August 5: Queen’s College started and Burnham died in the same month and…

first_imgDear Editor,Reading does enlighten us about a great lot, and I was just recently perusing a British Guiana Queen’s College Magazine dated 1944-45, and it just dawned on me that the institution will be celebrating 174 years of existence on August 5, 2018. It’s the same institution that the late President L.F.S Burnham attended, and he died on August 5, 1985.What a coincidence of August 5?August 5, 1844: the institution opened its doors at the Colony House with 15 pupils enrolled, and the original name was ‘Queen’s College Grammar School.’Rev. W. Hamilton and Rev. Webber were the tutors employed during the opening stages; and in 1845, the institution moved to Main Street with 33 pupils on roll.August 14, 1848: it was incorporated; September 1854, it was moved to Carmichael Street; and in 1876, the new name was given as ‘Queen’s College.’Easter 1918: the institution was moved to the old orphanage in Brickdam, and the school library was started. In 1937, Thomas Lands location was presented to Queen’s College.Where was Colony House?Where in Main Street was Queen’s College once housed?Where in Carmichael Street was the institution once located?Where in Brickdam was the old orphanage?The above data was extracted from the magazine in question, which I have attached for your respective readership’s viewing. Anyone is welcome to make any correction from the above.Yours faithfully,T .PembertonTour Guide/Photographerlast_img read more


Selling Evolution with Video Games and Stories

first_imgTwo recent articles cast doubt on the claim that evolutionists rely on factual information to teach students their theory.  When computers are programmed to make evolution happen on a screen, does it convey to what really happens in the wild?Cloudy computing:  PhysOrg reported that educators at the University of Buffalo are using “cloud computing” (software that accesses free internet resources) to make evolution more visually stimulating for students.  An application alarmingly called Pop! World is the key to taking the video game culture and selling evolution with it:“Pop! World gives students the visual background they need to understand complex mathematical problems,” Dittmar adds.  “And it works kind of like a video game, which serves the current population of undergrads well.”    That visual appeal is also expected to go far with middle-school and high-school biology students, groups the UB team hopes to excite about evolution; by spring, they expect to have completed a modified version for them as well.    By making evolutionary biology more visually appealing and, thus, more accessible, Poulin hopes that Pop! World will make evolution itself a more appealing subject for secondary schools to teach.    “There’s a huge disconnect,” she says.  “The universities all accept evolution as fact.  It’s not a question.  But many high schools and middle schools don’t want to touch it.  They don’t want to deal with the politics of it.”    Her hope is that the visual and educational appeal of Pop! World and the ease of using it will begin to change that situation.Pop! World uses digital lizards in a flash application to simulate red and green lizards evolving (see demo at popworld15.appspot.com).  The gamey intro heavily emphasizes the visualization of the computer world.Adami still playing games:  Christoph Adami has not quit his addiction with Avida (05/08/2003), an evo-simulator that has been roundly debunked by scientists in the intelligent design community (see example at Evolution News & Views).  New Scientist shows Adami and fellow astrobiologist Chris McKay coming up with “telltale chemistry” that might “betray ET,” and testing amino acid samples input into his software.  McKay calls the search for alien amino acids the “Lego principle” blurring the distinction between scientific empiricism and toy modeling.New Scientist quoted a critic finding a lot of uncertainty in the claim, but gave the tip of the hat to McKay, who made his philosophical assumption clear: “What we see on Earth is not a quirk of Earth biology but a universal principle.”  No earthling knows that by observation.In the Baloney Detector, visualization is one of several categories that can be good or bad depending on how it is used.  Any teacher or student knows the value of positive visualization.  A picture is worth a thousand words; the ability to simplify a concept by analogy and illustration is invaluable as a stepping stone to deeper understanding.  But a picture can also be worth a thousand blurs.  It can obfuscate, oversimplify, omit pertinent details, add half-truths, distract, and deceive as easily as can a big lie.    That is what is being done with Pop! World.  The authors are intentionally appealing to the baser video-game instincts of students rather than their intellect, character, or understanding.  They attempt to slide a controversial world-view into their minds by making it sound fun and easy.  But what they leave out of their visualized evolution screen is far more important than what they put in: e.g., (1) no gains in genetic information can come from random, unguided processes; (2) lizard color changes are mere horizontal variations rather than upward gains in complexity; (3) mutations are more likely to kill off a population than make it more fit (whatever fitness means); and more.    Darwin’s disciples have long survived on the junk food of visualization (see cartoon).  The 10-year anniversary series by Jonathan Wells about his book Icons of Evolution makes that abundantly clear.  Pop! World is appropriately named at least; it is an extension of the Popeye Theory of Evolution (see 03/11/2005 and 10/31/2010 commentaries).  Adami’s “Tell-tale chemistry” would more appropriately be called “Tall-tale chemistry.”    The Darwin Propaganda Machine is a storytelling empire, with evolution its mystery religion, full of magic and mysticism, adoring its own gods and goddesses like the Bearded Buddha (12/31/2009, 02/19/2009, 06/28/2007), the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws (09/05/2008), and Tinker Bell (03/08/2005).  Just today on a TV Nature program, an announcer commented about a population of birds ready for “evolution to work its magic.”  And you thought science was a repudiation of superstition.    If high school biology teachers must satisfy their students’ craving for video games, let them use the more realistic Mendel’s Accountant.  This simulator doesn’t accept Darwinism as a given, but takes actual properties of genetic mutations and follows them faithfully through a population.  Unfortunately for Darwin-lovers, evolution doesn’t fare so well on that screen.  Better teach them some realism before they reach the University, where the witless novitiates become thoroughly brainwashed by the priesthood (“The universities all accept evolution as fact,” as if facts have any meaning by that stage of indoctrination).(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa for their achievements in their respective sporting fields

