Metro is offering a special holiday free-fare program from 9 p.m. today to 2a.m. Tuesday. People boarding a Metro bus, along with the Metro Orange Line or the Metro Red, Purple, Green or Gold rail lines during the designated hours will receive a free ride to their destination. The free ride program is to promote safety during the holiday season. For complete route and schedule information, call (800) 266-6883 or visit Metro’s Web site at www.metro.net. Sheriff asks to keep parties safe The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department encourages the public not to shoot firearms into the air to celebrate New Year’s Day. What goes up, must come down, officials said. Randomly shooting into the air is dangerous for everyone. Sheriff Lee Baca also encouraged residents of Los Angeles County to celebrate the New Year without endangering themselves, their loved ones, or others by using alcohol in an irresponsible manner. The critical importance of avoiding gunfire to celebrate the New Year cannot be overstated, he said. Many times, individuals involved in celebrating New Year’s Eve with gunfire do not realize the dangers posed by their actions. “When a bullet is fired into the air, the bullet will climb two miles, remain in flight for more than a minute, and ultimately fall back to the Earth with enough velocity to injure or kill someone,” Baca said. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Marshawn Lynch, beast, California Golden Bear, Super Bowl winner, Oakland Raider, man of danger, gadfly, bon vivant and raconteur is currently the owner of a soul food restaurant in Emeryville.It is called Rob Ben’s, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, but it didn’t start that way. From 1983 to 2017 it was Scends Restaurant (“The best fried chicken wings on the planet”), owned and operated by Cassie Nickelson. As she neared 80, she decided to sell. “My feet hurt. My back. I’m humped …
The phrase irreducible complexity has reluctantly entered the working vocabulary of evolutionary biologists, though they usually disparage its source (Dr. Michael Behe, leading proponent of intelligent design). The latest evidence is a paper in Science that was titled with an obvious play on words and an attempt to refute Behe’s principle. They called it “irremediable complexity.”1 The team of biologists from Canada and the Czech Republic neither referenced Behe’s book nor mentioned his name, but it is clear they wanted to refute his thesis that complex molecular machines require intelligent design. “Many of the cell’s macromolecular machines appear gratuitously complex, comprising more components than their basic functions seem to demand,” they said. “How can we make sense of this complexity in the light of evolution?” As examples, they produced the spliceosome and ribosome, structures they claim have “Seemingly gratuitous complexity”. From the gratuitous, they invoked the fortuitous, in a somewhat circuitous manner. By chance, they said, two independent bodies might become connected. As additional mutations occur, it becomes more difficult for them to separate than to remain interdependent. That’s the reason for their phrase “irremediable complexity” – there’s no going back. The result is a kind of “ratchet” mechanism that increases complexity and interdependence, but not necessarily adaptation: “Thus, constructive neutral evolution is a directional force that drives increasing complexity without positive (and in small populations, against mildly negative) selection,” they explained. “Negative selection is involved, but only as the stabilizing force that keeps this directionality from reversing.”2 How, then, does adaptation occur? The ribosome and spliceosome, after all, are tremendously effective machines despite their complexity, gratuitous or not. The authors seem to say that the function must have been already been present before the complexity accumulated:Although compensation for defects caused by “selfish” (self-propagating) DNA elements may seem intuitive, it is problematic to propose that, on the way to evolving compensatory machinery, an intermediate state had to exist that was less fit than its ancestors and sisters. Why would such an intermediate not just die out in competition before its rescue by compensatory complexity yet to be invented? A more workable model is that the compensating mechanism was already present (possibly serving unrelated functions).They were thus trying to solve one problem with evolutionary theory (adaptationism) by introducing another – a kind of “pre-adaptation” inherent in the machinery that turned on when the circumstances needed it. This ratchet model, called “constructive neutral evolution,” they claimed, “provides an explanatory counterpoint to the selectionist or adaptationist views that pervade molecular biology.” To support their model, therefore, they had to take issue with the vast majority of evolutionists who support Neo-Darwinism. In the end, though, this was all about refuting Michael Behe’s claim that molecular machines illustrate intelligent design:Although this model is easiest to illustrate using molecular systems of peripheral importance or limited distribution (such as splicing or RNA editing), there is no reason why it might not contribute to the generation of any