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Man accused of manslaughter for punching death pleads not guilty

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, a local man charged with manslaughter has pleaded not guilty in the death of 29-year-old Travis Waite.Crown prosecutor Joseph Temple said a date for the trial to begin will be set by December 9th of this year.On May 18th, Emergency health services responded to a report of an injured man.- Advertisement -27-year-old Cody Kenneth McDonell allegedly punched Waite, who was first taken to the Fort St. John hospital, but then was transported to a hospital in Vancouver.He died of his head injuries on May 30th. McDonell was then charged with manslaughter on June 15th.last_img

Baggies in talks with James Morrison, but confirm exit of attacking duo

first_img The trio in action for the Baggies in the 2015/16 season 1 Out-of-contract duo Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe will not be offered new deals by West Bromwich Albion, it’s been confirmed.Sessegnon, who will turn 32 on June 1, made 92 appearances for Albion, scoring eight goals, since arriving at the club from Sunderland in 2013.Anichebe announced on Twitter earlier this week that he would be leaving. The striker played 63 times for the Baggies and found the net nine times after joining the club during the same transfer window as Sessegnon.Head coach Tony Pulis told the club’s official website: “The two lads worked really hard for me and were as good as gold. Everybody at the club wishes them all the best in their future careers.”The Baggies, however, remain in talks with James Morrison – who is the club’s longest serving player – about extending his stay at The Hawthorns.Morrison’s contract is set to expire in the summer. He has been with West Brom for nine years, making over 275 appearances during this time.last_img read more

Everton plotting double swoop for Portugal star and wonderkid defender

first_imgEverton are plotting a double swoop for Sporting winger Gelson Martins and Ajax wonderkid Matthijs De Ligt this summer.Martins, the Portugal star, is one of the players who has requested to have his contract with Sporting cancelled, and there is expected to be serious interest in the 23-year-old from all across Europe. De Ligt is similarly a target of some of the continent’s biggest clubs, though he has not contract issues with Ajax and is expected to cost upwards of £50m for any club that wishes to sign him this summer.And, according to The Telegraph, Everton are one of those sides.Marco Silva wants to rebuild the squad he has inherited at Goodison Park, having been appointed the Merseyside club’s new manager to succeed Sam Allardyce at the end of last month.Marcel Brands, appointed just before Silva as Everton’s sporting director, has identified the targets, though Everton are unlikely to go on the kind of spending spree they enjoyed last summer under Ronald Koeman. De Ligt has already won seven caps for the Netherlands at the age of 18 Martins is known to be a target for Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur amid the uncertainty over his future with Sporting, while 18-year-old centre-back De Ligt has also been linked with Liverpool and Spurs, as well as reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. 2 2 Martins is one of the players to have requested the termination of his Sporting contract last_img read more

Saville misses out on goal after video footage shows final touch was Grigg’s

first_imgBrentford’s second goal in Tuesday’s thrilling 3-2 win at home to Peterborough has been credited to Will Grigg.On-loan Chelsea midfielder George Saville was initially credited with what would have been his third goal for the Bees since joining them in the summer.But after video footage was reviewed, striker Grigg has now been officially listed as the goalscorer as it was decided that he got the final touch before the ball crossed the line.See also:Donaldson nets late winner for BeesRosler is jubilant after Brentford 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Scientists Debunk Scientists

