Gayle failure continues

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC):Chris Gayle’s batting failures continued as his Jamaica and West Indies teammate, AndrÈ Russell, upstaged him with an electrifying cameo to fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an important win in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.Entering the run chase with KKR in a spot of bother at 69 for four in the 11th over – in pursuit of 186 for victory – the right-handed Russell reignited the innings with 39 off 24 balls as the visitors reached their target off the first ball of the final over.Yusuf Pathan finished on 60 not out off 29 deliveries, posting an invaluable 96 for the fifth wicket with Russell, who blasted a four and four sixes.Captain and opener Gautam Gambhir stroked 37 off 29 balls.The victory allowed KKR to move into second place on 10 points, ahead of Mumbai Indians, courtesy of a superior net run rate.Gujarat Lions remained clear at the top on 12 points.Sent in at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were powered by a joint top score of 52 from captain Virat Kohli and opener Lokesh Rahul, as they reached 185 for seven off their 20 overs.RUN OF LOW SCORESAustralian Shane Watson chimed in with 34, while the left-handed Gayle continued his run of low scores with seven.Subdued by Russell in the first over, Gayle seemed ready to explode when he struck South African seamer Morne Morkel straight overhead for six, off in the second over of the innings.Next ball, however, Gayle miscued a pull at a ball of shortish length and skied a catch to the wicketkeeper at eight for one.Gayle has scored eight runs in three innings for RCB this season and all told, has now failed to reach double figures in six consecutive innings since his hundred against England in the Twenty20 World Cup last March.Russell claimed one for 24 from four overs of pace, while West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine went wicketless from his four overs which cost 45 runs.last_img read more

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RCMP catch alleged parking meter vandal

first_imgEarly Saturday morning, the Fort St. John RCMP arrested a man they believe is responsible for recent parking meter vandalism.At approximately 3 a.m., the Fort St. John Crime Reduction Unit with the assistance of General Duty members located a 42 year-old Fort St. John male allegedly breaking parking meters on 100th street at 100th avenue.The male was located wearing shoes that matched impressions left near other broken meters and in possession of a large amount of quarters.- Advertisement -Over the last week, the City has reported over $50,000 in damage as a result of the parking meter vandalism and left.The investigation continues and charges of theft under $5,000 and mischief over $5,000 are pending. The RCMP cannot release the name of the accused at this time.If you have any further information about this crime, contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also go online to www.crimestoppersfsj.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jury chosen in FIFA corruption trial in New York

first_imgThe jurors were whittled down from a prospective pool of 200, and kept in semi-secluded anonymity following documented attempts at intimidation. They were finalized on day four of the painstaking process in the US federal court in Brooklyn.Of the 18 people, 12 are men and six are women. The majority are white.US District Judge Pamela Chen, who is presiding over the trial, sent them home for the weekend with strict instructions not to talk anyone about the case and to isolate themselves from any news coverage.Prosecutors unveiled the scandal on May 27, 2015, lifting the lid on a quarter of a century of endemic corruption in the heart of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.Forty-two officials and marketing executives and three companies were indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of $200 million.Twenty-four have already pleaded guilty and only three were going on trial — charged with racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.The most high-profile is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation — the sport’s organizing body in one of the premier soccer-playing nations in the world.Also in the dock is former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member.If convicted by the jury, they will be sentenced by Judge Pamela Chen. The most serious counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The most high-profile official charged in the FIFA corrupton trial is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation © AFP/File / Don EMMERTNEW YORK, United States, Nov 10 – Twelve jurors and six alternates were selected at the FIFA corruption trial in New York on Thursday, tasked with deciding the guilt or innocence of three fabulously wealthy and once powerful South American soccer officials.The impanelling of the jury clears the way for prosecutors to begin opening statements next Monday, two and a half years after they unveiled what is the largest bribery scandal in the history of the world’s most popular sport.last_img read more

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DDTV: SEE TORY ISLAND LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE

first_imgTory Island lies 14 km out into the Atlantic Ocean to the west of mainland Donegal. In this short film Iain Miller, Fionnualla Donnelly and Aidan Mc Ginley make a trip to the island for a day of rock climbing and caving. Simply click on the video to play. DDTV: SEE TORY ISLAND LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:DDTVdonegalIain MillerTory Islandlast_img read more

