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  • Windies batting fails in loss to India

    first_imgKOLKATA, India, CMC:West Indies’ batting failed miserably as they slumped to a 45-run defeat to hosts India in their opening official warm-up match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Eden Gardens here yesterday.Chasing a challenging 186 for victory, only opener Chris Gayle was good enough to reach the 20s as the Caribbean side were bundled out for 140 in the final over.The left-handed Gayle got exactly 20 from 11 balls, and fellow Jamaican AndrÈ Russell was the next best scorer with 19 from 13 deliveries.West Indies’ run chase was ruined by left-arm spinners Pawan Negi (2-15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-26), along with seamers Hardik Pandya (2-25) and Mohammed Shami (2-30), all of whom took two wickets each.India had earlier tallied 185 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Rohit Sharma narrowly missing out on three figures with an unbeaten 98.Left-hander Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 31, while opener Shikhar Dhawan got 21.Fast bowler Jerome Taylor (2-26) and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (2-30) were the best bowlers on show for West Indies.Rohit put on 32 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Dhawan and posted a further 24 for the second wicket with Ajinkya Rahane, who made seven.However, Benn bowled the left-handed Dhawan in the fifth over and had Rahane stumped in the ninth, to leave India on 56 for two.Rohit then dominated the innings in an 89-run, third-wicket stand with Yuvraj, facing 57 deliveries and counting nine fours and seven sixes.In reply, Gayle and Johnson Charles (18) gave West Indies a robust start, gathering 26 from the first two overs. They had put on 36 off just 21 deliveries when Gayle was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after striking three fours and a six.Charles, who counted two fours off 13 balls, followed in the next over to a catch at the wicket off Mohammed Shami and Denesh Ramdin, promoted to number four, perished for six at 59 for three at the end of the eighth over.Marlon Samuels, who made 17, and Dwayne Bravo, 13, then carried West Indies to 72 without further loss and seemed to be guiding the side out of trouble.But Samuels was bowled by Jadeja at the start of the 12th over, and with just six runs added in the next over, Bravo also followed as West Indies lost their last seven wickets in quick time for 68 runs.last_img read more

  • Coach says La Salle’s inexperience showed in loss to FEU

    first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew La Salle stayed in step with Far Eastern University for three quarters, but only to succumb to the Tamarraws’ hot shooting in the fourth, 68-61.READ: FEU clips La Salle to open UAAP Season 81 campaignFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But while he rues his team’s failure to close out games, Gonzalez, who appeared in his first UAAP game as head  coach, still saw some positives from his players.“Too bad we lost, but like I said, I’m optimistic with my team. I’m sure we’re gonna get better,” he said. 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan rejoices in having first tennis grand slam champion Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez during the Green Archers game against the FEU Tamaraws in the first round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournnament. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLa Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said the Green Archers’ opening game loss in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament exposed his team’s immaturity.“It’s very evident in this game how young we are as team competing against a seasoned team,” Gonzalez said, admitting the Green Archers still lack the ability to close out games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ “But to do that, the team has to figure out who to give the ball to, how to start attacking, and make adjustments, most especially during crunch time.” View commentslast_img read more

