Audley to begin Prizefighter against Dane

first_imgAudley Harrison will meet Denmark’s Claus Bertino in Saturday’s Prizefighter tournament and could face Martin Rogan in the semi-finals.The Bertino fight will be Harlesden’s much criticised former Olympic champion’s first since a crushing first-round defeat against heavyweight prospect David Price in October.A win would set up a clash with either Rogan, who previously beat Harrison, or former world title challenger Albert Sosnowski.Harrison, 41, won the Prizefighter trophy in October 2009, helping him secure an unsuccessful world title challenge against David Haye the following year.The tournament will take place at York Hall in Bethnal Green and will be live on Sky Sports.See also:Harrison destroyed by Price in first roundHarrison plans to continue boxing careerHarrison announces return to the 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cosmologists Out of Touch with Reality

first_img(Visited 632 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secular cosmologists can’t find things that they tell us should exist. Is reality the problem, or is it dead-end thinking instead?Dark Matter Remains LostThey’ve had decades to find it, even with ever-increasing sensitivity of detectors, but they continue to fail. Does dark matter exist outside of theories that require it? Science news reports continue to tantalize readers, but then fail to deliver.Hunting for dark matter in the smallest galaxies in the Universe (Phys.org). “Dark matter makes up most of the mass of the Universe, yet it remains elusive,” this article states. If you can’t find it, how can you know it makes up most of the mass of the Universe? Cosmologists assume that motions inside galaxies are proxies for dark matter, but the models that “measure” dark matter are theory-laden. When one theory’s model fails to match expectations, another model takes its place. One dwarf galaxies used as a prop for the story, Eridanus II, now appears to have “less dark matter in its centre than expected” (expected by whom? See Tontology). “If similar results are found for a larger sample of galaxies, this could have wide-ranging implications for the nature of dark matter.” In other words, the man on the street will remain unaffected. It will only increase the secretions of sweat in the foreheads of certain theorists still trying to get in touch with reality.Photograph of dark matter. White background provided for contrast.Our study suggests the elusive ‘neutrino’ could make up a significant part of dark matter  (Ian G. McCarthy at The Conversation). McCarthy defends the ‘standard model’ because of its success, but then admits to an utter failure to find dark matter that the theory predicts make up 80% of the matter in the universe. Do you call that success? His proposal, that “extremely light particles called neutrinos are likely to make up some of the dark matter – challenges our current understanding of its composition.” Is that another success?This Is (Probably) the Only Way Dark Matter Interacts with Ordinary Matter (Harrison Tasoff at Space.com). Hedging his bets with “probably” (but without calculating any odds), Tasoff admits another upset in thinking. “Dark matter has led scientists on a bit of a wild goose chase lately,” he says. Is it just a bit of a wild goose chase, or a complete one? Read on: “New, more accurate measurements of a group of colliding galaxies appear to indicate that the mysterious substance likely interacts with itself and ordinary matter only via gravity, reversing conclusions scientists had drawn from observations three years earlier.”“It’s a nutty idea, but every idea of what dark matter might be is a nutty idea.”Beguiling dark-matter signal persists 20 years on (Davide Castelvecchi at Nature). Cosmologists sometimes falsely claim to have “seen” dark matter, but it’s fake news: they only see its effects, if their theories are right. This “signal” is just a blip in some data that might encourage some model-builders. Catelvecchi admits, “A number of increasingly sophisticated experiments that should also see dark matter — although with different techniques — have so far found none.” He says that dark matter makes up 85% of matter, compared to the 80% claimed by McCarthy. When you’re dealing with mysterious, unknown stuff, what difference does 5% make anyway?Artist conception of dark matter expanding in a field of dark energy.Is Dark Matter Made Up of Mini Black Holes from the Big Bang? (Meredith Fore at Live Science). In honor of the late Stephen Hawking, Fore puts forward the “controversial” idea that his mini-black holes make up the missing matter. One LIGO scientist quoted in the article found his confidence in the claim “shaken” over the last year on evidential grounds, but he still finds it “intriguing” and “very interesting.” The last sentence in the article can be taken as a status report on the quest to discover dark matter. It comes from Marc Kamionkowsi at Johns Hopkins University: “It’s a nutty idea, but every idea of what dark matter might be is a nutty idea.”Missing Antimatter Remains MissingThe Most Precise Measurement of Antimatter Yet Deepens the Mystery of Why We Exist (Aylin Woodward at Space.com). Big bang theory predicts equal amounts of matter and antimatter should exist, because almost every particle in the particle zoo has its own antiparticle. Aarhus University failed to find any difference between these opposing twins. Woodward concludes, “to an incredibly high degree of precision [2 parts per trillion], antimatter and matter behave identically.” The universe should have equal amounts of each, but it doesn’t. This “elephant in the living room” of cosmology is causing angst for Jeffrey Hangst at Aarhus, whose team made the difficult measurements on anti-hydrogen, which can only be sustained briefly in magnetic fields before it annihilates its ordinary-matter counterpart.Be happy, though, that this is the case, Woodward comments:Physicists posit that there should have been equal amounts of matter and antimatter created by the Big Bang, and each would have ensured the other’s mutual destruction, leaving a baby universe bereft of life’s building blocks (or anything, really). Yet here we are, in a universe made up almost wholly of matter.It isn’t the place for humans to tell the universe what it should have done. The “kicker” for Woodward is that “We don’t know of any primordial antimatter that made it out of the Big Bang.” The universe tells humans what to do, not the other way around.Every once in awhile, we like to show what the secular cosmologists are doing, lest anyone think the “hard sciences” are invincible. In these cases, it looks like their failings are still being evinced.Are they not trying to build a mythical world picture by natural causes as a way to avoid considering the real reality of design?last_img read more

