Screen shot from OCSmartGrowth.orgOcean City Smart Growth invites anybody interested in slowing the pace and density of development in Ocean City to attend a 30-minute meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday (April 30) at the Ocean City Free Public Library (Room N116).The group was formed in early April and is advocating for decreased development density, increased single-family homes and protection of the environment in Ocean City.Participants are invited to bring issues and ideas to the table on Thursday.One tool the group hopes to use is the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit organization that raises money to create parks and to protect land.Helen Plourde McSweeny, one of the group’s founders, spoke to City Council on Thursday about the Trust.She is a resident of the 400 block of Central Avenue and neighbor of the vacant Palermo’s Family Market on Asbury Avenue, which is tentatively under contract with a developer who hopes to build seven duplexes on the property.“For five years, I’ve been looking at it and thinking how can I turn this useless piece of property into something good, something that would be good for the whole community,” she told council members in public comment.When the price tag fell to one third of the original $6 million asking price, McSweeny said she thought there just might be a way. She suggested the Trust for Public Land is a possible solution for the Palermo’s property and others.Ocean City resident Mary Lou Newnam told City Council that the Trust has completed more than 175 land conservation projects in New Jersey, protecting 28,000 acres.She said the changes she’s seen in Ocean City in the past 15 to 20 years are unsettling.“I hope to be able to stay here and see my grandchildren come here and have a place where it’s not so congested that the quality of life is really diminished to a great degree,” Newnam said, summing up the sentiments of the Smart Growth group. Read more: New Group Hopes to Rally Citizens Interested in ‘Smart Growth’
At the just-ended Gbarnga, Bong County, National Development Summit, held on Monday, April 25, 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the implementation of Liberia’s shared vision, Vision 2030, which seeks to make Liberia a middle income country, is well on course and that government is committed to ensuring that the national vision is realized in the next 14 months. The summit aimed at highlighting progress made by government since 2012.The President rallied every Liberian to form part of the process and take ownership of it. With the progress that was enumerated by outgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh on Monday, President Sirleaf said her administration would have gone further, but the prevailing economic circumstances are serving as major impediments. She noted that despite the challenges, the progress is there for Liberians to see.Vision 2030 was adopted on December 12, 2012. At its launch that year, President Sirleaf presented the idea to young people and civil society organizations (CSOs) asking them to take full ownership of it. Upon its adoption, many Liberians, who are accustomed to the syndrome of lack of implementation, saw it as one of those documents that though beautifully crafted, would be left to gather dust on the shelves. Contrary to that perception, government was able to outline some major progress, especially in infrastructure, such as roads, energy, bridges, etc. Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), said at the Summit on Monday that, “to craft this document, consultations were done in all 73 districts across the country. We must ensure that their aspirations are achieved.” Dr. Sawyer is one of the architects of Vision 2030. “The vision of the Liberian people is a collective vision and we must work to achieve it,” he said. He added that the stage in which the Vision implementation process is at now, “it is no time to cease the momentum, but rather building and closing upon it.” He frowned on the tendency of Liberian leaders to always abandon projects initiated by their predecessors. “Every leader wants to be a pioneer, because they refused to build on what their predecessors have begun. So if we want to be pioneers, we will not leave from the frontier,” Dr. Sawyer said. He cautioned the young people, “This is your future; you must guide and protect it.”For outgoing Minister Konneh, he enumerated progresses the government is making, noting, “Steadfast progress [is] being made in all of the pillars,” including peace, security and the rule of law, economic transformation and human development.The minister said government is making steadfast progress as it relates to pillar one, which comprises four sectors to create an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence based on reconciliation and conflict resolution and providing security, access to justice and the rule of law. It has to do with the Liberia National Police (LNP), Bureau Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).With regards to the LNP, Minister Konneh noted that since the launch of the National Vision, 5,192 officers have been recruited, trained and deployed nationwide. The LNP has also purchased and delivered nonlethal weapons to 10 camps vacated by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) police.The current strength of the BIN is 2,346. In 2013 and 2014, Minister Konneh disclosed that 234 and 265 officers were trained and deployed respectively. He also said UNDP funding is helping to train additional 250 recruits in Grand Cape Mount County. Upon completion, uniforms, communication equipment and vehicles will be provided to the trainees.