Ranks in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) arrested a Sophia, Greater Georgetown resident after he was found in possession of an illegal firearm along with matching ammunition.The vendor was found in possession of an unlicensed revolver and four live matching roundsThe incident occurred during an intelligence-led operation on Wednesday morning at D Field, Sophia.The vendor was found in possession of an unlicensed revolver and four live matching rounds.The 28-year-old suspect of D Field, Sophia Reserve was taken into custody and was being processed for court.
Fulham are interested in signing Aston Villa’s Matt Lowton, the Sunday People say.West Ham and Norwich City are also said to be keen on the 24-year-old full-back, who has been out of favour at Villa Park under manager Paul Lambert.The People also claim Sunderland boss Gus Poyet leads the race for Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake.A number of clubs are keen to take the highly-rated Dutch teenager on loan next season after the Blues opted not to loan him out this term.Chelsea also lead the race to sign Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic but face stiff competition from Manchester United and Arsenal, The Sun on Sunday say.Mandzukic is tipped to seek a move in the summer, when Robert Lewandowski will arrive at Bayern from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract.It is claimed that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been invited to discuss a potential deal for the 27-year-old and can afford his wages, which are said to be £110,000 a week.LA Galaxy are hopeful of completing a deal to sign Frank Lampard when his Chelsea contract expires in the summer, again according to The Sun on Sunday. Meanwhile, it is suggested in the Mail On Sunday that Chelsea will sell Romelu Lukaku and target the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao of Monaco.And the People say Real Madrid will offer Chelsea’s Ashley Cole a two-year deal.It is claimed that Real president Florentino Perez has agreed to move for the veteran left-back, whose contract also expires this summer. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook read more
(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists continue finding the real world to be opposite evolutionary expectations. Here are some recent examples.1. Bergmann’s Rule Isn’tIt’s a shame to have to debunk a law of nature, especially in biology, which doesn’t have that many to begin with. Since 1847, Bergmann’s Rule has predicted that “cold-climate animals tend to be larger and stouter than animals living in hot or dry climates,” explained PhysOrg. Isn’t it strange that nobody tested this “rule” on insects for 165 years? Matan Shelomi, a doctoral candidate in entomology at UC Davis, took on this rule as a project in evolutionary biology. He checked 300 scientific papers and found that Bergmann’s Rule doesn’t work for insects, even though it consistently does for warm-blooded animals. His findings in a nutshell: “Insects are just as likely to follow Bergmann’s Rule as they are to oppose it, and a slight majority show no size variation at all.” Like most things in biology, there are many factors affecting traits. Any rule of nature that tolerates large exceptions is no rule at all.2. Blind Conformity Isn’tAlthough an article in Medical Xpress doesn’t mention evolution, psychologists are a largely evolutionary bunch. Secular psychologists generally assume psychological traits arose by natural selection, just like everything else. In a new paper in PLoS Biology, the article said, Alex Haslam and Stephen Reicher found that “blind conformity” in humans is a “myth.” This was an idea developed from studies during the 1960s and 1970s that appeared to show humans will participate in cruelty in response to an authority figure if the crowd does. Not so, say Haslam and Reicher. Instead, morals and beliefs are intertwined: “Decent people participate in horrific acts not because they become passive, mindless functionaries who do not know what they are doing, but rather because they come to believe—typically under the influence of those in authority—that what they are doing is right.” This suggests that the human mind is not a passive product of natural selection, but an entity capable of thought and moral choice, even when the choices are bad.3. Upside-Down Hummingbird Feeder TheoryA short article on PhysOrg described how researchers tried to figure out if flowers evolved to make it easier for hummingbirds to feed. Using high-speed cameras, a group at UC Berkeley found the unexpected: flowers hang down, making it more costly for the birds to get to the nectar. This appears to go against simplistic ideas that flowers and their pollinators co-evolve toward cooperation. “Almost all hummingbird-pollinated flowers hang down vertically, so our hypothesis was that they evolved this way because hummingbirds would have to use less energy to feed from them. We found the opposite – that it’s more costly in energy terms for hummingbirds to feed from these flowers.”4. Sea Snakes Evolve; See Evolution DefiedAccording to PhysOrg, two identically-looking poisonous sea snakes are genetically unrelated. To rescue evolutionary theory, the evolutionists had to invoke convergence: “Associate Professor Fry said the finding was an example of a situation where two species evolved separately but ended up looking similar, known as the convergent phenotypic evolution phenomenon.”5. Early Mammal Performs MiracleThe “Lazarus effect” has been invoked to explain a mammal that was thought to have gone extinct since the age of dinosaurs, only to turn up in the evolutionary timeline 16 million years ago. An article on Science Daily describes the confusion that exists after 100 years of trying to understand a small snouty mammal named Necrolestes:This finding unexpectedly moves forward the endpoint for the fossil’s evolutionary lineage by 45 million years, showing that this family of mammals survived the extinction event that marked the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. This