Madrid beats Bayern away to take control of semifinal

first_imgMadrid’s Marco Asensio, top, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the soccer Champions League first leg semifinal soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)MUNICH — For once, Real Madrid didn’t need Cristiano Ronaldo to score.After finding the net in every Champions League game this season, Ronaldo had to let others grab the spotlight on Wednesday as Madrid ended Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season with a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Refresher course In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “We’ve taken the first step,” said Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, back to marshal his side’s defense after serving a suspension against Juventus.Bayern had to substitute the injured Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng in the first half, but the side had plenty of chances to score more goals with Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski and Mueller all missing good opportunities.“We didn’t have as many big chances against Hannover last week. Real won 2-1 away, so they have the edge, but we’ll throw everything into it,” Kimmich said of the second leg.Bayern, which is chasing a treble in Jupp Heynckes’ last season in charge, was hoping to make up for last year’s quarterfinal exit to Madrid, and for the Spanish side’s 5-0 aggregate win at the same stage in 2014.Roy Makaay scored the fastest Champions League goal after 10 seconds for Bayern against Madrid in 2007, and Mueller would have rivaled it had he been able to make more of a chance created by Lewandowski.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The Portuguese star did beat Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich with a spectacular effort in the second half, but what would have been his 16th Champions League goal of the campaign was ruled out for using his arm to control the ball.Instead, Madrid relied on Marcelo and halftime substitute Marco Asensio to produce a comeback after Bayern had gone in front through Joshua Kimmich.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMarcelo equalized before the interval against the run of play and Asensio then combined with Lukas Vazquez to claim a second away goal for Madrid 12 minutes into the second half.The result puts the two-time defending champions in a favorable position before the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday, though Zinedine Zidane’s side will be wary after conceding three goals at home to Juventus in the previous round. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “There was a lot more possible,” Mueller said. “That hurts, but also shows that there’s something in the return game. We had to get a much better result. We were too naive.”Rafinha had the first shot on goal in the 19th minute after a cautious start from the visitors, who started with both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench.Madrid started to settle midway through the half before Kimmich struck. James Rodriguez played the right-back through as Bayern created a three-on-two. Perhaps expecting a cross, Madrid ‘keeper Keylor Navas was surprised when Kimmich let fly to score inside the far corner.Buoyed by the goal, Bayern’s players suddenly found spaces but Ribery wasted a good opportunity to double the lead.Instead, Marcelo leveled the score shortly before the break. Dani Carvajal headed the ball back into the danger zone, Ronaldo let the ball bounce, and Marcelo let fly with a low shot inside the bottom corner.Bayern missed more chances before the interval, when Asensio came on for Isco to change the course of the game. After Bayern turned the ball over in midfield, Vazquez and Asensio played a one-two before the 22-year-old substitute coolly dispatched the ball past Sven Ulreich.Navas pulled off a brilliant save to deny Ribery, who was again blocked by the ‘keeper five minutes later. Mueller missed an even better chance minutes after that.“The tie is far from over,” Zidane said. “It’s more than possible that Bayern could win in the Bernabeu.” LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

‘Team Liberia to China Olympics is on Course’

first_imgDespite the recent cancellation of Liberia’s representation to the on-going handball competition in Lome, Togo due to the outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, the chief of mission of Liberia’s delegation, to Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic in the People’s Republic of China, Fred Pratt has said that Liberia is still course, preparing for the games.Pratt told the Daily Observer yesterday that final documentations for Liberia’s participation have already been sent by the Organizing Committee to be filled in and subsequently returned before this weekend.Though, he did state what information is being requested but sources said it concerns personal information, including the current healthy status of athletes and other members of the delegation.Pratt said the two Liberian teenaged athletes, Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, are “very well and training and will serve as ambassadors to hoist the Liberian flag in China at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.” The games will run from August 16-28.Miss Chayee will run the 400m Hurdles while Momolu Sambai will compete in the 50m freestyle swimming event.The chief of mission disclosed that the team will depart the country on Tuesday, 12 August 2014, noting that bulk of the expenses will be underwritten by Olympic Solidarity of the International Olympics Committee (IOC).He indicated that prior to the departure each member of the 7-man delegation will produce an ‘Ebola Clarence’ certificate from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.Meanwhile, it has been realized since the deadly Ebola virus is not contacted merely by contact, except, “contact with someone who is acutely infected, and by the dead body of someone who has died by the virus,” it does not make sense for sports officials to cancel sporting programs.Knowing that someone who is acutely infected will not be active, strong, healthy or enthusiastic in going outside of his/her home and since such person will be helpless, broken down, there is no need why sports should be suspended in the country, knowledgeable sports lovers told the Daily Observer. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chinese nationals held hostage, robbed by armed bandits