“With the private sector development component of the Economic Transformation pillar, there are enormous progress that is making doing business in Liberia simple and interesting,” Konneh disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some of the missing e-mail was sent on political accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee and may have included those relating to the federal prosecutor dismissals. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of a House committee looking into the use of political e-mail accounts, wrote a letter to the attorney general on Thursday saying he had “particular concerns about Karl Rove” after a briefing his aides received from Rob Kelner, a lawyer for the Republican National Committee. Rove uses several e-mail accounts, including one with the Republican National Committee; one with the White House; and a third, private-domain account that is registered to the political consulting company he once owned. Waxman said Kelner reported that in 2005, the national committee adopted a new policy, specifically aimed at Rove, which “removed Mr. Rove’s ability to personally delete his e-mails from the RNC server.” Waxman also said he now has “serious concerns about the White House’s compliance with the Presidential Records Act,” a 1978 law that requires administrations to keep records of deliberations, decisions and policies. “We’re learning that off-book communications are being used by these people in the White House by using Republican political e-mail addresses, and they say they have not been preserved,” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor. “I don’t believe that. You can’t erase e-mails, not today.” WASHINGTON – A White House spokesman said Thursday that missing e-mail sent on Republican Party accounts may include some relating to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. The disclosure became a fresh political problem for the Bush administration as Democrats stepped up their inquiry into whether Karl Rove and top aides to the president used the e-mail accounts maintained by the Republican National Committee to circumvent record-keeping requirements. It also exposed the dual electronic lives led by Rove and 22 other White House officials who maintain separate e-mail accounts for government business and work on political campaigns – and raised serious questions, in the eyes of Democrats, about whether political accounts were used to conduct official work without leaving a paper trail. The clash also seemed to push the administration and Democrats closer to a serious confrontation over executive privilege, with the White House counsel, Fred Fielding, asserting that the administration has control over voluminous other e-mail that the Republican National Committee has archived. Democrats are insisting that they are entitled to get the e-mail messages directly from the national committee.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local group of volunteers will be helping to create ‘angel dresses’ for families who have experienced the loss of a baby.BC Angel Dresses is an initiative that seeks donated gowns — be it wedding, prom, or bridesmaids — and, with the help of a seamstress, turns them into small dresses, wraps, or pockets. The area rep, Corissa Feenstra, says the dresses are given to families who have experienced the loss of an baby — including miscarriages, stillbirths, or the sudden death of a child.“It’s a pretty horrible time for a family, and anything that somebody can do to help is better than nothing,” she said.- Advertisement -On Saturday at 2 p.m., the group will be gathering at Fort St. John’s Salvation Army to dismantle the dresses, with the guidance of a seamstress.This is when group will be accepting donations of dresses, sewing supplies, and someone with sewing skills who doesn’t mind donating their time to the cause.Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served at the event.Advertisement For more information, Feenstra can be contacted at [email protected] or by phone at 250-261-6355.
COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: Jim McGuinness says Monaghan have been preparing for the challenge of Donegal on Sunday by playing 15 v 20 in training games. In his weekly column with the Irish Times, McGuinness said he had been told that Monaghan had been playing 15 versus 20 in training to help them breakdown Donegal defensive structures.Monaghan defeated Donegal in the Ulster SFC final in 2013, but Donegal retained the Anglo Celt in a close game last July. Another very close contest is expected and there will be very little between the sides when they clash at Clones on Sunday.McGuinness never revealed his source that Monaghan were implementing such methods at training but says Malachy O’Rourke will have his troops well versed for what they will face at the weekend.McGuinness said, “I heard during the week that Monaghan were playing 15 versus 20 in training matches and were filming it so they could study it afterwards.“Malachy O’Rourke knows what is coming down the track in the Ulster final next Sunday and needs to know that his players are practiced in coping with it. “Being able to think and play your way through extreme pressure – which Monaghan will expect in the Ulster final against Donegal – is something you have to work on.”COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: MCGUINNESS – “MONAGHAN HAVE BEEN PLAYING 15 V 20 IN TRAINING MATCHES was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAIrish TimesJim McGuinnessMonaghannewsSportUlster SFC
