SANTA CLARA — Want to hear a good story about 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh?Sorry, that’s not how this is going to work.“A Saleh story?” quarterback Nick Mullens asked. “He’s the one that tells great stories.”“His stories, they’re epic,” cornerback K’Waun Williams said. “We love when he gives us a good story.” “The Dearborn one is the funniest,” defensive tackle Solomon Thomas added.Ah yes, the Dearborn story. The 49ers veterans have heard it a couple times. It …
Two recent stories illustrate the attempt by some evolutionary biologists to reduce complex human behaviors to chance events among molecules.You Are What You Get High On: Michael Balter in ScienceNow asked, “Did endorphins make us more human?” Pondering that question is a photo of a chimp and a naked ape (i.e., man) facing opposite one another in the pose of Rodin’s The Thinker. Balter reported on research by Duke University scientists who found a large difference between apes and humans in the expression of an endorphin-precursor gene. Endorphins are “opiatelike molecules involved in learning, the experience of pain, and social attachment and bonding.” Presumably this implies our chimp brethren are less endowed in those areas. “The team concludes that the pattern is a solid example of natural selection acting on the human lineage after it split from the chimp line from 5 million to 7 million years ago” [emphasis added in all quotations]. Some critics counter that it is “not yet clear what mental or behavioral traits were favored by selection.” Bruce Lahn (U of Chicago) gave only mild criticism: “It is a bit early to say that these changes were key to what makes us human. But it seems like a reasonable hypothesis.” Balter left it at that.Patriotic Genes: EurekAlert announced matter-of-factly, “Genes contribute to patriotism and group loyalty.” J. Philippe Rushton of the Charles Darwin Research Institute has found a correlation between genetic similarities and group behavior. At the lowest level, he thinks, this explains kinship behavior between identical twins and family members, but extends all the way up to clans, tribes, races and nationalities. Rushton, a psychology professor at the University of Western Ontario, believes this is all clear if we look from the gene up. The article explains: “Human social preferences, like mate choice and ethnic nepotism, are anchored in the evolutionary psychology of altruism. Adopting a ‘gene’s eye’ point of view allows us to see that people’s favoritism to kin and similar others evolved to help replicate shared genes.” Rushton’s article in the October issue of Nations and Nationalism was, according to EurekAlert, about “how genes affect group loyalty and patriotism.”Is there any doubt left about why we need to “teach the controversy” about Darwinian evolution? Look at what these Darwinists did. Like dispassionate gods on Mt. Olympus, they reduced everything about you and me to our genes, but exempted themselves. Pretentiously and arrogantly, they explained some of the deepest ideals of human behavior in terms of chance consequences of molecular happenstance in some dim evolutionary past. If that were true, their own rationality would be worthless. It’s hypocritical and logically impossible to proffer rational explanations for why rationality is a phantom. If rationality is reducible to molecules in motion, it is not rationality at all. We don’t need intelligent design moved out of the science class into the philosophy class, we need some philosophy moved into the science class. We need cogent thinkers and logicians to interrupt Darwinists when they make foolish, self-refuting statements. We need them to distinguish between observable science and religious or philosophical pronouncements made in the name of science that go far beyond the evidence. Now read the next entry.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Roger Federer’s eight Wimbledon crown earned him a spot in the top three of the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday, with 6,545 points.While, Garbime Muguruza jumped to the fifth place with 4,990 points in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) world rankings after she was crowned Wimbledon champion.Briton Andy Murray and Spanish Rafael Nadal kept their places at first and second, even though they left the tournament at the quarter-final stage and round of 16 respectively.Czech Karolina Pliskova took the top spot in the WTA rankings with Romanian Simona Halep and German Angelique Kerber, in second and third respectively.Roger Federer has won five of the 14 tournaments in which he has participated in the current season, two Grand Slams (Australian Open and Wimbledon) and two 1,000 Masters (Indian Wells and Miami) in addition to Halle.Federer’s opponent in Sunday’s Wimbledon final Marin Cilic of Croatia is sixth in the list.The current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Andy Murray (United Kingdom) 7,7502. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 7,4653. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6,5454. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6,3255. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6,1406. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 5,0757. Dominic Thiem (Netherlands) 4,0308. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 3,7409. Milos Raonic (Canada) 3,31010. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,160The current WTA rankings and points are as follows:1. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6,8552. Simona Halep (Romania) 6,6703. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5,9754. Johanna Konta (United Kingdom) 5,1105. Garbime Muguruza (Spain) 4,9906. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 4.9357. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 4,7808. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 4,5009. Venus Williams (United States) 4.46110. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 3,985. (With inputs IANS)
Taylor Harwood-Bellis full of pride making Man City debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTaylor Harwood-Bellis is full of pride after making his Manchester City debut.The 17 year-old featured in the Carabao Cup win over Preston.Now the teenager hopes to kick on and remain in manager Pep Guardiola’s plans for the rest of the season.”Make sure I stay in the manager’s mind,” Harwood-Bellis replied to the Manchester Evening News when asked by Man City what his goals were for the rest of the season.”Stay training with the first team and just kick on, do the best that I can.”It’s a dream come true to play for this club. Dream’s been there since I was five or six. Playing for the fans with these players is amazing, I loved every minute of it.”It’s always your goal when you’re coming through the academy to make the first team, I wasn’t expecting it, I knew I’d have to work for it but to make my debut here tonight has just been unbelievable.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lampard delighted with response of fans to Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard is delighted with the response of the support to his young players.Lampard has reiterated that his young Chelsea side are taking positive steps forward and this has been highlighted in the past two performances at Stamford Bridge. The Blues lost to Liverpool before thrashing Grimsby in the League Cup.”I was happy because I think everyone in the stadium had the same feeling,” said Lampard.”Fans will always react to desire, fight and work ethic, and we were showing those things. They want to see players who give everything and want to play for this club. The young players have definitely brought a different dimension as well and there’s no doubt the fans are loving seeing them come through.”
Shaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsA Manitoba Chief is working on a plan with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to build 25 new homes in his community and on a neighbouring urban reserve.Chief Dennis Meeches said the Long Plain First Nation is one of the fastest growing reserves in Manitoba and the need for housing is urgent.“The demand for homes on First Nation communities is huge,” said Meeches. “There’s no way we can offset that demand, so we have to find new ways of looking at building homes”.The plan is to utilize dollars through the First Nations Market Housing Fund, a program created nearly a decade ago that provides working families access to affordable mortgages in order to own homes onFirst Nation land.“We have to look at First Nation housing differently. We’re trying to put the onus on our people to take home ownership and be responsible for their homes and have legal title to the homes,” he said.Meeches said he hopes to build 25 houses in total under the fund both on the Long Plain First Nation and on Long Plain’s Urban Reserve in Portage La Prairie a few kilometres away.The $300 million fund was created by the Harper government in 2008 in hopes of putting a dent in Canada’s First Nation housing crisis.The idea was to build 25, 000 homes by 2018, but there have been significant delays.In May 2015 only 99 houses were built under the fund.Similar initiatives in the past have proven devastating to some communities when mortgage payments fell through, but Meeches says he’s prepared.“We cannot allow housing to drive us into third party management,” said Meeches. “I think there’s going to be some trial and error in that, but at the same time we have no choice because we don’t want toleave that type of challenges for our children and grandchildren.”Meeches said revenue from the community’s numerous economic development projects will allow for some insurance to protect investments.Meeches is hopeful construction will begin this summer.Long Plain will hold two information sessions for band members on Thursday March 2, 2017 in Long Plain and Portage La Prairie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff and contractors in Victoria have been crunching the numbers on climate change costs for the coastal city and it’s not looking good, the mayor says.Lisa Helps says based on a report commissioned by the regional government in 2015, storm surges combined with a one-metre rise in sea level — which is projected by the year 2100 — could result in business disruption losses of $415,557 per day.Victoria was one of the first municipalities in British Columbia to pen a letter to oil and gas companies last year asking them to chip in to cover growing bills in proportion to their emissions.It is joining local governments around the world in seeking some relief.“We’re actively working through our climate leadership plan to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but in the interim there are real costs to taxpayers,” Helps said in an interview.