Georgia to Teach Evolution, but Avoid the E Word

first_imgIt’s not “evolution,” it’s “biological changes over time,”  asserts Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox.  But sometimes good intentions can make both sides of a dispute upset, reports MSNBC News.  Pro-evolutionists think the state is trying to water down the teaching of evolution, and anti-evolutionists think changing the word does not change the meaning.  Cox explained that the suggestion does not alter textbooks or forbid teachers from using the E word.    No one seems to like the idea, however.  Former President Jimmy Carter was incensed: “As a Christian, a trained engineer and scientist, and a professor at Emory University, I am embarrassed by Superintendent Kathy Cox’s attempt to censor and distort the education of Georgia’s students.”  A Democratic Congressman thought the move was throwing a bone to the conservatives, but a Republican reacted negatively for different reasons: “It’s stupid.  It’s like teaching gravity without using the word gravity.”  The suggestion appeared in a draft of a revised science curriculum, to be debated in public hearings and voted on by the Georgia school board in May.In the cartoon strip Hagar the Horrible, the Viking marauder once warned his shipboard cook, the milktoast born loser Lucky Eddie, that the crew was so sick of fish balls for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that if he didn’t come up with a new recipe he would be tossed overboard.  Later, with a look of triumph, he lifted the cover on his latest concoction.  “What’s that?” the curious crew members inquired disdainfully.  Lucky Eddie proudly announced, “fish cubes!”  (Last frame deleted due to violence.)    The problem with evolution is not the E word itself.  It’s the content associated with the word.  When Darwin wrote The Origin of Species, the word evolution was not even in vogue; most called it “transformism” or common descent.  The issue is, do we want students to be taught a philosophy (naturalism) as science?  Do we want them hearing one side of a very controversial idea, that humans evolved from bacteria, an idea not only lacking proof but contrary to the best established scientific laws?  Then teach the controversy about the concept of evolution rather than try to remove controversy through euphemism and appeasement.    The only thing dumber in this story than Cox’s proposal is President Carter’s reaction to it.  If he really were embarrassed by the censorship and distortion going on in Georgia public schools, he would advocate the overthrow of the Darwin Party’s totalitarian regime that forbids debate over evolution.  And if he were a true Christian or scientist or both, he would be incensed at science falsely so called.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa loses punching power, not hope

first_imgVictor Toweel was one of South Africa’s boxing greats. He represented the country in the 1948 Olympics. (Image: boxrec.com) Brian Mitchell is the only South African boxer on the International Boxing Hall of Fame. (Image: Southafrica.info) Jacob ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala in action. (Image: picturenet.co.za ) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ernest Sampson   Sanabo  +27 33 387 1799 RELATED ARTICLES • Sport in South Africa • South African Olympic team announced • Carrying the hopes of a nation • Supporting SA’s sports starsValencia TalaneOlympics boxing used to be the pride of South African sports before the country was barred from the Games in 1962. Lots of boxers meant lots of medals.Fifty years on, only two boxers are heading to London, carrying the country’s hopes with them.Ayabonga Sonjica and Siphiwe Lusizi were the only successful boxers out of a team of nine who took part in the Olympic qualifiers in Casablanca, Morocco, in May. The two qualified almost by the skin of their teeth in their divisions at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) event that is held every four years just before the Games. They will be part of the 250 boxers from across the world who will be competing in various divisions. Even their inclusion in Team South Africa, announced on 6 June, rested on the decision of the board of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). They had to wait for several weeks to know their fate because their qualifications had been deemed provisional as per AIBA standards. “It is quite an achievement for South Africa to have qualified two boxers, considering that we were competing against 156 other countries to get into the Games,” said Ernest Sampson, general secretary of the South African National Boxing Organisation (Sanabo).He added that Casablanca saw 154 boxers from 30 African countries compete against each other to be part of the Olympic quota of 48 for the continent.