AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In Yakima, Fox toured a 700-acre cherry, apple and pear orchard and an apple-packing warehouse owned by Rene and Carmen Garcia. Their operation, G&G Orchards, is believed to be the only Hispanic-owned apple warehouse in Washington state. “So far, we’re looking for a bigger crop this year, and I’m getting nervous,” Rene Garcia said. “We’re not seeing the people circulating around looking for jobs.” Six busloads of farmworkers, farm owners and others welcomed Fox. Enrique Diaz, 67, a farmworker originally from Colima, Mexico, has lived in the central Washington city of Pasco for about 30 years. He said he came here to make a better living and has been a citizen since 1976. Diaz said he hopes the main message Fox walks away with is immigrants’ need for amnesty. “There’s a lot of pressure. They’re both suffering – people who aren’t residents and people who are,” Diaz said. Fox flew to Washington state to meet with farmers in the Yakima Valley and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski after an appearance earlier in the day in Utah. Today, Fox is to attend a breakfast with business leaders in Seattle, visit a community health center, and have lunch with other business groups. He then heads to California to address lawmakers and meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Fox told a special session of the Utah Legislature that the most pressing issue for U.S.-Mexico relations is immigration. “One cannot underestimate the importance of this moment and how complex this issue is for our two nations,” said Fox, speaking in English. “Since the beginning of my administration, the government of Mexico has promoted the establishment of a new system that regulates the movement of people across our border in a manner which is legal, safe and orderly.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YAKIMA, Wash. – Mexican President Vicente Fox told hundreds of farmworkers here Wednesday that neither his country nor the United States can go it alone in trying to fix immigration problems. “It’s clear the purpose is to reach an agreement that can give security, that can give legality, that can give flow to the migrant people,” Fox said in Spanish on his second day of a four-day visit to the western U.S. “I think we are closer to the end of this route. This is a shared responsibility, the immigration reform.” Fox’s speech came on the same day the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to limit debate on election-year immigration legislation. That cleared the way for final passage later this week of a bill that calls for tougher border security as well as an eventual chance at citizenship for millions of men and women in this country illegally. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire specifically pressed Fox to visit the eastern part of her state, where thousands of Hispanic workers – many of them illegal immigrants – labor in agriculture and comprise as much as 90 percent of the population in some communities. Some Washington farmers are worried that a border crackdown could create a shortage of workers.
Embed from Getty ImagesManchester United fans on Twitter have been reacting largely with dismay to news that QPR want to sign Sean Goss on a permanent deal.West London Sport revealed on Tuesday that Rangers are interested in the 21-year-old, who has been described as having attributes similar to Michael Carrick.And after standing out in recent Under-23s games, a number of United supporters are not keen for the club to let him go…Goss is 21, but he can do sooo much better than QPR. Convinced that he would’ve made his debut had he not picked up that damn injury— Nicole ΑΩ (@NickiDupre) January 17, 2017Selling Sean Goss w/out giving him a chance would be very disappointingReady made replacement for CarrickJust needs 1st team chance #mufc— Michael (@mrmickeybee1966) January 17, 2017Sean Goss can make it to the first team. He’s real quality. Carrick-esque. Will only improve with time 👍#MUFC #Academy— Kunal Srivastava (@Kunal_sri92) January 17, 2017If @SeanGoss and his magic left wand signs anything other than a loan deal im going to cry— Ryan Jackson (@RyanJacko21) January 18, 2017Goss appears ever popular with #MUFC fan and as recent as last night has been making his mark on U23 gamesHope it’s a loan move #MUFC— RedReveal (@RedReveal) January 17, 2017Would be disappointed to see Sean Goss leave #mufc on a permanent deal but can understand why he would. Good enough for senior football now.— Tom Simpson (@TomMUFC8) January 17, 2017QPR fans, meanwhile, have been more preoccupied with the club’s search for a striker.Rangers have had offers of £1.2m and £1.5m for Rotherham’s Danny Ward rejected – and some supporters want to see their interest end there, rather than go in with a further bid of £2m-plus.If #QPR bid more than £2m for Ward it’s a joke that money could be invested in Matty Taylor who is a hotter prospect!— Dale H (@DaleH_21) January 18, 2017Not sure Danny Ward’s goal scoring record justifies a fee of £2m+.— Jack (@JackM_QPR) January 18, 2017If we’re bidding over £2m for Danny Ward, I might just call it a day. Like him, Rate him & would take him, But not at that price #QPR #QPRFC— Ash (@_Ash_94_) January 18, 2017Can we bin off going for this danny ward now and go for someone thats been scoring goals consistently the past few years— Mark Dudfield (@duddaz87) January 18, 2017See also:QPR have offer for Man Utd midfielder acceptedQPR set to confirm signing of Man Utd midfielder Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
For evolutionary theory to work, all human behavior must originate from mindless natural processes. What does that do to honesty and kindness?Godless potheads: A survey of Swiss men conducted by Lausanne University found that people who believed in God used fewer drugs than atheists. Medical Xpress reported the finding: the more atheistic, the more the drug use. “Karl Marx said that religion was the opium of the people,” the article quipped. “New figures now suggest that religion plays a role in preventing substance misuse.” Correspondingly, perhaps atheism instead is the opiate of the people: the dope that turns people to dope. Needless to say, any scientist trying to do believable scientific research must be in full use of his or her mental capacities.Theism might be helpful even if not true: Does it matter if God exists? That’s the question a philospher at Ryerson University is studying, with funds from the Templeton Foundation, according to PhysOrg. Professor Klaas Kraay is not trying to prove or disprove God, but just to see if it makes a difference. “Through our research, we hope to clarify our intuitions about the difference in value that God’s existence makes (or would make) to our lives and to the world around us,” he said. So far, he is just framing the questions, but he and his colleague are trying to refute the position of Oxford philosopher Guy Kahane who has argued religion makes the world worse, and makes people’s lives meaningless. So far he has identified four positions on a scale of belief. “People seem to have strong intuitions and feelings about these four positions,” says Kraay. “However, this grant will enable us to move beyond intuition and feelings and into rigorous arguments about all aspects of this important issue.” But can he even approach the arguments if he is not trustworthy? How does he know rigor is good, if that is not a category of virtue? On what grounds can he assume that rigorous arguments generate true conclusions?Who needs God? Ara Norenzayan’s new book Big Gods: How religion transformed cooperation and conflict (Princeton, 2013) looks like a throwback to the positivism of Auguste Comte (1947-1859), who viewed society in evolutionary stages, passing through a religious stage to culminate in a scientific one. Michael Bond, reviewing the book for New Scientist, summarized it as follows: “As societies mature, many outgrow the need for a spiritual superbeing,” according to Norenzayan. Bond, apparently an evolutionist himself, described the book’s perspective as “a kind of theological take on survival of the fittest.” He finds some of the book’s ideas compelling, such as the idea that having a “big god” enabled societies to control individuals with the notion they are being watched. Once a country outgrows that need, like Denmark or Sweden, they can dispense with the god hypothesis, he says. Still, he is a bit puzzled by the USA, an “outlier” on the graph; it’s “a reminder that religion is about more than cooperation, that belief thrives perhaps because it eases deep existential anxieties where reason and logic cannot help.” But on what basis does he believe in the legitimacy of reason and logic?Fingering evil: Let’s try a test case. Is it legitimate to call Syria’s President Assad evil? He’s the dictator who allegedly launched a poison gas attack that killed over a thousand of his own people, and has killed over 100,000 in the civil war through conventional weapons. Whether we can call him evil is the question Maggie Campbell of Clark University is asking on Live Science. Posing this question on a science site presumes that science is capable of answering it. Campbell, a social psychologist, knows that the answer matters. In true academic style, though, she claims these are “not easy questions with simple answers.” Part of her answer depends on surveys she conducted of individual attitudes, but the gist of it puts the onus on the claimant: “the extent to which a person believes that some people, or social groups, are completely evil relates to that individual’s opinions on violence,” as if defining an opponent as evil justifies revenge. That sounds like relativism, yet later she makes her own value judgments: “Ignoring crimes against humanity is shameful, so any attempt at making the world pay attention is important.” One wonders what she would say if someone called her opinion evil.Evolving good: Another article