QPR boss Harry Redknapp admits his side face a daunting task against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.Rangers are yet to win away this season and did not win a single game on the road under Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes.And Redknapp said: “You don’t get an easy game at Newcastle – 55,000 fanatical Geordies make sure of that, so it will be a difficult game.“But it’s about time we got our first away win. We need to go there and be positive and see if we can pick up that win.”Jose Bosingwa and keeper Julio Cesar have not travelled to Tyneside, while Ji-sung Park is still out with a knee problem.Click here for our Newcastle v QPR quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
After more than two weeks of postponements due to wet weather, the Eureka High baseball team found enough room in between showers of rain on Wednesday to play its first game since March 15.Wednesday’s game against Del Norte, a home contest played at Redwood Fields, counted as Eureka’s Big 5 Conference opener.Despite a rocky fifth inning and the threat of game-ending rain all afternoon, Eureka was able to shake off its rust in favor of some mud and down Del Norte 9-4 behind a collective effort …
SETI may be the laughingstock of Congress, refused funding since William Proxmire gave it his Golden Fleece Award in the 1980s, but privately it is moving apace. The Science Channel gave it prominence in its weekly report Friday, visiting with pioneering signaler and listener Frank Drake. It surveyed everything from the first humble attempts to listen and broadcast, to the upcoming hardware and software that will increase the search capability exponentially. For SETI Thursday on Space.com, Pamela Harman, SETI Education and Outreach Manager for the SETI Institute, detailed the many ways her organization is teaching the young about SETI and all its ancillary subjects. In particular, the SETI Institute and its like-minded organizations are teaching teachers how to provide the foundation for SETI thinking, with courses like Understanding and Teaching Evolution, Extreme Life Forms on Earth and Elsewhere, Becoming Human: Hominid Evolution from Voyages Through Time, and Origins: The Questions in Life Science. “Our astrobiology expertise is of great interest,” she said, “as the perpetual student lament ‘Why does this matter?’ can be answered.” Her answer recalls Carl Sagan’s famous phrase. “The response in all disciplines from astronomy and physics, to chemistry and biology is ‘We are star stuff!’”Speak for yourself, babe. This oft-repeated line suggests a modification of the old distinction between stuff and junk. Junk is the stuff natural selection throws away, and stuff is the junk natural selection keeps. Aside from the fact that it is hard to envision any teenager getting excited over being told he or she is star stuff – unless they think their talent has finally been recognized – the reductionist, naturalistic philosophy inherent in this epigram betrays profound ignorance of western philosophy going back millennia. Only recently have materialists gained ascendency in intellectual circles, and atheistic materialism permeates SETI through and through. Their forefathers are Democritus, Lucretius and Epicurus, with few takers till John Locke and David Hume built their systems on sense experience alone. Others dabbling with atheistic materialism were shunned or outmaneuvered with trenchant rational arguments by philosophers as varied as Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, Thomas Reid, and Immanuel Kant. Even most Enlightenment deists did not deny a rational design principle in the universe. The early Newtonians and proponents of the mechanical philosophy were nearly all Christians to various degrees. They never would have suggested that “star stuff” gave rise to the rational human soul. Without even considering the long history of theological arguments for natural theology, great philosophers have long debunked atheism with finesse. Thomas Reid and Kant, for example, undermined the empiricist viewpoints of the materialists from first principles. They argued forcefully that such views are reductionist and self-refuting. To even speak about observation and empiricism presupposes a rational power that is not reducible to sense experience. In addition, nothing inherent in the physical mechanisms of the body can account for the operation the mind or grant its rational arguments legitimacy. The same arguments can be wielded just as effectively today against the modern materialists. Unfortunately, they rarely get a hearing. Atheists routinely run amok in the science journals with tall tales about game theory producing human morals, DNA developing into souls, and collections of neurons generating the mind. The peer review process fails to call them on the carpet for illogic or carelessness, and so they get away with it; why? Because Darwin’s bulldogs succeeded long ago in gaining control of the scientific institutions and codifying their world view into the very definition of science. SETI is part and parcel of a conspiracy to create a culture of materialists. If it were not so, they would engage their critics and opponents in serious debate. Instead, just like the astrobiologists and evolutionary psychologists, they shun scrutiny and usurp authority by co-opting the banner of “science” and conflating their materialism with the otherwise worthy goals of scientific research. To a person, they idolize Father Charlie, because he liberated them from the need for both scientific and philosophical rigor. Without apologies to Dawkins, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually-foolfilled atheist. Now that the Intelligent Design Movement has mounted the first volleys against the Darwinist naturalistic empire, the materialists are resorting to subterfuge instead of honorably engaging their opponents on the intellectual battlefield. Pamela Harman has revealed that a huge educational program for the recruitment of young minds into philosophical materialism is underway: the Search for Educational Targets to Indoctrinate. All that is necessary for foolishness to triumph is for good philosophers to think nothing.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
