France coronavirus death toll rises to six, 92 new cases: official

first_imgPresident Emmanuel Macron was meeting Thursday with top researchers leading the efforts to fight an outbreak that has seen authorities close around 150 schools.Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said Wednesday that officials would probably have to raise the country’s epidemic alert to the maximum of level three, potentially leading to travel restrictions and clampdowns on public activities.”Slowing the spread will dampen the impact on the population when we go to level three, and limit the epidemic’s peak,” the health ministry said.On Thursday, Paris metro operator RATP reported that a station agent had tested positive for the virus, and had worked for several days before being hospitalized.A RATP union official said the woman had taken part in an evangelical rally last month in the eastern city of Mulhouse, where officials have said several other participants had come down with the disease. Topics : The French health ministry reported Thursday two more deaths from coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total to six, and 92 new cases since Wednesday.It was the biggest one-day jump in the number of French cases since the outbreak began, raising the total to 377.One 73-year-old victim was in the Oise department north of Paris where a cluster of cases has been reported, the other a 64-year-old from the nearby Aisne department, the ministry said.last_img read more

Spiritual journeys of Donegal mother and son featured in TV doc

first_imgBundoran native Ann Keenaghan and her son Ruairí McKiernan have opened up about their spiritual beliefs and reawakening for a new documentary on RTÉ.The mother and son shared their experiences of Qi Gong and mindfulness respectively in the Divorcing God documentary which aired recently on RTÉ One and is available to watch on the RTÉ Player.In it, comedian and journalist Oliver Callan travels around Ireland interviewing different people on the topics of religion and belief. Two years ago, on a flight to China to visit her son Seán Óg, Ann Keenaghan got chatting to a Chinese man who was seated beside her. It turned out that the man, Dr Shaofan Zhu, was a world-renowned doctor and master of the ancient Chinese practice of Qi Gong. Ann became immediately interested in Qi Gong, having already studied Kinesiology, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine.Qi Gong is a holistic system of body postures and movement, breathing and Taoist meditation. So began her journey to learn more and to begin training as a Qi Gong instructor.Oliver Callan and Ann Keenaghan on Divorcing God: RTÉOneAnn has brought Dr Zhu to Ireland twice to deliver workshops in Qi Gong and they have proven popular with people from throughout Ireland, including Donegal. She is currently preparing to welcome him for his third visit in July. She says the growing interest in Qi Gong among people of all walks of life is partially driven by an appetite for deeper spiritual connection.“Qi Gong can bring your energy into balance if you keep doing it, and can bring you into wellness,” she tells Oliver Callan in the 1-hour documentary. “By the time you finish doing all the movements while paying attention to your body, your mind becomes calm. It has been passed down in China for thousands of years and has played a huge role in keeping the Chinese healthy” she adds.Oliver Callan and Ann Keenaghan on Divorcing God: RTÉOneAnn’s son Ruairí McKiernan also features in the Divorcing God documentary. Ruairí is a charity founder and social campaigner who recently completed a 7-year term on the Council of State. He has also been a practitioner and advocate of meditation and mindfulness for over a decade and previously contributed a chapter on their benefits in Sr Stan’s book Seasons of Hope.He says a sense of spirituality is an important part of life for him and that this doesn’t require a belief in any particular religion.Oliver Callan and Ruairí McKiernan on Divorcing God: RTÉOne“Something is missing in the realm of the soul. In some ways, the dominant religion now is the religion of the market, the religion of capitalism, the altar of consumption, money, image, fame, success.” Ruairí says in the documentary.“There’s a lot of dysfunction, disease, loneliness, depression, suicide, and something is not right. I see people exploring Eastern traditions and pre-Christian traditions and maybe there’s a beautiful thing to emerge from the convergence of east and west.” “Life is evolving, belief is evolving, and we need to be brave enough to evolve with it,” Ruairí adds.Both Ruairí and Ann’s appearances in the documentary caught the attention of RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan who tweeted her praise of mother and son.Divorcing God also hears from a variety of voices with different views on religion and spirituality. These include atheists, academics, and a survivor of clerical abuse.Divorcing God is available to watch until mid-July on the RTÉ Player. Spiritual journeys of Donegal mother and son featured in TV doc was last modified: June 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ann Keenaghandivorcing godReligionRTERuairi McKiernanlast_img read more

Takeaways: Giants’ rookies make an impact in MLB debuts

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have some banged up players right now. Alex Dickerson’s back is bothering him. Brandon Belt’s knee isn’t fully healthy. Others have the type of aches and pains usually associated with suiting up nearly every day for close to four months.It all feels better after a win, though. And after their third extra-inning victory in four days Sunday, this one courtesy of Mike Yastrzemski’s solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning, the Giants remain 2 1/2 games back of the …last_img

How the Scientist Got His Just-So Story

first_imgA case of scientific racism?  An anthropologist studied living Kalahari Bushmen for clues to the evolution of cognition.Human beings are long, long past any evolutionary stage anthropologists could claim they were going through 400,000 years ago when our ancestors allegedly learned to control fire.  (Michael Balter in Nature asserts that date, even though evidence of cooking goes back millions of years in the evolutionary timeline; 6/17/09.)  So what are anthropologists doing listening to the campfire stories of living tribesmen to draw inferences about our evolutionary past?Laura Geggel at Live Science writes,Telling stories around a campfire may have served as one of the first forms of “social media,” helping humans create and spread culture, reports a new study on the Kalahari Bushmen in Africa.These firelight tales, rarely told during the day, can reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and equality, and create a sense of community when the stories tell of people living far away or in the spirit world, the researchers added.University of Utah anthropologist Polly Wiessner didn’t need to travel to Africa to find this out.  She could have gone to any campground in America to hear wild and wacky stories around evening campfires.  Africans are not a whit less human than anyone else (as can be demonstrated by our interfertility and the intellectual achievements of many Africans).  Besides, Wiessner used “educated Bushmen” to help translate the stories.  What is it that made her think tribespeople in Botswana and Namibia were somehow closer to our evolutionary ancestors (and thus less evolved) than Europeans or Americans?  Is this a case of scientific racism?Wiessner apparently deduced in her “exploratory study” that since some Kalahari still live by hunting and gathering, they are like human ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago.   That appears to be a highly dubious inference, unless one believes that these Africans represent an evolutionary throwback or atavism. While she agrees that all humans have the capacity to bond with storytelling, it’s clear from PhysOrg‘s coverage that she intended to do some storytelling of her own about human evolution:Wiessner suggests that firelight stories, conversations, ceremonies and celebrations sparked human imagination and “cognitive capacities to form these imagined communities, whether it’s our social networks, all of our relatives on Earth or communities that link us to the spirit world.” She says they also bolstered the human ability to “read” what others are thinking – not just their thoughts or intentions, but their views toward other people.When did the spark ignite?  When did the bolstering begin?  Clearly, she’s implying it happened way, way back when—long before modern humans evolved.She also concluded that since the tribes’ subject matter changed from economics during the day to the spirit world at night, that somehow the light of campfires lit up the social bonds of early humans.  “What I found was a big difference between day and night conversation, the kinds of information transmitted and the use of imaginary thought,” she said.  Could she not find the same difference at any English pub or Japanese sushi bar?  All people talk about business during the day, and less so at night.  So what?The paper, which PNAS published without rejection, appears to tell more about Weissner’s storytelling ability than those of her fully-modern-human subjects.  Why did PNAS allow her to say, “Control of fire and the capacity for cooking led to major anatomical and residential changes for early humans, starting more than a million years ago,” with not a single peer reviewer objecting?  This points to an insidious racism throughout academia that minorities might consider invidious.Quick!  Call Al Sharpton and the other anti-racism activists.  Sic ’em on the evolutionary anthropologists—some of the most shameless racists on earth (8/10/14), who continue to imply that people in undeveloped countries are inferior to themselves.  They’ve done this to Neanderthals for years—intelligent humans who, in absentia, have been unable to defend their reputations against the N-word (5/06/14).  Now they’re doing it to living third-world human beings!  Outrageous.  Remember how Jared Diamond got in trouble for a similar racist “study” that his highly-intelligent subjects in New Guinea sued him over? (5/17/09).  Yet here is Michael Balter again, who exposed that story, pretending that another anthropologist is doing legit science.  And it’s not just Wiessner; look—she has Nature, PNAS, PhysOrg and Live Science all praising her “study” as if it were science, not racist storytelling.Bible-believing creationists see all human beings as descendants of Adam and Eve.  Racism is excluded; we are all created in the image of God.  We’ve fallen from the original state of innocence, and gone our separate ways in our journeys away from the light (Acts 17:22-31), but Christians preach unequivocally that Christ died for every man, woman and child on earth.  That’s why we go out into all the world (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:19-20) to bring the good news of the gospel to remote jungles, deserts and caves: we know that, despite the Fall, the Flood and Babel, we are “created equal” in God’s sight.  The final book of Revelation portrays a glorious celebration around the throne of God of people from every tribe, people group, and language (Revelation 7:9-10).Christians are the ones who respect truth (John 18:37-38) and evidence (I Corinthians 15:1-11), deploring those who turn aside to myths (II Timothy 4:1-4), exposing those who make up stories out of their own imagination (II Corinthians 10:5).  How ironic that today, Christians are the ones routinely portrayed as anti-science, while the evolutionary scientists are the primary unscientific purveyors of imagination-based tales in the intellectual world.  What’s the essential difference, we ask, between Wiessner’s tale and the campfire stories of her Kalahari subjects?What’s funny, after the outrage we should feel over Wiessner’s implied racism, is that hers is just another evolutionary just-so story, concocted out of imagination rather than proof.  Only this time, it’s a just-so story about storytelling!  “How the anthropologist got her just-so story” indeed.  Touché. 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2016 Ohio Crop Tour I-71 Day 2 Video Recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A recap of what the I-71 crew noticed on Day #2 of the 2016 Ohio Crop Tour.last_img

