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first_imgThe Dover decision did not end the fervent discussion about Darwinism and intelligent design.  There are too many articles to mention separately, so here is a sampler:Dover Board Rescinds Policy:  As expected, the new Dover school board quickly put an end to the policy that required reading a statement that alternatives to evolutionary theory exist, including (but not limited to) intelligent design.  See: LiveScience and MSNBC News.Jews News:  The Miami New Times reported about a lively debate before an audience of 300 Jewish scientists and intellectuals in Miami about how Jews should respond to the ID debate.  Opinions at the “Sixth Miami International Conference on Torah and Science” ranged everywhere from calling Darwinism irrational to saying embracing ID would be a disaster.Great IDEA?:  Sarah Price Brown reported on BeliefNet about the rising interest in forming ID clubs on campuses, and how the IDEA Center is assisting.  There are about 30 IDEA clubs at last count, including ones at Cornell, UCSD and George Mason University.Basking Sharks II:  The Wichita Eagle reported that the lawyers who defeated the ID initiative in Dover, Eric Rothschild and Stephen Harvey, are scheduled to speak at the University of Kansas later this month.  They want to leverage their experience for others involved in the debate.    The losing side, though, is not going away any time soon – there is too much momentum across the country, said Richard Thompson, President of the Thomas More Law Center that defended the school board.  He criticized the Dover decision: “The judge specifically ordered the school board never to denigrate or disparage the theory of evolution,” he remarked, “which now makes that theory sacrosanct and violates one of the major principles of America — that no official, high or petty, should establish dogma or orthodoxy in a method of thinking.”  Source: Agape Press.Domino:  Both Nature and Science expressed triumph over the Dover decision, claiming it affirmed unequivocally that ID is not science, and that this decision is likely to affect other cases.Just the Facts:  Robert Crowther on Evolution News criticized the habit of major media to editorialize.  Instead of reporting the facts, they are intent on telling us “what it means.”  Crowther says they go even further, trying to tell people how to think about what it means – and that, according to Crowther, in their usual biased and inaccurate manner.Danger Signs:  R. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, CrossWalk.com used the title of Daniel Dennett’s book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea to warn that there is “no middle ground” in this debate.Science by Court Order:  Robert Robb in the Arizona Republic criticized the Dover decision by Judge Jones, saying it is not the provenance of the courts to determine what is science.Is ID Testable?  Jay Richards and Jonathan Witt made the case on Evolution News that intelligent design is empirically testable and makes predictions.Freedom!  D. Eric Schansberg argued for the Acton Institute that the solution to the ID-Darwin acrimony in schools is to give parents freedom of choice.  Lord John Acton (1834-1902) was the British historian famous for the phrase, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Schansberg tied this thought to the education monopoly.Separation of Church and Science?  According to Agape Press, some professors at Samford University, a Southern Baptist school in Alabama, are protesting the appearance of an ID proponent with degrees from Cambridge and Oxford, Dr. John Lennox, who has 60 peer-reviewed publications to his name.  The grounds of the protest?  Go figure– “separation of church and state.”Lawyer Pub:  Albert Alschuler continued his blog about the Dover decision on the University of Chicago Law School site, and got a variety of reactions.Outdoor Evangelist:  Biblical creationist Peter DeRosa got good press in Florida’s Contra Costa Times.  The fossil hunter and his dinosaur-digging team reject the “lightweight Christianity” that remains nebulous about the designer.  They are not ashamed to declare the Bible as the true Word of God, and Jesus Christ the Lord as the Creator.  But DeRosa also holds his own answering tough questions about scientific evidence, and while polishing in his lab the allosaurus his team found (01/29/2003), explains why the evidence contradicts evolution and supports the Genesis creation account.The controversy over intelligent design, creation, evolution and education extends from the grass roots of small town school boards and churches all the way up to international scientific institutions and governments.With so many opinions flying left and right, it is more important than ever to keep informed, know how to use your baloney detector, and understand the key issues.  Here, you get the sources where the proponents can explain their views in their own words.  Don’t expect the major media to get it right, especially when discussing ID.  Go to the Discovery Institute and Access Research Network and get the story straight from the sources rather than letting reporters “explain what it means” for you.    Pay particular attention to which side wants open debate and which wants to shut it down.  Notice who wants the scientific evidence to speak for itself, and who threatens lawsuits or relies on judges to issue orders from the bench.  Notice which side speaks with reason and scholarly logic, and which resorts to mockery.  Such observations contain an important message, sometimes more important than the actual arguments used.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#fitness tracker#Internet of Things#IoT#pollution#WHO Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Amanda Razanicenter_img A recent study of air pollution in larger cities has produced some startling results.  Exercise is supposed to improve one’s health, but the evidence is showing it could actually be harmful in some areas.An international team of scientists studied the health benefits of cycling and walking against the negative toll of air pollution. They documented air quality through average annual levels of PM2.5s and arrived at a tipping point – the amount of time after which exercising actually turns harmful to the health, due to breathing in fine particulates. In many large cities, including Delhi in India and Zabol in Iran, a mere 30 minutes of cycling can begin to damage one’s health.See also: How to make air pollution measurement more accurate“If you are beyond the break-even point, you may be doing yourself more harm than good,” explained Audrey de Nazelle, a lecturer at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy, and an author of the research project.Air pollution located in big cities is getting worse. According to the World Health Organization, over 80% of citizens living in urban areas that track air pollution levels are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the WHO limit of 10μg/m3. Those most at risk live in cities with lower-income levels.The medical conditions of people with asthma and emphysema are exacerbated by air pollution exposure.  Respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys can be some of the long-term health issues caused by exposure to polluted air.The countries with the most cities that have the worst air pollution include Iran, India, Saudi Arabia and China.  The research found that western cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London did not have air that was polluted enough to outweigh the positive effects of exercise.But don’t give up on exercise“The benefits of active travel outweighed the harm from air pollution in all but the most extreme air pollution concentrations,” added Nazelle.“While this research demonstrates the benefits of physical activity in spite of air quality, it is not an argument for inaction in combating pollution,” said Dr James Woodcock from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research.The issue of air pollution has become of interest to several companies who have produced environmental monitors like the upcoming Flow Air Quality Monitor.  It is a small device that can be easily carried wherever one goes to monitor air quality in the area.  Perhaps soon, we will have fitness trackers that offer this ability as well, so that excercise will not be impaired. Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more

