Professor explores creation and evolution theories

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond concluded the two-day Templeton Colloquium with a discussion of creation ex nihilo and Darwinian evolution Wednesday afternoon.The Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study (NDIAS) and visiting Templeton fellow Dr. Douglas Hedley of Cambridge University sponsored the colloquium. Featured speakers from multiple disciplines discussed Plato’s notion of participation in the divine, used in a Christian sense to explain the relation between creature and Creator. Deane-Drummond began her talk by posing a question about the current predicament of science and faith.“How, in a secular world dominated by an evolutionary paradigm, is it still reasonable to think about creation, Christ and spirit?” Deane-Drummond said.Within this frame, Deane-Drummond explored possible answers to this question through secular and religious outlets that engage with the biological sciences.“Evolutionary theory has, ever since Darwin, resisted the idea of non-material forces operative in the emergent beings,” she said. “But, more recently, secular writers are beginning to open up alternatives that biologists are prepared to take seriously. ”Deane-Drummond cited New York University philosopher Thomas Nagel as one such writer who is willing to accept the presence of a non-material transcendent force in the universe but does not credit creation to a god.Deane-Drummond made use of Aquinas’ understanding of creation to bring Platonic notions and the theory of evolutiony into agreement.“Aquinas develops a hierarchy in the ordering of being, from rocks through to intelligent lif, and, ultimately, humanity,” Deane-Drummond said. “Aquinas marries this hierarchal view with Platonic concept of an absolute Being that is the ultimate source of all such being.”Deane-Drummond proceeded totdiscuss evolutionary theory as an enduring hypothesis based in speculation through a biological viewpoint..She said a model of analogy would make best sense of possible relations between the philosophical concept of participation and evolutionary theory.She said suggested analogies included the symbiosis of creatures contributing to the life of each other while ultimately dependine on God. The process of cooperation of organisms through niche-construction theory was also posited as an analogy of how creatures participate in God’s immanence.“I suggest the language of analogy edges towards the meaningful in what might seem incomprehensible difference,” she said. “It is only by experimenting and speaking a language that resonates with those we are in dialogue with that a faint glimmering of insight can come to the surface.Tags: creation, evolution, Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, participation, Templeton Colloquiumlast_img read more

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Perú to add prosecutors to fight human trafficking

first_imgFrom 2007 to 2013, prosecutors filed more than 1,500 human trafficking cases. Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 were the most vulnerable population, accounting for 55 percent of all reported cases. And 85 percent of the victims were females. Of that number, slightly more than half were lured into into involuntary servitude by false offers of legitimate jobs. In addition to sex trafficking, organized crime groups exploit some Peruvian men, women, and children by forcing them to work in gold mining operations, logging, domestic service and other industries. In most cases the victims were lured by promises of good-paying jobs and then forced into labor for little or no pay to work off alleged debts or through fear of physical violence. Forced child labor includes begging, street vending, and cocaine production and transportation. The problem is particularly prevalent in mining and tourism areas, according to a U.S. government report issued in 2014. For example, in La Riconada — a mining town in the Andes Mountains near the Bolivian border — more than 4,500 Peruvian and Bolivian girls were entrapped or forced into prostitution, according to Peruvian police estimates. By Dialogo November 07, 2014 The Peruvian government also announced that it is joining the United Nations’ Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, an international effort to support anti-trafficking programs. Brazil, Colombia and Mexico are also participants in the UN’s international campaign. The government of Perú plans to hire four special prosecutors to investigate human trafficking in regions with high levels of gold mining and tourism – two areas where the crime is most prevalent. From 2007 to 2013, prosecutors filed more than 1,500 human trafficking cases. Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 were the most vulnerable population, accounting for 55 percent of all reported cases. And 85 percent of the victims were females. Of that number, slightly more than half were lured into into involuntary servitude by false offers of legitimate jobs. Attorney General Carlos Ramos Heredia’s department included funding for the prosecutors in its 2015 budget request. They will be based in the regions most affected by trafficking: Lima, the city of Iquitos, the city of Piura, and the city of Tacna, and those offices will function as hubs for the detection and monitoring of human trafficking crimes in their respective areas. They’ll also coordinate their efforts with other regional governments. Hiring additional prosecutors will help Peruvian law enforcement authorities bring even more perpetrators of this crime to justice. Hiring additional prosecutors will help Peruvian law enforcement authorities bring even more perpetrators of this crime to justice. Such exploitation forms the basis for an extraordinarily profitable criminal business. Human trafficking ranks only behind drug sales and drug trafficking as the most profitable criminal enterprise in Perú. Additional prosecutors an ‘important measure’: Peruvian Bar Association The Peruvian government also announced that it is joining the United Nations’ Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, an international effort to support anti-trafficking programs. Brazil, Colombia and Mexico are also participants in the UN’s international campaign. The government of Perú plans to hire four special prosecutors to investigate human trafficking in regions with high levels of gold mining and tourism – two areas where the crime is most prevalent. Additional prosecutors an ‘important measure’: Peruvian Bar Association In 2013, prosecutors in Perú obtained 41 convictions for human trafficking. Under Peruvian law, such convictions can result in a prison sentence of eight to 25 years. Such exploitation forms the basis for an extraordinarily profitable criminal business. Human trafficking ranks only behind drug sales and drug trafficking as the most profitable criminal enterprise in Perú. In 2013, prosecutors in Perú obtained 41 convictions for human trafficking. Under Peruvian law, such convictions can result in a prison sentence of eight to 25 years. Peru prosecutes hundreds of human trafficking cases “We have already had the first meeting with the representatives of Chile and Ecuador, and we are in the fight to make the necessary arrangements with their attorneys general,” he said. Attorney General Carlos Ramos Heredia’s department included funding for the prosecutors in its 2015 budget request. They will be based in the regions most affected by trafficking: Lima, the city of Iquitos, the city of Piura, and the city of Tacna, and those offices will function as hubs for the detection and monitoring of human trafficking crimes in their respective areas. They’ll also coordinate their efforts with other regional governments. “We have already had the first meeting with the representatives of Chile and Ecuador, and we are in the fight to make the necessary arrangements with their attorneys general,” he said. The new prosecutors haven’t been hired yet, but Peruvian law enforcement officials have already brought hundreds of human traffickers to justice. Peru prosecutes hundreds of human trafficking cases In addition to sex trafficking, organized crime groups exploit some Peruvian men, women, and children by forcing them to work in gold mining operations, logging, domestic service and other industries. In most cases the victims were lured by promises of good-paying jobs and then forced into labor for little or no pay to work off alleged debts or through fear of physical violence. Forced child labor includes begging, street vending, and cocaine production and transportation. The new prosecutors haven’t been hired yet, but Peruvian law enforcement officials have already brought hundreds of human traffickers to justice. “The appointment of (additional) prosecutors to investigate human trafficking is one of the most important measures to investigate this crime,” said José Luis García, a spokesman for the Bar Association of Lima. “These prosecutors will be able to dedicate themselves exclusively to investigating and preventing human trafficking. It is an important step in Perú’s judicial system to the benefit of its citizens.” Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. “The appointment of (additional) prosecutors to investigate human trafficking is one of the most important measures to investigate this crime,” said José Luis García, a spokesman for the Bar Association of Lima. “These prosecutors will be able to dedicate themselves exclusively to investigating and preventing human trafficking. It is an important step in Perú’s judicial system to the benefit of its citizens.” The problem is particularly prevalent in mining and tourism areas, according to a U.S. government report issued in 2014. For example, in La Riconada — a mining town in the Andes Mountains near the Bolivian border — more than 4,500 Peruvian and Bolivian girls were entrapped or forced into prostitution, according to Peruvian police estimates. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article.last_img read more

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Are you Bluetooth or WiFi? Why not be both!

first_imgWhen this blog was much younger, I shared a post asking if you were Bluetooth or WiFi.  The premise was simple: Bluetooth represented slower and small-scale, with the added benefit of low-energy. You could make numerous connections nearby and interact with them all seamlessly.  Does that sound like you?  If not, perhaps you were WiFi.  Like your electronic namesake, it stood for high-speed, long reach, and high energy.  Decisions happened quickly, decisively, and everything was high-energy.  However, everything came back to a central location, rather than the point-to-point nature of Bluetooth (Mesh WiFi wasn’t yet a thing).One wasn’t better than the other, simply a different approach.  Which is necessary in our varied industry.  What works in one place may not provide the same results elsewhere.And then I got myself an Apple Watch.What does that have to do with the topic?  As I learned about its capabilities, I discovered an interesting feature.  The normal operation is for the watch to remain connected to my iPhone through Bluetooth (the Low Energy standard, actually, taking our previous metaphor to the next level).  However, if the phone is not available or otherwise out of range, the watch will attempt to connect to known WiFi networks.  It’s the fallback, since, as you learned, WiFi uses more power, thus decreasing the battery life.  Yet the watch adapts as it must. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Criticism ‘not an insult’: Police’s plan to nab slanderers of govt over COVID-19 questioned

