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2 high-risk FTSE 100 stocks I won’t touch with a bargepole

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Royston Wild Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. For the likes of Intu Properties (LSE: INTU) things are going from bad to worse. The FTSE 100 share has been under the cosh for the past couple of years, true. But more recent news flow suggests it could be on the verge of extinction.The Brexit uncertainty that has battered consumer confidence is proving quite tame compared with the upheaval that Covid-19-related lockdowns have caused. The prospect of a deep recession starting from the second quarter suggests that things will remain difficult for retailers. And by extension for this particular Footsie firm.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Fresh plans from Business Secretary Alok Sharma mean that retail property owners Intu could find it even more difficult to collect rents from its embattled tenants.More bad newsThe plans from Sharma will prohibit retail landlords from using “aggressive” tactics to collect rents. They will temporarily void statutory demands and winding up petitions issued to commercial tenants, for one. They will also prohibit landlords from using the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery mechanism unless 90 days of rent is owed.Sharma commented that “it is vital that we ensure businesses are kept afloat so that they can continue to provide the jobs our economy needs beyond the coronavirus pandemic.” This will come as little consolation to Intu Properties, however, when the company is already struggling underneath a suffocating mountain of debt and a catastrophe in rent collections.So forget about its ridiculously low forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 1.1 times, I say. This FTSE 100 stock carries too much risk to warrant interest from sensible investors.How about this FTSE 100 stock’s 6.6% yield?Would investors be better off ploughing their cash into Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO)? Despite the coronavirus outbreak, iron ore values have remained remarkably robust. Indeed they have recently surged to 2020 highs on news that another mega miner, Vale, had slashed its production guidance for 2020. It’s a development that could remove up to 25m tonnes of iron ore from the market.I fear that this price momentum could struggle to keep going, though. With a painful and prolonged downturn in the global economy lurking, I think demand from steel mills inside China and elsewhere could begin to unravel quickly.Fresh figures from UBS have fanned my fears, too. According to the bank, worldwide crude steel production dropped 6% year on year in March. In China output dropped 2% while steel mills outside the Asian powerhouse toppled 11%. Hopes of a tightening iron ore market could very quickly unravel, then, dragging the commodity price lower and with it Rio’s profits.This is why I don’t care much for the mining giant’s low P/E ratio of below 10 times for 2020. I’m also unmoved by its whopping 6.6% dividend yield. Rio is another FTSE 100 stock I am avoiding at all costs. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild | Friday, 24th April, 2020 | More on: INTU RIO center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2 high-risk FTSE 100 stocks I won’t touch with a bargepolelast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Notes from Front Lines Show Treatment Resources Cannot Wait

