0Shares0000Nigeria forward Samuel Kalu (L) is in a “stable condition” after collapsing during training due to dehydration, the Egyptian Football Association said, amid a sweltering start to the Africa Cup of Nations © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACECAIRO, Egypt, Jun 22 – Nigeria forward Samuel Kalu is in a “stable condition” after collapsing during training due to dehydration, the Egyptian Football Association said, amid a sweltering start to the Africa Cup of Nations.“The health situation of Nigeria’s player Samuel Kalu is stable after undergoing the necessary medical tests following his fall during his team’s training due to a heart muscle failure,” the Egyptian FA wrote in a statement. The Bordeaux player was suffering from “dehydration after losing a large quantity of fluids” on Friday, it added, before stating that Kalu “is in a stable condition and can play” against Burundi in Alexandria on Saturday.It is the first time the tournament is being played across June and July, with temperatures in Egypt expected to hover between 35 and 38 Celsius (95-100.4 Fahrenheit) over the next month.All matches will feature three-minute heat breaks, taken in the 30th and 70th minute, due to the extreme heat with water and cold towels provided for players and officials.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) read more
LOS ANGELES–The Giants have plans to pay tribute to many of the franchise’s beloved figures during Friday’s home opener at Oracle Park.Whether they’ll be able to do so depends on Mother Nature.Rain is in the forecast for Friday in San Francisco and the Giants sent out a press release Wednesday announcing the organization will closely monitor the weather conditions in the hours leading up to first pitch. The Giants are scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:35 p.m. on Friday, but morning …
None of the above is necessarily news. But this is — Durant, who tore his right Achilles a mere seven weeks ago, was walking without crutches.Wearing a Pendleton shirt, a ball cap, dark pants and a phone pressed … We have a Kevin Durant sighting.And by “we,” we mean TMZ, the news organization that never sleeps.TMZ Sports caught Durant out on the town in West Hollywood on Wednesday night. According to TMZ, Durant was leaving Catch restaurant (try the Cantonese lobsters for $97).
Are humans evolving? If so, should they? Two recent articles asked these questions as if natural selection is something we should no longer allow to push us around. We should take control of it for our own good. But then, it wouldn’t be natural selection, would it? On the BBC News, Olly Bootle posted a big picture of the elderly big-beard Darwin and asked, “Are humans still evolving by Darwin’s natural selection?” Ever since the father of evolution proposed his theory, “scientists have wondered whether humans were resourceful enough to remove themselves from the grip of natural selection,” he said. Under a photo of a moon-boot print next to a bare footprint, the caption reads, “Could technological advances stop the human species from evolving?” The tone of the article is that it can, and humans should take control of natural selection. Bootle pointed to examples of microevolution in humans – lactose intolerance, changes in height or weight or skin color, increasing life expectancy – and admitted these minor changes are like those Darwin saw: “In any case, the changes were very small and very slow, similar to those at work in Darwin’s evolutionary studies.” But Darwin, we all know, was talking about a far greater world view – the evolution of all life from a primordial cell. Bootle omitted any evidence for that. What, then, of our evolutionary future? “Technology may have stopped some evolutionary forces such as predation and disease, but that does not mean humans have stopped evolving,” he said, inserting a brief doubt whether we can discern our own evolution from the inside. But globalization and technology bring powerful forces into the game: “The direction of our future evolution is likely to be driven as much by us as by nature,” Bootle ended. “We may be less dependent on how the world changes us, but ever more so on our growing ability to change the world.” It’s about time we do, said elderly Nobel laureate Christian de Duve in an interview with Clint Witchalls on New Scientist, who summarized the interview this way: “We have evolved traits that will lead to humanity’s extinction, says Christian de Duve – so we must learn to overcome them.” But why would humans want to interfere with the process that brought them up? De Duve explained that it’s because we are rapidly exhausting our natural resources. Then he summarized the standard view of natural selection as an unguided, uncaring process when Witchall asked him, “You think that natural selection has worked against us. How?”Because it has no foresight. Natural selection has resulted in traits such as group selfishness being coded in our genes. These were useful to our ancestors under the conditions in which they lived, but have become noxious to us today. What would help us preserve our natural resources are genetic traits that let us sacrifice the present for the sake of the future. You need wisdom to sacrifice something that is immediately useful or advantageous for the sake of something that will be important in the future. Natural selection doesn’t do that; it looks only at what is happening