Local Officials Asking Residents To Journal Locations, In Event They Become Infected

first_imgMAYVILLE – Another person in Chautauqua County has recovered from COVID-19.The Chautauqua County Health Department’s COVID-19 map reports Tuesday 12 cases in the northeast part of the county, three cases in the southeast and four cases in the south.Of those cases, eight people have recovered, nine remain under active care and two have died.No new cases of the virus were reported Tuesday, according to the county map. “If you go out, please start to journal the details about where you go,” said officials. “Coronavirus is out there, and you will encounter it.”“Every time you come within six feet of someone, you are increasing your chances of contracting the virus,” they furthered. “When I call you, because you have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, I am going to ask details about where you have been, so be ready. Or, better yet, JUST STAY HOME.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Critical eyes on Stocco once again after credit-less season

first_imgAh, the life of a quarterback. For some reason, in a game featuring 22 players taking the field at any particular time, so much focus is directed on the one guy under center.In fact, quarterback may be the only position in sports where a player can lead his team to victory and still draw criticism from the public eye. Sure, a pitcher in baseball can get knocked around a bit, somehow still get the win and take a little heat. Ditto for a goaltender in hockey. But that hardly compares to the weekly microscope the field general on a football team battles throughout the season.Now, any quarterback this side of Tim Couch knows that simply shrugging off the scorn, regardless of how hard that may be, is far easier than getting into a heated war of words with the general public. Just ask Wisconsin signal-caller John Stocco.“Well, I think that just kind of comes with the territory of playing quarterback,” Stocco said. “You’ve got the ball in your hands every play. You’re going to get the credit when you win and the blame when you lose. That’s just the way it goes. You can’t really do anything about it.”But does that old adage of quarterback public-relations speak really hold true in Stocco’s case?Let’s see … once upon a time, the Badgers began the 2004 season 9-0. Remember? Now, according to the classic theory, John Stocco must have gotten a regular old ticker-tape parade thrown for him. Call me crazy, but I don’t recall the festivities.Yes, the UW defense gave Stocco and the offense a seeming cakewalk to victory in some contests. But what about Wisconsin’s victory at Ohio State? Stocco tossed two touchdown passes and rallied UW from an early 10-0 deficit to knock off the Buckeyes in the Horse Shoe.And what about the Badgers’ upending of the then-No. 5-ranked Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette? Everyone will always remember cornerback Scott Starks’ 40-yard scamper to give the cardinal and white the victory. But it was Stocco who led Wisconsin on a touchdown drive immediately following a Purdue score that put the Boilermakers up 17-7. Without Stocco’s clutch play, Starks’ late heroics would have gone for naught.But Wisconsin’s 0-3 swoon to close out the year, in which it dropped from a national-title contender to an Outback Bowl loser? Stocco sure took plenty of blame for that debacle. Never mind the defensive meltdown at Michigan State or the complete and utter lack of a running game at Iowa. And forget that David Pollack had a permanent home in the Wisconsin backfield in Georgia’s New Year’s Day win.Granted, Stocco endured his fair of struggles. No one mistook him for Drew Brees. Hell, no one mistook him for Bobby Hoying. It may not have been pretty, but Stocco directed Wisconsin to nine wins. The point is simply that Stocco deserved some of the credit for the positives in UW’s season rather than absorbing most of the blame for the negatives.Even so, the starting job was not completely his until the spring season revealed the deficiencies of challengers Tyler Donovan and Bryan Savage further outnumbered Stocco’s. And the calls for Donovan will begin this season as soon as Stocco tosses his first interception or first misses an open receiver in the end zone. Brooks Bollinger, the school’s all-time winningest quarterback, endured similar criticisms. Now, Stocco’s credentials thus far don’t hold a candle to Bollinger’s. And Wisconsin will depend on Stocco to have improved his form from last season with the loss of running back Anthony Davis and a young revamped defense.But maybe, just maybe, the junior signal caller deserves the same open-minded chance that a hotshot recruit would get under center. Or maybe he deserves the same chance that any normal returning starter coming off a nine-win season would get.last_img read more

