160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to let the government sue tobacco companies for $280 billion, a major victory for cigarette makers. The fight was over the amount of money the companies would have to pay if a federal trial judge rules that they violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by misleading the public about the dangers of smoking. The judge who presided over a nine-month trial has not yet decided whether tobacco companies are guilty of wrongdoing under RICO law. A lower appellate court said that the government could not pursue Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds and other companies for profits that the government claims they earned illegally. The Supreme Court declined, without comment, to hear the Bush administration’s appeal. The court’s decision sent shares of tobacco companies surging, with Philip Morris USA parent Altria Group Inc. rising by $4.30 to $74.96 and rival Reynolds American Inc. by $5.06 to $83.80. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that while the administration was disappointed, “we continue to believe very strongly in this case.” The case could return to the Supreme Court later.
Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — Steve Kerr hardly minced his words about Kevin Durant, who had more turnovers (nine) than field-goal attempts (eight) in the Warriors’ Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.“Absolutely, he needs to be more aggressive,” Kerr said. “It’s the playoffs. He can get any shot he wants at anytime. I want to see him get 20 shots, 30.”It does not appear Durant …
Scientists could do themselves a favor by getting off the materialist merry-go-round and contemplating their Creator’s purpose for their lives.Numerous articles in the past decade have bemoaned the worrisome increases in scientific fraud, malpractice, and sloppiness (e.g., 23 Sept 2017). Is there a fountainhead of integrity that can help? Can secular scientists get it from Darwinian theory? (12 March 2009).Religiously engaged adolescents demonstrate habits that help them get better grades, Stanford scholar finds (Stanford News). Stanford University researchers, not particularly friendly to “religious” outlooks, found some desirable traits in “religiously engaged adolescents.” These are students that not only believe in God, but consider their faith a key factor in their lives. Carrie Spector writes,The findings indicate that religious communities socialize adolescents to cultivate two habits highly valued in public schools: conscientiousness and cooperation. Religious engagement may influence grades more than researchers realize.“The United States is a highly religious country, and religion is a powerful social force,” said the study’s author, Ilana Horwitz, a doctoral candidate at the GSE. “If we, as education scholars, are trying to understand adolescents in America, we should pay attention to this very important part of their life.”One must realize that secular researchers often lump many disparate groups into the word “religious” even though the differences may be far more profound than the similarities. Students being trained to hate Jews and become soldiers in violent jihad at a madrassah may have vastly different values than Christians. “Religiosity” becomes a vacuous designation when the content of belief is ignored. Indeed, it could be argued that secularists are ‘religious’ in terms of having reliance on a worldview that determines their reason for being and attitudes about life. In fact, everyone exercises faith (search on “people of faith” in the Darwin Dictionary).With the researchers’ nondescript word “religious” in mind, it’s instructive that they used a term Jesus Christ used for those who are ‘religiously engaged’ — abiders. Jesus instructed his disciples to “abide” in him like a branch connects to a vine (John 15): drawing its nutrition and life from the source. Only in this way can a branch fulfill its purpose to bear much fruit. Can we read between the lines of the report to see that the researchers are primarily considering abiders in the Judeo-Christian forms of faith – i.e., those who get their values from the Bible?Horwitz assigned each respondent to one of five common “types” of religiosity using a classification system developed by sociologists Melinda Lundquist Denton and Lisa Pearce. At one end of the spectrum were abiders— those who attend religious services, pray on a regular basis, feel close to God, and emphasize the role of faith in their daily lives. On the other end of the spectrum were avoiders— those believe that a God exists but avoid religious involvement and broader issues of the relevance of religion for their life.Abiders, Horwitz found, earned significantly better grades on average than the avoiders. Abiders had an average GPA of 3.22, compared with 2.93 among avoiders.