After a year of Raúl Castro as president, political opening still ignores imprisoned journalists

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first_img October 15, 2020 Find out more News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Reporters Without Borders calls for the continuation of diplomatic efforts that could help improve respect for human rights in Cuba. In particular, it thinks it is essential that the United States should lift its embargo of Cuba, which just bolsters the regime while penalising the population. Follow the news on Cuba Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet February 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After a year of Raúl Castro as president, political opening still ignores imprisoned journalists News Help by sharing this information May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders notes with regret that the Cuban government has stubbornly refused to release 23 arbitrarily detained journalists, including its correspondent Ricardo González Alfonso, in the 12 months since Raúl Castro was confirmed as President of the Council of State on 24 February 2008, 19 months after taking over provisionally from his ailing elder brother Fidel. There have been a few signs of a political opening-up in the past year but, in all, Cuba continues to hold around 200 political prisoners. The press freedom organisation calls for the continuation of diplomatic efforts that could help change this situation and, in particular, the lifting of the US embargo of Cuba that has been in place since 1962.“Nineteen of the 23 journalists currently imprisoned in Cuba for their opinions and their reports were arrested in the ‘Black Spring’ crackdown of 2003 and will begin their seventh year in detention on 18 March,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This situation is all the more absurd and cruel as the authorities have agreed to release or, on health grounds, suspend the sentences of some of the 75 dissidents arrested in that crackdown. “It also stands in complete contradiction to the intentions manifested by the government when it signed two UN human rights conventions and partially liberalised the communications sector. The government cannot keep on evading this contradiction as it tries to consolidate its diplomatic ties and extricate Cuba from its isolation.“We again call on the countries engaged in a dialogue with Cuba, especially its Latin American partners, to step up their mediation on behalf of the imprisoned journalists in the name of the free expression that is recognised everywhere else in the hemisphere. In this respect, we think it is necessary that the United State lift the embargo impose 47 years ago on Cuba. Condemned by virtually the entire international community, this embargo just bolsters the regime while penalising the population.”Raúl Castro took over at the head of the Council of State nine days after four of the “Black Spring detainees,” including independent journalist Alejandro González Raga and José Gabriel Ramón Castillo, the editor of a dissident socio-cultural magazine, were released as a result of Spanish government mediation and flew to Spain.Shortly after Raúl Castro’s installation, the Cuban government signed two UN human rights conventions, one concerning economic, social and cultural rights, the other concerning civil and political rights. A year later, neither of these treaties has been ratified.As soon as he was installed, Raúl Castro lifted the ban which until then had barred Cubans entering the country’s luxury hotels with better Internet connections, although their prices are prohibitive in a country where the average salary is about 13 dollars a month. Other measures followed in the communications domain, including legalisation of the acquisition of personal computers and mobile phones.These changes have in no way diminished the government’s repressive attitude towards those who try to circulate news and information that it does not control. Online activity continues to be monitored and the Internet is regularly blocked. Internet access nonetheless also suffers from major technical difficulties resulting from communications restrictions imposed by the US embargo. This led Michael Parmly, then head of the US Interests Section in Havana, to urge his government on 4 July 2008 to allow Cubans to have better Internet access. His request has so far been ignored and Cuba is currently counting on Venezuela’s help to achieve this.The softening of the US embargo announced by President Barack Obama’s new administration is expected above all to relax restrictions on visits to the island by Cuban exiles and the amount of money they can send to their relatives there. The Cuban government made no concessions after the European Union, on 23 June 2008, definitively lifted the sanctions which it had imposed after the “Black Spring” (and soon suspended). Nonetheless, the European sanctions were, as the US embargo continues to be, a powerful argument that is used by the government to justify gagging all of its opponents.The journalists arrested during the “Black Spring” were given sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison on the spurious grounds that they were “mercenaries in the pay of the United States.” As a result of the embargo, the government is also able to cite “North American oppression” as grounds for denying its citizens access to diverse news and information. CubaAmericas Organisation CubaAmericas to go further RSF_en News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more


