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Bishop Alemany wins brain bout

first_img“Not everyone can play a sport,” Schnelldorfer said. “This is an academic way to excel.” St. Francis High School of La Ca ada Flintridge finished second, and Santa Ana’s Mater Dei High School took third. In the same order, the three schools also won the Super Quiz – a highlight of tests that focused this year on climatology. The theme was China and its influence on the world. Throughout the year, students studied everything Chinese, from music to science. Winners at the state decathlon will vie for the national championship in Honolulu. [email protected] (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MISSION HILLS – Bishop Alemany High School took home the gold Sunday after seizing first place in this year’s Southern California Private Schools Academic Decathlon. Led by team member Eddie Grinnell, the Mission Hills school bested 18 others to take the title. The team now heads to the state competition March 15-18 in Los Angeles to compete against public schools as well as other private ones. An awards banquet Sunday recognized participants at Bishop Alemany, where about 170 students competed in the all-day battle of the brains Feb. 3 – a combination of essays, speeches, interviews and tests covering eight subjects. This year’s contest attracted 27 more students than last year’s, said Jo Ann Schnelldorfer, regional coordinator for the event. Universities recognize the hard work and dedication the teens put into the challenge. last_img read more

Secular Cosmology Is Useless and Pointless

first_imgFirst of all, the atheistic multiverse is absurd. Spike Psarris shows this clearly in his video. The multiverse is not just a leap of faith. It is not merely a matter of lack of knowledge. It is positively anti-knowledge! It cannot possibly be true. For one thing, it denies any plausible form of causality. For another, it leads to logical absurdities. As such, it must be rejected by anyone who respects reason at all.Second, the case for design is a positive argument, not a negative argument (e.g., god-of-the-gaps). In every case where we observe a complex, specified, functioning, informational system coming into existence, we know that intelligence had a role in its causation. This is an argument from what we know, not from what we don’t know. Add to that the fine-tuning arguments and probability arguments. Together, these empirically-based and mathematical arguments shout design through a megaphone to anyone not blinded by their hatred of any thought of God.Third, we have an Eyewitness who tells us what happened! Given the absurd alternatives, what is preventing you from trusting what He says? “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18). (Visited 752 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secular cosmologists admit they will never know how things began, and that the search is pointless. How is this ‘science’ even worth considering?Nothing banged, and became everything. How’s that for science? Sad as it seems, this is the belief of modern scientists who reject “In the beginning, God.” Ross Pomeroy of Real Clear Science, in an article echoed on Space.com, quoted some of the world’s leading cosmologists about what came before the big bang in his article, “We’ll Never Know For Sure How Everything Began.” Before reading the following quote, one must realize that the secular cosmologists express confidence in the big bang model far exceeding its empirical support, as shown by Spike Psarris in his video, “What You’re Not Being Told About Astronomy,” Vol. III, “Our Created Universe.” After Pomeroy lets Sean Carroll of Caltech opine that the big bang theory is “100 percent true,” then comes its downfall:But that percentage of surety dwindles to nothing when discussing the singularity that supposedly started it all. Where did it come from? What came before it? What caused it to “bang” in such a big way? As Carroll admitted, this singularity and its accompanying “bang” are essentially stand-ins for what we don’t – and currently can’t – actually know.“It’s the time at which we don’t understand what the Universe was doing,” he said on Science Friday.And we might not ever understand it, at least with current methods of observation.If you look at the transcript of his interview on Science Friday, and search for the word “know,” you find that he knows almost nothing about anything that matters. So why are people listening to him, as if he is some great prophet for the 21st century?Pomeroy also quotes Alan Guth, father of Inflation Theory (the Guth Goof). The only thing Guth knows is that the universe had a beginning. But he too admits that he doesn’t know anything about the cause of the big bang or inflation. He speculates out of thin space:“It certainly looks like the universe that we observe around us… definitely had a beginning,” MIT cosmologist Alan Guth, the originator of the theory of cosmic inflation, said in an interview for the PBS show Closer to Truth [dated 2015]. “That doesn’t mean that that beginning was necessarily the ultimate beginning of all of reality. There may have been some prehistory to what we’re here calling the beginning.”Pomeroy goes on to call theories for the cause of the universe “fanciful ideas,” but cosmologists are at a scientific “dead end” where they can only speculate. He briefly entertains some of the fanciful ideas, but then says,All of these ideas sound cool, but none are reasonably testable, rendering them useless at the present time.Classically, science is supposed to be useful, not useless. And cosmology’s fanciful ideas are not just useless now, he says. They might be useless forever. That makes them pointless, too. Using a tontological formulation of present knowledge, he continues:We [tontology] will likely never know for sure how everything began, or even if there was a beginning. Perhaps the timeless quest to uncover our ultimate origins is pointless, a selfish side effect of our innate human need for a coherent narrative of existence. Indeed, the very concept of a beginning may be flawed, based on our comparatively paltry experience in this mystical reality. The Universe, and indeed all of Reality, is by no means required to conform to our concept of a “beginning”.And of course, no matter how far down the rabbit hole we travel, there could always be a question of “what came before?” The search for a beginning will likely never end.Do you have a point?Stephen Weinberg was criticized for his statement in his book The First Three Minutes (1977, rev. 1993), “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.” So what was his point in saying that? Can pointlessness give rise to a point? He tried to wiggle out of that in an interview for PBS. We don’t see any cosmologists saying anything now, though, to counter Pomeroy’s contention that secular cosmology is useless and pointless. How could such a view give rise to “our innate human need for a coherent narrative of existence”? What on earth does “coherent” mean, without presupposing laws of logic that are timeless and universal?All of these ideas sound cool, but none are reasonably testable, rendering them useless at the present time.It’s Worse Than They Are SayingIn a new video at Prager University, Brian Keating, an astrophysicist at the University of California, San Diego, asks “What’s a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?” The humorously-animated five-minute film lays the choices side by side. Keating shows how modern cosmologists, having rejected God for “no evidence,” have embraced a fantasy worldview for which there is absolutely no evidence, never will be any evidence, and is actually anti-evidence. “So let me ask you,” he ends, “who’s taking the bigger leap?”So far, this presentation of theistic cosmology vs secular/atheistic cosmology is weak. While we appreciate Pomeroy’s honesty about secular limits to knowledge, and Keating’s argument that theism is stronger than the alternative, much more certainty can be attained – so much more, in fact, that it is time to call the secular scientists’ bluff and not let them get away with pretending to be prophets of knowledge. Particles do not become people!last_img read more

