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The xx Announces First Album Since 2012, Shares Leading Single [Listen]

first_imgI See You Tracklist:01. Dangerous02. Say Something Loving03. Lips04. A Violent Noise05. Performance06. Replica07. Brave For You08. On Hold09. I Dare You10. Test Me11. Naive (Bonus Track)12. Seasons Run (Bonus Track)13. Brave For You (Marfa Demo) (Bonus Track) English indie pop band The xx have announced a new album I See You, set to release January 13th, 2017. The LP marks their third studio album following their 2009 debut album xx and 2012’s Coexist. The new record was recorded between March 2014 and August 2016 between New York, Los Angeles, London, and Reykjavik.This announcement comes in light of the recent shift in American pride. “We know these are uncertain times and we hope the joy & love we found making the record will get out into the world, in however small a way,” the band explained with the album’s announcement. To further accompany the excitement of their most recent work, The xx have shared the album’s leading single “On Hold.” As Pitchfork notes, the track samples the 1981 hit by Hall and Oates, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).” Take a listen to the new track below:last_img read more

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Off Road Legends: A Conversation with Eastern Mountain Bike Legend Matt Marcus

first_imgOff Road Legends: A conversation with Matt MarcusMatt Marcus has been mountain biking since before they called it mountain biking. Right now, He’s is 600 miles into a bike adventure down the East Coast to the Florida Keys. He’s not counting on getting there until he’s there. After a long day’s ride, he called in to talk about his life and his favorite sport.“When Matt was really into mountain biking and early days of the scene, there was no internet. He lived it, but didn’t blog about it. His memory is really good and he has the mind of a great trial lawyer,” said fellow old-school Blue Ridge mountain bike legend Susan Haywood, of Marcus. “I would describe him as an early pioneer of East Coast mountain biking and racing. He lived in the D. C. area and worked as a bicycle messenger. He would travel every weekend to races or to ride in Canaan on the tough stuff. He was a weekend warrior that finally made the leap to move to Canaan. He eventually bought Blackwater Bikes in Davis and was the face of mountain biking in Canaan for many years.”Continued Haywood: “He was involved in WVMBA ( West Virginia Mountain Bike Association) and IMBA( International Mountain Bike Association) and was a strong advocate for trail access, especially at a time when trails were getting shut down. He wasn’t always the diplomat in these situations, but his strong passion for trails dictated his actions. And even though he was sometimes on the extreme end of the spectrum, it was what was needed to save trails.”BRO: What did you do before you discovered mountain biking?MM: I was a bike messenger in D.C. That’s when I first saw mountain bikes sold commercially—at a bike shop in Gerogetown. Another bike messenger had a Stumpjumper—one of the first mountain bikes that ever came out. My buddy was more of a BMX rider and I was a road rider at the time. We both got into it heavily. He ended up being a pro. He was really fast.I started racing up in West Virginia and ended up moving there in 1988. I bought Blackwater Bikes in 1990. Owned it for ten years. I worked there before I owned it and I’ve worked there on and off since I sold it. I might end up working there again.BRO: Coming from an urban/road biking background what attracted you to mountain biking?MM: Being able to ride in the woods on trails and up steep hills was alluring. My friend and I got into the mountain bike scene together. It was fun going to races with him because he would win a lot. Davis, West Virginia, was the first place we went to race truly gnarly off-road stuff. People would come from Georgia, New York, parts of New England, and Florida—all over the East coast.The first race I rode was in Rock Creek Park before they outlawed biking there. But it was pretty sketchy. It was an off-road bike messenger race so it was pretty funny.The first real mountain bike race I entered was 1984, The Canaan Mountain Series in Davis, WV. Laird Knight was the race promoter and started it in 1983. We were going through rivers and swamps. It was serious, hardcore, sick downhill stuff. You could probably ride it now on a downhill bike but then it was sketchy on a rigid bike. We rode everything rigid then. There was not much suspension at the time. The Canaan Mountain Series is one of the oldest continuously run mountain bike race in the world, definitely the oldest and longest still running on the east coast.BRO: If you could have an on-going theme song while you biked, what would it be?MM: “Jumping in the fire” by Harry Nilsson. That’s been running in my head all day.BRO: What was your first mountain bike?MM: Univega Alpina 1983 model.BRO: Do you have a name for your mountain bike?MM: (Laughs) no, I mean it’s named Cannondale Scalpel. Some people do though.BRO: What has been your proudest moment in the sport?MM: When my friend Nick Wait won the Junior National Championship in 2001 (fc). Another was when Sue Haywood got chose to represent the U.S. in the Olympics. It was a proud moment though it later went to court and she got it yanked from her. Watch the movie called off-road To Athens. It’s a big part of mountain bike history. It would take a whole other interview to tell you that one, buddy. Those are the two moments I’m most proud of because I was involved with both those athletes in terms of riding with them and getting them started in the sport.BRO: Is the sport worth