May 2

NJ Transit to adjust spring rail schedule to improve connections at…

first_imgSECAUCUS–NJ Transit released its modified spring rail schedule Wednesday. The schedule, which goes into effect May 7, is largely designed to provide improved passenger connections at Secaucus Junction. To assist in that effort, eight Main/Bergen County and Pascack Valley Line trains in the later afternoon and early evening will leave Hoboken Terminal several minutes later than normal. This will extend connection times at Secaucus Junction from 7 minutes to 10. The change is in response to feedback customers gave NJ Transit at a recent “We Are Listening” forum in Secaucus. To see the timetable, visit http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=PressReleaseTo&PRESS_RELEASE_ID=3135 ×last_img read more

August 13

I’m my own man, insists Van Niekerk

first_img– ‘Not a walk in the park’ –“To be honest with you it really did upset me a bit,” said van Niekerk.“The amount of respect I have shown each and every competitor, including Makwala, and for him to come out and mention my name amongst something fishy with the IAAF, knowing how hard I have been working…“I have been putting out great performances for two years now and I definitely deserve way more respect from my competitors.“I wouldn’t say it affected me, but I expected more from someone I have been competing against for years now.“There has been continued respect, and for him to come out with that was a bit disappointing.”Van Niekerk said he was delighted with the performances of several other South Africans at the championships and the fact that his achievements have helped persuade others to take up the sport instead of opting for the more traditional ones of football, cricket or rugby.However, he had a warning for them.“I wish they could be a bit more patient and respect the process as well,” said van Niekerk.“It is not a walk in the park, you need to take it step-by-step and learn from your experiences and take it from there.“The youngsters who are coming through now get it a bit easier than we got, we had to fight a bit harder.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayde van Niekerk says he is building his own “image and brand” and doesn’t want to be tagged as the successor to track and field legends Usain Bolt and Michael Johnson.The 25-year-old South African 400 metres world record holder just missed out on emulating Johnson’s feat of the 200/400m world championship double, which the American achieved in the 1995 championships, when he took silver in the 200 metres on Thursday behind surprise winner Ramil Guliyev of Turkey.He had successfully defended his 400m world title earlier in the week.Nevertheless, van Niekerk, who was unusually emotional after the race, raising his arms in celebration when he heard he had finished second, said he believed his effort had been “successful”.However, he dismissed comparisons with either Johnson — whose 400m world record the South African shattered when he won the Olympic title last year — or 100/200m world record holder Bolt, who is competing in his final global championships.“I will never try and fill Usain’s shoes, or Michael’s,” said van Niekerk.“I’ve shown enough dominance, hard work and performances to start building my own image and brand.“I have the utmost respect for Usain and he is the one I have been watching over the last few years. I have got to know him quite well and I thank him for what he has done for the sport.“This week is the perfect time for us to honour him.”However, van Niekerk, who is coached by 74-year-old ‘Auntie’ Ans Botha, tore up the script with regard to his normal generous and complimentary remarks about his rivals when it came to Botswana’s Isaac Makawala, who made allusions to the South African and the sport’s governing body colluding to have him barred from the 400m so the double dream could stay alive.Makwala, who finished out of the medals in the 200m, had been barred after being diagnosed with the highly contagious norovirus — something both he and his team hotly-contested — and under British health rules had to be placed in quarantine for 48 hours.last_img read more

