Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable hosts Wine & Spirits’ Luke Sykora,…

first_imgReddIt Facebook Email TAGSfeaturedLambert Bridge WineryWomen for WineSense Share Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable hosts Wine & Spirits’ Luke Sykora, July…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWomen for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable hosts Wine & Spirits’ Luke Sykora, July 22nd at Lambert Bridge WineryBy Press Release – July 1, 2015 70 0 AdvertisementHEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA | JULY 1, 2015: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemaking Roundtable will host Wine & Spirit’s professional California wine critic, Luke Sykora, at Lambert Bridge Winery, located at 4085 West Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg, California. The Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 3p.m.to 5:30 p.m.  Mr. Sykora will speak to the winemaker’s perspective on writing, critic’s evaluations and working with the press and other media.ABOUT LUKE SYKORABefore joining Wine & Spirits, Luke Sykora earned a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the University of San Francisco. He started focusing on wine in earnest when he moved to California in 2007, and has since visited wine regions throughout the West Coast as well as in France.  In 2010 he joined Wine & Spirits as a wine critic and has moved his way up to Senior Editor of the magazine.  He runs the blind tasting panels for all domestic wines from every region to qualify for reviews, and serves as wine critic for all California AVA’s (other than Napa Valley).Based in San Francisco, Mr. Sykora has his ear to the ground as new wines enter the market, and visits growers and vintners throughout the state on a regular basis.  His perceptive commentary as a taster has impressed many.    Last year at the 10thannual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood, he received the Frank Prial Fellowship award sponsored by Meadowood, the Napa Valley Vintners and Culinary Institute of America. In his spare time, he also writes about beer in DRAFT Magazine.ABOUT THE EVENTThe roundtable meeting will open at 3:00 p.m. with welcome wines and networking followed by a brief behind-the-scenes winemaker tour at 3:30 p.m. with hosting winemaker Jennifer Higgins, a Sonoma native. She left medical school to pursue a career in wine twenty years ago mentoring with Zelma Long of Simi, then joined Lambert Bridge Winery five years ago, after serving as Lancaster Estate’s winemaker for years.At 4 p.m., the group will gather in the meeting room to enjoy tasting and the speaker’s presentation, followed by a question and answer session.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of their wine for the Roundtable hosts and speakers.   Attendees can mingle after the session.  Carpools from Napa, Sonoma and other locations are available.Roundtable chair Julie Hagler Lumgair noted, “We are honored to have Luke Sykora as our guest speaker.  His experiences with wines in Napa, Sonoma and beyond will provide a rich context for the discussion.  Our Roundtable is a rare opportunity to ask questions and interact with such an expert in a welcoming, and quite candid conversation.”Lumgair continued, “The Winemaking Roundtable’s past meeting topics have focused upon the skills women winemakers need but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking environment.” She further explained that, “Held at some of the region’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for women winemakers to connect directly, in a friendly professional forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions.  Some of our recent speakers and hosts have included global consultant and olfactory expert, Alexandre Schmitt, at Cairdean Estate, Wine Enthusiast’s critic and writer, Virginie Boone, at Gundlach Bundschu; winemaking and strategic innovation from Francis Ford Coppola’s CEO, Tracy Geldert; media training at Markham with Sonoma County Tourism’s CMO, Tim Zahner; winemaker’s financial finesse with St. Supéry’s CFO, Lori Felando; winemaker career development at Vineyard 29 with Courtney Andrain of The Cypress Group and a holiday meeting at HALL’s newly restored Bergfeld Winery.”ABOUT THE WINEMAKING ROUNDTABLE: The Winemaking Roundtable meets approximately four to five times a year, taking a harvest break.  Each meeting provides a great time to reconnect and meet new colleagues. The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and, as space allows, to other interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have either emailed and/or received RSVP guest confirmations through the Winemaker Roundtable Chair. (See below.) Please, spaces are pre-approved; no walk-ins by non-members.Details of this event can be found under “Events” on the WWS Napa Sonoma website. To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact Ms. Lumgair at [email protected] WWS ROUNDTABLES: WWS’ eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a safe and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. According to WWS’ Professional Development Director Susan Kornblatt Idell, “Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work.” She added, “Multiple Roundtables have developed for our members in finance, accounting and human resources fields in the wine industry. We also have roundtables in winemaking and the marketing/direct-to-consumer fields.”ABOUT WWS: Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 to help promote women working in the wine industry. WWS serves to help its members advance their careers in the wine industry by providing educational events, as well as aid wine enthusiasts in developing their wine knowledge. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 325 members of which 75% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, contact Susan Kornblatt Idell at [email protected], and for membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at [email protected] or visit the WWS chapter’s website: WWSNapaSonoma.com.Advertisement Previous articleVinexpo: a New EnergyNext articleAfternoon Brief, July 1 Press Releaselast_img read more

