School Feeding Program Great, But…

first_imgThe Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System has a wonderful plan for the re-opening of schools, hopefully next January.He has pledged to feed the children as a key component for the enhancement of learning.  Reflecting on the truism that “An empty bag cannot stand,” MCSS Superintendent Benjamin Jacobs has pledged that the System will do its best to feed all the children, many of whom come to school hungry.  These hungry students, in the middle of the school session or earlier, soon find their way back home in search of food.  Hunger contributes to truancy (absence or non-attendance), and nothing defeats the educational purpose more than that.Superintendent Jacobs should be commended for acknowledging this particular need which, if fulfilled, would definitely empower the children to be more responsive to the instruction they are receiving and take their lessons more seriously.  And we hope and pray that the Education Ministry and the MCSS will be able to find the food to feed the students.  We are sure that the World Food Program, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and  Save the Children UK and USA would be more that willing to help our malnourished youth by enabling MCSS successfully to execute this plan.  But . . . and again, this is a BIG BUT!With the children’s stomachs full, what kind of instruction will they receive in the classroom?  Who will the teachers be?  How well prepared will they be?  What will be the syllabus? Are their textbooks to back it up?  What will be emphasis on reading in a country where over 60% of the people are illiterate and so many of our school going pupils and students have serious difficulty reading?If there are textbooks, where are they coming from?  This newspaper has long argued that the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Liberian government as a whole should insist on locally produced texts for our students because such texts help the students learn faster and more retentively.We have no idea why the MOE has persistently had difficulty finding the resources to recruit and train textbook writers.  This is most certainly one of the key challenges of our new Minister of Education, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell who, given her impeccable educational qualifications and professional accomplishments, we are sure will be confirmed by the Liberian Senate.We wonder what Superintendent Jacobs is thinking about Civics, a vital subject that for reasons few can understand was some years ago expunged (deleted) from the Liberian school curriculum.   The most puzzling thing about this deletion is that this happened in a country whose people have difficulty being patriotic. Civics not only helps students learn more about their country; it helps them understand their history and the functioning of their government.  Without putting forward what we believe is an unnecessary argument for the restoration of Civics in the Liberian educational curriculum, we are straightforwardly calling on the Education Ministry and MCSS to make sure that Civics is taught in ALL elementary and high schools, public and private, throughout the Republic.  In order to do this, it is axiomatic (self evident) that textbooks at various levels will have to be produced and teachers trained to teach Civics.We hope also that Superintendent Jacobs and his team will ensure that each school has a library and trained Librarians to help students develop the ability and habit of reading. The Ministry should also help MCSS find the money to equip each school with a fully equipped laboratory.  Our students must learn Science at every level, including Nursery.  We all have seen what Ebola has done to us–killed so many of our nurses and doctors.  They need to be replenished and that can be done only when we teach our students Science and Math.Needless to say, MCSS and the MOE have a lot to do to train and retrain our teachers–the existing ones and the thousands more that need to be recruited to man our educational institutions.Superintendent Jacobs should be commended also for his plans to keep Ebola at bay by insisting on hand washing, temperature taking and all the other measures in place to fight the virus. It is a great thing, too, to engage Guidance Counselors in all the schools to help keep out students focused, and properly guided and direct through their academic journey the vocational and professional choices they must eventually make.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“I have no intention of executing anyone” – President Granger

