Students awarded for Japanese studies

first_imgPeter Bernard ’11 and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Ph.D. candidate in religion Ethan Bushelle have been awarded the Noma-Reischauer Prizes in Japanese Studies. The prizes are awarded to the best essays on Japan-related topics written by Harvard students and are sponsored by the Tazuko Ajiro Monane Memorial Fund and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies. Brittany Fay ’12 and Hyun Ho Kim have been awarded the Tazuko Ajiro Monane Prizes, which are awarded each year to outstanding students of Japanese who have completed at least two years of Japanese language study at Harvard.  The prizes were awarded on Dec. 9.last_img

Giants exploring new philosophies, anticipating changes

first_imgLAS VEGAS–With no major additions on the board yet this offseason, it’s too early to predict whether the Giants will improve or regress after a challenging 2018 season.It’s hard to say whether the club will be better or worse, but this much is clear: The Giants will look different.The personnel may not change drastically, but philosophies certainly will. Under new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, the old way of operating is far from sacred.And Bruce Bochy, the longest-tenured …last_img

Evolutionists Hear Whopping Case of Convergent Evolution

first_img(Visited 97 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 You won’t believe your ears when you hear what a team of evolutionists claims evolved by “convergent evolution.”The sense of hearing would easily qualify as one of the most complex of senses, not that the others aren’t too.  But to imagine the eardrum, the finely-tuned ossicles of the mammalian middle ear, and the cochlea with its “piano keyboard” of frequency sensors, evolving by chance would surely represent a major challenge to evolution.  Now, however, a team of evolutionists just claimed in Science Magazine a case of “Convergent Evolution Between Insect and Mammalian Audition.”  A katydid in a rainforest has an analogous 3-part mechanism for hearing, despite diverging from the common ancestor back in the Cambrian period, according to the evolutionary timeline.  The abstract states confidently,In mammals, hearing is dependent on three canonical processing stages: (i) an eardrum collecting sound, (ii) a middle ear impedance converter, and (iii) a cochlear frequency analyzer. Here, we show that some insects, such as rainforest katydids, possess equivalent biophysical mechanisms for auditory processing. Although katydid ears are among the smallest in all organisms, these ears perform the crucial stage of air-to-liquid impedance conversion and signal amplification, with the use of a distinct tympanal lever system. Further along the chain of hearing, spectral sound analysis is achieved through dispersive wave propagation across a fluid substrate, as in the mammalian cochlea. Thus, two phylogenetically remote organisms, katydids and mammals, have evolved a series of convergent solutions to common biophysical problems, despite their reliance on very different morphological substrates.Detecting the mechanism of katydid hearing was never possible in such detail before.  The cochlear analogue in the katydid, which they named the “acoustic vesicle,” is so small (600 millionths of a meter), it required x-ray microtomography and other state-of-the-art techniques to elucidate its structure.  Yet in a remarkable diagram, the authors compared the three parts of a human ear and katydid ear side by side, showing how analogous the structures are.Physiologists know that “Cochlear hair cells receive mechanical inputs at specific frequencies, depending on their position along the stiffness gradient of the basilar membrane. This ‘piano keyboard’ mapping, or tonotopic organization, is the canonical mechanism for frequency selectivity in mammals.”  What would they think of a comparable piano keyboard mechanism in the ear of an insect?The authors preached the convergence theme with repetition, stating it six times, including the headline.  For example, they said, “Our results reveal a notable case of convergence, whereby organisms with the most remote phylogenetic histories (such as mammals and katydids), have evolved to hear in a markedly analogous way.”  Ronald R. Hoy chimed right in with the convergence chorus in his Perspectives piece, “Convergent Evolution of Hearing,” in the same issue of Science.  He said that the researchers “show that although the hearing organ of a rainforest insect looks very different from a human ear, it can be divided into the same three functional entities, providing evidence for convergent evolution.”Later, New Scientist jumped on the “convergent evolution” bandwagon without missing a beat.  The article quoted a Cambridge biologist not involved in the study saying, “This is an amazing example of convergent evolution in hearing structures between very distantly related animals.”None of the authors thought to consider this new evidence as a challenge to evolution.   Instead, they treated the convergence concoction as demonstrable fact.  “The parallelism in anatomy and function is the result of convergent evolution between the ears of humans and katydids. It is as surprising as it is remarkable,” Hoy said.One can imagine fairy tales, too, that are surprising and remarkable.  Did evolutionary theory predict this?  No.  This was a surprise.  It was a remarkable surprise.  If you had trouble imagining a blind, aimless process producing a super-sensitive vibrating drum attached to a series of intricate levers that connect to a piano keyboard frequency analysis system, transducing acoustic energy into mechanical energy and then into fluid energy, increasing sensitivity at each step – if you can imagine evolution producing all that once, now imagine it happening twice.This goes to show that evolutionists believe in miracles.  Natural selection is their “Abracadabra” to generate sophisticated systems in living things.  No demonstration is required; no one gets to look behind the curtain and follow the train of random mutations from deaf cell to hearing animal.  If Abracadabra doesn’t work the first time, say it with emphasis, adding Mishikabula, Bippity Boppity Boo.last_img read more

