In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Get ready for pandemonium as the UAAP basketball season has begun. ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Center: Steve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHey look, it’s a player from the University of Santo Tomas, which remained winless after two games.Never mind that the Growling Tigers looked more like house cats than large predators, but Steve Akomo has shown glimpses that he can become a force in the middle in the UAAP.The 6-foot-8 Akomo has displayed tremendous upside as he averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks to become UST’s most consistent player despite its disappointing start to the season.Forward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle University)ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison was mainly used as a defensive stopper in Season 79, but in Season 80 he’s become FEU’s full-fledged main offensive option. The fifth-year guard averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the stretch but his team’s 1-2 record has put a damper on his personal numbers. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle University)Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother honorable mention is La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.The sophomore Green Archer got in this list after his 21-point outburst against NU, a game that La Salle won, 115-109. NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson No collegiate league in the country generates as much hype as the UAAP and nothing stirs conversations and debates than players’ rankings.With that said, here are the best players for each position in the first two weeks of competition. And sticking to Inquirer’s seven-bulleted list articles there would be two more names included in this piece and those couple of players are the honorable mentions. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPlayers are considered based on their numbers and win-loss records are also factored in.Enough chitchat, let’s start some arguments. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But when the Fighting Maroons needed the big shots, Desiderio wasn’t shy to throw the haymakers.Desiderio took out the heart out of University of Santo Tomas in UP’s opener and he then proceeded to suck the soul out of University of the East for the Fighting Maroons’ second win.The UP skipper was 1-of-10 from deep before he hit the game-winning triple against UST to push the Fighting Maroons to the 74-73 win.He then outscored the whole Red Warriors team, 16-7, in the third quarter in UP’s 84-71 win en route to a career-best 28 points.Guard: Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio has been La Salle’s diminutive dynamite averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.La Salle employs head coach Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem system and it always starts with the point guard hounding the opposing team’s ball handler. Melecio is capable of starting the team’s defensive scheme and he’s also at ease with finishing his team’s possessions. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University) Santi Santillan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning champion De La Salle have started off marvelously in its title defense going 2-0 with wins over Far Eastern University and National University despite the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Santi Santillan, with all his length, has become a disruptor in the paint for the Green Archers.He may not have the same bulk as teammates Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Prince Rivero but Santillan makes up for it with his smooth game and the aforementioned length to average 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 offensive rebounds.Against NU, Santillan had one of the better games of any individual this season when he put up 13 points and 16 boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may be called Thirdy but Thirdy Ravena has played like he’s the No. 1 in his position this season.After an up-and-down performance last year, Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player so far this season and his steady contributions helped the Blue Eagles grab the early lead in the standings at 3-0. Ravena is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and 2.3 assists this season.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnlike Ravena, Paul Desiderio hasn’t been steady. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Robbery/murderOne week after it was revealed that Phillip Paul, called “Shoe Lace,” was paid $60,000 to carry out a violent robbery/murder, a 12-member jury, convinced by the prosecution’s case, found him guilty of unlawfully killing Kamal Ramsahoye in December 2012 murder.Deceased: Kamal RamsahoyeThe verdict was handed down after two hours of deliberation at the High Court on Monday, in an atmosphere which saw the deceased man’s relatives being reduced to tears. The prosecution’s case, which was led by attorneys Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt, was that, under caution, Paul told Police that he saw his friend “Tall Man” on the “line top” (Railway Embankment) and invited him to go to a house in Annandale, East Coast Demerara.After the duo scaled a fence, they entered Ramsahoye’s home; and after the man had run, they caught up with him, and “Shoelace” reportedly held the businessman while “Tall Man” stabbed him to death. They then searched the man’s home and made off with a large sum of cash, after which “Tall Man” paid “Shoe Lace” $60,000 before the two-parted company.The offender’s sentencing has been delayed to December 3, 2018, after his lawyer, Brandon De Santos, requested a probation report be presented to the court on his client’s behalf. Justice Sandil Kissoon presided over the matter.
