Hobbled Celtics expect challenge from Giannis, Bucks

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Bucks basically have the same core back from the team that lost in the first round to Toronto last season. They add two key pieces to the mix in point guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Jabari Parker. Both players are proven scorers. Bledsoe played well down the stretch, when his 3-point shooting picked up. Parker looks back at full strength after missing the first three-plus months rehabbing the second knee injury of his career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerous Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Antetokounmpo is entering his third postseason and already has turned into a marquee player. He averaged 33.5 points this season against the Celtics, more than any player. His next step is to lead the Bucks to a victory in a playoff series.“Right now, (the) playoffs is not about stats. It’s all about winning,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s going to be a long road. We’re going to try to go to the end.”Trying to slow him must be a team effort, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.“We’ll have to guard him with everybody on our team,” he said. “It’s not on one person to guard Giannis. We have to throw a lot of different bodies at him.”Some things to watch in Bucks vs. Celtics:ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MANAGING EXPECTATIONSInjuries aside, Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon expects Boston to be tough.“It’s another level, I think we all know that,” Brogdon said. “I think we gotta not be distracted by all the outside noise, by what people expect us to do or what another team is lacking. I think we have to go in and we have to play our game.”FILLING IRVING’S SHOESWith Irving out, the Celtics will look to key their offense with third-year guard Terry Rozier. He’s played the best ball of his career this season, appearing in 80 games (16 starts) and averaging career highs in points (11.3), rebounds (4.7) and assists (2.9).“I got to control the game, basically just filling what a point guard is supposed to do — filling Kyrie’s shoes as much as I can,” he said. “Sometimes it might mean taking tough shots and making tough shots. … Do what I can to give this team and boost and put us in position to win.”FIRST DEFENSEThe Bucks are stocked with talent. But consistent defense has been a problem. At times, they’ve been blown out in the first quarter, forcing them to expend more effort to get back into the game. At worst, it turns into an outcome like the one that played out in the regular-season finale at Philadelphia, which turned into a lopsided lead for the streaking 76ers by halftime. Antetokounmpo said the team has lacked focus at times. They can’t make that mistake against the Celtics.“I think understanding the tendencies, understanding your roles, understanding assignments, all of those things become paramount because each possession is important,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said.NEW GUYS The most recent setback, season-ending knee surgery for Kyrie Irving, left teams in the East almost hoping for a chance to face the wounded Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.Boston enters as the No. 2 seed. But it is certainly vulnerable opposite a seventh-seeded Bucks team with which it split four games this season. Milwaukee is led by one of the league’s budding young talents in 23-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIf there is a silver lining for the Celtics it’s that they went 14-8 without Irving for the last 22 games.“It’s forcing our group to grow up quicker than maybe some of our guys were supposed to,” forward Al Horford said. “I think that this is a great opportunity that we have in front of us. We’ve really worked hard all year to put ourselves in this position.” FILE – In this April 1, 2018 file photo Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, back, drives the lane to the rim as Denver Nuggets forward Juan Hernangomez defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Boston Celtics enter the playoffs as the East’s No. 2 seed after a season filled with devastating injuries, beginning with Gordon Hayward’s ankle injury in the season opener. But with Kyrie Irving’s recent knee surgery landing him on the sideline as well, it has an already-hobbled Boston team looking very vulnerable against a seventh-seeded Bucks team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File )BOSTON — By now, the Boston Celtics have come to expect adversity.They were barely five minutes into the season when Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury offered the first collective gasp in what would be an 82-game schedule replete with more head-shaking moments.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

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Guard charged for discharging firearm in public place

first_imgA 42-year-old security guard attached to the GEB Security Service on Friday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was charged with one count of discharging a loaded firearm in a public place.Neville Garnett of Lot 15 C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, denied the charge which was read by Magistrate Leron Daly, detailing that on March 2, 2019, at Camp Street, Georgetown, he discharged a loaded firearm within 100 yards of public way.According to the prosecution’s case, on March 2, Garnett was carrying out his duties as an armed security guard at Republic Bank’s, Camp Street, Georgetown location, when several rounds went off, hitting a number of persons in the process.The matter was reported and advice was sought after which the charge was instituted.In court on Friday, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh did not object to bail. Magistrate Daly released the guard on $50,000 bail. The case will continue on May 24, 2019.last_img read more

