Politics chose me – Powell

first_imgHaving championed the West Indies cricket team’s cause for seven years, former fast bowler-turned politician Daren Powell contends that he is ready to bowl the People’s National Party (PNP) to victory and unseat incumbent J.C. Hutchinson as member of Parliament for North West St Elizabeth.Powell took 85 Test wickets and 71 one-day international wickets in 37 and 55 matches, respectively.He believes that his “love for people” has destined him to represent them and is ready to deliver.”It’s not me who chose it (politics). Based on what I used to do in the community as a cricketer, people always loved me and showed me respect. People always ask me why I don’t go into representational politics and represent them,” he shared with The Gleaner.”In 2012, South East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Richard Parchment was passing through on a motorcade and the people stopped him and appointed him their new representative,” Powell recalled.”It is not based on anything – just how I live with the people. I have a passion for people and my community. I always do a lot for people and I have a passion for youth,” he shared.”I am weak for people who are very sick,” Powell said of a recent visit to the Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth.While being respectful of his challenger, who has seen as many as 6,438 persons voting for him in 2007 and 5,689 in 2011, Powell said that he has no fear of the political veteran.”He has been around for some 20-odd years. He is not somebody easily beaten, but that constituency is lacking in many things – infrastructure, growth, and opportunities for the youth. One thing is for certain, I am more confident now about winning than when I just started,” stressed Powell.The PNP last won the seat in 1993 when Melford Brown was voted as MP. Since then, it has been the Hutchinson show.”Victory for the PNP! Victory for North West St Elizabeth and those who support change! I will take it home for the PNP,” Powell predicted.last_img read more

Cordova on Virtual Mars Hill: Defense of Design and Creation (Audio)

first_imgSometimes you have to hunt for design to detect it. In living things, it is usually more awe-inspiring than it first appears.(Visited 668 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 One of our contributing authors had an opportunity to answer hard questions about intelligent design, creationism, and the Bible in an internet chatroom.Ed. Note— Sal Cordova submitted this link to an audio interview he had on March 29 with an internet group of Republicans that had contacted him. This group, called GOPcord, uses a gaming technology called Discord to chat about topics, a popular medium for voice and text communication for various special-interest groups. GOPcord has no website and the members use internet ‘handles’ to remain anonymous (the interviewer goes by the name ‘Tiger’). Nevertheless, the interview was surprisingly civil, with Sal having an opportunity to answer pre-supplied questions for over an hour. He considered this an opportunity similar to that of Paul on Mar’s Hill (Acts 17) to introduce strangers to views they had encountered and wanted to learn more about. The questions were tough but cordial, and thoughtfully posed, dealing with subjects as diverse as:Versions of intelligent design theoryDo miracles occur?Quantum mechanics evidence for designID as a bridge to GodYoung-earth creationism, evidence and distinctions from IDNatural selectionOrigin of LifeProblem of evil and sufferingHow faith and science interactDid God make us to hunt for him?What makes for a good scientific theory?Why is ID not convincing the public? Or is it?Dating methods and a young earthCan creationism be tested?Predictions of creationBelief and evidenceYou can listen to this interview on Internet Archive.Graphic by David Coppedge.Sal provided us with this description:I was interviewed on a Podcast about YEC by a group of Republicans who somehow found me and contacted me. The interview lasted 1.3 hours. [I made a few mis-statements like Armitage getting 6-million dollar settlement (it was a six-figure settlement). There are a few places one can figure out what my intended meaning was.]Mr. Cordova also provided the opening remarks of the audio broadcast where he introduced himself:I’m Salvador Cordova, and I’d like to thank everyone here for giving me a chance to introduce my work.In 2001, as my father was terminally ill, I nearly left the Christian faith because I was troubled