Caltech Professor to Share Insights on Artificial Intelligence

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Subscribe Yisong Yue, Caltech professor of computing and mathematical sciences, pictured in an undated photo provided by Caltech.With the necessary technological precursors now in place, the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence promises to reshape countless aspects of the world as we know it, according to Caltech Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Yisong Yue.Yue’s inviting the community to join in an online lecture Wednesday to share a bit about what he’s learned in recent years, and where the technology may be headed.The free lecture is part of Caltech’s Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series and will be held at 5 p.m. via Zoom.“I have been studying various aspects of machine learning and artificial intelligence, in particular, now that the technology has been maturing,” Yue said. “How do we identify, expose, characterize and then address all the challenges related to getting machine learning deployed and working in various real-world settings that arise in the sciences and the engineering?”At the Watson lecture, Yue said he was looking forward to chatting with the public “about some of the lessons that I’ve learned. Some of those are success stories and some are the challenges that remain in this quest.”Both computing power and data collection have advanced to levels capable of supporting meaningful A.I., he said.And the third one is, of course, better algorithm and better and better approaches,” according to Yue. “That’s really my bread and butter. That’s the part that I help out with the most: new software designs and algorithms to address these new modalities that people want to apply machine learning, artificial intelligence to.”Yue said he expected to see some major developments in the field in the near future.“It’s a long path from basic science to what ends up being a sustainable commercial enterprise. That long path is part of what makes it hard to predict,” he said. “But I’m very optimistic that in the next 10 to 20 years, we’ll see some things that are very unexpected.”At its core, A.I. focuses on teaching machines to think for themselves in order to solve problems for humans, Yue explained.“Rather than having a human figure out every little detail by hand, the A.I. would just do it automatically from collecting lots of data,” he said.At Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Technology lab, or CAST, for example, scientists have applied A.I. to design new types of robotics controllers, Yue said.Robots in the past are, for lack of a better term, robotic,” he said. “They’re rigid and not flexible. And one of the reasons why they’re rigid and not flexible is because the way you write down the governing models are just so approximate that you can’t do anything flexible. And so A.I. gives an opportunity to be able to very cost-effectively build these flexible models for robotics that were not possible before.”Potential applications are limited only by the imagination, from swarms of drones working as teams to deliver packages or extinguish fires, to new ways to develop materials, to self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles, he said. “I think that in the foreseeable future, every field will be impacted by A.I.”But like with any new and powerful technology, there are ethical considerations that will need to be addressed, in addition to scientific ones.“I think it’s important to recognize that whenever we have a transformative technology, it can both be used for good and be misused for harm,” Yue said. “If you make it really cheap to design new materials, you can make it really cheap to design new bioweapons, potentially.”“These technologies are very transformative and I’m very excited about their potential, but I think it’s important to recognize that as we think about the transformative potential of these technologies and we understand how they may be used for harm and we try to figure out a solution as a society,” he said. “Understanding how an A.I. system can be misused or can make mistakes, and just having a better understanding of how A.I. works, is going to be beneficial for everyone.”Those interested in participating in Wednesday’s online lecture are asked to register online at Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Science and Technology Caltech Professor to Share Insights on Artificial Intelligence By JOEY REAMS and BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 | 3:53 pm Top of the News More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Business News 64 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Aaron will be remembered at Limerick kids sport run