CAODC UpdateThe Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has released an update on 2008 activity, as well as a forecast for 2009.The association says it saw a sizeable increase in operating days in the first three quarters of 2008 – 10 per cent more than during the same period last year.- Advertisement -For the entire year, the group expects 37 more active drilling rigs in Western Canada this year compared to last, (an increase of 11 per cent).CAODC also reports the average number of days needed to drill a well has now risen from 7.4 to 9 days – meaning the total well count is expected to decline 20 per cent over last year. The rise is attributed to a significant focus on unconventional gas plays in BC and Saskatchewan, and generally deeper natural gas wells.The association also reports utilization of rig fleet is expected to decline from 42 per cent in 2008, to 39 per cent in 2009. But, it says the reduced activity levels are only expected in Alberta, where it claims uncertainty over the new Royalty Regime is driving away investment.Advertisement
Mark Bosnich believes Simon Mignolet is suffering from a lack of competition at Liverpool.The Belgian goalkeeper has faced heavy criticism for his performances, and Bosnich has advised Brendan Rodgers to sign another top-class stopper to draw the best out of the 26-year-old.“He hasn’t had enough competition behind him,” said the ex-Manchester United and Australia No.1, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“At the time, as a player, you don’t enjoy having somebody breathing down your neck for your place. When you look back though, after your career has finished, you realise it contributes to you having the best form of your life.“That is what Mignolet needs. He needs a back-up goalkeeper that is going to put him under pressure. Brendan Rodgers can then say to him if he is having a bad time, ‘OK, you can take a couple of weeks out’. [Manuel] Pellegrini did it with Joe Hart.“It’s important for Liverpool [to sign another goalkeeper]. I don’t think he is doing ridiculously bad but, for a top goalkeeper, he has to do better. That would push him to a better level.”
LANCASTER – Lancaster School District will hire a company to survey voters by telephone to gauge the likelihood of success if the district proposes a bond measure next spring to help build new schools. The district wants to build two elementary schools and a middle school, and state funds will cover most of the cost but not all of it. “The first thing would be to do a telephone polling of residents to see if it is even feasible,” Assistant Superintendent Howard Sundberg said. District officials are considering putting a $40 million bond on the June 6 ballot. If approved, the assessment would be around $30 per $100,000 assessed value. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 District property owners are already paying $28 a year per $100,000 assessed value on a 1999 district bond measure. The board at Tuesday’s meeting approved hiring Emeryville-based Caldwell Flores Winters at a cost not to exceed $15,000 to conduct the survey. Four hundred registered voters will be polled, a district staff report said. The board is expected to make a final decision by November, Sundberg said before the meeting. The Antelope Valley Union High School District also is pursuing a school construction bond measure for the November 2006 ballot. Lancaster School District has nearly 16,000 pupils, about 200 more than last year, as new housing tracts continue to add more. “The district must build new schools in order to house the growing student population and to complete the much-needed modernization projects to maintain proper and safe conditions at our older facilities,” a district report said. “The district continues to pursue all avenues of available funding. However, the matching funds required by the state to build new schools is not a viable budget option for our district at this time. Therefore, an alternative funding source such as a general obligation bond must be explored,” the report said. The proposed Endeavour Middle School at 45th Street West and Avenue K would cost about $20 million, but the state is funding $15 million. Two elementary schools planned would cost between $12 million to $15 million and the state is funding $10 million for each. If trustees approve pursuing a bond, the district would work under the provisions of Proposition 39. That lowered the voter majority required for approval of school bonds from two-thirds to 55 percent. The $29 million bond measure approved in 1999 has been exhausted by building Amargosa Creek Middle School and Jack Northrop and West Wind elementary schools and in several modernization projects. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org!dtpost end! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ALL ROADS LEAD TO DUBLIN…and the traffic is bumper to bumperTHERE are massive tailbacks on roads into Dublin this afternoon as the countdown to the quarter final games tick down.Donegal, Tyrone and Monaghan fans are jammed bumper to bumper on the M1.Traffic is tailed back to the airport turn-off. There is more traffic chaos in Dublin itself, with reports of grid-lock on several roads and streets around Croke Park.The Tyrone Monaghan games kicks off at 4 pm.But the mouth watering tie between Donegal and Mayo has a throw in time of 6pm.BREAKING NEWS….HUGE TAILBACKS AS GAA FANS POUR INTO DUBLIN FOR QUARTER FINAL GAMES was last modified: August 8th, 2015 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:BREAKING NEWS….HUGE TAILBACKS AS GAA FANS POUR INTO DUBLIN FOR QUARTER FINAL GAMES
