Warriors’ Draymond Green cut down to size (6-foot-5) under new NBA procedures

first_imgIn the long history of big-time competitive sports, program heights and weights have always been relative. In a previous century, Bill Walton insisted his program height be 6-foot-11, because “7 feet is where being a freak starts.”San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh gave orders to list offensive tackle Bubba Paris at 299 pounds even though it seemed clear that Paris tipped the scales north of 300. (Quick aside: Walsh ultimately replaced Paris with Steve Wallace. When asked why, Walsh said, …last_img read more

Evolution as “Scientific Literacy” Dropped by NSB; Sets Off Firestorm

first_imgCan you be called scientifically literate if you deny that humans evolved from lower animals?  What if you deny the universe began with an explosion?  American students have typically scored low on those questions, leading to charges that they are scientifically illiterate compared to other countries in Europe and Asia.  But now, the National Science Board (NSB) decided to drop those hot-button questions in the 2010 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators, a biennial compilation of the state of global science, on the grounds that they don’t accurately reflect students’ knowledge of science, but rather their beliefs.  The decision set off angry protests in certain quarters.    Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reported on this issue in the April 9 issue of Science.1  He quoted Joshua Rosenau of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) calling it “intellectual malpractice” to discuss scientific literacy without mentioning evolution.  “It downplays the controversy,” he said.  Jon Miller, a science literacy researcher at Michigan State, conducted the survey until 2001.  As the one who added the survey question in the first place, he thinks the current board is making a big mistake.  “If a person says that the earth really is at the center of the universe, … how in the world would you call that person scientifically literate?” he asked.  Bhattacharjee said, “those struggling to keep evolution in the classroom say the omission could hurt their efforts.”    But the NSB defended its decision to drop the “value-charged” question on evolution as a misleading indicator:NSB officials counter that their decision to drop the survey questions on evolution and the big bang from the 2010 edition was based on concerns about accuracy.  The questions were “flawed indicators of scientific knowledge because the responses conflated knowledge and beliefs,” says Louis Lanzerotti, an astrophysicist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and chair of the board’s Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) committee.  John Bruer, a philosopher and president of the James McDonnell Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, and the lead reviewer for the chapter, says he recommended removing the text and related material because the survey questions “seemed to be very blunt instruments, not designed to capture public understanding” of the two topics.Bruer noted that 72% of Americans answered the question about humans evolving from earlier species correctly when the question was prefaced with the phrase, according to the theory of evolution.  This shows that the questions “reflect factors beyond unfamiliarity with basic elements of science.”  The controversy over Indicators thus boils down to the question whether a student needs to believe, rather than simply know, the facts of a theory to be considered scientifically literate.  Critics of the change, however, see the preface as biasing the answers students will give.    Bhattacharjee ended by showing signs that the controversy over inclusion of evolution questions in Indicators will undoubtedly surface again in the next round.  Lanzerotti feels the board should have explained why the questions were dropped, while “Miller believes that removing the entire section was a clumsy attempt to hide a national embarrassment.”1.  Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “NSF Board Draws Flak for Dropping Evolution From Indicators,” Science, 9 April 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5975, pp. 150-151, DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5975.150. Well, now, it sounds like the NCSE has flip-flopped on whether there is a controversy about evolution.  Their talking points used to say that “there is no controversy over evolution.  Any putative controversy is one concocted by creationists and the Discovery Institute.”  Now, NCSE rep Josh Rosenau got uptight about Indicators because “it downplays the controversy.”  What controversy?  The controversy over whether there is a controversy?  Does he think now we should teach the controversy?    If students have to believe rather than understand a scientific theory, then science has become a religion.  According to the radical Darwinists, a scientist could have a PhD, earn international honors in science, publish hundreds of papers in peer-reviewed journals, and save millions of lives through his or her discoveries, and yet, if a Darwin doubter (roster), could be judged scientifically illiterate.  Do you want radicals like that influencing education policy?  Do you want them requiring recitation of a pledge of allegiance to Darwin?  Do you want them forcing science curricula to say that to understand science, you must believe that “nothing” banged and became everything by an unguided process?  The only “national embarrassment” is the ill-named National Center for Science Education itself.  Let’s call it what it is: the DODO Dogma Dictatorship.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Soccer City 4

