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South Fork locks up 3rd straight NCL III title

first_imgSouth Fork captured its third straight North Central League III championship in style Friday night, pulverizing visiting Potter Valley 87-20 at home.Alex Harding, as he has in every game this season, led the way for South Fork (6-2, 5-0) with six total touchdowns in just about every facet of the game.The junior scored twice on the ground and finished with 87 rushing yards. He added a touchdown reception and an interception return for a touchdown in the win. On special teams the do-it-all kid …last_img read more

Fittest Can’t Survive If They Never Arrive

first_img(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A study on mutational possibilities suggests that benefits to fitness are too rare to account for evolution.A bombshell article on PhysOrg seems to pull the rug out from under the Darwinian slogan, “survival of the fittest.”When you think about evolution, ‘survival of the fittest’ is probably one of the first things that comes into your head. However, new research from Oxford University finds that the ‘fittest’ may never arrive in the first place and so aren’t around to survive.By modelling populations over long timescales, the study showed that the ‘fitness’ of their traits was not the most important determinant of success. Instead, the most genetically available mutations dominated the changes in traits. The researchers found that the ‘fittest’ simply did not have time to be found, or to fix in the population over evolutionary timescales.Harry Dayantis interviewed the co-author of a paper in PLoS ONE, Ard A. Louis of Oxford, who says the new phrase should be “arrival of the frequent.”  The paper explains, “In other words, if the fittest never ‘arrive’ on the timescales of evolutionary change, then they can’t fix.”  If “the frequent” mutants do not generate evolutionary progress or innovation, though, how can macroevolution take place?  It seems equivalent to random genetic drift.Whatever that possibility turns out to be, Louis recognizes his idea is a challenge to traditional evolutionary theory that relies on mutation and natural selection: Traditional evolutionary theory focuses primarily on the work of natural selection. We are challenging this emphasis by claiming that strong biases in the rates at which traits can arrive through variation may direct evolution towards outcomes that are not simply the ‘fittest’.Fitness, of course, needs to be defined (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 10/29/02).  Assuming the traditional view for now, it would seem that mutational changes that do not improve fitness (whatever that is) would end up sorting out existing traits – changing traits like coloration that would be unlikely to innovate or add genetic information.Louis says that mathematical models of evolution invariably include simplifying assumptions.  “In our calculations we include difference in rates of the arrival of variation, something not traditionally taken into account in population genetics,” he said, adding that the new model only considered microbes, not more complex multicellular organisms.  But since higher organisms are also made of cells (where the mutations occur), it would seem higher-fitness mutations would be even more rare because of pleiotropic effects (changes that might improve one gene but damage other dependent genes).Louis was asked how his ideas have been received by evolutionary biologists:On the one hand, biologists who work on evolution and development have not been so surprised because they have long argued that developmental processes can bias organisms to evolve in certain directions over others. Others have reacted with some caution, which is probably wise given the potentially far-reaching nature of our claims. I think we have raised a lot more questions that we have answered.Louis himself was “very surprised to find that the biasing effect [against higher fitness mutations] could be so enormously strong,” he remarked.  A theoretical physicist (not a biologist), Louis was inspired by the beautiful design in cells to investigate how they arose: “Biology is full of amazing self-assembled structures, and so we began asking: how do these structures evolve in the first place?”OK, that’s it.  Game over.  Darwinists, go home.  Bill Nye, you lose.  Let’s not kill and mutilate any more millions through eugenics and government democide, what do you say?  Darwin is dead; it’s long past time to face the facts.  “Survival of the fittest” lands on the dustbin of false notions.  If this new work raises more questions than it answers, then Darwinism is going backwards.The longevity of myths like Darwinism is appalling.  Here we are, in 2014, a century after Hugo de Vries admitted that evolution “cannot explain the arrival of the fittest,” and these new guys agree – not only confirming de Vries, but making his conclusion far worse for Darwin.  At the end of the paper, they state:When Hugo de Vries was advocating for the importance of mutations in evolution, he famously said “Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it cannot explain the arrival of the fittest”. Here we argue that the fittest may never arrive. Instead evolutionary dynamics can be dominated by the “arrival of the frequent”.If that is “far-reaching” now, it was “far reaching” a century ago, but Darwin’s juggernaut has continued to coast on fumes, rolling downhill with no power, running over anyone standing in the way.  How many times does a notion have to be falsified before its proponents understand that it’s been falsified?  This is like trying to kill a vampire.  When it finally dies, so does Darwin’s other “zombie idea,” sexual selection (1/24/14).  Darwin needs to get out of biology and find other work at monster.com.“Biology is full of amazing self-assembled structures, and so we began asking: how do these structures evolve in the first place?”  For one thing, they didn’t evolve (Darwinism is dead, remember?)  Let’s answer the question with causes known to be capable of producing such effects: intelligent design.last_img read more

