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SCOIL MHUIRE, BUNCRANA OVERCOME PCC FALCARRAGH IN ULSTER SCHOOLS FINAL

first_imgThe Ulster final schools senior boys took place on Thursday last at the Aura leisure centre.Scoil Mhuire Buncrana emerged victorious beating Pcc Falcarragh by a score line of 2:1. In what was an exciting game it was Buncrana who took control in the first half. Ryan Curran in the centre of the park was having a huge influence on the play.They headed in at the break 1:0 courtesy of a penalty by Harry Forshaw. Pcc emerged from the halftime break with more prominence and really put it up to Buncrana and had the better of the play in the early exchanges. It was now becoming a real game with both sides producing some wonderful football. Buncrana had a spell which resulted in a fantastic move finished by the influential Darragh o Connor to lead 2:0.It was all Buncrana now and against the run of play with 20mins left Falcarragh got a soft goal scored by Lee o Brien who was not long on the park. This spurred PCC on and it gave the strong Falcarragh support something to cheer.They bombarded the Buncrana goal but some stout defending by the Scoil Mhuire rear guard kept PCC at bay to run out eventual 2:1 winners. PCC should be proud of themselves especially Harley and Mc Garvey who were the driving force behind a spirited team performance.In what was a great exhibition of football and a great promotion of schools soccer in the province it is now Scoil Mhuire who advances to the All-Ireland semi-final where they will meet Malahide Community School. Venue : Gortakeegan, Tuesday 6th of February kick off 3:30pm. SCOIL MHUIRE, BUNCRANA OVERCOME PCC FALCARRAGH IN ULSTER SCHOOLS FINAL was last modified: March 6th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Like, Make a Tree

