Darwin Debates Attract Rhetoricians, Some Pro, Some Not

first_imgNothing like a controversy to get people talking.  Some understand the issues and speak with skill and style; some just like to be part of the excitement.  Here are samples from the war of the words over evolution:Connect the Dots:  Having just read Richard Weikart’s From Darwin to Hitler (02/03/2005), Chuck Colson on BreakPoint drew parallels to the Terry Schiavo incident.The Skill of Skell:  Dr. Philip S. Skell again showed the power of a cogent editorial as he asked “Why Do We Invoke Darwin?” in The Scientist.  He claimed that Darwinian evolution is essentially useless as a heuristic in experimental biology.  The subscription-only article has been reprinted by Discovery Institute.Sports ID:  Sally Jenkins, sports writer in the Washington Post, gave surprisingly good press to ID.  Her point is not that ID is good science, but a little philosophical adventurism can be helpful.  She seems to have a point here and there, but mostly engages in name-dropping and complaining that the human body isn’t perfect.  Rob Crowther at Evolution News liked it.  He thought she hit a home run – at least for getting the definition of ID straight. Larsony:  Edward J. Larson, professor of science history (U of Georgia), told the LA Times what he thought the country needs to do about ID: not replace Darwinism, which he feels has been useful to science, but use it as a teachable moment: “good biology teachers could use issues raised by the intelligent design movement to help their classes better understand Darwinism.”  Larson delivered the lectures “The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy” in 2002 for The Teaching Company Great Courses Series.  He recognized then and now that most people do not accept doctrinaire evolution and that their values need to be taken into consideration by scientists and educators.  Nevertheless, he agrees with the scientific establishment that science must operate by methodological naturalism.  Tom Magnuson at Access Research Network considers Larson a brilliant man with blinders on.[A]theistic Science:  Cornelia Dean in the New York Times wrote about varying views on God among scientists, focusing on the theistic-evolution views of Dr. Francis Collins of the Human Genome Project.Highlander Games:  No Bobby Burns is he; guest columnist for The Scotsman, Robin Dunbar, called ID a “dangerous folly” and let President Bush have a piece of his mind.When the rhetoric flies, exercise sense, not sensationalism.  Some get it right, some have no context.  This debate has deep roots in history.  Perpetuating buzzwords or labels is not going to make the debate over naturalism vs. design disappear.  Caution: read news articles and editorials on this issue only with Baloney Detector engaged and in good working order – but do read.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Q&A with Fruit South Africa on new SA-China agreement

