In the women’s competition, Mahfood delivered a commanding performance to beat Alyssa Mullings 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 and dethroned the two-time champion. The win gave Mahfood, the current All-Jamaica Under-19 champion, her first senior title and an edge over Mullings, her teammate and arch-rival. “It’s never easy to play Alyssa because she’s such a fighter, but I’ve been working on my game playing on the US college circuit, and I’ve sharpened my match skills, so I’m very happy with my performance at this tournament,” Mahfood said. Mahfood was also voted Most Outstanding Female Player while senior national team player, Bruce Burrows was the most outstanding male. The gutsy journeyman prevailed 14-12, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 14-12 to beat Julian Morrison for third place, making him the top amateur player in the men’s draw. Jamaica Squash Association President Chris Hind said, “We could not have been more pleased with how the tournament unfolded. As professionals, Chris (Binnie) and Lewis (Walters) are lifting the level of local squash and we were thrilled to see Mary (Mahfood), a junior champion, breaking through to the next level and winning a senior title.” Tournament sponsors Wisynco, manufacturers and distributors of WATA, also expressed satisfaction with the 2015 championships. “WATA is very pleased to contribute to the growth of local squash,” said Andrew Mahfood, CEO of the Wisynco Group. “We anticipated that this would be an exciting competition and we’re thrilled that the players delivered consistently throughout the tournament.” Defending champion Chris Binnie claimed his sixth men’s title and Mary Mahfood won her first senior women’s trophy as the WATA All-Jamaica Squash Championships wrapped up over the weekend at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Facing his strongest competition in recent years, Binnie pulled out all the stops to beat his fellow professional player, Lewis Walters, who was out to end Binnie’s dominance on local soil. The training partners played a brutal first game, with Binnie barely managing to prevail. However, with one game under his belt, the reigning national and Caribbean champion grew in confidence, convincingly winning the second game and then staving off a third game rally to beat Walters 15-13, 11-4, 11-9. “It was one of the toughest finals I’ve had at the All Jamaica because Lewis is such a strong player, so I’m very happy that I came out on top because no matter where in the world I play it means a lot to me to defend my national title,” Binnie said. commanding performance
The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has announced its approval and issued a letter of “No Objection” to Cellcom Telecommunications Inc., in its 100% acquisition by Orange France through its subsidiary Orange Cote d’Ivoire.A statement from the LTA said the process “included the careful review of supporting documentations by several government agencies.” In a letter signed by the Acting Chairperson Harry T. Yuan, Sr., the statement said, the LTA informed Cellcom that the regulatory body expects uninterrupted services during the transition period for Cellcom subscribers.“The acquisition by the Orange Brand is a positive move for the Liberian Telecommunications Sector,” the LTA said. The approval paves the way for the finalization of the acquisition which will lead to a 100% takeover of Cellcom Telecommunications Inc. Over the weekend, Cellcom said in a statement that its founders and employees will continue to be engaged in the business to ensure a smooth integration, support performance and continuing long-standing relations with the Government. “The acquisition of Cellcom by Orange will bring the global resources of Orange into the Liberian market to accelerate Cellcom’s growth and its leading position in innovative services, quality of service, customer care, and affordability,” the company said. “Cellcom assures its many loyal customers that the future is bright and that as their number one service provider, it will continue to provide first class service under its new ownership. “Cellcom expresses its thanks to the President and the Government of Liberia for their vision and active support in attracting a world-class brand to make a heavy long-term investment in the country and to the LTA for its instrumental role in reviewing the transaction and providing its technical approval,” the statement said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), in preparation for the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE), launched its campaign in all 10 Administrative Regions throughout Guyana during the course of last week.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo late last week launched its Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) campaign. The Party held four meetings in the Region at Number 70 Village, Number 56 Village, Hogtown Chesney, and Hampshire.Jagdeo has pointed out that the Party was implementing a 12-point criteria list for choosing persons to represent their constituencies at the upcoming LGE. Addressing a crowd of about 400 at Number 70 Village, Jagdeo said one of the criteria was to ensure widespread consultation to select a representative.“We don’t want the people who are selected to represent you in an area to be selected by a small group of people of the party group alone. We want widespread consultation with our people in the areas, so that the people that we select are the best people we put forward. I hope that you participate in that process to help us to select those people, because in the past like at the last elections in some of the NDCs [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils], we had a small group who sat down and decided who will run and when we won those areas we were stuck with small groups of persons who did not have the skills to move the communities forward,” he noted.A section of the gathering during the launch of the LGE campaign in Region SixThe Opposition Leader asked all to participate in the process and said by August 18, the names of those selected should be submitted to the Party’s head office. Meanwhile, PPP Executive Member Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the Kilcoy/Chesney NDC area was critical to the Party as he made mention of the 1994 LGE.“In 1994, when we had Local Government Elections we had a tie in this NDC [Fyrish/Gibraltar] and we went back to a by-election and we won it… At the last Local Government Elections in 2016, we had another tie and instead of the Government and the Ministry of Communities go back to a by-election, the Minister decided to choose the APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] appoint a Chairman and a Vice Chairman,” Mustapha told the gathering.Party member Anand Persaud stressed that in many of the communities that he has visited across Guyana, persons were starved for development.“Everywhere I go, I see people with faces expressing despair; people are down and they look as if they have lost hope,” Persaud said.On Tuesday, the PPP/C launched its LGE campaign in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) while on Wednesday, it launched the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) campaign.On Saturday, Jagdeo conducted a number of outreaches in Regions Three and Four (Demerara-Mahaica) in preparation for the campaigning season. The PPP/C is hoping to win the LGE by a landslide as it prepares for the 2020 General Election.
Court-ordered Article 106 March 19 elections…says APNU/AFC seem bent on creating constitutional crisisRepresentatives from the US-based Carter Centre met with members of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday where they met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo along with Opposition Members of Parliament Juan Edghill and Priya Manickchand. The Carter Centre team included Associate Director, Brett Lacy, and Legal and Electoral Advisor, Anne Marlborough.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe representatives are in Guyana on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the country’s preparedness to host General and Regional Elections following the December 21, 2018 passage of a motion of no-confidence against the coalition Government.In an interview with Guyana Times, the Opposition Leader said he briefed the visiting officials on his party’s perspective on the elections.“We welcomed the meeting and we’re pleased that they’ve shown continued interest in the governance issues in Guyana, particularly free and fair elections. We also used to the opportunity to outline our perspective on how the matters are evolving,” he stated.According to the Opposition Leader, he made it clear that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition seems “hell bent” on violating the Constitution.“I told them that there is almost no respect for the [High] Court’s decision and that Government is operating in a manner and have made public pronouncements that it is ‘business as usual’. There has been no good faith effort made by this Government to meet the constitutional deadline and that they are pushing us into a constitutional crisis once the March 19 deadline expires,” Jagdeo said he told the Carter Centre representatives.Since the passage of the No-confidence Motion, the Opposition has been reaching out to a number of international organisations to update them on the political situation in Guyana. As such, Jagdeo said this visit by the Carter Centre demonstrates that Guyana and the events happening here are being watched closely.“We’ve been having regular meetings with the international community and I know that they are very concerned with the developments in Guyana and I believe that at the appropriate time, stronger views will be expressed,” he stated.Already international pressure on the country has mounted. Only recently, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect the Constitution as she reminded that building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly, are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regards to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance. The delivery of the decisions by the Chief Justice demonstrate the independence and integrity of the Judiciary in protecting the Constitution and upholding the rule of law. The Honourable Speaker’s earlier validation of the process of the controversial voting at the National Assembly was testimony of the integrity of the Legislative arm of the State. It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka noted.While the length of the Carter Centre officials’ visit is unknown, the team has already met with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). During that meeting, they engaged Chairman, Justice James Patterson; Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield; and the three Opposition Commissioners. The three Government Commissions did not show for the meeting on Monday.Later that day, the Carter Centre representatives also met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally; and Political Advisor, Dr Mark Kirton at the Ministry of the Presidency.Civil societyMeanwhile on Tuesday, the visiting team participated in a civil society forum meeting with local stakeholders. The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) made a presentation, which according to its General Secretary Lincoln Lewis, highlights the need for society to vest itself in good governance, while also emphasising on the Centre’s crucial role at this point in time.Lewis maintains that the GTUC’s concern is on rights and the rule of law, and the application of justice for all.The GTUC head believes Government and the Opposition should return to the National Assembly, not only to address the issue of election and matters pertaining to how Government should “function” consistent with Article 106 (7), but to put in place structures to realise inclusion of political and non-political stakeholders.
A taxi driver was on Tuesday evening killed during a robbery at Cemetery Road, Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD). The dead man has been identified as Owen (only name given) of the said village.Based on reports received, the father of three was hired by two passengers to take them to an address in the village.However, as they approached Cemetery Road, the passengers whipped out a gun and knife and relieved the taxi driver of his valuables, including his cash and mobile phone.The two men then exited the motorcar bearing registration number PRR 3313 and made their way out of the village.The driver reportedly raised an alarm and went in pursuit of the men, but in retaliation, the bandits turned around and discharged a round at Owen, thus, hitting him to the head.In addition, it is believed that the taxi driver was also stabbed.Because of the injuries to the head, he died on the spot. The Police were summoned to the area where they cordoned off to conduct their preliminary investigations. No arrests were made as Police continue their probe.
An intriguing story about the disappearance of a house on Tory Island has been turned into a book.‘The House That Disappeared on Tory Island’ tells the story of a house that was demolished to allow a better view from a local hotel on the island.The house belonged to film maker Neville Presho, who was originally from Co Down, but who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1982. When Mr Presho returned to visit his holiday home on Tory six years later, it was a pile of rubble.There then ensued a court battle which would result in Mr Presho winning the case and being awarded €46,000.Now a chance meeting with Mr Presho and reporter Anton McCabe has resulted in the book being published by Drumkeen Press.The book will be launched at the Central Library in Letterkenny on November 22nd with Frank Galligan acting as MC for the evening. BOOK ON DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS MISSING HOUSE TO HIT SHELVES was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anton McCabehouseNeville PreshoTory Island
“Shabbat in Israel” , arranged by Hazzan Mike Stein, with composer Yuval Ron, 8:15 p.m. Shabbat Friday, Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-3545. Christian Dance, for singles and couples, 7 p.m. lesson followed by open dancing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7347 Jordan Avenue. Admission $12. Strict dress code enforced. Call (818) 402-3863. “Wedding Memories” is the theme of the annual United Methodist Women salad bar luncheon, 11:30 a.m. May 26, First United Methodist Church, 18120 Saticoy St., Reseda. Reservations, $15, required by May 21. Call (818) 342-1131. Blessing of the Animals service, led by the youth of Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 10:30 a.m. May 21, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hollywood. Pets must be properly restrained or bring a photo. Donations accepted for East Valley Animal Shelter. Call (818) 894-9251. “Have Fun, Radiate Love” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10 a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “God Loves You, Yes You” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “Intention” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, when the Center of Spiritual Awakening meets at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “Mothers are Beautiful” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “Saved by Grace” will be the message delivered by Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “Unlocking the Secrets of the Da Vinci Code” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Rob Denton, 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (818) 884-6480. “There’s No One Like Mom” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-2653. “Magnify the Ministry of Motherhood” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Johnny Dawson, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651 or see www.heartchurch.com. “Living and Giving” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lynn Enloe, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-0556. “The Feminine Face of God” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 363-8136. “A Mother’s Loving Purpose” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Paul N. Shafit, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, The Welcome Home Church, meeting at 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 314-3664. “A New Kind of Christianity” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Paula A. Ferris, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. Call (818) 886-1555. “Who Taught Us?” will be the topic discussed by Sally Carroll and Garry Klepser, 10:30 a.m. “Flower Communion” Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Bring a flower to the Communion. Call (818) 894-9251. “Abundant Living” will be the message delivered by the Revs. Sue Rubin and Jim Lockard, 10 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105. “The Love of a Mother” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vesak – the birthday, day of enlightenment and day of death of Guatama Buddha – will be observed at 7 p.m. today, when the Spiritual Unity Movement meets at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (866) 204-2261 or see www.spiritualunitymovement.org. “Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code,” a weekly seminar led by the Rev. Rick Talbott, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, First Christian Church of Christ, 606 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. Call (818) 361-7321. Jewish and Christian views of forgiveness will be discussed by Rabbi Michael Mayersohn, from Temple Beth Torah, and the Rev. Greg Frost, from St. Andrew and St. Charles Episcopal Church, 8 p.m. Shabbat service Friday, St. Andrew and St. Charles Episcopal Church, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. The service will be preceded by an “Israel Independence Day” dinner, 6:30 p.m. Reservations by Wednesday. Tickets: $12.50, $10 for children under 13. Call (818) 831-0835 or see www.bethtorah-sfv.org. “Jack’s Magic Beans” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Eric Hodges, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals Meditation service, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, 21032 Devonshire St., Suite 208, Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. Westlake Aglow, a Christian fellowship for women, 9:15 a.m. Friday, Oaknoll Villas Clubhouse, 300 McCloud Ave., Thousand Oaks. Guest speakers, Lisa Ruggiero and the Rev. Rick Stabile. Admission, $10, includes lunch. Call (805) 498-1961. “Gifty and Friends” puppet show, for preschool and elementary school children, 7 p.m. Friday, Valley Park Church, 16514 Nordhoff St., North Hills. Free admission. Call (818) 894-9316. Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism will speak, 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Friday, Adat Chaverim, Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 623-7363. “The Joey Ho Show”, a Polynesian musical comedy presented by the Emmanuel Lutheran Actor’s Theatre Ensemble, 8 p.m. Friday and May 20 and 5 p.m. May 21, at the Lincoln Stegman Theater, 6020 Radford Ave., North Hollywood. Tickets $10. Call (818) 509-0882.
Tree-sy does itA Lifford councillor has questioned of trees are more important than people’s safety. Cllr Gerry Crawford was speaking after it was revealed that work on the main Letterkenny to Lifford road had been delayed because of concerns over he felling of trees.SVP report huge jump in requests in Donegal St Vincent De Paul in Donegal has reported a worrying 50% increase in the need for its services.In the picturePlans have been submitted to Letterkenny Town Council for an extension to Century Cinemas for a restaurant and play area.Top cop hangs up his hat Letterkenny’s longest serving Garda John Rouse has retired from the force after 38 years service.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: November 25th, 2011 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)
What Good Is Natural Selection without Progress?Everything You Know About Natural Selection Is WrongMisuse of Term ‘Natural Selection’ Continues Can anyone name any real, true thing that Darwin’s phrase “natural selection” has done to further understanding of nature?Credit: J.B. GreeneBrace yourself. We’re going to say that natural selection is useless for science. Secular scientists will scream. Even some creationists will harrumph. But you need look no further than scientific journals and science news sites to see that it is true. Natural selection is a storytelling plot that contributes nothing to real, useful knowledge about nature. It’s like colorful frosting, but not the cake. It’s like graffiti on a wall that does nothing to hold the building up. It’s like a gaudy pattern on a hot-air balloon, but not the heat engine that lifts it.If scientists ditched the phrase natural selection entirely, science would go on just fine. In fact, it would go on better without all the distractions offered by this empty, useless phrase that Darwin invented. Here’s our challenge: can you name any one, true, real thing that “natural selection” has added to our understanding of the world? While we wait for a response, it’s time to back up our audacious claim with specific examples from the science news.Articles Employing “Natural Selection” with No Added ValueSpotting evolution among us (Science Magazine). We’ll start right at the top with the premiere science journal in America, Science, the voice of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in a paper published just this week. Writer Ann Gibbons uses the phrase natural selection (hence NS) a whopping 13 times, determined to show that it helps scientists make sense of the world. Does NS advance science, a goal for which the AAAS is named? Remember now, we are looking for understanding, not storytelling. We must overlook the fluff of a high perhapsimaybecouldness index (PMCI) We want some meat in the science. Where’s the beef?“In addition to unearthing archaic DNA, the studies are pinpointing genes that natural selection may now be winnowing out of the gene pool and other genes—for example those linked to fertility—that it may be favoring.” The phrase “may not” is just as suitable as “may” here. Come back when you have the beef.“The pair wondered whether other gene variants affect survival so dramatically—and whether natural selection is weeding them out.” Come back when you stop wondering and have evidence.“When it comes to natural selection in humans, most studies have only been able to detect dramatic cases thousands or millions of years ago in genes of known function.” Circular reasoning. Those studies assume natural selection did the work. None of the researchers witnessed millions of years, let alone thousands.“Now, Pickrell and Przeworski wondered whether they could detect genetic variants that affect survival today—and whether natural selection in recent generations has been weeding out harmful ones or favoring beneficial ones.” Come back when you stop wondering and have proof. Is NS doing this by intelligent design? What is it, a god?“Nearly all the variants they examined persisted at the same frequency even into old age, suggesting they had no large effect on survival. That implies natural selection has efficiently weeded out harmful variants, even if they act only in old age—perhaps, Przeworski speculates, because the variants curb older men’s fecundity. Or perhaps the hypothesized benefit that healthy grandmothers confer on grandchildren was at work.” High PMCI. Well, which is it? Too vague to be scientific. And since everything dies, there’s no way to blame it on NS. This is not NS; it is differential death. No new information. No innovation. No progress from molecules to man.“The researchers concluded that natural selection has not yet had time to eliminate these two alleles, perhaps because changes in the environment and human behavior only recently made them deadly….” More perhapses. Darwin was not trying to eliminate things. He was trying to say NS causes bacteria to evolve into man. Cliffs in the environment are deadly, too. Is that an example of NS?“Natural selection may have preserved those variants even though they shorten life span because they also boosted fertility.” More storytelling and speculation.“But researchers have been unable to tie those trends to underlying genes to get direct evidence of natural selection.” NS theory is doing a great job helping our understanding, isn’t it?“The UK Biobank allows us to show that natural selection not only took place in the past, but it’s still ongoing,” Visscher says. More circular reasoning. Visscher is studying genes “thought to increase fertility.” But fertility is no guarantee of progress in fitness. The offspring could all be afflicted by worse traits, and some mammals with low fertility survive just fine. Now read the very next sentence:“Teasing out natural selection from other factors shaping genes can be tricky, however, especially when multiple genes work together to influence complex traits, such as height. About 5000 gene variants simultaneously influence a person’s height, some boosting it, some reducing it….” This undermines Visscher’s assertion. He has no way to establish NS as the cause of increased fertility. It’s just his preferred explanation – a story – out of thousands of potential alternative explanations.“Berg and others suggested natural selection had favored tallness in the Yamnaya or their ancestors, and ancient DNA reveals that the Yamnaya were tall.” Wait for it:“It’s true people in northern Europe are taller on average, but there is no evidence this has anything to do with natural selection,” Berg says.” Gotta love this natural selection. It’s as substantive and nutritious as cotton candy.“Although UKB data cast doubt on natural selection’s role in that case, they do suggest that evolution has favored genes for shortness in pygmy populations on the island of Flores in Indonesia.” What? Evolutionists imbibe NS smoke and become racists again? For shame!There you have it. Ann Gibbons had a PERFECT opportunity to show that NS adds value to our understanding. Between the admissions of ignorance you saw only speculative assertions. BAD bluffing assertion were offered in one sentence only to be taken away in the next. Everything is vague, imprecise speculation heavily seasoned with may, perhaps, and could. Such words are unworthy of scientific understanding. If you buy these evolutionists’ stories, we have a resort vacation to offer you on the Isle of DeBris.We have more examples to share to prove our contention that NS is useless, but we wanted to start big. More will be forthcoming, followed by examples of good biological science that completely ignores NS. Meanwhile, offer your best example of NS adding some value to science. Go ahead; give it your best shot. But you had better read up on some of our earlier articles about NS first, so that you don’t fall into the pitfalls of shallow thinking.Op-Ed: Time to Ditch Natural Selection?Darwinians Cannot Agree on What Natural Selection Is (Visited 496 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
President Jacob Zuma flanked by veteranSouth African footballers and World Cupambassadors Mark Fish (left) and LucasRadebe, at the Media Opening Lunch atDavos. On the left is the 2010 Fifa WorldCup mascot, Zakumi.(Image: Michael Wuertenberg, WorldEconomic Forum)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 email@example.comRELATED ARTICLES• Team SA punts country at Davos• Zuma: SA’s most important year• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day“The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime,” President Jacob Zuma told delegates at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.This is the full text of his speech on 27 February at the Media Opening Lunch hosted by South Africa with the theme “World Cup 2010 – Before the Kick-off”.Ladies and gentlemen, good day.We are very pleased to join you at this very important forum.We meet at the World Economic Forum during a crucial phase in the global economy, as evidence by the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild”.The theme signifies that we have to ponder the future of the global economy, and rethink business models, innovation and risk management.Countries and international institutions find that they have to redesign policies and regulations to prevent future crises. It is important for us to be part of this global renewal exercise.We are also here at Davos during an exciting year for South Africa. We will in a few months host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the biggest event of its kind to have ever taken place in South Africa and in Africa. The tournament offers an opportunity for the world to see and experience Africa in a different way.It is an opportunity to tackle stereotypes and preconceptions about the continent, and explore new frontiers of interaction and cooperation. It is an important milestone in the regeneration of the continent.2010 is also an important year for us, because we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, which kick-started dramatic political changes. The decades of the struggle against apartheid by South Africans, supported by Africa and the world, had yielded results.We have achieved a lot since that dramatic day of the 11th of February 1990. South Africa has performed admirably in the economic, political and social spheres. This includes the political transition to a democratic state, the subsequent strengthening of South Africa’s democratic institutions, as well as economic growth.We have built a resilient economy which has been able to survive the global economic crisis, and which is actually beginning to show signs of recovery.We have not been spared the job losses, but we have put plans in place, working together as business, labour and government to ensure that the recovery becomes faster and inclusive.We are making significant improvements in key areas of domestic policy, such as health, education as well as visible, vigorous and effective crime prevention.The country’s transport, energy, telecommunications and social infrastructure are being upgraded and expanded. This is contributing to economic development in the midst of a global recession, while improving conditions for investment. This investment has been made possible by the judicious management of the country’s finances. It is thanks to this approach that we have been able to respond to the first recession of the democratic era without placing undue strain on our public borrowing requirements.Sound macroeconomic policies, an effective regulatory environment, and sustained political and social stability, continue to make South Africa a candidate for even greater and faster economic growth.These are strengths on which we continue to build, identifying opportunities and confronting challenges. We cannot think of any logistical hurdles that cannot be overcome. South Africa is truly ready for business and for football fans from around the globe.We must note also that the country is one of the key players internationally. It has contributed much to the pursuit of global consensus in forums like the G20, at the United Nations, and most recently at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.Working together with other emerging economies, South Africa is contributing to building a new international order that offers greater hope and better prospects for the countries of the South. We say boldly that South Africa is ready to welcome the world to Africa, in June-July 2010. We have worked for many years for this exciting tournament.Other than the football games that South Africans will be privileged to be part of, the country’s potential as a destination for business, trade and tourism will be on display during the World Cup tournament.That is why we welcome the opportunity to provide delegates to the WEF 2010 Annual Meeting with a glimpse of what to expect in South Africa in June and July. We hope it will generate much enthusiasm for the World Cup. The beautiful cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and others await thousands of football fans and tourists.The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime.We look forward to welcoming you all ahead of the tournament, and also during the event.I thank you.