“The South African team compared and featured well against more experienced boxers.” Current performance worryingThe current performance by South Africa’s Olympic boxers, however, is hardly reflective of the stellar performance of past competitors.Of all the sporting codes in which the country has been represented at past Games, boxing remains the second most lucrative in terms of medals – right behind athletics. Between the 1930s and 1960s, when the country was allowed to take part in the Games, its boxers brought home as many as 19 medals. This is when the likes of brothers Victor and Willie Toweel, George Hunter and Lawrence Stevens, to name a few, excelled in the sport. “The South African government of the day put a lot of effort into its international sports participation, despite its flaws,” said Sampson.With effort from Sascoc and the Department of Sports and Recreation, he said, vast improvements in performance will be achieved as well as better overall standing in world Olympic-style boxing.It is important to note South Africa’s 30-year hiatus when it was expelled from the Olympics in 1962. The country returned to compete in the Games in 1992, after the policy of apartheid was abolished in 1990 and the UN resolution that had barred it was lifted.Only two boxers were sent to Barcelona in the first year of reinstatement. The next Games, in Atlanta, saw an improvement in the representation, with five boxers qualifying, and three of them reaching the second round before being knocked out of their competitions. The Sydney event had three qualifiers, as did the 2004 event in Athens. Jackson Chauke was the only boxer at the last Olympics, in Beijing in 2008, and he was knocked out by Anvar Yunusov of Tajikistan in the first round. He had, however, returned from the previous year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as well as the All Africa Games of 2006, with silver medals. Andile Mofu, who is listed as the manager and coach for Sonjica and Lusizi, was quoted at the time as having said: “The Olympics are different and he (Chauke) will come up against good boxers but he will stand his ground and make history.”The heydays of South African boxingSouth Africa’s very first two gold medals in Olympics boxing were won by 18-year-old David Carstens and 19-year-old Stevens in 1932 in Los Angeles. They competed in the light heavyweight and lightweight divisions respectively. A third boxer, 23-year-old Ernest Pierce, received a bronze medal in the same year for his effort in the middleweight division. The next Olympics in Berlin only saw one medal bagged for South Africa, but the tide turned 12 years later, in 1948, when again multiple medals went to four boxers. The last two boxing medals to South Africa’s credit were a silver by Daniel Bekker (28) and bronze by 17-year-old William Meyers, and were won in the 1960 Games in Rome. Despite another peak in good boxing statistics during the 1990s, no South African competitor managed to advance beyond the second round of any division in that decade. The highest number of world champions in history were also produced during this period – six in 1995, five the following year and another six in 1997. In 1998 the number stood at eight, and in 1999 at five world title holders.One would have thought that with the earlier successes of South African boxers, the 1992 reinstatement of South Africa back into the Olympics would have seen the country take a dominant position in the sport again at the event. It was not to be, however, because twenty years on, the country’s hopes lie on only Sonjica and Lusizi. “We have started corrective measures in this Olympic cycle with the present team, looking ahead to the next Olympic Games in 2016,” Sampson explained. Who is in charge?Sanabo monitors the nine provincial boxing organisations around the country and although each province is responsible for its administrative processes, the national body manages the structures to ensure compatibility with, among other things, AIBA management and governance standards. “Sanabo is responsible for the training of national referees, judges and coaches, who would have come from all the provinces.”From a training perspective, the organisation is responsible for the national teams born out of provincial selections, in the different age categories. The teams are put through the high-performance programme Sanabo runs together with Sascoc, with funding from the government.