Mind Your Matters, Evolutionist

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first_img(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Several recent articles illustrate the mental struggle materialists have with human uniqueness, particularly the mind and consciousness.The animal continuum:  Described as a “highly influential researcher studying animality (our animal nature),” Dominique Lestel thinks the human-animal divide is a false dichotomy, reported Science Daily.  He takes issue with Western philosophy that elevates humanness above the beasts.  He thinks man needs to “reactivate his animality and animalize himself anew.”  One might wonder what college students would do with that advice.  Another might ask what other animals do research and publish it in Social Science Information, a journal of SAGE.The consciousness debate goes on:  Live Science described a panel discussion at the World Science Festival in New York between philosophers and scientists about consciousness.  Tanya Lewis opened with the material angle: “As you read this sentence, the millions of neurons in your brain are frantically whispering to each other, resulting in the experience of conscious awareness.”  Her article gave the edge to the materialists who believe “the brain gives rise to conscious phenomena.”  Her opening question, though, “But can modern neuroscience ever hope to crack this mysterious phenomenon?” led to admissions that they’re not there yet.  The article led to a lively discussion in the comments between monists and dualists (i.e., those who see mind as separate from matter).Is morality mental or natural?  Bob Holmes on New Scientist reviewed two books about the origin of human morality: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal, and How Animals Grieve by Barbara J. King.  Both books “show that we must be careful when studying animals to learn about the origins of human traits and behaviours,” he said.  He thought de Waal was more thoughtful than King, but Holmes was inclined to agree (and believes most of New Scientist’s readers will concur) that morality is relative, not absolute:If he’s right, then there may be no absolute code of right and wrong out there to be discovered. Instead, each individual’s evolved sense of empathy and concern for the group may help shape the group’s consensus on what kind of behaviour is appropriate. In short, says de Waal, morality may be something we all have to work out together. It’s a persuasive argument, and de Waal’s cautious and evidence-based approach is one that many New Scientist readers are sure to find congenial.Is neuroscience the answer?  Another article on New Scientist cast a shadow on materialist hopes in neuroscience.  David Robson reviewed two more books that challenge the notion that neuroscience will ever understand consciousness.  The books are, Brainwashed: The seductive appeal of mindless neuroscience by Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld, and A Skeptic’s Guide to the Mind: What neuroscience can and cannot tell us about ourselves by Robert A. Burton.  The titles alone indicate that the authors aren’t ready to give neuroscience a free pass, and neither does Robson:NO CREVICE of the human experience is safe. Our deepest fears and desires, our pasts and our futures – all have been revealed, and all in the form of colourful images that look like lava bubbling under the skull.That, at least, is the popular conception of neuroscience – and it’s worth big money. The US and the European Union are throwing billions of dollars at two new projects to map the human brain. Yet there is also a growing anxiety that many of neuroscience’s findings don’t stand up to scrutiny. It’s not just sensational headlines reporting a “dark patch” in a psychopath’s brain, there are now serious concerns that some of the methods themselves are flawed.And that takes the discussion right back to philosophy, so long criticized as asking good questions but not providing good answers.  “Neurology is not destiny,” Robson says, after pointing out some false positives using fMRI (functional MRI) and other tools of neuroscience.  But Robson is not ready to throw out the neuroscience baby with the bathwater.  He puts his hope in what neuroscience will learn some day.Game Theory:  Meanwhile, evolutionists continue to speak of human mental traits in materialist, evolutionary terms.  Michael Taborsky in Current Biology continued sounding the ongoing paradigm that human cooperation and altruism are a result of social evolution; Milot and Pelletier in Current Biology advanced the idea that human beings are still a playground for natural selection (but cf. Science Magazine’s review of Paleofantasy and our 3/13/13 entry).  The scientific institutions pay little respect to, or even notice of, the views of theologians or philosophical dualists.If the brain is a window, who is looking through it?  If the brain is a computer, who is typing on the keyboard and watching the screen?  If morality is a dark spot in an fMRI image, who is interpreting it?God help the disciples of Frans de Waal who think they can agree on a consensus for what is “appropriate” as a substitute for morality.  Most likely, their consensus will be crushed by another culture with better weapons and more motivation for power.  What will they say as they are dying?  “You can’t do that.  That’s not right!”Each of the authors above defeats materialism by arguing for it.  Who is doing the arguing?  Their brains?  Who is deciding who is telling the truth?  Someone who doesn’t accept that truth is real?  Who is deciding who has the best arguments, someone who disbelieves in absolute morality?  Those who think humans are “mere” animals (though even theologians acknowledge our animal natures) would make sense if they left off writing books, and concentrated on stuffing bananas into their mouths and scratching their bottoms.  The moment they try to access the realms of the mind and consciousness, they become dualists in spite of themselves.  The moment they assume truth exists and morality can be judged by each of us with sufficient accuracy, they become supernaturalists in spite of themselves.  And the moment they say humans “should” do anything (like pay attention to their arguments rationally), they become theists in spite of themselves.  You can’t argue for materialism without assuming the very thing you want to disprove: we are more than mere animals; we have a soul that is consciously aware of absolute truth and morality.last_img read more

