British Labour clears way for December election following Brexit deadlock

first_imgBritish Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to back an early general election after telling his party that the condition of taking a no-deal Brexit “off the table” has been met.Jeremy Corbyn told MPs: “I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no-deal Brexit being off the table.“We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to January 31 has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no-deal off the table has now been met. “We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”But Mr Corbyn’s move does not mean a December election is certain, according to RTE. Labour is understood to back a change to the proposed date which, if such an amendment is selected by the Speaker of the House of Commons, could be backed by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.Earlier, a Downing Street course said the government will agree to an amendment put forward by opposition parties to hold an election on 11 December. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that he would try to force a bill through parliament today that called for a 12 December election but opponents had wanted an earlier date.Mr Johnson faces more resistance from MPs in his quest for a pre-Christmas election with the Lib Dems insisting they are not prepared to accept his preferred date.Mr Johnson has put his Brexit deal on hold in an anticipated bid to convince the Commons to vote today for a 12 December election in his fourth time of asking.British Labour clears way for December election following Brexit deadlock was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors Report: Draymond Green to miss preseason game vs Phoenix and more

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up open practice at Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon.Here are five takeaways from the session.Draymond Green will not play vs Phoenix Monday night.The three-time all-star, who missed the first two preseason games, was seen briefly during the open practice during player introductions. However, Green did participate in a solo workout during the team’s closed session Sunday afternoon. While Green won’t play Monday, Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said the forward will …last_img read more

Evolution Out of Sync

first_imgEvolutionary theory explains everything but the kitchen sink, but what if things get out of sync?  According to Darwin’s tree of life, things happen in a particular order.  The same complex trait should not emerge on separate branches independently.  Findings contrary to the tree pattern could sink the theory – or at least give some Darwinists a sinking feeling.A placoderm is born:  Imagine finding a fossil of a primitive fish giving live birth.  That’s what was reported in Nature this week.1  The scientists were not only surprised to find an animal fossilized in that maternal instant.  Another surprise was that this kind of animal was supposed to lay eggs, not give birth to live young.  Carina Dennis, commenting on the paper in the same issue of Nature,2 said, “The discovery of embryos in fossils of placoderms (ancient, armoured, jawed fish) indicates that vertebrates have been copulating and giving birth to live young for at least 380 million years.”  That is over double the previous date for viviparity detected in fossil marine reptiles in the Jurassic.    The fossil from the Gogo Formation in Australia was also remarkably well preserved.  One of the researchers said, “Gogo fish are three-dimensional, uncrushed, perfect specimens – as if they died yesterday.”  Muscle tissues, nerve fibers and a yolk sac were all detectable.  The discoverers said that it “shows additional soft-tissue preservation never before recorded in any fossil.”  They could even tell that the young inside the womb was the same species, and that it showed no sign of etching from stomach acids.  For these and other reasons they were convinced this was a young fish about to be born, not the adult’s lunch.    Placoderms were thought to be dull, slow, primitive fish, paddling about in their armor.  This fossil implies implacably that placoderms were anything but primitive.  They had an elaborate courtship ritual, along with all the internal biology necessary for giving birth to live young.  The paper ended by saying “Further discussion of the significance of viviparity and evolution can be found in the Supplementary Information.”3  Thus teased, we went there and looked.  The first paragraph of the Supplemental Information revealed a multi-faceted conundrum about evolution:Live bearing evolved independently in all classes of vertebrates except birds, and also in many invertebrate clades.  Phylogenetic analysis of viviparity in living fishes indicates a non-reversible transition from egg-laying to live bearing in teleosts [bony fish, like tunas], with two possible reversals in chondrichthyans [cartilaginous fish, like sharks]…. Similarly, lack of parental care has been assumed the ancestral state in fishes…. Such analyses assume oviparity [egg-laying] as a primitive and comparable condition in teleosts and chondrichthyans, and that viviparity in the latter can be interpreted as a form of parental care.  However, the complex behavioral, morphological and physiological mechanisms required for successful copulation and internal fertilisation in chondrichthyans must have evolved independently and non-reversibly 12 times in teleosts, whereas they are part of an ancient evolutionary heritage in all living chondrichthyans.  This fundamental difference has been overlooked in some recent analyses….So here they admitted that a transition from egg-laying to live birth involves multiple overhauls of body shape, organ function and behavior, yet claim that evolution figured out how to do this a dozen times independently in teleost fish, to say nothing of all the other classes of vertebrates where it also emerged independently.  At the end of the Supplemental Information they said, “whether internal fertilisation was ancestral for, or evolved within placoderms, it can be assumed now to have been acquired independently of internal fertilisation in chondrichthyans.”    What this means is that a highly improbable event on one branch of Darwin’s tree must have occurred multiple times on other branches.  The complex morphological-physiological-behavioral package for giving live birth was not bequeathed by a common ancestor to all the upper branches, as Darwin supposed, but was invented independently and irreversibly – and that multiple times.  National Geographic News repeated the evolutionary interpretation and provided a video of the fossil and its soft parts, along with an artist’s rendering of the fish giving live birth, umbilical cord and all.  The article did quote Long remarking, “Having such advanced reproduction for a fish that primitive is amazing.”  David Catchpoole and Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International analyzed the plausibility of this evolutionary story.Wood this happen twice?  Lignin, the molecule responsible for the toughness of wood, is a complex molecule manufactured by complex enzymes in plants.  Wikipedia4 states that the complexity of lignin biosynthesis is still challenging biochemists after a century of study:Lignin biosynthesis (Figure 4) begins in the cytosol with the synthesis of glycosylated monolignols from the amino acid phenylalanine.  These first reactions are shared with the phenylpropanoid pathway.  The attached glucose renders them water soluble and less toxic.  Once transported through the cell membrane to the apoplast, the glucose is removed and the polymerisation commences.[citation needed] Much about its anabolism is not understood even after more than a century of study.[3]    The polymerisation step, that is a radical-radical coupling, is catalysed by oxidative enzymes.  Both peroxidase and laccase enzymes are present in the plant cell walls, and it is not known whether one or both of these groups participates in the polymerisation.  Low molecular weight oxidants might also be involved.  The oxidative enzyme catalyses the formation of monolignol radicals.  These radicals are often said to undergo uncatalyzed coupling to form the lignin polymer, but this hypothesis has been recently challenged.[12]  The alternative theory that involves an unspecified biological control is however not accepted by most scientist [sic] in the field.Given the complexity of lignin synthesis, it challenges credibility that a random process like evolution would achieve this feat even once.  Yet now, according to Science Daily, evolutionists are saying it happened twice – once in gymnosperms and again in lycophytes.  The title carries the theme: “Fundamental Building Block In Flowering Plants Evolved Independently, Yet Almost Identically In Ancient Plants.”In both these examples, the evolutionists have not considered Darwin’s tree of life to be falsified by the evidence.  They have, instead, expressed amazement that evolution produced these complex structures over and over again.  And they have promised that this new information will shed more light on the process Charles Darwin proposed would explain all the complexity and diversity of life on earth.1.  Long, Trinajstic, Young and Senden, “Live birth in the Devonian period,” Nature 453, 650-652 (29 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06966.2.  Carina Dennis, “The oldest pregnant mum,” Nature 453, 575 (2008) | doi:10.1038/453575a, May 28, 2008.3.  Supplemental information for Long et al (PDF photocopy) from Nature.4.  We are not using Wikipedia as an authoritative source, but only for its recognition of the complexity of lignin.  The article includes links to scientific publications.Evolutionists believe in miracles.  You have just seen it right here.  Let’s get them to stop this psychological game they play against creationism, wherein they claim that believers in God as an intelligent Designer of these complex structures resort to “faith” in the “supernatural” and “miracles” of creation.  What, pray tell, is the difference?  They have an endless stream of miracles themselves.  And they have much more faith in the miracle-working power of their naturalistic deity, natural selection, than any closed-minded, irrational religious nutcase you want to exhibit.    You would think that contrary evidence this strong would be devastating to any scientific theory.  Look at them; no amount of falsification overcomes their faith.  These two cases alone, beside the dozens of others we have reported for years, should have tossed Darwinism overboard, but the evolution-talk, like the Titanic theme song, goes on and on and on, as their ship of evidence sinks into the night.  What does that take?  Belief.  Undying devotion to Charlie can produce miracles in the imagination, no matter what happens in reality.Near, far, where bad data areI believe that the theory goes on;Once more no watertight doorBut he’s here in my heartAnd my faith will go on and on and on and on and on and on and on…..Evolution is out of sync.  The H.M.S. Darwin is not only sinking.  It sank, and it is sunk.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Johannesburg’s eco-mobility festival has mixed results

first_imgSome people were pleased with the enforced use of public transport over the month-long EcoMobility World Festival in Sandton. For others it meant traffic jams and loss of income. But the general sentiment was that it was a good idea and got people thinking. The Sandton CBD has been closed to cars for the duration of the month-long EcoMobility World Festival, which ran through October. (Image: South African Tourism) • Sandton goes car-free for a month • Frank and honest: the Women On Sex web series • The SABR provides breast milk to babies in need • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level • South Africa’s women in politics Ray MaotaThe Sandton CBD has been closed to cars for the duration of the month-long EcoMobility World Festival, which ran through October.People were encouraged to use public transport, cycle and walk. This had both positive and negative effects on people; others were indifferent to it.The eco-mobility festival had clear links with Johannesburg’s long-term growth and development strategy, Joburg 2040. The blueprint envisions the metro as a smart city, which is an environmentally friendly city created out of a combination of concepts and technologies. These include the enhancement of energy efficiency, and water and waste management, coupled with the conservation of resources.“The festival will demonstrate to the world that an eco-mobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe and attractive,” Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau said at its launch.“We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest CBD, to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of eco-mobility during the entire Transport Month.”The people have spokenIn the heart of the Sandton CBD, Mack Ndlhovu, a driver for Mzansi Cabs, had harsh words for EcoMobility month.“This has been a bad month for me,” he said. “The frequency of my clients has decreased because of this. I think they are staying away from Sandton. I grew up cycling everywhere and I think you can’t force people to do such; it has to be their choice.”Traffic had been worse than usual during the month, Ndlhovu said. Also, that the city spent so much money on this while students had no money for fees saddened him.Jerri Mokgofe, a well-known blogger and photographer, was less critical. “I haven’t been negatively or positively affected by it,” Mokgofe said. “I still think it would have had a better impact if people were schooled on its effects before it was introduced.“Another thing is, I think we are too quick to adopt international, American, European things when we are not ready in terms of infrastructure.”Humphrey Letsapa, who works at Sandton City, the shopping mall in the heart of the district, said: “For me it has improved the time I spent in a taxi because of the separate lanes for public transport so it has been a good month.“It has also helped us a lot in terms of alternatives to motorised transport. It is also good for the environment and I’m all for it in the future.”Another metred taxi driver, Vukani Gasa, said the month had been very problematic. “Metre taxis are also public transport but they have been taking our cars out of the dedicated public transport lanes.” Gasa drives for Gautrain Metre Taxis.“This has had a negative impact on the business with the street closures because I end up taking an hour going to a place it usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. I still charge a base price but it takes longer for me and it’s not viable.”Louis Tshakaone, a young entrepreneur, said: “It hasn’t done much of a difference in terms of traffic when using the car but when I used buses or tuk-tuks it was a breeze to move around Sandton.“I think people need to be educated on the positives of using non-motorised vehicles or public transport and this will work. For now I still believe this was thrown at us and more work (was) needed on educating the society on its benefits.”It seems the people of Sandton are open to new ways of getting around, but their common gripe has been infrastructure that will get them to comfortably leave their cars.last_img read more

