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Peruvian Naval Cadets to Train at Sea on Sail Training Ship “La Unión”

first_imgBy Dialogo December 24, 2014 The maritime training that Cadets will perform on the Union will help prepare them to fight organized crime groups in the coca-growing valleys of the Amazon, particularly in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. Some coca farmers grow the crop legally, while others cultivate it for the production of cocaine. The training at sea builds upon previous training that Cadets have performed in recent months. For example, Peruvian Navy Cadets engaged in training activities aboard ships which participated in the “Velas Latinoamérica 2014” exercise held April 26-27 in Peru. “The support provided by military institutions throughout the country is invaluable; they work with determination to pacify the valleys of the VRAEM,” according to Rodríguez Kelley. “Nor can we fail to mention the Navy’s moving river platforms in civic actions such as those carried out in Putumayo in coordination with Colombian civil and military authorities.” It is not precise that a ship of this class is the largest in the Americas since La Esmeralda in the Chilean Navy is 25 centimeters longer that the Unión All those resources they waste on a war! Why not invest them in social development programs? To create improve the standard of living..!!! All the expenditures in wars are made because there is no investment in sustainable development. All over Peru there are areas where there are no trees and fields and no Agricultural Engineers go to the high altitude Andean communities all they do is warm the seats in their offices with good salaries and bonuses It is good to learn, to train, my view is that all these costs should be covered, always the combat military forces sometimes have logistical resources left over, which can sometimes be given other uses. Another important point is the consequences of the wars and the tremendous damage to the environment, why not propose a system to protect the environment, to reforest all areas of barren and destroyed fields, cities with Peruvian military members and students can do this as part of their training, it is the best way to fight the consequences of biological, chemical and other types of warfare that affect human beings and therefore our planet.Tuesday – 34-331Which has unleashed the power of the darkness, and moved the kingdom of his beloved son colossians 1:13 I live each day with you (2)If you know him as your Savior, from the morning, I spoke to Jesus, TO PRAY also means to give thanks for his presence, for his peace which renews my heart each day, it is to say to him with delight “Your love for me is so large that you can be trusted. Proof of this is that you have accepted me as one of yours forever. Thank you very much Lord Jesus! Full of this security, you can tell him everything that worries you. Jesus forgave you totally; he even erased the sins you didn’t even know you committed. However, some of our sins leave a profound mark on us and make us slaves of bad habits. God exists The Peruvian government’s investment in defense and security is good policy because national development depends on it Security of the territory, the sea and the air is important to a Peruvian soldier because all Peruvians’ feeling of safety depends on him, as in peace and in war. Train to make war…? Wouldn’t it be better to teach them to avoid wars? “if you want peace, prepare for war.” The Peruvian Navy Shipyard SIMA is a shipbuilding industrial asset for Peru, demostrated by the high profesional engineering, planing and industrial capabilities, in building the BAP Union (BEV-161) and the ongoing construction of an amphibious landing ship along with other several patrol boats. Making SIMA the best technological shipyard in Latin America. Felicitaciones a la Marina de el Peru Training at sea A sail training ship allows the Navy to meet the objectives set out in Peru’s Constitution, National Agreement, and White Paper on Defense, the naval channel Tv Perú reported. However, using vessels for at-sea training missions is nothing new for the Peruvian Navy. They have done so for several years, such as in the case of the missile frigate BAP Villavisencio, which led the Pacific phase of Multinational Exercise Unitas 55 in September 2014. Training at sea “Sailing is an option to train Cadets,” said retired Rear Admiral Juan Rodríguez Kelley, currently president of the Center for Strategic Defense and Security Studies (CEEDS) in Peru. “While sailing, they acquire all maritime capabilities that a naval officer applies in his career since work is done as a team.” “The support provided by military institutions throughout the country is invaluable; they work with determination to pacify the valleys of the VRAEM,” according to Rodríguez Kelley. “Nor can we fail to mention the Navy’s moving river platforms in civic actions such as those carried out in Putumayo in coordination with Colombian civil and military authorities.” Defense Ministers from Peru, Ecuador and Chile participated in the launching ceremony, joined by officials from eight other American countries at the shipyard of the Naval Industrial Services department. Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano and Admiral Carlos Tejeda, General Commander of the Navy, also attended. A training mission on open seas will allow Cadets to learn how to work as a team, while strengthening their skills. “A good Naval Officer must have excellent naval, physical and academic training, vocation for life at sea, and a fair share of sacrifice and discipline while being ready to serve with patriotism, responsibility, and capacity in the position assigned by the institution,” Rodríguez Kelley said. “Peru’s Naval School trains Cadets with comprehensive professional capacity based on cutting-edge educational models, making them ideal professionals and policymakers committed to the fate of the homeland within a framework of security and development.” The training at sea builds upon previous training that Cadets have performed in recent months. For example, Peruvian Navy Cadets engaged in training activities aboard ships which participated in the “Velas Latinoamérica 2014” exercise held April 26-27 in Peru. “A good Naval Officer must have excellent naval, physical and academic training, vocation for life at sea, and a fair share of sacrifice and discipline while being ready to serve with patriotism, responsibility, and capacity in the position assigned by the institution,” Rodríguez Kelley said. “Peru’s Naval School trains Cadets with comprehensive professional capacity based on cutting-edge educational models, making them ideal professionals and policymakers committed to the fate of the homeland within a framework of security and development.” The maritime training that Cadets will perform on the Union will help prepare them to fight organized crime groups in the coca-growing valleys of the Amazon, particularly in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. Some coca farmers grow the crop legally, while others cultivate it for the production of cocaine. Sacrifice and discipline Peruvian President Ollanta Hulama presided Monday over the christening of “La Unión”, the largest sail training ship of its kind in Latin America. The Union sail training ship will also provide Cadets opportunities to hone their maritime skills under realistic conditions on the water. To prepare for the mission aboard the Union, naval Cadets have performed theoretical and practical training exercises at Yacht Club facilities; practiced firefighting at the Naval Technological Institute of Higher Education (CITEN); as well as drills involving swimming, first aid, tying knots, surviving at sea, and others, according to the magazine El Monitor. Cadets with the Peruvian Navy are scheduled to perform training missions at sea aboard La Unión beginning in October 2015, under the leadership of Commander Polar Giancarlo, according to El Comercio. On its first training mission, the ship will sail around the world for six months, according to the Naval Channel of Peru; it will have a crew of 244 personnel, including 120 Navy Cadets. La Unión will dock at every port from Canada to Argentina’s Patagonia to show appreciation for the countries that have helped train Peruvian Navy Sailors, according to El Comercio. To prepare for the mission aboard the Union, naval Cadets have performed theoretical and practical training exercises at Yacht Club facilities; practiced firefighting at the Naval Technological Institute of Higher Education (CITEN); as well as drills involving swimming, first aid, tying knots, surviving at sea, and others, according to the magazine El Monitor. The Union sail training ship will also provide Cadets opportunities to hone their maritime skills under realistic conditions on the water. “Sailing is an option to train Cadets,” said retired Rear Admiral Juan Rodríguez Kelley, currently president of the Center for Strategic Defense and Security Studies (CEEDS) in Peru. “While sailing, they acquire all maritime capabilities that a naval officer applies in his career since work is done as a team.” Cadets with the Peruvian Navy are scheduled to perform training missions at sea aboard La Unión beginning in October 2015, under the leadership of Commander Polar Giancarlo, according to El Comercio. On its first training mission, the ship will sail around the world for six months, according to the Naval Channel of Peru; it will have a crew of 244 personnel, including 120 Navy Cadets. La Unión will dock at every port from Canada to Argentina’s Patagonia to show appreciation for the countries that have helped train Peruvian Navy Sailors, according to El Comercio. Defense Ministers from Peru, Ecuador and Chile participated in the launching ceremony, joined by officials from eight other American countries at the shipyard of the Naval Industrial Services department. Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano and Admiral Carlos Tejeda, General Commander of the Navy, also attended. A sail training ship allows the Navy to meet the objectives set out in Peru’s Constitution, National Agreement, and White Paper on Defense, the naval channel Tv Perú reported. However, using vessels for at-sea training missions is nothing new for the Peruvian Navy. They have done so for several years, such as in the case of the missile frigate BAP Villavisencio, which led the Pacific phase of Multinational Exercise Unitas 55 in September 2014. The Union was built in the Industrial Marine Services (SIMA) shipyard with Spanish support and help from about 1,200 people. It’s is a four-mast ship measuring 113 meters in length by 13 meters wide – a type of ship that typically has a life span of 100 years. The ship’s storage and occupancy capacity will allow naval authorities to use it not just for training, but as a logistical support vessel which can provide medical care and humanitarian assistance to the civilian population during natural disasters. Peruvian President Ollanta Hulama presided Monday over the christening of “La Unión”, the largest sail training ship of its kind in Latin America. The Union was built in the Industrial Marine Services (SIMA) shipyard with Spanish support and help from about 1,200 people. It’s is a four-mast ship measuring 113 meters in length by 13 meters wide – a type of ship that typically has a life span of 100 years. The ship’s storage and occupancy capacity will allow naval authorities to use it not just for training, but as a logistical support vessel which can provide medical care and humanitarian assistance to the civilian population during natural disasters. “The challenge for the Union is to complete a test period at sea to ensure its equipment and everything is ready for the first voyage abroad with senior Cadets aboard,” Rodríguez Kelley said. “The challenge for the Union is to complete a test period at sea to ensure its equipment and everything is ready for the first voyage abroad with senior Cadets aboard,” Rodríguez Kelley said. A training mission on open seas will allow Cadets to learn how to work as a team, while strengthening their skills. Sacrifice and disciplinelast_img read more

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Giggs, Scholes and instant noodles: Vietnam takes pot-shot at World Cup

first_imgThe academy is complete with manicured pitches and ultra-modern equipment, including the 360S simulator — a customized room where players receive balls from various angles, and have to hit moving, electronic targets.The facility is a bold venture from Vuong, who started out selling dried noodles in Ukraine before building Vietnam’s biggest private conglomerate and amassing an estimated $7.8 billion fortune.The PVF academy’s technical director, former Japan coach Philippe Troussier — who also leads Vietnam’s U19s — said the results had been positive.”We’ve started a strong process to develop our football, to develop our players, to educate the boys, to export the players to international level,” Troussier told AFP.”We are on the way,” he said. ‘Underdogs’ The training school is currently home to nearly 200 young players aged nine to 19 who have been recruited from across the country and train up to five hours a day.While Giggs and Scholes add star power and top-level experience, Troussier, 64, has undoubted coaching prowess, after leading Japan to the 2000 Asian Cup title and the 2002 World Cup’s last 16.But despite the big money and big names, the next World Cup may still be a stretch for Vietnam.”I don’t think they will qualify for the 2022 World Cup as they have to replace at least one of the Asian powerhouses such as Iran, Japan or South Korea to get one of the few Asian places available,” said Steve Darby, the former manager of Vietnam’s women’s team.  The 2026 World Cup — when the number of teams will jump from 32 to 48 — may be a more realistic target. But even then they would be seen as “underdogs”, said Darby.”Any Southeast Asian nation that qualifies will be seen as a weaker nation and also probably be seeded quite low. It takes time to get to the top,” he said.Still, Vietnam’s national team have caught the eye with their progress, which has pushed them to an all-time high of 94 in the FIFA world rankings.The youth teams are also showing promise, bagging their first spot at the U20 World Cup in 2017 and a year later, and reaching the final of the Asian U23 Championship.Fans across the country spill onto the streets in the wake of Vietnam’s successes, and celebrations would be frenzied if they manage to qualify for a World Cup.Defender Tran Hoang Phuc, who comes from a poor family in Ho Chi Minh City, joined PVF in 2012 when he was 11, dreaming of emulating his idol, Arsenal defender David Luiz.”I will try my best to play for the national team and hopefully to play at the world’s biggest tournament, the World Cup,” Phuc, who has been called up to Vietnam’s U19s, told AFP. After a career that began in instant noodles, Vietnam’s richest man knows all about long shots, and now he’s taking another: trying to get the football-mad country’s national team to their first World Cup.No Southeast Asian team has played on football’s biggest stage, but Pham Nhat Vuong — CEO of the Vingroup conglomerate, and Vietnam’s first billionaire — has not let that deter him.Vingroup’s gleaming, $15 million academy outside Hanoi has already helped Vietnam become a growing power in Asian football, after they reached the Asian Cup quarter-finals last year. Topics :center_img The communist country’s national team were crowned Southeast Asian champions in 2018, and their Under-22s won gold at the Southeast Asian Games last December.The Golden Star Warriors also sit top of their World Cup qualifying group, but they still have work to do if they are to grab one of Asia’s four slots — or a fifth available through playoffs — for 2022.However, they can take heart from the example of World Cup hosts Qatar who, after building a state-of-the-art academy and drafting in foreign expertise, swept to their first Asian Cup title last year.Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have been enlisted as consultants for the Promotion Fund of Vietnam’s Football Talents (PVF) academy, which opened its doors in 2017.last_img read more

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Saint Martin’s University: 9th in Nation Among Private, Non-Doctoral-Granting Institutions for…

first_imgFacebook111Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Saint Martin’s University has been designated a Military Friendly school for 2019-2020 by VIQTORY and ranked ninth in the nation within the category of private, non-doctoral-granting institutions. The Military Friendly Schools list is designed to provide a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families about the higher education institutions that give the best opportunities to veterans and their spouses. VIQTORY creates the Military Friendly Schools list each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions.“Supporting those men and women who have sacrificed for their families and our country is an honor, and we are proud of the military service personnel who are the real “Saints” in our community,” said Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., dean of enrollment.The 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.“We are honored to have been selected for our decades-long academic support of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s well-being and security,” said Cruz Arroyo, associate dean for administration for Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses. “We don’t take this honor lightly, and we’ll continue earning this highly regarded designation on a daily basis.”For more information about the resources and programs that Saint Martin’s offers to support the military community, both at its Lacey and JBLM campuses, visit the military community page on the Saint Martin’s website.VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Military Friendly® brands.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 26 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

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Galliart stones Nelson as Bruins shock Leafs Saturday at NDCC Arena

first_imgBrace yourself Kootenay International Junior Hockey League fans.The hottest team, okay one of the hottest teams in the entire KIJHL is the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Bruins, long considered a bottom feeder in the KIJHL, won for the fifth straight time Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, knocking off the Nelson Leafs 2-1.Grand Forks game star Anthony Galliart stopped 34 of 35 shots to register the Bruins first win in Nelson in years.“We’re doing all the right things to put one away, but for us (right now) it’s tough scoring goals,” said Leaf assistant captain Blair Andrews.“We’re getting lots of chances, we just have to find a way to put one away and that would have turned the whole game around.”It’s not like the Bruins shocked the Leafs with bucket of goals.However, two goals in a span of 32 seconds by Chad Grambo and Garret Brisebois, combined with an almost unbeatable Galliart was enough to steal one away for the Boundary City squad.“(Grand Forks) has improved a lot this year, but I feel we’ve improved a lot too,” Andrews said when asked the new-and-improved Bruins. “We just didn’t cone out to the best start . . . they got those two quick ones on us (in the first period) and it killed us in the long run.”Leading 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Bruins continued to play the ideal road game, dumping the puck out and forcing the Leafs when the opportunity was presented.However, in the late going the Bruins ran into penalty trouble.Sensing a need to shake up the club, Leaf coach Dave McLellan pulled goalie Joseph Barton with five minutes remaining in the game to give Nelson a 6-on-4 advantage.The Leafs didn’t score during that power play. But with just over two minutes remaining, captain Rayce Miller was able to finally beat Galliart.Miller, Nelson’s game star, had a chance to tie the game less than a minute later, but rang his shot off the bottom of the post.“I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s us just getting our confidence back, but I think if we get a couple of goals would help get our scoring touch back,” said Andrews, trying to explain the offensive power outage plaguing the Leafs during the weekend.“Overall we’re a team and we’ll get out of this problem as a team.”Nelson, losing 5-1 to Creston Friday, drops to 12-9 on the season and sits two points ahead of the Bruins in third spot in the Murdoch Division.The Leafs get a chance at redemption Tuesday when the club travels to Grand Forks for the back half of the home-and-home series.Which Andrews believes, is a good thing.BLUELINES: Nelson has won two of the three meetings with Grand Forks this season — both one goal victories. . . . Before the opening faceoff of Saturday’s game at the NDCC Arena, there was a moment of silence to pay homage to the victims of Friday’s shootings by terrorists in Paris, France . . . .Leaf defenceman Aigne McGeady-Bruce did not finish Saturday’s game, leaving the contest with an injury. . . .Newcomer Matthew Sokol was ejected during the second period for a fight with Jared Stang of the Bruins. Nick Novin was also sent to the dressing room in the third frame along with Connor Manegre of Grand Forks after an altercation around the Bruins’ net. . . .Next home game for Nelson is Friday against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.last_img read more

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Garda Inspector says he hopes missing man is found safe and well

first_imgA Garda Inspector has said he hopes a missing Letterkenny man is found safe and well.Inspector Seamus McGonigle made his comments at Falcarragh District Court during the case of Matthew Lafferty.The 27-year-old has been missing since last Sunday when he was last seen on CCTV outside a hotel in Sligo. He has since made contact with his family but they are still unsure of his whereabouts.Mr Lafferty was due to be in court facing alleged in insurance charges.His solicitor Patsy Gallagher said “Matthew has been in the local media in recent days because we are not sure of his whereabouts and his family are very worried.”Judge Paul Kelly said that in the circumstances he would not issue a bench warrant. Garda Inspector says he hopes missing man is found safe and well was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:courtdonegalMatthew Laffertymissinglast_img read more

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PBS Airs Another Evolution Series: Origins

first_imgNotably absent from the promotional ads was any mention of the “E” word, evolution.  Nevertheless, the concept saturated the series like sauce to pasta.Maybe PBS learned its lesson from October 2001 that the E word is a lightning rod.  Concepts are not mitigated by avoidance of loaded words and euphemisms.  Maybe Origins is gentler word, but this was nothing less than “PBS Evolution 2004” (See 09/28/2001 headline), and evolution was the last word Tyson uttered, with feeling.    The series so far exhibits the perpetual sins of the Darwin Party: (1) just-so storytelling, (2) glittering generalities, (3) selective evidence, (4) bluffing (e.g., “How life began” when they haven’t a clue), and (5) empty promises (futureware).  The hype keeps Charlie’s disciples hoping for success in the snipe hunt for a naturalistic explanation for a universe that appears designed for a purpose.    One aspect about Origins was predictable: the series only vaguely, when at all, hinted that the majority of the earth’s population believes, and always has believed, that the universe was designed for a purpose by an intelligent Creator.  Instead, it presented as fact the naturalistic philosophy believed by only 10-15% of the population that everything came from nothing.  Moreover, glossed over many serious flaws in the naturalistic scenario, and failed to give a fair hearing to competent scientists who could present valid alternatives.  We commented on this series in some depth, but it is really no different from the standard Darwinian propaganda pouring forth from PBS, the Science Channel and the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, week after week, year after year.  The rules are: assume evolution, ignore alternatives, prohibit rebuttals, ridicule believers in God, tell stories, worship scientism, and fill in the evidential gaps (canyons) with artwork.  Sagan taught them well.    The final lines in the final episode are the key to interpreting this series and the other Darwinian commercials.  It’s not about scientific evidence, because the closing lines are a classic case of stretching an inch of data into a light-year of interpretation.  No, it’s about religion: evolutionists are out to replace belief in intelligent design with naturalism, particularly the Biblical account of creation.  A lady astronomer makes it clear: we now have “a new version of Genesis, a new version of the great cosmic myth, only this time it is scientifically based.”  Other astronomers agree, stating that finally, within our enlightened grasp, a universe that was once seen as the domain of the gods is now explainable by an unbroken sequence of natural law acting on undirected particles, producing a great chain of being (welcome to the 18th century).  Tyson, staring into the camera, morphs into Carl Sagan claiming that this vast and wonderful universe, with all its life, is the result of “14 billion years of cosmic evolution.”  At least we’re getting younger; Sagan claimed it was 15 billion.    If this kind of religious advocacy in the guise of science bothers you, why not do something about it?  Write letters and call your local PBS station.  Tell them you want to see a fair and balanced presentation of the evidence.  Be constructive; ask them to air The Privileged Planet and Unlocking the Mystery of Life alongside the Darwin Party’s propaganda.  We don’t want to muzzle the opposition like the Darwinists do, we want people to hear both sides, like Charlie advised, and think about the evidence.  Ask PBS to stage a debate; suggest that Tyson’s team face a matching team of qualified spokespersons for the intelligent design position.  Let them ask the right questions and put all the evidence on the table fairly, without stacking the deck.  Tell them the magic words that make any station manager light up: it will help ratings.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 PBS NOVA aired its latest installment on evolution, a 4-hour miniseries entitled Origins, on September 28 and 29.  The website hype describes it as follows:Has the universe always existed?  How did it become a place that could harbor life?  What was the birth of our planet like?  Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered?  NOVA presents some startling new answers in “Origins,” a groundbreaking four-part NOVA miniseries hosted by dynamic astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.  Tyson leads viewers on a cosmic journey to the beginning of time and into the distant reaches of the universe, searching for life’s first stirrings and its traces on other worlds.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The series has four parts.  Our reaction is added in green after each synopsis.Earth Is Born.  This episode describes the assumed first billion years of our planet.  “Bombarded by meteors and comets, rocked by massive volcanic eruptions, and scoured by hot acid rain, the early Earth seems a highly improbable place for life to have taken root.  Despite such violent beginnings, scientists have found new clues that life-giving water and oxygen appeared on our planet much earlier than previously thought.”What this series lacks in evidence it makes up for in animation.  The visuals of the first two episodes consisted primarily of computer animations and interviews with Darwinian storytelling scientists, interspersed with irrelevant shots of them appearing to do some real lab work.  Episode One is just a higher-tech version of Disney’s old Fantasia myth (not the dancing hippos, but the early earth).  Notable in “Earth Is Born” was a repeating theme that new discoveries have recently overturned long-held ideas, especially uniformitarianism.  That’s a good lesson, if they would just apply it to the current tale-telling and plan ahead.How Life Began.  This episode describes organisms living currently in extreme environments, and claims “The survival of these tough microorganisms suggests they may be related to the planet’s first primitive life forms.”As expected, this episode was an illustrated liturgy of the usual astrobiological mystery religion, carefully shielded from critical scrutiny.  The novitiates are instructed in the tenets of the faith: comets brought our oceans and the building blocks of life, the first life “emerged” in extreme environments, bacteria invented photosynthesis, the “great liberator,” which gave us our oxygen atmosphere and made complex life possible, leading to “immense colonies of green slime which would take over the world.”  They even gave prominent press to the old Miller experiment, the “useful lie” that gave naturalistic abiogenesis a shot in the arm (see 05/02/2003 headline).  This is so retro.  The dramatic footage of sparks and bubbling chemicals was no match for the quick disclaimer that scientists debate the “recipe” for life and when it occurred.  Big Lie of the Episode: “When you get the recipe right, it goes, and it goes quickly.”  (How quickly?  Read our book).  Over and over, the Darwinists repeated their surprise at how quickly life “emerged” and evolved on the early earth despite all the meteor bombs, and the “hellish” conditions under which it arrived and thrived.    The pretentious air of this series borders on goofy, with its 1960-era sci-fi sound effects, hushed undertones and gimmicky cartoons.  Tyson’s phony dramatic delivery gets tedious real fast, especially with lines like “the building blocks of life arrived special delivery – from outer space!” and “photosynthesis: a clever invention; once it started, it was a runaway success.”  One can only hope this childishness will backfire on today’s precocious youngsters (especially home schoolers).  Maybe this series will be useful some day, to demonstrate what certain mad scientists believed in the early 21st century.  Young minds who don’t know better (especially some public schoolers) should be inoculated against raw propaganda and non-sequiturs like since life is found today in extreme environments, it must have evolved there.  Best give them a chance to learn basic logic first.    Any scientific evidence presented in this series was irrelevant to the story line; every bit of it has been contested by other evolutionary scientists, as reported right here in these pages for four years now (follow the “origin of life” chain links to get a higher education than you will get by watching Origins).  Evolutionary theory, from earth science to abiogenesis to human evolution, is a string of just-so mythoids glued together with irrelevant factoids.  Once in awhile you catch them admitting it: yes, the deuterium to hydrogen ratio in comets differs from that in the oceans, so maybe Earth’s water was not delivered by comets (sure makes a good animation, though).  Yes, the origin of life is an “astonishing mystery that we don’t understand,” and the “leap from non-living chemicals to a living cell is staggeringly complex” (but that Miller experiment looks so cool, so Frankenstein).    The myth, concocted in Fantasyland, thrives in Tomorrowland.  It’s not finding the answer, it’s wishing upon a star that matters.  Evolutionists, like Coronado on his quest for the seven gold cities, want to keep the dream alive, always out there around the next bend.  They rationalize their government-funded research as an adventurous quest to answer the great questions, to discover the secrets to our origins: which, being interpreted, means, they haven’t got a clue.  No matter; it’s not a product, it’s a process.  The goal, explaining everything without a Creator, must remain forever out of reach.  So Origins gives us process, becoming, futureware, unfulfilled promises, bluffing and dreams.  At every turn are the faith words: maybe, may have, perhaps, likely, controversial, debated, appears to, think, believe, seems like, could be, coulda, woulda, mighta…. Science?  No; mystery religion.  Its worship services are arrayed in glittering generalities, icons, reveries, and beatific visions of personified molecules lifting themselves up by their own bootstraps and wishing their way to manhood.    If you watch reputable design-centric presentations like the Illustra Media films, you will see a fair and balanced presentation of both sides.  Creationists have debated the world’s leading evolutionists toe to toe on college campuses, and even against the home field advantage have usually won because they know more about the opposing view than its advocates do themselves.  But to its gross dishonor, nowhere does Origins even hint at a suggestion that any serious scientist or philosopher ever doubted naturalism or seriously considered that the orderliness of creation pointed to a all-wise Creator.  Tyson whimsically dismisses the straw man of Van Helmont’s 17th-century “recipe for life” (spontaneous generation of mice from wheat), totally ignoring millennia of the world’s greatest thinkers and scientists who have defended the view, with detailed logic, scientific evidence and refutation of counter-arguments, that life was designed.  This omission is so glaring, it is utterly inexcusable in a supposed educational “science” program.  Van Helmont’s spontaneous generation is more akin to today’s origin-of-life theories than to any credible design position.  It was Darwin and his disciples, not the creationists, were disappointed when Pasteur disproved spontaneous generation.    Moreover, the first two episodes seemed to go out of their way to portray a world opposite the view of Bible-believing Christians and Jews, showing animation after animation of hellish lava and meteor impacts, stating emphatically, “early Earth was not a garden of Eden.”  Ignoring and dismissing any hint of a good or purposeful creation, it presented irrational beliefs dogmatically as fact: “life did arise from nonliving chemicals,” and “for over a hundred years, scientists have known that life is the result of chemistry.”  Nowhere was there any doubt about the alleged millions and billions of years, each date quoted as if they had a stopwatch running the whole time.  The whole series in fact, is built on the metaphor of a clock, on which all of earth history has been compressed into 24 hours.  Humankind, of course, appears late in the last few seconds of the day, uncaused, uncared for, a mere happenstance of a long and brutal cosmic arcade.  Science is supposed to be about observation.  Where’s the instant replay of this hypothesis so we can validate it?    This one episode was so shoddy, so baloney-ridden, so unbalanced, so quirky, it should anger knowledgeable viewers enough to write PBS, NOVA, and the sponsors to complain that such mythology-as-fact was presented as if the only “scientific” approach to origins.  Let’s have a debate.  Let’s have the counter-evidence get a fair hearing.  Let’s watch The Privileged Planet and Icons of Evolution.  Let’s get some leading Design PhDs in the ring with Tyson and see who’s left standing when fair, unbiased judges call foul at cheap shots and enforce the rules of evidence.    The credits show this program was funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation – your tax dollars at work.  It can only be hoped that this series, like Evolution before it, will flop as another wimpy hurrah of a dying religion on the verge of being tossed onto the dust-bin of discredited ideas.  Evolutionary theory, like a black-light poster, only glows in a dark room shielded from all but carefully selected, artificially-generated wavelengths.  It looks very different when the windows are opened and natural sunlight shines in.Where Are the Aliens?  This episode imagines what life on other worlds might be like.Typical SETI sales pitch, with the usual suspects (Drake equation by Drake himself), and the usual mythoids spouted as fact: life is as simple as just add water, lots of planets means lots of life, asteroid destroyed the dinosaurs but gave mammals a chance, etc. – Tyson says without the asteroid extinction, a dinosaur might be hosting the show, and the animation cartoonists help our poor imaginations.  More “it’s true because I say so” posturing: “we know we got to this [scene of crowd in shopping mall with cell phones by their ears] from this [bacteria] by evolution.”    You might learn tidbits about extrasolar planets and cephalopod camouflage here and there, and hearing Peter Ward of Rare Earth fame explain why he thinks advanced life is uncommon is a partial treat.  Other than that, the entire premise of this episode is a stack of evolutionary assumptions, held together with hope, stacked on the foundational assumption of naturalism, presented dogmatically and without rebuttal, with artwork substituting for evidence.  Can’t the Darwin Party change their tactics, now that we’ve blown their cover?  The sight of a naked emperor strutting around as if nobody notices his little secret is not pretty.    More personification fallacy: “if carbon makes life happen….” [stop right there].  “If those other planets have caught the spark of life also….” [stop, I said].  The illogic gets so tiring: “Scientists haven’t figured out how that spark of life happened, but since it happened early on, maybe it’s not so hard.”  No hint that the most essential ingredient in life is information.  Watch this episode alongside The Privileged Planet and Unlocking the Mystery of Life.  No contest.  The silliness of the Origins series has one benefit: it makes a perfect foil for these two films, making their relevance and superior logic shine even more brightly.Back to the Beginning.  This episode examines current thinking about the Big Bang theory.Yes, tell us all about the 97% of invisible stuff, the force that binds the universe together.  If it only has a dark side, how do evolutionists explain the origin of good?  Will Tyson be able to solve the Great Equation of Evolution, E = Nt x Nb?  (Nothing times nobody equals everything.)    No luck.  Tyson spends most of the hour describing the historical search for the cosmic background radiation and slight irregularities within it.  As expected, the interpretations of the final data set from WMAP are hyped beyond all recognition (see 09/20/2004 headline).  A chef gives Tyson an intelligently designed stew, at which Tyson remarks that it is entirely analogous to what the stars cook up.  As Sagan 2004, Tyson really knows how to put the b in big, bang, and billion.     The episode provides some interesting historical and personal stories of scientists at work, but does little to answer the big questions the episode promised to address.  Instead, we are forced to listen to worn-out, personified cliches like “the baby picture of the universe” and “the birth pangs of the cosmos” and “we are all stardust.”  The animation team did a lot of work on this Fantasia, but we’d rather hear it put to music.  John Cage would be apropos.  How about 4’33”, repeated endlessly?last_img read more

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Full Moon Has Magnetic Secret

first_imgPonder this under tonight’s full moon.  Scientists now say the moon once had a magnetic field stronger than Earth’s is now.It’s a big surprise.  How could the moon, much smaller than the Earth, have a strong magnetic field?  Yet it did, a new analysis of Apollo moon rocks reveals, according to Benjamin Weiss, a professor of physics at MIT.  In Science Magazine and other news outlets, he expressed his surprise that a body so small could generate this much power:Measurements of the intensity of the ancient lunar dynamo have shown that it was surprisingly intense and long-lived. (Science Magazine)It remains uncertain what might have powered this surprisingly intense lunar magnetic field. “It’s hard to understand how the moon’s magnetic field could be as strong as it seemed given how the moon has a very small core,” Weiss said. “The moon’s core is maybe one-fifth to one-seventh the radius of the moon, while Earth’s core is maybe one-half the planetary radius. This means the surface of the moon is much farther away from its core than you see with Earth. Since magnetic fields fall rapidly in strength with distance, it’s hard to understand how the moon could have had a magnetic field that was that strong all the way to its surface.” (Space.com)Q. Why is it so surprising that a lunar dynamo may have been so intense and long-lived? A. Both the strong intensity and long duration of lunar fields are surprising because of the moon’s small size. Convection, which is thought to power all known dynamos in the solar system today, is predicted to produce surface magnetic fields on the moon at least 10 times weaker than what we observe recorded in ancient lunar rocks. (PhysOrg)This unexpectedly strong field, now detectable only in remnant magnetism in lunar rocks, is challenging current theories of how magnetic fields are created by convection-driven dynamos in liquid cores.  Weiss said they are trying to think up “exotic” theories:There are other more exotic mechanisms that scientists have suggested could have powered the lunar dynamo.“One involves smacking the moon obliquely with large impacts from asteroids maybe a bunch of times,” Weiss said. “You could also use the fact that the moon’s spin wobbles over time, which is called precession, and it wobbled a lot more intensely in the past when it was closer to Earth, and that could also instill motion to power a dynamo. Both these mechanisms are not known in any planetary body today, and would represent new ways of generating magnetic fields.”In science, it’s not good to dream up special cases to save a theory.  Yet Weiss goes on: “Maybe there were multiple dynamo mechanisms operating at different times in lunar history,” he says, compounding the special pleading.  It seems that the dynamo theory has some serious reckoning to do to fit the observations:Much remains unknown about the moon’s magnetic field. “We still don’t know when the lunar dynamo turned off,” Weiss said. “There’s evidence it lasted until at least 3.3 billion years ago, and perhaps as long as 1.3 billion years ago, really pushing the limits of what we know can power the lunar dynamo.“Those dates don’t come from the magnetic field signatures in the rocks, but rather from consensus ideas about the age of the moon.  It would seem appropriate with this much surprise to consider alternative views.  At CMI, for instance, Dr. D. Russell Humphreys analyzed lunar magnetization, and found that no dynamo is necessary to explain the field.  The stronger-than-expected field is a problem for belief the moon is billions of years old, he showed.  This is also true for Mercury, he wrote at CMI in 2012 based on results from the MESSENGER orbiter.Other lunar mysteriesLava-filled craters:  Like Mercury, the moon has some craters with flat floors that appear to have been filled in with lava.  Scientists publishing a paper in Icarus studied 170 craters with “anomalously shallow fractured floors” and concluded that they formed via magmatic intrusions followed by sills, indicating volcanic activity from deep inside near the surface in the past.  This is not the same as volcanic activity caused by large impacts as hypothesized for the maria.Dikes at depth:  Geology published a paper about deep volcanic dikes, from 20 km down, evident in grabens on the lunar surface.  “Such dike geometric properties are only plausible if a mechanically weak lunar lithosphere was under extension at the time of dike emplacement.”Debris breakdown:  Ejecta debris, including large rocks, breaks down faster than expected, according to another paper in Geology.  “This result implies shorter rock survival times than predicted based on downward extrapolation of 100 m crater size-frequency distributions,” the scientists say, some from NASA and JPL.Add this observational fact to the list of evidences for a young solar system.  These observations are only a problem for the moyboys.  One would expect an original magnetic field to decay rapidly, as it continues to do so for the Earth.  Notice how the secular planetary scientists always reach for the favorite ad-hoc rescue device?  (Impacts.)  Not only are impacts unreproducible, they would have had to be finely tuned to achieve whatever effect is required to keep the moyboys from getting expelled from the science lab. 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Citizens of Toledo approve the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kolt Buchenroth and Matt ReeseThe Lake Erie Bill of Rights was passed by the citizens of Toledo in a special election held on Tuesday, Feb. 26. According to the results from the Lucas County Board of elections, the measure was passed by a vote of 61.4% to 38.6% with only 8.9% of voters turning out to the polls.There was a failed attempt to get this on the 2018 November ballot in Toledo. The effort to get LEBOR on the ballot was supported by out-of-state interests but it could have a very real in-state impact for a wide range of businesses. LEBOR opens up the possibility of thousands of lawsuits against any entity that could be doing harm to Lake Erie. This includes agricultural operations.“Farm Bureau members are disappointed with the results of the LEBOR vote. Our concern remains that its passage means Ohio farmers, taxpayers and businesses now face the prospect of costly legal bills fighting over a measure that likely will be found unconstitutional and unenforceable,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Nevertheless, Farm Bureau members remain committed to finding and implementing real solutions to the lake’s challenges.”LEBOR grants rights to Lake Erie and empowers any Toledo citizen to file lawsuits on behalf of the lake. It gives Toledoans authority over nearly 5 million Ohioans, thousands of farms, more than 400,000 businesses and every level of government in 35 northern Ohio counties plus parts of Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada. LEBOR was passed despite the prevailing legal opinion that many of its provisions are unconstitutional.“It says the lake should be free of pollution and things that could harm the lake. It makes the lake act as a person almost who can bring charges against people for harming it,” said Leah Curtis, director of agricultural law for Ohio Farm Bureau. “There is a concern that agriculture would be one of those industries that would be charged or sued with these lawsuits that could potentially come out of this charter amendment. It could really apply to anyone —not just agriculture — anyone who does something that might end up harming the lake. It could be a leaky septic system or other industries that may have permits that put limitations on what they can and cannot do. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights also invalidates those permits if those permits allow for any harm to Lake Erie. It has wide reaching effects. It has issues for lots of areas.”The day after LEBOR was approved by Toledo voters, Wood County farmer Mark Drewes filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality and legal status of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Drewes’ suit was filed in the Federal District Court for Northern Ohio.Drewes Farm Partnership is a family crop operation in Custar with a significant history of being dedicated to improving water quality. Drewes is on the board of directors for The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and a long-time member of Ohio Farm Bureau.“Mark’s farm is an example of the right way of doing things,” Sharp said. “He’s employing a variety of conservation practices, water monitoring systems, water control structures and uses variable rate enabled equipment and yet he’s vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits. We are proud that our member has stood up against this overreach, and his efforts will benefit all Farm Bureau members, farmers and protect jobs in Ohio.”OFBF has historically engaged in precedent setting court cases that potentially affect its members. Farm Bureau will actively assist Drewes and his legal team throughout this litigation to ensure members’ concerns are heard. OFBF’s legal staff will monitor developments, lend agricultural expertise and provide supporting information about agriculture’s efforts to protect water quality.Drewes is represented by the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, which has extensive experience fighting against onerous government action.“The Charter Amendment is an unconstitutional and unlawful assault on the fundamental rights of family farms in the Lake Erie Watershed — like the Drewes’ fifth generation family farm,” said Thomas Fusonie, a partner at Vorys and one of the counsel for Drewes. “The lawsuit seeks to protect the Drewes’ family farm from this unconstitutional assault.”The suit argues LEBOR violates federal constitutional rights, including equal protection, freedom of speech and is unenforceable for its vagueness. A request for preliminary and permanent injunction was also filed seeking to prevent enforcement of the law.“Farmers want and are working toward improving water quality, but this new Toledo law hurts those efforts. Mark Drewes understands this, and it’s Farm Bureau’s job to back his important actions on behalf of Ohio farmers,” Sharp said.last_img read more