first_imgThe National Police have decided to step up social media monitoring to conduct sweeping against what they deem to be slanders against the ruling government in relation to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, prompting critics to warn the force not to take public criticism as an insult.According to a classified police telegram dated April 4, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis called on his personnel to start cyber patrols to monitor the “development of the situation and opinion in cyberspace”. The telegram, signed by the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) chief Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo, specifically ordered the monitoring of the dissemination of hoaxes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, defamation of the President and government officials as well as online shopping scams related to the selling of protective gear, masks and hand sanitizer.It also ordered the police “to carry out strict law enforcement” against those found to have committed such actions.According to the telegram, those who spread false information related to government policies in handling the contagious disease will be subject to articles 14 and/or 15 of the Criminal Code, which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars.Those found to have insulted the President and government officials could be charged with defamation and insult under the Criminal Code’s Article 207, which carries a maximum sentence of 1.5 years in prison, while people involved in online shopping scams related to medical equipment will be charged under the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. Some critics, however, have raised concerns over the police’s plan as they questioned what would constitute an insult, considering that lamenting the government’s policies over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak should be seen as criticism.Read also: ‘Extremely disturbing’: Jump in Jakarta funerals raises fears of unreported COVID-19 deathsAmnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said the plan would have an adverse effect on the country’s freedom of speech and instead would drive people to refrain from expressing their opinions for fear of being criminalized.”Many people feel at a loss amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including due to some of the government’s policies […] Without public criticism and suggestions, it will be harder for the government to know what needs to be improved in the handling of the disease,” Usman said on Monday.Members of the public have continued to voice their concerns about the pandemic on social media, including over what has been deemed the government’s slow response to the pandemic, as well as the lack of protection for medical workers, as the number of positive cases and fatalities from COVID-19 continues to surge in the country.The official government count as of Monday showed that 2,491 people in the country had been infected, while 209 people had died of the disease. Some 20 doctors in the country have reportedly died as a result of contracting the virus.Lawmaker Habiburrokhman of the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal affairs said in a hearing with Idham Azis recently that public criticism of the government or state officials was normal.“When people say the government and the House are incompetent in handling COVID-19, it is not an insult or a hoax. We have to let it go because the people are in extreme fear [of the pandemic],” the Gerindra Party politician said.Sarifuddin Suding of the National Mandate Party (PAN) said it was reasonable for the President or the government to receive criticism, both constructive and destructive.Read also: Turf war undermines COVID-19 fight in Indonesia”Criticism of the authorities is common in a democratic country like Indonesia and therefore law enforcement officials should not forbid people from making their voices heard,” he said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s spokesperson Fadjroel Rahman had previously called on the public to hold back on negatively criticizing how the government is handling the coronavirus pandemic, saying the public should focus on following the physical distancing measures to curb the transmission of the virus.“It would be better if the negative criticism was put on hold first,” he said on March 21.As of April 3, National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said they had processed 72 cases of false information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.He said the suspects were subject to multiple articles, including Article 45 of the ITE Law, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison, as well as articles 14 and 15 of the Criminal Code, which carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Arsul Sani called on the police on Monday to be careful in carrying out their duty, asking them to respect the principle of due process of law as to “avoid arbitrary law enforcement.”Topics :last_img read more

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Patriots launch fund to defend democracy

first_img 18 Views   no discussions LocalNews Patriots launch fund to defend democracy by: – February 4, 2012 Sharing is caring! Photo credit: web.mac.comThe Citizens Forum for Good Governance (CFGG) and the Coalition in Defense of Democracy (CDD) today announced the establishment of the Dominica Democracy Fund to support the pro-democracy activities of Dominican patriots around the world dedicated to upholding the Constitution and ensuring respect for the rule of law.Founding member of the CDD Attorney Gabriel Christian says the Washington DC based group of Dominican patriots overseas is pleased to team up with its home based counterpart the CFGG “in the creation of a fund to help ensure that government of the people, by the people, for the people will never disappear from Dominica”.Christian believes Dominican patriots of all political persuasions and from all walks of life must stand firm in defense of the Constitution as the backbone of our democracy especially in the face of comments from the head of Government that “no law, including the Constitution can prevent him” from violating the qualifying criteria for membership in Parliament.A number of statements from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in recent times have openly attacked the rights of citizens to freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of conscience. The CFGG and the CDD are particularly concerned that these blatant, anti-democratic statements confirm Skerrit’s preference for tyrannical rule at a time when the victims of this misfortune elsewhere in the world are purposefully dismantling their dictatorial regimes.CFGG Chairman Atherton Martin says this collaborative effort by Dominican patriots at home and abroad is an important vote of confidence in the collective ability “to rescue the governance Dominica from the clutches of international banditry that specializes in the sale of our sovereignty and human dignity”.The Dominica Democracy Fund will be officially launched at the start of a Radio-thon on Between U & Me this Saturday from 4:00 pm to commence fund raising for the appeal of the January 10th, 2012 decision in the dual allegiance disqualification case against Roosevelt Skerrit and Petter St Jean.The ruling of Justice Gertel Thom dealt a grievous blow to our Constitution, the rule of law and our democracy and must of necessity be appealed in the public interest. Accordingly, assisting with the funding of this appeal has become the first priority for the Dominica Democracy Fund which will also support other pro democracy causes such as the defense of Thomson Fontaine. In an attempt to stifle his democratic rights, the publisher of The Dominican.Net has been sued by Roosevelt Skerrit for reporting the truth about the sale of Dominican passports and diplomatic immunity. Contributions to the fund can be made through Pay Pal in a few simple steps. Go to http://Paypal.com, click on send money and then enter: (1) the amount; (2) country United States (select payment for friend and family); and (3) To Email: [email protected] releaseCitizens Forum for Good Governance Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Food, shelter grants available to Ripley County non-profits

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency $13,280 in emergency food and shelter assistance is available.Ripley County non-profit organizations can apply for Emergency Food & Shelter grants by calling Karen Snyder at 812-537-2009 or [email protected] . When emailing please put EFSP in the subject line. The deadline to apply is August 25, 2017.To be eligible organizations must be private voluntary on-profits or units of government, eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination and have a history of providing emergency food or shelter services.last_img

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Handbags for Hope Event goes virtual this year

first_imgBatesville, IN —Here’s an event that is not canceled: Handbags 4 Hope, the new and gently used purse auction to benefit Safe Passage.  The event will be held online this year and there will be no ticket or admission fee.YOu will be able to view the purses online through Safe Passage Facebook page or at the Batesville Library beginning August 8 when the online auction bidding starts and ending August 15 at noon. The Kickoff will be at 10-10:30 am. on August 8 on Facebook Live. It will be recorded to view later, but you may bid throughout the week. There are over 50 purses to bid on, many with local gift certificates.Pickup will be at the library or make other arrangements.  To register for bidding send email to [email protected] and links and information will then be sent.last_img read more

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Assam on verge of defeat in CK Nayudu Cricket trophy

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam are on the verge of defeat against Madhya Pradesh in the CK Nayudu Cricket tournament match at Silchar today. In reply to visitors first innings total 401 Assam today bowled out 217 runs in their first innings.Captain Abhisekh Thakuri (53) and Rajat Khan (52) scored half centuries but the other batsmen failed to contribute big scores on the board. In the second innings, after following on, Assam are struggling and finished the day III at 60-4 in their second innings. Biplab Saikia remained not out on 32.The home team are still trailing by 124 runs. Also Read: CK Nayudu Cricket Tournament: Karnataka ready to take lead against Assamlast_img

