OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson TNT had a chance to send the game to overtime but Glen Rice Jr.’s last three-point attempt bounced off the rim as Justin Brownlee tried his hardest to challenge the shot.“That was a great game, both teams played well and it came down to the last shot,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “It bounced off the rim and it came out in our favor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The series is not over, the series haven’t been won. We have the lead, which is nice to have, but we’re certainly not safe especially against a team like TNT.”Scottie Thompson could’ve iced the game for the Gin Kings earlier in the fourth but he missed his two chances from the free throw line with 7.1 seconds left with the scores at 106-103 with Ginebra on the lead. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 award LATEST STORIES Thompson’s botches freebies allowed Rice to take TNT’s final shot attempt, but fortunately for Ginebra the ball bounced off the rim.Joe Devance came up big for Ginebra with 20 points, four of which came in the final 1:34 of the game, on 8-of-14 shooting while Brownlee had a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.Thompson also had a double-double for Ginebra as he put up 17 points and 12 rebounds while LA Tenorio almost finished with a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.Rice had a game-high 44 points to go along 20 rebounds to lead TNT while Jayson Castro filled up the stat sheets with 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESGinebra took the driver’s seat again in its series against TNT after taking a close 106-103 win in Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings are a win away from a finals return and could close things out on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ
But United are unlikely to take advantage of the situation at Madrid after boss Mourinho poured cold water on the possibility of Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.United have already boosted their attacking ranks this month with the capture of Alexis Sanchez and would need to offer the 32-year-old a huge contract to complete a deal.“I should be the last one to add some fuel to the fire,” said Mourinho.“Madrid is on fire, the results are not good and it is a club where I worked three years. I care about the club and I don’t want to add fire.“To put some water on the fire I would say Cristiano is the kind of player every manager wants, every club wants.“But only one manager can have and only one club can have – Zidane and Real Madrid, that’s my feeling.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo and Real Madrid are in the midst of a crisis, with boss Zinedine Zidane under severe pressure after crashing out of the Copa del Rey this week and trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by 19 points. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 26 – Jose Mourinho has played down the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United.Ronaldo and Real Madrid are in the midst of a crisis, with boss Zinedine Zidane under severe pressure after crashing out of the Copa del Rey this week and trailing La Liga leaders Barcelona by 19 points.
The explanations some evolutionists give for fur and feather patterns sound like tales of talking animals planning out their new fashion lines.Evolution tries to explain not just what is, but how it got that way. The core of Darwin’s theory is that stuff happens by unguided natural processes – no mind or planning was involved. Things may look designed, leading evolutionists tell us, but that’s an illusion: they evolved. Apparent designs are the outcome of processes that did not have them in mind – namely, random mutations and natural “selection” for accidental traits that might confer a survival advantage. Yet reporters and scientists who believe this often write as if animals determined ahead of time what they would do to get more fit, have more sex, or avoid predators. A case in point is the origin of patterning on mammals and birds.MammalsZebra-cadabra: The stripes on zebras are remarkable for their starkness and symmetry, with some stripes going horizontal and some vertical. Such bold markings do not blend into the background to provide camouflage. Why would they announce to predators “Here I am”? Are they for social communication? Then why are both males and females and young all striped? At long last, the BBC News was proud to announce that the mystery of the stripes has finally been ‘explained’ (quotes theirs), at least for the satisfaction of “evolutionary biologists.” The new theory is: “Zebras’ bold stripes protect the animals by masking their movements.” All those moving stripes create an optical illusion when predators or biting insects approach.One of the researchers compared the stripes to the barber-pole illusion or the wagon-wheel illusion (when the spokes appear to turn backward). The problem with those analogies is that we know barber poles and wagon wheels are intelligently designed. Darwinism needs to account for zebra stripes by undirected, mindless processes. Dr. Martin How fails to tell how:According to Dr How, zebra stripes capitalise on this type of illusion to help protect the animals.He explained that the broad diagonal stripes on a zebra’s flank and the narrower vertical stripes on its back and neck give unexpected motion signals that confuse viewers, particularly in a herd of zebras.