Fort St. John RCMP asking for public’s assistance in vehicle fire investigation

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance in an investigation of a vehicle fire that occurred early Friday morning. RCMP received a call at 12:30 a.m. of a vehicle that was engulfed in flames at Peace Glass on the West Bypass Road.Police are investigating as to whether or not the fire was deliberately set.Anyone who may have seen what happened is encouraged to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

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DDTV: MCHUGH RECEIVES ANGRY BACKLASH AFTER CALLING KERRY STAR “TWO-TRICK PONY”

first_imgClick on the video above to watch Martin McHugh call Kerry legend Colm Cooper a “two-trick pony”.The Kilcar native has received an angry backlash from outraged GAA supporters following his comments on Sunday night. McHugh made the comments on The Sunday Game which left host Des Cahill, and fellow pundits Dermot Earley and Kevin McStay stunned.James O’Donoghue starred for Kerry and scored 1-5 against Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final clash at Croke Park.He was praised for his outstanding performance, but McHugh argued that O’Donoghue was a better player than the Gooch.The comments were ridiculed by his fellow analysts in the RTE studio and sparked fury online, with angry supporters of Cooper taking to social media to slam McHugh with some calling for him to be banned from the popular highlights show. Below are a few comments posted on Facebook after McHugh made the comments about the Kerry star who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.Michael Costello wrote, “Gooch is probably the best player ever to play the game. McHugh shouldn’t be let back on Sunday game.Cathal Murphy posted, “What a complete load of nonsense. If he truly believes that then he has no place as an analyst. How could you take anything else he says seriously?John O’Sullivan, “McHugh isnt even fit to comment on gooch. Showed a real lack of class. Probably the best footballer to play the game for last decade. Silly thing to say. Think he knew it too. Love the reaction he got in the studio 🙂Hammy Dawson, “What a load of you know what from McHugh. The Gooch has being the best forward in the last 12 year’s. Remove him from the Panel.Tony Griffin, “Martin McHugh 2 All-stars, 1 all Ireland, Colm cooper 8 allstars 4 All- Ireland medals, McHugh woke up this morning, and said to himself, I have really messed up now, and hope it was just a bad dream, typical northern clown with a chip on his shoulder DDTV: MCHUGH RECEIVES ANGRY BACKLASH AFTER CALLING KERRY STAR “TWO-TRICK PONY” was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:Colm CooperDDTV: Martin McHughdonegalKerryRTEThe Sunday Gamelast_img read more

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THE GUIDING LIGHT IN THE SKYLINE ABOVE FANAD – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgNeil’s stunning portrait.There have been thousands of pictures taken of iconic Fanad Lighthouse.But Neil Carey’s is up there amongst the best.Neil simply tags his stunning portrait ‘Last moments of daylight as the lamp switches on in Fanad lighthouse.’ THE GUIDING LIGHT IN THE SKYLINE ABOVE FANAD – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: August 25th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalfanad lighthouseNeil Carey Photographylast_img read more

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Analysis: Baines vote lowers the bar for the Hall

first_imgBy Dave Sheinin | Washington PostLAS VEGAS – Harold Baines was a fine baseball player who played for a very long time – a right fielder-turned-designated hitter who earned six all-star appearances, led the American League in slugging in 1984 and amassed 384 home runs and 2,866 hits over 22 seasons.If you’re into advanced analytics, his wins above replacement (Baseball-Reference version) of 38.7 ranks tied for 545th all-time and puts him in the same neighborhood as contemporaries such as Paul …last_img read more