St. Mary Gets New Custos

first_imgRelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes RelatedCommittee to Monitor all Government Projects St. Mary Gets New Custos Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 1, 2013 RelatedPrime Minister Hands Over Keys for Longville Park Phase III Advertisements Distinguished hotelier and educator, Jeffrey Lorenzo McKitty, is the new Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Mary.Mr. McKitty was presented with the Grand Commission, appointing him to the position, by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during an installation ceremony at the Claude Stuart Park in the parish’s capital, Port Maria, on February 28.The new Custos was also conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD) by the Governor-General. He was previously awarded the Order of Distinction, Officer Class (OD). The Governor-General also presented Mr. McKitty with the Magistrates’ Roll for St. Mary.Mr. McKitty succeeds notable agriculturalist, Hon. Alrick ‘Bobby’ Pottinger, who retired as Custos in December 2012, after serving for 18 years. The new Custos performed his first official duty during the ceremony, when he presided over the administration of the Oath/Solemn Declaration and Affirmation of Allegiance for St. Mary’s Justices of the Peace. Minister without Portfolio, in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, who represented Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, headed the dignitaries and other guests attending the ceremony.Others in attendance included: Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, who represented Police Commissioner, Owen Ellington; and Port Maria’s Mayor, Councillor Levan Freeman.In his charge to Mr. McKitty, the Governor-General urged him to effectively execute his duties to St. Mary’s benefit.“I urge you to seek and utilise good advice and to be open to adopting the best practices for the conduct of your role. I ask you to continue to give of your best in the mission which all of us must embrace, to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise our families and do business,” he said.The Governor-General also urged the Justices of the Peace and other residents to “support your Custos, as he seeks to carry out his duties on the service to all people of St. Mary.”He also thanked Mr. Pottinger for his services, noting that “he gave good leadership towards the attainment of the parish’s objectives.”“His understanding and appreciation of the culture of St. Mary enabled him to garner support for his undertakings. I believe that all of us recognise the passion and high standards which guided his service to this parish,’ he added. In his reply, Mr. McKitty described his appointment as “gratifying,” pointing out that he was “humbled” by the honour bestowed on him, “because I am acutely aware of its awesome responsibilities.”“As I accept this new position and its attendant responsibilities, I wish to thank (the Governor-General) most sincerely for affording me the opportunity to serve my parish and nation, at this level,” he said.He also thanked Mr. Pottinger, pointing out that “words cannot adequately express our appreciation for your unflagging, selfless (and) altruistic efforts for the advancement of our beloved parish.”Dr. Guy, in his address, also conveyed congratulations to Mr. McKitty, and expressed gratitude to Mr. Pottinger for his years of service.He noted that Mr. McKitty’s appointment comes at a time when more is being demanded of the nation’s leaders by the citizens, and underscored the need for consensus and collaboration among all stakeholders to ensure that national developmental objectives are achieved.Dr. Guy cited Mr. McKitty’s contribution to St. Mary’s development as an example of what can be achieved through collaboration and voluntarism.“He has been a model of professionalism, dedication to duty…and (portraying) respectful treatment of persons from all walks of life. This represents the standard for all persons, especially those in public life, that we expect to uphold. (The) example of this new Custos is one which I expect to inspire, not only the Justices of the Peace in the parish, but all who are exposed to his leadership and his influence,” the Minister said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Jamaicans Trained As Emergency Telecommunication Operators