first_imgThree Chinese nationals were on Easter Monday held hostage by five armed men at their Sheriff Street, Georgetown home and subsequently robbed of over a million dollars in cash and other valuables. The victims were identified as 36-year-old businessman Xu Dalu; 46-year-old businesswoman Lan Cheng; and 41-year-old businesswoman Wang Ying, all of Lot 128 Sheriff Street, Georgetown.Dalu was reportedly relieved of one mobile phone, US$1000, Yen$3000 and G$200,000 while Cheng and Ying were relieved of one iPad each.Based on information received, the three Chinese nationals had just returned home in their silver- grey Premio motor car, bearing registration number PVV 4765, and upon entering their yard, they were confronted by the men who were all armed with handguns.They were reportedly accosted and taken into the lower flat of the building where they were kept hostage by two of the bandits, while the others ransacked the house. After taking the items mentioned above, the men left the premises.After waiting for a few minutes to ensure the bandits had left, the victims raised an alarm and the Police were summoned. Statements were taken from the victims and the Police are looking at the possibility of retrieving any surveillance footage from nearby buildings as they continue their investigations.The Police have since confirmed that no one was injured during the ordeal.last_img read more

Judge jails pensioner for six months after he attacks neighbour in row over woman

first_imgA pensioner has been jailed for six months after he battered his next-door neighbour in an ongoing feud which started over a woman.Patrick Gill, 70, admitted to brutally attacking Sean Morrison athis home in Buncrana, Co Donegal. When Gardai called to the home of Mr. Morrison at St Vincent’s Villasin Buncrana on February 17th, 2016, they found him covered in blood.He had lacerations to his ear, his forehead and to the top of his head.He claimed that when he was returning from doing some shopping ataround 4 pm, he was attacked by Gill who was carrying a black kitchenknife.However, Letterkenny Circuit Court court was told the knife was notused in the attack.Garda Conor McClafferty said that when interviewed just minutes afterthe incident, Gill was also suffering from a bloody nose and two blackeyes.Judge John Aylmer was told that this was the second time that Gill,also of St Vincent’s Villas, had attacked Mr. Morrison.On the last occasion in August, 2007, Gill assaulted Morrison and thecourt replaced a sentence of six months in prison with 100 hourscommunity service.Another charge of producing an article (a hatchet) during the assaultwas taken into account.The court was told the men had fallen out more than 10 years ago whenthey first met and it centred around a relationship which one of themwas in.Barrister for Gill, Sean Mac Aoidh, said his client was a separatedfather of three who had an addiction to alcohol but stressed there hadbeen no further altercations between the men since this incident.The accused told the court that he was sorry for what he had done.He said “I want to tell Mr. Morrison that I’m sorry and it won’thappen again. We just pass on the road and there’s no difficulty now.”However, Judge John Aylmer said that Gill had already been given achance by the courts.On Tuesday last, Judge Aylmer said he did not want to “shoot from the hip” in the case and remanded Gill in custody until today.Barrister Sean Mac Aoidh said the days spent in prison had been an “overpowering experience” that had been very telling on his client.However, Judge Aylmer said the Probation Report on Gill had shown he had shown very little remorse to the victim and that there was a moderate risk of him reoffending.He said he was taking into account the defendant’s age, his health and his alcoholism and sentenced him to 18 months in prison but suspended the last 12 months.Judge jails pensioner for six months after he attacks neighbour in row over woman was last modified: December 16th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultattackbuncranadonegalPatrick Gillrowlast_img read more

ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL

first_imgMurdered: AndrewGardaí investigating the murder of Andrew Allen on the 9th of February 2012 at Links View Park, Buncrana, Co Donegal, have this morning  arrested a male in his 40’s in connection with this investigation.He was arrested in Co Donegal and is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939, at Buncrana Garda Station.The arrest came just hours after Gardai said they knew who his killers are. However, they said they are still in the process of building up a case against those behind the brutal killing.Mr Allen’s mother has said recently she is satisfied that Gardai will bring her son’s killer to justice.This is the third arrest in relation to the Allen murder.Two other men arrested last year on separate occasions were released without charge after being interviewed. Dissident republicans had claimed that Mr Allen, who was originally from Derry, was involved in the drugs trade – a claim always refuted by his family.The father of one was shot in the bedroom of his home in front of his girlfriend.ANDREW ALLEN MURDER: MAN ARRESTED IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks acquire Gustav Nyquist from Detroit Red Wings