by 3 major questions.If there is a God, why did He let the world become such an evil place?Why is God so hidden?What is the evidence of God? In other words, is there evidence of miracles, because if there are miracles, there must be a miracle maker.The theories of intelligent design and creation have convinced me there is evidence of miracles, and I’ve concluded that in addition to seeing miraculous prayers answered in Jesus name, biology is a testament to the miracle of life.After I found satisfying answers to these three questions, I was restored to the Christian faith.I own a small investment and research business. My principal client for my research work is world-famous applied geneticist John C. Sanford a now retired Professor at Cornell of 40 years.Like myself Dr. Sanford at one time believed in evolution, but subsequently rejected evolution in favor of the theories of intelligent design and special creation by God through a miraculous process. One of Dr. Sanford’s goals for creating GMOs was to help feed the starving masses on the planet. But as Dr. Sanford genetically re-engineered plant genomes, he eventually concluded there must have been a Great Genetic Engineer in the Sky who created the original genomes found in life.In 2014, I signed a contract with Dr. Sanford’s foundation to do research including investigative reporting work on developments at the National Institutes of Health, the NIH, particularly the billion-dollar ENCODE and ENCODE-related projects which have upset certain evolutionary biologists.ENCODE has uncovered spectacular computer-like machines in the human cells, particularly what are known as Chromatin complexes. There are about 100 trillion cells in the human body, and thus 100 trillion networked computer-like machines in every adult human.In fact some have said the human nervous system has more connections than all the routers and switches on the entire global internet.As the NIH ENCODE and ENCODE-related projects have highlighted the amazing nano-technology in the human genome which evolutionary biologists even to day insist is junk rather than exquisite technology, evolutionary biologists like Dan Graur have said, “IF ENCODE is right, then evolution is wrong.”Because it is becoming apparent that recent scientific discoveries at the NIH are upsetting evolutionary biologists like Dan Gruar, I was called upon to investigate research developments such as ENCODE and other projects at the National Institutes of Health.I’m a former scientist and engineer in the defense and aerospace industry, but I am now being retrained in molecular biology and biophysics through the generous support of Dr. Sanford’s foundation.One of Dr. Sanford’s landmark claims in support of the theology of a literal Adam and Eve is his “genetic entropy” thesis which predicts the human genome is slowly dying. Jesus said, “this world is passing away” and it appears our genomes and the human race are at risk of eventual extinction due to the accumulation of harmful gene mutations in each generation.Although this is grim news for humanity in this life, to the extent that the genetic entropy thesis confirms the Adam and Eve account of the Bible, it lends credibility to the Christian faith, and thus in this sense it is good news.Dr. Sanford’s thesis is testable especially in light of NIH initiatives like the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative which is slated to track the genomes of 1 million people. Thus we might have the chance to see if over time the human genome is indeed deteriorating.Listen to the entire 78-minute interview at Internet Archive.Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College through the generous support of a private foundation. He also manages a small privately held investment fund which he has run on the side since 1997. He has 4 science degrees including an MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University and is presently working on a PhD. On April 28, 2005, he became one of the few creationists to ever appear in a cover story of the prestigious scientific journal Nature which covered his work on behalf of intelligent design. The most famous member of the Intelligent Design club he organized at George Mason in 2005 is Biologist Caroline Crocker who was featured in the Ben Stein’s motion picture documentary Expelled. Mr. Cordova is currently working on research with renowned Cornell geneticist John Sanford, inventor of the gene gun.last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

