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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newhall Land, which developed Valencia and is planning Newhall Ranch, hosts a tournament for girls’ teams in the fall. VALENCIA – Play in the second annual Newhall Land Cup high school golf tournament will start Monday at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia. Boys’ golf teams will participate from the Santa Clarita Valley’s six high schools. The tournament runs two days and consists of 36 holes. Each team will have six players. The four lowest individual scores from each team will be used to calculate the team’s overall score, and a second trophy will be awarded for the best individual score. Each school will receive a cash prize. A pre-tournament reception Sunday at the TPC Clubhouse Oaks Grille will feature golf pro Mike Messner. Greg McWilliams, president of The Newhall Land and Farming Company, will play host. last_img read more

first_imgMusic by a Donegal band is to be used in a BBC programme to be broadcast next week.The tracks by Great White Lies will be used in the BBC Northern Ireland production Love in a Day which will be broadcast on February 6th.The programme was filmed over 24 hours last summer, and gives an intimate insight into who and what people in Northern Ireland love. Much of the footage for the programme has been supplied by viewers.The Inishowen-based band has supplied three tracks for the soundtrack to the programme.Lead singer and songwriter with Great White Lies, Siobhán Shiels, said the band are delighted to have the music used in the documentary.“The fact that we’re the soundtrack chronicling love in a day is pretty class. We can’t wait to see it ourselves now too,” she said. The band, who won the Visual Artists Ireland song of the year award in 2015, played in Los Angeles and Canada last year and are due to bring out a new single soon.Love in a Day will be broadcast on BBC1 Northern Ireland on Monday, February 6th at 10.40pm.Promising Donegal band to feature on BBC television was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLee Cook has signed for non-League Eastleigh. Cook joins the Spitfires having scored eight goals last season for Barnet, helping them win promotion back to the Football League.The 32-year-old from Hammersmith previously made almost 200 appearances for QPR and had spells at Fulham and Watford.See also:Cook hopes to eventually manage QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_img1. Kansas City (9-1)Finally, it’s here. The most anticipated regular season game of the season, maybe in a few seasons. The latest matchup in NFL regular-season history between teams averaging better than 33 points per game. Chiefs leaky defense will be scrutinized.Last week: 1 Next: at L.A. Rams2. New Orleans (8-1)Drew Brees could be a sentimental MVP choice over upstart Pat Mahomes and he wouldn’t be a bad choice. Working in his favor? Todd Gurley/Jared Goff would split the LA Rams …last_img read more

first_img“During the 1930s, the German medical establishment was admired as a world leader in innovative public health and medical research.  The question we want to examine is: ‘How could science be co-opted in such a way that doctors as healers evolved into killers and medical research became torture?’”  The question was posed by Dr. Alan Wells, medical ethics expert with the AMA, at a conference in Washington D.C. last week sponsored in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum, reports EurekAlert.  He continued:Many of the most important issues in medical ethics today – from genetic testing and stem cell research to caring for prisoners of war are directly affected by the experiences of medicine leading up to and during the Holocaust.  Physicians need to explore these issues without getting caught up in political agendas or the results can be something we never intended and cause great harm.He recounts that German doctors were considered leaders in medical innovation in the years leading up to the Holocaust.  Yet their efforts were aimed by the Reich at improving the purity of the Aryan race.  This meant the unfit or non-Aryan were viewed as threats to health:Adolf Hitler spoke of Germany as a body with himself as the doctor.  He wanted to make Germany ‘healthy’ by eliminating diseased, unhealthy parts of the body.  At first this meant killing the disabled.  But because the Nazis also believed that Jews possessed ‘bad’ genes, they, too, came to be portrayed by public health ‘experts’ and ‘scientists’ as a threat to racial purity and a healthy nation.According to Dr. Patricia Heberer of the Holocaust Museum, the evil actions grew out of eugenics, a “distortion” of Charles Darwin’s theories of survival of the fittest.  The abuses in Nazi Germany continue to influence medical practice today, the article states.  For instance, Dr. Wells says, “our codes of ethics demand that we treat every person equally, without regard to race or ethnic background.  This ethical obligation is a direct outgrowth of the horrors of Nazi medicine.”  He cautions that even though these horrors seem so long ago, we can never forget this history.  See also the 07/30/2001 and 04/22/2004 headlines.A grave cause for alarm is that people are forgetting.  First of all, let’s clear up the distortion that eugenics was a distortion of Darwin’s theories.  The subtitle of Charlie’s book was the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.  What does “favoured races” mean when speaking of the human race?  In later editions of his book, Darwin moved from the term “natural selection” to Herbert Spencer’s phrase “survival of the fittest.” The Victorian British were caught up in the myth of progress, and many, including Darwin and his friends, held racist beliefs, some of them radical.  The success of their empire surely proved they were the fittest, did it not?  The “father of eugenics” was Darwin’s own cousin, Francis Galton.  Ernst Haeckel took the core beliefs of survival of the fittest and eugenics to Germany, where they were taking hold before Hitler came to power.  Hitler merely lifted constraints on trends that were already established, the article says:Some eugenics programs, such as laws sanctioning the sterilization of the ‘feeble minded’ initially met with resistance throughout the world, including in Germany.  But when the Nazis came to power, and particularly during World War II, these constraints disappeared as the Nazi regime was able to implement its radical version of medicine.Lest anyone think the evil was constrained to the German borders, eugenics and anti-Semitism was widespread throughout Europe and America at the time; America itself had a pre-Hitlerian forced sterilization program (see 10/21/2001 headline).  