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Already boasting one of the NHL’s most prolific offenses, the Sharks on Sunday night added another skilled forward to their roster as they acquired Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings for two draft picks.In the deal, coming on the eve of Monday’s NHL’s Trade Deadline, the Red Wings will receive the lower of San Jose or Florida’s 2019 second round selections, along with San Jose’s third round selection in 2020. …last_img read more

Darwin, Design, and the Art of Being Shocked

first_img“Why Darwin Was Wrong about the Tree of Life”  by Dr. Thomas WoodwardThese startling words dominated the cover of New Scientist in January, 2009, less than a month before the worldwide celebrations of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth.Contrary to appearances, the editorial staff of New Scientist was not changing its stance on the truth of evolutionary theory, but that did nothing to diminish the surprise felt by readers when evolutionary biologist Michael Rose said, “The tree of life is being politely buried – we all know that. What’s less accepted is our whole fundamental view of biology needs to change.”In the article several biologists took issue with Darwin’s famous branching pattern, arguing that the new picture of evolution was much more complex and messy—something like a web with endless collaborations and mergers.In short, all is not quiet on the Darwin front.  Five years later, in late 2014, a Nature News article asked the provocative question, “Does evolutionary theory need a major rethink?”   Two sides weighed in, and one group of eight scholars said, “Yes, urgently.”   The other group reassured readers not to worry, asserting, “No–all is well.”Again, something called the “fact of evolution” was not questioned; both groups pledged their loyalty to the sufficiency of natural causes as explaining the rise of the living world.  Yet Darwin’s unique and pivotal ideas, which had served as the core of evolutionary theory, were coming in for brutal questioning. Meanwhile, the shadow of design theory hovered in the background.  The ghostly influence of intelligent design was even described as affecting scientific rhetoric: “Perhaps haunted by the spectre of intelligent design, evolutionary biologists wish to show a united front to those hostile to science.”[1]Some secular scholars even went further, arguing that the philosophical foundation of naturalism needs to be rejected.  For example, atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel in late 2012 stirred the pot with his radical Oxford Press book, Mind and Cosmos.  This slender blast, with just 126 pages of text, unleashed a firestorm as it addressed the nagging mystery of the origin of life, along with rise of cognition and consciousness itself. The book’s subtitle was deliberately shocking:  “Why the Neo-Darwinist Materialist Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False.”Adding insult to that injury, Nagel proposed that to explain the rise of both life and mental phenomena, we must conceptualize the universe in a new way–as having a mental dimension, which exists alongside the material aspect.  In effect, he was trying to propel science into a fundamentally altered pathway of investigation. Nagel explicitly declined the “supreme designer” hypothesis, never stating his reasons for doing so.Why was Nagel, who had studied biological origins closely for decades, taking this drastic step?  Clearly, this move grew out of his deep grasp of where the evidence was trending,  that a paradigm shift away from neo-Darwinism was underway and nearing a critical point.   In Nagel’s mind, the plausibility of traditional Darwinian theory was not just badly damaged; it had collapsed.  Nagel’s concluding comments are blunt and biting:“I have argued patiently against the prevailing form of naturalism, a deductive materialism that purports to capture life and mind through its neo-Darwinian extension.  … I find this view antecedently unbelievable—a heroic triumph of ideological theory over common sense. … I would be willing to bet that the present right-thinking consensus will come to seem laughable in a generation or two—though of course it may be replaced by a new consensus that is just as invalid.  The human will to believe is inexhaustible.Small wonder then that Andrew Sullivan’s cover story on Nagel in The Weekly Standard pictured the philosopher as tied to a stake, encircled by figures with red-hooded robes.  Flames roared around his grey suit.  Similar rhetorical attacks had been unleashed against leaders of the intelligent design movement in the previous decade, but again: here we see that rage turned on a fellow atheist, who dared to say that design theorists like Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer deserve appreciation, not scorn, for pointing out unsolved mysteries.Re-released in 2016 (click for information)Thus, growing “doubts about Darwin” have continued to percolate unstopped and unstoppable since the release of my book Doubts about Darwin in 2003.   