Back to School, Front to Darwinism Debate

first_imgThe national debate about how to teach origins in public schools continues to roil.  Here are some recent developments:Poll:  A new Pew Research Poll reported on MSNBC News found that 64% of Americans want creationism taught alongside evolutionism, and 38% favor teaching creation only.  For details see the Pew Research press release which includes results on many other questions about religion, politics and education.California:  An AP story published by ABC News says that Christian schools are suing the University of California system for not accepting their students.  The Association of Christian Schools International says that the UC is discriminating against high school students who used textbooks critical of Darwinism.  Colin Sharkey at Campus Magazine calls this a political, not scientific move by UC.  Meanwhile, UCLA is seeking to hire a professional evolutionist; does such a person publish or perish, or evolve or perish?Pennsylvania:  The battle over evolution is still raging in Dover, according to USA Today.South Carolina:  State senator Mike Fair wants South Carolina students to hear the full range of scientific theories of origins, including intelligent design, according to Insight Magazine and Agape Press.Australia:  LifeSite reports that a federal minister of education down under told reporters that “ID would have a place with Darwinism should parents or schools be interested.”  According to the headline, opponents are furious.  The article refers to the testimony of former evolutionist Dean Kenyon, whose futile search for chemical origins of life was highlighted in the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life.Iowa:  A big ID row has broken out on the Iowa State campus, Iowa State Daily.  120 faculty members have signed a statement rejecting intelligent design as science.  The Des Moines Register explained how Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet, became a target of controversy when Hector Avalos, religion professor [an atheist] garnered the signatures because of Gonzalez’ research activities and beliefs about ID.  When columnist Rekha Basu claimed that, “ISU can’t afford to let its curriculum be polluted this way,” Mike Gene, editorializing on Telic Thoughts feared this may lead to a McCarthyesque loyalty oath for faculty members.  Guillermo responded the next day to the Des Moines Register and Reid Forgrave wrote an article about the controversy surrounding him in the same issue.  Agape Press also wrote about it.This set of articles most surely represents the tip of a large iceberg stretching across the United States and the world.If science were really so threatened by a few people using the D word design, the Darwinists wouldn’t have to defend their pet story with loyalty oaths, signed statements, and discrimination.  They could solve their little conflict with a little evidence.  That’s where the wise advise aiming our eyes.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2011 NYC Final Draw

first_imgTo view, please click on the attachments below. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links: www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link: www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus  Related Filesnyc_final_draw_01-pdfdraw_structure_and_format-pdflast_img

9 months agoLazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio president Claudio Lotito has eased talk of a deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.The defender was expected to join Chelsea this week, but Lotito now appears to be putting the brakes on the deal.”Zappacosta? The market is not made from the collection of stickers,” rapped Lotito.”If I even like him, I wonder if he is functional and necessary.”The president continued: “These assessments are not made by the president. The president hears and listens to people. I have a coach, a sports director, a team manager who contribute to the formation of my conviction.” last_img

8 days agoInter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Giroud

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan face MLS competition for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. Off contract in June, Giroud is a January target for Inter coach Antonio Conte, who sees the veteran as cover for Romelu Lukaku.However, Gazzetta dello Sport says interest from MLS is also arriving.New York City FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are the latest two teams keen.This season, Giroud has played nine matches for Chelsea, in which he’s scored four goals. last_img

Autonomous vehicle centre opens in Stratford

first_imgTORONTO – An autonomous vehicle demonstration and testing zone has opened in Stratford, Ont.The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network allows researchers to test self-driving technology in real-life traffic scenarios.The Ontario government says auto industry representatives and academics researching autonomous vehicles will work together at the centre to further develop the technology.The centre will also host a talent development program to give students an opportunity for internships and fellowships in the autonomous vehicle field.The Ontario government announced in the 2017 budget that it would spend $80 million over five years on autonomous vehicle development.The government says self-driving vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion and cut greenhouse gas emissions.last_img read more