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NASA a little short on the right stuff

first_imgHouston, we have a … nutjob: In a fit of jealousy an astronaut in a diaper is accused of driving 900 miles to kill another astronaut to get her out of the picture so she could date a third astronaut. Nope, I’m not touching that one. Too easy. Too many others have already had their go with it. I’m leaving this one alone. So, that’s that. Nothing to see here. Move along. But if I were going to… In an attempt to stop further problems like what Lisa Nowak had to deal with, NASA has introduced what it’s calling the Thousand Mile High Club. “They’ve been docking up there for years,” said one NASA sexpert. “This would just be a natural next step, and as a bonus it should relieve some of the pressure they encounter when they land.” Very old school: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., explained his comments in reference to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., saying that he didn’t mean African-Americans aren’t mainstream or articulate or clean. “I just meant to say that they may not have the necessities to swim,” Biden said. “I hope now we can put to rest all this folderol concerning me being ignorant about coloreds.” Half glass full: President Bush’s new budget provides for increased military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan and decreased earmarks for Medicare. “It’s really a quid pro quo,” said Bush’s budget director. “More war keeps thousand of soldiers from ever getting to the age where they’ll need Medicare. Put that together with the fact that their orphaned children don’t have to wait the usual 50 years to spend their life insurance, I think you’d agree it’s really a win-win situation for everyone.” I must, I must improve my lust: A study has revealed that soap can increase breast size. Ivory Soap Corp has reported an enormous increase in men making purchases for their wives. “It works for other body parts, too,” said one researcher. “With our findings we expect a significant rise in men staying in showers a bit longer than normal.” Somebody has to stop this guy: Once again, this past week, less than one week after the last oldest person died, the new oldest person in the world died. “It’s a puzzling condition,” said Dr. Centenarian. “One thing for sure, it’s not healthy to become the oldest person in the world. It seems to be a death sentence.” It’s all in the name (you make up): Sections of Van Nuys, the San Fernando Valley’s oldest community, keep breaking up into smaller communities like Lake Balboa and Valley Village, hoping that the more charming names will distract people from realizing that nothing else has changed. In hopes of keeping any more pieces of geography from defecting, the portion of Van Nuys that still remains will be changing its name to Adorable Puppy With Huge Beverly Hills Adjacent Eyes Hamlet. Taking one for the city: Mayor Gavin Newsom defended his affair with an aide’s wife as just the boost the San Francisco straight community needed. Well, that’s straightened out: After three weeks of intense therapy, Rev. Ted Haggard, who had resigned as leader of his megachurch because of having sex with a gay prostitute and using illicit drugs, is determined to no longer be homosexual. “I was only attracted to one gay guy,” said the newly straight Haggard. “Besides, when I had sex with him, how was I supposed to know he was gay?” Our priorities a bit inverted? Sen. Barack Obama has admitted past cocaine use. President Bush was once pulled over for drinking and driving. Vice President Cheney had two DUIs. Sen. Ted Kennedy, well, just Sen. Ted Kennedy. They all won their elections and continue to serve. This past week Akron Watson of San Antonio, selected to go to the next round on “American Idol,” was bounced because he was discovered to have a misdemeanor for marijuana possession. It proves one important thing. Americans aren’t particularly fussy about who’s running this country, but we certainly won’t stand for someone in the music industry using drugs. The no-punchline needed story of the week: An audit of the firm hired by the city to improve oversight and speed workers’ compensation claims for police and firefighters revealed the company provided slow claims service and unsatisfactory oversight. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com). 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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DONEGAL BUSINESSES GIVEN MASTER CLASS IN DIGITAL MARKETING

