Jacobs to Provide Interior Design and Engineering Services for New Saint-Gobain North American Headquarters

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Spring-like temperatures for the weekend ahead

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – February 26, 2021 0 213 Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (Tom Coomes/ABC 57 Meteorologist) Fair, early spring-like weather lasts through the weekend. Besides morning fog, Friday is fair and warmer. A few weak systems could bring very spotty rain Friday and Saturday night but the days are fair and mild, warming into the 50s. March begins like a lamb next week.Melting snowpack at Howard Park in South Bend. St. Joseph river well below flood stage.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Friday: Mostly sunny. Chance of rain overnight. High 45.Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 50Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 52. Facebook Facebook Spring-like temperatures for the weekend ahead Twitter IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Previous articleElkhart students to spend more time in the classroom soonNext articleTwo men on methamphetamine charges during police search of home in Mason Township Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Busts Out “Sweet And Low”, Welcomes Marcus King & Drive-By Truckers Members In St. Louis [Videos]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their 2018 Wheels of Soul tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band at The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Once again, the 12-piece band put on a fantastic show, welcoming members of the tour’s supporting acts to sit in and digging deep in their repertoire to dust off some long-neglected material.After working through a trio of setlist staples to open their headlining set, Tedeschi Trucks Band broke out a rare cut from 2013’s Made Up Mind, “Sweet and Low”, a tune credited to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and David Gutter, as well as Lettuce guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam Smirnoff. The St. Louis rendition of “Sweet and Low” marked its first appearance in TTB’s live show in five years.“Don’t Know What It Means” was up next, followed by another tour debut, a cover of the classic Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett/Eric Clapton collaboration, “Comin’ Home”. After a run through the slinky Trucks/Mike Mattison-penned “Right On Time”, the band welcomed Marcus King to the stage for a fiery run through Elmore James blues standard “The Sky Is Crying”.A rendition of Ruth Brown‘s “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean”, a relative staple of the tour’s rotation, came next, followed by an always-welcome run through Revelator (2011) anthem “Bound For Glory”. To close the set, the band welcomed Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley to join the fray for Bob Dylan‘s “Going, Going, Gone”, as has become the custom on the 2018 Wheels of Soul excursion. Tedeschi Trucks Band returned for their encore with DBT’s Jay Gonzalez in tow for the recently-introduced “High & Mighty” before driving the show home with a fan-favorite nod to Joe Cocker, “Space Captain”.Below, you can check out a selection of fan-shot videos from the performance, including the bust-out of “Sweet & Low”:Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Sweet & Low”[Video: KingBennyVideos]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Down In The Flood”[Video: KingBennyVideos]Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Marcus King – “The Sky Is Crying”[Video: Zarkmoon]Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Patterson Hood & Mike Cooley – “Going, Going, Gone”[Video: Zarkmoon]Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Jay Gonzalez – “High & Mighty”[Video: Zarkmoon]Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2018 Wheels of Soul tour makes its final stand this weekend with two nights at the storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. For a full list of TTB’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Fabulous Fox Theatre | St. Louis, MO | 7/26/18Set: Anyhow, Do I Look Worried, Laugh About It, Sweet & Low, Down In The Flood, Don’t Know What It Means, Comin’ Home, Right On Time, The Sky Is Crying*, (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Bound For Glory, Going, Going, Gone^Encore: High & Mighty%, Space Captain*with Marcus King^with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers)%with Jay Gonzalez (Drive-By Truckers)last_img read more

