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Coronavirus: 364 new cases as NPHET meet to discuss Covid-19 situation

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first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest By Steven Miller - 4th October 2020 Previous articlePortarlington on top in local derby to book semi-final placeNext articleChampions out as Emo beat Portlaoise for first time in 48 years Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point. Coronavirus: 364 new cases as NPHET meet to discuss Covid-19 situation Facebook Twitter Of the cases notified today;· 195 are men / 168 are women· 74% are under 45 years of age· 27% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case· 42 cases have been identified as community transmission· 100 cases are in Dublin, 55 in Cork, 31 in Donegal, 24 in Limerick, 23 in Galway,17 in Clare, 14 in Sligo, 13 in Roscommon, 10 in Kerry, 8 in Tipperary, 8 in Wicklow, 7 in Kildare, 6 in Kilkenny, 6 in Offaly, 5 in Cavan, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Meath, with the remaining 27 cases in 9 counties.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.NPHET meeting The National Public Health Emergency team are meeting this evening to discuss the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19.The unscheduled meeting is fuelling speculation that they may recommend that the country move to a higher Level than Level 2 everywhere, expect for Dublin and Donegal, is currently under review.However, no government cabinet meeting is scheduled tonight meaning whatever is recommended by NPHET will not be likely to be discussed by them before tomorrow.For full details on what the Levels mean, click here.SEE ALSO – Weekend Read: 25 years on from Emo Court coming into state ownership Electric Picnic Facebook There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has now been a total of 1,810 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Saturday 3rd October, the HPSC has been notified of 364 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 38,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Home News Community Coronavirus: 364 new cases as NPHET meet to discuss Covid-19 situation NewsCommunity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter News Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img

Missing Moncton rep fined $1 million

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Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Megan Harman IIROC reaches settlement with three former All Group reps serezniy/123RF Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A former registered representative with Scotia Capital Inc. has been fined $1 million by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) for allegedly misappropriating $1.5 million from clients. In a discipline decision released on Monday, IIROC outlined penalties facing Darlene Catherine Ryan, who was a registered representative with a Moncton, N.B. branch of Scotia Capital from September 1999 to August 2010. According to IIROC, Between March 2005 and July 2010, Ryan engaged in manipulative, fraudulent and deceptive conduct by misappropriating approximately $1.5 million from five clients, including several elderly clients. The funds were misappropriated through 31 unauthorized transactions in six client accounts. Ryan often forged the clients’ signatures on Letters of Authorization, which allowed her to fraudulently transfer the funds out of the client accounts, IIROC said. Some of the transactions involved the movement of the same funds from one of the six accounts to another. In the end, more than $970,000 went missing. The ultimate beneficiary of the misappropriations appears to have been Ryan or her friends and relatives, according to IIROC. “[Ryan] took advantage of her clients who trusted her and relied on her for their financial well-being,” IIROC said in its notice of hearing. “[Ryan’s] conduct offends the foundation of trust upon which the securities industry relies, caused harm and great anxiety to her clients, and compromised the reputation and integrity of her Dealer Member firm.” Ryan was terminated by Scotia Capital in August 2010 as a result of her misconduct, and has not been registered in the securities industry since then. In its reasons for decision, dated May 10, 2012, IIROC notes that Ryan’s whereabouts are unknown, and as a result, the regulator has been unable to obtain any information or documents from her in relation to the case. Ryan failed to attend the disciplinary hearing, however the hearing panel found the facts and violations as alleged by IIROC to be proven. Ryan has been permanently banned from approval with IIROC, and faces of a fine of $1 million and costs of $7,500. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

