Ramsey: QPR still believe

first_img “I am very disappointed,” Ramsey said. “We had a spell where we could, at least after the first goal, stopped the flow and stopped the tide. “There’s nothing to explain it, apart from that we’re in this position because of those key moments. We really need to do better in those situations.” QPR did rally after half-time but it was a matter of too little, too late due to their embarrassing first-half collapse. “The opportunity for me was to come in and try the best to turn things around,” Ramsey said. “The squad is the squad, we’re going to work with the players that we’ve got. “I am hoping nine games is enough, that’s all that I’ve got, so we’ll go for it as best we can. “The players believe in it. The players downstairs are disappointed, they’re not bickering and moaning at each other. Press Association QPR boss Chris Ramsey says there is still belief in the QPR dressing room that they can beat the drop despite falling to yet another defeat at Crystal Palace. “Yeah, some people are disappointed and some people are obviously voicing their opinions about how disappointed they are, but they’re still unified, as you’ll find. “They’re still unified in what we’re trying to do and all we can do really is to keep fighting.” The visitors’ only highlight on a miserable afternoon in south London was Phillips’ outstanding long-range strike. Just as the match was petering out, the winger took aim and rifled past Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni from 43 yards, earning applause from both sets of fans. “To be honest with you, it was a great strike but a tap-in or a 40-yarder, it made no difference,” Ramsey said. “Two of their goals were tap-ins and I’d rather have two tap-ins than one of those.” While Ramsey found it hard to get excited about Phillips’ goal, with Palace all-but assured victory when it went in, counterpart Alan Pardew was far more appreciative. “No one was going to save that,” the Eagles boss said. “That was a freak goal. “From 25 or 30 years on a training ground, I can’t remember seeing a better goal on the training ground let alone on a match day. It puts it into context. “I remember David Beckham scoring the goal here (against Wimbledon in 1996) and from a technical point of view Phillips’ one was better because it was a real, outstanding hit. He can be very proud of that.” It was not just Phillips rolling back the years, as Pardew heaped praise on Zaha and Yannick Bolasie after their electrifying displays. “I wouldn’t say they were the best wingers in the country, but they’re exciting,” he said. “There’s two flaws in their game, really. One – they don’t score enough goals and two – being disciplined in their defensive duties. “They are two areas we’ve worked hard on but their individual talent, the way they go past players and lift it over their heads, that’s purely from within and what they’ve learned in how they’ve been brought up. “They were fantastic, so exciting in the first half – a kind of throw back. “(Former Palace boss and ex-Manchester United winger) Steve Coppell would have been pleased today – I hope he was watching because it was like a Steve Coppell game today.” Five points from 12 top-flight matches makes grim reading for all those connected to Rangers, who on Saturday paid the price for their embarrassing first-half capitulation. Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Joel Ward all struck as Palace ran amok as half-time approached – goals which proved decisive as the hosts ran out 3-1 victors, with Matt Phillips’ goal of the season contender a mere consolation. last_img read more

Boys’ basketball roundup

first_imgBucksport 48, Sumner 37Bucksport’s Asher Bowden led the Golden Bucks in their 48-37 win over Sumner on Monday at Bucksport High School.Sam Smith led Sumner with 17 points.[For a story about this game, click here.]This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPiscataquis 65, GSA 59Taylor Schildroth led the GSA Eagles with 18 points in their 65-59 loss to Piscataquis on Monday in Guilford.Kelsey Allen contributed 14 points for the Eagles.For Piscataquis, Nate Burns scored 23 points, and Tristan French totaled 22.Old Town 65, MDI 46Old Town’s Eric Hoogterp scored 24 points for the Coyotes in their 65-46 win over Mount Desert Island on Monday at Old Town.Aaron Snurkowski scored 10 points for the Trojans. Riley Swanson and James O’Donnell each added eight points.Bucksport 48, Searsport 46Tyler Pye scored the game-winning basket for Bucksport with 16 seconds remaining in the Golden Bucks’ 48-46 win over Searsport on Saturday at Searsport.Pye led the Bucks with 12 points, and Riley Macleod scored 11.Shead 61, DI-S 31The Shead Tigers outscored the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners in the third quarter 23-8 to secure their 61-31 win on Saturday at Deer Isle.Mason Oliver led the Mariners with 11 points.Ellsworth 48, Foxcroft 36Ellsworth’s Nick Bagley led all scorers with 24 points in the Eagles’ 48-36 win over Foxcroft on Friday at Ellsworth High School.Bruce St. Peter and Cooper Henderson each contributed six points for the Eagles.Hunter Smith led Foxcroft with 15 points.[For a story about this game, click here.]Orono 64, GSA 56At Blue Hill, Orono outscored the GSA Eagles 15-4 in the first quarter and rallied late in the final period for the 64-56 win on Friday.Taylor Schildroth led GSA with 22 points. Kelsey Allen and Nick Szwez each scored 10 points.Washington Academy 57, Sumner 39Sam Smith led the Sumner Tigers with 22 points in their 57-39 loss to Washington Academy on Friday at East Machias.Washington Academy’s Kyle Taylor scored a game-high 27 points to pace the Raiders.DI-S 43, Penobscot Valley 30The DI-S Mariners pulled ahead in the third quarter for their 43-30 win over Penobscot Valley on Friday at Howland.Krisford Melanio scored 14 points, and Jared Gove totaled 13 points for DI-S.last_img read more

Deer Isle-Stonington girls beat Katahdin; DI-S boys fall to Easton

first_imgBANGOR — The Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ basketball team reached the Class D North championship game with a 48-34 win in Thursday’s semifinal showdown against Katahdin.Second-ranked Deer Isle-Stonington (18-2) trailed for much of the first half, but the Mariners finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 24-16 lead into halftime. Deer Isle-Stonington then ran its lead over No. 3 Katahdin (14-6) to double digits early in the second half and cruised the rest of the way to earn a spot in the regional final for the second straight year.Junior Kaylee Morey led Deer Isle-Stonington with 13 points, four assists and three blocks, and senior Brittany Gray added 10 points and four rebounds. The Mariners also got seven points and four rebounds from Brienna Limeburner and five points and 11 rebounds from Rylee Eaton. Danielle Libby scored a game-high 16 points for Katahdin.Later in the day, the Deer Isle-Stonington boys’ team saw its season come to an end with a 50-48 loss to sixth-ranked Easton (14-6). The Mariners (13-7) came back from a 29-18 halftime deficit to tie the game late but were unable to respond after a layup from Kooper Kinney gave the Bears a two-point lead with 30.5 seconds left to play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Deer Isle-Stonington girls will face No. 1 Southern Aroostook (20-0) in the regional championship game at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Southern Aroostook, the two-time defending Class D champ, beat the Mariners 62-49 in last year’s Northern Maine final.On the boys’ side, Easton will battle No. 4 Machias (11-8) for the Class D title at 10:45 a.m. Machias delivered one of the tournament’s most shocking upsets late Thursday night with a 79-60 win over previously undefeated Jonesport-Beals.last_img read more

Championship bound: Rolff, Gomes lead Ferndale past Willits and into D7 title game

first_imgLandon Gomes threw for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 2 Ferndale High downed visiting No. 3 Willits 35-7 in the semifinal-round of the North Coast Section D-VII playoffs, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.Ferndale got on the board late in the first-quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Lane Branstetter.Gomes, who has been nothing short of sensational all season for the Wildcats, got going in the second quarter.Gomes took a snap under center early in the frame and found …last_img read more

No, Grandparents Are Not Products of Evolution

first_imgIs nothing sacred? Evolutionists try to explain grandparents by Darwinism, but run into conundrums —while dishonoring seniors.Daniel Dennett called evolution a “universal acid,” but perhaps a better description is a universal toxin. Take any subject that gives human life beauty and meaning, and Darwinism will corrupt it into a Malthusian battle for ‘fitness’ – a vague term that can mean anything. Now they’re doing it again with grandparents.To most elderly people, grandchildren are a great blessing. We all know grandparents who brag on their grandchildren and absolutely love to dandle their children’s children on their knees and play with them. Grandparents are also a tremendous source of wisdom to the younger generation.Enter Darwin, and the lights go out. The smiles turn to blank stares. Grandparenting has no intrinsic value. It’s just a tool of the fitness machine, that works blindly for no purpose. In fact, in Darwinian theory, grandparenting makes no sense! Grandparents contribute no ‘fitness genes’ to the grandchildren.Since it makes no sense, Darwinians need to find out why it exists. They’ve tried it before, and now they’re at it again. In Current Biology, Michael A. Cant and Darrin P. Croft take up the challenge anew, trying to explain grandparents by natural selection. Their open-access paper, “Life-History Evolution: Grandmothering in Space and Time,” looks for hope in two new studies about an evolutionary conundrum.In this, they reduce human beings with all their values and purposes into pawns of natural forces. Not only that, they use the family records of Christians — in particular, Lutherans in Finland – as props in their dirty work. But does evolutionary theory help? Not at all. Cant and Croft can’t decide what makes sense. ‘On the one hand, this’ but ‘on the other hand, that’ summarizes this exercise in Darwinian futility.The evolutionary puzzle of the extended post-reproductive life of female humans has been explained by indirect fitness benefits gained by grandmothers helping raise their grandchildren. Two new studies support this ‘grandmother hypothesis’ and explore its limits in space and time.Grandfathers get even less respect than grandmothers in this amoral battleground between fitness genes. So in Darwinian terms, why don’t grandfathers keel over in their post-reproductive years? That ‘evolutionary puzzle’ is not even addressed. The authors appeal to ‘kin selection’ to explain grandparenting, a controversial idea even among evolutionists, with its counter-intuitive idea of ‘inclusive fitness,’ which brings in non-reproducers to help in the fitness game. It’s a logical stretch not at all accepted by all Darwinians. Even so, at the end, nothing is certain in the various approaches to sift grandparents through the Darwin sieve.Both studies provide important confirmation of the dynamic nature of kin selection as a force shaping human life history. Selection for late-life survival and helping is weaker when there are few grandchildren to help, those grandchildren live far away and grandmothers have become great-grandmothers. To understand how kin selection changes across the lifespan in family groups we need to zoom out to consider which individuals disperse from the family and how far, and how the life stages of family members are overlaid in time and space (Figure 2). These studies are further evidence that fundamental features of our physiology and patterns of aging are explained by our evolutionary history of family life, with all its opportunities for cooperation and conflict.The stale Darwinian rhetoric, never settled and always subject to new storytelling, adds nothing to “understanding” human nature. It turns our honored grandparents into mere objects, subject to “forces” of natural selection: kin selection according to some, ITSNTS selection by others (for that, see 3 April 2018).This is ugly. Get angry at stupid Darwinists today! They are destroying everything good, true and beautiful about human life. This is not science. Injecting Darwin toxin into human relationships destroys its subject matter.Another reason it is stupid is that it is self-refuting. The same ‘force’ that destroys grandparents destroys scientists, too. Cant and Croft are pawns of the same blind selective forces that make their only interest survival, not meaning. They can’s get out of their own trap. They couldn’t, and therefore didn’t, mean anything they said in this stupid paper! Everything is irrational in Darwinland. Stuff happens. Everybody fights to pass on their genes, or rather, is a sword in the hand of selfish genes, which includes the act of writing scientific papers. Are you angry yet? This is the stupid myth of our generation!Now go and impart some wisdom to your grandchildren, so that they don’t fall prey to the idols of our age. (Visited 344 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Zambian airline takes to SA skies

first_img26 June 2009Zambezi Airlines has taken to the local skies, promising travellers value for money on flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and Livingstone in Zambia.Attending launch of the airline’s new routes in Johannesburg earlier this month, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele the new flights would open doors to increased tourism and business between countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).“This development has come to fruition on the connection between Zambia and South Africa and the SADC region as a whole,” Ndebele said. “Its operation is going to increase people-to-people, business-to-business and government-to-government relations.”World-class operationZambezi Airlines chairman Morris Jangulo said the airline’s vision was to operate a world-class operation safely, reliably and efficiently, and maximise business opportunities between the two countries and the rest of the SADC region.Jangulo cautioned, however, that apart from the global economic recession being experienced by most countries, the airline will not be immune to challenges of fluctuating oil prices and airports infrastructure challenges, adding that the 2010 Fifa World Cup was a litmus test for the aviation industry in Africa and the whole world.Airlift strategyAccording to a statement by the Department of Transport, the South African government approved its Airlift Strategy in July 2006, with the aim of liberalising local skies. Since then, there has been a 40% increase in air traffic frequencies being granted within the various bilateral air services agreements that South Africa has with other countries.“Such an increase in air traffic frequency capacity is only viable when operators show confidence in the market and continue to operate flights to entry points,” Ndebele said. “In this regard, I must applaud the new entrant to our country, Zambezi Airlines.”Free skiesNdebele said that sought-after Zambian destinations such as Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone and Mfuwe had opened up over recent years, with South African carriers currently operating 58 flights to these destinations each week.“The introduction of a Zambian designated airline into Johannesburg clearly demonstrates that there remains a continuing demand in air travel between South Africa and Zambia,” he said. “South Africa is as much your home as it is ours.”Ndebele said it was necessary to encourage the further liberalisation of the skies, as this would lead to the introduction of more flights between countries.At the same time, he said, “we must ensure that the safety and security integrity of the industry is maintained, and continues to meet the requirements for the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Wolfram Alpha Turns 1: An Interview with Stephen Wolfram

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#search#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The launch of the “computational knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha was one of the most anticipated product launches of early 2009. Since then, it’s been rather quiet around Wolfram Alpha, even though the company continues to add new features and data on a regular basis. Today, we had a chance to talk to Wolfram Research’s founder Stephen Wolfram about the first year and the company’s plans for the future.Looking BackAs Wolfram told us, the most basic question he tried to answer when the company started development was simply to see if it was even possible to take all this data and make it computable. Now, a year later, his answer to that question is an emphatic “yes.” Wolfram, however, also acknowledged that right after the launch the user experience for first-time users wasn’t necessarily ideal, as Wolfram Alpha didn’t yet have data for a lot of knowledge domains. The choice at that point, he said, was to either delay the launch and get more data, or to release Wolfram Alpha and be able to learn how its users would use it, and then enhance the experience over time. Wolfram says that today, most users are aware of the difference between a search engine and Wolfram Alpha, and the experience for first-time users has become far better. He stressed that the team (which consists of about 200 employees and 500 volunteers) is currently adding new data at an increasing pace. That’s gotten easier as the team has learned how to import information from a large variety of knowledge domains and sub-specialties.Getting the Data is Just 5% of the Work Unlike Google, Wolfram thinks that the Web “isn’t useful for getting raw data.” Indeed, whenever the Wolfram Alpha team experimented with this, the data simply wasn’t up to par. Instead, the company will continue to mostly work with data from primary sources. Getting this data, however, is only 5% of the work. The real difficulty is to understand how to compute this data and to understand how people talk about this data: What kind of questions do they ask? What are the alternate names for a specific chemical element? In addition, the Wolfram Alpha team and volunteers also check for anomalies in the data they receive. If there are major outliers, the team will track down more information to verify the original source. Sadly, though, not all data is free and Wolfram Alpha has to pay if it wants to include some databases. To make Wolfram a viable business and still offer this data, the team is considering a subscription plan that will give paying users access to deeper datasets from subscription databases. Challenge: Bringing Wolfram Alpha to More UsersThe question now, however, is how to get more users and how to bring Wolfram Alpha to more users through more channels. As we noted earlier this year, the company’s newly minted managing director Barak Berkowitz thinks that the team’s “number-one priority is to get Wolfram|Alpha in the hands of everyone.” To get to this point, they will soon release more and better tools for third-party developers who want to use the company’s APIs to integrate Wolfram Alpha’s functionality in their own sites and services. It’s also worth noting that Wolfram Alpha now offers an appliance that companies can install behind their firewall to curate and compute their own data. Looking Ahead: Analyzing Your Own Data, More Knowledge Domains, Programming with Natural Language QueriesBesides looking back, we also asked Wolfram about his plans for the future. In answering this question, he stressed that this new approach to computing is just getting started and it usually takes him about 10 years to develop his projects before he fully understands what’s possible once this new paradigm has arrived.For the near future, however, Wolfram hopes that Wolfram Alpha’s users will be able to upload their own data and perform complex computations on this data and use Wolfram Alpha to find correlations within Alpha’s vast database. The usage scenarios for this could include anything from analyzing sales data to doing personal analytics on data from devices like the Fitbit. In addition to uploading data, Wolfram Alpha will soon make it easier for users to download data to use in presentations.Wolfram also wants to bring Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica closer together. One development that Wolfram is especially excited about is using Wolfram Alpha’s ability to understand and compute natural language queries in order to create Mathematica programs. By building on this capability, Mathematica users may soon be able to write and manipulate their code using natural language queries just like in Wolfram Alpha. Obviously, the team behind Wolfram Alpha will also continue to add more data across an every-growing number of knowledge domains. Today, for example, the team is launching real-time space weather data, 12 complete genomes and local maps, as well as numerous other knowledge domains related to math, biology, physics and geography.last_img read more

Another New Hampshire Home Lands LEED Platinum Certification

One of the greenest stops on the upcoming 2009 Green Buildings Open House presented by the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association will be in Portsmouth, a little south of the center of town.That is where Cheryl and Marc Batchelder built their 1,450-sq.-ft. home – a Cape Cod-style cottage that features timber-frame construction with SIPs on the shell (R-26 walls and an R-40 roof), Andersen 400 Series windows, a 3.15 kW solar power system, solar hot water, and a LEED for Homes Platinum certification.The home is expected to operate, on an annual basis, at net zero energy. In a story published this week by Foster’s Daily Democrat, Marc, a civil engineer, and Cheryl said they had been living in the house since April and so far have used more power than the PV system generated only once: during the rainy month of June.Marc told the paper that he and his wife intended from the beginning to go green on the house, although a LEED certification wasn’t part of the original plan. But through a friend the couple eventually connected with Little Green Homes, a Portsmouth-based in green construction specialist that helped put the couple on the LEED for Homes trail.The Batchelder home, which ended up costing about $230 a square foot, was certified on July 27, becoming the sixth single-family dwelling in the state to earn a Platinum rating. Four others have earned Gold certifications. New Hampshire also is home to six multifamily projects that have earned LEED ratings (one Silver, four Gold, and one Platinum).The New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association’s Green Buildings Open House includes more than 80 residential and commercial properties, all of will be open for tours on October 3. Click here to check the NHSEA website for details. read more

How to Create a Realistic Nebula in After Effects

first_imgGet inspired by images from NASA and build a realistic 3D nebula in After Effects using both Trapcode and HitFilm.Have you ever gone through the amazing images on HubbleSite.org and wished you could move around in that area of space? Or maybe you’ve seen the Universe sequence in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and wished you could recreate something similar.Well, have no fear. Great tutorials abound on the web that can show you how to do just that using After Effects along with the Trapcode Mir and Form. We’ll also give you a glance at how to achieve this same effect in the all-in-one 3D & VFX software HitFilm. To get us started, let’s check out this tutorial from Peder Norrby. He’s released a great Nebula Construction Kit developed to go along with his fairly easy tutorial.Here are some of the examples of his work using the method from the tutorial above.As many of you know, an easy way to create such compositions would be to utilize the 2.5D or parallax effect. This is the process of taking 2D images, breaking them up into separate layers, and then animating them in 3D space through After Effects. If you’re unsure on how to achieve this, here is a great tutorial from Joe Fellows and The Creators Project.You can take the parallax effect one step further and develop a realistic moving shot of a person from a 2D image, which is done through a combination of Photoshop and After Effects. For that, here is a great tutorial from Vale Productions and the use of displacement maps.If you happen to be working in the 3D & VFX software HitFilm, you can create a realistic nebula scene using the same Hubble images from above and then mirror the construction steps in After Effects. For that, you’ll want to check out the tutorial from HitFilm below and make sure that you download the project files.Once you master these techniques, especially those in After Effects using the Trapcode suite, you can set your sights a little higher and maybe develop something like the Star Trek Into Darkness title sequence. For some inspiration, here is a video for this sequence by its creator Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer.Want more After Effects tutorials? Then check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Remove Warp From Warp Stabilizer Using After EffectsUnderstanding Spatial and Temporal Interpolation in After EffectsCreate Realistic Muzzle Flashes in After EffectsAnd if you want to throw an incredible distortion effect over the top of your epic space imagery for that heading-through-a-worm-hole vibe, try this After Effects template from RocketStock!Free After Effects Template: Digital DistortionAre you feeling inspired? Have tried any of these methods to create your own space sequence? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.last_img read more