Separately, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker TB Hasanuddin echoed a similar sentiment, saying that purchasing the outdated Austrian jet fighters would only serve to further drain the state budget.He claimed that maintaining the performance and functionality of the 15 used aircraft would set the country back about Rp 6.5 trillion (US$445.8 million) per year.One of the reasons why the Austrian government wished to sell the outdated fighters in the first place was because they planned to do away with the high maintenance costs, he further said.“Looking at the estimates, I don’t think we can afford to maintain [the jet fighters],” Hasanuddin said as quoted by tribunnews.com.“This is what we have to pay attention to – the maintenance costs after the purchase.”He added that the Austrian Eurofighter Typhoons were already at the tail-end of their 30-year cycle, meaning that the Indonesian Air Force could only use the use them for another 13 years before they are decommissioned.Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported last week that Prabowo had sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to buy that country’s 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters. (rfa)Topics : She suggested that the Eurofighter Typhoons in question belonged to an earlier generation of fighters, adding that they lacked the crucial equipment included in newer models, such as an infrared search and tracking system (IRST).Diandra further questioned the minister’s plan given that several other countries had switched to more advanced aircraft types, including the United States’ unmanned drone that was used in the assault on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani earlier this year.“That model is controlled remotely. Meanwhile, we are going to acquire outdated jets. What was the defense minister thinking?” she said.Read also: To buy or not to buy: Tech transfer is the answer for Typhoons Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s widely publicized plan to purchase a batch of used Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters from the Austrian air force has been met with criticism over the quality of the aircraft and their huge maintenance costs.Security and defense researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Diandra Megaputri Mengko has claimed that the Austrian jet fighters were of inferior quality compared with the Indonesian Air Force’s Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27s and Su-30s.“Why bother purchasing aircraft that are inferior to the ones we already own?” Diandra said during an online discussion on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.
However, the Cats couldn’t keep the drive going losing in the semi final round Tuesday to North Shore 3-0. West Kootenay concludes the tournament Wednesday against the loser of Prince George and Richmond.Here’s the account of Tuesday’s action, along with lead up games Monday, through the eyes of Jesse Cooper.We played Richmond on March 21 and lost 8-2. They were a tough team but the team we didn’t play up to to our usual (standard).Today (Tuesday) we played Terrace, and won 4-0, so we got to move on to the semi finals against North Shore. We ended up losing 3-0. We played one of our best games but we just couldn’t score. There were many players in tears in the dressing room because we don’t want the season to end. We had a cake to celebrate the end of the season made by one of the grandpa’s on our team. We play tomorrow for third and fourth. We havent found out who were playing yet. The West Kootenay Wildcats, based in Castlegar, are currently in Kelowna playing at the B.C. Hockey Female Bantam provincials.Nelson Minor Hockey product Jesse Cooper, joined by two other Heritage City players — Emma Hare and Jena Wheeldon — has agreed to blog the happenings of the Cats for The Nelson Daily.The Wildcats scored a 2-0 win over Kamloops Sunday to open the eight-team tournament.
When the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in two weeks, the Bay Area will be well-represented on the field.Not only are both starting quarterbacks Bay Area natives, but there are impact players on both rosters with deep ties to the region.So who should you root for in Super Bowl LIII?I know choosing between the team from our region’s chief rival, Los Angeles, and the nearly universally reviled Patriots isn’t easy, but luckily, the battle lines …
What could be more simple than pressing a button with your finger? That “seemingly trivial action is the result of a complex neuro-motor-mechanical process orchestrated with precision timing by the brain, nervous system and muscles of the hand.” So says a press release from University of Southern California posted on EurekAlert. Simple, everyday acts we perform without thinking: cracking an egg, typing on a keyboard, fastening a button, fumbling with a cell phone to answer a call – all require a sophisticated coordination and messaging system between the brain, the nervous system and 30 muscles of the hand. Francisco Valero-Cuevas of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering commented, “we don’t understand well what a hand is bio-mechanically, how it is controlled neurologically, how disease impairs it, and how treatment can best restore its function.” In an effort to begin to understand, Valero-Cuevas and Madhusudhan Venkadesan, a mathematician from Cornell, measured electrical activity of the muscles of the hand when students simply pressed a surface with a forefinger. Seven muscles of the forefinger clearly switched from a “motion” mode to a “force” mode 65 milliseconds before impacting the surface. “Venkadesan’s mathematical modeling and analysis revealed that the underlying neural control also switched between mutually incompatible strategies in a time-critical