Wanted man shot during Police operation in Berbice

first_imgA man wanted by the Police for questioning in connection with several robberies in Berbice was on Saturday morning shot during a Police operation.The injured man has been identified as Jamal Monroe, 20, also called ‘Ocko’, of Lot 31 Savannah Park, New Amsterdam.Police in a release said they are investigating the shooting of a male, which occurred at about 03:00h.The suspect is wanted for a series of break and enter and larceny.Residents of the community where the incident occurred seemed overjoyed that the Police were able to apprehend the wanted man. According to residents, it was the second time within the past week that Police had gone to the house in search of Monroe.Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam told this publication that the Police received information that the wanted man was at a house at Savannah Park, and when ranks arrived, Monroe upon seeing the Police jumped throw a window and as ranks attempted to intercept him a scuffle ensued and he again escaped. However, he was shot as he was running away with Police in hot pursuit.In light of the arrest, Amsterdam was quite happy with the work of the Police. “He was hit and injured and was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital but transferred to the Georgetown Hospital when he is in the Intensive Care Unit.”Monroe was released from prison less than a month ago. Currently, he is also before the court on a series of charges, which include break and enter and larceny, simple larceny, robbery under arms, and throwing missiles.He has also been sentenced for break and enter and robbery under arms. Amsterdam confirmed that since his release there are new matters which have surfaced and the Police were on the hunt for him.last_img read more

Medical outreach charity launched

first_imgUnder the premise of being dedicated to providing medical services, The Save-A-Life Inc was on Saturday officially launched.The charitable foundation will utilise the volunteer work of predominantly medical practitioners to venture into rural, unserved areas in order to provide comprehensive medical care and services. “Three months ago, she (Dr Bemaul) called me to assist in forming a legal charitable organisation to continue to do medical outreaches and here we are today,” were the words of Mohamed Karimullah, a Director of the organisation. In highlighting reasons for creating the foundation, Karimullah stated that, “There are people who do not access community health centres for various reasons such as prejudice, cultural stigma, poverty, old age, disability and lack of some form of support.”The charity’s mission is to enhance quality of life through adequate healthcare and non-medical charities in a sustained manner through collaborating with governmental and non-governmental organisations. According to Dr Kamela Bemaul-Sukhu, another Director of the charity, the launch was held in order to create awareness of the organisation, announce their intentions, attract volunteers and inspire donations/funding.The Save-A-Life Inc aims to attract medical and non-medical volunteers who will assist in the outreaches. They plan to set up “satellite groups” in different areas of the country, which will create a list of patients who are in need of the organisation’s help, so that the outreaches can be more effective. Dr Bemaul has expressed intentions of going into areas such as East Berbice, Madhia, Islands on the Essequibo River, Georgetown orphanages and The Palms.Apart from the donations and funding they are hoping to receive, the charity has outlined a number of fundraising activities to allocate monies for their outreaches. In fact, two of those fundraisers have already been held in the forms of a take-away lunch and car wash. Dr Kamela Bemaul-Sukhu, Mohamed Karimullah, Devindra Sukhu, Dr Philicia Findlay and Dr Navindranauth Rambarran all make up the Board of Directors for the charity. They strongly believe in selfless service and guarantee that all funds and donations are directly put towards providing care and supplies for their future patients.last_img read more

“Self-interest, greed & jealousy rule the day” – Correia blasts Gouveia at Ogle Airport…