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Art Evolution Is Backwards

first_imgEarly art has again been shown to be the work of advanced intellect and culture (see Apr. 22 headline and embedded links).  Carved animal figurines found in Germany1 estimated to be 30,000 to 33,000 years old, display a level of craftsmanship not expected among primitive humans.  In the Dec. 18 issue of Nature2, Anthony Sinclair laments that this does not fit the Victorian notions of progressive evolution:The study of early art has been plagued by our desire to see this essentially human skill in a progressive evolutionary context: simple artistic expressions should lead to later, more sophisticated creations.  We imagine that the first artists worked with a small range of materials and techniques, and produced a limited range of representations of the world around them.  As new materials and new techniques were developed, we should see this pattern of evolution in the archaeological record.  Yet for many outlets of artistic expression � cave paintings, textiles, ceramics and musical instruments � the evidence increasingly refuses to fit.  Instead of a gradual evolution of skills, the first modern humans in Europe were in fact astonishingly precocious artists. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He describes how the cave paintings in Europe, before they were dated by radiometric means, were arranged into an evolutionary sequence from simple to complex.  Then came the surprise that the superb multicolored animal paintings in Chauvet cave in France were dated to be the oldest (see 10/04/01 headline).  Sinclair points out other examples of textiles, figurines and musical instruments that refuse to fall into evolutionary line.  For instance, among some musical pipes found in France,Microscopic examination suggests that they may have been reed-voiced instruments, like a modern oboe, and that the finger holes have been chamfered to increase the pneumatic efficiency of the finger seal: simple whistles they are not.  Such evidence of complexity is used to argue that these cannot be the first musical pipes, even though they are the oldest in the archaeological record.So there seems to be a bias among researchers to force their discoveries into evolutionary presuppositions.  Sinclair tries to salvage evolution by saying maybe we haven’t found the primitive precursors yet, but unambiguous finds prior to the dates of these exquisite artifacts “can be counted on the fingers of one hand,” he says.  “The argument in favour of fast-developing artistic skills in modern humans is strong, and certainly one that I find convincing.”  His statements reveal the chagrin of finding out observations do not match predictions, and he cautions researchers that they must face up to the facts:The Victorian idea of progressive evolution has been a very persuasive metaphor for explaining change in the archaeological record, particularly over a time of biological change in the human species.  Yet the archaeological evidence is now forcing us to come up with new timescales for cultural change and innovation.  This is a challenge that makes the smallest finds of archaeology as important as the largest.1Nicholas J. Conard, “Palaeolithic ivory sculptures from southwestern Germany and the origins of figurative art,” Nature 426, 830 – 832 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/nature02186.2Anthony Sinclair, “Archaeology: Art of the Ancients,” Nature 426, 774 – 775 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426774a.While Sinclair’s candor is laudable, it does not go far enough.  The evolutionary metaphor is beyond salvage.  The observations falsify evolution and instead support the creation paradigm, that man was endowed with intelligence and artistic skill from the beginning.  In the Biblical timeline, for instance, metallurgy, farming, ranching and musical instrument making were already advanced by the seventh generation from Adam (see Gen. 4:16-22).  After the flood and Babel, it is certainly plausible that technology took a huge setback, and as post-flood ice ages ensued, generations of humans dispersed into whatever habitats they could find, including caves.  For a Q&A list on creation anthropology, see Answers in Genesis.    The fact that some human artifacts are found in caves does not mean the artists were primitive.  Some people like living in or visiting caves (even today).  Besides, it could be a selection effect, either that cave environments preserve artifacts better, or that archaeologists are more wont to explore caves than surface terrain.  The dating methods Sinclair trusts are flawed anyway, being built on evolutionary presuppositions, so his whole predicament is a prison in his own mind.  Our enlightened post-Victorian era must now wake up to the realization that progressive evolution was just a persuasive metaphor, and as scientists should know, metaphors bewitch you (see July 4 headline).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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When Is a Primate a Human Ancestor?

first_imgBehold Aegyptopithecus zeuxis, an extinct fossil monkey.  It had a brain smaller than a lemon, smaller than that of modern lemurs.  Why, then, are the news media touting this as a human ancestor?    The new specimen of Aegyptopithecus is more intact and complete than previous specimens.  Two surprises were noted; the amount of sexual dimorphism (differences between male and female) was more than expected, and the brain size was smaller than expected.    This specimen, in fact, seems more un-human than before.  Despite the surprises, several news reports about this fossil are noteworthy for their degree of certainty that this particular ape belongs in the human family tree.  The surprises have not cast any doubt on the human-ancestry interpretation.    The headline on EurekAlert was perhaps the mildest, focusing at least some attention on the problems: “Brain, size and gender surprises in latest fossil tying humans, apes and monkeys.”  National Geographic was brash: “Human Ancestor had Lime-Size Brain.”  Ditto for Live Science: “Human Ancestor Had a Pea Brain.”    In these articles, one can look in vain for doubt that we descended from these extinct lemurs.  Jeanna Brynner wrote flatly in Live Science, “The skull belonged to a common ancestor of humans, monkeys and apes.”  National Geographic’s scrambled lineage confuses who begat whom: “apes, humans, and monkeys.”    How could the discovery of such a tiny brain be used as support for an evolutionary link to humans?  National Geographic explained, “The skull—of a species related to apes, humans, and monkeys—is evidence that the more advanced and bigger brains of African primates developed later than previously believed, researchers said.”You see how they do it, don’t you?  Evolution is never subject to any doubt.  Evolution is a fact.  This IS a human ancestor, got that?  Don’t even THINK of anything else.  Now that you are sufficiently brainwashed to follow the tale, uncooperative evidence can be molded to fit.  They just rearrange the plot a little: large brain size evolved a little later in the sequence that led to us.  Never would it enter their pointy-headed pea-brains that this extinct monkey, designated Human Ancestor by the Darwin Party, might be irrelevant to the family line of Beethoven and Einstein.    True to form, the news lemmings followed the script precisely (10/11/2006 commentary): (1) assume evolution, (2) observe a fact, (3) make up a story to fit the fact into the assumption.  The Darwin Party is so skilled at this fability (01/16/2007 commentary), we need to coin another new word, fogma, to describe it.  Fogma is dogma so thick you can’t see through it unless you’re outside it.  Once surrounded by fogma, it begins to represent all of reality—a shifting, shapeless mass of evolutionary change.  The only thing providing a sense of stability in all the fability is the voice of the Darwin Party announcer speaking through the fogma and interpreting the ever-shifting view.  (It is not politically correct to ask the announcer how he knows this.)    The Charlie and Tinker Bell Theater uses state-of-the-art fogma machines with Charlie’s secret recipe.  It produces the perfect colloid of mythoids (05/29/2003 commentary).  The stage hands aim the fogma so that it reveals only the things they want the audience to see – the props that fit the script at the right time – and conceals everything else.  Surprises are inserted occasionally to keep the audience awake.  After all, every good work of fiction needs a crisis.  But not to worry; the entire production crew knows how to bring the plot to a proper denouement.    This works well indoors under controlled conditions.  Take the fogma out into the real world, though, and the sunlight of evidence quickly dissipates it.  The design of the world then stands out in clear relief.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Non-host venues eye slice of 2010 pie

