Several Ugandan journalists arrested while investigating corruption

first_img Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges February 8, 2019 Several Ugandan journalists arrested while investigating corruption News The two journalists, BBC producer Mohamed Kassim and Godfrey Badebye, a cameraman with the Ugandan TV channel NBS, were arrested together with their fixer and driver in the capital, Kampala, while investigating the suspected theft of drugs by government employees from public health centres for the purpose of sale to nearby countries such as South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Organisation Mohamed Kassim, journaliste d’investigation pour la BBC. Crédit : RSF_en Follow the news on Uganda UgandaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisoned Receive email alerts “By arresting journalists on the verge of exposing corrupt practices instead of arresting those presumably responsible for these practices, the Ugandan police are going after the wrong targets and are casting doubt on the sincerity of the government’s declared fight against corruption,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These journalists were just doing their job and should never have been detained. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.” to go further The creation of a special unit to combat corruption within the state administration and identify corrupt officials was announced by President Yoweri Museveni last December with great fanfare. Uganda is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The police issued a statement saying they had arrested five suspects, including two journalists, for “illegal possession of classified drugs,” a charge punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of 477 euros. June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img UgandaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisoned January 13, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of two Ugandan journalists who were arrested on 6 February while doing an undercover investigation into trafficking in pharmaceutical drugs between Uganda and neighbouring countries. In RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Uganda is ranked 117th out of 180 countries, five places lower than in 2017. News Help by sharing this information In an attempt to arrest Solomon Serwanjja, another NBS journalist working on the same story, the Kampala police went to his home on the night of 6 February, but he was not there and has been in hiding ever since. When reached by RSF, Serwanjja said the police searched his home, seized several boxes of medicines acquired during the investigation, and arrested his wife. “It’s a big theft racket,” Serwanjja told RSF by telephone.  “Our story exposes the whole rot in the system.” He added that he was going to turn himself in to the police “because that’s the condition they put for releasing my wife”. UpdateReporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that three Ugandan journalists who had been arrested in connection with their undercover reporting were released today. Two of them had been arrested on the evening of 6 February and the third had turned himself in to the police earlier today. In a statement, the police recognized that the journalists had been trying to demonstrate the ease with which pharmaceutical drugs could be acquired illegally from public health centres. The police statement also encouraged the journalists to continue making their TV documentary designed to expose this kind of corruption. RSF, which condemned the arrests, is nonetheless concerned about the ambiguity of the position taken by the police, who conditioned the release of the journalists on payment of bail, and who say they are continuing to investigate whether the journalists broke any laws when acquiring the drugs. RSF calls for all proceedings to be dropped so that the journalists can continue their public interest reporting without any threat hanging over them. March 12, 2021 Find out more Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Newslast_img read more

Boris Žgomba’s new term as president of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce

first_img“The challenges for our industry are becoming more intense day by day, from current events in the country and in the most important emitting markets for us, to the search for innovative tourism products and the application of new technologies that will bring our offer closer to both existing and new consumers. In order to meet these requirements, it is necessary to harmonize domestic business conditions as soon as possible, first of all the adoption of a more flexible Labor Law, lowering the VAT rate in tourism in line with our competing Mediterranean countries and adequate regulation of special taxation of travel agencies.”, Pointed out Žgomba.  At today’s election session of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce held in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Split County Chamber, he was elected president of the Association for the second time. Boris Žgomba, CEO of Uniline. He was elected vice president Jurica Glavina, director of the Split company Eklata, while she was elected secretary of the Association Saša Zrnić from the Sector for Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  Also, Žgomba said that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is the right place for dialogue on these issues and the development of the best proposals to facilitate state institutions to pass the highest quality laws in the field of day-to-day operations of travel agencies. He also called on all members to be actively involved in the work of the Association for the Benefit of Croatian Tourism and all its stakeholders.  The Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has 1768 members, is a member of the European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators (ECTAA), where Boris Žgomba also serves as a member of the Management Board. center_img In addition to the elections, the key topic of the session was changes in the insurance regulations of travel agencies. The parts of these regulations concerning agencies were presented to the audience by a HANFA representative.  Some of the key activities of the Association in the last year were trainings to adapt to legal changes that occurred in the amendments to the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, preparations for the implementation of the EU Directive on Package and Related Arrangements, GDPR and activities related to special taxation of travel agencies. om.last_img read more

