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 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


Large Study of Near-Death Experiences Finds Surprises

first_imgWhat does a person sense during the transition from life to death?  A large new study collected data, but more study is needed.One can imagine that the transition out of this life might be accompanied by a sensory overload for some who were conscious and aware up to the point of death.  The largest study of near-death experiences, named AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscintation) was reported on Science Daily, “Results of the world’s largest medical study of the human mind and consciousness at time of death.”  Researchers collected data from 2,060 cardiac arrest cases.  There’s still a lot to learn, but there were some interesting findings:The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been understood so far, or what has been described as so called near-death experiences. In some cases of cardiac arrest, memories of visual awareness compatible with so called out-of-body experiences may correspond with actual events. A higher proportion of people may have vivid death experiences, but do not recall them due to the effects of brain injury or sedative drugs on memory circuits. Widely used yet scientifically imprecise terms such as near-death and out-of-body experiences may not be sufficient to describe the actual experience of death. The recalled experience surrounding death merits a genuine investigation without prejudice.It’s not always true that subjects experience peace and light.  Some get terrified:Among those who reported a perception of awareness and completed further interviews, 46 per cent experienced a broad range of mental recollections in relation to death that were not compatible with the commonly used term of NDE’s. These included fearful and persecutory experiences. Only 9 per cent had experiences compatible with NDEs and 2 per cent exhibited full awareness compatible with OBE’s with explicit recall of ‘seeing’ and ‘hearing’ events.In one documented case, a patient was able to recall seeing and hearing things going on around him for 2-3 minutes when there was no heartbeat after cardiac arrest.  Scientists would have expected the brain to cease functioning before then:One case was validated and timed using auditory stimuli during cardiac arrest. Dr Parnia concluded: “This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating. In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat. This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted. Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.Thus, while it was not possible to absolutely prove the reality or meaning of patients’ experiences and claims of awareness, (due to the very low incidence (2 per cent) of explicit recall of visual awareness or so called OBE’s), it was impossible to disclaim them either and more work is needed in this area.The results of the AWARE project were published in the journal Resuscitation.In a related story on Science Daily, more work has been reported about patients in the so-called “vegetative state.”  Work at the University of Cambridge shows that at least some patients are capable of matching the functional MRI (fMRI) scans of conscious subjects when asked to imagine an activity, such as playing tennis.  This means not only that the brain can be alive and conscious in a “living dead” person, but it offers hope of finding ways to communicate with them.Near-death experiences are very difficult for science to study.  Obviously, one cannot call on subjects to go through the experience and come back on command; observations have to be serendipitous with trained observers available at the exact time needed, otherwise data will be anecdotal.  Nevertheless, everyone dies eventually, so there have been many opportunities to collect clues.Observations of mental states or reports of experiences can only be gathered with those who were conscious up to the point of death.  In the case of my father and mother, both of them were so advanced with Alzheimer’s at their respective passings that there was no hint of emotional change at the transition, because their minds and bodies had progressively deteriorated, and they were for all practical purposes in a coma.  The breathing just became progressively more labored and slow, and stopped—no change of facial expression—nothing—even though they were both devout, active Christians in life.Nevertheless, there have been repeated anecdotal reports by eyewitnesses of dramatic emotional states at death: atheists screaming in terror, godly persons showing expressions of peace and joy.  At least one book recorded statements made by eyewitnesses at the passing of famous people.  Are they reliable?The AWARE study mentioned nothing about bright lights and long tunnels of light, or floating above one’s body.  Reports we hear on TV about everyone and anyone experiencing lights and peaceful feelings regardless of their spiritual state are not to be trusted.  We don’t know if they are hallucinating.  They could be lying; their minds could be playing tricks on them after blood starts flowing again; demons could be deceiving them.  Their senses could be distorting actual events that were occurring around them.  The study showed that imprecise terms like “near death experience” (NDE) and “out of body experience” (OBE) are not sufficient to describe what really happens in a scientifically rigorous way.We have a reliable source of knowledge superior to any sensory experience (II Peter 1:16-21).  We should get our knowledge of the transition to the afterlife from the Word of God, communicated by the only Source who knows.  And we have the very best possible witness, Jesus Christ.  His experience was not just near death, but through death and back again!  What more does anyone need?  He also told the story of the rich man and Lazarus, illustrating what he taught on many occasions, that the outcomes are vastly different for the godly and ungodly.If you have gotten right with your Maker by repenting and trusting in the finished work of Christ (route map), you can rest in the assurance of God, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15).  When that day comes, you can quote from memory that ever-beloved Psalm 23, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me.”  Having your Maker with you on that journey is all you need, and the only thing you can take with you. 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Chinese government pledges billions to industrialise Africa

first_img21 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 reporterlast_img read more


Rotary Spray Park opens this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Rotary Spray Park’s grand opening is this Friday behind the North Peace Arena.Featured at the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.The full schedule for the event is shown below: Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592.Showers are currently forecast for the day of the event. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that they’re hoping the forecast will change to feature sunnier skies at the opening.Grand Opening Flyer. Photo by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more


