Nimitz student to return to National Spelling Bee

first_img By admin – May 28, 2018 Twitter Previous articleMemorial Day holds more meaning for Odessa sailorNext articleWonder Girls Camp admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nimitz Middle School 6th grader Anika Gundlapalli is going to the National Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) Facebook Foolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinTexas Fried ChickenVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Pinterest Registration set for engineering camp Facebook Home Local News Education Nimitz student to return to National Spelling Bee Noel earns award Since then, she has been studying using the round 2 study guide and using online resources. Gundlapalli said she doesn’t expect it to be easier this year. She said she tries to study every day for 30 minutes. The National Spelling Bee website shows the competition starts with more than 500 spellers.Dr. Sai Gundlapalli, Anika’s father, said the whole family went to Washington with Anika last time and plans to go again. They went sightseeing last year and Anika’s favorite spot was Mount Vernon.“She worked very hard, so she made it she was really focused. She wanted it and so she worked hard,” he said.Anika said she just likes to learn new words and plans to study up to the last minute.Like her parents, Anika said she wants to be a doctor when she gets older.Sai Gundlapalli said it’s beneficial to be a good speller.“She reads book to learn more about spelling, plus you learn about language origins, things like that and the meanings of the words which will help her improve her vocabulary and writing skills which is an integral part of anything you do and it always has been,” Sai Gundlapalli said.He added that preparing for the bee helps with goal setting, although Anika is self-motivated.“She set the goal for herself. We just give her the resources. Sometimes she wants us to ask her some words and we ask her those words,” he said.Sai Gundlapalli and his wife, Dr. Meghana, also have a son, Ajay, who is 8 and attends St. John’s Episcopal School.center_img Local NewsEducation Nimitz student to return to National Spelling Bee Nimitz Middle School 6th grader Anika Gundlapalli is going to the National Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) OCA top 2 were ESL students Previous coverageSpelling Bee WebpageFor the second year running, Anika Gundlapalli is heading back to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.The bee is scheduled for May 29-31. Gundlapalli, a reserved 11-year-old sixth-grader at Nimitz Middle School, was excited and happy to be making a return trip.Her winning word at the regional spelling bee in March was valves.“I was happy,” she said. WhatsApp Twitter 1 of 2 Nimitz Middle School 6th grader Anika Gundlapalli is going to the National Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. Her father Dr. Sai Gundlapalli and and brother Ajay Gundlapalli are in the background. (Mark Rogers/Odessa American) Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Fruition Lets Their Rootsy Side Shine In Austin [Full Audio/Review]

first_imgThe passionate players graciously performed two incredible songs from their highly anticipated album, “Poison” and “Alone Together”, before serving up a swoon-worthy version of “Northern Town”. Fruition possesses a magical way of melting fan’s hearts with sweet woes of true romance and lingering loneliness from stories of a decade on the road together. Jay Cobb Anderson (guitar, vocals, harmonica) directed the show into the newer, guitar-heavy tune, “Dirty Thieves”, before Kellen Asebroek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) served up the sweet and melodic plea, “Eraser”.Already feeling spoiled, the Austin audience was blown away with what came next—a supercharged version of the tour’s namesake “Fire” sandwiched inside a cover of Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman”. Yes, this happened, and it was glorious. The set turned next to Labor of Love’s “I Don’t Mind” followed by Asebroek’s tender love song, “The Meaning.”Fruition knew that Austin needed just a little more, though, as the five members quickly returned and left an everlasting impression with the old-time favorite, “Mountain Annie.” The band ended the night with bluesy ballad “I Should Be (On Top Of The World)” followed by a well-rounded “Fallin’ On My Face,” leaving the crowd in an enamored state of fond affection.Fruition – 2/1/-19 – Full Show Audio[Audio: microfishie]For a full list of Fruition’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website. Fruition is a full-fledged force fused together by the powerful mixture of musical prowess, passionate performance, and an authentic aesthetic that captivates any listener who passes in range of their sound waves. Their sound dabbles in various genres, from Americana to folk to soul to blues to rock and roll. Fruition’s balance between their precise, yet raw string playing, as well as soft and soulful harmonies, is without equal, only created when this quintet brings their singular sound to fruition.With musicians from around the country, Fruition was