Bertha Downgraded to Tropical Depression, as Rain Continues in South Florida

first_imgBertha, the second named storm of 2020, has been downgraded to a tropical depression.The system formed off the coast of South Carolina at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It made landfall as a tropical storm an hour later, just east of Charleston, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving north at 15 mph.It weakened quickly to a tropical depression, while prompting flash flood warnings in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update.Meanwhile, heavy rain continues to drench our state.A flash flood warning is in effect for the east coast of South Florida until 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy: National Hurricane Center Gusty winds may also produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of eastern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas through the remainder of Wednesday, according to the hurricane center.On Tuesday, record-setting rainfall caused a flood warning for central Broward County through northern Miami-Dade from 9 p.m. to midnight.West Palm Beach recorded 6.73 inches of rain Tuesday, while Fort Lauderdale picked up 4.86 inches.last_img read more

Rainy City Roller Dolls Supports Twin Cities Mission at Upcoming Double…

first_imgFacebook203Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rainy City Roller DollsRebecca Parvin (star cap) shrugs off a hit at a recent bout. Photo credit: Regularman PhotographyThis weekend is chalk full of derby with an upcoming double-header, featuring the Rainy City Roller Dolls versus the Wine Country Crushers and Overbeaters Anonymous versus the Skate-O-Holics on Saturday June 20.  It’s sure to be a spectacular sight filled with competition, support and superior athleticism.And, in the world of roller derby, support and service is at the foundation and core of every roller derby team and certainly every player.“No matter which way you slice it, we play for ourselves and we play for each other,” said Rainy City Roller Dolls President, Rebecca Parvin, also known on the track as Ivanna Pop-A-Tart, “I support my teammates and do what I can for each of them and the team, just as they would for me.  That’s why supporting Twin Cities Mission is so important to us.”Twin Cities’ House Mother and Director, Tracy Scott, went to the mission in 2005, running from abuse.  “I was running from abuse and running from myself,” said Scott, “I stayed for eight months.”Twin Cities Mission is a Centralia based 501 (c) 3 non-profit group home that helps women from different backgrounds and life experiences.  The organization is 13 years old now and is still going strong.Players Naughty Mommy and Holy Eep helping each other with skates in between jams. Photo Credit Regularman Photography“This home helped me change my life,” Tracy said in an email, “I (now) have been running this house for 3 years since the (the founder) retired. I (still) keep in close contact with her.”As an independent and very small non-profit, Twin Cities Mission has no government funding and the organization relies solely on financial donations, donated items and donated service help.And, their return to the community is ten-fold when it comes to supporting women and getting them back on their feet.“We help ladies getting out of jail, older displaced women and many women (who are) getting off of drugs. Our average stay is 90 (days).”  said Tracy.This weekend’s double-header event is sure to draw a crowd and Rainy City Roller Dolls is hoping the community can deliver results, for Twin Cities Mission and for Tracy.Parvin is excited for this weekend. “We are looking forward to an incredible turnout not only for roller derby but for the women utilizing Twin Cities Mission,” she said, “every little bit helps; whether it’s five dollars or five rolls of toilet paper, these women need our support.”Tracy is thankful for the support and is looking forward to the turnout as well in addition to the overwhelming support they’ve received from Rainy City Roller Dolls thus far.Her final words before this Saturday, “Some ladies stay as long as a year. As long as they are continuing to better their lives, we want to help them.”Location:  Centralia Rollerdrome 216 W. Maple St. , Centralia, WA 98531***Beer Garden for 21 and over***Saturday, June 20 – Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; first whistle at 6:00 p.m.Players Pi Slicer and Holy Eep giving thanks to the fans.Photo credit: Regularman Photography$10 Presale/Online; $15 at the doorKids age 10 and under are free.Buy Tickets Online HereREMEMBER: When you make a donation, you will receive 3 raffle tickets to win a prizeTheir current needs are as follows:Money to pay off homeToilet paperPaper towelsNapkinsBleachLysol wipesSugarCoffeeDishwasher soapLaundry soapTall kitchen trash bagsEasy daily use mopsBroom & dust panlast_img read more

