WI ‘A’ suffer massive defeat

first_imgDAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC): A dramatic batting collapse ensured a series defeat for West Indies ‘A’ as they plunged to a 138-run loss on the last day of the third and final four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka ‘A’ here yesterday. Set a target of 333 for victory, the Caribbean side were cruising at 108 for two before losing their last eight wickets for just 86 runs to crumble for 194 all out at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Captain Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 46, Kieran Powell got 44, while his opening partner, Rajendra Chandrika, stroked 30. However, it was leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay who had the final say, claiming six for 47 to wreck the innings. Sri Lanka A had earlier declared their second innings on 257 for six, after resuming from their overnight 211 for five. Roshen Silva, unbeaten at the start on 29, made 44 off 97 balls, while Dasun Shanaka converted his overnight seven into 33 not out off 76 deliveries with five fours. They stretched their sixth-wicket stand to 65 before being separated when fast bowler Keon Joseph prised out Silva to finish with two for 30. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed four for 87. Powell and Chandrika then gave the visitors a bright start by posting 63 for the first wicket. The left-handed Powell faced just 41 balls and struck seven fours and a six in a cameo knock, while Chandrika was more patient, consuming 93 deliveries and counting a single four. When Powell was lbw to left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, Shimron Hetmyer helped add another 25 for the second wicket with Chandrika. He had made a breezy 18 off 16 balls, with four fours, when he perished at 88 for two, and his dismissal triggered a slide, where three wickets fell for 36 runs as Chandrika and left-hander Vishaul Singh (6) also fell in quick succession. Stumbling on 124 for four, West Indies ‘A’ were pulled around by a 47-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Brooks and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, who made 25. The right-handed Brooks faced 75 deliveries and struck five fours, while Hamilton spent 61 balls at the crease and hit a single boundary. The decline started when Brooks and Rahkeem Cornwall (0) fell off successive deliveries to Vandersay to leave Windies ‘A’ on 171 for six, and the end came swiftly as the last four wickets tumbled for 10 runs. West Indies ‘A’ will turn their attention to the three-match one-day series, which bowls off on Monday.last_img read more

