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Washington National Cathedral hosts AIDS memorial service

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WeinbergPosted Jul 23, 2012 Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Batalá Washington, D.C., a band of Afro-Brazilian samba-reggae percussionists, provide a lively music for the July 21 interfaith service at Washington National Cathedral. Photo/Washington National Cathedral, Ed Graham[Washington National Cathedral] Washington National Cathedral hosted a gathering of more than 850 individuals from many faith traditions on July 21 for “From Darkness to Light,” an evening service to memorialize those lost to AIDS and uphold a spirit of hope and commitment during the NAMES Project Foundation’s 25th anniversary display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C.[The service is available to watch on-demand here and an image gallery is available here.]Nine 12-foot select blocks from the quilt, the world’s largest living memorial, were on display throughout the nave, with two blocks hanging from the north and south balconies.Batalá Washington, D.C., a band of Afro-Brazilian samba-reggae percussionists, provided a lively welcome to attendees arriving outside the cathedral. Five individual three- by six-feet panels of the quilt were also part of the procession. More than 50 service participants comprising Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faith leaders, people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends, loved ones, caregivers and members of an international planning committee, processed as Karen Rugg performed “Threads,” a solemn composition for Native American flute.Sandra Thurman, executive director of the Interfaith Health Program at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, which was a primary sponsor of the service, and the Rev. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the cathedral, welcomed attendees.“The place where you are gathered is called, in the Christian tradition, the nave,” said Wade. “It is a Latin word for ship. And what it means literally is that when we gather, we are in this boat together — literally in this boat together. … This Cathedral has been in this boat for a long time, and we will be in it for as long as it takes and we are honored to share this particular moment with you.”Calls to prayer from each faith tradition sung from the cathedral’s west balcony alternated with Scripture readings by the Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha of the Anglican Church of Uganda; Rabbi Aaron Miller of Washington Hebrew Congregation; Abhay Das of ISKCON, a Krishna-Hindu organization in Washington, D.C.; and Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of the Dar Al-Hajirah Islamic Society.A special commemoration included prayers written by Marcia Falk — “It is ours to be praised,” “Hallowing our namings,” and “Each of us has a name” — and chanted by Ana Hernández with congregational refrain. All were invited to offer silent prayers as service participants and cathedral acolytes lit four stations full of votive candles in the middle of the nave.Dr. James W. Curran, who in 1981 coordinated the task force on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was the featured speaker. Curran led the HIV/AIDS division at the CDC and went on to attain the rank of assistant surgeon general while there. He is currently professor of epidemiology and dean of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory.“The quilts from the NAMES Project are with us as reminders of the commitment of their loved ones. They are no longer recognizable by gender, by age, by race, by sexual orientation, by country of origin. But rather, they are united in their death by the cause — as we are,” said Curran.Calling for a moment of silence to remember those lost, Curran named a few specific individuals lost from the disease, including Elizabeth Glaser, Rock Hudson and Freddie Mercury.“It is essential that, throughout the world, the communities of diverse faiths unite in their charitable endeavors to provide hope for the hundreds of millions with HIV or at great risk,” Curran said.Two rarely displayed panels from the quilt were prominently displayed against the intricately carved wooden rood screen of the cathedral, providing a striking backdrop to the platform in the cathedral’s crossing where the service took place. “The Last One,” a panel unveiled for the first time to the public Saturday morning on the National Mall as part of the NAMES Project Foundation’s opening ceremony of its “Quilt in the Capital” events, was received by the foundation (caretakers of the quilt) in 1988. It arrived with a handwritten note that read: “I hope this quilt will find a permanent place and help mark the end of this devastating disease.” The panel itself simply said “The Last One” in white letters on a black background. The NAMES Project recognized its importance immediately and has held on to it — and to the hope it conveys — to be able to sew it into the quilt as the “Last One.”