Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards

first_imgMichael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I just read the game honestly and if it’s time for me to take over, then that’s what I do,” Westbrook said.George scored 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Anthony added 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. Westbrook filled in the gap by making 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We need him to be that way,” Oklahoma City reserve point guard Raymond Felton said. “Some nights he can score 46, some nights he can score 20. Whatever it is, we still need him to be aggressive the way he was tonight.”Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start. 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I just take what the other team is giving us. It’s a beauty to watch when it’s working and when it’s clicking, especially now when we are winning games.”Bradley Beal scored 41 points, John Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers.The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington tied the score at 68 before the Thunder rallied. Felton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Thunder up 10, and Oklahoma City led 82-74 at the end of the period.A powerful right-handed jam by Westbrook gave the Thunder a 92-85 lead in the fourth, and a steal by George led to a dunk by Westbrook that put Oklahoma City up 99-89 with just under seven minutes to play. Westbrook punctuated his performance with a two-handed breakaway jam with about a minute remaining.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots as Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t find their shooting rhythm, so Russell Westbrook went into attack mode and overwhelmed the Wizards.Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and Oklahoma City beat Washington 121-112 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We came back,” Beal said. “I don’t think the deficit was too bad. It was just those offensive rebounds and those turnovers down the stretch.“We clawed back into the game, we were moving the ball in transition efficiently, getting rebounds, and all of a sudden, that kind of died down and stopped. When that happens, the game totally flipped in their favor and the momentum changed.”TIP-INSWizards: Coach Scott Brooks spent seven years as Thunder coach. … Went more than four minutes without scoring to start the game. … C Ian Mahinmi committed three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter and finished with four fouls in 11 minutes.Thunder: George drained a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer but was called for a technical foul on the play. … Westbrook will be on the Team LeBron All-Star squad along with former Thunder player Kevin Durant.JOKE’S ON WESTBROOKAnthony had Westbrook, whose name appeared last, convinced the list of All-Stars was in order of selection. After Westbrook learned that the list was alphabetical, he responded to his teammate.“See, I told you man, it’s in alphabetical order man,” he told Anthony. “Of course I was first.”STAT LINESWestbrook is averaging just 2.5 3-point attempts during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He averaged 4.6 per game before that.“Yeah, trying to keep attacking the basket and find ways to get in the paint and make plays happen,” he said.QUOTABLEBeal on whether Adams, who was issued a technical foul for kicking him in the groin in the third quarter, did it intentionally: “I don’t know if it was or not, all I know is I got kicked where I shouldn’t have.”UP NEXTWizards: at Atlanta on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Increase BWI’s Budget, Alumnus Payelaleh Tells Govt.

first_imgMr. Payelaleh addressing members of the BWI retirees council Inducts BWI Retirees Council of EldersJonathan Payelaleh, former president of the Booker Washington Institute Alumni Association (BWIAA), has re-echoed calls for the government to increase its budgetary allocation to the institute. Mr. Payelaleh said if BWI is to meet the public’s expectation to train more mid-level technicians, the government must increase the budget from US$2.3m to US$2.9m. He said the additional allotment would be used to renovate the trade shops and purchase tools for the various departments, including agriculture, mechanical and electrical engineering to give sound practical training to students.Speaking at the induction and honoring of 47 members of the BWI Retirees Elders Council, Mr. Payelaleh paid homage to the honorees and thanked them for serving the institute with dedication over the years. “BWI cannot exist without the input of those who are appointed to serve and this means that the institute still needs those of you who are retired because your expertise individually and collectively helped mold our students,” he said.Of the 47 retired employees, six were appointed to the leadership of the Elders Council. They are Madam Constance G. Juah, chairperson; James Karnley, co-chair; Mrs. Esther K. Jallah, secretary-general; Ms. Justina N. Ncube, financial secretary; Mrs. Maggie H. Seimabula, treasurer; and Mrs. Vafrey Kerkula, advisor to the council.Mr. Tarnue greets one of the retired employees, with Mr. Paye in the backgroundThe Retirees Elders Council is a new idea that BWI principal Harris Fomba Tarnue formulated last April to provide retired union members official representation in the institute’s administration. It enables retired members and staff with tenures ranging from 25-40 years of unbroken service to speak with a unified voice on policies that would improve the BWI, Tarnue said. Some of the retired personnel served the institute in various positions dating back to 1966.On behalf of the retirees, Mrs. Juah said the title the Tarnue administration conferred on them signified commitment and honor, which underscore the level of sacrificial services each of them rendered the institute. “Therefore, the program ushers in a very important milestone in our lives and those who are employed at the BWI,” Mrs. Juah said.Cross section of the retired employeesShe called on the faculty and staff to remain dedicated to BWI, “since doing that will bring reward to you at the end of the journey, because very soon, some of you will step in our shoes.”The chairman of the BWI Board of Governors, Jackson J. Paye, promised to work with the council by empowering the members to continuously contribute to BWI in whatever way that would improve the institute. Paye called on the retirees to see their retirement as an honorable opportunity to turn a new page in their professional lives and give back to the BWI by volunteering their service, adding, “Use your retired time wisely to always benefit the BWI.”Mr. Paye then pledged L$30,000 to the council, while Tarnue and Payelaleh pledged L$20,000 and L$25,000 respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pochettino BACKS Wenger over criticism of referee change for Tottenham clash

