first_imgFILE – La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion De La Salle avenged its first round loss and wore down National University, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16 in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers dragged the Lady Bulldogs to a tie at the first place with identical 6-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Despite slugging it out in the first two sets, even coming back from a 17-10 deficit in the second, the Lady Spikers had an easier route in the third set.Desiree Cheng was the first to give La Salle a large margin when she hit her spike off Risa Sato’s block for the Lady Spikers’ 12-6 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKianna Dy and Arriane Layug then exchanged hits to put La Salle up 22-13.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus, who rarely praises his players, had to tip his hat off to his team for showing the resiliency in the first two sets and the dominance come the third. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Santiago had 13 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs.RELATED VIDEO UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img North Carolina holds off Duke to advance to ACC title game It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “In the first two sets they looked sluggish but I slowly saw them relax a bit and in the third they finally let it loose,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “And this was the first time that we were up two sets and we were the aggressors in the third.”“I’m happy with how they turned up in the third.”Jaja Santiago’s ace managed to trim La Salle’s lead to six, 22-16, but Tin Tiamzon was quick to respond with an off-the-block kill for the Lady Spikers’ 23-16 lead.Layug then finished off NU when her crosscourt kill bounced off Jasmine Nabor’s reception.Dy had 14 points to lead all scorers while Cheng and reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron 13 and 11 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), in keeping with their mandate to assist clubs across the country, recently donated one Honda brush cutter to the LBI Community Center Cricket Club.From left  President of the LBI Community Center Cricket Club,  Yeuraj Khemraj, and Representative of GCB, Alexce BobbCB’s timely gesture to the club came on Wednesday, June 20, at a brief presentation which took place at the GCB office on Regent Road, Bourda. Present at the mini ceremony was president of the club, Yeuraj Khemraj, along with members of the board.Khemraj, who received the brush-cutter on behalf of the club, was in high spirits. He said the piece of machinery would come in useful for the maintenance of the East Coast ground.The board has donated brush cutters to several locations across Guyana, including Bayroc and East Bank as well as the University of Guyana Turkeyen Campus. The aim thereof is assisting in the maintenance and upkeep of cricket grounds in these areas.It was with the aims of ensuring that cricketers in the area can benefit from the donation, and that the club would be able to function effectively to prepare facilities in a timely manner to accommodate matches and practice sessions that the contribution was made.Caption:last_img read more

first_imgBlack History Parade & Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Parade begins at Fair Oaks Avenue and Mountain Street in Pasadena from 10 to noon; festival will be held at Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Free. Call (626) 791-7983. Year of the Pig Lunar New Year Celebration through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Drive. Free with admission. Call (323) 644-4211 or (323) 644-4200. Start Smart Health Fair, noon-3 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd. Call (661) 260-2377. Year of the Pig Library Program, 2 p.m., Richard J. Riordan Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 228-7000. Beatles Tribute Concert, 7:30 p.m., Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: Call (805) 449-2787. SATURDAY Topanga Canyon Family Nature Walk, 10 a.m., 20825 Entrada Road. Cost: $7/family. Call (310) 998-1151. From Set to Screen Movie History Hike, 10 a.m., Paramount Ranch. Kanan Road exit, veer left to Cornell Road. Call (805) 370-2301. Burbank’s One Book/One City Reading and Dog Walk event, 10 a.m. Meet at intersection of Keystone Street and Chandler Boulevard. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img“Invasive plants are the worst nightmare for our farming community,” MLA Pimm said. “Unfortunately, I have to report they’re alive and well in the Peace country. That is what Victoria Platzer found. Victoria Platzer, a Grade 9 student from Bert Bowes Junior Secondary in Fort St. John, recently won the B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom award.”Pimm adds, “If that wasn’t good enough, she went on to win the gold medal in the environmental and sciences category at the world-renowned Taiwan International Science Fair. The Taiwan International Science Fair selects students based on their science fair project work, their communication skills and their ambassadorial quality.”Her award winning project, called Hay Aliens, examined how prevalent invasive plant species are in hay.- Advertisement -Victoria sifted through hay from 22 farms across the North Peace. From her sifting she got 5,568 potential seeds that she took pictures of and planted. The results of the experiment showed that 628 of her potential seeds were invasive plant species, which harm plants and animals.“I am extremely proud of how Victoria represented both B.C. and Canada on the international level,” Pimm said. “If I do not say so myself, she did an amazing job, and we will see more from her in the future. Her great work is proof that we must continue our battle against invasive plants, better known as invasive weeds.”last_img read more