Darwinist Anti-Creation Tactics Increase in Fervor

first_imgThe consistent popular support for intelligent design and old-fashioned Biblical creationism is not making hard-core Darwinists any more interested in negotiating or debating.  Quite the contrary; as the following stories show, their opposition borders on mania and tyranny.Toad in the hole:  A blog named Toad in the Hole expresses some of the fervor of certain Darwinists who cannot tolerate the thought of intelligent design in a scientific context.  They are on a campaign to pressure libraries to move copies of Darwin’s Nemesis (an anthology by ID leaders about Phillip Johnson) from the life science section to the religion section. Canadian intolerance:  For some Darwinists, it’s not enough to force creation and ID out of the public school science classrooms.  The Quebec National Post reported, “The Quebec Ministry of Education has told unlicensed Christian evangelical schools that they must teach Darwin’s theory of evolution and sex education or close their doors….”  Read what Evolution News said about this “winter chill” in Quebec.Dawkins Talkin’:  Richard Dawkins, on a book tour with The God Delusion, is making the rounds to combat religion.  The science journals are mostly praising the book, if not the intensity of his rhetoric.  The famous atheist and scientific rationalist has been also facing some stiff opposition, however; see Resurgence link to a YouTube clip (funny), and listen to this MP3 excerpt of debater David Quinn giving him a run for his money.  Terry Eagleton, English professor at U of Manchester (and no fundamentalist) was quite incensed at Dawkins and said so on the London Review of Books.  In addition, eminent philosopher Thomas Nagel (NYU School of Law) gave him bad press on National Review recently (see ID the Future).    At an appearance at a local bookstore in Washington D.C., a visitor asked Dawkins whether it was consistent for him to believe in determinism and then take credit for writing his book.  Access Research Network tells how Dawkins hemmed and hawed, and then conceded he had to live as if determinism is false, and society must treat people as if they are responsible for their actions.  He admitted “it is an inconsistency that we sort of have to live with otherwise life would be intolerable.”  Evolution News has links to more stories about how “everyone’s talkin’ about Dawkins’ crusade against religion.”  There’s more Dawkins Talk on William Dembski’s blog Uncommon Descent (Oct 25-26) and on Post-Darwinist.This means war:  When a British ID-friendly group named Truth in Science decided to give out free copies of the film Unlocking the Mystery of Life to secondary schools throughout the UK, some in the media went ballistic.  Evolution News described the “unsupported assertions, editorializing in a manner that even some of the most agenda-driven reporting in the US has yet to do.”Detective mystery:  Who is the “British Centre for Science Education”?  David Anderson of Derbyshire decided to investigate.  He found some surprising clues about this organization which emerged to condemn the Truth in Science campaign, and reported his findings on his blog BCSE Revealed; it reads like a detective mystery.The Polish front:  The deputy education minister of Poland, a member of the conservative League of Polish Families (LPR) that entered the ruling coalition in May, got vocal with anti-Darwin statements recently: “The theory of evolution is a lie” and “It is an error we have legalized as a common truth.”  Immediately, the scientific establishment mobilized to fight this “catastrophe.”  Nature 10/26 reported that “Members of the Polish Academy of Sciences protested against the LPR campaign in an open letter that was published in several Polish newspapers,” hoping that “the quick response will avert damage to Polish science and education.”  Some were worried that “People could easily get the impression that there is a controversy about evolution among scientists.”    Included in the report are charges that the LPR is “ultra-right-wing” (see loaded words) and that the deputy education minister has “openly homophobic, anti-Semitic and nationalistic opinions” and “is also known to favour creationist views” (see association).  It quoted one signer of the letter that said, “However, the point that really requires further discussion is not evolution, but how a minister can say such stupid things” (see ridicule).  Another researcher was “shocked” by the anti-Darwinist statements, saying, “We really did not expect a creationist movement to emerge in Poland.”  (Nature 443, 890-891(26 October 2006) | doi:10.1038/443890c).Keep on schmucking:  The same issue of Nature contains three favorable book reviews of anti-creationist books: (1) a mostly-favorable review by Lawrence M. Krauss of Dawkins” book The God Delusion, (2) a friendly review by Brian Charlesworth of Sean B. Carroll’s new book The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution, and (3) a positive review by Paul Bloom and Izzat Jarudi of Marc D. Hauser’s book Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong which presents “A view of morality as the product of an innate mental faculty – rather like language.”    When creationism or intelligent design is mentioned at all in these reviews, it is only to dismiss it briefly; Charlesworth, for instance, says “A favourite ploy of creationists is to accept the possibility of small-scale evolutionary change by darwinian means, but to deny that this has any relevance to the evolution of complex structures or new species.”  A large cartoon in Krauss’s review shows a man with a sandwich board proclaiming, “Renounce God and be saved.”Remote slander takes no guts:  Columnist Mike Adams in his Oct 30 entry on TownHall.com describes how he had to give a speech to a hostile audience at the University of Minnesota.  Before he even arrived, he had been lambasted by P.Z. Myers, associate professor of biology at UMM and author of the anti-creationist blog Pharyngula (07/06/2006, 11/21/2005).  How had Myers described Adams?  For starters, “Horowitzian shill, anti-feminist, creationist clown, homophobic bigot, warrior for free speech, professional racist, gun kook, academic-by-accident, beauty contest judge, and just generally contemptible far, far right-wing nutcase.”1  Adams told how Myers, though vicious in his attacks online, did not have the courage to ask any questions in person.  After the talk, which went smoothly without incident, Myers continued his web attacks afterwards, including telling lies that were refuted by the videotape.Journalist Denyse O’Leary takes all this in stride on her blog Post-Darwinist.  She says this proves that the media and the Darwinists themselves are ID’s best friends.  Such outbursts only makes her job as a reporter on ID issues easier.    A much calmer analysis was given by philosophy professor Douglas Groothuis [Denver Seminary] in The Denver Post 10/29.  Groothuis compared the arguments given by opposite sides in two recent books by ID advocate Jonathan Wells and skeptic Michael Shermer; “Wells’ case is arguably the more thorough, respectful and thought-provoking of the two,” he said, claiming that Shermer’s case depended less on scientific evidence than psychological and theological claims and excluding design by definition.  “In informal logic, this is known as the fallacy of begging the question,” Groothuis explained: “What should be proved is instead presumed.”  Shermer also resorted to emotional attacks, such as making an abrupt assertion, “Creation by intelligent design is absurd.”  To Groothuis, “This premature editorializing sets a sharp tone for the rest of the book.”1Mike Adams’ actual views on such things are freely available on TownHall.com; Adams, PhD in sociology, was formerly an atheist, but is now a well-known Christian conservative and critic of left-wing academic politics; he is on the faculty of U of North Carolina at Wilmington.  It should be noted that Adams is a master of sarcasm and satire, so quotes on issues must not be taken out of context.The intensity of anti-creationist rhetoric exceeds all bounds of reason.  One cannot imagine these same people being as angry at the Taliban or child molesters as they are against a lot of innocent people who simply feel that whenever Darwinism is taught, students should have the right to know the problems also, and that evidence for design deserves to be discussed.  Remember: first they ignore you, then they fight you, then they become hysterical, then they collapse from brain short-circuits, then you win.  With reaction #3 right on cue, the ID Movement has a bright future.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Reflections on a Green Home Tour

