Myles Garrett joins Raiders’ offseason signees Burfict, Brown in NFL exile

first_imgBy now you’ve seen the video.Myles Garrett took Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and slammed it top-down onto the quarterback’s uncovered head. It was only the second-worst hit Rudolph has taken this year.We don’t know what exactly enflamed Garrett so badly, just that Rudolph ripped at Garrett’s helmet initially when the Browns defensive end tackled him late in the Steelers’ Thursday night victory.Whatever the case, Garrett’s actions landed him a rightful suspension for the remainder of the 2019 …last_img

Platypus Genome Surprises Evolutionists

first_imgThanks to more efficient sequencing techniques, genomes of more and more animals are coming to light.  The latest is from one of the most unusual animals in nature: the duck-billed platypus of Australia.  The long and short of it: if evolutionists were confused about the phenotype (outward appearance) of this creature, they are just as confused by the genotype (the DNA).    Nature,1 which published the genome as its cover story, also printed a news summary with illustrations on its Nature News site.  Other science sites quickly printed articles about it but varied on their spin: New Scientist (“platypus genome is as weird as it looks”); Science Daily (“Platypus Genome Explains Animal’s Peculiar Features; Holds Clues To Evolution Of Mammals”); Live Science (“World’s Strangest Creature?  Part Mammal, Part Reptile”); and National Geographic (“Platypus Genome Reveals Secrets of Mammal Evolution”).  Science Daily began its coverage, “The duck-billed platypus: part bird, part reptile, part mammal – and the genome to prove it.”    Among the oddities in the genes: the platypus has 52 chromosomes, including 10 sex chromosomes (but its X and Y are not sex chromosomes).  The animal has genes for lactation and egg-laying.  Scientists cannot seem to figure out whether it is closer to reptiles or to mammals.  Its webbed feet, duck bill, venomous spurs, electric sensory organ, fur, egg-laying and beaver tail make it an incongruous mosaic of features.  The first scientists to examine one thought it was a hoax, as if some practical-joking taxidermist sewed a duck bill on a beaver.    The Nature article, while claiming that this new genome supports evolution, stated clearly that the confusion of traits in the platypus extends right down to the genetic level:Since its initial description, the platypus has stood out as a species with a blend of reptilian and mammalian features, which is a characteristic that penetrates to the level of the genome sequence.  The density and distribution of repetitive sequence, for example, reflects this fact.  The high frequency of interspersed repeats in the platypus genome, although typical for mammalian genomes, is in contrast with the observed mean microsatellite coverage, which appears more reptilian.  Additionally, the correlation of parent-of-origin-specific expression patterns in regions of reduced interspersed repeats in the platypus suggests that the evolution of imprinting in therians is linked to the accumulation of repetitive elements.They only made suggestions about platypus evolution.  None of the explanation sounds clear and unambiguous.  Calling certain characters “reptilian” in an animal with fur that lactates seems to confuse rather than elucidate the relationship.  They called the male platypus’s ability to produce venom reptilian, for instance.  But snakes strike with their fangs, and the male platypus strikes with its heel.  How many mutations did it take to move the venom apparatus from one end of the ancestor to the other end of the descendent?  Why did it happen?  Where are the missing links?  In fact, they had to admit that there is no relationship: “Convergent evolution has thus clearly occurred during the independent evolution of reptilian and monotreme venom,” they said.  This only doubles the mystery of the origin of venom.  Furthermore, the platypus venom was found to be a cocktail with at least 19 complex compounds, each one requiring specific genes for its manufacture.  They claimed some of these genes had arisen by duplication of genes with other functions.  There are difficulties with this class of explanation, however (see CMI).    A fossil monotreme found last year, said to be 112 million years old, stunned evolutionists ( (11/27/2007, 01/21/2008, bullet 2).  Timothy Rowe commented, “It’s really, really old for a monotreme.”  No clear fossil sequence connects the earliest monotreme with the modern platypus or echidna.    Meanwhile, the platypus seems unconcerned with all this genealogical hubbub.  It swims along with its happy duckbilled grin, its sleek fur and sensory organs perfectly adapted for its unique habitat. 1.  Genome consortium, “Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolution,” Nature 453, 175-183 (8 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06936.It’s kind of funny to see the Darwinists squirm.  Do they really need to conjure up a mythical tree to hang this wonderful animal on?  Maybe that’s a very misguided quest for a scientist.  Why not just study the living animal and understand how it is put together, so we can learn some practical things that might improve our lives?  Did Galileo have to study the ancestry of the rocks he dropped from the tower?  Did Faraday have to ponder the ancestry of magnetism to build a motor and generator?  Did Carver have to ponder the phylogeny of the peanut to make 300 products with it?  What is this obsession with genealogies?  Are Darwinists in the worldview business perhaps?    The Apostle Paul cautioned against “foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless” (Titus 3:9).  This does not say that scientific research into genomes is useless.  Deciphering genomes helps us understand how organisms function in the present.  Comparisons between animals also illuminates the way genomes produce adult animals that are adapted to various ecological niches.  The useless genealogies begin with questions about who begat whom.  Notice that we only observe live platypi (pardon the Greek).  We do not see them 112 million years ago.  (Fossils exist in the present, not in the past.)  Animals are what they are.  They have what they have.  They do what they do.  They do it well.  That’s about all that can be investigated with any confidence using the limited methods of science.  For information about unobservable prehistories, one needs a different source of information.Exercise:  Defend or refute the proposition, “God created the platypus to confound evolutionary theories.”  Provide evidence to support your position.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Meet Bafana’s number-one fan

