Bolt, Shelly sprint away with RJR awards … again: The Best!

first_imgKing and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

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Keynote Speech at Biology Conference Falsifies Major Claim of Darwinism

first_imgSalvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College through the generous support of a private foundation. He also manages a small privately held investment fund which he has run on the side since 1997. He has 4 science degrees including an MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University and is presently working on a PhD. On April 28, 2005, he became one of the few creationists to ever appear in a cover story of the prestigious scientific journal Nature which covered his work on behalf of intelligent design. The most famous member of the Intelligent Design club he organized at George Mason in 2005 is Biologist Caroline Crocker who was featured in the Ben Stein’s motion picture documentary Expelled. Mr. Cordova is currently working on research with renowned Cornell geneticist John Sanford, inventor of the gene gun.(Visited 1,444 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Keynote Speaker at International Biology Conference Falsifies Major Claim of Darwinismby Sal CordovaHailed as “the greatest biologist since Darwin,” Ronald Fisher is credited as author of “biology’s central theorem” what is known as Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection.[i] An informally stated corollary of Fisher’s theorem is that a population will continually increase in fitness.Sanford’s book examines the impact of mutations that are invisible to selection.However, for decades it has been noted that many populations are declining in fitness. Geneticists such as Michael Lynch[ii], Alexey Kondrashov[iii], Bryan Sykes[iv], and many others have been warning the human genome is crumbling and the damage is likely irreversible. Thus, Fisher’s Corollary could not be right because it did not agree with observable facts.Fisher Revisited and RevisedNoticing the incongruence with Fisher’s Corollary and observational evidence, retired Cornell geneticist John Sanford began work with UVA professor Bill Basener on correcting mistakes in Fisher’s theorem and corollary to include the handling of harmful mutations. Basener is also emeritus professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He and Sanford published their revised theorem in the Journal of Mathematical Biology. (See 22 Dec 2017.)Because the issue of declining fitness would be of keen interest in the discipline of conservation biology, Basener gave the keynote address at the “International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology” that included presentations by participants from 14 nations. He received a friendly welcome despite the grim implications of his mathematical derivations for the human genome and for Darwinism. His talk was titled, “The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection with Mutations.”Basener was kind enough to provide a recording of his keynote address. Watch it here on YouTube.Evidential Implications and Emotional OppositionWhat does this have to do with belief in Creation? First off, Basener’s paper and presentation were by all standards pure science, but pure science has a way of having metaphysical implications. For example, Ernst Haeckel rejected Louis Pasteur’s experimental evidence against spontaneous generation because if Pasteur were right, “we must have recourse to the miracle of supernatural creation.” In the present day evolutionary biologists have been insanely angry at the NIH, particularly the Billion Dollar ENCODE-pioneered set of projects which argues against the idea of junk DNA. Evolutionary biologist Dan Graur said ENCODE is “bonkers”[v] because “If ENCODE is right, evolution is wrong.”[vi]Now, if Basener, Sanford, and the genetics community are right that many observed genomes are deteriorating, including that of humans, then how could we have evolved in the first place?Thankfully, as a matter of medical necessity and environmental conservation, researchers are finally paying attention to the facts even if the facts appear friendly to creationist theory which speaks of a world that is intelligently designed—but also cursed.[i] Wikipedia entry on Ronald Fisher. Comment by Richard Dawkins.[ii] Lynch, Michael.  Rate, molecular spectrum, and consequences of human mutation. PNAS, Jan 10, 2010.  http://www.pnas.org/content/107/3/961[iii] Kondrashov, Alexey S.  Crumbling Genome: The Impact of Deleterious Mutations on Humans.  Wiley, 23 May 2017.[iv] Sykes, Brian.  Adam’s Curse: A Future without Men. WW Norton & Co, 27 May, 2005.[v] Gruar, Dan.  Rubbish DNA: The functionless fraction of the human genome. arXiv, 22 Jan 2016. https://arxiv.org/abs/1601.06047[vi] Klinghoffer, David. Dan Graur, Darwin’s Reactionary. Evolution News & Science Today, 21 June 2017.last_img read more

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After Effects Video Tutorial: Foundations of Kinetic Typography

first_imgThis video was created by Joey from School of Motion, Thanks for sharing Joey!If you want to learn more about After Effects and motion typography check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog.Got tips for creating awesome kinetic typography?Share in the comments below! Learn how to create engaging kinetic typography projects in these excellent After Effects tutorials.Kinetic typography is more popular than ever. We’re seeing it everywhere…commercials, web videos and music/lyric video projects (YouTube is flooded with these). However, creating kinetic typography is more difficult that it may appear – it takes a balance of good fonts, timing, and design principles to get a stellar looking result. So if you’re wanting to create your own kinetic typography project, where should you start?School of Motion‘s Joey Korenman, with the help of the Ringling College of Art and Design, has crafted a first-rate video tutorial series called 30 Days of After Effects.  The series has includes great tutorials on color, pre-comps, and shape morphing, but the following two tutorials on kinetic typography are personal favorites. They cover many basic principles that you will need to learn to become a master of kinetic type.If you are interested in checking out the full 30 days of After Effects series go check out the rest of the tutorials on School of Motion’s website.last_img read more