first_img…says he never was a major player in OAI developmentBY DEVINA SAMAROOChairman of the newly rebranded Eugene F. Correia Airport Michael Correia on Monday delivered a feral blast at Director of the Roraima Group of Companies Captain Gerald Gouveia over his stern and persistent objections against the renaming of the Ogle International Airport, in recognition of Guyana’s first Public Transport Minister, whose surname coincides with that of those individuals who own majority of shares in the company.The proceedings commenced with a fiery speech by the Airport’s Chairman, who used the opportunity to set the record straight by lashing out at Gouveia and all the other operators who opposed the renaming.Correia made it pellucid that no member of his family had in any way suggested to President David Granger that the Airport be renamedThe newly rebranded Eugene F Correia Airport“Correia”; nonetheless, he expressed gratitude that the administration went ahead with the initiative despite the protests mounted by the National Aircraft Transport Association (NATA), an organisation consisting of nine of the ten aircraft operators working out of the now Correia Airport.The Airport Chairman argued that Roraima Airways and all the other operators who are contesting the renaming have contributed little or nothing to its development but are yet cashing in on the investment he and his family have made.“Roraima Airways, to use as an example, has recently expanded its building and its fleet of aircraft with a reported investment of US$2.5 million. But what has Roraima Airways contributed to the investment in the Airport? The total private investment of Roraima Airways in this Airport is US$83,000 by comparison, or 2.2 per cent of the total equity in the Airport,” he disclosed in portraying that Gouveia and the others have no right to make an objection.He went on to highlight that Gouveia, in his cries, is simply ridiculing a decision taken by two of the most accomplished aviators: former Director of Civil Aviation Anthony Mekdeci and former Chief Pilot of Guyana Airways Corporation Malcolm Chan–a–Sue, both of whom are senior managers of the Airport.“Why is Gouveia trying to tear down the good name, and damage the reputation of these national icons, who have helped to make him in his career, and who have made Ogle International Airport the envy of the Caribbean,” Correia stated.Subtly taking a swing at those operators who objected to the name change, he contended that “self-interest”, “greed” and “jealousy” appear to rule the day.No dictatorshipPresident David Granger in his address, also made it clear that he was not lobbied for the Airport to be renamed but rather, it was a genuine decision he took to recognise the contributions of great Guyanese to the development of the country.“I was not coerced, I was not lobbied. It was simply to recognise the character of the man,” he said.Granger also made it clear that his administration’s decision to ignore the calls for a reversal of the decision is not a show of dictatorship since the Airport’s Board already granted permission for the undertaking.Further justifying his decision, the President chronicled extensively the sterling contributions and achievements made by Correia.Moreover, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson described Correia as a son of the soil whose record every Guyanese should be proud of.Addressing concerns over the name change, Patterson once again assured that the Airport’s functions and operations will remain the same.“This airport will still provide a means for those in hinterland communities to bolster economic activity; this airport will still provide a link for access to key services; this airport will still impact lives in big ways,” he stated.The operators who opposed the renaming of the Airport complained that this act will give an unfair advantage to the Correias.In November last, the operators vented frustration over the anti-competitive nature at the facility being practised by the company that runs the airport.“The Correia Group controls the Airport and has increased the cost of fuel; monopolised ground handling and other services and arbitrarily terminated tenancy contracts with the apparent aim of forcing us out,” the operators had expressed.Against this backdrop, the operators are now fearful that the renaming of the Airport to “Correia” will only add to the long list of problems they endure on a daily basis.last_img read more

