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These still aren’t your father’s Oakland Raiders but with Tuesday’s signing of troubled offensive lineman Richie Incognito they’re definitely inviting some nastiness and mouthiness from yesteryear.Incognito, whose 12-year career has been draped in controversy on and off the field, joins the Raiders’ earlier additions of linebacker Vontaze Burfict and wide receiver Antonio Brown to create what some may call a trio of troublemakers in Oakland.We’ll have to wait and see if any of them approach …
The appendix, that lowly dollop of tissue relegated to vestigial organ status by the Darwinians, is alive and well with new respect. Science Daily announced results of the “first-ever study of the appendix through the ages.” Conclusion: “Charles Darwin was wrong: The appendix is a whole lot more than an evolutionary remnant. Not only does it appear in nature much more frequently than previously acknowledged, but it has been around much longer than anyone had suspected.” Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center had reported earlier that the appendix seems to “reboot” intestinal flora after a crisis (10/06/2007). This time, they started with Darwin’s ideas about the evolution of the appendix from a cecum in a limited group of mammals, but found “two major problems with that idea.” For one, some animals have an appendix and a cecum. Second, the appendix is actually widespread in nature, indicating it has a function and is not withering away as a useless vestige. The Duke researchers believe the appendix has a vital role in the immune system. It becomes inflamed and dangerous not because of its uselessness, but because of cultural changes and improvements in sanitation that leave our immune systems “with too little work and too much time their hands – a recipe for trouble.” The article tried to soften the blow on Darwin by saying that the old wise man just didn’t have enough facts at this disposal. “If Darwin had been aware of the species that have an appendix attached to a large cecum, and if he had known about the widespread nature of the appendix, he probably would not have thought of the appendix as a vestige of evolution.” Whoever’s to blame for the misunderstanding, “Maybe it’s time to correct the textbooks,” advised Dr. William Parker, senior author of the study. “Many biology texts today still refer to the appendix as a ‘vestigial organ.’” Parker was even more careful not to offend Darwin. He told Live ScienceLive Science, “We’re not saying that Darwin’s idea of evolution is wrong – that would be absurd, as we’re using his ideas on evolution to do this work. It’s just that Darwin simply didn’t have the information we have now.”Why does Charlie always get off with a tender wrist slap for his crimes? If creationists proposed a theory that led medical science astray for more than a century, they would be thrown in the intellectual dungeon without possibility of parole. Darwin gets away with murder. How did these guys use Darwin’s theory to do their research? Nothing about their work indicated that the appendix emerged from animals lacking one. They could not explain its origin by slight, continuous, small modifications. All they did was assume the Darwinian millions-of-years timetable. Charlie’s only help to them was like a defense lawyer telling a crook how to lie effectively in court. Notice that the doctors said textbooks are still teaching that the appendix (and other body parts) are vestigial organs. The few remaining such organs from the 100+ that were cited a century ago should be re-examined (05/20/2008) in light of this revelation. Consider how false Darwinian ideas about tonsils led to many unnecessary tonsillectomies decades ago, to the detriment of some of their owners who needed their immune-system functions. That’s an ideological crime. Just because a person can live without an organ does not mean it is vestigial. In fact, Darwinian theory has trouble explaining any trait that is not required for survival and reproduction. The whole population without the trait has to perish in the struggle for existence for the perpetuation of an organ to be explained in Darwinian theory (this is the “cost of fitness”). Undoubtedly you can think of parts you could survive and reproduce without. Humans and animals are overdesigned for their life on this planet. It’s a travesty to consign everything about living things as solely justified on its ability to pass on genes. Darwin was wrong. The appendix undermines the book.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cobrindo 1,2 milhao de quilometros quadrados de terra, a África do Sul representa 1/8 dos EUA e tem sete regioes climaticas, desde o clima mediterranico ate ao subtropical e semi-desertico.Esta sua biodiversidade, aliada a sua longa linha costeira de 3.000 km, servida por sete portos de mar, favorece o cultivo de uma enorme diversidade de produtos marinhos e agricolas, desde os produtos da epoca, citrinos e frutos subtropicais ate aos cereais, la, floricultura, gado e caça.As actividades agricolas variam desde a produçao de safras e agricultura mista, nas chuvas de Inverno e no pico do Verao, passando por criaçao de gado bovino no regiao do bushveld e de ovinos nas regioes mais aridas. O milho e muito cultivado, seguido do trigo, aveia, cana de açucar e girassois.Cerca de 13% da terra na África do Sul pode ser usada para cultivo de safras, mas somente 22% desta percentagem e terra potencialmente aravel. O factor de longe mais limitativo e a disponibilidade de agua, ou a falta dela. A epoca das chuvas nao sucede uniformemente por todo o pais, dai que algumas regioes tem grandes periodos de seca. Praticamente 50% da agua e utilizada para a agricultura, com cerca de 1,3 milhoes de hectares a serem irrigados.Hoje em dia, a África do Sul nao so e auto-suficiente em praticamente todos os principais produtos agricolas, como e tambem um fornecedor importante de produtos alimentares. A economia continua a depender em muito da pequena agricultura e do desenvolvimento da África Austral. Desde 1994 que o governo tem vindo a esforçar-se por incrementar a chamada pequena agricultura.ExportaçoesA África do Sul esta entre os cinco maiores exportadores mundiais de abacate, toranja, tangerina, ameixa, pera, uva de mesa e derivados de avestruz.A agricultura contribui com uns 8% do total de exportaçoes do pais. Os maiores sectores de