African punks: 5 bands you should be listening to

first_imgPunk rock, despite its northern hemisphere origins, has a lot in common with the African creative philosophy: its do-it-yourself, community-based collaborative culture, outspoken social consciousness and youthful exuberance. Even at its most elemental level, the music itself, it can be argued, has a very African aesthetic: raw and rhythmic, yet deceptively complex.Soweto-based punk band TCIYF is one of the rising stars in the South African punk rock scene. With aggressive riffs and lots of typical punk attitude, the band have played to diverse audiences around Gauteng, and are looking to make an impact internationally. (Image: TCIYF Facebook page)CD AndersonIt’s no surprise then, that there has been a growing trend of punk music coming out of the continent, challenging the status quo of traditional genres such as jazz and indigenous music.While most of this young emerging talent remains untapped in garages and practice rooms from Cape Town to Cairo, there have been a few breakout bands that are making waves with good old fashioned punk rock, thanks in part to internet platforms such as music website Bandcamp and video channel YouTube.TCIYF#TCIYF pic.twitter.com/wJa15cgPR5— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) July 13, 2016This Soweto band embodies everything that is real punk: short, brutal songs with in-your-face lyrics, all performed with an urgency and aggression that harks back to the genesis of the New York punk explosion in the 1970s. The OkayAfrica pop culture website says the band is “true to their spirit. They don’t surrender, they don’t compromise and that’s their beauty.”They also sing about giving their grandmothers Tupperware. TCIYF have yet to release a full album, but their YouTube channel is a popular starting off point for fans of the Ramones, New York Dolls and Sex Pistols.Watch:MonaMozambique’s Mona sing socially conscious but uplifting pop punk in English and Portuguese. They have a huge youth following despite the relatively small rock music scene in Mozambique’s urban areas. The band even run their own music label, giving other up and-coming bands from the region exposure through online social media and video channels.Watch:Chikwata 263Formed in 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe, Chikwata mix bubbly ska-punk rhythms with traditional folk, jazz and even hip-hop elements, calling it “mbira punk”. Their irreverent sound mixes languages and genres to create idiosyncratic but energetic live performances, both in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Their debut album, Chauya, is available to buy on their website.Watch:Crystal AxisWith a more alternative, post-punk feel, Crystal Axis have been around since 2009 and have become an underground cult hit among young Kenyans. The band are currently on hiatus, but their debut EP is still available on their Bandcamp site, offering dark and spirited choruses and proficient musicianship.The band embodies a true punk DIY spirit, making and selling their own merchandise, music videos and communicating directly with their fans.Watch:The Brother Moves OnWhile considered more of a performance art-funk-maskandi-pop band, the philosophy of The Brother Moves On is very much punk rock, with lyrics full of politically charged vitriol and honest social commentary.Their musically sophisticated and enthusiastic live performances are iconic in South Africa’s underground live music scene, and they have performed to critical acclaim at festivals such as Oppikoppi and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The band hope to tour Europe in 2016-17.Watch:Source: OkayAfrica, BandcampWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Utica FFA advances in Food Science CDE