Indeed, discussion and debate have swirled so intensely, it has led at times to public eruptions of ferocious and frantic opposition to the controversial new theory of intelligent design.Why such an emotional reaction to the relatively new entry of intelligent design theory (IDT)?  After all, its approach to the question of origins can be described as  “minimalist.”   Since it investigates nature by the tools, methods and data of science and science alone, without reference to the scriptures of any world religion, one would think it should be welcomed at the table where newer but potentially worthy ideas are being vetted. Yet, with its focus squarely on studying the patterns in nature that are best explained as resulting from intelligent agency, not natural processes like natural selection, it has been viewed as a very dangerous idea.The hostility it has received is understandable. Design theory has challenged the hegemony of science’s ruling philosophy, naturalism—the view that all reality is material and natural, and that there is no “non-physical stuff” to consider as possibly real or worthy of investigation.  It is simply “a fact” and a starting point that there are no souls, no angels, no Platonic forms or ideals, no real personal-infinite god anywhere.  “To posit otherwise is to leave science!” says the naturalist referee, as he throws down his philosophical penalty flag.Design theory, while viewed by some as a dread and a grave threat, also can be seen as supremely positive development—even a liberation of science.  How?   It may be seen as rescuing the scientific enterprise from philosophical captivity, or restoring science to its previous glory in openly engaging metaphysics.  It has opened up a new vista where science has a restored power:  the ability to show how nature bears witness to a source above nature itself.  In its pure essence, IDT grants to science the astonishing role of detecting, or inferring, the reality of a higher realm of Mind.  Not since before the Darwinian Revolution, triggered in 1859, has science been on the edge of such a restoration of explanatory power.The New World of Darwin-Design EngagementYet, faced with this prospect, he authorities have acted in a way that is dead set against any such fundamental modification of the purview of science.   After 2003, when this book was first released, rhetorical assaults on intelligent design became loud and vehement. Hardly a month passed without a fresh denunciation from some prestigious body of scientists.  As the conflict grew wider and more intense, it seemed best to catalogue this second phase of IDT’s history with a separate volume.  That happened in 2006 with the publication of my sequel, “Darwin Strikes Back:  Defending the Science of Intelligent Design” (Baker 2006), still available in a kindle edition.Now, in 2016, it may very well be a good time for a “third volume” to cover the past decade, with the flow of both continued hostility, but also positive results from laboratory tests by the Biologic Institute, and other science centers, which robustly support the predictions of design theory.  A string of stunning discoveries, including the worlds of RNA genes, epigenetics, and orphan genes, have fundamentally altered the landscape. Also, the collapse of the “junk DNA” picture of our cell has an enormous implication for the Darwin-design debate.  (See below under the “Art of Being Shocked.”)But before that new volume is penned, it is a perfect time, some thirty years after IDT’s founding, to reexamine its momentous launch, emphasizing the first 18 years of development (1985 to 2003) which is the focus of this book.  It is time to show how newer developments can be understood only in light of the original goals of the founders of design theory.  It is especially instructive to reflect on the predictions made by design theorists when the movement was in its infancy.20161985To understand IDT today, one must relive the explosion of a unique “non-Genesis-based” book written by self-described agnostic Michael Denton, which helped to birth the new theory. That book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, was recently released in a new, fully-revised edition.  Although dozens of new arguments and lines of data have been woven into the new edition, the title only needed a slight change:  “Evolution:  Still a Theory in Crisis.”When Denton saw his book come to light first in England (Hutchinson, 1985) and then in America (Adler and Adler, 1986), he probably had no idea what a scientific shift he was helping to trigger.  For it was his blistering critique of Darwinian macroevolution, coupled with a 1984 book on the origin of life, entitled The Mystery of Life’s Origin, by Charles Thaxton, Walter Bradley and Roger Olsen, which together fathered the movement at its inception.It is in this spirit of seeking a clear historical frame, and gaining a narrative perspective of the present conflict, that we revisit IDT’s foundations.  