Papiss Cisse in action for Newcastle 1 Papiss Cisse will be banned for three matches after the Newcastle striker accepted a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association.Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Newcastle’s 3-2 victory on Sunday but escaped any action from referee Craig Pawson.The 29-year-old’s suspension begins with immediate effect.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has no plans to leave Manchester United this summer.The German – who announced his international retirement last week – is reportedly one of nine players new manager Jose Mourinho wants to get rid of during the current transfer window as he begins to mould his squad.But, according to Bild, Schweinsteiger is intent on seeing his deal out at Old Trafford rather than leaving.The 32-year-old still has two years to run on his current contract and he has told the club he plans to honour it.Schweinsteiger reportedly has offers from China and the Middle East, while teams in Italy are also interested too. 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger: The 32-year-old has reportedly been told he can leave Old Trafford
On Saturday, California’s recreational ocean salmon season will open from Horse Mountain south to the U.S./Mexico border.The area to the north of Horse Mountain, which includes Eureka, Trinidad, and Crescent City, will be sitting on the sidelines this season due to a record low 54,200 Klamath River fall Chinook salmon forecasted to be swimming in the ocean.The ocean abundance of Sacramento River kings is also low, but there’s enough to give the anglers to our south at least a limited season. …
The media have a bad habit of calling things ‘evolution’ that fail to support the notion that people have bacteria ancestors.Beach bums can still marry sherpas. Whether you live at sea level or in the Himalayas, you are still a member of Homo sapiens sapiens. People do differ, obviously, but we are all members of the same global human race. The headline on Medical Xpress, therefore, is guilty of fake evolution when it announces, “Himalayan powerhouses: How Sherpas have evolved superhuman energy efficiency.” They may as well say that gymnasts have evolved superhuman flexibility, or that obese Americans have evolved beer bellies. Any genetic difference could be dubbed ‘evolution’ in this view, but it’s not going to help Darwin get from bacteria to humans.We are NOT bashing Darwin here. Evolutionists at Rutgers are careful to say that. They just want to include more data about symbiotic relationships than usually considered. They are proposing a new concept of “symbiome phylogenetics,” based on the idea that groups of organisms often evolve together. Perhaps they want to build more ‘diversity and inclusion’ into Darwin’s theory to make it more trendy. But biologists knew about symbiosis long before Darwin, so what’s evolution got to do with it? Nevertheless, one advocate felt a need to tip-toe past the Bearded Buddha. “What we wish to clearly stress is that we are not engaged in Darwin-bashing,” Debashish Bhattacharya said. “We consider Darwin a hero of science.” Confession accepted. Go and sin no more.Mutations are only half the story. Alan Bergland at the University of Virginia is studying mutations in insects, to see if any of them are helping individuals adapt to climate change, reports Phys.org. But the fleas are still fleas, the flies are still flies, and the roaches are still roaches. He believes “These rapidly reproducing critters offer evolutionary insights,” but the insights are shallower than the kind Darwin needs. They compare to the finch beaks on the Galapagos that oscillate with the weather. No new species are appearing; just some individuals that can take the heat a little longer than others. People do that, but they are not evolving. Wasn’t Darwin trying to explain the origin of species?Floundering for Darwin. Six Darwinists from Scandinavia are all excited about the “fastest event of speciation ever reported for any marine vertebrate.” What happened? In just 3,000 generations, they report in PNAS, some European flounders adopted different “breeding behaviors.” The authors claim, but do not prove, that the fish cannot hybridize or interbreed, but even if they cannot, they are still European flounders—with the same basic floundering equipment and no new organs or genetic information. Is this any more significant than the degree of variation strict young-earth creationists accept? They allow for all the varieties of dogs, cats and horses from single breeding pairs coming off the Ark. Darwin needs bigger changes than this. If anything, these evolutionists have given ammo to the creationists; variations can occur fairly rapidly, within created kinds.Darwin Flubber Makes Stuff Happen. Convergence rears its ugly head again, this time in Current Biology. Luke J. Harmon mixes in ample Stuff Happens powder into his Darwin Flubber recipe, finding evidence for divergence and convergence in mammalian evolution. “Using a global dataset of mammalian species, Mazel and colleagues find that both convergence and divergence occur more often than expected,” Harmon says. “Convergence was especially common at broad scales that involved Australia, speaking to the extraordinary replicate mammalian communities found there.” Odd; Darwin’s only illustration in Origin shows only divergence.Illustration for CEH by J. Beverly Greene. All rights reserved.Darwinism for the birds. Always read the fine print when you see Darwin lifted up in the news with claims like, “genetic differences between populations of animals and plants in a given species are important drivers of new species formation and are a key to understanding evolution.” Science Daily then claims, in the very next sentence: “But that assumption has never been rigorously tested, until now….” Wait a minute; isn’t Darwin the one who answered the question in the first paragraph? Namely, “How do new species originate?” And this has never been tested till now? A closer look shows that all Michael Harvey’s team at U Michigan proved is the Stuff Happens Law. Read carefully, watching for theory escape clauses and the high perhapsimaybecouldness index:The study provides the first large-scale test of the link between population differentiation rates and speciation rates. The results confirm the evolutionary importance of population genetic differentiation.However, genetic differences do not guarantee evolutionary success. Harvey and his colleagues found that the correlation between population genetic differentiation and species formation was imperfect, which suggests that other factors besides differentiation may be important in determining how many new species are produced.They also found that the emergence of new populations within a species occurs at least three times faster than new species develop, suggesting that most differences between populations will not last long enough to impact species diversity.“Overall, however, the study confirms the long-held assumption that the genetic differences between populations of a given species might predict its probability of contributing to the diversity of life,” Harvey said.None of the parrots, woodpeckers, toucans, hummingbirds, blackbirds, tanagers, warblers, thrushes, wrens, chickadees, jays and flycatchers mentioned in the article appeared to be evolving into something other than parrots, woodpeckers, toucans, hummingbirds, blackbirds, tanagers, warblers, thrushes, wrens, chickadees, jays and flycatchers.Evolution by genetic disease. Darwin was intrigued by the flightless cormorants on the Galapagos, but nobody checked the genetic basis for their pitiful, stubby wings—till now. Science Daily tells what a team of geneticists found about these birds: they all have a genetic disease that affects their cells’ ability to make primary cilia, which are important organelles for cellular health. “Interestingly, when these same genes go awry in humans, they cause bone-development disorders called skeletal ciliopathies.” The birds, in other words, are sick. Their isolation on these desolate islands prevents any of them evolving back to health. How would Darwin be pleased by this? We think the birds would rather be up there flying with their cousins. For a different take on what it means for Darwinian evolution, see Evolution News & Science Today.Darwin Flubber: a magical elastic substance made of a secret blend of Emergence, Convergence and Submergence. Darwin Flubber allows the Evolutionary Web of Belief to absorb any falsifying blow. —Darwin DictionaryWhat’s good for the goose: duck and cover. Phys.org printed another bird story with links to the old finch-beak icon of evolution. “Fowl-mouthed study finds that diet shaped duck, goose beaks,” the headline trumpets. But the geese are still geese, and the ducks are still ducks. Goose beaks are different because geese eat different food. “Geese, which evolved to prefer the leaves and roots of plants over filter feeding (though some still do), have shorter, narrower beaks that give geese a more forceful bite for pruning tough plant parts.” Correction: they didn’t “evolve to prefer” those things; they “are observed to prefer” those things. Aaron Olsen’s story is so weak, he is not even sure of it himself. “All that said, Olsen acknowledges his assessment of waterfowl lineage remains an open hypothesis. He said he invites further research, even if it ultimately ruffles his feathers.” Don’t teach this “fowl-mouthed” study to children.Turtle soup. Does evolution account for the loss of hard shells? If you’re a sea turtle, perhaps that’s helpful. Evolutionists in the UK think it came about because of changes in their respiration. But if this were a law of nature, leatherback sea turtles wouldn’t be an exception. Phys.org uses the power of suggestion to tell a just-so story: “This suggests that the evolution of a soft-shell in leatherbacks may have been linked to thermoregulation, not respiration, enabling the species to regulate heat gain and loss.” More Darwin Flubber here.Mini-microevolution. Look at the stickleback fish in this Nature News article about evolution. One is bigger and fatter than the other, but that’s true of humans. Are the evolutionists even sure they are different species? Some of these fish live in lakes, and some in streams. That’s true of trout and salmon; so what? Surely Darwin portrayed much more massive shifts in the drama of life, from wolf to whale, from fish to reptile, from ape to man. He’s going to need much more than this to support his story that humans came from bacteria. The evolutionists quibble about trivia: which populations resist parasites better, which ones live longer, or whether lake sticklebacks are more fit. The last paragraph takes it all back, anyway, saying that selection works to split populations, except when it glues them together:Many studies have provided examples of populations in a species adapting to different environments, and the populations becoming different from each other through the process of divergent selection. But what determines whether adaptive divergence will subsequently lead to ecological speciation? Before this report, one might have proposed a balance between the strength of divergent selection pulling populations apart and the exchange of genes between the two populations holding them together. Now, frequency-dependent selection, previously known for its role in maintaining variation in populations, has emerged as a mechanism that can hold populations together, perhaps serving like a ‘glue’ that limits how far different populations of a species can diverge. This insight gained by Bolnick and Stutz reveals an additional factor to consider when addressing whether divergent selection will lead to ecological speciation.Stop playing games, evolutionists. PNAS is goofing off again, publishing about “Spatial evolutionary games with weak selection.” It’s all theoretical fol-de-rol about how populations engage in various behavioral modifications (at least in their computers). Get off the game consoles, evolutionists; Darwin needs more real field biologists to find evidence for his theory that bacteria are evolving into humans.Sigh. What a racket. This is what you get when science is ruled by totalitarians (see Jerry Bergman’s article, 6/14/17). Cartoon by Brett Miller. Used by permission. (Visited 761 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
4 December 2002South African powerboat racing legend Peter Lindenberg has a saying that he lives by: “There are no prizes for second place.” In 22 years of powerboat racing he won the South African title on 15 occasions. There is no doubt that he would have won it even more times had he not also campaigned in the Formula One World Series.That’s not where it ends for Lindenberg, though. He first made his mark in the sporting world as a barefoot water-skier, and says one of his proudest achievements was winning the European barefoot water-skiing title in 1977. South Africa was a “total underdog” at those championships, he says, but by the end of the competition he was way ahead of everyone.World record holderLindenberg also became a world record holder in the ramp jump in barefoot water-skiing in 1981, the same year that he won his first South African powerboat racing title.But still . that’s not all. He is also a very successful motor racing driver, and that part of his career is ongoing. In fact, he currently leads the South African SASCAR (South African Stock Car Auto Racing) championship for the 2002 season.In a career littered with awards, he has among many others won the Maccabi Sports Award three times – an award also won by fellow South African and former Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter – as well as twice being awarded the State President’s Sports Award and being inducted into the South African Sports Hall of Fame.F1 Powerboat racing retirementHis recent retirement from Formula One powerboat racing comes about 18 months ahead of his planned retirement following an accident in Saldanha that very nearly cost him his life. At the time he was leading the championship standings.The accident brought to the fore his vulnerability, says Lindenberg, who says that as a racing driver “it needs only the slightest thing to go wrong and it can kill you”. He has three young children, the eldest aged 12 and the youngest aged seven, and he says he wants to see them grow up.Casting his mind back, he explains how powerboat racing started for him. Since he was a kid, says Lindenberg, it was always a dream of his to race cars, but he had a father interested in boats and so it was as a water-skier that he first made his mark. Through his success in that sport he became known in the boating industry.When he chose to move into that industry he decided to build a pleasure boat in the way that he believed a boat should be built. He first took it out for a run with Mike Haas of Johnson engines, who was so impressed with the performance of the craft that he urged Lindenberg: “Race this thing – it’s so fast.” Lindenberg told him that he (Haas) should race it, but Haas insisted that Lindenberg should be at the wheel.So it was that he first raced his “pleasure craft” at the Vaal Dam, where he proceeded to annihilate the opposition. After the event Haas asked him to build a racing version of the boat, and from there his career exploded into an unrivalled success story.DominationInterestingly, Lindenberg’s first powerboat racing title did not come in the Formula One series that he so completely dominated, but in the ROO class, in which inboard engines, putting out up to a staggering 900 horse power, were used.That was in 1981. The following year he won the first of his astounding 15 South African Formula One titles. The first seven championship victories came in succession, including an unbelievable season in 1985/6 when he won all 30 heats that he contested.There was a simple reason for Lindenberg not winning eight titles in a row; he was competing in the Formula One World Series. “It was very good, very exciting, but very difficult,” he explains. At that time, 1988/9, it was at the height of sanctions against South Africa and he was targeted by activists. Had it not been for those sanctions, he could have, and probably would have, been crowned world champion.It’s hard to argue with the facts. In 1989, a year that he describes as one the highlights of his career, he won the British Powerboat Grand Prix, finished on the podium a number of times and enjoyed a bunch of high placings, and despite being able to compete in only six of the 10 events, finished third in the World Series standings! Given the chance to compete in all the races, a world championship title was surely his for the taking.Enduring successNearer his fifties than his early-forties, Lindenberg remains a top-class sportsman. How has he managed to stay at the top for so long? “Determination” is the first word that comes to his mind. He also describes himself as being very fit, although not a gym nut, and says an active lifestyle in which he is always on the go keeps him in shape.There is no doubt that his motivation and enjoyment of competition remains very high. In fact, he feels the 2001-2002 Formula One powerboat season, in which he won nine of 10 races, was one of the highlights of his career.Looking back over an incredible CV of achievements, he comments: “It’s been a helluva run”, adding that he feels very privileged to have been able to compete at the top level for so long. He also points out with pride that he has won national colours in four different decades, an eye-popping achievement!He further