It Takes an EcoVillage

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first_imgAlthough their goal isn’t complete utopian self-sufficiency, the homeowners in Abundance EcoVillage seem open to whatever it takes to live off-grid and make extremely efficient use of natural resources.Construction on the first single-family homes in the community – located in Fairfield, Iowa, in the southeast corner of the state – began in 2000. Now there are 14 homes on the site, and there is enough land to accommodate eight more single-family homes, plus two triplexes, says Amy Greenfield, an EcoVillage resident and a developer of some of the homes in the 15-acre community.The 14 houses operate off two wind turbines – one with a capacity of 3 kW, the other with 5 kW – and a 7-kW photovoltaic array. Each home also is equipped with solar hot water. Wind provides about 40% of the village’s energy during the summer and about 90% during the winter. If more homes are built, Greenfield says, another 800 watts of PV per house will be added to the power infrastructure.Power storageAs a backup measure, the community is tied to the power grid through Access Energy, a regional electric distribution cooperative. Draws from the grid have so far been rare, Greenfield says, because the wind and solar systems have performed as designed. That design includes two banks of batteries – serviced by one of EcoVillage’s designer/founders, Michael Havelka – that store enough power to keep the community operating for three days.Greenfield says that the renewable-energy system’s reliability easily rivals that of the utility grid. “During the excessive Midwest heat this summer the local utility grid went down once or twice, while the EcoVillage continued to have power,” she wrote in a recent email. “Likewise, winter ice storms can cause power outages on the local utility grid, wherein large portions of the town loose power. These winter storms rarely have an effect on the EcoVillage power systems.”Core efficienciesThe overall energy efficiency of the homes in the village goes a long way to making this setup work. Most are two-bedroom, two-bath houses are of relatively modest size – three currently listed for sale on the EcoVillage website range in size from 1,400 to 1,600 sq. ft. and in price from $332,000 to $337,000. All feature double-stud wall construction and insulation with damp-spray cellulose to R-40; most have slab-on-grade foundations insulated to R-10 and well insulated stem walls. Roofs are insulated with blown cellulose to R-50.Air sealing is addressed in part with Tyvek housewrap and an interior layer of 6-mil polyethylene. All homes are tested for airtightness, with varying results, Greenfield says, adding that her own house showed 4.27 air changes per hour at a 50 Pascal pressure difference. Window placement on all houses in the community is designed to maximize solar gain in the winter. (Greenfield adds that she used Marvin Integrity double-pane, double-hung windows on the homes she developed.)Heating and cooling is assisted by a ground-source system called Earth Air Tube, in which outdoor air is circulated through 300 to 500 linear feet of polyethylene plastic tubing buried 8 to 10 ft. deep around the perimeter of each home. Air circulation through the system is continuous, with additional heat in the winter provided by a gas furnace with a high-efficiency motor. Some EcoVillage homeowners also have added wood-burning stoves to their heating-option lineup.Water from the sky and the pondThe energy efficiency of the dwellings and their accompanying renewable energy systems is such that a grouping of five houses can share a 30-amp circuit. Each house uses about 300 kWh a month on average. A code-built home in this region that is of comparable size and layout, the EcoVillage website notes, would operate on a 200-amp circuit and use about 1,500 kWh a month.Each house harvests rainwater for potable use by channeling rooftop runoff into two underground cisterns, filtering it through charcoal and sediment filters, and then treating it with ultraviolet light. Water for toilets and outdoor use is collected from a pond on the site and filtered with a gravel bed.A monthly homeowners’ association fee of $100 covers routine maintenance of the renewable-energy equipment, the battery banks, trash pickup and recycling, common-area groundskeeping, and contributes to a savings account for future equipment repair or replacement.last_img read more