bred in Portland, OR, and gained notoriety from busking on the streets of the rainy rose city. The five-piece has seen an immense amount of progress over the years, with extensive tours, releases, and recognition on a national level. The Portland jamgrass rockers released their latest EP, Fire, last August, and played the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in support of Railroad Earth.Following a heater of a set in Houston, TX on Thursday night, Austin was buzzing with anticipation for Fruition’s February 1st performance at Antone’s Nightclub. Established by Clifford Antone in 1975, the iconic venue is dubbed Austin’s “Home of the Blues.” Known for its intimate vibes and immaculate sound, all in attendance knew they were in for a special treat Friday night treat.Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival kicked off the night, giving fans a taste of his soothing upcoming solo EP, Your Heart, The Stars, The Milky Way, due out on February 15th. Rodriguez will celebrate his forthcoming EP with a special album release party at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre on February 13th. For the last four songs of his set, Rodriguez was joined by Fruition’s Tyler Thompson (drums) and Jeff Leonard (bass). It was clear the crowded club was ready for the main act, and soon enough, the five members stepped onto the venue’s small but powerful stage.Fruition opened the night with “Stuck On You” off 2018’s Watching It All Fall Apart, which was notably produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse). The insatiable bass line and upbeat lyrics speaking to lost love, made it the perfect selection to get the night rolling. “Turn To Dust”, an extremely palpable tune from the same album, caused the groove to take full effect. “Lay Down Blues” gave a sweet reminder to the audience that the “night time is the right time,” as the crowd completely let go of inhibitions and danced right into fan-favorite “Just One Of Them Nights.”Fruition seems to keep finding a way to dig deeper into their unique and intoxicating music. It is truly the perfect balance of gritty rock and quintessential love songs, featuring the most heavenly of harmonies. Of course, the band cannot deliver this sound without their incredibly talented and hard-working sound engineer, Terry “TLP” Lapointe.Mimi Naja, the band’s do-it-all player (mandolin, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, bongos), whisked the room away with her divine, yet sultry tunes “Beside You” and “Santa Fe”. Next up came “I’ll Never Sing Your Name Again”, a funky fresh sing-a-long that Fruition is so damn good at delivering. Labor of Love’s “The Way That I Do,” pleased locals with a delightful sit in from Austin’s own Alan Eckert (The Deer).last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Mueller, Brotherton make All-Regional team

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team polished off an impressive runner-up finish in the Big Ten tournament a few weeks ago. The team is now snagging some equally impressive offseason awards as sophomore defender Sam Brotherton and junior midfielder Christopher Mueller were selected to the Midwest All-Regional team on Wednesday.The two standouts marked the first All-Region selections the program has produced since 2013 when AJ Cochran and Tomislav Zadro made the All-Great Lakes team.Brotherton, a New Zealand native and active member of the men’s national team, is arguably the best player on the team and is one of the best defenders in the Big Ten. The sophomore was recently also named to the Big Ten second team and is expected to remain one of the leaders of a Wisconsin team that will have many returning players next season.Another big return for next year is Mueller, one of the most electric goal scorers in the country and UW team leader in all five major offensive categories, including goals, with 27. Mueller was also recently given Big Ten accolades as he was named first team All Big Ten, only the 19th player in program history to do so.Men’s soccer: Badgers approach Big Ten tournament behind strong close to regular seasonWith the regular season in the books, the No. 20 University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks toward their second Read…Mueller and Brotherton will undoubtedly be the leaders going into a season with high expectations. Last year was a surprising turnaround, going from one win at home and a loss in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in 2015 to a top 20 team and a penalty kick away from hoisting the Big Ten tournament trophy over reigning champion and No. 1 University of Maryland.The awards are not surprising, but now leave little excuses if the team comes up short of the success they had last year. UW loses only three players to graduation this offseason and replaces them with a stacked recruiting class for the second straight year. Head coach John Trask went from being in the hot seat to the driver’s seat, but is now asked to deliver when the stakes are high.Wisconsin now moves on to spring ball and hopes to rebuild going into another tough conference race in 2017.last_img read more

