Presiding Bishop addresses National Press Club on creating a more…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Lynette Wilson Posted Feb 8, 2016 Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 February 9, 2016 at 7:39 am I’m puzzled. Did Bishop Curry say anything about the Primates’ meeting and equal marriage? Or does Ms. Wilson, writing for ENS, just not want to go there? I guess I’ll have to watch the video to find out. So much for written reportage. 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Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] “We shall either learn to live together … or perish together as fools,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry began a Feb. 8 address to members and guests of the National Press Club.The words, spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a 1964 speech in St. Louis, Missouri, serve as a defining quote for the 21st century, said Curry.“The choice is ours, ‘chaos or community,’” said Curry, the latter words echoing King’s fourth and final book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community,” published in 1967. In the book, said Curry, it was evident that King was struggling with the future of the civil rights movement and how to lead a nation – potentially set on tearing itself apart – during a time of racial- and class-strife, and the Vietnam War.Building on the theme, “the church’s role in creating a more inclusive society,” Curry shared his remarks with more than 30 people gathered in the Edward R. Murrow Room of the club’s headquarters.A professional organization for journalists and communications professionals with more than 3,500 members, Curry spoke as part of the club’s regular Newsmaker series, or hour-long news conferences, in which congressmen, government officials, policy experts, organizational and influential leaders address members and respond to questions from the media. Former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori addressed the press club in 2008.Curry’s invitation to speak came at the recommendation of Susan Hahn, a press club member and a member of Christ Church in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. Hahn attended the event along with other Episcopalians, including the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Diocese of Washington, and the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, former bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire.On Feb. 7, Curry preached at Washington National Cathedral during an afternoon Eucharist commemorating Absalom Jones, the first African-American to be ordained an Episcopal priest.Curry told those gathered at the press club that he was surprised at his election as the first African-American presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church during its triennial General Convention last June.He said that his election wasn’t the only surprise, however, citing the Episcopal Church’s two mission priorities of evangelism and racial reconciliation adopted by that same General Convention.“Evangelism and Episcopalian” are two words rarely heard together, said Curry, adding that “for the first time evangelism was put front and center for the Episcopal Church,” and that it had made a serious commitment to return to the work of racial reconciliation for the first time since the late 1960s, when John E. Hines was presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.“Those were two courageous acts, and I don’t think any of us really saw that coming either,” he said. “I suspect when you don’t see something like that coming that may well be a sign that some other variable is involved in the equation, which means the Holy Spirit has been messing with us…“We came out of that convention with the Episcopal Church having made a commitment to what I call the Jesus Movement and a commitment to following in the way of Jesus of Nazareth, not exactly knowing how all of this is going to play out, but following in the way of Jesus of Nazareth which is the way of God’s love in this world. And doing it by a way of evangelism and a way that leads to racial reconciliation in our society and in our world.”Curry said he is convinced that King’s 21st century call “to learn to live together as brothers and sisters, is tied up with the truth of this Jesus Movement and work of evangelism and racial reconciliation.”Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addresses members and guests of the National Press Club on Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C., on the church’s role in creating a more inclusive society. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceAs British Rabbi Jonathan Sacks points out in his book, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” religious extremism is happening in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and that more moderate, centrists voices are missing from the conversation. And the west has largely turned away from its former Judeo-Christian values, instead turning to the idols of the self: the market, consumerism, individualism.“The golden calf of the self has been raised by the children of Israel in the wilderness again,” said Curry in support of Sacks’ belief. “That golden calf, that idol of the self, may well be the most destructive reality in human society. Self-centeredness, selfishness, call it what you will, frankly is a cancer that can destroy us all and left unchecked will destroy the planet.”Curry is encouraged by Pope Francis, he said, in his popularity and his actions toward including everyone; he is modeling a “way of being that is the exact opposite of that self-centered, self-destructiveness, and therein lies the hope.”Jesus, said Curry, had it all figured out, as clearly stated in Matthew 22, that the law and the prophets hangs on loving God and loving neighbor.“Religion is completely and totally meant to be about the love of God and the love of neighbor, and if it’s not about love, it’s not about God…”King, said Curry, understood that love is the way to create “beloved community.”“If I love God with all my heart and all my mind, there’s no room for self-interest,” said Curry.For its part, the Episcopal Church putting evangelism and racial reconciliation front and center, is intentionally looking at how it will approach the work of loving God and neighbor both within and outside the Episcopal Church.Curry spoke of evangelism and racial reconciliation in the context of the love of God and love of neighbor as a path to the “light of the world.”Evangelism is not about bringing people to the Episcopal Church, but about bringing people into a “deeper, abiding relationship with God.”“Evangelism is bringing us back to that God and bringing us back to each other and that’s the reconciliation, and when that happens we do not let children go to bed hungry; when that happens every child has an opportunity for an affordable and an excellent education; when that happens every human being is a child of God and endowed by God with certain inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; when that happens we will lay down our swords and shields by the riverside and study war no more.“We will either learn to live together as brothers and sisters … or perish together as fools. But I’m not in this business because I believe we will perish. I’m in this business because we’re going to learn to live together, and the Episcopal Church is going to help lead the way ’cause we’re part of the Jesus Movement.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tara Elgin Holley says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Comments are closed. 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Six cyber-enhancing technologies you should know

first_imgby: John CarlsonCybersecurity threats cannot be addressed by just educating consumers and businesses. The government and the private sector must also implement technologies and tools that, collectively and in combination, can mitigate our cybersecurity risks. This is happening in an environment of rapid change, which also means that as the velocity and sophistication of cyber attacks increases, those who defend against these attacks must be equally adaptable.Fortunately, positive advances are being made, including these six promising technologies and developments that can enhance cybersecurity:Chips. Adopting chip-based technologies in payment cards that would replace those magnetic stripes could go a long way in eliminating counterfeiting and reducing the damage from breaches at merchants. Also, chips in the form of secure elements embedded in mobile phones are critical in order to store sensitive information, such as encryption keys.Tokenization. Tokenization makes stolen data useless by substituting sensitive data, such as an account number, with a non-sensitive equivalent that has no exploitable value. Expanding the use of tokenization could make breached data unusable for perpetuating fraud.Encryption. Encryption technologies encode information in ways that only authorized parties can read, and usually requires a decryption key to recover the contents of the encrypted text. Expanding use of this tool could help protect more sensitive information, even if the information is stolen. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WRONG! “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”

first_imgDrug expert: “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”NewsTalk ZB 23 November 2016Family First Comment: Yes – that’s correct. The Drug Foundation are continuing to push for the decriminalising of ALL drugs – including P! Not just Dope. Offering servics for addiction treatment is essential – but removing the illegal status will remove the ability to mandate treatment, and will send a dangerous harmful societal message. #scaryLaw enforcement is not a silver bullet for the country’s methamphetamine problem.A report by Police on arrestees has found an increase in the number of people who had used the drug, and felt dependent on it.Executive director Ross Bell said lots of resources have been put into using police and courts to tackle meth use.“We’ve kind of neglected for a long time putting resources into the health side of things, and I think now we’re all beginning to recognise that we’re never going to arrest our way out of the methamphetamine problem.”In contrast, the statistics also showed a reduction in use of alcohol and cannabis by those arrested, and it is thought that could be down to a change in police practice.The study found 69 percent of detainees reported using cannabis in 2015 – that’s down seven percent from 2011.The number of detainees who reported being dependent on alcohol declined from 23 percent in 2011 to 17 percent last year.Ross Bell said there’s not a lot of data to successfully draw trends.“The cannabis and the alcohol data could well be down to different ways that Police might deal with people – they may not actually arrest people for cannabis and alcohol.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/drug-expert-well-never-arrest-our-way-out-of-meth-problem/last_img read more

City boss rejects ‘campaign’ claims

first_img Press Association The Chilean said: “I hope that in the Premier League they don’t have a campaign against anyone. I hope all is fair and the referee makes mistakes for all the teams exactly the same, that the FA make the fixtures in a fair way. “I think it is the best league in the world and I don’t think it has any strange things because (otherwise) you are not competing. “After that, if you won the title, it (would) not (be) an important title, because all is arranged.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview City’s eagerly-anticipated trip to Stamford Bridge. The build-up to the game, which defending champions City go into trailing their title rivals by five points, has been dominated by controversy surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa will miss the game after being banned for three matches by the FA following a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek. Pellegrini believes the ban will give Costa, who is renowned for his on-field aggression, an opportunity to change his ways. The former Malaga boss said: “He is a great player, a very important player. “He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment – and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow – it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn’t need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player.” Pellegrini’s remarks did not receive an immediate response from Mourinho because the Portuguese did not hold his regular press conference on the eve of the match. That gave Pellegrini an opportunity to land some verbal blows on Mourinho but, as is usually the case, he was not interested in stoking their rivalry. “I don’t talk about Mourinho,” said Pellegrini, who often expresses indifference when asked about Chelsea’s former Real Madrid boss. Further questions were asked but Pellegrini, who has beaten Mourinho just twice in 12 games in either England or Spain, offered little that could create headlines. Earlier this season Mourinho mispronounced Pellegrini’s name as ‘Pellegrino’, but there was little response when the matter was brought up. He said: “I’m not going to help you with those things because they are not important for me. I don’t want to carry on in that way.” Asked why he did not comment on Mourinho, Pellegrini said: “This profession is so difficult for a manager – we have different styles. The way I do it is the best way for me, but it’s not the only way to do it. “Maybe you think you can take advantage but for me I don’t think it’s the normal way or the fair way.” Asked about Mourinho’s occasional offer to shake hands with opposing managers before full-time, Pellegrini said: “I won’t talk about what Mourinho might do. I will shake hands with him before the game. And after? Yes, probably.” But Pellegrini did admit he was wrong to compare Chelsea to Stoke earlier in the season after their 1-1 draw with the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium in September. Pellegrini expressed frustration by saying Chelsea were like a “small team trying to defend” and were “exactly the same team we played against Stoke”. Stoke had actually won at Eastlands after employing effective defensive tactics but Pellegrini now feels he was wrong to say what he did. He said: “It was a mistake to compare with Stoke. The style of every club it depends on how the manager wants to do it. Chelsea can play in the way they want and we are going to continue playing in the style I think is the best for this team.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims there is a “campaign” against Chelsea. Chelsea boss Mourinho recently said some people were trying to influence referees’ decisions against his side via the media. Mourinho was this week fined £25,000 for his comments by the Football Association and Pellegrini, whose City side face Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, does not believe such a campaign exists. last_img read more

Call for Minister to visit Gaoth Dobhair’s flooded areas

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called upon the Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Sean Kyne to visit the flood-affected areas of Gweedore in the coming week. Substantial damage was caused by floods early on Saturday morning to roads, bridge and drainage throughout Gweedore.Pat the Cope added that a temporary footbridge is now in place to facilitate the Diver family in the short term, after the bridge serving their family home was washed away. More permanent repairs or replacement of the bridge is urgently required to facilitate vehicular traffic to the home of the Diver family.In 2009 when flash flooding caused major damage throughout Gweedore, the then Minister for the Gaeltacht Eamon O Cuiv TD visited the area immediately and provided the necessary funding for improvement works and repairs to the roads and infrastructure added Pat the Cope.“I am now calling on the current Gaeltacht Minister of State Sean Kyne TD to visit Gweedore next week with a view to sanctioning the necessary funding and to co-ordinate a comprehensive repair strategy with Donegal County Council”The Regional road which was closed earlier in the day at Meenalaugh has reopened but further more permanent repairs may need to be carried out in order to prevent future flooding. Cllr Noreen Mc Garvey said she has already been in contact with Donegal County Council and will be raising this matter at the next council meeting.She will also be requesting a full report to be carried out of all the damage caused by the flooding in Gweedore and right throughout west Donegal and a priority list of what repairs that will be required to be carried out. This report needs to be concluded before Minister Kyne visits the area added Cllr Mc Garvey.Pat the Cope paid special tribute to the Council Road Staff who responded to the calls early this morning and immediately set about carrying out the emergency repairs.“The entire response from the council must be commended as it comprehensively dealt with the matter and carried out trojan work throughout the day,” he said.Call for Minister to visit Gaoth Dobhair’s flooded areas was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Genomics Shows Evolutionary Theory Is Baseless

first_imgHumpty Darwin sits on a wall of foam bricks held together by decayed mortar. Cartoon by Brett Miller commissioned for CEH. All rights reserved.(Visited 747 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 New Study Reveals Evolution Does Not Have a Weak Foundation: It Has NO Foundation.by Jerry Bergman, PhDA new review article by Vivian Callier in Quanta Magazine reveals that evolution does not have a weak foundation: It has no foundation.[1] The subtitle summarizes the dilemma evolutionists are in: “For 50 years, evolutionary theory has emphasized the importance of neutral mutations over adaptive ones in DNA. Real genomic data challenge that assumption.” Classical Darwinian or “Adaptationist” EvolutionismIn a nutshell, evolution theory has historically postulated that the source of genetic variety is created by genetic mutations which in turn are selected by natural selection. Improvements in a life-form that enable it to out-compete other life forms are more likely to survive and out-produce its competitors, thus maintaining or improving its position in its ecological niche. Those life-forms that are less able to compete are more apt to go extinct. This is the source of the expression, ‘survival of the fittest.’ As explained by Darwin, whosecore insight was that organisms with disadvantageous traits would slowly be weeded out through negative (or purifying) selection, while those with advantageous features would reproduce more often and pass those features on to the next generation (positive selection). Selection would help to spread and refine those valuable traits. For most of the first half of the 20th century, population geneticists largely attributed genetic differences between populations and species to adaptation through positive selection.[2]Then, as more research was completed, it was realized this straightforward core of evolution was contradicted by much contrary evidence. One problem has always been the fact that the vast majority of mutations are deleterious, or nearly neutral. Mildly-deleterious or near-neutral mutations individually cause only minor or no problems, but they add up, in time producing genetic meltdown, causing death and eventually extinction.[3]Neutral Theory to the RescueOne major proposed solution was neutral mutation theory. This proposed that evolution is caused by mutations that are not deleterious, nor are they near neutral, but fully neutral, meaning they have no effect on the organism. When enough mutations have occurred to provide a beneficial effect, then and only then are they selected.[4] The idea was first proposed by the eminent Japanese population geneticist Motoo Kimura in 1968. He concluded that most mutations were “neutral in effect rather than beneficial or harmful, and that shifts in the frequency of these neutral mutations dominated evolutionary change at the genomic level…. [and] an ‘appreciable fraction’ of the genetic variation within and between species is the result of genetic drift — that is, the effects of randomness in a finite population — rather than natural selection, and that most of these differences have no functional consequences for survival and reproduction.”[5] This four-fold conclusion was based on the assumption that most DNA was useless junk as was widely believed then.a more comprehensive theory of molecular evolution must be sought.Genetic drift, according to the Kimura model, is the change in the frequency of an existing gene variant (an allele) in a population due to random factors. In a diagram comparing the competing models of evolution, genetic drift is described as being caused by the mutation number which “rises or falls in frequency through chance alone.”[6] The result is that genetic drift may cause some gene variants to disappear completely, reducing genetic variation, or genetic drift can also cause rare alleles to become much more common, even fixed, in the genome.[7] The alleles in the offspring are a sample of those in the parents, and chance has a major role in determining whether a given individual survives and reproduces.Neutral Theory vs GenomicsA review of the literature illustrates some of the many problems with this idea. The most obvious is how importantly the theory relies on chance in the evolutionary process. Classical evolution theory at least appears plausible because it is not evolution by chance, but if a genetic change improves survivability—even if only slightly—it will improve the likelihood that the organism can better compete in the natural world. In short, as described in Darwinian terms, fitness increases by natural selection. The problems with genetic drift are the natural-world factors of order, design, and constraints. Deviation from these constraints, even slightly, causes disease or problems. Randomness plays a part in Darwinism, but a very small part.[8] As Callier notedWhen Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he focused on adaptations — the changes that enable organisms to survive in new or changing environments. Selection for favorable adaptations, he suggested, allowed ancient ancestral forms to gradually diversify into countless species.[9]Callier adds the adaptation concept was so powerful that it was easy to concludeevolution is all about adaptation. So …  for half a century, a prevailing view in scholarly circles has been that it’s not…. [how] most evolutionary changes appear at the level of the genome and are essentially random and neutral. Adaptive changes groomed by natural selection might indeed sculpt a fin into a primitive foot, they said, but those changes make only a small contribution to the evolutionary process, in which the composition of DNA varies most often without any real consequences.[10]They were judged as essentially neutral because many of an organism’s traits are not critical for survival, but are part of the enormous variety existing in the natural world which do not appear to confer a clear survival advantage to the organism, such the enormous coloration variety and intricate detail of many insects.Problems with Genetic DriftThe many major problems with neutral theory and random drift soon became very obvious. These include (1) chance is centrally based on a non-negotiable belief in evolution, and (2) the theory is unconstrained by solid evidence but rather is the result of an attempt to reason out how life could possibly have evolved based on a few firmly established facts such as the enormous amount of variety existing in life. Another problem (3) was, we now know that most all of the genes in humans, and other life-forms as well, had some function, often regulation, as indicated by the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project. This project determined that more than 80 percent of this non-coding component of the genome, which was once considered “junk DNA,” actually has important roles in regulating the activity of particular genes. Therefore, many, if not most, mutations are not neutral, but at the least slightly deleterious.[11]Callier explains that some evolutionists recognize the serious problem of giving chance a central role in neutral theory, noting thatgenomes show much more evidence of evolved adaptation than the theory would dictate. This debate is important because it affects our understanding of the mechanisms that generate biodiversity, our inferences about how the sizes of natural populations have changed over time and our ability to reconstruct the evolutionary history of species (including our own). What lies in the future might be a new era that draws from the best of neutral theory while also recognizing the real, empirically supported influence of selection.[12]Professor Rebekah Rogers, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, explained the situation among evolutionists this way: “Any time you have limited data, the arguments get really fierce.”[13] Until recently, no way existed to broadly prove or disprove neutral theory and genetic drift except on theoretical grounds. Now that sequencing technology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) have become widely available, gene sequence data has overflowed from our genetic labs. The result of inexpensive genome sequencing is the “explanatory power of the neutral theory looks even worse.”[14] Because of its simplistic explanation, researchers used the neutral model as a convenient default explanation for the patterns of genetic variation that they observed in the natural world, but it can only explain trivial details like eye color, but not the evolution of body organs. It is inconceivable that a heart or lung, each requiring scores of complex genes, could ever evolve by genetic drift.As a result of the problems with genetic drift, many evolutionists are returning to adaptationist theory they had rejected for good reasons. Problems with adaptationism had motivated the development and acceptance of neutral theory becauseaffordable genomic sequencing and sophisticated statistical methods are allowing evolutionary theorists to make headway on quantifying the contribution of adaptive variation and neutral evolution to species differences. In species like humans and fruit flies, the data have revealed extensive selection and adaptation, which has led to strong pushback against Kimura’s original idea.As Kern and Hahn wrote in their recent article “The ubiquity of adaptive variation both within and between species means that a more comprehensive theory of molecular evolution must be sought.”[15] In short, Darwinists don’t have a foundational theory of evolution.One fruitful area of mutational study is cancer. Cancer cells are rife with mutations, and although only a small subset of those mutations are important in causing cancer, they do help us to understand mutations, and especially the commonality of patterns such as hot spots and trends, such as the conversion of the genetic base G to T is a far more common mutation than T to G.[16] This information will, the evidence so far indicates, destroy both neutral theory as well as evolution based on mutations according to the fact that mutations as a whole tend to degrade the genome and not improve it.[17]References[1] Viviane Callier, 2019. Quanta Magazine. Theorists Debate How ‘Neutral’ Evolution Really Is. https://www.quantamagazine.org/neutral-theory-of-evolution-challenged-by-evidence-for-dna-selection-20181108/[2] Callier, 2019.[3] John Sanford, 2014. Genetic Entropy, 4th Edition. New York, NY: FMS Publications.[4] Jerry Bergman, 2019. Neutral Theory of Evolution Debunked. Elaborating on Michael Behe’s refutation of “neutral evolution,” March 2. https://crev.info/2019/03/neutral-theory-of-evolution-debunked/[5] Callier, 2019.[6] Callier, 2019. Chart by Lucy Reading, titled Competing Models of Molecular Evolution.[7] B. Star and H. Spencer, 2013. “Effects of genetic drift and gene flow on the selective maintenance of genetic variation.” Genetics, 194 (1): 235–244, May.[8] Jeffrey  P. Tomkins and Jerry Bergman, 2017. Neutral Model, genetic drift and the Third Way—A Synopsis of the self-inflicted demise of the evolutionary paradigm. Journal of Creation, 31(3):94-102.[9] Callier, 2019.[10] Callier, 2019.[11] E. A. Feingold, et al., 2004. The ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) Project. Science, 306(5696): 636-640. October 22.[12] Callier, 2019.[13] The Evolutionary Importance of Neutral vs. Adaptive Genes. https://www.wired.com/story/quanta-neutral-vs-adaptive-evolution/[14] Callier, 2019.[15] Heather Rowe and Sudhir Kumar (Editors), 2018. Celebrating 50 years of the Neutral Theory. Molecular Biology and Evolution. https://academic.oup.com/mbe/pages/neutral_theory.[16] Vincent L. Cannataro, Stephen G. Gaffney, and Jeffrey P. Townsend, 2018. Effect Sizes of Somatic Mutations in Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 110(11): 1171–1177, November.[17] John Sanford, 2014.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.last_img read more

Premiere Pro Tip: Make Clip Replacements and Revisions Faster Than Ever!

first_imgLearn three commands that will make your revisions faster and easier with this Premiere Pro tip!It happens every time – You’ve got your edit just right. Every cut is perfectly timed, each graphic is in the right spot. Then the client comes back with one or two b-roll shots they want replaced. Or maybe they want an alternate version with a different end-graphic for the web. These are pretty simple revisions, but what if you could do them even faster than before? In this handy Premiere Pro tip, learn how three simple commands can make replacing shots easier than ever and save you several keystrokes every time!The three  magic commands are located in the “Clip”: 1. Replace with Clip… From Source MonitorThis command replaces the selected clip with whatever is loaded in the Source Monitor, and it respects any In Point you have set. This is handy when you need to replace a b-roll shot, but don’t want to accidentally move the timing of the edit. You can set an In Point in the Source Monitor to make sure that frame is placed at the first frame of the clip you’re replacing in the timeline (this does not work with Out Points, however).2. Replace with Clip… From Source Monitor, Match FrameThis command does functions the same way as “Replace with Clip…From Source Monitor,” except that it puts the frame you’re parked at in the Source Monitor into the same place you’re parked at in the Timeline. This is particularly handy if you want a specific action or point of the clip to line up with a specific time in the timeline (say, a music hit, for example). Like before, very handy for b-roll replacement.3. Replace with Clip… From BinThis one may seem less useful, but I’ve found a very specific circumstance where it comes in handy: Often, I’m asked to make multiple variations of the same edit, usually where the graphics change (one for web, one for TV, etc.). I’ll render out the different versions of my end graphics from After Effects as separate clips (all with the same duration, if possible) and import them all into Premiere.From there, I can go to the graphics in my timelines, select the appropriate graphic clips in the timeline, select what I want to replace it with in the Bin, and hit the “Replace with Clip… From Bin” command. An advantage of doing this: Effects and transitions that were on the original clip in the timeline are retained. This is pretty similar to option/alt-dragging a clip to replace it, but is a keyboard-centric way to do that.Over my time as an editor, I’ve found myself using these keys a good bit, especially with revisions and repetitive graphics replacements. I ended up mapping them to F13-F15 (I use a full-size keyboard). Hopefully these help you with your quick revisions! Here are a few more helpful Premiere Pro tips, tricks, and tutorials:Create Quick and Easy Vignettes in Premiere ProPremiere Pro Tutorial: Compositing Live-Action and Timelapse FootageThree Quick Tips for Editing in Premiere ProWas this Premiere Pro tip helpful? Got any of your own tricks that you’d like to share? Do it in the comments below! Replace with Clip… From Source MonitorReplace with Clip… From Source Monitor, Match FrameReplace with Clip… From BinEach one of these commands starts with the same setup: You select a clip in the timeline that you want to replace. All three of these commands replace the clip you have selected with whatever is either loaded in the source monitor or selected in the bin.last_img read more

10 months agoNeville: Solskjaer personality just what Man Utd need

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer personality just what Man Utd needby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the personality of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just what Old Trafford needs.The Norwegian took over a United’s interim manager on Wednesday following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and faces his first match at another former club, Cardiff City, on Saturday evening.Neville told Sky Sports, “He is so popular, he is one of the most popular players that exists at Manchester United in terms of what he achieved at the club and that goal in 1999.”He is a gentleman, he really is. He is a good person and has immersed himself in coaching. When he finished as a player he obviously became the reserve team coach at Manchester United. He wanted to learn the ropes.”He will be better for that experience at Cardiff. We have a stigma in this country of managers that have been sacked.”What it means is he is more mature and more experienced after having that experience.” last_img read more

Propipeline convoy to wake up federal government to western Canadas energy concerns

first_imgRED DEER (660 NEWS) — United We Roll Convoy for Canada is gearing up for a cross-country journey to Parliament Hill.The group of trucks will convene and depart from Red Deer on Valentine’s Day before heading east, winding their way through the prairies and Ontario en route to Ottawa.They are expecting to arrive by February 19, barring any delays.Along the way, the group is hoping to attract supporters and raise awareness of the struggling oil and gas industry.“Our goal is to create some awareness, with trucks, across the country to get people behind what we are standing for, and to get people on Parliament Hill,” said Glen Carrit, convoy organizer.Their ultimate goal is to raise awareness of what the implications of a stagnant oil and gas industry are for Canadians. Among their primary concerns —- failed pipeline projects that they maintain would provide relief from an oil glut that sent prices plummeting.“There’s been work here, and the oil and gas industry has been pretty good; we have ups and downs and everybody knows that,” said Carrit. “Nobody has seen anything like this, and we’re just tired of the huge downturn of the oil and gas industry, and that our products aren’t getting the pipelines.”Carritt also points out that they’re opposed to legislation that hinders the industry, like Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, and C-69, the Impact Assessment Act and Canadian Energy Regulator Act.With provincial and federal elections approaching, Carritt hopes Canadians will take a hard look at who they’re voting for.READ MORE: Pro-oil rally stresses importance of the energy industry in Lac La Biche“Be careful to vote for change because change is a good thing if it goes in the right direction,” he said. “We’re not here to tell people who to vote for. What we’re here to tell people is that we are not happy with the current government as it is right now.”Carrit is encouraging people to join the caravan even if they don’t plan on taking part in the entire journey. A GoFundMe campaign led by Carritt raised over $42,000 to help offset fuel costs for those traveling with the caravan to Ottawa.Others who aren’t able to join the traveling caravan are taking buses or flying into the capital.The convoy is also accepting letters that they will deliver to Parliament Hill.It’s intended to be a peaceful rally, and it has tried to distance itself from a previous affiliation with the Yellow Vest movement calling it “unprofessional”.There are no plans to hinder traffic along the way, and they are cooperating and coordinating with transportation ministries.“We’ve got a huge disconnect with our current government,” he said.last_img read more