Clifford Reis honoured for service to business community

first_imgIn recognition of his unwavering support of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for over the past 20 years, Banks DIH Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Barrington Reis was recently honoured.Banks DIH Managing Director Clifford Barrington Reis receiving his award from PSC Executive Director Elizabeth AlleyneA plaque was presented by PSC Executive Director Elizabeth Alleyne during a corporate dinner hosted at Thirst Park in the company of the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and corporate members of the PSC.During her remarks, Alleyne noted that Reis has been a loyal supporter of the work that the Private Sector group has been doing locally and, as such, his contribution has been recognised.Consequently, Reis expressed his gratitude in light of the recognition, and emphasised the need for more collaboration between the Government and the Private Sector.The Managing Director is a veteran business executive, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of steering Banks DIH for the past 29 years, as the Chairman and Managing Director. He is also the Chairman of Citizens Bank Guyana Incorporated.last_img read more

$6.2B approved for Region 4

first_img2018 estimates consideration…concerns raised over drainage in East Coast Demerara villagesFollowing the closure of sugar estates, concerns were raised by the Opposition about the treatment of drainage and irrigation in several villages on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), as the Committee of Supply considered the 2018 estimates for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). Some $166.2 million is budgeted for drainage and irrigation works in the region.The allocation was questioned by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who noted that her concern is whether the drainage structures would be maintained andCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkanpreserved by the region.However, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan indicated that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) would pick up the responsibility for all Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) drains following the closure of the estates.On the same issue of drainage, the region’s 2017 spending was also questioned since they have expended some $180 million for 2017, thus far, which is $20 million over their allocation. In response, Bulkan informed that the $20 million was expended on emergency works at Cane Grove, Beterverwagting and Mon Repos, ECD.The allocation of $688 million for current expenses under the region’s health programme came under intense scrutiny when Opposition MP, Dr Frank Anthony, questioned the functionality of a Regional Health Office (RHO) within the region. He was told that there is an acting RHO who is being paid directly by the Public Health Ministry. Additionally, Dr Anthony attempted to find out the number of doctors within the region along with their emoluments but was informed by MinisterOpposition MP, Dr Frank AnthonyBulkan that the region only pays one doctor, while the others are being covered by the Public Health Ministry and that the list of doctors would be laid over to the National Assembly.A common trend in the region’s estimates saw an increase of millions of dollars for fuel and this caught the attention of the Opposition MPs who queried the drastic increase.However, the Committee of Supply was informed that the drastic increase is as a result of an agreement with the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) coming to an end in September of 2017. He further explained that in 2014, the region paid a large sum of money to Guyoil for fuel and the previous estimates took that into account.It was also noted that there was a decrease in the allocation for the provision of security services and when questioned, Bulkan explained that the decrease was as a result of the services provided. He further related that the services provided were less than budgeted for since they were expecting 24-hour armed security but the contracted firm was unable to do so.Under the capital expenditure provision, some $10 million was budgeted for the rehabilitation of the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC) Administrative Building at Triumph, ECD. When questioned, the Minister indicated that there are several leakages in the roof and the allocation would cover the repair. Region Four has been allocated almost $1 billion more in 2018 than in 2017. The region has received $6.22 billion for current and capital expenditures in Budget 2018, of which $211.2 million is for regional administration and finance; $396.8 million for agriculture; $228.5 million for public infrastructure; $4.1 billion for educational delivery; and $1.31 billion for health services.last_img read more


first_imgFootball Competitions:Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.Mouth Guards: Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it will be compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.Committee Meeting:The next monthly meeting will be held in Heaney’s, Ballybofey on Wed. Jan. 9th @ 5pm.       GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: January 7th, 2013 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:GAA schools noteslast_img read more

World Cup diary: Henderson shocked, best game ever and searching for Ozil

first_img 6 The laughs the team in Sochi had were brilliant, and they carried on after I went to Moscow and they went to Rostov. Some of the stuff is unprintable, but this picture of Matt and the subsequent captions we all threw in had us in stitches. “Matt pretending he’s good enough to play for Spain” was my best contribution. See if you can provide your own. Adrian’s a big fan of his T-shirt. Surprisingly, he’s not the only one… England played Monday, and I hosted the build up show with England international Eni Aluko from a Liverpool pub in Moscow, and it was a great laugh. I’ve known Eni a while, and have so much respect for her. It was very enjoyable, especially when Goughie, soaking up the World Cup with the rest of the UK back home, expressed his astonishment that I took time to write a letter home to my wife. “Just send a text!” was his reply. And they say romance is dead… “If I could marry a football match…. it would be this one” 👰🤵Adrian Durham got very emotional during last nights #PORESP match! 😂#TSWorldCup | @talkSPORTDrive— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 16, 2018If ever you get a little bit tired of football then stick this game on, and enjoy. Quite simply the best game I’ve ever seen live, and I don’t think anything will top it. We came off air at midnight, got back to the hotel, all of us pumped up with adrenaline, and couldn’t sleep til gone 2am. Not great when the alarm went off at 6 to catch a flight to Moscow!Good to see talkSPORT reporter Kelly Somers out in Sochi as well, she’s working for TV at this World Cup. 6 6 Apologies for the lack of diary, it’s been manic here!Since I last posted an entry into this World Cup diary, (before the tournament kicked off!) I’ve been to England’s base in Repino, left St Petersburg for the sunny seaside of Sochi, and I’m now based in Moscow.So let’s recap as much as possible. It’s been an absolute whirlwind and a total blast – I’ve loved every second.Let’s start with Repino, where England are living: a tranquil spot in the west, a couple of hours drive from the Finnish border. Very quiet, and quite chilly at times while I was there. Some journalists told me they’d been there 24 hours and needed to move to St Petersburg (around 45 minutes drive away) to re-connect with civilisation.Interviewed Jordan Henderson while I was there – I broke the news to him as he came off the training field that the Spain manager had been sacked – he briefly broke out of “captain’s interview” mode to express shock, I think he almost laughed a shock laugh. Oh and I also took this absolutely amazing photograph of Eric Dier. England weren’t perfect, but they won, and that’s all that matters. I’ll take an imperfect performance and a win in every game at the World Cup. If that happens, England will win the thing…talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Kelly Somers, Matt Holland and Ian Danter center_img Adrian Durham is writing a diary for throughout the World Cup as he presents the Drivetime show from Russia.Here, in his latest entry, he reflects on the greatest game he’s ever seen live and reveals how he left Jordan Henderson shocked, while he still can’t locate Mesut Ozil… Eli and Ade keep talkSPORT staff entertained 6 Eric Dier stops and talks to the press after an England training session 6 Next morning – the opening day of the tournament – I did the breakfast show with Alan Brazil, who was in London, and a Moscow-based Ally McCoist. It was a great laugh, with Alan stuck in the Cold War doom and gloom thinking we’re all about to get carted off to Siberia in the middle of the night out here. It’s brilliant here, they even have champagne, Alan. The word is the big man is seriously regretting not coming out.So after the show I flew to Sochi, which was scorching sunshine, and met up with the commentary team of Matt Holland and Ian Danter, and producer Dec, and fixer Will, who happens to be Iain Dowie’s son. Will is studying Russian at Leeds Uni, and he’s a top lad. My son wants to study Russian at Leeds so we had plenty to talk about. We eventually got onto the subject of football and I asked if he was any good. His reply: “I’m like my dad but without the talent.” And he claims he once scored an own goal like the famous one his dad scored, but topped it by giving away two penalties and getting sent off. Chip off the old block!The beach in Sochi is magnificent, I had a swim in the Black Sea, which was spectacularly refreshing, and then it was on to the game. And what a game: Portugal 3 Spain 3. Isco was perfect, Ronaldo imperious, and I ended up wanting to marry a game of football. On arrival in Moscow I greeted the driver, Slava, with the Russian for “Hi!” – “Privyet.” He laughed out loud, and returned the greeting. I later learned it’s a greeting for people you know well, hence his laughter. At least I tried.In Moscow I was reunited with my producer Emma, and immediately had to prepare for a six-hour show from our Moscow studio hosting around two games – Peru 0-1 Denmark, and Croatia 2-0 Nigeria. To say I was shattered was an understatement.Sunday was the day Brazil flopped and Germany lost – and I think we all realised this World Cup was turning into one of the best ever. Can’t believe Neymar bottled that free kick at the end and I’m still searching for Mesut Ozil!Ray Parlour arrived in Moscow, always a good laugh, so we stayed up chatting and catching up, meeting up with broadcasting colleagues Pat Nevin and Ian Dennis, who’s been a close friend of mine for 25 years. We used to work in Leeds together as cub football reporters, and we made the dreams come true. He’s a good lad. Pat was impressed with my Smiths T-shirt, but even more impressed with the Big Country T-shirt I had been wearing earlier in the day. Probably because they’re one of Scotland’s finest bands ever, the wife and I love Big Country and go to see them regularly. Last time was in Paisley when they did a gig with The Skids for the first time ever. Had a great time. 6last_img read more

Late goals from Costa and Dembele result in Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona draw

first_imgOusmane Dembele scored a last-gasp equaliser as LaLiga leaders Barcelona denied Atletico Madrid top spot by snatching a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Costa’s 77th-minute header had looked like taking Atletico above the champions but a previously dull game came to life in the latter stages. 3 Ousmane Dembele celebrated his equaliser with Luis Suarez Diego Simeone was animated as ever 3 Messi again came to the fore as Barca tried to rouse themselves but he shot one free-kick straight into the hands of Oblak before having another deflected over. Griezmann had a similar set-piece opportunity at the other end but also failed to find the target.The pace of the game notably increased and became more open as time ran out and Barca were not to be denied.Their equaliser came as Messi played in Dembele. The Frenchman took a touch and cut inside before firing a low shot through the legs of Oblak. Lucas Hernandez made a last-ditch attempt to keep it out but succeeded only in deflecting it into the net.center_img The hosts began to show more ambition after the break but clear-cut openings were still few and far between.Griezmann gave Barca a warning when he reached the byline just before the hour but his cutback for Costa was well read by Pique.Atletico also appealed for a penalty after the ball struck Arturo Vidal on the arm but neither referee nor VAR deemed it deliberate.The game was transformed as Atletico grabbed the lead 13 minutes from time.Barca’s defenders were wrong-footed as Griezmann lofted a corner to the far post and Costa ran in unmarked to get the better of Rafinha and guide a header past a stranded Ter Stegen. Dembele had the final word when his deflected strike found its way into the net in the last minute.The result ensured Barca stayed ahead of Atletico at the top but Sevilla could now move above them before the end of the weekend.The clash largely failed to live up to expectations and neither side could muster a shot on target in a drab first half.Barca looked to Lionel Messi for inspiration but he twice fired free-kicks from the right over the bar. Another good break from deep by the Argentinian also came to nothing.The best move involving Messi saw him play in Sergi Roberto on the right but goalkeeper Jan Oblak comfortably dealt with his cross.Atletico played a cagey game and caused little alarm until Gerard Pique got an awkward touch to an Antoine Griezmann cross and sent the ball looping towards his own goal but Marc-Andre ter Stegen was not troubled. Diego Costa put Atleti ahead late on 3last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal ‘Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!’ campaign says figures released by government show that the campaign of non registration for the household charge and septic tank charge is capturing the hearts and minds of the people.“We have found a massive anger to these stealth taxes all across the county at the meetings we have held.“Our message is simple: Don’t register, don’t pay, and as the governments own figures show this message is sticking with people” said spokesman Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said. As the government finalises plans to deliver a booklet explaining the household charge this week to the 1.85m homes that are liable, Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig explained the national and local campaign is responding by producing its own leaflet which will be delivered to as many homes as possible over the coming weeks.“The campaign is up and running in all counties across the state, we have produced half a million leaflets and tens of thousands of copies of a county newsletter which will dismiss the propaganda and lies that the governments booklet contains around the funding of local services” he continued.“We all know the money is going to pay off the gambling debts of bankers, bondholders and dodgy developers. Not one penny of this tax will improve local roads, libraries, water or housing. Not one penny will stay in this state.”The coming weeks will see a massive increase in activity from the campaign Mac Giolla Easbuig claims. “We have information stalls planned for the major towns around the county, the printing of our second county newsletter and in response to what we have been hearing at our meetings we are having a protest rally on March 24th at 3pm at the Market Square Letterkenny. The governments tactics of fear and misinformation have been met head on this time, we have told the people the truth and we have the government on the ropes.”The campaign has meetings organised in Ballintra, Buncrana, Rathmullan, Fanavolty, Kerrykeel, St. Johnston, Manorhamilton over the next fortnight and Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig says the momentum continues to build.“Every time we hold a meeting people come up to us at the end asking can we help them organise in their area so it is clear that opposition to the governments plans for unfair taxes is growing. If people want to get in contact and involved they can also call the campaign LoCall hotline number on 1890 98 98 00.” ‘CAN’T PAY WON’T PAY’ STEP UP ACTION WITH SERIES OF MEETINGS was last modified: February 16th, 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:Can’t Pay Won’t Pay Campaignlast_img read more

Malingumu, Malish both score hattricks as Onduparaka FC humiliates Kyetume

first_imgJamal Malish during the 7-1 win over Kyetume FC on Friday. (PHOTO/Onduparak FC)Uganda Premier League Onduparaka FC 7-1 Kyetume FC Green Light Stadium, Arua Friday, 08-11-2019Onduparaka FC produced quite a performance on Friday afternoon as they powered past Kyetume FC.The Caterpillars beat their visitors 7-1 at the Green Light Stadium in Arua in one of two games played on the day.This is the biggest victory registered in the top flight this season.It was a 7-star performance by Onduparaka FC with Julius Malingumu and Jamal Malish helping themselves to a hat trick each. Vitalis Tabu scored the other goal.Deo Issejja scored what proved to be Kyetume’s consolation.Onduparaka started brightly, asking most of the early questions.They were relentless in their attacks and were eventually rewarded in the 20th minute as Malingumu opened the scoring.Three minutes to the break, Issejja levelled matters for the visitors to see the scores at 1-1 at half time.Six minutes into the second half, Malish restored Onduparaka’s lead.He then added a second for him self and a third for the home side.A minute past the hour mark, it was 4-1 with Malingumu scoring his second of the day.Six minutes later, it turned ugly for Kyetume with Malish completing his hat trick.Vitalis Tabu added another from the spot on 77 minutes, moments before Malingumu also completed his treble.Kyetume looked dejected and lost especially in the second half and their frustrating was compounded by their team Doctor getting booked with 4 minutes from time.This is Onduparaka’s biggest victory since they were promoted to the top flight in 2016. It sees them climb back into 3rd spot with 23 points.For Kyetume who are still enjoying their debut season in the top flight, they have now lost 5 of their opening 12 games and slip into 8th on the log with 16 points.In their next games, Onduparaka are away to Mbarara City FC while Kyetume FC hosts Wakiso Giants FC.The other game played on Friday-Wakiso Giants FC 2-1 Busoga UnitedSaturday’s fixtures-BUL FC vs Mbarara City FC @3pm-KCCA FC vs Police FC @4pm-Bright Stars FC vs SC Villa @4pm-Tooro United FC vs Proline FC @4pmComments Tags: Deo IssejjaJamal MalisheJulius MalingumuKyetume FConduparaka fcUganda Premier LeagueVitalis Tabulast_img read more

Raiders shrug off Antonio Brown’s departure and beat Broncos

first_imgOAKLAND — The only people who wanted to make any noise about Antonio Brown were in the stands.As for the Raiders, their 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos Monday night served as evidence they didn’t spend a lot of time pondering their plight now that Brown is with the New England Patriots.Did somebody say distraction? “It really wasn’t,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “I’m just going to tell you it really … Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Evolution vs. ID: This Means War

first_imgPresident Bush’s mild off-the-cuff remarks about students needing to hear alternatives to evolution (see 08/02/2005) set off a firestorm of reaction pro and con in the media.  Get your ringside seat here for the war of the words:Mad Scientists:  Nature, as reported this week (08/10/2005), expressed outrage at the President’s remarks – a reaction fairly uniform across the leadership of scientific institutions thus far (e.g., AAAS, 07/11/2005, NAS, 03/24/2005).  Mark Bergin in World Magazine calls them Mad Scientists.  In an editorial in the same issue of World, Joel Belz portrays them as unhappy warriors and grumpy spoilsports, ruining the experience of enjoying a snowflake or a flower with their stubbornness against considering the possibility of design.  He contrasts their attitude with the President’s generosity and openness over the issue.Catholic Counter-Reformation:  Alarmed at the possibility that the Roman Catholic Church might be backpedaling on its tacit acceptance of evolution because of a statement by a Viennese cardinal that the church does not accept neo-Darwinism, Constance Holden in Science (309:5737, 12 Aug 2005, pp. 996-996) highlighted the remarks of the Vatican Astronomer who defended evolution.  But as she points out, it is not at all clear where the new Pope stands on the issue.  “Meanwhile,” she ends, “defenders of evolution are still lamenting a comment last week by a vacationing President George W. Bush, in response to a reporter’s question, suggesting that public schools should teach students about intelligent design (Science, 5 August, p. 861).  Groups representing biologists, astronomers, and science teachers, among others, have shot off letters to the White House expressing their dismay.” (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Jewish Lethargy:  David Klinghoffer, writing for Discovery Institute News, can’t figure out why his fellow Jews are not rising to the occasion.  They are remaining “curiously abstracted and irrelevant” over the conflict between evolution and intelligent design, behavior that is “a departure from our own tradition of engagement with scientific and theological questions of just this kind.”  He admonishes them with the words of 12th-century Jewish philosopher Maimonides who, in his day, had to deal with the implications of compromise in a different intellectual battle over Aristotelian philosophy.  Both Aristotle and Darwin, Klinghoffer argues, threatened Judaism at its root and soul by denying a divine creation.Utah Raptor:  According to Science Daily and Deseret News, Utah Senator Chris Buttars wants ID in his state, and if the evolutionists won’t give in, he is going to write legislation to force a compromise, even if it means ID will be taught in philosophy instead of biology.  He has been besieged by calls and emails from parents complaining that their children are being taught as fact that they evolved from apes.Back in Kansas Again:  John Calvert is optimistic about the new science standards that were voted in last week (08/10/2005).  He brushed off an accusation by his nemesis Piedro Irigonegaray that he had led the ID hearings without a license to practice law in Kansas.  Calvert considered it a technicality that did not matter, because the school board hearings were not a court of law.  He believes the new standards will liberate teachers who are afraid to talk about evolution because of the controversy.Everybody’s Right:  Peter Wood, writing in National Review Online, gave “thumbs up” to President Bush, but is trying to see the good on both sides.  “This battle is unnecessary and intellectually irresponsible,” he claims, calling for modesty and restraint, because both sides have something to contribute.  The problem with doctrinaire evolution is its insistence on randomness, he says; with a little ID in the mix, we can all get along.  As to civility, he finds that “Ironically, the Creationists have come out of this recent round of controversy sounding far more open-minded than some of the scientists and the hard-core secularist advocates of Evolution-and-Nothing-But.”Sloppy Reporting:  The EvolutionNews blog of the Discovery Institute had a lot to complain about this week.  Reuters, Nightline and CNN all got it wrong, they argue.  “Rather than cover the substance of the intellectual debate over design, all Nightline could do was act as the mouthpiece for ID-bashers like Barbara Forrest,” EvolutionNews complained, so Discovery Institute published the complete transcript of the pre-recorded interview with ID spokesman Dr. Stephen Meyer, including all the parts Nightline left out. Hardball:  Chris Mathews had Bruce Chapman (ID) vs. Eugenie Scott (evolution) face off, Jim Lehrer had Michael Behe vs. Lawrence Krauss with John Calvert, Steven Case and other principals in the Kansas debate, and newspapers around the country carried stories about ID, evolution, and education.Turncoats in the Ranks:  A recent poll, reported by and EurekAlert, showed that belief in God among scientists varies starkly by discipline.  Contrary to expectations, the poll of 1,646 faculty members revealed that social scientists were more likely to practice religion than natural scientists.  Follow-up interviews may be needed to interpret the findings, but neither class was predominantly atheistic: only 38% of natural scientists and 31% of social scientists.  Even among biologists, only 41% denied belief in God, compared to 27% among political scientists.Foul Retreat:  Discovery Institute called chicken on Richard Dawkins for his ducking out of an NPR debate against ID senior fellow George Gilder at the last minute, but criticized NPR for giving the last word to another Darwinist instead of demanding accountability from Dawkins.No Compromise:  Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was highlighted by Religion Journal for his appearance in Time with its cover story on the “Evolution Wars” (08/02/2005).  He explained why “Evangelical Christianity and evolution are incompatible beliefs that cannot be held together logically within a distinctly Christian worldview.”These are just a few samples from the news media in the past week.  Probably at no time since the Scopes trial has the nation been so riveted on the E word, and who will determine what students are taught about human origins: the chance wanderings of apes, or a purposeful life.We are living in momentous times.  No, not because of war, the cost of gasoline or the debate over climate change, but over the heart and soul of science.  The party that rules science (i.e., knowledge) rules the world.  Is this the verge of the collapse of the Age of Darwin?  Or will Big Science succeed in forcing a naturalistic imprimatur on all scientific endeavor?  Will Darwinism remain immune from criticism, or has the crack opened for the wedge?  Will the ID challenge succeed, or will its leaders tire and retreat into oblivion because of the relentless attacks by the scientific elites?  Not long ago – for over a century – Big Science ignored creation arguments, sloughing them off as irrelevant and irrational, merely religiously motivated pseudoscientific nonsense (not that they were, but Darwinists had amassed enough power to coast on bravado).  Its power never seriously threatened, it sufficed to wave the challengers off, like pesky mosquitos, with a few memorized vituperations, which were duly broadcast by the lapdog media.  No longer.  The Darwin Party’s champion is roused, and he is angry.  ID’s stone has hit its mark, but did it hit it hard enough?  And will the army rally if he falls, or be satisfied to cut and run with a peace treaty?    It is essential that each citizen get the information straight.  Some reporters are fair; some try hard to accurately characterize each side’s position.  Many, though, fail to do their job as journalists with a nose for news.  They fail to fight past power and prestige to get to the heart of the matter.  The same reporters who will mercilessly pepper a President with hard-hitting questions become sloppy and lazy when sitting at the feet of Scientists, acting like toadies before the Establishment, reproducing verbatim the talking points and slogans of the Darwin Party.  With so many biases flying around, it is essential to learn the art of baloney detecting.  You must train yourself in the art of sifting out the salient points from the mass of verbiage on both sides.  Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, there is color commentary to be sure, but you also have the chance to hear extended quotes from the top spokespersons, and you can always follow the links to the original sources and read them yourself if you disagree or have doubts about the validity of the reporting or commentary.  There is no excuse not to be informed.  (Take note, though, of the people who want you to hear both sides, and the ones who don’t.)    But why bother?  Simply, because of everything in the world.  The world and all it contains was either designed for a purpose, or it evolved on its own.  You are either a product of intelligent design, and you have a purpose and a destiny for being here, or you are the end result of a long chain of accidents.  Get enough people believing either position and the ramifications for society are enormous.  Think about abortion, the definition of marriage, sexual promiscuity, crime, the arts, law, judicial philosophy, the Supreme Court, the Constitution, medical ethics, end-of-life decisions, economic philosophy, the war on terror and all the other facets of life in 2005 that affect everything from the integrity of our political leaders to how the neighbors behave at the soccer field.  Now, think about how Darwinism vs. ID weighs in on these subjects.  Nothing could be more black and white.  The Darwinists teach that altruism, unselfishness, music, artistic expression, family ties, sexual fidelity, love and the very mental processes of the brain are illusions, mere emergent properties of matter in motion, without essential meaning.  Worse, they routinely explain away murder, rape, war, terrorism and other behaviors as evolved strategies honed by natural and sexual selection.  As such, they are not evil, just useful to one or the other players, whoever is “fittest,” whatever that means.    Do you want to live in a world that really believes that in its heart of hearts?  Does the scientific evidence support that view?  Are you prepared to believe that what you are thinking right now has no validity, and that all the complexity and beauty of nature is the end result of an explosion of particles?  Take a good look in the mirror and decide what you are looking at, because we are at a crossroads.  Pick your future world: planet of the apes, or God’s green Earth.  Let’s choose a path for which our children will bless us, and will thank us for our insight, integrity, and – indeed – our courage.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

American Airlines flight bursts into flames

first_imgAmerican Airlines Boeing 767-300, registered N345AN, operating flight AA383 from Chicago to Miami with 161 passengers and 9 crew, aborted its take-off and has caught fire.The flight was well down runway 28R when the pilots rejected the takeoff  because of a suspected uncontained engine failure and fire.Crew initiated an emergency evacuation and  20 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.The 767-300 sustained significant damage.Many passengers filmed the evacuation. Once again passengers have risked their safety and that of their fellow passengers by insisting on taking their carry-on baggage with them.Video of the inside of the 767 taken during the evacuation shows many baggage bins open while passengers can be seen with their carry on baggage.Read: Grab for bags could cause airfares to tripleJet engines are designed with a containment ring to prevent the shrapnel generated by disintegrating parts from tearing through the cabin or fuel tanks but in rare cases this does not work.A source told Reuters the failure in this case was so intense a disk from the CF-6 engine  hit a nearby building roof.The news agency said  US National Transportation Safety Board officials were looking for clues as to whether the fault lay with the engine, with maintenance or a freak event such as debris on the runway entering the engine.GE spokesman Rick Kennedy told it on Saturday that the plane engine dated from the 1980s or 1990s and had been serviced by the airline.last_img read more