Disc Golf Group Make Presentation To Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Disc golf could soon be coming to the Energetic City.At Monday afternoon’s council meeting, council heard from a delegation consisting of five local disc golf enthusiasts. Drs. Clint and Elena Warkentin, Denise and Curtis Spence, and Shane Stirling made a presentation to council regarding the merits of installing a disc golf course in Fort St. John, including a hands-on demonstration of the flying discs and targets.Doing most of the speaking on behalf of the group, Dr. Clint Warkentin outlined the many positive benefits of installing even a temporary disc golf course in either Kin Park or Toboggan Hill Park adjacent to North Peace Secondary. According to Warkentin, Fort St. John is the only city in the Peace Region lacking a disc golf facility, as Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson have either approved or constructed at least one course.- Advertisement -Warkentin says the benfits of the courses include: the sport being playable by all age groups, a low financial entry barrier to participate due to the discs costing as little as $15, increasing foot traffic within the parks that would reduce litter and decrease the potential for undesired activity within parks, and taking up a much more compact footprint than a traditional golf course while allowing for general use of the park area concurrent with the disc golf course.Most members of council seemed in favour of the idea, including Mayor Lori Ackerman and councillors Byron Stewart and Larry Evans. Mayor Ackerman says that the city already has a report on the sport due to be looked at during the next council meeting on June 27th. Members of council examine golf discs during a presentation by local disc golf enthusiasts on Monday, June 13th. Photo by Chris Newton Members of council examine golf discs during a presentation by local disc golf enthusiasts on Monday, June 13th. Photo by Chris Newton A delegation of local disc golf enthusiasts giving a presentation to council on Monday, June 13th. Photo by Chris Newton A delegation of local disc golf enthusiasts giving a presentation to council on Monday, June 13th. Photo by Chris Newton A delegation of local disc golf enthusiasts giving a presentation, including a target, to council on Monday, June 13th. Photo by Chris Newton A delegation of local disc golf enthusiasts giving a presentation, including a target, to council on Monday, June 13th. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Warrant issued for suspect in Looney Toons assault

first_imgFort St. John Provincial Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Jonathan Rae Honeywell after an assault Thursday. The assault occurred in the parking lot of the Looney Toons Nightclub shortly after 2am on Thursday August 5th. Three males were assaulted by a male who has been identified as 24 year-old, Jonathan Rae Honeywell.One male suffered serious injuries in the attack and has been transferred to Vancouver General Hospital to received treatment for head injuries. The male victim is in stable condition and is expected to survive his injuries.The two other victims were treated for minor injuries at the Fort St. John Hospital and have been released.- Advertisement -The warrant issued for Honeywell was for three counts of Assault, including one aggravated assault.The RCMP have not provided a description of the suspect, but are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. If located, do not approach him but call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140.You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca Advertisementlast_img read more

After-school programs receive support

first_imgThe pattern can affect students’ academic performance or lend to the increasing obesity epidemic among children, Alvarez said. Santa Fe Springs currently offers extracurricular programs out of its Teen Center, Child Care Center and at several local parks. The city does not offer after-school activities at every school, but “it’s absolutely important to give kids something to do after school,” said Beth Raff, attendance clerk at Lake Center Middle School. Lake Center hosts athletic leagues for students throughout the academic year, she said. Community Services officials said the next step in the survey process is to review their findings and develop programs based on residents’ feedback. While Santa Fe Springs may not be able to serve each of its 5,000 youth, “the goal here is to ensure safe places for youth to be, a place to create and imagine and a place to support the overall health and fitness of the child,” Alvarez added. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – A “diagnostic test” on the city’s after-school and childcare programs shows that recreational and academic activities are in demand in Santa Fe Springs, officials recently announced. The preliminary findings are part of a community-wide survey distributed throughout the city last month. Community Services representatives spearheaded the public assessment to evaluate its youth programs and determine what extracurricular activities, if any, residents would like to see in Santa Fe Springs. “We wanted to make sure that we weren’t leaving anybody behind,” said director of Community Services Ana Alvarez, who reported on the survey at Thursday’s City Council meeting. An estimated 500 surveys were mailed to households throughout the city last month, according to Alvarez. This week’s presentation was based on the 150 questionnaires returned to date; the final report is slated for the June 22 council meeting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Council members have already approved $39,000 toward the implementation of community-tailored programs that will based on the survey results, said Mayor Louie Gonzalez. Youth and after-school programs are an ongoing interest in Santa Fe Springs, said Gonzalez. According to experts, the number of children who come home to an empty house or non-social activity is rising across the United States. The Afterschool Alliance, an after-school program advocacy group, reported last year that 22 percent of California children in working families were unsupervised after school. Only 14 percent of those students are enrolled in some sort of after-school program, the Washington D.C. group said. last_img read more