first_imgThe island’s first batch of specially trained emergency telecommunication operators, who will provide critical communications support during disasters,  graduated on Thursday, (August 21) during a ceremony held at the Scouts Association of Jamaica Headquarters on Camp Road in Kingston.They were trained under the Emergency Telecommunications and Amateur Radio Communication training programme designed by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) with the support from HelpAge International.Emergency telecommunication operators are relied on for sharing on the ground reports, orchestrating deployment of rescue and response services in the event of a disaster.Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, who attended the graduation ceremony commended the participants, noting that they have an important role to play.“You will be the critical eyes in ODPEM’s strategic effort to ensure that community, and national emergency and preparedness recovery occur at maximum efficiency,” he said.Senior Telecommunications Engineer at ODPEM, Ruel Corniffe noted that persons trained under the programme will be able to provide assistance to emergency response organizers as well as provide support to the national emergency operations centre.He informed that the training was mainly focused on persons in the eastern parishes of Jamaica such as St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary.The Emergency Telecommunications and Amateur Radio Communication training programme is being implemented as part of the National Emergency Affiliated Radio Service, which is designed to strengthen Jamaica’s existing emergency communication capacities, focusing on effectively establishing and maintaining disaster emergency communication capacities that could extend to the wider Caribbean. Jamaicans Trained As Emergency Telecommunication Operators CommerceAugust 25, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton Jamaicans Trained As Emergency Telecommunication OperatorsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS Photographer Director General, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Richard Thompson (left); Senior Director, Hazard Mitigation, Weather Services, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Philbert Brown (centre); and Country Director, HelpAge International, Rhian Holder, examine communication equipment. Occasion was a graduation ceremony for the island’s first batch of emergency telecommunication operators held on August 22 at the Scouts Association of Jamaica Headquarters on Camp Road in Kingston. RelatedForum On Logistics Hub Initiative Held In Clarendon RelatedChoose Careers for Logistics Hubcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedPersons with Disabilities Urged to Partner with Government Story HighlightsThe island’s first batch of specially trained emergency telecommunication operators, who will provide critical communications support during disasters, graduated on Thursday, (August 21) during a ceremony held at the Scouts Association of Jamaica Headquarters on Camp Road in Kingston.Emergency telecommunication operators are relied on for sharing on the ground reports, orchestrating deployment of rescue and response services in the event of a disaster.Senior Telecommunications Engineer at ODPEM, Ruel Corniffe noted that persons trained under the programme will be able to provide assistance to emergency response organizers as well as provide support to the national emergency operations centre.last_img read more

