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first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes renewed confidence from Dejan Lovren will see the Croatian establish himself at the heart of defence this season.The £20million signing from Southampton last summer was supposed to provide the leadership Rodgers thought his side had been lacking since the retirement of veteran Jamie Carragher, but things quickly went downhill for the new arrival.Some shaky performances resulted in him being dropped in November and although he made fleeting appearances in the rest of the campaign he looked well short of providing what was required of him.This summer Lovren has been given plenty of pitch time in pre-season to establish a partnership with Martin Skrtel, the club’s senior centre-back, and the pair was partly responsible for the clean sheet kept in last weekend’s win at Stoke.“I thought he was very good last week and that is confidence. I always felt in his second season he will be a better player,” said Rodgers.“It is such a huge move to come here and it is only when you are in you realise the expectation.“It was about trying to find that balance in pre-season. We have excellent central defenders in [Mamadou] Sakho and Kolo [Toure] but it is about finding that confidence in a partnership and I thought they were excellent.“Dejan in particular was aggressive, good in the air, his reading of the game was good and his passing was simple but effective.“I think he has gained confidence over pre-season and I hope that will be maintained.” Dejan Lovren 1last_img read more

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The assumption was that gene flow homogenized a population, and selection diversified it.  But now, two studies in Nature1,2 of an English songbird called the great tit, Parus major, carried on for decades, has shown that differences between closely-associated populations can persist in spite of homogenizing gene flow.  Garant et al. explain the significance of this to evolutionary theory:Evolutionary theory predicts that local population divergence will depend on the balance between the diversifying effect of selection and the homogenizing effect of gene flow.  However, spatial variation in the expression of genetic variation will also generate differential evolutionary responses.  Furthermore, if dispersal is non-random it may actually reinforce, rather than counteract, evolutionary differentiation.  Here we document the evolution of differences in body mass within a population of great tits, Parus major, inhabiting a single continuous woodland, over a 36-year period.  We show that genetic variance for nestling body mass is spatially variable, that this generates different potential responses to selection, and that this diversifying effect is reinforced by non-random dispersal.  Matching the patterns of variation, selection and evolution with population ecological data, we argue that the small-scale differentiation is driven by density-related differences in habitat quality affecting settlement decisions.  Our data show that when gene flow is not homogeneous, evolutionary differentiation can be rapid and can occur over surprisingly small spatial scales.  Our findings have important implications for questions of the scale of adaptation and speciation, and challenge the usual treatment of dispersal as a force opposing evolutionary differentiation. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)David W. Coltman (U of Alberta),3 commenting on these papers, summarized, “Gene flow between populations – caused by migration, for instance – is most often viewed as a homogenizing force in evolution.  But two studies of wild birds and non-random dispersal find otherwise.”  These long-term studies complicate theories.  He says: “we ought to be paying more attention to how quantitative genetic variation is spatially and temporally structured.”  But even that is not enough: “Indeed, a truly mechanistic understanding of microevolution requires an understanding of genetic architecture (the properties of the individual genes underlying variation).  One way of gaining such an understanding of microevolution in nature will be to apply genomics to ecological and evolutionary studies in non-model species, using comparative approaches.”  The fact that he speaks in future tense indicates this has never been done.1Garant et al., “Evolution driven by differential dispersal within a wild bird population,” Nature 433, 60 – 65 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03051.2Postma and Van Noordwijk, “Gene flow maintains a large genetic difference in clutch size at a small spatial scale,” Nature 433, 60 – 65 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03051.3David W. Coltman, “Evolutionary genetics: Differentiation by dispersal,” Nature 433, 23 – 24 (06 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433023a.On the surface, this looks like it could accelerate evolution by removing the homogenizing effect of gene flow.  But consider what these papers indicate.  First, assumptions can be flat wrong.  Many evolutionists assumed, with armchair modeling, that populations with many opportunities for interbreeding would become more homogeneous.  Both these studies, however, showed that slight differences in clutch size and body mass could be maintained in spite of shared habitat.  Second, they found that differentiation of two populations can be rapid and occur in a small area.    Keep in mind that these studies involve only microevolution.  They are about one species of bird, Parus major, that were still the same species at the beginning and end of the observations.  They have nothing to say, therefore, about the origin of birds, the origin of flight, the origin of feathers, the origin of species or any other major change that would help Charlie feel gratified.  In fact, creationists could use these studies to support the idea that microevolution was rapid after the Flood.  The evolutionists themselves were surprised that their assumptions about population genetics were wrong, and admitted that these studies “challenge the usual treatment” of dispersal, as well as gene flow and selection, as agents of evolution.  If you cannot trust your assumptions, you cannot trust your models; and if you cannot trust your models, you cannot trust your perception of reality.    Incidentally, despite its embarrassing name, the great tit is beautiful bird.  The picture accompanying David Coltman’s commentary shows the bird in flight, wings splayed in geometrical artistry, exquisitely-designed feathers extended, handsome black-capped head, food in its beak, alert eyes, displaying aerodynamic excellence.  Differences in clutch size and egg size say nothing about these examples of functional adaptation par excellence.  The caption reads, “The great tit: challenging assumptions about gene flow and genetic differentiation.”  Darwinists preach macroevolution, but cannot understand microevolution.  They want to explain the whole living world by their theory, and can’t even get the population genetics of one species of bird right.last_img read more