first_imgSaddam loves Bafana Bafana and his trusty vuvuzela, which, he says, he invented. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)  Most South Africans love Bafana Bafana, the national football team, but some love it more than others – and are always ready to go to daunting heights for it.Freddie “Saddam” Maake is one of those fanatics who gives his all when it comes to supporting Bafana. In victory or defeat, Maake is always behind the team, using his trademark vuvuzela trumpet to inspire other fans to show the same spirit.“I always tell supporters they must not boo Bafana when they’re not playing well,” he said when I met him at his home in Tembisa, a township east of Johannesburg. “It hurts the players. The players must always be strong.“I like to be a technical advisor to supporters. I encourage them to travel with the team,” he added.Maake’s dining room is laden with football memorabilia, ranging from makarapas, vuvuzelas, supporter awards and photographs of him with top players. “This is my museum,” he said.This unyielding passion for Bafana, the 55-year-old father of nine recalls, was ignited in 1992 when South African sport was reincorporated into the international arena after years of isolation. Initially he was part of the almost 42 000-strong crowd who showed up to support the match between South Africa and Zimbabwe on 16 August of that year.“I travelled with Bafana Bafana to Zimbabwe in 1992, and from there the show went on,” he said. “I remember we lost that game 4-1.”A football stadium is never dull when Maake and his friends are in the stands. Rest assured that when they’re there, the fan zone becomes a hotbed of vibrancy: they wear comical outfits to grab attention and loud toots ooze from their vuvuzelas. They also sing and dance to get the atmosphere going.One of Maake’s friends, David Mabu, describes their style of support as a fusion of African and European subcultures. “We’re unique, as we mix African and European energy.”Bafana’s top fanMaake can be seen as one of the “godfathers” of the type of stadium atmosphere that’s experienced nowadays during local and international football games played in the country, having followed Bafana since the 1990s.“We were very excited at the stadiums in 1996,” he said, referring to Bafana’s winning of the Africa Cup of Nations in that year.It was in 1997 that he was first recognised as being the number-one follower of local football, winning a national award for “supporter of the year”.South Africa’s first participation in the Fifa World Cup in 1998 in France brings back great memories for Maake. “I won a trip to the World Cup for being a number-one supporter,” he said.He’s also been to many of the Africa Cup of Nation (Afcon) tournaments, he said. “We have travelled to most of the Afcons. I remember in 2001 we went to Mali.”The 2002 Fifa World Cup in Korea and Japan was also a highlight for him – as was the following Cup in Germany in 2006. Although South Africa didn’t qualify for this, Maake said the South African Football Association (Safa) sponsored his trip to attend. “Safa sent me there to represent South Africa, to fly our flag.”According to Maake, Safa has sponsored most of his trips and tickets to games in recognition of his efforts. “Safa has really been supportive to me.”As an official supporter, he’s been to more than 20 countries – including Denmark, Egypt and Swaziland – and always takes along a vuvuzela, an instrument he claims to have invented, to cheer Bafana on.Awards recognising his passion keep coming through: most recently, in March, he jetted off to Ghana with a Safa official to collect an accolade for being such an enthusiastic fan.‘I’m a football slave’Also an ardent fan of the local Kaizer Chiefs team, Maake practically lives for football. “I live soccer. I drink soccer … I’m a soccer slave,” he said.“If you say ‘let’s go to the stadium’, I’ll take my vuvuzela and go there.”Although his fanaticism started in the 1990s, Maake said he has been a fan of football since 1965, and has even lost a few jobs owing to his obsession with stadiums and the sport. Nowadays he earns a living from selling his music album, Vuvuzela Saddam Maake Volume 2, released this year, and vuvuzelas. He trades from his house and stadiums.2010 Fifa World CupMaake has already been to 12 of the matches, including all three Bafana games, and has drawn a number of tourists to his home since the kick-off earlier this month.Although disappointed that South Africa has been knocked out, he’s still enjoying the tournament. “I was hoping to attend 20 matches, at least,” he said. He’s now supporting Ghana and Brazil.Always positive about the sport in South Africa and Bafana’s future, Maake said he’s consoled by the fact that the country is hosting the “best World Cup” ever, and that it will leave a lasting legacy.“It’s not the field of play that matters … this is the best World Cup you’ll ever see. One team will win, but the stadiums are ours. Beyond 2010 we’ll [continue to] use these stadiums,” he said.last_img read more