Flames Too Hot For Devils, 3-1

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first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — The Calgary Flames used another comeback to get back into a playoff spot and make the New Jersey Devils’ postseason chances that much bleaker.Sean Monahan scored a power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period and the Flames beat the Devils 3-1 on Feb. 25 to move into a Western Conference wild-card spot.“These were points that we desperately needed,” Flames goalie Karri Ramo said after making 26 saves to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak. “You could see that we were desperate enough to earn a win.”Calgary, which lost 1-0 at the New York Rangers on Feb. 24, moved one point ahead of idle Minnesota in the playoff race.Curtis Glencross scored late in the second period to tie it 1-1, and T.J. Brodie added a short-handed, empty-net goal in the final minute for the Flames, who have 19 wins in games in which they have trailed (10 wins) or were tied (nine wins) after two periods.“Any time you get a goal in the last minute of a period, it gives you a huge momentum swing,” Glencross said. “We got that goal and got the momentum.”Monahan’s winner was set up in part when Devils defenseman Jon Merrill took a slashing penalty at the end of the second period.The Flames kept the puck in the Devils end, and Mark Giordano took a pass from fellow defenseman Dennis Wideman, skated to the dot in the right circle, and sent a cross-ice pass that Monahan redirected past Cory Schneider for his 21st goal.“They’re not a team you can sleep on,” said Schneider, who made 23 saves but gave up two Calgary goals in a 49-second span bridging the second and third periods. “I think they lead the league in comebacks and they showed again tonight they’re opportunistic.“We gave them an inch on both plays and they took advantage of it.”Mike Cammalleri scored his fifth goal in four games for the Devils, who had a season-high, four-game winning streak snapped. They remain eight points behind Boston in the race for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins play at New Jersey on Feb. 27 to close out the Devils’ six-game homestand.“Every game is more important than the next,” Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said.The Devils received a power play with 47 seconds left when Mikael Backlund was called for delay of game, but Brodie scored seven seconds later to ice the game.Ramo protected the lead the rest of the way, making power-play saves on Cammalleri and Eric Gelinas, and stopping Tuomo Ruutu on a 3-on-2 rush with less than nine minutes to go.The Flames, playing the second contest of a seven-game trip, got even 1-1 on Glencross’ ninth goal.Joe Colborne carried the puck into the Devils zone and sent a backhanded pass through the crease to a wide-open Glencross, who redirected the puck under the crossbar.“We have to keep winning games,” Glencross said. “The spot we’re in, we can’t afford to lose two games in a row.”Cammalleri had given the Devils a 1-0 lead with 2:57 left in the opening period. The former Flames forward picked up a loose puck at center ice, after a turnover by Brodie, and slid a pass to Jordin Tootoo.Tootoo carried the puck into the Flames end and dropped a pass back to Cammalleri, who beat a screened Ramo with a backhander between the pads.Cammalleri almost extended the lead late in the second period, hitting the post.Schneider, who shut out Arizona on Feb. 23 and Ramo, who played his second game in two nights, were outstanding in the first 40 minutes.Ramo had excellent saves on Steve Bernier and Tootoo in close on an early power play, and he made a stop on Scott Gomez’s drive from low in the right circle midway through the second period.Schneider stopped Jiri Hudler on a breakaway with 4:11 left in the first period, and he made a snapping glove save on Giordano’s slap shot on a power play.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us break

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first_imgNewcastle winger Matt Ritchie: Press never give us breakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has hit out at the negativity of the media.The Scot admits he grows tired over the comparisons with past teams.Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “People talk about Newcastle’s history in the Premier League and it’s in a negative aspect.”The Press the other week said we hadn’t won on a Monday for such a long time, then we won at Burnley and the next week it was we hadn’t won a midweek game!”I was like: ‘Give us a break’.”The players don’t look into that, we focus on the next game being the biggest game.”We recover and prepare for Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoInter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelona

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan attacker Barella: We proved our character at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan attacker Nicolò Barella says they can leave Barcelona with their heads held high.Inter lost their Champions League tie 2-1, despite taking a third minute lead through Lautaro Martinez. Barca eventually winning via a Luis Suarez brace.Barella said, “We came here to play, the Coach told us that, and we wanted to win. We tried to fight back after the equaliser and conceded at the other end.“It’s disappointing, but we have another big game coming up and will start to focus on that.“We proved our character and put in a strong performance, but it’s always disappointing when we leave with no points. We are Inter, we’ve got Conte on the bench, so we want to win every game.” last_img read more

Residents of Sligoville Receive Piped Water

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first_imgApproximately 300 residents of Sligoville and surrounding communities in St. Catherine now have water flowing into their homes, after living without the facility for up to six years.This has resulted from the rehabilitation of the Sligoville Water Supply System at a cost of $50 million, by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.The system, situated at the Sligoville Park, was officially commissioned into service on Tuesday, May 21, during a handing over ceremony.The project, which commenced on November 15 last year, was completed on April 15 this year. It involved the replacement of all eight water pumps used on the four-stage pumping system. Connecting pipelines were also installed between each water pump and existing valves. The electric cabinet in the number 4 pumping station was also rehabilitated.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, said the Sligoville water system is one of the most challenging water supply systems in the country, primarily because of its elevation, electricity demand and its number of pumping stations.“As such, it has been beset by a number of challenges over the years,” he explained.“The main source of water for the Sligoville community is the Rio Cobre system which, although relatively close by, is at a much lower elevation. This not only makes it difficult and costly to get the water to this community, but also makes the system vulnerable to the risk of breaking down,” the Minister said.He noted that the rehabilitation work that was carried out will provide the National Water Commission (NWC) with a new set of reliable electrical pumps at all the pumping stations.“This in turn will improve the dependability of the pumping operations and deliver improved service to the communities they serve,” he said.Meanwhile, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, His Excellency Zheng Qingdian, described the occasion as an “exciting, historic moment”, which signified another fruitful co-operation between Jamaica and China.He said the lives of residents will be improved greatly and the economy in the community will be more prosperous.“All the families of the community (can) enjoy fresh water at home and neighbouring communities can have access to the water due to this project as well,” the Ambassador said.For her part, Minister with responsibility for Sports and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, thanked China for the gift of water that “was long overdue” for the residents.She encouraged residents to ensure they fix the pipes in their homes that are leaking, so they can reap the maximum benefit from the system. She also urged residents to ensure they pay for the water.“It’s going to be critical that while I hold the NWC responsible for providing the water, I hold the citizens responsible for paying for the water,” the Minister said.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

First Nations have ability to paralyze country by shutting down trade routes

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police has taken to YouTube to defend his department’s handling of the Idle No More movement in light of criticism thrown at it by the courts and media.Ontario’s top cop said it’s important to understand the overall strategy and that First Nations hold a lot of the power.“First Nations have the ability to paralyze this country by shutting down travel and trade routes,” said Chris Lewis in the video posted Tuesday morning. “It is a difficult situation no matter how we view or address it.”Lewis said there have been more than 60 demonstrations to date under the Idle No More banner and there hasn’t been a report of a single injury to a protestor, member of the public or officer.The OPP was criticized last week by Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown after failing to respond to a court injunction in Tyendinaga where a small group of Mohawks shutdown the Via Rail line for seven hours.Justice Brown also slammed police in Sarnia for not acting on two injunctions he issued to have a blockade removed there. In both cases, the protestors removed the blockade and police refused to move in on them.In Tyendinaga, the OPP said it was “too dangerous” to respond to the injunction. The protestors said they made the right choice because if they had they would have stayed longer and if they would have tried to make arrests there would have been a fight.Lewis said arrests will be made after the protests if warranted. Police told Tyendinaga protestors they were under investigation for mischief.“These concepts and strategies developed from experience, hard work and common sense are difficult and complex to explain to the general public,” said Lewis.last_img read more

Maracle Tootoo Jackson and Guest just four of many who received honours

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first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsSylvia Maracle, Jordan Tootoo, Tom Jackson and Jacqueline Guest were just four of the big names who were at Rideau Hall receiving various honours on Monday.A total of 29 people were honoured in various ways for their efforts advancing Indigenous issues.ORDER OF CANADASylvia Maracle, O.C.Toronto, OntarioOfficer of the Order of CanadaSylvia Maracle has been a leader in shaping the urban Indigenous experience in Canada. As the executive director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, she has transformed the organization from a handful of reception hubs for migrating Indigenous peoples into more than two dozen culturally grounded centres of community building. An in-demand consultant, speaker, social activist and cultural-based practitioner, she is actively involved in diverse initiatives supporting the well-being of Indigenous peoples across Canada.Gord Downie, C.M.Toronto, OntarioMember of the Order of CanadaFor over 30 years, Gord Downie has been the frontman for The Tragically Hip and is considered one of Canada’s most beloved artists. He is renowned for his memorable performances, his songwriting and his lyrical references that create a sense of what it is like to love, and live in, this country. His charitable contributions and social activism continue to have a significant impact. He is devoted to promoting dialogue, raising awareness of the history of residential schools and moving the country along the path to reconciliation.Jacqueline Guest, C.M.Bragg Creek, AlbertaMember of the Order of CanadaJacqueline Guest has been a staunch advocate of youth and adult literacy in Canada and abroad. An author with strong Métis roots, she has penned numerous novels that have inspired a love of reading among children and teenagers while showcasing Indigenous culture and teaching readers to overcome obstacles. Over the course of her career, she has also served as a guest speaker and educator in Canadian, American and Tanzanian schools and libraries, where she has promoted literacy and emphasized the importance of storytelling in Canadian history.MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (CIVIL DIVISION)Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, M.S.C.Iqaluit, NunavutMeritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)The founder of Unikkaat Studio Inc., Alethea Arnaquq-Baril inspires Inuit communities to reconnect with their ancestral values and lost traditions through her many films. Considered one of Canada’s top female directors, she uses her films to document the Inuit language and culture in communities throughout Nunavut.J. Wilton Littlechild, C.M., A.O.E., M.S.C, Q.C.Hobbema, AlbertaThe Honourable Murray Sinclair, M.S.C.Winnipeg, ManitobaMarie Wilson, C.M., M.S.C.Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesMeritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson shouldered the responsibility for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada with fortitude, compassion and perseverance. Over six years, they led the examination of the Indian Residential School system, combing through myriad documents and witnessing the courage of survivors who shared their stories. Their final report invites all Canadians to confront the inequities of the past, and calls on governments and individuals alike to move forward, with greater understanding, towards reconciliation.The Meritorious Service Cross awarded to the Honourable Murray Sinclair will be presented to him at a later date.Stanley Vollant, C.Q., M.S.C.Pessamit, QuebecMeritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)To promote Indigenous cultural heritage, Dr. Stanley Vollant set out on the Innu Meshkenu(My Innu Path), a 6 000-km walk that passed through Indigenous communities across eastern Canada. This initiative inspired a multitude of Indigenous and non-Indigenous walkers to join him, but more than that, it encouraged an entire generation of young people to stay in school and pursue their dreams.Elder John Elliott, M.S.M.Victoria, British ColumbiaElder Elmer Seniemten George, M.S.M.Brantwood Bay, British ColumbiaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Elder John Elliott and Elder Elmer Seniemten George translated the Douglas Treaties of themid-1850s into the Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN First Nation languages. Their translation sheds light on the lack of understanding that existed between Colonialists and First Nations when the treaties were first signed. It also provides a foundation for reconciliation and lasting relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians of today.Hovak Johnston, M.S.M.Yellowknife, Northwest TerritoriesMarjorie Tahbone, M.S.M.Nome, Alaska, United States of AmericaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Hovak Johnston and Marjorie Tahbone created the Inuit Tattoo Revitalization Project tore-establish an Inuit art form that was on the verge of being lost. Traditionally, tattoos were given to women by women as a rite of passage and to represent their family’s heritage. The project’s first six-day event in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, reconnected more than two dozen women with their culture and inspired a new generation to carry on this tradition.The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Marjorie Tahbone will be presented to her at a later date.Tina Keeper, O.M., M.S.M.André Lewis, M.S.M.Mary Richard, O.M., M.S.M. (posthumous)Winnipeg, ManitobaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Fulfilling the vision of the late Mary Richard, Tina Keeper and André Lewis producedGoing Home Star–Truth and Reconciliation. Performed across the country by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, it tells the story of a young Aboriginal couple confronting a painful past. Harnessing a traditional European art form to connect with First Nations’ culture, this emotional production sheds light on the significant impact of residential schools on our history and helps to establish new relationships among Canadians.The Meritorious Service Medal awarded to the late Mary Richard will be presented to her granddaughter, Ms. Ashley Richard.William MacLeod, M.S.M.Mistissini, QuebecMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)William MacLeod is a leader in economic