Leadership: It’s Greek to them

first_imgIn the annals of mistaken predictions, Wired magazine’s challenge to Apple in 1997 to “Admit it, you’re out of the hardware game” might be worth downloading on your iPhone to remind you the next time someone gives you a sure bet, or in this case a sure loser. In the past 17 NFL seasons exactly two teams that were predicted to win it all went on to win the Super Bowl. From 1979-2014, 13 horses won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and every one of them from Spectacular Bid to California Chrome either failed to win or didn’t even start at the Belmont. All would have been favorites to win—which brings us to the United States and the Ryder Cup. Yes, I know the USA won the Ryder Cup in 2016, but the Americans haven’t won on foreign soil since 1993, so what is the likelihood that Paris will be any different from Spain, England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland? I have been told, mostly by those defending the losses of the U.S. teams, mind you, that match play is unpredictable, that on any given day anyone can win. A fair point. After all, Brian Barnes did beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day at the Ryder Cup. But a closer look at the career Ryder Cup records of both men – Nicklaus, 17-8-3; Barnes, 10-14-1 – it’s obvious that, just as in medal play, over time the best players will win more often regardless of the format. Tiger Woods’ singles match play record (Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, WGC Match Play, etc.) as a pro is 50-16-2. Add what he did as an amateur, winning six USGA match-play events in a row — three U.S. Juniors and three U.S. Amateurs — the argument that match play is unpredictable becomes less convincing. Indeed, by any definition the best match-play players of all time would include Woods, Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, who could easily be supported as the best medal-play players of all time as well. Over time, the unpredictability of match play washes away to insignificance. Only 12 of the 28 points up for grabs at the Ryder Cup involve singles matches. The other 16 are contested in team-play events. To understand the nature of that format, we must go beyond the obvious factors of world rankings and who is home or away and into the very nature of group dynamics, which it seems to me is what the Ryder Cup is really about. In the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers reported what happens when groups of leaders are put together to collaborate. The results were about as pretty as, well, the United States’ Ryder Cup record since 1995. In one experiment, six people were divided into three pairs. One person in each pair was told they were the leader and given complete control of a task in which they were to build a tower out of toothpicks and candy. The leaders were told to make all of the group’s decisions and even determine how much money was to be divided among them should their group design the highest tower. A control group, with no power manipulation, also took part. After this task was completed, the six people were divided into two groups with all three of the leaders in one group and all three of the followers in another group. They were assigned the creative task of designing a business. Independent judges rated the creativity and the interaction of the various groups. The control group and the followers’ group generated more creative ideas than the leaders’ group, which had more conflicts and proved less likely to work with each other and share ideas. More tests followed, with similar results. The research suggests that while leaders are very good at learning how to influence others, they are less likely to learn how to follow. As a result, when groups of leaders get together they may have difficulty in coordinating their activity. University of Texas professor Paul Woodruff, a classics scholar whose knowledge of the ancient world and military background influence his classes on leadership, often lectures about the problems that occurred as far back as recorded history among groups and armies when there were too many leaders. It is necessary, he argues, especially in this era where the assumption is that everyone should strive to be a leader, that leaders also know when to follow to optimize the potential of a group. Professor Woodruff often makes the analogy that today’s business world is not unlike the story in Greek mythology where Agamemnon struggled for years with how to best manage the Greek heroes Achilles, Ajax and Odysseus, who fought for him against the Trojan army. Is it merely a coincidence that Odysseus finally conceived of the Trojan horse and the Greeks defeated the Trojans, after Achilles and Ajax had died? As Professor Woodruff would say, there is only one corner office and only one No. 1. Tiger Woods has been the No. 1 player in the world for an astonishing period of 683 weeks. Phil Mickelson, though he never ascended to No. 1, has been the second-ranked player in the world a record 270 weeks. Additionally, Phil has been in the top 20 in the world rankings 1,085 weeks, a staggering period of 20 years and 10 months—more than twice the time of the Greek and Trojan war if you are keeping count, and 2 1/2 years longer than Tiger has spent in the top 20. Quite clearly, Tiger and Phil have been the dominant forces in the world of golf over the last 20 or so years. Except at the Ryder Cup. Since 1979, the year the Ryder Cup first became a competition between the United States and Europe, six men from either the U.S. or Europe have won four or more majors: Woods, Mickelson, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Rory Mcilroy. Their Ryder Cup records are as follows: Woods, 13-17-3, for a win percentage of 43.94 Mickelson, 18-20-7, for a win percentage of 47.87 Watson, 10-4-1, for a win percentage of 70.00 Ballesteros, 20-12-5, for a win percentage of 60.81 Faldo, 23-19-4, for a win percentage of 54.35 Mcilroy, 9-6-4, for a win percentage of 57.89 Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the only two players that have losing records in the Ryder Cup are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Perhaps too it’s a coincidence that Tiger and Phil have played on seven Ryder Cup teams together and those teams have lost six times, with their only win coming in the most unlikely of comebacks at Brookline in 1999. It is worth noting that the average world ranking of the seven teams that Tiger and Phil have played on together have been almost twice as good as Europe’s, but those U.S. teams have been outscored, 109 1/2 to 84 1/2 points. The combined records of Tiger and Phil on those teams? 23-33-8. The week before the Ryder Cup in 2002, during the WGC-American Express event, Tiger was asked which event was more important to him, the WGC or the Ryder Cup. The WGC, he said. When asked why, he said flatly, “I can think of a million reasons,” which was the exact number of dollars he won that week. That same week he was asked if, because of the formalities at the Ryder Cup, multiple practice rounds and dinners , etc., all of which Tiger had complained about, would he consider one day skipping the event. To which he replied, “Let me ask you a question, would you rip me?” Implying that the obligation to play trumped the honor of playing. The day before the 2004 Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson practiced not with his team, but by himself… on another golf course, and in 2014 Mickelson flew not with his team to the Ryder Cup but by himself, on his own plane, to Scotland. And at the end of the week, after yet another U.S. loss on foreign soil, when he was criticizing the strategy, not only of captain Tom Watson but of every captain that he had played for since Paul Azinger, he said that, “Nobody here was involved in any decisions,” although he had been asked at the beginning of the week who he wanted to play with and certainly would’ve made the decision all by himself to not fly with his team to Scotland. The point of rehashing the inelegant nature of some of Tiger and Phil’s Ryder Cup moments is merely to underscore how in my opinion they have been awkward participants both in their words and in their actions and that, combined with their competing personalities, has been the larger part of the losses of the teams they have played on. The “Blame Game” is never fun and there is no clearly defined responsibility for who’s accountable in each of these losses. Many want to claim that Europe simply cares more, a query put to many a player on both teams and dismissed by all, but none so poignantly as Lee Westwood back in 2002 when he stated that whoever said such a thing was speaking out of their backside, asking everyone thereafter to pardon his French. He went on to say that he had seen up close the passion in the eyes of the American players and that they wanted the Ryder Cup not one ounce less than the Europeans. Many want to argue that the Europeans just get along better and that makes all the difference, as if camaraderie alone would allow them to beat a team nearly twice as good as them over and over and over again. While camaraderie is hugely important to a team optimizing its potential, relationships ebbing and flowing as they do, it cannot be as simple as the Europeans have a few more laughs so they dominate a team nearly twice as good as them for more than 20 years. More likely it has been a combination of Europe coming close to optimizing its potential, a sort of alchemy that has eluded the United States, who has come nowhere close to optimizing its. The various U.S. captains, just as Agamemnon struggled with a surplus of heroes 3,000 years ago, have struggled to get the best out of the two best players in the world for the better part of two decades. It’s the Tiger and Phil dilemma, if you will. Which given the lopsided losses of the teams that they have been on together, is at least a plausible explanation for the results. It’s possible that there simply has never been two stronger competing personalities on a U.S. team than the duo of Tiger and Phil. Jim Furyk’s Ryder Cup captaincy will likely be defined by the impact that Tiger and Phil have on his team, and while both seem to have adopted a generosity of spirit toward the Ryder Cup in recent years, it remains to be seen if their presence on a team can be directed toward a purposeful whole.last_img read more

About That RNA World Hypothesis

first_img Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Tagsamino acidBioSystemscatalysisCharles Carterenzymesorigin of lifePeter WillsRNA world,Trending Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Cornelius G. HunterFellow, Center for Science and CultureCornelius G. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Hunter’s other books include Darwin’s Proof, and his newest book Science’s Blind Spot (Baker/Brazos Press). Dr. Hunter’s interest in the theory of evolution involves the historical and theological, as well as scientific, aspects of the theory. His blog is Darwin’s God. Share Given its widespread popularity and acceptance you might not have realized that the so-called RNA World hypothesis suffers from some dramatic problems. At the top of the list is the rather awkward fact that there is no evidence for it. While skeptics have pointed this out for years, we now see evolutionists coming clean on this inconvenient truth as well. To wit, here is how Peter Wills and Charles Carter open their recent BioSystems paper:The RNA World is a widely-embraced hypothetical stage of molecular evolution, devoid of protein enzymes, in which all functional catalysts were ribozymes. Only one fact concerning the RNA World can be established by direct observation: if it ever existed, it ended without leaving any unambiguous trace of itself.Even this is a bit of an understatement. Because without the prior assumption of evolution, which can and has underwritten a wide range of speculation, there is precisely zero reason to believe this wild hypothesis. No organisms have ever been discovered that demonstrate the RNA World hypothesis in action. Nor have scientists ever constructed any such organisms in their laboratories. This is not too surprising because no one has even produced anything remotely close to a detailed design of how such organisms could function.Wills and Carter also point out negative evidences such as catalysis (RNA enzymes lack the ability to function over a wide range of temperatures) and the “impossible obstacles” to the hypothetical yet necessary transition from the RNA World to something resembling today’s extant cells. As Carter explains:Such a rise from RNA to cell-based life would have required an out-of-the-blue appearance of an aaRS [aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase]-like protein that worked even better than its adapted RNA counterpart. That extremely unlikely event would have needed to happen not just once but multiple times — once for every amino acid in the existing gene-protein code. It just doesn’t make sense.Indeed, it just doesn’t make sense. And yet in spite of these obvious problems, the RNA World has been a textbook staple, presented as a plausible and likely example of how early life evolved.Image credit: DasWortgewand, via Pixabay.Cross-posted at Darwin’s God. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution About That RNA World HypothesisCornelius HunterJanuary 23, 2018, 1:45 AM last_img read more