Russia ‘hijacked’ sport with mass doping, says McLaren

first_imgMcLaren said Russian officials could be trusted “but they need to reform themselves”.The system was “refined” in the buildup to the 2012 London Olympics and then further for the 2013 Universiade in the Russian city of Kazan, the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, also in 2013, and particularly for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Russia won 24 golds, 26 silvers and 32 bronze medals in London with no failed tests at the time.“The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale,” McLaren said.Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenko, who was an agent for the FSB secret service as well as head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, told investigators how he watered down some samples and added salt and powdered coffee to others to coverup doping failures.The report also told how an FSB agent disguised as a sewer engineer got into the Sochi Winter Olympics doping laboratory to switch bottles. Tiny scratches on the inside the bottles gave away the cheating.McLaren’s first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.His latest report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however.The IAAF and WADA have kept up their suspensions of Russia.The IOC this week extended its sanctions over the Russian doping. It has two inquiries into Russian sport and doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Following the McLaren report, the IOC said all 254 Russian urine samples from Sochi would be reexamined and that it had extended its inquiries to cover the 2012 London Olympics.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that the tests are not finished with more doping failures to be reported in coming weeks.The IAAF is also re-analysing samples taken from world championships. It said three Russian doping failures have been found from the 2007 world championships in Osaka.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an “institutional conspiracy” to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who has previously accused Russia of “state-sponsored” cheating, said in a new report for the World Anti-Doping Agency that he had confirmed the switching of samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that salt and coffee were used to manipulate samples.More than 1,000 athletes in the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics “can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive testing”, his report said.Information on 695 Olympic athletes had been sent to sports federations. “Well known and elite level athletes” were among competitors whose tests were “falsified”.“A cover-up that evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy,” McLaren said as he introduced his report.Russia’s sports ministry again denied state backing for doping. But the report said the campaign that started about 2011 came under official control from 2012 under then sports minister Vitaly Mutko amid fears that the cheating would be detected.“An institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the ministry of sport and its infrastructure,” said McLaren.“These activities were supported by senior Russian officials, including the minister and deputy minister of sport.” Corrupted Olympics About 30 sports including football were involved, officials added. But doping was rife in Russian athletics and weightlifting.Mutko, who has denied any involvement, was not personally named. He was barred from going to the Rio Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in August but has since been promoted to deputy prime minister by Russian President Vladimir Putin.McLaren told AFP in an interview that there was no evidence that Putin knew of the doping.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians,” he told a press conference however.“Coaches and athletes have been competing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN/MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY MARCH 16, 2017

first_imgKent Desormeaux1312816 1421%44%$1,646,817 Edwin Maldonado71117 717%37%$735,542 $1 MILLION DOLLAR ST. PAT’S PITCH WINNER RECALLED 1022%53%$1,302,356 232%55%$261,930 1432%68%$1,871,827 322%50%$213,575 Mark Glatt72911 3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall3276 2917%48%$2,115,582 920%39%$820,176 Joseph Talamo1452015 ECLIPSE CHAMP FINEST CITY STRETCHES OUT IN SANTA MARGARITAFinest City attempts to successfully negotiate the longest distance she’s ever traveled on dirt in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth.She’ll have to conquer streaking Vale Dori while she’s at it. The five-year-old Argentine-bred mare trained by Bob Baffert has won three straight Grade II events, and four races in a row, all on or close to the lead and all by daylight margins.Trainer Ian Kruljac feels Finest City is up to the task, even though the five-year-old daughter of City Zip is coming off two seven furlong victories and has never run further than one mile on dirt, finishing third behind champions Beholder and Stellar Wind in the Grade I Vanity Mile at Santa Anita last June.Finest City would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 and earn an Eclipse Award as best in her division.