Eight football transfers nobody saw coming

first_img Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder 9 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man City sign Robinho from Real Madrid – On the final day of the summer transfer window in 2008, the Blues were bought by mega wealthy Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United group and subsequently shocked the Premier League by signing Robinho, who was close to a switch to Chelsea. “I just laughed, really, because it was all out for Berbatov and then they seemed to be bidding for everybody,” City player Richard Dunne said, in reference to City trying to hijack the Red Devils’ deadline day deal for Berbatov, before attention was turned to Robinho. It was clearly a sign of things to come. IN DEMAND REAL DEAL LIVING THE DREAM You’ll struggle to find fans who could have seen Rob Green joining Chelsea.A very good goalkeeper with vast experience, but at 38, not one for the future.Having spent last season as Huddersfield’s back-up goalie, Green was thinking about his future.“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours. You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation,” he told chelseafc.com.“It has been a pretty dramatic time for me and I can’t wait to get started. I am absolutely delighted and it is a thrill and an honour to be here.”Some transfers just appear to come from nowhere and talkSPORT.com looks at a few deals from recent years none of us saw coming. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father three-way race RANKED Transfer news Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino 9 9 Arsenal sign Mikel Arteta from Everton at the last moment on deadline day – Arsenal completed the deal for Arteta with little over an hour to go before the transfer window closed in 2011. Everton had earlier rejected a bid for the 29-year-old, but then the player requested to leave and an offer was reluctantly accepted. It certainly didn’t seem like the usual ‘Arsenal transfer.’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 9 Juventus sign Arsenal hero Nicklas Bendtner – The Dane would have told you he belonged at the club, but the fact Juventus decided not to make his 2011 loan permanent tells you the Italian giants didn’t quite agree. Bendtner didn’t score in his 10 appearances, but the fact Juventus even enquiring about his availability in the first place was pretty mind blowing. Arsenal didn’t want him, and prior to his stint in Italy, Bendtner was on loan at Sunderland. ‘perfect fit” 9 9 Anthony Martial from Monaco in 2015 – He was relatively unknown in the UK when Man United paid Monaco £36m for Martial in 2015. The club wanted more firepower up front, but it was a lot of money for someone who was still only 19 and even his team-mates had to ask about him. “To be honest on the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was,” Morgan Schneiderlin revealed at the time. He made a memorable first impression, though, by scoring on his debut against Liverpool and living up to the hype that had seen him compared to Thierry Henry. Signing imminent? Man United target ‘on flight’ to England for talks with club fear Carroll explains why he wanted to fail Liverpool medical before £35m move 9 heading off on his way 9 Arsenal pinch Sol Campbell from Tottenham – It looked like Campbell was going abroad when his contract expired in 2001. Nobody thought he’d nip down the round and join Arsenal. Campbell was loved at Spurs, but the club in the 90s was very different to the one today and it was widely expected he would leave for greater things eventually. He was in talks with Inter at one point and was pretty close to joining, but wasn’t too impressed by their training facilities and decided to remain in the Premier League and join bitter rivals Arsenal. The feeling at White Hart Lane was one of heartache, anger and shock. He later said he would have gone to AC Milan if they had shown interest. Liverpool re-sign Robbie Fowler – This took everyone by surprise in 2006. It was, to Liverpool fans, the return of ‘God’ after more than four years away. He had scored 154 goals in 330 appearances between 1993 and 2001, but left without saying a proper goodbye when deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Gerard Houllier. So when the club needed a striker in January 2006 and Houllier’s successor, Rafa Benitez decided to bring back Fowler, it was a dream come true for both the player and the Kop. Though past his best, Fowler performed admirably and in his second spell he scored 12 goals in 39 games (most as a sub) and helped the Reds to the Champions League final in 2007. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing GOSSIP Liverpool sign Alex Manninger – Manninger was a member of Arsenal’s double-winning side in 1998, but when he arrived at Anfield 18 years later it came as a surprise to those fans who remembered his previous spell in the Premier League, not least because most thought he was probably retired. Prior to his move, Manninger had been playing for German club Augsburg. This followed spells in Italy and Spain where he played for Siena, Juventus and Espanyol. He did eventually retire at the end of the 2016/17 season. 9 Liverpool take Steven Caulker on loan – Even Caulker, who was on loan at Southampton from QPR, was surprised by the move. “It came as a bit of a shock as I’d had a bit of a frustrating time at Southampton and not had any game time,” he told the Liverpool Echo, explaining he couldn’t turn the move down. The defender joined in the 2016 January transfer window as cover, but played just four games with the deal being cut short when he entered rehab following a string of off field problems. In an interview with the Guardian in June 2017, Caulker revealed he has battled with depression for most of his career.last_img read more