first_imgFacebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleCouncil backs plans to facilitate new secondary school in County LimerickNext articleHorse inside Alan Jacques TAGSAaron O’FlahertyBarrington’s Hospital Great Limerick RunlimerickUL Sport Kids Run Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE UL Sport Kids Run organised in conjunction with this year’s Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run is to be held in memory of nine-year-old Aaron O’Flaherty from Raheen who died tragically in Kilkee last May.Sports mad Aaron always enjoyed the Kids Run and last participated in the event in 2013. His mum, Cecilia O’Flaherty, says she is “completely taken away and honoured” that this year’s event will be held in Aaron’s honour on the weekend of his first anniversary.“Aaron really enjoyed the Kids Run in 2013 and his medal took pride of place in our home,” Cecilia revealed.“As Civil Defence officer in Limerick, I have worked over every single Great Limerick Run weekend. The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run and Aaron’s anniversary will always be linked for me now as I was not long home after the event last year when I got the phone call about Aaron’s drowning accident.“I’m extremely grateful to the organisers for doing this for Aaron and I’m hoping that the Fun Run will be well supported by the children of Limerick and their parents this year,” she said.The UL Sport Kids Run takes place on Saturday May 2 and is held in conjunction with Limerick Sports Partnership and the HSE. Race organiser John Cleary said the logo ‘Remembering Aaron’ will be placed on the back of all children’s race t-shirts with an image of colourful balloons to help promote the Aaron O’Flaherty Memorial Fund which raises funds to purchase equipment for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.“Cecilia is part of the Great Limerick Run family and we’re delighted to honour Aaron in this way,” Mr Cleary commented.“Aaron symbolised what this event is all about — children having fun, keeping active and enjoying participating in a fun collective event. We’re delighted to host this event in his memory and help promote Aaron’s Memorial Fund,” he said.Aaron’s mum along with a number of friends and family have entered the 2015 Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run including the 10K, the Half Marathon and Full Marathon in memory of Aaron and his name will be on the front of all their bibs when they are running on the day.For more information on the Kids Sport Run log onto, a table quiz will take place in Aaron’s memory on Saturday February 28 in Claughaun GAA Club at 8pm. The quiz master on the night is Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Michael Sheahan. A table of four will cost €20. All proceeds go to the Aaron O’Flaherty Memorial Fund. For more details check out their Facebook page. WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin NewsLocal NewsAaron will be remembered at Limerick kids sport runBy Alan Jacques – February 22, 2015 821 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories last_img read more

Jobs minister asked to intervene as fears grow for Oatfield jobs

first_img Facebook Twitter Twitter Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – January 20, 2012 NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Enterprise and Employment Minister Richard Bruton is being asked to intervene on behalf of workers at the Oatfield plant in Letterkenny. The minister is being contacted this morning by Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochalinn, who will urge him to seek clarification on the future of the remaining 15 jobs on the site.Letterkenny’s Mayor Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle met the workers last evening after they contacted him when equipment was moved from the plant. He says their fears have been increased with mounting speculation that the site owners Donegal Creanmeries are in discussion with a multi-national food company to sell the site.Neither Donegal Creameries, nor brand owners Zed Candy are commenting, but Cllr Mc Monagle says the workers deserve answers………….[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleTraffic chaos after Derry explosionsNext articleCan’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign spreads to Aranmore Island News Highland Jobs minister asked to intervene as fears grow for Oatfield jobs Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny last_img read more

The future of securing payments

first_imgEmbrace tokenization and authentication to combat fraudby: Robert JarosinskiThe idea of paying for goods or services has a long history.As a paying society, we’ve gone from bartering for goods in 9,000 BC to using precious metal coins in 700 BC to the first-ever charge card in the 1920s.The technology rooted in this history has also evolved, improving security, increasing simplicity, adding convenience, and reducing cost.The challenge today is that we are inundated with too many choices. However, when you boil down the key functionality of each leading technology, it becomes clear that the future of payments is tokenization and authentication.TokenizationWhile tokenization has been used in various forms since the 1970s, it recently gained popularity in the payments industry with Apple leveraging it through Apple Pay. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Praying, Dancing, Waiting: Americans Hang On for the Election’s End

first_imgPITTSBURGH — At 8:50 on Friday morning, the city of Philadelphia updated its vote tally, nudging Joseph R. Biden Jr. past Donald J. Trump in the state of Pennsylvania. The question on everyone’s mind for several interminable days immediately shifted: not ‘‘if” but “when.” The election — this tense, angry, virus-plagued and exhausting election — would soon be over.“We’re celebrating everybody’s right to vote,” said Bernadette Golarz, 36, amid the impromptu street party that broke out on Friday in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where ballots were still being counted inside. “And the fact that we all showed up to put him out.”- Advertisement – “I’m not going to count my chickens before they’re hatched,” she said. “What is happening now is what I thought was going to happen,” said Rosemary Gabriel, 51, who moved from Nigeria 19 years ago to the Atlanta suburbs where she now lives and works, “because I still have faith in the American people.” “I’m sort of sick to my stomach,” said Sam Diana, a 55-year-old antiques dealer in Scranton — and a lifelong Democrat — who voted for Mr. Trump. He had been lying on the couch watching the returns for days, learning on Friday morning during a trip to Sam’s Club that his state had likely flipped to Mr. Biden. “I definitely, definitely, definitely believe it was fixed.”Beneath all this, however, lay deep and unresolved questions about what was happening in the country and in the minds of his fellow citizens.“Something’s going on in America — something scary,” Mr. Diana said. “It makes you get a lump in your throat when you think, Is this really America? Are we all partners? Why did they hate that man so much?”Across the state in Erie that same morning, Karen Moski, 67, was leaving the house for work when she learned that Mr. Biden was now ahead in Pennsylvania. Among friends the night before she had found out that her home county, a reliably Democratic stronghold that had shockingly sent most of its votes to Mr. Trump four years ago, had also turned back to blue again.“We’re getting rid of Donald Trump and that has been my goal for years,” she said, laughing at the realization that an outspoken Trump-supporting colleague would be coming into the office later that day. Perhaps Erie’s reversal was a sign the county had “probably just made a mistake” in 2016. For now, Ms. Lindemann was not celebrating. “I know he’s going to throw a 5-year-old tantrum and he’s going to turn over every table he can,” she said of Mr. Trump. “We don’t have a president yet.”There are many, like Ms. Lindemann, whose vote was personal, a first chance to answer the president for what he brought or took away from them.Nephtalie Hyacinthe, 42, a Haitian immigrant in Miramar, Fla., took her citizenship exam the day after Mr. Trump was elected in 2016. She viewed his first term as a four-year civics lesson that would help shape her political views and prepare her for the 2020 election.She studied the president, listening as he took a hard line on immigrants and hearing reports of the disparaging things he called her homeland. And so on the last day of October, Ms. Hyacinthe weighed in, casting her first vote in America for Mr. Biden at a library. As she learned this week, she had picked the likely winner.“For an immigrant, voting represents the white picket fence,” she said, her voice quaking with excitement. “This means I am an American citizen and I helped to pick our next leader.” – Advertisement – Just as Ms. Hyacinthe was discovering in her adopted country, plenty of people who have lived here from birth had learned — this week and over the past four years — that it was perhaps not the country they thought they had known. “I’ll never forget it, they were so shocked when he got elected,” recalled Kim Anzelmi, 55, of Scranton, Pa., who had assumed politics to be irredeemably rigged until the night Mr. Trump won in November 2016. That election had changed her mind about the system and what was possible — briefly. Now she is as cynical about it as ever. “Politics has been crooked since the Romans,” she said. For all that confidence in the outcome, though, she had been glued to the TV all week. “I’ve had four hours of sleep,” she said.- Advertisement –center_img There had been plenty of evidence in her life that things could change suddenly and inexplicably. Her husband, a struggling dairy farmer in Albany, Wis., had supported Mr. Trump in 2016, while she had voted for Hillary Clinton. But Mr. Trump’s trade war with China ravaged their finances, and they eventually had to sell their farm and cows. Mr. Lindemann took a construction job. This year, he voted for Mr. Biden. – Advertisement – The country has waited three nerve-racking days for news of a definite outcome. All that time, the nation’s fate has been cast, just not yet fully known, as local election offices scattered across a handful of states counted the crucial remaining ballots. Voters of both parties have stayed up late and woken up early, praying, hoping, refreshing feeds and staring at maps on the TV that never seemed to change. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 9:01 p.m. ET But Dolores Selico, who cast a ballot for Mr. Biden on Tuesday in a high school gymnasium in South Los Angeles, was confident that whatever would transpire would be “God’s will.”When Ms. Selico voted, she wore a T-shirt bearing the face of John Lewis, the late civil rights pioneer. It was a way to honor “what our ancestors went through so we could vote,” said Ms. Selico, a Black woman who is 80 years old.Shanna Davidson, a social worker in Louisville, Ky., who also backed Mr. Biden, had seen enough to feel relief.“Today’s a good day,” she said. Still, she recognized that tens of millions of Americans voted differently from her, and would be as dejected as she was now invigorated. The election appeared so close when she woke up on Wednesday morning, she said, that “I about had a nervous breakdown.”This was the thing, though. In this strange and ongoing limbo of an uncalled election, there was still plenty of anxiety to go around. For every Biden voter like Susan Macovsky, buying bottles of prosecco at a Pennsylvania liquor store to celebrate — even if perhaps a little prematurely, she admitted — there was another, like Rachael Lindemann, relieved but still nervous. But there was no going back completely. Ms. Moski had learned things about her city over the last four years, she said, opinions that friends had about race and politics that had surprised her. Biden victory or not, Erie — and the country — would never be the same.“That was an awakening,” she said. “We have some work to do.”Campbell Robertson reported from Pittsburgh, Audra D. S. Burch from Hollywood, Fla., and Sabrina Tavernise from Stroudsburg, Pa. Reporting was contributed by Jack Healy in Denver, Jon Hurdle from Philadelphia, Tim Arango from Los Angeles, Elizabeth Dias from Washington, Will Wright from Louisville, Ky., Ruth Graham from Warner, N.H., and J. David Goodman from Houston. As the tally tediously proceeded, the president falsely declared victory and raged about conspiracy, one of his sons urged “total war” over the election, his campaign’s lawyers filed a squall of lawsuits, and crowds of supporters took to the streets demanding that election officials stop counting or keep counting depending on where they were.“I feel like things are being yanked from underneath me,” said Joel Medina, 44, a businessman from Rowlett, Texas, who cast the first vote in his life on Tuesday for Mr. Trump. He had not ruled out that Mr. Trump would eventually come out on top.Still, even some of those with deep suspicions about the election had resigned themselves to a Biden victory. It was proof, as they saw it, that in the end the swamp always wins.last_img read more

European football wrestles with racism

first_imgSterling has been a victim of racist chantsParis, France | AFP | The interruption of the Dijon-Amiens Ligue 1 match on Friday after visiting captain Prince Gouano was the target of monkey chants adds to a string of recent racist incidents across Europe.It comes after rising Italy star Moise Kean was targeted by racist abuse in Cagliari in Serie A earlier in the month.Monkey chants were aimed at England players during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro and there have been a series of episodes involving London clubs.“Racism exists in the stadiums in France, but we cannot put the situation on the same level as in Eastern European countries or Italy,” football sociologist Nicolas Hourcade, a professor at the Central School of Lyon, told AFP.The goalless draw in Dijon was halted in the 78th minute as players from both sides stopped playing and headed towards the touchline after Gouano said he heard insults.“It’s over,” Gouano said. “We’re not playing on. I’m taking off my team-mates.”Players, including Gouano went to remonstrate with fans.Referee Karim Abed also asked the stadium announcer to “get the message across, if it happens again, we stop.”Following discussions between players, coaches and officials, play then resumed.“In Dijon, we saw that it was an isolated supporter who could be identified and arrested,” Hourcade said. “In other countries, there are collective demonstrations where a whole section of the ground, or a good part of one, can shout monkey chants or racist slogans.”After the game, the French league (LFP) said it would investigate and also announced that Dijon had identified the culprit. The club said they intended to press charges.“These disgusting shouts are contrary to the values conveyed by sport, they insult our Republic, and I welcome the rapid reaction of the LFP: racism will never have a place in France,” responded Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.Anti-racism campaigners urge abandoning matches.“We do not tackle the subject of racism as we should,” former France captain Lilian Thuram told AFP in 2018, after Blaise Matuidi suffered abuse when Juventus played at Cagliari. Share on: WhatsApp “Why didn’t the referee stop the match, why didn’t the white players leave the field?”“If there is no deal with the problem, it will be the same thing in 20 years,” he said.Yet the same thing did happen when Juventus played at Cagliari on April 2. Kean, along with Matuidi and Brazilian Alex Sandro, were targeted by monkey noises and jeers throughout the match.— ‘Openly fascist’ —Instead of denouncing their fans, Cagliari’s leadership blamed Kean for celebrating his late winner by standing motionless and silent with arms spread in front of the hostile stand.“Italy is a case apart for two reasons,” Hourcade said. “The historical strength of the extreme right, and the presence of openly fascist fan organisations.”But in England too, there have been numerous recent incidents at all levels of football.On Thursday, half a dozen Chelsea fans posted a video on social media in which they sang that Liverpool’s Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, was a “bomber”. Chelsea identified and barred three of the fans.Arsenal are attempting to identify a fan who was caught on video shouting racist abuse at Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli in a Europa League game on Thursday.In December, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was the target of insults at Chelsea and a Tottenham fan threw a banana in the direction of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.One of the major issues is “to identify the perpetrators of these acts to punish them,” said Hourcade.Spurs’ England defender Danny Rose has blasted the game’s rulers for failing to rein in racism, calling their efforts “a farce”.last_img read more

Hunger in America Discussed in Red Bank

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – The face of hunger is the face of your neighbor, a family member, of children and seniors.It’s a growing problem that needs to be addressed, those combating the issue want people to realize.“All of us together need to work to end hunger in New Jersey,” Kathleen DiChiara, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, told a large crowd gathered at Count Basie Theatre on Monday, Sept. 30, for Soul of Hunger, a daylong forum on the issue of hunger.The event, sponsored by rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, featured panel discussions with Gov. Chris Christie and celebrity chef and restaurateur Tom Collicchio, who has been active with antihunger campaigns, and moderated by NBC’s Willie Geist. The event also featured a group of women who offered their own stories about dealing with food and financial insecurities. Earlier in the day, there was a viewing of A Place at the Table, filmmaker Lori Silverbush’s documentary that explores hunger in the U.S.One-in-6 Americans goes to bed hungry; about 863,642 New Jersey residents receive and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly called food stamps, to put food on the table. That’s an increase of 50,000 from a year ago. One-in-10 Monmouth County residents are being served by the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, participants noted.“Statistics about hunger are only numbers with the tears wiped away,” said DiChiara, as the panel of women told their stories.Martha, who didn’t give her last name and lives in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, works part-time. She said she was told by case workers that owning a 10-year-old car, valued at $2,000, put her at risk of losing her SNAP benefits and thereby putting her and her children at risk of going hungry.Chris, a 47-year-old single mother of five boys, works as an emergency-department nurse, but is unable to work as much as she would like because of family obligations. She has had to apply for food stamps. “I never thought I would be in the position” with a home in foreclosure, she said.Amelia, a U.S. Army veteran suffering from a seizure condition, has a 6-year-old son diagnosed with kidney disease who is awaiting a transplant. The family is straining to just get by, she said.“I didn’t think it would end this way, that’s for sure,” Amelia said of her life as a military veteran.“Nobody ever thinks they would be in this position,” Chris added, “including me.”Since the 2008 recession and with Super Storm Sandy last year compounding the situation, “it has become personalized” with people struggling and people becoming more aware as they begin to see those they know in this difficult position, Christie told Geist.“It’s not that the programs aren’t available,” the governor said. “It’s people aren’t accessing them,” either unaware of their availability or unwilling for a variety of reasons to seek them out.The best strategy, Christie said, is for public and private sectors to work together on “parallel tracks” to help those in need.Prior to Tuesday’s federal government shutdown, some at the conference suspected that a shutdown would have a real impact on programs such as the U.S. Department of Health’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).“This goes far beyond our knee-jerk, liberal wanting to help each other,” Collicchio said, adding that it is a problem that has economic, educational and societal ramifications and requires federal and state officials to make it a priority.“Food is an apolitical issue,” said Bon Jovi, via a videotaped message, agreeing that government needs to play a more active role and not just expect private sector charities to take the lead. “Food pantries should be a safety net and not a replacement for programs.”Bon Jovi has established his own private program to help feed the hungry. His Soul Foundation and Soul Kitchen, a Monmouth Street nonprofit restaurant where diners offer donations for their meals, supports the operation and antihunger programs.last_img read more

City Soccer teams ready for post season play

first_imgThe Nelson Daily Sports StaffThe Nelson City Soccer League has moved to a new time, but at the same place.Due to a loss of daylight hours league organizers moved evening game to Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Fields.Taking advantage of the extra light in the Men’s Over-35 League were Red Dog and Jackson’s Hole. Both teams, although taking different roads, advanced to the league semi finals with quarterfinal round wins.Red Dog had the easier road to the semi finals after Club Inter failed to field enough players and was forced to forfeit the contest.Meanwhile, Jackson’s Hole, winless in the second half of the season, twice rallied from two-goal deficits to edge Real Nelson 5-4. Mike Gerun netted the winning goal in the final minutes of the second half to power Jackson’s Hole to the win. Bill Clark, Pat Perkins, Bruce Fuhr and Clive Jackson scored for Jackson’s Hole. Darren Peloso, Scott Swetlikoe, Mark Packham and Iain Harvey scored for Real Nelson.Jackson’s Hole now meets Bia Boro while Red Dog goes up against Ted Allen’s. Both games are set for 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
In the Men’s Open League, Nelson Innkeepers and Kootenay Co-op tuned up for the playoff round by scoring wins during the final games of the regulation round.A late arriving Chris Richards scored three times sparking the Innkeepers to a 5-3 victory over the U18 Reps.Greg Kinnear and Mark Dodsworth added singles. Erik Norberg scored twice for U18 Rep.Meanwhile, the Co-op got past a short-staffed Vikings squad 8-0.The Innkeepers, winners of the second half regular season, meet U18 Rep while Vikings tangle with Kootenay Co-op.In the Women’s Over 30 League, Dirty Dozen edged out 4-Play 3-2 in the first-place showdown while Finley’s Jiggers got past Red Dog 6-0.The Dirty Dozen win gives the club the regular season title for the second half of the league. Playoff action has Dirty Dozen battling Red Dog while Finley Jiggers go up against 4-Play.The semi final winners in each league advance to play for their respective championship October [email protected]last_img read more

DeGroot, Stinson capture West Kootenay Cross Country titles, eager to add Kootenay crown to trophy case

first_imgBomber seniors Andrea Stinson and Shawn DeGroot are the early favourites from the West side of the Purcells during Wednesday’s Kootenay High School Cross Country Championships in Fernie.The two L.V. Rogers runners captured the West Kootenay titles at the zone finals last week at the Camp Busk Trails south of Nelson.Stinson continued to shine on the trails, winning the Senior Girl’s race in a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds — almost two minutes ahead of second place Taylor Wilson of Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries.Meanwhile DeGroot, who finished in the top 25 at the 2010 provincials, edged Joe Cox of JVH by 17 seconds to claim the Senior Boy’s race. DeGroot’s time was 22:54.Ellie Hewat of JVH finished third in the Senior Girl’s race, seven seconds behind Wilson.Rounding out the top ten were Katy Camilleri of JVH, Darya Huser of Salmo, Tasha Hewat of JVH, Lynsey Gray of Salmo, Emily Hoff of Trafalgar, Kirsten Faris of Salmo and Claire Young of LVR.In the Senior Boy’s competition, Micah May of Trafalgar was able to shine with a bronze medal finish, one minute behind DeGroot.May burst onto the West Kootenay scene earlier this season by shocking the field and winning the Kootenay Kramp race hosted by LVR.The rest of the top ten field includes, Walker Dempster of LVR, Conrad Watt of JVH, Levi Smith of LVR, Owen Thurston of LVR, Eli Bukowski of JVH, Dale Cushway of LVR and Levi Lucas-Stubbe of Mount Sentinel.In Junior Boy’s, Daniel Merlo of J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail nipped teammate Michael Moon at the wire to claim the gold medal.Merlo won the race in a time of 13:37.Jacob Flood of Rossland was third at 14:04.Clayton Jackshaw of JVH was fourth with Bradley Spurge of Mount Sentinel fifth.Ezra Foy of Trafalgar was sixth.In the Junior Girl’s race, Gina Oostander of the Crowe won in a time of 15:55.Second was Jocelyn Terwood of Salmo with Maya Ida of Trafalgar third.Raeleigh Arndt of Trafalgar was fourth with Sage Wilton of JVH fifth and Hannah Command of JVH sixth.LVR won both team titles in Senior Boy’s and Girls. In the Junior race, Trafalgar took the Junior Girls while Rossland won the Boys.The top runners Wednesday qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 5th in [email protected]last_img read more

Shedding Light on the Protein Big Bang Theory

first_imgThe precise three-dimensional structure of a typical protein molecule is so complex, its origin would seem hopeless by chance.  What if evolutionary biologists were to discover a whole host of proteins literally exploded into existence at the beginning of complex life?  We can find out what they would think by looking at an article on the “protein big bang” found on Astrobiology Magazine.10/22/2002).  A team of scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne claims that “after eons of gradual evolution, proteins suddenly experienced a ‘big bang’ of innovation.”  Astrobiology Magazine said, “A new study of proteins, the molecular machines that drive all life, also sheds light on the history of living organisms.”    How dramatic was the alleged protein big bang?  The theory seems to want to explain simultaneous opposites: combining and splitting:The active regions of many proteins, called domains, combined with each other or split apart to produce a host of structures that had never been seen before.  This explosion of new forms coincided with the rapidly increasing diversity of the three superkingdoms of life (bacteria; the microbes known as archaea; and eucarya, the group that includes animals, plants, fungi and many other organisms).Evolution seems to have quickly generated a host of “architectures” with diverse functions.  They believe this all happened by chance and natural selection, but the authors used design language, describing the protein domains as “gears and motors that allow the protein machinery to work.”  The innovation they were describing went beyond mere amino acid sequences.  It involves the three-dimensional shapes of protein domains, or modules, whose functions are tied to the shapes.    The modules “have endured because perform critical tasks that are beneficial to the organisms that host them,” the lead author said.  So they evolved explosively, according to this idea, then didn’t change for hundreds of millions of years.  “These modules are resistant to change, they are highly integrated and they are used in different contexts,” he said, implying that they are resistant to evolution.    The authors put protein domains into an evolutionary timeline.  They discerned slow, gradual change, then bang: “Exactly at the time of the big bang,” he said, many of the combined domains began to split apart, creating numerous single-domain modules again.  But these new modules were much more efficient and specialized than their ancient predecessors had been.    “This makes a lot of sense,” Caetano-Anoll?s said.  “As you become more complex, you would want to fine-tune things, to do things in a more tailored way”….    “This explosion of diversity allowed the eucarya to do things with their proteins that other organisms could not do,” Caetano-Anoll?s said.Gustavo Caetano-Anoll?s is professor of bioinformatics at the University of Illinois.  The article was based on a press release from the University, which also claimed this study “sheds light on the history of living organisms.”Once again, the evolutionists’ propensity for finding miracles in explosions, and slithering out of falsification, becomes painfully evident.  If this “makes a lot of sense” to you, you need some serious deprogramming and a delousing bath.  Do you see what these charlatans have done?  They have turned evidence against evolution into a tall tale about evolution!  Quick: read chapter 6 of our online book for a sanity check.    On top of that, these pseudo-scholars personified bacteria as tailoring and fine-tuning their machinery so that they could do things.  You can’t talk that way in Darwinland.  Teleology is verboten.  As a last straw, Astrobiology Magazine, a NASA enterprise supported with your tax dollars, said these guys “used protein structures to gain insight into evolutionary events” and claimed this “is shedding light on the history of life on Earth.”  Fie, fie, fie.  Foul, foul, foul.  Fui, fui, phooey.  Dumb-de-dumb dumb.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more