Oral Tracey: Early exit for disintegrating Windies?

first_img ENOUGH DAMAGE Despite the reasonable quality of the replacements in Carlos Brathwaite, Johnson Charles and possibly Dwayne Smith, enough damage I think has been done to the core of the West Indies unit that they will now struggle to lift that trophy. Losing all of five first string potential match winners has destroyed the blueprint for the success of this team. The injuries to Simmons and Pollard apart, the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Bravo especially, is disappointing, to say the least. To my mind, it could give the impression that the Brian Lara look alike has basically deserted the team. In instances of desertion, the West Indies Cricket should fine and sanction players. As a general principle though, no player should have the right to dictate when and where he plays. The Russell indiscretions are also unforgivable. I am still in shock and disbelief that a player at this elite level of cricket is not able to navigate his way through such basic obligations as adhering to the drug-testing requirements. Narine’s decision to opt out, while still disappointing, is more understandable due to the recent woes relating to his bowling action. The wish was that the desire and passion of this group of players to represent the West Indies in this format of the game would overcome all else. That is obviously not the case. Our recent pathetic performances and embarrassing results at the Test and ODI levels are well documented and with our Twenty20 team representing the only credible unit on the international stage, it basically tugs at the heart to see this team falling apart. Our last hope of immediate international success is rapidly evaporating. One could venture into being extremely optimistic and hope that the remaining members of the squad will use the absence of these key players as motivation to energise and lift their individual efforts enough for them to march on and win the trophy. That would make good material for a dressing room team talk, but is a stretch of the reality. Confidence and optimism about the West Indies winning the World T20 have now been reduced to nonchalant hope. The fact of the matter is that the team has in part disintegrated and from here could struggle to make a significant impression. Indeed it is quite possible that the West Indies could make a very early exit from World T20. It was with genuine belief and optimism that some weeks ago I predicted that the West Indies should and would win the 2016 ICC World Cup T20 title. My impression then was that the 2012 champions, like the other top contenders India and Australia, possess the necessary skill and experience to get the job done. Fundamentally, I thought then the Caribbean team, compared to the others, had more individual match winners in their ranks, which in the end would get them over the line. Fast forward to here and now, days before the start of the tournament. The West Indies are absolutely falling apart. Four of those potential match winners, for one reason or another, are no longer in the squad, while a fifth, Andre Russell, will be playing with additional after news emerged that he shockingly missed three drug tests and could be banned for up to two years. Lendl Simmons is the latest to withdraw from the squad with an injury. Before him there was the mystery withdrawal of batsman Darren Bravo, who said he wants to concentrate more on playing the longer versions of the game. Kieron Pollard failed to recover from injury, while mystery spinner Sunil Narine said he was not confident enough in his bowling action to take part in the tournament.last_img read more

