first_imgA woman with strong Donegal connections has been killed following a tragic accident in Australia.Kathleen Peat was knocked off her bike and killed on St Stephen’s Day as she trained for a triathlon with her husband near Adelaide.Kathleen, 48, was the daughter of Mary Heraghty from Fanad. Her uncle Humphrey Friel from Fanad said the family were devastated by Kathleen’s sudden and unfortunate death. WOMAN WITH STRONG DONEGAL CONNECTIONS KILLED IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: January 2nd, 2014 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:accidentAustraliaKATHLEEN PEATkilledlast_img read more

Another Darwinian Assumption Overturned: Results “Too Radical”

first_imgEvolutionists are stunned at a study in comparative genomics performed by University of Chicago researchers that overturns a common belief about natural selection.  EurekAlert summarizes the finding: “The new data show that if more mutations show up at a gene, that gene tends to accept a higher percentage of those mutations.”  This means that mutations accepted into a genome are not strictly a function of natural selection, but of mutation rate.    Mutations accepted into a gene can be synonymous or non-synonymous.  Synonymous mutations (Ks) swap an amino acid with a similar one, such that the protein can still function.  Non-synonymous mutations (Ka) change the shape of the protein and thereby can be acted on by natural selection.  Scientists have assumed that the percentage of non-synonymous mutations accepted during evolution remains constant.  Bruce Lahn, author of the paper in Trends in Genetics, commented on the assumption: “This theory has been the workhorse of molecular evolution.  Thousands of scientific papers have been published based directly or indirectly on this notion.”  The new study shows, instead, that “the faster the speed of new mutations, the greater the percentage of those mutations accepted.”    Several statements in the press release make this finding sound revolutionary:“We’ve discovered a striking phenomenon that challenges a paradigm of molecular evolution that has been around for several decades,” said lead author Bruce Lahn, Ph.D., assistant professor of genetics at the University of Chicago and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.  “As such, it may cause a significant shift in the field.”Lahn cannot explain the mechanism of his findings and expects many will question this novel finding.  “It’s too radical,” he said.  “People just don’t want to believe it, but the data are there.”“Lahn and his associates have found a most striking result, one that is totally unexpected,” said geneticist James Crow, professor emeritus of genetics and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Sudhir Kumar, an associate professor of molecular evolution at Arizona State University, agreed.  “It goes against strict theory, but evolutionary biologists know that nothing’s clean cut.  There’s always distortion because we’re looking at longtime history.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.) What this means is up in the air.  James Crow ended with a look to the future: “I hope that further work will provide an explanation of what now is a major puzzle.”What if a flood of mutations struck in a short period?  Could it account for a wide range of mutational changes in the relatively recent past?  How would they know?  This result appears to undercut any remaining trust in the molecular clock, a device that was broken anyway (see 08/24/2004 entry).    Kumar hit the nail on the head: evolutionary theory is never clean cut, and is always subject to distortion.  If evolutionists are trying to look at longtime history, good luck – because history cannot be put into a test tube.  Trying to decipher history from present observations of genes and proteins is messy business, subject to numerous assumptions that can be overthrown, such as this one.  Kumar said “The novelty of this work is that he [Lahn] used a large amount of data.”  What does this tell you about the evolutionary assumptions built on far less data?  The Darwinists are certainly not throwing in the towel over this latest genetic earthquake.  It just illustrates that assumptions in science, trusted for decades, yielding thousands of scientific papers, can be flat wrong.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gordimer gets Google doodle on 92nd birthday

first_img20 November 2015Nadine Gordimer was “a powerful voice for change in South African politics, (who) moved untold thousands with the pathos of her sparse, penetrating narratives”, Google wrote in its tribute to the writer on its corporate website. Gordimer is the focus of one of its popular doodles to mark her 92nd birthday on 20 November 2015.Gordimer, who died in July 2014, was one of South Africa’s iconic anti-apartheid crusaders. She won the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature for her epic but thoughtful works that dealt with the moral and racial complexities of South Africa in the 20th century.The doodle features Gordimer labouring in her study, where she typically worked from early morning into the late afternoon, as imagined by artist Lydia Nichols. In a style befitting Gordimer’s prose, Nichols exercised restraint by using only three colours, layered to create texture and subtle variation.Gordimer, who attended just one year of university, was once asked how she had developed such a sophisticated command of the language in the absence of any formal training. “From reading,” she said. “And living, of course.”Source: Googlelast_img read more

