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Why the omens look so good for City against QPR

first_imgAs if Manchester City weren’t strong enough favourites for Sunday’s game, the omens look very good for them given that QPR and end-of-season celebrations seem to go hand in hand. If there’s a team you want to be playing when chasing glory, it’s Rangers.Liverpool and Everton both clinched championships against them in past decades, and in recent years promotions and titles have tended to be decided when the R’s are around. In fact, this could be the FIFTH year in a row in which champions have been crowned following a QPR match…2003Two clubs celebrate against QPR. A goalless draw at Loftus Road means Crewe are promoted to the second tier as they cannot be caught by Rangers, who go into the play-offs and lose to Cardiff – in Cardiff – in the final.2004Final-day drama and this time it’s Rangers who celebrate as they win at Sheffield Wednesday to clinch automatic promotion. But not before Plymouth, who finish as champions, beat QPR at Home Park to seal their place in the Championship two weeks earlier.2008Silverware is paraded in front of QPR again as West Brom lift the Championship trophy following a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road on the last day of the campaign.2009This time it’s Wolves’ party Rangers are caught up in. Mick McCarthy’s men beat them in a tense game at Molineux to secure their promotion to the top flight.2010More celebrations at QPR, this time as Newcastle sign off as champions on the final day of the season at Loftus Road.2011Yet again a trophy is lifted at Loftus Road – but it’s QPR’s. After it’s confirmed they will not be docked points for breaches of rules in the signing of Alejandro Faurlin, the final-day match against Leeds becomes an emotional celebration.2012?Once again QPR are involved in end-of-season drama. Will it be glory for City or can Rangers spoil the party and do Manchester United a favour?Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Johnny Cueto strong again in Giants victory

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto’s comeback from Tommy John surgery continues to be an unqualified success.The 33-year-old right-hander pitched his second scoreless start since returning to the majors Sunday and the Giants beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 after Mike Yastrzemski scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.With a crowd of 39,663 at Oracle Park for Star Wars Brandon Crawford bobblehead giveaway day, the force was definitely with Cueto again. He allowed the leadoff hitter on base each of …last_img

Spiritual Science: Anything But God

first_imgMaterialists would rather escape into mysticism than consider a personal Creator.If you watch a TED Talk by David Chalmers embedded in an article at The Conversation by psychologist Steve Taylor, you will probably be impressed and perplexed: impressed by Chalmers’ exceptional talent at public speaking, but perplexed at his conclusions. A philosopher of mind who specializes in the subject of consciousness, Chalmers knows a lot about the “hard problem” of consciousness. That problem asks why physical matter would ever give rise to our sense of self-awareness, which is the very thing we know most intimately about reality. (In an earlier video posted by Evolution News, Chalmers had described how a philosophical “zombie” could perform all the behaviors of an individual without being conscious.)Chalmers prefers to be known as a scientific materialist, he admits. He would prefer to discover fundamental principles that could explain consciousness with equations and laws. But the Hard Problem defies such formulations. He says that physics can explain behaviors, but not consciousness itself. As tentative answers, he suggests two possibilities to the audience: (1) the idea that consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe, like mass and gravity. (2) The other possibility is panpsychism: the belief that everything in the universe is conscious at some level. The more complex the organism, the more its consciousness becomes capable of thought and communication. Each of these solutions, however, Chalmers admits has its own difficulties and ramifications. He admits in this conclusion that psychologists and philosophers are nowhere near solutions to the problem of consciousness.The Elephant in the RoomNowhere in his otherwise informative talk does Chalmers even look at the elephant in the room: that consciousness was created by a personal God. The avoidance of any consideration of a Creator could be dubbed the ABG response: “anything but God.” Presumably, science must be secularized, even if it entails mysticism. At Mind Matters, a website from the Discovery Institute dealing with psychology, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor gives a pointed but respectful refutation of panpsychism. Electrons cannot be conscious without sense organs, he argues.Steve Taylor, author of the article that includes the TED video, prefers Chalmers’ first solution, that consciousness is a fundamental property of reality:If you held a human brain in your hand, you would find it to be a soggy clump of grey matter, a bit like putty, weighing about 1.3kg. How is it possible that this grey soggy stuff can give rise to the richness and depth of your conscious experience? This is is known as the “hard problem” of consciousness.As a result, many eminent philosophers (such as David Chalmers and Thomas Nagel) and scientists like Christof Koch and Tononi have rejected the idea that consciousness is directly produced by brain processes. They have turned to the alternative view that it is actually a fundamental quality of the universe.Those who have read Thomas Nagel’s book God and Cosmos will recognize similarities to David Chalmers’ frustration: the desire to abide within scientific materialism, but the difficulty of accounting for consciousness and other non-physical realities. Nagel actually states that intelligent design arguments are compelling, but his ABG preferences prevent him from getting too close to it.How does Taylor, author of Spiritual Science, defend consciousness as fundamental? His defense is primarily hypothetical. He believes it would explain altruism and intentionality, without invalidating well-known observations that brain damage impacts consciousness. Like Chalmers, though, he too completely avoids looking at the elephant in the room: creation by a personal God.Fatal FlawsAll of the ABG solutions, whether those of Chalmers, Nagel or Taylor, suffer a common flaw: they are self-refuting. If our consciousness derives from some elementary properties that could add up to full human consciousness when instantiated in a sufficiently complex organism, then we could never know that to be true. Consciousness itself is insufficient for confidence; it could be like a dream. Consciousness must be connected to external reality via truth, morality and logic: truth, because anything that evolves is inherently subjective; morality, because one has to believe that the pursuit of truth is good and right; logic, because irrational ideas are useless for confirming anything to be true. Truth, morality and logic must all be anchored in realities that are timeless and universal. Only a personal God can account for these things.Why, then, is not William Dembski’s view also self-refuting? In his book Being as Communion, Dembski defends the proposition that information is not just a fundamental property of the universe, but the most fundamental property. The difference is that Dembski keeps God transcendent. God is not a part of the universe of matter, energy and information, but the Creator of it. The other views, which entail self-emergence out of fundamental properties, collapse into occultism, which is idolatry.Recommended Resource: The Discovery Institute launched a series of videos collectively called “Science Uprising” to challenge materialism. As an adjunct to the first video, Jay Richards answers questions about whether materialism is a satisfactory (and satisfying) worldview, and why it fails because of its own inner contradictions and insufficiencies. Hear also Ann Gauger on ID the Future explain why “Scientific materialism is no match for truth, beauty and goodness.”(Visited 382 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa, Chile to strengthen ties

first_img4 July 2012 South Africa and Chile look will to advance political, economic and trade relations at the 4th Joint Consultative Mechanism (JMC) meeting between the two countries this week. International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will co-chair the meeting with his Chilean counterpart, Fernando Schmidt, in Pretoria on Friday. “South Africa is a major foreign investor in Chile, and will use the opportunity to address bilateral issues pertaining to cooperation in trade and investment, public works, and the avoidance of double taxation,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement on Tuesday. South Africa remains one of the largest foreign investors in Chile’s mining sector. However, the trade balance between South Africa and Chile is currently in favour of Chile. To address this, the JMC will consider establishing a joint bilateral trade and investment commission. “In addition, an avoidance of double taxation agreement between the two countries has been negotiated and is ready for signature, which, when implemented, will make investments in South Africa more attractive for Chilean business,” the department said. The last JCM meeting took place in Chile in 2008. Source: read more

Are Your Web Browser Plugins Safe? This Page Tells You

first_imgRelated Posts Mozilla, the organization behind the Firefox web browser, introduced a “plugin checker” page last fall that analyzed whether the plugins you had installed in your web browser were up to date. Now that tool has been updated to check plugins installed in other web browsers too, including Safari, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer. According to the Director of Firefox Development, Johnathan Nightingale, plugin safety is an issue across the web. “Outdated plugins are a major source of security and stability risk for web users,” he wrote in a recent company blog post. Plugin Safety MattersNightingale says that some studies have shown that the number of users running outdated plugins in their web browser is as high as 80%. However, the plugin checking mechanism built into the latest builds of the Firefox web browser keeps its users better secured as it will prompt you to update your plugins when new ones become available. He notes that over 60% of Firefox users visiting the plugin checker page were running the most recent version of the Adobe Flash plugin, a plugin that’s a popular target for attackers looking to exploit security vulnerabilities in the browser. When including users with either the latest version of the Flash plugin or the second most recent, the number was 75%, much higher than the rest of the web as a whole. Beyond Firefox: Plugin Safety for All BrowsersBut plugin safety isn’t just an issue for Firefox users. All web surfers who use plugins can be affected by security issues. And most do have plugins, even if they don’t realize it. Mainstream users may not understand that clicking “install Flash” to watch a web video means they’ve installed a browser plugin, but that’s exactly what they just did. And now in Google Chrome, the new web browser from the Internet Search giant, the Adobe Flash plugin will come pre-installed with the browser itself. To help address the issues of plugin safety outside the Firefox ecosystem, Mozilla has updated their plugin safety page to work with a number of other web browsers, including Safari 4, Chrome 4 and Opera 10.5. It also checks the safety levels of the most popular plugins for Internet Explorer 7 and 8. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#NYT#security#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez If you’re using a non-Firefox browser such as those listed above, you can visit this Mozilla webpage and have your plugins checked for you. If any of the plugins are old, just click the “Update Now” button to remedy the situation. If the plugin checker can’t determine the status of the plugin, a “Research” button will appear instead. Plugins that are current will show a green “Up to Date” button. Reminder BadgesWeb site owners who want to remind their visitors to check their plugins can add one of these quirky banners to their site. “Groom parrot, Polish trophies, Check plugins,” the banner reads.Although the plugin checker page is a handy tool for web surfers concerned about security, it’s better when the browser does it for you. Our online lives are busy enough, we don’t need to add another to-do item to our list. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Congress Sets Sights On Fixing Privacy Rights

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Aaron Swartz#Congress#FISA#PIPA#privacy#security#SOPA The Senate will be taking on much-needed digital rights legislation in the new 113th Congress, including requiring law enforcement to have warrants before poking around online communications.In a speech at Georgetown University Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt). stressed the need for defending civil liberties, protecting privacy, improving transparency and making a push to require a warrant before law enforcement has carte blanche to read people’s emails, social media messages and other modes of online communication.We’re Trusting These Guys?Congress has been questioned of late for implementing some eyebrow-raising initiatives that have thrown the Fourth Amendment under the bus and seemingly worked towards the opposite of Leahy’s plans (think FISA, the Video Privacy Protection Act, and half a dozen other problematic regulations).  But if Leahy has his way, this new Congress could create legislation to help both consumers and creators protect their data. Leahy, who voted against FISA and was the chief proponent of last year’s U.S. patent law reform, may be the right man to push these bills along.In his speech, Leahy expressed concern over the potential loss of privacy that comes with the expanding use of drones in civilian life. The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that by the end of the decade, 30,000 commercial and government drones could be flying over U.S. skies. With that outcome literally on the horizon, Leahy plans on making drones the subject of Congressional hearings, indicating that legislators need to focus to make sure that technology will not be used to erode peoples’ privacy.“I am concerned about the growing use of drones by Federal and local authorities to spy on Americans here at home,” he said Wednesday. “We make a tragic mistake thinking that merely giving up more and more of our privacy will make us safer. It will not. Security and liberty are both essential in a free society, and we cannot forsake one for the other.”Leahy also spoke about insuring transparency, specifically referring to press freedoms. The son of Vermont printers said he has “concerns about the press being shut down.” While he’s against the release of classified government documents (think WikiLeaks), he says he will work to “make sure that legislative efforts to prevent classified leaks does not infringe upon our fundamental freedoms, including freedom of the press.”It’s a pretty tricky balance Leahy is striking here, but this may be a way of saying he doesn’t support penalizing journalists who publish formerly privileged documents.Walling Off Our DataThe last, and perhaps most important, tenet of Leahy’s plan was a promise to update outdated cyber security laws, specifically the 27-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Right now the ECPA gives police and government agencies the ability to read people’s emails and digital communications – without a warrant.Leahy, who turns 73 in March, has said the reason he’s stayed chairman of the Judiciary Committee is to reform ECPA. He says electronic documents should have the same legal protection as paper documents. It won’t be easy to fix this, but he’s making it a top priority.“It is going to be a fight,” he said in his speech. “But I think people are realizing they don’t have to give up their ability to use the Internet while at the same time guarding their freedom.”What The Speech Didn’t SayHowever, for all the good will towards modifying these laws, a few major items were missing from Leahy’s speech. Another potential change to the ECPA is currently on the table in the Senate, one which would require all text messages to be archived and available to law enforcement. This under-the-radar item is a proposal and yet to be brought to the Congressional floor. Let’s hope Leahy can muster enough support to put the kibosh on this proposed legislation.And let’s not forget the thousand pound elephant in the room: Very much missing from the speech was an update on whether Congress will push for new versions of SOPA and PIPA. Leahy himself seems to have one foot in the pool and one out when you look at his record. This is the Senator who wrote PIPA and COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act). Yet he was also behind a failed FISA amendment reform that would have shortened the law and decreased the enforcement period to three years — which would have been good. Based on this track record, either he erred and learned from these past mistakes…or we’re all buying what he’s selling. And it’s not worth it. Fingers crossed the truth is the former, not the latter. Today, Friday, is Internet Freedom Day. And as the the world celebrates the life of the too-soon-departed Aaron Swartz and the one year anniversary of the Internet blackout victory against SOPA and PIPA, big change looms. Let’s hope Leahy has our best interests at heart when it comes to protecting our privacy. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. adam popescucenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Airbus wants to test autonomous flying cars sometime this year