Evolutionists Have No Idea How Sex Evolved

first_img(Visited 715 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanAudio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Bergman-20170331-Origin-of-Sex-with-intro-tail.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Researchers in our day still admit they are baffled about the origin of sexual reproduction.1 Why sex exists is problematic for many reasons, such as the fact that many organisms, from dividing microbes to plants that grow from cuttings, do very well without it. The problem for evolution has always been that sexual reproduction cannot occur until both the copulatory organs are well matched, and the gametes, both the eggs and sperm, are functional so that the union of the two cells produces viable offspring. Sex is a classic case of irreducible complexity.The common notion that these two systems must somehow evolve together from an earlier asexual system ignores the problem that reproduction cannot occur until both systems are highly functional. It is hard to even imagine the evolution from asexual to sexual reproduction, and even if one could, imagination is a far cry from demonstration. Science Daily stated recently thatThere are significant gaps in our knowledge on the evolution of sex, according to a research review on sex chromosomes from Lund University in Sweden. Even after more than a century of study, researchers do not know enough about the evolution of sex chromosomes to understand how males and females emerge.2Another problem is many different types of sexual systems exist in nature. Even the chromosomes that determine the sex are very diverse in living organisms. Mammals use XY (XX produces a female, XY a male) but snakes and birds use the ZW system (ZW produces a female, and ZZ a male). The Platypus has 10 sex chromosomes! Platypus sperm are either XXXXX (which produces a female) or YYYYY (which produces a male). Less studied are haploid UV sex chromosomes and other unique forms. An additional problem for Darwinism is how to get from the mitotic cell division used by asexual cells to the substantially different and more complex type of cell division called meiosis, which sorts out the chromosomes into haploid gametes—eggs and sperm. Then after that, the males and females must possess behavioral modifications with specialized organs to bring the gametes together.Sex is the queen of problems in evolutionary biologySome systems, such as those used by many reptiles and some fish, use a temperature-dependent sex determination in which the specific temperature during the thermosensitive period of embryonic or larval development determines the offspring’s sex. Some lizards even have the option of either laying eggs or reproducing by live birth. Other reptiles, such as the skink lizard in the family Scincidae, can use both types of reproduction. They can lay eggs to reproduce, or give birth to live young, as mammals do. They achieve live birth by letting the eggs hatch inside the mother’s reproductive tract, which then emerge as live young. Earthworms can reproduce asexually or sexually, depending on if they can find a mate. These are not the only variations in nature that must be explained by evolution. In both ant and bee colonies, for example, there exist two different female types—the workers and the fertile queen—and also several different male types with different roles.Thus, evolutionists have to figure out how each system evolved – a huge problem if all sexually reproducing animals descended from the first single asexually reproducing organism. In spite of gallons of ink spilled in attempting to solve this question, the conclusion of Professor of Biology Graham Bell, written over 35 years ago—and 35 years is a lifetime in science—is still very accurate. He said, “Sex is the queen of problems in evolutionary biology.” Bell said this not because it has not been studied, but becauseno other natural phenomenon has aroused so much interest; certainly none has sowed as much confusion. The insights of Darwin and Mendel, which have illuminated so many mysteries, have so far failed to shed more than a dim and wavering light on the central mystery of sexuality, emphasizing its obscurity by its very isolation. No doubt the roots of this difficulty lie very deep.3As we have learned more about sexuality and life, his statement is actually truer now than when he made it a generation ago. Evolutionists need to explain not only the evolution of sex, but also the origin of the many types of sexual systems existing in the animal world. And no evolutionary pathway has been shown from asexual reproduction to sexual reproduction. Some primitive life forms have comparatively advanced sex systems, and some advanced life forms have simple sex systems.These remain huge problems for Darwinism. One evolutionist wrote under the chapter title of “The Ultimate Existential Absurdity” that evolutionary biologists are teased for their obsession with why sex exists. “Sex is a puzzle that has not yet been solved,” Mark Ridley said; “no one knows why it exists.”4References:1. Jessica K. Abbott, Anna K. Nordén, Bengt Hansson. Sex chromosome evolution: historical insights and future perspectives. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2017; 284 (1854): 20162806 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.28062. Lund University, “Knowledge Gap on the Origin of Sex.” Science Daily, 26 May 2017. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170526084533.htm.3. Bell, Graham. 1982. The Masterpiece of Nature: The Evolution of Genetics and Sexuality. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.  P. 19.4. Ridley, Mark. 2001. The Cooperative Gene. New York: The Free Press p. 111.Audio version of this article:Audio Playerhttps://crev.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Bergman-20170331-Origin-of-Sex-with-intro-tail.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dr. Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile for his previous articles.last_img read more

Overhyped, Overpriced & Disappointing: iPad? No, iPod in 2001

first_img“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! … I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”Sound familiar? That wasn’t a reaction to yesterday’s Apple iPad launch, that was a MacRumors commenter in 2001 reacting to the launch of the iPod. The iPod, the device that symbolized personal electronics more than any other product in the last decade, was widely criticized when it was unveiled. It was “just another MP3 player.” One notable detail in comparing the history of the iPod with the new iPad: iPod sales were no big deal until three years after the product was launched. There was no iTunes for Windows until two years after the iPod came out – the iPad already has a thriving app store. (See this conversation on Hacker News for more snarky historical perspective.)Thus while these old comments about the iPod are humorous in retrospect, the history of the iPod is a reminder of just how much has to go right for even a revolutionary Apple product to really explode. There may be a lot of us who wait for the iPad 2.0.“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time… and it’s not really functional. Uuhh Steve, can I have a PDA now?” That’s what they said then. Will we look back in 10 years at today’s complaints about the iPad missing a camera and chuckle in the same way? Maybe not about the camera, but the missing Flash support? Now that might seem silly in retrospect. Tags:#humor#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