John Deere introduces 4640 Universal Display for tractors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new John Deere 4640 Universal Display raises the bar for performance, uptime and cost of operation as part of the latest John Deere Generation 4 Operating System. For customers, this translates into better data collection, increased application functionality, and greater choice for monitoring and managing many tractor-driven field operations.The new 4640 Universal Display enables customers to use the most common and popular John Deere applications, including AutoTrac, documentation, and Section Control, in a portable display that has the latest internal components, design and user interface.“The new 4640 Universal Display provides a transportable, easy-to-operate solution for customers with the John Deere Generation 4 operating system,” said John Mishler, production and precision ag marketing manager for John Deere. “Some enhancements built into the display include more on-screen help and diagnostic information to keep operators running and informed of their display capabilities; simplified Work Setup app with page-by-page navigation; and greater user customization of run pages.”When it comes to performance, the 4640 Universal Display provides improved documentation for high-speed planting and nutrient applications, coupled with the latest data syncing functionalities for increased on-board/off-board flexibility. Additional enhancements include the ability to more accurately map and operate Section Control to precisely apply multiple products simultaneously with individual coverage maps and application points.The display is designed to import new customer and product information without the risk of overwriting existing client/farm/field and guidance line information. It also has an expanded suite of Precision Ag Core applications, including AutoTrac, Section Control and documentation, as well as wireless data transfer (WDT) with the “data sync” feature for automatic transmission of work documentation to the John Deere Operations Center.The time it takes operators to set up and start up the display has been reduced and display navigation has been improved. This equates to more uptime for the user, as a quickly learnable display results in reduced training time, more time working, and fewer operator mistakes.Cost of operation also is lower with the 4640 Display. Improved Gen 4 applications such as AutoTrac, Section Control, and documentation increase customer profitability by helping users work more efficiently, reduce overlap and skips, and maximize inputs and field operations. Combined with Gen 4 Section Control, operators can optimize field performance using distance and speed-based turning with the ability to dial in more quickly and accurately the desired settings.In addition, a power button has been added to the back of the 4640 Display so operators can shut the display off or reboot without powering down the tractor. The display is compatible with the Gen 4 Extended Monitor, which increases the number of run pages visible to the operator, giving easier access to more operation information.Mishler adds that precision ag software for the display is available as either one- or five-year subscription durations and in two levels, either AutoTrac only or as Precision Ag Core that includes not only AutoTrac but also documentation and Section Control. This gives customers the flexibility to match the right software subscription level and duration to their needs.“John Deere is the only supplier to offer machine-based precision ag subscriptions that allow customers to select the software they want and the duration of the subscription,” he said. “This gives customers a lower cost of entry into these precision ag applications and the ability to try new applications without having to buy permanent software licenses.”The 4640 Universal Display is available to order now. It is compatible with John Deere 30-Series to the latest 6R, 7R, 8R and 9R Series Tractors, as well as AutoTrac Universal and AutoTrac Controller compatible competitive tractors. Software update 17-2 is required for functionality. Precision ag application compatibility for implements and controllers, and for general applications, is limited to the latest Gen 4 OS software available.last_img read more

