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. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * OzomatliMi Historia, Mi Manera is The Pasadena Playhouseâ€™s commitment to be better neighbors.Through a series of local partnerships, Mi Historia, Mi Manera aims to increase participation of Latina/o adults in the arts in the San Gabriel Valley, expand the Playhouseâ€™s reach into non-traditional venues in the region, and to expand the impact of the arts by building community-focused performing arts programming that creates long-term relationships with diverse populations.Working deeply with partner organizations across the San Gabriel Valley, Mi Historia, Mi Manera invites members of diverse communities to participate in free theatre workshops, attend staged readings, and to join in the creation of fun and meaningful works of participatory theatre.This year, our partners include ImaginAction, Pasadena City College, La Puente Art Walk, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) and the multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy award winning band Ozomatli. Click on the images below to learn more.Mi Historia, Mi Manera exemplifies The Pasadena Playhouseâ€™s commitment to artistic and theatrical diversity, and it allows us to expand our community engagement across the San Gabriel Valley. This is our commitment to be a better neighbor.Questions? Please contact Victor Vazquez at [email protected] or (323) 577-2188. Para informaciÃ³n en EspaÃ±ol, llame a Victor Vazquez: (323) 577-2188Special thanks toThe Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project and The Pasadena Playhouse Diversity Committee. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe Community News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News More Cool Stuff Giving Back Pasadena Playhouse Announces Latino Outreach Program Called Mi Historia, Mi Manera From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 11:12 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 18, 2017 The Colombian Armed Forces conducted a coordinated operation against illegal mining along the Atrato, Quito, and San Pablo rivers, in the department of Chocó. Authorities seized nine mines and confiscated five engines used for illegal mining of mineral deposits, along with 15 excavators and dredges. The October-November 2017 operation struck a financial blow valued at more than $4.2 million to the Gulf Clan Organized Armed Group. “We work on destroying machinery used for the illicit extraction of mineral deposits,” Colombian Army Brigadier General Mauricio Moreno Rodríguez, commander of Joint Task Force Titán, that led the operation, told Diálogo. “Dredgers [are] a constant presence; they do alluvial gold extraction, which is the type of gold present in the department of Chocó.” “Ground and riverine troops identify sites where illegal mining takes place. The Colombian Air Force gives us aerial photographs and real-time direct imagery, because these teams move,” Colombian Marine Corps Major Luis Ángel López Ardila, riverine operations coordinator of Joint Task Force Titán, told Diálogo. “These ‘dragons’ [two-story dredges] and construction equipment are moving elements; here today, but 8 or 10 kilometers away tomorrow.” Precious metal Ancestral communities carry out artisanal gold mining with techniques of small environmental impact. Criminal groups, however, favor mechanizing the process to increase production, as they profit from extorting miners. They charge for metal production and sales. “To build [a mine] or have access with one of these ‘dragon’ [miners] pay between $16,000 and $20,000,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “During the mining process, a criminal climbs into each ‘dragon’ and charges for each pound of gold. A ‘dragon’ produces 4 or 5 pounds per week, and [miners] have to hand over about half a pound per week, [equivalent to] $10,000 when sold.” The devastation The neotropical region of Chocó, known as biogeographic Chocó, is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Colombia is a megadiverse country—one of 14 in the world harboring one out of every 10 species of known flora and fauna. However, the damage from extractive activities without an environmental management plan already left a mark. “We’ve been looking for the main sites, where indiscriminate pollution goes on, and managed to detect dredges,” Brig. Gen. Moreno said. “If it is done on an industrial scale, dredging the riverbed, that requires deforestation. We believe that one single ‘dragon’ causes environmental damage or eliminates 4 to 5 hectares per week.” Atrato River, a subject of rights Gold mining requires mercury and cyanide, chemical substances whose use in small quantities causes major pollution. Local residents, whether they work in gold mining or not, end up with high doses of mercury in their bodies. Faced with this situation, several communities came together and convinced the Constitutional Court to hand down Sentence T-622/16, an unprecedented verdict in Colombia, recognizing the Atrato River as a subject of rights. The sentence forces several entities to protect and clean up the river. The ruling urges the Ministry of National Defense to neutralize and eradicate illegal mining in the Atrato River and its tributaries. “The sentence says that 21 of the 23 species of fish in the Atrato River are contaminated with mercury and unsuitable for human consumption,” Maj. López said. “Likewise, several studies by CODECHOCÓ [Autonomous Regional Corporation for Sustainable Development of Chocó], the environmental agency of the department of Chocó, and several universities determined that the percentage of mercury in people who have regular contact with the river in this area is very high and dangerous for humans.” In 2017, the Colombian government increased the number of strikes against illegal mining by 11 from 2016. According to figures Maj. López gave Diálogo, the 38 operations against illegal mining in 2017 resulted in 73 arrests, the seizure of 45 illegal mines, 42 backhoes, 52 dredges, one bulldozer, two sorting grids, two motorboats, and 27,460 gallons of fuel.