Remembering Zakes Mokae, South African actor 1934 – 2009

first_imgCD AndersonActor Zakes Mokae was a true South African journeyman in the world of theatre, film and television. Before his death on 11 September 2009, Mokae was renowned as a masterful character actor, building an impressive repertoire that included screen time with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando and Richard Dreyfuss.Zakes Mokae in 1986. Credit Ruby Washington/The New York Times pic.twitter.com/zyYOzxfIYD— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Long before his diverse Hollywood career, Mokae, who was born in Johannesburg in 1934, started out as a young saxophonist in Trevor Huddleston’s Jazz Band, alongside a young Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa. After meeting playwright Athol Fugard in the late 1950s, the two co-founded the radical multiracial theatre group, The Rehearsal Room.Zakes Mokae, Athol Fugard in Blood Knot in 1985 Yale Repertory Theatre pic.twitter.com/5cABBIUPU9— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae featured prominently in many of Fugard’s productions, including The Bloodknot and, later, in the acclaimed “Master Harold”…and the Boys.After reprising his role in The Bloodknot in London in 1963, where the London Times described Mokae as “a (phenomenal performer) with hair-trigger nervous energy”, he was barred from returning to South Africa by the apartheid government, because of his involvement in the controversial anti- apartheid film Dilemma.Mokae lived in London for the remainder of the decade, working as a clerk with other South African exiles, including Thabo Mbeki, at Abbey Life Insurance, headed by South African lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Joel Joffe.At the same time, his first significant international film role was in The Comedians, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He also starred opposite Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde in the 1965 hit film Darling.Mokae also acted in a number of British television series as an extra and bit- part player.Zakes Mokae, James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee in Athol Fugard’s “Boesman & Lena”, 1970. Via @nypl_lpa pic.twitter.com/yehA2gEeFO— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He continued his theatre work in the United States over the next two decades, firstly in Fugard’s Boesman and Lena alongside a young James Earl Jones, and later in the Broadway production of “Master Harold”…and the Boys, opposite Danny Glover, for which he earned a Tony Award in 1982. Mokae later reprised the role in the film version of the play, alongside Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) in 1985.Athol Fugard, Danny Glover, Lonny Price, Zakes Mokae Original 1982 Broadway cast “Master Harold and the Boys” pic.twitter.com/P6GrndiGlg— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016During a very productive international career, Mokae acted primarily in television and film, including numerous guest roles in series such as Starsky and Hutch, Roots: The Next Generation, Knight Rider and A Different World. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he also guest starred in The X-Files, The West Wing and Oz.Zakes Mokae in the 1989 anti-apartheid drama A Dry White Season pic.twitter.com/Uo80r1cZ7T— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae also starred in the cult classic horror films Body Parts and Dust Devil, as well as more serious anti-apartheid dramas A Dry White Season and Cry Freedom.Playing predominating African character parts, such as royalty, wise men and politicians, Mokae lent a worldly authenticity and method gravitas to his various roles, using the opportunities to break the perceptions of Hollywood’s often clichéd dramatic tropes about Africans, most notably in his star-turn in an episode of the US political drama The West Wing.As President Nimbala, Mokae presents a very realistic portrayal of an African statesman. Nimbala is an eloquent yet steadfast African leader who challenges the American political system’s ham-fisted approach to aiding developing nations, in particular the HIV/Aids crisis.Mokae also acted in and directed various Shakespearean theatre productions in the US and Canada, including Othello and Macbeth.Before returning to South Africa in the mid-1990s, he earned another Tony nomination for his lead role in The Song of Jacob Zulu, an apartheid- era musical drama featuring the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.Zakes Mokae in the 1993 musical drama The Song of Jacob Zulu pic.twitter.com/76mOUvyTDp— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He spent the last years of his life between Las Vegas, where he was the artistic director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company, and Cape Town, where he worked with emerging actors and playwrights in developing authentic South African stories for stage and screen.Diagnosed with both advanced Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Mokae and his wife Madelyn returned to the US for medical treatment until his death there in 2009.He had hoped to spend the remaining years in his country of birth, with Madelyn saying after his death that, despite the ravages of the two diseases, it had always been his dream to live “under freedom (in South Africa) and have some memory of it”.Mokae is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.Source: WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Adobe Shakes Up Premiere Pro Training and Certification

