QPR round-up: New signing, exits close, Stoke City man eyed, winger offer considered

first_imgWest London Sport recently revealed that Tjaronn Chery, Sandro, and Sebastian Polter were on the way out of QPR – and on Monday revealed that two of those moves are on the verge of being completed.Sandro is set to finalise a move to Antalyaspor after completing a medical at the Turkish club.And Polter is set to return to his native Germany after a deal was agreed to sell the striker to Union Berlin.Meanwhile, Rangers have signed forward Danny Rowe on a free transfer from Leicester.Embed from Getty ImagesWest London Sport recently revealed that Rowe, who has been given a contract until the end of the season, was on trial with the R’s.Rangers are now looking at another trialist – Stoke City’s Kosovo-born teenage defender Kosovar Sadiki.Both Rowe, 20, and Sadiki, 18, played on Monday for QPR’s development side, who lost 3-1 against Bristol City.Embed from Getty ImagesWest London Sport also recently revealed that Rangers were looking to sign Bristol City winger Luke Freeman and take Brighton’s Kazenga LuaLua on loan.The club are now considering making another offer for Freeman after having one rejected.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Haeckel Given Soft Gloves in Nature

first_imgHow should a scientist’s career be evaluated if he was a known fraud?  How also if he promoted views that fanned the flames of racism and genocide?  Here’s what Philip Ball said about Ernst Haeckel in Nature:1Reckoned to have been instrumental to the introduction of darwinism to Germany, Haeckel has also inspired generations of scientists with his stunning drawings of the natural world….Ball is reviewing a new book on Haeckel by Olaf Breidbach, Visions of Nature: The Art and Science of Ernst Haeckel (Prestel, 2006).2  But despite enjoying the beautiful drawings of radiolarians, antelopes and other things, did Ball have any comments about Haeckel’s well-known forgeries of embryos supposedly illustrating evolution?Few scientists of his time were more complicated.  He was the archetypal German Romantic, who toyed with the idea of becoming a landscape painter and venerated Goethe.  He promoted a kind of historical determinism, akin to that of the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, that sat uncomfortably with Darwin’s pragmatic rule of contingency.  Haeckel’s view of evolution was a search for order, systematization and hierarchy that would reveal far more logic and purpose in life than a mere struggle for survival.  His most famous scientific theory, the ‘biogenetic law’, which argued that organisms retrace evolutionary history as they develop from an egg (‘ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny’), was an attempt to extract such a unifying scheme from the natural world.    It can be argued that this kind of visionary mindset, with its strong preconceptions about how the world ought to be, does not serve science well.  Haeckel supplies a case study in the collision between Romanticism and science, and that tension is played out in his illustrated works.Still no mention of the word fraud in the embryo drawings.  Maybe a little euphemism and some mercy quotes will help as Ball also considers the more serious charges that Haeckel fueled the rise of Nazism:For example, historian Daniel Gasman3 and others have proposed that Ernst Haeckel’s influence on German culture at the turn of the century was pernicious in its promotion of a ‘scientific’ racist ideology that fed directly into Nazism.  However, Breidbach goes no further than to admit that Haeckel became a “biological chauvinist” during the First World War, and that “sometimes the tone of his writing was overtly racist”.  Breidbach admits that his book is not a biography as such, more an examination of Haeckel’s visual heritage.  Yet one could argue that Haeckel’s dark side was as much a natural consequence of his world view as was Art Forms in Nature.    The claim that Haeckel doctored images to make them fit with his preconceived notions of biology is harder to ignore in this context.  He was even accused of this in his own time, particularly by his rival Wilhelm His, and to my eye the evidence looks pretty strong (see Nature 410, 144; doi:10.1038/35065834 2001 and Science 277, 1435; 1997).  But Breidbach skates over this issue, alluding to the allegations only to suggest that the illustrations “instructed the reader how to interpret the shapes of nature properly”.Now that Ball almost warmed up to the fraud word, can he excuse Breidbach’s euphemisms? On the whole, Breidbach simply explains Haeckel’s reliance on image without assessing it.  Haeckel’s extraordinary drawings were not made to support his arguments about evolution and morphogenesis; rather, they actually were the arguments.  He believed that these truths should be apparent not by analysing the images in depth but simply by looking at them.  “Seeing was understanding,” as Breidbach writes.  But if that’s so, it places an immense burden of responsibility on the veracity of the images.    This is the nub of the matter.  Breidbach suggests that Haeckel’s drawings are schematic and that, like any illustrator, Haeckel prepared them to emphasize what we are meant to see.  But of course, this means we see what Haeckel wants us to see.Ball continues his argument, saying that “whether he hid any nascent appendages that challenged his biogenetic law,” Haeckel’s propensity for exaggeration makes the value of his other drawings questionable.  The German advocate of darwinism was creating, in a sense, platonic forms loosely connected with reality.  At this point, Ball seems impatient with Breidbach’s euphemisms.  The book author excused the fabrications as images of “nature properly organized” and “the labour of the analyst was replaced by the fascination of the image.”  Ball adds, with sarcasm, “Absolutely – as ‘fascinate’ originally meant ‘bewitch’.”    Ball further criticized Haeckel for using photography later only as a backup against charges of forgery.  He did not accept the excuse that aesthetic styles permit a scientific illustrator to gild the lily.  In the end, he felt that Breidbach’s book, read more

