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Book Review

first_imgIn his daily Breakpoint commentary, Chuck Colson briefly reviews William Dembski’s new book Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing.  Colson was especially taken by the interchange between David Berlinski and the pro-Darwinists.  It led him to think, “Suffice it to say, after reading this chapter, and better yet this book, you’ll realize that Darwinism is in for a grilling like none it has experienced before.  And it’s about time.”  He also mentions this unusual factoid from another chapter:Another new name is Edward Sisson, an attorney who used to direct avant-garde theater.  His chapter sheds some much needed light on the Scopes trial.  For example, did you know that the very textbook from which Scopes taught advocated eugenics and promoted racism?  Indeed, it divided humanity into five races and ranked them in terms of superiority, concluding with “the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America.”  This is the book Darwinists insist Scopes had a right to teach?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA to increase peacekeeping role

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneSouth African Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota announced on 13 February that peacekeeping operations are to become a key feature of the country’s foreign policy, after the government’s international relations, peace and security cluster met to address its programme of action for the year.Lekota said the white paper on peace missions would be reviewed, seven years after South Africa’s first foray into peacekeeping missions.“It is clear that peacekeeping is now not a passing engagement,” he said.Lekota added that “greater challenges that lie ahead”, largely in peacekeeping in Africa “and beyond”. He said that since 1994 demand for South Africa’s involvement in peace missions has grown far beyond what could be expected from a young democracy.The government would now advance the review of the white paper in order to make peacekeeping support for conflict areas a priority, especially within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It is likely that peacekeeping operations will be pushed up the agenda when South Africa assumes the chair of the SADC in August 2008.In 2007, the SADC rapid reaction brigade was launched in Lusaka, Zambia. Lekota said there was further need to fast track the establishment of the African Standby Force.He added that a new strategy would be devised to budget for reserve amounts to meet the country’s peacekeeping commitments.South Africa is currently hosting the third annual conference on peacekeeping, reconstruction and stability operations, which is set to run from 11 to 15 February. Delegates include representatives from European, African and US governments, military and NGOs.The conference will provide an opportunity for detailed discussion of past and present peacekeeping operations in Africa. Delegates will also be able to raise their most pressing questions with the forum, and will discuss and share major African issues of concern.SA’s peacekeeping missionsSouth Africa is currently involved in peacekeeping missions in Ivory Coast, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is also playing a strong role in the reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country with it has had a long involvement, having helped end the country’s civil war.The facilitator of the Burundi peace process is South African Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula. At his recent meeting with the leadership of the Regional Peace Initiative, Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Jakaya Kikwete, Nqakula’s mandate as facilitator was extended for twelve months, ending in December 2008.Nqakula will now focus his mandate on two key areas. The first six months of his mandate ending June 2008 will concentrate on the final phase of the demobilisation, disarming and reintegration of the rebel PALIPEHUTU-FNL combatants. The second phase will be to assist with the mechanisms aimed at implementing the agreed political and military principles, adopted on 18 July 2006 in Dar es Salaam.To further cement its key position in conflict resolutions, in April 2008 South Africa will this year assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, after spending a year as a non-permanent member. The country will use this position to further seek and promote improved relations between the African Union Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council.Useful linksPeacekeeping Africa conference 2008Accord Department of Foreign Affairslast_img read more

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PCs Are In Free Fall, But Windows 8 Shouldn’t Get All The Blame

