Diners inside new restaurant at Shore Hotel can drink up after all

first_imgA simple alcohol use permit became mired in controversy at two Planning Commission meetings because the restaurant will open inside the Shore Hotel.The seaside hotel has recently been entangled in two high profile legal disputes. In one case, the California Coastal Commission has maintained the Shore Hotel did not provide adequate information during the permitting process and is thus operating illegally. Without a valid permit, the Shore could face millions of dollars in fines or be completely shutdown until meeting certain conditions.The Coastal Commission says the developers promised to build a moderate-priced hotel without “luxury” amenities like a restaurant and bar. To make the matter more complicated, the City allowed construction of the hotel, apparently without the correct permits. Owners of the Shore maintain they filed all appropriate paperwork.Just this week, the Shore settled a case to pay $100,000 in back pay to three workers as part of a separate settlement with the hotel workers’ union, Unite Here Chapter 11. One of the workers, Jonah Breslau, says he was disciplined and then fired after he testified at the Coastal Commission that the hotel was violating its permit.With all this litigation hanging in the air, a new restaurant wants to open up inside the hotel, facing 2nd Street. While an alcohol license for the new restaurant was the only issue before the Planning Commission, the discussion became wrapped up in whether the hotel’s permit issues would impact the restaurant.“Its foundations are in quicksand,” Commissioner Mario Fonda-Bonardi said at the Wednesday night meeting. “We don’t know if it’s going to float or it’s going to sink and that’s added some additional weight on our deliberations.”Fonda-Bonardi went on to call the Shore Hotel an “untrustworthy operator” but voted in favor of allowing the new restaurant an alcohol permit because the applicant, Full of Flavor, LLC, is a completely different business.“In the interest of evenhandedness, it’s very hard to deny this (permit) unless someone can show us a link between the hotel and this restaurant. If someone has it, I would love to see it,” Fonda-Bonardi said.The conditional use permit passed with support from four commissioners, with Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy and Vice Chair Nina Fresco voting against the permit. Commissioner Richard McKinnon was absent but had previously criticized the application at a January meeting.Fresco said the commission should consider the potential legal implications of continuing to grant permits to a business entrenched in litigation over its right to operate.“When we have conditional approval, the reason it’s conditional is because that kind of narrow view of the project doesn’t work and it requires a judgment call,” Fresco said, later adding “If we pretend all that stuff doesn’t matter, we’re not doing justice to our responsibility.”Several local groups in support of workers’ rights spoke out against the permit. Rent Control Board member Nicole Phillis also spoke out as a concerned citizen about the City’s potential liability.“The Coastal Commission has questioned whether the City of Santa Monica can be liable if we grant a conditional use permit knowing that the hotel itself in violation,” Phillis said.While Full of Flavor is a distinct entity from the Shore Hotel, critics argued the hotel will benefit from rent it receives on the lease. Commissioner Leslie Lambert noted there is a distinction between a “hotel restaurant” and a hotel in a restaurant. Several commissioners asked Code Enforcement whether the Shore would be violating its City permits by advertising the hotel to guests as an onsite amenity.“I’m not convinced based on what I’ve read on the hotel’s website and what I’m hearing from the applicant that this will be neighborhood serving,” Kennedy said before voting against the permit.Voting down the permit would not have prohibited the restaurant from opening, merely from serving alcohol. To the members of the commission who approved the permit, Full of Flavor alone is taking on the risk of opening a restaurant inside the Shore Hotel. 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The “Surprisingly Consistent” Answer to the Question: Are We Alone in the Universe?

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos 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 All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsa posteriori reasoningabiogenesisastrobiologyastronomybiologybrainBreakthrough ListencarbonconsciousnessconsensusDanny C PriceDarwinismDyson Sphereearthextraterrestrial lifefaithJeffrey EpsteinLee SpitlerMacquarie UniversityMarsmaterialismneurosciencenitrogenOrsola De Marcooxygenscience fictionSETIstarlightuniverse,Trending Physics, Earth & Space The “Surprisingly Consistent” Answer to the Question: Are We Alone in the Universe?Michael EgnorMarch 9, 2020, 4:22 PM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man You can understand a lot about modern science if you understand SETI research. Not that SETI is all that sophisticated and certainly not because it’s been successful (it has not), but because it tells you a lot about the materialist metaphysical bias in modern science. “The Big Question”From The Conversation:Are we alone in the Universe? The expert opinion on that, it turns out, is surprisingly consistent.“Is there other life in the Universe? I would say: probably,” Daniel Zucker, Associate Professor of astronomy at Macquarie University, tells astrophysics student and The Conversation’s editorial intern Antonio Tarquinio on today’s podcast episode.“I think that we will discover life outside of Earth in my lifetime. If not that, then in your lifetime,” says his fellow Macquarie University colleague, Professor Orsola De Marco.And Lee Spitler, a Senior Lecturer and astronomy researcher at the same institution, was similarly optimistic: “I think there’s a high likelihood that we are not alone in the Universe.”The big question, however, is what that life might look like.We’re also hearing from Danny C Price, project scientist for the Breakthrough Listen project scanning the southern skies for unusual patterns, on what the search for alien intelligence looks like in real life — and what it’s yielded so far.There is a near consensus among experts (astronomers, astrobiologists, astrophysicists, etc.) that we are not alone. To point out at an astrobiology conference that there’s not a shred of evidence for astrobiology would be like striking up a conversation about sex trafficking at Jeffrey Epstein’s wake. You had best make other arrangements for the rest of the day. The existence of extraterrestrial life is the lodestar of 21st-century astronomy — witness the odd fact that astrobiology is a thing in science rather than in science fiction. Not a day goes by without a scientific expert proclaiming that we are on the verge of meeting ET — whether a microbe in an extraterrestrial ocean or a bug in a Martian desert or a galactic engineer in a Dyson sphere. The Scientific MethodSo what’s the scientific basis for this astrobiological “consensus”? The scientific method is, of course, a posteriori reasoning: we collect evidence, propose a framework (theory) by which the evidence can be evaluated, and arrive at a conclusion — in the case of SETI, the conclusion is the near certainty of extraterrestrial life. The evidence on which the near-consensus that we are not alone is based is… zero. Nada. Non-existent. There’s not a shred of evidence for life anywhere but Earth. What little passes for evidence — the discovery of extra-solar Earth-like planets and of proteins — is meaningless unless we know that answer to the question: How did life arise on Earth, and how can life arise elsewhere? We know nothing about the source of life on Earth, and fanciful theories don’t count. A posteriori reasoning (the scientific method) depends on evidence first and foremost. And we have no evidence for extraterrestrial life and no idea how life arose in the only place we know — Earth. Why So Sure?So why are “experts” so sure that extraterrestrial life exists? The evidence is zilch, so to reach the conclusion that ET is almost certainly out there, experts must have an extraordinarily compelling theoretical framework. And they do — materialism. It is an unexamined act of faith  among science elites today that materialism explains all of the natural world. So if materialist abiogenesis worked on Earth, it’s undeniable that it would work on other worlds with matter (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon) and starlight like our own. The firm belief in extraterrestrial life — a belief nearly universal in the scientific community — is an act of faith. It is an act of faith in materialism. It is based on no evidence whatsoever. If anything, the evidence thus far is that extraterrestrial life does not exist — after all, we’ve looked and haven’t found any. Perhaps it’s waiting around the corner, but there’s no evidence it is, and there’s no scientific reason to think that it is. Just Around the CornerSo when you hear scientific experts tell you that “nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution” or “The materialist hypothesis — that the brain causes consciousness — has made a number of predictions, and every single prediction has been validated,” keep in mind that this is the same crowd who are sure — damned sure — that ET is just around the corner, despite not a shred of evidence or science to support the assertion. Astrobiology, like Darwinism and materialist neuroscience, are acts of faith. So much of modern science is just materialism and atheism, posing as science. Image: TRAPPIST-1 planetary system (artist’s imagining), a favorite for speculations about astrobiology, by NASA/JPL-Caltech.  Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Michael EgnorSenior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial IntelligenceMichael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.Follow MichaelProfile Sharelast_img read more

The Latest: Apple to sell larger-screen iPads

first_img A crew works outside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as preparations continue for the Apple new product announcements Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in San Francisco. Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPad during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Apple CEO Tim Cook opens the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) SAN FRANCISCO | The latest news on iPhones and other products from Apple’s event in San Francisco.All times are PDT.10:35 a.m.Apple says it will make a larger-screen iPad tablet aimed at business users.The iPad Pro, as it’s called, will take advantage of new multitasking features coming to existing iPads. A software update will enable iPads to run two apps side by side, something previously limited to Samsung and Windows tablets.With a larger screen on the new iPad Pro, apps running side by side will have more room to breathe. The new iPad will have a 12.9-inch screen, compared with 9.7 inches for the current full-size iPad. It will have four speakers and options for a physical keyboard and a stylus, called Apple Pencil. Despite the larger size, Apple says it’s about the same weight as the original iPad.Samsung made a tablet aimed at professionals last year. It had screens as large as 12.2 inches and also came with a stylus. More recently, though, Samsung has been shrinking the screens on its tablets.The new iPad also marks Apple’s latest attempt to steal corporate customers away from Microsoft, whose personal computers have been business staple for decades. Microsoft makes a tablet designed for the needs of office workers called the Surface Pro 3 that sells at prices starting at $800. With a 12-inch display screen, the Surface Pro 3 is slightly smaller than Apple’s new tablet.Although there has been a lot of speculation that Apple would do make a larger iPad, an announcement wasn’t expected until October. A release date and price wasn’t immediately known.Apple announced the new iPad in San Francisco on Wednesday.10:20 a.m.Apple says a software update for the Apple Watch is allowing outsider developers to write more sophisticated apps.With the update, outside developers can make apps specifically for the watch and interact directly with its sensors and controls. That will enable apps that analyze golf swings or record audio. Before, third-party apps have been limited to being extensions of apps that run on the iPhone.The new software will be available as a free download starting next Wednesday.At an event in San Francisco Wednesday, Apple said there are now 10,000 apps designed for the watch, including ones from Facebook and GoPro — the later using the watch’s screen as a viewfinder for the video camera. Apple says the new capabilities will also allow additional health-related apps.The upcoming Samsung Gear S2 will also allow outside parties to write apps that run directly on the watch. Google is also hoping programmers create apps that can work independently on watches running on its Android Wear software.— Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer8 a.m.Apple investors are hoping that new iPhones and other products expected Wednesday will boost the company’s stock.Apple isn’t saying what the event in downtown San Francisco is about, but the company usually announces new iPhones around this time.Apple’s stock has fallen as investors fret over whether the company can duplicate the phenomenal sales growth it saw after introducing last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.In a note to clients, FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives says the event is critical “for Apple to help turn the negative investor tide, and help lay out its growth vision for the next year.”Analyst Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets says the announcements should be “a positive catalyst” for Apple shares.But Maynard Um of Wells Fargo Securities says many investors already have “low expectations.” Um says this year’s iPhones aren’t expected to be dramatically different from last year’s models.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer7:30 a.m.New iPhones expected from Apple on Wednesday come amid questions about whether the company can sustain growth for its best-selling device.Apple sold more than 74 million iPhones in the first three months after it released the super-sized iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models last year. That’s 46 percent more phones than it sold in the same period a year earlier. To get that same 46 percent increase, Apple would have to sell more than 108 million iPhones in the next three months.Jerry Kim, a Columbia University management professor, says the expectations might seem unfair, but Wall Street “will definitely be disappointed if they can’t break another record next quarter.”Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he believes there is still room for iPhone sales to expand. He’s told analysts that an increasing number of iPhone buyers are people who used to own devices running Google’s Android software.Research firm Kantar Worldpanel says many iPhone owners have older models, suggesting they may be ready to upgrade to a newer iPhone in the coming months.— Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writerlast_img read more

It’s a waltz for Bruce

first_img2nd Claude Harder (14) 37ptsB Flight1st Bruce Walters (34) 39pts2nd Peter Henshaw (20) 35ptsBruce Walters was tops in B Flight and man of the match as he posted a very impressive 39 points; impressive because it contained two no-scores on the eighth and seventeenth holes of his card.  Peter ‘Don Corleone’ Henshaw showed no defense to age as he happily took the count back from the Donkey as both were four points in arrears. The A Flight honours were shared by Geoff Christy, Claude Harder and Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake as these three players all retuned 37 points.  The sharing came to an end however, when the count back handed the bigger bag of loot to Geoff and bid aloha to second place Claude.  The bad luck story of the day was Barry’s no-score on the last hole.  Oh how it could have been so different.Sunday’s winners: (left-right) Peter Henshaw, Claude Harder and Bruce Walters.No 2’s were recorded rollover next Sunday. Tuesday, July 9, Phoenix – Stableford1st Eddy Beilby (20) 39pts2nd Yves Moutier (15) 37pts3rd Mike Allidi 930 37ptsThe day’s challenge was the Mountain and Lakes layouts at Phoenix G C.  Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby, fresh from his once in a lifetime trip around Europe, was perched on the top of the podium with a man of the match 39 points.The trailing pair of Yves Moutier and Mike Allidi were happy when they walked off the course but not so happy when the results were announced.  It just got worse for Mike as he lost on count back.No 2’s were carded so a rollover to Wednesday.Wednesday, July 10, St. Andrews – StablefordA Flight1st Colin Davis (18) 42pts2nd Ed Wyckoff (10) 37ptsB Flight1st Mike Jeffreys (19) 38pts2nd Rod Brown (18) 33ptsColin ‘the Donkey’ Davis was the top man of the day and the toast of A Flight with a splendid 42 points that was just enough to hold off Ed Wyckoff, who, himself had a hard luck 41 points.Mike Jeffreys left nothing to chance in B Flight as he carded a very solid 38 points that was five clear of Rod Brown.Ed Wyckoff, Mike Jeffreys and Peter Henshaw shared the rollover 2’s potFriday, July 12, Crystal Bay – StablefordA Flight1st Peter Hynard (14) 41pts2nd Barry Copestake (15) 38pts3rd Max Scott (4) 37ptsB Flight1st Jean LaRoche (18) 36pts2nd Nick Shaw (17) 35pts3rd Rod Brown (19) 34ptsC Flight1st Peter Henshaw (20) 34pts2nd Declan Freely (24) 33pts3rd Bruce Walters (20) 33ptsThe man of the match was ’Fluent in Thai’ Peter Hynard who is showing signs of coming into form and this day he certainly demonstrated that with an excellent 41 points.  Peter was three strokes clear of one of our friends from ‘Blighty’ and we have many, Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake.  Barry was one shot clear of the Aussi ‘fire ball’ Max Scott.In B Flight it was pay window regular Jean LaRoche who took the flight honours with a steady even par round.  Nick Shaw and Rod Brown were strung out in one shot increments and in that order.Irishman Peter ‘Don ‘O Corleone’ Henshaw led the C Flight into the barn with a very modest but just as spendable 34 points.  Declan Freely had to go to a count back to better the man in the bold print, both a stroke in arrears.Peter Hynard, Freddy Starbeck, Colin Davis, Declan Freely and Jim Elphick shared the 2’s pot.Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.  Transport is provided. PSC Golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, July 7, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Geoff Christie (6) 37ptslast_img read more

Cavani admits he is flattered by Atletico Madrid interest

first_img 01/06/2016 Edinson Cavani says he’s flattered by the interest Atletico Madrid have shown in him, but pointed out he still has a contract at Paris Saint-Germain. “It’s been demonstrated by [Atletico’s] president, manager and by Diego [Godin]. Looking further ahead, you never know…  Speaking on Tuesday from Uruguay’s pre-Copa America camp, he said that he’d spoken with his international team-mate Diego Godin about Atletico.  EFE, Sport EN “They’re a competitive team that have demonstrated an interest in me and that gives me a lot of joy, because it’s nice when teams show an interest,” Cavani said in a press conference. center_img With regards to his conversation with Godin about a possible move to the Madrid side, Cavani indicated that the Uruguay captain kept in contact with all his international team-mates and that it was inevitable these things would come up. Upd. at 00:19 CEST “But today my reality is that I am a PSG player and I have to respect that club until the final time I put on the shirt.” last_img read more

Deliberately lit

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanEMERALD and Avonsleigh faced its most significant bushfire threat since Black Saturday over the weekend, in a blaze…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

True blue celebration

first_imgBerwick’s Pioneer Park, with its beautiful summer flowers and shady trees, was the ideal backdrop for the City of Casey’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Funds float the boat

first_imgBy Kyra Gillespie A small not-for-profit organisation is now $10,000 closer to its goal of helping children with disabilities thanks…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson Ford Shootout Novice Tournament fills Nelson with hockey fans

first_imgIf parking was a problem this weekend in the City of Nelson, blame organizers of the Nelson Ford Shootout.But remember, too many visitors to Nelson is a good thing.Once again the Nelson Ford Shootout Novice Tournament proved to be another success as more than 500 players and parents flocked to the Heritage City to compete in the annual event.Fifteen teams, including the Nelson Senior Leafs, Senior Rockets and Junior Nitros from Nelson Minor Hockey, participated in the tournament.There were two divisions, junior and senior novice. Each team played three games at the Nelson and District Community Complex or Civic Centre Arena.Teams entered from Rossland/Trail, Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Spokane and Tri-Cities.last_img

Damien Creavin wins K1 Title in Athlone

first_imgDamien Creavin from Ballybrit, who fights out of the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym under the watchful eye of 8th Dan Black Pete Foley, became the new IKF All Ireland Lightweight K-1 Champion on Saturday night with a unanimous decision victory over five gruelling rounds to defeat local hero Eddie Mc Cormack from Na Fianna Gym in Athlone.Both men headlined the exciting event in the fabulous Raddisson Blu Hotel in Athlone that saw kickboxers from all over Ireland and two fighters from Belgium take part.Damien put in a solid performance from the off to impress the three neutral judges and referee from Wicklow, Meath, Waterford and Clare and the event was also streamed out live on the Internet.Damien is the first champion to come out of the all new Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym on the Sean Mulvoy road but certainly won’t be the last vows his proud coach Pete Foley.His team mate Ben Devlin lost a close decision in his bid to win the IKF -50.09kg K-1 crown and Cian Mc Cormack scored a draw and James Kelly a win respectively in their International K-1 fights against two tough fighters from Belgium.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more