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Cardinal: Court’s evolution ruling is censorship

first_imgThe cardinal said he found it “amazing” that a U.S. federal court ruled in 2005 that the Dover, Pa., public school district could not teach the concept of “intelligent design” as part of its science class. The judge had said the theory, which says an intelligent supernatural force explains the emergence of complex life forms, was creationism in disguise. The cardinal said the Dover ruling meant schoolchildren would only be taught a materialistic, atheistic view of the origin of the universe without considering the idea that God played a role. “A truly liberal society would at least allow students to hear of the debate,” he said. Schoenborn’s comments came in a speech this week sponsored by the Homeland Foundation, a philanthropy that funds cultural and religious programs, many involving the Catholic Church. It is the latest in a series of remarks he has made on the topic. The cardinal, who is close to Pope Benedict XVI, has said he wants to correct what he calls a widespread misconception that the Catholic Church has given a blanket endorsement to Darwinism. NEW YORK – An influential Roman Catholic cardinal condemned a court decision Wednesday that barred a Pennsylvania school district from teaching “intelligent design” in biology class. Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, whose comments on evolution are closely followed, said in a lecture that restricting debate about Darwin’s theory of evolution amounts to censorship in schools and in the broader public. “Commonly in the scientific community every inquiry into the scientific weaknesses of the theory is blocked off at the very outset,” Schoenborn said of Darwinism. “To some extent, there prevails a type of censoring here of the sort for which one eagerly reproached the church in former times.” The “intelligent design” concept has been promoted most prominently by the Discovery Institute, a think tank in Seattle. Asked after the speech whether he was endorsing the institute’s beliefs, Schoenborn would say only, “Listen to my arguments.” “I don’t belong to any kind of boxes,” he said. The lecture was based on a talk Schoenborn gave in a private meeting in Italy last year with Benedict, a former professor.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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49ers Kyle Shanahan calls out ‘stupidest’ report of discord

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch looked as comfortable as ever sitting next to each other and taking turns to answer reporters’ questions as training camp opened Firday. It’s been a familiar scene since this 49ers’ regime took shape in 2017.This time, however, they took turns disputing a recent report of “friction” among them.“For anyone to question our relationship is the stupidest thing ever. Hang around us,” Shanahan said with a snippy tone. Three …last_img read more

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Students find unique ways to engage with agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterRaising livestock, growing crops or working for an agribusiness are recognized areas agricultural education students are often involved with as a part of their supervised agricultural experience (SAE). Nationally, there are 47 proficiency award areas for students to be recognized for their efforts and earnings in different areas of agriculture.The Ohio FFA Association has two proficiency award areas not recognized on the national level: organic agriculture and accounting. These areas interest students across the state and allow them to gain skills, knowledge and experience in two unique, yet vital, sectors of agriculture. Keep reading to learn more about two students who have developed passions for these Ohio-specific proficiency areas. Organic AgricultureGrant DeBruin, a junior member of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter, helps on his family farm as a part of his organic agriculture SAE. DeBruin’s family has an organic pasture dairy farm located near Greenfield, Ohio.“I complete nearly all of the jobs that are involved on the farm including feeding, bedding, raising young calves, milking, moving and treating milk cows,” said DeBruin, who also helps maintain the pasture and perform maintenance work on equipment.DeBruin said he is always ready to take on other miscellaneous jobs on the farm, including chasing down the occasional escaped cow. In addition to his farm duties, DeBruin also has a booth at the Fayette County Farmer’s Market where he sells his family’s garden produce. DeBruin has gained valuable skills and knowledge through his organic agriculture SAE.“My SAE has taught me the sciences of raising and milking cattle, keeping pastures edible and alive, keeping equipment in good condition and caring for the earth around me using conservation practices and good farm management,” said DeBruin.As a 2019 state proficiency finalist, DeBruin said he is honored to be a part of raising awareness of the organic agriculture sector within Ohio. He hopes more students will develop an interest in the proficiency area, or at least grow a desire to learn more about organic agriculture.“I suggest that someone interested in beginning an organic agriculture SAE begin keeping good records from the beginning of the project and be prepared to explain what organic is and means – for both animals and people,” DeBruin said. AccountingAccording to Ridgemont FFA member, Mekenzie Joliff, the accounting proficiency area combines all of her SAE projects in order to evaluate her ability to use financial records to analyze and make financial stable decisions. The high school junior said this proficiency area has taught her the value of persistence and having a supportive network.“Persistence is key, especially when I have several different aspects of economics and employment that I am accounting for to mitigate my risks,” said Joliff, who has SAE projects involving beef cattle, market hogs, farm work placement and a service-learning experience in her agricultural education classroom. Joliff is kept busy with these SAE areas and is thankful for those who support her.“I have many people in the agricultural industry offer me support, knowledge and words of encouragement that have been important to my success in projects and life,” said Joliff. She said the networking skills she’s gained from the accounting proficiency area are transferable and will be useful throughout her life.Joliff began her accounting records by creating a budget for all her SAE projects. She said this budget serves as a guide for decision-making and helps her plan for the opportunity of cash flow.“I record expenses and incomes in the Agricultural Experience Tracker [AET], which is a personalized online FFA record book system for tracking my experiences. In addition to entrepreneurship records, I keep placement records on AET, which records the skill I have gained while working for other people,” Joliff said.Like DeBruin, Joliff is a 2019 state proficiency finalist. She is elated to be recognized at the state level for her knowledge and ability to make financially sound investments.“I have spent many hours evaluating expenses and determining how to invest my income. All of these aspects revolve around the need to understand finances and risk management and being a top four proficiency finalist is an experience that I have always dreamed about – especially in the accounting division,” said Joliff.The Ohio FFA Association congratulates all state proficiency finalists. Winners will be announced during the second and third sessions of the 91st Ohio FFA State Convention held May 2-3, 2019.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2011: Big battles in store in quarter-finals

first_imgRafael Nadal is all set for his Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Mardy Fish on Wednesday, but if one goes by British media reports, it is as if the defending champion is as good as finished.Watching the world No. 1 battle through the pain barrier to eventually outmanoeuvre Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6(8/ 6), 3-6, 7-6(6/ 4), 6-4 in a high quality match which ended past 9 pm on Monday, it is clear Nadal is going to do whatever it takes to defend his title.At the post-match conference, Nadal did speak about the pain. “I have to get an MRI done. I felt really bad during that half of the first set at 6-5, when I felt I broke my foot. I asked for the trainer at that moment and I didn’t know I would have a chance to continue playing,” said Nadal.However, as the match progressed and the intensity kept rising, Nadal looked fully focussed and played with felicity. “But with the taping, I think we changed a little bit the direction of the support, and probably didn’t hurt me much. But to run to my forehand was very, very tough for me,” said Nadal.The packed audience at the Centre Court, however, was treated to some delectable forehand drives from Nadal in the final set. The way he ripped inside-out forehand winners to leave del Potro stranded in the corner was proof of how badly Nadal wanted to win the match.In the good old days, when Pete Sampras won his seven Wimbledon titles, he also had to keep fighting niggles and injuries. If people think Nadal is not going to be fit against Mardy Fish, they are fooling themselves.advertisementNovad Djokovic faces qualifier Bernard Tomic in Wimbledon quarters. APTop pros do whatever it takes to be on court in a Grand Slam and a day’s rest will do Nadal a lot of good.Way back in 2000, when Sampras won his last Wimbledon title, he had to take all kinds of treatment to stay fight for seven matches in a row. At that time, rather than conventional treatment, Sampras used the Chinese needle therapy to battle pain and eventually defeated Pat Rafter in a thrilling five-set final.The point is, Nadal may not be a 100 per cent fit but with top quality treatment available, he is going to go out and give it his best shot against Mardy Fish, who is the lone American now in fray.”Yeah, Mardy is playing fantastic. I saw him a little bit against Robin Haase. He’s playing at a very, very high level. He’s a dangerous player, so I will try my best to be very competitive on Wednesday. I need be at my hundred percent. If not, it’s going to be impossible against him,” added Nadal.And what about Roger Federer, who badly wants to win the title this time? On Monday night, Federer did drop a set against Mikhail Youzhny before winning 6-7 (5/ 7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.But barring the first set, Federer did not have to exert himself in the remaining three sets.The classical backhand volleys were also executed with finesse against an opponent who is not a grass court specialist.”Even though I lost the first set, it was good tennis. I thought overall we played a good match from start to finish. There were good rallies, good atmosphere and it was fun,” said Federer.Roger Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. APLooking ahead at his quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer said: “Tsonga is a great player. He’s proven it on numerous occasions. I played a really good match I thought against him in Qatar. I think we both played well in the semis there.” Federer says he is going to be ready for the battle. “I think he’s got the weapons to be a huge threat on grass, make a run here. It’s a tough draw, but I’m ready for it,” said Federer.Among the other quarterfinals, Novad Djokovic faces dangerous qualifier Bernard Tomic and Andy Murray plays Feliciano Lopez.Last eightRafael Nadal (ESP x1) vs Mardy Fish (USA x10)Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)Andy Murray (GBR x4) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) vs Roger Federer (SUI x3)last_img read more

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PBA: Magnolia boosts playoff bid, holds down NorthPort

first_imgThe Hotshots turned up the defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Batang Pier to just 31 points after surrendering 59 in the first two quarters of the match.“It was all about our defense in the second half,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. “We gave up 59 in the first half. That’s the most, I think, that we gave up this conference in the first half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd so Victolero sent his wards out of the halftime break with a simple message: “If we don’t play defense in the second half, we will lose this game.”The Hotshots responded. And the numbers showed it. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “We limited [Stanley] Pringle, [Mo] Tautuaa and [Jonathan] Grey. The defense of our small guys on Pringle really worked. It was tiring, but at least we got the W and boosted our playoff chances,” said Victolero, whose wards rebounded from a tough 97-93 overtime defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.Grey led NorthPort’s first half assault with 14 points. He was scoreless in the second half. Pringle had 11 in the first two periods but scored just four in the final half. Jalen Green, FilAm Sports dominate Ateneo en route to NBTC Final 8 Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bumping off cutters and funneling drives to crammed, uncomfortable spaces in the middle, Magnolia limited NorthPort to just 24 percent shooting in the second half after the Batang Pier shot 58 percent in the first two periods anchored on 26 points off transition.“We gave up too many fastbreak points. Usually, if we give up 59 points, that’s already the third quarter for us,” Victolero said.The Hotshots were so disruptive defensively that NorthPort could only manage eight points in the last quarter—a franchise-low for a team that is currently on a six-game slide after a promising 2-0 start to the conference. The Hotshots thus climbed to 4-5 on a night Paul Lee fired 24 points and attracted a lot of NorthPort’s defensive focus.Lee hit a triple to bite into NorthPort’s lead and then Rodney Brondial, benefitting from the defensive attention Magnolia’s star guard was getting, found open spots and hit four straight points to give the Hotshots the lead, 83-82, early in the fourth.It was all Magnolia from thereon as NorthPort couldn’t dust off the scrappy, bruising pressure applied by the Hotshots on defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–How does one bounce back from a strength-sapping, deflating defeat to a fierce rival? Play another scrappy, bruising game that would have further drained more energy—and morale—had it ended in another loss.This time, however, Magnolia came out with a win as it played in total grind-out fashion in the second half to subdue NorthPort, 103-90, and boost its playoff hopes on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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