The one leadership style that shuts people down

first_img 198SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details It is no secret that the culture of your credit union can make or break your success.  A good culture can help differentiate you from competitors, help you keep talented employees and attract new ones, reach your growth goals more quickly and so much more.While developing an organizational culture can take years to see the fruits of your labor, it really can start with one person – you.  And if you manage people, there is one leadership style that I have seen that shuts down even your top-performing employees.  I call this type of leader the Culture Killer.  There tends to be one of these types of leaders in every credit union and, in a lot of instances, they are actually a really fun part of the team whom everyone loves personally.  But as a leader, they focus only on the negative.  What hasn’t been done.  How that person could have been better.  What wasn’t done the way you would have done it personally.  These types of behavior by themselves will kill your culture.  I have experienced this personally.  As a perfectionist and self-proclaimed over-achiever, I was always striving for the stars no matter what project I was working on or goal I was trying to hit.  But once I worked for someone who didn’t understand that being a good leader is being a person’s champion, and I felt very quickly like all this person cared about doing was finding things I was doing wrong so they could point them out to me.  Conversations often started with, “First of all, this is wrong,” even if I was asking about where we wanted to order lunch.  I was repeatedly questioned on why I did something a different way even though the end result was correct.  And over time, I noticed myself focusing more on how I could keep this person off my back and less on how I could do a good job in my position.  I stopped being a great employee.  I stopped taking pride in what I was doing because I was so stressed out about keeping my boss happy.  Leadership is an art, and becoming a good leader is just like starting a physical training program; it requires consistent use of a bunch of different muscles and a lot of practice to become fit.  Don’t just see your subordinates as a list of things you asked them to do.  Remember first and foremost that they are human beings.  Recognize the good in what they are doing.  Show them you care about them.  Give them the chance to screw up sometimes because those are the best learning experiences.  Help them get better by clearly communicating your expectations beforehand, and showing them how what they did could be even better next time.  last_img read more

Dodgers suffer day-after doldrums, lose to Orioles

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Caleb Ferguson took over in the seventh and also walked the first batter he faced. Then he committed an even bigger sin – he gave up a three-run home run. Jonathan Villar jumped on Ferguson’s first-pitch fastball and drove it deep into the left-field seats.The home run was the 6,106th of the season in MLB, breaking the previous single-season record. But it was Ferguson’s first contribution to the total since June 22. The left-hander had been making a bid for the postseason roster, allowing just one run in 11-2/3 innings over 10 appearances before Wednesday.Ferguson’s fellow lefty, Adam Kolarek, didn’t do much to buttress his postseason status either. Pedro Severino padded the MLB record and the Orioles’ lead with a two-run home run off Kolarek in the eighth inning.“I think if you look at who we have right now I’d put them all in that bucket. There’s still a lot of baseball, a lot of decisions to be made,” Roberts said of the jockeying for spots in the postseason bullpen. Before Wednesday’s game, he identified that as the top-of-the-agenda item down the stretch.“When you’re talking about the postseason and the game, the pressure – execution matters. A flare, a bad walk, that’s a big difference there. Executing pitches – those things matter when you get in the postseason.” They had just two baserunners – a first-inning single by David Freese and a third-inning walk by Austin Barnes – against Orioles left-hander John Means. Five times they swung at the first pitch from Means and made an out. Their turn at bat in the second inning lasted all of five pitches.“We haven’t seen Means, but he’s got good stuff. He’s actually fun to watch,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Fastball has that late life in the zone and he commanded it really well tonight. The changeup was really plus tonight and he was throwing the slider off the fastball. We really didn’t barrel him up all night long. He was very efficient and we couldn’t get anything going.”The Orioles put together back-to-back doubles by Trey Mancini and Dwight Smith Jr. to score a run off Stripling in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. But Pollock turned it around with a two-run home run in the sixth.“(Means had) a little unique fastball. There was more rise than we thought,” Pollock said. “His changeup kind of looked like it rose too which is unusual.“All I did was try to get on top of a ball that I could drive and do some damage.”It was the only sign of life from the Dodgers’ offense and it didn’t hold up for long.Joe Kelly followed Dustin May’s two scoreless innings in relief by committing the cardinal sin of relief pitching – he walked the first batter he faced. A wild pitch advanced the runner to second base and Smith drove him in with a two-out single, tying the score.Kelly has pitched infrequently over the past two weeks due to an unspecified leg issue and has allowed four runs on four hits in four innings over his past four appearances.