Growing into Giving: Young People’s Engagement with Charity (CAF Research Report) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 10 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 January 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Howard Lake | 20 January 2010 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Londoners can still influence how £28 million grants money should be spent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding London People living in London have until the end of the month to give their views on how a grants budget of up to £28 million will be spent.London Councils’ consultation into how its grants funding should be prioritised from April 2011 will close on 29 January.The organisation, one of the largest funders of the capital’s voluntary sector, gives grants to 360 groups across 59 priority areas.Chairman of London Councils’ Grants Committee, Cllr Lynne Hillan, said: “People need support from voluntary services more than ever in the current financial climate and more responses will mean a more accurate picture of which areas to prioritise.“Those with an interest in funding the voluntary sector still have a chance to give us their feedback. We urge them to take the time to respond and ensure that these grants provide the maximum benefit for people living in the capital”.www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/grants/aboutourfunding/consultingthecapital.htm
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Here is our round-up of new appointments in the fundraising and charity leadership sectors.1. Jonathan O’SheaJonathan O’Shea has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer at Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales.He joins from St John’s Hospital, an 840-year-old charity that provides almshouse accommodation, individual and community grants to disadvantaged people in Bath. During his time there, the charity modernised its almshouses in the city centre, increased grant giving from £170,000 to £700,000 per annum and introduced a £4 million social impact investment programme.2. Jason LewisJason Lewis, Partner and Head of Transaction Finance at Howard Kennedy, has been elected Chief Barker of Variety, the Children’s Charity, for 2015.Variety’s organisational structure reflects its entertainment heritage by using titles traditionally associated with the circus. The post of Chief Barker is an annual appointment, running from 1 January to 31 December. It is the charity’s equivalent to chairman of its board of trustees.Lewis has family connections with the entertainment industry. His mother was a noted actress and his father was managing director of famous cinema advertising giants Pearl & Dean. Jason’s uncles, Ernie and Dickie Pearl, of Pearl & Dean, were also long-term supporters of Variety and instrumental in setting it up in the UK.Howard Kennedy has supported Variety for many years, sponsoring “the PROPS” lunch – the first awards programme for those working in the property and real estate industry, and now it its 24th year.Lewis has been a trustee of Variety since 2010 and part of its management board, known as its “Crew”, since 2008. Advertisement 95 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 27 January 2015 | News 3. Sarah BryanSarah Bryan is to join disability charity Leonard Cheshire Disability as Fundraising Director.She has been working as a senior consultant with organisations including the Design Council and Oxfam. Before that she held senior fundraising posts in charities including The Salvation Army and Combat Stress, as well as being Chief Executive of fundraising agency, On Agency, for two years.She takes up her new post at the end of January.4. Abeer MacintyreAbeer MacintyreFormer BBC broadcaster Abeer Macintyre has been appointed as Managing Director of fundraising and recruitment specialists Bruce Tait Associates.The company has provided strategic recruitment and consultancy services to charities in Scotland for over a decade and have recently expanded into England and Ireland, with plans for Canada and further international expansion in the near future.Macintyre said:“When I left the BBC I vowed to devote the rest of my working life to helping charities to achieve their full potential to the benefit of our most vulnerable who rely on their services. This gives me an opportunity to help so many more at a time which charities are seriously challenged and need expert help to survive and thrive. “She spent 20 years as a broadcast journalist, working on and presenting numerous news and current affairs programmes on radio and television for BBC Scotland.After leaving the BBC, she worked as Head of Supporter Care for Mary’s Meals, Strategic Head of Fundraising for NSPCC Scotland and Director of Development at Children in Scotland.5. Stephen Hale OBERefugee Action has appointed Stephen Hale OBE as its new Chief Executive. He joins from Oxfam International where he was Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director and starts with Refugee Action on 23 February 2015.Before joining Oxfam, Stephen was Director of the UK charity Green Alliance. He has also worked as a special advisor to government ministers, focusing on climate change. Stephen is a trustee of Friends of the Earth, and was a Christian Aid trustee from 2007-10.Hale replaces Dave Garratt who leaves Refugee Action after more than 15 years at the charity.6. Phillip CaputoPhilip Caputo has been appointed as the new Executive Director of children’s sport and education charity Play for Change.After several years of