“It’s pretty fair to say ‘You caused this, you need to help us mitigate the cost,’ even as we all — energy companies and cities — work toward a renewable energy future.”West Coast Environmental Law, which has driven the campaign in B.C., says 16 local councils have voted to write letters to fossil fuel companies. The most recent was West Vancouver, which voted last week.“It’s been increasing in momentum,” said Andrew Gage, the organization’s staff lawyer.It’s not about handing the entire bill to fossil fuel producers, but seeking a reasonable contribution relative to a company’s pollution, he said.“No one is saying the individual consumer bears no responsibility, it’s a question of what the relative responsibility is,” he said.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers declined comment, saying that since the letters are sent directly to companies, it considers the issue “company specific.” Shell and Exxon Mobil, two of the largest oil companies in the world, did not respond to requests for comment.The campaign has largely flown under the radar until recently when the resort town of Whistler in B.C. drew the ire of Alberta for sending one of the letters to Calgary-based oilsands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Last weekend, Alberta’s economic development and trade minister, Deron Bilous, took a dig at Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton while speaking at a pro-oil rally in Grand Prairie.“The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars, for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.Crompton apologized in a Facebook video last week.Governments in other parts of the world are trying different tactics.Several cities in the United States, including New York and San Francisco, have tried unsuccessfully to sue major oil companies over climate change.In the Philippines, the Commission on Human Rights has an ongoing investigation into a complaint filed against 47 coal, oil, gas and cement companies.Greenpeace says it’s the world’s first human rights investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change and was launched in response to complaints from typhoon survivors, advocates and community groups.While there’s no monetary element to the investigation, Greenpeace said it could set a precedent for other legal cases relating to climate change liability.In Ontario, the legislature has twice debated a private member’s bill intended to clarify the rules around suing fossil fuel companies. The bill was killed by the Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford.Greenpeace Canada said it’s working on a tool kit for local governments considering launching a legal challenge to fossil fuel companies similar to those in the United States.“We’ll be encouraging cities across the country, and I’ll personally ask the City of Toronto, to launch this kind of a case,” said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist at Greenpeace Canada.Stewart pointed to a city staff report that found between 2000 and 2012, Toronto experienced three one-in-100-year rain storms and it said the city would continue to experience extreme weather events.“This wave of climate lawsuits, which have just picked up speed in the last couple of years, is not going to go away,” Stewart said.Whether the letter writing campaign will be effective beyond raising awareness has yet to be seen.Since Victoria sent 19 letters to the largest fossil fuel companies in the world, none of which Helps said were Canadian, it has received only one response.Shell Canada responded on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in a letter that did not commit to any payment but highlighted the companies support for emissions goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement and “billions of dollars” it has invested in low carbon and renewable energies.It also highlighted its Quest project, launched in Edmonton in 2015, as an example, saying it reduces carbon dioxide emissions from oil sands operations by more than one million tonnes per year.“These are a few examples of the actions we are taking today, recognizing that the global energy transition will span decades, moving at different paces and producing different outcomes in different countries depending on local factors,” says the letter signed by president Michael Crothers.“We welcome efforts toward constructive, collaborative action as we collectively attempt to address this complex global challenge.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