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has backed up Arsene Wenger’s view that the decision to remove Kevin Friend from Tottenham’s clash with Stoke calls into question the integrity of officials.Friend was due to take charge of Monday night’s crucial match at the Britannia Stadium but was taken off the game after Spurs supporters protested on social media he was a Leicester fan.Neil Swarbrick will now referee Tottenham’s fixture while Friend has been moved to Manchester United’s game at home to Aston Villa.Wenger said on Friday morning he felt the decision was wrong, as it questions the professionalism of referees, and Pochettino admits he was also surprised at the change.“If Kevin Friend was the referee I was happy it is not a problem but sometimes this is the situation that happens but I trust in all the referees,” Pochettino said.“We never complain and I want to say we trust in all the referees but I think we need to trust.“In some point I agree with Arsene. It is important to keep the integrity of the referee and always back the referee.“They are human and can make mistakes like us but it is important next time to behave naturally and to show the referee the trust and respect.“Then whatever happens in the game, on the pitch we are human and can make mistake and not because something is going on behind.”Pochettino’s men play the Potters eager to close the gap on Leicester, who are seven points clear at the top of the table with five matches left to play.Crucial to Tottenham’s remarkable title challenge has been the form of Toby Alderweireld but the Belgian was a surprise omission from the PFA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist announced on Wednesday.Pochettino, a former defender himself, admits forwards receive more recognition but says he does not underestimate Alderweireld’s contribution.“Football is to score goals,” Pochettino said.“But for us like a manager it is very important for me the keeper and defensive line are in the same level of importance of player.“I cannot do anything about this because I am not involved in the selection of the players.“There is no defensive player on the list and I have nothing to say but I am happy with him.“His performances have been fantastic from beginning of the season and he doesn’t need to be recognised to feel that.”Harry Kane is fit after overcoming a dead leg he sustained against Manchester United last weekend while Clinton Njie is also available again after recovering from a knee problem. Nabil Bentaleb, however, has a knee injury and is out. Mauricio Pochettino 1last_img read more

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Bonita board remembers Jones

first_imgAs students, families and employees of the Bonita Unified School District cope with the sudden death of board member Ed Jones, an empty seat at tonight’s scheduled board meeting will remind colleagues of his absence.“Ed was the kind of person who looked for the humorous side of everything,” said fellow board member Chuck Coyne. “He was the guy who would defuse a situation with his humor and if the situation didn’t lend itself to humor, he would find a way to bring humor into it.” Jones, 55, was killed Sunday after a mountain biking accident in the San Dimas Canyon area. He and Coyne were riding together when, authorities said, Jones missed a turn on the trail and fell 250 to 300 feet down a cliff. Jones was first elected to the board in 1991 and served as president five times, most recently in 2005. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFor the last several years, Jones played the role of Santa Claus at Ekstrand Elementary School in San Dimas during “Family Night with Santa,” a gig he landed after making surprise visits to the campus bearing gifts. One year he drove a motorcycle onto campus, flanked by two law enforcement officers. “We enjoyed having him come by as Santa, not really knowing what his entrance would be like,” said Ekstrand principal Albert Cahueque. “It was really a nice time for all of our families. He definitely was the main attraction.” For years, Jones made the circuit to district schools in San Dimas and La Verne, reading to elementary school students and bringing along a pet dog he had taught to do tricks. “That was just a thing that he loved to do,” said Jim Symonds, principal of Roynon Elementary in La Verne. “The kids would just absolutely love it.” His caring personality remained when it came time to do district business, colleagues said. Symonds said he was ” someone that seemed to be on the school board for all the right reasons. To help the kids and to make sure that they got a top quality education.” Funeral services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to a memorial fund. To contribute, make checks payable to the Bonita Unified School District, with “Ed Jones Memorial Fund” written in the memo. Send to: Bonita School District, Attn: Barbara Litwin, 115 W. Allen Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. lafayette.hight@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2764160Want 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