practicing law in the USA he became the Founding President and Executive Director of the Hello Friend Ennis William Cosby Foundation. He then became the Executive Director of the Gaia Kids Wellness Fund and Conscious Wave, where he addressed the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic through a variety of products and programmers.As Executive Director for the Happy Hearts Fund, he helped raise millions of dollars to build over 100 schools in nine countries.7. Emma SambrookEmma Sambrook has been appointed as Executive Director of Fundraising at Hft, the charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families.She joins from the University of the West of England where she was Director of Development and Alumni Relations, creating the fundraising function from scratch.Before that she was the Director of Fundraising and Development at the Calvert Trust. She has also worked as Chief Executive of KidsOut, which works with disadvantaged children and young people.She is a trustee of the charity, Doorway, which provides an open access centre for those that are homeless in the North Wiltshire area. She has also co-authored a book on fundraising law and gives training on the subject for the Directory of Social Change.The role as Executive Director of Fundraising at Hft was previously held by Jacqui Gwilliam, who died in May 2014. New appointments for January 2015 Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people
Community News 250 Gourmet Turkeys Prepped, Cooked By Local Chef and Volunteers for Thanksgiving Charity Event Story and Photography by BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 4:12 pm Make a comment The Pasadena Convention Center and Centerplate prepared 250 turkeys in-house on Monday and Tuesday at the Pasadena Convention Center to support Union Station Homeless Services’ annual “Dinner-in-the Park” on Thanksgiving day.The Pasadena Convention Center and Centerplate are thrilled to support this great cause by preparing turkeys,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “We applaud Union Station’s work to serve thousands of meals to the hungry and homeless during the holiday season and are pleased to participate in such a worthwhile cause.”The event is expected to feed thousands in an operation that is made possible with the help of several hundred volunteers and key partners, according to a press release.Centerplate is the exclusive provider of food and beverage at the Pasadena Convention Center and along with its Executive Chef Arnold Preciado, the operation was joined by approximately 20 volunteers and USHS staff to oversee the turkey prep in the Convention Center’s underground kitchen.“What’s unique is that we get to feed people who are in need. We’ve been doing this for about three years now and it’s just a great thing to do to help out the community,” said Preciado.The turkey team cooked, sliced and stored all 250 turkeys during a span of two separate eight hour days.The turkeys are marinated with a secret house dressing sprinkled with salt and pepper to complete the the gourmet touch that Preciado said is the tastiest combination.“We have plenty of food so we make sure—weeks and days ahead of time— that everything is prepared accordingly. The best part about it is we make it good,” said USHS Chef Joanne Simmons.Turkey prep volunteers were excited to be a part of the team.“One hand helps the other. That’s how I see this. It all comes back,” said volunteer Floreen Rooks.Making good food in good company is what it’s all about, according to Preciado.“I feel like we’re making a big difference. The volunteers come in and see what we do and I think it just speaks for itself what we do here,” said Preciado.“Dinner in the Park” kicks off on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Central Park located at 275 South Raymond Ave. Food will be distributed on the corner of Del Mar and Fair Oaks.Store bought pies are welcome and can be delivered to 412 S. Raymond Ave before the event or may be dropped off at Central Park on Thanksgiving morning (drop off area is on the southern parking strip of Fair Oaks just north of Del Mar Blvd.)For more information, visit http://unionstationhs.org/event/dip16/ 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
WEST INDIES 1st inningsK Brathwaite c wkp Chakabva b Jarvis 3K Powell c Ervine b Cremer 56K Hope c wkp Chakabva b Mire 16S Hope not out 90R Chase c Ervine b Sikandar Raza 31J Blackwood st Chakabva b Cremer 1+S Dowrich c Masakadza b Williams 11*J Holder lbw b Williams 8D Bishoo c Ervine b Williams 0K Roach lbw b Cremer 0S Gabriel c Ervine b Cremer 0Extras (b3) 3TOTAL (all out, 82.5 overs) 219Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-35, 3-110, 4-174, 5-179, 6-202, 7-212, 8-218, 9-219, 10-219.Bowling: Jarvis 14-2-40-1, Mpofu 14-4-28-0, Mire 7-0-22-1, Cremer 23.5-3-64-4, Sikander Raza 11-1-42-1, Williams 13-4-20-3.ZIMBABWE 1st inningsH Masakadza not out 0S Mire not out 17Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (without loss, 5 overs) 19To bat: B Taylor, C Ervine, S Williams, Sikandar Raza, M Waller, +R Chakabva, *G Cremer, C Mpofu, K Jarvis.Bowling: Gabriel 2-1-2-0, Holder 1-0-9-0, Bishoo 1-1-0-0, Chase 1-0-6-0.Position: Zimbabwe trail by 200 runs with all 10 wickets in tact. BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – The enterprising Shai Hope was left stranded agonisingly short of a third Test hundred as West Indies lost seven wickets in a dismal final session to be bowled out cheaply, giving minnows Zimbabwe the advantage on the opening day of the first Test here Saturday.The right-handed Hope stroked a composed unbeaten 90 while opener Kieran Powell chipped in with 56 but the Caribbean side found it difficult to cope with Zimbabwe’s spinners on a turning track at Queens Sports Club and were humbled for 219 in their first innings.Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer snatched four for 64 to reach 50 wickets in Tests while left-arm spinner Sean Williams prised out three for 20, as the Windies capitulated from a healthy position of 175 for three about half-hour after tea, to lose their seven wickets for a mere 44 runs in quick time.In reply, Zimbabwe safely navigated the five overs available to reach 19 without loss, 200 runs behind heading into Sunday’s second day.Solomon Mire was unbeaten on 17 while Hamilton Masakadza was yet to score.Opting to bat first, West Indies suffered an early setback when vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite lasted 22 balls for his three before getting a thin edge behind off seamer Kyle Jarvis with 14 runs on the board.And they were in further trouble in the third over following the hour mark when Kyle Hope was adjudged caught at the wicket on review for 16, giving debutant all-rounder Mire his first wicket in Tests at 35 for twoHowever, Powell and Shai Hope then came together in a key 75-run, third wicket stand which guided the visitors to 65 without further loss at lunch.Unbeaten on 25 at the break, left-hander Powell moved into the 30s in the third over followng the resumption with a top-edged pull for four off Jarvis before entering the 40s with a sweetly-timed cover drive for four off a full toss from the same bowler, a few overs later.He raised his half-century – his first in 13 innings since his return to international cricket earlier this year – just before the hour mark of the session with a streaky four past the keeper off pacer Chris Mpofu.But he lasted just 14 more balls before edging a sweep at Cremer onto his pad and into the hands of Craig Ervine at short leg, to depart in the second over after the drinks break after facing 133 deliveries and striking six fours.Hope, on 19 at lunch, then took charge, anchoring a second successive half-century stand by adding 64 for the fourth wicket with Roston Chase who made 31.All told, Hope faced 201 deliveries and counted seven fours and a six – a clean blow over mid-wicket off Sikander Raza.He was forced to ride his luck, however, suriving a chance to Masakadza at slip off Cremer on 41 and then being acquitted on 51 by DRS after being given out caught at slip off Sikander Raza, in the final over before tea.Together, he and chase steered the Windies to tea at 154 for three but things fell apart in the first hour, with the wickets of Chase and Jermaine Blackwood (1) in quick succession.Chase, unbeaten on 20 at the break, gave Ervine his second of four catches close in when he failed to keep down one from off-spinner Sikandar Raza. He faced 64 balls and counted three fours.Three overs later, Cremer dragged Blackwood from his crease and had him stumped, leaving the Windies on 179 for five.Hope and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (11) attempted a repair job in a 23-run, sixth wicket stand which took their side past the 200-run mark.But Dowrich edged Williams to Masakadza at slip at the start of the final hour leading to a swift decline which saw the last five wickets tumble for 17 runs.Hope, on 56 at tea, continued to carry the innings as he marched towards three figures but lacked support.Captain Jason Holder was adjudged lbw to Williams for eight at 212 for seven and tail-enders Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel all failed to score, lasting a total of nine balls, as Cremer and Williams clinically mopped up the tail.
By Liz Sheehan and John Burton Correction Nov. 19: The story “Vast Majority Testifying Opposed to LNG Proposal” in the November 12-19 edition of The Two River Times incorrectly stated U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. appeared and commented at the public hearing. A representative of the congressman appeared and read his statement. EATONTOWN – The majority of those in attendance at the final two hearings about a controversial deepwater liquid gas (LNG) terminal that would be 24.9 miles off Long Branch, were opposed to the project citing environmental and security concerns and urged Gov. Chris Christie to veto it.Opponents, and a few proponents, who argued it would result in jobs and cheaper natural gas during peak months, gathered at the Sheraton Inn, Nov. 3 and 4 to speak at the hearings held by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration on Port Ambrose.Christie earlier refused permission for a similar proposal by the same development entity, Liberty Natural Gas, in 2011 and 2012, also citing environmental and security reasons. The public can continue to submit comments until Nov. 30 and then the governors have until Dec. 21 to make their feelings known, according to U.S. Coast Guard lawyer Curtis Borland.Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York, have the power to approve or cancel the proposed deepwater LNG terminal, which would also be 27.1 nautical miles from the entrance of New York Harbor. Cuomo’s office has not spoken publicly about the proposal.Among the 50-plus speakers on Wednesday, most who included public officials, including State Senator Jennifer Beck, (R-11) and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), environmental groups, religious groups and the public, were against the project. The few who favored it were from labor and business organizations that said having the gas import facility would supply additional supplies in peak demand in cold weather and summer months thus avoiding price swings for customers. They said the port would use state-of-the-art equipment and also best practices and ensure environmental and public safety. Cindy Zipf, the executive director of Clean Ocean Action, a Long Branch-based environmental group, in a statement about the proposed facility said, “Port Ambrose has been haunting our coast for seven long years and it is now time to put an end to this harmful, dangerous and unnecessary project. Hundreds of people have attended public hearings, tens of thousands have sent in public comments, and over 99% are in opposition. We are not buying what Liberty Natural Gas and their secret corporate backers in the Cayman Islands are selling. The consensus is clear, the project must end now.”On Thursday Zipf returned and added, “It’s like the tobacco industry denying tobacco is harmful. It’s like Exxon/Mobile denying climate change,” she said. “They both lie.”Over the course of several years, federal agencies have accepted roughly 80,000 public comments from the New York-New Jersey area and more than 90 percent have been opposed.The terminal would be used by LNG vessels to deliver liquid natural gas that would be vaporized on site and delivered to a buried subsea pipe 18.8 nautical mainline that would connect to an existing lateral, according to the Federal Register.From left to right: Cindy Zipf, director COA; Tim Dillingham, AmericanLittoral Society exec. director; Dina Long, Sea Bright mayor. Photo: Tina ColellaAt the Wednesday session of the hearings, Carl Cooper, Holmdel, said “inadequate attention had been given to security considerations at the proposed Port Ambrose beginning with the present lack of identification and security vetting of all Liberty Natural Gas principals.” On its website Liberty Natural Gas identifies itself as a developer for Port Ambrose and “as a portfolio company of a fund advised by West Face Capital, a Toronto, Canada based investment fund.” Cooper also said that Port Ambrose “would be a magnet for terrorist attacks, and security considerations for handling, mitigating and recovering from such attacks (or accidents) are inadequately treated in the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement).”Many speakers who were against the proposal said they believed that it would be converted to a facility that could export natural gas since the prices for gas were so much lower in the U.S. since there was a large supply here because of fracking and it make no sense to ship in higher priced gas. A Reuters article from April, 2015 said that the CEO of Hoegh LNG, a company which Liberty Natural Gas said on its website is its partner in developing Port Ambrose and Port Meridian, (a deepwater port project in northwest England),” said “The plan is to buy the LNG in the United States which will be taken to “Port Meridian” by LNG vessels.” The LNG will be transferred “to a British pipeline and sold to consumers,” the CEO said. The article did not say from where in the U.S. the LNG would be shipped.John Toth, who represented the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance and the Jersey Shore Anglers Association, cited the 30-foot waves caused by Superstorm Sandy and questioned if the LNG port “could be adequately secured from the effect of this type of storm? If not, it will be tossed into the ocean with devastating economic effects on our entire region, including loss of life.” Toth said that fishing would be excluding “two miles from each docking buoy” of the port “eliminating the ability of fishing vessels to anchor in the affected area. Commercial and recreational fisherman will be excluded from these important fishing grounds.” He said that “gas itself presents challenges to issues of safety.’’“What if the gas lines from the LNG port to their shore locations rupture from some mechanical or pressure problem and spill into the ocean?” he asked. “The BP problem in the Gulf showed that repairs to mechanical systems in the sea can be problematic,” he said.Kari Martin, Oceanport, offered how she and her husband and children “enjoy the ocean” regularly and said “This project is destructive” noting the industrialization of the ocean.Among those who supported the plan was Daniel Ortega, who represented the labor group Engineers Labor Cooperative. He said the proposal to build and operate the facility would create many temporary construction jobs and create permanent positions. “This job will help protect the whole area,” he said. One speaker at the hearing held a different opinion. Araiya Casriel, 9, of Highlands, said “I am speaking on behalf of those who could not attend this meeting, the ocean creatures themselves. Imagine if a stranger come to your house while you were still in it and started to drop bombs on it. That is what it will feel like to them,” she said. “During construction, millions and millions of plankton, larvae, and fish eggs will be extracted, destroying the very base of the food chain. The sea floor will be demolished. Shellfish beds decades old, gone in days. The migration patterns of marine mammals will be disrupted. Some of the species that are endangered could die out, like the North Atlantic Right Whale.” She also said the Port Ambrose pipeline would cross a fault line “presenting a risk of an explosion…” Erika Casriel, Araiya’s mother said her daughter had written the presentation herself. The governors have until Dec. 21 to express their feeling