Charles Keidan has been appointed as Acting Editor of Alliance magazine. He will serve for six months.He has over a decade of philanthropy sector experience having worked as Executive Director of Pears Foundation and more recently at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Philanthropy. He has teaching and research roles at Stanford University and City University London. He also blogs at Facing Philanthropy.He has contributed to the magazine as a blogger for the past three years and written for it for even longer, covering topics such as citizen grantmakers and the European Foundation Centre, and reporting on conferences such as that run by the International Society for Third Sector Research.Alliance Publishing Trust will be recruiting for a permanent Editor in the New Year.Keidan praised the work of its long-standing former editor Caroline Hartnell. He added:“During the decade that I have read and contributed to the magazine, I have come to regard Alliance as an invaluable source of insight and expertise on philanthropy. I know this view is widely shared across the global philanthropy community so it is a special responsibility, and honour, to take on this role”. Howard Lake | 10 December 2015 | News 79 total views, 1 views today 80 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Charles Keidan is new Acting Editor of Alliance magazine 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 MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / people
Evolutionists love Darwinism – except when it threatens their funding. Daniel Clery complained in Science1 this week that it means the demise of physics and chemistry in UK universities. “Survival of the fittest” seems to be favoring the departments that provide lucrative careers. The funding shortfall for traditional chemistry and physics is due partly, of course, to the perpetual mismatch between government stinginess and scientists’ insatiable appetites…But other forces are at work, too. Demand for physics and chemistry classes has been steadily falling as students are lured into more career-specific courses such as sports science, forensic science, and media studies. And the once cozy world of British academia is now a competitive marketplace in which universities must vie with each other for government research money and attract as many students as possible to maintain their income. Some researchers suspect that current funding policies are designed to weed out the weak and concentrate resources in a smaller number of superdepartments. “It’s a Darwinian exercise,” says [Philip] Kocienski [Leeds U. School of Chemistry]. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Clery suggests that university departments need to stop competing and start cooperating.1Daniel Clery, “‘Darwinian’ Funding and the Demise of Physics and Chemistry,” Science, Vol 307, Issue 5710, 668-669, 4 February 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5710.668].Sorry, Charlie, you can’t have it both ways. If the law of the jungle is right for biology, then what is, is right. After all, don’t the physicists say nature selected the universe we were born in? And don’t the chemists say nature selected the building blocks of life? So even if it means philosophical suicide, you can choose your path, but you can’t choose the consequences. You can’t appeal to the nobler motives, because they are illusions in your view, so give it your best shot on the Malthusian dogpile (see 02/03/2005 entry).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Without any critique, Science Daily and PhysOrg reproduced a bizarre press release from University of British Columbia that alleges, “Death anxiety prompts people to believe in intelligent design, reject evolution.” A contrived psychological survey, replete with imagining one’s own death and then reading quotes from Michael Behe and Richard Dawkins, scared 1,674 respondents into indicating a preference for intelligent design (ID), unless they read another passage from Carl Sagan’s writings reassuring them that naturalism can provide a sense of meaning, after which they showed reduced affinity for ID. This led psychologist Jessica Tracy to claim, “These findings suggest that individuals can come to see evolution as a meaningful solution to existential concerns, but may need to be explicitly taught that taking a naturalistic approach to understanding life can be highly meaningful.” The poll was intentionally biased. Right in the abstract of the paper in PLoS One,1 the authors called intelligent design “a purportedly scientific theory that lacks any scientific evidence,” as opposed to “evolutionary theory (ET), a theory supported by a large body of scientific evidence.” It presented belief in ID as a psychological problem that needs to be remedied through education and mental manipulation. The press release even got the definition of ID wrong:British evolutionary biologist Prof. Dawkins, like the majority of scientists, argues that life’s origins are best explained by Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. However, intelligent design advocates such as Prof. Behe, a U.S. author