News / Cascading of bigger box ships brings headaches for vessel planners

first_img Some 30 ships with an average capacity of 11,700 teu will be replaced by larger newbuild tonnage on the Asia-Europe and transpacific tradelanes this year, according to ClipperMaritime’s cascade model update.Ocean carrier vessel planners will be tasked with finding new employment for these larger containerships, which could prove difficult due to port restrictions and frequency requirements on many smaller trades.Moreover, carriers are well aware that freight rate levels can be destroyed overnight by an influx of extra slots on a hitherto well-balanced tradelane.ClipperMaritime’s latest edition of Container Horizons says: “Operators are progressively faced with the issue to either upgrade existing services out of necessity, because it is a ‘best-fit’ scenario, or to deploy in trades that are showing genuine demand growth.”The London-based consultant notes that, of the 30 ships earmarked for replacement, 20 are operated by Ocean Alliance partners and five each by members of 2M and THE Alliance.According to ClipperMaritime data, the average size of vessels plying the Asia-North Europe tradelane now stands at 14,824 teu, the largest being 21,413 teu. Some 13 18,000 teu and three 14,000 teu newbuilds are stemmed to enter the trade in the second half of this year, cascading-out ships in the 14,000-16,000 teu size range.Meanwhile, between Asia and the Mediterranean, although the average size of ship deployed is 10,791 teu, the consultant notes that the trade is set to receive a further seven newbuilds of an average 14,000 teu, before the end of the year. Five of these are for the Ocean Alliance and the other two will be operated by members of THE Alliance.On the transpacific, the average size of the vessels deployed between Asia and the US west coast is still relatively small, at 7,762 teu, but the largest vessels now being deployed are around 14,000 teu. The average size of ships on Asia to US east coast services is similar, at 7,648 teu, with the largest ships currently 14,414 teu.And it was announced this week that the Japanese carrier ONE’s much-heralded first newbuild, the 14,000 teu ONE Stork, would be deployed on the EC4 loop of THE Alliance’s Asia to US east coast network, via the Suez Canal. It was originally to be deployed between Asia and North Europe, evidencing the development in ship sizes since the vessel was ordered by NYK in 2015.Notwithstanding the cascading impact in the bigger sizes, at the other end of the scale, small containerships are in big demand as a consequence of several years of rampant scrapping and a dearth of new orders.Fast-growing feeder containership specialist MPC Containerships has built up a portfolio of 68 smaller ships, from 1,000 to 2,800 teu, which are all employed, mostly fixed with ocean carriers at daily hire rates significantly in excess of operating costs. By Mike Wackett 14/06/2018last_img read more

Johnson & Johnson faces Oregon lawsuit over ‘phantom recall’ of Motrin

first_img @Pharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. The goal was to obtain data that J&J hoped would convince the FDA that a formal nationwide recall wasn’t needed. However, J&J initially failed to notify wholesalers and retailers about the defective Motrin and when the episode later came to light, J&J executives were asked to testify at a congressional hearing.In their lawsuit, Oregon state officials contended the phantom recall — as it came to be known — failed to accomplish its goals. By the time J&J contractors “actually executed their secret buyback project [throughout 2009], 95 percent of the units distributed in Oregon that could have contained defective Motrin had already been sold to consumers,” the state contended in court documents.It wasn’t until February 2010 that J&J notified wholesalers and retailers in Oregon they had sold defective Motrin. On that basis, Oregon state officials charged the health care giant misrepresented the effectiveness of its product and, ultimately, that consumers were at “material risk,” as a result.For its part, J&J argued it did not violate the state’s trade practices act because there was no proof that defective Motrin was ever sold in Oregon. It was on that basis that a state court judge dismissed the lawsuit. But the appeals court disagreed. “A material risk that a product has a latent defect is exactly the kind of inherent feature of a product” that is protected under the law, the court wrote in its 15-page opinion.In a brief statement, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said the “opinion is a powerful affirmation of Oregon’s consumer protection laws.” J&J said it that will appeal.To what extent the lawsuit will impact J&J at this point is unclear. Meanwhile, the health care giant has, over the past year, largely resumed operations, notably at a key facility in Fort Washington, Pa., where its over-the-counter medicines division — known as McNeil Consumer Healthcare — is based. A phantom recall continues to haunt Johnson & Johnson.An Oregon appeals court last week revived a 2011 lawsuit brought by state officials who claimed the health care giant exposed consumers to defective supplies of the Motrin pain reliever and violated the state’s unlawful trade practices act.The move comes five years after J&J reached a deal with the federal government — known formally as a consent decree — to upgrade several manufacturing facilities in the wake of severe quality-control problems. Such agreements require companies to meet certain standards before the Food and Drug Administration will permit shipments to resume.advertisement Oregon last week revived litigation against Johnson & Johnson. Mel Evans/AP Ed Silverman PharmalotJohnson & Johnson faces Oregon lawsuit over ‘phantom recall’ of Motrin center_img About the Author Reprints [email protected] The manufacturing gaffes were widely publicized because they led to a long-running string of product recalls, some of which were handled poorly, sullying the company’s storied reputation among consumers and physicians. And many J&J shareholders filed lawsuits, one of which unsuccessfully sought to hold the company’s board of directors responsible for a lack of oversight.One episode, in particular, proved troublesome for J&J. In 2008, the company discovered that a batch of Motrin pills made at a plant in Puerto Rico failed to dissolve properly. Instead of issuing a recall, a J&J contractor surreptitiously attempted to retrieve large amounts of Motrin by using “secret shoppers” to buy bottles from around 5,000 stores in the US, including a few dozen in Oregon.advertisement By Ed Silverman Nov. 30, 2015 Reprints Tags FDAJohnson & JohnsonMotrinlast_img read more

