Vanessa Bryant celebrated the 19th anniversary of her wedding to her late husband Kobe Bryant on Saturday with a touching Instagram post.”My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,” she wrote, posting a picture of the couple. Topics : Gianna, along with her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also died in the crash, were honored at Friday’s WNBA draft as honorary selections.Vanessa Bryant recorded an emotional message for the draft broadcast, saying being drafted into the women’s league “would have been a dream come true” for Gianna.After the conclusion of the draft on Friday night, the WNBA announced the creation of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, given to “an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels.” Five-time NBA champion Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 26.
When high school boys play Saturday night basketball games, their usual day probably is a walk-through practice around 10 in the morning, a light lunch, and relaxation until the bus leaves or until they are due at the local gym. The only variation will be the time when the local school will schedule this walk-through practice. Back when Indiana had 600 high schools and over half of them were in rural areas, there was quite a difference in what these kids did on a Saturday compared to the city kids. There was always some type of farm chore that my dad insisted needed to be done. You just hoped that it didn’t involve your arms, and somewhat, your legs. To those who had confined farm animals, a lot of these Saturdays meant cleaning the stables–not exactly an easy chore before you wanted to play 32 minutes of basketball. Add that to the fact that many of these kids also grew up avid hunters. Some of them would go out and chase down rabbits after they did their chores. It is a wonder some of these kids ever made it through the Saturday night games. Two things usually made these Saturday night games just as exciting then as they are now. First of all, games involved a lot less running in the old days, and secondly, these farm kids were used to daily chores and staying in bed longer probably would have made them less effective than doing the chores that dad had for them.
B&H tennis player Aldin Šetkić is the winner of ITF Futures Tournament in Istanbul, worth 10.000 dollars.Šetkić in the finals won against the representative of Turkey Baris Erguden with 6:3, 4:6, 6:1.This is the second title for the 26 years old from Sarajevo in this season, after having win the Futures tournament in Antalya.(Source: Fena)
A CANCER support group in West Donegal is launching a new website to help people and their families afflicted by the illness.Freddie O’Donnell, the co-founder and chairman of Coiste Scaoil Saor Ó Ailse (break free from cancer support group), said the site would compliment support services in the parishes of Gaoth Dobhair, the Rosses and Cloughaneely.The website was established by Freddie O’Donnell & his cousin Connell Gallagher in memory of his late father Den Seamus Eoin who died of cancer aged only 57 in 1987 and his late mother Mary Chonaill. It is now over a year since great friends Freddie O’Donnell & Aodan Gallagher co-founded coiste scaoil saor ó ailse on the 18th of July 2012 to help cancer patients and their families of the three parishes.Before the establishment of their support group the nearest cancer support group was in Letterkenny.The new website will be Launched at the next cancer information night in October. WEST DONEGAL CANCER CARE GROUP TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE was last modified: August 17th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WEST DONEGAL CANCER CARE GROUP TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE
How do you evolve a mouse into an elephant? Just add 24 million generations. But you can shrink it back down in just 100,000 generations. This and other eyebrow-raising stories have been told in the secular science media recently.Monash University published the mousephant story alongside a photo of a jolly professor, Dr Alistair Evans, holding a mouse skull in his fingers with an elephant skull towering behind him. For those who move past the headline, this admission needs a megaphone: “Dr Evans, an evolutionary biologist and Australian Research Fellow, said the study was unique because most previous work had focused on microevolution, the small changes that occur within a species.” The original paper is in PNAS (January 30, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120774109).So, did Prof. Evans actually watch a mouse-sized mammal evolve into an elephant with a controlled lab experiment? No, he just assumed the evolutionary time scale of fossils, and divided the millions of years into generations based on the lifespan of the organisms involved. Well, then, did he use a sliding scale from mouse lifetime to elephant lifetime? If so, was it a linear rate, exponential rate, or chaotic rate? It wouldn’t have mattered, because he didn’t cover a law of nature that makes predictions. “While mammals got steadily bigger after the dinosaurs disappeared,” the article claimed, “the rates at which they did so varied among the groups.” Whales, for instance, evolved into giants at twice the rate of land mammals, while primates seem to have limits on how big they can evolve. (See diagrams on PhysOrg and Live Science, which both dutifully regurgitated the story without criticism.)For the exceptions, just-so stories were ready in the wings:Post-dinosaur era: “It’s a classic story of taking advantage of a new opportunity — the vacant landscape devoid of dinosaurs.”Whales: “Dr Erich Fitzgerald, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Museum Victoria and a co-author, said changes in whale size occurred at twice the rate of land mammals. This is probably because it’s easier to be big in the water – it helps support your weight,” he said.Primates: “There seems to be some intrinsic maximum rate that each order evolves at, which may have something to do with the basic construction or physiology of each group,” Evans wrote. “So it may be really hard to be built like a primate and get very big.”The science media got embarrassed by a peer-reviewed paper that shouldn’t have been. Several sites uncritically posted a press release from