development for northern Quebec. In a single decade, he made the Cree Construction and Development Company one of the top construction companies in Quebec. His economic achievements have since inspired Cree youth, motivating them to take on leadership roles in their communities while remaining true to their roots.Meikaleigh McDonald, M.S.M.Fort Smith, Northwest TerritoriesMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Meikaleigh McDonald competed in 10 Arctic Winter Games (AWG), where she won numerous medals and set records in the Alaskan high kick and the triple jump. Now a member of theAWG International Committee, she continues to promote traditional sports in northern Canada and abroad, inspiring a new generation of athletes and helping to reconnect northern youth to their culture, their elders and their community.Julie Pellissier-Lush, M.S.M.Summerside, Prince Edward IslandMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Founding member of the Mi’kmaq Legends theatre troupe, Julie Pellissier-Lush preserves the legends of her ancestors through her work as a writer, actress and mentor to young performers. Dubbed the “Mama Bear” of the group by her fellow cast members, she is the glue that holds them together as they combine drama, storytelling, music and dance to share tales of the past with today’s youth.Percy Sacobie, M.S.M.Fredericton, New BrunswickMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Percy Sacobie built the Take a Break Lodge, a sweat lodge on St. Mary’s First Nation, to help people on their journey to recovery from mental illness and addiction. Having experienced the benefits of the traditional sweat ceremony himself, he wanted to give the greater Fredericton community access to a safe and welcoming place to practice self-reflection, to reconnect spiritually and to recover from their ailments.Jordin Tootoo, M.S.M.Coquitlam, British ColumbiaMeritorious Service Medal (Civil Division)Jordin Tootoo uses his star power as an NHL hockey player to promote healthy lifestyles in Canada’s North. Through the Team Tootoo Fund, he encourages conversations about addiction and suicide, and inspires youth to stay in school and pursue their dreams.POLAR MEDALAnn Maje RaiderWatson Lake, YukonAnn Raider has demonstrated exemplary dedication to community healing and enhanced safety. As the executive director of the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS), she was instrumental in the creation of the Together for Justice community safety protocol which, in collaboration with the RCMP, established a framework that profoundly strengthened community-police relations in Watson Lake, Yukon. This protocol has since been adopted by communities throughout northern Canada and has achieved similar successful outcomes.Darlene ScurveyWhitehorse, YukonAs an early childhood educator at the Duska’a Head Start Family Learning Centre,Darlene Scurvey actively promotes the preservation of traditional language and culture. With the assistance of elders, she provides preschool-age children with a range of culturally relevant learning experiences that incorporate social interaction and language instruction.SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERSBarbara BernardScotchfort, Prince Edward IslandA community builder and organizer, Barbara Bernard has served nearly a decade with the Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island, and has generously shared her knowledge and teachings with young people from across the province.Pauline BuschFort Qu’Appelle, SaskatchewanPresident of the Aboriginal Women of Manitoba for 10 years, Pauline Busch championed several important initiatives to eliminate family violence and crimes against Indigenous women and girls. She has also demonstrated a passionate commitment to restorative justice through her involvement with Indian Residential Schools Resolutions Canada.Anita CampbellThompson, ManitobaA dedicated supporter of the Métis people, Anita Campbell has worked with the Manitoba Métis Federation and the Métis Women of Manitoba for several years. She has helped to deliver vital services and programs to members of her community and has inspired others to follow in her footsteps.William CranmerAlert Bay, British ColumbiaDedicated to the preservation of Indigenous culture, Chief Bill Cranmer was instrumental in repatriating potlatch artifacts that were confiscated by the Canadian government in the 1920s, and in founding two cultural centres in British Columbia to preserve and exhibit these sacred items.Pamela Glode-DesrochersHalifax, Nova ScotiaPamela Glode-Desrochers is the executive director of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. She has worked for 40 years to reduce poverty and crime, and to promote the personal and community well-being of Halifax’s urban Aboriginal population.Daryl Dancing Buffalo KootenayMorley, AlbertaDarryl Kootenay has rapidly become a leading force for change in the world through his work with such organizations as Canada World Youth and Canada Bridges. He is also committed to helping youth in his own community, and is noted for founding the first Stoney Nakoda Youth Council.Jarret LeamanToronto, OntarioA dynamic volunteer and community leader, Jarret Leaman has generously given of his time to numerous causes in support of Indigenous youth, entrepreneurs and LGBTQ issues.Opolahsomuwehs Imelda PerleyFredericton, New BrunswickTeacher and Maliseet speaker Imelda Perley has committed much of her time to teaching language, storytelling and other traditions in Indigenous communities. Her efforts have fostered greater understanding and tolerance among the citizens of St. Mary’s, Kingclear and Tobique.Odelle PikeStephenville, Newfoundland and LabradorA prominent advocate for Indigenous women and seniors, Odelle Pike has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of her people through her involvement with numerous provincial organizations, including the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network and the Newfoundland Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.Marilyn SarkLennox Island, Prince Edward IslandMarilyn Sark has dedicated her life to supporting Indigenous communities in Prince Edward Island by taking on several leadership positions, notably with the Aboriginal Nurses’ Association of Canada and the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI. She has also brought essential health servicList and description courtesy Rideau Halllast_img read more