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SOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgGlencar Inn Division Two Glenree United Reserves 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Keadue Rovers had an encouraging win against Glenree at Central Park on Saturday. On what was a very cold day for football it was Keadue who were quick out of the blocks with striker Darragh Hanlon showing well up front. In the fifteenth minute the home side took the lead when Mark Sweeney flicked in a near post header from a corner. By twenty minutes Keadue were well on top and from a free kick, which came off the post, Damien Hanlon was on hand to knock it into the net from close range. Glenree had a good closing fifteen minutes to the half having a couple of long range strikes on goal. They were rewarded on the half time whistle, when following a header which was well saved by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle, Owen McLaughlin followed up with a close range effort to make it 2-1. Into the second half and it was mostly Glenree on the attack with Keadue playing a holding game. Apart from a couple of runs in behind the home defence, Glenree didn’t have any clear cut chances or force the home keeper into any saves. The home side held out for a good victory. A good display by both teams in difficult conditions. Darragh Hanlon was standing out for Keadue Rovers.Referee: Paul Doherty. Donegal Town Reserves 5 Gweedore United Reserves 2Donegal Town maintained their promotion push with a solid home performance against Gweedore United. Donegal dominated the early stages and deservedly took the lead when Joe McIntyre whipped the ball across the area for Gary Ward to hammer home at the far post. Sloppy defending allowed Gweedore back into the game as a misplaced pass out of defence from Donegal allowed Stephen O’Donnell to level things up with a fine finish from the edge of the area. Gweedore looked dangerous and created some good chances but it was the home side that went in ahead at the break when David Bustard prodded home a well placed through ball from Kevin Devaney. The stand out moment in the game came just after half time from Donegal’s left winger McIntyre. Upon receiving the ball in his own half, he bobbed and weaved his way past several defenders before coolly slotting the ball past the Gweedore ‘keeper to make it 3-1. Gweedore pulled a goal back when Joe Coyle broke the offside trap to put the game back in the balance. Donegal responded well and McIntyre restored the home side’s two goal advantage when his cross found its way into the back of the net. The win was sealed moments from time when substitute Paddy O’ Kennedy was taken down when through on goal. The subsequent penalty was dispatched by Donegal’s talisman Bustard to seal the victory. Good team performances from both sides with Joe McIntyre standing out for the hosts. Referee: John Mc Glanaghey.Milford United Reserves 1 Deele Harps 3Deele took another step towards the title with this win in Moyle View. Deele had the better of the opening exchanges and on twenty minutes Shane Gallagher opened his account with a smart finish. The goal spurred Milford into action and they came back into the game when good work by Lee Burke on the wing ended with Ciran Blaney firing home from a tight angle. Milford were then unlucky not to go ahead when Lee Burke hit the post. There was nothing to choose between the teams in the second half until Dermot Shiels struck a speculative shot which caught the keeper off his line and finished in the net. Milford went for broke and were caught when Gallagher netted his second to finish off the game.Downtown United 4 Tullyvinney Rovers 1Downtown United took the lead on 26minutes when Charles McLaughlin slotted home from 5yards. Tullyvinney Rovers equalised from the penalty spot on 31minutes when Redmond Doherty was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the Downtown United box. Garvin Tinney put the penalty away despite the best efforts of the Downtown keeper. Downtown regained the lead with 5minutes left in the first half. A great through ball from Gio People to Niall Bonner who raced clear and coolly slotted it past the outrushing Tullyvinney keeper.Downtown started the second half brightly with both Krissi McLaughlin and Niall Bonner going close for the home side. Downtown capitalised on their great start to the second half when Charles McLaughlin scored a 30 yard volley to put them 3-1 ahead. The Scoring was rounded off by the home sides’ Captain Redmond Doherty with a diving header from a great cross from the left boot of Niall Bonner. Best for Downtown was Niall Bonner while Garvin Tinney was best for TullyvinneyBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Glenea United 4 Milford United 5In blustery conditions it was Milford who came out on top in the dying moments. The home side started brightly and pressed hard for the opening goal. They were rewarded on 25 minutes when Paul Sweeney was on hand to force the ball home after a scramble in the box after a corner. Milford equalized on 28 minutes when Peter Doherty was played through and he rounded the keeper to slot the ball home. Glenea regained the lead on the stroke of halftime. Ryan McFadden saw his initial effort well saved by the away keeper but Michael Barry was on hand slot home the rebound. In the 2nd half Milford started well and equalised on 60 minutes when Peter Doherty got on the end of a long throw to fire the ball into the net. Milford started to take control of the game and took the lead on 65 minutes when Joey Conlon drilled home from the edge of the area. Glenea got back into the game on 75 minutes when Brian Cuffe scored with an overhead kick from a Shane Ferry cross. Glena regained the lead on 90 minutes when Michael Barry slid the ball in at the near post after good work by John Mc Garvey. However in injury time all the home side’s good work was undone as Milford scored two goals to take victory. Mark Flood headed home at the back post and Brendan Murray drilled the ball home after a scramble to give his side victory. Best for Glena were John Harley and Sean Maguire, while Peter Doherty and PJ Hagan were best for Milford. Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleDunkineely Celtic 0 Rathmullan Celtic 2Dunkineely’s fight for survival in the Premier Division suffered a setback with this two nil defeat at home to Rathmullan Celtic. The scoreline does not reflect the effort and good play of the home team who despite conceding in the possession stakes created the better chances. The first half was a rather tame affair with neither team really dominating. Rathmullan had plenty of possession but never really troubled the home defence which restricted them to a few long range efforts. The best effort of the half came from Adrian Nesbitt for the home side whose curling shot from 18 yards was expertly tipped away by the visiting keeper. The game changed in a thirty second spell on 50 minutes. A Dunkineely corner was headed against the underside of the bar by Aaron Byrne and hit the keeper on the head before being cleared. Rathmullan broke and Oisin Mc Menamin beat the keeper to a long ball and lobbed it into the net. Despite this setback Dunkineely still kept playing good attacking football and created a number of openings. Martin Cunningham saw his shot well saved by the keeper on 68 minutes. Paul Mc Fadden and Patrick White had good efforts on goal go narrowly wide as the home side pressed for a way back into the game. Rathmullan got their second when a misplaced pass out of defence was picked up by Paddy Sheridan who played in Eamonn Sheridan who beat the keeper from 12 yards. Despite their endeavours Dunkineely could not find a way through and must now hope to get points in their remaining three games to at least make the playoffs.Best for Rathmullan were Shay Coyle and Eamonn Sheridan. For Dunkineely Aiden Duddy and Aaron Byrne were best. Referee Ed MooreWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 1 Donegal Town 2Donegal Town came to Central Park on Easter Sunday and took away all three points in a deserved but hard fought victory. Played in tough, windy conditions, Keadue fielded an unfamiliar line up and it was Donegal Town, playing with the advantage of the strong wind who were the dominant team and set about knocking the ball around to good effect and forcing home keeper Danny Rodgers into a few good saves early on. They took the lead of fifteen minutes when a free kick from left back Danny Mc Garrigle found the net directly. They were still on top and had good chances in both the twentieth and twenty fifth minutes to increase their lead but Keadue remained dogged throughout, defending in numbers. The home side retained possession a little better after that but it was still Donegal who were forcing the home keeper into saves from long range efforts and set pieces. Into the second half and with the wind behind them Keadue were more positive and were rewarded in the fiftieth minute when, from a good passing move in midfield, Sean Bonner hit a great effort to the top corner to make it 1-1. Donegal Town however to their credit were straight on the attack again and were the better team for the next twenty minutes creating a few good chances and pinning the home team back. They went ahead again on seventy two minutes when Declan Browne reacted quickest to a through ball and his shot flew into the corner of the net. For the final fifteen minutes Keadue made a big push for the equaliser, pushing extra men up front but despite plenty of ball, just couldn’t fashion a clear effort on goal and it was Donegal who held out for the victory.A decent game of football in tricky conditions with team efforts from both sides.Referee: Gerry Gallagher.Ulster CupMoville Celtic 2 Lifford Celtic 1NO REPORT AVAILABLEDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE – RESULTSGlencar Inn Division TwoGlenree United Reserves 1 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesDonegal Town Reserves 5 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesMilford United Reserves 1 v 3 Deele HarpsDowntown United 4 v 1 Tullyvinney RoversBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United 4 v 5 Milford UnitedDunkineely Celtic 0 v 2 Rathmullan CelticWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 1 v 2 Donegal TownUlster CupMoville Celtic 2 v 1 Lifford CelticDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 6-4-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Inn Division OneMulroy Celtic v Fintown Harps AFCGlencar Celtic v Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Castlefin Celtic ReservesGlencar Inn Division TwoCranford United Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversDeele Harps v Keadue Rovers ReservesGweedore United Reserves v Downtown UnitedSUNDAY 7-4-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic v Rathmullan CelticWatson Hire Division OneDrumoghill FC v Arranmore UnitedCurragh Athletic v Ballybofey UnitedRaphoe Town v Cappry RoversKeadue Rovers v Cranford UnitedEany Celtic v Donegal TownCT Ball Division TwoConvoy Arsenal v Kerrykeel’71 FCBonagee United v Drumbar FCWhitestrand United v Gweedore UnitedGlenree United v Dunlewy CelticLetterbarrow Celtic v Copany RoversKnockalla Caravans Cup 2013Swilly Rovers v Dunkineely CelticGlenea United v Letterkenny RoversGlengad United v Kilmacrennan CelticMilford United v Kildrum TigersWEDNESDAY 10-4-2013 K.O. 6.30p.m.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionKilmacrennan Celtic v Rathmullan CelticGlencar Inn Division TwoDeele Harps v Downtown UnitedMilford United Reserves v Cranford United ReservesSOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: March 31st, 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:Donegal LeaguefixturesResultslast_img read more

