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first_imgFour USC students are raising money to travel to South Korea and produce a documentary about Jong Rak Lee, a South Korean pastor who cares for disabled and abandoned children.Shelter · This dropbox in Seoul, South Korea is where disabled or unwanted children can be dropped off for the Pastor to care for. It reads “Baby Box” in Korean. – Photo courtesy of Young Ran JeongThe documentary, which the students hope will raise awareness of the abandonment of disabled children in South Korea and other countries, will focus on a drop box created by Lee that allows parents to anonymously leave their disabled or unwanted children at an orphanage rather than killing or abandoning them.“What Lee noticed was within the culture in South Korea, they would outcast people with disabilities because of the way the culture looked at them,” said Will Tober, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and one of the project’s leaders. “Parents were abandoning their children and because of that and because of his heart for his own child with disabilities, he installed the drop box on side of his house for parents who were planning to abandon their children.”Brian Ivie, a junior majoring in cinematic arts and critical studies, Tober, and two other USC students, along with four other students from other schools, will spend two weeks in Seoul during winter break.Ivie and Tober first became aware of Lee’s drop box through an article published in the Los Angeles Times last summer. They sought more information from Lee about the drop box and quickly became motivated to help his cause.“We were especially interested in [Lee] because it seems like the issue in South Korea was pushed aside and no one knew about it,” Tober said.To produce the documentary, Ivie and his colleagues aim to raise $20,000 by the end of October. Though they have only raised $3,000 from family and friends thus far, Ivie said he is confident they will reach their goal.“I have no doubt we will get the money together,” Ivie said. “I believe it is my duty to make this happen.”Through the documentary, Ivie and Tober intend to establish a foundation for the orphanage at Lee’s house and use Christianity to help spread the message.“Through this documentary we hope to create a foundation for him and educate people,” Tober said. “This isn’t a isolated incident. We want to use those funds to build a new facility for him so he is able to care for these orphans and use this as a platform to spread a gospel message and show God’s love through this particular person.”Flashbulb Entertainment — a nationally recognized short-film company Tober and Ivie started during their freshman year — is producing the documentary. Flashbulb Entertainment’s films have helped raise attention to social issues ranging from homelessness to murder.Tober said faith and passion for various social issues have played a pivotal role in the decision to produce short films and the upcoming documentary on Lee.“Over the course of the years we’ve grown as filmmakers and our faith has especially been a big part of our to desire to make short-films and this documentary,” Tober said. “Our passion for this particular issue has made us more excited and ready to make a film like this.”Ivie and Tober said USC has been an integral part of their development as filmmakers and has given them the courage to pursue their goals of raising awareness of social causes through film.“As a critical studies major, I have been exposed to lots of genres and different styles of great filmmakers as well as professors who encourage you to become a pioneer in the film industry,” Ivie said. “At the same time, the major allows me the autonomy and flexibility to create several personal films so I can work in the field, make mistakes and get them out of my system.”Bryce Komae, a junior majoring in business administration and music industry and a member of Flashbulb Entertainment, said he has no second thoughts about carving blocks of time out of his schedule to go and work on the documentary.“We are very fortunate to live in a world where we don’t have many things to worry about that are life-threatening,” Komae said. “When I first heard about this [orphanage], I felt chills coming through my body because there are kids that are not loved or cared for and they don’t enjoy the privileges like quality education that we take for granted.”last_img read more

