But here are five other things … What should Giants fans know about outfielder Kevin Pillar, the latest product of Farhan Zaidi’s dizzying array of roster moves?First off, even casual baseball fans have probably seen the kind of impact Pillar has when chasing down flyballs. In short, the three-time Gold Glove Award finalist is a human highlight waiting to happen when he’s got a glove on his hand.North of the border, Pillar was simply known as “Superman” for his defensive exploits.
Minnesota is next in line in the Darwin wars. This science framework writing committee has taken the unusual step of submitting two drafts to the legislature, a majority report with the usual Darwin-only rule, and a minority with two improvements, according to Seth Cooper of the Discovery Institute:The first benchmark improvement proposed by the minority report requires students to be able to distinguish between changes existing within species (microevolution) and the emergence of new species and changes above the species level (macroevolution). The second would require students to be able to describe �how scientists continue to critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.�As an advocate for “teaching the controversy” about evolution, Cooper believes Minnesota is in a unique position to “improve teaching of evolution and avoid extremes” – i.e., straight Darwinism without the problems vs. religious views of creation. Teaching the controversy, he believes, is the option most likely to succeed. The majority (Darwin-only) report ignored the expressed feelings of a majority of citizens who testified at public hearings last year, but the minority report at least understands that there is some controversy. Cooper explains,�The debate over how best to teach evolution has devolved into an either-or argument that threatens science education in our schools,� said Cooper. �But there is another approach laid out in the minority report –teach the scientific controversy. Instead of pretending there is no debate over Darwin�s theory we should use it to further educate students about the scientific controversy surrounding evolutionary theory.�Cooper points out that the minority report is also in line with the official position of Congress as stated in the conference report of the “No Child Left Behind” Act. In fact,“Last fall, Commissioner [Cheri] Yecke [Education Commissioner] received a letter from Congress stressing that this guidance in the No Child Left Behind Act Conference Report was the official position of Congress on science education. The letter was signed by Minnesota Congressman John Kline and Congressman John Boehner, chairman of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee.The position is summarized: “Congress urged states to present �the full range of scientific views� on controversial topics �such as biological evolution.�What’s so wrong with that? Who could disagree with that? The Darwin Party, that’s who. They know that their position can only survive in a vacuum, in which data supporting their position is carefully selected and deceptively presented, without rebuttal. Since the Darwinian revolution, they have the power, and power corrupts. If you are a student, you have power, too. No matter how hard the NCSE fights, no matter how much the Darwin Party schemes, and no matter how the vote goes, you can always raise your hand.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
At a media briefing for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Information and Publicity, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan said local government needs to go “back to basics’ to improve on service delivery to South Africans.Gordhan said this would top the agenda when government convenes a summit on local government on Thursday, 18 September, at Gallagher Estate Conference Centre in Midrand. President Jacob Zuma will lead the summit. At the briefing, Gordhan said he had “conducted a rapid assessment of the state of local government’.He said the assessment covered political stability, governance, service delivery, financial management, institutional management and community satisfaction, adding that the department has initiated a process to set benchmarks for municipalities to perform their basic responsibilities, “every day, without fail’.Gordhan said the benchmarks had led to developing the Back to Basics Strategy, which is in line with the president’s vision for local government to be at “the forefront of improving people’s lives and creating conditions for inclusive economic growth and job creation’.“Back to Basics will ensure that in every municipality, traffic lights work, potholes are filled, water is delivered, refuse is collected, electricity is supplied, and refuse and waste management takes place,’ he said. read more
Absolutely gorgeous! Photo by geocacher BrainburnedGeocache Name:plitvice lakes (GC1FNKR)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Beautiful places like these don’t form overnight. It takes thousands of years of geologic processes for beauty to evolve out of rocks and water. While photos may enable you to appreciate the vibrant colors and incredible scenery, an EarthCache like this one gives you an appreciation for the processes behind the beauty by teaching you about the sequences that took place to form it.What geocachers have to say:“We had tour around beautiful lakes. Whole day we walked around the park. Lots of pictures were taken and beutiful places were seen. Thanks for the earth.” – Legsa^“Its so beautiful there and the sun was shining the whole day! We had a very nice time here! TFTC” – Schesn“Daily trip together with DieterRoland from Drvar – Bihac – Plitvice Lakes. Perfect weather, visiting historical sites, beautiful landscape and an impressive scenery here in the National park. TFTC!” – Steveeeee SharePrint RelatedHistory and beauty in one spot — SS: Lusitania (GC2D9WC) — Geocache of the WeekApril 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Planes, trains and epic hikes — Rund um den Gelmersee (GC32DQT) — Geocache of the WeekMay 14, 2014In “Community”Epic Adventure, — Wet Surprise (GC1YV80) — Geocache of the Week Video EditionAugust 20, 2014In “Community” Photos:This view is ok, I guess. Photo by geocacher rum.burakOne of the pathways through the lakes. Photo by geocacher zansquareThe lakes and waterfalls. Photo by geocacher SuikerbossiesWhat was the last thing you learned from an EarthCache? Tell your story and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More read more
Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza.Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza routed Czech duo of Martin Damm and Renata Voracova 6-3 6-0 to breeze into the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships in London on Thursday.There was no stopping the sixth-seed Indians after they took the first-set lead and then it proved just a stroll in the park.They will next face the winner of the other third round match between 15th seed Andy Ram and Meghann Shaughnessy and unseeded pair of Paul Hanley and Su-Wei Hsieh.Sania has also reached the women’s doubles semifinals along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina.She though made a first round exit from the singles as she played through pain in her left knee.- With PTI inputs
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Emery rallies Arsenal fans for Europa League campaignby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery is trying to rally the club’s fans to take the Europa League seriously.The Gunners are among several sides in Europe’s second-tier competition who would rather be in the Champions League.But Emery knows that winning the Europa League gives them entry into Europe’s premier competition.It is why he wants fans to take the Europa seriously.The Arsenal boss told reporters: “I want to feel not just I love that competition – I want everybody to love it.”It is a great competition and it is a way into the Champions League.”