“We’ll be close to the pace, but if she wants to be on the lead, she will be,” said Ian, 28-year-old son of trainer Eric Kruljac. “If (supplemental entry) Perfect Pic wants to go, I’m sure we’ll let her go.“Hopefully, we’re the fastest horse in the race at the end of it.”Finest City has been ridden by Mike Smith in her last two races, but with the Hall of Fame jockey at Oaklawn Park Saturday to ride Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem in the Rebel Stakes, Kruljac has Tyler Baze back on Finest City.Baze has ridden her twice, finishing a distant second in an overnight race at Los Alamitos in December of 2015 and third in the Vanity.Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City came into her own late last year, following her seven furlong Breeders’ Cup victory at 8-1 with a comfortable 3 ¾-length win Jan. 21 in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, also at seven furlongs, as the 2-5 favorite.Overall, the chestnut mare bred in Pennsylvania has a 5-4-2 record with earnings of $1,045,594.“She’s been more than a surprise,” Kruljac said. “She’s been a blessing.”The field for the Santa Margarita, race nine of 10: Autumn Flower, Martin Pedroza; Vale Dori, Rafael Bejarano; Finest City, Tyler Baze; Show Stealer, Kent Desormeaux; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat; and Estrechada, Stewart Elliott.            Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita from the rail out: Autumn Flower (20-1), Vale Dori (9-5), Finest City (8-5), Show Stealer (8-1), Lady Tapit (20-1), Perfect Pic (5-1), Wild At Heart (6-1) and Estrechada (15-1). 3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott1441516 918%58%$485,064 Jeff Bonde2273 Bob Baffert58138 Steven Miyadi58815 Tyler Baze2303943 Mike Smith56186 Jockey Standings 2311%48%$487,537 2216%50%$1,365,470 Corey Nakatani70127 (Current Through Sunday, March 12, 2017 Inclusive) 521%44%$490,995 1610%39%$621,263 1914%37%$681,423 614%50%$385,761 2110%36%$743,388 4122%57%$3,115,225 2114%52%$631,813 1817%49%$1,159,076 J. Keith Desormeaux3984 Peter Miller932821 William Spawr28104 1412%37%$399,685 TrainerMts1st2nd 1318%48%$1,077,870 Peter Eurton52115 Victor Espinoza62915 Vladimir Cerin50911 930%62%$1,354,941 Santiago Gonzalez1221220 Martin Pedroza1081520 Richard Baltas1182020 (Current Through Sunday, March 12, 2017 Inclusive) O’NEILL’S SMOOVE IT DEFENDS TITLE IN SATURDAY’S IRISH O’BRIEN 336%61%$303,596 TEAM O’NEILL EYES ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION            What could be more fitting than a trainer named O’Neill winning a race called the Irish O’Brien in honor of St. Patrick’s Day?Nothing.Which is why Doug O’Neill is optimistic that Smoove It can capture Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California for the second straight year. The six-year-old Square Eddie mare won the race in 2016 by 3 ¼ lengths.The Irish O’Brien is run over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, where Smoove It has found a home, boasting a 3-2-2 record from nine starts over the layout for owner Reddam Racing, LLC.“She’s the defending champ and she drew well,” O’Neill said, alluding to her number seven post position. “She’s doing well, but Enola Gray, who just beat her (in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 28) is in there and she looks pretty tough.“The field is loaded with talent but we’re very happy with the way Smoove It is going into it and we definitely think this is her preferred surface.”As to a pending celebration should Smoove It win the Irish O’Brien, O’Neill said, “We’ll be drinking green beer after the big effort.”The Irish O’Brien, which goes as race seven: Chaulk O Lattey, Rafael Bejarano; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze; Desert Steel, Flavien Prat; Lily Kai, Stewart Elliott; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Cuddle Alert, Corey Nakatani; Emmy and I, Joe Talamo; and Late ‘n Left, Edwin Maldonado.MULHALL/PEDROZA COMBO TEAM IN SATURDAY’S IRISH O’BRIENTrainer Kristin Mulhall and jockey Martin Pedroza are hoping the Luck of the Irish is with them on Saturday, as they team-up with Roo’s Valentine in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes, for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.A 4-year-old filly by Vronsky, Roo’s Valentine, who is owned by her breeder, Kretz Racing, LLC, tried the hillside turf for the first time on Feb. 10.  Breaking from the rail with open company in a second condition allowance that attracted a field of nine, she was dispatched at 24-1 and prevailed by a half length after pressing the early pace.“Six and a half wasn’t really the game plan,” said Pedroza’s longtime agent, Richie Silverstein.  “Kristin was looking for anything from six and a half to a mile.  Martin rode her like she was four to five and it worked out.”A trainer/rider combination to be reckoned with on the tough Southern California circuit, Silverstein attributes their success to several factors, including good timing and hard work.“We’ve always enjoyed riding for Kristin,” he said.  “She always been there for us.  