on the proposal. according to Curtis Borland, a lawyer with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Additional comments from the Editor:Dr. Bergman has two books in print on the persecution of creationists and Darwin skeptics, and a third is coming soon. In the Introduction to the second volume, Silencing the Darwin Skeptics: The War Against Theists (Leafcutter Press, 2016), Kevin Wirth points out the arrogance of many Darwin defenders (pp xv-xvii). After quoting Richard Dawkins, who had blasted the eminent physicist Freeman Dyson for being insufficiently intolerant of religious people, Wirth comments:Dawkins parrots a familiar refrain: no one who comes from a different field of science is qualified to offer an opinion worth contemplating. Militant Darwinists have no patience with those who disagree with them. It aggravates them to no end to have to listen to what they consider to be foolish prattle. They want dissidents to be silenced and removed from the conversation – and they want it to happen yesterday. And they are often not content to just distance themselves from dissidents, but instead often go after them with the intent to do harm. Dr. Bergman’s work makes this painfully obvious.We encourage our readers to see the evidence for themselves in Dr Bergman’s alarming books: Slaughter of the Dissidents (Vol. I, 2008), Silencing the Darwin Skeptics (Vol II, 2016), and Censorship of Darwin Skeptics (Vol III, due out this year, which will contain my JPL experience). We see the same insufferable arrogance and intolerance in Laura Geggel’s article (see David Klinghoffer’s response in Evolution News & Science Today). During the Inquisition, authorities dressed heretics in dunce caps before burning them at the stake. The comparison is apt. —David Coppedge(Visited 843 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanIn a recent article at Live Science, Laura Geggel asks, “Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?” She claims that “For more than a millennium, scholars have noticed a curious correlation: Atheists tend to be more intelligent than religious people.”[i] How they could know this, since IQ tests and other means of measuring intelligence were only developed at the start of the last century, was not answered. Another problem is many kinds of intelligence exist, such as doing well on paper and pencil tests, or on performance tests, for example. Also, there exist intelligence in other areas, such as music IQ, math IQ, abstract conceptualization IQ, verbal IQ, personality IQ, even emotional IQ,[ii] and, according to some authors, 120 different kinds of IQs.Geggel continues, “researchers of a new study have an idea: Religion is an instinct and those who can rise above instincts are more intelligent than those who rely on them.” This conclusion vastly oversimplifies reality. As a professor, I have worked with, and have known, a large number of very intelligent people. In my experience, when it comes to the origins issue, creation vs. evolution, this generalization is certainly not true. Emotions and irrationality commonly surface fairly soon in these conversations, making rational discourse difficult, if not impossible.The article points to a meta-analysis of 63 studies that supposedly found religious people tend to be less intelligent than nonreligious people.[iii] According to this study, “the association was stronger among college students and the general public than for those younger than college age”.This association likely has a lot to do with education indoctrination. More intelligent people are more likely to go to college and, as a result, they are frequently exposed to anti-Christian, or at least anti-theism ideas as well as pro-Darwinism beliefs. The reason has been documented by Stanford Educated Attorney Greg Lukianoff, who is President of an organization fighting censorship in colleges called FIRE. In short, he found that campus intolerance of free speech and censorship is primarily directed at Christians. He adds that a chilling discovery was that Christian groups are disproportionately more likely to be threatened on campus, adding: “If you told me twelve years ago that I, a liberal atheist, would devote a sizeable portion of my career to defending Christian groups, I might have been surprised. But almost from my first day at FIRE, I was shocked to realize how badly Christian groups are often treated.”[iv] He then reviewed some of his experiences, noting in the last few yearsdozens of colleges across the country threatened or derecognized Christian groups because of their refusal to say that they would not “discriminate” on the basis of belief. These colleges included, to name a few, Arizona State University, Brown University, California State University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Texas A&M University, Tufts University, the University of Arizona, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Mary Washington, the University of New Mexico, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Washington University.[v]One major contributing factor to this intolerance—as reported by a 2007 study from the Institute for Jewish and Community Research—is that, of all groups, “faculty hold the most unfavorable feelings toward evangelicals.” The study added that only one group elicited high negative feelings among faculty, namely evangelical Christians:faculty hold the most unfavorable feelings toward evangelicalsOnly 30% ranked their feelings toward evangelical Christians as warm/favorable, with only 11% feeling very warm/favorable, the lowest ranking among every other religious group, and 53% said that they have cool/unfavorable feelings toward evangelical Christians. Faculty feelings about evangelicals are significantly cooler than any other religious group, leading Mormons as the least liked religious group by 20%. These negative feelings are noted across academic disciplines and demographic factors.