  • Marketers Elated with Chinese Embassy

    first_imgThe Chinese Embassy near Monrovia has dedicated 18 solar energy street lamps, a borehole well for the Jorkpen Town Market, and classroom materials for the Rally Time Market School.These items were made available through companies that include the Wonderful New Energy Industry Company (Liberia) Inc., Zhongmei Engineering Group Ltd. and LC Opportunity Nature Resources Company in collaboration with the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF).The lights now brighten the Jorkpen Town Market environment while the hand pump, located in the back yard, provides a much needed source of water for marketers and those living around the market grounds.Speaking at the dedicatory program on March 20, on the Jorkpen Town Market grounds in Sinkor, Monrovia, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue said that it was a delightful moment for him to attend a program that creates interaction between the Chinese Community in Liberia and local grass rooters.He noted that the Chinese companies that provided these facilities are committed to a one-year warranty for what they donated and to the training of seven Liberian technicians on how to maintain the solar lamps.Recalling China’s role in Liberia’s post-war development, Ambassador Zhang said, “China has developed a steadfast and cooperative partnership with Liberia in its endeavor to promote peace and development.  The Chinese Government through its embassy in Liberia, and in collaboration with the Liberian Government has completed many landmark assistance projects in Liberia such as the Tappita Hospital, Fendell Campus, SKD Stadium and the Ministry of Health compound.”He also acknowledged that the dedicated facilities came under the framework of the China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action.Making remarks at the occasion President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the gesture by the Chinese Embassy was indeed laudable as it was something she had yearned to see happen.She emphasized that the hand pump was especially important to the Jorkpen Town Market since marketers and locals had previously found it difficult to get water.Once a market woman herself, later becoming a politician and subsequently President, Madam Sirleaf said, “The hand pump is important to the marketers since water is life itself and greatly improves sanitation.  Now that light is here as well, marketers will be able to work in the evenings and then pack their goods when darkness ‘catches’ them.”She thanked the Chinese Embassy for the gesture and assured further mutuality in the relationship between China and Liberia.The Chinese Embassy’s gesture is being praised mostly by women; who constitute the highest number of sellers in the market.Most of the market women are single mothers, who take their children with them because they have no caretakers to meet the needs of their children while they sell in the market. In some instances the children help their mothers to sell the products.Some of these children are not privileged to attend school; therefore, the Liberian Marketing Association (LMA) established a school in the Jorkpen Town and Rally Town Market.The school materials provided by the Chinese Embassy complement efforts made to create educational opportunities for marketers’ children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Linden woman on bail for assault

    first_imgDeborah Taitt, 44, of 25 Powis Crescent, Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, was granted bail for an assault charge when she appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Clive Nurse.The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that she unlawfully assaulted Phillip Gomes at Powis Crescent on August 26.She received bail in the sum of $5000 and was scheduled to make another court appearance on September 21.last_img

  • Distrust of Bush eclipsing real concerns about Iran

    first_imgNOBODY is listening about the situation in Iran. Unfortunately, this is nothing new. I’ve stood with Iranian activists on the sidewalk outside Fox News as they tried to get media attention for their efforts to stop the Islamic Republic’s stonings of women; other activists – some Iranian, some Americans who just care – tell me that they’ve spent all their money and waking hours promoting freedom in Iran to little avail. Editors don’t always give ink to the human-rights saga raging within the nation; producers don’t give a lot of air time to the exiles who know better than anyone about the imprisonment of bloggers, executions of gays and other atrocities of the Islamic regime. For all the dedication of these grass-roots operations committed to getting the real news out of Iran, these stories are reaching just a limited audience. Sad, but true. It was from these and other reputable sources that months ago I got wind of Iran supplying Iraq’s Shiite militias – including the goons led by Mahdi Army commander Muqtada al-Sadr, nowadays reportedly comfy in Tehran – with more sophisticated explosive devices. The elite branch of the Revolutionary Guard suspected of calling the shots in the usage of Iranian munitions is the Quds Force. The Quds mission is specifically to work for Islamic revolution outside Iran, such as arming Bosnian Muslims. And when it comes to Iran channeling money and weapons into Iraq, nobody’s listening there, either. In fact, many have their hands pressed firmly over their ears, singing “LA-LA-LA-LA, Bush lies!” Amazingly, the prevailing response to the recent release of this disturbing intelligence has been suspicion that the Bush administration is cooking up a juicy tale to jump into another war. “We don’t want to get into a situation where hyped intelligence leads us into another invasion and another conflict,” said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas. Last month, Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., asked Condoleezza Rice, “Is it the position of this administration that it possesses the authority to take unilateral action against Iran, in the absence of a direct threat, without congressional approval?” Nobody has said we’re going to – in fact, the Bush administration is claiming no attack is imminent until blue in the face – but political posturing demands that the Dems publicly doubt White House motivations. “I do believe that Congress should assert itself, though, and make it very clear that there is no previous authority for the president, any president, to go into Iran,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This immediate aversion to even the thought of force against Iran makes me nervous, because how will we react if the future threat does necessitate force in Iran? What if they’re about to unleash a nuke on our interests or our allies? Will the next president of the United States be so gun-shy, so concerned with remaining popular, that he or she won’t act if and when necessary? Iran has everything to gain by coalition failure in Iran. Meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday, Ahmadinejad lauded the continuing violence in Iraq as a sign of “increasing weakness of the U.S. and the Zionist regime,” according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “By aggravating the diversity of opinions and by pretending sympathy with the region’s nations, (the U.S.) intend(s) to show that they are trying to create stability and security while they are consolidating their own positions in the region,” Ahmadinejad said in a clear instance of the pot calling the kettle black. Since taking office, the Iranian leader has shuffled representatives from Belgium to Oman to Venezuela through his office, singing the praises of greater ties with Iran and simultaneously singing the evils of the U.S. and Israel (the country that he stated should be “wiped off the map”). “As an Iranian, I would naturally oppose any form of military attacks on my homeland, but I do condemn any form of negotiations with the regime that would either prolong or further strengthen their tyrannical rule,” wrote blogger Ardeshir Dolat on Sunday. “I wish those who want the West and America to negotiate with the Islamic regime would also make some reference to the suffering of the Iranian people at the hands of the regime.” And is it so much to ask Bush’s detractors to put concern about Iran above their disdain for the commander in chief? Is it too much to ask people to tamp down their rhetoric and finally listen? Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at 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