manner.” This is a “neurally-demanding” transition even for such a trivial act. The brain must be planning the transition ahead of time, because there is a finite amount of time required to activate the muscles. “Neurophysiological limitations prevent an instantaneous or perfect switch,” Valero-Cuevas said, “so we speculate that there must be specialized circuits and strategies that allow people to do so effectively.” Imagine, he said, going through life with winter gloves on. That’s how life would be without these systems. Our ability to perform fine manipulation of objects with our fingers is a result of many parts working together in precise ways. What does all this mean? For one thing, it explains why it takes years of training for children to master precision skills with their fingers like pinching and manipulating objects, and why these skills can be lost with neurological diseases and aging. “But perhaps even more importantly,” he said, “the findings suggest a functional explanation for an important evolutionary feature of the human brain: its disproportionately large sensory and motor centers associated with hand function.” Valero-Cuevas marched seamlessly from observations in the present to speculations about prehistory. “If, indeed, the nervous system faced evolutionary pressures to be able to anticipate and precisely control routine tasks like rapid precision pinch, the cortical structures for sensorimotor integration for finger function would probably need to be pretty well developed in the brain,” Valero-Cuevas said. “That would give us the neural circuits needed for careful timing of motor actions and fine control of finger muscles,” he said. “Thus, our work begins to propose some functional justifications for the evolution of specialized brain areas controlling dexterous manipulation of the fingertips in humans.” The article was also posted by Science Daily on Jan. 28.The article changed subjects at this point and talked about possible medical applications of their biomechanical research. For some reason this story was unreachable on the USC website. The title was present, but the link was broken.For three sins of USC, and for four, the reprimand due these scientists will not be turned back. (1) Disjunction: There is no connection between the observed facts and their evolutionary story. They made it up out of thin air with hand-waving and magic. (2) Misrepresentation: It misrepresents evolutionary theory. Needs to do not produce complex structures. “Evolutionary pressures” do not “give” the “neural circuits needed” to provide precision switching and control of 30 muscles to perform fine manipulations of objects. The only evolutionary pressure is the one to go extinct. Unless random mutations appear, the pressure is toward death, not emergence of complex, interacting systems. (Good luck waiting ten to the quintillion years for that to happen.) (3) Deception: By presenting an evolutionary explanation as incontrovertible fact, they are lying to the public and their students. What they saw was engineering design, not evolution. OK, strike three; but since creationists are longsuffering and merciful, one more chance. Whoops: (4) Ingratitude: Can any sin be more egregious than to be handed a gift, like two hands and ten fingers, and then to use them against the Giver? The observational facts of science do not support evolutionary storytelling. You saw it just now. These researchers looked at raw, empirical evidence for fine-tuned complexity, and even admitted they don’t understand it, but then immediately leaped into Fantasyland to claim with brashness and confidence that it evolved. They get away with it because that is all they have ever been trained to believe, and critics are systematically expelled from the discussion. Philosophers who should be blowing the whistle on these unwarranted assertions are too often cowed into timidity by the temerity of the Darwin Party. Until scientists realize that such philosophical inferences are unfounded – that they are contrary to the purpose and reasoning of science – the debate over creation and evolution will be muddled in noise. It is not the job of the scientist to invent a tale about a mythical past he cannot observe even in principle. Stick to the facts. Get a grip. Press here. Then, and only then, can people with sense discuss what the facts mean.Encore: To reinforce the conviction that brain/hand coordination could never have evolved, listen to a recording of Vladimir Horowitz playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Horowitz performed nearly 30 minutes entirely from memory, over a huge dynamic range with such rapid-fire precision it is incredible to conceive of the brain signaling involved. Can you imagine a chimpanzee doing this? Or composing such a thing? For a sample, here is part of the second movement on YouTube. You absolutely must hear the third and final movement. Here is a taste on YouTube, which, unfortunately, stops before the grand finale. A poorer-quality video that includes the ending can be found at truveo.com. If you liked these, here’s another fast finger frolic. How about one more? Go ahead, Charlie; tell me about evolution.