UK joins US as economic growth engine of world

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China bans carfentanil, possible ‘game-changer’ in US opioid epidemic

first_img Good international cooperation and effective early warning systems to track the emergence of novel drugs helped speed the process, Chinese drug control officials said Thursday.China’s action is “a hopeful sign of political and strategic law enforcement cooperation,” said Jeremy Douglas, a regional representative for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Bangkok. “But having legislation is a first step. The law will need to be enforced effectively.”Offers for carfentanil from Chinese vendors were scarce Thursday, but the AP quickly secured five offers to export furanyl fentanyl to the United States. Some vendors also pushed U-47700.“One news I just got is that the carfentanil and furanyl fentanyl etc opioid analogs will be controlled in China on March 1 effective,” one vendor called Ete wrote in an email. “So if you need them pls make it before that day. After that day it will be unavailable.”The vendor did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AP.— Erika KinetzAssociated Press researcher Fu Ting contributed to this report from Shanghai. HealthChina bans carfentanil, possible ‘game-changer’ in US opioid epidemic This June 2016 photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows printer ink bottles containing carfentanil imported from China. Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP The Drug Enforcement Administration called China’s move a potential “game-changer” that is likely to have a big impact in the US, where opioid demand has driven the proliferation of a new class of deadly drugs made by nimble chemists to stay one step ahead of new rules like this one. After China controlled 116 synthetic drugs in October 2015, seizures in the United States of compounds on that list plunged. SHANGHAI — So deadly it’s considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China — until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China’s Ministry of Public Security said Thursday, closing a major regulatory loophole in the fight to end America’s opioid epidemic.“It shows China’s attitude as a responsible big country,” Yu Haibin, the director of the Office of the National Narcotics Control Committee, told the Associated Press. “It will be a strong deterrent.”He added that China is actively considering other substances for sanction, including U-47700, an opioid marketed as an alternative to banned fentanyls. China said the March 1 ban will also apply to carfentanil’s less-potent cousins furanyl fentanyl, acryl fentanyl, and valeryl fentanyl.advertisement Legally used as an anesthetic for elephants and other large animals, carfentanil burst into the North American drug supply last summer, causing hundreds of unsuspecting drug users to overdose. The DEA confirmed more than 400 seizures of carfentanil across eight U.S. states from July through October. So lethal an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person, carfentanil was researched for years as a chemical weapon and used by Russian forces to subdue Chechen separatists at a Moscow theater in 2002.New data from DEA laboratories suggests the supply of furanyl fentanyl is now surging. DEA labs identified 44 samples of furanyl fentanyl in the last three months of 2016, up three-fold from the prior quarter.Though Beijing has said U.S. assertions that China is the top source of fentanyls lack evidence, the two countries have deepened cooperation as the U.S. opioid epidemic intensifies. Beijing already regulates fentanyl and 18 related compounds, even though they are not widely abused domestically. Since 2016, China has arrested dozens of synthetic drug exporters, destroyed eight illegal labs and seized around 2 tons of new psychoactive substances, according to the Office of the National Narcotics Control Committee.But the battle against rapidly evolving synthetic drugs is complicated by the deeply global nature of the narcotics trade and the deeply national nature of law enforcement. Some online drug vendors host their websites on servers abroad to thwart police. All benefit by submerging their illicit packages in the vast tides of legitimate commerce shipped or sent by courier from China. Related: Tags addictionopioids By Associated Press Feb. 16, 2017 Reprints ‘The Amazon of drug trafficking’ Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Privacy Policy Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin, in a single photo Associated Press Please enter a valid email address. “It’s a substantial step in the fight against opioids here in the United States,” said Russell Baer, a DEA special agent in Washington. “We’re persuaded it will have a definite impact.”advertisement About the Author Reprints Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: One example of the kind of global coordination needed to take down synthetic drug barons is the case of Zhang Lei, whom the U.S. Treasury Department designated a drug kingpin in 2014. China shared 4,221 clues with 58 countries and areas in the hunt for Zhang, Chinese drug control authorities said Thursday. Zhang was sentenced to 14 years in Chinese prison last year, according to one of his lawyers, Fan Renzhong.In October, the AP identified 12 Chinese companies willing to export carfentanil around the world for a few thousand dollars a kilogram (2.2. pounds), no questions asked. That same month China began evaluating whether to ban carfentanil and the three other drugs. Usually, the process can take nine months. This time, it took just four.last_img read more