  • Pochettino urges Spurs to block out top four talk

    first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s side welcome Southampton to Wembley after a round of weekend matches that strengthened the position of the north London club © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham cannot allow themselves to be distracted by the fluctuating form of their nearest rivals as they step up their bid for a top four spot.Pochettino’s side welcome Southampton to Wembley after a round of weekend matches that strengthened the position of the north London club. A comfortable 3-0 victory at Burnley moved Spurs up to fifth place, one point behind Liverpool in fourth, as Jurgen Klopp’s side were held by Arsenal and Chelsea and Manchester United both drew.The contest to fill the places behind runaway leaders Manchester City is expected to go to the wire and after an inconsistent campaign, Pochettino will hope his side can enter the new year on the back of a winning run.“We cannot think about another club. We need to keep the momentum, to try to win again, to be consistent,” Pochettino said.“If we want to fight to the end for big things, we must try to be consistent.“But I’m sure the team are focused. The team are in a good way. It was so important to believe again and to smile again by winning at Burnley, after the defeat at Manchester City.“I think we need to focus on the challenge of Southampton. We cannot think about second, first, third or top four. I think the most important thing is the next game.”The central importance of Harry Kane to Spurs’ cause was reinforced by the striker’s hat-trick at Burnley that took his tally to 36 goals in the calendar year, matching Alan Shearer’s 22-year-old Premier League record.The England forward, 24, now has 93 Premier League goals to his name, but Pochettino admits Kane will have to maintain that consistency if he is to beat Shearer’s record of 260 Premier League goals.– ‘Massive respect’ –“The record of Alan is fantastic. He was a fantastic player. Harry is doing so well. But Alan as consistent for more than 10 years,” he said.“You need to show massive respect for that, because he did some amazing work.“Now Harry is doing well. We hope that continues, because to have a player like Harry Kane is fantastic. I hope and wish that every season he scores 15 or more than 15.“I think he can still improve. He is 24. Players arrive at their best when they are 27, 28, 29.“It depends on how professional you are. If Harry Kane can keep that mentality every day and never changes that mentality, then he can play for as long as he wants. But he can still improve.”Southampton face Spurs on the back of a 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield which was overshadowed by a clash between Saints striker Charlie Austin and Town keeper Jonas Lossl.Huddersfield manager David Wagner claimed the forward allowed his boot to connect with Lossl’s head and Austin has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.Austin also picked up a hamstring injury in the game that is likely to keep him for at least two weeks, depriving Saints of the in-form goalscorer for the trip to Wembley.Virgil van Dijk is also likely to be missing after the centre-back – a target for Manchester City and Liverpool – was left out for the Huddersfield clash that left Southampton in 13th place.“There is a lot of speculation about him,” said Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino.“I cannot control this but I have to think about the next game. We train tomorrow and then decide if he can play.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