and biochemist, assert that complex biochemical and cellular structures are too complex to be explained by evolutionary mechanisms and should be attributed to a supernatural creator.The definition of ID according to IntelligentDesign.org is: “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.” ID makes no claim about supernatural causes or God. If the authors did not even understand what they were studying, it is doubtful their conclusions have any validity. The press release did not define “meaningful,” nor were any percentages indicated. The questions were not stated. Claiming that a majority of scientists believe something is a bandwagon argument that has nothing to do with the merits of a theory; in the history of science, many successful theories went against the mainstream for a long time.Update 04/01/2010: Live Science came out with their take on the story. Jennifer Welsh, reporter, provided a definition of I.D. closer to the actual definition, but proceeded to say ID is not a scientific theory (“It is not based in science”) but evolution is “scientifically supported”. The article gave complete credence to Tracy’s study and opinions.1. Tracy, Hart and Martens, “Death and Science: The Existential Underpinnings of Belief in Intelligent Design and Discomfort with Evolution,” PLoS One, 6(3): e17349. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017349, 03/30/2011.Time to turn the tables and psychoanalyze the psychs. Wasn’t it fear of death and judgment that turned many a Darwinist to atheism – a convenient escape from worry about the hereafter? Of course it was. And isn’t it easy for anyone to call their critics crazy? How about reading the ID literature instead of playing mental games on lay people? Can you believe it – a “scientific paper” that rules out the validity of an opposing theory right in the front of the abstract. Who are they kidding that evolution has loads of evidence and ID has none? Jessica, how do you spell D-N-A? This pseudo-academic study is wrong on so many levels. It was not subjected to any unbiased critique by scholarly adherents of intelligent design or by philosophers of science. The pollsters could pick and choose quotes to achieve the desired outcome. And even if the poll numbers mean anything (a very dubious notion, considering the subjectivity and up-front bias), the truth of a proposition has nothing at all to do with how it makes people “feel” or whether it makes them “uncomfortable.” Worst of all, the guppy media (again) showed themselves ever so willing to swallow whatever crud comes out of the Darwin culvert and barf it along to the people downstream, never stopping to think if it is even edible, if it even qualifies as science. Understand: Science Daily and PhysOrg are shills for the PR departments of the Darwin-drunk universities. When have they ever spit the crud back upstream? If Darwin-lovers think they can turn the pseudoscience of psychology on their critics, well, guess what; their critics can return the favor. Nothing is accomplished by this kind of posturing other than granting its practitioners a certain intramural satisfaction, like peasants in the castle walls reassuring themselves that the Visigoths are not really a threat (05/09/2006, 02/01/2007 commentaries). We sentence Jessica Tracy and her lackeys to read The Nature of Nature and Signature in the Cell as penalty for academic stupidity. And we put the guppy media on notice: we’re sick of your barf and we’re not going to take it any more. It’s not like the good old totalitarian days. Now there is Creation-Evolution Headlines. As for whether or not Darwinism reduces any sense of meaning or purpose, read what the greatest proponents of Darwinism have said themselves in Jerry Bergman’s new book, The Dark Side of Darwin (Master Books, 2011), ch. 4. Example: “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.” – Richard Dawkins. Let Jessica Tracy read the book and tell us how anyone can get meaning out of that.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
By JULES KORTENHORST and JAMES MANDELRocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has long focused on ways to help companies and consumers transition to a cleaner and more prosperous energy future. A new collaboration will help us achieve this mission faster. We’re thrilled to announce that RMI has formally incorporated WattTime — a Silicon-Valley based nonprofit that produces technology that can automatically detect the actual emissions impacts when people and companies use energy — as a subsidiary organization. This will support WattTime’s growth while empowering more customers to choose clean energy, reducing the amount of carbon emitted through their electricity consumption.Our electricity system is the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions, yet we currently measure emissions from our power use incorrectly. The actual emissions associated with our electricity use varies constantly, based on which power plants are being dispatched to meet the next kilowatt-hour of power. Until now, there hasn’t been an effective way to measure these changes in real time, so we’ve used