Case Western Reserve University that alleged to be a “theory of everything.” Erik Andrulis claimed that the earth is alive and so is the solar system. Andulis, an otherwise legitimate biochemist, wove his tale of “gyres” and “macroelectrogyres” that circulate in lifelike patterns. Jesse Emspak exposed the“crackpot theory” of on Live Science. It’s not clear if Andrulis was pulling a hoax, but if so, Emspak said the incident “reveals the dark side of peer review,” a process that is supposed to eliminate bias and nutty ideas, but doesn’t always succeed. Meanwhile, PhysOrg and Science Daily both pulled the links to the story.PhysOrg, however, did not pull the link on a prophecy that 2012 could be the year we find extraterrestrial life, or another that announced the discovery of a new clue on the chemical origins of life. Nor did Science Daily pull its tale that cave critters in underwater caves in the Bahamas could reveal truth about life beyond earth, or the one claiming that the nature of prejudice and aggression in men and women can be summed up as “It’s evolution.” New Scientist, meanwhile, kept their weird tale about how to catch a date in the multiverse.Dr. Alistair Evans calls himself an “evolutionary biologist.” To demonstrate that his title is not an oxymoron, he needs to go out into the woods, take off his clothes, and let natural selection act on him. Otherwise, if he uses his mind, he is an intelligent design biologist in spite of himself.What if the weirdos took over science? What if by sheer power of numbers, they were able to get their nonsense published with alacrity, while denying a hearing to those outside their party? What if peer review is a sham? What if mice-sized animals never evolved into elephants? What if there is no multiverse to go dating in? What if men are not more aggressive because of evolution, but because of misuse of well-designed traits due to true moral evil? What if creatures in sea caves have nothing whatsoever to do with life in outer space? What if there were no millions of years for dogs to evolve into whales? What if the ones calling creationists nuts are the real nuts? What if nuttery has been reclassified as science? What if passive citizens let the nutters get away with this? What if they laughed loud and long, instead, and were able to shame the nutters out of the science lab and back into the Cartoon Network? What if scientific integrity really meant what the words mean, instead of consensus groupthink? What if people understood that integrity implies absolutes? What if the restoration of moral absolutes led to a new scientific revolution?(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
“Everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong,” say two astronomers who discovered something “very bizarre.”You’re not supposed to be able to find a brown dwarf (too small to ignite fusion) and a hot Jupiter close in to a young star. There’s not supposed to be enough material for such things to form around a stellar dust disk. But that’s just what an astronomy professor and his postdoc at the University of Florida found: a “binary-binary” that “calls solar system formation into question.”Everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong, says University of Florida astronomy professor Jian Ge and his postdoc, Bo Ma. They’ve discovered the first “binary-binary” — two massive companions around one star in a close binary system, one so-called giant planet and one brown dwarf, or “failed star” The first, called MARVELS-7a, is 12 times the mass of Jupiter, while the second, MARVELS-7b, has 57 times the mass of Jupiter.Astronomers believe that planets in our solar system formed from a collapsed disk-like gaseous cloud, with our largest planet, Jupiter, buffered from smaller planets by the asteroid belt. In the new binary system, HD 87646, the two giant companions are close to the minimum mass for burning deuterium and hydrogen, meaning that they have accumulated far more dust and gas than what a typical collapsed disk-like gaseous cloud can provide. They were likely formed through another mechanism. The stability of the system despite such massive bodies in close proximity raises new questions about how protoplanetary disks form. The findings, which are now online, will be published in the November issue of the Astronomical Journal.The two stars are only as far apart as Uranus is from the sun. The giant planets are 0.1 and 1.5 AU from the larger star. “For such large companion objects to be stable so close together defies our current popular theories on how solar systems form,” the press release says. It took eight years and multiple methods of observation to confirm this “very bizarre” system.The astronomers are apparently aware that discoveries at Pluto are also challenging theories of solar system formation. The headline begins, “First Pluto, now this.” See our coverage of Pluto news to see why that is the case.If this stellar system is unstable, it probably did not form eons ago. One anomaly this bad can falsify a theory.We usually hear “everything you know is wrong” from the paleoanthropologists. This time it comes from the astronomers. What do they both have in common? Here’s what— a secular materialist worldview.(Visited 242 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Saturday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and is believed to have taken up the issue of weightlifter L Monika Devi’s exclusion from the Indian Olympic team.The Chief Minister is understood to have taken up the issue, which has sparked widespread protest in Manipur, with the Prime Minister, official sources said.Earlier, Manipur Olympic Association (MOA) had decided not to participate in any national championship and forthcoming National Games if Monika was not sent to Beijing as part of the Indian Olympic team.The decision to boycott the national championships and National Games was taken at a joint meeting of the MOA, different sports associations and students organisations on Friday in Imphal.A 24-hour general strike was observed in Manipur on Friday in protest against the dropping of Monika from the Indian team to Beijing.Monika’s exclusion in the team became a major issue, in Manipur with sports associations organising rallies to protest against the dropping of Monika from the team.