appeared trying to explain kindness in Darwinian terms – not just any kindness, but the costly kind Robert Trivers called “reciprocal altruism,” like a combat soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save comrades. “In principle, altruism confounds the basic logic of evolution by natural selection because individuals incur fitness costs while providing benefits to others,” Joan B. Silk writes in Current Biology. So does that falsify Darwinism? There is an out, Silk thinks: “Altruistic traits can evolve only when some cue allows altruists to direct benefits selectively to other altruists, and thereby increase the relative fitness of altruists.” Thus she relies on “inclusive fitness” or group fitness, where natural selection acts on the group rather than the individual. She points to putative examples of altruism in the animal kingdom, such as chimpanzee grooming and bat food sharing; Silk waffles, though, on whether the simple explanation works, pointing to other biologists who have disputed it. Asked “Aren’t humans special?”, she referred to evolutionists who have speculated that language enables humans “to inform their partners about their intentions and expectations and coordinate exchanges more effectively.” In the end, though, she urges caution, exiting the Q&A with the ‘further research is needed‘ escape clause: “It would be profitable to assess the factors that stabilize reciprocity in human societies, because this information will influence estimates of the plausibility that strategies based on reciprocal altruism will exist in other species.” One can only hope she was writing altruistically (i.e., expending energy for the benefit of others).Pragmatic or mystical virtue: Rather than reason philosophically about virtue, some authors approach it pragmatically. An article on Medical Xpress, for instance, is titled “Love thy neighbor; It could lower your risk of stroke.” A little reflection shows, however, this is not really love; it is selfishness. Other evolutionists approach it mystically. A photo of neuroscientist Tania Singer in Science titled “Concentrating on Kindness” shows her in lotus position on an MRI machine. Singer is convinced that compassion and empathy would “make the world a better place.” The scientist in her wants to know where a “signature of compassion” might be located in her subjects’ brains, using MRI experiments. If identified, she wants to find “evidence that the instinct to be kind to others can be nurtured through meditation.” She seems to find as much motivation in the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks and the possibility of “altered states of consciousness,” though, as in scientific evidence in pursuit of her ill-defined goal of trying to make the world a better place. Who defines “better” in evolutionary terms? Needless to say, “many of her colleagues are skeptical of her sweeping vistas—and even more about getting there through meditation,” partly because “historically, meditation is intertwined with religion.” Singer tries to purify her experiments of religion, but Science (its materialist bias showing) questioned her motives, knowing that her funding came from the Templeton Foundation, “a philanthropic organization that has frequently been criticized for trying to blur the boundaries between science and religion.” Meditation is ill-defined, the article points out, and experiments are typically performed with little scientific rigor. Can Singer convince her colleagues she is not on a mystical quest? Either way, who is being truthful and virtuous in the debate?In each of these instances, the evolutionary authors “helped themselves” to the notions of truth and virtue, assuming that their readers would consider them to be speaking or writing altruistically and honestly with unmixed motives, attempting to lead people toward a true understanding of the world. But without genuine truth or virtue—in a survival-of-the-fittest world—anything goes. Cartoonist Zach Weiner showed this cleverly on his strip, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, that appears to satirize evolutionary game theory, showing that ethics is unsustainable in such a world.Evolution implodes when you ask its proponents if truth evolves or virtue evolves. At first, they will launch into their just-so stories about reciprocal altruism, evolutionary epistemology, or whatever. But unless truth and virtue are rock-solid realities independent of what human beings think or feel about them, there is no assurance that anything is really true or virtuous. What’s more, what is considered to be true or virtuous today might be its opposite in the future. Because of this, evolutionists have no grounds for judging anything, including the validity and value of their own beliefs. Consider the consequences. On what grounds can an evolutionist call Assad evil? If Maggie wants to argue that it depends on one’s views on violence, do a little role playing: “Suppose someone called your views on evolution evil and wanted to kill or imprison you and all who agree with you. What would you think of that?” You get the picture. Evolutionists cannot weep if Islam or some future Genghis Khan kills all the evolutionists, because that is a possible outcome of natural selection. Can you imagine any evolutionists not calling that horrendous outcome “evil”? All the “knowledge” bequeathed to us by Father Charlie would be wiped out! “So what?” you respond. “Evolution is as evolution does. Stuff happens.