first_img Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog When it comes to the need for new resources to fight the opioid crisis facing every community in Pennsylvania, people on the front lines agree: we can’t wait any longer.Over the past few months, Governor Wolf has personally organized and attended two dozen roundtable discussions with community leaders on how the state can do more to help communities overcome the public health epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. You can see all of the stops on this map.These roundtables were attended by bipartisan elected officials, district attorneys, law enforcement, coroners, addiction and recovery specialists, mayors, commissioners, drug and alcohol administrators, doctors and other medical professionals, school district superintendents, people recovering from addiction, and dozens upon dozens of others who spend every day in this fight.The governor’s goal was to hear from people on the front lines of this crisis on what they needed the state to do and what changes the state could make to improve their ability to make an impact.At each of these roundtables, Governor Wolf took his own notes – which translate into pages and pages that show both the breadth of action needed to address this problem and the agreement amongst people on the front lines on the need for urgency, action, and most importantly, resources.Some will say: money alone won’t solve this crisis. They’re right – there’s a lot of policies that need to change too. But people on the front lines do need resources to save as many lives as possible.In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents. That means these overdoses killed at least seven Pennsylvanians a day.To give you an idea of how consistent the call for more resources is from those fighting this battle in all of our communities, we’ve gone through Governor Wolf’s notes and found a consistent theme on what problems they face and what they need from the state:Northampton County: “Money for treatment…we need resources to treat this disease”Delaware County: “Treatment- we need to revamp drug treatment options”Chester County: “Lack of treatment centers for people who want help”Bedford County: “Need for long-term treatment”Pittsburgh: “Behavioral health is a comprehensive problem that demands a comprehensive solution”York County: “Need more… treatment”Bucks County: “Treatment centers have trouble making ends meet with public funds that are inadequate”Luzerne County: “We need to blend medicines for treatment of addiction with long term treatment”Bucks County: “Takes too long to get into treatment, treatment matters”Lebanon County: “Not enough urgency to get people into treatment”Washington County: “We need more long term treatment”Governor Wolf included $34 million in this year’s budget to establish new treatment centers and improve treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with substance abuse disorder. Once established through the Department of Human Services, the proposed Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence would be the first stop for people in need of treatment – providing medication-assisted treatment and connecting those in-need with appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies and employment assistance.This funding would be matched by an additional $18 million in funding from the federal government – meaning a total of $52 million for the Department of Human Services to implement 50 OUD Centers of Excellence that will treat more than 11,000 people that currently are not able to access treatment. Governor Wolf also supports a separate proposal to give county drug and alcohol agencies $12 million more.As the Citizens’ Voice editorial board said earlier this month, “solutions to the drug problem exist; we only need to pay for them.”Treatment funding is long overdue and we need to give law enforcement and local governments more resources to fight this epidemic now before any more Pennsylvanians die because they lack access to quality treatment in their communities.As noted by those Governor Wolf met on the front lines, we truly cannot afford to wait. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 27, 2016 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretarycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Notes from Front Lines Show Treatment Resources Cannot Waitlast_img read more

Defender Clarke Brown’s development into one of SU’s top players hinges on her offensive abilities

