FRTUL New Leadership Embarks on Modern Terminal Project in Ganta

first_imgThe newly inducted leadership of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL) Nimba Branch, headed by the Lawrence W. Queeglay, Sr., has embarked on the construction of a “modern” terminal in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County to boost to the transport sector.In an exclusive interview with Daily Observer in Ganta on July 2, 2015, Mr. Queeglay said the modern parking terminal, when completed will be the first facility to bring all the parking across Ganta to a centrally located area.He said when the modern parking terminal is constructed; the several parking stations across Ganta will be consolidated, saving passengers from running all over in search of a vehicle to get to their respective destinations.“Already, we have begun filling the swamp behind this terminal to create more space for the construction of the parking terminal that will host all the parking terminals in Ganta,” Mr. Queeglay said.Mr. Queeglay and his corps of officers were elected on May 31, this year for the period of four years. They took over from Mr. Jerry Luogon, who has been in office for almost a decade.Many persons had complained of the role of the FRTUL in terms of development with huge money being collected from drivers annually, but lack accountability to authenticate the impact of the said money.But, Mr. Queeglay promised to be more accountable, while executing the duty of the office of the president of FRTUL (Nimba) with dedication and commitment to carry on tangible development to the expectation of the public. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DemBake hosts medical outreach at Land of Canaan

first_imgDemerara Bakery and the Giving Hope Foundation in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry, on Saturday hosted a medical outreach offering free cancer screening for both men and women in Land of Canaan and surrounding communities on the East Bank of Demerara.Dr Latoya Gooding and Dave LaltooPresident and founder of the Giving Hope Foundation, Dr Latoya Gooding noted that they were approached by DemBake to offer free cancer screening to residents and they readily agreed. Additionally, Dr Gooding explained that the outreach is part of their monthly exercises and made a call for more men to access the services offered.“We have decided to come and offer free cancer screening here at DemBake for the Land of Canaan population and surrounding areas. Here today what we are offering is free breast examination, pap smear, VIA [Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid], prostate checks that include the digital rectal examination and the prostate specific antigen blood test. We’re also offering free blood pressure and sugar testing,” the doctor told Guyana Times.The Giving Hope Foundation is a non-governmental organisation with the objective of trying to reduce the incidence of late stage cancer diagnosis in Guyana. They are going into communities to have outreaches and to educate the population in relation to cancer.“We always work in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Heath, the Chronic Disease Department because what we are doing is aligning with what they are doing as well, so we always tag along with them or we tag them along with us. We spread the word because cancer cannot be a one organisation, it takes a nation and the more organisations we have fighting cancer, better response we will have,” she added.Meanwhile, Administrative Manager of Demerara Bakery, Dave Laltoo said the aim of the outreach is to collaborate and give back to the community. He noted that this is the first project of its kind undertaken by the newly relaunched bakery.“One of things we noticed is when you go to the public hospitals and so persons do not have the opportunity to have this done free of cost and what the Giving Hope Foundation does is they have a strict free policy so we wanted to collaborate and give back to Giving Hope Foundation through the community,” Laltoo noted.There were three doctors and four nurses offering services to the residents of the area. The organisers expected to have over one hundred residents accessing the services.last_img read more

Science Writer Advocates Debate with Creationists

first_img(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The Darwinist monopoly on science has backfired, suggested Michael Balter in the Los Angeles Times in a Sunday commentary.  A human evolution writer for Science magazine (e.g., 09/09/2005, 03/04/2005, 11/12/2004, 02/27/2004, 02/15/2002), Balter advocated engagement with the opposition.  “A national debate over how best to explain the complexity of living organisms would better serve our children, and adults too.”    Balter is confident that “science” (evolution) would win such a contest, but cited several reasons why a national debate is necessary.  “Most scientists don’t want any debate,” he wrote.  To them, evolution has already won, and deserves a monopoly in science classrooms.  The success of the Discovery Institute in finding hundreds of scientists unconvinced of Darwinian evolution, added to the consistent findings of polls that the majority of Americans do not accept evolution, Balter argues, “suggests that scientists have won few converts during at least the last two decades – despite a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning the teaching of creationism in the classroom.”    The failure of evolutionists to win “converts” is only partly a reflection of the continuing influence of religion, he said.  “Yet it also implies that scientists have not been persuasive enough, even when buttressed by strong scientific evidence that natural selection alone can account for life’s complexity.”  Part of their lack of persuasiveness has been their very reluctance to engage their opponents.  It’s time for a change, Balter argues:Pro-evolution scientists have little to lose and everything to gain from a nationwide debate.  Let’s put the leading proponents of intelligent design and our sharpest evolutionary biologists on a national television panel and let them take their best shots.  If biblical literalists want to join in, let them.  Let’s encourage teachers to stage debates in their classrooms or in assemblies.  Students can be assigned to one or the other side, and guest speakers can be invited.  Among other things, students would learn that science, when properly done, reaches conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument, not through majority view. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)To those who worry about injecting religion in science class, Balter said it’s too late.  “Religious faith and thinking are already in the classroom, as the opinion polls strongly suggest,” he wrote.  “And the courts should stay out of it because educators would not be required nor allowed to advocate a religious point of view.”    Balter spoke of a long history of “bitter debates between religion and science,” and claimed that after Darwin seemed to have refuted the arguments of William Paley, “Darwin’s theories were rigorously tested and criticized before they won over the majority of scientists.”    For these reasons, today’s evolutionists should not break tradition, but engage the critics.  “The best way to teach the theory of evolution is to teach this contentious history.  The most effective way to convince students that the theory is correct is to confront, not avoid, continuing challenges to it.”    Balter’s surprising declaration of support for “teaching the controversy,” a policy the intelligent design movement has long advocated, goes against the grain of positions taken by scientific institutions like Nature (see 04/27/2004).  He argues, though, that evolutionists should engage the debate with gusto: “Bring it on.”Anyone watching the controversy over evolution should see this as a major shift in strategy by someone pretty high up in the Science establishment.  It’s good that Balter wants this to be a debate in the open marketplace of ideas rather than the courts, and if the Darwinists are really willing to put their best arguments toe-to-toe with those of intelligent design, that would be a refreshing change.    Watch out for stealth tactics, though.  Incumbent presidents, for instance, have been known to rig debate rules to give themselves the media advantage.  We don’t want to see twelve Nobel Laureates go against Kent Hovind on national TV with a Darwinist moderator, and subject the results to biased editing the way the last episode of PBS Evolution rigged the contest, and have the Darwin Party announce afterwards, “So there.  There was your debate, and you guys lost.”  But the fact that Balter encourages this kind of debate in school classrooms and assemblies should preclude that, if his advice takes hold.    His history is flawed; Darwinism did not take hold because it was rigorously tested.  It won a huge propaganda blitz intentionally conducted by Charlie’s Four Musketeers (01/06/2004), Asa Gray, Thomas Huxley, Charles Lyell and Joseph Hooker, with help from Darwinist radical Ernst Haeckel on the continent.  It won also because leading Darwinists obtained power over publishing and gained leadership of prestigious universities and museums, where they controlled the curriculum and content.  Darwin’s own theory of natural selection went through a long period of eclipse after his book, until it was resurrected as neo-Darwinism more by consensus than by rigorous testing.  Creationism and design science has always been a strong influence bucking this current of usurpation by the philosophical materialists.    Balter is confident that “students would learn that science, when properly done, reaches conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument, not through majority view.”  That would be a great lesson.  Currently, students are learning that “evolution is a fact because all scientists agree it is a fact.”  Balter believes that engagement will remove the claim that Darwinian theory is shielded from “challenges that, when properly refuted, might win over adherents to evolutionary views.”  When the views are compared, however, each Darwin convert is likely to be outnumbered by converts to the other side, based on the history of creation-evolution debates.  And if the Darwinists are finally forced to “reach conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument,” it will be their downfall.  Balter may have unintentionally heralded the end of the Darwin Party Storytelling Welfare State.  Bring it on.last_img read more

Sri Lanka to dedicate 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh to retired quick Nuwan Kulasekara

first_imgSri Lanka will dedicate Wednesday’s third and final match of their ongoing one-day series with Bangladesh to Nuwan Kulasekara following the seam bowler’s retirement from international cricket, the country’s cricket board (SLC) has said.Kulasekara will be invited to watch the match in Colombo where he will be honoured at a ceremony for his services to Sri Lankan cricket.”Nuwan Kulasekara has been a vital cog in the Lankan lineup and played exceptional cricket during his time with the national team,” SLC President Shammi Silva said in a statement.”His contributions made on the field brought in a lot of success for the national team. I wish him the best going forward.”Kulasekara, 37, made his ODI debut against England in 2003. He took 199 wickets in 184 ODIs and last played for his country in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2017.He played 21 Tests and was part of the Lankan side that won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2014 and in the team that finished runners-up to India at the 2011 50-overs World Cup.His retirement follows that of veteran quick Lasith Malinga, who ended his ODI career after the first match of the series against Bangladesh on Friday.last_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner: We score thousands of training goals

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner: We score thousands of training goalsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner has called on his players to start converting their chances as they look to escape relegation this season.The Terriers have scored just four goals in their last six matches ahead of their bottom of the table clash with Fulham on Saturday.Wagner said: “In training it’s not about a lack of effort or attitude. In training they hit the back of the net thousands of times.”But in games it hasn’t clicked so far. This is the truth, but I think it is all about seeing the chance and taking the opportunity that is in front of you.”Recent results have affected our performances. In other games performances were on a very good level.”We defended well and created unbelievable opportunities but we didn’t score and this is the truth.”This is where we have to improve – we have to take steps to convert our chances, our performances and our ball possession.” last_img read more

9 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was difference

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Chelsea quality was differenceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Chelsea’s quality made the difference for Saturday’s defeat.Chelsea won 2-1 with Willian proving the matchwinner.Benitez said afterwards, “When you’re playing against a very good team, sometimes these things can happen. We made a mistake but to be fair, Willian was great and we had to make double effort. To be fair we cannot complain about what the players were doing on the pitch.”We made a couple of big mistakes with the first goal and the first goal after we scored but overall we were fine in a lot of parts of the game. Always I talk about the final third decisions. Willian or Hazard or Pedro can make the difference and they have.”It’s even more important now. We know that we have difficult games and we play against two or three of the top sides in a row. We have to get the points we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gymnastics coach arrested in Edmonton for alleged sex crimes in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – An Alberta-based gymnastics coach is facing sexual assault charges in Montreal dating back to the 1980s and early ’90s, Quebec provincial police said Wednesday.Michel Arsenault was arrested in Edmonton by Quebec detectives and local authorities.A Quebec provincial police spokeswoman said an arrest warrant for Arsenault identifies six alleged female victims and that Arsenault faces seven charges, including four of assault and three of sexual assault.Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said the women were all between 10 and 20 at the time of the alleged crimes.Arsenault, 56, is expected to appear in a Montreal courtroom May 24.Police say he is free on a promise to appear in court but must respect certain conditions.Bilodeau said all the alleged crimes detailed in the arrest warrant occurred in Montreal, and investigators have not ruled out other potential alleged victims elsewhere in the province.Last January, Quebec provincial police informed the public of the ongoing investigation without naming a suspect.Wednesday’s arrest comes after a report last December by the CBC’s French-language network, which brought some of the allegations to light from at least three women.Following the Radio-Canada broadcast, Gymnastics Canada announced it had suspended Arsenault, citing the serious allegations.Around the same time, Champions Gymnastics, the Edmonton gym founded by Arsenault in 2002, barred him from the facility and said he would no longer be associated with it.Arsenault has been living in Alberta since 1994.last_img read more

Canadian music festivals pledging gender equality in lineups by 2022

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement TORONTO — Four Canadian music events are joining an international pledge to fight inequality in the industry by vowing to have gender parity across their lineups by 2022.Montreal’s electronic music festival Mutek, western Canadian-based conference BreakOut West, and both North By Northeast and Canadian Music Week in Toronto are among 45 global events agreeing to take part in the initiative.The move is being led by U.K. talent firm PRS Foundation, which founded a program called Keychange in the hopes of “empowering women to transform the future of the music industry.”So excited to announce that 45 music festivals and conferences have signed up to our 50:50 by 2022 pledge! Find out more (and how you can join us) here > https://t.co/T1QnbSudOQ pic.twitter.com/CQ8iF3KOpw— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018 Vanessa Reed introduces the Keychange 50/50 pledge and says we’ve got lots to do, but we’re excited about this as a start! #keychange pic.twitter.com/qwku4ncZTU— Keychange (@KeychangeEU) February 26, 2018Gender imbalance has long been a conversation in the music industry, though pressure has ramped up in recent years, with both the Grammy Awards and Junos facing criticism over a lack of female representation among their nominees.Music festivals have come under similar scrutiny for poor representation of women among their performers. Some have suggested it’s a relatively easy fix for promoters to book more female artists. Keychange’s goals offer festivals roughly five years to implement their changes.Other international festivals and conferences among the participants for gender balance include Iceland Airwaves, NYC Winter Jazzfest, Liverpool Sound City and the Manchester Jazz Festival. Advertisementlast_img read more

Tamara Taggart says shes in a puddle of tears after kindness shown

first_imgThis morning, the three most-read stories on Straight.com are all about CTV Vancouver’s decision to axe its popular 6 p.m. news anchors, Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart.Since the story broke, the Straight website has heard from many commenters expressing their admiration for the two broadcasters.Many have also slammed Bell Media for dumping the pair, who’ve been the faces of its flagship program since early 2011. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Late last night, Taggart tweeted that she “spent the day reading messages, texts, tweets and emails”.“I’m in a puddle of tears, overwhelmed by your kindness,” she wrote. “It’s been my privilege to have grown up with you the past 21 years. The love you have shown me is with me forever. xx” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more