Shell rigs leave Dutch Harbor for Chukchi, to wait

first_imgArctic | Economy | Energy & Mining | SouthwestShell rigs leave Dutch Harbor for Chukchi, to waitJuly 17, 2015 by Liz Ruskin, APRN-Washington Share:MV Fennica. (Photo courtesy of Shell)Shell is still moving its ships and equipment into the Arctic, even as one of its icebreakers prepares to head back south for repairs. The unexpected crack in the hull of the ship called the Fennica has added a measure of uncertainty to the start of the short Arctic drilling season.This week both of Shell’s Arctic drill rigs, the Noble Discoverer and the Polar Pioneer, left Dutch Harbor to begin the thousand-mile trip to the Chukchi Sea. Shell Spokeswoman Megan Baldino says the plan, for now, is to get there and wait.“The rigs, with their associated support vessels, will connect to several anchors that were recently staged over Shell’s Chukchi prospect,” she said.Shell is waiting for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to decide on the last permits the company needs, the applications to drill. Now that the Fennica is out of the picture for an unknown period, the wait is a bit more fraught. The ship is one of Shell’s ice handlers. It also carries the capping stack, a key piece of response equipment if there’s a blowout. Baldino says federal regulators will decide how much work Shell can do in the absence of the icebreaker.“It’s our view that drilling can proceed, so in other words we would begin a top hole,” she said, referring to a partial well that stops above the petroleum layer.” But of course we’re going to comply with our permits, and work within the framework of our permits.”Ten environmental groups have written a joint letter to the Interior Department, saying Shell shouldn’t be allowed to conduct any exploration in the Chukchi without the Fennica.“All of the plans that Shell submitted and the government approved are premised on the availability of two primary icebreakers to protect the fleet,” said Michael LeVine, Juneau-based Pacific senior counsel for Oceana. “The Fennica is one of them, and the government can’t grant approval to Shell to operate without both icebreakers in the Chukchi Sea.”LeVine also says the accident that damaged the Fennica shows Shell is taking unnecessary risks. But as Shell describes it, the short trip on July 3 from Dutch Harbor to the location where the damage occurred does not sound inherently risky. The company says the Fennica was in charted waters with a marine pilot on board when the hull struck something that just wasn’t on the chart.LeVine, though, claims the leased ship was traveling in shallower waters than it had to.“The choice may have been made by a contractor or a pilot but ultimately those contractors are working for Shell, and it’s Shell that bears responsibility for making sure that all of its operations are safe and responsible,” he said.The last time Shell drilled off Alaska’s shores, in 2012, one of its rigs ran aground, capping a series of other mishaps. LeVine notes that federal investigators faulted Shell then for failing to see and mitigate risk, and for not properly overseeing the actions of its contractors.Greg Julian, press secretary for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says it’s not clear yet when the agency will decide on the applications to drill or how the missing icebreaker affects the plan.“We’re still evaluating what might be possible for Shell to do until the Fennica can return and at this point it’s not yet determined,” he said.He said BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire flew to Dutch Harbor last week to inspect the capping stack aboard the Fennica and found it is undamaged.Share this story:last_img read more

