RapidMiner Partners with Hivecell to Enable Real-Time AI at the Edge

first_img Pinterest BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– RapidMiner, a data science platform enabling data loving people of all skill levels to rapidly create and operate enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for maximum business impact, today announced a partnership with Hivecell, the Edge-as-a-Service company, to allow users to rapidly create and operate models with streaming data from the edge. Hivecell is the premiere Platform-as-a-Service for edge computing, offering simple, scalable solutions that take the compute power out of the cloud and place it at the true edge. Edge computing solves the latency and delay problems that occur when organizations rely solely on the cloud, enabling businesses to deploy compute power to thousands of locations outside of data centers. Hivecell takes computer power to the next level with stackable units at edge sites that collect the data generated from Internet-connected devices and process it on-site, only sending relevant data back to the cloud. “There is a massive need for the ability to execute machine learning at the edge, especially under rugged conditions where it may be difficult to connect to central data centers or where comms costs are prohibitive,” said Fred Gedling VP of Corporate Development at RapidMiner. “Whether on a factory floor, at the point of sale, underground or at sea, intelligence at the true edge becomes real. By partnering with Hivecell, our users will now be able to use models built with the RapidMiner platform to enable AI-optimized decision-making wherever needed.” With this integration, the RapidMiner platform can be easily integrated into the Hivecell architecture, allowing Hivecell users to pool together data and build models centrally. These RapidMiner models are then pushed back out to the units at the edge for swift implementation and execution, guiding effective device- and location-specific decision making. Hivecell and RapidMiner together create a true Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) edge solution. “Hivecell allows data scientists to store and crunch data on-premise and deploy that data instantly, with an ultimate goal of pushing computing to the true edge, which is wherever our users happen to be,” said Jeffrey Ricker, co-founder and CEO of Hivecell. “We’re excited to partner with RapidMiner so that our users can also run and execute machine learning models on-site, allowing them to make predictions and execute solutions swiftly without the need of a large technical team.” For businesses in environmentally intensive industries, AIoT solutions offer unique benefits to address the challenges of operating in such conditions:Lower operating costs: AIoT enables smarter, proactive repair of field and production equipment at lower risk with less production downtime.Reduced risk: Using AIoT to improve product quality and production processes reduces the risk of product failure and health, safety and environmental liabilities.Better customer experience: Greater reliability of products and service networks created by AIoT makes for a better customer experience and happier, more loyal customers.Increased revenue: Improving product design by using AIoT to understand usage, predict and prevent problems drives greater demand from the market and higher revenues. To learn more about RapidMiner and its partnership with Hivecell, visit rapidminer.com. About RapidMiner RapidMiner is reinventing enterprise AI so that anyone has the power to positively shape the future. We’re doing this by enabling data loving people of all skill levels across the enterprise to rapidly create and operate AI solutions for immediate business impact. We offer a full lifecycle platform that unifies data prep, machine learning, and model operations with a user experience that provides depth for data scientists and simplifies complex tasks for everyone else. The RapidMiner Center of Excellence methodology and the RapidMiner Academy ensures customers are successful, no matter their experience or resource levels. More than 40,000 organizations in over 150 countries rely on RapidMiner to increase revenue, cut costs, and reduce risk. Learn more here. About Hivecell Hivecell is the Edge-as-a-Service company redefining the category of edge computing with easy-to-deploy, future-proofed, technology agnostic solutions empowering companies to scale infinitely and save massive amounts of resources in their management and processing of big data. It takes compute power out of the data center and places it at the true edge, enabling companies to efficiently manage thousands of remote locations without the use of a huge IT team and at 50 percent of the cost of traditional cloud providers. To learn more visit, www.hivecell.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005627/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact: Cori Hays Matter Communications 971-361-9604 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY OTHER TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS SOFTWARE SOURCE: RapidMiner Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Neil Young Announces Upcoming 2-Night Runs In New York & Philly

