And even though the president tried desperately to take back the words, deleting the post and instead tweeting “RIGGED ELECTION. WE WILL WIN!” in the eyes of many Twitter users, it was too late. xHe only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go. This was a RIGGED ELECTION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020- Advertisement – Let me say it again for the people with the cheap seats: Trump led us into a pandemic leading to more than 245,400 deaths. The racist-in-chief can claim as many times as he wants that a brief election results error in one Michigan county somehow equated to millions of faulty ballots, but the simple truth is that Dominion Voting Systems, the election tech company linked to the error, didn’t trigger school closings throughout the country or send wide swaths of the American population into quarantine. The president’s mismanagement of the coronavirus did.RELATED: COVID-19 news: One-half of U.S. deaths could have been avoided; still no mask for Donald RELATED: Researchers attribute at least 700 deaths directly to Trump’s disease-ridden rallies- Advertisement – CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted: “Everything after ‘He won’ is a lie. But those first two words are accurate!” Writer Frederick Joseph tweeted: “He had me at ‘He won…’” And in answering screenwriter and former Republican David Weissman’s question asking why Trump even wants a job he doesn’t do, blogger Jeff Shuey summarized the exiting president’s time in office. “He never wanted the job. He just wanted the perks. He’s golfed over 300 days. #TrumpConceded by failing … again. He is a failed @potus He is a failed human,” Shuey tweeted.xTrump conceded to Biden.This is the morning he finally surrendered in defeat, via tweet, of course. He admitted he lost the election with two ostensibly simple words:He won. An inane retraction followed an hour later. #TrumpConceded pic.twitter.com/1CVWsW8nkW— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) November 15, 2020Fox News commentator Jesse Watters, of the show “Watters World,” obviously begs to differ as evidenced in video Trump included with his perceived concession tweet. Apparently missing the part when Trump led us into a pandemic leading to more than 245,400 deaths, Watters said something “just doesn’t feel right” about Biden being president. “Joe Biden didn’t earn it. He didn’t really even campaign. He thought he was going to lose. You could see it. He ran a losing campaign. So 10 days after the election, how’s he ahead,” Watters asked.- Advertisement – The Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. – Advertisement –
Where does it stand legally? In November India’s highest court finally settled a decades-long, arcane legal fight that even saw the infant Ram represented by a lawyer. The ruling awarded the site to Hindus, in a major victory for Modi and the BJP. The Muslim side were given a nearby location to construct a “prominent” new mosque. Hindus believe a Muslim conqueror razed the Ram temple in the 1500s to make way for the mosque. The British erected a fence in the 19th century to separate places of worship so that Muslims could worship in the inner court and Hindus the outer. But in 1949, idols of Lord Ram appeared inside the mosque, allegedly placed by Hindus. Why is it disputed? Hindus and Muslims have for decades been bitterly divided over the 16th-century Babri mosque in Ayodhya. Hindus believe the mosque was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to their god Ram, who is also believed to have been born on or near the site. Tensions boiled over in 1992 when a Hindu mob tore the mosque to the ground, sparking religious violence that left about 2,000 dead across India. Topics : When did tensions escalate? On December 6, 1992 a huge Hindu crowd converged on the mosque site to symbolically and provocatively lay the first stone of the new temple. The 200,000-strong mob broke through police cordons, first smashing three domes to rubble before reducing the rest of the historic mosque to ruins. The destruction triggered some of the worst religious riots since India’s bloody partition in 1947. Ten years later a trainload of Hindu activists were burned alive as they returned from Ayodhya, sparking retaliatory riots in Gujarat state that left upwards of 1,000 people dead, again most of them Muslims. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help lay the foundations on Wednesday for a “grand” new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site that has been the spark for some of India’s worst sectarian violence.AFP looks at the history of the three-acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between India’s majority Hindus and minority Muslims. Who was behind its destruction? In 1984, a group of Hindus formed a committee to “liberate” the birthplace of Ram and build a temple at the disputed site. The movement was headed by L K Advani, a senior figure in the ruling BJP, now headed by Modi. Its supporters began travelling to the site to demand a temple be built. How long has it been a flashpoint? What will the temple look like? To shouts of “Hail Lord Ram”, Modi said in parliament in February that the new temple would be “grand”. His right-hand man, Home Minister Amit Shah, said it would “touch the sky”. Wednesday’s ceremony, held at a time recommended by astrologers and involving 135 “revered saints”, will use soil from almost 2,000 holy sites around India and water of about 100 holy rivers. Silver bricks will be used in the foundations.
Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye has lost the final of 55kg freestyle event at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France.The Ondo-born wrestling sensation lost to Japan’s Haruna OKUNO 5-4 in a keenly contested bout to settle for the silver medal.55kg Gold: Haruna OKUNO (JPN) vs. Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) https://t.co/OYl8RjtsrF #Lutte2017 pic.twitter.com/o5H9MXp9R1— World Wrestling (@wrestling) August 23, 2017Adekuoroye, who became the first Nigerian to reach the World Wrestling Championships final, won bronze in the competition two years ago in Las Vegas.RelatedBREAKING: Nigeria’s Adekuoroye Reaches World Wrestling Championships FinalAugust 23, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Team Nigeria’s Performance At World ChampionShips Excites IgaliAugust 25, 2017In “Nigeria”WRESTLING: NWF Plans Improved Preparation For Upcoming Championships – Igali (AUDIO)August 28, 2018In “Africa”
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22 Sep 2017 Golf club teams seek national glory Tags: competitions, English Champion Club Golf clubs from across England will compete this weekend for national glory – and a place in a European championship. The English Champion Club tournament will be contested by 34 teams and played at East Devon Golf Club, tomorrow and on Sunday. The winning team will represent England in the European Men’s Club Trophy in France from 26-28 October. This year’s challengers include 2015 champions, Birstall Golf Club, from Leicestershire and Rutland. Their team includes two members of that winning side, Steve Sansome and Jack Merry, who this year will be joined by Stuart Marriott. Simon Richardson, from Spalding, Lincolnshire, will be seeking a second national title in a week. He won the English Men’s County Champion of Champions title last weekend at Woodhall Spa. This weekend he is joined by Hugo Kedzlie and Andrew Grimwood. England internationals Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Jack Yule are both in the field, together with boy international Ben Jones. Petrozzi represents Trentham, Staffordshire and will play alongside Kevin Beattie and Robert Parkes. Yule, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will be joined by Kale Heath and Paul Savage. Jones is the long-time leader of the England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit and recently won the international Duke of York Young Champions Trophy by eight shots. He represents Northamptonshire County Golf Club alongside Daniel Roberts and Charlie Salter. The local challenge will be led by the team from Tiverton in Devon: Rhys Cruse, Bradley Scott and Tom Trowbridge. The teams face the fair and interesting challenge of East Devon’s clifftop course (pictured) which features spectacular views long the coast and is ranked among the country’s top 100. The winning club will be the one with the lowest combined score of all three players over 36 holes. Click here for more information and tee times Image copyright Leaderboard Photography
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCrews will soon kick off an effort to add a new roadway surface to several areas of State Route 8 between Elma and Summit Lake in Thurston County. In addition to the highway, crews also will repave the westbound and eastbound SR 8 exits to US 12 Oakville/Centralia in Elma.The work will begin Monday, July 15 and continue into fall. What this means for travelersDaytime travelers will see single-lane closures in each direction.The Washington State Department of Transportation will lower the current 60 mph speed limit to 35 miles per hour when construction activities require lane closure.Ramp paving will require night closures. WSDOT will announce when this closures are scheduled.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Thurston County Construction and Travel Update and Grays Harbor construction and travel update web pages.Featured photo credit: Kim Merriman
Origin of life theorists face a much higher “Mount Improbable” seeing a minimal cell with 473 genes.Craig Venter’s team has published results of their latest attempt to strip down a living cell to bare essentials (the organism must be free-living, not parasitic). They’re calling it “Syn 3.0.” After years determining what a version of Mycoplasma mycoides bacterium could do without, they came up with a “synthetic” cell containing 473 genes deemed essential. They could not determine the function for 149 of the genes.It’s the talk of the town in science news circles, because Syn 3.0 is much more complex than any proposed protocell emerging from a chemical soup. On his blog Darwin’s God, Cornelius Hunter remarks, “Mycoplasma mycoides Just Destroyed Evolution.” Here are some media headlines:Artificial cell designed in lab reveals genes essential to life (New Scientist)Synthetic bug given ‘fewest genes’ (BBC News)Creation of minimal cell with just the genes needed for independent life (Science Daily)‘Minimal’ cell raises stakes in race to harness synthetic life (Nature News)Tiny Artificial Life: Lab-Made Bacterium Sports Smallest Genome Yet (Live Science)Microbe with stripped-down DNA may hint at secrets of life (PhysOrg)Science Magazine published the original research by Hutchinson, Venter et al. Commenting on the paper for Science, Robert F. Service says the organism has “fewest genes” but “many mysteries.” Venter’s team first tried to strip down their earlier bug, Syn 1.0, but the complexity of the cell stumped them.In their current work, Venter, along with project leader Clyde Hutchison at JCVI, set out to determine the minimal set of genes needed for life by stripping nonessential genes from Syn 1.0. They initially formed two teams, each with the same task: using all available genomic knowledge to design a bacterial chromosome with the hypothetical minimum genome. Both proposals were then synthesized and transplanted into M. capricolum to see whether either would produce a viable organism.