first_imgWhat do you know?  We look to science to tell us about reality, but how confident can we be when they keep changing the tune?Undermining cosmology:  Science Daily tells us today that “Cosmology Standard Candle Not So Standard After All.”  Results from the Spitzer Space Telescope show that Cepheid variables shrink as they age, “making them not quite as standard as once thought.”  One co-author of the paper in Astrophysical Journal warned, “Everything crumbles in cosmology studies if you don’t start up with the most precise measurements of Cepheids possible.”  He is confident that “This discovery will allow us to better understand these stars, and use them as ever more precise distance indicators.”  But isn’t that what they told us last time?Through a glass distortedly:  Another thing undermining cosmology is the distorting effect of gravitational lenses.  PhysOrg reported that lensing can bias counts of distant objects 10 to 30 times.  “Future surveys will need to be designed to account for a significant gravitational lensing bias in high-redshift galaxy samples.”  Unfortunately, the Hubble Telescope can’t do the job, “because at Hubble’s resolution one literally can no longer see the forest for the trees at these extreme distances.”  We’ll have to wait for the James Webb Space Telescope, “if it gets finished as designed,” to tackle this problem that is of “crucial importance to the optimal design of surveys for the first galaxies.”  See also, “Cosmic Lenses May Spoil Count of Ancient Galaxies.”Through the looking glass:  Meanwhile, be sure to calibrate your telescope carefully.  Science Daily reported, “Telescope Calibration May Help Explain Mystery of Universe’s Expansion,” suggesting it hasn’t been done yet.  When dealing with one-of-a-kind ultimate things, though, what does one calibrate it to?  John Woodward, who is working on calibrating the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii, doesn’t seem so sure: “because this is one of the first-ever such calibrations of a telescope, it is unclear just how much effect the team’s work will have, and part of their future work will be determining how much they have reduced the uncertainties in Pan-STARRS’s performance.”  Before he can measure the distortion of known uncertainties like gravitational lensing, maybe he needs to worry about the unknown uncertainties.Define asteroid:  We all know what asteroids are, right?  But did they exist before William Herschel invented the word?  While pondering that, argues that it was Herschel’s colleague Stephen Weston who invented the term.  OK, then, once humans agree on the term, all is settled, right? told about a space rock undergoing an identity crisis.  Astronomers can’t decide if it is a comet or an asteroid.  It’s in the main asteroid belt, but has a tail (see picture on National Geographic).  Now they’re suggesting a new class of solar system objects: “main belt comets” – unless, that is, it turns out they’re seeing debris from a collision of two asteroids.    NG indicated that some scientists are excited to find main belt comets because it brings special delivery trucks closer to earth for their implausible saga: “If you try to hit the Earth from the Kuiper belt, that’s a hell of a long shot,” David Jewitt [UCLA] said.  “But if you try to hit Earth from the asteroid belt, which is ten times closer, it’s much easier, because Earth is a bigger and closer target.”  Do any of you remember being told on the Discovery Channel that delivery of earth’s water via comets was a hell of a long shot?Genes aren’t everything:  Size up this statement from PhysOrg: “We’ve been taught that DNA is everything, but you could equally well say packaging is everything.”  Results of a massive survey called ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements), “to develop an encyclopedia of the epigenome, that is, of all of the many factors that can change the expression of the genes without changing the genes,” emphasizes the roles chromatin and chromosome packaging have on the resulting organism.  