January 6, 2020

Wanyama proud of team despite AFCON exit

first_img“I am proud of the players and staff because everyone gave their best. Sometimes we do mistakes but we are only human and the most important thing for us is to learn from the mistakes. I am proud of everyone because we gave our best and we fought in every match,” stated the skipper.Stars started their campaign with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Algeria following a disastrous first half before bouncing back with a sweet 3-2 victory over neighbors Tanzania in their second match.But, it was the tie against Senegal in their final group match that delivered the devastating knockout as the team suffered a 3-0 loss conceding three goals in 12 minutes after a series of mistakes.Harambee Stars players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations tie against Tanzania at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAF“We have learnt a lot and I know we will have another qualification and the lessons we have taken from here will help us come back. We will sure be a better side when we return,” Wanyama commented.Kenya are scheduled to jet back to Nairobi on Wednesday evening after a whole month of being away, having started the journey to the Cup of Nations with a three week training camp in France on May 31.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama gestures during the Africa Cup of Nations match against Senegal on July 1 at the Air Defense Forces Stadium in CairoCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 3 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama says he is proud of his team-mates despite their early exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.Stars bowed out of the competition after suffering two losses in their Group C matches and their lone win over Tanzania was not enough to sail them into the round of 16 as one of the best four third placed teams.last_img read more

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December 19, 2019

Globular Cluster Origins: Where Do We Go From Here?

first_imgThe simple explanation of globular clusters as bundles of ancient stars seems to be in a state of crisis, though the authors of a paper in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature1 try to keep a stiff upper lip.  They begin, “Nearly a century after the true nature of galaxies as distant ‘island universes’ was established, their origin and evolution remain great unsolved problems of modern astrophysics.”    For one thing, how could globulars survive all the tumult?  “Recent advances in our understanding of the globular cluster systems of the Milky Way and other galaxies point to a complex picture of galaxy genesis driven by cannibalism, collisions, bursts of star formation and other tumultuous events.”  It appears now that they cannot assume that the high metallicity (content of atoms heavier than helium) in cluster stars is an indication of old age.    Current thinking is a debate between competing models dealing with uncooperative observations.  After showing strengths and weaknesses of contenders, they ask, “Where do we go from here?”  Much work remains to be done, they admit.  Although they offer some promising areas of research, it may be that the origin and evolution of each galaxy may be unique:Detailed spectroscopic and photometric observations of the most massive galaxies in dense environments show that their globular cluster populations are generally old and coeval to within a couple of billion years.  But the age distribution of globular clusters remains an open question, as several recent studies have found a wider spread of globular cluster ages in some galaxies, including the presence of some intermediate-age metal-rich clusters.  The findings to date suggest a complex picture of globular cluster formation in galaxies, with the formation histories of no two galaxies being exactly alike.Not to end on a minor chord, they triumphantly promise that the quest for understanding galactic evolution marches on:These are exciting times in the study of extragalactic globular cluster systems.  Disentangling the myriad processes that may have contributed to the formation of nearby galaxies is a formidable challenge, but the potential reward is spectacular: a glimpse into the evolutionary histories of individual galaxies.See also the Oct. 5 entry on globular clusters.Michael J. West et al., “Reconstructing galaxy histories from globular clusters” (review article), Nature 427, 31 – 35 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02235.We don’t know where we are, we don’t know how we got here, the territory is far more complex and formidable than we thought, and we don’t know where to go from here, but at least we can imagine how nice it would be to find our way some day.  How much do you trust this bunch?(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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December 19, 2019

Science Journal Editors Face Accountability

first_imgThis quote by a journal editor comes from a news item in the Mar. 4 issue of Nature:1“Like everybody else, we are much more interested in other people’s accountability than we are in our own,” explains Richard Smith, editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), who helped to draft the new code.  “Editors are perhaps some of the most unaccountable people in the world.”The new code he speaks of is a draft of an ethical code of conduct for scientific publishing, which can be found on the website of the Committee on Publication Ethics.  The editor of Nature is “considering” the guidelines; other journals claim they already have independent review boards.  The article gives some examples of recent ethical violations by journal editors.  See also Nature Science Update (03/04/2004) for samples of misconduct; Jim Giles writes, “They lie, they cheat and they steal.  Judging by the cases described by a group of medical journal editors, scientists are no different from the rest of us.”1Jim Giles, “Medical editors urged to accept ethical code,” Nature 428, 5 (04 March 2004); doi:10.1038/428005a.You thought that peer review kept science journals honest, and that science was a self-correcting process in which peer review kept bias out of the journals, didn’t you?  How come after centuries of science publishing, here in 2004 they are admitting that editors are some of the most unaccountable people in the world?    Some of the proposed guidelines, if followed honestly, would put the Darwin Party out of business:Data Analysis:“The discussion section of a paper should mention any issues of bias which have been considered, and explain how they have been dealt with in the design and interpretation of the study.”Duties of Editors:“Studies that challenge previous work published in the journal should be given an especially sympathetic hearing.”How come Darwinians can speculate freely beyond the evidence, but rebuttals from ID scientists are systematically excluded? (see 05/13/2003 headline, for example).  How come pro-Darwin book reviews are published, but only negative reviews are published of intelligent design books, if at all?“Studies reporting negative results should not be excluded.”OK, let’s publish some of the many dates that conflict with the standard geological column.“All original studies should be peer reviewed before publication, taking into full account possible bias due to related or conflicting interests.”Does philosophical materialism count as bias?Media Relations:“Authors approached by the media should give as balanced an account of their work as possible, ensuring that they point out where evidence ends and speculation begins.”This one guideline alone would put the Darwinian just-so storytelling enterprise out of business.COPE says that “These guidelines are intended to be advisory rather than prescriptive, and to evolve over time.”  So who or what is going to hold the editor of Nature accountable?  Sales records?  Guidelines might evolve by intelligent design, but if ethics evolve, they are not ethics.    Speaking of bias, did you know that the journal Nature was originally formed to be a propaganda outlet for the Darwinians?  Look at what Janet Browne wrote in Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002):The Reader [a first-attempt Darwin mouthpiece] was to expire in 1867.  Not long afterwards, Norman Lockyear, one of its editors, put up the idea of founding a periodical which they would call Nature, to be owned and published by Alexander Macmillan, a journal that would provide cultivated readers with an accessible forum for reading about advances in scientific knowledge.  Lockyear brought Nature into existence in November 1869, fronted by an introduction by Huxley (“as if written by the maddest English scholar,” said Darwin indulgently).  To command the periodical market was a shrewd tactic in any contested cultural arena but one as yet little exploited in science, and while Lockyear was never a member of the X Club [a group of radical antireligious naturalists and Darwin-supporters, founded by Huxley] he displayed similar strong, progressive liberal opinions.  Far more than any other science journal of the period, Nature was conceived, born and raised to serve polemic purpose.  In the first year of its existence, there were six or seven articles urging Darwin’s scheme, two of which were written by Darwin himself.  Darwin became a lifelong subscriber, claiming he got a kind of “satisfaction” in reading articles he could not understand.(p. 248)[Otto] Zacharias also asked if he could use Darwin’s name on a new journal he wished to start in Germany, called Darwinia…. Such journals, as they all recognized, played a fundamental role in distributing evolutionary ideas.  The story of Nature’s conception in 1869 was prime evidence of the value of having a tightly-controlled, well-distributed mouthpiece…. One of the first journals to take up Darwin’s views in Germany had been the weekly magazine Ausland (“Abroad”), a heady mix of biology and society, pumped up with a stream of articles from Haeckel and other evolutionists.  During the Franco-Prussian War, the editor, Friedrich von Hellwald, claimed Darwinism as proof that warfare between nations was a natural law, a standard view of the time that did not prevent his journal’s expiry a few years afterwards.(pp. 438-439).These and many other tidbits from Browne’s book reveal that the Darwinian revolution was largely a propaganda coup.  It would have been more honest for Nature to have been named Naturalism.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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December 19, 2019

See Comet Crumble

first_imgA comet is breaking up before our eyes.  Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 has split into dozens of pieces and is crumbling quickly, like pieces of dried meringue.  Science News tells about the breakup, and it made Astronomy Picture of the Day.  The Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes are also documenting the event.    This is not the first crumbling comet seen, nor the first breakup of this particular one; but it illustrates that comets are transitory features of the solar system.  Based on information from the Stardust (03/14/2006) and Deep Impact (09/07/2005) missions, we know that at least some comets – perhaps most – have very low density and are easily disrupted.  On May 11, Astronomy Picture of the Day posted a stunning photo of a conjunction of a comet fragment, a spiral galaxy, and the Ring Nebula.Like Humpty Dumpty, a comet is more easily broken than put together as it makes its great fall toward the sun.  This destructive process cannot be maintained for long.  See Mark Looy’s AiG article on why this provides evidence that the solar system cannot be nearly as old as believed.  Claims of long age must invoke ad hoc scenarios involving unobserved sources of new material to replenish what we see disappearing before our eyes.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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December 19, 2019

Who’s Dumber: Neanderthal or Paleoanthropologist?

first_imgThe early-man tale by evolutionary anthropologists continues to unravel and display its absurdity.Neanderthals: extinct about 28,000 years ago, we are told.  Stone age humans: alive today in some parts of the world, although the so-called “stone age” is a few thousand years ago (before the Bronze Age).  Which people were smarter, though separated by tens of thousands of years?  The answer is in a headline on Science Daily: “Stone Age humans weren’t necessarily more advanced than Neanderthals.”  Evidence: Neanderthal stone tools show equivalent technological know-how.  Here we go again: the experts were wrong—A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France. “This is the first time a multi-purpose bone tool from this period has been discovered. It proves that Neanderthals were able to understand the mechanical properties of bone and knew how to use it to make tools, abilities usually attributed to our species, Homo sapiens,” said Luc Doyon of the university’s Department of Anthropology, who participated in the digs.Fast-forward to advanced civilized Homo sapiens sapiens of 2015, with all the tools of science at his disposal, and a vast library of research collected over centuries.  What does spokesman Michael Balter say in Science Magazine?  “Human language may have evolved to help our ancestors make tools.”  Science Daily uncritically regurgitates a press release from UC Berkeley: “World’s oldest butchering tools gave evolutionary edge to human communication: Oldowan technology behind genesis of language and teaching.”We rest our case, your honor.Dragnet theme: dumb, dumb dumb dumb, DUMB! (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享last_img read more

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December 17, 2019

Turn Right at the Gas Station: Google Maps Gets More Human

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You’d think it was odd if you called me for directions and I told you to go 0.2 miles southeast and make a slight right onto Old Route 17.You’d expect me to say something more like, “Start driving away from the library and take the second right just after the McDonald’s.” Google Maps India has just launched a hybridized version of directions that give geographically accurate distances and directions as well as landmarks most humans would also recognize. We can imagine this coming to the rural U.S. and Google telling us to “follow that-there little jog in the road where the big oak tree used to be before Jimmy Ray hit it with his daddy’s combine, bless his heart, for 2.3 miles.”Although most urban Americans are comfortable navigating by street signs, in other parts of our country and the rest of the world, landmarks are a necessity to successfully reaching one’s destination. Other times, it’s simply reassuring to know that you haven’t actually missed a turn or your destination because you haven’t yet passed a given landmark.How many times has someone told you on the phone to “keep going straight until you pass the shopping center” or something of that sort, and it saved you a missed turn as well as a general sense of anxiety? In the words of UX Googler Olga Khroustaleva, “We found that using landmarks in directions helps for two simple reasons: they are easier to see than street signs and they are easier to remember than street names… Sometimes there are simply too many signs to look at, and the street sign drowns in the visual noise. A good landmark always stands out.”The point of the whole experiment was to give drivers a sense of confidence when exploring new territory. Ultimately, the Google team found that a combination of street names and distances as well as landmarks gave the best results and best satisfied users.Sree Unnikrishnan and Manik Gupta wrote on the Google India blog, “This effort was possible thanks to the large amount of landmark data that users like you contributed through Google Map Maker. Our new algorithm determines from available signals, which of these landmarks are most useful for navigation, based on importance and closeness to the turns that you’re making.”Here’s a look at the Google Maps directions design we all know: jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Related Posts Looks pretty sweet to us! What do you folks think? Would you like to see more Map Maker landmark data for driving directions all over the world, too? Let us know in the comments. And here’s a version Google Maps India tried that added landmarks to other data to confirm directions: Finally, here’s what Indian travellers will see moving forward: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Police raids Dera’s Delhi properties to trace Honeypreet

first_imgHaryana Police on Tuesday conducted searches in Delhi to trace jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with incidents of violence following Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction. The police here said that searches were being conducted at various locations to trace Ms. Honeypreet and two other key Dera functionaries, though they did not specify the places where they were carrying out the search.The Delhi Police said a team of Panchkula Police had come with an arrest warrant for Ms. Honeypreet on a tip off that she was present in a house in A Block in Greater Kailash in New Delhi. However, the raid did not yield anything, DCP Southeast Romil Baaniya said.The raid was conducted at 7:30 am and only the caretaker was found. The house was registered in the name of the Dera Sacha Sauda, Mr. Baaniya said.Police also said that any person giving any information leading to the arrest of the three and other ‘wanted’ accused in connection with the incidents of violence in Panchkula on August 25 will be suitably rewarded and his/her identity kept secret.The Haryana Police said that a court in Panchkula had on Monday issued arrest warrant against Ms. Honeypreet, Dera spokesperson Aditya Insan, and Dera’s top functionary Pawan Insan in connection with incidents of violence in Panchkula. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police had moved an application before the court seeking arrest warrants of the three accused. Accepting the SIT’s application, the court has issued arrest warrants against them, DGP B.S. Sandhu said.“If these three continue to evade arrest, then police will again move court with a plea to declare them as proclaimed offenders,” Mr. Sandhu said.Ms. Honeypreet, who has been on the run following the conviction of Dera chief by a special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25 in two rape cases, has moved the Delhi High Court today seeking anticipatory bail. Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of the jailed Dera chief, tops the list of 43 persons ‘wanted’ by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that had followed Ram Rahim’s conviction in the rape cases.Haryana Police has also been questioning arrested Dera functionaries including Dilawar Insan and Pradeep Goyal to get concrete information about her place of hiding. Dilawar, a key member of the Dera was arrested from Sonipat while Pradeep, another Dera functionary was nabbed from Udaipur in Rajasthan by Haryana Police.last_img read more