All of the newest tremors coming from the world of the “design debate” are not oddities in a vacuum; they are an extension of a paradigm struggle of the highest order.The Art of Being “Paradigm-Shocked”In this context, let us note a clever but little-known phrase in the writings of C. S. Lewis: “The art of being shocked.”  Lewis proposed this phrase as a possible title for his inaugural BBC radio broadcasts, published originally as “Broadcast Talks.” Now these ten short chapters are the opening two sections of his celebrated book “Mere Christianity.”The phrase was never used by BBC, and is rarely mentioned by biographers (it appears in the letter he wrote to BBC official James Welch in February, 1941).  Yet, the art of being shocked has enduring “bite”; it captures a “jarring” that can be felt when a non-theist hears for the first time a rational, compelling case for the theistic worldview.  Here the words as “bite” and “jarring” are my crude attempt to recover the original sense of “shock” in the Lewis’s phrase,[2]  as he sketched for BBC his plan for a shock treatment on the secularized public of the United Kingdom.The key issue here is exploring the ultimate ground of reality, specifically: the existence of a higher Mind.  Is there, or is there not, any good reason to believe that an Intelligence exists above us? Is the universe governed by a concrete, objective Being with a mind, who thus has a will, and intentions, and who can plan and then realize that plan in the universe?Lewis’s strategy was to point out what he viewed as the most powerful clue for the existence of a Mind.  A window on ultimate reality is opened up to any person who thinks carefully about his daily activity of passing judgment on right and wrong behavior around him.  Our ability as humans to discern the Rule of Right Behavior, says Lewis, points to a “Mind” which exists above us.  Lewis added that we not only discover this Mind, but we also find out (this is part of the “shock”) that we are on the wrong side of the moral balance sheet. We have fallen short of those very standards that we found embedded in the moral fabric of the universe.Does a Mind exist above us, as the inferred cause of the natural world we see?So Lewis’s argument from morality, used frequently, including the opening chapters of Miracles, to mention one spot, is the opening barrage in a two-phase briefing in the “art of being shocked.”   Those who would experience the second set of shocks should read Book Two of Mere Christianity. Now, in the context of the rhetorical war raging around the theory of intelligent design, I want to apply this phrase to the history of IDT’s ongoing struggle of persuasion. In the Great Origins Debate, parallel to Lewis’s project of persuasion, the ultimate question is:  “Does a Mind exist above us, as the inferred cause of the natural world we see?”This is not trivial.  There can be no greater question that is raised in the media, in the universities and schools, whether that question is answered by a scientific, philosophical, or religious approach.  It clearly is at the center of all cultural and worldview concerns; it sets the agenda in all other realms of philosophy, theology, and even science.The history of intelligent design, starting with the events in this book and continuing all the way to discoveries in the science news this week, can be seen as today’s art of being shocked.  Let me mention three newer paradigm shocks that connect with the pages that follow.Junk DNA…going, going, gone! The Darwinists’ much-loved “junk DNA” doctrine, which served as a rhetorical bludgeon for decades, claimed that most of our genome is the broken or non-functional leftover of a long history of aimless evolution.  Now, that theory is unraveling and is in deep trouble.  Many molecular biologists would go further and say that the “junk DNA” perspective has collapsed.  This change happened in the wake of discoveries published by researchers working at the level of molecular biology. Several hundred scientists began exploring parts of the genome that were assumed to be superfluous, since they did not code for proteins.   The astonishing result is that perhaps 80% or more of our DNA seems to play some functional role, according to published findings of the multi-national project ENCODE  (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements).  This flow of dozens of technical scientific papers, published in 2007 and 2012, have caused such a huge uproar, that they have set in motion a major rethinking of how widely our DNA is opened, read, and used.Consider the remarks of Francis Collins, the Evangelical Christian who was formerly the head of the Human Genome Project and now leads the prestigious National Institutes of Health. Although he previously used the “junk DNA” argument in The Language of God to support his Christian Darwinism view, he changed his mind in 2011:  “It turns out that only about 1.5 percent of the human genome is involved in coding for protein. But that doesn’t mean the rest is ‘junk DNA.’  