Lecture analyzes connection between biology and theology

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond examined the connection between theology and biology Thursday evening in her lecture “Tracing Common Ground in Biology and Theology: Caritas and the Drama of Kinship” as part of Saint Mary’s College theology lecture series, hosted by the Center for Spirituality.Deane-Drummond, who holds doctoral degrees in both plant physiology and theology, strove to bring a dynamic understanding to a static web of life, which is why she titled the lecture the drama of kinship, she said. The relationships between other species and humans is a dynamic one of which are reminded every day, she said.“The interaction between these two very different subject areas [theology and biology] makes for some creative thinking,” Deane-Drummond said. “It’s not that they’re the same necessarily, but that they engage us in ways that make us think anew. And that to me is exciting.”The first portion of the lecture focused on the biological side of caritas, or love. In biology, altruism is used to describe sacrificial interrelationships between animals. However, this concept is a biological problem, Deane-Drummond said.“Darwin’s theory of evolution is a theory of natural selection, and it selects those that survive,” she said. “It’s about the conservation of genes. And so therefore, why would any being sacrifice itself for another?”By looking at Homo ergaster, an ancestor of Homo sapiens, who lived 1.5 million years ago, scholars can better understand the evolution of compassion, Deane-Drummond said. The being suffered from too much vitamin A, however, other Homo ergasters had to deliberately act with compassion to keep it alive. In this way, biology and compassion are linked, she said.Deane-Drummond then looked at biological issues through a theological lenses. Within discussions of love, biological altruism is not necessarily endorsed by theologians because of its focus on self-interest, she said.Theologians prefer a love that includes multiple forms of love, as seen in the biblical books of Luke, John and Revelations, Deane-Drummond said. This understanding of God’s love enables one to better understand the love within humans since we are made in the image of God, she said.However, love in theology and biology has a few differences, she said.“For biologists, the goal is always meant to be in terms of natural selection, and it doesn’t have a particular purpose other than survival,” she said. “Even the cooperation is for the survival of the group … whereas the theological perspective of love have the Kingdom of God in view.”However, these differences just increase humanity’s ability to link the two together, she said. While love and cooperation may differ between the natural world and morality, both forms of caritas have similar foundations, she said.“Caritas is grounded in friendship and love of God, which then overflows. … It is also infused by divine grace which takes humans to new possibilities in loving others beyond the biological tendencies,” Deane-Drummond said.Saint Mary’s junior Allison Danhof said she felt the lecture exemplified the way Saint Mary’s women think.“It’s important to view the world from a variety of perspectives to develop a well-rounded understanding of life,” Danhof said. “[Deane-Drummond’s] speech showed how two different perspectives can come together to create a unique picture.”The lecture concluded the Saint Mary’s College Center for Spirituality fall lecture series, a series that encouraged all people to draw connection between theology and biology, Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said. The series aimed to connect theology to the sciences, she said.“Theology that is intellectually responsible must be deeply engaged with all the sciences, including biology, in order to address questions about God, creation and humanity,” Egan said. Tags: Caritas, Celia Deane-Drummond, Center for Spirituality, evolution, Theology and Biology, theology lecture serieslast_img read more

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Early announcements may stoke voter interest in PA election

first_imgIt’s more than nine months until voters decide who they want as the new mayor of Port Arthur when current Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince steps down from the post because term limits prevent her from running again. Already two candidates have announced their intention to seek the office and rumors swirl about several others considering joining the race. We hope the early announcements are an indication there will be a lot of interest in the race, not only by candidates but also by voters.Turnout in recent elections has been around the 10 percent mark, a poor showing when selecting the men and women who will lead the city into the future. The early announcements by Derrick Freeman, who represents Position 7 on the City Council, and Harold Doucet, a former City Council member for District 4, and the long run-up to the 2016 mayoral election should give ample time for candidates to introduce themselves to the citizens and for the voters to get to know the candidates, not only in the mayoral race, but in other city and school races as well.Freeman and Doucet have very different ideas about where they would lead the city and different styles in the way they would govern. If and when others join the race, voters will have even greater choices in who they want at the helm of the city. Choice is what elections are all about and if the early announcements are any indication, voters will have ample choices. Then it will be up to the voters to go the polls and make their choices known.last_img read more