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start PreviousBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: A detailed view of a patch in remembrance of the September 11 attacks is seen on a Dodgers hat before the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Kristopher Negron #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and others have a reflective moment of silence in remembrance of the September 11 attacks before the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: A detailed view of a patch in remembrance of the September 11 attacks is seen on a hat before the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Baltimore Orioles’ Austin Hays, bottom, slides toward second, advancing on a wild pitch as Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) reaches for the ball during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Baltimore Orioles’ Austin Hays, bottom, slides toward second, advancing on a on a wild pitch, as Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) reaches for the ball during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The sun sets during the third inning of a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock celebrates his two-run with Austin Barnes (15) during the sixth inning of a baseball game as Baltimore Orioles catcher Pedro Severino kneels at right, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his home run with teammate Austin Barnes #15 against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Dodgers pitcher Dustin May throws to the plate during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager throws to first to get out Baltimore Orioles’ Dwight Smith Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Hanser Alberto #57 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Jonathan Villar #2 of the Baltimore Orioles watches his three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The home run was the 6,106th in the majors, breaking the MLB record for most home runs in a single season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: Jonathan Villar #2 of the Baltimore Orioles watches his three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The home run was the 6,106th in the majors, breaking the MLB record for most home runs in a single season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Baltimore Orioles’ Jonathan Villar watches his three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 7-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Orioles’ Jonathan Villar celebrates as he crosses home plate following his three-run home run during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers in Baltimore. The home run was the 6,106th in the majors, breaking the MLB record for most home runs in a single season. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: A detailed view of a patch in remembrance of the September 11 attacks is seen on a Dodgers hat before the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 11, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 19Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)ExpandBALTIMORE — Everyone knows it’s tough to go to work the day after a good party. That’s why they invented Sundays.When the Dodgers arrived at Oriole Park on Wednesday night, the clubhouse staff had done a remarkable job of clearing away all signs of Tuesday night’s beer-and-champagne eruption.It might take a little longer for the Dodgers to shake off the effects themselves.The offense managed just one hit in the first five innings Wednesday and the bullpen gave up six runs in the late innings as the Dodgers lost to the Baltimore Orioles 7-3. The loss allowed the Atlanta Braves to creep closer to the Dodgers (three games) in the race for the best record in the National League and the postseason home-field advantage perks that come with it.“I wouldn’t say anybody necessarily stayed up any later than we usually do or anything. We’re used to being up late,” said Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling, tasked with being the day-after starter. “Then you get plenty of time to sleep in. Certainly not an excuse by any means. I imagine it might not be a winning record for teams after they clinch. But definitely not an excuse that we’ll use.”The Dodgers are now 1-4 (with two shutout losses) when playing the day after their clinching victory during this run of seven consecutive division titles. Not included is last year, when they clinched with a win in the 163rd game of the regular season and 2014 when they had a day off before playing again (and winning).“I think we were focused. Maybe the energy was a little down,” A.J. Pollock said. “But I thought we were ready to play. The offense might have been a little flat.”For five innings against the Orioles, the Dodgers’ offense was actually soggier than the carpet in their locker room. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Jonathan Villar’s three-run homer broke the MLB single-season home run record with No. 6,106!(via @Orioles) pic.twitter.com/mphugmqxh6— SI MLB (@si_mlb) September 12, 2019 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Port Staff Give Back Sidewalk, Community Youth Services and SafePlace