points out that his career is not over, it is still ongoing as a motor racing driver.Peter Lindenberg: EntertainerEven so, at this time in his sporting career, when his powerboat racing has come to an end, how does he want people to remember Peter Lindenberg, the sportsman? “As someone who provided serious entertainment, gave them something to be proud of, and as someone who came through the transition the right way, a proud South African”, he says.On the subject of transition, he has the actions to back up the words that he came through it in the right way. Lindenberg has been involved in the development of powerboat racing for 10 years. “It’s not easy”, he explains. First up, a R28 000 boat is needed, then others things to factor into the equation include petrol, transport to and from the water for boats, and servicing.Nonetheless, he says the development programme has been a success, training 140 children a year, and in a racing population of only 400 people that is quite some feat.The futureHe might have raced his last Formula One race, but it is not the end of his involvement in powerboat racing, including its development. He is currently the president of South African Powerboat Racing, and will remain involved in managing the team that he formerly raced for, The National Ports Authority, whom he describes as “very loyal sponsors”.The team will continue to race three boats and will be introducing a new driver in Lindenberg’s place. His involvement in development will see him looking after three kids in Formula 30 and two in the junior class.However, there’s more (didn’t you just know it?). He is in charge of the Gosforth Park Motorsport Raceway, and very excited about it. Lindenberg admits he feels very fortunate to be able to head it up, and says it gives him a wonderful feeling to be able to go to work in the morning and by the time he leaves in the evening see the progress that has been made.He describes Gosforth Park, which is due to open in June 2003, as a “unique motorsport facility”, and firmly believes “it is going to change the face of motorsport in South Africa”. He explains that usually spectators at motor racing events see only a few seconds of action on each lap of a race. With stadium racing, which is what Gosforth Park will be providing, people are able to see the entire track, and the racing unfolds before their eyes.“It’s under your nose,” he says with obvious excitement in his voice. “It is the future”.A part of Peter Lindenberg’s career may have now been consigned to history with his retirement from Formula One powerboat racing, but who can doubt that Gosforth Park will be a success, given that saying he lives by: “There are no prizes for second place.”The remarkable career of a proud South African continues to go from strength to strength.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
31 July 2013 President Jacob Zuma has named the Government Printing Works machines that will print South Africa’s new smart ID cards after the four women who led the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in protest against apartheid’s pass laws. Speaking at the Government Printing Works in Pretoria after receiving his new smart ID card on Tuesday, Zuma said the women of today can learn from the women of 1956. “We are thus truly pleased that this Government Printing Works now houses important equipment named after our heroines and leaders – Sophie de Bruyn, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.” During Women’s Month, starting on Thursday, South Africans would be “remembering the march on the Union Buildings by more than 20 000 women, who were tired of the pass laws and the impact they had on their lives,” Zuma said. “The pass laws dictated where people should live, where they should work, where their children could go to school, based on the colour of their skin. Carrying a pass then was an insult and an affront to the dignity of our people.”Roll-out over a number of years The Department of Home Affairs says the roll-out of the smart ID cards is likely to take a number of years. The department’s offices are currently being fitted with the technology necessary to process the cards. By the end of the year, the department wants to have 70 offices available to the public to receive applications for the smart IDs. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to Home Affairs. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. People will also be able to use them to vote, starting with next year’s elections. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. Earlier this month, former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk also received their new IDs. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Speaker of Parliament Frene Ginwala, struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni and Sophie de Bruyn – one of the leaders of the 1956 march – also received their smart cards on Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, along with a number of people over 100 years old. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Integrating a wireless follow focus system with your gimbal rig brings you longer focal lengths and shallower depth of field.Cover image PD Movie Remote via ikan.Sticking with an 18mm lens for your gimbal work is an easy and comfortable trap to constantly find yourself in. Yes, this load-out makes working as a solo operator much easier. The wider focal length that the 18mm lens provides creates a less shallow depth of field, easing the problem of pulling focus. However, if you’re looking to up your game with gimbal work and get even more cinematic shots, you need to start using a wireless follow focus.Image via Redrock Micro.Finding the right setup for a gimbal operation is essential. It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between features, effectiveness, and size. However, there are many great products out on the market designed specifically to simplify your transition into a wireless FF system for gimbal work. Below, I’ll break down some of the reasons you should use a wireless follow focus system — and point you to some of the best in the market.Shallower DOFOne of the biggest perks of a wireless FF system is getting a shallower depth of field. Gone are the days of shooting everything with a 5.6. With a wireless FF system, you can finally use your 2.0 and 2.8 with gimbal work. However, this will require two sets of hands, one on the camera and a 1st AC pulling focus. However, the additional crew will prove beneficial when you get more cinematic shots than ever before.Longer Focal LengthsWhen working with gimbals, it’s easy to become stuck working with wider focal lengths. Those wider focal lengths offer comfortable focus work. However, once you introduce wireless focusing systems into your workflow, you can finally begin to reintroduce 50mm and even 85mm lenses back into your gimbal work. By working with more dynamic focal lengths, you can improve the production value of your work.Gimbal-Ready FF SystemsVenturing into the uncharted waters of wireless follow focus systems can seem daunting at first. However, there are many great manufacturers of stellar wireless follow focus systems.DJI FocusThe maker of the Ronin, DJI, offers their very own wireless follow focus system. You can easily power this system with the p-tap on your Ronin or Movi. Further, this system features one of the most compact designs on the market. The system even ships with lens gears to fit your still lenses.After personally using this system, I can say that one of my only complaints is that the lens gear motor sometimes has problems perfectly seeding the focus gears of cinema lenses, especially during the calibration process.Redrock TorqueOne of the most exciting additions to the world of wireless FF systems for gimbals is the Redrock Torque. Redrock’s new system is optimized for gimbal work, specifically the Movi Pro. These lightweight and compact motors draw power straight from the Movi.Hedén CARATThe Hedén Carat system offers the most precise and smoothest control of all the units mentioned in this article. However, that precision and control does come with a price.There are many wireless follow focus systems for gimbal work on the market. Take some time and find the tool that’s right for you and your production.Looking for more information on working with gimbals? Check out this article.
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next ONE: Iniong’s win streak ends with UD loss to Yamaguchi Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It was important that when they came back and even got the lead, we stayed calm and did not panic,” said Reyes. “I think that’s the important part of the game, that the players remained positive and that allowed us to eventually get the victory.”Gilas Pilipinas will now return home as they prepare for a duel against Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Philippines lost hold of an early 14-point lead as Japan came out of the halftime break more determined and managed to get ahead, 40-37.The furious fightback from the home team didn’t surprise Reyes one bit, especially with the likes of Makoto Hiejima, Yuki Togashi, and naturalized player Ira Brown backstopping the Japanese. teamFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We knew we had to contain guys like Togashi and Hiejima, and we knew what Ira Brown can do. But outside of the three, it’s a deep team and guys like (Daiki) Tanaka, (Tenketsu) Harimoto, and (Takatoshi) Furukawa gave them a big lift tonight. All of those guys, we had to be very conscious of and we had to devise a gameplan for them. It’s the kind of team Japan is, it’s a deep team, skilled, talented, and very well-coached,” he said.Luckily for the Philippines, Jayson Castro and Andray Blatche were there to stabilize the ship as the shots finally went in the end that even against the Akatsuki Five’s best efforts, Gilas held on to the win. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andray Blatche was one of the stabilizing force for the Philippines in its win against Japan. Photo from Fiba.comEven though Gilas Pilipinas enjoyed double-digit leads in its 77-71 win over Japan on Friday, the visiting Filipinos never felt complacent knowing how potent the home team is.“We have a very high respect for Japan and we knew that were in for a tough match,” he said after the victory to start its 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifying bid. “When we had a nice lead, we know that they have the ability to come back because they’re a quality team.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say SNAPPED! Ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner begins 50-day house arrestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRosenborg striker Nicklas Bendtner has begun his 50-day house arrest sentence.The former Arsenal striker has started his sentence for assaulting a taxi driver and posted an Instagram picture of his electronic ankle tag.The 30-year-old, who currently plays for Norwegian side Rosenborg, is serving his sentence at home in Denmark.Having quarrelled over the £4.80 fare, Bendtner punched the driver in the jaw before kicking him as he lay on the ground.The 30-year-old striker posted an Instagram picture of his electronic ankle tagBendtner was handed an unconditional sentence and told to pay the driver £1,330 in compensation. The cab driver was acquitted of violence but fined £355 for using his telephone while driving and not wearing his seat belt.Nicklas Bendtner began his 50-day prison sentence today.Back in September, he was arrested for assaulting a taxi driver that left the man needing surgery to correct a broken jaw. pic.twitter.com/kUP3dPQHtE— Photos of Football (@photosofootball) January 3, 2019