Weekly NFL power rankings: Rams move up to No. 1

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.WEEK 71. L.A. Rams (6-0)Rams show why they’re weather proof and can slug it out as well as air it out — MVP candidate Todd Gurley rushes for 208 yards in DenverLast week: 2 Next: at 49ers2. New England (4-2)Bill Belichick will talk up Khalil Mack big time this week. But be advised — Belichick would never pay that kind of money to a defensive player, no matter how good he is. Last week: 7 Next: at Chicago3. Kansas …last_img

Evolutionary Anthropologists Startled by Racial Mixing in Africa

first_img(Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If they didn’t expect recent genetic mixing from Europe into Africa, how certain are they about older human migrations?One thing is clear about early humans: they were a mobile group, often interbreeding with other groups. Ann Gibbons’ latest article in Science talks about a new genome from a human skeleton found in an Ethiopian cave. Dated by radiocarbon to be 4,500 years old, the genome shows unexpected mixing of African stock with Europeans. Gibbons writes about the surprising findings:Africa is the birthplace of our species and the source of ancient migrations that spanned the globe. But it has missed out on a revolution in understanding human origins: the study of ancient DNA….Until now. A paper published online this week in Science reveals the first prehistoric genome from Africa: that of Mota, a hunter-gatherer man who lived 4500 years ago in the highlands of Ethiopia…. And when compared with the genomes of living Africans, it implies something startling. Africa is usually seen as a source of outward migrations, but the genomes suggest a major migration into Africa by farmers from the Middle East, possibly about 3500 years ago. These farmers’ DNA reached deep into the continent, spreading even to groups considered isolated, such as the Khoisan of South Africa and the pygmies of the Congo.Did evolutionary anthropologists expect this? They believe early man evolved much earlier and moved “out of Africa” into Europe and Asia many tens of thousands of years ago. That part of their story is unchanged by the new genome. What they missed with this study, though, implies that they could have missed other “startling” revolutions in the earlier part of the story, since data become progressively less accurate over time.Here was one reaction from a well-known Harvard evolutionist:Population geneticist David Reich of Harvard University is struck by the magnitude of the mixing between Africans and Eurasians. He notes that “a profound migration of farmers moving from Mesopotamia to North Africa has long been speculated.” But, he says, “a western Eurasian migration into every population they study in Africa—into the Mbuti pygmies and the Khoisan? That’s surprising and new.”Gibbons ends by casting doubt on the status of modern theories about human migrations, quoting Jason Hodgson, an anthropological geneticist from Imperial College London:Migrations into and out of Africa were likely complex and ongoing. “This study is significant on its own,” Hodgson says. “But hopefully it is only just the beginning of ancient African genomics.”This implies that ancient African genomics has been more anecdotal than empirical. That may change, now that DNA from African bones is becoming more available (Nature).A related early-man story argues that human languages are “less arbitrary than long assumed” (Science Daily). An international team found that “the sounds and shapes of words can reveal aspects of meaning and grammatical function.”Human history goes back just thousands of years in the Biblical timeframe. Look: 3,500 years to 4,500 years puts this migration into a reasonable post-Flood period. And look where the migration started: Mesopotamia, right where the Bible puts the Tower of Babel.The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 is the most detailed, credible and verifiable account of human migrations in any historical written record. Recorded by Moses around 1440 BC, it most probably includes records known to Moses from his education in Egypt and earlier sources accessible to him. In this amazing record (which flows seamlessly into the time of Abraham, where secular history provides independent corroboration), the sons of Ham migrated to Africa and the far east. The sons of Japheth migrated to Europe and India, forming the Indo-European cultures with their shared languages. The sons of Shem stayed primarily in the middle east. Individual names of the three sons of Noah and their offspring can be traced through extra-Biblical records to places like Egypt, Greece, Ethiopia, Crete, and even as far as China. There’s no reason to reject the Genesis 10 record except for the evolutionary appetite for long ages.But how reasonable are those long ages? Evolutionists have to believe that ancient humans, fully our equivalent in stature and brain size, were too stupid to build a city, ride a horse, or plant a farm until civilization suddenly exploded on the scene inexplicably just a few thousand years ago. The most ancient cultic site found in Turkey, Gobekli Tepe, doesn’t fit their evolutionary narrative at all (3/10/09). One said, “…one has to wonder how these supposed hunter-gatherers had advanced knowledge of masonry and stonework if they were the first civilization.” Evolutionists must believe that tens and even hundreds of thousands of years ago, “hominids” made tools, used fire, and even traveled across continents but were too stupid to make a