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – As we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary this month, the country is reminded of some of Mandela’s passions that unify citizens and contribute towards building a better world for all, one of which is sport.In the words of the great statesman, “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.” Brand South Africa congratulates our sports women and men for their sporting achievements over the weekend. Sport is a great way of building the image and reputation of the nation brand and its attractiveness on a global stage. It is with this notion that the importance of good performance in sport is acknowledged as a positive construct to position the nation brand for competitive advantage.“Thank you team South Africa, the country’s prowess in sport is and continues to reach great stature because of your dedication”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.Some of the weekend sporting achievements include;Record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane at WimbledonIn golf, Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open and Brandon Stone for winning the Scottish Open by four strokesA first-ever win in motorsport,for Brad Binder at the Moto2 race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuitCaster Semenya set a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League in Morocco“It is truly fitting that our sports men and women did us proud during Mandela service month, when we are all urged to be the legacy. I believe there are many young people who have been encouraged to persevere and chase their dreams. Brand South Africa hails all South Africans who represented us across the globe, this past weekend” adds Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.BrandSouthAfrica and @Brand_SATo set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more


The Cinematic Power of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom Technique

first_imgCover image via Vertigo.Looking for more filmmaking and video production tips and tricks? Check these out.7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentaryPromotion Tips: How to Get Standout Press For Your FilmWhat Do Filmmakers Mean When They Refer to Composition?How to Shoot Your Aerial Footage: Drone vs HelicopterFilmmaking 101: Creating Tension and Suspense in a Sequence Technical DetailsThe Hitchcock Shot is simultaneously zooming in while dollying out — or the other way around, while focusing on a single point in space. Imagine you’re looking through an archway. The further from the archway you are, the less of the world beyond it you can see. If you were to look through a telescope, the archway would look closer in your eye, but you would still see the same amount of the world beyond it as before. However, if you physically move yourself towards the archway you are able to progressively see more of the outside world.Take note of the image above. The final position of both the zoom-out and dolly-out are the same. However, the zoom-in merely magnifies the images whereas the dolly-in creates perspective distortion, allowing us to see more of the world beyond the archway. We see this illustrated by the different number of pool chairs you can see between the two shots.The Hitchcock Shot opposes these two principles. If we make the archway our focus and dolly in as we zoom out we create an effect that leaves the archway the same size in the frame (the opposing techniques nullify the focal point’s visual movement), but the outside appears as if it’s moving closer because of the change in perspective, thus creating the visual illusion (look between the zoom-in and dolly-in images).To pull this effect off, you need a smooth dolly track (a slider can work, but it limits your range of movement as the slider is likely to appear in the shot) and a fast zoom lens (you don’t want the F-stop moving up or down as you zoom in or out). The zoom lens is best accompanied by servo zoom gear for precise and consistent control and a follow focus to keep your subject crisp and clear. Gear aside, it requires practicing your movement and timing.Power of the ShotWhen we dolly out and zoom in, we create the illusion that the world is closing in around us. You can use this for several kinds of visual metaphors, such as paranoia or impending danger (something unseen creeping up on the viewer or the subject in the frame).We see this effect put to good use in The Fellowship of the Ring.Once the hobbits get off the road, Frodo becomes uneasy as he senses something unnatural and horrifying approaching. He’s yet to hear of the Nazgûl or their purpose, but even before he can hear or see one, he can feel its hellish presence closing in. The Hitchcock shot here visually emphasizes this unnatural feeling by portraying it visually through the shot’s uncanny manipulation of space.When we dolly in and zoom out, we create the reverse effect: the world pushing away from us. Visually, this can illustrate feelings of isolation, or in the case of Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, the feeling that one’s destination or goal is perpetually out of reach.We are comfortable with zooming or dollying independently, as they mimic natural movements and changes of perspective. Combined, though, they create an unnatural manipulation of space, and that catches our attention. Even if the audience doesn’t recognize why the shot makes them feel uncomfortable, it naturally will.Of course, you can use the Hitchcock Shot for many other purposes. Check out this awesome compilation of dolly zooms over the years, starting with Hitchcock’s first use in Vertigo.You can pull this technique off on a low budget, but it can be quite tricky. At minimum, you need at least a decent zoom lens and some stable gear to move the camera. You can even pull off a simple version of it with your smartphone, but it won’t really be Hollywood quality.Practice the technique, and see if you can incorporate it into your next project to emphasize the character’s sense of paranoia or isolation — or any other emotion you think you can use it to convey. The beauty of Hitchcock’s Dolly Zoom is that it will definitely catch your audience’s eye.And if capturing the illusion in-camera simply isn’t an option, here’s how to pull off the trick in post-production: The Hitchcock shot is a tricky maneuver, but its results are powerful. So what are the secrets behind this famous filmmaking technique?The Hitchcock Shot (technically the Dolly Zoom), originated in Vertigo. It was the culmination of smoother zoom lens technology and the creativity of Hitchcock and his second unit DP Irmin Roberts. It’s tricky to pull off, even with the right equipment, but the visual and psychological effect are well worth the effort.So how does this shot work, and what makes it so powerful?last_img read more


Yeddyurappa resignation: Truth can never be defeated, says Tejashwi Yadav

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on May 19 said truth can never be defeated and it will always defeat “a lie or liar”, after B.S. Yeddyurappa quit as Karnataka Chief Minister without facing the floor test in the State Assembly. “Truth can never be defeated! Truth will always defeat a lie or liar! #KarnatakaFloorTest,” Mr. Tejashwi Yadav tweeted.Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, the younger son of RJD president Lalu Prasad, had led a delegation of the RJD, the Congress, the CPI(M-L) and HAM leaders to Bihar Governor Satya Pal Mallik on May 18 to stake claim to form government in the State on the lines of Karnataka, where the single-largest party, the BJP, was invited to form the government, even though it fell short of a majority in the recently-concluded Assembly polls. The RJD is the single-largest party in the 243-member Bihar Assembly with 80 MLAs. It is in alliance with the Congress in Bihar after the disintegration of the Grand Alliance ministry, headed by Nitish Kumar, in July last year. PTI SNS RC RC 05191753last_img read more


10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palace

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says they won’t lose their fighting spirit after defeat at home to Crystal Palace.With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.”We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.”The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.”The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. We cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this – three shots on goal and three goals.“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Dabo Swinney Yelled At Refs In The Tunnel After First Half Clock Controversy

first_imgDabo Swinney celebrates and talks to an ESPN reporter.dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.last_img read more


Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


Ohio State basketball ranked No 3 in preseason poll

Although the Ohio State football team has found itself on the outside looking in for the past five weeks, one Buckeye team is finding itself ranked again, as the OSU men’s basketball team will open its season as the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, according to at least one poll. The first ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll of the 2011-12 season was released Thursday and ranked the Buckeyes behind No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky. Defending national champion Connecticut and Syracuse rounded out the top five. Expectations have run high for OSU since its top two leading scorers from a year ago, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford, opted to bypass the NBA draft following the Buckeyes’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft, last season’s leader in assists and steals, also returns to a Buckeye team that compiled a 34-3 record the 2010-11 season. Sullinger, Buford and Craft were each preseason selections to the watch list for the John Wooden Award, which goes out to “the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year,” according to the award’s website. Candidates must also have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher throughout their entire college career, the website says. No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 18 Michigan were the only other Big Ten programs that will open the season ranked in the coaches’ poll. Before they meet the Badgers and Wolverines in conference play, the Buckeyes will will start the year against a trio of games against ranked teams. OSU will battle No. 10 Florida, No. 6 Duke, and No. 13 Kansas on Nov. 15, Nov 29 and Dec. 10, respectively. OSU opens its season up Nov. 11 with a home game against Wright State. read more


After loss to No 1 Virginia silver lining apparent for Ohio State

The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team is looking to keep its undefeated record at home this season in tact when it hosts Notre Dame and LSU this weekend. The Buckeyes (10-2) head into the matchups coming off a trip to the semifinals in the International Tennis Association (ITA) Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash. OSU secured shutout victories against two ranked opponents during the tournament run, beating both then-No. 13 California and then-No. 5 Pepperdine, 4-0, before falling to No. 1 Virginia, 4-3, in semifinal play. In the semifinal loss to the Cavaliers, OSU doubles tandems continued their 2013 win streak when the teams of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka and redshirt senior Devin McCarthy and junior Ille Van Engelen won their matches, 8-4 and 8-6, respectively. In singles, after a 6-4, 6-2 victory from Rola, OSU forfeited its 2-0 lead as redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan, redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and McCarthy all lost their individual matches. A win by senior Connor Smith tied the match 3-3 before the Cavaliers captured the winning point in a showdown featuring the top two players in the nation, Virginia’s Alex Domijan (No. 1) and OSU’s redshirt junior Peter Kobelt (No. 2). The scoreboard favored Domijan, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. “We got the doubles point, and seemed to be off on the right foot,” said coach Ty Tucker. “Overall, the guys fought hard and played hard.” The close loss against the nation’s top team in Virginia gave the Buckeyes optimism for how the team will fare down the stretch. “We noticed that we have a pretty good team,” McCarthy said. “We have some guys who are stepping up. We obviously lost to the No. 1 team in the country, so just trying to build upon that and realizing that at the end of the year we could win a national title.” Van Engelen said the team knew they had the potential to knock off Virginia but fell short. “(The loss) is also perspective for the future, because they are the No. 1 team in the country and have amazing players, so if we can compete with them so closely now, that’s perfect,” Van Engelen said. Since both losses for the Buckeyes this season have taken place on the road, facing off against No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 24 LSU in Columbus should serve as an advantage for OSU, which has not lost at home in more than 150 matches. “The guys are comfortable here. We have two very good teams coming in, and we need to play good tennis,” said assistant coach Justin Kronauge. “After a tough loss, I think they are ready to get out there and put on a good show this weekend.” With only several matches before conference play kicks off, OSU players plan on keeping a high level of intensity on the court. “Especially since we are traveling to North Carolina right after (this weekend), it’s important to get back into the rhythm, win our matches and get back in the flow,” Van Engelen said. McCarthy credited Tucker for always telling the team to focus on “getting 10 percent better” and then seeing where the team is by the end of the season. “I think it’s kind of to this point where it’s ‘push through,’” McCarthy said. “You never know at the end of the season – we might win (a national title).” The matches against Notre Dame and LSU are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches are set to begin at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more