SARA hosts asset recovery, law enforcement training

first_imgA number of staff members from the State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) and other agencies on Monday started an 18-day training programme with support from the Caribbean Institute of Forensic Accounting (CIFA) aimed at teaching participants the basic concepts of assets recovery and forensic auditing.In declaring the workshop open, Head of SARA, Dr Clive Thomas told participants that corruption could not be tackled by one institution such as SARA, but it has to be multi-pronged. He said this was the main reason for including persons from other agencies that work closely with the finance, revenue and management sectors.Participants at the asset recovery and law enforcement trainingHe told the attendees who were drawn from several State agencies that the exercise was mandated by law. “The law in its wisdom mandates me to treat training as a priority. I have to train you, not because I think training is necessary, but I am compelled by law to provide you with training, and that I will do.”Professor Thomas told the participants that the training was systematic and they were required to be diligent, attentive and punctual. Further, he said that the training to be undertaken was critical if the agency was to succeed at the task of asset tracking and recovery.“The law also gives me other powers, but those powers can only be exercised on the basis of the competence of those persons who are executing on SARA’s behalf or in the name of anti-corruption,” he explained, adding that he was also compelled by law to ensure that they were certified.In delivering brief remarks at the opening, Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner Godfrey Statia noted that corruption accounted for 45 per cent of all frauds in Latin America and the Caribbean; therefore, Guyana was not alone.However, he said Guyana should try to reduce fraud and gave the commitment of the GRA to work with all the agencies for the good of the country. He also emphasised the importance of networking among the various agencies involved in the fight against corruption and fraud.“Until we have a common database, you’ll have to ask your colleagues for information. Sometimes, laws will stymie access to that information, but that does not mean you cannot come together and use your resources so as to meet the end result.”Meanwhile, the facilitator, Stephon Grey, a certified fraud examiner and forensic practitioner, noted that the timing for the training was suitable since Guyana was preparing to welcome a new industry. He said in developed countries training exercises similar to the one he would be conducting were necessary as they helped to educate persons on ways in which they could help to fight corruption at all levels.Grey, who heads the CIFA, will bring together experts from around the world. These include a leading asset recovery attorney and expert out of Europe, Steven Baker; a former Head of the Grenada Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Senneth Joseph; Mark Hood from England and Rene Cummings from the United States of America.Among the agencies participating in the training are the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), the local FIU and the GRA.last_img read more

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Top seeds up the ante ahead of finals

first_img2018 Rainforest Waters Senior National Squash ChampionshipsThe 2018 Rainforest Waters Senior National Squash Championships continued on Friday night at the Georgetown Club courts with Jason-Ray Khalil, Alex Arjoon and Nyron Joseph starring in the Men’s Open.The action saw players contesting in four quarter-final matches aside from the Men’s Open. Those were: the lone remaining Women’s Quarter-final match, the Men’s Veterans, Men’s Plate, and Women’s Plate.Alex ArjoonThe top four seeds in the Men’s Open draw all progressed in straight games to the semi-finals, which are scheduled for tonight; but in the match of the night, Khalil managed to overcome a testing challenge from top junior player Shomari Wiltshire.First on court was No 2 seed Richard Chin, who defeated Robert Fernandes in straight games 11- 6, 11-6, 11- 5. Defending champion Arjoon was next on court against former Junior Caribbean champion Damian Da Silva. Arjoon won the first game 11-4, and then took an even closer second game, 11-8. He closed out the match with an emphatic 11-1 win in the third game.Then Khalil was next on court against Wiltshire, winning the first game 11-6. The second game went back and forth, with Wiltshire having two game balls: at 10-9 and again at 12-11; but Khalil eventually prevailed 14-12.The furious pace of the second game took its toll on both players, but more so on Wilshire, as his opponent easily won the third game 11-2. The battle between former national champions Nyron Joseph and Regan Pollard was comfortably won in straight games by Joseph 11-6, 11-5, 11-6.In the last of the Women’s Quarter-final matches, top junior players Abosaide Cadogan and Sarah Lewis were pitted against each other, but Abosaide easily won the match 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.The match-up in the Men’s Semi-finals will see Arjoon taking on Khalil, while No 2 seed Richard Chin comes up against Nyron Joseph.In the Women’s semis, Mary Fung-A-Fat will play Abosaide Cadogan, while Ashley Khalil will battle Taylor Fernandes. The Finals, meanwhile, are set for Sunday, commencing at 11:00h.last_img read more

