News in brief: Solanke award, Whites keeper joins Boro, Doughty back

first_imgSolanke is seen as a major prospectChelseaTeenager Dominic Solanke has been named England men’s youth player of the year. His four goals helped England win the European Under-17 Championship in May and as a result he was named Uefa’s Star of 2014.FulhamWhites goalkeeper Marek Rodak has joined Conference South side Farnborough on a two-month loan deal. Rodak played a key role in Fulham’s run to the FA Youth Cup final last season, and he made the first team’s matchday squad for the first time last month when he was an unused substitute for the win at Leeds. Among Rodak’s team-mates at Farnborough will be Brentford defender Gradi Milenge, who joined yesterday on a month-long loan.FA Youth CupHolders Chelsea will host either Swansea or Doncaster Rovers in the fifth round, if they can overcome Huddersfield Town next week. The young Blues play their fourth-round tie against Huddersfield at Aldershot on Tuesday but, should they win, they will not know their next opponents until the Swans meet Doncaster on 21 January. All fifth-round ties are to be played by 31 January, unless mutually agreed otherwise.QPRMidfielder Michael Doughty has returned to Loftus Road from his loan spell at Gillingham. The 22-year-old made 13 appearances for the Gills in all competitions and was due to be with them until 24 January, but the change in management at the Priestfield has seen him return earlier than scheduled.Ryan WilliamsThe Fulham midfielder’s loan spell at Barnsley has come to an end. Australian Williams, 21, played seven times for the League One side.BrentfordGoalkeeper Mark Smith has extended his loan at Hampton & Richmond Borough for another two months. The 18-year-old, a former QPR youth-team keeper, first joined the Ryman League side in October but will now stay at the Beveree until the middle of March.WealdstoneGoalkeeper Jonathan North has won the Conference South player of the month award for December. North conceded only two goals in four league games during the month, as the Stones remained unbeaten.Hampton & Richmond BoroughThe Beaver will host a Brentford XI in a friendly on Tuesday 17 February.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Steph Curry crashes Oakland block party, plays pick-up with awestruck fans

first_imgThey held a block party in Oakland on Sunday and a Curry Flurry broke out.The party, held at Pepsi Park, was courtesy of Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B. according to CBS SF. Basketball was on the menu, and so were free backpacks for kids headed back for school.When what to their wondering eyes did appear: Stephen Curry.Rocking We Believe vintage shorts. See for yourself. Steph Curry’s going 1v1 with some random dude at the park on a Sunday. He really is the greatest guy ever. 😂 …last_img read more

Deconstructing Darwinese:  Delighting in Ignorance

first_imgWhen is ignorance a good thing?  When is confidence in one’s answers a bad thing?  One science writer expressed his desire for mystery over explanation – as long as the mysterious allowed room for lucky breaks without design.    Science writer Ben Shaberman got to share his views on the last page of the April 2007 issue of Sky and Telescope: “Knowledge can be enlightening, but so can mystery.”  He first described his rapture at hearing Adam Reiss speak about dark energy and multiverses.  Then he described those who disagree with the vision:Those who profess creationism or “intelligent design” think they have the answer to why things in the universe work out so well.  But for those seeking a scientific explanation, the anthropic principle offers another possibility.  It suggests that we simply got lucky: there have been a zillion Big Bangs, and the one that created our universe just happened to work out.  In other words, we hit the cosmic jackpot.  The idea has both its supporters and critics, and it’s utterly fascinating.Fascinating indeed.  Imagine winning the universal lottery without spending any money on tickets.  Ben went on to praise the glories of the unknown, the mysterious, the uncertain: “At a time when politicians and the media espouse so much certainty about virtually everything, it was refreshing to hear an intelligent and levelheaded guy acknowledge all the stuff that baffles us.”Darwinese is more than just a language foreign to the majority of people who live by common sense and know an intelligent cause when they see it.  No, Darwinese is a complete communication system that includes a set of protocols.  One requirement is the secret handshake.  This is the motion of sweeping away creationism with a wipe of the hand, and putting “intelligent design” in scare quotes.  In evolutionary parlance, it is taboo to actually consider the arguments of these dimwits.  The structure of Darwinese, as in 1984, actually inhibits formulating thoughts contrary to Darwinese protocol.  Whatever celebrates Darwinian ideas is goodthink; whatever attributes validity to intelligent design is crimethink.  The syntax and semantics force thoughts into naturalistic molds – except when Christian terms are borrowed temporarily to get around difficulties (e.g., 07/15/2005).    A second requirement is to reinforce the false dichotomy between design/creationist views and “scientific explanation.”  The word science must never be used in the same sentence with intelligent design.  It is a word reserved strictly for Darwinian materialists, even when the context appeals to mystery, the unknown and the unknowable.  Claiming to know the answer is design, and being able to prove it, spoils all the fun of remaining ignorant.  He said, “That hour-long lunch helped me appreciate the beauty of the mysterious world we live in.”    A third requirement in Darwinese is to pretend to be honestly curious and to demean certainty while actually maintaining a dogmatic position.  To prove that Shaberman is an accomplished Darwinese speaker, ask him if evolutionary theory itself is up for debate.  Imagine what would happen if an interlocutor were to argue that invocations to unknowable Big Bangs and multiverses constitutes a tacit appeal to the supernatural.  The Darwinese protocol in such instances is to chant Evolution is science!  Creation is religion! as long as necessary to get the interlocutor to leave.  News reporters watching on the sidelines will promptly report that the Darwinese speaker achieved a great victory against ignorance and superstition.    A feeling of awe and wonder at things too big to be understood does have its share of euphoria.  Mystery can spur one on to seek an explanation.  In that sense, it can be a good thing.  But mystery is not an end in itself, lest it become a mystery religion.  Shaberman just preached a little sermon for the Cult of Lady Luck, one of the denominations of Charlianity.  Darwin would be pleased to know that his doctrine of contingency has been extrapolated all the way back into prior worlds of the imagination.  This completes his systematic theology: ultimate origins, the present, and ultimate destiny.  He is gratified that his completed system produces such warm feelings in the hearts of his disciples.  Now that he controls the Ministry of Truth, having ruled all competing ideas out of bounds, he happily pays out his lottery winners in monopoly money.  Whatever keeps his devotees hooked enraptured in the realms of eternal ignorance is not too high a price to pay.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WeConnect International celebrate women in business

