In order to inform visitors, a free tourist guide Međimurje was published, in which the latest and most useful information about this county was collected for the third year in a row. It contains important telephone numbers and other practical information and introduces the reader to the most important attractions of Međimurje’s popular destinations, and in addition to the print edition, it is also available online.Međimurje has become the most popular continental destination in Croatia, and numerous natural beauties, cultural attractions, various events and a revived tradition are the reasons why every visitor gladly returns to Međimurje and records a constant number of visitors every year. “With the various attractions and facilities in Međimurje that we have and offer, if we add to that the hospitality and kindness of the hosts, about which word has spread far and wide, you will get a real tourist experience. This is exactly the ultimate goal and direction in which Međimurje County strives to move and succeeds”They point out from the Tourist Board of Međimurje County and add that by leafing through the guide, tourists can choose the way they want to spend an active vacation, the event they want to visit or decide which institution to visit.The guide was published in cooperation with LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin, the Tourist Board of Međimurje County, the Tourist Boards of Sveti Martin na Muri, Nedelišće, Štrigova and Prelog, and is available in Croatian and German. It can be downloaded for free from internet and in printed form in tourist boards throughout the county and in LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin.
More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago45 Murlong Cres, Palm Beach.“About 15 people have said they will be at the auction to compete for the house.”Auctioneer Nigel Long is calling the auction for the 655sq m property on Saturday at 11am.Meanwhile, in Southport at 10am a French, Asian and Indian fusion home has four registered bidders who are ready to battle it out. Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton will take the four-bedroom home at 15 Skiff St to auction.Oozing style from every corner, the home has red entry doors, stone and pearl basins, checkerboard tiles, white timber shutters and Carrara marble. A castle-like home at 52 Royal Albert Crescent, Sovereign Islands, is set for auction.WHETHER it’s a renovated 60s shack, jaw-dropping stone castle-like residence or a bohemian retreat, the Gold Coast has a home for every taste going under the hammer on Saturday. Corelogic revealed the Gold Coast was the busiest non-capital city region last weekend, with 49 homes going to auction and a clearance rate of 43.6 per cent. Among the 23 properties to be auctioned this weekend, the standout is a Palm Beach creekfront home.The three-bedroom 60s house at 45 Murlong Cres is being offered for sale after homeowners, Ursula and Ben Watts were prompted by their neighbour’s impressive shack sale of $2.55 million last month. 45 Murlong Cres, Palm Beach.Ray White Broadbeach marketing agent Troy Fitzgerald said he had shown 62 groups through the property since it went on the market.“As the only home left on the waterside of Murlong Crescent, it is hot property,” he said.“I’m hoping the weather doesn’t deter crowds.“It directly faces Tallebudgera creek and has a really beautiful outlook to Burleigh Headland.“I have had a mix of people interested, especially boutique developers. 15 Skiff Street SouthportHarcourts Coastal agent Emma Hoger-Jefferies was confident the house would have a sold sign up by lunch time.“It is in a really sought-after pocket of Southport and the home itself has spectacular presentation,” she said. “I would not be surprised if we get a few spectators who sense a good buy.”On the prestigious Sovereign Islands, a castle-like mansion poised on an 815sq m block will go under the hammer at 2.30pm.Italian travertine marble combines with 200 tonnes of stone masonry and a stone turret in the five-bedroom home at 52 Royal Albert Crescent. 52 Royal Albert CrescentRay White marketing agent Edin Kara said the home was “Feng Shui approved”.“The home has been approved by Hong Kong Feng Shui Master, Tinming Yeung,” Mr Mian said.“He said that the house offers tremendous prosperity and wealth.”