first_imgThe death penalty in GuyanaBy: Alexis RodneyPresident David Granger has made clear his position on the death penalty issue in Guyana, noting that he has no intention of executing anyone. The Head of State was speaking on his weekly televised programme “The Public Interest” on Thursday.Although the death penalty remains enshrined in Guyana’s laws, there has not been any execution for decades. According to the President, the death penalty remains on the statute books but government is yet to pronounce on whether it will be abolished or not.“I don’t have any intentions of executing anyone. Some people feel that the death penalty is a deterrent; some feel that it is not, but I do not have any intentions of approving the execution of anyone”.President David GrangerHe said some people think that, “it is best on the books as a last resort. There is a difference and there is no single statement out of the government whether it will abolish the death penalty or not. In due course, we will arrive at a position, but right, no. I agree there are two points of view”.Guyana has committed to join the worldwide efforts to abolish capital punishment, which is deemed inhumane and completely ineffective in deterring crime.Guyana has not abolished the death penalty, but there is a moratorium on its use, despite the fact that criminals are still being sentenced to death.Guyana’s last execution was in 1997.More than 100 countries have already made significant strides in abolishing the death penalty, either by law or by practice. According to statistics from a report compiled by Amnesty International, 140 countries have abolished the death penalty in 2014, by law or practice.This is significant given that when the organisation started its campaign against the death penalty in 1997, only 16 countries had abolished this punishment for all crimes. Seven countries that carried out executions in 2013 did not do so in 2014 – Bangladesh, Botswana, Indonesia, India, Kuwait, Nigeria and South Sudan.Despite this remarkable progress, there was a recorded 28 per cent increase in the number of executions in 2014 when compared with 2013. There were 2466 death sentences in 55 countries in 2014, with a total of 607 executions. This figure excludes China, which executed more persons than the rest of the world combined.The top five countries which still execute prisoners on death row are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the USA.Additionally, seven other countries resumed executions – Belarus, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Jordan, Pakistan, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.Three years ago, Guyana made a commitment to the United Nations to abolish the death penalty. Attorney General Basil Williams had recently recommitted Guyana to erasing capital punishment from its books.Guyana’s laws state (without providing for alternatives) that an individual convicted of a capital offence “shall be liable to suffer death as a felon”.In addition, legislation provides that murder and felony murder in the course of terrorism are “punishable by death”.While this language is ambiguous, under Article 19 of the Criminal (Offences) Law, courts may not substitute punishments not specifically stated for death-eligible offences, so courts appear to have no discretion in sentencing.Article 164 of the Criminal (Procedure) Law provides that when a person is convicted of an offence punishable by death, “the Court shall thereupon pronounce [the] sentence of death”.The European Union and the United Kingdom are the world’s leading institutional actors in the fight against death penalty and its action in this area represents a key priority of its external human rights policy.The EU and UK actively support the civil society organisations around the world campaigning for the abolition of capital punishment.last_img read more

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Panthers roll past Chargers

first_imgSophomore Garrett Johnson came up big offensively with 16 points and six rebounds and Taylor Begg contributed 10 points for the Panthers (16-8, 6-1). Charter Oak senior Tyler Reich finally broke through in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his team-high 15 points. Though the Chargers hurt their chances for a playoff berth with the loss, Thatcher isn’t worried. “We’ve got to win Thursday (against Wilson) or else there’s no CIF playoffs for us,” Thatcher said. “But I think we’ll be ready to play.” darren.spoon@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Chargers (12-15, 4-3) were just a game back in the standings heading into the contest and had already given the Panthers their first league loss earlier in the season. But Diamond Ranch sophomore center Chris Cunningham was almost unstoppable in the rematch, scoring 23 points to go with 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. “Cunningham played really well this time around,” Charter Oak coach Randy Thatcher said. “He’s just a tough guy to guard.” The Panthers’ defense was just as efficient, holding Chargers’ leading scorer Joey Mesropian to just nine points and keeping the lane air-tight against any penetration for the first three quarters. Speedy sophomore Chris Adames was one of Diamond Ranch’s biggest defensive weapons and created all kinds of problems for the Chargers’ offense with his six steals. • Photo Gallery: Diamond Ranch vs. Charter Oak POMONA – The Panthers proved there’s no doubt who is the top cat in the Miramonte League on Tuesday. center_img The Diamond Ranch High School boys basketball team made a big statement with a dominating 78-52 victory over Charter Oak, clinching the league title against its closest challenger. “This is the performance that we’ve been looking for. We stayed focus and it was a good team effort,” Diamond Ranch coach Ed Taylor said. last_img read more