first_imgGive them enough to want to know more, says Tania Reid of iThemba Office Solutions, giving advice perfecting business pitches. She was one of the speakers at the WeConnect International conference in Johannesburg.Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu is of the speakers on 11 May 2017 at the WeConnect International conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Image: The Presidency, Flickr)Melissa JavanThe WeConnect International conference in South Africa was aimed at celebrating and training female-owned businesses. It took place from 9 to 11 May 2017.The second annual event, themed Bold steps for growth, provided attendees with presentations, informative workshops and networking opportunities.Training and workshops were held for the first two days, and the conference on the final day.According to Jean Chawapiwa, country director of WeConnect International in South Africa, the aim is to grow female-owned business and create further understanding about working successfully with multinational corporations.Chawapiwa explained that WeConnect International is the only non-profit organisation in South Africa that provides a seal of certification, unique to women business enterprises (WBEs), and also, that connects these WBEs to multinational corporate purchasing organisations across diverse industries.“Our signature seal of certification is a formal guarantee to corporations that they are purchasing goods and/or services from South African businesses that meet universal standards for WBEs,” said Chawapiwa.Here are some of the insights shared on Twitter on Thursday, 11 May:Government, Corporate and Women Owned Business in one room discussing solutions. #WeConnectSA #WomeninBusiness pic.twitter.com/9DhDKvLyGR— WW Solutions4Africa (@WinWinS4Africa) May 11, 2017When you go out and get something, don’t come back till you get it – @zaizai7 #WeConnectSA— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017You need to become innovators, learn to leverage with your suppliers – Linda Basson @Accenture— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017We all want to stand up and do well…but it’s more profound to help others stand up and do well. @jessyelapenn #WeConnectSA— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017Great speech by @jessyelapenn about ‘being bold’ @WeConnect_SA today! #WeConnectSA— Tara Turkington (@taraturk1) May 11, 2017If you don’t bring value to the table with the right skills, we cannot assist – Ziaad Suleman IBM #WeConnectSA— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017WorkshopsThe workshops were run by corporates and certified women’s business enterprises.Perfecting your Pitch was facilitated Lorenzo Bell Jr (EY Diversity and Inclusiveness Procurement ), Chawapiwa, and Tania Reid (CEO of iThemba Office Solutions).This workshop focussed on ensuring that women entrepreneurs pitch their businesses in the best way possible, said Chawapiwa.Other workshops were the Boost your Business with Facebook, the BBBEE or SMEs, Legal Boot Camp, and the Optimising processes within a business.Here are tweets about the Perfecting your Pitch workshop:If you can’t pitch because of fear, rather fear the fact the doors will not be open. #WeConnectsa pic.twitter.com/ukLVqeFi5J— Sandiso Sibisi (@sandisosibisi) May 11, 2017Your pitch is part of a bigger engagement . What is your moment of truth? – Shaheems Adam #PerfectingYourPitch #WeConnectWorkshops pic.twitter.com/z00e9KMfgK— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 9, 2017Give them enough to want to know more – Tanya Reid #PerfectingYourPitch #WeConnectWorkshops pic.twitter.com/QzudWf6FGS— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 9, 2017WBE’s given 60 seconds to present their business to the room. All doing very well actually. #PerfectingYourPitch #WeConnectWorkshops pic.twitter.com/dXrP3Ko6gB— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 9, 2017The winner of our Perfecting your Pitch competition @newmedia_indigo delivers her winning pitch to our corporates as promised #WeConnectSA pic.twitter.com/n7bL4r0b8O— WeConnect SA (@WeConnect_SA) May 11, 2017Source: WeConnect International in South Africa, Twitter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more