Blow for Leeds United boss as Derry gets new deal at QPR

first_imgShaun Derry has been given a new one-year contract at QPR – denting Neil Warnock’s hopes of signing him in the summer.Former Rangers boss Warnock, who brought Derry to west London having also managed him at Crystal Palace, would like to take him to Leeds United.But midfielder Derry, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season, has been given a new deal after making his 12th appearance of the campaign.He played for Leeds between 2005 and 2008 and looked likely return there before Mark Hughes was sacked as QPR manager.Derry has since played an important role under Harry Redknapp, whose team are bottom of the Premier League but are unbeaten in 2013.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_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  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

SA musicians sing for peace

first_imgPerfomance poet Lebo Mashile is one of the South African artists who have lent their talents to the campaign.Janine ErasmusThe majority of South Africans feel deep shame and anger about the criminal acts of so-called xenophobia perpetrated by just a few. Millions of rands worth of donations and contributions have poured in to relief organisations across the country. Now a group of local musicians is taking action in the way they know best – they have come together to record a song urging South Africans to unite against violence.The Not in My Lifetime campaign launches at the end of May 2008. Recording of the title song is complete, and the song is expected to hit the airwaves within weeks. The campaign’s name alludes to the outrage that most ordinary South Africans have felt towards the brutality visited on those whose only crime was to have been born in a foreign land.The aim of Not in My Lifetime is to reinforce the positive image that South Africa has earned through years of hard work, and to project the message that constructive values and fighting injustice is the answer to achieving peace on the African continent.The campaign, co-ordinated by Ugandan-born Lee Kasumba of youth radio station YFM and Siyabonga ‘Slikour’ Metana of award-winning hip hop group Skwatta Kamp, has a multi-faceted approach that will drive home the message as effectively as possible.“I’m really excited about all these artists being on one track,” said Kasumba. “These are powerful and influential individuals and people take more notice if the person that they respect is involved in such a cause.”Not in my lifetimeKasumba revealed that the campaign came about through a conversation she had recently via text message with award-winning singer Thandiswa Mazwai. “Thandiswa was saying how really hurt she was about the xenophobic attacks, and I SMSed back to say that I can’t believe this is happening in our lifetime.” Out of that comment came the inspiration for the campaign.The likes of rappers and R&B stars Simphiwe Dana, Hip Hop Pantsula or HHP, DJ Sbu of YFM, Skwatta Kamp, MXO, Kwela Tebza and Tumi Molekane, among others, have turned their talents towards supporting victims of the violence.In addition to the artists, a host of other entertainment industry players have been enlisted to deliver a series of televised public service announcements that will be distributed to people in South Africa and internationally, through various broadcasters. These include sports broadcaster Udo Carelse, performance poet Lebo Mashile, Metro FM DJ Bad Boy T and his real-life partner Unathi of YFM, singer Thandiswa Mazwai and Swazi prince Ntsika Dlamini.Radio stations and websites will receive sound clips delivering the campaign’s message. Political science student turned successful photographer Liam Lynch is set to produce a collage. A music video is scheduled for filming in June although a release date has not been set. A range of merchandise will soon be available, with all proceeds going towards victims of the violence. Finally, a poster bearing the campaign’s slogan will be made available in different languages.A desperate situationOver the past two weeks 62 people have lost their lives, according to the latest reports, and thousands driven from their homes. It is not known exactly how many people are living in refugee camps at the moment but figures range from 35,000 to around 70,000.Mozambique has declared a national emergency as thousands of destitute citizens return home. The National Emergency Operations Centre, the operational wing of the Mozambican government’s relief agency, has initiated disaster management operations. Thousands have already poured across the border and there are many more in temporary shelters in South Africa awaiting transport. Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .Related storiesUbuntu against xenophobiaMbeki condemns attacks‘I am deeply, deeply sorry’: TutuUseful linksLevi’s Original MusicYFMSkwatta KampThe Wild Frontier – list of relief organisations702 – list of relief organisationsSA Red Cross +27 11 873 6364Doctors Without Borders +27 11 403 4440United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees South Africa +27 12 354 8300Gift of the Givers +27 33 345 0163last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 25, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We come to you this morning with a slightly better forecast, as we make an attempt at drying out. We do get full sunshine today over the entire state behind a frontal boundary that swept through overnight. That front was responsible for triggering some thunderstorms, but there were at least a few holes in coverage of that moisture. Any residual showers this morning will leave east and northeastern parts of the state quickly today as high pressure takes control.  Sunshine rolls right on through tomorrow afternoon. We continue to watch a system moving out of the upper Midwest across the Great Lakes, which will allow for some cloud cover and minor moisture to sag slowly southward late in the day Because of that, we can’t completely rule out a chance of scattered showers late tomorrow evening down to US 30, but the moisture is very minor. We expect a few hundredths to .1” with coverage at only 30% from US 30 north.  Additional dry days are expected back to back for Thursday and Friday. This period will feature good evaporation and plenty of sunshine. Temps will be near normal. IF you miss the action tomorrow night, that means a large chunk of Ohio could be looking at 4 straight days of dry weather, the longest stretch in some time! Unfortunately, our dry pattern comes to an end over the weekend. We have scattered showers that develop in northeast Ohio Saturday bringing up to .2″ and coverage at 60%. BUt, the rest of the state stays partly sunny and dry. Sunday clouds increase statewide and showers develop, triggering .1″-.7″ with coverage at 60%. Most of that rain will be from I-70 north, but we are not going to fully limit it to only those areas…southern locations need to be on the lookout for more of a renegade shower here and there.  Additional organized moisture returns for the start of next week. Scattered showers Monday will bring a few hundredths to .3”, but with coverage limited to no more than 40% of Ohio, mostly western areas.Tuesday through Thursday we see 2 rounds of moisture sweeping through the state. These combined batches of moisture will total .4″-.95″ over 80% of Ohio.  This will be a significant rain, but the upper end will be limited to thunderstorms, so exact placement of the heaviest rains will be up for discussion closer to the system’s arrival. Independence Day next Thursday will turn out to be a pretty good day, with any morning showers leftover from the Wednesday system leaving quickly and being replaced with sunshine. The map at right shows rain potential through July 4th…the first time in a long time we can show you a multi day precipitation map with no red on it! The extended 11-16 day forecast starts off with a continuation of dry, sunny weather for July 5th. The holiday weekend gets interrupted by scattered showers for Saturday the 6th bringing a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch with 60% coverage. However, this may turn out to be the only significant rain potential in the entire extended window. We look for sun to return Sunday the 7th, and then the pattern stays partly to mostly sunny and dry for the first half of the following week, Monday the 8th through Wednesday the 10th. Temps overall remain near normal on through the extended period, which means we still do not see any excessive heat building here.last_img read more

Man held for molesting U.S. tourist

first_imgThe Goa police on Tuesday arrested a motor-cycle taxi owner in connection with a complaint of molestation filed by a U.S. tourist.The woman had said on Facebook that she was molested during a bike ride in Goa on the eve of Republic Day. Inspector C.L. Patil, in charge of the Anjuna police station, told presspersons on Tuesday that Isidore Ferandes, 44, a resident of Anjuna in north coastal Goa, was arrested and handed over to the neighbouring Pernem police station as the crime area comes under its jurisdiction. Chandan Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police, North Goa, told The Hindu that the accused had confessed to the crime.The U.S. tourist had hired the motorcycle taxi for a ride from Arpora to Morjim beach village, both in North coastal Goa.last_img read more