Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Globalport third import Thomas fails height test Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThe Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the league gets up and rolling again.The Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will hold their media days on Friday and open training camps Saturday, a few days ahead of the rest of the league as they prepare for an early October trip to China for games in Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of the league’s ongoing efforts to grow the game in the basketball-crazy nation.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ LATEST STORIES RULES CHANGES: When players start taking the court for exhibition games, it will offer an opportunity for them to start to adjust to rules changes and points of emphasis that are new every season. One notable difference this year will be the “James Harden rule,” a change in the way the game is called aimed at reducing the number of instances a player tricks a defender into fouling them and then goes into a shooting motion to try to earn free throw attempts. Harden is the master , though dozens of players do the same thing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So as media days and training camps get up and running, here are a few things to watch at the outset:HARD FEELINGS? It appeared that Durant was on his way to mending some fences in Oklahoma City after he left the organization to join Golden State last season. But the fence posts may have been torn down again when Durant disparaged the Thunder team and coach Billy Donovan as the biggest reasons he left to join the Warriors. Durant has since apologized , but the topic will likely come up again when he speaks to the media on Friday. And it should be interesting to see if Russell Westbrook has anything to say about it when the Thunder open early next week.CP3 ARRIVES: The most intriguing roster experiment this year may be in Houston, where GM Daryl Morey is teaming James Harden with Chris Paul in a star-studded backcourt. Harden finished second in the MVP voting last season after moving from shooting guard to point guard and now will have to move back to accommodate Paul. Both players are used to having the ball in their hands and orchestrating the offense, so there will likely be some feeling-out that needs to be done in camp. The two have already appeared in a television commercial together, so they’re off to a running start.KYRIE’S MOVE: The biggest headline in a wild offseason was Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade from the Cavaliers. He landed in Boston in a move that could define his legacy, the All-Star who didn’t want to play with LeBron James. Irving did little to shed light on his motives in an enigmatic interview with ESPN and likely will be bombarded with questions about it at media day. How the Celtics handle the early crush of attention and move past Irving’s exit from Cleveland could play a big role in their ability to truly challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.CRASH COURSE: The Timberwolves are one of the teams that made significant roster changes this summer after a disappointing 31-win season in Tom Thibodeau’s first year as coach. They added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford while trading away Ricky Rubio in an offseason overhaul aimed at ending the league’s longest active playoff drought at 13 seasons. Thibodeau asked owner Glen Taylor to allow the team to hold training camp in San Diego before they head out to China to get them away from the distractions of home and allow them to bond in a preseason that only includes three games. That Butler and Gibson played for Thibodeau with the Bulls should help that transition, but it will no doubt be a process worth watching.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State will be the headliner in China, just like it has been in the NBA for the last three seasons.And the Warriors open camp this season with a major advantage over everyone else that goes above and beyond the sheer talent the organization has assembled with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.While the rest of the league spent the entire summer scrambling to upgrade in a desperate attempt to enter Golden State’s stratosphere, the Warriors return almost the entire roster from the team that won its second championship in three seasons. In fact, Golden State should only be better this year because it will not have to spend part of the early season figuring out how to incorporate Durant’s game with three other All-Stars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMeanwhile, teams like the Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder, Timberwolves and Celtics will need all of the preseason and then some to get on the same page with the new stars in town.There will be no such orientation process in Golden State. Free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi will have to acclimate, but that is a lot easier to do when Durant and Curry are showing them around. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