Towns Grapple With Minimum Wage Hike

first_imgMiddletown, with nearly 70,000 residents spread out over 58.7 square miles, is one of the largest towns in Monmouth County and, like many other municipalities, the township employs maintenance, department of public works operations and recreational workers at minimum wage. “Though an exemption would have helped us financially, it would’ve put us in a tough spot because it wouldn’t have allowed us to compete for quality workers,” Mercantante said. “Many of our minimum wage workers are in our DPW. It’s hard work. If someone can make more by working a less physically strenuous job at Burger King or Kohl’s, that’s where they’re going to go.” In Two River towns like Middletown, Highlands and Fair Haven, township administrators are grappling with the numbers. For example, Gonzalez pointed out that many municipalities employ crossing guards. Cerra said the League of Municipalities hoped the bill would exempt local governments from the minimum wage hikes, but Mercantante did not agree with that view. Fair Haven administrator Theresa S. Casagrande said the wage increase will impact municipalities differently, but it could also serve as a benefit to some. Under the landmark minimum wage bill recently signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, municipalities will now have to pay workers $10 an hour beginning July 1, up from $8.85. That wage will gradually increase to $15 by 2024. Middletown Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said he has done a study of the township’s work- force and determined that the minimum wage boost will affect 17 workers in July. But that number will grow as the rate gradually increases and more workers must receive pay increases. By 2024 when the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour, the number of employees af fected by the bill will be 112. Mercantante called the bill “misleading.” Both Perry and Gonzalez said they wish there had been more communication between legislators and municipalities before Murphy signed the bill, a sentiment shared by state Sens. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). Both voted against the bill. “It’s a ‘ripple up’ effect that wasn’t considered,” Mercantante said Wednesday. “Some of our contracted workers have mandatory separations between levels of workers. This is seen a lot in the police department. If a minimum wage worker is required to make $15, by contract their super visor is going to have to receive a raise, too, and so on.” Middletown Mayor Tony S. Perry said if all services and programs remain the same, taxpayers can expect that raise to increase its annual township budget by approximately $750,000. Gopal agreed some groups should have been exempt from the bill. “While there may be merit to increasing the minimum wage, legislators did not look at the other cost drivers connected to it,” said Cerra. “Municipalities are not private sector. We operate under a 2 percent cap. Because of these other cost drivers, this bill is like death by a thousand cuts.”center_img The increase will immediately affect municipal budget planning in towns large and small, said Michael F. Cerra, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. In coming days, the League will release a comprehensive guide to help its 565 member municipalities absorb and adjust to the new law. It has expressed its opposition to the wage law, fearing it could force some towns to either increase fees or reduce or eliminate services. “If raising wages can help you attract and retain high quality part-time employees it’s going to be a benefit to your town. And it’s beneficial to hire these types of quality part-time workers, because most do not qualify for benefits and it’s not as expensive for a town.” “A lot of people question that number, that it doesn’t sound right, and think it’s an impossibility. What they’re not considering, and what hasn’t been clearly explained by legislators, is the total compensation and the downhill rolling effect it has on taxpayers,” Perry said. Highlands Borough administrator Kim Gonzalez said, in the case of her town, with a population of about 5,000 on 1.4 square miles, and others like it, smaller size means a smaller budget with maneuvering needed and little wiggle room to spare. “Guards don’t usually start above $10 an hour, let alone $15. It’s something all towns need to watch and it can make a big impact on a community,” she said. Seasonal workers are not included in the bill. “We’re hoping to not have to cut services or programming, but I am reviewing our budget right now and decreases in certain areas are needed,” Gonzalez told The Two River Times Feb. 12. “We do have to see if we need to get rid of some expenses. Whether it be a small service to residents or something else. It’s unavoidable. This (bill) is going to impact us. When you’re a smaller town, working with a smaller budget, the dollars and cents add up.” “Municipalities are calculating their new budgets and preparing for the effects of this bill as we speak,” Cerra told The Two River Times in a Feb. 13 interview. “We all want people to make as much money as they can and there is room for a wage hike, but a lot more work needed to go into this bill.” O’Scanlon said to The Two River Times in a Feb. 11 interview. “No one can predict what will happen five years down the line or one year down the line. And now that it was signed I honestly don’t think we’ll revisit the bill five years from now if the economy is in bad shape,” O’Scanlon added. O’Scanlon believes the bill should have included a “pause button” of sorts, in which small businesses, nonprofit groups and even municipalities could increase wages immediately, but in a year’s time adjust those wages up or down based on the strength of weakness of the economy. “This is a terribly written bill that is going to hurt non-profits, hurt small businesses and hurt municipalities,” Gopal told The Two River Times Monday afternoon. “The ones who will benefit most are the big corporations because they can absorb costs. This is a dangerous piece of legislation.”last_img read more