Široki Wwin defeated Union Olimpija in Ljubljana with 85:82

first_imgBasketball players of Široki Wwin from Široki Brijeg defeated Union Olimpija from Ljubljana with 85:82 in 25th round of ABA League.Olimpija dominated in the first phase of the match and slowly they took a lead, and in the second quarter Olimpija had 17 points of advantage, but Široki managed to decrease to only 6 points.Olimpija was leading throughout the match, but in the last minutes of the match, Široki Wwin managed to score three points and the match ended with 72:72, and the overtime, Šakić scored 3 points for Široki Wwin for their victory of Union Olimpija.With this victory Široki Wwin will certainly stay in the ABA league.The most efficient player of Široki was Marko Šutalo with 18 points.last_img read more

Bryce Harper explains why he chose Phillies over Giants

first_imgEven though the Giants’ final offer of 12 years, $310 million was less than … Bryce Harper said he wanted to sign with the Giants last month, but unlike Tony Bennett his heart just wasn’t in San Francisco.It belonged to Philadelphia.Harper told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal he loved pretty much everything about the Giants and he would have been happy to play here. But he needed to follow his heart.(Here’s where the cynical Giants supporters point out he also followed the money).last_img read more

Warriors roundtable: Who could stop them? Will injury invade? Three-peat slamdunk?

first_imgAs Warriors fan bloggers, Viggy, Chris and Robert have gotten to feel the full emotional spectrum of this practically preordained Three-peat run.So we figured there could be no better pre-playoffs focus group for gauging the levels of confidence and angst.Here’s what we threw at them…What’s your biggest worry as the playoffs begin?Chris: As always, health. Secondarily, that the W’s really stay glued together — with no conspicuous side-agendas. ***Dieter Kurtenbach tells you …last_img read more

Are Brains Evolving Bigger, or Fatter?

first_imgTwo papers in Science Sept. 9 claimed that human brains may still be evolving.  According to the authors, two genes related to brain size appear to be under “positive selection” in certain people groups.  One team said their variant occurred the same time as the emergence of art, music, religious practices and sophisticated tool use, though such inferences are subjective (see 11/12/2004 entry).  Michael Balter, commenting on these findings in Science,1 said that although the claims are “potentially dramatic,” caution should be exercised in interpreting the results.  Francis Collins of the Human Genome Project, warned in an AP story printed on LiveScience that “is totally unproven and potentially dangerous territory to get into with such sketchy data” because scientists don’t know when the variants arose or even what the genes do.  The BBC News, however, though admitting that the findings were merely a “tantalising prospect,” titled their version of the story, “‘Proof’ Our Brains Are Evolving.”  New Scientist announced cheerfully, “Human brains enjoy ongoing evolution.”1Michael Balter, “Evolution: Are Human Brains Still Evolving?  Brain Genes Show Signs of Selection,” <Science, Vol 309, Issue 5741, 1662-1663 , 9 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5741.1662].Evolutionists are hastening to mention that the variants have nothing to do with “intelligence.”  This is apparently to avoid repeating the sins of the early Darwinists, who sought ways to rank humans on an IQ scale that ensured the Brits would remain on top.  But if the “haves” are better musicians than the “have-nots,” this might lead to ranking by MQ, the music quotient.  The world isn’t ready for a new form of Social Darwinism characterized by a battle of the bands and survival of the hittest.  Some of today’s musicians could use a little genetic engineering to reverse the descent of man, but that’s intelligent design, not evolution. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mars Is Not a “Life-Friendly” Star Wars Planet