SIBLEY MAN WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST TOWN IN ODOR DISPUTE

first_imgA Sibley, Iowa man threatened by city officials with legal action for saying on a website that his hometown smelled like “rancid dog food” has won a free-speech lawsuit.Josh Harms, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, filed suit in U.S. District Court earlier this month asking a judge to block Sibley officials from suing him.City officials said they’d sue Harms if he didn’t stop criticizing the odor problem from an animal food processing plant and talking with reporters about it.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SIBLEY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…it’s censorship. :16On Thursday a judge approved a permanent injunction prohibiting city threats. The city agrees to pay Harms $6,500 in damages and $20,000 in legal fees.Harms moved his family to a different area of Sibley away from the plant because of the smell.He says their personal situation has improved but the issue isn’t totally resolved:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SIBLEY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..a month maybe. :10ACLU Legal Director Rita Bettis says the decision is a victory for “free speech”.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SIBLEY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for the 1st Amendment. :13The city promises to hold First Amendment training and will not prevent Harms from launching a website under the address www.sibleystinks.com .last_img read more

2016 NTL Player of the Final awards

first_imgCongratulations to the following players who received Player of the Final honours at the 2016 National Touch League. Elite Eight Men’s Player of the Final – Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Men’s Player of the Series – Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Women’s Player of the Final – Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Elite Eight Women’s Player of the Series – Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Mixed Open – Oscar Sanft and Natasha Adams (Brisbane City Cobras)Men’s T League – Marcus Holme (South QLD Sharks)Women’s T League – Eliza West (Victoria)Women’s 27’s – Katie Shaw (South QLD Sharks)Men’s 30’s – Ryan Pollock (South QLD Sharks)Women’s 35’s – Nicole Mitchell (Hunter Western Hornets)Men’s 40’s – Dean Wilbow (Hunter Western Hornets)Women’s 40’s – Anita Hagarty (NQ Cyclones) Men’s 45’s – Bruce McDonald (South QLD Sharks)Men’s 55’s – Shane Beale (NQ Cyclones)Men’s 50’s – Jeffrey Carrick (South QLD Sharks)Senior Mixed – James Harrington and Hayley McAnelly (South QLD Sharks)Related LinksNTL Player of Finalslast_img read more

Huge export potential in chemicals allied sector

first_imgNew Delhi: Huge export potential exists in chemical and allied sector and it should make a combined effort to set higher goals and aspire for extraordinary results, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday. Addressing members of Chemical and Allied Export Promotion Council of India (CAPEXIL) here, he said, the government has announced several measures including mechanism to provide easy and affordable credit to exporters. The minister said the industry should raise issue with the ministry if banks decline to provide loans at affordable rates. “This is a listening government and it acts on the demands of the industry,” he said. The minister asked the industry to explore new markets and push shipments of value added goods as there is a target to take exports to $1 trillion in the next five years. Further Goyal said he would take up industry’s suggestion that a company should not be closed unless there is an order from the highest level.last_img read more

New Delhi Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been fielded again from Karnal as the BJP announced on Monday names of its 78 candidates for October 21 assembly polls in Haryana where the saffron party is seeking to retain power. The party has given tickets to a number of noted sportspersons who had joined it in recent weeks with wrestler Babita Phogat, former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, Olympic medallist Yogeshwar Dutt contesting from Dadri, Pehowa and Baroda respectively, its national general secretary Arun Singh told reporters here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He said the party’s central election committee, which had met on Sunday, has repeated 38 MLAs and dropped seven of them for the polls to the 90-member assembly. Khattar had won from Karnal seat in 2014. Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala will contest from Tohana, Captain Abhimanyu from Narnod and Om Prakash Dhankar from Badli, Singh said. Former Union minister and Jat leader Birender Singh’s MLA wife will contest from Uchana Kalan, a seat she had won in 2014. Aditya Devilal, a grandson of Jat stalwart Devi Lal, has been fielded from Dabwali. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The candidates include nine women and two Muslims. The last date for filing nominations is October 4. With the opposition weakened by desertion among its ranks and shrinking support base, as seen in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is confident of returning to power with a bigger mandate. Riding on ‘Modi wave’, the party had stormed to power in Haryana for the first time in 2014, winning 47 seats. It had earlier been part of non-Congress governments as a junior partner and was never seen as a principal force. Since coming to power it has consolidated its political position further in the state as its rivals, Congress and INLD, were hit by internal fight made worse by their repeated poor shot in different polls. This coupled with “popular support” to the party following the Union government’s decision to nullify Article 370 will further boost its chances in the polls, its leaders have said. The BJP believes that Khattar, who was a surprise pick for the CM post after the 2014 win, enjoys a clean image after running a government “untainted” by any allegation of corruption. He is again the party’s choice for the top post. In 2014, the BJP had benefited from the consolidation of non-Jat voters behind it in a state long dominated by leaders from the community. The party’s choice of Khattar, who is from Punjabi community, was apparently driven by it. The party is, however, hopeful of winning over a significant section of Jats this time.last_img read more