first_img17 August 2009 While South Africa’s nine 2010 host cities are in the news on a daily basis as a result of their World Cup preparations, dozens of smaller cities and towns are quietly positioning themselves for the key role they will play during the month-long event. Over the years, there have been many examples of towns and cities which have been transformed overnight by the World Cup and Olympic Games. In 2006, the small Swiss town of Weggis found itself in the international spotlight during the World Cup in neighbouring Germany when Brazil set up its base camp there. Thousands of supporters and a large contingent of foreign media representatives followed the preparations of the world’s most famous team. Sapporo in Japan doubled its population and established itself as a major conferencing and sporting destination after the 1972 Winter Olympics. And South Korea, which co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan, saw its economic growth double from 3.1% in 2001 to 6.3% one year later. There have been many other success stories. Barcelona saw the number of international visitors to the city increase by 90% in the years following its successful hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games. And visitors to Sydney grew by around 50% after it hosted the 2000 Olympics. In a thesis on the economic and socio-economic perspective of the 2010 World Cup, Professor Elsabe Loots of the University of the Free State says the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles was “the watershed event that changed the financial landscape of mega-events”. Loots says the success of that event provided key lessons for the first African hosts of the quadrennial showpiece of international soccer. Creative Communications SA notes that when the World Cup has left these shores and everything returns to normal, “normal” would have been redefined, “and those who have best read and exploited the dynamics around the event will be the long-term winners”. It’s a powerful message, and one that many of the smaller cities and towns in South Africa – and the rest of the region – are taking to heart. Irrespective whether they are planning to host visiting teams, fan parks or just a few thousand World Cup visitors who are looking for something uniquely African, the 2010 World Cup provides them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow their profile. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Mossel Bay on the Western Cape coast and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape coast are among those preparing to play an important role by hosting visiting teams while, across the border in neighbouring Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is undergoing a major face-lift in anticipation of a 2010-induced surge in tourismlast_img read more

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iEFiEL 20PCS Baby Girls Infant Ribbon Bowknot Elastic Headbands Fashion Headdress Photography Props : Lovely headbands quick delivery

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Beyond Klout: Better Ways To Measure Social Media Influence

