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Rich, Poor Alike May Now Run for Office

first_imgThe House of Representatives has taken a decision to drop registration fees for electoral offices in Liberia, thereby opening the entire contest to either the ‘rich or poor’.Said decision means that ordinary Liberians wanting to serve their country in public offices can do so without fear of spending huge sum of money for candidate’s registration in an electoral process.Plenary took the decision Tuesday, May 20, to reduce the registration fees for elected positions after the Senate attempted to amend the Electoral Law of 2006 and at the same time increased the fees for both legislative and presidential elections.Despite Representative Acarous Gray’s motion for Reconciliation filed, the House voted 26 for, four against with three abstentions in order to set the figures at US$2,500 for presidency, US$2,000 for the vice president while the Senate and House carried US$750 and US$500 respectively.In the wisdom of the House’s Committee on Elections and Inaugurations headed by Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel B. Smith, increasing the registration fees for any given electoral process disenfranchises popular aspirants, who have merger resources to participate in the elections.Lofa County Representative Moses Kollie motion in favor of the reduction was greeted with cheers from many of his colleagues, who felt the Senate’s changes were intended to target their opponents in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election slated for October this year.The Senate’s amendment could not get the Lower House’s concurrence because of the 600 to 700 percent increase. “The committee believed that the intent of the Senate might have been good in so far as they seek to raise fund for our electoral programs, but the committee finds the proposed figures somewhat astronomical and unbearable; given the reality of our economic situation. Moreover, if this provision were to be maintained, it would place Liberia above all democratic countries in Africa in terms of candidates’ nomination fees on the continent,” Smith said.      Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia is yet to secure the US$10.3 million needed to fund the Special Senatorial Election. The Electoral body recently announced adjustment to the electoral process due to what sources closed to the Commission believed, “is the lack of resources to conduct the election in time.”The Commission failed to conduct what is considered, cardinal and critical component of the electoral period, the Issuance of the Writ of Election.Said process gives electoral magistrates across the 15 counties the authority to move into their respective area and conduct the election. However, up to press time, the process which should have been conducted on Friday, May 9 remains uncertain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FLY Warns Council of Patriots to Annul June 7 Protest

first_imgWith barely 21 days to the planned June 7 “peaceful protest” organized by the Council of Patriots (CoP), the leadership of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) in collaboration with the Liberian National Students Union (LINSU), and the Mano River Union Youth Parliament-Liberia Chapter, has called on the organizers to annul the protest, describing it as a “setback for the country.”At a news conference in Monrovia on May 15, 2019, the President of FLY, Amos Williams, said taking a historical look at protests and its repercussions on the country and Africa at large, FLY patriotically cautions the organizers and all concerned to avoid said process, as “our peace remains fragile and our national economy unfavorable.”“In Liberia, our turbulent political history cannot be complete or written without mentioning the infamous April 14, 1979 Rice Riot. A protest, which was supposed to be peaceful, turned violent and claimed the lives of several Liberians. It subsequently resulted to the eventual toppling of the Tolbert regime on April 12, 1980,” Williams said.Based on his historical analysis, he called on Liberians to dissociate themselves from “this questionable peaceful protest, and to endure the patience as we pressurize the government to respond to national economic needs of the citizenry with particular emphasis on the youth,” he said.According to him, Liberians confidently remember the past, which everyone regretted, and promised never to repeat those mistakes. “Our past that may resuscitate with the June 7 event [and], if care is not taken, will reinvent the country’s ugly past.”Mr. Williams described key organizers of the protest as supporters of former President Charles Ghankay Taylor, who brought mayhem to the country.He said these individuals have no moral rectitude and national patriotism to demand a protest in the so-called name of Saving the State. “This is the very reason why they are always associated with non-nationalistic, unpatriotic and counterproductive undertakings to cause chaos at the detriment of ordinary people.”Williams said individuals behind the planned protest are not enemies to the state, “because their being in opposition was entertained, but they must emulate the mature and patriotic example of our former Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai; a man whose life as an opposition is void of constant insults and deliberate falsehoods.”“They have no space in our current generation, and we as youth leaders call on all Liberians never to give them relevance, especially at the expense of this government headed by Mr. Weah, who has an impeccable character free from national chaos,” Mr. Williams said.“Let us send this caveat that anyone who jeopardizes our peace by precipitating chaos, while their wives and children are peacefully living in the US and other countries, shall not go with impunity,” he cautioned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fabregas open to summer switch, LVG and Man United stunning picture and SHOCK season ticket price hike

first_img1 talkSPORT looked at the price rise of season tickets As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2014. Here, we look at April…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: APRIL 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: Moyes sacked as manager of Man UnitedThe writing was on the wall for some time but, in April, Man United bosses finally bit the bullet and sacked David Moyes as manager. The Scot was shown the door after just ten months in charge, with his final match ending in defeat to former side Everton – United’s 11th under his control.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/moyes-sacked-manager-manchester-united-14042288204MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW: Fabregas open to summer switchtalkSPORT were way ahead of the curve when it came to reporting on Cesc Fabregas’ future, as our Spanish football expert Graham Hunter appeared on the station to reveal Barcelona were open to selling Cesc Fabregas at the end of the 2013/14 season. Manchester United were believed to be in pole position to land the Spaniard, but it would be Chelsea who would win the race.Listen to the interview here: http://talksport.com/football/hunter-barcelona-open-fabregas-summer-sale-amid-man-united-interest-14042488585MOST POPULAR FEATURE: SHOCKING FIGURES! Your club’s season ticket price in 1981 compared to nowThe price of football was once again a hot topic as the Football Association announced the launch of yet another England kit in April 2014. talkSPORT decided to take a look into another area where the game is getting increasingly pricey – season tickets. These were the results…See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/shocking-figures-your-clubs-season-ticket-price-1981-compared-now-14040285756TALKSPORT’S PICK OF APRIL 2014: Picture: Is this proof Man United and Van Gaal are a match made in heaven?Following the dismissal of David Moyes, speculation mounted as to who would be his successor, with Louis van Gaal just one of a number of candidates. It seemed as though the Dutchman’s appointment was written in the stars, however, as talkSPORT unearthed this gem of a picture. The month of April also saw Liverpool reveal plans to redevelop Anfield – although talkSPORT found this (made up) image of the Merseysiders’ new stand.See the Van Gaal picture here: http://talksport.com/football/picture-proof-man-united-and-van-gaal-are-match-made-heaven-14041287108 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MARCHlast_img read more

Tagging crackdown

first_img“The one thing that has been something of a comfort to my family is the outpouring of support from the community and from individuals,” said Matthew Hicks, Maria’s son. Molina said the community can do more in the aftermath of Maria Hicks’ killing. “We need to take ownership as parents,” Molina said. Molina’s plan to make parents’ liable for the damage caused by their children was co-authored by fellow Supervisor Don Knabe. It would create a committee to hold family accountable civilly for an as-yet-undetermined base fee and restitution for damage. The pair announced their intent to the board Tuesday. The proposal will be investigated and made more specific over a 30-day period. By Nov. 9, the board will vote on whether to approve the measure. David Sommers, a Knabe spokesman, said it had not been determined whether the panel will overlap with procedures already in place. “It’s possible that the report back might be that there already is a strong punishment,” Sommers said. The panel, similar to traffic court, would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors and would have the power to make offenders pay fines and attend parenting classes under the supervisors’ proposal. All parents cited by the panel would be required to appear before it, whether their fines were paid or not. The procedure for minors convicted of vandalism makes parents responsible for repaying any restitution ordered by the court. Civil code states that parents are liable up to $25,000 for restitution for their minor children. Pico Rivera’s Nuisance Abatement Deputy Gilbert Dominguez said most parents are unaware of their child’s illegal activity, but are cooperative once they are informed. “Most parents are very willing to work with us and the city as far as a payment program,” Dominguez said. But some parents are hard to motivate, he said. And there is little that could force them to take a more active role, he added. To help Dominguez and others in Pico Rivera to fight taggers, Molina pledged half a million dollars to the eradication program at a city council meeting this past week. The money would benefit Pico Rivera, unincorporated West Whittier and parts of unincorporated South Whittier and would be used to hire new law enforcement officers and staff dedicated solely to graffiti eradication, officials said. New staff would include three new deputies, a sergeant and a district attorney. Station Capt. Michael Rothans said the proposal would cost from $500,000 to $600,000. The city already spends about $500,000 each year on graffiti abatement and cleanup. “The city was always aggressive in their enforcement of stopping vandalism and graffiti,” Rothans said. “What we’re trying to do is expand on the successful program the city of Pico Rivera already has in place.” Pico Rivera would also help to cover some costs such as the cost of one of the deputies and half the cost of hiring a district attorney. City Manager Charles Fuentes said the exact contribution had not been decided. But he wants additional funds to increase the advances made by the Graffiti Tracker program in the city, which uses GPS-equipped cameras to document and categorize graffiti. So far, the system has led to 68 arrests and $62,700 in court- ordered restitution. “The next phase needs to be focused on the more hard core gang banger element,” Fuentes said. “And that’s where Supervisor Molina wants to come in.” Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke is hopeful that the funding and tougher penalties would have the desired effect, especially in light of Hicks’ death. “Changes will come through this event,” Beilke said. “Things will get better.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The shooting death of a 57-year-old grandmother last month has prompted an outpouring of response from county and city officials. Maria Hicks was shot when she tried to stop a teenage tagger near her home. Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina said she planned to bulk up funding for programs to fight graffiti to the tune of $500,000 and to prosecute parents for vandalism by their minor children. The mother and grandmother was also remembered by officials from Monterey Park and Pico Rivera, as well as community members who together donated $6,000 for a scholarship in her name. last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – NOW IT’S THE JIMSTRUMENTAL!

first_imgThe formidable fun team of Alma Kavanagh, (Principal of St Joseph’s Rathmullan and sister of Donegal’s own Rory Kavanagh) and Brighdín Carr (LurgyBrack NS, Director of Blue Ribbon Arts and admirer of Rory Kavanagh) have done it again!!! Since their ‘Everybody plays for Jimmy’ skit hit webland two years ago, the girls came under pressure to produce another version. This time around however, being proud Donegal fans (and indeed ambassadors) and rebels to the cause, the girls decided NOT to revamp the 2012 PMC Medias hit.Instead they re-invented a traditional flavour to the Number One song of that momentous year, Rory and the Island’s ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ as an INSTRUMENTAL skit, which could be sung happily by schoolchildren young and old all over the county in the build-up to the best team in Ireland’s Donegal’s Big Day on Sunday next!Since their proud sponsorship of the Donegal team in 2010, Donegal Creameries now have an-udder string to add to their County bow, with the surprise and superb talent of their very own mascot, Daisi, who features in Rory’s Granny’s instrumental version of Jimmy’s Winning Matches by the Blue Ribbon Band.And boy does Daisi know how to ‘milk’ the cameras. Originally a cameo role. Daisi’s deft dance-moooooves prove that the cream really does rise to the top, and it wasn’t long into the Pmc Medias YouTube shoot of Blue Ribbon’s instrumental video before Rory’s musical Granny, Ms Alma Curran (real-life sister of Rory Kavanagh), decided to highlight the ultra-moooosical Daisi and so, a star is born. Udderly moooodest, Daisi is proud to star in the video, which can be found on Roryand the island’s facebook page, as well as blueribbonarts, pmc medias and Donegal Creameries facebook pages and of course on Youtube by searching ‘Jimmy’s winning matches (Jimstrumental)’ by Rory’s Granny.The video shoot includes hilarious scenes starring the staff and pupils of Ms Curran’s own school, St Joseph’s NS, Rathmullan, also Scoil Mhuire, Ramelton and pupils from Lurgybrack N.S. Letterkenny, even featuring Lola the dog and children from Lurgybrack Autism Unit.Rory’s Granny whistles her way through the instrumental whilst tackling (and of course leveling!) Kerry mammy Mary Maguire in Letterkenny Town Park in front of many Blue Ribbon Arts die-hard Donegal fans, dances in the tide at Rathmullan beach and inspires even the Lord Mayor of Rathmullan to join in on the frenzy, not to mention inspiring the children of Blue Ribbon to take to the streets of Falcarragh, and even to invade and transform the soccer territory of Ballybofey’s Finn Park into a Donegal GAA Victory Ground. Even David Craig (‘Come on Sam Maguire’) catches the fever and exchanges his guitar for dancing shoes.Not to have the limelight stolen from her, Daisi turns up with Irish Dancer Sophia Whoriskey at Black’s farm to join forces with the almighty Donegal Teddies of Bomany.RTE’s Lisa McKelvey also features as she interviews Daisy, Rory’s Granny, Blue Ribbon and staff and customers of the newly opened ‘Michael Murphy Sports’ shop for an exclusive slot which will be broadcast in the build-up to the match.Featuring the music of Jimmy’s Winning Matches written by Rory Gallagher, arranged and played by Brighdín Carr and the Blue Ribbon Band, this youtube video was arranged and directed by Brighdín, recorded by Jason Friel and Ben Carr, produced by Marty Curran of PMC Medias. This ‘Jimstrumental’ is a traditional Celtic take on the vibrancy, craic and energy of Donegal as a county, it’s children, it’s fans, it’s teamwork, and a fine Irish musical tribute to it’s GAA team and Manager, Jim McGuinness.Rory’s Granny is proud to be back in the limelight following her unbelievable success with Blue Ribon’s ‘Everybody Plays for Jimmy’ in 2012.‘I think it was my ability to poledance with the Sam Maguire in Voodoo that made our song and YouTube video such a success. Trevor Loughrey and Noel Sweeney (Swilly Drive) were grand, but everyone knows that I was ‘Man of the Match’ that year. Now I’m willing to share my platform with Daisi’.Daisi the Cow of course has the last word. ‘I will be there on Sunday, in all my glory. I love Mick Mooo-rphy, and you never know, if Donegal’s Mooo-ya Doherty ever does a revamp of RiverDance, I’m the perfect cow for the job. ‘ Now come on Donegal, let’s get this party started!!!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – NOW IT’S THE JIMSTRUMENTAL! was last modified: September 14th, 2014 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:Blue RibbonBrigin CarrdonegalThe Jimstrumentallast_img read more

Woman’s appeal after salesman targets pensioner in scam

first_imgGardai are investigating an incident during which a travelling salesman preyed on an elderly man in St Johnston.The man, who was driving a blue Ford Focus with a Northern Ireland registration, called to the pensioner’s home in Maymore just after noon on Thursday last.The victim’s granddaughter said the man was well dressed with glasses tan skin with a briefcase and was selling jumpers and T-shirt. The man’s granddaughter said her grandad bought two T-shirt’s and a jumper from him costing €40.The young woman revealed “When he went to pay him the man took the wallet of my Granda and went to sink so my grandad couldn’t see what he was doing and removed a large amount of money from his wallet.“He was driving a blue Ford Focus. We would like any information anyone would have on this man and please warn any elderly family or neighbours.”Woman’s appeal after salesman targets pensioner in scam was last modified: May 27th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Stephon Clark was shot 8 times, 6 from behind by Sacramento police, pathologist reports

first_imgSACRAMENTO >> Sacramento police shot Stephon Clark seven times from behind, according to autopsy results released Friday by a pathologist hired by Clark’s family, findings that call into question the department’s assertion that the 22-year-old black man was facing officers and walked toward them when he was killed.Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in football players prompted the NFL to adopt new safety rules designed to prevent concussions, also determined …last_img read more

Is Natural Selection Losing its Appeal?

first_imgSome recent science reports sound like they are ready to cast Darwin’s key phrase natural selection overboard, or at least demote it from its leading role in evolution.  These articles each hint that long-held beliefs are being challenged.Make room:  Science Daily asked, “Natural Selection Not The Only Process That Drives Evolution?”  Scientists at Uppsala University are finding a bigger role for neutral genetic drift.  They examined “fast-evolving” human genes by comparing them with those of other primates, and claim that many did not show signals of natural selection.  “The research not only increases our understanding of human evolution, but also suggests that many techniques used by evolutionary biologists to detect selection may be flawed,” the article said.  They may have trouble selling this idea: “many of the genetic changes leading to human-specific characters may be the result of the fixation of harmful mutations.”  It’s not clear how a degrading process led to human language, civilization and fast-food restaurants, but “This contrasts the traditional Darwinistic view that they are the result of natural selection in favour of adaptive mutations.”Tree pruning:  A “dramatic” rearrangement of Darwin’s tree of life reported by Science Daily claims that “evolutionary relationships among animals are not as simple as previously thought.”  The new tree developed by researchers at the American Museum of Natural History appears to have two trunks near the base.  All the sponges, comb jellies, jellyfish and placozoans are on one branch, and all other animals on another.  Placozoans look like slimy multicellular amoebas that glide along the surfaces of household aquariums.  Nature News titled this, “Humans and sponges may share a slimy ancestor.”    What are the implications of this approach?  For one, it means the “genetic tool kit” for complex organs appeared before the split, and for another, convergent evolution was widespread after the split.  “Some people might initially be shocked to see that nerve cells in cnidarians and higher animals (Bilateria), the group of animals that includes humans, evolved independently,” a researcher commented, claiming that the nervous systems are not that similar.  “It is the underlying genetic tool kit that is similar amongst these basal animals,” another said.  “Placozoa have all of the tools in their genome to make a nervous system, but they just don’t do it.”  On the face of it, this would seem to raise questions about natural selection.  Why would selection invent tools that are not used?    Nature News understood the difficulties the new tree presents.  One “difficult implication” means that nervous systems evolved independently in the two branches.  “This is hard to swallow,” one biologist remarked.  The supporters of the new tree just brushed it off.  “The placula already had all the genes necessary to make all the building blocks [of a nervous system], but it didn’t have to make it because ecology didn’t force it to do so,” said Bernd Schierwater [University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in Germany].  For him, this problem is “not too complicated at all.”  His answer begs the question, though, of why natural selection would produce a genetic tool kit in the first place, if “ecology” did not “force” it to use it.    Nature News quoted others who remain wary of the way these trees are calculated.  “Small alterations in the settings of some of these analysis tools can make major differences to the outcomes,” one said.  Another worried about adequate taxon sampling.  “I am tired of these molecular papers that don’t make sufficient controls to check the reliability of the phylogenetic inferences.  The other critic remarked, “This certainly isn’t the last word on the scheme of animal evolution.”White eyes:  If the environment forces evolutionary change, as Darwin insisted, why would some white-eyed birds diversify quickly across multiple habitats while others stay the same?  PhysOrg reported on this biological puzzle.  It claims that bird members of the family Zosteropidae are among the fastest diversifying species ever found, even faster than the cichlid fishes in African lakes.  What’s more, the diversification does not appear to be related to geographical features, because other species in those areas do not diversify so quickly.  “As we started to compile the data, we were shocked,” one researcher said about how similar the genetics of these diverse white-eyed birds were across a wide range.  To her, this represented “a recent origin and incredibly rapid diversification.”    The article claims this confirms a hypothesis by Ernst Mayr 80 years ago that certain species are intrinsically better at diversifying than others.  Mayr’s “Great Speciator” hypothesis proposed that internal factors like sociability, the ability to survive in a variety of habitats, and a short time between generations relative to other animals can be more important than geography in generating changes.  Although the article did not mention natural selection, it seems to relegate it to a lesser role.  Darwin had emphasized environmental factors as drivers for natural selection.  Researcher Christopher Filardi recognized the debate: “This leaves the question: are the white eyes really special, or have we simply caught them at a special time in their evolution?  That we don’t know, but our results indicate that high rates of diversification may have as much to do with a species’ ‘personality’ as they have to do with more classical geographic or geological drivers of speciation.”  Filardi did not characterize what “personality” might mean in biochemical or genetic terms, or why this bird family would have such a different “personality” than other families that would cause rapid diversification.  The word is foreign to evolutionary nomenclature.  He seemed to use it as a place-holder for ignorance of the cause of diversification.The ability of some species to diversify can be dramatic.  Science Daily reported on a catfish found in Venezuela that can climb trees.  Its modified pelvic fins (see picture on National Geographic News) allow it to inch up tree trunks.  Furthermore, this ability is seen in three separate species, suggesting the common ancestor lived upstream.  Nevertheless, they are all catfish, and not members of any groups that evolutionary charts show as ancestors of land animals.  The fins are modified fins, not bony limbs.Natural selection has long been the fulcrum of controversy in evolutionary thinking.  Historians agree that Darwin succeeded best in making the general idea of evolution acceptable – but he failed to win the case for natural selection as the mechanism of evolution.  Natural-selection theory was almost moribund by 1900.  It was revived by the neo-Darwinian synthesis in the 1940s, but that was more by peace treaty between disagreeing groups of scientists (fossil hunters, field naturalists and geneticists) than by demonstration – and the peace treaty signers knew nothing of the revolution in molecular biology just around the corner.    Since the last major Darwin drum-beating celebrations in 1959 (the centennial of Darwin’s black book), natural selection has been treated like a truism, rarely questioned.  Some are still objecting to it, though.  One reason is that the phrase portrays nature operating with a purposeful hand, choosing traits it wants for a purpose.  As Darwin envisioned it (aware of the inherent personification in the phrase), it could only operate on small variations in the immediate present.  No foresight or planning was involved.  Another problem recognized later was that it conveys no information.  If fitness is measured by what survives, and survivors are assumed to be the fit ones, then it is a tautology: survivors survive.  Evolutionists have squirmed around this problem with lots of bellowing and bluff, but their answers merely shield the tautology with synonyms (example: 10/29/2002).    The most serious and enduring objection to natural selection theory has been its insistence on randomness.  Natural selection is supposed to produce endless forms most beautiful from an unguided, purposeless mechanical process.  But chance is not a process!  Oh, but the randomness in variation is selected by the environment, the Darwinist says.  Well, guess what: the environment is random, too, so this reduces to chance acting on chance.  Folks, chance is not a law of nature.  Chance is not a mechanism.  Chance is not an explanation.  Chance is nothing.  Darwin is celebrated because he liberated biology from theology and supposedly brought it under the reign of “laws of nature.”  Big deal.  What kind of law is it to say that Stuff Happens? (09/15/2008).  It’s like calling Brownian motion a force.  There is no vector.  Moreover, natural selection has never been shown to be creative.  One major impetus for the intelligent design movement has been the lack of evidence that natural selection is capable of originating the complex, interacting organs that permeate biology.  Nobody questions the reality of mutations, and not even young-earth creationists disagree with the ability of selection to conserve and adapt existing genetic information to changing conditions, but how could a blind process that can only respond to immediate circumstances build a wing, eye, kidney or brain?  Imagining it, or making up stories, is not evidence.    If Darwinism is true, abandon all hope of purpose, meaning and values.  Darwin could not endure the theistic evolutionary views of his friend and supporter Asa Gray, who promulgated Darwin’s ideas in America but tried desperately to cling to a role for God in the process.  Darwin understood that any designing intelligence would contradict his central tenet.  Stuff Happens.  Take it or leave it.  Darwin wanted pure, unadulterated chance in his biology, not “God makes stuff happen.”  He could allow for God creating the dice in the foggy past, perhaps, but every roll from then on was hands off.  William Provine has been among the few Darwinists willing to go all the way to the bitter consequences of the Stuff Happens law: there is no purpose, no meaning, and no free will, and when you die, you are dead, dead, dead.  (It never seems to enter his attention that he shoots his view in the foot when he says this.)    Darwin Day would be a good time to point out to the world that “Stuff Happens” is no law at all, and believing in this anti-law has bitter consequences.  As a kicker, point out to them that the scientific evidence contradicts it.  Above you have three examples.Exercise:  Assuming philosophical naturalism for the sake of argument, is natural selection as arbitrary and vacuous a scientific explanation as its nemesis, vitalism, the idea of a “life force” in living things?  Defend your answer.Discussion Question:  Are laws about chance different than calling chance itself a law?  For instance, there are well-known Laws of Probability that can predict the outcomes of probabilistic events to high degrees of certainty in some cases.  Is natural selection like one of these laws, or would that be confusing subject and object?  In light of the commentary above, see if probability theory can rescue natural selection from the charge that it reduces to Stuff Happens.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Rawat meets troops on LoC, calls for vigilance

first_imgThe Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on Tuesday visited the frontier areas in north Kashmir and interacted with commanders and troops deployed along the Line of Control.Gen. Rawat’s visit comes just a day after two soldiers were killed in a Pakistani ceasefire violation in the Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch.The Army Chief called for “vigilance” on the LoC to thwart any misadventure from across the border, especially as the summer sets in. He was accompanied by the Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders.The Army Chief was briefed by formation commanders on the security situation on the border and measures instituted to strengthen the security posture, besides overall operational and logistical preparedness, a defence spokesman said.Suspected militants looted a bank in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday afternoon. A police official said a masked gunman barged into the Ellaquai Dehati Bank, Kader, and decamped with ₹65,000.A bank employee said the militants were carrying pistol. “The incident occurred when employees were busy in public dealings,” said the bank official. A major combing operation was launched in the area.The incident comes just a day after five policemen and two bank employees were killed by militants in Kulgan after attacking a bank van.Kulgam attack According to the police inquiry, the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen was behind the Kulgam attack.“Militant Umar Majid, a resident of Souch, and two others had attacked the cash delivery vehicle of Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Kulgam’s Pumbai,” said the police.last_img read more

Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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