first_imgA local man ‘excluded’ from Malin after being charged with threatening to kill and possession of drugs, has been allowed back into the town temporarily to collect his dole.Boggs appears in court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Finbarr Boggs, Barrack Street, Malin was also facing charges of cultivation of cannabis plants, sending an obscene or menacing message by phone, and dangerous driving when he appeared at Carn District Court. Inspector David Murphy told the court that Mr. Boggs, who has been remanded on bail on a total of six charges, was ‘excluded’ from Malin earlier this month for a ‘particular reason’. He said he did not consent to the accused being permitted access to the town.However defence solicitor Pat McMyler urged Judge Paul Kelly to allow Mr. Boggs to collect weekly social welfare payments in Malin every Tuesday afternoon.“He’ll get a lift to the Post Office and then leave immediately. He could go at 2pm and be away again by 2.30,” he said.Addressing the court directly, Mr. Boggs, who was wearing a hooded top, said he ‘only needs five minutes to collect my dole’.Judge Kelly directed that the defendant, who is also facing a charge of driving without insurance, be permitted to collect his payment on Tuesday and that he should then have his social welfare payments transferred elsewhere.Inspector Murphy revealed that the charges against Mr. Boggs ‘continue to be under investigation’.He said he was seeking a lengthy adjournment to allow for that investigation to progress further.Judge Kelly adjourned the case against Mr. Boggs until October 20 for additional instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.MAN BARRED FROM MALIN ALLOWED BACK TO COLLECT DOLE was last modified: July 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:CarndonaghdolInishowenMichal Boggspost officelast_img read more

first_img 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba is keen on a shock return to Juventus, according to Tuttosport.It’s claimed the France World Cup winner is now desperate to rejoin the Italian champions and link up with Cristiano Ronaldo. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest Transfer News Manchester United star Paul Pogba celebrates scoring in the World Cup final. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets TOP WORK LATEST Pogba left the Italian giants in August 2016 to re-join Man United for a then world-record fee of £89million.The 25-year-old has had a tumultuous two seasons at Old Trafford since returning and he has only shown his exceptional qualities in patches.And now there are reports the midfielder could leave the Red Devils for Juve, while previously he has been linked with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED center_img Paul Pogba looks overawed with the World Cup. RANKED Juventus, though, are the club that Pogba wants to join if he gets the choice.The newspaper claim the Frenchman is hungry to return to Italy and he believes the club has what it takes to win the Champions League. targets three-way race LIVING THE DREAM 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on IN DEMAND last_img read more

first_imgThe Let Me , Be Me Campaign in Donegal has been left disappointed after the HSE rejected their proposals in the Threshold of Decency Statements.The Threshold of Decency Statement was presented to and signed by over 40 public representatives at a meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford. Oran Nibbs and Francis Grant arrived with their parents to see County Councillors sign the pledge to ensure that the HSE reverse their proposal to close St Agnes Special Needs Pre-School in Donegal Town next year and Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School in 2015. Photo Clive WassonThe Threshold of Decency Statement was signed by over 40 public representatives and key members of the medical profession in County Donegal.The shared call for action, which received widespread support from parents and childcare providers predominantly called for: • The retention of St Agnes’ Special Needs Pre-School, Donegal Town including the immediate re-opening of enrolment• A commitment to retain Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School, Letterkenny beyond 2015 and into the future• A commitment to carry out an assessment of need in the Inis Eoghain region in consultation with mainstream childcare providers and parents of children with special educational needs with a view to establishing an add-on specialist pre-school unit to an existing childcare facility• As the first steps to inclusion, activate the recommendations of the Framework for Action for the Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in ECCE Settings (DES, 2010) prior to the closure of existing services. A spokesman for the group said “Firstly, the HSE response confirmed that they plan to go ahead with the closure of St Agnes Special Needs Pre-School Donegal Town next near and that no new enrolments will be accepted for September 2013.“The HSE have stated that mainstreaming work has been ongoing between HSE, parents and mainstream pre-school providers in 2011-12 to accommodate this. Despite our best efforts, we can find little evidence of this having taken place.“The letter states that the work carried out in South Donegal will then be used to inform an overall countywide approach to mainstreaming children with disabilities across the county. This indicates the closure of Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School– most likely as initially scheduled for 2015.”A statement from the group said parents involved in the campaign are understandably disillusioned and greatly saddened by this response. They claim that they feel a sense of abandonment on behalf of themselves and their children.The implications of HSE going ahead with this policy to mainstream children with disabilities, some of whom have severe and complex needs, will have massive consequences for children, parents and mainstream childcare providers across County Donegal. • For children with the most complex needs, the only available option will be home care packages, denying them their right to an education. This is a fundamental breech of a child’s right to education to enable him or her to reach their full potential. In these cases, parents of children will receive no respite in terms of caring for their children.• The mainstream pre-school sector has not been adequately prepared for this significant transition. There has been no national policy or implementation plan regarding inclusion brought forward by Government that pertains to the early childhood sector.Mainstream childcare providers have identified almost 100 children across County Donegal who are currently in early childhood services without additional supports for individual learning and development needs.“They have openly admitted that they are struggling at present and HSE supports are limited or non-existent. They have reported that their views have not been taken on board in any decision regarding the challenges they face in this situation.” Donegal’s Oireachtas members have now requested an urgent meeting with the HSE Area Manager Donegal to take place within the next two weeks.SPECIAL PRE-SCHOOL CAMPAIGNERS UPSET AS PLANS REJECTED was last modified: July 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:HSELet Me Be MeTHreshold of Decency Statementlast_img read more

first_imgSOUTH PASADENA — It isn’t too often that a 19-8 win is seen as a disappointment. But then again, it isn’t too often that the La Canada High School boys water polo team finds a challenge, let alone competition from the Rio Hondo League. Such was the case Tuesday afternoon, as the Spartans benefited from a strong first half to hold off a feisty South Pasadena High School team 19-8 on the road. Junior Gamal Rady excelled for La Canada (14-5). “We had too many ejections and too many mistakes in that quarter,” Spartans defender Devon Borisoff said. “They hung tough and we didn’t put them away.” Until the fourth quarter, that is, when four different Spartans scored a goal. Borisoff helped put the game away when the junior rocketed a shot past goalie Nathan Pendorf with 2:18 left in the fourth to put the score at 17-8. “Hey, we knew this team was ranked and they wouldn’t be a pushover,” Borisoff said. “We knew they would give us their best game and I think they did.” Cheney put in a strong performance for the Tigers, leading the team with five goals. “We knew that this game would be one of the biggest on our schedule,” Cheney said. “You can try to prepare for La Canada and try to have a good game, and I think we did OK.” Considering last year’s final score — a 27-2 Spartans win — it appears South Pasadena (9-3), ranked No. 9 in Division III, has made significant progress. “That’s what we were looking for, to improve and to challenge La Canada,” Cheney said. “We have one more against them and this will be good experience for the next time around.” For a team playing a brutal nonleague schedule, the Spartans may have had a bit of trouble playing with an unheralded South Pasadena team. “Sometimes we can play down to our competition’s level and that’s what happened today,” Rady said. “When you play so many tough teams, it sometimes hard to get ready to play league.” Despite the win, Rady and the Spartans believe they could have played better. “I think we might haven given this team a little hope that they can beat us” Rady said. “But we know we can play better and will play better. We just have to do a better job at focusing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The All-Division III third-teamer scored six goals, four of which came in the first half, helping build a 12-4 lead. Close behind Rady was senior Jordan Thompson, who had five goals. “We started off strong but then got sloppy,” Rady said. “We didn’t play as well as we should have. Part of it was them playing well but part of it was us playing sloppy.” That sloppy play happened primarily in the third quarter when the Tigers made a bit of a charge. Within the span of two minutes, South Pasadena driver Jeff Cheney scored two goals to push the score to 13-6. last_img read more

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first_img(Visited 108 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Apparently Francisco Ayala (UC Irvine) thinks that just stating something dogmatically is enough to end all discussion.  The scope of his paper in PNAS is grandiose and sweeping, enough to keep philosophers and theologians from around the world busy for years, but Ayala just put out his opinions without any hint of dispute, and stamped it with the seal of the National Academy of Sciences.  Here is the abstract from his paper, “Darwin’s greatest discovery: Design without a designer” –Darwin’s greatest contribution to science is that he completed the Copernican Revolution by drawing out for biology the notion of nature as a system of matter in motion governed by natural laws.  With Darwin’s discovery of natural selection, the origin and adaptations of organisms were brought into the realm of science.  The adaptive features of organisms could now be explained, like the phenomena of the inanimate world, as the result of natural processes, without recourse to an Intelligent Designer.  The Copernican and the Darwinian Revolutions may be seen as the two stages of the one Scientific Revolution.  They jointly ushered in the beginning of science in the modern sense of the word: explanation through natural laws.  Darwin’s theory of natural selection accounts for the “design” of organisms, and for their wondrous diversity, as the result of natural processes, the gradual accumulation of spontaneously arisen variations (mutations) sorted out by natural selection.  Which characteristics will be selected depends on which variations happen to be present at a given time in a given place.  This in turn depends on the random process of mutation as well as on the previous history of the organisms.  Mutation and selection have jointly driven the marvelous process that, starting from microscopic organisms, has yielded orchids, birds, and humans.  The theory of evolution conveys chance and necessity, randomness and determinism, jointly enmeshed in the stuff of life.  This was Darwin’s fundamental discovery, that there is a process that is creative, although not conscious.There is hardly a line in this paragraph that is not disputed by some of the greatest minds of this and past ages, yet Ayala stated it all as a fact of science and a “discovery” of Charles Darwin.    The paper mostly summarized the history of mechanistic science and construed the Darwinian Revolution as supplanting natural theology.  Ignoring the Cambrian explosion, he judiciously began his tale of gradualism after the sudden appearance of all the animal phyla: “Several hundred million generations separate modern animals from the early animals of the Cambrian geological period (542 million years ago)…. we can readily understand that the accumulation of millions of small, functionally advantageous changes could yield remarkably complex and adaptive organs, such as the eye,” he said.    He also attributed mental and moral qualities – aesthetics, rationality and even free will – to matter in motion: “organisms that populate the Earth, including humans who think and love, endowed with free will and creative powers, and able to analyze the process of evolution itself that brought them into existence,” he said, not blinking a philosophical eye.  ”This is Darwin’s fundamental discovery, that there is a process that is creative although not conscious.”  He did not ask whether a product of unconsciousness could determine the presence or absence of consciousness in another, nor how a product of irrational forces could rationally defend the truth of such a claim.  Apparently this was all intuitively obvious and needed no defense:And this is the conceptual revolution that Darwin completed: the idea that the design of living organisms can be accounted for as the result of natural processes governed by natural laws.  This is nothing if not a fundamental vision that has forever changed how mankind perceives itself and its place in the universe.Ayala’s paper was one of a dozen from a colloquium held by the Academy last December in Irvine, California, on the subject, “In the Light of Evolution I: Adaptation and Complex Design.”  The papers just became available today (May 10) on the PNAS website.  Of course, no one from an Intelligent Design movement was allowed to publish a contrary view or rebuttal.1Francisco J. Ayala, “Darwin’s greatest discovery: Design without designer,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10.1073/pnas.0701072104, published online before print May 9, 2007.They just aren’t learning, are they?  How these people, with Eugenie Scott and Nicholas Matzke and all the other Darwin Party hacks present, can continue to spew out their unchanged rhetoric after years of debates, books, documentaries, conversions and international movements is a measure of their incorrigibility.  It would be honorable if they acknowledged the criticisms and strove to address them in a scholarly way.  Then, at least, we could have a discussion about the evidence.  But they don’t even admit the existence of challenges to their views.  When they stoop briefly to admit the existence of critics, they just sweep them away with the same old talking points devised in the 19th century.  It’s always one-way communication.  They act like wooden dolls with fake ears and prerecorded voices, complete with halitosis.    Where have they been?  This is the Information Age, the age of molecular machines and biomimetics and rational design.  The Science Wars and the collapse of logical positivism have shown one cannot assume a fact/value distinction, a science/religion dichotomy, a demarcation criterion for science, or an objective/subjective posture.  Presuppositions matter.  It’s not the early 19th century any more.  We have paradigms, webs of belief, social and historical influences on science, redefinitions of scientific explanation, deep debates about empiricism vs rationalism, no consensus on what constitutes scientific explanation, and a host of other worries that do not allow one to merely assume science is progressive and true to reality.  Even then, Ayala cannot just assume that Darwinism is better aligned with science (whatever it is) than are other world views.  Darwinian claims go far, far beyond anything that can be subjected to scientific investigation.  Claims this broad need warrant, not assumption.    None of the worn-out Darwinist propaganda could stand up to a minute’s worth of hard questioning by an undergrad in philosophy of science or intellectual history.  His Copernicanism is all wrong, his history of science could be shredded by even secular historians of science, and his terminology begs numerous questions about what is science, what is design, what is natural law, and whether chance and necessity can produce rationality.  No problem, thinks Ayala.  I’ll just speak the talking points and let them come true.  I’ll use my rationality to disprove rationality.  Well, he succeeded on that last point – but only within the boundaries of his own skull.    So.  If they aren’t going to listen, we shouldn’t listen to them (as if we hadn’t heard their reruns long enough to have them memorized).  Tune out of the flat black-and-white Darwin Party propaganda machine, and tune in to the 3-D, stereo, fresh, live broadcasts of the information age.    The only value of this paper is a lesson in hindsight.  Modern students should study this to learn what the Old Guard of the Darwin Party was saying right before their regime collapsed.  It would be like reading Mein Kampf or studying the Sayings of Mao in a 20th century history class – weird, but thank God nobody still believes that. Exercise:  Find all the errors of fact and propaganda techniques Ayala used in the abstract quoted above.  For an advanced exercise, read his entire paper and search for any actual scientific evidence he used to prove that chance and necessity could produce orchids, birds and humans (remember, microevolution cannot be extrapolated recklessly, and he cannot assume what he needs to prove).  Among his historical and scientific references, see if there are observations that are actually relevant to this grandiose claim (e.g., bacterial resistance is limited to bacteria – it does not follow that humans evolved from bacteria).  A successful graduate should also be able to describe some of the havoc these ideas have wrought on civilization.last_img read more