian Tröscher, Andrew S. Deane, Jérôme Prieto, Uwe Kirscher, Thomas Lechner & David R. Begun. 2019. A new Miocene ape and locomotion in the ancestor of great apes and humans. Nature, November 6. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1731-0. [7] Böhme, et al., 2019. The word thought was used by the author.[8] Böhme, et al., p. 1.[9] Offord, 2019; emphasis added.[10] Böhme, et al., 2019.[11] Böhme, et al., 2019, p. 1.[12] Offord, 2019; emphasis added.[13] Offord, 2019.[14] Kivell, 2019, p. 1.[15] Kivell, 2019, p 2.[16] Offord, 2019.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 450 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

House Ag Committee will travel Ohio to study agriculture modernization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Ohio’s top industry, agriculture plays a vital role in our state’s economy. For Ohio’s farmers, and its economy as a whole, to remain competitive, it is important for lawmakers to identify and implement policies that will allow Ohio’s agricultural sector to modernize with the times. I am pleased to report that the Ohio House Agricultural and Rural Development Committee will be traveling the state this summer, to visit locations important to Ohio’s agriculture industry and hear testimony on issues regarding agricultural technology, agricultural education, rural and economic development, fertilizer use and crops, and livestock.As vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, I have worked closely with Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Chairman Brian D. Hill to determine the committee’s priorities this summer. From the start, Speaker Rosenberger has emphasized the importance of moving Ohio’s agriculture industry forward, and I am excited to begin that process.Because agricultural technology is constantly improving, it is important for legislators to understand how new equipment and processes affect the industry. For example, the use of drones and satellites to monitor crops from the air offers exciting new opportunities to increase the efficiency of Ohio’s agricultural production.While these technological advances are certainly critical to Ohio’s continued agricultural success, they will mean little if we do not ensure that the future of agricultural education programs such as 4-H and FFA are strong. I look forward to hearing testimony about how state lawmakers can continue to encourage and assist the next new generation of Ohio’s agricultural leaders.Additionally the House Agriculture Committee will hear testimony regarding important crop issues such as expert projections of commodity prices, as well as potential new and exciting uses of crops outside of traditional consumption.Finally, we will examine ways to continue to develop the rural areas of our state that support Ohio’s agriculture industry. From building and repairing roads and telecommunications infrastructure, to implementing efficient energy use on Ohio’s farms, the House Agriculture committee is committed to the continued economic development that will move Ohio’s agriculture industry, and our entire state, into the future.Rep. Burkley may be reached by calling 614-644-5091, e-mailing [email protected] or writing to State Representative Tony Burkley, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.last_img read more

Spring weather roller coaster to continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NoAAWe are in a more active weather pattern now that will last the rest of April. We expect a storm system every 3 or 4 days. Overall, rainfall events will be classified as moderate in nature. But with the high frequency we expect rain for the rest of April to be slightly above normal.  Expect 1.5 to 3 inches of rain for the most part for the rest of April. Isolated totals to 4 inches can’t be ruled out. Normal rainfall is 1.5 to 2.0 inches.As for temperatures, expect typical spring big swings. Highs will range for the most part from the 50s to 70s and lows 30s to 50s. Normal highs are now mostly in the 60s and lows near 40. A few mornings of frost or marginal freeze conditions are still possible for the rest of April but no hard freezes in the mid 20s or below are expected.On thing to note, with the storm later this week as the storm goes by there will be a dump of cold air this weekend. This could cause the light rain showers to possibly mix with a bit of wet snow flakes in some western and northern areas about Saturday. However, it will be insignificant if it did occur.Looking into May, conditions are expected to improve for planting with temperatures slightly warmer than normal and precipitation normal or slightly below normal. Even if the rest of April is not ideal for planting it does appear a window will open up for planting in May.The latest forecasts can always be gotten at: https://www.weather.gov/.last_img read more