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Clippers lose to Cavaliers

first_img“To be a quality team in this league, you have to be consistent about stuff you do,” Clippers guard Sam Cassell said. “Right now, we’re not having that consistency.” Clippers forward Corey Maggette was inactive, one day after he criticized coach Mike Dunleavy following the club’s loss in New York. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points with a season-high 16rebounds, Larry Hughes added 15 points and the Cavs, now 7-1 at home against Western Conference teams, hardly needed James. James scored 11 points – three above his season low and 15 below his average – and spent the first half of the fourth quarter watching as the scuffling Cavaliers, who came in just 4-8 since Jan. 16, won their fifth straight at home against the Clippers. “Guys took advantage of what we had,” James said. “I didn’t struggle at all. I didn’t force anything. I took what was there. Defensively, we took care of business.” Sasha Pavlovic added 16points and Drew Gooden 13 for Cleveland, which held the Clippers to 35 percent shooting and without a field goal for a nearly nine-minute stretch bridging the third and fourthquarters. “We’re trying to figure out ways to score and get stops when LeBron doesn’t have one of his normal nights,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “It’s kind of been by committee.” In the aftermath of a stinging loss to Detroit on Sunday, both James and Hughes said the Cavaliers should be running more, their argument being the team is better suited for an up-tempo offensive game than the slowdown style preferred by Brown, who preaches defense first. The Cavs pushed the action when they could, attacking the rim when the opportunity was there. “It’s no secret that I like to play that way,” Hughes said. “I like to get up and run. So whenever we can get out and attack a team from start to finish, I think it works best in our favor.” While there was no drastic change in their offense, the Cavaliers did do something different: They made a few more free throws, going 21 of 28 (75 percent) from the line. Cleveland has been the NBA’s worst free-throw shooting team all season and came in making just 68 percent of its attempts. Leading by 11 at halftime and 13 after three quarters, the Cavaliers pushed their lead to 21 with 5:15 remaining when James drilled a 3-pointer. The Cavaliers were just 1 of 13 to open the second quarter before Ilgauskas hit a jumper to snap a 35-all tie. Hughes then scored nine straight points and Cleveland closed the period with a 10-2 spurt to open a 54-43 halftime lead. Notes: Clippers forward Tim Thomas hyperextended his right knee in the third quarter but returned after getting the injury wrapped. … It was the 500th career start for Ilgauskas. Only Brad Daugherty (548) has started more for the Cavs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Maggette, second on the team in scoring and rebounding, was unhappy about playing just 17minutes against the Knicks, who overcame a 10-point deficit to win. “It’s just more of Dunleavy’s (stuff) again,” said Maggette, who recently had a meeting with owner Donald Sterling, Dunleavy and general manager Elgin Baylor to end trade speculation about the seven-year veteran. “I don’t get it, I really don’t. It’s crazy. I put in work. I deserve to play. It’s totally mind-boggling to me.” The Clippers said Maggette was out with the flu. Elton Brand led Los Angeles with 21 points and Shaun Livingston added 19 for the Clippers, who have dropped three in a row. LeBron James did not lead the Cavaliers in scoring Wednesday, rebounds, assists, dunks or anything vital. And this time, it didn’t matter. center_img CLEVELAND – With upcoming games later this week against Miami and the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed a relaxing night and the Clippers seemed only too willing to give them one. Playing the second game of a back-to- back, the Clippers had early energy and then faded in a 94-77 loss Wednesday. last_img read more

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Video: Sought-after star wants Real Madrid stay – See what you’re missing Liverpool, Arsenal and Man United fans!

first_imgA transfer window wouldn’t be complete without an ongoing saga which eventually comes fails to come to fruition.And that’s exactly what a number of clubs have on their hands with their pursuit of Asier Illarramendi, as the Spanish youngster looks set to disappoint a host of suitors to remain at Real Madrid.The highly sought-after midfielder has been tracked by Premier League trio Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United this month, having struggled for game-time at the Bernabeu since signing from Real Sociedad in 2013.Illarramendi joined Los Blancos in a €32.2million deal, a club-record fee for a Spanish player, but has started just 18 La Liga games in as many months with the European champions.His lack of minutes has led to speculation over his long-term Madrid future, with Inter Milan and Athletic Bilbao also linked with a move for the 24-year-old.Illarramendi stated last week he intends to stay and fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side, though the club are yet to rule out selling the man originally tipped to replace Xavi Alonso at the heart of Real’s midfield.Would you want to see the young Spaniard in the Premier League? Where would he best fit in? Check out his season’s highlights and let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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Council weighs raise for police