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Quarterfinal win A 33-10 victory over France and a 34-5 win over the USA on the opening day of the Edinburgh Sevens, the final stop in the IRB Sevens World Series, ensured a first ever overall sevens rugby world title for South Africa, under coach Paul Treu. The win lifted Fiji up to second in the final Sevens World Series standings, above England, but some way behind South Africa. This time around the Scots dumped the English 33-17 in pool play. They suffered a 22-17 reversal against the hugely impressive Kenya, who evolved into a true Sevens power during the course of the season, and then beat Canada 26-5. One point in itRenfred Dazel, the sweeper and an excellent playmaker, then broke the line before beating the Fijian sweeper to score South Africa’s third try. With the conversion going over, SA trailed 20-19 and it was anyone’s game. Some enterprising running, however, created half a gap for Ryno Benjamin and he forced his way over to the right of the uprights, which left captain Mzwandile Stick with a tricky kick to tie the game and send it into sudden death overtime. His kick was straight and true. 1 June 2009 Although the title had been clinched, South Africa had to put their celebrations on hold until after the completion of the Edinburgh event as they progressed to the title-deciding contest. Scotland’s form On Sunday, Scotland edged out Samoa, who had scored some big wins on the opening day – 38-7 over Georgia, 21-14 over Wales, and 42-7 over Argentina – by 14 points to 12. That win put South Africa into the semi-finals where they faced the hosts, Scotland. The Scots had reached the semi-finals of the previous round, at Twickenham, where they fell to England, who went on to beat New Zealand to score a victory on home soil. South Africa finished the season with victories in Dubai, George, and Adelaide, while England won in Wellington and London, Fiji took victory in Hong Kong and Edinburgh, and Argentina won in San Diego. New Zealand had dominated the previous season’s series on their way to the title, but they were left behind in the 2008/09 series, eventually having to settle for fourth. Last season’s champions met South Africa in the final match in Pool A to decide which side would top the standings and, as it had been for most of the season, it was SA that came out on top, winning a tight contest 14-12. A superb try by Vereniki Goneva, in which he exhibited both strength and skill, put Fiji well in command and it looked as if the final had been decided. But it was far from over. Lucky tryFiji kept pressing and were rewarded with their third try before the break through Osea Kolinisau. They were somewhat lucky as a television replay proved that he had been tackled into touch before dotting down, but the try stood as decisions in Sevens are made by the on-field officials and not by television replays. A third missed conversion attempt, however, left them only 15-7 in front, despite outscoring South Africa by three tries to one in the half. Fiji continued to dominate possession and created a massive overlap on the right flank. All Benjamin could do was shepherd the try scorer Pio Tuwai out wide, which resulted in a missed conversion attempt. Gio Aplon came up centimetres short as South Africa exerted stiff pressure on the islanders, but it wasn’t long before he broke through to reduce the gap to 20-12. In overtime Gip Aplon broke Scottish hearts by breaking through for the try that sent SA into the final. Treu’s charges opened the second day with a 17-7 victory over a rejuvenated Australia, who had impressed on the opening day, beating Spain 24-7 and whitewashing Portugal 29-0 before suffering a narrow 26-19 defeat to Fiji. SA also reached the final of the Cup in Hong Kong and Edinburgh, the semi-finals of the Cup competitions in San Diego and London, and won the Plate competition in Wellington. The Fijians started the final strongly, controlling the ball as South Africa struggled to get possession. Emosi Vucago put the islanders in front, but Ryno Benjamin replied for the series champions, and a successful conversion made it 7-5 in their favour. South Africa got hold of the ball but, with time ticking down, they were penalised at a breakdown. The Fijians delayed taking the free kick and there were only two seconds left on the clock when they finally did. A kick into touch and they had won the Edinburgh Sevens. Praise from the coachCoach Paul Treu praised his team after the completion of the tournament. “It’s a bit disappointing to end the season like this,” he said, “but I told the guys that we have been the most consistent team of the year. “There’s been some great moments this season and what the guys have achieved will go down in eternity. “We have waited for 10 years to win the IRB World Sevens Series, so we might as well enjoy this. We are the best team in the world and now we are going back to South Africa as the champions of the world. Let’s not forget that feeling because it does not happen every day. Final points’ standingsSouth Africa finished on 132 points, Fiji were second on 102, England ended with 98, fourth-placed New Zealand had 88, Argentina 68, and sixth-placed Kenya 64. With their home fans roaring them on, Scotland started very impressively against South Africa, retaining possession very effectively before finally breaching the South African defence through Sean Lamont. The match then became something of an arm wrestle and, with time running out, South Africa found themselves still seven points down. “I would also like to thank all our great supporters in South Africa and then also a huge thanks to SA Rugby for their support.” Fiji reach final In the second semi-final, Fiji outplayed Wales 28-14, with only a late five-pointer bringing some sort of respectability to the scoreline for the Welsh. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Of all the many things that bother salespeople, one that seems to dominate their attention (and emotions) is when their prospect goes dark after what they believed was an excellent first meeting. The Lost Art of Closing will surely help you string together the commitments you need to prevent your client from going dark and your need to chase them. It might also be worth taking a look look in the mirror to understand the unparalleled hypocrisy of ghosting your dream client.Before You Accuse Me Take a Look At YourselfIt’s hard to tell who ghosted who first. Did salespeople go dark on clients first, or was it the other way around? Either way, salespeople are as guilty of going dark as their prospective clients. Perhaps it makes sense to work on not ghosting your clients, something that is wholly in your control. Here are some of the ways you ghost the very prospects about whom you sometimes complain.When You Stop Pursuing Your Dream ClientYou have called your dream client for years. They have never agreed to a meeting, and your competitor has them locked down tight. Occasionally, however, they take your phone call, and you sense they aren’t one hundred percent satisfied (and it’s not just your natural salesperson’s optimism). As the conversation goes on, your dream client again refuses your request for a meeting, even though you can tell you were close. And then, “poof!” You disappear without a trace for months or years. If you don’t continue the communication and the pursuit with a patient, professional, persistence, you have gone dark.Every salesperson has the experience of calling on a prospect for a long time, giving up and going away for an equally long period, only to call and discover their dream client removed their partner and replaced them—without even considering the salesperson who gave up (i.e., went dark).When You Fail to Follow Up with a ClientYou had an excellent first client meeting. You took outstanding notes, capturing all of the questions your dream client asked you in that meeting, along with some notes about what you owe them. You get back to your office, open your inbox (a place where you spend too much time), and become distracted by this thing or that. The next day, you have deadlines and meetings, and you forget all about the promise you made, a promise your client remembers.Because you don’t have a disciplined process to manage your goals, projects, and tasks, it is two weeks before you provide your dream client with what you promised them. Or maybe you promised to call your dream client to follow up on a question or concern and become overwhelmed and forgot.Whatever the cause or circumstance, you went dark on your client. What’s worse is you gave them a preview of working with you, were they to ink a contract with you and your company.When You Win the Deal and DisappearYou energetically pursued your dream client, finally acquiring a meeting. You worked very hard to distinguish yourself, showering them with attention, and wooing them to win their business. You are an excellent salesperson, creating massive value for them, and all the stakeholders are excited to work with you and your company. Everyone is happy about signing the contract and moving forward.And then, the dream client you worked so hard to obtain doesn’t see or hear from you again until it is sixty days from the expiration date of your contract. It feels awkward to show up after going dark for so long. Your client has a different opinion, now believing you are self-oriented, and you are only there to get a deal, not to help them solve their intractable problems like you did when you were courting them.What does your dream client believe will happen after they renew the contract? The last time they signed a contract, you provided disappearing ink. As soon as they signed the contract, you disappeared.Hiding From Problems You CreatedIn The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, there is a chapter at the end of the first half of the book on accountability. Accountability is your willingness to deliver the outcomes you sold and promised. It is also one of the characteristics that distinguish true professionals from the poseurs.Shortly after winning your dream client’s business, they run into trouble executing, and they struggle to produce the outcome you promised. This failure is not your fault. It is your operations team who is dropping the ball. You take an angry call from one of your contacts, and you make a call to someone on your side, handing off the problem to people who own the resolution. Having given that problem to your team, you wash your hands of it, and you move on.Your client continues to struggle over the next three or four weeks without you being present or available to help them. One day, you are greeted by an email telling you that your dream client is canceling your contract.Instead of owning the outcome, following up, and making sure your team had direction and resources, you went dark on your client. Worse still, you went dark on the group that you want to have your back.When You Become Apathetic, Complacent or EntitledYears have passed since you won your dream client’s business. Everything is working, and there isn’t any real reason to have a meeting. If there were a problem, you’d have heard about it. As time drifts by, you and your dream client both become apathetic, complacent. Neither you or they are compelled to do something different.While you are sleeping, your aggressive competitor starts to make inroads. They found a couple of people lower in the organization who are compelled to change, and your competitor is arming them with the ideas and insights they need to make a change. You know you, competitor, well enough to know that there is nothing they can do that you can’t also do. However, the problem is that they are doing working to create new value, and you feel entitled to the business by the nature of your long relationship.The best retention strategy is the creation of new value, something you haven’t even tried to do for some number of years. Now your client has given a piece of your business to your competitor, and you are unhappy with the decision, a decision that was the result of your going dark.If you don’t like it when your dream client goes dark, don’t go dark on them. You may not be able to control when your prospect or dream client goes dark, but it is within your control not you ghost them.