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Financial services group Old Mutual’s investment arm has raised R9-billion for its innovative Housing Impact Fund for South Africa, which aims to help South Africans earning less than R15 000 a month to meet their housing needs. Addressing housing challenge “We are very excited by the progress made to date and future plans for the Fund, all of which have been made possible by both our investment and development partners spanning the public and private sectors,” added Kisten. “Such sustainable partnerships have a key role to play in South Africa’s successful development, helping to overcome the economic and social challenges we still face.” It helps fill a serious gap in the market between government-provided housing and those who have access to bank finance to purchase their own homes. Several dozen projects under way The Fund, one of the largest of its kind ever raised in South Africa, finances the construction of “affordable” homes for sale and rent, as well as providing housing loans and rental accommodation for families and students. “We are thrilled to be partnering with like-minded, socially conscious investors – the Public Investment Corporation, Old Mutual Life Assurance Company of SA, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Eskom – to help ease the backlog of some 650 000 housing units in the affordable sector.center_img Kisten said that the unique partnerships with developers through special purpose vehicles ensure that Old Mutual maximises the direct profit participation potential, and also mitigates direct corporate risk. It is managed by Christine Glover, an experienced low-income housing sector specialist and head of Development Impact Funds at Alternative Investments, who also manages the Financial Sector Charter Fund and other funds dedicated to making a positive impact on the country’s social and economic development. “Although much remains to be done to further improve general living conditions around the country, we believe we have established a successful model for housing investment in underdeveloped areas, as well as financing solutions for end-users, which have previously been neglected by institutional investors due to the high level of risk in this industry.” The Fund and its partners already have several dozen projects under way involving the construction or development of some 70 000 affordable housing units, with the ultimate target of building approximately 120 000 units in total over the life of the Fund. Announcing the closure of the Fund last week, Rojie Kisten, head of capital raising at Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa, said: “The Housing Impact Fund has been [the group’s] response to the government’s call on the private sector to assist in finding lasting solutions to the housing challenge in the country. 13 July 2011last_img read more

first_imgThe first step in the lifecycle of a record is is to ‘classify’ it.  A document must be classified as a record to be brought under control of the Electronic Records Management (ERM) domain.Classification organizes the records, grouping documents together into logically defined categories.  The ISO 15489 standard specifies general principles of Records Management and includes a description of classification within an ERM.ISO 15489 calls out eight main benefits as a result of record classification:Linked Records.  An ERM system can show references between records by providing a method of creating links between records.  The linkages allow you to build up a continuous record of activity.Consistent Naming.  The classification system provides the structure and methodology for creating consistent record names.  This ensures a correct grouping of related records over time, avoiding gaps that may occur as terminology can evolve or be obsoleted.Retrieve and Identify Similar Records.  Because classification aggregates groups of documents together, it is possibloe to quickly identify all records that belong to a specified function or activity.Security and Access applied to Groups.  When records are grouped together, access security can be easily associated with the container that holds a group of records. User Permissions.  User permissions or access controls can be applied to allowed actions that can be performed on groups of records.Distributed Management Responsibility.  Because records aggregated in groups, many records can also be acted on at a group level, rather than an individual record level.Distributing Records For Action.  Again, the grouping of records lets us distribute or send all files to someone.  In an electronic system, someone could be notified about a set of records and sent an electronic link that gives them access to those records.Scheduling of Retention and Disposition.  Typically classification of a document as a record will immediately associate a retention plan and disposition action for the record.  Logically grouping records via classification simplifies this task.A more detailed discussion of classification and ISO 15489 and how classification can work in parallel with enterprise search, is in the September/October issue of AIIM EDoc Magazine by Atle Skjekkeland.last_img read more

