School District approves school calendar

first_imgThe 2011/2012 School District 60 Local School Calendar can be viewed below. The upcoming 2011/2012 school calendar for all schools in the city has been approved.The School District 60 Board has approved the calendar for all Fort St. John schools, including 182 instructional days for both elementary and secondary school students, as well as a nine-day spring break right before Good Friday, 2012.- Advertisement -At Monday night’s meeting, a member of the public made a presentation about how spring break does not coincide with spring breakup for workers in the oil and gas industry. He wanted to know if the Board would consider altering the spring break schedule to allow it to occur at the same time so that many parents working in camp could spend more time with their children.Board members questioned the fact that spring breakup can vary from year to year and, unless there is a set date that would be known ahead of time, if changing the spring break schedule would actually allow the two to overlap. They also pointed out that parents across the District have varying jobs and not all of them work in the oil and gas industry.Advertisementlast_img read more

DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS AT MCINTYRE’S BAR DUNKINEELY

first_imgDancers and musicians at McCafferty’s Bar in Letterkenny.Dunkineely Community NotesWalking Group will be meeting Tuesday mornings at the Dunkineely Community Ltd offices/the Manse every Tuesday morning at 10am for a leisurely 40 minute stroll or 30 minute fast walk followed by a cuppa for those that want to.McIntyre’s Bar – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. All musicians and singers welcome. Dunkineely & Bruckless Active Retirement Group begin meetings again on Wednesday September 17th in the GAA Clubrooms. New members are very welcome.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) are having a soccer trip to the Finn Harps v Shelbourne match on Friday 26th September at 8pm.Bus to leave Dunkineely at 6.30pm. Cost: adults: €12 including bus and ticket price (under 14s: €4 – need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian).With thanks to SITT rural transport for grant for bus and Finn Harps for group rate ticket prices. Please contact DCL Office to book your place by Friday 19th September before 12noon. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) are starting the following courses:Basic Computer course – 6 week course running one morning a week, starting Wednesday 17th September from 10am-12noon in Dunkineely Community Ltd offices in the Manse, Dunkineely. Course costs €30.Art Club – Individual taster evening Wed 17th Sept 7-9pm in the DCL offices. Course starts on 24th September. Bring own materials if preferred, 8 people per block. Course costs €30 for 8 sessions.Knit & Natter – Group will meet Thursday mornings from 10:30am-12noon starting Thursday 25th September in DCL offices. Course costs €30.For further information or to register for these courses contact the DCL office on 074 9737678 and also find us on Facebook. Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) is considering running two of the following courses to be part funded by the ETB: Calligraphy with Janet Deane, Carpentry: Turning old pallets into something useful, Interior Decorating/Upcycling, Creel-making or First Aid. Please contact the DCL office on 9737678 if you would like to show interest – we will run with the two most popular courses.Belated thanks from Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival Sub-committee to the following: Byrne’s Meats, Floyd’s Mace, Meehan’s Dismantlers and DMC Jason Shovelin (for full list of thanks see www.dunkineelycommunity.net or last week’s paper).Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). DD LOCAL: TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS AT MCINTYRE’S BAR DUNKINEELY was last modified: September 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LocalDunkineelyFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Nets, Sunday at 2 p.m.

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Warriors look for their fourth straight victory when they take on the Nets in Brooklyn.Golden State, which has beaten Brooklyn six straight times, is coming off a 128-100 win over the Knicks on Friday. That win featured Kevin Durant’s epic fourth-quarter flurry that produced 25 of his 41 points.Durant’s scoring helped the Warriors go on a 42-9 …last_img read more