“We suggest that these illusions cause pests and predators to mistake the zebra’s movement direction, causing biting insects to abort their landing manoeuvres and chasing predators to mistime their attacks,” said Dr How.Sounds convincing, but any explanation needs to face follow-up questions. If striping is such a successful strategy, why didn’t wildebeest and antelope evolve it? Why aren’t all members of the horse family striped, when they presumably also have to deal with predators and biting insects? Does it also explain the stripes on zebrafish, zebra mussels and striped skunks? How did the first stripes on zebras originate by mutation? How did the stripes become so regularly spaced and uniform over the entire body? Were the selection pressures so strong in the case of the mutant with the first tentative stripes, that all the unstriped members of the population died out? Did the mutation for stripes have any pleiotropic effects that reduced fitness? Will this explanation fare any better than last year’s attempt to hypothesize that the stripes repel biting flies? (2/09/12). Doesn’t an explanation about how the stripes work actually imply design? Doesn’t Dr. How’s wording suggest that the stripes are the designer, if they “capitalise” on an illusion? How is this not a fallacy of personification?We are informed that this explanation was quite a feat, a long time in coming: “Zebra stripes have long confused evolutionary biologists, right back to Darwin and Wallace,” one of the researchers said. The illusion, therefore, appears to work very well on evolutionists.BirdsPatterns of a feather flock together: A photograph of a handsome California quail, adorned in its multi-colored costume of feathers, some with bold edges overlapping like roof shingles, others plain gray, all fitting into their own specific areas on the bird, topped with a feathery tuft over the fashionable head, adorns a Science Article that announces to readers it will explain the “evolution of plumage patterns in male and female birds.” Some matter-of-fact stuff about taxonomy and sexual dimorphism precedes the evolutionary explanation. Then we learn that evolutionists have largely ignored the question of feather patterns: “The colour of plumage has attracted much research interest, but the exquisite patterns of bird plumage, such as the spots of the guinea fowl and the barred patterns of ducks and turkeys, to just name a few, have received much less attention,” said a PhD candidate at Cambridge out to make her name in the Darwinian storytelling society. First, it was necessary for Thanh-Lan Gluckman to eliminate the unfit:“It was argued that male birds developed their spectacular colours and elaborate patterning as a result of their mating patterns — they used their plumage to compete for and attract females. On the other hand, female birds needed to blend into their surroundings in order to nest safely and protect their young — so they became drab and dull to protect themselves and their young from predators,” said Gluckman.What this implies is that evolutionists have been wrong for 150 years. It certainly seems so, if they were attributing purpose to birds that are supposed to be evolving without planning. In a search for forces that would produce patterning, Gluckman studied 288 species of waterfowl and gamebirds, and found “a fabulous number of variations and combinations of these visual patterns in females as well as males.” She couldn’t see any rhyme or reason to the evolutionary trends for monogamous or polygamous species. It didn’t appear that sexual selection could explain all cases of sexual dimorphism (the contrast in appearance between males and females). What’s going on?“By emphasising similarities as well as differences in plumage patterns between male and female birds, rather than whether one sex is the same as the other, I found that sexual dimorphism in the plumage pattern of birds is highly nuanced and that there can be multiple types of sexual dimorphism. In expanding the definition of sexual dimorphism, and reconstructing evolutionary history, I found that changes in sexual dimorphism could be due to changes in males and/or females. In addition, the plumage patterns of birds seem to transition easily between different types of dimorphism, which is congruent with adaptation to fluctuating social and environmental conditions,” said Gluckman.The evolutionary pattern in patterning is there is no pattern. Changes “could be” due to “males and/or females.” It’s all “highly nuanced” and seems to “transition easily.” In one sense, this is an improvement over evolutionary explanations that suggest birds planned their evolution. In another sense, it makes things worse for evolutionists. Sexual selection appears to have no explanatory power. Stuff happens, Gluckman appears to say, in no predictable way. But when all is said and done, evolutionists still don’t know how those quail became so handsomely adorned.Has there ever been a more useless theory that claimed such great things for itself than Darwin’s theory of evolution? Here we are, 154 years after the Origin launched a revolution in thinking that helped motivate two world wars and a takeover of academia, and they have nothing substantial to say. When it comes to details, they are still clueless why zebras are striped and why quail are so beautifully patterned. Instead, we get a steady stream of “could be” and “perhaps” but nothing definitive that ties the theory to the observation in a robust way. When they try, usually they first have to overturn the previous evolutionary explanation.It’s one thing to classify and observe. Scientists are good at that. It’s nice to know the distribution of stripes on zebras, and even how they function as an optical illusion. It’s good to know how many species of waterfowl and gamebirds there are, which ones exhibit sexual dimorphism and which ones don’t. Any “citizen scientist” can do as much. But when it comes to explaining how things got the way they are, evolutionists provide no value added. Saying “stuff happens” is no help at all.Because “apparent design” is so widespread in the living world, evolutionists stoop to violating their own rules. They word their explanations with design language: such-and-such “evolved to” perform a function. We must call them out when they commit this contradiction. It is an “illegal procedure” foul, given the processes of neo-Darwinism, to say that zebra stripes “evolved to” create optical illusions, or quail feathers “evolved to” adapt to changing environments or diverge males from females (except when they don’t). Remember, evolution is blind, acting on random variations. Inside a cell nucleus, it’s dark. A pre-zebra has no idea that a cosmic ray hit one of its sperm, the one that (by chance) was destined to fertilize an egg that would make an embryo develop a stripe on its right hind leg. A lion has no idea that this stripe is supposed to confuse it so it eats the plain zebra ancestor. Whoops; the lion ate the one with the stripe, or the alligator got it. Start over and wait another million years.This crazy theory masquerades as a scientific explanation but adds nothing – zilch – to our understanding. We’re tired of the just-so stories. One thing creationists and evolutionists could unite on is biomimetics (12/16/13). No religion required, no evolutionary storytelling required – just a recognition that there are designs in nature we could learn from. Both sides agree things look designed. So, let’s study those designs together (whether you think they are apparent or real) and turn them into products that could help everybody. This can get science out of the explanatory morass Darwin led us into, and move science forward. (Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Team South Africa is ready to take on the world at the 14th Paralympic Games in London. Sascoc president Gideon Sam praised the Paralympic team for consistently performing to a high standard. Converse sneakers and all – the ensemble to be worn by the Olympic and Paralympic athletes at their respective opening ceremonies.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Madira Sehlapelo Coordinator: operations and events, Sascoc +27 11 483 3788 RELATED ARTICLES • SA Olympic team announced • Running into the history books • Carrying the hopes of a nation • Running is in her blood • Olympic countdown beginsJanine ErasmusTeam South Africa for the 14th Paralympic Games has been announced in Johannesburg – the 61-strong squad will cover seven disciplines, including athletics, cycling, rowing, equestrian, swimming and wheelchair tennis and basketball.Making the announcement, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam urged the team to stay focused and keep their attention on the work at hand.He praised the team for its consistently stellar performance over the years.“The Olympic team may have been subject to criticism now and then, but our Paralympians have always done us proud. They’ve brought glory to the country time and again,” he said.Sam said that the 66 athletes of Team SA at the 2008 Beijing games brought back 30 medals, of which 21 were gold – this placed them sixth on the overall medals table.“In 2012 we have a squad of the same, if not higher, quality,” he said, “so there’ll be no sleepless nights for me.”The minister of sport and recreation, Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen were also in attendance.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola sent his best wishes to the sport stars. “Their inclusion in the team is a testament to their excellence on the sporting field.”The London Paralympics gets underway on 29 August and ends on 9 September.Making a fashion statementAlso at the team announcement, the designer kit to be worn by the Olympic and Paralympic teams at their respective opening ceremonies, was unveiled.Durban designer Leigh Schubert’s chic creation was chosen as the winner by the nation, out of a line-up of six finalists who were presented to the public for their consideration a few months ago. The public, who also voted for Chukuru the rhino as the official team mascot, were asked to vote for their favourite opening ceremony ensemble.Familiar facesThe formidable Team SA includes familiar names such as swimmer Natalie du Toit, sprinter Oscar Pistorius and wheelchair racing superstar Ernst van Dyk.There are 25 athletes, 10 swimmers, six cyclists, four equestrians, one rower, 11 wheelchair basketball players and four wheelchair tennis players. The Chef de Mission is Pieter Badenhorst, and managers, coaches and other support staff make up the rest of the squad.Andy Scott, former CEO of the National Paralympic Committee – which has since been incorporated into Sascoc – and a Paralympic swimmer himself, said that in all, South Africa boasts 139 Paralympic medals.“Our athletes have brought 63 gold, 37 silver and 39 bronze medals back to this Rainbow Nation,” he said to the applause of the audience, adding that stars such as javelin champion Zanele Situ, Pistorius and Du Toit have done exceptionally well in putting South Africa ahead of other nations in this field.Sam said that it was now the Paralympic team’s turn to grab the limelight. He also thanked the sponsors for their support, saying that their loyalty has been repaid by the many medals won by South Africa’s para-athletes.The full Team SA for the 2012 London Paralympics:Athletics Tshepo Bhebe, Dyan Buis, Andrea Dalle Ave, Pieter du Preez, Charl du Toit, Arnu Fourie, Ilse Hayes, Hilton Langenhoven, Anrune Liebenberg, Michael Louwrens, Teboho Mokgalagadi, Jan Nehro (guide: Duane Fortuin), Zandile Nhlapo, Jonathan Ntutu, Oscar Pistorius, Anika Pretorius, Samkelo Radebe, Casper Schutte, Union Sekailwe, Zanele Situ, Zivan Smith, Marius Stander, Duane Strydom, Fanie van der Merwe, Chenelle van Zyl Manager: Dion Bishop. Coaches: Suzanne Ferreira, Zelda Hansen, Hennie Koekemoer, Karin le Roux, Ampie Louw. Team Assistant: Neels Matthyser. Helper: Illse du PreezCycling Roxy Burns, Madre Carinus, Stuart McCreadie, Jaco Nel, Ernst van Dyk, Gerhard Viljoen. Manager: Mike Burns. Coach: Ricky Kulsen, Mechanic: Pieter JansenEquestrian Anthony Dawson, Philipa Johnson, Marion Milne, Wendy Moller Manager: Tracey Cumming. Coach: Chris Haazen. Vet: Sheelagh Higgerty. Grooms: Enoch Cele, Anton Chimbuanda, Elizabeth Newsome, Teri SmithRowing Sandra Khumalo Manager/coach: Marco GaleoneSwimming Renette Bloem, Charl Bouwer, Natalie du Toit, Emily Gray, Achmat Hassiem, Hendri Herbst, Marike Naude, Kevin Paul, Shireen Sapiro, Tadhg Slattery Manager: Queeneth Ndlovu. Coach: Karoly Toros. Coach/Tapper: Karin Hugo. Tapper/Helper: Eeden MeyerWheelchair basketball Justin Govender, Siphamandla Gumbi, Stuart Jellows, Kyle Louw, Luvuyo Mbande, Gift Mooketsi, Richard Nortje, Kobus Oeschger, Marius Papenfus, Marcus Retief, Jaco Velloen Manager: Willie Riechert. Coach: Patrick Fick. Assistant coach: Shadrack Moepeng. Technical coach: Franck BelenWheelchair tennis Evans Maripa, Sydwell Mathonsi, Kgothatso Montjane, Lucas Sithole Manager/coach: Holger Losch. Assistant coach: Khotso MatshegoGeneral team management Chef de Mission: Pieter Badenhorst Project manager: Vinesh Maharaj Manager (logistics): Clifford Cobers Logistics: Madira Sehlapelo Manager (athletes services): Chantelle Jardim Athlete services: Dumisani Mtwa Chief medical officer: Wayne Derman Chief physiotherapist: Grace Hughes Doctor: Paul Maphoto Physiotherapists: Given Baloyi, Edwin Bodha, Greshne Davids, Shantal Edwards, Dan Ntseke, Evah Ramashala Classifier: Tarina van der Stockt
