Dominica Police confirms death of hairdresser who collapsed last Friday

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica Police confirms death of hairdresser who collapsed last Friday by: – January 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! 84 Views   6 comments Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Judith Casimir-Shillingford. Photo credit: Facebook.The Dominica Police Force through its Public Relations Officer has confirmed the death of 38 year old Judith Casimir-Shillingford who collapsed last week Friday.Dominica Vibes News reported on Friday 20th January, 2012 that a hairdresser died suddenly in what appeared to be bizarre circumstances. The report further stated that Judith Casimir Shillingford was at the time treating a customer’s hair when she collapsed and never regained consciousness. Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Police Force, Sergeant Kenth Matthew has confirmed to Dominica Vibes News that Shillingford was pronounced dead about 3:20 pm on Friday 20th January, 2012 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.“At 3pm on Friday 20th January, 2012 a 38 year old hair stylist and manicurist Judith Casimir-Shillingford of Cornwall Street collapsed suddenly as she worked at her saloon at the Prevost Cinemall. She was swiftly taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital at 3:20 pm a doctor there pronounced her dead after an examination.”According to Sergeant Matthew, Shillingford’s body has been secured at the Princess Margaret Hospital Mortuary pending a post-mortem investigation, the results of which will form part of a Coroner’s Inquiry.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Clippers’ Sterling disparages Magic Johnson, HIV status

first_imgMagic Johnson (AP Photo/File)LOS ANGELES (AP) – In an interview aired Monday where he expressed sorrow for recorded racist remarks that earned him a lifetime NBA ban, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was anything but apologetic toward Magic Johnson, one of the men mentioned in the recording, repeatedly disparaging Johnson’s HIV-positive status, dismissing his work in charity and business and saying he’s not a proper role model for children.“He’s got AIDS!” Sterling said loudly at one point, cutting off CNN’S Anderson Cooper as the interviewer attempted to cite Johnson’s accomplishments after Sterling asked, “What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?”“He acts so holy,” Sterling said. “He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?”Anderson corrected Sterling, explaining that Johnson was HIV-positive but did not have “full-blown AIDS.”Sterling briefly adjusted his language but not his tone.“What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect, and tell our kids about?” Sterling said. “I think he should be ashamed of himself.”Johnson had Tweeted after the recording emerged last month that he would never attend another Clippers game while Sterling was owner. But he was in attendance at Sunday’s playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder sitting next to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who handed down Sterling’s lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine nearly two weeks ago.Also in the interview that had its first full airing Monday after the release of excerpts Sunday, Sterling says he was “baited” into using racist language by V. Stiviano, the woman who made the recording.“She would always use the word ‘black,’ ” Sterling said of Stiviano. “That’s a black girl, that’s a black guy, this is black, that’s black. So when she said to me I’m going to bring ‘four gorgeous black guys to the game,’ players she was referring to either football or basketball, I was a little jealous maybe.”“I used her words,” Sterling said, later adding: “I don’t know why the girl had me say those things.”Johnson, who is scheduled to appear on Cooper’s show to reply on Tuesday, wrote on his Twitter account that “I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview.”Johnson later Tweeted, “After this week, no more Sterling talk.”The comments earned Sterling a quick rebuke from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who handed down a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine against Sterling last month.“I just read a transcript of Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper and while Magic Johnson doesn’t need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack,” Silver said. “The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”last_img read more

