Hupke, from Independence, Iowa, is another multi-sport athlete who plays softball, track and field and volleyball for Independence High School. She is a pitcher who has been named first team all-state and all-district each of the past three seasons. As a junior, in the circle, she went 24-4 with a 1.06 ERA and had 195 strikeouts with only 29 walks allowed in 191 1/3 innings pitched. Her team qualified for the 2018 state tournament. Her mother, Heather, is Independence’s head softball coach, and she played four seasons of softball at Buena Vista University. From Pittsburg, Kan., Beitzinger, who is a multi-sport athlete in basketball and softball, is the lone Bulldogs’ signee from outside the state of Iowa. On the diamond, she is a middle infielder for Pittsburg High School. Beitzinger, who was named to the All-SEK and all-area teams after each of her first two seasons, missed her junior season of high school softball due to injury. She returned to the diamond this past fall for her club team the DeMarini Aces and hit .448 and led the team in runs and stolen bases. Beitzinger will play her senior season for Pittsburg High School in the spring of 2019. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team signed four high school student-athletes, Aubree Beitzinger (Pittsburg, Kan.), Mackenzie Hupke (Independence, Iowa), Delaney Taylor (Waukee, Iowa) and Emily Valtman (Newton, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2020 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced Tuesday, Nov. 27. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on-and-off the field,” Calvert said. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time. We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.” The final member of the 2020 signing class is Valtman who is from Newton, Iowa. She is a catcher and utility player for Newton High School and helped the Cardinals finish third at the 2018 state tournament. As a junior, Valtman was named first team all-state and earned all-conference accolades for the third-straight season. She has slugged 24 home runs and driven in 87 runs in her high school career. Print Friendly Version Taylor is a local product from Waukee, Iowa who is another multi-sport athlete in softball and track and field. She has helped Waukee High School’s track and field team win three state championships and one Drake Relays titles and the school’s softball team earn runner-up honors at the 2017 state championship. She has been a member of multiple relays teams that have won state titles. Taylor, an outfielder, has collected back-to-back all-state honors each of the past two seasons, highlighted by her selection to the 2018 Des Moines Register All-Iowa First Team.
A 350,000-year-old skull that looks shockingly like a modern human by Dr Jerry BergmanTextbooks and science books written for laypersons often imply a certainty about human evolution that does not exist. If one reads widely, one soon finds that the precision implied in accounts of evolution vanishes, especially when it comes to human evolution. Some references admit this fact, but claim that evolution is true because it has been a fruitful theory that has inspired much research and exploration.One cannot deny that Darwinian evolution has been a fruitful theory, but this fact alone does not make it a true theory. Oxford professor Thomas Dixon succinctly dismisses this commonly-made claim by evolutionists. After stating that “Ptolemaic astronomy … was hugely successful for many centuries,” he added that “there is no reason to suppose that today’s successful theories [like Darwinism] are true. Both true and untrue theories can produce accurate predictions.”In a breath of fresh air, one scientific report writes, “When and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago.”The latest new evidence of human evolution, a review in Nature noted (as is common in reports of new fossil discoveries), demands rewriting of the textbooks. The recently discovered fossil remains “suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than” 100,000 to 150,000 years “earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn’t suspect.” The report on the find was a cover story published in none other than the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, Nature. The first issue of Nature magazine was published in November of 1869 and the journal has been an aggressive supporter for Darwinism ever since. It was ranked the world’s most cited scientific journal by the Citation Reports, a website that keeps track of citation numbers.The fact that our lineage as modern humans has been pushed back a hundred to a hundred and fifty thousand years with one discovery says several things. First, it shows how little evidence exists about human evolution, and, two, how tenuous the dates are. As the Nature report admitted, the “place and time of emergence of H. sapiens remain obscure because the fossil record is scarce and the chronological age of many key specimens remains uncertain.”The report the paleontologists published in Nature on the fossil skull of a Homo sapiens discovered in Morocco note it is a more elongated skull shape than modern humans. It appears, assuming that the ones uncovered are typical of this human variation, that they are simply another people group. The report admits that the brain case falls somewhere between what one might expect between ancient and modern humans.A review of the new fossil findings, as published in The Independent, opined, “The fossils could represent the earliest known examples of H. sapiens ever found (if confirmed by further research), and they serve as evidence that members of our species lived beyond sub-Saharan Africa.”A History of the FindThe details of the discovery of the Morocco find make one very suspect of its validity. The first discovery in the area occurred in 1961. While plowing into a dense limestone wall, a crew of miners struck a soft patch that gave way to a mound of cinnamon-colored dirt. In the dirt was a nearly-complete skull. The miners, thinking the skull was from a modern human, turned it over to their field doctor. Soon after, the researchers uncovered more remains, including several jaw bone fragments and an arm fragment. The scientists then pegged the fossils at around 40,000 years old, a few thousand years before the Neanderthals were believed to have vanished.Roughly 40 years later, anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin and his team excavated the half-dozen layers of soil beneath the area where the skull and arm bones were discovered in 1961. The team found the remains of what looked like five individuals and flint blades which appeared to have been burned by nearby cooking fires. The evidence found at this cite indicated that these bone fragments were from modern humans.To date the bone fragments, the researchers used a dating technique that measures how much radiation had built up in the flint since it was heated, a technique called thermoluminescence. Thermoluminescence dating measures luminescence exhibited by crystalline materials previously absorbed ionizing radiation energy that alters their crystal structure which retains the distortion. Heating the material causes the crystal structure to relax, assuming the previous conformation (shape) and causing the stored energy to be re-emitted as light which can be measured.Using this technique, Hublin and his team concluded that the ancient bones belonged to people who lived roughly 300,000 to 350,000 years ago. This assumes the ionization of the flint occurred at the same time when the people were cooking their meal. And it also assumes that the fire made by the people caused the ionization that the thermoluminescence technique measured. One major problem is contamination of ionizing radiation from such sources as radioactive elements in the soil or from cosmic rays.The Skulls Demolished the Previous Human Fossil Record When the team examined the skulls, instead of finding the robust features existing on faces of existing claimed human ancestors, including Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis, the face displayed a striking resemblance to modern humans. For example, the Homo erectus skulls have a single protruding brow ridge extending across the nose bridge. In contrast, the individuals they uncovered in Morocco had smaller separated brow ridges very much like modern humans. In addition, rather than a large face and flattened skull as common on Homo heidelbergensis, these people had small faces and rounder skulls also like modern humans. As the lead researcher stated “The face of these people … had a skull that is more elongated than most of us, but I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today.”Implications of the FindThe major problem was, assuming their findings are valid, the discovery indicates modem humans lived close to the same time as our evolutionary ancestors. You cannot have descended from an earlier ancestor who lived close to the same time that you lived. Your early ancestors must have lived long before the time that you lived. This is why it was correctly stated that this find will force rewriting the textbooks! What was assumed to be our early human ancestor could not have been our ancestor. This is the same problem that the eminent paleontologist Louis Leakey discovered several decades ago that forced a redrawing the human family tree. It may have to be drawn yet again!Hublin added that he is convinced the Moroccan specimens “represent the very root of our species.” This means that all of the Homo sapiens ever found — including those uncovered far beyond Africa — trace their ancestral linkages back to the land that is today’s Morocco” and not sub-Saharan Africa as the current dominant theory teaches. This requires another major textbook revision, because the details of the evolution of humans, including loss of body fur/hair, bipedal locomotion, evolution of the brain, language, and all the rest is based on the sub-Saharan African evolution model. Thus, Darwinists will have to greatly revise many human evolution details.Associate professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton, Sonia Zakrzewski, concluded Hublin’s discovery was so important that it will encourage other archaeologists to drastically alter the way they think about human origins. She wrote, “It really sets the world alight in terms of the possibilities for understanding the evolution of Homo sapiens…. It certainly means that we need to rethink our models” of human evolution. Indeed, evolutionists will have to do some major rethinking.Update July 11, 2018: It appears the out of Asia idea is catching on, meaning the origin of humans occurred in Asia and not Africa as once widely believed. The cover of New Scientist included the following words in bold letters “Out of Asia. It’s time to rethink the map of human evolution.” (July 7-13, 2018). The article covers many of the early human fossil finds, including the Peking Man fossils discovered in 1923 which disappeared during the war. All that remains are casts which show them to be broad nosed men. Then came the 1992 find in China that looked like a hybrid mix of H. erectus and H. sapiens, which is not a problem if one concluded that H. erectus were H. sapiens, i. e., were the same species as many creationists concluded. Next came the 2009 find, also in China, classified as H. sapiens partly based on its very human like chin. This find was dated at least 50,000 years before humans were supposed to have arrive on earth.The New Scientist article then added the 2017 Moroccan fossils reported above going back 300,000 to 350,000 Darwin years, adding 100,000 Darwin years to the previous estimated date of the first humans. The problem is “our ancestors, in all their forms, were a promiscuous bunch. It seems as if every new genetic study reveals yet more interbreeding between groups that were once thought to be distinct species.” (Kate Douglas. 