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Postal official demonstrate Web site’s benefits

first_imgFor more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER – As part of a nation-wide initiative, U.S. Postal Service officials Tuesday will locally demonstrate the advantages of using the agency’s Web site for almost any postal need. For the Postal Service’s “skip the trip” to the post office campaign, officials will be at the Bailey Station Post Office, 6709 Washington Ave., beginning at noon today to show customers how easy it is to go onto the site, USPS.com, to complete almost any postal transaction on line. According to the Postal Service’s news release, customers can go to the site to find post office locations and hours, manage mail delivery while traveling, create printing labels and even request a free package pick up. Business owners can use the site to find pricing comparisons for shipping options, supplies, desktop postage, and easy instructions to create postcards and letters to better reach and identify customers, the agency’s release states. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP investigating after cab driver assaulted early Sunday

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is looking for a 40 year old Aboriginal male in connection with an assault on a cab driver early Sunday morning. The driver picked up the suspect from the Chevron gas station and was assaulted at the passenger’s destination at the Howard Johnson Hotel at 3:20 a.m.The individual proceeded to throw the driver out of the vehicle and drive away with it. The cab was later discovered abandoned at approximately 6 a.m. around 109 Street in good condition.The taxi driver sustained minor injuries but was taken to hospital and later released.- Advertisement -The suspect is said to have weighed about 220 pounds.Members of the identification section will be examining the vehicle for finger prints as the investigation proceeds.Anyone who may have seen the suspect at the Chevron, the altercation at the hotel, or the suspect driving a grey Pontiac taxi at that time is asked to contact police at 250-787-8100.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Can all these teams express an interest in Walcott and not Oxlade-Chamberlain?’

first_img Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to be a man in demand this summer with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool interested.The former Southampton man has had a stop-start career since arriving at the Emirates six years ago but has recently excelled in a wing back role.With speculation brewing about Chamberlain being frustrated over Arsenal’s failure to offer him a new contract the England international could be seeking a new club.Unsurprisingly fan reaction has been mixed to the news but here are some of the best responses from a select few. 1last_img

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England have ‘got inside Declan Rice’s head’, accuses ex-Ireland star

first_imgWhen Breakfast host Alan Brazil cheekily suggested Ireland coach Roy Keane may have scared the West Ham starlet away, Given replied: “Oh no.“When Roy says something it’s big news and the media jump all over it, that’s the problem, but no, I don’t think Declan Rice is scared of anybody.”Listen back to Shay Given on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above 2 Shay Given has accused England manager Gareth Southgate of turning Declan Rice’s head amid concerns the West Ham starlet could defect from representing the Republic of Ireland.The 19-year-old defender was born in Surrey but qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents, who are from Cork, and has played in a green shirt from Under-16 level.Rice – who is at the centre of a new contract dispute at West Ham – made his senior debut for Ireland back in March earlier this year, and has made three appearances so far.But, as they were all on friendly games, he remains eligible for England duty.The young defender – who has been moved to a defensive midfield role to great effect by Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini this season – was left out of Martin O’Neill’s squad to play Wales in August amid concerns he was considering switching his international allegiance. Declan Rice has impressed with a number of mature performances for West Ham this season 2 And with no news from the player over where he allegiance lies, Given has accused England officials of ‘getting inside his head’.“He’s a big talent and we would love him to keep playing for Ireland,” the former goalkeeper – now a coach at Derby County – told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s played three games for Ireland but I think Gareth Southgate or someone from England has got into his head.“I think once you pull on the senior jersey for your country that should be it – you’re colours nailed to the mast and you should play.“But the rules are not tied down to that.“It’s a big decision, he’s a young man and I’m sure a lot of people would be in his ear about playing for England.“But we would love him to play for Ireland, of course we would.” Republic of Ireland coach Roy Keane barks out orders last_img read more

