Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop calling security people at schools “school resource officers.” Start calling them cops, law enforcement, security guards.Forget the touchy-feely job titles for people who are meant to protect us.Touchy-feely gets kids killed.Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Advertisement Comment Crystal Palace will hold out for £80m for Zaha (Picture: Getty)An £80m asking price is likely to deter both Arsenal and Tottenham, with Emery having just £45m to spend this summer.Emery is considering offloading a number of players, including Mesut Ozil, in a bid to raise further funds.Zaha is under contract with the Eagles until 2023 and scored ten goals in 34 Premier League appearanceslast season, providing another ten assists in those games.MORE: Arsenal in competition with Barcelona over the signature of AS Nancy teenager Bilel Hassaini Crystal Palace to demand £80m for Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha Coral BarryTuesday 25 Jun 2019 1:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link589Shares Arsenal and Spurs are interested in Zaha (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace will demand £80million for Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.Zaha has made it clear that he wants to leave Palace, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s impending exit is set to complicate matters for the attacker.Palace do not want to sell Wan-Bissaka and Zaha in the same window and Manchester United are closing in on a £60m deal for the right-back.The Evening Standard claim Zaha may be forced to stay at the club amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Zaha was Palace’s stand-out creative force last season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has requested further cash from the Arsenal board to fund a big-money move for Zaha.Zaha is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast and will delay a decision on his future until after the tournament.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the 26-year-old could now return to a club reluctant to grant his transfer request.
Sean McVay says Rams’ Super Bowl loss on his mind ‘every minute’ The veteran linebacker is entering his 11th season after he spent the past decade with the Packers. He agreed to a two-year deal with Los Angeles, worth as much as $16.75 million as a free agent this offseason.Matthews’ efficiency decreased last year after recording a career-low 3 1/2 sacks along with 43 total tackles in 16 games for Green Bay.However, he enters the upcoming season with a new mindset on a team he was looking forward to joining.”(It) definitely feels like this is the way (my career) should continue,” Matthews said. “When it was known that things weren’t going to work out in Green Bay, I told my agent that one of the teams I wanted to look at was the Rams. Fortunately, we were able to make it happen.”The Rams seem just as excited to have Matthews as they continue to add to their already strong defensive unit.Los Angeles is hoping for another successful season after making it all the way to the Super Bowl in Sean McVay’s second year as head coach.”Anybody that’s played as much as he has and had that amount of success — being in a big-time organization and being a world champion — that’s always someone you can learn from,” McVay said. “He’s a guy that, whether it’s with myself or with his teammates, he’s come in and he’s worked the right way.” Rams extend coach Sean McVay, GM Les Snead through 2023 season “One of the things you don’t really understand (until it happens) is that when you go to a new team, you have to prove yourself all over again,” Matthews said Monday, via NFL.com. “That’s the spirit of football — the competition.”So to come out here with a new coaching staff and new players and media and fans, you have to prove yourself.” Related News Clay Matthews is fitting into his role with the Rams, and the six-time Pro Bowl player isn’t taking it lightly.Matthews, who grew up just north of Los Angeles, is excited to play in California again after spending four years at USC. But he knows he’ll still have to prove himself to his new team and the fans despite his accomplished resume. Eric Weddle: Rams’ cornerbacks are ‘best I’ve ever played with’ McVay has already started to keep an eye on Matthews’ playing time as he sat out of practice to start the week. Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Aqib Talib, Eric Weddle and Andrew Whitworth also rested in an effort to bank energy for a long playoff run. “When you see these guys (at practice) that have worked and produced at such a high level, you see why they’ve been able to do it,” McVay said. “That’s the same with Clay. He’s done a great job so far and we’re counting on big things from Clay Matthews.”
