“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution Pilgrimage: On a Visit to Galápagos Islands, Paul Nelson Concedes, “Darwin Was Right!”David KlinghofferFebruary 12, 2020, 4:32 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Well, that is in one limited sense. On a new ID the Future episode rounding out our Darwin Day coverage, Dr. Nelson, the philosopher of biology and Discovery Institute Senior Fellow, is “deliberately provocative” with host Andrew McDiarmid. “Darwin was right,” says Nelson. What?! He clarifies: “Living things have histories and we need to take those histories into account when we come to explain why they are the way they are when we find them.”Paul recently got back from a pilgrimage to the Galápagos Islands, that “scientific Mecca,” where he had the opportunity to experience directly something that Charles Darwin also noted: the remarkable tameness of the Galápagos animals, so different from the fauna we encounter almost anywhere else, including our own backyards. The latter mostly flee from human contact. Not so the residents of the Galápagos, which you could easily reach out and pet if that were not forbidden by the rules of the National Park and by responsible biological ethics. It’s the history of the locale that explains the difference. So yes, in that respect, Charles Darwin was right!Following in Darwin’s footsteps, Dr. Nelson judges the islands to be, not the letdown he half-feared, but an awesome place, deserving of many superlatives. It’s a really fun and charming conversation. Listen to the podcast or download it here.Photo: Male tortoise trying to climb the wall between his pen, populated by males only, and the female tortoise pen next door. The location is the Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos, Ecuador, by Paul Nelson, March 2019. Recommended TagsAndrew McDiarmidanimalsbiological ethicsbiologyCharles DarwinCharles Darwin Research StationDarwin DayDiscovery InstituteEcuadorGalápagos IslandshistoryID the FuturePaul Nelsonpilgrimagetameness,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share 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
April 21, 2020 /Sports News – National Tom Brady asked to leave Tampa park closed because of COVID-19 Tom Brady may have won six Super Bowls, but like the rest of us, he’s just trying to find a place to work out. Tampa mayor @JaneCastor said in today’s briefing that a @tampaparksrec employee approached a man working out downtown and told him the park was closed. It was @TomBrady. pic.twitter.com/etrPdrrGsN— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 20, 2020Tampa’s mayor Jane Castor relayed the sighting to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman during a Facebook Live video call on Monday and prefaced with “I’m not one to gossip” but said, “I gotta tell you this story.”“Our parks are closed down and so a lot of our parks staff they patrol around to make sure that people aren’t doing contact sports and things and saw an individual working out in one of our downtown parks and she went over to tell him that it was closed. And it was Tom Brady,” Castor said. “So he has been sighted.”The former New England Patriots star quarterback had to call an audible on his workout routine for the afternoon once he was asked to leave.The city’s parks and recreation department later took to Twitter to clear up any confusion with Castor’s initial retelling of what happened, noting that Brady was “sighted” and not “cited.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAl Powers / ESPN ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) — Even a six-time Super Bowl champion who’s new in town can’t get around citywide social-distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.A Tampa parks employee spotted “an individual working out” and went to let him know that the park was in fact closed, without realizing that the man in question was none other than the city’s newest resident and incoming Buccaneers quarterback, Tom Brady. Beau Lund SIGHTED! To clear up any confusion, @Buccaneers QB @TomBrady was SIGHTED in one of our 194 beautiful parks. He was not cited as some media outlets have reported.We are excited to welcome Tom & everyone back to all of our parks once we have punted COVID-19 downfield! pic.twitter.com/EH13MmlAgx— City of Tampa (@CityofTampa) April 21, 2020The City of Tampa also tweeted out a message to the football legend who is preparing for the upcoming 2020 NFL season.“Sorry Tom Brady! Our Tampa Parks Rec team can’t wait to welcome you and our entire community back with even bigger smiles — until then, stay safe and stay home as much as you can to help flatten the curve,” the city said on Twitter.With so many major sports events impacted by the global pandemic, including the NFL offseason, and with professional workout facilities closed, athletes have had to adjust their training regimen to workout at their homes and come up with temporary alternatives.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by read more