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November 17, 2019

Watch: Dhoni pranks Rohit, Kohli all smiles as India celebrate series triumph

first_imgIndia registered a 9-wicket win over West Indies to wrap up a 3-1 series victory in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.The hosts were all smiles as they recorded their sixth straight ODI series win at home.After demolishing the Windies in the series finale, Team India was greeted at the team hotel with flowers, applauds and a cake-cutting ceremony.India vs West Indies, 5th ODI: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDWhile Rohit Sharma cut the cake, Kedar Jadhav was the recipient of cake smash.The witty side MS Dhoni was on display once again as he joined forces with man-of-the-match Ravindra Jadeja to play a prank on Rohit.READ – MS Dhoni not dropped: Virat Kohli backs ex captain after T20I snubDhoni was holding a few balloons in his hands even as Rohit cut the cake. As soon as Rohit finished cutting the cake, Dhoni and Jadeja burst one of the balloons to scare Rohit.”Back at the team hotel after an early wrap and it is time to celebrate,” BCCI posted a video on social media.Jadeja, who turns 30 next month, picked up 4/34 as the West Indies batting line-up capitulated for 104 inside 32 overs after captain Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat at the Greenfield International Stadium.Rohit Sharma made 63 not out while captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 33 as the hosts chased down their target in less than 15 overs, having lost Shikhar Dhawan early.West Indies had made two changes coming into the must-win tussle, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo replacing injured off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who was also ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series between the sides with a shoulder injury.advertisementREAD – India were at their best after wake-up calls in Vizag and Pune: Ravi ShastriThe tourists also included an extra fast bowler in Oshane Thomas, who took the place of opening batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj.India opener Dhawan’s run of poor scores continued as he chopped on a delivery from Thomas to be out for four, going through the five-match series without a half-century.CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia clinch the series 3-1 #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/1ZKZaUpRpFBCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018Any semblance of hope West Indies had was over when Holder allowed an edge from Kohli to burst through his hands at first slip when the batsman, who scored three consecutive centuries in the series, had made only four.Rohit was caught off a Thomas no ball when on 18 and the Indian pair made the most of their reprieves once they had negotiated the early pace barrage.Taking the attack to the visitors, Rohit pulled Thomas for a four to show his intent and then launched the bowler for a straight six in his next over.READ – Rohit Sharma quickest to 200 sixes in one day internationalsHe hit three more sixes and five fours in his 56-ball innings to bring up his 37th ODI half-century after scoring 162 in the previous match in Mumbai. Kohli also dealt largely in boundaries, hitting six fours in his 29-ball knock.West Indies’ batting again suffered a meltdown after their below-par performance in Mumbai, when they were bundled out for 153.India’s fast bowlers struck early, sending back Kieran Powell and Shai Hope without scoring inside the first two overs.The touring side never recovered from the early jolts with only three batsmen managing to make double figures against a relentless Indian attack.India and West Indies will now play a three-match Twenty20 International series, with the first match taking place in Kolkata on November 4.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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October 27, 2019

Urban Meyer Claims Ohio State Is The Real “DB U”

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansThe debate rages on. Earlier this month, players from LSU, Florida, Oklahoma State and other schools got into a number of Twitter arguments regarding which program should be considered “D.B.U” – meaning, which school produces the best defensive backs when it comes to NFL success. Well, there appears to be a new entrant, and it has a fairly decent spokesman. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is now claiming that his school is the real “D.B.U”, and he’s got an NFL.com article to back up his claim.pic.twitter.com/IhLH9SdnoC— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 28, 2015The piece, written by Chase Goodbread, lists former Buckeyes Donte Whitner, Antoine Winfield, Chris Gamble, Nate Clements, Shawn Springs and Will Allen as examples as to why he believes Ohio State is tops.Of course, these kinds of titles have been created purely for entertainment purposes. That being said, it is interesting to watch players, coaches and analysts vouch for who they think deserves the crown. Is Meyer right?last_img read more

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October 14, 2019

New study demands that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsA new study is demanding that Montreal improve life for Aboriginal youth in the city.Since 2001, the Indigenous population has grown by nearly 200 percent.Many are between the ages of 18-35.Most move for school or work. Some fall through the cracks of the big city.last_img

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