“The Last One is both a quiet prayer and a stark reminder of all that we are working to achieve,” said Julie Rhoad, president and CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation. “There is renewed hope that the end of AIDS is possible as science has begun to articulate a new narrative. We are sharing the ‘Last One’ with the public now because it’s critical that we all realize how each one of us has an important role on the road to the end of AIDS: the last person to face stigma and discrimination for living with HIV, the last new infection, the last mother-to-infant transmission, the last child left orphaned and the last death from AIDS.”Also on display against the rood screen was a block of panels on loan from St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, which had been blessed by Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu prior to its departure from South Africa last week. Arriving at Washington National Cathedral July 18, it was presented in a ceremony including another blessing led by Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon, former bishop of Washington, pro tempore, with remarks offered by the Hon. Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the U.S.Special anthems were performed by three different vocal groups. Among them were Potomac Fever, a small ensemble from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., which sang Fred Small’s lullaby “Everything Possible” in an a cappella arrangement.The Cathedral Singers, led by Director of Music Canon Michael McCarthy, sang Leo Sowerby’s “Eternal Light” and later “When Night Fell,” a new composition with music by David Hurd and text by Carl Daw and Adam Tice, commissioned especially for the service by the planning committee. The Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, led by Artistic Director Stanley J. Thurston, performed an uplifting rendition of the traditional hymn “Oh Happy Day,” with worshipers standing and clapping in rhythm. A final blessing and sending forth followed with all gathered joining together in singing the South African freedom song, “Siyahamba,” or, “We are marching in the light of God.”The cathedral’s acting director of worship, the Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell, formulated much of the service’s liturgy in conjunction with an interfaith planning committee coordinated by the Rev. Canon Ted Karpf. The Joseph W. Blount Center for Health and Human Rights at Emory University, Boston University’s School of Theology and School of Public Health, as well as the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS Center for Global Health in Atlanta, Georgia, were co-sponsors of the service.The service took place as thousands of people gather in Washington, D.C., for the 19th International AIDS Conference, hosted by the United States for the first time in 22 years and anticipated to be the largest conference since the gatherings began in 1985. The day also launched “Quilt in the Capital,” the NAMES Project’s commemoration of the quilt’s 25th anniversary, with a major display on the National Mall and portions of the quilt on display in more than 50 other locations throughout the Washington area.The National Cathedral’s ministry around HIV/AIDS dates back to 1986, when it hosted a conference on the role that religion might play to bring greater awareness to the issue. The cathedral has also hosted the quilt and held services around it in 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, and 1996.— Richard M. Weinberg is director of communications for Washington National Cathedral. Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

Jeff Wang and Bill Opel Appointed to PCC Bond Oversight Committee

first_imgEducation Jeff Wang and Bill Opel Appointed to PCC Bond Oversight Committee From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | 7:27 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Dr. William Opel (Jeff Want not pictured)The Pasadena City College Board of Trustees has appointed La Canada resident Jeff Wang and Pasadena resident Dr. Bill Opel to the Measure P Bond Oversight Committee. Wang was nominated by trustee Dr. Ross Selvidge who represents La Canada, west Altadena and west Pasadena on the Board of Trustees. Opel was nominated by trustee Jim Osterling who represents Northeast Pasadena, East Altadena and Sierra Madre on the Board.Selvidge said that “the Board is delighted that Wang and Opel have agreed to serve the community and college in this important position.” Osterling said that “I would like to thank Dr. Opel for agreeing to step in and complete the work to assure that the remaining funds are spent in accordance with the Bond Issue passed by the voters in 2002. Because of the Oversight Committee’s dedicated service, PCC has demonstrated that it is a good steward of the taxpayers’ funds.” Wang and Opel will serve as two of twelve members of the Committee. The Board of Trustees expressed its gratitude to Anthony Portantino and Felicia Williams whose seats on the Committee Wang and Opel will fill.Since 2006, Wang has served as Treasurer of the City of La Canada Flintridge. He holds degrees in mathematics and business from MIT and UCLA. For the past fifteen years, Wang has been a principal with Kelmar Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisory firm based in Pasadena.Opel served for 32 years at the Huntington Medical Research Institute retiring in 2014, when he was the President & CEO. A PCC alumnus, Opel is a long-time supporter of PCC and is a board member and Past President of the Pasadena City College Foundation. Dr. Opel has served on numerous charitable and corporate boards over many years.The Oversight Committee was established upon the passage of PCC’s Measure P Bond in 2002. The $150 million facilities bond passed with an overwhelming 70% approval vote. Most of the projects have been completed including PCC’s award-wining Center for the Arts building which now houses PCC’s visual and performing arts programs as well as two performance venues.The Committee is responsible for exercising oversight to ensure that bond proceeds are expended only for allowed purposes. Annual reports to the public are issued documenting the status of the uses of the bond funds. The Committee will continue in existence until the last funds have been spent and the final accounting and audits are completed.center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Subscribe Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Lawyer advertising rule changes draw few comments

first_imgLawyer advertising rule changes draw few comments Lawyer advertising rule changes draw few comments Gary Blankenship Senior Editor After nearly two years of study by the Advertising Task Force, a detailed report to the Board of Governors, and spirited debate both by the task force and by board members, the Supreme Court asked Florida lawyers for their comments on proposed revisions to the Bar’s advertising rules.Those proposed changes include requiring Bar approval of all radio and TV ads before they are aired.When the January 31 comment deadline passed, the court received only three responses — and two were from members of the task force.Tampa attorney and former task force member Bill Wagner submitted extensive comments covering several issues. Tim Chinaris, a former Bar ethics counsel who also once chaired the Bar Professional Ethics Committee, addressed the ad screening issue and several other matters. Tampa attorney and former task force member W.F. “Casey” Ebsary, Jr., addressed only rules on lawyers’ Web sites and content.The Board of Governors retained existing rules on lawyers’ Web sites while a special committee continues to study that highly technical issue. Those rules provide that Web sites are subject to general advertising regulations, except for the prohibition against characterizing the quality of legal services provided by the lawyer or law firm and the prohibition against advertising past results. Ebsary says that goes too far.“In 2006, in order to constitutionally further restrict free speech, there must be a substantial interest in addressing a likely harm,” Ebsary wrote in his comments to the court. “In the amendment process before this Court, there is no record of harm. There is no record of a complaint by a consumer or potential consumer of legal services. Consequently, there is no substantial interest, and thus no legal basis for restricting protected commercial speech.”Chinaris also mentioned Web sites, but in connection with proposed Rule 4-7.1(b), which covers non-Bar members whose ads appear in Florida and requires that those ads conform to Bar rules. Chinaris said that rule should not be adopted because it did not specify that the use of a Web site by itself would fall under the rule.On the prior screening requirement for TV and radio ads, Chinaris noted the Bar cited a high rate of rule violations for submitted electronic ads. However, he said, the rate was nearly identical for Yellow Pages and other print ads, and significantly higher for direct mail ads, but the Bar was not proposing a similar restriction on those forms of ads.He suggested the court give the Bar’s recently established Statewide Grievance Committee, which handles violations of ad rules, more time before considering a rules change.On other matters, Chinaris said the court should do away with rule restrictions preventing lawyers from mentioning past results or using testimonials from clients.He urged the court, though, to support a change requiring that lawyers using direct mail solicitations state in the letter where they obtained the information that caused the lawyer to send the letter.Wagner argued the task force’s review was flawed in that it assumed that advertising regulations as conceived by the Bar more than 15 years ago are still working. The panel should have conducted a more in-depth look at how lawyers advertise today, realizing a lot of lawyer advertising now is done as “marketing.”“[S]uch regulation of advertising should be limited to accomplishing certain goals,” Wagner wrote. “Those goals, in summary, should be (1) to enhance the ability of the public to obtain useful information about the availability of legal services and the cost of such services, (2) prohibit the dissemination of false or misleading advertising, and (3) protect and enhance the public’s respect for the legal system.”In the prescreening of electronic ads, Wagner agreed more regulation is needed for what he called “spot” radio and TV ads that are mostly intended to boost a lawyer or law firm’s name recognition.Wagner wrote that he did not mean to “suggest that the only solution for the problem is a complete ban on spot television and radio advertising is needed, although that should at least be considered. Instead the undersigned suggests that in exchange for a lawyer electing to use spot advertising to gain name recognition, rather than convey a significant amount of usable information, the lawyer would be required to include a significant amount of information advancing the public’s respect for and faith in the justice system.”But he said the issue needed more study, which would only happen if the court indicated its interest in such an alternative.The comments, as well as the Bar’s filing seeking the rule amendments, can be found on the Supreme Court’s Web site. Refer to case no. SC05-2194. The Bar’s filing may also be found on the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org, on the Advertising Task Force page. March 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Turkana Boy Causes Museum Ruckus

