first_imgHaving helped more than 75 tertiary students to a college education amid challenging economic times, organisers of the CB Group UWI 5K and Smart Eggs Kids K are hoping to raise $15 million for the academic and sporting development of more students through the University of West Indies’ (UWI) Scholarship Fund.UWI’s all-important run/walk will begin and end at the UWI Mona Bowl on the morning of Sunday, November 15.The 5K run will begin 7 a.m. and will be followed by the Kids K at 8 a.m., which will enter its second staging. Registration will open next week and the cost to participate is $1,000.This fourth renewal aims to target Jamaicans abroad, members of the general public, running/walking enthusiasts, as well as charitable donors and companies.The event was launched under the patronage of the honourable Douglas Orane and Donette Chin-Loy Chang, widow of G. Raymond Chang yesterday, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track.Chang, now deceased, was a co-founder/co-patron, while wife Donette Chin-Loy Chang will serve as patron in his honour.Importance of educationDouglas Orane, event chairman/co-patron, said: “Ray would say this all the time: ‘Education is the great leveller and we need to use that in order to advance everybody in life’.”I look forward to seeing all of you here and to the support that you have given us over the years, individuals and committed corporate sponsors,” he continued.UWI Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, lauded the event.”Many of the students who receive the CB Group UWI 5K scholarships are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The opportunity afforded them as a result of this event will impact not only their lives, but generations to come,” he outlined.Since starting in 2012, the initiative has been able to raise $38 million, while last year’s proceeds enabled UWI to award 25 scholarships valued at $8,500,000, as well as to donate a Thermocycler (PCR machine or DNA amplifier) for $1,400,000 to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation.Matthew Lyn, chief operating officer, CB Group, noted: “The CB Group UWI 5K has grown in a short space of time into an event which not only impacts the university community but the entire country, as these scholarship recipients will one day contribute significantly to the development of Jamaica in their respective fields.”last_img read more

first_img Richarlison was shown a straight red against Bournemouth and will now sit out three games 2 Nathan Ake turns home Bournemouth’s equaliser 2 The £40million buy has had a positive impact at Goodison Park since his summer move from Watford, scoring three times in his first two games.But the 21-year-old showed his petulant side at the Vitality Stadium and will now serve a three-match ban.“Of course he can’t react in that moment, even if somebody provokes or fouls him,” said Silva.“It’s normal at this level, you have to play football, just play football, nothing more.“Do what is your job, where you are strong, do the things in normal life, and forget the other things.“He’s a boy, he has to learn, it’s a daft moment for him and for us but he has to learn fast.”After Richarlison’s dismissal, goals from Theo Walcott and Michael Keane put Everton in control.But the hosts, who had Smith sent off at 1-0, recovered to secure a draw thanks to Joshua King’s penalty and a close-range finish from Nathan Ake. Everton boss Marco Silva has told summer signing Richarlison he must learn quickly from his moment of madness against Bournemouth.The Brazilian forward was red-carded during the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw for headbutting Cherries defender Adam Smith. Bournemouth have now taken 20 points from losing positions in 2018 and manager Eddie Howe is delighted with his team’s resolve.“I think when you’re behind it’s very difficult to come back and you’ve got to get a lot right,” said Howe.“To chase a game, you leave yourself open for counter-attacks, you have to really commit to believing you can do it so I think we have shown a lot of steel, a lot of determination to do it and that’s really good from the mental perspective.“It shows we are never out of a game and that’s a great quality to have.”last_img read more

first_imgHarry Redknapp has played down speculation linking him with Joe Cole and Darren Bent.Both men have played under Redknapp previously and the new QPR manager is reported to be keen to take them to Loftus Road.Cole has been linked with a loan move from Liverpool, while Bent is out of favour at Aston Villa and has been tipped to move on in January.But Redknapp suggested that Rangers will not spend when the transfer window opens if they do not appear to have a realistic chance of staying in the Premier League.“Darren Bent’s a good player but I’m not even looking at January,” said Redknapp.“I’ve always liked Joe. I signed him for West Ham at 11 years old so no-one knows more about him than me.“I still think he’s got talent and there’s a top player there, but I’ve made no enquiry about Joe. I’ve had no contact with his agent or anyone.”He added: “What happens between now and then [January] will decide where we go.“If we don’t get points in that period then why put the club in danger by signing five players and having a big wage bill next season?“I haven’t discussed players with anyone – not the chairman or [chief executive] Philip Beard.We just need to win football matches.”Redknapp also played down the possibility of a bid being tabled for Marseille striker Loic Remy, who he tried to sign while Tottenham boss.“I was interested, yes. But that was then and now is a different situation. It’d be expensive. It all depends what happens between now and then.”Click here for our QPR v Aston Villa quizYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgATLANTA — The Giants will play their final road game of the season on Sunday, wrapping up a successful year away from Oracle Park.Yes, a club that will miss the postseason for the third straight year and is destined to post another sub-.500 record can take pride in what it accomplished on the road.In a third consecutive frustrating season, the Giants managed to secure a winning road record with a blowout victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome in Atlanta, the …last_img read more