first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $95,169 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS 11 A.M., WITH GATES OPENING AT 9 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2015)–Sent to the lead, Callback opened up leaving the three furlong pole under Martin Garcia and went on to a hard-fought half length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes as she ran a mile in 1:36.92 while outrunning eight rival 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Bob Baffert, lightly raced Callback ran without blinkers for the first time in her four-race career.“I was just cruising all the way around there,” said Garcia, who has ridden her in all of her starts. “I asked her a little going into the far turn and then again when (second place finisher) Light the City came back at us, she took off. There was no way they were going to go by us. I don’t see why stretching out further would be any problem, she’s a good filly. She can do anything you want.”The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Callback paid $7.20, $5.00 and $4.40.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Callback, a Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense, came off a second place finish in the Grade II Santa Ynez and tried two turns for the first time on Saturday. She picked up her second win and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $245,450.“We’ve always been pretty high on her,” said Baffert, who also saddled 2-1 favorite Maybellene, who finished eighth with Rafael Bejarano. “They were high on her when they sent her in. I wanted to run one-two. My other filly, she just didn’t kick today…It was nice to get a win for Wayne Hughes. He couldn’t make it today.”Baffert indicated that Callback would be pointed for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, “Unless the earth moves or something.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Light the City broke from the far outside and was four-wide into the Club House turn but settled nicely into a good stalking trip down the backside as longshot Suva Harbor pressed the winner to the far turn. Light the City appeared to have Callback measured a furlong out, but was second best, finishing 3 ½ lengths in front of Achiever’s Legacy.Off at 7-1, Light the City paid $8.20 and $6.20.“In hindsight, maybe I should’ve switched posts with the winner, then they might have been taking my picture,” said Desormeaux. “I think that situation might have been the difference…She ran an incredible race. I’m thinkin’ she’s got a few Grade I’s with her name on them.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Achiever’s Legacy rallied from far off the pace to finish third, 2 ½ lengths in front of Majestic Presence. Achiever’s Legacy paid $6.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.89, 46.88, 1:11.42 and 1:24.22.There is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday of $95,169. Sunday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $500,000. First post time on Super Bowl Sunday at Santa Anita is at 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Charges filed in shooting of boy, 12

first_imgThe teen is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at East Lake Juvenile Court, where he is being held. The victim was in his front yard in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue when shots were fired into the yard about 10:20 p.m. Monday. He was hit in the abdomen. Detectives made an arrest about 19 hours after the shooting, said Montebello police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez. He said police recovered what investigators believe is the gun used in the shooting, and detectives obtained a confession from the teen. Detectives believe the shooting was motivated by a gang and tagging crew rivalry. The young victim, however, was not involved in tagging or gangs, police have said. MONTEBELLO – Prosectors on Friday filed charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon against a 17-year-old Montebello teenager suspected in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy earlier this week. Montebello Police Department Detective Ismael Navarro said his office will seek to have the suspect tried as an adult. “Because he is a juvenile, he will go through a fitness hearing in juvenile court to determine if he is unfit to be tried as a juvenile,” he said. Until a judge makes that determination, officials were withholding the 17-year-old’s name because he is a minor. The boy was released Thursday from Beverly Hospital. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Gor relinquish Group D top spot to Hussein