28 11 19

first_imgEngland beat India by 196 runs in this 2000th Test match at Lord’s on Monday, which was also the 100th Test between India and England. Score | PhotosIndia started the day with an overnight score of 80/1 with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid at the crease as a target of 458 runs loomed large. Eventually, the target proved too massive for injury-hit India.In the morning session the visitors lost their opener Rahul Dravid when a James Anderson ball took a thick edge off his bat to land in the keeper Mat Prior’s gloves. He fell for 36 and India were down to 96/2.Post Dravid’s wicket Laxman and Gautam Gambhir became overtly cautious, playing on the deliveries that were coming straight to the bat and leaving the rest. They didn’t have a choice and they needed to stay in the middle for long to save the Test.Gradually, the two started chipping away from the massive 458-run target. But the partnership eventually came to an end when Anderson came around to get rid of Laxman on 56. Laxman went for a pull and ended up getting caught by Bell.In the next over England spinner Graeme Swann struck Gambhir on the pads and he was adjudged LBW on 22. India were 135/4 at the stage and were looking down the barrel.Once again Sachin Tendulkar stepped in and once again his fans cutting across nationalities started praying for his elusive 100th international century.Tendulkar’s partner in the middle was left-hander, Suresh Raina.At lunch India were 142/4, with Tendulkar and Raina at the crease and the visitors needed a massive 316 runs.advertisementA few minutes had gone by into the second session when England bowlers got the man they wanted. Sachin’s fans were again left disappointed when a James Anderson delivery trapped the batting maestro plumb in the front of the wicket when he was on 12.This was after he got two lives. First a Stuart Broad ball trapped him leg-before when he was on 11, but he was saved as the DRS is not being used for leg-before decisions in this series. And then, a ball before Anderson got him, he was dropped in the slips by Andrew Strauss. So Tendulkar’s highest at Lord’s continues to be 37.Post Tendulkar’s fall, Raina and skipper MS Dhoni batted with resolve to avoid defeat. The two Chennai Super Kings team-mates could be seen sharing a good partnership in the middle. At tea, the two were going steady at the crease and India score was 218/5.But the third session had a different tale to tell. Minutes into it, skipper MS Dhoni was seen walking back with Chris Tremlett claiming his first wicket of the innings when the India total was 225/6.Post that wicket it was a matter of time before England players were out there celebrating their win. The biggest hurdle in front of them was Suresh Raina and James Anderson scalped him to increase his victims tally to five and provided England with a fine win 196-run win.Raina scored a dogged 78, but could not save India from the jaws of defeat. Kevin Pietersen won the Man of the Match for his unbeaten double hundred.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian boxing’s High-Performance Director, Santiago Nieva speaks during a felicitation ceremony in New Delhi on April 30, 2019. – Boxing must quickly fix “controversies” surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said April 30. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)Boxing must quickly fix “controversies” surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said Tuesday.The International Olympic Committee is to deliver its verdict on May 22 on whether to keep boxing at the 2020 Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 “It’s tough because it is not black and white. It is a grey area when it comes to close bouts.”At the 2014 Asian Games, India’s Sarita Devi refused to accept her bronze medal and tried to hang it on her Korean rival instead, who won the women’s semi-final on a unanimous decision.Devi — who dumped the medal on the podium and stormed away in tears — was later banned for a year.But the 37-year-old, who won bronze at the Asian Championships in Bangkok, feels the experience changed her.“I have matured a lot in all these years. But I have sacrificed a lot to be still relevant in Indian boxing,” said Devi, who insisted she would try to reach the Olympics if it is still in the contest.Nieva said that if boxing keeps its place, he was confident that India — the land of the legendary Mary Kom — has a fast-improving pool of boxers with a chance of winning a medal.India finished the Asian championships with two gold medals, four silver and seven bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PLDT escapes Cignal, nabs PSL Grand Prix bronze Nieva, director of the Indian men’s and women’s teams and a senior member of the AIBA international federation coaches commission, said he was “worried” about the looming decision.“I think they will find a way but… in boxing we tend to exaggerate our importance for the Olympic movement,” the Swedish coach told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We think that we are so pure, one of the oldest, but for other people who are not into boxing, they see it more from a commercial and political standpoint.“They don’t want controversies, they don’t want scandals at the Olympics and boxing is giving controversies over and over again,” said Nieva. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The IOC froze boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games to give the sport time to clean up its image after allegations of bout-fixing tainted the 2016 Rio Olympics.An inquiry into AIBA governance and its anti-doping programme is also being held.In response, the “right to protest” a referee’s decision is to be re-introduced at the world championships in September.Nieva said India had been on the receiving end of judging blunders, and highlighted the 49kg final at the Asian Championships in Bangkok when Deepak Singh lost his final to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan.“We felt it was very clear,” Nieva said. India was certain Singh had won, and the coach said this is an example which showed the rules are “meaningless”.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