“The challenge at the moment is that the synergies are not in place, and some of the provincial administrations tend to run their own systems, despite battling infrastructure and compliance challenges.” All hope is not lostSampson conceded that a lack of experience showed in the South African team of boxers in Casablanca, and Ludumo Lamati and Sinethemba Bam, in the coaches’ opinions, should have done better.A third boxer, Lebogang Pilane, had a narrow loss to the eventual silver medallist of the event. The decision was definitely not in his favour, and if it was, the country could have had three boxers qualifying for the Olympics.The whole team that took part in the qualifiers will be retained and groomed for the next Olympics. A further 18 young boxers will enter into a training camp during the June/July school holidays, and the final team decided out of that will be selected to represent South Africa at the Africa Zone 6 tournament in December. “The top boxing country in Africa, as evident from the achievements at the qualifying event, is Morocco,’ said Sampson. “Algeria is a close second, followed by Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana and Tunisia.”Namibia and Botswana are extremely tough contenders who have engaged international coaches to assist in the preparation of their national teams. “We have to follow their example and like Morocco, keep and maintain our boxers over a long period of time, over two or three Olympic cycles, continuously engaging them in international competitions.”World class boxersThe first boxer from South Africa to hold a world title was Victor Toweel. He was still an amateur when he took part in the bantamweight division of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, but was knocked out of the competition by Argentinian competitor Arnoldo Pares. Soon after the Games he turned professional, but never took part in the Olympics again. Brian Mitchell (WBA – 1986, IBF – 1991, junior lightweight)Mitchell began his career in late 1981. He clinched the WBA super featherweight title in 1986 by knocking out Panamanian Alfredo Layne and went on to defend the title a record 11 times, without losing a title fight. In 2009 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the only South African on the list. Dingaan Thobela (WBO – 1990, WBA – 1993, lightweight, WBC middleweight – 2000)Thobela won the WBO lightweight title in 1990 after beating Mexican Mauricio Aceves , and after defending the belt three times, he relinquished the title. He then went on to challenge American Tony Lopez in 1993, but it was only after a rematch later that year that he took the title. Seven years later, in 2000, Thobela took on WBC super-middleweight title holder Glenn Catley, from England.Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala (WBO flyweight – 1993, WBO light flyweight – 1995, IBA junior flyweight- 1997 and WBU junior flyweight -2001)Baby Jake Matlala became the South African junior flyweight champion after only four contests, having begun his boxing career in 1980. He defeated the Scot Pat Clinton in his hometown Glasgow for the WBO flyweight title. In 1997 it was Michael Carbajal’s turn to suffer defeat at Matlala’s hands, giving the South African the IBA flyweight title. He became the only South African boxer to have won four world titles in a career of 27 stoppages, 54 wins, 12 losses and two draws.Gerrie Coetzee (WBA heavyweight – 1983)Although his reign as WBA world heavyweight champion was comparatively brief (September 23, 1983-December 1, 1984) his electrifying world title victory over Michael Dokes is a cherished milestone in the annals of South African boxing.Corrie Sanders (WBO heavyweight – 2003)Sanders began his boxing career in 1989, and went on to enjoy 23 more bouts in which he remained undefeated, until a May 1994 fight that ended the streak. To date, his record impresses with 46 fights of which only four were lost.His 2003 WBO heavyweight title came when he defeated Ukranian Wladimir Klitschko.Cassius Baloyi (IBF super featherweight – 2005 and 2008)Baloyi turned professional in 1994, but it would be another 11 years before he would win the IBF Super Featherweight title in 2005 with a TKO win over Mexican Manuel Medina. He was named “Boxer of the Year” at the 2008 Boxing South Africa Annual Awards.Other notable South African boxers who enjoyed the international limelight include Pierre Coetzer, Mike Schutte, Kallie Knoetze and Jimmy Abbott.last_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: Facebook Privacy, RFID in iPhone, Nexus Review, And More…

first_imgIn this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we analyze and challenge Facebook’s sweeping new privacy policies, explore what would happen if RFID chips are integrated into the next generation iPhone, present our hands-on review of Google’s new smartphone the Nexus One, and more. And as usual we check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteStart (our daily resource for entrepreneurs) and ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products). Also read on for details about the newly released printed edition of our current premium report, about the Real-Time Web.Now Available: Printed Edition of The Real-Time Web ReportAt the request of the librarian community and people that just like paper, we have made The Real-Time Web and its Future report