How the iPhone is Changing Modern Videography

first_imgIf you think you need a stabilizer or drone to pull of great footage with an iPhone, then just take a look at this video from Nicolas Vuignier. Using an iPhone 6 attached to a string rig he built himself, Vuignier took to the ski slope to create this Centriphone video. Have you put any thought into shooting a film on an iPhone? Have any experience using one on set? Let us know in the comments below. Last year, a Swiss TV station switched the whole staff to shooting on iPhones with selfie sticks. In September, RYOT news released this piece on a citizen living in the slums of Haiti. It was also shot on the iPhone 6s Plus.RYOT also released a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot, giving a glimpse at the camera cage that allowed them to use SLR lenses with the iPhone. They also used a variety of stabilizers, and even attached the iPhone to a DJI Phantom drone. Apple knows how great the iPhone 6 camera is, which is why they’ve featured many of the best videos shot by regular users. As with the Dark Waves music video, using an underwater case can give you stunning images.The iPhone even captures quality video at high speeds.You can even simply setup an iPhone to capture a quick timelapse.One of the best parts of always having the camera on you is the ability to pull the iPhone out of your pocket when you see something amazing happening around you.But perhaps the most spectacular feature is the iPhone’s slow-motion capability — which has captured so much great material. It’s been nearly 10 years since the iPhone first hit shelves. The drastic improvements to the device’s camera are nothing short of remarkable.Top image via RYOTAs camera manufacturers struggle to bring higher video resolution and dynamic range to their gear, Apple has seemingly been pushing micro-camera technology to extraordinary lengths. And they aren’t alone… Samsung and other manufacturers have been bringing 4K to cell phones for years.Now that you have these insane resolutions in your pocket, it’s easy to see how you can use an iPhone on set. We’ve covered turning old iPhones into wireless microphones, and even commercials shot on the iPhone. The camera has practical uses as a crash cam or additional camera on set, but what about productions using only the iPhone?The film Tangerine made headlines at Sundance, as the film was shot using three iPhone 5s cameras. The independent feature even reached a limited release in theaters. The entire film was produced with the iPhones, Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.Of course, Tangerine is far from the only film to use iPhones. There’s an entire film festival solely dedicated to featuring movies shot on the iPhone.Countless music videos have been shot on iPhones. This beautiful music video for Dark Waves by Robot Koch and Delhia de France was shot on the iPhone 6s Plus.last_img read more

Embattled swimmers hope to make a mark at CWG

first_imgIt is a discipline which has never fetched India any medal in the Commonwealth Games and the swimmers are not exactly expected to create a splash even this time around with a dope slur and concerns about the venue’s preparedness adding to their woes ahead of the event.Indian swimmers have never created much of a buzz at the Commonwealth level given the competition in the pool features powerhouses such as Australia, Canada and England among others.Australia has 557 medals at the Games and are expected to rule the pool even this time.Home advantage could have been factored in India’s favour but the swimmers have hardly got a feel of the still under-preparation Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Complex.Swimming Federation of India (SFI) Secretary General Virender Nanavati says there is nothing like home advantage for the locals.Another swimmer M B Balakrishnan suffered injuries after being assaulted by yet-to-be identified persons, and there are chances that he might also be ruled out of the October 3 to 14 event.Even coaching and training of the swimmers for the Games was not complete without controversy.Nanavati complained that despite the SFI providing a list of 12 coaches to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and also finalising the name of Australian Alan Thompson as chief coach, SAI failed to strike a deal. This had not just left the federation red-faced but also hampered India’s preparations for the Games.But internal matters are not the only obstacles standing in India’s way of winning medals, there are bigger challenges awaiting the national swimmers during the competition itself.advertisementThe dominant Australians, the ever-improving England and even the South Africans are set to rule the podium.Although three-time Olympic champion Stephanie Rice’s pullout due to a shoulder injury and Ryan Napoleon’s doping ban had weakened the Aussie squad a bit, but it still has the potential to give its opponents a run for their money.Australia’s triple Olympic champion Leisel Jones and former world champion Geoff Huegill would lead a 52-strong swimming contingent.Swimming accounts for 127 medals and despite having some improving bunch of swimmers led by Virdhawal Khade and Sandeep Sejwal, it would be difficult for India to get on the medal sheet but Nanavati wants to stay positive.Nanavati has pinned his hopes on Sejwal, Aaron D’Souza, Rehan Poncha and Khade to bring laurels for the country.”On the basis of their past performances and the way they are training at the moment and making efforts against all odds, I am confident they will shine at the upcoming Games,” insisted Nanavati.last_img read more

