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Cancelled Senior Flyers game rescheduled for this week

first_imgSaturday evening, the Spirit River Rangers attempted to make their way to Fort St. John, but were forced to turn around due to the extremely poor road conditions brought upon by the heavy snowfall experienced by the region.If all goes to plan, Wednesday’s game will be the second and final game in a home-and-home series between the Rangers and the Senior Flyers, with the Rangers taking game one 8-6 in Spirit River two weekends ago.Wednesday’s game will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be taking place at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -Despite the calendar reading December, half of the gate proceeds from the game will still be donated to the team’s Movember page, following its first fundraising campaign as a collective team.last_img

Lohan does her time: 84 minutes

first_imgIn August, she reached a plea deal on misdemeanor drunk driving and cocaine charges stemming from the arrests. The judge sentenced her to four days in jail – the mandatory minimum for a second drunk-driving offense – but gave her credit for 24 hours already served. She elected to complete 10 days of community service instead of 48 hours behind bars.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Did the celebrity receive special treatment? “Absolutely not. This is what we do for most everybody in this position,” Whitmore said. In fact, 30 to 50 women are granted early releases from the facility every day, he added. An e-mailed message seeking comment from Lohan’s publicist was not immediately returned. In May, the star of “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday” was arrested after crashing her Mercedes-Benz into a tree in Beverly Hills. She was arrested again in July after the mother of Lohan’s former personal assistant called 911 to report that her car was being chased by an SUV. The chase ended in Santa Monica, where police arrested Lohan for being behind the wheel. In both cases, Lohan was found in possession of small amounts of cocaine. Lindsay Lohan was a jailbird for 84 minutes Thursday, becoming the latest celebrity to serve less than a day for a drunk driving offense. Lohan, 21, turned herself in to the Los Angeles County women’s detention center in Lynwood at 10:30 a.m. She was searched, fingerprinted and placed in a holding cell in the inmate reception area but got to keep her street clothes, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “She was cooperative,” he said. Lohan was released at 11:54 a.m. Her original daylong sentence was reduced because she met criteria that took into account overcrowding at the lockup and the fact that her crime was nonviolent, Whitmore said. last_img read more

KCCA tame Tunisian giants in Caf Confederation Cup

first_imgBy Rajub Senoga SinanFOOTBALL. Ugandan champions KCCA edged African giants Club Africain 2-1 in the CAF Confederation Cup Group A match at the Phillip Omondi Stadium yesterday to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 opening fixture loss at the hands of FUS Rabat in Morocca a fortnight ago.Mike Mutebi’s men had to come from a goal behind to muscle out the 1991 African champions. The Tunisian giants had taken the lead inside the first 20 minutes of the game through Algerian right back Mokhtar Belkhiter.A loss would all but left the hosts needing a miracle in a group that also features Nigerian side Rivers United. But coach Mike Mutebi had his players maintain their composure in the face of pressure passing with confidence as they chased down the result they sought.The signs of the reward first showed when striker Derrick Nsibambi scored headed home Denis Okot’s cross in the added time of the first half effectively opening the Ugandan side’s goal account in the continental showpiece history.KCCA returned for the second half more determined to get the result they yearned for, probing the visitors for space. Sixteen minutes into the second half, highflying midfielder Tom Masiko netted the second and what turned out to be the winner with a stunning shot to send the stadium wild.KCCA held on the lead despite both sides missing vital chances.The Kasasiro Boys return in continental engagements with a home encounter against Rivers United early next month.Infantino congratulates league championsThe remarkable win comes in a jiffy after the Lugogo-based club receiving a congratulatory message from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.Infantino sent the congratulatory message to the newly-crowned champions upon their 12th league triumph through Fufa president Moses Magogo.KCCA claimed the league title with two games to spare a fortnight ago after defeating relegation candidates Lweza fc 2-0 at the Phillip Omondi stadium. However, they had to wait until the last game of the season to officially receive the trophy.In his congratulatory message, Infantino said, “lt gives me great pleasure to send my warmest congratulations to KCCA FC for their 12 championship title overall. This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations go to the players, the coach, the administration, the entire technical and medical staff as well as the fans for this great achievement.“On behalf of the entire football community, l would Iike to thank KCCA FC and your Association for helping to spread the positive message of football.”Kcca has been invincible throughout the season collecting a tally of 66 points and have a semi final in the Uganda Cup against Express fc around the corner with a chance of attaining a double an accomplishment the club has never achieved.Commentslast_img read more