first_imgBusiness people from across Donegal were given a masterclass in the delights and dangers of marketing their businesses on the web at a very unique conference yesterday.The event saw Letterkenny Chamber joined forces with Donegal County Enterprise Board to host The Digital Leadership Roadshow at the CoLab in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The roadshow was created and delivered by web experts iON to highlight the role of management in creating an effective digital marketing plan. It was also aimed to enthuse business owners and managers by presentingthem with cutting edge advice by one of Ireland’s top Digital ThoughtLeaders.The Roadshow was presented by Niall McKeown, Commercial Director and founder of iON. Niall has been an internet entrepreneur for over a decade and hasextensive experience in digital marketing strategies, sales, businessgrowth, new product development and new technologies.His business has grown from a small email marketing company to an organisation with customers in 15 countries. As well as small businesses iON also consults with major Irish and worldwide brands.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber CEO said the event did exactly what it was meant to do. “Niall left the audience today with a lot to think about in terms of their digitalmarketing.“He covered some great examples of businesses doing it right andgave us all tips on the very important starting points in terms of developing a marketing and digital marketing strategy.“Vision, time and passion are not normally associated as digital marketing terms but to do it right a business needs all three and needs to really understand its customer and potential customer.“The audience went away challenged but also inspired to do it right and their strategies will come to fruition over coming months and years to make digital marketing work for their business.”At the event also launched Donegal Digital Skillnet that will deliversubsidised training to help Donegal Companies boost sales through theirdigital marketing strategies.Much of the training already in place will be the practical tools and skills needed to drive digital marketing campaigns coupled with the digital marketing strategy training that Niall enthused about.“The Skillnet is enterprise driven and we are keen to hear what trainingbusinesses need so we are asking people to register with us as soon aspossible and if they have a specific need we want to hear from them.“There are huge opportunities and we want to work alongside businesses to help them harness what opportunities they can and Donegal Digital will respond effectively to their needs. ”For more information log on to www.donegaldigital.com.EndsDONEGAL BUSINESSES GIVEN MASTER CLASS IN DIGITAL MARKETING was last modified: September 14th, 2011 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 Enterprise BoardLetterkenny Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

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‘The style is working’ – Man Utd boss defends methods, philosophy and results

first_imgLouis van Gaal has defended his methods, philosophy and results as Manchester United prepare for a week that could determine the manager’s future.It seemed the Reds had turned the corner and belatedly found some consistency, with a four-match winning run complemented by home-grown teenager Marcus Rashford’s remarkable emergence.The feel-good factor at Old Trafford has proved short-lived, though, with United’s Champions League hopes seriously dented by back-to-back losses.Sunday’s uninspiring 1-0 defeat at West Brom diminished their top-four hopes and a tepid display at Anfield saw the Reds’ chances of qualifying through the Europa League narrow on Thursday.Turning around the 2-0 last-16 loss is a big ask when Liverpool arrive for the second leg – a match bookended by a Premier League trip to rivals Manchester City and, firstly, an FA Cup quarter-final at home to West Ham.Those matches could go a long way to determining under-fire Van Gaal’s future, even if the Dutchman did not want to talk about it ahead of Sunday’s match.“I don’t want to discuss that with you because you are not part of the people who will determine,” Van Gaal said.“This (defeat to Liverpool) of course gives us much more pressure.“We are in three competitions and after the defeat in Midjytlland you have sacked me already and then we are standing up, and then we are in the next round and it is possible also against Liverpool.“We have to play that match for the second time and then at home and then we create that atmosphere and then maybe we score some goals. It shall be very difficult, I know that, but it is possible.“It is not impossible. Against West Ham United, it is also possible. At Old Trafford, we (would) normally win our games.”United certainly appear to have the individuals on paper to triumph, but the poor style and substance display at Anfield – not for the first time this season – raises understandable doubts.“I think it is working because you have to see how we have to work,” Van Gaal said of his tutorship.“Under which circumstances we have to work and when you don’t have too many players and you have to play in three competitions, then it is very difficult.”Van Gaal bristled when asked how many times United had played the way he wanted – “you are now very negative” – and rejected the accusation that United had fallen short in his time at the helm.“I think it is working,” he said. “The style is also working.“It is not giving the best results. It is not good enough when you think you have to be a champion. Or win the Euro League or the FA Cup.“It is still possible, but when you see this game (against Liverpool), you can say what you are saying but when you analyse what we have done this season and the other season, then you cannot say that.“I cannot change your mind because you are thinking (it already) otherwise you don’t put the question to me.” 1 Louis van Gaal feels his methods are working at Manchester United last_img read more

