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  • My fault, Guiao says of PH 5 loss

    first_imgBut coach Yeng Guiao didn’t point a finger at anything or anyone after the country bowed to South Korea, 91-82, in the quarterfinal round at GBK Basketball Hall.“I take full responsibility for it,” Guiao said. “We were in the game until the last five to six minutes, until we committed some crucial turnovers. We were not comfortable with the zone (defense Korea played on us).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was my responsibility (to prepare them).”Clarkson rebounded from a slow start by shooting 21 points in the final two periods. He paced himself well this time and didn’t cramp up, but a spate of bad decisions and critical errors did the Filipinos in.At best, they hope to finish in fifth place, two notches higher than the 2014 team’s performance in Incheon. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next JAKARTA—Jordan Clarkson and the basketball team made their way past Filipino and international media just after the buzzer confirming the Filipinos’ exit in the medal rounds of the 18th Asian Games here on Monday afternoon.They couldn’t mask their frustrations. And Filipino scribes allowed them that moment.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Filipinos blew an eight-point third-quarter lead, falling to the Korean zone and melting down in the fourth when the game was truly on the line as they finished with 13 turnovers after just five in the first half.Guiao’s game plan of allowing Korea’s naturalized player, Ricardo Ratliffe, to operate inside almost worked, as the Filipinos didn’t give the Korean outside gunners many open looks. And if they did get it, they were simply missing it.Until the tide turned in the fourth, when no amount of defense could scuttle Korea anymore.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Popular e-sports eyeing 2024 Olympic inclusion DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Eureka High girls set for tournament semifinal tonight versus Valley Christian

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  • Sexual Selection Is a Zombie Idea