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ASK A COP: If you can see the train, don’t try to beat it

first_img Vern from Groves asks: Officer Antoine my co-worker is a new resident of Texas, and he has a valid Virginia Driver License. He wants a Texas Driver License, but he works a lot of 12 hour shifts and he’s afraid that he will be driving illegally on the roads if he doesn’t get a Texas license soon. He has been here for two months now and he is still operating his vehicle with a Virginia license, how long does he have to drive legally or has his time expired already? James from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, this is an awesome way for our Port Arthur Police Department to keep in touch with the citizens they serve. This column has served as an effective communication bridge for many citizens, including myself. All this time, I considered you as a machine with no heart, but thanks to this article, I now know you have a true passion for saving lives on our roads. Officer Antoine, I watched the news the other day and I saw where you all were issuing tickets for disregarding the railroad signals. I happened to pass through a railroad crossing where the lights were flashing, but the arms were not yet coming down. I was wondering if I could have been ticketed for that, or was I OK because the arms were not in motion yet? Can you help me??Answer: Good question, James! Yes, James you are correct, the Port Arthur Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, in conjunction with the Kansas City Southern railway’s (K.C.S) Law Enforcement, did conduct a railway crossing operation a couple of weeks ago. We were in search for violators who disregard the railway crossing warning lights. James, most motorists don’t know the proper procedure about crossing a railway with a train approaching. When the engineer of a train blows that very LOUD horn and you can visibly see the train approaching, ALL vehicles should come to a STOP no closer than 15 feet to the railway crossing, and no further than 50 feet from the railway crossing. Most motorists try to beat the train by speeding up when the lights on the gate arm are activated and start to come down. James, this driving behavior needs to stop immediately. Motorists always take uncalculated illegal chances, and stats show that many are at the losing end of their decision, resulting in 2,291 motor vehicle collisions with a train that resulted in 264 deaths in this country and 867 injuries in 2014. James, consider this, a motorists is 20 times more likely to die in a crash with a train than in a collision with a motor vehicle. DON’T TRY TO BEAT THE TRAIN! If you hear the horn and see the train, STOP! Yes James Stop even before the red lights starts to flash. James it sounds like you disregarded a railway signal, and you could have been cited for that violation. Now that you know better, sir I’m sure you will do better! Answer: Good question, Vern! We welcome your co-worker to Southeast Texas. Tell your co-worker he is currently OK, because he has 90 days to obtain a Texas Driver License. Vern, I know it’s hard when you are working 12 hour shifts to take off, but if he wants to legally drive in Texas, taking off is not an option it’s an necessity. Remember the state of Texas gives new residents 90 days to obtain a Texas Driver License. Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop live, on KSAP 96.9 FM The Breeze radio station, every Tuesday for 1 hour from 1p-2p. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released “Ask A Cop” article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org . Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at (409) 982-0247. Remember to email your questions to rantoine@portarthurpd.com , or call 409-984-8541 and leave a voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 4th Street, Port Arthur, Texas, 77640.If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop!center_img Lane from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, I was born and raised in Port Arthur and I thank you for the job you do. My question is, what is the law on tint that is too dark, because nobody must be writing tint tickets? I see all of these vehicles with very dark tint on their windows. What is the law on tint in Texas?Answer: Good question Lane! Please believe me, Lane, when I tell you I echo your sentiments on your feeling on too-dark tint. The state of Texas allows 25% light transparency on the front driver and front passenger windows in a motor vehicle. Motorists are allowed to have the back window and rear passenger/rear driver windows as light or dark as they please. Lane, I don’t agree with motorists being able to darken the rear windows of their vehicle, because it presents an officer safety issue. But as we all know this is the great state of Texas and at times we do some things different. Please rest assured Lane, that if I observe a vehicle with illegal window tint, they will be stop and issued a citation on the spot!last_img read more

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Celebration planned for reopening of National Life preschool

first_imgNational Life Group,Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group and Heartworks Preschools will celebrate on Wednesday the reopening of a day care on National Life’s campus. National Life has renovated the building at 24 Mountain View Street in Montpelier to make it more appropriate for modern day care. After seeking requests for proposals, National Life granted a lease to Heartworks to operate the Loveworks Child Care Center, which is already serving 21 children.What: Celebration of opening of Loveworks Child Care CenterWhere: National Life lobby, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05604; followed by tours of Loveworks, 24 Mountain View St., opposite the main parking lots at National Life.When: Wednesday, March 8, 9:30 am.Who: National Life Senior Vice President Sean Woodroffe and Lisa and Paul Zengilowski of Heartworks.At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 168 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day. Learn more at NationalLife.com(link is external).Source: National Life. March 3, 2017last_img read more

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Housing reform draft includes CUNA-sought cap increase

first_imgWith the release of the Johnson-Crapo housing finance reform bill over the weekend, the Credit Union National Association has confirmed an important modification from an earlier draft bill.  The cap for membership in an mutual securitization company was drastically increased , as recommended by CUNA in testimony last November and in meetings with legislative staff on Capitol Hill.The Johnson-Crapo draft bill is lengthy–425 pages of reforms. It, of course, details the bipartisan agreement announced last week by Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) on how to overhaul the housing finance market, as well as on what to do with government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The discussion has both languished and been on the front burner for five years, and now some traction has been found.CUNA supports housing finance reform but has insisted throughout discussions that credit unions must continue to have unfettered access to the secondary market under any revised system.CUNA backed an idea found in an earlier bill, S. 1217, which proposed a mutual securitization company to provide credit unions and other smaller lenders access to securitizing their mortgages, access currently provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, CUNA had criticized a $15 billion-in-assets cap for participation in the mutual to be far too low.As CUNA Chief Economist Bill Hampel emphasized during one of the hearings in which CUNA was asked to testify on reforms, “We believe that this cap is far too low, and would suggest that lenders of almost any size should be able to use the mutual, so long as they do not themselves issue covered securities.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Malaria in pregnancy now complicated by drug resistance