“Being religious helps adolescents in middle and high school because they are rewarded for being obedient and respectful and for having self-control,” Horwitz said.If these positive behaviors carry on to other spheres of life, it’s clear that scientific institutions would benefit from members who show respect, self-control, diligent study, cooperation, and conscientiousness. Are scientists not students themselves, needing to call on these values to understand nature and get better grades on the test of reproducibility?Promiscuous America—smart, secular and somewhat less happy (Medical Xpress). For contrast, let’s examine the kind of people lacking those qualities. It takes no self-control to be promiscuous, and little respect, although non-violent “cooperation” might be a requirement. But even criminals know how to cooperate, as the phrase “partners in crime” indicates. This article says that young men are currently engaging in less sex outside marriage than before (the old word was “fornication”), while women are becoming more “adventurous.” But adventurism outside the purpose of sex in family life is not making them happy. Results from a survey of 30,000 respondents indicated that “younger Americans are having sex with fewer people than their boomer or gen X elders.”Promiscuous America is urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated, Wolfinger found. Indeed, Americans with postgraduate degrees are the most likely to be promiscuous.He also found that the most promiscuous people report being less happy, which he attributes to marital status. Promiscuous survey respondents are less likely to be married and more likely to be divorced.…“The happiness story changes when promiscuous Americans get married,” Wolfinger said.Are evolutionary scientists among the unhappy fornicators? There are no statistics about that in the article. However, it seems likely, given liberal attitudes about family values (e.g., 24 March 2018), that those who embrace Darwinian evolution would also tend to be “urban, adulterous, secular, politically progressive and more educated.” Being more educated is not necessarily virtuous. It depends on the content of the education. “Mere education is not enough,” old preacher and college president Bob Jones (1883-1968) used to say. “You cannot put a man in the penitentiary for forgery until you first teach him to write.” The film A Beautiful Mind showed John Forbes Nash as a grad student treating sex with a cheapness that bordered on contempt. He dispensed with any attempt to woo a woman on campus, telling her outright he wanted to have sex with her. Why was she shocked? Would that attitude not be a logical outcome of an evolutionary worldview that views humans as evolved primates with no obligation to a Creator, out to fulfill their urges? His only happiness, as portrayed in the film, came when he conjured up as much self-control as he could. That seems a very anti-Darwinian strategy.The Source of VirtueSix-year-olds can cooperate to protect common assets (Nature). Evolutionists have to believe that all the virtues listed above among the “abiders” have their roots in natural selection. They certainly ascribe “cooperation” in animals as small as bacteria to unguided Darwinian processes. Christians and Jews, by contrast, believe all humans have a conscience and are created in the image of God, even if that image was corrupted by sin. This article shows that primary children are observed to solve the puzzle of the “tragedy of the commons” by learning to work together. Which view of human nature explains this? Why would the material “selfish genes” of Darwinist Richard Dawkins make children cooperate? Evolutionists can explain such behaviors after the fact, but not from their foundational belief that selfishness is the highest good.Secular scientists can’t cook up their own self-control, diligence, cooperation, conscientiousness or integrity. They have to borrow those goods from the Christian smorgasbord. Tell them they can’t get away with that any longer without paying the price. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many,” Jesus warned. “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).(Visited 268 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
4 March 2016The first global forum for science on African soil will take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 March 2016, and the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has launched a global call for support for Africa’s scientific and technological emergence.Its video asks the question: “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”. It calls on game changers from Africa and around the world to support Africa’s scientific renaissance.Watch the video “Can the next Einstein come from Africa?”:The Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2016, the African global science and technology forum, is convened by the NEF, a global platform that brings together leaders in industry, policy, science, and technology. The first edition of this biennial event will set the stage for a conversation on transforming Africa and the world through a renewed and increased focus on science, technology and innovation.Scientific talentThe NEF is an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.“At more than 700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women, we are expecting a truly global forum that discusses opportunities, innovations, and solutions,” said Thierry Zomahoun, the NEF chair and president and chief executive of AIMS.