August 3

Saints add another seasoned D-man to the squad in Nitros Mark Strachan

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a commitment from defenceman Mark Strachan (Calgary, AB) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Strachan joins the Saints following three seasons split between the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Fernie Ghostriders and Kimberley Dynamiters. He enjoyed an offensive breakout as a 20-year old in Kimberley, scoring 15 goals and picking up 46 points in 50 regular season games and adding 10 points in 13 playoff contests as the Dynamiters advanced to the Eddie Mountain Division finals. His 56 total points on the season were the third most by a KIJHL defenceman.The 21-year old wore the ‘C’ for the Dynamiters and was named the club’s Most Valuable Player following the season. He also spent two years in Fernie, where he contributed 49 points in 88 games and played a key role in the Ghostriders’ silver medal performance at the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup. “Mark is a smart, skilled, puck-moving defenceman coming off an outstanding season on and off the ice in Kimberley,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”His strengths fit in perfectly with the style of game that we will play this season and he adds to what is quickly becoming a very talented roster. He also has experience playing up front, so his versatility is another plus, and I expect that his leadership abilities and work ethic will both be an asset for us moving forward.” Strachan is the third defenceman to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season, joining Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL) and Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL).Selkirk also returns second-year blueliners Justin\ Sotkowy and Sandro Moser, who combined for 43 points in 48 games last season and finished third and fourth respectively in scoring by BCIHL defencemen. “I’m looking forward to furthering my academic career in the Business program at Selkirk College while having the opportunity to play at a higher level,” says Strachan, who describes himself as a playmaker who is comfortable playing at forward as well as on the blueline.”I’d like to accomplish a good balance between academics and hockey working towards a diploma and helping the team win a championship as well as improving my game at both ends of the ice.” Also committed to the Saints for 2012/13 are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), as well as goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).last_img read more

December 21

Raiders’ Carr can’t keep up with Chiefs, Mahomes

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)OAKLAND — It was a long-forgotten play with 6:56 left in the fourth quarter. The Raiders trailed the Kansas City Chiefs by a touchdown, and had a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line.Derek Carr dropped back, saw Jordy Nelson being covered in the left corner of the end zone, and then flung it deliberately out of bounds. One play later, Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Marcell Ateman in roughly the …last_img read more