first_imgClarke Brown stood alone near the right sideline, an arm’s length away from her teammates on the bench. There were 10 minutes remaining in the first half of Syracuse’s season opener against Colgate, and Brown was five feet from head coach Nicky Adams, who repeatedly encouraged her to get up the field.“We’re going to talk with Clarke at halftime about [using the space on the right side of the field],” Adams said in a mid-game interview on the ACC Network broadcast 15 minutes prior. “The ability and space she has can make us very dangerous.”The ball had been on the opposite side of the field, but Georgia Allen’s switch of play to Mackenzie Vlachos brought it to the right side. In an instant, Brown swiftly darted up the sideline, flew past two Colgate players on the way to becoming SU’s furthest player forward. Seconds later, she was back in position at midfield.In one 20-second stretch, Brown showed the ability that Adams is trying to squeeze out of her. Brown’s speed has always been her signature trait, but her new head coach knows there’s greater potential to unlock. After an average 2018 season defensively and zero goals or assists, Brown is expected to defend, attack and lead in her new role. Adams wants her “meek” junior defender to develop into one of the team’s vocal leaders, too. If she does, Adams believes Brown can be one of SU’s top players.“As an outside back, she’s very dangerous,” junior left back Shannon Aviza said. “She is going to be a lot going forward, people haven’t gotten to see that much. But then she’s so reliable getting back on defense. She always makes an impact.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textElizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorAlthough she’s in the process of becoming one of SU’s leaders, Brown has a history of being quiet. For the first few years of her life, she recalls “not talking to anybody but her cousin.” Growing up, her club teammates branded her the “silent killer.” The Los Angeles native admitted she isn’t confrontational and “never, ever comes off strong” like most leaders are expected to be. Coaches have screamed at her to be louder, and senior backline partner Taylor Bennett “always” tells her she talks like a little girl.The SU coaching staff is trying to “get it out of her,” Adams said.Brown does not consider herself quiet, but she knows there’s times where she should be more assertive. The junior doesn’t want to scream directions at her teammates, though, and feels she can lead in a calmer way.“Even telling someone constructively what to do, that’s leading,” Brown said. “I feel like that is where my leadership is at right now and that’s what I’m comfortable with.”There were just two seniors and five juniors on the SU roster last season, giving then-head coach Phil Wheddon no choice but to start and give significant minutes to underclassmen. In the Orange’s 2018 season opening 1-0 loss to La Salle, eight underclassmen started and two more, including Brown, came off the bench.Adams has stressed the importance of a defense having experience together, saying an established backline is a team’s foundation. Adams, who was announced as Syracuse’s new head coach in February 2019, became impressed with several of SU’s defenders during her time as head coach at Rice University, including Brown.“I had watched her play,” Adams said about Brown. “So I was very familiar with her and so excited that I was going to be able to work with her here.”Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorBrown became Syracuse’s starting right back in the Orange’s second game last year and finished the season as one of six players and five underclassmen to start at least 16 of the Orange’s 18 games. The entire starting backline — Brown, Aviza, sophomore Jenna Tivnan and Bennett — is back in 2019 after bracing a 13-game losing streak to end their season.“At this point, we know each other and how we all play,” Brown said. “We have a rhythm back there. That understanding has grown over the past two years and I think it’s at its best now.”Adams said she immediately noticed Brown’s athleticism and liked her ability to recover quickly, track runs and get into position to make clearances. Despite Brown’s talent, though, Adams knew there was room to improve. SU’s defense conceded three or more goals 11 times in 2018, including six-straight games to finish the season.From Syracuse’s first preseason practice under Adams, Syracuse’s defenders have taken a new approach. Adams emphasized one-on-one defending and holding a high line, Aviza said, and the backline drills these concepts each session.“Our biggest problem was we dropped off a lot,” Brown said of the defense last season. “This season, the coaches are having us keep the line high and be confident and go get it. We can always drop and get the ball if it goes over us, but the key is to stay high and keep the ball forward rather than dropping back and playing really defensively.”Adams’ new tactics aren’t the only switches she wants to make to the Orange’s defense. The next step for the wingbacks — Brown and Aviza —  is becoming more involved in the attack, Adams said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorIn Wheddon’s defense-centric system last season, Brown’s role as right back did not involve much advancement forward. While the backline sat back, the stress was on SU’s midfielders, particularly the wingers, to get back and assist the defense. Now, under Adams, Brown is tasked with covering all 120 yards of their respective flanks.“I think that (Clarke) was missing an attacking presence before we got here, so we’ve really been working on trying to get her higher up the field,” Adams said. “We’re trying to get her some stats as well.”Three games into the season, Brown’s play is indicative that Adams’ system is working. The right back has used her newfound freedom to get involved in the attack while still remaining a key piece of a much improved defensive unit. The Orange have kept two clean sheets already, matching last season’s total.When the Orange notched their first shutout against Colgate on Aug. 25, it had almost been a full year since they last achieved what every defense aims for each game.“It was just amazing, I can’t really describe it. We all just jumped on each other,” Brown said. “We played as one, not four.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm Contact David: [email protected]last_img read more

Suarez four-month suspension upheld, training ban lifted

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez has failed in his appeal to have a four-month playing ban overturned but the Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared him to train with his new club.The Uruguay international was suspended from all football-related activity for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, with the punishment also including a nine-match suspension from internationals and a hefty fine.Suarez, the Uruguayan federation and Barcelona – who spent £75million to sign the striker from Liverpool after he was sent home from Brazil in disgrace – appealed to CAS and the club, at least, have had a degree of success.Barcelona’s priority was to have Suarez available to work with the team, important in pre-season but essential when he is a new player, and CAS has relented on that issue.”The CAS Panel has partially upheld the appeal. The sanctions imposed on the player by FIFA have been generally confirmed,” said a statement.”However, the four-month suspension will apply to official matches only and no longer to other football-related activities (such as training, promotional activities and administrative matters).” The CAS Panel found that the sanctions imposed on the player were generally proportionate to the offence committed.”It has however considered that the stadium ban and the ban from ‘any football-related activity’ were excessive given that such measures are not appropriate to sanction the offence committed by the player and would still have an impact on his activity after the end of the suspension.” “Luis Suarez is found guilty of violation of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for having committed an act of assault during the match between Italy and Uruguay played on June 24 2014 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil,” added the statement.”Luis Suarez is banned for nine consecutive official matches of the national team of the Uruguay.”Luis Suarez is declared ineligible to play in official matches at any level for a period of four consecutive months, starting on June 25 2014 and is sanctioned to pay a fine in the amount 100,000 Swiss francs (£66,255).” It is the third time Suarez had been found guilty of biting an opponent in his career.While he was at Ajax, Suarez bit PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal in November 2010, and while at Liverpool he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013.last_img read more

