Nature Says ID Paper Scored a Publishing Success

first_imgA news story in the Sept. 9 issue of Nature1 says, “A new front has opened up in the battle between scientists and advocates of intelligent design, a theory that rejects evolution and is regarded by its critics as another term for creationism.”  Reporter Jim Giles says the paper by Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute was published in a “low-impact” journal, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.2  “In the article, senior fellow Stephen Meyer uses information theory and other techniques to argue that the complexity of living organisms cannot be explained by darwinian evolution.”  Giles says the arguments are nothing new, but portrays this publication as primarily an attempt by creationists to get their views published in scientific journals, “to back up claims that the theory is scientifically valid.”  Ken Miller, who has debated Meyer, “says that, despite criticism of the journal, versions of the theory will find their way into the scientific literature at some point.”    The dispute deepened when the journal, bowing to pressure from Darwinists, declared it would no longer publish papers with an intelligent design perspective, reports Discovery Institute, even if an article passes peer review.  The NCSE (National Center for Science Education, led by Eugenie Scott) has argued that Meyer’s paper should not have been printed.  This led the Discovery Institute to accuse the NCSE of a flip-flop: they try to prevent intelligent design papers from getting published, then say that intelligent design isn’t scientific because its advocates never publish.  John West of the Institute claims this proves the NCSE is not interested in peer review, but censorship.    Richard Sternberg, editor of the Proceedings, admitted in an interview with The Scientist that Meyer’s paper went through the standard peer review process for the journal.  The three reviewers “all hold faculty positions in biological disciplines at prominent universities and research institutions, one at an Ivy League university, one at a major US public university, and another at a major overseas research institute,” he said.1Jim Giles, “Peer-reviewed paper defends theory of intelligent design,” Nature 431, 114 (09 September 2004); doi:10.1038/431114a.2S. C. Meyer, “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories,” Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 117, 213�239; 2004.  Reprint available online at Discovery Institute.    Giles uses several tricks to downplay the paper.  (1) It was published in a “low-impact” journal [but it is published at the Smithsonian].  (2) The editor of the journal has ties to a creationist organization.  (3) It has been thoroughly refuted already on an evolutionist website.  (4) Peer review isn’t a guarantee of accuracy.  Sounds like he doesn’t want you to read it.  Then he uses the scare tactic to portray evil creationists plotting to use this success to push their views in US school curricula.    Giles sounds downright worried.  No worries, mate.  Design publishing has a long history, way back to the beginning of scientific observation (see online book).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Canada’s NZEH Now House Project

first_imgA project to bring net zero energy strategies to Canada’s stock of wartime houses advances with retrofits of five homes in Windsor, OntarioThere are a lot of World War II-era houses in Canada, and most have similar footprints and layouts. That was one of the reasons Now House Project Inc., which specializes in retrofitting older houses into net zero energy homes, has focused its design and renovation expertise on wartime-era homes.Now House has completed one such retrofit, in Toronto, of a 60-year-old two-story that currently serves as its demonstration home. The project was among 12 winning designs in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, which is designed to generate interest in eco-friendly design among builders, developers, and the public.Now House says it is currently working on 16 more houses, including five in Windsor, Ontario, that are expected to be ready for occupancy in the fall.The five homes are owned by the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation, a public housing provider in Ontario. WECHC told the Windsor Star that it expects to spend about $40,000 ($35,000 U.S.) on each of the five retrofits, which should result in an almost 60% drop in energy use.WECHC Chief Executive Jim Steele told the paper that each of the retrofitted homes, whose rental rates are pegged to tenants’ incomes, should be able to save as much as $3,500 a year in energy expenses, which will help the housing agency cover the improvement costs in a little more than seven years.“It’s the right thing to do,” Steele said at an event presented to tout the retrofits. “We can save, on each of these homes, eight tons of greenhouse gases per year. Try to get that out of a Prius.”The WECHC owns more than 750 buildings that house 10,000 to 12,000 tenants, all of whom pay income-based rental rates. Steele said 125 older homes in the WECHC inventory could benefit from Now House retrofits if all goes well with the initial five.last_img read more

10 months agoDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’

first_imgDavid Luiz calls for Chelsea focus ahead of ‘big week’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says Chelsea must be prepared for a difficult week.The Blues take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday before travelling to Leicester City on Saturday.”It’s always a big week,” said David Luiz. “We have another competition on Wednesday and then we play Leicester so we have to take it step by step, it’s going to be difficult.”The Bournemouth game is important, it’s another competition and another trophy so we’re going to try to win it.”It’s going to be difficult, we have to understand that because it’s never easy to play in England and play in these competitions so we have to prepare well, rest well and try to win. If we do that then we can enjoy Christmas.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoRAI director attacks Juventus (and he’s a Roma fan)

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RAI director attacks Juventus (and he’s a Roma fan)by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe new director of Rai 2 Carlo Freccero has launched a stunning attack on Juventus.Freccero was asked about competing for Serie A broadcasting rights.He blasted: “I only watch the Premier League now, because Juventus always win in Italy. That’s because they have occupied all of VAR, it’s something out of this world.“All of the VARs are controlled by them. They’re manoeuvring, doing this, that and the other… it’s irritating. Forza Roma!”It’s not clear if he was referring to the Video Assistant Referee officials in the booth or the technology itself. last_img read more

JIS Director Cops Civil Servant of the Year Award

first_img She thanked the members of staff of the JIS for their support and encouragement over the years. Ms. Campbell, who has served the JIS for 18 years and is the current Director of Production, topped a field of four. Story Highlights It was a proud moment for long serving employee of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Enthrose Angella Campbell, when she was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, on Friday, November 15.Ms. Campbell, who has served the JIS for 18 years and is the current Director of Production, topped a field of four, to be announced winner at the official launch of Civil Service Week 2013, at the Bank of Jamaica auditorium, in Downtown Kingston.“Her colleagues testify of her commitment and zest. She is a true beacon of determination to enhance and transform anything she touches. She is a role model, an educator and dedicated work leader. Professionalism is her hallmark and she excels at tasks with pride and zealousness. Her work is her testimony…. She is truly a nation builder, a reliable worker and a team builder in her own right,” said Maxien Davis, General Manager, Customer Service and Sales at First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union, as she read the citation.The citation further noted that: “Her worthiness as Civil Servant of the Year 2013 is characterised by her service to community, outstanding service to education and to the Government of Jamaica.”Speaking to JIS News, Ms. Campbell expressed delight at winning the award.  “I am happy to have received the award. I am happy to be rewarded for doing my job. If you can do your job and like it, that I think is sufficient reward, but when an Association  awards you and when your colleagues can put you forward as someone who they think deserves this award, I tell you that this for me is a proud moment,” Ms. Campbell said.She thanked the members of staff of the JIS for their support and encouragement over the years.The other nominees were Director, Corporate Planning and Performance Monitoring at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dawn Elizabeth Ann Smith; Acting Director, Human Resource Development, Accountant General’s Department, Yvette Alexia Harriott; and Director of Transport Policy Unit (Land, Air and Maritime), Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Valerie Anne Simpson.Addressing the function, Minister without Portfolio, Public Service Establishment Division, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, noted that civil servants had an important role to play in the transformation of the public service.He pointed out that critical to the transformation is the task to make Jamaica a place to do business and be competitive. “You are the ones who have that burden on your shoulder, given strong and clear directions from the government,” he added.“We are not short of technical skills in the service. We are not short of competence in the service, but we need to step to the next level and be focused to make Jamaica more competitive,” he challenged.He thanked the civil servants for supporting the government through their signing off on the collective bargaining during the period of economic restraint with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Guest Speaker, Chief Executive Officer of MegaMart and Basho Group, Gassan Azan, also spoke to the need to tackle the framework of doing business in Jamaica.He noted that given the tight fiscal space within which the government works, the role of the public servant is critical in making every dollar count.Mr. Azan offered five practical suggestions to improve the efficiency and productivity of public sector workers, notwithstanding the lack of resources facing the country.These include: ‘Don’t give the civil servant a basket to carry water’; ‘Prioritize the need for good customer service through training’; ‘Make sure the civil servants are safe’; ‘Listen to the civil servants on the frontline’; and ‘Evaluate performance’.Civil Service Week 2013 is being celebrated from November 17 to 22.  The National Church Service will be held on Sunday, November 17, at the Tarrant Baptist Church; Charity Walk on November 18; Exposition in the Park, November 19; Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Awards on November 20; Ministries’ In House Activities and JCSA Secondary School Quiz Competition on November 21; and on November 22, Brain Games and Afterwork Lyme on the roof top of the National Housing Trust car park. The citation further noted that: “Her worthiness as Civil Servant of the Year 2013 is characterised by her service to community”.last_img read more