first_imgMalaria is one of the most preventable causes of adverse pregnancy outcomes, but any gains made in the last decade at preventing the mosquito-borne illness in pregnancy may be lost as resistance to the prophylactic treatment sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine is rising. A new series in The Lancet Infectious Diseases takes stock of the current challenges facing women at risk of malaria infections in pregnancy.The past 10 years have seen a number of successes, the journal authors write, including lowered prevalence of Plasmodium vivax in Asia and Latin America and decreasing rates of Plasmodium falciparum in parts of Africa, but access to easy screening and testing is still lacking in resource-poor countries.Pregnant women, the authors suggest, are malaria’s sentinels because they frequent health clinics in low-resource countries. Malaria-endemic countries would do well to focus their resources on this group.”A deeper understanding of the biology of malaria infection in pregnancy will help to develop new approaches for the successful implementation of malaria elimination strategies to achieve a world free of malaria,” the authors write.Deficits in prevention, treatmentMalaria, along with poor nutrition, is one of the leading causes of low birthweight in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, malaria can interfere with placental development and function, leading to intrauterine growth restriction.One of the most cost-effective ways to limit malaria exposure is to ensure pregnant women sleep under an insecticide-treated net (ITN), but a study in 2014 showed that only 39% of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa used an ITN.Health officials also recommend in endemic countries that pregnant women be treated with intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) of sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine. But in 2015, only 31.5% of eligible pregnant women received three or more doses of IPTp.Unfortunately, alternative IPTp candidates have not proved to be as effective as sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine, which is susceptible to resistance. Currently, only 7% of sub-Saharan pregnancies occur in places with substantial rates of antimalarial resistance, but that number is expected to grow, the authors said.Of five alternative IPTp candidates tested in the last decade, only dihydroartemisinin–piperaquine has shown promise in pregnant women. Confirmatory trials are ongoing to establish if the treatment is safe for newborns.One promising solution to close these treatment and prevention gaps is the identification of VAR2CSA, a malaria vaccine that offers protective immunity against P falciparum in pregnancy. The vaccine is currently in phase 1 trials. Young women, the authors write, would be ideal candidates for the vaccine.Monitoring drug effects in pregnancyArtemisinin-based combination treatments should be used to treat malaria in the second and third trimesters, the authors reported. In most trials, these treatments have a 85% to 90% success rate in pregnant women. Currently, the World Health Organization recommends the use of quinine with clindamycin for treating malaria in the first trimester, but it may soon be revising its recommendation to include artemisinin-based therapies.Continued pharmacovigilance of first-trimester exposure to antimalarial drugs is needed to further understand the risks of drug exposure, the authors said.See also:Jan 31 Lancet Infect Dis malaria burden studyJan 31 Lancet Infect Dis malaria prevention paperJan 31 Lancet Infect Dis malaria treatment reportlast_img read more

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OBITUARY: Arkansas Association Head, Bulldog Drummond, Dies

first_imgLong-time state association executive director and retired Bridgestone Americas sales executive Nelson Drummond passed away July 6. He was 69. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The gregarious and gracious Drummond, known as Bulldog to friends and associates alike, had been executive director of the Arkansas Independent Tire Dealers Association, a post he held since late 1996. Drummond retired from Bridgestone in 1995 after a 34-year career with the tiremaker, where he served as manager of dealer sales in the northeast. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite; sons Dan and Eric; daughter Michelle Mayo; and five grandchildren, Services were held July 12 in Horseshoe Bend, Ark. (Courtesy of Tire Review/Akron),Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Applauds Vice President Biden Selection Of Kamala Harris As Running Mate

first_imgSen. Kamala Harris From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement applauding Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate: “Kamala Harris is an exceptional, exciting, and historic choice for the Democratic ticket, and she will be an outstanding Vice President and partner for Joe Biden in the White House. Having served alongside and worked closely with Senator Harris, I have seen firsthand the skill, dedication, integrity and intellect that she will bring both to the campaign trail and to governing during this time of crisis. “Senator Harris is well suited to make the case against Donald Trump and his administration’s disastrous incompetence — on coronavirus and beyond. The Biden-Harris ticket will generate immense enthusiasm in New Mexico, the West, and across the nation, and I am confident voters will be energized behind breaking another barrier and electing a black woman to the second highest office in the land. And as vice president, Senator Harris will be the kind of governing partner that every president needs — someone like Vice President Joe Biden was for President Obama — providing steady leadership and trusted counsel. “For her entire career, Senator Harris has fought for working people — the people that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have abandoned, failed, and left exposed to the terrible health and economic consequences of this pandemic. I’ve been proud to work with Senator Harris in the Senate on priorities like fighting climate change, safeguarding our public lands in the West, protecting and expanding health care, fighting for immigrant communities, standing up for Native Americans, and reforming our democracy.“And at this moment of reckoning for our nation, I have been honored to stand with her as she has worked to reform our criminal justice and policing system and move our nation toward racial and environmental justice. “I look forward to working as hard as I possibly can to ensure the Biden-Harris ticket wins New Mexico and wins this election, so that we can turn the page on the awful chapter of the Trump-Pence administration. And I am eager to partner with a President Biden and Vice President Harris to build back a stronger, healthier, more prosperous, more sustainable, and more just nation.”last_img read more

