Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Scott Turner is the State University of New York biologist and author of Purpose and Desire: What Makes Something Alive and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It. It’s a book we’ve discussed here extensively. He was on the Janet Parshall radio show along with Stephen Meyer. Several things leapt out at me from the discussion. For one, Dr. Turner is gifted at turning novel phrases. He gives us “Bernard’s Dangerous Idea” — an answer to Daniel Dennett and the latter’s book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, and referring to Claude Bernard (1813-1878) whose elucidation of the idea of homeostasis in organisms is central to Turner’s book. He says about homeostasis that, “It actually undermines virtually everything that we think about evolution today.”This dangerous idea undermined Turner’s own faith in what he calls the “evolutionary catechism.” But fascinatingly — and this I didn’t know — it also brought Turner around to the theory of intelligent design. From the subtitle of his book, it’s clear he’s abandoned Darwinism. But that’s not the same as embracing ID.He says in the interview that while he and Steve Meyer reached their conclusions by different routes, Turner now agrees: “Steve is spot on. There has to be some intelligent agency there that’s operating.” Not everyone likes the formulation that says ID is itself an evolutionary theory — just not a Darwinian one. But Turner seems to be on that page, as I am: “There is intelligence that underlies the evolutionary process. You cannot explain it without that.”So we can now add Scott Turner to the list of pro-ID biologists. A very interesting and in-depth conversation; you can listen to it here.Image: “Claude Bernard and his pupils,” by Léon Augustin Lhermitte, via Wikimedia Commons. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis TagsbiologistcatechismClaude BernardDaniel DennettDarwinismevolutionevolutionary theoryhomeostasisintelligent designJ. Scott TurnerJanet ParshallPurpose and DesireradioState University of New YorkStephen Meyer,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Intelligent Design Listen: Turner, Meyer, and Bernard’s Dangerous IdeaDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJune 7, 2018, 5:01 PM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All
GlobalFoundries,On Thursday, June 5, IBM specialists will deliver a disaster preparedness workshop to Vermont FoodBank members from flood-prone communities to ensure that organizations caring for some of the state’s most vulnerable people have strategies in place before the next disaster strikes. The outcome will be plans that outline how several organizations providing food for Vermont residents can maintain its mission during periods of extreme emergency. This workshop is the last in a series of six sessions provided by IBM in partnership with the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to help support the state’s recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.”At each session over the past year, IBM has helped us focus on building resiliency – not only through improved disaster preparedness, but also through the increased use of digital tools to disseminate information, mobilize community volunteers, and attract donations, ” said Sharon Combes-Farr, VCRD’s Vermont Digital Economy Project Director. “IBM’s commitment of $150,000 in Impact Grants provided a significant share of the matching funds for the federal Economic Development Administration disaster relief grant that funded this important VCRD project.”When Tropical Storm Irene tore through the state in 2011, all Vermonters suffered, and those depending on food banks and other services of the social safety net were among the hardest hit. As a result of the disaster preparedness workshops that IBM has conducted, service providers from many vital segments of Vermont’s nonprofit spectrum are now able to visualize their missions more clearly and have developed effective strategies and tactics to help ensure continuity of service during future times of crisis, Combes-Farr continued.”More and more, today’s nonprofits must be technologically savvy in leveraging digital tools – both for operational resilience and also to maximize their message reach, extend their mission, do more good work with less, and raise funds, ,” she said. “This is why the Vermont Digital Economy Project was delighted when IBM made their expert consultants available to us in these important areas.”According to Cathleen Finn, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager for New England, IBM Impact Grants provide consulting expertise specifically designed for nonprofit organizations so they can better serve their communities.”IBM wanted to help Vermont in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. When we became aware of the Vermont Digital Economy Project, we came to the conclusion that providing IBM experts to conduct in-depth analysis and workshops on a number of topics related to disaster preparedness would help many of the state’s most essential nonprofits build effective strategies ahead of the next disaster,” Finn said. “We have been extremely impressed by how committed Vermont’s organizations are in adopting new ways to carry out their missions and better serve the people who depend