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first_imgFor the second year in a row, Bo Ryan’s Badgers are back in the Sweet 16.This year, more than any other, I’ve pressured myself into asking how this man continues to pull out such results.Following the Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 60-57 win Saturday, I took a step back and looked at the season as a whole. Speaking as a Wisconsinite who’s witnessed Ryan’s entire career at UW, I couldn’t help but stand aghast at what the team has accomplished so far this year.This has nothing to do with the fact that the team has forced me to take a knife and fork to my words prior to the tournament. I picked it to lose to Vanderbilt in the second round and publicly called it a team that’s “not made for tournaments.”Dine, Elliot! Dine!All year, when I considered how good this team was, I compared it to the year before and concluded it fell shy of that usual standard.The statistical differences seem negligible. The 2010-11 Badgers shot .441 from the field and .374 from three-point land, compared to .425 and .362 this year. The 2010-11 Badgers scored 67.8 points per game, while the current squad scores 64.But it’s been painfully obvious in several games that the team missed Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil. Last year, Wisconsin had two players – Leuer and Jordan Taylor – average just over 18 points a game. Nankivil backed them up with 9.7. Put it all together and you have 46.1 points coming from three players alone.The offense was smooth. Taylor was unbelievable. And the team couldn’t be bothered to win consistently at home or play well on the road.Remove Leuer and Nankivil and nobody averages more than 14.7 (Taylor) points per game on this year’s team. And beyond that, there’s Ryan Evans (11.1) and Jared Berggren (10.3) combining for 36.1 points.With Leuer and Nankivil gone, the onus to score fell hard on Taylor. Scoring droughts lasted nigh of half a period of play. Near team-wide timidity left Wisconsin playing hot potato until someone – usually Taylor – was forced into an ugly shot as the shot clock expired.I’ve grown up watching Wisconsin’s slower-paced brand of basketball, but watching the team play when those syndromes kicked in gave me real anxiety. It’s not easy to watch. This team had three first-time starters on its roster and acted like it.And yet Ryan still ushered them to a kind of success that last year’s time didn’t have. This year’s squad has won away from the Kohl Center (on Selection Sunday, Ryan said the win at Purdue convinced him he had an NCAA tournament team on his hands), it won a game in the Big Ten Tournament (a first since 2008) and so far it has matched the Sweet 16 run that last year’s team closed out the season with.Ryan’s teams have varied in talent ever since he arrived in Madison, but every year it’s the same old drill – at least a fourth-place finish in conference and a date at the Big Dance.But this has to be one of his best performances yet as a coach. Last year’s team truly lived and died by its shooting, but the 2011-12 team, which has not shot as well as it did last year, has the 11th-best opponent shooting percentage in the nation, and the Badgers have won even when shots were not falling.I don’t believe Ryan is in the upper-echelon of college basketball coaches. He’s certainly one of the best in the country, but Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, or Rick Pitino et al, guys that have made a career out Final Four appearances, have clearly separated themselves from Ryan.And I don’t think a Final Four appearance this season would bump Ryan up – although it certainly would be quite a vindication of sorts for him. The upper echelon of college basketball coaches, as I mean it here, is more exclusive than that. You need multiple trips to the finals to join that club.But watch two specific YouTube videos of Ryan in the locker room with his team. One, right after a particularly strong defensive effort in a road win against Ohio State features a deadpan-faced Ryan addressing his team by mimicking a defensive slide drill, while saying “Let’s get on the bus.”He looks a little silly when he does it and doesn’t act particularly excited. But his team erupts in cheers and mobs him.The other features the team, fresh off the win against Vanderbilt, and Ryan looks at Taylor and Rob Wilson – the two seniors on the team – and says, with a hint of a crack in his voice: “There’s no way you and me are done, or you. No way.”We may have been watching a team overachieve all season, but all along the way we’ve been watching a master at work on the sidelines.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. What kind of legacy does Bo Ryan have? Let him know by emailing [email protected] or tweeting @BHeraldSports.last_img read more

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first_imgBricks 4 Kidz are bringing their popular Lego themed camps to 16 locations throughout Donegal this summer.A Bricks 4 Kidz Summer camp is perfect for keeping kids entertained during the Summer holidays with different themes every day. Led by a team of fully Garda-vetted tutors, kids will get to be creative and innovative as they use the custom made Bricks 4 Kidz equipment, including motorised Lego technic and build plans to build a world of amazing Lego creations. These extremely popular Camps are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence. Providing an environment where children can make new friends, of the same age and with similar interests by combining team work elements to our camps. While your little master builders are having fun, the activities are also educational.Camps will be taking place in Bundoran, Moville, Letterkenny, Dungloe, Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Lifford, Glenties, Donegal Town, Gweedore, Killybegs, Carndonagh, Ballybofey, Rathmullan, Falcarragh and MuffFull schedule available at https://www.bricks4kidz.ie/donegal/summer-camps/  Special Early Bird Prices are available on all 5 day camps before 29th May and are as belowCost: 85 Euro 1 child (use code Early1kid), 160 Euro 2 kids (Use Code Early2kids), 225 Euro 3 kids (Use Code Early3kids) – places strictly limited.Book now on https://www.bricks4kidz.ie/donegal/summer-camps/ or contact JP on 0863894833Bricks 4 Kidz Donegal Summer Camps to keep the kids well entertained! was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:bricks 4 kidzSummer Campslast_img read more

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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.Sunday’s 49ers-Ravens game was billed all week as a Super Bowl preview.We should be so lucky to see these two teams play again in South Florida in February. Because this regular-season contest did something extremely rare in this day and age: it actually lived up to the hype.Sunday’s contest in the rain and mud of Maryland was a true heavyweight bout, a line-of-scrimmage battle predicated on …last_img read more

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first_imgWindow dressing on the rock wall of a medieval church stirs unbelief, anger among anti-creationists.At the outset, we are not going to claim with absolute certainty that these carvings are dinosaurs. But look at the photo included in an article for CMI by David Lewis. If you didn’t know where it came from, or when it was made, what would you think?Gemma Tarlach sure thought they were dinosaurs. In her June 1 blog entry for Discover Magazine (written independently of the CMI article and apparently without knowledge of it), she startled her mostly-secular readers with a shocking headline: “FOUND: Medieval Dinosaurs!” (exclamation point hers).But she knows that they can’t be dinosaurs. The builders of this remote 15th-century chapel in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia could not have known about dinosaurs, which were only identified by English scientist Richard Owen four centuries later. Everybody knows that dinosaurs had gone extinct 65 million years ago—according to the materialist consensus.Like Lewis, Tarlach hiked to the remote site herself and took her own pictures.After hiking up to the famous Church of Tsminda Sameba, sitting pretty at an altitude of nearly 2200m in the Great Caucasus, I couldn’t help but notice something a little odd about one of the carvings on the 15th century belfry.The two critters scampering across the stonework bear an uncanny resemblance, in my opinion, to prosauropods, semi-quadrupedal herbivores that preceded the fully quadrupedal, longer-necked behemoths of the sauropod tribe. Or maybe they’re a rendering of Pulanesaura, one of the first sauropods.The artist may have intended to represent one of the salamander species endemic to the region (I don’t know; no one seems to have the answer), but I prefer to believe they’re dinosaurs. What do you think?She didn’t have long to wait. The comments came in hard and fast, “explaining away” the evidence with various speculations, often vitriolic against creationists who might be tempted to use the figures to support their views. It’s stylized otters. It’s salamanders. It’s dragons. Anything but dinosaurs. When the responses got out of hand, she called for a time out. “It’s a curious carving that, as I said, probably depicts some endemic salamander but looks like dinosaurs. That’s all. Just a quirky, funny thing I saw on vacation. Oh wait…I’m on vacation. That’s right. Peace out.”This is more a story about sociology than science. The responses reveal something about human nature: observations that don’t conform to a worldview must be discarded! That’s Maier’s Law in action: “If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.”The carving is a “brute fact,” but brute facts don’t exist in a vacuum. Many questions must be asked and answered. Who carved it? When was it carved? Was it a later addition after the 19th century? Was it modeled after a mythical creature from local folklore, or from something the artist actually witnessed? Is there any way that fossils could have caused medieval artists to reconstruct what they thought the creatures looked like? Those are fair questions, but Tarlach and some others clearly saw dinosaurs as a first impression. It posed a Groucho Marx dilemma: who would they believe, the materialist consensus or their lyin’ eyes?This is not the only anomalous evidence of recent dinosaurs. Creation ministries have long pointed out indications that ancient people witnessed the extinct beasts from their writings and depictions (e.g., dragon legends, the book of Job, various carvings). Some of the artifacts and manuscripts are more credible than others. Given the multiplicity of indications, from so many different continents (e.g., China, North America, Europe), the overall impression seems strong enough to persuade an unbiased observer that at least some of them are clearly dinosaurs. And then there’s all that soft-tissue evidence (e.g., 6/09/15).Exercise: Read the comments after Tarlach’s article and evaluate the effectiveness of creationist responses. Would they influence a materialist positively or negatively? How could they be improved? (Visited 124 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Bike to Work Day is in May and as an effort to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emission and this year SANDAG is hoping to get more people involved than ever.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has more on the story. KUSI Newsroom March 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SANDAG pushing for record-breaking participation in Bike to Work Daycenter_img Updated: 11:07 AM Posted: March 14, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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first_img Journal information: Biology Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mourning cuttlefish are not actually fish, they are more closely related to squid and octopus, and like them they can not only shoot ink into the water to make a hasty escape from predators, but can change the coloring of their skin at will. Up until now, researchers had assumed the coloring changes were used only to help the cuttlefish hide from predators passing by. After witnessing one specimen change his coloring on just one side of his body to mask his presence from a rival male while simultaneously displaying different coloring on the other, the team looked a little deeper, studying pictures and video of the cuttlefish taken over time of cuttlefish that lived in Sydney Harbor and discovered something that had been missed before; males displaying split-down-the-middle coloring when trying to mate with a female while at the same time, hiding that fact from other males in the area. This video shows tactical deception employed in the mesocosm. Rival males are to the right of screen. This research was published in the journal Biology Letters in the paper: It pays to cheat: tactical deception in a cephalopod social signalling system by Culum Brown, Martin P. Garwood and Jane E. Williamson. It doesn’t work every time of course as sometimes the rivals catch on, which generally results in a fight; something cuttlefish want to avoid because sometimes another rival can sneak in while two others are otherwise engaged and make the whole bout moot.The researchers say the deceptive ploy by the male cuttlefish is yet another instance of intelligence and that the males are smart enough to employ the technique only when it has a fair chance of working. Thus, if more than two males (or multiple females) are around, they don’t even bother. The fact that the behavior is so directed indicates the cuttlefish are aware of what they are doing, which shows that some sort of thinking is going on. Being cephalopods, cuttlefish are members of one the smartest groups of creatures that live under the sea, with bigger brains relative to body size than any other invertebrate. They’re also very social. Some have been seen to bond with schools of fish when separated from their own kind. © 2012 Phys.org Image: Macquarie University (Phys.org) — Researchers in Australia have discovered that mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plangon) have the unique property of being able to change the coloring on one side of their body to mimic the coloring of a female to fool rivals, while displaying typically male coloring on the side that a nearby female sees; all at the same time. The team, led by Culum Brown at Macquarie University first noticed the sly behavior in a large test tank. Subsequent research showed that the ploy was prevalent in the wild as well. The team has had their paper describing their findings published in the journal Biology Letters. More information: It pays to cheat: tactical deception in a cephalopod social signalling system, Biology Letters, Published online before print July 4, 2012, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0435AbstractSignals in intraspecific communication should be inherently honest; otherwise the system is prone to collapse. Theory predicts, however, that honest signalling systems are susceptible to invasion by cheats, the extent of which is largely mediated by fear of reprisal. Cuttlefish facultatively change their shape and colour, an ability that evolved to avoid predators and capture prey. Here, we show that this ability is tactically employed by male mourning cuttlefish (Sepia plangon) to mislead conspecifics during courtship in a specific social context amenable to cheating 39 per cent of the time, while it was never employed in other social contexts. Males deceive rival males by displaying male courtship patterns to receptive females on one side of the body, and simultaneously displaying female patterns to a single rival male on the other, thus preventing the rival from disrupting courtship. The use of tactical deception in such a complex communication network indicates that sociality has played a key role in the cognitive evolution of cephalopods. Citation: Researchers discover cuttlefish able to mimic female on half its body (w/ Video) (2012, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-cuttlefish-mimic-female-body-video.html Cuttlefish have high definition polarization vision, researchers discover Explore furtherlast_img read more

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