the risk/danger?Well of course, yes, it’s worth the risk/danger. There are plenty of other things that are a hell of a lot more dangerous and people do them all the time. High School football; driving to Walmart is probably more dangerous than mountain biking.On this trip I’m on now, I left Durham, NC and hit part of the East coast greenway. It’s a 20-30 mile long rail trail and I never had to worry about my safety in terms of cars or trucks or anything. Those are the kinds of facilities that would be nice to have. If there were a cross-country rail trail, I would be on it in a heartbeat. Those are the kind of facilities that would make the sport of cycling stronger, in general.BRO: Where is your favorite place to ride a mountain bike in the U.S.?MM: West Virginia is what I’m most familiar with. Davis and Canaan Valley, that area. I love one of the newer trails in the area called Splash Dam. North/Central West Virginia is rocky, rooty, muddy, plateau. Its not as friendly to beginners. It’s more hardcore technical and rocky.Other place I’ve been that I love to ride? Moab, obviously, and there are some other really cool places around there. Gooseberry and Fruita. Steamboat Springs in Colorado is really great, too. There’s some really awesome riding down in Central and South America. I want to go to Guatemala. I did the death road in Bolivia…It’s not a mountain bike ride but it’s really cool. It starts at something like 16,000 ft. and ends at something like 2,000 feet.BRO: Can you tell me about the moonshiners?MM: Back when I owned the bike shop in the 90s, I came across this story on this sheet of paper about how back in the 1920s during Prohibition moonshiners made these bicycles with gearing that they used to run the moonshine over the mountains from Dryfork, W.V., in Randolph County. That’s the story and if I ever find it again I’ll send it to you. I don’t even know where it came from.But it wasn’t one group. Hundreds of people all over the world discovered mountain biking. It was just the guys out in California that finally took it to production. They’re the ones who pulled it off. It seems like there are more bike shops in California and Florida than anywhere else in the U.S. and its because of the climate and terrain.BRO: Where do you see the future of the sport going?MM: I think mountain biking has matured to the point where the technology is not going to go as fast anymore, maybe. But who knows because there’s always new stuff the manufacturers want to build. First there were 26in wheels then 29in and 650b and now people are riding these fat bikes in snow and sand. The sports going to keep evolving and changing and people will always want new and better gear. I don’t know where the future is going. All I know is the bicycle is one of the greatest inventions that man has ever made and it’s not going away.BRO: Why do you love mountain biking more than road biking?MM: Okay, this is basically the reason why I love mountain biking: if you screw up its your fault. It’s not a car’s fault. Your not in some road race with a sprinting pack that’s going to crash. Nine times out of ten if you wreck on a mountain bike, it is your own fault. All the responsibility rests on you but you also don’t have to worry about somebody else screwing you up, usually. It’s as safe as you want it to be. Its individual…But a friend of mine—a bear hit him. So you know, shit happens. The bear got up and shook it off. My buddy may have had some cracked ribs. I can’t remember the details but he definitely got hit by a bear or they hit each other. They were both going along pretty fast.last_img read more

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Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Tagliafico scores embarrassing own goal for Ajax

first_imgAjax comfortably won the game despite the own goal (Picture: Sky Sports)Tagliafico fired the ball straight into his own net, but shrugged off the mistake with little fuss.Arsenal already have a host of defensive stars under performing and Emery is tipped to make quite a few changes in the summer.If Arsenal qualify for the Champions League, Emery is aiming to sign at least five players in the coming transfer window.But should Arsenal finish outside the top four of the Premier League again, Emery will have just £40m in transfer funds.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Tagliafico scores embarrassing own goal for Ajax Coral BarryThursday 4 Apr 2019 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link190Shares Nicolas Tagliafico own goal for Ajax (Picture: Sky Sports)Nicolas Tagliafico scored a humiliating own goal for Ajax in an otherwise routine win for the Eredivisie leaders against Emmen on Wednesday night.The 5-2 win over Emmen, who are bottom of the league, sent Ajax a point clear of second-place side PSV Eindhoven – who have played a game less.Arsenal are tracking Tagliafico this season as Unai Emery has drawn up a list of full-backs capable of replacing Nacho Monreal.Nicolas Tagliafico with one of the greatest own goals you’ll see this season 😂🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/TM7wHgUCow— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) April 3, 2019center_img Advertisement Comment ADVERTISEMENTCeltic’s star Kieran Tierney and Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell are also up for consideration, but Emery is said to be a big fan of Tagliafico.Ajax value Tagliafico at around £17million, but Arsenal fans will be wary to see the 26-year-old produce a calamitous own goal against Emmen.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnder no real pressure, Tagliafico plays the ball back to his goalkeeper, only for the speed of the pass to catch his stopper off guard.last_img read more

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Who is Luis Rojas? Mets’ new manager better be the right hire

first_imgOn the surface, it’s a solid, safe hire: Rojas is a familiar guy within the organization, with a lot of upside. But he’s also facing a lot of questions in his maiden voyage as a major league manager.MORE: Why Marcell Ozuna signed a one-year deal with BravesWho is Luis Rojas?Rojas, 38, has been with the Mets organization since 2006, coaching and managing at different ranks before making it up the the big league squad as part of Mickey Callaway’s staff in 2019. So, the good news for Rojas is that he already has familiarity with a lot of the Mets’ young players, whom he coached while they were on the way up to the majors.As the team’s quality control coach, Rojas’ main job was to prep the Mets on gameday and act as something of a middleman between the front office and management. Oftentimes a quality control coach helps with the team’s day-to-day activities — warmups, side sessions, things of that nature.Rojas spent time in Washington’s minor league system (then Montreal), with its rookie ball affiliate, but never advanced. With the Mets, Rojas has managed A, High-A, Double-A and rookie ball squads, amassing a .539 winning percentage in eight seasons. Rojas is the son of former major leaguer Felipe Alou and brother of longtime outfielder Moises Alou. There’s your bar night trivia.Who is Luis Rojas, really?This is the question the Mets and Rojas need to answer. Who is he? Is he going to bring fire to the Mets? Is he analytically forward-thinking? Is he just Brodie Van Wagenen’s mouthpiece?He’s got enough of a pedigree in coaching that no one will question the hire, but is he ready for the bright lights of Citi Field? It must be tough being the scramble-drill hire, a guy who wasn’t on many people’s radar before this offseason. It must be even more difficult taking your first managing job in a tough situation.Put aside the fact that Rojas has no major league managing experience, that’s fine. There are plenty of inexperienced coaches across MLB who have been successful. Besides, the way you find the next great manager is to find a guy who hasn’t really done it before, and it’s not as though Rojas was unfamiliar in the room.The curious question is this: What did the Mets not like about Rojas that he wasn’t even a finalist for the job before Beltran was hired?Considering he was a holdover from the Mickey Callaway regime, the organization must have liked him for something, but it wasn’t enough to earn him a spot as a finalist for manager. Beltran got the job, while Eduardo Perez was the runner-up.For whatever reason, the Mets didn’t consider Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter for their opening, and they’re two heralded program-builders and stabilizers with good track records. The explanation could be as simple as they were from outside the organization. It’s a lame one, though. Rojas is still something of an unknown commodity, and that can be a dangerous thing for the Mets. He’s walking into the middle of Van Wyck Expressway traffic after the ousting of Beltran, just weeks before spring training, a tough ask and task for any rookie manager to handle, but especially with a team that must win now. They also won’t be able to afford a one-year trial with Rojas to see whether he can figure it out in Flushing. Not after Callaway’s disastrous tenure. The Mets got their guy — again.On Wednesday, New York reportedly named its quality control coach, Luis Rojas, as the 22nd manager in franchise history, following the uh, brief, tenure of Carlos Beltran. While the Mets are plenty talented when it comes to position players — NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and others — they’ll go as far as the pitching will take them. The organization let Zack Wheeler walk after the 2019 season, and Marcus Stroman is set to be a free agent next offseason. Yeah, Jacob deGrom is locked up and a sensational pitcher, but we’ve seen across MLB just how difficult it is to build and retain a staff.Keeping or acquiring new, good pitchers isn’t a guarantee in baseball. So even with incoming owner Steve Cohen ready to take the reins and maybe spend more money than the Wilpons have on free agents and whatever else money can buy, what we know right now is that the Mets have to win, even in a crowded and difficult division.Is Rojas the guy to do it? Who knows? But we’re all about to find out.last_img read more