“The big news is we failed,” Venter says. “I was surprised.” Neither chromosome produced a living microbe. It’s clear, Venter says, that “our current knowledge of biology is not sufficient to sit down and design a living organism and build it.”They started over with a “top-down” approach. Beginning with Syn 1.0, they systematically stripped out anything the bacterium could live without. They got it down to 473 genes, about half the size of their Syn 1.0 organism.The big news is that so many genes are essential, and that 149 of the essential genes have unknown functions. New Scientist quotes a biochemist in the UK:“Finding so many genes without a known function is unsettling, but it’s exciting because it’s left us with much still to learn,” says Alistair Elfick, a bioengineer at the University of Edinburgh, UK….“If we’re already playing God, we’re not doing a particularly good job of it,” Elfick says. “Simply streamlining what’s already in nature doesn’t seem very God-like and, if anything, is a very humbling exercise.”Venter also felt the humility vibes, according to Live Science:“We’re showing how complex life is even in the simplest of organisms,” said Craig Venter, founder and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), where the study was completed. “These findings are very humbling in that regard.”From an intelligent design perspective, Ann Gauger explains in Evolution News & Views why this organism (and any protocell) is irreducibly complex:All of this leads to an obvious question. This little bacterium has to be able to copy its DNA, transcribe and translate it into protein, plus be able to coordinate all the steps involved in cell division. It has to be able to make all the things it can’t get from its environment. That’s a lot of information to be stored and used appropriately. Hence 473 genes.This puts pressure on the origin-of-life field.But where did the cell come from in the first place? It’s a chicken-and-egg problem. Given the number of things the cell has to do to be a functioning organism, where does one begin? DNA or RNA alone is not enough, because protein is needed to copy the DNA and to carry out basic cellular processes. But protein is not enough by itself either. DNA is needed to stably inherit the genetic information about how to make proteins.It’s like a car, Gauger says. It needs “engine, a transmission, a drive shaft, a steering wheel, axles and wheels, plus a chassis to hold it all together,” to say nothing of gas and a starter. If you get only one or two of those things, you have a piece of junk, not a transportation machine.Take just protein synthesis. An article on PhysOrg explains that having the building blocks is not enough. The protein recipe “requires precise timing” as well. The steps are “precisely choreographed” analogous to a ballet or a recipe in the kitchen.In fact, details about the splicing step just came to light in a paper in Science Magazine. Just one subcomplex “must dock onto the rest of the spliceosome and hints at the structural changes the complex must go through to form the mature spliceosome.” This matures the messenger RNA before it goes into the ribosome to be translated into a protein. Summarizing the find for Science, Jamie H. D. Cate calls it a “big bang in spliceosome structural biology.” Splicing occurs in eukaryotes, which evolutionists think evolved later than bacteria. Even so, numerous proteins are involved in handling DNA and RNA in the simplest living organisms, including Syn 3.0.According to PhysOrg, lead author Hutchinson said that the genome in their minimal cell is “as small as we can get it and still have an organism that is … useful.” Even so, the bacterium lives in the comparative comfort and safety of the lab. Would it survive in the wild? Most cells live in ecological communities with other cells in complex food webs. How would the first protocell get along in a sterile world before life?Live Science posted a somewhat humorous slide show about theories for the origin of life – humorous, because none of them work. Opening with Darwin and Oparin’s speculation about a primordial soup, Charles Q. Choi’s list includes:Electric spark (Miller experiment)Clay (Alexander Cairns-Smith’s favorite hypothesis)Deep-sea vents (Michael Russell’s model)Chilly start (obviously at odds with the above models, but needed to protect from UV rays)RNA World (a dead idea according to leading theorists)Simpler beginnings (“garbage bag world” or “lipid world”)Panspermia (Francis Crick’s escape; it just pushes the question farther out to space)Each of these models has its supporters and detractors. Some are mutually exclusive. One party tries to start with metabolism, but no genetics. Another tries to start with genetics (RNA World), but no protein. Some like it hot, some like it cold. RNA was the leading hope that a molecule could emerge by chance that could begin evolving by Darwinian natural selection. Without natural selection, all agree that lucky accidents would have to occur by