– Feature films from South Africa, Belgium and other countries The European Union Film Festival has tapped the Wooden Camera, which narrates the story of friendship between Madiba and Sipho from the township of Kayelitsha outside Cape Town, who were playing near a railway line when a dead man falls from a train with a bag in his hand containing a gun and a video camera, to serve as the opening night film for the festival, which starts on May 12.In the film, Madiba takes the camera, Sipho the gun, which marks the beginning of their destinies as Sipho uses the gun to join a gang in Cape Town, while Madiba becomes a filmmaker.To protect his camera, Madiba hides his new found treasure inside a homemade wooden case, and sets out filming his shantytown hometown and rich cities nearby. He later met an independent white teenager, Estelle, whose father is a racist; however, the two are a contrast in sensitivity and toughness, even when the story becomes obvious.The Wooden Camera, directed by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli, will be screened in New Kru Town tomorrow, kicking off at 5:00 p.m.Other films that will be screened at the festival include ‘The Land Beneath Our Feet,’ a documentary which tells the story of a young Liberian man displaced by war who, upon his return to Liberia from the USA, uncovered footage of the country’s past, which depicts the 1929 corporate land grab that led to several life-threatening disputes.And ‘No Time to Die,’ a comedy about an Asante, a hearse driver in Ghana, who is desperately in search of a wife; but because of his profession, women keep their distance. However, he falls in love with a client whose mother had died, and manages to win her over. But her father forbids marriage to a hearse driver.Also, ‘Good Bye Lenin,’ a film that mixes comedy and tragedy, disappointment and joy, despair and hope, gives one a clear insight about the strong bonds of love that bind parents and their children—and in this case, particularly, the love of a son for his dying mother during the time of the collapse of the Berlin Wall.The festival, which runs from tomorrow, May 12 to the 20th, will feature eight (8) films at different locations in Monrovia.In a statement, the European Union say they believe in the importance of promoting culture and the creative arts.“The film festival is a cultural event supported by the European Union showcasing movies from various countries, including both African and European directors.“Culture supports social and human development. The European Union promotes culture as an essential contribution to human rights, good governance, inclusive and sustainable growth,” said the statement.Below is the European Film Festival calendar of event:Friday, 12 May 2017– Film Festival Launch –5:00 – 6:45 PMBorough Kru Town Hall, New Kru Town, Bushrod IslandThe Wooden Camera (2003)Movie production supported by EU ACP Cultures +)Director: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli (South Africa)Tuesday, 16 May 20174:30 – 6:00 PMUniversity of Liberia Auditorium (KAICT), Capitol Hill – MonroviaSongs of Redemption (2013)Directors: Amanda Sans and Miquel Galofre (Spain, Jamaica)Wednesday, 17 May 20175:00 – 6:45 PMYWCA, Adjacent French Embassy, Congo TownWe Are the Best! (2013)Director: Lukas Moodysson (Sweden, Denmark)Wednesday, 17 May 20177:00 – 9:00 PMYWCA, Adjacent French Embassy, Congo TownGood Bye Lenin! (2003)Director: Wolfgang Becker (Germany)Thursday, 18 May 20174:30 – 5:30 PMUniversity of Liberia Auditorium (KAICT), Capitol Hill – MonroviaThe Land Beneath our Feet (2016)Directors: Gregg Mitman, Sarita Siegel (US, Liberia)Friday, 19 May 20175:00 – 6:30PMThe Eugene H. Cooper Sr. Conference HallYMCA building, Crown Hill – MonroviaTous les chats sont gris (2015)Director: Savina Dellicour (Belgium)Friday, 19 May 20177:00– 9:00 PMThe Eugene H. Cooper Sr. Conference HallYMCA building, Crown Hill – MonroviaThe Commitments (1991)Director: Alan Parker (Ireland)Saturday, 20 May 20175:00 – 6:45 PMBorough Kru Town Hall, New Kru Town, Bushrod IslandNo Time to Die [The Last Respect] (2006)Movie production supported by EU ACP Cultures +Director: King Ampaw (Ghana)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…failed to address community issuesThe community of Matthews Ridge Region One (Barima -Waini)The much-anticipated visit of Indigenous Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock to Matthew’s Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) on Monday has left much to be desired as he was unable to address the concerns of residents.According to residents, the Minister’s visit was more political and focused heavily on the ‘legality’ of the Government, rather than what the Government intends to do for the residents of that community.This newspaper was told that a meeting was held at the community centre with residents who attended to voice their concerns about issues affecting them and sought the intervention of the Minister. However, a resident told this newspaper that they were disappointed as the Minister was evidently unprepared to offer any guidance on the issues highlighted.Of a total of 20 youths, only six received their stimulus grant of $50,000. The resident said that the Minister encouraged them to use the grant to improve their businesses. He also encouraged residents to embark upon the plantain chips business and stated that the Government should request that the youths return the grant if their business fails.Meanwhile, the community’s Community Development Council and those across the Matarkai sub-district have ended their term since February 2019 and the Chairman is still functioning.This was of major concern for residents who said they were confused and as a result raised same to the Minister; however, he had no response.Also among the issues highlighted to the Minister was that following the Local Government Elections (LGE), a representative from the Pakera/Heaven Hill Constituency in Matthew’s Ridge is yet to be sworn in on the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).The representative, Wayne Williams, was expected to be sworn in since December 12, 2018, but this was not done and as a result, the community remains unrepresented.Guyana Times understands that Williams did not show up at the swearing in ceremony and has never shown interest. As a result, residents have enquired the reason for not replacing Williams, but they have not received a response. The residents brought this up before the Minister who was not in a position to address the issue.A resident, who attended Monday’s meeting, said the meeting lacked substance and it appeared as if the Minister visited the community to “show face” and campaign. “The Minister didn’t come with a plan. He had no answers to anything residents inquired about. He only kept taking notes and said he will get back to us and he will look into it. Nothing substantial and this was not good enough at all. We waited so long for a meeting and then it turned out to be this. The Minister went to give a campaign speech and only tried to convince the residents that the illegal Government was legal because this is mainly what his remarks were about,” the resident said.Residents of Matthew’s Ridge earlier this week accused the coalition Government of neglect, noting that prior to the elections, it has made countless promises to them in return for their votes, but four years after, they are yet to see any of those promises fulfilled.Residents of Matthew’s Ridge outlined a number of issues that continue to affect them on a daily basis. High unemployment rate, land titling issues, lack of access to potable water for some residents, lack of proper electricity and discrimination by APNU officials if complaints are levied against them are among the issues the residents complained of.“They aren’t responding to our concerns. We asking all the time because the residents are suffering. No one remembers Matthew’s Ridge. It appears that we don’t even exist. When we see ministers and so visiting Region One it’s always Mabaruma, Moruca or Port Kaituma and those places but never here. This is unacceptable. The residents are very dissatisfied because we give them a fair chance. We know what we have to do in the upcoming elections,” a resident told the Guyana Times.They admitted that the Government holds meeting in the community but only for their supporters.
0Shares0000Sammy Nyongesa will be laid to rest on Friday at his farm in Nakuru’s Ngata area. Photo/COURTESYNAKURU, Kenya, Sep 6 – The requiem mass for former Harambee Stars assistant coach Sammy Nyongesa was held at the Afraha Stadium on Thursday ahead of his burial at Nakuru’s Ngata farm on Friday.Just as he spent most of his time on the pitch, fell in love there, the stadium was filled by players, fans, friends and relative to celebrate the life of the fallen sports scout who produced superstars in the world of football. Eulogizing her husband, Rose Atieno Nyongesa said she first met the former football player at Afraha Stadium 38years ago.“I had come to this ground to watch football and I was mesmerized by his tactics,” said the distraught widow.Sammy Nyongesa mentored many including his son Mike Barasa who played for Harambee Stars. Photo/COURTESYShe said what started as a congratulatory message to Nyongesa went on to be a lifelong friendship.“Besides being my husband and the father of my nine children, Nyongesa was a friend and a playmate,” she said.The former coach who died on August 24 at Nakuru War Memorial Hospital following a prolonged battle with prostate cancer has left behind a wife and nine children among the seven sons and two daughters.He will be remembered for his great contribution to football in the country.Nyongesa mentored many famous footballers including his own son, Mike Barasa who played for the national football team Harambee Stars.-By Wanjiru Macharia- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Calls from Arsenal fans pleading for manager Arsene Wenger to sign Karim Benzema have increased, if that was possible.The Gunners could not find a way past West Ham’s defence in their opening Premier League game and so more firepower appears to be a priority.BELLERIN IS PICKING BENZEMA UP FROM THE AIRPORT – DEFENDER’S ABSENCE EXPLAINED?Here, talkSPORT rounds up the latest news surrounding no.1 target Benzema.Benzema to eclipse Ozil as Arsenal top earnerAccording to the Mail, the Gunners will offer Real Madrid £45m for Benzema and the player’s earnings will be more than the £150,000-a-week wage Mesut Ozil currently collects. The Germany World Cup winner left Real for Arsenal in 2013 in a £42.5m deal, though Real’s manager Rafa Benitez says he wants to keep Benzema at the Bernabeu. A huge offer could change his mind, though.Signing Benzema does NOT mean Arsenal win titleFormer Arsenal striker Thierry Henry told talkSPORT the Gunners would win the Premier League if they had Benzema in their side, but not according to Wenger. “I respect Thierry Henry a lot for his football knowledge, but it is not as mathematical as that,” the manager explained. “We have to develop our collective game and depend less on one guy who comes in and scores all the goals.”Benzema an ‘exceptional solution’?Following his side’s 2-0 loss against West Ham, Arsene Wenger revealed what would convince him to buy in the transfer window. “I can only repeat: if an exceptional solution turns up we do it,” he said. “But after a defeat like that it’s important not to think we must take a solution from outside.” Does Benzema qualify, Mr Wenger? 1 Arsenal transfer target Karim Benzema
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant MONDAY SCV Historical Society board of directors will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Talk & Tea with Ronda B. will feature a discussion of senior safety, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Ronda Bestle at (661) 222-2405. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at SCV Bank, 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 200, Valencia. Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture titled “Chelation Therapy: Oral vs. Intravenous,” 1-2 p.m. in Activity Rooms 1 & 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Pajama Story Time, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Homeschool Discussion Group will meet, 7 p.m. upstairs at Borders Books & Music, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Cathy at (661) 250-3407 or e-mail Vicky at email@example.com. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Dr. Sally Reis will present “Parenting Academically Talented Kids: What do we Know and Where do we Go?” 5-6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Pico Canyon Elementary School, 25255 Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 255-3360. Grand Opening, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Dessert Alert Inc., 28415 Industry Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 753-9269. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. The Reading Group will discuss “Bookseller of Kabul” by Asne Seierstad, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Shabbat Across America event, 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY SCV Teacher Recruitment Fair, 8 a.m.-noon at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 259-0033, Ext. 282. Junior Lifeguard Program will hold an open registration for qualified swimmers ages 9-17, 10 a.m. at Val Verde Park Swimming Pool, 30300 W. Arlington Road, Val Verde. Call (661) 294-3532. Volunteer orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Sharon Lewis Koho will sign copies of her books, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. St. Patrick’s Day Story Time and Craft, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275.
Dumped former Westlife star Brian McFadden has found love again – in a Donegal nightclub.McFadden, 31, whose father is from Dunfanaghy, was devastated just a month ago when he split with his Australian singer fiancee Delta Goodrem.But the Dublin-born singer has wasted little time and was spotted with RTE Fade Street star Vogue Williams in Ink Nightclub in Voodoo, Letterkenny. Stunned onlookers watched as McFadden turned up at the club with model Williams who has just become a resident DJ at the top club.McFadden had already been in Donegal for a coupe of days to watch his a relative getting married in Ballybofey.Party-goers were delighted when DJ Vogue even invited the former boy-band singer up on stage to spin a few discs.He was accompanied by some family members and spent most of the night in the VIP area of the club. McFadden posed happily for pictures with clubbers but refused to be pictured with Vogue.However he did admit to clubbers that he and Vogue had been seeing eachother for about ‘two weeks’ but didn’t want it to be known publicly.One reveller revealed “They were definitely together. They came in together and they left together. They weren’t all over eachother but Vogue was working.“At one stage she invited Brian on stage and the place erupted. It was a Bank Holiday and the place was very busy.“He seemed like a lovely fella and he had his picture taken with a lot of people. He was in great form and seemed very happy. They stayed for a few drinks after Vogue’s set and they left together,” he said. After leaving the club, McFadden and Williams checked into local hotel The Station House about 500 yards from the club venue.A spokesman for the Station House said they knew McFadden and DJ Vogue had been socialising in town but would not confirm if they stayed with them.“We wouldn’t like to give out information about guests,” said the spokesman.When contacted DJ Vogue, who recently split from her long-term boyfriend, said she was “just good friends” with McFadden. EndsBRIAN MCFADDEN’S NEW LOVE BLOSSOMS IN DONEGAL NIGHTCLUB was last modified: April 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian McFaddenDJ VogueInk Nightlcub
The Drake University men’s basketball program has a long and storied tradition of preparing players for long and prosperous basketball careers overseas in international competition. Currently, nearly a dozen Bulldogs are competing across the globe. Here are some of the top performances by former Drake standouts in the last week courtesy of Eurobasket.comJosh Young (Germany) led Rasta Vechta to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-8) crushing them 112-92 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He scored 17 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. Rasta Vechta (12-5) is now third in the BBL. It was his team’s ninth consecutive victory in a row. Young is averaging 12.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.0apg. Benjamin Simons (Spain) led Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB to a victory against the fifth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (11-6) 89-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night’s game. Simons scored 15 points. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (7-10) is 11th in the Liga Endesa. Simons averages 10.7ppg and 2.1rpg in 12 games he played so far. AJ Calvin (Germany), who plays in the German ProB (third division) and could not help ETB Wohnbau (3-14) in their game last Saturday. Despite Calvin’s performance the 12th-placed ETB Wohnbau (3-14) lost 90-71 at home by the much higher-ranked Oldenburg (#5) in the North group. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Calvin also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. In his first season with the team, Calvin averages 15.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. Reed Timmer (Germany) was not able to help Walter Tigers Tuebingen (7-12) in their last game. Despite Timmer’s good performance Walter Tigers Tuebingen lost 73-88 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) MLP Academics Heidelberg. He was the second highest scorer with 14 points. Timmer also added 3 assists. It was Walter Tigers Tuebingen’s fifth consecutive loss in a row. Timmer averages 17.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.1apg in 17 games. Gary Ricks (Mexico) was not able to secure a victory for Abejas de Guanajuato (13-19) in their game against Soles (19-11) in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Ricks scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But the fifth-placed Abejas de Guanajuato (13-19) was defeated 92-79 in Mexicali by the second-ranked Soles in the South group. It’s Ricks’ averages 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg. Print Friendly Version
Letterkenny Chamber is busy this week getting ready for the annual St.Patrick’s Day parade.Follow the shamrocks to Letterkenny – Celebrating all things Irish with the Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day Parade – Letterkenny Chamber are delighted to launch the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Letterkenny’s St.Patrick’s day parade is one of the biggest in the County and this year it is hoping to get entries from a wide range of businesses, community organisations, sports clubs and bands. at the launch are Kerry O’Donnell and Pascal Blake, Letterkenny Mayor,get into the spirit of the event withToni Forrester, CEO Letterkenny Chamber, Gerard Grant, Chamber President and Anne Condon, Letterkenny Chamber. Photo Clive WassonOrganisers have St.Patrick’s Day themed hats, socks, earrings and of course our shamrocks to get us in the mood for the big day.“St. Patrick’s Day is over a weekend again this year and that always results in a busy weekend for Letterkenny” says Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber. “We have our fingers crossed for good weather as it really helps reflect all the effort that goes in to the floats and people are happy to line the streets. We hope the parade will be colourful and lively celebrating international culture.”The Parade starts at 3pm with music and entertainment from our MC Keith Fletcher. Judges are strategically positioned to choose the category and overall winners, with the winner announcements from the reviewing platform immediately after the Parade.The overall winning entry gets the Danny Doherty Perpetual Plaque plus a cash prize and over the years we’ve had some amazing entries.Organisers say they would love to see as many people as possible to support the participants so why not come along to the streets of Letterkenny on Monday, wear your green and have a great family day out. For more information contact Letterkenny Chamber on 074 9124866 or email email@example.com. LETTERKENNY AIMING TO MAKE EVERYONE GREEN WITH ENVY ON PADDY’S DAY was last modified: March 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgreenLetterkenny ChamberSt Patrick’s Day
The man who described a cell as “a factory that contains an elaborate network of interlocking assembly lines, each of which is composed of a set of large protein machines” (see 02/10/2003 entry) now wants his fellow scientists to oppose efforts to attribute this factory to design. Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences and editor of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, gave fellow Academy members a “call to arms” on evolution, according to USA Today. Alarmed over the gains of the intelligent design movement and the “increasing challenges to the teaching of evolution in public schools,” Alberts said in a March 4 letter to colleagues, “I write to you now because of a growing threat to the teaching of science” (emphasis added in all quotes). He claims, “one of the foundations of modern science is being neglected or banished outright from science classrooms in many parts of the United States.” His letter was motivated in part by a survey by the National Science Teachers Association, showing that a third of teachers feel pressured to either diminish the teaching of evolution or include alternatives to it.One bad habit we need to help the media overcome is the practice of putting “ism” on creation but not on evolution, but for USA Today, this was a surprisingly balanced article; it consisted largely of a back-and-forth series of charges and responses from both sides. Let’s put some of the claims through the Baloney Detector:Alberts: the growing threat – fear mongering.Alberts: to the teaching of science – equivocation. Science is not at stake; just the religious philosophy of naturalism.Alberts: Teachers are under attack – more fear mongering.Gerry Wheeler (Natl. Science Teachers Assn): I’m hoping it will give teachers the energy to make sure they stand for high-quality science teaching – non-sequitur; evolution has nothing to do with the quality of science teaching. Good science teachers promote critical thinking, not indoctrination.USA Today: To most scientists, evolution is defined as changes in genes that lead to the development of species. – equivocation. Evolution is much more than change; it is the claim that all of life has common ancestry in one or a few original life forms that came from non-living chemicals. Bandwagon: do most scientists really feel this way? Where are the numbers? Even if this claim is correct, what most scientists think is not the issue, but what position the evidence supports.USA Today: They see it as a fundamental insight in biology – subjectivity. How a scientist or teacher feels about a belief is irrelevant. An insight is only a hunch or preference till proved right.USA Today: Creationism is the belief that species have divine origin – straw man. Fixity of species is not what creationists believe.USA Today: Alberts complains that creationists, under the guise of intelligent design, have attempted to push evolution out of textbooks and classrooms in 40 states – big lie. No one is trying to push evolution out. They are trying to add critique of evolutionary theory and give alternatives a chance.Alberts: one of the foundations of modern science is being neglected or banished outright from science classrooms in many parts of the United States – glittering generalities, big lie and fear mongering. Again, evolution is not being banished, and if teachers are neglecting it, it is their own problem (perhaps inability to answer the questions perceptive students are asking), not due to laws or pressure. Alberts is turning parents and students into bogeymen, when they are just acting as good citizens and getting involved in a controversial issue that affects their lives. Just let Alberts show all the evidence for evolution and explain his statement about the factory of molecular machines, and tell us how it came about by chance. The foundations of modern science were laid by Christians and creationists (see online book) long before Charlie and his Musketeers usurped control of the scientific institutions.Stephen Meyer: My first reaction is we’re seeing evidence of some panic among the official spokesmen for science – a fair assessment; why else would opponents of ID resort to fear-mongering and pressure? Meyer: intelligent design is not creationism but a scientific approach more open-minded than Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution – equivocal and potentially misleading unless terms are defined, which Meyer and other ID leaders have done elsewhere. “Creationism” has become an unpopular buzzword that ID leaders avoid, but Meyer is right that ID is not concerned with the who or how of creation, but only with design detection. It is true also that ID is more open-minded, because it does not rule out intelligent causes a priori.USA Today: Biologists retort that any reproducible data validating intelligent design would be welcome in science journals – big lie. Why the uproar, then, when an intelligent-design paper passed peer review and was published in a legitimate science journal? (see 12/28/2004 entry and links). In spite of the bias against overt ID, many papers do publish implicit evidences of exquisite design in living things, with no attempt to give it an evolutionary explanation (see 03/14/2005 and 03/11/2005 entries from many examples in the archives here).Jeffrey Palmer: If there were indeed deep flaws in parts of evolutionary biology, then scientists would be the first to charge in there – half truth. We have printed a number of stories about scientific papers by evolutionists pointing out serious flaws with evolutionary theory (try 02/16/2005, 12/30/2004, 11/29/2004 and 08/05/2004 entries, to say nothing of dozens of stories about fossil problems, molecular genetics problems and complexities in life inexplicable by Darwinism or neo-Darwinism). On the other hand, scientists are usually strangely silent about these problems when called as expert witnesses by courts or school boards.Meyer: There are powerful institutional and systematic conventions in science that keep (intelligent) design from being considered a scientific process – he has evidence of this from his own recent experience and that of double-PhD editor Richard Sternberg (see Sternberg website).Barbara Forrest: Oh, baloney; they aren’t published because they don’t have any scientific data – big, big lie and bluffing.Alberts: In his letter, Alberts criticizes Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe, a leading proponent of intelligent design, as being representative of the “common tactic” of misrepresenting scientists’ comments to cast doubts on evolution – half truth; quoting opponents as hostile witnesses is a legitimate debating technique; Alberts is bluffing that Behe misrepresents them; let him provide an example.Behe: Behe calls this “outrageous,” saying he simply points out that even establishment scientists note the complexity of biological structures – a fair response, since there is plenty of documentation right here to support Behe’s assertion.Susan Spath: proponents need to work together more proactively in educating the public about these issues. The silver lining may be that this is an opportunity to enhance public understanding of science – glittering generalities and positive spin doctoring. Nice sentiments, if the pro-Darwinists would follow her advice. If the public got educated about these issues they would throw the Darwinist rascals out. We know from experience what the NCSE means: stifle debate, put up a facade, shield student eyes from incriminating evidence, redefine science as naturalistic philosophy, and demonize all opponents. The last thing they want to do is show students the real scientific evidence, until in graduate school they have passed the temple rituals and sworn allegiance to Pope Charlie. Parents, teachers and scientists who are unhappy with the Darwinist arm of the Democratic Party (see 12/02/2004) and how they usurped control over the scientific institutions (see 10/24/2002 entry, and 12/22/2003, 01/15/2004 and 01/05/2004 commentaries) had better understand the tactics of their opposition and be prepared to confront them. Remember that the goal is more and better science. Don’t let them portray this debate as trying to “banish” evolutionary teaching. If anything has been banished, it is criticism of his highness King Charlie the Usurper by the ruling Darwinist elites. The battle is to allow more evidence to be heard, and help students learn to evaluate all the evidence with critical thinking skills. So now you’ve seen the head of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, a man who knows intimately the complexity of the cell, bluff his way past the opposition as if taking personal charge of a crusade. It shows that the battle over origins is a major issue in educational policy with important ramifications for all of us. Concerned citizens need to get informed and involved. Don’t underestimate the power of the Darwin Party, but if you are well armed with evidence, don’t let them intimidate you, either.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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