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first_imgNow more than ever, credit union leadership knows the old mantra, “grow or be acquired” is alive and well, and it’s causing some sleepless nights as they feel the squeeze from all sides.  But, of the countless (and growing) regulatory, technological and competitive hurdles credit unions face today, there is a critical one that too often goes unmentioned — how to not only efficiently manage the staggering volumes of information passing through the CU’s various systems, but to go a step further to transform it into an active value-add.  Enterprise Content Management / Enterprise Information Management (ECM / EIM) may not be as “bright and shiny” as the promise of blockchain banking or the latest wearable tech, but it represents a dramatically understated and misunderstood potential for immediate and long term growth. The shiny piece of this puzzle is information and how we leverage it.First and foremost, a strong ECM / EIM solution should reduce overhead by automating the repetitive processes of credit union staff. It may not sound like much at first, but consider the time lost to employees manually hunting down and sending documents across multiple databases, day in and day out. Compound that across the entire institution and it quickly adds up. To be a truly innovative solution, an ECM / EIM system should also offer CU leadership the flexibility to tailor their workflows to the institution’s unique needs to maximize efficiency and ROI.Financial institutions’ content management systems shouldn’t just be for internal document storage, however. In the age of information, credit unions are sitting on troves of valuable member data that can be leveraged to great benefit to the CU, all while strengthening existing relationships. Members enjoy faster, more consistent experiences as staff are now freed to focus on their interactions. Meanwhile, the stored transactional metadata provides crucial business intelligence, enabling the credit union to efficiently develop and deliver more personal targeted offers and promotions that drive ever greater member loyalty.For many credit union executives, just behind the imperative for growth looms the specter of regulatory compliance. With an ever changing set of guidelines and requirements, CU leaders have to stay flexible while maintaining a competitive edge. To meet those needs, the CU’s choice of ECM / EIM solution should be reflective of that ability to adapt, removing, rather than compounding, one of many compliance headaches credit unions face.As credit unions look to the future they are continually forced to hone their strategies of how best to scale their operations, and their ECM / EIM solution should be the least of their concerns. Credit unions should put best practices in place early with a system built to scale quickly and effortlessly instead of waiting for often costly red flags to appear. Solutions like those offered by Alogent empower credit unions to build a firm ECM / EIM foundation for stronger and longer member relationships while greatly increasing operational efficiency and avoiding disruptions to growth due to new regulatory demands.In a world where time really is money there’s no replacement for efficiency. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jason Schwabline Jason is the leader of product management and company strategy for Alogent. He spends much of his time traveling and evangelizing, and speaks regularly on the future of transformational technologies … Web: www.alogent.com Detailslast_img read more


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first_imgWisconsin senior shooting guard Taylor Wurtz has decided to sit out the remainder of the season, taking a medical redshirt for the 2012-13 campaign.The 2011-12 all-Big Ten honoree had been sidelined for the Badgers’ last eight games with a nagging back injury that also kept her out of early season exhibitions. UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey noted that Wurtz’ best health interests led her to the decision.“The health and well-being of Taylor has been and will continue to be our first priority so we are in total support of her decision to redshirt and have surgery,” Kelsey said. “The decision has always been up to Taylor and her parents with the guidance of our athletic trainer, Holli Dietrick, as well as our team physicians.”Wurtz is expected to have surgery Thursday with early plans to return fully ready for the 2013-14 season. Given the severity of Wurtz’ injury, Kelsey is pleased with the news that Wurtz will be able to return next season.“Her desire to continue her athletic career has always been secondary but we are happy that our team doctors exhausted all possibilities to find a viable solution to her ongoing back problem that will allow her to finish her athletic career on the court,” Kelsey said. “We expect for her to return next season stronger and more focused that ever.”The 6-foot guard averaged 12 points and seven rebounds in the five games she played this season. Her absence has opened greater playing time for freshmen Dakota Whyte and Nicole Bauman, now centerpieces of Wisconsin’s rotation.Nonetheless, the Badgers have gone 5-3 without Wurtz this season, and will look to improve upon that record as they open conference play at Nebraska Wednesday.