“When the evolutionist is recovering from the horrid thought of the Golden Age of Darwinism being wiped from the history books, similar to the frightening end of George Orwell’s 1984 wherein the history of any resistance to the regime is systematically erased, leaving no trace of the valiant efforts to restore freedom, truth and virtue, you deliver the coup de grace. You ask the evolutionist if truth evolves. If he answers yes, because everything evolves, you ask how he knows that evolution is true. If it becomes false tomorrow, wouldn’t that allow for the possibility that creation is true? If he answers no, you welcome him into the ranks of supernaturalists, because he has just acknowledged that some realities (e.g., truth, virtue, and the laws of logic) are immaterial, timeless, and universal. Most evolutionist brains will have short-circuited before this point, producing a limbic reaction to go on the attack – proving they are only acting out mammalian “survival of the fittest” behaviors, and therefore are not to be trusted. If your interlocutor hears you out, though, you ask him if he is aware of any concept that is simultaneously trustworthy and virtuous (within the constraints of being immaterial, timeless, and universal), if not personal (i.e., like God). Without God, therefore, evolutionary theory is self-refuting.Truth and virtue are preconditions of science—indeed, of any kind of logical reasoning. Evolutionists routinely “help themselves” to these rich foods from the Christian smorgasbord without paying the philosophical price. For that, they are being neither honest nor virtuous. Show a little tough love and graciously but firmly help evolutionists out of their hopeless condition before it implodes on them. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program signed up more than 22,000 dairy farmers —more than participated in the last year of the Margin Protection Program (MPP) that it replaced — and paid out more than $302 million in its first year. That’s $302 million more than what farmers would have received under the MPP, which would have actually cost farmers money in 2019, according to an analysis of USDA data done by NMPF.Monthly milk price/feed cost margins so far in 2019 have been above the $8 per hundredweight coverage cutoff that existed under MPP, but below the new $9.50 per hundredweight coverage limit under DMC, the stronger dairy safety net enacted last year in the farm bill. Under the old MPP rules, the total paid out under the entire program so far this year would have been $75,000 — about $3 per farmer and a net loss for them after premium costs. Instead, the new DMC threshold has triggered hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed assistance for dairy producers, showing the program’s value and helping farmers stay afloat who otherwise may not have been able to continue.With 2020 signup beginning on Oct. 7, that success is worth keeping in mind as farmers weigh the program’s affordable cost versus its proven benefits.“The Dairy Margin Coverage program has proven its worth, with more than $300 million in farmers’ pockets as a result of our work on the farm bill with Congress and USDA,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation. “None of that assistance would have occurred under the MPP. We encourage farmers who haven’t already signed up for all five years of Dairy Margin Coverage to re-new their sign up for 2020, and for farmers who decided not to participate in the 2019 program to consider it in the future.”According to the latest USDA data, 22,631 dairy producers signed up for DMC. Based on reported margins for the first eight months of the year, payouts so far for 2019 have been $302,906,824. Wisconsin signed up the largest number of farmers, while California enrolled the highest production volume of any state.A key change to the program that boosted aid was the inclusion of dairy-quality alfalfa into the feed-cost calculation, which narrowed the difference between milk prices and feed costs and adjusted margins to better reflect dairy expenses, a change that NMPF pushed for throughout legislation and implementation.“We thank USDA not only for prioritizing the DMC in farm-bill implementation but adjusting it in a way that provided additional benefit to producers,” Mulhern said. “The DMC’s success has truly been a partnership throughout, from a united dairy community that aided Congress as it crafted and approved the program, to USDA’s work with that community in making it reality.”