South African academics shine

first_imgProfessor Johannes Cronjé, centre, with Zanele and former president Thabo Mbekiat the 10th African ICT Awards ceremony. (Image: Johannes Cronjé) Professor Dewald Roode delivering a presentation at the London School of Economics during a seminar on ICT and globalisation. (Image: LSE)Janine ErasmusCape Town University’s Professor Dewald Roode, a highly respected pioneer in the field of information systems, has won the international Lyons Electronic Office (Leo) Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Roode is the first African recipient of the award.In a related story, his colleague Professor Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, was named the top ICT educator in Africa at a ceremony held towards the end of 2008.Both men have helped to put South Africa on the map in the field of information and communication technology, showing the world that the country remains at the forefront of ICT developments globally.The roar of successThe Leo Award is bestowed on those who make invaluable contributions at a global level, sustained over the course of their careers, to research, theory development and practice in information systems. Be they academics or professionals, Leo winners are looked upon as role models for the international information systems community.The award was announced at the International Conference on Information Systems in Paris in December 2008. Nominations for the following year’s honourees are accepted from 1 September each year and can only be made by others – no one may nominate themselves.Among those who nominated Roode was his colleague Prof Mikko Korpela of the University of Kuopio, Finland. Besides being an eminent postdoctoral researcher at Kuopio University, Korpela is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.“Roode has championed the interpretive research approach in Africa as an alternative to barren mainstream positivist research,” he said. “He has raised a full generation of 30 new PhD degree holders who are spread throughout South Africa and abroad, and he has been active as one of the key drivers of the world IT forum.”“I believe that special attention was given to the pioneering work that Professor Roode did,” said Prof John King of the University of Michigan, “in making information systems an important area of study in the southern hemisphere, and bringing that community together with the community north of the equator.”Roode graduated from Potchefstroom University, now known as the North-West University, with a master’s degree in theoretical physics as well as mathematics. He later switched to the University of Leiden, Netherlands, where he completed his PhD in 1968.Over the course of his career he has been involved with a number of pioneering institutions, including the then Atomic Energy Board, the former Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, now known as Johannesburg University, Sperry UNIVAC, the Computer Users Council of South Africa, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Pretoria University.He retired from academic life in 2001 but still works actively in academic circles as a visiting professor in Cape Town University’s Department of Information, and also at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Here he supervises PhD students, conducts research, and writes scientific papers, which are regularly published in international journals.Roode is a member of AIS, the Association for Computing Machinery, the SA Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists, and a Fellow of the SA Computer Society.An African achieverProf Johannes Cronjé has been recognised as the top educator in ICT on the African continent at the 10th annual African ICT Achievers Awards, held recently in Johannesburg.Cronjé was lauded for his work over the past 15 years in bringing computers into education. He was pitted against fellow finalists January Timanywa of the Tanzania Institute of Education in Dar es Salaam, and Prof Venansius Baryamureeba of the faculty of Computing and IT at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.Other South Africans who excelled at the ceremony include Dimension Data’s veteran Allan Cawood (Top ICT Businessman in Africa); 24-year-old Zibusiso Mkhwananzi of Krazyboyz Digital (Top Young Entrepreneur in Africa); and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, former Minister of Public Service and Administration (Top Minister in Africa with an ICT Portfolio).At the same ceremony, former president Thabo Mbeki was presented with a lifetime achievement award.The African ICT Achievers Awards pay tribute to those individuals and companies who have led the field in Africa. Nominations are made by students or peers of those to be honoured.Cronjé has been a long-standing pioneer in ICT education in South Africa and abroad. A number of his innovations have read more