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Forward Madison FC Flamingos (1-2-0) mounted an impressive comeback victory against Orlando City B (0-3-1) Friday night in the Flamingos’ first win in franchise history. After an impressive showing in a scrimmage Tuesday night against the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team at Breese Stevens Field, the Flamingos were able to get on the scoreboard for the first time ever and hold on for the win over the Badgers.With the win Friday, the team got their first real taste of victory — accentuated by their first home field appearance — after several wins in pre-season scrimmages.In both of the Flamingos first two regular season games, the team lost by a score of 1–0, including a heartbreaking loss in extra-time to North Texas SC April 13. The Flamingos came out the gates firing away versus Orlando, looking like they were on the verge of scoring quickly. The best opportunity came from Josiel Núñez, who was able to get off a shot just wide of the post during the 16th-minute of play after escaping a jersey tug by a defender.Forward Madison FC: Badgers and Flamingos face off in intercity scrimmageForward Madison FC took on the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team at Breese Stevens Field in a scrimmage Tuesday Read…Unfortunately, Forward Madison FC fell to a 1–0 deficit after a foul in the Forward Madison 18-yard box resulted in a penalty kick conversion by Orlando’s Koby Osei-Wusu. The goal from Orlando was the Flamingo’s second penalty kick goal allowed in two games.After trailing at the half, the Flamingos showed what separates them from the rest of their opponents — grit. A game-changing save by goalkeeper Ryan Coulter on a breakaway by Orlando striker Luc Granitur in the 52nd minute turned the tides in favor of Forward Madison FC.To follow, in the 58th minute, Núñez made history by scoring the first goal in Forward Madison FC regular season history. With defenders closing in on him, Núñez took a shot off the inside of his right foot. The ball curled away from the Orlando goalkeeper, who reached out an arm but was only able to graze the ball with his fingertips as the ball came to rest in the back of the net. The game was tied at one all.Men’s soccer: Wisconsin takes on Creighton this weekend in penultimate spring gameThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team will take on the Creighton University Bluejays Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska. The Read…The second and deciding goal of the night for Madison came off the foot of Flamingo defender Shaun Russell. In the 70th minute, Núñez took a free kick from just outside the penalty area. He put a nasty curve on the ball, but the shot just missed and bounced off the left post near a diving goalkeeper. The rebound traveled to Russell, who took advantage of the spin that directed the ball right to him and knocked it in for a 2–1 Madison lead.After two Don Smart yellow cards resulted in a red card for Madison in the 81st minute, the short-handed Flamingos managed to hold off Orlando in the remainder of regulation and five minutes of stoppage time.Hundreds of miles away in Madison, supporters across the city exploded in celebration as victory finally came to a state known for their rich professional athletic success. Forward Madison FC secured their first franchise win, taking the weight off of their shoulders as they return to Wisconsin for their inaugural home opener of the regular season at Breese Stevens Field. The win also puts Forward Madison FC in a tie for 7th place in USL-League One.During post-game interviews after a home-opening win against the Wisconsin Badgers Tuesday night, forward Brian Bement expressed the excitement building up inside him and his fellow teammates as they awaited their first home game of the regular season at Breese Stevens Field April 27, when they take on Greenville Triumph SC.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin closes out regular season with home matchups against Northwestern, IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (9-10, 3-6 Big Ten) will close out its regular season this weekend. The Read…“Myself and the other guys are buzzing for the regular season to come back here,” Bement said. “This was incredible and I can’t even imagine how incredible it will be next weekend.”Greenville Triumph SC (2-2-0) will prove to be a tough battle for Forward Madison, as they won two straight matches before falling on Saturday. Of these two wins, one comes against Lansing — who is tied for second place in USL-League One — and Chattanooga, who beat Forward Madison FC in the first game of the season.Players to watch in the matchup include midfielder Núñez and forward Paulo Júnior for the Flamingos and forward Jake Keegan and midfielder Carlos Gómez for Greenville.Núñez and Júnior combined for the first goal of the season, with Júnior tapping the ball to Núñez for the shot and score.Greenville’s Jake Keegan leads the team this season with two goals, having scored one in each of the team’s two wins. Gómez has assisted on both of those goals, putting him in the lead with two assists on the season for Greenville.A limited number of tickets for the home opener are still available online, but the majority of the seats have already been filled thanks to the already dedicated Forward Madison FC fanbase nicknamed “The Flock.”Breese Stevens Field — which is projected to be nearly done with construction on time for the weekend — will be a loud and rowdy environment, hopefully giving the Flamingos enough energy and support to come away with a win. The game will take place Saturday, April 27, with kickoff scheduled to take place at 7 p.m.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeWashington State Representative and Evergreen alumna Sharon Tomiko Santos will deliver the keynote address at the college’s 2018 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 15. A member of Evergreen’s Class of 1985, Rep. Santos has dedicated her career to the advancement of public education, civil rights, women’s rights, economic justice, environmental justice and affordable housing.“Rep. Santos is a distinguished leader and civil servant with a long history of working to improve every level of our state’s education system,” said Evergreen President George Bridges. “She’s a sensational role model to many of our graduating seniors who aspire to spend their lives creating positive change.”Santos was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 1998 is has served for 10 terms. She represents Washington’s 37th legislative district, which includes Renton and South Seattle. She chairs the House Education Committee and sits on both the Business and Financial Services Committee and the Technology and Economic Development Committee.Santos was selected as graduation speaker by a committee of Evergreen staff and graduating seniors. She has remained close with her alma mater throughout her career and credits Evergreen for providing her with the tools necessary to thrive in public service. In November 2017, she received the Joseph Albert Dear Distinguished Alumni Award.“Evergreen really prepares people for life beyond these campus borders,” Santos remarked while receiving the alumni award at the 2017 Return to Evergreen brunch. “Evergreen equips people to be critical thinkers, to be effective communicators, to be reflective and to synthesize diverse perspectives, to be able to apply knowledge and transfer knowledge to a variety of settings,” she continued. “And, most of all, to be agents of your own self-determination.”Also speaking at commencement will be faculty member Terry Setter, undergraduate student Auriell Marie, and graduate student Riel LaPlant of the Amskapii-Pikunii Nation. Setter has been a member of the Evergreen faculty for 35 years, teaches music and audio production, and co-founded the college’s consciousness studies planning unit. Marie is decorated poet, essayist, and activist whose work has been featured by ESSENCE Magazine, Huffington Post, and many other national publications. LaPlant is a Master in Teaching student who plans to start his own system of schools centered on supporting academically off-track indigenous students.Commencement will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018 on Evergreen’s Red Square. More information is available at evergreen.edu/graduation.last_img read more


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first_imgThe seniors and under-14s got back to winning ways with great away wins at Milford and Malin respectively.The seniors travelled to Milford looking to end a run of two successive defeats.They ended up winning by eight points on a full-time scoreline of 3-08 to 0-09 Carndonagh are due to visit Newtown this weekend.The reserves match at Milford did not take place.The under-14s travelled to Malin with a place in the Division 2 Shield final available to the winners..Despite an early Malin goal, the Milford boys quickly turned the game around to build up a healthy half-time lead. They extended the advantaged in the second half to run out comfortable winners.Naomh Colmcille: Rory Simmons, Daniel Mugan, Jason Fitzpatrick, Mark Friel, Oran Downey, Ryan Higgins, Ryan O’Donnell, Brendan Barr, Caoimhin Marsh, PJ McBrearty, Ronan McKinley, Jordan Gallagher, CJ Gibson. Subs Christopher Mugan, Oran Devine.The under-10s took part in the half-time game at the Burt Legends v Friends of Letterkenny Hospital at Burt on Sunday. Well done to everyone concerned.There was a great attendance at the under-8 blitz at Pairc Colmcille on Saturday.All the players had great fun and there were some super individual performances on show from up and coming stars. Thanks to everyone from Buncrana, St. Eunans and Robert Emmetts for attending and big thanks to all parents who helped on and off the field.This year’s Run for Funds was deferred until this Saturday, 7  June.This year’s Cul Camp will take place from the 7 -11 July for all children aged six to 13 years, running from 10.00am to 3.00pm each day.Bring a packed lunch and clothing for the weather! Tuck shop provided.All children will receive a full football kit and a bag (Donegal colours).Cost is €55 for the first child and €45 for each child thereafter.A week of fun and craic with qualified coaches is guaranteed.Contact Sharon on 087-9685558.The club are now taking registrations for adults, family, senior and underage players.Cost is €25 Adult, €50 Family, €50 senior player and €10 underage player.Particular reminder for adult non-playing members that you need to be registered to request Donegal tickets.The deadline for registration is fast approaching.Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559) or Breda Friel (087 6393503).The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme, so  hand in the collected vouchers so they can be sent away.The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished.Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Naomh Colmcille CLG would like to extend its sympathies to the McLaughlin family on their recent Bereavement.The club would like to wish the best of luck to everyone from the club sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams.Training and Match ScheduleInformation here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes.Check the training schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups.The page will be updated regularly throughout the week.Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training.Make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink).Remember, a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reservesTraining on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm.Away fixtures at Milford scheduled for next weekend.See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18 – Training tbc.U16 – See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U14 -Training today (Monday 2nd)  at 8:00 pm. See Facebook page for further updates during the week.U12 – Scheduled match at home to Naomh Padraig Lifford today, Monday 2 June.Players to be at clubhouse for 6:00pm. Remember drink and mouth guard.U10 – Training continues this Friday, 6 June, at 6:30pm.U8 – Training continues this Friday,  6 June, at 6:30pm.Reminder that the use of mouth guards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly LottoThis week’s numbers are 11, 12, 7, 1, 4 and the most correct winner (matching four numbers) is Richard McFadden (Peter’s Bar) who wins €75.Next week’s jackpot €5,450.The club is seeking volunteers to act as Lotto sellers and join the existing rota.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated.Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ClubColmcilleNaomhNoteslast_img read more


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first_imgWhen words fail you, turn to the numbers.Can’t speak for you, but I ran out words halfway through George Kittle’s riotous 39-yard gallop last Sunday, with a Saints defender dangling from his facemask, the final seconds of the game ticking away, putting his team in position for the winning field goal.Kittle catches. He runs. Despite reports to the contrary, he blocks like a fiend.Is that about it? Not even.According to @ESPNStatsInfo, with his 67 receiving yards last Sunday, …last_img


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first_img(Visited 201 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A record-breaking structure in the universe “defies theory,” the news said, ignoring that theory has been defied for decades since smaller large structures were found (the lumpiness problem).PhysOrg‘s article begins with an image of it.  It’s 4 billion light-years across, Science Daily‘s headline reads.  And National Geographic led off with: “Biggest Thing in Universe Found—Defies Scientific Theory.”  What is it?  a huge Large Quasar Group (LQG), found in data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.Talk about a whopper—astronomers have discovered a structure in the universe so large that modern cosmological theory says it should not exist, a new study says.Well, then, will they junk theory and start over?  Roger Clowes confessed, “It could mean that our mathematical description of the universe has been oversimplified—and that would represent a serious difficulty and a serious increase in complexity.”  Nobody seems ready, however, to jump ship, even with the confessions:“This structure is bigger than we expect based on the shockwaves formed in the universe after the big bang,” said [Gerard] Williger.“This discovery was very much a surprise, since it does break the cosmological record as the largest structure in the known universe,” said study leader Roger Clowes, an astronomer at University of Central Lancashire in England.So this represents a challenge to our current understanding and now creates a mystery—rather than solves one,” Clowes said.One theory holds that this type of colossal collection of quasars may be precursors to galaxy superclusters in the modern universe—but the exact nature of their connection is still a mystery.Theory will survive because they need it to solve other problems.  National Geographic speculates,….the massive structure could possibly shed light on the evolution of galaxies like our own Milky Way. Quasars, which pump out powerful jets of energy, are among the brightest and most energetic objects from when the universe was still young. They represent an early, but brief, stage in the evolution of most galaxies.—not that anyone has seen that happen, but it fits with theory.The Lumpiness Problem in cosmology is old.*  PhysOrg writes, “Since 1982 it has been known that quasars tend to group together in clumps or ‘structures’ of surprisingly large sizes, forming large quasar groups or LQGs.”  Geller and Huchra threw down the first challenge in 1989 with their discovery of a “Great Wall” of galaxies.  This LQG is so big, though, that big bang theory cannot deal with it.  It spans 1/20 the observable universe.  That’s 500 Mpc (megaparsecs), far exceeding the limit of theory: “Based on the Cosmological Principle and the modern theory of cosmology, calculations suggest that astrophysicists should not be able to find a structure larger than 370 Mpc.”  Well, now they do.The team, led by Dr Roger Clowes from UCLan’s Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, has identified the LQG which is so significant in size it also challenges the Cosmological Principle: the assumption that the universe, when viewed at a sufficiently large scale, looks the same no matter where you are observing it from.New Scientist says the trend to find larger and larger structures has been ongoing:“As time went on, people did more and more surveys,” says Clowes. “Each time they found structures the size of the new survey, and you began to wonder when it would all stop.“Previous calculations gave a value of one billion light years as the maximum possible size of a cluster. The 1991 LQG is at this supposed limit, but Huge-LQG smashes right through it. The researchers say this could undermine the cosmological principle, although it may simply mean that we need to revise upwards the size limit on large structures.Aha—that suggests that theory can be rescued with a revision, something like raising the national debt ceiling.  But the Huge-LQG is not the only crisis: a controversial stream of galaxies all moving in the same direction, called the “dark flow,” also flies in the face of theory.Getting from a smooth beginning to a universe of structure has long proved a challenge to modern cosmology.  Now, at the other end of the problem, according to another article on Science Daily, spacetime is “a smoother brew than we knew.”  It’s not foamy like beer, but smooth like whiskey, the reporter quipped.  So how does one get from a smooth spacetime, and a cloud of expanding gas, to dense clusters of dense matter in long chains of quasars?  If it was hard to imagine in 1982, it’s much worse now.The responses of some cosmologists are instructive.  Reporter Jacob Aron at New Scientist ends with these:The search for such large structures is key to furthering our understanding of the universe and creating new and improved cosmological models, says Subir Sarkar of the University of Oxford. “All of this suggests there is structure on scales at which the universe is supposed to be boring,” he says.But the cosmological principle is so ingrained that it is hard for researchers to shake. “People are maybe understandably reluctant to give up the thing, because it will make cosmology too bloody complicated,” says Sarkar.In the NG article, Gerard Williger opined about what it would take to replace current theory:  “There is very likely some mechanism [that] is turning on quasars over a large scale like this—and in a short time—which could relate to some condition in the early universe.” With that, the cosmologists, briefly awakened from their dogmatic slumbers, rolled over and went back to sleep.*For previous entries on the Lumpiness Problem, see 11/10/2000, 6/05/2001, 8/22/2001, 10/24/2003, 1/02/2004, 6/12/2008, or search on “lumpiness” in the Search Bar.Try that kind of language in government to explain to a Congressional committee an unexpected expense doubling the limit of funding.  “There is very likely some mechanism that could relate to some condition in the early accounting.”So is the big bang falsified?  The Huge-LQG “broke through” the limit set by theory.  That should account for falsification.  Can we move on now to design theories?  The universe isn’t boring any more.  It’s downright exciting.  It’s far more complex than the secular consensus had “oversimplified.”  Let the evidence speak, and get to work.last_img read more


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first_imgThe biosphere depends on earth’s magnetic field, but it has been decaying rapidly for at least 1500 years.In Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, Dr Henry Richter describes how the story of the decay of the earth’s magnetic field caught his attention. He had read the monograph by Dr Thomas Barnes in the 1970s, and realized the implications: if the decay is true, the earth could not be billions of years old. He considered the various proposals for maintaining the field, but none of them work, he concluded. If this is a well-known fact, what do secular geophysicists have to say about it?In chapter 7, Dr Richter discusses the implications of a decaying magnetic field.Here’s the short answer, with details below: they are worried about it! They acknowledge the rapid decay, but have no theory to keep it strong enough for millions or billions of years. All they can do is watch it decay, and monitor changes in direction of the weakest spot over time. But unless they can model how it would get stronger again, life is in heap big trouble! Now, the details.A new paper in PNAS, and a Commentary about it by John Tarduno in the same issue of PNAS, provide an up-to-date look at the problem from the secular long-ages viewpoint. Basically, in the first paper, Trindade et al studied stalactites in a South American cave looking for clues to variations in the geomagnetic field. Secular geophysicists have identified a “South Atlantic Anomaly” (SAA) in geomagnetic measurements, “the position of the weakest geomagnetic field on Earth.” They suspected that variations in the SAA might have been recorded in the speleothem data. Here’s what they say about their work. Notice that they acknowledge a “fast decay” the magnetic field’s strength.Experimental and modeling evidence demonstrate the recurrence of the South Atlantic Anomaly. The areal growth of this geomagnetic anomaly accompanies the fast decay of the Earth’s magnetic field, but its origin and longevity are still poorly understood given the scarcity of geomagnetic data in the Southern Hemisphere. We report a ∼1500-y record with unprecedented resolution obtained close to the present-day minimum of the anomaly in South America from continuously grown cave speleothems. This unique record reveals rapid variations in direction and intensity of the local field as a function of the location and magnitude of the anomaly. Synthetic secular variation models show this feature may result from westward migration, expansion, and intensification of reversed flux patches on the core–mantle boundary.To Dr Richter, these data are distractions from the main point: is the earth’s global magnetic field really on a downward trend? Small variations in one continental area won’t fix that. Without a mechanism to replenish the field strength, it will continue to decline, with dire consequences for life. Note that we are not talking about reversals in the field’s polarity (north vs south poles), nor about changes to the magnetic pole angle, but about field intensity or overall strength. Let’s look through these two papers for responses to that main issue.How reliable are the measurements of decline?We know much about the recent waning geomagnetic field; since the time of Gauss in 1840, we have had a rich data source in the form of geomagnetic observatory records. In the satellite era, we have a deluge of data from magnetometers in orbit. [Tarduno]Here, we report a unique geomagnetic record for the last ∼1500 y that combines the data of two well-dated stalagmites from Pau d’Alho cave, located close to the present-day minimum of the anomaly in central South America. Magnetic directions and relative paleointensity data for both stalagmites are generally consistent and agree with historical data from the last 500 y. [Trindade et al]In short, the new measurements agree with field decay further back in time.Are any reversals of the decline indicated in the measurements?These records indicate that the size of the anomaly has increased concomitant with increasing prominence (i.e., ever-weakening field intensity), and the anomaly has migrated continuously westward at a mean longitudinal speed of 0.17° y−1. Areal growth and intensity decay are linked to the first-order variations of the geomagnetic field, more specifically, the relative increase of nondipole terms relative to the overall field geometry and the steady decay in the dipole moment itself at a rate of ∼15 nT y−1. [Trindade et al]The field is invisible to our senses, but allows life to exist.Because a Tesla of magnetism is a huge value, a nanoTesla (nT) is not insignificant. This decay continues year after year. Over the 130 years of annual measurements begun by Karl Friedrich Gauss up through the monograph by Thomas Barnes, the field strength had decreased by 5%. That is a shocking amount of decay for such a brief time, which represents a mere flash in the assumed 4.5-billion-year-age of the earth that secularists treat as fact.Are any theories available to reverse the decay in the past before actual measurements began?The tracking of RFPs [reverse flux patches] throughout the last 3000 y using the available geomagnetic field models attests to the recurrence of reverse patches at specific regions and supports the hypothesis that links them to mantle heterogeneities, but when kernel functions that link the location of reverse patches at depth to the location of the anomalies at the planet’s surface are considered, a straightforward link between these features and the SAA has not been be [sic] established. [Trindade et al]The results of Trindade et al. highlight the potential for further tracing of field behavior associated with the SAA back in time and space to discriminate between far-reaching but differing viewpoints on the nature of the geodynamo. In one interpretation, reversed flux patches are purely intrinsic to the flow of iron in the core, without any influence of the overlying mantle. Hence, the occurrence of flux expulsion, reversed flux patches, and other anomalous features such as field-strength spikes or high secular variation would not have any geographic preference. Reversals should also not nucleate in any preferred location beneath the mantle. In contrast, in the top-down hypothesis, the core–mantle boundary stimulates flux expulsion and formation of reversed flux patches, and this could occasionally lead to a field reversal. In yet another interpretation, a bottom-up control on the geodynamo driven by the interaction of the inner core with the fluid outer core could also lead to geographic preferences in geomagnetic field behavior departing from that of a simple dipole.The tracking of anomalies denoted by Trindade et al. gives a nod to top-down control of the geodynamo, but more data will be needed before the community can fully evaluate these viewpoints and better parse the related processes. [Tarduno]What are the consequences of continuing field decay?The South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) marks the position of the weakest geomagnetic field on Earth, and has long been recognized as a major sink for high-energy particles in the magnetosphere, with consequences for orbiting satellites, as well as telecommunication networks and transmission grids. [Trindade et al]Irrespective of the details of that outcome, the recurrence of changes documented by Trindade et al. provides motivation to use the past as a guide to the future. The nadir of the last occurrence of low intensity recorded in the Limpopo and efforts to forecast the field give us reason to believe that the global field-intensity decay will continue in the coming century. This should be a call to arms to further improve the resiliency of satellites and infrastructure as our planetary magnetic shield becomes ever more imperfect. [Tarduno]None of these scientists mentioned the consequences for life, but clearly the earth’s magnetic field is extremely important for protecting the biosphere from the high-energy charged particles that would otherwise bombard the planet. The beneficial protective effect of our magnetic field is shown in Illustra Media’s new short film Heavenly Fire, which can be viewed for free at TheJohn1010Project.com.Earth is constantly bombarded by deadly radiation from the sun, but the magnetic field defends us from most of the dangerous particles. (Illustra Media)Dr Richter’s book concentrates on design arguments, but in chapter 7, he discusses evidence that the earth cannot be as old as evolutionists claim. His primary evidence is the decay of the earth’s magnetic field. Here, you have seen moyboy geophysicists with a prime opportunity to put forth an explanation for how the magnetic field could be millions and billions of years old. They couldn’t do it. They trust in their radiometric dating methods, but they acknowledged openly that the magnetic field is decaying “at an alarming rate,” that it’s probably going to continue to decay (using “the past as a guide to the future”), and the consequences are dire. Dr Richter shows how the decay rate, if extrapolated into the past as an increase back in time, quickly becomes so high that life would be impossible in just 20,000 years. The earth, therefore, cannot be millions of years old.Add to this the completely separate evidence for a young earth implicated by geneticist Dr John Sanford in his talk to the NIH (16 Nov 2018). If the human population cannot avoid extinction in the near future from mutational meltdown, neither could it have endured millions of years of mutations in the past. These are only two evidences that rule out millions of years, and there are many more.For those Christians who denounce Darwin but still think we must give secular scientists their millions of years, please take a serious look at this evidence. You don’t want to be anti-science now, do you?