Crime Control a Must – Prime Minister

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has emphasised that if Jamaica is to be the place in the region that comes to mind first when investors are thinking about doing business in the Caribbean, “we have to bring crime under control”. Mr. Holness said he has never subscribed to the notion that poverty and economic hardship can be justifiably used as an excuse for crime. Mr. Holness said he is particularly impressed with the attitude and discipline shown by Nain residents, who, even with the closure of Alpart and faced with a rather daunting economic future, never once thought of resorting to a life of crime. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has emphasised that if Jamaica is to be the place in the region that comes to mind first when investors are thinking about doing business in the Caribbean, “we have to bring crime under control”.Mr. Holness said he has never subscribed to the notion that poverty and economic hardship can be justifiably used as an excuse for crime.“It might be a reason, but certainly not an excuse,” the Prime Minister stressed, while giving the keynote address at the reopening of the Chinese-owned Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart)/Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO) mining facility in Nain, St. Elizabeth, on June 21.Mr. Holness said he is particularly impressed with the attitude and discipline shown by Nain residents, who, even with the closure of Alpart and faced with a rather daunting economic future, never once thought of resorting to a life of crime.“It is clear to me that the people in this area, though they were faced with significant economic hardship, found ways to survive, which were lawful,” the Prime Minister noted.“They found ways that preserved their dignity… ways that preserved their independence and ways that eventually found them alternatives on which they could survive,” he added.The Prime Minister said it would be remiss of him not to acknowledge the great work done by the community in managing the fallout, resulting from the then closure of Alpart.He noted that throughout the ordeal, the community ensured that the plant was preserved and that some of the social services that Alpart used to provide, such as water, were maintained.For his part, Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, said he is pleased to see that the reopening of the plant has created some 800 jobs.“You can tell that things are starting to happen in Nain again. You can feel the economic activities taking place… the hairdressers and the bars are starting to do good business again,” he said.The former owners of Alpart, Russian alumina giants, UC Rusal, sold the company to JISCO, which has invested heavily to bring the facility back into operation.A fully operational Alpart used to provide direct employment and indirect benefits to residents of St. Elizabeth and also the neighbouring parishes of Manchester and Clarendon.last_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer ends scoring skid beat Michigan State 31

Freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) celebrates a goal with her teammates during a match against Michigan State Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Daniel Rogers / Asst. sports editorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-3-3, 2-2-2) had failed to score since a 3-1 victory against Indiana Sept. 26, but that scoring hiatus ended Saturday as three different Buckeyes found the back of the net on their way to a 3-1 win against Michigan State.“It felt good to get some goals after struggling for the past three games,” sophomore forward Michela Paradiso said. “It feels good, just to remember what (winning) feels like.”Coach Lori Walker said she was also pleased with the effort from her team offensively.“We’ve got the right people in the right places, and (Saturday) we were able to just have the confidence to find the back of the net,” Walker said.The offensive control for OSU started early, outshooting the Spartans 9-3 during the first half.The Buckeyes were able to capitalize on that advantage in the 38th minute, as a header from junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber put OSU on the board first with an assist from Freshman forward Nichelle Prince.“Nichelle got end-line, and that’s what we’ve been working on all week. She played a great ball in the air and I just knocked it in,” Gruber said.Prince would get her own goal in the 72nd minute, giving the Buckeyes a two-goal advantage.The Spartans edged closer with a goal from junior midfielder Nicole Caruso in the 76th minute, assisted by redshirt-sophomore Kirsten Evans.Paradiso put Michigan State (7-5-2, 1-5) away just minutes later, scoring the games final goal in the 80th minute.“I was able to spin the (defender), and then I got the ball back and caught the ball back against her, and toe-poked it with my right foot in the corner (of the net),” Paradiso said.Paradiso said she was also happy with her team’s performance offensively.“It felt much better … we got the ball wide and were able to go end-line on them, and I think we connected a lot better,” she said.A road match against Penn State is up next for the Buckeyes, scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m in University Park, Pa. read more

Football Ohio States fluid linebacker position offers opportunity for inexperienced players

Ohio State redshirt freshman linebacker Tuf Borland (32) prepares to defend a USC possession in the third quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPrior to the start of last season, there was not much question as to which linebackers would start. Playmaking Jerome Baker and a fully rehabbed Dante Booker lined up at outside linebacker and Chris Worley slid inside to replace the outgoing Raekwon McMillan.One year later, everything that was once clear has become jumbled with no clear starter at any position. Worley appeared in 50 games and started the past two seasons before graduating, taking his versatility and 154 career tackles to the NFL. Baker decided to forgo his remaining year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft after patrolling the second level of the defense the past two years, totalling 158 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions.In their place, a bevy of linebackers — Keandre Jones, Malik Harrison, Baron Browning, Pete Werner, Tuf Borland, Justin Hilliard and Booker — are engaged in a battle for playing time. Even freshmen Teradja Mitchell and Dallas Gant have a chance to break into the rotation early. For the first time in years, the Buckeyes do not have a single linebacker returning who started every game the prior season — though Booker started six games before suffering an injury. “You’ve got some good bodies. We’re not ready to say who is going to be in what position. It’s our job to get the best of them out there,” Meyer said. “The good thing is there is some opportunity, like you said, for someone to step up and go. That position, once again, they’re not perfect and they don’t have to be, but they’re trying. I kind of like that position right now.”Meyer might say he likes the competition, but it’s hard to believe he enjoys the uncertainty, even if the season is more than five months from kicking off.Ohio State senior linebacker Dante Booker (33) attempts to sack Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe situation became murkier Monday when Meyer announced Borland, who started nine games at middle linebacker last season, suffered an Achilles injury and would miss time. Of those fighting for one of the three starting linebacker spots, Borland has the most experience. Meyer even said Borland was locked into a starting role.Despite the injury, Meyer said he’s not too worried about Borland missing an extended period of time, hinting at a quicker-than-usual recovery.“He’s a little bit like J.T. Barrett,” Meyer said. “You say he’s out for a while, but he’s not going to be out for that long.”Borland will likely remain a starter when he returns, but the absence gives the opportunity for a duo of intriguing linebackers to step up.Browning and Hilliard have filled in for Borland during spring practice despite neither former five-star recruit having played meaningful defensive snaps with the Buckeyes. Both were ranked as top-three outside linebackers in their respective classes by the 247Sports composite rankings, but both their careers have taken different paths since they arrived in college. A physical freak who Meyer called “as talented a linebacker as has ever walked through these doors,” Browning has the size and athleticism to play all three linebacker spots and pushed for playing time as a freshman after getting over early-career hurdles.“[Browning] did not play well early in the season. Just was out of his comfort zone,” Meyer said. “By the end of the season he was really contributing in a lot of areas on special teams and should have played some defense, but he just didn’t earn that yet. But he’s got it all now.”Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison (39) attacks USC quarterback Sam Darnold in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHilliard, on the other hand, has been kept off the field the majority of his first three seasons due to a multitude of injuries that put him behind his linebacker counterparts. A hard hitter and special-teams ace when healthy, he has suffered multiple bicep injuries. However, Hilliard has a chance to see the field if he can take advantage of Borland’s absence and prove he has the ability to both stuff the run and succeed in pass coverage.“He’s one of my favorite guys because he just goes as hard as he can,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that’s made some mistakes on defense when he’s in there, and he’s just fighting through. The light is coming on, and he’s doing pretty good.”On the outside, Jones and Harrison have worked with the starting unit. Werner and Browning also are pushing for playing time at outside linebacker. Booker will miss spring practice due to two shoulder surgeries, but is expected to compete for a starting role in the fall.Harrison and Booker have the most experience of the group, but neither are locked into starting positions. Booker started the opening games in 2016 and 2017, then dealt with season-ending injuries in both campaigns and will not be healthy until spring practice concludes. Harrison replaced Booker in the starting lineup for a couple games, but was moved out of the lineup later in the season. Werner played mostly special teams last year, but Meyer raved about him in the fall and said he is having an “excellent spring.” Ohio State will not have a problem filling three linebacker spots. The only question that remains is who will take advantage of the wide open situation and burst onto the scene.Still, Meyer is confident in the linebacker coach Bill Davis-led unit.“Linebackers? I’m not concerned,” Meyer said. “Coach Davis is doing a good job, and there are some talented cats.” read more