[vi] Another study found that an amazing 71 percent of all faculty believe that Americawould be better off if Christian Fundamentalists kept their religious beliefs out of politics … [only] Twenty-four percent disagreed and 5% were not sure. The public agreed, but at far lower percentages than faculty—54% agreed, 39% disagreed, and 7% were unsure. … About 92% of liberals agreed that fundamentalist Christians should keep their religious beliefs out of politics, as did 66% of moderates, and 23% of conservatives.[vii]One reason for the censorship is many people feel, as Professor Karl Giberson wrote, that “Young Earth creationism is a threat to American survival.”[viii] This and similar articles amount to hate literature and have produced the perception that the censorship is fully justified. Ironically, Giberson teaches at Stonehill College, a private, non-profit, co-educational, Roman Catholic Liberal Arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts founded in 1948. Lukianoff found from his work defending free speech that on college and university “campuses today, students are punished for everything from mild satire, to writing politically incorrect short stories, to having the “wrong” opinion on virtually every hot button issue, and, increasingly, simply for criticizing the college administration.” Here are some examples. One student waspunished for publicly reading a book; a professor labeled a deadly threat to campus for posting a pop-culture quote on his door; students required to lobby the government for political causes they disagreed with in order to graduate; a student government that passed a “Sedition Act” empowering them to bring legal action against students who criticized them; and students across the country being forced to limit their “free speech activities” to tiny, isolated corners of campus creepily dubbed “free speech zones.”[ix]We should be asking whether America would be better off if atheists kept their own anti-religious beliefs out of politics. The study also found that, whereas amajority of faculty believe ethnic or religious minority students at their institution are reluctant to express their views, seven percent of faculty very often “perceive that ethnic or religious minority students at [their] institution are reluctant to express their views because they might be contrary to those held by faculty,” another 14% said fairly often, and 38% said occasionally—a total of 59%. Only 30% said never or almost never, and 12% did not know.[x]The researchers in the study quoted above assumed that nonreligious people were more rational and thus better able to reason that there was no God, but instead “found evidence that intelligence is positively associated with certain kinds of bias.” This bias blind spot occurs when people cannot detect bias, or flaws, in their own thinking. Ironically, “a larger bias blind spot was associated with higher cognitive ability,”[xi] This conclusion agrees with my review of academia and the intolerance against evangelical Christians, and may be one reason why studies indicate theists score lower on tests compared to those with more advanced education, especially in the sciences.[i] Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | June 5, 2017 study published May 16 in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science under the title “Why is Intelligence Negatively Associated with Religiousness?” Springer International Publishing. http://www.livescience.com/59361-why-are-atheists-generally-more-intelligent.html.[ii] Sally Bennett. 2017. Emotional Intelligence. Geneva Publishing[iii] Miron Zukerman, Jordan Silberman and Judith Hall. 2013.The Relation Between Intelligence and Religiosity: A Meta-Analysis and Some Proposed Explanations. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 17(4) 325–354[iv] Greg Lukianoff, 2012. Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of the American Debate. New York: Encounter Books, p. 163.[v] Lukianoff, 2012, p.169.[vi] Lukianoff, 2012, p. 12.[vii] Gary A. Tobin, Ph.D. and Aryeh K. Weinberg, 2007. Volume 2: Religious Beliefs Behavior of College Faculty Institute for Jewish & Community Research p. 10.[viii] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karl-giberson-phd/young-earth-creationism-threat-to-american-survival_b_2192491.html.[ix] Lukianoff, 2013 pp. 4-5.[x] Gary A. Tobin, Ph.D. Aryeh K. Weinberg 2007. Volume 2: Religious Beliefs Behavior of College Faculty Institute for Jewish & Community Research, p. 11.[xi] West, Richard F.; Meserve, Russell J.; Stanovich, Keith E. 2012. Cognitive sophistication does not attenuate the bias blind spot. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(3): 506-519. September.Dr Jerry Bergman is the author of 40 books and monographs, and is also a science professor and public speaker. He is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See his Author Profile and previous articles here.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say James rejects Colombia for Real Madrid chanceby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Rodriguez is determined to win over Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Back in Madrid after two seasons away on-loan with Bayern Munich, James has intimated he wants the chance to prove himself at Real.Marca says the Colombia captain has turned down squad selection for friendlies with Chile and Algeria.James has made the decision in order to train at Valdebabas during the international break.The midfielder is aiming to impress Zidane with this new show of commitment.