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Defending champs Perry climb into second in City League

first_imgby Malik VincentThe doormat in front of Perry’s locker room doesn’t say ‘home sweet some’, though it should.Perry (2-0, 2-2) has won its two games within the league, despite two losses to nonconference North Hills and Fort Hill, MD.  The latest was 14-12 survival of North Side foe Oliver at Cupples Stadium on Sept. 23.It could be the last regular season game between the two, as the Pittsburgh Board of Education is slated to close the school (Oliver) at the end of this school year.“It’s always a great North Side rivalry,” Perry coach Bill Gallagher said. “The (tight margin of victory) is what we expected.”Oliver (0-3, 0-4) opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run by LeAndre Harrison in the first quarter.The Commodores evened things up with a touchdown pass of yards from Darelle Carson to Daron Clark in the second. The teams took a 6-6 tie into the half.Perry would go ahead 14-6 in the third on a 14 yard run by Robert Willie. Perry would tack-on a two point conversion on a pass from Carson to Deacon Blackwell. But the city’s defending champs would experience a scare when Oliver scored on a rush from 3 yards out by Joquet Foster. The two-point conversion to tie the game was a fade route that was broken up by Perry defenders in the corner of the endzone.“It’s a big thing for those guys on the North Side,” said former Perry three-year starter Greg McGhee. “The Oliver/Perry game is what they talk about all year. It’s a very competitive game that’s very important in the community for the two schools to be able to have those bragging rights until that next year. It’s sad that rivalry may be no longer.”USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) 36, Langley 0The first two wins in program history are both shutouts as the USO defense forced Langley to turn the ball over four times.Senior quarterback Dante Forte completed 9 of 15 passed for 193 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had two on the ground.Myles Catlin opened the scoring for USO with an 18-yard touchdown run and then added a score through the air from 16 away from Forte in the second quarter.“We’re finally getting on track,” USO coach Lou Berry said. “We’re getting things in place so that we can be successful this season. We have some challenges coming in the next couple of weeks, but we’re looking forward to them and getting prepared.”Forte’s other touchdown strike came in the third when he found Chazz Daniels who took it 45 yards to the end zone to give USO a 26-0 lead.In addition to his 1-yard run in the first quarter, his second came from the same distance in the third.“We had high expectations for Dante coming into the season,” Berry added. “He has experience. He was a three-year starter at Peabody. He has a knack for the big play and we’re looking forward to leading our team throughout the course of the season.”Other games:Allderdice dropped a 27-9 decision to nonconference Fort Hill, MD and Westinghouse evened their record to 2-2 on the season with a 31-0 loss to Brashear, just a week after crushing Carrick, 36-0, in their City League opener.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at newpittsburghcourier.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick: Did he understand the history of the position he played? (Oct. 16)

first_imgby J. Pharoah Doss, For New Pittsburgh CourierEx-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a controversial figure in 2016 after he knelt on the sideline during the national anthem to protest police brutality. After the season Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, no other team signed him. He filed a grievance against the NFL for collusion, and eventually the matter was settled out of court.Kaepernick hasn’t played football since.Recently, the media received a document written by Kaepernick’s agent. It said, “It’s difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster.” This statement made me wonder if Kaepernick fully understood the history of Black quarterbacks in the NFL.The first Black quarterback in the modern era of the Super Bowl was Marlin Briscoe. In 1968 Briscoe was drafted by the Denver Broncos. Briscoe played quarterback from youth football to college but the Denver Broncos converted him to a defensive back. When Denver’s starting quarterback got injured Denver started him for the last five games of the season. In that short stint Briscoe threw 14 touchdown passes and was a candidate for Rookie of the Year. Denver released him after the season. Briscoe bounced around the league as a wide receiver and never played quarterback again. While Briscoe started quarterback in Denver a reporter wrote, “Of the dozens of quarterbacks on the rosters of the 26 major league professional teams in the United States, Marlin is the only one whose skin is Black… But Marlin is not mainly interested in proving he can run the ball. What he’s trying to show them is that a Black man can run the ball club.”J. PHAROAH DOSS Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier The stereotype was Black players lacked the character for leadership and didn’t have the intelligence to play quarterback at the professional level.Kaepernick was born in 1987.The 1987 Washington Redskins became the Super Bowl champions. That team was quarterbacked by Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to win the Super Bowl. But that didn’t put the stereotype to rest. Williams was a backup who replaced the starting quarterback after an injury and Williams didn’t start the following year. The question remained if teams could build an offense around a Black quarterback and be serious postseason contenders for the duration of that quarterback’s career. At the time there were only two other Black quarterbacks—Houston’s Warren Moon and Philadelphia’s Randall Cunningham. Both were struggling to have success, but Moon and Cunningham were fully aware of what failure meant, so it wasn’t an option. (Warren Moon became a Hall of Famer and Cunningham is a legend.)Over the next decade Black quarterbacks started to appear on NFL rosters. But the critics said these Black quarterbacks were runners, not passers, as well as poor game managers. One of the best to emerge was Philadelphia’s Donavan McNabb. In 2003, Rush Limbaugh resigned as a co-host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown after his controversial remarks indicating McNabb wasn’t a good quarterback and the media overrating him because he was Black. Limbaugh suggested there is a social desire for Black quarterbacks and Black coaches to do well and their mediocrity is overlooked.In 2007 McNabb appeared on HBO’s Real Sports and stated that there’s an element that doesn’t want Blacks to succeed at the quarterback position so Black quarterbacks have to do more than Whites. On a show called the Young Turks the host told his co-host that McNabb was wrong because times have changed. But a 2015 study revealed Black quarterbacks were twice as likely to be benched, or removed from play, than White quarterbacks, and broadcasters often attributed the success of Black quarterbacks to superior athletic skills while attributing the success of their White counterparts to superior intellect.The next year Kaepernick protested police brutality on the sideline.If Kaepernick understood the history of the Black quarterback he would have realized the myth of Black mediocrity still existed and he was in a position to make a contribution to its destruction. The struggle continued on the field, not on the sideline. But he took a knee and when quarterbacks do that, the game is over.last_img read more

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Balanced Humboldt State attack helps Jacks run past Simpson University in 111-78 win

first_imgARCATA >> Following a pair of non-conference games where things were a little closer than some might have thought, the Jacks got to breathe a little easier down the stretch Monday night.It was in large part because of what they did the first 35 minutes or so.Getting contributions from up and down the roster, the Humboldt State men’s basketball team hit 19 3-pointers en route to a season-high point total and rolled to a convincing 111-78 win over Simpson University at Lumberjack Arena.“Offensi …last_img

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Brain Makes Automatic Statistical Inference

first_imgYour brain isn’t a computer, but contains a powerful one.Scientists at the University of Cambridge say, “the brain is a really smart statistical machine: it looks for patterns and finds building blocks to construct objects.” For example, you can look at clothing on a mannequin inside a store and infer what the fabric feels like, just by judging its texture and color.Our ability to extract distinct objects from cluttered scenes by touch or sight alone and accurately predict how they will feel based on how they look, or how they look based on how they feel, is critical to how we interact with the world.By performing clever statistical analyses of previous experiences, the brain can immediately both identify objects without the need for clear-cut boundaries or other specialised cues, and predict unknown properties of new objects. The results are reported in the open-access journal eLife.To accomplish this kind of inference, the brain breaks up the stream of information coming at it from the senses into chunks, the press release explains, a bit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Experiments with puzzles showed that subjects correctly inferred the unknown properties from the chunks of known properties.“These results challenge classical views on how we extract and learn about objects in our environment,” said Lengyel. “Instead, we’ve show that general-purpose statistical computations known to operate in even the youngest infants are sufficiently powerful for achieving such cognitive feats.“The paper in eLife did not use any reference to evolution, nor did the press release. Instead, it referred to something non-physical: the abstract reality of concepts.The concept of objects is fundamental to cognition and is defined by a consistent set of sensory properties and physical affordances [properties that the environment offers the individual]. Although it is unknown how the abstract concept of an object emerges, most accounts assume that visual or haptic boundaries are crucial in this process. Here, we tested an alternative hypothesis that boundaries are not essential but simply reflect a more fundamental principle: consistent visual or haptic [touch-related] statistical properties.The coherent organization of information across different modalities is crucial for efficiently interacting with the world and lies at the heart of the concept of what defines an object.[S]tatistical learning goes beyond the learning of simple (pairwise) associations between the constituent components of objects, and has been shown to be best described as the extraction of statistically meaningful (potentially multivariate) latent ‘chunks’). Therefore, we propose that these latent chunks are the abstract representations that are built automatically during exposure and mediate the across-modality effects we observed.Together, these results suggest that statistical learning is not only a domain-general mechanism but it also results in domain-general internal representations that could be the basis for the emergence of affordances and the abstraction of object concepts.The brain, therefore, is adept at combining information and concepts. This sounds more like a top-down process of computational abilities, not a bottom-up pairwise association of sensory perceptions, as John Locke proposed for the emergence of ideas. Any bottom-up mechanical philosophy, in fact, has to presuppose the very abilities of thought that it tries to explain. That includes Darwinism.One doesn’t have to use the silly “inner pickpocket” analogy contrived by the lead author, who said “These results suggest there is a secret, statistically savvy pickpocket in all of us.” Pickpockets might access the ability to infer properties by touch, but they simply use for evil purposes a complex ability with which all of us come endowed by our Creator. The authors did not refer to evolution at all. How could they? A blind, aimless process like natural selection is oblivious to the world of logical inference, statistical inference, and concepts. Those require thought, even if they utilize the tools of neurons. Thought falsifies atheism. C.S. Lewis said,Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.(Visited 380 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

first_img27 November 2009While the majestic Table Mountain and the internationally renowned Robben Island are among Cape Town’s best-known destinations, the V&A Waterfront – which is being transformed into a mega football village for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – is fast catching up.With the 19th edition of the Fifa World Cup™ fast approaching, the Final Draw taking place on 4 December has presented Cape Town with an ideal opportunity to showcase its beauty.The term “must-see place” is, to many, overused. Few, however, will disagree that it is applicable to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.Situated at the shores of this breathtaking city, the V&A Waterfront is one of the most tourist-probing places in Cape Town, boasting state-of-the-art facilities that include shops, restaurants and a gorgeous harbour.It is also one of the city’s few locations where you will have so many options at your disposal rather than having to travel around to find various activities.There are several hotel, shops, restaurants and cinemas. The shops are divided between several locations and include specific areas set aside for crafts, art and small business development. They are generally open until 9pm daily.There are also plenty of leisure activities available at the Waterfront, such as air and sea charters. Open spaces throughout the precinct are to be used as hospitality and match-viewing areas, while the main shopping arena buzzes with activities.The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found along South Africa’s long coastline. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town, and over 3 000 living sea animals – including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins – can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.The Maritime Museum is one of the popular places here, as it focuses on the history of shipping from prehistoric times to the present day. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast are always some of the main attractions.At the heart of the Waterfront is the V&A Waterfront Marina, a residential development of prestigious apartments and penthouses, the quintessence of the Waterfront lifestyle.Some of the places to visit there include the Robben Island Embarkation Building, which was used to temporarily keep prisoners who were en route to Robben Island. Other places include the Clock Tower and Heritage routeSource: Fifa.comlast_img read more

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Martin to lead Field to Faucet program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some would say people are the problem behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, Jay Martin will say they’re the solution.Martin was recently chosen to lead Field to Faucet, a water quality program launched by The Ohio State University to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector.“It became obvious, when I was working in Louisiana on a project to manage Delta land loss and salinity, that working with the people was the key to success,” Martin said. Martin did his PhD dissertation at Louisiana State University on the interdisciplinary nature of protecting coastal areas via engineering, social sciences and marine biology.Now, Martin is an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the Lake Erie basin, again in concert with researchers from a variety of disciplines.Field to Faucet was conceived and funded by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which put $1 million toward the effort after dangerous microcystin levels in Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. Microcystin is a toxin made by some algae.“Jay’s interdisciplinary approach in Louisiana and here in Ohio made him the ideal leader for Field to Faucet,” McPheron said. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds. Jay has the ability to bring people together to solve this complicated issue.”Field to Faucet involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities. Already, five projects have launched, Martin said.1. One app under development will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.2. Another project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.3. Another focus is removing phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.4. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be used in another project to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.5. The final project will develop a sensor to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Martin also will serve as the faculty leader of the university’s Global Water Initiative, an umbrella effort from the Office of Research that encompasses Field to Faucet along with Wells to Wellness, a water supply endeavor starting in Tanzania, and Coastal Resiliency, an international disaster preparedness effort.In addition, Martin will be working with Ohio Sea Grant, which is housed at Ohio State, which is managing the funding and reporting of related water quality projects recently funded by $2 million from the Ohio Board of Regents and matched by Ohio State and other universities across Ohio to address harmful algal blooms.last_img read more