Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has labelled talk of Arturo Vidal moving to Chelsea as nonsense.Vidal, who played under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte at Juventus, fuelled speculation over a switch from the Bundesliga champions to the Premier League leaders when he liked an Instagram post from a Chelsea fan page regarding rumours of a transfer to Stamford Bridge.But, asked about the possibility of Vidal leaving for Chelsea at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, Ancelotti replied: “This is absolute nonsense.” The Chile attacking midfielder has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season, scoring three goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Manchester City have emerged as clear favourites to land Real Madrid’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Iker Casillas ahead of Arsenal.The Spain international has struggled for first-team action over the last 12 months at the Bernabeu and has subsequently been linked with a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window. Casillas is desperate to secure regular football in a World Cup year so is keen to head out of Real as soon as possible after first losing his place as undisputed number one under old boss Jose Mourinho last season and then struggling to force his way back in under Carlo Ancelotti.The 32-year-old, who has been used by the La Liga giants in the Champions League this term, has apparently been offered to both City and Arsenal but Manuel Pellegrini remains favourite to land him.With question marks over Joe Hart’s form, Pellegrini is on the lookout for a reliable goalkeeper and Casillas clearly fits the bill. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has considered a move for Casillas but is believed to be satisfied with Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates to leave the path clear for City to try and set up a January deal.
A veteran paleoanthropologist says the discoveries of 2013 have replaced Darwin’s tree picture of human evolution with a “braid.”Be afraid, Darwin: it’s a braid, not a tree. Clive Finlayson of the Gibraltar Museum says that a single skull in the Caucasus has overthrown the concept of a branching tree of human evolution. Writing in the BBC News in “Viewpoint: Human evolution, from tree to braid,” he says the implications of replacement therapy are far-reaching:Some time ago we replaced a linear view of our evolution by one represented by a branching tree. It is now time to replace it with that of an interwoven plexus of genetic lineages that branch out and fuse once again with the passage of time.This means, of course, that we must abandon, once and for all, views of modern human superiority over archaic (ancient) humans. The terms “archaic” and “modern” lose all meaning as do concepts of modern human replacement of all other lineages.A typical “braid” is composed of strands that do not fuse, so the analogy is somewhat misleading. The evidence he presents actually suggests a single strand of humanity. Such a shocking announcement is not the only implication of Dmanisi skull #5 and its brethren in the cave.It also releases us from the deep-rooted shackles that have sought to link human evolution with stone tool-making technological stages – the Stone Ages – even when we have known that these have overlapped with each other for half-a-million years in some instances.Finlayson just stated here that prior assumptions have shackled the field – even when paleoanthropologists knew better. One might say a new ‘libertarian’ wing of the early-man field is ready to cast off those shackles and embrace freedom to think anew. “The world of our biological and cultural evolution was far too fluid for us to constrain it into a few stages linked by transitions,” he remarked.Without doubt, Finlayson is still an evolutionist and old-ager, but he agrees that all the splitters were wrong. The latest findings of 2013 indeed show that all “species” of Homo – whether Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Neanderthals, Denisovans or modern humans – perhaps including Homo floresiensis, the ‘Hobbit’ – interbred. That famous paper in Science (10/18/13) showcased more variation within the Denisovan skulls than between the other skulls long thought to be distinct species of Homo. The “biological species concept” (classifying species by their ability to produce fertile offspring) leaves no option: all of them were members of the same species. It was “a logical conclusion … too much for some researchers to take.”Finlayson thinks we should accept that logical conclusion and move forward. Indeed, paleoanthropology has been so wrong so often, some humility is in order.It seems that almost every other discovery in palaeoanthropology is reported as a surprise. I wonder when the penny will drop: when we have five pieces of a 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, every new bit that we add is likely to change the picture.Did we really think that having just a minuscule residue of our long and diverse past was enough for us to tell humanity’s story?If the fossils of 1.8 or so million years ago and those of the more recent Neanderthal-modern human era were all part of a single, morphologically diverse, species with a wide geographical range, what is there to suggest that it would have been any different in the intervening periods?Before proposing the “braid” picture of human evolution, Finlayson openly declared that paleoanthropology has been wrong – not just about the facts, but about their approach to finding facts:The conclusion that I derive takes me back to Dmanisi: We have built a picture of our evolution based on the morphology of fossils and it was wrong.We just cannot place so much taxonomic weight on a handful of skulls when we know how plastic – or easily changeable – skull shape is in humans. And our paradigms must also change.It should be obvious from New Year’s Eve at Times Square that skull shape