The Australian government has withdrawn funding for the new cruise terminal project at the Port of Newcastle.“Infrastructure NSW has advised that the AUD 12.7 million funding for the cruise terminal project is no longer available,” the Port of Newcastle said in a statement.The funding for the new multipurpose cruise terminal in Newcastle Harbour was first announced back in 2016. The purpose of the facility was to enable a significant expansion of the cruise industry in the Hunter.Since then, the Port of Newcastle has been working on this project on behalf of the government on the basis of providing a facility that meets the cruise industry’s needs while remaining within the funding provided.“While disappointed construction of the terminal facility cannot proceed at this time, we respect that funding is no longer available,” the port added.The funding was in addition to the AUD 800,000 provided for the upgrade of mooring bollards for the facility at the existing Channel Berth near Dyke Point.“We’re pleased that AUD 800,000 of upgrades to mooring bollards, jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government, have enabled larger ships of up to 3,900 passengers to berth in Newcastle,” the port further said.
SAM-MILEY MCHUGH!STAR Donegal player Mark McHugh is certainly still glowing after the county’s All-Ireland success.And now that the Sam Maguire has visited a couple of weddings and a Christening, it was inevitable that the first doggie picture would appear.So here is Sam in the McHugh household this evening – with the family dog Miley getting snug for a wee nap! MARK McHUGH’S PET POOCH GETS TO MEET SAM! was last modified: October 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
Another year, another season in which the Sharks fail to win the Stanley Cup.That’s how you might expect a Sharks season preview to start. Although we won’t take the time to catalog the various season previews published over the past decade, it is safe to assume that most summaries of the Sharks focused on playoff disappointment, followed by an opining of what could have been, accentuated by pondering whether the Sharks could ever get over the hump.That is not how this preview is going to go. …
Cornell University agrees: Darwin’s theory reduces to the Stuff Happens Law.How long has natural selection been presented as a directional process that leads inevitably upward to greater fitness? Charles Darwin himself started that meme, personifying natural selection as some kind of goddess that ensured upward progress:It may be said that natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinising, throughout the world, every variation, even the slightest; rejecting that which is bad, preserving and adding up all that is good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers, at the improvement of each organic being in relation to its organic and in organic conditions of life. We see nothing of these slow changes in progress, until the hand of time has marked the long lapse of ages, and then so imperfect is our view into long-past geological ages, that we only see that the forms of life are now different from what they formerly were. (Origin of Species, 1866, p. 84).It “may be said” thus, but it would be wrong! According to the Cornell Chronicle of Cornell University (a hotbed of evolution and materialism), “It’s mostly luck, not pluck, that determines lifetime reproductive success.” Stephen Ellner and Robin Snyder are about to upset a lot of neo-Darwinian colleagues with their depressing view of natural selection:Ecologists have shown that populations contain a variety of subtypes within a species, with some individuals having superior traits that increase their likelihood of growing tallest or reproducing the most. But using mathematical modeling, along with the two empirical studies, Ellner and Snyder propose that although individuals can differ in ways that affect their expected reproductive success or growth potential, actual outcomes are wide-ranging enough that luck has to be the main driver.Luck – randomness – if that is the “main driver” of reproductive success (the “measure” of fitness, in the usual tautological form of natural selection that equates fitness with survival), then Darwin had no theory better than Sheer Dumb Luck. And in science, sheer dumb luck is no explanation at all. It’s like throwing up your hands and saying, “Stuff happens” or “Que sera, sera.” It doesn’t take a scientist to come up with that “law” of nature; any uneducated person can figure that out. That’s why we often equate natural selection to the Stuff Happens Law (see “Time to ditch natural selection? 3 October 2015). Actually, Stuff Happens is an anti-law. It is the antithesis of scientific explanation. DSo do the fittest survive and reproduce best, as Darwin taught? No, quips Ellner with a wry grin: “It’s mostly a matter of not dying.”In short, lifetime reproductive success is in great measure a product of luck and not superior traits.And yet the opposite view is often presented to the public. For instance, at the FAQ page of “Understanding Evolution” presented by PBS, the following big lie about natural selection is presented forcefully and dogmatically:Evolution is not a random process. The genetic variation on which natural selection acts may occur randomly, but natural selection itself is not random at all. The survival and reproductive success of an individual is directly related to the ways its inherited traits function in the context of its local environment. Whether or not an individual survives and reproduces depends on whether it has genes that produce traits that are well adapted to its environment.Not true, say Snyder and Ellner. They give details of their view of natural selection in The American Naturalist: “Pluck or Luck: Does Trait Variation or Chance Drive Variation in Lifetime Reproductive Success?” Their answer is: primarily, luck. This would shock all the Victorian and 20th-century scientists who expected Darwin’s mechanism of natural selection to drive progress from bacteria to man.