Polish duty increase is no tonic for vodka maker Stock Spirits

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Express KCS Share Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ Vodka maker Stock Spirits yesterday said it expected full-year results to be around the lower end of the range it outlined in November as it continues to experience supply chain disruption in Poland during the last quarter. The FTSE 250-listed drinks producer was hit by a duty increase in Poland during the third quarter that did not relent in the fourth.With continued aggressive competitor activity in Poland, the group maintained its value share in the market but has seen a small decline in volume market share.Market data showed that consumer volume trends deteriorated in October and November, resulting in a decline of 4.4 per cent year-on-year.In November, Stocks Spirits said that as a result of a “very tough trading period” in the third quarter, there was a risk that full-year oper­ating profits could be €5m-€10m (£3.8m-£7.6m) below exp­ect­­ations as it headed into its key trading period. Tuesday 20 January 2015 8:23 pm Polish duty increase is no tonic for vodka maker Stock Spirits last_img read more

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis says that Greek reforms are going to fail

first_imgFormer Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said that the economic reforms Greece has signed up to are “going to fail” ahead of talks on a third bailout for the cash-strapped country.He told the BBC that the medicine administered to the Greek economy by its so-called “troika” of creditors – the European Union, the European Central Bank and the IMF – will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever”. “This programme is going to fail whoever undertakes its implementation,” he said.Varoufakis was dubbed “the rock star finance minister’ by the media as took the world by storm during the Greek debt negotiations. He’s been pictured wearing a leather jacket to meetings with important officials and he rides a motor bike.However he resigned from his role despite a “no” vote in the Greek referendum saying that Eurozone officials would prefer his “absence from its meetings”.Greece has agreed to undertake more reforms and austerity in return for cash, despite the country rejecting such a deal in a national referendum earlier this month.The package means that the Greek government has had to concede on areas previously considered to be “red lines” such as pensions.It comes as the German parliament gave the go-ahead for the Eurozone to negotiate a third bailout with Greece last night. There were 439 votes to 119, however nearly a fifth of Merkel’s conservatives voted ‘No’.Germany is looking increasingly isolated on the international stage because it vehemently opposes any writedowns to Greece’s debt. German officials argue that debt relief is illegal because EU treaties prohibits the sharing of debt burdens among Eurozone countries.And yet the IMF, as well as European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi, have publicly called for debt relief for Greece. Saturday 18 July 2015 8:43 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com whatsapp Tags: Greek debt crisis whatsapp Jessica Morris Share Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis says that Greek reforms are going to fail Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Premium / Supply chain radar: JB Hunt – great problems to have in the glory days

first_img Email* JB Hunt opened the earnings season in logistics with a bang yesterday and one of its best interim updates in a very long time. But the glory days of Q1 ’21 also force difficult decisions.As the table above indicates (click to expand), all the key group metrics moved in the right direction, and that’s not to mention: soaring free cash flow yield, thanks to the cash machine that it currently is, having invested less in capex, $85m versus $128m in Q1 … Reset LOGIN Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium << Go back Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Password* Email* By Alessandro Pasetti 16/04/2021 Please Login New Premium subscriber REGISTER Reset Your Password Forgotten your password? Please click here Premium subscriber LOGINlast_img read more

Why doctor and hospital groups are fighting a measure to rein in drug costs

first_img By Casey Ross Oct. 19, 2017 Reprints What’s included? A Medicaid patient in Ohio prepares to take her medication. John Moore/Getty Images Tags policy CLEVELAND — In recent years, doctors nationwide have lamented ever-rising drug prices that are limiting patient access to crucial medicines and undermining hospital finances.But a ballot initiative in Ohio is flipping that script. Several prominent physician and hospital groups are joining pharmaceutical companies to oppose a proposal to rein in drug costs paid by state agencies. 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. 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. Hospitals What is it? Casey Rosscenter_img About the Author Reprints [email protected] Why doctor and hospital groups are fighting a measure to rein in drug costs Log In | Learn More National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. GET STARTED @caseymross Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTEDlast_img read more

AmerisourceBergen shareholders reject proposal on managing opioid risks

first_img What is it? Log In | Learn More Tags opioidspharmaceuticalsSTAT+ 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. Pharmalot Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What’s included? @Pharmalot 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. [email protected] center_img AmerisourceBergen shareholders reject proposal on managing opioid risks A majority of shareholders in AmerisourceBergen (ABC), one of the largest pharmaceutical wholesalers, rejected a proposal that would have required the company to report steps taken to manage the financial and reputational risks associated with the opioid crisis.However, when subtracting shares held by insiders, including the Walgreen pharmacy chain that owns 26 percent of the stock, the proposal resonated widely. Sixty-two percent of independent shareholders voted in favor, according to Investors for Opioid Accountability, a coalition of socially minded institutional investors that submitted the proposal. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Alex Hogan/STAT Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman March 2, 2018 Reprintslast_img read more

Caribbean Tsunami Warning Recommended

first_imgRelatedCaribbean Tsunami Warning Recommended FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Caribbean disaster response organizations are proposing that a Caribbean tsunami warning system be put in place.This update was provided to Prime Minister Bruce Golding during a meeting with heads of emergency response organizations at Jamaica House today (March 3).Director General of the Office of Disaster Response and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Ronald Jackson, told the Prime Minister that the nation would have between seven and ten minutes to prepare for a tsunami resulting from an earthquake in Cuba and 10 to 20 minutes to respond to a tsunami from an earthquake in Haiti. The Central Caribbean is prone to earthquakes.ODPEM is preparing a situation analysis and response evaluation for Cabinet that will outline how critical agencies will respond to a catastrophic earthquake. Caribbean Tsunami Warning Recommended Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 4, 2010 RelatedCaribbean Tsunami Warning Recommendedcenter_img RelatedCaribbean Tsunami Warning Recommended Advertisementslast_img read more

New bullying and harassment protections

first_imgNew bullying and harassment protections The PremierThe NSW Government will develop a new safety net for political staff following a review of policies ordered by Premier Gladys Berejiklian.Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Professor Pru Goward has delivered her report to the Premier.Ms Berejiklian said she welcomed the findings of the Goward Review into Policies and Procedures in Ministerial Offices regarding bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct and will be accepting the recommendations made.“I would like to thank Pru Goward for this comprehensive and forthright report,” Ms Berejiklian said.“It’s very important to me that we stress test everything that exists in and around NSW Ministerial Offices to make sure that we have in place good policies and culture.“I am keen to adopt all the recommendations and there will be an opportunity for consultation in the next phase of this process. If we’re serious about making change, we have to do it properly and this will involve engagement with NSW Parliament and any survivors.“I want to have a clear conscience that I’ve done everything I can to make sure that our workplace is supportive, respectful, and fair and that staff are always comfortable in coming forward in a safe setting.”The review found shortcomings currently exist within the system, and 13 recommendations have been made including:the establishment of an independent process for those unwilling to have their complaint handled within a Ministerial Officethe establishment of clear and transparent processes to be followed where complaints are made, including where the complaint may constitute criminal conductdevelopment of a best practice Respectful Workplace Policy, including investigative and reporting procedures to address bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct in Ministerial Offices to enhance the safety and security of staffan increased focus on training for staff and Chiefs regarding their obligationsan anonymous survey to be conducted of all Ministers and their staff to establish a baseline for the subsequent impact of the new policies and proceduresthat the independent structure report regularly to the Premier on emerging trends and proposals to improve the respectful workplace policy.Read the full report. /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, Berejiklian, bullying, Commissioner, Criminal, culture, Gladys, Gladys Berejiklian, Government, harassment, Impact, New South Wales, NSW, parliament, Premier, Professor, security, surveylast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, May 24th

first_imgNo… You May Not Have Access to Burgundy, Bordeaux, German or Italian Wines TODAY’S NEWS 3 Badge Beverage Corp. Reopens Its Tasting Room in Downtown Sonoma PEOPLE Advertisement SUPPLIER NEWS WinemakerNevada City Winery – Nevada City, CA, USA Sonoma State Graduate Students Find Innovative Opportunities to Serve the Wine Industry Wildfires Make California Wine Taste Like an AshtrayEven if wine is not your thing, you should care about keeping America’s vineyards thriving, because California’s wine industry employs hundreds of thousands of people whose jobs could hang in the balance… TOR Napa Valley Announces the Black Magic Experience and Pritchard Hill Hike & Flight for Summer/Harvest 2021 California North Coast Vintner Claims Smoky Grapes Ruined Its Tanks; Grower Alleges Winery Is Holding Up SalesA Lake County winery is suing a grape growing company run by a former top executive with Jackson Family Wines and then finance mogul Bill Foley’s wine portfolio, claiming that grapes harvested during the wildfires last fall ruined nearly two dozen oak tanks and barrels… One of Finger Lakes’ Pioneer Wineries Continues to Offer Multiple Ways to Make Visitors Feel Welcome Act Now to Enter the 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition ReddIt PELLENC Fixion 2 Tying Machine Offers Time Savings of Up to 4 Times Faster Compared to Tying by Hand Advertisement Pinterest How Wine Grapes Are Uprooting Trees in China’s Green Great Wall South Africa 2021 Wine Harvest: ‘A Late and Slow Harvest Was Definitely Worth the Wait’ Linkedin Healdsburg Winemaker from Australia Dies after Bike Struck by Alleged Drunken DriverMark Osborne, a bicyclist struck by an alleged drunken driver near Sebastopol this month, has died of his injuries, authorities said… TRENDING STORY SevenFifty Announces $23 Million Growth Equity Financing to Further Accelerate Digital Transformation for Beverage Alcohol Industry Thanks to These HBCU Grads, the First Black-Owned Alcohol Delivery Service Is Here to Change the Game So, You Want to Be a Wine Consultant? More Supplier News How Brooklyn’s Happy Cork Drives Positive Change in the BevAlc Industry The Powerful Women of Bulgaria More Wine Industry Jobs Environmentally Friendly Cleaning & Deodorizing Sterox in Your Winemaking Cleaning Process Wineries Lament Cannabis Grows in Santa Ynez Valley WINEINDUSTRY.JOBS The Seasonality of Vineyard Mineral Nutrient Management Whisky Legend’s California Wine Adventure Mission Peninsula Focus: Interview with Marie Chantal-Dalese of Chateau Chantal Yountville Locals Day Kicks Off MONDAY, MAY 24 Assistant WinemakerMonterey Wine Company – King City, CA, USA Frost-Struck French Vineyards Very Slowly Resume Growth Napa County Planning Commission Okays Huge New Wine Production Facility in Rutherford Napa Valley Expects Visitor Surge This Summer, but Not Full Recovery Twitter Facebook A Perfect Marriage: The Vineyard Is on Long Island, the Tasting Room Is Open for Business in Brooklyn Estimated $2.5 Million in Damage from Napa’s Bronco Wine Company FireFirefighters at the scene of a fire at Bronco Wine Company’s south Napa storage center were able to save 90% of the warehouse structure and 80% of the inventory inside, a county spokesperson said Friday… Sales StaffNoe Valley Wine & Spirits – San Francisco, CA, USA The Judgment of Beaune According to Borda VINEYARD & WINERY Is Big Data Always Needed in the Wine Industry? Angels & Cowboys Expands Their Sparkling Program TAGS3 Badge Beverage CorporationAngels & CowboysDrizlyfeaturedLangtry Farms LLCLodi Wine GrowersSevenFiftyTOR Napa ValleyYountville Share Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, May 24thAfternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, May 24thBy Editor – May 24, 2021 52 0 Talking Mountain Wine with Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards Instagram Wine Influencer Denies Involvement in Pig’s Blood Vandalism at Former Home of Derek Chauvin Witness Ontario Wineries Hit Hard as COVID-19 Pandemic Stretches into Second Summer BLOGS Email Previous article3 Badge Beverage Corp. Reopens Its Tasting Room in Downtown Sonoma Next articleAct Now to Enter the 2021 Sunset International Wine Competition  Editorlast_img read more

Citywide-Who’s appearing on each night of the 2020 debates in Detroit

first_imgHomeBriefsCitywide-Who’s appearing on each night of the 2020 debates in Detroit Jul. 30, 2019 at 5:30 amBriefsGovernmentNewsPoliticsCitywide-Who’s appearing on each night of the 2020 debates in DetroitAssociated Press2 years agocandidatesdebatesDemocratsdetroit debates The second set of Democratic presidential debates will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit, with 20 candidates spread evenly over two nights.Here’s a look at who is appearing on each night of the debates:NIGHT 1: TUESDAYSteve Bullock, Montana governorPete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, IndianaJohn Delaney, former congressman from MarylandJohn Hickenlooper, former Colorado governorAmy Klobuchar, senator from MinnesotaBeto O’Rourke, former congressman from TexasTim Ryan, congressman from OhioBernie Sanders, senator from VermontElizabeth Warren, senator from MassachusettsMarianne Williamson, author and spiritual guruNIGHT 2: WEDNESDAYMichael Bennet, senator from ColoradoJoe Biden, former vice presidentCory Booker, senator from New JerseyJulian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretaryBill de Blasio, mayor of New York CityTulsi Gabbard, congresswoman from HawaiiKirsten Gillibrand, senator from New YorkKamala Harris, senator from CaliforniaJay Inslee, Washington governorAndrew Yang, entrepreneurTags :candidatesdebatesDemocratsdetroit debatesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentFormer MMA Fighter Introduces Busy Residents to 30 Minute Gym ExperienceCitywide-Uber lays off 400 employees from global marketing teamYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agolast_img read more

EvoKE Project Pushes European Public to “Accept” Evolution

first_img Recommended Evolution Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Intelligent Design EvoKE Project Pushes European Public to “Accept” EvolutionCasey LuskinMay 8, 2017, 2:26 PM Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagseducationEuropean CouncilEuropean UnionEvoKEevolutionintelligent designNature Ecology & Evolution,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Casey LuskinAssociate Director, Center for Science and CultureCasey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.Follow CaseyProfileWebsite Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide 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 Education A recent article in Nature Ecology & Evolution, “Public literacy in evolution,” discusses a newly launched project to push evolution on the European public. Called EvoKE, or “EVOlutionary Knowledge for Everyone,” the project’s main concern is to find ways to increase “European citizens’ acceptance and understanding of evolution.” In multiple places, the article quotes EvoKE leaders who are worried about the level of “acceptance” of evolution. The language is telling:On why EvoKE was needed: “[I]n Europe, we lacked a formal conversation about the public acceptance and understanding of evolution.”On the goals of EvoKE: “To stimulate a discussion on the state of European citizens’ acceptance and understanding of evolution.”On the content of EvoKE events: “The question of whether evolution is accepted and understood by European citizens indeed formed the focus of several discussions at EvoKE 2017.”On key action items for EvoKE: “[R]esearchers need to be proactive and at the forefront of science communication efforts, especially given movements to undermine the acceptance of evolution.”In case you missed it, EvoKE spends a lot of time fretting about whether the European public “accepts” evolution. They seem particularly distressed about those “movements” that do not encourage people to “accept” evolution.In response, the project aims to get political. The last paragraph states:In 2007, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted the resolution: “The dangers of creationism in education.” This resolution urged state members to notably defend and promote scientific knowledge, and to promote evolution knowledge as a fundamental scientific theory in school curricula. However, we are not aware of an EU policy agenda regarding the teaching of evolution. Support for EvoKE and the projects that came out of the meeting would certainly be a way for the European Council to be more proactive on those issues.We reported on the above-mentioned 2007 resolution, adopted by the Council of Europe, at the time. Memorably, it stated that teaching intelligent design may entail a “threat to human rights.” Specifically, that resolution declared:“[T]he Parliamentary Assembly is worried about the possible ill-effects of the spread of creationist ideas within our education systems and about the consequences for our democracies. If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights which are a key concern of the Council of Europe.”“Creationism has many contradictory aspects. The ‘intelligent design’ idea, which is the latest, more refined version of creationism, does not deny a certain degree of evolution but claims that this is the work of a superior intelligence. Though more subtle in its presentation, the doctrine of intelligent design is no less dangerous.”“The neocreationist movement, which mainly consists of the advocates of ‘intelligent design,’ defends the hypothesis of the intervention of a so-called superior intelligence. Describing it as scientific, the supporters of intelligent design demand that their ideas be taught in biology classes alongside the theory of evolution.”“[T]he intelligent design ideas are anti-science: any activity involving blatant scientific fraud, intellectual deception, or communication that blurs the nature, objectives, and limits of science may be called anti-science. The intelligent design movement would seem to be anti-science for several reasons. Firstly, the nature of the science is distorted. Secondly, the objectives of the science are distorted. The writings of the leaders of this movement show that their motivations and objectives are not scientific but religious.”“With creationism today, we are witnessing a growth of modes of thought which, the better to impose religious dogma, are attacking the very core of the knowledge that we have built up little by little concerning nature, evolution, our origins and our place in the universe. There can be no doubt that this is a serious attack on human rights.”“Our modern world is based on a long history, of which the development of science and technology forms an important part. However, the scientific approach is still not well understood and this is liable to encourage the development of all manner of fundamentalism and extremism, synonymous with attacks of utmost virulence on human rights. The rejection of all science is definitely one of the most serious threats to human rights and civic rights.”To summarize, the resolution claims that intelligent design is a form of creationism that is “dangerous,” “anti-science,” promotes “deception,” is religiously motivated. It says that teaching these ideas amounts to “a serious attack on human rights,” of “utmost virulence on human rights” and “one of the most serious threats to human rights and civic rights.” The resolution goes on for 105 paragraphs this way. Read the whole thing.And remember, this rabidly intolerant screed isn’t a random blog rant from some intolerant undergraduate atheist student club. It was adopted as a resolution by the Council of Europe, a quasi-governmental body and would-be protector of “human rights.” According to the article in Nature Ecology & Evolution, the EvoKE project wants to lobby the European Union — a true governmental body with real lawmaking powers — to draw inspiration from this resolution and start making policy.What kind of policy could come from such a declaration, standing directly against freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of scientific inquiry? The resolution’s claims that intelligent design could pose a “threat to human rights” sounds like a thinly veiled wish to criminalize or legally inhibit ID advocacy. Is this how EvoKE aims to encourage Europe to “accept evolution” — by declaring that alternative views pose a “threat to human rights”? Would they threaten dissenters with legal retaliation for being “anti-science”?Oppressive regimes have tried gambits like that in the past. One hopes that EvoKE would aim to persuade the public with reason and evidence, not through the force of the law. But on any objective showing, reason and evidence are on the side of intelligent design, not evolution. Maybe that’s why, it seems, some are tempted by harsher remedies.Image: Europe from space, by Smh232 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.last_img read more