first_imgLocation: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCapacity: 94 500 seats during 2010 Fifa World Cup; 87 000 seats thereafterMatches: Opening mtach: South Africa vs Mexico (11 June), Netherlands vs Denmark (14 June), Argentina ve South Korea (17 June), Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire (20 June), Ghana vs Germany (23 June), Round of 16 (27 June), Quarter-final ( 2 July), Final (11 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Will tight-fisted corn sales continue?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn prices continue to dominate the thoughts of producers this winter. They have plenty of 2016 corn yet to sell as shown by the quarterly grain stocks report from last month. This report had Dec. 1, 2016 U.S. corn stocks at 12.6 billion bushels, up 10% from December 2015, a new Dec. 1 record. Corn has been stuck in a trading range of $3.70 to $3.40 since the end of harvest last fall. Producers continue to seek prices closer to $4 to loosen the tightly closed bin doors sealed with a thud last fall. Corn basis levels at ethanol plants across Ohio have fallen 10 to 15 cents from levels seen early last month. You can easily wonder why basis levels had declined in spite of little movement from producers. Commercials were actively selling corn hedged on inbound receipts from last fall. They were capturing basis improvement while coring and emptying bins to add to the bottom line. Producers want a different factor to add to their bottom line. Many producers seem determined to capture higher flat prices even if they have to keep the corn stored in farm bins for the next several months.Producers have to be encouraged by corn price action seen numerous days last month. On multiple occasions corn traded lower almost all day long, only to close unchanged or up two to three cents for the day. Both corn export sales and shipments were often above trade expectations last month. Producers are also encouraged by market sentiment that has taken corn away from the bearish mentality seen much of last fall’s record harvest. The market mentality for both corn and wheat is now: “It can’t really be bearish at $3.50 to $3.60 for corn and $4.00 to $4.10 for wheat.” Keep in mind that “not bearish” does not translate into a bullish scenario.Soybean prices continue to be above expectations of traders and producers alike. Last month, old crop March CBOT soybeans reached $10.80 while new crop November CBOT soybeans reached $10.40. These prices were above those seen for much of December 2016. Producers were very actively selling both old and new crop soybeans last month. Those new crop prices brought 2017 soybeans near or even above the $10 level. Those are prices at which producers can make money. It is no surprise that many producers have already sold 20% to 50% of expected 2017 soybean production.In spite of producers being active sellers for 2017 soybeans, they are tight-fisted selling 2017 corn. They want higher prices than those seen late last month when December CBOT reached $3.95. Instead, they desire prices of $4.10 to $4.25 before loosening their grip and selling new crop corn.At this writing the U.S. is one week into the President Trump administration. He signed numerous executive orders, determined to advance the agenda he vowed to implement if elected. Producers are holding their breath to see if they will be winners or losers with this new President.March CBOT corn reached $3.71 on Jan. 25, only to run out of steam and close six cents lower. Some link that $3.71 peak for corn to the action of President Trump. Two important questions seem to be looming for corn in coming months. Short term, “Does the mention of a 20% import tax on products into the U.S. from Mexico potentially damage U.S. corn exports into Mexico and stall corn prices?  Longer term, “Will 2017 be the fourth consecutive year of above trend line U.S. corn yields?” Many producers say “no.” They patiently anticipate a spring price rally from weather concerns.The USDA will be releasing two important reports in the next six weeks. The first will be from their Outlook Conference the third week of February when the 10-year baseline projections are released. Second, USDA will release their March 31 planting intentions report. Corn acres for 2017 could be near 90 million acres, while soybean acres could be 88 to 90 million acres.last_img read more

Ayodhya site cannot be divided: RSS

first_imgFile photo of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.Asserting that the disputed land in Ayodhya was the birthplace of Ram and could not be divided, saffron leaders including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday said no power on earth could stop the construction of a grand temple at the site.”The land of Ram Janam Bhumi cannot be divided and the Mandir movement will reach its conclusion only with the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya,” the RSS chief said at a function here to mark the 75th birth anniversary of Yug Purush Swami Paramanand Maharaj.”It has now been established that a Ram Temple existed in Ayodhya. Majority of Hindus have been longing to see a majestic Ram temple at the site ever since the temple was demolished,” Bhagwat said.Maintaining that the temple in Ayodhya was demolished in order to demoralise the countrymen, he expressed the resolve to build a temple at the site and said it was time to begin efforts in that direction.Blaming politicians and fundamentalists for putting up hurdles in the path of the temple movement, he said, “The temple could not be constructed since spoil sport was played by fundamentalists and politicians,” he said.Speaking on the occasion, VHP General Secretary Parveen Togadia rejected the idea of a mosque at the site and said a temple will be built there with the blessings of saints.”With the blessings of saints, Ram Temple will be constructed in Ayodhya and Mosque is not acceptable,” he said.advertisementHe also demanded a total ban on cow slaughter.Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International President Ashok Singhal, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, were among others who complimented Swami Paramanand on the occasion.”Guru-Shishya Parampara established by Swami Ram Krishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda is being kept up by Yug Purus Swami Paramananad Maharaj and Sadhwi Ritambhara,” said Modi.Swami Paramanand is playing a vital role in inspiring the youth towards spirituality, he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more