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Patkura Assembly poll on July 20

first_imgElection to the Patkura Assembly seat in Odisha, which was postponed twice, will be held on July 20, the Election Commission of India announced on Thursday.The counting of votes will be held on July 24. The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect in Kendrapara district since Patkura comes under it.The election to the Patkura Assembly seat was first scheduled to be held in the fourth phase of the recently concluded general election on April 29. It was, however, adjourned due to the death of the Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20.Subsequently, the ECI called upon the BJD on April 24 to nominate another candidate and fixed May 19 as the next date of polling. The BJD fielded Agarwalla’s wife Sabitri Agarwalla as its nominee.But after Cyclone Fani hit the State on May 3, the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha, proposed to postpone the poll schedule, and the ECI extended the completion of the election in Patkura by 60 days.The ECI said on Thursday that EVMs and VVPATs will be used in all the polling stations in Patkura. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPTs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the poll is conducted smoothly.last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal needs to change strategy

first_imgAll is not lost yet. Saina Nehwal will have the opportunity to win an Olympic bronze for the country and she needs to get her focus on the match against China’s Wang Xin. The coaches need to talk to her and mentally prepare her for the big occasion. Saina should approach it as a gold medal match.She will have to play to her strengths and not into the hands of the third-ranked Chinese, something which she did against Wang Yihan in the semi-finals.It was a disappointing loss for Saina against the world No.1 Chinese. Saina appeared sluggish and was not patient. She was looking for quick points and made too many judgments that led to errors. Wang is a tall girl and has a good reach. Saina needed to engage her in long rallies, push her back and control the points. But more often Saina tried to match Wang at her speed and game. She should not be making the same mistakes against Xin who is a similar kind of player.Parupalli Kashyap has been pushing the top players for some time now. He has the game and he has improved his fitness. But he has been lacking in temperament towards the closing stages.Now coming to the important issue of fixing in badminton, it was good to see the Badminton World Federation (BWF) finally taking some action. But they should take the blame for allowing this to continue in the game. It is not the players alone, but also the coaches and officials who should be penalised because they are the one pulling the strings.advertisementThe farce played out at the Wembley Stadium in front of the spectators was nothing unusual for the badminton fraternity.The Chinese and Koreans have ruined many tournaments by fixing winners among matches between compatriots. This is one of the reasons why the game has not gained in profile.(The writer is a former national coach and two-time national champion)last_img read more

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Electricity heating most climatefriendly uses for natural gas

first_imgShareEditor’s note: Links to an illustration and photo for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduElectricity, heating most climate-friendly uses for natural gasRice University researchers analyze emissions savings of replacing coal or oil in power plants, furnaces and vehicles HOUSTON – (March 8, 2016) – Rice University researchers have determined a more effective way to use natural gas to reduce climate-warming emissions would be in the replacement of existing coal-fired power plants and fuel-oil furnaces rather than burning it in cars and buses.The Rice study by environmental engineer Daniel Cohan and alumnus Shayak Sengupta compared the net greenhouse gas-emission savings that could be realized by replacing other fuels in vehicles, furnaces and power plants.They found that gas-fired power plants achieved the greatest reduction – more than 50 percent – in net emissions when replacing old coal-fired power plants. The use of compressed natural gas in vehicles yielded the least benefit, essentially matching the emissions of modern gasoline or diesel engines.The study, funded in part by Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, appears in the International Journal of Global Warming.The researchers’ calculations considered emissions throughout the fuel cycle, from production and transport of each fuel through combustion and including leaks of methane. They made comparisons within the five sectors they studied – power plants, furnaces, exports for electricity generation overseas, buses and cars – and across sectors to see which use of natural gas pays the greatest dividend for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“This research is aimed at a world where natural gas has become more abundant,” Cohan said. “Some people vilify natural gas, focusing on leaks, and others make it out to be a clean, green energy source.“With this work, we try to shift the conversation to say it’s not just a question of how you get natural gas. How you use it is just as important to its impact on climate.”Though focused on end uses of natural gas, the paper also shows how results are affected by highly uncertain leak rates from natural gas production and delivery.“It’s crucially important to be smart about how we get natural gas,” Cohan said. “Let’s get it in ways that reduce methane leaks. We show in this paper how big a difference reducing leaks can make in reducing emissions.”The “well-to-wire” research showed new natural-gas power plants are responsible for less than half as much greenhouse gas per kilowatt hour of electricity generated as existing coal power plants.Meanwhile, a “well-to-wheel” analysis of transportation fuel showed natural-gas-burning and gasoline-burning vehicles were nearly identical in emissions impact. Calculations were modeled on Honda Civics, which are sold in both configurations as well as a gas-electric hybrid. In the latter case, the hybrid had a 27 percent lower emissions impact than the natural-gas version, due to its better fuel economy. A comparison of natural-gas-burning versus diesel-burning buses gave the emissions edge to diesel, which accounted for 12 percent fewer emissions, within the range of uncertainty.“Natural-gas vehicles yield the least savings, and require building out infrastructure that doesn’t transition into new renewable options,” Cohan said.The researchers found replacing old oil-burning furnaces for residential heating with new natural-gas-burning models yielded emissions savings of up to 48 percent.Finally, taking a more worldly view, they estimated replacing coal-fired power plants in Japan with liquid-natural-gas plants that burn fuel imported from the United States would also be a net-plus for the environment, with a 15 percent emissions savings. Japan is the world’s leading importer of liquefied natural gas.Cohan is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice. Sengupta is a 2015 graduate of Rice and now a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.-30-Read the abstract at http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=74960Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Is natural gas a fossil fuel substitute, or does it just crowd out renewables? (Cohan column): http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/272152-is-natural-gas-a-substitute-for-fossil-fuels-or-does-itCohan Research Group: https://cohan.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/0214_GAS-2-web-279gzfu.jpgDaniel CohanLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. AddThiscenter_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/0214_GAS-1-web-2mxefqj.jpgIllustration by Tanyia Johnson/Rice Universitylast_img read more

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