Dominant Davis leads Pelicans past Warriors in crucial game 3 win A woman has never been a head coach in the NBA. Hammon is the first female assistant in the league.ESPN.com first reported the planned interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Bucks have said they have a thorough plan and process in place to hire their next coach, but with no timeline.Interim coach Joe Prunty is also expected to interview for the job after the former assistant led the team to a 21-16 record following Jason Kidd’s firing in late January. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MILWAUKEE — A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon plans to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching job.The person requested anonymity because the team does not comment on potential candidates.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The current economic hardship and the absence of adequate employment are pushing a large number of Liberians to engage in petty trading.One of the most popular businesses is trading in used goods, including clothing, sneakers and cosmetics.At the corner of 18th Street in Sinkor, next to a popular restaurant frequented by the large expatriate community in Monrovia, is located a small outside business. “I started this business a month ago,” Ms. Tina Stevens told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday. “Though this location does not have many people, yet we thank God that at least we have something to depend on.” Ms. Stevens said she is in the business with twenty five year-old Young Ford, who explained that he graduated from high school in Ghana in 2011. “I came back home and there is not much employment,” Ford told the Daily Observer, “but I did not let that discourage me and we started this small business.” Ford has a child of four years. Ms. Stevens said, “We got the initial capital from a relative abroad and though we sell one or two pairs of sneakers a day, it is okay for now.” Ms. Stevens admitted she does not have adequate business knowledge save the one she has grown up with. She is in her early twenties and is determined to continue at the local community on 18th Street. “My objective is to grow this business to be able to own a store,” she said, “but it will take time.” True, growing a business demands knowledge that can grow the business one step at a time. She also admitted, “We pay the Monrovia City Corporation for the use of this location.” And though she has not heard of the Liberia Business Association, headed by Mr. D. Maxwell Kamayah, she expressed interest in meeting with the LBA president in the hope that her dream of securing a future loan to develop her business could move one step ahead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger is reportedly training with Liverpool and could bag himself a one-year contract.The 39-year-old is understood to have been given a trial by Jurgen Klopp, and is viewed as a back-up option to Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.The experienced stopper boasts spells at Arsenal, Fiorentina, Siena and Juventus, but it’s safe to say the news has been rather underwhelming for Reds supporters.Here’s what a section of Liverpool fans think of Manninger’s possible arrival at Anfield… The 39-year-old is without a club after being released by Augsburg
DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head women’s golf coach Rachael Pruett unveiled a challenging five-tournament schedule for 2016 that will be highlighted by the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championship in Chicago, Ill. (April 17-19).“I’m very proud of the work ethic the ladies have shown this year. Ending our fall season with a team and individual win gives us extra motivation for our off-season. We will continue to improve our physical fitness, golf swings, short games, and mental skills,” said Pruett. “The spring schedule is designed to keep us competing. That’s where we need to improve the most. We practice and play very well at home and need to learn to translate that onto the course in competition.”The Bulldogs open the spring campaign at the FGCU Eagle Invitational on Feb. 12-14 in Estero, Fla. at the Stoneybrook Golf Club. After being off for three weeks, Drake returns to action on March 5-6 for the Red Rock Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. at the Oakcreek Country Club, hosted by Northern Arizona. The Bulldogs will wrap up the month of March at The Citadel Invitational on March 13-15 in Charleston, S.C. at the Patriot Point Links.Drake will take two weeks off before playing its first tournament in the Midwest on April 2-3 at the Bradley Invitational in Peoria, Ill. at the Weaver Ridge Golf Club.The Bulldogs will get its final tune-up before the MVC Championship on April 9-11 at the Indiana State Invitational. The team wraps up the regular season at the conference championship on April 17-19 in Chicago at the Harborside International Golf Center.Print Friendly Version
Get 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke surfaced on multiple Canadian radio stations Thursday. Colin Kaepernick was a hot topic across the border and Baalke was widely supportive of his former quarterback’s past actions on and off the field.Baalke’s kept a low profile since his January 2017 dismissal from the 49ers. He’s been living in Wisconsin and working in various capacities with the NFL’s operations …
(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A creationist group in Hong Kong is releasing a dramatic documentary filled with fantastic claims about the discovery of Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat. Other prominent creationists are warning of fraud and scientific malpractice.The two whistleblowers have no antipathy to the subject. They would love real evidence of Noah’s Ark, knowing full well how powerful such evidence would be for the historicity of the Genesis Flood account. Nevertheless, they have found it necessary, at personal risk, to call attention to fraudulent practices such as selective reporting, doctoring evidence and reliance on unscrupulous characters by the Hong Kong based group NAMI (Noah’s Ark Ministries International).1. Dr. Carl Wieland of Creation Ministries International has just written a lengthy article, “The ‘Hong Kong Ark’ fiasco – an overview to date (May 2012)” after personally visiting with the NAMI team.2. Dr. Randall Price, a Biblical archaeologist, author, and ark researcher, also wrote a lengthy PDF document at his site, World of the Bible.A wise old preacher of righteousness, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., said, “It is never right to do wrong to get a chance to do right.” Good intentions can never atone for misconduct. Integrity is essential for science and any scholarly enterprise. We urge NAMI to come clean on their evidence, refrain from hype, and admit wrongdoing, even though millions of dollars are at stake for them after their fundraising and promotion. Meanwhile, help those deceived by their claims to learn the facts.
With media behind them, they can spout their talking points without controversy, while weak politicians only appease their critics.If David Johnson is right, politicians put up with conservative efforts to put up anti-evolution bills only to appease their religious constituents. Johnson, a postdoc at Rice University, looked into the outcomes of “anti-evolution curricular challenges” in various states. According to PhysOrg, only 25% of bills under consideration passed out of committee, and only two states–Louisiana and Tennessee—succeeded in getting laws passed.Johnson added that while increased conservative Protestant adherence does lead to increased anti-evolution attitudes and activity among creation science interest groups, these outcomes are statistically unrelated to consideration of anti-evolution bills in state legislatures. This led him and his co-authors to theorize that the low rate of success in turning anti-evolution education bills into laws suggests that legislators may continue to push these reforms not because they expect success, but to mollify religious constituents.Johnson’s own biases are clear from his statement:“There is no scientific debate about the fundamentals of evolution,” he said. “And the best social scientific research shows that religious and nonreligious individuals are, overall, quite similar in their orientation to science. There are better ways to represent the values of religious communities: These bills create a misleading impression of conflict between science and religion and threaten the quality of education in public schools.“Sound familiar? Those are some of the same arguments made by Bill Nye when he debated Ken Ham. No debate exists, he said, and creation threatens education.This is why you never let totalitarians gain control of anything. They offer you “one man, one vote, one time.” When the Darwinazis gain control of scientific societies, legislatures and school boards, they lock the doors behind them. Of course there is no scientific debate in their wholly-dominated institutions; you have to be a Darwinazi wearing a D-Merit Badge to get in. Who was for teaching both sides? The despised creationists!Here’s how to understand Johnson’s statement, “There is no scientific debate about the fundamentals of evolution.” What are the fundamentals of evolution? Mutation and natural selection. Mutation is chance, a word equivalent to “stuff happens.” Natural selection is chance, a phrase equivalent to “stuff happens” – because neither the environment nor “selection pressures” (whatever they are) have any direction, purpose, or plan. Let SH stand for “stuff happens.” According to the math for chance, SH + SH does not equal 2SH, it equals SH. Johnson’s statement reduces to this: “There is no scientific debate that stuff happens.” Of course that is true; nobody disagrees that stuff happens. But is that science? Is that a logical explanation for wings, eyes and brains? Is that what schools should teach? Of course not. His statement is a clear example of a meaningless talking point. If Johnson were concerned with the quality of science education, he would advocate ditching Darwin (see 10/03/15) and seeking true causes for phenomena that look designed.What about the “misleading impression of conflict between science and religion” he spoke of? It wasn’t Christians, Protestants, or interest groups that created the impression: it was Darwinazis like Andrew White and John Draper who started that meme. The Christian founders of science viewed their work as seeking the mind of God; no conflict at all. Posing “science” vs “religion” is a false dichotomy. To creationists, the conflict is between good science (intelligent design) and bad science (Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law that builds minds out of hydrogen). And it’s a conflict between good religion (trust in a Designer intelligent enough and powerful enough to bring the world into being) and bad religion (big-bang-to-man theory, with no causation, no purpose, and no meaning). By all means, don’t fall into the trap of framing the debate like they do as ‘science vs religion.’ If you do, you’ve lost before you started. Read this about “science” from Evolution News & Views.With these points in mind, you are ready to evaluate whether creation threatens the quality of education in public schools. Should children learn about adequate causes and effects, or throw up their hands like Darwin and say “stuff happens”? Should they learn about observable, repeatable, testable facts, or learn how to tell just-so stories? Should they learn logic, or imbibe self-refuting ideologies? That’s how you should frame the debate.Some “anti-evolution” groups like the Discovery Institute do not advocate teaching intelligent design at all, let alone creation science. They would be content to get schools to teach Darwinian evolution honestly, not the uncritical whitewashed version with the flawed icons used to illustrate it. They agree with Darwin: “A fair result can only be obtained by fully stating the facts and arguments on both sides of each question” (see Academic Freedom Day). Amen! (Too bad Darwin failed to do that in The Origin, a fact he admitted in the preface.) Hold this Darwin quote in the face of the Darwinazis and tell them to obey it. Tell them science is not about consensus. Tell them they are closed-minded bigots for refusing to consider challenges to their atheistic religion.Johnson is able to label Darwin skeptics as “interest groups” because his interest group has power. For the same reason conspiracies never prosper (because if they prosper, none dare call them conspiracies), interest groups never prosper, because when they do, they cease being called interest groups. They become The Consensus. “All scientists agree” that “there is no scientific debate” about the fundamentals of Stuff Happens. You have to get outside the fogma to see through this rhetorical trick.Darwinazi John Tyndall, one of Charlie’s X-club co-conspirators, said this to the British Association in 1874:“The impregnable position of science may be described in a few words. We claim, and we shall wrest from theology, the entire field of cosmological theory. All schemes and systems which thus infringe upon the domain of science must, in so far as they do this, submit to its control, and relinquish all thought of controlling it.” [See James Clerk Maxwell’s poetic response to Tyndall’s insufferable chutzpah in our 8/10/2005 commentary.]That’s not science. That’s not education. It’s totalitarianism. It’s scientism pretending to be helping the children, but determined to rule the world. Don’t be fooled. The Darwinazis have had power for a long time, but that’s no reason to become a DODO like them, pushing DOPE. It took a long time to end slavery, too. Keep the heat on, and if your representatives put on the appeasement facade but won’t challenge the Darwinazis, vote the rascals out.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
24 October 2011South African President Jacob Zuma has suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele while a newly established board of inquiry probes allegations of misconduct against him.“I have … decided to suspend the national commissioner from duty with immediate effect, pending the outcome of the inquiry, in terms of section 8 (3) (a) read with Section 9 (1) of the South African Police Service Act,” Zuma announced at a special media briefing in Pretoria on Monday.The President said he had established a board of inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Cele, to make findings and recommendations. He added that Cele would be entitled to his full salary, allowances, privileges and benefits during his period of suspension.“In August, I informed the National Commissioner, General Bheki Cele, of my intention to institute a board of inquiry to look into the allegations of misconduct, in relation to the procurement of office accommodation for the South African Police Service, as per the findings and recommendations of the Public Protector,” Zuma said.During her investigation into the lease agreements for police headquarters in Pretoria and offices in Durban, South Africa’s Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, found that Cele’s conduct as the SAPS’ accounting officer was improper, unlawful conduct which amounted to maladministration.Madonsela’s first report on the police leasing deals, released in February, pertained to her investigation into the deal for the Middestad building in Pretoria, which was leased for R500-million from businessman Roux Shabangu.The second, released in July, scrutinised the R1.16-billion leasing of Transnet Tower in Durban, also from Shabangu.Madonsela found that the leases were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.Zuma said the board of inquiry would be chaired by retired Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. Other members of the board are Advocate Terry Motau SC and Adv Anthea Platt.The President said Major-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi would serve as acting national commissioner until further notice.Source: BuaNews
30 July 2012The Komaggas community in South Africa’s Northern Cape province stands to benefit in both monetary and non-monetary terms from the bioprospecting permits that Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa awarded to seven community organisations last week.The permits will allow these organisations, who work with plants, to legally engage in bioprospecting activities.Bioprospecting involves searching for, collecting and deriving genetic material from samples of biodiversity that can be used in commercialised pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or chemical processing end products.South Africa’s competitive edgeAwarding the permits at a local community hall in Komaggas, Molewa said the South African benefits of biodiversity or ecosystems services were estimated at R73-billion, contributing 7% of the country’s gross domestic product per year.“The biodiversity economy, which is part of our green economy, is therefore our competitive edge in growing our economy and addressing climate change adaption,” she said.South Africa’s Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing Regulatory Framework: Guidelines for Providers, Users and Regulators was also launched at the ceremony.The legal framework provides a huge opportunity for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty alleviation.Rich in biological and cultural diversityMolewa said South Africa had a rich natural and cultural resource base that ranked among the top three in the world.“We are home to approximately 24 000 plants species and have an entire floral kingdom within our borders. South Africa is not just rich in biological diversity but also blessed with a rich cultural diversity.”Molewa said many widely used cosmetics produced by industries were derived from medicinal plants, and many of these plants were indigenous and endemic to South Africa.“We must build a shared appreciation of the importance of medicinal plants resources to human health and well-being and a shared concern about the conservation and sustainable use of these resources,” she said.According to the department, researchers have successfully cultivated a selection of naturally occurring Sceletium as a new commercial crop on a large scale and developed a standardised extract known as Zembrin, which is manufactured to the European Union’s Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP).The plant is associated with the treatment of anxiety, stress, mood and cognition.Source: SANews.gov.za
After Assam, suspected cybercriminals from Turkey have stolen huge amounts of cash from ATMs through ATM-cloning devices installed in Tripura’s capital Agartala, police said on Monday.According to the police, banks and other sources, over 60 bank customers of different banks mostly State Bank of India (SBI) during the past few days lost lakhs of rupees due to the fraudulent acts of the cybercriminals and ATM hackers.Tripura police’s Cyber Crime wing Superintendent of Police Sharmistha Chakraborty said that as per their preliminary probe the Turkish nationals who had taken out lakhs of rupees of bank customers through the ATM-cloning devices in Guwahati in August are also involved in similar hacking in Agartala.“We are collecting complaints of bank customers from various police stations and different bank branches to gather the information and other details of stolen cash of many bank customers from ATMs through ATM-cloning devices,” Chakraborty said.She said according to their information available the suspected Turkish nationals after pilfering money from the several ATMs left Tripura for Kolkata.“Our probe is on. If necessary we would take help from other agencies of concerned states where similar crimes took place,” the official added.According to local media reports, over ₹80 lakhs of several customers were stolen from several ATMs during the past few days in Agartala.SBI’s Regional Manager Dibyendu Chowdhury said that they have so far received complains from 45 customers that they lost their money due to the ATM hacking.Chowdhury said that the SBI has blocked a number of ATM and debit cards of its customers as precautionary measures.According to a cyber-technology expert, the ATM card cloning system comprises a spy camera, a memory card and a small data device to gather ATM and account details of bank customers. Recently, two Turkish nationals involved in the ATM hacking were arrested in Mumbai.Incidents of stealing money of a large number of bank customers from ATMs through ATM cloning devices took place in different parts of the country including Kolkata and Guwahati.