Krispy Kreme launch doughnut to raise funds for Leonard Cheshire

first_img Howard Lake | 19 September 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Krispy Kreme launch doughnut to raise funds for Leonard Cheshire  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Recruitment / people Trading Krispy Kreme, has teamed up with Marco Pierre White to produce a ‘designer doughnut’. The limited-edition doughnut will be available in Krispy Kreme stores during October and will raise money for disability charity Leonard Cheshire.This is one of a series of activities to celebrate the nomination of Leonard Cheshire as Krispy Kreme’s charity of the year. It is hoped that the partnership will raise £25k for the charity. Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More →

Thirty refugee families to be homed in Donegal

first_img Twitter By News Highland – November 17, 2017 Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Thirty refugee families to be homed in Donegal Previous articleDonegal family forced out of home due to rat infestationNext articleFinn Harps face Athlone Town in U15 National League Semi-Final tomorrow News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Google+center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Families have begun to arrive in Donegal under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and these first families are being housed in Carndonagh.The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration has been engaging with Donegal County Council with a view to facilitating the resettlement of families under this Programme and although progress had been delayed as a result of the flooding in August, the programme is now being progressed.The Irish Refugee Protection Programme is designed to offer protection to persons who have fled their country of origin and sought protection in another country, with services being provided post arrival by mainstream public service providers in cooperation with national and local Non-Government Organisations and the Community and Voluntary Sector.A local Resettlement Inter-Agency Steering Group, comprised of representatives from relevant public service providers has been working with the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI) to oversee the local resettlement and integration programme in Donegal and dedicated resources have been employed to facilitate the resettlement of these families.It is expected that about thirty families will be coming to Donegal.Donegal County Council would like to acknowledge the support provided by all organisations and agencies involved in this process and especially the positive community response received to date. The aim is now to support each of these families in their resettlement and we ask that these families are given the time and space to allow them to settle into their new life here in Donegal. WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Read More →

Prof. discusses post-grad economy

first_img “Companies try really hard to keep pay scales secret from workers,” Wozniak said. “It does happen within companies that people who enter [the company] at different times have similar jobs but are earning different things.” She said that sometimes, those entering the job force compare their salaries to a sibling’s who started a job a few years earlier. She said to remember not to take salary levels personally. “The scarring effect takes about five to 10 years to overcome, but with this economic situation, it could take a bit longer,” Wozniak said.  “In fact, I think it will take longer.”  “Markets may improve dramatically in a few years, but they may not,” she said. “Even if they do, students who seek to avoid market conditions by staying in school longer will miss out on several years of earnings and advancement, and they will face stiffer competition for graduate school slots and post-graduate school jobs.” “I think it’s important for workers who started in a downturn to continually look for ways to catch up, especially after the economy improves,” she said. “Think more about changing jobs, moving to a new location, or asking for a raise or promotion.” Wozniak said this discrepancy in earnings takes time to overcome.  In addition, it is costly for these workers to adjust to their situation by going back to school, getting a higher degree or switching jobs, Wozniak said.  Wozniak found that the scarring effect was widespread, and moved across different demographic groups.   Research by Abigail Wozniak, Notre Dame assistant professor of economics, determined those who enter the work force during a bad economy will receive lower wages than those who enter during an economic boom, and this negative impact can last up to 10 years. Wozniak said there is a correlation between the state of the economy and job wages. She said higher wages of those who enter the job world during an economic boom stick with them, and lower wages of those who begin their job during a downturn stick with them as well.  The scarring effect is worse for college graduates than it is for high school graduates, Wozniak, said, “probably because they transition from jobs in more of a progression.”center_img College graduates assume they will enter a career and then build that career over the years. Therefore, these workers are likely to stay on a certain job trajectory, making it difficult to overcome the disadvantage they started with.  “The scarring effect is the idea that the conditions you have when you start working will affect your future [occupational achievement],” she said.  She concluded it impacts college graduates, high school graduates, college dropouts or those with two-year degrees, as well as high school dropouts.  “There’s a perception in the U.S. that what you earn exactly [corresponds] to how good you are,” she said. “Students and others as well should recognize that earnings are not driven entirely by individual productivity or ability. A very large component is luck.  It would be wrong to believe you are earning say 10 percent less than a friend or colleague did when she started just because you are not as qualified.” Wozniak also said that firms are not adjusting perfectly to economic changes. Wozniak said it is unclear whether getting a graduate degree and hoping to enter the job market during better economic times will be beneficial to students.  Job change is a major way in which one can overcome the scarring effect, Wozniak said. It is easier for those without a college degree to switch jobs and quickly overcome this negative impact, because they are not as reluctant to start over in a new job.   “My estimates suggest that workers lose six percent of wages for every two additional percentage points of unemployment above the average,” she said. “We’re currently about four percentage points above average, so wages for this year’s graduates will be roughly 12 percent below that of similar graduates from four years ago.” In her research, which will be published in the Journal of Human Resources this fall, Wozniak looked at almost 30 years of data of people entering the labor market. She used census data from 1980, 1990, and 2000, looking at workers five to eight years after they entered the labor force.last_img read more

Read More →

Japan’s Nishikori plays 1st Grand Slam match since Wimbledon

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film His coach, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, said that getting through some quick and relatively easy matches in the early rounds could be vital to a long stay in the draw for Nishikori.Also important, according to Chang: staying focused.“It’s a combination of continuing to work on his game and being stronger mentally when it really, really counts. You need that,” Chang said. “In the big matches, in the big moments, you can’t afford to have one loose game on your serve. You just can’t do it. Guys are going to take advantage of it. The guys who are ranked a little bit lower — you can get away with it, a little bit here, a little bit there. The better guys, you can’t get away with it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls By now, that’s nearly a given whenever he enters major tournaments. Nishikori, a 28-year-old from Japan who is seeded 19th at Roland Garros, is scheduled to play Maxime Janvier in the first round Sunday.While Janvier has never played a tour-level match, and has never been ranked better than 228th, Nishikori is familiar with the upper echelons of tennis. He has been ranked as high as No. 4, was the runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open and a semifinalist in New York two years later, along with making five other quarterfinal runs at majors, including the French Open in two of the past three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut after appearing in 21 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, he missed two in a row — last year’s U.S. Open, then the Australian Open this January — because his right wrist was not fully recovered enough from a torn tendon.Getting in a lot of matches on red clay ahead of Paris became a priority, and Nishikori did just that, reaching the final at the Monte Carlo Masters before losing to Rafael Nadal, and the quarterfinals at the Italian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Japan’s Kei Nishikori, left, trains with coaches Michael Chang, of the U.S, center, and Argentina’s Dante Bottini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 25, 2018. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Kei Nishikori is healthy and ready to return to Grand Slam action at the French Open with what amounts to a rather modest goal, given his rate of success in recent years.“I hope,” he said, “I can go to the second week.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Klay Thompson scores 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals Along the way at those two events, Nishikori defeated Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov, all ranked in the top five.“I’m feeling very confident,” Nishikori said, “especially after beating those players.”The challenge now is that he will need to win best-of-five-set matches, instead of best-of-three, something he hasn’t had to do in a while.The key?“Hopefully I can finish as soon as possible on the court and not have to use too much energy each time,” Nishikori said. “On the clay, you have to play heavy and you have to play smart, too. You cannot play just aggressive. You’ve got to be really smart.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Read More →

VALENCIA

first_imgBurroughs10/14/20051003621 Engelberg,J.397243 SCORINGTDPATFGTP RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Hale,N.25326.5 SAFETY0404 Sellnow,T.273341 Drake,R.051463 Brick,N.1006 Deutsch,K.520.40 Canyon12/02/20050101342 Saugus11/11/2005100347 Vereen,S.528246 Marino,D.10282.80 Trabuco Hills11/18/20051006142 Turbyfill,J.20012 Marino,D.230 Northway,S.180 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Deutsch,K.3210 Hill,V.367277 Selnow,T.20012 Rigg,R.414035.0 El Toro09/23/20051004820 Ivarsson,E.1-9-9.00 Neiberger,M.1070490111.16 Marziani,T.20012 Burbank10/21/2005100423 Engelberg,J.11020116.80 Larez,F.1100 Scoring Total65624464 Rushing Total33420816.238 Herrick,M.36822514376619156.53 Hale,N.201658.31 Herrick,M.931631.810 Wilbert,G.200000.00 Sellnow,T.1 Chino Hills11/25/20051005134 Vereen,S.17516509.426 Turbyfill,J.12413.40 Teague,J.100.00 Marziani,T.372.31 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Engelberg,J.30018 Passing Total38323514386420 TEAM3-3-1.00 Crouch,R.311939.7 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Interceptions Total16 Robotham,M.J.1 Vereen,S.3420206 Hill,V.20012 Quesada,T.2 Vereen,S.3 Mulligan,S.1170 Smith,R.0404 Birmingham09/16/20051005130 Hale,N.242960 St. John Bosco09/30/2005100303 Hill,V.50030 Bishop Amat09/09/20051003521 Notre Dame10/07/20050102835 Vereen,S.220471462.40 RECORD: 9-4-0 Hart10/28/20050101417 Koshak,C.3 Brick,N.295611 Hale,N.1006 Neiberger,M.7223.10 Turbyfill,J.193372 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Receiving Total235386420 TOTAL2005940464324 Crouch,R.30018 Robotham,M.J.2787932.6 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Engelberg,J.2115.50 Canyon11/04/20050102149 Crouch,R.5 Hill,V.100.00 Punting Total36119133.1 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Trippeda, R.0101 Marziani,T.1 Sellnow,T.144.00 Fricke,J.120 Herrick,M.100060last_img read more

Read More →

Biomimetics Is On a Roll

first_imgThere’s a gold rush on: a rush to copy living technology.  Scientists have found that plants, animals and cells have the solutions to problems that will help us all, if we will just study them, imitate them, or harness them.Jellyfish pumps:  Need a flexible pump for medical use?  Look no further than the aquarium tank, where jellyfish have mastered the art of propulsion with soft material.  Science Daily reported on work at Caltech to study how jellyfish do it.  “Jellyfish at millimeter scales, for example, exploit the small layer of water that adheres to their surface as they move and use it as additional paddle at no extra cost,”  the article said.  “Further, a clever arrangement of multiple pacemakers within the jellyfish body allow for a reliable yet tunable pumping mechanism.”  One of the researchers “plans to use this practical understanding to help design a whole spectrum of flexible pumps that are optimized for different tasks and conditions.”Elephant trunks:  Getting robotic arms to act gracefully and gently has been a major challenge.  Imagine the pain of shaking hands with a typical robot.  Why not learn the secrets from an elephant, whose trunk can gently pick up a peanut out of a child’s hand?  That’s what Festo, a German company, did.  They created the “elephant’s trunk-inspired Bionic Handling Assistant,” reported New Scientist, which “is peppered with resistance sensors that limit its extension when it senses contact – potentially making it safe for anyone to use and interact with.”  A video clip shows the device doing a clumsy but encouraging imitation of an elephant trunk.    The short article makes it clear this is not the only example of bio-inspiration going on in Germany:Despite its futuristic appearance, Festo’s isn’t the only odd robot arm in development.  A European-wide team has developed something similarly flexible – but here the inspiration came from an octopus’s limb.  Instead of pneumatics, the EU team wants to drive their arm with “electroactive polymers” – smart plastics that bend when a voltage is applied.    Festo’s decision to seek inspiration from a lumbering mammal marks a departure: it has previously created the most graceful of robotic penguins, jellyfish and manta rays.    And another German team has created the AirFish: an airship that wags its tail like a rainbow trout.Live Science also discussed cheerfully the new elephant-trunk robotic arm, but gave the credit to chance as the inventor: “‘Biomimicry,’ as this design and engineering aesthetic is called, draws inspiration from the biomechanical systems that the process of evolution has honed for millions of years, often resulting in startling insights over manmade artificial solutions.”Shark skin:  Want to reduce drag on swimsuits and ships’ hulls?  Make like a shark, said National Geographic News says.  Its “scaly hide serves as both a suit of armor and a means of streamlining movement,” researchers at the University of Alabama are finding.  Professor Amy Lang also gave credit to Darwin: “Overall, sharks’ 400 million years of evolution for strength and speed may someday inspire better designs for machines that are prone to drag, such as aircraft, Lang noted.”Shark sub.  The whale shark is the world’s biggest fish.  How does it keep all that mass afloat?  “Whale Sharks Use Geometry to Avoid Sinking,” reported Science Daily.  Marine biologists publishing in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology found that the whale shark’s glide, that looks so natural, is really an “astonishing feat of mathematics and energy conservation.”  Adrian Gleiss from Swansea University noted, “oceanic animals not only have to consider their travel speed, but also how vertical movement will affect their energy expenditure, which changes the whole perspective.”    Sensors placed on the giants showed that they can use their negative buoyancy to descend, but need to flap their tails when ascending; nevertheless, their motion “optimized the energetic cost of vertical movement,” the researchers found.  “This use of negative buoyancy may play a large part in oceanic sharks being able to locate and travel between scarce and unpredictable food sources efficiently.”  Although this article did not mention biomimetics, the principle sounds like something submarine designers could use.Cell rotors:  Another German team has succeeded in getting a three-blade structure in a hexagonal cage billionths of a meter across to rotate spontaneously.  “Nature itself provides the role model for such self-organizing systems,” a report on PhysOrg said, accompanied by a video clip that shows the nano-rotor in action.  The primitive device is a far cry from those found in living cells: “However, the coveted dream of using self-organization effects in such a way that nano machines [i.e., in the cell] assemble themselves is still a thing of the future.”  Presumably, progress will be made by intelligent design.Electrical engineering turns bioengineering:  Students at the University of Texas at Dallas are competing in contests to harness bacteria for useful purposes.  Since E. coli bacteria already have the toolkit for probing chemicals, the students employ synthetic biology techniques to make them do what they want – such as turning green when sensing toxins.  Story at PhysOrg.  An engineering prof said, “Synthetic biology borrows a lot of ideas from engineering and puts them in the context of biology.” Got that glow:  Speaking of fluorescent proteins (retrieved from jellyfish), Vyv Salisbury, a biomedical researcher at University of West England, is excited about the possibilities of putting glowing bacteria to use.  They have “enormous future potential” to “produce exquisitely sensitive and versatile microbial biosensors,” PhysOrg reported, opening with the promise, “A professor from the University of the West of England will present her inaugural lecture on bioluminesence [sic] and give insight into how this natural phenomenon has been used to make biomarkers that are making exciting breakthroughs in several areas of health research.”Whale blades:  According to PhysOrg, “lessons learned from the ocean’s largest mammals has inspired United States Naval Academy researchers to tackle one of the serious challenges of this technology: the low velocity associated with many tidal flows and the difficulty of extracting useful energy from low speed flows using current designs.”  Enter the humpback whale, with its bumpy-edged fins.  Turns out that design improves performance: “We designed a novel blade modification for potential turbine performance improvement, which was inspired by humpback whale flippers, with the addition of tubercles, or bumps, to the leading edge of each blade,” announced Mark Murray, a Naval Academy engineering professor.  He showed that “the addition of biomimetically derived protuberances (technology that mimics nature) improved stall characteristics and aerodynamic performance.”Studying flight:  Four recent articles did not mention human applications yet, but showed how scientists are eagerly studying the flight capabilities of animals to gain understanding, with a subtle indication that human engineers can learn from them.  Students at Wright State in Ohio are studying dragonflies (New Scientist).  An engineer at Bristol University gained insights into pterodactyl flight (BBC News).  And the BBC News also posted half a dozen dazzling photos of flying fish.  PhysOrg spoke of scientists studying flying snakes.  You thought this one was going to be about birds, didn’t you?  That last article did mention another team proposing that “airplanes be designed more like birds.”The excitement over biomimetics can be sensed by the conferences, journals and societies devoted to it, such as the Bioneers at Georgia Tech (10/29/2005) and the Information Science and Technology initiative at Caltech (06/5/2005).  PhysOrg reported on one such recent event: “The physicists, biologists and engineers were huddled around every available bar-height table in the Long Beach Convention Center, covering their tiny surfaces with laptops and notebooks.”  What did they come for? – “many of the scientists were gathered earlier this week at a fluid-dynamics conference to show how insights from the world of animals and plants might guide tomorrow’s technology — a burgeoning field known as bio-inspired engineering.”    Here’s a short list of the animals that were inspiring their design plans: flying snakes, sharks, birds, whales, hummingbirds, and jellyfish.  “These scientists from far-flung fields share a common conviction: that future engineering has a great deal to learn from the natural world.”  The article quoted a USC engineer who said, “The number of people who are developing, encouraging, thinking about biologically inspired designs is vastly more than it was five years ago, two years ago even.”    A journal called Bioinspiration and Biomimetics published a special edition called “Bioinspired Flight” this month, said PhysOrg.  And it’s not just for the birds.  Scientists analyzed controlled falling and gliding by geckos, snakes and insects.  Bioengineering brings together engineers and biologists, who have typically lived in different academic worlds.  “Because biologists and engineers are typically trained quite differently, there is a gap between the understanding of natural flight of biologists and the engineer’s expertise in designing vehicles that function well,” David Lentink from Wageningen University said.  “In the middle however is a few pioneering engineers who are able to bridge both fields.”  The article includes three video clips, one of a falling gecko flipping over and landing on its feet like a cat, one of a test robotic fly, and an amazing series of snake flights showing how they can maneuver and even turn while gliding.    The Biomimicry Institute is open for business with a website, newsletter, educational resources, and even a children’s music CD.  Why?  “Biomimicry is the science and art of emulating Nature’s best biological ideas to solve human problems,” the website explains on its front page.  “Non-toxic adhesives inspired by geckos, energy efficient buildings inspired by termite mounds, and resistance-free antibiotics inspired by red seaweed are examples of biomimicry happening today — and none too soon.  Humans may have a long way to go towards living sustainably on this planet, but 10-30 million species with time-tested genius to help us get there.”  Another of their websites, AskNature.org, provides a “database of nature’s strategies” with 1360 entries so far.    Not everybody is inspired to the same degree.  The PhysOrg article about the Long Beach convention quoted USC engineer Geoffrey Spedding cautioning, “Just because it exists in nature doesn’t mean it’s an optimum … the designs that come through evolution are just good enough to survive, that’s all,” adding that “Nature has yet to come up with a decent wheel.”What is Spedding talking about?  Hasn’t he seen a bacterial flagellum?  It’s a more efficient wheel than anything man ever invented.  And his logic is bad.  Like a Darwinian, he has to see everything in terms of mere survival.  The world has a great deal of “useless beauty” that goes beyond mere survival.  Look at the coloration on birds and insects, the patterning on mammal fur, and the shapes and colors of flowers.  Survival does not require these things, or every bird, mammal, and flower would be so decorated.  Beauty and elegance are not incompatible with survival; they provide frosting on the cake, making this a world of incredible variety and beauty.  Even evolutionary scientists can recognize that animals are “overengineered” for the functions they require for survival (03/23/2004).    Biomimetics has the potential to make Darwinism irrelevant, and bring together both creationists and evolutionists for the common goal of improving human life through understanding and imitation of natural design.  Darwin need not have anything to do with it.  Evolutionary theory could be a harmless sideshow, if not a distraction, to the goals of biomimicry.    Two alarming subtexts are tainting the biomimetics movement, however.  One is that Darwinists are trying to co-opt the movement by forcing their worldview onto it: e.g.,“…the designs that come through evolution are just good enough to survive, that’s all,” (PhysOrg)“…the biomechanical systems that the process of evolution has honed for millions of years” (Live Science)“…sharks’ 400 million years of evolution for strength and speed may someday inspire better designs for machines” (National Geographic)“…Scientists in the US and Canada are studying how flying fish evolved the enlarged paired fins…” (BBC News)“After 3.8 billion years of evolution, nature has learned what works and what lasts” (Biomimicry Institute)Hopefully many will discern that oil and water mix better than biomimetics and Darwinism.  How long can the public endure the halitosis that billions of years of chance accidents yielded engineering marvels that our goal-oriented, purposeful human intelligence cannot duplicate?  Remember, too, that as good as the robotic flexible arm or mechanical insect perform, artificial biomimics cannot reproduce themselves, repair themselves, or proofread themselves.  Human technology looks pathetic by comparison.  Darwinists insert their rhetoric into the biomimetics adventure at their peril.    A second and more worrisome trend is a kind of new-age mysticism arising about nature.  This can be seen at the Biomimicry Institute where Nature is capitalized, as in, “How would Nature heat and cool a home?”  Even though hardcore atheist evolutionists like E. O. Wilson are on its advisory board, the Biomimicry Institute risks a return to Pocahontas-style nature worship with lines like, “Humans may have a long way to go towards living sustainably on this planet, but 10-30 million species with time-tested genius to [sic] help us get there.”  Their children’s CD is labeled “Ask the planet,” as if we are to seek inner wisdom from the Earth goddess.    It’s an alarming sign, but Bible-believing Christians can take heart at this in a backhanded way.  For one, it unmasks the secular evolutionists as the pantheist pagans they always were at heart.  For another, it fulfills Scripture.  Their behavior follows exactly what the Apostle Paul described in Romans 1, “For his [God’s] invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!  Amen” (Romans 1:21-25).    Nothing has changed since the old paganism except the sophistication of its ignorance.  Creationists and proponents of intelligent design can embrace biomimetics, but should be on guard against these trends that would distort it into Charlie worship or pagan Nature worship.  By contrast, engaging in diligent biomimetics research and design is one way to honor and serve our Creator, and to say, “Thank you, Lord.”(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Read More →

Saru Sevens Academy on a winning streak

first_img14 January 2014 The South African Rugby Union (Saru) Sevens Academy team’s victory at the George 7s PL tournament on Sunday brought the curtain down on an excellent seven-week run that included claiming three titles. During that time the Springbok Sevens team also contested two finals, losing to Fiji in the Dubai Sevens final, but beating New Zealand a week later in Port Elizabeth to win the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens. Titles The Academy side, playing as Samurai, were coming off victory in the Dubai International Invitational in December and opened the new year with consecutive wins in the Punte del Este 7s and George 7s PL tournaments. Saru Sevens Elite Player Development Manager Marius Schoeman, who coached the team on all three occasions, was thrilled with his squad’s efforts.Benefit for the national team “The better quality play we can deliver, the better it is for the national team,” Schoeman in a statement on Monday. “The positive performances of the Academy side shows the depth we have in our structures, and it highlights the fact that players are really pushing each other for a place in the national side.” A number of national contracted players featured in Mar del Plata and George, alongside young and rising stars, such as the 18-year-old Warrick Gelant, a South African Schools and under-18 player in 2013. Gelant will be among a number of new players who will this week undergo conditioning and rehabilitation training. ‘Winning culture’ “It is important to create that winning culture in the program and to expose the next generation of players to the culture within the team and code,” Schoeman said. In George, the Academy won the final against the Unlimited Titans, recording a 33-17 win. Earlier on Sunday, they came though the quarterfinals and semi-finals by beating Living Ball (19-0) and South Western Districts (26-0) respectively. The Academy team’s next tournament is in March in Zimbabwe. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

Read More →

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report — July 5th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Continued dry weather this week allowed significant gains in wheat harvested, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 3rd.In addition to wheat harvest, producers continued to cut hay, with many having moved onto a second cutting. Both winter wheat harvested and hay cut are well ahead of the previous year. Corn, soybeans, and oats progress are all even with or ahead of the five-year average. Crops continue to be in very good condition despite the lack of rain.Read the full report herelast_img read more

Read More →

Man shot dead by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgA man was shot dead by Naxals in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district, around 500 kilometres from Raipur, police said on Sunday. Madkam Nanda (28) was sleeping in his house in Bonkamadgu village late Saturday night when a group of Naxals raided the house and shot him multiple times, a Maraiguda police station official said. The village is on the Chhattisgarh-Telangana border and police teams have rushed to the site to apprehend the killers, he added.“We are not sure of the motive behind the killing as the Naxals did not leave any pamphlet etc at the spot. A probe is underway,” the official said.last_img read more

Read More →

Congress names Kumari Selja Haryana unit chief, Hooda CLP leader

first_img A former Union Minister and known to be close to party president Sonia Gandhi, Kumari Selja, 56, replaced Ashok Tanwar while Mr. Hooda replaced Ms. Kiran Choudhary as CLP leader.As the new CLP leader, he can be part of the exercise that will choose the candidates for the Assembly polls.Mr. Hooda had been pressing for the replacement of Mr. Tanwar — appointed by former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in 2014 — after the party failed to win even one of the 10 Lok Sabha seats.He had even indicated that he could leave the party even as his supporters pitched for him as the State chief. However, the leadership was not inclined to do so and replaced Mr. Tanwar, a Dalit, with another Dalit leader.At a rally in his stronghold of Rohtak on August 18, Mr. Hooda had said: “The Congress had lost direction.”Asked about his remarks and the factionalism, Mr. Azad said, “If the party had lost direction, he can bring it on the right path…I have full confidence that the entire team will fight together to defeat the BJP.” Congress appoints Kumari Selja as Haryana unit chief Congress appoints Kumari Selja as Haryana unit chiefVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:4201:42  center_img The Congress on Wednesday appointed Kumari Selja as the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) and named former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) and chairman of the election management committee ahead of the Assembly polls later this year.The appointments not only seek to put an end to the bitter factionalism that the State had witnessed in the past few months but were also an attempt to project a united face of the party.Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with general secretary organisation K C Venugopal, announced that by virtue of being the CLP leader, Mr. Hooda would be the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.last_img read more

Read More →