Sherpa Fitness Is Not Evolution

first_img(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A study about mutations that might confer benefit to high-altitude Sherpas is being announced as an example of evolution, but variation within species is not Darwinian evolution.Science Daily said that two mutations have been found in the mitochondrial DNA of sherpas, those high-altitude inhabitants of Tibet that carry packs up Mt. Everest for western adventurers.  The article, though, says that the mutations “may be an important adaptation for low oxygen environments,” and “may explain the importance of the role of mitochondria in the Sherpa population’s ability to adapt to the extreme Himalayan environment.”This was published in Molecular Biology and Evolution with the title, “mtDNA lineage expansions in Sherpa population suggest adaptive evolution in Tibetan highlands.”What the article fails to say is that sherpas are members of the one (and only one) human race, interfertile with all other human beings.Evolutionists play fast and loose with the term “evolution,” ascribing whatever minor change they can to Darwinism.  Darwin, though, was trying to portray universal common ancestry by means of unguided natural processes.  It’s essential to keep that distinction in mind.  Evidence abounds for minor mutation variants in life – you yourself have multiple mutations compared to your own parents.  That doesn’t mean you “evolved” from them.  It is well known that tribes of people have physical differences due to inbreeding and adaptation to climate, but they are not different species (Darwin wrote, remember, about the “Origin of Species”).Adaptation is not evolution.  Creationists of the strictest Biblical sort believe in adaptive variation within kinds of organisms, where “kinds” (from the Genesis word baramin) is usually much broader than species. Using evolution for within-kind variation commits the half-truth fallacy, and the extrapolation fallacy if applied to macroevolution.A recent article on genomic variations within felids, including tigers, lions and panthers (see Science Daily) also used the word “evolution” incorrectly.  Creationists believe God created a “cat kind” that gave rise to a wide variety of felids around the globe, adapted to their habitats, with less genetic information than the ancestral form.  Even today, lions and tigers can hybridize, yielding “ligers.”   The variety of house cats that can interbreed is well known, as with dog breeds, but dogs never give rise to cats, or vice versa, because they are different kinds of animals.   Similarly, horses, donkeys and zebras are within the equine kind.   To distinguish itself from creationism, Darwinism must go beyond the origin of species, and the origin of genera, invoking only unguided natural processes.  There is plenty of evidence for extensive variability within kinds, but none outside of kinds. That variability was designed into the genomes of the created kinds so that they could adapt to environmental changes.If you weed out the evolutionary evidence about variability within kinds, nothing is left.  Kinds all appear abruptly and appear with variations, reproducing “after their kind.”  What Darwin claimed is not observed in the natural world.  It is only assumed.last_img read more

Dedicated entry lanes for Afcon fans

first_img7 December 2012Dedicated lanes will be created at South Africa’s ports of entry to facilitate the swift movement of soccer fans and officials who will be converging on the country for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament starting on 19 January.“Dedicated lanes will be created at ports of entry to facilitate the swift movement of the CAF [Confederation of African Football] delegations and spectators,” Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni said in Pretoria on Thursday.The dedicated lanes will be created at Lanseria, OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International airports, as well as the Beitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Ficksburg Bridge, Kopfontein and Oshoek border posts.Apleni said that a few days before the tournament kicks off on 19 January, the department would extend working hours at key ports of entry, as well as increase the number of departmental officers working at these offices throughout the tournament.While CAF officials will be able to use an official CAF letter as a form of accreditation for entry and departure, football fans are required to apply for a visitor’s visa in line with normal visa requirements.Apleni said the department would grant visa waivers to the CAF delegation, including national teams and members of various football federations, as not all African countries were exempted from visa requirements to enter South Africa.“We have also taken some steps to strengthen the department’s operations through the Afcon period, including the deployment of additional Home Affairs staff to South African diplomatic missions in Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria in order to assist in the swift issuance of visas and work permits,” he said.Apleni said the department’s response units in Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal would be strengthened in order to increase their capacity to manage illegal immigration as well as ensure swift responses to emergencies involving illegal migrants.“We will also increase and enhance the capacity for an effective and efficient 24-hour operations centre to support ports of entry, travelers, airlines, CAF delegation and other agencies seeking any information from the department,” he said.Apleni said the department was following the same approach used during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but that the planning had been customised to meet the unique requirements of Afcon, as contained in South Africa’s guarantees as well as the commitment made to CAF and the Afcon local organising committee.“In this regard, we will rely on systems that are part of the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, such as the Movement Control System, to assist us in meeting our objectives,” he said.The 2013 Afcon tournament will kick off on 19 January, with the new champions to be crowned on 10 February.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