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MISSING BARRY: REPORTED SIGHTING OF CARNDONAGH MAN WAS FALSE ALARM

first_imgHave you seen Barry? His family want to hear from him.FAMILY and friends of missing Carndonagh man Barry Doherty have had their hopes dashed after a reported sighting in Scotland proved to be a false alarm.However the family have praised the witness for coming forward. Barry, 25, has been missing for 10 days.“There was a reported sighting of a ‘man matching Barry’s description’ in Paisley – at Gilmore St. Station the day before yesterday. I was super excited, and then disappointed when I saw the image – as it clearly wasn’t him,” said his sister Cathie. “But – that disappointment is ok. I can handle it; what is good is that someone was looking at this man, and listening to his Irish accent and thinking – ‘that could be Barry. I might be able to help Barry’s family find him’.“So thanks – whoever you were for that, for taking that initiative and reporting what you saw to the police. We’re still waiting to hear from them with regards the other reported sightings. There still haven’t been any confirmed sightings since Monday 15th.“My mum and Uncle James arrived over from Ireland late last night – any my Aunt Anne and Cousin Eilish were over from Fife yesterday to help with the flyering and stickering. Dad and I were in at the Celtic grounds last night putting flyers on all the cars parked near the stadium.“I’ll be bringing mum in to meet the officers working on Barry’s case today, and to show her around the area where Barry lives and works – this is her first time in Paisley – and I know the kindness that strangers have shown to my family will really touch her. We’ll be out and about with the flyers and stickers again – apologies to Renfrewshire council workers.” Please keep sharing our stories on Barry on Facebook and Twitter.  MISSING BARRY: REPORTED SIGHTING OF CARNDONAGH MAN WAS FALSE ALARM was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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:barry dohertyCarndonaghmissingMISSING BARRY: REPORTED SIGHTING OF CARNDONAGH MAN WAS FALSE ALARMPAISLEYScotlandlast_img read more

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Wenger fears for Coquelin after another injury

first_imgArsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin suffered another knee injury in the 3-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.The Frenchman left the ground in a brace having been withdrawn during the first half at the Emirates.Coquelin missed two months of the season with an injury to the same knee, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said he feared another long lay-off.“He has a knee injury at the same place he had last year at West Brom,” Wenger said.“That’s the negative of the day. We don’t know if the damage is as big at the moment.“We have to wait for 48 hours but I’m a bit worried about that.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Design Advocates Are Decades Ahead of Darwinists