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Malan, Jordan return to England T20 squad

first_imgBATSMAN Dawid Malan and pace bowler Chris Jordan have been named in England’s 14-player squad for the T20 series against Pakistan after recovering from injury.Malan missed the one-day series against Ireland with a calf problem, while Jordan had surgery in July.Malan scored an unbeaten century against New Zealand in his last T20 match for England in November 2019.The first T20 of the three-match series starts on August 28 in Manchester.Sussex bowler Jordan has taken 58 wickets in 46 T20 appearances for England.No Test players have been named in the squad, with the final Test against Pakistan finishing three days before the first T20 at Emirates Old Trafford.The second match of the series will be shown live on BBC TV.“We want to give multi-format players some opportunity to rest and refresh, while still selecting strong squads for every series,” national selector Ed Smith said.Top-order batsman James Vince, who struggled against Ireland, has not been included, while Reece Topley is named in the reserves.Head coach Chris Silverwood will miss the series, with former England batsman Graham Thorpe overseeing the squad.Ex-Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood will also be part of England’s coaching staff.England T20 squadEoin Morgan (capt.), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wkp.), Tom Banton, Sam Billings (wkp.), Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey. Reserves: Pat Brown, Liam Livingstone, Reece Topley. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Syracuse uses first-half defense to down Michigan State, 75-64, in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

first_imgLate in the first half of Wednesday night’s game, just seconds after Alexis Peterson snatched a steal and sliced through the open Michigan State lane for back-to-back layups, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman called her over to the bench. He relayed freshman Chelayne Bailey in to relieve the exhausted guard, who had played the entirety of the first half without substitution.As Peterson walked back to the SU bench, she grabbed a water bottle from a student manager and took a long sip, breathing heavily as sweat rolled down her face. 10 seconds later, before Peterson even had the chance to sit down, Hillsman turned around and screamed her name.He needed her back in the game.Behind SU’s stifling first-half defense led by Peterson, No. 20 Syracuse (5-3) snapped its losing skid with a 75-64 victory over Michigan State (6-2), Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome. After suffering three losses last week, the Orange flipped the script on MSU, forcing the Spartans into 20 turnovers and 22 points in the first half, enough to build a large enough cushion to carry the Orange to victory in the second half.Wednesday’s win was the Orange’s third win at home this season, and the program’s second victory all-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Peterson as the defense’s head-hunter, Syracuse consistently pressured the Spartans’ offense in the first half, extending its press past mid-court and forcing skip pass after skip pass across the MSU front court. Spartan head coach Suzy Merchant said that over the past two days, the Spartans ran against a practice squad of seven girls on defense in an effort to simulate the Orange zone.“That’s a compliment to us,” Hillsman said regarding MSU’s preparation. “Teams will go seven on five, but it’s really hard to prepare for us.”Eventually, the blistering pace of the SU zone combined with constant pressure rendered the Spartans’ preparation useless. By the three-minute mark in the second quarter, the Orange was ahead, 33-22.After Peterson forced another turnover from Spartan guard Taryn McCutcheon, gliding to another layup behind the MSU offense, Tori Jankoska threw her hands up and shook her head.“It’s disappointing how we handled (the press) in the first half,” Merchant said. “The second half was a lot better, but it was too late. We just didn’t handle it well.”Peterson accounted for four first-half steals while she spearheaded the Orange defense, all but silencing the Spartan’s offense in the first half. The Orange ended the half on an 11-0 run and up 18 at the break.MSU pulled within nine late in the second half, after Jankoska broke the Orange press on back-to-back full court lob passes. But with the lead SU had built up earlier, the Spartan comeback failed. Peterson iced the game with two straight buckets and two foul shots in the final two minutes.“The offseason prepared me for games like this, where I might only get 10 seconds of rest, then I have to go right back in,” Peterson said. “We wanted to really get after them on defense; that’s what we’re good at, and that’s what we’re known for.”With 11.8 seconds left in the game and the Orange up 75-62, Hillsman called Peterson back to the bench, after the senior had played 38 minutes as a crucial part in the Orange’s deadly defense.“This was a bounce-back game, we definitely had to have this game,” Hillsman said. “Our kids really came out with a lot of effort, came out with a lot of intensity, and that was what we were missing (last week).Peterson high-fived her teammates as she grabbed a towel and sat down a few seats over from the coaching staff, wiping down her sweat-covered face and grabbing another water bottle. This time, as the final 10 seconds drained off the clock, she stayed. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 30, 2016 at 11:11 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

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