Will this much-changed Chelsea team face BATE Borisov in the Europa League?

first_imgChelsea know a victory against BATE Borisov in Belarus will seal their progression to the knockout phase of the Europa League – live on talkSPORT 2.The Blues stars who have travelled are under no illusions about the clash though and despite a 4-0 win against them two weeks ago, they’re using Liverpool’s loss to Red Star Belgrade as evidence they could be upset. Is this the Chelsea team to face BATE Borisov in the Europa League? Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the star of the match between the two sides at Stamford Bridge. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City TOP WORK Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury revealed SORRY Most Popular Premier League Stories huge blow whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings changes predicted Manager Maurizio Sarri has, despite the warning, left first-team stars Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso at home.N’Golo Kante does now feature in the squad after Cesc Fabregas pulled out late on due to a fever but is likely to be a feature on the bench rather than start.Eden Hazard will also be playing some part in the match but it’s undecided whether this will be as a substitute or from the start.So who do talkSPORT.com predicted will play from the off in Belarus? Find out below… tense The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 2 gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

FLEADH FANS RESCUED OFF DONEGAL COAST

first_imgThe latest stricken vessel being towed into Greencastle Harbour by the local Coast Guard lifeboat.The Greencastle Coast Guard has been involved in its fourth sea rescue in 24 hours.In the latest incident a small pleasure boat, with two men on boat, was towed to Greencastle Harbour after taking on water off the Inishowen coast.The lifeboat had just returned to its station after an emergency call to assist another vessel which had reported an injured crew member of board. The man was eventually airlifted by helicopter to Altnagelvin Area Hospital in Derry for treatement for a suspected broken arm.Both vessels were among a number making their way from Scotland to Derry for the All Ireland Flleadh.Speaking from the Greencastle Coast Guard slipway, where the latest vessel was taken at about 8.30pm last night, Charlie Cavanagh, officer in charge, said severe weather conditions had played a part in the incidents.He said: “The sea is very rough out there. As regards the latest incident, we do not know how the vessel began taking on water, so we will have to look into it.” FLEADH FANS RESCUED OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boatsdonegalFleadhGreencastle CoastguardScotlandlast_img read more

Darwin Report Card, continued: How Useful Is Evolutionary Theory?