LFA Official Performs Poorly at Worst Confrontation

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) While the revitalized Liberia’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Red Lions FC have expressed their preparedness to win their Friday’s 1/16th final match against their Algerian side, C.S. Constantinois, a higher LFA official, (name withheld), was prepared to wreck the players’ commitment.Sports writers watched in utter amazement as the official threw insults at the Ghanaian investor, who has spent thousands of United States dollars to get the team where it is today.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday, sports writers covering the LISCR FC versus Watanga FC FA semi-final tie, (Watanga won 3-2), were attracted to the official, who was not prepared to back down his insults at the Ghanaian investor.The LFA official, having thrown caution and respect to the wind, exposed his own weakness, and many soccer fans wondered how he even got to the LFA, or how was he elected as an LFA official at the last elections.“This attitude is unbecoming of an LFA official,” soccer fan James Weah, Sr., told the Daily Observer, expressing his disgust at the official’s nasty behavior.He said the official’s action is a shame to Liberian football, which has always encouraged level-headedness, especially at the highest level in ‘force majeure’ (unexpected) situations.“A formal complaint should go to the LFA’s Ethics and Grievance Committee to ensure that such a disgrace does not happen in football circles,” he recommended.A spokesman for the Ghanaian representative told the Daily Observer that while the LFA official’s action is regrettable, “We are resolved to help develop Red Lions FC so that Liberians will be proud of the team.”He refuted the LFA official’s accusation that the investor does not mean well for Liberian football, and was quick to add that it was not the most responsible way to address any form of misunderstanding, if there ever was any.He told the Daily Observer that the Red Lions management did not abandon or did not decide to withdraw from the CAF Confederation Cup.“We calculated the amount, close to US$70,000.00 for the Algerian trip and since our players are new to each other, we have not been achieving the successes anticipated.“We wrote letters, with the assistance of the LFA secretariat and sent them to corporate Liberia, including TOTAL, NOCAL and many others.“Our position was to raise the concern of the Liberian people and the business community to lend us a hand in the process.“It was never our intention to abandon the CAF Confederation Cup but for an official of the LFA to publicly insult our Chief Executive Officer has shown that the real motive is elsewhere,” he said.He explained that the management of Red Lions is determined to provide all necessities to the club, adding, “We are grateful for the involvement of relevant authorities to ensure that Red Lions defend the Liberian flag on Friday.”“Our CEO loves his team, and cares about the playing body,” he added, “it is true that he is a Ghanaian but it also true that the players of Red Lions are all Liberians.”He regretted the political grandstanding that surrounded reports about Red Lions being placed under new management, pointing out that football as a sport must be devoid of politics.He meanwhile commended LISCR FC president Mustapha Raji and the former president of Nimba United FC for their strong support and advice when Red Lions FC’s CEO had been abused and he was in a state of frustration, due to the lack of appreciation for his commitment to raise Liberian football to another positive level.last_img read more

Easter celebrations in Fort St. John and Taylor

first_imgThe event runs 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 5, 2015 at the Taylor Community Hall. The Fort St. John Kin Club Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday in Kin Park.Those who bring with them four non-perishable food items will be entered into a draw for a Save On Foods gift card.The hunt begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 4, 2015 and is open to children aged 0 – 12.- Advertisement -The Taylor ‘Easter Eggstraveganza’ is being held on Sunday at the Taylor Community Hall.There will be bouncy castles, games, a cake walk, a photo booth and loots bags. The Taylor Fire and Rescue will also be serving up hotdogs and hamburgers.There is a fee of $3.00 at the door with children under two-years-old getting in for free.Advertisementlast_img read more

Aubameyang double sees off Burnley