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WHL encouraged by Seychelles data

first_imgAustralian energy company WHL Energy Limited has received the initial “fast-track” data volume from the Junon 3D seismic survey acquired offshore the Seychelles by the Ophir Energy/WHL Energy JV in July 2014.This poststack migration volume is an intermediate product in the Pre-Stack Time Migration (PreSTM) processing of the 1,528 km 2 Junon 3D seismic survey.An initial review of the fast track data is encouraging in that the key prospects identified on the previous 2D seismic data can be interpreted on the fast track volume, and it is expected that the fully processed 3D seismic volume will provide detailed definition of the Junon area features, the company has explained.In a statement issued today WHL Energy said it was pleased that the fast track post-stack migration data generally shows encouraging seismic data quality although, as expected, the quality remains challenging in some areas due to the presence of shallow carbonate reefs. The fully processed PreSTM dataset is now expected to be delivered during November.Interpretation of the fast track volume is now underway with an initial interpretation expected to be completed during December following receipt of the fully processed PreSTM data.David Rowbottam, WHL Energy’s Managing Director, commented: “It is pleasing to see the progress with the investigation of the high potential Seychelles project continue utilising the latest technology available.”“While this initial seismic volume of the Junon 3D seismic data is very early stage with a lot of state-of-the-art processing and interpretation yet to be undertaken, it is encouraging that the key geological features noted in the earlier 2D seismic can be interpreted on the fast track 3D seismic volume.”“As with our VIC/P67 La Bella seismic, the real detail will not become apparent until we take delivery of the final Pre-Stack Time Migrated (PreSTM) processed dataset, which we now expect will be delivered in November. The follow-on PreSTM processed volume is expected to provide a significant uplift in data quality, as was experienced recently with the successful La Bella 3D seismic acquisition and evaluation.”The Junon 3D seismic survey is designed to mature a number of prospects for drilling on the Junon trend in the east of the Ophir Energy/ WHL Energy Seychelles acreage (Junon South, Junon East and Junon Central), an area high graded by WHL Energy’s geological studies.[mappress mapid=”225″]last_img read more

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Windnova Software Debuts at Gemini OWF

first_imgThe Gemini offshore wind farm has agreed a contract to become the first commercial users of Windnova, a new project management software, designed specifically for the offshore wind sector.The web-based software, developed by Windnova S.L, monitors and controls activities associated with the development and operation of offshore wind farms. The development team at Windnova claims its software saves time, improves quality and control, supports conflict resolution and reduces costs.Details of the three year contract, for an undisclosed value, were confirmed this week, as Gemini completed its first quarter using Windnova on what will be one of the world’s biggest wind farms.Mick Hoyle, Construction Manager, Gemini offshore wind farm, said: “Windnova is allowing us to have a high level of visibility and control across the different infrastructures in the Gemini Project. It helps us to create, manage and monitor all elements of QHSSE and Construction, allowing a full, reliable reporting process of the works.”Alvaro Fernandez, Managing Director, Windnova, said: “The Gemini project is the first commercial project achieving real benefits from Windnova’s QHSSE and Project Execution modules, allowing the Gemini team to track and record all activities in a very comprehensive way.”Certified to the ISO9001 Quality Management System, Windnova combines several modules and features for project execution and the operation and maintenance of offshore wind projects. The system can be customised, allowing each project to be personalised to meet the user’s requirements. Being cloud-based, Windnova does not require installation processes or hard drive space and is very easily updated, the developer highlighted.The system’s different modules allow users to connect easily to each other, controlling the volume and quality of communications and minimising the risk of data loss. The modules include a Project Register which tracks key information on contractors, vessels, personnel, ports and turbines.Live tracking of vessels and personnel is available on a real time basis. Safety, risk prevention and quality control are covered in a special module and a document control and reporting system allows comprehensive project reporting.Image: Windnovalast_img read more

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