Education & Political News

first_imgWhat’s been happening in school boards about evolution and intelligent design?  Here are some recent stories about politicians, reporters and ordinary citizens:Kansas Grass Roots:  Candidates vying for school board seats in Liberal, Kansas squared off over the evolution issue: see Hutchinson News.Ohio Rematch:  Despite an earlier loss, Darwin critics in Ohio are hoping to bring up the issue for a vote again, reports CNS News.  The article editorializes that “Their goal is to force curriculum changes that would also allow discussion of the intelligent design theory,” when the wording of the proposed changes specifically denies this.McCain’s Open Mind:  Though an evolutionist himself, Senator John McCain thinks students ought to hear both sides in the debate over evolution, according to a piece in Evolution News that comments on a story reported in the New York Sun July 18.  The Sun said, “the senator mocked the idea that American young people were so delicate and impressionable that they needed to be sheltered from the concept” and compared it to cold-war efforts to shield students from learning about Marxism.White House Press:  President Bush’s press secretary Tony Snow entertained Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute.  Smith was there to congratulate the president for vetoing the stem cell funding bill this week.Quilt Warfare:  In a bizarre piece of propaganda, Canadian quilt-making mom Barbara West ridiculed intelligent design on her (hopefully) intelligently-designed quilt.  According to Canmore Leader, West, whose quilt showed the earth on a pile of turtles (see humor page), won the National Award of Excellence for her design.  Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute had some smirks about this.Free Press:  Patrick Gavin, associate editorial page editor of the LA Examiner, gave lengthy coverage to Casey Luskin and John West about their post-Dover book Traipsing Into Evolution that critically analyzes Judge Jones’ ruling.WWJD:  Lita Cosner wrote for Creation Ministries International about how governments and secularists are fighting to make US schools Christ-free zones and are erring on the side of censorship.Conservative Backlash:  Not all pro-evolutionists are liberals.  A new group calls itself Conservatives Against Intelligent Design.  See also report on Science and Theology News.National Wahoo:  In the vein that everyone is someone elses’ weirdo, George Gilder of the Discovery Institute wrote a lengthy article supporting intelligent design for National Review, only to be trashed a week later by John Derbyshire on National Review.Evolutionary Faith:  Uncommon Descent found out that the National Center for Science Education is looking for a “Faith Project Director,”  This is odd, because the NCSE argues that evolution is built on science, and creation is based on faith.  The job duties include “developing materials pertaining to evolution and religion for print and web; representing NCSE to the faith community, in print and in person; serving as liaison between NCSE and professional theological societies and religious organizations; speaking to the press about issues involving evolution education and challenges to it; counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and others facing challenges to evolution education.” Thanks to Evolution News and Access Research Network for most of these leads.  Let’s get the ACLU to turn on the NCSE over separation of church and state.  Derbyshire is an arrogant hack who likens creationists to whack-a-moles.  This is a psychological disorder known as role reversal.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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FCPX Updates to Version 10.0.7

first_imgApple continues to improve the new Final Cut Pro X video editing application.  While the update to 10.0.7 does not introduce any signficant new features, it does address many bugs and usability issues.Video editors – it’s time to update yet again.  With FCPX 10.0.7, Apple’s non-linear video editing application gets updated to address performance issues.FCPX 10.0.6 marked the biggest update since the original release and this release simply improves upon stability.  If you’ve yet to upgrade to 10.0.6 you’re already behind, so you’ll want to be sure and update now to get a ton of new features (see the 10.0.6 changelog here).The FCPX 10.0.7 updates addresses the following issues (from Apple.com):The Letterbox effect “Offset” slider is restored.Fixes an issue that could occur when creating a single layer DVD.Fixes an issue in which some third-party effects could cause Final Cut Pro to stop responding during background rendering.Fixes an issue in which some third-party transitions would incorrectly use black instead of source media.Adds support for editing MXF files that are still ingesting.Fixes an issue with rendering Motion Templates containing Image Units.Fixes an issue with the display of the Modify RED RAW settings button in synchronized and compound clips.Fixes an issue with the upload of clips that are larger than 1 GB to Vimeo.Fixes an issue in which an incorrect frame size is used with filters on two adjacent clips with different pixel aspect ratio.Are you using Final Cut Pro X?  Share your thoughts in the comments!last_img read more

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Tejashwi draws flak for birthday bash in plane

first_imgJailed Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was at the receiving end of the Opposition ire on Monday after pictures of his 30th birthday celebration in a chartered plane went viral on social media.In the pictures, Mr. Tejashwi is seen with his close aides Sanjay Yadav and Mani Yadav and Lalu Prasad’s associate Bhola Yadav. However, the day when and where these pictures were clicked is not yet known.Lashing out at Mr. Tejashwi, Bihar BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said: “These leaders were born with silver spoons, they not only make fun of the poor but are also the black spots in the name of a political party.” The RJD leader had on Saturday celebrated his birthday by planting 30 saplings at his 1, Polo Road bungalow here. He also cut a 30-pound cake during the bash, which was attended by senior RJD functionaries. The RJD, however, defended Mr. Tejashwi. “The Opposition parties are suffering from Tejashwiphobia. Why can’t a leader who talks about the poor celebrate his birthday?” said RJD spokesperson Mrityunjaya Tiwari.last_img read more

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CWG 2014: Sukhen Dey gets India’s second gold, Ganesh Mali bags bronze

first_imgIndia’s Sukhen Dey has won the gold medal with a splendid lift in the clean and jerk. His compatriot Ganesh Mali took the bronze.Dey comfortably lifted 139 kg in his second attempt even as the other weightlifters made heavy weather of it.Dey, who won a silver behind Hamizan Aminul Ibrahim in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago with a total of 252 kg, ended up here with a total weight of 248 kg, leaving Malaysia’s ZMD Pisol with the silver and teammate Mali with the bronze with a total weight of 244.Incidentally, Srinivasa Rao, who won the bronze in Delhi, lifted 248 kg.last_img

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Video will account for roughly 70 of mobile data

first_imgVideo will account for roughly 70% of mobile data traffic in 2021 after growing by some 55% annually over the next five years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The study noted a “significant increase” in video traffic share on smartphones and tablets and said that “viewing is gradually switching from traditional TV to streaming video on smartphones”.In the four-year period 2011-2015, the time teenagers spent watching TV or video on a TV screen dropped by 50%, while viewing on smartphones increased by 85%. Meanwhile, cellular data use for smartphone video grew by 127% in 15 months between 2014-15, according to the report.While Ericsson said that the change in viewing habits is most clearly seen by teen behaviour, the change in screen preference from the traditional TV set can be “observed across age groups”.The research said that mobile data traffic grew by around 10% quarter-over-quarter and by 60% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016 and that mobile video traffic is “increasingly dominant”.Social networking is forecast to grow by 41% over the coming six years, but its relative share of traffic is expected to decline from 15% in 2015 to around 10% in 2021 due to “the stronger growth in the video category”.“YouTube still dominates video traffic in most mobile networks and accounts for between 50–70% of total video traffic for almost all measured networks,” said the report. “In markets where Netflix has launched services, its share of video traffic can reach 10–20% of total mobile video traffic.”However, Ericsson noted that as a lot of mobile device viewing time is spent indoors, more than 85% of data traffic generated by the use of smartphone video apps goes over WiFi.The research also predicted that the Internet of Things (IoT) will overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected device by 2018.Between 2015 and 2021, the number of IoT connected devices is expected to grow 23% annually. Of the 28 billion total devices that will be connected by 2021, close to 16 billion will be IoT devices, according to Ericsson.“IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge. From 2020, commercial deployment of 5G networks will provide additional capabilities that are critical for IoT, such as network slicing and the capacity to connect exponentially more devices than is possible today,” said Rima Qureshi, Ericsson’s senior vice-president and chief strategy officer.last_img read more

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Channing Dungey has resurfaced at Netflix as vice

first_imgChanning Dungey has resurfaced at Netflix as vice president of original content one month after departing her role as ABC Entertainment president.Channing DungeyDungey, who was with ABC for 14 years, will start work at Netflix in February 2019. She will report to Cindy Holland, VP of original content.Currently Holland’s original series team manages a packed slate of programming, and in this newly created role, Dungey will partner with her in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large and crucial portion of the slate.Dungey will also oversee some of the company’s overall deals with prolific producers including Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris, who she worked with on a range of projects at ABC, Jenji Kohan, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, and Higher Ground Productions.As ABC Entertainment president, Dungey shepherded a wide range of award-winning programming including The Good Doctor, The Rookie, Rhimes’ series Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder and Designated Survivor.More recently, Dungey played a key role in cancelling Roseanne at the peak of its ratings on ABC earlier this year, after its star Roseanne Barr sent a controversial tweet about a former staffer under President Obama, Valerie Jarrett.Dungey’s successful career in entertainment has spanned both television and film. She partnered with Pamela Post, and formed Dexterity Pictures, a production partnership focused on making both studio and independent films, as well as developing television series.She also served as president of Material, a film production company with a first-look deal at Warner Bros. Prior to that, she served for five years as a Warner Bros. production executive, helping to develop and supervise a diverse range of commercially successful, critically acclaimed films.“Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. She’s a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her. I couldn’t be happier to welcome her to Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.Dungey added: “I’m drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy, with whom I’m excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content.“Given that ABC, the place I’ve called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming. I’m invigorated by the challenges ahead and the opportunity to forge new relationships, and excited for the very welcome reunion with incredible talent.”last_img read more

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