average emissions factors. Two good reasons for this partnershipRMI is especially excited about this partnership for two reasons:It allows us to bring practical solutions to the market, helping us provide better data and more cost-effective solutions to the energy challenge. While RMI has long been deep into research, convening, consulting, and business-model development, WattTime allows us to build strengths in software and data analytics that are increasingly critical. Its team’s complementary skillset and the practical value of its products help us to bolster our relevance and impact.It helps demonstrate a path to scale for start-ups that choose to prioritize mission over profit. WattTime chose to incorporate as a nonprofit in order to focus exclusively on its mission and impact. By doing so, traditional paths to scale for a technology start-up, such as venture capital, were made unavailable to it. RMI is excited to be able to provide it with the support needed to bring its approach to scale.RMI wants to provide solutions that make a real difference in the market and to consumers. As the transition to a cleaner, decentralized grid continues to accelerate, we want to help the best ideas take hold deeper and faster. The fact that we can help do so with such an exciting nonprofit like WattTime is even better.For customers, it’s a win as well. For the first time, we can actually answer the question, “where is my electricity coming from?” And our energy system and the environment will be better for it. WattTime has developed analytical approaches that make real-time data accessible for the first time. By empowering consumers with this data, and helping them to make choices about their energy use intelligently and automatically, WattTime can amplify RMI’s ability to drive a low-carbon energy future. A new frontier of customer choiceCurrently, customers have little choice in the type of energy they use or how much carbon they emit from electricity consumption. Today, when customers choose clean energy options through their utility, or corporations engage in power purchase agreements for renewables or invest in energy efficiency, the actual effect on their carbon footprint varies based on when they use energy. WattTime’s data can help customers understand the emissions impact of decisions in real time, and can help customers take advantage of demand flexibility to draw energy only at the cleanest times of the day.WattTime’s software automatically detects where the electricity powering the grid is coming from and the actual emissions impacts when people and companies use energy — both in real time and ahead of time — so any device connected to the internet can use power at times when our electricity is the cleanest. WattTime-enabled devices run cleaner than a normal device with no cost to or impact on the end user.That means any customer can unlock the power of increased choice by taking advantage of when his or her devices draw power. Accelerating the transition to a cleaner gridMeasuring emissions from the grid correctly and providing customers and companies with the tools to act on that information unlocks new approaches to reducing emissions, both for customers and the grid. RMI, through our research on economics of demand flexibility, our regulatory work, and our work with utilities and corporations, has been steadily working to transition our grid to one that is cleaner, more distributed, and more customer-centric. WattTime has found a way to harness these ideas, and apply them in an innovative yet practical way — utilizing demand flexibility in consumer and business devices to optimize for carbon reduction or other emissions.WattTime’s capabilities stood out to RMI because of the innovative approach and uniqueness of the product and intellectual property, as well as the technical capabilities of its team. By optimizing directly for carbon, customers can have a massive impact on cutting emissions at relatively low or no cost. Our team found that if deployed at scale, WattTime technology can mitigate the carbon equivalent of removing more than eight million cars from the road. RELATED ARTICLES Independent validationBecause of WattTime’s unique approach, RMI undertook detailed diligence and independent validation. This solution was hatched out of seven years of research in university labs, and harnesses approaches from economics and behavioral science in addition to power grid modeling. Based on a close look at WattTime’s approach, and talks with experts at independent system operators (ISOs), utilities, and labs, we feel confident that it reduces emissions accurately and consistently, and provides value on top of other current approaches.More detail about our validation of the approach, and its potential impacts, can be found in our report. An Introduction to the Duck CurvePV Systems That Divert Surplus Power to a Water HeaterSolar and Energy Efficiency Need to Work TogetherWhat Homeowners Think About Clean Energy Jules Kortenhorst is the CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. James Mandel is a principal at RMI. This post originally appeared at RMI Outlet.
