Taking it one day at a time

first_imgUndefeated junior 400-metre hurdler Shannon Kalawan is taking her breakthrough season one day at a time, according to Edwin Allen Comprehensive High hurdles coach Kirk Douglas.In the weeks to come, Douglas will be helping Kalawan to improve, with the World Junior Championships her main target. Success at those meets would add to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and Carifta gold medals she has already collected.Asked to explain her progress from a personal best of 58.93 seconds to her Carifta Games winning time of 56.29, Douglas said: “I don’t think she has run a clean race yet, which we will work on at least for the World Juniors, hopefully.”Injury interrupted progressIn an exclusive interview, he noted that an injury interrupted her progress after she had been the runner-up at Champs 2014.”Last year, she started well, but she got hurt, and that’s what people don’t remember,” he recalled.A string of lifetime-best clockings – from 57.20 at Central Championships to 56.80 at Carifta Trials, to 56.41 at Champs – had observers wondering if Kalawan could also qualify for the Jamaican Olympic team.Douglas, once a star hurdler and coach at Kingston College, isn’t counting that out. “I don’t put it out of reach but we’re just going to take it one day at a time,” he said. “We have to look at these three weeks to Penns and then a six-week programme to the Junior Trials.”Kalawan is only 0.09 from the Olympic qualifying standard of 56.20 seconds.”Of course,” he concluded on the matter of the Olympics, “the thing there is two weeks later, so she can race again at the Senior Trials.”The National Junior Championships is set for June 18 and 19, with the four-day National Seniors starting on June 30.It’s a fair bet that the 18-year-old Edwin Allen student athlete will improve in alternating lead legs by then.”We’ve been working on using the ‘weak’ lead leg, if you can call it that,” he related. “So if you notice, she doesn’t really panic.”Kalawan has taken her new found success in her stride and according to Douglas, “has been a dream to coach all season just because of her attitude”.She is the latest in a long line of successful 400-metre hurdlers nurtured by head coach Michael Dyke and directed by Douglas.During his 13-year tenure as hurdles coach at Edwin Allen, the school has taken the Champs gold medal seven times through Sherene Pinnock, Nikita and Ristananna Tracey, Camira Haughton, and Kalawan. Pinnock, a two-time World Junior bronze medal winner, and Andrea Sutherland in 2006, and Nikita and Ristananna in 2009 and 2010, gave Dyke’s team one-two finishes at Champs.Ristananna has the Champs record at 55.81 seconds.last_img read more

Latest: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0 – Blues frustrated by Villa

first_imgWillian and Oscar have both gone close to giving Chelsea the lead in a low-key first 20 minutes at Villa Park.The two Brazilians, recalled to the starting line-up alongside the fit again Fernando Torres, have looked the brightest sparks for the Blues, who have so far been frustrated by a hard-working Aston Villa.Willian shot into the side netting before later teeing up Oscar, whose low shot curled wide of the far post.The home side’s best moments have come on the break, with Christian Benteke heading wide from Fabian Delph’s teasing cross.After Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Hull earlier in the day, Chelsea will not be wanting to drop crucial points in the title race.However Jose Mourinho also has one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League second leg at home to Galatasaray and has shuffled his pack, with Samuel Eto’o, Frank Lampard and Andre Schurrle dropping out.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Salah, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Does ISIS Evolve?

