Is Artificial DNA Intelligently Designed?

first_imgJapanese chemists have made a new kind of DNA, reported Science Daily.  It resembles natural DNA, but is composed of bases that are shorter, modified forms of the ones cells use.  “The finding could lead to improvements in gene therapy, futuristic nano-sized computers, and other high-tech advances,” the article says.An evolutionist should extend his or her reasoning to ask if these new molecules are products of natural selection.  If the DNA in the scientist’s body is a product of natural selection, why not the products of his body?  If the mind is an excretion of the brain, why are not products directed by the natural brain through natural hands also products of natural selection?  At what point did something “new” like purpose or design ”emerge” from undirected natural ingredients?  Is not artificiality merely an artifact of the same natural process that produced DNA?    If the evolutionist answers yes to the above, we continue the line of questioning.  How do we know that your answer was not a product of natural selection, a mindless, undirected process of chance and necessity?    Information is the key ingredient that makes understanding possible.  The prerequisite for information is a mind.  If these scientists truly invented a new molecule on purpose that is capable of storing information, then explain why the DNA in their cells was not purposefully created.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


New Zealand Warriors join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership

first_imgNRL Touch Football has today confirmed the Warriors will join the NRL Touch Premiership for the first time in 2019 fielding both men’s and women’s teams.Touch Football is a major participation sport in New Zealand with 27,000 players competing in Auckland alone.From an elite perspective, New Zealand hosts the international trans-Tasman event bi-annually and is seen as a heavyweight internationally in the sport.The opportunity to have elite Warriors men’s and women’s teams in the NRL Touch Premiership will provide the club with a direct link to a huge and highly-engaged community.Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said joining the NRL Touch Premiership makes sense because it will attract a new audience to the club and add to the game day experience in 2019.“Next year we want to engage and entertain as many people as possible at our games and significantly grow our fan base,” said George.“Not everyone can play contact sport so our partnership with Touch New Zealand is really important as it now provides a pathway for touch footy players to play in the NRL at the elite level for the Warriors. It’s really fantastic for New Zealand.“We are excited to be a part of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership and the development of community programmes and commercial opportunities, both locally and through TV broadcast.”The games will be broadcast nationally and across the Tasman through a mix of live and delayed TV broadcasts with the teams playing in Warriors-branded kit.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is delighted to be aligning with the Vodafone Warriors and growing both touch and tackle versions of rugby league.“We look forward to working closely with the Warriors and Touch New Zealand on bringing the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership to life. We will be releasing the official draw shortly and cannot wait!” he said.Touch New Zealand chief executive Joe Sprangers sees enormous opportunity for both touch and rugby league through this collaboration.“We look forward to the excitement that will be generated around the Touch Premiership League with the inclusion of the Warriors touch teams,” he said.“This is certainly something the membership will embrace”.The breakthrough announcement means the club will now field six Warriors teams in its 25th season in 2019. Three Vodafone Warriors teams will again compete in the NRL, the Intrust Super Premiership and the under-20 Jersey Flegg Cup along with the Warriors team in the second NRL women’s premiership and now two Warriors teams will line up in the NRL Touch Premiership.For more information about the NRL Touch Premiership please visit https://touchfootball.com.au/nrltouchpremiership/To play Touch Football this summer in New Zealand find your nearest club at http://www.touchnz.co.nz/To play Touch Football this summer in Australia find your nearest club at https://playnrl.com/last_img read more


10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompany

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Man City were luckier – including Kompanyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt fortune wasn’t with them for defeat at Manchester City.Klopp was also left angry that City captain Vincent Kompany escaped dismissal for a challenge on Mohamed Salah.He said, “It was a big pressure. Very intense game. We were unlucky in our finishing moments. Unluckier than City I would say. Sane scores and the situation with Sadio when he hit the post. They had periods where they dominated the game and everybody felt the intensity. But we came back and had big chances. It is always like this. You have to score in those moments. When Aguero scores there is no angle. In similar situations we didn’t score.”It was not our or City’s best game because we both made it difficult for the other team. I have already said to the boys this is OK. We lost it but it will happen. Tonight it is not nice but it is not the biggest problem.”I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo [Salah] more he is out for the season. It is not easy for the ref and he may not see it how I see it.”Our expectations are high. We can play better. On the other side it was an intense game. You have to take the game how it is. You can’t always dominate it. With a bit more luck we could have got 2-2, which would be perfect for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Opening of EP Hotel an Economic Boost for Mobay – Bartlett

first_img He said that beyond the jobs generated, there is spin-off for manufacturing and other sectors from the use of locally made furnishings, and other products and services. “So, you can see how this property is adding dimension to Jamaica’s tourism product while producing a magnificent multiplier effect as its impact ripples through the Montego Bay community and beyond,” he noted. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the opening of the S Hotel has created an economic boost for Montego Bay. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the opening of the S Hotel has created an economic boost for Montego Bay.He said that beyond the jobs generated, there is spin-off for manufacturing and other sectors from the use of locally made furnishings, and other products and services.“So, you can see how this property is adding dimension to Jamaica’s tourism product while producing a magnificent multiplier effect as its impact ripples through the Montego Bay community and beyond,” he noted.“This is what we mean when we talk about strengthening the linkages between tourism and other economic sectors so that more Jamaicans benefit from tourism’s success and more of the tourism dollars stay right here the country,” he pointed out.Mr. Bartlett was speaking at the official opening of the European Plan (EP) property located on the Montego Bay Hip Strip on Gloucester Avenue on January 26.Unlike all-inclusive hotels where meals and most services are covered in one package, EP hotels focus on accommodation, with meals and services at additional costs or accessible outside of the property.The Tourism Minister noted that EP properties like the S Hotel create economic opportunity for surrounding communities – restaurants, shops, craft markets and attractions – as “guests tend to spend on services provided by local businesses outside the hotels.”“EP models are ideal for the more adventurous traveller; those seeking immersive vacation experiences and genuine engagement with the local community,” he pointed out.“They want the freedom to wander around town and discover eateries popular with locals, purchase authentic handicraft and experience the unique way of life of the destination,” he added.The Minister said that the Montego Bay Hip Strip offers a prime setting for EP hotels and he wants to see more investors “set up shop” along “this important stretch.”“I am referring not only to accommodations but shops, attractions and eateries,” he said.“Of course, current activity on the Hip Strip augurs well for the future. I am pleased to see hotels being refurbished and restaurants like Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records opening to join the veterans like Margaritaville, Blue Beat Ultra Lounge and Pier One in providing a variety of exciting entertainment offerings to both visitors and locals. I look forward to further developments,” he said.He noted that the area is on the Government’s radar for further development.“After all, it is the perfect location – a stone’s throw from Doctor’s Cave Beach, just five minutes from the Sangster International Airport and within walking distance of some of the best nightlife, restaurants and shopping,” he noted.The Minister added that he is looking forward to “a greater coming together of the public and private sectors to recreate a vibrancy on the Strip not seen since its heyday”.last_img read more


14vehicle crash causes massive fire multiple fatalities north of Toronto

first_imgBARRIE, Ont. – Ontario Provincial police say a fatal 14-vehicle pileup north of Toronto has caused a massive fire and closed a stretch of highway in both directions.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says that two fuel tanker trucks and at least three transport trucks were involved in the fiery crash, which happened in the northbound lanes south of Barrie, Ont.Schmidt says all lanes of Highway 400 are closed between Country Road 88 and Highway 89 and are expected to remain closed all day today.Video footage of the scene posted on social media shows towering flames and the sound of explosions.Schmidt says there a “multiple fatalities,” but could not say exactly how many because emergency crews have not yet been able to reach all the vehicles.The cause of the collision, which happened Tuesday just before 11:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes, is still under investigation.But Schmidt says initial inspections indicate that a transport truck may have collided into slowing traffic.Multiple fatality collision, #Hwy400 closed NB and SB between 88 and 89, 14 vehicles, massive fire from fuel tanker https://t.co/qT6g0IjWar— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) November 1, 2017last_img read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,012.65 up 1.92 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 16 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $2.24 on 27.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 49 cents, or 6.13 per cent, to $7.51 on 9.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 32 cents, or 1.48 per cent, to $22 on 9.1 million shares.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS) Metals. Up nine cents, or 15 per cent, to 69 cents on 5.8 million shares. Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up two cents, or 0.46 per cent, to $4.38 on 4.9 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Metals. Up two cents, or 0.34 per cent, to $5.97 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC).Up $1.24 or 4.7 per cent to $27.41. The airline has signed a definitive agreement to buy the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc. for $450 million in cash. Under the deal, Air Canada will also assume $1.9 billion of Aeroplan miles liability in a definitive agreement that follows the announcement in August of a tentative sale. Air Canada said it has also signed agreements with Toronto–Dominion Bank Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Visa that will see them stay on with the Aeroplan loyalty program until at least 2030.Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Down 11 cents or 4.6 per cent to $2.30. A group of Second Cup Ltd. franchisees is each suing the struggling Canadian coffee chain for $300,000, alleging the company’s actions have been detrimental to them. The current and past franchisees outline a long list of complaints against their franchisor in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of Quebec. The company allegedly misused a franchisee-funded advertising reserve, it said. Franchisees must pay the equivalent of two to three per cent of their sales to the ad fund.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Up $13.20 or 7.4 per cent to $191.45. Shopify says it has acquired Swedish e-commerce company Tictail. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Like Shopify, Tictail aims to bring trendy products to the marketplace by helping businesses create an online presence. Tictail was founded in 2012 by four friends, including one who wanted to create the company after he watched his mother struggle to build an online shop for her ceramics.Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA). Down 15 cents to $43.37. Emera has signed a deal to sell its three natural gas-fired power plants in New England to an affiliate of the Carlyle Group for $780 million. The Nova Scotia-based company says proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce debt and for capital investment. Emera CEO Scott Balfour says the deal, worth US$590 million, increases the company’s financial flexibility.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Apples stock sours Microsofts soars Say what