first_imgOne thing our local Green Building Council really does right is the annual green home tour. We get great turnout from the public, and it gives the more experienced green builders a chance to open their homes to the novice green builders and share what’s working and how we choose features that make sense for our region. Here are a few of the elements that make our tour such a success.We have a really good tour guidebook with descriptions of the houses and an accurate map of the homes, so participants can plot out itineraries that makes sense for them. We get the guides out on the newsstands in local meeting places and on the Internet a couple of weeks before the tour. Builders link to their page in the online tour book and e-mail it out to friends, prospects, and past customers. Tour goers show up with the books or printouts from the website marked up with the houses they most want to see and questions they want to ask at each house.We don’t charge a fee for the tour. We charge our builders a reasonable fee to participate and sell ads in the tour guide. This way we make it possible for people to stop by only one or two houses as it works into their weekend plans. We also hand out lots of directional street signs and put out very large job-site signs listing the tour hours and the builder’s name and contact info, so we bring in the neighbors and others who may not have heard about the tour from our ad campaign.We work hard to have a good mix of building types. Some people are really offended by light-green or high-priced green-certified homes, some want to see “mainstream green”, some want to see the state-of-the-art energy and water conservation features, some want to see a lot of recycled materials and creative reuse. We always work hard with Habitat for Humanity and the local affordable housing folks to make sure that they have the support they need to get their homes Energy Star approved and Green Certified and to make sure they can show off their efforts on the tour. People have the impression that green homes are a lot more expensive and that they may look or even smell funny. The best way to counter this impression is to show them green in all sizes and prices.We hold a press conference on the Monday before the tour. The builders come to pick up their tour guides and directional signs and to get a briefing on the details that we all need to know to make the tour work. On the first morning of the tour, we’ll have a two-hour event in a central location with educational panels and booths for our tour-book advertisers and sponsors.The green tour is such a strong motivator to be part of our HBA’s green-building council that builders who enroll a house in our program but fail to follow through on certification within a set time from pulling a CO can be banned from participating in the tour.last_img read more

Sales and The First Kiss

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now I recently found this quote. It won’t mean much to anyone other than romantics and salespeople. But it will resonate with you if you are in one or both of these groups.“The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.” – Emil LudwigGaining the commitment for the first appointment with your dream client is very much like a first kiss. Your advance is finally accepted. You’re beginning something. The commitment for a meeting already has surrender within it.The path to that first kiss runs straight through prospecting. A simple yes to an appointment means much more than you think it does. How do you feel about prospecting now?last_img read more

Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo from ONE ChampionshipVeteran Filipino fighter Rene Catalan thinks the ONE strawweight world title is up for grabs when his compatriot Joshua Pacio defends his crown for the first time in a rematch with Japanese challenger Hayato Suzuki next month.Pacio and Suzuki will headline the ONE: Eternal Glory event at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’center_img “This is a 50-50 bout. As long as Pacio can keep the match off the ground, he has a big chance to win. We all know Suzuki is experienced on the mat, and he already beat Pacio by doing just that in their first bout,” Catalan said.Suzuki got the better of Pacio in their first bout, submitting the Team Lakay standout with a rear-naked choke in the first round back in August 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefCatalan though, said Pacio is a different fighter since that loss.“But Pacio has improved a lot, and he has more experience in grappling now. I think he can already cope up with Suzuki if it goes to the ground. Suzuki has to persevere on taking the fight to the canvas if he wants to win,” Catalan said. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Edward Kelly promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt “Hayato Suzuki has the experience, and he knows the art of war. But Pacio is consistently growing. He has the talent and the skill set to prove that he is the more versatile fighter between them,” he added. “The challenger has already beaten Pacio in the past, but he has to work twice as hard because Pacio has evolved so much since his loss to Suzuki.”The 22-year-old Pacio, who beat Yoshitaka Naito in their second encounter three months ago to win the belt, is also putting his four-fight winning streak on the line.“Suzuki could be the most difficult opponent for Pacio in the strawweight division, but Pacio is a different fighter every single time he steps into the cage,” Catalan said.“If Suzuki wants to win, he shouldn’t blink an eye because Pacio will make him pay for every mistake he commits in the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

TOUCH-e-TALK ONLINE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER EDITION

first_imgThe September edition of ‘Touch-e-Talk’, the online newsletter has been released. It contains several feature stories on the upcoming National 18’s Championships and also the All Nations tournament, Volunteer of the Month, coaching drills and more. Please click here to view the newsletter: TOUCH-e-TALK SEPTEMBER 2005 EDITION If you would like to join the mailing list for future newsletters, please email [email protected]last_img