today. It doesn’t care about your grandchildren or grandchildren’s grandchildren.This strange series of anthropomorphisms about natural selection was followed by an even more bizarre one, the labeling of this kind of evolutionary short-sightedness as “original sin.” Indeed, that was the title of his latest book: Genetics of original sin (Yale University Press). For salvation, we must “act against natural selection,” de Duve told the interviewer, “and actively oppose some of our key genetic traits.” Witchalls worried that population control (the cause of resource depletion) might be “ethically dubious”. De Duve responded that the number of inhabitants needs to be reduced somehow. “Hunters do it by killing off the old or sick animals in a herd,” he pointed out. But lest he be found to support negative eugenics (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, genocide), he added, “but I don’t think that’s a very ethical way of limiting the population.” If it’s not very ethical, maybe it’s a little bit ethical. What if people in power decide it is very ethical? Would they pay any attention to the advice of an aging biologist? Whatever he meant, he advocated birth control as the best method for population reduction. Giving more power to women, he feels, can also help. Why would that be? “Speaking as a biologist,” he said, “I think women are less aggressive than men, and they play a larger role in the early education of the young and helping them overcome their genetic heirloom.” He did not seem to consider whether it would also decrease warfare and totalitarianism, which seem to have been big players in population reduction, particularly in the 20th century. Did he mean that women should teach the young not to get married and have children? Did he consider whether the aggressive men, after giving women some power, would take it back? Whatever he meant, he remained “cautiously optimistic,” in order to give a message of hope to the young that they can do something about their evolution – although presently “there is not much evidence that this is happening.” Maybe he feels false hope is good for their evolution.You have just witnessed smart people acting dumb. If incoherence is a measure of folly, then please explain how Bootle and de Duve were not incoherent by considering the human mind the product of a mindless, uncaring, unguided, amoral process, then lecturing us on ethics and wisdom. What is ethics in Darwinland? What is wisdom? Take away these concepts from their thieving hands, where they raided the Judeo-Christian smorgasbord of values, and they are empty handed, because they cannot get such things at Darwin’s table. Natural selection is what natural selection does. If it produces a brain by mistake (01/26/2011), or a venomous snake, then natural selection “doesn’t care” one whit, as de Duve himself admitted. “It doesn’t care about your grandchildren or grandchildren’s grandchildren.” It is totally selfish, shortsighted, and uncaring. Ethics and wisdom are defined by what natural selection does, period. If it gives rise to a population that destroys itself, so be it. Happens all the time. Why fight it? Notice that de Duve and his interviewer know about the Bible. They know the Judeo-Christian doctrine of original sin. They feel it. When Witchalls asked him about his use of the term “original sin,” he answered, “I believe that the writers of Genesis had detected the inherent selfishness in human nature that I propose is in our genes, and invented the myth of original sin to account for it. It’s an image.” He quickly added, “I am not acting as an exegete – I don’t interpret scripture.” Well, he just did, and a jolly botched interpretation of Genesis 3 and Romans 2-3 it was. Instead of sticking to his job as a biologist, he followed up his myth information by preaching a salvation sermon with all the fervor of an evangelist: “We must act against natural selection and actively oppose some of our key genetic traits.” As if we could. That’s like telling dogs to actively oppose their dogness. There he goes again, stealing concepts like responsibility, wisdom, and morality from the Christian world view. Christian de Duve is a CINO, Christian in name only (literally). One wonders if his parents had better hopes for him by giving him that honorable name than to see him become, despite his accomplishments in genetics, an incoherent babbler and peddler of self-refuting philosophy. As for Olly Bootle, this is what our education system produces when Charlie worship, the state religion, cannot be criticized: a complete dupe for the Darwin dope.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
VHP leader Atul Vaidya, who was convicted in Gulbarg society massacre case of 2002 riots, has been granted bail by Gujarat High Court. Vaidya was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment in the case involving brutal massacre of 69 people at Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad. Among those killed in the minority community dominated society in North Ahemedabad included former Congress parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri also.The High Court held that Mr Vaidya’s petition challenging his conviction is pending before the court and he already served one year in jail so a regular bail can be granted to him. He is the first convict to get a regular bail in the case in which 23 persons were convicted by the special SIT court in 2016.
