Reports Differ on Kansas Evolution Debates

first_imgHow is the debate over evolution in Kansas going?  It depends on whom you ask.  MSNBC News focused on personal attacks between board members (see also the Lexington Herald-Leader).  The Discovery Institute, by contrast, focused on the content of the new proposed standards that allows a “common-sense” approach for teaching all the science about evolution, including the problems with Darwin’s theory.MSNBC’s title suggests that both sides are bickering, claiming “School board members hurl insults at each other.”  But if you look into the article, the only ones hurling insults are the evolutionists; the other side is just putting up their shields.  All Connie Morris said was, after being insulted, “Had you attended, you would have been informed.  You would be sitting here as informed individuals and not arrogantly calling us dupes.”  The article claims Morris mentioned the moderates by name in print, but does not say she insulted them like the Darwinists did; she only derided evolution itself, the article says.  The evolutionists, though, called the conservatives “dupes” of intelligent design advocates and their decision based on “absolute and total fraud.”  Judge for yourself which side is acting with civility and responsibility.    The majority conservatives had invited the pro-evolution moderates to come to the hearings, but they wouldn’t.  The Darwin Party could have contributed to the discussion, but chose to sit and pout.  If they had been listening, they would realize that the Board is taking no position on intelligent design.  The new standards are very mild.  They do not call for teaching creation or intelligent design, but only for permitting critical thinking about evolution such that it is treated like any other scientific theory, not like a sacred cow.  No advocates of a scientific theory would worry about that unless their position was weak.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fewer South Africans going to bed hungry

first_img19 June 2014South African households’ access to food has improved dramatically since 2002, although it has remained more or less static since 2011, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey.Conducted annually since 2002, the survey measures changes in the living conditions of South African households, including access to services and amenities including housing, water, electricity, food, health care and education.According to the 2013 survey, released on Wednesday, the percentage of households that experienced hunger dropped by more than half, from 23.8% to 11.4%, between 2002 and 2013, while the proportion of individuals that experienced hunger fell from 29.3% to 13.4%.However, the figures are more or less static between 2011 (11.7% for household hunger, 13.1% for individual hunger) and 2013 (11.4% and 13.4% respectively).A separate, more complex measure of access to food, the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale – which asks households about modifications they make in their diet because of limited available food sources – was added to the survey in 2010.According to this measure, the percentage of households with inadequate access to food dropped slightly, from 23.9% to 23.1%, between 2010 and 2013, while the percentage of individuals with inadequate access to food dropped from 28.6% to 26.0%.According to the survey, difficulties with getting food in 2103 were worst in North West province, where 37.3% of households struggled, followed by the Northern Cape (31.7%), Eastern Cape (29.4%) and Mpumalanga (29.4%).The survey also showed that almost one-fifth of households in the country were involved in cultivating crops or raising livestock in 2013 – the great majority (87.8%) in backyard gardens rather than on farmland (14.2%).Of these households, the survey found, more than three-quarters (76.9%) were farming for an additional source of food.Of all the households involved with agriculture, 51.7% cultivated grains, 45.2% grew fruit and vegetables, 40.8% farmed poultry, and 51.5% also raised livestock.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Rating the Greenness of Gardens

first_imgA proposed point system for rating the sustainability of landscape plansNEW YORK, NY — Efforts are underway to create a system to rate the sustainability of gardens and landscaping plans. Three organizations — the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden — have joined forces to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable landscape designs.Dubbed the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the project has produced a 179-page report with a draft of the proposed guidelines. According to the New York Times, the report “includes a point system for rating a landscape, much like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which rates the sustainability of buildings.” The draft proposal “goes into detail, specifying the kinds of plants, for example, that can be used to cleanse a disturbed wetland; how trees can be used to shade a building, protect it from wind, prevent erosion and clean the air; and what kind of plantings enhance mental health, draw people outside the building and even engage them in tending the landscape.”Ray Mims, the United States Botanic Garden’s conservation horticulturist, is one of the experts leading the Sustainable Sites Initiative. “We want to make sure that you look at the soil, the vegetation, the hydrology, so that you are improving — or certainly not harming — the natural ecosystem,” Mims told the New York Times. “We’re hoping that it will be incorporated into LEED in 2011.”To learn more, visit the Sustainable Sites Initiative Web site at read more

Bhima Koregaon: HC extends protection from arrest for Gautam Navlakha

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Monday extended protection from arrest of activist Gautam Navlakha till April 26, 2019 in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre was hearing a plea filed by Mr. Navlakha urging the court to quash the FIR registered against him by Pune police. Advocate Yug Chaudhary appearing for Mr. Navlakha told the court that the Delhi High Court had quashed the arrest, but the Maharashtra government filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against it. However, another Bench at the Bombay HC stayed the arrest and it remains quashed as of now.He went on to list the credentials of Mr. Navlakha and said that he has written books on conflict zones and has written for esteemed publications on extremists and naxalites. He mentioned that Mr. Navlakha has written for Economic Political Weekly and is a member of the Peoples Union for Democratic Rights. Mr. Chaudhary also said that Mr. Navlakha was always chosen by the government and the naxals as a “mediator” to communicate with each other. But now he is being attacked by both sides (government and Naxal organisations) as they think he is being biased towards the other.The advocate said, “He is a peace activist, how can this attract provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.” The matter has been adjourned for final hearing on April 26.last_img read more


