Sector pays tribute to Prince Philip

first_img“This would increase the amount of tax relief that could be claimed at a time when charities are struggling having suffered a year when a number of fundraising events were cancelled.” Tagged with: patron Royal Family HRH The Duke of Edinburgh laying a wreath on the Armed Forces Memorial at the Arboretum during a visit in 2009 Prince Philip of course set up the Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1956. Almost 1.3 million young people take part in the scheme each year, and it is now in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time.” Prince Philip was the first President of World Wildlife Fund – UK (WWF) from its formation in 1961 to 1982, and International President of WWF (later the World Wide Fund for Nature) from 1981 to 1996, and then President Emeritus of WWF until his death. The charity has set up the WWF President’s Fund for Nature to honour his conservation legacy and long-lasting commitment to WWF. Donations will support essential wildlife conservation and biodiversity around the world and will also include special bursaries for young environmentalists. “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been a long standing royal patron of Plan International UK. Patron too of the British Heart Foundation for almost 60 years, this charity too has set up a tribute page in his honour and the Royal Family has asked the public to consider donating to it in his memory. Mark Hart, a partner at the firm said:  884 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “He was a respected and much loved supporter of the Charities Aid Foundation as well as hundreds of other charities and organisations.  His irreplaceable and invaluable contribution to CAF and our nation will be sorely missed.” The Royal Commonwealth Society has also expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to its Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and Members of the Royal Family on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Dr Linda Yueh, said: The Duke of Edinburgh had also been Patron of the Charities Aid Foundation since 1974. It too paid tribute, saying: “Over the course of more than six decades, The Duke steadfastly supported The Queen in her role as Head of the Commonwealth. Prince Philip was also a Life Member of The National Memorial Arboretum, part of the Royal British Legion. His first visit to the Arboretum was in July 2002, shortly after its opening, in the company of Her Majesty The Queen, as part of her Golden Jubilee tour and his last in November 2016 when he was present for the dedication of the Guinea Pig Club Memorial, and as the club’s President he unveiled the memorial. During that visit, he was given a tour of the Arboretum’s Remembrance Centre that opened two weeks prior. Ruth Marvel, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said: The charity is asking anyone who’s been involved across the decades – from current participants and older alumni to the people who help deliver the DofE across the UK every year – to go to DofE.org and share their experiences in celebration of The Duke’s legacy. In addition, he was Patron of Capability Scotland, and Chair of its Board of Trustees, Professor Sandy Cameron CBE and Chief Executive Brian Logan issued the following statement: “We were all deeply saddened to learn of the death of our patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. He has been our patron for many years and we were always grateful for his support and visits to our services in the past. On behalf of our trustees, staff, customers and their families, our sincere condolences go to Her Majesty The Queen and the whole Royal Family.” Main image: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in Heroes’ Square on his last visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in 2016  Sector pays tribute to Prince Philip Dr Charmaine Griffiths, BHF Chief Executive, said: The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral takes place tomorrow, Saturday 17 April. Over the course of his life, Prince Philip was associated with 992 organisations, either as President, Patron, Honorary Member or in another capacity. Here are a few of their responses, including a number of funds set up in his memory. Rose Caldwell, CEO of Plan International UK said:  “Prince Philip offered steadfast support to the BHF for nearly 60 years and was a remarkable advocate for the power of research to save and improve lives from heart and circulatory diseases. The Arboretum has been among those flying the Union Jack at half-mast during the eight-day period of mourning. Black armbands have also been made available to be worn by staff. “Prince Philip’s role as our patron was one aspect of a life characterised by support for good causes and devotion to public service. His contribution will forever be remembered.” “The Duke was a lifelong advocate for young people, believing in each individual’s potential and creating in the DofE what he saw as a ‘do-it-yourself growing up kit’. We’re honoured to continue HRH’s work, to ensure that all young people – especially those from marginalised groups – can benefit from the better educational outcomes, employment prospects, community ties and better mental health that are associated with doing DofE.” The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is asking for the help of the 6.7 million people across the UK who have done their DofE in creating the first-ever nationwide collection of ‘DofE memories’ in tribute to HRH Prince Philip and to inspire even more young people to take part. “His establishment of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, which now operates in over 40 Commonwealth countries, and his founding of the Commonwealth Study Conferences and Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues, will leave a lasting and powerful legacy in the Commonwealth.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “Over the years, His Royal Highness has been incredibly supportive of the work we do with young people both here in the UK and across the world. As a global children’s charity striving to give every child the same chance in life, his support has been hugely appreciated. Other charities he was Patron of included the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, where he had been Patron since 1973, having previously been President of the Trust for eight years. The charity is inviting people to make a donation in his memory, and Plan International UK. “The Government should move away from the current system whereby donors opt into Gift Aid to one where they opt out if they are not a UK tax payer. This should be coupled with a temporary increase in the value of gift aid for a year to 25% of the donation so that every £1 given would be worth £1.33. This would be a fitting tribute to the work that the Duke of Edinburgh did to promote the concept of Gift Aid.” Prince Philip is also credited with playing a role in the creation of Gift Aid with his bringing together of officials in the 1980s as part of his work with CAF said to have eventually led to the scheme. Tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg has suggested that a temporary increase in the value of Gift Aid, as well as a change to the rules would be a fitting tribute. “The Duke’s timeless vision for young people has never been more relevant or needed. The DofE has played a crucial role in supporting young people to survive and thrive despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, and we will continue to build on his legacy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The stories will be used to inspire more young people to start creating their own memories with DofE, and the charity will present a physical copy to the Royal Collection. Melanie May | 16 April 2021 | News Gift Aid Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Five Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency, Support Farmers, and Spur Economic Development