first_imgThe newly signed agreement between South Africa and China will mean more jobs in the export agriculture sector says the Fruit South Africa CEO Dr Konanani Liphadzi.The South African and Chinese governments recently signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the market access for fruit. South Africa’s exporters are expected to increase their produce from 110 000 tons fruit to 350 000 tons within the next five years. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanSouth African farmers and cooperatives will export more of their fruit harvest after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the South African government and the People’s Republic of China earlier this month.The MOU was signed in Beijing, China, by Willem Bestbier, vice-chairperson of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA) and his counterpart, Wang Xin, vice-chairperson of the Chinese Quarantine and Inspection Association (CIQA) on 1 November 2016.South Africa’s fruit exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces. (Image to illustrate: Brand South Africa)For now negotiations are underway to increase market access for South African pears. Avocados and other fruit will be considered in the next round of negotiations.Last year China imported 3.8-million tons of fruit, of which 110 000 tons were from South Africa. The Chinese fruit market is valued at US$ 5-billion (about R71-billion), and within 5 years South Africa’s access will be one and half times greater.Dr Konanani Liphadzi, chief executive officer of Fruit SA shares insights on the impact of the MOU on agriculture in South Africa.Dr Konanani Liphadzi is chief executive officer of Fruit SA. She says the fruit industry will increase job creation because of the new agreement between China and South Africa relating to exports.Dr Liphadzi, what does this new agreement with China mean for South Africa?Liphadzi: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access. Secondly, we could share technical information like quarantine issues and also assist them with information needed. It goes both ways.We also have a partner on the ground in China, who can share things like policy changes.This partnership builds on the foundation we already have with China.Lastly, there will be a lot of job creation, from hand pickers in South Africa to people doing packaging that will be hired, because of increased demand.What fruit do we export to China?KL: The three main produce we supply to the Chinese market are apples, citrus and table grapes.How many fruit suppliers in South Africa currently export to China?KL: Currently there are 12 companies that supply to China.How many people are employed currently within the fruit industry?KL: Currently 50% of our fruit produce are being exported. This is to 87 countries worldwide, with China being one of them. Overall 2.7-million tons fruit are exported globally, and 110 000 of it go to China. That is 300 000 jobs locally in the fruit industry, that’s along the value chain, from the farm to where it ends with the consumer.Tell us about the South African exporters.KL: The 12 companies include the following:We have companies that buy fruit from the farmers;Other produce their own fruit and buy from different farmers;Lastly, we have cooperatives, a group working together producing fruit. Then they have a marketing company advertising for them.The exporters are mainly from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.The major producers come from the Western Cape, because it has a unique environment.Are any of the fruit sent to China being genetically modified?KL: We don’t produce genetically modified fruit in South Africa.How can an entrepreneur or any other farmer(s) get their fruit exported?KL: There is room for new exporters, especially in terms of transformation. The Fresh Produce Exporters’ forum is an association for developing new entries within the export market. It is a challenging process to get into exports, because it is not an easy industry.Anyone interested in exports, can contact me.Will China export any of their fruit to South Africa?KL: They also want to send fruit. We are counter season to them. So, when we are harvesting, they have winter there. Selling fruit to them won’t be a major issue. Our department of agriculture is considering citrus from them. We are not competing with them.Is there anything you would like to add?KL: In regards to the new MOU, this means the initiative is broadening market access.This is in line with what our country’s National Development Plan 2030 wants to achieve. We have identified a commodity, are increasing volumes to create jobs, and are opening the a market for our produce.We appreciate the effort of the government to open the market, and that they are creating a good relationship with the Chinese government.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

The E-Sports Industry Is Growing — Now Web Infrastructure Needs to Keep Up

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Like traditional sports, e-sports can be costly. A prime component of e-sports infrastructure is video streaming, which enables competition. Viewers are able to share the videos and streaming links to millions, requiring companies to build their own solutions or work with solid tech companies to deal with heavy bandwidth. Services like highlights, instant replays, live streaming, and anti-cheating detection measures are some of the instant services that need to be available for viewers and gamers.In order for the e-sport infrastructure to thrive, software developers need to find a way to scale in a way that works effectively on a cloud mixed platform, as well as on dedicated servers. Once dedicated platforms achieve the ability to scale with automation features typically found on scale cloud platforms, scaling the e-sports platform to meet high-performance criteria will be much easier.A report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that the sports industry will inevitably face problems due to the drastic decline in viewership. The entire industry is running on a distribution model that is stuck in the past. What’s worse is that some of the most influential companies in the industry are slow to implement innovative technology measures.New revenue models are truly reinventing the way users engage with content online. Services like Twitch provide a platform for streaming thousands of games online daily. Some of the most popular games on this service, namely “League of Legends” and “Dota 2,” generate close to 70 million views each month. Given the high number of viewers these services experience, there is no denying the importance of game streaming in today’s culture — and web infrastructure needs to be able to keep up with these changes.How to Select the Right Web Infrastructure PartnersThere are estimated to be more than 500 million individuals around the world who watch other people play video games.To be able to handle high volumes of traffic during peak seasons, it’s crucial to have the ability to deal with low-latency applications and high bandwidth simultaneously without disruption. A high-performance network available around the globe is extremely important, and it’s one of the driving factors of player satisfaction.It’s also important to automate and provide scalable capacity on both cloud and non-cloud platforms at a competitive price. The availability of equipment in a global data center will provide low bandwidth cost combined with a lower latency to create a better user experience.It’s also likely that game developers in the future will embrace artificial intelligence and machine learning to form a better understanding of how players interact with characters in their games. These tools will ensure a more customized gaming experience for players who could have packages tailored to their particular interests.The Success of E-SportsThe success of online gaming is directly related to the performance, price, and availability of the infrastructures they are offered on. If games are slow to load or glitch often, fans will start leaving in droves.The infrastructure needs to be top-notch in order for companies to maximize their return. Working with a partner that can provide a sufficient balance between price and performance will make a big difference for the players and publishers alike.Also, it’s not just gamers and sports enthusiasts who realize that e-sports are the next big thing. Vision Esports, a holding company co-founded by NBA star Rick Fox that invests in up-and-coming brands in the e-sports industry, has received backing from sports stars such as Kevin Durant and Odell Beckham Jr., sports teams like the St. Louis Cardinals, and even other big agencies like Shamrock Holdings — the Disney family’s personal investment company.For this industry to continue to grow, it is important for infrastructure development to meet the needs of its users. A reliable platform is crucial to ensure the widespread growth of e-sports is fully supported for years to come. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Robert van der MeulenTechnical Evangelist at Leaseweb Robert van der Meulen is the technical evangelist at Leaseweb, a global IaaS provider. last_img read more

Why the Rain Dance Brings Rain

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Parts of the Southwestern United States are very dry, very arid regions. In the past, the Native American tribes that lived there needed the rain to survive. When the rain didn’t come, the Native American tribes would do what is called rainmaking or, a rain dance.The Native Americans participating in the rain dance would dress up in special headdresses and jewelry. And even though most dances excluded women, the women also danced. Rain was important.A Native American rain dance is unlike other dances. It’s more complicated. It’s not just a circle; it’s a pattern woven over and over again. And the dances could go on for hours. Sometimes they could go on for days.But what you may not know about the Native American Rain Dance is that it always worked. Eventually, the rain came. The reason the Native American rain dance always worked is because the Native Americans didn’t stop dancing until it rained. They persisted.last_img read more

Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Sebastian moves up the stepladder, sets date vs San Beda Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets PLAY LIST 01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets00:50Trending Articles00:48No ceasefire on 2020 budget? Sotto says Senate would prefer it01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games It’s just that the Picanto are looking for more seasoned players, according to the legendary coach.READ: Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’“Everybody that will come from draft might not have the necessary experience that we’ll be needing in molding a competitive team. Besides, I always believe that players that make it to the PBA are talented to make it to the pros.”Lipa said that the decision to trade the pick to San Miguel for a number of veterans fits more with what the Picanto’s wants to be “unconventional type of basketball” this season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netNewly appointed Kia team manager Joe Lipa is well aware of the talent his team will miss out on as the controversial trade involving the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pushed through on Friday.But Lipa said he doesn’t mind losing one top-flight player if that means Kia will acquire veterans who will all embrace the mentality they are trying to inculcate going forward.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “One man cannot spell the difference from a team winning a championship. But for us to have three to four veteran players who we believe isn’t only talented but can also contribute to the development of the younger players, we believe that we can be very competitive,” said Lipa Friday during a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan hours before the trade was approved.READ: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel tradeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Picanto acquired Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick in exchange for their top pick this year, which is expected to be Christian Standhardinger.“Don’t get me wrong, Christian Standhardinger is a great player. I’ve seen him play and the boy has a big potential,” he said MOST READlast_img read more