chance.Susan Mazur rubbed shoulders with the leading origin-of-life theorists in the world at their conferences and institutions. Her 2014 book, The Origin of Life Circus, contains eye-opening interviews with the biggest authorities. All of them disown the well-known “RNA World” scenario, at least in its original formulation, despite its continuing presence in the media. Some think RNA had a role in combination with other molecules like proteins. But relying on proteins and other molecules undermines the whole reason for the RNA World, to try to account for metabolism and genetics in one molecule. Steven Benner, for instance, lists four paradoxes of RNA: (1) the building blocks tend to form tar, (2) RNA can’t form in water, (3) RNA polymerization goes against thermodynamics, (4) ribozymes are more likely to destroy RNA than build it (pp. 155-156). The bottom line is that RNA could not have worked alone. It needed proteins as helpers, as well as a container or membrane to hold everything together.The problem with proteins and polynucleotides is getting the sequence right. Even if they could join up easily (which they don’t), unless they can actually do something, they cannot be building blocks to a living organism. As many have pointed out (including our online book), the probability of getting functional sequences under ideal conditions is infinitesimally small. If one usable protein would never form on Earth in the entire history of the universe, how much less 473 proteins in Venter’s minimal living cell? Each person interviewed in Mazur’s book sang the same refrain: we have no idea how life arose.Materialists, come to your senses. It’s hard to kick against the goads. The reality of life is telling you something. It’s shouting. Why resist any longer? You respect evidence, don’t you? Faith in the impossible runs against your values. Follow the evidence where it leads. It’s the scientific thing to do. (Visited 118 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cocoa pods grow on the trunk, not thebranches. (Image: Unicef) Cadbury CEO Todd Stitzer in Ghana withfarmer Benjamin Atiemo and a batch ofcocoa beans. (Image: Cadbury) Cadbury Dairy Milk in the UK and Irelandis the first major brand to switch to theFairtrade scheme. (Image: stock.xchng)Janine ErasmusConfectionery giant Cadbury has made a landmark stride towards bringing progress and stability to the lives of poor farmers in the developing world, by becoming Fairtrade certified for its best-selling Dairy Milk brand. This means that cocoa farmers in West Africa will secure better deals for their produce.Cadbury has leaped ahead of rivals privately-owned Mars and Swiss-based Nestlé in adopting the Fairtrade standard for one of its major brands.Chocolate lovers no longer need feel guilt as they unwrap their favourite snack, because they will be helping cocoa farmers with every purchase. While only chocolates sold in the UK and Ireland will be immediately affected by the switch-over to the ethical standard, the company hopes this is just the start of what will become a global initiative.The UK-based confectioner announced in March that from mid-2009 it would triple the amount of Fairtrade cocoa it sources from Ghana. The West African country produces what is recognised as the highest quality cocoa on the market.Cadbury established cocoa farms in Ghana over a century ago and uses only Ghanaian cocoa in its chocolate products sold across the UK and Ireland. Ghana produces more than 600 000 tons of cocoa annually, of which 15 000 tons will be snapped up by Cadbury at a guaranteed minimum price – even if the open market price falls below this level. And farmers will receive a premium for superior quality beans.Both existing certified cocoa producer groups as well as farmers new to the scheme stand to benefit from the deal. An initial 40 000 of Ghana’s 700 000 cocoa farmers will reap a rich harvest from Cadbury’s new venture, and it is hoped that this will encourage more young people to invest their time and effort into farming and thus revitalise the industry.Cocoa is the country’s biggest cash crop and, having survived a near-collapse in the 1970s and 1980s because of mismanagement, competition from other cocoa-producing nations and rising costs, among others, the industry faces new challenges in the 21st century. Deforestation has resulted in less land that is suitable for cocoa cultivation, and young people are leaving rural areas to seek better fortunes in the cities.A historic momentCadbury CEO Todd Stitzer said it was a historic moment for the company, and that he was extremely proud that the top-selling Dairy Milk brand now operates under the Fairtrade banner. “We believe that by joining forces with the Fairtrade Foundation, we can further improve living standards and conditions for farmers and farming communities, and create a sustainable supply of high quality cocoa for Cadbury.”The initiative marks the first anniversary of the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership of local governments, farmers and communities, established in January 2008. Partners work together to secure a sustainable socio-economic situation for over one-million cocoa farmers in Ghana, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean.The partnership will see R639-million ($62-million) invested in these regions, with R426-million ($41-million) allocated to Ghana. Part of its programme involves helping farmers to organise themselves into formal groups so that they can achieve