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Repost: Secretary Leslie Richards’ Latke Recipe for Hanukkah

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Repost: Secretary Leslie Richards’ Latke Recipe for Hanukkah December 17, 2016 Holidays,  The Blog With Hanukkah starting on December 24, we’re reposting Secretary Richards’ blog about her family latke recipe. Chag Sameach!On Hanukkah, those of the Jewish faith celebrate by lighting the menorah and eating traditional fried foods like latkes, which alludes to the significance of oil to the eight-day celebration. My family is big latke fans — our dog’s name is even latke! Every Hanukkah, I make this recipe for my family and friends, and am sharing it with my fellow Pennsylvanians this year so they can enjoy them as much as us. Chag Sameach!Leslie’s Latke RecipeServings: Makes about 20 3-inch latkesIngredients2 extra large eggs1/3 cup of beer½ cup of all-purpose flour1 tsp kosher saltpinch of fine ground black pepper¼ of a Spanish onion, grated1 ½ pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and grated1 ¼ cup of light vegetable oil for fryingapplesauce and sour cream for toppingsInstructions1. Whisk together eggs, beer, flour, salt and pepper2. Add the onion and the potatoes to the batter3. In a large skillet, heat ½ inch oil over moderately high heat4. Drop 2 tablespoons of batter (approximately 3 inches in diameter) in oil, turning them once, for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown5. Drain on paper towelsServe with applesauce and sour cream.Best if prepared right before eating. If you need to prepare them ahead of time, they can be frozen. To reheat, lay out on parchment in a pan and freeze (single layer). Warm in 300 degree oven directly from freezer to oven. HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Cricket News Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rohit Sharma to play for Mumbai ahead of ODI tour against Windies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India’s ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma, who had recently led Team India’s ODI side to a successful campaign in the Asia Cup 2018, is set to play for Mumbai in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018. However, Rohit will not lead the Mumbai team with Shreyas Iyer getting the nod for the captaincy.Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar confirmed that Rohit Sharma would be playing for Mumbai in the knockout rounds.“Yes, he will…we’ll pick the team on October 10. Rohit will play for us in one or two games. The team will be led by Shreyas Iyer, who captained Mumbai in their last two games in the league stage,” he said to TOI.ALSO READ: Weightlifter Jeremy creates history, bags 1st gold in Youth OlympicsRohit’s last matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy were in 2017 when he was making a comeback from a leg injury, however, he only managed to score just 4 and 16 in two outings.The Mumbai star has played 23 List A games for the team while averaging 37 with the bat, with only a ton and five fifties to his account.India’s five-match ODI against West Indies is scheduled to start from October 21 and with Rohit not in the team for the ongoing Test Series against the Windies, it would be handy for him to get some much-needed practice to get into the groove for the ODI series.Mumbai play their next game against Bihar on October 14, and, will play the semi-finals on October 17 if they qualify. last_img read more

Vehikite returns to team after jailing

first_imgThe most surprising development from Thursday’s practice was the re-instatement of redshirt junior linebacker Simione Vehikite to the roster for 2012. Vehikite missed spring practice due to ongoing legal issues stemming from a July 2011 incident where he left the scene of a car accident.Decisions · USC coach Lane Kiffin decided to give junior linebacker Simione Vehikite his scholarship back after spending time in jail. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThese issues resulted in Vehikite being sentenced to a year in jail in May for pleading no contest to two felony counts for driving with an .08 percent blood-alcohol level and causing injury.Vehikite spent three months in jail this summer before being released earlier this week, and Kiffin confirmed that Vehikite received his scholarship back after re-joining the team this week.“He has done everything, fulfilling his obligation to the team to get back,” Kiffin said of Vehikite, who took 20 units in the spring.  Though he has returned, Kiffin indicated that Vehikite is unlikely to a play meaningful role this fall.Though Kiffin did not discuss the current situation regarding USC’s 75 scholarships in further detail, Vehikite’s return makes it unlikely that incoming freshman wide receiver Darreus Rogers will qualify academically for USC by the university’s official enrollment deadline of Sept. 14.On the practice field, the Trojans ran through a relatively light routine on Thursday as they prepared for their home opener.During coach Lane Kiffin’s tenure, the Trojans have run a lighter practice designed to conserve player stamina on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the preseason and bye weeks. While Kiffin was unimpressed with Wednesday’s effort, he came away content with Thursday’s showing.“I thought the guys were focused — very crisp, the offense especially,” Kiffin said.While Saturday begins a season in which a BCS national title is within reach, Kiffin is making sure to limit unnecessary displays of confidence. He especially focused on the Trojans’ pregame routine and manner when they take the field before kickoff against the visiting Warriors on Saturday.“Everyone wants their 40 minutes before kickoff to run around and get kind of fired up at each other in warm-ups and everything,” Kiffin said. “We just have to educate our guys and really guard against that, guard against losing energy.”last_img read more

Are You a Glorified Ape?

first_imgEvolutionists seem in a bit of a quandary lately.  They are convinced that humans evolved from apes, but cannot deny the large cognitive gaps between humans and the alleged nearest ancestors, the great apes.  It’s not just a matter of IQ.  The social skills, language, reasoning, altruism and empathy humans express have no parallels in the animal kingdom.  Some recent articles explored the great divide and wondered whether evolutionary theory can bridge it.    “Humans not just ‘big-brained apes,’ researcher says,” was the title of an article on World Science.  It discussed a recent paper in PNAS by David Premack, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, entitled, “Human and animal cognition: Continuity and discontinuity.”1  Premack does not doubt evolutionary theory, but decided it’s time to focus on the differences between men and animals, not just the similarities.  For instance, a paper in Science summarized by Elizabeth Pennisi alleged that monkeys expect each other to act rationally, and that this represents “humanlike reasoning”.2  Yet this was concluded only on the basis of experiments with food-getting.  Nevertheless, the press release on EurekAlert claimed, “This study suggests that this ability evolved as long as 40 million years ago, with non-human primates.”    Premack, however, disdained this kind of similarity-hunting.  He questioned Charles Darwin’s assumption that “humans were essentially ‘big-brained apes’.”  Neuroscientists have shown unique structures in the human brain not found in any animal brain, he said.  These neural differences translate into mental and cognitive differences that are unique to humans.  He did not begin to explain how these differences arose by an evolutionary process.    Though animals often display traits once thought to be uniquely human, Premack focused on eight areas of the divide: teaching, short-term memory, causal reasoning, planning, deception, transitive inference, theory of mind, and language – and found “in all cases, the similarities between animal and human abilities are small, dissimilarities large.”  Animal intelligence and behavior seems focused on a single goal (e.g., getting food), whereas human intelligence can focus on an infinite number of goals.  Premack left it an unsolved problem how the cellular differences between the brains of animals and people translate into cognitive differences.    Another article accentuated the differences.  EurekAlert reported from a Science special feature on social cognition that higher social skills are distinctly human.  For instance, experiments at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig found that children are much better than apes at following nonverbal cues.  For instance, “Apes bite and try to break a tube to retrieve the food inside while children follow the experimenter’s example to get inside the tube to retrieve the prize, showing that even before preschool, toddlers are more sophisticated in their social learning skills than their closest primate relatives.”  The article did not doubt that evolution produced these differences, but wondered whether it was due to brain evolution or cultural evolution.    To what extent is there animal in us, and us in animal?  Alison Abbott reviewed a book Nature on this subject:3 The Human Animal in Western Art and Science by Martin Kemp (University of Chicago Press: 2007).  The whimsical book surveyed how philosophers, artists, and scientists have dealt with the animal side of our natures.  No one has doubted that humans resemble animals in many ways, both physical and mental; we are, after all, classified with the mammals.  We compare ourselves with the animals (Richard the Lion-Hearted) and we attribute personalities to our pets.  But till the mid-18th century, human nature was kept in a separate category.  “Until Darwin came along, such cross-attribution never shook the deeply held belief that humans, with their capacity for abstraction, were cleanly distinct from animals, with their inability to rationalize their feelings or control their instincts, appetites and passions,” Abbott writes.  In his book, Kemp denies a clear distinction.  Abbott summarized the book’s viewpoint: “Science, from Darwin to the latest neuroscience and genomics, has shown that there is no sharp animal-human divide, only a sliding scale.”  Yet this seems to beg the question.  The situation might be a sliding scale in one direction but not the other.  Surely some humans degenerate toward beastly behavior on a sliding scale, but it is one thing to claim humans act like animals, and another to claim animals act like humans.  No animal appears to possess the unique human capabilities for reason, language, true altruism, morality and abstract thinking.  Premack, remember, said that the dissimilarities are large.  An injury or mental illness might render a man indistinguishable from an animal, but the converse is not true: we do not see chimpanzees discussing philosophy and morality and holding presidential primaries.  The sliding scale might be continuous downward, but appears to hit a canyon upward.    Though the above articles disagree on how these large cognitive and social differences between humans and apes arose, none of them questioned the reigning paradigm that humans evolved from apes, or that the differences can eventually be attributed to physical differences in the brain.  A new book challenges that orthodoxy.  The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul by Beauregard and O’Leary (Harper One, 2007), released Sept. 4, re-opens the old philosophical dichotomy between mind and brain (see review by Anika Smith).  It’s time to shed the physicalist bias, the book description explains,Many scientists ignore hard evidence that challenges their materialistic prejudice, clinging to the limited view that our experiences are explainable only by material causes, in the obstinate conviction that the physical world is the only reality.  But scientific materialism is at a loss to explain irrefutable accounts of mind over matter, of intuition, willpower, and leaps of faith, of the “placebo effect” in medicine, of near-death experiences on the operating table, and of psychic premonitions of a loved one in crisis, to say nothing of the occasional sense of oneness with nature and mystical experiences in meditation or prayer.  Traditional science explains away these and other occurrences as delusions or misunderstandings, but by exploring the latest neurological research on phenomena such as these, The Spiritual Brain gets to their real source.Beauregard is a PhD neuroscientist, and O’Leary is a journalist and blogger at the Mindful Hack.  They are calling materialism a dead end.  Until scientists acknowledge that the immaterial soul is real, they will never be able to explain human cognition or the gap between humans and animals.  Philosophers and theologians will perk up at this resurrection of an idea thought mortally wounded by Darwin.1David Premack, “Human and animal cognition: Continuity and discontinuity,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, August 28, 2007, vol. 104, no. 35, pp. 13861-13867.2Elizabeth Pennisi, “Nonhuman Primates Demonstrate Humanlike Reasoning,” Science, 7 September 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5843, p. 1308, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5843.1308.3Alison Abbott, “The animal in us,” Nature 449, 26-27 (6 September 2007) | doi:10.1038/449026a.Here’s how you can know that the materialists are wrong.  Without a soul, reasoning is impossible.  Why?  Because reasoning depends on unchangeable, intangible realities: truth and the laws of logic.  You cannot get unchangeable, intangible realities out of colliding particles or forces.  Evolution proposes a constantly shifting, purposeless, aimless trend of life that can lay no claim to truth or logic.  Arguments about human-ape similarities and differences, and whether human brains are physically unique or not, are pointless.  You cannot even argue at all within a materialistic world view.  All you can say is that lips are moving or pencils are making marks on paper – but even that requires assuming that observations are reliable and sentences are logical.  Trying to argue within materialism reduces to making incomprehensible noises.    The only way Premack, Pennisi and all the other evolutionary materialists out there can think and reason about human and animal brains, therefore, is by borrowing theological assumptions: i.e., that truth and logic exist, and that their souls have access to these immaterial realities.  This means that by reasoning they are assuming the very thing they deny.  This is a self-refuting position.  It must, therefore, be false.  Why?  Because to refute something is to falsify it.  Materialism is, therefore, false, and it is irrational to listen to materialists try to explain anything, especially the mind, because they are believing opposite things.  So let’s all get rational here.  It follows that any reasoned explanation using evidence and logic, if presumed to be a attempt at uncovering something that is or might be true, requires acknowledging an immaterial reality that is eternal and reliable.  Belief in truth and the laws of logic is a precondition to the intelligibility of any proposition.  This precondition makes sense in the Christian world view.  It makes no sense within materialism.    Darwin’s disciples have had 140 years to bury the soul, but it won’t stay interred.  It keeps whispering into the brain, “there is more here than meets the eye.”  Shutting one’s physical ears is no escape from the voice inside.  But since inner voices are notoriously inconsistent and unreliable, our souls need to take instruction from a more reliable source, one that is eternal, wise, omniscient, morally good and truthful.  It stands to reason that only a person can communicate with another person, so the source needs to be personal.  And the only Person who knows everything is the Inventor who came before the invention (the universe).  Good news: He communicates.  More good news: He has bridged the mind-body divide (Acts 17:22-29, Hebrews 1:1-3).(Visited 145 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A Sign of Arrival: CloudCamp Tour India

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams “Why should Cloud vendors take India seriously? Here are some points:1) India hasn’t hit the saturation levels yet. Unlike Americas and EMEA, India and APAC have ample scope for IT adoption. This market has a huge, untapped potential at every level – Let that be enterprise, Public Sector or ITES.2) India is a playground and a test bed to pilot strategic adoption techniques. No other geography will give the platform vendor access to the whole ecosystem. Want to engage with ISVs and excite them to develop on your platform? Well, India is the place to go. Do you need a mature developer community to pilot a SDK adoption plan? Want to setup a Center of Excellence to showcase the capabilities of your platform? Go, talk to Infosys or Wipro!3) The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) story is just warming up. Some of the inherent problems that India has been grappling with can now turn into a great opportunity for Cloud vendors. Think of how you can empower the clusters of small businesses through the Cloud and you have a winning story there.” Interest in India and the Asia Pacific Region is growing. For example, Amazon Web Services recently appointed Simone Brunozzi as an evangelist for the Asia Pacific region. Its the first time Amazon has had an evangelist for the Asia Pacific region.Microsoft’s Windows Azure is sponsoring a number of the cloud computing events. Yahoo!’s R&D group will hold the first India “hadoop Summit,” on February 24 at the event in Bangalore.These are all signs that cloud computing is growing as rapidly in India as other parts of the world.Events are scheduled throughout the country, starting with CloudCamp Delhi, which is now underway.Here’s a schedule of CloudCamp events taking place through next week:February 23, 2010 in Chennai, IndiaFebruary 25, 2010 in Hyderabad, IndiaFebruary 27, 2010 in Pune, IndiaFebruary 28, 2010 in Bangalore, India Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market CloudCamp Tour India will feature five CloudCamp events over the next eight days, illustrating the the growth of the movement in one of the largest technology communities in the world.India is on the edge of seeing significant adoption for cloud computing. Janakiram MSV works with Alcatel Lucent as Deputy General Manager, Bell Labs-India. He makes a few points about why India is poised for significant growth in his post about the battle ahead in the cloud computing market.last_img read more

Outdoor Recreation and Restoration Engagement for Military Caregiver Professionals

first_imgDuring a recent Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) webinar, the audience, composed of military caregiving practitioners and professionals, was polled regarding perceptions of outdoor recreation and caregiving.  Participants were asked three questions.The first question was: “Do you feel that a person involved in delivering outdoor recreation programming could at times find themselves in a caregiver role?”  About 95 percent of participants answered yes, and a small number answered “unsure.” No one answered no. The second question was:  “I know from experience that service men and women have experienced significant therapeutic benefits from outdoor recreation.” About 41 percent answered “strongly agree” and another 50 percent answered “agree.” Less than ten percent answered “no opinion” and no one disagreed with the statement. When the third question was posed, “Is there room in the military caregiver definition to include occasional caregivers who provide important and valuable outdoor recreation and restoration opportunities?” participants answered 100 percent in the affirmative. This points to a need for additional educational and training needs for occasional caregivers, especially in the area of outdoor recreation and restoration and related environmental education topics.Environmental Education: Engaging Military CommunitiesTo begin to address this gap, Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab and EECapacity program are conducting a professional development course entitled, Engaging Military Communities, that is designed for environmental educators and community development professionals interested in working with members of the military community. Exposure to nature through outdoor recreation, gardening, tree planting and similar activities has been especially valuable to returning warriors and their families. The potential impacts include improved personal health, resiliency, strengthening family ties and community cohesion.The objective of this course is to increase participants’ capacity to develop programs that increase environmental awareness and utilize the therapeutic value of nature in building resilient communities.  Topics covered in this course will include:Current environmental education related practices that address military communities.Environmental education programming for military families and personnel.The role of nature for community building and therapy for veterans.Environmental Education Guidelines and Military Communities.This online course duration is four weeks, beginning 05/12/2014 and continuing thru 06/08/2014. This is a 4-week course focuses on developing group projects relevant to the work of environmental education (EE) that addresses the unique perspectives of military communities.Participants will work on crafting a program plan (outdoor adventure, garden party, tree planting activity, etc.) that combines environmental education in a way that addresses the specific needs of veterans, military families, and/or the broader military community. This class project will serve as one of the key outcomes of the learning experience. Participants will also be exposed to environmental education topics through video, weekly webinars with leaders in the field, as well as print publications.Note: The course is limited to 30 participants and registration is open from now thru 05/10/2014. To register, please visit the EELearning Portal.This post was written by Keith Tidball, Ph.D., Senior Extension Associate with the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Dr. Tidball is a member of the MFLN–Military Caregiving Concentration team. This blog was posted to the Military Families Learning Network site on April 11, 2014.last_img read more

While Racela reunion at TNT is a dream, Jose ready to play for any team

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Though the odds of Jose falling into the lap of the KaTropa deep into the first round are far-fetched, one couldn’t blame the soft-spoken bruiser for dreaming. After all, it’s under Racela when Jose got his biggest break.Undersized at center, the 25-year-old had thrived doing the dirty work for FEU which rewarded the Tamaraws with a championship in 2015. What followed was successful stints in the PBA D-League, abroad in Taiwan and Brunei and with the national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut despite his sheer advantage in the draft, Jose remains nervous. “I think I did my part. I gave my best in the combine and I believe I’m ready physically and mentally.”While there’s no denying playing for TNT is on the top of Jose’s wishlist,  the 6-foot-4 bruiser shared that he doesn’t mind whatever team picks him, saying that at the end of the day, he’s just grateful to get to the pros. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentscenter_img From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals PLAY LIST 03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m always ready for any team that selects me. My effort won’t change. I’ll always give my best,” he said. Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESTipped to be picked among the top five in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Raymar Jose isn’t ruling out the possibility of reuniting with former coach Nash Racela in TNT.“If given a chance, why not? He’s my coach in college,” a smiling Jose, who even bumped into his old mentor during the Draft combine, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham watching Doherty situation at Wolves

first_imgTottenham watching Doherty situation at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are watching Matt Doherty’s situation at Wolves.The right wing-back has been one of promoted Wolves’ star performers in the Premier League.He has three goals and four assists to help Nuno Espirito Santo’s men into the top 10.Now he is in talks for a new contract which will at least double his money.The Mirror says Tottenham are monitoring developments after being impressed with the former Bohemians player who moved to Wolves in 2010. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

3 days ago​Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professional

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professionalby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left back Andy Roberston was full of praise for midfielder Adam Lallana.The Englishman has not received too many chances to shine in the team this season.But when he came on for the Reds against Manchester United, he scored the Reds’ equaliser, which got them a point in a tight contest at Old Trafford.Speaking about Lallana after the game, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: “Amazing, because he struggled with injuries, he has come back and got injured again and stuff like that, so he has struggled.”Adam feels it as well because you can see when he is injured. Nobody likes it when you are injured, but he managed to pick himself up, he is now fit and he has been unbelievable this season in training. He has been giving 100 per cent.”In the changing rooms before games he is one of the loudest. He could easily be quiet as he is on the bench and not playing. But the way he has conducted himself – and, to be fair, [along with] all of the lads who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted – Adam is a top, top professional and a top, top guy.”I’m absolutely delighted for him that he could get on the end of it. “When he came on I thought he was brilliant and I thought he changed the game. To get that goal, it will do a world of good for him and his confidence and I think we’ll see a lot more from him.” last_img read more

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Rep Price hosts local first responders in Michigans Capitol building

first_img10Sep Rep. Price hosts local first responders in Michigan’s Capitol building PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, hosted Captain Valerie Weiss of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and Chief Kurt Gernaat of the Blendon Township Fire Department at the state Capitol for a ceremony honoring local heroes. First responders and soldiers from across Michigan were welcomed by legislators to attend a ceremony to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks that shook the United States in 2001. The names of 14 first responders and servicemen from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the past year were read during the ceremony. Also pictured: state Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, and Sergeant Jeff Steigengei.### Categories: Newslast_img