New Instagram Feature Makes Images Straighten Up And Fly Right

first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Instagram readwrite Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Instagram added a “straighten” function to its app, one that auto-corrects photos to the straight and narrow just as you’d expect. The same function also lets users manually rotate and adjust an image as they see fit.To read more about how to use this new feature and how Instagram designed it specifically with an eye toward simplicity, read its blog post here.Image courtesy of Instagramlast_img

Free Webinar: Post-Production Workflows in 6K

first_imgAs the professional video production industry moves toward higher resolution shooting, how can you ensure that your workflow is bulletproof?[Above image from]An upcoming webinar by our friends at ProVideoCoalition will address one of the big challenges currently facing video pros, how high resolution video effects their post-production workflows. How should this footage (and large file sizes!) be managed in post? How can you ensure seamless editing of 4K and 6K video files? In what format/codec/frame size do you deliver the final video files?The free webinar from PVC will be on November 17th at 11 am PST and hosted by post-production engineer Jeff Brue, who recently worked as a post engineer on David Fincher’s Gone Girl.As many people now know, David Fincher has been a proponent of the use of advancing technology in film for many years now. His advocacy for digital film through the use of RED cameras is well documented. Continuing on this pursuant path of new technology, Fincher decided to have his newest film Gone Girl cut completely on Adobe Premiere CC.Fincher charged longtime collaborators Academy Award winning editor Kirk Baxter and assistant editor Tyler Nelson with editing Gone Girl in Premiere Pro CC. Kirk and Tyler quickly began to work closely with Post-Production Supervisor Peter Mavromates and Post-Production Engineer Jeff Brue, the main speaker in the PVC Webinar.To test this type of workflow Fincher and the post-production crew above ran a test run for a Calvin Klein ad in order to fully understand the workflow. You can see that ad below.Once this was done, Fincher and his team set out to find out what it would take to use this same workflow on a feature film project. PVC webinar speaker Jeff Brue was in charge of developing and designing the a storage system to handle the vast amounts of data produced from the 6K footage.Jeff Brue said in an article from the Adobe Premiere Pro Weblog, “Our goal was to get as many iterations as possible of the opticals and visual effects in a given period of time to make the story as strong as we could,” explains Brue. “The ask was for nothing less than perfection, which pushed us to do better. When it came down to it, Adobe Premiere Pro CC was faster than anything else in the market. That speed meant more iterations, more time to work on a shot, and more time to perfect an edit.”For the Webinar Jeff Brue along with PVC’s own Woody Woodhall will go over the production pipeline used on Gone Girl from the RED Dragon 6K footage to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and finally to the Intel Xeon HP Z Workstation’s that use NVIDIA Quadro GPU’s.If interested click the PVC ad above to register for the webinar or you can go to PVC’s website and register.Light Iron 6K DI DiaryFilmmakers and video pros working on large scale productions should be interested in a recent profile by Light Iron, digital intermediate specialists. In the following video Light Iron CEO, Michael Cioni, demonstrates a post production workflow for 6K RED footage. Loads of useful tips here:last_img read more