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5 fashion fads you need to follow in 2018

first_imgIt’s Sequins SeasonTHE ’80S are back in more ways than one this 2018, with sequins set to be a major hit for both evening and day wear. Brands like Versace, Gucci, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Dior have sworn by the plastic embellishment in their upcoming collections, and have used it on everything from garments to accessories of every shape and size.Richa Chadda. Photo: Yogen Shah AMRITA ARORA has already picked up on the trend, with quite a few options of the lust-worthy sequins look–this full-length red gown with a thigh high slit has been styled perfectly with a simple red lip, silver Louboutins and a big diamond ring. Another dressy version can be seen in RICHA CHADDA’s jacket.Amrita Arora. Photo: Yogen Shah However, this is not to say that the style is only restricted to eyes-on-me kind of evenings. Incorporate the trend in your day looks with lighter coloured sequins in more opaque versions and bigger sizes. Balance this with solid-hued jackets, shoes and bags, and keep jewellery to a bare minimum.Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor to Mouni Roy, watch out for the fashion-moments these celebs have to offer in 2018Such Solid StatementsGO BIG or go home this 2018, especially when it comes to wearing a single colour from top to bottom. Saturated hues are the gutsiest trend to sport this year, as seen in collections by Carolina Herrera, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs.Fashion’s front runner SONAM KAPOOR showed us the way last year itself, when she #slayed in this emerald green gown by Fouad Sarkis. The dramatic silhouette is accentuated by the rich hue, and she teamed it well with medium sized jewellery. The trick here is to keep the look classic–take a cue from her faux bob, soft smokey eyes and bold red lipstick.advertisementPadma Lakshmi. Photo: Yogen Shah Additionally, PADMA LAKSHMI illustrated how the trend can be upgraded for sexier outcomes, with this risque bandage gown by J Mendel. She sleeked her hair back with a slightly messy flair, but here again, the jewellery was limited so that it didn’t compete with the dress. Plain, strappy heels, smokey eyes and a nude lipstick complete this look to perfection.In The Pink Of Style”BANISH the black, burn the blue and bury the beige… From now on, think pink,” is what editor of ‘Quality’ magazine, Maggie Prescott said in the movie Funny Face. And honestly, we couldn’t agree more.The brighter, the better is the mantra for 2018, just like Tom Ford and Valentino Resort have showcased on the runway.PRIYANKA CHOPRA nailed it in the head-to-toe pink suit by Sergio Hudson, which juxtaposes the feminine colour with a boss lady appeal. But not just for the ladies, pink will also be gender-neutral this year as was seen at the Milan Fashion Week spring/summer 2018.AAMIR KHAN proves that the colour is the truest expression of confidence, as he paired his pink Tshirt with grey joggers and rugged boots.Sonam Kapoor. Photo: Yogen Shah Make sure you incorporate the shade in your wardrobe this year – either in your clothing, accessories, or even in your makeup with a peppy hue on your pout.Also Read: Kareena Kapoor in this hot, black gown is giving us fashion goals for 2018Pretty Pale PromisesGIVE THE year a fresh start with light, pastel shades that are all the rage on the runway with major international labels like Victoria Beckham, Celine, Michael Kors and Bottega Veneta.The best part is, the muted shades aren’t restricted to summer wear this year. In fact, KANGANA RANAUT gave us major winter style goals with her pastel airport look this week–a belted sheath dress by Dior, paired with a coat from Prada and bag by Miu Miu. Take note of how she has kept the colour palette within the same family range, and added black for balance in small measures.Similarly, NEHA DHUPIA has worn her baby pink suit by Vero Moda with a black lace camisole and watch, but continued the pink palette in the choice of shoes.Aamir Khan. Photo: Yogen Shah As far as make-up is concerned, stick to foundation, a light blush, basic eyeliner and light lipstick in nude and soft shades. However, if you’re in the mood to shake things up, try a bright red with orange or pink undertones for a contrasting statement.Why not go baggy chicCOMFORT clothing that looks like it belongs to someone twice your size is what’s going to be big this 2018, as we have already seen in the collections of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Balenciaga.advertisementNeha Dhupia. Photo: Yogen Shah The look was nailed at the airport twice recently–JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ was a happy vision in her baggy orange culottes, worn with a knot front shirt and a casual sling bag. What works here is the fact that the style looks casual and carefree, which is what you need to aim for when putting it together. This means you can play with colour, size and style, but most importantly, keep your hair and make-up simple–try to resemble something you’d wear at home on a good day.Alia Bhatt. Photo: Yogen Shah Meanwhile, ALIA BHATT’s oversized stripe jacket is another good example of how to style this trend. She smartly paired it with a plain white t-shirt, fitted jeans and sneakers, in keeping with the overall theme of oversized chic. Here again, the makeup is next to nothing and her hair looks simple and cute. Remember to keep accessories to a bare minimum as well.Another major trend to look out for this 2018 is the ‘fringe’ – tasselled details on shirts, skirts, jackets, bags and boots. Yup, it’s mainstream once again.last_img read more