A couple years ago at the Del Mar Fall Meet, most of her help was up here, at Santa Anita, and she needed some help with her horses down there.  Kristin starts at 5 a.m. and Martin was there to get the horses out.  He’d get on three or four before the first break…He knows her horses and he knows what she wants.  We try to ride whatever Kristin has for us.”A one-time stakes winner versus state-breds at age two, Roo’s Valentine, who has an overall mark of 13-4-2-4, with earnings of $255,555, rates a big chance as a sharp horse breaking from post position two in Saturday’s 10-horse Irish O’Brien.RANCHO CUCAMONGA MAN WON $1 MILLION ST. PAT’S PITCH NINE YEARS AGO            With the return of the $1 million St. Pat’s Pitch here on Saturday, memories harken back to a special moment in Santa Anita history, when John Placzankis, a 41-year-old warehouse manager from Rancho Cucamonga, electrified an on-track crowd of 15,660 with a million dollar ringer on March 15, 2008.“The drinks are on me,” bellowed Placzankis from Santa Anita’s main track.  “I barely got the entry in on time.  I’m a big Duke (basketball) fan and I lost money on them today.  I was watching the game and I wasn’t thinking about the contest…I was just trying to relax.  I’m pretty calm and I was actually just trying to throw it like a softball…and I didn’t want to go over the line.  I probably hadn’t done it in like 30 years.”A native of New Rochelle, New York, Placzankis was thinking of family in the aftermath of his million dollar toss.“I’ll pay some bills and take care of my nieces and nephews…I’m also going to take care of my mom back home.”Registration forms for Saturday’s $1 Million Dollar St. Pat’s Pitch will be available, free of charge, on-track.  A total of five finalists will be randomly selected.  Four of them will be from those submitted on-track and one finalist will be selected via online signup, at santaanita.com/events.FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert, reached by text this morning, reports Grade II San Felipe winner Mastery, who underwent surgery to repair a condylar fracture to his left front ankle on Monday at Santa Anita, stated:  “He came out of surgery fine and he looks good.”…Get Well wishes go out to our own Ed Golden, who has been dealing with the effects of Benign Positional Vertigo for the past week…With “Big Money” Mike Smith out of town to ride Baffert’s American Anthem in Saturday’s Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Baffert has enlisted Rafael Bejarano to ride Vale Dori in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes.  Smith had ridden the Argentine-bred mare to three consecutive graded stakes victories; the Grade II Bayakoa at Del Mar on Dec. 3, the Grade II La Canada here on Jan. 14 and the Grade II Santa Maria on Feb. 11.  Prior to getting injured, Bejarano had guided her to two wins from four tries…While Team O’Neill’s Smoove It is the defending champ in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien, trainer Sean McCarthy’s Bert’s Melody, who’s been idle since winning the one mile turf Fran’s Valentine here on May 28, was a close fourth beaten one length, in the 2015 O’Brien.  A 6-year-old mare by Bertrando, Bert’s Melody is owned by her breeders, Mr. and Mrs. John Barr’s Oakcrest Stable…Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita from the rail out: Autumn Flower (20-1), Vale Dori (9-5), Finest City (8-5), Show Stealer (8-1), Lady Tapit (20-1), Perfect Pic (5-1), Wild At Heart (6-1) and Estrechada (15-1). SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 621%42%$567,152 1015%39%$351,151 Doug F. O’Neill1381827 715%50%$755,487 Rafael Bejarano1252021 John W. Sadler571010 1218%56%$606,220 Trainer Standings Jerry Hollendorfer1162417 MULHALL & PEDROZA TEAM WITH ROO’S VALENTINE Philip D’Amato841512 JockeyMts1st2nd Tiago Pereira1001211 Flavien Prat2154833 Luis Contreras891010 2221%54%$1,640,389 SAN FELIPE WINNER MASTERY ON MEND AFTER SURGERY Norberto Arroyo, Jr.971910 2113%48%$1,610,651 FINEST CITY, VALE DORI MEET IN SATURDAY’S SANTA MARGARITA 913%40%$445,830last_img read more

Evolution Battle Heats Up in Ohio

first_imgCNN has reported that the Ohio school board voted 13-5 in favor of an optional set of lessons called “Critical Analysis of Evolution.”  The usual opponents are lining up on both sides; some scientific organizations are claiming it is a “religious effort cloaked as science,” but others consider it a victory for students and for academic freedom.What are the Darwinians afraid of?  This is only an optional lesson.  There is no test on it.  A student’s grade does not depend on it.  The Darwinians get 478 pages out of 500 to tell their side of the story.  Come on, Darwin Party loyalists, give us your best shot.  We regularly debate the best Darwinian arguments from the best Darwinian mouthpiece journals right here on Creation-Evolution Headlines.  We’re not afraid to examine the evidence; why are you?  You assume students are smart enough to understand Darwinian doctrines in high school, so why do you assume they are not smart enough to judge evidence?    Check out this analogy by Stephen Weeks (U. of Akron biologist), trying to explain why only Darwinians should teach Darwinism: “If someone’s an expert and they’re telling you they need a brain tumor removed in a certain way, that’s weighted more than your mechanic’s opinion.”  Try one of our analogies instead:Instead of hearing news of the Iraq war only from Al-Jazeera, students should also have the opportunity to watch Fox News.Before submitting to a risky brain tumor operation, one should get opinions from several independent experts and also read the medical literature.Before buying a used car from a used car salesman, check Consumer Reports.Members of the jury, listen carefully to both the prosecutor and the defense attorney before making up your minds.  Don’t be swayed by the personality or prestige of the attorneys; base your decision solely on the law and on the evidence.Analogies are fun.  Make up one of your own depicting this controversy, and send it here.If a drunk really wants to know if he has a drinking problem, should he only solicit his buddy’s opinion down at the ‘yall come back saloon’ -or- should he also seek the professional opinions of licensed counselors, trained to detect alcohol-related disorders?  [from a reader in Texas]If a person wants to know how all the microscopic motors and machines work in a cell maybe they should start with a diagnostic test from the mechanic.  [from a reader in Arizona] (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Prominent Biologist Espouses Darwinian Racist Views

first_imgThe history of evolutionary thought includes many aspects modern evolutionists would rather forget, such as racism and eugenics.  Old ideas that blacks are evolutionarily inferior have cropped up again, though, not from some redneck schoolhouse but from the co-discoverer of the DNA structure.  James Watson, outspoken secular humanist, let loose with some comments about racial inferiority that set off a firestorm, reported The Independent (UK).  Watson was promoting his new book Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science, which includes this statement:There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically.  Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.His comments to a London newspaper made it clear who he had in mind:Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.  He said there was a natural desire that all human beings should be equal but “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.Watson tried to clarify that he did not mean blacks should be discriminated against, but did not back away from his “scientific” claims.  Civil rights groups are studying his remarks and expressing extreme displeasure.  Fox News also reported on some of the aftermath.    Science wrote in 1990, according to The Independent article, “To many in the scientific community, Watson has long been something of a wild man, and his colleagues tend to hold their collective breath whenever he veers from the script” (cf. 08/24/2003).  But Watson himself made it clear in the quotes above that his opinions were inextricably tied to views on human evolution that he must feel are fairly typical among scientists.Update 10/19/2007:  The Guardian reported that Watson apologized for his remarks.  “To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly,” he said.  “That is not what I meant.  More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief.”  Yet parts of his statement seem to put the blame on his listeners: “I cannot understand how I could have said what I am quoted as having said.”  The article also notes that “Prof Watson’s statement did not clarify what his views on the issue of race and intelligence are, but he hinted that he had been misquoted.”  He said, “I am mortified about what has happened,” but none of his apology explicitly took responsibility for earlier statements or explained what he really meant by them.  The article quotes some of the heated response his remarks instigated.  See also: Live Science.Update 10/24/2007:  Watson has been “suspended from administrative duties” at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Long Island, NY) because of his remarks about race.  [email protected] reported that this may indicate the end for Watson: senior US colleagues said things like “It is a sad and revolting way to end a remarkable career,” and “He has failed us in the worst possible way.”  See also the BBC News and a commentary on MSNBC that said Watson appears to have a foot-in-mouth gene.    An Editorial in Nature 10/25 entitled “Watson’s Folly” was similarly unsparing, but regretted that this episode might hinder the “openness and critical debate” scientists need when dealing with controversial subjects – including the “sensitive task of unravelling differences between the world’s population groups, all the while acknowledging that ‘race’ is an emotive and unscientific word.”  The editorial blamed Watson for “sheer unacceptable offensiveness” that can lend “succour and comfort to racists around the globe,” yet was just as concerned about the chilling effect his remarks will have on scientific inquiry, such as “investigating the equally sensitive genetics of ‘desirable” traits, such as cognitive ability.”    The editorial acknowledged such investigations can lead to abuses: “Asking such questions has always been controversial, given the potential for abuse of the outcomes demonstrated by the history of eugenics.”  But it agreed with a point Watson himself was trying to make: “Scientists explore the world as it is, rather than as they would like it to be.”  This presupposes that scientists are not subject to biases like other investigators – an assumption some would point out was used just as readily by abusers of the past.Update 10/25/2007:  Watson, age 79, has retired under a cloud of disgrace from his position at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, reported the BBC News.  He said his resignation was more than overdue.  “The circumstances in which this transfer is occurring, however, are not those which I could ever have anticipated or desired.”Watson’s apology does not go far enough.  The same reporters who hound politicians to apologize for a controversial statement should press Watson to give a full accounting of what he meant to say, and should demand he take complete responsibility for his remarks, not blame his listeners.  His apology sounds like the joke about a brat whose mom tells him, “Did I hear you call your sister stupid?  Tell her you’re sorry!”  He dutifully walks over to Susie and says, “Sis, I’m sorry you’re stupid.”    Read Watson’s apology carefully, and you see him shifting the blame to others for misquoting or misinterpreting him.  Fine; we all get misunderstood.  Tell us, then, Jim, what you really think about black people and their intelligence, and explain whether you still believe tens of thousands of years of evolution has made some races more intelligent than others.  Tell us whether society should treat all people as equal or not.  Tell us on what evolutionary basis a government should say that people have inalienable human rights.    Two books should be read by anyone who doubts the influence of Darwinian thinking on racism: The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould, and From Darwin to Hitler by Richard Weikart (info).  Darwinists in past days put a black man in a zoo (article), categorized black people as closer to apes than to Europeans (article), did experiments rigged to show racial superiority of Europeans and males (article), and committed actual genocide in Namibia (article) and Tasmania (article) because of evolution-based racism.  While evolutionists could argue that Darwinism does not imply racism, many evolutionists used alleged primitive peoples as evidence that human evolution was true.    The “script” that Watson veered from has been modified to expunge those incriminating episodes, but every once in awhile they emerge again, because they are a natural outgrowth of evolutionary beliefs that have different people groups evolving separately for tens of thousands of years or more.    Biblical creationists, by contrast, believe that all people are of one race – the human race.  We are all one family, descended from one original pair, and related once again through Noah and his offspring just a few thousand years ago.  While abilities (both cognitive, artistic, physical and intellectual) can vary substantially even within one biological family, we are all one race, one family, one blood, and one creation.  We are each individually equally precious in God’s sight and worthy of equal dignity as creatures made in His image.  Choose what kind of worldview you want governing our world.(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ex-Microsofties Launch $500 ‘Meaning Machine’ For Large Data Sets

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Services#NYT#Product Reviews#web Dominic Pouzin is a worldly, smart guy. After doing school and internships in France, the UK, South Korea and India, he moved to Atlanta where he took a job in the NBC (Nuclear, Bacteriological, Chemical) protection field. “I designed statistical models, programmed robots, and implemented access control stations for nuclear plants,” Pouzin says on LinkedIn.He left that field to become a software engineer at Microsoft and this week launches his own startup company with a collection of former Microsoft co-workers. The new company is called Data Applied and offers very affordable “data mining in the cloud” – it applies automated algorithms to large sets of data in order to extract patterns, preconditions and outliers. Commercial licenses cost under $500 and are aimed to bring the kind of power to sales, marketing, engineering, social sciences or non-profit organizations that only banks and insurance companies used to be able to afford.There’s a Data-Centric World EmergingData visualization tools are not uncommon online and there’s a growing number of large data sets available for analysis these days. Microsoft unveiled a marketplace for data sets last month called Dallas. GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham says data represents a big part of Microsoft’s hope for the future. “Microsoft isn’t just selling software anymore,” she writes, “it’s selling itself as a clearinghouse for information.” Higginbotham points out similarities between Dallas and a startup we’ve covered here extensively called InfoChimps. Amazon started offering large sets of public data through its Web Services division last year as well. We’ve got high hopes that social networking data will be made more available for aggregate analysis, as a bird’s-eye-view of society’s interactions.We’ve written here before about how all of this data to be analyzed may or may not be put to good use (Web 3.0 Might Be Really Stupid) and Nicholas Carr recently wrote a provocative blog post about the consequences of data-driven recommendation on free will and human thought.You’ve Got the Data, Now What?Countless organizations have data sets of their own but that doesn’t make extracting valuable information from them easy. Microsoft itself unveiled a similar looking service last month called Pivot, but it’s invite-only for now and not thoroughly explained. We’re familiar with DabbleDB, but Pouzin says Data Applied takes things much further than data visualization. “Simple reporting and dashboards are boring,” Pouzin says. “They force analysts to manually visualize all possible combinations in the hope of finding some interesting facts. We do that automatically!”Data Applied performs a whole lot of data visualization functions as well, it’s social and offer a multitude of related features while running on one or more computers.Can it really pull unforeseen patterns and meaning out of large sets of data, though? That sounds like a tall order to fill, but if enough numbers can be crunched that the mind of a human consultant is in fact unneeded – then Data Applied could be bringing to market a very valuable service. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Family Development WEBINAR: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of Parents

first_imgNovel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsMark your calendars for what’s next in our 2014 MFLN Family Development Webinar Series!Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsWhat to Expect…Presenters of this 2 hour webinar will highlight how parents today are less likely to attend traditional parenting programs, provide research showing that parents are increasingly seeking information online, through social media and mobile devices and promote the use of two FREE, effective and innovative resources that can meet the needs of parents with young children.Luisa F. Soaterna-Castañeda, MPH, Text4baby Multicultural & Outreach Specialist, will highlight the successes of Text4Baby and how you can easily incorporate it into your work with mothers that have smartphones. Webinar attendees will learn about the Text4Baby service and how the service provides information on key topics that interest pregnant women and new moms via short and succinct text messages. Attendees will also learn about significant creative communication enhancements (including interactivity, mobile pages, quizzes, and videos) to the nation’s largest and only free text messaging service. Research on the effectiveness of text messaging in reaching underserved populations will also be covered as well as how Text4Baby can assist in women feeling more prepared for motherhood due to increased knowledge, awareness and skills that lead to better health for them and their babies.Aaron Ebata, Ph.D., University of Illinois,  and Pat Tanner Nelson, Ed.D., University of Delaware, will show how Just in Time Parenting (JITP) connects with the needs of today’s parents for reliable, research-based information.  Presenters will highlight evaluations of JITP to demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering age-paced information and show how readers across all educational and economic levels demonstrate more confidence and competence in raising their children when using information and strategies outlined by JITP. Presenters will also highlight how JITP can help parents have realistic age-appropriate expectations, provide reassurance about their child’s development, help parents identify problems early and suggests how to find help. Speakers will share how to get parents enrolled for the free electronic version of JITP and how to take advantage of additional online resources that support and strengthen JITP outreach and impact, including: “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Ask the Experts”.FREE CEU’s!We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Unbeaten NU averts disaster vs UE, wins 3rd straight

first_imgWhen NU committed several four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six, 23-17, in the fourth set, it was Santiago, who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs in match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 11-10, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs upped the ante and went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.”“My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t mention the score: North Korean media silent on 8-0 loss AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University recovered from its dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win to take sole possession of the top seed while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more