Codes are everywhere, including the code of silence: “Zen-like, she [Sarah C. R. Elgin, Washington University] concludes that silence may be as important as expression.  ‘It’s like sculpture – what you see depends not on what you add, but on what you take away.”Good cholesterol not so good:  We’ve been told that HDL is the “good cholesterol” that promotes heart health.  Not so fast, reported Live Science: “ Not All ‘Good’ Cholesterol is Good at Unclogging Arteries.”  According to new research at the U of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, “heart disease risk may be better assessed by measuring HDL’s ability to remove artery-clogging plaque, rather than the HDL levels themselves.”  In fact, there may be another substance that determines HDL’s ability to remove plaque.  Unfortunately for us all, “The test is too labor-intensive as it is to be used clinically, [Dr. Daniel J.] Rader said.”Human-caused climate error:  Scientists have tracked penguins as indicators of climate change.  Now they are finding out that the act of banding penguins both harms the birds and invalidates the measurements.  Banded penguins have 44% fewer chicks, not so much because of climate change, but due to the damage to their lifestyle.  “Banding may have skewed the data,” PhysOrg said, “but climate change is still harming and will harm penguins,” hedging its bets about validity of global warming.    Live Science, though, said, “Because the approach diminishes survival and reproduction, Le Maho warned that climate change studies relying on banded birds are biased and produce questionable results.”  OK, so let’s just band something else.  Whoops: “[Rory] Wilson [Swansea University] said that the repercussions of banding would ‘absolutely’ carry over to other penguin species, and possibly even seals and sea turtles.”  Did we ever know what climate tune the band was playing?  If not, what should be the response to scientists like William Nordhaus telling politicians that “carbon taxes are the best approach to achieve significant emissions reductions”? (PhysOrg).Steven Shapin is at it again, upsetting our notions of scientific truth (see 11/02/2010).  We want to believe scientists are impartial, unbiased seekers of truth, but in Science last week,1 Shapin [Harvard] reviewed a book exploring commercial influences on science, asking, “Commerce at the Helm?”  He pointed to scholars who believe that due to commercial interference, and the desire to please funding sources, “scientific integrity is being disastrously undermined.”  Here are his concluding remarks:Despite pervasive myths of an ivory tower past, universities have always served their social masters and have always molded their internal cultures to those of the powers surrounding and sustaining them.  They have never done so completely, but neither have they ever been as contemplatively disengaged as legend implies.  Our whole society has become shot through with econometric sensibilities and corporate patterns of organization.  Why ever should we expect universities to be much different?  It’s a good question, meriting a considered and informed answer.  We’ve heard from the humanists and the social scientists; it’s time to hear a lot more from the natural scientists and engineers.  If the inhabitants of the modern research university cannot collectively agree that they want to push back, then the further alignment of research and teaching with econometric sensibilities is likely to be the future.1.  Steven Shapin, “History of Science: Commerce at the Helm?”, Science, 7 January 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6013 p. 33, DOI: 10.1126/science.1198434.If scientists keep changing their stories about things easily accessible to the senses in real time, how much can we expect confidence in their pronouncements about the unobservable past?(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Breaking albinism’s stereotypes