Militants attacked a police party with grenades in Pulwama’s Tral on Tuesday morning. No one was injured in the attack.Preliminary reports suggest militants fired a grenade from a rifle launcher at a police party.“There was a huge explosion but no one was injured,” said a police official.
INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)For several years, the Duke marching band and the Cameron Crazies have collaborated to create an unlikely Cameron Indoor Stadium tradition. The band plays Cascada’s 2005 dance hit “Every Time We Touch” as the students sing along to the lyrics. The tradition continued on the road this weekend at the Final Four in Indianapolis, and returned to Cameron for this afternoon’s welcome home celebration honoring the national champs. During the festivities, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski led the crowd in singing “Every Time We Touch,” and it was entertaining to watch. This wasn’t the only musical moment of the afternoon for Krzyzewski, as he revealed which rap artist he’s developed an appreciation for during the season. I’m sure a fifth national title is the real music to his ears, though. read more
“You are the ones that will influence the future of this country by starting within the school environment and expanding to your homes and your communities in general, efficient management of electricity and energy conservation,” he said. Dr. Wheatley congratulated the JPS Foundation for its initiative, previously launched in 2014, which aims to assist participating schools with managing their energy consumption. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is encouraging young persons to become ambassadors of change in terms of how they and their peers consume energy. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is encouraging young persons to become ambassadors of change in terms of how they and their peers consume energy.“You are the ones that will influence the future of this country by starting within the school environment and expanding to your homes and your communities in general, efficient management of electricity and energy conservation,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a ceremony for the relaunch of the JPS Foundation Energy Club at the Merl Grove High School in Kingston on March 7.Dr. Wheatley congratulated the JPS Foundation for its initiative, previously launched in 2014, which aims to assist participating schools with managing their energy consumption.He pointed out that it is in line with the thrust of Government to raise the level of awareness about energy efficiency and conservation among young persons.Dr. Wheatley said he is also pleased to see that the Energy Club initiative seeks to foster the innovative capacity of students.The Energy Clubs help students to better understand issues in energy and inspire innovation and creativity in the fields of energy, science and technology. There is additional focus on environmental awareness and management through innovative, technological and science-based methods.In the meantime, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, welcomed the initiative, which he said will serve to enhance students’ ability to use energy wisely.“Educating our students about the wise use of energy will, of course, include increasing their awareness of electricity usage, its effects, benefits and the harm it can cause to people if improperly used,” he said, in a speech read by Assistant Chief Education Officer, Winnie Berry.The Minister further pointed out that students who are engaged in clubs of this type will not only experience heightened awareness, but through their activities, they can help school administrators to better monitor energy usage and waste, and can quickly spot irregularities while simultaneously alerting them to ways to save money.“Involved students often become enthusiastic about energy consumption and learn about this complex subject more easily. They are also motivated to reduce their energy use at home as well as school, and inspired to come up with solutions,” Senator Reid said.The Energy Club programme, which has been implemented in 15 high schools, also enables students to build their capacity to be responsible and informed energy consumers, and possible future experts in the sector. read more
St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) will unveil a new print and broadcast public service announcement featuring actor Samuel L. Jackson.Samuel L. Jackson in the new PSA with St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Stand Up To CancerThe PSA, entitled “In Play,” is designed to increase awareness about childhood cancers and the critical importance for infants and children, and in particular teens and young adults with childhood cancers, to be treated by pediatric oncologists. Survival for teens and young adults is far greater when treated on pediatric cancer protocols.The campaign will also highlight the need to support the best pediatric cancer research that will deliver cures and better treatments with fewer harsh side-effects and long-term complications for survivors. Each year, more than 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and in the U.S., cancer is the number one disease killer of children. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation and SU2C are working to change those statistics.“When I was a child in the 1950s, most kids who got diagnosed with cancer had little chance of survival. Now, there is hope,” said the Academy Award-nominated Jackson. “I am honored to join Stand Up To Cancer and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help educate people about childhood cancer and the importance of seeing a pediatric oncologist.” Samuel L. Jackson is an award-winning actor and film producer. He has appeared in more than 100 movies and is the highest grossing film actor in history. His movie credits include such blockbusters as Pulp Fiction, The Avengers, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Incredibles and the Star Wars prequel trilogy, among others.“Samuel L. Jackson is a powerful actor and has played some seriously tough guys,” said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “It seems very fitting that we have someone with his level of intensity and power speaking out against childhood cancers, which are seriously tough diseases. We are grateful to him for getting the message out that childhood cancer patients – even those who are teens and young adults – must be seen by pediatric cancer specialists for the best chance at survival.”Jackson is joined in the PSA by four St. Baldrick’s Honored Kids, all of whom have had – or are still fighting – cancer. Along with their families, they serve as advocates to raise awareness for childhood cancer and the critical need for research funding, bringing hope and inspiration to countless St. Baldrick’s volunteers and supporters. The Honored Kids who appear in the PSA are Avery, 10, who’s stable; Aiden, 11, who’s currently cancer-free; William, 14; and Julia, 19, who are both in remission.SU2C President and CEO, Sung Poblete added: “We are grateful to Samuel L. Jackson for lending his support to this extremely important campaign. While great progress has been made in the battle against childhood cancer, the sad fact remains that one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. Through the creation of the St. Baldrick’s-Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team, we are making progress in the fight against childhood cancer research.”Earlier this year, SU2C and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced the formation of a Dream Team dedicated to childhood cancer research. The SU2C-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant will provide $14.5 million in funding over four years for this innovative project that is uniting researchers in two highly productive disciplines of translational pediatric cancer research that historically functioned independently – genomics and immunotherapeutics.The Dream Team is led by John M. Maris, M.D., director of the Childhood Cancer Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Crystal L. Mackall, M.D., chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, MD.Researchers on this Dream Team represent seven institutions: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the University of British Columbia, Baylor College of Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and the University of Wisconsin. While researchers at the NCI, part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health, will be participating fully as members of the Dream Team, in accordance with policy, no funds from the grant are going to the NCI.The joint venture between the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the leading non-governmental provider of childhood cancer research grants, and SU2C, formed in 2008 to accelerate innovative cancer research, has brought together two of the world’s leading cancer research fundraising groups. Formation of the team, the first SU2C Dream Team focused solely on pediatric cancer research, will help fulfill the mission of both organizations to fund the most promising childhood cancer research that will ultimately enable survivors to lead long and healthy lives.To learn more, visit SU2C or StBaldricks.org. read more
It added about 400 U.S. staff with its $350-million acquisition of Oklahoma-focused Tucker Energy Services Holdings, Inc., last spring.Last month, Calgary-based Trican Well Service Ltd. said it had cut 160 jobs in the fourth quarter and, a few weeks later, producer Encana Corp. said it had cut its workforce by 15 percent and ranks of executives by 35 percent after closing its deal to buy U.S. rival Newfield Exploration Co.STEP said the administrative job cuts it made would result in savings of about $4.1 million annually.“Our outlook for Canada remains cautious as recent client budgets underpin a commitment to spend within cash flow,” said STEP CEO Regan Davis on a conference call on Wednesday.“This is evident by a 30 to 35 percent lower rig count in this quarter versus last year.” CALGARY, A.B. – Another Calgary-based oilfield services company is reporting job cuts as activity in Canada slows due to lower oil and gas producer spending.STEP Energy Services Ltd. says it cut 13 percent of its administrative staff in early 2019 and has reduced field staff by 12 percent since Oct. 1.In a regulatory filing last year, the company indicated it had 1,120 employees at the end of 2017, most in Canada. read more