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Sexual offences courts to combat gender violence

first_img25 November 2013 The reinstatement of sexual offences courts will boost South Africa’s efforts to combat gender-based violence, says Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana. Xingwana was speaking to SAnews ahead of the launch of this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign at Mmabatho stadium in Mafikeng, North West province on Sunday. “With the re-opening of the sexual offences courts, the huge backlog of these cases [of violence against women and children], will be cut down,” Xingwana said. She said the country’s fight against gender-based violence was far from being a losing battle. “I cannot say I am happy, because the scourge is still unacceptable high. But what we are saying is that we’ve moved as government, as we’ve re-opened the sexual offences courts, and we’ve re-opened the family violence, child protection and sexual offences units within the South African Police Service.” Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced in August that 22 sexual offences courts were to be reintroduced by the end of the 2013/14 financial year, and that up to 57 sexual offences courts would be operational countrywide within in the next three years. The courts will feature specially trained officials, procedures and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims. There will be a proper screening process to identify cases that fall within the sexual offences category; a special room where victims will testify; a private waiting room for adult witnesses; and a private waiting room for child witnesses and victim support services. The courts will also include special equipment to enable victims to identify the accused from the testifying room when required to do so, as well as a designated court clerk and a court preparation programme for witnesses to prepare for court and to provide debriefing after they have testified. The concept of sexual offences courts was introduced in South Africa in 1993 and by the end of 2005, there were 74 sexual offences courts countrywide. The special courts had been phased out over the years because of budget constraints. Radebe said the specialised courts would be prompt, responsive and effective, reduce secondary victimisation, improve the skills of court personnel, speed up the finalisation of cases and contribute to their efficient prosecution and adjudication. Xingwana on Sunday urged South Africans to blow the whistle on gender-based violence in order to create a society that is safe and secure for women and children. The minister also urged the law enforcement agencies to arrest and impose harsh sentences on those who are found guilty of abusing women and children. Co-leading the launch, North West Premier Thandi Modise said her office was running a One Million Signature campaign against rape. “Awareness is being created across the province, as we are working with the police and traditional leaders. We are also looking at tightening places of safety for victims,” Modise said. “We want to ensure that the vulnerable … are given enough self-confidence to report all cases of gender-based violence.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Skip The URL When You Post In A Crisis

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Digital Humanities#web dave copeland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Marketing rules for increasing engagement and retweets may not work in emergency situations, according to new research.Marketers and social-media veterans say to always include a link in tweets to offer additional information and, at the same time, play on the psychology that the information is more useful. The post with a link is more likely to be shared, according to conventional wisdom.But a study by Chinese researchers Zhiming Liu, Lu Liu and Hong Li of Beijing University and published in most recent edition of the academic journal Internet Research suggests those links may get in the way, at least when trying to spread a message during an emergency situation.Analyzing microblogs during two natural disasters, the researchers concluded that people online in those situations are often using Twitter and similar services along with other media. Even when reading a post with new information, most people reason that an accompanying link will take them to information they they’ve already seen.The study also found different kinds of emergency microblogs were shared, each depending on the sender’s experience with the platform.Long-time microbloggers are more likely to share objective tweets (“Nine people have been injured.”) while people newer to microblogging were more likely to share subjective messages (“I’m shocked that it happened.”). The study echoed earlier research that found source trustworthiness, source expertise, and source attractiveness all contributed to the likelihood of retweeting a message. Ross Hudgens, a digital-marketing consultant, said many people on social networks have an immediate urge to break news online, which has implications for governments also trying to spread information. Hudgens said emergency-services workers microblogging about an urgent situation tend to see a greater percentage of their messages shared and retweeted after the public’s “initial ‘find’ itch has been scratched.”After the first wave of messages, official notices get more attention, he said. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Over 500 fake doctors identified by CID in Bengal

first_imgThe CID on Wednesday has identified over 500 fake doctors practising in government hospitals and private clinics in West Bengal.A highly-placed official of the agency said that around seven to eight fake institutes were involved in the racket.“Fake doctors are present in large numbers in government and private hospitals all over the state. We have information that around seven to eight fake institutes in the state are involved in the business apart from other such establishments in neighbouring states,” the official said.State Medical Council president Nirmal Maji said that they had a list which would be handed over to the police.”The CID has already arrested six fake doctors from various parts of the state including Ajay Tiwary and Naren Pandey who were attached to two renowned private hospitals in the metropolis.CID sleuths said that fake certificates and registration numbers were given by those institutes at a hefty price.These fake doctors had links with senior officials of the health department besides political laders and civil and police officers.They have been practising since the days of the Left Front government. Thier contacts had helped them practice as doctors,” he said. On the insistence of CID, the Council had issued a directive to doctors to register themselves afresh, and renew and update their credentials with them.It has also directed hospitals to provide it with names of registered doctors which would help the council screen the list of doctors practising in the state.Complaints with the police based on which the arrests were made. The Council also appealed to the people to inform it if they suspected anybody to be a fake doctor.Police sources said that old registration numbers, used by doctors who are not in the profession now or had expired, were being provided to such persons.Maji said that the state Medical Council would accept complaints from the people from today.“If a complaint is found genuine, we will get an FIR lodged,” he said adding that the state government was trying to formulate a mechanism to stop the practice.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigue

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City attacker Kevin de Bruyne: Injuries not caused by fatigueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne insists his injury problems have nothing to do with burnout.De Bruyne has made just five appearances for City this season after suffering two separate knee ligament injuries – one in each knee – since August.Pep Guardiola suggested that the enforced spell on the sidelines may have done De Bruyne some good, though the player himself had his doubts on that.”Maybe, but I’m not sure I agree with that,” De Bruyne said. “I played the most of anyone last year, in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.”I think the most important thing is having a summer break. If you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.”But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week I was out for two-and-a-half months. I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.” last_img read more

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$400 Million for On-Lending to MSMEs

first_imgIn a move to boost the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, the Government will shortly establish a $400-million fund for on-lending to the sector.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank), has been charged to institute the facility, and it will be available soon.The State Minister, who spoke with JIS News following his presentation at a Youth Conference at St. Catherine High School on March 14, said work is taking place with the EXIM Bank for MSME loans that are “accessible to all” who want to develop their enterprises, at rates that they can afford.The forum was organised by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Governance Club, for high-school students who are preparing for tertiary education, under the theme ‘Total Wellness for a Smooth Transition into University’.Mr. Green pointed out that the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) has been “strengthened” to ensure that persons who want to set up businesses can get help with the preparation of business plans, and marketing support, design and branding for their products.last_img read more

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Nunavuts jails extremely unsafe for inmates and staff Auditor General

