Wrights dominate saddle bronc riding at Cody Stampede

first_imgCODY, Wyoming >> The 97th annual Cody Stampede came to a close on July 4th with a new slate of saddle bronc riders at the top of the leaderboard.The top four positions changed with the winners having a combined 22 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifications and three world titles. All of them are related and come from the same hometown. It’s no surprise that they all share the same last name — Wright.Winning the rodeo with an 88-point ride was four-time NFR qualifier Jake Wright, who …last_img

Uncontested Consensus Is Bad for Science

first_imgDarwinian evolution is a prime example of how an unchallenged consensus leads to unbridled speculation and absurdity.Because “Big Science” allows no critique of Darwinian evolution in their journals (and news media follow their lead), crazy ideas regularly appear in the media with no debate. This is bad for science. Need examples?Aliens May Be Polar Bear-Sized (Space.com): No one has ever seen an alien. One would think observation is the first stage in science. Why, then, does Space.com allow a scientist to survey Earth’s animals and extrapolate that to outer space? It’s clear from Fergus Simpson’s “Big Alien Theory” website that he is an evolutionist. How anyone could test his “theory” is left unexplained.Is evolution more intelligent than we thought? (Science Daily): Watson and Szathmáry are not exactly slouches in evolution circles, but they got away with ascribing intelligence to a blind, purposeless, aimless, natural theory. Imagine what a debater could do with this!—if debate were allowed.Professor Richard Watson says new research shows that evolution is able to learn from previous experience, which could provide a better explanation of how evolution by natural selection produces such apparently intelligent designs.By unifying the theory of evolution (which shows how random variation and selection is sufficient to provide incremental adaptation) with learning theories (which show how incremental adaptation is sufficient for a system to exhibit intelligent behaviour), this research shows that it is possible for evolution to exhibit some of the same intelligent behaviours as learning systems (including neural networks).In an opinion paper, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Professors Watson and Eörs Szathmáry, from the Parmenides Foundation in Munich, explain how formal analogies can be used to transfer specific models and results between the two theories to solve several important evolutionary puzzles.Professor Watson says: “Darwin’s theory of evolution describes the driving process, but learning theory is not just a different way of describing what Darwin already told us. It expands what we think evolution is capable of. It shows that natural selection is sufficient to produce significant features of intelligent problem-solving.“Because intelligent design theory is forbidden in Big Science circles, these two evolutionists are free to take evidence for design and put it in Charles Darwin’s trophy case.How anti-evolution bills evolve: An evolutionary biologist has analyzed political opposition to evolution and found it has evolved (Science Daily): Nick Matzke, a long time Darwin defender and enemy of intelligent design, makes an absurdly illogical proposition that creationism evolves (which, if that were true to mindless Darwinian evolution theory, would undermine his own brain as well). At Evolution News & Views, John West complains that Matzke likely misused taxpayer funds for his latest attack. But since Matzke is a card-carrying member of the Darwin lobby, will he be called out for this indiscretion? Unlikely. The D-Merit Badge provides immunity from prosecution, so Science Daily parroted his ideas without any fear of embarrassment in the court of public opinion, because no Darwin skeptic will get equal time.Scientists localize the Christmas spirit in the brain (Medical Xpress): If the human mind is an illusion from the physical brain (a belief by most materialists), then it may seem logical to evolutionists that our deepest feelings and urges are “nothing but” excited neurons. If true, where is the “science spirit” localized? It’s a self-refuting idea, but this science site presents this nutty idea uncritically.What computers won’t tell you about ecological and evolutionary dynamics: Surprising connections between computer science and biology (Science Daily): These scientists think that evolution is like a computer program. “The investigators found the rather unexpected proof that these fundamental questions in ecology and evolution can be precisely characterized by specific classes of complexity theory, as though these evolutionary processes would mimic aspects of computation.” Computers are built and operated by intelligent design, not evolution.Education: How to win at evolution (Nature): Stuart West has fun evaluating 3 video games based on evolutionary theory—apparently oblivious to the truth that the Darwinian “Stuff Happens Law” makes winning or losing irrelevant. “Evolution by natural selection is like a game: the winners are the organisms best at passing on their genes,” he says. A little thought makes it clear that the very concept of “winning” requires an intelligent evaluator; material bodies are incapable of caring about wins or losses. Whatever happens, happens. But instead of thinking consistently about this, he used the world’s most prestigious science journal—and children—to push this twisted form of Darwinism as if this is how evolution really operates. “We (two 12 year olds, a 16 year old, three graduate students, two postdocs and three professors) tested three: Evolution by North Star Games, Evolution: Random Mutations by Rightgames and Terra Evolution: Tree of Life by Mindwarrior Games. Our mission? To discover their potential for ‘edutainment’ — and as last-minute holiday gifts.”It’s also clear that the games pervert Darwinian theory: “You fashion your species,” he says of the Evolution game, proving that the players are actually role-playing god. Similarly, with Terra Evolution, “You build a deck of cards allowing you to evolve complex organisms, fossilize others or attack rival players with catastrophes such as viruses or asteroids.” Thus, West takes games that depend on intelligent design, but twists them into Christmas gifts for Darwin and his grinchy elves. Clear-thinking critics are left out in the cold.Darwinism is bad for science. Any undebated consensus is. If these ideologues had to stand up to critical attack by philosophers of science and Darwin skeptics in fair debate, they would be laughed off the stage for their shallow thinking and unbridled speculation. The Darwinians are like radical muslims who have imposed a kind of Sharia Law on science: convert, pay a tax, or die. Darwin skeptics of all stripes are excluded from the Big Science institutions, and courts have long prohibited them from sharing alternatives in schools (see the ENV series on the 10 years since Dover and John West’s summary). So not only do the Darwin skeptics have to raise their own money for research and education, they are forced to pay, through their taxes, for the institutions that persecute them. It’s an unholy theocracy that stifles clear thinking and actual progress in understanding the world. Let’s call it Darwin Sharia and add it to the Darwin Dictionary. (Visited 151 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Madiba magic for Bafana Bafana