permanent dwelling. Long ages are a curse to history, not a benefit. The long ages required by their theory makes their story unreasonable, given what we know about human nature.By contrast, the Bible presents a reasonable history we can relate to. It describes mankind as intelligent from the beginning. After Eden, Cain and Abel were shepherds and farmers. Cain built a city, and his grandsons were making musical instruments, forging metals and perfecting agriculture. After the Flood, Noah’s descendants were building a magnificent Tower of Babel within a few centuries (100 to 500 years, as conservative estimates go). The languages were not arbitrary, but intelligently designed by God, who had a purpose for driving the nations to scatter and repopulate the earth. Then people groups with their common languages scattered across the globe within a few centuries, not tens of thousands of years. Wherever we see humanity, we see wanderlust, technology, and intelligence. We still don’t know how they built some ancient monuments of incredible mass and precision.This article by Ann Gibbons points out how surprised the evolutionists continue to be. She mentioned the “revolution in the study of human origins” from genetics that is now just beginning to affect their stories about Africa. It’s like every new finding contradicts their expectations, requiring them to invent new lies to cover up the last ones. The Bible has stood the test of time. It has the ring of truth. Truth doesn’t evolve. It doesn’t need to.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 26, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air dominates the state the rest of this week. We are mostly dry here for the next few day and sunshine will make it look better than it really is, once you step outside. We won’t rule out the odd flurry in the north through Thursday, especially near the lake, but that will be a minimal occurrence. Temps will be a good 10-2 degrees below normal for this time of year and we will see our first sub-zero temperature readings overnight tonight into early tomorrow morning The coldest will be in a zone from US 30 down to I-70.On the backside of the high we start to see south winds develop and that may lead to a bit of temperature moderation for the balance of Thursday and the first half of Friday. This will be ahead of our next fast moving clipper system for Friday late afternoon through Saturday. We have potential for 2-4 inches over 80% of the state. Strong north winds coming behind the system will keep lake snows in the forecast over NE Ohio through Saturday evening into Sunday, and we can add another several inches to snow totals there.A second, stronger shot of cold air coming in behind that system on the heels of those strong north winds. Flipping the calendar into 2018 brings more cold air and light snow for January 1, but the light snow stays mainly near the lake. We could see a coating to an inch or two off the south shores of Lake Erie for the Holiday, but nothing anywhere else. The rest of the week looks brutal, with a potential string of 4 days back to back to finish the first week of 2018 in the single digits and below zero.In the extended window, we could be looking at another major winter storm arriving around the 6th of January. Right now we see low pressure tracking directly across Indiana on a path from Little Rock AR to Buffalo, NY. This track currently would keep us out of the potential worst snow, but still has the potential to bring some significant winter weather. However we also point out this morning that its arrival is far enough out to allow for plenty of wiggle room on track, intensity, etc. We are keeping a close eye on it. These southwest to NE moving storms are trhe ones that always are the best threat for impressive weather. Behind that storm complex, cold air stays, and 2 clippers are possible, adding to the snow potential over the state. Temps remain below normal through Jan 10.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau unveils new logo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentAfter nearly a year of celebrating Ohio Farm Bureau’s Centennial, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees recently voted to adopt the “rosette” logo used to recognize the centennial as the organization’s new, permanent logo. Member feedback on the centennial logo was overwhelmingly positive. Over the coming months, Ohio Farm Bureau will be transitioning from the “FB” logo, introduced in the early 1980s, to the new rosette logo.“Watching our members react to the new logo has been fun,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president. “Even though the new logo is an update on one from our early days, our younger members have been some of the most enthusiastic supporters of making it our permanent logo. I think that is great symbolism of the Farm Bureau brand: We’re proud of our history, but we’re always looking forward to the future.” In addition to seeing this new mark on all of Ohio Farm Bureau’s communications, barns and other structures across the state will also feature the rosette logo. Look for these paintings in Adams, Ashland, Clinton, Coshocton, Erie, Lake, Muskingum and Washington counties.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230 or Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231.Editors: A high resolution photo of the new rosette logo is available to accompany this story. Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Manchester United must come back stronger after international break: Ander Herrera