Thalapathy 63 leaked stills reveal Vijay gets severely injured in film. See pics

first_imgVijay was last seen in AR Murugadoss’s Sarkar, which turned out to be a hit venture for the producers. Currently, the actor is busy shooting for Thalapathy 63, his third film with director Atlee, after Theri and Mersal.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is currently underway at the EVP Studios in Chennai. We told you earlier that a football stadium set has been erected in the studio, where important sequences from the current schedule are being filmed. Now, new photos from the shooting spot have found their way to the internet.In the leaked photos, Vijay is seen sitting on a wheelchair with a cervical collar support. He is overseeing the women’s football match that is underway in the film. Rumour mills are churning out reports that his character in the film will suffer severe injuries at the hands of the villains.Here are the photos: Vijay in a wheelchair at Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spot Thalapathy 63 shooting spotEarlier, Thalapathy 63 was touted to be a sports drama, which is based on women’s football. Going by the speculation, Vijay will essay the role of Michael, coach of the Tamil Nadu women’s football team.As of now, the makers have completed 70 days of shooting and are expected to wrap up the film in the coming weeks. Apart from Vijay, Nayanthara, Jackie Shroff, Yogi Babu, Vivekh and Prem are part of the supporting cast. Produced by AGS Entertainment, Thalapathy 63 will hit the theatres on Diwali 2019.Also See | Thalapathy 63 shooting spot accident: Vijay to provide monetary aid to injured electrician SelvarajadvertisementAlso See | Malayalam actor Siddique: Vijay may be a superstar, but he’s not a good actorAlso Watch | Watch: Amy Jackson flaunts her 19-week baby bump in new videolast_img read more

Support for Ban on Plastic

first_img Among the businesses that have already taken action to support the Government’s move are fast-food giant, Island Grill, and the popular wholesale club, MegaMart. Several local businesses have adopted environmentally friendly measures in their operations, in line with the Government’s policy to reduce the volume of plastic waste in the country.Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials.Among the businesses that have already taken action to support the Government’s move are fast-food giant, Island Grill, and the popular wholesale club, MegaMart.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn, tells JIS News that the decision to use biodegradable material arose from a deep concern and sense of responsibility for protecting Jamaica’s natural environment.“I drive through sections of the city every day and I am appalled by the plastic and styrofoam in the gullies, which are heading straight out to sea, and you know how that affects our marine life.Island Grill decided that we were going to live our motto, which is ‘Eat Good, Live Good’,” she says.The CEO notes that the concept of “living good” is a holistic approach, which promotes good environmental stewardship by the company.“One of the things that we decided to do is to take care of our country and the communities that we serve. So, our resolution for 2015 was to find new ways to reduce the amount of plastic and styrofoam that we use,” she says.In 2015, the company commenced the process of phasing out the use of plastic in its business and replacing this with biodegradable food boxes made from recycled paper and branded with its iconic logo.Noting that although the “earth friendly” food boxes was met with widespread skepticism by the public, Mrs. Lyn says the fast-food chain persevered in its objective of phasing out the use of plastic and polystyrene across its 18 restaurants islandwide.“Some customers thought we were taking a retrograde step, that we were giving them ‘box’ to eat out of, and that we were going backwards instead of forward. They didn’t like the brown colour, because it looks like cardboard,” she says.Mrs. Lyn tells JIS News that although the biodegradable boxes are more expensive than the plastic containers the company previously used, it was a worthwhile investment in Jamaica’s environmental future.“As of September 2017, we were completely styrofoam-free. People now look at Island Grill as the leader, the pioneer in the quick-service restaurant area, looking out for the environment. We are working on the plastic cups to get rid of the plastic and replace it with paper,” she adds.The company has also partnered with environmental watchdog, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on its public-awareness campaign, ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’. Launched in 2015, the campaign seeks to improve the attitudes of most Jamaicans towards their environment.Mrs. Lyn, who is an advocate for the Government’s ban on plastic, says the company’s journey has inspired other business operators to introduce environmentally friendly options in their operations.“The difference that I have seen is that people are more conscious. We have raised the consciousness, if nothing else. We all have to get on board. It’s not just Island Grill… . If each company is a little more aware and tries to do their part, it would make a big difference,” she adds.Meanwhile, popular retail chain, MegaMart, has been actively promoting environmental awareness initiatives for several years, through its recycling drives, wellness fairs and introduction of its reusable branded MegaMart eco-bag.The bags were introduced in 2011 in conjunction with several of its major suppliers. These are available across its four stores islandwide.The bags came about in an effort to make the company more environmentally conscious and efficient, which places the popular store among a growing number of entities in Jamaica and the world that have curtailed the use of non-degradable plastic bags.Head of MegaMart, Gassan Azan, tells JIS News that the company supports the Government’s move to implement the ban on plastic, adding that the company remains committed to doing its part in eradicating single-use plastic bags.“We at MegaMart, along with other members of the retail shopping and supermarket community, have been meeting in an effort to come up with additional ways to accommodate shoppers while seeking the best way forward to reduce the carbon footprint of Jamaica,” he notes.Mr. Azan contends that the choices made today will define the country’s environmental future. “This may not be easy, but we hope that policymakers and stakeholders will work together to identify cost-effective alternatives to the single-use plastic bags, polystyrene and straws… to work towards a world free of plastic bags,” he says.The ban includes single-use plastic carrier/shopping bags; expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to as styrofoam; and plastic drinking straws.The restriction on single-use bags applies to carriers with dimensions at and below 24 inches by 24 inches (24”x24”), and includes bags commonly referred to as ‘scandal bags’ and ‘T-shirt bags’, which are used primarily in the retail and wholesale trade. Story Highlights Several local businesses have adopted environmentally friendly measures in their operations, in line with the Government’s policy to reduce the volume of plastic waste in the country. Starting January 1, 2019, the Government will be imposing a ban on the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of specific categories of plastic packaging materials.last_img read more