first_img(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 This may be the winning candidate for worst Darwinian just-so story of the decade.You have to hand it to evolutionists; at least they are consistent. If everything evolves, then everything evolves. Makes perfect sense. But a corollary is that there is no such thing as an ideology. Human beings are mere pawns of evolutionary forces that use them to play “games” (according to the game-theoretic version of Darwinian evolution).One of the most extreme examples of applying Darwinian theory to everything can be seen in a new paper by 10 academics from the University of Florida and Harvard University about “online ecology” including “ISIS and beyond”. To them, the Islamic State evolves like any other biological ecosystem. Published in Science, this paper utilizes the terminology one would expect in a paper about the Darwinian evolution of a forest community or a population of predators and prey in the soil.Support for an extremist entity such as Islamic State (ISIS) somehow manages to survive globally online despite considerable external pressure and may ultimately inspire acts by individuals having no history of extremism, membership in a terrorist faction, or direct links to leadership. Examining longitudinal records of online activity, we uncovered an ecology evolving on a daily time scale that drives online support, and we provide a mathematical theory that describes it. The ecology features self-organized aggregates (ad hoc groups formed via linkage to a Facebook page or analog) that proliferate preceding the onset of recent real-world campaigns and adopt novel adaptive mechanisms to enhance their survival. One of the predictions is that development of large, potentially potent pro-ISIS aggregates can be thwarted by targeting smaller ones.As justification for this Darwinian view of a radical religious movement, the authors believe they can identify ways to thwart its spread. But their analysis completely depersonalizes the movement, ridding it of any ideological, theological, or moral underpinnings. The terrorists become nothing but pawns of impersonal forces adapting to the environment.The authors do not use “natural selection” or “phylogeny” language, but do rely heavily on “evolutionary adaptations” and “survival” concepts, e.g.:These observations open up the possibility to add evolutionary game theoretic features into our systems-level theory to explain the multiple use of particular adaptations by particular aggregates and their decision of when to adapt. A future generalized theory could prove possible, employing game theoretic ideas from (26), for example.Ref. 26 is to Martin Nowak’s 2006 book, Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life. The description on Amazon.com does refer to natural selection:At a time of unprecedented expansion in the life sciences, evolution is the one theory that transcends all of biology. Any observation of a living system must ultimately be interpreted in the context of its evolution. Evolutionary change is the consequence of mutation and natural selection, which are two concepts that can be described by mathematical equations. Evolutionary Dynamics is concerned with these equations of life.Clearly, these scientists treat ISIS as a mere “aggregate” that “adapts” by variation and selection according to a model. Is that the best way to understand a terror movement? The editors of Science give it their blessing, not only by publishing it, but by adopting their terminology about the “evolution of such aggregates“. What none of the scientists or editors seem to realize is that the same thinking could be applied to scientists themselves. What happens if scientific research is viewed in Darwinian terms? Are members of the scientific community in an aggregate that adapts to the environment by impersonal processes describable by equations? If so, then the “scientific aggregate” has no claims to truth—including this paper and the journal that published it.Media Buy-InAt Live Science, Kacey Deamer bought into this notion in her article, “ISIS Plays ‘Evolutionary Game’ to Avoid Online Shutdown.” Is that it? Is it just a game? Deamer goes one step further in self-refuting nonsense, when she lets lead author Neil Johnson turn the Americans into the predators:“It’s a little bit like fish when they form shoals and the shoals merge and break up, and when a predator comes in they scatter and then they reform,” Johnson said. “But they tend not to reform around where the predator was. They’ll go off into different corners and gradually build up again.“It’s not too dissimilar,” he added, “But, of course, now it’s on the internet.”Are readers supposed to view ISIS terrorists who chop off heads and drop their enemies into vats of acid as nothing more than little fish who scatter when a predator approaches? Who are the good guys here? This portrayal almost makes one sympathetic to the terrorists, as if everything was peaceful and pastoral till the American drones appeared overhead.Return to Reason?John Bohannon usually has a wiser outlook among Science commentators, so let’s see what he says about this in his piece, “How to attack the Islamic State online.” He begins by sharing the data-gathering work by Yulia Vorobyeva (University of Florida), a co-author of the paper. She spent a lot of time combing through the chilling, bloody messages from ISIS on social media, where many of the victims are