Researchers determine reason for ineffectiveness of current drug therapies

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first_imgResearchers determine reason for ineffectiveness of current drug therapies A new study indicates that protein kinases, which initiate the process that erodes the body’s immunity, significantly contribute to the immunodeficiency in HIV patients. Drugs that block these protein kinases may offer a solution to treating HIV patients whose immunity is not restored by antiretroviral therapy. HIV infections are treated with antiviral drugs which effectively prevent the disease from developing. While pharmacological HIV therapy has advanced considerably, the virus cannot be entirely eliminated from the body with currently available drugs.However, in roughly one-fifth of HIV patients the immune system does not recover as expected: the quantity of CD4 T cells, reflecting the status of the immune system, remains low even when the quantity of HI viruses in blood is suppressed to very low levels or below the measurement threshold. In such patients, indications of chronic immune activation, which erodes the immune system, can be detected.In cooperation with the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, researchers at the University of Helsinki have already shown that the Nef protein, a central factor associated with the HI virus, can continue low-level production in the patient’s tissues for a long time even after viral multiplication is successfully suppressed. Important to this immunity-eroding activity are extracellular vesicles generated by Nef, circulating in blood and promoting chronic immune activation.In a new study, Professor Kalle Saksela’s research group has discovered an intracellular mechanism through which the chain of events associated with immune activation is initiated.The study was published in the Journal of Virology.“The new findings demonstrate that the Nef protein kicks off this harmful chain of events via cellular signalling: it activates protein kinases of the Src family, which leads to the activation of Raf and MAPK protein kinases. As these two protein kinases are activated, the production of extracellular vesicles, mediated by them, begins,” Saksela explains.Protein kinase inhibitors as a new treatment option?Pharmaceutical agents that inhibit Src, Raf and MAPK protein kinases are already in clinical use, and the researchers at the University of Helsinki investigated their utility as well.Studying the drugs in tissue cultures, they observed that it was possible to entirely prevent the production of inflammatory extracellular vesicles caused by the Nef protein using the same drug levels as in the current clinical use of protein kinase inhibitors.“Our findings make it possible to explore novel therapies without delay in patients whose immunodeficiency is not reversed to a sufficient degree with current antiretroviral therapies. The repurposing of kinase inhibitors for treating HIV infection appears to be a very promising way of solving this significant medical challenge,” Professor Saksela states.In recent years, roughly 150 new HIV infections have been diagnosed in Finland annually. Throughout the 2000s, the number of new infections per year has remained under 200. In 2018 approximately 38 million people were estimated to be HIV positive, most of them in Africa.The study is part of the doctoral thesis of doctoral candidate Zhe Zhao, who works in Professor Kalle Saksela’s research group, the last article in the soon-to-be-published work. The study was funded primarily by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, in addition to which some research funding was granted by the Finnish government (EVO funding from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health/Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa).Article:Zhao, Z., Baur, A.S., Fagerlund, R., Saksela, K. HIV-1 Nef-induced secretion of the proinflammatory protease TACE into extracellular vesicles is mediated by Raf-1, and can be suppressed by clinical protein kinase inhibitors. Journal of Virology, 2021. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00180-21 /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don't put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, antiviral, Finland, Germany, Government, Helsinki, HIV, infection, production, Professor, research, Social affairs, treatment, university, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, University of Helsinkilast_img

Toyota is killing off the Prius C

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Incidence of poorly controlled diabetes highest in age group of 50-60: Metropolis’ study

