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The publication of a new genome for a plant or animal is becoming routine. For some reason, the news media instantly jumped on claims that the genome of the sea urchin, published in Science, means that evolution is all but figured out, and that we should each feel a special place in our hearts for these our brethren. Examples of press releases emphasizing our kinship to these spiny ocean-bottom creatures:Baylor College of Medicine: On EurekAlert, “Decoded sea urchin genome shows surprising relationship to man: Discoveries include novel immune system, unexpected sensory proteins and broad similarity to human genes.”Carnegie Mellon: EurekAlert says the genome will prove useful for research into “evolutionary relationships with humans and other vertebrates.”Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory: EurekAlert’s copy of the press release says, “Scientists makes good use of its surprising similarity to humans.” It also stresses, “sea urchins are remarkably similar to humans in many ways, sharing most of the same gene families, and yet differ in a few critical areas besides the obvious physical ones.”University of South Florida: the EurekAlert announcement didn’t say as much about urchins and human relationships, but titled the release, “Insight into evolution of adaptive immunity boosted by sea urchin genome sequencing” and talked about the evolutionary split that led to us.Brown University: The press release from Brown University began, “Scientists have long known that humans and sea urchins are closely related. In fact, these animals are the only invertebrates on the human branch of the evolutionary tree of life. Now that the sea urchin genome is sequenced and assembled, that genetic connection is even clearer.”Live Science: “Surprise! Your Cousin’s a Sea Urchin” chimed Jeanna Bryner at Live Science. Her Darwin commercial was aired verbatim on other news sources, like MSNBC and Fox News.National Geographic: By now the refrain has become a sing-along: “Sea Urchin Genome Reveals Striking Similarities to Humans,” writes Stefan Lovgren and National Geographic News.Mischievous little English boys in Dickens novels have been called urchins, but perhaps never before have so many associations been made in one day between the little purple ocean porcupines and human beings.Have you seen many things in your life more absurd than the Darwin Party mass hypnosis attacks every time somebody hints that Emperor Charlie might have a new fig leaf for his costume? They can’t validate common ancestry based on such things. Didn’t we just learn that genes may be minor players in the genetic machinery that make humans and animals different? (11/09/2006). Have they never considered there are other explanations, for similarities, like modular design? Don’t they realize that finding an advanced immune system in a lowly sea creature represents a huge evolutionary conundrum? What on earth are they thinking? They’re not; for all intents and purposes, they’re divining (09/29/2006). They are searching for the spirit of Charlie in molecules of DNA. Supposedly this is an improvement on livers and entrails.To claim an ancestral relationship in this genome, the Darwinists have to purposely ignore a horde of contrary evidence reported frequently in these pages (follow the Genetics and Evolution chain links for plenty of examples, e.g. 09/16/2006, 06/08/2006, 11/20/2005, 11/06/2005, and 08/20/2003). There are many problems in the sea urchin genome they are not telling you about. For instance, scientists were startled to find some genes with drastic differences from vertebrates, and others almost perfectly conserved. And regarding that amazing immune system, they found more immunity genes in the urchin than in the human by an order of magnitude. Neither of these observations comport with the image of gradual evolution by natural selection. Then there is the problem that such advanced genes are found in one of most primitive of the deuterostomes. This pushes the problem of the origin of complexity further back into some mythical ancestor.For now, just focus on the media’s strange behavior. Reporters go bonkers in their euphoria at the Charlie Parades, because they have sold their souls to the dogma that Charlie must be worshiped no matter what the evidence, and defended against the new God in town at all costs. This makes them chant all the louder, “Great is Darwina of the Evolutionists!’ It looks so silly. It is so unbecoming reporters who are supposed to challenge claims and present all sides of a story. Look at them. Look how they brag on being related to tiny spiny denizens of tide pools lacking eyes, ears, and thinking brains. They might as well be urchins. They have a special place in their hearts for bottom dwellers. We should shame the dickens out of such mischief.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
29 June 2012Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar in Cape Town came in fourth on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “Best New Bars in 20 Cities” worldwide, it was announced in the international magazine’s July issue.The list profiles the best new drinking and dancing hotspots in the world.Tjing Tjing, located in a 181-year-old heritage building in Longmarket Street in the Cape Town city centre, claimed its spot on the list for its atmosphere, music and choice of food and wine.“Enveloped in the wooden mansards of the old attic is an eclectic mix of new and old, local and Asian, with a Japanese shrine-inspired red bar and black and white Tokyo imagery,” says tjingtjing.co.za. “The bar opens up to a lofty outside terrace.”The bar is well known for its music, playing a mixture of electronic and indie music, drawing a hip clientele that ranges from journalists to graphic designers.Tjing Tjing serves a variety of interestingly named cocktails, such as the Ginger Ninja and Asian Persuasion, and has an extensive wine list.There are wine tastings with the bar’s wine suppliers every Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm, with no charge and no bookings necessary.Their food also holds its own. “Our tapas menu boasts sticky Asian-glazed pork belly skewers as a favourite, cheese & charcuterie boards and springrolls,” the Tjing Tjing website says.The bar is located on 165 Longmarket Street.SAinfo reporter
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If you’re new to the road and traveling internationally anytime soon, here are some recommendations on how to master the art of packing light.Top image via ShutterstockIn our globalized and mobilized world, it’s easier than ever to shoot high-quality video in some of the world’s most remote places. But just as much as we have the world at our fingertips, we also have a mountain of gear that we assume we need to make our projects shine. Spare your back and your luggage fines by taking a more practical and thoughtful approach to shooting remote.Below you will find a comprehensive packing list for video pros, as well as a few tips to streamline your ultra-sleek and incognito camera package. The Packing ListTravel-Friendly Camera BodySony a7S ($2,998), Canon 5D Mark III ($2,599), or a Canon C300 ($11,999) or C100 ($2,499) are a few of my top recommendations for the most quality per square inch of camera.Prime Lens KitIf you prefer the look of primes like me, make space for a basic set of four. I always run with 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm kit. The Zeiss CP.2 ($3,990) is my first pick and Rokinons ($1,996) are my budget backup.Zoom LensesWhen there’s no time to be switching between lenses, I make sure to always have two zooms. The Canon EF 24-105 mm ($999) and Canon EF 70-200 mm (above, $1,999) are what usually make it into my bag.Spare Camera BatteriesDo not skimp here. You’ll need lots of juice if you’re away from power sources for long periods of time. And don’t forget plenty of spare chargers as well, so you can knock out your nightly recharge in one punch.Power StripsMake sure you have the correct outlet style and wattage. Here is a list of what is compatible by country.On-Camera Shotgun MicThe Rode VideoMic Pro (above, $199.95) or the Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adapter Kit with Microphone ($598) if you’re shooting on the a7S. A perk to shooting on the Sony a7S with the Sony XLR Adapter is that you have an extra XLR input for your lavs or your shotgun. Same perk applies to the c100 or c300, which have XLR inputs built into the camera.LavaliersI have worked most frequently with Seinheisser Lavs ($679). I usually travel with a minimum of three sets of transmitters and receivers to cover my interview subjects and the translator.Shotgun Mic and Boom PoleI work most frequently with a Sennheiser MKE 600 (329.95) and a boom pole. Don’t forget your XLR cable as well!Video TripodThe Sachtler Ace ($621) is a travel-friendly size. I also recommend all your baseplates between all your support be seamless. Keep this in mind when picking out your gear. This makes it easier to move quickly between each support system.Small SliderThe Duzi Slider (above, $439) might not give a ton of range, but it’s super lightweight and compact and will at least give you a little extra clean movement in your shots without weighing you down. If you’re on a larger budget, check out the latest lightweight slider that’s changing the game: Rhino Slider ($500).Simple Handheld RigSay goodbye to your shoulder rig with the ten-pound counterweight. Strip it down to something with a plastic cage, rods and a follow focus. I throw a baseplate on the bottom of my rig and it lives on my camera and I just snap the whole rig into a monopod, sticks, or a slider when shooting documentary style.GlidecamIf you absolutely need something a bit more stable for tracking shots, throw a Glidecam ($469) into your checked bag.MonopodsThese Manfrotto Monopods ($279.88) are my best friend when shooting international documentaries.Small ReflectorRaya makes a great 5-in-1 Reflector ($23.95) for a fair price. And it comes with its own carrying bag!FiltrationA good Variable ND like the one Tiffen ($129.95) makes will save you time and space. Toss in a Polarizer ($93.90) and some step-up rings to sync all your lens diameters to the same size (for ease and speed when moving your filters between lenses) and you’re golden.Panel LightsPair a panel light ($159.95) with a GorillaPod, some gaff tape, and your reflector and you can give a pop to any scene.Carry-On BagLowePro Roller x200 ($284.19) is my favorite roller board camera bag. If the airlines hassles you about overhead space, you pop the main compartment of the bag out into a backpack and check the shell. This has saved me from having to send expensive gear rattling down into the bottom of the plane many times.Large Checked BagI recommend a bag by someone like Tenba ($599.95) versus the popular Pelican Case. It’s more discreet and calls less attention to itself, while still providing great protection.Shooting BagI toss a Think Tank Sling ($99.75) into my Tenba to carry my lenses, filters, cards, and spare batteries once on the ground shooting.AccessoriesLet us not forget our roll of gaff tape, spare batteries (AA, AAA, 9V, etc), clamps, GorillaPods, a small tool kit with your necessary flat head and allen wrenches, etc. Most of these items do better in your checked bag.LaptopMake sure all necessary updates are complete and all needed software is downloaded, incase Wi-Fi is spotty where you’re shooting.3x Portable HardrivesLacie Rugged Hardrives ($139) are compact and their name says it all. I always backup my footage between three drives every night and spread the drives between people and bags when traveling.This is a package that has worked great for me across several continents. I was able to capture competitive documentary footage in India, Cambodia, and all across Africa with this exact kit.Note: The opinions expressed in this guide are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of PremiumBeat.Got any secrets for traveling light? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said a decision on any electoral alliance in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the Congress high command at the appropriate time.He was replying to a media query about the possibility of a poll alliance on the lines of the one forged by Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in Uttar Pradesh.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation convention in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the party’s central leadership.In response to another question, he hinted at a new Sports Minister being appointed in the State’s Cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon. “The new Sports Policy would be finalised thereafter,” he said.On the issue of alleged illegal mining in Patiala, he promised a thorough probe and action. “I won’t allow illegal mining to continue,” he said, pointing out that he had already issued stringent directives to the police and the concerned administrative departments to crack down against such activities taking place in any part of the State.On the report submitted by the Special Task Force (STF) in the drugs case, Capt. Singh said the matter was sub judice and he could, therefore, not comment on the same.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Raptors are getting former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis. The 76ers, a day after acquiring forward Tobias Harris from the Clippers, sent Markelle Fultz to Orlando and will hope Jonathan Simmons can provide some production where the former No. 1 pick couldn’t.“Those teams were already really good. And the assumption would only be that they’d only benefit from those moves,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “It will be quite a challenge. As we knew it would be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAll the trades were confirmed to The Associated Press by people with knowledge of the details because they couldn’t be announced before they were approved by the NBA.A busy swap season that included Dallas’ acquisition of Kristaps Porzingis from New York ended without a move for Davis, the player who dominated the discussion in recent weeks. The Pelicans didn’t find a deal for Davis, who had requested a trade and informed the team he wouldn’t sign a contract extension this summer. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Police confirm football player’s body recovered from plane wreckage New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center in street clothes, watches form the bench with teammates late in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. The Pacers won 109-107. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his.The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams Thursday before the NBA trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town But the Lakers couldn’t put together a strong enough package to the Pelicans’ liking for the All-Star forward, who will go back into the trade market after the season ends. There will be other marquee names available then with a free agent class that could be highlighted by players such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard.Boston didn’t jump into the trading deadline fray but may try to get involved in the summer.For now, the Celtics appear to feel they have enough to win the East.The other conference contenders looked for upgrades — and went out and got some that likely will fit well.Milwaukee (40-13) already has the NBA’s best record and Mirotic’s outside-shooting ability for a big man would appear to fit perfectly in a lineup around superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two games back of the Bucks, the Raptors sent center Jonas Valanciunias to Memphis to acquire Gasol. Valanciunas had been coming off the bench and Toronto coach Nick Nurse will have to decide whether he uses Gasol in the same manner, or returns to a traditional bigger lineup with the former defensive player of the year in the middle.“(Gasol) is one of the best fives in the league for a long time now, perennial All-Star, Defensive Player of the Year,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “Just really excited to see how we can acclimate him to what we do and see how much he can give us a boost. Obviously we’re very excited about that.”The 76ers have made two major trades during the season, previously getting Jimmy Butler from Minnesota before the deal to bring in Harris, Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott.“We understand the team invested a lot in us,” Harris said. “It was a big move. It was a win-now move. That means a lot. This is already a winning culture and we look to bring our games to it and help as best we can.”All of those clubs feel they improved their chances to be the first East team to reach the NBA Finals without LeBron James since 2010.Things were quieter in the West, where there were no upgrades by teams currently in playoff position. The Clippers currently hold the eighth and final spot but appear willing to give it up in favor of positioning themselves for the summer, with their moves designed to help them pursue two top free agents in July.But the Golden State Warriors or teams pursuing them can still bolster their squads by adding players who are free agents. Players on rosters of another team must be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible to appear in the postseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next