Hughes upbeat ahead of Tottenham clash

first_imgMark Hughes insists QPR remain confident they can get enough points from a difficult run-in to stay in the Premier League.Relegation rivals Wigan have given themselves some breathing space with recent shock victories over Manchester United and Arsenal, seemingly piling more pressure on the likes of Rangers, Bolton and Blackburn.But Hughes, whose team face Tottenham on Saturday and visit Manchester City on the final day of the season, says the R’s have also shown they are capable of producing surprise results.“People have been saying we have a really tough run-in for the last four or five games and we’ve done really well in games when people didn’t expect us to take points,” he said.“We’re going to have to do that until the end of the season and if we do we’ll be fine. I’m sure people wouldn’t have had us down for wins against Arsenal and Liverpool.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Modeling Just-So Stories for Earth History

first_imgModels are only simulations of reality.  In science, they have a long history of simplifying complex physical phenomena in an attempt to understand them.  Many times, empirical evidence can correct a model.  The model then becomes a more accurate simulation, and can even provide additional insights and make predictions.  Can modeling work for the unobservable, unrepeatable past?    A story posted on Space.com has a title like a Kipling fictional story: “Why Early Earth Did Not Freeze.”  Reporter Aaron L. Gronstal for Astrobiology Magazine addressed a well-known puzzle in climate history: how the early earth prevented a deep freeze.  According to stellar evolution theory, stars like our sun begin with much lower luminosity.  Four billion years ago, the sun would not have had enough energy to keep Earth’s oceans from freezing.  Yet evolutionists and geologists believe that the earth had liquid oceans at least as early as 3.7 billion years ago.  This is the “faint young sun paradox.”  Geophysicists and climate historians have proposed more “greenhouse effect” or meteor bombardments to warm the earth, but without convincing success.  Most doubt that there could have been enough carbon dioxide, methane or ammonia to provide a space blanket.    Gronstal reported models by German scientists that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide required to heat the earth.  “The model showed that a partial pressure of only 2.9 millibars of CO2 would have been needed during the late Archaean and early Proterozoic periods in order to bring the surface temperature of the Earth above freezing,” the article said.  “This result, although contrary to previous studies, agrees with current geological data.”  The paradox thus disappears.    Whether this claim will have ripple effects on assumptions about the impact of carbon dioxide remains to be seen.  Will it renew fears about global warming?  What does it mean to other geological periods when life was present?  And a question for philosophers of science: what was driving the model – the physics, or the assumptions of stellar and geological theories?    Another geology news story is shaking up the world – so to speak.  National Geographic News claimed that continents get pushed, not sucked, into place.  This new idea, “contrary to accepted theory,” rearranges ideas about a theoretical supercontinent named Pangaea that split up 200 million years ago on the evolutionary timeline.  This “provocative” new theory pictures the continents moving back-and-forth like an accordion, instead of by the suction of deep ocean basins.  Maybe a superplume of magma in the mantle is the driving force.    Yet the article includes doubts that geologists know any of this, because like the climate story above, it is based on models:This accordionlike action, dubbed the Wilson Cycle, has been recognized for more than 40 years, but the forces responsible for it are unknown.    Moreover, if current models thought to be responsible for these movements were applied to a 500-million-year-old Earth, they would not produce Pangaea in the right configuration.    Why this reversal happened is unclear, and that’s disconcerting, [J. Brendan] Murphy said, because even though Pangaea is the best studied of the supercontinents, “something happened that we don’t understand.”Murphy agreed that his model is “speculative.”  Applying the model forward, he said it makes Earth’s future “a lot more fun to study” even though he could never know the outcome, because a new supercontinent wouldn’t form for 75 million years.    National Geographic quoted Murphy explaining where continental motion fits into grand schemes of evolution.  “Most people believe that for at least the last two and a half billion years, the Earth’s history has been dominated by the amalgamation, breakup, and reforming of supercontinents,” he said.  “It really is an underpinning of the evolution of the planet.”    The new ideas were reported also in a short article in Science Daily called “Pangaea Conundrum.”With the faint-young-sun story, we have another case of a contradiction that should have falsified a belief being circumvented by tweaking a simulation.  And with the Pangaea story, we have geologists playing games on the job.    This is like what the evolutionary biologists do with their in silico organisms (imaginary life-forms that can evolve in ways real organisms never could).  Climate is very complex and difficult to model, even for today’s weather.  Can these scientists really know what carbon dioxide did to the earth 3.9 billion years ago, without going back there in a time machine?  How many other factors (clouds, outgassing, feedback mechanisms) could have swamped the effects of carbon dioxide? (for instance, see this article on EurekAlert that explores possible effects of giant ocean eddies that might have a “profound influence on marine life and on the earth’s climate”).  How justifiable is it to run present observed continental motions back recklessly for billions of years into the past?  The observation-to-assumption ratio is so small it is like homeopathic medicine – one molecule of data in a swimming pool of speculation.    Models that cannot be checked with empirical data become playgrounds for storytellers.  Never are these astro-geo-biologists content to follow the evidence and say, “Well, I guess the earth couldn’t be as old as that.”  No way; they have their timeline, with its mythical Late Heavy Bombardment, First Oxygenation Event (after the mythical Origin of Life), mythical supercontinents Pangaea, Rodinia and Gondwana (which sound like characters in an earth religion), and all the subsequent Darwinian fables that ride on top.  When a contradiction threatens the Grand Myth, they can always invent simulations that can be tweaked and forced sufficiently to match their hard-core, unalterable beliefs about billions of years and evolution.  Models become their carts before the observational horse.  Who needs a horse?  They have horseless carriages, driven by the gas of imagination, polluting the atmosphere of knowledge.    Whether this is Model A or Model T, we don’t know.  Even a broken flivver can be pushed if it won’t go on its own and the horse is going in the other direction.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Junk Darwinism Clutters Science