on them.”Last year, IBM consultants delivered a workshop on disaster preparedness to executives of the Vermont FoodBank, who share responsibility for distributing food to its network of 270 food shelves throughout the state. A similar workshop was held for the 26 members of the Vermont Access Network, who work on the front lines of communication as highly localized media outlets. Though both organizations are very different, both shared the same starting point when preparing a disaster plan.”The IBM consultants explained that the first step for both organizations during times of disaster is to uphold their missions,” Combes-Farr said. “Knowing the most important thing you do helps to guide exactly what you must do in an emergency and what you must protect from risk.”In addition, the portfolio of grants also included a “Strategies for Social Media” workshop hosted by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the state’s emergency managers and their extended nonprofit partners. The end result was a roadmap designed by the IBM consultants which will enable these disparate groups to leverage grassroots volunteers by communicating more seamlessly during times of disaster. A Strategies for Social Media grant was also delivered to the directors of 10 public libraries across the state, and a Web User Experience workshop was given to help Vermont 211 create a strong, more user-friendly website to meet the needs of people who access their website for information about healthcare, childcare, emergency food and shelter, and more.On Thursday, the IBM Impact Grants will wrap up with the final workshop for about a dozen member organizations of the Vermont FoodBank network from across the state.“Everyone at VCRD and our partner organizations is extremely proud of the work we are doing in Vermont’s flood-impacted communities and throughout the state,” said Combes-Farr. “Without the Impact Grant donations by IBM, much of this great work would not have been possible.”About The Vermont Digital Economy ProjectThe Vermont Digital Economy Project was created by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to address vulnerabilities of Vermont business and communities that are not fully utilizing online tools. The project offers free support to speed flood recovery, spur economic development and job growth, and improve community resilience to disasters. The project is working directly with more than 40 of the towns that were affected by flooding to help businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities expand their innovative use of online tools. It is funded by a disaster recovery grant from the Economic Development Administration and from the donations and expertise of its partners (IBM, Microsoft, the Snelling Center for Government, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Small Business Development Center, and the Vermont State Colleges) to provide grant services. More information can be found online at: http://vtdigitaleconomy.org/(link is external).
Related‘Cash for Trash’ back in effectSpecial to the PRESS Once again, Cameron County Parks and Recreation will implement a Cash for Trash Return Refund Program. The program will begin March 11 through September 9 and will operate on the Cameron County beaches north of access 5. This program is intended to address the negative impacts…March 14, 2013In “News”‘Trash for Cash’ back in 2016Special to the PRESS Once again, Cameron County Parks & Recreation will implement a Cash for Trash Return Refund Program which will run through the end of summer of 2016. The program will begin March 9, 2016 and will run through Sept. 5, 2016. It will operate on the Cameron…March 4, 2016In “News”Cash For Trash back againSpecial to the PRESS Once again, Cameron County Parks will implement a Cash For Trash Return Refund Program. The program will begin March 1 through Sept. 9 and will operate on the Cameron County Beaches north of Access Number 5. This program is intended to address the negative impacts of…February 9, 2012In “News” Share Special to the PRESSOnce again, Cameron County Parks & Recreation will implement a CASH FOR TRASH RETURN REFUND PROGRAM which will run through the end of summer of 2015. The program will begin March 4, 2015 and will run thru September 7, 2015 and will operate on the Cameron County Beaches Access 5 & 6. This program is intended to address the negative impacts of domestic trash left behind by visitors of county beaches. This program began in 2010 as a pilot project and has shown great success in helping keep the beaches clean plus educating the public about the unsanitary environment and the detriment to human and marine life created by leaving trash behind.As a result of the Cash for Trash Return Refund Program, since the summer of 2010, over 500 tons of trash has been removed from North County beaches. Cameron County Commissioner Court has supported this endeavor since its establishment. Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides states, “This program has been a great success since its inception. I want to thank the public for their cooperation and continued participation in ensuring the preservation of our beaches for our future generations to enjoy.” She also states, “We want our beach visitors to enjoy a clean and safe beach.” Cameron County Parks & Recreation have supported other successful methods to combat the litter problem, such as the Texas Adopt A Beach Guardian Program, Valley Proud Environment Council-Captain Crab Clean Beach Program, Respeta Su Playa/Respect Your Beach Program and a County Park’s sponsored Code Enforcement program.Again, the Cash for Trash Return Refund Program will operate during our season’s busiest time, March 4, 2015 thru September 7, 2015. In addition to the general beach user fee of $5.00, Cameron County Park staff will collect an additional $5.00, which will be a trash bag deposit for every vehicle entering only County Beach Accesses 5 & 6, and then an empty trash bag will be provided with an attached receipt. As the visitors exit the beach, county staff will refund $5.00 in return for their receipt and county issued bag full of trash. The refund will only be issued for that same day, if the bag is full and if they return before 7:00 p.m.Trash left behind is not only unsightly, but is harmful to our environment, marine and wildlife habitat and more particularly humans. We ask the public, and the users to respect public lands and please observe all State and County Litter Laws. For any additional information regarding this program you may contact Joe E. Vega, Parks Director with the Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department, at (956) 761-3700 or by email at [email protected] the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
Jeff Lynne, from left, Tom Petty and Dhani Harrison perform “I Won’t Back Down” at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Tom Petty at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Petty was toasted for his musical achievements and philanthropic work two days before the Grammy Awards.It was quite the star-studded rehearsal for the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour that begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.After watching from backstage as other artists performed his music, Petty strapped on a guitar for “Waiting for Tonight” with the Bangles as his backup singers. Original Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with drummer Steve Ferrone, shared the stage.During “Don’t Come Around Here No More” Petty invited the crowd to dance in front of the stage and actress Helen Mirren was one of hundreds who made her way to the front.Stevie Nicks, whose friendship with Petty dates to 1978, joined him for their hit duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”“He is as sweet as he is talented,” Nicks told the audience.Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatle George Harrison, joined Petty on “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty closed the show after midnight with “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”Petty noted it’s been two years since he played with the band he formed in 1976 in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida. He has focused on producing music in recent years.“I realized I’ve been in one of the two or three best rock bands there is,” he told the crowd after accepting his award.Petty recalled arriving in Los Angeles in 1974 and going to Leon Russell’s house, where Ringo Starr and Harrison were recording. After a while, Petty donned sunglasses inside.Russell asked him what he was doing and Petty explained he thought he would be cool. Russell lectured him that wearing sunglasses at night is an honor you earn.“I thank Leon for that advice,” Petty said, pulling out a pair of aviators and putting them on to applause.Led by Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters earned the night’s first standing ovation for their version of “Honey Bee.” Clark joined them for “Breakdown,” riffing on his blues guitar in an extended jam.Browne, one of Petty’s contemporaries, sang “The Waiting” and “Learning to Fly.” Jones tapped her tall black cowboy boots as she sang “Time to Move On” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”Henley was backed by a five-piece horn section and hit all the high notes in “Freefallin’.” Jakob Dylan, who once opened for Petty, sang “Love is a Long Road.” Wearing his signature black hat, Strait rocked out on “You Wreck Me.” Randy Newman performed a piano version of “Refugee,” and the Head and the Heart played “You Got Lucky.”Petty recalled receiving a card from Johnny Cash on his 50th birthday. Cash wrote, “You’re a good man to ride the river with.”“That’s all I want to be,” Petty said. “I’m going to keep on riding.”Among the crowd in the vast Los Angeles Convention Center hall were Starr, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Jam, model Kate Upton, actor John Stamos, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Olivia Harrison, wife of the late Beatle.Friday’s dinner and auction generated more than $8.5 million, the highest grossing evening in the tribute’s 27-year history, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said.MusiCares, run by the Recording Academy, provides financial assistance to individuals in the music industry during times of need. LOS ANGELES | Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend.Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Gary Clark Jr., Jackson Browne, the Head and the Heart, and George Strait were among those honoring the 66-year-old singer-songwriter as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night.