first_imgDarwinism is useful in one demonstrable way: it keeps thousands of biologists employed in the business of evidence-free storytelling.Continuing the previous entry, we look at actual scientific research to see if Darwin’s idea about life improving through mutations and natural selection leads to scientific understanding of nature. To evaluate the theory honestly, we have to exclude theory rescue devices, such as ‘convergent evolution’ or ‘evo-devo’ or ‘warp-speed evolution’ which merely coin phrases to escape troubling evidence. How often do Darwinians find actual, incontrovertible evidence that mutations and natural selection lead to new complex features? How often does Darwinism exclude all other explanations for observed traits? Is biological science better off since the Darwinians took over and expelled all their critics?Darwin was wrong: evolution moves at warp speed. Look at what Nature News just said: “How warp-speed evolution is transforming ecology: Darwin thought evolution was too slow to change the environment on observable timescales. Ecologists are discovering that he was wrong.” This shock headline deserves some elaboration, because surely Nature is not about to give up on Darwin and cede biological science to creationism. What do they mean? Rachel Lallensack begins with an example of stick insects. Do green ones and striped ones confirm ‘warp-speed evolution’ by mutation and natural selection? Does the evidence go beyond mere variation in color, which creationists would not dispute? The scientists put striped stick insects on plants where they didn’t blend in, and ditto for green ones. They found that birds, finding these glaring out-of-place insects, flocked to the bushes and picked them off, then stuck around and cleaned the bushes of other unlucky insects caught in the crossfire. It’s a bit like parking a Mercedes in a crime-ridden neighborhood; which car is likely to be stolen or vandalized? Interesting result, to be sure, but what to make of it? Did anything actually evolve?The article proceeds to argue that evolution can happen quickly (especially when biologists interfere, as in this case). But the evolution illustrated is “in reverse,” they say. It’s really about population dynamics, when creatures wind up outside their normal habitat. Put a dairy cow in the Serengetic and watch what happens. Is that “evolution”? Has Darwinism been confirmed in cases of a “force for local extinction”? Do these observations justify the claim that “ecologists must take evolution into consideration”? All the field evidence cited deals with which existing animals with existing traits survive in altered conditions. Nowhere does the reader find anything about the origin of a new species or complex trait. Given this notion of evolution, we would have to conclude that Yazidis underwent ‘warp-speed evolution’ when ISIS drove them out of their homes into refugee camps and killed many others.Horse evolution revisited. Just when you thought horse evolution was an established icon of evolution, Science Daily poses a ‘revolutionary theory on horse evolution‘. Time to rewrite the textbooks again? A researcher at New York Institute of Technology claims to have found evidence that modern horses’ hooves still have remnants of their ancestors’ five toes; “they believe that all five digits have merged to form the compacted forelimbs with hooves that we know today.” As evidence, they find a “greater number of arteries and nerves than would be expected in a single digit.” They also cite hoofprints from Laetoli, Africa from the 3-toed Mesohippus, an extinct equine, suggesting evolution was proceeding from five toes to one over time. This seems odd as an example of evolution. One can always invent a just-so story, such as theirs: “As horses evolved to live on open grassland their anatomy required a more compact design to enable movement across the hard plains.” But if that were a law of nature, all the other animals on the hard plains would be one-toed, including early humans. Imagine that. Even if humans had ‘evolved’ to lose their toes, would that confirm Darwinism? Actually, a horse’s legs show incredible design, with pogo-stick-like tendons and muscles with dampers to reduce shock. How did those traits evolve? By focusing on changes in toe numbers, are evolutionists distracting attention from far more interesting questions?The evolution of the scenario: Darwin speaks with forked tongue. The University of Helsinki puts its headline in big, bold type: “The ori­gin of snakes – new evol­u­tion­ary scen­ario presen­ted.” Whenever a salesman announces something as new and improved, it implies the old product was not so hot. OK, so what do these researchers have in mind? Do the Finnish finish the job? “The early evolution of snakes happened from surface-terrestrial to burrowing in the lizard-snake transition suggests a research group at the University of Helsinki,” the press release begins. “The group’s new findings redirect the debate on evolution towards a new underexplored evolutionary scenario. Thus, the study adds another dimension to the investigation of snake origins.” At first glance, the ‘scenario’ (fancy word for just-so story) looks Lamarckian: once upon a time, a snake burrowed into the ground, and all its children lost their limbs. At