America Movil considers disposal of KPN stake

first_img Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 NOV 2017 America Movil’s CFO revealed it is mulling the sale of its 21.4 per cent share in Dutch market leader KPN, with a number of parties interested in the asset.Reuters reported Carlos Garcia Moreno’s comments from an investor event in Barcelona, where the executive was discussing the company’s overall strategy.Moreno said America Movil had received expressions of interest in its stake, as it had in the past, but would now consider selling the holding. The identity of potential buyers was not revealed.America Movil acquired the KPN shares as part of a takeover bid in 2012. Its attempt was eventually blocked by a combination of authorities in Europe and a foundation shareholder group – a consortium set up to protect KPN from a hostile takeover.Reports the Mexico-based operator group was assessing a sale of its stake first surfaced in 2015 when it reclassified the investment as an “available for sale asset” in its financial report. At the time, Altice was floated as a potential buyer with a bid in the region of €3 billion.During the same year, America Movil sold €3 billion worth of bonds to investors, exchangeable for shares in KPN or cash when they mature in 2020.The company can decide how to pay bondholders, so retains the option to sell its KPN stake to a single party prior to 2020 and settle the bonds in cash. Chris Donkin America MovilKPN Previous ArticleFacebook launches app for video creatorsNext ArticleMarvell reaches deal in $6B Cavium acquisition Home America Movil considers disposal of KPN stake Author Tags Related KPN snubs two takeover approaches América Móvil deberá pagar 2 millones de dólares a Colombia America Movil takes $2M Colombia hitlast_img read more

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“Nothing More Deceptive than an Obvious Fact”

first_imgIn general the published results on the origin of life continue to ignore two important factors, thereby giving the illusion of progress. First is the problem of interfering cross-reactions, i.e., what we called the “concerto effect.” (See Chapter 4.) Second is the problem of information, i.e., specified complexity, which is supplied by doing the necessary configurational entropy work (Chapter 8).  Editor’s note: The profoundest mystery and thus the deepest inspiration is life itself. Discovery Institute Press has just published a greatly expanded edition of the 1984 classic of intelligent design science literature, The Mystery of Life’s Origin. Below is an excerpt adapted from an update for the Hungarian edition, published in 1997. “Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing,” answered Holmes thoughtfully, “it may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different… There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists DNA is called an informational molecule because its unique structure functions as the central part of an elaborate communication system within the cell. This code aspect was hinted at by Francis Crick and James Watson in their modest announcement of the famous double helix structure of DNA. An early written statement of this idea was recorded in a letter that Crick wrote on March 19, 1953 to his son Michael: “Now we believe that the D.N.A is a code. That is, the order of bases (the letters) makes one gene different from another gene (just as one page of print is different from another).” In the Epilogue we considered various alternatives to the dominant paradigm of the Oparin Hypothesis. It was clear to the authors that there is something odd and unusual about the informational molecules, nucleic acids, and proteins. They are in a class by themselves among molecules. No other molecules possess the characteristic of storing and transmit- ting information. So striking was this feature to us that we eventually concluded that the structure of these molecules fits the pattern that our experience shows resulted only from intelligence.  Recommended Molecular biology has discovered a structural identity between the genetic messages on DNA and the written messages of a human language. This discovery opened the way for the application of information theory to biology. Information theory applies to any symbol system, regardless of the elements of that system. The so-called Shannon information laws apply equally well to human language, Morse code, and the genetic code. Hubert P. Yockey notes in the Journal of Theoretical Biology:  Because so many examples of orderly pattern had been investigated and shown to be the result of natural causes, the notion of an ordering intelligence was recognized as not needed, except possibly in the remote sense of an intelligence standing behind the natural process, as many theists believe. But with the discovery of informational molecules, DNA and protein, which are characterized by specified complexity instead of order, the situation has changed dramatically.  RNA World Hydrothermal Sea Floor Vents and Pyrite Formation Clay Life Order, Complexity, and Information Intelligent Design  Stumbling on Mount Rushmore We now make the case directly for intelligent design, without a distinction between origin science and operation science. In order to show the legitimacy of intelligent design, we review first some relevant episodes in the history of science.  Read the rest in The Mystery of Life’s Origin: The Continuing Controversy, from Discovery Institute Press. What Experience Shows About Natural Phenomena  The Planetary Society has initiated its Billion Channel Extraterrestrial Assay (BETA) scan of the heavens using the world’s largest receiver, an 84-foot radio telescope set up in Harvard, Massachusetts. The goal of this heavenly scan is to receive intelligent messages that some advanced civilization could be beaming our way. It is a program going on within the borders of legitimate science. It is safe to put the objection aside that modern science is opposed in principle to the notion of intelligent cause.  Intelligent Design “Nothing More Deceptive than an Obvious Fact”Charles ThaxtonApril 6, 2020, 5:33 AM Whether the beautiful patterns in crystals, the soapy swirl down the drain, or the order evident in a spiral nebula, the forces of physics have been demonstrated which produce order.  For generations theologians and philosophers had argued that order requires an ordering intelligence, which they called God. Over the course of the development of modern experimental science, western culture learned to rely on sensory experience to gain knowledge about natural phenomena. By following experience scientists learned to infer causes from effects, i.e., to work backward from the character of the effect to the cause. A cause is that necessary and sufficient condition that alone can explain the occurrence of a given event. And it does not matter if the cause is natural or intelligent. In the words of David Hume, who gave a formal analysis of this approach, “From causes which appear similar we expect similar effects.” (Emphasis his.) Later in the same book he added, “the same rule holds, whether the cause assigned be brute unconscious matter, or a rational intelligent being.” Following the method of experience gives us a way to approach phenomena without a prior assumption of the nature of the cause. It is a method that is completely open to either natural or intelligent causes. The assignment of causal category depends on the character of the effects. To illustrate the method, suppose we are detectives investigating someone’s death. Is this a case of death by natural causes (accident) or death by design (murder or suicide)? We do not know the answer in advance. We must investigate to find out. If we announced before beginning our investigation that death must have been accidental (natural), others would be justified in objecting that we had illegitimately restricted the field of possible causes. An important purpose of the investigation is to determine whether this was a case of intelligent cause (murder or suicide) or natural death. We need a method that is open to either possibility. Experience gives us the greatest probability of determining which category of cause it was, whether natural or intelligent.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share The Case of DNA We are not dealing with anything like a superficial resemblance between DNA and a written text. We are not saying DNA is like a message. Rather, DNA is a message. Even though logic indicates a message sender, a result that has obvious philosophical and spiritual implications, it is important to note that it was not reached by philosophical or spiritual presuppositions. It may be an unwanted or unpopular result in some quarters, but scientists do not have a reputation of advocating only what is wanted or popular. We seek the truth.  On the other hand, were we to hike in the Black Hills of South Dakota and come upon granite cliffs bearing the likenesses of four United States Presidents, we would quickly identify Mount Rushmore as the work of artisans instead of a product of wind and erosion. Our accumulated reservoir of experience enables us to discriminate types of effects we see and to distinguish a natural process from an intelligent cause. Walking farther along and finding “John loves Mary” etched on a rock, what do we conclude? Again from experience, we infer that someone, perhaps John or Mary, left this sign of his affection. We would not conclude it to be the work of erosional forces, since we are able to discriminate causes. This ability is what led anthropologists to eventually change their judgment regarding eoliths. Charles ThaxtonFellow, Center for Science and CultureCharles Thaxton received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Iowa State University. He completed two post-doctoral programs, one in history of science at Harvard University and the second in the molecular biology laboratories of Brandeis University. He has specialized in the origin of life and in science’s relationship with Christianity through history.Follow CharlesProfile Share It is important to understand that we are not reasoning by analogy. The sequence hypothesis [that the exact order of symbols records the information] applies directly to the protein and the genetic text as well as to written language and therefore the treatment is mathematically identical. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide DNA, with its alphabet of four bases, and protein, with an alphabet of twenty amino acids, represent two different languages related by a code. When the cell constructs proteins, a translation takes place be- tween one language and the other; the sequence in DNA codes for and determines the sequence in protein. center_img Why then do scientists no longer accept intelligent design in nature? The short answer is that science can show many examples of natural processes producing order in addition to that displayed in the regular course of the planets, which was a primary concern of scientists in the early development of modern science. Many natural processes have been discovered, and their amazing power catalogued.  Shannon Information Laws Intelligent Design  The second group of informational molecules is proteins. They are long chain-like molecules composed of amino acids linked together end to end, which fold up into very complicated shapes. The specific sequence of amino acids in a protein is what determines its overall three-dimensional shape and function.  Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis As we come to the close of this update chapter for The Mystery of Life’s Origin, it is well to remember that for centuries it seemed to be an obvious fact to many that life resulted from spontaneous generation. Today we no longer accept spontaneous generation. For many today, however, it is considered an equally obvious fact that life resulted by the quite natural outcome of chemical and physical processes, either on this planet or somewhere else before it came to earth. Without direct evidence, all such cases are based on circumstantial evidence. Even though many cases have been settled on this basis, let us recall what that venerable detective Sherlock Holmes noted in another baffling mystery, “The Bonscombe Valley Mystery” (1892): DNA and proteins, and, of course, living organisms, are rich in information. Other structures that are characterized by specified complexity, or high information content, are linguistic messages, bridges, paintings, computer programs, and other human artifacts.  … We will organize our presentation under the following headings:  There is an identity of structure between DNA (and protein) and written linguistic messages. Since we know by experience that intelligence produces written messages, the implication, according to established experimental method of inferring causes from effects, is that an intelligent cause most probably produced the informational pattern in DNA and protein. The significance of this inference lies in the security of it, for it is much stronger than if the structures were merely similar.  History  The Venerable Sherlock Holmes Eoliths are chipped flints that, for a time, had been considered indicators of early man. Later it was discovered that such chips and scars on rocks can result from tumbling in a stream. This change in the assignment of cause was on the basis of additional experience. According to the scientific picture, even if we consider the total universe as a thermodynamically isolated system, one where energy will eventually run down, there are still pockets within the total system of the universe where energy flow may sustain order over long periods. That is all the defense that materialists needed in order to satisfy themselves against the classic order-means-design and design-means-a-designer argument.  Since the publication of The Mystery of Life’s Origin, additional results have been reported that make our case even stronger. Yet most review articles and popular expositions continue to portray origin-of-life research as a vibrant and flourishing field of inquiry, with much progress being made. The optimistic state of affairs is precisely what led us to write our critical assessment. In our opinion nothing has happened in this field to upset our original position; therefore, we are adding this update material instead of offering a new edition.  Despite the above explanation, many scientists suggest that science may not entertain intelligent causes. This notion is certainly mistaken. The reasoning involved in the application of the method of experience is analogical, and is very much at home in modern science. Analogical reasoning is routinely used by NASA scientists as they explore the heavens looking for signs of intelligence in their SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) program. If signals from space conveyed artificial electromagnetic pulses sent in code to give, for example, the first thousand digits in the transcendental number π (3.14159…), this would be considered so improbable an occurrence that we concur that intelligence had sent it. If scientists ever receive radio signals that are distinguished from noise and have the indicia of intelligence, we can surely expect a jubilant announcement from Washington.  Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsBillion Channel Extraterrestrial AssayBlack HillsCharles ThaxtonDNAeolithsFrancis CrickHubert P. Yockeyinformational moleculesintelligent designJames WatsonJournal of Theoretical BiologyMassachusettsmolecular biologyMount RushmoremurderNASAnucleic acidsOparin Hypothesisorigin of lifephilosophersPlanetary SocietyproteinsSETISherlock HolmesSouth Dakotaspecified complexitysuicideThe Bonscombe Valley MysteryThe Mystery of Life’s Origin,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Throughout the last four hundred years orderly phenomena of nature have been accounted for by inferential linking of the observed phenomena to natural causes.  For nineteen hundred years of western history, the presence of order was held to require an ordering intelligence to account for it. The dominant view of the twentieth century in scientific cultures is that an ordering intelligence is no longer needed. Natural processes have been demonstrated to account for many types of order in the world, and it is assumed that natural processes will be found to account for all the remaining examples of unexplained order.  Let us now apply the method of inferring causes from experience to a few examples. Strolling along a wave-swept beach we notice ripple patterns in the sand. The first time it may seem mysterious, but after repeated experiences, we associate the ripple patterns and the waves. We are so accustomed to making this assignment of cause that if we saw photographs of similar ripple patterns in sediments that geologists had dated as three billion years old, we would infer water as the natural cause. Likewise deep channels or rills on the Martian surface are so similar to what we know by experience to be the result of running water, that we would associate the natural cause of the channels with water — even if there is no water on Mars today. Thus scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have concluded that water must have been on Mars sometime in the past. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Heresy it might be called, but it was not a conclusion that we had imposed upon the data. We drew the conclusion that DNA had an intelligent source from the striking pattern within the DNA itself. In presenting our case about an intelligent cause, we introduced a distinction between origin science and operation science, a distinction that is unnecessary to present the case for intelligent design.  A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