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaIn 2016, staff selected to personally support Sidewalk, Community Youth Services and SafePlace. Events like a bowl-a-thon and annual auction and raffle are held to help raise funds. Port staff donated more than $5,000 to these three local charities in 2016. The Port recognizes the value in engaging employees in charitable activities and making it possible for the employees to give based on their personal passions.We’re fortunate to have staff with huge hearts that care about our community and continue to give in many ways. This is only one way Port staff give back. Many staff donates personally to other organizations through dollars and time.last_img read more

Robert Wood Johnson-Barnabas Merge

first_imgA MERGER BETWEEN two individual health care giants have them coming together this week creating what will be the one of the largest health care system in the nation and the biggest in the state.Representatives from Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System on Tuesday put pens to paper to an agreement that, if approved by the state, would create a connecting series of medical facilities extending from north Jersey to the shore.The newly merged entity, a not-for-profit, will be known as RWJ Barnabas Health. The state Office of the Attorney General has to approve the deal before the merger can be finalized. Representatives from the health care companies are expecting the review to be completed sometime next year.If finalized, the new company is expected to have annual operating revenues of more than $4.5 billion, with 260,000 inpatient admissions, 2 million outpatient visits and approximately 700,000 emergency department visits and 23,000 births. There will be 30,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns, according to information provided by the health care systems.Barnabas operates Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, in Monmouth County. With the joining of the two systems it will have partners in Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset and Ocean counties. RWJ Barnabas Health will operate 11 acute care hospitals, three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, along with five fitness and wellness centers.Barnabas is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care system in the state. It currently has 21,000 employees, roughly 5,200 physicians and 500 residents.Robert Wood Johnson currently employees more than 12,000, and 3,250 in medical staff, generating $1.6 million in revenue annually.“The new health system will comprise effectively ever y clinical service from primary to advanced care and greatly strengthen our commitment to medical education and research,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, Barnabas Health’s president and chief executive officer.This deal will also allow for greater economies in scale while promoting the highest over an expanded geographical area, according to representatives. “Because our organizations have a shared vision for how health care should be delivered and our traditional service areas are complementary, we expect a smooth transition process,” said Jack Morris, chair of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital board of directors.This is the latest in a spate of mergers and coupling among health care providers in the state of late. This spring Meridian Health System, which operates Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, River view Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, in Monmouth County alone announced it’s joining with the smaller Raritan Medical Center, in Middlesex County, and also merged with Hackensack University HealthSystems in separate deals.
In April a Meridian executive said the current crop of joint ventures is precipitated by changes brought about by the federal Affordable Care Act and an evolving business paradigm in the health care industry.last_img read more

Curling Club just one of many clubs at Nelson’s Sports Day

first_imgPeople interested in trying curling are invited to come by the rink on Monday evenings; trained instructors are available to give a lesson, upon request. Visit our website www.nelsoncurling.com to get more information.Are you new to the area or wanting to get back into curling?Well, the NCC is taking registration for the second half of the season and will try to accommodate your entry by finding a team or adding you to the spare list. Visit our website to contact a league rep or call the curling centre at 250-352-7628 for more information. Looking for something interesting to do this weekend?  Drop by the rink to watch the Ladies League annual bonspiel. Curling starts Saturday morning and finishes Sunday afternoon.We are now well into the first half of the season and team placement for Men’s’ and Ladies Leagues are as follows:Men’s TuesdayBeaudry (12); Meadows (9); Zelonka (7); May R. (7); Salviulo (7); Cutler (6); Marsh (6); Thompson (6); May A. (6); Haynes (4) Men’s ThursdayZelonka (11); Salviulo (10); Marsh (10); Lewis (9); Wudkevich (8); Barnhart (6); McClelland (6); Burch (4); Meadows (4); Cutler (4); Richardson (2)LadiesDeTremauden (10); May (9); Walgren (8); Sutherland (6); Cowden (6); Dreher (5); Prentice (4); Mackenzie (0) By Terry Richardson, Nelson Curling ClubFrom now to the conclusion of the season, Nelson Curling Club rep Terri Richardson is going to inform the public of events and happenings at the Cedar Street facility.This past weekend, the Curling Club was part of Nelson’s Sports Day at the NDCC Arena.The Curling Centre had the opportunity of participating in “Sports Day” hosted by the Nelson Sports Council. This event provided exposure for local clubs to promote their sport either through demonstrations or information booths. The NCC’s booth included our popular Rocks and Rings for youth activity, along with members promoting curling and answering questions. last_img read more

National awards for Donegal’s top techno students – Pic Special

first_imgThe Technoteachers Annual National Student awards took take place on March, Saturday 2nd with several Donegal students earning top prizes. The annual ceremony awarded the top students across the technology suite of subjects from the State examinations.Students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, St Eunan’s College Letterkenny, Deele College Raphoe, and Rosses Community School were all awarded on the night. Photos of the winners can be seen below.Ciaran Mac Suibhne from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair who who was awarded third place in Junior Cert Technical Graphics (Ordinary) pictured with their teacher Padraig Mac Fhionnghaile , Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien Xtratherm’s Ray Madden, and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonKillian Gribben from St Eunan’s College who who was awarded third place in Junior Cert Technical Graphics (Higher) pictured with their teacher Sean McGinley Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien , Xtratherm’s Ray Madden, and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonStephen O’Donnell from Rosses Community School who who was awarded second place in Leaving Cert Applied (Graphics and Construction Studies) pictured with their teacher Martin Gibson ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently. Photo Reg GordonThomas McKelvey from Rosses Community School who who was awarded first place in Leaving Cert Applied (Technology) pictured with their teacher Colm Byrne ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonStephen O’Donnell from Rosses Community School who who was awarded second place in Leaving Cert Applied (Technology) pictured with their teacher Colm Byrne ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonLuke Sharkey from Deele College who who was awarded first place in Leaving Cert Construction Studies (Ordinary) pictured with their teacher Andrew McFaddenl ,Techno Teachers Chairman Stephen O’Brien, Tom Parlon, CIF Director General and and Minister for Training,Skills Innovation Research and Development John Halligan TD at the annual Techno Teachers National Student Awards 2018 awards ceremony in GMIT recently . Photo Reg GordonNational awards for Donegal’s top techno students – Pic Special was last modified: March 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOATH DOBHAIRtechnoteacherslast_img read more

The Nature of Nature’s “Darwin 200”

first_imgAs could be expected for yesterday’s Darwin Day February 12, Nature devoted almost its entire 2/12/09 issue to Charles Darwin with at least 20 Darwin-related articles.  The caption for the special edition states,The latest edition of Nature to celebrate Darwin’s life and work looks at the human side of evolution.  We have features on looking for Darwin in the genome, and on what evolution has done to shape human nature, while our editorial and two commentaries look at some of the problems inherent in applying biology to questions about humanity.  We also have an essay on Darwin’s pigeons and poetry by his great great grand-daughter Ruth Padel.  And in a special insight we bring together reviews by a range of experts on current hot topics in evolution.One can safely assume that this issue in the world’s leading science journal, written by scientists for scientists, published in Darwin’s homeland, represents the best defense of evolutionary thought available today on this special occasion of Darwin’s Bicentennial.  Most of these articles are available online at a special page of Nature News.In order to cut to the chase without getting bogged down in analysis of every claim in every article, let’s focus on what really matters: is Darwinism true?  Is it established, beyond reasonable doubt, by evidence, that humans have bacteria ancestors?  Major on majors.  The only Darwinian claim of concern is whether all life descended from one or a few single-celled organisms (and most Darwinists claim also from nonliving chemicals) via chance variation and unguided natural selection.  Even young-earth creationists incorporate a lot of microevolution in their views.  That means all of the following points are mere distractions:Whether Darwin’s beard made him look like Moses.Whether he was a good pigeon breeder and field naturalist.Whether Darwin impacted culture, politics, religion, philosophy, and science.Whether creationist opponents have a religious agenda.Whether Darwin felt God wouldn’t have created life the way we find it.Whether intelligent design proponents lost at Dover.Whether microevolution and “change over time” occurs.Whether some species have gone extinct.Whether Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle makes a nice adventure story.Whether scientists have good imaginations.Whether video libraries are loaded with highly-animated documentaries teaching Darwin’s ideas.Whether Darwinians are good at bluffing that the evidence for evolution is overwhelming.Whether evolutionary biologists are good at promising to deliver their vaporware on back order.Whether it was wrong for U of Leiden to slash their evolutionary biology budget.Whether evolutionists publish in peer-reviewed journals and creationists don’t can’t.Whether Darwin was a proper British gentleman of basically honest character.Whether Darwin disliked slavery.Whether Darwin was buried in a church and has received adulation from religious people.Whether a scientific consensus exists that Darwin was a secular god.None of that matters.  You’ve got to stay focused on the central issue in any debate, and the central issue here is whether Darwinism is true.  If it has been falsified, if it is self-refuting, or has after 150 years failed to deliver on its scientific pretensions, then who cares about these other things?  The interpretation and significance of all those things would change if Darwinism were disqualified as science.  It makes an interesting story, that’s all.    OK, so here is our rapid-fire baloney detection exercise.  Picture an intelligent alien reading these articles.  He (or it) is highly educated, skilled in philosophy and logic, and respectful of observation and experiment, but unfamiliar with Darwin’s hypothesis that humans (and aliens) have bacteria ancestors through a long process of impersonal selection of chance variations.  Our alien friend finds this proposition somewhat dubious at the outset, but being an amiable chap of sound character and discernment, is willing to judge the evidence in support of it.  What Would Alien Do?  Here goes:Editorial:  No evidence here, but lots of morality.  Notable quote: “The history of arguments about humanity based on biology – both Darwin’s biology and that of others who have come after – provides a sorry rehearsal of pretexts and apologias for everything from unthinking prejudice to forced sterilization and genocide.”  Did you hear that, Eugenie?  Richard Weikart could have said that.  There’s an even worse Darwin-damaging quote later (see below).The other strand:  Irrelevant.  History of Wallace, speculation, guesswork, controversy, futureware.  Notable quote: “No real silver bullet has emerged to say, ‘This is the human uniqueness gene’.” Human nature: the remix.  The blind leading the blind; with some leaving the pack and stumbling around elsewhere.  Controversy, things that are “poorly understood,” speculation, disagreement over definitions; confusion of observations with causes.  Nothing solid.A flight of fancy:  Asks whether history would have been written differently “had Charles Darwin given in to pressure from his publisher to rewrite Origin of Species into a popular book about pigeons.”  Disqualified; irrelevant speculation.  Notable quote: “At every page, I was tantalized by the absence of the proofs” – Whitwell Elwin, on examining a pre-publication draft of The Origin.Dutch U slashes evolution staff.  Who cares?  Lots of people are getting laid off these days.  Go get a real job.Debate over IQ and rebuttal.  Only a scientism-ist would think this question belongs in science.  Irrelevant to Darwin.Darwin’s Sacred Cause book review:  Dud.  Darwin’s personal morality is irrelevant to his hypothesis.Poetry by Darwin’s great-great-granddaughter:  Move this to English Lit.Jerry Coyne’s book review on freaks of nature:  Freaky, but no help to Charlie; just an intramural squabble over evo-devo vs “orthodoxy.”  Move this to Comparative Religion.  Notable quote: “In the end, the problem with these explanations is not so much that they are wrong, or of no potential importance in evolution.  Rather, it is that Blumberg gives the impression that they are established truths rather than hypotheses that have remained unconfirmed for three decades.”  Speak for yourself, Jerry.Segmental duplications research:  A live one?  Similarities in primate genes would only convince the converted.  Circular reasoning.  Appeals to convergent evolution, and other Darwin-incestuous assumptions.Mammoth genome:  Nothing about Darwin; more circular reasoning and futureware.Unnatural selection:  Whether humans are causing unnatural evolutionary changes by hunting.  Aren’t humans claimed to be products of natural selection, too?  Technical foul; borrows Christian morality.Henry Gee:  Just a Gee-whiz hymn of praise to Darwin over the simplicity of his theory.  Simple, or simplistic?  The Stuff Happens Law is simple and explains a lot, too (09/15/2008 commentary).Natural selection 150 years on:  Mark Pagels’ history of the tweaks to Darwin’s theory to keep it in sync with observations.  The Gumby defense doesn’t cut it in science (01/23/2009).  This article is full of Tinker Bell, Stuff Happens, paradox, controversy, Happy happy Darwin, the power of suggestion and “a theory moving with the times.”  Honk if you found anything substantive here.Origin of arthropods:  Cambrian explosion, imaginary emergence, futureware.  Notable quote: “Arthropods emerged near the base of the Cambrian.”  No plausible transitions in the Precambrian.  Instant complexity.  Game over!  OK, Darwinism disqualified; time to celebrate across town at the other Bicentennial. Shubin, Tabin, Carroll on “Deep homology and the origins of evolutionary novelty.”  Why are we still playing this game when Darwinism has already fouled out?  For the overkill perhaps.  This is all homology arguments, Darwin praise, Tiktaalik (Shubin pushes his fish-a-pod everywhere he goes), beetle horns (microevolution), co-option, tree-thinking, parallel evolution, and the whole Darwinian toolkit of circular explanatory gimmicks, using evolution to prove evolution (05/25/2005 commentary).Beagle in a bottle:  Experimental evolution – this should be good, some real, experimental science!  But it’s all microevolution, artificial selection, controversial kin selection and other model-dependent traps like co-evolution, the Stuff Happens Law and weird science like the evolvability of evolution.  Nice try.  Give them a courtesy clap for at least considering five serious caveats and criticisms.Adaptive radiation:  Island diversity, finch beaks, the role of contingency (Stephen Jay Gould vs Simon Conway Morris), controversy over sympatry and allopatry, extinction, circular reasoning, exceptions to every rule.  Fails to deliver on this empty promise: “A particularly powerful approach is to combine studies of ongoing natural selection and microevolutionary change with phylogenetic analyses of evolutionary patterns in deeper, macroevolutionary, time, an approach that in some cases can even be experimental.”  (Notice that the macroevolutionary time was assumed, not demonstrated.)  Macroevolution not demonstrable in any non-question-begging way.  For Science Magazine’s problem with adaptive radiation, see 02/10/2009, bullet 4.Darwin’s bridge between microevolution and macroevolution by Reznick and Ricklefs:  The hyped title fails to deliver.  Question-begging generalities, the Gumby defense (evolutionary theory keeps getting modified to fit the observations), gaps galore, and futureware everywhere.  Quote-miners can find some good ones here to embarrass Charlie worshipers!  Like, “Macroevolution posed a problem to Darwin because his principle of descent with modification predicts gradual transitions between small-scale adaptive changes in populations and these larger-scale phenomena, yet there is little evidence for such transitions in nature.  Instead, the natural world is often characterized by gaps, or discontinuities.”  By the end of the article, you realize that nothing Darwin suggested 150 years ago about the origin of species has been confirmed!  It’s still vaporware on back order.Plant domestication:  Artificial selection is intelligent design.  Irrelevant.  Appeals to co-evolution, parallel evolution and futureware would not convince a young-earth creationist who accepts microevolution and variation anyway.What we find are endless exercises in imagineering brought about by Charlie’s research program that provided job security for storytellers.  The few appeals to empirical support require willing suspension of disbelief and heavy imports of Judeo-Christian values.  The Editorial ended, surprisingly, with more praise for Lincoln than for Darwin.  Listen carefully:The scientific enterprise as a whole has to pay particular heed to the risk that preconceptions will creep in whenever what is being said about human nature has political or social implications.    This is particularly the case when science begins to look, as moral psychology is doing, at the mechanisms by which people make decisions about right or wrong.  Here it becomes peculiarly hard – and at the same time especially important – to resist the ‘naturalistic fallacy’ of inferring what ought to be from what is.  Science may be able to tell us why some values are more easily held than others.  But it cannot tell us whether taking the easy path in terms of which values we espouse is the right thing to do.    In fact, it provides us with a worked example to the contrary.  The scientific endeavour itself is founded on values which natural selection would have seemed unlikely to foist on a bunch of violent, gregarious upright apes.  Science tries to place no trust in authority; to some extent, society has to.  Science tries to define its membership on the basis of inclusion, rather than exclusion; work on altruism suggests, worryingly, that communities more normally need an outgroup to form against.  Science insists on the value of truth even when it is inconvenient or harmful; most people’s beliefs tend to reinforce their self-interest.     In this unnaturalness lies the great strength of science.  It is from this it derives its power as a way of understanding the world.  And this is also what allows it, at its best, to resist, not reinforce, mores and prejudices that pose as truths of nature.  This demanding, artificial code is what gives engaged, passionate and all-too-fallible human beings the collective power to produce results that are dispassionate, objective and reliable.  And if science stays true to that code, it can act as a stern restraint on anyone seeking to go from the study of how people evolved to conclusions about how they should be treated now – to go, that is, against the values that both Darwin and Lincoln espoused.    Science can never prove humans alike in dignity, or equally deserving under the law; that is a truth that cannot be discovered.  Like the ideals of malice towards none and charity towards all, it is something that must be made real through communal will.Wow!  Science is unnatural.  Does that mean it is supernatural?  Where did it cross the line, if nature is all there is?  Pray tell, Mr. Darwin, how you get truth, right, moral codes, equality, charity and values from screeching apes or mutations in a primitive cell.  Morality cannot emerge from mechanism.  The editors of Nature are apparently oblivious to the fact that, by espousing eternal truths and values, they have just falsified evolutionary naturalism.  Thanks for saving us a lot of work.  It would be nice to call in them for support in the altruistic fights against genocide, eugenics, communism and abortion.    Whew, what a disaster.  OK, now that the Darwin-Party-sponsored Darwin Party is over, help clean up the mess as we move Charlie’s cubicle from the Science Department to the History Department.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more