available in print.For those of you that prefer it digitally, you can still download it.Don’t forget about our Community Management Report. It too is coming in print soon, so watch out for it!Web TrendsFacebook’s Zuckerberg Says The Age of Privacy is Over Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told a live audience this week that if he were to create Facebook again today, user information would by default be public, not private as it was for years until the company changed dramatically in December.In a six-minute interview, Zuckerberg spent 60 seconds talking about Facebook’s privacy policies. His statements were of major importance for the world’s largest social network – and his arguments in favor of an about-face on privacy deserve close scrutiny.Why Facebook is Wrong: Privacy Is Still ImportantHas society become less private or is it Facebook that’s pushing people in that direction? Is privacy online just an illusion anyway? Below are some thoughts, based primarily on the pro-privacy reactions to Zuckerberg’s statements from many of our readers this weekend. Though there is a lot to be said for analysis of public data (more on that later), I believe that Facebook is making a big mistake by moving away from its origins based on privacy for user data. iPhone as RFID Tag & Reader: Coming Soon We began a series called Mobile Web Meets Internet of Things this week, starting with a look at barcode scanning. We wrote that smartphones are increasingly being deployed as readers for barcodes – in particular via apps available on iPhone and Android. However, RFID tags are more functional and flexible than barcodes. While barcodes are cheaper and getting traction in the U.S. with the QR format, the potential for RFID tags is even greater. Apple knows this and if rumors are to believed, RFID will be integrated into the iPhone 4G later this year.The Evolving Online Finance Ecosystem Last week we analyzed how the Web is transforming personal finance. This week we took a broader look at the world of online finance, from personal to small business tools. To get an understanding of the online finance space, we spoke to the founder and CEO of one of the most promising startups in online finance, Rod Drury from Xero. Rod told us that he sees four types of markets in online finance: 1) Personal Finance (e.g. Mint, Wesabe, Yodlee); 2)Small Business Accounting (e.g. Xero, Kashflow); 3)Cloud ERP (e.g. Netsuite, Salesforce); and 4)ERP (e.g. Microsoft, Oracle). VMWare, Microsoft and the Battle for the Business MarketVMware’s acquisition of Zimbra from Yahoo this week points to a new form of partnership in the tech word. It’s one that could define the big winners in the battle for a major piece of the enterprise market. By packaging Zimbra’s popular, open-source collaboration software, VMware can provide a service that combines virtualization technology with email and calendar applications. It is similar to Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard’s alliance announced today that will package Microsoft technology on HP servers.Web ProductsGoogle Offers Satellite Images of Haiti, Post-Earthquake In the immediate aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake that caused an unbelievable amount of destruction to Haiti’s capital, Google has been asked by relief organizations and users to show images of what’s actually happening on the ground. In partnership with geospatial imagery company GeoEye, Google released a new layer for Google Earth showing post-earthquake devastation. Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. richard macmanuscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Nexus One and Android 2.1: Apple Better Watch Out Less than a week ago, Google introduced its own Android phone, the Nexus One. Over the weekend, we got a chance to take the phone through its paces and while we aren’t quite ready to give up our iPhone yet, the Nexus One is a formidable challenger. In terms of features, the Nexus One is already on par with the iPhone platform and beats it in many areas. When it comes to the overall user experience, the iPhone is still a step ahead of the Android platform – but that could easily change in the near future. Going Mainstream: eMusic Signs Deal with Warner MusicEMusic, the popular subscription-based music service, this week announced that it has signed a deal with Warner Music – the world’s third-largest music company. This is eMusic’s second deal with a major record label. In its early days, eMusic mostly focused on featuring music from independent labels. Since the middle of 2009, however, eMusic has worked on expanding its reach by bringing more mainstream music to its catalog. Facebook Blocked at Work? Use Your Email Instead In our continuing obsession with all things Facebook, we looked at a new feature that was announced by the social networking behemoth that will