Did You Know Epilepsy Is A Broad Diagnosis?

first_img[ Close ] Helping your doctor to uncover a more specific diagnosis can make a difference. You’ll know what you’re up against, what to expect in the future, and what treatment options may end up working well.However, there are challenges to finding a specific diagnosis. No two people living with specific epilepsy syndromes have the same initial signs and symptoms. Also, signs and symptoms can change over time, confounding diagnosis. For example, up to 3 out of 4 people with a rare and severe form of epilepsy may no longer have the same seizure types as when the seizures first started.1  Misdiagnosis and under-recognition are common problems for rare and severe epilepsies, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). In one study, nearly 30% of patients with LGS were previously misdiagnosed.2 In another study, the time from onset to an accurate diagnosis of Dravet syndrome was ≈4.8 years.3Here are four reasons why a specific diagnosis could make a real difference for people living with refractory epilepsy:1. You’ll know what you’re up against.It’s fairly common for people to reach adulthood before receiving a specific diagnosis. But knowing earlier could mean all the difference—it can unlock treatment options, access to foundations and grants or financial assistance, connect you with a supportive community of others who can share their experience, and much more.One of the benefits of finding your specific diagnosis is the opportunity to connect with advocacy groups. They are a community of support that brings families together to share advice, support, participate in events, learn about grant opportunities, or simply feel at ease in each other’s presence. For many, finding their support group made a world of difference.2. You’ll get to connect with a community of people who understand exactly what you’re going through.If you learn that you or your loved one is living with LGS, Dravet and TSC there are many resources available where you can find invaluable information, take advantage of support programs, and have opportunities to connect with others with similar experiences. See how one mother looked to her community for information. “Lili was 6 months old when she was diagnosed with seizures. She was first diagnosed with infantile spasms syndrome, and then it was around the age of 3 or 4 that it transitioned into LGS… Close to her turning 6 months old and all of a sudden I remember like we would go into her crib and we would be like hi Lili, and she would make this jumping movement… And so we called the pediatrician, and it’s ironic now because we remember saying to him… “She’s doing this weird behavior where it’s almost like a seizure and she’s like jumping and she’s doing it several times and we don’t know what it is.”We sort of always thought, well, she’s going to grow out of this, or it’s going to get better, or the next medication we try is going to just stop all of these seizures… There was such little information.There’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion and seeking out other doctors. I think the research component and doctors who are on sort of a cutting edge of different treatments and willing to try other treatments and have experience trying other treatments, is important.” -Natalie, Lili’s mom3. You’ll get information about clinical trials and treatments that might helpHaving a specific diagnosis can open the door to treatment options that may help, and help your doctor identify new treatment options. Without a specific diagnosis, a tailored treatment can be challenging.2,5 Treatment plans and management can be personalized to particular conditions.2,34. You’ll know more information to help you prepare for what may happen in the futureMany families advocate for a specific diagnosis in order to get access to the best possible treatment plan, additional resources, and a community of support. Finding a specific diagnosis is possible—and it starts with filling in the gaps before you talk to your doctor.Talk to Your DoctorLiving with uncontrolled seizures can be scary, and seizures often vary from person to person—that’s why it’s so important to know what to tell your doctor to help fill in the gaps that may lead to a more specific diagnosis. This assessment was created based on extensive research to help you and your doctor begin the conversation and gain valuable insights toward finding a more specific diagnosis or simply learning more about what may be behind the uncontrolled seizures.References 1. Kerr M, Kluger G, Philip, S. Evolution and management of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome through adolescence and into adulthood: are seizures always the primary issue? Epileptic Disord 2011; 13 (Suppl. 1): S15-S26. 2. Bourgeois B, Douglass L, Sankan R. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: A consensus approach to differential diagnosis. Epilepsia, 55 (Suppl. 4):4–9, 2014 doi:10.1111/epi.125673. Wirrell EC, Laux L, Donner E, et al. Optimizing diagnosis and management of Dravet syndrome: recommendations from a North American Consensus Panel. Pediatr Neurol. 2017;68:18-34. 4. Arzimanoglou A, Resnick T. All children who experience epileptic falls do not necessarily have Lennox-Gastaut syndrome…but many do. Epileptic Disord. 2011; (suppl 1):S3-S13.5. Piña-Garza JE, Boyce D, Tworek DM, et al. The refractory epilepsy screening tool for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (REST-LGS). Epilepsy Behav. 2019;90:148-153.last_img read more