first_img(Visited 415 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The new Mars InSight lander that launched this morning will be digging for geology, not life. Most likely, as before, it will find lifeless dirt and rock.In a pre-launch piece at the Los Angeles Times, Amina Khan speaks of the planet Mars with the suggestive phrase “life-friendly” twice: e.g.,Rovers, landers and orbiting spacecraft have found evidence of lakes, rivers, volcanoes and life-friendly chemical combinations on Mars. Seismology allows scientists to glimpse the internal machinations that led to those features.It takes a vivid imagination, though, to speak of a dry, dusty surface permeated with salts and toxic perchlorates as “life-friendly.” One cannot blame Khan alone for having an overactive imagination. NASA itself, perennially saturated with a hydrobioscopic view of the universe, justifies almost all of its Mars propaganda with the illogical syllogism that water implies life. Mars, however, is not much more habitable than Europa, Titan, Enceladus or its other favorite candidates for watery lagoons replete with evolved organisms.NASA PlanetQuest tweets the day before InSight launch.Another result of NASA’s “life-friendly” astrobiological perspective shows up in its support for the Star Wars cult. The NASA/JPL “PlanetQuest” Twitter account capitalized on “Star Wars Day” and the launch of the latest sequel, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with a series of tweets comparing the film franchise’s fake planets with real exoplanets found by NASA’s Kepler mission.The Mars InSight mission overview page, however, does not mention life. It doesn’t even mention searching for water. The mission will be looking at raw geology:Previous missions to Mars have investigated the surface history of the Red Planet by examining features like canyons, volcanoes, rocks and soil. However, signatures of the planet’s formation can only be found by sensing and studying its “vital signs” far below the surface.In comparison to the other terrestrial planets, Mars is neither too big nor too small. This means that it preserves the record of its formation and can give us insight into how the terrestrial planets formed. It is the perfect laboratory from which to study the formation and evolution of rocky planets. Scientists know that Mars has low levels of geological activity. But a lander like InSight can also reveal just how active Mars really is.Here, “vital signs” and “evolution” refer to geological processes, not life. The primary instruments on InSight are a seismometer and a heat sensor that will be driven 5 meters down below the surface. It has no instruments to look for life.Do the NASA publicists at JPL feel a need to titillate the public with tweets about life, when the real mission scientists are more interested in geology? None of the spokespersons in Khan’s article talk about life, either. Khan must have just assumed that JPL is digging for “life-friendly” conditions because of the lab’s perennial promotion of astrobiology.The pseudoscience of astrobiology, as we reported (11 Apr 2018), has nothing to show for it since the “science” was invented in 1996. It came about because of another media flap about Mars life when overactive imaginations saw possible organisms in a Martian meteorite that landed in Antarctica. Later falsified, the rock did its damage. Duped by all the fake science of Martian life, the federal government funded NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, which continues promoting hydrobioscopy and SETI to this day in its Astrobiology Magazine., complete with its cartoons like “The Abominable Snow Aliens of Europa.”Some of the narrators and guests in mission control after the launch continued fact-free speculation about the possibility of life on Mars. Fox News said, “Scientists say they hope the experiment will provide them with clues about what Mars was like in the past and if those conditions could have accommodated life.”Update 5/08/18: Another paper on Space.com equated water with life, and yet admitted that perchlorate is hostile to prebiotic chemistry: “A new experiment designed to detect amino acids on Mars, in spite of the reactive perchlorate in the Martian soil that typically breaks organic compounds down, could fly on a future mission to Mars to help in the search for life there.” The word ‘life’ appears two dozen times in this short article.Mars InSight streaks across southern California skies (DFC)CEH supports planetary exploration. The astrobiology part is superfluous, useless and illogical, but the gathering of new data from space has a long track record of supporting creation. How? By showing that the solar system is young, and by showing the uniqueness of the Earth. We expect that trend will continue if InSight succeeds. Place your bets now.last_img read more

Why Question an Old Earth?

first_imgAn apologetics website has listed 21 reasons for believing the earth is much younger than secular scientists claim.At Apologetics Press, Jeff Miller, PhD, wrote an article called “21 Reasons to Believe the Earth is Young.” With sections about paleontology, geology and astronomy, Dr Miller provides food for thought who have always been taught that the earth and the universe are billions of years old. Often, that dogma is a primary reason that young people lose their faith in the Bible. But they never hear about the many evidences for youth. This is a handy list to consider and share.Thanks to our readers for the week-long Christmas break. Before news from 2019 rolls down the pipeline, we like to information that gives reasons to trust the Word of God in an age where science seems to make faith unnecessary.  It actually takes more faith to believe the Word of Scientists! We also thank our supporters for year-end donations. These encourage our efforts to get true science to the masses against the overwhelming forces that censor all mention of design. May you have a happy year in 2019.Note: Linking to an article does not necessarily imply agreement with all of a ministry’s positions. (Visited 970 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

