Gardener makes pro debut on tonight’s Contender card

first_imgJamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.last_img read more

Trinidadian who faked kidnapping to know fate soon

first_imgA Trinidadian national who allegedly faked his own kidnapping shortly after entering Guyana will know his fate at his next court appearance set for June 28.Sawak Maraj, a 33-year-old chemical engineer who is currently on $1 million bail, stood before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts as Police Prosecutor Dominic Bess concluded his arguments in the case.Sawak MarajMagistrate Azore then set the ruling in the case for June 28.It is alleged that on October 27, 2017, at Madewini Resort, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Maraj gave false information to the Police that he had been kidnapped and US$700,000 was demanded for his release. However, after a probe was launched into the alleged kidnapping, it was discovered that the “kidnapping” was staged.He was also charged for conspiring with others on the same day and at the same location to commit a felony, that is, to obtain US$700,000 by false pretense.Reports are that the Trinidadian arrived in Guyana and was scheduled to check in at the Ramada Hotel, Providence, but never showed up.According to reports, the parents of the victim were contacted in Trinidad via cellphone by an unknown person who indicated that their son was taken hostage in Guyana and the money was demanded for his release.A photograph of the man shirtless with a cutlass to his neck was sent to his parents as proof of his detention.However, following investigations by the Police, the ranks swooped down on a house at Madewini Resort and found the man relaxing comfortably with his alleged accomplices. Detectives then began to unravel an apparent scheme by the man to extort money from his relatives.last_img read more

Stepfather charged for killing 4-year-old

first_imgThe stepfather of a four-year-old boy was hauled before the court on Thursday after he was charged for killing the child.Joseph James appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The charge alleged that on October 7, 2019, at Silver Hill, Linden-Soesdyke Highway, James murdered Alex Price, his stepson, during the course of the rape.The child was found unconscious, naked and with injuries to the head and eye on October 7 at approximately 12:00h.Reports were that his 21-year-old stepfather claimed that he found the child with the injuries at their Silver Hill home on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway home.The man had claimed that he left the child at home to go to a nearby shop to buy groceries. According to the prosecution’s case, the stepfather said that when he returned from the shop, he found the unconscious child.An alarm was then raised, and nurses from the nearby Health Centre were summoned to the home. The child, however, succumbed on his way to the Linden Hospital Complex. An investigation was launched by Police. According to the Post-Mortem report, the child was sodomised and died from blunt trauma to the head.Following an investigation, Police arrested the stepfather and the murder charge was instituted.last_img read more

Police issue wanted bulletin for 2

first_imgAttempted robbery-murder at El Dorado TradingThe Police are on the hunt for two men for questioning in connection with the murder of a businessman, Deon Stoll, who was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in front of El Dorado Trading, Da Silva Street, Kitty, Georgetown, two Mondays ago.Wanted by Police for murder: Delon Morgan aka “Shane Morgan”The two wanted men are 23-year-old Lennox Estwic, of Lot 640 South Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Region 10, and 33-year-old Delon Morgan also called “Shane Morgan”.This, the police said, is in addition to the four other persons who were arrested and questioned, including a doctor who is alleged to have treated an injured gunman that was shot during the heinous crime.However, currently, much debate has surfaced as to whether or not the doctor in question erred or committed a crime by not notifying the police about the man he treated with a gunshot injury.However, according to Chairman of the Council, Dr Navindranauth Rambaran, it would be premature to pronounce on the fate of the doctor at this time, as investigations by the police are still underway.Wanted by Police for murder: Lennox Estwic“The Medical Council of Guyana does acknowledge reports in the media of alleged misconduct by a medical doctor. As the matter is under investigation, the Council reserves the right to make its conclusion when all the facts of the matter are available. At this junction, however, the Council wishes to reiterate the Medical fraternity’s absolute support for the highest standards of medical practice while upholding the laws of Guyana,” he told Guyana Times on Sunday.Meanwhile, another senior medical practitioner employed by the Public Health Ministry told this publication that the Guyana Medical Practitioner’s Act does not have a direct rule/law that states that a doctor must report such incidents to the police.However, outside of this Act, and in keeping with the laws of the country, it is expected that any medical practitioner does so.“It is the ethics that goes along with the profession…you should adhere to whatever are the laws of Guyana, it may not be in the Medical Practitioner’s Act but in other laws of Guyana, it would constitute absolute requirement to report the matter. Certainly, there are responsibilities outside of the Medical Act that have to be adhered to by citizens,” he stated.Dead businessman: Deon StollIt was reported that Stoll was shot and killed after two masked gunmen attempted to rob him. During the foiled robbery, the Essequibo businessman returned fire, hitting one of the gunmen.A security guard attached to the El Dorado Trading company was also shot during the shootout.Stoll, aka “Mow” hailed from Charity, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), but is said to also have resided in Bel Air, Georgetown.Reports are that around 10:20h on Monday morning, Stoll had been in a motorcar (PPP 6727) driven by Powley, when the duo arrived at El Dorado Trading Limited.A white Toyota motorcar with tinted windows that had appeared to be trailing Stoll’s vehicle also stopped across the road from the business place moments after Stoll had arrived at that location.Two gunmen, donned in rags/handkerchiefs used to conceal most of their faces ran out of their vehicle and rushed towards Stoll’s car.One gunman opened the door at the driver’s side and a scuffle began between him and Powley, who soon exited the vehicle to better defend himself. Powley received a gunshot wound to his arm in the process while his assailant rushed back to the waiting white Toyota motorcar.At the time this was happening, the other gunman had rushed to the front seat passenger door, where Stoll had been, and opened it before attempting to snatch something from Stoll. The businessman also appeared to have been putting up a fight from inside of the vehicle but was shot to his stomach. His shooter then ran away towards the direction of the vehicle that he had arrived in but Stoll also exited the car (PPP 6727) with his handgun, firing shots at the gunman.The gunman also returned fire while trying to get back to the white Toyota car, falling to the ground twice in the process, before managing to rush back into his vehicle.The white Toyota motorcar then quickly sped away from the scene as the gunmen made good their escape.A few days later, the doctor, who is reported to have attended to the wounds of the injured bandit, along with others, were hauled into the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Eve Leary, Georgetown, in relation to Stoll’s murder.Meanwhile, anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the two wanted men is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-1389, 226-7476, 226-7065, 226-6221, 911 or the nearest police station.Investigations into the matter are currently ongoing.last_img read more

NEB awards export licence to WesPac Midstream

first_imgThe maximum term quantity is 116.44 billion cubic metres and is still subject to the approval of the Governor in Council.“The NEB has determined that the quantity of gas proposed to be exported by WesPac is surplus to Canadian needs,” writes communication officer Katherine Murphy of the NEB’s decision. “The NEB is satisfied that Canada’s gas resource base, and the overall gas resource base in North America, is large and can accommodate reasonably foreseeable Canadian demand.“This demand would include the LNG exports proposed by WesPac as well as a plausible potential increase in Canadian demand.”- Advertisement -The approved export points include the outlet of the loading arm at the WesPac LNG Marine Terminal in Delta; the marine cargo terminals in the metropolitan area of Vancouver; as well as the highway border crossings along the international boundary between B.C. and the U.S.The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada’s energy industry. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest.last_img read more

Stars’ Omolo picks positives from Togo draw

first_img0Shares0000Harrambee Stars creative midfielder celebrating after scorung against Togo in 2021 AFCON Qualifier. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Despite seeing Harambee Stars held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Togo in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier (AFCON) at Kasarani Stadium, Belgium based Johanna ‘Tosh’ Omolo believes the Group G is now wide open with four matches to go.Omolo, the creative midfielder plying his trade in the Belgium topflight league with Cercle Brugge, was arguably Kenya’s best player in the second AFCON Qualifier match played Monday night after his rasping shot handed the Francis Kimanzi side the lead seven minutes to the breather. The team could not hold on for the win and could only share spoils after conceding from a set-piece, however, Omolo, who is fresh from winning a FIFPRO Merit Award is positive Harambee Stars can turn the tables when the qualifiers resume next year (2020).With the point they picked and seeing Egypt held away to a goalless draw by Comoros, Kenya occupy third spot on two points same as second placed Egypt, Comoros top the Group on four points while Togo are at the bottom with just a single point.“It was not a disappointing result. We were expecting to win like anyone else, Togo came to this match with zero point but that’s football, now the group is open so its not a bad result we can still come back, it’s a marathon it’s not yet finished,” the dread-locked Omolo told Capital Sport.Harambee Stars creative midfielder Johanna Omolo leads team-mates in goal celebration after scoring a screamer against Togo in 2021 AFCON Qualifier in Kasarani. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe midfielder blamed the lose to fatigue after laying two back-to-back matches, having faced Egypt away on Friday, then two days later they hosted Togo after a 16-hour travel back home.“What did not work for us is the fact that there was two games within the short period and players did not have enough time to recover but that’s the life of a footballer, we need to make sure we are ready and on Monday it was not the case,” Omolo revealed.-Wanyama disappointed-Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama tussle with Togo’s Koffi Franco and TAKORA Lalawela in 2021 AFCON Qualifier match played at the Kasarani Stadium on 18th November 2019. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThough he did not rise to the occasion, captain Victor Wanyama has urged his charges to learn how to ‘kill’ a game after the Stars defence lapsed to see Togo equalize from a corner kick in the second half.“It’s disappointing but there is nothing we can do, we conceded from a set piece after we have worked hard, its football sometimes you lose concentration for one minute and then you concede so we live to fight another day,” Wanyama, who has not had enough play time in his EPL side Tottenham Hotspur told Capital Sport.“I thought we could win at home but there was pressure, it’s not easy but the point is vital, and I think it will push us somewhere. We should know how to kill a game, we can’t concede poorly from a set piece like that, but we learn every day,” Wanyama added.0Shares0000(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

City OKs fee hike to help Uptown

first_imgWHITTIER – The City Council’s approval of a 29percent fee increase on Uptown businesses will allow the Whittier Uptown Association to begin work on improving the area, its president said Wednesday. The council approved the mandatory assessment on a 3-0 vote Tuesday. Councilmen Bob Henderson and Joe Vinatieri couldn’t vote because their businesses are in the Uptown district. “I’m excited,” said Robert Ruiz, association president. “It frees up our hands. It lets us offer some real services to our merchants.” Ruiz said the association can now get bids for maintenance for the Uptown area – everything from steam cleaning to trash issues – and to remodel the public bathroom in the parking structure. The rate increase is expected to generate about $27,000 that will help balance the association’s $163,000 budget that pays for an office, staff and advertising. Association officials say they’ve had a $13,600 deficit the past two years. “We were so busy paying the debt and interest that we couldn’t think of anything else,” Ruiz said. The assessment increase was controversial early on. But the association board reduced it in response to criticism by restaurants that the proposal penalized them. The fee originally was going to rise more for restaurants than retailers. The increase is now the same. No one spoke for or against the assessment increase at Tuesday’s meeting. “I’m satisfied they have communicated with their members,” Councilwoman Cathy Warner said of the association leadership. “Obviously, there were strong opinions,” Warner said. “Then the association went back to the drawing board, reconfigured and came back with a scenario more acceptable to their members. If it were not acceptable, we would have had folks speaking during the public hearing.” However, not everyone was satisfied. Francesca Mauro, manager of Datillo Restaurant, said Wednesday she didn’t have time to leave her business for the council meeting. “I think everybody is tired,” Mauro said. “Whatever we say isn’t going anyplace anyway. You can’t fight city hall.” Mauro said her problem wasn’t so much with the fee increase but the association itself. “I know they’re in a bind and can’t avoid an increase,” she said. “I just don’t think we should have an Uptown association. It’s just a waste.” Mauro said the association should hand off many of its events to other nonprofit organizations. Ruiz said he agrees with many of Mauro’s concerns and is trying to make changes. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We’re off and running with 100 different ideas we can do directly as merchants,” he said. The association sought the fee increase, which included a $5 bump in the flat rate and a 5-cent increase in the square-foot charge for retailers and restaurants. Nonprofit groups, including churches, will now pay a $100 fee. Previously, they paid nothing. A 5,000-square-foot restaurant – the size of Datillo – would pay an extra $255, or $1,130. This is the first increase in three years. last_img read more


first_imgThere are plenty of fans out there who unfortunately don’t have tickets to savour the atmosphere of Sunday’s All Ireland final live.But we have a super alternative for you.Century Cinemas in Letterkenny are showing the big game on the big screens and already more than 700 people have their FREE tickets for the screening. But the good news is that there are still a few free tickets left for the game which is being shown on FOUR different screens on the day.Century Cinemas spokesman Mark Doherty said “If the atmosphere is anything like the semi-final then it’s going to be brilliant.“There are still a few tickets left and we want to give them away. Whoever wants them can call to the cinema and we’ll sort them out,” he said.The other good news for parents bringing their kids is that there is a limited bar available if they fancy a tipple during the game. All fans are also being encouraged to wear their colours and bring their teddy bears and flags.It’s not Croke Park but it’s the next best thing.And it won’t take you five hours to get home!C’mon Dnegal. LAST CALL FOR FREE CENTURY CINEMA TICKETS TO SEE THE BIG GAME LIVE was last modified: September 18th, 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:Century Cinemasfree ticketslast_img read more

Darwinism as Religion in a Holy War

first_imgIt might be expected that media attention on Darwin would be exceptionally high this month because of his bicentennial, but some of it seems downright religious.  The adulation he has been receiving is almost embarrassing sometimes.  It is only exceeded by the righteous indignation Darwin’s fans frequently express against intelligent design.  In any other context, their fighting words would be described as hate speech.  Here are some recent examples:Shrine to Darwin:  That was Science magazine’s title for a short entry in “Random Samples” this week.1  “Will Charles Darwin’s house and its gardens soon be mentioned in the same breath as Stonehenge and the pyramids?” the article began.  “Following a �1 million refurbishment, Down House in Kent, U.K., has been put forth by the government for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.”  Darwin’s desk, his sand path where he took daily strolls, and his chair are to be exhibited.  Sarah Coelho reported on this in more detail on Science’s origins blog, Origins.    The Down House shrine, if declared, will be in addition to Darwin’s crypt in Westminster Abbey and the Darwin Station at the Galapagos.  It might be noted that Stonehenge and the pyramids were both constructed for cultic reasons.Darwin Rap:  English Lit students of the future may be switched from reading Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to a new classic, something like Charlesbury Tales.  Rap artist Baba Brinkman has turned to Darwin for inspiration, reported Science in its Newsmakers segment.2  Microbiologist Mark Pallen (U of Birmingham) approached Brinkman with the idea of recasting the rap artist’s version of Chaucer with an evolutionary twist.  Brinkman latched onto the idea and “immersed himself in Darwin’s words and recent books on evolutionary biology,” the article said, “and has been honing rhymes on sexual selection, altruism, and the battle with intelligent design.”    The result: “He swallowed the idea and turned it into a work of genius,” according to Pallen.  Viewers of the rap videos are treated to icons of Richard Dawkins reading from The Origin of Species, while the rapper chants artistic lines of genius like these from Natural Selection:Okay, it’s time to reveal my identityI’m the manifestation of tens of millionsOf centuries of sexual selection, best believeI’m the best of the best of the best of the bestOf generations of competitive pressure geneticallyBut don’t get upset, ’cause we’ve got the same pedigreeYou and I will find a common ancestor eventuallyIf we rewind geological time regressivelyAnd I could say the same for this hibiscus treeAnd this lizard and the flea and this sesame seed.The comparison with Do the Evolution seems apt (see 08/31/2006) with its similar references to progress, survival of the fittest and selfishness.  This one adds the phrase, “best believe.”    On the Science blog Origins, Brinkman answered some questions about his work.  Asked what the most difficult evolutionary topic to rap about, he said, “Evolutionary topics are not so much of a challenge as anti-evolutionary topics.”  He added, “my biggest challenge was to engage with Darwin’s detractors in a way that was not overly derisive, while at the same time speaking plainly about the misconceptions that are still attached to his work.”  It’s apparently OK to be derisive – just not overly so.  Brinkman’s education included works by staunch Darwinians and ID critics Jared Diamond, E. O. Wilson, Richard Dawkins, and David Sloan Wilson, in addition to Darwin’s own holy writ.    A previous entry about Brinkman on Origins touted his concert tour as one of the hottest gigs in the Darwin-satiated London.  It includes lyrics of more of his songs and some video clips, too.  One of them overtly attacks the Genesis story and intelligent design in its religiously-zealous presentation of Darwin’s theory: “the truth shall set you free” (an non-subtle twist on the words of Jesus).  The clip ends on a note that could have had Malthus, Spencer, Haeckel and Galton tapping their feet:What do you know about Natural Selection? Go aheadAnd ask a question and see where the answer gets youTry bein’ passive aggressive or try smashin’ heads inAnd see which tactic brings your plans to fruitionAnd if you have an explanation in mind, then you’reWastin’ your time, ‘cause the best watchmaker is blindIt takes a certain base kind of impatient mindTo explain away nature with “intelligent design”But the truth shall set you freeFrom those useless superstitious beliefsIn a literal Adam and Eve, and that Edenic myth‘Cause their family tree is showin’ some genetic driftTake it from this bald-headed non-celibate monkWith the lyrical equivalent of an elephant’s trunkIt’s time to elevate your mind-stateAnd celebrate your kinship with the primates.The weak and the strong, who got it goin’ on?We lived in the dark for so longThe weak and the strong, Darwin got it goin’ onCreationism is dead wrong.Science described his lyrics as “sometimes sly, often hilarious, and always smart and thought-provoking.”  Reporter John Travis sounded like a salesman on steroids: “Brinkman gave a mesmerizing performance, one that would probably do more to convince school children of evolution’s validity than any BBC or PBS special could…. Scientists, science teachers, and anyone evolution has provided with an open mind and a hint of musical rhythm should rush out to see this show if they’re fortunate enough for it to make an appearance nearby.”Not in your back yard:  Better not let your governor sign an Academic Freedom bill: the Darwinians are likely to pull up their stakes and move their conference dollars elsewhere.  The Science blog Origins reported that the “Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology announced it would not hold its 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans because of the state’s antievolution policies.”  Governor Bobby Jindal last year had signed the Louisiana Science Education Act, preventing critics of evolution from being censored or harassed for their views.  The bill had passed unanimously in the state senate and 93-4 in the state legislature, indicating overwhelming bipartisan support (see Evolution News).A time for anger:  Robert Pennock has long been an opponent of intelligent design, but in an essay for US News he really let the fur fly when responding to an earlier editorial by Casey Luskin in US News.  Pennock titled his piece “Creation of Christian Soldiers a Chilling Sidelight of Darwin Bashing,” scaring readers at the vision of an army of fundamentalists destroying the whole institution of science.  In the article he challenged statements by Phillip Johnson, Ralph Seelke, Casey Luskin and others associated with the Discovery Institute, calling them propagandists, false martyrs and fomenters of violence by the mentally unstable – all while denying charges he was writing with a poison pen of intimidation.  Portraying the Darwinians as defenders of truth, and abandoning any appeal for negotiations, he ended by calling for a holy war:As I wrote in a recent op-ed about Expelled and the ID culture wars, it is hard to know how to respond in a civil manner to such ignorant extremism.  Let me go further here: Such views (and I do here mean views, not people) do not deserve a civil response.  They deserve more than disapproval and ridicule.  They deserve the moral outrage of all who are friends of reason and truth.    Darwin shares his birthday with Abraham Lincoln, and the famous conclusion of Lincoln’s first Inaugural Address3 is relevant to the culture war that creationists and other extremists would inject into our children’s science classes.  Let us forthrightly reject those false and polarizing views and hope that the better angels of our nature will eventually prevail and bring this war to an end.Pennock’s did not explain how righteousness, truth, morality and conscience (“better angels of our nature”) arose by a Darwinian mechanism of blind selection acting on mutations.Expelled star expelled:  Has it come to this?  A champion of free speech and academic freedom has been expelled from an academic platform.  Sure enough, Ben Stein, the lovable droll professor, usually seen on economic panels, has been shafted from a commencement speech opportunity at the University of Vermont.  President Dan Fogel reversed his invitation because of Stein’s “highly controversial views” about “evolutionary theory, intelligent design, and the role of science in the Holocaust,” as shown in last year’s documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.  Read the whole account of what happened on Evolution News #1, #2 and #3.  Stein’s primary message in the film was to open up discussion on Darwin and break down the barriers that insulated Darwinism from criticism and forced critics of Darwinism to remain silent lest they lose their jobs.  His ending appeal was focused on freedom of speech in academia.  Now that he has been denied his opportunity to speak to the students, the University selected someone they apparently felt was less controversial: Howard Dean (#4).Speaking of Expelled, Casey Luskin has put together a long list of rebuttals to the criticisms of the movie put forward on the NCSE website “Expelled Exposed.”  Called “’Expelled Exposed’ Exposed,” Luskin’s list is available on Evolution News and Views.  Luskin also on Evolution News took on MSNBC’s pro-Darwin reporting, which he called “three puff-pieces about the evidence for evolution.”  He said, “With Darwin’s 200th birthday recently upon us, the media is pushing Darwinism harder than ever.”1.  Random Samples, Science, Volume 323, Number 5917, Issue of 20 February 2009.2.  Newsmakers, Science, Volume 323, Number 5917, Issue of 20 February 2009.3.  “I am loath to close.  We are not enemies, but friends.  We must not be enemies.  Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ( there any doubt that Darwinism is a religion?  Look at this.  We should save the word hysteria for milder situations.  Darwinists are beside themselves with euphoria over their bearded Buddha and with rage over anyone who would shine some reality on their religious experiences.  While claiming to be champions of truth, they tell lies.  While claiming to be victims of harassment, they persecute.  While claiming to be naturalists, they steal Christian armaments like truth, morality and righteousness and wield them against those who do not bow down at their shrines.  We should also save the word hypocrite for milder cases than this (see David Klinghoffer’s piece on Evolution News, “What is hypocrisy, after all?”).    If you are confused over this scuffle and can’t see the light for the heat, notice one thing.  Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we constantly read and report the very best the Darwin Party has to offer (excluding P.Z. Myers, because, this being a family site, we don’t wish to expose the young to profanity).  We quote more top evolutionists here than ID or creationist sources.  We analyze and examine as charitably as possible all their very best arguments from their very best thinkers, and provide you with extensive quotes and links to original sources where you can read them and make your own decisions.  Our cartoons and humor may be satirical, but they are not hateful and vindictive – and you can easily see from the context when it was deserved (e.g., we award Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, not Stupid Evolutionist of the Week).  What do they do?  They prevent you from hearing the other side, and misrepresent it in sound bites intended for instant emotional reaction.  They use intimidation, ridicule, fear-mongering, symbolism over substance, card stacking, sidestepping, and subversion — all geared to make people hate intelligent design before even knowing what it is.  The put “Creationism is dead wrong” to a rap beat.  They tell the media that their opponents are not even worth the expenditure of their contempt (05/12/2008 bullet 5).  They use profanity (see recent despicable example reported on Evolution News).  They show no shame for silencing opposition – indeed, they pride themselves on their bigotry (yes, bigotry: see 12/16/2008).  They apply to themselves silly self-contradictory labels like “anyone evolution has provided with an open mind” while refusing to allow other people to exercise their God-given open minds.  They appeal to the “better angels of our nature” when they believe neither in spirits nor in conscience.  And while worshiping at holy shrines of the bearded Buddha, they say that the “ignorant extremism” of Darwin doubters is “not even worthy of a civil response.”  Let the better angels of your nature enlighten you to what is really going on.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Drone targets Singapore Airlines A350

first_imgDrone (left) targets a SIA A350 over Perth. The future of low-level plane fly-pasts in Australia is in jeopardy after a drone came within an alleged 300ft of a Singapore Airlines A350 on Wednesday afternoon in Perth.Singapore Airlines, celebrating its 50th year of operating to Perth launched an online photographic competition of its new A350 and had publicized the air route and altitude of the fly-past.The dramatic picture taken by Daniel Kitlar of DK and CK Photos was shot from the Mend Street jetty in South Perth and captures the drone approaching the A350 as it flew over Heirisson Island.Mr Kitlar, an experienced drone operator, said he was stunned when he reviewed his photos later to see the drone.“In my experience, that drone would have to been at 1200ft and the A350 was flying at 1500ft,” said Mr Kitlar.And the angle that the photo was taken related to the flightpath confirms that height assessment.Drone enthusiasts reported that two people were illegally operating a DJI Phantom 4 drone with a camera attached from Langley Park adjacent to the flightpath of the A350.When challenged that they were operating outside regulations for height they hurled abuse.Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said that the perpetrators could face a fine of AUD$9000 for operating the drone above 400ft in controlled airspace.“There are clear safety rules covering the operation of drones and stiff penalties for breaking these rules.”“Drones must never be flown in a way that causes a hazard to an aircraft and must not be flown over populous areas in a way that could pose a risk to people and property,” Mr Gibson said.The reckless incident is expected to curtail or even end fly pasts by commercial and even military aircraft officials within CASA and the Australian crash investigator say.In fact, air traffic control congestion limited what the pilots could do and the planned fly-past of Langley Park, Elizabeth Quay and over Kings Park was curtailed.Instead, the A350 flew down the Swan River over Maylands, Heirisson Island and South Perth.Last month the Australian Transport Safety Bureau warned that the number of close encounters between drones and planes is forecast to jump by 75 per cent this year.A report by the ATSB on the safety of drones found there had been 180 safety incidents involving drones between 2012 and 2016, including crashes.High capacity air transport accounted for 45 per cent of the reports.last_img read more