first_imgbrian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Samsung#Windows 8 Related Posts A Samsung exec has smacked around Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, calling it out as a big reason why the global PC industry’s numbers are tanking. But is this really the smoking gun?“The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8,” Jun Dong-soo, President of Samsung’s memory chip division, said in an interview with The Korea Times last week. “I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform,” he added.Jun’s remarks were in response to IDC reports of declining PC sales, which dropped 3.7% in 2012, and are expected to shrink another 1.3% in 2013:“The U.S. PC market struggled in 2012, culminating with a 6.5% year-on-year decrease in the fourth quarter and -7.6% growth for the full year. Market saturation, a tough economic environment and weakness across the board, and lack of momentum for Windows 8, which led to 2012 contraction, are expected to persist at least during the first half of 2013,” reported Rajani Singh, Research Analyst at IDC. “IDC expects the second half of 2013 to regain some marginal momentum partly as a rubber band effect from 2012, and largely thanks to the outcome of industry restructuring, better channel involvement, and potentially greater acceptance of Windows 8. We also anticipate a new refresh cycle momentum in the commercial segment driven by the end of Window XP life support.”If anything, Jun’s scathing remarks echo what IDC is saying: Windows 8 hasn’t given a lot of new juice to the PC market. And that’s pretty much hard to argue. But — and I can’t believe I am writing this — sticking the blame on Windows 8 is pretty much a dodge for a lot of other things that are going wrong for the PC world. Here are the quandaries I think about every time I need to look for a PC-type device.Cloud-Oriented Devices Rule. PC makers, get a grip. The rise of smartphones and tablets was bound to cut into your sales. When you sold PCs to consumers all these years, consumers who were doing little more than Facebooking and watching YouTube, essentially you were selling them a Mustang Shelby GT500 when all they needed was a golf cart. And guess what? They figured that out. Home consumers aren’t always interested in productivity and creative apps, so devices that connect on cloud-based services are Perfectly Fine.Stationary Form Factor. Say I still want the productivity power. (Which I do.) PCs are big. They take up space. Even if you have a hockey-puck device like a Mac Mini, you’ve still got to factor in the monitor, keyboard and mouse. I need a desk for this thing, and it’s not portable. Productive workers are getting used to the notion of mobility, and old-school PCs are not fitting the bill.Cost. We’ve had laptops and notebooks for how long, and they’re still coming in with a price premium? I get that making laptops is harder than PC-form devices, due to size, power and complexity issues, but it would be great if I could walk into a computer showroom and not have sticker shock for top-of-the-line notebooks and laptops. You can make the argument that you pays for what you gets, but unless you need these things for your livelihood or a serious hobby, why buy?Windows 8, frankly, doesn’t even enter into the equation. That’s because I can either (1) buy a machine pre-loaded with Windows 7, (2) pick up a Mac or (3) just rip out whatever and install Linux on the machine (my most likely scenario). And, since no one would argue that options 1 & 2 are not beyond the technical expertise of most PC users (and I would dispute that option 3 is all that hard), then pointing the finger at Windows 8 seems incongruous at best.There’s no love lost between me and Windows anything, to be sure. But hardware manufacturers have options to better reach customers, which they need to take. Plus, I’m not sure Jun and his colleagues in the PC industry have much to worry about. Yes, PC sales will contract, but eventually the core business/productivity market will be reached, and sales will stabilize.And as IDC’s Singh noted, the end of life for Windows XP is coming, which is going to drive more new PC sales as consumers and IT managers alike start upgrading their hardware to be compatible with Windows 7 and even Windows 8.Image courtesy of Shutterstockcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in Resolve

first_imgRoll EditYou can perform a roll edit by placing the cursor directly within an edit point or two clips. When the cursor is between both clips, the following icon will appear. DaVinci Resolve has a unique take on trim functions. Learn how to maximize your workflow in this quick tutorial.Cover image via Shutterstock.If you’re considering trying out DaVinci Resolve, there is an important feature you need to know — this function is quite different in Premiere Pro. These are the trim tools. (If, on the other hand, you’re coming from Final Cut Pro, you may be more familiar with how Resolve handles the trim functions.)In Resolve, the ripple, slide, slip, and roll edits are all under one function: the Trim Edit Mode.(For more on trim tools functions in Premiere Pro, check out this article.) Dynamic Trim EditIn Resolve, trim is a dynamic process. When you are in the Trim Edit mode, you can complete different trim edits depending on where you place your cursor on the clip. This is a much faster process for performing edit tasks. You no longer have to hit various keyboard shortcuts or find the particular edit tool icon. Let’s take a look at how you activate each edit mode. Remember, you need to be in the Trim Edit mode (T on the keyboard) to perform these functions. Ripple EditTo perform a ripple edit, bring your cursor just in from the edge of a clip. The following icon will appear and allow you to proceed with a ripple edit.As a side note, if the edge of your clip is highlighted green, that means that the clip still has unused footage — so you can extend it. If the edge is red, that signifies that there is no more footage to work from. As you can see in the still below, I’m trying to perform a roll edit, but I’m unable to do so because I have no extra footage in both clips to work with. If you’re interested in dynamic editing in Resolve, I’ve created an easy-to-follow tutorial series that covers the basics of editing in Resolve 12.5. What are your thoughts? Do you prefer this method of using the trim tools, or do you have a different approach? Let us know in the comments.center_img Slip EditIt’s very easy to accidentally perform a slide edit instead of a slip edit, as the area from one tool to the other is very minimal. To perform a slip edit while in Trim mode, place the cursor on the frame thumbnails.You have to have the thumbnail previews activated on the timeline to be able to perform this dynamic edit. If, however, you prefer to edit without the thumbnail preview, you can also increase the track height to display an extra area of solid color to perform a slip edit. However, increasing the track height adds an extra step and diminishes the efficiency of the Dynamic Trim function.Slide EditAs you might have guessed, the slide edit involves placing the cursor underneath the thumbnail previews and onto the area with the clip’s filename.last_img read more