1) Improve intelligence 2) Run military operations with smaller units 3) Collaborate with the justice system 4) Implement a policy of consolidation 5) Restructure legal framework for security forces members By Dialogo January 01, 2012 Students with their heads covered to hide their identities blocked streets in cities across Colombia in September 2011. What began as peaceful student protests turned into violent clashes with police as the young adults threw stones and explosive devices. Police in turn responded with tear gas and powerful jets of water. A few days later, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were behind the protest. A wave of similar activities was part of the guerrilla group’s tactic to stimulate social protests and produce violence. By the time President Santos’ statement aired, the government’s plan to fight back was already in action. On August 7, 2011, President Santos announced that the Colombian Armed Forces will make an adjustment to the doctrine, operations and procedures used to counter guerrilla attacks. The military already occupied areas once controlled by rebels and had killed several important guerrilla commanders. These actions forced the guerrillas to radically adapt their tactics. They put away their camouflage and dressed as civilians to make it easier to attack and hide when carrying out small operations against the military and civilians. A weakened FARC has responded with acts of terrorism, such as the use of IEDs and snipers. Given the difficulty of acting against Colombian troops, the guerrillas are using subsidiary plans such as land mines, snipers, and war politics, said General Alejandro Navas Ramos, general commander of the Armed Forces of Colombia. This is different from the “war of movements” approach used in the early 1990s, which allowed the FARC to attack with a large number of men, weapons and heavy artillery, reported the Colombian newspaper site www.elnuevosiglo.com.co. A Coordinated Response President Santos’ plan is based on five areas: strengthen intelligence schemes, run military operations in smaller units, collaborate with the justice system, implement a policy of consolidation, and restructure legal defense of the military.When referring to intelligence, President Santos said it was important to find the enemy in order to give better protection to the population because when the enemy mixes with the civilian population disguised as civilians, they hit with even more indifference. “It is clear, when the enemy plays invisible because it has no other option for survival, it becomes harder to find and compels us to review and, where possible, to unify our intelligence capabilities to find them,” President Santos said. The plan also aims for military operations in smaller units and higher effectiveness against the hidden enemy. This requires a revision of the doctrine and training as well as the provision of equipment and great leadership. The third element of the plan is collaboration with the justice system to dismantle the rebels and guarantee the rule of law. In addition, the new plan calls for the implementation of a policy of consolidation, which includes a law to restore land to farmers. The final component is proper legal protection for the military to ensure the rights to counsel and the presumption of innocence are not violated. Such protection gives troops the confidence to conduct their work. The plan seeks not only to attack the main guerrilla groups, the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN), but also criminal bands (known by their Spanish acronym Bacrim) responsible for common crime and drug trafficking. The fight against drug trafficking is a key part of this strategy, according to www.elnuevosiglo.com.co. In February 2011, President Santos officially recognized Bacrims, primarily made up of former paramilitary members, as the biggest threat to security in the country. In fact, the guerrilla groups are aligning with these gangs to traffic drugs. “They [the FARC] maintain alliances with paramilitary successor groups which they fought at the time,” Pfeiffer said. “They are very opportunistic alliances that have nothing to do with ideology, but are individual fronts.” Upon celebrating his first year in office in August 2011, President Santos said that during this period more than 1,900 members of guerrilla groups demobilized, almost 40 per week. In addition, 8,800 people who were participating in a reintegration program had begun to work in the formal sector, and more than 20,000 enrolled in school. The study and implementation of the new military strategies based on these guidelines were expected to bear fruit by the end of 2011, he said. “As a government, we must have the humility to know what needs to be corrected, and that is exactly what we are doing,” President Santos said. Sources: International Crisis Group, Ministerio de Defensa Nacional de la República de Colombia, www.elcolombiano.com, www.rcnradio.com Plan of Attack Colombia’s new military strategy to counter guerrilla attacks is based on the following guidelines: Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, a nongovernmental organization in Colombia, indicated in a 2011 report that the FARC’s attacks seem no longer a random tactic of some units but a larger, coordinated strategy. They involve several types of distinct actions in a short time. For