first_imgMaterialists are just waking up to realities that ID advocates have been writing about for decades.The late Robert Jastrow ended his book God and the Astronomers (1978) with a picturesque quote about scientific progress:For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.A similar thing could be written about ID advocates giving secular biologists a bad dream. Although belief in design is as old as man, Intelligent Design (ID) theory in its current form really picked up steam in the 1980s, after the revolution in molecular biology showed DNA to be a coded information system. As we shall see, statements by a prominent scientist and philosopher could be almost summarized in these words, ‘Biologists have scaled the mountains of life’s meaning. As they pull themselves over the final rock, they are greeted by ID advocates who have been sitting there for decades.’Paul Davies wakes up out of a bad dream…Paul Davies, originally from Australia but currently a professor of physics at Arizona State University in Tempe, is author of 30 books, some of which dabble in thinking outside the box. Acutely aware of the astonishing complexity of life, he wrote a piece January 30, 2019 on the nature and meaning of life. His words sound familiar to ID advocates.THERE is something special – almost magical – about life. Biophysicist Max Delbrück expressed it eloquently: “The closer one looks at these performances of matter in living organisms, the more impressive the show becomes. The meanest living cell becomes a magic puzzle box full of elaborate and changing molecules.”What is the essence of this magic? It is easy to list life’s hallmarks: reproduction, harnessing energy, responding to stimuli and so on. But that tells us what life does, not what it is. It doesn’t explain how living matter can do things far beyond the reach of non-living matter, even though both are made of the same atoms.The fact is, on our current understanding, life is an enigma. Most strikingly, its organised, self-sustaining complexity seems to fly in the face of the most sacred law of physics, the second law of thermodynamics, which describes a universal tendency towards decay and disorder. The question of what gives life the distinctive oomph that sets it apart has long stumped researchers, despite dazzling advances in biology in recent decades. Now, however, some remarkable discoveries are edging us towards an answer.His article is titled, “Life’s secret ingredient: A radical theory of what makes things alive.” That New Scientist, a strongly atheist-leaning magazine, would publish this article supports our metaphor that biology is about to reach that final rock on the highest peak where the ID advocates are sitting. Look at how many things Davies admits that design scientists have been saying for decades:Life as software: Life is made of atoms, true. That’s hardware, Davies explains. “Biologists, on the other hand, frame their descriptions in the language of information and computation, using concepts such as coded instructions, signalling and control: the language not of hardware, but of software.” That’s exactly how Stephen Meyer described DNA in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life in 2002.DNA as a molecular code: “Life’s informational aspect runs much deeper, however. It is at its most obvious, and most baffling, when it comes to the genetic code.”Signal and response: Davies continues, “it must be read out, decoded and translated into a 20-letter amino-acid alphabet used to form proteins.” In the 1970s, Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith repeatedly emphasized that the molecules in life use a language convention. The letters A, C, T, and G in DNA mean nothing by themselves unless both sender and receiver understand the convention.Life as information: “A distinctive feature – perhaps the distinctive feature – of life is its ability to use these informational pathways for regulation and control,” Davies continues. ID advocates have long stressed the fundamental importance of information. William Dembski wrote a whole book about information being one of the fundamental aspects – perhaps the fundamental aspect – of nature. The title of the book is Being as Communion.Life as goal-directed: Davies knows that Darwin’s view of life as aimless, purposeless and random flies in the face of what biologists have learned about life. Organisms have the ability “to manage signals between components to progress towards a goal.” ID advocates infer intelligence from goal-directed activity, which is fundamentally contrary to Darwin’s ideas of natural selection (the Stuff Happens Law (SHL), a mindless mechanism based on chance). Davies actually uses the term “intelligent design” here, quickly explaining that he does NOT mean God—but then referring to mind as a contrast to mindlessness:For that reason, many scientists recognise the equation “life = matter + information”. Mostly, however, the information part is downplayed, seen simply as a convenient way to discuss the biology. Heroic efforts to cook up some of the building blocks of life in the lab concentrate on the chemistry. They require purified substances, intelligent designers (that is, ingenious chemists) and controlled conditions that bear little relation to the messiness and mindlessness of the real world.Code transcends matter: It should be obvious that rocks don’t invent language. Davies seems to be awaking to that revelation. “The known laws of physics provide no clue as to how chemical hardware can invent its own software,” he puzzles. “How can molecules write code?”Directed evolution is not Darwinian evolution: In this section, Davies refers to Maxwell’s thought experiment of a “demon” that could override the Second Law of Thermodynamics. ID advocates emphasize that artificial selection is not Darwinian selection. It takes a mind to program “Maxwell’s demon” to make selections for a purpose. Davies mentions kinesin as a goal-directed molecular machine able to use random molecular motions as a ratchet to make forward progress (but it also requires the expenditure of ATP). He says there are many other such molecular machines in the cell.Cells as logic networks: Davies finds logic circuits in the cell (AND, OR etc.) in the form of transcription factors and other regulators that make DNA information processing work.This analogy leads to a profound new vision of life that was outlined a decade ago in the journal Nature by Nobel-prizewinning biologist Paul Nurse. Here, information has primacy. “Focusing on information flow will help us to understand better how cells and organisms work… We need to describe the molecular interactions and biochemical transformations that take place in living organisms, and then translate these descriptions into the logic circuits that reveal how information is managed,” he wrote.Semantic information: Though Davies worries about how to quantify it, he mentions “semantic information” as meaningful information. He says that is the only way to distinguish DNA from junk. ID advocates have taken information far beyond Davies; they lecture about Shannon information, Kolmogorov information, semantic information and other classes in great detail, comparing and contrasting the definitions. They were teaching that life uses semantic information long before Davies brought it up.Transcendence: In his subsection on “Transcendent Life,” Davies recognizes that life transcends matter. “There must be a complexity threshold, somewhere between an amino acid and an amoeba, at which the physical and informational effects that characterise life emerge,” he says, not going far enough. What is that threshold? ID advocates show that all the things important to us—truth, goodness and beauty—transcend matter. They don’t emerge from matter. They are transcendent aspects that we all recognize intuitively, and infer are marks of intelligent design.…Then Davies returns to his dogmatic slumberThe late 19th century philosopher Immanuel Kant said that David Hume’s rejection of causality awakened him out of his “dogmatic slumber” to rescue it from skepticism. Some later philosophers, reading his responses, joked that Kant promptly awakened all right, but then rolled over and went back to sleep. In a sense, that’s what Davies does next. Awakened out of Darwinian slumber by all these facts that ID advocates have been preaching for decades, he turns over and falls back asleep again. Raising the perhapsimaybecouldness index, he dreams that science may someday find a new theory of biology within materialism – perhaps through quantum physics.Any new physics operating in biology would probably bleed into the physics of complex molecules more generally, so this would be a good place to look for clues.This is just the sort of scale where quantum effects come into play. Perhaps the still-controversial field of quantum biology, which has uncovered hints of weird quantum goings-on in some biological processes, may provide pointers. My own hunch is that the answer will come from the intersection of quantum physics, chemistry, nanotechnology and information processing, a burgeoning field of research that still lacks a name.Didn’t he just speak of transcendence, information, goal-directed behavior, semantics, codes, software, and logic? Such things do not just “emerge” from matter. Quantum physics provides no guidance for these things. What programmer would ever let the SHL do his work? Anyone who thinks materialistic processes can write their own software is dreaming in very deep dogmatic slumber.Almost… but not quite! Davies is very close to the peak, but he cannot look over to see what’s on top. Maybe he is afraid to, because of his colleagues. More than many other scientists, he has become acutely aware of the “information enigma” in life. Some of you may remember his appearance in the Illustra Media film The Privileged Planet (2004), where he had expressed similar astonishment at the ability of the human mind to grasp reality, to understand and synthesize abstract concepts far outside our experience or needs for survival. The comprehensibility of the universe amazed him!Another philosopher acutely aware of this “nature of life” question is philosopher Thomas Nagel. In God and Cosmos, Nagel expresses deep perplexity that traditional materialism is profoundly incapable of explaining the specified complexity of life. Even more than Davies, you expect him in the next chapter to embrace intelligent design as the only true solution. But like Davies, he backs off. He cannot take that last step. In another place he explained why. Creation.com quotes what he said in 1997:“I speak from experience, being strongly subject to this fear myself: I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that. My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time. One of the tendencies it supports is the ludicrous overuse of evolutionary biology to explain everything about human life, including everything about the human mind.“With that, we return to Jastrow. In his 1979 book, he found it interesting that so many astronomers didn’t want to believe the universe had a beginning. They knew it would support the idea of a Creator. Jastrow, sadly, backed off from the highest peak, as shown in this clip by the John10:10 Project. So tragic!Don’t be afraid to come to the top of the peak. The air is fresh up there. There, you will find rest for your soul. Dogmatic slumbers are replaced with wakeful joy. There’s love, truth and fellowship up on top. Your awe will no longer be raw, but rich with meaning. You know much of what you need to know by having read this article. Here’s the map to get over the final rock.(Visited 1,133 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA-born scientist wins Nobel Prize