first_imgIconic Canadian rock star Neil Young has announced four new fall dates. On the heels of Farm Aid, which will take place on September 22nd in Hartford, CT, and a stop with the Outlaw Music Festival Tour the following evening on September 23rd in Saratoga Springs, NY, Young will head to Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre for a pair of shows on September 26th and 27th. Following this two-night stand at The Cap, the famed rocker will finish his short stretch on the road with two shows at Philadelphia, PA’s Tower Theater on September 30th and October 1st.For the Capitol Theatre shows, Neil Young will be teaming up with Promise Of The Real for their Capitol Theatre debut, a band that has frequently joined Neil Young for performances in recent years and that is led by Lukas Nelson, the talented son of Willie Nelson. For the two-night run in Philadelphia, Neil Young will perform solo shows.A presale is currently underway for the New York shows on September 26th and 27th at The Capitol Theatre shows via Eventbrite, using the password “NEILYOUNGARCHIVES”. Tickets for the Tower Theater run went on sale last night for Neil Young Archives members and already are sold out. Farm Aid is also sold out, but tickets are still available for Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour via Ticketmaster.last_img read more

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Online courses bring knowledge to medical professionals

first_img Read Full Story The global health care and life sciences industries are changing rapidly due to advances in research and technology, with worldwide spending projected to surpass $10 trillion in 2022. This rapid growth has major implications for established organizations and emerging startups alike, increasing the need for professionals who understand the science driving the future of health care.In response to this increasing need for medical science knowledge across a broad range of job roles, Harvard Medical School is launching HMX Pro, a new series of online courses designed for working professionals in health care and in the life sciences that will cover advances in fields like genetics, immunology and pharmacology. HMX launched its initial online programs, HMX Fundamentals, in 2015.“While delivering HMX courses to learners around the world, we’ve seen significant interest from professionals in a variety of roles who want to enhance their understanding of medical science to take on new challenges,” said Michael Parker, associate dean for online learning at HMS and faculty director of HMX.The learner community includes science and business professionals from companies like Celgene, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Janssen, and Merck. Companies including Google, Novartis and Moderna Therapeutics have offered the courses to groups of their employees to emphasize the role of learning in keeping pace with change.“HMX gives us the opportunity to meet the need for more medical training and more awareness about medical topics,” said Irene Nyavor, program manager at Google, who helped to bring the courses to employees.“I’ve found all the courses to be tremendously helpful,” said Siyan Xu, senior principal biostatistician at Novartis. “They are challenging in a positive way.”The new HMX Pro courses were developed for those who want to get up to speed on emerging topics in medical science for specific projects, applications or research, with learners ranging from scientists taking on new research areas to business leaders who want to better understand their products and more effectively collaborate across disciplines.The initial courses cover key topics that are transforming health care, including cancer genomics and immuno-oncology.“Advances in genetics and immunology have significantly changed cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said Parker. “Anyone whose work intersects with cancer needs to understand the science driving these cutting-edge applications.”Advanced HMX Pro courses such as cancer genomics and immuno-oncology are intended for learners with some background in the underlying topic; those who require an introduction can opt to take additional courses that provide the key knowledge needed to get the most out of the experience.As with all HMX courses, the HMX Pro series incorporates the latest advances in learning science to provide an engaging experience led by HMS faculty. Each lesson includes whiteboard-style videos and detailed animations, with concepts reinforced by interactive elements, true-to-life scenarios and real patient cases to enhance learning.last_img read more

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Peruvian organized crime groups exploit children to mine gold illegally