example, when Colombian Army units respond with immediate pursuit to the actions of rebel snipers, they fall into minefields set by the rebels. Insurgents then ambush the troops who survive the minefield. To avoid being seen by intelligence aircraft, the FARC has also banned large concentrations of guerrillas in a single camp. Additionally, they have minimized communication by mobile phones and radio telephones. Many fronts have also divided into small teams composed of no more than three to four rebels, with some of them hidden within the civilian population. Despite a reduction of 6 percent in homicides in the country in his first year in office (890 murders fewer than the previous 12 months), there was concern about the 8 percent increase in kidnappings for ransom (15 more cases). Extortion also took place in rural areas and guerrilla attacks continued across the country. The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was on the rise, wounding or killing civilians and military personnel. It was time to strengthen the strategy of territorial control, which required better organization of the Armed Forces and an adequate distribution of roles and missions, according to the president. FARC’s New Tactics Silke Pfeiffer, Colombia and Andes project director for the nongovernmental organization International Crisis Group, told Diálogo that the FARC is conducting guerrilla warfare, as opposed to the bold attacks that it once launched on Colombian positions when it had greater numbers. This includes tactics such as moving in small units, attacking military positions, damaging infrastructure, and planting mines and explosive devices. Pfeiffer said the FARC changed tactics under the pressure of former President Álvaro Uribe’s Democratic Security Policy, which sought to regain territorial control by deploying an increased number of troops and police units across the country. read more
Egypt will seek help from the World Bacnk in resolviung its dispute with Ethiopia over the latter’s multi-billion dollar dam project in River Nile.The North African country’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made the comments in Addis Ababa following a visit to the country where he met with his counterpart there.According to Shoukry, the World Bank is “neutral and decisive.”He also said that “science should be the determining factor” in resolving the issue.Cairo says the dam that Addis Ababa is building will threaten water supplies that have fed Egypt’s agriculture and economy for thousands of years.Ethiopia however hopes the Grand Renaissance Dam will help make it Africa’s biggest power exporter.The East African country has accused The North African side of flexing its political muscle to deter financiers from backing other Ethiopian power projects.Ethiopian officials are expected in Egypt next month. read more
With the Ravens only a week away from finally beginning full-team practices ahead of the 2020 season, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. Lamar Jackson describing himself as “Bubble Boy” prompted talk about isolating quarterbacks to reduce the odds of catching the coronavirus, but it’s just not practical from a competitive standpoint. A ton of work on and off the field goes into what we see for only three hours every week.2. Even if the Ravens applied that idea to a backup with a great understanding of the offense, it’s a diminishing return when Robert Griffin III isn’t building any on-field chemistry with teammates. As we often say about offseason injuries, you can’t keep these guys in bubble wrap and expect success.3. Jimmy Smith’s position is a popular topic, but are we too quick to assume Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey outside and Tavon Young at nickel is the superior alignment to Smith and Peters outside with Humphrey wreaking havoc all over the place like last year? An interesting question to track.4. Calais Campbell was in Jacksonville last year, but his thoughts on handling major expectations fit this team appropriately. “You can’t win the Super Bowl today. I don’t care how good you are in August; you’ve got to go through the process. You can’t even win the first game today.”5. This should be an interesting season for Willie Snead, who is seven pounds lighter, entering a contract year, and still only 27 years old. His blocking ability should help in trying to hold off younger options, but there are only so many targets from the slot to go around.6. The Ravens waiving 2019 fifth-round pick Daylon Mack emphasized the age on which the defensive line is depending. With Campbell, Brandon Williams, and Derek Wolfe all 30 or older, rookies Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington need to offer dependable depth as well as long-term upside.7. Mark Andrews said he never considered opting out of the 2020 season despite dealing with Type 1 diabetes. The Pro Bowl tight end also offered high praise for Baltimore’s virtual offseason program, noting that he’s stronger and carrying less body fat than ever. Barring injury, I see a 1,000-yard season.8. With no shortage of questions about the interior offensive line, the presence of All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley is as important as ever in terms of both play and leadership. For what it’s worth, Stanley says ongoing contract talks are “not really at the forefront of my mind.”9. The pass rush remains a hot topic with Jaylon Ferguson being the only established outside linebacker under contract beyond 2020, but Football Outsiders ranked the Ravens third in pressure rate in 2019. Strong coverage allows defenses to scheme pressure, but poor coverage often negates pressure against today’s quick passing offenses.10. The expected addition of Kenjon Barner provides an experienced option in the return game mix, but you’d still like to see rookie wide receiver James Proche win the punt returner job. Positional versatility is more important than ever with teams holding their breath over every virus test outcome.11. John Harbaugh confirmed the plan to again keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, which makes more sense considering the learning curve for a system so different from what most of the league is running. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fourth quarterback on the expanded practice squad either.12. Picturing fall without a college football season is difficult enough, but how would that impact the NFL draft next spring? How do you trust the game tape when there isn’t any? As NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah noted, the 2021 scouting combine could become more important than ever. read more
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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2016)–Undefeated Songbird, a 5 ¾ length winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in her most recent start Oct. 31 at Keeneland, will work five furlongs at 12 noon on Friday at Santa Anita.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Songbird will be handled in the five furlong breeze by regular rider Mike Smith. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, Songbird, who used Santa Anita’s Grade I Chandelier Stakes on Sept. 26 as a steppingstone to her Breeders’ Cup triumph, is undefeated in four starts. With earnings of $1,502,000, she is considered an odds-on favorite to be crowned America’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly later this month.Songbird is scheduled to make her 3-year-old debut in Santa Anita’s Grade II, one mile Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 6. Her five furlong workout on Friday will be telecast live over Santa Anita’s simulcast network and will be accompanied by track announcer Michael Wrona’s running description from the time she comes onto the main track via the quarter mile chute at the top of the stretch.First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. read more
Drumming that has been compared to the sound of rolling thunder will fill the performance hall of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, April 18, as the Taikoza Japanese Drummers take the stage as part of WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events series.Show time is 7:30 p.m. The troupe’s performers use the taiko – large, barrel-like drums of various sizes – to create unusual rhythms that are accompanied by traditional Japanese instruments such as the shakuhachi and fue, both bamboo flutes, and the koto, a 13-string instrument. Founded in 1995, Taikoza has appeared on television programs such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the History Channel’s “History vs. Hollywood” and ESPN’s “SUMO: The Battle of the Giants,” and the troupe also performed the original musical score for the 2011 movie “The Commute.”Tickets are available at the Bardo Arts Center box office, online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling 828-227-2479. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students and children, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $20 for all others.For more information about the ACE series, contact Brandon Lokey, WCU assistant director for campus programs, at 828-227-7206 or by email at [email protected] read more
Tenacious shoplifter steals $30,000 in merchandise from retailer in 2 weeksPolice in Georgia are searching for a suspect who they say stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from Target stores all over Gwinnett County over the course of two weeks. According to Gwinnett police, the suspect usually entered the Targets near closing time. He then picks up electronics, vacuums, calculators, and other expensive items, and then runs out through the fire exit, where a black Hyundai car is waiting for him.On one shoplifting trip on Feb. 24, police say he stole around $2,500 from a Target in Peachtree Corners. If you know anything about the case, please call Gwinnett County Police Department Officer Kelly at 678.442.6572 or Crime Stoppers at 404.577.8477. [Source: Fox5 Atlanta]Duo arrested after 50 stolen credit cards and mail found in vehicleA Southern Utah couple faces numerous charges connected to mail theft and credit card fraud. According to arrest records, Arturo Arellano and Amy Mcbride have a history of theft and fraud. During an investigation, officers approached Arellano and Mcbride’s vehicle as they sat in a business parking lot. Officers reported seeing financial cards on the floorboard at the back of the car. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle. Police say they recovered over 50 credit cards, something that appeared to be a financial card reader and a large amount of mail not addressed to either of the suspects.- Sponsor – Police checked the names on the credit cards and found they were associated with theft and burglary reports made by the owners. Police report finding drug paraphernalia and a license plate linked to a stolen vehicle. The pair both face numerous felony charges for credit card fraud, theft and misdemeanor charges for mail theft. [Source: ABC4 News]Some retailers push forward with cashierless storesAmazon grabbed the spotlight with its cashierless stores when it introduced Amazon Go in late 2016. But existing brick and mortar retailers have not been silent. 7-Eleven and Sam’s Club have been testing “scan and pay” technology. Executives from both companies gave an update on their progress at the Shoptalk Show in Las Vegas during a session on emerging shopping experiences.Both retailers are testing their scan and pay technologies in Dallas. Both are also using artificial intelligence and computer vision scanning. “All you do is start scanning,” said Tarang Sethia, vice president of product management and digital customer and store experience at 7-Eleven. He said Americans spend 37 billion hours a year waiting in line, while three quarters of Gen Xers and millennials are interested in using scan and pay technology. [Source: Retail Customer Experience]Fast food employee arrested for theftAn employee of the Taco Bell in Daleville, Indiana, was arrested Monday on allegations she stole more than $1,000 from the restaurant. Casey Lee Smith, 31, of Anderson, is preliminarily charged with theft. Daleville police were called to the restaurant last Friday after a Taco Bell district manager reported he had surveillance video that showed Smith taking cash, estimated at $1,055, from a register and placing it in an envelope.According to a police report, Smith allegedly handed the envelope containing the cash to a former co-worker, who then left the restaurant. The theft is alleged to have taken place about 8:45 p.m. on March 4. An officer wrote Smith completed the “End of the Day” report indicating the $1,055 had been deposited, although no such deposit was made. Smith was later released from the Delaware County jail. [Source: The Star Press]Shoplifters flee, then crash with kid in the carTwo Pennsylvania men attempted to flee from police Sunday after allegedly shoplifting from Target in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, on Sunday, but were arrested when they crashed, state police said. Chance U. Gresham, 20, and John M. Gresham, 39, both of Allentown, face retail theft charges.Chance Gresham, the driver, was also charged with child endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving without a license, disregarding traffic lanes, a stop sign violation, driving at unsafe speeds and careless driving. Police said after the crash, they discovered a 5-year-old child was in the car. Chance Gresham was released on $20,000 unsecured bail and John Gresham was released after posting $2,500 bail. Police did not say how the two men are related. [Source: The Morning Call]Retail fraudster who fled gets jail timeA Michigan man arrested for retail fraud and fleeing police was sentenced Monday in Delta County Circuit Court… 46-year-old David Brown received the following:Count 1-Fleeing a Police Officer 3rd Degree = 2 years 5 months in prison to a maximum of 5 years in prisonCount 2- Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer = 1 year 4 months in prison to a maximum of 2 years in prisonCount 3- Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer = 1 year 4 months in prison to a maximum of 2 years in prisonCount 4- Retail Fraud 1st Degree = 2 years in prison to a maximum of 5 years in prisonCount 5- Possession of Marijuana/Synthetic Equivalents = 127 days in jailAll counts are to be served concurrently to each other. He was credited for 127 days as time already served. Brown and Charles Perkins IV, 27, were arrested after Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to Shopko to investigate a fraud complaint. The incident happened on November 4.Upon arrival, an officer observed a vehicle in Shopko’s parking lot that matched the description given of the suspect’s vehicle. The officer activated his emergency lights to make contact with the occupants. The vehicle immediately fled the scene and was pursued by officers into the commercial and residential areas between Shopko and Escanaba High School.As the pursuit continued north through Wells, requests were made to assisting agencies for the use of their stop sticks. Deputies from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Gladstone Public Safety then set up stop sticks at two locations. A deputy with the Sheriff’s Department successfully deployed stop sticks, deflating three of the tires on the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop at the South Shill Road intersection. [Source: TV6 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now read more