first_imgThe result meant Hussein climbed back to the top of the group on seven points while Gor drop to second with six.Zamalek who earlier on beat Angola’s Petro Atletico by a solitary goal move to third on five points while the Angolans remain bottom with four, the group remaining wide open with two rounds of matches left.In Algiers, Gor travelled sitting top of the group and only needed to avoid defeat to keep their position intact but they fell to a ninth minute Abderrahmane Yousfi strike.Yousfi scred from point blank after a Peter Odhiambo save and the post had denied the home side, Charles Momanyi’s effort at blocking the ball before it crossed the line ending up in futility.-Yousfi goalA deep ball at the back post was headed back to the edge of the six yard box met by Landry Ntankeu whose shot was blocked by Odhiambo and then Fauzi Yaya’s follow up came against the crossbar. Yousfi picked the spills and side footed the ball home.Hussein scored on the backdrop of quote a fiery start as just before that, Yousfi had seen his header on the ground after slipping saved by Odhiambo.In the second minute of the game, Odhiambo who was stepping in for the injured Boniface Oluoch made a great save to deny Yousfi’s shot at his near post and from the eventual corner, Ntankeu headed over unmarked.Gor had a chance to draw back into the game when Jacques Tuyisenge was put through on goal, but he took too much time on the ball and his eventual shot at goal was blocked.Hussein dictated possession, while Gor sought to hit on the counter but nothing could give for the record Kenyan champions.-Better second halfIn the second half, Gor came back a better side and four minutes in, they had a chance when Samuel Onyango lifted in a well weighted cross for Tuyisenge at the backpost but the Rwandese headed straight to the keeper’s waiting palms.On the other end, Hussein almost snatched a second when skipper Abdelghani Khiat beat Odhiambo to the ball off a Yaya freekick, but his touch as heavy and it flew over the bar. Yaya had another chance off a freekick and he chose to go direct, his effort well collected by Odhiambo.Gor thought they had gone back into contention on the hour mark when Shafik Batambuze rose highest to nod home a corner from Kahata, but the ref waved out the goal citing a foul on the keeper.However, the shot stopper had been fouled by his own player, Mohamed Noufel Khacef.-Mustafa in for KipkuruiHead coach Hassan Oktay swung in his first change, Kipkurui coming off for Francis Mustafa as the tactician sought a fresh pair of legs in attack.Gor kept their pressure forcing Hussein to play inside their half, but couldn’t get the quality balls needed in the final third.It was the home side who almost snatched a goal when Yaya’s cross was met Ntankeu at the edge of the six yard box but his glancing header was over.In the final 10 minutes Oktay brought in Dennis Oliech for Tuyisenge, another attacking change seeking to get in at least a goal to get a point off the away trip.The visitors came close in added time when Mustafa’s snap shot caught everyone by surprise, but keeper Gaya Merbah made a brilliant full stretched save to turn the ball behind for a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Nicholas Kipkurui challenges NA Hussein Dey keeper Gaya Merbah for the ball during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Kenyan champions Gor Mahia failed to score in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time after losing 1-0 to home side Nasr Athletic Hussein Dey in a group D clash played in Algiers, Algeria on Sunday night.Gor will feel aggrieved leaving Algiers with no point especially after scoring a legitimate goal denied by the referee on the hour mark, but they travel to Egypt with eyes focused on avoiding defeat when they take on Zamalek in Alexandria next Sunday.last_img read more

Can Evolution Be Programmed?