Uganda v Namibia: Rugby Cranes face uphill task

first_imgAfter a hugely successful 2015, where the lads put up a spirited show to win the Elgon Cup, and sail through to win the Africa Rugby Cup 1B, taking 4 wins out of 5 games in total, 2016 was always going to be a more challenging year.Coming off facing Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Botswana, ranked 47th, 88th and 71st respectively then, Uganda faces a tougher challenge in Namibia ranked 21st in the world, Kenya 27th and Zimbabwe 31st in the world. Uganda ranked 57th at the beginning of 2015 climbed the rankings ten places up, now standing at 47th out of 100 world rankings. Many hopes and prayers are that the trend will continue upwards.The first encounter of the year raised all sorts of emotions, quite understandable after losing to arch rivals Kenya the way Uganda did and this was an eye opener to the weaknesses in the squad that needed to be corrected going into the Africa Rugby Cup 1A tournament. Uganda will have to show zeal, wits, strength, brilliance, perseverance to stay in this class of the best in Africa Rugby and the trip to South Africa after the Elgon Cup is one many hope will show them how to achieve this.The Uganda Rugby Cranes were in Bloemfontein, Free State in South Africa from 11th June to 20th June 2016 for a training camp hosted by Cheetahs.AREAS OF CONCERN:After the Elgon Cup loss, the weak areas were identified and these were the areas dealt with the most while in camp. According to communication from URU and team management, the major areas of concern as exposed from that game were gaps in the line defense, shifting numbers to the wings to cover the mismatches as well as defending mauls. If i may, let me add line outs to this and hope that was on their list too as this, is an area Uganda had always dominated, was quite wanting on that day.The team had a chance to play two intense games; losing 38-13 to Cheetahs U21 team and then defeating the Bloemfontein Police 24-22. Despite the loss against the Cheetahs U21, and do not be fooled, this side is as good as they come with some players featuring for the main team and the others fighting for a place there, Uganda saw a great improvement in play. The mood in camp and attitude of the players since return is a massive change in the positive direction. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN S.AWhile in South Africa, the team was mostly under the supervision of Rory Duncan, the Director of Rugby of the Cheetahs and a very high level coach in South Africa. He dedicated a lot of time out of his busy schedule to guide this team during their stay. Coming back from camp the team returned with John Duncan a brother to Rory, who alongside Robert Seguya and Anthony Kinene will keep working together all through the Africa Rugby Cup 1A to bring Uganda success.The last time the Rugby Cranes had a camp in South Africa in 2007, they dominated, made a statement, won and became African Champions, is this a story of same script, different cast….we pray and hope so.July 2nd Uganda Vs NamibiaJuly 16th Zimbabwe Vs UgandaJuly 30th Kenya Vs Uganda (Also Elgon Cup second leg).Adapted from Ug Rugby Fanzone, @ugrugbyfansAlso follow build up to the game here and have your say.#UGVsNAM TweetsShare on: WhatsApp Rugby Cranes during camp in South Africa two weeks agolast_img read more

