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Southern Baptists divided over politics, race, LGBTQ policy

first_img Southern Baptists divided over politics, race, LGBTQ policy Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 20, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Previous articleOilers beat Flames 2-1 to open home-and-home seriesNext articleRaptors score last 11 to defeat Timberwolves 86-81 Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img Pinterest Local NewsUS News Twitter Pinterest Twitter Mark HumphreyFILE – This Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 file photo shows the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Divisions over race, politics, gender and LGBTQ issues are roiling America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, ahead of a meeting of its executive committee in late February 2021.last_img read more


Donegal health programme shortlisted for award

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Donegal health programme shortlisted for award 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota WhatsApp News Twitter Facebook Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+center_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articleDerryman charged with causing death by dangerous drivingNext articleCouncillor calls for change as Inishowen misses out on road funding News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Women’s Health and Wellbeing Programme based in Co. Donegal has been shortlisted for the AONTAS STAR awards, which highlight outstanding examples of adult education each year.The Programme was developed by Donegal Women’s Network together with the HSE West. The project is one of three initiatives shortlisted in the Ulster Regional category.Speaking on behalf of FETAC, Ann Devlin, one of the sixteen judges adjudicating on the projects nominated, said.  ‘The standard of nominations was extremely high this year.She continued ‘It is real testament to the quality of these projects that they have been singled out by the judging panel for their achievements.’ Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – February 2, 2010 Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more


Saving Trees.

first_imgTrees Struggle to Survive For a tree to survive a dry period, it needs about 2 gallons of water per day for every inch of trunk diameter (measured at 4.5 feet above the ground). For example, a 10-inch diameter tree would need 20 gallons of water per day. Distribute this amount of water under the crown of the tree. Provide drainage with the watering, as trees don’t survive long in stagnant soils. Apply survival-level water every three days when it hasn’t rained to recharge the soil water. Don’t water daily, especially on heavy soils. Some excessively well-drained soils may need more frequent watering. Apply water in the evening to minimize evaporation loss. For more information on trees, water and drought, see the University of Georgia School of Forest Resources Drought Information Site at www.forestry.uga.edu/efr and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences drought site at www.griffin.peachnet.edu/caes/drought/.last_img read more


Super Eagles to battle Bolivia on March 26

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation and its FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon have confirmed that the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, will tackle the Senior National Team of Bolivia in  a grade A international friendly in Uyo on Thursday, 26th March.“We have had to work at a pace to seal agreement for this match, after the Brazilian Football Federation opted out at the last hour. “However, we believe that the Bolivia team will give the Super Eagles a good match, as we continue to work on a second match for the Eagles for either 29th March,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick said yesterday.The game at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, rated as one of the most magnificent sporting infrastructure on the African continent, will be the first for the Super Eagles A this year as they countenance the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers later in the year.“The NFF is committed to ensuring that the Super Eagles are occupied on every FIFA window, with quality games,” Amaju added. The NFF is working assiduously to get the Eagles to play a top –ranked African team away on 29th March, as a result of the Presidential elections taking place on 28th March.last_img read more


Raiders-Chiefs: Even without Kareem Hunt, this one’s a supreme talent mismatch

first_imgWill it be as ugly as it could be Sunday at the Coliseum?Even without Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt in attendance after this news emerged Friday, it’s not like uber youth Patrick Mahomes will lack for offensive weaponry against the league’s 26th-ranked defense.Even if Gareon Conley is starting to look like the first-round draft pick he was, all Kansas City has to utter is one name — Tyreek Hill — to make Raider Nation shutter.Our guys? They’re realists. This is a mismatch of the highest …last_img read more