second glance, we wonder why rodents and other burrowing animals didn’t read the script of this scenario. The only evidence presented is about skull shape, which seems to have little to do with burrowing. We read in the article that “snake evolution and diversification was not a straightforward process but rather an interplay between natural selection and developmental processes.” This seems to force Darwin to share the award stage, but leads to a follow-up question of how creative ‘developmental processes’ can be outside of natural selection. Adding one blind process to another doesn’t seem particularly helpful. And for anyone who thinks Darwinism has led to understanding about snake evolution since 1859, we also read that “Three major competing hypotheses for the habitat of early snakes – burrowing i.e. worm-like, aquatic, or terrestrial – have been debated for more than a century by biologists and palaeontologists” (italics theirs).Too much fitness. Dinosaurs were too successful for their own good, say evolutionists from the University of Reading on Phys.org. The authors of this scenario must believe in ‘extinction of the fittest.’ According to them, “The inability of the dinosaurs to adapt rapidly enough as the Earth became full may explain why they were in decline prior to the asteroid strike, and why they were so susceptible to almost total extinction when it hit.” Does this make any sense? The storytellers had just told us that dinosaurs had diversified extensively, so as to fill every niche. Now they’re saying they couldn’t diversify because they filled the earth. But the earth is a very big place. Surely some of them could have survived, but not a single species remains. Butterflies and butterworts did just fine.On the origin of termites by negative natural selection. Evolutionists from the University of North Carolina pretend to tell how termites evolved from cockroaches (Phys.org). First, they establish their turf by asserting evolution with gusto: They [termites] evolved. Ants and wasps evolved. Termites evolved a broad range of immune mechanisms. Cockroaches have evolved many mechanisms to resist the broad array of offensive chemicals they encounter in their environment, including insecticides. Sufficiently indoctrinated via repetition, the unwary reader is unprepared for the only empirical evidence offered: specialization of diverse chemosensory genes in cockroaches for the social habitats of termites. It’s another story of evolution by subtraction masquerading as scientific explanation: “The far more specialized but evolutionarily related termite experienced considerable losses of smell and taste genes, commensurate with the more specialized chemistry of its ecological habitat.” Just as a blind cave fish can survive in its specialized environment, a termite with fewer tools can do quite well in its colony, compared to its better equipped relative, la cucuracha.  “The German cockroach now holds the world record for the diversity of its chemosensory gene repertoire.” If a decathlete decides to compete in the pentathlon, has he evolved?Evo-Devo or evil devil? Another case of adding ‘developmental processes’ to the scenario of evolution is found in Current Biology, which writes about “Evo–Devo: The Double Identity of Insect Wings.” The subtitle could be confused with Grimm’s Fairy Tales: “Sometime [i.e., once upon a time] in the Devonian, perhaps about 400 million years ago, insects became the first clade to conquer the sky. Recent evo-devo studies have begun to unravel the mysterious origin of the flight structure that made insects into extraordinary six-legged fliers.” Inquiring minds want to know: did they “conquer the sky” by intelligent design? If not, does adding one blind process (evo-devo) to another (classical natural selection) open the eyes of science to understanding? Have the storytellers listed all the requirements for a heavier-than-air animal to conquer the sky, overcoming gravity with powered flight? Current Biology readily admits that insects are “extraordinary six-legged fliers,” but the origin of any flight is “mysterious” only when it is attributed to blind, unguided processes. It’s not so mysterious when intelligent minds bring it about, like the designers at Boeing or Lockheed.Compounding the problems. If the evolutionary origin of flight once is miraculous enough, how about twice? PNAS shamelessly writes about “Dual evolutionary origin of insect wings” as if this is not a problem for Darwinism. The authors admit that the origin of flight is a profound challenge: “The origin of insect wings is still a highly debated mystery in biology, despite the importance of this evolutionary innovation.” Using evolution-assuming words like ‘acquisition’ and ’emergence’ does not seem particularly convincing for those of us hunting for evidence of understanding on the question. For someone not already assuming Darwinism, how much understanding is evident in the Abstract?Acquisition of morphologically novel structures can facilitate successful radiation during evolution. The emergence of wings in hexapods represents a profound moment in eukaryotic evolution, making insects one of the most successful groups. However, the tissue that gave rise to this novel and evolutionarily crucial structure, and the mechanism that