PM Golding Calls For Investigation Into Dismissal of St Eliabeth Parish Council Worker

first_imgRelatedPM Golding Calls For Investigation Into Dismissal of St Eliabeth Parish Council Worker RelatedPM Golding Calls For Investigation Into Dismissal of St Eliabeth Parish Council Worker FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding has called for an investigation into the dismissal of Mr. Michael Bennett, the caretaker for Independence Park which is controlled by the St Elizabeth parish Council.In a statement issued yesterday evening (Nov 17) Prime Minister Golding said he had requested the Director General in the Local Government Division of the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Devon Rowe, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Mr. Michael Bennett from the St. Elizabeth Parish Council. The Prime Minister has requested that this investigation be carried out and a report be submitted to him within the next seven days.The St Elizabeth Parish Council’s Establishment Committee is reported to have voted to dismiss Mr. Bennett on the grounds that he had prior knowledge of Mr. Golding’s arrival at a function in St Elizabeth last Friday, but had failed to unlock the gate to the park when the Prime Minister arrived by helicopter .Mr. Golding confirmed that Police personnel who were awaiting his arrival at Independence Park in Black River last Friday evening were forced to break the lock which had been placed on the gate to the Park.The Prime Minister said that despite the inconvenience that he suffered, it was important that due process be observed. The report is to be submitted to Prime Minister Golding within the next 7 days. PM Golding Calls For Investigation Into Dismissal of St Eliabeth Parish Council Worker UncategorizedNovember 17, 2007center_img RelatedPM Golding Calls For Investigation Into Dismissal of St Eliabeth Parish Council Worker Advertisementslast_img read more