A number of exciting new discoveries about the human genome should remind us not to become complacent in our understanding of this marvelous instruction book. For instance, it has recently become clear that there is a whole family of RNA molecules that do not code for protein. These so-called non-coding RNAs are capable of carrying out a host of important functions, including modifying the efficiency by which other RNAs are translated.” (The Language of Life, 293)Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen Meyer’s 2013 New York Times bestseller, exploded onto the Darwin scene on the heels of his earlier book Signature in the Cell which was named one of the top 100 books of 2009 by Britain’s secular Times Literary Supplement.Both of these magisterial books have had massive influence in science, with Signature in the Cell addressing the origin of life enigma, while Darwin’s Doubt confronts the Cambrian explosion—the sudden appearance of complex animal fossils at the base of the geological column, without any ancestors in view.  The Cambrian mystery was named by Darwin himself as an “objection” that can be “rightly urged” against his theory.  Darwin’s Doubt garnered appreciative blurbs from several evolutionary biologists, including Cambrian fossil experts. Meyer’s analysis of every new theoretical “escape route” to account for the sudden emergence of over 20 phyla fills the second half of the 480-page tome.Not only did these books mark a turning point in the design debate, but each has also generated a significant literature in response to Meyer’s arguments.  Meyer’s exposé of the worsening Cambrian situation has prompted enough scholarly interaction to lead a second book,  Debating Darwin’s Doubt (2015).RNA, Epigenetics and 3-D Genome Packing: Another shock has come from the explosion of “RNA genes” which was alluded to in the comment of Francis Collins above.  Beginning in the late 1990s and accelerating since 2000, a myriad of functional RNA molecules were found to play previously unknown roles in the cell. Thus the origin of protein-coding genes, which neo-Darwinism is focused on, is just a subset of the much larger iceberg:  the multi-layered genome.  Several kinds of functional RNA molecules, which never leave the nucleus to be translated into proteins, play vital roles in cellular functions that were not glimpsed just two decades ago.Parallel to the mushrooming of RNA genes is the discovery of a world of additional layers of chemically-coded information sitting beyond the DNA double helix.  (For details, see “The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA” by Dr. James Gills and myself.) Some of these code markers are tiny “methyl tags” which are directly added to some of DNA’s “C- letters” in order to switch off the gene that such a letter is part of.  Other epigenetic information is found on “tails” that protrude from the DNA spooling devices called histones, and still further information is embedded in the cell’s membrane (the so-called “cortical inheritance”) and in other structures such as microtubules.  It is as if we were told that our laptop had digital information embedded not only in the hard drive, but in practically every physical part of the laptop itself!Beyond RNA and epigenetics, scientists recently elucidated yet another level of information that is programmed in the cell: the 3-D arrangement of genomes, both in chromosomal architecture, and in the fitting together of chromosomes in relation to each other. Such precise “fittings” set the stage for cooperative activity and conversations between chromosomes.  So the RNA and epigenetics explosions have a third partner in shocking biologists: 3-D architecture. These shocks have dramatically raised the explanatory stakes for Darwin’s blind, unguided, unintelligent process.  On the other hand, such higher order control information and genome architecture is just the sort of physical reality that finds a very plausible fit with intelligent agency.This list of paradigm shocks could be supplemented with a discussion of “orphan genes” and truly could be extended to a dozen or more shocks.  Yet, the point has been made clearly enough:  science has been thrust into a new era that is exciting and breathtaking for design theorists, and increasingly bewildering to defenders of Darwin’s aging theory.For the background of how this new intelligent design perspective on the universe and life arose through a powerful story unfolding after 1959, and then exploding in the mid-1980s, we must enter the story itself, the evolution of “doubts about Darwin.”□ Dr. Woodward is president of the C. S. Lewis Society in Tampa, FloridaNotes[1] Quoted from the online file as it appeared on March 3, 2016: http://www.nature.com/news/does-evolutionary-theory-need-a-rethink-1.16080[2] The “art of being shocked” is somewhat similar to the German philosopher Emmanuel Kant’s comment, upon reading the philosopher David Hume, that he had been  “aroused from dogmatic slumber.”  I trace this phrase as it appears in the early IDT literature, especially in the effect Denton had on his readers.(Visited 630 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