facilitated its evolution, are still under intense debate. By studying various wing-related tissues in beetles, we demonstrated that two distinct lineages of wing-related tissues are present even outside the appendage-bearing segments. This outcome supports a dual evolutionary origin of insect wings, and shows that novelty can emerge through two previously unassociated tissues collaborating to form a new structure.As stated, “wing-related tissues” represent only a piece of the puzzle. Wings are useless unless attached to muscles that are controlled by nerves responding to a program in the brain. Not only that, the entire body plan of the animal needs adjusting to life on the wing. But even giving these Darwinians the time of day, they should realize that similar wing-related tissues in two lineages does not provide sufficient evidence to attribute wings to Darwinian evolution. We see similar materials used in unrelated man-made inventions. Why must the reader accept the presumption that Darwin did it?Convergence is a word, not an explanation. We’ve seen Darwinians many times misleading the public with the word ‘convergence’ when similar traits appear in unrelated organisms. According to Darwin’s tree, similarities should only appear on the same branches, but often, similarities appear on different branches. How does that happen? Convergence is a word, not an explanation. It assumes the similar traits both evolved by Darwinian processes, when actually, neither one has been demonstrated. Here’s a recent example from Science Daily: “Convergent evolution of gene regulation in humans and mice.” The opening paragraph is simply an assertion, not a demonstration:Organisms that aren’t closely related may evolve similar traits as they adapt to similar challenges. It’s called convergent evolution, and familiar examples include the wings of birds, bats, and insects, and echolocation in bats and dolphins. Now, molecular biologists have found evidence of convergent evolution in an important mechanism of gene regulation in humans and mice.What is the evidence in this case? Evolutionists “described a complex system that regulates the same genes in the same way in both species, yet evolved independently in the two lineages.” None of the details presented have anything to do with mutation and selection. Those words don’t even appear in the article. Instead, the authors simply assume that the similarities evolved, even though “In the case of human and mouse, their lineages diverged about 90 million years ago.”Outing the endosymbiont theory. For decades, evolutionists have told us that a prokaryote merged with a free-living mitochondrion and became a eukaryote. Yet PNAS still admits that “The origin of mitochondria is a challenging and intensely debated issue.” So how did it happen? They don’t know that, either: “It is unknown whether mitochondria were acquired early or late, and whether it was captured via phagocytosis or syntrophic integration.” So many things would have had to change for this to work, it baffles the ability of Darwin’s theory to account for it. It should also be noted that the story is inherently Lamarckian (inheritance of acquired characteristics). The latest spin in this paper uses the analogy of farming: the host farmed out some of its metabolic work to the new tenants, “like humans farm pigs.” Well, then, did the hosts do this by intelligent design? Analogies can be useful for teaching, but can be misleading in scientific explanation. We expect better from scientists.Mixing unlike processes. Another PNAS paper tries to apply Darwinian theory to very different things: biological inheritance and learning. In “Evolution of vertical and oblique transmission under fluctuating selection,” they apply Darwinism where it doesn’t belong: “The evolution and maintenance of social learning, in competition with individual learning, under fluctuating selection have been well-studied in the theory of cultural evolution,” they say. But when teachers teach, are students ‘evolving’? When a caveman shows his son how to make a flintstone axe, is the son evolving? It sounds ridiculous, and it is: it completely ignores the role of intelligence as a cause, as opposed to genetic mutations and blind natural selection. This should be obvious, but the authors point to previous literature as a bandwagon argument to validate their foray into “cultural evolution” as if it is another dimension of biological evolution. Even so, they have to introduce a new concept of “fluctuating selection” to explain the differences. CEH has long argued that natural selection reduces to the Stuff Happens Law. Now, we learn that Stuff Happens at different rates. How that improves scientific understanding is left as an exercise.Evolutionary explanations are deductions, not findings of science. “It evolved, therefore.” Better yet, “Stuff happens, therefore.” We’re sure you understand biology better now. Aren’t you glad you have the accumulated wisdom of 158 years of Charlie D’s Authentic Stuff Happens Snake Oil to shed light on the living world? My, what would we do without the Darwinians to heal all of our intellectual maladies? It’s so relaxing not to have to think any more. Stuff Happens; that’s all you need to know.(Visited 441 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more