There is a direct line philosophically from the ideas of Darwin to the actions of Nazi Germany, as historian Richard Weikart has documented.    Nazi Germany provides a classic case study that bad ideas can have horrific consequences, and that “good” doctors and scientists can be hoodwinked into letting their talents be co-opted for evil.  How could we forget?  Yet that is exactly what Nature suggested last month (see 09/27/2004 headline), that we need to get over our ethical hangups stemming from Nazi abuses, and move forward with today’s medical technologies.  Notice how pre-Hitler eugenics started with killing the disabled.  Sound familiar?  (Clue: Terry Schiavo.)  Hitlerian medicine also justified killing of those that it defined as not really human (clue: human embryos).  Peter Singer has advocated killing senior citizens and children based on Darwinian principles.  Now we are on the verge of synthetic biology, whose horrors can only be imagined (see 10/11/2004 headline).  Hitler may be gone, but the core beliefs of Darwinism still reign supreme in the halls of academia.  Another holocaust may await a new madman rising to power and promising Big Science all it wants, as he steers it to his agenda.    Welcome to 2004.  On one side we have radical Muslims wanting to disconnect our heads and nuke our cities.  On the other we have Big Science ready to endorse the New Eugenics.  If we don’t want evil to triumph, doing nothing is not an option.  As J. Gresham Machen warned in the pre-Nazi, pro-eugenics days of 1913, “What is today matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires.  In that second stage, it has gone too far to be combatted; the time to stop it was when it was still a matter of impassionate debate.”  Will the archival footage of World War II help us learn from history this time?(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img4 October 2012 Communications Minister Dina Pule launched the demonstration of South Africa’s digital terrestrial televison (DTT) technology in the Northern Cape on Wednesday, ahead of the December launch of the country’s migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. South Africa’s commercial DTT launch will take place in December, marking the beginning of a year-long “dual illumination” period, during which both analogue and digital TV signals will be available. After the December 2013 deadline, South Africans who still have analogue TVs will need special set-top boxes – converters of digital to analogue signals – in order to receive images on their TVs.Set-top box subsidies for the poorest The government will provide a 70% subsidy towards the cost of the set-top boxes to the 5-million poorest TV-owning households. Those who fell above a certain income band will be expected to buy their set-top boxes at full cost. The set-top boxes will be distributed through the country’s post offices, and through mobile post offices in under-served areas. While the deadline for South Africa’s analogue switch-off had originally been planned for November 2011, the new deadline is well in line with the push by UN agency the International Telecommunication Union to have analogue signals worldwide switched off by 2015. “In keeping with our mandate, we will ensure universal service and access by providing broadcasting services through the digital migration process that promises to enhance diversity and access, especially for the previously marginalised,” Pule said at Wednesday’s launch of a countrywide awareness campaign. “All South Africans will benefit from and be able to afford to move from analogue to digital television in line with world standards,” Pule told her audience in Motswedimosa outside Kimberley.Up to 24 000 new jobs Apart from providing better picture quality, enhanced clarity, and more channels and content, up to 24 000 new jobs would be created through the migration process, Pule said. “Digital migration creates an opportunity for South Africa to build a globally competitive export sector that will create jobs and grow the economy. The manufacture of set-top-boxes has the ability to unlock the potential of the electronic hardware manufacturing sector and stimulate job creation.” Pule said an envisaged 800 jobs would be created in the manufacturing industry, while 20 000 young South Africans would be trained in the installation and maintenance of set-top boxes (STBs), ultimately creating up to 6 000 jobs. Four thousand call centre operators would be employed to deal with queries relating to the STBs, while the South African Post Office would have to employ an additional 500 staff to help with STB distribution. “The launch of digital television will also free up space for the introduction of more television channels, and the content industry has the ability to create more than 10 000 jobs,” Pule added. The Department of Communications expected to award contracts to STB manufacturers by the middle of October, with the first deliveries of STBs due to take place from the end of November, Pule said.Broadcasters ‘ready to roll’ South Africa will adopt the DVB-T2 digital television standard, which has the capacity to give viewers access to 14 channels using the same amount of spectrum. DVB-T2 (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial Second Generation) has a higher bit-rate than its predecessor, DVB-T, making it a more suitable for carrying high definition (HD) signals on a terrestrial television channel. DVB standards are maintained by the DVB Project, an international industry consortium with around 250 members. Pule said that state signal distributor Sentech had currently achieved digital terrestrial televison (DTT) network coverage of 61% of the population, and was on track to reach 80% coverage by March 2013 and 88% coverage by December 2013. The remaining 12% of households will be covered by satellite technology. At the same time, Pule said, South Africa’s broadcasters were “ready to roll”. “The SABC is fully prepared to transmit SABC 1, 2 and 3 on the DTT network. It will also have a 24-hour news channel available for the DTT launch. Both SABC and e-TV are collaborating on a free-to-air partnership. e-TV and M-Net are ready to launch on the DTT platform and are awaiting approvals on Icasa regulations and tariff structures.” SAinfo reporter and SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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