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Baldwin Park officials has been in negotiations with the five-member bargaining unit for about the last six months, said Vijay Singhal, the city’s chief executive officer. There are four lieutenants and one captain in the association, said Lt. David Reynoso. He would not comment on the negotiation process. “We agreed on the offer and went ahead and accepted it,” he said. “Pretty much everything else is going to stay the same. The other benefits, retirement benefits, education incentives are not going to change, just a pay raise across the board.” Under the current contract, salaries for police captains range between $7,107 and $9,524, documents show. Salaries range between $6,157 and $8,251 a month for lieutenants. BALDWIN PARK – The City Council will consider pay increases tonight for Police Department captains and lieutenants. The proposal is a one-year negotiated agreement between the city and the Baldwin Park Police Management Employees’ Association. If it is approved, lieutenants would get a 6 percent raise and captains would get a 7 percent raise, city documents show. “I think we gave them close to what they were asking for,” said Councilman Ricardo Pacheco. “Maybe we don’t always give them what they want. They wanted more, but we settled on what we settled on, something more affordable for the city.” Capt. Michael Taylor said members of the association did not see pay raises when the earlier contract was approved in 2004. “All we got out of that contract was two performance step increases,” he said. “In other words, those are merit increases based on merit when get your (evaluation).” Education incentives were also approved at that time: a 2 percent pay increase for obtaining an associate’s degree, an 8 percent increase for a bachelor’s and a 10 percent increase for a master’s, Taylor said. Pacheco said the current proposal would put police management employees at about midrange compared to what other cities pay lieutenants and captains. “Of course, they preferred to be at top of what other cities could afford to pay, which is probably like 10 percent more than what we can afford,” Pacheco said. “But we need to be able to pay our officers and other services throughout the city. That puts limitations on what we have.” The city is still in negotiations with the Baldwin Park Police Officers’ Association, which encompasses officers and sergeants, Singhal said. If approved tonight, the one-year contract would be effective retroactively, from July 1 to June 30, 2008, documents show. tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GET YOUR NEWS ON THE GO WITH THE NEW DONEGALDAILY.COM APP!

first_imgToday we launch the Donegaldaily.com App!For weeks now many of our loyal 59,500 unique users have been asking us when we were going to give them their news on the go.And from today onwards people with smart phones can do just that. In one simple step you can download our new Doneagldaily.com phone symbol onto your phone.It will literally take the tap of a phone and the App will be on your phone forever.After that all the daily news from across Donegal will be at the tap of your smart phone every minute of every day.We would ask you to be patient as our App may not be ready to be downloaded with every phone. However it will work on most smart phones, androids and the iPhone. The Donegaldaily App is just the latest in a number of plans we have for our website.Although the site has only been up and running for the past eight months, it has become a huge success story within the local media in Donegal.And we are now getting well over half a million hits per month, according to statistics released by Google.We have many more exciting plans and we will keep you, our loyal readers, up to date as we develop them.Ends GET YOUR NEWS ON THE GO WITH THE NEW DONEGALDAILY.COM APP! was last modified: September 5th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Appdonegaldaily.comlast_img read more

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Softball Falls to Evansville, 13-5

first_img Iowa State 4/11/2017 – 4 PM Watch Live The Valley on ESPN3 Junior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) took the loss to fall to 10-13 on the season. Smith pitched three innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits. She struck out two batters and walked one. Knoche had two innings of work giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout. Buie took over the circle in the sixth inning and worked her way out of a bases loaded and zero outs situation without giving up a run. Buie pitched two innings and allowed three runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. Next Game: Live Stats Evansville (16-20, 7-5 MVC) took an early 1-0 lead before Drake (19-19, 3-9 MVC) answered to tie the game in the bottom of the first with a single by Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) who then scored on a pair of errors by the Purple Aces. Buie and Pena each tallied three hits while Buie drove in one run and scored once. Pena scored twice while Frank and Sowa each stroked two hits. Maddox has a team-leading nine home runs and 27 runs batted in. DES MOINES, Iowa – Evansville completed a series sweep over the Drake University softball team with a 13-5 victory Sunday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference play at Buel Field. Preview Full Schedule Roster Drake threatened Evansville in the bottom of the fifth inning that started with a double by senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.). Wright followed with a single, Sowa to cut Evansville’s lead to only two, 6-4. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) followed up with a single, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on the two base runners. In the bottom of the sixth, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) put up singles before Buie’s single scored Pena, keeping the game alive with a score of 10-5. Evansville added three runs in the seventh to further seal its victory.   Evansville quickly took back the lead with a pair of runs in the third and a solo home run in the fourth to lead 4-3. Freshman pitcher Aryka Knoche (Little Canada, Minn.) worked her way out of a jam with two runners on base to escape the inning without giving up any more runs in the fourth. However, the Purple Aces added six more runs over the next two innings for to build a 10-4 advantage. With two outs in the second inning, Drake took its first lead of the series with a two-run home run by freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) for a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs will continue their homestand Tuesday with a game against in-state opponent Iowa State at 4 p.m. before returning to MVC play in a three-game series against Illinois State on April 14 and 15.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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BRAVE DONEGAL LOSE OUT AS KERRY REIGN AT CROKER

first_imgMichael Murphy gave a captain’s performance for Donegal.Donegal 0-12 Kerry 2-09Donegal have failed in their bid to win the Sam Maguire for a second time in three years, losing out by three points to Kerry in a hard-fought All-Ireland Senior Football Final at Croke Park this afternoon.It was double heartbreak for the thousands of Donegal fans who earlier watched the minors lose out in their bid to win their first All-Ireland title. In the senior game, Donegal came no where near producing the performance that demolished Dublin in their thrilling semi-final clash and a nightmare mistake by the usually reliable goalkeeper Paul Durcan, which set up a second Donegal goal, proved decisive.Donegal made the worse possible start, conceding a goal in the first minute, when Paul Geaney climbed to collect a high ball  by Stephen O’Brien to turn and shoot low to the back of the net.Donegal lived dangerously in the open period and after a Johnny Buckley shot hit the post, Kieran Donaghy put the ball over the bar from 15  metres to put the Kingdom four points in front with only four minutes on the clock.A Michael Murphy free, after a foul on Leo McLoone inside the 45, got Donegal off the mark in the fifth minute. The Donegal captain put over another free from 50 metres to reduce the deficit six minutes later.Geaney restored the three point lead when he put over a free from 14 metres following a foul on Kieran Donaghy.Donegal had a let off when keeper Durcan came for, and missed, a high ball and could only look on as the ball bounced narrowly wide of an empty net.Murphy stepped up once again  in the 16th minute to put over another free over the bar to reduce the deficit to two points on a scoreline of 1-02 to 0-04.He got his, and Donegal’s fourth, again from a free in the 23rd minute to make in a one point game. Kerry keeper Brian Kelly pulled off a brilliant save a minute later to get a leg to a low O’Connor shot, the ball going wide, referee Eddie Kinsella, from Meath, wrongly awarding a goal-kick instead of a 45.Donegal got lucky when, from close in,  Paul Keaney blasted over the bar with the goal at his mercy.Odhran MacNiallais scored a brilliant point off the ground from play from 30 yards to reduce the deficit before Carl Lacey levelled the game in the 30th minute to send the sides in all square at the break.Donegal made a better start to the second half than they did the first, Murphy thumping over a brilliant long distance point two minutes after the re-start. After Paul Murphy drew Kerry level with a point for a narrow angle, Donegal had a let off when a David Moran shot bounced off Paul Durcan’s crossbar, the danger being cleared by his defence.Barry John put Kerry back in front in the 50th minute after a free awarded for a foul on Killian.A poor kick out by Durcan was pounced on by Donaghy who had the easiest of tasks to find the net past the Donegal keeper to put four between the sides.Two points from Paddy McBrearty, who had earlier replaced Ryan McHugh the two-goal hero in the thrilling semi-final win over Dublin, and a point from McGee reduced the deficit to a single point in the 55th minute.Unanswered points from Johnny Buckley, Barry John Keane and Donaghy saw the Kingdom reign by four points on a scoreline of 2-08 to 0-10 with eight minutes remaining.Points from subtitute Dermot Molloy and Christy Toy reduced the deficit two points in the 66th minute.With the clock “ticking down” Donegal struggled to deal with Kerry’s “keep ball” tactics and Bryan Sheehan put three between the sides with two minutes remaining.Try as they did, Donegal could find no way through a packed Kerry defence.BRAVE DONEGAL LOSE OUT AS KERRY REIGN AT CROKER was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:alldonegalfinalfootabllIrelandloseSeniorlast_img read more