first_imgSome researchers are employing “evolutionary computing” as an algorithm to solve problems.  But is it really evolution?Evolved machines:  A company called Evolved Machines in Palo Alto announced a 40-teraflop machine that will be used for the “artificial evolution of neural circuitry” (see press release on United Business Media).  “It is self-evident that in biological brains exquisitely complex neuronal circuits wire themselves together,” The Evolved Machines website says.  “Further, neuroscience research has recently established that these neural circuits continue to rewire themselves during life, embedding information about the outside world and internal activity alike.”  Examples are the brain, the olfactory organ, and the eye.  OK, so what does this have to do with evolution?  The press release states, “Simulated evolution can be used to guide the selection and parameterization of these mechanisms in simulations of highly neural circuit fabrics, provided an enormous amount of parallel computing power can be applied.”  They call this “reverse-engineering circuitry in the brain to enable a new class of self-wiring devices that perform in the complexities of real-world environments, for both artificial olfaction and visual object recognition.”Selecting natural laws:  Can a computer running an evolutionary algorithm play Isaac Newton?  That’s what an article on Science Daily suggests: Evolution is helping Cornell scientists discover natural laws.  “The researchers have taught a computer to find regularities in the natural world that become established laws – yet without any prior scientific knowledge on the part of the computer.”  The Cornell researchers trained their algorithm to look for “invariants” while computing derivatives of every variable in a system.  “Then the computer creates equations at random using various constants and variables from the data,” the article explains.  “It tests these against the known derivatives, keeps the equations that come closest to predicting correctly, modifies them at random and tests again, repeating until it literally evolves a set of equations that accurately describe the behavior of the real system.”    But can this really be called evolution?  “All equations regarding a system must fit into and satisfy the invariants,” said Michael Schmidt, a specialist in computational biology.  “But of course we still need a human interpreter to take this step.”  Some other “cheating” was involved:The researchers point out that the computer evolves these laws without any prior knowledge of physics, kinematics or geometry.  But evolution takes time.  On a parallel computer with 32 processors, simple linear motion could be analyzed in a few minutes, but the complex double pendulum required 30 to 40 hours of computation.  The researchers found that seeding the complex pendulum problem with terms from equations for the simple pendulum cut processing time to seven or eight hours.    This “bootstrapping,” they said, is similar to the way human scientists build on previous work.Can this be compared to what biology does, or did?  The researchers said the computer takes care of the grunt work, “helping scientists focus quickly on the interesting phenomena and interpret their meaning.”Evolving war:  French scientists got a virus and a bacterium to undergo a co-evolutionary arms race, reported Science Daily.  By running some “experimental evolution” using Darwinian selection, they watched the predator and prey evolve to outwit each other.  The evolution, however, seemed limited to whether the bacteria formed a biofilm or sat at the bottom of the bottle.  Both forms may already have been present.  It seems that one form or other was resistant depending on the conditions under which the predator virus was added to the mix.  Either way, it was just a game of last bacterium standing, without knowledge of how they succeeded.  They said, “What makes prey resistant or predators capable of attacking them again remains poorly understood.”Speaking of biological computation, Live Science wrote up something for baseball fans: “How Baseball Players Catch Fly Balls.”  Apparently good players know how to gauge the vertical acceleration of the ball to determine whether to run toward the ball or away from it.  Counter-intuitively, almost all players start by running toward it.  The reason may be to accentuate the measurement of vertical acceleration.  “A faster rise of the optical acceleration above the detection threshold may outweigh a possible initial step in the wrong direction,” the article explained.  “Making an initial step forwards is not only easier than making an initial step backwards, but might also be a better choice.”  Coaches should be patient with Little Leaguers, the article ended, saying that “Their brains may still be learning the math.”Amazing as some of the research results are, this entry gets the Dumb category for assuming this is like evolution.  Anything that involves intelligent selection of outcomes is as far from Darwin as an earthquake from city planning.  Material particles do not understand and interpret natural laws, nor do they build systems.  The equivocation of the word “evolution” in these intelligently-designed research programs with what Darwinists are talking about is perverse.  It amounts to a snow job, stealing glory for Charlie from ID projects.  Darwin gets no more credit for these interesting results than Kim Jong Il for inventing democracy.  Progress in the creation-evolution debate can only be made by everyone agreeing to definitions and terms and rules of argument.  Researchers, get your purposeful hands off the apparatus.  Care nothing about what happens.  Don’t select outcomes or interfere in any way.  Then, as everything collapses in a heap of entropy, you will begin to understand the resources available to the kind of evolution Darwin preached.  For a taste of common sense to melt the snow job, read this article by The Country Shrink.  Notice especially the quote by D. 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Did Dinosaurs See the Grand Canyon?