first_imgWall Street investors are enamoured with a newly emergent tech company.It has nothing to do with posting selfies or finding a soul mate. The company is instead making billions of dollars selling cloud-computing and other technical services to offices around the world.Say hello to Microsoft, the 1990s home-computing powerhouse that is having a renaissance moment – eclipsing Facebook, Google, Amazon and the other tech darlings of the late decade.And now it is close to surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.Yes, that Microsoft. As other tech giants stumble, its steady resilience is paying off.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly a few times this week — would have been unheard of just a few years ago.But under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has found stability by moving away from its flagship Windows operating system and focusing on cloud-computing services with long-term business contracts.“Microsoft looks like they’ve finally turned the corner and have become a viable cloud player,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager for Synovus Trust. “They’ve made a very strong transition away from the desktop.”A brief period of trading Monday was the first time in more than eight years that Microsoft was worth more than Apple. Microsoft surpassed Apple again briefly Tuesday, before Apple closed on top with a market value of $827 billion, just 0.5 per cent ahead of Microsoft’s $822 billion.Apple has been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Microsoft hasn’t been at the top since the height of the dot-com boom in 2000.Microsoft became a contender again in large part because Apple’s stock has fallen 25 per cent since early October, while Microsoft hasn’t done any worse than the rest of the stock market. But the fact that it hasn’t done poorly is a reflection of its steady focus on business customers in recent years.Just a few years ago, Microsoft’s prospects looked bleak. The company was dependent on licensing fees from the Windows operating system used in personal computers, but people were spending money instead on the latest smartphones. In 2013, PC sales plunged 10 per cent to about 315 million, the worst year-to-year drop ever, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s effort to make PCs more like phones, Windows 8, was widely panned.But a turnaround began when the Redmond, Washington, company promoted Nadella as CEO in 2014. He succeeded Microsoft’s longtime CEO, Steve Ballmer, who initially scoffed at the notion that people would be willing to pay $500 or more for Apple’s iPhones.That bet paid off. Windows is now a dwindling fraction of Microsoft’s business. While the company still runs consumer-focused businesses such as Bing search and Xbox gaming, it has prioritized business-oriented services such as its Office line of email and other workplace software, as well as newer additions such as LinkedIn and Skype. But its biggest growth has happened in the cloud, particularly the cloud platform it calls Azure. Cloud computing now accounts for more than a quarter of Microsoft’s revenue, and Microsoft rivals Amazon as a leading provider of such services.Being less reliant on consumer demand helped shield Microsoft from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech companies.President Donald Trump amplified those tariff concerns when he told The Wall Street Journal in a story published late Monday that new tariffs could affect iPhones and laptops imported from China.The iPhone maker had already seen its stock fall after reporting a mixed bag of quarterly results earlier this month amid fears about how the technology industry will fare in the face of such threats as rising interest rates, increased government regulation and Trump’s escalating trade war with China.Apple also spooked investors with an unexpected decision to stop disclosing how many iPhones it sells each quarter. That move has been widely interpreted as a sign that Apple foresees further declines in iPhone sales and is trying to mask that.While smartphones caused the downturn in personal computers years ago, sales of smartphones themselves have now stalled. That’s partly because with fewer innovations from previous models, more people choose to hold on to the devices for longer periods before upgrading.Morgan said Microsoft is outperforming its tech rivals in part because of what it’s not. It doesn’t face as much regulatory scrutiny as advertising-hungry Google and Facebook, which have attracted controversy over their data-harvesting practices. Unlike Netflix, it’s not on a hunt for a diminishing number of international subscribers. And while Amazon also has a strong cloud business, it’s still more dependent on online retail.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Job creation trebles in Feb at 861 lakh shows EPFO payroll data