Steffen Oaks became a first-time winner in Saturday’s ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (May 12) – Steffen Oaks took the lead with four laps left en route to taking the first checkers of his ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact career victory Saturday at Eagle Raceway.His drive to the front started outside row four.“It took me awhile to finally get a win, with several second places, but I finally got it!,” he said post-race. “It was a really fast track tonight, but man, those bumps about got me a few times. I managed to keep it straight and hold on for the win.”Casey Moyer won his first Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature since the 2012 season and Lance Borgman raced from 10th starting to win the Purdue University IMCA Northern SportMod main event for the third time already this season at Eagle.Jordan Grabouski got the lead early in winning the Runner Freight IMCA Modified feature and Tyler Drueke took charge with nine laps remaining in winning the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.
As if Manchester City weren’t strong enough favourites for Sunday’s game, the omens look very good for them given that QPR and end-of-season celebrations seem to go hand in hand. If there’s a team you want to be playing when chasing glory, it’s Rangers.Liverpool and Everton both clinched championships against them in past decades, and in recent years promotions and titles have tended to be decided when the R’s are around. In fact, this could be the FIFTH year in a row in which champions have been crowned following a QPR match…2003Two clubs celebrate against QPR. A goalless draw at Loftus Road means Crewe are promoted to the second tier as they cannot be caught by Rangers, who go into the play-offs and lose to Cardiff – in Cardiff – in the final.2004Final-day drama and this time it’s Rangers who celebrate as they win at Sheffield Wednesday to clinch automatic promotion. But not before Plymouth, who finish as champions, beat QPR at Home Park to seal their place in the Championship two weeks earlier.2008Silverware is paraded in front of QPR again as West Brom lift the Championship trophy following a 2-0 victory at Loftus Road on the last day of the campaign.2009This time it’s Wolves’ party Rangers are caught up in. Mick McCarthy’s men beat them in a tense game at Molineux to secure their promotion to the top flight.2010More celebrations at QPR, this time as Newcastle sign off as champions on the final day of the season at Loftus Road.2011Yet again a trophy is lifted at Loftus Road – but it’s QPR’s. After it’s confirmed they will not be docked points for breaches of rules in the signing of Alejandro Faurlin, the final-day match against Leeds becomes an emotional celebration.2012?Once again QPR are involved in end-of-season drama. Will it be glory for City or can Rangers spoil the party and do Manchester United a favour?Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Materialists would rather escape into mysticism than consider a personal Creator.If you watch a TED Talk by David Chalmers embedded in an article at The Conversation by psychologist Steve Taylor, you will probably be impressed and perplexed: impressed by Chalmers’ exceptional talent at public speaking, but perplexed at his conclusions. A philosopher of mind who specializes in the subject of consciousness, Chalmers knows a lot about the “hard problem” of consciousness. That problem asks why physical matter would ever give rise to our sense of self-awareness, which is the very thing we know most intimately about reality. (In an earlier video posted by Evolution News, Chalmers had described how a philosophical “zombie” could perform all the behaviors of an individual without being conscious.)Chalmers prefers to be known as a scientific materialist, he admits. He would prefer to discover fundamental principles that could explain consciousness with equations and laws. But the Hard Problem defies such formulations. He says that physics can explain behaviors, but not consciousness itself. As tentative answers, he suggests two possibilities to the audience: (1) the idea that consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe, like mass and gravity. (2) The other possibility is panpsychism: the belief that everything in the universe is conscious at some level. The more complex the organism, the more its consciousness becomes capable of thought and communication. Each of these solutions, however, Chalmers admits has its own difficulties and ramifications. He admits in this conclusion that psychologists and philosophers are nowhere near solutions to the problem of consciousness.The Elephant in the RoomNowhere in his otherwise informative talk does Chalmers even look at the elephant in the room: that consciousness was created by a personal God. The avoidance of any consideration of a Creator could be dubbed the ABG response: “anything but God.” Presumably, science must be secularized, even if it entails mysticism. At Mind Matters, a website from the Discovery Institute dealing with psychology, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor gives a pointed but respectful refutation of panpsychism. Electrons cannot be conscious without sense organs, he argues.Steve Taylor, author of the article that includes the TED video, prefers Chalmers’ first solution, that consciousness is a fundamental property of reality:If you held a human brain in your hand, you would find it to be a soggy clump of grey matter, a bit like putty, weighing about 1.3kg. How is it possible that this grey soggy stuff can give rise to the richness and depth of your conscious experience? This is is known as the “hard problem” of consciousness.As a result, many eminent philosophers (such as David Chalmers and Thomas Nagel) and scientists like Christof Koch and Tononi have rejected the idea that consciousness is directly produced by brain processes. They have turned to the alternative view that it is actually a fundamental quality of the universe.Those who have read Thomas Nagel’s book God and Cosmos will recognize similarities to David Chalmers’ frustration: the desire to abide within scientific materialism, but the difficulty of accounting for consciousness and other non-physical realities. Nagel actually states that intelligent design arguments are compelling, but his ABG preferences prevent him from getting too close to it.How does Taylor, author of Spiritual Science, defend consciousness as fundamental? His defense is primarily hypothetical. He believes it would explain altruism and intentionality, without invalidating well-known observations that brain damage impacts consciousness. Like Chalmers, though, he too completely avoids looking at the elephant in the room: creation by a personal God.Fatal FlawsAll of the ABG solutions, whether those of Chalmers, Nagel or Taylor, suffer a common flaw: they are self-refuting. If our consciousness derives from some elementary properties that could add up to full human consciousness when instantiated in a sufficiently complex organism, then we could never know that to be true. Consciousness itself is insufficient for confidence; it could be like a dream. Consciousness must be connected to external reality via truth, morality and logic: truth, because anything that evolves is inherently subjective; morality, because one has to believe that the pursuit of truth is good and right; logic, because irrational ideas are useless for confirming anything to be true. Truth, morality and logic must all be anchored in realities that are timeless and universal. Only a personal God can account for these things.Why, then, is not William Dembski’s view also self-refuting? In his book Being as Communion, Dembski defends the proposition that information is not just a fundamental property of the universe, but the most fundamental property. The difference is that Dembski keeps God transcendent. God is not a part of the universe of matter, energy and information, but the Creator of it. The other views, which entail self-emergence out of fundamental properties, collapse into occultism, which is idolatry.Recommended Resource: The Discovery Institute launched a series of videos collectively called “Science Uprising” to challenge materialism. As an adjunct to the first video, Jay Richards answers questions about whether materialism is a satisfactory (and satisfying) worldview, and why it fails because of its own inner contradictions and insufficiencies. Hear also Ann Gauger on ID the Future explain why “Scientific materialism is no match for truth, beauty and goodness.”(Visited 382 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Mr. Madan, who runs a newspaper advertisement agency in Gurugram, claimed that he was on his way to District and Sessions Court for work when he took off his helmet just a few metres before negotiating a turn on the service lane to the court. “A traffic policeman standing in the corner flagged me down for not wearing the helmet. I called a friend who is an advocate but before he could reach, the policeman asked me for the documents and issued the challan for the violations,” said Mr. Madan.He claimed that he had all the documents at home but the policeman allowed him only “10 minutes” to get the papers, which was not possible. Mr. Madan said he arranged a photo of the registration certificate on his WhatsApp, but not before the challan was issued.Digital copy allowedDeputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Himanshu Garg said it was mandatory to carry original vehicle documents, but carrying them in digital form in DigiLocker was also valid as per the law.“Not carrying the documents and not having them at all are two different offences with different penalties, although the penalty for the former is far less. In the present case, if the offender produces the original documents, the fine amount would be accordingly reduced,” said Mr. Garg.Amit, a resident of Jacobpura in Gurugram, was fined ₹24,000 at the same spot and for similar violations as Mr. Madan on Tuesday. On Monday, Mohammad Mustakil, an autorickshaw driver, was fined ₹32,500 for seven violations, including driving without a high security registration number plate. Man pays Rs. 23000 challam to Gurugram Traffic PoliceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:2502:25 Man pays Rs. 23000 challan to Gurugram Traffic Police A Delhi resident was on Monday fined ₹23,000 by the Gurugram traffic police under the amended Motor Vehicles Act for riding a two-wheeler without a licence, insurance papers, registrati-on certificate, pollution control certificate and helmet.The offender, Dinesh Madan, a resident of Geeta Colony, claimed that his two-wheeler was worth around ₹15,000. His vehicle was impounded as he was unable to pay the fine on the spot.Penalty for traffic violations under different heads has gone up several fold following the amendment to the law with effect from September 1.
South Korean giant Samsung is reportedly planning to launch its first Tizen smartphone in India. The launch is expected to happen soon after Diwali in the month of November. Tizen is Samsung’s own Operating System based on the Linux, which has been already showcased in its smartwatches.The news was reportedly confirmed by Tarun Malik, Director Media Solutions, South West Asia at company’s official meeting. Malik is expected to spearhead the promotions of Tizen OS along with his team in India. Contrary to the previous reports published in June, Samsung will not unveil Tizen flagship smartphone Samsung Z in India. The company is planning to start off with the budget smarthpones in India.It is being speculated that Samsung might launch SM-Z130E or SM-Z130H Tizen based budget smartphones initially.Reportedly Samsung Z is the first device to run on Tizen OS. It sports a 4.8 inch (720×1280 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display, single SIM connectivity, 2.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM packed with 2600mAh battery. The device offers 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card to up to 64GB. The smartphone comes with 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a 2.1-megapixel front camera.