first_imgManchester United must avoid a repeat of last month’s performance in order to revive their Premier League campaign after the international break, midfielder Ander Herrera has said.United kicked off their league campaign with three straight wins under manager Jose Mourinho, but slumped to back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford, having lost to Dutch side Feyenoord in their opening Europa League game.After the international break, United travel to Liverpool on Oct. 17, host Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Europa League three days later before travelling to Chelsea for a league fixture on Oct. 23.”We lost three games in a row so we have to avoid that,” Herrera told British media. (Also read: EPL: Manchester United held 1-1 by last-place Stoke after David De Gea mistake)”We know we have to come back very strong. We have to play two very tough Premier League games away – Liverpool and Chelsea – and between them Fenerbahce in the Europa League. That is a very important game as well.””But in football you never know. Maybe we go to Liverpool and create (only) two chances and yet we win the game. This is football and we have to accept that.”Herrera, who has made five top flight appearances under Mourinho this season, has been called up by Spain ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.last_img read more

Real Madrid to sign €45m teenager Rodrygo as Ronaldo ‘settles tax affairs’

first_imgReuse this content Transfer window Share on Pinterest Meanwhile the Spanish newspaper El Mundo has reported that Ronaldo will pay €18.8m to the Spanish Tax Agency to bring legal proceedings against him to a close. The Portugal forward was accused of four fiscal offences but is said to have agreed to an admission of wrongdoing in the settlement, which carries an automatic two-year prison charge. However, like the Barcelona players Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano, the 33-year-old will avoid serving any of his sentence. Real Madrid The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Real Madrid have agreed to sign Rodrygo Goes from the Brazilian side Santos for €45m, with reports in Spain that Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a settlement over his tax affairs.Rodrygo, a forward who is to complete his move to Spain in 2019, made his debut for Santos last November at the age of 16 and has scored five goals in nine league appearances for the club in the Brazilian top flight.“Real Madrid C F and Santos Futebol Clube have agreed that Rodrygo Goes will play his football at Real Madrid when he reaches the legal age requirement,” the Spanish side said on their website. “Although the player would be able to play for our club as of January 2019, the agreement in place sets out that he will join the squad in July of that year.”Rodrygo will join his fellow teenager Vinícius Júnior, who signed for the triple European champions last summer, in Madrid. Santos Topics Share on WhatsApp Cristiano Ronaldo newslast_img read more

Civil Service Week Expo on today

first_imgThe Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) will demonstrate joined-up government in action at the Civil Service Expo on Tuesday at Emancipation Park. The Expo is under the theme: Civil servants in action: celebrating Jamaica. The Jamaica Archives and Records Department (JARD); the Bureau of Women’s Affairs (BWA), the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCo) and the National Identification Systems project (NIDS) – all agencies under the Office Of The Prime Minister, OPM, have come together to show the power of collaboration in their unified focus on addressing the issue of violence against women ahead of the international day for the elimination of violence against women being observed on Sunday, November 25, 2012. JARD will give an effective display on the tremendous gains made by Jamaica in commerce and social life by highlighting aspects of the plantation era. The department, which first started collecting records in the 1600s, will showcase the rich opportunities that Jamaica had and still has in our bountiful natural environment and the strength and creativity of the people. Visitors will have a chance to test their knowledge in quizzes and win an exquisite postcard produced by JARD from its archives. The Bureau of Women’s Affairs will be incorporating the international message “Sexual Violence & Domestic Abuse: a major barrier to women’s safety and empowerment” in their display, and will strengthen the message through videos and also quizzes. Jamaican stalwarts in the field of women’s advocacy will also be highlighted and featured in the space. Bringing forward the importance of a drug free environment to Jamaica’s advancement in sport is the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission. Visitors will see the work being done by officers to test athletes for drugs and also materials to inform sportsmen and women about ensuring that their bodies are clean for international competition. JADCo will show relevant videos and also have fun activities to promote knowledge of this area. Giving a glimpse into the future, the National Identification System (NIDS), will show government’s programme to create a more structured public service. When successfully implemented, it will enable more effective delivery of services to individuals, and also provide up to date information on citizens and residents of Jamaica. The joined-up approach for the booth highlights the vision of government to be increasingly effective in its operations, using knowledge and collaborative methods. The 2012 Civil Service week was launched at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Monday afternoon (November 19) under the theme Civil servants in action: celebrating Jamaica. Guest speaker was former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the University of Technology, Edward Seaga. The long service awards to public servants with 25 years of service and more takes place on Thursday (November 22) at King’s House. Contact: Communications Unit-OPM Tel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