cellular complexity (the ribosome; mitochondrial respiratory complexes; light-harvesting antennae in photosynthetic organisms; RNA and DNA polymerases and their initiation, elongation, and termination complexes; protein import, folding, and degradation apparatuses; the cytoskeleton and its motors). Much of the bewildering intricacy of cells could consist of originally fortuitous molecular interactions that have become more or less fixed by constructive neutral evolution. Indeed, although complexity in biology is generally regarded as evidence of “fine tuning” or “sophistication,” large biological conglomerates might be better interpreted as the consequences of runaway bureaucracy—as biological parallels of nonsensically complex Rube Goldberg machines that are over-engineered to perform a single task.Readers of Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box (Free Press, 1996) might recall that on p. 75 he reproduced a Rube Goldberg cartoon as an illustration of irreducible complexity.1. Michael W. Gray, Julius Lukes, John M. Archibald, Patrick J. Keeling, W. Ford Doolittle, “Irremediable Complexity?”, Science, 12 November 2010: Vol. 330. no. 6006, pp. 920-921, DOI: 10.1126/science.1198594.2. In evolutionary theory, positive selection means increased fitness, whereas negative selection removes deleterious mutations. Stabilizing selection works to keep things running in place with neither progress nor regress.The shameless, aimless, lameness game these guys played with words and concepts, invoking the Stuff Happens Law (SHL) as a scientific explanation (09/22/2009, 10/03/2010, 11/10/2010), refusing to acknowledge the name of Behe, and calling the most marvelous living machines ever discovered (including ATP synthase and the respiratory chain! – 09/22/2010) a bunch of slapdash accidents, is breathtaking. This is another example of evolutionist ideologues talking nonsense to themselves in an echo chamber. Science never gives Behe a chance to respond, or anyone else. They did us all one favor, though – falsifying neo-Darwinism. Their astounding list of machines they claim could be explained by “constructive neutral evolution” (a.k.a. SHL in a cheap tuxedo) shows also how ungrateful they are. Those machines are keeping them alive. They are keeping their brains capable of thinking and reasoning. If they thought for a minute about the stupidity of their SHL theory, and the intricate complexity of those machines – the molecular trucks, proofreaders, editors, repair crews, and more – their response ought to be awe and thankfulness. Instead, they became vain in their imaginations, neither were thankful (ref.). The spliceosomes they claim are gratuitously complex are exquisitely functional. Have these biologists never heard of alternative splicing? The splicing machinery generates a multitude of protein products from the same DNA transcription (02/02/2010). There are reasons these machines are complex, and the proof of the pudding is the brain that allows these scientists to think (although, like pudding, their thinking is mushy). For them to think that the fortuitous (happenstance) produced the gratuitous (unplanned), they are not only reasoning circuitously, they are showing themselves to be muddle-headed ingrates. What they need is fortitude and gratitude. Then they might become circumspect, like they were designed to be.(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Paternoster, one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of the Western Cape province, serenely sits a 20 diners a night Restaurant, called Wolfgat. Unknown to the world, until this intimate, seashore restaurant was awarded ‘off-map destination and restaurant of the year’ at the first edition of the World Restaurant Awards on 18 February 2019 in Paris.This two-year old restaurant, is not only now an award winner, but is an eatery of remarkable coastal history. A 130-year-old building, located on the Wolfgat cave, Archaeologist John Parkington, affirms it as “a substantial chamber lying under an unusually large calcrete shelf”. Almost certainly, the chamber, and passages leading into it, owe their origin to underground stream erosion that has removed softer sand from below the cemented shelf”, according to their website.The menu is customised in Chef Kobus van der Merwe’s signature beach vegetation foods. Imagine for a second, homemade bread and butter, local seafood, lamb and/or venison, married with handpicked wild herbs, seaweeds from the local rock pools. The Chef teams up with his six mostly female staff, to prepare the food with some of the features taking weeks of preparation.Sharing his excitement, following his win, Van der Merwe was quoted by @worldrestawards saying; “I’m really proud to bring something like this back to our continent and beautiful country. I’m very proud to be working in a team of mostly women.”Not only has Wolfgat become a trailblazer in the culinary industry, but is now a conversation starter on the global stage, for its exclusive scenery, a stone throw away from the tranquil, yet rippling Atlantic Ocean and a contributor to South Africa’s Nation brand image and reputation. Wolfgat has strengthened and reaffirmed South Africa as a country that inspires new ways of excellence and has remained authentic to its diverse cultures and true to its robust history.