first_img4 November 2013Terry Anna Adams was only four years old when a fellow learner at her school brought chemicals from home in an attempt to “make her brown just like everybody else”.Adams, now 20, is an albinism activist, who is determined to achieve her goals in life and change the misconceptions about the condition.“Growing up in a predominantly coloured community was quite a challenge because people didn’t understand who I am or what I do,” says Adams, who is now an English student at the University of Pretoria.Adams was attending the first-ever National Conference on Albinism, which was held in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, recently. Hosted by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities in partnership with the Albinism Society of South Africa (ASSA), the conference was attended by 300 delegates, 90 of whom were children with albinism.High on the agenda of the conference was the development of positive language associated with albinism in all official languages.For Adams, being an albino is “positive in a way because some people challenge me. It’s like they’re looking at me to see if I can do and achieve certain things. On the other hand, it’s negative because some tend to blame my shortfalls on my disability.”Adams, who has her sights set on being a broadcast journalist, refuses to be defined by her albinism, and detests being treated differently. She uses poetry to express her feelings: “I am my thick glasses and melanin … I am the fight within me. I am the whole world that is against me.”What is albinism?Albinism is an inherited genetic condition in which the body does not produce enough melanin, the chemical that is responsible for eye, skin and hair colour. Because of the lack of pigmentation, the affected person has very pale skin, hair and eyes.In South Africa, around one in 4 000 people is estimated to be born with albinism, compared with about 1 in 20 000 worldwide, according to ASSA.Apart from eye problems that can lead to blindness and a high vulnerability to skin cancer, people with albinism also face discrimination and stigma.In response to the widespread disappearances and killing of people with albinism in Tanzania, Burundi and other East and Central African countries, the United Nations officially declared albinos “persons with disabilities” in 2008.In East Africa, people with albinism are believed by some to have mystical power, putting them at risk of abduction and mutilation. Body parts are used in witchcraft, or buried under businesses, supposedly to bring wealth.An advocacy group called Under the Same Sun estimates that 72 people with albinism were killed in Tanzania between 2006 and this year, while around 31 survived machete attacks.One of the myths that exist in South Africa is that people with albinism do not die, that they simply disappear. Derogatory words are also sometimes used to refer to people with albinism.Tackling discriminationNomasonto Mazibuko is the president of ASSA, which she founded to “enhance the self-esteem of people with albinism”. The society aims to educate and inform communities and to create socially acceptable conditions for people with albinism. It also helps parents to care for children with albinism.Mazibuko says there is still prejudice at most levels in South Africa. The Department of Health, she says, does not have enough health care providers specialising in albinism, which means people with the condition do not always get the correct medical care.For young people with albinism, finding a job is difficult. For those in a career, the chances of being promoted are slim because you are seen as inadequate, Mazibuko says.The conference was the first chance for the society to collaborate with government: “I have hope now that nearly 20 years after freedom, we are being integrated and feel like part of the rainbow nation.”She proposed that the departments of Justice, Health, Education and Labour engage the albinism society to put policies in place.ChallengesLulu Xingwana, the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, says people with albinism still face prejudice and isolation, including within government departments.“Matters that must be addressed include the reduction in medical and health costs and expenses for people with albinism because of their needs and living conditions as most are also dependent on social grants.”Xingwana said the cost of sun screen and low-vision assistive devices was escalating on a daily basis, which limited people with albinism’s access to information and the environment.Xingwana called on partnerships with professionals in the medical field to assist in health promotion and medical care of people with albinism.Disability rights monthNovember is disability rights month and Xingwana says it is a time for South Africans to reflect on the myths and harmful cultural practices that are discriminatory and undermine the dignity of people with albinism and the disabled in general.The minister said her department would ensure that programmes that address people with albinism are in place within the next financial year.SAinfo reporter and read more