first_imgIf an objective English teacher read a typical science paper, she would cross out the Darwinese as deadwood that adds nothing.Chuck-in-the-Box keeps popping up uninvited, interrupting the science.Darwin. Who needs him? He keeps popping up uninvited, cluttering science papers and articles with his BAD ideas (see definition of BAD in the Darwin Dictionary). Science writing would be much cleaner and understandable without him. Like Sergeant Friday of Dragnet used to say, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” Dear scientist, tell the public what the question was, the hypothesis that was tested, the methods and materials, the findings, and the conclusions. You can also brag about the value of the findings. But cross out the Darwinese. Like deadwood in bad writing, it just adds clutter. Here are some recent examples of news articles that would be cleaner and leaner without evolutionary storytelling, and tastier without Darwin Fudge on top.Of crows and tools (Science Magazine). Barbara Klump is an expert on tool use in animals. Specifically, she has observed two species of crows, one in the New Caledonian Islands and one in Hawaii, that routinely shape twigs into hooks in order to catch food in tight places. That’s really interesting to know. But what’s Darwin got to do with it? She starts off well enough, speaking about intelligent design in humans:Hammers and chisels, pens and smartphones: Human life is built on tool use. Indeed, each of us likely uses tools every day. For a long time, crafting tools was thought to be uniquely human. And although we know that many species occasionally use tools, everyday tool use is extremely rare in the animal kingdom.It’s a bit generous to call a bent twig a tool, compared to a man-made spacecraft or robot, but it is nice to know that God endowed animals with enough brain power to find food in tight spots.The invention of the hook was one of the key technological advances in our own evolutionary history in the middle stone age, allowing us to develop productive fishing technologies and weapons with enhanced killing power.Wait a sec. Didn’t the first inventor of a fishhook use his brain? Didn’t every fisherman since “develop productive fishing technologies” by design? This is history, not “evolutionary history.” Strike out the useless word “evolutionary” and read the sentence again. Now it makes sense and fits the evidence.Klump adds more deadwood talking about two species of crows that “evolved” their tool-making skills separately. Notice the number of hedging words as she ramps up the perhapsimaybecouldness index to weave her tale. Watch the highlighted words:It is probably no coincidence that these two distantly related tool-using crow species evolved on remote tropical islands. With no woodpeckers, there is little competition for embedded food sources, and in the absence of big predators, the crows can spend less time maintaining vigilance and use more time to develop tool use. Remote islands, therefore, combine rare ecological conditions that seem to aid the evolution of foraging tool use in birds. The evolution of human tool use might have been similarly facilitated by the reduction in predation risk that accompanied the transition from solitary life to living in groups.The uselessness of the Darwinese in this story is only exceeded by its illogic. Did the crows meet at the Crow Bar and discuss their plans? Did they say, “Hey guys, we don’t have to watch the woodpeckers any more, so let’s use more time to ‘develop’ tool use”? Tell any human inventor that they “evolved” their creative works and see what happens. Of course humans have predators—other humans! Didn’t Ms Klump ever learn about Iran and North Korea, or radical Islamic terrorists and common street criminals or sexual predators? This makes no sense at all.A solitary crow, furthermore, can make a hook without help from another crow. And other animals live in groups, like herds of cows and wildebeest, but they don’t “develop” tools (notice the euphemism for blind, unguided Darwinian evolution). She doesn’t understand her own theory. Tool use has nothing to do with solitude, society, or spare time. It has to do with using the brains we were given. Did she use her brain to observe crows and write a paper about them? In her way of thinking, evolution did it all. She has no free will. She was just a pawn of Darwin’s mystical forces and “selection pressures.”Klump thinks chance (i.e., Darwinian evolution, the Stuff