is an example of the Lazarus effect, in which a group of organisms is found to have survived far longer than originally thought. Situating Necrolestes among its relatives in the fossil record answers one long-held question, but creates others; it reminds us that there is a lot we don’t yet know about the global impacts of the massive extinction event 65 million years ago and it challenges assumptions that the well-documented effects that occurred in western North America were experienced globally.The original paper on this fossil connection is published in PNAS. So not only does this fossil create questions about the mass extinction, it raises a conundrum about how these critters survived a mass extinction only to reappear tens of millions of years later. “It’s the supreme Lazarus effect,” said John Wible. “How in the world did this animal survive so long without anyone knowing about it?”6. Reality Opposes Theory of Evolution of Life SpanA paper in Current Biology begins, “A new study reports that high rates of extrinsic mortality can lead to the evolution of a longer life — a pattern opposite to that expected under the classic predictions of the evolutionary theory of aging.” Evolutionists have worked theories opposite the truth despite an aspect of evolution that has “captured widespread interest among evolutionary biologists for well over a century.” This paragraph should raise eyebrows among students of philosophy of science:Such inconsistency between studies raises eyebrows, particularly because we can generally confirm the classic predictions when we pull the strings in the laboratory setting, but struggle to do so when testing the predictions in more realistic, natural environments. Does this mean that the evolutionary theory of aging is not generally applicable to the real world? Or is there some unaccounted factor at play, whose effects run havoc in the wild and alter the trajectories of aging in unpredicted directions, but that we effectively nullify in the laboratory environment? Emerging theoretical studies and the latest empirical evidence mounted by Chen and Maklakov, would suggest that the answer to this latter question is ‘yes’.Apparently there are too many variables for an evolutionary “law of aging” to make predictions. A theory without predictions, though, is pretty useless for science. Damian K. Dowling, author of the paper, tried to put a happy face on this falsification: “Clearly, the Chen and Maklakov study provides a new insight into the evolution of life span. Ironically, in doing so, it reminds us how much remains to be done if we are to ever fully understand the evolution of aging in natural populations.”We think people should know about evolutionary theory being riddled with problems. All they hear is the propaganda that Darwinian evolution is as confirmed as the law of gravity. These falsifications reveal the gravity of the situation. When Darwinians have to concoct epicycles like “convergent evolution,” or have to issue promissory notes for understanding evolution, or joke about their miracles with terms like the “Lazarus effect,” they reveal how evolution is less like gravity and more like magic. Read about the real Lazarus effect here. It happened by intelligent design from Someone who has nothing else to learn about biology. read more
RELATED ARTICLES Tackling the Plug Load ProblemLighting and Phantom LoadsGarage Door Openers Are Always OnChoosing an Energy-Efficient TelevisionChoosing an Energy-Efficient RefrigeratorAll About DishwashersOccupant Behavior Makes a DifferenceGreen Building Priority #5 – Build SmallerSize MattersWhy Single-Family Green Homes Are Slow to Catch On Our electronic gadgets use lots of electricitySince the 1970s, the amount of energy that Americans use for heating has fallen 40%. This is largely due to improvements in the efficiency of our mechanical systems as well as tighter, better insulated buildings.And yet overall the residential sector uses only slightly less energy today than thirty years ago (10.18 quadrillion Btus compared to 10.56). Any guesses as to why this is? Here’s a hint: just think about all the electronic devices you have in your home now that you didn’t have 30 years ago. In the space of a generation the amount of energy we use to run our home entertainment systems, refrigerators (yup, an increasing number of us have more than one), and other electronic gadgets has nearly doubled. Ask almost any building performance expert what you should do first to cut your utility bills and improve the energy efficiency of your home, and the answer will inevitably be to weatherize. And that’s as it should be. Most of our homes are rife with air leaks. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in the average American home, 30 cents of every dollar spent on heating and cooling is lost to air leaks and insufficient insulation. That’s a lot of money to let slip — literally — through the cracks!If you live in a drafty, underinsulated house, you should no doubt focus first on weatherization. But, as important as it is, weatherization may not be enough to ensure an environmentally and financially sustainable level of energy use. There are other increasingly important drivers of residential energy consumption that can’t be addressed by air sealing and insulating. Smaller homes and fewer gadgetsEfficiency gains are just barely keeping pace with increases in consumption. Which means that for most homeowners, air sealing and insulation are simply not enough to keep energy costs in check over the long term.We also need to pay much closer attention to plug loads, making sure that our electronics and appliances are as efficient as they can be, and asking ourselves hard questions about what we really need. Do we really need that second refrigerator? Two game systems? Fifteen recessed lights in our kitchen? When building or renovating, this would include asking hard questions about home size as well. Do we need a formal living and an informal family room? An eat-in-kitchen and a formal dining room?Of course conservation on its own is not a realistic strategy for improving home energy performance. But, then again, neither is weatherization. Now consider how much bigger the home you live in now is than the one you grew up in. It’s bigger, right? In 1950, the average U.S. home was 1,100 square feet and the average household size was 3.4 people. Flash forward to 2009: the average new home is 2,438 square feet and the average household has 2.6 people. In just two generations, home size has increased by 120% and average household occupancy has dropped by 24%. Square footage per household member has tripled from 324 to 938 square feet. Not to mention that we keep on building new homes. Rachel White is performance manager at Byggmeister, a high performance remodeling firm based in Newton, Massachusetts, on a mission (impossible?) to quantify the impact of its work. read more