December 19

Astrobiologists Whip Up False Hopes

first_imgAstrobiology long ago abandoned the kind of science that fostered the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century.Nullius in verba, the motto of the Royal Society (“on the word of no one”), was a statement affirming the priority of evidence. Nothing in science should be taken on authority. In the natural sciences, evidence was to be the arbiter of truth. The Scientific Revolution was coming out of a period when Aristotle was taught uncritically by many university professors (although the extent of that in the Middle Ages is debatable). Enraptured by the glorious discoveries of Galileo, Kepler, Harvey, Boyle, and Newton, and invigorated with the empirical method espoused by Francis Bacon, the Royal Society made it their aim to “test everything: hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21). They envisioned a cornucopia of fruitful benefits for humanity based on observation-tested hypotheses. Discoveries poured forth when natural philosophers (today called scientists) were liberated from thinking that quoting Aristotle, Plato and Galen provided sufficient authorization for their conclusions. No! To the evidence!Note: Lest this simplified history be criticized, we should remember that influential medieval scholars, such as Roger Bacon and Robert Grosseteste, strongly advocated empiricism. Aristotle himself promoted observation and did not consider his findings the last word. Undoubtedly many throughout history have understood common-sense testing of options is superior to taking others’ words for things. There are always some sensible people in a crowd; how else did Egyptians build pyramids and Greco-Romans build magnificent aqueducts and machines for construction and warfare, if not by testing what works? The Scientific Revolution was less a brand-new thing than a movement to emphasize observation and de-emphasize authority. Lest we feel superior, look how many people today base their beliefs on Google or Wikipedia, or what a prof said in science class, without checking for themselves.If those were the pillars of reasoning in the Scientific Revolution, what happened? In some quarters, Big Science is back to authority! A scientist must conform to the consensus in order to get along these days. Some non-controversial fields do well with empiricism, but it can be downright dangerous to buck the consensus in certain fields like climate, psychology or evolution (including cosmic, chemical, planetary and biological evolution). Within the consensus, scientists can and do engage in vigorous debates. But one must never question the authority of the consensus, which these days is founded on a religious worldview: scientific materialism. (We sometimes call this the Darwin Party, since Darwin symbolizes the approach of eliminating design from consideration, and legitimized the non-empirical Just-So Storytelling method.) Scientists wearing the D-Merit Badge are free to act as their own authorities, stating things to the press that have little or no empirical support, knowing that reporters will trust their word implicitly, because ‘scientists’ are modern authorities, not to be questioned. The sign Nullius in verba has fallen. It crumbles in the dust.Nowhere is this more evident than in the pseudosciences of astrobiology and SETI. Authorities in this field are all scientific materialists. It’s not that they never do any observational, empirical science; they investigate the chemical and geological natures of exoplanets, for instance. But the reason for being of these fields is scientific materialism, with all the authority that consensus entails. On that authority, they can make crazy statements without any observational support at all. Look—Life May Be Common in the Milky Way, Thanks to Comet Swapping (Space.com). To begin, remember that there is absolutely no evidence for any life outside the Earth (if you exclude the tardigrades that a failed Israeli spacecraft spilled on the moon, but those came from Earth; see Live Science). Has anyone seen comets bring life to our planet? No. Does panspermia have any evidence to support it? No. Forget Nullius in verba; Robert Zubrin, sporting his D-Merit Badge, engages in fact-free confabulation, using the power of suggestion, to sway the emotions of millions of readers of Space.com.Life has had plenty of opportunities to spread throughout the Milky Way galaxy over the eons, a recent study suggests — and our own Earth may be one of the key dispersal points.That’s 100% fabrication. But it “may” be the case, if one rejects Nullius in verba, accepts scientific materialism and imagines eons of unobserved mythical time. Zubrin says it; suckers believe it; that settles it.Deadly Cyanide Might Help Us Better Understand Early Life (Space.com). Origin of life research (OOL) is utterly and completely devoid of relevant success; hear chemist James Tour wax emphatic about that at Science Uprising. But in this age of authority, an astrobiologist can become his own authority, as long as he swears allegiance to the Darwin Party and wears his consensus badge. Does any meteorite contain life? No. This astrobiologist found deadly cyanide in one! Off into fantasyland he leaps, raising the perhapsimaybecouldness level to astronomical heights, suggesting that the deadly poison brings “understanding” of life’s early history. Understanding. Isn’t that what mystics promise? Here you see it again: 21st century occultism dressed up in scientific costumery.‘Snowball’ Planets Might Be Better Abodes for Life Than We Thought (Space.com). Has anyone seen life on a ‘snowball planet’? Mike Wall, using his authority bequeathed by the Darwin Party for fact-free speculation, says that such planets ‘might‘ be better abodes for life than ‘we’ thought, adding Tontologism to his scientific misdeeds.E.T. Hunt Shouldn’t Be Limited to Earth-like Life, Scientists Say (Space.com). Well, if ‘scientists’ say, one must bow the knee to the Authority. Does any scientist know any life other than Earth-like life? No. Reporter Sarah Wells hands a blank check to astrobiologists, with endless funds in the bank of time, allowing unlimited searching for things nobody has observed or even knows how to observe. Darwin wouldn’t want to be restricted to empiricism now, would he?No E.T. Life Yet? Here’s Why That’s Important (Live Science). Here was a perfect opportunity for reporter Kelsey Johnson to admit defeat for scientific materialism, and concede to intelligent design for a chance at explaining the lack of evidence for space aliens. What did she do? She ignored it. Completely excluding any alternatives to materialism, she shared only materialistic responses to Fermi’s old paradox: ‘if aliens exist, they should have visited us by now.’ Scientific materialism, the authority by consensus, is impregnable to observation or testing.I was going to add Mindy Waisbergers’s goofy headline, “Exploding Stars May Have Put Humanity on Two Feet” (Live Science) to this entry, but had a barf attack.Is this not a crime? To call this science after centuries of respect for testable, observable, evidence-driven factual knowledge, deserves to be shamed out of the lab and called for what it is: a new Dark Age. And to think that our tax money pays for much of this garbage makes us unwilling accomplices to quackery. Pity the students being brought up on this kind of “science.” (Visited 342 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