Happens Law) is “facilitated” by removal of predation risk. How about some real science, Ms Klump? Show us some equations. Plot some data on a graph: tool use on the abscissa, predation risk on the ordinate. Otherwise, turn off the Darwinese and cut the ‘perhaps’ words. And cut out the useless futureware, too.Our own tool-making journey is unparalleled, having enabled us to walk on the Moon in what amounts to an evolutionary eye-blink after the first fishing hook was crafted. But two tool-using crow species on remote tropical islands can still offer insight into how we became the master tool users we are today.Drinking Darwine on the job? If the first fishing hook was “crafted,” it did not evolve. Ask any surviving Apollo astronaut if he got there with Darwin’s help.Verdict: the Darwinese in this article cluttered it up with useless words and inebriated ideas. Crows are smart. People are smarter. Just the facts, Ma’am.Scientists discover body’s protection shield (Phys.org). Here is an informative article about the body’s immune system that should inspire awe at the foresight put into cells to protect us against bacteria.When a tissue is damaged, (either accidentally or through surgery), the body quickly recruits immune cells to the injury site where they fight infection by engulfing and killing invading pathogens, through the release of toxic factors (such as unstable molecules containing oxygen known as “reactive oxygen species” e.g. peroxides). However, these bactericidal products are also highly toxic to the host tissue and can disrupt the repair process. To counteract these harmful effects the repairing tissue activates powerful protective machinery to “shield” itself from the damage.But then, out of nowhere, Darwin pops up. In the last paragraph, Dr Helen Weavers from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Life Sciences throws in a smoke bomb, a totally unnecessary opinion that not only clutters the article, but makes chance into an intelligent designer! She says, “we think the resilience machinery has evolved as a fail-safe mechanism for tissue protection each time inflammation is triggered.” Darwin doesn’t belong in this story. Get the Bearded Buddha out of here!Honeybees use their wings for water surface locomotion (PNAS). Here’s an interesting paper about another skill honeybees have. When trapped in water, they can “hydroplane” with their legs underwater to get higher where their wings can help them escape (see Science Daily‘s summary). The science is fine until the last paragraph, when the authors take their Darwine break and start confabulating mythoids.More broadly, winged locomotion on a water surface could be an evolutionarily important category of biolocomotion. One of the hypotheses on the origin of insect flight is that flight evolved from the locomotion on a water surface, on which the weight of an organism is offset by either buoyancy or surface tension. While it is unlikely that the honeybee’s flight evolved from their water surface locomotion, the mechanism of hydrofoiling may have biomechanical resemblances to early preflight locomotion.This is absurd and uncalled for. Powered flight of any kind requires massive remodeling of an animal’s entire body: its weight, its aerodynamics, its brain software, and a host of other things. Any insect using “preflight locomotion” to fly would quickly drown. What was it flapping, its legs? If the animal had surface tension, like a water strider, why don’t we see those evolving flight? The authors even state that it is “unlikely that the honeybee’s flight evolved from their water surface locomotion” (that’s an understatement!), they dream on, visualizing the bee’s behavior as some kind of atavism of “early preflight locomotion.” Ask yourself if the science of this article was improved in any way by the Darwin clutter.We need cleaning crews at school boards, biology teacher conventions, journals and science news sites who can remove the Darwin clutter from science. Now that you know what to look for, you can unclutter science articles yourself. Try these out as exercises:Coming to a head: How vertebrates became predators by tweaking the neural crest (Phys.org). Missing link found? ‘Original Bigfoot’ was close relative of orangutan, study says (Fox News Science). Striking variation in mechanisms that drive sex selection in frogs (Science Daily). 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South Africa’s Performance Improves in 2018 Index of Economic Freedom

