Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

first_imgEthiopia appeals for food aid Ethiopia Welcomes El-Sisi Related China Brings Jobs to Ethiopia Three decades ago famine in Ethiopia took the lives of more than 400,000 people. But the story now is a positive one. The country has now developed a system for identifying areas at risk of hunger.That coupled with a sizable grain reserve that currently holds a capacity of about 400,000 tons. CCTV’s Leslie Mirungu reports.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ1x7hOybzslast_img

Is THIS goal by Essien against Barcelona the best in the UCL’s history? [VIDEO]

first_imgTake a look at the stunning strike by Essien below The Goat 💙💙💙💙— Dummkopf (@Fudbale56204289) February 28, 2020 The infamous Champions League semi-final match between Chelsea and Barcelona on May 6, 2009 will live long in the memory for a number of reasons.The most discussed is certainly referee Tom Henning Øvrebø’s officiating in a highly competitive game and the reaction of Chelsea players after the final whistle.The controversy from the game possibly unfairly overshadowed one of the competition’s best ever moments; Michael Essien’s stunning opener.The tie level at 0-0 from the first leg at the Camp Nou as Chelsea welcomed Barca to Stamford Bridge in a tasty second leg.With the match very much in the balance, it was not much of a surprise when Chelsea took a ninth-minute lead.What took everyone by surprise was the manner in which the goal was scored.A ball forward from Ashley Cole on the left found Frank Lampard on the edge of the Chelsea box.Lampard’s attempted cross was deflected and looped up into the air, falling on Essien’s left foot as he struck it on the volley.The ball whizzed through the air and nestled itself in the back of the net via the underside of the bar and the ground.Essien was not a stranger to great strikes prior to that goal – with his piledriver against Arsenal – just one of his famous efforts.However, even he would have been amazed by how sweetly he caught it, particularly on his weaker foot.Barcelona eventually found an equaliser with Iniesta’s 90th-minute winner taking the Catalan club to the final.But the best goal that night was still Essien and the goal was even nominated for that year’s Puskas Award (FIFA’s Best Goal award), losing out to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40-yard thunderbolt against Porto.But is it the best goal ever scored in the Champions League?Here are some of the reactions to the goallast_img read more

I have 50 players in the Eagles of my dream, says Keshi

first_imgSince he led Nigeria to win its third African Nations Cup title in the just concluded South Africa 2013 edition of the competition, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been the toast of all Nigerians, including those critics, who never gave his team any chance of success at the continental fiesta.Now a Commander Order of the Niger (CON), a honour bestowed on him by the Federal Government, Keshi has already started looking ahead to the challenges ahead, including the FIFA Confederation Cup, which holds in June in Brazil, the World Cup qualifier against Kenya and the African Nations Championship qualifier against perennial foes, Cote d’Ivoire, which also comes up in June, among other competitions.Fielding questions from journalists during the TomTom Editor’s Round Table held over the weekend in Lagos, Keshi talked about the just concluded Nations Cup and his plans for the future of the Super Eagles. CHRISTIAN OKPARA reports.AT every given opportunity Super Eagles coach will readily tell anyone who cares to listen that Nigeria is a great country that should be at the forefront of every event, especially sports. The coach, who as a player was the captain of the senior national team for 14 years, is of the opinion that given the right environment and opportunity, Nigerians would rule every competition they go into no matter the rating of the opposition.Keshi has every right to flaunt Nigeria’s potential and the inherent greatness because he just led a group of young Nigerians to win the African Nations Cup in South Africa, a feat his compatriots thought was impossible even before the first ball was kicked.Now, savouring the euphoria of his achievement, Keshi says that the battle is just half won. According to the former Togo and Mali national teams’ coach, Nigeria’s victory in South Africa is just the beginning of the country’s march to the summit of world football.Keshi said: “We are still building the team and by God’s grace we will get the team of our dream very soon.”He added: “After the last game in South Africa, I sat down with my coaches to list some other players we need to give the chance to come into the squad.“I have a list of 50 players I can call upon at any time, but we need patience and support from everybody. Martins, Osaze, Anichebe and others are still relevant in the team; they will get their chance to play unless they choose to stay away.”The coach went to South Africa with 17 debutants in a team of 23 players, a decision, which, according to him, has been justified by the team’s achievement at the Nations Cup. Going forward, Keshi said he would look for more young players, no matter where they are based, to fortify his team.“I made my debut for the Eagles in 1979 in Rabat against Morocco. I was then 17 years and some months old. It was a friendly when we were preparing for the 1980 Nations Cup. I had some young colleagues like Sylvanus Okpalla, Henry Nwosu, among others. We were just fresh from school.“So, it doesn’t matter how old you are. It depends on your intelligence. If you are good enough to play for me, I will pick you; it is as simple as that.“I wasn’t afraid to go to the competition with 17 debutants, because I looked at what they could bring to the team.“When I was in Togo, I used young players, some didn’t even have clubs, but I gave them that self belief. I didn’t look at the players’ pedigree; rather I took players that could fight for the team and work for the collective good. That is what I am doing with the Eagles.” The coach believes Nigeria has the potential to become truly great again in football if the right elements get together to work for the collective good. To him, the Super Eagles would only succeed when the football federation, the government and the fans come together to support the team.He also says the players must be ready to work hard to maintain the momentum “because hard work is the basic ingredient for success.”According to Keshi, “The players must realise that there is no sentiment in football. You either work hard to succeed or stay by the side and watch others take the glory.“I am lucky I had an awesome bunch of players to choose from in South Africa. That was why when Fegor Ogude was suspended, we gave Onazi the chance and he impressed so much that we could no longer drop him.“The same thing happened when Yobo was injured and we gave Omeruo the chance. We have such a good squad such that when we decided to play Mba, instead of Igiebor, the boy played so well that we could not drop him. That was the same thing with Emenike and Ikechukwu Uche. It is good for us that we have players that can step in and prove their worth.” Reminiscing on the team’s campaign at the 2013 Nations Cup, Keshi describes the Super Eagles’ last group game against Ethiopia as the team’s most difficult game in South Africa.“The game against Cote d’Ivoire was purely tactical, with a lot of discipline required to subdue them. But we were faced with the choice of either beating Ethiopia or leaving the competition.“We were cautious in the game and only relaxed when we got the first goal late in the game.“After the group games, we went back to the drawing board to correct the lapses we noticed in the matches. That was why we moved forward and got better as the competition progressed.”Keshi says the technical crew spent three days to plan the strategy for the Cote d’Ivoire game, adding: “We analysed their players and their team and found out that even though they had good players, they did not play like a team. “So, we fashioned a plan that ensured that Kalou, Yaya Toure and Gervinho had no time on the ball. That was why they could not get the ball to Drogba, and as such the great Drogba became useless in the game.”Keshi also disclosed that the ‘Super Chicken’ moniker given to the team also gingered the players to prove they were better than what people thought.He said: “I couldn’t understand how a team I captained for 14 years has suddenly become so weak that people will start calling the players super chicken. But I must tell you the boys were awesome. They rose to the challenge because they were hurt; they were angry and they wanted to prove the doubters wrong.“Another factor was the attitude of some of our officials before the Cote d’Ivoire game. Nobody believed in us even to the extent that the team secretary approached the players to find out their destination after the Cote d’Ivoire game, because he wanted to book flights for them.“He thought the Cote d’Ivoire game would be our last and he wanted to book flights for the team out of South Africa. That angered the players and they told him to leave them alone, because they were sure of beating Cote d’Ivoire.” After beating Cote d’Ivoire, Keshi became confident that no other team could stop the Super Eagles from winning the championship. But he admitted that he was a bit apprehensive when first round foes, Burkina Faso, defeated Ghana to qualify for the final against Nigeria.“We played the same team and conceded a last minute equaliser, so we were cautious, but still confident.“When it was a few minutes to the end of the game and we were leading by 1-0, I was tensed, but I told the boys that it was almost over and they should try to kill the game.“After the game, we were overwhelmed with emotions when it dawned on us that we have achieved what our people have been clamouring for.“But I must say that we celebrated the victory over Cote d’Ivoire as if it was the final. In the last game we celebrated too, but it was not as emotional as the time we beat Cote d’Ivoire. We went into the game against Burkina Faso confident that we would beat them.”The Super Eagles has the penchant of conceding late goals during important matches, a habit that nearly cost it dearly during the Nations Cup in South Africa. This is one of the issues Keshi has promised to tackle when the team reconvenes.According to the coach: “When you start a game, the first five minutes is crucial. You have to be fully concentrated or your opponent will damage you in that period.“Five minutes to the end of the first half is also very crucial because it is close to the break period and there is the tendency to relax, so also is the first five minutes in the second half. We conceded a goal against Cote d’Ivoire in the first five minutes of the second half because we lost concentration.“It is something we are working on. It has to do with mental discipline; if you are disciplined, you will not concede goals in these periods because you are alert.”Speaking on the African Nations Championship (CHAN), for which Nigeria has not qualified since its inception, Keshi says the problem is with the official attitude to the competition.The competition is for home-based players and Keshi believes Nigeria has the players to dominate the championship.He added: “I think we have not qualified for CHAN since its inception because we have not taken it seriously. We need to identify the home-based players and train them to get ready for the challenges. We will ensure we prepare well for our qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire before we go to Brazil for the Confederations Cup.”Keshi expects every Nigerian to support his team at all times because that is the only way to build confidence in the team.“I cannot assure Nigerians that we will not lose any game, but I want to assure them that we will be prepared for every game. We will win some and lose some, but we are prepared to learn from every game,” he surmised.last_img read more

China swim star Sun ‘no drug cheat’ – coach Cotterell

first_img“I absolutely stand with what the athletes want in terms of transparency and regulated, clear doping procedures,” insisted Cotterell.“Who doesn’t? And that’s China, Sun Yang too. But the way they’re doing it — targeting one individual, who’s had to endure that for too long — there are other ways,” he added.“I’ve had great support from coaches across the board here in terms of the fact that this is not the place to make their protests. It’s unfortunate for a lot of people that their achievements have been overshadowed.”– ‘Wrong advice’ –Horton has history with Sun after the Aussie called him a “drug cheat” at the 2016 Rio Olympics over a three-month suspension Sun previously served after testing positive for trimetazidine, a stimulant that had been added to the banned list four months earlier.WADA accepted Sun had not intentionally doped and Sun has always maintained it was a prescribed medication to treat a heart problem.“He was given the wrong advice,” said Cotterell, who used to coach Australian great Grant Hackett.“That’s been a convenient catch cry for a lot of people, but it doesn’t show a complete knowledge of what happened.”Cotterell accused detractors of hypocrisy in Sun’s case, noting Horton’s Australian teammate Thomas Fraser-Holmes was banned by FINA for 12 months for missing a trio of drug tests.“The executive director of Australian swimming said ‘at least he’s not a doper’ — well he missed three tests,” shrugged Cotterell.“Sun Yang could’ve got out of this scramble just having one strike and not being silly enough to miss the next two.“The (Australian) teams I’ve been on we’ve had infractions,” he added. “There’s honest mistakes, things happen — we on the team and the country never regarded them as drug cheats.”Share on: WhatsApp Triple Olympic gold medallist Sun has been vilified by fellow swimmers following a leaked doping panel report claiming he allowed blood samples to be smashed with a hammerGwangju, South Korea | AFP |  Chinese swim king Sun Yang is no drug cheat and has been the victim of “ill-informed” protests from athletes at the world championships, insists his Australian coach.Denis Cotterell has worked with the 11-time world champion since the 2008 Beijing Olympics and maintains China’s sporting idol is clean, claiming critics are guilty of double standards in casting Sun as the villain.“He’s not a drug cheat,” Cotterell told AFP at the world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.“That’s from everything, all my working with him, from the meticulous care he takes with what he ingests — everything I’ve seen from day dot.“I don’t know if people think he was given a magic pill at birth and it’s sustained him for all of these successes,” added Cotterell, pointing out Sun is one of the most tested athletes in the sport.“You can’t have the performances he’s had over the years without doing the work. The longevity is what determines the difference between champions and super-champions. He’s been tested year in, year out — hundreds of tests, winning every year over this period of 10 years.”However, swimmers have vilified Sun in South Korea this week following a leaked FINA doping panel report claiming the triple Olympic gold medallist allowed blood samples to be smashed with a hammer after being visited by testers last year.Australia’s Mack Horton refused to take the podium after losing to Sun in the 400 metres freestyle last weekend before Briton Duncan Scott also snubbed his offer to shake hands after Sun retained his 200m title.– ‘Nothing to hide’ –“If he had anything to hide, why would he have even fronted?” asked Cotterell, referring to a test that took place at the athlete’s Hangzhou villa in the early hours of September 5 last year.“Why would he have given blood in the first place? He wasn’t home when they arrived — he could’ve just sat in his car and not fronted until it was registered as a miss.”Sun, who shot to fame at the 2012 London Olympics by winning 400m gold and setting a world record in the 1,500m, was cleared by FINA to compete this week after they agreed testers had failed to follow the correct protocol.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who will hear the case in September.last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds Mystery Dinner Theater

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryBy special request Westport Winery has added a mystery dinner theater evening to its summer schedule. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m. the winery will offer the play What Happens in Markham, Stays in Markham.For dinner, guests will be served a special Markham-themed menu including the winery’s signature oat rolls and sweet butter as they arrive and order beverages. After the first act they will enjoy an Ocean Spray summer salad. For their entrée guests have a choice of Asian BBQ Kolbi pork ribs or wild Pacific salmon accompanied by cranberry rice pilaf and sesame-seared broccoli. The evening’s entertainment will conclude with their choice of one of the winery’s signature pies including dark chocolate, key lime, triple coconut and fresh raspberry cream.All ages are welcome to attend this hilarious event. Volunteers are needed to participate as actors in the play. There is no rehearsal, but actors must stay in character throughout the evening, provide their own “costumes”, and purchase dinner tickets. Those who participate need to mingle, act responsively to the narrator’s cues, and possibly…die. If you are interested in participating as an actor email [email protected] to receive the character and costume descriptions.Tickets for What Happens in Markham, Stays in Markham are $35 per person and include dinner, dessert and the play. Taxes, gratuities and beverages are additional. All guests are welcome to wear their finest Grays Harbor camouflage couture if they want to get into the spirit of the evening whether they are performing or not. Reservations are required to attend this Harbor happening.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculpture and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information or reservations call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Lacey Offers Free Summer Lunch Program

first_imgLacey Elementary1800 Homann Dr. SELacey, WA 98503June 26-August 18, 2017Monday-FridayClosed: July 4thLunch:12:00-12:30pmSnack:3:00-3:30pmAmanda Wilson360-491-0857 (office) SiteDates of OperationMeal Time(s)Site Supervisor Contact Lydia Hawk Elementary7600 5th St. SELacey, WA 98503June 26-August 18, 2017Monday-FridayClosed: July 4thLunch:12:00-12:30pmSnack:3:00-3:30pmLyn Nakashima360-491-0857 (office) Pleasant Glade Elementary1920 Abernethy RD NELacey, WA 98516June 26-August 18, 2017Monday-FridayClosed: July 4thLunch:12:00-12:30pmSnack:3:00-3:30pmMichelle Samples360-491-0857 (office)center_img In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online here, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:Mail:   U.S. Department of AgricultureOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights1400 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, D.C. 20250-9410Fax:     202-690-7442Email:  [email protected] institution is an equal opportunity provider.For more information about the Lacey Summer Food Service Program, contact Kathy Owen, Lacey Parks & Recreation Supervisor, at [email protected] or 360-491-0857. Facebook42Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyThe City of Lacey Parks & Recreation Department announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Children (18 years and younger) can get free mealsat three Lacey locations, Monday-Friday, June 26-August 18, 2017. The program will not be available Tuesday, July 4.Meals will be served at the following sites:last_img read more

Two-day PBA Draft Combine starts Monday

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny All 44 applicants are expected to show up as part of their requirement to proceed to the final list.Anthropometry and other performance and skills tests will be gauged in day one, while the neophytes will be divided to six teams, composed of seven to eight players, in a mini-tournament scheduled in day two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCoaches and scouts from all 12 teams are expected to show up and evaluate the talents in the two-day event to see who they deem picking come draft day.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is set on October 29 at Robinsons Place Manila. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Odds even It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LA Tenorio addresses the PBA hopefuls in last year’s Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBluechip recruits Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are expected to go 1-2 in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.But for the rest of the field, they can have a chance to boost their stocks and move up the board as they try to impress coaches and scouts in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine set on Monday and Tuesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ruse Gives Dennett Poor Grade on “Evolution of Religion” Book

first_imgDaniel Dennett is one of those Darwinists not shy about getting in the face of religious people, particularly Christians.  Philosopher and pro-Darwinist historian Michael Ruse, on the other hand, has spent enough time around theologically-inclined people to give them a more sympathetic hearing.  Ruse has regularly appeared on panels and in debates with leaders of the intelligent design movement,1 and appears to have softened his stance somewhat against the anti-Darwinists, ID leaders and religious people in general since his staunch anticreationist testimony in the 1981 Arkansas “Balanced Treatment” trial that was a major influence on Judge Overton ruling that creationism was inherently religious.  It was interesting to see what Michael Ruse would say, therefore, in a review of Daniel Dennett’s new book Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (Viking/Allen Lane, 2006), which appeared in Nature this week.2    Dennett’s assumption is that religion has evolved by natural selection just like everything else and therefore has no validity when it talks about God, truth, or the natural world.  Ruse is concerned that a book like this is not particularly helpful in a country so polarized between blue states and red states (which, he alleges, is as much a religious divide as a political one).It is against this background that we should read Breaking the Spell by the US philosopher Daniel Dennett, a notorious non-believer.  You would not expect this book to bring comfort to Christians, and it certainly does not.  So little impressed is Dennett by religion’s claims to truth that he does not even bother to produce new material.  He simply quotes at length from earlier writings.  He is nevertheless trying to move the discussion forward, following in the tradition of the eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher David Hume and providing a natural history of religion.  Dennett aims to give an account of how and why religion appeared, and how and why it has the hold it has today.  As you might expect, given that he is an ardent darwinian, for Dennett religion and its origins are ultimately a matter of biological fitness to survive and conquer.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Though Ruse agrees that religion is a product of evolution, one can sense him distancing himself from Dennett’s brashness and not wishing to be pictured as a “notorious” non-believer.  This perception is reinforced in the rest of the review.    “In the United States today there is a need for a good book on religion,” he says, but later answers, “Dennett’s is not the book for which we search.”  Ruse sympathizes with Dennett’s portrayal of the commercialized mega-church movement as “farcical” except that such churches are filled with people with political clout on moral issues like abortion, homosexual attitudes, capital punishment and the war against terror.  Merely ridiculing these people is not going to help critics.  “If we do not like what the churches are feeding people, we had better come up with an attractive alternative,” he says.  Apparently this means Dennett’s book is not attractive.    Ruse expressed both philosophical and historical problems with the book.  Dennett treats religion as a “delusion” that is all “smoke and mirrors” and therefore “a rationally justified belief system” it is not.  “However,” Ruse continues, “a naturalistic analysis of religion in itself has no direct bearing on the truth of religious claims.”  By that he means they must be dealt with, not merely dismissed, or they can run you over.  “My eyes are the end products of a long process of natural selection,” he illustrates, exhibiting his own darwinian belief for the sake of argument: “Does that make any less real the truck I see bearing down on me as I stand in the middle of the road?”    Ruse also complains about historical flaws in Dennett’s presentation, and inserts a suggestion of an empirical difficulty in the naturalistic story for religion:Most problematic is Dennett’s blind spot regarding history.  There is no real account of the way religion has developed and of how we have ended up where we are today.  Another major weakness is the exclusive focus on the United States, which is a peculiar country where religion plays a huge role, far bigger than in most of Europe.  This difference is reflected in many diverse ways, particularly in the social values mentioned above.  You cannot begin to talk about biological bases for religion – ‘genes for God’ and that sort of thing – without taking account of the fact that peoples of very similar biological background behave in very different ways about religion and its implications.  Only history – the fact that the United States was founded by people with major religious concerns, and that this has persisted for four centuries – can help us to tease apart the cultural and the biological.Though Ruse agrees with Dennett that non-believers can report “properly” on religion, he ends by advocating more empathy than Dennett displayed in the book.  Ruse ends with his own version of “friendship evangelism” –Unless you have some sense of what fires people up, you are never going to reach them or have any hope of shifting their beliefs.  The debate over religion in the United States is intense and profoundly affects the status of science.  I hardly have to remind Nature readers of the battle to introduce ‘intelligent design’ into biology classrooms.  But we need better books than this to address the issues.1Michael Ruse has had friendly sparring matches against Phillip Johnson on TV, for instance, and will be appearing on a panel Feb. 23 against Paul Nelson at Missouri Western.2Michael Ruse, “A natural history of religion,” Nature, 439, 535 (2 February 2006) | doi:10.1038/439535a.Michael Ruse seems to be walking a tightrope between not offending his Darwin Party colleagues too much and yet not inviting valid criticisms from his newfound Christian friends like Paul Nelson and Phillip Johnson.  He knows for one thing that they are not using intelligent design as a religious argument, and he also knows that they are not delusional morons in a hall of mirrors but smart, rational, knowledgeable people.  He has experienced up close the kind of beliefs that fire them up and knows it is more than just crass commercialism or “genes for god” that they have and scientists do not.    As a historian and philosopher, Ruse also knows that the materialistic answer is not so well defined or easily defended.  J. P. Moreland has said that Ruse took a pounding from fellow philosophers of science after testifying at the Arkansas trial that there were clearly-defined demarcation criteria between science and pseudoscience, when he knew better.  Ruse knows of esteemed philosophers who deny that creationism can be so neatly pigeonholed as religion.  He knows that science cannot speak definitively on matters of history.  Though he still accepts materialism, he understands that David Hume was not the last word on the subject.    It’s hard to demonize people you have had lunch with.  We applaud Michael Ruse for spending quality time with ID leaders rather than just regurgitating the epithets of his fellow mad-dog Darwinists.  He probably had to include enough pro-Darwin cheering to get his review past the Nature censors, but appears to genuinely want the Dennettses and Dawkinses of the party to tone down their rhetoric and listen for a change.  We encourage Ruse to promote empathy, and hope he will proceed beyond it to understanding – maybe, after enough pondering of his own brain, even to enlightenment.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Impressive Sky Replacement in After Effects

first_imgDiscover how to create a stunning sky replacement in post using the tools in After Effects.Shooting sky can be tricky.  Getting a balanced outdoor image, with the foreground and sky both in perfect exposure can often be a technical challenge.  If you’re properly exposing your video subjects, it’s common that the sky will be completely blown out or end up looking dull and drab.  You can apply basic color correction to give the sky a little boost, or you can take your cues from this tutorial and make a boring sky look totally extraordinary.In the following tutorial, Adobe After Effects expert Kert Gartner shows you how to do an After Effects sky replacement.  Transform the image of an uninteresting afternoon sky into a dramatic cloud filled sunset shot, using the tools from within AE.Kert tracks the position, rotation and scale of the original footage and then applies this tracking information to a still image of a vibrant sky.   Matting, edge blurs and displacement maps are added to the composition to blend the images into one seamless shot.   Finally, a lens flare is added (the one in the example is from Video Copilot) to give the shot a stunning dramatic look.Kert’s clear and engaging delivery makes the tutorial accessible to even the After Effects beginner.  This After Effects sky replacement technique is applicable for all types of footage, so experiment with it to improve the look of all your outdoor shots!Visit VFX Haiku for the After Effects sky replacement project file and more information.last_img read more

Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “At this point, all we can play for is pride and have that level of togetherness which we’re gonna use as a platform for next year.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gavina had sensed the turnaround even before the game as he saw how focused his players were in practices in leading up to the duel.“Going into this game, our focus in practice, the way guys have the mental approach coming in, I knew we were gonna play well. I told my guys that you just showed against a really tough Alaska team that we can compete,” he said.“I told them if you guys keep believing, keep turning this corner, stay together, you guys will be able to compete against anybody.”And that strong belief is exactly what Kia needs to have as it seeks to upset San Miguel on Saturday and finally end its dry spell in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“I know we have a really tough opponent against San Miguel coming up on Saturday, but like what Russell Westbrook says, ‘Why not?’ As long as you put in the work, and you’ll learn from our mistakes in this game where we didn’t fold in the last minute and a half, and keep our composure, who knows? We’d pull out a win. So let’s hope everybody will keep their heads up and their spirits high,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia Picanto coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKia coach Chris Gavina said that he could not ask for more from his wards after their gallant stand in a 102-94 defeat to Alaska on Sunday.“Amazing effort from my guys. Despite all that’s happening, we’re 0-9, I couldn’t be proud of my guys tonight,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Picanto were in control for the majority of the game and even held a 10-point advantage, 77-67, going to the fourth quarter.And even if Calvin Abueva imposed his presence late in the game, Kia refused to wilt as import Geron Johnson gave his all and poured 39 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists before faltering in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSeeing how hard his team fought, Gavina noted that the effort the Picanto had especially their import Geron Johnson, who collected 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, against the Aces was a huge jump compared to how they played in their past outings.“The effort that we gave, this is a game I could take. Majority of our games, I couldn’t take it because there was no effort, there was no heart. But today, all our guys were fighting for each other,” he said. Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injurylast_img read more