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HEARTBREAKING SCENES AS POPULAR FARMER LAID TO REST

first_imgDevoted family man Seamus Hegarty who was tragically killed when a tractor tyre blew out.THERE were heartbreaking scenes at the funeral mass of tragic farmer Seamus Hegarty, as hundreds of people came out to say a tearful goodbye to the popular father-of-four. Mourners packed into St Patrick’s Church in Murlog with many forced to stand outside the chapel as crowds swelled inside.Seamus Hegarty was killed instantly when a tractor tyre he was working on with his best friend Kevin Woods exploded on a farm near Crossroads, Killygordon on Friday evening. Both men were attempting to fix a puncture on a tractor wheel when a steel rim blew off and struck the two men killing them outright.The funeral of Kevin Woods will take place tomorrow.The hugely popular farmers were both in their early 50s and were neighbours and lifelong friends, who both hailed from the Raphoe area.Hundreds of people joined Seamus Hegarty’s cortege as it made its way from his home at Ballindrait. Parish priest, Fr Edward Kilpatrick told mourners the pair were inseparable and their deaths have shocked and greatly saddened many people, and that there is a sense of disbelief across the community.The congregation also heard how Seamus Hegarty was a devoted family man who worked hard to provide for his wife and four children.Fr Kilpatrick said, “They were lifelong friends from school days, worked together, played together and yet they were of different personalities.“This is a big farming area so the two men were well known, everybody had a great relationship with them and as a result they just feel lost without them.“Here at the masses last night and today there was almost an eerie silence in the church. “Both families are coping quite well but it’s in the days afterwards when things quieten down that’s when the difficulty sets in.HEARTBREAKING SCENES AS POPULAR FARMER LAID TO REST was last modified: November 25th, 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:farmerFather-of-fourFr Edward KilpatrickfuneralkilledRaphoeseamus hegartytragiclast_img read more

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DD Fitness: 5 ways to eat more vegetables

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s Fitness columnist Emmet Rushe, owner and operator of Rushe Fitness, takes us through five easy ways to get more veggies in your diet! One of the biggest struggles that people can have when it comes to nutrition is vegetables. It surprises me every time that I hear an adult saying that ‘they don’t eat vegetables’.One reason that I am constantly surprised is that there is a huge variety of vegetables and it seems impossible that people could dislike each and every one of them.When you dig deeper into the issue, you will usually find that as a child, they were made to eat some sort of boiled to death vegetable and this was the root cause of the issue.When you dig even deeper, you usually find that they do eat vegetables, in the form of stir fry, curry etc., but not as a side dish to a main meal. The main issue then is not the vegetables, it is the God-awful, bland way that they were cooked and the fact that they were forced upon you as a child.Today I am going to help you out. I am going to give you a few different ways to cook vegetables that will not only add flavour to them, but will give you a new found respect for our Cruciferous friends.I first came across these ideas from Dr Mike Roussell, a nutritionist who works with A list athletes and actors in New York.Stuffed Italian Peppers – This recipe makes 4 large servings.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat; add 1 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil and 12 ounces of 95% lean ground beef.With a spatula, break up the ground beef and cook until the beef is browned. Drain off excess fat and place the beef in a bowl.Return the pan to medium heat, add 2 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil and 2 minced cloves of garlic.Once garlic is tan (not burned), add 4 small courgettes (cut into small pieces) and one diced onion.Sauté until the onions become translucent. Add ground beef back to the frying pan, a 24 oz jar of pasta sauce, and 2 large handfuls of baby spinach.Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, slice the tops off the peppers and remove the core, seeds, and white membrane from inside all of the peppers.Place peppers in a 9×13 baking dish with ¼ inch water at the bottom of the pan.Fill each pepper with meat/vegetable sauce.Bake in the over for 30 minutes.Spoon 1 TBSP of cheese onto each pepper; bake for another 10 minutes.Serve and enjoy.Sautéed Spicy Cabbage Place 1 TBSP toasted sesame seed oil in a frying pan with 2 cloves of minced garlic over medium heat.Let the oil warm and the garlic cook until the garlic begins to tan.Add 4 cups of shredded green cabbage and 1-2 tsp of Sriracha sauce (Thai garlic chili sauce).Stirring often, cook until cabbage softens and becomes translucent.Serve and enjoy.Roasted Brussels Sprouts Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut 10-15 Brussels sprouts in half and toss in a bowl with a TBSP of balsamic vinegar.Arrange sprouts on a baking sheet with the cut side down.Season with salt, pepper, and bake for 20 minutes.Serve and enjoy.Rosemary Roasted TurnipsRoasted turnips are a great lower carbohydrate substitute for roasted potatoes either by themselves or in a dish such as pot roast.Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.Peel and cube 4-5 tennis ball sized turnips.Toss in extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh minced rosemary and thyme (dried herbs also work but the fresh provide a much better flavor).Roast in a baking dish for 25 minutes stirring halfway through cooking.Serve and enjoy.Ginger Soy Marinated Grilled CourgetteCut 2-3 medium sized Courgettes into 2-3 inch strips (approximately the size of steak fries).Toss in a bowl or large Ziploc bag with soy sauce, powdered ginger, and black pepper (time permitting marinate in the refrigerator for several hours before cooking).Cook Courgette strips on grill for 7-10 minutes until softened or place the Courgette strips on a baking dish and bake for 7-10 minutes.Serve and enjoy.There you have it. 5 ways to make eating vegetables more enjoyable, by having a little imagination and adding some flavour and different cooking techniques.#TrainSmartIf you have any other questions or concerns you would like me to cover, please message me on Facebook or if you prefer to find out a bit more about me and what I offer you can find out more at my websiteDD Fitness: 5 ways to eat more vegetables was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by Emmet RusheShare 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)last_img read more