Madrid: Real Madrid gained a measure of redemption at the Camp Nou by holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday and taking the upper-hand in the semi-final of Copa del Rey. Neither Lionel Messi nor Gareth Bale were named in the starting line-ups for this first leg but their replacements filled the void as Malcom’s curling shot cancelled out an early opener from Lucas Vazquez. After an impressive opening 20 minutes, Madrid were largely second best in a compelling, if unspectacular, Clasico but the result leaves them well-placed heading into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 27. For Santiago Solari’s side, a resilient, gutsy display will also help erase the memory of their humiliation here in October, when they were thrashed 5-1, a result that caused Julen Lopetegui to be sacked the following day. “Comparisons are unhelpful,” said Solari. “But this result shows how hard the team is working.” Messi, who had been struggling with a thigh problem, and Bale, who faces a fight for place after recovering from a calf injury, both came on after the hour but neither could inspire a winner. Instead, it was Vazquez, and two youthful Brazilians that took centre stage. Vazquez scored but Vinicius Junior, the youngest Real Madrid player to feature in a Clasico this century, was his team’s greatest threat until the 18-year-old departed in the second half. Real Madrid were thrashed 5-1 in the previous Copa del Rey by Barcelona.Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale were missing in the first leg.Real Madrid will be looking to win at least one domestic competition in the 2018/19 season. highlights “I’m not surprised by how he plays because I’ve known him since he arrived,” said Solari. “But an 18-year-old boy playing and developing in this way, that is a surprise.” Malcom was just as unpredictable and in the end, it was the 21-year-old’s intervention that keeps Barca on level terms. “The tie is in the balance,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “A draw is a fair reflection,” said Sergio Busquets. Barely 10 seconds had passed before Toni Kroos snapped into Ivan Rakitic, setting the tone for what was a dominant opening spell from Madrid. Vinicius led the way. He was fearless, full of imperfections and erratic decisions but delivering moments of clarity too when Madrid were at their most threatening. Benzema sets up Vazquez He jinked inside Nelson Semedo and teed up Kroos before producing the cross that created the goal, an arching ball over the head of Jordi Alba, which Karim Benzema tucked back for Vazquez to poke in. Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho were both careless in possession but Vinicius lacked precision to capitalise, first scuttling into Benzema and then misreading the Frenchman’s run. Barca had been just as frantic, with Luis Suarez even tripping over his own feet. But they improved and after half an hour, were in the ascendancy. Malcom missed a one-on-one and then became their best player for a period, crossing for Rakitic to head against the bar and teeing up Suarez to sting the hands of Keylor Navas. The home fans called Messi’s name at the start of the second half and when he jogged up the touchline shortly before the hour, they roared as if for a goal. They did that soon after too, after an equaliser of chaos and quality in equal measure. Navas rushed out to block Alba before Suarez curled a brilliant shot that beat the diving Sergio Ramos but not the post. It spilled to Malcom and he still had work to do, 20 yards out with white shirts in front. He found a gap. Messi came on, along with Arturo Vidal, Bale and Casemiro. Vinicius was among those to make way, his bright start fading with fatigue.Neither side seemed sure how much to commit for a winner. Messi twice weaved through but the best chance fell to Bale, who received from Benzema after Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s skewed clearance. The goal was open but Bale’s touch was heavy and Semedo made a crucial block. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The student population with a primary language other than English has grown from 150 to 600 in two years at Westside, Rossall said. In the Palmdale School District, 12 of 25 schools met state targets, the same number as last year. “I think we continue to make good progress based on providing good staff development and making sure schools address state standards,” said Raul Maldonado, Palmdale’s director of biliteracy programs and assessment. A school’s annual growth target is set at 5 percent of the difference between the school’s base API and the statewide performance target of 800. In addition, each “numerically significant” group of ethnic or socioeconomically-disadvantaged students must go up least 80 percent as much as the overall school’s growth target. Beginning with the 2005 API Base report to be released in March 2006, two new subgroups will be added: English learners and students with disabilities. With this addition, the subgroups in state and federal academic accountability systems will be aligned. Created by a 1999 state law, the API is designed to show how California schools rate against each other. Each school received a single score – between 200 and 1,000 – based on student test scores. The API rankings are used to determine whether schools are meeting federal guidelines contained in President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act. Statewide, 68 percent of California’s public schools met all of their state-required academic growth targets for the 2004-05 school year, a 20-point gain over 2003-04, indicating significant improvement by schools and by minority groups and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. An even greater proportion of schools, 83 percent, showed increases in overall academic growth compared with last year’s 64 percent. In addition, the percentage of schools at or above the statewide performance target of 800 is at an all-time high of 28 percent. “These results show our