2018. p. 30). This is what many creationists have been saying for some time. All, or most of, these fossil fragments are simply different varieties of humans exactly as we see today, except they exhibited more variety than modern humans. It looks like even more rewriting of the textbooks is called for. At the least, these new finds may reduce the dogmatism rampant in science. Thomas Dixon. 2008. Science and Religion. Oxford University Press. p. 34. Brodwin, Erin. 2017. 300, 000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the Human Evolution Origin Story. The Independent, 10 November, 2017. Hublin Ewen Callaway Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species’ history. Nature 546; p. 212 June 7, 2017 Brodwin, 2017. Hublin, Jean-Jacques et al. 2017. Nature 546, 289. Hublin, J. et al. 2017. Nature 546, 289–292. Brodwin, 2017. Richter, D. et al., 2017. The Age of the Hominin Fossil from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the Origins of the Middle Stone Age, Nature. 246: 293-296. Brodwin, 2017. Brodwin, 2017. Quoted in Brodwin, 2017. Author Jerry Bergman, PhDDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information.(Visited 946 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
In 1945 Bishop Trevor Huddleston saw the plight of malnourished children in Johannesburg and, along with a group of young volunteers, started up soup kitchens to feed hungry children in Sophiatown, Alexandra and Soweto; especially during the city’s often freezing winters.The organisation provides meals to some 31 000 children daily and works to promote physical and economic wellbeing in these communitiesOver time the number of soup kitchens grew, along with the number of children being fed daily. Five years after Huddleston initiated the feeding scheme the first permanent feeding centre was established, providing meals to more than 4 000 children daily; the feeding scheme is now known as the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS).Today the organisation works with families in Soweto, Kagiso, Alexandra, Thembisa, Daveyton, Kwa Thema and Tsakane with 13 centres in total.The organisation provides milk and peanut butter sandwiches to some 31 000 children daily and works to promote physical and economic wellbeing in these communities.“The most rewarding part is to see the ‘before’ situation of the child or family and the situation after our intervention. [It’s] The difference made through the organisation’s involvement e.g. reversing malnutrition, providing food to children who would have gone to bed without food,” says Phindile Hlalele, ACFS’s executive director.PROJECTS AND PROGRAMMES FOR PROGRESSThe ACFS has a variety of projects aimed at improving the lives of the people it works with. These include micro-economic empowerment programmes, building community food gardens, health and nutrition education and an HIV/Aids awareness programme.The micro-economic empowerment programmes have allowed for many community members to start and sustain small businesses.The organisation’s approach helps families become self-sufficient, to make way for new families needing help.“What keeps us motivated is to see a malnourished child pulling through up to tertiary [education] and becoming a person that breaks the cycle of poverty in their family,” says HlaleleAnother project employs female community members to sew bed linen, table clothes, hospital gowns and aprons to order from promotional goods distribution company O’Kagen Brand Aid. The income earned is vital for these women and their families.The community food gardens project lets community members grow their own food, reducing food costs.Each of the organisation’s 13 centres has a garden in which mostly women are taught how to grow crops; once they’re adept at growing food they are urged to plant gardens at home to feed their families.Each of the organisation’s 13 centres has a garden in which mostly women are taught how to grow crops; once they’re adept at growing food they are urged to plant gardens at home to feed their familiesSurplus produce is sold to their neighbours or at markets to generate income to meet daily needs.The gardens also provide employment where few jobs are available.PLAY YOUR PARTThe African Children’s Feeding Scheme needs donations to continue its work. It also sells the products from the many home industry projects it runs to raise much-needed funds.“Some of our biggest challenges are the economy of the country as we solely rely on donations from companies. We experience the shrinkage of donations from all angles i.e. companies and individuals because of financial pressures,” says Hlalele.“The high rate of unemployment brings more people coming to us for help and we struggle to meet their needs.”To donate to ACFS (just R145 buys a child a meal for each day over three months), visit the organisation’s website or call 011 839 2630/1 to also order promotional items.