Edgbaston lead six teams into England Golf national final

first_img Six golf club teams, led by Edgbaston in Warwickshire, have played their way into the national final of an England Golf championship. They all won through a regional qualifier and will take part in the final of the English Club Team Championship on Monday, 8 August in the England Golf Week at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire. The successful six are: Edgbaston Golf Club, Warwickshire, represented by Tom Nash, Jules Bicknell, Nick and Julia George (pictured left to right). Harrogate Golf Club, Yorkshire, represented by Andrew and Celia Fowler, Lindsay Nichol and Peter Raybaud. Gedney Hill Golf Club, Lincolnshire, represented by Lynne Exley, David Starbuck and Colin and Jacqui Rust. Elton Furze Golf Club, Cambridgeshire, represented by Colin and Mary Webber and Eric and Jackie Butler. Hinckley Golf Club, Leicestershire, represented by Sandra and Bill Baum, and Steve and Helena Woodward. Elsham Golf Club, Lincolnshire, represented by Jennifer and Richard Hedley, Polly Brettle and Robert Taylor. They will meet qualifiers from three other regional events at the national final. It will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships. The regional final was played at Lingdale Golf Club, Leicestershire. Click here for full scores 31 May 2016 Edgbaston lead six teams into England Golf national final last_img read more

Column: no April, May or June Madness in NBA

first_imgIn this June 21, 2013 file photo, Miami Heat players including LeBron James, top center, celebrate after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Miami. As he walked off the court for the final time last season, LeBron James shouted to no one in particular, “Keep doubting me! I need it!” He and the Heat seem to have plenty of doubters now, and James knows there’s only one way to prove them wrong. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)ATLANTA (AP) — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship.The NBA?No way.More than the NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball, the cream of the regular season in the NBA always seems to rise to the top of the rim come playoff time.In the last two decades, all but three titles have been claimed by teams that had at least the fourth-best overall record in the league. So maybe the two-time defending champion Miami Heat have some reason to worry: They were No. 5 this season.“For the most part,” Atlanta’s Kyle Korver said Friday, “the best team wins.”The Hawks, therefore, have no chance. Not with the worst record (38-44) among the playoff qualifiers. Not in this league, which tends to weed out the sort of surprises you see in the one-and-done NCAA tournament — where a No. 7 seed (Connecticut) beats a No. 8 seed (Kentucky) for the championship. Or in the NFL, where a team getting hot at the right time can spring a major surprise on the right day.The NBA is best-of-seven through four grueling rounds; but, then again, so is the NHL, which also requires 16 playoff wins to take the championship. Baseball, for that matter, has the same format for its league championship series and World Series. Why, then, do those leagues produce far more surprise champions than the NBA?“There’s not a hockey goalie who can get hot or a pitcher who can be dominating and change a series,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer theorized. “In the NBA, it’s hard to go against the numbers. It just doesn’t happen as often.”If you’re going by the numbers, top overall seed San Antonio (62-20) or Oklahoma City (the next-best record at 59-23) are the most likely teams to be celebrating after the final game.That’s not to say LeBron James & Co. might as well call it a season. In an interesting twist, the last champion to finish outside the top four during the regular season was … the Heat.That was in 2006, before the Big Three united in South Florida. Led essentially by Dwyane Wade, Miami went 52-30 during the regular season and finished second in the East, a staggering 12 games behind Detroit. But the Heat upset the top overall seed in the conference finals, then beat Dallas for the title.Still, history shows that’s a major anomaly in the NBA. Over the entire history of the league, stretching back to 1947 when it was known as the Basketball Association of America, the teams with the most regular-season victories have hoarded 32 championships. Those at No. 2 have finished on top 18 times, a staggering 50 of 67 titles.Naturally, those entering this year’s playoffs with lower seeds would prefer to stay away from that cold, hard fact.“With all due respect to a good question,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, whose Mavericks were the last team to qualify in the West, “it’s a question to ask some other historian.”OK, here goes.Beyond the top four, there’s not much reason for hope — a mere five titles in NBA history.The fifth-best team has pulled out a couple: the aforementioned Heat and the 1969 Boston Celtics, the last hurrah for the NBA’s greatest dynasty. Detroit had only the sixth-best record before it won the title in 2004. The team formerly known as the Washington Bullets was eighth best before a surprising run to the championship in 1978. And, finally, there’s the Houston Rockets, who were sixth in the West and 10th overall before they won the crown in 1995.But even that last one wasn’t a huge shocker: The Rockets were showing their age, but they were the defending champs and had a pair of future Hall of Famers in Hakeem Olajuwan and Clyde Drexler. Not exactly some Cinderella team that caught everyone off guard.This sort of top-end dominance isn’t as pronounced in the other major team sports.In the NFL over the last two decades, only five teams with the best regular-season record have gone on to win the Super Bowl. During that same span, there have been just as many champions from the wild-card ranks. More recently, there was a run of three straight titles by teams that had no better than the eighth-best record during the season, a streak finally broken this year by the top overall team, the Seattle Seahawks.Of the last 20 Stanley Cup winners in the NHL, there have been the same number of champions that finished with the best regular-season record as those who didn’t even crack the top four (six apiece). Most notably, the Los Angeles Kings celebrated in 2012 after being the very last team to make the playoffs out of the Western Conference, with only the 13th-best record overall.In baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals slipped into the playoffs in 2006, also with just the 13th-best record overall, and went on to claim an improbable World Series title. Heck, they had a worse record than five teams that didn’t even make the postseason but benefited from a weak division.In those other leagues, you sound more believable when you say everyone starts 0-0 at playoff time.In the NBA, most teams have already been eliminated.Before they even play a game.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963___AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon in Dallas, Joseph White in Washington and Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more