Brand South Africa awards Excellence in South African Resonance Marketing at the Marketing Achievement Awards

first_imgAll roads led to the Valley of Waves; Sun City Resort in Rustenburg, for the inaugural Marketing Achievement Awards (MAA) where Brand South Africa was a partner. The awards celebrated excellence, recognised and rewarded successful marketing initiatives in the country’s marketing industry.Kicking off the day was a Marketing Summit that saw the auditorium filled with top marketers in the country to help unpack topics on;The future of marketing communicationsPan Africa, tomorrowMarketing with meaning and purposeAre South African companies innovating?Make you, or break you – reputation management in a highly responsive era,Co-creating a revised Brand South Africa strategyThe awards had ten categories one of which was Brand South Africa’s patron for “South African Resonance Marketing Award”, which recognised a brand that managed to resonate with South Africans.AB InBev for Castle Lager #SmashTheLabel  with its agency Ogilvy SA were the proud recipients of this award.Speaking on the awards, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We congratulate all entrants and we say ha la la to all the winners. We say thank you for playing a significant role in enhancing the image, identity and reputation of the country brand.One of the highlights of the night was the induction of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu into the South African Hall of Fame.last_img read more

Adobe Prelude: Organize, Log and Rough Cut

first_imgJump start your editing workflow with Adobe Prelude before moving to Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.Whether your an individual or a team, everyone is looking for ways to save time and work efficiently while creating the best work they can.  This is especially true in the video production business, where time is short and deadlines are always fast approaching.Prelude is a handy tool for video pros to ingest and organize your video footage.  Video producers and editing assistants can use Prelude to ingest, log, and create a simple rough cut edit in Prelude before handing off to the editor. Prelude can be used on-location on a laptop or older computer as it has lower system requirements than Premiere Pro.But Prelude is not just for Adobe Premiere Pro video editors.  If you also work with Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X (common for freelancers) you can export an XML file from Prelude to continue working in those apps.In this post we’ll explore logging, clip organization and creating a rough cut in Adobe Prelude.  Note, if you’re new to Prelude, check out my previous posts on ingesting in Prelude here and here.Get Organized With PreludeIt’s hard to be creative when you can’t find your footage! Getting organized at the beginning of the project will save you a lot of hair pulling later on.  To organize your clips in Adobe Prelude create bins, just as you would in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer.Click the bin (folder) icon to create a new bin (highlighted in red below). Or right-click in the Project Window and select “New Bin”.Editing trivia break: If you are wondering why they are called bins and not folders, film hung in bins when editors were cutting film!Right Click Contextual Menu:Be aware that if a bin is selected and you create a bin, the bin will be created nested inside the previous bin.  In some instances you may want to have sub bins, it just depends on your workflow. Note, you can’t see icons of clips currently in the Project, but hopefully that is added in a future release.Logging: Subclips & Adding MarkersIn Prelude we can create subclips and add markers to save the editor time. Subclips let you break large clips into smaller, more manageable clips and can be better organized by topic or priority. Comments are useful to pass along notes to the Editor like “stabilize shot” and “fix white balance.”Double click on a clip in the Project to open it’s Timeline. To add a marker, press the appropriate number (1 for subclip, 2 for comment).Give your marker a name in the highlighted blue “Name” column. Use J,K,L to navigate the clip and set In & Outs with I & O like you would in an editing app.After adding your marker you’ll see an asterisk in the timeline, telling you you have unsaved changes. After you save a subclip, you will see the subclip in the Project.You can always name the marker later and add comments by clicking on it, and renaming it in the Marker Inspector.Creating a Rough Cut in PreludeIf you want to rough out an edit in Prelude, you’ll first need to click the Rough Cut icon (highlighted in red below) or use the shortcut Command + N (on a Mac) or CNTRL + N (on a PC).  Name and save the rough cut, and it appears in your project.  Click image for larger view.Open the timeline by double-clicking the rough cut in the project panel.You can now drag clips and subclips into the rough cut timeline, or right click on a clip and select “Append to Rough Cut”. The editing functionality is kept basic (no transitions or insert/overwrite), as Prelude is designed to roughly string together clips which is then handed to the editor.Send to Premiere Pro from PreludeIf you are running Premiere Pro and Prelude on the same machine you can send your Prelude project to Premiere.  Select the rough cut and the bins you want to send, right click and choose “Send to Premiere Pro”. Alternatively, you can use File> Send to Premiere Pro.If you have Premiere Pro already open, whatever you send from Prelude will be added to your current Premiere project.Export to Premiere Pro, FCP 7, & XIf Premiere Pro is on another machine or if you want to export Final Cut Pro XML,  use Export instead of Send To.Select your rough cut, clips and bins.  Then from the menu bar select File > Export (you can also use the shortcut Command + M on a Mac or CNTRL + M on a PC).  In the dialog box, set your Destination (hard drive or FTP), Project, and Media settings.  Then, click OK.If you are a Final Cut Pro X editor you will need the 7toX app  ($9.99) to convert from FCP 7 to FCP X xml.  Depending on your format you may also want to transcode to Pro Res if working in FCP.Markers & subclips are sent with the XML to Final Cut Pro 7 & X (terminology is different).  This is helpful, as freelancers often use various software depending on the job. For more details check out the Adobe online help site and forum.  Are you using Adobe Prelude in your post production workflow?  Have tips or tricks to share?  Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

War-torn Yemen looks ahead after Asian Cup mauling

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Syria and, notably Iraq, have shown in recent years how teams can come through extreme hardship to raise their game — the latter famously lifting the Asian Cup in 2007 in a fairytale success.Yemen’s next two matches look likely to be more of an exercise in damage limitation for the world’s 135th-ranked side, based on Monday’s ragged performance.But Kocian understandably called for a little perspective.“Iran’s players play in the best leagues in the world,” he shrugged. “We came here with two months of preparation — we just have to leave this game behind and move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We have to live with this result but we have two more games to play and we can play better,” said the Slovakian, striking a defiant tone despite their Group D mugging.“Iran were physically superior to us — they are a team that plays at the World Cup. We have no such experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGiven the parlous state of football in Yemen, where players have been kidnapped by extremists or gone off to fight in the civil war, just qualifying for the Asian Cup was an astonishing achievement for Yemen.The local league has been suspended and stadiums reduced to rubble, forcing players to work as taxi drivers or in supermarkets to feed their families. Others Yemen national team players have died, among the tens of thousands killed in a conflict exacerbated by famine and disease.Under the terms of his contract, Kocian won’t step foot inside Yemen but his job remains a logistical nightmare.“We hardly have the chance to train together and we didn’t have enough time to prepare for the Asian Cup,” said the former Slovakia head coach after a Mehdi Taremi double helped Iran to an easy victory.“This game was very hard for us. Team morale fell after we conceded two quick goals to go in 3-0 down at halftime but I told my players to keep their heads up.”Yemen, who lost five of six games in the build-up to the Asian Cup, will look to salvage pride in their next two group matches against Iraq and Vietnam and provide some brief solace for their war-ravaged country.ADVERTISEMENT (Top L) Yemen’s midfielder Ahmed Al-Haifi, Yemen’s goalkeeper Saud Al Sowadi, Yemen’s forward Mohammed Ba Rowis, Yemen’s defender Alaadin Mahdi, Yemen’s defender Mohammed Fuad Omar, Yemen’s forward Emad Mansoor and (Bottom from L) Yemen’s defender Mudir Abdurabu, Yemen’s forward Ahmed Al Sarori, Yemen’s midfielder Ala Al Sasi, Yemen’s midfielder Wahid Al Khyat Yemen’s forward Abdulwasea Al Matari pose for a group photograph prior to the start of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D, football match between Yemen and Iran at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 07, 2019. (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)Yemen coach Jan Kocian was left scratching for positives after the war-torn country’s first-ever Asian Cup outing ended in a 5-0 thrashing by Iran.Hopelessly outclassed, Yemen went into halftime down by three goals in Abu Dhabi on Monday night and Kocian’s players were out on their feet by the time substitute Saman Ghoddos volleyed home Iran’s fifth 12 minutes from time.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Scheer to demand Canada pull funds from Chinese multilateral development bank

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today to respond to China’s ban on Canadian canola shipments by taking a number of steps, including pulling hundreds of millions of dollars Ottawa has committed to Beijing’s multilateral development bank.The Canadian Press has learned Scheer will also use a news conference to demand that Trudeau immediately appoint a new ambassador to China, launch a complaint about the canola dispute with the World Trade Organization and increase financial support for farmers.Citing unproven concerns about pests, China has rejected Canadian canola seed shipments in recent months and has suspended the licences of two major Canadian exporters.The Conservative leader will argue that Trudeau has done little to address the canola feud since it erupted in recent months.Among the steps, Scheer will call on Trudeau to cut Canada’s funding to China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the government has committed $256 million over five years.The Liberal government has established a working group to address the canola issue, requested to send a delegation of experts to China to examine the complaints and says it has been exploring options to provide financial support to farmers.China’s decision to cut off Canadian canola seed shipments is widely viewed as an attempt to apply economic pressure on Canada following the December arrest of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the behest of the United States.In the days following Meng’s arrest, China arrested two Canadian citizens on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered Chinese national security.Weeks later, Trudeau fired Canada’s former ambassador to China, John McCallum, for going off script in the government’s efforts to win the release of the two men.last_img read more