PreviousGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (8) writes “I can do all things” on his left shoe while playing the Utah Jazz in the second quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) wears his “Oakland” shoes during their game against the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay …
Creationists have made much of the bombardier beetle (#1, #2) whose firing chambers would explode if the timing and mixture of ingredients did not work perfectly together. Now, here is a similar case in the lowly sea slug. EurekAlert described research by Georgia State University scientists, who found that the sea slug Aplysia mixes three inert ingredients to produce a sticky secretion, dyed purple, for defense:“Aplysia packages these innocuous precursors separately and then releases them simultaneously into its mantle cavity at the precise time when they are needed,” explained [Charles] Derby. “This mechanism insures the secretion’s potency against attacking predators to enable sea slugs to escape.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The secretion seems to contain a healing compound. “The antimicrobial property probably evolved to work against predators,” said Derby. “But it might also function as an antimicrobial salve for Aplysia’s own wounds.”The evolutionary mythoid contributes nothing of substance to this story. On grounds of intellectual honesty and scientific integrity, we need to call Darwinists on the carpet for simply claiming evolution blindly made irreducibly complex systems without telling us how. This is more of the BAD strategy (bluffing assertions of dogmatism) that lets Darwinians escape while secreting a sticky dyed goo that obscures understanding.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
President Jacob Zuma receiving the census 2011 report from statistician general Pali Lehohla. (Image: sanews.gov.za) Over the course of the census, fieldworkers knocked on 14.6-million doors across the country to collect information about every household in South Africa. (Image: Statistics South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sivuyile Mangxamba Statistics South Africa +27 82 886 3707 RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma: better local government • Nedbank invests in water project • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • UJ Soweto university open for learning Wilma den HartighThe results from South Africa’s latest population census, conducted in October 2011, have been released. There are over seven million more people in the country, compared to the last census in 2001.Statistics South Africa revealed the third post-apartheid census – the results of which will provide the country’s policy makers with crucial information and inform social and economic development planning for the country. The population census is a total count of the country’s population and includes demographic, social and economic information about its citizens. Although a typical census is held every five years, Statistics South Africa, due to capacity issues, conducts the national census over 10 years. The numbersThe population has seen gradual growth since 1996, when it stood at 40.5-million, to 44.8-million in 2001, with the latest record stating that there were officially 51.7-million people living in South Africa in 2011.The country’s smallest province by area, Gauteng, has overtaken KwaZulu-Natal as the most populous, with 12.3-million people, while KwaZulu-Natal has 10.3-million. The Northern Cape, on the other hand is the largest province by area, but has the least inhabitants at 1.1-million. Gauteng is also the province with the fastest growing population, with the Western Cape coming in second place at a rate of 28.7%. Many improvementsAreas of development such as better access to basic services and higher enrolment and attendance figures at educational institutions are also highlighted in the census.Such improvements benefit citizens and show that living conditions, environmental and health standards are advancing. Access to running water, proper sanitation and electricity has improved for many South Africans over the past 15 years, while the number of households with flushing toilets connected to the sewerage system increased to 57% in 2011, from the 50% recorded in 2001. The controversial bucket system also saw a decrease in the number of users to 2.1% from 3.9% in 2001.The number of households with access to piped water was high in all but two of the nine provinces, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, which had the lowest proportions.Gauteng recorded the highest of this statistic, with 89.4% of households now enjoying the service, followed by the Free State at 89.1% and the Western Cape at 88.4%.The 2011 census results also noted a stable increase in the percentage of households living in formal dwellings. Figures in this category increased from 65.1% in 1996 and 68.5% in 2001 to 77.6% in 2011. Formal dwellings are described by Statistics South Africa as a structure built according to approved plans, such as a house on a separate stand, a flat, apartment, townhouse or room in a backyard. The percentage of households living in informal dwellings decreased from 16.4% in 2001 to 13.6% in 2011.Higher enrolment statsOver the past 15 years schools have enrolled an increasing number of pupils between the ages of five and 15, which points to an improvement in access to basic education. The age group between five and seven years showed the most progress in enrolment rates between 1996 and 2011.Enrolment among five-year-olds was 22.5% in the 1996 census, 45.6% at Census 2001 and the latest results show that this figure increased to 81.2%.Another improvement was in the age group between six and seven years. There is a notable decrease in the percentage of people with no schooling, from 19% in 1996 to 8.7% in 2011. The number of people who completed high school level education or higher increased from 23.4% in 1996, to 40.5% in 2011.The proportion of individuals aged 20, who have no schooling, halved from 19.1% in 1996 to 8.6% in 2011.