exportaçao sao o vinho, citrinos, açucar, uvas, milho, sumos de fruta, la, frutas de epoca, como maças, peras, pessegos e alperces.Outros produtos importantes de exportaçao sao o abacate, produtos lacteos, flores, alimentos preparados, curtumes, carne, bebidas nao alcoolicas, ananases, fruta em conserva, nozes, açucar e vinhos.Estao a despontar alguns mercados de nicho, como as bebidas a base de ervas e o marisco de luxo.Vantagens competitivasPara la da biodiversidade do pais, os recursos marinhos, as infra-estruturas de primeira qualidade e os custos competitivos, a agricultura da África do Sul e o sector da agro-industria tem vindo a beneficiar de um acesso ao mercado cada vez maior dos seus parceiros mais relevantes, ou seja, a EU e os Estados Unidos da America, sob a egide de alguns acordos comerciais.A sazonabilidade inversa da África do Sul face a Europa, o seu primeiro mercado de exportaçao para produtos horticolas e floricolas, e outra das enormes vantagens. A África do Sul e o produtor do hemisferio sul de produtos horticolas e floricultura que esta mais perto da Europa, com tempos de embarque notoriamente mais curtos do que os seus concorrentes.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africa
4 August 2011 China plans to set up a cultural centre in South Africa to promote artistic and cultural exchanges between the two countries, visiting Chinese Vice Minister of Culture Zhao Shaohua said this week. Shaohua made the announcement shortly before signing a programme of cooperation with acting Arts and Culture Minister Tokyo Sexwale in Pretoria on Tuesday. “The cultural relations between South Africa and China are flourishing,” Shaohua said. “Culture knows no boundaries, and I was impressed by the dance of South African cultural groups during our Shanghai World Expo last year. “To further cement our cultural relations, we will be establishing the Chinese Cultural Centre in South Africa very soon make the public aware of Chinese culture, as well as making greater contributions to China-South Africa cultural relations. “We both have a very long history and we believe that through this Cultural Centre, we exchange our cultural diversity.” Shaohua, who was speaking via a translator, also pledged 300 000 Chinese Yuan to develop cultural activities in South Africa.Artistic, cultural exchanges Sexwale said the agreement also looked at the possibilities of translation of Chinese books into South African languages and South African works into Chinese. “This agreement will go a long way in extended our cultural relations in arts, film, books, language and culture as well as exhibition of our cultural dancers together,” Sexwale said. “Through my observation, I’ve learnt that most foreign countries, including Germany and France, have language institutes in South Africa, so I want to propose that you set up your Chinese language institute as well.” The Human Settlements Minister, noting that China was the second-biggest economic powerhouse in the world, said that through the agreement, the two countries would encourage their artists to visit each other.Trade reaches new highs Bilateral relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China reached a new high point in 2009/10. By the end of 2009, the Department of Trade and Industry announced that China had become South Africa’s largest trading partner, with total trade amounting to approximately R120-billion. During the state visit by President Jacob Zuma to China last year, companies and organisations from China and South Africa signed over a dozen cooperative documents at a business forum, involving projects in areas such as solar power, mining, telecommunications, insurance and finance. A €240-million (about US$300-million) loan agreement between South African mobile phone operator Cell C and China Development Bank was included in the deals. The announcements also included the acquisition by South Africa’s Discovery Health of a stake in Ping An Health Insurance, a subsidiary of China’s second-largest Insurer, the Ping An Insurance Group. December 2007 marked 10 years since the official establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Dairy Producers Association announced their support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) recently. The announcement comes amid budget discussions to dramatically decrease funding for the GLRI.The livestock and poultry groups issued the below statement regarding their support of the GLRI:“Improving the quality of the Great Lakes has, and will, remain a top priority of ours today, and for generations to come. In order to be successful in our efforts of restoring the lakes, and preventing further damage, we recognize the progress made by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and see value in continuing to support the effort and build-off the momentum. Our farmers have reassured their commitment to restoring the lakes, and in doing so, supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative launched in 2010 with the following areas of focus: cleaning up the Great Lakes Areas of Concern, preventing invasive species, reducing nutrient runoff and restoring habitat to protect native species. Last year, GLRI-funded projects totaled more than $154 million — more than $13 million of those funds were directed specifically to Ohio. With the areas of focus in mind, these projects were directed towards education, research and outreach.“While some of the GLRI-funded projects counterbalanced our farmers’ efforts, we recognize the significant benefit of those programs that enhanced farmers’ work to protect to the lakes. For example, Ohio livestock and poultry farmers worked closely with GLRI-funded projects to identify the means to better implement conservation systems, and utilize nutrients more wisely and efficiently. What’s more, state and federal agriculture-related agencies, like the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ohio Department of Agriculture, have relied on the GLRI’s resources when strategically targeting the most serious threats to the Great Lakes.“In closing, we encourage federal elected officials to remain focused on improving the Great Lakes, and urge them to support funding for the GLRI in the coming Fiscal Year. Through continued funding of programs like the GLRI, we hope to remain good stewards of the Great Lakes, and promote cleaner, safer, water for our families, friends and neighbors.”