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Rockstar pro colorist Mark Todd Osborne shares stories and insight from his celebrated career in color. If you want to know how to break into the big leagues, start here.All images via Mark Todd OsborneMark Todd Osborne is a rockstar colorist who started at one of the most respected color houses in the business, Company 3, where he learned under the tutelage of the legendary Stefan Sonnenfeld. Osborne has been coloring for nearly eighteen years, seven of which have been freelance. Here’s a look at some of his recent work:He’s worked with an impressive list of clients, grading commercial work for brands like Audi, BMW, Nikon, and Target and on feature films Capote, Need for Speed, and It Follows. He has worked on five different color systems, including Pablo, Lustre and Nucoda, and recently has circled back to DaVinci Resolve due to the system’s high-end correction capabilities. Talk about the experience of cutting your teeth at Company 3.I started at Company 3 two months after it first opened, when there were only about seven of us in the Santa Monica office. I quickly became Stefan Sonnenfeld’s protege. I was doing dailies in a bay beside him, working with all of his A-list clients. It was intense and exciting to be working with such talented professionals and they truly helped shape me as a colorist. In those days we pretty much did near-final dailies. The DPs would call me each day and tell me how they were planning to light the set, what lenses they were using and how they wanted things to look in telecine. During my eleven years at Company 3, I colored numerous commercials, music videos and several feature films, including Capote [which won an Academy Award for Best Actor] and Sunshine Clearing, to name a few.Working alongside Stefan must have been incredible. The guy is a juggernaut in the field. What kind of encouragement did he give you?Stefan was the one who told me I had an “eye for color” and that encouraged me to grow whatever talent I had. He told me, “Anyone can learn how to work the DaVinci, but very few recognize where colors should go.”When I left Company 3, I worked at Light Iron on something like ten movies my first year. There I worked on a Pablo system. I was excited to expand my talents as a finishing artist by learning to incorporate a little bit of paint and sky replacements to my work.Today, I’m excited to incorporate Fusion into my color grading skills. I hear clients say, “We have forty-five effects shots. It would be great if you could take even five off our hands.” So I help out when I can as long as it makes sense for me to do so.It becomes a worth thing. Your typical producer knows a ton of editors but not that many colorists, so they’d rather use you for what you’re best at. Part of it is also the tools. Your dabbling colorist is not walking around with a control surface, which definitely makes you better. Do you worry about the ubiquity of color grading software?When Avid and Final Cut became more available, everyone suddenly became an editor. It was the same with the free version of DaVinci Lite. When it came out, I had to let a few clients go to the “new to Resolve” colorists because it was cheaper. It was a good exercise for them to learn why they needed a professional with years of experience to helm their projects.Is there something you like about DaVinci Resolve over the other tools?There are many fine color systems out there. They all make pretty pictures. Today, it’s about the artist, not the kit. There’s a lot of pressure on colorists to deliver 100% of the expectations of the client and keep it within the time and budget allowed. I need a tool that keeps me in the creative flow and work fast, at the touch of a button. Resolve is very user-friendly in that respect.Any features of Resolve 12.5 you’re excited about?I like the Fusion connection with Resolve and I’m really digging the expanded noise reduction tools.I like the new Temperature and Tint sliders. I’m going to try them out on my next job.There are so many different ways of achieving a certain look or effect. As long as you get a pleasing image and the client likes it, that’s all that matters. I love hearing how everybody else does things, because it just expands my knowledge that much more. Art is basically imitating those you’re impressed with and then adding your own personal taste to it. That’s how it becomes yours.Where do you see the industry heading in the next few years?Freelancers will be used more and more as some agencies choose to perform color in-house, rather than at a traditional post house.Any advice to young colorists starting out?There’s more to the job than just making the picture look pretty. Client management and running the room confidently is such a large part of the job. There are a lot of talented people out there, but sometimes it comes down to who the client wants to work with for ten hours a day. Personality is such a big part of it.Matching shots is also a really big thing. You can throw a cool look on one shot, but a lot of people don’t have the ability to match the shot consistently throughout the course of a scene.Skin tones and matching is probably eighty percent of what we do. The thing that matters the most in a session’s first few minutes is translating what the client is saying into pleasing images. Good communication with your client is essential. You have to gain their confidence right from the beginning.What are you working on next?I’m on a Universal Studios/Imagine Ent/Blumhouse production now called Lowriders that Brian Grazer and Jason Blumhouse produced. They gave me a good amount of time on that film and I’m very proud of the results.Read more interviews with pro colorists Alexis van Hurkman, Patrick Inhofer, and Rob Bessette.Follow Tristan on Twitter.