The War of the Museums

first_imgSome evolutionists have become very alarmed at the opening of the new Creation Museum in Kentucky (05/26/2007).  They are so alarmed, in fact, that they are using pro-Darwin museums to counter-attack.  Scientific American published a lengthy article on the war of the museums.    Elisabeth Landau quickly used terms to label creationism as pseudoscience: “Science Museums Adapt in Struggle against Creationist Revisionism,” the subtitle reads right off the bat.  Additional slams in the article include, “a bogus idea” and “completely unfounded challenges to the theory of evolution.”  Intelligent Design was quickly lumped into the same pot of boiling oil.  By contrast, evolution is labeled as, “the only plausible thesis we have for explaining what we see in nature today.”    Given this mindset, the strategy is clear: take no prisoners, and counterattack.  Evolutionists are mounting a museum and media campaign to counter the likes of the Creation Museum.  They realize that the attractiveness of the Creation Museum needs to be outdone.  The goal is to make evolution approachable and exciting with upbeat displays.  Here are some examples mentioned in the article:Fly karaoke:  Visitors attempt to mimic the courtship displays of Hawaiian fruit flies.  This is part of “Explore Evolution,” a permanent exhibit at six museums throughout the midwest and southwest.  The goal is to help visitors to explore evolutionary concepts in new ways.  “Explore Evolution,” designed by Judy Diamond, is “one of many recent efforts by science museums to counter such resistance to evolution.”  She came up with a “new plan to lure visitors: interactive activities about evolution and lessons on how scientists ply their trade.”Where’s P��bo:  Another exhibit at “Explore Evolution” was described: “A giant wall of nucleotides compares the DNA of humans with that of their closer relatives, chimpanzees.  And, in a Where’s Waldo-type game, visitors are challenged to find small figures representing famous evolutionary scientist Svante P��bo, director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, to illustrate the 1 percent difference between human and chimp genomes.”  (See 06/29/2007, “The Chimp-Human 1% Difference: A Useful Lie”).Act up:  Another new traveling exhibit named “Life Changes,” funded by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will open in 2009 (Darwin’s 200th birthday).  This exhibit is “mainly directed at children and will feature actors, who will tell stories about different birds to convey evolutionary principles.”  Internet discussion groups and online courses are included.Heal thyself:  “Surviving: the Body of Evidence” is another exhibit aimed at explaining evolutionary medicine.  Opening at the University of Pennsylvania next April, it will attempt to show that evolution is important to understanding our bodies and benefiting health.  Lactose intolerance and obesity, for instance, are claimed to be evolutionary artifacts of the change from a hunter-gatherer existence to an agricultural economy.    Remarkably, this exhibit will avoid evolutionary trees.  It will only classify human ancestors into broad categories as early, middle and late.  Why?  The designer explained, “In evolution you can’t necessarily draw these ancestor-descendent relationship lines, because people are always in the process of discovering new things.”The Man:  The “Darwin” Exhibit is currently at the Field Museum of Chicago after its run at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  For earlier entries on this exhibit, see 11/11/2005, 11/21/2005, and 12/16/2005, bullet 5.Meet the ancestors:  The American Museum’s 13-year-old Hall of Human Origins has been reopened with updated exhibits and interactive displays.  The SciAm article shows a picture of the dramatic entrance to the exhibit with skeletons of a chimpanzee, human and Neanderthal against backdrops of cells and DNA.  This is part of a slide show on evolutionary exhibits included with the article.Get the story right:  Upset at misrepresentations (or avoidance) of evolution at some secular museums, Colin Purrington (Swarthmore U) has a new website with ideas for helping your local museum present evolution properly and effectively.  His photo page has 94 examples of evolutionary displays, some he considers good, some bad.    The first photo (one of his favorites) shows a child peeking through a hole at the top of an evolutionary tree.  “Every zoo should have one of these,” he said, “though the caption at the bottom should be fixed to be less accommodating to evolution doubters.”  He said he has been trying to convince a few zoos to erect bronze replicas of the evolutionary tree, “but generally people just roll their eyes at me.”  Bronze was suggested so that “local fundamentalists wouldn’t be able to burn them.”  This is a reference to a janitor who took umbrage at a Dover District school’s risque depiction of naked humans emerging from primitive ancestors.  Apparently he burned the mural one night.  Purrington considers this a cause celebre to portray Darwin doubters as anti-science, but it was not stated whether the janitor was opposed to evolution or might have considered the gratuitous nudity inappropriate (or distracting) for students. Dino Shuffle:  A traveling exhibit based on the BBC Series “Walking with Dinosaurs” began making the rounds in Tacoma, Washington, reported PhysOrg.  