California State Society Wine Auction Raises $268,000 for North Bay Fire…

first_imgPinterest TAGSCalifornia State SocietyMike ThompsonWineAmerica Linkedin Email Twitter Facebook Home Industry News Releases California State Society Wine Auction Raises $268,000 for North Bay Fire Relief…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessCalifornia State Society Wine Auction Raises $268,000 for North Bay Fire Relief FundBy Press Release – December 18, 2017 44 0 Share Previous articleLot18 & Warner Bros. Consumer Products Unveil New The Lord of the Rings-Inspired Wine CollectionNext articleLake County’s Master Vigneron Academy Graduates Sixth Class, Continuing Its Mission of Professional Workforce Development Press Release AdvertisementWashington D.C. — On Thursday, Dec. 7, the California State Society, in conjunction with Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05), Wine Institute and WineAmerica, hosted a wine auction fundraiser in Washington, D.C. to support Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Congressman Thompson, who represents the communities hit hardest by the Northern California fires, emceed the evening’s program.“The ex-pat community of Californians in DC is a large family dedicated to promoting the wonder, vibrancy and camaraderie of our state,” said Dave Ramey, volunteer Co-President of the California State Society. “When one part of our state is hurting, then we all hurt, and try to do something to help. The California State Society was happy to host and convene this successful charity wine auction. We thank all who so generously participated.” The North Bay Fires of October 2017 took the lives of 44 people, burned more than 245,000 acres, forcing 90,000 people to evacuate from their homes, and destroyed 8,900 homes and buildings.“I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this event such a success: the California State Society, the wine community, sponsors, donors and so many of my Congressional colleagues,” said Congressman Thompson. “Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we were able to raise an astounding $268,000 to help the communities hit by these devastating fires. That money will help those who’ve just lost everything to begin rebuilding their lives.”The Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund supports the immediate needs of people and businesses in the four affected counties (Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake) who were impacted by the North Bay fires. More information on the fund can be found here.“We are so grateful for the generosity and leadership of Rep. Mike Thompson and all the vintners, Members of Congress and friends who made this wonderful event an amazing success,” said Bobby Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute. “The community spirit that was ever present this evening is what makes our nation strong and we thank everyone for their support.”“This was a great event for a great cause,” said Jim Trezise, President of WineAmerica, “and a perfect example of how the American wine industry unites to support our own. We were privileged to work with our colleagues at Wine Institute as well as the California State Society and key members of the California Congressional delegation. Bravo!”The wine auction’s Honorary Host Committee included 14 bipartisan Members of Congress, including Congressman Mike Thompson, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.Sponsors included Jackson Family Wines, Google, PG&E Corporation, Amazon, Apple, American Academy of Dermatology, California Credit Union League, Edison Electric Institute, IBEW Local 1245, and Pandora. And the live auction was led by Steve Zacharia of Zachys Auction House.Advertisement ReddItlast_img read more

National Heroes Day – Message from Governor-General

first_imgRelatedNational Heroes Day – Message from Governor-General RelatedNational Heroes Day – Message from Governor-General National Heroes Day – Message from Governor-General Governor GeneralOctober 17, 2011 Happy Heroes Day Jamaica! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail National Heritage Week provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the hard work, dedication and contribution which our National Heroes have made to nation-building.  At this time, it is therefore appropriate to ‘praise famous men and our fathers that begat us.’’ The resoluteness of our National Heroes in advancing the cause for fundamental rights such as freedom from enslavement, self-rule, property ownership and Independence, are achievements that have in their unique way formed part of the road map for national development.  As we celebrate their life, work and achievement for Jamaica, let us commit ourselves to building on their remarkable legacy. This week we are celebrating National Heritage Week under the theme “The Journey Continues.”  I believe that these celebrations should focus on raising public awareness and discourse on how best we can use the experiences of our past, our culture, traditions and the natural environment that nature has bequeathed to us, in essence those things that are right with Jamaica, to fix the things that are wrong with Jamaica. Many of the challenges we face are the result of social decay and a growing lack of disrespect for law and order and for each other.  It is born out of a change in the social dynamics where formerly every child belonged to the community and the village was collectively responsibly for raising the child.   Today children are without mentors and positive role models to guide their social and spiritual development. We know the effect that these challenges have had on our country.  Crime and violence, low GDP levels and an inability to adequately fund education, health and social renewal programmes are just some of the ways in which the country has been affected.  However,in spite of the obstacles and challenges, I believe there is a hero in all of us and that each one of us can make a difference in the transformation of Jamaica.  Heroism is an occupation in which we must all engage in our homes, schools, in our churches, workplaces and communities. Each of our National Heroes ‘have left a name behind, that their praises might be reported.’  We too must leave a legacy for Jamaica on which future generations can build.  Our ancestors faced many challenges along their portion of the journey, but they did not despair. The journey continuesandI encourage all Jamaicans to believe in themselves and use their God-given talents to build a better Jamaica.  RelatedNational Heroes Day – Message from Governor-General Advertisementslast_img read more

TEF Enhancing Tourism Through National Rest Stop Programme

first_imgAdvertisements Story HighlightsThe Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is continuing its effort to improve the tourism product and enhance the visitor experience, with the implementation of the National Rest Stop Programme.This is an islandwide initiative, aimed at increasing the number of places where commuting visitors and locals can stop to refresh themselves, then continue on their journey.The $70 million programme will see the TEF identifying locations across the island to engage in partnerships to implement the initiative. TEF Enhancing Tourism Through National Rest Stop ProgrammeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay TEF Enhancing Tourism Through National Rest Stop Programme JIS Think TankJune 4, 2015Written by: Kadian Brown The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is continuing its effort to improve the tourism product and enhance the visitor experience, with the implementation of the National Rest Stop Programme.This is an islandwide initiative, aimed at increasing the number of places where commuting visitors and locals can stop to refresh themselves, then continue on their journey.The $70 million programme will see the TEF identifying locations across the island to engage in partnerships to implement the initiative.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on June 2, Executive Director  of the TEF, Clyde Harrison, explained that already, 12 of 50 facilities have been upgraded under the programme.He further highlighted that the programme is built on partnerships, with ongoing discussions being held with owners and operators of various locations to determine the level of investment and the facilities and services that will be made available to the public.“We are not seeking to set up standalone rest stops, but we are seeking to establish a partnership to create an environment and facilities where the public can use safely…so these locations may be gas stations, restaurants and other areas that are already offering some form of service to the public,” the Executive Director explained.The scope of work will include installation of signage leading to, and at Rest Stops, improvements to the restroom, installation of benches, upgrades for safety, sanitation and use by the physically challenged.For those Rest Stops which meet the programme requirements, there will be agreements between TEF and owner(s)/operator(s) in respect of the work to be done.“We expect these locations to maintain certain product quality requirements…so our sister entity, the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) will do regular checks to ensure that a certain standard is being maintained,” Mr. Harrison said.He informed that the programme is being implemented in two phases, with the first involving the identification of locations, entering into arrangements with the owners/operators and qualifying them in terms of product quality, then installing the signs at the locations.Phase two, he added, is to create the capacity for the locations to facilitate the disabled that may want to use the facilities.Elaborating on the matter of signage, the Director of Projects at the TEF, Christopher Miller, pointed out that “we have deliberately installed signs leading to each rest stop with the first sign being 1.5 km away in both directions, the second sign is 0.5 km from the location and then there is a welcome sign.”“Interestingly, on the 0.5 km and welcome signs are some international symbols that inform you of the amenities located at each stop…so for the gas station, you will see the fuel symbol…and the restaurant will have the knife and fork symbol,” Mr. Miller explained.Some of the locations that have been completed under the progamme are: Lyming in Walkerswood; Scotchies Jerk Centre at Drax Hall, St. Ann; Kool Oasis Gas Station in St. Ann’s Bay; Roxborough Restaurant also in St. Ann; the Ultimate Jerk Centre on the Runaway Bay/Discovery By stretch; Columbus Park in Discovery Bay; Burwood Beach, Trelawny; Glistening Waters in Falmouth and Holland Bambo in St. Elizabeth.Interested parties must complete the TEF National Rest Stop Programme Application Form at: www.mot.gov.jm and submit same with a cover letter. The cover letter and application form may be submitted manually or electronically using the following information: Executive Director, Tourism Enhancement Fund, Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston. Email: [email protected] FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedArts in the Park Vital for Showcasing Country’s Entertainment Brand – State Minister Crawford RelatedPersons Can Apply for Property Tax Relief RelatedDancers to Take Stage at Arts in the Park Photo: JIS PhotographerExecutive Director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Clyde Harrison, highlights major programmes being undertaken by the entity, during a JIS Think Tank on June 2. Looking on is Director of Projects at TEF, Christopher Miller.last_img read more