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TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge Webinar

first_imgMake plans to attend the TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge web conference at 10:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, April 17, presented by Debra Sellers, Ph.D.The conference is a 75-minute webinar that will provide a general understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and available resources for survivors and their families. Promoting KnowledgeA person with TBI (a survivor) may experience physical effects, changes in thinking and communication, and alterations in emotional well-being and behavior. The program will include a series of topics including the “basics” of traumatic brain injury; the impact of TBI on survivors physically, cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally; the consequences of TBI for survivors in relationships, activities of daily living, and work; and how individuals and communities can support survivors and their families.PresenterDebra M. Sellers, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Adult Development & Aging, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University. Her primary area of interest is adaptive living for people with aging-related limitations or disabilities and their families and caregivers, with an emphasis on supporting functional abilities through access to services and technology. Debra has more than 15 years of experience serving adults with disabilities, older adults, and families in a variety of settings, including long-term care facilities, retirement communities and government agencies. She is a former member of the Kansas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, was voted as one of her city’s most admired people (Manhattan, KS), and is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence®.No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to TBIoptions: Promoting Knowledge to attend. The site will provide handouts associated with the presentation and a direct link to join the event.This post was written by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img read more

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Warners Bay and Chancellor taste Schools Cup glory

first_imgEden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.last_img read more

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