Colorado RockiesWin48.6 TEAMCONDITIONSPROBABILITY San Diego Padres5 runs18.3 Miami Marlins5 runs24.4 Step aside, ads for daily fantasy and erectile dysfunction: The 2016 baseball season has added another marketing campaign to the pantheon of pervasive (and widely loathed) sports promotions.Major League Baseball has rebranded grand slams1Or in press-release parlance, made “Grand Slams even better.” as “Papa Slams” across all of its properties,2Including MLB Network, MLB.TV and MLB.com. issuing ad infinitum the accompanying promise that every grand slam will yield a 40 percent Papa John’s pizza discount the next day. And thanks to an increased leaguewide home run rate, 28 grand slams have been hit through about 25 percent of the schedule, putting us on pace for 114 grand slams this season3Not counting the kind only the Reds bullpen allows. — the most since 2010.4That’s even ignoring the fact that the ball flies farther when the weather warms up. To watch baseball in 2016 is to live in a constant state of Papa Slam saturation. (To paraphrase another baseball-themed ad you’ve probably watched too many times: well played, Papa John’s.)Baseball is so in bed with Big Pizza that the promotions don’t even stop at a national Papa John’s partnership. They also apply at the local level, thanks to the company’s status as the “official pizza” of 22 big league clubs. Although Papa John’s is far from the first company to sponsor sports promotions of this sort,5And baseball isn’t the first sport Papa John’s has sponsored. an MLB PR official confirmed to us that theirs is the only existing arrangement on the local level that extends to the majority of teams. Basically, it’s Papa John’s discounts all the way down — much to the chagrin of pizza snobs, internet commenters and the petitioning public at large.But there’s an interesting statistical question lurking within the waves of pizza plugs: Which local market is most likely to get a cheap pie?Although every local deal involves some variation on the theme of a 50 percent discount on online orders, the discount conditions in each market are different, ranging from simple offers that activate when the local team wins to more complicated triggers based on the number of runs the team scores, or even the day of the week. According to Papa John’s Senior Director of Public Relations Peter Collins, “local promotion is determined by the local markets and depends on the market dynamics and tolerance to discounting.” In addition, he told us that “team performance is also taken into account.” As Collins pointed out, the Rangers (who scored the third-most runs in the majors last year and play in a hitter’s park) have a seven-run trigger, while the Marlins (who scored the second-fewest runs in the majors last year in a neutral park) have a five-run trigger.Using the specific offers for each market and FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season standings, we calculated the odds that a pizza discount would be triggered on any given game day.6The gory details: For wins-based discounts, we used FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season win probabilities, as of May 16. For runs-based discounts, we assumed that the number of team runs per game follows a Poisson distribution, with a mean equal to FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season runs per game. (Poisson isn’t the best distribution for runs scored, but it was the only distribution we could fit with only projected runs scored figures on hand.) For discounts with multiple criteria, we calculated the probability that a team would score the specified number of runs, then multiplied that by the winning percentage of teams scoring that many runs (or more) in a game during the 2015 season. And we discovered a huge spread in results: Certain markets have discount probabilities in the single digits, while others have better-than-even odds. Kansas City RoyalsWin and 5 runs33.5 St Louis CardinalsWin52.9% Arizona DiamondbacksWin46.8 Seattle Mariners4 runs44.7 Baltimore OriolesWin and 5 runs43.6 Tampa Bay Rays6 runs12.1 Philadelphia PhilliesWin44.5 New York Yankees6 runs14.4 Chicago White Sox5 runs28.3 Source: FanGraphs Cleveland Indians5 runs28.2 Houston AstrosWin on Tuesday8.0 Washington NationalsWin and 7 runs13.8 Milwaukee BrewersWin43.7 LA DodgersWin and 5 runs36.7 Texas Rangers7 runs9.2 Atlanta Braves6 runs7.7 Pittsburgh PiratesWin52.0 Odds of getting that pizza discount by team As if Cardinals fans haven’t had enough perks, the St. Louis promotion — which takes effect when the home team merely wins — is the deal most likely to pay off, with a 53 percent likelihood. (Wisely, perhaps, Papa John’s has no Cubs-based discount.) In other markets with winning teams, though, Papa John’s sometimes adds difficulty by tacking on victory conditions. In order to secure the D.C. discount, for instance, the Nationals need not only to win but also to score at least seven runs, a 14 percent proposition.Some cities’ chances are even more remote. In a just world, Braves fans would be able to ease the pain of watching their team rebuild by buying affordable food. But to add the insult of full-price pizza to the injury of bad baseball, the Braves are the team