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Eugenics in Space

first_imgTo “keep evolution on a favorable track,” spacefaring humans may want to cull bad genes, a futurist says.Enter chief speculator, Cameron Smith of Portland State University, whose “day job” is teaching evolution.  In Elizabeth Howell’s post on Live Science, “Will Humans Keep Evolving on Ultra-Long Space Voyages?“, Smith was given free rein to fantasize about starship populations transporting human wretchedness across the light-years, to pollute other worlds some distant day.  One of the factors that he thinks can’t be overlooked is evolution.  A teacher of evolution at the university, Smith feels “evolution will continue on starships despite the best attempts to limit it.”“I believe that new pressure, breathing-gas compositions, gravity and radiation environments will act on the early stages of embryo and fetus development; this will be natural selection of new selective agents on the genome,” Smith told SPACE.com in an email after stating his views in a recent Scientific American podcast.“Precisely what new characteristics will be selected for or against, and spread or be deleted from the population, is very hard to predict, however.”It might seem odd that a teacher of evolution equates natural selection with inheritance of acquired characteristics (Lamarckism) in the embryo, but Howell didn’t stop him right there.  Instead, she let him launch into unfettered prediction about what is very hard to predict, and to advise politicians he will never see about how to “keep evolution on a favorable track” —To keep evolution on a favorable track, the early space colonists should be screened as much as possible for genetic problems, Smith said.His advice primarily wobbled around the “founder effect” of a new population and the minimum population size to avert inbreeding, though he correctly noted that the single-gene disease notion is “melting away” under new discoveries of polygenic disease and epigenetics.  Interfering with evolution raises ominous thoughts about eugenics, so he wanted to make it clear he is not one of “them” —He stressed that he doesn’t mean breeding a “super-race” of humans, which would open moral issues.But if evolution is as evolution does, and if evolution brought humans to existence, what are morals?  Where did they evolve from?  Wouldn’t the rigors of space require a super-race of space travelers, with evolutionary biologists advising tyrannical captains and an ample supply of obedient peasants to do the work?  It’s unclear why Smith preferred the happy, cooperative Star Trek crew, when evolution produces anything that gets the job done.  Maybe that’s just his personal preference.If Smith is feeling some sense of moral obligation, it might be described as a mutation interfering with the inexorable random track of evolution.  If natural selection produces a batch of obese slackers on the ship, as depicted in the Disney movie Wall-E (mentioned by Howell as some kind of bad outcome), who’s he to complain?  Why would anyone offer “best attempts to limit it”?  Evolve or perish; evolve and perish; nobody cares.Question: what do you get when you subject embryos to “new pressure, breathing-gas compositions, gravity and radiation environments”?  You can find out with experiments on fruit flies in the space station.  Do you get “new selective agents” in the genome?  No; you get dead embryos.  But even for any that survive, they will not pass on their genes unless the selection occurs in the gametes.  A mutation in the embryo is too late; its phenotype is an evolutionary dead end.  Here we see a professor of evolution presenting Lamarckism as an example of how Darwinian evolution works.  Astonishing.No, we’re not advocating a super race, Smith says.  We just want to keep the unfit from breeding.  Sound familiar?Sometimes you just have to stand back and let the illogic of these people implode.  If it were that simple, everyone would see it, but the fact that Space.com and Live Science still put this illogic out there means we have to keep pointing it out until they fear the inevitable backlash from informed citizens.  Cameron Smith is defeating his own premise by desiring to guide evolution on moral grounds.  The key point of Darwinian evolution is that it is unguided.  If Smith wants to guide it to keep evolution on a “favorable” track, he’s promoting artificial selection – a form of intelligent design – on human beings, which is eugenics.  But the spectre of its dark past scares him, so he quickly backpedals, stressing that he doesn’t mean breeding a super-race, “which would open moral issues.”  Whose moral issues?  His?If Smith is feeling a moral obligation to prevent the horrors of breeding a super race, that’s more than a personal preference.  That’s his conscience speaking.  If he were a consistent evolutionist, he would dismiss his moral feelings as irrelevant fluff.  But he can’t.  Deep down, he wants to see love, fairness, beauty and health continue on in a population maintaining genuine human nature.  He cannot escape the image his Creator implanted in him. 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Motsepe to head BRICS Business Council

first_img27 March 2013 South African businessman Patrice Motsepe was named chairman of the newly formed BRICS Business Council at the fifth BRICS summit in Durban on Tuesday. “A key measure to further increase intra-BRICS trade and investment is the establishment of the BRICS Business Council which we are launching at today’s session,” President Jacob Zuma told delegates gathered at the city’s International Convention Centre. “The Council will serve as a platform to strengthen and promote economic, trade, business and investment ties between the business communities of the five BRICS countries.” The aim of the council will be to provide technical support and advice, and facilitate the implementation of multi-lateral business projects among its five members, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This will help promote the growth of the BRICS countries, and to challenge the dominance of developed countries. The council will facilitate co-operation between the five countries in manufacturing, financial services, skills development, small and medium enterprises, and developing green-friendly economies. It will also aim to promote trade and industry among the countries. One of its first tasks will be to establish sector working groups, to improve communication among business leaders. The BRICS countries have each nominated five business leaders to make up the council. The four other South Africans who will serve on the body are Business Unity SA CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni, Zungu Investment Company executive chairman Sandile Zungu, Sekunjalo Investments CEO Iqbal Surve, and Transnet CEO Brian Molefe. The Black Management Forum (BMF) has welcomed Motsepe’s appointment, reports Sowetan. BMF MD Nicholas Maweni told the newspaper: “The council will give us an opportunity to have a business body that will highlight economic opportunities and issues facing each country. Each member country will provide market access to its BRICS partners.”Benefits for South Africa South Africa, which joined BRICS in 2010, has already seen benefits coming out of its membership of the group, with a reduction in its trade deficit with its BRICS partners. In 2012, South Africa’s total trade with its BRICS partners stood at R294-billion, an increase of 11% on the 2011 figure of R264-billion. Trade with Brazil grew to R20-billion in 2012, up from R18-billion in 2011. Trade with Russia grew 45% from 2012 to 2011, from R3-billion to R5-billion. And trade with India, South Africa’s sixth largest trading partner, grew to R67-billion in 2012, from R53-billion in 2011, a jump of 26%. China is South Africa’s largest bilateral trading partner, with trade growing to R201-billion in 2012, up from R188.42-billion in 2011, growth of 7%. “A number of important agreements will also be signed by ministers in the fields of arts and culture, agriculture, defence, education, energy, science and technology, transport and other legal frameworks,” Zuma said. A Declaration of Strategic Partnership was signed with Russia on Tuesday, while several agreements were signed with China. Progress has also been made on plans to establish a BRICS Development Bank, to cater specifically for the needs of the bloc, in particular reducing their dependence on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Patrice Motsepe Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe is worth is R2.9-billion, Forbes reported in March. Fifty-one-year-old Motsepe was born in Soweto, and studied law. He joined the Bowman Gilfillan law firm in Johannesburg but soon branched out to become a businessman. He bought down-scale gold mine shafts in 1994, turning them around through prudent management. He called the company Future Mining. In 1997 he established African Rainbow Minerals (ARM), which listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2002. ARM merged with mining giant Harmony in 2003, and then took over Anglovaal Mining. It has interests in platinum, nickel, chrome, iron, manganese, coal, copper and gold. He is executive chairman of ARM. Motsepe benefited from black economic empowerment deals in that companies were obliged to have a 29% black ownership, starting in late 2007. They helped him expand his mining company into a large mining group so that, when the global commodities market grew in 2005, he was able to take advantage of this demand. In 2002 he was voted South Africa’s Business Leader of the Year by the CEOs of the country’s top 100 companies. In that year too he was the winner of the Ernst & Young Best Entrepreneur of the Year award. Positions he holds include executive chairman of Harmony Gold Mining Company, chair of Naledi Mining, and deputy chairman of insurance giant Sanlam. He is also the owner of Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns. In January, Motsepe pledged to give half the income generated by his family assets to charity – becoming the first person outside the US to take the Giving Pledge started by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and billionaire Warren Buffett.last_img read more

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Canada to admit 340000 immigrants a year by 2020 under new threeyear

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government sought Wednesday to introduce more stability into Canada’s immigration system by introducing a plan that sets out a gradual rise in admissions over the next three years.By 2020, Canada will see an increase of 13 per cent in overall immigration numbers, with the vast majority coming under economic programs designed to address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market as the population ages and the birth rate declines.At 340,000 people, the increase by 2020 represents the highest intake since before the First World War, though it stops short of the 450,000 target suggested by the government’s economic advisory council in a report last year.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the plan he unveiled Wednesday is the right mix for Canada, for now. The gradual increase over time was designed so the system could adjust, he said.“Bringing a newcomer to Canada is half of the job; we have to make sure people are being given the tools they need to succeed once they get here,” Hussen told a news conference in Toronto.“We have to make sure we have the absorptive capacity, we have to make sure that our partners on the ground with the settlement and integration processes that they engage in every day have the tools necessary so they can plan ahead, so they can adjust to the numbers.”The switch to a longer-term planning approach marks a major pivot for the federal government, which has for decades relied on setting only annual targets. The last time there was a multi-year approach was in the 1980s and it was shelved after a recession.Hussen’s predecessor, John McCallum, had suggested last year the government was contemplating a switch and consultations on the idea have been ongoing ever since.The Conference Board of Canada — among the groups advocating for a multi-year plan — welcomed the move.“Canada’s decision to increase immigration will help sustain long-term economic growth in light of its rapidly aging population and low birth rate,” senior vice president Craig Alexander said in a statement.“Introducing a multi-year levels plan will improve the ability of governments, employers, immigrant-serving organizations and other important stakeholders to successfully integrate newcomers into Canada’s economy and society.”The massive movement of refugees and migrants around the world had seen calls for the Liberals to not just increase economic immigration to Canada but also add more space for resettlement of refugees and displaced persons.Canada welcomed nearly 60,000 people in the refugee and protected persons program in 2016, thanks to the landmark Syrian refugee effort.But while slight increases are planned to that stream over the next three years, the final target is nowhere near as high, with a planned 48,700 people by 2020.Conservative Immigration critic Michelle Rempel said Canada’s immigration system as it stands is plagued with problems that if not addressed, will only be exacerbated by the increases overall.She pointed to major backlogs at the Immigration and Refugee Board overwhelmed by an influx of asylum seekers at the border, delays in processing live-in caregiver applications for permanent residency and thousands of unprocessed private sponsorship applications for refugees.“None of this is compassionate, safe or fair; all key elements needed to give the public faith in the integrity of our immigration system and maintain broad social license for it to operate,” Rempel said in a statement.Hussen said the increase levels would be matched with an increase in funding, but couldn’t say by how much on Wednesday.last_img read more

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