FLOW Journey To Champs excites Hydel

first_imgHydel High School was presented with $200,000 towards the school’s sports programme, during FLOW’s Journey to Champs stop, at the Ferry-based institution on Monday.The second stop on the Flow Journey to Champs route was well received as the students enjoyed the show provided by the telecommunications and media company.Corey Bennett, Vice Principal and head coach of the track and field team, said they were thankful for the assistance from FLOW as they continue preparation for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which will run from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.”We are very pleased; we would have been doing something special to attract support for three years. Any assistance we get is good. This is the third year that they (FLOW) are coming here and it was a good vibes,” Bennett told The Gleaner.Hydel High finished second behind champions Edwin Allen High in the girls’ section last year and they are hopeful of doing better by getting more points.”I thought we were quite prepared for Champs, but did not perform to expectations at Western Relays last Saturday. We still have some work to do in order to achieve our objective this year at Champs,” he disclosed.Stephen Miller, FLOW’s sponsorship manager, said this year’s ‘Journey’ that started at Jamaica College two weeks ago provided a big buzz.”It is good, Champs fever is in the air, the atmosphere is electric. The students and athletes are eagerly anticipating the big event. We are pleased to continue to contribute to the schools,” he added.The entertainment saw the students having a good time as popular deejay Chi Ching Ching gave a good performance.Champs title sponsors, GraceKennedy, were also on hand and provided products for the students.The next stop on the FLOW Journey to Champs route will be at Kingston College this Friday, starting at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Scottie Thompson raring to play for Philippines anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I will always give my best for the Philippines.”Thompson last suited up for the national team in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and 2015 SEABA Championship, both held in Singapore, where the Filipinos were able to strike gold.READ: Guiao looking at Cabagnot, Slaughter, Lassiter for Fiba qualifiers Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said Thompson and Greg Slaughter, who was also in Guiao’s wish list, would greatly benefit in their stint with the national team.“I’m happy for Scottie, I’m really happy for Scottie and I hope that they could figure out a way to put Greg in there,” said Cone. “I think that guys get better when they play internationally so I think that it would be a great confidence-booster and great experience for those guys so I’m all for it.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Aces’ semis exit fuels Enciso’s hot streak in Governors’ Cup Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms After being named the Finals MVP in Barangay Ginebra’s Commissioner’s Cup title run, he got a call-up to the national team after Yeng Guiao chose him to be part of the Philippines’ lineup for the upcoming window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Not to turn down a rare opportunity, Thompson said he’d do whatever it takes to represent the country three years after he last donned the tricolor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Scottie in Guiao’s mind as Fiba windows approach“Of course, I’m willing to be part of the team. I will do what I have to do for the country,” said Thompson in Filipino after the Gin Kings’ 95-84 win over Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ READ: Ginebra kicks off PBA Governors’ Cup with win over ColumbianThompson said he’s looking forward to working under Guiao and play with PBA players in the national team, which is different from his last international stint where he had to play with top amateur players.“This will be the first time that I will play under a different coach in my PBA career and I think I’ll just have to trust the process,” said Thompon who had a near triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.“Everything that a coach teaches will fall on the players and it’s their responsibility to execute it and trust the process.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Scottie Thompson’s career trajectory just reached another level of altitude.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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£350,000-a-week? Arsenal should pay it to keep Ozil and Sanchez, says club hero

first_imgArsenal should pay whatever it takes to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the club, David Seaman has told talkSPORT.The Gunners’ star duo are entering the final 12 months of their contracts and both are demanding a huge rise to extend their stays.They are said to want a staggering £350,000-a-week to commit their futures to the north London club, which hasn’t gone down well with some fans.But Seaman says Arsenal must start splashing out more on wages to compete with the very best in Europe, starting with Ozil and Sanchez.“Pay Ozil and Sanchez whatever they want,” he said.“Get Arsenal back up to attracting the top players by offering the top wages.“The wage structure at Arsenal is not the biggest.“If the top players have got a choice of going to two London clubs and one offers you £100,000-a-week and the other offers £200,000-a-week, where are you going to go?“The sooner they start to offer top money, the more chance they have got of attracting these players.”last_img read more