Courtesy: McAllen Police Department/Facebook Officials identified the suspect as 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Camarillo. He was most recently arrested last month on assault charges, according to The Monitor. Two police officers were killed in the Texas border town of McAllen on Saturday, in what authorities are describing as an ambush shooting.According to reports, the gunman later killed himself after a shootout with other responding officers.The slain officers have been identified as 45-year-old Edelmiro Garza and 39-year-old Ismael Chavez.They were responding to a domestic disturbance complaint.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted: “We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez told a newspaper via text message.Officials with the City of McAllen posted:
Several social media posts had advertised the annual “34th-n-EAT” block party to be held in the area on Saturday night.According to Newsham, a dispute broke out at the gathering and several people took out weapons and exchanged gunfire.More than 20 units from D.C. Fire and EMS, responded to the scene.The street was also littered with bullet casings, in addition to car keys and other belongings left behind by people who were fleeing the gunfire.No arrests have been made, as police remained at the scene and continued to investigate Sunday morning.The mayor said the gathering was illegal on a number of levels.“It is illegal to drink on the street in the District of Columbia; it is illegal to smoke marijuana on the street in the District of Columbia. It is illegal to be in a gathering of more than 50 – all of those things are not good,” she said.“And, sadly, when you put illegal guns in the hands of people willing to use them, it means some person could lose her life or some people could lose their lives. As a community, it’s really important that we have zero tolerance for this type of activity; that we support the Metropolitan Police Department … and that may mean that people will have to go to jail,” Bowser added. A Washington, D.C. police officer is said to be “fighting for her life” after being wounded early Sunday during a shootout that killed a teenager and injured at least 20 others, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference.Police responded to reports of shots fired just before 1 a.m. at a large gathering in a residential neighborhood in southeast Washington.Newsham says 20 people were wounded at the scene. At least 11 of the victims are female.Additionally, 17-year-old Christopher “Poppy” Brown was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital.An off-duty DC Metro police officer was also shot and is “struggling for her life right now,” Newsham told reporters, while standing next to Mayor Muriel Bowser.The rest of the victims have non-life-threatening injuries. Some of them walked to a nearby fire station and hospital after being grazed by bullets.
Yorkshire moved into the lead at Women’s County Finals after they were the only outright winners on a day of close matches and tense excitement at Waterlooville in Hampshire.The Northerners beat Surrey 5.5-3.5 while the day’s other two matches were halved, with Gloucestershire sharing the points with Norfolk, while Staffordshire grabbed a tied result against Buckinghamshire.It means that after two days’ matches Yorkshire have 4pt from their two wins, Gloucestershire have 3pt, Surrey have 2pt and the other three counties have a point apiece.Yorkshire set up their win with a clean sweep in the three foursomes, but Surrey battled back hard in the singles, winning 3½ of the six games. However, they couldn’t stop the 11-times champions as Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Megan Clarke delivered the necessary points and Hannah Holden squeezed a half out of the final game.Morris had been 5up after 12 before losing the next hole to a birdie, but a solid par saw her safely home by 5/4 and she remarked: “I’m happy with how I played.” Clarke holed a long putt to close out her game 3/2 and Holden fought her way back from three down to halve.“We made it!” said team captain Dawn Clegg. “It was a bit of a knee trembler this afternoon, but having looked at the other results we are pretty pleased.“Moving into the lead is good, but every team we play is good and so we have to keep our heads down and keep at it.”Buckinghamshire also pulled off a clean sweep in the foursomes and in the singles they came within touching distance of clinching a win – but Staffordshire definitely had other ideas.Alice Koslowski won the top singles for Buckinghamshire, but Staffordshire’s Gina Wilkie snatched a half in the next game when she holed a 25ft birdie putt on the last. Olivia Raybould and Morgan Thomas added their points to Staffordshire’s tally, leaving the outcome to two of the team’s more experienced members.First Jenny Rhodes, playing her third County Finals, produced a superb up and down with a pitch over trees to win one up. Then Debbie Warren, playing her sixth County Finals, parred the last to also win by one hole and confirm the overall halved result. “I’m absolutely chuffed to bits,” she said, while Jenny commented: “After a bad day yesterday and a bad start today this is very good.”Staffordshire captain Julia Gaunt added: “It’s a fantastic result after this morning when we were three-nil down. But I had every confidence in my girls, I knew they would go for it.”Buckinghamshire captain