Nelson shows off power at Sprints Regatta

first_imgPreney won gold mixed quad with Elizabeth Lund, Joanne Segur and Chris Smith along with the top prize in the Men’s singles.Meanwhile, Segur, combining with Preney in mixed quad, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in women’s doubles and gold in women’s quad.Lund won gold in mixed quad, women’s doubles and women’s quad.Steve Knight of Nelson won a gold medal in men’s doubles and silver in men’s singles while Petra Kromer took gold in women’s quad.Pat Desjardins, a native of Nelson who now lives in Victoria, won gold in mixed doubles, gold in men’s singles and gold in men’s doubles.The Nelson Sprints regatta hosted 65 rowers from Coeur d’Alene Rowing Club in Idaho, Kelowna Rowing Club, Shuswap Association of Rowing and Paddling, South Cariboo Rowing Club and Vernon Rowing Club. Races were held in both Masters and Junior Events; Singles, men’s doubles, Ladies doubles, mixed doubles, and the same configuration for quad races. There were 22 races in the 1000-meter distance course that started on the opposite side of the Kootenay Lake near the Prestige Inn, ending at Lakeside Park. Local rowers won a host of medals at the 2014 Nelson Sprints Regatta held Saturday on the waters of Kootenay Lake.The trio of Dominique Preney, Elizabeth Lund and Joanne Segur, pulled in nine medals combined to lead Nelson.last_img read more

How Useful Is Evolution Theory?