    first_imgAn evolutionary ecologist sets up the Darwinian story of male-female facial differences only to debunk them.Sex is always of interest to most people, but Rob Brooks, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of New South Wales, is interested in evolutionary stories about sex.  In The Conversation, he took on the question, “Why the masculine face?“.  Looking into the genetic crystal ball, leafing through the Darwin handbook, he set out to tell mankind why men have masculine facial features.  Trouble is, there are no clear answers (evolutionarily speaking).  For every John Wayne there’s a Justin Bieber.  Exceptions abound, and evolutionists disagree among themselves.  What value, then, does evolutionary theory bring to this kind of question?In their explanations, evolutionists focus  on “reproductive success” – what processes result in not just more offspring, but more offspring carrying the genes for the trait supposedly selected by the opposite sex.  Sexual selection becomes a subset of natural selection.  Because selection is mindless and purposeless, their focus has the effect of discounting all the mental reasons for human mate choice, or worse, reducing even the mental reasons themselves to expressions of genes.  This effectively turns people into zombies, pawns of evolutionary forces.The reader should prepare to be surprised after Brooks waltzes through the typical evolutionary just-so story about why men are bigger and stronger (e.g., “For most of our evolutionary past, bigger men fended off rivals for female attention and out-competed other men to secure status and resources that made them useful contributors to a family,” an explanation that makes one wonder why there are so many short wimps today).  Surprised we are, because when it comes to facial features, “there is much overlap between the sexes,” and even the obvious differences “come down to complex multivariate vectors.”How does evolutionary theory score on prediction, one of the marks of a good scientific explanation?So it would be reasonable to predict that lantern-jawed, Neanderthal-browed men at the far-masculine end of the facial distribution would be sought-after by women. But reality is far more varied and interesting.“Interesting” can be taken as a euphemism for “troubling for evolutionists,” because that reasonable prediction doesn’t bear viable offspring.  Some studies show that women prefer men with less masculine features.  This leaves more questions than answers.  Does geography or culture play a role?  Do women prefer feminine features for husbands and fathers, but masculine features for one-night stands?  What function does testosterone or DNA play in all this?  How would Darwin sort this all out?That’s where the surprise comes in.  After relating a typical evolutionary attempt to link testosterone to male reproductive success, Brooks basically throws up his hands:This is one of those ideas with prurient appeal, but patchy evidence. It’s morphing into what my UNSW colleague Angela Moles calls a ‘Zombie Idea’: compelling and considered self-evidently true by many, but not actually that well supported. Every link, from the attractiveness of masculine facial features to the immunosuppressive nature of testosterone to the claim that masculine-looking men have good immunity genes is contested. We don’t know how big the genetic benefits to children might be, much less whether they can offset the costs to a woman of mating with a highly masculine man.The rest of the article offers only weak damage control to this confession of ignorance.   The reader gets a promise of “new kinds of evidence” to support the story, but it doesn’t last under scientific scrutiny:The extensive genetic variation in masculinity makes more plausible the idea that choosing to mate with a masculine man can result in more attractive offspring. But the genes that made a male face more masculine did not make it more attractive. Worse, these same genes made female faces more masculine and thus less attractive. Families that make manly-looking sons tend also to make masculine-looking daughters.Overall, this paper deals a substantial blow to the idea that masculine men make good genetic sires. Of course, the genes that confer masculinity on both sons and daughters might have other positive effects, including but not limited to improved immunity. That remains to be assessed, hopefully with the same kind of quantitative genetic evidence.Returning to his original question, “Why the manly face?”, Brooks admits that “the evidence that female mate choice drives that sexual selection is far from settled.”  Maybe masculine traits are for other men, not for women, in order to intimidate rivals.  But who knows?  Darwin is at a loss for words.  Brooks can affirm nothing scientifically: “Much about the variable preference for manliness and for bad boys remains to be explained. Much, I fear, might be inexplicable.”  Indeed, so far, the only thing Brooks seemed confident evolution explains is the average size difference between men and women – but even in that trait, there is plenty of overlap.We appreciate Brooks’ frankness about the nearness  of evolutionary theory to “Zombie ideas,” but we want to follow the implications further.  The whole promise of Darwin to the scientific community was supposed to be the offer of a mechanistic, non-theological explanation for any given biological trait.  OK; so 154 years later, what does it explain face to face?  Nothing!  We are told, “Could be this, could be that, could be a combination, or might be inexplicable,” they waffle.  “With more funding maybe someday we can figure it out.”  This story is a prime example—out of hundreds in our pages on a wide variety of subjects over the last 13 years—of evolutionary theory exposing itself to be pretentious, self-contradictory, and vacuous.  Darwinian theory provides no more value than off-the-cuff speculations offered up by any given layperson on the street, yet it is defended by Bill Nye types as “science.”  If we don’t teach this to the kids, they will fall behind in “science.”  Hey, Nye, put up or shut up!  Look in the mirror and explain your face!  (Incidentally, Rob Brooks is the Yoda-complex patient who shot his own feet 5/18/13 by claiming lying evolved, so how can we trust him now?  If he tries again to fight our commentary, we can always accuse him of chest-pounding, 6/01/13, since true reason doesn’t exist in Darwin’s universe.)Evolutionary theory is not just vacuous; it is pernicious.  The evolutionary “explanation” has the effect of removing all responsibility and accountability from humans.  Angela Moles’ term “zombie ideas” is apt in more than one sense.  Evolution reduces humans to zombies, mindless pawns of phantom evolutionary “forces” that followed an aimless, unseen past and are going nowhere.  David Klinghoffer asked a pertinent question on Evolution News & Views: “What if parents told our children, ‘Remember, you’re an animal.  Act like it.”  Actually, Darwin reduces humans to less than animals.  It makes sexual relationships indistinguishable from random atomic interactions.  This also has the effect of dissolving “reason” in Darwin acid, destroying its own pretensions to validity.As we speak, a controversy is raging on TV news programs about what a conservative said about women who can’t control their libidos looking to Sugar Daddy (the government) to hand them their birth control pills.  What he meant (or how he might have worded it better) are less important than the reaction: both sides are responding on the assumption that women deserve respect as thinking, responsible human beings!  Think how un-evolutionary that reaction is.  We all know in our consciences that we are not mere pawns of our libidos or the hormones that drive them.  But from whence will Darwin derive responsibility?Only the Biblical creation view is capable of explaining human sexual traits and behaviors.  We have a dual nature: animal and divine.  We reproduce with animal parts, but as spiritual beings created in the image of God, we are accountable for the use of our parts.  Yes, there are sexual urges, but they were designed for a good thing: filling the earth with more beings who can love God.  Yes, we have hormones, but we have control.  Yes, there are male-female differences in faces and other traits, but they are marks of intelligent design by a loving God, who loves diversity, and gave men and women the traits that express different aspects of His own nature: strength and beauty, boldness and tenderness, intellect and compassion.  No animal has the expressive capability of the human face.  Animals come in male and female, too, but for us, masculinity and femininity take on a more profound meaning.   The historical diversification “after our kind” has generated worldwide diversity in facial traits broad enough to give everyone a great deal of choice, according to their preferences.  This is a liberating view!  No longer pawns of useless, aimless processes that have no ultimate value, we can know who we are and what we are here for.  If we taught that to students instead of the irresponsible sex Darwinism leads to, there would be fewer abortions, happier families, and more responsible citizens. 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  • Android’s NFC Capabilities Updated in Gingerbread 2.3.3