Bijnore A TikTok user has emerged as the prime su

first_imgBijnore: A TikTok user has emerged as the prime suspect in three shocking murders that have taken place over the past five days in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnore district. Thirty-year-old Ashwini Kumar is a drug addict, who uses the alias of Johnny Dada and uploads TikTok videos of himself posing as a ‘villain’. He also posts violent Facebook messages like ‘I will destroy everything’, ‘Devil is ready now’ and ‘See my havoc’. However, he has no criminal record and was known to be a harmless man, until he shot a local BJP leader’s 25-year-old son and his nephew, 26, following a dispute on September 27 in Barhapur area in Bijnore. After the cold-blooded murders, he fled the busy market waving a pistol. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Three days later, Ashwini barged into the house of 27-year-old Nitika Sharma firing indiscriminately at her and fled from there. Nikita was a local girl, who used to work with a hotel in Dubai and had come home for her wedding in Bijnor. She was to marry a sub-inspector posted with CISF in Chennai on December 2. However, she died a day after she was shot. According to Nitika’s family, Ashwini had made advances at her in 2002, when he used to frequent her uncle’s place in Daulatabad and was spurned by her. She later got a job in Dubai and settled there. The episode was forgotten, or so they thought. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi “It is likely that Ashwini was upset with the news of her wedding and wanted to settle scores,” a police official said. However, police are yet to establish motive in the other two murders he committed four days earlier. Ashwini, a graduate, comes from a humble background in Barhapur town of Bijnore. His father was a clerk in a sugarcane cooperative society in Dhampur tehsil and his elder brother works in a private company in Dehradun. According to the family, Ashwini also used to work with a private firm in Delhi, but abruptly gave it up. His family believes that his drug addiction affected his mental health. Meanwhile, additional security forces have been deployed in Bijnore and a reward of Rs 25,000 has been announced for anyone providing any information about his whereabouts. Bijnore Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Tyagi said, “We have formed eight teams and a combing operation is underway to trace him. Posters announcing the bounty and carrying his pictures and personal details of Ashwini have also been put up at various locations. Locals are being requested to alert the police about his whereabouts.”last_img read more

Mumbai Actor Bhumi Pednekar who is gearing up fo

first_imgMumbai: Actor Bhumi Pednekar, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Saand Ki Aankh, feels inequality towards women are burning reality even in today’s time. She hopes that the film brings about some change in the way people think and celebrate daughters. “Saand Ki Aankh is a film about equality of women at its core. Women have faced inequality in our country ever since we can remember. It’s taken a bunch of bold and courageous women to break those age-old moulds of discrimination, to bring about an evolution of equality in our country. These women started a revolution,” Bhumi said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerShe added: “And that’s exactly what the Tomar sisters did. Unknowingly, they were a part of a system that didn’t give them any opportunities cause the society just didn’t know better, but they didn’t want the same for their daughters and granddaughters.” Saand Ki Aankh is inspired by Chandro Tomar, or Shooter Dadi, and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar or Revolver Dadi, from Uttar Pradesh, who are said to be the oldest sharpshooters in India. Bhumi is deeply inspired by Chandro and Prakashi’s journey. “In their 60’s they broke all shackles of patriarchy through a very inspiring and truly overwhelming journey.”last_img read more