The meaning of names: The world of social media, part 5

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & CultureThe meaning of names: The world of social media, part 5June 23, 2016 by Jennifer Canfield, KTOO Share:Dlaakaw Éesh Kyle Wark. (Photo courtesy Dlaakaw Éesh Kyle Wark)With social media, people have the opportunity to project their best selves. We pick and choose what we share and how we share it. For Kyle Wark, that meant placing his Tlingit name in front of his English name on his Facebook profile. That small act translated into real life when people at work started calling him Dlaakaw Éesh.In this final installment of a five-part series, Wark talks about the meaning of using his Native name online and how people are sometimes hesitant to speak it for fear of mispronouncing it.Listen to Wark or read transcribed excerpts from his interview below.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dlaakaw Éesh Kyle WarkI’m really happy to see the proliferation of Native names in public life. I don’t know exactly how using my Native name in public has changed people’s perceptions of me. I think in a lot of instances, even when I introduce myself in Tlingit at gatherings, very few people call me Dlaakaw Éesh. It’s not the hardest name that I’ve heard of Native names to pronounce, but it’s still, I think, enough of a stumbling block that people don’t want to take the chance and pronounce it wrong or something like that. So most people still call me Kyle.But Dlaakaw Éesh, it’s a specific incident within my clan. It’s a specific individual who had a particular lived experience and that particular lived experience was recorded as a name that was given to him and that particular experience gets reincarnated down through the generations as that name is passed on and invested in new clan members. There’s a lot more meaning to having the name Dlaakaw Éesh than there is meaning to having the name Kyle Wark.There’s something that transforms about us when we get a name invested in us. Being able to put that on my Facebook page is somehow giving that part of me room to breathe and giving it acknowledgement in this digital space. I think that there’s something worthwhile about being able to incorporate it into this modern space.The meaning of names: Indigenizing government, part 1The meaning of names: A family history, part 2The meaning of names: A time for change, part 3The meaning of names: The aftermath of generational trauma, part 4The meaning of names: The world of social media, part 5Share this story:last_img read more

News / Major ports and carriers report large increases in container rollovers

first_img More than one in three containers shipped globally in December were rolled-over at transhipment hubs, according to new research from data tracking firm Ocean Insights.Its monthly analysis of container rollovers at the top 20 global ports revealed that the global average had increased to 37% last month, with some hubs seeing far higher numbers.“Of the 20 global ports for which Ocean Insights collates data, 75% saw an increase in rollover cargo in December, compared with the previous month,” said Ocean insights’ chief operations officer, Josh Brazil.“Major transhipment facilities such as Port Klang in Malaysia and Colombo (pictured above) in Sri Lanka recorded 50% or more of cargo delayed, with the world’s largest transhipment hub in Singapore, and leading primary ports such as Shanghai and Busan, rolling-over more than a third of their containers last month,” he continued.During November, the Korean hub of Busan saw a 4% decline in rollovers, attributed to carriers putting on extra loaders to cater for surging demand. However, the port largely lost those gains, with a 3% increase in rollovers, during December.“This indicates that the levels of cargo are still rising, while the extra loader capacity deployed to meet the raised levels of demand appears to be having little effect,” explained Mr. Brazil.And it was thoroughly mixed picture at some of the world’s second-tier transhipment hubs: Gioia Tauro and Cartagena saw rollover ratios of 62% and 56% respectively, while Salalah saw 22%.It was a slightly different picture for carriers, however, with an industry average of 35% of shipments rolled at transhipment ports.And while most carriers saw an increase in rollovers, 2M partners Maersk and MSC managed to “stem the rise of rollover cargo month on month, both recording the same level of rollovers in December as in the previous month,” while Maersk subsidiary Hamburg Süd actually saw rollovers decrease by 1%.Other carriers fared worse: CMA CGM saw rollovers increase from 48% in November to 51% in December; ONE went up from 45% in November to 50% in December; and HMM’s rollovers jumped from 23% in November to 46% in December, and were described by Ocean Insights as “a statistical outlier”.Rollovers by port By Gavin van Marle 19/01/2021 Rollovers by carrierlast_img read more

Gilead’s Galapagos deal falls apart, a black mark for CEO O’Day

first_img @matthewherper [email protected] Log In | Learn More The $5 billion deal that Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day presented as his signature move shortly after his arrival at the company two years ago has gone up in flames.Gilead announced Wednesday that it and partner Galapagos NV stopped the Phase 3 studies of a drug called zirataxestat, for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, because an independent data monitoring committee said the drug’s potential benefits were unlikely to outweigh its risks. That follows the failure of filgotinib, for rheumatoid arthritis, to reach the market. By Matthew Herper Feb. 10, 2021 Reprints Biotech What’s included? Senior Writer, Medicine, Editorial Director of Events Matthew covers medical innovation — both its promise and its perils. Matthew Herper Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day Rochecenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Gilead’s Galapagos deal falls apart, a black mark for CEO O’Day What is it? Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags biotechnologySTAT+last_img read more