    first_imgTags:#Android#mobile Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perezcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As we noted back in December, the somewhat crippled implementation of NFC (near field communication) in the Android operating system was only meant to be temporary. Full NFC support would arrive via a series of incremental updates – and now, the first of those updates has arrived. With the Android 2.3.3 release, Google has added new capabilities for developers, including updates to the API (application programming interface) that now allow for both reading and writing to standard NFC tags.According to the Android Developers blog, some of the new features include:A comprehensive NFC reader/writer API that lets apps read and write to almost any standard NFC tag in use today.Advanced Intent dispatching that gives apps more control over how/when they are launched when an NFC tag comes into range.Some limited support for peer-to-peer connection with other NFC devices. For end users of NFC-enabled Android devices, what this means is that applications now have more control about how they are launched when an NFC tag is read. For example, apps could listen for specific tag content or tag technologies, and only launch when a match was made. Plus, applications running in the foreground could stop another app from launching upon the tag reading event, if need be.The updated platform also provides a limited peer-to-peer communication protocol and API for setting up things like Bluetooth or DLNA connections. That would mean that two NFC-enabled devices could share data when in close proximity. It’s easy to imagine how developers could build apps for contact sharing or photo sharing using NFC.Also new is the ability for developers to write tags, when before NFC allowed tag reading only. This two-way communication is an important aspect to any sort of NFC-backed mobile payment solution, such as the one Google is reportedly building now.Google says it expects most devices shipping with an Android 2.3 platform will run 2.3.3 going forward.More details for developers are here in the 2.3.3 version notes. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

  • What You Gain from Cold Calling in Addition to Appointments – Episode 159

    first_imgThe goal of a cold call is to gain an appointment. But in making your calls, you gain much, much more.last_img

  • Formula One: Red Bull’s Alex Albon Starts Russian Grand Prix from Pitlane

    first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sochi: Red Bull new boy Alex Albon will start Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix from the pit lane after his team fitted a new floor to his car following a crash in qualifying.He was due to start 18th following an earlier five-place grid penalty for taking a new engine. The team have used the opportunity to give Albon a new gear box and other power-unit parts including a new turbo-charger.Albon said: “It’s a good track in terms of fighting and you can overtake here. It’s not like Singapore, for instance, where it is so difficult.”The likely revised final grid for the race includes local hero Russian Daniil Kvyat starting from the back of the grid in his Toro Rosso behind the two Williams of Robert Kubica and George Russell on the ninth row.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is set to start from ninth place after taking a five-place penalty for taking new Honda power unit elements. He qualified fourth.Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will start from 16th having had a similar penalty for the same reason. Alex AlbonF1formula onemax verstappen First Published: September 29, 2019, 3:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