first_imgCheck out this creative short video that makes a big impact with it’s small design!What do you get when you combine pocket projectors, green screen footage and a unique creative vision?  Speed of Light, a short video by London based directors The Theory and video studio Nexus Productions.  The team recorded action against a green screen using actors, toy cars and a model helicopter.  They projection mapped the video on the walls and desktops of their office with small pocket projectors, for a totally unique effect.Astonishingly, the video was completed using all real images and no CGI. Tight editing and effective sound design tied the whole piece together.last_img read more

first_imgYou can’t teach someone to swim if you haven’t spent a lot of time in the water. You wouldn’t want open heart surgery from someone whose qualifications were limited to reading a book. Experience matters.If you want to lead a sales force, get out in front and sell. “How do I lead and manage a sales force having never had any sales experience?”I’ve heard the same question three times in as many days, although it was worded a little different each time. One entrepreneur asked me for the one book he should read to try to get up to speed as fast as possible in order to lead and manage his team. His heart is in the right place, but there isn’t such a book.Here is the real answer: Start selling.Pick up the phone and start calling your dream clients and asking them for meetings. Start asking people to refer you and to make introductions. Get on LinkedIn, connect with people, and see if you can share how you create value (or intend to). Book yourself on no less than five face-to-face sales calls a week.No, I didn’t forget that you were the entrepreneur. I am telling you this because you are the entrepreneur.You will never know what it feels like to make cold calls if you don’t make them yourself. And if you can’t figure out how to make it work, you can’t teach someone else.If you are doing any business at all, you need to start asking for referrals. Later, you are going to want your sales team to ask for referrals, and if you’ve never gotten one, they won’t either.Social selling is easy, isn’t it? You just connect with people and share cool links and then they buy, right? There isn’t a single prospecting method that produces results without massive effort and some real chops, and social is no different.You are going to need your sales force sitting face-to-face with your dream clients. The best way for them to learn is to accompany you on sales calls. No one knows more. No one has more passion. No one cares more deeply than you do.last_img read more

first_imgTwenty people, including the four main accused, have been arrested by the J&K police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the fatal mob assault on DSP Ayub Pandith on June 22.“Twenty assailants have been arrested so far. One of the accused, Sajad Ahmmad Gilkar, alias Saja Bilu, was killed in an encounter on July 12 at Redbugh, Budgam,” said Inspector- General of Police, Kashmir, Muneer Khan in Srinagar.The killing of Pandith, who belonged to the security wing, by a mob on the premises of historic Jamia Masjid on Shab-e-Qadr during Ramzan, shook the Valley and evoked widespread condemnation. Eyewitnesses helpThe police claimed there was “a very good response from the general public as eyewitnesses voluntarily came forward to render assistance in the investigation”.Mr. Khan said four of the main accused were identified and arrested first. “It led to subsequent arrests. It has surfaced that a group of assailants saw the officer checking the security personnel deployed for the access control duties of the Jamia Masjid and as soon as the officer came out of the premises of the mosque, the assailants heckled him,” he said.The police have also recovered crucial evidence, including an iron rod used to assault the officer, a service pistol in a damaged condition and the deceased officer’s cellphone. “The officer — in self-defence — had fired some shots below the waistline, causing injury to three assailants. However, the mob continued to beat him, which ended in his lynching,” said Mr. Khan.More arrests soon“Some more arrests are expected, which will lead to the completion of the investigation,” Mr. Khan said. The IGP however, ruled out any delinquency on the part of the police on the day of incident.Meanwhile, Independent MLA Engineer Rashid on Monday held a protest in Srinagar over the alleged thrashing of policemen by Army jawans on Saturdaylast_img read more

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City SBC’s top hitter Cesca Racraquin challenges St. Benildes’ Dianne Ventura as Marites Pablo tries to provide help during their PVL Collegiate Conference clash at the Filoil Flying V Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSan Beda warded off St. Benilde’s late charge for a 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19 victory t in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Center Wednesday.Cesca Racraquin took charge with 15 points for the Red Spikers, who notched survived the Lady Blazers’ fightback to notch their second win.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding San Beda bounced back from its shutout loss to Arellano to tie the Lady Chiefs at second behind Adamson’s 2-0 mark.The Lady Blazers struck back from two sets down with a convincing win in third but lost steam after battling the Red Spikers in a fierce duel majority of the fourth. 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 shutoutThey slid to 0-2 and are in danger of missing the semifinals.St. Benilde came through with 15 blocks, including eight from Ranya Musa. Nieza Viray backed Racraquin with 12 points. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:15Learn basic phrases in Filipino Sign Language01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more