Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With less than a week to go before the primary, it doesn’t look like New Yorkers will get to witness a debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout because, according to Cuomo, debates “aren’t always a service to democracy”—at least some of the ones he’s been in.The governor made this assertion following a press conference Tuesday about his recent trip to Israel with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, and Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre). Cuomo has been mum on the issue despite repeated calls from Teachout to debate her in public about such issues as Common Core and fracking.Cuomo was reportedly asked about going face-to-face with Teachout, a Fordham Law professor.This is how he responded, according to New York Observer:“I don’t think it has anything to do with democracy. I think it has to do with individual campaigns—sometimes you have debates, sometimes you don’t have debates. It depends on the campaign, it depends on the issues, the level of issues, so there are a lot of variables…I’ve been in many debates that I think were a disservice to democracy—so anyone who says debates are always a service to democracy hasn’t watched all the debates that I’ve been in.”Lt. Governor-hopeful Timothy Wu didn’t mince words when he was asked about Cuomo’s views on debates.“I profoundly disagree with that idea, particularly in our race,” Wu said during a conference call with reporters in which he accused his primary opponent and Cuomo’s running mate Kathy Hochul of being disingenuous when it comes to her record as a true Democrat. “We’re [not] talking about people on the street coming in to debate with the governor; we’re talking about two qualified candidates,” referring to himself and Teachout.“That statement makes a mockery of the democratic process,” he continued. “It represents a theory of democracy that I do not recognize.”He then characterized the primary as “a battle for the heart and soul for the Democratic Party.”Hochul also has not agreed to a debate.Teachout’s campaign has been gaining steam in recent weeks as she’s tried to paint Cuomo as a right-leaning Democrat and herself as a progressive who supports blue collar workers and a defender of teachers.But it was Wu who perhaps received the biggest boost last week when the New York Times editorial board endorsed him for Lt. Governor over Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo.Wu, a staunch defender of Internet freedoms, went BuzzFeed-y, rattling off a list of “seven things that a progressive Democrat doesn’t do.” Progressives, Wu said, don’t “vote multiple times to gut the Clean Air Act” and don’t receive an “A” rating from the NRA.Hochul last week pushed back on claims that she isn’t Democrat enough with a video in which she said it was an honor to serve in Congress “despite the politics in my district.”“In the most Republican district in the State of New York, I campaigned hard to fight the Paul Ryan-Tea Party budget that would have decimated Medicare and left our seniors out in the cold,” she said.“I never backed down from our core Democratic values: pro-choice, pro-marriage equality and pro-worker values,” Hochul continued. “I narrowly lost my re-election bid because I wouldn’t turn my back on the president and millions of Americans who deserve quality health care.”Plus, she said, she stands for the Safe Act (Cuomo’s gun-control law) and the Dream Act (a bill that would provide state tuition assistance for undocumented students). They “are the right stands to take,” she said.Cuomo also came to her defense.“Ask Nancy Pelosi about Kathy Hochul,” the governor said, according to Capital New York. “Ask Charlie Rangel about Kathy Hochul. She represented a district in upstate New York that had some very conservative areas, some areas more conservative than New York City, but she’s a progressive through and through, there’s no doubt about that.”Wu doesn’t seem convinced.“She has a record that she cannot walk away from,” he said.A debate would likely clear up the confusion.
Mandora Logistics has loaded out the first two jacket top sections built at Smulders fabrication yard in Hoboken, Belgium, for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).Boskalis awarded Smulders Project a contract for manufacturing and assembling suction bucket jacket foundations for the eleven-turbine offshore demonstrator project in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.The top sections are being produced at Hoboken and will firstly be transported to Newcastle, where the lower sections are being manufactured, and where the final assembly will take place.The first two top sections are expected to arrive in Newcastle on Saturday, 30 September.Marketex Offshore Constructions, an affiliated company of BLRT Grupp, recently completed the delivery of 21 anchors for the wind turbine foundations.The foundations are expected to be installed at the site some three kilometres off Aberdeen in January 2018, followed by the installation of the 66kV inter-array cables and the export cable.The eleven MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines are scheduled for installation in March 2018.As Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration centre, the 92.5MW EOWDC, also called Aberdeen offshore wind farm, will trial next generation technology and is expected to contribute to driving down the cost of clean power.The wind farm is expected to generate first power in summer 2018 and operate for 20 years.
According to the French media, ambitious Olympique Marseille plans to bring the captain of BiH national team representation, Edin Dzeko.In the just completed winter transfer period, French giant bought Dimitri Payet and Patrice Evra in hope that they will help the club to win a championship that they have been waiting since 2010.The current coach Rudi Garcia knows Dzeko since the time they were both in Roma and this is the argument that media is using when saying that our striker will probably start to play for the French club.Moreover, the club from Marseille requires an adequate replacement for striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who has to return in Swansea.To recall, Dzeko has recently refused a wide variety of offers by Chinese, but how realistic is that he will leave Roma, for whom he scored 22 goals in 31 games, it is difficult to imagine.(Source: klix)
John Muir said we should not pity plants as prisoners to one spot. In their own ways, they travel the world as we humans do. Anyone who has walked through wild dry grass may have been annoyed at how many foxtails get buried in their socks and how hard it is to get them out. The seeds were not engineered for socks, but for animal fur. Once embedded, they become successful hitchhikers. The shape of the seeds, along with tiny barbs pointing backwards, ensure that the seeds work their way deep into the fur. The seed may find itself the pioneer of a new land far from where it was born. Charles Wolgemuth [U of Connecticut) talked about this in Current Biology.1 Many plants do more than just cast their fates to the wind; “some grasses, at least, are not so cavalier and have engineered their seed carrying appendages (spikelets) to increase dispersion and facilitate seed burial by converting periodic or random oscillations in the environment into directed motion.” Foxtails may look like dead, dry, inert things, but they can hitchhike, walk along the ground and even bury themselves into the soil. On the ground, they can take advantage of diurnal cycles of moisture and temperature. Their spikelets, called awns, expand and shrink, ratcheting the seed forward. Some of them even have spiral tips that can drill the seeds into the ground. Wolgemuth noted other instances where nature has used ratchet mechanisms to good advantage: snakes, whose skin moves their undulating motions in one direction, and jellyfish and bugs that can use water or air motions to achieve unidirectional travel. Even inside the cell, molecular motors like myosin, the flagellum and ATP synthase (05/25/2009) ratchet up the random Brownian motion in their environment into linear or rotary motion. His discussion of ratchets in nature led Wolgemuth to speculate about ratcheting as a general principle of biology. Unfortunately, this won him Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week :Biology has thus repeatedly found ways of producing net work by rectifying fluctuations with ratchets, and it is interesting to speculate on other areas where this mechanism may play a role. Evolution is one directly analogous system and a comparison between it and Brownian ratchets has been drawn previously. Clearly, random mutations in an organism’s genome lead to fluctuations in phenotype. Reproduction can lock in these variations, and natural selection then acts as a ratchet, reducing the likelihood of maintaining a population that is less competent at reproducing while increasing phenotypic populations that are fitter. A more tenuous comparison, though, comes to mind when I consider my own thoughts, which all too often seem quite random. I must consciously work to rectify these thoughts, plucking out the good ones and discarding the bad, in an attempt to construct an understanding of the world about me. Could my own thinking be working by trapping useful ideas from a pool of noise? One of the not-so-useful ideas, right? But, it has been suggested that certain nuclei in the basal ganglia act as a random motor pattern noise generator. If our brains can create noise, maybe they can ratchet it too.Wolgemuth did not make a distinction between purposeful choice in matters of truth and falsehood, and mindless mechanisms without purpose or goal. He also did not distinguish between physical ratchet mechanisms and conceptual ones (argument from analogy), and ended up personifying biology as an engineer. On fitness as a ratchet for progress, see 10/30/2002, “Fitness for Dummies.”Tip: To get foxtails out of your socks, don’t try to pull them out backwards. Push them through the cloth in the direction their natural ratchet wants to go.1. Charles Wolgemuth, “Plant Biomechanics: Using Shape to Steal Motion,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 10, 26 May 2009, Pages R409-R410.One of the best videos of the motion of grass seeds is in volume one of Moody’s DVD set Wonders of God’s Creation. Time-lapse photography shows the seeds moving around like bugs and even burying themselves in the soil. It’s a shame Wolgemuth had to turn an otherwise interesting scientific discussion about plant engineering into another shallow Darwinian speculation. If he is unable to separate his own thoughts from noise, why should his readers try to do so?Tip: To get Darwinian foxtails out of your brain, don’t try to pull them out backwards. Push them through to their logical conclusions, where their blunt pointlessness becomes evident to all.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists try to make everything about human nature a product of an unguided, naturalistic ancestry. Then why have sermons or seminars on doing the right thing?It matters that we help others: The BBC News asked if it matters that we help others, launching into the history of George Price and J.B.S. Haldane who “evolved” altruism as “self-interest in disguise”. Price even wrote an equation for the evolution of altruism that “underpins a lot of modern evolutionary biology research” today. Price recognized, though, that an equation renders compassion meaningless: “If altruism was simply an attempt to ensure the survival of one’s own genes, could it be considered altruism at all?” Thinking about that depressed George Price so much that he turned to Christ and devoted his life to helping others. He suffered from depression, though, and allegedly committed suicide (see 7/16/10). The rest of the article gave views of experts who deny that humans are genetically determined. They did not address, though, how evolution could explain the non-biological parts of human nature:“If we want to understand behaviour, biology is part of it – it has to be by definition. But that’s never an entire and complete explanation for the complexity and grandeur of the human condition.” – Oren Harman, biographer of George PriceYou can choose not to indulge: According to Science Daily, “Mindful individuals [are] less affected by immediate rewards.” What is mindfulness, though, if not choice to go against one’s natural inclinations?The Good Samaritan chose to be compassionate: Live Science asked, “Is being a good Samaritan a matter of genes?” Richard Dawkins famously advocated the “selfish gene” theory, describing compassion for members of a group as really disguised selfishness. Ohio State psychologists stated, “Dawkins’ view fails to account for the many instances in which humans have helped others to whom they were not closely related, and have done so with no apparent genetic benefit to themselves.” The article left the causes of prosocial behavior a “widely-debated question.”Even scientists recognize the need for ethics: Science Magazine praised a program at the University of Minnesota that helps “Students Propose Genetic Solutions to Societal Problems.” Their “Essay on Science and Society” says about the program, “Instructors coach the teams throughout the semester on experimental design and resources, as well as on data analysis, presentation strategies, team work, and research ethics.”Altruism must extend beyond kinship: In Nature, Daniel Sarewitz wrote an essay entitled, “Science’s rightful place is in service of society.” Sarewitz writes about “the public good,” a nebulous category that certainly would extend beyond one’s immediate evolutionary kin. Sarewitz criticized “the isolation of the conduct of science from its use in society.” He is appalled when basic science does not help with economic prosperity, helping the poor find jobs, etc. He wants science to move “in the right direction — away from an obsession with how much money is spent on science, and towards a consideration of how best to ensure that science investments turn into public value.”Yet evolutionary explanations still dominate: In Nature, John Whitfield reviewed two books that account for human nature as a product of evolution. Whitfield himself thinks that way: “Morality is an appetite for certain types of behaviour in oneself and others,” he states. “Like tastes in food and sex, it is rooted in biology, shaped by culture and imperfectly controlled by reason.” (He did not explain where reason came from). The first book, Just Babies by Paul Bloom, treats morality as an instinct (this is supported by an article in New Scientist that shows newborns can recognize good and evil at an early age). The second book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene, also views morality as the instinctive product of an evolutionary process. Greene, however, thinks morality arrives as a mimic of the pragmatic philosophy of utilitarianism (“the greatest happiness for the greatest number”). Argued using reason by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century and by John Stuart Mill in the 19th, utilitarianism is typecast by Greene as the product of an evolutionary process. In another review of Greene’s book, Thomas Nagel in New Republic recognizes that a blind process like evolution turns morality into an illusion:The most difficult problem posed by Greene’s proposals is whether we should give up trying to understand our natural moral intuitions as evidence of a coherent system of individual rights that limit what may be done even in pursuit of the greater good. Should we instead come to regard them as we regard optical illusions, recognizing them as evolutionary products but withholding our assent? Greene’s debunking arguments add an empirical dimension to a venerable utilitarian tradition, but they certainly do not settle the question.Nagel, an atheist, famously denounced Darwinism and opened the door to intelligent design last year (see Evolution News & Views), earning himself scorn from other atheists and evolutionists (ENV Dembski, ENV Klinghoffer). It appears that the explanatory power of Darwinism to account for human nature is part of his critique. His latest book is called Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.These articles all skirt the main issue. The evolutionists want to subsume all of reality into their Darwinian mechanism, turning altruism, morality and character into epiphenomena of materialism. The others, fearful of the subjective relativism that would result, cannot bring themselves to embrace such reductive ideas. Once it dawns on enough people that reason itself cannot be employed to argue the truth of evolution, Darwinism will be seen for what it is: a self-refuting proposition. You can’t use reason to argue that reason is an optical illusion! Once the deck is cleared of such nonsense, those who can account for reason will remain to employ it in the defense of “a coherent system of individual rights that limit what may be done even in pursuit of the greater good” (Nagel). Logic (which sees coherence as a good thing) will further push them to the realization that rights, to be coherent, must have a Source that is timeless, universal, and unchangingly righteous. Name One.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Yahoo! announced plans today at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to spread its tentacles deeper into the Internet-connected TV market, inking new deals with TV, media player and processor manufacturers, as well as releasing its widget development kit and signing on with new content partners.When we looked at the rebirth of the Web TV last year, we had one major reservation – would people really buy a new TV just for the widgets? “Probably not,” we said. This year, Yahoo! is bringing the Internet into our other devices, so we don’t have to.Yahoo! is stepping it up in the Internet-connected TV game, which is an area we saw boom at last year’s CES. This year we’re seeing much of the same. Skype announced its entrance into the Internet-connected TV market on Tuesday, while Samsung announced today that it will offer the Napster widget on its TVs. According to the press release, new deals with MIPS, Sigma Designs and ViewSonic will enable Yahoo! Widgets to be embedded not only in Internet-connected TVs, but in a number of other devices, such as media players, “Blu-ray players, network players, AV receivers, and cable/IPTV set-top boxes.” This is a big move because, while we may not want to replace our widescreen TV, we might be in the market for a Blu-ray player.Today’s announcement also highlighted deals with a number of new content providers, including Showtime, CNBC, Napster, The Weather Channel and more. But do we really need The Weather Channel widget when we can have just The Weather Channel, itself? Maybe. Maybe not. But the company’s release of its widget development kit to the general public might open the doors to some interesting new widgets. Cory Pforzheimer, a spokesperson for Yahoo!, told us earlier today that keeping the WDK private was an issue of working together with TV manufacturers and software developers. “TV manufacturers weren’t really used to updating after they sent out their units. There’s no such thing as a beta on a TV,” he said. “The last thing Samsung wants is calls when someone’s Facebook widget doesn’t work.”The combination of affordability and potential for innovation here could be just enough to bring the Web back to the TV through the side door. mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
The children of Manipur’s government schools can now enjoy a free helicopter ride from this Children’s Day thanks to an essay-writing contest on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) — which the Centre plans to place in Parliament.The BJP-led government organised the contest for students of Class 9 and above on November 2 to “dispel misconceptions and misinformation” about the CAB, Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam said on Tuesday.While cash awards were announced for the district-wise winners among some 3,000 students, Mr. Radheshyam thought of offering a helicopter ride to students of classes 4-8 who top similar creative contests.“I had the children of the remote hill districts, particularly bordering Myanmar, who hardly go out of their areas.” “My own childhood experience of yearning to be in a helicopter or aeroplane played a part,” he told The Hindu.Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, also in charge of the Transport Ministry, agreed to the plan and the Department of Education (School) set about providing the funds from the Samagra Shiksha State Implementing Society.“According to the plan, the government would be buying the tickets for a 20-minute ride over the State. The three best students from classes 4-6 and the five best students from classes 7-8 who would win the various contests would be eligible,” Mr. Radheshyam said.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES With La Salle trailing 24-23, Cobb scored three straight service aces ending the Lady Maroons’ rebellion and sending the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 card.UP built a 23-19 buffer and looked to force a fifth set after Diana Carlos and Clarice Ramos teamed up for a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDesiree Cheng would score off UP’s blockade and Aduke Ogunsanya followed it up with a service ace that trimmed the margin to two, 23-21.After UP got the 24-21 set point, reigning MVP and captain Mary Joy Baron displayed a queenly poise and kept La Salle’s fight alive with an off-speed kill cutting the deficit to 24-22. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Sophomore Michelle Cobb played heroine for De La Salle as she helped the defending champion finish off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Carlos had 19 points to lead the 1-1 Lady Maroons while Molde added 10. Mentality is back as Galanza showcases best game since return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ironically, it was UP’s Isa Molde who would usher the Lady Maroons’ doom with an error that allowed La Salle to creep in 24-23.“I told them that UP is not an easy opponent to beat, but you even though it was almost impossible to win the team still pulled it off,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino.“My team just needed to display the maturity needed to win the game.”Cobb not only executed the team’s offense with 32 excellent sets but she also did a little dirty work with 10 points, the same scoring production as open spiker Desiree Cheng.Kianna Dy and Tin Tiamzon were the ones who paced La Salle in scoring with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) will celebrate its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala this Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.Special guests Roger Waters, Dionne Warwick, Felix Cavaliere and more will join in celebrating an extraordinary night in music. Performances in R&B, Oldies, rock and a musical tribute to Gerry Goffin featuring members of the Tokens, Toys and Cookies will all take place in one amazing evening.The fifth induction class includes: Record Producer and Music Industry Executive Clive Davis Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Billy Joel Band: Liberty DeVitto — drums, percussion Doug Stegmeyer (posthumous) — bass guitar, backing vocals Russell Javors — rhythm and lead guitars, harmonica, backing vocals Richie Cannata — keyboards, saxophones, flute, clarinet, percussion Lyricist Gerry Goffin (posthumous) Record Producer and Remixer Steve Thompson Singer Debbie Gibson Rapper and Record producer Kurtis Blow 2014 Harry Chapin Award recipient and previous LIMHoF inductee DMC of Run DMC Jim Faith, Founding Member, Vice Chair, and LIMHoF Gala Producer states, “It’s been an honor to be a part of this organization from its inception. As producer of the past five galas, it’s humbling to not only celebrate our history, but play a part in making it! This year’s gala may be the most historic event to date.”“I couldn’t be more happy and proud to be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame,” says Richie Cannata of the Billy Joel Band.LIMHoF will also honor Music Educator of the Year, Student Music and Non-Profit Scholarship recipients and present a special award paying tribute to an accomplishment to mark the anniversary of Billy Joel’s trip to Russia.Tickets on sale now. General seating tickets are $75 and $150, and are available through The Paramount box office at 631-673-7300 or online at here. Premium VIP seating is available, toinclude full dinner and show. For information about Premium seating, please contact LIMHoF at 631-331-0808 or [email protected] are selected by the LIMHoF Board of Directors from an evolving and growing list of people, artists, and entities that were born, raised, founded, or have resided on geographic Long Island (Brooklyn/Queens/Nassau/Suffolk) for a significant portion of their career. Induction is based on historical importance and the significance of their contribution to Long Island’s rich musical heritage. Complete induction criteria and more about previous inductees at here.Past inductees include: Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Carole King, George M. Cohan, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, The Ramones, Barbra Streisand, John Coltrane, Peter Criss (KISS), LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Taylor Dayne, Salt N Pepa, Randy Weston, Zebra, Lovin’ Spoonful’s Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Ervin Drake, Gary U.S. Bonds, Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic clarinetist), Simon & Garfunkel, Tony Bennett and more.Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to the idea that Long Island’s musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations. The LIMHoF was created as a place to inspire in each person the desire to explore and celebrate music in all its forms and to be a place where the music community will find the support, resources and leadership necessary to aim them in that exploration. For more information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, visit limusichalloffame.org.
TORONTO ONTARIO, – Hydro One Ltd. is reporting that its net profit decreased by 11.4 per cent in the third quarter to $194 million.The parent company of Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility says it earned 32 cents per diluted share for the period ended Sept. 30, compared with $219 million or 37 cents per share a year earlier.The prior year’s profits were boosted by regulatory catch-up revenues and a lower effective tax rate.Excluding one-time items, adjusted profits slipped 4.2 per cent to $227 million or 38 cents per share, from $237 million or 40 cents per share in the prior year.Revenues were $1.61 billion, up 3.1 per cent from $1.52 billion, reflecting higher consumption from favourable weather.Hydro One was expected to earn 35 cents per share in adjusted profits on $1.61 billion in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)