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 07 January 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom. In terms of economic freedom, the Heritage Foundation indicates that with a world rank of 77/180, South Africa is 4th in the African region. The country’s over-all economic freedom score improved with 0.7 on 2017.General Manager for Research for Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “The index provides some insight into dimensions of the South African economic environment as the country continues to grapple with historical challenges, and the need to spur on entrepreneurship and innovation. Notable improvements for South Africa in 2018 include the improvement in the area of investment freedom, and judicial effectiveness. The latter is significant coming in a year where the administration of President Ramaphosa made investment a key focal area of its work.”South Africa’s improvement in the rankings comes as a result of advancements in the areas of property rights which is up from 67.6 in 2017 to 67.7 for 2018; judicial effectiveness increased from 59.7 in 2017 to 65.9; fiscal health sees an improvement of +4.6 from  70.7 in 2017; business freedom advanced by +3.1 points from 62.0 in 2017; labour freedom improved by +1.2 in 2018 from 58.9 in 2017; and investment freedom significantly improved by +10.0 from 40.0 in 2017. Notable is South Africa ranks higher than two European nations, being – Italy (79/180), and Greece (115/180).“We are pleased with the upward trend of the nation’s competitive performance, particularly since 2018 saw a declining global competiveness of the economy, and South Africa also slipped into a technical recession during the first half of the year  which it moved out of after the economy saw a 2.2% rebound in the third quarter. It is therefore promising that South Africa, according to the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom, is ‘moderately free’ in terms of its economic activity. Economic freedom is about much more than a business environment where business flourishes, it has a far reaching impact on other aspects such as human development and the power of choice. Consequently, it remains imperative for South Africa to continue safeguarding openness to its market, government size and rule of law,” added Dr de Kock.On the global front based on the measurements of this index, the Heritage Foundation finds that the global average economic freedom score is 61.1, the highest score since inception of the index 24 years ago. At an aggregate level, of the 180 economies measured by the index in 2018 – 102 scored better, while the economic freedom scores of 75 got worse. In the case of South Africa it can be noted that the country is one of the 102 that improved its economic freedom score.Released on an annual basis by the Heritage Foundation, the Index of Economic Freedom provides insight into the extent to which governments enable an open and unrestricted economic environment for citizens and businesses to operate in.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