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Club Player’s Association to stage meeting in Donegal this week – players urged to join up

first_imgTHE newly-formed Club Player’s Association will hold a meeting in Donegal this week as it seeks to recruit new members in the county.The CPA are inviting club players and members to the meeting on Friday night in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey at 8pm.Kilcar manager and former Donegal star Martin McHugh, who attended the launch of the CPA in Ballyboden St Enda’s on Monday, is asking for clubs to support the new association. “I have been in contact with a lot of clubs and players already and it would be great to see a good representation of club members and players on Friday night,” McHugh said.One of the aims of the association is to tighten the inter-county playing season, and to have the All-Ireland Championships wrapped up by the August Bank Holiday weekend.The CPA says that its main aim is to ‘fix the fixtures’ and to give club players a voice.“I’ve got back into club management this year and I didn’t realise how bad it was and that’s why I got involved in this,” said McHugh had told Monday’s launch “It used to be you had senior players being stopped from playing football, now you have U21 players and minor players. Where’s it going to stop? We can’t kill club football because if we kill club football, county football’s gone.“At the minute, we are actually killing the club – it’s scary. You see it on the ground, it is scary.“Where it’s gone wrong is the ratio of training to games, that’s where the burnout is coming from. It’s an easy problem to solve.“If you go into a sixth year class and give them an hour to do it, they’ll sort it out. That’s how it easy it is. But we need to want to do it at the level we’re at.“We need to make a decision to look after our club players and be passionate about what we’re doing, that’s what our association is about. “The grassroots is what it’s all about, it’s why we’re all here.”Club Player’s Association to stage meeting in Donegal this week – players urged to join up was last modified: January 11th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Club player’s associationCPAMartin McHughlast_img read more

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GOVERNMENT ROADMAP FOR RECOVERY WILL NOT DELIVER – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the government’s roadmap for growth was the latest in a long line of glossy reports that promised much but delivered little.He said the Medium Term Economic Strategy, published today, sets out business as usual but is based on economic assumptions from a government which had consistently mis-forecast growth projections.Deputy Doherty said: “This government is big into reports, but not into action. It’s easy to see that it paid external consultants €70,000 to advise them on this report because it is full of spin but vague on facts. “This is the seventh set of growth assumptions from this government and if it gets it right, it will be the first time. Nothing gives me hope that they will meet these targets because they are committing to pursue the same policies which will entail continuing with austerity, continuing to be hands-off on the mortgage crisis and failing to stimulate the economy with the reserves available to the State in the NPRF and other avenues.“For the hundreds of thousands that have been left on the dole queues from this government the message is cross your fingers and hope that you’re not one of the nearly 10% that will still be unemployed in five years’ time.“In addition, while this is a growth plan which is supposedly about addressing recovery, it does not address how it will fix what this government and the last has destroyed over the last six years. There is talk of keeping spending low and no further tax increases but there is no plan for fixing the ailing health service which will see more cuts in the New Year, nor of reducing the tax burden for low and middle income families.“Finally, the government still has its head in the sand when it comes to our unsustainable debt burden. The passing reference today to last year’s ‘game-changer’ shows that the government is not seriously pursuing the strategy to separate banking debt from sovereign debt. It is waiting for Europe to offer up a debt solution, but it is failing to press the issue and ensure Europe knows that the Irish people refuse to continue carrying this debt.”  GOVERNMENT ROADMAP FOR RECOVERY WILL NOT DELIVER – DOHERTY was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:government targetsPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

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AMAZING DONEGAL GIRL RAISES €4,622.79 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY

first_imgAMAZING 12-year-old Holly Ward from Falcarragh has raised a staggering €4,662.79 for the Irish Cancer society after bravely shaving her hair off for the charity. Holly had her head shaved on the 22nd of February after deciding she wanted to raise as much money as she possible could for the Irish Cancer Society.Amazingly it’s not the first time she’s sacrificed her hair to raise money for charity. Holly had her ponytail chopped off to raise money for the Rapunzel Foundation which is a charity that helps children suffering from leukemiaShe raised €363.50 for the Rapunzel Foundation but was determined to raise more for the Irish Cancer Society and that’s why she took the drastic measure to shave all her hair off.Holly achieved her goal and raised a staggering €4,662.79 for the charity.Well done Holly on your fantastic gesture and fundraising initiative. 🙂 AMAZING DONEGAL GIRL RAISES €4,622.79 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: April 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesHolly WardIrish Cancer SocietynewsShaved Headlast_img read more

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Big Sam, Fr. Mick and another postponement – It’s Walshy on Wednesday

first_imgIT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: It was the quarter-final that paired, in geographical terms, the two teams furthest apart but on the scoreboard saw them finish closer than any of the other ties over the weekend. I ventured along to O’Donnell Park on Sunday afternoon for the clash of Malin and Dungloe and enjoyed a highly intriguing game between two of the least fancied outfits of the last eight.Tony Boyle’s team looked to be heading in at the interval with a comfortable and well deserved lead only for the Inishowen side to hit three points without reply in the dying stages of the first half and close the gap to a goal between the sides.Next score to be key? Not quite, as Dungloe pointed early in the second period but then Malin took over proceedings to draw level and then go in front without looking as if they were going to relinquish that lead at any stage afterwards. They had a few inspirational performers on the day, not least, Benny McLaughlin. The quick-fire corner forward combined zip with zap and when his lightning speed wasn’t causing havoc in the Dungloe back-line, his chasing and harrying was back in the engine room. And he capped his display with five points including a ‘45’ converted with that magical left peg.Had it not been for performance of goalkeeper, Ciaran Sharkey, Dungloe might have found themselves further behind than the two points that separated the sides when Seamus McGonagle blew for time.All it would have taken then was a goal for the Rosses men to snatch victory but, in truth, it never looked like coming even following the introduction of Adrian Sweeney who just didn’t get the service to make a difference. A healthy attendance added to the atmosphere and the road to Letterkenny will be treaded again this Sunday by the Malin supporters though they may find their semi-final opponents a much more daunting task than was the case last weekend.Glenswilly took care of Sean MacCumhaills at the same venue the previous day running out nine point winners with, inevitably, Michael Murphy playing a starring role. They’ll start as firm favourites at the Letterkenny ground on Sunday (2.30.p.m.) but this Malin team won’t be turning up for a tanking and it has the promise of being a lot tighter than the pundits might be predicting.The two Championship favourites – now that St Eunan’s have exited the party – will contest the other semi-final at MacCumhaill Park on Sunday (6.p.m.) with Kilcar having dismantled Termon in the quarters and Naomh Conaill advancing at the expense of the black and amber.A hard one to call but I think the reigning champions from Glenties can make it through to another final and a date with Glenswilly.ANOTHER L.O.I. FIXTURE, ANOTHER POSTPONEMENTThe small band of us who make the pilgrimage to Finn Park were just about to set off from Letterkenny when the call came through – thanks Margaret! – that the game against St. Patrick’s Athletic was off. Deemed unplayable by referee Tommy Connolly just three-quarters of an hour before the scheduled kick-off time. Apparently he wasn’t entirely happy with a section of the pitch close to the Finn end and considered that it would compromise player welfare. As if we haven’t been compromised enough in our past few games at the venue.So soon after their E.A. Sports Cup win over Limerick, it might have been a good time to meet the Dubliners but that’s the nature of “summer soccer’ in this country.Fair play, it must be said, to the Harps ground staff who worked all day to try and get the surface in order but, just like the team’s prowess in front of goal in the past eight matches, not to be. And now they face a trip to face a Galway United team who, while well clear of the drop zone, haven’t been sparkling on all fronts as they had earlier in the season.Nevertheless, Tommy Dunne’s side will test a confidence sapped Harps who did run both Dundalk and Cork City close in recent outings and showed that all is not lost as they maintain their four-point advantage over Wexford Youths. That goal famine must end soon and I fancy it to reach that end at Eamonn Deacy Park this Saturday evening. Winning the game is another matter entirely but the third from bottom line is that it’s all still in their own hands.Meanwhile, here’s hoping for the League’s sake – even if associated postponements have caused chaos in the Premier League fixture list – that Dundalk will continue on from that opening Europa League Group D draw against AZ Alkmaar with another positive result against Maccabi Tel-Avid at Tallaght Stadium this Thursday night.And that R.T.E. or T.V. 3 will somehow contrive to bring us a highlights package of the game on the night even if live coverage is out of the question. Surely a European game involving the League of Ireland champions would draw a bigger T.V. audience than Leicester City and Porto did last night?ANOTHER POINT TO PONDER: That late penalty that got Dublin to within a solitary point of Cork in the women’s All-Ireland Final – the final kick of the game as it happened – should, of course, have been largely insignificant except for suggesting that it was a close run contest when the reality was that the reigning champions had been dominant in the second period.But as the cheers and the tears – sometimes one and the same as far as the victors are concerned – flowed after the full-time whistle, we had the inevitable controversy rearing its head and justifiably so.All eyes – with the notable exception of the Hawk – reflected back to that first half incident when Dublin’s Carla Rowe squeezed the ball over the bar only for an umpire to rule that it had arrowed outside the upright.Cue anger in the blue corner and suggestions of an appeal and the possibility of a replay. And all because the Ladies Gaelic Football Association opted not to use Hawk-Eye citing the cost factor involved.The cost to the Dublin women is another matter.Their hopes of bringing a halt to the juggernaut that is Cork football – six All-Irelands in a row now – dashed by a technology failure, that is the failure to have any technology available to decide issues such as the one that denied the Dubs.“We thought Hawk-Eye was being used but were told by the P.R. guy at half-time that he didn’t think it was,” Dublin manager Gregory McGonigle blasted in his post match interview.Didn’t think it was? Surely the “P.R. guy” would have known for sure that it was, or was not, in operation?Not the point (sic!) of course. McGonigle argued that if it had been a hurling game or a men’s football final they WOULD have had access to Hawk-Eye irrespective of the cost. And he’s right. Preaching as he indicated about equality and having standards but not implementing them in the biggest game of the year for both these teams.“The Association have to answer to Dublin, to our players and their families. They have let us all down,” claimed McGonigle.Spot on and nobody in all honestly could argue with his comments or had they proceeded along the lines of an appeal which they have decided against.If it wasn’t for one factor referred to by the Ladies Association who pointed out that Hawk-Eye is not available at stadiums outside of Croke Park and subsequently the All-Ireland competition would have been carried out on a less than level playing field.This column has raised that point before and surely it’s one built on solid grounds. How fair can it be if you score a point in, say, a round one qualifier, that is ruled out because of the absence of technology at that particular venue and you go on and lose by that score?There are those who will argue that the Final is the big one and Croke Park should have access to the best that the technical world can offer.But here we have a situation where because one Association declined to put its hand in its purse, the technology that was actually available wasn’t deployed on the day. Not much consolation there to theDublin women. But you can see the argument put forward by the Ladies Association in relation to level playing fields.The solution?The costly one is to have Hawk-Eye installed at every inter-county venue – and deployed for every match – but we can probably rule that one out immediately.The G.A.A. may be rolling it in cash-wise – the little matter of next Saturday’s replay will add nicely to the coffers – but it will certainly not be willing to fork out to bring the game, every game, into the era of technology and fair play.Where sport is concerned there will always be controversy and dispute, whether it’s to do with the black card/yellow card scenario, boxing judges in the Olympic Games, legal or illegal doping at the top level (aka Bradley Wiggins), or when grappling in the penalty area should be awarded with a spot-kick. Technology cannot eradicate all of this and the bottom line for those of us who like a good sporting argument would we really want it to?FR.MICK’S BIG NIGHT:Back in the days when ‘Bohemian Rhapsody” occupied the top spot in the British charts for ten weeks in a row, I was among the contingent of boarders who eagerly trotted along to the T.V. room at Holy Cross College in Falcarragh on a Thursday night –the sole perk as far as I can recall – to watch Freddie Mercury and Queen perform the classic on Top of the Pops.Like I say, the perks for a boarder were as rare as ‘A’s (or, let’s be honest ‘B’s) in this student’s Leaving Certificate, either the one I sat for in Falcarragh or the one that came at the end of my five years stint in St. Eunan’s College.But Bohemian Rhapsody aside, there were some positives in my year at Holy Cross and they came in the form of two clerics who helped inspire a generation in terms of their enthusiasm for sport and specifically Gaelic football and soccer.For the former, Fr Sean Gallagher was the leading light who brought many of us out onto muddy pitches in the teeth chattering days of a winter month where we, despite the elements, enjoyed a footballing break away from the studies and starkness of life at a boarding school.For similar enthusiasm in terms of Association Football, read Fr Michael Sweeney. He twinned his passion for the sport with the gentlest of manners and like his G.A.A. counterpart was instrumental in helping the school to sporting success with All-Ireland titles arriving through the gates.Fr. Mick would, of course, become known far outside those gates for his devoted involvement with the Donegal League, his beloved Fanad United, and with Finn Harps – contributing whole-heartedly to every venture and never stepping beyond the bounds of fair play.Not surprisingly he was the recipient of the Donegal Person of the Year award handed out by the Donegal Association in Dublin. And equally not surprising he has been lauded regularly over the years for his achievements both as a man of God and as a sporting pastor.It will be no exception this Friday night when many of those who were inspired by him on the soccer pitches of the nation – and with cups and medals to prove it – will assemble to honour him at a special occasion of tributes in the Silver Tassie Hotel just outside Letterkenny.In typical modest fashion, Fr Mick will no doubt attempt to fend off those tributes but he is deserving of every one of them. Hope the night goes well for him though I doubt they’ll be rendering ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for him!FLICKING BACKUp gathering dust on top of a press in the scullery it sits, inviting me to bring it down and give it another go. And every time I pass by and gaze upwards, I’m close to doing just that and rekindling those days when, as the old Yellow Pages slogan used to proclaim, you ‘Let Your Fingers Do The Walking’.Or in this case, the flicking. And passing. And scoring. Or not.I’m talking, of course, about Subbuteo, the table soccer game that was once a must-have in many a household before technology arrived to spoil it all.The last time I played it was with my daughter who, in her tender years, became an avid of it and would often persuade her dad to lay out that familiar cloth pitch and the teams that went with it and get flicking. Sadly, too, technology changed her from a table soccer enthusiast to someone who now much prefers screens and savers – from flick to switch in a few short years.I got thinking of it again when an item on the back page of the ‘Letterkenny Post’ last week caught my eye – a story concerning a local enthusiast for the game who is attempting to organise a group to meet up and help put Subbuteo back on the table again.Brendan Rodgers is looking for a suitable venue in Letterkenny where they can arrange a monthly meeting of minds and fingers to get the game up and netting.Hope he manages it.And, yes, I know what some of you are thinking. Brendan Rodgers. Subbuteo’s just about the only game where Celtic might have the sniff of a chance against Manchester City tonight…..TIPS FOR THE WEEK:Mayo to confound all expectations concerning the inevitable fate of underdogs in All-Ireland replays and reclaim Sam after hundreds of years; Enda Kenny to grant a week’s National Holiday as a result; and Sam Allardyce to start all over again at Limerick F.C.Big Sam, Fr. Mick and another postponement – It’s Walshy on Wednesday was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Chelsea’s youngsters thrash Fulham

first_imgChelsea’s youngsters strolled to a resounding 3-0 victory over Fulham in the Under-21 Premier League on Monday evening.Nathan Ake, Islam Feruz and Adam Phillip scored in a rain-swept game at the Blues’ Cobham training ground which was watched by manager Rafael Benitez and club owner Roman Abramovich.Despite being without some of their most influential players – striker Patrick Bamford and captain Todd Kane recently went out on loan and Lucas Piazon was not involved – Chelsea were on top from the start and all the goals came in the first half.They went ahead in the 17th minute when Ake sent a glorious left-footed effort into the corner from 25 yards.Blues midfielder Rohan Ince had a header cleared off the line before Feruz fired in the second goal after being set up by George Saville.And once Phillip finished off a great team move to make it three, there was no way back for Fulham.Click here for Monday’s Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What’s Darwin Got to Do With It?