B2B Bank signs distribution agreements with Assumption Life

B2B Bank, Bridgehouse sign loan distribution agreements Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Investment loansCompanies Assumption Life, B2B Bank “Being able to provide financial stability to our clientele is, and always has been, the driving factor for our company. It was important to partner with a lender that understands and delivers smart banking solutions,” says Paul LeBlanc, VP administration – individual insurance and financial services at Assumption Life. For B2B Bank and Moncton, N.B.-based Assumption Life, these programs represent an additional tool for advisors and agents to use when helping clients reach their financial goals. B2B Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Laurentian Bank of Canada. B2B Bank and Assumption Mutual Life Insurance Co. (Assumption Life) have signed agreements for the distribution of investment and RRSP loans. Under the terms of these agreements, Montreal-based B2B Bank will offer preferred rates on investment and RRSP loans to Canadian investors who purchase eligible Assumption Life segregated funds through licensed financial advisors and insurance agents. Sprott signs investment loan agreement with B2B Bank B2B Bank signs distribution agreements with Pro-Financial IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Shoalhaven Boasts New Shaded Picnic Tables

first_imgShoalhaven Boasts New Shaded Picnic Tables Shoalhaven City Council has installed picnic shelters and seating at four locations in time for the Summer holiday season.The $53,174 installation cost has been funded by a grant from the NSW Government. The new picnic shelters have been installed at Paul Bland Reserve, Sanctuary Point; Crookhaven Headland, Culburra; Warrain Crescent, Currarong, and Mark Radium Park, Berry.Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley is delighted with the improved picnic facilities in the popular tourist locations.“I’m grateful for the State Government’s assistance to improve community facilities for residents and visitors. Outdoor social gatherings are a great way to connect with friends and family, particularly while we still need to be COVID safe,” she said.“Shaded picnic tables are sought after locations this time of year as protection from the midday sun is vital. Council is committed to providing facilities that enhance the community’s ability to enjoy the natural beauty, sparkling beaches, beautiful headlands and tranquil waterways our region is known for.“Council reserves are ideal locations for family fun days and activities, BBQ’s, gatherings and celebrations. Each shelter provides an inclusive meal location with even concrete paths and surfaces that are wheelchair or walking frame friendly,” said Clr Findley.Image: Crookhaven Headland picnic shelter and seating. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:BBQ, Berry, community, council, Culburra, Currarong, Family, Government, Holiday, local council, NSW, Sanctuary Point, season, Shoalhaven, Shoalhaven City Council, sunlast_img read more

Clark County TODAY • Episode 9 • Dec. 20, 2019

first_imgCourt docs: Nikki Kuhnhausen strangled after revealing she was biologically male guestLabel Posted by Paul Valencia|Wednesday, December 18, 2019 |in : SportsSigning Day: Patience pays off for Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli Police believe the suspect, David Bogdanov, was ‘enraged’ at the revelation VANCOUVER — The circumstances surrounding the murder of a transgender Vancouver teen became a…Read more Posted by Jacob Granneman|Thursday, December 19, 2019 |in : BusinessVancouver Downtown Association helps future business take off from the launchpad Posted by Chris Brown|Thursday, December 19, 2019 |in : NewsAtmospheric river expected to bring heavy rains to Clark County Boys basketball: Union knows there are no rings for December wins Woodland Walmart hosts ninth annual Shop with a Cop Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). The Downtown Vancouver Launchpad competition, hosted by Vancouver Downtown Association, is now accepting applications from members of the regional community who have new…Read more Woodland Walmart hosts ninth annual Shop with a Cop guestLabel Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Posted by Chris Brown|Wednesday, December 18, 2019 |in : NewsCourt docs: Nikki Kuhnhausen strangled after revealing she was biologically male Vancouver Downtown Association helps future business take off from the launchpad Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Signing Day: Patience pays off for Hockinson’s Sawyer Racanelli Posted by Jacob Granneman|Monday, December 16, 2019 |in : YouthWoodland Walmart hosts ninth annual Shop with a Cop A Flood Watch has been issued for NW Oregon and SW Washington as an “atmospheric river” is expected to bring heavy rain to the region through Saturday.Read more The ninth annual Shop with a Cop event featured over 50 officers from law enforcement agencies in both Clark and Cowlitz counties, as well as Washington Department of Fis…Read more Receiver signs with Huskies; plus more signings from Camas, Skyview and Union Sawyer Racanelli says he is more spiritual and more patient these days. He is also, official…Read more Posted by Jacob Granneman|Monday, December 16, 2019 |in : YouthWoodland Walmart hosts ninth annual Shop with a Cop Posted by Paul Valencia|Thursday, December 19, 2019 |in : SportsBoys basketball: Union knows there are no rings for December wins The Union boys basketball team is off to another fast start this season, but the Titans also understand that legends are made in February and March.Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : City of Vancouver issues request for proposals for new Navigation Center operator Next : SMAC meeting discusses EPA results from Yacolt Mountain and new members’ issues from Livingston MountainAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Clark County TODAY • Episode 9 • Dec. 20, 2019Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, December 20, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Chris Brown highlights the top stories this week from Details released in murder of Nikolas ‘Nikki’ Kuhnhausen ; Atmospheric River brings heavy rains to the Northwest ; Washington State Patrol mobile impaired driving unit helps with enforcement in Clark County ; Livingston Mountain neighbors join committee examining Yacolt Mountain mining operations ; Woodland children get to shop with a cop ; Vancouver Downtown Association sets up launchpad for new downtown business ; Where Clark County athletes ended up on early signing day ; Union Titans boys basketball experiencing early season success The ninth annual Shop with a Cop event featured over 50 officers from law enforcement agencies in both Clark and Cowlitz counties, as well as Washington Department of Fis…Read more Atmospheric river expected to bring heavy rains to Clark Countylast_img read more