Phillipa Cook also found positives: “After yesterday’s loss, which was heavy and disappointing, I was very, very pleased with the way the girls came back this morning. We didn’t quite do it this afternoon but I’m very glad to have a half and Staffordshire fought very well, no doubt about it.”Gloucestershire, who had a big win on the opening day, took the early advantage over Norfolk with a 2-1 lead after the foursomes.But Norfolk came out battling in the singles. England girl international Amelia Williamson won the top match 4/3 and was soon followed by Ellie Brown who defeated another international, Bethan Popel, by 2/1, while Amy Taylor worked steadily to her 2/1 win. Meanwhile, Gloucestershire’s Alex Giles and Ebonie Lewis added points to their team’s account.The crunch match proved to be the middle-of-the-order encounter between Gloucestershire’s Claudia Ovens and Norfolk’s Shelly Pleasance. Ovens went three up early on but Pleasance fought back to reach the 18th tee one up, then put her first drive out of bounds. When both players reached the green Ovens had a one-shot advantage and holed a fine putt to win the hole and finish all square.“I’d lost 16 and 17 to go one down and I needed to win 18 for a half, which was quite crucial – but I didn’t really know how crucial it was!” said Ovens.Gloucestershire’s captain Andra Knight added: “It was a very close match and a well deserved half for both teams – and played in a great spirit. It was a very exciting finish and Claudia is very calm under pressure.”Norfolk captain Tracey Williamson was delighted with her team’s fightback. “It’s a superb result, a really good effort. Yesterday we were really close, now we’ve got a half and we’re gaining momentum. Perhaps tomorrow will bring a win.”Tomorrow Norfolk play Staffordshire, Buckinghamshire play Yorkshire, and Surrey play Gloucestershire.Click here for full scores 13 Sep 2016 Yorkshire take outright lead at County Finals
A morning crash on the N15 outside Donegal Town has now been cleared.The collision took place on the N15 at the Drumlongher roundabout at 8am this Monday morning. No serious injuries were reported from the minor collision.A road closure was in place on the N15 earlier this morning, followed by a stop/go system as emergency services dealt with the crash. The incident led to lengthy delays for morning commuters and school traffic on approach to the busy roundabout.Update: Road reopened following collision outside Donegal Town was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
One would think make-believe is for kids, and science is for adults. Some recent evolution stories, however, seem to portray a seamless continuum between imagination and testable scientific hypotheses. You be the judge:Darwin in cyberspace: If it happens in a computer simulation, is it really evolution? National Geographic reported on a new computer game that allows players to evolve any kind of creatures they want and pit them against each other in survival-of-the-fittest competition. The description makes no distinction between what happens in the game and what supposedly happens in the wild. The words evolution and natural selection appear in the article in both contexts. One of the proponents called this “natural selection at its best.” But if the selection takes place in software designed by programmers, is it really natural?Reverse-engineering contingency: Science magazine reported this week that engineers “evolved” a salamander-like robot that could swim to land and crawl ashore.1,2 This is a fine piece of clever engineering, but is it evolution? Again, the article made no distinction between the natural and the artificial. It implied that the robot is retracing steps taken by organisms in the unseen past. Notice what Frank Fish (West Chester U, PA) said about the experiment: “This is clearly an excellent fusion of biology and robotics to test neurological and evolutionary hypotheses. This paper will be a high-profile example of how robots can be used as surrogates for living and fossil systems.” He did not explain in what respects this man-made, designed robot, lacking DNA and the ability to reproduce itself, compares or contrasts with a biological organism in any significant way. The reverse comparison, that an intelligently designed robot might suggest the first tetrapod was similarly designed, was definitely not what the article intended to convey. This is clear from a write-up in Live Science, where Jeanna Brynner took the Darwinist line to the hilt: “Studies of the robot show that our fishy ancestors likely used their primitive brains to make the evolutionary leap from water worlds to terra firma.” Surprisingly, this sentence makes it sound like fish brains intelligently designed their own upward evolution, with purpose and a goal (teleology). Another example of the equivocation between natural selection and intelligent self-design can be found in Science Digest: “This four-legged yellow creature reveals a great deal about the evolution of vertebrate locomotion,” it claims. “It’s also a vivid demonstration that robots can be used to test and verify biological concepts, and that very often nature herself offers ideal solutions for robotics design.” Is this describing nature as a personified engineer? Teleology and intelligent guidance were the very principles Darwin was trying to avoid.Make believe: Playing “what if?” games might provide a brainstorming activity