“Not dying” sounds pretty simplistic, but it gets to the heart of the pair’s research. In short, lifetime reproductive success (LRS) is in great measure a product of luck and not superior traits.All the warfare and criminal activity that occurred since Darwinism took hold, including genocide and eugenics, was based on the notion that evolutionary progress is a law of nature. Evolution weeds out the unfit and supports the strong. Since human beings have evolved conscious minds, they now had the ability to control their own evolution. The most radical of the Darwinians even redefined morality in terms of fitness, which they assumed was strength, virility, whiteness, intelligence or other phony measures of evolutionary superiority. The horrors that resulted are incalculable.Now, if Ellner and Snyder are correct about their view of natural selection, all that carnage was for nought. Nature does not support the strong. It supports the lucky. Their 2016 essay in The American Naturalist, “We Happy Few: Using Structured Population Models to Identify the Decisive Events in the Lives of Exceptional Individuals,” won “best paper” for 2016 by the Society of American Naturalists.Their 2016 work tried to explain what made the difference in the “happy few” from the plant and animal world who grew tallest or had the most reproductive success. One of their key findings: “We find that good fortune (e.g., rapid growth) when small and young matters much more than good fortune when older and larger,” they wrote. “Becoming lucky is primarily a matter of surviving while others die.”Ellner and Snyder expanded on that notion – of having the good fortune to not die – in this latest work. They used theoretical modeling, along with two published case studies… to make the case that while trait variation can influence the fate of a population, the fates of individuals are often determined by “dumb luck.”The authors still believe that being “above average” is helpful, but the main driver of reproductive success is dumb luck. But can a distinction be made between individuals and populations? The fate of a population is the aggregate fate of its individuals. If individual fate is determined by dumb luck, then so is the fate of the population. Stuff happens.Update 3/26/18: Another study from Lund University concurs that survival is primarily a matter of luck, not fitness. When they say “Chance is a factor in the survival of species,” they compare it to conservation efforts. They say nothing about “survival of the fittest.” Conservation efforts sometimes help, but species often go extinct anyway. Their paper in The American Naturalist offers no hope to Darwin’s theory, which presumed that those with the highest fitness (whatever that is) would survive. But in their case study of damselflies in competition, “Stochastic and deterministic processes therefore jointly shape coexistence,” they say—not fitness. The only “deterministic” process they mention is “negative frequency dependence” by which they mean the “rare species advantage” explained in the press release as, “the few remaining individuals in the rare species gain some minority advantages, such as reduced competition or aggression from other individuals.” That’s not about fitness either, but luck. Would the Darwin-loving warriors of World War II had gone confidently out to battle if they had been told that survival was not a matter of superior intelligence or might, but only about dumb luck?So natural selection is not about superiority, but chance. My, what would Hitler think! He should have listened to Solomon: “Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). That verse might have stopped him from his vain quest to create a master race, but unless he read to the end of the book, he would still be an evil man. The only way to start on a right path is to first “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (12:1), and take Solomon’s last words to heart: The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)If Stuff Happens were the only law of the universe, we would all become fatalists. But there is a higher law—the law of God—that promises ultimate success to those who obey Him, even if bad stuff happens to good people in this life.(Visited 909 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
8 June 2010Football fever has well and truly taken hold of South Africa, with public opinion towards the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ overwhelmingly positive and optimism surrounding the national team’s chances remarkably robust, according to latest market research.The findings from the fifth instalment of a six-wave survey, conducted on Fifa’s behalf in May, “reinforce a strong sense of pride in South Africa hosting football’s showcase event (92%), a firm belief that it will be a success (86%), as well as an eager anticipation for the competition to begin (86%),” Fifa said in a statement on Monday.The survey was based on face-to-face interviews with 1 000 South African respondents in all nine World Cup host cities.Asked to name whom they would be rooting for during the competition, 63% of respondents (unsurprisingly) said “South Africa”, followed by 11% for Brazil and 4% England (4%).Strong optimism in the national side, Bafana Bafana, was reflected in respondents’ answers as to who they thought would win the trophy: five-times world champions Brazil (37%) were cited as favourites, followed by South Africa (13%) and Spain (8%).Thirteen percent expected South Africa to reach the final, while 22% believed the host nation would not make it past the group stage.According to the survey, the player the majority of South Africans are looking forward to seeing in action is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (17%), followed by Argentina’s Lionel Messi (12%) and Brazil’s Kaka (10%).But regardless of which teams are playing on any particular day, South Africans will be following the tournament closely – a mere 3% of respondents said they would only watch matches when South Africa played.Thirty-eight percent said they planned to watch as many matches as possible, while 29% said they would watch every game.As in the previous surveys, the majority of respondents maintained high expectations for the potential long-term benefits, both tangible and intangible, of hosting the World Cup.Eight-nine percent expected the tournament to leave a lasting legacy and be remembered fondly over generations, 80% felt it would unite the people of South Africa, and 93% believed the images of the country beamed out across the world would lure more tourists in future.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Related Posts sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s “pre-order your new iPhone day” and just in time, Apple has released its own branded iPhone application called simply “Apple Store.” Not to be confused with “App Store,” which houses the 225,000 mobile applications (at last count), this new iPhone application instead allows mobile shoppers to browse through official Apple inventory from their handsets, shopping for Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads, accessories and software. And yes, if you want to pre-order the new iPhone 4, you can do that too. As long as you’re running a relatively new version of the iPhone software (iOS version 3.0 or higher) and are located in the United States, you can download the new “Apple Store” application to your handset now. In addition to serving as a online mobile storefront, the new application also lets customers find nearby Apple stores, make reservations at the Genius Bar and register for hands-on workshops and personal shopping appointments. The app offers product news, customer reviews and Q&A information for the various products and services being sold, too. Pre-Order a New iPhone from your Old OneOf course, the most notable feature – for now at least – in the new application is the ability to pre-order the iPhone 4. From the app’s homescreen, tap the top item (“Reserve your iPhone 4”) and the app will locate your nearest store and then walk you through the necessary steps to place your pre-order. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand (or poor planning?), the application has suffered some outages this morning as the crush of Apple early adopters simultaneously launched the app and placed their orders. Some customers were left with an error page and the “we’ll be back soon” message that always appears when the App Store goes down. (At the time of writing, however, the application was again functional). Also of note, numerous sources are reporting that the white iPhone 4 is not available for pre-order via the Apple Store app, nor AT&T’s or Apple’s website. As the day progresses, however, we should find out if trips to local stores allow people to pre-order this oddly scarce color or if it’s not available at all, anywhere.The Apple Store application is available as a free download from here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
We’re now less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft, which begins at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. Ohio State recruits turned first round picks.Which college football program will have the best showing on Day 1? It’s got to be Ohio State, which could have five-plus former players selected in the first round. The over/under for Buckeye first round selections has been set by sportsbooks at 5.5. Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker, Eli Apple and Darron Lee are widely viewed as first-round locks. Vonn Bell is a less likely first-round selection, but it’s still possible. Michael Thomas and Joshua Perry are probably long-shots, but they too could sneak into the first round. Which college football programs have the best first-round history, all-time? Let’s take a look. Here are the four college football programs with the most first-round picks in NFL Draft history (the common draft began in 1967). Start With No. 4 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
Story Highlights United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has lauded the Government for the important progress made in combating lottery scamming and assured of the US Government’s continued support to Jamaica’s security forces and criminal justice system. Mr. Tillerson said he appreciated the country’s close cooperation with US authorities to extradite suspected lotto scammers to the US and welcomed the establishment of a bilateral lottery scam task force. United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has lauded the Government for the important progress made in combating lottery scamming and assured of the US Government’s continued support to Jamaica’s security forces and criminal justice system.Mr. Tillerson said he appreciated the country’s close cooperation with US authorities to extradite suspected lotto scammers to the US and welcomed the establishment of a bilateral lottery scam task force.He was addressing a joint press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (Feb. 7), following bilateral talks with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.The US Secretary of State, who is on a one-day working visit to Jamaica, also noted the Jamaican Government’s commitment to countering narcotics trafficking and transnational criminal organisations.He said that there are “many opportunities” to enhance cooperation in this regard, “to be even more effective in disrupting these illegal organisations.”“It is in both of our countries’ interest to work together to investigate crimes, share intelligence, conduct asset seizures where legally and appropriate to do so, and bolster existing anti-corruption and anti-gang programmes,” he pointed out.In his remarks, Prime Minister Holness expressed gratitude for the “high levels of support” provided by the US to Jamaica over the years, especially in the areas which have assisted in meeting the country’s National Development goals.“In particular, we have greatly valued America’s efforts to disrupt transnational crime through continued support to effectively patrol Jamaica’s maritime space. We agreed to deepen our cooperation in this regard,” he said.Mr. Holness informed that both countries had “frank and candid dialogue” on various matters including: strengthening security co-operation in order to more effectively combat transnational organised crime; boosting the US/Jamaica economic partnership; exploring opportunities to broaden US/CARICOM engagement; energy security; the Jamaican Diaspora; the economic vulnerability of middle-income countries including climatic events; de-risking and correspondent banking issues; and the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.Jamaica was the final destination in the US Secretary of State’s visit to Latin America and the Caribbean. In his remarks, Prime Minister Holness expressed gratitude for the “high levels of support” provided by the US to Jamaica over the years, especially in the areas which have assisted in meeting the country’s National Development goals.