first_img8 October 2002South African born and educated molecular biologist Sydney Brenner and two of his colleagues have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their research into the genetic development of organs and the “programmed death’ or “suicide’ of cells.Brenner, Sir John Sulston of the UK and Robert Horvitz of the US will share the US$1-million prize for identifying the key genes that regulate the formation of organs and the controlled elimination of old cells in a worm approximately 1mm long – and showing that corresponding genes exist in higher species, including humans.Their discoveries “are important for medical research and have shed new light on the pathogenesis of many diseases’, the Nobel Foundation said on its web site.Brenner is the fourth South African born or raised scientist to win a Nobel prize, after CAT scan co-inventor Allan Cormack, Max Theiler for his research on yellow fever, and Aaron Klug for his research on macromolecules.It was Brenner, widely regarded as a giant in molecular biology, who put the worm or nematode Caenorhabditis elegans on the scientific map, after realising in the 1960s that fundamental questions about cell differentiation and organ development were difficult to tackle in higher animals.C. elegans, on the other hand, provided the perfect subject for research: transparent and fast-growing, its cell division could be directly observed under the microscope; multicellular yet simpler than mammals, its genetic secrets were relatively accessible and at the same time applicable to more complex species.Brenner provided the basis for the award-winning research in a 1974 publication in which he broke new ground by demonstrating that specific gene mutations could be chemically induced in the worm’s genome. Different mutations, he showed, could be linked to specific genes and specific effects on the worm’s organ development.“This combination of genetic analysis and visualisation of cell divisions observed under the microscope initiated the discoveries that are awarded by this year’s Nobel Prize’, the Foundation said.The knowledge of programmed cell death that Brenner, Sulston and Horvitz arrived at has helped the scientific community to understand how some viruses and bacteria are able to invade our cells, and how abnormal (either excessive or reduced) cell death plays a part in a number of diseases, including Aids, stroke and cancer.Today, for example, many cancer treatment strategies are based on the stimulation of the body’s cellular “suicide programme’. According to the Foundation, further exploration is called for to “reach a more refined manner to induce cell death in cancer cells’.Germiston boy, Wits studentBrenner was born in Germiston, South Africa on 13 January 1927, and studied medicine and science at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg before going to Oxford, where he received a D.Phil in chemistry in 1952.After a brief return to South Africa he returned to England, spending the bulk of his 50-year career in Cambridge, where he directed the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.He retired in 1992 – but came out of retirement four years later to become director of science at the Molecular Sciences Institute, a private research institute in Berkeley, California. He retired from this job at the end of 2000, and almost immediately took up an offer to become a distinguished research professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where he now lives.“I don’t want to retire to play golf. Science is one’s hobby and one’s work and one’s pleasure”, Brenner is quoted as saying on the Beyond the Human Genome Project page of the Harvey Mudd College web site.Brenner is best known for his work in the 1960s, which established the existence of messenger RNA, which transmits information from DNA to proteins. That discovery won him the prestigious Lasker Award in 1971 for basic medical research.More recently, he has been part of a team studying vertebrate genome evolution using the Japanese puffer fish. Brenner won a second Lasker award in 2000 for work in medical sciences, honouring his achievements over a lifetime. “The first one was for science”, Brenner commented at the time. “The next one was for surviving.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SA heads anti-dirty money body