News for the Birds

first_imgOur amazing feathered friends range from tiny hummingbirds to fast-running ostriches, from penguins to pigeons.  In both living and fossil forms, they provide endless opportunities for study and fascination.  Here are a few recent examples of news for the birds, in both good and bad connotations of the phrase.Star Wars goshawks:  Fast-moving goshawks and some other species zip through the forest like the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field or speeder bikes in the forests of Endor, never crashing into tree trunks.  According to New Scientist, a team at MIT has calculated a theoretical speed limit at which they are guaranteed to crash.  “The team believe that birds avoid this fate by gauging the density of their environment and adjusting their speed accordingly, knowing that they can always find a gap to fly through,” the article states.  Like skiers looking for the openings in front of them, “This allows a bird to fly much faster than if it just relied on the limits of its vision.”  Researcher Emilio Frazzoli believes mimicking this strategy would allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly faster through obstacles without having to add more sensors.Don’t pass up the stunning video clip on Live Science.  It’s a literal bird’s-eye view of a goshawk, “the master of maneuverability,” flying through the forest at high speed.  The bird banks left and right, pulls in its wings, spreads its tail and flies effortlessly between tree trunks, threading the smallest gaps in a split second.  “No aircraft invented comes anywhere close.”Optical illusion bowerbirds:  Male great bowerbirds spend a good deal of their 30-year lifetimes building elaborate ground nests called bowers to attract hens.  Two Australian scientists have figured out that the winning males are the ones who create the best optical illusions of a type called forced perspective.  The bowers have a tunnel-like entry that leads to the nuptial chamber.  Live Science reported that the male bowerbirds adorn the entryway with shells and pieces of bone, and “arrange items in such a way that the court appears uniform and small to a female viewing it from within the avenue, which makes the male appear much larger and more impressive than he really is.”  They put the large pieces at the end of the tunnel farther apart to make the tunnel look uniform.  If the pattern is disturbed, they will put things back the way they were.  The best illusionists got the best sex.  According to the researchers, this is the only known case of an animal using an optical illusion to attract mates.The study by Kelley and Endler was published in Science magazine (20 January 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6066 pp. 335-338, doi: 10.1126/science.1212443).  Barton Anderson in the same issue of Science (pp. 292-293) was not ready to concede that the link between bower illusions and mating success has been proved: “Have male bowerbirds mastered the laws of perspective and learned to manipulate them to achieve lascivious ends?” he asked.  “Although this possibility is intriguing, the current data are not yet sufficiently rich to sustain this remarkable hypothesis.”  In the Live Science article, John Endler commented, “it’s amusing to think that forced perspective was invented by bowerbirds millions of years before humans.  Bird art has a bigger history than human art.”  He did not explain why the females didn’t figure out the trick in those alleged millions of years.  The BBC News article has a good photo of a bower and the bird, but reporter Ella Davies made the odd comment that “Although this is the first time such a display has been positively linked to mating success, Dr Kelley believes the trick could be employed across the animal kingdom.”  In all the studies on sexual selection since Darwin, no one ever examined this idea before?  We already know this capability can be found in humans.  Look at the movies; John Wayne had movie sets built to a smaller scale so that he would “appear much larger and more impressive than he really is.”  Whether that was the cause of his having four children has not been established.Pigeon-monkey IQ competition:  Birds can do math, Live Science reported last month.  “Pigeons may not be so bird-brained after all, as scientists have found the birds’ ability to understand numbers is on par with that of primates.”  Pigeons are not alone in IQ power; crows can make tools by several steps (4/20/2010), and Clark’s nutcrackers can remember thousands of places where they have stashed seeds (2/17/2004).  Damien Scarf’s work on pigeons shows that the birds can use numerical rules to count up to nine.  It was a puzzle to him how such distantly related animals as pigeons and rhesus monkeys could have evolved this capability independently.  “What’s the origin of the ability?” he asked.Pigeon puzzle:  “What we found through this study is that birds that are only distantly related to each other can have very similar traits, and others that are very closely related to each other can look quite different in terms of their traits.”  That’s what biologist Michael Shapiro [U of Utah] is trying to figure out with pigeons, according to Science Daily.  The traits don’t always match the genetics.  Why?  He notes that Charles Darwin was fascinated with pigeon breeding, and that the variations achieved by artificial selection were formative in his notions of natural selection: “pigeons have an important place in the history of evolutionary thought,” he said.  Pigeons are among the most diverse animals known; they “differ in color, color pattern, body size, beak size and shape, structure of the skeleton, posture, vocalizations, feather placement and flight behavior.”  Shapiro’s genetic findings could help humans understand alleged racial characteristics, too: “the race categories we use are quite imperfect and there is a lot of overlap genetically between populations,” he said.  “So there would be many instances in which a black person would be more similar to some white people than to other black people.”  Science Daily echoed these sentiments.Black Archaeopteryx:  One would think by now that everything that could be said about one of the world’s most famous fossils, Archaeopteryx, has been said already in the 150 years since its discovery.  Opinion has swung back and forth about whether this feathered creature could fly.  Now, PhysOrg reported, Ryan Carney and colleagues at Brown University, using a scanning electron microscope on a fossilized feather found in 1861, have determined that the flight feathers were black, and were “identical to modern bird feathers down to the smallest detail” (see Carney say this in the embedded video interview).  