PM wants constitutional matters settled by 50th anniversary

first_imgRelatedPM wants constitutional matters settled by 50th anniversary RelatedPM wants constitutional matters settled by 50th anniversary Advertisements PM wants constitutional matters settled by 50th anniversary CultureMay 11, 2011 By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter RelatedPM wants constitutional matters settled by 50th anniversary FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has urged the joint team set up to look at the issue of Jamaica’s final appellate court to pursue those discussions in earnest and with urgency. He said that for more than 30 years, the country has been deliberating on these changes to its Constitution that are designed to “affirm the sovereignty of our people, consolidate our independence, strengthen the rights of our citizens and provide Constitutional safeguards for good governance.” “Next year, we will celebrate our 50th year of Independence. It would be a misfortune if we were to do so with this important unfinished business still in limbo. We would give added meaning and significance to those celebrations if we were to hold that referendum prior to August next year and have the new constitutional framework as part of that celebration,” Mr. Golding said. The Prime Minister, who was making his contribution to the 2011/12 Budget debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 10, also proposed that the team consider the issue of the method of appointment of the head of state. “We had already agreed that this appointment would be by way of a two-thirds majority of both Houses of Parliament. The disagreement arises from our position that it should be a two-thirds majority of each House while the Opposition insists that it should be a two-thirds majority of both Houses voting in joint session,” Mr. Golding stated. He added that “we must be able to find a way to resolve that difference as well as the matter of our final appellate court so that next year we can celebrate more than just 50 years since 1962.”last_img read more