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The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is set to meet on February 26 in Ahmedabad and possible alliances across the States will be top on the agenda for the meeting. The meeting comes less than 100 days before the general elections, where the Congress is fighting an all-out battle. The Congress is working towards an alliance in Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Jharkhand. “It is easier to declare alliances in Delhi and difficult to work it out at the ground level. For example, in West Bengal Raiganj is CPI (M) leader Mohd. Salim’s constituency and he will be contesting from there. It is also the constituency of our prime candidate Deepa Das Munshi,” a senior party leader said. The alliance with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties in Maharashtra has been almost sealed barring a few details that need to be ironed out. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi had a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday once again to clear the issues. In Bihar, where Congress is part of the ‘Mahagatbandhan’, the six constituents – RJD, Sharad Yadav’s Jan Loktantrik Party, Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Party and the Left parties have not been able to reach an amicable seat arrangement. The Congress has been demanding that they should have equal share of seats with the RJD. The RJD however have overtly and covertly sending out messages that the Congress should be generous towards its regional parties. It will be the first CWC meeting after Priyanka Gandhi was formally inducted in the Congress’s highest decision-making body after she was appointed general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.According to sources, Gujarat has been chosen as the venue for the meeting to kickstart Congress’s campaign for Lok Sabha polls. This will be the second meeting of the CWC outside New Delhi. The last meeting was in Wardha, Maharashtra, at Sevagram Ashram to mark the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil are two friends, who have been through thick and thin together. From their early years in Kenya, to a shared childhood in suburban Adelaide after their families fled Sudan followed by playing in the A-League, the pair has been going strong from the very onset.And on Monday, they started another chapter of their lives together and perhaps the most cherished one so far.The pair of South Sudanese refugees made their Socceroos debut against Kuwait in their thumping 4-0 win over the West Asian country. New Australia coach Graham Arnold handed the ‘next-generation’ of Australian players their debut and they didn’t disappoint. In fact, Mabil put the icing on the cake by scoring the match’s last goal from a move that was started by Deng and fittingly enough, his friend was the first one to run towards him and embrace him.It was a hot and humid night but their joy knew no bounds as they celebrated the incredible moment together amidst smile and warm embraces.”It’s a dream come true,” Deng said.Nine years ago, this was a distant dream but on Monday they were living it and they still couldn’t believe the ‘surreal’ feeling.”We went to the same school. We played at the same club that I played at, called Playford. We go way back. To come through and get our debut on the same day, it’s surreal. It’s amazing,” Deng said.An emotional @mmills05 presented @awermabil17 and @thomasdeng24 with a @Socceroos jersey to mark their debut. #ANewDawnRises #GoSocceroos pic.twitter.com/aPuAFqPbLmadvertisementCaltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) October 15, 2018Mabil, who graduated from Adelaide United to Denmark’s FC Midtjylland three years ago, was all praise for his friend and said that Deng’s presence calmed him, who went on to add that the dream debut will be a story to be told to their grandkids.”When I saw him there, there’s no nerves because he’s behind me. It made it easier with Thomas there. It was a big dream for us to make our debut and especially on the same day. It’s something I will never forget. We will tell our grandkids one day,” said an elated Mabil.Their rise to the top is a story for ages and nothing short of inspirational. Mabil hails from a refugee camp in Kakuma in Kenya while Deng spent his earliest years in Nairobi and coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, both Deng, 21 amd Mabil, 23, found themselves in South Australia after their families sought refuge in Adelaide from a conflict-hit Sudan.However, they will have to part ways now as Deng has to return to Melbourne immediately to play in Saturday night’s Melbourne derby but not before making some calls back home and sharing his moment of joy with his mother.”I’ll probably call my mum first and foremost and thank her for all the years that she’s been taking me to training,” Deng said. “It’s finally paid off I guess. I’m very happy,” said Deng before signing off.