first_imgChristians want the boy arrested and locked up.  Scientists want to put him on stage.  The stage is Kenya’s National Museum, and the boy is Turkana boy, a fossil classified by evolutionists as Homo erectus and claimed to be 1.6 million years old.  CNN reported that the museum is showcasing the fossil, the most complete hominid skeleton ever found, for the first time.  It will take center stage of a new exhibit on the theme of evolution.    The exhibit has caused protests from evangelical Christians in Kenya.  According to CNN, they have demanded the skeleton be relegated to a back room “along with some kind of notice saying evolution is not a fact but merely one of a number of theories.”  Bishop Boniface Adoyo, head of Kenya’s 35 evangelical denominations with 10 million constituents, protested that “I did not evolve from Turkana Boy or anything like it.  These sorts of silly views are killing our faith.”    Evolutionists are responding with equally entrenched positions.  “Whether the bishop likes it or not, Turkana Boy is a distant relation of his,” retorted Richard Leakey, discoverer of “Lucy” and founder of the museum’s prehistory department.  “The bishop is descended from the apes and these fossils tell how he evolved.”    The news item ends by claiming that the head of paleontology at the museum, Dr. Emma Mbua, is a Protestant who sees no problem with evolution.  “Evolution is a fact,” she said.  “Turkana Boy is our jewel.  For the first time, we will be taking him out of the strong room and showing our heritage to the world.”    Nevertheless, concerns over security have made the museum take out millions of dollars of insurance on the exhibit and protect it with a glass screen, closed circuit TV and security guards.  The museum gets about 100,000 visitors a year.    CNN says the museum renovation features additional hominid fossils and exhibits of extinct animals that “provide the clearest and unrivaled record yet of evolution and the origins of man,” according to unnamed scientists.  The $10.5 million renovation was paid for by the European Union.  By contrast, the entire Creation Museum being opened this year by Answers in Genesis, including property, buildings, and all exhibits, is $27 million.As usual, this story creates a false dichotomy between religion and science, between faith and knowledge.  We don’t have the complete story on Bishop Adoyo’s efforts, but have a suggestion on the way these sorts of disagreements should be handled.  Demanding that the exhibit be censored or relegated to a back room is counterproductive, because it reinforces the stereotype that Christians are afraid of hearing scientific evidence that contradicts their faith.    The shoe is really on the other foot.  Evolutionists want no debate, no public hearing on the evidence.  They want to promote a very sanitized, visualized, propagandized version of their Myth of the Mystical Tree (see 02/01/2007).  Bones exist – that’s the truth part.  Yes, there are skeletons of odd-looking humans, elephants and giraffes that have gone the way of all the world.  What do they mean?  That’s where if you don’t have all the facts on display, you can be misled (e.g., 08/09/2005)..    So let’s learn about Turkana Boy.  Actually, creationists have written up a lot about him and exposed some embarrassments the evolutionists aren’t telling you about.  Look, for instance, at the critiques of this fossil on CMI Creation Ministries Intl. (also this article), where you will learn that:The brain capacity of the skull is within the range of modern man.The height of the skeleton for its age is within the range of modern humans.This fossil shows that it is no longer possible to describe Homo erectus as a “large-brained pongid.”M. Wolpoff described the postcranium of this fossil as “mostly modern.”Wolpoff and Thorne cannot find any consistent anatomical markers which separate erectus from sapiens.The limb proportions resemble those of modern humans.The more robust bones of Homo erectus could be a reflection of routine heavy physical exertion than of primitive characteristics; if anything, thinner bones on modern humans seem a disadvantage.Opinions differ widely on the status of these and almost every other alleged human ancestor.Indeed, “To have such a tall erectus individual with a modern postcranium appear at such an early stage in the alleged evolutionary history of erectus is a problem for evolutionists,” CMI claims.  “If evolution was true, then a more intermediate postcranial skeleton would be expected, one reflecting more of a mid-way stage between the australopithecines and modern humans, not one already at the modern human stage.”    On top of that, Apologetics Press quotes Ian Tatersall (an evolutionist) saying that “the whole classification of Homo erectus has become a kind of dumping ground for strange and out-of-place fossils.”  Jeffrey Schwartz made the same complaint in the 07/03/2004 entry, calling the designation “mythical.”  Some taxonomists split hairs over whether this skeleton should be classified in another mythical group, Homo ergaster, when there is really no reason other than evolutionary presuppositions to consider them non-human (see also this article from A.P. and the 01/01/2005 entry here).  