All four Rio Hondo League boys basketball teams won first-round games in the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs, and all five Almont League teams were shown the exit door Friday. Monrovia, a Rio Hondo League at-large team, stunned Almont League champion Schurr, 64-63. Temple City, a 62-46 winner over Montebello, will be on the road Tuesday against No. 7 Savanna, a 51-48 winner over Lompoc Cabrillo. No. 3 La Ca ada advanced with a 47-31 victory over Alhambra and will be on the road against No. 10 Crossroads. Pasadena (25-2), Division II-AA’s top-ranked team, opened the playoffs with a 70-39 victory over Golden Valley and will face Chaffey (14-14) on the road. No. 2 Renaissance Academy (26-1) advanced to the Division III-A quarterfinals against host Santa Fe (22-7), a 48-46 winner over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. The Wildcats (13-12) will host Tri-Valley League champion Oak Park (21-6), a 66-57 first-round winner over Morro Bay, in the second round Tuesday. South Pasadena (18-9) knocked off No. 8 Carpinteria 70-61 and will host No. 9 Windward (20-7), an 81-77 overtime winner over Animo Leadership. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sometimes “evolution” itself becomes a vestigial organ or junk-DNA word to a news story. An article on Science Daily, for instance, was titled “Quantum Entanglement in Photosynthesis and Evolution,” but then had nothing further to say about evolution. Instead, the article marveled at the efficiency of the structures of photosynthesis. They employ quantum effects in their handling of electrons. As a result, they “are so efficient at converting light into energy – doing so at 95 percent or more.” Some of the most primitive microbes on earth, the cyanobacteria, accomplish this trick. Nothing was said about how the efficient light-harvesting structures could have evolved. Instead, the conclusion took a biomimetic turn: “this understanding of quantum energy transfer and charge separation pathways may help the design of solar cells that take their inspiration from nature.”There are too many baloney links in here to discuss in detail. Convergent evolution is not a “process.” It’s more like a rescue device to save Darwin from the evidence. “Freedom to evolve” is freedom to go extinct, if one deviates too far from the design inherent in the organism. Finding complex structures farther back the line than thought does not “shed light” on the evolution of that structure. And more. It is sickening to see evolution take the credit for marvel after design marvel. Evolutionists are masters of spin, turning falsification into hymns to Darwin, packaging contrary evidence with Darwin wrapping paper, taking each dart thrown at them by nature and offering it as a candle to the bearded Buddha. Evolutionists are blinded by their assumptions, unfeignable in their faith. The evidence is exactly opposite what their theory would have predicted, yet they cling to it, mesmerized by the shadows projected on the cave of their darkened eyeballs, presuming that the self-generated visions they imagine are “shedding light” on evolution.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionary theory tends to make certain predictions about cells, tissues and organs. A long history of evolutionary errors, twists, turns and dead ends would lead to a build-up of junk. Recent examples show instances where nothing could be further from the truth. Other reports show complexity being pushed farther down the tree of life.Primary cilia not evolutionary relics: An article at PhysOrg said, “It’s safe to say that cilia, the hairlike appendages jutting out from the smooth surfaces of most mammalian cells, have long been misunderstood – underestimated, even.” The article goes on to say that many believed they served no purpose, being “regarded as merely an evolutionary relic – the cellular equivalent to the human appendix.” The discovery that many debilitating or life-threatening diseases can be traced to defects in primary cilia were some of the first clues scientists had been wrong. They are currently viewed as the antennae of the cell. “Of late, however, it has become increasingly clear that primary cilia serve as powerful communication hubs,” the article pivoted. “(After all, they do sort of look like antennae.)”Astrocytes are not evolutionary glue: The star-shaped cells in the brain called astrocytes were long thought to be mere scaffolding or glue for the more-important neurons. An article on Science Daily said, “Astrocytes are a subtype of a group of brain cells known as glia (which means ‘glue’ in Greek). Glial cells are the most abundant cells in the human brain – outnumbering neurons by a factor of ten to one. Until very recently, glial cells have been thought to be the less exciting sisters of neurones [sic], merely providing them with structural and nutritional support.” New findings show that they can “taste” the blood flowing through the brain, and increase or decrease the breathing response to regulate carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Stress hormones and immunity: did they evolve?: An article on immune reactions in PhysOrg noted that even mild ones impose significant energy costs. An “evolutionary anthropologist” found this out, but did not present a theory for the origin of immune systems, nor for their evolution over time. Any understanding in evolutionary theory was put into future tense: “Understanding the costs of immunity and the immunomodulatory actions of hormones are central to understanding the role of immunity in human life history evolution.” Later, the article admitted that evolution has been assumed, not demonstrated: “The metabolic responses to mild, acute infections and injury in humans have been relatively unexplored, despite the fact that much work in evolutionary anthropology relies on the assumption that immune maintenance and activation impose costs.”PhysOrg. The discovery supposedly “sheds light on how stress hormones evolved.” Yet the only support for evolution is that the sea lamprey has one stress hormone, and humans have more than 30. Evolution was assumed in this article, too: “Most jawless animals similar to the lamprey didn’t survive into the modern era, so they’re not available for us to use as we strive to learn more about how human systems developed,” the lead researcher said. “The sea lamprey, a survivor, gives us a snapshot of what happened as vertebrates evolved into the animals we know today.” He did not say where the lamprey’s hormone came from, or why, if lampreys evolved into the animals we know today, they still are doing fine in the seas today. A baloney-detecting reader challenged that assumption in the comments.Junk no mo: Science Daily printed another study that shows the concept of “junk DNA” is dying or dead. The headline was, “Redundant Genetic Instructions in ‘Junk DNA’ Support Healthy Development.” This was another nail in the coffin: “The noncoding region is often surprisingly large; in humans, some 98 percent of the genome merits ‘junk’ status. But according to David Stern, a Princeton professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, scientists increasingly believe ‘junk DNA’ is crucial for turning the information encoded in genes into useful products.”Pluripotency goes way back: “Mexican Salamander Helps Uncover Mysteries of Stem Cells and Evolution,” headlined Science Daily. Yet the only evidence was pluripotency being found farther back in the evolutionary story than thought. “We’ve produced evidence that pluripotency – the ability of an embryonic stem cell to become absolutely any kind of cell – is actually very ancient in evolutionary terms,” claimed Dr. Andrew Johnson of the UK National Stem Cell Network. “Even though received wisdom is that it evolved with mammals, our research suggests that it was there all along, just not in many of the species that people use in the lab. In fact, pluripotent cells probably exist in the embryos of the simple animals from which amphibians evolved.” Somehow, he believed that the lack of evolution made evolutionary sense: “since mammals evolved directly from reptiles it makes sense that the genetic mechanisms controlling embryo development remain largely unchanged from axolotls to humans.” Johnson also had to explain the evolutionary loss of this capability in certain lines of frogs. In a breathtaking display of faith in evolution, Johnson called on convergent evolution, backwards evolution, the power of suggestion, and some new declaration of independence known as the “freedom to evolve” –Dr Johnson said “Within our new theory of evolution pluripotency came first and so germ plasm would have to have evolved independently several times in species within the branches of the tree, for example in frogs and many fish. This is a process called convergent evolution – where a common advantage leads to several species developing features that make them appear more similar, rather than less. “What is the advantage of germ plasm such that it would have evolved several times? We had to resolve the argument that germ plasm wasn’t necessary because pluripotency did the job just fine. We knew that with germ plasm pluripotency is not necessary, because the embryos contain primordial germ cells anyway. This explains why the Nanog gene became dispensable, and was lost from the DNA but it doesn’t explain what is the advantage to having germ plasm.” Dr. Johnson and his colleagues suggest that the evolution of germ plasm liberates the soma of an organism to evolve more rapidly, simply because the embryo doesn’t need to induce germ cells – they are already there because of germ plasm. As a result of this, the genetic mechanisms that control the soma are free to evolve, because they are no longer occupied with producing the signals that induce primordial germ cells from pluripotent embryonic cells.
Luvuyo Rani’s Silulo Ulutho Internet Café, which started out as a small business in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, is changing the lives of students and adults who would otherwise have no opportunity to become computer literate. (Image: silulo.blogspot.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Luvuyo Rani Silulo Ulutho Internet Café +27 21 361 3212 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • Teaching teens to fish • Saving the world a drop at a time • Meds on wheels for positive change Wilma den HartighA South African entrepreneur is providing residents from some of the country’s most impoverished areas with an opportunity to access the internet and learn about computers.Luvuyo Rani’s Silulo Ulutho Internet Café, which started out as a small business in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, is changing the lives of students and adults who would otherwise have no opportunity to become computer literate.Since 2004 when Rani first opened the business with his brother and a friend, the demand for Silulo Ulutho’s services has grown so much that he’s opened 18 stores in Khayelitsha and five in the Eastern Cape in Queenstown, Butterworth, Mthatha and East London.Through these centres at least 10 000 students have been educated, right up to advanced computer literacy programmes.It all started eight years ago when Rani, who worked as a teacher in Khayelitsha for five years, started selling refurbished computers out of the boot of his car in the Western Cape township.Little did he know that his creative idea would grow to become a successful and award-winning business.“People told me I was crazy,” Rani says, who started the business without any funding.But he had a dream, and he was determined to make it work.“I always knew it would work because I saw then, and still see now, many opportunities in the ICT sector in the townships,” he says.“We are actually overwhelmed by the response. People are hungry to learn, and are hungry to access the Internet.”A teacher turned social entrepreneur“At the time when I was teaching, the Department of Education was just starting to introduce Outcomes Based Education and teachers needed computers,” he says.But soon after selling the computers, Rani found out that the teachers weren’t using them at all.“They were gathering dust and this bothered me,” he says. “The teachers had no skills to use them, and they didn’t have access to the internet.”This is what sparked his idea to start a business that would give people in Khayelitsha access to the internet and teach them how to use computers as well as how to access the information stored on the web.Within a year of starting up, he won best entrepreneur in the Western Cape.“And then it all grew very, very fast,” he recalls.Initially, his main goal was to use the facility as a computer skills training venue for teachers, but soon the business started to meet a major need for computer services in Khayelitsha.“People needed help. They could operate Facebook, but didn’t have the skills to type out their own CVs. People couldn’t differentiate between a fax and email,” he says.The absence of computer skills, or the technology and facilities to learn, is a dilemma for many people living in townships and remote areas in South Africa.“If you don’t have computer skills, you are at a disadvantage in the job market,” says Rani.To add to this predicament, people often have to travel long distances to an internet café to distribute their CVs when searching for jobs.“People have to do this at great expense and it takes a lot of time,” he explains.The Silulo Internet Café caters for both needs, and Rani has ensured that the pricing of his services are within reach of the majority of South Africans.An affordable service“What is central to my business model is affordability,” he says. “Our prices are low.”He believes that companies operating in emerging market economies should adjust their business models and profit expectations.“It is essential for entrepreneurs in these markets to be socially minded and not only profit-driven,” he says.For just R6 (70 US cents), Rani’s customers can access the internet for one hour, whereas some internet cafes in the Eastern Cape charge as much as R30 ($3.38) an hour, R10 ($1.12) to send a fax and R3 (34 cents) for a photocopy.“This is simply unaffordable for most people,” he says. “Even if you just have R2 (23 cents), you can go onto the internet for 15 minutes.”Silulo Ulutho operates in the Western and Eastern Cape, but in the future Rani would like to grow the business in other provinces, possibly through a franchise business model.“But the core must always remain that the business must benefit the community,” he says. “I am passionate about this.”In addition to internet café services, computer sales are still a core part of the business. Silulo offers IT support to assist customers with network connections, computer repairs, and maintenance, and software installation.As part of its computer sales division, Rani has entered into a partnership with mobile provider Vodacom. Customers who buy computers from Silulo can access prepaid internet services using a 3G connection from Vodacom, the dongle for which is part of the deal.More innovative thinkers for South AfricaRani believes there is nothing stopping more entrepreneurs from building successful businesses that can also impact society positively.“What we need is innovation. Young entrepreneurs must inspire and give hope to other young black people that they can do it if they work hard,” he says.He spoke out against entrepreneurs who want to achieve quick riches. “With transformation more people have been afforded opportunities, but this system is abused and people take shortcuts,” he says.He maintains the only way to grow a business is through hard work and commitment.“My advice to young entrepreneurs is to focus on your business and do it better than anyone else. Always maintain good business values, integrity and humility.”An inspiring childhoodThinking back on his childhood, Rani says he always had an interest in business.“My mother ran a tavern and I grew up in this environment which exposed me to entrepreneurship,” he says, remembering how he watched her run the business and interact with customers.“This shaped me more than anything.”
29 January 2015Cape Town has been ranked by National Geographic as the world’s second-best beach city in their latest Top 10 list.The international magazine places Cape Town’s beaches behind Barcelona’s “eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline”. But the South African “capital of cool” pips Hawai’s Honolulu, Nice in France, Miami in the US, Rio de Janerio in Brazil, Santa Monica in California, Sydney in Australia, and Israel’s Tel Aviv.Here is what National Geographic had to say:The African capital of cool sprawls on a peninsula that divides the icy Atlantic from the warmer Indian Ocean, putting some 20 beaches within striking distance. The Clifton beaches, known for the posh homes that overlook them and stellar sunset-viewing, are sheltered from the region’s strong trade winds by a mountainous ridge. Further north, the breeze is unleashed at surfing sweet spots Milnerton and Blouberg. Families favor the eastern False Bay coast for warmer water and tot-friendly tidal pools.Read more about South Africa’s spectacular beaches. SAinfo reporter
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