New Delhi The role of an opener in Test cricket r

first_imgNew Delhi: The role of an opener in Test cricket requires a different philosophy and mindset, where the ability to translate talent and intent into consistent performance is paramount, insists the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. As Rohit Sharma showed signs of fitting into Indian team management’s ‘Virender Sehwag Model’ with a hundred in his first Test as opener, Tendulkar spoke about the bigger picture of facing the new ball in traditional format. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It’s all about the mindset. If somebody wants to open the innings, then he needs to have a different kind of mindset,” Tendulkar told PTI in an exclusive interview. Talk about Sehwag, Tendulkar reminded that along with the mindset, it is also about ability, which Sehwag had in abundance. “Sehwag had that different mindset. Be it a ODI or Test, he would more or less play in the same manner. That aggressive nature was always there. Again, it boils down to the capability and the potential of that particular player,” said Tendulkar. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”There are number of guys, who want to be aggressive but to able to use that ammunition (aggression) consistently enough is something that Sehwag had been able to do. That number (opener) suited him. One needs to wait and see how it pans out (for Rohit),” said Tendulkar, whose world record of 200 Test appearances is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Talking about philosophy, Tendulkar recalled that along with stupendous success, Sehwag also encountered rough patches but never changed his style. “Like for Sehwag, he opened for the first time in England and got a hundred. It brought him success but there were occasions, when he also had his share of rough patches. So it’s not the numbers that always really matter but what you bring to the table does,” he explained. Security and a sense of belonging is something that also brings the best out of any player, opined the all-time highest run scorer in Tests and ODIs. “I think security has to be there. If you look at any number, there has to be that security and one needs to feel that he belongs to the team. Players go through ups and down, but if they know that management is backing them, they tend to think differently,” he feels. Among the new crop of youngsters, Tendulkar is impressed with Hanuma Vihari’s temperament during the past few series. “You need to play Test cricket differently and real skill is tested on good bowler-friendly tracks and he has gone out and shown an ideal temperament,” Tendulkar said. “Vihari has been smart in selecting right shots to play at the right time. I have been impressed by his calmness, temperament as well as ability to absorb pressure. In Test cricket, various aspects are going to be tested and if you are sure of those things, your body language is different, which I saw in him,” said Tendulkar. The technical aspect that impressed Tendulkar was Vihari was ready to leave deliveries, a quality that’s also there in Australia’s find of Ashes Marnus Labuschagne. “In Ashes, Marnus Labuschagne is one of the top examples, he replaced Smith (as that Concussion substitute) at the Lord’s and then he stood out because I feel he was leaving the ball better than anyone else.” Tendulkar loves the concept of World Test Championship but it will only have context if the tracks are “sporting” in nature. “It can only happen if you play on sporting tracks and when I mean sporting tracks, it’s balanced one. If there isn’t a bit of something for everyone, then there is no point as the game itself gets affected,” he said giving the example of Ashes. “Ashes was example we got to see everything. Quality batting, top notch fast bowling and spinners also in play. There were players, who were attacking and there were players who are leaving the balls as well. Those elements shouldn’t disappear from Test cricket.” As far as points system is concerned (120 for series clean sweep), Tendulkar finds it as a good move to keep the fans engaged. “Points and all that, team would want to focus on game and nothing else. But what points system does is to keep spectators’ engagement alive. If a team has won first two Test matches, third shouldn’t be a dead rubber. Players will always give their best but how do you keep spectators engaged and involved is also important. “In the last 4 and 5 months, when teams are fighting for the top two slots, the points system will certainly add dimension and I wont be surprised if Test enthusiasts will be engrossed in calculating points,” said Tendulkar.last_img read more

New Delhi Fortysix prominent hotels and Hazrat N

first_imgNew Delhi: Forty-six prominent hotels and Hazrat Nizamuddi Dargah were declared as plastic-free on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said on Wednesday. “The hospitality industry, comprising 46 units, including Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Hotels, have been declared plastic-free,” the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said.The announcement was made during a programme organised by the South Zone of the SDMC in collaboration with Hotel Hyatt Regency. “The campaign was attended by 46 units from the hospitality industry. Hotel Hyatt Regency has installed bottling plant to stop usage of plastic water bottles,” the civic body said. The SDMC on Wednesday also organised ‘plog’ runs at about 80 places under its four zones. Hundreds of people joined hands to generate awareness on shunning single-use plastic and collected plastic waste in large quantity, which has either been given to the concessionaires or sent to a waste-to-energy plant for recycling and proper reuse, SDMC officials said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn a mega event at Mehrauli, SDMC Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti exhorted participants to collect maximum quantity of plastic waste so that a strong message could be disseminated on putting a halt on plastic use. Apart from picking plastic waste, awareness about single-use plastic was also raised in areas like Nizamuddin Basti, Kalindi Kunj Ghat, Srinivas Puri, Lajpat Nagar, Jamia Hamdard and Tughlakabad Extension. “Dargah Nizamuddin was also declared free from single-use plastic,” the SDMC said.last_img read more