Kevin Durant goes down again, limps off court in Game 5

first_imgMOST READ Durant left Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors early in the second quarter, limping off after presumably aggravating the same injury to his lower right leg that had kept him out of the Warriors’ last nine playoff games.He got hurt on a dribble on the right wing, coming up lame on a crossover move and falling to the floor. He grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to grab below the calf and more toward the Achilles area, and needed help to limp to the bench area and more help to get back to the Warriors’ locker room. Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was on Durant’s left side as they made the long walk back to the room, and general manager Bob Myers and guard Stephen Curry were in the group immediately behind them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere was no immediate word on the severity of Durant’s injury. He shouted an expletive as he left the floor, his frustration obvious.Durant had been cleared by the Warriors’ medical staff after Game 4, and participated in both a practice session Sunday and a shootaround practice earlier Monday. The Warriors had said throughout his monthlong absence that they did not want him back on the floor until he was right, for fear of this exact scenario — Durant aggravating the injury and having no chance of returning this season. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kevin Durant returns, and Warriors off to quick start in Game 5 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue TORONTO — Kevin Durant’s comeback game for the Golden State Warriors did not last long.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TORONTO, ONTARIO – JUNE 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after sustaining an injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPWarriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game that Durant had “responded well” to the practices.“He’s going to play,” Kerr said.And he was playing well, too.Durant had 11 points in 12 minutes, making all three of his 3-point attempts. He started and played the first six minutes, then had the lower leg wrapped with a heating pad to keep it loose before he returned about three minutes later.A number of NBA players reacted on Twitter quickly — both to the injury, and to the sound of some Toronto fans cheering when Durant got hurt.ADVERTISEMENT “Why are they cheering for his injury? Come on man,” Philadelphia center Joel Embiid wrote.Added Washington’s Bobby Portis: “Raptors fans can’t cheer for a player getting hurt. That’s lame.”Many others just sent best wishes, including Miami’s Kelly Olynyk, Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Atlanta’s Trae Young.The Warriors entered the night trailing the Raptors 3-1 in the title series — meaning their hopes of a third consecutive NBA championship were squarely on the brink now. Durant had not played since straining a calf muscle in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and the team hoped his presence would be a boost.“The skill, obviously, is undeniable and he’s a guy who can get a shot off anytime he wants,” Kerr said earlier Monday. “He’s been in similar situations with us where he’s had long layoffs. He’s Kevin Durant. If we have him out there, he’ll be a threat.”For the 12 minutes he was out there, Durant — the NBA Finals MVP when the Warriors captured titles in 2017 and 2018 — indeed was a threat.And then he limped off, leaving the Warriors to play without him once again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd striker Rashford resists Real Madrid approach

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford resists Real Madrid approachby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Marcus Rashford has no interest in talks with Real Madrid.The Sun says Rashford has scored twice in three games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.And his renewed enjoyment with his boyhood club will see him reject the advances of Los Blancos.Rashford was reportedly open to talks with Real due to how he was being used by Mourinho, despite never having his heart set on an exit from Old Trafford.But the 21-year-old has been pivotal to United’s upturn in form since Solskjaer’s arrival, producing some dazzling footwork to set up the opener for Paul Pogba in the Red Devils’ 4-1 hammering of Bournemouth on Sunday. last_img read more

18 days agoWolves captain Coady hails 2-goal Traore after Man City victory

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves captain Coady hails 2-goal Traore after Man City victoryby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady hailed two-goal Adama Traore after victory at Manchester City.Traore, who had only scored one previous goal for Wolves, netted twice in the final 10 minutes.Coady said: “We know what he brings to this club. He is an outstanding footballer. His pace and his power, everything about him. He is a brilliant lad as well.“It’s amazing. We came here with belief. We really did. We have had two good results and a fantastic one on Thursday night.“This just tops the lot I think with how good Manchester City are and how well they move it. “We were organised and in shape. I thought we deserved the win, we really did.“That is how we set up. We need to do it more. We have not done enough at the start of the season. I thought we were fantastic.” last_img read more

The Third Annual Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon

first_imgThis Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.To visit the official site; CLICK HERE To visit Community Bridge FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon is a fundraiser for Community Bridge, Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.Registration for the walk is $40 which includes, an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, chilli dinner donated by the NLC and prizes.This 2 km or 5 km walk starts at the Northern Lights College, follows a route to the Credit Union and back to the College. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 for Community Bridge.last_img read more