first_imgThe territory has also failed to adequately monitor land camps where inmates are taken out of the prison for cultural activity outdoors. There are five camps operating in Nunavut at an annual cost of $1 million. The audit states that “the program was not well monitored by the Department.”Case management faced criticism from federal auditors which reviewed 39 different inmate files. Iqaluit’s Uttaqivik Community residential house – a halfway house for low security inmates – received praised, but the Baffin Correctional Centre and the new Rankin Inlet Healing Facility did not.“Serious case management deficiencies at Baffin Correctional Centre and Rankin Inlet Healing facility limit the Department’s efforts to rehabilitate inmates and prepare them for release back to the community, “ said Campbell.At the Baffin jail none of the 21 files auditors examined had any indication they were monitoring an inmate’s progress, and only one of the 21 had a plan for the inmates release.The 44-page report contains 17 recommendations.Nunavut’s Department of Justice agreed with all the recommendations, including improving care of maximum-security inmates, using data collected by territorial officials, providing more oversight for staff and improving case management for inmates.The report was tabled Tuesday in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscoll Kent Driscoll APTN National News IQALUIT– Nunavut’s jails are unsafe, lack maximum security facilities and completely lack rehabilitation programs that would help inmates return to society, according to a report from the Auditor General of Canada released Tuesday.The report found that Nunavut’s jails are overcrowded and getting worse, that inmates are offered little if any services and that jail staff are not trained with basics such as first aid or the proper use of force.“Our audit concluded that the (Nunavut) Department of Justice has not met key responsibilities for inmates within the correctional system,” said Assistant Auditor-General Ronnie Campbell. “The safety and security of staff and inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre and the Rankin Inlet Healing Facility are at risk”Some of the report’s findings were so severe that the federal auditor general’s office reached out to Nunavut Corrections prior to the release of the audit for safety reasons.“We also found that evacuation drills were not being conducted at either facility… we sent a letter to the acting deputy minister of The Department of Justice during the audit to advise her of this,” said Campbell.The audit found that despite the high number of crimes committed in Nunavut connected to substance abuse, “there is no substance abuse treatment centre” operating in Nunavut.“It is especially important for inmates to have access to the programs and support they need in custody,” said the audit.The audit found there were no substance abuse programs offered at the Baffin Correctional Centre for seven months in 2012 and the program as offered only twice between January and September 2014.A total of 98 per cent of male adult inmates in the territory are Inuit and their average age is 32, the audit found. Yet the Inuit traditional values, known as Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and which are written into Nunavut’s justice system, are not applied inside the territory’s jails.“The directives contain little guidance on how Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit can be incorporated into other aspects of the corrections system,” reads the audit.The audit found that Nunavut’s mental health issues also extend into the territory’s prisons, but the corrections department employs only one psychologist.“Without mental health services, inmates rehabilitation efforts can be limited as the issues underlying criminal behaviour were not being addressed,” said the audit.Jail guards and staff are also woefully undertrained, the audit found, which many not having mandatory training in “first-aid, mental health issues, the criminal justice system or the proper use of force.”The audit also found that correctional employees increased their income by 20 per cent by working overtime. At the Baffin Correctional Centre alone, 16 front-line workers increased their annual salary by 50 per cent. Within that 50 per cent group, five staff members saw their pay rise by more than 90 per cent.The audit found that inmates were being sent to segregation without the authorization of the warden, as is required. The report found that the warden authorized only one of 14 segregation cases studied by auditors.  The report found that routine reviews and observations of inmates in segregation were also ignored.last_img read more

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Canadian Tire fourthquarter profit and revenue rise above estimates

first_imgCanadian Tire Corp., Ltd. plans to acquire more brands into its fold this year, the company said as its fourth-quarter results topped expectations.“Smaller brand acquisitions offer us the opportunity to generate a lot of value,” said Allan MacDonald, executive vice-president of retail, during a conference call with analysts.In January, the company completed transactions to acquire two new brands, he said. The company confirmed Wednesday its division INA International Ltd. acquired Sher-Wood Athletics Group Inc.’s global hockey trademarks and related inventory of hockey gear and hockey-licensed products for an undisclosed price.“As opportunities arise, we will be completing acquisitions,” MacDonald said, adding the company will set more aggressive targets and introduce more own brands to its banners.The company is looking for companies that are not only relevant in the business Canadian Tire is in today, but also where it wants to take the business in the future.Availability is a key factor, he said.“When you sift through brands that are available for sale, that haven’t been sort of cut up and licenses you know divided by category or by country. There’s not as much out of there as we would like,” he said.MacDonald said Canadian Tire’s done a good job building a framework for how to handle acquisitions.“I’m really encouraged that we can pick up some velocity in here and go a little faster as the brands become available. And we’re working really hard to make that happen.”His comments came as Canadian Tire reported its fourth-quarter profit and sales grew compared with a year ago during the crucial holiday shopping season.Canadian Tire earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $275.7 million or $4.10 per diluted share, compared to $246.8 million or $3.46 per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $3.80 per share and revenue of $3.75 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.Actual revenue totalled $3.96 billion, up from $3.64 billion as same-store sales — a key retail metric for sales of existing stores — gained momentum across its banners.Same-store sales at Canadian Tire were up 3.5 per cent, while its Mark’s clothing stores saw same-store sales gain 3.4 per cent. FGL Sports, which includes the Sport Chek banner, saw same-store sales increase 5.8 per cent.“The favourable winter weather and the strong economic growth provided a welcome boost to our performance,” MacDonald said.Analyst Irene Nattel said the company’s strong results are a “direct result of initiatives implemented by management around assortment, promotional activity and sourcing terms/efficiency initiatives.”The company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in innovation over the past few years, even as many other brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to compete with the rise of e-commerce.That includes renovating existing stores to be more interactive and incorporating virtual reality for customers to test out how tires feel in different driving conditions.Shares in the company rose 6.55 per cent to $174.48 just before close Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)last_img read more

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