first_imgBy Dialogo February 24, 2014 Some children, teenagers, and adults begin working for illegal mining enterprises voluntarily, in the hopes of escaping poverty. Organized crime operatives require these workers to sign a contract, saying they will work for 90 days without pay, supposedly to cover the costs of “recruitment fees” and travel expenses. But once they are the mining camp, the workers, young and old, are not allowed to leave and are not paid even after 90 days. Some teenagers were forced to work for six years for food and a place to sleep, but were never paid, according to the Verité report. Organized crime operatives have killed some young workers who reached adulthood and demanded payment. Organized crime groups recruit children, teenagers, and adults to work in a variety of jobs at the the gold mines. Some of the workers are ordered to use machetes to cut trees, some shovel and move rocks and dirt, and some operate pumps which are used to separate gold particles. The work is dangerous and unhealthy. Workers often contract tropical diseases, such as malaria after being bitten by mosquitos. Some workers are injured in accidents. Human rights abuses Trying to escape poverty Sexual exploitation Not all of the workers are exploited in the gold mines. Organized crime groups also force thousands of girls, teenagers, and young women to work as prostitutes in mining regions. Much of this activity occurs in the department of Madre de Dios. Organized crime operatives trick teenagers and young women, promising them jobs as waitresses, cooks, or babysitters, Zevallos said. Instead, they are forced to work in bars, “attending to miners who want sex,” Zevallos said. There are about 150 bars in Madre de Dios. The bars are open 24 hours a day. Girls and young women from Andean peasant communities are forced to work in some bars, while girls an women from cities are forced to work in other bars. In 2010, there were about 2,000 girls, teenagers, and women laboring as sex workers in 100 bars, according to the Huarayo Association. About 60 percent of these sex workers were minors, the association estimated. Organized crime groups use violence to enforce their illegal gold mining enterprises, Zevallos said. For example, in February 2014, a group of organized crime gunmen fatally shot the owner of a bar in Puerto Maldonado. The killing was probably connected to a dispute involving an illegal gold mining enterprise, Zevallos said. Peruvian police have managed to rescue some girls from sexual exploitation in Madre de Dios, Zevallos said. It is crucial that security forces and civilians work together to fight organized crime, Zevallos said. Using information provided by people who have escaped illegal mining operations, security forces have identified and destroyed dozens of illicit mining camps in recent years. center_img The incursion by organized crime groups into the gold mining business has led to “forced child labor, the loss of human lives, human trafficking and sexual exploitation,” according to the report. “The issue is alarming. Family clans and criminal gangs have accumulated great fortunes by obtaining gold with the sweat and tears of children and adolescents,” said Guadalupe Oscar Zevallos, director of Huarayo Association an organization located in the department of Madre de Dios. The group provides shelter for children and adults who were forced to work for criminal organizations but escaped. Organized crime groups which force children and teenagers to work for them control much of the gold mining in the departments of Madre de Dios, Cusco , Puno and Arequipa, according to the report. Overall, organized crime groups operated illegal gold mining operations in 21 of the country’s 25 regions in 2013, according to the report. Special teams of police and prosecutors to fight illegal mining Organized crime groups in Peru are forcing children and teenagers to work for them in illegal gold mining enterprises, according to authorities and human rights advocates. Many of these children and teenagers are also sexually exploited by their organized crime captors, according to a recent report, “Risk Analysis Indicators of Forced Labor and Trafficking in illegal gold mining in Peru,” by Verité, a human rights group which is based in the United States. The Sinaloa Cartel, Los Urbenos, and Los Rastrojos are among the organized crime groups which conduct illegal mining operations. Each of these are transnational criminal organizations which traffic drugs and engage in other criminal enterprises. Organized crime groups are taking advantage of one of Peru’s most valuable natural resources. Peru is the largest gold producer in Latin America and sixth largest worldwide. Honest miners have received competition from violent organized crime groups in recent years. Organized crime groups employ 100,000 people directly in illegal gold mining enterprises and 400,000 people indirectly, according to the Verité report. Approximately 50,000 children and teenagers were working in illegal gold mining enterprises in 2010, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). Illegal organized crime enterprises produce between 15 and 22 percent of the country’s gold, which is worth about $3 billion (USD) every year, according to the report. Since 2008, illegal mining production has increased fivefold in Peru, according to published reports. In February 204, Peruvian authorities placed special teams of police agents and prosecutors at airports in Lima , Arequipa, Cusco , Juliaca and Madre de Dios to curb illegal exports of gold. On January 25, 2014, 900 members of the National Police of Peru, supported by two helicopters and 18 prosecutors, evicted more than a thousand laborers of an illegal mining camp in the Tambopata area. Security forces destroyed eight pumps. Law enforcement officials remain in the area to prevent miners from returning.last_img read more

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Beach bargain: Noosa surf shack could be yours for just $15,000!

first_imgInside the former Noosa Surf Club building from the 1930s. Picture: Facebook.Seller Damon Bereziat declined to comment.The building was reportedly used as the ‘Tip Top Tip Shop’ at the Noosa Refuge Station prior to finding its way online.Despite its age, the timber floorboards, rafters and roof are in good condition. An aerial view of Noosa Main Beach and the current Noosa Surf Life Saving Club. Photo: Lachie Millard.A PIECE of Queensland’s surf life saving history has hit the market with a bargain basement price in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the state.The Noosa Surf Club of the 1930s is a far less grand affair than the one that now boasts a prime position on fashionable Hastings Street, but the original was built to stand the test of time and comes with loads of charm. RELATED: Amazing waterside homes for every budget The rafters inside the former Noosa Surf Club building. Picture: Facebook.The 5.3m x 7.3m x 4.2m shack, with rafters purpose-built for surfboard storage still intact, can be picked up from Doonan, where the median house price is $870,000, according to property researcher CoreLogic. The former Noosa Surf Club building from the 1930s is for sale for $15,000. Picture: Facebook.The simple structure that stood on stumps in the sand dunes nearly 90 years ago has ended up on Facebook Marketplace, where it is being advertised for sale for the price of a small car — just $15,000.It’s a measly amount compared to surrounding properties in the area.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agocenter_img The timber floorboards of the former Noosa Surf Club building from the 1930s are still in good condition. Picture: Facebook. The view from the current Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club on Hastings St, Noosa.The advertisement describes the property as a “charming old Queensland surf shack seeking new custodian” and continues by saying it “would make (a) marvellous cottage, studio, guest room, et cetera”.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — A Florida appeals court has granted Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson’s motion to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.Wednesday’s order shifts the focus to a separate but related case in federal court in North Carolina. The Florida lawsuit was filed last summer by Prime Sports Marketing and company president Gina Ford.They accuse Williamson of breach of contract and want $100 million in damages.That came after Williamson sued in North Carolina to void his Prime Sports contract.NCAA-PRE-SEASON In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— NHL players won’t be expected to wear full face shields if games resume this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Negotiations between league and NHL Players’ Association have focused on testing and other off-ice safety precautions. Because players are expected to be tested daily, there isn’t expected to be additional on-ice equipment required for practices and games.— The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 game scheduled between Tennessee State and Jackson State in the first known Division I cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic. This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The 2018 game was called due to weather.— Major league players have committed $1 million to support minor leaguers whose leagues appear unlikely to start this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB and the union are trying to reach an agreement to start the big-league season in empty ballparks, but minor leagues don’t have large broadcast contracts and have not announced any plans to take the field.— Manchester City has beaten Arsenal 3-0 as the Premier League’s 100-day shutdown ended. The 55,000 seats that would usually be filled for the visit of Arsenal were instead empty. The only supporters seen celebrating goals were streamed onto big screens. There was a minute’s silence before the game to remember coronavirus victims. And a display of solidarity remembered George Floyd, with both sets of players taking a knee around the center circle. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion said in a video shown during the U.S. Tennis Association’s tournament presentation Wednesday that she “cannot wait to return” to New York for the major championship she has won six times.The 38-year-old American was the runner-up in Flushing Meadows each of the past two years.Meanwhile, two-time major champion and former No. 1 Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) says she does not “currently plan to play” at the 2020 U.S. Open. Halep adds in a statement emailed by her representative to the AP on Wednesday that her stance “is not set in stone.” The 28-year-old Romanian is currently ranked No. 2 and is the reigning champion at Wimbledon. She also won the French Open in 2018.The U.S. Open will be held without spectators from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s normally the fourth and final Grand Slam tournament of each season, but it will be the second major of 2020, following the Australian Open, which concluded in early February.The French Open was postponed from May because of the coronavirus pandemic and currently is scheduled to start a week after the U.S. Open ends. Wimbledon was canceled altogether for the first time since World War II in 1945. TOKYO-KOIKECall to cancel Tokyo Olympics enters race for Tokyo governorTOKYO (AP) — The contentious issue of the billions being spent on the postponed Tokyo Olympics has entered the debate in the race for governor of Japan’s capital.Incumbent Yuriko Koike is a strong favorite to be reelected — and a strong supporter of the Olympics — in a field of more than a dozen candidates.In the field is Taro Yamamoto. He is a popular actor turned politician. He said in a debate this week that the Olympics should be called off and the billions redirected to help people struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.  June 18, 2020 DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The fastest man in the world has been sidelined for a string of missed doping tests.Christian Coleman, an American sprinter who won the 100-meter title at last year’s world championships and had been the early favorite for the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games, was temporarily banned from competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Wednesday.The suspension will last until a final decision is reached at a hearing conducted under World Athletics Anti-Doping rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.Coleman had a previous whereabouts charge dropped last year ahead of the world championships. But his current charge could lead to a two-year ban, ruling him out of next year’s postponed Olympics.Coleman wrote on Twitter that drug testers were unable to find him Dec. 9 when he was at a mall shopping for Christmas presents. That was his third infraction in a 12-month period. Coach Anthony Lynn says Kaepernick is on the team’s workout list because he fits the style the Chargers are looking for. Lynn added that he hasn’t spoken to Kaepernick.Los Angeles was 5-11 last season and has moved on at quarterback after 14 seasons with Philip Rivers under center.REDSKINS-NAMEDebate on racism renews calls for Redskins to change nameUNDATED (AP) — The recent national debate over racism has renewed calls for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name. Mayor Muriel Bowser believes a change is overdue and called the name an “obstacle” to the team building its next stadium and headquarters inside the District of Columbia. A recent study found that 49% of respondents considered the name Redskins offensive. The team had no comment about a possible name change.Owner Dan Snyder over the years has shown no indication that he’d change the name.Advocates call the name a dictionary-defined racial slur and hope this is the movement that finally invokes change.NBA-CAVALIERS-LOVE AWARDCavs’ Love honored with Arthur Ashe Courage Award — The University of St. Thomas has NCAA support for the Minnesota school’s bid to move its athletic programs directly from Division III to Division I. The NCAA’s Division I council announced St. Thomas can make a formal request to waive reclassification rules. Currently, a 12-year process with a stop in Division II is required. The NCAA will vote by April on a proposal to alter those rules to allow any Division III school to move directly to Division I. St. Thomas will be ejected from its Division III league after the 2020-21 school year for competitive reasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GACHUtah guard Gach transfers to home state team, MinnesotaMINNEAPOLIS — Utah guard Both Gach has decided to transfer to Minnesota to play his last two seasons of college in his home state. The 6-foot-6 native of Austin, Minnesota, was second on the Utes in scoring as a sophomore last season with an average of 10.7 points per game.He became the third player in Utah program history to post a triple-double, with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 8. ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — It wasn’t quite the post position trainer Barclay Tagg wanted for Tiz the Law. Still, it wasn’t far off for the colt who on Wednesday was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes.Tagg was hoping the Florida Derby winner would land anywhere between spots 5 to 7 in the starting gate for Saturday’s beginning of the reconfigured Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law drew the No. 8 post in the 10-horse field and will be ridden by Manny Franco.Instead of concluding the Triple Crown, the Belmont is kicking off the series. It will be run at 1 1/8 miles — shorter than its usual grueling 1 1/2 miles — without spectators or owners at Belmont Park in New York.TRACK-COLEMAN SUSPENDEDWorld’s fastest man suspended for missing doping tests NCAA approves plan for basketball players to access coachesUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA Division I Council approved a plan to allow college basketball players to start working with their coaches for the first time since the pandemic wiped out March Madness.The summer access period for men’s and women’s players will begin July 20.The NCAA also announced the expected approval by the council of an extended preseason model for football teams. And the council introduced a legislative proposal to create a path for schools to transition straight from Division III to Division I, paving the way for St. Thomas (Minn.) to make that jump as soon as next year.In other NCAA news: — Brazilian soccer will make its return on Thursday after a three-month suspension. The governing body of soccer in Rio de Janeiro says Flamengo and Bangu will play in an empty Stadium in the local league. More than 45,000 people have died with the virus in the South American country and health specialists say the peak of the crisis is yet to come.— The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours have issued what they are calling “provisional” calendars that would resume sanctioned competition in August. Tour play has been suspended since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The WTA said its first event would be the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy the week of Aug. 3. The ATP said its players would return to action at the Citi Open in Washington beginning Aug. 14 where Women will also compete.TENNIS-US OPEN23-time major champ Serena Williams says she’ll play US OpenUNDATED (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to play in the 2020 U.S. Open.center_img Gach is one of three transfers who’ve chosen the Gophers this offseason, joining center Liam Robbins (Drake) and forward Brandon Johnson (Western Michigan).VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA hoping positive trend in Orlando won’t affect their plansUNDATED (AP) — The rate of positive coronavirus tests in the Orlando, Florida, area has been soaring in recent days.The NBA hopes that doesn’t matter. After spending weeks putting together an elaborate series of health and safety protocols, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association believe they have done what is necessary to keep the 22 teams and others who will be part of the season restart at the Disney campus near Orlando next month safe and healthy. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that Ara Zobayan’s last transmission said he was climbing to 4,000 feet to get above clouds. But he actually was in a rapid descent into a hillside northwest of Los Angeles. The report confirms initial findings that the helicopter was functioning.The report said he may have “misperceived” the pitch of the aircraft, which can happen when a pilot becomes disoriented in low visibility. Experts have said the path of the flight indicated he was disoriented.The 1,700 pages of the report do not offer a conclusion of what caused the crash but compile factual reports. A final report on the cause is due later.Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and six of their friends were killed, along with the pilot.MLB-SCHEDULE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE-BRYANT-CRASHReport: Kobe Bryant pilot may have been disoriented in fogLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say the pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing Kobe Bryant and seven other passengers, reported he was climbing when he was actually descending. CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts in raising awareness about mental health.Love, whose openness about his life-long battles with anxiety triggered a nationwide discussion and helped spur the NBA to do more to help players deal with emotional issues, will receive the award at Sunday’s ESPYs in Los Angeles.Love said it was an absolute honor to receive the award and that he was humbled by it. Love added that if telling his story can help just one child then he’ll know his efforts were worth it and that he hopes on day that are able to erase the stigma around mental illness.ARTHUR ASHE STATUEStatue vandalized 2022 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS4 sports join 2022 European Championships; still no swimmingMUNICH, Germany (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 European Championships have added four sports to the program for the games in Munich.The nine-sport line-up now includes the Olympic events of beach volleyball, canoe sprint, sport climbing and table tennis. Swimming remains absent from what organizers say is a finalized program.The European aquatics body will hold its own championships in Rome at the same time as Munich also hosts track and field, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of African American tennis legend Arthur Ashe on Richmond, Virginia’s, Monument Avenue has been vandalized with the words “White Lives Matter.” Photos show the monument base tagged with white spray paint and the words “white lives matter” as well as the initials “WLM.”Those initials were then later painted over with “BLM.” Police said they have information on possible suspects.The Arthur Ashe monument was dedicated in 1996 to memorialize the Richmond native and counterbalance the string of statues on Memorial Avenue dedicated to Confederate leaders.HORSE RACING-BELMONT-DRAWTiz the Law draws No. 8 post as early 6-5 Belmont favorite Manfred, Clark meet, develop basis for possible agreementUNDATED (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark reached a framework that could lead to an agreement that would start the pandemic-delayed season on July 19 or July 20. Manfred flew to meet with Clark and worked out the framework at a Scottsdale hotel.Each team would play 60 games, and players would get full prorated pay, about 37% of their salary. The wild-card round would expand from two games to eight best-of-three series this year. The designated hitter would be used in all games for the first time.WILLIAMSON-LAWSUITZion Williamson gets favorable ruling in lawsuit by ex-agent Associated Press In other Open news:— Electronic line-calling will be used instead of line judges for U.S. Open tennis matches at all courts except the two largest arenas. Singles qualifying, mixed doubles, junior and wheelchair competition are being eliminated entirely. There also will be three ball people instead of six at courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium. Those are among the changes announced by the U.S. Tennis Association as it outlined plans for running its Grand Slam tournament in New York City amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament received the go-ahead from the New York state government to be held in its usual Flushing Meadows location from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 but without spectators.NFL-CHARGERS-KAEPERNICKLynn: Kaepernick fits Chargers style but no workouts plannedCOSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers could explore bringing in Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) for a workout depending on what happens during the preseason, but right now nothing is scheduled. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

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Dr Paul Wright: Drug-free sport is attainable

first_img Icons protected It appears that anti-doping organisations around the world have very little interest in finding and announcing positive drug test results for the so-called icons of sports. We now know that credentials and expertise in anti-doping could also mean very little when a nation’s credibility is at stake. Lord Coe lamented publicly his disappointment at the absence of Russia from the World Indoor Championships, as he simultaneously held out hope that Russia could still send athletes to the Rio Olympics. Kenya had dates for compliance with World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) directives repeatedly postponed seemingly in a desperate effort to have them compete in Rio. The announcement that Ethiopia, Morocco, Ukraine, and Belarus are all on a list of countries not fully compliant with WADA’s anti-doping code was quickly followed by assurances that these countries were not banned from competing in the Olympics. The obvious question is: ‘What on earth is going on?’ The call from British athlete, Paula Radcliffe, for drug testers to be allowed visa-free entry to countries where independent testing is scheduled (as the issuance of a visa will alert cheaters that the tester is coming) has not received any support from the authorities, including the new head of the medical and anti-doping commission of the IAAF, South African Harold Adams, who replaced Gabriel Dolle, who is now banned for bribing athletes to conceal positive results. The answer to clean sports will only be achieved when those previously present when corruption was rife are removed and the selection of their replacements be removed from government appointees. Drug-free sport is attainable. All that is needed is the will to make sports drug-free. UKAD being investigated We now hear that this same group is being investigated by a former assistant police chief constable in Britain, Mr Andy Ward. This investigation became necessary as a British newspaper, the Sunday Times, published a report that alleges that a British doctor, Mark Bonar, had claimed that he provided numerous athletes, including Premier League footballers, England cricketers and Tour de France cyclists with banned substances such as EPO growth hormones and steroids. Amazingly, the report also indicates that UKAD was given information about the activities some two years ago by an athlete who was trying to reduce possible sanction after failing to submit to a drug test when called upon to do so. This whistle-blower even provided signed prescriptions for banned substances signed by the doctor, but alleges that UKAD refused to probe further, claiming that the accused physician was not associated with any organised sport. Yes, UKAD, the same organisation selected to lead the fight against doping in sports leading up to the Summer Olympics this year! Athletics remains the number one watched sport in the Olympics. This fact will be questioned as the fans of the sport watch the build-up to the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil this year. Doping scandal after doping scandal has left some of the fans wondering ‘just who is clean’. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the Swedish runner, Abeba Aregawi, has tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance meldonium and is provisionally banned from competition. Aregawi was the Ethiopia World indoor 1500-metre champion who switched allegiance to Sweden after the 2012 Olympics. Her ‘excuse’ for the positive test is that she was given tablets by a doctor in Ethiopia that she thought was vitamins! Thanks to whistle-blowers, we now know that doctors, coaches, drug testers and even those in charge of Anti-Doping Commissions have aided and abetted cheating in the sport of athletics. The present head of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, is facing mounting criticism as he tries to clean up a sport that now seems destined for life support as major sponsors withdraw their support. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping organisation (UKAD) was recently named as the body to oversee the anti-doping programme in Russia, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appointed UKAD as the secretariat for the task force that will coordinate the fight against doping in the build-up to this summer’s Olympics.last_img read more

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“Evolution Stories Are Subtle and Complex” – Truth or Euphemism?

first_imgA worm brain has photoreceptors similar to those in humans.  What does it mean?  Elizabeth Pennisi in Science1 sets the stage, commenting on work by Arendt et al. in the same issue,2 “Ciliary Photoreceptors with a Vertebrate-Type Opsin in an Invertebrate Brain.”  One might think this demonstrates common ancestry, but Pennisi explains that it’s not a simple evolutionary story:Despite incredible variation in size and shape, eyes come in just two basic models.  The vertebrates’ photoreceptor cells, typified by rods and cones, are quite distinctive from the invertebrates’.  And although both use light-sensing pigments called opsins, the opsins are quite different in their amino acid makeup.    For years biologists have argued about how these varied components came to be.  Some insist that eyes evolved only once, despite this modern difference.  Others have argued that optical structures evolved at least once in invertebrates and again in vertebrates.    New data showing unexpected similarities between photoreceptors of a marine worm and humans add a new twist to this debate.  Detlev Arendt and Joachim Wittbrodt, developmental biologists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and their colleagues have found that in addition to its regular opsin pigment, the worm contains another one almost identical to the human’s.  Their finding suggests that even the earliest animals had the makings of both vertebrate and invertebrate visual systems, and that some of the photoreceptor cells in the invertebrate brain were transformed over a series of steps into vertebrate eyes.  Although some researchers are skeptical, others think the data are sound….The research team thinks this “sheds new light on vertebrate eye evolution,” but the problem is that it pushes the origin of sight, a complex interaction of multiple functional parts, even farther back in time.  Another problem is that the human-like opsin in the worm has been conserved (unevolved) for 500 million years, according to the standard evolutionary time scale:Arendt and Wittbrodt jumped into the fray over eye evolution after Arendt noticed some odd cells in the brains of ragworms, a relic marine annelid species that’s been relatively unchanged for the past 500 million years.  “We were surprised,” Arendt recalls, as these cells looked very much like rods and cones.Further molecular and genetic studies showed that “Not only the morphology [outward appearance] but also the molecular biology of the two types of receptors was already set in our common ancestor”, according to a French biologist.  To put this new discovery into an evolutionary context, Arendt et al. had to invent a hypothetical ancestor even further back in time from the hypothetical ancestor of vertebrates and invertebrates, dubbed Urbilateria: They go further to suggest that the two types likely arose in a predecessor of Urbilateria.  In that organism, they speculate, the gene for one opsin and the genes to build the one type of photoreceptor cell were duplicated.  The extra set of genes might have evolved into a different visual system: “We think both photoreceptor cells track back to one cell type,” [Joachim] Wittbrodt [one of the authors of the paper] says.As the authors put it in conclusion, “The vertebrate eye thus represents a composite structure, combining distinct types of light-sensitive cells with independent evolutionary histories”.  So although this proposal seems to favor those who argue for the single origin of eyes, it illustrates that “evolution stories are subtle and complex.”1Elizabeth Pennisi, “Worm’s Light-Sensing Proteins Suggest Eye’s Single Origin,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5697, 796-797, 29 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5697.796a].2Arendt et al., “Ciliary Photoreceptors with a Vertebrate-Type Opsin in an Invertebrate Brain,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5697, 869-871, 29 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1099955].“A likely story” can have opposite meanings depending on the tone of voice.  Is the phrase, “subtle and complex” descriptive of a truth, or a euphemism for a dodge?  Suppose you were a teacher, and your student’s story about the origin of his term paper, which was clearly a hodgepodge of plagiarisms from several internet sources, he described as “subtle and complex.”  Suppose a politician described his flipflops over the years as being subtle and complex.  Suppose your husband’s disastrous room addition project was defended with a story he said was subtle and complex.  One thing is clear about this evolutionary story, as admitted by Pennisi: it is not simple and straightforward.  The PBS Evolution series tried to claim in 2001 that the eye followed a simple and straightforward progression from simple to complex, using the visual power of suggestion that a series of pictures of animal eyes in a progression from apparently simple to complex suggested an ancestral relationship.  Evolutionists love the word “suggest”.  Scattered similarities between distant organisms, all thriving in their own environments, all using highly-complex functional systems only “suggest” an evolutionary story when you have put yourself under Charlie’s spell and have opened yourself up to the power of suggestion.  Snap out of it.    Read this evolutionary story with the wide-awake understanding that opsins are very complex proteins (see 10/01/2004 headline and Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box, pp. 15-25).  But their complexity alone is useless without even more complex organs and neurons that can interpret their responses.  Evolutionists want to hypnotize us into the suggestion that stories relating worms to humans by common ancestry are scientific.  Be a clear-headed judge of the evidence.  When missing links have to be invented out of thin air, and when complex functions have to be presumed to have “arisen” [a miracle word] earlier than previously believed, the burden of proof is on the storyteller that the statement, “evolution stories are subtle and complex,” is not just pulling wool over the eyes. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Boost for India-Pakistan bilateral Test series

first_imgThe ball has been set rolling on resumption of the stalled India-Pakistan bilateral Test series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt met Rajeev Shukla, vice-president of the Indian Board, in London a few days ago, crucially just a few days before a change of guard in India.N Srinivasan takes over as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the annual general body meeting on Monday and Tuesday.Butt described his meeting with Shukla as “positive”. And with positive vibes coming from the heads of national governments in India and Pakistan – especially after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani watched the India- Pakistan semi-final in Mohali in March – a full- fledged Test series looks on.According to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tour Programme (FTP), Pakistan is scheduled to tour India for a Test and One- day International series. But a brief series before that can’t be ruled out, though India’s scheduled till then is packed. The picture will become clear once Srinivasan assumes charge and meets Butt.Shukla, also the minister for parliamentary affairs, confirmed that the Indian government has already given the green signal for the bilateral Test series that has not been played since 2007, when Pakistan toured India. The series has been discontinued due to political reasons, particularly as India believes terrorists based in Pakistan attacked Mumbai in 2008.When contacted in London, Butt said that there was a forward movement towards resuming the most eagerly awaited series in Asia, if not the entire cricketing world.advertisement”There is a positive development (from the talks with Shukla). But I can’t give you more details until things are finalised,” Butt, a former Test batsman, told M AIL T ODAY . Shukla, on his return to India from London, said that the BCCI would approach the government with a formal request after the two boards have finalised the series.”There is no problem from the Indian government. But we will go to the government after the series dates are finalised,” Shukla told M AIL T ODAY . Shukla could play the most important role in resumption of the series as he is the best link between the BCCI and the government.His good rapport with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi could give further fillip to the background work needed in securing the final government nod.Meanwhile, former PCB chairman Shahryar Khan, during whose tenure India and Pakistan resumed Test series after 15 years in 2004, said that the series should be played at any cost and that the Boards should not squabble over the venue.”It’s my strong feeling that we should re-start the series. Let’s start the process. This was what I told PCB too a good two or three months ago when they contacted me and it would be my advice to them (again) if they were to seek it,” Khan, also a former foreign secretary of Pakistan, told M AIL T ODAY from Pakistan.”Although it’s our turn to host India, it’s not possible to do so in Pakistan in the present circumstances.We should go to India, which would mean that India would now owe two tours to Pakistan. But we should not put too many conditions,” he said. “I told this to Rajeev too – that we should start the series come what may.” Khan also pointed out that a task force set up by the ICC post the Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan team in March 2008 to assess the ground situation for hosting international matches has also recommended an India- Pakistan series.The career diplomat acknowledged and appreciated that the Indian government would not allow its cricket team to go to play Pakistan in the Middle East.”It’s difficult that an India-Pakistan series would be played in Dubai or Abu Dhabi as I know India would not go there,” he averred. “The best possible venue would be South Africa or Sri Lanka, but finding a slot in the itinerary is difficult (other than the ICC’s FTP),” he suggested.last_img read more

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