first_imgBedford CountyBedford County Development Association was approved for a $100,000 grant through the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) to extend natural gas pipeline into the Bedford County Business Park II in Bedford Township. The approximately 1,500-foot extension will make the lots within the business park more attractive to prospective clients while also providing gas service to YRC Freight. The total project cost is $200,000.Bucks CountyCouncil Rock School District was approved for a $2 million grant through the Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) program for renovation and more than 10,000 square feet of additional construction on the Rolling Hills Elementary School located in Northampton Township. These improvements will lead to a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water-saving fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, a 128.8 kW solar photovoltaic array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by more than 1 million kBtu annually, and the low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by nearly 54,000 gallons annually. The total project cost is $22,468,100.Chester CountyNeal B. King and Mary Lou King were approved for a $332,500, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through the Chester County Economic Development Council for the acquisition of a 41.5-acre parcel of farmland located in West Fallowfield Township. The Kings currently lease the land to grow feed for their dairy herd. The funding, approved through the First Industries program, will assist with the total project cost of $738,000.Franklin CountyThe Borough of Chambersburg was approved for a $584,100 grant through the PIPE program to expand multiple natural gas pipelines through the borough into neighboring Greene Township to provide new natural gas services for existing and future development including the site of the future Summit Health Care campus. The new construction will also provide natural gas service to the current First Church of God, the 190 homes within the Grand Point Crossing housing development, and a vacant 200-acre tract of developable land. Additionally, the borough plans to provide gas service through smaller extensions from the current natural gas pipeline to a hotel parcel and residential developments including Franklin Square, Chancellor Drive, Beechwood Lane, and Menno Haven retirement campus. The total project cost is $1,168,200.Lancaster CountyElisa and Patrick Fleming were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the acquisition of a 60-acre crop and beef farm located in Paradise Township. The farm is located within the Lancaster County Amish Country tourism market and includes a bed and breakfast that offers educational tours to the public. The fourth-generation family farm is being purchased from the parent of Elisa Fleming. In addition to the bed and breakfast, the farm raises 25-30 beef cattle sold in the farm’s retail store and in bulk to restaurants. It also grows corn, hay, and soybeans that are sold locally. The funding, approved through the First Industries program, will assist with the total project cost of $947,598.A full list of approved projects and guidelines for each CFA program can be found on the DCED website. For more information about DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. July 17, 2018 Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced five new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), that will benefit Pennsylvania residents and businesses through promoting energy efficiency, providing farmers with crucial loan funding, and building out infrastructure to bring abundant energy to homes and commercial buildings.“To spur economic development in Pennsylvania, it is vital for us to support our small family farmers, develop of our natural gas energy infrastructure, and help promote the construction and renovation of high-efficiency buildings that lower energy costs and help our environment,” Governor Wolf said. “These five projects approved today support those goals and will help make Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.”The approved projects include grants to support the renovation and construction of a highly energy-efficient school building and the installation of pipelines that will bring Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas energy resources to more than 190 residential and commercial customers, boosting economic development in the areas where the projects are located. Also, two low-interest loans were approved to small family farms that will enable the farmers to acquire land.The following five projects were approved: Governor Wolf Announces New Funding for Five Projects to Promote Energy Efficiency, Support Farmers, and Spur Economic Development SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Press report