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Buncrana proves it has some ‘pollen’ power!

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns has won the National ‘Tidy Towns’ Pollinator Award for the first time and the regional ‘Tidy Towns’ Local Authority Pollinator Award for the North West & West Region in the Large Town Category for the third year in a row. The winners were announced at the National Tidy Towns Awards in The Helix, Dublin City University on Monday, September 30.“The Tidy Towns committee in Buncrana have made a determined long-term commitment to help pollinators,” said Juanita Browne, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan Project Officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. “Buncrana Tidy Towns do this by managing their town’s public spaces in a pollinator-friendly way, protecting existing native hedgerows as well as planting new native hedgerows, a pollinator-friendly orchard; reducing mowing to allow wildflowers to grow; and by planting pollen-rich flowers.“They have also done so much to help create awareness of our biodiversity and of the importance of pollinators by working with the local national schools, Beavers, ICA, and through a local garden competition.”“One third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland.  This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food (wildflowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes.  The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan was launched in 2015 as a shared plan of action to try to reverse these declines and work with communities, businesses, parks, schools and farms to make an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.”“Since 2016, Local Authority Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre have sponsored an annual Local Authority Pollinator Award as part of the ‘Tidy Towns’ competition” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Office.  “The focus of the award is on biodiversity and the crucial role that the declining population of Irish bees play in the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables.  The award encourages local groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions in their towns and villages.  The award contributes to the achievement of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.” Buncrana Tidy Towns collected the €1,000 national prize and a €1,000 regional prize.  Other regional award winners included Dunboyne, Co. Meath; Ennis, Co. Clare; Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny; Geashill, Co. Offaly; Sneem, Co. Kerry; Tullahought, Co. Kilkenny and Belmullet, Co. Mayo.  The ‘Tidy Towns’ regional awards ceremonies will take place in November.  For more information, visit www.tidytowns.ie  Buncrana proves it has some ‘pollen’ power! was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 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:buncranadonegalPollinator Awardslast_img read more

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Evolutionary Explanations Come Up Empty

first_imgWhen evolutionists claim that they have explained the evolution of this or that, or that their research sheds light on its evolution, a closer examination sometimes shows verbiage covering up hollow reasoning, or even employing intelligent design concepts as weapons against design.Snap goes the dragon:  PhysOrg highlighted a research project by some UK biologists and computer scientists who claimed they explained, in Kipling fashion, “How the dragon got its snap” – the snapdragon, that is, a popular garden flower.  Snapdragons (genus Antirrhinum) have asymmetrical dorsal and ventral parts that form a hinge.  When the bee lands on the welcome mat, the flower snaps open, allowing entry into the inner sanctum of pollen and nectar.  According to PhysOrg, the work not only sheds light on the evolution of shape, it throws it: The study also throws light on how different shapes may evolve.  In the computational model, small changes to the genes that influence the growth rules produce a variety of different forms.  The shape of the snapdragon flower, with the closely matched upper and lower petal shapes, could have arisen through similar ‘genetic tinkering’ during evolution.  Evolutionary tinkering could also underlie the co-ordinated changes required for the development of many other biological structures, such as the matched upper and lower jaws of vertebrates.Left begging by this explanation is how a blind, purposeless, aimless process produced growth rules, closely matched parts, and coordinated changes.  The tinkering metaphor also connotes some kind of personality aiming at a result, however haphazard the method might be.  Even “trial and error” still connotes having a goal in mind.  In evolutionary theory, survival is not a goal; it is an artifact.    The paper in PLoS Biology on which this story was based did not explain things any better.1  “The results suggest that genetic control of tissue polarity organisers has played a key role in the development and evolution of shape,” the authors said, leaving it unclear who controls the development, or who wrote the screenplay, who gathered the cast of characters, and who directed their roles.  It also merely assumes that shapes evolved rather than were designed.  If this throws any light, it throws it onto assumptions, not onto evidence.    Regarding evidence for shape formation, they admitted they were clueless at the outset: “Genes are known to control the shape of biological structures, like flowers, hearts, and limbs, yet how they do this is poorly understood.”  They proceeded to study how (but not why) genes influence the shape of snapdragons, and found that a model that simply accounts for local tissue growth is inadequate.  “These could be most readily explained if genes also affect an internal field of orientations along which growth is directed, established by organisers of tissue polarity,” using words that connote intelligent design.  “Our analysis therefore revealed a previously unsuspected role of shape genes in the control of tissue polarity, highlighting the importance of this process for the development and evolution of tissue forms.”  The word evolution was tagged onto that sentence full of design words like a bumper sticker on a car announcing “Chance rules.”.  Such a message has nothing to do with the design of the car.    Nothing improved by the end of the paper.  “We propose that effects on tissue polarity have played a key role in the evolution of shapes, such as the closed Snapdragon flower, and thus provide a general mechanism for the generation of complex forms.”  A close reading of that sentence reveals design concepts being employed to argue for a chance process: propose (stating a proposition, appealing to logic and evidence for its support); effects… played a role (a dubious proposition, unless the effects are coordinated and controlled); mechanism (a word normally used of plans and goals); and generation of complex forms (a phrase that could be used for a chance process, but not for one with functional benefits, like snapdragon pollination).  The authors proceeded to include a paragraph on the “Evolution of Shape” as a general principle.  The same problems plagued this attempt: use of subjunctive mood hiding the active causes, assumption of evolution, hedging words (might have, may have), and the use of design words to argue for chance:Dorsoventral flower asymmetry is a common feature of the Lamiales (the Order to which Antirrhinum belongs).  However, the formation of flowers that have a closed mouth with a hinged palate (known as the personate form) is restricted to a small but diverse clade within the Lamiales.  The Antirrhinum corolla model indicates that a key step in the evolution of personate flowers may have been bringing tissue polarity organisers under the control of genes like DIV and DICH.  In particular, the formation of a hinged lower palate matching the upper corolla depends on promotion of CENORG by DIV.  It is possible that equivalent morphogenetic changes could have been brought about through changes in patterns of specified growth rates rather than tissue polarity.  However, modulating tissue polarity may provide a simpler developmental mechanism for some coordinated changes in form and may therefore have been favoured during evolution.  Other evolutionary innovations, such as formation of flower spurs, may also involve genes influencing organisers of tissue polarity.  Thus, changes in polarity as well as specified growth rates may play a key part in the evolution of complex morphologies.It should be clear to the skeptical reader that random changes to a coordinated mechanism are not likely to produce functional “innovations” in any blind system.  