United Democratic Movement deputy secretary general Nqabayomzi Kwankwa said the UDM was happy with the budget overall. “We feel it was a good speech under circumstances because you must keep in mind we are operating in an environment where there are declining revenues and ever-increasing demands for expenditure on government,” Kwankwa said. “We are a bit concerned about the impact that would have during a time when liquidity is fairly tight,” he said. It exceeds R1-trillion – for the first time ever – with the bulk of spending, R615.7-billion, earmarked for social services. Revenue is expected to be about R904.8-billion. Democratic Alliance spokesman Tim Harris said the money allocated for infrastructure and growth was “not good enough”. “I don’t think we got it today, but let’s give the minister credit because he managed to bring the budget deficit down. African Christian Democratic Party spokesman Steve Swart said the budget was a pleasant surprise. “All in all [it was] a very positive budget in difficult circumstances.” Tax relief for small and micro business was welcome, but “we should view the tax relief offset by inflation and by the rising input costs”. Positive under circumstances Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the budget was “somehow predictable, both in terms of what it addresses and in terms of what it fails to address”. “It is very important that Cosatu supports him [Gordhan] now. If they don’t do it, we are going to have trouble with regards to the state wage bill,” Koornhof said. 23 February 2012 Encouraging saving The move to encourage savings was a sensible one and really a move to lower the risk of the state having to take care of people who had not made provision. Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder welcomed plans aimed at encouraging the public to save. There were a number of positive announcements in the budget, he said. However, SA Chamber of Commerce CEO Neren Rau was concerned about the increase in taxes on business. “Our biggest concern is the increased taxes on business – capital gains tax and the corporate tax. Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive director Viola Manuel said overall the budget was encouraging. “We support the minister’s call for demand-driven growth and we also thank him for acknowledging the importance of all the social partners working together.” “The fact that he managed to do that shows us that we have more space to be bold on growth and on infrastructure particularly. We want to see far more on growth. Those numbers aren’t good enough,” he said. Nick Koornhof, of the Congress of the People, said government should lead the way and show it could spend taxpayers’ money properly. It was also important for the Congress of SA Trade Unions to support the budget. Much would depend on whether or not, this time around, declarations of policy would materialise into programmes of action. The most concerning aspect was the insufficient emphasis on economic growth, he said. “If the cost of doing business is increasing, lowering tax only marginally offsets the problem,” Manuel said. Political parties and others have broadly welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012/13 Budget, tabled in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Sapa
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State UniversityThe agricultural industry is a global economy with buyers (consumers), sellers (producers) and traders. In the United States, producers of corn have a comparative advantage- the ability to produce it cheaper per unit or at higher quality- over most other parts of the world. However, genetics, changes in weather patterns, land limitations, politics and global gross domestic product affect quantities of production and consumption.Long-term trade projections for U.S. corn published by the Economics Research Service of the USDA look positive due to the expected rise in world GDP and population; however, increases in competition from other exporting countries continue the decreasing trend of the United States’ share of world exports. Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are in the middle of a 90-day trade truce, which ends the beginning of March. It is uncertain what, if any, resolution will surface before or at the deadline. In December 2018, commodity indices declined before the previous trade deadline, but rallied at the announcement of the 90-day extension. Long-term projections include a continuation of current policies, accounting for tariffs from Mexico, the European Union, Mexico and Canada.The USDA World Production Report, published Feb. 8, 2019, puts the size of the 2018/19 world corn crop at slightly more than 43 billion bushels. With production in the United States estimated at 14.4 billion bushels, any reduction in world supply will likely come from Brazil’s short season corn crop.Long-term trade estimations for world corn continue to see growth, with corn trade expected close to 163 million metric tons in 2018/19, up from 147 million metric tons in 2017/18. This increase in trade comes from expected strong corn production in Argentina and Brazil after last year’s drought.
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