Anandiben Patel took oath as Uttar Pradesh Governor on Monday. High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur administered her the oath at the Raj Bhawan here.Ms. Patel was serving as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh when she was given the new role.Outgoing Governor Ram Naik also attended the swearing-in ceremony.
A television journalist was killed in Assam’s Silchar in a suspected hit-and-run case on Sunday night. Police said 43-year-old Malin Sarma, a reporter with Barak Television Network, died on the spot after a truck hit his two-wheeler near a police station. He is survived by his wife and a 13-year-old daughter. Members of the media fraternity of Silchar said Mr. Sarma was heading home after covering an event around 11 p.m. He had parked his two-wheeler by the side of the road when the truck hit him. A local union of journalists said the police took time in reaching the spot. “A man passing by informed us about Mr. Sarma lying in a pool of blood. We rushed him to the medical college where he was declared brought dead,” a union member said. ‘Simple man’Police said they were investigating whether Sarma was a victim of a planned murder or an accident. Colleagues said Sarma was a simple person who rode a bicycle for most part of his 15-year television career.Sarma was one of three journalists who died under mysterious circumstances in 24 hours. The others were Madhusudan Goswami in Guwahati and Saiful Islam in western Assam’s Bilasipara. Less than a week ago, TV journalist Subrata Kalita was attacked with a hammer in the Beltola area of Guwahati. Police arrested the assailant, who was allegedly under the influence of drugs.
It’s the second round and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo and La Salle are well ahead of the competition sitting at No.1 and No.2, respectively. Adamson University and Far Eastern University are in a tight race for No. 3 while National University and University of the Philippines duke it out for No.4.ADVERTISEMENT Rivero showed he can become another focal point in the Green Archers’ offense and be a terror on defense when he put up 20 points, four assists, and five steals in their 75-73 squeaker over FEU.He then closed out the week with another 20-point game against the Fighting Maroons. Guard: Mark Maloles (UE Red Warriors)Mark Maloles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUE has another Red Warrior on this list, and it’s another Mark. Mark Maloles helped Olayon play closer for the Red Warriors in their win over NU when he put up 13 points, five in the fourth, and six assists.The reserve point guard also took over the responsibilities of Philip Manalang as the latter struggled with foul trouble against the Bulldogs.Honorable mentions:Issa Gaye (NU Bulldogs)Issa Gaye. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMbala has established himself as the best center this UAAP season and the label of “second-best” is a virtual toss up.Issa Gaye is one of those big men who are gunning to claim possession of the second place in the podium. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What if? Paras plays with idea of teaming up with Clarkson at Gilas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The high-octane Green Archer, though, reminded the public that they better get used to him as the league’s most dominating force putting a commanding display in Week 6.Mbala led La Salle to a 2-0 week averaging 22.5 points and 16.5 rebound.He also showed his perimeter defense in their 85-62 victory over University of the Philippines as he hounded Paul Desiderio for the full 94 feet of the parquet floor.Mbala, after watching Desiderio torch La Salle for 30 points in UP’2 98-87 first round win, limited the UP skipper to just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients University of the East can still gun for a surprise entrance while University of Santo Tomas is one loss away falling out of contention.Well, here are the seven players responsible for those scenarios:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning MVP Ben Mbala produced a lackluster performance by his standardsin Week 5. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Although coming off a 90-77 loss, Gaye produced marvelous numbers against the Red Warriors finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks.Ibrahim Ouattara (UP Fighting Maroons)Ibrahim Ouattara. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOuttara is another promising big man.The Fighting Maroons split their two games this week and Outtara showed respectable consistency in the two matches.Outtara quietly averaged nine points, 11.5 boards, and 2.5 blocks to help UP to a 4-5 record. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week and Thirdy Ravena shone the brightest among the Blue Eagles.In Ateneo’s 71-59 beating of Adamson University, Ravena was the lone Blue Eagle to finish in double figures with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds.Forward: Mark Olayon (UE Red Warriors)Mark Olayon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOh how University of the East become sudden Final Four contenders. The Red Warriors tacked on two straight wins and in honor of those couple of victories, there are two UE representatives on this list. First is lanky forward Mark Olayon.Olayon led UE in its 90-77 stunner of NU that saw the Red Warriors improve to 2-6 and he did that by stuffing the stat sheets. The versatile forward put up 17 points, six rebounds, and eight assists against the Bulldogs.Guard: Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero reminded everyone this week that there is more to La Salle than just Mbala. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments