Kings, Texters triumph

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Tim Cone had Barangay Ginebra using the very weapon on Phoenix Petroleum which the Gin Kings hope to ride to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champs.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather-McGregor a ‘shameless cash grab’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Japeth Aguilar had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter scattered 14 that went with 11 boards as the Kings humiliated the Fuel Masters in the rebounding battle, 76-47.In the first game, TNT KaTropa routed Blackwater, 117-96, to snap the Elite’s franchise-best winning run at three games.“I think they just caught us on a good day,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.Blackwater is now 0-9 against TNT all-time, and the Texters made the Elite look so bad as they built leads of as many as 27 points.TNT bottled up Blackwater’s inspiration, Henry Walker, no end and forced the NBA veteran into a sour shooting night. In dropping to 3-4, Blackwater lost for the first time in four games with Walker around.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “We overwhelmed them with our size,” Cone said after a 105-92 ripping of the Fuel Masters that gave the Kings a fifth straight win and allowed them to stay in the upper half of the elimination round bracket at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Wednesday night.“It’s the strength that we have, which nobody else has,” Cone added after Ginebra rose to 5-1 and tied idle Meralco, as both are now within a win of advancing to the quarterfinals. “I guess if we will win this tournament, it will be because of our size.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Ginebra came out of the halftime break a very different team, breaking free from a 53-50 game to eventually deal the Fuel Masters a seventh straight loss in a 2-7 card.“San Miguel (Beer) has great size with June Mar (Fajardo),” Cone pointed out. “But we will have to take advantage of our size. It’s the same thing I had with Purefoods with (Marc) Pingris and Joe (Devance), only this time, we are really big.” LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Walker did finish with 33 points, but was 10-for-26 from the field in almost 43 minutes as the TNT perimeter defense forced him to a 1-for-6 clip from three-point range.Meanwhile, with Sept. 1 declared a holiday, the PBA extended the deadline of Draft aspirants based abroad or with foreign lineage until the end of office hours on Monday, Sept. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Disciplinary actions cannot be “fast-tracked” on fate of doctors – Medical Council

first_imgDeaths of 3 leukemia patientsSix months have passed since three particular children died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), but no sanction has been imposed on those culpable for their deaths, although two independent probes have been conducted, as well as one by the Guyana Medical Council (GMC).Seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards died on January 14, three-year-old Roshini Seegobin died on January 18, and six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca died on January 24.Chairman of the Guyana Medical Council, Dr. Navindranauth Rambarran, told Guyana Times during a telephone interview on Thursday that the matter at hand is of a serious nature, and therefore the process that is being followed cannot be rushed.“This process has to be fully exhausted, and we are following the process. This did not come to the Medical Council as soon as it was reported in the news; this had levels of investigations (done by) the Ministry (MoPH) and the institution (GPHC) itself. And it took some time for us to actually be brought into the investigation, into the phase where we would look at the matter,” he declared.He explained that although the Public Health Ministry and the GPHC had each conducted its own investigation into the deaths of those three children, the Guyana Medical Council is required to have its own investigation done.“The matter has been before us, I believe, (for) just a few months. We are looking at it, but the disciplinary process is not one that we can fast-track. We just cannot take the other things (investigations’ findings), because this is the body that registers the doctors; so we have to do our own work,” he clarified.Dr. Rambarran had in May confirmed that the Guyana Medical Council had concluded its probe into the deaths and the files had been sent to the Council’s Disciplinary Committee.“All I could say on the issue is that the issue is now engaging the Disciplinary Committee at the Medical Council. But the course of natural justice has to take its path, so I cannot comment on that further,” Dr Rambarran had said at that time.With regard to the doctors who, in the initial probe done by the hospital, had been found to be negligent of following protocol but are still on the job, Dr Rambarran had explained that it is not the role of the Guyana Medical Council to interfere in those operations; but rather, the Disciplinary Committee has to do its work.The GPHC had earlier this year found that the medical personnel did not follow the established protocol in administering drugs to these three children who died earlier this year.Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) of Guyana, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, had in March told the media that the doctors who had treated the now dead three leukaemia patients had incorrectly administered a certain drug.Instead of administering the drug vincristine intrathecally, they had done so intravenously; and this had led to the adverse reactions of those three children that ultimately resulted in their deaths.She explained that investigations revealed that protocols the medical practitioners should have followed would have stipulated which drug has to be administered “when and where”.“It wasn’t a question of dosage, but administration in terms of where it was administered. That was done incorrectly. The dosages would have been fine, but (the error occurred) in terms of where they administered what,” the Deputy CMO explained.She said the three medical personnel involved in the matters were aware that they had broken protocol, but not at the initial stage of administering the medical drugs to those patients.“The reasons that were given encompassed the fact that they were stretched and maybe not fully attentive at the time. That pretty much is the long-and-short of the reasons given, but I don’t think that initially they realised (that they were in error). But eventually, when they recognised that the patients were deteriorating, when they checked, they realised their mistake,” she explained.DeficienciesMeanwhile, Chairperson of the GPHC Board of Directors, Dr Kesaundra Alves, told the media that an internal investigation done by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the treatment of the three leukaemia patients and their subsequent adverse reactions has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges had contributed to the demise of those three children.“Statements were solicited from the parties directly or indirectly involved, and parties who were witnesses or otherwise privy to pertinent information that could assist with the investigation. The Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Jeffery, submitted his final report to the Chief Executive Officer on January 28, 2019. That report concluded that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of the three children,” Dr Alves detailed.She said an independent investigation was also done by the Public Health Ministry and its findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s investigation: non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols had led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.Following this incident, parents and other activists began calling for suspension of the medical licences of those doctors responsible for the deaths of the three children.last_img read more

Arsenal hit hard by food poisoning in China

first_imgBut the Frenchman said that the sickness that had swept the Arsenal camp, coupled with the severe heat in China and long flights, made for far-from-ideal preparations for another taxing campaign.Wenger was shorn of Olivier Giroud because of food poisoning, then captain Per Mertesacker pulled out of the game just moments before kick-off because he too fell ill with the same problem.New signing Sead Kolasinac had to come off before the break, while substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott both also felt unwell.Arsenal were particularly poor in the first half in the 36 degrees Celsius (97F) heat and Wenger admitted that the extreme conditions in Shanghai were “a shock” after flying in from Australia, which is in its winter.“We worked very hard on Monday and Tuesday so I was a bit scared that tonight we could have big problems and in fact in the first half we suffered a bit,” said Wenger, under pressure to get Arsenal back in the Champions League this season.“Ramsey finished the game (feeling) bad and Walcott, Kolasinac, Mertesacker, Giroud, they all had a little food poisoning.”Wenger said the Premier League club — who next travel to Beijing to face Chelsea on Saturday — did not know what caused the food poisoning.Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso (left) and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi in action during a pre-season friendly in Shanghai, on July 19, 2017 © AFP / Johannes EISELEWenger added of the punishing pre-season schedule that many top European clubs now undertake to far-flung destinations for commercial reasons: “If you ask me is it ideal physically to prepare? I’d say certainly not.“Has it got other advantages? Yes because we can meet fans all over the world so that is very positive and the team bonding is easier as well because we live together for two weeks.”– ‘Nightmare’ –Reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the unlikely hero for Wenger and Arsenal, saving Juan Bernat’s soft spot kick after Gunners substitute Alex Iwobi nodded in the leveller right at the end of normal time.Robert Lewandowski had needed just nine minutes to fire German champions Bayern ahead from the penalty spot as they swept through Arsenal, before Iwobi’s late intervention meant the game went straight to penalties.Bayern Munich’s forwardRobert Lewandowski (L) and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny vie for the ball during the International Champions Cup football match in Shanghai July 19, 2017 © AFP / Johannes EISELEBoth sides fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and reserves, with new Bayern signing James Rodriguez and new Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette starting.Wenger’s team were thrashed 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern last season in the Champions League and the manager said his players were still hurting.“I don’t think this kind of game wipes out what happened last season,” said the Arsenal boss.“We will always remember that. We had a nightmare last season in the second half.“But it’s still good to win against a team like Bayern.”Bayern play AC Milan in Shenzhen, southern China, in their next warm-up game on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger reacts during the International Champions Cup football match between Bayern Munich and Arsenal in Shanghai July 19, 2017 © AFP / Johannes EISELESHANGHAI, China, Jul 19 – Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.last_img read more


first_imgEugene Organ fields a high ball, with Thomas Gillespie and Kevin Kenny competingUlster Senior Hurling Táin League Division 2 Aodh Rua 1-10 St. Eunan’s 2-14St. Eunan’s got the better of their county rivals Aodh Rua in the opening game of this year’s Ulster Senior Hurling League in Fr. Tierney Park Ballyshannon on Monday.After Colm Breathnach opened the scoring for the visitors with a 4th minute free, Chris Kilgallon put the home team ahead when he cut in from the corner and finished to the net from a narrow angle. Seán McVeigh and Kevin Kenny exchanged scores before a Kevin Meehan pass on 16 minutes put Eugene Organ through on goal.Despite pressure from goalkeeper Kevin McDermott, Organ managed to get his shot away to send his team ahead.Playing with a strong wind, Aodh Rua now had their best spell of the game, tagging on two points from Chris and Ciaran Kilgallon along with a Kenny free.Only strong defensive work from Eunan O’Donnell and Sean Halvey in the visitors full back line prevented this pressure being converted into further scores. Two late Letterkenny points from play by Organ and Breathnach were cancelled by frees from Kenny and Kilgallon, leaving Aodh Rua one point ahead at the break, 1-7 to 1-6.Kenny extended the home team’s lead in the first minute of the second half with a long range free. However, from that point on, St. Eunan’s gradually took control of the game.With Conor O’Grady and Colm Flood providing the platform around the middle of the field, the visitors reeled off six points in the next fifteen minutes from Breathnach, Organ and Caoimhin Lennon.A Kenny free on 44 minutes was Aodh Rua’s sole reply. The decisive moment of the game came in the 47th minute.Cian Durack found Organ bursting through at pace and his determined run through the Ballyshannon defence was finished by a strike to the top corner of the net. Aodh Rua battled on but, finding scoring against the wind difficult, they only had a final Kenny free to show for their possession. Three late points from Breathnach and Durack sealed a seven point win for St. Eunan’s.St. Eunan’s: Sean McBride, Sean Halvey, Eunan O’Donnell, Brian McIntyre, Aaron O’Connell, Adie Gaffey, Conor O’Grady, Colm Flood, Steven Doherty, Darragh McCarthy, Kevin Meehan, Eugene Organ (2-5, 4 frees), Sean McVeigh (0-2, 1 free), Colm Breathnach (0-5, 3 frees), Cormac Hartnett. Subs: Cian Durack (0-1), Caoimhin Lennon (0-1), Eoin Scanlon, John McIntyre, Paddy Flood.Aodh Rua: Kevin McDermott, Ciaran Rami, Stephen Sheerin, Jack Matthews, Thomas Gillespie, Kevin Kenny (0-6, 6 frees), Brendan Gillespie, Cian Dolan, Ciaran Kilgallon (0-1), Stephen Connolly, Chris Kilgallon (1-3, 2 frees), Conor McNeely, Rory Cullen, Liam Coughlin, Gary Loughlin. Subs: Patrick Faherty, Ryan O’Brien, Martin Larkin, Gary O’Brien, Shane McNulty, Kevin Loughlin, Aidan Begley.Referee: Aidan Ferguson (Fermanagh).Man of the match: Eugene Organ. HURLING: ST EUNAN’S TAKE POINTS IN BALLYSHANNON was last modified: March 30th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgUP to 50 people at the Largo Foods crisp factory could lose their jobs as part of cutbacks at the company in west Donegal, has learned.Staff have been told in meetings that the jobs will go before Christmas.Management at the company – the same firm behind the recent controversial ‘sexist’ Hunky Dory adverts – are to meet the affected staff in one-on-one meetings over the next few days. Tonight local TDs Pearse Doherty and Thomas Pringle have expressed concern at the prospect of more job losses in Gaoth Dobhair.The crisp factory accounts for a quarter of the jobs on the Udaras na Gaeltachta industrial estate in the parish.The move – the company has yet to make a formal announcement – comes just ten weeks after a high-profile launch of a Tayto-branded tortilla snack. There was a promise of 35 jobs back in June – but we understand the new crisp “isn’t doing well” in the market and the stores are “packed with them.”At that time the company said it had 190 staff. The company has been given huge government grants. One insider told “A lot of the jobs these days are part-time and we were told the jobs will be going before Christmas.”TD Pearse Doherty said: “This looks like bad news for the area and I will be seeking a meeting with the company about this.”GAOTH DOBHAIR JOBS BOMBSHELL AS CRISP FACTORY AXES STAFF was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gaoth Dobhairhunky dorysjobs axedlargo foodslast_img read more


first_imgSimply Red star Mick Hucknall’s chance of catching a prize salmon on his Co Donegal estate seem to have got away.The chart-topping star and his bandmate Chris de Margary acquired some rights to the River Finn outside Ballybofey in 2006 after they bought the Glenmore Rivers estate.Both are keen anglers and saxophonist De Margey even set up home on the estate. Hucknall, 51, often stays on the 24,000 acre Co Donegal estate where he is popular with locals.But the agency which looks after the river which runs through the heart of the estate has revealed the number of salmon has dropped from 6,000 in 2006 to just 2,000 recently.The salmon and trout season on the River Finn starts on March 1st and ends in September.But the most worrying part for the ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ stars is that nobody knows why the salmon are disappearing. Commercial fishermen had been banned from placing drift nets on Lough Foyle leading to the River Finn.But drift-net fishermen say they are not to blame.Billy Doherty, a drift-net fisherman on Lough Foyle, has been stopped from catching salmon since June 2010.He said the ban won’t help stocks to recover.“The so-called experts now realise that there are other factors that are causing the decline in the salmon,” he said. “It wasn’t solely the drift-net fishermen.“I think to be honest someone somewhere needs to ask vital questions. Why are the stocks still declining after so much public money has been spent?”SALMON TOO TIGHT TO MENTION FOR SIMPLY RED STAR! was last modified: February 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenmore Rivers estateMick HucknallsalmonSimply Redlast_img read more

Delight as Tobin’s Service Station win Gold award in Hygiene and Food safety

first_imgBUSINESS: One of Donegal’s busiest and most popular service stations has scooped another national award. Tobin’s Spar Service Station, have developed a stellar reputation both locally and nationally for being one of the most successful express stores in the country.They have won multiple awards over the years for their fantastic customer service, brilliant food and outstanding excellence in the industry. They won yet another national awards at a glitzy ceremony on Friday evening.Tobin’s took gold for Hygiene & Food Safety in Forecourts Level 3, and incredibly it was the sixth year in-a-row they took that award.Owner Eddie Tobin told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to have won the National Q mark winners forecourt for Hygiene & Food Safety for an unprecedented six years in a row!!!!“It’s a fantastic achievement, and it’s a testament to all the hardworking team we have at Tobin’s – which ensures we uphold the highest standards in Hygiene and Food Safety.” Delight as Tobin’s Service Station win Gold award in Hygiene and Food safety was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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

Food security is the focus

first_imgAbonga Tom and Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana, at Ekasi Garden Headquarters, Vusamanzi Primary School, (Image: Redbull Amaphiko)Lead by example is the motto of the founders of Ekasi Project Green, who aim to make their communities nutritionally self-sustainable.Ekasi Project Green is an urban farming initiative that is run by young people from Khayelitsha, a township in Cape Town, based at Vuzamanzi Primary School. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition to make people more aware about the food they eat and to make good decisions for their health.The project creates a space where young people can be creative while developing themselves. They want to see young people getting in touch with local farmers and making better decisions about the role they play in the food system.AN INSPIRATION FROM HOMEEkasi Project Green was started in September 2014 by friends who were inspired by their grandmothers’ gardens in Eastern Cape. They had the idea to guarantee a healthy diet for the students.Abonga Tom and Sizwe Nyuka Mlenzana, who have been friends since they were children, spoke to SA Goodnews about the project.“Young people like to believe in what they see, they watch us and want to get involved,” Tom said. “Ekasi is a role model. By doing, we motivate children to explore their talent and creativity… Our passion is fuelled by the difference we see we’re making and the excitement of the students at Vuzamanzi Primary School when they come running to help and play.”Sizwe, Abonga and friends joined forces because the overall influx of bad news coverage was acting like a counter agent to change. “A tip for social innovators: be ambitious, self-confident, patient, safe and most of all, free your mind and stay positive,” said Mlenzana. “Don’t compare yourself to anybody else but stay focused.”PARTNERSHIPSIn the social entrepreneurship sphere partnerships are needed to fulfil the mandate of an organisation. Ekasi works in partnership with Slow Food Youth Network, an organisation from Italy that promotes good, clean, fair food with a focus on sustainability.“Slow Food Youth Network is very supportive in everything we do, from the We Love Our Seeds workshop and Funky Vegetable Festival we organised here in Khayelitsha,” Mlenzana explained. “We also volunteer for the organisation and represented Slow Food [at the] Good Food and Wine at Cape Town International Convention Centre.”Mlenzana represented Ekasi in France at the third Eating City Summer Campus, alongside 42 people from all over the world. The Campus offered a global platform at which participants could discuss the effects of food systems on natural elements, identify problems and also come up with solutions.They wrote a declaration which was presented in Milan, Italy in October at Terra Madre Giovani – We Feed the Planet and again in Paris at the CoP21 summit in December this year to Ban Ki Moon, the general secretary of the UN.“What I learnt is that as young people we need to be involved in this movement because young people are the future,” Mlenzana said. “We need to be part of the solution when it comes to climate change, food sovereignty and sustainable ways of living.”last_img read more

House bill exempts farms from reporting emissions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A bipartisan bill to exempt farmers from reporting to the U.S. Coast Guard emissions from the natural breakdown of manure on their farms yesterday was introduced in the U.S. House. The National Pork Producers Council strongly supports the legislation, which is similar to a bipartisan bill introduced last month in the Senate.Sponsored by Reps. Billy Long, R-Mo., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., along with 85 cosponsors, the “Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions (ACRE) Act,” H.R. 5275, would fix a problem created last April when a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that exempted farmers from reporting routine farm emissions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).CERCLA, more commonly known as the “Superfund Law,” is used primarily to clean hazardous waste sites but also includes a mandatory federal reporting component.The appeals court ruling could force more than 100,000 livestock farmers to “guesstimate” and report the emissions from manure on their farms to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center (NRC) and subject them to citizen lawsuits from activist groups such as the Humane Society of the United States.“America’s pork producers are grateful to Congressmen Long, Costa and their 80 colleagues for introducing legislation to fix this problem,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “Routine emissions from hog manure do not constitute a ‘hazardous’ emergency that requires the Coast Guard to activate a national cleanup response.“EPA exempted farms from CERCLA reporting because it knew responses would be unnecessary and impractical. We need to have that exemption reinstated, and NPPC calls on the House and Senate to pass their respective commonsense, bipartisan bills as soon as possible.”The appeals court’s April decision originally set a Nov. 15, 2017, deadline for as many as 200,000 farms to report emissions. After petitions from EPA — supported by NPPC motions – the court twice delayed that deadline, with the most recent postponement until May 1.Some farmers tried filing reports Nov. 15, but the Coast Guard’s NRC system was overwhelmed. In some instances, NRC operators refused to accept reports for more than a single farm per call because they didn’t want phone lines tied up, and in one case, an operator sent notices to more than 20 state and federal response authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a state police agency, after receiving a report.“The pork industry was prepared to comply with the reporting mandate,” Heimerl said, ”but EPA, the Coast Guard and state and local emergency response authorities said they didn’t want or need the information, which could have interfered with their legitimate emergency functions.”last_img read more