further enmesh the site into our every waking breath: replying to comments through email. Before now, email notifications from Facebook contained a link that you had to follow, which logged you into Facebook where you could reply. You’ll now notice that the email contains a line reading “New Feature: Reply to this email to comment on this link.”SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Editor’s note: This story is part of ReadWriteWeb’s Online Finance series, a weekly, three-month long look at how the Internet has transformed finance.iPhone App Piracy Reaches $450 Million? Doubtful According to an independent analysis performed by investment-watching blog 24/7 Wall St., Apple’s iTunes App Store has lost $450 million due to iPhone app piracy since it opened for business back in July of 2008. Although that number sounds high, they note it is small in comparison to the overall size of the App Store marketplace. However, our sources say that the real number is closer to $15-$20 million instead. SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.Social Media Secrets and Resources RevealedPresentation company Slideshare recently released its list of “5 Social Media Secrets for 2010”. While these secrets certainly sound like great suggestions, we thought we’d connect them to some concrete tactics and resources that you can use to improve your social media strategy. Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Boston With tourists flocking to the Boston to walk the cobblestone streets of the Freedom Trail and visit various historical landmarks, Boston is often thought of for its ties to the American Revolution. But Boston is also the birthplace of a revolution of a different sort. In 1946, Georges Doriot, a professor at the Harvard Business School, founded the American Research and Development Corporation (ARDC) in Boston – one of the very first venture capital firms. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Senior CPI(M) leader joins BJP in Tripura

first_imgIn a major blow to the CPI(M), its senior leader and former legislator from Khowai, Biswajit Datta, joined the ruling BJP in Tripura on Friday. Mr. Datta has been staying away from the party affairs after he was dropped from candidature on ‘health grounds’ in the February Assembly elections.The CPI(M) claimed that Mr. Datta was unable to put up a strong fight in Khowai, and thus was removed on the last day of withdrawal of nomination. The party’s second choice, Nirmal Biswas, however, defeated BJP’s Amit Rakshit by a comfortable margin.Mr. Datta, who had to be admitted to hospital in the run-up to Assembly elections over health issues, termed his exclusion fallout of a ‘conspiracy’ hatched by a section of leaders. He claimed that he was fit enough to contest and retain his seat.Mr. Datta joined the BJP at a rally in Khowai in the presence of BJP national secretary Sunil Deodhar .About 100 CPI(M) supporters also switched sides. Mr. Deodhar hinted that several CPI(M) leaders were in touch with him to join the BJP.Earlier, two senior CPI(M) leaders, Jitendra Sarkar and Monaranjan Acharjee, had joined the BJP. A large number of local leaders and local body representatives made their entry into the saffron party.last_img read more

Arellano blasts Lyceum for 5th straight win

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Miocic sets UFC heavyweight record, beats Ngannou to retain title LATEST STORIES Romanban and Monica Sevilla had eight points apiece to lead the Lady Pirates (1-4). John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “I told them that if they can finish the game quickly while not acting too rash then do it, if they can build a lead and run away with it then do it,” said Javier in Filipino. “Our best set was the third because they did what I told them to do.”Arellano was well ahead late in the third set, 19-7, before the Lady Pirates scored on a couple of lucky breaks that cut the lead to 19-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs then, scored five straight points before substitute Glydel Liu, who only played in the third set, finished the match with a well-placed kill.Arellano had four players in double-digit scoring with Necole Ebuen putting up 11 points while Mary Esguerra, Andrea Marzan, and Regine Arocha each having 10 points. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Read Next FILE – Arellano University Lady Chiefs celebrate a point against the JRU Lady Bombers in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University stayed perfect in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful win over Lyceum, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs improved to a league-leading record of 5-0, with second seed San Beda at 4-0, and head coach Obet Javier was very much pleased with how his team followed the game plan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more