Brain size is no guarantee of an evolutionary sequence (see 08/05/2006).  Need we also remind our readers how many bitter fights there have been between evolutionary paleoanthropologists themselves about human evolution (e.g., 12/21/2004, 09/23/2004, 03/28/2003, 04/27/2006, 06/14/2006).  These fights, though entertaining, don’t matter because human evolution has already been falsified anyway (08/22/2005, 12/30/2004).    In other words, the evolutionists are hiding key parts of the story by exhibiting Turkana Boy as a primitive human ancestor.  They’re lying to the public!  A half truth can sometimes be more deceptive and dangerous than a big lie.  This is the basis on which Christians need to go on the offense with the Kenya museum charlatans.  They are spinning a myth around selective evidence.  We all have the same objective evidence to look at, but the evolutionists are avoiding the problems with their interpretations.  They are not being scientific (objective, rational, honest) about the issues!  This is an intellectual crime that deserves the approbation of the entire public, not just the evangelical Christians.To add insult to injury, Leakey committed a hate crime: “The bishop is descended from the apes,” he said.  How can Leakey, a white Englishman, get away with that kind of insult to a respectable African person of color?  Only against Christians is it possible to speak words of racism and bigotry.  But apart from that, let’s do a little logic here and turn Leakey’s statement back on himself.  Ask him, “Are you, Richard Leakey, a descendent of the apes too?”  He will have no choice but to answer yes.  Great; follow up with, “Then how can you know anything is true, including the proposition that you are descended from apes?    Drive the point home, because he has no answer.  “In a worldview of constant change and evolution, how can you have any assurance that there are unchanging truths beyond matter in motion?  In a world where fitness and survival are the highest virtues (whatever ‘virtue’ means), how can you prove to me you are not lying so as to defeat me in the fitness race?  How can you be sure of anything, even science, without first justifying the philosophical belief that human rationality connects with experience?”    So here’s our advice.  This is an important lesson for anyone having to deal with the Darwin propaganda, whether in museums, textbooks, or in the media.  Don’t whimper about how this exhibit is “killing our faith” (because that reinforces their stereotype about “people of faith” as opposed to “science”).  Don’t reinforce their prejudice that all criticisms of evolution are theologically motivated.  And obviously, don’t threaten violence (although there was no indication at all in the CNN article whether the fears of the museum staff were grounded in anything but their own guilty consciences).  Instead, appeal to the honesty and intellectual integrity of the scientists and museum staff.  Convince them that they are not being honest and scientifically sound to hide the incriminating evidence and alternative views on Turkana Boy.  Show them the quotes by Wolpoff and Tatersall and other evolutionists who dispute the views about this and other fossils.  Should only one view among evolutionists be presented, let alone the views of critics of evolution?  Why should this contrary scientific evidence be hidden from the public?  We don’t want to relegate Turkana Boy and other evidence to the back room; we want to bring all the evidence the evolutionists are hiding in the back room and take it up front into the light.  We want to make it part of the showcase!  Along with balanced evidence, let’s bring out a few more things from Darwin’s back room to put on display:An exhibit on how Piltdown Man fooled the entire evolutionary scientific community for 40 years.A wastebin filled with all the bones once thought to represent human ancestors.A reminder of how evolutionists exhibited Ota Benga, an African pygmy, in a zoo.A copy of Ernst Haeckl’s racist chart of how blacks were closer to Apes than to European whites.A description of how the iconic “descent of man” chart perpetuates the myth of progress.A list of cusswords that disagreeing paleoanthropologists have called each other.A chart of the warring groups of paleoanthropologists and their tactics of ruining each other’s reputations.An exhibit on the dark history of eugenics.An illustration of all the massacres and genocides committed in the name of evolutionary racism: say, a pile of marbles with each marble representing a human life quenched by Darwinist dictatorships.  How high would a tower of 148 million marbles reach?For the kids, you could have replicas of modern human skulls from around the world and see if they can arrange them into an evolutionary sequence.  As a second exercise, see if they can sort them into human and non-human bins.  Throw in some skulls deformed by disease or post-burial stresses to trip them up.  After they are convinced they have an evolutionary tree, show them pictures of the modern people groups they represent.  Describe the languages, cultures and philosophies of the intelligent persons they just assumed were primitive ancestors.  As a third game, see if they can similarly organize garage tools or toy cars into an evolutionary phylogeny as a lesson on how similarities do not necessarily prove ancestral relationships.  For adults, how about some scholarly lectures on philosophy of science?  