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Donegal has less than five confirmed cases of coronavirus

first_img Google+ Donegal has less than five confirmed cases of coronavirus Facebook By News Highland – March 19, 2020 Pinterest Google+ Donegal has less than five confirmed cases of coronavirus, the HSE has confirmed. Dublin, Cork and Limerick have the highest number of cases in Ireland.Another 74 people tested positive yesterday, bringing the total in the Republic to 366.The Department of Health has also published a breakdown of the country’s first 271 cases.Most are linked to travel, a fifth are healthcare workers and almost a third of those with the virus are under the age of 34.Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says that should act as a wake-up call to young people:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/holocgghgfhgfhan7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleDail gathering to pass emergency legislationNext articleRelay for Life Donegal cancel this years event News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

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One New Case Of COVID-19 Reported In Anchorage

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported one new positive COVID-19 cases during their Tuesday update. That makes the total positive case count in the state 371. The total number of recovered patients, as of Tuesday’s update, stands at 277 out of the 371 total positive cases that have been reported. The new case was reported out of Anchorage. The number of active cases in the state, which takes the total positive case count and subtracts recoveries and fatalities, is 85. The active case-count has not been at 100 or higher since April 23.center_img These cases are reported using the state’s timetable of reporting counts: 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 4. The cumulative number of hospitalizations is 38. No new deaths were reported, leaving that total at nine.last_img read more

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