What would the discovery of intelligent aliens mean for Christianity? A recent article made a splash asking that question. Maybe, though, the question should be turned around: what would it mean for evolutionary science? Clara Moskowitz wrote an eye-opening headline for Space.com: “Are Aliens Part of God’s Plan, Too? Finding E.T. Could Change Religion Forever.” The article was re-posted by Live Science. MSNBC News reproduced it with a huge headline and subtitle, “If intelligent extraterrestrials exist, what about God? Experts say encountering E.T. would pose religious dilemmas, especially for Christians.” The “experts” referred to are participants at a recent DARPA-sponsored conference called the “100 Year Starship Symposium.” Its purpose was “to discuss issues surrounding traveling to other stars.” The reason Christianity was singled out was that Christ’s death was supposed to provide salvation once for all creation. “Did Jesus die for Klingons, too?” Moskowitz quipped. Is Christ becoming incarnate on multiple planets? Christian Weidemann, a German Protestant philosophy professor, thinks Christ would have to be incarnate in 250 places simultaneously, “based on the best guesses of how many civilizations we might expect to exist in the universe, and how long planets and civilizations are expected to survive,” Moskowitz wrote. She provided a couple of ways Christians might respond. Weidemann suggested that maybe aliens aren’t sinners, although that seems to fly in the face of the “principle of mediocrity” that posits our Earth is unexceptional. Another is that Christianity has a history of absorbing scientific findings. “Religion is essentially conservative,” Pastor Robert Hoffmann, a pastor from Tulsa, Oklahoma said. “You can put almost anything in its face and it’s going to shake out a little bit, and then it’s going to drop right back down. We’ve seen this happen historically.” Finally, a video clip embedded in the article shows that evolutionists have their paradoxes, too: like the Fermi Paradox. This asks, if Earth is unexceptional, where are the aliens? Jill Tarter offered the suggestion, without evidence, that aliens or their artifacts might actually be present in the solar system, even on Earth, but so far have escaped our detection. So does Tarter want us to watch for monoliths? This article is from the genre, “Religion has problems, but science doesn’t.” MSNBC and other secular news reporters love to pick on Christians especially. The politically-correct article went out of its way to argue that Muslims and Hindus do not have problems with alien life. (The rules of political correctness allow open season on Christianity but not on any other religion.) The soteriological issues are valid, and worth discussing, but let’s lay some context. First, there are no aliens (yet). From the empirical, scientific evidence, we can only say that Earth is the only known place where life exists. Any “what if?” questions are, therefore, purely speculative. Second, this is not news. Christians and non-Christians have addressed the philosophical and theological implications of alien life for centuries, since the middle ages at least. A variety of opinions have been offered, which are purely academic till alien life is detected. Neither are the issues unknown to Scripture; there is the whole field of angels and demons to consider when discussing issues of salvation. Third and most important, everybody has dilemmas with this question—not just Christians. The Fermi Paradox is rightly tossed right back at the evolutionists. OK, if evolution is so simple and pervasive, where are they? If aliens have been evolving for millions of years beyond our paltry few steps out of the trees, they should have mastered space travel and come here long ago. If evolutionists want to complain about theologians offering “maybe this and maybe that” answers, let them look at their own: “Maybe space travel is too hard. Maybe civilizations evolve to a point then destroy themselves. Maybe they are here and we can’t detect them.” All right, then, maybe angels and demons exist and we can’t detect them, either. Because Moskowitz doesn not recognize the level playing field, she gave a very lopsided view of the issues and dilemmas in this speculative game. As a corrective, we need to turn the tables and re-write the article. Here’s how it might look: Are Aliens Part of Evolution’s Plan, Too? Not Finding Them Could Change Evolutionary Theory Forever. Experts say failing to encounter ET would pose scientific dilemmas, especially for Darwinians. The absence of intelligent aliens would be mind-blowing in many respects, but it could present a special dilemma for the world’s secular scientists, philosophers pondering interstellar travel concepts said Saturday. Neo-Darwinists, in particular, might take the news hardest, because the evolutionary belief system does not easily allow for Earthlings to be unique, scientists and theologians said at a meeting to discuss issues surrounding traveling to other stars. In other words, “Did evolution take place on other worlds, too?” as philosophy professor Christian Wiseman titled his talk at a panel on the philosophical and religious considerations of visiting other worlds. According to neo-Darwinism, the origin of life on Earth some 3 billion years ago was supposed to be a purely natural process. “You can grasp the conflict,” Wiseman said. Here’s how the debate goes: If the whole universe includes 125 billion galaxies with hundreds of billions of stars in each, as astronomers think, then what if none of them have advanced civilizations like ours? Why would evolution work only here, and nowhere else? Aliens and evolution can still coexist Wiseman, a Christian trained in science and evolutionary theory, suggested some possible ways evolutionists could wiggle out of the dilemma known as Fermi’s Paradox. Perhaps extraterrestrials can’t travel the distances between stars. Perhaps they don’t want to. Perhaps they destroy themselves before they can evolve into interstellar travelers. However, the principle of natural selection — the idea that the environment drives innovation — would contradict the thought that intelligent