The authors therefore shrewdly co-opted the language of design and implied that it supported the explanation of complex shapes (not only those of snapdragons, but “complex morphologies” throughout life) by a random, unguided, purposeless, aimless process of evolution – provided one overlooks the bet-hedging phrases suffusing the explanation (may have, it is possible, could have been, may provide, may therefore have been favoured during evolution, may also involve).    PhysOrg and Science Daily both dutifully reproduced the press release from the John Innes Centre without any critical analysis, even with its overtly evidence-challenged, design-free statement that extrapolated their puny work on snapdragon genes into an over-arching principle: “the researchers show how these principles allow very complex biological shapes to generate themselves.”  One of the authors was even more explicit: “How do hearts, wings or flowers get their shape?” Prof. Enrico Coen asked.  “Unlike man-made things like mobile phones or cars, there is no external hand or machine guiding the formation of these biological structures; they grow into particular shapes of their own accord.”Eh? goes the tetrapod:  “Were our tetrapod ancestors deaf?” asked PhysOrg, assuming out of the starting gate that humans had tetrapod ancestors.  The article gave credence to researchers at the University of Southern Denmark who “have shown that the closest living relatives of the tetrapods, the lungfish, are insensitive to sound pressure, but sensitive to vibrations.”  That may be true of living lungfish, which are fish, but tetrapods are four-footed non-fish.  “Many changes in the sensory systems of tetrapods are associated with the water-to-land transition,” the article stated, again announcing a truism only logical if evolution is assumed.  That statement was followed by an uncontroversial fact of living tetrapods: “In hearing, one of the crucial elements in detecting airborne sound is the tympanic ear”    But next was a statement of profound faith in a string of chance miracles: “Surprisingly, the tympanic ear originated independently in the major tetrapod lineages and relatively late after the terrestrial tetrapods emerged – in the Triassic, more than 100 million years after the origin of tetrapods.”  By couching the proposition in passive voice verbs (originated, emerged), the authors misdirected the readers from a hollow scientific explanation onto a dogmatic assumption.    Surprising is an understatement.  Look at the chain of chance occurrences to even get close one time: “Sensitivity to airborne sound entailed three major changes of the ear between the age of Carbon and the Triassic: a changed sensitivity in the inner ear, a change in the articulation of the middle ear bone and finally coupling of the middle ear bone to skin covering the spiracle, creating a tympanic ear.”  But those are the least of their worries for evolution to get right.  The structures would be useless without a brain to hear the sounds and the senses to react to them.  The authors, naturally, neglected to explain how those details “emerged.”Yum! goes the caveman:  A psychologist at McGill University says that the sight of red meat makes humans less aggressive, why?  Because, he believes, “humans may therefore have evolved an innate predisposition to respond aggressively towards meat,” Frank Kachanoff said.  This counterintuitive belief is explained by the hunt being over and the cave clan gathering around the soothing campfire.  After the fact, the psych reasoned, “it would make sense that our ancestors would be calm, as they would be surrounded by friends and family at meal time.”  But does testing 82 living males reveal anything about unseen evolutionary ancestors?To show these are not isolated examples of assuming evolution while pretending to explain it, the news media provide a steady stream of illustrations.  Here are just a few of the most recent:Oxygen produces complex life, says Live Science.Life?  Primordial soup not needed; primordial haze will do (Space.com).Human evolution was shaped by plate tectonics (New Scientist).Fly eye similarities to human eye show that sight is an “evolutionary bestseller” (PhysOrg).The fossil record doesn’t really undermine Darwin (Science Daily; see 10/31/2010 for details).And for an indication that evolution is indeed an all-encompassing, cosmic world view to secular scientists, Space.com suggested that a collision between galaxies – an unplanned crash full of entropy – “may reveal insights on universe’s evolution.”1.  Green, Kennaway, Hanna, Bangham, and Coen, “Genetic Control of Organ Shape and Tissue Polarity,” Public Library of Science Biology 8(11): e1000537, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000537.Is this the folly of deception or of ignorance?  Are these evolutionists intentionally trying to foist a false view of the world on the public, or are they just so blind, they confuse their own imagination with reality?  Readers can draw their own conclusions.  One thing is indisputable: this is not science.  Even strong evidence of design, and the language of intelligent design, becomes twisted into weird faith that Darwin has been vindicated.  Holding to beliefs so empty, so committed to a view in spite of evidence, so beholden to a godlike hero named Charles Darwin, can only be described by a new term specially coined to describe it: funDOmentalism, where the DO stands for “Darwin Only.”  To a funDOmentalist, no evidence can alter their faith; it is the one great truth they most surely know, even if all of reality must be contorted to fit it.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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