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Age cheats under scanner at U-17 World Cup

first_imgBrazil coach Carlos Amadeu said that it won’t be easy for the South American giants to break their 14-year-old trophy drought with “too many title contenders” in fray.“All the European teams are very strong, including Spain and England, while Mexico, United States and the South American sides will pose a threat,” Amadeu told reporters in Mumbai.“It’s always difficult to face an African side in this age group,” the 52-year-old added.Brazil have been dealt a severe blow after star striker Vinicius Junior, who has drawn comparisons with Paris-Saint Germain’s Neymar, was denied release by his club Flamengo.India, hosting their biggest football event yet, will also be keen to mark their debut with a strong showing. They are in Group A with USA, Columbia and Ghana.But India’s manager Luis Norton de Matos, a former Portugal forward, did not mince his words when he said that India have just a five percent chance of winning a game.The 23-day event culminates on October 28 with the final in Kolkata, the eastern city known as the hotbed of football in cricket-obsessed India. New Delhi, India | AFP | The Under-17 World Cup starting in India on Friday should feature only players born this century, but officials are taking no chances after defending champions Nigeria were caught in a major age-cheating scandal.All players at the competition, which has helped launch the careers of Neymar, Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, will have their wrists scanned by MRI to check they weren’t born before January 1, 2000.The measure was confirmed after Nigeria, who have won the tournament a record five times, bombed out of qualifying after they lost 26 squad members who were found to be over-age ahead of a key clash in August.Age fraud is also rampant in other countries, according to football officials, prompting FIFA to bring Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment to the 17th edition of the tournament, which is taking part in six Indian cities.MRI scans can determine whether a player is below 17 with 99 percent accuracy, experts say, as they can show whether he or she has stopped growing — which usually happens after 17.“While it is the responsibility of each member association to ensure that their players meet the age requirements, FIFA has decided to conduct magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist at its U-17 competitions,” said a FIFA spokesperson.Play gets underway on Friday in New Delhi, where two-time champions Ghana play Colombia at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, while New Zealand clash with Turkey in Mumbai.With the absence of Nigeria, and with three-time winners Brazil weakened, the tournament is regarded as open and unpredictable. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Publix Tests Self Checkout Lanes in South Florida Stores

first_imgThe system has proven popular with customers at other big retail stores such as Walmart and Target.Publix spokeswoman Nicole Krauss adds, “We’re always evaluating how to best serve our customers and self-checkout is one of those considerations when we’re looking at remodels,” although she did not say whether this was a test or how many other stores would be installing the new equipment. A Florida-based retail chain is integrating technology geared toward giving customers greater control over their shopping experience.Publix recently installed self-checkout registers at several stores in South and Central Florida.Two locations in Coconut Creek and Coral Springs added the new registers earlier this month. They replaced the express checkout lanes located next to the customer service desk. Two employees stand by, ready to assist customers with purchases and to explain how the machines work.A store located at 7060 West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton has had the self-checkout option for several years.Company spokesman Dwaine Stevens says, “We are constantly evaluating how to best serve our customers.”last_img read more

Authorities seek information in beating death of Fort Lauderdale man

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale police department is currently searching for information in regards to the fatal beating of a 47-year-old local man.According to the report, authorities say Paulesky Mauney was dropped off at the Broward Health Medical Center on October 20th after being severely beaten.Mauney remained in the hospital for 10 days before he passed away as a result of his injuries.Investigators are asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more

“Forever chemicals” were found in the drinking water in Miami, other major US cities

first_imgNew tests show that potentially toxic chemicals are in the drinking water supplies of several major US cities, including Miami, New Orleans and Washington, DC,.The Environmental Working Group reported that PFAS, which are manmade chemicals, are referred to as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down once they’re in the environment.They’re found now in nonstick products, paints, cleaning products and food packaging. The forever chemicals can harm the liver, kidney, and can lead to cancer and reproductive and developmental issues.The group tested 44 sites in 31 states and Washington. The Environmental Working Group said that the only area with clean drinking water is Meridian, Mississippi, which gets its water from a 600-foot-deep well. The areas with the highest levels of chemicals are Brunswick County, North Carolina, and Quad Cities, Iowa,last_img read more

Parents charged with child neglect after leaving 4-month-old alone

first_imgOfficials in Fort Meyers have charged a couple who reportedly left their 4-month-old child in a parked car while they shopped.The incident occurred at the Sam’s Club Plaza at 5100 South Cleveland Avenue Thursday morning.Authorities say they received a call from a concerned citizen about an infant who had been left alone in a vehicle while her parents shopped in the Dollar Store.Officials were able to free the child from the car and have since turned her over to the Department of Children and Families.The infants parents, however, have been charged with child neglect.last_img read more

British Boy champion Greenberry tackles Thunderbird

first_img11 May 2012 British Boy champion Greenberry tackles Thunderbird British boy champion Harrison Greenberry (Exeter Golf & Country Club) and Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) will represent England Golf in the Thunderbird International at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 26th – 28th May. Both are members of the England boys squad and will seek to bring the England Golf its first success in the annual event played over the Raptor Course. Greenberry, (© Tom Ward) who will turn 18 two days before the Thunderbird event, won the British title over the testing Burnham & Berrow course in Somerset last August, beating Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire) at the 37th hole in the final. His success led to his representing GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy in Spain. He also finished seventh in the Carris Trophy, the English Boys under 18 Championship, which helped him finish top of the Titleist/FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit for 2011. It will be his first overseas representative honour for England Golf. Orrin, who will celebrate his 18th birthday on 13th May, has been an under 16 and boy international. In 2011 he won the Andulucia Open in Spain, finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver at Rye and third in the Fairhaven Trophy and the South East Junior Championship. This year, he has again finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver and joint second in the McEvoy Trophy, while he was a member of the victorious three-strong team in the Nations Cup at the recent Fairhaven Trophies. Orrin represented the EGU in last year’s Thunderbird International where the format is 54 holes of stroke play over three days.last_img read more

Caitlin set for England test after exam break

first_img Tags: Caitlin Whitehead, Cumbria, England Girls’ Squad Caitlin Whitehead is ready to win again and help the England girls’ squad achieve their 2020 vision.The 17-year-old is gearing up for a big year after putting golf on the backburner for a spell last season to concentrate on her school exams.With the stress of GCSEs now over and a solid winter of practise behind her, the golfer from Kendal is keenly anticipating the new season.Whitehead is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In 2018, she was crowned European Young Masters champion after a fine performance in Norway.That victory earned her a place at the Asia Pacific Junior Championships in Hong Kong – which she duly won as an individual and also claimed top prize in the team event alongside Finland’s Sakke Siltala.Now Whitehead is itching to get back onto the circuit as well as playing her part in national team triumphs.“Last year I had my GCSEs so that cut a large proportion of the season out,” confirmed Whitehead who spent last week in Portugal training with the girls’ squad.“I felt I was behind before the season really started.“Obviously it would be amazing to have a career in golf, but I do believe I should take time out for education. You need a back-up plan in case things don’t quite go as well as planned.“I did get on track with a good finish in the English girls’ last season“This year I hope to hit the ground running in March and have a better start.“I want to have more consistent finishes and play in women’s and girls’ events. I’d like to win a girls’ event and have top 15 finishes in women’s events.“Splitting them is the best way to do it, I believe.”Whitehead is a member of both Kendal Golf Club and Carus Green Golf Club having been inspired by her dad to take up the game as a child.Fell running and football were her other passions before golf took over and now the whole Whitehead family is hooked. Caitlin’s younger brother is also mad keen and playing county golf off a handicap of five.Whitehead has now been a mainstay of the England girls’ squad for two successive Home International campaigns.Last week’s coaching camp at Quinta Do Lago resort on the Algarve was geared towards preparing for the season’s main team events.Having helped England win in 2018 and 2019 she’d love the hat-trick this season when the event is staged at Royal St David’s in Wales.“I love being part of the team and competing,” added Whitehead who was part of the winning team skippered by putting coach Mike Kanski (pictured below) during a fun session on the Algarve coast.“The whole experience of going away with the girls to play practice rounds is much more inciteful,” said the teenager.“I look to gather more detail than I otherwise would do on my own and I can take that onto the course.“Overall, I feel as if I’ve developed as a player. I’ve had ups and downs and these have made me resilient. I can cope with pressure better and I know what I want to achieve.“I definitely know how to handle myself and manipulate the golf ball to get a low score.”Whitehead is currently exploring options with American universities and contemplating a course in either business studies or psychology.“In 2021 I’m looking to go to university in America and I’m just starting to put together some schedules for visits just now,” she confirmed.“I don’t have a clear idea of where I want to go, but I will be going to America.“I think a lot of the American schools are business-minded and that’s what I’m doing for my A levels.“But that’s for the future and right now I’m excited about what lies in store this year.”Photograph credits: Leaderboard 24 Feb 2020 Caitlin set for England test after exam break last_img read more

Female Leaders Encourage High School Girls To Make Impact at Annual…

first_imgJoanna said she’ll be attending KentState University in the fall and is focused onfeeding all of her interests. Students who attended the workshop were broken up into small groups; they began the day interviewing such political leaders as assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-11) and Serena DiMaso (R-13), Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and a number of municipal mayors, council and committeewomen and school board members. Neptune Township High School studentJoanna Georges said the program has playedan integral role in her college planning. “I don’t want to be defined by anyone or pigeonhole myself. I have a dream, I have my interests and I have a goal to use whatever business platform I have to make an impact. But I am interested in politics, too. Who knows? Maybe I will run for office one day. But I don’t have to know right now. I can still be a leader in my community,” Joanna added. That was the sentiment expressed by a group of leading political women from the municipal, county and state levels who gathered at Monmouth Regional High School April 4 for the 13th annual Running & Winning event, a workshop for female high school juniors from around Monmouth County led by the League of Women Voters. “I never thought I would be a mayor someday,” Le Grice added. “I changed my mind about the path I was on halfway through my life. It’s never too late to experience everything you want to pursue.” “These young women are 16 years old.No one knows what they want to be whenthey’re 16. Don’t limit yourself. It’s okay tochange your mind and pursue everythingyou want in this life,” Le Grice said. “Youdon’t know who you want to be at 16 or 18 oreven 20. Heck, I’m still waiting to grow up.” Some of the students who attend the program may be motivated to follow a political path, but the program’s co-founder Sherri Harris said the program is intended to inspire participants to be impactful in whatever they choose to do. Fair Haven councilwoman Susan Sorensen said she never intended to toss her hat into the political ring. Sixty junior girls from high schools around Monmouth County gathered at Monmouth Regional High School for the 13th annual Running & Winning event. The League of Women Voters’ initiative brought a number of elected women to speak to the students and inspire them to lead impactful lives.Courtesy Aimee Humphreys A successful businesswoman in the telecommunications industry, Sorensen moved to the Two River area in 1998 with her husband Peter Maher – former head of the borough’s zoning board – and said a greater sense of community service led her to run for the council. Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice said she hopes a byproduct of the day-long workshop is that the young women in attendance will be empowered to follow their dreams – all of them. TINTON FALLS – Don’t limit yourself. “One of the things we recognize is thatnot every young woman who comes to usis going to run for political office. But whatwe hope it will do is show them they have avoice. They have the ability to collaborate.And they have an opportunity to impact theworld in a meaningful way,” Harris said. “Wehope they develop an awareness that theyare part of a bigger community. And theydon’t have to sacrifice any one experience.” “After work I started going to meetings. I began volunteering on a committee here and committee there. I was always involved, but I was never a political person. Politics are not for me,” Sorensen said. “But if you’re the right person for the job, you’re the right person. And when the opportunity presented itself for me to try and make a difference, I couldn’t let it pass.” Next the groups selected an issue ranging from mental health to global warming and worked alongside their group members on a public presentation for their peers about how to facilitate positive change in a school community. “I’m a very business-oriented person and I love fashion a lot. My goal is to be a fashion entrepreneur, but I still want to positively impact the people around me,” said Joanna, a senior who went through the workshop last year and returned last week in a mentoring role. After graduating from Elmira College in New York, Le Grice became a flight attendant for American Airlines, a position she held for 32 years, and was an active member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “It was an empowering feeling to be working through these issues with so many great girls and to see what we could achieve someday by speaking to these powerful women,” Communications High School junior Tess Rempel said. “It was comforting to know that politics may not have been their interest to begin with. Not all of these women thought they’d be where they are today. But somewhere along the way their paths diverged and they saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference.”last_img read more

Kootenays shutout at B.C. Interior Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsVernon will have some strong representation at the upcoming B.C. Men’s Curling Championship after the Aron Herick and Darin Heath rinks of the Central Okanagan City qualified for the provincial tournament followings wins at the Men’s Interior playdowns Sunday in Kamloops.Herick, third Tobin Senum, second Marc Fillion and lead Jason Wizniak defeated Brent Yamada of the host club 10-7 in the A final to claim the top berth.Meanwhile, Heath doubled former Canadian champ Rick Folk of Kelowna 8-4 to claim the second berth.The Myron Nichol rink, curling out of the Nelson Curling Club, lost three straight to Josh Firman of Creston 10-6, John Pierce of Smithers 11-3 and Folk 6-5.The Nichol rink includes Garry Beaudry, Stew Higgins and Rob Babiarz. Tom Buchy of Kimberley finished with a 3-2 record. Buchy lost to Heath 9-7 in the B semi final.The Rob Ferguson rink of Trail, finishing with a 2-2 record, was also knocked out of the running by Rick Folk 8-1.Defending West Kootenay champ, Fred Thomson rink of Nelson, did not enter the Interior tournament after some of the members of the rink were unable to attend.The rink includes Nelson’s Barry Marsh, Don Freschi of Trail and Rob Nobert of [email protected]last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Keep The Faith

first_imgKerry says there continues to be some great days for fishing. Here’s what’s on tap for December.Kootenay Lake: After spending every second day on the water during the month of November, it has become apparent that the fish are definitely heavier than they were in the spring.  While it may be a double edged sword compromising our Kokanee stocks, the Rainbows and Bull Trout have definitely been feeding.  This has provided us with some great days of fishing. Lots of days consist of catching 12 – 20 fish each day.  So, there is still no lack of action for our customers.  Rainbows between 2 – 6 pounds have been caught lately and Bull Trout between 2 – 8 pounds have been coming in.  Nice sized fish for the barbecue. Our latest trip saw a group of locals join us for their year end staff outing.  The morning started out a bit windy and rough, but we managed to find some calmer waters to enjoy our day.  And even though the boat has a heated cabin, I noticed most of the guys were spending most of the time outside because of the excitement. The day started off with a bang!  We only managed to get two lines in the water before the first fish hit.  And within five minutes, the second fish hit!  I thought this was going to be a busy morning. But then, the switch turned off. So, for the next couple hours, we spent most time inside the cabin of the boat playing cards and sharing stories.  Until it was time to light the barbecue.  And, as expected, just when we were all eating lunch, the switch turned on again!     Six more fish within the next half hour made for a lot of excitement, and a lot of food and drinks being spilled, but that’s secondary. And throughout the rest of the afternoon, the fish would consistently bite about every 15 minutes.  So, an average day turned into an amazing day of fishing.And that’s why we keep going.  You just never know! Now that winter is here and the snow is coming, we expect to see the usual influx of tourists and skiers, which will keep us busy throughout the winter months.  Looking forward to teaming up with the resorts to offer some extraordinary packages. Skiing and Fishing during the same holiday has enticed a lot of new comers to our area.  In fact, one of my groups from Colorado who book an annual ski trip each year to different destinations, said this year they chose Nelson because they found out that they could spend a day on the lake fishing also.   Just another perk about living in the West Koots. Looking forward to the next couple months on the lake.Columbia River: We did manage to spend a few days on the river this past month also.  The water levels were low and the fish were congregated.  This made for some great action on the fly rods and centerpins. A couple of days we averaged 15 – 20 hook-ups.  Thats pretty good for fall/winter fishing on the river.  And then a couple other days managed to hook into 6 – 10 fish, which is still a pretty good day.  Any days a good day when you’re on the water. Most fish were between 2 – 4 pounds, although, we did have one fish battle us on a 6wt fly rod for about 10 minutes until he decided to shake to hook.  Probably a double digit fish.  Just keeps us coming back. Hoping to get a few trips during December when the weather allows.  This is definitely a year round fishery. Stay tuned…………What are they biting on??On the main lake, we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the surface on bucktail flies.  Also getting a bunch of Rainbows on the down rigger between 100 – 130 feet on the usual Flasher/Hoochie set up, or my latest favorite is the Highliner flasher with the Skinny G spoons.   The hot colors for flies on our boat have been #204, 214, 215, 221, 234.  Or common colors of Black/white, grey/white, with coloured mylar in green or rainbow colors. The best flashers of late have been the Gibbs Highliner flashers in my favourite colors of Lemon Lime, or the Green Striper, combined with the G-force spoons in common patterns of ‘Trap Shack’, ‘Irish Cream’, and ‘No Bananas’. And, on the river we have been catching on a few different set-ups.  Fly fishing with a sink tip line and a woolly bugger has been quite productive.  Also float fishing with bait, or bottom fishing with bait is producing a lot of fish as well.  Looking forward to catching some of the biggest fish the river has to offer throughout the winter months. Hope this helps with your next adventure.Tight lines………………. Kerry Reed Reel Adventureswww.reeladventuresfishing.com It’s time for the best fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. last_img read more

Two of Division II’s top running backs square off as Humboldt State hosts Western State Colorado

first_imgARCATA >> When opposing defenses have had to game plan for Humboldt State the last two years, they have known that one of the biggest tasks they will have is to try and stop a record-setting running back and one of the best Division II has to offer.That will also be head coach Rob Smith, defensive coordinator Miles Kochevar and the Jacks’ task as well.An abnormal early-November non-conference game will not just serve as Humboldt’s final home game of the 2016 season. It will also be the place …last_img read more

Secular Evolution Drives Smart People Insane

first_imgIt’s hard to say this delicately, but if left-leaning evolutionists really believe these things, they are certifiably wacko.You know something is nutty when it cannot possibly be true. Any statement that is self-refuting, for instance, is forever false by simple logic. No amount of evidence or argument can change that. Another example is believing contradictory things. Paranoid delusions are a third example of insanity. Finally, rabid hate is a clue something is mentally off. In the following news reports, we won’t claim the believers are stupid; they are obviously not, and some have PhDs. But look at the claims and decide for yourself whether they can hold up to logic or sound evidence.Episode 1: The MatrixDo Brexit and Trump show that we’re living in a computer simulation? (The Conversation). Michael Frazer lists himself as a “Lecturer in Political and Social Theory, University of East Anglia.” In this piece on the popular science dialogue website, he is so incredulous over Trump’s victory and the Brexit vote, he appears to have lost his rational coherence. To him, this is evidence the universe is not real, but a simulation being run by space aliens. He even thinks he knows their moral sense:Recent political events have turned the world upside down. The UK voting for Brexit and the US electing Donald Trump as president were unthinkable 18 months ago. In fact, they’re so extraordinary that some have questioned whether they might not be an indication that we’re actually living in some kind of computer simulation or alien experiment.These unexpected events could be experiments to see how our political systems cope under stress. Or they could be cruel jokes made at our expense by our alien zookeepers. Or maybe they’re just glitches in the system that were never meant to happen. Perhaps the recent mix-up at the Oscars or the unlikely victories of Leicester City in the English Premier League or the New England Patriots in the Superbowl are similar glitches.The problem with using these difficult political events as evidence that our world is a simulation is how unethical such a scenario would be. If there really were a robot or alien power that was intelligent enough to control all our lives in this way, there’s a good chance they’d have developed the moral sense not to do so.Could he possibly know any of this? Some might defend Frazer on the grounds that he is only exploring possibilities. But he could save himself a lot of work by recognizing that the whole idea of arguing for a simulation is self-refuting. If we’re in a simulation, everything is determined. The program would be making him write his opinion on The Conversation. Why not save a step and become a solipsist? The aliens might have his brain in a vat, with electrodes controlling everything he thinks is happening. Reality is unreal. The only way Frazer could step outside of the trap would be to takeon the Yoda Complex, a form of mental self-delusion. It appears that his own left-leaning proclivities are driving him mad at the “unthinkable” political outcomes of recent days. Why are they so unthinkable? Why are they stressful? Why are they a cruel joke? These are marks of a disturbed mind, perhaps a mind accustomed to living in an echo chamber and having to step outside for the first time.Episode II: Intelligent Design is Pseudoscience, but Scientifically UsefulBy anyone’s estimation, the Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, PhD, is a smart guy. He’s also willing to think outside the box— which is good (see Evolution News 11/04/16, for Loeb’s thoughtful musings on the non-exceptionalism of modern science). His latest outside-the-box venture was published with his Harvard colleague Manasvi Lingam in the Astrophysical Journal, where the two speculate that the fast radio bursts that have baffled astronomers recently (see 2/28/17) might have a non-physical explanation: they might be intentional works of space aliens driving solar-sail spacecraft with energy. SETI, of course, is nothing new, but we will see strange contradictions about this in a moment. His thesis on the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics website explains:The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success. However, newly published research suggests that mysterious phenomena called fast radio bursts could be evidence of advanced alien technology. Specifically, these bursts might be leakage from planet-sized transmitters powering interstellar probes in distant galaxies.“Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” said theorist Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking.”What he and his colleague Manasvi Lingam are saying, essentially, is that a design inference might be justified in this case; at least, it’s worth considering. The Discovery Institute, naturally, latched onto this as a welcome development. Like most secular astronomers these days, Loeb probably shuns intelligent design. But here, he is finding a type of design filter useful. That’s the crazy part: holding to opposite viewpoints simultaneously. And he’s not alone: the news media, sharing the same secular worldview, thought his reasoning was perfectly legitimate. None of them found the contradiction in their worldview:Could Mysterious Cosmic Light Flashes Be Powering Alien Spacecraft? (Mike Wall on Space.com)Could fast radio bursts really be powering alien space ships? (New Scientist)Mike Wall writes thoughtfully,Lingam and Loeb acknowledge the speculative nature of the study. They aren’t claiming that FRBs are indeed caused byaliens; rather, they’re saying that this hypothesis is worthy of consideration.“Science isn’t a matter of belief; it’s a matter of evidence,” Loeb said. “Deciding what’s likely ahead of time limits the possibilities. It’s worth putting ideas out there and letting the data be the judge.”Such lines could have been written by Paul Nelson or any other ID advocate. So that’s the rub; to secularists, intelligent design theory is dangerous and pseudoscientific, except when it’s not.Episode III: Nothing Is SomethingStephen Hawking is smart, right? Sure; he holds the chair of mathematics at Cambridge that Isaac Newton held. But in a case of trying to lift oneself up into the air by one’s own bootstraps, Dr. Hawking teaches that the universe created itself from nothing – and since he is smart, many in Big Media repeat it, and think it’s a profound discovery.  A widely-repeated quote from Hawking’s new book The Grand Design (which is about anything but a designer, since Hawking is an atheist), states: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” On ID the Future, host Jay Richards recalls a quote from the LA Times review of the book where the reporter says, “This is something that must be believed but not understood.” Dr. John Lennox from Oxford replies with a chuckle, “I think I would put it more strongly than that; it can’t be understood because it is self-contradictory.”Lennox points out at least three self-contradictory propositions in Hawking’s ideas. The first and obvious one is that gravity is not nothing; “a law of gravity without gravity would be meaningless.” Next is Hawking’s claim that the universe made itself from nothing (also proposed by Caltech astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss in his book, A Universe from Nothing). The phrase “X created Y” makes sense, Lennox explains, because it implies the pre-existence of X to explain the existence of Y. But to say “X created X” is irrational, because it presupposes the existence X to explain the existence of X. So if you set X equal to “the universe,” Lennox quips, it shows that “nonsense remains nonsense even if  famous scientists talk it.”The third contradiction is Hawking’s page-one claim that “Philosophy is dead.” But then, Hawking proceeds to write a book on philosophy! Lennox jokes that Hawking and his co-author Leonard Mlodinow “prove that as far they’re concerned, philosophy very much is dead.” In a rhetorical coup, Lennox sheds some heavenly light on the hellish insanity of holding to contradictory ideas. Hawking had ridiculed religion in an interview for The Guardian, saying, “Heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.” Lennox was asked to respond in The Daily Mail, “Well, if you want a one-liner at that level,” he told the reporter, “atheism is a fairy story for people afraid of the light.”Richards notes that the average person reading Hawking’s statement about the universe creating itself would think, ‘that doesn’t make any sense.’ But there’s something about the stature or the aura around Stephen Hawking, he says, that reasonable people give him a free pass.Brains and reputation cannot rescue nonsense. If something is self-contradictory, there is no hope for it, no matter who says it.We’ll have examples of contradictory evolutionary opinions in a future post – statements that are ridiculously implausible, or that violate evolutionary theory’s own fundamental principles.We should all strive to have coherent belief systems. We should listen to those who disagree with us, and consider their views fairly. We should follow the evidence where it leads. Not doing so is crazy.(Visited 168 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Racism of Darwin and His Followers Exposed

first_imgA new documentary from the Discovery Institute exposes what evolutionists are trying to cover up: “scientific racism” by Darwinians.The documentary “Human Zoos,” written and directed by Dr John West of the Discovery Institute, is now available on Amazon Prime for viewing. See the trailer here.In his new book Evolution’s Blunders Frauds and Forgeries, Jerry Bergman debunks the fraudulent belief that facial angle was an indicator of intelligence.The film speaks for itself, but perhaps the most important message is how practically the entire scientific establishment, including leading anthropologists from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Ohio, the Smithsonian were behind “scientific racism.” They  supported not only eugenics, but also rationalized the public display of non-white humans in zoos. The story of Ota Benga, an African pygmy, is given prominent coverage.Displays of human “missing links” were not only PT-Barnum-style stunts, but serious attempts by leading scientists to help the public “understand” human evolution. Now, these same institutions, including the Bronx Zoo and the American Museum of Natural History, are trying to whitewash what happened there. They refused to be interviewed for this film or even answer questions, and no indication of their misdeeds can be found in their public facade. A traveling display about Darwin from the museum, in fact, mentions nothing about scientific racism, except to call “social Darwinism” a corruption of Darwin’s ideas. And yet almost all the leading evolutionary scientists of the day in the early 1900’s were guilty of advancing eugenics and racism.To show how important this issue remains, the film gives examples of school boards refusing to allow curricula to even mention the dark side of Darwinism, including scientific racism and eugenics. They want a sanitized Darwin with a halo, so that evolution gets the distinction of being the only scientific view recognized by today’s “consensus.”The film shows how Christians were the primary ones denouncing these atrocities, arguing that all men are created equal and made in the image of God.Watch Human Zoos now, and get others to watch it. Maybe the Darwinian history of racism will be its undoing. If this history is forgotten, the evil root of Darwinism, which ranks people by their “fitness” to society, will rear its ugly head in other, more pernicious ways. Some would argue that it already has (see October 9 entry).Darwinians had a long history of ‘scientific racism’ and white supremacy.For more on Ota Benga and the racism of the 20th century Darwinists, read Jerry Bergman’s alarmingi book, The Darwin Effect. (Visited 913 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nation Brand Forum speaker profile: Odette van der Haar

first_imgCatch advertising mogul, Odette van der Haar, at the 2017 Nation Brand Forum hosted by Brand South Africa. Odette van der Haar will be one of the speakers at this year’s Nation Brand Forum. A leading advertising executive, Van der Haar will be part of discussions around how nation branding can attract investment to the country. (Image: Adlip.com)Odette van der Haar is the CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) which is the recognised industry body of the advertising and communications profession in South Africa.She joined the ACA in October 2007 from Sentech Ltd where she headed the company’s advertising, events and sponsorships portfolio.Her experience and knowledge gained locally and abroad are as a result of having worked for leading companies such as African Technology Holdings Group of Companies, South African Post Office Limited, Siemens, BP Southern Africa, Mutual & Federal and Rentworks holding positions in marketing, business development and strategy.Odette currently serves on the boards of the ACA, AAA School of Advertising, the Media and Marketing Collection Agency (MAMCA), Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) – formerly Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa and the SACAP CSR (South African Council of Architectural Professionals Communications and Stakeholder Relations) committee. She also served a full term on the Board of the Brand Council ofShe also served a full term on the board of the Brand Council of South Africa, she was a custodian of the “Take a girl child to work” initiative and served on the MAPPP SETA board of directors. Odette is involved in various community projectsOdette is involved in various community projects and charities and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network African chapter – African Leadership Initiative. She holds a Higher Diploma in BusinessShe holds a higher diploma in business management and has completed various courses in marketing and insuranceOdette is highly respected in the advertising and communications sector. Her opinionon industry matters is regularly sought and she is often profiled and quoted in themedia. She has been featured in publications such as the Financial Mail’s Little BlackBook, the Mail and Guardian’s Book of South African Women and The Annual to name a few. She is often called upon to serve as a judge on numerous prestigious industry award programs including but not limited to the APEX awards, AdFocus, AdReview and PICA awards.Recently, Odette was recognised for awards such as woman of the year, the mostinfluential women in business and government, and the most powerful women in South Africa in digital marketing.last_img read more

10 months agoMendes sidelined as Real Madrid president Florentino opens Mourinho talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes sidelined as Real Madrid president Florentino opens Mourinho talksby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is already in talks with Jose Mourinho.Sacked this week by Manchester United, Mourinho is wanted back at Real by Florentino for a second spell in charge.Mundo Deportivo says key to the reviving of negotiations is the absence of super agent Jorge Mendes. While Mendes is still representing Mourinho, he is taking a back seat in talks with Florentino. The pair have fallen out over the manner of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus.Mourinho is dealing directly with Florentino and his No2 Jose Angel Sanchez. The Portuguese has a good relationship with both Real powerbrokers. last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp must cull two or three players

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool hero Aldridge: Klopp must cull two or three playersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero John Aldridge has advised Jurgen Klopp to replace two or three players this summer.The Reds boss fielded his second string XI in Monday night’s FA Cup loss to Wolves.Without naming names, Aldridge believes a few of those fringe senior players blew their chance.”The goals we conceded against Wolves were really poor,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.”James Milner has been almost faultless this season but he made a bad mistake and got punished with their opening goal.”Then after we got ourselves back into the game at 1-1 we were so slow to close Ruben Neves down and he hammered one into the bottom corner. It was a great hit but he shouldn’t have been allowed to get the shot away.”Two or three of that line up won’t be at the club come the start of pre-season.”I don’t want to name names but we all know who they are. Monday night underlined that they need to be replaced.”Klopp gave an opportunity to some senior pros who have been waiting for their chance but they wasted it.”I didn’t see players showing they were willing to run through a brick wall for the club. They played within themselves and that’s not good enough.”Hoever and fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho needed help but they got very little.”You certainly couldn’t attach any blame to the young lads. They tried their hardest but they were let down by senior players who didn’t give their all.” last_img read more

8 days agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl delighted with Ings form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl delighted with Ings formby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted with the form of Danny Ings.Ings has scored four goals in his last three matches in all competitions and Hasenhuttl has been speaking about his form. He stated, “Danny is in really good shape at the moment. He had a really god pre-season, without injuries, and this is the most important thing for him. “That is why he can work so hard at the moment, he has a great workload for the team. “When he has the ball, he has the quality to score, he gets a lot of chances at the moment, which helps us absolutely. “What I like about Danny is he is also open-minded, he is a very positive character for this team and I hope he will continue his run.” last_img read more

PHOTOS: HEART Trust/City & Guilds MoU Signing

first_imgHEART Trust/NTA Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer (right), shakes the hand of Executive Director, City and Guilds Group International Division, Jeremy Dadhi, after both signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the institutions’ expansion of certification opportunities for Jamaica’s workforce and trainees. The signing took place at HEART’s head office in New Kingston on Friday (December 7). HEART Trust/NTA Managing Director, Dr. Janet Dyer (centre) and Executive Director, City and Guilds Group International Division, Jeremy Dadhi (left), sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the institutions’ expansion of certification opportunities for Jamaica’s workforce and trainees. The signing took place at HEART’s head office in New Kingston on Friday (December 7). Observing is HEART’s Acting Senior Director for Workforce Development and Employment, Arden Elizabeth Grant.last_img read more