The stage show features 15 animated, life-size dinosaur models.  “The show is so big it can only play to two-thirds of the seating at typical American arenas,” the article says.  “The Tacoma Dome, for example, will seat 8,000 for each of the eight performances.”  Tickets cost nearly $80 for adults.  The show is slated for 100 American cities over the next few years.  “The story … travels 200 million years from Triassic to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods,” clearly a different take from that of the Creation Museum.In short, it appears that the evolutionists have plenty of ammo to return fire against the Creation Museum.  Virtually every other state and county museum in the country presents the evolutionary story as fact.  The SciAm article ended with Purrington promoting a more in-your-face attitude by evolutionists toward doubters.  He urged museums to take down disclaimers or warnings that visitors might be offended.  The National Zoo in Washington, for instance, had a Stop sign erected before its display on chimpanzee-human relationships, stating that it “contains some things you may agree with, some you may disagree with, and others that may even trouble you.”  Bosh, thinks Purrington: “You don’t get any of that foolishness in Europe” (cf. 06/22/2007).    “Darwin” exhibit curator Niles Eldredge (see 03/03/2007) summed up the attitude of the article toward public creationist displays: “hey people, we’re not going to take this lying down and we’re going to fight back.”    See also the 09/22/2005 story about how some museums are training their guides to deal with creationists.One cartoon from Answers in Genesis says a thousand words.  Unfortunately, it is not posted on their website, so we’ll attempt to describe it.  The little Creation Museum is in the center, surrounded by terrified and angry buildings expressing fear and outrage that such a thing should exist.  The buildings are personified depictions of dozens of huge, multi-million dollar, government-funded museums of dogmatic Darwinism.    Let’s do a brief survey of the evidence marshaled in support of the evolutionary displays, shall we?  After all, these expensive and elaborate exhibits are doing their dead-level best to present evolution attractively to the public.  One would think they would put their best scientific foot forward – here, if anywhere.Fruit flies: the 800 “different flies” that have evolved from a common ancestor: this is microevolution, which even Ken Ham believes.  Irrelevant.Meeting real scientists: the appeal to authority and bandwagon fallacies.  Why do they exclude Kepler, Boyle, Maxwell, von Braun, Damadian and other creationists?Humans and chimps: Explore Evolution repeats the myth that human and chimpanzee DNA differs by a mere 1%.  That evolutionists would promote a bald lie (see 06/29/2007) is reprehensible.  (Compare with this week’s claim in Science Daily that up to 10% of the modern human genome has changed in a few tens of thousands of years.)Kiwi: “Life Changes” uses the flightless bird from New Zealand as evidence for evolution.  Creationists acknowledge kiwis as either created for their niche, or having lost flight – devolution, not evolution.  Irrelevant.  The other examples of “bird evolution” are not described in detail; maybe they meant finch beaks (08/24/2005).Evolutionary medicine: lactose intolerance and obesity easily fit into creationist models of human history and owe nothing to Darwinian evolution.  They, too, represent downward steps, not increase in genetic information that evolution requires.  Uncontroversial and irrelevant.Darwin: just a man with some weird ideas.  Lot’s of people have weird ideas about how the world came to be.  Another irrelevant appeal to authority, not evidence.  Any Darwin-hyping is an appeal to the emotions, not to logic and reason and the weighing of evidence.Neanderthal: despite some DNA differences and skeletal morphology, most anthropologists believe Neanderthals fit within Homo sapiens and could have interbred with modern humans (see, for instance, 05/19/2005).  For recent reports on the re-admission of Neanderthals (once considered human ancestors) into the modern human group, see 09/23/2005, 01/24/2006, bullets 2-3, 03/08/2007, bullet 8, and search on “Neandertal” or “Neanderthal” in the search bar.    Yet here is what the article claimed about all this.  Note the lack of evidence:Through DNA evidence, for example, scientists now know that Neandertals are a distinct kind of hominid with their own identity.  Visitors can view a vial of actual 40,000-year-old Neandertal DNA alongside vials of human and chimp DNA and learn about how, say, Homo sapiens migrated out of eastern Africa 70,000 years ago.  Fossils alone have not been able to tell this story, because of gaps in the fossil record, Tattersall says.(Remember what we said about the phrase “now we know” in evolutionary parlance? (see 07/02/2007 commentary).  They have relegated our Neanderthal brothers, who had bigger brain capacity, to an outcast group, like some kind of historical racism.   The paragraph above is all bluffing about things they cannot know and do not have evidence to support.  Of course, evolutionists would never stoop to lying to the public about human evolution, would they? (11/19/2004, 02/25/2005).So that’s it.  