Questions could be discussed about the ability of finite human minds to interpret unseen past events, especially if human brains are assumed to be products of unguided material processes.  Describe how the same data can be reinterpreted in other ways without the Darwinian worldview.    Left to themselves, the Darwinists will turn the Kenya museum into a whitewashed sepulcher, beautiful on the outside, but on the inside full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness of ideas.  Evangelicals should be in favor of turning on the lights and letting in fresh air.  Give the public all the facts and let them use their minds to decide who has the best case.  That’s fair.  That’s honest.  And that’s exactly what the evolutionists do NOT want (see 02/27/2006).  The Kenya museum should be a well-rounded, thought-provoking center of ideas and concepts on these important issues instead of a Darwinist shrine.  Help them out, evangelicals.  Get the dirty laundry on display instead of starched and bleached and ironed white shirts.  Tell them you want to teach more about Darwinism than the Darwinists dare to reveal.  If they resist, smile and remind them that honesty is the best policy.  Watch them squirm over that proverb.    To pursue this kind of winning strategy will require study.  You have to research the facts and know the best arguments on both sides.  But in the end, it will pay off: it will demonstrate to all the world that the real censors, the real people of frothy faith, are the Mbuas and Leakeys and other dogmatists who shout “evolution is a fact!”  A little study of these pages will provide many examples of Darwin-worshippers trying to shove their religion down the throats of the public without debate.  The Master Strategist advised his followers, “Be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”  This implies that the other side is the converse.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Collecting soybean carry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCCorn and beans rallied last week because rain swept through the Midwest slowing harvest. In select areas where harvest is behind, processors are bidding up for grain. It’s unlikely these basis bumps will last long, but some lucky farmers who managed to harvest some grain early could benefit.The slow harvest progress may help corn from sliding all the way back to lows from two weeks ago. I doubt beans will be as lucky. There are just too many in the fields and as they get harvested it could be too much for the market to deal with. Collecting bean carryOn 8/30 the November to July bean spread was a 49-cent premium. With all of my bean sales hedged against November futures, I was concerned about the current low basis levels. Since I can store all of my 2018 harvested beans and I have all of my beans sold, I moved my sales forward to capture the 49-cent carry. I did this by buying back my November beans futures and immediately sold July bean futures for 49 cent higher.As always, as long as the crop is sold, the price level of the bean futures trades doesn’t matter. Only the spread value matters when collecting the carry because the sales are still in place. What does it cost to hold the beans in the bin that long?Since I could sell the beans immediately at harvest, there is a cost to hold grain and not pay down my operation note. That 49 cents enables me to collect 6.125 cents per month until summer when basis levels may be better (49 cents per 8 months of holding from November-July).Assuming a $7.50 per bushel cash value in southeast Nebraska this week and a 6% operating note, it costs me 3.75 cents per month to hold the grain in the bin. With the 6.125 cents carry premium, I’m actually making a guaranteed 2.375 cents per month on the carry to hold the beans (6.125 carry premium – 3.75 loan interest). That would mean I can guarantee myself 19 cents of actual profit to hold the beans until summer. What about basis risk?Basis could get worse if the crop is bigger than estimated and futures have a large rally and trade issues don’t improve. So, I still have basis risk. Another contributing factor is the upcoming South American growing year. While a crop failure may cause a futures price spike, it doesn’t guarantee a basis rally. How China, who consumes 60% of the world’s beans, would handle any bean shortages from South America during this trade war becomes a big factor. If the trade issues remain unresolved well past the election and China refuses to accept U.S. bean imports, basis values may go down further.That’s a lot of unknowns that are impossible to predict. While I know I have risk with the basis I’m going to instead look at historical trends for the basis in my area. Those trends support the notion that bean basis usually improves after harvest. If that happens, my bean profits will also increase. The importance of separating futures, market carry and basisCollecting market carry is one of the least risky ways to guarantee additional profits for my farm operation from storing grain. While I didn’t set the basis in the example above, I could have set basis in July for the same levels as current harvest delivery, which would have guaranteed me those 19 cents of profits. Historically, it’s been more advantageous to wait until further in the future to set the basis, so I made the decision to wait on setting a basis or even picking a location that I will sell cash beans to. That is why I continue to keep my sales in place using July futures.In hindsight I’m very glad I sold 100% of anticipated 2018 bean production last February when November futures were $10. With what I know today, that was a good decision. I’m also pleased I was able to add the additional 49 cents of market carry to my sale price too. At the time of the trade above that had been the highest carry I’ve seen in the bean market in the last 10 years.The example above illustrates why it’s so important to look at the futures price, market carry and basis separately within a grain marketing strategy. These factors move independently of each other, and if considered separately, it’s possible to maximize the potential opportunity within each one, offering the best farm operation profit potential. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

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an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) WWE Hall of Fame: Sting Announces his Retirement in Heartfelt Induction Speech MUMBAI and DALLAS, April 6, 2016/PRNewswire/ — It was Showtime at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony when The Icon, Sting, was welcomed into sports-entertainments most elite fraternity. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160406/10143471 ) Inducted into the Hall by his greatest rival, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, the man called Sting captivated the crowd at the American Airlines Center as he reflected upon his career and thanked his family, friends, fellow champions and competitors and fans for helping him reach truly historic levels during his career. Known as the franchise of World Championship Wrestling, Sting won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, both the WCW International Heavyweight Championship and United States Championship twice, and held the WCW World Tag Team Championship on three different occasions with three different partners. Long heralded throughout his career as the greatest performer never to compete in WWE; The Icon finally stepped into the light, and inside a WWE ring at Survivor Series 2014. That unforgettable moment set off a chain reaction that resulted in the black-and-white knight competing against Triple H at WrestleMania 31, challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions 2015, and now being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. more PRNewswire GSV read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender van Dijk lauds Shaqiri: He’s become our game-changerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveXherdan Shaqiri has become Liverpool’s game-changer, according to his teammate Virgil van Dijk.The Swiss came off the bench to score two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.”You can concede and it happened,” van Dijk told the club’s website. “The thing then was to bounce back and make sure we kept pushing, putting the pressure on them and being patient.”That’s what we did and in the end, big Shaq came on and did the job for us.”He is a fantastic player. He showed it since the first game against Manchester United in America [in pre-season]. He is something different and sometimes that’s a game-changer.” last_img read more

Hospital Patient Tweets That The Real Score Of His NCAA Football Game vs. Cardale Jones Was 98-42

first_imgShirt showing score between Cardale Jones and hospital patient in NCAA Football.Twitter/@CoachZachSmithThe high-scoring NCAA Football game between Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and Jared Foley, a Buckeyes fan that he visited in the hospital before the national championship, is quickly becoming one of the most hotly-contested video game results that we can remember. The game was originally thought to be a 91-35 win for Jones, but yesterday he clarified that he added a late touchdown to make it 98-35.Clearly, Jones wants to get credit for all of the points he scored, but he may have undersold Foley’s effort himself. In response to a t-shirt that an OSU fan created to celebrate the game, Foley claims that he actually scored 42 [email protected] I NEED ONE!! #Savage RT @Court0385: @CJ12_ @bearfoley check out the new shirts pic.twitter.com/xRauvMJbi1— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 11, [email protected] it was 98-42— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, [email protected] yeah I scored in the finel minute— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, 2015Maybe Cardale can invite him to the next Taco Tuesday to make up for this discrepancy.last_img read more

Pikeville Walmart Has An Incredible Kentucky 36-0 Soda Display

first_imgPikeville Walmart's amazing Kentucky 36-0 soda display.The Kentucky Wildcats are the first 36-0 team in college basketball history, and everyone in the state – including one grocery store owner – is trying to get in on the action. The Pikeville Walmart apparently has an incredible Kentucky soda display, complete with the team’s record. In the below photo, taken by a Wildcats fan named Brian Daniels, UK’s logo is made out of Sprite Zero cases, while the W/L columns are made out of Coke Zero cases. Diet Coke cases provide the backdrop. It’s well done.Pikeville Walmart yesterday! @ACassady_KSR @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/uwzopMhX6W— Brian Daniels (@bdanie01) March 22, 2015Kentucky will take on the winner of Maryland vs. West Virginia next week in the Sweet 16.last_img

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