first_img21 October 2014Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.Pistorius was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant, in Johannesburg, in January 2013.He was initially charged with premeditated murder and three additional charges relating to the incident, which include the unlawful possession of ammunition and contravention of the Firearms Control Act.In her ruling last month, Judge Thokozile Masipa found the Paralympian guilty of culpable homicide.She also found Pistorius guilty of reckless endangerment of people and property after a gunshot went off at Tasha’s.Masipa ruled out the convictions of murder and attempted murder. She said the State had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.The sentences would run concurrently.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Try these places

first_imgHeading out of the city? Try these places.Bangalore The Orange BicycleA one-stop shop for all things quirky, kitschy and colourful, The Orange Bicycle is the place to let your wild side free. A bungalow that has been converted into a shop, the place has a laid back feel to it,Heading out of the city? Try these places.BangaloreThe Orange BicycleA one-stop shop for all things quirky, kitschy and colourful, The Orange Bicycle is the place to let your wild side free. A bungalow that has been converted into a shop, the place has a laid back feel to it and is highly conducive for lazy browsing through the quirky collections for hours. On offer here are jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes and soft furnishings among other knick knacks like stationary and fridge magnets.Selections here include serving trays with fun messages printed on them, large beaded lights in bright orange and fuchsia and old-style trunks made new with a fresh coat of paint and funky designs.Cost: Rs 100 for a magnet.At: 3353, 5th Cross 12th A Main Hall, 2nd Stage Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41255242.Le CristaalLe Cristaal is Bangalore’s hip new joint for great continental cuisine. This chic all-day deli has been designed to look like a Parisian cafe with dramatic red floors, stark black high gloss furniture and decals of chandeliers on the walls. Stop by in the morning for a sumptuous breakfast comprising eggs, pancakes and waffles served with maple syrup, honey and fresh fruits. For lunch or dinner, we recommend you try the penne arrabbiata, spinach ricotta ravioli or seafood risotto with saffron and roasted bell peppers.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes.At: 36, Vittal Malaya, Bangalore.Tel: 080 41462747.HyderabadBidriThe dimly lit short passage that leads to Bidri aims to prepare you for the sensory delights that lie ahead. You see inspirations from the traditional craft of Bidri, a silver inlay work, native to the region of the same name in Karnataka, adorning the restaurant all over. Recently revamped, the restaurant known for its Hyderabadi cuisine now includes not just local delicacies but also Mughlai cuisine treats. So whether it’s finely prepared roganjosh in Kashmiri style or kachche gosht ki biryani from Hyderabad, a meal here promises to be a mouthwatering experience.Average meal for two: Rs 2,500.At: Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road.Tel: 040 27522577.advertisementKanganA far cry from the typical Indian restaurant, Kangan is where you will find a stylish blend of the traditional and contemporary. The many rows of bangles catch your eye as soon as you enter the eating joint which has a simple, no-frills decor. Dishes like galwati kebab (clove smoked patties with caramelised onion pate straight from the kitchen of the Lucknowi Nawabs), nalli roganjosh tempered with Kashmiri chili, safed murgh ka salan cooked with sesame seeds, almonds and coconut gravy are show stoppers here. A plate of kulfi or angoori rasmalai are good ways to wrap up your meal.The service is efficient and hospitable. You can even get a few bangles made for yourself by the lacquer bangle artisan who’ll be more than happy to indulge you.Average meal for two: Rs 2,200 plus taxes.At: Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Raheja IT Park, Madhapur.Tel: 040 67676767.ChennaiSky Lounge BarIf you’re jaded by the usual clubbing scene in the city with predictable music and crowded bars, then the High at The Raintree, Anna Salai, could be your much needed respite. The view of the cityscape from this eleven floor-high sky lounge is breathtaking, with many city landmarks such as the newly built State Secretariat glimmering against the night sky. Try their cocktails such as the High Kaffir Lime Martini-a signature drink with a confluence of premium vodka, kafir lime leaf, lemon juice and sugar syrup, besides international classics like Manhattan, Rob Roy and Bloody Mary while here. If you’re feeling peckish, we suggest you try their mezze platter with pita, lavash, hummus, muhammarah and tabouleh or paprika spiced fish fingers with tartar sauce.Average meal for two: Rs 2,000 plus taxes.At: The Raintree Hotel, 636, Anna Salai.Tel: 28309999.PuneOut of the BlueThe famous Mumbai restaurant Out of the Blue, has recently opened an outlet in Pune. If in the mood for a creamy cheese fondue, risottos or pastas, head to OOTB. The pastas in a variety of sauces and DIY sizzlers remain the highlights. End your meal in true OOTB style, with some delectable cheesecake and chocolate pastries. Like its Mumbai outlets, the new OOTB will also host events like bazaar nights. Housed in the E-Square mall at the lobby level, the restaurant, however, doesn’t have the lazy charm of its original Mumbai outlet.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: E Square Mall, Ganeshkhind Road.Tel: 020 66044247.FlambosFlambo’s is the newly opened restaurant by Anita Lazar that promises a Latin-European feast! So, expect great cuisine from Brazil, Italy and Portugal along with some French and Spanish delicacies thrown in. The kitchen and menu are designed by celebrity chef Christopher Salim Agha Bee, the man behind Sublime in Goa and The Sunset Ashram in Ibiza. In keeping with its Brazilian leanings, it has free range meats and well-done steaks, with the Steak with Blue Cheese being a hot seller. Make sure you don’t miss the wasabi prawns, rosemary lamb chops and the Californian filo pastry.Average meal for two: Rs 1,600 plus taxes.At: G 4 Metropole, Near INOX, Camp, Bund Garden Road.Tel: 67265806.KolkataadvertisementMachchanMachaan is the city’s only jungle-themed restaurant and behind its glass doorsis a replica of a wildlife park replete with lifesize figures of a baby elephant that trumpets intermittently, a giraffe, a monkey, a snake and a flock of birds chirping from various corners. The dimly lit interiors are laid out with artificial greenery and the wooden tables with uneven edges and the leafshaped backrests for the chairs only add to the experience. The menu is North Indian all the way. Try the soft lentils of dal Machaan, the baby potatoes of bhatti ka aloo, the succulent fish of ajwaini tandoori bekti and the pickle-spiced jumbo prawns of ambi ka jhinga with an olive chili naan. Fine touches inkeeping with the theme of the restaurant are theleopard-print shirts that the waiters sport and the cutlery items with their handles resembling forked branches of trees.Average meal for two: Rs 1,200 plus taxes.At: Mani Square Mall, 4th Floor, 164/1 Maniktala Main Road, EM Bypass.Tel: 033 65364680.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everything

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his table leaders still have room for improvement.The Merseysiders host Arsenal today and look forward to their 2019 kicking off with a trip to Manchester City, which could see them land a major blow on their title rivals by extending the gap to them to as much as 10 points.And Klopp reckons the unbeaten leaders have yet to play to their full potential this season.He said: “There are a lot of really good parts but was there a game where I thought, ‘It is not possible that we can be better’? No. It was not there yet.“We have to improve in pretty much everything. There is a lot to come from the boys.” last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgiving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgivingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits they finding the January market ‘unforgiving’.Dyche admits the rising cost of players is making the transfer window difficult for Burnley.”It’s not like we are going to magic up £50m to go and sign who we want,” Dyche said. “I think predominantly the Championship is one of our markets.”It’s hard enough trying to get players out of the Championship for what I call ‘real money’, as in normal, sensible sort of money. So you try the Premier League, and as you can imagine, it’s very, very difficult.” last_img read more

a month agoJake Cain pens Liverpool pro terms

first_imgJake Cain pens Liverpool pro termsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJake Cain has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.The 18-year-old midfielder is part o the U18s and the club’s UEFA Youth League squad.Cain has been lauded for his creative ability and eye for goal, which has seen him bag three goals for this season already.The Wigan native has been with the Reds since the age of nine. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Great Performance by Special Olympians- Grange

first_imgStory Highlights The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “a great display” the performance by Jamaica’s team to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. “Our Special Olympians have consistently done well, giving us much to celebrate and have certainly played their part in making Jamaica the great sporting nation that it is. The Sport Minister’s comment follows Jamaica’s 15 gold in its 33 medal haul at the Special Olympics which exceeds all previous performances by a Jamaica Special Olympics team. With the gold medals, there were 10 silver and eight bronze. The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “a great display” the performance by Jamaica’s team to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.The Sport Minister’s comment follows Jamaica’s 15 gold in its 33 medal haul at the Special Olympics which exceeds all previous performances by a Jamaica Special Olympics team. With the gold medals, there were 10 silver and eight bronze.“Our Special Olympians have consistently done well, giving us much to celebrate and have certainly played their part in making Jamaica the great sporting nation that it is.“I wish not only to congratulate the Special Olympians but to praise team support staff and officials for their dedicated service and leadership.“I look forward to welcoming home from Abu Dhabi our valiant Special Olympians on behalf of a proud and grateful nation.”last_img read more

StarStudded Animal Lovers

first_imgSome celebrities love the limelight, some eschew it at all costs and some channel it toward the greater good. For celebs that choose the latter, their big hearts and big presence help preserve the lives of innocent animals across the globe.The thrills and frills of the red carpet are nothing compared to the behind the scenes acts of kindness exhibited by Hollywood A-listers and these three star-studded personalities put their notoriety to work as advocates for wildlife and humanity. You don’t have to be celebrity to make a difference; get inspired by these causes and learn how you can help.Marine Life PreservationWhales, dolphins and seals hold a special place in Hayden Panettiere’s heart. An avid advocate for marine life, the “Nashville” star spends her time off the set putting an end to the senseless slaughter of dolphins, whales and seals. The actress joined forces with Jeff Pantukhoff, founder of the Whaleman Foundation, as the international spokesperson for fair treatment of marine life. More than just the face of the cause, the starlet and five other advocates ventured to Japan to boycott the annual six-month dolphin killing spree that takes place in Taiji, Japan. In support of the “Save the Taiji Dolphin Campaign,” the group paddled on surf boards into Taiji’s notorious dolphin killing cove in a peaceful demonstration against the annual massacre which claims more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises each year. The emotional journey was captured in “The Cove,” which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Feature Documentary.In continued support of the cause, the actress also started her own online fundraiser called “Panettiere Closet,” which allows fans and animal lovers to purchase clothing items from the star’s wardrobe with proceeds going toward saving marine life.Wildlife ConservancyKristin Bauer, of HBO hit series True Blood and professional athlete Yao Ming stand up against illegal poaching of Africa’s gentle wildlife giants. Each year, thousands of rhinoceroses and elephants are poached in Africa, causing the animals’ populations to dwindle at an alarming rate. Hunters turn their killings into profits by selling and transporting the tusks and horns to China. From there, the ivory is turned into jewelry, religious figurines and other trinkets. Greed drives illegal poachers to turn ruthless in their quest for tusks and horns. With China’s growing economy, the demand of ivory and rhino horn is booming.In an effort to reduce the demand and stop the killings, the African Wildlife Foundation’s “SAY NO Campaign” aims to open consumers’ eyes to the realities of their buying habits and how the consumer interest in ivory is directly connected to the brutal poaching of Africa’s majestic wildlife. As active supporters, Bauer and Ming work hand in hand with the AWF to spread the word across China and conserve the lives of elephants and rhinos.Humane Farming“Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone clues us in to the horror’s of farm cruelty as the spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Compassionate Communities Campaign. The long-time vegetarian and author of “The Kind Diet” advocates for humane treatment of animals by educating the public on the benefits of choosing a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. The campaign, created by Farm Sanctuary, promotes vegetarianism as way to encourage people to go vegan, go vegetarian, or reduce their meat consumption. Silverstone acts as a driving force encouraging animal lovers to take actionable steps including leafleting, distributing vegetarian literature, and sharing the websites informational video, to spare animals a lifetime of unimaginable suffering.last_img read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more