“Just making the longlist was incredibly overwhelming, because I look up to all of the other restaurants that were nominated with us, and we certainly didn’t feel worthy of being there, so this is a few steps of insanity above this, so I can’t quite put it in words. I think it willl all sink in.” said Kobus van der Merwe of @wolfgat on winning #RestaurantoftheYear and #OffMapDestination at the #worldrestaurantawards.We only book 20 diners per sitting – by keeping it small, we keep it sustainable. Brand South Africa congratulates Wolfgat for the incredible win which has elevated the country brand to new heights. To book a seat at the award winning restaurant go to – Wolfgat BookingFun facts about Paternoster, home to this incredible restaurantPaternoster, meaning “Our Father” derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailorsFamous for its abundance of crayfishEnjoys ten months of the year watching of whales and dolphins, frolicking in the oceanA breeding ground for over 250 species of birds with seabirds (seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and the oystercatcher)Five kilometres outside of the fishing village of Paternoster the last manned lighthouse constructed in 1963, rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, the Cape Columbine LighthouseSource: SA-Venues.comImage: Wolfgat on Instagram.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently revised the rules in order to fine-tune the program established in 2014 by Ohio’s legislature. ODA made several changes to the certification, education, and recordkeeping requirements for those who apply agricultural fertilizers to more than 50 acres of land in agricultural production. Updates to the certification requirementsThree modifications to the certification requirements will: 1) provide additional clarity about how the certifications apply to employees, 2) adjust the cycle for when the certifications begin and expire, and 3) establish a grace period to obtain a renewal certification after a prior certification has expired.The new rule clarifies how the requirements apply to employees of businesses and farms, a provision that was unclear under the old rule. The certification rule requires all persons who apply fertilizer for the purpose of agricultural production on more than 50 acres of land to either personally have a certificate issued by the ODA Director, or to act under the instruction and control of a certificate holder. The person acting under the certificate holder must be either a family member of the certificate holder, or “employed by the same business or farm as the certificate holder.”Instead of starting on June 1 of year one and ending on May 31 of the third year, the certification period for an applicator will run from April 1 of year one until March 31 of the third year. The new cycle will avoid mid-season headaches by ensuring that certifications will generally be in place prior to planting season.The new rule provides a grace period to certificate holders who do not renew their certificates prior to the expiration of their old certificates. If a certificate holder’s certificate expires before they complete a renewal application, the new rule gives the expired certificate holder 180 days after the date of expiration to complete the renewal process. The primary benefit of this grace period is that within the 180-day period, the application will be treated as a renewal application rather than a new application, which requires fewer training hours. Updates to the education requirementsODA has modified the education requirements in two important ways:The rule provides an examination option as opposed to requiring all applicants to attend a certain number of hours of agricultural nutrient training. This allows individuals who know what ODA wants them to know about the topic to bypass the hours of training requirement.The new rule differentiates education requirements for new certification applications and renewal applications. Fewer training hours will be required for renewal applications than new applications.• New applicants have the option of either attending at least three hours of agricultural nutrient training or passing an ODA-approved fertilizer examination that demonstrates an “adequate knowledge of the fertilizer training requirements.” New applicants must successfully complete one of these options within the twelve months prior to applying for certification.• Those wishing to renew their certifications have the option of either attending one hour of agricultural nutrient training or passing an ODA-approved fertilizer examination. Those who obtain their fertilizer certificate within 12 months of applying for a renewal certificate do not have to complete the renewal education requirements. Additional recordkeeping requirementsThe final change to the program rules adds two new recordkeeping requirements. For each application of fertilizer, the fertilizer certificate holder must record:• The number of acres on which fertilizer is applied, and• The total amount of fertilizer applied, by either weight or volume.These are in addition to the current requirements, which include maintaining records of:• The date, place, and rate of the application of fertilizer,• An analysis of the