first_imgNew Delhi: Net employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to 8.61 lakh in February compared to 2.87 lakh in the same month of last year, according to the latest EPFO payroll data. The retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. According to the latest data, the highest job creation was recorded in January 2019 at 8.94 lakh against the provisional estimate of 8.96 lakh released last month. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDuring February 2019, the highest number of 2.36 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.09 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data showed that 80.86 lakh new jobs were created in the 18 months period from September 2017 to February 2019. However, the EPFO has revised downward the number of net subscribers added or new jobs created from September 2017 to January 2019 to 72.24 lakh from 76.48 lakh released last month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe sharpest revision was for March 2018 in the latest report which showed contraction or exit of 55,934 members from the EPFO subscriptions. Last month, the EPFO payroll data had showed that as many as 29,023 members exited from its schemes in March 2018. In February 2019, the EPFO data had showed that as many as 5,498 members joined EPFO schemes in March 2018. On contraction in March 2018 numbers, the EPFO said, “March 2018 figure is negative due to large number of exits reported in the month of March, in view of it being the closing month of the financial year.” The EPFO said the data is provisional as updation of employee records is a continuous process and gets updated in subsequent months. This is age-band wise data of new members registered under the EPFO where the first non-zero contribution received during a particular month. For each age-wise band, the estimates are net of the members newly enrolled, exited and rejoined during the month as per records of the EPFO, it added. The estimates may include temporary employees whose contributions may not be continuous for the entire year. Members’ data are linked to unique Aadhaar Identity, it added. The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised or semi organised sector in India and has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one-month contribution during the year).last_img read more


Articles 370 35A should be reviewed scrapped Rajnath

first_imgLucknow: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped. While Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 35A allows the Himalayan state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the state. Speaking at a voters’ awareness programme here, Singh attacked National Conference leader Omar Abdullah for his recent remarks that there should be a separate prime minister for Kashmir. “When a person, who has occupied a Constitutional post says such things, then Articles 370 and 35A should be seriously reviewed. Since these (provisions) have mostly caused losses, Articles 370 and 35A should be scrapped.” Singh said, “There is a conspiracy in Jammu and Kasmir. Some organisations want to kindle the feelings of separatism among the people, but majority want to stay with India. Barring three-four organisations, the rest are with India” The Lok Sabha MP praised PM Narendra Modi. International Monetary Fund has endorsed that India is growing at rapid speed, he said.last_img read more


Houston You Have A New Point Guard Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin, the point guard who slept on his brother’s couch as he crafted one of the most dynamic 35-game stretches in NBA history, was allowed to walk from the New York Knicks to the Houston Rockets Tuesday night.The team that gave Lin the opportunity to emerge from a nobody on the bench into an international somebody – even gracing the cover of Time magazine — elected to not match a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet he signed with the Rockets. So in essence, the player that charged “Linsanity” and the millions of off-the-court marketing and sponsorship dollars walked from the Knicks without the team receiving any compensation.Knicks sources and coach Mike Woodson said for a week that the team would match any offer to retain Lin. And considering Knicks owner James Dolan had doled out enormous money to the likes of Eddy Curry, Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas, it seemed reasonable to assume he would do so to keep Lin, a worldwide phenomenon. But, in the end, Dolan considered Lin is too expensive.Lin took to Twitter when it became official. “Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year…easily the best year of my life#ForeverGrateful.”“Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!#RedNation,” Lin added in another tweet.A team source told ESPNNewYork.com earlier this week that the third year of the Rockets’ offer — worth $14.8 million — caused the Knicks to consider letting Lin go. If the Knicks had matched the offer, they would have been subject to a luxury tax in the third year, potentially bringing their total out-of-pocket cost for the team’s salary to about $43 million in 2014-15.The Rockets’ offer to Lin would pay him $5 million in the first year, $5.225 million in the second and $14.8 million in the third, according to sources.The Knicks, realizing a $30-million penalty in Year 3 of the contract that would come with matching the offer,  made a sign-and-trade deal to acquire another point guard, Raymond Felton. Felton played one season with the Knicks, but it was nowhere near as exciting as Lin’s New York stay.Lin, 23, was a revelation, performing brilliantly for a stretch that included 38 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on national television and hitting the game-winning shot at Toronto. In between, he was mostly steady, although he did have a turnover problem. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 35 games with 25 starts before his season was cut short because of surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee.An undrafted guard out of Harvard, Lin was cut twice in the preseason, once by Houston, and played in the D-League, before leading the Knicks to seven consecutive wins that electrified the city and the Asian community. His rise earned him a significant raise, from $788,000 last season to $5 million this season.His departure has sparked much debate among media and fans in New York, a debate that will rage for quite some time. read more