Spotlighting a new film by director Sean Penn, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday underlined the importance of the entertainment industry to help raise awareness about the state of humanitarian affairs worldwide.Ban Ki-moon, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien and actor Sean Penn, before the screening of The Last Face at the World Humanitarian SummitCredit/Copyright: UNOCHA“When you have a global star, [the message] can go far and wide and there is no time limit,” Mr. Ban told viewers invited to the global premiere of Mr. Penn’s latest movie, The Last Face.Screened on the eve of the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey, a two-day conference dedicated to finding more effective ways of alleviating and preventing the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people, the movie features Academy Award-winning actors Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem as relief workers faced with difficult situations during civil unrest in an African nation.“The main purpose of having the World Humanitarian Summit for the first time in the history of the United Nations is to raise [awareness on the] importance, seriousness, urgency and gravity of the situation,” said Mr. Ban, adding that world leaders must be committed to global action.He recalled a visit to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010, when he met tens of thousands of people living under extremely difficult conditions in makeshift tents. Amid the chaos, he noticed a very busy man who was trying to help those around him recover. He didn’t immediately recognize him, but later realized it was Sean Penn.“I didn’t expect such a celebrity, a movie star of the world, would be around so many refugees and displaced people. I was so moved,” the UN chief shared with the audience, which burst into applause.“When I went [to Haiti] a second time, he was still there,” he added. read more
BUDGET AND DIVIDENDThe version of the state operating budget passed by the House and the one the Senate is working on reject the level of cuts proposed by Dunleavy. The House-passed budget did not include a permanent fund dividend amount, with House leadership saying that issue would be debated separately, later.Debate over the dividend snarled the House’s deliberations on the budget last year. The $1,600 check that was politically agreeable on that side is what ultimately was settled upon. Debate this year, too, is politically fraught.When lawmakers last year decided to use permanent fund earnings, the pot used to pay dividends, to help cover government costs amid an ongoing budget deficit, the dividend began competing with other programs for funding.Sen. Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, said Tuesday that having government “take the first bite of the apple puts the dividend potentially at risk.” He said the split between what goes to government and what goes to dividends should be settled.Dunleavy campaigned on following the formula in state law for a full dividend payout after three years of reduced payouts. He has not said specifically what he would do if lawmakers deliver a smaller dividend.But he has said he won’t be afraid to flex any of his constitutional powers, which include veto authorities. The Legislature can override vetoes if it musters sufficient support. While voters years ago approved a 90-day legislative session, that mark came and went with little acknowledgment earlier this month. Legislative leaders early on cast doubt on whether their work could be completed in 90 days, with Dunleavy releasing his budget a month into session and the House failing to organize until around that time. The constitution permits 121-day regular sessions, with an option to extend for another 10. The 121-day mark would be hit May 15. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The biggest issues heading into this year’s legislative session remain unresolved in the session’s final weeks, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy facing resistance to pieces of his agenda. CRIME BILLSDunleavy said Monday he was “imploring” lawmakers to move his crime bills, which deal with sex offenses, sentencing, pretrial and probation and parole. He said he wants to deal with “the criminal element” versus trying to address issues such as recidivism, preparing inmates for release and substance abuse. Those will be worked on, he said.“But the people of Alaska, I believe right now, demand that we get these bills that we filed moving and out before the session is over,” he said.Rep. Matt Claman, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said each of Dunleavy’s bills is “massive.” Claman, an Anchorage Democrat, favors prioritizing, finding areas that broadly can be agreed upon and working longer-term on other areas.Senate President Cathy Giessel said the Senate, which has been vetting the bills, and the House “have to reach agreement, and that’s what the next few weeks is about,” she said.The Anchorage Republican expects lawmakers to act on crime bills of some kind.Dunleavy said he would not rule out a special session if lawmakers don’t act on his bills. Lawmakers have yet to finalize a budget. The size of the check residents will get this year from the state’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund, is unsettled, as is the debate over the program’s future. The Republican governor wants lawmakers to pass his package of bills related to crime and act on proposed constitutional amendments pitched as part of his fiscal plan. But he faces pushback, with a key House member wanting to focus initially on issues related to public safety with the broadest level of support and other lawmakers arguing that the push for constitutional changes may not be realistic. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTSDunleavy wants action on proposed constitutional amendments addressing taxes, the dividend and spending. Two-thirds support in each chamber is needed to send such proposals to voters.Response so far has been tepid, though some, notably in the Senate, have shown interest in replacing in law an existing spending limit.Senate Finance Committee Co-chair Bert Stedman said constitutional amendments are difficult to deliver, “otherwise we’d have the constitution changed every four years.” read more