schools are improving in nearly every subject and grade level,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said in a written statement. “I am particularly pleased to see progress made by all students and in each subgroup of students. While we clearly still have a long way to go, this shows our schools’ focus on California’s standards-based curriculum is paying dividends in improved student achievement.” As in previous years, elementary schools are showing the highest overall performance, with a median API of 752, followed by middle schools with a median API of 716, and high schools with a median API of 696. High schools, however, posted the highest gain of 36 points from 2004 in median API performance. The percentage of schools meeting their subgroup growth targets increased from last year by 17.1 percent for the socioeconomically disadvantaged subgroup, 15.9 percent for the Hispanic subgroup, 14.2 percent for the white subgroup, 11.2 percent for the African American subgroup, and 5.8 percent for the Asian subgroup. The percentage of schools meeting their schoolwide growth targets increased from last year by 17 percent, from 64.2 percent in 2004 to 81.2 percent in 2005. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – About half of Antelope Valley schools met state-set goals for improving their Academic Performance Index scores, state results released Thursday show. Forty of the 85 schools for which results were available met their API growth targets by increasing scores both schoolwide and among socioeconomic and ethnic subgroups of students. Twenty-two additional schools also improved their scores, but did not meet state goals because the gains were not high enough or did not include all the student subgroups. At 21 other schools, API scores remained the same or declined. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week No results were available for 10 schools in the Muroc Joint Unified School District and the Southern Kern Unified School District because they were changing their data. The scores will be available in January. More than 1,600 schools statewide did not receive 2004-05 API growth scores for a variety of reasons, including data corrections, excessive parent waivers, testing irregularities and, because of very small school enrollment, lack of at least 11 valid scores. In the Westside Union School District, all 10 schools met schoolwide targets, but five were considered not to have met state goals because gains among subgroups of students were not big enough. Westside Superintendent Regina Rossall said the number of English-language learners in the district has doubled in the last year. “So those are kids who are new to our system,” Rossall said. “I think that you see us needing to adjust our instructional program, which we are doing, because of that shift from kids mostly speaking English to having a number of kids who don’t speak English as their primary language.”
(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 “No miracles” is a favorite phrase by an evolutionist who finds that perplexing puzzles in nature always “yield to evolutionary thinking.”Don’t understand the origin of human language? Curious how crows can fashion tools to get food? No miracle; “evolutionary thinking” can explain it. That’s the attitude of Russell Gray (U of Auckland), who was highlighted in Science Magazine this week. A “man of enthusiasms,” Gray is on a roll, gaining popularity among many for his skill at submitting complex problems to evolutionary explanations. Virginia Morell portrays him as a modern-day Newton of evolutionary theory:Although the full list of Gray’s enthusiasms would fill this page, suffice it to say that evolutionary biology is at the top. Using its principles, Gray, an evolutionary biologist and comparative psychologist at the University of Auckland, has helped crack open two areas—animal cognition and historical linguistics—long regarded by many as black boxes, impenetrable to the scientific method.This has to be good if he succeeded where Darwin himself failed. Pointing to Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene as his student-days’ inspiration, the biologist noted early on the power of evolutionary theory “to explain many things.” When faced with natural puzzles, “We don’t have to just wave our arms,” he says. “There are no miracles“—a favorite phrase of his, often shortened to “no miracles.” Evolution is here as the universal explanatory toolkit. Take the theory and run with it; that’s his approach.Gray’s early work involved finding evolutionary relationships between seabirds in New Zealand by comparing their behaviors, and assuming that behaviors evolve in the same way as genes. Later, when confronted with linguistic puzzles, he grabbed his handy-dandy evolutionary toolkit:For Gray, “it didn’t seem a huge leap to think of human languages in the same way. … Words are inscribed, in their shape and form, with a powerful record of the past.” Growing up in New Zealand, he had heard Polynesian languages, including Maori, Tongan, and Samoan, and just by listening he could tell that they must be closely related. As with the seabirds’ behaviors, he suspected that the Pacific Island languages had come about through “some kind of descent with modification.” His key insight: “Words are just like genes,” in that they resemble each other because of shared ancestry.Gray’s anatomy of “evolutionary thinking” is to use the same kind of software that evolutionary geneticists use to try to tease out ancestral relationships among animals. When he used phylogenetic software on words instead of genes, some surprises popped out:Gray took the analysis further: He realized that the sophisticated software designed to trace genetic lineages could be applied to languages. In 2000, he and a colleague published a Nature article using language trees to test competing hypotheses about the settlement of the Pacific by people speaking ancestral Austronesian: a rapid “express train” of peoples who spread from Taiwan across the widely scattered islands in a few thousand years, or an “entangled bank” of Austronesian and other speakers who mixed more slowly over a longer period. Using 77 Austronesian languages and 5185 words and phrases, they found that Taiwanese languages were the oldest, and that their spread matched that of express train settlement, with Indonesian and coastal New Guinean languages hiving off before those in New Zealand and Hawaii.“I was just delighted when that paper came out,” says Pagel, who also studies the evolution of language. “He showed that you can test questions of human history with linguistic data.“His method, though, relies on an analogy between words and genes. Arguably, words are under the control of human minds, whereas genes are less so. His method is not without critics. When Gray used the software to locate the origin of Proto-Indo-European language (PIE) in Anatolia instead of in the steppes of central Asia, critics appeared:Many linguists disliked both the results and the methods. “It’s hard to overstate just how contentious my linguistic work is,” Gray says. “People at linguistic conferences have left the room when we present our results.”The critics disliked his use of glottochronology, which they claim is a discredited method. They also disliked his use of “relaxed clocks” (sometimes called “rate heterogeneity”) to get things to fit better. Despite these concerns, Morell thinks most linguists will be using his method in coming decades.The Crow BarHow does Gray get rid of “miracles” by studying the tool-making skill of New Caledonian crows? Part of his work has been empirical: studying the cognitive limits of the birds’ abilities with variations on puzzle-solving experiments. His main theme, though, is to apply “evolutionary thinking” to any question:Gray intends to keep his New Caledonian crow project going, too. In his view, the field of animal cognition suffers from the same deficiency as linguistics once did: “Its theories haven’t been sufficiently shaped by evolutionary thinking.” Researchers often discover one or two species doing something clever and immediately “compare them to humans. That’s not thinking like an evolutionist,” he says. Instead, Gray and his team seek intermediate steps, devising tests for the crows that reveal mental limitations as well as talents.This quote reveals that Gray’s anatomy of “miracles” is not religious; he uses the word “miracle” in the punctuated equilibrium sense: any sudden leap over a gap without “intermediate steps” tractable by mutation-selection theory. “Thinking like an evolutionist” to him means imagining plausible intermediates, and envisioning the ancestral forces that connect them. In the case of crows, he found that the birds do not approach puzzles in the same way as humans. “So, no, she isn’t thinking about the problem exactly like we would,” Gray says. “And we shouldn’t expect that. That’s not the way evolution works.”As Gray continues his rise to fame, he looks forward next to analyzing the language patterns on the Fijian island of Vanuatu. As with everything else, he expects Darwin’s theory to unlock any mysteries he may encounter. “It [Vanuatu] has the greatest density of languages; it’s like the Galapagos of language evolution, and we’re going to find out why,” he says. “I can guarantee you, it’s not a miracle.”Gray is fooling himself. Everybody is a supernaturalist, and every scientist believes in miracles. Before we offer our commentary, can you explain why? Can you explain the strengths and/or weaknesses of evolutionary explanations? Can you describe what “evolutionary thinking” entails? Try your hand at analyzing Gray’s evolutionary approach to science. Does it really lead to more understanding? As with any discussion, it’s always wise to begin by clarifying definitions.Update 9/23/14: OK, we gave you some time. If Gray believes in logic, truth and integrity, he believes in concepts that must be timeless, eternal, necessary, and certain. Conclusion: he believes in the supernatural. If he believes that everything proceeded from a big bang without a cause, that life originated by chance against the laws of probability, that multicellular organisms arose without purpose, that all the animal body plans exploded onto the scene without transitional forms, or that human cognition emerged from neurons, then he believes in miracles. The only difference is his miracles are ruled out by the laws of probability, while theists believe that miracles, though rare (otherwise they would be called “normals”) proceed from an intelligent God for His stated purposes.Evolutionary explanations can explain anything, even opposites (see “The Story of Evolution” in the 12/19/07 commentary). Using imagination, anybody can concoct a story about how something evolved (see confabulation in the Darwin Dictionary). “Evolutionary thinking,” therefore, is synonymous with confabulating; it is the opposite of science, which should rely on observability, testability, and repeatability. Why did the crow evolve toolmaking while the dove did not? Simple, the evolutionist says: Stuff Happens. Isn’t science wonderful!We should distinguish between variability and evolution. Everyone, even the strictest young-earth creationist, knows that living things vary (look at dogs, for instance). We should expect language to vary over time, because intelligent human people groups isolated from one another come up with different ways to express things in their environment that they find useful. That is not Darwinian evolution. Evolution in the sense Gray and other Darwinians use the term is defined as the universal common ancestry of all living things by the mindless, purposeless, unguided processes of mutation and natural selection—no intelligence allowed. We have shown many times this is equivalent to the Stuff Happens Law. It neither explains, nor provides understanding; it’s storytelling masquerading as science.All this should be review to our regular readers. If you are new to Creation-Evolution Headlines, learn these lessons well.
The Australian crash investigator has released the first video animation (below) of the ocean floor where MH370 is believed to lie.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau search teams have now mapped 200,000sq kms of the ocean floor off Perth, Western Australia. Before the new underwater search for MH370 could begin, it was necessary to accurately map the sea floor to ensure that the search is undertaken safely and effectively. Bathymetry survey vessels have spent months, scanning the sea floor with multibeam sonar to gather detailed, high-resolution data. The data has revealed many seabed features for the first time. This computer-animated ‘flythrough’ shows a visualisation of some of the sea floor terrain in the search area.To this time however, only 9000sq km –or 5 per cent – of the ocean floor that has been mapped has been searched by ships towing side-scan sonar looking for wreckage.In fact one ship, the Fugro Equator, continues to conduct bathymetric survey work in the search area.Two ships – the GO Phoenix and Furgo Discovery – are now searching for MH370 with the side-scan sonar which can operate to depths of 6000m.Last month the chief of the world’s largest international airline expressed grave concerns that MH370 will be given up as lost as part of an international cover-up.Tim Clark, President of Emirates, told AirlineRatings.com yesterday that he has been inundated by grieving relatives, and theorists pressuring him to continue the pursuit of the truth. Read:Airline Chief says MH370 a coverup “Many mathematicians have done extensive calculations and have detailed them in their emails to me,” said Mr Clark. “None believe the current hypothesis.”“We cannot allow MH370 to become a “National Geographic” mystery. “We must get to the truth.”Also last month Australia’s crash investigator dismissed reports that there is disagreement among the expert teams that are calculating the search area for MH370.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner, Martin Dolan, said that there were two priority search areas for MH370 because the five teams had been using differing methodologies to calculate the likely flight paths of the aircraft based on satellite communications data.
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The BSE benchmark Sensex fell to its three-week low on Thursday, closing 146 points down to below the 18,000 mark as FIIs sold stocks on fears that 25 bps hike by the RBI to tame a stubborn inflation will hit the growth of an economy already showing signs of a slow-down.Weak global cues further dampened the sentiment.Tips on risk-free investing in stock markets The Bombay Stock Exchange key index, Sensex, dropped by 146.36 points, or 0.81 per cent to 17,985.88, a level last seen on May 25, after the Reserve Bank of India hiked lending rates by 25 basis points for the tenth time since March 2010.BSE data showed that overseas investors sold a net Rs 3.73 billion of stocks on Wednesday, turning net sellers of the equities this year for the first time since June 1.Fall in emerging-market stocks dragged the Sensex to a three-month low, amid concerns that increased efforts to cool inflation in India and China will curb economic growth amid a worsening debt crisis in Europe.Broad-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty lost 50.75 points, or 0.93 per cent to 5,396.75 level.On the BSE, Reliance Industries (RIL ) and Infosys that carry the maximum weight on the 30-share gauge, Sensex, also declined. RIL fell to a two-year low at Rs 888 a piece, after it was downgraded by HSBC Holdings.IT bellwether Infosy fell by Rs 33.35 to Rs 2,800.55 following a weak trend in the US markets. The software exporter gets more than 50 per cent of its revenue from the US and European markets.Interest-rate sensitive banking stocks also suffered.Market leaders like HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank dropped by Rs 29.50 to Rs 2,342.90 and Rs 4.55 to Rs 1,028.50, respectively.Heavy machinery stocks led by Larsen and Toubro fell on concern that higher borrowing costs will hurt profit margins.Larsen lost Rs 34.25 to Rs 1,679.70, Siemens India by Rs 3.50 to Rs 872.30 and ABB Ltd by Rs 9.50 to Rs 841.50.–With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.