More High School Rodeo Action scheduled for this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Association will be holding another round of Rodeos this weekend as part of the Fall Rodeo Season.The last Highschool Rodeo to take place was August 24 and 25 in Prince George.In Prince George, Junior All Round Cowgirl went to Kerri Moat of Dawson Creek, with Junior All Round Cowboy going to Korbin Mills of Pink Mountain.- Advertisement -Senior All Round Cowgirl went to Zoey Hamming of Falkland and Senior All Round Cowboy went to Brock Everett of Williams Lake.The next B.C. High School Rodeos will be taking place this weekend, September 21 to the 22, in Hudson’s Hope and Falkland. The next High School Rodeos after that will be taking place on September 28 and 29 in Chetwynd and Langley.last_img

World Cup hosts Russia defend anti-racism chief in theft probe

first_img0Shares0000Russia’s anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin defended by World Cup hosts over embezzlement probe © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 24 – Russian football bosses are rallying behind World Cup anti-racism inspector Alexei Smertin in an embezzlement probe unfolding less than two months before kickoff.The scandal surrounding Moscow police club Dynamo brings together two major problems facing Russia ahead of the June 14-July 15 final: monkey chants and corruption. A former Chelsea player, Smertin serves both as the World Cup’s chief anti-discrimination official and Dynamo’s executive director.His second job turned into a poisoned chalice when evidence came to light of 1.6 million euro ($2 million) being stolen from the team by former general director Yevgeny Muravyov.The sums involved are not large when compared to the money splashing around in the bigger European leagues.But they have added to organisers’ headaches as they race against the clock to put on the most expensive World Cup ever staged.Dynamo on Tuesday confirmed that it had submitted financial records linked to Smertin and Muravyov to the interior ministry.The RBK business news site said Muravyov is suspected of wiring the 1.6 million euros to his own shell companies using the cover of two fictitious business deals.Dynamo concedes that the documents authorising the money transfers were signed by Smertin — a charismatic former national team captain who played for English Premier League giants Chelsea in 2003-2006.But it argued on Tuesday that Smertin was forced into approving the transactions by Muravyov.“The information available to (the team) permits us to believe that Smertin was intentionally deceived by, and was carrying out the direct orders of, Dynamo’s former general director,” it said.A Russian football source familiar with the investigation told AFP that police also did not hold Smertin responsible for the wire transfers.The interior ministry has issued no comment and Muravyov has denied being aware of any wrongdoing at Dynamo.“I have no idea what people are talking about,” he told the Sport Express website on Monday.Smertin is responsible for raising awareness about racism in Russian football and cleaning up the domestic game.It is a high-profile role on which world governing body FIFA is placing special emphasis because of racial abuse at Russian matches in the past months.FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia over monkey chants heard during a World Cup warm-up against France in Saint Petersburg in March.And Russian football chiefs on Wednesday will study video of abusive chanting directed at Cape Verdean midfielder Nuno Rocha during a domestic cup semi-final in Moscow.Dynamo are a storied club who were backed by the secret police in the Soviet era but have had financial difficulties in more recent years.They were relegated to Russia’s second division in 2016 and underwent a management overhaul in March.Smertin began his carrier playing for Dynamo’s northern Siberia squad in his native city of Barnaul.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NHL roundup: Legace registers shutout for Detroit in return

first_imgat Detroit 3, St. Louis 0 Playing for the first time in more than a month, Manny Legace made 15 saves for his third shutout of the season to lead the Red Western Conference-leading Red Wings. Detroit also welcomed back captain Steve Yzerman, who played for the first time since Dec. 9. Colorado 4, AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson at Minnesota 2 Alex Tanguay scored twice and David Aebischer had 33 saves to lead the Avalanche. Marek Svatos broke the Avs record for goals by a rookie with his 21st of the season in Colorado’s third consecutive win. Philadelphia 4, at N.Y. Rangers 3 (OT) center_img Simon Gagne scored seven seconds into overtime for his NHL-leading 28th goal after Peter Forsberg won the faceoff to help the Flyers stretch their lead in the Atlantic Division. at Boston 4, Ottawa 2 Brad Boyes scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift the Bruins, who are the only division foe to beat the Senators this season. at New Jersey 5, Montreal 4 Patrik Elias had two goals and two assists in his second game back since recovering from hepatitis to lead the Devils. Elias combined with linemates Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta for three goals and eight points. at Buffalo 3, Tampa Bay 1 Jochen Hecht had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 21 saves to send the Sabres. Miller won for the fifth time in six starts since returning from a broken thumb. Vancouver 3, at Chicago 2 Nolan Baumgartner and Markus Naslund scored in the second period, and Jarkko Ruutu converted a penalty shot late in the third to hand the Blackhawks their ninth loss in a row. at San Jose 6, Columbus 3 Jonathan Cheechoo scored three goals for the second time in three weeks and linemate Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists for the Sharks. Thornton leads the league with 44 assists in 37 games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pensioner, 70, punched shop-keeper and knocked off his glasses

first_imgA 70-year-old pensioner who attacked a shop-keeper in Raphoe has been fined when he appeared in court.Patrick Harkin was arrested at The Diamond in Raphoe at 4.30pm on June 2nd, 2016. Letterkenny District Court heard Harkin, of 38 Greenfields, Convoy had been intoxicated when he entered Coyle’s Shop.He struck the shop-keeper on the back and neck and then knocked off his glasses.The court was told that the injured man did not need medical treatment.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was a frail and weak man who had spent several months in hospital as a result of alcoholism.He said he was not welcome in the shop after a number of previous incidents.The court heard that Harkin had 54 previous convictions, many for public order offenses.Harkin had telephoned Garda Sgt Jim Collins and the injured party the following day to apologise for his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly fined Harkin €150 for the assault charge.Pensioner, 70, punched shop-keeper and knocked off his glasses was last modified: July 5th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackconvoycourtCoyle’s shopGardaiPatrick HarkinRaphoelast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Vocational Education Committee is to set up a specialist panel to deal with bullying in its schools.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherIt comes six months after the tragic deaths of Ballybofey schoolgirls Erin and Shannon Gallagher.Erin, 13, a pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar, was found dead last October amid claims she was subjected to sustained online abuse and bullying. Her sister Shannon, 15, also took her own life just weeks later.Donegal VEC is now planning to establish a board of individuals who will investigate complaints of harassment and bullying within the facility.The group will first look at the current complaints procedures in relation to bullying and harassment and how they can b improved.It comes as Erin and Shannon’s mum Lorraine revealed plans to sue Donegal VEC for negligence and breach of duty. Donegal Daily revealed last last December how Ms Gallagher, 37, instructed her solicitor to send a letter to Donegal VEC. The letter from Gallagher and Brennan Solicitors last year to the organisation refers to Erin.“From our instructions it is quite clear that Erin Gallagher, deceased, was subjected on a weekly basis, to a persistent, prolonged, aggressive campaign of both mental and physical torture, bullying, abuse, harassment, assaults and intimidation and was afforded little, if any, protection by you, your servants and/or servants.”The solicitor outlines that the impact of this coupled with the “physical, emotional and psychological abuse” has resulted in devastating consequences for Lorraine and her family.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client also intends to take similar proceedings against the HSE in the future.The Ballybofey mother said that she has no doubt Erin’s suicide directly led to her older sister Shannon’s death. She believes her daughter should have been on suicide watch.CEO of Donegal VEC Shaun Purcell confirmed that he received contact from Lorraine’s legal team, which has been passed on to their legal representatives.However, he said they could not discuss legal matters at this time.DONEGAL VEC TO SET UP BULLYING BODY IN WAKE OF ERIN AND SHANNON’S DEATHS was last modified: June 2nd, 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:Donegal VECErin GallagherPatsy Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

Spain pose a real threat to World Cup favorites

first_imgSpain are outsiders to win the 2018 World Cup in the eyes of many football fansDiego Costa’s publicly stated aim as he pushed for a switch from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, was to improve his chances of going to Russia 2018. The switch paid off, as the Brazilian born front man is Spain manager Julen Lopetegui’s number one striker.Diego Costa is Spain’s number one strikerCosta’s problem is he hasn’t worked himself into the physical shape to be an absolute certainty to start for La Roja (Red Fury) despite the lethal approach in front of goal that he has exhibited over the years.Costa’s heavy touch and gangly movement implies Lopetegui could revert to the False Nine or 4-6-0 that saw Spain win Euro 2012 at a canter. Unbeaten since Lopetegui took over, the former champions are World Cup 2018’s cleverest team.The 2010 World Cup winners crave and thrive on control. This comes from populating the midfield with playmakers. Thiago Alcantara, Isco, Sergio Busquets, Koke, David Silva and Andreas Iniesta are likely to be the sextuplet which will start Spain’s crunch Iberian Peninsula derby with Portugal in both teams’ first game at the finals.Following their underwhelming performance at Euro 2016, Lopetegui chosen method of reviving Spain was by keeping the Barcelona core from the 2008-2012 golden era; then adding Real Madrid’s pace, urgency and physicality, and blending it with Atletico Madrid’s steel, which is one hell of a combinations at a glance.Experience counts for so much in tournament settings, and Spain carry bags of it. They are among the three most experienced sides at this year’s tournament along with Mexico and Germany. Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Iniesta, Busquets and Silva were all part of La Roja’s title winning team at South Africa 2010.Sergio Ramos (left) and Gerarld Pique (right) were part of Spain’s World Cup 2010 winning teamFurther to that, in David de Gea, they are blessed to have arguably the world’s premier goal keeper going into the World Cup. Lest you forget, winners of the last three World Cups – Italy 2006 (Gigi Buffon), Spain 2010 (Iker Casillas) and Germany 2014(Manuel Neuer), were blessed to have the world’s top keepers in between their sticks.Standing in front of De Gea will be the World Cup’s top central defensive partnership of Ramos and Pique. They’ve won eight Champions League titles, two European Championships and the World Cup. Journey men strikers will be in awe at the sight of these born winners.David da Gea will be key to Spain’s ambitions in the World CupWith Catalan calls for independence subsiding, past divisions that prevented Spain from winning any international accolades between 1964 and 2008 are also history. If Spain find the motivation, they will definitely cause a splash in Russia.Commentslast_img read more

Five things we learned from the Champions League quarter finals

first_img Tags: AjaxAlex FergusonBalon d’orbarcelonaCristiano RonaldoErik ten HagHarry KaneJurgen KloppLionel MessiliverpoolMan Cityman UnitedMauricio Pochettinopremier leaguereal madridtopTottenhamuefa champions league Messi has scored 45 goals so far this season (Agency Photos)1. Lionel Messi is the best player in the World.Over the years, the debate of who is the best player in the World is has continued to rage on as both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have performed beyond expectation.Between the two, they have won 10 Balon d’or title, something that could never have been anticipated before the two took center stage, just over 10 years ago.On Tuesday, as Ronaldo and his Juventus were losing 2-1 at home to a youthful Ajax team, Messi was masterminding a 3-0 victory over Manchester United at the Camp Nou, one that saw Barcelona march onto the semi finals 4-0 on aggregate.The performance on Tuesday coupled with his 45 goals in 42 games this season, sums up the debate of who will win the 2019 Balon d’or, which would be Messi’s sixth overall.2. Tottenham are growing by the day.Gone are the days when Tottenham worried about Harry Kane’s absence. Back then, every one of the Spurs faithful would sink their head at news that their best player is out of a crucial game.Spurs reached the semi finals minus star-player Harry Kane who is currently injured.On Wednesday, Spurs came face to face with arguably the best team in the Premier League (Man City) and probably the world but ended up upstaging Pep Guardiola’s side and seal a spot in the semifinals of the Champions League.Yes they may be struggling in the Premier League and not sure of their participation in Europe’s premier competition next season but the signs that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are growing by the day, are at least there to be seen by everyone.3. Ajax are the darling of European football.Whoever thought that money is everything in football, must rethink again. Ajax, a team that has been built on a budget that is below 100 Million pounds is in the last four of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season.Not that they don’t spend, of course they do but not even close to what the rest of the semifinalists do, on an annual basis.Under the management of Erik ten Hag, the Amsterdam club has become the darling of European football of late and after knocking out both Real Madrid and Juventus.Ajax have eliminated both Real Madrid and Juventus from the Champions league this season.The team which has an average age of just over 23 years, is dreaming of shocking the football world by winning a first champions league title since 1995. Next in line for them is Tottenham Hotspurs and who would dare to say Ajax cannot get past the Londoners?4. Jurgen Klopp may end his trophy drought sooner than later.Jurgen Klopp is knowing for helping his sides finish second on more occasions than getting the job done.In his time at Liverpool, the German coach has been second best in the two most prestigious competitions in Europe and has also lost the Carling Cup final. But despite all the beautiful football and a scary team which attacks everyone that stands in their way, Liverpool are yet to win anything in terms of trophies under the German tactician.Klopp has already lost three finals as a Liverpool manager.This season, they are into the Champions League semifinals and must negotiate past the tournament favourites Barcelona to play the final in Madrid. In the League, the Reds are currently neck to neck with defending champions Man City with only four rounds to play.Could this be Klopp’s year? May be, after all he could have earned it big time.5. Man United are a long way off the best in Europe.Looking at Man United lose 3-0 to Barcelona on Tuesday, i could not help but realize how far the Red Devils have fallen behind amongst the elite in Europe.United lost 3-0 to Barcelona on Tuesday to exit the Champions League at the quarter final stage.Despite having a few stars in the team, United could just not come close to Barca on the day and in the tie overall which is something that was unimaginable under Sir. Alex Ferguson.After the departure of the great Scotsman, four permanent coaches down the road, United just can’t put themselves back together and despite spending loads of money on new players, the team looks miles behind the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.I know it will take time but United need to bridge the gap between themselves and the elite of the European game as soon as possible, otherwise, such scenes like those at the Camp Nou, will start feeling as normal.Comments last_img read more

Minister McHugh’s love letter shows his ‘grá’ for the Irish language

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has led the launch of a new initiative to show the love to the Irish Language for Bliain na Gaeilge.A love letter challenge and the events programme for the second half of Bliain na Gaeilge were launched this week in Oideas Gael, Gleann Cholm Cille, Donegal.The‘Litir Ghrá’ challenge encourages Irish language speakers and students in Gaeltacht summer colleges to reflect on their Irish journies. McHugh first set out to reimmerse himself in the Irish language in 2014, when was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs, but was not fluent. He went back to the classroom and soon discovered a love for the language.Donegal Bliain na Gaeilge Launch: Aodhán Mac Cormaic, Julian de Spáinn, Síomha Ní Ruairc, Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin Joe McHugh T.D., Pól Ó GallachóirGovernment Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D. wrote in his love letter:A chara,Thit mé i ngrá leis an Ghaeilge don chéad uair i 2014. Ní ghrá den chineál chomh luath is a leag muid súil ar a chéile a bhí ann mar gur thug sé ar ais droch-chuimhní de nár gcaidreamh roimhe sin. Rinne mé cinneadh an uair seo go ndéanfainn gach iarracht léi. Rinne mé cinneadh fosta a bheith beagáinín níos ionraice faoin am a chuaigh thart. Cosúil le B a fháil sa Ghaeilge ag gnáthleibhéal i mo Ardteist. Rinne mé cinneadh freisin nach gcuirfeadh mo iar- chaidreamh isteach ar mo chaidreamh nua. Agus thar achan rud eile, bhí mé ag iarraidh cur in iúl don domhan go raibh mé chun caidreamh buan agus fadtéarmach a bhaint amach.Mar sin, thosaigh an réiteach. Agus thosaigh rudaí ag teacht le chéile. Bhí mé ag foghlaim rudaí cosúil leis an sean-Ghaeilge ar ‘road’ ná ród. Agus gur tháinig ‘shanty towns’ ó sean-tithe agus tháinig abairtí cosúil le ‘do you dig it’ as ‘an dtuigeann tú, agus tháinig ‘smithereens’ ó smidiríní nó ‘galore’ ag teacht ó go leor.Go tobann, bhí mé tugtha leis an leagan nua seo agus don chéad uair tháinig an tuiscint go bhfuil ár dteanga i bhfad níos tabhachtaí ná uirlis cumarsáide. Ár stair atá i gceist. Ár nasc leis an t-am a chuaigh thart. Ár n-Oidhreacht. Agus an phribhléid iontach don léargas seo a bhaint amach.Mar sin, an bhfuil críoch shona anseo?Oh tá A chara,I fell in love with the Irish Language for the first time in 2014. It wasn’t love at first sight as it brought back very bad memories of a previous relationship. I decided this time I would make it work. I also decided to be a bit more open about my past. Like getting a B in pass Irish in my leaving Certificate. I also made a conscious decision that my new relationship wouldn’t be shaped by my past experiences. And most of all I wanted to tell the world that I was going to make this a lasting and long term relationship.So the ground work started. And things began to click. Learning things like the old old Irish for road is actually ród. And that Shanty towns came from Sean tithe (old houses) and phrases like ‘do you dig it’ came from ‘an dtuigeann tú (do you understand) and smithereens came from smidiríní’ or galore coming from go leor (plentiful)Suddenly I was addicted to this new set up and for the first time I started to understand that our Teanga is much more than a communication tool. It’s about our past. Our connection to our past. Ár n-Oidhreacht. Our Heritage and our legacy. And what a wonderful privilege to have experienced this insight.So, is there a happy ending here? Oh yes! JoeSpeaking at the launch, Minister McHugh said: “The Irish language has allowed me to believe in myself and believe in my county and to know and understand my county a lot more than I would have done if I hadn’t immersed myself in the language. It was the most wonderful experience ever.”Lynette Fay, Ambasadóir Bhliain na Gaeilge_ Joe McHugh, Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin_ Síomha Ní Ruairc, Comhordaitheoir Bhliain na GaeilgeAs well as the Minister, love letters from Eoghan McDermott, RTÉ 2fm, Lynette Fay BBC Radio Ulster, Micheál Ó Ciaraidh, TG4, were sent.Síomha Ní Ruairc, Bliain na Gaeilge Coordinator said: “Community groups from all over the world and schools in Ireland have been showing their love for An Ghaeilge through the various events they have already organised during Bliain na Gaeilge. This support will continue in the many events included in the Official Events Programme from July – December which is being launched today. “Many large groups such as Electric Picnic, the IRFU, GAA and FAI will also show their love of the language with the events and projects that they will be organising before the end of the year. For example, Raidió Rí-Rá, RTÉ 2fm and Conradh na Gaeilge will be sending a copy of the album CEOL 2018 (with songs in Irish from Wheatus, John Gibbons, The Coronas, Kodaline and many more) to every secondary school student this September. More information about Bliain na Gaeilge can be found at”There has been wide ranging participation in Bliain na Gaeilge in the first 6 months of the year, especially on social media. The official hashtag of the year #Gaeilge2018 has made 50 million impressions and the hashtag has been used in tweets in over 30 countries. These numbers are increasing steadily as the year progresses.Lynette Fay, Bliain na Gaeilge ambassador, was bean an tí at the launch today, and the speakers included the Chairman of Foras na Gaeilge, Pól Ó Gallchóir, the General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, Julian de Spáinn, and the Bliain na Gaeilge Co-ordinator Síomha Ní Ruairc.Minister McHugh’s love letter shows his ‘grá’ for the Irish language was last modified: July 26th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bliain Na Gaeilge 2018irish languageMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Pretending Intelligent Design Is Like Evolution

first_imgImprecise language confuses the evolution issue, making it seem like goal-directed activity of intelligent minds mimics Darwinism.Cultural EvolutionThe authors of a paper in PNAS might be forgiven for speaking of ‘cultural evolution’ in their paper on classical literature, because they don’t really mention mutations or natural selection. However, the word evolution is so tainted by Darwinism these days, is their meaning clear?We trace the evolution of features not tied to individual words across diverse corpora and provide statistical evidence to support interpretive hypotheses of literary critical interest. The significance of this approach is the integration of quantitative and humanistic methods to address aspects of cultural evolution.The summary on, however, adds to the confusion with its imprecise meanings:“There is a growing appreciation that culture evolves and that language can be studied as a cultural artifact, but there has been less research focused specifically on the cultural evolution of literature,” said the study’s lead author Joseph Dexter, a Ph.D. candidate in systems biology at Harvard University.The link in that quote produces a page mixed with goal-directed or mindful change and biological change due to neo-Darwinism. So is cultural evolution something that just happens randomly like biological change, or not? Readers are left thinking the two concepts can be intermixed.Meteorological EvolutionA worse case of equivocation has emerged from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Science Daily‘s headline says, “Meteorologist applies biological evolution to forecasting,” tying in the science of weather forecasting directly to Darwin:What if a computer model could improve itself over time without requiring additional data? One researcher has made weather forecasting more accurate by repurposing an idea from Charles Darwin.It might seem to some commuters without umbrellas that forecasters roll dice, but the story is about Paul Roebber, “an innovator in weather prediction.” Presumably he is trying by intelligent design to improve the art and science of a fiendishly difficult field with many variables. While he may vary his inputs, he very sincerely chooses the outputs, having a goal to increase the reliability of his craft.To boost the accuracy, forecasters don’t rely on just one model. They use “ensemble” modeling — which takes an average of many different weather models. But ensemble modeling isn’t as accurate as it could be unless new data are collected and added. That can be expensive.So Roebber applied a mathematical equivalent of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to the problem. He devised a method in which one computer program sorts 10,000 other ones, improving itself over time using strategies, such as heredity, mutation and natural selection.The wording is entirely misleading. Heredity is not a strategy if Darwin’s theory is true; it’s an outcome of a long series of mistakes. Mutation is clearly not a strategy, any more than a random meteor strike. Least of all is natural selection a ‘strategy.’ If Roebber were really using natural selection, he would walk away from the computer and let stuff happen on its own. Clearly he watches the outcome and guides it toward his goal ‘to boost the accuracy’ of forecasting.In other words, Roebber is doing artificial selection, a form of intelligent design. The only thing his work has in common with Darwin is this: they both used the same fallacy of equivocation, confusing artificial selection with natural selection.Nature favors diversity because it foils the possibility of one threat destroying an entire population at once. Darwin observed this in a population of Galapagos Islands finches in 1835. The birds divided into smaller groups, each residing in different locations around the islands. Over time, they adapted to their specific habitat, making each group distinct from the others.Applying this to weather prediction models, Roebber began by subdividing the existing variables into conditional scenarios: The value of a variable would be set one way under one condition, but be set differently under another condition.The computer program he created picks out the variables that best accomplishes the goal and then recombines them. In terms of weather prediction, that means, the “offspring” models improve in accuracy because they block more of the unhelpful attributes.So did the finches create computer programs, too? Did they hold a committee and say, ‘We need to subdivide into smaller groups to avoid threats’? Obviously not. Darwin could not have cared less if they all died in one threat, or died separately in separate threats. The birds did not choose to adapt. If they had all perished, Darwin would have explained that, too.Roebber looks at the outcome of the Galapagos finch population distribution, and presupposes that it occurred by a Darwinian mechanism, ignoring the possibility that organisms are designed to adapt. To the extent he thinks the finches divided on purpose, he also commits the fallacy of personification. By contrast, Roebber himself had a goal in his research. Purposely working toward a goal by applying an intelligent strategy is not Darwinian.As a reward for his equivocation, the government gave Roebber $500,000 in funding. If his work helps commuters know when to bring an umbrella, they will be happy and not care about the Darwinese. They don’t need the narrative gloss that Darwin helped him with his intelligent design.Evolution is a god to the science research and media culture, capable of innovation, progress, and adaptation. Evolutionists think they are pleasing Darwin by being Darwin-like the way Christians try to please God by being Christ-like. The Darwinians imbue all the attributes of God onto natural selection. They fall down and worship its omniscience and omnipotence. They might as well be singing Darwin’s praises in hymns. (Visited 135 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dual citizenship issues clarified

first_img15 November 2004The government has appealed to South Africans with dual citizenship to use their South African passports when leaving or returning to the country.According to the South African Citizenship Amendment Act of 2004, that came into effect on 15 September, it is now an offence for locals with dual citizenship to use their foreign passports to leave or gain entry to the country.It is also an offence for a citizen, while in South Africa, to use his or her foreign citizenship to gain advantage or avoid a responsibility or duty, says the Department of Home Affairs.However, the new Act allows South Africans with dual nationality to freely use their foreign passports outside South Africa.A provision of the South African Citizenship Act of 1995, allowing the minister of home affairs to deprive a citizen of his or her citizenship for having used the citizenship of a foreign country, has been repealed.As a result, the need for exemptions or letters of permission from the minister to make use of a foreign passport has now been terminated.“The issue of deprivation of citizenship was inconsistent with the Constitutional right to citizenship”, said Home Affairs spokesperson Nkosana Sibuyi.“Accordingly, we would like to advise all South Africans who have dual citizenship and do not have South African passports to apply for their South African passports at the earliest opportunity.”The department said it was mindful that many affected South Africans might not yet be aware of the amendments and their implications.“We have therefore decided that affected South Africans departing or arriving through our ports of entry, attempting to use a foreign passport, will be issued with a warning giving them three months to obtain a South African passport”, Sibuyi said.He added that authorities would not, in the meantime, prevent anyone from leaving or entering the country, provided they had applied for the relevant document.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more