first_img Nizels Golf and Country Club, Hildenborough, again played host to the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Golf Championship. 112 boys and 23 girls battled it out, in wonderful conditions, over four rounds, with Robert MacIntyre (Scotland) running out Champion and Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon) becoming Girls’ Champion with scores of fifteen under and six under respectively. Brilliant scoring in perfect weather conditions for one, the tournament having had three consecutive wet and cold years previously! “The Henry Cooper” is now recognised as one of the top, best run and prestigious junior tournaments in Europe. It is an R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking event, and an England Golf Order of Merit tournament for both the boys and the girls. Heavily oversubscribed, the places are determined on merit, with the lowest handicaps qualifying. This year the cut-off was 0.2 for the boys and 4.5 for the girls. To give some idea of how eager the youngsters are to play in this tournament, a couple of reserves turned up (without any guarantee of a game), just in case there were last-minute dropouts on the Friday. The conditions over the weekend proved challenging for many players. Although warm, sunny and with little wind, the course itself demands respect from even the best players. Perfect greens, running fast at 11 on the stimp meter, and fairways exquisitely prepared, were bordered by penal rough. If players attacked the greens they very often lost the ball! It was all the more remarkable, therefore, that eighteen players finished the four rounds under par. Our 2013 Girls; Champion is Lauren Horsford from Wimbledon, a total of 6-under – fantastic scoring over 4 rounds – gave her a three-shot winning margin over Sophie Keech from Parkstone. For the boys, Marcus Sewell (Shooters Hill) and Murray Naysmith (Scotland) were joint runners-up at 9-under par and Rob MacInyre (Scotland) our 2014 Champion, with a sensational final round of 66 to finish on 15-under, six shots clear.It was a doubly good day for Scotland – The Henry Cooper Under 16 winner from 2012, Bradley Neil, became the British Amateur Champion at Royal Portrush, Ireland, and as a result will receive invitations to The Open and The Masters amongst other wonderful accolades! Well done Bradley! As always, the standard of golf played and the etiquette of the players was impeccable – one player even bravely disqualifying himself for signing for a wrong score! It could only happen in golf. The Junior-‘Pro’-Am The Junior-‘Pro’/Am, when the best of the Under-18 competitors are teamed with three amateurs, took place on Thursday 19th June and was fully subscribed with 25 teams. A very enjoyable day was had by all and it was a great success, raising well over £6,000 for the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Charitable Trust. More information: Alan Cheeseman Chairman, Tournament Team and Founding Trustee [email protected] 07725 528241 24 Nov 2014 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Press report last_img read more

Brian Lara rues Australia not giving David Warner opportunity to break his 400 record

first_imgImage Courtesy: The Cricket TimesAdvertisement 3lNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecqj97( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) aajlugWould you ever consider trying this?😱bxnftfCan your students do this? 🌚4clsRoller skating! Powered by Firework David Warner mesmerized the Adelaide Oval with an unbeaten knock of 335 against Pakistan in the second test. Brian Lara, currently the batsman with the highest individual score feels that Tim Paine should have given a chance to the left-hander to surpass his record score of 400. Advertisement Image Courtesy: The Cricket TimesWarner slewed his way into the record books by registering the fourth fastest triple ton and also surpassing the scores of Mark Taylor and Don Bradman in the process.Brian Lara, who was in Adelaide coincidentally owing to some commercial engagements felt that he would be able to congratulate Warner on scaling his score just like how Gary Sobers did the same with Lara when he scored 375 against England in 1994. The West Indian legend said:Advertisement “I was hoping they might catch me and get me (out) there and that was one of the reasons I was hoping they might have let him go for it,” “It would have been amazing to walk out there (as Sobers did). Records are made to be broken. It’s great when they are broken by attacking players. Entertainers. Being in Adelaide I would have got an opportunity to if not walk out at least meet him at this opportune time,”Advertisement Read Also:Nepal bowler Anjali Chand takes 6 wicket for 0 and breaks all time T20 recordThe Final Hurdle: Sourav Ganguly’s message to Indian team; If you get to the semis, go past it!   Advertisementlast_img read more