October 24

GG Encourages Youth to Keep Pace with Changes in the Work Environment

first_img “Take advantage of opportunities that present themselves… (and) weigh the value to be accrued, not only financially but developmentally,” he said. Speaking at the sixth Summer of Service scholarship awards ceremony at King’s House on Tuesday (August 21), the Governor-General urged the recipients to maintain enquiring and exploratory minds, particularly within their areas of specialisation. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging young people to be mindful of the ever-changing demands of the 21st century work environment, and challenges them to seek new knowledge to enhance their service delivery capabilities. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is encouraging young people to be mindful of the ever-changing demands of the 21st century work environment, and challenges them to seek new knowledge to enhance their service delivery capabilities.Speaking at the sixth Summer of Service scholarship awards ceremony at King’s House on Tuesday (August 21), the Governor-General urged the recipients to maintain enquiring and exploratory minds, particularly within their areas of specialisation.“Take advantage of opportunities that present themselves… (and) weigh the value to be accrued, not only financially but developmentally,” he said.During the ceremony, tuition fees and grants totalling over $5 million were awarded to 15 young persons pursuing tertiary education at local institutions.The recipients spent eight weeks of their summer holidays volunteering their services in various organisations as administrative assistants, teachers and caregivers.“We celebrate (today), a group of young adults who have recognised the enormous value of volunteerism not only to the organisations in which you have served, but also the depth of value to your own development as individuals who will go on to make greater contributions to the society,” he said.The Governor-General, who indicated that 61 students have benefited under the programme since its inception, said the initiative continues to provide a platform for youth development while engendering a sense of national responsibility.“Your commitment demonstrates a level of ambition for self-actualisation and a sense of responsibility toward nation-building. It (also) demonstrates your own belief in using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong,” he added.The Governor-General expressed gratitude to the sponsors, without whom he said the programme would not be the resounding success it now is.The sponsors are: NCB Foundation, Derrimon Trading Company; Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited; the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China; Kingston Bookshop; Caribbean Maritime University; and First Regional Co-operative Credit Union.“Thank you for believing in and supporting the vision of the programme and the aspirations of the participants,” he said.This year’s awardees are: Stephanie Wright, who will attend Northern Caribbean University; Kerone Miller, The Mico University; Phillip Griffiths, University of Technology; Shenese Wilson and Shania Allen, who will be pursuing studies at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education; Brittania Derby and Mellisa Edwards who will attend the Caribbean Maritime University; and Ashera Barron, Ashley Bernard, Samantha Forrester, James Peart, Jhenelle Small, Jastine Smith, Samantha Webb, and Magali Williams who will pursue studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona. Story Highlightslast_img read more

October 23

Royal Caribbean Cruises Partners Up with GPH in Antigua

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has reached an Antigua & Barbuda partnership agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises.GPH (Antigua) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Ports Holding, was recently awarded an exclusive 30-year concession in respect of the cruise port facilities at St John’s Port in Antigua and Barbuda and Falmouth Harbour and Barbuda Island.Under the partnership deal, GPH will operate and manage the cruise port facilities, with both parties investing in the completion of the new pier, which will allow the port to handle Oasis-class ships and a material upgrade of the current and new retail and F&B facilities.The company explained that full financial closure, including the final terms of the partnership agreement and commencement of the concession, is expected to occur before the end of July 2019.last_img read more