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his goal against Burnley© AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 22 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against Burnley on Saturday as Mesut Ozil was restored to the starting line-up as captain.Former Germany international Ozil has been on the fringes of Unai Emery’s team in recent weeks but was quickly into the thick of the action at the Emirates, playing a key role in Aubameyang’s opener. That goal helped end a statistical quirk as it meant Arsenal led at half-time of a Premier League game for the first time this season.Aubameyang smashed a rasping shot past Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart shortly after the restart to earn his side some breathing space.An Ashley Barnes strike for the visitors reduced the deficit and Arsenal fans had some nervy moments before substitute Alex Iwobi made sure of all three points.Ozil was not in the squad for Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final defeat to Tottenham and had not started in the league since November 11.He was one of six changes from last week’s defeat at Southampton as Alexandre Lacazette was recalled, Sead Kolasinac started following a thigh problem and Mohamed Elneny came in for his first Premier League action of the campaign.The 30-year-old Ozil was a mainstay in the Gunners side under previous manager Arsene Wenger but Emery has shown he has no issue with keeping the club’s highest-paid player on the sidelines.Ozil’s lack of game-time, partly due to a back problem, has led to rumours linking him with a January move away from the club.Both sides had early chances in the early kick-off in the Premier League but the Gunners took the lead following a delightful move in the 14th minute.Arsenal toyed with the Burnley defence, looking for an opening, until Ozil played an incisive pass that found Kolasinac. His cutback was tucked away by Aubameyang.It was Aubameyang’s 11th Premier League goal of the season, taking him level at the top of the charts with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.He pulled ahead of the Egyptian in the 48th minute, smashing the ball high past Hart after a speedy counter-attack.Barnes pulled a goal back for the visitors after Arsenal failed to clear in the 63rd minute.The home side lost their way following that goal but sealed the win in added time, when Iwobi pounced.Arsenal, who remain fifth in the Premier League, had gone 22 matches unbeaten in all competitions before last weekend’s defeat to Southampton and lost at home to Spurs in their midweek League Cup quarter-final clash.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Diego Simeone will NOT be coming to the Premier League anytime soon

first_img Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has rubbished claims he will leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season to take over at Inter Milan or a Premier League club.The Argentine has worked wonders in Spain, helping Atletico win La Liga and reach the Champions League final during his reign.It has led to Simeone being linked with a move to England as either the new manager of Arsenal or Chelsea.Inter Milan are also interested in the 45-year-old after he spent two years at the San Siro as a player back in the late 90’s.However, Simeone has denied reports he is about to jump ship and instead committed himself to Atletico.“Rumours are always present, they come and go and they don’t destabilise me at all, any more than criticism does,” Simeone told La Nacion.“I wake up every morning with the maximum enthusiasm thinking about nothing but Atletico Madrid.” 1last_img read more

MINOR ALTERATIONS MADE TO DONEGAL SFC FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND

first_imgThere have been some minor alterations made to some fixtures in the Donegal SFC for this coming weekend’s quarter-final action. The full championship fixture list for both Senior and Reserve championships are outlined below.Saturday 18th October at 2.30pm Venue Tir Conaill ParkReserveArdara V KilcarRef Ryan Walsh RTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipNaomh Conaill V ArdaraTime 4.00pmRef Jimmy WhiteSaturday 18th October at 6.30pm Venue MacCumhaill ParkReserveSt Michaels V St EunansRef Paddy McGonagle RTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipTime 8.00pmFour Masters V St EunansRef Robbie O DonnellSunday 19th October at 1.30pmVenue O Donnell ParkReserveGlenfin V GweedoreRef Mark DorrianRTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipTime 3.00pmGlenswilly v TermonRef Martin CollSunday 19th October at 5.30pmVenue MacCumhaill ParkReserveNaomh Conaill V DungloeRef Enda McFeelyRTE Radio na Gaeltachta Senior ChampionshipTime 7.00pmDungloe V St MichaelsRef Seamus McGonagleChampionship relegation playoffsSunday 19th Oct12 noonVenue: Tir Conaill ParkBundoran V KillybegsRef Mickey Mulhern12 noonVenue GlentiesGlenfin V Naomh MuireMINOR ALTERATIONS MADE TO DONEGAL SFC FIXTURES FOR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AlteredDonegal SFCfixturesGAANoticesRevisedSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN SET TO CYCLE 420 MILES NON-STOP AS PART OF CHARITY EVENT

first_imgTerence Diver from Hyundai garage handing over the keys to the i140 to Hughie Gallagher which will be used as the team car for the event. Picture by Breid Gallagher.Hughie Gallagher from Gweedore is undertaking a mammoth task on 1st August 2015 when he will cycle 420 miles non-stop around the perimeter of our beautiful County Donegal, taking in the Wild Atlantic Way, Glengesh and Mamore Gap.Hughie has previously undertaken numerous challenges, including cyclingnon-stop from Mizen Head to Malin Head (360 miles) in 2009; cycling fromGweedore to Dublin and back to Gweedore (360 miles) non-stop in 2011.In 2013 he conquered the three peak challenge by climbing Errigal Mountain at 7am on 25th August 2013, then cycling non-stop to Croagh Patrick in Westport arriving there at 5pm and completing the climb to the summit of  CroaghPatrick by 7pm on the same day. On the following morning Hughie cycled from Westport inMayo to Killarney and on the third day he climbed Carrauntouhill!His last challenge was when he took part in Relay for Life in June 2014when he cycled non-stop for 24 hours on a training bike during thefundraiser.Hughie will leave Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhair, at 12.00 noon on Saturday1st August 2015 (weather permitting) and will return to Ionad Naomh Pádraigat approximately 4pm on Sunday afternoon.Any funds raised from sponsorship of this cycle will go towards purchasinguniforms and instruments for Dore Marching Band in advance of their trip toNew York to take part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2016. The team vehicle for the event is kindly being sponsored by Terence Diver of theHyundai Garage in Letterkenny.Sponsorship cards are available from Ionad Naomh Pádraig Dobhair andsponsorship cards have also been distributed  in the various shops and businessesin Gaoth Dobhair so any donation would be greatly appreciated.The route for the cycle is as follows:-Dore, Annagry, Burtonport, Dungloe, Lettermacaward, Narin, Ardara, Glengesh,Glencolmcille, Malinmore, Carrick, Kilcar, Killybegs, Dunkineely,Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Ballintra, Rossnowlagh, Ballyshannon, Bundoran,Pettigo, Laghey, Donegal Town, Barnesmore Gap, Ballybofey, Stranorlar,Killygordon, Castlefin, Lifford, St. Johnston, Carrigans, Muff, Quigley’sPoint, Redcastle, Moville, Greencastle, Culdaff, Malin Head, Malin Town,Carndonagh, Ballyliffin, Clonmany, Mamore Gap, Buncrana, Burnfoot, Burt,Newtowncunningham, Letterkenny, Ramelton, Rathmullan, Knockalla, Portsalon,Fanad Head / Lighthouse, Harry Blaney Bridge, Carrigart, Downings, AtlanticDrive, Creeslough, Dunfanaghy, Horn Head, Falcarragh, Gortahork,Magheraroarty, Derrybeg, Bunbeg and Dore!We wish Hughie the best of luck (and good weather) for this challenge andwish him a safe return. Please join us to wish him all the best at Ionad Naomh Padraig Dobhair on Saturday morning, when he embarks on his challenge at 12 noon and join us again to welcome himhome on Sunday afternoon at approx 4pm.Updates will be given on his challenge progress on Facebook and Donegal Daily.DONEGAL MAN SET TO CYCLE 420 MILES NON-STOP AS PART OF CHARITY EVENT was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

Round-up: Redknapp backs QPR duo, Defoe speculation, Quins youngsters hailed

first_imgHenry has impressed for QPRQPR boss Harry Redknapp has hinted that the midfield partnership of Sandro and Karl Henry is now his first choice.The pair have impressed in recent matches after Sandro returned to fitness and Henry, who was very much a fringe player, was selected because the likes of Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are injured.And Barton and Mutch could struggle to get their places back in the side after Redknapp suggested he hopes the Sandro-Henry combination continues.Meanwhile, Diego Costa has travelled with the Chelsea squad for their Champions League game against Maribor but John Mikel Obi is still struggling with a knee problem.There has been transfer speculation today involving Chelsea and Rangers.Chelsea are set to sign winger Zakaria Bakkali from PSV Eindhoven, the Express say, while the Evening Standard reckon Jermain Defoe will get a three-year contract worth £90,000 a week at QPR.Elsewhere, a match between Brentford’s development side – who were 2-0 down – and Maidenhead United was abandoned after 54 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch.And in rugby union, Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea has praised his youngsters for the mental strength they showed against Saracens.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Council of Europe Officially Condemns Creationism and I.D.