first_imgDavid Curry French aerospace giant Airbus wants to have an autonomous car in the air by the end of the year, according to the group’s chief executive, Tom Enders.Airbus claims the autonomous flying car will alleviate traffic problems in major cities and could reduce infrastructure budgets for city planners, who won’t have to worry about bridges, traffic lights, or concrete roads.See also: Well, of course, Larry Page invested in two flying car startups“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground,” said Enders at the DLD tech conference in Munich. “We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously,”Airbus formed the Urban Air Mobility division last year, to start work on a prototype flying car. It hopes to test this by the end of the year, but Enders said it would most likely be 2020 before any commuters hop into a flying car.Flying cars aren’t choppersThe company also plans to build a semi-autonomous flying car, so the whole project isn’t gutted if regulations say a driver must be able to control the vehicle.Airbus has a new business plan for the flying cars, not at all like its commercial helicopters, which are sold at a price only few can afford. It wants to develop an Uber-like app for the flying cars, where commuters can rent the autonomous vehicle for a single ride.Interestingly, Uber also wants to have a service for flying cars, using Airbus’ concept.The flying car reality might only be a few years away, but with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) already struggling to regulate the drone market, it might be an intense fight to allow humans inside autonomous flying vehicles. Related Posts Tags:#Airbus#Autonomous#driverless#featured#flying cars#Future Tech#top IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

Sena, MNS lock horns in Mumbai Univ polls

first_imgThe students wings of Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) will lock horns in the battleground of Mumbai University senate polls to be held in Mumbai on Sunday.It is for the first time that the Sena is fighting under their youth leader Aditya, the grandson of Sena Chief Bal Thackeray.Aditya was in news for demanding removal of Rohington Mistry’s book Such A Long Journey from the University syllabus for containing bad remarks about Sena and Marathi people.The student unions of both these parties — Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) of Shiv Sena and the — Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) of MNS would fight for 10 seats in the senate.The elections that are held every five years will take place in over 40 centres with 46,600 voters polling. Of the 10, five seats are from the general category and five are reserved for ladies, Other Backward Class, Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Nomadic Tribe respectively.While the BVS is contesting all the 10 seats, the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) is contesting 5 seats.MNVS president, Aditya Shirodkar has released a letter on the works by the party in areas like anti-ragging law, launching a Marathi website and fighting against encroachment at the campus.The BVS manifesto assures of education and examination reforms, accountability for every single penny of fee structure and donation taken by the college as against the facilities offered and encouragement to sports and cultural activities.The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad of BJP, National Students Union of India of Congress, Bombay Graduate Forum and Swabhiman are also contesting the polls.advertisementWith inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Mexico says Guard deployment beginning forms migrant team

first_img June 11, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Immigration AP, AP Mexico says Guard deployment beginning, forms migrant teamcenter_img MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Tuesday they are beginning deployment of the country’s new National Guard for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment of a 6,000-strong force made as part of an agreement with the United States to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico.President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard also announced that a team of five officials, including a general and a prison director, has been formed to implement the immigration plan.Ebrard said that Gen. Vicente Antonio Hernández Sánchez, commander of the Tapachula military zone near the border with Guatemala, will begin a tour of the south “to speed up the deployment in the area.”Cuban migrants land on the Mexican side of the Suchiate River on the border with Guatemala, after crossing on a raft near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, early Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Mexican officials say they are beginning deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops for immigration enforcement, an accelerated commitment made as part of an agreement with the United States last week to head off threatened U.S. tariffs on imports from Mexico. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)The main objective is to register migrants, offer them options for regularizing their immigration status and return those who don’t want to register, he added.Ebrard did not mention detentions, which have risen notably in recent months, but said there is a need to expand and improve overcrowded immigration facilities that operate as de facto detention centers.Another deployment is going to the frontier with the United States to attend to migrants who have been returned to Mexico while their asylum claims are processed in U.S. courts.As part of the deal reached last Friday with Washington, Mexico agreed to an expansion of the program known as Migrant Protection Protocol, though the United States has run into its own logistical obstacles to ramping it up.There have been more than 11,000 returns by migrants to Mexico under MPP since it launched in January, according to the most recent figures from the Mexican government.Mexico’s National Guard is a newly formed force tasked with policing rising insecurity. It is separate from the military and is legally supposed to be under civilian command, though it is largely made up of current or former soldiers and federal police. Posted: June 11, 2019 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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