The Historically Great Warriors Got Historically Crushed

6/2/85Celtics@Lakers3NBA Finals-254.3 5/30/14Pacers@Heat6East final-255.6 5/22/00Lakersvs.Blazers2West final-290.1✓ 25+ point blowouts of conference No. 1 seeds in the NBA playoffs, 1984-2016 6/2/95Magic@Pacers6East final-272.2✓ 5/27/01Spurs@Lakers4West final-292.5 5/3/07Mavericks@Warriors6West Rd. 1-252.2 5/27/85Lakers@Celtics1NBA Finals-340.3✓ 5/26/15Hawks@Cavaliers4East final-302.8 5/25/01Spurs@Lakers3West final-390.2 In the NBA playoffs, No. 1 seeds have a special air of authority about them. Since the league expanded to a 16-team playoff format in 1984, top-seeded teams have won their conference about 55 percent of the time; unlike in sports that feature heavy randomness, it’s a surprise when the best team doesn’t win out in the NBA.But that doesn’t mean top seeds are invincible, as the Golden State Warriors found out Sunday night in Oklahoma when they lost 133-105. With the series tied 1-1, the Warriors were facing the most crucial game of their season — and the Oklahoma City Thunder absolutely shellacked them. Going back again to ’84, it tied for the 14th-worst defeat of a conference No. 1 seed in the playoffs: 6/7/98Jazz@Bulls3NBA Finals-420.1% 5/11/10Cavaliersvs.Celtics5East Rd. 2-32<0.1 6/16/00Lakers@Pacers5NBA Finals-330.3✓ 6/3/84Celtics@Lakers3NBA Finals-330.4✓ 6/14/88Lakers@Pistons4NBA Finals-253.5✓ 6/11/13Heat@Spurs3NBA Finals-360.2✓ Half of those 14 losses came in the NBA Finals, and six featured a No. 1 seed from one conference crushing its counterpart from the the other — not exactly comparable to Dubs-Thunder. So if you toss those out, Golden State’s loss is tied for the seventh-most-lopsided defeat by a No. 1 in the past 33 postseasons of conference play. (It’s also tied for ninth-worst among playoff losses by No. 1 overall seeds during that span.)The Thunder are a high-quality basketball team, perhaps far better than they appeared to be at various points during the regular season. But the degree to which they dominated the Warriors in Game 3 was stunning. According to the pregame Elo ratings (our pet metric for estimating each team’s strength at a given moment), there was a mere 1.1 percent probability that OKC would run up a victory margin of 28 or more points Sunday.1Based on a process similar to the NFL version I used here. We’ve hardly ever seen this incarnation of the Warriors destroyed so thoroughly, and never in a game that meant so much.Putting aside why it happened — yes, the Warriors had one of their worst (unluckiest?) shot-making nights of the season, but they also played some of their most porous defense of the year and looked out of sorts for long stretches of the game — Golden State’s Game 3 drubbing has left the team in trouble. Both opponents being equal, the team that wins at home in a 1-1 series goes on to win the series more than 69 percent of the time. And although we wouldn’t have considered the Warriors and Thunder to be equals before the West final tipped off, OKC has closed the gap considerably since then. (Plus, Draymond Green is at risk of being suspended for Game 4 after kicking Steven Adams in the crotch for the second time this series.) Now, our model considers the Thunder 64 percent favorites to make the NBA Finals.Plenty of historical teams who suffered similarly huge routs bounced back and won the series anyway, so all is not lost in Oakland. But the Warriors will have to regroup after a Game 3 performance that put them in an exclusive, unenviable club of vulnerable No. 1 seeds.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 5/24/87Celtics@Pistons4East final-262.2✓ 5/22/16Warriors@Thunder3West final-281.1— DATETEAMOPPONENTGAMEROUNDMARGINELO PROB.WON SERIES 5/19/88Lakers@Jazz6West Rd. 2-281.2✓ Source: Basketball-Reference.com 6/17/08Lakers@Celtics6NBA Finals-390.1 6/4/05Heat@Pistons6East final-252.3 5/21/92Bullsvs.Cavaliers2East final-260.2✓ 5/30/96Sonics@Jazz6West final-350.3✓ 6/3/92Blazers@Bulls1NBA Finals-330.8 read more