Hummingbird Study Illustrates Problem with Darwinian Explanations

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Life Sciences Hummingbird Study Illustrates Problem with Darwinian ExplanationsEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 16, 2018, 1:12 AM Intelligent Design Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img TagsaerobaticsagilitybeakevolutionFlight: The Genius of BirdshappenstancehearthummingbirdIllustra Mediamaneuverabilitynatural selectionnerve synapsesnutrientsPaul NelsonPeter C. WainrightRoslyn DakinsciencetongueUniversity of British Columbiawings,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Many people keep hummingbird feeders in their back yards, to enjoy the aerobatics of these colorful, quicker-than-the-eye, miniature marvels. Paul Nelson says, “There’s a kind of jewel-like quality that they have” that makes them so admirable. In Flight: The Genius of Birds, after seeing details about hummingbird science set to dazzling video, it’s no wonder Nelson speaks of the “exquisite workmanship” evident in their construction.The big question facing science should be, “How did such exquisite workmanship come about?” How can a creature weighing only a few ounces perform maneuvers that flight engineers cannot begin to imitate? And yet evolutionists often seem fixated on much smaller questions, such as “How did one hummer evolve to be larger than another hummer?” A good example of this comes from the University of British Columbia, which announces, “Evolution — and skill — help hefty hummingbirds stay spry.” Looking right past the magnificent photo of a hummingbird’s iridescent feathers and beautiful head and eyes, the authors rush to give credit to blind processes of nature, right from the first word.Evolved differences in muscle power and wing size — along with a touch of skill — govern hummingbirds’ inflight agility, according to new research in Science.The findings by University of British Columbia biologists show that larger species of hummingbirds, despite their increased mass, are able to adapt to outmaneuver smaller species.“Studies of bats, birds and other animals show that increases in body mass can have a detrimental effect on many aspects of flight,” says Roslyn Dakin, co-lead author on the study.“But with hummingbirds, the correlated evolution of increased wing size and muscle mass helps larger species compensate for their greater body masses.” [Emphasis added.]You can summarize all the lessons of this study published in Science in just one sentence: “Bigger hummingbirds evolved bigger muscles, and smaller hummingbirds evolved smaller muscles, but all of them can maneuver equally well.” Fascinating. Science marches on.It’s not that the scientists were lazy. Dakin et al. “recorded over 330,000 maneuvers, including many repeated maneuvers for each bird.”How does agility evolve? This question is challenging because natural movement has many degrees of freedom and can be influenced by multiple traits. We used computer vision to record thousands of translations, rotations, and turns from more than 200 hummingbirds from 25 species, revealing that distinct performance metrics are correlated and that species diverge in their maneuvering style. Our analysis demonstrates that the enhanced maneuverability of larger species is explained by their proportionately greater muscle capacity and lower wing loading. Fast acceleration maneuvers evolve by recruiting changes in muscle capacity, whereas fast rotations and sharp turns evolve by recruiting changes in wing morphology. Both species and individuals use turns that play to their strengths. These results demonstrate how both skill and biomechanical traits shape maneuvering behavior.Evolve, evolve, evolve. Everything is explainable by Darwin’s blind process of mistakes that survived the trash heap. That includes “both skill and biomechanical traits” because they are results of evolution, too. Is science advanced by work that ends up saying, “big hummingbirds evolved to be bigger, and small hummingbirds evolved to be smaller”? It wouldn’t matter if they recorded 500,000 maneuvers, or a million maneuvers. The fix was in: evolution would take all the credit.This result explains why hummingbird maneuverability scales positively with species mass, even though mass has the opposite effect on individual performance: Larger species can achieve maneuverability through the evolution of disproportionate increases in muscle capacity and wing size.It’s hard to even call natural selection a “process.” It’s more like a statement after the fact, a filter that allows one conclusion but omits all others. Natural selection is not an active agent; it doesn’t cause anything. The bird doesn’t choose to evolve, and the environment doesn’t make it evolve. The Darwinian just looks at the finished product, and says, “it evolved.” The reader is left looking at this masterpiece of flying jewelry, wondering if anything has been explained at all.Thus, species-level evolutionary changes in muscle capacity and wing morphology affect different, correlated suites of behaviors.No doubt this study took a lot of work, but the evolution statements do not logically emerge from the data. The scientists learned things about feathers, wing shapes, glycolysis in the muscles, and other measurable factors between different hummingbird species. But what’s evolution got to do with it?Given that muscle capacity is the primary species-level trait associated with accelerations this result suggests that evolved changes in muscle capacity can compensate for relatively small wings.The uselessness of evolutionary explanations can be seen by substituting the word “happenstance” for “evolve” in one of their concluding paragraphs:A key result of our comparative analysis is that evolved [happenstance] changes in the wings primarily determine turns and rotations, whereas evolved [happenstance] changes in muscle capacity primarily determine translations. This indicates that different flight maneuvers evolve by [happenstance] recruiting different traits.Lest any evolutionist complain that we’re leaving out the ‘selection’ part of the equation, it must be noted that selection is by happenstance, too. No mind is governing the outcome in the Darwinian view of the world. ‘But if selection didn’t operate, the bird would not survive!’ is the comeback. OK then, how satisfying is it to explain anything with the statement, “If it didn’t evolve, it wouldn’t exist”? It’s like the anthropic principle in cosmology, which (in one version) states, “If the universe were not finely tuned to an astonishingly intricate degree, we wouldn’t be here arguing about it, so it must have just happened to work out that way.” There’s something deeply unsatisfying in that kind of explanation.The paper by Dakin et al., notice, is trying to explain hummingbird differences by evolution. Peter C. Wainright, in a companion piece in Science, points to the paper with the “how” word: “How hummingbirds stay nimble on the wing.” He says the authors “probe the evolution of flight maneuverability in hummingbirds”; he speaks of “the evolution” of hummingbirds; he mentions “the role of flight ability evolution in hummingbird diversification.” Our contention is, what’s the e-word got to do with it? For anything learned about hummingbird maneuverability due to wing shape, tail rotation, or muscle mass, does it help to say that evolution (happenstance) did it? Does this improve scientific understanding of a wonder of nature? Thinking people want to know how this wonder came about. Happenstance is not an answer. It is not an explanation.You’ll learn more about hummingbirds in nine minutes of the Illustra film than in this paper with its 64 references and 18 mentions of evolution. You’ll learn that:Engineers are light-years behind the bird that inspired robotic flyers.Their wings can beat more than 100 times a second.Hummingbirds are built for speed and maneuverability.No other bird can fly backward and hover in mid-air while feeding on flowers.The highly-maneuverable tail is a balancing organ the bird uses to guide direction.The flight muscle represents about 43% of the bird’s mass.Hummingbirds employ 3 specialized types of wing beats for forward, backward, and hovering motion.Hummers have a unique shoulder joint that enables these flight strategies.Unlike on any other bird, hummingbird wings generate lift on the backstroke.The shoulder joint can rotate the wing 140 degrees by twisting the upper arm bone, making the entire wing invert on the backstroke.To supply the muscles with oxygen, the bird’s heart beats as much as 1,250 beats per minute.The nerve synapses fire at an incredible rate to make this muscular contraction possible.The hummingbird consumes twice its body weight in nutrients each day.During waking hours, the bird eats every 10 to 15 minutes.A comparable diet for a human would be 150 pounds of food a day.The hummingbird tongue is about twice as long as its beak.The tongue acts as an automatic nectar trap (see video clip for demonstration).The tongue traps nectar in less than 1/20th of a second, thousands of times a day.Surely these observational facts cry out for an explanation more elegant than, “they evolved.” We respond to these observations, Paul Nelson concludes, like responding to the work of an artist. We doubt that any artist would appreciate having elegant craftsmanship attributed to happenstance.Photo source: Flight: The Genius of Birds, courtesy of Illustra Media. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Michael Behe: Evolution by Devolution