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Submitted by Kimberlee Hornyak, Utica FFAOn Monday, November 12th, 9 members from the Utica FFA chapter attended the District Food Science CDE at Zane Trace high school and qualified for the state competition in December. The Food Science CDE tests members abilities to identify aromas, identify food safety errors, and identify food science equipment. This CDE also requires members to perform a triangle taste test and use mathematics to find information about foods. The Utica FFA chapter placed second out of fourteen teams. Individually, Trina Orr placed placed 4th, Aramaik Wright placed 5th, Seth Blake placed 13th, Kimberlee Hornyak placed 23rd, Georgia Gamble placed 35th, Montanna Moran placed 78th, Bella Ellis placed 90th , Lindsay Gray placed 104th, and Melodie Woodruff placed 133rd out of 140 participants. Trina Orr, Aramaik Wright, Seth Blake, and Kimberlee Hornyak will be represeting the Utica FFA chapter at the State Contest on December 1st at the Ohio State University.last_img read more

10 months agoPochettino hails Spurs thrashing: Fantastic effort

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pochettino hails Spurs thrashing: Fantastic effortby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham thrashed Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to go above Manchester City into second in the Premier League.Christian Eriksen, Son-Heung Min (2), Lucas Moura and Harry Kane found the net at Wembley.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino stated, “The effort was fantastic. To have one day less after Everton, I am very pleased with the performance.”It is important to manage confidence in the right way, victory make us believe. Of course, think step-by-step and be ready to arrive at the next game in the best condition.”We are only halfway to end of the season, we need to replicate the same second-half of the season. It is up to us, if we show the same quality and same belief and behave in the same way, then maybe at end of season I’ll talk in a way that maybe we fight for big things.” last_img read more

Photos/Videos: SMU Had To Push Bus Out Of Snow To Make It To Practice In Philadelphia

first_imgSMU players push bus after it gets stuck in snow.Instagram/sterlingbrown3 Duquesne isn’t the only college basketball program to run into some serious blizzard-related bus problems in Pennsylvania. Undefeated SMU is in Philadelphia for tomorrow’s game against Temple, and the team had to push its bus out of the snow in order to make it to practice this afternoon. #PhliiyChroniclesA video posted by SB (@sterlingbrown3) on Jan 23, 2016 at 8:55am PST Our Bus got stuck. pic.twitter.com/yyswmZkE6E— Ben Moore (@JaminTheFiend) January 23, 2016Things aren’t nearly as dire for the Mustangs as they are for the Dukes, however. SMU was able to make it to the gym.Oh the weather outside is frightful But the gym is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/DalyoNsdjY— SMU Basketball (@SMUBasketball) January 23, 2016Not even a blizzard can beat SMU. Bus stuck until players helped push. Practicing now. SMU-Temple 11am CT ESPN2 https://t.co/jUFr0Ixdzp— Ted Emrich (@tedemrich) January 23, 2016“We’re talking about PRACTICE?!” … Not even #blizzard2016 can stop us! SMU vs Temple – Noon Sunday #ESPN2 #PonyUp pic.twitter.com/qfV9K5041s— Jay Duncan (@JayDunks) January 23, 201618-0 SMU faces Temple at noon tomorrow.last_img read more

Videos: Angel Rodriguez Tip-In With 1.4 Seconds Remaining Gives Miami Big Win Over Pitt

first_imgAngel Rodriguez makes last-second tip-in against Pitt.Vine/Rob DausterGuard Angel Rodriguez led all scorers with 17 points in Miami’s 65-63 win over Pitt, but no basket was bigger than his final one. With just 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock, Rodriguez tipped the ball in to give the Hurricanes the decisive lead.Wild sequence as Miami takes the lead with 1.4 seconds left over Pitt https://t.co/GNVSwIdste— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 10, 2016Angel with the huge tip-in and the BUC is going nuts as Miami leads 65-63 with 1.4 sec left. Here’s my view: pic.twitter.com/b4YMSTDnZl— Austin Sapin (@AustinSapin) February 10, 2016There was a bit of drama on the ensuing Pitt inbounds, with some contact on the last second heave, but the refs did not make a call, giving Miami the win.Refs swallow the whistle and Miami wins over Pitt. https://t.co/7evyYHLmkq— Adam Comarow (@ComarowsCorner) February 10, 2016Miami is now 19-4, and 8-3 in ACC play.last_img read more

Economy and Tourism to Benefit from CARIFTA Swimming Championships

first_imgThe economy and tourism are set to benefit from the staging of the 2013 CARIFTA Swimming and Water Polo Championships, to be held in the island from March 30 to April 3.The event will see some 800 athletes from approximately 16 countries across the region participating in swimming, water polo, and for the first time in Jamaica, open water swimming.The open water swimming aspect of the Championships will take place in Discovery Bay, St. Ann on the final day. The remaining events will be held at the National Stadium Pool in Kingston. Speaking at the press launch, held at the National Stadium Aquatic Complex in Kingston on Thursday (January 30), Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita- Headley said the spinoff from the championships will be economically beneficial to the country, as a successful staging could help to boost Jamaica’s tourism product.Mrs. Neita-Headley noted that the event, which is in its 28th staging, will see some 800 athletes in addition to “their parents, coaches, supporters, swimming clubs, and the media that will follow them” converging in Jamaica for four days of competition.“We have 2,500 hotel rooms in Kingston, so you can imagine what the value added is going to be,” she said. The Minister said she is also excited about Jamaica hosting its first open water swimming competition, which promises to be a great event that could help to increase the country’s tourism prospects.“I look forward to the open water swimming aspect of these championships. A successful staging of that in Discovery Bay, I believe, will open doors and opportunities for enhancing this great tourism product that we already have,” she added.In the meantime, the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) is reporting that the National Stadium Pool complex is being refurbished for the hosting of the event.President of the ASAJ, Martin Lyn, informed that in addition to the swimming pool facilities being refurbished, the Association has also installed a new score board and is in the process of adding brand new touch pads to the pools.“All systems are now go. We’re now filling the pool, which will take three days to be filled, as it’s over a million gallons of water. And after that, we take about one day for the stabilisation of the chemicals and then the pool will be pristine and ready for any meet of any standard,” he said.The CARIFTA championships will be staged at an estimated cost of $15 million. Mr. Lyn pointed out that in addition to seeking sponsorship, the ASAJ will be hosting a number of fund-raising activities in an effort to secure funds for the event.last_img read more

Teachers Encouraged to Continue to Act As Positive Role Models for Students

first_img The Minister was speaking to students during his visit to the Haile Selassie High School, Payne Avenue in St. Andrew, on May 8. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, is encouraging the nation’s teachers to continue to act as positive role models for students. “Teachers are arguably the most important persons in your lives right now, and most of you spend more time with your teachers than some of you spend with your parents, so they are the ones moulding your character and helping you to get ahead in life,” Mr. Samuda said. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, with oversight for the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Karl Samuda, is encouraging the nation’s teachers to continue to act as positive role models for students.“Teachers are arguably the most important persons in your lives right now, and most of you spend more time with your teachers than some of you spend with your parents, so they are the ones moulding your character and helping you to get ahead in life,” Mr. Samuda said.The Minister was speaking to students during his visit to the Haile Selassie High School, Payne Avenue in St. Andrew, on May 8.Mr. Samuda’s visit to the institution was also used to celebrate Teachers’ Day, which forms part of activities to mark Education Week from May 5 to 11, under the theme ‘Empowering Educators: Retooling, Innovating, Networking for Sustainable Development’.The Minister commended the academic staff at the institution for helping to shape the lives of the children.“I want to take a moment to congratulate you. Those teachers that I have had an opportunity to meet and talk to on this little tour, it is clear that the commitment is there. You have the challenges before you, but you are facing them boldly and with commitment to make a difference,” he said.Mr. Samuda encouraged the students to have a vision of what they would like to be in life and work hard to achieve it.“You can’t go through life every day – getting up, having something to eat, put on your clothes, come to school and go back, play with your friends, go to sleep and do the same thing the following day – without pausing during the day to contemplate what it is you want out of life,” he said.“There should be no limit placed on the sense of who you are. Don’t believe that because you come from a humble home that you are going to die in a humble home… . It is not where you start; it is where you finish and the effort you put in to make yourself a better person,” the Minister added.He further encouraged them to adopt wholesome attitudes and values toward life and each other.In the meantime, Mr. Samuda said his mission is to see to it that all the facilities that the institution needs are given to them to improve their weak subject areas, particularly Mathematics and English.He told the students that even though they perform better academically in the technical subjects, “I don’t want those who are involved in the technical field to feel that ‘mi good wid mi han but mi head nuh so good’ rubbish. You can be as good with your head as you can be with your hands. No matter how great you are with your hands, you need to read and comprehend”.Teachers’ Day is used to recognise the country’s educators for their tireless work in the classroom.last_img read more