NYC Mayor Wants a Smaller Carbon Footprint

first_imgNew York City Mayor Bill de Biasio is proposing steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and he’s looking to more advanced building techniques to help get the job done.The One City, Built to Last program, which was announced on September 20, seeks to cut energy use by at least 60% from 2005 levels, a summary from New York Passive House said, and promote the use of more renewable energy.In a message announcing the program, de Blasio said that rising sea levels, more serious heat waves, and more intense storms that strike more frequently all pose threats to New York residents.“The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 provided tragic evidence of these risks,” the statement said. “Almost two years later, we are still recovering. Globally, rising sea levels will flood coastlines, droughts will disrupt livelihoods, and storms and other extreme weather will threaten lives and economic development. We are faced with an existential threat, and inaction is not an option.”He said New York becomes the largest city in the world to commit to the goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 80%. Both public and private buildings will be renovatedPublic and private buildings account for nearly three-quarters of the contribution to climate change, he said, adding, “but we can upgrade our buildings to make them more energy efficient and reduce these emissions.”The city said “every single city owned building with any significant energy use” will be retrofitted in the next 10 years to reduce energy use. That’s about 3,000 buildings in all. Also, the city will push the owners of private buildings to spend money on energy upgrades.Reducing energy use will lower greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 million metric tons per year (the same as taking 715,000 vehicles off the road) and save a total of $1.4 billion annually by 2025, the mayor’s office said. One City, Built to Last will create some 3,500 new jobs in construction and energy services.Ken Levenson, president of New York Passive House, called the plan a “watershed moment” that shows advanced building standards can successfully address climate change.The press office said the program would be funded by the mayor’s Ten Year Capital Plan.last_img read more

Cong stages walkout from HP Assembly for 2nd day

first_imgShimla: Opposition Congress staged a walk out from the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday, second consecutive day, on issue involving arrest of two aides of sitting Congress MLA Satpal Raijada even as Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur refused to concede their demand for acting against Superintendent of Police Una on the issue.The arrest of MLA’s driver and PSO was made by the police in MLA’s home district of Una in connecting with an alleging liquor smuggling case and their attempt to interfere in the investigations. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Una a district bordering Punjab is infamous for drug trafficking, liquor smuggling, illegal mining and forest offences. Leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, on Monday had given an adjournment motion to Speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal on the issue alleging that the issue involves dignity of the sitting member of the House, and excess done by the police in handcuffing the staff members of the opposition MLA. As the adjournment motion was rejected, the opposition MLAs including 85-year-old former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had raised slogans, entered well of the House and staged a walk-out. Today, there were again a replay of the similar protests in the House. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KChief Minister, instead, launched a fiercest attack against the opposition. “It’s so unfortunate that entire Congress has come to rescue of mafia. Infact, most regrettable thing is that mafia had managed to get the congress backing for its activities of drug trafficking as well as liquor smuggling. The investigations in the case is already underway. I can get it probed by Crime Wing or any other senior officer but will not compromise in my fight against the drug and liquor mafia”. He also claimed that his fight against the mafia has received a blow with the congress supporting the mafia. The leader of opposition, joined by rest of the Congress MLAs, reacted strongly to Chief Minister’s remarks and reaffirmed that the congress was not supporting any mafia. “Chief Minister must tender apology for branding the congress has supporter of mafia”, said Agnihotri before staging a walk-out. Meanwhile during a debate on recent rains, flash floods and landslides, Chief Minister said the state has suffered a loss of Rs 626 cr due to natural calamities and 30 people, out of 25 only during August 17 and 18 have lost their lives. Thakur told media persons later that noted Malayalam actress Manju Warrier and director Sanal Sasidharan, who were stranded in Spiti area of Lahaul-Spiti district after snowfall, rains and landslides resulting in complete disruption of road communications, were rescued on Tuesday and brought to Manali. Chief Minister said the district administration was taking all steps to rescue all stranded tourists from Spiti. Warrier had called her brother Madhu Warrier on Monday night informing about film’s crew — including director Sasidharan — stuck at Chatru in Himachal Pradesh.last_img read more

Construction giant Dewalt unveils smartphone

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