a scientist could employ while developing a hypothesis that could be tested by experiment. “What if” on the other hand, the make-believe exercise becomes an end in itself? This is apparently what a BBC News exercise for students encourages. The following “what-if?” exercise is not advertised in the fiction department; it is found in the “Science and Nature” department. To some evolutionists, apparently, the dream is the thing:It’s a palaeontologist’s dream: the chance to live in a world where dinosaurs are not something to be dug out of the ground but are living among us. It may sound far-fetched but dinosaurs were actually rather unlucky. The meteorite impact that doomed them to extinction was an event with a probability of millions to one. What if the meteorite had missed? Had dinosaurs survived, the world today would be very different. If humans managed to survive alongside them, we wouldn’t have the company of most, if not all, of the mammals with which we are familiar today. Giraffes, elephants and other mammals wouldn’t have had space to evolve. Would we be hunting Hadrosaurs instead of elk? Or farming Protoceratops instead of pigs? Would dinosaurs be kept as pets? And could the brighter dinosaurs have evolved into something humanoid? Clearly anything is possible if imagination is substituted for testable hypotheses. The writers of this exercise did not mention that the impact hypothesis for the extinction of the dinosaurs is itself controversial (e.g., 10/24/2006). If the impact turns out to be imaginary, then the exercise becomes imagination balanced on imagination. If the Darwinian theory of common ancestry by natural selection is also overturned someday (as advocates of intelligent design feel is inevitable), it becomes imagination balanced on imagination balanced on imagination. Without a foundation of testable theories anchored to observational evidence, exercises in the imagination are indistinguishable from turtles all the way down (see joke).1Ijspeert, Crespi, Ryczko and Cabelguen, “From Swimming to Walking with a Salamander Robot Driven by a Spinal Cord Model,” Science, 9 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1416-1420, DOI: 10.1126/science.1138353.2Elisabeth Pennisi, “Robot Suggests How the First Land Animals Got Walking,” Science, 9 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1352-1353, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5817.1352aIntelligent reader, nobody needs to tell you how stupid these Darwin sideshows are. It would be insulting to hold rotten baloney in front of your nose and ask you if it smelt bad. Yet this kind of folly is presented monolithically in today’s science journals, museums, popular science media, and public schools (notice that #1 was promoted by the prestigious, historic National Geographic Society, #2 was published in the leading American journal Science, and #3 was devised for UK public education). It doesn’t matter that it is untestable, illogical, equivocating, vague, personified, analogical, reductive, subjective, self-contradictory, self-refuting, and completely out of touch with reality. Darwin’s little myth has become so sacred that no one dare question it – or even laugh. In fact, if you do question it, you are likely to be called a fascist or Nazi (see AIG) and threatened with a lawsuit (01/06/2007; see also the two meanings of “make believe” in the 10/11/2006 commentary). If you are sick and tired of the Darwin Freak Show and can’t take it any more, then join the noble Visigoths in their futuristic space fighters (see this Japanese cartoon) and help depose Charlie from his antiquated Castle of the Imagination (see 01/17/2007 and 12/22/2003 commentaries). Kick the rascals out and let science once again be a rational search for verifiable understanding about the natural world – the real world.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
26 May 2015Bacteria rich fynbos soil could bolster the battle against disease with its own unique antibiotics, according to new research undertaken at Stellenbosch University.In his quest to discover new antibiotics, Dr Du Preez van Staden turned to fynbos to look for a group of peptide antibiotics, called lantibiotics. These have the same function as strong antibiotics that are used to treat bacterial infections.Van Staden says of the two lantibiotic-producing bacteria found in the soil, one helps to produce a new lantibiotic that works to kill disease-causing bacteria.“Results showed that the bacteria from fynbos soils produced lantibiotics that are active against a range of bacteria,” he says.This includes Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. It can cause mild infection on the skin, resulting in sores or boils. In some cases it can cause more serious skin infections or infect the lungs, the bloodstream or surgical wounds.It is spread by contact.“We also found that these lantibiotics were just as effective as a well-known commercially available product used for the treatment of skin infections and did not negatively affect wound healing,” Van Staden adds. “The role lantibiotics may play in wound healing is currently being investigated.”Apart from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, he says, lantibiotics also have the potential to help fight bacteria that cause abdominal infections, crusting blisters on the skin, infections of medical implants and soft tissue under the skin, gastroenteritis, infection of the back of the throat and scarlet fever.“Lantibiotics could be an attractive alternative to traditional antibiotics/antimicrobial treatments and could also be used in conjunction with commercially available antimicrobial products for a more effective reduction in bacterial resistance.”The newly discovered lantibiotic has a stronger stability than two other known lantibiotics. “Commercially, this would possibly translate into a product with a longer shelf-life.”He says his research could have a significant health impact because skin and soft tissue infections are the most common types of infections, made worse by the increase in antibiotic resistance.Source: News24Wire
john paul titlow Some Promising Initiatives, But No Slam DunksSome developers are taking a stab at it. Andrew Kurjata, a self-described “radio guy in a digital world” used Tumblr and a Firefox plugin to build his own personal audio queue. It’s a creative solution, but a multi-step hack like this probably isn’t seamless enough for most people. Similarly, there’s a workaround that will let you use podcast app RSSRadio in an Instapaper-like fashion, but again, it’s a hack. A Web app called HuffDuffer lets you build out your own podcast RSS feed from found audio clips. It’s nice, but still not quite the universal button Web audio needs. Some projects focus specifically on music. The inventive developers behind the Tomahawk music player created a browser bookmarklet that scrapes webpages for meta data about audio files it finds – and then checks that against its own mega-database of song metadata and lets users queue up those tracks in the Tomahawk desktop player. It’s pretty brilliant from a technical standpoint, but it works only with music and has no mobile component. Minilogs is a Web app that lets you build playlists of songs from across the Web, a process that’s simplified by its handy browser bookmarklet. It can pull audio from sources like SoundCloud, Spotify, BandCamp and YouTube to build Web-based playlists controlled by a simple, universal player. It’s nice, but once again, it’s music-focused. One of the most promising solutions for saving sounds is Later.fm. It’s similar to Minilogs, but is more visually reminiscent of Instapaper and goes beyond music to include podcast episodes and other clips. Like most of these projects, Later.fm is still very much a work in progress, and that shows when you try to scrape audio from certain pages. Whoever Nails This Wins At Web AudioEach of these projects is impressive and promising in its own right, but none of them are the end-all, be-all Instapaper-for-audio repository many of us are clamoring for. One of the reasons no such solution is exists is because audio is a far more complex beast than text. Text is text. Words don’t have formats, codecs and complex licensing restrictions that inhibit them from being shared freely. Audio content has those variables and more, making it much harder shift it across time. Who will crack this nut? Apple would never come close, but Google might. More realistically, I could see a company like SoundCloud or Stitcher radio adding this type of functionality to their Web and mobile apps. NPR’s tech team could surprise everyone and win itself major digital media points by pushing out a solution.If any one of these entities finally gives us an Instapaper for audio, I can guarantee that I – along with many others, I’m sure – would spend a lot more time in their apps, interacting with their brand. Whoever solves this problem wins at Web audio. Lead photo by Stephen Cummings. Tags:#audio#boxee#content shifting#instapaper#mobile#music#Podcasts Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Content-shifting has been a big trend for awhile now. First, digital video recorders (DVRs) allowed us to save our favorite shows to watch later, a habit accelerated by Netflix and Hulu. On the Web, we can save videos to our phones and tablets using apps like ShowYou and Boxee. For text-based content, there’s Instapaper and Pocket.But what about audio? The Web could really use a universal “listen later” button. I Can’t Live Without Time ShiftingI don’t know what I would do without the ability to time-shift the content I encounter online. Throughout my day, I come across blog posts, long-form articles and videos that pique my interest, but have nothing to do with whatever I’m working on at that moment. Thankfully, the Instapaper browser booklet allows me to set aside each article, neatly filing it away for later consumption and, perhaps more importantly, keeping my mind clear of distractions. Without this, I would go insane. In addition to my ever-overflowing Instapaper queue, I have a queue of videos that sits in the Boxee iPad app, just waiting to be AirPlayed to my HDTV over dinner later. What I don’t have, however, is a way to save audio content for later listening. Truth be told, there are several ways to save certain types of audio content so they can be heard in the future. NPR’s iPhone app lets me queue up news clips and episodes of shows. Podcasts, almost by definition, are queues of audio for later listening. If I favorite a track on SoundCloud or like a song on YouTube, I can return later to that list of clips and hit play.It’s possible to save audio, but the options are fractured across different apps, platforms and devices. Why can’t we have a universal “Listen Later” button like the “Read Later” bookmarklet we use for text?