The extraordinary real meal revolution of Tim Noakes

first_imgEggs, bacon and asparagus. One of the filling, tasty, protein- and fat-rich – and guilt-free – recipes in sports scientist Tim Noakes’s new recipe book, The Real Meal Revolution.• Professor Timothy NoakesDirector, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports MedicineUniversity of Cape Town+27 21 650• A Mad Swim from Mozambique to Madagascar • Quality non-fiction from Mampoer • ‘Human polar bear’ makes Himalayan swim for peace • Science in the spotlight • Taking a nation’s health to heartMelissa Jane CookEating fat is good for you. That’s the extraordinary claim by South African health and exercise guru Tim Noakes, who has snatched headlines with his controversial new diet plan – high fats, high protein and next to no carbohydrates, ideally none.Speaking at an Extraordinary South Africans event in Johannesburg in late January, Noakes, a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, explained to an engrossed and crowded room why a plate of bacon and eggs may be good for you.The Extraordinary South Africans series of talks at Gallagher Convention Centre gives a platform to South Africans who are not afraid to confront lazy thinking. An author, serial runner and globally respected researcher, Noakes fits the bill: he’s in the middle of a global challenge to dietary convention, and doesn’t shy away from a rumpus.Noakes is a world-class scientist, so his assertion that there is “no evidence that a low-fat diet is healthy” has caused an outcry. The evidence, he said, is that fat is good and carbohydrates bad – contrary to what massive food corporations tell us. Carbohydrates are profitable, he said, but big industry shouldn’t determine what people eat.“It has taken me 61 years to suspect that bread and cereals – the biblical staff of life – as well as rice, pasta and refined carbohydrates may not be healthy for me personally as I had always believed.”Noakes claims that fat is a US government-endorsed scapegoat for obesity. “It was made up initially by a couple of scientists, and then the US Senate got behind it. They produced the US Dietary Guidelines and said fat was bad, and that you should eat more carbohydrates. Industry got behind it because you can make more money selling carbohydrates. From that moment, Americans became more obese.” Professor Tim Noakes is no maverick outsider, easily ignored. He’s a globally recognised sports science expert, an accomplished University of Cape Town academic, a ground-breaking researcher, and the author of numerous well-regarded books.Over his long career Noakes – particularly in his classic runners’ bible The Lore of Running – always recommended loading up on carbohydrates to improve sporting performance. Only in the last few years has he made a U-turn, concluding that carbohydrates are in fact the cause of diet-related illnesses such as obesity and type-two diabetes.At his talk, Noakes apologised, putting up his hands to say: “I’m sorry for telling you all those years ago that carbohydrates were the way to go: bulk up the diet with those and this creates healthy bodies.” Recently, the Harvard school of public health released a statement admitting they, too, were wrong about carbs.The ancestors’ dietNoakes has backed up his views with a sumptuous book of recipes for unorthodox meals, The Real Meal Revolution, co-authored with nutritionist Sally-Ann Creed and “chef-athletes” Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier.With the tagline “Changing the world one meal at a time”, the book implodes conventional beliefs about weight loss, heart health, obesity and cholesterol. It is full of fat and protein – beef steak with horseradish crème fraiche, for example, or bacon fat cherry tomatoes with bocconcini cheese – but also lots of fruit, vegetables and nuts.Noakes is no maverick outsider easily ignored. He holds a Doctorate in Science, the highest degree the University of Cape Town can award, and is globally recognised as a leading sports science expert. With cold-water swimmer Lewis Pugh as his subject, he has conducted ground-breaking research in the Arctic and Antarctic on how the human body adapts to extreme temperatures, and has authored numerous well-regarded books on exercise and health.Fat, Noakes says, is the body’s preferred fuel. People don’t need carbohydrates for energy. In the introduction to The Real Meal Revolution, Noakes and his co-authors insist that their revolution is not some “newfangled diet involving bizarre strategies and supplements”.“Rather,” they say, “it’s a return to your dietary roots, bringing you back to the way humans are meant to eat and returning your body and mind back to the trim, happy, energised state our ancestors experienced thousands of years ago. They didn’t get fat or suffer from obesity, diabetes or other lifestyle illnesses.”Noakes himself is diabetic, and so has to cut carbohydrate consumption down to 25 grams a day. If he doesn’t, his insulin levels become unstable and he puts on body fat.“Metabolic syndrome, diabetes and insulin resistance are all agitated and brought on by the consumption of carbohydrates, and can be controlled – and in some cases reversed – by reducing the consumption of carbohydrates,” he said.The four absolutes of foodThree years ago Noakes had an epiphany. He realised his diet was killing him and vowed to do something about it.“I submitted myself to an experiment of rigorously avoiding all bread, cereals, rice, pasta and refined carbohydrates and replacing that nutritional deficit with healthy meats, fish, fruit, vegetables and fats, including nuts. Five months later, I was at my lightest weight in 20 years and running faster than I had in 20 years.”Noakes said there are four absolutes of diet:1. Healthy eating requires the best possible nutrition for gut and brain – food has a powerful influence on brain function. A good diet will make people more productive, and drive down health costs. The human gut – our food-processing intestines – also works best when occupied by lots of healthy bacterial flora, beneficial microorganisms that thrive on protein, fat, fruit and vegetables – but starve on carbs.2. What you eat determines what you eat. If you’re hooked on carbohydrates, then your body will crave carbohydrates.3. Don’t eat sugars, artificial sweeteners or processed food. Just don’t.4. Eat zero to a maximum of 200 grams of carbohydrates a day, depending on your insulin resistance.“It’s the European paradox: high fat equals low heart disease,” Noakes said. “Carbohydrate requirements are zero grams per day, but you can’t cut out fat and protein. We don’t understand health and, unfortunately, the population have been made obese and ill due to incorrect facts. There is no evidence that a low-fat diet is healthy.”Over the next few months the Extraordinary South Africans talk series, a project of Litha Communications, will present a line-up of top South African speakers. These include former president Thabo Mbeki, environmentalist and extreme cold water swimmer Lewis Pugh, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, and Jonathan Jansen, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State.last_img read more