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first_img​Brighton striker Locadia: I never wanted to leaveby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Jurgen Locadia has insisted he never wanted to leave the club.Locadia was said to be unsettled earlier in the season.But he has returned to form, scoring his second goal in a week to help his side defeat Everton. The win kept Brighton in 13th in the table, with a six point gap to Crystal Palace, who are a position lower.The Dutch forward said after the win over Everton: “I never wanted to go on loan or be sold in January. That’s not my intention.”But I made it clear I want to play games and I talked with the gaffer also.”I think my place is here in Brighton. I know I have had a difficult time not playing games but I think I have shown the last two games I am worthy of being here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd veteran Mata: I can never forget Liverpool victoryby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he’s never forgotten the times they have beaten Liverpool.Mata has now been at United for the better part of his career, which has involved many games against their arch rivals.And while they have endured disappointment in those years, they have also known great joy against Liverpool.One of those occasions for United fans was the game against the Reds in 2015, when Mata scored two goals and propelled them to a famous win at Anfield under then manager Louis Van Gaal.Mata told the Manchester Evening News: “If you speak with United fans they remember always the Liverpool-United games and I was lucky to win that game [in 2015] and score the two goals. “But specifically that goal [scissor kick]. “And whether I want it or not, I cannot forget that day! Because it’s very special for me.” last_img read more

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first_imgCoach K gestures as he coaches a game.INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72-66 at home last night. The victory gave Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 423rd career ACC victory, surpassing Dean Smith for the most all-time. After the game, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd as part of a ceremony honoring his 1,000th-career win, which came against St. John’s on Jan. 25. As part of the tribute, the Duke players all wore “Coach 1K” shirts, with the number 1 embedded as part of the letter K. Krzyzewski touched on both milestones during his time on the mic, and thanked the Cameron crowd for its support. There might not be any more coach in American more synonymous with his program than Krzyzewski is with Duke basketball. Pretty cool moment.last_img read more