So What If These Arent The Two Best Teams In Baseball

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The 2014 World Series begins Tuesday night, featuring a pair of unlikely combatants in the 89-win Kansas City Royals and the 88-win San Francisco Giants.How unlikely? The Royals rank as the third-most unexpected pennant winner since 1969 — trailing only the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays and 2006 Detroit Tigers — according to our Weighted Average Loss Total metric. And while the Giants have won a pair of championships in the last five seasons, their cumulative record over the past two seasons has barely cracked .500.The fact that San Francisco and Kansas City combined for just 177 regular-season wins this year, the fourth-fewest by any pair of World Series opponents ever, has not been lost on the blogosphere. Amid the usual TV-ratings-fueled hand-wringing over whether baseball is or is not dying (it’s not), the Internet also spent the past several days worrying about whether this is the worst World Series ever (or, alternatively, angrily defending the matchup, or just wondering why we care about the teams’ regular-season records in the first place).For the statistically inclined, it’s an interesting series, if not simply from a philosophical point of view. It’s true that these teams probably aren’t the best two in baseball, and that has led to what Daniel Meyer of Beyond the Box Score called an “existential crisis” for some fans:“What is the point of it all?” and “Why even play 162 games?” are questions being thrown around as we all lament the reality of a World Series without Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw.But in the same article, Meyer notes that Major League Baseball’s regular season (not even the playoffs, which are almost universally regarded as a crapshoot, but the 162-game regular season) is too short to definitively allow the best team to stand out from the pack. Even if MLB expanded to a schedule of 1,000 games per team (!!), the true best team in baseball would have less than a 54 percent chance of producing the regular season’s best record.Along the same lines, there’s the classic Bill James simulation from the 1980s estimating that the best team in baseball only wins the World Series a little more than 29 percent of the time. And more recent research by Dr. Jesse Frey of Villanova University found that in a typical MLB season we can’t be more than about 40 percent confident in the identity of baseball’s best team anyway.In other words, there’s a lot of ambiguity, from start to finish. While it seems unlikely that a team like the Royals or the Giants could secretly be baseball’s best despite unimpressive regular-season records, we don’t really know for sure — and besides, the playoffs aren’t a scientific experiment designed to conclusively identify baseball’s best team (otherwise, they’d look like this).Embrace the uncertainty, and just enjoy this World Series as a showdown of two good, evenly matched teams. After all, there’s a 100 percent chance this matchup will contain the 2014 MLB champion. read more

Guardiola backs the use of VAR

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first_imgThe Manchester City manager is happy that UEFA will use the technology for the knockout stages of the Champions LeagueUEFA has announced that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used in the Champions League this season.But it will be introduced only in the knockout stages, which means it will only be used starting next year.And Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is very happy about it.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…“I welcome the news, I’m delighted with it,” he told France 24.“The Premier League is the last one [to adopt VAR] and sooner or later it will happen.”“This season, our second goal against Shakhtar was a ridiculous penalty. It’s so we don’t have to talk about it or to talk about last season versus Liverpool,” he added.“Now with VAR, we are looking to make better football, better decisions. Most of the time, not always, the ref will do a good job. Everyone makes mistakes and they’ll be helped by it and it will be good.”last_img read more