If you are a YouTube creator yourself looking to grow you channel, here are some great resources.How to Create Custom YouTube ThumbnailsYouTube Tip: Create Captivating End Screens for Your VideosYouTube SEO: 5 Tips for Boosting Rank Using Keywords5 Quick Tips to Boost Your Video’s YouTube RankThe End of YouTube AnnotationsVlogging Tips for Using Music in Youtube VideosHow To Make How-To Videos and YouTube TutorialsThe Ins and Outs of Streaming on YouTube LiveHow to Add Subtitles to YouTube VideosCan You Use Copyrighted Music on YouTube? Let us know how you’ve grown your own channel in the comments. We talked to Binging with Babish’s Andrew Rea about shooting his web series and reaching 1 Million YouTube Subscribers.All images via Andrew Rea/Binging With Babish.One of my absolute favorite YouTube channels is Binging with Babish, a cooking show dedicated to recreating dishes from television shows and movies. Each week, the series tackles a new dish. The show’s success is due to many factors, like consistent quality, mouthwatering food, good humor, and a rabid community fanbase.I reached out to Andrew Rea (aka Oliver Babish) to learn more about his successful YouTube series.PremiumBeat: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who are you? Where are you from?Andrew Rea: My name is Andrew Rea. I’m a YouTube creator from Rochester, NY, now living in Harlem. I shoot, edit, and star in a weekly cooking show called Binging with Babish, where I endeavor to accurately recreate foods from movies and television.PB: What is your background? Can you talk about some of your previous jobs, and have you gone full-time as a YouTube creator?AR: For the past seven years, I worked as an Autodesk Flame artist at SwitchFX, a boutique commercial finishing house. Before that, I interned and worked part-time gigs to grow my knowledge of the post-production world. I attended Hofstra University, where I majored in Film Studies and Production — all the while, my passion for cooking remained an insatiable hobby. I’ve since made the channel my full-time career.PB: So you have more of a production background?AR: I have more of a background in film than food. I don’t have any formal culinary training, but have fifteen years of neurotic self-teaching under my belt. I got a chef’s knife and whisk tattoo on my forearm about five years ago — before I was a halfway decent cook — as a way to “hold myself hostage” into becoming a better one.PB: Who is Oliver Babish?AR: Oliver Babish is an ancillary character from The West Wing, portrayed by Oliver Platt. I was trying to come up with a fun Reddit handle, and liked the idea of an obscure character name that’d give me an inside joke with other West Wing fanatics. My show, which was intended just for Reddit and just for one episode, was named arbitrarily after my handle, and now I’m kinda stuck with it! I’m hoping Oliver Platt hits me up one day.PB: So that’s how you started the YouTube channel?AR: I started the channel almost by accident — I had bought a camera and a light to do some freelance interview work, and decided to experiment with food photography. I realized I had a good setup for a show, and decided to make one episode for fun. People responded positively, I kept making it, and it kept growing — now I’m lucky enough to have made it my full-time job!PB: Where do you go to find inspiration for new videos?AR: For the most part, I go to my audience for inspiration. I’m constantly getting comments about what viewers want to see recreated on my show. I’ve put a huge effort into constantly and reliably interacting with my audience, and I think it’s been helpful in the growth of my channel — both in building a fanbase and finding new ideas I hadn’t considered!PB: Can you tell us about the gear you use to shoot each episode?AR: I shoot on a Sony a7S with a Zeiss 35mm 2.8 — I’ve got a single Aputure LS 1c, a reflector, and a little bargain LED panel to fill on the bar. (Revealed in the video below, Rea also uses an Atomos Ninja Flame monitor/recorder.)Special thanks to Andrew Rea. I highly recommend checking out his YouTube channel, and supporting his page if you are a fan. For more on Binging with Babish, check out these pages and sites.Binging with Babish:YouTubeWebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramPatreonThe latest episode of Binging with Babish celebrates his 1 Million Subscriber mark with a behind-the-scenes tour of his apartment/studio. You can watch the whole episode here.
An Air India flight from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar with 155 passengers on board returned to the city after being airborne for about 35 minutes after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit on Monday afternoon.A spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) told The Hindu that a full emergency was declared at 2.30 pm for Air India flight AI 669 — which went airborne at 2.14 pm from Mumbai for Bhuvaneshwar — returning due to suspected smoke in cockpit. “The aircraft has landed safely. The emergency has been withdrawn,” the spokesperson said.Airline sources said that the aircraft had been taken to a remote bay where Air India’s engineering staff would examine the aircraft. Efforts were on to accommodate the passengers on to another aircraft for their flight to Bhubaneswar.An Air India spokesperson in a statement said, “AI 669 received pushback at 1.45pm. The flight got airborne around 2.15 pm and returned to Mumbai at 2.50 pm. All 155 passengers are safe. Initially, the local authority declared an emergency. But it was later withdrawn. The flight is on ground. Another aircraft is ready and all the passengers will depart by new aircraft at 4.15 pm.”