children. She found, to her surprise, that nearly 40% of pro-IS participants were women. “Given the often harsh treatment of women endorsed by the terrorist organization,” that was startling, he says. “Vorobyeva’s harrowing exercise in data-gathering has helped her understand how IS wages an online war of propaganda.” So far so good: it’s about ideology; it’s about propaganda; it’s about intentional action. No evolution here. Ideas matter. Bohannon proceeds to investigate how the data she gathered in her “gruesome” task might help allies stop the spread of ISIS terror through their “ideas and information” shared online.Unlike the evolutionists, Bohannon writes like a reporter watching an intelligence agency evaluate a threat based on real-time data and intelligence gathering, using analytical tools. He only uses the e-word evolution once in passing—”the growth and evolution of the online networks that supply the terrorist group with converts and support”—a reference that might be forgiven if he defines evolution here as mere “unfolding change over time” presumably by freely-acting individuals. So yes, in a sense, warfare is a game, and enemies’ strategies evolve. That’s why countries practice war games. But if “Evolution” is the gamer, and human beings are mere pawns in a mindless game, then the bottom drops out of all efforts at explaining an evil like ISIS.None of the three articles mentioned evil, morality, or design. The Science articles only mentioned Islam within the phrase “Islamic State”; Live Science didn’t mention Islam at all.Free Your WillIf humans are pawns of evolutionary games, they have no free will. The late Cornell evolutionist Dr. William Provine used to emphasize that. Whatever the “Association for Psychological Science” thinks about the question, they have the sense to realize that things go better with free will. Science Daily writes, “When it comes to knowing your true self, believe in free will.” The irony of that headline appears lost on its author.“Whether you agree that we have free will or that we are overpowered by social influence or other forms of determinism, the belief in free will has truly important consequences,” says lead author Elizabeth Seto, a Graduate Student at the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University.Previous studies have shown that minimizing belief in free will can increase cheating, aggression, and conformity and decrease feelings of gratitude.Other research indicates that feeling alienated from one’s true self is associated with increased anxiety, depression and decision dissatisfaction. On the other hand, knowing one’s true self positively influences self-esteem and one’s sense of meaning in life.Another psychological survey was done (you know, the kind that is usually hard to replicate). Dr. Elizabeth Seto (Texas A&M) could only offer pragmatic reasons for choosing to believe in free will (if you can pardon the irony again):“When we experience or have low belief in free will and feel ‘out of touch’ with who we are, we may behave without a sense of morality,” says Seto. “This is particularly important if we have a goal to improve the quality of life for individuals and the society at large.”So is this a call to faith? It seems intuitive that one cannot have a goal to improve without presupposing the belief in free will. Else, how can an individual do otherwise, and why would Seto encourage people to believe in free will?Update 6/21/16: Sheryl Prentice (U of Lancaster) on The Conversation offers a design-based approach for using technology to predict terrorist attacks. There is no mention of evolution in her article, which relies on finding patterns and using human “experience, values and judgement” to predict which individuals are “intending to carry out an attack.” Her approach stands in stark contrast to the evolutionary model.The absurd lengths to which secular evolutionists apply their theory make us wag our heads in disbelief. This takes the cake: ISIS evolves by mutation and natural selection! Well, then, we might as well throw down our arms and watch in helpless horror as this cancer spreads. If they win, they prove themselves the fittest. Their first act as the fittest in the evolutionary game is to declare Darwinism illegal and punishable by death. Short circuit!Is there nobody in secular media and Big Science who sees the inherent contradictions? This is so easy; we do it all the time. Just apply their assumptions back on themselves, and watch their ideas implode. It’s a law of nature that no idea that implodes is sustainable. Simple logic. Why is this so hard?We have no quarrel with intelligence gathering on network activity that helps morally righteous people fight ISIS with wisdom and strategy. ISIS is committing genocide. They crucify Christians, a horror unheard of since the Roman Empire. They drop other Muslims into vats of acid. They take little girls as sex slaves. They bomb marathons. They shoot up nightclubs. They use chemical weapons. If ever there was a righteous cause for just war, this is it! Those who care about righteousness must use intelligent design to stop a great evil. Intelligent design can (and should) include sophisticated technology and mathematical models.What we don’t need is evolutionary theory! ISIS has nothing to do with mutation, selection, or game-theoretic ecology. For love of God and country, get the Darwiniacs out of the State Department before we all die.last_img read more