‘SHE Team’, the innovative pilot project launched by Odisha’s Gajapati district police in Paralakhemundi started functioning from Friday to ensure safety and security of young girls and women.Justice K.R.Mohapatra of the Orissa High Court formally flagged off the ‘SHE Team’ at a colourful function held at Biju Patnaik Kalyan Mandap of Paralakhemundi. Since June 24, a massive awareness drive about the project had been taken up in Gajapati’s district headquarter town, Paralakhemundi.The theme song of ‘SHE Team’ sung by Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sarah Sharma has already drawn much attention. The young IPS officer used her Hindustani classical skills learnt during her student days in Cuttack. Its lyric was written by female inspector Mamata Nayak. This theme song was launched on June 25 and logo of the project was released the previous day. There were competitions among students and rallies to popularise concept of ‘SHE Team’ in Paralakhemundi.SHE stands for ‘Safety, Health and Environment’. This project is modelled on the lines of Hyderabad ‘SHE Team’, said Ms. Sharma. The ‘SHE Team’ of Paralakhemundi is headed by a lady sub-inspector and includes mobile patrolling teams. Four female and three male police personnel will assist her. They will patrol schools, colleges, other local institutions and public places, where young girls and women are allegedly subjected to eve teasing, stalking and harassment.Website launchedThe website of ‘SHE Team’ has been launched and a mobile app is under construction. At the time of distress, women of Paralakhemundi can contact ‘SHE Team’ through its website ‘sheteamgajapati.com’, landline number 06815-222388 or by WhatsApp number 9438916707. The website and phone numbers are being publicised through social media and other means.‘SHE Team’ will also try to prevent harassment of working women at workplaces and public places where they move for their job. It will teach self defence and cyber space safety to young girls and children.It will visit child care institutions and make children aware about sexual abuse.
After quitting Tests and ODIs, veteran Australian opener Simon Katich on Saturday bid goodbye to his Twenty20 career. He will not play in Champions League T20 in India.”It’s always difficult when it comes to making these sorts of decisions,” said Katich, who played 118 T20 games and scored 2483 runs at an average of 30.28 and a strike-rate of 126.61. Of these, only three appearances came for Australia.FILe – Captains Simon Katich of NSW Blues and Daren Ganga of Trinidad and Tobago pose for a photograph with the Champions League Twenty20 Trophy before the start of the final match at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, in Hyderabad. PTI PhotoThe 38-year-old, who quit first-class cricket in 2012, had captained Perth Scorchers to KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League title earlier this year, making the team eligible to play in the CLT20, scheduled from September 8 to 30 in India.”I’ve obviously been in a similar situation when I made the decision to retire from first-class cricket in Australia a few years ago. Having been through that before, it helped me understand the process a bit better and the more I thought about it, I felt the time was right.”I have a young family, I’ve had a great run and for my last game at the WACA, my home ground, to be a win in a successful (BBL) campaign; it’s the stuff you dream of. I’ll finish on a high and that was a big part of the reason I decided to pull up stumps,” PTI quoted him as adding.advertisementKatich said he made decision after much deliberation. “My decision certainly wasn’t for any reason other than I felt I’d had my time and now it’s the boys’ turn. The past three years have been outstanding at the Scorchers; we’ve been really consistent and getting to three finals, then getting over the line last year was very rewarding for everyone involved,” he said.”Justin, the coaching and support staff and all the players made the end of my playing years very memorable and very special. That’s something I’ll always be grateful for; to have finished at my home ground and in front of family and friends, with a great bunch of lads.”Katich played 56 Tests for Australia, averaging 45.03 for his 4188 runs. His 45 ODI appearances yielded 1324 runs for the country at an average of 35.78.Perth coach Justin Langer, a Test team-mate of Katich’s through the early 2000s, saluted his retiring champion. “Simon’s contribution to Western Australian and Australian cricket has been immense and, whilst I’m disappointed he’ll no longer play for the Scorchers, I respect his decision to move on,” Langer said.”As a person of extremely high integrity, I know ‘Katto’ has given this decision a lot of thought and I respect that he wants to finish his playing career as the captain of the triumphant Scorchers team last summer. I am glad he was able to retire on a high and where he started his illustrious career here at the WACA. In terms of leadership; there have been few stronger leaders in Western Australian cricket history,” said Langar.