first_imgThree Darwinist professors lamented recently in Science1 that few scientists are making like a tree: “‘tree thinking’ remains widely practiced only by professional evolutionary biologists,” they said.  And just what is “tree thinking”?  It is basically thinking like Darwin; i.e., looking at the living world with phylogenetic glasses:The central claim of the theory of evolution as laid out in 1859 by Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species is that living species, despite their diversity in form and way of life, are the products of descent (with modification) from common ancestors.  To communicate this idea, Darwin developed the metaphor of the ‘tree of life.’  In this comparison, living species trace backward in time to common ancestors in the same way that separate twigs on a tree trace back to the same major branches.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)What prompted this editorial?  “This is a particular cause for concern at a time when the teaching of evolution is being challenged,” they say.  But there’s a positive side, too: “because evolutionary trees serve not only as tools for biological researchers across disciplines but also as the main framework within which evidence for evolution is evaluated.”    While tree-thinking is useful for everyone, the art of generating trees is best left to the wizards:At the outset, it is important to clarify that tree thinking does not necessarily entail knowing how phylogenies are inferred by practicing systematists.  Anyone who has looked into phylogenetics from outside the field of evolutionary biology knows that it is complex and rapidly changing, replete with a dense statistical literature, impassioned philosophical debates, and an abundance of highly technical computer programs.  Fortunately, one can interpret trees and use them for organizing knowledge of biodiversity without knowing the details of phylogenetic inference.  The reverse is, however, not true.  One cannot really understand phylogenetics if one is not clear what an evolutionary tree is.They provide some examples of potential sources of confusion.  “Although closely related species tend to be similar to one another, this is not necessarily the case if the rate of evolution is not uniform:” for instance.  “Crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards, even though crocodiles are indisputably more similar in external appearance to lizards.”    A statement like that would surely shock a novice.  It’s not the outward similarity, they explain, but the phylogenetic inference that counts.  Evolutionary history is not progressive, nor is it uniform.  In addition, we see only the tips of the branches inhabited by living or fossil organisms; occupants of the nodes (common ancestors of the branches) are only inferred, and may not have looked like anything alive today.  “Thus, for all its importance,” they caution, “tree thinking is fraught with challenges.”    But then how can anything fraught with challenges be important or useful?  Let’s revisit their motives for proposing that tree-thinking should extend beyond the cloisters of evolutionary systematics.  Here’s the bottom line:Tree thinking belongs alongside natural selection as a major theme in evolution training.  Further, trees could be used throughout biological training as an efficient way to present information on the distribution of traits among species.  To this end, what is needed are more resources: computer programs, educational strategies, and accessible presentations of current phylogenetic knowledge.    Phylogenetic trees are the most direct representation of the principle of common ancestry–the very core of evolutionary theory–and thus they must find a more prominent place in the general public’s understanding of evolution.  As philosopher of science Robert O’Hara stated, “just as beginning students in geography need to be taught how to read maps, so beginning students in biology should be taught how to read trees and to understand what trees communicate.”  Among other benefits, as the concept of tree thinking becomes better understood by those in the sciences, we can hope that a wider segment of society will come to appreciate the overwhelming evidence for common ancestry and the scientific rigor of evolutionary biology.1David A. Baum, Stacey DeWitt Smith, Samuel S. S. Donovan, ”Evolution: The Tree-Thinking Challenge,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5750, 979-980 , 11 November 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117727].This article is very revealing.  The best way to understand it is to imagine oneself in ancient Babylonia, listening to some wizards of hepatoscopy (divination by reading the liver) lamenting the paucity of awareness of their craft among the astrologers and the general public.  They make a pitch in the Chaldean Journal about how useful hepatoscopy is to the general science of divination.  While admitting that their charts and diagrams are difficult to devise, they nevertheless argue that the charts are useful representations of fundamental insights, and took an awful lot of hard work to produce.  Their recommendation is to print more copies of their liver diagrams and instruct the young in the basic concepts of interpreting livers until the concept of liver-thinking becomes better understood and appreciated.    Far off?  Not by much.  Look what they admitted: phylogenetic inference from the actual data of biodiversity is “fraught with challenges.”  The field is “complex and rapidly changing.”  It has its own “dense statistical literature” impenetrable to those “outsiders” of the art.  It is an arena of “impassioned philosophical debates.”  One can imagine Babylonian hepatomancers in similar circumstances, adjusting their charts each time the king loses a battle despite their prognostication.  No problem; it’s all part of the “scientific rigor” of The Craft.    Notice also that tree-thinking is an a priori stance one takes before looking at the data.  It’s a world view: “the main framework within which evidence for evolution is evaluated.”  But what is being evaluated: the evidence, or the framework?  Since everything must fit into The Framework from the outset, no amount of change, debate, challenge or complexity endangers The Framework.  It is the grid through which all data must be sifted, the colored glass through which all wavelengths must be filtered.  This is very different from a geographical map with which they compare it (see analogy in the Baloney Detector).  A map represents visible data that can be corroborated in the present; a phylogenetic tree infers relationships in the unobservable past.  We do not conform the data to the map, but the other way around.  Not so with the Darwin Tree of Life.  Evidence is really secondary, because The Framework is already established.  Branches may shift here or there, but The Tree, as Platonic form, remains sacrosanct.  (You’ll notice that these wizards only bluffed about the “overwhelming evidence” for common ancestry and the “scientific rigor” of evolutionary biology; see 08/11/2003 and 06/13/2003 entries).    Rightly did Jonathan Wells classify Darwin’s tree of life as an Icon of Evolution.  An icon is a symbol, a representation of an article of faith.  The early icons of Jesus were not evidence for his divinity; they were reminders and representations of what the faithful already believed about him.  Proof of his divinity came not from the icons, but from the historical facts and eyewitness accounts of his miracles and resurrection.  As such, “icon-thinking” and meditation on the artistic representations would have constituted a weak apologetic.  The iconoclasts of early Christendom did not deny the object of the icons, but argued that the icons became idols, mere graven images that distracted one’s attention from the real person of Jesus Christ.  How much more an icon based on false premises and absent evidence will mislead a scientist and obscure honest investigation.  Like the icons of pagan gods adorning ancient temples, it substitutes a fantasy for the real world.    These three Darwin Party soothsayers want to short-circuit the proof from evidence and train novitiates by having them meditate on the icons.  They want computer programs, educational strategies and accessible representations of the products of their divination; they want to say, “believe, then interpret.”  They want to push this Framework, this faith – indeed, this religion – in the schools, to raise a new crop of devotees and practitioners of The Craft.  Such flagrant advocacy built on such shallow premises deserves a response in kind, from an iconoclast on that level.  We quote the noted philosopher Biff: “Make like a tree, and get outta here.”(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Students pack out Bafana training

first_img9 June 2010Greeted with ululations and blasts from vuvuzelas, the South African squad took to the pitch in an open training session at Wits University’s Sturrock Park ground in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon.Calls of “Boooothhh” (referring to South African footballer Matthew Booth) and the singing of South Africa’s unofficial sports anthem, Shosholoza, echoed around Sturrock Park as the fans showed their support for their national side.The training session’s tickets were reserved for Wits University staff and students, many of whom have been waiting for an opportunity to see the team in action.“I did everything in my power to get here,” said Yaeesh Moosa, a 22-year-old engineering student. “I have to get my hands on Steven Pienaar’s boots. No, seriously, I am a huge Bafana fan.“I want to be patriotic and support my side,” Moosa said. “I was ready two hours before this practice event, and I couldn’t sleep I’m so excited for the tournament.“The fact that we get to host these great teams and see some of the stars on campus is amazing.”Wits University is a hub of activity during the World Cup, with both South Africa and the Dutch sides having venues on the campus for training.Certain hostels will be hosting international fans, while the journalism, medical and commerce faculties are involved in research and support during the tournament.Wits is also one of the designated “Park and Ride” venues for both the Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums.Watching the South African side play a practice game, Lekwatle Pheladi and Pedzie Chiwota, two Wits staff members, said they were on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the tournament.Chiwota has a ticket to the opening game and is looking forward to the historic occasion.“This event has united the people of South Africa,” he said. “It is the first World Cup in Africa and it will be incredible to see Bafana playing at Soccer City against Mexico.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Google Glass: Twitter’s Vine Could Be The Killer App