“The NEF Global Gathering will unveil Africa’s global contributions to science and technology and as the forum opens on International Women’s Day, we will specifically acknowledge the contributions and address the challenges faced by female scientists.”The NEF Global Gathering 2016 will showcase the innovations and contributions of the NEF’s 15 Fellows – some of Africa’s brightest young scientists who are on the frontline of Africa’s science renaissance. Flying under the radar, these scientists have been tackling some the continent’s most urgent technological and development challenges – from big data and cybersecurity to hypertension, heart disease, immunology and public health.“A great idea can come from anywhere in the world, and there is no doubt that new and novel scientific ideas to solve global health challenges will come from Africa,” said Seema Kumar, the vice-president of innovation, global health and science policy at Johnson & Johnson and a member of the NEF International Steering Committee. Johnson & Johnson is sponsor of the gathering.“The scientific talent in Africa is outstanding with the potential to produce the next Einstein, Pasteur or Madame Curie. The world needs the best science from across the globe to solve the medical challenges of our lifetime like HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika virus, and non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”Continent-wide initiativesIn addition, for the first time in history, all 54 African countries will come together to talk science and technology, each represented by NEF ambassadors who will work to raise awareness about science and technology in their countries.With a programme that focuses on advances in basic and applied science and technology as well as an innovation pitching competition, a presidential panel with President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and sessions with ground-breaking scientists and inventors, the NEF Global Gathering 2016 will be live-streamed to a global audience through the Next Einstein Forum.Supporters of science, innovation and technology as drivers of growth in Africa can join the NEF movement by pledging their signature at I Am Einstein.Source: APO-Africa Newsroom
As counting for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab started amid tight security, early trends showed that the Congress was leading in eight seats while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were leading in two seats each.According to trends from the Election Commission of India (ECI), the BJP’s Sunny Deol was leading in Gurdaspur by a margin of 39,357 votes over the Congress’s sitting MP Sunil Jakhar. In Amritsar, Gurjeet Singh Aujala of the Congress was leading by 17,728 votes as Union Minister Hardeep Puri trails from this seat.In Patiala, the Congress party’s Preneet Kaur was leading by 25,912 votes over Surjit Rakhra of the Akali Dal, while in Khadoor Sahib Congress’s Jasbir Singh Gill is ahead with 52,399 votes.In Hoshiarpur, the BJP’s Som Prakash is ahead with 13,921 votes. SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal was leading in Ferozepur with 48,639 votes. The Congress’s Mohammad Sadique was ahead in Faridkot with 19,859 votes. In Bathinda, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal was leading by 8,971 votes over Congress’s Amaridner Singh Raja Warring.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) sitting MP Bhagwant Mann was leading from Sangrur by a margin of 18,003 votes. In Ludhiana, Congress’s Ravneet Bittu is leading with 13,333 votes, while in Anandpur Sahib, Congress’s Manish Tewari is leading ahead with 14,680 votes against Prem Singh Chandumajra of the Akali Dal.In the lone seat of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the BJP and the Congress are in a close fight. The BJP’s sitting MP Kirron Kher is leading by 1,514 votes over the Congress’s Pawan Kumar Bansal.In Haryana, the BJP was leading on all ten seats even as senior Congress leaders were trailing.Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda was trailing in Sonipat by 59,867 votes. Ramesh Chander Kaushik is leading from Sonipat. Sitting MP from Rohtak, Deepender Singh Hooda, was also trailing by 8,414 votes as the BJP’s Arvind Sharma surged ahead. Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar was trailing in Sirsa behind the BJP’s Sunita Duggal by over 68,630 votes.Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh was leading by over 1,50,383 votes against Ajay Singh Yadav of the Congress from Gurugram while Krishan Pal Gurjar was leading from Faridabad with 1,00,831 votes over Congress’s Avtar Singh Bhadana.In Ambala, Kumari Selja of the Congress was trailing by 77,995 votes. Sitting MP Rattan Lal Kataria was leading in Ambala. In Hisar, the BJP’s Brijinder Singh was leading by 1,39,425 votes over Dushyant Chautala of the newly formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP was leading in all four parliamentary constituencies — Shimla, Kangra, Hamirpur and Mandi.