CTIA: Urban Airship Launches Push for Android

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#apps#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The service works entirely outside of Google’s stack, and supports more Android-based devices than Google’s own C2DM service does. Urban Airship works on any version of Android from 1.7 and up, while Google’s push notifications only work on phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher.Citing recent OS market share figures which show that 31.6% of Android phones are still running Android 2.1, Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton says “this is a significant subset of the app market that can’t be ignored.”“App developers do not care which device a user carries in his pocket, whether it’s an iPhone, an Android running Froyo or Honeycomb, a Blackberry or a Nokia,” Kveton explained. “Our customers have been telling us that being able to reach all their end users is their goal. Period. Urban Airship serves this need.”In addition to the “quiet time” feature, which lets users configure times when they don’t want to be interrupted, Urban Airship provides QoS, return receipts, an inbox of past notifications and it gives each app its own open connection that is synchronized to save battery life.Brands Using UA on AndroidUrban Airship already has several major brands using the push notification service within their Android applications, including ESPN in its SportsCenter app, the mobile shopping and rewards app Shopkick and also Tapulous, makers of Tap Tap Revenge, a Guitar Hero-like game for mobile.Tapulous uses the alerts to tell game players when a friend has beaten their high score or has proposed a challenge, as well as when there are new songs available for purchase. Tapulous, incidentally, was the first app in the iTunes App Store to offer push notifications, which are also powered by Urban Airship’s service.In case you’re unfamiliar with the company, here are some notable stats about Urban Airship, which it released this week, too:Urban Airship has delivered more than 2.5 billion push notifications across the iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile platforms.It delivers more than 15 million push notifications each day.Year over year, the number of notifications Urban Airship has delivered has increased by 1,555%.Urban Airship has authenticated and delivered more than 2.5 million purchases via in-app purchase.Customers make an average of 8 thousand in-app purchase transactions per day.More than 100 million mobile devices are connected to the Urban Airship platform.Developers can sign up for the new Push for Android service beta here. sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mobile services platform provider Urban Airship launched a new service for Android developers at the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida this week. The service, Embedded Push for Android, is an end-to-end push notification system, an alternative to Google’s default solution, C2DM.The benefits of the new solution include features like the ability to configure “quiet time,” plus Quality of Service guarantees and return receipts. The push system is also more battery-friendly than Google’s solution, says Urban Airship.UA on Android The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Building Healthy Military Communities pilot program