That is all the actual appeals to scientific evidence mentioned in the article.  Impressed?  The rest is all hot air and blathering about how ignorant and dangerous the creationists are, with their one museum against dozens parading Darwin’s dangerous idea unquestioningly.    One last thing you should notice about this article.  As usual, the Darwin Party wants no debate or discussion – even about the difficulties or problems evolutionists argue about among themselves.  This is so typical.  (Exercise: think of other segments of society that behave this way.)  Some of us were taught as teens that science is an open-minded inquiry into the phenomena of the natural world, where no ideas are sacred, and every idea must be supported with evidence and subject to falsification.  But whenever anyone dares to question something that might besmirch the holy robes of Pope Charlie, the wrath of the inquisition knows no bounds.  The Darwinists force their ideas on children at zoos and museums with an in-your-face haughtiness, yet become aghast when a creation museum dares present a different view (with loads of evidence).    Creationists, by contrast, have long taken the initiative to discuss these issues in the open marketplace of ideas.  Early creationist attempts tried to promote balanced treatment.  When that lost, maybe an appeal to accuracy about Darwin’s theory (no more lies in textbooks about Haeckel’s hoaxed embryos, etc.) but the verdict of judges (not scientists), acting singlehandedly (Overton, Jones, Cooper), was No!  Darwin only!  Dogmatism only!  D.O.D.O.!  We won’t even allow you to read a disclaimer or put one in a textbook encouraging students to be open-minded!  Then, when a meek well-liked teacher says “Fine; we’ll talk about it not in a science class, but in an elective philosophy class,” her small-town school was threatened with a bankrupting lawsuit (01/25/2006).  This is the kind of paranoia Darwinists routinely exhibit against free speech.    In their 30 years of evolution debates on college campuses, Morris and Gish went to leading campuses in America and abroad, winning debate after debate.  It got to the point where it was hard to find an evolutionist willing to take part.  Eugenie Scott even advised her fellow evolutionists not to debate them.  Why?  Despite her spin that Morris and Gish were expert debaters (they were not, never having been trained or taught in debating), the fact was that crowds usually sided with the creationists.  Votes showed they thought the creationists made the better case based on the evidence.  Evolutionist debaters often made fools of themselves, appealing to religious arguments instead of scientific arguments.  Often they came completely unprepared to defend the very theory they were glibly teaching their students year after year.  The audience could see right through them.  Richard Dawkins refuses to debate creationists about scientific evidence any more (though he has recently debated some theologians), but he doesn’t hesitate to spew his one-sided venom against anyone who believes in a Creator.  There have been some intelligent-design debates in recent years, but again, these were almost all initiated by the anti-evolution side.    For decades, Dr. Walter Brown has had a standing offer to hold a refereed written debate with an evolutionist on scientific evidence (no religious arguments allowed).  He has never had a taker.  Dr. Joseph Mastropaolo offers a $10,000 prize to any evolutionist who can win a debate before a superior court judge on evidence that is “scientific, that is, objective, valid, reliable and calibrated.”  141 leading evolutionists and 35 institutions have all been challenged to this debate but have declined.  Over and over again, the Darwinists have dodged the opportunity to prove their view scientifically before a neutral audience.  Instead, they want to crush all dissent yet be free to present their lopsided, one-sided views dogmatically without any questions or challenges (02/24/2006)  Here, we see them trying to dress it up with techno-pop like “fly karaoke.”  For crying out loud (or laughing hysterically), it’s pathetic (02/10/2006).    The creationists have one wildcard going for them in this battle: common sense.  Decades – nay, centuries – of materialist propaganda has not convinced the majority of the public that humans have bacteria ancestors.  Biblical creationists would add that this is a spiritual battle for the soul of man, motivated by Satan, the father of lies, but the gates of hell cannot prevail against God’s truth written in man’s conscience.  Given the behavior of the evolutionists demonstrated above, you are welcome to form your own conclusion.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bloggers take a trip back to humanity’s origins

first_imgHosted by Brand South Africa, bloggers are being introduced to hi-tech developments across the country, including the Square Kilometre Array. At the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, on 24 March, they met Andrea Leenen, the chief executive of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Past), and American Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Anthropology Robert Blumenschine, the chief scientific, education and fundraising strategist at Past. Both took the opportunity to discuss the stark realities of evolution. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa+ 27 11 712 5007sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.comMelissa Jane CookRetracing our past was the perfect introduction to a group of foreign journalists and bloggers who are exploring innovation in South Africa.Hosted by Brand South Africa, they are being introduced to hi-tech developments across the country, including the Square Kilometre Array. At the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, on 24 March, they met Andrea Leenen, the chief executive of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Past), and American Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Anthropology Robert Blumenschine, the chief scientific, education and fundraising strategist at Past. Both took the opportunity to discuss the stark realities of evolution.“Africa is the birthplace of humankind and the continent [preserves] a fossil record for our origins and ancient heritage found nowhere else in the world,” said Leenen. Past, based in Johannesburg, is a public benefit organisation. Since 1994, it has been dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting Africa’s ancient cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of Africans and all humans.Past is the world’s largest independent organisation that supports the study of human origins. It uses its position to educate, turning to a physical theatre group to explore our origins. The actors move around the stage imitating monkeys and the evolution of humanity. The jumps, tumbles and other body movements prove that physical theatre is an extraordinary way to break barriers. It is also a means of communicating that everyone, regardless of language, can understand.Leenen explained that Past’s signature educational initiative and the foundation of its overall mission was the Walking Tall project. “It offers workshops for secondary school students and teachers that increase scientific literacy through an understanding of the origins of life and humankind.”Africa’s advantageIt showcased the origin sciences as a career track in which Africa’s geographical advantage in the field could and should result in global scientific leadership. “It exposes students to applied evolution and related emerging career opportunities in agriculture, medicine and environmental remediation. It addresses Africa’s critical role in shaping humanity and uses humankind’s recent origin in Africa as a transformative tool to instil dignity in the continent and promote equality among all people,” she said.Blumenschine added: “We use theatre to teach science, to show that it is not a dry and academic subject, but [is] fun and interesting.”The student workshops feature the physical theatre production, which takes its audience on a 4.6 billion year journey through time from the origins of Earth to the present day. The show is followed by a scientific session in which the basic principles of evolution and the origin sciences are explained. These are key elements of life sciences curricula across Africa. The workshops conclude with a question and answer session. Complex issues are raised, such as skin colour as an environmental adaptation that cannot be used to define race, and conflicts between science and religion.“Walking Tall is a mobile, cost-effective and lasting educational intervention and outreach mechanism that since 2002 has reached almost one million people, primarily students and teachers in South Africa, but also audiences in Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Belgium and Sweden,” said Blumenschine. The show is an effective education tool, and can be performed in an auditorium or under a tree.Blumenschine has conducted archaeological and wildlife research in east Africa, southern Africa and India. He co-directed the Olduvai Landscape Palaeoanthropology Project at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and has embarked on a pan-African campaign, working in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. He supports research and education. “We want to spread support as here, in South Africa, there is such a wonderful heritage. I get so dismayed by people who don’t appreciate fossils; people must be proud of their heritage,” he said. The student workshops feature ‘The Walking Tall’ performers and their physical theatre production, which takes audiences on a 4.6 billion year journey through time from the origins of Earth to the present day. The show is followed by a scientific session in which the basic principles of evolution and the origin sciences are explained.Common ground“Origins is a positive message that allows us a common ground, it is the basic foundation for all of us. Pre-democracy, the government prohibited the teaching of evolution. Here, we have a rich understanding of our origins. Africa is the custodian of this world heritage and people must know this.”The organisation offered a fresh angle into science, Leenen explained. “People are always after the headline story, but it’s so much bigger than this. It links all people on the planet. It is the African story. People always think science is complicated, that it’s natural selection and genetics.“[But] teaching like this crosses boundaries. It’s not an old guy in a lab coat, or a doctor or a geneticist. This is accessible to all. It is the mother of all sciences and the gateway for kids.”Understanding ancient heritage is critical to central aspects of modern society. Past urges us to use our origins to instil pride in South Africa and for an African identity. “We must promote our unity amid diversity. Our shared African roots should be a potent source of global unity. This is the rainbow nation and that is a scientific fact,” Blumenschine said.African roots, global relevanceFocused originally on South Africa, Past has recently implemented a development plan to expand its education and research programmes throughout Africa. Named Scatterlings of Africa, after the song by Past champion Johnny Clegg, its longer term aim is to bring the organisation’s education and public outreach initiatives to global audiences.“We want to inspire scientific curiosity and an appreciation for ancient heritage among Africa’s youth, and to develop global scientific leadership by African origin scientists,” said Leenen. “Past also uses the origin sciences as a powerful tool for building African pride and dignity as well as promoting racial harmony and environmental conservation.“The first spark of human consciousness was from Africa and only this continent tells the human story which lies in fossil bones.”Our shared African roots are seen in our 99.9% genetic similarity to one another. Biologically, humans are all the same; there are only superficial differences on the exterior. Leenen maintained that when the group spoke to and performed for underprivileged children, these children saw that they had potential – “they see that we are all the same. Our similarities far outweigh our differences.” This was a fundraising campaign to “leave a legacy as timeless as our past”.Moving forwardMiller Matola, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said we are ready to be taken on a journey in welcoming “home” the foreign visitors. He introduced Collins Chabane, the minister for performance monitoring and evaluation in The Presidency, who said: “We have moved forward and South Africa is a better place to live. Our experience is different from anywhere in the world and we have all laid the foundation to build our legacy.”Chabane said that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) was very beneficial for South Africa. The SKA is a series of radio telescopes, which look like large satellite dishes. Radio telescopes are used in radio astronomy, the branch of science concerned with radio emissions from celestial objects – galaxies, stars and the like – which are used to determine their size, mass and chemical composition. The SKA infrastructure is expected to encourage schoolchildren and students to take up science and technology subjects, leading to the growth of a new class of scientists.Leenen concurred that “with SKA, and Past, looking into the origins of life and origins of the universe, here, we can offer answers to both of those”.Brand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa.last_img read more

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis moots diverting Konkan rivers to tackle drought

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday suggested that diverting water from rivers in the Konkan region to the Godavari river basin would resolve the drought problem in Marathwada and north Maharashtra. Mr. Fadnavis also mooted the idea of constructing a 480 km tunnel to divert water from the Vainganga river in Telangana to help provide relief to east and west Vidarbha. A water expert, however, termed the proposals as more ‘populist’ rather than practical and asserted that these ‘big ticket schemes’ would only increase the drought-affected areas’ dependency on other parts of the State.“The State government with the help of Jalyukta Shivar attempted to make the State water sufficient, despite which some parts of the State have faced drought in the last 3-4 years due to deficient rains,” Mr. Fadnavis said in his address at a flag hoisting ceremony at the Mantralaya on the occasion of Independence Day. “We need to overcome this. Drought in Marathwada and north Maharashtra can be overcome by diverting water from rivers in Konkan, which flow into the sea, into the Godavari river basin. Also, a 480 kilometre long tunnel will take Vainganga river water flowing in Telangana to west and east Vidarbha,” he said. Mr. Fadnavis added that incomplete irrigation projects in western Maharashtra would soon be completed with the help of aid from the Centre and asserted that it would ensure that Maharashtra faced no drought in future. “The water of Konkan rivers will be stopped in the Sahyadri hill range and then lifted, only to be emptied in tunnels within the ranges to flow into the Godavari basin,” said Pradeep Purandare, a former professor at the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI). “Apart from being expensive, the project has several ecological hazards. One cannot stop the flow of water into the sea. Plus, it does not guarantee water to drought affected Marathwada as major beneficiary will be north Maharashtra, mostly Nashik. That means we are again at the mercy of upstream districts,” he opined. The State government had recently announced a ₹25,000 crore water grid project for Maharashtra where dams would be connected using pipelines, with a company from Israel set to undertake preliminary work.“Big ticket projects are always attractive, irrespective of their benefits,” said Mr. Purandare. “Diverting water or connecting dams would leave drought affected parts at the mercy of other areas with water. In the age of climate change one cannot guarantee perennial sources of water,” he added.last_img read more

Australian team tries too hard to be aggressive sometimes, feels James Anderson

first_imgEngland will host Australia for the Ashes next summer, but the mind games have already started for pacer James Anderson.On Sunday, Anderson claimed that the current Australian cricketers have sometimes “tried too hard to be aggressive” as they sought to live up a traditional stereotype of what is expected from them.England have often been on the rough end of Australian aggression, an approach which culminated in three players, including captain Steve Smith, being banned following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.Australia have themselves questioned their own win-at-all-costs approach, which led to off-spinner Nathan Lyon saying he hoped his side could “end the careers” of several opponents before last year’s Ashes games.READ – Moeen Ali reveals shocking racial abuse by Australian player during Ashes 2015For Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker, the memory of that difficult period appears still raw, with England also claiming that in 2015 Moeen Ali was called “Osama” by an unnamed Australian in that Ashes series.Australia carried out an investigation into the incident, which was closed last month after they could not find “any new additional evidence”.READ – Cricket Australia to seek clarification from ECB about Moeen Ali’s ‘Osama’ claim”They have tried too hard to be that stereotypical Australian team that are aggressive and go hard at people,” Anderson, 36, told the BBC although he added that he felt Lyon’s comments were taken “out of context”.Last week Australia’s new-look side attempted to introduce a softer look, shaking hands before play against Pakistan in Dubai, when they held on for a creditable draw in their first Test since the turmoil in South Africa.advertisementREAD – England’s Moeen Ali doesn’t feel sorry for ‘rude’ AustraliansAnderson said new Australia captain Tim Paine was “a genuinely nice guy” and was also complimentary about other team members.”Mitchell Starc is not naturally aggressive despite being a fast bowler and even Steve Smith is a really good bloke – there is no real malice with anything he does – so it was really out of character,” said Anderson.However, he added: “The thing about wanting to be good blokes is that you can only be a good bloke if you really are a good one.””When Brendon McCullum was New Zealand captain, he made it all about being entertaining and showing off your skills,” he said.”Both Eoin Morgan in ODIs and Alastair Cook in Tests took from his way and tried to incorporate it into their captaincy.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Sovcomflot Novatek Forge Ties on LNG Shipping

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Novatek Russian shipping major Sovcomflot has inked a strategic cooperation agreement with compatriot natural gas producer Novatek for the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas condensate produced at Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2.The agreement is a continuation of the strategic partnership of the two Russian companies on developing an effective logistics model for the transportation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, and optimizing the Arctic fleet both in terms of quantity and technical parameters.The deal will also cover Novatek’s other Arctic projects, the two companies said in a joint release.The duo has pioneered shipping through the Northern Sea Route and in July 2017 Sovcomflot’s Christophe de Margerie, the world’s first ice-breaking LNG tanker, became the first tanker to traverse the route unescorted.Christophe de Margerie is the first in a series of 15 carriers being constructed for the Yamal LNG project by Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) under a USD 320 million shipbuilding deal signed in 2014.“Our unique partnership with Sovcomflot will optimize our LNG transport model through the Arctic zone by efficiently and effectively using ice-class tankers,” Novatek’s Chairman of Management Board, Leonid Mikhelson, said. “To implement our long-term development strategy to produce more than 55 million tons of LNG by 2030, we need to establish an efficient Northern Sea Route shipping model. Combining our efforts with Sovcomflot, one of the global leaders in navigation in harsh ice conditions, will allow us to achieve maximum efficiency in managing our transportation costs.”last_img read more

Wilmington Youth Soccers Latest InTown Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are Wilmington Youth Soccer in-town game summaries from Saturday, May 12, 2018.Boys Grade 2 Games:Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls:The Columbus Crew would not back down from this back and forth match. The offensive pressure from Griffin Crowe, Matthew Lawler, Sanjeev Puvanendrakumar and Nathan DiSchino brought the crowd to a frenzy. A spectacular display of defensive skills was shown by Jonathan Poulose and Tristan DeHart. In addition, the midfield play of Marcus Dawson, Scott Anderson and Bijon Pourshadi kept constant pressure on the opponent’s net. The goalkeeping tandem of Christopher Cali and Brendan Cohen made timely saves, standing strong the entire match.DC United vs. New England Revolution:The air was full of excitement, as the much-anticipated match between DC United and New England Revolution commenced. Fantastic ball skills were displayed by Caden Merritt and Ryan Fitzgerald resulting in goals by Garrett Lanagan, Chase Daly, Jake Gryglik, and Connor Jamieson. The midfield and defensive play of Ryan Hudd, David Poulose, Ryan Fitzgerald, Jacob McGahey and Jacob Afthim kept DC United in excellent shape. The crowd roared to their feet when Caden Merritt, Chase Daly, Jacob Afthim and Ryan Fitzgerald made some spectacular saves.Girls Grade 2 Games:Chicago Red Stars v. Orlando Pride:Proving they were also World Cup Competitors Ava Szczesuil and Georgia Hanson scored for the Orlando Pride in this hard fought game. Anna Ward, Emily Laquidara and Jacqueline Warren added the offensive punch and Courtney Perkins, Julie McMullen and Chloe Stryhalaeck held up the defense. It was an outstanding team effort capped off with great goal keeping by birthday girl Hanna Hadzic and Georgia Hanson.Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars:Top-Notch play kept people watching this one. Excellent offensive plays by Julia Navarro, Molly Kenney and Niamh McNeil applied heavy pressure causing the NC Courage to back pedal. Defensive positioning by Olivia Long and Abigail O’Donoghue fended off any threat that came thru making it tough for the Courage. The goalkeepers also played a great game in net, keeping the game in hand. Boys Grade 1 Games:Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Philadelphia Union, led by the offensive skills of Michael Belanger and Cameron Jones resulted in scoring opportunities by Davio Dicenso and Sean Marzani. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Andrew Poyant kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United:The air was full of excitement, as the much-anticipated match between Chicago Fire and D.C. United commenced. Fantastic ball skill were displayed by Benjamin Card and Matthew Roque resulting in goals by Jacob Schoenholtz, Nathan Ricciarelli and Lucas Pereira.  The midfield and defensive play of all players kept the Chicago Fire in excellent shape. Top-Notch play kept people watching this one.Girls Grade 1 Games:NC Courage vs. Portland Thorns:The NC Courage’s Emily Falk, Allaina Holman and Isabella DeOliveira stayed on their toes creating many scoring opportunities. The play of Olivia Howie, Alaina Roy, Olivia Smith shut down the other end of the field on defense that set the tone for this game.Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dash:Proving they were also World Cup Competitors Kaitlin Pryse, Taylor O’Connell, Emily Ruzzo and Taylor Stone scored for the Houston Dash in this hard-fought game. Grace Daley and Kiera Barry, added the offensive punch and Olivia Marasca and Bridget Bloom held up the defense. It was an outstanding team effort.Boys Kinder Games:Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union:The Philadelphia Union would not back down from this back and forth match. Goals by Charlie Kennedy (2), Rowan Norton, Brody Aprile, and Declan Riley brought the crowd to a frenzy. A spectacular display of defensive skills was shown by Mikey Doucette and Maxwell Madore. In addition, the midfield play of Connor Mangini and Andrew Power kept constant pressure on the opponent’s net. Girls Kinder Games:Orlando Pride vs. NC CourageThe crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as the Orlando Pride, led by the offensive skills of Alaina Wang, Kyla Pereira, Sofia Gomez and Sofia DeLucia resulted in scoring opportunities by Maeve Hennigan, Aubrey Coyne and Adalyn Maloney. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Abigail Coyne and Olivia Downing kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.Pre-K Girls Games:Harvard vs. NortheasternThe crowds gathered at the Shawsheen fields for this back and forth game. The Harvard led by Sophia Rocco, Quinn Moulden and Parker Pryse got the crowd jumping out of their seats. Brooke Spirito and Paityn Loughran led the scoring charge, while the great defensive effort of Olivia Contarino and Lily Falk kept the action going.Boston College vs. Boston University:The crowd was kept on the edge of their seats this week as Boston College, led by the offensive skills of Sofia Hunt, Amara Chimwanda  Katie Downing and Grace Connolly resulted in scoring opportunities by McKinleigh Frizol, Lillian Bastien. The defense was not to be left out of this one either as Emily Lane, Emilia Gregorio Ariana LaRosee and Madelyn Peltz kept the ball out of their zone for much of the game.(NOTE: The above game summaries were submitted by Wilmington Youth Soccer.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Youth Soccer’s Latest In-Town Game Summaries (May 1)In “Sports”last_img read more

Strolling on the lanes of superstitious flea markets

first_imgA trip to the nearest flea market is always on a woman’s to-do list. Men often accompany them but they helplessly watch their woman fight her way through the narrow lanes and fellow shoppers to locate their favourite cheap but drool worthy clothes. The endless bargain, going through heaps of cheap clothes and the hot sun on top, bothers the shoppers. But there are certain superstitions that are ignored because it is part of a ritual, has something to do with religion or is simply a hidden obsessive compulsive disorder. There is a need to highlight certain superstitious occurrences as it causes inconvenience to the shoppers and is worthy of discussion. There are various superstitions that are a part of these markets and these things often annoy the shoppers but their love for shopping surpasses all hurdles. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While trotting about the market early, before the crowd barges in, bundles of clothes contain interesting pieces which one might buy easily. But superstition is one point which is often noticed and yet ignored. Few people have come forward to reveal different superstitions in various flea markets in the national Capital.When the shopkeepers open the stalls/shops for the day around 11-12 am, they tend to sprinkle ‘jal’ (water) so that it attracts customers. The aim is not just to clean the area but to be aesthetically appealing so that shoppers head towards the particular shop. Jatin, a stall owner of jeans at Janpath market said: “sprinkling water brings us good luck. You’d see almost all shopkeepers doing it in the morning.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe shopkeepers never let the first customer go empty handed (good for us shoppers). But one never really realises what agenda they hide. When Millennium Post asked another shopkeeper in Sarojini Nagar Market as to why he agreed to such a low bargain (a shopper bought a stole for Rs 50 even when the shopkeeper demanded Rs 150), he said: “Madam boni ho jaegi aise, ab boni hogi tabhi toh kaam theek chalega humara.” The most baffling of all superstitions is the one where they refuse to exchange item only because they didn’t sell an item first.  One shopper Riddhi recalls how she was asked to leave the premises and come back in the evening when she attempted to exchange an item in Janpath market. She said: “I was surprised when he asked me to come again later in the evening. I waited right there for the boni to happen but the shopkeeper told me that waiting right here would delay the boni as my presence was affecting their sales. This was ridiculous but the shopkeepers were adamant and hence, I came back in the evening.”last_img read more

Agents give ACV the thumbs up for its first Seminar at Sea

first_img Thursday, December 20, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — A group of lucky travel agents indulged in green eggs and ham and other fun perks during Air Canada Vacations’ first-ever Seminar at Sea.Sailing from Miami, the Dr. Seuss-themed voyage took place onboard the Carnival Victory and welcomed 30 travel agents and their partners. Representatives from ACV, including Judy Munden, Veronica Di Ruocco and Marilisa De Simone, also tagged along on the four-day sailing.Highlights of the trip include a welcome cocktail party at the Black and Red Seas Lounge, a scavenger hunt with prizes organized by ACV and Carnival Cruise Line, free time in Key West, and site inspections at Occidental, Iberostar in Cozumel. Agents also participated in an educational seminar on the last day at sea, and enjoyed a gala dinner hosted by Secrets Aura Cozumel. Tags: Air Canada Vacations Agents give ACV the thumbs up for its first Seminar at Seacenter_img Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more

Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombia

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 5, 2019 TORONTO — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and San Francisco Investments have announced plans to open a luxury hotel and private residences in Cartagena, marking the third Four Seasons in Colombia.Located on the doorstep of Cartagena’s historic walled city, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will feature 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite boasting 390 square metres and 325 square metres of living area, respectively.The hotel will also include approximately 16 private residences, 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six food and beverage concepts with both indoor and terrace dining, a spa and fitness centre as well as a rooftop pool with views of Cartagena Bay.In addition, several culturally significant buildings, such as the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres, Teatro Cartagena, Teatro Calamarí, Teatro Bucanero and Teatro Rialto will be revitalized and restored by Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAs part of its investment, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will revitalize and restore several culturally significant buildings dating as far back as the 16th century, including the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres.“This new Hotel and Private Residences is the perfect project for us to expand our presence in South America, providing us with the rare opportunity to convert such an exceptional collection of historic buildings within a marquee location in one of the region’s most alluring cities,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together with our partners at Valorem, we look forward to bringing the very best in luxury hospitality to Cartagena.” Posted by Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombiacenter_img Tags: Colombia, Four Seasons Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more