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Prado, who’s already won two titles, knows that they shouldn’t be celebrating Final Four victories and that they would only let their guard down when they win it all.“We won’t celebrate this one because we still haven’t got what we aimed for at the start of the season and that is to defend the title,” said Prado who had seven points against the Lady Heavy Bombers.“Of course we’re happy but we still need to work even harder to get what we want.”Prado, who is on her last playing year, added one more thing that’s motivating her ahead of the finals series against San Beda.“This is my last playing year and it’s super important for me to leave something behind,” said Prado.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jovielyn Prado, the Season 92 Finals MVP, said they plan to repay their coaches with nothing else but the biggest trophy of the year.“We will win this championship for our coaches who have, since the first day, worked really hard in teaching us,” said Prado Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs booked their return flight to the championship round after brushing off Jose Rizal University, 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.Arellano didn’t even need to use its twice-to-beat advantage, a perk that was given to the Lady Chiefs after finishing the preliminaries with an 8-1 record and 23 points as the no.1 team. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH No pressure for Raqraquin, San Beda ahead of NCAA finals View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Coaches can only do so much with their Xs and Os, and the Arellano Lady Chiefs know that their mentors’ lessons are much bigger than just tactics and plays.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
“We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said. The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP).Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models.“We help with network building and creating partnerships with key stakeholders. We also aid in grant applications for the LEIs to source other funds outside of the SDC to provide capital and acquire the needed resources,” he said.The Acting Public Relations Manager added that through support and guidance, local economic initiatives were contributing to the national economy.Acting Public Relations Manager at the Social Development Commission (SDC), Mandel McKulsky. Speaking with JIS News, Acting Public Relations Manager at the SDC, Mandel McKulsky said Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) can benefit from capacity building to develop business plans and models. Story Highlights The Social Development Commission (SDC) is encouraging small entrepreneurs within communities to access its services through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP). The LEDSP is one of seven programmes of the SDC through which different partners in a local area are brought together to work and harness local resources for sustainable economic growth.Presently, the SDC is inviting proposals for the following grants – the Local Economic Development (LED) Grant totalling $2.7 million, with a maximum allocation of $100,000 per LEI; the Community Priority Project Grant, with a maximum allocation of $150,000 per group; and the Governance Capacity Grant, with a maximum allocation of $80,000 per group.Application forms can be accessed through the SDC’s website https://sdc.gov.jm/social-development-commission-grant-call-for-proposals/ and submitted with accompanying documents to the respective SDC Parish Office no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 8.Meanwhile, SDC Local Economic Development Coordinator for Manchester and St. Elizabeth, Damian Lowe, underscored the importance of developing local economic initiatives.“We want to go further with the LEDSP because there are many persons who don’t know how to take their ideas or businesses to the level where it is sustainable with clients and earnings that can contribute directly to employing persons,” Mr. Lowe said.“More importantly, persons with disabilities are not left out of this programme, so we are making that sort of connection with those who want to delve into business but do not have the resources, time or persons to hold their hands and walk with them through that journey till they can run,” he added.Mr. Lowe is also encouraging microbusiness owners and persons with business ideas to seek the assistance they need.“We (the SDC) are in every parish. There are community development committees that meet every month that you can engage. Just make the call, make the journey to our parish offices, stop our officers when you see us in our branded shirts and talk to us; we will steer you in the right direction. That is what we are here for,” he urged.A list of all SDC Parish Offices can be found on their website at https://sdc.gov.jm/contact-us/.
zoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean International The ultra-luxury and expedition cruising company, Silversea Cruises, has officially joined the family of Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL).On July 31, the companies informed that they have closed on RCL’s acquisition of a two-thirds stake in Silversea after receiving final approval from regulators.The investment unites two leading players in the cruise industry and fills out RCL’s portfolio of cruise brands across all key market segments.“We are proud to officially welcome Silversea’s industry-leading team to the RCL family,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Regulators green-lighted Royal Caribbean’s purchase of a 66.7% equity stake in Silversea Cruises, based on an enterprise value of approximately USD 2 billion. Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio will remain Executive Chairman of Silversea and retain a 33.3% stake.The companies also announced Project Invictus, a multi-year initiative to take Silversea’s ultra-luxury offerings to the next level. Project Invictus enhancements range from product upgrades to magnified ship revitalization programs.The first Invictus enhancements will begin rolling out on the Silver Muse on August 19. Immediately thereafter, these and other enhancements will be implemented fleet wide, impacting a wide variety of onboard features and strengthening Silversea’s reputation.Silversea’s growing fleet of ultra-luxury ships will also benefit from an upgrade. The planned renovation of Silver Whisper in December 2018 will be much more comprehensive than initially anticipated. Moreover, Silversea’s Silver Wind will also enter into an enhanced dry dock in December 2018.Both vessels will join the overarching plan for a fleet-wide “Musification” which will take inspiration from the design of the very successful cruise line’s flagship, Silver Muse. The plan will be completed shortly after with an enhanced dry dock of the Silver Shadow.With Silversea joining the RCL lineup alongside Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises and Pullmantur Cruceros, the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fleet now numbers 59 ships with an additional 15 on order.