first_imgMeasuring social influence online is becoming a more sophisticated, refined and granular process. While the much-maligned early leader in the market, Klout, has scooped up a lot of headlines over the past few years, there’s a better approach. And it doesn’t involve a humble-brag-centered public score. One of the best reputation-measurement tools that I use is Topsy. Ever since Google failed to renew its deal with Twitter to include real-time tweets in its search results, I’ve looked for a way to track who’s tweeting and sharing my stories. (Hey, I’m a journalist. I’m vain.)Twitter reveals less information than I want, and Klout is obssessed with giving you a score, not detailed tracking of what’s actually happening, so I kept looking. A while ago, I stumbled on Topsy.If you produce content, and want to track who shares it, this tool is for you. Topsy gauges influence by measuring the support and attention an individual gets, according to Jamie de Guerre, Topsy’s vice president of products. Topsy’s algorithm tracks topics, sentiment, geo-locations and conversations throughout public social networks. adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#influence#social media If your content is frequently retweeted and followed by other influential people, you gain influence, explained de Guerre. What might be a curiosity for the average person on Facebook is potentially significant data for businesses.“Influence scores are then used to surface the most important results and to show customers the influencers for their brand or topic,” said de Guerre.The Anti-KloutUnlike Klout, Topsy doesn’t rely on a single “score” to define social media influence – a model that many observers view as finicky and less than scientific. Instead, it uses an internal ranking based on how and by whom your content is shared. That ranking determines whether or not you’re designated as “influential.”Unlike Klout, which allows, and practically encourages users to game the system by offering them the ability to bestow +1s for what the site considers influential topics, Topsy doesn’t let users explicitly vote on someone’s influence. But perhaps Topsy’s biggest selling point is what it doesn’t do: the service doesn’t reveal user scores. That simple, easy to read score – Klout’s calling card and biggest selling point – is also its biggest weakness. Obsessing over that number can quicly become addictive – and separated from geniune social influence. Other social ranking sites – likeKredand PROskore – also use variations on that Klout model. Kred claims to focus on ranking influence based on “trust and generosity.” The words sound rosy, but it’s hard to tell how much to trust them.PROskore, on the other hand, says it measure scores based on a person’s “professional reputation.” The site describes that as business relationships and even popularity. Yup. No matter what field you’re in, you never left high school. Life is still a popularity contest.Or several different popularity contests. WIth all these competing social media influence scores, it’s impossible to know which one is the definitive value. That’s why I stay away from these score-ranking sites and put my trust in Topsy.Images courtesy of Shutterstock and steffanomaggi A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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The 22X Fund and Democratizing Startup Investment

first_imgTags:#22X Fund#500 Startups#artificial intelligence#engagement#Fundraising#ICOs#ReadWrite Labs#Silicon Valley#tokens Shaun Moore Editors Note & Disclaimer: TrueFace.ai & its parent company Chui are alumni of the ReadWrite Labs accelerator program.  Tradition leads you to believe: start a company in a garage or basement, find a few people to tell you it’s a good idea, raise a small bit of money from your friends & family, move to Silicon Valley, raise more money from a well known VC and become a technology rockstar.  Well those of us that are living and breathing this perceived narrative know that it is mostly untrue.  As the founder of Trueface.ai a face recognition startup, I am overwhelmed with how often people just assume ‘the valley’ is throwing money at any face recognition or artificial intelligence (A.I.) company.  It’s just not the case as the venture world has shifted their risk profile to focus more on growth investing.  The history of raising money has always positioned the venture capitalist in the position of power, dictating to the market which companies have a higher chance of success.  But how investors make the decision to invest is unpredictable and not always backed by real expertise in building companies.  Now that’s changing. New types of funding like ICOs and equity crowdfunding, accelerators and corporate venture arms are giving startups more options to raise funds. The newest and most exciting of these new investment vehicles are “security tokens.”Security tokens are backed by real-world assets such as equity in a company. Like “utility tokens” they are tradable on exchanges. They allow many investors globally to buy into a promising project whether that’s investing a group of startups or a real estate project.The game has now changed for investors thanks to tokens and how they can allow for someone to instantly diversify.  I can remember back to a finance class in college; we learned all about modern portfolio theory and diversification to reduce unsystematic risk.  We’ve been taught, broadly speaking, to invest in the minimum number of companies necessary to drive your exposure to unsystematic risk to near zero.  The number of which is accepted is 30 companies in multiple industries and different levels of risk associated.  This theory is what has me incredibly excited about securitized tokens and specifically 22X Fund. The 22X Fund is the first security token of its kind – a founder-organized initiative of 30 companies from the most recent batch of 500 Startups (Batch 22), one of the best technology accelerators in the world. The startup founders of 22X joined forces to revolutionize the way we think about fundraising. The securitized token represents up to 10% equity interest in each company, providing investors with access to Silicon Valley’s best and brightest with one single investment. The batch of 30 companies was vetted by the 500 Startups organization and had previously raised over US$ 22,000,000 in capital to get to the stages they are at today.Investors within the 22X Fund gain access to 30 high growth companies with one investment and can reduce their overall risk while having access to liquidity by trading the token as they see fit.There are incredible benefits to both sides here – the founders of the companies have access to global capital ranging from smaller private investors overseas, to family offices to traditional institutional funds.  The 22X Fund empowers its founders to spend less time raising money and more time focusing on how to grow their business and be successful.  Although I still believe the venture capitalists play a critical role in the ecosystem, it reduces their power to be the final say about who has an opportunity to be successful. It democratizes startup investment.   The long-term implications for the relationship between traditional venture capital and founders are still up in the air, but I think for the community this is an incredible step forward.  Silicon Valley is known for its forward-thinking, risk-taking and against the grain mentality. This new type of fundraising is precisely what should be expected from incredibly driven, determined and bright founders who are willing to take risks. Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

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