Excusing Darwinism’s Lack of Evidence

first_img(Visited 600 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Several recent papers either rationalize evolution’s failures, or else agree that the theory needs revision.Scientists develop new theory of molecular evolution (Phys.org). This article begins with the defunct “march of human evolution” icon, signaling something is already wrong. It claims that protein evolution often leads to convergence, and that evolutionists need to take this into account (see also Science Daily). Whether their analogy of the Stuff Happens Law provides clarity, the reader can decide:“We like to think of the other amino acids as a bunch of kids jumping down on a memory foam mattress while you try to walk on it,” Pollock said. “Most of the time your feet are sunk into the mattress and you can’t step forward, but every so often the kids will create a dent in the mattress that allows you to step ahead.“Coelacanth (DFC)Heterochronic evolution explains novel body shape in a Triassic coelacanth from Switzerland (Nature Scientific Reports). The authors of this paper describe a variation on the coelacanth body plan, knowing full well that the coelacanth is a classic “living fossil” that did not appreciably evolve for millions of years between its last fossil appearance and the discovery of living counterparts. If this variant was being naturally selected toward some non-coelacanth, they don’t say so. Instead, they say that “This species broadens the morphological disparity range within the lineage of these ‘living fossils’ and exemplifies a case of rapid heterochronic evolution likely trigged [sic] by minor changes in gene expression.”Why it’s difficult to predict evolutionary fate of a new trait (Brown University). This press release displays a surprising diagram that basically shows that average ‘fitness’ stays unchanged over time. “Fitness can be fickle,” the evolutionists say, and is subject to complications. See our 9/09/17 entry for details.Blind cave fish lost eyes by unexpected evolutionary process (New Scientist). Michael LePage sees trouble for standard evolutionary theory in this latest visit to a case of “evolution by loss”—loss of functional eyes. “We’ve found out why a Mexican cavefish has no eyes – and the surprising answer is likely to be seized upon by those who think the standard view of evolution needs revising,” he teases. The upshot is that no genetic mutations were selected. Instead, the blindness appears to be a consequence of epigenetic change. LePage entertains the notion that the change looks Lamarckian, and might fuel the movement to include epigenetics into a revised neo-Darwinism called the “extended evolutionary synthesis.” He gives the last word to David Shuker of the University of Edinburgh. “He thinks some people are trying sneak religious ideas back into evolutionary theory.” That’s too late, though. Cornelius Hunter shows in his book Science’s Blind Spot that religious ideas gave rise to Darwinism in the first place, and religious ideas keep it going. Which religious ideas, you ask? What Hunter calls Theological Naturalism: the religion that says, in short, ‘Naturalism must be true because God wouldn’t create things that way.’Molecular ensembles make evolution unpredictable (PNAS). Sailer and Harms make a resounding argument that evolution is unpredictable, given the nature of proteins and other macromolecules:A long-standing goal in evolutionary biology is predicting evolution. Here, we show that the architecture of macromolecules fundamentally limits evolutionary predictability. Under physiological conditions, macromolecules, like proteins, flip between multiple structures, forming an ensemble of structures. A mutation affects all of these structures in slightly different ways, redistributing the relative probabilities of structures in the ensemble. As a result, mutations that follow the first mutation have a different effect than they would if introduced before. This implies that knowing the effects of every mutation in an ancestor would be insufficient to predict evolutionary trajectories past the first few steps, leading to profound unpredictability in evolution. We, therefore, conclude that detailed evolutionary predictions are not possible given the chemistry of macromolecules.This is not surprising. Scientists already know that the Stuff Happens Law is unpredictable. That’s what natural selection reduces to.Excuses, excuses. This is the greatest idea the world ever produced? This is the elegant theory Richard Dawkins gushes over? Come on. Science can do better than “stuff happens.”last_img read more

South African nation mourns the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 6 December 2013 – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa’s former President who dedicated his life to the country’s struggle for human rights, freedom and the fight for democracy, passed away last night at the age of 95.Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya joins the nation, leaders from across the world and the broader international community, in expressing deep sorrow at the passing of former President Nelson Mandela saying, “Madiba embodied our hopes and the realisation of our dreams.”“We are in deep mourning following this loss of indescribable magnitude which is today reverberating across the world. During his imprisonment for 27 years, Madiba carried the aspirations of multitudes of our people who yearned for a free and democratic South Africa. He inspired South Africans and people around the world alike to fight for South Africa’s liberation despite the seeming impossibility of this vision.”“One of the greatest gifts he has bequeathed to this nation is the courage and strength to believe in a tomorrow that is better than today, a tomorrow in which our people live in dignity and prosperity.”“He lived these ideals and brought them to life during his leadership of the country. He has inspired thousands of people to make these same values a part of their lives even when he left public office.”“To many, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as the greatest statesman in the world. His voice and inspirational leadership has contributed enormously to the global fight for democracy and human rights and this has touched millions of people far beyond the borders of our country.”“It is now up to each of us to carry this work forward, to play our part to ensure his legacy endures and South Africa continues to inspire triumph over seemingly insurmountable challenges. As South Africa marks 20 years of democracy, we must continue the work of Madiba – the work of building a society in which all our people enjoy the best that South Africa has to offer, freedom from want, prosperity and development.”“We join the nation and the world in conveying our deepest condolences to the Mandela family. We also offer our immense gratitude and appreciation for sharing Tata with us. We join millions in praying that Madiba’s soul may rest in peace. Lala Ngoxolo Tata,” concluded Ms Maponya.Note to editorsText of President Zuma’s official statement on the passing of Former President Nelson Mandela: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/index.htmOfficial dedicated Mandela website: http://www.mandela.gov.za/About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South Africa@Brand_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)Tell us how you Play Your Parthttp://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someone@PlayyourpartSA#DoBestFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Arahna SinghBrand South Africa CommunicationsTel: +27 11 712 5061 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 491 2332Email: arahnas@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

Narendra Modi shares outrage over Pulwama

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he shares the same fire in his heart as rest of the countrymen, while speaking at a gathering in Bihar’s Begusarai. Mr. Modi was visiting to launch a slew of projects in the State. The Prime Minister was speaking at a gathering, while making oblique reference to the recent Pulwama terror attack. The crowd gathered at the function in which Mr. Modi inaugurated and laid projects worth ₹33,000 crore.The Prime Minister also declared that under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojna ₹7.5 lakh crore would directly go to the accounts of the farmers of the country. “The farmers of Bihar too would be benefited from this”, he added.He further said that his government has opted two tracks of development. “First is infrastructure based while second, is to make life better for suppressed and oppressed section of the society”, he said. He mentioned about the 10% reservation given by the government to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) of the upper caste. Begusarai is an upper caste dominated constituency of Bihar. He thanked people for choosing a strong government at the Center which could take “strong” decisions. Mr. Modi further listed several developmental measures taken by his government for the welfare of the people during his regime. He also thanked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his team for all developmental projects in the State. Earlier, Mr. Modi started his speech in local Magahi lingo, which gathered cheers from the crowd.All ministers from Bihar at the Center, including CM Nitish Kumar, Governor Lalji Tandon and state BJP leaders were present at the function .last_img read more