The journey began 10 years ago, in 2007, when a young man was grappling with obesity. After years of training, Nagender Singh is now a much-recognised athlete, a three-time participant of one of the most challenging triathlon races in the world, the Ironman.The 32-year-old athlete is back from the Ironman championship that was recently held in South Africa. Notwithstanding his excitement, Nagender, while speaking to India Today Online, got candid about the scenario of athletics in India.Ironman done and dustedThe Ironman is by far the most gruelling challenge, whereby the participant is expected to swim 2.4 miles (3.86 km), bike 112 miles (180.25 km) and run 26.2 miles (42.2 km). It was in 2015 that Nagender ran his first marathon. During the same year, he also became the only athlete to represent India at Ironman. This year marked his third consecutive participation at the event. When asked about his experience, he said, ”It was exceptional. Ironman turned out to be very good in terms of its arrangement. We were all very well taken care of.”Picture courtesy: Facebook/Nagender Singh But success always comes at a cost. Nagender had to go through months of strenuous preparation to achieve his goal. ”The day you do an Ironman is like a party but the training for the same is tedious. I had to train for more than 25 hours a week. I used train for 10 hours on weekends and about 2-2.5 hours on weekdays, which included swimming, riding and running.” Nagender trains at the Gurgaon-Faridabad road and occasionally at Fitness First. ” It is quite a task, especially in Delhi, given the extreme weather conditions. It takes a lot to prepare your body for such challenges. Reebok aided with a wonderfully designed sport shoe, Floatride. I really appreciate their efforts,” he said.advertisement”The athletes I came across at Ironman were much stronger andwell-trained, compared to the ones back home. And that is preciselybecause they are much better equipped with proper training, nutritionand other facilities. For example, every town in South Africa has biking or cycling tracks, something that we still lack here. Youngsters overseas are put to training at atender age of 4 or 5, whereas we start training quite late in life,” remarkedthe athlete. Also Read:World’s 1st all-female special forces unit is a revolution that happened by chanceThe secret to good lifeOne of the prerequisites for a man to accomplish the journey from being overweight to a successful sportsman, is to maintain good health. And how does Nagender ensure that? ”I focus on quality calories. My diet majorly consists of avocados and other fruits and locally grown vegetables. Food cooked in coconut oil is always better than vegetable oil. One thing that I completely avoid is sugar.”And that is not all. Nagender is also gradually mastering the art of juggling between personal life and work. And the key to that is time management, “It is always important to give your 100 per cent in everything you do and I make sure I spend quality time. I like to prioritise things. I also wake up early, around 4:30 every morning, just to have more hours of the day to myself.”Picture courtesy: Facebook/Nagender Singh On Indian athletes getting their due exposureAre athletes in India being supplied with adequate resources? ”Not quite,” revealed Nagender, an employee of the Public Works Department (PWD). One of the videos from Ironman, doing the rounds on social media, also talks about how Indian sportsmen were not provided proper bicycles for the race. ”Most of the policies framed are just on paper. Sportsmen are often denied the facilities they require. For instance, travelling expenses for a sportsman is meant to be reimbursed. But that does not happen in reality, ” he added.What could be the explanation behind such a situation? ”Athletics is not given much of priority in our country. Firstly, there is too much politics involved. I believe the sports federation should be run by athletes and not politicians. Secondly, most of the resources are invested in promoting commercial, expensive sports like cricket. Athletes here can achieve a lot better if various sponsorships and support from private organisations come our way. Besides, the ratio of interest in such feats, as compared to our population is much less. It is always encouraging for an athlete to get his due recognition. It would give him or her a lot of mental strength and that would definitely reflect in the performance,” expressed Nagender.advertisement