EPA Sued Over Inaction on Paint Stripper

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been sued for its failure to ban methylene chloride, a chemical used in some paint strippers that has been linked to a number of deaths. E&E News reported that a group including the mothers of two men who died while using paint strippers containing the chemical filed suit in a federal district court in Vermont on January 14. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families also are parties to the complaint. Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the EPA, also is named in the complaint. Methylene chloride is a common chemical in paint removers, the suit says, that is responsible for more than 50 deaths, as well as incapacitation, loss of consciousness, and coma in people who came into contact with it. Despite earlier promises to ban products that contain the chemical, the EPA has failed to follow through, the suit alleges, and has violated terms of the Toxic Substances Control Act.RELATED ARTICLESAmazon Will Ban Controversial Paint StrippersGetting Dangerous Paint Strippers Off the ShelvesThe Takeover of the EPAEPA Ordered to Speed Up New Lead Rule The plaintiffs include Lauren Atkins of Pennsylvania and Wendy Hartley of Tennessee. Both had sons who died after using paint remover containing the chemical. If the EPA has been slow to get the chemical off the market, a number of major U.S. retailers are acting on their own. In December, Amazon announced that beginning in March it would no longer sell paint removers containing either methylene chloride or a compound called NMP. A number of other retails had already taken that step, including The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart, True Value and AutoZone. In an email earlier this month, GBA asked the EPA’s press office when the agency could be expected to issue new rules on methylene chloride. The office said that “due to a lapse in appropriations,” it would only respond to questions about the government shutdown or an environmental emergency that threatened human life.last_img read more

Garmin provides new safety feature in its fitness trackers

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#beacon#fitness trackers#Garmin#Internet of Things#IoT#Strava Follow the Puck Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Amanda Razani Garmin has added a new safety option to several of its fitness monitors with the addition of a new feature named Beacon, which was designed by Strava.Beacon, which was unveiled earlier this year, provides several features that focus on keeping hikers, cyclists, runners and other people safer when they exercise.  When these individuals leave for their workouts, they can give their real-time data location to certain friends and family members as a precaution in case something happens to them.See Also: Garmin stock surges following pivot from autos to wearablesThough it was once a separate Beacon app on iOS or Android, exercise enthusiasts who own certain models of Garmin trackers, such as the Edge or Forerunner, can now get the feature directly into their tracker.Feedback sought from the Strava communitySyncing directly with Garmin’s own location monitor, LiveTrack, Beacon allows up to three contacts to check in on the user while they exercise, providing details of where they are, without those contacts needing a Strava account.The company explains that Beacon was created based on discussion from the Strava community, expressing the need for better communication when people they care about leave for workouts. A survey of this group showed that safety was the number one feature they all wanted to see added to the app.The feature can be found on many of Garmin’s newer Edge and Forerunner models, along with the Fenix 3. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Meghalaya district withholds exam results of students who didn’t get vaccinated

first_imgThe school education officer of a Meghalaya district has been asked to withhold the annual examination results of students who did not go for measles-rubella (MR) vaccination.P.S. Dkhar, the deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, said he issued a circular in this regard two days ago because of the poor coverage of MR vaccination across the 2,748 sq km district whose headquarters is State capital Shillong.“The decision was taken because only 63% of the schoolchildren have been covered under MR vaccination. We have kept the results on hold for some time till we decide what is to be done next,” Mr Dkhar told The Hindu from Shillong on Thursday.The parents concerned are likely to be asked to justify why their children did not participate in the vaccination, officials said.The circular has not gone down well with organisations such as Khasi Students’ Union and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People. They said it violates the rights of students and underlines the lack of awareness about the need for children to go for the vaccination.The MR vaccination drive in most districts of the north-eastern States was launched in March. It faced resistance in minority pockets because of rumours that birth control programme was being implemented under the garb of vaccination drive.last_img read more