first_imgTwitter’s Vine could be the killer app for Google Glass. They (should) go together like strawberries and chocolate.Yes, Google Glass needs a killer app. Beyond the breathless hype by white guys in Silicon Valley, what exactly is the mass market supposed to do with Google Glass? The most talked-about Glass uses, like augmented reality and instant data presentation, don’t have obvious appeal outside of the early adopter community. (See also 10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass.)Vine on Glass, however, could be something almost everyone could get into. Vine on Glass would let all your followers – and potentially the whole world – see what you see, almost as soon as you see it, in an easily digestible form. While you could do much of this with a smartphone, when you see something you want to record, you need to pull out your phone and power up the video camera. Not so with Glass, which promises an almost frictionless experience. If you are wearing Glass, you could Vine, effortlessly.  This has never been possible before. Making The Vine-On-Glass MatchThe six-second limit on Vine videos also means that Glass wearers don’t need to constantly stream everything they see, allowing Glass users to maintain full control and ownership over what they record, and what they share. Six seconds is long enough to capture the moment – the feel of an event or experience – in a way that is powerful, easy to record and share, but not so long that viewers get bored or creeped out. And Vine videos don’t require the kind of editing and composition skills that it takes to make watchable longer form movies.I suspect both Twitter and Google are already working on a partnership – though neither responded to my request for comment. Venture capitalist John Doerr has hinted that Twitter is already working on a Twitter – Glass app. First stop tweet, next stop picture, then… Vine: Hands-free, real-time, short videos, shot instantly with Glass, distributed instantly to the world via Twitter. And the companies are hardly strangers: Google used Twitter to help choose who would be first to own Glass with its #ifihadglass promotion.Sure, Google would rather users share their videos on Google+. But Twitter has proven that no one does real-time sharing better, and the short, bursty Vine format combines the best of Twitter and Glass. How Would It Work?Admittedly, there are some issues with creating Vine videos on Glass. Do you move your head? Stand still? How many taps to initiate recording and/or uploading? Based on the latest Project Glass “how to” video, however, even those minor barriers appear to be falling.  What journalists or first-responders might see. Watch an artist at work – and see, just as he sees. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s hallcenter_img Tags:#Augmented Reality#Google#Google Glass#twitter#video apps#Vine Vine On Glass Use CasesUnless and until we actually get Vine on Glass, we won’t know how the combo would be used. But here are some likely scenarios:Ask your followers if the awesome shoes you are trying on are right for you.Impress followers with your amazing view of the San Francisco skyline – or just tease them with what you see in real, physical space.Show them how the guy three persons ahead of you in line is being a total jerk.Let them cry with you as you hold your newborn for the first time, or coo with you when you take your new puppy home – all while your hands remain completely free and in the moment. You witness a traffic accident and immediately report all details, including video and audio of the aftermath. POV video from sports events – as a spectator or even a participant.The Vines embedded below offer more examples of Vines that would work even better if they had been recorded with Google Glass instead of an iPhone: Really real-time traffic video from highly specific locations. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Shooters aim at boosting India’s medals tally further

first_imgThe Dr Karni Singh shooting range, India’s best medal hunting ground in the Commonwealth Games, is set to provide more successes for the host nation on the fifth day of competitions on Thursday.After having scooped up a bagful of medals, including several gold, the Indian shooters are all set to boost the country’s medals kitty further.Gurpreet Singh and Omkar Singh (10m air pistol-men), Lajjakumari Gauswami and world champion Tejaswini Sawant (50m Singles Rifle 3 Position-women), Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh (25m Rapid Fire Pistol-men) and Asher Noria and Ronjan Sondhi (Singles Double Trap-men) would be seen in action.India are looking up to star boxers Akhil Kumar (56kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg), for further medals, along with Amandeep Singh (46-49kg).The weightlifting arena, also among the most fruitful ones for the country, will see Sudhir Kumar (77kg) flexing his muscles.A lot of Indians are in fray in athletics that commenced yesterday with hopes resting on high jumper Hari Sankar Roy, new national sprint record setter Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (men’s 100m), seasoned Mandeep and Manjeet Kaur (women’s 400m).At the archery range the Indian compound men’s and women’s teams would also be trying to attain podium finish after qualifying for the semi finals.Women’s wrestling makes its debut today with events in 48 kg, 55 kg, 63 kg and 72 kg freestyle and Greco-Roman styles.Competitions continue in tennis, table tennis, squash and badminton where a lot of Indian interest remains.- With PTI inputslast_img read more