beings would cease to find solutions to problems such as dying stars. Such problems should drive aliens to find ways to migrate to new environments. “If there are extraterrestrial intelligent beings at all, it is safe to assume that evolutionists would claim they are evolving too,” Wiseman said. “If so, would they stop at their planet’s biosphere? My position is no. If evolution has limits, it would represent a very exceptional viewpoint among neo-Darwinists.” Another possibility is that the evolution of sentient beings only happened on Earth. However, based on the growing number of new planets being discovered, and the speed at which human life appeared on Earth, evolutionists should expect intelligent life in the universe to be widespread. Scientific food for thought If life is truly just a matter of chemistry and time, the only conclusion for evolutionists is that alien life should be common in outer space. Dr. Dave Paulies, an astrobiologist from Tesla, said that the issues Wiseman raised were “really on target.” “If life elsewhere continues to elude discovery, unfortunately we need to have more discussion about it,” Paulies said. “I think this is a very robust conversation we need to have.” While the non-discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence would likely spur profound soul-searching for scientists of all faiths, many of the world’s religions might have an easier time accommodating the knowledge than atheism would, said philosopher Michael Aftermath. “It seems to be only a problem of atheism,” Aftermath said. In Christianity and other monotheistic religions, for example, theologians place no limits on what God could and could not do, but their Scriptures make no clear references to aliens (although they speak at length about angels and demons). Hindus, however, might wonder why their millions of gods exist just to receive offerings from Earthlings. Ultimately, though, the non-discovery of intelligent aliens isn’t likely to pose a serious crisis for atheistic evolutionists, either, Paulies said. After all, evolutionism has survived challenging scientific revelations before. “Evolutionism is essentially dogmatic,” Paulies told Spaced-Out.com. “You can put almost anything in its face and it’s going to shake out a little bit, and then it’s going to drop right back down. We’ve seen this happen historically.”(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
16 May 2008The South African government is to embark on a drive within the next few weeks to ensure that companies listed on the JSE comply fully with employment equity legislation, with the offenders being taken to the Labour Court.Section 43 of the Employment Equity Act empowers the Director-General to assess compliance of an employer against the requirements of the legislation.“We will be conducting follow-ups with these companies in July and August to determine if they have complied with all the recommendations,” Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana told journalists in Cape Town this week.Mdladlana’s comments came against the backdrop of the department having reviewed six large employers in 2006 in terms of the review process. These firms were Kumba Resources, which is now called Exxaro, Comair, Omnia Group, Verimak, Medi-Clinic and Prism Holding.He pointed out that a further 60 listed companies would now be reviewed over the course of the 2008/09 financial year.Turning to skills development, he said more than 75 000 learners had benefited from the departmental skills programmes in the 2006/7 financial year, while a total of 54 900 learners were placed in different social development programmes over the same period.The department has also engaged in critical youth employment creation programmes through the Umsobomvu Youth Fund.Last year, the department took Comair Limited to court for breaching provisions of the Employment Equity Act.The department’s Director-General Vanguard Mkosana filed the application with the Johannesburg Labour Court after several warnings against the airline company.According to the application at that time, Comair has been found to be in breach of the following provisions of the Employment Equity Act under various sections.At that time, Comair was ordered to pay a fine of R900 000 as prescribed by schedule 1 of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and to pay the costs of the application.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We were hoping to get to beans the middle of the week here. We have one variety ready but it depends on what these rains do now. We had two or three tenths overnight and this morning t is still drizzling. It is a typically droughty summer with a wet fall so far.We did shell some corn on Saturday. We had a variety that was deteriorating and dropping ears and we wanted to get it done before we started on food grade beans. We took off about 100 acres at 26% to 28% moisture. The stalks were strong but we had an issue where the butt of the ear didn’t pollinate right. When the ears dropped on the ground you couldn’t tell which end was the tip or the butt because kernels died off on both ends. When it does that the shank dies off and the plants start dropping ears. It was mostly happening on the end rows and there were a few in the field. We only had 100 acres of that and we got it all shelled and now we don’t have to worry about that. The yields were in the mid-150s and it would be a silver lining if that is the worst we run into. We saw a little ear mold in the stalks we were walking but none in the field that we shelled.There is another chance for rain on Wednesday. We are still dry so the water is getting away pretty quickly. We have a lot of leaves hanging onto the beans yet. Some of our neighbors were running 2.8s and still had a lot of green leaves yet but they were running at 11% moisture. For our non-GMO food grade beans we need them all dry and consistent.