The Hidden Flaw in Some High-Efficiency Furnaces

first_imgI took a look at the RightSuite listed blower power ratings for five different manufacturers. They were all in the range of 40-44 thousand BTU per hour (kBTU/hr) with AFUE ratings of 94.1 to 96.5. What I found is summarized in the table shown at right.That’s quite a difference. The average low blower power (224 W) is about a third the average high blower power (633 W). And the worst one in there (893 W) is another 41% higher than the average high.The effect of an energy hog blowerWhat this means is that when you choose a furnace, the effect on the heating bill hits two ways. A higher AFUE means you pay a lower gas bill. It does not mean, however, that your overall energy bills are lower. If you live somewhere with a mild climate, it may not affect you very much. The more that blower runs, though, the higher the electricity bill will be. You can tell how energy-efficient a furnace is by its official efficiency rating, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). It’s a measure of how much of the heat originally in the fuel that’s being burned is available for delivery to the home. The more heat that gets lost up the flue or through the cabinet, the lower the AFUE.But that rating doesn’t capture all the ways a furnace can lose efficiency. Some, like how well the heat gets distributed to the house, aren’t related to the furnace itself. But there’s one big one that is related to the furnace.Unlike air conditioners and heat pumps, furnaces use two sources of energy. The fuel that it burns is the obvious one. (It’s usually natural gas or propane.) The other is the electricity that runs the blower. And that’s the key to finding a high-efficiency furnace that truly operates at high efficiency.A peek at manufacturer’s specsI was working on a mechanical design for one of our clients recently and was going through the equipment selection process. The software we use (RightSuite Universal) has a lot of equipment data built in, so I can just find a manufacturer, set the limits for sizing and efficiency, and look at the options.Once I get my list of options reduced to a reasonable number, I can choose a model that meets my requirements. But I have to go in and make sure to look at the blower power rating for each one or I could end up saddling the client with a furnace that looks like it should be efficient but really isn’t. RELATED ARTICLESGovernment Orders More Efficient Furnace FansQ&A: Swapping ECM for PSC fan motorDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemStupid Energy-Saving TipsAll About Furnaces and Duct Systemscenter_img Also, remember, when you pair a furnace with an air conditioner or a heat pump, that same blower is used for heating and cooling. So if the furnace blower is an energy hog, the homeowner will pay for it year-round.Let’s look at some numbers. To figure out how the blower’s power use affects your electricity bills, we need to know how many hours it’s going to run. If you look online for annual runtime, you’ll see some numbers that are too high. One was as high as 3,600 hours per year, implying that the system runs an average of 10 hours per day, 365 days per year.So I checked with someone who knows and found out that the national average is probably around 1,500 hours per year, and it’s more like 2,000 hours per year in a hot climate where the air conditioner runs a lot. Since we design systems that aren’t nearly as oversized as the typical ones, I’ll use 2,000 hours in my calculations. (Right-sized systems have more runtime.)The most efficient blower in the table above uses 131 W. Multiply that by 2,000 hours, convert from W to kW, and we find that this blower uses 262 kWh per year. The worst blower uses 893 W, so its annual consumption is 1,786 kWh. Wow! That’s almost six times more electricity use.Of course, the other big factor that affects the electricity cost is the rate you pay, so I calculated the annual cost for these two blowers for three rates, $0.08, $0.12, and $0.16 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).Annual cost in dollars of running different types of furnace fansAs you can see in the table shown at right, the difference between a low-power blower and a high-power blower can be significant. If the furnace lasts 15 years, it can cost $2,000 to $3,000 extra if you make the wrong choice.Another way to check furnace electricity useMy little calculation above is just a simple way to show that you should pay attention to the both forms of energy used in a furnace. As it turns out, you can look up an estimate of how much electricity a furnace uses. It’s the Eae shown on the AHRI certificate from the AHRI Directory. (AHRI is the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.)What is the Eae, you ask? It’s the “average annual auxiliary electrical energy consumption for a gas furnace in kilowatt-hours per year. It is a measure of the total electrical energy supplied to a furnace during a one-year period.” That’s AHRI’s definition.When you go to the AHRI Directory, you can (sometimes) find the certificate for a particular furnace. The certified data are the AFUE and output capacity. They also show some reference data, “not certified by AHRI.” Among those is the Eae, given in kWh per year. I looked at the numbers for some of the models I listed above and found the Eae numbers are significantly lower than what I calculated. The highest one I found was 732 kWh/year, about 1,000 kWh less than my high number.Bottom line: Check your specs!What I’ve presented here is a simplified analysis. To get to the actual effect of the blower on your energy bills, we’d need to know about the ducts. A well designed and installed duct system won’t resist the air flow as much as a typical duct system, and that affects the blower. Another real-world factor is that actual performance usually differs from manufacturer’s specifications. When you can get actual data, you can make an even better decision.Still, using the manufacturer’s specs or the Eae is a good first step. Not all high-efficiency furnaces are created equal, and when looking for a furnace you should be aware that the AFUE is only one part of the efficiency. Be sure to look at the blower power, too, because that can have a huge effect on your energy costs. The best ones use electronically commutated motors (ECM). The worst use permanent split capacitor (PSC) motors. And if your utility is selling you dirty electricity, you pollute more as well. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Virtual Learning Event September 2016-Strengthening the Family CORE – Session 4