In this March 14, 2017 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) In this March 29, 2016, file photo, United States’ Hilary Knight celebrates after scoring against Finland goaltender Meeri Raisanen during a women’s world hockey championships game in Kamloops, British Columbia. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen U.S. senators wrote a letter to USA Hockey’s executive director Monday over their concerns about the treatment of the women’s national team.Players have threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships over a wage dispute. The senators, all Democrats, urged David Ogrean to resolve the matter and ensure the team receives “equitable resources.” They cited the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.USA Hockey’s board of directors meets Monday, and players said Sunday night they hope there’s a deal.The senators joined a chorus of support that also includes unions representing players from the NHL, NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball. Those organizations said over the weekend they stood with the women’s team and criticized USA Hockey for attempting to find replacement players. In this March 29, 2016, file photo, United States’ Hilary Knight celebrates after scoring against Finland goaltender Meeri Raisanen during a women’s world hockey championships game in Kamloops, British Columbia. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File) The U.S. is the defending champion at the International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, which begins Friday in Plymouth, Michigan.In negotiations over the past 15 months, players have asked for a four-year contract that pays them outside the six-month Olympic period. The senators’ letter notes the $6,000 that players earn around the Olympics and USA Hockey’s $3.5 million annual spending on the men’s national team development program and other discrepancies.“These elite athletes indeed deserve fairness and respect, and we hope you will be a leader on this issue as women continue to push for equality in athletics,” the senators wrote.In a statement Sunday night, players said they hoped USA Hockey would approve terms discussed during a meeting last week. They said the agreement has the “potential to be a game changer for everyone.”The letter was signed by: Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Patty Murray of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.___Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno .,WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen U.S. senators wrote a letter to USA Hockey’s executive director Monday over their concerns about the treatment of the women’s national team.Players have threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships over a wage dispute. The senators, all Democrats, urged David Ogrean to resolve the matter and ensure the team receives “equitable resources.” They cited the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.USA Hockey’s board of directors meets Monday, and players said Sunday night they hope there’s a deal.The senators joined a chorus of support that also includes unions representing players from the NHL, NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball. Those organizations said over the weekend they stood with the women’s team and criticized USA Hockey for attempting to find replacement players. The U.S. is the defending champion at the International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, which begins Friday in Plymouth, Michigan.In negotiations over the past 15 months, players have asked for a four-year contract that pays them outside the six-month Olympic period. The senators’ letter notes the $6,000 that players earn around the Olympics and USA Hockey’s $3.5 million annual spending on the men’s national team development program and other discrepancies.“These elite athletes indeed deserve fairness and respect, and we hope you will be a leader on this issue as women continue to push for equality in athletics,” the senators wrote.In a statement Sunday night, players said they hoped USA Hockey would approve terms discussed during a meeting last week. They said the agreement has the “potential to be a game changer for everyone.”The letter was signed by: Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Patty Murray of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.___Follow Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno .
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Kilkenny’s Mark Power has cemented his place at the top of the standings in the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit. Power reached the quarter-finals of the Boys Amateur Championship having finished second in stroke play qualifying. His efforts earned him 100 points on the Order of Merit table, moving him further clear of Lisburn’s Aaron Marshall. Marshall remains second with Athenry’s David Kitt holding on to third place. Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) and Allan Hill (Athenry) complete the top five. Lisburn’s Joshua Robinson moved into the top 10 thanks to his run as far as the last 16 of the Boys Amateur.The Jacques Léglise Trophy (31 August – 1 September) is the final event in the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit, which has been running since the start of the season. In total, there have been nine events in the series, which began with two boys’ international matches against France and Wales in March.This is the first year of the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit, which recognises the leading performers across the season. As part of the new format, the top three players earned automatic selection on the Ireland team for the Boys Home Internationals.BRIDGESTONE BOYS INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT TOP 101 Mark Power (Kilkenny) 3442 Aaron Marshall (Lisburn) 1623 David Kitt (Athenry) 1514 Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) 1095 Allan Hill (Athenry) 1076 Tom McKibbin (Holywood) 1027 Eoin Murphy (Dundalk) 938 Max Kennedy (The Royal Dublin) 799 Joshua Robinson (Lisburn) 7510 Odhran Maguire (Slieve Russell) 73print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Due to the limits on pitch usage at Croke Park this year, unfortunately it is not possible to play the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship Final there, and this fixture will be played at a venue to be confirmed on the weekend of December 5/6.The LGFA can also confirm the dates for the 2020 TG4 Championships, which will get underway with the first round of the Junior Championship on the weekend of October 24/25. Round 1 of the Intermediate and Senior Championships will be played on the weekend of October 31/November 1, with Round 2 on the weekend of November 7/8, and Round 3 on the weekend of November 14/15.The TG4 Intermediate and Senior Championship semi-finals will be played on the weekend of November 28/29. The participants in the Intermediate and Senior Championships will have a two-week break between the conclusion of the group stages and the All-Ireland semi-finals, and a three-week break between semi-finals and Finals.The group stages of the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship will conclude on the weekend of November 7/8, following three rounds of fixtures on consecutive weekends, followed by a two-week break before the semi-finals are played on the weekend of November 21/22. The Ladies Gaelic Football Association would like to thank our colleagues in the GAA and Croke Park for their cooperation in relation to the December 20 double-header.Neutral venues for the group stages of the TG4 All-Ireland Championships and semi-finals, along with the TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship Final, will be confirmed in due course.TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Fixtures:Group 1Round 1 – Kerry v Cavan – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Cork v Kerry – November 7/8Round 3 – Cavan v Cork – November 14/15Group 2Round 1 – Tipperary v Galway – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Monaghan v Tipperary – November 7/8Round 3 – Galway v Monaghan – November 14/15 Group 3Round 1 – Dublin v Donegal – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Waterford v Dublin – November 7/8Round 3 – Donegal v Waterford – November 14/15Group 4Round 1 – Tyrone v Armagh – October 31/November 1Round 2 – Mayo v Tyrone – November 7/8Round 3 – Armagh v Mayo – November 14/15 Semi-Final 11st Group 1 v 1st Group 2 – November 28/29Semi-Final 21st Group 3 v 1st Group 4 – November 28/29FinalWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 – Croke Park, Sunday December 20TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship Fixtures:Group 1Round 1 – Wexford v Offaly – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Roscommon v Wexford – November 7/8Round 3 – Offaly v Roscommon – November 14/15Group 2Round 1 – Longford v Westmeath – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Louth v Longford – November 7/8Round 3 – Westmeath v Louth – November 14/15Group 3Round 1 – Meath v Down – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Leitrim v Meath – November 7/8Round 3 – Down v Leitrim – November 14/15Group 4Round 1 – Sligo v Laois; Kildare v Clare – October 31/November 1 Round 2 – Sligo v Kildare; Clare v Laois – November 7/8Round 3 – Clare v Sligo; Kildare v Laois – November 14/15Semi-Final 11st Group 1 v 1st Group 2 – November 28/29Semi-Final 21st Group 3 v 1st Group 4 – November 28/29 FinalWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 – Croke Park, Sunday December 20TG4 All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Fixtures:Group 1Round 1 – Wicklow v Carlow – October 24/25 Round 2 – Fermanagh v Wicklow – October 31/November 1Round 3 – Carlow v Fermanagh – November 7/8 Group 2Round 1 – Limerick v Derry – October 24/25 Round 2 – Antrim v Limerick – October 31/November 1Round 3 – Derry v Antrim – November 7/8 Semi-Final 11st Group 1 v 2nd Group 2 – November 21/22 Semi-Final 21st Group 2 v 2nd Group 1 – November 21/22 FinalWinner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 – December 5/6 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to confirm that the 2020 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Championship Finals will be played at Croke Park on Sunday, December 20. Croke Park to host Intermediate and Senior Finals