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Many happy returns for Duarte, 42-6

first_imgLA PUENTE — Special teams and defense carried the Duarte High School football team to a 42-6 victory over Bassett High in a Montview League game on Friday night. The Falcons’ Corey Fluker ran two punts back for touchdowns and Duarte had another score on a kickoff return. The defense forced five turnovers and held Bassett to 207 yards. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bassett (0-7, 0-3) drove to the 8 on the next drive, but Le’one Fortunati leaped up in the backfield, intercepted a Vincent Pena pass and returned the ball 85 yards for a touchdown. He had two interceptions. Fluker’s two punt returns in the fourth quarter broke open the game. His first touchdown return was 74 yards with 10:46 remaining in the game. It gave Duarte a commanding 28-6 lead. His second TD return came a little more than a minute later when he took the ball 77 yards downfield. Bassett’s only score came in the second quarter when Pena found Ruben Guardado for a 24-yard scoring pass. Duarte scored 42 points, but its offense scored only twice and racked up 214 yards. Duarte (5-1, 3-0) used some trickery to score on the game’s opening kickoff. Mashad Miller caught the kick at the 7-yard line. Three other Falcons huddled with him and Miller gave the ball to Jermaine Thomas. He ran the ball to the 20, then pitched it back to Brandyn Lopez, who took it 82 yards for a touchdown. center_img 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