Eureka >> When the St. Bernard’s Crusaders softball team’s chips were down in Tuesday’s North Coast Section Division V playoff game against the Laytonville Warriors, they responded — time and time again.St. Bernard’s overcame a two-run deficit, saw a two-run lead evaporate on the verge of victory, then scratched across a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the NCS quarterfinals with a 6-5 win over Laytonville at Washington Elementary School.“We all want to win so we …
OAKLAND – Before they make their summer plans, the Warriors primarily are concerned about something else. Can they beat the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday and force a Game 7?Nonetheless, at least two of the Warriors’ five All-Stars have some clarity on their offseason plans. Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are not expected to play with the U.S. Men’s national team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15.“Probably not this year,” Cousins said …
(Visited 84 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some evolutionists not only own up to just-so storytelling; they parade it.Evolutionary biologists have been shamed about storytelling for decades, often by their own colleagues. For instance, back in 2004, George Williams—an influential evolutionist—expressed his disgust with some of his colleagues who exchanged scientific rigor for ad-hoc scenarios (5/31/04). The storytellers would claim that any adaptation “had evolved because it provided some benefit” to an individual or population. Anyone can imagine a benefit leading to a trait, but where is the connection between cause and effect? In fact, as we have pointed out, it’s illogical to say something “evolved to” do something, because natural selection is supposed to be blind and purposeless. One case Williams heard about was the notion that dying of the elderly “evolved to do it so we get out of the way, so the young people can go on maintaining the species.” He called this “absolute nonsense” and called on his fellows to act more scientific. This was also a theme of the late Stephen Jay Gould, who dubbed the storytelling habit “Darwinian fundamentalism.” The phrase “just-so story” is itself pejorative to Darwinism, reflecting a caricature of explanation like the childish stories of that name written by Rudyard Kipling for children. Scientists are supposed to do better.So have evolutionists learned their lesson? Look at this brazen headline in Current Biology: “Just So Stories about the Evolution of Apoptosis” (i.e., programmed cell death). Douglas Green and Patrick Fitzgerald aren’t writing to confess and repent. They’re bragging:We suggest scenarios for the evolution of one pathway of apoptosis, the mitochondrial pathway, and consider how they might be tested. We conclude with a ‘Just So Story’ of how the mitochondrial pathway of apoptosis might have evolved during eukaryotic evolution.This “scenario” is just as nonsensical as the one about seniors evolving to die so young people could evolve, but the editors of Current Biology let it through anyway, despite the blatant title. Other evolutionists may not be so up front about it, but are just as guilty. Some recent examples:How early mammals evolved night vision to avoid predators (Science Daily): We’re told that “early mammals evolved night vision to find food and survive” but then later, “our ancestors later evolved to take advantage of the daylight hours again.” No rigor at the BBC News, either: Helen Briggs employs the same Kipling formula in, “How early mammals evolved night vision to escape dinos.”Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow motion pace (Science Daily): This article says that sloth-type lifestyles are rare because more animals “have not evolved to take advantage of a widespread ecological niche.” The reader finds the sophoxymoronic phrase, “evolutionary logic” in the body of the article.Mathematicians may have found an answer to the longstanding puzzle as to why we have evolved to cooperate (PhysOrg): Aren’t mathematicians rigorous? Usually, but not when they join evolutionists in the storytelling game. Not only did these mathematicians trade in stories, they committed two other fallacies: (1) attributing cooperation to chance, which is no explanation at all (Stuff Happens Law), and (2) falling into the self-refuting trap of ridding cooperation of morality, which means bystanders could accuse them of being the cheaters. On what basis could they refute the criticism that their paper is an evolutionary strategy to cheat and pass on their genes? Isn’t just-so storytelling for a scientist a kind of cheating by definition?Real reason turtles have shells: Burrowing tool (Science Daily): A lot of reporters jumped on the bandwagon of evolutionists who published in Current Biology a new story for the origin of turtle shells. The shells did not evolve for protection, they say; “Adaptation related to digging was the initial impetus in the origin of the shell” instead. They extend their tale by adding, “Fossoriality [burrowing] likely helped stem turtles survive the Permian/Triassic extinction.” The folly in this story is immediately evident. If this were a law of nature, why didn’t all the other burrowing animals, like rodents and badgers, evolve shells? No reporters asked these simple questions (e.g., Laura Geggel at Live Science). Instead, they just regurgitated the press release from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that qualifies for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week by providing two just-so stories for the price of one:“Why the turtle shell evolved is a very Dr. Seuss-like question and the answer seems pretty obvious — it was for protection,” said Dr. Lyson, lead author of Fossorial Origin of the Turtle Shell, which was released today by Current Biology. But just like the bird feather did not initially evolve for flight, the earliest beginnings of the turtle shell was not for protection but rather for digging underground to escape the harsh South African environment where these early proto turtles lived.”Tail use improves performance on soft substrates in models of early vertebrate land locomotors (Science Magazine). Biomimetics is good science, isn’t it? What if a just-so story leads to an advance in robotics? When Science talks, reporters listen, and their latest tale of the tail was no exception. A companion summary in Science asks, “How did early four-limbed vertebrates, or stem tetrapods, move on land?” Here comes the Kipling answer: “the tail may have helped stem tetrapods to move on land.” So, imitating living mudskippers, robot designers added a tail to their creations for better movement. The application, however, does not justify the evolutionary story. Did mudskippers design their tails “to move on land” better? Of course not. There’s no comparison between whatever process outfitted mudskippers with muscular tails and the intentional planning that went into the robot. Nor does the story explain why all the other strong-tailed fish remained in the water, or why marine mammals didn’t shuck their tails when returning to the sea. Nor does it explain why mudskippers are not further along in their land-based evolution. But Science‘s imprimatur was enough to send the compliant press into obeisance, setting reporters’ imaginations free to link a modern design with an ancient imaginary scenario:Robot helps study how first land animals moved 360 million years ago (Science Daily)Mudskipper Robot Mimics Ancient Land Animals’ First ‘Steps’ (Live Science)Robot Modeled After Mudskipper Fish may reveal How Ancient Animals Moved (Maine News Online).In the last piece, the local reporter accepts the story uncritically, bowing to the experts, saying in her own Darwinian words,Experts believe that modern land animals evolved when ancient tetrapods came out of water of live on land. When they started spending more time out of water, their body parts started changing according to environment….They said the new robot will reveal several interesting things about land animals that lived on earth millions of years ago.The Ideology Behind Just-So StoriesIn an oft-quoted confession nearing 20 years old, leading evolutionist Richard Lewontin revealed why no amount of shaming is likely to change the bad habits of the Darwin storytellers. He wrote for the New York Review of Books in 1997:Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.Lewontin went on to say that believing in God meant believing in miracles, and that if you believe that, anything is possible. But what’s the difference between a miracle story and a just-so story? Precious little, Kipling would think. And if unguided material causes must be called on to produce irreducibly complex systems like mudskippers, turtles and mammals, any theist could argue that Lewontin’s miracles seem more incredible than creation by an all-sufficient intelligent cause. Besides, materialism is not made up of materials. It’s a concept—an ideology, not a mindless collocation of atoms and forces. If Lewontin believes some ideas are true, then he must appeal to the supernatural: to ideas like truth and honesty.Progress can only come when scientists themselves put the pressure on their peers. If you are a scientist reading this, get angry. Write the journals when you see this kind of storytelling. Let them have a piece of your mind. All of you: even if you are evolutionists, start a campaign. Pour on the shame. Don’t let your peers do this. Why? It weakens your argument. It gives opportunities for creationists to mock you. A meaningful dialogue on origins can only occur when the evidence is presented in a rigorous way, without the imaginary “scenarios” that concoct possible ways the evidence “might” fit into a Darwin tale.We here at CEH certainly don’t intend to let the storytellers get away with it. And if we and other sites get enough of the public to see through the fogma of confabulatatory shenanigans, you might just lose funding. The journals are already vulnerable to new trends in open access and open review. It might not take much more shaming to reach a tipping point. The only way forward for you evolutionists reading this is to straighten up and get rigorous in your science, the way you are expected to.But of course, if you think storytelling is your evolutionary strategy to pass on your genes, then it’s clear. You were a charlatan all along. You’re not even trying to be right. We’ll expose that, too.