Audio Plugin Manager – Lets you manage third party audio plugins. Previously talked about here.Control Surface is a separate preference, but lets you work with audio via a virtual or hardware Control Surface. Previously discussed here:Premiere Pro Timeline & Audio UpdatesRight-click in the audio header of the Premiere Pro timeline to get audio options.Note: I’m focusing on audio in this post, but right-clicking on the video header also gives you options. Premiere Pro CC adds additional functionality for audio editing! In this post, we’ll cover the new audio changes and how they can improve your video editing projects!Lets look at some essential tips for working with audio in Adobe Premiere Pro, as all of them aren’t obvious.Premiere Pro Audio PreferencesA few features have been added to the audio portion panel in the Premiere Pro Preferences. Let’s dig in…Play Audio While Scrubbing – Leave this unchecked in Premiere Pro preferences if you don’t want to hear audio while scrubbing.You scrub by dragging the playhead, using the left/right arrows, and using shortcuts JK and L. For more flexibility you can toggle scrubbing on/off with Shift + S.Mute Input During Timeline Recording – This will prevent feedback when recording audio.Default Audio Tracks – You can change the default track settings by clicking “Use File”. This reveals a flyout where you choose the behavior of tracks.Minimum Interval Time Thinning – This is the number of keyframes that are recorded when using audio automation modes. Check this and play with times of more milliseconds if you want to later manually adjust your keyframes (otherwise you will have a bunch of keyframes). This is similar to using peak keyframes in FCP 7.Default Thinning:400 Milliseconds Thinning:Increase Volume Many – Premiere Pro CC adds shortcuts to increase the volume of a selected clip(s).This preference lets you set the dB increase when using “Increase Clip Volume Many” Customize – This allows you to change what options appear in the Track Header. This brings up the Button Editor, where you can drag options to the header. ( You also have a Button Editor for the transport controls in the Source & Program Monitors)I like to add Record, Track Level, and Track Meters:You will need to switch from clip to “track keyframes” to see changes you make to the volume (the default is for the yellow line to show clip volume). You do this by clicking on the “show keyframes icon” and selecting “track keyframes”:Clip vs Track AudioI previously wrote about clip and track audio in Premiere Pro CS6 here.Premiere Pro CC adds an Audio Clip Mixer. If you want to work with Audio on a per clip level, you should be using the Audio Clip Mixer. If you want to work with Audio on a track level, use the Audio Track Mixer (both of these are under the “Window” menu). Remember that the default in a Premiere Pro timeline is to see “Clip Keyframes”. Click “Show Keyframes” to change to “Track Keyframes”.For more info on working with Audio in Premiere CC, check out the Adobe help file. Rename – Allows you to rename to your track, and a handy way to keep up with what is on each track (you can also rename tracks in the Audio Track Mixer).Add/Delete Tracks – Delete will delete the current track. The track will be deleted even if the track is locked, so be careful with delete track. Add track will add an audio track to the bottom of the stack . If you are on track 1 and you had 3 audio tracks, clicking new track would create audio 4Add Audio Submix – You can now add an audio submix from the Timeline. If I had multiple tracks that I wanted to apply the same filter(s) to, I would create a submix. (like compressing all the interview tracks)You will still need to route the tracks to the submix in the Track Audio MixerAdd/Delete Tracks – Lets you delete all empty video or audio tracks or specify a track to delete. Add tracks also has the option of adding a track before the first track, which I find very handy.