first_imgVLE 4 | Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military FamiliesSession 4Date: September 22ndTime: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: VLE Session 4: Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military FamiliesThis session will be presented by Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D. Dr. Brock is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Soul Repair Center. A noted theologian, she has lectured all over the world. During this session,  she will be providing information on the concept of moral injury and ways in which it can impact military service members and their families. Join us on September 22nd at 11:00 am Eastern!We will offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. MFLN FD Early Intervention will also be providing Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

7 sentenced to life term for advocate’s murder

first_imgA court here on Saturday sentenced seven persons to life term for killing a leading lawyer here over two years ago in broad daylight. The seven sentenced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Ved Prakash Sirohi for stabbing and battering to death advocate Subhash Gupta included his son Rose Gupta’s father-in-law Pawan Bansal.Bansal’s six other accomplices who were sentenced to life imprisonment in the case are Sunil, Kuldeep, Pawan, Gulshan and Naresh of Hisar and Sanjeev of Fatehabad in Haryana.Fine of ₹55,000 each The court also ordered the seven to pay a fine of ₹55,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month. According to the prosecution, advocate Gupta was attacked by some miscreants on January 24, 2017, minutes after he left the court premises and was heading to his residence at Urban Estates here in his SUV. As Gupta reached a petrol pump on Delhi Road in Hisar, his vehicle was intercepted by a bike-borne youth. As the advocate’s driver stopped the car, five-six other youths armed with knives and batons emerged from an adjoining vacant plot and attacked Gupta. The assailants first smashed the window panes of the car and repeatedly hit the advocate on his head with batons, while one of them stabbed him in the chest. Declared brought deadAs some other persons rushed to the scene, the assailants fled, said the prosecution. Gupta was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The police lodged a murder case and arrested the seven persons. During the investigation, the police found the estranged relations between Gupta’s son and the latter’s wife as the motive behind the crime.last_img read more

San Diego Humane Society Cal Coast Credit Union discuss Walk for Animals

first_imgSan Diego Humane Society, Cal Coast Credit Union discuss Walk for Animals KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A chihuahua is looking for a forever home this morning.Joining KUSI from San Diego Humane Society with how you can adopt Ren is Dariel Walker.Also joining KUSI is Cal Coast Cares, one of the largest teams for our Walk for Animals coming up on May 4.For more info on Ren: https://bit.ly/2IMrkQyFor more info on the Walk for Animals: https://bit.ly/2KPCPJq Posted: April 20, 2019 April 20, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more