  • Phil Mickelson grabs British Open lead and share of major record

    first_imgPhil Mickelson charged up the leaderboard at the British Open on Thursday, grabbing the first-day lead and a share of the record for the best score in a major championship.Aided by birdies on 10, 14, 16 and 17 on Royal Troon’s tricky back nine, the 46-year-old American posted a 63, equalling the record low for majors first set by Johnny Miller in the 1973 US Open.Mickelson came within a fraction of an inch of breaking the record outright. His curling 15-foot putt for birdie circled the hole on 18 before settling just outside it.”That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical,” Mickelson said at a news conference. “I knew it, and with a foot to go I thought I had done it… and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”It was still good enough for an eight-under effort and a bogey-free round, and it put him three ahead of compatriot Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer of Germany.All three seemed to be well-positioned for the second day, but Kaymer at least was not getting ahead of himself.”It’s only a quarter of a marathon…” he said. “It’s a good start, It’s a very good start. But tomorrow we’ll see how the weather will turn out and then play another good round. That’s all you can do.”Reed’s early 66, a round punctuated by an eagle from the fairway on the par-four third hole, set the clubhouse lead for much of the day. He has no intention of changing his approach, although the weather is forecast to turn wet and cold after Thursday’s warm sun and gentle winds.advertisement”My game plan is to play to certain areas on each hole,” he said. “I’m not really going to stray too far away from that. It’s just going to probably determine what club off the tee. Some holes today might have been a 4-iron, but if the wind is howling, it might be a 2-iron … you just never know.”Just behind Reed and Kaymer were a shifting cast of players who kept threatening and the falling back throughout the day, making four-under a bar that was hard to clear.Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson, among others, advanced to four or five-under and then retreated.WATSON’S WOENorthern Irishman McIlroy double-bogeyed the 13th to drop back from four under. Watson fell farther and faster: he was leading the championship on five under until he triple-bogeyed the short eighth, the Postage Stamp.Reed’s eagle showed early on that it was possible to jump in the right direction, too.Former champion Louis Oosthuizen emphasised the point when he aced the 14th hole, his tee shot taking two hops and diving out of sight, helping him to finish with a 71.The day began with local favourite Colin Montgomerie hitting the opening drive, his first appearance at the Open in six years and what may well be his last.He carded a double-bogey on the first hole after finding one of Troon’s deep greenside bunkers. But he took one shot back with a birdie on the third and another on the fourth.The Scot narrowly missed a third straight birdie on the fifth, then went ahead and made one on the sixth.On the Postage Stamp, his tee shot landed within six feet of the pin. He made that birdie and added a fifth on the ninth, meaning as he finished his front nine, Montgomerie was tied for the lead on three-under.He fared less well on the back nine but still finished at even-par.last_img read more

  • New Zealand Certifies First Vessel under MLC

    first_imgzoom Cook Strait passenger ferry Straitsman has become the first New Zealand ship certified under the international Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).“Today is the culmination of a significant amount of work for Maritime NZ and the commercial maritime sector – in working through changes to the maritime rules to reflect the convention and liaising with the commercial sector about what is required to comply,” Keith Manch, Director of Maritime NZ, commented.“While New Zealand has aligned itself to the MLC convention, NZ labour standards on our vessels are already good. The MLC is aimed at raising standards on vessels where the living and working conditions for seafarers are poor,” Manch added.The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) MLC convention, which came into force in New Zealand on March 9, 2017, aims to protect international and domestic seafarers and improve their safety and wellbeing on board foreign-flagged and New Zealand vessels.The convention applies to about 890 foreign commercial cargo and cruise ships visiting New Zealand annually. Maritime NZ is expanding its Port State Control functions to include checking that foreign ships visiting New Zealand comply with the applicable provisions.Meanwhile, 22 New Zealand ships – including Cook Strait ferries, coastal tankers and cement vessels – are required to comply if they operate beyond inshore limits, while the convention does not apply to fishing vessels.The 13,906 gross-ton Straitsman, owned by Strait Shipping, operates between the North and South Islands. In addition, Straitsman has to travel internationally to Australia for dry-docking requirements, according to Clive Glover, Strait Shipping’s General Manager of Marine Operations.“In New Zealand, seafarers enjoy reasonable standards and conditions compared to the conditions some international seafarers have to work under. MLC sets a standard and prompts other countries to meet it,” Glover said. New Zealand is among 82 member states that have adopted the ILO convention.last_img read more