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first_imgIncidence of poorly controlled diabetes highest in age group of 50-60: Metropolis’ study Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Comments (0) The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story About 25 per cent of samples tested for HbA1c reported levels greater than 8 per cent, which means that their blood glucose levels are not controlledThe incidence of poorly controlled diabetes was found to be the highest in the age group of 50-60 years (about 32 per cent), followed by 60-70 years (about 29 per cent) and 40-50 years (27.6 per cent). The incidence was the lowest in the age group of 20-30 years (10 per cent) but increased steadily to peak in the age group of 50-60 years. It thereafter showed a steady decline in the older age groups.Interestingly, 22.7 per cent of all females tested were found to suffer from poorly controlled diabetes, compared to 28 per cent for males.Out of the more than half a million samples tested at the company’s global reference laboratory in Mumbai, almost 23 per cent were found to be in pre-diabetic stage, about 29 per cent were found to be diabetic, while 22.6 per cent tested non-diabetic.About 25 per cent of samples tested for HbA1c reported levels greater than 8 per cent, which means that their blood glucose levels are not controlled. Prolonged high blood glucose levels put diabetic patients under risk to develop diabetes-related complications.(Please see figures in the table below)Commenting on the study, Dr Mayur Nigalye, Deputy Chief of Lab, Metropolis Healthcare said, “Diabetes is a growing challenge in India with estimated 8.7 per cent diabetic population in the age group of 20 and 70 years. The rising prevalence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases is driven by a combination of factors – rapid urbanisation, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, uncontrolled use of alcohol and tobacco. Lifestyle interventions (sleep, exercise and diet modifications) along with regular monitoring is a must for diabetes management.”For the purpose of this data analysis:Data for samples tested for HbA1c was collated for over a period of five yearsSample data of repetitive patients were removed and only one single reading from a patient was used for the studySample was analysed by applying the reference range from 2019 ADA GuidelinesADA 2019 Reference Range for HbA1c By EH News Bureau on November 19, 2019 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphacenter_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Read Article Result ranges below 5.7 per cent – NormalResult ranges between 5.7 per cent and 6.5 per cent – PrediabetesResult ranges greater than 6.5 per cent and below 8 per cent – DiabetesResult ranges above 8 per cent – Poorly controlled diabetesA1C Testing – RecommendationsPerform the A1C test at least two times a year in patients who are meeting treatment goals (and who have stable glycemic control).Perform the A1C test quarterly in patients whose therapy has changed or who are not meeting glycemic goals.Point-of-care testing for A1C provides the opportunity for more timely treatment changes.1. United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study Group: Intensive blood-glucose control with sulphonylureas or insulin compared with conventional treatment and risk of complications in patients with type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 33). Lancet 352: 837–853, 19982. Nutrition and lifestyle intervention in type 2 diabetes: pilot study in the Netherlands showing improved glucose control and reduction in glucose lowering medication (Pot GK, et al. bmjnph 2019;0:1–8.). British Medical Journal, Prevention and HealthResearch has shown that people with type 2 diabetes who reduce their HbA1c level by 1 per cent are: 19 per cent less likely to develop cataracts16 per cent less likely to have a heart condition43 per cent less likely to undergo amputation or death due to peripheral vascular disease Add Comment News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” DiabetesHBa1chigh blood glucose levelsMetropolis’ studypoorly controlled diabetes last_img

Early-warning for seizures could be a game-changer for epilepsy patients- Research

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first_imgEarly-warning for seizures could be a game-changer for epilepsy patients- Research USC Researchers have harnessed a powerful mathematical model to provide advanced seisure prediction, revolutionising epilepsy management and treatment Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on February 26, 2021 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Epilepsy is affecting more than 65 million worldwide. For those dealing with epilepsy, the advent of a seizure can feel like a ticking time bomb. It could happen at any time or any place, potentially posing a fatal risk when a seizure strikes during risky situations, such as while driving.A research team at USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Keck Medicine of USC is tackling this dangerous problem with a powerful new seizure predicting mathematical model that will give epilepsy patients an accurate warning five minutes to one hour before they are likely to experience a seizure, offering enhanced freedom for the patient and cutting the need for medical intervention.The research, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, is led by corresponding authors Dong Song, research associate professor of biomedical engineering at USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Pen-Ning Yu, former PhD researcher in Song’s lab, in collaboration with Charles Liu, professor of clinical neurological surgery and director of the USC Neurorestoration Center. The other authors are David Packard Chair in Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering, Ted Berger, and medical director of the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the Keck Medical Center, Christianne Heck.The mathematical model works by learning from large amounts of brain signal data collected from an electrical implant in the patient. Liu and his team have already been working with epilepsy patients with implantable devices, which are able to offer ongoing real-time monitoring of the brain’s electrical signals in the same way that an electroencephalogram (EEG) uses external electrodes to measure signals.The new mathematical model can take this data and learn each patient’s unique brain signals, looking out for precursors, or patterns of brain activity that show a “pre-ictal” state, in which a patient is at risk of seizure onset.Song said the new model is able to accurately predict whether a seizure may happen within one hour, allowing the patient to take the necessary intervention.“For example, it could be as simple as just alerting the patient their seizure is coming the next hour, so they shouldn’t drive their car right now, or they should take their medicine, or they should go and sit down” Song said. “Or ideally in future we can detect seizure signals and then send electrical stimulation through an implantable device to the brain to prevent the seizure from happening.”Liu said that the discovery would have major positive implications for public health, given epilepsy treatment had been severely impacted in the past year by the pandemic.“This is hopefully, going to change the way we deal with epilepsy going forward and it’s driven by the needs that have been in place for a long time, but have been highlighted and accelerated by COVID,” Liu said.He said that currently, patients with medically intractable epilepsy­–epilepsy that cannot be controlled with medication–are admitted electively to the hospital for video EEG monitoring. With the advent of COVID, these elective admissions completely halted and epilepsy programme across the country ground to a halt over the past year. Liu said this highlights the need for a new workflow by which EEG recordings from scalp or intradural electrodes can be acquired at home and analysed computationally.“So we need to create a new workflow by which, instead of bringing patients to the ICU, we take the recordings from their home and use the computation models to do everything they would have done in the hospital,” Liu said. “Not only can you manage patients using physical distancing, you can also scale in a way that only technology allows. Computation can analyse thousands of pages of data at once, whereas a single neurologist cannot.”How the Seizure Prediction Model WorksSong said the new model was different to previous seizure prediction models in that it extracts both linear and non-linear information from the patient’s brain signals.“Linear is the simple feature. If you understand the parts, you can understand the whole,” Song said. “Whereas the non-linear feature means that even if you understand the parts, when you scale up it has some emergent properties that cannot be explained.”“For some patients, linear features are more important and for other patients, non-linear features are more important,” Song said.Song said that while other models predict brain activity over a short time scale, a matter of milliseconds, his team’s model examined an extended time scale.“The brain is a multi-temporal scale device so we need to understand what happens not just in the short term, but many more steps in the future,” Song said.He said that the model is also unique in that it is patient-specific–it extracts the information that is significant for each individual patient. Because every brain is very different in terms of the signals that indicate a “pre-ictal” state.“Patients are all different from each other, so in order to accurately predict seizures, we need to record signals, we need to look at a lot of different features and we need to have an algorithm to select the most important feature for prediction,” Song said.“I can’t tell you how exciting, this is. At USC we’ve been very interested in trying to create tools that enhance the public health dimension of these diseases that we’re treating, and it’s really difficult,” Liu said“Epileptologists are still relatively few in number in many parts of our country and world. While they can identify many subtle features on EEG, the kinds of models that Song can create can identify additional features at a massive scale necessary to help the millions of patients affected by epilepsy in our region and worldwide,” Liu said.Heck, who is also co-director for the USC Neurorestoration Center, said that there are two important issues to the clinical relevance of this technology.“One is that a majority of patients who suffer from epilepsy live with fear and anxiety about their next seizure which may strike like lightening in the most inopportune moment, perhaps while driving, or just walking in public.  An ample warning provides a critical ‘get safe’ opportunity,” Heck said. “The second relevant issue clinically is that we have brain implants, smart devices, that this engineered technology can enhance, giving greater hope for efficacy of our existing therapies.” Clinical Research Happening Now News Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Dong SongepilepsyNeurorestoration CenterUSC Viterbi School of Engineering and Keck Medicine of USC Related Posts Add Commentlast_img

Six Detainees Left at Arena

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first_imgRelatedSix Detainees Left at Arena RelatedSix Detainees Left at Arena FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Of the 700 people, who were detained during the joint police/military operation in West Kingston, 694 have been released with only six men still in custody.The detainees had been housed at the National Arena in Kingston since Monday, May 24, when the operation started.The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has advised that four of the six, who remain, have not yet been processed. The other two have been found to be of interest to the police and will be further investigated.However, all six men will be transferred to the Mobile Reserve Branch where they will be housed. Six Detainees Left at Arena National SecurityMay 29, 2010center_img RelatedSix Detainees Left at Arena Advertisementslast_img

Fowler, Thomas setting up a *super* weekend

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first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The People’s Open is giving the people what they want. Well, almost. Phil Mickelson’s record-setting week ended early, as Lefty exited stage left after shooting 68-75 to miss the cut Friday at TPC Scottsdale. The 30-time Waste Management Phoenix Open participant – and three-time champion – had Gene Littler’s WMPO record of 107 rounds played in his sights, too, but that will have to wait, as Mickelson is now stuck on 106 for another year. The party must go on, however, and luckily for fans in the Arizona desert, there is still plenty of star power to get them through until Super Bowl kickoff. Headlining the weekend show are buddies Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas, who are not only sharing a rental home this week but also occupying the top two spots on the leaderboard. Fowler, at 13 under, is one shot clear of Thomas and two ahead of Branden Grace, who made sure his Phoenix Open debut was memorable on Friday with a hole-in-one on the seventh hole. Fowler has twice finished runner-up at this event, which is both a positive and a negative. The positive is that he excels on this TPC Scottsdale layout. The negative is that he just hasn’t been able to finish the deal, previously entering the weekend here in the top 5 on four occasions and failing to win each time. Just last year, he shot 73 in the final round to finish T-11. But on the back nine Friday, Fowler looked as good as he ever has. He knocked five approach shots to within 11 feet. Even a pair of misses inside of 7 feet, at Nos. 13 and 14, couldn’t deter Fowler, who actually missed six putts inside of 10 feet in Round 2, from finishing his second-round, 6-under 65 with four straight birdies. “Rick, when he's playing like this, at a course that he loves like this, he's going to be tough to beat,” Thomas said. Thomas’ ballstriking has been equally impressive this week as he’s opened with rounds of 64-66. Though for Thomas, his biggest key has been limiting mistakes. A year ago, Thomas double-bogeyed the 16th hole twice and tripled the 15th hole once while finishing a disappointing T-17. Through 36 holes this week, Thomas has made 13 birdies to just one bogey. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the Waste Management Phoenix Open Waste Management Phoenix Open: Articles, photos and videos “Getting to play with your buddies, those are the people that you want to lose to the least,” Fowler said. “… Definitely I don't want to have him out in front of me.” While there’s been plenty of offense from the roomies, Bubba Watson began his tournament playing defense, though it had nothing to do with a title. The former Scottsdale resident initially wasn’t a fan of the 2014 redesign of TPC Scottsdale, saying back then that the only reason he was playing the event was because of his sponsors. Watson has seemed to have since changed his tune. “I lived here for nine years, so no matter what people say I actually love Scottsdale very much,” Watson said Thursday. A day later, he added a 67 to his opening 66 to move just three back. Watson tied for second in his first WMPO start after the redesign but has since failed to finish better than T-40 in his past three tries. But a new driver, new colored golf ball, new putter and new Bryson DeChambeau-taught putting approach could get Watson back on track in the desert. “My putting has never been in the top 100 on the Tour,” said Watson, who actually was ranked inside the top 100 in strokes gained: putting once, but only once, in the past 10 seasons, “so it's not going to affect me much by trying something new.” If three of the game’s most recognizable stars aren’t enough to satisfy the appetite, another fan favorite – and two-time winner this season on Tour – Matt Kuchar is sitting T-5 at 10 under and ready to bring a wide smile to the party. But wait, there’s more on the VIP list: Defending champion Gary Woodland and Arizona State alum Jon Rahm at 7 under, Webb Simpson at 6 under and two-time WMPO winner Hideki Matsuyama at 5 under. “The way I'm driving the golf ball I think I have a really good chance,” said Woodland, who ranks third in strokes gained off the tee this week. Oh, and speaking of the long ball, don’t sleep on amateur Matthew Wolff. The Oklahoma State sophomore has the swing, ball speed and swagger to grab anyone’s attention. And after a 67-70 start in his Tour debut, Wolff is 5 under, fourth in the field in driving distance and T-2 in driving accuracy. He even has bragging rights over his college coach, Alan Bratton, who Monday-qualified into the Phoenix Open as an amateur for his first Tour start before missing the cut. “If you ask him, he always tells me I’m miles better than he was,” Wolff said. “But yeah, it’s a cool experience and to make the cut makes it even better.” Can the young phenom chase down proven Tour winners, though? “It’s not going to be easy,” Wolff said. “… Obviously, it’s my first start so we’ll see what happens, but for now I have that confidence in myself, and the people around me instill that in me, so I’m going to go out there and give it everything I have.” If excitement is what you want, the final 36 holes at TPC Scottsdale should deliver. Even without the Phoenix area’s most beloved left-handed son, the Phoenix Open still has plenty of stars left to put on a show.last_img

Evolution Proponents: Try Rewriting This Video Without the Teleological Language

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first_imgNorthwestern University promotes the research of one of its scientists with this adorable video about the evolution of fish to man, “Our short-sighted inner fish: Vision explains why our fish ancestors came on to land.”400 million years ago, fish made the evolutionary leap from water to land. If they hadn’t, you might not be reading this sentence. Why? Because it led to more complex cognition. A new study by Northwestern professor Malcolm MacIver and Claremont Colleges professor Lars Schmitz discovered a near tripling of eye size might be what triggered the invasion of land.Molecular biologist Douglas Axe watched it and was impressed by the persistent use of language inflected with teleology, attributing intelligent motivation not only to animals, but to their individual organs, and to the process of evolution as a whole. So, how did fish come on to land?It all seems to have started when the first fish peeked above the water’s surface….And behold — a smorgasbord of tasty land dwellers! To capitalize on this discovery, the fish would have to evolve. Its eyes soon moved to the top of its head and tripled in size. And its fins began evolving into limbs so that it could stalk its new prey like a crocodile. [Emphasis added.]Dr. Axe tweets: “Evolutionary reasoning is all about storytelling. Hard to tell stories without invoking purpose, as this vid shows.”Yep. On that note, here’s an exercise for evolution proponents. Try rewriting the script of this evolution video without using any teleological language. Tough, isn’t it?As a side point, too, look at how the video ends. The fish evolves into man, but man has a problem. Despite his keen vision, he doesn’t look ahead to see the consequences of his actions. We see him mowing the law, and he pulls off his shirt and gets a sunburn. To cool off, his neighbor hands him a beer, which he drinks and immediately gets fat. Meanwhile, perhaps from the exhaust of the lawn mower, he causes global warming, resulting in melting glaciers and sad polar bears.In the final scene, a group of human beings are show donning virtual-reality headsets. The narrator concludes:Understanding the relationship between vision and planning may help us engineer solutions, like using technology to bring far away things closer. That just might give us the evolutionary advantage we need to survive the next 400 million years.Right. So we’ll save the planet by cutting ourselves off from other human beings and interacting not with the reality in front of us but with computers and simulated reality. That’s the “solution” to human problems — stick a computer in front of everyone’s face.Someday, thoughtful people will look back and see the madness of that pervasively influential way of thinking — quite apart from the silliness of trying to deny the obvious workings of purpose in nature. But that time has not yet come.Image: Fish in the process of evolving into man, via Northwestern University. Intelligent Design Evolution Proponents: Try Rewriting This Video Without the Teleological LanguageDavid [email protected]_klinghofferMarch 30, 2017, 11:53 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsDouglas AxeevolutionFilms and Videofishintelligent designMalcolm MacIverNorthwestern University,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Share Evolutionlast_img

Watch: Kolbe on linking up with Stormers

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