Airtel suffers continued pain on falling India ARPU

first_imgHome Airtel suffers continued pain on falling India ARPU AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 JAN 2018 Joseph Waring Related Previous ArticleGoogle caps Project Fi data feesNext ArticleApple CEO sued for slowing iPhones Asia Airtel returns to profit Bharti Airtel experienced continued weakness in its fiscal Q3, with a government reduction in the mobile-to-mobile interconnect usage charge adding downwards pressure on already falling ARPU in its largest market India.The operator’s net profit for the quarter (ended 31 December 2017) fell 39.3 per cent year-on-year to INR3.06 billion ($48 million), with revenue dropping 12.9 per cent to INR203 billion. The profit decline marks the seventh consecutive quarterly fall.Consolidated mobile data traffic surged 460 per cent year-on-year in the quarter as its overall user base rose 8.1 per cent.IndiaA continuing data price war in India weighed on its performance in its home market, as revenue declined 15.1 per cent year-on-year to INR152.9 billion. Mobile service turnover decreased 22.2 per cent to INR107.5 billion, with ARPU dropping 28.6 per cent to INR123.Gopal Vittal, Airtel’s MD and CEO of India and South Asia, said a mobile termination rate reduction at the beginning of October 2017 “exacerbated the industry ARPU decline”, noting the government’s plan to cut the international termination charge will “further accentuate this decline and benefit foreign operators with no commensurate benefit to customers”.Vittal said data traffic rose 544 per cent year-on-year. The operator added 8.1 million subscribers to end 2017 with 290 million.Capex rose 11 per cent to INR59.6 billion in the quarter as it added 88,000 base stations across India to take the total to 259,000.Airtel is India’s largest mobile operator with a 24 per cent market share.AfricaRevenue for its Africa business grew 5.1 per cent year-on-year to $783 million, with subscribers in the region increasing 4.7 per cent to 84.1 million. EBITDA jumped 51 per cent to $278 million.Data customers rose 39.4 per cent to 23.3 million, with data users representing 27.7 per cent of its user base (up from 21.8 per cent in the same period of 2016). Data usage per customer during the quarter increased 48.7 per cent year-on-year.Raghunath Mandava, MD and CEO of Airtel Africa, said Airtel Money transactions rose 35.5 per cent to 472 million in fiscal Q3, while the total number of Airtel Money uers increased 21.7 per cent year-on-year to 10.4 million.The company installed 190 network towers during the quarter to take its total to 19,054 at the end of 2017. It has rolled out 4G across four of the 14 countries where it operates.center_img Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play Author Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Tags Bharti Airtel restructures to sharpen digital focus Bharti-Airtelearningslast_img read more

Here, Evidently, Is How They Teach Evolution at Louisiana State University

first_imgBut this has got to be one of the dopiest, most simple-minded presentations of the subject that I’ve seen. “It’s a Fact”Professor Chakrabarty informs us:[W]e’re taught to say “the theory of evolution.” There are actually many theories, and just like the process itself, the ones that best fit the data are the ones that survive to this day. The one we know best is Darwinian natural selection. That’s the process by which organisms that best fit an environment survive and get to reproduce, while those that are less fit slowly die off. And that’s it. Evolution is as simple as that, and it’s a fact. Evolution is a fact as much as the “theory of gravity.” You can prove it just as easily. You just need to look at your belly button that you share with other placental mammals, or your backbone that you share with other vertebrates, or your DNA that you share with all other life on earth. Those traits didn’t pop up in humans. They were passed down from different ancestors to all their descendants, not just us.The sufficiency of Darwin’s theory of natural selection for explaining the history of life is “as simple as” the observation that animals that can’t survive in their environment, don’t survive. “It’s a fact” because you have a belly button, in common with other placental mammals. By the same token, my car has four wheels, two axles, and runs on gasoline, like other gas-powered cars stretching back well over a century. Car models that no one wants to buy ultimately cease to be manufactured. It must be that the Ford Model T and the Volvo S70 and everything in between all “evolved” by unguided natural selection from a common ancestor. Remember, it’s a fact. Only the foolish religious fundamentalist would consider that engineering had anything to do with it.A Long HistoryThe comparison of evolution with gravity also has a long history, about as long as the history of automobiles. Maybe it evolved, too. See Granville Sewell, “Why Evolution is More Certain than Gravity.” Also, “I Believe in the Evolution of Life and the Evolution of Automobiles.”Professor Chakrabarty speaks with what I take to be a weary, ill-concealed contempt for those don’t understand these matters. He teaches in the same state where the Louisiana Science Education Act was passed a little over ten years ago, and remains the law. If this is how evolution is taught to college students at LSU, imagine how it’s taught to many high school students.Do you wonder, then, that educators, parents, and other residents of the state sought, under the LSEA, protection from retaliatory action for teachers who wish to add a bit of depth, some critical weighing of the evidence, to their instruction? Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Share If you want a taste of how and by whom evolutionary biology is being taught to college students, check this out. Prosanta Chakrabarty is an ichthyologist at Louisiana State University, and says of himself that he teaches “one of the largest evolutionary biology classes in the U.S.” Good for him, and I don’t doubt that’s true. Tagsacademic freedomautomobilesbelly buttoncarseducationevolutionFord Model TGranville SewellichthyologyLouisianaLouisiana Science Education ActLouisiana State Universitynatural selectionplacental mammalsProsanta ChakrabartyretaliationstudentsteachersVolvo S70,Trending Recommended Education Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolutioncenter_img Free Speech Here, Evidently, Is How They Teach Evolution at Louisiana State UniversityDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 10, 2018, 6:46 PM “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