Heres a list of November inflation rates for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.7 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 0.7 per cent (1.9)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.0 (2.6)— Halifax: 1.7 (2.7)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.3 (2.8)— Quebec: 0.7 (1.3)— Montreal: 1.1 (1.8)— Ottawa: 2.1 (2.7)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.7)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.7 (2.1)— Winnipeg: 1.6 (2.7)— Regina: 0.8 (2.4)— Saskatoon: 0.9 (2.4)— Edmonton: 1.6 (3.0)— Calgary: 1.4 (2.5)— Vancouver: 2.3 (2.7)— Victoria: 2.5 (3.0)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 1.5 (2.9)— Yellowknife, NWT: 2.5 (3.1)— Iqaluit, Nunavut: 2.4 (2.1)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FIR registered against BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has directed the Presiding Officer of booth number 159 at Dhaniakhali under Hooghly Lok Sabha constituency to lodge an FIR against BJP candidate Locket Chatterjee after a BJP activist damaged the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) after allegedly being “instigated” by her.The Election Commission has initiated a probe into the incident and also sought a report from the District Magistrate of Hooghly in this regard. The Commission will take a decision after going through the report submitted by the district election officials. The incident led to the disruption of voting as the EMV and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were damaged in the process. After being instructed by the Commission, the Presiding Officer of the booth registered an FIR at the local police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe incident created a chaos inside the polling booth and outside. The local villagers staged protest demonstrations in front of Chatterjee when she stepped out of the polling booth. It was alleged that one Nirmal Pal, a close aide of Chatterjee, threw the EVM on the floor and broke it. Some of the locals alleged that Chatterjee instigated her party activists to break the EVM. The local villagers put up a roadblock few meters away from the booth calling the incident a blot on the largest democracy of the world. They staged demonstration and gheraoed Chatterjee’s car. She had to face the wrath of the villagers and also got involved in heated altercations with them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn a booth at Kakrakhuli area of Hooghly, Chatterjee entered a booth after she came to know that the BJP polling agent was driven out from there. Chatterjee again courted controversy as she threatened the Trinamool Congress agent by saying that she would slap him. On a number of occasions, Chatterjee was extremely abusive on Monday. Some of the villagers in Hooghly’s Belmuri were asked by Chatterjee to shout a slogan ‘Jai Shree Ram’. They denied and in turn shouted ‘Vande Mataram’ slogan. Chatterjee considered the villagers as Trinamool Congress supporters and lost her cool. A heated altercation ensued and she allegedly threatened them. Chatterjee alleged that TMC carried out rigging at a booth in Mullickpur area of Hooghly.last_img read more

Morocco video shows miserable conditions of schools in rural areas

first_imgRabat – Footage from a forgotten school recently posted on YouTube illustrates the miserable conditions Moroccan students in rural areas have to endure to get education. The school – if we can call it so – is located in the province of Al Haouz in the region of Marrakech, and it is literally a disaster!The video shows almost 40 little children crammed in what looks like a school classroom that lacks all the necessities that make a decent space for students to learn: No glass for the windows, no tables, no curtains, no bookshelves, and no anything. A man on crutches stood before the camera describing the medieval schooling conditions the students, mostly from poor families, are compelled to go through.“There is no school. We have six classrooms but only one teacher who comes in the mornings and spends one hour or two. There is no roads, the weather exacerbates the situation even more,” said the man who identified himself as a parent of one of the students.The man added that they tried to contact the authorities in several occasions to inform them about the school’s situation. However, the authorities in question did not respond.The situation of the classrooms gets worse when it’s raining since the water is leaking from the class’s ceiling, making it difficult to learn under such conditions.The video also shows the students raising the Moroccan flag asking king Mohammed VI to interfere while chanting “long live the King!”last_img read more

USA Deeply Engaged In Reforms Conducted By Morocco J Kerry

first_imgRabat – The USA said it is deeply engaged in the reforms conducted in Morocco under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, said this Friday US Secretary of States, John Kerry, according to MAP.“Under the leadership of HM the King, Morocco has conducted major reforms,” said on Friday the head of the US diplomacy at the opening in Rabat of the second session of the US-Morocco strategic dialog which he co-chaired with minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar.US secretary of state John Kerry arrived, on Thursday in Rabat on his first visit to Morocco. This session, themed “strengthening solid cooperation ties between the two countries,” is an occasion for both parties to promote their partnership in the political, economic, social, educational and cultural fields, said a statement by the Moroccan Ministry of foreign affairs.Announcing last week the visit by Kerry to the Kingdom, the US state department underlined that “this dialogue, launched in September 2012, underscores our ongoing close cooperation with Morocco and will focus on political affairs, economic and security cooperation, and educational and cultural issues.”With MAPlast_img read more