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How Early Man Got High on Generosity

first_imgAre you generous because of a chemical?  That seems to be the claim of researchers from UCLA, Chapman and Claremont.  They did a double-blind test with students where they played computer games that required them to make decisions about how to split up a sum of money.  The ones who got a whiff of oxytocin in the nose were 80% more generous than those with a placebo.  The study was published in PLoS One.1    What causes humans to be generous?  “Several evolutionary mechanisms have been proposed to explain altruistic giving,” they said, but found problems with the common hypotheses of kin selection (help the family), reciprocal altruism (scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours), indirect reciprocity (smile and the world smiles with you), group selection (we help people who look like us), and strong reciprocity (we love everybody except the bad guys).    “In this paper we investigate a mechanism that may produce generosity while dissociating generosity from altruism,” they continued.  That’s where they proceeded to explain it as a chemical reaction.  Oxytocin is one of the chemicals in the brain that makes us feel good.  Being generous with total strangers stimulates the release of this chemical, they hypothesized.  This means that generosity is really a form of selfishness.    Although they allowed for the possibility that other mechanisms might exist to explain generosity and altruism, they were sure that whatever the causes, they were mechanistic:Generosity may be part of the human repertoire to sustain cooperative relationships.  Several neural mechanisms likely support generosity.  OT can induce dopamine release in ventromedial regions associated with reward reinforcing generosity….    Although we artificially raised OT [oxytocin] levels in this study to establish a causal mechanism producing generosity, OT can be enhanced nonpharmacologically in a variety of ways, including touching, safe environments, and receiving a signal of trust from another person.  By increasing OT the ability to empathize with others, and the motivation to be generous with them, are enhanced.  Indeed, mice that lack OT receptors suffer from social amnesia.  This suggests that a variety of factors we encounter in our daily lives may motivate us to be generous—even with strangers.This view, without doubt, differs radically from the view that generosity is a free moral choice.21.  Zak, Stanton and Ahmadi, “Oxytocin Increases Generosity in Humans,” Public Library of Science One, Nov. 2007.2.  For examples, read St. Paul’s treatises on charity and generosity from theological and moral foundations: II Corinthians 8 and I Corinthians 13.It is one thing to claim that generosity produces physical effects in the human brain.  It is another thing entirely to claim that generosity is merely a physical phenomenon.  The researchers are implying that elevated oxytocin levels in neurons of primates became associated with social behaviors that were selected for survival somewhere in our evolutionary past.    This paper is a prime example of physicalism (roughly equivalent to materialism).  The authors see a moral behavior and want to reduce it to interactions between physical objects – molecules and members of a social group.  Since they think they are doing “science,” they think they inherit all the prestige and authority science has achieved in our culture.  Confident that they alone have a methodology that generates reliable knowledge, they can weave their evolutionary tale without any fear of rebuttal from those who traditionally engaged matters of the mind, society and morals.  Those people need not enter the discussion: philosophers, theologians, historians and, especially, the ones who have lost all authority in our culture: preachers.     If scientists like these really demonstrated the superiority of their physicalist explanatory power, the traditional parties would have to humbly bow the knee and acquiesce.  But they cannot.  The physicalists commit at least two logical fallacies that undermine their whole approach.  One is reductionism, the fallacy of assuming a phenomenon can be sufficiently represented by a summary of its component parts: i.e., morals reduces to chemistry, which reduces to physics.  This is like saying the Constitution reduces to paper and ink.  The most significant aspect is lost in the reduction.    This leads to the second problem, the self-referential fallacy.  If generosity and altruism can be reduced to chemistry, then so can scientific explanations.  As such, they have no claims to validity; the scientists can no longer appeal to rational concepts of truth, coherence, consistency and logical inference.    These researchers have a bad case of the Yoda complex (09/25/2006 commentary).  We cannot allow them to speak from some disembodied platform of knowledge to the rest of us mortals.  Their spirits must come back and melt into the atoms and molecules of their human bodies, where, according to their assumptions, truth and abstract concepts have no independent reality.  There is, therefore, no possible way they could know anything – including the claims made in their paper.    You can therefore dismiss this paper as boorish nonsense, the chaff of a windy worldview that denies the existence of grain.  And that’s being generous.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Fly the Flag for Football Toolkit

first_imgSouth African football fans.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library)Brand South Africa has produced a toolkit that organisations and individuals can use to get 2010 Fifa World Cup fever going among all South Africans.The Fly the Flag for Football presentation offers a number of tools and downloads for encouraging enthusiasm for the upcoming football extravaganza, organised according to four activation ideas:Football FridaysFly the Flag for FootballThe Diski DanceThe national anthemView the presentation in your browser now by clicking on the link below, or right-click to save it to your computer:The Fly the Flag for Football ToolkitBrand South Africa+27 11 483-0122info@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img

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Concerns with the Trump budget as Farm Bill takes shape

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Senator Sherrod Brown and others on the Senate Agriculture Committee begin to put new farm legislation together, there are some concerns about cuts in President Trump’s budget proposal that would impact agriculture and rural Ohio directly. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Senator Brown about those concerns.last_img

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Bruce Sterling and Vernor Vinge on Augmented Reality in the Workplace

first_imgklint finley I told Sterling and Vinge that I thought that apart from gaming, AR would be most useful to professionals. Yet the only widespread use of AR that I could think of outside of gaming and marketing is in the military. I asked Sterling and Vinge whether they thought AR would be more useful in the civilian workplace than in consumer technology. “The consumer coverage hasn’t covered the most important applications in that domain either,” Vinge said. “AR will be enormously useful in both domains, with the consumer end providing social acceptance and product pricing to further encourage workplace changes.”Sterling pointed out that “Every medium in a capitalist society has ‘marketing gimmicks.’ TV, cinema, Internet, newspapers, recorded music, even sci-fi novels have gimmicks. Even if AR gets terrifically good at doing something more serious, those marketing gimmicks are not going away.”Sterling also emphasized that AR needn’t be a stand-alone industry. There’s room for many technologies that apply the general idea of AR.How AR Can Be Used in the Workplace Tags:#enterprise#mobile Miami University’s Augmented Reality Research Group developed an Android app that helps librarians find mis-shelved books and determine where they should go. It’s a simple idea, and one that could save librarians hours of drudgery (or cost many temps their jobs, but that’s another story). Sounds a lot more useful than virtual mirrors for trying on sunglasses, doesn’t it? As I’ve written before, I’ve long been of the mind that AR will be more useful in the workplace than as a consumer technology. And based on this poll, most of you can imagine uses for AR in your workplace. So when will we start seeing more business-focused AR?On May 17th and 18th, technology thinkers such as Jaron Lanier, Bruce Sterling, Vernor Vinge and Will Wright and many more and will gather at are2011 in Santa Clara, CA to discuss AR’s present and future. Workplace AR will be among the topics discussed.I won’t be able to attend the event, but Sterling and Vinge were kind enough to share some thoughts on the future of AR in the workplace with us in advance of the event.Business vs. Pleasure IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img When asked about the state of workplace AR apps, Sterling said “It’s a lot easier and cheaper just to paste-up a fun ‘floatie’ or augmented animation than it is to, say, carefully label all the oddly-shaped parts on an assembly line, or, worse yet, all the oddly-shaped parts inside a human being undergoing surgery.” However, he did point to a couple companies industrial applications for AR: Metaio and Seac02. Vinge says he looks forward to the demos at are2011, suspecting that there will be some new applications we haven’t heard of yet.Demo of an anatomy app created by MetaverseOne. You can see more of this app in this video.As to where AR will be most useful, Vinge suggests medicine, specifically endoscopic surgery, and high-tech equipment maintenance. For workers in the white collar world, Vinge says “AR lets the worker see the reality that is specifically important to the job at hand.”“The overlay capability is used in conjunction with all our databases and analysis and networking, and I think we shouldn’t try to separate these things when we think of applications,” Vinge says. “The combination eliminates much of what we currently regard as the back office. Where back office folks are still needed they may be like a real-time presence sitting virtually at the shoulder of front office people. The resulting front office ismagically effective.”What’s Next?What’s holding AR back? Sterling says “It’s just really hard to pin virtual imagery on real three-dimensional spaces in real-time. That’s not a computationally trivial problem. Most AR devices and services we’ve seen to date are clumsy workarounds for a deep and thorny problem.”Vinge says there’s a lack of “sufficiently accurate location and time information about the objects and people in the work/play space.” He also says there need to be improvements in data processing and communications infrastructure to enable AR applications.Vinge suggests AR developers focus on improving accuracy, as well as building APIs for their applications and working on the social acceptability of head-up displays.Sterling has one other piece of advice for AR developers: “PaaaAAAArrrtaaay! If you can’t have a good time with it now, you probably never will!” Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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