Sophia man who allegedly strangled security guard charged

first_imgThe Sophia, Greater Georgetown man who allegedly strangled another on Church Street, Georgetown was on Tuesday slapped with a murder charge.Ashaka John, of A Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 24-year-old man was not required to plea to the indictable charge, which stated that on October 12, 2019, at Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown, he murdered Jason Bowen.Ashaka JohnDefence Counsel George Thomas informed the court that his client has a mental problem and is a patient of a doctor at the Psychiatric Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Thomas further told the court that his client was taken to the hospital while in custody.According to reports, at about 21:30h on October 12, Bowen and the accused were involved in a scuffle on Church Street, Georgetown.It was reported that John dealt the victim, who was a security guard, several lashes about his body before wrapping a belt around the man’s neck and proceeded to strangle him.Public-spirited persons who witnessed the altercation rushed to render assistance to the victim; however, the man was dead, while the murder suspect attempted to flee the scene.Persons managed to grab onto the John and restrain him. The Police were called and he was handed over.John was remanded to prison and the case will continue on November 7.last_img read more

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Clayoquot Mining Update

first_imgOn the west coast of Vancouver Island, environmentalists in Clayoquot Sound near Tofino, are ready for a fight.The group Friends of Clayoquot Sound say the provincial mines ministry is “on notice,” for approving exploratory drilling, in the environmentally sensitive area.However, Graham Keevil of Selkirk Metals says, the company is only looking for copper and, a decision to mine won’t come anytime soon.He also claims the native band, which claims the territory as it’s own, has approved the exploratory drilling. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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We are sorry, Gor say after Kagame Cup ban

first_img0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team that started their CECAFA Kagame Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17- Barely three days after the Council of East African Football Associations (CECAFA) Secretary General Nisholas Musonye announced that record Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia have been suspended from the Kagame Cup for two years, the club has come out to offer an apology.Musonye announced on Saturday that K’Ogalo had been banned from the annual championship due to their behavior after failing to go to the podium and collect their third placed team medals after the final last Friday. Team Manager Jolawi Obondo on Tuesday expressed the team’s apology for their behavior which he said came about after a mix-up about the Sh1mn (10,000USD). Which they learnt while on queue for the medals would be wired to the Gor Mahia team account.“One of the CECAFA officials came to where the players were then explained to the boys that the money will not be in cash but will be wired to the team’s account in Nairobi. The boys lost their heads at that point with that message. They expected to share the money from there like 2015 and maybe use it to buy a few things. This was the disappointment, but it went overboard,” Obondo said.In delivering his apology, Obondo added that they were extending the same to the Gor Mahia office who might have felt that the team had lost trust in them in raising concern that the money would be going into the club account as opposed to being handed over in cash.Gor Mahia duo Ephraim Guikan and Innocent WafulaHowever, Capital Sport learns that the players felt they would get a lesser amount had the money landed with the office, picking their experience from the SportPesa Super Cup in May.“We are apologetic to CECAFA because that was their ceremony and more so to our friend and part of us Mr. Musonye (Nicholas) that it was not intended to degrade the level of CECAFA but it was an unfortunate incident that we have to accept,”“To err is to human; We made an error as human beings and we ask to be be forgiven,” added the Team manager.Meanwhile, Obondo has refuted that the team refused to use their allocated dressing room in their semi-final match against Azam due to belief in black magic, saying they declined to use the dressing room due to the stench emanating from it.Alleging underhand tactics from Azam, Obonyo said the dressing room smelt of ‘something not human’, alleging that it might have been liquids used to preserve dead bodies.“We as Gor we do everything in prayer. We refused to go into the dressing room not because of rituals or juju; the simple reason why we did not go into that dressing room was because of the stench,”“I called the CECAFA management and told them it was unbearable, and they also concurred and agreed that something had been done in the dressing room. They are the ones who suggested and showed us a place to use, they even brought chairs for us,” Obondo said.Gor Mahia’s new signing Francis Mustafa celebrates his winner against Vipers during the CECAFA Kagame Cup Quarter Finals at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 8, 2018.He also insinuated that before playing the final, Simba SC also twice refused to use the dressing room over the same reason. In 2015 when they lost 2-0 to Azam in the final, Obondo said they experienced the same thing.“We called our opponents and told them that if the think whatever was there was normal, then let’s change dressing rooms. They refused,” Obondo further said.Another issue that came up in Gor’s Dar es Salaam sojourn was the state of their team hotel which they immediately rejected on arrival and they were moved to another hotel, the same they used in 2015.“With a lot of respect, it was pathetic; the food was not to any standards and we consulted them and informed them Gor cannot stay in such a hotel. They accepted and agreed to move us to another hotel which we accepted, the same we used in 2015, this was sorted amicably,” Obondo noted.Meanwhile, it is left to be seen whether CECAFA will lift the ban even after Musonye said the decision was final and could not be appealed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Pride at St Michael’s as Colm McFadden is honoured by Donegal GAA

first_imgSt. Michael’s were delighted to see our clubman Colm McFadden  and his wife Levina being honoured at the Donegal GAA Banquet in The Abbey Hotel in Donegal on Saturday night last at the end of an outstanding Intercounty Career.  Since his first call up to the County Panel in 2001 Colm has provided many great memories for Donegal supporters in the intervening years and has gone on to win The Sigerson Cup with Galway, National League Division 1 and 2 Titles, 1 McKenna Cup, 3 Ulster Championships and of course who can forget 2012 when Colm was on the Donegal team that lifted the Sam Maguire Cup for only the second time in the history of Donegal football by seeing off Mayo.He also went on to win an All Star in that year and was nominated in 2011 and 2014. When he retired earlier this year he had played in 64 Championship matches for Donegal and a total of 173 games.These are both records for Donegal football.  Colm has also been an outstanding performer for his club St. Michael’s since breaking into the team along with Christy Toye since 1999 and has been an integral part of the team for many years now.Along the way among the titles won by the club have been the Donegal Intermediate Championship and the Division 1 League Title in 2016.The team also reached the County Senior Final in 2011 only to lose out narrowly to Glenswilly.  His performances for Club and County have been inspirational over the years and its hoped that Colm will continue to be a part of the St. Michael’s team for many more years to come. The esteem that Colm is held within the club was evident by the large crowd of members who attended the function in the Abbey on Saturday evening with forty people making the trip to Donegal Town to support Colm.SympathySt. Michael’s GAA Club extends deepest sympathy to Sean Ferriter and family on the sudden death of their daughter and sister Claire last week.  Sympathy is also extended to the entire family circle.St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 7,8,11,15,19,20.  There were no Match 5 winners;  15 People Matched 4 and their names were drawn, the winner of the €100 was Jamie Langan Derryart Creeslough. This weeks Jackpot be €2450. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .St. Michael’s Bingo Session The €75 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Brid McGinley Main Street Dunfanaghy; €75 on the 10th Game was shared by won by Shaun Breslin Drimnaraw.  The €100 on the Snowball game was shared by Phyllis Coyle Glen Carrigart and Brian McGinley Main Street Dunfanaghy. Please note that there is a new format at the Bingo Session in Creeslough now.  All lines €30, 2 Houses at €75, All other Houses at €50, Sheet: €30 Line, €100 House, The Snowball is now €1,000 on 45 Numbers or less. The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.Patrons Please note that this months 50 Club Draw will take place at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on this Sunday night the 11th December.National Club DrawSt. Michael’s Club officials will be selling the annual National Draw tickets door to door in the Dunfanaghy and Creeslough areas over the next few weeks.  All support would be greatly appreciated for this important fundraising event for the club.  Tickets are priced at €10 and included in this is a local, County and National Draw.Scor Na NogRoisin McGee Alcorn represented the Club in the County Final of Scor Na Nog in Glenfin on Sunday night last.  Roisin was unsuccessful on the night but well done to her for getting to the Final and doing the club proud.2017 Season Tickets & Club + CardsSales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified & you have at least 60% attendance at games.Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required.Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardSt Michael’s Minor Board AGMSt Michael’s Minor Board AGM took place last Tuesday evening in St Michael ‘s Day Centre. The meeting was very well attended and it is exciting to have new faces and new ideas along with the experienced. Registration took place on the night for the 2017 season. The following officers were elected:-Chairperson : Manus FrielAsst Chairperson : Colette AlcornSecretary :Joanne HughesAsst Secretary: Ann Marie KellyTreasurer : Peter TonerAsst Treasurer : Agnes BreenRegistrar : Pauline Mc GinleyAsst Registrar: Annette FerryPRO: Margaret Anne O’ReillyAsst PRO: Yvonne FrielU8 Manager : Bernard Mc GinleyAsst Manager : Mick HarkinU10 Managers:Dave Chernick &Eric GreenbergAsst Manager : Martin Mc GarveyU12 Managers : Martin Wood&Danny MartinLaffertyU13/U14Managers: Darragh McCarry &Damian McGinleyAsst Manager : James HunterU 16 Managers: Manus Friel &Mickey Mc FaddenU17 Managers:/ Raymond McMinors                           Laughlin &Chris Mc ElhinneyAsst Manager: Hugh O’Donnell.We wish the new Committee and Management team every success and enjoyment in the year ahead . We are continuing to take registrations for the 2017 Season.We wish to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work throughout the year and for a very successful season.AcademyThe Academy continues on Sunday’s St Michael ‘s Clubhouse, for 4 – 6 year olds from 11 – 12noon and for 7 – 10 year olds from 12 – 1pm .Everyone welcome. Look forward to seeing you there.Clothes BankA clothes bank is now situated on High St, Creeslough ie around the corner from McNultys Bar in aid of St. Michael’s Minor Board.  If anyone is clearing out presses etc. all donations of clothes, shoes, bags, curtains etc would be much appreciated.Pride at St Michael’s as Colm McFadden is honoured by Donegal GAA was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Colm McFaddenSt Michaelslast_img read more

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Details for Spurs’ first game at their new home confirmed

first_imgThe match is one of five Spurs fixtures chosen for broadcasting, with the first game of the season, against Newcastle, also selected. That will now begin at 12.30pm.Tottenham’s first ‘home’ game will actually be against Fulham on 18 August, but this will take place at Wembley, with the new 62,062-capacity ground hosting its first one after the international football break.Spurs played their home matches at Wembley last season while the new White Hart Lane was being constructed and a game against Liverpool seems like the perfect fixture to begin a new era with. 2 2 Tottenham players must got used to another new stadium Fans of the two clubs are currently entering a rivalry following the battle between Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah for the 2017/18 Premier League Golden Boot.Salah won it in the end with 32 goals to Kane’s 30.Other changes sees the Manchester United away game moved to Monday 27 August at 8pm, Watford away on Sunday 2 September at 4pm and Brighton away Saturday 22 September at 5.30pm. Mauricio Pochettino guided Spurs to third place despite playing in an unfamiliar ground last season Tottenham Hotspur’s first game at their new home will be the early kick-off on Saturday 15 September.Liverpool are the visitors, with the game scheduled for 12.30pm as it has been chosen for a live television and radio broadcast.last_img read more

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Colton blasts Yucaipa

first_img “Our defense forced some turnovers and that’s always good to see,” Strauss said. “We had great field position all night.” Strauss substituted freely, starting early in the third period. Nine different players were used as ballcarriers with the rushing attack netting 298 yards. Meanwhile Yucaipa managed just 25 yards on the ground and 78 through the air. Strauss isn’t concerned about his team losing its edge because it has had some games that turned into blowouts early. “The kids are out there having fun. That’s what it’s all about.” he said. ??We got a lot of kids in the game. They practice hard too and they deserve the chance to play.” Colton continues league play next week against Redlands at the University of Redlands, while Yucaipa will look to get into the win column against Rialto (at Carter High School). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Colton came in averaging 54 points per game. It was evident early that they were going to get at least that. The Yellowjackets (4-1, 2-0 CBL) held Yucaipa (0-5, 0-2) without a first down after the opening kickoff and scored their first of nine touchdowns seconds later when Jimmy Smith returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Yucaipa fumbled on the first play of its next possession and Colton’s Berhe Tamarat recovered at the 7. Bradford raced seven yards on the second play giving the visitors a 14-0 lead despite only having run two plays from scrimmage. It didn’t get much better for the Thuderbirds, who are still looking for their first win under new head coach Scott Pearne. Colton got the ball back quickly again, this time on an interception by Daniel Sorensen at midfield. He ran the ball back to the 1, then plunged in on the next play, making it 22-0, after a two-point run by Bradford. That gave them three touchdowns on three total plays from scrimmage. The Yellowjackets moved the ball at will but were aided by four Thuderbird turnovers. Yucaipa fumbled six times, losing three. But what coach Harold Strauss was most pleased with was the performance of his defense which notched its second shutout. “We had a couple of games where we gave up a lot of points and had to win with offense,” he said. “So I was pleased with the way the defense stepped up tonight. If we’re going to do something in the playoffs we need to play well on that side of the ball. It looks like we’re finally getting settled in there.” center_img YUCAIPA … Colton surged out to a 30-0 lead in the first quarter without breaking a sweat and cruised to a 66-0 Citrus Belt League win over host Yucaipa on Friday night. There were a lot of contributors. Allen Bradford rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries and diminutive Michael Caponegri added 94 yards and two touchdowns on 11 tries. last_img read more

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What Do Scientists Know About Prehistory?

first_imgEvolutionary biologists and geologists speak of events happening millions or billions of years ago as concrete facts.  They are not observational facts, though; they are inferences from indirect evidence.  Indirect evidence can often lead to different conclusions; in fact, some philosophers like Duhem and Quine argue for “under-determination of theory by data,” meaning that data can never converge to support just one theory.  Some can demonstrate logically that there are an infinite number of theories that can explain a set of data.  Evolutionary scientists counter that there are only one or a few that are reasonable (implying that theirs is among the limited set of reasonable ones).  Recent discoveries that threaten to overturn past reasonable theories, though, cast doubt on their confidence.Was there a Late Heavy Bombardment?  You can give a prehistoric event a name – even an acronym, like LHB – and it begins to take on a life of its own.  Papers and articles on earth history routinely refer to a “Late Heavy Bombardment” of the inner solar system by large impactors some 3.8 billion years ago, long after the planets are thought to have formed.  Where did that idea come from?  Did it really happen?The LHB was an inference from radiometric dating of Apollo rock samples from the moon.  Two basins, one thought to be the oldest (Imbrium) and another thought to be the youngest (Serenitatis) turned out to be relatively close in radiometric age.  Scientists “invented” the LHB theory to try to account for the surprising data.  Now, however, Astrobiology Magazine and PhysOrg are saying the LHB never happened.  New evidence from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has undercut the thinking on which it was based.When did ichthyosaurs go extinct?  Consensus thinking about marine reptiles named ichthyosaurs (fish-lizards) was that they went extinct at the end of the Jurassic, 145 million years ago.  Now, according to PhysOrg, evidence suggests they did just fine, continuing to thrive and diversify, for another 50 million years.  According to the article, a new paper by European scientists “considerably changes our understanding of the evolution and the extinction of these dinosaur age sea reptiles”.   Notice how drastic the reinterpretation is:Whilst it had been thought that these Jurassic ichthyosaurs died a little later at the end of the Jurassic, the new discoveries show that in reality almost all of these lines survived across the Jurassic-Cretaceous Boundary…. the team has been able to show that the extinction rates were very low during the Jurassic-Cretaceous Boundary. In fact it seems that the ichthyosaurs were not affected by the Jurassic-Cretaceous Boundary extinction event, contrary to many other groups of marine animals. The reason why the ichthyosaurs did so well during this period in comparison with other groups of marine animals remains a mystery, and will be the subject of future research.The BBC News went so far as to say the new data “rewrites [the] fossil record.”  But what would cause selective extinction in the oceans?  The statement that the find “considerably changes our understanding” raises questions whether “understanding” that “considerably changes” was ever understanding in the first place – and, by extension, whether what they’re saying now, if it is a mystery requiring future research, constitutes understanding.Snowball Earth never was:  As mentioned in the 10/22/2011 entry and on Science Daily, some scientists think “Snowball Earth” (a period of global freeze said to have occurred 710-630 million years ago) is another myth.  It never happened, say some French scientists, based on inferred carbon dioxide concentrations in certain rock strata.  Yet “Snowball Earth” was more than just a hypothesis, to many evolutionists.  They even named a geological age after it – the Cryogenian Period.The article went on to state that “Earth has experienced several extreme glacial events,” including not one, but two Snowball Earth episodes during the so-called Cryogenian.  But then the article admitted, “Today still, the question of how this episode came to an end remains unanswered, given that ice reflects more solar radiation back into space than rocks do.”  If carbon dioxide levels could not provide enough global warming to melt the ice, the Earth should have remained frozen ever since.  How, then, could anyone believe it happened not once, but multiple times?Overconfidence?  One would think that upsets like the previous two would cause scientists to humbly hedge their bets about other theories, but another article on PhysOrg gave good press to Hamed Sanei, a Canadian researcher, whose new explanation for the Permian extinction was stated as a matter of settled scientific fact.  His co-author, Benoit Beauchamp of the University of Calgary said, “this study is significant because it’s the first time mercury has been linked to the cause of the massive extinction that took place during the end of the Permian.”  How anyone could replicate or test this new notion was no hindrance to his chutzpah.  He even tied it to global warming: “We are adding to the levels through industrial emissions. This is a warning for us here on Earth today,” he preached.  Simultaneously, though, he was encouraging geologists to re-interpret five other assumed separate extinction events, suggesting earlier theories have left out a key cause.  He left it unanswered how mercury could have had selective effects on different organisms, removing most marine animals while preserving ichthyosaurs for 50 million years, till some other cause (more mercury?) did them in.Seeing is believing:  Geologists deal so routinely with theories of millions of years of slow processes, it’s not often that geology can be watched in real time.  It happened on December 19.  From the sea and satellites, eyewitnesses watched the birth of a new island in the Red Sea on one day.  PhysOrg has the pictures to prove it: before-and-after images from the Earth Observing Satellite 1 of “an apparent island where previously there was none.”  The article added, “According to news reports, fishermen witnessed lava fountains reaching up to 30 meters (90 feet) tall on December 19.”  Instantaneous island formation, like that of Surtsey in 1963, are reminders that geological effects can occur quickly, depending on the forces applied.  There’s nothing like eyewitness testimony.One of the big problems in creation-evolution discussions, often, is failing to question the assumptions of the evolutionary timeline.  Evolutionists have succeeded in generating a large vocabulary of so-called events that are incestuously tied to the long-age, slow-and-gradual, bottom-up, evolutionary world view.  These events take on a life of their own and are frequently never questioned.  But they should be, as the examples above show.  Here are a few of their hypothetical pseudo-events masquerading as facts:Big BangInflationPrimordial SoupRNA WorldOrigin of LifeSnowball EarthLate Heavy BombardmentGreat Oxygenation EventCryogenian and all the other assumed periods, epochs and erasPermian ExtinctionJurassic ExtinctionCretaceous-Tertiary ImpactOut of AfricaWhether these hypothetical events have some evidential support is not the issue.  Every theory should have some evidential support.  The point is that evidential support can support any number of theories.  Theories are under-determined by data.  That being the case, why should evolutionists grab the ball and exclude other contestants?  They do, and they can, because they have succeeded in declaring themselves the only team qualified to play.  Even when they speak of controversies (e.g., the “Late Heavy Bombardment” article spoke of long-standing debates), they are only playing themselves.  It’s Darwin-Only Team A playing Darwin-Only Team B.To make any progress in defeating the Darwin-Only demagogues, we’ve got to call foul.  We cannot simply accept their rules of the game, that every event must be interpreted in terms of bottom-up, slow-and-gradual, unguided processes over millions and billions of years.  The data do not dictate that position.  We must not adopt their vocabulary and assumptions.  When you hear a Darwinist talk about Snowball Earth or a Late Heavy Bombardment, stop him or her right there.  Ask, “What Late Heavy Bombardment?  What do you mean?  Where is your evidence?”  Point out to the person that new data show it to be a myth.  But don’t stop there; draw the logical conclusion that other unobserved events of the past might also be myths.  How would they know?If they answer that this is how science makes progress, point out that it was not progress at all.   It was a rabbit trail, a dead end.  It never happened, but it was spoken of as scientific fact.  It was used to misinform the whole scientific community and the public.  TV documentaries and textbooks were produced about a mythical even that never happened.  That’s no different than teaching Alice and Wonderland as scientific fact.  Pound the point home: How do you know?  How do you know?  How do you know?  Point them to Surtsey, now hosting a diverse community of plant and animal life, and ask them, if you landed on this island for the first time, knowing nothing about it, how old would you say it is?  Memorize some of the major recent upsets in evolutionary theories.  Don’t accept their terms, their acronyms, their assumptions.  Get them to realize they may be living in Fantasyland.  Ten thousand Frenchmen in Fantasyland (sorry, French readers) do not constitute a society of knowledge.  The consensus might just be collective believers of a popular mythology.Another comeback from some evolutionists is that you have no right to criticize the consensus without coming up with a better model yourself. That’s fallacious. There is nothing in science that requires replacing one myth with another. What are we supposed to do, replace Alice in Wonderland with Harry Potter? Science is supposed to represent knowledge, not speculation. It is perfectly fine to criticize a theory as implausible without proposing an alternative.  Saying “I don’t know” is better than serving up myths as if they were facts. Better no LHB, no RNA World, than introducing visions of fictional fantasies as if they were realities. Admitting what science doesn’t know, and cannot know, is a more honest form of progress.We must get these deceived deceivers off their pedestals and, like Socrates, with well-placed questions, get them to realize they have no idea what they are talking about.  They won’t listen as long as they are looking down from a pedestal.  Point out that their pedestal is a house of cards floating on hot air.  If they’re smart, they will jump off out of fear or embarrassment.  When that happens, then you can look them eye to eye, on a level playing field, and have a meaningful dialogue.(Visited 265 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享last_img read more

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Wings help children fly

first_imgThe children of Wings of Hope enjoy a swim. (Image: Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation)The Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation (KNF) believes pre-school is one of the most important elements in a child’s education, and its offering to this age group is a beacon of hope for families with small children in Johannesburg’s inner city suburb of Jeppestown.Global engineering design and project management group DRA shares the same sentiment and decided to join forces with KNF and help the people of the impoverished area. Community development is part of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which seeks to build sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.DRA engineer Mark Cresswell joined the organisation as chairman of the committee in 2005. “Most of the original members are still trustees of KNF, which was formed to run a school and other outreach projects with the aim of helping to uplift the whole area,” he told SA Goodnews.WINGS OF HOPEMore than 80 children attend the foundation’s Wings of Hope school in Jeppestown, where they are cared for and given a free foundation level education to prepare them for their years to follow at primary school.They come from disadvantaged homes where there are few opportunities to play with something as simple as a toy. Most of these children arrive not knowing how to colour in with crayons or even read a picture book.KNF provides all of this and more to the pre-schoolers so that when they join Grade 1 they have the foundation to help them succeed.“These little ones receive a high quality education from KNF. They also get two hot meals and a decent snack every day plus medical care if necessary and loads of love, care and support,” Cresswell said. “Ultimately, I have seen our past graduates go into Grade 1 with confidence and knowledge.”Since Wings of Hope opened, it has grown from two classes of 20 pupils to four classes of 25 pupils. The enrolment has been steady at 100 pupils for the last few years, which means a large portion of the disadvantaged Jeppestown children are being given the opportunity of a better education.HOW IT STARTEDKNF was founded in 2000 by Sister Natalie Kuhn, a Dominican nun who was nearing retirement from her position as headmistress of the Dominican Convent School (DCS) in Jeppestown.She had been working in the area for years and had noticed the growing numbers of young children idly sitting on the street corners. She realised that she was witnessing the future’s potential street children and decided to do something about it.Having always had a passion for pre-school education, she came up with the idea to turn one of the houses surrounding the core buildings at DCS into a pre-primary school. A fellow nun helped set up the school with inheritance money. In 2005, a committee was formed that included Cresswell as the chairman.Sister Natalie died in 2013 but her good work continues with the help of companies like DRA.With the pre-primary filled quickly, Cresswell and his fellow committee members began to recognise it was not enough to only provide a strong educational foundation to the children in their care.“Once they graduate from pre-school and enter government schools, the children face uncertainty at home. Often there is not enough to eat and the children have to move from one home to another because their parents cannot afford to pay the rapidly rising rent,” he said.“Without stability and adequate nutrition the children struggle to concentrate and progress with their studies.”KNF HELPS FAMILIESIn response, KNF started sending the parents to accredited cooking, home-based care and cleaning courses. “Unfortunately, the courses are costly, so we are not able to assist every family.”Those who have received training have been able to find employment, which has greatly increased the chances of stability in their homes.KNF has also provided training and skills development to nine employees. “Six parents are now fully qualified pre-school teachers and three others work as support staff, cooking for 100 people each day and caring for the environment around them,” said Cresswell.Through a monthly donation that started in 2008, DRA has invested more than R1.3-million in the organisation.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!

first_imgReady for an adventure in the great outdoors? Good news! Our newest feature, offline maps in the Geocaching® app, completes a suite of tools designed to make your outdoor expeditions better than ever. Let’s take a look:Offline maps. Our newest feature for Premium members makes it possible to navigate to geocaches without an internet connection. Here’s how:Step 1: Select a geocache list or create a new one.*Step 2: Save the list for offline use.Step 3: Get outdoors! Offline maps will be there to guide you to the next geocache on your list.The app will also prompt you to switch to the Trails map type when applicable. My Lists beta.We took Bookmark Lists and made them better! With My Lists beta, you can easily edit, share, and organize lists of geocaches. Learn more.Lists created on Geocaching.com automatically appear in the Geocaching® app, and vice versa. By saving geocache lists in the mobile app for offline use, you also download offline maps. Trail maps. We added the Trails map type to help you find hard-to-reach geocaches and to find the caches hidden right in your neighborhood park. This feature uses open-source maps to show trails in cities, parks, and wild spaces.Pending logs.No need to worry about losing track of your finds! When you a submit a log from the field, the log will automatically upload the next time you connect to internet. A feature enabling you to start a log and finish or edit it later is in the works. Offline geocaching is a Premium member feature. Learn more about Geocaching Premium.Planning to head off the beaten path soon? Before you do, check out these tips for geocaching outdoors:From the desk of Moun10Bike: How to keep your geocaching streak going in the snowBeat the heat: 7 safety tips to keep you healthy, happy, and cool as a cucumberGeocaching in harmony with nature* Pro tip: You can create lists in the mobile app or on Geocaching.com.Tell us about your next outdoor adventure in the comments below.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSix geocache outing planning mistakes you don’t know you are makingApril 30, 2019In “News”10 Useful Geocaching® app features you may not even know you haveMarch 23, 2017In “News”Be the First to Find DNF’s in the Geocaching® appJune 13, 2017In “News”last_img read more

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