It is well understood that formations of flying geese ride on a wave of air piloted by the leader of the group. As described in the excellent book “Sensitive Chaos,” by Theodor Schwenk, “The beats of their wings follow the ups and downs of the wave and simply make visible what, as a vibrating aerial form, surrounds and bears them all in the arrow formation.”According to this same book, the common perception that the leader of the group is exerting considerably more effort than the followers is mistaken. The wave created by the flying geese “spreads out in space with the speed of sound and therefore, as the speed at which the birds fly is much slower, it precedes them, so that the leading bird can take energy from the field just as can all the others.” In other words, the air in front of the leader is already bent in the form of the wave created by the geese, smoothing the path.As we editors at Environmental Building News and GreenSpec made our selections in our annual Top 10 Green Building Products award, it was clear how much the current leaders are benefiting from the energy of everyone who is working for healthier and more environmentally sound buildings.Following are our Top 10 selections from 2011, highlighting the most forward-looking products reviewed in our newsletter and GreenSpec product directory throughout the year. InterfaceFLOR carpet tiles with non-PFC carpet fibers contain no perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which are ubiquitous in other carpet products as stain-repellants. PFCs do not readily break down in the environment, and their long-term health and environmental effects are under investigation by the U.S. EPA and other agencies worldwide as potentially hazardous compounds. Lifeline PVC-free resilient flooring from Upofloor OY (imported by Altro Floors) is made for heavy-traffic commercial spaces yet contains no PVC, plasticizers, phthalates, halogens, or heavy metals. Unlike the most common resilient flooring, vinyl composition tile or VCT, Upofloor has a durable wear layer that minimizes the need for maintenance, making it an excellent choice for hospitals, schools, and other buildings where indoor environmental quality is a high priority. The CI-Girt Rainscreen System from Knight Wall Systems helps keep moisture out of commercial building envelopes while permitting continuous insulation over the steel frame — typically an expensive and labor-intensive hand-cutting process when using other rainscreen systems. Because there are no clips, installation time is reduced and there is far less thermal bridging through the insulation. EonCoat waterborne ceramic coating from EonCoat is a truly revolutionary commercial and industrial coating. The water-borne coating has two parts — phosphoric acid and magnesium hydroxide (“milk of magnesia”) — that are mixed in the spray valve during installation and set almost immediately. Available in many colors, EonCoat contains no VOCs and no hazardous air pollutants and has zero flame spread — without the use of a flame retardant. Aqua2use Graywater System from Water Wise Group collects water from the shower, laundry, lavatory sinks, and bath and channels it through a four-stage filtration system into a 21-gallon polyethylene tank to create water suitable for outdoor irrigation. The system’s control box automatically triggers the pump when the tank is filled to distribute the water to irrigation lines; it can also be configured in some situations to rely exclusively on gravity flow instead of a pump. Cypress Envirosystems’ analog-to-digital wireless thermostats allow controls in existing buildings to be fully digitized to achieve significant energy savings. They effectively bring older buildings into the 21st century, allowing zone-level control and remote management options along with lighting controls and wireless monitoring systems for mechanical equipment. The controls fully integrate with building automation systems and can be installed as a retrofit in less than 30 minutes. The Ritter XL solar thermal system from Regasol USA combines three unique technologies — advanced evacuated tubes, compound parabolic reflectors, and water as a heat-transfer fluid — to create large-scale solar thermal systems for use in commercial, multifamily, or industrial applications that have high hot-water demand. The complex systems use a sophisticated freeze-prevention mechanism and can provide high-temperature water year-round, even in cold climates. Mitsubishi ductless heat pumps and variable refrigerant flow systems supply efficient air-source heating and cooling for residential and commercial applications with a unique tenant submetering feature. Mitsubishi Electric has been at the leading edge of the air-source heat pump revolution in recent years — providing efficient systems that significantly outperform older, unitary heat pumps, even at low outdoor temperatures. AllSun Trackers from AllEarth Renewables combine photovoltaic collectors, inverters, and controls with a ground-mounted tracker that uses GPS to follow the sun precisely as it moves across the sky in order to maximize the amount of light hitting the panels. Upon “waking” in the morning, they tilt to the north to dump accumulated snow, and in high wind they move to a “stow” position parallel with the ground to minimize wind resistance. Philips EnduraLEDs from Philips Lighting was engineered as a replacement for the 60-watt incandescent light bulb and is the first such LED bulb to be Energy Star-qualified. The bulb has a unique yellow appearance when turned off but provides a warm, white light when turned on; its color temperature is comparable to that of a 60-watt incandescent. This bulb is currently available in a 12.5-watt version with a color rendering index (CRI) of 80, but Philips plans to introduce a 10-watt version with a CRI of 90 in 2012.What do you think of this year’s selection of the Top 10 products? What other cool new products are you excited about? Let us know below.Last year’s picks: The Top-10 Green Building Products for 2010Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. RELATED ARTICLES Nov. 2013: BuildingGreen Names Year’s Top Ten ProductsNov. 2012: BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Green Building Products Nov. 2009: Top 10 Green Building Products