In Pictures: Sun shines brightly on another great day at Electric Picnic

first_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st September 2018 In Pictures: Sun shines brightly on another great day at Electric Picnic Council Twitter Facebook Home Lifestyle Electric Picnic In Pictures: Sun shines brightly on another great day at Electric Picnic LifestyleElectric Picnic Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest TAGSElectric Picnic New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening SEE ALSO – Horse and foal rescued after being trapped for hours in Laois river Twitter Previous articleHeritage Week, A Laois Only campsite and of course, Electric Picnic – Here’s Our Tweets of the WeekNext articleThree-part Virgin Media documentary series on Portlaoise to begin on Monday LaoisToday Reporter Brought to you in association with Expert LaoisIf the organisers of Electric Picnic had full control over the weather they couldn’t have picked a better day for the Saturday of this year’s festival.The sun split the rocks in Stradbally Hall and there was a big demand on sun cream as thousands of concert-goers continued to enjoy the latest entertainment from the 15th hosting of the festival.Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was out and about sampling the atmosphere. And she captured hundreds of images of people from Laois and far beyond.Among those we came across were Laois footballers Gary Walsh, Alan Farrell and the Begley brothers Paul and Colm Begley.We also bumped into JJ Tynan from The Heath, one of the leading men in the Portlaoise Musical Society, who was enjoying the festivities with friends and family.David Walsh-Kemmis, owner of the local Ballykilcavan Brewery, with his family and Kevin Scully, owner of the Merry Mill, organic oats producer from Vicarstown.We met some of the Castletown crew, some of the Mountrath gang – and people of all ages from around the county.Check out our incredible selection of images below. The entertainment continues on Sunday. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community last_img read more

Home prices to continue to climb in 2021 as unmet demand carries over: Royal LePage