    first_imgThe BBC Crew in Donegal with Jason BlackDONEGAL’S spectacular scenery is set to be featured in a new documentary – giving the county another tourism boost.A BBC crew has spent the week filming around the county.And there was no better man to show them around than King of the Hills (and the Mountains) Jason Black. The Letterkenny businessman said the crew from the Beeb were blown away by what they found.The man who conquered Mount Everest earlier this summer said: “I’ve been working with the BBC on a documentary profiling hill walking and climbing in the wonderful hills of Donegal.”He said they spent Thursday at his favourite spot – Errigal.“The weather was beautiful and the views were spectular – the film crew’s jaws are still on the floor,” he told Donegal Daily. “The tourism potential is phenomenal in the hills of Donegal.“It’s for the BBC series ‘Ar Bhealach na Gaeltachta’“Part of the story line is how the hills of Donegal have become so famous as a training ground in preparation for world class mountaineering, drawing parallels on how Chris bonington from the UK who was one of the world’s most famous adventures and of course myself used the Donegal landscape to take on the world’s biggest challenge Mt Everest.“The documentary was shot in a four part series profiling the most spectular natural geography we have here in our county from the sights of the sea stacks & cliffs of Slieve League to the splender of Inishowen, Sliabh Sneacht and finishing on the champion of them all at Errigal.”The BBC are due to show the series in the autumn. It will feature Jason unfurling the Donegal flag he took to the top of Mount Everest back on top of Errigal.“That was a very special moment for the cameras,” said Jason.NEW TOURISM BOOST AS JASON BLACK MAKES BBC DOCUMENTARY ON THE HILLS OF DONEGAL was last modified: August 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:BBCDunleweyErrigalEverestJason Blacklast_img read more

  • Development key of community renewal event

    first_imgSANTA PAULA – Nonprofit groups and community leaders are being encouraged to take advantage of a network of resources to foster community and economic development in Ventura County in the areas of Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru. State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and Assemblywoman Audra Strickland, R-Westlake Village, sponsored Santa Paula’s Community Renewal Regional Conference on Oct. 29, offering advice on how to apply the statewide program locally. The Community Renewal Project is a partnership between California legislators and the Capitol Resource Institute. Organized in 2000, the project increased its presence through California’s diverse communities hosting conferences that bring faith, community, business and elected leaders together to enhance their efforts to strengthen their communities. The Santa Paula conference in October focused on ways to use the program to equip faith-based and community leaders with the knowledge and tools necessary to revitalize and renew their communities and organizations. A number of officials from surrounding cities attended, including Santa Paula Mayor Mary Ann Krause, and representatives of the Higgy Foundation, Las Piedras Police Storefront, Cabrillo Economic Development Corp., Emanuel Lutheran Church, Girl Scouts of America, Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau, Fillmore Family Recreation Center, Interface, Santa Paula Family Resource Center and Action-Spirit of Santa Paula. For information on the project, visit AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

  • LYIT student opens up about overcoming challenges to achieve full potential

    first_imgLYIT student Margaret McHugh has spoken out about a unique set of challenges she has had to face as she begins her first year in third-level.Margaret, a mature student who is studying a BA in Digital Film and Video, bravely shared her story with Donegal Daily.Dealing with a condition that affects her bones, and suffering from depression, Margaret is sharing her story in order to inspire others to overcome their own personal challenges – whatever they may be – and is now working towards achieving her full potential. Life as a college student: Judge me first, know me later.By Margaret McHugh.With the first day of college comes different feelings, excitement, nervousness, a sense of new beginnings. These were some of the things I felt the first day I walked into LYIT.The buzz around the place was great, coming from a PLC college, LYIT can be a bit of shock to the system but in a positive way, the facilities are brilliant, the staff, secretaries, nurse, canteen staff, heads of departments and lectures try to make college life enjoyable and mind opening, but if you have any issues, once you inform them they will do their best to understand and put themselves in your shoes, even if the brand of shoe isn’t that fancy!Moving to a new county is a challenge for anyone because you’re leaving the security net of people who have known you all your life, known you for the person you really are. LYIT has definitely opened my mind academically, some of the stuff you learn makes you really think. When I was younger I didn’t value or appreciate education and to be honest I only ever spent 6-8 years in education. I managed to complete my Junior and Leaving Cert, I even completed a Diploma in Journalism but all of this has not come to me without a struggle.Even to this day, when I write an essay or story I may have to redo it two or three times, because, a grammar or spelling mistake will rear its ugly head, even structured writing can be a problem for me, but with work, patience and time I get myself there in the end.It’s not always about the succeeding, once you put your heart into it and know you really tried, does it matter what anyone else thinks?I was born with a condition which affected my knees, hips, hands and most of my bones.The worst areas my condition affected weekly were my kneecaps, they would dislocate 3 times a week, my knees/ legs would inflame and the muscles would become weak, which often meant I would be out of action for a week, 2 or maybe even 3 weeks, depending on the severity of dislocations in my body.Being institutionalized over two decades has side effects, most of which have stayed with me today. If someone asked me to describe what Margaret the child and teenager saw growing up in a hospital it would be men, women, and children in pain, then relief, prisoners handcuffed to wardens being marched down the hospitals corridors, some with remorse on their face, others just cold, people’s frustration at the chaos within the system, anger at a mistake, cancer patients talking about life, worries and the fear of dying.Even today I could be watching TV, sitting in a canteen, out on the town, sitting in a lecture learning about the revolution and all the wonders of design when suddenly I might think of the woman who roared and cried along the hospital corridor, sitting in a wheelchair, angry at God because of cancer, and then looking up at me, apologising for her emotion, because I was only a child and she didn’t want to scare me, or I might think of the prisoner in handcuffs in and out of consultation rooms.These are the things the mind does often recall and sometimes it’s for a reason I can’t explain, but this is the life I lived and those who truly know me from my past, know this is my truth.I remember the day depression became a part of me, I acknowledged and accepted it the very minute I blurted it out to my doctor. There were warning signs months previously, but my subconscious told my conscious it wasn’t depression. I was always tired, emotional for no reason at the best of times, I just felt like I was having an out of body experience, I didn’t feel like I lived in my own body anymore, I didn’t know who I was but the scariest part was I no longer valued living, “end it all my brain kept telling me”, but it wasn’t and isn’t the answer for anyone who is suffering from depression.Thankfully that was four years ago.Although I still have depression, I am in a better place and haven’t once in those years questioned the value of my life, simply because I want to live. Ireland has come a long way in fighting the stigma around mental health but we have a long way more to go, I remember 2 weeks ago saying to someone I didn’t want to tell these academic professionals I had depression.I realised shortly after making that statement, that attitude wasn’t going to help anyone in my shoes and it was me making a judgment about the level of human understanding of people I don’t really know, which is unfair.LYIT has all the support, counsellors and facilities for students who find themselves in similar situations. Students should not fear or care what people may think because it’s your life, you own it.Let people judge first and know later.Be the better version of yourself, don’t feel or pressure yourself into reflecting a version of others, unless that is part of who you are, do what you can do, sometimes you can achieve just as much by being great at one specialist area, than it is 10.Please note: If you have been affected by the discussion of depression in this piece, please know that there are supports available to help you through this:You can visit for resources, give the Pieta House North West branch a call on 074-9126594 or contact their freecall number on 1800 247 247. You can also get in touch with Aware on 1800 80 48 48. For 24/7 help, you can reach out to the Samaritans on 116 123.LYIT student opens up about overcoming challenges to achieve full potential was last modified: October 22nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:depressioneducationfirst yearLYITlast_img read more

  • The Origin of Life Circus Adds Old and New Acts

    first_imgNew and old miracle acts for the origin of life are added continually, to see if people will keep coming with money.Here is some of the latest media fluff about life’s origin without design. Notice how sky-high the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises in each of them. The Origin of Life Circus (as Susan Mazur described it) is funded by the federal government, to give the illusion to taxpayers that they’re getting free entertainment.Mazur interviewed all the leading lights in the materialist origin-of-life field.Scientists identify protein that may have existed when life began (Rutgers University, reprinted by NASA Astrobiology Magazine). “When life began, proteins were likely much simpler, perhaps just 10 to 20 amino acids long.” Short proteins, even if they existed, have no function alone. They can only function as part of pre-existing metabolic complexes directed by a genetic code. They wouldn’t last long, anyway, without a membrane and a purpose for their existence. Rutgers materialists speak of “Legos of life” coming together without a kid to put the pieces together into a truck or airplane.Researchers reveal hidden rules of genetics for how life on Earth began (NASA Astrobiology Magazine). We’re seeing more institutions named for ‘health’ dealing in materialist philosophy. This one comes from “University of North Carolina Health Care.” How exactly has materialism improved your health lately? These materialists take one of the most complex systems known in life, the genetic code and its transcription/translation mechanisms, to weave a tale about how life evolved. In a nutshell, the idea goes: if it exists, it must have evolved.A Century-Old Model for Life’s Origin Gets Significant Substantiation (Weizmann Institute via NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Some Israelites are still worshiping false gods, like Oparin. The Russian atheist’s views about molecules coming together by chance into ‘coacervates’ rises like zombie science from the dead in this story. Droplets, Lipid World, Composomes – you can give new jargon names to a bad idea, but it’s still a bad idea. The discovery of the genetic code killed Oparin’s fat-bubble theory, but it’s baaaaack: “This lends credence to the scientists’ assumption that life could emerge before the advent of DNA and RNA.” Credence is in the mind of the hearer.‘Living Fossils’ of Earth’s Oldest Life-Forms Found in Tasmania (Live Science). Stephanie Pappas performs divination on Tasmanian goo for her storytelling performance. Could the goo reveal stromatolites made by earth’s earliest life? Oh, the power of suggestion.Building blocks for bottom-up biology (Current Biology). Michael Gross presents another Lego story for the children, telling how the building blocks of lie came together for a grand creation myth. But then he crosses over to the other side, describing how what he just said about the materialistic origin of life might help scientists use intelligence to design useful proteins.New Study Identifies Possible Ancestors of RNA (NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Some of the best-known actors of OOL, Nick Hud, Stanley Miller and Leslie Orgel make curtain calls in Joelle Renstrom’s new rendition of the RNA World story. She knows that the RNA World hypothesis begs the question of where the RNA came from, and that Orgel called the idea a “gloomy prospect.” Cue the lightning from Miller’s flask; maybe that did it. It never worked before, but maybe enough wishful thinking can work the magic.The spark that created life (Science Daily). The storytellers at Monash University commit the ‘directed evolution’ fallacy as they begin their yarn. To catch readers’ attention, they set up some conflict, to create tension, after first singing a hymn to Father Darwin:Evolution by Darwinian natural selection is immensely powerful — both in nature and within laboratories. Using ‘laboratory evolution’, we can take an enzyme which combines random mutations and functional selection, and improve its function by more than 1000 times. You can see evidence of science taking advantage of evolution across the field, from synthesised medications used to prevent the reoccurrence of heart attacks (beta blockers) to the development of tumor-targeting antibody therapeutics.However, nothing evolves unless it already exists. When life started more than three billion years ago, what was the spark that created something from randomness?Their work “may” do this, and it “may” do that, and it “does shed light on the evolution of protein structures,” they claim. Their hope is built on nothing less than lifeless mud and randomness.Liquid crystals and the origin of life (American Chemical Society). Oooh: this is New-Agey. Crystals! They may hold the secret of our beginnings. You may have seen liquid crystals organized by intelligent design in your watch or cell phone. “However, liquid crystals may have played a far more ancient role: helping to assemble Earth’s first biomolecules.” So cool. Just imagine! Maybe the RNA World used liquid crystals to hold things together. Aren’t you glad the National Science Foundation pays for these acts to entertain us? Wait; NSF? That’s our money!How long do storytellers like this get to play to the public? Forever, unless people complain. Stop the circus clowns and get back to the business of science: observability, repeatability, testability. This isn’t science; it is materialistic philosophy masquerading as science, using molecules as props for their propaganda plays (25 Sept 2018).To show how ridiculous it is to believe life came together by chance, we asked artist J. Beverly Greene to portray a famous quote by Edwin Grant Conklin (1863-1952), who said, “The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the Unabridged Dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing factory.”Illustration by J Beverly Greene for Creation-Evolution Headlines. (Visited 531 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more