first_imgA lengthy and strident policy document was issued by the Council of Europe denouncing creationism.  The summary statement makes it clear there is no compromise possible, because “religious fundamentalists” are behind it, and that creationism and intelligent design must be firmly and unequivocally opposed.  Evolution, by contrast, is given supreme status as the explanation for everything:The theory of evolution is being attacked by religious fundamentalists who call for creationist theories to be taught in European schools alongside or even in place of it.  From a scientific view point there is absolutely no doubt that evolution is a central theory for our understanding of the Universe and of life on Earth.    Creationism in any of its forms, such as “intelligent design”, is not based on facts, does not use any scientific reasoning and its contents are pathetically inadequate for science classes.    The Assembly calls on education authorities in member States to promote scientific knowledge and the teaching of evolution and to oppose firmly any attempts at teaching creationism as a scientific discipline.The document issued June 8 contains 18 sections of a Draft Resolution with recommendations, and 105 numbered sections of an Explanatory Memorandum written by one Mr. Guy Lengagne, elaborating on these themes.  Creationism is continually portrayed as a “threat” to education, democracy and human rights, and therefore it must be stopped at all costs.  The warfare motif appears often.  In the Draft Resolution:1.    The Parliamentary Assembly is worried about the possible ill-effects of the spread of creationist theories within our education systems and about the consequences for our democracies.  If we are not careful, creationism could become a threat to human rights, which are a key concern of the Council of Europe….12.    The war on the theory of evolution and on its proponents most often originates in forms of religious extremism which are closely allied to extreme right-wing political movements.  The creationist movements possess real political power.  The fact of the matter, and this has been exposed on several occasions, is that the advocates of strict creationism are out to replace democracy by theocracy….14.    The teaching of all phenomena concerning evolution as a fundamental scientific theory is therefore crucial to the future of our societies and our democracies.  For that reason it must occupy a central position in the curriculum, and especially in the science syllabus…..Notice also that creationism is linked to political conservatism.  The Explanatory Memorandum adds,89.    ….The theory of evolution constitutes a body of fundamental knowledge for the future of our democracies and cannot be arbitrarily challenged.….94.    ….The teaching of evolution by natural selection as a fundamental scientific theory is therefore crucial to the future of our societies and our democracies….Given the central importance of evolution to the future of democracy, the authors of this document must have been convinced that the evidence is strong and incontrovertible.  To what evidence, therefore, did they turn?  The part that most directly addresses this question is paragraph 12 of the Explanatory Memorandum:12.    There is a considerable body of scientific evidence concerning evolution.  Scientists have shown that evolution is a fact because ofthe evidence provided by palaeontological data,the numerous cases of characteristics shared by organisms with a common ancestor,the reality of continental drift,direct observations of genetic changes in populations.13.    It should be pointed out that the human being is just one of the links in the long chain of evolution.This list is surprising, because since Darwin’s time and even more so today, paleontology has been one of the weakest sources of evidence for evolution, and today, genetics remains a source of heated controversy and contention – so much so, that creationists and intelligent design proponents have been using both of these as effective hammers against evolutionary theory (e.g., next entry).  Also, continental drift has nothing to do with evolution, and asserting that organisms share characteristics, or that humans are “links in the long chain of evolution,” merely restates what the document is trying to prove.    The document elaborates on the alleged evidences in the subsequent paragraphs.  The only other evidences cited in favor of evolution are bacterial resistance and the adaptation of organisms to their environments.  Neither of these, however, is doubted by creationists.  Bacterial resistance is due to loss of genetic specificity, they would say, and would argue that the fit of organisms to their environment points to design, not evolution.    Sections 23-28 deal with the “rules of science” argument.  Excerpts:24.    ….science is the totality of operations that produce objective knowledge.  A statement on the world can only be described as objective if it has been verified by an independent observer.  This verification depends on three factors: scepticism, rationality and logic and, finally, methodological materialism.  These three pillars ensure the objectivity of a scientific result.25.    Scientific research on the subject of evolution has been no exception.Yet whenever the leading proponents of intelligent design, many of whom have one or more PhDs in the sciences from prestigious universities, try to practice this skepticism using rational and logical arguments, they are routinely shut out of the debate.  Furthermore, no modern philosopher of science would accept uncritically the claim that science produces objective knowledge, and many would differ with the view that methodological materialism is essential to science.  That was certainly not the case with the founders of science nor with many practicing scientists today.  It is, in fact, what Darwin skeptics point to as a straitjacket that forces conclusions contrary to the evidence.  Methodological materialism becomes indistinguishable in practice from philosophical materialism, they argue, when design is prohibited as a cause.    The bulk of the document (sections 29-79) details the threat posed by the rise of creationism in Europe, country by country.  The writings of Harun Yahya in Turkey are given particular scorn, but no distinction is made in any creationist material: Christian, old-earth, young-earth, Muslim, scientific, intelligent design.  All creationism is portrayed as equally flawed and equally contemptible.    Sections 80 to the end claim that creationism is harmful to education.  To the degree creationism is a threat to democracy, human rights, social justice, rationality, scientific progress and every other kind of good, evolution is lifted up as the greatest salve for every ill, the greatest positive force in civilization, the great unifying theory of science and the greatest answer to every question in the Universe.    In short, “The truth and scientific nature of evolution remain irrefutable today,” states paragraph 89, and introducing creationist ideas would only bring “confusion” into the classroom.  Creationism, which is equated to religious fundamentalism, contributes to “The total rejection of science” which is “definitely one of the most serious threats to human rights and civic rights.” (Resolution, 11).    So what should be done?  The end of the Draft Resolution makes the following recommendations:18.    The Parliamentary Assembly therefore urges the member states, and especially their education authorities, to:18.1.    defend and promote scientific knowledge;18.2.    strengthen the teaching of the foundations of science, its history, its epistemology and its methods alongside the teaching of objective scientific knowledge;18.3.    make science more comprehensible, more attractive and closer to the realities of the contemporary world;18.4.    firmly oppose the teaching of creationism as a scientific discipline on an equal footing with the theory of evolution by natural selection and in general resist presentation of creationist theories in any discipline other than religion;18.5.    promote the teaching of evolution by natural selection as a fundamental scientific theory in the school curriculum.Creation groups would heartily endorse the first three points, but would notice a strange disconnect starting at 18.4.    The resolution concludes by saying, “The Assembly welcomes the fact that, in June 2006, 27 Academies of Science of Council of Europe member states signed a declaration on the teaching of evolution and calls on academies of science that have not yet done so to sign the declaration.”  One would be hard pressed to find any other scientific theory that requires a declaration by political entities for its support.    What is the Council of Europe?1  Founded in 1949, it “seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.”  The COE currently has 48 member states and 5 observer countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico and the Vatican.    A former Soviet dissident writing for the Brussels Journal fears that the European Union in general is headed for a dictatorship.  Calling it a monster that must be destroyed, that is endangering freedoms, he said “What you observe, taken into perspective, is a systematic introduction of ideology which could later be enforced with oppressive measures.”Update 07/12/2007: The ACLJ reported that its sister organization in Europe defeated the resolution from being adopted on the grounds it violated freedom of expression, free exercise of religion, and academic freedom.  Their document calling for defeat of the proposal was published online.1The Committee on Culture, Science and Education that voted for the resolution on May 31 included 30 voting members, though an equal or greater number of members were not present to vote.  There was one vote against it and one abstention.  The Explanatory Memorandum of Mr. Lengagne relied heavily on works by Pascal Picq (paleoanthropologist) and Jacques Arnoult, a researcher at the French National Centre for Space Studies and a Dominican monk.  For documentation on the opposition, “a number of articles on creationism as seen by its supporters were found on the internet,” none of which were listed.The COE’s angry tirade reads like Mein Kampf, a ridiculous rant by a madman who was only a threat when he gained power.  Similarly, this document is easily refuted on every point (mountains of rebuttals in 7 years of these pages), and is almost laughable in its shallowness.  But give the Darwin Party power to enforce these views, and this is easily the kind of policy that could produce persecution.  Talk about human rights: there are some radical Darwinists who feel so strongly about this they would put creationists in zoos (at best) and kill them for thinking unDarwinian thoughts (at worst).  