Crunch Time

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. – Two-minute drill. Bottom of the ninth. Crunch time. Whichever sports metaphor you prefer, it can be applied to this week’s Wyndham Championship. Players have one final chance to jockey for FedEx Cup playoff position, although many in the field are simply trying to secure playing privileges for next season. Given only 72 holes to improve their season-long standing, some will wilt under the pressure. Others, though, have been under a similar spotlight before and continue to thrive. Heath Slocum knows what this feels like. It was only two years ago that Slocum came to Sedgefield Country Club at No. 128 in the FedEx Cup standings, on the outside looking in. He tied for 31st, which was enough to propel him to No. 124 in points and punch his ticket to the playoffs. He remains the most recent player to crack the top 125 in the final regular-season event. Slocum also knows the value of simply earning a spot at the dance. It was five years ago that he entered the postseason at No. 124, only to hold off the likes of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker to win The Barclays at Liberty National. The win vaulted him up the standings, and he went on to make the 2009 Tour Championship. This week, Slocum’s hole is a bit deeper. At No. 158 in points, he likely needs a top-three finish to make it to The Barclays, but he’s halfway there after rounds of 65-65 put him atop the leaderboard with Scott Langley in Greensboro. Wyndham Championship: Articles, videos and photos The key for dealing with do-or-die pressure, according to Slocum? Just let go. “That’s been one of my biggest things, sometimes it’s just getting out of my own way, just stop trying to do too much,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to take a step back and just go, ‘Have fun with it. Go play.’” Slocum has done just that through two rounds at Sedgefield, grabbing the pole position heading into the weekend as he looks to win on Tour for the fifth time, and first since the 2010 McGladrey Classic. He missed the cut in each of his last two starts, but the 40-year-old claims to have found a spark during practice last week. “I said, ‘You know what? It’s all here. See if you can’t go play golf and enjoy it,’” he said. “I mean, sometimes you just go and enjoy yourself and you play some of your best golf.” Like Slocum, Andrew Loupe is in familiar territory. Loupe has become a poster child for last-minute comebacks in recent years, a trend that began when he holed a 6-foot putt to make it through the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School in 2012. After a debut season on the Tour in 2013, Loupe needed to hole a putt of similar length at the final regular-season event to qualify for the inaugural Tour Finals. Drained it. Then after missed cuts in each of the first three Finals events, he came to the Tour Championship in dire need of a big result. After four straight rounds in the 60s, he left with a T-6 finish and a PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season. Now he’s at it again, entering the week at No. 145 in the FedEx Cup standings and likely in need of a top-six finish to crack the top 125 and sew up a PGA Tour card for 2015. “I’ve been in this position before. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s pretty similar,” Loupe said. “That’s something I tell myself to remind myself, for security and confidence. You have to believe in yourself, and do your best to stay in the present. I know people say that all the time, but it’s true.” Loupe has had no trouble staying in the present this week, and after rounds of 65 and 68 he sits three shots behind Slocum. The pressure-cooker that causes trouble for so many players is one that Loupe is comfortable with, and as a multi-sport athlete growing up he enjoys competing when the stakes are high. “It’s an enjoyable stress level, I guess,” he said. “There’s nothing better than playing in front of a bunch of people with something on the line. It’s a great feeling.” For Slocum, the goal is still maintaining his full-time status with a high finish this week, but the Tour Finals serve as a suitable back-up plan. Last year, he joined Loupe as one of 25 players to survive the four-event gauntlet and earn cards for this season. His plan, then, is to build momentum – whether his destination beyond this week is New Jersey for the playoffs, or Fort Wayne, Ind., for the Finals – and enjoy the opportunity to be back in the mix over the weekend. “No matter win, lose or draw, I will go have fun the next two days,” he said. “I do miss this feeling of being in contention. So not being in contention for a while, I’m going to savor it.”last_img read more

