Any disrespect for the laws of our country will be totally rejected

first_imgDear Editor,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan made all the right noises at the recent Noise Management Training Programme for police officers. He vowed, yet again, and in public, to ensure the enforcement of the laws governing noise nuisances, to reduce discomfort caused by noise pollution, and to build “a culture of law and order across the country”.Well, much can be said about the current state of law and order in Guyana where double standards, hypocrisy, bullyism, bribery, corruption and favouritism make up much of the accepted culture. The Minister is not unaware of this.However, I will take him at his word and I am, therefore, looking forward to spending a peaceful Mashramani and Carnival come 2020 at my Queenstown residence by which time I and most other citizens expect that Guyana will be viewed around the world as a democratic country where law and order are respected and upheld by everyone including the Government.To reduce the discomfort of the long-suffering residents of Queenstown and Kitty – I have written about this ad nauseam and will not go into the facts again – I expect that the Government of Guyana will ensure that the noise level of the music accompanying the respective parades will be within the legal limits, that the Mayor and City Council will not allow their vendors to pollute the environment with ear-splitting levels of noise, that all the police on duty will ensure the laws are upheld, and that lawbreakers will be charged, including the large corporations which add considerably to the pollution.Noise pollution is not only about the small bars and restaurants and the wedding houses with their deafening music but some of the main offenders come from officialdom itself and if a Government itself is disrespectful of the laws of a country, it is the utmost hypocrisy that it should expect its citizens to comply with any regulations at any level whatsoever.It is the primary duty and responsibility of a Government to uphold the country’s laws as stipulated by the Constitution which must be honoured as an inviolable document in which resides the rules that govern the very civility and moral accord of a nation. Without that respect, as Minister Ramjattan full well knows, all is chaos, confusion and discord.He is also aware that complying with the country’s laws is not a piecemeal affair whereby he or any of his colleagues in Government have the authority to decide which laws to enforce and which ignore.As citizens, we continue to hope that the double standards and corruption that prevail, and that any disrespect for the laws of our country will be truly and totally rejected. Then we will be able to move forward as a nation.Sincerely,Ryhaan Shahlast_img read more

Jurgen Klinsmann is ‘in discussions’ for the England job, says Germany chief

first_img1 Could Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann be the next England manager? The Football Association has declined to comment on speculation surrounding the next England manager, among rumours that Jurgen Klinsmann is in discussions for the job.Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff, a close friend of Klinsmann, has claimed that the former Germany and current United States boss is in line to succeed Roy Hodgson in the Wembley hotseat.Rumours on Saturday claimed the Germany legend is just one of the men the FA have contacted over the role, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe also reportedly in the running.But an FA spokesman would not elaborate on the status of Klinsmann or any of the other reported candidates.Former Tottenham striker Klinsmann was at the helm of the Germany side when they began their renaissance in 2006 and Bierhoff says he would be a “good fit” as England seek to rebuild after their humiliating second-round exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.Bierhoff, who was appointed to his current role by Klinsmann, let slip the apparent developments in a post-tournament briefing in Paris after Germany were beaten in the semi-final by France.He was quoted in several national newspapers as saying: “Since the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann – who I think is in discussions with England – we have also given the national team a certain pride, atmosphere and organisation.“The success of the story is the high quality but also the good organisation and good atmosphere we have in the group.”On the 51-year-old’s suitability for the England role, he added: “He would be a good fit. We started in 2004 together and he’s not always, how can I say, nice to handle because he wants to change [things], but he brings motivation.“Since the arrival of Jurgen Klinsmann, German football stands up to quite a good level.“When we failed in 2000 we invested a lot in the infrastructure and the education of young players and coaches, so now we have a lot of talented players, we have a good infrastructure and the Bundesliga is investing in young players.“Perhaps it is an advantage that good players go to England and other countries, so clubs have to bring other players through.”last_img read more

ISPCA issue tips to keep your pets safe as temperatures plummet

first_imgThe Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have issued tips to keep your pets safe and warm with the impending cold snap.MET Éireann have announced that snow is forecast for the end of next week, with hail, sleet and snow expected in the North West on Wednesday. Temperatures are to drop with highs of 2 degrees from Thursday, with frost expected overnight.DogsThe ISPCA advise taking dogs out for more frequent and shorter walks to avoid being out in the cold for too long, which is especially important for smaller breeds, older dogs, and sight hounds.If your dog is reluctant to leave the warmth of the house to go for a walk, the occasional treat won’t go amiss as you leave!You can also get a nice warm jacket for pets who may be more vulnerable to the cold, however if your dog has a nice full coat, that should keep them cosey! A spokesperson for the ISPCA says; “Cold weather can cause dry, flaky skin and cracked, sore paws, so if you know your dog is prone to this, take steps to reduce their risk. Make sure you dry their skin and paws thoroughly after a walk, and don’t forget in between the toes! Salt can cause sores to the pads, and de-icing chemicals are very dangerous if ingested, so make sure you remove all residue from their paws.CatsThe ISPCA say it may be a good idea to keep outdoor cats indoors over the very cold days.“Cats are great at finding warm spots to sleep, but sometimes these are dangerous, like under the hood of a car. Make sure to check your car for sleeping kitties before you drive.“You could also provide a clean, dry outdoor shelter with bedding for them to use. When your cat comes in from outside, wipe them down to take off excess water, salt, or grit, and make sure they don’t have any anti-freeze on their paws.Horses, ponies and donkeys The ISPCA stress that shelter is vital for horses and ponies, and some lighter coated breeds may need to be rugged to protect them from the chill.“Even heavier coated ponies can suffer from rain scald, a disease that starts as simple irritating bumps on the animal but, left untreated, can escalate to crusty scabs and severe lesions on the more exposed areas of the animal, such as the back, neck and head. The thin skin around the legs is also highly susceptible if the horse or donkey spends too long standing in wet muddy ground without a dryer area to escape to.“There are many types of rug to choose from; the type that suits an individual will vary will depending on breed. With the milder winter, some heavier coated equines will just need a rain proof rug to protect them from rain scald, whereas lighter coated animals will need a heavier rug to protect them from rain and cold.Source: http://www.ispca.ie/For more information see www.ispca.ie ISPCA issue tips to keep your pets safe as temperatures plummet was last modified: January 7th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:catcoldDOGhorsesISPCAsnowlast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino not concerned by Spurs star’s link to Manchester City

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Kyle Walker’s focus has not wavered amid speculation the defender is unhappy at White Hart Lane.Pochettino picked Kieran Trippier ahead of Walker for last weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal and the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea two weeks ago.Walker, who is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to face West Ham on Friday night and has trained as normal with the first team this week.“All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve,” Pochettino said.“I am so calm. The players are calm. They know what happens inside.“It’s important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true or not.”Asked about Walker’s absence against Arsenal and Chelsea, Pochettino said: “For me every game is big. Crystal Palace was big. Swansea was a big game.”He continued: “When you have players that deserve to play and play, then all players feel an important part of the team.“The rotation between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, or Kyle and Trippier, you can see their performances.“It’s because we have good players in the squad that it affects their team-mates and makes them better.”Walker is one of a number of players to have been linked with moves away from Tottenham but Pochettino said nothing will be decided until the summer.“No decision until the end of the season about anything,” Pochettino said.“I accept the business but please, I think our fans don’t care. It’s true that Tottenham are a trending topic in all the rumours – we are champions. In the last two seasons (for rumours) we are more than first.”Spurs have the chance to crank up the pressure on Chelsea this weekend – they can reduce the gap at the top to one point, before the Blues face Middlesbrough on Monday.They must first, however, beat West Ham at the London Stadium, where the Hammers have struggled for form this term.Tottenham confirmed last week they will move to Wembley next season while their own new stadium is completed, and Pochettino said he might even ask Slaven Bilic for some advice.“Yes it will be a great opportunity,” Pochettino said.“Before the game, after the game. Always is an opportunity to listen, to learn. He maybe can advise us on different things.“You need to adapt to different things in a new stadium. We are aware that next season will be very important for us.”It’s important for the players and the club to know that next season will be tough.”Danny Rose is still not ready to return after three months out with a knee injury but the full-back is expected to resume full training next week. Kyle Walker 1last_img read more

TWO DONEGAL SISTERS TALK ABOUT A TRAGIC YEAR THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER

first_imgElaine (left) and Charlotte Ni Dhuibheannaigh tell their tragic story on RnaGTwo Donegal sisters are to speak about a year from hell in which they lost their dad, two grandmothers and came through serious illness.Elaine and Charlotte Ní Dhuibheannaigh will discuss a tragic year in their family’s life in a moving interview to be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Monday next, July 14th at 11 am.In the interview with Michelle Nic Grianna to be broadcast on Barrscéalta, they talk about how their family dealt with two cases of serious illness, the sudden death of their Dad, and the loss of two grandmothers, in a ten-month period. In May 2013 Charlotte gave birth to her third child, daughter Alicia, and a week later she suffered a stroke. She was put into an induced coma for two months. She was very seriously ill, with an uncertain prognosis, and had to undergo two brain operations on two consecutive days. During the time that Charlotte was in a coma, her Dad Paidí Ó Duibheannaigh was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away a week later.Elaine had been living illegally in the US, and had been anxiously following Charlotte’s progress, and ready to leave to come home at short notice. When their Dad got sick, Elaine started preparing to leave. Very sadly, however, she didn’t get to see her father before he died as he passed away while she was en route home.Elaine explains ‘I had been talking to him on the phone, and I told him that he wasn’t to be going anywhere that I was coming home, and he said he wasn’t going anywhere, but unfortunately I didn’t get to see him. Dad made a deal with God – that he was happy to go, if he would spare Charlotte and make her better. It was very hard, but I wrote him a letter and put it in the coffin with him. The day after Dad passed away, Charlotte woke up.’Charlotte didn’t know all that had happened while she was in the coma, of course, and it was very hard to tell her. She says ‘I still find it hard to believe he’s gone, but I know Dad’s with us no matter where we are or what we’re doing.’With all that the family had endured, there was still more to come. Elaine was diagnosed with cancer at Christmas, and it came as a shock.‘I cried for maybe one or two minutes, and that was it. Then I just got on with it, I had no choice. Crying won’t help.’Elaine underwent six months of chemo, and got the all clear in May.In good news, Elaine tells Michelle that just before she was diagnosed, she found love, and that lasted throughout her illness and treatment. She is looking forward now to a big celebration in August for her birthday. Charlotte is much better now and is home, kept busy looking after three small children. She has some problems with her left arm, but other than that is doing well.‘I’m just happy to be here for my children. This could have been worse, I could have had the stroke while I was pregnant, and I might have lost my daughter.’How did the family keep going through all this?Elaine says ‘You have to be positive. Just keep believing everything will be ok in the end, get up every day and get dressed, just keep going.’ Michelle Nic Grianna’s interview with Charlotte and Elaine Ní Dhuibheannaigh will be broadcast on Monday 14 July 11 am on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.TWO DONEGAL SISTERS TALK ABOUT A TRAGIC YEAR THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER was last modified: July 10th, 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:donegalRadio na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Vipers vs Express: Venoms out to close gap of leaders KCCA

first_img Tags: Express FCGeorge SsemwogerereNam OumaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetopvipers sc The Vipers drew 0-0 away to onduparaka in their last gameStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC vs Express FCSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 01-03-2019 @4pmKITENDE – Vipers SC will host Express FC at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende in one of only two StarTimes Uganda Premier League games to be played on Friday.The Venoms who are currently seated second on the standings will be hoping to get three vital points in their bid to retain the title they won last season.After leaders, KCCA lost 2-1 at home to URA and the Venoms draw 0-0 away to Onduparaka, Vipers start the day only three points behind the Kasasiros.With only 9 games to play, the Venoms know they cannot afford anymore slip ups if they are to win their first back to back League championships.However, coming up against traditional giants in Express is set to be complicated and they will need to be careful especially after losing 3-1 at home to Villa a few weeks back.“We have to try to win the game, especially considering that we are home, said Vipers head coach Nam Ouma ahead of the game.“We have the obligation to close the gap on KCCA FC and there will be no variation on what we usually do.“Matches of this importance are always difficult but we know the importance and focused on securing maximum points.The Venoms have to do without defensive pair of Geofrey Wasswa and Livingstone Mulondo who remain sidelined due to injuries. However Bashir Asiku may take part if selected following his return back to full training after missing the previous five games. Moses Waiswa could return to the starting lineup having missed three league ties against Tooro United, Bright Stars and Onduparaka plus a Uganda cup match with Kiboga Young at the round of 16. Bashir Sekagya remains a long time absentee but Abraham Ndugwa, Duncan Sseninde, and Hamis Kiiza might be drawn into the starting team.For Express, they are set to be without integral left-back Disan Ggaliwango who is out after accumulating three yellow card. Apart from Ggaliwango, the rest of the team is fully fit and suspension free so head Coach George Ssemwogerere has a reasonable pool of players to choose from. Eric Kambale who returned to fitness in the course of the week is the only other one with question marks on his name after missing Thursday’s last training, under unclear circumstances.The Red Eagles have been improving steadily under Ssemwogerere and after dubiously failing to beat Vipers in the first leg, they will be confident they can cause an upset at Kitende.In the first encounter which ended 1-1, Vipers scored a clear off-side equalizer at Wankulukuku, one which led to suspension of three match-officials.the two sides drew 1-1 in the first game at WankulukukuHaving won three and drawn one of their five games under Simlala, the six time league winners will indeed pose serious threats to Vipers come game time.Match Facts:This will be the 18th meeting between Vipers and Express since October 2010.In the other 17, Vipers have won 10, Express two with the other 7 ending in draws.Express go into the game winless in their last four games against Vipers (D2 L2).The reverse fixture last season saw Vipers traunce Express 5-0 at Kitende before a 1-1 draw in the first game this campaign.Vipers start the day having lost only only one of their last 38 League games (W25 D12).At home, they have also lost only once in their last 20 games at Kitende (W16 D3).For Express, they have won only three of their last 10 League fixtures (D3 L4).Away from home, the Red Eagles have won only two of their last 8 games (D2 L4) with both victories coming in their last two games on the road.The other games on Friday:-Mbarara City vs Paidha Black Angels @4:30pmComments last_img read more

Pawsitively great launch planned for Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs

first_imgSome special dogs will be fetching plenty of attention at the launch of the Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind this Friday in Letterkenny.A big paw-ty will take place in Letterkenny Shopping Centre from 10am to celebrate a new era for the organisation in Donegal.Shoppers will get the opportunity to meet two ambassador dogs and Sybil, the guide dog of Buncrana woman Jennifer Doherty, will also be in attendance. The Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs has been set up to connect current clients, raise awareness of the organisation and fundraise for the training and care of life-changing dogs.There are 14 working dogs in Donegal – seven assistance dogs for children with autism and seven guide dogs for people with visual impairments.The newly launched branch will be led by Jennifer Doherty, Lesley Newberry and Michelle Healy. Lynda Foley, regional fundraising coordinator said the branch is about bringing a community together: “It is important to have a hub to link clients in the county. The Irish Guide Dogs HQ is in Cork, so having a branch in Donegal will help to link the 14 clients here and encourage social interaction and the sharing of information.” “We have a lot of clients in Donegal, so this is about increasing the visibility of the organisation.”Friday’s launch at Letterkenny Shopping Centre will be an op-paw-tunity for the public to meet staff, volunteers, guide dog owners and the dogs. Merchandise will be on sale along with fundraising raffle tickets. There will be volunteer sign-up sheets if anyone wishes to support the cause.People will also be able to book a visit and talk for their workplace or school/ college.“With 70 branches in the Republic of Ireland, we have a large volunteer community of like-minded people. It is perfect for dog lovers and people who want to get involved in a community project,” Ms Foley added.Check out the Facebook page for more info: Donegal Branch of Irish Guide Dogs Pawsitively great launch planned for Donegal branch of Irish Guide Dogs was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:irish guide dogslast_img read more

Secular Geology Admits to Rapid Canyon Formation by Megafloods

first_imgIt’s hard to deny catastrophic canyon formation when you have the evidence right in front of you.  Look what happened in Texas a few years ago, as reported by PhysOrg:In the summer of 2002, a week of heavy rains in Central Texas caused Canyon Lake – the reservoir of the Canyon Dam – to flood over its spillway and down the Guadalupe River Valley in a planned diversion to save the dam from catastrophic failure.  The flood, which continued for six weeks, stripped the valley of mesquite, oak trees, and soil; destroyed a bridge; and plucked meter-wide boulders from the ground.  And, in a remarkable demonstration of the power of raging waters, the flood excavated a 2.2-kilometer-long, 7-meter-deep canyon in the bedrock.The actual canyon was formed in just three days, said Science Daily.  Live Science also reported the story, saying, “Some of the most spectacular canyons on Earth and Mars were probably formed in the geologic blink of an eye, suggests a new study that found clues to their formation deep in the heart of Texas.”    Such catastrophic floods and canyons that resulted are not unknown in historic times, but what’s new is that geologists are taking note and applying the lesson of Canyon Lake to large, prehistoric megafloods on earth and even Mars.  PhysOrg continued, “Our traditional view of deep river canyons, such as the Grand Canyon, is that they are carved slowly, as the regular flow and occasionally moderate rushing of rivers erodes rock over periods of millions of years.”  Quoting Michael Lamb of Caltech, co-author of a paper in Nature Geoscience,1 the article said that such is not always the case: “We know that some big canyons have been cut by large catastrophic flood events during Earth’s history.”    Lamb went on to explain that there is not often an easy way to tell a catastrophically-formed canyon from a gradually-formed one:Unfortunately, these catastrophic megafloods – which also may have chiseled out spectacular canyons on Mars—generally leave few telltale signs to distinguish them from slower events.  “There are very few modern examples of megafloods,” Lamb says, “and these events are not normally witnessed, so the process by which such erosion happens is not well understood.”  Nevertheless, he adds, “the evidence that is left behind, like boulders and streamlined sediment islands, suggests the presence of fast water”—although it reveals nothing about the time frame over which the water flowed.Lamb found that process like “plucking” – in which boulders popped up from fractured bedrock became sledgehammers in the current, and headward-eroding waterfalls, led to quick downward erosion of the canyon.  He hopes the features witnessed in the Canyon Lake flood will aid in interpreting megaflood evidence on earth and Mars.  Here is the abstract from the paper by Lamb and Fonstad:Deep river canyons are thought to form slowly over geological time (see, for example, ref. 1 [Grand Canyon]), cut by moderate flows that reoccur every few years 2, 3.  In contrast, some of the most spectacular canyons on Earth and Mars were probably carved rapidly during ancient megaflood events 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.  Quantification of the flood discharge, duration and erosion mechanics that operated during such events is hampered because we lack modern analogues.  Canyon Lake Gorge, Texas, was carved in 2002 during a single catastrophic flood 13.  The event offers a rare opportunity to analyse canyon formation and test palaeo-hydraulic-reconstruction techniques under known topographic and hydraulic conditions.  Here we use digital topographic models and visible/near-infrared aerial images from before and after the flood, discharge measured during the event, field measurements and sediment-transport modelling to show that the flood moved metre-sized boulders, excavated ~7 m of limestone and transformed a soil-mantled valley into a bedrock canyon in just ~3 days.  We find that canyon morphology is strongly dependent on rock type: plucking of limestone blocks produced waterfalls, inner channels and bedrock strath terraces, whereas abrasion of cemented alluvium sculpted walls, plunge pools and streamlined islands.  Canyon formation was so rapid that erosion might have been limited by the ability of the flow to transport sediment.  We suggest that our results might improve hydraulic reconstructions of similar megafloods on Earth and Mars.Their references included the paper by J H Bretz on the channeled scablands of Washington, and other research on the Lake Bonneville floods, but no work by creation geologists who have postulated rapid formation of the Grand Canyon by a dam breach megaflood.  They did not discuss the Grand Canyon in their paper other than to state in the introduction that “Most bedrock river canyons are thought to be cut slowly over millions of years (for example, Grand Canyon, USA, ref. 1) by moderate flows that reoccur every few years.”  They did not say whether they agree with that assessment now in light of their work.    Lamb and Fonstad described in the paper how it is hard to tell slow processes from rapid ones:It is difficult to identify morphologic features in Canyon Lake Gorge that indicate canyon formation during a 3 day event, versus a longer-lived flood or multiple events.  For example, inner channels, knickpoints and terraces are often formed slowly over geologic time in response to shifting climate or tectonic forcing, but in Canyon Lake Gorge and other megafloods they must have formed rapidly through intrinsic instabilities in the erosion processes.  A narrow gorge is sometimes inferred to represent slow persistent erosion, whereas Canyon Lake Gorge was formed in a matter of days.  It is clear that models for the rate of bedrock erosion are needed to calculate the duration of flooding necessary to excavate a canyon of known volume.  Although notable progress has been made, there are no well tested mechanistic models of bedrock erosion via plucking during megafloods.They did the best they could to come up with a “semi-empirical theory” of sediment transport capacity to account for the rapid erosion of Canyon Lake Gorge.  Apparently it was not the strength of the bedrock that limited erosion, but the ability of the water to pick up and move large blocks: “Thus, it seems plausible that erosion of well-jointed rock by large floods might be extremely rapid, such that canyon formation is limited by the capacity of the flood to transport plucked blocks rather than by the plucking processes itself.”  Whether that is the only surprising paradigm shift from this observational example of rapid canyon formation remains to be seen.  It may be time to change a lot of western national park interpretive signs.1.  Lamb and Fonstad, “Rapid formation of a modern bedrock canyon by a single flood event,” Nature Geoscience, Published online: 20 June 2010 | doi:10.1038/ngeo894.What does he mean this is not well understood?  If the secular geologists had been reading the creationist journals for decades, which are way ahead of the curve on this topic, they would not be so clueless.  The Creation Research Society Quarterly, Journal of Creation and other peer-reviewed journals written by creation scientists, with field research and PhDs, have for years been talking about the power of catastrophic processes to produce the Grand Canyon and other large earth features in just days and weeks by breached dams and other megaflooding processes.  This is nothing new, but the secular journals and news media act like it is.  It’s nice for the secular crowd, still awaking from their Lyellian slumbers, to catch the groove finally (better late than never), but how about some attribution?  Creationist authors of papers on this subject should get together and walk into Lamb’s office with a stack of their papers on catastrophic canyon formation by megafloods, pile them on his desk, and ask, “Where have you been all this time?”    Who speaks for science?  Notice what a bizarre situation this is.  The secularists have been admittedly clueless for a long time about the power of catastrophic flood geology, while the creationists have taken the lead on the subject.  But the creationists have been routinely and summarily ignored, because their opinions are deemed “religious” from the outset and therefore “pseudo-scientific.”  One would think that what matters in science is being right.  If a creation scientist has a PhD in geology or a related subject, has demonstrated competence in field work and research, and has published his ideas, it should not be an issue what his theology or motivations are – it should matter whether his ideas are reasonable, testable, and fit the evidence.  In fact, one’s degree or field work should not even matter.  Some scientific ideas that have stood the test of time were not published by people with degrees, or in peer-reviewed journals, or by the other standard trappings of today’s scientific milieu.    Philosophers of science recognize that the process of scientific discovery is irrelevant to the designation “scientific.”  If a geologist comes up with a theory in a dream that turns out to work, so be it.  Similarly, the process of scientific explanation should not be evaluated based on beliefs, memberships, degrees or associations.  Darwin and Wallace, you recall, were known mostly for field studies.  There may be political, social, and sociological reasons why Lamb and Fonstad did not reference creation literature in their paper, but there is no logical or scientific reason not to do so.  “But we have to have institutional standards to keep the crackpots out!” some skeptical gatekeeper will say.  Guess what; a lot of them are running rampant inside the ivied walls right now (e.g., 06/14/2010, 06/13/2010, 06/10/2010; follow the links on “Dumb Ideas” for a parade of the shameful).  Didn’t a famous Teacher once say to clean the inside of the cup first?    Unless modern secularists want to cut out Newton, Kepler, Boyle, Faraday and a host of other great achievers in science because they were Christians and creationists, it’s wrong to exclude today’s creation scientists simply on the basis of their beliefs and motivations.  Face it; everybody has beliefs and motivations.  Inside the academy, they might include naturalism and defending uniformitarianism.  The only way to guard against dogmatism and self-deception is to square off with those having other beliefs and motivations in light of the evidence.  And you know, maybe some of the best qualifications for good science come from the Judeo-Christian tradition: honesty, impartiality, humility, and a deep, abiding respect for the truth.(Visited 142 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Art show highlights Africa-America connection

first_imgThe Africans in America art exhibition highlights the connection between the US and Africa. Featuring a host of established and upcoming artists from the continent and the rest of the world, the exhibitionis at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg until 17 December 2016.(Photo: Goodman Gallery)CD AndersonA new exhibition at Johannesburg’s Goodman Gallery, titled Africans in America, is an exploration of the cultural and contextual parallels between the continent and the United States.The exhibition also forms part of the academic conference Black Portraiture[s] III. Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures, held for the first time in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, from 17-19 November 2016.Black Portraiture[s] III is a collaboration between the US Department of State and Patrick Gaspard, the US ambassador to South Africa, as well as Harvard University, New York University and the Institute for African American Affairs. The forum offers an opportunity for artists, activists and academics from Africa, the US and the rest of the world to share ideas and perspectives on the African political and cultural identity within a global context.Emphasising that overall theme, the Africans in America exhibition itself runs until 17 December, presenting works at the Goodman and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Artists featured include Ghada Amer, Theaster Gates, Alfredo Jaar, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Odili Donald Odita and Kehinde Wiley.The exhibition is curated by Goodman director Liza Essers and Hank Willis Thomas. The work of the American visual artist and photographer has been widely praised for consistently challenging perceptions of identity, history and symbols, while igniting dialogue about African and diaspora identities, particularly in global political and pop culture contexts.A Place To Call Home (Africa-America)Thomas’s 2009 work, titled A Place To Call Home (Africa-America), represents the overarching identity of the Goodman exhibition.A wall-mounted sculpture of black metal against a white background, the piece epitomises the distinctive geographical, historical and political connection suggested by the African American identity. It challenges the mythological association between black Americans and the African continent.As Thomas describes it, “our roots may be from there, but many of us don’t necessarily feel any more at home on the continent than we do on the continent of our birth. Our home is a place in between.”Emerging African artistsAfrican artists involved in the Africans in America exhibition include Eritrean photographer Dawit L Petros, whose art incorporates migration and multicultural globalisation as metaphors for African modernity.Dawit L. Petros @HuisMarseille pic.twitter.com/vHErls1Wsi— The Culturist (@TheCulturist) September 18, 2016Rwandan visual artist Valerie Piraino uses the long history of mining and environmental damage in Africa to inform her minimalist work.Brendan Fernandes, a Canadian-Kenyan artist, explores pan-Africanism with a post-modern, multi-discipline slant.Established during apartheid, the Goodman Gallery has, over five decades, become an important art portal for African creativity. It has been under the directorship of Essers since 2008. The gallery is focused on shaping change through art and culture, as well as opening up avenues of dialogue between established and emerging South African artists, and artists across the continent and the globe.For more information on the Africans in America exhibition and the gallery, visit the Goodman Gallery website.Source: Goodman Gallerylast_img read more

Review: The HTC One M8 Is Android’s Cream Of The Crop

first_imgIf you’ve ever used a Moto X, you know you can check the time on the Active Display screen just by tilting the phone or picking it up off a table. The Moto X knows when you’re holding it and the gesture-based interaction made it the smartest of the smartphones when it came out last year. Other smartphones have similarly employed a swipe-from-offscreen interaction (Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry 10, iPhone with iOS 7) model that allows users can access certain functions from behind a locked screen with a simple swiping.These instant-access interactions now come to the HTC One M8, with a swipe down from the top to open voice control, a swipe up from bottom to bring you to your last-used app, a swipe left to visit the home screen and a swipe right to BlinkFeed, HTC’s content feed screen. Like LG devices, if you double tap the screen from an off position (power on, screen off), it will take you to the locked home screen.Gesture control like this is not exactly a new concept; if anything, this is proves that HTC can take cool concepts from other phones and seamlessly incorporate them to create a unique user experience. The HTC One M8’s Dot View cases allow for easy gesture-specific controls while the front cover is closed. If you swipe down on the cover, HTC One M8’s voice system activates, and you can tell your phone who you want to call. If you double tap the case, you can see the time and weather at a glance. If you are a fan of cases (which I am not), the Dot View case is a cool conversation starter that employs an imaginative gesture-based user interface.Whining: Sense, Zoe, BlinkFeed, M8 Tags:#Android#Google#HTC#HTC One M8#HTC One M8 review#HTC Sense#Reviews Every so often, a product comes along and takes the best of almost everything that came before it and packages those things into a beautiful and functional device that’s hard not to admire. The HTC One M8 is such a product.Almost every smartphone comes with its fair share of warts, and the HTC One M8 is no different in that regard. But the M8 has learned from user behaviors and the competitive landscape, which amounts to an excellent device that stands atop the Android heap and next to (if not above) Apple’s iPhone or any Nokia Lumia available.A Company In FluxFor the second year in a row, HTC has built what will likely be one of the year’s best reviewed smartphones (if the M8 can withstand the competition over the rest of 2014), but the company’s revenue and market share remain flat.See also: How The HTC One M8 Smartphone Camera Performs In The Real WorldThe reason for HTC’s stagnation is open for debate. HTC will claim it hasn’t been able to effectively market its phones. The manufacturer recently just hired the Samsung marketer responsible for the “Next Big Thing” campaign but HTC cannot compete with Apple and Samsung in marketing dollars. Another argument is that HTC has been damaged by cellular operators that lust after exclusive agreements to carry a device. Maybe the decline has come from production and shipping delays of its last two flagship devices, or patent battles with the likes of Apple.In reality, HTC’s failures are a combination of all of the above. The question continually asked by pundits is whether the newest HTC flagship can pull the company out of the mire. At ReadWrite, we tend to believe in quality products, so the answer is a definite “maybe.” It’s hard to be positive knowing all the extenuating factors: Motorola made a great smartphone with the Moto X and hemorrhaged money until Google had to sell it to Lenovo. Nokia has done some fine work with the Lumia series and hemorrhaged money until it sold to Microsoft. If HTC is to fail with its own flagship smartphone, it represents a pox on all of the houses in the smartphone manufacturing world. A pox on Apple and Samsung for creating an anti-competitive market. A pox on HTC for failing to achieve the success that its design chops deserve. A pox on Google for allowing the maker of some of the best smartphones on the market to whither and die. So where does the HTC One M8 shine and where does it need to improve? Let’s break it down.Shining: Industrial Design & PerformanceAs long as the manufacturer is alive, HTC should take home the industrial design award basically every year.With all due respect to Apple and certain Nokia devices, the One series has been phenomenally designed over its three generations. The One M8 is a compact and beautiful phone with a full metal casing and no hard edges. Everything that was good about the original HTC One has been refined in the One M8, including the forward facing speakers, the slightly larger screen, the weight and the grip. From an aesthetic point of view, the One M8 is gorgeous.  dan rowinski Let’s just get one thing out of the way. The name “One M8” is just all kinds of terrible. The HTC One was originally codenamed the “M7” but the moniker was dropped before the phone was released. The “M8” moniker was the development codename for the device that somehow found its way into the actual product name. Good luck with that, HTC marketing.When it comes to skins—the unique user interfaces manufacturers add to Android smartphones—beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may prefer the interface of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or one of LG’s G series smartphones. Some users (usually Android “purists”) prefer the Google Experience of Nexus devices. HTC employs what its calls HTC Sense. The sixth iteration of Sense is what is shipped with the One M8 and, yes, it does feature some improvements over the last version of the launcher. The gesture-based controls and contextual computing is technically part of Sense and those features definitely add to the positive experience and feature parity of the phone. At the same time, HTC—like Samsung—loves to push its marginal “features” that basically amount to a small mountain of frustrating and annoying features. For instance, Zoe is HTC’s dual-still-photo-plus-video-feature that is confusing to use and difficult to share. Zoe is like adding all of the motion and “best shot” features of other smartphone cameras (notably, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5) into one setting within the camera app. The HTC One M8 camera is particularly good outside of Zoe, so I’d imagine most people won’t need to use this setting. To note, these types of frailties are of the nitpicking variety. Even the Google Experience Nexus devices have the Google Now home screen you can’t really get rid of if you want. The Galaxy S5 has a magazine-like homescreen pre-loaded onto the device. These device-specific feeds are popular on Android products right now. Similar less-than-stellar user experiences exist in just about any device you pick up, from the iPhone to any Windows Phone to the Nexus 5, Moto X, LG G2, Sony Xperia, or Galaxy S5.Overall, the HTC One M8 packages excellent industrial design with a more refined user experience that its predecessor which makes for an excellent Android-based smartphone. If you like Android, you are probably going to dig the HTC One M8. It’s the best of Android and the best of HTC together in one sterling device. Related Posts Sense 6 also employs the next version of HTC’s “BlinkFeed,” a feature that takes an entire homescreen to act as a social feed and newsreader.BlinkFeed in Sense 6 is actually much improved from that found in the last version of Sense shipped with the HTC One in 2013, allowing users to add more customized feeds and publications. But the same basic problem exists with BlinkFeed in Sense 6 as it did in Sense 5: You cannot delete it and maintain an additional customizable home screen. You can either have BlinkFeed or you don’t. You can’t get rid of it to add an extra screen and HTC Sense 6 only allows for five homescreens (unlike Google Experience Android which will let users add as many as they like).You can delete BlinkFeed, as Phil Nickinson explains in the video from Android Central below, but note that once you get rid of BlinkFeed, you lose the ability to access that panel unless you want the feed back.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The camera on the HTC One M8 is a little hit-and-miss, but overall it is a marked improvement over the HTC One camera that introduced the concept of “ultrapixels” into the popular lexicon, confusing the heck out of smartphone buyers everywhere. (See our full review of the HTC One M8’s camera here.)Gestures & The Pixel CaseThe HTC One M8 is highly similar to its predecessor, but it also comes with a few new features. Gesture control and screen tapping should be familiar to Android users that have used either a Moto X or LG G2, while the chic pixel case—known as Dot View—is a curiosity all on its own.  The performance of the One M8 is none too shabby. The One M8 employs the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and it shows up in just about everything that can be done on the phone. From taking pictures (more on the camera below) to switching between CPU-intensive apps, the One M8 is on top of the “superphone” hardware spectrum that essentially puts a powerful PC in your pocket. Given that the One M8’s release comes in the first half of 2014, it will likely be eclipsed in the hardware department by the end of the year, but right now it is fast and responsive and has the ability to run just about any app you might want … and then some.The One M8 is also successful in two areas consumers greatly care about: The screen, and the battery life. The HTC One M8’s 5-inch, 440 ppi display is notably crisper than last year’s model and comparative to other Android flagships within the past 12 months, including the Samsung Galaxy S5. And its battery (2,600 mAh) is only slightly bigger than last year’s (2,300 mAh) design, but the performance is much improved and also comes with a built-in battery saver function that Samsung Galaxy device owners may be familiar with.Let me give you an example of the HTC One M8’s battery life. This past weekend, I traveled with the One M8 while driving down to Washington, D.C., from Boston. Starting from a full charge, the One M8 went to the zoo and snapped many pictures (especially of Bao Bao the giant panda) that were automatically uploaded to Google+, found me directions to get home, played Spotify for about five hours and then helped me navigate around traffic on the George Washington Bridge.In all, the One M8 withstood a solid nine hours of non-stop activity, and still had about 9% of its life left. A quick refresh with an external charger and the battery jumped back up to 26% and played Spotify for another four hours to get me back to Boston. The HTC One could not have performed this feat (though the Galaxy S5 may have). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more