least likely to trigger the local discount, with odds under 8 percent. To feed Atlantans, baseball’s worst offense has to score six or more runs, a feat it’s achieved in only six of its 39 games. That makes their chances slightly lower than those of the Astros, who have to win on Tuesdays.7To calculate the Astros’ discount, we multiplied the probability that Houston would win a game by the fraction of their games that take place on Tuesdays (16 percent of their schedule).Surprisingly, Papa John’s doesn’t seem to have gamed the discounts much, if at all, and that means there are major inefficiencies in the pizza-promotion marketplace. (Paging Michael Lewis.) Although there’s nothing preventing the company from adjusting on the fly, as of now Papa John’s hasn’t limited its win-based discounts to teams that are more likely to lose, nor has it tailored the runs per game-based discounts to team quality in any statistically significant way. When we randomly scrambled the discount conditions between teams, we found almost no difference in the probability of getting discounted pizza compared to how the discounts are actually assigned.So with great power to exploit local pizza promotions comes … slightly cheaper pizza, potentially. Armed with a spreadsheet, a list of discount codes, and an unquenchable appetite for Papa John’s, a sabermetric pizza handicapper could save some serious meal money in the right market.Much as we might want to, there’s no writing this redshirt out of this season’s script. So the only question left is whether we’re willing to move to St. Louis in search of a discounted slice.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Minnesota TwinsWin42.9
OSU cornerback coach Kerry Coombs and then-freshman cornerback Denzel Ward (12) celebrate after a tackle by Ward during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Credit: Lantern file photoRecruit rankings mean everything when college football teams are looking for fresh talent, but they mean little when it comes time to suit up and get to work. For the young secondary coming in to fill the shoes of outgoing talents for Ohio State, the journey has just begun.Co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano met with the media for the first time this season, and had high praise for both freshman cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah. Although he liked what he saw out of the new faces in the secondary, he said there’s a certain adjustment that takes time.“Well there’s two things I think,” Schiano said. “The volume of football, as far as it’s much different than high school. All the details that go into playing. It’s not, you know, go cover him. And then, the other thing is the speed of the game and the tempo of the game and the speed of the players you’re trying to defend. But I can tell you that it’s real early, but those are some special guys.”Okudah was clocked running at 23.2 miles per hour at one point during winter workouts, as evident by his name and speed being flashed across the giant screen in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center indoor practice field. He, along with Wade and sophomore transfer Kendall Sheffield all have a chance at contributing significant playing time in 2017.Schiano stressed on multiple occasions that it’s still far too early to tell who will be playing where, and how often.“I think it’s too early to judge,” he said. “I’m very impressed with them, as I said. Very athletic guys. Let’s let them play, and let’s see how it goes. Without a doubt, your initial impression is, really talented guys.”OSU coach Urban Meyer, who first met with the media on Tuesday, said he sees lots of promise in his young players at all positions. However, replacing talents like those of the three departing defensive backs is going to be a monumental challenge.Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker broke out as two of the best players at their respective positions in all of college football last season, and Gareon Conley had a productive career while donning the scarlet and gray. Both Schiano and Meyer said a rotation with a blend of returning players and new players will be key to success in the pass defense.“I think the way we play defense, we’d like to do that,” Meyer said. “We have (redshirt sophomore) Damon Arnette, and (junior) Denzel Ward are the only guys who have ever played for us right now. You’ve got (sophomore) Rodjay Burns. We moved (redshirt freshman) Wayne Davis to safety. You’ve got these four corners that just stepped out there today that looked pretty good. We’d like to play three or four — we’d like to play more than three or four. We learned a lesson. That was as good of production as we’ve had out of corners anywhere we’ve been. Obviously you’ve got great players, but what we ask those guys to do, it’s a track meet for four hours. If you can (get) a little rotation in there, it’s going to be much better.”Both Arnette and Ward played in 13 games last season, but the former enjoyed a majority of the playing time. Although Arnette comes in as one of the most experienced corners, he struggled at times last season to stay with receivers and read routes correctly.Schiano said he and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs will be looking closely at who can separate themselves from the pack, and who can earn a spot in the secondary rotation.“Kerry was saying he likes all the depth at the position,” Schiano said. “But, again, the cream’s gotta rise to the top because we have one guy who really played meaningful reps at the corner position.”