The international charity, HIS Church, based in Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom, has dispatched three 40-foot containers to Liberia containing food and non-food items to assist indigent communities throughout the country in the wake of the untold sufferings caused by the Ebola virus outbreak.The items, estimated at $1.4 million United States dollars, are in response to a special appeal recently made to the charity by the Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai.According to the Coordinator at HIS Church Charity, Mr. Richard Humphrey, “his organization is immensely pleased to identify with Liberia at this critical time in the country’s history, especially considering the devastating effects the ongoing Ebola virus has had on the human capacity and infrastructure developments initiated by the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.”Speaking further, he said one of the containers is loaded specifically with items to assist communities devastated by the Ebola outbreak. The items include mattresses, beddings, kitchenware, clothing, sewing machines, high grade Basmati rice, high visibility jackets, handbags, anti-bacteria lotions among others.He noted that “the food and non-food items are intended to assist residents in quarantined communities with basic needs while helping to contain the spread of the virus and the loss of additional lives”.Also speaking at the loading bay in Lincolnshire, the Liberian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Rudolf von Ballmoos, thanked HIS Church Charity on behalf of the President, government and people of Liberia for the huge consignment of items designated for the people of Liberia. He noted, “This gesture on the part of HIS Church Charity demonstrates the level of concern shown by international organizations towards the eradication of the Ebola virus from Liberia.The unexpected emergence of the Ebola virus at a time when the government is pursuing a protracted transformation agenda following years of civil conflict, said Ambassador von Ballmos, has the potential to cause distractions. He, however, assured His Church leaders that the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf remains committed to eliminating the virus from the country with the support of all friendly governments and international organizations.The containers are being loaded at the Felixstowe port outside London and are expected to arrive in Liberia by the end of September.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two 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0
21 October 2015The Chinese government reiterated its commitment to support industrialisation in South Africa and the rest of the African continent by pledging $50-billion (R668- billion) towards industrialisation projects.According to a press release, the pledge was announced during a courtesy visit by China’s commerce vice-minister, Zhang Xiangchen, to Lionel October, the director-general in the Department of Trade and Industry, in Pretoria this week.The courtesy visit also focused on the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Co- operation (Focac), which will be hosted in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 December.Initiatives like these fall in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan that has as its aim an improved country and continent. Its goals are to end poverty and build a strong, resilient and smart economy.Xiangchen said there were several new measures that the Chinese government was finalising to further promote industrialisation and development of the African continent as a whole.“China-Africa industrialisation partnerships will be at the forefront of any development in the continent followed by agricultural activities. China will also increase investments in Africa especially in the special economic zones and provide training in those sectors,” said Xiangchen.His government would provide 50 technical experts in building and upgrading of industrial parks and new power plants, 200 000 industrial managers to train and develop local industrial managers, as well as 40 000 training opportunities in different sectors.October welcomed the pledge and praised China for its efforts to support the African cause.China had remained an inspiration to most developing countries, especially those in Africa, for the last forty years, he said. Even though the continent was underdeveloped, summits such as Focac could bring progress in industrialisation.The first Ministerial Conference of Focac was held in Beijing in October 2000. After that meeting, China cancelled 10.9-billion renminbi (about R23-billion today) of debts for 31 heavily indebted poor countries or least developed countries in Africa.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporter
Sony gets a new flagship a-Series camera in the a9, which delivers incredible speed in a small form factor body.All images via Sony.Sony has already knocked out Nikon to become the second biggest manufacturer in the full-frame U.S. camera market — only trailing behind Canon. Now Sony has announced its latest full-frame mirrorless camera: the Sony a9. This finally puts all those camera rumors to rest.Sony claims that the a9 is the first 35mm full-frame camera with a stacked CMOS sensor. This allows data speed processing up to twenty times faster than previous Sony full-frame cameras. For video shooters, the a9 offers 4K (3,840 x 2,160) across the full width of the sensor.The camera will use a full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information and oversampling it to produce highly detailed 4K footage. Video shooters can also choose to shoot in 35mm size or full HD up to 120fps at up to 100 Mbps. For data, the Sony a9 has dual SD card slots — which you can customize to record simultaneously for backup, or use individually.The camera also features a ethernet port (wired LAN terminal) for high-speed image transfer to FTP servers.The a9 will be the first Sony camera to use the new Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models, allowing for much longer shooting performance. On the back of the body, the Sony a9 has a multi-selector joystick for easy shift focus.Sony a9 Specs:24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS SensorSony E-MountDual SD Card SlotsInternal UHD 4K Video up to 30fpsHD up to 120fps up to 100 MbpsVideo ISO 100 – 51200 expandable to ISO 100 – 102400Ethernet port file transferZ battery (2.2x the capacity of W batteries)BIONZ X Image ProcessorBlackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD693-Point Phase-Detection AF System5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE StabilizationPre-orders begin April 21st, and the camera body can be yours for $4,499 USD. The camera is set to ship in June.What do you think about the new Sony a9? Let us know in the comments below.
The Congress in Goa on Monday thanked former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for his “boldness” in exposing his own party’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in connection with a complaint before the Lokayukta on illegalities in second renewal of 88 leases in the mining industry. Speaking to the press here, A. Chellakumar, AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa further said that an affidavit filed by Mr. Parsekar before the Goa Lokayukta, which is probing an illegal mining scam, also exposes the lies peddled by the BJP when it was in opposition and had blamed Congress leaders of committing a ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam.“Mr. Parrikar sitting in opposition had gone on a padayatra and undertook many agitations. He had told so many lies. He went to any extent to brand Congress as corrupt,” Mr. Chellakumar said and added that Mr. Parsekar’s affidavit now exposes those behind the mining scam.Mr. Parsekar had succeeded Mr. Parrikar as CM, after the latter joined the Union Cabinet as Defence Minister in 2014. Mr. Parsekar was defeated in the 2017 Assembly elections, and Mr. Parrikar again took charge as Chief Minister after resigning as Defence Minister. In his affidavit filed before the Goa Lokayukta, Mr. Parsekar, who is made one of the respondents in illegal mining scam case by NGO Goa Foundation, has claimed that “certain individuals”, who were involved in the process for granting the renewals were “left out” by the complainant. He further said that he was being targeted selectively at the behest of vested interests as he was no more holding any position of power .Responding to this affidavit, the petitioner Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation had declared on Saturday that Mr. Parrikar, who was also Chief Minister at the time the first six mining leases were granted for second renewals, will be made party to the case before the Lokayukta. He said that initially he had left out Mr. Parrikar as he was unwell. The Goa Foundation complaint before the Lokayukta has called it a ₹1.44 lakh crore second renewal scam.
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