‘Historic’ Montana Lands Package to Advance

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Montana’s congressional leaders on Wednesday introduced a suite of major public lands bills they expect Congress to approve, including the North Fork Watershed Protection Act and the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which would designate new sections of wilderness in the state for the first time in three decades.The Montana bills are part of a broad collection of national bills and land proposals attached to a must-pass defense reauthorization bill, and the entire congressional delegation expressed confidence that both the House and Senate would take quick action to approve the package.Current and former members of Montana’s congressional delegation have been working on some of the bills for months and even decades, and recently ramped up negotiations in an effort to spur the legislation forward before the lame-duck session expires.Democrat U.S. Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh and Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, who last month was elected to replace Walsh in the Senate, held a joint news conference in which they hailed the lands package as historic for its importance to Montana.“The entire Montana delegation has come to an agreement on a lands package that will not only preserve some of our most treasured places, but it will empower the Montana economy,” Tester told reporters. “This is the type of bipartisan collaboration our constituents want from us and deserve from us.”The bills include the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, which bans future mining and drilling on 430,000 acres in the North Fork of the Flathead River, an area that tracks along the western edge of Glacier National Park, and the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which adds 67,000 acres to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, designates 208,000 acres nearby as a conservation management area, and releases 14,000 acres of wilderness study areas for a new assessment of the potential for oil and gas extraction.“The North Fork Watershed Protection Act represents a common sense, locally-driven effort that Montanans have worked toward together for decades,the ” said Daines, who successfully ushered the measure through the U.S. House earlier this year. “I’m proud to be a part of the collaborative effort to get this bipartisan bill fully across the finish line.”Other Montana bills include: The Northern Cheyenne Lands Act, which returns mineral rights to the tribe covering 5,000 acres of coal deposits within the reservation; the Grazing Improvement Act, which extends the life of grazing permits on federal lands from 10 to 20 years; and a measure that removes a law that prevents irrigation districts, including four in Montana, from developing hydropower on Bureau of Reclamation canals and ditches.All three delegates said the bipartisan cooperation and compromise that went into crafting the package is an example of how Congress should work.“The significance of this cannot be understated. None of us came to Washington to sit on our hands and obstruct,” Tester said. “We came to make this country a better place.”The North Fork legislation received an outpouring of local support as groups have come together for decades urging its passage.“This legislation is tremendously important,” said Michael Jamison of the National Parks Conservation Association. “By ensuring that the North Fork valley is not industrialized, this bill safeguards both our wild inheritance and our region’s economy. It guarantees a future for traditional timber harvest, and it defends our outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing. It protects private property rights, and it doesn’t cost taxpayers a single dime. It also has the support of hunters and anglers, of cities and counties, Chambers of Commerce, the region’s largest employers, even the giants of America’s energy sector such as Conoco Phillips and Chevron. This is exactly the sort of balance and vision we need from our leadership.”The bill has roots that reach back nearly 40 years, when the first Canadian coal mining proposals sought to tear down peaks in Glacier National Park’s headwaters.In 2010, Montana reached an historic accord with British Columbia’s leadership, pledging to together protect the wild and scenic region. The following year, Canadian lawmakers upheld their portion of the agreement by safeguarding lands north of the border.“This is the kind of reciprocal action that’s been needed on the US side of the border for years,” said Chas Cartwright, former superintendent of Glacier National Park and current chair of the Flathead Basin Commission. “Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake and the overall Crown of the Continent will directly and significantly benefit from this legislation.”Former Montana Senator Max Baucus introduced similar legislation for the U.S. Congress, but was named ambassador to China before it was implemented. His bill, since adopted by Tester, Daines and Walsh would limit future leasing on federal North Fork lands, and is now under consideration for final approval before year’s end.Joe Unterreiner, president of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, called the prospect of passing the protective legislation this year “great news for Glacier National Park, Montana, and Kalispell’s regional tourism economy. We commend Sens. Tester and Walsh and Congressman Daines for crafting a bipartisan solution to protecting the Glacier Park-adjacent North Fork area for the benefit of millions of visitors, businesses, and jobs for our state.”The region’s timber interests were likewise optimistic about the bipartisan nature of the legislation.Paul McKenzie, Lands and Resource Manager for F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber, said he is “glad to see Sens. Tester and Walsh and Sen.-Elect Daines working together toward solutions for public lands issues that make sense for Montana. We encourage all of our elected officials to continue to seek innovative solutions through bipartisan cooperation that provides legislative certainty for both the management and protection of our public lands natural resources.”last_img read more