first_img4 June 2010 Nelson Mandela met Bafana Bafana’s World Cup team at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Johannesburg on Thursday to wish the team well for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Mandela Day “We hope that all South Africans will wear their football shirts tomorrow for the last official Football Friday,” said International Marketing Council of South Africa marketing manager Sophie Masipa. This is in honour of the 67 years that Mandela sacrificed to make South Africa and the world a better place. ‘No one like you’ Introducing 1.98 metre-tall defender Matthew Booth to chants of Boooooth, Mokoena told Mandela, who stands an impressive 1.94 meters himself: “This is the tallest man in the building”. Captain Aaron Mokoena introduced Mandela to all the team members, including coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and the technical and management teams. Mandela will be 92 years old on 18 July. His birthday has been endorsed by the United Nations as International Nelson Mandela Day. On the day, people throughout the world are encouraged to give at 67 minutes of their time to do good work. The Nelson Mandela Foundation supports South Africa’s Football Fridays and Fly the Flag campaigns, which are aimed at building national unity and generating excitement ahead of the Football World. “Nelson Mandela, there is no one like you,” sang the audience as he entered the room. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Wearing a Bafana Bafana jersey carrying the captain’s number “4”, Mandela arrived to cheers and song from the team, members of his family and his staff.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 26 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $26 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Apr. 25 will be approximately $30 million.last_img

IHCL Tata Steel prepare for EGMs to remove Cyrus Mistry Nusli Wadia

first_imgThe Taj Mahal hotel is seen in Mumbai December 14, 2008. Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which owns the Taj chain of hotels, will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 20 to pass resolutions for Cyrus Mistry’s removal from the company’s board.Reuters fileThe next week will be crucial for Tata Group companies in view of the EGMs that have been called to remove Cyrus Mistry from these companies.Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), the owner of Taj chain of hotels, has called for the EGM on December 20, 2016.”We now seek your support of the resolution that Tata Sons has moved in the forthcoming Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) of our companies, for the removal of Cyrus Mistry as Director…As a long-standing partner in the Tata Group companies, we seek your support of the EGM resolutions to enable our companies to continue on the path of growth and value creation, as they have done over their long-standing past history,” Ratan Tata said in a statement addressed to the shareholders of IHCL.E-voting for IHCL resolution”The e-voting period commences on December 15, 2016 (9:00 am) and ends on December 19, 2016 (5:00 pm)and thee-voting module shall be disabled by NSDL for voting thereafter. During this period Members of the Company, holding shares either in physical form or in dematerialized form, as on the cut-off date i.e. December 13, 2016 may cast their vote electronically. Once the vote on a resolution is cast by the Member, he/she shall not be allowed to change it subsequently or cast the vote again,” read the notice to shareholders.”If you are already registered with NSDL for remote e-voting then you can use existing user ID and password for casting your vote or obtain the login ID and password by sending a request at evoting@nsdl.co.in or investorrelations@tajhotels.com,” according to the notice.The procedure to login to e-Voting website is given below:Open the attached PDF file “e-Voting.pdf” giving your Client ID (in case you are holding shares in demat mode) or Folio No. (in case you are holding shares in physical mode) as password, which contains your “User ID” and “Password for e-voting”. Please note that the password is an initial password. You will not receive this PDF file if you are already registered with NSDL for e-voting.Launch internet browser by typing the URL https://www.evoting.nsdl.com/Click on “Shareholder – Login”.Put User ID and password as initial password noted in step (1) above and Click Login. If you are already registered with NSDL for e-voting then you can use your existing user ID and password. If you forgot your password, you can reset your password by using “Forgot User Details/Password” option available on www.evoting.nsdl.comPassword Change Menu appears. Change the password with new password of your choice with minimum 8 digits/characters or combination thereof.Home page of remote “e-Voting” opens. Click on e-Voting: Active Voting Cycles.Select “EVEN” of The Indian Hotels Company Limited. Members can cast their vote online from December 15, 2016 (9:00 am) till December 19, 2016 (5:00 pm).Note: e-Voting shall not be allowed beyond said time.Now you are ready for “e-Voting” as “Cast Vote” page opens.Cast your vote by selecting appropriate option and click on “Submit” and also “Confirm”, when prompted.Institutional shareholders (i.e., other than Individuals, HUF, NRI etc.) are also required to send scanned copy (PDF/JPG Format) of the relevant Board Resolution/Authority Letter etc. together with attested specimen signature of the duly authorized signatory(ies) who are authorized to vote, to the Scrutinizer through e-mail fraternitygroup2010@gmail.com with a copy marked toevoting@nsdl.co.in.Further, NSDL is pleased to inform you that NSDL has now integrated its e-Services website (https://eservices.nsdl.com/) with the aforesaid e-Voting system of NSDL, which enables you as a registered User of IDeAS facility to also access e-Voting system of NSDL for casting your votes by using your existing login credentials viz.; User ID and password of IDeAS facility. Thus, you would not be required to log-in to e-Voting system separately for casting votes in respect of the resolutions of companies.Tata Steel EGMTata Steel will be holding its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 21 to seek shareholder nod for the removal of Cyrus Mistry and Nusli Wadia as directors of the company.E-voting for Tata Steel resolution”The remote e-voting period commences on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 9.00 a.m. IST and ends on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 5.00 p.m. IST. During this period, Members may cast their vote electronically. Please note that the voting rights will be on the basis of shareholding as on the cut-off date, i.e. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Any person, who is a Member of the Company as on the cut-off date is eligible to cast vote on all the resolutions set forth in the Notice of EGM,” the EGM notice for Tata Steel shareholders read.The instructions and other information for remote e-voting are: 1. Open PDF file namely “TSL remote e-voting.pdf” with your Client ID or Folio No. as password. The said PDF file contains your user ID and password/PIN for remote e-voting. Please note that the password is an initial password. You will not receive this PDF file if you are already registered with NSDL for e-voting. 2. Open the internet browser and type the following URL: https://www.evoting.nsdl.com/ 3. Click on Shareholder – Login. 4. If you are already registered with NSDL for remote e-voting then you can use your existing user ID and password/PIN for casting your vote. If you forgot your password, you can reset your password by using “Forgot User Details/Password” option available on www.evoting.nsdl.com 5. If you are logging-in for the first time, please enter the user ID and password provided in the PDF file attached with this e-mail as initial password. Click Login. 6. The Password Change Menu will appear on your screen. Change the password/PIN with new password of your choice, making sure that it contains a minimum of 8 digits or characters or a combination of both. Please take utmost care to keep your password confidential. 7. Once the remote e-voting home page opens, click on remote e-voting > Active e-Voting Cycles. 8. Select “EVEN” (E-Voting Event Number) of Tata Steel Limited which is 105772. Now you are ready for remote e-voting as Cast Vote page opens. 9. Cast your vote by selecting appropriate option and click on “Submit” and also “Confirm” when prompted. 10. Upon confirmation, the message “Vote cast successfully” will be displayed. 11. Once the vote on the resolution is cast, the Member shall not be allowed to change it subsequently. 12. Institutional shareholders (i.e., other than individuals, HUF, NRI, etc.) are required to send scanned copy (PDF/JPG format) of the relevant Board Resolution/Authority letter, etc., together with attested specimen signature of the duly authorised signatory(ies) who are authorised to vote, to the Scrutinizer through e-mail to tsl.scrutinizer@gmail.com, with a copy marked to evoting@nsdl.co.in.Tata Steel shares closed at Rs 414 on Friday on the BSE while IHCL ended at Rs 99. Tata Sons holds 28.01 percent in IHCL and 29.75 percent in Tata Steel. A general view shows the Tata Steel works in Scunthorpe, northern England, October 27, 2015. Tata Steel is the biggest steelmaker in Britain.Reuters filelast_img read more

