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Discovery Insiders Tour, Israel 2019: Discover the Ancient Roots of Today’s Profoundest Debates

first_img Recommended 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 All Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos The most fascinating and important questions we debate here have roots that go back not decades, not centuries, but millennia. If a question is important, whether it has to do with science, culture, politics, you name it, there’s an excellent chance that our ancestors were already discussing it thousands of years ago. Intelligent design, the modern challenge to Darwinian evolution, is a prime example. Materialists and theists, Greek and Roman philosophers alike, argued about whether the universe gives evidence of purpose and design.You can’t really understand the contemporary debate about life’s origins — Darwinism versus design — without appreciating the long roots of that debate, tracing back to Athens and Jerusalem. That’s why Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture is proud to join our friend Michael Medved, the nationally known radio host, for the Discovery Insiders Tour, an amazing nine-day tour of Israel, modern and ancient, September 8 to 17, 2019. The Experience of a LifetimeMr. Medved has led past Israel tours to great acclaim — but this one will be very different. It’s the chance of a lifetime to travel with and learn from some of the stars of Discovery Institute, including Stephen Meyer, author of Darwin’s Doubt and Signature in the Cell, technology guru George Gilder, author of Life After Google and The Israel Test, and Biblical archaeologist and adventurer Titus Kennedy.For more information about the tour, look here at the Discovery Institute website. Space is limited, and if you want to join us you must act by January 1, 2019.Highlights will include Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Galilee, Masada, Qumran, and Jericho. We’ll enjoy luxury accommodations, seminars with Discovery Institute scholars, and an insider’s look at Israel’s modern history from beleaguered state to a titan of cutting-edge high-tech entrepreneurship. Our visit will feature a sunset cruise on the Sea of Galilee, a joyous Sabbath dinner with Michael Medved and his family in the Holy City, and much more.It’s a VIP experience brought to you by Israel’s premiere educational tour company, Keshet,  for which Mr. Medved and the Center for Science & Culture are delighted to provide all the exciting and exclusive intellectual content. Please consider joining us but remember, you must provide a deposit by January 1!Photo: Western Wall, Jerusalem, by Daniel Majewski [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons. TagsarchaeologyCenter for Science & CultureDiscovery Insiders TourDiscovery InstituteeconomicsentrepreneurshipGalileeGeorge Gilderintelligent designIsraelJerichoJerusalemKeshetLife After GoogleMasadaMichael MedvedMiddle EastPoliticsQumranSea of GalileeShabbatSignature in the CellStephen MeyerTechnologyTel AvivThe Israel TestTitus Kennedy,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Faith & Science Discovery Insiders Tour, Israel 2019: Discover the Ancient Roots of Today’s Profoundest DebatesEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCOctober 9, 2018, 4:45 AM Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Sharelast_img read more


China-Africa digital financial inclusion summit focuses on experience sharing, opportunities

first_imgPhoto taken on May 27, 2019 shows the site of the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly opened Monday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi as participants gather to discuss ways of improving quality of life in cities and communities amid the rapid global urbanization. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)NAIROBI, May 29 (Xinhua) — Financial policymakers and experts drawn from institutions and enterprises in China and Africa met in Nairobi on Tuesday to discuss how to accelerate investment and collaboration for financial inclusion in Africa.At the “2019 China-Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Summit,” which followed a similar event held in Beijing in September 2017, the professionals are discussing how to promote the global development agenda of digital financial inclusion (DFI) by building a collaboration platform between China and Africa to facilitate knowledge sharing, partnerships, and investments.The event, which touches on DFI innovation and development in Kenya and Africa in general, saw leading Chinese digital financial inclusion organizations displaying cases in DFI in China.In his opening remarks, Bei Duoguang, president of Chinese Academy of Financial Inclusion (CAFI), which is one of the organizers, said the meeting will build a platform for dialogue, communication and cooperation.Financial inclusion in countries along the Belt and Road can provide funding to small and medium-sized enterprises and microbusinesses to stimulate economy and improve people’s living standards, Bei said.“By providing financing to individuals, financial inclusion can make people actively involved in economic activities, enhance their sense of involvement and level of happiness,” he added.He said in CAFI’s study of financial inclusion in countries along the Belt and Road, the average account ownership for low income countries stands at 35 percent, whereas only 2 percent of population in the same countries has credit cards.“Thanks to technology innovation, digital financial inclusion tools such as mobile banking are speeding up the pace of middle and low-income countries to catch up with the rest of the world,” Bei noted.During the conference, Chinese policymakers also expect to gain a deeper understanding of the financial inclusion landscape in different African countries to explore business and investment opportunities and serve as an innovative and influential platform to advocate financial services for social development.Li Dongrong, President of National Internet Finance Association of China, said China and African countries have common aspirations and willingness to develop inclusive finance and promote broad growth.Li said in 2012, China proposed the concept of promoting the realization of inclusive finance with mobile finance and has actively explored innovative models such as mobile payment, mobile lending, and mobile wealth management.“African countries have also explored a lot in this field, such as mobile payment and correspondent banking. It is of great realistic significance for experts and scholars from China and Africa to gather here in Africa, exchange perspectives and learn from each other on digital inclusive finance,” Li said.Li said since the World Bank formally proposed the concept of “inclusive finance” in 2005 with the joint efforts of international organizations and different countries, the development of global inclusive finance has achieved great progress, adding that China’s inclusive financial development ranked high, with the account ownership rate at 80 percent and digital payment usage standing at 68 percent.Uhuru Kenyatta (C), Kenyan President looks at a design of a solar system of the new office facility at the United Nations headquarters during the opening ceremony of the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, May 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Fred Mutune)Zhao Xiyuan, minister counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, told the experts that the deliberations of the forum will go a long way in coming up with solutions and ways in which China and Africa can collaborate in the field of digital financial inclusion, which is key to development.China has achieved remarkable development progress in the past decades. Africa, too, has made great advance and during the process of common development, China and Africa have strengthened their relationship dramatically where they enjoy growing mutual trust and exchanges at all levels, Zhao said.The envoy said in recent years, people with access to formal financial services have increased unprecedentedly owing to the launch and growth of digital financial services in Africa.The continent is now home to most digital financial services deployments, with about 350 million individual users, Zhao said, adding that mobile money solutions and agent banking now offer transactions, savings, credit, and even insurance opportunities in rural villages and urban neighborhoods, where no bank had ever established a branch.Gabriel Negatu, Director General of East Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office at African Development Bank, said at the forum that continued dialogue and experience sharing between China and Africa will accelerate the progress in DFI. Negatu said mobile revolution helped boost the economic growth in Africa over the past decades, stressing efforts should be made to enhance connectivity and inter-operability of different payment systems in Africa.The summit brought together more than 200 participants from the digital financial services and fintech industries. It was co-hosted by CAFI, Finance Center for South-South Cooperation and FDS Kenya, and had the support from China Banking Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.Related FOCAC : China-Africa financial cooperation FOCAC Summit to set new goals for China-Africa Partnershipcenter_img Ministers hope summit will provide for closer China-Africa cooperationlast_img read more


Red Sox trade rumours: Kevin Pillar being roped in to fill Mookie Betts-shaped hole

first_imgWith the Red Sox choosing to go for the ex-Giants man, fans will hope that this does not turn out to be another Brusdar Graterol turn. The ex-Minnesota Twins right-hander was earlier slated to join the Red Sox in a three-way agreement as part of the Mookie Betts trade. However, the Red Sox then pulled the plug on the deal after taking an issue with Graterol’s medical records, more particularly the Tommy John surgery which led to him missing the entirety of the 2016 season. Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Nolan Arenado In ‘Preliminary Talks’ With St. Louis Cardinals FOLLOW US Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Mookie Betts Trade Agreed By LA Dodgers In Revised Two-team Trade With Red Sox Colin DCunha While Kevin Pillar may not quite be the big-name signing Red Sox fans have been pining for over the last week, the former Blue Jays man will still add some positional flexibility for the Red Sox. Pillar’s arrival also gives the Red Sox some flexibility in finances. Kevin Pillar hit career-best figures with the San Francisco Giants last season with 21 home runs and also registered his fifth straight season with 14 or more steals. Those numbers, however, could not convince the Giants to tender him a new contract.Also Read | MLB Trade Rumours: Anthony Rendon Inks Whopping $245 Million Deal With Los Angeles Angels With the Mookie Betts trade done and dusted, the Boston Red Sox now turn their attention to finding a replacement for the four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and three-time Slugger Award winner. Their search for an outfielder has led them to be interested in pursuing free-agent outfielder Kevin Pillar. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are reportedly close to bringing Kevin Pillar to Boston.Also Read | Pete Rose Appeals For MLB Reinstatement With Houston Astros Scandal ArgumentRed Sox trade rumours: Kevin Pillar being roped in to replace Mookie BettsThe loss of a former MVP in the form of Mookie Betts will no doubt be a gaping hole to fill. However, the Red Sox seemingly believe they can still aim high with a free-agent replacement with Kevin Pillar being the man in question. Kevin Pillar earlier played for the Toronto Blue Jays and, more recently, for the San Francisco Giants. Pillar was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for centre field in 2015. A Fielding Bible Award followed in 2016. Written By WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 12th February, 2020 09:52 IST Red Sox Trade Rumours: Kevin Pillar Being Roped In To Fill Mookie Betts-shaped Hole The Boston Red Sox have been left with a gaping Mookie Betts-shaped hole on their roster. However, the Red Sox are now close to bringing Kevin Pillar in. LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 12th February, 2020 09:51 ISTlast_img read more


Big Data: Shifting the Competitive Landscape of Industries

first_imgGE and Accenture have recently teamed up in a strategic alliance to jointly address big data problems.  In October, a GE/Accenture released a survey of 250 executives investigating how their businesses are using big data and predictive analytics.Key findings of the joint GE/Accenture report found that:89 percent think that they risk losing market share if they don’t adopt big data analytics93 percent think new competitors to them use big data as a key component of their strategy90 percent say that big data analytics is one of their top three priorities84 percent say that big data analytics will shift the competitive landscape of their industry in the next yearKristian Steenstrup and Stephen Prentice, both Gartner analysts, said that “few technology areas will have greater potential to improve the financial performance and position of a commercial global enterprise than predictive analytics.”Bill Ruh, vice president of GE Software, said that “the payoff from joining industrial big data and predictive analytics to benefit from the productivity gains the Industrial Internet has to offer is no longer in doubt.  The tally of success for industry is evidenced by the greater visibility and speed-to-decision across operations and asset performance management. But data alone won’t generate value. To make information useful requires an investment in new capabilities and talent that will serve as a catalyst for extracting value quickly.”last_img read more


CPI bats for Dada

first_imgBengali chauvinism is just beneath the surface even if the individual concerned is a member of the communist international choir.A day after Sachin Tendulkar was nominated to the Rajya Sabha, veteran CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta demanded the same for ‘Bangal ka gaurav’ Sourav Ganguly.The ageing communist can forge common cause with Mamata Banerjee for this cause perhaps. And that is when the trouble really starts for the UPA.last_img


10 months agoCloser? Chelsea and AC Milan agree ‘loan’ swap for Higuain and Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Closer? Chelsea and AC Milan agree ‘loan’ swap for Higuain and Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan expect Gonzalo Higuain to join Chelsea in the coming weeks, it has been revealed.Sportmdiaset says Alvaro Morata and Higuain are set for a sensational swap deal – with the Spanish flop all set to join AC Milan.Chelsea striker Morata has been linked with a January move away from Stamford Bridge, after failing to impress under Maurizio Sarri.It’s suggested AC Milan striker Higuain’s departure is ‘inevitable’ with the deal all but ‘agreed’.They claim Higuain will move on a sixth-month loan to Chelsea, which they could extend if he’s a success.Morata on the other hand will move on an 18-month loan to Milan, cutting out Higuain’s parent club Juventus completely. last_img read more


Freshmen football players benefit from big brother program at OSU

Adjusting to college life can be a daunting task for any freshman. For those whose first quarter of classes coincides with their first season of college football, it’s even more difficult. “Being a freshman here is a tough thing,” said OSU defensive tackle John Simon. To ease the transition from high school to college, the football staff instituted a program in fall 2006 that pairs an incoming freshman with a “big brother” on the team. “The older guy just looks after the younger guy and calls him if he needs help … getting situated,” Simon said. There is no formula for determining the brothers — the decision is up to the coaching staff. “I think it mostly goes by position, but whoever they assign for you, you got,” Simon said. Coach Stan Jefferson, who serves as director of player development and runs the program, had more insight. “It could be by position, it could be by if they are from the same state, it could be if there’s a situation where we just feel that those two people will work well together,” he said. “We try to get a total staff input.” Though communication among brothers is encouraged, the level of involvement between players is up to the individuals, defensive back Donnie Evege said. Because most freshmen do not have cars, big brothers often get calls to give their little brothers rides to team events. They also go to the movies, the mall or other social activities together. Junior tight end Spencer Smith often finds himself playing online video games with safety C.J. Barnett and tight end Nic DiLillo, the two younger brothers he has had. The bottom line is that formally introducing freshmen to older players provides a level of comfort, Smith said. “I’m personally more of a … shy person and definitely when they introduced me to my big brother, he made me feel comfortable about whatever it is I needed,” Smith said. “I could ask any type of questions about practice, class and anything else.” The program can also be helpful to those who are more outgoing and don’t feel the need to reach out to their older brother. “There wasn’t a lot of times I had to go to (former OSU safety Kurt Coleman) … but just the feeling of knowing that any time I could go to him for advice made a world of difference for me,” Evege said. The freshmen football players must balance their commitment to team events with what, for many, is the most difficult academic workload they have had. Having a connection with a player who has been through the same process is helpful. “Your freshman year of college … is critical. You have to have great time management skills,” Evege said. “We are there to help them balance a whole new world where you have football also with the academics that Ohio State provides.” Jefferson pointed out that the struggle is not isolated to the football team. “There are challenges for any freshman who comes to school in terms of a new academic environment,” he said. Players are expected to remember their big brother and emulate them when they have freshmen to look out for. “Once you do have that good relationship with your big brother, you can see how they made you feel … and you can make those younger guys feel like they can come to you for anything,” Smith said. The relationship with his older brother, New York Giants practice-squad player Jake Ballard, has continued since Ballard left OSU, Smith said. Smith’s case is not an exception. “Once you have that relationship, it lasts a number of years because that’s someone you can always go to,” Evege said. “Kurt is (still) a guy I can always call for advice on and off the field.” Even though he doesn’t have a little brother this year, Smith has stayed close with DiLillo and Barnett. “I have a better relationship with those guys than I normally would have with just a regular teammate,” he said. “It is really, truly like a brother.” read more


Womens Volleyball Ohio State set to play No 23 Michigan and No

Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (9-4, 2-0 Big Ten) has started the conference season well, but the Buckeyes are just getting started with Big Ten play as they hit the road this weekend to face No. 23 Michigan Friday and No. 16 Michigan State Saturday.The Buckeyes swept Maryland (3-0) last week at home before upsetting No. 13 Purdue (3-1) on the road Saturday.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston was impressed with the Buckeyes’ execution against a tough Boilermakers team on the road.“I thought we played really well in a very tough environment,” Carlston said. “They’re a really good team, so I was really proud of our group. I thought our defensive energy was really where it needed to be.”Throughout most of the preseason, Carlston worked with the team to strengthen its defensive line and its hard work has seemingly paid off. The Terrapins registered a .099 hitting percentage in their loss to Ohio State and the Boilermakers recorded a .212 hitting percentage against the Buckeyes.Middle blocker Madison Smeathers said she was equally pleased with the game against Purdue. She had a career-high 16 kills on 31 attempts, with only three errors on a .419 hitting percentage.“We had a great game plan that we practiced all week, and I think we just followed through with it really well,” Smeathers said. “We played with our heart, not just our bodies.”The team plans on playing no differently than how it has been and intends to extend its four-game win streak and follow up its first two conference wins with a victory against Michigan. Ohio State holds a 50-24 all-time record versus the Wolverines since 1974.The Buckeyes have a tighter all-time record with the Spartans (46-31), splitting their home-and-home series last season with a 3-0 sweep for each team.“Those two teams are very good at home,” Carlston said. “Michigan State has had a great weekend and Michigan is a very good team. They’re both going to serve the ball really well, they don’t make a lot of mistakes so we can’t give them easy points.”The Buckeyes will have to work hard this weekend as Michigan State won its first two Big Ten matches and went 9-2 during the nonconference portion of the season. Although Michigan lost its first two Big Ten matches, it went 9-4 in its nonconference schedule.“The coaches are making a game plan and we’re going over it every day, trying to focus on Michigan before Michigan State, taking it one game at a time,” Smeathers said.The Buckeyes have had a pair of recent setbacks as they have dealt with injuries to juniors outside hitter Audra Appold and middle blocker Jasmine Koonts.“We’re going to have a lineup we’ve never played before because of injuries, so we’re just trying to find a rhythm with that a little bit,” Carlston said.“It’s given some of our young players a much more prominent role than maybe they were expecting and [they] have risen to the occasion.”Smeathers said the team has missed Appold and Koonts in the last couple games, but that has not stopped the Buckeyes from playing a few of their best games this season.“Battling injuries and things is definitely hard, but I think we’re trying to figure out who we are,” Smeathers said. “We’re coming together really well and playing for each other despite all these things.”In advance of the weekend matchups, Carlston said he has spent time scouting his opponents to gain an idea of what his team is up against. He said the two teams are very experienced and strong, and the Buckeyes will have to remain steady this weekend.“We have to continue to work on our serving, that needs to be one of our strengths,” Carlston said. “I think both of those teams are two of the better serving teams in the conference, so I think the serving game is going to be crucial, tactically and just putting pressure on each other.”Carlston believes both teams will make great plays and Ohio State will have to let those go and focus on the next point, working just as hard as it has been.“Our team also enjoys being on the road, so we’re going to have to lock arms and go into a pretty hostile environment again like we did last weekend,” Carlston said. read more


Wolves wont park bus against Spurs – Nuno

first_imgNuno Espirito Santo says he will not change Wolves’ style of play in order to stop Tottenham Hotspur from scoring on Saturday.Nuno will travel with his team to Wembley on Saturday to face a free-scoring Tottenham side that has netted 11 goals in their last two Premier League games.Wolves have been known to play free-flowing football this season, and Nuno vows to continue the same against Spurs.“We’ve played already many games against top teams where we have shown that we don’t change our identity,” Nuno told Sky Sports.“We are trying to build something, so when you try to build you do not look at the game like, ‘What is the best way to get a result?’ No, it’s what is the best way for you to compete against these teams?Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If you have to defend and have less of the ball it does not mean that you are not trying to win the game.“We’ve shown in previous games that we attack, we have shots on goals against heavy teams, even so, the building process goes this way so the way we approach against Tottenham is going to be the same.“We’re going to look at Tottenham and see the best we can do in the game.”last_img read more


William Gallas There is no chance that Rabiot will go to

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur player William Gallas has mocked the club. He claims they are not big enough to attract Paris Saint-Germain player Rabiot.The North London club have been linked with signing the France international this month after he was frozen out of PSG’s first team. He had refused to sign an extension to his contract which expires in June.The French champions completed the signing of Leandro Paredes from Zenit St Petersburg this month, which further relegated Rabiot down the pecking order and Tottenham are keen to capitalise on the situation by preparing a bid for the 23-year-old.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is believed to have spoken to Rabiot personally in a bid to convince him to move to the club, however, that approach appears to have been rebuffed.Reports suggest that if Rabiot were to move to England he’d favour a switch to Liverpool and Gallas isn’t unsurprised by the midfielder’s decision to snub Tottenham.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…In an interview with Leo Vegas, Gallas said:“There is no chance that Rabiot will go to Tottenham. If he leaves Paris Saint-Germain, he will join a big club who wins trophies.”Meanwhile, Tottenham’s bid to end their trophy drought which has spanned over a decade appears to be over for another season following elimination from both the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup by Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively.last_img read more