Thirty-seven-year-old Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway miner David Gaskin was taken into Police custody on Monday over allegations that he murdered Owen John, a boat captain of San Martin, Venezuela following an altercation between the two at Eteringbang Landing.Guyana Times understands that the men were imbibing at Maria Da Silva’s shop when the two started arguing over money.Police disclosed that from preliminary investigations, Gaskin asked John to borrow money, but the boat captain refused. Reports suggested that after John refused, Gaskin dealt him one punch to his nose which caused the boat captain to fall to the ground. It was stated that the suspect then dealt John several kicks to his head and body during which he became motionless.Police said that when they arrived on the scene, the boat captain’s body was lying on the ground with blood oozing from the nostrils. This publication understands that the man’s body was awaiting transportation to Georgetown where a post-mortem examination will be performed.
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Because of the high-profile Intelligent Design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, the news media and scientific societies are all discussing Darwin vs Design with fervor.Surprise, Surprise: AP reports that the Dover school board did not expect the uproar when it drafted its policy allowing alternatives to Darwinism to be heard; see LiveScience.com. MSNBC News also carried the story.Alas, Poor York: the York Dispatch printed another article about Michael Behe’s testimony at the trial, and the debate that ensued. It followed with another story Oct 21 about the defense witness lineup.Czech Cache: The first European Intelligent Design Conference was announced by PR Newswire, based on information from the Discovery Institute. It began Oct. 21 in Prague and is called Darwin and Design; the Discovery Institute wrote about it, and the Prague Post interviewed one of the speakers, Dr. Charles Thaxton.Official Condemnation: The American Association for the Advancement of Science printed remarks by fellow John Staver denouncing ID with “strong concern” about the Kansas school board decision to allow criticisms of Darwinism.Battle of the Books: Alan Boyle on MSNBC News talked about the book wars for and against evolution, and suggested that Michael Behe has probably made a million in royalties for his popular book, Darwin’s Black Box. He thought that lay books that fit public opposition to evolutionism are likely to sell better than serious works on science, and quoted an author who tells science writers to emphasize the scientific process and the practical applications of evolutionary theory.His Two Pence: Current Biology 10/25/2005 interviewed Russell Foster (Imperial College, UK) who said, “I think the science community should be very proactive over this issue and take every opportunity to explain why Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory and that it has no place in the teaching of biology.”His Two Pounds: Nigel Williams, also writing in the 10/25 Current Biology, weighed in hard against I.D. in the lead editorial. He thought it odd that so many creationists and political conservatives are using the movie March of the Penguins as evidence of design, but ended with a reference to the “major new exhibition on Charles Darwin at the American Museum of Natural History in New York next month are expecting controversy and tackle the issue of intelligent design head-on.” The museum directors are baffled by ID’s prominence, but don’t see any debate worth their time, because, to them, “Darwin is so fundamental to modern science.”Outmatched Armies? Over 7000 scientists signed an online petition stating intelligent design is not science, reported PRNewsWire. Organizer R. Joe Brandon, an archaeologist, wanted to show up the Discovery Institute’s list of 400 scientists who question evolution and support intelligent design. (Don’t make any inferences from Brandon’s website name, ShovelBums.org.) Casey Luskin of EvolutionNews was not particularly impressed by the appeal to authority, arguing they were attacking a straw man version of ID.Doctors’ Orders: The 17,000-member Christian Medical Association issued a statement decrying the “scientific inquisition” against intelligent design, according to Christian Communication Network. CMA Director Dr. Gene Rudd pointed to a survey of over a thousand doctors that found 76% believe in God, 59% believe in some kind of afterlife, and 55% said their faith influences how they practice medicine. The statement also referred to historical scientists whose breakthroughs were “consistent with their religious faith and belief in the God who ordered the universe.”Scare Tactics: Brad Harrub of Apologetics Press wrote an editorial criticizing how the Darwinists are trying to “plot, dictate, threaten and scare” to keep their control over science education.Down Under and Below the Belt: Aussie blogger Stephen Jones discussed the underhanded tactics of the anti-ID crowd in his country.Hypocrites: George Neumayr on American Spectator called the ACLU lawsuit a Kangaroo Court, writing, “No sooner had the Darwinists ended their 80th anniversary celebrations of the Scopes trial than they turned their attention to conducting censorship trials of their own.”Morning Gory: Donald Hoffman on Morning Call Online defended ID and claimed the plaintiffs in the Dover trial are over-reacting and making much ado about nothing.Big Target: Patriot News reporter Bill Sulon wrote about how the Dover policy would be difficult to defend, according to district solicitor Stephen Russell, because it would be perceived as initiated for religious reasons.Tech Stress: TopTechNews said “Tension mounts on intelligent design.”Students Demand Free Speech: the Berkeley of the 21st century? The Cornell IDEA Club responded to university president Hunter Rawlings’ tirade against ID Oct. 21. He spent two thirds of his State of the University Address attacking intelligent design, with what they felt was a “blatant disregard for the facts” and speaking in an “unscrupulous, unknowledgeable manner.” They called for free and open exchange of ideas.And more… Access Research Network writer Denyse O’Leary keeps abreast of additional columns and articles of note about the ID controversy.This sampling can be considered representative of rhetoric that surely is making small-town newspapers all over the country.Something is strangely missing in all these reports. No Darwinists seem to be defending any evidence that humans have bacteria ancestors. It seems to be all about power. (Social Constructivists, don’t get any ideas.) The ACLU may silence a Behe, but if intelligent design is built into the fabric of the universe, 7,000 Darwinists cannot fight it any more than they can stop a glacier. Same advice still applies: watch for flying baloney, keep away from the heat, know history, re-read If by Kipling, have a deep and abiding respect for brute facts, and fear not the wroth of the people of froth.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 113th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Matt Reese, Kolt Buchenroth, and Bart Johnson. In today’s episode, the boys cover Dale Minyo’s fair visit to the Clinton County Fair. Dale speaks with Greta Grey about the ongoing events at the fair. Next is Matt’s interview with Caroline Winters who is showing her steers at the Ohio State Fair, but more importantly she is one of the helpers at the Deans Charity Steer Show. Finally, Matt gets another report from our Between the Rows farmer Dave Baer. Dave talks about the historical perspective on his farm, as well as another farm update.
JUTC is slated to roll out several initiatives over the next few months JUTC representatives will also be interacting more with the public by attending fora Story Highlights The initiatives form part of the company’s renewed efforts to deliver improved services to its clients The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is slated to roll out several initiatives over the next few months, which are aimed at improving the quality of service provided to passengers travelling on its buses.These include: training of staff in customer service; phased implementation of the cashless fare system; increasing the number of buses in operation; and introducing the new ‘Park and Ride’ service in Portmore, St. Catherine, come September.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank session at the agency’s head office, Half-Way-Tree Road, Kingston, on Wednesday, August 21, the JUTC’s newly appointed Managing Director, Colin Campbell, said the initiatives form part of the company’s renewed efforts to deliver improved services to its clients.“We intend to do some tweaking of the company’s customer service activities. We intend to be a more courteous company. We intend to have our commuters in mind a little more,” he assured.Mr. Campbell said JUTC representatives will also be interacting more with the public by attending fora, such as parish council meetings, to hear the views and opinions on the services being offered. Those occasions, he added, will also be used to promote the JUTC’s services as a viable travelling option.“We will be one of the service providers who regularly attend Parish Council meetings to be able to get feedback from the people’s representatives,” he said.Additionally, Mr. Campbell said the JUTC will be establishing a commuter committee through which the company can get direct feedback from commuters. He assured that the committee will contribute to ensuring “improved services and better activities on the part of the JUTC, both in terms of service (delivery) and the level of courtesy that they (commuters) experience on the ride.”The JUTC’s Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Kirk Finnikin, said the company will also continue to retrain and monitor the progress of drivers currently benefitting from refresher programmes.“We recognize that training of our staff is critical. We have gotten feedback from our commuting public that customer service needs some improving and our training team at the JUTC has been taking this quite seriously,” he said, while advising that a training programme is currently underway for route inspectors.“They will know what it is to restore service and engage customers, even sharing what may come across as disappointing news when your bus is either delayed or has to be rescheduled,” he explained.To eliminate the problem of buses not being adequately utilized or dispatched at particular times of the day, Mr. Finnikin said a Road Management Unit has been introduced to maximise the daily use of drivers and buses and “to move as many commuters where the demand may slightly deviate on a particular day from what the plan is.”He said in situations where extra buses are required on a particular route, the unit will be responsible for rerouting and rescheduling buses in order to maintain adequate service in the affected areas.