ID’s Top Six — The Origin of Irreducibly Complex Molecular Machines

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Second, on kinesin: Casey LuskinAssociate Director, Center for Science and CultureCasey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.Follow CaseyProfileWebsite Share Life Sciences ID’s Top Six — The Origin of Irreducibly Complex Molecular MachinesCasey LuskinNovember 10, 2017, 1:47 AM Editor’s note: In the past we’ve offered the top 10 problems with Darwinian evolution (see here for a fuller elaboration), and the top five problems with origin-of-life theories. But somehow we neglected to offer a parallel listing of the top evidence supporting intelligent design. Many different sources pointing to design in nature could be adduced, but we decided to distill it all down to six major lines of evidence. Sure, five or ten would have been more conventional, but when did ID advocates start playing to expectations?So here they are, their order simply reflecting that in which they must logically have occurred within our universe. Material is adapted from the textbook Discovering Intelligent Design, which is an excellent resource for introducing the evidence for ID, along with Stephen Meyer’s books Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt.4. The Origin of Irreducibly Complex Molecular MachinesMolecular machines are another compelling line of evidence for intelligent design, as there is no known cause, other than intelligent design, that can produce machine-like structures with multiple interacting parts. In a well-known 1998 article in the journal Cell, former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Bruce Alberts explained the astounding nature of molecular machines:[T]he entire cell can be viewed as a factory that contains an elaborate network of interlocking assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein machines.… Why do we call the large protein assemblies that underlie cell function protein machines? Precisely because, like machines invented by humans to deal efficiently with the macroscopic world, these protein assemblies contain highly coordinated moving parts.There are numerous molecular machines known to biology (this article describes 40 of them). Here’s a description of two well-known molecular machines from Discovering Intelligent Design:Ribosome: The ribosome is a multi-part machine responsible for translating the genetic instructions during the assembly of proteins. According to Craig Venter, a widely respected biologist, the ribosome is “an incredibly beautiful complex entity” which requires a minimum of 53 proteins. Bacterial cells may contain up to 100,000 ribosomes, and human cells may contain millions. Biologist Ada Yonath, who won the Nobel Prize for her work on ribosomes, observes that they are “ingeniously designed for their functions.”ATP Synthase: ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the primary energy-carrying molecule in all cells. In many organisms, it is generated by a protein-based molecular machine called ATP synthase. This machine is composed of two spinning rotary motors connected by an axle. As it rotates, bumps on the axle push open other protein subunits, providing the mechanical energy needed to generate ATP. In the words of cell biologist David Goodsell, “ATP synthase is one of the wonders of the molecular world.”But could molecular machines evolve by Darwinian mechanisms? Discovering Intelligent Design explains why this is highly improbable due to the irreducibly complex nature of many molecular machines:Many cellular features, such as molecular machines, require multiple interactive parts to function. Behe has further studied the ability of Darwinism to explain these multipart structures.In his book Darwin’s Black Box, Behe coined the term irreducible complexity to describe a system that fails Darwin’s test of evolution:“What type of biological system could not be formed by ‘numerous successive slight modifications’? Well, for starters, a system that is irreducibly complex. By irreducibly complex I mean a single system which is composed of several interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, and where the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.”As suggested earlier, Darwinism requires that structures remain functional along each small step of their evolution. However, irreducibly complex structures cannot evolve in a step-by-step fashion because they do not function until all of their parts are present and working. Multiple parts requiring numerous mutations would be necessary to get any function at all — an event that is extremely unlikely to occur by chance.One famous example of an irreducibly complex molecular machine is the bacterial flagellum. The flagellum is a micro-molecular propeller assembly driven by a rotary engine that propels bacteria toward food or a hospitable living environment. There are various types of flagella, but all function like a rotary engine made by humans, as found in some car and boat motors.Flagella contain many parts that are familiar to human engineers, including a rotor, a stator, a drive shaft, a u-joint, and a propeller. As one molecular biologist wrote in the journal Cell, “[m]ore so than other motors, the flagellum resembles a machine designed by a human.”Genetic knockout experiments by microbiologist Scott Minnich show that the flagellum fails to assemble or function properly if any one of its approximately 35 genes is removed. In this all-or-nothing game, mutations cannot produce the complexity needed to evolve a functional flagellum one step at a time, and the odds are too daunting for it to assemble in one great leap.What about the objection that molecular machines can evolve through co-option of pre-existing parts and components? Again, Discovering Intelligent Design explains why this proposition fails — and why molecular machines point to design:Irreducibly complex structures point to design because they contain high levels of specified complexity — i.e., they have unlikely arrangements of parts, all of which are necessary to achieve a specific function.ID critics counter that such structures can be built by co-opting parts from one job in the cell to another.Co-option: To take and use for another purpose. In evolutionary biology, it is a highly speculative mechanism where blind and unguided processes cause biological parts to be borrowed and used for another purpose.Of course we could find many more pieces of evidence supporting ID, but sometimes shorter is more readable, and five makes for a nice concise blog post that we hope you can pass around and share with friends.But there are multiple problems co-option can’t solve.First, not all parts are available elsewhere. Many are unique. In fact, most flagellar parts are found only in flagella.Second, machine parts are not necessarily easy to interchange. Grocery carts and motorcycles both have wheels, but one could not be borrowed from the other without significant modification. At the molecular level, where small changes can prevent two proteins from interacting, this problem is severe.Third, complex structures almost always require a specific order of assembly. When building a house, a foundation must be laid before walls can be added, windows can’t be installed until there are walls, and a roof can’t be added until the frame complete. As another example, one could shake a box of computer parts for thousands of years, but a functional computer would never form.Thus, merely having the necessary parts available is not enough to build a complex system because specific assembly instructions must be followed. Cells use complex assembly instructions in DNA to direct how parts will interact and combine to form molecular machines. Proponents of co-option never explain how those instructions arise.To attempt to explain irreducible complexity, ID critics often promote wildly speculative stories about co-option. But ID theorists William Dembski and Jonathan Witt observe that in our actual experience, there is only one known cause that can modify and co-opt machine parts into new systems:“What is the one thing in our experience that co-opts irreducibly complex machines and uses their parts to build a new and more intricate machine? Intelligent agents.”Two videos, produced by Discovery Institute, explain the complexity and design of some well-known molecular machines, with memorable animations. First, on ATP synthase: 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 Allcenter_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Image at top: Kinesin at work in the cell, from “Kinesin: The Workhorse of the Cell,” via Discovery Institute. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Intelligent Design TagsAda YonathATP synthasebiologyBruce Albertscell’sco-optionCraig VenterDarwin’s Black BoxDavid GoodsellDiscovering Intelligent DesignevolutionID’s Top Sixintelligent designIrreducible ComplexityJonathan WittkinesinMichael Behemolecular machinesNational Academy of SciencesribosomesWilliam Dembski,Trendinglast_img read more

More Than 1,000 People Turn Out for Peaceful Protest in Kalispell

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. When the protesters arrived at Depot Park, they were met by high-powered rifles, carried by men who said they were there to keep the peace. What followed was more than four hours of peaceful protest and a sense of cautious optimism on a rainy Saturday night in downtown Kalispell.More than 1,000 people demonstrated to support the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement, a significant turnout in Flathead County where the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population is 95 percent white. Protesters kneeled for more than eight minutes in memory of George Floyd, the unarmed black man whose killing was caught on video in Minneapolis late last month, and chanted slogans from “no justice, no peace” to “black lives matter.” They waved signs and crowded sidewalks for more than a block in downtown Kalispell, and their presence inspired a cacophony of car horns, squealing tires, thick black exhaust and emotional reactions, both in support and opposition to their cause, from vehicles driving by on U.S. Highway 93.But the uneasy dynamic between emotional protesters and heavily armed citizens hung in the humid air all night. The armed group of mostly men arrived at Depot Park hours before the protest was scheduled to begin, with many circling the Flathead County Veterans Memorial in an effort to protect it from an attack from an “outside entity.” At least some of the people who came armed were connected with the Flathead Patriot Guard, a group founded “to fight radicalism and protect what’s near and dear to us such as our families, local and small businesses, veterans memorials, historic landmarks, law enforcement and civilians alike.”“The group is designed to make sure that this event, this protest, is conducted as safely as possible for the protesters,” Josh Williams, representing the Patriot Guard, said. “That’s our whole goal of being out here. We want to ensure safety for the entire community. We don’t want to cause fear. We don’t want to cause anxiety.”Members of the Patriot Guard coordinated their appearance with organizers of the protest, and an hour before the protest was to begin, leaders of the guard gathered more than a hundred people, many of whom were armed, around the Depot Park gazebo to talk about why they were there. Williams offered support for the protest and implored those carrying guns only to work to keep the peace, and two of the protest’s young organizers spoke to the same group and explained their mission — a peaceful protest in a place where expressing ideologies like Black Lives Matter can feel daunting.Asked if he worried that the show of force could be intimidating to the protesters whom he and his group said they were protecting, Williams said it was something “we definitely took under consideration.”“However, just as it’s their First Amendment right to be out there protesting, it’s our Second Amendment right to be out here and (have) all the things that we choose to use to protect our communities, our families, our homes,” he continued. “We are hopeful that the show of force is more of a show of community, not necessarily that we’re trying to intimidate.”There were no significant confrontations between the protesters and the “peacekeepers,” but the presence of so many guns, displayed prominently in accordance with Montana’s open-carry laws, left many in attendance feeling on edge. Some groups of armed men approached protesters to begin a dialogue, but even that sometimes did little to create an understanding. In one instance, a group of three armed men struck up a conversation with two women who were protesting. They listened to each other but one of the women, Jessica Maldonado, had a difficult time overlooking the weaponry, at one point showing her trembling hand to the men to make her point.“I’ve been talking to a lot of people and everyone has been open to having a dialogue, which I think is the most important thing,” she said. “But I think it’s really scary to be around this many guns.”The large protest crowd came out of a conversation between two 17-year-old Kalispell girls who later recruited a handful of other friends to try and organize a small gathering. When one of them started a Facebook page called “I Can’t Breathe,” the event took off and turned into Saturday’s showing.“We don’t see anything like this in Montana, especially when it comes to racial injustices,” Anja Parmer, one of the organizers, said. “And I think it’s important to bring that to light because everyone here is kind of scared to protest about things like that, just because of where we live. I just got it in my head and thought I want to make a change, and I think this is a good way to do it.”“A lot of racism is systemic,” co-organizer Alexis Meredith said. “There’s hundreds of years of oppression toward people of color, even if I don’t understand it completely because I don’t have to worry about walking down the road and fearing for my life (or) fearing for my life if I get pulled over. That’s exactly what white privilege is. Because a lot of people of color, they do have to feel that, and they do have to deal with years of injustice.”Some protesters delivered additional messages throughout the evening, advocating for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and LGBTQ rights, calling for police reform and vocalizing their displeasure with President Donald Trump. As the evening wore on, a small group of protesters and armed men faced off in front of the Veterans Memorial, chanting opposing slogans — a la “black lives matter” versus “all lives matter” — and raising each other’s blood pressure, but no physical confrontations occurred.The Kalispell Police Department had several uniformed officers on hand for all of it, and they stepped in to diffuse a handful of verbal skirmishes. Little understanding seemed to be struck when those with opposing views did engage during the protest, which one attendee compared to the crowd at a football game where both sides cheered their own without attempting to reach a middle ground.But the original message, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and racial equality, was delivered strongly. The large contingent included representation from throughout Northwest Montana and persevered through rain that persisted throughout the night. And there was at least one family who left the protests with some optimism. Valeri McGarvey held a sign that read “Mennonites for Black Lives Matter” and attended the rally with her husband and her parents, David and Barbara Walden.The Waldens said they took a young McGarvey to a rally in Boulder, Colorado led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 1960s and have watched for more than 50 years as African-Americans have continued to be forced to fight for equal rights. They said the protests of 2020, though, felt like different. And Saturday in Kalispell, at a largely white protest in a largely white town, felt important.“I’m not an optimistic person, but I’m optimistic about this one,” David Walden said. “It’s so widespread. It’s ubiquitous. Everybody seems to be aware of what’s going on and getting involved one way or another.”“Look at the color of this crowd,” Barbara added. “They’re here because a black person was killed, because they care about black lives. It’s amazing to me.”[email protected] Emaillast_img read more

Summer University: The Politics of Ethnicity, Nationality and Citizenship, Hungary

first_imgSummer University: The Politics of Ethnicity, Nationality and Citizenship, Hungary +1 January 27, 2011 Published by Site Default ← Facebook Fellowship Program Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Intern at Gas Power Finance Budapest Share 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Tweet LinkedIn 0center_img Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans Deadline: 15 February 2011Open to: MA students, PhD students, researchers, and junior facultyVenue: 27 June – 8 July 2011, Budapest, HungaryFee:  550 EUR (fully covered scholarships are available)Recent years have seen an explosion of empirical and normative scholarly interest in citizenship across many disciplines. This course seeks to provide an overview of some of the main topical issues and scholarly perspectives in citizenship studies, with a special emphasis on the legal and political aspects of citizenship policies in the European Union member states. Given the special circumstances of new state formation and state succession in large parts of Eastern Europe after 1989, special attention will be given to problems of membership, ethnic selectivity, transnational and dual citizenship with their implications on the de- or re-ethnicization of citizenship.  In addition, the course will also focus on the debates related to the inclusion and exclusion of immigrants.  These processes will be examined from comparative and normative perspectives within the larger European context that connects citizenship of the Member States of the EU through a common citizenship of the Union and its associated rights  of free movement.EligibilityApplications are invited from MA students, PhD students, researchers, and junior faculty. The interdisciplinary course will be most suitable for participants who have pursued or intend to pursue independent research related to the citizenship legislation.The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.How to ApplyBelow is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:Completed online SUN Application FormLetter of recommendation – Applicants must have one letter of recommendation submitted. Please arrange for a letter of recommendation to be written by a referee (faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can attest to your abilities, qualifications and academic/professional performance.A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any.Statement of Research Interest (max 2 pages) – Please describe how the course is relevant for your research, and in what way you expect to benefit from participating in the course.Writing sample – Please submit an English language article or research paper, preferably (but not necessarily) related to the field of citizenship studies.ScholarshipThere are lot of scholarships and funding possibilities. For more information, read carefully this document.Official Website Reddit The Young Leaders’ Forum – Innovation, Environment, Future Similar Stories Pocket Global Supplementary Grant →last_img read more