first_imgBig changes to the Adobe Premiere training model may mean new difficulties for both the trainers and the students!Are you aware of how trainers for Adobe Premiere Pro (or any Adobe program) get certified?  To start with, they need to have expert knowledge of the the product and then pass the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam to prove this competency.  More info on the Expert exam here.Once you are an ACE you’ll need to get some kind of training qualification so that you can prove to Adobe that not only do you know the knowledge – you can also pass that knowledge on to other people!The recommended Adobe training qualification (and the one I went for) is the CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer).  Although it’s quite demanding, it’s not a very long course.  More info on the CTT course here.The problem historically had been that once you became an Adobe certified trainer you were left somewhat high and dry with only the ‘Classroom in a Book’ to use as training material.  For Premiere Pro it is only fairly recently that some more good material has started to become available!  This meant that the trainer had to prepare and develop their own program, work out what was most important to teach, what order it should be taught and how long to give to each section of that training.The end result of this is that the trainers all worked out their own course and used their own material…meaning that the people being trained either got a great course with great teaching or a hodgepodge of things thrown together to try and make a half-decent course. In a word, it has been ‘inconsistent’!Changes to Adobe Premiere Pro TrainingFor Adobe Premiere Pro (but not for After Effects and plenty of other products in the product lineup) you may be pleased to know that all this has changed in recent months and with CS6 that change becomes official!  Adobe has finally come up with a formal training program that all trainers are expected to follow, covering what Adobe considers to be essential in any Premiere Pro training course.For those of us who have been doing Premiere Pro training for some years using our own programs, the initial reaction has been that of slight sadness.  All of our own work will no longer needed. But, as Premiere starts to become more and more established as the go-to video editing program for many professional organizations, the establishment of a formal curriculum can only be good news.So, what’s the problem?  Well, Adobe is saying that no trainer will be re-certified to train Premiere Pro CS6 unless they take an extra 4 day training course to double-check their competency.Surely it’s good to check the competency of trainers, right?  While it may weed out some poorer trainers, it also may be cost prohibitive to others.  Current Adobe trainers will have to decide if the cost of re-certifying can be justified for the level of business they are doing in Première Pro.  This may be especially noticeable in areas of the world where the training for this type of things is less in demand in general. Trainers may simply be unable to afford to re-certify. Especially so if they need to add additional travel costs just to take the course.There’s the additional problem of actually finding a certification course!  To date, there have only been 2 courses announced in the USA with absolutely nothing announced for anywhere else in the world.  Yet, trainers are still being told to re-certify by the end of June or lose their certification to teach CS6 onwards.I suspect that for some people (maybe quite a few) this will mean they let their Premiere Pro training certification lapse simply because there isn’t enough business to justify the cost. On top of that trainers may be asking, ‘If I was ok to train Premiere Pro before now, why am I suddenly unable to?   I have a formal Adobe training program and materials to follow!’Potential students may find it a little harder to get certified Premiere Pro CS6 trainers for the next few months while Adobe get their act together.  Even when more trainers are available it will likely cost more for the consumer, as the minimum length for a course has now jumped up to 3 days.  Times…they are a’changing.last_img read more

Indiana Jokingly Wishes “Former Basketball Manager” Jim Harbaugh A Happy Birthday