The Goa administration late on Friday called off the search operations launched on Thursday following the collapse of an ageing footbridge across the Sanvordem river.While the rescue teams recovered two bodies on the night of the incident, a third was found on Friday evening. According to the police, the last was that of the man who had jumped into the river to commit suicide.The bridge had collapsed under the weight of crowds who gathered on it to watch the attempt to rescue him. The Portuguese-era bridge has been closed for traffic for the last four years. “The district administration withdrew the search and rescue operation last evening. There seems to be no possibility of finding more bodies there,” Superintendent of Police (South) Shekhar Prabhudesai said on Saturday.The multi-agency search and rescue operation involved personnel of the State police, the Navy, the National Disaster Response Force and Drishti Lifesaving Services, a private agency.Two persons had drowned in the accident, while around 20 others had swam to safety. Fourteen people were also rescued.After the incident, the Goa government had announced that all “dilapidated and unsafe” bridges in the State would be dismantled after a review. “The government will also carry out a safety audit of bridges and those which are found unsafe and not used by commuters would be dismantled,” Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai told reporters on Friday. read more
MOST READ National University is gunning for its second straight win against San Sebastian in the Premier Volleyball League on Monday but the backstory would be a lot more interesting.San Sebastian coach Roger Gorayeb used to handle NU, until he was replaced by Babes Castillo in the Lady Bulldogs’ camp.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Lady Stags are sporting a 1-1 record.Earlier at 4 p.m., University of the Philippines will attempt to score its first win in Group B when it takes on Technological Institute of the Philippines.The Lady Maroons, a perennial contender in the UAAP, bowed to the Adamson Lady Falcons, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25,25-19, 15-9, a week ago.On the same day, the TIP Lady Engineers lost to the San Beda Red Spikers, 13-25, 18-25, 27-25, 13-25.Every win counts in the Collegiate Conference, a single round robin tournament that will have the top two teams from the two groups clashing in the crossover semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maroons nip Tigers on Desiderio triple; Archers escape Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NU and San Sebastian collide at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the PVL Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Gorayeb, however, has already announced he will not show up, citing personal reasons. Assistant coach Clint Malazo will instead call the shots for the Lady Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Lady Bulldogs won their first game under Castillo, turning back the Lyceum Lady Pirates, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21, last Sept. 3.They will bank on Jaja Santiago anew when they try to grab a second win in as many starts and a share of the Group A lead with the idle Far Eastern U Lady Tamaraws. read more
Bengaluru: BJP leader Anantkumar Hegde, known for making contversial remarks, has dubbed as an “act of arrogance” the resignation by Karnataka IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil after criticising the union government, and asked him to go to Pakistan.In a video message on Twitter, the former union minister said there cannot be any “act of treason” bigger than an IAS officer questioning the decision taken by the Centre and the Parliament on a majority basis. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Senthil had resigned from the Indian Administrative Services on September 6, telling ‘friends’ in a letter that the “fundamental building blocks of democracy are being compromised in an unprecedented manner.” The resignation took a political hue with Congress leaders such as former union minister Mallikarjun Kharge and MLC Ivan D’Souza alleging that the statement reflected on the present state of affairs in India. Hitting out at Senthil, Hegde said, “The first thing he should do is go to Pakistan along with those who support his move. This is quite an easy task and a permanent solution too. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KInstead of destroying the country, he should go there and continue his struggle against the country and government.” The BJP MP claimed that Senthil’s resignation was not a small issue but an “act of arrogance” and “incivility” as he has questioned the decision taken by the government on a majority basis. “The government should immediately initiate action against him. The Governor has the power and people too expect the same (action),” he said. “If this guy can conclude that the Union Government is fascist; then we have the liberty to call him another paid #Gaddar, dancing to the tunes set by his real paymasters! This may be the debate he wants to initiate!” Hegde said in a series of tweets. Reacting to Hegde’s tweets, Senthil said the statement itself exposed the BJP leader. read more