CBC BOOKS ANNOUNCES CANADA READS 2017 THEME HOST AND LONGLIST

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press)Company Town by Madeline Ashby (TOR)The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra (Random House Canada)even this page is white by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books)I Am Woman by Lee Maracle (Press Gang)The Just City by Jo Walton (TOR)Knucklehead by Matt Lennox (Harper Collins)Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada)One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman (Freehand Books)Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer (Viking)The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Penguin Canada)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche (House of Anansi Press)Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire, with Jessica Dee Humphreys (Random House Canada)The Canada Reads panel and the final five books will be announced on January 31, 2017. Each year,   the shortlisted Canada Reads books see a significant rise in sales, and the winning book stays on bestseller lists for months. For the past two years, all five shortlisted titles appeared on Canadian bestseller lists in the weeks leading up to the debates.Notable past winners include Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, which went on to become the top-selling Canadian book of the year in 2014; The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, which began as a self-published book and won Canada Reads in 2011; The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, the 2009 winner, which was broadcast as a mini-series on CBC-TV in early 2015; and both 2007’s winner Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill, and Ru by Kim Thúy — debut novels that became international bestsellers.CBC Books is pleased to announce that Indigo is returning for a third year as a sponsor of Canada Reads.The Canada Reads debates will take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 27-30, 2017, and will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV and online at CBCbooks.ca.  Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panellists, until a winner is voted the must-read book for Canadians in 2017. Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes was the winning panellist for Canada Reads 2016, defending  The Illegal by Lawrence Hill.For more information, please visit CBCbooks.ca, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  @CBCbooks #CanadaReads.-30-About Ali HassanAli Hassan is an Actor, Stand-Up Comedian and host of CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud. CBC television viewers may remember him from his season as the lead comedy panelist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. He can currently be seen in his recurring roles on Man Seeking Woman (FXX), Odd Squad (PBS Kids) and Cardinal (CTV). Ali recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he did a month long-run of his solo show Muslim Interrupted.About CBC BooksHome to Canada Reads, Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges, reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit www.cbcbooks.ca.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. CBC Books today announced the Canada Reads 2017 longlist of 15 books. Debating the question, “What is the one book Canadians need now?” Canada Reads 2017 is looking at stories that help us explore the diverse perspectives that make this nation what it is today, and to reflect on where we’re heading. Hosted by CBC Laugh Out Loud’s Ali Hassan, CBC’s annual battle of the books, now in its 16th year, will take place March 27-30, 2017.“I’m thrilled to be the host of Canada Reads for 2017,” said Hassan. “In my eyes, it’s the most important literary endeavour in the country, bringing together people to celebrate these diverse Canadian authors. My father, an English professor of 40 years, will also posthumously be pleased.”From science fiction to nonfiction, futuristic to fable, the longlisted books are: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more