Read more Japan marks shining moment at Rugby World Cup in wake of Typhoon Hagibis It’s a country that is desperately passionate, it wants its nation to do well. It’s a very proud nation and happy to show it off. Next year Japan will become the first country in the world that has staged a rugby World Cup, the Olympics and the football World Cup this century. There is a reason why they have all descended on Japan. We’re talking about a nation of more than 126 million people who are growing to love our sport, so why wouldn’t we do everything to make it work?There is directive from World Rugby to get out into new territories. It is oscillating between expanding and growing fresh areas and then consolidating strongholds, which is what France 2023 is all about. Four years later there is talk of going to the US. It would be a challenge. And I’m sure World Rugby has a long-sighted vision for Japan but we are living and breathing it every single day at the moment. The supporters are loving it, the infrastructure is tailor-made for sport and that’s why all those big competitions have been hosted here.Is rugby so buoyant that we can’t look for new opportunities? Is rugby so stable that we’re so comfortable where we live in this holy huddle and don’t need anyone else? We have to be more ambitious and perhaps be more uncomfortable in seeking new markets and openings. That’s just where we’re at. There is a reason why we’ve had the Champions Cup final staged in Bilbao and Newcastle. There is a reason why the rugby World Cup has been taken to new territories – because we need to expand our game. It’s not often you get opportunities to grow like this and it’s important to seize them. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook comment Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup Share via Email To be frank, after what Japan have done I would argue rugby’s superpowers need Japan more than Japan need them. There is no doubting Japan will be in demand to join a major yearly competition and from a selfish point of view, as someone who loves northern hemisphere rugby, I hope the Six Nations give it some consideration.To address some of the logistical issues, Japan is a long way from Europe but that said, it’s a long way from all of the nations in the Rugby Championship too. I do not want to dismiss the extra strain it could put on players and supporters but if the Six Nations needs a bit of restructuring to make it work, then so be it. In any given year, the three existing teams who play away in Japan could have a rest week immediately afterwards. Japan could then base themselves in Europe to play their away matches in a block.From a supporters’ point of view it would mean change but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I love the historic rivalries in the Six Nations, the tribalism it brings. I appreciate introducing Japan would come with an added expense and I do not wish to make light of that but I have met lots of supporters from the home nations since the World Cup started and if I were to ask each of them whether they would want to come back on a regular basis the overwhelming answer would be “absolutely, yes”.And that’s all before you consider the benefits that a team like Japan would bring, as well as the financial and commercial incentives. They have played some mesmerising stuff, they have broken through the glass ceiling and they have won the hearts and the minds of the nation. Now is the time to capitalise and make sure the legacy is not lost.Part of the advertising campaign over here has been that you do not need to learn all of the laws to fall in love with rugby and that’s absolutely been the case. A friend of mine was watching the Japan v Samoa game in a pub with some locals and they had no idea what was going on in the final minute with the scrum, but when the try was scored they were crying in celebration. That’s a perfect snapshot of where rugby is in Japan at the moment but let’s take the next step.Just under 30 million people in Japan watched that match against Samoa with an audience share of almost 50%, which is just remarkable. Compare that to England v Croatia in the football World Cup semi-final last year. That had a one-minute peak of 26.6 million. Yes, Japan has a much bigger population, so you would expect bigger numbers, but that’s a pool stage match compared to a semi-final in a football-mad country. It goes to show how much appetite there is for rugby in Japan. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Topics Reuse this content Sportblog And imagine if we had regular rugby of this kind of quality in Japan. There’s already this excitement but how about these viewing figures every single year for a consistent period of time. Read more Share on Messenger Japan rugby union team Rugby union I had a conversation with some Japan supporters a few days before the Scotland match and they asked me if I thought their team might be able to cause any more upsets at the World Cup. I can safely say that is not a conversation I will be having any more because the tournament’s narrative has changed. Japan are no longer causing upsets but producing world‑class performances, and they are making a mockery of their tier-two label.I want to start a different conversation. How about Japan joining the Six Nations? 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