About Town

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, an all-volunteer arts council, plans an all-new website and logo and is looking for someone to design the logo.Designers are invited to submit a logo expressing the vision and role of the arts council by July 2 to be considered for a $200 prize. Entries may be submitted by mail or e-mail or hand-delivered.Contest rules are available at www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.org; by e-mailing [email protected], or calling 732-737-7160.* * * * *Captain David Harrison, base commander for Naval Weapons Station Earle, will speak at the Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20. The meeting will take place at the Atlantic Highlands Senior Center in the Municipal Harbor.A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Harrison has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he led Navy efforts against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIED). Among his many U.S. Department of Defense positions, he has worked in Counter-Terrorism Policy and as deputy director for Deep Submarine Rescue and Diving. He received a Bronze Star and three Joint Meritorious Unit Awards for Operations Enduring Free­dom and Iraqi Freedom, and also holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University.Harrison will talk about environmental and community initiatives supported by the Navy in Monmouth County communities, and will answer audience questions. He also will share information and stories about the history and current use of the naval base.NWS Earle was commissioned in 1943, and includes a 2.9 mile-long pier in Sandy Hook Bay plus Bayshore property in Leonardo and a larger inland base in Colts Neck.LINCROFTDebbie Mans, executive director of the N.Y/N.J. Baykeeper headquartered in Keyport, will report on the health of New Jersey and New York bays, especially Raritan Bay, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 25 at Brookdale Community College.The presentation, open to the public, will include the college’s students and the members of the N.J. Friends of Clearwater and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Group of the Sierra Club.Mans also will discuss the ups and downs of her organization’s disputes with the state Department of Envi­ronmental Protection (DEP) over Baykeeper’s attempt to determine if oysters, whose beds were decimated by overharvesting and pollution, can be repopulated in Raritan Bay.The DEP, having been criticized by the U.S. Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA), shut down the Baykeeper’s effort to reintroduce the oyster. The DEP claimed that if poachers illegally took the oysters from the bay’s polluted waters, the contaminated oysters could make people ill and jeopardize the state’s entire shellfish industry. The U.S. Navy became involved in the issue.A cash buffet will be offered at 6 p.m. Mans’ presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.COLTS NECKThe Ashley Lauren Foundation is holding a Dance Walk for Kids with Cancer fundraiser.The event will be held on Saturday, June 23, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. It will take place on the walking path at the Colts Neck Municipal Complex, 124 Cedar Drive.The dance walk was made popular on Facebook by Ben Aaron, an LXTV NBC reporter, and has been viewed by 17 million people. It is walking and dancing – all done to music.A $10 donation will be accepted and be used to support the programs of The Ashley Lauren Foundation that help ease the burden of families with a child with cancer.The foundation helps with direct family assistance with such items as household bills, bills and medications not paid through medical insurance and traveling expenses to and from hospitals. The fundraising will also support programs for assistance with food, clothing, and household items; emotional support; support groups; parties for children; advocacy; outings; birthday and holiday gifts for children; the Making Dreams Come True program and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and to let each child know that he or she is important.Additional information is available by calling the Ashley Lauren Foundation at 732-414-1625.* * * * *Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, the Monmouth County Park System’s Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market is the place to be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23.Held at Dorbrook Recrea­tion Area on Route 537, this event features individual, business and nonprofit vendors. Who knows what you might find? Discovery is half the fun.Prospective vendors are still welcome up to and including the day of the event. Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables, tent, merchandise and genial attitude. Those interested should email [email protected] or call 732-542-1642, Ext. 31.Additional information regarding the Monmouth County Park System is available by visiting www.monmouthcountyparks.com or calling 732-842-4000. Those with hearing impairment may dial 711 for the TTY/TDD number.RED BANKThe Men’s Ministry of the Pilgrim Baptist Church will host its annual Fatherhood Mentors Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 16.The guest speaker for this year’s event will be Derrick Simmons of the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson.There is no cost for the breakfast. Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and surrogate fathers are encouraged to bring a young man for a morning of fun and fellowship. All are welcome.Further information is available by calling 732-747-2348.* * * * *The New Jersey premiere of Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, will be presented as a benefit by Monmouth Arts at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.The film will be shown at the Clearview Cinema on 36 White St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Art Alliance, 33 Monmouth St.The reception and film will be $35 for Monmouth Arts members, $45 for non-members, and $10 for the film only.The proceeds will be used to match a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant to benefit Monmouth Arts community arts programs.Sony Pictures Classics, Surf Taco, and the Springpoint Senior Living Foundation are sponsors of the event.LITTLE SILVERThe Little Silver Public Library is sponsoring a talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, by author Jon Gertner who will discusses his book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.Gertner, an editor at Fast Company magazine and a writer for The New York Times magazine, documents the scientists behind the success of Bell Labs and looks at the reasons why Bell Labs became a source of innovation for electronic communication today.MIDDLETOWNThe Toms River-based ASTRA group is returning to lead the kick-off event of the teen summer reading program at the Middletown Township Public Library.The evening event of stargazing will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the library’s main branch, 55 New Monmouth Road.Telescopes will be provided for taking a peek at the cosmos, along with sky charts to use and take home.Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the support of the Middle­town Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.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

Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Kia reinforcement Geron Johnson said he will reevaluate his mistakes after putting up a disappointing performance in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.Johnson, who played first game in the PBA, finished with 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting, only had four rebounds and turned the ball over nine times.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “It wasn’t the way I wanted to start, so I’m trying to get the film and I got to go back to the drawing board,” said Johnson at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. “It’s just showing that I got to come more prepared for Philippine basketball.”Compounding Johnson’s worries was the Picanto’s miserable 0-8 record, a statistic he only knew about when he talked to the reporters after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJohnson replaced Markeith Cummings who played for Kia for the first seven games of the conference.“It’s my first game so I’d definitely see what I have to do,” said Johnson. “I will come out harder next game.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

OC is prime graft suspect, says Sheila Dikshit

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday put the needle of suspicion on the Suresh Kalmadi-led Organising Committee (OC) regarding allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Welcoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to order a probe into the allegations, Dikshit said corruption could have taken place in the activities undertaken by the OC to which the central government had given loans to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore. “We feel relieved and happy (at the successful completion of the Games).But what is disturbing is the corruption charges. They are very disturbing,” Dikshit said. “The fact that the Prime Minister has taken almost an instantaneous decision to order a probe into the whole thing and have the picture ready by January is very heartening,” the chief minister said. “I think only this committee will be able to clear the cobwebs. At the moment, the suspicion is very much on the OC.”The Prime Minister set up a highlevel committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V.K. Shunglu to probe all matters related to the Games, a day after the mega sporting event came to an end. The committee will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months. The government has already asked Kalmadi not to relieve any official from the OC till the inquiry is over.Dikshit reiterated that allegations of corruption are not going to be pushed under the carpet. Noting that infrastructure development was the government’s job, the chief minister said the Centre had given a number of loans (to OC) and that is where the real corruption could have been. “There may have also been (corruption) in some government departments. am not ruling that out,” she said.advertisementKalmadi has, meanwhile, assured help to the committee probing the allegations. “The Prime Minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games. We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive, covering all aspects. The Organising Committee will be happy to provide all support to the panel,” Kalmadi said in a statement released to the media.Speaking about his achievement, Kalmadi said, “The Indian Olympic Association was responsible for winning the bid to host the Games in Delhi. And the Organising Committee was given the task of delivering the opening and closing ceremonies and the sporting competitions. We have delivered the task of conducting the Games really well.”He also said the critics had been silenced following a successful conduct of the Games. “During the runup to the Games, many concerns were expressed about India’s ability to conduct the Games and ensure the security and safety of the athletes and guests. All these were cleared and the athletes and officials have left Delhi very satisfied,” Kalmadi said.last_img read more

Junior oil firms cutting dividends output as prices remain embarrassingly low

first_imgCompanies in this article include: (TSX:CJ, TSX:GXO, TSX:BNE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A pair of junior Calgary oil companies are cutting payouts to shareholders and reducing production because of current steep discounts on western Canadian oil prices.Both Cardinal Energy Ltd. and Granite Oil Corp. say they can’t afford to wait and see if production cuts imposed by the Alberta government starting Jan. 1 will work to drain a glut of oil and thus allow prices to recover.Cardinal shares fell by more than six per cent in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it announced it would temporarily cut its monthly dividend from 3.5 cents to a penny per share in view of “embarrassingly low prices” in the fourth quarter.Granite stock fell by as much as 4.7 per cent after it announced it would suspend its monthly dividend of 2.3 cents per share.Cardinal said it has decided to cut what had been record production of 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 15 per cent (about 3,300 boe/d) to avoid net losses due to low prices.Granite, similarly, said it has stopped production of about 200 boe/d after posting third-quarter output of just under 2,000 boe/d.“Our lack of provincial and federal government leadership and failure to act in getting new export pipelines built is costing not only Alberta, but all Canadians significant revenue and future investment in our country,” said Cardinal in a news release.“Although we don’t think that the current pricing differentials between Canadian barrels and U.S. barrels will be permanent, we are obligated to our shareholders to protect our business and our balance sheet until Canadian prices improve.”Junior oil firm Bonterra Energy Corp. announced in late November it would cut its monthly dividend to a penny from 10 cents per share.Bonterra and several other Alberta oil companies have said they will delay announcing budgets and providing guidance for 2019 until January in anticipation of more visibility on where oil and gas prices are headed.last_img read more