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Keynote Speech at Biology Conference Falsifies Major Claim of Darwinism

first_imgSalvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College through the generous support of a private foundation. He also manages a small privately held investment fund which he has run on the side since 1997. He has 4 science degrees including an MS in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University and is presently working on a PhD. On April 28, 2005, he became one of the few creationists to ever appear in a cover story of the prestigious scientific journal Nature which covered his work on behalf of intelligent design. The most famous member of the Intelligent Design club he organized at George Mason in 2005 is Biologist Caroline Crocker who was featured in the Ben Stein’s motion picture documentary Expelled. Mr. Cordova is currently working on research with renowned Cornell geneticist John Sanford, inventor of the gene gun.(Visited 1,444 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Keynote Speaker at International Biology Conference Falsifies Major Claim of Darwinismby Sal CordovaHailed as “the greatest biologist since Darwin,” Ronald Fisher is credited as author of “biology’s central theorem” what is known as Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection.[i] An informally stated corollary of Fisher’s theorem is that a population will continually increase in fitness.Sanford’s book examines the impact of mutations that are invisible to selection.However, for decades it has been noted that many populations are declining in fitness. Geneticists such as Michael Lynch[ii], Alexey Kondrashov[iii], Bryan Sykes[iv], and many others have been warning the human genome is crumbling and the damage is likely irreversible. Thus, Fisher’s Corollary could not be right because it did not agree with observable facts.Fisher Revisited and RevisedNoticing the incongruence with Fisher’s Corollary and observational evidence, retired Cornell geneticist John Sanford began work with UVA professor Bill Basener on correcting mistakes in Fisher’s theorem and corollary to include the handling of harmful mutations. Basener is also emeritus professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He and Sanford published their revised theorem in the Journal of Mathematical Biology. (See 22 Dec 2017.)Because the issue of declining fitness would be of keen interest in the discipline of conservation biology, Basener gave the keynote address at the “International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology” that included presentations by participants from 14 nations. He received a friendly welcome despite the grim implications of his mathematical derivations for the human genome and for Darwinism. His talk was titled, “The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection with Mutations.”Basener was kind enough to provide a recording of his keynote address. Watch it here on YouTube.Evidential Implications and Emotional OppositionWhat does this have to do with belief in Creation? First off, Basener’s paper and presentation were by all standards pure science, but pure science has a way of having metaphysical implications. For example, Ernst Haeckel rejected Louis Pasteur’s experimental evidence against spontaneous generation because if Pasteur were right, “we must have recourse to the miracle of supernatural creation.” In the present day evolutionary biologists have been insanely angry at the NIH, particularly the Billion Dollar ENCODE-pioneered set of projects which argues against the idea of junk DNA. Evolutionary biologist Dan Graur said ENCODE is “bonkers”[v] because “If ENCODE is right, evolution is wrong.”[vi]Now, if Basener, Sanford, and the genetics community are right that many observed genomes are deteriorating, including that of humans, then how could we have evolved in the first place?Thankfully, as a matter of medical necessity and environmental conservation, researchers are finally paying attention to the facts even if the facts appear friendly to creationist theory which speaks of a world that is intelligently designed—but also cursed.[i] Wikipedia entry on Ronald Fisher. Comment by Richard Dawkins.[ii] Lynch, Michael.  Rate, molecular spectrum, and consequences of human mutation. PNAS, Jan 10, 2010.  http://www.pnas.org/content/107/3/961[iii] Kondrashov, Alexey S.  Crumbling Genome: The Impact of Deleterious Mutations on Humans.  Wiley, 23 May 2017.[iv] Sykes, Brian.  Adam’s Curse: A Future without Men. WW Norton & Co, 27 May, 2005.[v] Gruar, Dan.  Rubbish DNA: The functionless fraction of the human genome. arXiv, 22 Jan 2016. https://arxiv.org/abs/1601.06047[vi] Klinghoffer, David. Dan Graur, Darwin’s Reactionary. Evolution News & Science Today, 21 June 2017.last_img read more

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