first_imgIs evolution good for anything?  There’s no question it keeps a lot of scientists busy, but has it helped the proverbial man on the street?  Here are two perspectives.    Michael LePage hit the sales beat for evolution on New Scientist this week: Evolution is a beautiful theory.  It explains everything from why some birds lose the ability to fly, to the bizarre meandering path of the vagus nerve in our bodies.    Sure, evolution makes sense of the extraordinary diversity of life on Earth, but can it actually be put to practical use?    The answer is: it can and it should.His argument was that evolutionary theory can help explain the rise of “superbugs” that race right past our antibiotics.  The death toll, he said, provides “an example of what happens when we don’t apply evolutionary theory.”  He didn’t say just how a doctor or pharmacist would apply it, though.  Would it have changed FDA policies, even if doctors knew “it has only recently become clear just how fast evolution can produce change”?  LePage implied that evolution has application to a broad range of disciplines, “from cancer to conservation.”  This begs the question whether evolutionary theory is the only point of view with such a broad range.  Creationists might also want to throw their hat in that ring.    LePage’s preface was the build-up to an announcement of a new journal called Evolutionary Applications.  He continued with more examples of how evolutionary theory might inform policy on HIV, bird flu and global warming.  He tied this to a theological issue.  Quoting journal editor Rudolph Nesse, he said, “many medics still think of the body as a machine designed by an engineer, when in fact it is a “bundle of compromises … designed to maximise reproduction, not health”.  LePage ended, “There is no question about the importance of applied evolution.”    If this is so, why is Systems Biology the hottest new trend in the life sciences?  Systems Biology looks at the entire organism as a well-structured and interrelated system.  Technology Review interviewed Leroy Hood, a former Caltech professor, who left the prestigious university to co-found Applied Biosystems.Traditional biology tends to study one gene or protein or process at a time.  Systems biology takes a cue from engineering and treats organisms as complex systems.  Systems biologists, often using computer models, try to understand how genes, proteins, cells, and tissues interact to create complex organisms.  By mapping out, rather than reducing, biological complexity, systems biologists hope to reach a new understanding of the fundamental processes of life, from embryonic development to normal metabolism to the emergence of diseases like cancer.This approach, in other words, makes just as many claims to revolutionize biology and help mankind that evolutionary theory ever did, but it treats organic systems as if they had been engineered.  It is not necessary for the scientist to assume God is the engineer.  This is clear from Leroy Hood’s assertion on page 2:Evolution has had four billion years to figure out really clever solutions for new materials, new chemistries, new types of molecular machines, even new approaches to computing.  I think by studying living organisms and deducing the mechanisms that underlie these evolutionarily sculpted solutions to complexity, those solutions can be applied to other fields.  A classic example is materials science.  The spectrum of different materials that organisms have evolved to make is enormous.So what’s the difference?  Both LePage and Hood believe in evolution.  The difference is that LePage claims we need to focus on the evolutionary process, whereas Hood thinks we just need to understand the finished product.  The process of evolution, therefore, is incidental and inconsequential in systems biology.  One can believe evolution did the engineering, or that God did the engineering.  The approach one uses to do the work – to understand and apply the solutions – is an engineering approach.  Just like one would reverse-engineer an operating system to imitate it, systems biology reverse-engineers life to understand and apply it.  Darwin’s theory need not even enter the discussion.Sure, evolutionary theory is good – good for nothing.  Its recklessness and death and chance are beautiful.  Just lovely, isn’t it?  Let’s turn loose the systems biologists and biomimetics engineers.  Let’s give them a chance to revolutionize biology and bring wonderful new technologies inspired by nature’s engineering.    The last thing anyone should hope for is “applied evolution.”  Isn’t that exactly what Darwin’s disciples already tried?  They applied evolution, all right – eugenics, social Darwinism and Darwinian utopian regimes that murdered millions.  Scream and run when you hear a Darwinist wanting to apply evolution!  On what moral basis could LePage argue it will help people?  The ethics of Malthus?  of Marx?    It might just be that if systems biology becomes the new paradigm, Darwin and his myths will just slip unnoticed into the history books while people enjoy longer, happier lives.  Slowly, without a war, scientists might warm up to the language of intelligent design.  It will be perfectly natural.  They will have been thinking like engineers instead of like selfish genes.  One can even imagine that Darwinian stories will eventually sound so, well, so last-century.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Watch: A drone’s-eye view of Cape Town

first_imgA still from the video shows Eric Chen and his friends at the top of Lion’s Head moments after releasing the drone, with a sunset-lit Cape Town in the background. (Image: Eric Cheng)• Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards • Cape Town’s Open Streets bring the people out to play• Life’s a beach in South Africa • Cape Town: Third-best city on the Lonely PlanetStaff writerOn a recent holiday in Cape Town, Eric Chen, a director at Chinese aerial photography company DJI, flew his drone “quadcopter” off the top of Lion’s Head for a stunning airborne GoPro-filmed tour of Table Mountain, the city bowl, rocky shores and smooth beaches, seals playing in the surf and great white shark cage-diving.Watch the video:The film was shot with a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter drone, a Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal and a GoPro Hero 3+ Black.Shortcuts to the video:00:03 Lion’s Head00:44 Table Mountain00:57 Cape Point kelp01:20 Sharks in the surf off Cape Point01:36 Fur seals and sharks01:45 Surfing fur seal01:51 Buiker Island02:33 Seal Island02:55 Great white shark cave diving03:27 Simon’s Town approachlast_img read more