first_imgWhat would Max Planck think?  The Institute named after him put out a press release, “Evolution in the Nanoworld,” that claims that synthetic molecules can organize themselves by an evolutionary principle of selection:The automatic molecular assembly and selection steps exhibited by the molecules, which start as random mixtures, demonstrates a fundamental step in the evolution of life.  The organization is activated by instructions which are built-in to the molecules.  During assembly, molecules exhibit active selection: those in incorrect positions move to make room for others which fit properly.  The molecular-level observation of such self-selection gives, for the first time, direct insight into fundamental steps of the biological evolution from inanimate molecules to living entities.Dr. Klaus Kern added, “The ability of molecules to selectively sort themselves in highly organized structures is a fundamental requirement for all molecular based systems, including biological organisms.”  Yet it becomes clear from reading the details that the researchers at the Max Planck Institute had pre-programmed the molecules to assemble into the patterns:Dr. Mario Ruben’s research team at KIT [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, a partner in the research] is responsible for designing molecules with built-in instructions, which when read out activate the self-selection process.  He comments: “Spontaneous ordering from random mixtures only occurs when built-in instructions are carefully designed and sufficiently strong to initiate successful self-selection.”So this was a form of determinism, like crystallization, not natural selection.  Also, the resulting structures lacked any significant coded information content as in the genetic code.  Genetic instructions are different from molecular “built-in instructions,” because they can be translated and conveyed in ways that do not depend on the particular molecules used.    Any analogy to living organization was further stretched by the fact that they used highly specialized conditions unlike anything in a plausible prebiotic scenario: “The molecules are placed on ultra-clean metal surfaces and heated gently to enable motion, sorting, and organization,” the press release said.  Furthermore, the molecules, once locked in place, were incapable of further evolution.Note: The following commentary should not be perceived as anti-research.  On the contrary: we want a return to rational science that follows the evidence and avoids making preposterous metaphysical claims.  The press release contained an escape clause: “The resulting nanostructures also hold great promise as an efficient avenue to new catalysts, nanotechnologies, and surface applications.”  Great!  Focus on those goals, without the evolutionary nonsense, and you can get positive vibes here.  The evolution-talk has absolutely nothing to do with the nanotechnology.  Like a parasite, it only hangs on and saps the energy.    OK, what is wrong here?  Making a connection from this research to the origin of life is so far-fetched, it is patently absurd.  ID people and creationists have been pointing out for decades the difference between the biological genetic code and crystallization, but no creationist should be required – the fallacy should be obvious to any thinking person, especially a scientist.  A grade-school child could understand the difference between a snowflake and a book.    Notice that these researchers are esteemed men at Germany’s highest ranking research institute.  We’re not talking about intellectual slouches here.  This is the degree of absurdity you get in scientific reasoning and explanation when science becomes so entrenched in a materialistic paradigm it is incapable of thinking outside of it.  These guys have chained themselves in Plato’s fun-house, thinking the warped mirrors represent reality.    Meanwhile, the incorrigible Darwinists at Univ. of Georgia are still at it, according to EurekAlert, thinking abiotic adenine is a step toward the origin of life (see 10/22/2007 entry), and EurekAlert gives them full court press.    How do you get scientists to stop making absurd claims?  Two suggested therapies: (1) shame, and if that doesn’t work, (2) cut off the funding.  If the mad scientists still won’t change their evil ways, well, then we have Max Planck’s own view on scientific progress.  The renowned physicist, a Christian through his life, once quipped, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”  ID needs about 30 more years for the attrition in the Darwin Party to clear the field.  (And the air.)(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court that led to the initiation of the NRC process in the State, on Tuesday demanded a CBI investigation on utilisation of funds allocated for updating the citizens list. The Central and State governments had allocated funds for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and their utilisation by officials concerned must be investigated by the CBI, APW President Aabhijeet Sharma told reporters here.“More than Rs 1,600 crore has been spent in the NRC process and there is suspicion of misutilisation of funds by the authorities concerned which must be investigated at the earliest,” he said. The NGO also demanded that the Enforcement Directorate must be assigned to find out whether there was manipulation by some individuals to appropriate the allocated funds or not. The other areas that need to be investigated include the recruitment process of the officers involved in the updating process, the technology used and whether the outsourcing of various activities to various agencies performed their tasks properly or not, Mr. Sharma said. The Central government should also release details of the exact amount of money spent in the entire NRC process and also whether “timely audits of the funds allocated by the State and the Centre were carried out and were proper as per the books”, he said.“A huge amount of money has been spent in the NRC process and it should have been monitored and audited at regular intervals,” he said. The technology, including software and hardware used in the process, must also be verified by some internationally-acclaimed institutions, beyond the reach of the authorities involved in the process, he said. It is indeed unfortunate that the indigenous people of the state like Koch, Rajbongshi, Rabha, Ahom, Bodo, Tiwa, Karbi, Mishing, Tiwa, Dimasa and others had to stand in queues and face interrogation to include their names in NRC along with the illegal immigrants, Mr. Sharma pointed out.“Even after such efforts, the names of many indigenous people are missing from the final NRC while illegal intruders from Bangladesh have been included,” he alleged. The APW appealed to the central government to ensure that the names of those indigenous people excluded from the NRC are included and they do not face further harassment or are sent to the detention centres.Mr. Sharma said the NGO will again move to the court demanding re-verification as “we have evidence of names of people, identified as Bangladeshis, included in the NRC”.last_img read more