Volunteers bring a smile to Ethembeni

first_imgVolunteers and GEM facilitators also witnessed some of the day-to-day activities at the home as well as participated in the children’s play-time routine.Volunteers gathered at Ethembeni Children’s Home over the weekend of 30 and 31 January where they lent and hand doing maintenance and cleaning, and also spent some time with the children.The Going the Extra Mile campaign (GEM) visited the children’s home, in Doornfontein, on the eastern edge of Joburg’s inner city, along with a number of volunteers. The visitors took to cleaning the windows and corridors, which helped to ease some of the pressures of running the home.Play Your Part, a Brand South Africa programme that promotes active citizenship, has partnered with GEM in its events that uplift disadvantaged communities.Volunteers and GEM facilitators also witnessed some of the day-to-day activities at the home as well as participated in the children’s play-time routine.Lucia Ntombela, the site manager at Ethembeni, said that the help they received from the volunteers was key to the running of the home. “That’s why we make sure that the volunteers who come to Ethembeni feel at home, because we’re a family and we want them to feel like they are a part of that family,” she said.“It’s nice to know that there are people out there who are willing to take the time to come and help out here at the home. Nowadays people don’t have much time; people are busy. For them to take that hour or two hours to come and volunteer knowing that you won’t get paid. I really admire them.”Ethembeni means “place of hope” in isiXhosa, a fitting name for a place created to provide love and care for children living without their parents.ETHEMBENI CHILDREN’S HOMEThe Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, Johannesburg, serves as a home for up to 60 children at any given time. Established by The Salvation Army in 1995, the home accommodates vulnerable children from birth to three years old who are either infected with or affected by HIV/Aids.Ethembeni means “place of hope” in isiXhosa, a fitting name for a place created to provide love and care for children living without their parents. “Being a part of the running of the home isn’t easy, but what makes it worthwhile is seeing the transformations in the children here,” Ntombela said.“Some of them arrive here and it’s difficult for them to smile. But as time goes by they slowly open up and start smiling again. It’s really beautiful to see, and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us.”GO THE EXTRA MILEGEM is a social development drive created to help mobilise people and develop a sense of ownership of the organisations and initiatives that have been established to make a difference in people’s lives.The GEM app rewards volunteers for their involvement in helping during special programmes or in the day-to-day activities of NGOs such as Ethembeni.One of Play Your Part’s key objectives is to encourage active citizenship among all people in South Africa. Through partnerships with GEM and other social change initiatives, the campaign has increased its reach and made it easier for citizens to take action and offer their help where it is needed.Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app’s database. Once the good deed is done, they receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. This reward can then be redeemed for a range of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity or movie tickets.For more information on how to get involved in your community and to keep track of the activities in and around your area, visit GEM’s website or download the application.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Texting at Work? Supreme Court to Decide About Your Privacy

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair alex williams Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img The U.S. Supreme Court is planning to hear a case that will determine if an employer may view those text messages you post from your mobile.The ruling could have huge implications for workers and the use of applications in the enterprise.The case stems from a decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that ruled the city of Ontario, California did not have the right to view text messages between city police officers. Privacy in the workplace is always a touchy subject. In this case, Judge Kim Wardlaw said the police officers have a reasonable expectation of privacy.Corporations pretty much have access to your email. Companies argue that liability falls on its shoulders when it comes to employee communications. It is the business that is required to archive emails and fall in line with regulatory requirements. But employees don’t want to feel like they are working in some kind of corporate police state.What are the implications of a Supreme Court ruling such as this? We are seeing a rush of enterprise applications that will fuel communications in the enterprise to a fiery roar. Application that use real-time streams may actually help matters as the dialogue is pretty much transparent. But when it comes to hosted applications, the issues are at best murky, and at worst a minefield of problems.According to news reports a decision is expected by next June. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

2 Hour VFX Masterclass with Douglas Trumbull

first_imgVFX Masterclass with the visual effects legend behind 2001: Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner and many more.In this superb two hour masterclass, visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull walks through his entire career including:“Firsthand accounts of working with director Stanley Kubrick and conceptualizing special effects which are today considered the defining breakthrough of the medium. Other topics included: the history of widescreen cinema – from Cinerama to today’s IMAX, Trumbull’s work with motion-simulation rides, and the current state of digital special effects and Trumbull’s own involvement with these innovations.”This masterclass was filmed at a Higher Learning event at TIFF Bell Lightbox.The History and Science of 2001’s Slit Scan EffectAdditionally, we wanted to share this fun video from Filmmaker IQ where John Hess walks through the science and history of how Douglas Trumbull pulled off the stargate effect for director Stanley Kubrick. The video wraps up with a recreation of the effect using a DIY Lego gear setup!last_img read more

Curry bucks ankle tweak to lead Warriors past Hawks

first_imgKevin Durant also had 28 points for the Warriors, who are unbeaten since the All-Star break.Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, who had 27 points, sank three free throws with 19 seconds remaining to cut Golden State’s lead to 111-109. Durant made only one of two free throws to push the lead to three points, but Andre Iguodala’s steal from Kent Bazemore and layup clinched the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBazemore led the Hawks with 29 points.Curry hurt his ankle when he stepped on teammate Zaza Pachulia’s foot with about 1:30 remaining in the first period. Curry went to the locker room after the quarter, walking without assistance. He returned to the game with 7:18 remaining in the first half and showed no sign of the injury, scoring the Warriors’ next 11 points — including two 3-pointers and a three-point play. Curry closed the half with a left-handed layup, giving him 25 points in 18 minutes.Curry started the second half, added a fourth 3-pointer, and left the game for good midway through the third period. He returned to the locker room.Schroder closed the third quarter by making a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from near the halfcourt line. It was a good night for improbable shots. A Hawks fan wearing a Kyle Korver jersey sank a halfcourt shot during a timeout.Atlanta, in contention for the league’s worst record, stayed close with Golden State, which began the night a half-game behind Houston in the race for the league’s best record.Schroder’s long 3 cut Golden State’s lead to 90-84 entering the final period. Atlanta’s Mike Muscala added another 3 early in the final period, leaving the Warriors with a 92-87 lead. Golden State scored the next nine points but couldn’t keep the lead in double figures.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry reacts after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Stephen Curry scored 28 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes of the first half after returning from an ankle injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.Curry turned his right ankle and left the game in the first quarter. He returned for his high-scoring second period before returning to the locker room for good in the third. The Warriors said a “tweaked right ankle” was the reason Curry would not return.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View comments Warriors: Golden State improved to 22-3 against Eastern Conference teams. The Warriors’ 13-1 road record against the East is the best for a Western Conference team since the 2006-07 Suns were 14-1. … The Warriors had 33 assists on 42 field goals.Hawks: Atlanta shot 60 percent (12 of 20) from the field in the first period and still trailed 33-31. The Hawks made 15 3-pointers, including five for Taurean Prince, who had 15 points, and Bazemore. … John Collins had 16 points.MILESTONE 3Curry sank his 200th 3-point field goal of the season in the first quarter. He is the first player in NBA history with at least 200 3s in six seasons. He has reached the mark in every season since 2012-13.UP NEXTWarriors: After ending a three-game road trip, Golden State hosts the Nets on Tuesday.Hawks: Hosts Phoenix on Sunday in the last of four straight home games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gordon, Magic stop 7-game skid, overcome Pistons in OT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Nextlast_img read more

ISL 2019 Full Fixtures List: Kerala Blasters Start Season 6 at Home Against ATK on October 20

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atkbengaluru fcindian super leagueisl First Published: August 23, 2019, 2:53 PM IST New Delhi: Indian Super League’s (ISL) fixtures for the season 6 were released on Friday. In the first match of the 2019 ISl season will see two-time finalists Kerala Blasters FC playing host to two-time champions ATK on October 20.In the second match will see defending champions Bengaluru FC start their title defence with a home fixture against NorthEast United FC on October 21. Jamshedpur FC in their first match will be hosting Delhi Dynamos of the season on 22nd October. While two-time ISL champions Chennaiyin FC face last year’s finalists FC Goa away on 23rd October.Mumbai City FC will open their campaign against Kerala Blasters on 24th October in Kochi, whereas FC Pune City will take on ATK Kolkata on October 25.All matches will kick-off at 7:30 pm IST this season.According to a release, the ISL league stage “will continue till February 23, which marks the completion of the 90 league phase matches. These will be followed by the semi-finals and the final, the fixtures for which will be released at a later date.”last_img read more

SIPG Wins Tender to Operate New Haifa Port

first_imgzoom Operator of China’s largest port Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) has won a tender to operate the new port being developed in Haifa Bay, Israel Ports Company said on Monday.The construction of the new port is scheduled to begin this year and the port is expected to start operations in 2021.According to the country’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, the entry of international operators into the Israeli port market represents a dramatic turning point in the country. He stressed that the Chinese team that won the tender will most certainly boost competition in Haifa. Katz said that the Ministry of Transport and Israel Ports are determined to make the new Ashdod and Haifa ports the driving force of Israeli economy, operated in accordance with the international standards.Shlomo Briema, CEO of the Israel Ports, said that the tender for the Ashdod port is also soon to be completed. As informed, the contenders for the second port tender are two international companies: Dutch TIL and a group led by EUROGATE, German-based operator of container terminals.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Israel Ports Companylast_img read more

Expanded Services for Cape Bretoners with Disabilities

first_imgCape Bretoners living with intellectual and physical disabilities or long-term mental illness will soon benefit from more government services and support. The Department of Community Services announced today, Jan. 16, that the Independent Living Support Program will begin accepting referrals from the service for persons with disabilities division at the end of January 2006. “One of our main goals in developing our programs is meeting the person’s needs with the least intrusive service,” said David Morse, Minister of Community Services. “This program will help people maintain their independence, while ensuring they have enough support to meet their daily needs.” The Independent Living Support Program serves people who are semi-independent and need a minimum level of assistance to live on their own in the community. It provides up to 21 hours of weekly support, including help maintaining health and wellness, household chores, and accessing services in the community. The expansion of services will begin in Cape Breton with the expectation of serving up to 25 participants. Over the next year the program will continue to expand throughout the province. The Independent Living Support Program expansion and other new services were announced in December 2004, following extensive community consultation. The services include: the Direct Family Support Program, implemented in 2005, that provides financial assistance to people who care for a family member with a disability at home; the Alternative Family Support Program, which will be implemented in spring 2006 and will offer a family-like setting in the community. These new programs complement existing supports and services already in place.last_img read more