Just a week of painkiller use may up heart attack risk

first_imgUsing commonly prescribed painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac for just a week can increase the risk of a heart attack by up to 50 per cent, a new study warns.According to the study published in the BMJ journal, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation could be raising risk of having a heart attack as early as in the first week of use and especially within the first month of taking high doses of such medication. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPrevious studies suggested that NSAIDs could increase the risk of heart attack, but the timing of the risk, the effect of dose, treatment duration, and the comparative risks between NSAIDs were poorly understood.Researchers, led by Michele Bally of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) in Canada, set out to characterise the risks of heart attack associated with use of oral NSAIDs under real life practice circumstances.They carried out a review of relevant studies from various healthcare databases including those from Canada, Finland and the UK. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey analysed results on 446,763 people of whom 61,460 had a heart attack. The NSAIDs of interest to the researchers were celecoxib, the three main traditional NSAIDs (diclofenac, ibuprofen, and naproxen), and rofecoxib.Researchers presented their results as probabilities of having a heart attack. They looked at various scenarios corresponding to how people might routinely use these drugs.The study found that taking any dose of NSAIDs for one week, one month, or more than a month was associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Naproxen was associated with the same risk of heart attack as that documented for other NSAIDs. With celecoxib, the risk was lower than for rofecoxib and was comparable to that of traditional NSAIDs.Overall the increase in risk of a heart attack is about 20 to 50 per cent if using NSAIDs compared with not using these medications. To put this in perspective, as a result of this increase, the risk of heart attack due to NSAIDs is on average about one per cent annually.The type of analysis the researchers used allowed them to conclude with greater than 90 per cent probability that all NSAIDs studied are associated with a heightened risk of heart attack.Further analysis suggested that the risk of heart attack associated with NSAID use was greatest with higher doses and during the first month of use.With longer treatment duration, risk did not seem to continue to increase but the researchers caution that they did not study repeat heart attacks such that it remains prudent to use NSAIDs for as short time as possible.last_img read more