10 months agoReal Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snub

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Luka Modric has hit out at Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Barcelona star Messi and Juventus striker Ronaldo refused to attend Modric’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris earlier this month.Asked about the snub, Modric told Sportske Novosti, “I do not know why they did not come. It’s their choice, is it logical? “Obviously, these trophies only matter if they win them. It’s not fair to other players, for those who have voted for them for the last ten years, or for football and fans. “But everyone is free to act as he wishes.” last_img

10 days agoLindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lindelof urging Man Utd teammate Pogba to stayby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Lindelof has urged Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba to stay at the club.Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in January.”So, he has a contract with the club and is a very important player for us,” he said.”I am very happy to have him as a teammate.”Not only because he is a good person but also because he is a good footballer.”We have a very good relationship, a nice and kind guy who is very fun to hang out with.”There is nothing more to it. We live very close to each other too, so that makes things easier.” last_img

Photo: Tennessee’s Josh Richardson Appreciates This Vols Snowman, Which Is Wearing His Jersey

first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The Southeast doesn’t always get a lot of snow, but when the people down there do, you better bet there will be some creative SEC-themed snowmen. One family of Tennessee fans made a pretty impressive snowman, complete with a Josh Richardson No. 1 jersey. They sent a photo to the senior guard, who is a big fan of his new snow doppelganger. “@sgregg12: Sir Josh! Our 2015 Snowman! #Vols #BowTie @J_Rich1 @Vol_Hoops @Vol_Photos pic.twitter.com/oUDguj0HY2”oh man that’s nice !!!— Josh Richardson (@J_Rich1) February 24, 2015The Tennessee wristband is a nice touch. Now we just need Richardson to wear a top hat on the court, and this will be spot on.last_img

Canadian lumber companies brace for US import tariffs

first_imgCanadian lumber companies are bracing for tomorrow’s expected announcement on new import tariffs on softwood heading into the United States.University of British Columbia professor Harry Nelson says the largest forestry companies — especially those in British Columbia — can withstand a long dispute with several years of import tariffs on softwood.He says they have bigger cash reserves to help weather the storm and they also have other options outside US markets, such as China or India.Quebec’s largest lumber company argues that BC’s largest producers have changed the playing field since the last softwood dispute by buying 39 sawmills in the United States, and could profit if the price for their US softwood goes up because of tariffs.last_img

Family appeals for witnesses to crash that killed Canadian authors daughter

first_imgNEWMARKET, Ont. – Police and the family of a woman struck and killed while crossing a street in a town north of Toronto are appealing for witnesses to come forward.Canadian author and columnist Gordon Pape says his daughter, 51-year-old Kimberley Pape-Green, was hit by a car on the night of on Jan. 22 while walking home from a bus stop in Newmarket, Ont.York regional police say Pape-Green died after being taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.Investigators say the driver of the car remained at the scene and no charges have been laid, but they are still seeking witnesses.They are appealing to anyone who saw the collision and has not spoken with police to come forward.Pape-Green was the mother of three children.“Kim was walking home from the bus stop, and now she’s just gone. Our whole family is devastated by this,” Pape said Wednesday in a release.Pape called his daughter a “seasoned pedestrian,” saying she never had a driver’s licence and always took transit.Pape-Green was “a voracious reader,” said her younger sister, Deborah Kerbel, whose book “Under The Moon” was selected as a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012.“She was absolutely the reason I write books today,” Kerbel said.Pape-Green’s daughter, Kendra Pape-Green, 25, also appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact police.“All three of us hope that someone comes forward with more information with what happened to Mom,” she said.Pape-Green’s husband, Tim, suffers from a rare debilitating disease and is unable to work.“She was the family’s main means of financial support,” said her daughter, who has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to get the family through the crisis.last_img

