New Media Challenges Darwinism

first_imgWebsites and resources challenging Darwinian dominance are springing up all over the place.  Uncensored by scientific societies, they may be having more of an effect than evolutionary biologists wish to consider.  Many are aimed at students and young adults.Overwhelming Evidence is an ID website aimed at high school students.  It has blogs, forums and opportunities to get involved.Salvo Magazine is a new magazine devoted to cultural and scientific issues related to origins and the meaning of life.  It’s snazzy interface and cutting-edge, no-holds-barred approach is aimed at the tastes of knowledgeable young adults.Darwinism and ID has a wacky website featuring the new book by Jonathan Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.Blogs like GlobeLens and this example from Brazil are too numerous to mention in this day of personal publishing.Life’s Story volume II, from Exploration Films, is due for release in mid-October.Lee Strobel’s best seller The Case for a Creator is expected to come out in a film version soon.Randy Olson’s zany attempt at a balanced film, Flock of Dodos, is still making its rounds, according to its October newsletter.  But with the most-touted reviews coming from radical pro-Darwin groups like Pharyngula, it’s not clear whether any Darwin critics are watching the “latest droppings from the ‘Flock of Dodos’ circus” or dodging them.The hardened Old Guard of the Darwin Party has shown itself incorrigible too long.  Welcome to a new generation of critical thinkers who don’t have to be force-fed the Darwin Brand Snake Oil, but know what’s good for them and can read the bottles for themselves.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Honours for SA photographers

first_img5 October 2007South Africans David Goldblatt and Barry Lategan were among 22 photographers from around the world who were honoured at the Royal Photographic Society’s prestigious annual awards ceremony in London on Thursday.Goldblatt and Lategan were awarded honorary fellowships for their “significant individual achievements and contributions to the art and science of photography.”David Goldblatt“David Goldblatt’s photographs have documented the prosaic details of South African life for over five decades now,” Sean O’Toole writes in his biography of Goldblatt on art website Artthrob.“Whether photographing the stolid white suburb of Boksburg, or recording the invisible assault of apartheid by taking an early morning bus ride with the transported of KwaNdebele, his photographs have consistently impressed because of their eloquent humanism.”Born in Randfontein, a gold mining town near Johannesburg, in 1930, Goldblatt decided he wanted to be a magazine photographer while at high school.At the time, the field was almost unknown in South Africa, and he went to work in his father’s outfitting store while taking a bachelor of commerce degree at Witwatersrand University. After his father’s death in 1962, he sold the business and devoted his time to photography.Goldblatt has worked for corporations and institutions in South Africa and overseas, and his work has featured in documentaries and magazines. He has won numerous awards.In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, teaching disadvantaged youngsters photographic skills. In 2001, his retrospective, David Goldblatt: 51 Years, toured in New York, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Oxford, Brussels, Munich and Johannesburg.Barry LateganSouth African born Barry Lategan came to England to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, during which time he was called to national service in Germany, where his interest in photography developed.He opened a studio in London in 1965, where he took the first photographs of Twiggy, before moving to New York to live and work between 1977 and 1990.Lategan’s photographs have been published worldwide in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire and Life.His subjects have included Iman, Princess Anne, Calvin Klein, Jackie Bisset, Paul and Linda McCartney, David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, Penelope Tree, Germaine Greer, Paloma Picasso, Lauren Hutton, Salman Rushdie, Margaux Hemingway, Marie Helvin, Bianca Jagger, and Jerry Hall.His work has been exhibited and retained in the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the South African National Gallery and the University of Santa Barbara. He has also received numerous prestigious American and British Awards.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Google Apps Gives Businesses Better Email Controls

first_imgTags:#enterprise#Products#saas Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img steven walling When Google Apps left beta back in July, Google announced that it would be adding a set of enterprise-specific features to make Premier Edition more attractive to businesses. Today Google has made good on that promise by supporting email retention and delegation for Apps customers. Gmail is an awesome Web mail program, but it was missing some functionality essential for adoption in larger enterprises. One of those aspects was the ability for businesses to set company-wide retention policies in order to comply with regulatory requirements. Another one, the icing on the cake really, was email delegation that allows users to let others manage email for them. RetentionEmail retention policy is an important aspect of regulatory compliance in the enterprise. Depending on your sector, there may be both industry and government rules to follow when it comes to what email is retained, how it’s stored, and for how long. The Premier Edition of Apps will allow your administrators to set policies, starting today. DelegationEmail delegation is really a specialized feature aimed at executives and administrative assistants, rather than something attractive to everyone in an enterprise. But allowing that kind of business-specific functionality in Apps is definitely an important step if Google wants to seriously compete with Microsoft and IBM as they push the “Going Google” campaign. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova cruises into Stuttgart semis

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova cruised into the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals on Friday, extending her winning comeback from a doping suspension with a smooth 6-3, 6-4 victory over Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.Wildcard entrant Sharapova returned to action this week following her 15-month ban, but has looked like she never really went away in winning her three matches so far without dropping a set.Sharapova has also received wildcards for upcoming tournaments in Madrid and Rome, angering some players who say a doping offender should start from the lower-tier tournaments and earn back ranking points instead.Reaching the Stuttgart final could be enough to move Sharapova’s ranking back above 200 and secure her a spot in the qualifying tournament for the French Open, and if she did well in Madrid and Rome she might make the main draw for Wimbledon.The 21-year-old Kontaveit, who battled through the Stuttgart qualifiers into the main draw, confirmed her fine current form early in Friday’s match, comfortably holding serve and matching Sharapova’s power from the baseline.The Estonian world number 76, who reached the final in Biel earlier this month, was broken twice in a row though as Sharapova upped the pressure, attacking every serve of her opponent to win five games in a row.Sharapova broke again early in the second set and despite twice dropping her serve in a late bout of nerves she broke the Estonian again, sealing victory on the first match point as Kontaveit sent a forehand long.The US-based Russian will next play the winner of the quarter-final between France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.advertisementlast_img read more

Onion prices hit Rs 50kg mark in retail market

first_imgNew Delhi: Sattar, a local tea seller in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar has four polybags of onions weighing around 2 kg each piled up in his shop. He says that he bought these just before the prices of onions soared.Onions in the retail market in Delhi is being sold at Rs 50 kg. Consumers are left with no choice but to either use fewer onions into day to day food or do away with the essential ingredient straightaway. “It is impractical to do away with onions. Its a must in almost every Indian food. Now with the prices of onions skyrocketing, it becomes hard for us to manage our daily budget. Reasons whatever may, but the prices should be brought down,” said Anees Fatima, a housewife in Delhi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOnion prices have scaled up due to a reduction in the arrival of onions in the wholesale mandis , following floods in major onion supplying states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. “I used to buy atleast 5 kg of oinions but this price is almost double of what we paid some days back. It becomes difficult for you to buy it at almost double the price when you know that it was sold at 20 to 25 rs/kg a few days back,” said Kamal, a consumer. It is belived that the arrival of onions from Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka is lower this year due to floods. Also the plantation of some varities of onions was also affected by late arival of monsoon.last_img read more