first_img Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Home prices are expected to climb higher next year as unmet demand in the second half of 2020 carries over into 2021, a report by Royal LePage says.After 2020 threw housing market watchers for a loop, the brokerage’s report, released Monday, suggests a positive outlook for 2021 with the aggregate home price in Canada expected to rise 5.5% year-over-year to $746,100. Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan House. 123RF Alberta’s economic outlook on the rise: ATB Financial Royal LePage chief executive Phil Soper says leading indicators are pointing to a coming spring market that favours property sellers.“Across the country, a large number of hopeful buyers intent on improving their housing situation were not able to find the home they were looking for this year, as the inventory of properties for sale came nowhere near to meeting surging demand,” said Soper, adding that policy-makers have said interest rates will remain low, which could support mortgage borrowing next year.“The upward pressure on home prices will continue.”Royal LePage’s forecast comes on the heels of a similar report from Re/Max earlier this month, that forecast a 4% to 6% increase in home prices next year.Re/Max said that 84% of brokers expected a sellers’ market in 2021, as “households are considering significant lifestyle changes by relocating to less-dense cities and neighbourhoods.”The Royal LePage report suggested a similar trend, predicting the value of single-family houses and homes outside of major urban markets are forecast to continue to outpace city core condominiums.The median price of a two-storey detached house is expected to increase 6% to $890,100, Royal LePage said, while the median condominium price is forecasted to rise 2.25% to $522,700. The difference will be driven both by Canadians seeking larger homes and broad-based demographic trends, including baby boomer retirement, the Royal LePage report said.Royal LePage said that while next year could see “healthy” demand for condos with the return of international university students and an increase in immigration, the Toronto area could prove to be a “notable exception” to the trend. The report suggests condo prices in Toronto will have grown just 0.5% by this time next year.Cities with above-average price predictions from Royal LePage included Ottawa, at 11.5%, Halifax, at 7.5%, and Vancouver, at 9%.Re/Max suggested Vancouver’s suburban neighbourhoods, such as Pitt Meadows, Ladner and Maple Ridge, will be top performers next year thanks to affordability and easy access to more outdoor space. In Halifax, Re/Max said, home prices may be lifted by a continuing influx of out-of-province buyers and move-up buyers “who have either expedited retirement plans or are working from home and no longer need to be in an office.”As for Ottawa, Re/Max suggested that part of the upward trend is being driven by “luxury” buyers, who are also seeking out space in Hamilton and Burlington.While the two brokerages appear optimistic about the new year, both sets of predictions come after a year when the real estate market defied expectations.After home sales plunged in the key March and April buying season, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. predicted at the end of May that house prices could fall by 9% to 18% before recovering in 2021. But, it didn’t happen.Many housing markets across Canada reported bidding wars in the second half of 2020 amid record home sale levels, although some segments of the real estate market — such as oil-producing provinces and Toronto’s condo market — did struggle to keep up.Re/Max and Royal LePage may be suggesting the momentum can continue in hot markets, but not everyone agrees. A report from Fitch Ratings this month predicts Canadian home prices will decline 3% to 5% next year as borrowers default on mortgages, and prices won’t recover until 2022.Fitch said it expects 2020 to end with a 7% rise in home prices, but that 2021 will bring rising unemployment, housing unaffordability, declining rents, decreased immigration and mortgage stress tests.The Fitch report suggests government support and payment holidays created an unsustainable situation, especially with falling rent prices making homeownership less attractive.Royal LePage’s analysis also looked at payment deferrals, but came to a much sunnier conclusion: “The concern regarding the impact of potential mortgage defaults related to mortgage deferrals during the summer has eased significantly,” the brokerages said, “as many Canadians who deferred payments have begun repayment.” Keywords Real estate,  Economy,  Coronavirus Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Anita Balakrishnan last_img read more

New water infrastructure to support housing growth in Perth’s south

first_imgNew water infrastructure to support housing growth in Perth’s south $4.8 million project to support residential development in southern suburbs now completedMcGowan Government investing $158.7 million in metropolitan water projects in 2020-21 Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the completion of a $4.8 million water distribution pipeline which will support future residential development in Perth’s south.The 1.7km pipeline between Yangebup and Beeliar, will help transport drinking water to tens of thousands of households in Perth’s south metropolitan growth suburbs including Banjup, Yangebup and Hammond Park.The area, which is within the City of Cockburn, is one of 26 local governments across Australia classified as ‘growth areas’.Delivered by the Water Corporation, the six-month project created 20 local jobs during construction. Among those to benefit was Aboriginal-owned business Oaks Civil, which supplied traffic management services.In consultation with the City of Cockburn, revegetation work was completed within the Beeliar bushland and at Ronsard Park following construction. In 2020-21, the McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is investing $158.7 million in infrastructure projects that will ensure the reliable supply of fresh drinking water to Perth homes and businesses.As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:“This project is another example of the McGowan Government delivering on its commitment to provide the infrastructure our city and suburbs need to grow.“I would like to thank the residents along Williambury Drive, Rapania Rise, Catspaw Avenue and Friarbird Terrace for their patience while the pipeline was being constructed. “In addition to creating 20 local jobs during construction, it’s fantastic to see the important work that has gone into revegetating the pipeline corridor to offset any environmental impact.”As stated by Cockburn MLA Francis Logan:“It’s vital that infrastructure keeps pace with housing development particularly when it comes to water supply, as it ensures not only new connections for new homes, but it makes sure good water pressure is still there for the existing suburbs.“I welcome this further investment into the growing suburbs of Cockburn, and I congratulate the Water Corporation and its contractors for this local job. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Beeliar, business, Cockburn, drinking water, future, Government, Hammond, Impact, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Perth, pipeline, project, southern suburbs, Western Australialast_img read more

Be a part of ACT Place Names Advisory Committee

first_imgBe a part of ACT Place Names Advisory Committee Nominations are now open for appointments to the ACT Place Names Advisory Committee.Acting Minister for Planning and Land Management Chris Steel is encouraging interested community members to join the Committee.“The committee provides expert advice and recommendations to the government on all significant matters relating to place naming in the ACT,” Minister Steel said.“The government is committed to making sure that the naming of our roads, parks and public places are consistent with a modern, inclusive and progressive Canberra.“The Committee is just one of the ways we have consistent policies and guidelines to help achieve this.“We are looking for new members from across the ACT with a strong understanding of, and connection to the community to help protect and enhance the values of our Territory through the ACT Place Names Advisory Committee.“We recognise that there is a wide variety of perspectives within the ACT, which is why the new Committee members will be appointed from a broad range of diverse backgrounds, including our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.“Membership of the Committee is on a voluntary basis and will be appointed for a period of three years. I encourage interested community members to take advantage of these vacancies and submit an application.”Nominations for the Committee open today and close on Monday 22 March 2021.You can find more information on the desired skills and details on how to apply on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development website.Quotes attributable to Jeff Brown, Surveyor-General of the ACT and Co-chair of the ACT Place Names Advisory Committee“I particularly value the expert advice of the committee to help provide for new place names which are reflective of diverse cultural situations.“I am looking forward to working with the new committee over the coming three years to engage with the community about nomenclature themes for future suburbs”. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Act, ACT Government, Australia, Canberra, community, environment, future, Government, Minister, planning, steel, sustainable, websitelast_img read more

Community Service Critical to Nation Building – Crawford

first_imgRelatedCommunity Service Critical to Nation Building – Crawford RelatedCommunity Service Critical to Nation Building – Crawford RelatedCommunity Service Critical to Nation Building – Crawford Community Service Critical to Nation Building – Crawford TourismAugust 24, 2012center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, has underscored the importance of community service in the continued development of the country. Addressing a community service conference on August 23 at the University of Technology’s Papine campus in St. Andrew, Mr. Crawford pointed out that enhancing the lives of others through service is a rewarding experience. He noted, for example, that not only is it gratifying when, in giving service by teaching a group of youngsters, that they learn, “but they start to aspire, sometimes, to be like you. That influence causes them to have a new lease on life because they have a new level of exposure and socialisation”. Mr. Crawford said young adults, especially those at the university level, have a key role to play in the process, noting that by offering service to troubled communities, they can influence change in the mindsets of despondent individuals.   He noted that when a tertiary level student can mentor a troubled teen “you don’t know how much you have changed his outlook, his motivation in life.” “So, don’t undervalue what you have achieved can mean to people, who have achieved nothing and have no example of achieving things,” he said. Held under the theme: ‘Shaping our future, empowering communities, enriching our nation,’ the annual conference sought to sensitise new students about the value of community service, including the challenges, excitement, and rewards. Among the objectives were: to motivate students to become change agents in developing a service-oriented/loving Jamaican society; create an awareness of the impact of service and volunteerism on the Jamaican society; and highlight the benefits, joys and learning opportunities of community service. Vice President, Division of Development and Community Service, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, told the students that by volunteering their service, they will help to build communities. “Your work and your understanding of the important role you are about to embark on to go into these communities and to provide service that will strengthen communities to do more, is critical to the development of the country,” she said. Advertisementslast_img read more

Students Sue School District for $12 Million Over “Monkey See” Photos

first_imgCongratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution Students Sue School District for $12 Million Over “Monkey See” PhotosDavid KlinghofferJanuary 10, 2020, 5:30 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide TagsAfrican AmericansAfricansalt-rightAsiansBronx ZooCaucasiansCharles DarwinDarwinismDenisovansDesmond Dent Sr.Discovery Instituteevolutionary biologyevolutionary pressuresfaithhuman beingsHuman ZoosintelligenceJohn RayJohn WestMonkey HouseNeanderthalsOta BengapygmyRace RealismracesRacismsciencescientific racismspeciessubhumansSuffolk CountyWalter Bradley CenterWikipediazoology class,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesiscenter_img A glance at the Wikipedia article on “scientific racism” makes it sound like the phenomenon is basically something out of the past: “Historically, scientific racism received credence throughout the scientific community, but it is no longer considered scientific.” But four African American high school students in Suffolk County, NY, might beg to differ. They are suing their school district for $12 million after the teacher of their advanced zoology class showed slides of them juxtaposed with a gorilla with the caption “Monkey see, monkey do.” The photo of the four was taken on a field trip with their class to the Bronx Zoo, a place with a dismal history. There, in 1906, the African pygmy Ota Benga was displayed in a cage in the zoo’s Monkey House to educate the public about the insights of Darwinian theory.Human ZoosThe story of Ota Benga, including much historical context and tracing eugenic and racist thinking from Darwin to the contemporary alt-right, was the subject of a recent documentary from Discovery Institute, Human Zoos, written and directed by John West. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour From the CBS News report:The students and their families are crying foul over the images a science teacher used in the slideshow…“There can’t be any question about what they meant,” said lawyer John Ray. “Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.”Not an Isolated GoofThe attorney calls it “institutionalized racial superiority,” and the students say they felt that they had been deliberately shamed. The teacher defends himself, saying he has been snapping photos of students like this, black, white, and otherwise, for years. But the “Monkey see” slide is not an isolated goof, apparently:The parents said they were shown slideshows this week from years past and noticed another troubling photo.“The lion caption. It was a picture of a lion and then three black young ladies. Then it said, ‘Not all animals are cute,’” said Desmond Dent, Sr., father of one of the students.Let’s be fair. The instructor likely did not act from a specific intent to hurt black students. In 2020, a teacher would need to be operating under a career death wish to single out African Americans that way. Was the exercise “culturally insensitive,” as the school district evidently now concedes, given the relevant history, including the fact that the photo was taken at the notorious Bronx Zoo of all places? That seems more likely.The Inevitable SubhumanBut the lawyer, John Ray, may have come closest to hitting the nail on the head. As he commented, “Remember, this is a zoology class. Evolution is taught.” As Denyse O’Leary at Discovery Institute’s Walter Bradley Center has observed, it’s in the nature of Darwinism that it must have its “official subhuman.” A theory of gradual, unguided, purposeless biological change, with species and races continuously varying and shading over into each other, is necessarily going to be ill at ease with a single human race, all its members equally bearing the image of a transcendent creator.From a Darwinian perspective, with all the human races having been shaped by different evolutionary pressures across a range of environments around the globe, it would be surprising if some races were not “superior” or “inferior” in intelligence or other characteristics. It would be wholly against expectation if Caucasians, Africans, Asians and others were all perfectly equal in their endowments. Why would they be? That has got to be one reason that scientific racism persists: it’s baked into Darwin’s theory.The Banner of “Race Realism”Not surprisingly, then, Darwinism has again and again proposed classes of subhumans, whether safely extinct ones, such as Neanderthals and Denisovans, or living ones, such as modern Africans. Also not surprisingly, under the banner of “Race Realism,” racialists today like those on the alt-right conspicuously embrace evolutionary theory.In contrast, while religious thinkers over the centuries have included their share of racists, nothing in the idea of design or the idea of creation suggests that there should be categories of lesser or greater humans. On the contrary, if human beings uniquely bear the stamp of a designer’s image, that would argue strongly against any myth of a racial hierarchy. Science and faith, in that case, would testify together against the perversity of racism.Photo: Monkey House, Bronx Zoo, in 2009, by Michael Gray via Flickr (cropped). Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more