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‘Don’t play smart or we will make you homeless’

first_img“Don’t play smart or we will render you homeless.” This was the Supreme Court’s categorical warning to real estate major Amrapali Group, which is accused of delaying its projects to the detriment of homebuyers’ interest. The top court said it will not allow the company to collect money from hassled homebuyers and warned that “each and every property” of the managing directors and directors of the firm will be sold to recover the cost of construction of its pending real estate projects.“The real problem is that you have delayed giving possession of homes. Don’t try to play smart or we will sell each and every property of yours and render you homeless. You [the directors] will have to look for your houses like you are making others wait for their homes. We will sell each and every thing of yours,” a Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U. U. Lalit said. The Bench got annoyed after the group submitted a proposal to sell commercial properties worth ₹400 crore against the expected cost of ₹4,000 crore to be incurred in completing its pending projects. It sought details of immovable and movable properties of managing directors and directors of the company along with their valuation report within 15 days. The Bench listed the matter for hearing on August 14.last_img read more

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Rockets donate $4 million to help storm victims

first_imgPeople walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPHouston, United States — The Houston Rockets have donated $4 million to help the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey which has caused devastating flooding in the city, the NBA team announced on Monday.“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “Please stay safe, Houston.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—report Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Recently acquired Rockets point guard Chris Paul donated $50,000 to a fund created by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, the defensive end posted on Twitter on Monday.Current and former Rockets players James Harden, Eric Gordon, Patrick Beverley and Paul all took to social media to send thoughts and prayers to the people of Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe storm, now classified as a Tropical Storm, has hammered the Houston area with flooding as a result of massive rainfall totals. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: It was a perfect bowling performance, says Strauss

first_imgAn elated England skipper Andrew Strauss credited his bowlers for the massive 196-run win over India in the opening Test here, saying that it was a perfect performance against a formidable batting line-up.”Over the two innings, it was as close to perfect bowling performance as it has been in the last two-three years which is saying a lot as we have bowled quite consistently well in this period,” stated Strauss after England dismissed India for 286 and 261 in the two innings at Lord’s.”It was an outstanding performance by the whole attack. they showed if you work hard with consistent line and length you could have results on any track.” Strauss picked double centurion Kevin Pietersen for special praise.”Our first innings was a magnificent performance. Kevin was responsible for it ? it was one of the best innings I have seen. He was smart enough against seamers, was prepared to graft and when the opportunity presented itself, he attacked. Others batted around him.”It was critical that we survived the tricky first day and on the second day, after the second half it got easier. Jonathan Trott as well on the first morning of the Test gave a good example of his temperament and technique,” he said. Strauss claimed that this win has demonstrated that if the present team plays to its potential, it can beat any side.”To be a number one side, you need to grab your opportunity and we did so very well today. We demonstrated when we play well, we are good enough.” Strauss was also full of praise for Stuart Broad.advertisement”His position has lately been called to question. It was a big Test of his character and Stuart showed immense quality. He bowled very well, his 70 runs were critical to the outcome, he showed his class. It was a tiny reminder to everyone what a great talent he is.”Man of the match Kevin Pietersen, who set the platform with his monumental knock, lauded the English bowlers. “They were calm throughout. We have an analysis of our bowlers and the percentage (of good deliveries) was among their best,” Pietersen said.Strauss also made a mention of Chris Tremlett whose wicket of Dhoni in the last session was the final straw for India. “He (Tremlett) is the real deal. He definitely adds to our bowling.” India missed Zaheer Khan for most part of the match and due to a hamstring strain and both Pietersen and Strauss were quick to acknowledge that his absence cost the visitors dearly.”Zaheer’s absence was a critical loss to them. The other bowlers had to work really hard. Ishant bowled nearly 65 overs and he would be tired in the second Test,” said Pietersen. “It’s never easy to lose your frontline bowler but then these are the cards you are dealt with sometimes,” remarked Strauss.Tendulkar, who was down with viral infection, was also far from his usual self in the middle. “Sachin was trying to salvage a draw for India. He tried his hardest. But Anderson was good enough to get him out lbw. You never want to drop Sachin. Thankfully, Anderson saved me blushes.”Tendulkar also got a reprieve when umpire Billy Bowden ruled in his favour against a delivery that TV replays showed would have hit the stumps. Since lbws are not up for review under the DRS in this series, England were left frustrated.”We have always wanted to play with full DRS but since you play with the rules you start a series, you take the umpires’ decision on the chin, whether good or bad.”Even as the interest among fans seems to have taken the rivalry between the two sides to a different level, Pietersen was not willing to put it at par with the Ashes.”There is real hatred between England and Australia, that cricket is totally different. For the public though, the interest is similar,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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