Postdoc gives talk on science, superstition

first_imgThough religious observers often follow traditions in their faith with the same seriousness as the law, a Tuesday lecture revealed that these traditions sometimes stem from unusual places.Reformation science · Brad Bouley, postdoctoral fellow of USC’s department of history, discusses the combination of religion and science. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanOn Tuesday, USC postdoctoral fellow Brad Bouley presented a lecture titled “The Holy Body: Between Science and the Supernatural” as part of the Haunted Religion seminar, sponsored by USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture Interdisciplinary Research Group. The lecture focused on Bradley’s soon-to-be-published essay, which shares the same name.Bouley delved into changes in the Roman Catholic Church’s canonization process after the Reformation, and highlighted the increasingly scientific approach of looking for physical evidence of supernatural works.“One of the things the church had been doing since the high Middle Ages is officially canonizing people, and there is a very legalistic process by which people are canonized,” Bradley said. “After the fracture between the Protestant Church and the Catholic Church, they halt that for 65 years. There’s a lot of indication that it’s because people were concerned because they see a lot of abuses.”Bouley also discussed the nature of the medical canonization process in relation to doctors. In the Middle Ages the church often commissioned doctors to perform autopsies on the bodies of people who were candidates for sainthood to find physical signs of holiness.Bouley said doctors would look for anomalies in different organs or marks on the bodies as signs of sainthood.“A saintly body should have an ongoing connection with God,” he said. “Therefore anatomical irregularities of the heart can count for canonization.”Though the process was pseudo-scientific, doctors still faced social pressures to confirm certain people as saints. Bradley noted doctors very rarely argued against an individual being a saint.“A lot of the time, the doctors they are bringing in are huge figures. They are famous doctors [the Catholics] are trying to bring in to buoy up the candidates,” he said. “So if you are bringing them in for a case like this, that immediately gives credence to the person, unless the doctor says no, but it’s very hard to say no. We have cases where people in the area say, ‘Look, if you say no to this body, we are going to stone you.’”Bouley discussed how doctors came to assume the role of providing medical proof as an extension of the forensic role they already occupied in the legal system. At the time, doctors were called to provide forensic evidence for murder trials.“There was a long back story of giving forensic evidence, and in many ways, the evidence you are looking at for deciding canonization in many ways is forensic evidence,” Bouley said, “so it is not that big of a leap to go to that [canonization].”last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani’s first homer, solid relief work help Angels cool sizzling Twins

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Tommy La Stella is congratulated in the dugout after scoring on a Mike Trout single off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs reacts after giving up a walk to Minnesota Twins’ C.J. Cron in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings at an incoming pitch for a go-ahead two-run home run during the third inning of Monday’s game against the Twins in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, follows through on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, back second from right, runs the bases on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios, left, in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 13: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins with third base coach Mike Gallego #86 as he rounds the bases during the third inning of the game on May 13, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani, center, of Japan, and Mike Trout, right, head to the dugout after Ohtani’s two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (not shown) in the third inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. Twins catcher Jason Castro, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Minnesota Twins’ Jorge Polanco, right, is forced out at second base on a fielder’s choice as Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella attempts a double play which failed in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Angels’ Mike Trout, left, congratulates Tommy La Stella after La Stella’s go-ahead solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the sixth nning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — There is a recipe for winning baseball that uses ingredients the Angels already have in the cupboard.The Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Monday night, showing what can be accomplished with a deep lineup and a strong bullpen.Shohei Ohtani’s first homer of the year and Tommy La Stella’s surprising 10th homer provided the bulk of the offense on a night the Angels had 15 hits, including 12 against Twins ace José Berrios.It was only good enough for a one-run lead after Tyler Skaggs had labored through five innings, leaving the bullpen to maneuver through 12 outs. “We’re dangerous, one through nine,” La Stella said. “I think in the beginning we had some bad luck, but hopefully it’s starting to turn for us.”La Stella, who also had three hits, belted his homer just in time for Skaggs to be the pitcher of record, even though he’d already thrown his last pitch of the night.Overall, it took Skaggs 101 pitches to get through five innings. He walked three, including two of the first three batters of the game, and he started only 11 of 24 hitters with a strike.“I’ve got to cut down on the walks,” Skaggs said. “The home runs today, they hit some bad pitches. But the team picked me up.”He also got bailed out by Brian Goodwin making a catch with his back to the fence to end the fourth, saving at least two runs.“Luckily, our offense and our bullpen are our strength right now,” Skaggs said. “As a starting staff we need to pick it up, and we’re going to.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Then the Angels’ hitters took over.In the third, Berrios left a pitch over the middle and Ohtani crushed it 429 feet to left-center, knocking it off the scoreboard above the bullpens. The two-run homer put the Angels up 3-2.An Albert Pujols opposite-field single – one his three hits – pushed the lead to 4-2.After Skaggs gave up the lead by allowing a Marwin Gonzalez homer in the fifth, La Stella restored the Angels’ lead with an opposite-field homer against Berrios in the sixth.The first opposite-field homer of La Stella’s career continued his surprising season.“What we heard is he gives you a professional at-bat, but not a lot of power,” Ausmus said. “What we’ve seen is a professional at-bat, he gets his hits and he has hit homers.”Mike Trout also had three hits against Berrios, as he continues to pull out of his uncharacteristic slow stretch.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Justin Anderson struck out the side in the sixth, Ty Buttrey worked two innings, and then Hansel Robles closed it out, netting the Angels an encouraging victory.“That’s an outstanding job,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “Buttrey got through two innings. Anderson looked really sharp and Robles closed it out. They did an excellent, excellent job.”Buttrey said the relievers fed off each other to produce the perfect night.“I think everyone is raising the bar for the next guy,” Buttrey said. “Ando did a great job and I wanted to continue the pattern and Robles did the same thing. … Ando comes in and strikes out the side, and I’m trying to strike out the side, and Robles is too.”They did so against the Twins (25-15), who came into the game with baseball’s best winning percentage, largely because of a powerful offense. They showed that power in the first inning when Jorge Polanco belted a two-run homer, one of two two-run homers allowed by Skaggs.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: England can remove USA’s aura of invincibility with win

first_imgFaye White admits the United States used to have an aura of invincibility, but the former England captain believes the Lionesses can remove a mental barrier by beating the defending champions in the Women’s World Cup semifinals.Jill Ellis’ side will play its eighth straight semifinal game at a World Cup on Tuesday against an England team hoping to go one step further after semifinal exits at each of the last two major tournaments. The last time the two met in a World Cup knockout clash was in 2007, when White skippered an England team that was beaten 3-0.And while the 90-cap international acknowledged the U.S. had a certain mystique back then, she insists Phil Neville’s Lionesses have nothing to fear in Lyon. Related News USA vs. England: How key players Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze match up “They did have that aura — they are the best team in the world, they proved it at World Cups, Olympics as well, they are constantly delivering on the biggest stage,” White told Omnisport. “Now we are getting closer in terms of structure and finance. This game is a massive opportunity. It is the first time that [England] don’t feel like underdogs. We feel very much on a par.”It’s that mental side; they had the edge. We just need that win. This could change the perception of the game and take it on another level back home if we can get that result.”Time to be braveFinal training ahead of our @fifawwc semi final: complete. pic.twitter.com/QzYCPKqIq1— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 1, 2019England reached the semifinals in 2015 too but the team four years on feels like a different proposition, with Neville’s side having scored more goals, conceded fewer and having had a much larger percentage of possession.Former Manchester United player Neville was a surprise hire in 2018 given he had never held a coaching role in the women’s game, but White can see his squad has fully bought into his methodology.”You would with a manager that’s played where he has and with the manager [Alex Ferguson] he has worked under,” White, speaking on behalf of Greene King, added. “I would have felt a huge amount of excitement that he was coming in and being able to draw off his experiences, what better way to take his knowledge?”He’s fully immersed himself in the women’s game and they play with their hearts.”Neville has also got the best out of Lucy Bronze, calling the right-back “the best player in the world” after her display against Norway in the quarterfinals. Women’s World Cup 2019: How ‘free spirit’ Megan Rapinoe started on the road to greatness Bronze said she did not consider herself worthy of such a billing, though White thinks she belongs on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or.”You always get strikers and midfielders getting the limelight but for a right-back to affect a team so much, it’s unbelievable,” White said. “She has that Roberto Carlos stature that he had within the men’s game. She’s so assured and drives a team forward in an attacking sense. Without question she should have that nomination.”Greene King is encouraging communities to come together and support the Lionesses – http://www.facebook.com/GreeneKingBrewery/ Women’s World Cup 2019: Lucy Bronze, England ‘more hungry’ than other semifinalistslast_img read more

Non residents can claim exemption from Aadhaar-based verification

first_imgAs per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, every ‘resident’ is entitled to get an Aadhaar number by submitting demographic and biometric details. A resident for this purpose has also been defined in the Aadhaar Act itself. Such a ‘resident’ is an individual who has resided in India for a total of 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment in Aadhaar. Therefore, it is unlikely that you meet this criterion for Aadhaar enrolment.Read it at Live Mint Related Itemslast_img read more