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first_img2017 recruiting rankings as of May 24.LSU landed its fifth commitment in the last five days Tuesday afternoon in three-star offensive tackle Shaahdiq Charles, who announced his decision on Twitter. With Charles’ pledge, the Tigers jumped Alabama and Miami on its way to the No. 3 recruiting class in the country – and No. 1 in the SEC – according to 247 Sports.LSU has always recruited well, so this momentum comes as no surprise. But the 2017 recruiting cycle is far from over. A lot can change before next February.last_img

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first_img Communities that are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) will be carefully assessed to determine the needs and the extent of services to be provided for residents. Story Highlights Communities that are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) will be carefully assessed to determine the needs and the extent of services to be provided for residents.Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the support will, among other things, enable persons to receive health services and acquire important documents such as birth certificates and national identification (ID), which will enable them to access critical social benefits.He says the assessments and implementation of the social interventions will involve partnership with a wide cross section of stakeholders, who will be mobilised at the national and community levels.The collaboration, he points out, is expected to better enable the Government to deliver the requisite services that meet the needs of a wide cross section of persons in areas declared ZOSOs.The Social Intervention Committee is charged with developing a sustainable development plan, which will include addressing issues relating to health, the environment, social improvement, infrastructural development, education and economic development.This is in keeping with the clear, hold and build strategy, aimed at containing crime while safeguarding the rights of citizens and promoting sustainable community development.Mr. Sweeny notes that the interventions will be undertaken once the joint command of the security forces conducting operations gives that authorisation. This is in order to minimise any impact resulting from the security operations.“So, our plan, once we have been given the go-ahead, is to enter the community and assess the social structure that exists. This will include the demographics (and) the physical environment (including) roads, drains and sanitation structures,” the Deputy Chairman outlines.Mr. Sweeney says that among those that will be targeted are unattached youth who are either unemployed or not enrolled in an institution of learning; young children, particularly those not enrolled in school; the disabled; the elderly; and single mothers.He points out that these demographics are characteristic of underserved communities that are impacted by crime and violence.“So, the idea is to achieve the type of social capital that will allow members of the communities to secure their welfare. So, you’re talking about a community that has their youth engaged… where persons are gainfully employed… and the physical environment is not affected by public health issues,” the Deputy Chairman says.Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that the assessments will determine the extent to which interventions are implemented over the short, medium and long term and also the degree to which institutions undertaking these are established in the communities.Several of the services that are to be provided in the Zones were recently delivered to residents of Mount Salem in St. James, where the first ZOSO is in effect.At a two-day community fair, residents benefited from free medical and dental services, while a number of agencies were on hand to process important documents.These included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Ministry of National Security and its agencies.Mr. Sweeney says the assessment for Mount Salem has commenced, noting that the Social Intervention Committee and its partners were able to utilise information that agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the JSIF collated on the community over the years, to organise the fair.He notes that the Committee and joint security forces command, which have been working closely since the Mount Salem ZOSO was declared by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on September 1, were able to reach a consensus on the need to stage the event.Mr. Sweeny, who is also Managing Director of JSIF, says the social interventions to be undertaken in Mount Salem are expected to serve as the blueprint for similar activities in other communities.The engagements, he said, will be enriched by the involvement of the JCF through the police youth clubs as well as private-sector stakeholders.“In fact, members (of the private sector) are already calling and expressing an interest in getting involved. So, we will certainly engage them at the appropriate time to get their inputs,” he adds.Meanwhile, Mr. Sweeney is expressing confidence that long-term positive outcomes, such as community empowerment and development and reduced crime and violence, which are anticipated from the implementation of the ZOSOs, will materialise and redound to the benefit of the residents and country in general.“We aren’t trying to achieve something that doesn’t (already) exist… as it does in hundreds of communities across Jamaica. But the idea is to have a collaborative government response that will enable the people (in adversely affected areas) to develop the capacity to really maintain the peace in their communities.“I am pleased to be a part of the programme and I am confident that the other Committee members, when they are named, will also support it,” Mr. Sweeny tells JIS News. Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the support will, among other things, enable persons to receive health services and acquire important documents such as birth certificates and national identification (ID), which will enable them to access critical social benefits. Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that the assessments will determine the extent to which interventions are implemented over the short, medium and long term and also the degree to which institutions undertaking these are established in the communities. last_img read more

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first_imgChandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In Faridabad, Union Minister and BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar is seeking a re-election. He is pitted against Congress candidate Avtar Singh Bhadana and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pandit Naveen Jaihind. The district recorded a 64.46 per cent turnout.last_img read more