Robertson denies a nervous Liverpool

first_imgThe Reds footballer says the team is still thinking on lifting the English Premier League title at the end of the season.Liverpool has dropped seven points in their last five matches in the English Premier League.And yesterday they drew 1-1 against West Ham United, making many people question if they can last in first place to lift the title.The Reds are currently in first place of the table but Manchester City is dangerously close now.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing, did anyone say that when Manchester City picked up no points at [Crystal] Palace and Leicester?” Liverpool player Andrew Robertson told Sky Sports.“I don’t think they did.”“A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position but it’s February,” he explained.“Everyone needs to relax and try to enjoy the run-in. I’m sure many other teams would want to be in the position that we’re in now.”“Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances – that happens during a long season,” he said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We might look back on [the draw with West Ham] as a good point.”“We need to get back on track by winning games and playing better football,” Robertson continued.“We can’t worry about Manchester City. They’re in a good moment just now, we’re having a wee blip and just need to try and get over the line in a couple of games.”“Divock [Origi] had a chance in the 92nd minute [against West Ham] and if that goes in we’re talking very differently, but we keep going, we dust ourselves down,” the footballer said.“There is still a long way to go.”Andrew Robertson, the best in the business…Agree? ➡️ https://t.co/VscalqhBul pic.twitter.com/YY7khDuqnl— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Learning with the masters

first_imgIt was an opportunity for theatre enthusiasts to learn and gain hands-on experience from the masters of theatre when the 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s “Master Class” witnessed the presence of legendary theatre personality Joy Michael on Friday in the national Capital. The session was moderated by Sumit Tandon.The famous director has been associated with theatre for decades and holds a big contribution in establishment of one of the oldest theatre group “Yatrik” in 1964.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The session also held the association of Yatrik’s very first members: Sushma Seth, Salima Raza and Kusum Haider. Struggling with the ailing health, Joy Michael spoke few, but very valuable words of wisdom to audience. “It is a great pleasure to be here. I love working with young people. It is always a pleasure to watch them succeed and come back to share with us.” Sharing their memories regarding the conception of their reparatory group, veteran actor Sushma Seth mentioned: “We were a group of passionate young people who just wanted to perform theatre. We did not have any resources but Joy always kept her home open for rehearsals.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“To make children learn something, theatre is the best medium. It is the most apt medium of understanding something,” she added. Providing a vote of thanks to the eminent guests and Joy Michael on behalf of National School of Drama, Director Prof Waman Kendre said: “It is impossible to thank Joy Michael for her work in theatre. I think that National School of Drama would prefer to be at her loan forever.”last_img read more

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