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue UP NEXTRaptors: At Golden State on Wednesday in the second game of a back-to-back. They are 5-0 on the second night this season.Clippers: At San Antonio on Thursday. They beat the Spurs by five points last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import “It was just time for me to step up and play,” Lowry said.Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, Lowry added 21 points while making four of the Raptors’ 14 3-pointers, and Toronto cruised past Los Angeles 123-99 on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“We didn’t slow it down,” Lowry said.Toronto shot 52 percent from the floor, had 34 assists and outscored the Clippers 28-4 in fast-break points. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “This was a game everybody thought would be very difficult for us to win,” coach Nick Nurse said, “but we kind of lined up all these things and were very focused.”Fred VanVleet kept the ball moving in place of Leonard with a career-high 14 assists.“Whether Kawhi played or not, I think he was going to have a healthy game,” VanVleet said of Lowry. “When he’s playing like that, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the NBA’s best team (22-7).“From the start you could see the Raptors pushing the pace at us the entire game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “and we really never caught up to it.”ADVERTISEMENT With leading scorer Tobias Harris held to 10 points — he averages 21.4 — the Clippers were led by a pair of reserves.Boban Marjanovic had 18 points and Tyrone Wallace added 15. Their fourth loss in six games dropped them into a tie for second with the Lakers at 17-10 in the Pacific Division.“We just gave in to their offensive pressure,” Rivers said.The Raptors extended their lead in the third quarter, using an early 10-0 run followed by five consecutive 3-pointers to go into the fourth ahead 103-74. Lowry hit three of the 3s and Delon Wright had two.“When he let go he knew it was going in,” Nurse said of Lowry.Ibaka had back-to-back monster dunks before the 3-point onslaught began, drawing cheers on Canada Night at Staples Center.Both teams played their reserves in the fourth, but the Clippers were too far behind to make a serious dent.TIP-INSRaptors: Nurse plans to coach at Golden State on Wednesday before returning to Carroll, Iowa, where his 94-year-old mother died Monday. “He said before the game she would have kicked his butt if he wasn’t here,” Lowry said. “That just shows the toughness in his family.” … They improved to 6-0 vs. the West. … After their current four-game trip, the Raptors won’t travel beyond the Central time zone for the rest of the season. … Wright got stitches above his right eye. … G Norman Powell missed his 18th straight game with a left shoulder injury.Clippers: G Lou Williams sat out with a sore left hamstring that he sustained on Monday at Phoenix. … With the team trailing by 29, longtime fan Billy Crystal had seen enough and departed before the fourth quarter began. … They lost at home for just the third time in 12 games. … They’ve lost four of six overall. … They were beaten at home by the Raptors for the first time since Nov. 22, 2015. 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New Delhi: Indian energy companies are not facing any challenge in securing finances especially from overseas markets, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday. The statement assumes significance as there are reports that some sovereign funds, including Norway’s State Pension Fund, have decided not to invest or finance fossil fuel-based projects and businesses. “There is no challenge… I have mentioned in speech that pension funds and others are keen (to invest),” the oil minister said at the BNEF Summit here. He was replying to a query that whether Indian energy firms are facing challenges in getting funding particularly from overseas markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”India’s growing energy sector is attractive for foreign investors. It has repeatedly received funding from sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, long-term strategic investors from western countries, Asian countries and the Middle East,” the minister said. Pradhan further said, “The economy is projected to grow at more than 7 per cent, which will attract more funding. Many companies have successfully raised funding through overseas bond market and this funding route is likely to grow many fold going forward.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia is expected to get investments of over $75 billion in gas infrastructure in the next eight years, the minister said, adding that Indian refineries have invested over Rs 30,000 crore for upgrading to BS-VI quality fuel production. India will become $3 trillion economy this year and aims to achieve a $5 trillion target in the near future, the oil minister said. To achieve this target, Pradhan said, India needs secure, affordable and sustainable energy to sustain high growth and energy access to 1.3 billion people. It is important to tap every source of energy, he added. About incidents of states backing out on concluded power purchase agreements and demanded for renegotiation of tariff (lowering that), the minister said, “We are mindful of the difficulties being faced by investors in some instances where state government is trying to renegotiate some of the executed contracts.” Recently, Andhra Pradesh has asked state-run power giant NTPC and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for lowering the tariff of power supplied from some solar projects. Pradhan said, “Our government has requested state governments to reconsider their decision, as this will jeopardise future investment in not only the concerned state but also the country as a whole.” About renewables, the minister said, “This is the right time to think of sale options like blending electricity generated from gas power plants with renewable energy. This will further aid the process of emission reduction.” He was of the view that this option has the merits of balancing the grid and optimum utilisation of the transmission infrastructure by complementing the uncertain nature of renewable energy generation with gas-based power, which will also aid in optimum utilisation of our gas power plants. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has projected 65 per cent electricity generation capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. The minister also informed that hydrogen will be infused into compressed natural gas in Delhi by December, which would be even more cleaner fuel. The minister was talking about H-CNG (hydrogen infused compressed natural gas) which would not only reduce pollution compared to CNG but also increase efficiency of vehicles. He also told that at the end of eight years, 40 million households will be connected with PNG (piped natural gas) compared to 2.5 million in 2014. Further, Pradhan said, “We are studying the challenges facing the take-off of the bio-diesel programme, and I am confident that we will soon be rolling out initiatives to enable achievement of 5 per cent bio-diesel blended diesel across country.”