How completely inverted to point to creationists as a threat to human rights and democracy, when we just endured the bloodiest century in the history of man with states dedicated to advancing Charles Darwin’s dangerous idea.  Theocracy?  Try atheocracy.    Aware of charges like this, paragraph 87 tries to distance evolution from “social Darwinism,” calling the latter an aberration: “Social Darwinism is an ideology that claims to have been inspired by Darwin but it has nothing to do with the Darwinian theory of evolution” (italics theirs).  Darwin “is not responsible for the deviations from his theory after his death,” they shouted: “It is absolutely scandalous to present Darwin as the father of terrorism, and that may sow doubt and bewilderment in the minds of many young and inexperienced individuals.”  They point to the wars that were done in the name of religion.    Must we repeat?  There is a direct line of reasoning from “survival of the fittest” to social Darwinism, eugenics (Francis Galton = Charlie’s cousin) and the totalitarian regimes Darwin inspired (Stalin read The Origin and became an atheist).  By contrast, there is no way anyone can get religious war and theocracy out of the teachings of Jesus (blessed are the meek, love your neighbor as yourself, pray for those who persecute you, turn the other cheek, greater love has no man than one lay down his life for his friends).  Jesus taught dying to oneself and serving others, submitting oneself to God in meekness and humility.  Past wars in the “name of Jesus” stemmed from corruptions of His teachings by power-hungry leaders of institutions.  (Most of such wars arguably stemmed from political and economic factors primarily, with religious differences as a tacked-on rationalization; e.g., the Thirty Years’ War.)  The totalitarian leaders of communism and nazism, by contrast, looked to Darwin as their hero and the one who provided a “scientific justification” for their actions.    As an example of the shallowness of the COE document, look at their treatment of “evolutionary psychology” in paragraph 90:90.    It is important to point out that the theory of evolution has had a profound effect on science in general, philosophy, religion and many other aspects of human society (for example, agriculture).  Evolution has also entered the field of psychology: evolutionist psychology is a field of psychology that aims to explain the mechanisms of human thought on the basis of the theory of biological evolution.  It is based on the fundamental hypothesis that the brain, like all the other organs, is the result of evolution and thus constitutes an adaptation to specific environmental constraints, to which the ancestors of the Hominidae were forced to respond.It seems to escape the notice of dear Mr. Lengagne that he has just shot his argument in the foot.  We’ve explained this so many times here, this time let’s let Dr. Michael Egnor do it for us: see Evolution News.  Lengagne’s treatment of the Galileo Affair and the Scopes Trial are also pathetically uninformed.    There is no part of the COE’s arsenal against creationism that has not been disarmed or turned right back against the Darwinist stronghold.  It would make a good term paper or debate topic for a reader to respond to it point by point.  He or she would find plenty of documentation right here in these pages.  While you’re at it, try to find one example among the reputable groups promoting creationism or intelligent design that wants only creationism taught in the schools.  All want both sides to be heard, as long as they are taught accurately and honestly – so did Charlie himself.  As always, it is the liberal progressives, be they stem-cell advocates, abortion advocates, homosexual advocates, open-borders advocates, global warming advocates, tolerance advocates, political correctness advocates and Darwinism advocates, who want to shut off debate and have their views imposed by political declaration or court decision.  They have a miserable track record on free speech.  Conservatives, especially creationists and intelligent design advocates, are asking for a chance to be heard – to debate the issues.  Darwinism is a huge issue.  It needs to be discussed with all the evidence and logic and reason the best minds can muster.    Using this document as a prime example, ask yourself if there is any group in the world you know of that routinely gets more angry lambaste than creationists.  In these days of political correctness, you can advocate and practice any weird or evil belief you want and usually get away with it: any sexual deviation, pagan sun worship at solstice festivals, parades of shame and flaunting of the most irrational or weird or downright stupid idea or behavior, and people will either look the other way or actually cheer you on.  Not even teachers who have sex with their students or child pornographers are getting this much official condemnation.  But try to pass some evidence against Charlie using reason, logic and evidence, and the hate speech is unbelievable.    And is this not hate speech?  The Council of Europe and the U.N. appear more forgiving and tolerant of suicide bombers than they are of creationists.  (Notice also how the intelligent design movement has made absolutely no headway in trying to distinguish their views from “creationism.”  