With 90 accuracy new kit can detect TB meningitis in 30 mins

first_imgNew Delhi: Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent spread, outbreaks of TB. Scientists at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, have jointly developed a diagnostic test kit for TB meningitis (the most severe form of TB) which has almost 91 percent accuracy in detecting disorder. The kit has been developed by a multi-institutional team led by Professor Jaya Sivaswami Tyagi from the Department of Biotechnology at AIIMS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe performance of the diagnostic test was evaluated in approx 100 cerebrospinal fluid samples obtained from paediatric subjects, and for pulmonary over 300 tests have been conducted so far, said Dr. Tarun Kumar Sharma from the Centre for Biodesign and Diagnostics at Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad. The diagnostic test is based on a derivative of a DNA aptamer (a small single-stranded DNA molecule that binds to a specific target molecule and is a chemical rival of antibodies) that shows high binding affinity in nanomolar range and high specificity to a TB antigen (HspX). Besides higher binding affinity, there is significantly higher load of the HspX antigen in cerebrospinal fluid samples, leading to higher sensitivity. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA rapid, point-of-care diagnostic test for TB meningitis that uses the DNA aptamer has already been adapted to a sensor format and is being evaluated on clinical samples. “It takes all of 30 minutes to get the result as we are using an electrochemical sensing platform. The test which will cost around Rs 300 only is being done in AIIMS and RML hospital in Delhi,” says Prof. Tyagi. The aptamer-based diagnostic test for TB meningitis has been patented by AIIMS and THSTI and licensed to AptaBharat Innovation Pvt Limited, a THSTI spin-off founded by Dr Sharma. “The currently used diagnostic methods microscopy and culture of cerebrospinal fluid suffer from huge limitations in terms of poor sensitivity and long turnaround time of up to eight weeks, said the official.last_img read more


Taapsee wants to learn pole dancing from Jacqueline

first_imgMumbai: Actress Taapsee Pannu says she wants to learn pole dancing from her “Judwaa 2” co-star Jacqueline Fernandez. She said this on talk show “Feet up with the Stars Season 2”, presented by Voot Originals and hosted by celebrity stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania, read a statement. Asked what would she do if Jacqueline was her neighbour, Taapsee said: “I think we’ll be working out together, she works out really crazy.” “I don’t mind learning pole dancing from her. I know I’ll be horrible at it but I really want to work out with her,” she added. The actress wants to be filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s best friend. “I want to be his best friend and tag along to fancy Hollywood parties. It is my ultimate desire to attend Hollywood parties,” she said. Taapsee worked with Kashyap in “Manmarziyaan” and is working with him again in a supernatural thriller. At the moment, Taapsee is busy with “Saand Ki Aankh”, which also features Bhumi Pednekar. It is based on old sharpshooters — Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar. Chandro, 87, and Prakashi, 82, are from Uttar Pradesh’s Johri village and reportedly took up sharpshooting in their 50s. Chandro, fondly called shooter ‘dadi’, is among the world’s oldest female sharpshooters. Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, “Saand Ki Aankh” also features Prakash Jha and Vicky Kadian in pivotal roles.last_img read more


Akhilesh files nomination from Azamgarh

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. The SP chief, accompanied by BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra, arrived here this morning to a rousing reception by party workers who had gathered in large numbers. He later drove to the Collectorate to file his nomination papers as party supporters raised slogans outside. Coming out after filing his papers, Yadav said people will vote for the development works undertaken by his government here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The SP chief said Azamgarh is the ‘karambhoomi’ of ‘samajwadis’ and exuded confidence that the people will continue to repose their faith in him by giving him blessings and support. Akhilesh Yadav is seeking election from the seat won by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in the 2014 elections and is pitted against Bhojpuri superstar Nirahua or Dinesh Lal Yadav of BJP. Mulayam Singh had won from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 elections along with the Mainpuri seat, which he had represented thrice earlier in 1996, 2004 and 2009 but had retained Azamgarh. Polling in Azamgarh is slated for the sixth phase on May 12.last_img read more


Special kids perform Indian Classical dance

first_imgAadya Kala Tirtham and Prayas observed its 14th annual concert to celebrate Indian classical dance with young talents along with special children named Nritya Gatha at Uttam Manch.The programme was choreographed and directed by Avirup Sengupta. Started with Mangalacharan, the event was followed by Gyansagar Guru, Adharam Madhuram, Jay Shankha Gadadhara, Jay Bhagabati, Vandemataram, and so on. Sharmila Banerjee, Minu Budhia Were honoured with the Prayas Samman 2019. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIt was graced by the august presence of Rituparna Sengupta, Agnimitra Paul, Reshmi Mitra, Richa Sharma, Indrani Ganguly, Sulagna Ray Bhattacharya, to name a few. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAvirup Sengupta is an odhisi dancer and choreographer working from last fifteen years individually, he has performed at many prestigious festivals and programmes , also the founder of Prayas a cultural performing art center for special children. Avirup recently performed and choreographed Durga Carnival and very prestigious Vodafone Agomoni this year along with actor Rituparna Sengupta. This year, Avirup has received Pragati Award, Doshar Excellence Award and prestigious award from Bengal association, New Delhi. Currently, Avirup is working as a choreographer in Bengali films too. Recently he worked in two films named ‘Jam’ (Bangladeshi film ) starring Rituparna Sengupta and Babul Supriyo, ‘Limelight’ a Bengali film acted by Rituparna Sengupta. Speaking on the ocassion, Avirup said, “It is very challenging to groom special children. I have been trying my level best to teach Indian classical dance form to them over the last fourteen years. It’s been a really enjoyable session working with them. They are like my extended family. I have emotional bondage with them and always try to do something for them through the form of art. It helps them lead a better life.”last_img 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