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Photo: A flightless cormorant, endemic to the Galápagos Islands, by putneymark / CC BY-SA.On a classic ID the Future episode, Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe discusses a peer-reviewed scientific paper he contributed to The Quarterly Review of Biology. Behe explains why most examples of evolution in bacteria and viruses entail loss or modification of function rather than gain of a new function at the molecular level. In his view, this poses a challenge to Darwinian explanations of molecular evolution. Download the podcast or listen to it here. Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Darwinian evolution is supposed to explain how new forms and functions arose in the history of life, but when we study the process at the molecular level, we find evolution creating niche advantages not by building anything fundamentally new, but by throwing one or more things overboard. An example of this devolutionary process on a showier scale? Flightless island birds, devolved from birds that could fly. For more on Behe’s scientific criticisms of modern evolutionary theory, see his newest book, A Mousetrap for Darwin: Michael J. Behe Answers His Critics. Evolution Michael Behe: Evolution by DevolutionEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCDecember 19, 2020, 7:32 AM center_img “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide TagsbacteriabiochemistrybirdsDarwinian theorydevolutionflightlessnessfunctionLehigh UniversityMichael Behemolecular evolutionmolecular level of lifeniche advantagespeer-reviewed literatureThe Quarterly Review of Biologyviruses,Trending A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesislast_img read more

MLA hits out at major cake bill by civil servants

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic MLA hits out at major cake bill by civil servants Twitter A West Tyrone MLA has hit out at civil servants in Northern Ireland as its emerged over £1000 was spent on purchasing cakes in celebration of the roll-out of Universal Credit.Universal Credit is a benefit scheme which MLA Daniel McCrossan claims is the most disgusting and disastrous benefit cuts to be adopted and has lead to an increase in the number of people depending on food banks.He says the money spent of the cakes would have been better directed helping the communities of Strabane and the wider West Tyrone areas:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/mccrofghgfhgfhgfssan1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook By News Highland – December 11, 2018 Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Previous articleOver €100,000 allocated to sports groups across DonegalNext articleNew system for fining speeding motorists presented to Cabinet today News Highland Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Jones: It could have got ugly for us

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Bulls bring in ‘Policeman’

first_img The Vodacom Bulls have boosted their front-row stocks with the signing of experienced prop Jacques van Rooyen, who will arrive at the team with immediate effect. The 33-year-old loosehead prop best epitomises the term ‘late bloomer’ as he only signed his first professional contract with the Lions back in 2013 and blossomed into a mainstay among their front rowers, featuring in all three Vodacom Super Rugby finals played by the Lions between 2016 and 2018.Van Rooyen, affectionately known as the ‘Policeman’ due to his association with Pretoria Police rugby club, explored his options overseas and turned out for Bath and the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes before returning to South Africa.ALSO READ: Kobus van Wyk opens up on move to Leicester TigersThe signing shortly follows the departure of Wiehahn Herbst, who left the Bulls to join the Lions. Along with Van Rooyen, the Pretoria team can count Springboks Lizo Gqoboka, Trevor Nyakane and Marcel van der Merwe as their senior props while there are two promising youngsters in Simpiwe Matanzima and Gerhard Steenekamp.His experience will also add immensely in mentoring the younger loosehead props while his effective scrummaging technique and incredible mobility will bolster the Bulls as director of rugby Jake White continues to add firepower to his squad.Photo: BBP Post by SA Rugby magazine  1747  16 Posted in Bulls, Currie Cup, Super Rugby, Top headlines, Tournaments Tagged Bulls, Jacques van Rooyen ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Bulls bring in ‘Policeman’ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Published on July 22, 2020 center_img BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo Jacques van Rooyen ‘ ‘ ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThe Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more