Desperately Seeking Macroevolution

first_imgWith Intelligent Design critics hot on their heels, Darwinian evolutionists are hot to find transitional forms that they can exhibit as evidence for large-scale evolution (macroevolution).  A symposium on that very subject was held last October by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), but a report on the conference did not come out till this month’s issue of BioScience.1  It appears only pro-Darwinists were allowed a hearing.    The abstract says, “Speakers at the ‘Macroevolution: Evolution above the Species Level’ symposium, held at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual meeting last October, focused on macroevolutionary processes, the evolution of key innovations and major lineages of organisms, and the evidence for these processes.”  The Cambrian Explosion and other difficulties were specifically addressed – including this admission in the opening remarks: “Some in the antievolution community assert that microevolution happens but not macroevolution, because they believe there is no evidence for it.”  Here, then, was a prime opportunity for pro-Darwin advocates to showcase the very best examples of macroevolution.  Assuming reporter Oksana Hlodan did a fair job of capturing the highlights, what examples did the panel of five come up with?    Combing through the report, here is the short list of evidence for macroevolution:Choanoflagellates, a class of protozoa found in almost any body of water, seem to have the proteins higher animals use for cell signalling and adhesion.  So, “Genes shared by choanoflagellates and animals were most likely present in their common ancestor and may shed light on the transition to multicellularity.”  Nicole King (UC Berkeley) suggested that unicellular organisms like these might have been preadapted for multicellularity.  That almost sounds like a mindless process was able to plan ahead.Developmental programs were exhibited as evidence by Nipam Patel (UC Berkeley) for how different body plans might have emerged, such as bilateral symmetry and numbers of segments.  He gave examples of fruit flies with four wings and with legs where the antennae should be.Radiation (the biological kind, not the atomic kind) was discussed by Jeffrey S. Levinton (State U of NY at Stony Brook).  He tried to explain the Cambrian Explosion by referring to the fact that the “molecular clock” suggests an earlier time for diversification than the fossil record shows.  “The Cambrian explosion marks the appearance of most bilaterian multicellular animal designs,” he agreed, “but the actual divergence of these groups may have occurred many millions of years before the Cambrian.”Extinction was presented as evidence by David Jablonski (U of Chicago).  But how can the loss of 95% of living things (his estimate) over five major extinction events count as evidence for macroevolution?  The explanation: “Mass extinctions are important in macroevolution because they change the rules of survival, eliminating the dominant groups of the time and allowing adaptations to hitchhike on traits, such as geographic range size, that determine survivorship during extinction episodes.  Mass extinctions homogenize the biota, and they encourage postextinction evolutionary bursts.”Whales: Phillip Gingerich (U of Michigan) presented a series of fossils showing the putative evolution of whales.  He considered this “a transition from land to sea once thought inexplicable in terms of evolution.”Flowers: Scott Hodges (UC Santa Barbara) argued that flowering plants with nectar spurs are more diverse than groups without them.  His explanation: “Finding this association, suggests that nectar spurs affect the process of speciation or extinction.”After this, the symposium discussed how to teach this evidence in the public schools with materials from the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS).  Then Kathleen Smith (U of North Carolina) summed up the evidence in her closing remarks:The genetic toolkit is important in the study of macroevolution.  The same sets of genes are used again and again, so that major evolutionary change does not necessarily require major genetic changes.    There is complexity in the tempo and mode of evolution.  There are many different patterns in macroevolutionary events.    Many macroevolutionary changes depend on significant changes in the environment, some of which have led to large extinction events.    The processes of microevolution and macroevolution are continuous.The article notes that the presentations are available on the AIBS website.    Let’s look at one other example.  In its feature “Life’s Little Mysteries,” Live Science posted a short article March 26, “What’s So Special About Darwin’s Finches?”  The article noted that many consider this case a “symbol of evolution” by natural selection.  The history of Darwin’s finches is summarized.  One tidbit mentioned in passing is that Darwin paid little note of the finches during the stopover at the Galápagos, and only years later “tried to make up for the deficit by borrowing some finch notes taken by the Beagle’s Captain Robert FitzRoy.”2    The explanation in the last sentence about where Darwin’s finches fit into evolutionary theory is notable not only for what it claims, but for what it avoids claiming: “In the past few decades, biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant of Princeton University have studied finch populations and showed that the average beak sizes of successive generations changed to adapt to new food sources on Daphne Major, an island in the Galápagos.”  In fact, the beak sizes fluctuated back and forth with food availability, with no long-term trend discernible (see 07/14/2006 entry and its embedded links).1Oksana Hlodan, “Macroevolution: Evolution Above the Species Level,” BioScience, Volume 57, Number 3, March 2007, pp. 222-225(4).2FitzRoy was a Bible-believing Christian who denounced Darwin’s evolutionary ideas and deeply regretted having had any part of Darwin’s slide into apostasy.So that’s it?  This is laughable.  The closest two cases for macroevolution that had any bones or photographs to back them up were the whale tale and the nectar spur myth.  For the latter, they are still species within the same kind, for crying out loud—not examples of macroevolution.  No creationist would deny the ability of some flowering plants to diversify to a limited extent.  As to whale evolution, that claim has been roundly debunked by many ID and creationist groups: the Discovery Institute response to the PBS Evolution series, by TrueOrigin #1 and True Origin #2, by Answers in Genesis, by Creation Ministries International, by the Creation Research Society, by ICR and many others.  The AIBS and other Darwin Propagandists pretend like these critiques don’t even exist.  The honest thing for a scientist would be to first do a literature search and come well-armed, but they never do.  They present their very biased one side of the story as if nobody else ever had a problem with it.    The rest of the so-called “evidence” for macroevolution all consisted of “suggestions” that “might” explain away the falsifying evidence with a little more work (and funding), with nothing but hope that future discoveries might “shed light” on the vexing problem of how all the major body plans of all the animals appeared in the blink of an eye in the fossil record.  Such excuses don’t shed any light; they cover up the clear light of design.    As for the LiveScience pitiful article on Darwin’s finches, here is another case of pretending the criticisms against Darwin don’t exist.  Jonathan Wells wrote a whole chapter about this in Icons of Evolution (note how LieScience used the synonym “symbol” instead of “icon” in their description).  Incidentally, Wells also had a chapter on four-winged fruit flies; Dr. Patel should have known that there is no way these rare mutants would survive in the wild, so they are irrelevant to evolutionary theory.  Haven’t these people heard that the Peter & Rosemary Grant team only found fluctuations around a mean in finch beaks over 30 years of study?  They only found slight enlargements of the average beak size of one species (on the order of fractions of a millimeter).  Big deal.  Moreover, the changes were reversed when the climate changed.  And this is still being promoted as something “special” worth knowing because it is a symbol of macroevolution?  Come on.  Any honest reporter should acknowledge the criticisms and try to address them.  Ignoring the question is tantamount to propaganda.    In short, critics of Darwinian evolution should take heart at this, another in a long series of embarrassing admissions that Darwin’s modern-day disciples have no evidence for Charlie’s myth.  How much longer Darwinism will endure before collapsing is anyone’s guess.  If you’d like to hasten the inevitable, then you’d better stop their attempts to keep indoctrinating the young in their side and silencing the opposition.  Notice that they hastened at the end of the symposium to talk about how best to inculcate the youth into their mystery religion.  Unless we get public schools to teach the facts, to permit fair and balanced presentation of all the evidence, the Darwinistas could succeed in raising another generation of zombies.  This means the collapse of Darwinism could be delayed long enough for it to work even more mischief in society.  As Disraeli once said, “Error is often more earnest than truth.”  This means that error can win by default.  If you care about the truth, you had better exercise your earnestness above the opposition’s intensity level and apply it wisely.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Maliwal urges Modi Shah to sack Unnao rape accused MLA

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J.P. Nadda to sack the Unnao rape accused BJP MLA from the BJP and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, along with his aides is accused of gangraping the girl who is now battling for life in a Lucknow hospital after a truck hit a car in which she was travelling along with two aunts and her lawyer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Both the women were killed in the accident while the lawyer is also in critical condition. “The minor girl had been gang-raped by Senger along with his aides. The Uttar Pradesh Police refused to register an FIR for over one year. Instead her father was arrested and assaulted by the brother and supporters of Sengar in police custody,” she said. In her letter, the DCW Chairperson said how the rape victim attempted to immolate herself in front of the residence of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a day later, her father died in a hospital of injuries inflicted in police custody. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Maliwal said the road accident “was a clear conspiracy to eliminate the witnesses and her family”. “The lawyer who stood by her and tried to support her is presently even in a worse condition than the girl,” Maliwal said. She expressed shock at the “brute display of apathy by the Bharatiya Janata Party by not only ensuring that the MLA stays a prominent member of BJP but constantly safeguarding his membership of the UP Assembly, thereby allowing him to subvert the justice process at every juncture. “Despite mounting evidence against the MLA, he continued to be in power and therefore enjoys unadulterated clout over the police, jail, hospital authorities and the entire Uttar Pradesh administration. It is this patronage of the BJP that has enabled him to unabashedly ravage the lives of the rape victim and her family.”last_img read more