Alberta boy died more than seven years ago parents twice on trial

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — David and Collet Stephan are to learn today whether they will be convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their toddler son Ezekiel. A medical examiner ruled the boy died of bacterial meningitis. Here are some key developments in the case.Aug. 20, 2010: Ezekiel Stephan is born at home with the help of birthing assistant Terry Meynders, who is also a registered nurse.Feb. 27, 2012: Ezekiel takes ill at the family home in Glenwood, Alta. His mother would describe him at trial as having a cold, stuffy nose and trouble breathing.Feb. 28-March 5, 2012: The parents treat Ezekiel for what they believe to be an upper airway infection that leads to a barking cough. They add tinctures with garlic, hot peppers and horseradish to some of his smoothies. They also attempt to help his breathing with cool air and a humidifier.March 5, 2012: Ezekiel seems to improve. His father later testifies that the boy is not 100 per cent, but no longer has any difficulty breathing and is able to go to preschool. He plays with his toys and eats some solid food.March 6, 2012: Ezekiel is “unusually lethargic,” lies in bed the entire day and his only response is to moan unhappily. He doesn’t eat or drink and is exhibiting unusual neurological symptoms.March 7, 2012: Ezekiel seems to improve again. His abnormal movements stop and he can watch TV, but still isn’t playing normally.March 8-10, 2012: Ezekiel’s parents note that he seems to be gradually improving. He regains a bit of his appetite, but is not active or playful.March 11, 2012: Ezekiel’s symptoms worsen again. He refuses to eat or drink and is lethargic. His parents notice his body is very stiff.March 12, 2012: Ezekiel’s body remains stiff. He is getting fluids through an eyedropper because he will not drink on his own. Meynders comes to the home and suggests he might have viral meningitis. She tells Collet Stephan she should take the boy to a doctor.March 13, 2012: The Stephans head to Lethbridge, Alta., to pick up an echinacea mixture from a naturopath. At home that evening, the boy stops breathing on a couple of occasions before his parents leave home to meet an ambulance. The breathing equipment in the ambulance is too large for a small child and he is without oxygen for nearly nine minutes. Ezekiel is taken to two area hospitals before he is transported to Calgary by air.March 14, 2012: Ezekiel arrives at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, where doctors tell the parents the boy is showing little brain activity and the prognosis is bleak. He is put on life support.March 16, 2012: Ezekiel dies.Feb. 14, 2013: The Stephans are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life.April 27, 2016: A jury finds both parents guilty.June 24, 2016: David Stephan is sentenced to four months in jail and his wife to three months of house arrest. They say they will appeal.Nov. 17, 2017: The Alberta Court of Appeal upholds the convictions but, because the ruling wasn’t unanimous, the Stephans have an automatic right to take their case to the Supreme Court of Canada.May 15, 2018: The Supreme Court quashes the convictions and orders a new trial.June 3, 2019: The second trial begins in Lethbridge, Alta., this time before a judge alone. Originally scheduled to last four weeks, it stretches out over three months.Sept. 19, 2019: Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Terry Clackson is scheduled to hand down his verdict.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img

N2N Firestorm over Conservative Senators speech on Indian residential schools

first_imgNation to NationYvonne Jones, Parliamentary secretary for Indigenous affairs, called on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign her seat on the Senate’s Aboriginal affairs committee over her speech about Indian residential schools.Beyak, in the speech delivered Tuesday in the Senate’s Red Chamber, said there was too much emphasis placed on the negative aspects of Indian residential school.Beyak should apologize and resign her spot on the committee, said Jones during Nation to Nation’s MP’s panel.Conservative MP Cathy McLeod stopped short of calling on Beyak to resign saying she should reflect on what she said and read former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors.Nation to Nation spoke with Toronto author Robert MacBain, who was quoted extensively by Beyak in her speech.NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus also spoke with Nation to Nation about his campaign.last_img