Green Aisle: How One Company Uses Social Media to Drive Business

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… For Web-based businesses, a foray into social media may seem like a no-brainer, but how can real-world, brick-and-mortar companies use the social Web to drive revenue and growth? Look no further than Green Aisle Grocery, an independently owned, organic grocery store in Philadelphia.Even before Green Aisle’s South Philadelphia storefront opened in Nov. 2009, co-founders Andrew and Adam Erace were using Facebook and Twitter were giving followers a taste of what the store would be carrying on day one as a way to build up local buzz. Today, the store has over 780 followers on Twitter and 745 Facebook fans receiving around-the-clock updates about new products, sales and in-store events.“Social media is definitely a regular part of our business,” says Adam Erace. “The speed of social media lends itself so well to our business model.” On a typical day, Green Aisle might use Facebook and Twitter to announce the arrival of fresh-picked apricots, natural almond milk and hummus, all accompanied by camera phone-snapped photos of the actual products as they come in the door. In some tweets, Green Aisle calls out to specific regulars of the store with timely updates:Hey @joymanning your fave selzter is back in stock! addition to product arrivals, in-store tastings and free samples are announced online, which helps drive foot traffic to the store. When something goes on sale, the store’s Twitter followers and Facebook fans are the first to know. While the real-world success of the social media initiative is not as easy to quantify as, say, page views on a website, Erace says that each day about 40% of their customers mention something they saw on Twitter or Facebook. Until recently, social media was the only form of marketing Green Aisle used. It was only after about six months of operation that it decided to purchase its first print advertisement in a local magazine covering sustainability.The success Green Aisle has enjoyed over the last seven months is substantial enough that it’s already considering opening a second store in another Philadelphia neighborhood, according to Erace.In the meantime, the owners are looking to upgrade their website to enable customers to order groceries online. “We do delivery and pick up, just via phone and email for now,” says Erace. “It works but we’d like to put a more efficient system in place.” john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#biz#Features Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Group Messaging Service Convore Goes Mobile with iPhone App

first_imgConvore, the real-time, Web-based group message system, just went live in the iTunes App Store. Previously, Convore was available only as a Web-based messaging service and this was one of the things that set it apart – though perhaps not in a good way.“Basically, it’s a contemporary version of IRC,” said co-founder Leah Culver, when last we looked at the service. Now, the service has hit iOS and taken this new form of IRC on the road. Will an app change anything? Or does this just mean that all of you Convore addicts (and it seems like there are quite a few already) can get your fix from wherever you are?If you haven’t used Convore yet, it’s a bit of an amalgamation of online forum topic structuring with and IRC-esque real-time chat room. Sometimes, something can be so simple that it’s elegant and this is one of those times. Convore doesn’t cram in too much and relies on one simple thing – our desire to communicate, share thoughts and socialize.Before we go to far, I’ll admit it – I’ve become a bit hooked myself. Convore brings me back to the days of BBSes and chatrooms. So yes, I am one of these excited folks who can now obsessively check for new messages from wherever. But let’s get back to the task at hand – Convore’s iPhone app. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web Related Posts mike melanson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … So what does the iPhone app do? Just that. It’s Convore, but now on your iPhone. You can view and participate in real-time conversations, star messages that you like, send @reply messages to other users, see who’s online and search for new groups to join. I think that’s about everything I do on the basic website, as well.Will the app change anything for Convore, other than the level of addictiveness? So far, I’m using it the same, but it certainly means I can take the Convore experience and user-base and take it on the go. All that needs to happen to turn Convore into a mobile group messaging app like most any other now is to use it for that purpose. Create a private group and there you have it.Convore co-founder Leah Culver said it not only changed what it could be used for, but how she used it as well.“Before, we were just a website, but as a website and mobile, it makes Convore more of a service,” said Culver. “I’ll find myself checking it like I check other apps.”Convore has been lumped together with a slew of other group messaging and group chat apps, such as Beluga and GroupMe, but is inherently more like a public chat than a private messaging service. Yobongo has also been thrown in the same category, and while it is also inherently public, it organizes users not according to self-created groups and subtopics, but according to affinities, relevancy and location. A big distinction between Convore and these other services, however, is that Convore is more of a platform play.For now, Convore is available as an app on the iPhone. There is also a third-party Android app called Convorsation, and the Convore team is encouraging anyone who wants to to use the Convore API and build an app of their own.last_img read more