fertilizer applied,• The name of the individual who applied the fertilizer,• The name of the certificate holder,• The type of application method used,• The soil and weather conditions at the time of application,• The weather forecast for the day following the fertilizer application, and• For surface applications, whether the land was frozen and/or snow covered during the fertilizer application.Each of these must be documented within 24 hours of the application. The existing timing requirements, such as how long the applicator has to submit the information to the certificate holder, have not changed.For more information, visit ODA’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification web page and OSU’s Nutrient Education and Management website. The program rules in Chapter 901:5-4 of the Ohio Administrative Code are here.
UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension City analysts concluded that the 2028 plan, while incomplete, included significant safeguards for taxpayer dollars. The Olympics have a notorious history of runaway costs, but city officials have argued their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region’s many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.Los Angeles had bid on the 2024 Games, but embraced the 2028 alternative after Paris emerged as the front-runner for 2024 and the IOC proposed the unusual dual award.At one point during the sometimes tense meeting, Councilman Joe Buscaino shouted at a heckler, “This is right for the city.” As the vote was being taken, protesters yelled from the back of the council chamber, “Let us speak” and “sellout.”Steve Ducey of No Olympics LA, an opposition group, said the vote would take place without an independent budget analysis.“Shame on you,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Much of the meeting amounted to a choreographed tribute to the city’s Olympic legacy, with frequent references to the LA Games in 1932 and 1984 and the athletes who competed in them.Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Janet Evans, who are part of a private committee behind the bid, urged approval of the plan.Lewis, holder of nine Olympic gold medals in track and field, said the Games are not just an event, “it’s about a whole city.”The deal comes with millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date. However, the extra four years pose challenges for Los Angeles from maintaining public interest to rewriting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that were all hooked to 2024.City analysts recommended the council approve the contract, which faced an Aug. 18 deadline, but also emphasized a revised budget for 2028 could take months to complete.“There are inherent risks to hosting such major events so far into the future,” city analysts noted in a report on the agreement.The bulk of the revenue for the Games is expected to come from ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.Part of the deal includes creation of a reserve fund to cover any cost overruns, with the city kicking in $270 million. The state is expected to commit a similar amount, but because of the legislative calendar the state might not be able to consider its piece of the proposal until next year.In a statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti called the agreement “the deal of a lifetime.” Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The vote followed a morning-long committee hearing that mingled civic cheerleading and salutes to Olympic champions past with warnings about potential costs and suggestions the international event would drive up housing costs and drive out the homeless.“This opportunity is too great, we cannot pass it up,” council President Herb Wesson Jr. said.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 shutoutThe vote took place less than two weeks after the city announced an agreement with international Olympic leaders ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, while opening the way for Los Angeles to host the 2028 Games.The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors must also approve the deal. The International Olympic Committee vote to award the two Olympics is scheduled for September in Lima, Peru. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE – In this July 30, 1932, file photo, doves are released during opening ceremonies of the Tenth Olympiad at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council is expected Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 to endorse a proposal to host the 2028 Olympics, following an announcement of a deal last month to leave 2024 to Paris.(AP Photo)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles took another step Friday toward bringing the 2028 Olympics to the city, despite questions about future costs.The City Council voted 12-0 to endorse documents at the heart of its plan to stage the Summer Olympics for the third time since 1932. The contract outlines Los Angeles’ financial responsibility in hosting the Games, including covering shortfalls if the $5.3 billion plan runs into the red. In addition, a budget for the proposed 2028 Games has not been completed.