October 17

Elections Canada scraps social media influencers to encourage youth vote

first_imgOTTAWA — Elections Canada has scrapped plans to use social-media “influencers” to persuade young Canadians to register to vote in this fall’s federal election.Chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault said Thursday that a final vetting of 13 people chosen for the campaign — athletes, YouTubers and other television and social-media celebrities— turned up some past activities that could be seen as partisan.“I did not feel that I had the right assurances that were necessary to protect our reputation as an unimpeachable, neutral and non-partisan agency for the election,” Perrault said in an interview.“It would have been a risk and a distraction at a point where the focus should be on the voters, on the candidates, on the campaigns, on the platforms.”Perrault’s decision to scrap the influencers campaign comes after sustained criticism of the idea from Conservative MPs, who alleged it was evidence of bias on the part of Elections Canada. They doubted the influencers would be truly non-partisan and charged that any increase in youth voter turnout would largely benefit the Liberals.Ottawa Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre went so far as to call the independent agency a Liberal “lapdog.”Perrault declined to comment on those allegations.“It’s important for Canadians to understand and know that Elections Canada is a completely independent agent of Parliament, that we are non-partisan, that everything we do, including the media campaign, is done with that in mind. But it’s not for me to respond to politicians and start engaging in what would become political debates with politicians.”Still, he defended Elections Canada’s efforts to persuade young people to register — which will continue, without the influencers.“Our role is to remove barriers (to voting) for all Canadians. Different groups face different barriers,” Perrault said.In the case of youth, he said the problem is that only about 60 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds are registered to vote, as few as 40 per cent for 18-to-20-year-olds. Unregistered voters do not receive voter information cards advising them where and when to vote. Those who do try to register at their polling stations on voting day find the procedure cumbersome and unwelcoming.“We know that youth who vote early (in life) tend to be lifelong voters and those who do not vote early tend not to vote later on. So this is a long game. This is not about a particular election,” Perrault said.As to the charge that young voters are more likely to vote Liberal than Conservative, Perrault said that can’t be Elections Canada’s concern.“We remove barriers for seniors without asking ourselves whether seniors vote one way or another. We remove barriers for Indigenous (people) without asking ourselves whether they vote one way or the other. We remove barriers based on evidence that barriers exist,” he said.“I think it’s quite unhealthy if we start going down that road and then we’ll have to question ourselves as to whether we should have special voting opportunities for seniors in long-term-care facilities.”While influencers are used “as a matter of course” by various provincial elections agencies, Perrault said he was aware from the outset that the idea was “politically sensitive” among federal politicians. That’s why he intended to use the influencers only during the run-up to the election campaign and why he insisted on multiple, “thorough” vettings of the individuals involved.Among those who were supposed to take part in a video encouraging youth to register were Olympic athletes Andre De Grasse, Penny Oleksiak and Max Parrot and YouTubers Mitch Hughes, Elle Mills and Lilly Singh. The others were comedian Katherine Levac, TV hosts Maripier Morin, Nicolas Ouellet, singer-songwriter Alex Nevsky, blogger Thanh Phung, actor and First Nations activist Ashley Callingbull and Maayan Ziv, a photographer and activist for disability issues.The video was to be one part of a larger campaign that will be launched June 25 to reach youth, new Canadians, Indigenous people, disabled electors and others who face barriers to taking part in elections and whose turnout is typically much lower than average. That campaign will still include a video urging young people and others to register to vote, but Perrault said the message will be delivered by actors instead of celebrity influencers in their own names.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

September 17

UCSD research team receives 9M in grants for diabetes research

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – UC San Diego announced today it received roughly $9 million in grants for a pair of research projects that will attempt to identify the cellular actions that lead to the development of Type 1 diabetes.The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, awarded grants of $3.8 million and $5.1 million to the projects that will study pancreatic beta cells, whichproduce insulin and lead to the development of diabetes when damaged.A research team led by Dr. Maike Sander and Kyle Gaulton, two professors in the UCSD School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, will use the $3.8 million grant to analyze the genes associated with elevated geneticrisk for type 1 diabetes and beta cell functions by using a “reference map” of pancreatic cells.The research team will then use CRISPR gene editing to determine which genes lead to cell survival or death and test that information on a pancreatic organoid, which is being developed with the $5.1 million grant fromstem cells from people with type 1 diabetes.“We are using technology that, for the first time, allows us to create human conditions that mimic type 1 diabetes in a culture dish in order to understand the mechanism or genes by which beta cells are killed,” Sander said.“Our hope is that we can generate the information we need to eventually make beta cells survive in people living with type 1 diabetes.”According to the research team, people with type 1 diabetes may still have beta cells remaining, just reduced in numbers. Identifying ways to improve beta cell survival could eventually lead to improved therapeutic treatment for the disease.“We will activate and deactivate genes we think are involved in whether beta cells live or die,” Sander said. “We want to know what causes the attack on beta cells because no one has been able to identify it.” KUSI Newsroom UCSD research team receives $9M in grants for diabetes research KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 13, 2019last_img read more