Trudeau warns of dangers of nationalist leaders at historic armistice gathering

first_imgPARIS — A series of international leaders used a global commemoration of the end of the First World War to warn about the risk politicians who call themselves nationalists pose to a fragile peace, in a message aimed at the American president.What started with the French president saying that nationalist leaders threaten to erase a nation’s moral values by putting their own interests first regardless of the effects on others, ended with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying voters will turn for easy answers and scapegoats.U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks described himself as a nationalist and has frequently sparred with the media, whom he has labelled as “fake news” and the enemy of the people — both of which were on display last week in a free-wheeling press conference after the U.S. midterm elections.Speaking at a peace forum organized by French President Emmanuel Macron, Trudeau said attacks on the press are a lever some use to fuel anxiety about automation of jobs, international trade and ultimately “undermine our trust in institutions and increase our cynicism.”A bulwark against that was a “robust, respected media” that is under stress, Trudeau said to a crowd of about 150 people.“Attacks on the media are not just about getting your preferred political candidate elected, for example, they are about increasing the level of cynicism that citizens have towards all authorities, towards all of the institutions that are there to protect us as citizens,” he said.“When people feel their institutions can’t protect them, they look for easy answers in populism, in nationalism, in closing borders, in shutting down trade, in xenophobia.”Macron, Trudeau and other leaders came to Paris hoping to use the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War to renew calls to quash festering tensions across the globe.Macron warned how fragile peace can be in an age where the tensions that gave rise to four years of bloody battle, costing millions of lives, appear to be festering again. He told the assembled masses that the “traces of this war never went away.”He urged the leaders present to promise their peoples that the resurgent “old demons” would not be able to return, sowing “chaos and death.”Though Trump sat mostly stone-faced as he listened to Macron’s words, he had left by the time Trudeau began to speak at a memorial at an American military cemetery outside Paris. At the event, Trump said it was “our duty to preserve the civilization” downed soldiers fought to defend, “and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago.”Yet at almost the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her opening speech at the peace forum, spoke about how lack of communication and an unwillingness to compromise can have dire consequences for countries — again in a veiled message towards Trump.“There is a general sense and desire among many countries, including Canada, to do whatever is possible to sustain the institutions of the international order and practical, multilateral co-operation. And so you see that in Canada, you see that in Germany,” said Roland Paris, Trudeau’s former foreign adviser.“Macron (is) essentially making that point: that we can sustain co-operation, we must sustain co-operation.”Trudeau, who is on a 10-day trip across Europe and Asia, will come face-to-face with three of the nations sowing tension: Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.Trudeau sat beside Putin at the peace conference and the pair briefly chatted at the opening session of Macron’s peace summit on Sunday. Trudeau’s office said he acknowledged the Russian people’s sacrifices through the two world wars and reiterated the importance of Russian representation in Paris to talk about peace.Earlier in the weekend, Trudeau spoke with Trump at a dinner Macron organized on Friday night — although government officials wouldn’t say the exact topic of conversation.Trudeau has had to navigate the mercurial American president, and talked pointedly about him on Sunday afternoon, but never mentioned Trump by name, as he is prone to do.Trump did not shake Trudeau’s hand when he arrived with wife Melania at the iconic Arc de Triomphe for the Nov. 11 ceremony. Neither Trump nor Putin walked a bit of the Champs-Elysee with other leaders after church bells rang out as the hour turned to 11 a.m. local time, marking the moment the guns fell silent across Europe a century ago.France’s ambassador to Canada described the peace forum as a way to amplify the voices of non-governmental organizations and prod political leaders present to commit to Macron’s call for peace.“If you’re not backed up by the highest political authority, nothing will happen,” Kareen Rispal said in an interview Friday.“You have to get the real commitment from the political leaders.”Rispal also said Trudeau’s appearance at the Arc de Triomphe ceremony would be a reminder of Canada’s contributions during the war, which aren’t always recognized in Europe.Some 650,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the First World War, and more than 66,000 of them lost their lives. About 172,000 more were injured.Others served behind the front lines, working with locals to aid the war effort.“We as French, we as Europeans — I think we don’t value enough the effort made by the Canadians,” Rispal said in an interview Friday.— With files from the Associated Press.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Discrimination case against Canada now in the hands of Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter a year and a half of detailed testimony and tens of thousands of documents, the fate of a discrimination complaint against Canada is now in the hands of the three commissioners charged with making a decsion on the case.The case was first launched seven years ago by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.Each claim the federal government pays less for First Nations children on reserve in care than the provinces do off reserve.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are both intervenors.After months of delays and attempts by government lawyers to derail the process, the hearings finally got underway.APTN National News covered the hearings and all testimony and evidence can be found at  aptn.ca/news/tag/kids-in-care/APTN’s Annette Francis reports on the final day.last_img read more