Consumer advocates give Congress a different perspective on data privacy law

first_imgLawmakers heard from consumer advocates Wednesday on a potential data privacy law. Saul Gravy/Getty Images The road to a US data privacy law is paved with hearings.On Wednesday, the Senate commerce committee heard from consumer advocates on how lawmakers should craft a data privacy bill. Tech firms often have lawmakers’ attention — spending a record $65 million in lobbying last year — but Wednesday’s hearing gave consumer advocates the chance to voice their concerns.Witnesses included representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Future of Privacy Forum, Common Sense Media and the Irish Data Protection Commission, and their recommendations differed vastly from suggestions technology firms have made to Congress in past hearings. Among other things, the advocates urged federal legislators to protect state laws and give enforcers more resources to penalize companies that abuse people’s data.As privacy issues with tech giants like Facebook and Google continue to brew, US lawmakers are looking to pass legislation that can rein in how companies collect and use people’s personal data. Though the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect last May, the US doesn’t have a national equivalent regulating privacy.”It’s clear that companies have not adequately learned from past failures, and at the expense of consumers, we are seeing that self-regulation is insufficient,” Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, a ranking member on the committee, said during the hearing.Without a federal law on privacy, a government watchdog found, there’s been weak enforcement against companies that mishandle millions of people’s data. Lawmakers have gone back and forth on a federal data privacy bill, with multiple Congress members proposing their own versions of potential legislation. Tech VIPs have also called for a federal data privacy law. Apple CEO Tim Cook has voiced his support for legislation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for a privacy protection bill, and Google has shared its framework for what legislation should look like. Though there’s no federal law, multiple states have passed their own bills, including California, in a move supporters called a “milestone moment.” Tech companies are calling for a federal law that would pre-empt all the state laws that’ve already passed — telling lawmakers that multiple states with their own rules for privacy protection would lead to confusion. The advocates, on the other hand, have warned that a federal law that pre-empts state laws would be harmful to data privacy in the long run. Because technology advances fast and federal laws can’t keep up, it’s often up to states to draft new legislation. “We know firsthand that in many cases it has been states, not Congress, that have led efforts to protect consumers,” Neema Singh Giuliani, senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, said in her opening remarks. “These states have acted as laboratories. They’ve experimented and innovated with new ways to protect consumers.” The witnesses also called for stronger enforcement against tech companies. Under current laws, the Federal Trade Commission is limited in its resources when it comes to penalizing tech companies. Facebook is expecting an FTC fine of up to $5 billion, but the agency said it doesn’t have enough resources to enforce many data abuses.That’s different from the Irish Data Protection Commission, which has received 5,839 complaints in the 11 months since the GDPR came into effect, commissioner Helen Dixon said. The IDPC has 51 large-scale investigations underway, 12 of which are focused on major US tech companies, the commissioner said.Legislation should also limit how much data companies can harvest, with consumer advocates calling for data minimization. That would mean companies should be able to request only necessary data, and nothing else.”If I have a flashlight app, is it really reasonable for the app to require me to turn over all my location data or my financial data, just as a condition of using that app?” Giuliani said.If federal legislation passes, advocates said, there also needs to be a public awareness campaign on new privacy protections. And we need to see a shift from the legalese-filled privacy policies that people have routinely ignored, the witnesses said.”Clear, easy-to-use information is absolutely critical,” said Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media. “This is complex stuff, and we need to make it very easy for consumers to understand what their rights are and how to exercise them.” Politics Security Tags 0center_img Share your voice Post a commentlast_img read more

India gets firstofitskind Bitcoin ATM kiosk in Bengaluru heres all you need

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … India’s first bitcoin ATM launched in Bangalorecenter_img Despite warnings by the Reserve Bank of India and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Unocoin Technologies Private Ltd has set up India’s first Bitcoin ATM in Bengaluru.Unocoin said that they are calling it a kiosk and not an ATM as many might mistake it for a regular machine from which they can withdraw cash.Unocoin, a blockchain solutions provider, has made it easier for Indians to trade bitcoins since the Indian government in February banned banks from trading cryptocurrency. Pixabay”We have a customer base of 13 lakh users and we are hoping that this will ease the pain points of customers after the ban,” says Sathvik Viswanath, CEO and founder, Unocoin.To trade cryptocurrency, Indians have to seek the help of known people living abroad, where the transactions are allowed, reports TOI.This was due to the unpredictability that the cryptocurrency posed to the markets.The bitcoin kiosk, which is similar to a normal ATM, has the card slot disabled. Instead, they will have to enter a 12-digit-pin which will allow them to withdraw money they made by trading the bitcoins. This will be done after the user contacts Unocoin and inform them of the amount they want to withdraw.”The user would then visit the Unocoin Kiosk to enter the reference number and OTP that was sent to his registered mobile number to withdraw the INR,” Unocoins was quoted by Times Now.The blockchain company added that for deposit, a one-time password and the user ID will be sent to the registered mobile number after which the customer can get the money deposited.While talking about cryptocurrency, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in his budget speech, “The government does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate the use of these cryptoassets in financing illegitimate activities or as part of the payment system.”However, Vishwanath found a loophole in this statement.”The finance minister’s statement was very clear. He said cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in India. He did not say illegal tender. There’s a huge difference. It only means you bear the risk of your investment and there’s no regulation or the industry,” Vishwanath said.last_img read more