(Visited 2,831 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgVineyards in the Durbanville Wine Valleyin the Western Cape, with Table Mountainin the distance. South Africa’s wineexports rose 32% in volume and 42% invalue from 2007, to 45.2-million casesvalued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of five wine-producing countries to join forces to form the New World Wine Alliance. The alliance plans to challenge European Union (EU) rivals under this banner. Europe is currently the world’s largest wine producer and exporter.So-called New World wines are produced outside the traditional European wine-cultivation areas in countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Chile, the US, New Zealand, Mexico, and Australia, which is the current market leader in the UK.The new alliance includes South Africa, New Zealand, California, Chile and Argentina – all of which will use their partnership as a marketing tool to further penetrate the global wine market and see off competition from European countries.This does not negate the fact that the five countries are still competitors in the market, but an alliance spokesperson said that all members will ultimately gain by sharing experience and best practice.“We have already benefited from each other enormously by exchanging viticultural and cellar research as well as innovations in packaging, marketing and logistics,” said the spokesperson.Official launchThe group will be officially launched at the next Prowein international wine and spirits trade fair, taking place over three days in Düsseldorf, Germany, in March 2010. In a world first, they will also exhibit their wines there as a joint force.The annual wine showcase, one of the most important trade shows on the wine calendar, attracted around 3 000 exhibitors in 2009, along with about 35 000 delegates and visitors from some 50 countries. Press coverage was extensive, making Prowein the ideal platform to launch the new wine alliance.Not only will the partners be exhibiting at the same pavilion, but together they will hold talks, seminars, presentations and workshops with relevant experts in the field.The pavilion’s theme, Down to Earth, suggests the main issues to be covered: sustainable wine production, management of scarce natural resources, management of climate change, cool-climate viticulture, organic wines, as well as market-related topics such as branding, building consumption sales, and icon wines, or wines of exceptional quality.Eastern focusAustralia has not joined the alliance because it has shifted its focus to the East. China is the world’s biggest single wine market in terms of population, as it is for beer, and the demand there for wine is growing. It is also the world’s sixth-largest wine producer.A 2008 report issued by China Wines Information predicts that wine imports into China will top US$870-million (R6.8-billion) by 2017 – a five-fold increase from the 2007 figure of $184-million (R1.4-billion).Challenging the EUMeanwhile, the New World Alliance will stand together as a unit to rattle EU winemakers. In 2006 the EU proposed a shake-up of its wine sector, prompted by growing competition from the New World, dwindling wine consumption in the region, and a fear that imports would eventually outstrip exports.New regulations were adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in April 2008, and are set to revamp the way the EU wine market is managed. The main focus areas are the reduction of the large quantity of unsold wine, which a few years ago was the equivalent of an entire year’s production, and the productive reallocation of funds to boost the competitiveness of European wines.For instance, the EU plans to stop paying producers for surplus cheap table wine and will instead divert this large slice of the EU wine budget into producing and marketing quality wines.Steady growthThe five partners of the alliance have all seen recent growth in exports despite the world-wide recession, and will continue to focus their efforts on the promotion of the New World as a source of top-quality wines and oenological innovation.In the period 2007 to 2008 all alliance members reported healthy export figures. South Africa’s exports rose 32% in volume and 42% in value from 2007, to 45.2-million cases valued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, Argentina’s 23.8-million cases exported were an increase of 14% in volume and 28% in value from 2007, and Chile’s exports rose 10% in value but decreased 3% in volume. Nonetheless, the 65.4-million cases were worth $1.4-billion (R11-billion).New Zealand saw 10.9-million cases leaving the country, an increase of 19%. The Antipodean country is famed particularly for its Sauvignon Blanc, and in June 2009 the country’s Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc became the top seller of its kind in the US.Exports from the US, of which 90% came from California, totalled 55-million cases worth $1-billion (R7.8-billion), an increase of 8% in volume and 6% in value.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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