The melanosomes in the feathers that give the black color provide clues to answer one of the main questions about this creature: “The color and parts of cells that would have supplied pigment are evidence the wing feathers were rigid and durable, traits that would have helped Archaeopteryx to fly.”Both PhysOrg and Live Science insisted on calling these birds “winged dinosaurs,” even though it would require believing that “that completely modern bird feathers evolved as early as 150 million years ago” as if out of nowhere.  Carey believes the feathers “would have been advantageous during this early evolutionary stage of dinosaur flight,” even though he admitted in the video clip that the “origin of birds and flight is something scientists have been debating for centuries.”  He admits being fascinated by Archaeopteryx as a child, learning to view the fossil as a “missing link” or “transitional form” between dinosaurs and birds, but now his own research on the feathers shows them being identical to those on modern flying birds.Like bacteria in milk or bird droppings on the windshield, these otherwise fascinating scientific stories about birds are defiled by evolution-ese.  Look at this sentence from the PhysOrg article on Archaeopteryx: “The team also learned from its examination that Archaeopteryx’s feather structure is identical to that of living birds, a discovery that shows modern wing feathers had evolved as early as 150 million years ago in the Jurassic period.”  Does everyone see how crazy that sentence is?  It makes absolutely no sense unless one is drunk on Dar-wine.  They are asking us rational, reasonable, common-sense members of the public to believe that modern feathers popped into existence 150 million years ago, and either were not used for flying (incredible that evolution would produce a complex flight feather for running along the ground) or were used for flying (incredible, considering all the hardware and software required to go along with flight), and didn’t evolve ever since in terms of basic structural plan.Do you realize how complex feathers are, with precisely-interlocking barbs, barbules and hooks, providing lightweight yet strong surfaces for flight? Feathers are completely different from reptile scales.  We must stop letting the evolutionists spew forth their opinions as scientific facts and use some basic logic.  Carey and his Dar-wino friends did not watch feathers evolve 150 million years ago.  They found a perfectly modern flight feather in German limestone.  That is the science; the rest are bald assertions of Darwinism (B.A.D.).  Common sense requires filtering scientific evidence from corrupt interpretations drawn out of (or in spite of) the evidence.  Now, watch that video of the goshawk speeding through the trees again and enjoy it free of polluting notions.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Grimpant per La Mola — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation: Cataluña, SpainN 41° 38.002 E 002° 00.155 Multi-CacheGC36RWHby josua Share with your Friends:More Difficulty: 1.5Terrain: 5center_img Why this is Geocache of the Week:Three words describe this Geocache of the Week in Spain: GPS. Guts. Glory.Grimpant per La Mola, or “Climbing La Mola”, is a T5 multi-cache that has geocachers following secret trails across Mola Mountain, collecting clues along the way that will lead them to the final location of the cache.The journey takes most groups about 5 hours—making the 5 terrain stars well-earned. Along the way you’ll be forced to shimmy straight up narrow channels of rock, squeeze through holes in outcroppings that barely exist, explore damp and dark caves, and tamp down vertigo while walking along a barely there trail on a steep mountainside. This is not a cache for the faint of heart.An overview of the journey across Mola Mountain, from the Mother of God formation on the left, to the Sescorts Caves on the right.A geocacher holds onto tree roots while climbing through the “Channel of Monkeys”.What the Cache Owner, josua, has to say:When did you first follow the route of your geocache, and why did you decide to make this a multi-cache?“We often go hiking in a mountain called ‘La Mola’, so we knew some pretty unknown trails where it is necessary to do some moderate difficulty climbs (no rope needed), and it seemed to be a nice idea to create a multi-cache that linked all those interesting sections, what resulted in a nice and exciting circular route around La Mola.”What’s the most interesting part of this route?“The route has several interesting places, but perhaps the most interesting one in ‘Mal Pas Superior de Can Pobla’, an exposed section protected with a chain, that can be a nightmare for people with vertigo.”The Mal Pas Superior de Can Pobla is terrifying for those with vertigo…or anybody on the clumsier side.Are there any funny stories from geocachers who’ve done your multi-cache route?“Yes, a lot! In this cache, the logs are usually pretty long and funny, specially those from people not used to climb, and for them this cache usually is a mix of fear and happiness, resulting in a great experience for them. Doing this cache has represented a challenge and a great experience for several teams, and we are specially proud of having been a part in that.”Do you have anything you’d like to share with the geocaching community in general?“It has been 12 years since we started this activity, and it has been a great way of discovering beautiful places, and meet new friends, so we are really grateful to Geocaching during all these years. We would like to thank geocachers as Garri, Marc Longarón and Galtanegra, that have contributed a lot to ‘quality’ geocaching in Catalonia.”Photos:Stunning view of the areas around the mountain.Geocachers stop for a bit of fun.This is a real sunset that really happened near Mola Mountain.The cache itself, in the foregrount, with the route in the background.Friends don’t let friends fall.The struggle is real.Miranda of Horses tower.The final location of the cache is a secret until the journey is completed.An intrepid geocaching team at the start of their journey.Jumps of joy.Sescorts caves.Climbing narrow channels.A view peeks out.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. SharePrint RelatedArctic Circle Trail (K –> S) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 1, 2016In “Community”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”Masca – Los Gigantes – Masca – a real adventure — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 20, 2017In “Community”last_img read more


Kobe Bryant shares which university he would have chosen for college

first_imgLATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cavaliers win 5th straight in 28-point rout of Pistons Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new basketball playground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.  AP/Michel EulerThere’s no doubt Kobe Bryant is one of, if not the greatest player in NBA history to have come out of high school.At a time when the league still permitted teenagers to skip college and head straight for the pros, the then 18-year-old Bryant was a cut above the rest, despite not being a part of a powerhouse college program.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Bryant, who has since retired from the game, took to Twitter to reveal that he actually took summer classes at UCLA.Little known fact, I did one year of summer school at @ucla after my rookie year but now I hire @usc film students on the regular #gofigure https://t.co/PYHVCz5JCLFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 20, 2017 In a subsequent tweet, the five-time NBA champion shared why he would have chosen Duke over its rival and fellow powerhouse program North Carolina Tar Heels.“Coach Smith stopped recruiting me,” he said, referring to former Tar Heel coach Dean Smith.  “He thought I would go pro and wished me luck. Coach K (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) kept at it.”Maybe but Coach Smith stopped recruiting me. He thought I would go pro and wished me luck. Coach K kept at it. https://t.co/xS6OD8SmEV— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 20, 2017Although their player-coach dynamic would not materialize in college, Krzyzewski and Bryant still worked together as part of Team USA over the years.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kobe Bryant on donning No. 8 and No. 24 for Lakers: ‘They’re two different people’ “Little known fact, I did one year of summer school at @ucla after my rookie year but now I hire @usc film students on the regular,” he wrote, which prompted a fan to ask which school he would have opted to go, if he played college ball.Turns out, “The Black Mamba” could have worn the bold blue colors of the Duke Blue Devils, after his playing days at Lower Merion High School.Duke https://t.co/RDyzJ0PMUw— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 20, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal eye French Open quarterfinal

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Belgium’s David Goffin during their men’s singles third round match on day six of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 31, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)Roger Federer and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal target the French Open quarter-finals when they take on Argentinians Leonardo Mayer and Juan Ignacio Londero respectively on Sunday, while Britain’s Johanna Konta looks to continue her surprise run. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at three matches to watch on the eighth day at Roland Garros:ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer (SUI x3) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)Federer leads head-to-head 3-0— Federer has impressed so far on his return to Roland Garros after opting out of the tournament in 2015, notching three consecutive straight-sets wins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNext up for the 20-time Grand Slam champion is another unseeded player in Mayer, an opponent he has beaten in all three of their previous meetings while dropping only one set.The 37-year-old Federer is the oldest man to reach the fourth round in Paris for 47 years, but will still be a red-hot favourite to see off Mayer, who has never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final. LATEST STORIES “I felt that I was going to faint. I don’t know if it was the nerves, the sun, that feeling that your legs are loosening,” he said.He will need to do more than stay standing to have any chance of toppling Nadal in the pair’s first-ever meeting.Donna Vekic (CRO x23) v Johanna Konta (GBR x26)Head-to-head level, 3-3— Konta is the first British woman to reach the last 16 since Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs in 1983, despite having never won a main-draw match in Paris before.The 26th seed found form with a run to the Italian Open final last month, and has shrugged off the absence of Bono, her beloved pet dog — not the U2 frontman.“I was under the impression you couldn’t bring dogs here, but then I saw everyone bringing dogs, so now I’m, like, ‘Why didn’t we bring him?’”She should find life tougher against Croatia’s Vekic, having taken advantage of a kind draw so far to beat the unseeded trio of Antonia Lottner, Lauren Davis and Viktoria Kuzmova. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Bruins rout Blues 7-2, take 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “It’s a good match for him,” admitted world number 68 Mayer, who also reached the Wimbledon last 16 in 2014.Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) v Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)First meeting— Nadal has eased through his first three rounds in trademark fashion as he bids for a third consecutive French Open title, although he was briefly tested by David Goffin who managed to take a set in their last-32 encounter.It’s hard to see anything other than a return to straight-sets comfort for 17-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in round four, as he takes on 25-year-old Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero, who is playing in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time in his career.The world number 78 said he felt faint during his epic five-set win over home hope Corentin Moutet last time out, and fell to the clay in celebration at the end of the match.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more