first_imgNow, more than ever, Military Service members and their families are living off the installation. The Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC) pilot is a multi-year initiative that aims to better understand and address the unique challenges faced by these geographically dispersed Service members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency, and well-being.We want to better understand how we can strengthen partnerships with communities. The pilot is being conducted in Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, and New Mexico.Our team includes seven on-the-ground State Coordinators, currently making meaningful connections and partnerships to brainstorm solutions to gaps in resources. Many of these partnerships include strong and growing partnerships with Cooperative Extension. My office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Personnel Risk & Resiliency (PRR), works closely with members of the National Guard Bureau, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Defense State Liaison Office (DSLO), and the Reserve Components, to execute the BHMC pilot.In the next few months, our team will be heading out to conduct an on-the-ground needs assessment in each of the seven pilot states. The BHMC pilot is going off the installation in an unprecedented way – our teams will be collecting information from both DoD resources and non-DoD resources, such as state resources, federal resources, and community non-profits. This will allow us to get a holistic view of the well-being resources available to Service members and their families.National Guard and Reserve members, particularly those who are geographically dispersed, tend to have civilian lives separate from the installation where they drill. This makes it especially important for the BHMC pilot to understand both the capabilities of the DoD resources, as well as those community resources off the installation.We hope that this needs assessment, in conjunction with our team’s ongoing analysis of quantitative data sources, will allow us to create and implement informed Strategic Plans for each state. We may find that there is not a lack of resources available, but there is a lack of awareness about these resources. We may find that the best resources are not reaching the geographically dispersed population. We may find, that as a community, DoD and civilian, we can do more to support our Service members and their families. Once we have a better sense of the unique challenges in each state, we will be able to implement the most effective solutions to assist in creating a healthy, ready, and resilient total force.I am excited to be a part of such a powerful and groundbreaking program. The DoD is continuously and increasingly relying on the National Guard and Reserve populations in combat and recovery situations, so now more than ever, it is imperative that we make sure this population is optimally ready and resilient.For more information about BHMC, contact the BHMC mailbox: osd.pentagon.ousd-p-r.mbx.bhmc@mail.mil.CAPT Kimberly ElenbergDirector, Operation Live WellPersonnel Risk & Resiliency (PRR)Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness (OASD(R))Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (OUSD(P&R))4000 Defense Pentagon, Suite 2E593, Washington DC 20301-4000CAPT Kimberly Elenberg directs the development and implementation of Operation Live Well (OLW), the DoD’s long-term strategy for achieving population health. OLW aligns, integrates, and coordinates policies and initiatives among the Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to optimize the readiness, resilience, and well-being of Service members and their families. In this role, Elenberg also leads the Building Healthy Military Communities pilot, an initiative that aims to better understand the unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed Service members and their families. Previously, Elenberg was Director of Training and Manager of Medical Readiness in the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. She also served as Director for Biosurveillance and Emergency response at the Department of Agriculture and served on the Homeland Security Council, National Security Subcommittee. Elenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Temple University on a four-year ROTC scholarship, a Master’s degree in informatics from the University of Maryland, and graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Johns Hopkins University. Captain Kimberly Elenberg has been a steady supporter and ally in our efforts to better leverage the Cooperative Extension System as a force multiplier in Military Family Readiness  and Capacity Building.  We are pleased to get her take on Friday Field Notes!last_img read more

Unruly mob disrupted visit to my constituency: former Tripura CM Manik Sarkar

first_imgFormer Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition in the Tripura State Assembly Manik Sarkar alleged that an unruly mob disrupted his visit to Dhanpur, his assembly constituency on Thursday. He demanded lawful action against the perpetrators who are targeting the opposition rank and file across the State.Mr. Sarkar said several people raised slogans and attempted to block his movement at Dhanpur. “Not that that all of them (protestors) exhibited muscle, but some were unruly,” Mr. Sarkar said.However, he said adequate security arrangements were in place in the area to facilitate his visit. “But I advised them [police] not to apply force against those who disrupted my movement,” the former CM stated.Dhanpur is located in Sepahijala district, about 48 km south of Agartala.CPI(M) sources said Manik Sarkar was to visit a party office in Dhanpur which was recently attacked and take stock of the situation.The ruling BJP denied that its cadres were linked with the incident. Party spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee said the locals could have expressed their anger against their MLA (Manik Sarkar) for some reasons.last_img read more

Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says Duva

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide READ: LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout There are some who think that if McGregor starts losing he might resort to throwing elbows and kicks at Mayweather, but the promoters of the fight say that won’t happen.“It is in the contract,” said Dana White. “The fight is under the rules of boxing. There would be a lawsuit. If that ever happened, Conor would depart with a lot of money, and Conor likes money.”White said plans are in the works to have the fighters go on a promotional tour of major US cities.READ: Mayweather says he offered McGregor $15M to fightSince the fight was announced Mayweather has mentioned it just once via social media — as he appears to be more concerned about showing off his extravagant lifestyle.He has launched something he calls the “Mayweather Challenge” because he is “tired of people on social media bragging they live a certain lifestyle when they don’t.”Over the last few days, Mayweather has made a point of using his Twitter and Instagram to show off his private jet.That was followed by another video taken inside his “Rolls-Royce Phantom Limousine” as he boasts about his Patek Philippe gold watch while the camera pans down to show off his “Chinchilla” floor mats. Olympian Michael Phelps set to race against Great White Shark Boxing legend Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar McGregor announced plans on Wednesday for a boxing showdown that could become one of the richest bouts in history. The fight will take place August 26 in the American boxing capital of Las Vegas.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You’re all going to write about it. People will get all excited,” Duva said of the competition. “And the casual fans we always want to bring into the tent are going to be disappointed again.“It’s going to be years before they want to see another boxing event,” she told the Los Angeles Times. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Conor McGregor teases fans as he posts a photoshopped poster of him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his Twitter account. Photo from Conor McGregor’s Twitter accountPromoter Kathy Duva says the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight is “bad for boxing” and the backlash from the exhibition spectacle will likely dog the sport for years to come.“Of course it’s bad for boxing,” said Duva. “It’s going to suck up all the air in the room.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mayweather, who is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, is a heavy favourite against McGregor — who hasn’t boxed competitively in the ring since he was a teenager.READ: McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow“It’s not a boxing event, it’s a spectacle,” said Duva, who is the promoter for Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev, who will fight Andre Ward in a world title light heavyweight rematch on Saturday.“On the other hand, when this is over and this fight ends up the way I expect it will, the next time somebody asks me, ‘MMA or boxing, what’s the better sport?’ I’ll say, ‘We know who the bad asses are because Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor just got their asses kicked by two boxers.’“We’ll have that to cling to,” she told the paper.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed was confused, Pakistan lacked imagination, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar feels Sarfaraz Ahmed got his decisions completely wrong as he led Pakistan in the 89-run loss against India in the World Cup 2019 match in Manchester on Sunday.The blockbuster clash was touted to be the biggest of the World Cup so far but it turned out to be a one-sided contest as India completely outplayed Pakistan in all three departments to register their seventh successive win in a World Cup match against their arch-rivals.Tendulkar felt Sarfaraz Ahmed seemed confused while leading the team and lacked imagination during the first innings when Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli took the Pakistani bowlers to the cleaners and posted 336 for 5 on the board.”I thought he was confused because when Wahab was bowling he had a short mid-wicket. And when Shadab came on to bowl he had a slip for him. In these conditions it becomes difficult for a leg-spinner to grip the ball, especially when he’s not getting the right line and length. That is not the right way to approach a big game.”They lacked imagination, lacked out of the box thinking. If the ball is not moving around much, you don’t continue bowling over the wicket, Wahab went around the wicket but it was too late by then. Hassan was the only guy to get the ball to move off the surface. I would have told them to change the angle and do something different. I never thought we were going to lose a wicket,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.advertisementHere’s how the table looks after today. #CWC19 | #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/tS3c49AWYhCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019Put into bat in a stop-start, rain-hit match, India posted a commanding 336-5, with Rohit Sharma (140) smashing his second century of the tournament while KL Rahul and Virat Kohli contributed with 57 and 77 runs respectively.Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam kept alive Pakistan’s hopes for a while in the chase but losing four wickets in an 18-ball span effectively derailed their hopes.Set a revised target of 302 in 40 overs, Pakistan eventually finished on 212-6 and slumped to their third defeat in five matches.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World CupsAlso Read | Vijay Shankar joins elite list with wicket off first ball in World CupsAlso Read | Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat KohliAlso Read | Wasn’t thinking of double hundred when I got out, says Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

24yearold woman shot and killed in Oceanside apartment

first_img Posted: July 20, 2018 24-year-old woman shot and killed in Oceanside apartment Updated: 11:04 PM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img July 20, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — A 24-year-old woman was shot and killed Friday inside an Oceanside apartment building Friday and a person of interest was being questioned, according to police.The shooting took place at a building at 550 Los Arbolitos Blvd. around 4 p.m., Oceanside police said.Responding officers found the woman shot. Paramedics tried to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.No arrest had been made as of Friday night.Anyone with information about the homicide was asked to call Oceanside police detectives at (760) 435-4832 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

BTS To Release New Album Love Yourself Answer With Upcoming Tour

first_img Twitter BTS To Release New Album ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ With Upcoming Tour BTS’ New Album Arriving By Tour-Time bts-release-new-album-love-yourself-answer-upcoming-tour News Follow up to ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ expected to arrive Aug. 24, just in time for the crew’s world tourPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 16, 2018 – 12:30 pm On July 16, BigHit entertainment let out the big news that bestselling K-pop group BTS will release their new album Love Yourself: Answer on Aug. 24, the day before they begin the Love Yourself World Tour on Aug. 25 in Seoul. Love Yourself: Tear reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated June 2, the first time ever a Korean band has claimed the top spot. Although the hints are more tantalizing so far than revealing, it looks like they are aiming for a repeat.On that same June 2 chart, the BTS single “Fake Love” reached No. 10 on the Hot 100, their first Top 10 hit. On Oct. 17, 2017, the band’s “DNA” from their album Love Yourself: Her reached No. 67, kicking off the latest period in which public awareness of the seven more-than-idols exploded. Although the band’s music quality has always been high, Love Yourself: Tear reached an unexpected level of growth, both critically and in sales.center_img BTS will arrive in Los Angeles on the U.S. leg of their sold-out tour on Sept. 5, just after Labor Day. That will be one week after they are expected to begin performing their highly anticipated new material. Whatever the details prove to be, this is going to get a lot of attention from the group’s passionate fanbase. Fans went wild as news of the announcement spread, and BTS Army are bound to do their best to spur sales.BTS offers their fans a lot: targeted content, the rich backstory of alternative BTS universes and symbolism, even a philanthropic context connecting fanhood to global citizenship. Three percent of all Love Yourself album proceeds have been pledged to the group’s UNICEF Love Myself international campaign. Simply put, these young men have taken K-pop to unprecedented heights.Moreover, it takes more than nerve for first-ever pop stars to drop a new album only two months after having an album at No. 1. That’s artistic confidence, and the fan army are not the only ones wondering what behind-the-scenes songs BTS will unleash, challenging themselves like this. We know the answer is in an album called “Answer” and besides that, the world will have to wait.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Facebook last_img read more

What Will Joe Straus Do With His 10 Million In Unspent Campaign

first_img Share Many who completely cease campaigning donate their balances to charities or other political campaigns.Last year, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, who left office in early 2015, tapped her roughly $5 million in campaign leftovers to start a nonprofit geared at empowering women and donate to a political group called Texans for Positive Economic Policy. She also paid her now-dissolved political action committee’s staffers and federal taxes, according to her July Texas Ethics Commission filing. And former Republican Rep. John Otto, who retired ahead of the 2017 legislative session, reported donating thousands of dollars in campaign cash to an assortment of charities and political campaigns. He still had nearly $396,000 on hand through June, according to his latest filing. “I’m going to aggressively work in the ’18 cycle. I have a commitment to other Republicans who I think are responsible and have done a good job and deserve to be re-elected,” he said in an interview. “I’ll aggressively be involved in races, as I have in the past.”State ethics laws grant elected officials wide latitude on how they use their political contributions while in office — as long as purchases somehow relate to campaigning or state businesses and aren’t for “personal use,” an often ambiguous term.Straus has 14 months left in his term, meaning he could also keep spending campaign cash on items in his official capacity, such as on office supplies, staff gatherings, housing in Austin and transportation to and from meetings or conferences. Former Texas elected officials often continue to use the funds on their way out of office.If Straus chooses to run for another state office — and he did not rule out that option Wednesday — he could also roll over funds into that effort. If he were to choose to run for Congress, he would not be able to easily use his current campaign account toward that effort, according to the Federal Election Commission. Officials who have completely stopped campaigning must dispose of their campaign funds within six years, and how they have done so varies.When a candidate leaves office, what’s permissible narrows — at least on concrete purchases, ethics experts say. For instance, an official can’t keep office furniture or other equipment after retiring. Nor can they keep the benefits of a country club membership, even if they purchased it with campaign funds before leaving office.center_img Texas TribuneA maelstrom of questions swirled in the Texas Capitol Wednesday when House Speaker Joe Straus announced he would not seek re-election to his House seat.  Among them: What will he do with his enormous war chest?Straus, a powerful moderate Republican who has served as speaker for five terms, reported nearly $10 million in unspent campaign cash through June, according to a filing with the Texas Ethics Commission.On Wednesday, he told The Texas Tribune he would spread the wealth to Republicans who are running in 2018. last_img read more