first_imgIs evolutionary theory useful?  We saw Donald Kennedy et al. claiming last week (see 02/24/2006) that doctors need training in evolutionary thinking.  This week, Christopher Beard (U of Pittsburgh Medical Center) claimed that a study of dinosaur evolution can help doctors understand human lower back pain (see EurekAlert).  These, however, are announcements after the fact.  Medical science was doing fine before these suggestions came along.    It seems that much of evolutionary literature deals in speculation of doubtful utility.  Consider these examples:Meet Your Friend, Clay:  A press release from UC Riverside speculated that clays formed at just the right time to provide oxygen to evolving primitive life forms.Hen’s Teeth:  Scientists at Max Planck Institute mutated a gene in a chicken egg and produced what they claim look like the beginnings of teeth.  The story in Science Now was cheerfully reported by EurekAlert.  If these were teeth, they were not made for biting.  Nevertheless, the press release said “The findings strongly suggest that the birds were initiating developmental programs similar to those of their reptilian ancestors.”  Interestingly, this was a story about losing teeth, not evolving new teeth, because some early birds did have teeth.Elephants Never Forget, but Evolutionists Do:  An essay that can be considered typical of evolutionary speculations on phylogeny was published in Nature (439, 673 (9 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439673a) about elephants and mammoths.  It tried to decide which group was the ancestor of which.Many scientific reports, by contrast, mention nothing about evolution and talk about design so much you would think an ID advocate wrote them.  Some examples:Wow, ID in Butterfly LEDs  A UK team was so astonished at the light-emitting diodes in butterfly wings (see 11/18/2005), that they called it “intelligent design” (see the report in IEEE Spectrum).  The E word didn’t even make the final cut.  One engineer interested in making better LEDs remarked, “Who knows how much time could have been saved if we’d seen this butterfly structure 10 years ago.”Outdoing Darwin:  “Intelligent Design” was used in another press release (or rather, abused), in a story that turned the phrase to glorify evolution.  Lawrence Berkeley Research News reported, “Evolutionary paths to new therapeutic drugs, as well as a wide assortment of other enzyme products, have been created through, of all things, intelligent design.”  The irony is that they intended to make the evolutionary process sound good.  Actually, they sifted varieties of molecules toward a predetermined goal: a form of artificial selection, where the “intelligent design” was good old human ingenuity.  Though the E word was used throughout the article, this was really another application of taking a design in nature and modifying it with intelligence: in short, ID science.Fish Sharpshooters:  No mention of evolution was made in another article about archer fish.  In Current Biology (16:4, 21 February 2006, Pages 378-383, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2005.12.037), scientists found that these amazing sharpshooters (see 09/07/2004) can actually learn each other’s tricks, and perform them without practicing.These are mere samples of many papers that study design in nature and mention nothing about Darwin’s theory.  They seem to prosper as scientific works without relying on what Darwinists call the foundation or cornerstone of biology: evolution.  Phillip Skell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, underscored this point in a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  He illustrated a point made by Darwinist A.S. Wilkins: “Evolution would appear to be the indispensable unifying idea and, at the same time, a highly superfluous one.”  Everybody is taught that it is the cornerstone of biology, but in actual practice, no one really uses it.I examined the great biodiscoveries of the 20th century – the double helix, the mapping of genomes, the characterization of the ribosome, research on medications and drug reactions, improvements in food production and sanitation, new surgeries.    I even queried biologists in areas where you’d expect Darwinian theory to most benefit research, as in the emergence of antibiotic and pesticide resistance (antibiotic resistance was first recognized in the clinic, from fatal relapses among tuberculosis patients).  Darwin’s theory provided no discernible guidance.  Instead, it was brought in, after the breakthroughs, as an interesting narrative gloss.He also asked them if they would have done their work differently if Darwin was wrong.  They all said no.    