diversity is plastic. Some skulls can even look like aliens from another planet (see story #6 from Science Now). Though Finlayson is ready to accept the wrongness of his field, the meaningless of its classification of “archaic” and “modern,” and though he sees the logical conclusion and the need for paradigm change, one bit of logic escapes him: how could humans equal to us go for 1.8 million years without learning to ride a horse or plant a farm? Is he sure about the long-age paradigm?In a related story on Live Science, Charles Q. Choi summarized “What We Learned About Human Origins in 2013.” Short answer: every lesson was an upset to a previously-held idea: (1) Denisovans bred with a mystery lineage; (2) early humans were all one species (10/18/13); (3) “The testing of the oldest known human DNA added more evidence that human evolution was complex”; (4) hands for tool use existed earlier than thought (12/18/13); and Neanderthals buried their dead (12/18/13).Incidentally, the “tree of life” concept has also been challenged for all of evolution. Some radical evolutionists, disillusioned with neo-Darwinism’s poor fit with the evidence, have supplanted the tree image by a “web of life” (see 1/22/09).Wow, that was sure a long and unnecessary detour. Now let’s get back to the Bible that already taught that humans are all one race. After listening to Clive Finlayson show the wrongness of the “picture” (i.e., “idol”) evolutionary paleoanthropology has fashioned, the Apostle Paul’s words to the self-styled wise men of his day are very apt right now:The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17: 24-31).Got assurance? How about an empty tomb? Darwin’s view of human origins (1859-2013) lies mouldering in the grave. Let the living worldview with the least mistakes, better evidence, and superior logic take the lead. (Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Building a successful nation brand requires the government, business and civil society to work together in telling a holistic and positive story about South Africa.By Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa General Manager for MarketingBuilding a strong and sustainable nation brand requires more than just an agency to do this. It requires critical stakeholders that are instrumental in the marketing of the country.In South Africa, Brand South Africa is the custodian of the nation brand. It works with and through stakeholders in fulfilling the mandate given to it. This mandate includes managing the country’s reputation and image, and contributing to social cohesion at home by getting South Africans behind the nation brand through its domestic programme, Play Your Part.On 24 August 2016, Brand South Africa launches the Nation Brand Forum. It is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally.The Nation Brand Forum is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.ApproachBrand South Africa understands that countries are built through strong cities and metros and it is for this reason that stakeholder participation consists of communicators and marketers who are responsible for marketing cities.The nation brand framework will help in training and equipping marketers and communicators from the public as well as the private sector, with the skills needed to profile the unique features of the South African nation brand.A successful nation brand would be a “cohesive and coherent brand approach when marketing and communicating about the country’s assets”, said Nathan Reddy, a brand specialist who has worked on Brand South Africa’s corporate identity.“South Africa has so much to offer and if one story is well told, this will build a strong and positive narrative for our country. Inspiring education, inspiring people, inspiring tourism, inspiring democracy, inspiring Constitution are all the good things we need to speak more of. We are an inspiring country. One country, one brand.”Every South African has a role to play in building a competitive South Africa. Play your part and contact Brand South Africa for more information about the country’s value proposition.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. dairy sector and state agriculture officials urged President Trump to take immediate action against Canada’s perceived disregard for its trade obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement.Most recently, Canada implemented a new national pricing policy that dairy groups contend blocks American dairy exports and will enable significant dumping of Canadian dairy products onto the world market. As a result, dozens of dairy farmers in the Midwest recently learned they must find new customers for their milk by May 1, which will cause considerable economic hardship and possibly force them to go out of business.In a joint letter sent to President Trump, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) urged the administration to tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt the new pricing policy and restore imports of the blocked U.S. products, specifically ultra-filtered milk. They also asked President Trump to direct U.S. agencies to “examine a full range of tools that could be used immediately to impress upon Canada in a concrete way the importance of dependable two-way trade.”“U.S. dairy exports support approximately 110,000 jobs across America, many of which are in farming and food manufacturing, as well as in supporting rural manufacturing and skilled farm service workers,” the organizations said in the letter. “However, for trade to yield its full potential and provide the maximum impact possible in supporting American jobs, our trading partners must hold up their end of the bargain as well.”Canadian officials, however, do not accept the contention that Canada’s dairy policies are the cause of financial loss for dairy farmers in the United States.“The facts do not bear this out,” said David MacNaughton, Canadian Ambassador. “The Canada-U.S. partnership is a model to the world. Let’s keep it that way by working together, as we have so often in our history, to make it even better.”Here is more in a letter from the Canadian Embassy Ambassador David McNaughton:
Looking for more articles on video gear? Check these out.Making Cinema Lights and Practicals Work TogetherWhat to Consider When Upgrading to the Pocket Cinema 6KThe Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for Filmmakers5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Budgets.How to Mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on the Ronin-M The camera, on paper, certainly seems impressive. And although I’ve yet to use or review it (so I can’t be too critical), I’m just not too sure about it. With the initial Lumix GH line, the selling point was about how cheap they were and how the results the camera produced. $4,000 is far from inexpensive, and with the likes of the Pocket 6K readily available on the market, it will be interesting to see how this fares in the long run. Here are the full specs for Panasonic’s brand-new Lumix S1H mirrorless camera. So what are the key takeaways? Here’s what you need to know.It seems as though 2019 is the year of playing catch-up with new camera releases. I was only halfway through my proposed tutorial list for the pocket 4K when the pocket 6K was released, and before I’ve had a chance to receive a Lumix S1R to review, Panasonic has finally released all the specs for the S1H. Initial specs and details have leaked slowly over the course of the summer, but now we have official word on what will be what.While the S1R had respectable video features, it was always a stills camera first and foremost. Now, with a slight redesign and added functionality, the S1H looks to be the video first-stills-second camera in the Lumix S lineup. The main buzzword that kept appearing across social media during Panasonic’s livestream was 6K, and with that, it’s going to be hard not to compare the camera to Blackmagic’s cheaper 6K pocket cinema camera, so I’ll compare the specs of both cameras where appropriate. Let’s quickly run down some of the most notable video features.Edit 08/29/2019: At the time of writing, there was no suggestion that the camera would include a RAW video output. But since publication, Atomos has announced that they are developing RAW output for the S1H in partnership with Panasonic. The initial overview does not include this development.The S1H is a $3,999 full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor camera. It boasts 6K (5952×3968) recording at 24p, making it the world’s first 6K mirrorless camera. 6K recording is set at a 3:2 ratio, which makes use of the large sensor area, but to record at the conventional 16:9, you would have to drop down to 5.9k (5888×3312), and at this resolution, you can record up to 30p. Quite like the GH5 at the end of its run, the S1H is host to a ton of resolution and encoding options.At the highest resolutions (6K and 5.9K) you can record at 10bit 4:2:0, but if you were to drop down to 4K or Cinema 4K at a super 35mm crop, you could bump up the chroma subsampling to 10bit 4:2:2. The S1H will provide an extra stop of dynamic range over the BMPCC6K, sitting at 14 stops instead of 13. However, unlike the Pocket 4K or 6K, there is no RAW format to work with.Like most professionally priced models entering the market in 2019, the S1H has dual native ISO at 640 & 4000 (you can read about dual native ISO here). The base [high] ISO of Panasonic’s Varicam 35 is 5000, so while you may not be able to record noiseless low light as great as the Varicam 35, it is a fraction higher than the Pocket 6K’s higher circuit ISO of 3200.A feature that many Pocket 4K and 6K filmmakers really wanted to see in their cameras is in-body stabilization. The S1H has a 6-stop rated 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization; however, when you pair this with a Lumix lens that has O.I.S, you can take further advantage of Dual I.S.2. Without the jargon; you should be able to handheld record and return with seemingly great results.Unlike the GH4 and GH5, the S1H will ship with V-log/ V-Gamut preinstalled. V-log — an aspect we’ve covered here — is a gamma curve that produces a flat, natural image suitable for heavy color grading. Not as a powerful as RAW, but better than the Cine-D or Cine-V profile Panasonic also offers. Viewing V-log footage on the small LCD can be tedious because it’s difficult to correctly gauge depth and visual anomalies due to image lacking saturation and contrast. Therefore, you can activate LUT view assist on the camera to see real-time playback of the final image.Anamorphic filmmaking has increasingly crept into more budget-friendly filmmaking, and the S1H will accommodate this with a 4:3 anamorphic mode, and within the settings menu, there’s practically every de-squeeze option available. Likewise, there is a wide variety of HFR options. At 4K or Cinema 4K, you can shoot at 60fps, and at Full HD, you can record a whopping 180fps. Unfortunately, as previously stated, at 6K, you can only record 24fps.The build of the camera is also impressive. Built from a magnesium alloy die-cast, it’s entirely weather-sealed, and even freeze resistant (at -10 degrees celsius). Although, as Panasonic points out on their website, this doesn’t mean the camera can survive direct contact with water. It houses the standard ports you would find on a camera with a small form factor: remote port, mic input, headphone jack, USB-c port, and an HDMI port. Like the S1 and S1R, this camera has an L-mount. While there still isn’t a large variety of L-glass on the market, by 2020, the L-Mount Alliance have stated there will be close to 50 lenses on the market.The S1H has a free-angle tilting touchscreen LCD, which means not only can you swivel the camera screen horizontally, but by releasing the hinge at the bottom of the camera, you can pull the screen upward to free the screen of any possible port obstructions. You can see this feature in action on Cinema5D’s first look at 5:56.