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh turned 52 today, and the Wolverines aren’t the only ones wishing him a happy birthday. Harbaugh’s sister Joani is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, and back in 2012, while head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh served as a manager for the Hoosiers for a game, bringing chairs out for the team during timeouts, among other things. Indiana jokingly wished their most famous former manager a happy birthday this afternoon.Of course, Harbaugh is no longer coaching in the NFL or the Pac-12. He is at a rival Big Ten school, and some Hoosier fans don’t appreciate this gesture, no matter how tongue-in-cheek as it may be.harbaugh indiana comment 1harbaugh indiana comment 3harbaugh indiana comment 4harbaugh indiana comment 5harbaugh indiana comment 6Well, we thought it was pretty funny, at least.last_img read more

Awilco LNG Agrees WilForce Charter Deal

first_imgNorway-based Awilco LNG ASA has secured a time charter contract for its 156,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel WilForce.The company said that the ship, with tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) propulsion, has been committed on a 9-12 month deal to an undisclosed oil and gas major.Subject to customary inspection and vetting acceptance of the 2013-built ship, the contract is scheduled to commence in September 2018, subsequent to the vessel’s scheduled dry-docking.Awilco LNG said that the contract is estimated to contribute an annualised EBITDA of about USD 26 million during the charter period.Image Courtesy: Awilco LNGlast_img

Mens hockey No 11 Buckeyes hoping to bounce back with weekend series

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternAfter being swept last weekend by No. 18 Wisconsin, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-6-6, 3-4-1-1) travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, this weekend for a conference clash with the rivaled Michigan Wolverines.The Buckeyes will remain without senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey due to injury, as well as senior defender Josh Healey, who was suspended for Friday’s matchup after a hit on Wisconsin senior forward Grant Besse during a game against the Badgers on Jan. 28.As a player averaging 32 minutes per game this season, Scarlet and Gray coach Steve Rohlik said Healey’s presence will be tough to replace on the ice, but added that his absence allows an opening for other guys to step into his place.“We’re a resilient group, and we’ll have 16 (players) dressed, ready to go,” Rohlik said. “He’s going to be missed, but that’s just going to make sure that other guys pick their pace up and are better.”The Wolverines (8-12-2, 1-6-1-1) began conference play this season with three straight losses, and now lie in fifth place in the Big Ten standings after losing four of their last six games.Despite recent results, Rohlik said his team can’t look past last season’s conference tournament champions. He added that OSU will need to bring its all in order to leave the state of Michigan with two victories this weekend.“Michigan is Michigan. They’re capable of beating anyone in the country, and we understand that,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got a lot of respect for who they are, what they are, and I say this all the time but we’re going to have to be at our best to win hockey games, and we’re going to have to bring it Friday to get a win.”Yost Ice Arena, the home of Wolverine hockey, is a bucket list venue for any hockey fan. With that, Scarlet and Gray sophomore forward Mason Jobst — who leads the Buckeyes in points this year and currently sits on a 10-game point streak — said OSU has played in a handful of tough settings so far this season, and that the Buckeyes welcome the challenge of another this weekend.“We’ve played in a few barns this year that have been pretty hostile, so it’s always good to have experience coming back,” Jobst said. “I think the young guys have done a great job handling it, and Yost will be a fun place to play, so I think everyone’s pretty excited.”Puck drop for Friday’s Game One of this series is slated for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s Game Two start is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

Denmark will field professional players against Wales

first_imgThe Danish football crisis has been patched up to allow the national team to play on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League clashAfter playing with a team made up of futsal players and third-tier footballers on Wednesday, Denmark will play with professional athletes.Amid a dispute over the national team’s images rights, players boycotted the nation.And futsal players and semi-professional footballers faced off against Slovakia, losing 3-0.Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.But now the Danish Football Association (DBU) is informing that the match against Wales will be with the full force of the national team.“It has been agreed that the DBU and the Player Association will resume negotiations on a new permanent agreement so that the first negotiation meeting will take place on Monday, September 10,” a statement quoted by Sky Sports read.“In today’s agreement, the DBU and the Player Association have agreed that the match against Wales is played under the same terms as before and that the commercial rights are handled as before in the term of the agreement.”“It is good for the national team and for everyone in Danish football that we can play the important Nations League match with the right national team and again focus on the sporting,” DBU president Jesper Moller added.last_img read more