To the Darwin Party, there is no difference whatsoever, despite book after book after book explaining why I.D. only is trying to answer the question if design can be inferred using scientific methods.)  To the radical Darwiniacs, any hint of trying to tarnish the reputation of Father Charlie is cause enough to bring on the full wrath of the Western World.    But the “official ” Western World is not the “real” Western World.  Despite their power and official status, the radical Darwinists are a minority.  Most people don’t buy their line.  A recent poll reported by USA Today showed that 2/3 of Americans still trust creation more than evolution, despite decades of strict indoctrination in the public schools.    Encouraging as that is, let history quickly remind us that fanatics with power affect the world more than silent majorities.  In each case of the worst 20th century genocidal totalitarian regimes, whether Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot or any of the others, the revolutionaries were usually more motivated, better organized and more ruthless than the majority.  Lenin’s followers called themselves “Bolsheviks” (majority) when they were actually a minority.  The Russian White Army, despite valiant efforts, was no match for the radical revolutionaries with their lies, propaganda, purges, assassinations, publicity stunts, chicanery and subversive tactics.  (For Mr. Lengagne’s education, we would like to point out that Mao was one of the very few genocidal maniacs of the 20th century who did not study in France.)    A totalitarian regime’s strategy for gaining and holding power is to whip up the masses with hatred and fear of a perceived threat.  We see now the radical Darwinists refusing to debate, refusing to reason, and refusing to listen; instead, they are trying to whip up the nations of the world into a frenzy over a perceived threat from creationists.  If you are the target, you may have thought you were just trying to get somebody to listen to reason and look at some evidence, but no: you are a bogeyman, and bogeymen are fair game.    As we have said before, do not think for a moment that the evils of radical Darwinism were exhausted by the atrocities of the 20th century.  In the Information Age, where your location can be tracked by GPS and there is no place to hide, where you could be implanted with mind-altering devices and coerced with new scientific tortures, the potential for abuse could make the Stalin era look like a picnic.  If the COE really means what it says that social Darwinism and communism and nazism were perverted deviations and wrong, let them (1) denounce these regimes in the strongest of terms, (2) say “never again ”will they allow such ideas to ever gain sway, and (3) explain exactly why evolutionary psychology, morals and philosophy invariably lead to peace on earth and gentle brotherhood.  It cannot be done.    Poor Christians and Jews: the hatred comes from all sides.  The radical Muslims hate them for doubting Mohammed.  The radical Darwinists hate them for doubting Darwin.  Such irrational hatred boggles the mind.  That fact alone should cause someone to ponder that something strange is going on.  Could they be doing something right?    Jesus predicted, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.” (John 15:18-19).  He noted, “They hated me without reason.”  If the radical Darwinists and Muslims had a reason for their hatred, Christians should be the ones repenting and confessing their sins.  Since they do not, we can take comfort that Jesus said, shortly before receiving the most brutal treatment man could bring on a person – death on a cross – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).    So join the Christian Recipients of Hate Society.  You’ll be in good company.  Till that day, recall too that for years Jesus employed reason and evidence in public debate.  Those are also good footsteps to follow.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Geocaching Year in Review

first_imgShare with your Friends:More [Click CC for subtitles][vsw id=”8RZf4zUjzck” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Watch the new Geocaching Year in Review video to see the geocaching highlights of 2012.With geocaches found more than 68 million times in 2012, last year could be called the Year of “Found it.” And that’s just caches—thousands of geocachers spent Leap Day, International Geocaching Day and 12-12-12 attending events, meeting other geocachers, along with finding geocaches. We also watched our community grow to new heights as you shared the adventure of geocaching with friends and family.2012 Leap Day celebrationWe’re excited about what’s ahead in 2013. We’re approaching two million active geocaches. That’s two million adventures for you to explore almost anywhere in the world. You’ll also see advancements across Geocaching.com and on the Geocaching apps. Check out the new video to see where we’ve been and where we’re headed – and tell us what’s on your geocaching wish list for 2013 below in comments.And don’t forget to log your “will attend” for the 2013 Geocaching Block Party on August 17 in Seattle!Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page. SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 18, 2012January 18, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”37 Ways to Spice Up Your GeocachingJuly 22, 2014In “Community”last_img read more