VIrgin Australia board pledges strong focus on costs

first_imgThe Virgin Australia board would be “tenacious” in chasing savings through its Better Business program as it seeks to improve the group’s financial position, chairman Elizabeth Bryan pledged on Wednesday.Virgin  made a net loss of $A224.7m in financial year 2016 but recorded a  profit on an underlying basis and raised $A1.1 billion in equity to deleverage its balance sheet.But Australia’s second biggest carrier has been struggling to stay in the black and its first-quarter  results for the current financial year produced underlying pre-tax loss of $A3.6 million compared to a profit of $A8.5m in the same period last year.Bryan told the carrier’s annual meeting in Brisbane that last year’s net loss reflected the upfront costs of restructuring at the airline in areas such as  fleet and network optimisation and “right sizing’, a euphemism for staff cuts.She told shareholders the company was still growing and had been forced to fight for its right to exist in an industry known for its volatility.“But it’s also a company that has to produce profit and profitable investments for its shareholders,’’ she said.The Virgin chairman said 2017 would be a year in which the Virgin group would maintain an “unwavering focus on improving our financial foundation and ensuring a healthy business’’. Responding to a small shareholder disappointed in the company’s languishing share price and lack of dividends, Bryan said the disappointment was widely shared among the airline’s major shareholders.“None of the shareholders have been happy with the movement of the Virgin share price,’’ she said. “Neither have the board, neither have the management team.“What we can do about that is what John has outlined to you. We are growing this company, we’re investing in this company, we’re reducing the cost base of this company, we’re making this company operate more efficiently, we’ve reduced the leverage of this company.“All we can really do is work on the business and allow the improvement in the business to shine through.’’Chief executive John Borghetti said the trading environment remained  “very tough’’, with domestic consumer sentiment still in the doldrums.“As evidenced by our recent trading update for the first quarter of financial year 2017, industry trading conditions continue to be challenging,’’ he  said.  “In this environment, we are actively managing capacity in our domestic and international network with total sectors flown in the first quarter of FY17 declining 2.3 per cent on the prior corresponding period.’’Borghetti said the airline was already making good progress with the Better Business program, which expects  to deliver a net free cash flow of $300m annually by the end of the 2019 financial year.Progress on plans to reduce the number of aircraft types in the fleet had included the sale of four Embraer 190 jets with a fifth due to be completed this month. A request for proposals for the disposal of leased ATR aircraft and the remainder of the E190s was well underway.There had also been progress in terms of operating efficiencies, maintenance and engineering changes as well as cutting costs in procurement and supply chain processes. The airline chief nominated services to China and the US as among “smart sustainable ways’’ the airline would boost revenue. Two Chinese shareholders, the HNA and Nanshan groups, have invested in Virgin and hold a combined stake of about 40 percent.  Virgin is forging a strategic alliance with HNA to boost its access to the growing Chinese travel market and plans to introduce direct flights between Asia and Australia next year. It is also planning to increases services to North America to 18 per week with the introduction of five return Melbourne-LA services from April.Borghetti said the focus for Virgin’s international airline, which recently won the Airline Ratings award for best business class and crew, was to boost non-stop sector flying to America and Asia over a three-year horizon.“That is our future – Asia and America is our future internationally,’’ he said.Asked about the Trump victory in the ecent US elections, Borghetti said it was not productive to speculate on what the new president would do but he did not believe it would affect US traffic.He also confirmed  Virgin’s low-cost offshoot, Tiger, would retain its name and continue its international expanision.  Tiger is switching from Airbus A320s to Boeing 737s over the next three years and has already started services Bali.“This is a three-year horizon we’re talking about,’’ he said. “There will be a Tiger expansion and it will be a narrow- body operation.’’Separately, Virgin announced Wendesday that it had chalked up a world-first deal to allow investors to earn frequent flyer points when they buy shares in an an initial public offering.The airline’s majority-owned Frequent flyer scheme, Velocity, has teamed up with financial technology company OnMarket Bookbuilds  in an innovative deal that allows investors to earn one point for every $A4 they spend on their investments in initial public offerings (IPOs) from companies listing on the share market.  OnMarket BookBuilds  offers a website and mobile app that plugs into the Australian Securities Exchange’s infrastructure to enable investors of all types to take part in IPOs.There is no limit on the number of Velocity points that can be earned.”We want Velocity members to be able to earn Points in every facet of their lives and we know wealth management is an important consideration for many Australians,’’ Velcoity chief executive Karl Schuster said in a statement.The new deal is one of a flurry of agreements both loyalty schemes have announced this year as they compete  for members.Airb’n’b, major supermarket chain Coles and entertainment company TEG  were just some of the partners airline loyalty signed up as the battle  for frequent flyers heated up.Qantas Frequent Flyer remains the bigger of the two with 11.5 million members at September 30 but Velocity has grown quickly since its launch under former Virgin chief executive Brett Godfrey in 2005 and now has a membership base of more than 6.4 million.last_img read more

SA leads Africa’s growing Twittersphere

first_img57% of tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices.At the same time, African Twitter users are also active across a range of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation, with 81% of those polled saying that they mainly used it for communicating with friends.But Twitter is also becoming an important source of information in Africa. 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news, while 22% said they use it to search for job opportunities. 27 January 2012 Young people tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, with South Africans leading the way as the social networking site becomes an increasingly important information tool across the continent, new research has found. According to How Africa Tweets, a study released by Kenya-based Portland Communications on Thursday, South Africa is the most active country in the continent’s burgeoning “Twittersphere”. In the first attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland teamed up with UK-based company Tweetminster to analyse over 11.5-million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011, complemented by a poll of 500 of Africa’s most active tweeters. Over the survey period, South Africa registered over twice as many tweets (5 030 226) as the next most active country, Kenya (2 476 800), followed by Nigeria (1 646 212), Egypt (1 214 062) and Morocco (745 620).African tweeters younger How Africa Tweets found that Africa’s tweeters are considerably younger than their global counterparts: 60% of the continent’s most active tweeters are aged 20-29, whereas the average age of Twitter users worldwide (according to Royalpingdom.com) is 39. The researchers also found that: Forming new links in Africa The survey also found that Twitter is helping to form new links within Africa, with the majority of those surveyed saying that at least half of the Twitter accounts they follow are based on the continent. Beatrice Karanja, head of Portland Nairobi, said in a statement: “We saw the pivotal role of Twitter in the events in North Africa last year, but it is clear that Africa’s Twitter revolution is really just beginning. “Twitter is helping Africa and Africans to connect in new ways and swap information and views,” Karanja said. “And for Africa – as for the rest of the world – that can only be good.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bucks beat Suns hours after firing Jason Kidd

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ It was an emotional night for the Bucks following the surprise firing of Kidd. His three-plus season tenure included two playoff appearances but stretches of inconsistency on both ends of the floor. Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd as a young core of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Brogdon turned into top-flight players.“He’s been a great teacher for me. Mostly, I was a spot-up shooter. He allowed me to post up and expanded my game to pick-and-rolls and driving,” Middleton said.The Suns fell to 17-30, making them an ideal opponent for the Bucks to beat in their first game under Joe Prunty, the former assistant who will replace Kidd the rest of the season.Prunty was fiery at times on the sideline and jawed with an official, a contrast from Kidd’s typically mild-mannered demeanor.Middleton and Brogdon sparked the Bucks in the closing minutes by dominating in the backcourt.Eric Bledsoe added 19 points for the Bucks against his former team. He was dealt to Milwaukee earlier this season in a trade that sent Greg Monroe to Phoenix.Monroe finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.The Bucks started slow, then used a 24-10 in the first quarter to get back in the game that was tied at 53 at halftime.TIP-INSSuns: Monroe played for the first time in three games, and his 30 minutes were his most since playing 34 on Jan. 3 against Denver. Coach Jay Triano said he wanted to give a break to Tyson Chandler, the 35-year old starting center averaging about 26 minutes over his previous nine games. “He has been going hard,” Triano said. “We’ll give (Monroe) a chance to come back home where he was and see how he plays.”Bucks: Prunty stuck with a plan put in place by Kidd to rest Antetokounmpo for a second straight game because of knee soreness.HOT POTATO Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Turnovers punctuated sloppy stretches during the night, with the Bucks coughing up the ball 18 times. But Milwaukee also forced 22 turnovers, including four steals by the lightning-quick Bledsoe.“They were more aggressive than we were. They were aimed at the ball,” Triano said.SUN RAYSBooker was 2 of 14 from the field and finished with 14 points but added eight assists. … F Jared Dudley had a season-high nine assists.QUOTABLE“Once they made the decision, which was a tough one, that they did, they put the onus on the players. We understand that it’s going to take us as a group collectively.” — veteran Bucks G Jason Terry, who also played with Kidd in the NBA.UP NEXTSuns: At the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.Bucks: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton goes up for a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton spent three-plus years under Jason Kidd’s tutelage, blossoming into a dangerous scorer with the Milwaukee Bucks.He showed off what he learned in the Bucks’ first game without Kidd.ADVERTISEMENT Brogdon had a steal with 40 seconds left after the Bucks double-teamed guard Devin Booker in the backcourt. Brogdon lobbed a cross-court pass to Middleton, who hit a jumper from the left corner with 24 seconds left for a 105-100 lead.Middleton also hit a fade-away jumper from nearly the exact same spot with defender Isaiah Canaan in his face with 54 seconds left for a three-point edge that roused the crowd at the Bradley Center.“We’re professionals. It’s about regrouping and coming out there and doing your job,” Brogdon said.T.J. Warren had 23 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five. Troy Daniels added 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point territory.“To me it felt like a playoff atmosphere game,” Daniels said. “They were physical, we were physical. We were right there trying to fight back.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Middleton scored 35 points, Malcolm Brogdon added a career-high 32 and Milwaukee beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105 on Monday night hours after firing Kidd.“It’s tough for me,” Middleton said. “He took my game to another level. He took this team to a whole other level. Today was a tough day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAssistant Joe Prunty was promoted to replace Kidd for the rest of the year. After a slow start, the Bucks heeded the new coach’s call to focus.The sharpshooting Middleton couldn’t miss in the final minute. 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