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL Manila put highly-rated Supreme of Thailand on the edge before surrendering a four-set thriller Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships.A questionable call by the referee on a Thailand hit, which swooped straight out, dampened the Filipinos’ furious surge late in the fourth frame and preserved the 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes The three alternated in burning the lanes with 6-foot-5 Santiago hitting 22 points and Gonzaga moving through tight defense to score 14 markers. Marano produced 13 points on sliding attacks and blocks.PH head coach Francis Vicente lauded the team for banding together to come up with a strong performance in the face a tall odds.Diouck accounted for 28 points, while Kongyot Ajcharaporn added 14 for Supreme.The Filipinos fought off two match points in a show of determination despite a handful of bad calls from the linesmen that even got the crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace in uproar.The Philippines will fight for fifth place in its final two games of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast It was Supreme’s fourth win in as many games in the tournament, putting the team in contention for the title that the Thais won four times before.The all-Filipino Rebisco Spikers has now lost their fourth straight game but played their best game so far in the tough tournament where the best the Filipinos could come up with is 7th place playing with imports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThat was probably was on Thai coach Nataphop Srisamutnak had in mind as he had two foreign reinforcements, American Genevieve Mann and Fatou Niane Diouck of Senegal on top of his Thai national players.After dropping the first two sets, the Thais, the most dominant in Southeast Asian nowadays, were caught off guard as Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Marano delivered the telling blows for the Philippine club. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP
Berg insists Solskjaer can handle Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHenning Berg insists former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can handle the job.Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday morning after meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.And Solskjaer, who flopped at Cardiff City, is set to leave Molde to take charge of United to the end of the season.“It was a completely different type of job. This will be one similar to training Molde. It’s a team to win,” Berg said.“It’s great for Norwegian football, but first and foremost it’s great for Ole himself.”United’s next game is away to Cardiff this Saturday.“He has a very big status in the club and trained the reserve team with great success,” Berg added.“He has good contacts in the club so it seems logical as a transition solution, and maybe it’ll go so well he’ll carry on.“It’s rare that there’s smoke without fire. He has the profile, the experience and status that makes him fit to lead the team until the end of the season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Valencia in contact with unsettled Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereiraby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching the situation of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.The Mirror says he could walk away from Manchester United on a free transfer this summer with Arsenal and Valencia both linked.The Brazilian’s current deal concludes at the end of the season and the Red Devils are stalling over offering the 23-year-old a new deal. Two major clubs linked with midfielder are Arsenal and Valencia.Pereira spent last season on loan at the Mestalla and featured in a reasonable 29 appearances for La Liga giants.However, with just two Premier League starts to his name this season and only 17 minutes of action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there are fears his progression could plateu.Valencia president Jose Carlos Peres recently revealed: “He is a player that interests us a lot. He is a santista and wants to play for Santos. The family is trying. His father wants to see him at Santos for at least a year.”The problem is that Manchester are playing hard. We know the end of the contract is in the middle of the year, but we want the player now. With his father, I’ve been speaking, but we have not yet entered into the details of values.”Esporte UOL says three Premier League clubs have already made official approaches for Pereira.Among those teams are Arsenal, with Everton and West Ham also keen to recruit the player’s services.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel cannot stay out of the headlines. Friday night, according to TMZ, Manziel was involved in a fight at Jewel Nightclub in Las Vegas just before a Drake performance was scheduled. Manziel was later kicked out of the club for the incident.Here’s more, via TMZ.Witnesses inside Jewel Nightclub at the Aria tell TMZ Johnny was in a VIP booth near the stage Friday night. Drake showed up for a surprise performance and club goers started to push and shove to get up front. Our sources say Johnny got pushed and turned and slugged the club goer.TMZ also obtained video of a small portion of the incident.Manziel appears to be struggling big time right now. Let’s hope he straightens his life out sooner rather than later.