  • Fault lines exposed in MF industry several risky investments made for higher

    first_imgMumbai: In a tough message for returns-focussed mutual funds, regulator Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi on Tuesday said the industry has exposed its fault lines with several risky investments made for want of higher yields and it is high time for them to play as per the rule book and stop compromising on safety. Referring to the industry’s tagline of ‘Mutual Funds Sahi Hai’ (mutual funds are right), Tyagi said the investors repose a lot of faith and trust in these funds but the industry must remember it takes years to build this trust but even a single event may erode it. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAddressing the mutual fund industry body AMFI’s Members Summit here, Tyagi said a certain element of self-discipline by the players themselves could have averted the problems they have landed into after credit defaults and the regulator might not have been required to step in with remedial measures. He said the industry needs to remember the clear distinction between lending and investing and a mutual fund’s investment strategy needs to have required elements of safety as well as returns. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe also said trustees cannot remain passive participants in the MF ecosystem and they need to step up their efforts as first-level gatekeepers in cases of concerns and lapses. Trustees need to take immediate remedial steps and inform Sebi and not wait for the regulator to step in and take corrective measures, he said. “Sebi’s primary objective is the protection of investor’s interest, based on which we have issued appropriate regulations and circulars from time to time. These regulations and circulars have been drafted with wide consultation with all stakeholders and due analysis. Needless to say that the industry needs to adhere to them and play as per the rule book,” he said. Tyagi said till about a year back, the significant growth of the mutual fund industry was one of the most talked about success stories of capital markets in India. But, events in the last year, exposed the fault lines in the industry and showed that a credit event in even one issuer or group could have a contagion effect leading to liquidity risk across the market, he said. A number of high-profile credit default cases including at IL&FS and DHFL groups have led to mutual funds bearing huge losses. Stating that the figures speak for themselves, Tyagi said it has been around a year since the defaults started, but the AUM of open ended debt schemes is yet to reach the AUM levels seen at the end of August 2018. “Such instances do not reflect well on the industry practices. While Sebi stepped in and took several measures in the interest of the investors, the need for us to step in may not have arisen if many of these measures were taken by the industry itself,” he said. Continuing with his plainspeaking, Tyagi said Sebi’s study of liquid schemes showed that in 20 per cent of the instances, the average holding in liquid instruments was less than 5 per cent of AUM as compared to an average net redemption in these schemes of around 19 per cent. “A certain element of self-discipline by the industry could have averted such a situation,” he said. “The recent events also threw into the spotlight several risky investments made by the industry in the quest for higher yields. The safety of the investment cannot be compromised for want of higher yields. While we have taken steps to restrict such investments, the industry as a whole needs to do its own analysis on a regular basis to avoid such situations in future,” he said. Tyagi also said the role of trustees is pivotal in the mutual fund ecosystem and he wants to see greater proactivity on the part of trustees where there are concerns and lapses. “However, a balance is required so that it does not hinder the day-to-day operations and fund management activities,” he said. Tyagi said inspections conducted by Sebi has thrown up several issues, some of which are case-specific in nature, but certain issues are quite prevalent in the industry as a whole. “In this scenario, trustees are not expected to be passive participants in the MF ecosystem. Where there are concerns and lapses, we expect the trustees to step up their efforts as the first level gatekeepers, take remedial steps and immediately make necessary intimations to Sebi and not wait for Sebi to step in and take corrective measures,” he said. On investor outreach, Tyagi said it is encouraging to see increasing number of millennial and women investors in mutual funds, but there is a large space that remains untapped. He also pitched for making the process of entry, exit and management of investments simple and easy. Referring to the government’s announcement for improving market access for the domestic retail investors by permitting Aadhar-based KYC for opening of demat account and making investment in mutual funds, he said Sebi will work with the government on this with a view to operationalizing the decision. To further ease the process of investing in mutual funds, a working group had been formed some time back by Sebi with multiple stakeholders. The group has since submitted the report and we are in a process of implementing its recommendations, he said.last_img read more