The recent ethnic violence in Assam, which even triggered clashes in Mumbai and some other parts of India, has alarmed Congress president Sonia Gandhi. An internal report submitted to her hinted at discord in the party’s state unit and attempts by a section of leaders to dislodge CM Tarun Gogoi on the riots issue.Gogoi and his No. 2 in the government, education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, have been fighting a turf war. In June, much before the ethnic clashes, a section of partymen had floated rumours that Gogoi may be a candidate for the President’s post. And in July his name re-surfaced as a vice-presidential hopeful. Sources close to the CM then denied he was keen to shift to Delhi. Amid such reports of internal war, Sonia acted swiftly and reconstituted the state party unit on Saturday to neutralise factionalism.But still fearful that the repercussions of the Assam riots may go beyond the state borders and undermine party interest, a worried Sonia is rushing to the affected areas on Monday. Her visit is expected to provide healing touch to the violence victims and also send a message to the warring Congress factions for the need to close ranks and bring the state back to normalcy. Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will accompany her.PM Manmohan Singh had also visited the riot-affected areas on July 28 and announced a relief package of Rs 300 crore.Though Assam is limping back to normalcy, the Congress brass worried about the political fallout of the riots in a state that had elected the party for the third consecutive term.advertisementSome in the party blame the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), led by perfume baron and Lok Sabha MP Ajmal Badruddin, for trying to fish in troubled waters.The AIUDF, with 18 MLAs, has been an external supporter of the UPA at the Centre, but some Congressmen allege it’s trying to widen its area of influence to undermine the Congress. The riots issue is also expected to be raised in Parliament again on Monday.Click here to EnlargeEarlier, on Wednesday, during a discussion on the ethnic violence in the Lok Sabha, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP Asaduddin Owaisi had alleged, in Sonia’s presence, that the ethnic strife was the result of an “internal power struggle” in the Congress.As a grim Sonia listened attentively, Owaisi warned that if the state and central governments did not immediately ease matters, Muslim youth could be “radicalised”. The opposition BJP has been equally critical of the government. Senior BJP leader L. K. Advani slammed the Centre for failing to stop the killings of tribals when he visited Assam in the last week of July.He claimed it was not communal violence but clashes between locals and foreign infiltrators, and likened the situation in the state to that in J& K. On Sunday, Digvijaya Singh, AICC general secretary in charge of Assam, accused Advani of abetting violence by making provocative statements in Kokrajhar when it was in the grips of ethnic turmoil.Singh said: “These (comments) are like adding fuel to the fire.” He was speaking on the Sarokar programme on Rajya Sabha TV. Digvijaya, who visited Assam on Friday, also denied reports of rift between the CM and a senior minister over the riots and called them a media concoction. “There is no rift in the state cabinet as reported in the media. It is all created by the media… there is no truth in it,” he said.Talking to Mail Today, Union minister for north-eastern development Paban Singh Ghatowar, who hails from Assam, denied allegations of mishandling of the strife. “The government has nothing to hide. It is ready for a judicial probe. The CM has already asked for a CBI inquiry in some cases. The government is making all efforts to provide succour (to the riot-hit). Security pickets have been placed in sensitive areas. The situation is quickly returning to normal,” he said.
Ottawa writer Amal El-Mohtar’s short story “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” published in the edited anthology The Starlit Wood, was declared best short story by the Hugo Awards at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland.The Hugo Awards, established in 1955, are considered one of the world’s top prizes for science fiction writing.El-Mohtar previously won the Locus Award for her story “The Truth About Owls.” Her poetry collection The Honey Month was published in 2010. Twitter Advertisement Best novel at the Hugo Awards was given to American writer N.K. Jemisin for The Obelisk Gate, her second win in two years. She won this category in 2016 for The Fifth Season.Canadian director Denis Villeneuve also got a nod for the film Arrival. Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by screenwriter Eric Heisserer, the film won the best dramatic presentation, long form category.By Jane van Koeverden Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian writer Amal El-Mohtar (left) & American author N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in 2017. (Jessica P. Wick/Laura Hanifin) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating an aggravated assault.Police tape could still be seen Sunday morning in the back parking lot of the Northern Grand Hotel, near the Lonestar Bar.The RCMP haven’t released any detailed information about the assault, and we expect more details to be released on Monday. If you have any information to share about this event, email [email protected]