Fairtrade certification and become eligible to trade with Cadbury on Fairtrade terms.Ensuring an equitable tradeThe Fairtrade philosophy is aimed at securing better prices and decent working conditions for commodity farmers and workers in the developing world, and contributing to local sustainability and fair terms of trade.Conventional trade often discriminates against poor farmers who do not have a strong position when it comes to negotiating, and those who sell their produce under Fairtrade conditions can rest assured that they will not be unfairly exploited. Fairtrade enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.The Fairtrade Foundation is an organisation that strives to promote the principle of fair trade and to strengthen the position of producers, with the result that the lives of communities are improved on a sustainable level.The foundation is responsible for issuing the Fairtrade mark for products sourced from producers who comply with internationally recognised Fairtrade standards – these cover social, economic and environmental issues. It works with similar initiatives in 20 other countries to form a global network known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International, which is headquartered in Bonn, Germany.Currently some 7.5-million farmers and their families and communities in 59 developing countries around the world benefit from products that display the Fairtrade mark.South Africa’s Heiveld Co-op, a group of rooibos growers, is certified under the Fairtrade Labelling Organisations’ standards for rooibos. Since joining the scheme, the farmers’ income has now tripled from about R13 ($1.3) per kg to R39 ($3.8).Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksThe Fairtrade FoundationFairtrade Labelling Organisations InternationalThe Cadbury Cocoa PartnershipWorld Cocoa FoundationGhana Cocoa BoardInternational Cocoa Organisation
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The pattern remains drier than normal over the next 2 weeks. We are decreasing the amount of rain that falls tomorrow, but adding some light rain for Thursday, and that leave the “net” moisture for this week right about the same. Other than that, we really only have 1 additional “good” rain chance…and that one right now has the potential to be our biggest rain maker. Still, it likely is not enough. Dry today with partly to mostly sunny skies and a warm afternoon. We can’t rule out a few pop up showers or a thunderstorm in far NW Ohio later this afternoon or evening. However, the majority of the state is dry. Sun will be around through most of the day tomorrow, with clouds increasing in the afternoon. Showers move through the state tomorrow through Wednesday from NW to SE, starting late afternoon and evening tomorrow. Rain totals will be a few hundredths to .6” with coverage at 80%. Rains may not be done completely until Wednesday evening. The heaviest action will be in SW OH Cloudy to partly sunny Thursday with the chance of a few additional scattered showers. Rain totals from a few hundredths to .25” over most of the state, but in east and NE Ohio, we can see some heavier rains up to .7″ Overall state coverage will be closer to 70%. Dry, sunny and warm Friday through next Monday. Temps climb back to above normal levels. The map below shows rain for the next 7 days….which will be a product of the Tuesday night through Thursday rains, basically. A front passes next Tuesday. Rain and thunderstorms likely, bringing .25”-1.25” to 80% of the state. Dry weather returns next Wednesday as clouds give way to sun. There is a risk for some lingering hit and miss moisture early on…but not enough to get us that interested yet. The entire extended period looks to be rain free, from Thursday the 15th through Tuesday the 20th. Temps normal to above normal.
Related Posts Facebook just announced passing the 300 million active user mark. In early April ReadWriteWeb asked about the size of Facebook with the answer being – “bigger than the population of all but 4 countries in the world.” As of today it’s bigger than the population of all but 3 countries in the world and it’s gaining on the US. Like any great nation, Facebook is asking it’s citizens to pitch in. The company just launched Prototypes – a demo site for members to test early stage beta products. Similar to other lab environments, the company will offer users a chance to test new tools and give their feedback. Facebook launched a number of new product features this year including the latest Facebook iPhone app, status tagging and Facebook Lite. With the new Prototypes service, the community will have a chance to see early releases that come out of the community’s late night hackathons and Facebook developer garage. As ReadWriteWeb has said in the past, “Whereas MySpace is still a website, Facebook has become an entire eco-system.” With the new Prototypes site, Facebook is not only leveraging its users to create new applications, but also crowdsourcing their reviews to improve the development environment. To access Prototypes, users can visit the Application Directory and filter by “Prototypes” to find new projects. Some of the current Prototypes for users to review include the Mac Desktops Notifications application, search by “Similar Posts”, Photo Tag Search and Recent Comments Filter. The project will begin rolling out gradually beginning this afternoon. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dana oshiro Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit