By Jon Zacks Bring a lawn-chair – Wednesday is Municipal Government Day in Fort St. John.City Hall is spearheading the event, to give residents the chance to learn more about how the City functions on a day-to-day basis.- Advertisement -From 3-8 p.m., each city department will have representatives manning a booth at Centennial Park, showcasing how that departments works, and some new initiatives underway. There will be food vendors on hand, and free hot-dogs and burgers from the City. As well, there will be live bands performing from 4-8 p.m.For those looking to meet (or embarrass) their favourite councilor, there will also be a dunk tank, with Councilors Trevor Bolin and Dan Davies, and Mayor Bruce Lantz each to take a turn on the hot seat. Advertisement There will also be activities for kids from 3-7 p.m., including picnic games (such as three-legged races and a tug-o-war), flower pot painting, and a free fish pond. Kids will also be able to get their photos taken with civic employees, including police and firefighters. The event coincides with Arbour Day, which is an initiative of Communities in Bloom. Organizers will be distributing 200 apple trees, for a fee of $25, with proof of address. For more information on Municipal Government Day or Arbour Day, visit fortstjohn.ca or call 3-1-1.
SANTA CLARA – As the 49ers offseason program ends with mandatory minicamp Tuesday and Wednesday, Jimmy Garoppolo’s encouraging comeback is still at the forefront of 49ers-related minds.[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/22/bang_09ba0fb2-182c-4fd6-bcd1-1aa93074d780″]What about Garoppolo’s mind?Sharpening it with schemes and strategy are assistant coaches who are new to a now-crowded quarterbacks room: passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur, position coach Shane Day and offensive assistant Bobby …
If there was ever a bad time to be facing the New York Jets, the Raiders just may be experiencing it this week. At second glance, the once-laughable Jets may no longer deserve the scorn they’ve been drawing most of the season.If you’re like most NFL fans, you haven’t bothered to notice the Jets are now riding a two-game winning streak. And, judging by how difficult it was for Oakland to dispose of the winless Bengals on Sunday, beating the Jets might not be an easy task.For the first time …
Richard Dawkins proposed in his book The Selfish Gene that a gene, being the target of natural selection and unit of replication, is the entity most likely to get passed on to posterity; as such, it is “selfish” in that the rest of the organism is really only incidental to its immortality. Dawkins expanded this into the “extended phenotype” – the idea that the gene extends its influence over the rest of the organism to ensure its own survival. Fern Elsdon-Baker, writing an opinion piece called “The Dawkins dogma” in New Scientist, called this the most successful scientific metaphor in the last 30 years – but now argues it is obsolete.For reasons to do with how science is communicated, a human love of simple narratives, and Dawkins’s energetic advocacy of these metaphors, the public has been left with a view of evolution and Darwinism which does not truly reflect thinking among evolutionary biologists. This view also perpetuates the existence of “opposing camps” when there is no need. Worse, it skews popular notions of Darwinism. This is why these metaphors are so important: metaphors stretch to the heart of “what science is for” and to the kind of answers it can provide.In particular, Elsdon-Baker thinks Dawkins’ view of heredity has been challenged by the increasingly apparent role of epigenetics and lateral gene transfer. “LGT may not completely bring down the neatly branching tree of life as Darwin envisaged it, but at the very least it raises questions about what is happening at the roots” (see 07/23/2009). While not overthrowing Dawkins’ selfish gene metaphor, it makes it only “a small part of a much bigger picture.”Scientific metaphor should be about the best interpretation of evidence and about opening up new research vistas. The selfish gene metaphor claims that only genes or replicators are inherited and are essentially immortal, and it offers an interpretation of evolutionary biology in that light. We are testing that empirical claim and finding that things are a lot more complicated and subtle. This must mean that as an organising interpretation of evolutionary biology, the metaphor of the selfish gene and, by extension, that of the extended phenotype, are insufficient. They are now problematic because what they claim or offer is no longer as good as the alternative analyses.Elsdon-Baker went on to criticize Dawkins as an advocate of a narrow-focus view of evolution. It paints an inflexible picture not only of the evolutionary sciences, but also of how science works. This in turn closes off dialogue in both public and academic spheres. It can, at worst, constrain future research. Nowhere is this more evident than in theories about environmentally driven acquired characters, which have long had a reputation as Darwinian “heresy”.What’s the solution? Evolutionary science needs to be communicated without the “rhetoric and sweeping advocacy” inherent in the metaphors Dawkins employed. There needs to be a more “more nuanced exploration of the complexity involved.”H. L. Mencken said, “Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers” (see Thumb’s Second Postulate). If you haven’t felt the propaganda impact of metaphor, you haven’t met a force like it. Metaphors bewitch you (07/04/2003). We must scrutinize them, not be mesmerized by them. So the Darwinians themselves have found another useful lie that has outlived its usefulness. Add this to the useful lies about the alleged chimp-human 1% difference (06/29/2007), the fossils in the Martian meteorite (08/06/2006), the Miller-Urey lightning in the soup (05/02/2003), Piltdown Man, Nebraska Man, Archaeoraptor, Ida, and all the rest of the Evolutionary Hall of Shame. Another simplistic, easy-to-understand wrong answer in the Darwinian arsenal of metaphors has been exposed. Keep up the good work.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump Tuesday said he would discuss the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the sidelines of the G7 Summit this weekend in France. Calling it an “explosive situation”, Trump said he would “do the best (he) can to mediate” between India and Pakistan.”I will be with Prime Minister Modi… I’ll be with him over the weekend in France. I think, we are helping (resolve the tense) situation (between India and Pakistan),” Trump was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. “I will do the best I can to mediate or do something. (I have) great relationship with both of them, but they (India and Pakistan) are not exactly friends at this moment,” Trump added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Responding to a question on Kashmir, Trump called it a “complicated place” and added that the situation in the Valley has “a lot to do with religion”. “It’s a complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion. Religion is a complicated subject,” Trump said, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House. “You have the Hindus. And you have the Muslims. I wouldn’t say they get along so great. That’s what you have right now.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe development comes a day after Trump spoke separately to PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a bid to ease Indo-Pak tensions which have escalated since the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. In a tweet Tuesday, Trump said, “Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!” “Frankly, it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan yesterday also with Prime Minister Modi. They’re both friends of mine. They’re great people. They’re great people, and they love their country,” Trump said. Sources told The Indian Express that it was Trump who “initiated” the phone call on Monday and they described the conversation as a “good exchange” between the two leaders.India has maintained that it is an internal matter, in a telephonic conversation with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, United States Secretary of Defence Mark Esper appreciated India’s stance on the matter. A statement released by the ministry said: “Singh raised the issue of cross-border terrorism affecting India and appreciated US support for India’s effort to maintain peace and stability in the region. He said that issues relating to Article 370 are an internal matter of India which are aimed at improving growth and economic development, democracy and prosperity for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” Esper told his Indian counterpart that he hoped that any issue between India and Pakistan will be resolved bilaterally, the statement added.(With inputs from Indian Express)
OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley picks off Michigan State’s quarterback Tyler O’Connor to seal the team’s 17-16 win at Spartan Stadium.. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s no secret that this coming Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has a lot of implications behind it. It is not just college football’s annual matchup between the two teams, but it is also a game that will potentially decide which of the two teams will make the College Football Playoff. But the rivalry goes beyond just “The Game” itself. It ranges all the way down to recruiting.For years, young football players have looked at both universities as potential options to continue their playing careers, while both programs have pushed to obtain the next best recruit. On the OSU roster, there is no shortage of connections with “That Team Up North,” as a few of its current players have decommitted from Michigan only to commit to OSU. This was the case for redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber.“I was a young-minded person, and really, (Michigan) was my first big offer,” Conley said. “But I wanted to explore my options, and when I came (to OSU) it just felt like going from the same program to a better program of what I already experienced, and it felt like home.”As a four-star prospect out of Massillon Washington High School in Ohio, Conley was a Michigan commit for eight months before he decided to join Urban Meyer’s 2013 class. Meyer said on Monday that he went to watch Conley play basketball when recruiting the cornerback, and that the team thought highly of him during the process.“I went and watched him actually practice basketball, and that’s when I was like, ‘this is a crazy athlete,’” Meyer said. “Then you get to meet him and his family. Major impact. He’s not just a great player, but a great leader as well.”Conley, who made the game-ending interception last Saturday against Michigan State, said that his initial commitment to be a Wolverine was “real fast.” He had only gone to Ann Arbor once to visit and didn’t talk to a lot of people, causing him to make the decision to switch schools.“It was a magnificent decision because, obviously, two years ago we won a championship and last year we had a good season,” Conley said. “Overall, the teams I’ve been a part of (at OSU) and the brotherhood I have experienced — it’s great.”Now one of the Ohio State team captains, Conley was the first player that Meyer would convert from Wolverine to Buckeye in his OSU coaching tenure. Conley wouldn’t be the last player to recommit to OSU, as Weber would do the same just two years later.Unlike Conley, Weber grew up in Michigan as a native of Detroit. After playing football for Cass Technical High School, Weber committed to the Wolverines. However, after Michigan fired then-head coach Brady Hoke, the four-star recruit decommitted from the university, and eventually ended up at Ohio State.Weber said that former Cass Tech teammate and current Ohio State teammate Damon Webb, a junior cornerback, helped him with his decision to join the Buckeyes.“Having people here that I know of, that I can talk to, and that relate to me is always good,” Weber said. “I used to talk to (Webb) in high school about the program, about what to expect, and he always gave me good feedback.”Weber said that with Webb already in Columbus and with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, also one of Weber’s Cass Tech teammates, committed to OSU, he was comfortable with his decision.“It feels good to play with guys you grew up with,” Weber said.However, Weber, who joins Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith as the only Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, will be playing several of his high school teammates when the Buckeyes and Wolverines take the field on Saturday. “Now it is really personal. A lot of people I played with — Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Mike Onwenu, Lavert Hill — all those guys I played with in high school and won championships with are on the team,” Weber said. “It’s going to be fun playing against all those guys and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with Conley, Weber, Alabi and Webb, true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan is also a native of Michigan and will be playing for his home-state rival on Saturday.With each of these players deciding to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes, there is no denying that both teams could look very different for Saturday’s game had Conley and Weber not recommitted to OSU and stayed at Michigan.Conley said that he is looking forward to the game on Saturday, and that he is happy with the decision he made three years ago.“It’s an honor to play in this game. It’s an honor to be a Buckeye in this game,” Conley said. “This is one of the most tradition-rich programs in tradition games, and it’s going to be a great challenge. I’m just glad to be here with my team.”
October 20, 2014The Cosanti Foundation Strategic Plan Steering Committee met for the first time face-to-face at Arcosanti over the Columbus Day weekend, this past October 10,11 and 12. This, after earlier meetings in September via internet and telephone had introduced the 22 committee members—all of them alumni of previous Arcosanti workshops, now living in 8 different states and 1 foreign country—to each other.The meetings at Arcosanti were terrifically productive, with committee members digging deeply into issues both useful and fundable, beginning to outline a way to plan for adding a renewed relevance to this gift of ideas we have all inherited from the Cosanti Foundation’s and Arcosanti’s founder, Paolo Soleri.The Committee will be sharing a full Progress Report in the not-too-distant future. It has already made significant progress in developing ways to do the immediate work, having created subcommittees that are meeting at-a-distance frequently to deal with the Committee’s Charter, its Scope of Work, the Planning Process itself, Communications and Funding issues for the work ahead.You are reading this now because we welcome your future support in this lengthy planning endeavor, through joining working groups that have yet to be defined, contributing to fundraising efforts, and helping meet other needs which will begin to be identified as the planning process continues. As the Cosanti Foundation Strategic Plan Steering Committee develops its work over the coming months, we look forward to its next in-person meeting at Arcosanti scheduled for February of 2015.The Cosanti Foundation Strategic Plan Steering Committee