first_img(Visited 520 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists and creationists agree that dinosaurs did not look over the rim of Grand Canyon – but for different reasons.To understand how a feature was made, it’s helpful to know how old it is. Unfortunately, for one of Earth’s most striking features—the Grand Canyon of Arizona—age estimates vary widely. The Geological Society of America admits that a consensus age has been hard to come by:The age of the Grand Canyon (USA) has been studied for years, with recent technological advances facilitating new attempts to determine when erosion of this iconic canyon began. The result is sometimes conflicting ages based on different types of data; most data support the notion that the canyon began to erode to its current form about six million years ago. Then even newer, “high-tech,” data became available and questions were again raised about whether the western end of the canyon could be older.Two numbers are used as general time markers for these alternate hypotheses. The first suggests that the canyon may have started incising 17 million years ago. The second suggests that the canyon may have looked largely as it does today 70 million years ago. The time contrast between these hypotheses is striking, and any accurate concept of the canyon would have to be consistent with all observations.The press release ends by citing a new study that claims the western end of the canyon, at the Grand Wash Cliffs, must be “younger than the fault slip that occurred 18 to 12 million years ago.” Then it concludes, “Comparing their data to other datasets suggests that the notion that the canyon starting eroding around six million years ago is still the best scientific idea for the age of the Grand Canyon.” Notice that they call it a “notion” and an “idea.” It’s interesting that the spread of age estimates for the fault slip (6 million years) is equivalent to their estimate for the entire erosion of the canyon itself. If so much erosion occurred in that time farther to the east, why was there so much less erosion at Grand Wash Cliffs? Why did all the canyon’s erosion wait to commence till another 6 to 12 million years had passed after the fault slip? The theory seems incoherent, but is based on “general time markers” secular geologists rely on for reference.Dinosaur ViewpointSetting aside that question for now, their “notion” precludes dinosaurs having seen the Grand Canyon. The older age (70 million years) might have permitted some dinosaurs to see the western part at least. But the beasts should have been long gone if the fault slip was 18 million years ago. So the answer to PhysOrg‘s question, “Did dinosaurs enjoy Grand Canyon views?” is “Definitely not.”“We are confident the western canyon is younger than 6 million years and is certainly younger than 18 million years,” said Andrew Darling, a graduate student in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. The research is published online June 10 in the journal Geosphere.The problem with the assertion is that studying the age of the Grand Canyon isn’t easy.Measuring time can be tricky when everything you’re studying is eroding away. And the whole region has been eroding for a long time, so not much is left of the landscape that was there when the Grand Canyon started forming. Yet, most people think the Grand Canyon is young – around 6 million years old based on what is preserved.Creationists would agree that the canyon “is certainly younger than 18 million years”—a lot younger! And they would agree that dinosaurs never saw the Grand Canyon. Their reason would be that the canyon formed after the great Flood of Noah’s day. The dinosaurs had all drowned during the Flood year, the last holdouts leaving footprints in Navajo sandstone at levels thousands of feet higher than the canyon sediments. The canyon sediments preserve only marine creatures buried in the early stages of the Flood. Possibly centuries after the Flood, a dam breach from a remnant inland sea carved the canyon when the sediments were still soft, according to a leading creation model.Eastern Grand Canyon shows rapid downcutting after sheet erosionThe only possible way a dinosaur could have seen the Grand Canyon, in this view, would have been for descendents of surviving species taken on the Ark to have migrated to North America after the Flood. Migration and repopulation of the continents was expected to be rapid across land bridges when sea levels were low. Petroglyphs of dinosaur-shaped animals provide some tantalizing hints that early human migrants to the Colorado plateau saw dinosaurs. Conditions after the Flood were either no longer suitable for them, or else humans hunted them to extinction. Still, a few dinosaurs might have looked over the rim and said, “What a magnificent view! This should be a national park!”The creation model has long been a target for scoffers. This month’s announcements about soft tissue in dinosaur bones (6/09/15) and carbon-14 in dinosaur bones (6/18/15), however, have effectively falsified millions of years and confirmed creationist predictions (6/10/15), leaving the young-earth view the only one standing to explain those results. It’s time to turn the tables and laugh at the way secular moyboys use “millions of years” like a magic wand to explain everything they never saw, having denied the only eyewitness account.last_img read more