JSE launches Shariah investment index

first_img21 July 2008The JSE has partnered with the FTSE Group to launch the FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index, opening up opportunities for those – including South Africa’s 850 000-strong Muslim community – interested in Shariah-compliant investment.The FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index is a selection of Shariah-compliant companies from the FTSE/JSE Shariah All-Share Index, with the calculation of the index and the treatment of corporate actions being similar to the FTSE/JSE Top 40.“Internationally the market for Islamic investment products is growing exponentially, at an estimated 15-20% per annum,” the JSE’s Ana Forssman said in a statement this week.“This index gives Muslim investors access to the top performing listed companies in South Africa without compromising their religious beliefs.”Huge growth potentialThe FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index is suitable for the creation of financial products, such as index funds, warrants, certificates and Exchange Traded Funds.“With approximately 1.5-billion Muslims worldwide, there is huge growth potential for investment vehicles with a faith-based mandate,” said FTSE Group Europe, Middle East and Africa MD Imogen Dillon Hatcher, adding that Shariah-compliant investment was one of the fastest growing new areas of finance globally.“The FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 index will provide institutional investors with an accurate Shariah benchmark as well as help providers create structured investment products tailored to the Islamic market,” she said. “Today’s launch demonstrates FTSE Group’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to investors both in South Africa and worldwide.”Complying with Shariah lawThe constituents of the FTSE/JSE Shariah Top 40 Index are screened by Yasaar Research, a well-respected authority on Shariah law.To qualify as a constituent of the index, companies undergo a detailed screening process, which filters out any organisations considered unacceptable or non-compliant according to Shariah-law, including businesses involved in conventional finance, alcohol, pork-related and non-halaal food, entertainment, tobacco and weapons.The remaining companies are then further screened according to Shariah-compliant financial criteria. In order to remain in the index, the companies are reassessed by Yasaar quarterly.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Rice University’s Ze-Row Preview

first_imgThe Solar Decathlon team from Texas offers a peek at its entry for the fall contestWe’re still five months from the kickoff of the 2009 Solar Decathlon, which will run October 8-18 in Washington, D.C. But one of the 20 teams of university students selected to compete is offering the public a preview of its entry, an 800-square-foot structure called the Ze-Row House.It’s a short preview. From noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday (May 8), the Rice University team (the only Decathlon competitor from Texas) will lead tours of the house at its construction site on the Rice campus (6100 Main Street, near the corner of College Way and Alumni Drive, if you happen to be visiting or live in Houston).As we noted in a previous GBA news blog, Solar Decathlon teams are selected by a committee of engineers, scientists, and other experts from the Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who review prospective entrants’ proposals for creating highly energy efficient, solar-powered homes at relatively low cost. Over a two-year period, the 20 teams chosen to compete further develop their proposals and eventually bring them to life on the National Mall.Each Solar Decathlon team competes in 10 areas: architecture (for a maximum of 100 points), market viability (100 points), engineering (100 points), lighting design (75 points), communications (75 points), comfort zone (100 points), hot water (100 points), appliances (100 points), home entertainment (100 points), and net metering (150 points).It is not uncommon for teams to develop, transport, and assemble their projects at a cost of $500,000 or more. But because its house is designed to serve low-income residents in Houston’s Third Ward, the Rice team has been working with much narrower economic strictures. It’s Ze-Row House, which was developed in consultation with local nonprofit arts and culture group Project Row Houses, was created with a building and materials budget of about $150,000, so that its design and concepts could be replicated in six energy-efficient, one- and two-bedroom homes on two 50-by-80-foot lots in Houston’s Third Ward.More than 100 members of the Rice community, from a variety of disciplines, worked on the Ze-Row house, which is the latest project in an affordable-housing initiative and long-term collaboration between Project Row Houses and the Rice Building Workshop, a program that allows students to turn ideas into actual construction projects.last_img read more