first_img30 June 2005South Africa has taken over the presidency of the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which fights money laundering across the world.FATF is an inter-governmental body consisting of 33 member states whose purpose is to develop and promote national and international policies and standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.It was established by the G8 in 1989 in response to mounting concern over money laundering and in recognition of the threat posed to banking systems and financial institutions worldwide. South Africa is the only member from Africa.The presidency is a one-year term, rotated between members of the task force. Former education minister Professor Kader Asmal was appointed to the position by the Cabinet.Speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Asmal said South Africa focused on money laundering because it was a profit centre and the tools used by money launderers were familiar.“The challenge posed by money laundering to nations such as South Africa is obvious,” Asmal said. “It affects government’s ability to deliver on its development objectives. Taxes are not paid to the government from illegal gains.“Monies that could be put to use in worthy socioeconomic causes such as education, healthcare and housing are withheld from our fiscus. There are also social costs of money laundering. Money laundering affects the fabric of our society and interferes with good governance,” Asmal said.He said South Africa would seek to introduce initiatives into FATF work that were important to developing nations.He also explained that one such area was the prevention of trafficking of women and children, a phenomenon that was increasing in Asia and East Europe.“Our country has passed its own anti-terrorist legislation which is now in force. Ongoing efforts within FATF to counter the financing of terrorism will receive continued attention from South Africa,” he said.According to Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, South Africa has had in the region of 24 000 reported cases of suspicious transactions in the last two years. Prosecutions should take place soon.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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