Oeiras (Portugal): Juventus star and Portuguese national football hero Cristiano Ronaldo returned home to wear the western Iberian nation’s team jersey for the first time since the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Although it was Portugal and Juventus’ defender Joao Cancelo, not Ronaldo, who attended the press conference held prior to the training on Tuesday, reports Efe news. “Having a player like him on the team makes everything easier,” Cancelo said, discussing Ronaldo’s play in Italy’s Serie A Juve, where Cancelo also plays. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The media asked Cancelo about Ronaldo’s return to the national stage, wanting to know why it took Ronaldo so long before being capped again. While Cancelo did not directly answer the press’ questions on this point, he did reply that, “Cristiano adds quality to any team he goes to, we are privileged.” Ronaldo is Portugal’s favourite son; he is so popular that most Portuguese bars and restaurants have two TV screens on during league play; one screen shows every Juventus match and the other screen shows the other matches from the Portuguese league. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The Portugal national team, which started its preparation Monday at the national federation’s sports city in Oeiras (located in the outskirts of nation’s capital Lisbon), is set to host Ukraine and Serbia in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers on March 22 and 25, respectively. The 2016-Euro-Champion Portugal drew to the B-Group of the Euro qualifiers, which also includes Lithuania and Luxembourg, along with Ukraine and Serbia. During Tuesday’s practice, all cameras followed Ronaldo. The team coach, Fernando Santos, agreed to give the famed striker a rest following allegations that hit the press in 2018 that Ronaldo had raped a woman in the US, in 2009. Although the Portuguese team could play other strikers besides Ronaldo, having the star set to play gives a moral boost to the squad and more optimism to the fans who believe that CR7 (Ronaldo’s acronyms) always wins. Thought by many to be the best player in the world and one of most-gifted scorers of all time, Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or awards and is the first player ever to win four European Golden Shoes.
Ahmedabad: The CBI on Wednesday refused to take any stand on the pleas of former police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin seeking to drop court proceedings against them in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.The Gujarat government has refused sanction to prosecute them. In his submission before special judge J K Pandya, CBI lawyer R C Kodekar said the court may pass “appropriate order in accordance with the law” on the pleas of Vanzara and Amin. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court on Wednesday also allowed the lawyer of Ishrat Jahan’s mother Shamima Kauser to file a reply opposing applications of Vanzara and Amin, and argue on the matter on April 9. The court said it will then decide the matter on merit. The CBI had earlier informed the court that the Gujarat government had declined to grant it sanction to prosecute Vanzara and Amin under section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Vanzara is a former deputy inspector general of police, while Amin retired as a superintendent of police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUnder section 197, a government’s sanction is necessary for the prosecution of a public servant. After the government refused a sanction to prosecute them, Vanzara and Amin moved the court, praying that the proceedings against them in the case be dropped. Kodekar had sought time to seek instructions from the CBI on the pleas filed by the two former police officers. On August 7, 2018, the court had rejected discharge applications of Vanzara and Amin, and also sought to know from the CBI whether the agency had requested the government for a sanction to prosecute them, so that the court could frame charges against them and start with the trial. Ishrat, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by the Gujarat police in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The police claimed that they were terrorists and were planning to kill then chief minister Narendra Modi. A Special Investigation Team set up by the Gujarat High Court later concluded that the encounter was fake, after which the HC transferred the case to the CBI. In the first charge-sheet filed by the CBI in 2013, seven Gujarat police officers, including IPS officers P P Pandey, Vanzara and G L Singhal, were named as accused. The court later discharged Pandey.
New Delhi: BJP’s East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir on Sunday responded to allegation from AAP’s Atishi on him having two voter IDs. Without going into the issue, the former cricketer said that these kinds of allegations come from a place that lacks vision. Gambhir, who is a recent entrant in the saffron party and in the politics of Delhi said, “When you do not have a vision and have done nothing in the last four and a half years, you make such allegations.” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAfter Gambhir had filed his nomination papers, AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi had raised the point that he had two voter Ids registered under his name. Going full offensive on BJP’s Gambhir, Atishi had said that this offense would definitely disqualify him from the fight. She had also claimed that Gambhir did not specifically deny her allegations. Furthermore, Gambhir added that the finality of the decision lies with the Election Commission and said that this mud-slinging is window-dressing to hide poor performance. While campaigning in his constituency, he said that people with vision don’t end up resorting to “negative politics”. Gambhir, the fresh entrant has also had a formal complaint registered against him for holding a rally in Jangpur without the requisite permission. Gambhir will go up against Atishi and Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely with Delhiites casting their votes on May 12.