Ironically, in the very same issue of Science that contained two articles defending Darwinism and attacking intelligent design (see 02/10/2006), the editors also awarded the Grand Prize for the Young Scientist essay contest.  The winning entry?  A wonderful piece by a Turkish grad student, Ahmet Yildiz (Science10 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5762, p. 793, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125068) that not only avoids evolution, but has intelligent design written all over it – figuratively if not literally.  The subject: “How Molecular Motors Move.”Darwinism is the most useless, empty collection of vain speculations in the world today.  It doesn’t help medicine, it doesn’t help engineering, it doesn’t help biology or physics or chemistry or anything, yet this is the theory that liberal theologians step all over themselves to embrace and defend (see 02/11/2006).  Despite its worthlessness and the evil inherent in its core principles, its defenders shield it from criticism and race to attack alternatives with more zeal than any Grand Inquisitor.  Isn’t it time for a breath of freedom?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Kinect Official Software Dev Kit Coming From Microsoft, Report Says

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In its first month of availability, the Kinect sold twice as fast as the iPad when that red-hot product came out of the gate. Hackers immediately set upon it, accessing its software and enabling it to control things like World of Warcraft with your whole body.Two weeks ago today, one of the companies that built and licensed key technology to Microsoft in the creation of the Kinect announced that it had partnered with Asus to bring Kinect-type functionality to all PCs as soon as next Spring.In November we asked our readers what you’d do with a hacked Kinect. Unofficial code was available and conversation began less than a week after Kinect launched.“Microsoft is missing a significant market opportunity by not being open to third-party enhancement of the Kinect hardware,” Dr. Joel West, professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at San José State University, argued in an article on SeekingAlpha yesterday. “Although the volume will not be as big as for a hit game … third-parties will identify markets and solutions that Microsoft never anticipated.” (Microsoft vs. Open Kinect: How to Miss a Significant Market Opportunity)Now this, a reputable specialist blog reporting that Microsoft itself is getting on board and opening up the Kinect. That would certainly be the rational thing to do. If Microsoft turned its ship around this quickly, and if it can execute an effective developer strategy, then history will likely look back at the abscence of an SDK at launch as an obstacle smartly overcome.Dowload Squad’s Sebastian Anthony argues that “The release of an official SDK doesn’t have immediate repercussions, but it does strongly hint at a gesture-controlled future for Windows 8.”What does this look like in the future? The most bullish estimate we’ve seen comes from Forrester analyst James McQuivey, one of three analysts we quoted in our pre-launch post titled Could The Kinect Control Your Internet of Things?This is an era in which we will revolutionize the digital home and everything that goes along with it: TV, internet, interactivity, apps, communication. It will affect just about everything you do in your home…“Kinect is to multitouch user interfaces what the mouse was to DOS. It is a transformative change in the user experience, the interposition of a new and dramatically natural way to interact — not just with TV, not just with computers — but with every machine that we will conceive of in the future.That vision seems all the more viable today than it did even yesterday. Microsoft’s motion-control interface the Kinect has been wildly popular and has been a big hit with hacker communities using it to control all kinds of unexpected apps outside the XBox gaming system, but according to a new report today from Windows watch-dog blog Winrumors, Microsoft is preparing an official Software Developement Kit (SDK) that will let 3rd parties build any Windows software to include Kinect control support.“Microsoft is set to unveil driver support and an SDK in the coming months and will allow third-party developers to create titles that utilize the Kinect sensor when plugged into a PC,” writes blogger Tom Warren. “According to sources familiar with the plans, Microsoft will distribute the drivers under the ‘beta’ tag.” This is a development we’ve been hoping to see for some time, since well before the Kinect was launched. It seemed pretty crazy to think the Kinect wasn’t going to open up officially someday. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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