Tokyo: Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down Tuesday, the first abdication for 200 years in the world’s oldest monarchy, as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era. In the “Room of Pine” in Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, the popular 85-year-old performed the abdication ritual in the presence of the imperial regalia — an ancient sword and sacred jewel that are considered to legitimise an emperor. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn his final speech, Akihito offered his “deepest heartfelt gratitude to the people of Japan” and said he would “pray for the peace and happiness of all the people in Japan and around the world.” Despite near-constant rain in Tokyo, several hundred wellwishers congregated outside the Palace during the historic ceremony attended by around 300 people, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and around a dozen members of the royal family. “I feel overwhelmed emotionally,” said a tearful Yayoi Iwasaki, a 50-year-old bank employee, standing outside the palace. “In the past, enthronements followed the death of emperors and people weren’t sure whether they should be happy and celebrating, but with this transition, I am sure that we can celebrate while welcoming the new era,” she said.
Houston25233330%2%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% TCU84237%31%11% Baylor610132%31%13% USC—20530%4%1% Alabama42614%41%11% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% LSU25822%30%8% Memphis13143621%6%<1% The first College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the selection committee ranked Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama as the top four teams, in that order, worthy of the playoff were it held today. But we at FiveThirtyEight want to look into the future. Our model (outlined in the table below) simulates the rest of the season to project which teams the committee will let into the playoff when it releases its final selections on Dec. 6. It expects that Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and TCU, in that order, are most likely to make the cut. If you want to read more about how the model works, here’s Nate Silver’s explanation of its methodology. If you just want to get to the rankings, here they are: Read more: Our preview of this week’s college football games Florida1091241%18%4% Michigan State731915%22%3% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% Clemson17756%51%12% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Florida State16131513%5%<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Notre Dame589—25%5% Iowa9122925%7%<1% Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Ohio State31447%61%16% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Michigan1722187%6%<1% UCLA2321225%1%<1% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% Stanford1161346%19%3% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title
Karim Benzema is hopeful he will be able to continue his brilliant form for Real Madrid following Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win at RCD Espanyol.The French striker scored two first-half goals in Barcelona to hand Real a 3-1 lead heading into the break.Benzema then had a key impact in Real’s fourth by combining with Lucas Vazquez to set-up substitute Gareth Bale for a 67th-minute goal.Speaking at the RCDE Stadium afterwards, a clearly pleased Benzema gave his account on Los Blancos’ recent strong progress.“It was a good game, we played with a lot of intensity, got the goals and played well,” said Benzema on the club website.“We went out with a real desire to win the game and continue the good run we’re on. It’s nice to see Real Madrid play like that”.“The team has improved in many aspects, patience, not losing the ball…Football is like that, sometimes it is up and sometimes down.“Real Madrid always have to show that they are the best. We have to remain hungry and show that we want to win more than anyone in every game”.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Benzema has now scored three times in his last two games for Real and hopes to continue helping the team this season.“I want to show a whole range of things with my football and help my teammates to win games,” added the 31-year-old.“I’ve been here for 10 years now, I know the club and I help my teammates out wherever I can. I’m feeling really confident at the moment”.As for the pain in his toe, Benzema added: “I’ve got that issue with my toe and it’s bandaged up but I won’t operate on it at this stage.“It’s sore but when I’m out on the pitch I only concentrate on my football. I want to score, make assists and win every game”.The Frenchman, who has managed 15 goals and six assists in 33 appearances for Real across all competitions this term, will now turn his focus to Thursday’s return leg against Girona in their quarter-final Copa del Rey clash.Santiago Solari’s men hold a 4-2 aggregate lead over Girona with the match to take place at the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia.