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first_imgSimmons fails again in Heat lossBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed to score for the third time in four outings as his Brisbane Heat slid to an eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash here yesterday.Sent in at the Gabba, Heat rallied to 175 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Jimmy Peirson top-scoring with 51 from 36 balls and Nathan Reardon hitting an unbeaten 40 from 32 deliveries.The right-handed Simmons faced two balls before perishing in the second over leg before wicket to seamer Michael Neser with seven runs on the board.English leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brilliant, taking two for 17 from his four overs.In reply, Strikers raced to their target in the penultimate over with opener Tim Ludeman getting 57 not out off 49 balls; Mahela Jayawardene stroking 53 of 30 balls; and Travis Head, 50 off 25 balls.Bonners shines before rain takes overBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an entertaining half-century, but rain forced the abandonment of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ opening game of the Regional Super50 after only 38 overs at Warner Park here Thursday.Opting to bat first in the day/night encounter against Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Hurricanes had reached 187 for five when the adverse weather ended the game prematurely.Both teams were awarded two points.In the time available, Bonner hammered 65 off 69 deliveries with six fours, while opener Shane Jeffers hit 47 and left-handed partner Chesney Hughes, 28.Messi set to get5th FIFA best player prizeGENEVA (AP):Lionel Messi is favoured to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on football’s top individual prize.Messi already has a 4-3 lead in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize but has recently been eclipsed by his great rival.That changed in 2015 when Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies to none for Real Madrid, despite Ronaldo’s relentless goalscoring pace.Barcelona’s dominance also helped Brazil star Neymar earn a place on the three-man shortlist for the first time.The Catalan club can sweep the men’s honours with Luis Enrique heading the coaches’ shortlist after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.Luis Su·rezsuspendedBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona striker Luis Su·rez was suspended yesterday for two Copa del Rey matches for insulting rival players.The referee’s report for the heated match at Camp Nou that ended 4-1 for Barcelona on Wednesday said Su·rez insulted Espanyol players in the tunnel after the match.Referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s report states that Su·rez told Espanyol’s players: “I am waiting for you. Come here. You are trash.”The ban will rule the Uruguay striker out of the return leg set for next week at Espanyol’s stadium and possibly the first leg of the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Muir set for another title run

first_imgDespite having fewer than 20 girls, the Mustangs are primed for another run at the CIF-Southern Section Division III title. Of course, with headliners like seniors Kiani Profit and Jalisa Williams, it’s hard to not count Muir as the overwhelming No. 1 team in the West San Gabriel Valley. Profit, who set the CIF-SS Division III record in the 300-meter hurdles (41.97) last year, will be looking to top her ninth-place finish at State, which was hampered by injury. Williams, on the other hand, thrived at State in the 300 hurdles (42.90), finishing fourth, but struggled in her main competition, the 100 hurdles. Both girls are three-time State qualifiers and will be poised to qualify in both the 100 and 300 hurdles as well as anchor the Mustangs’ 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams. PASADENA – As he was doling out instructions to his Muir High School girls track team, head coach Mike Knowles realized an paradox. Perhaps no area track team has shrunk in size more over the past 10 to 15 years. However, it’s also arguable to say no squad has raised expectations over said time more then the perennial Pacific League champions. “There have been some years where we walk onto the track with 12 or 15 girls, much to the amusement of other teams,” Knowles said. “But almost always, the other team wasn’t laughing at the end.” center_img Perhaps lost in the hype surrounding Muir’s super seniors are the accomplishments of teammates Jasmine Clark and Elize Pierre. While the versatile Clark is also a worthy 100-meter hurdler, she also has supplied her team with much needed points in field events, primarily the jumps. Only a sophomore, Pierre is an integral sprinter on both relay teams. Throw in the additions of soccer players Amanda Castaneda and Claudia Rocha to help out with the distance events and Muir will likely win its the league title for the 23rd out of last 24 years. Here’s a look at some of the other top teams in the area: South Pasadena Maybe there was no more of a dominant performance than the one put on by the Tigers on May 5 of last year at the Rio Hondo League finals. South Pasadena became the first team in league history to win every running event while cruising to the league tile. Gone this year is 3,200-meter runner and team leader Claire Ryan. Yet, Ryan, along with 100- and 300-meter hurdler Alyssa Yamane, were two of the few losses the Tigers sustained. Returning this season, however, is senior Mina Mohamadi. The sprinter had area-best marks in both the 100 (11.70) and 200-meter (25.38) dashes last season. She also earned third- and fifth-place finishes in each event at the CIF-SS Division III championships. Mohamadi is also anchor of an intact 1,600-meter relay team (4:13.32) that features teammates Chloe Fata, Catherine Messana and Erin Eastwood. Replacing Yamane will not be easy. However, the Tigers’ Tara Atkinson will likely look to fill the void in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. While Atkinson has turned in modest times in the 300 (48.34), there is still room for improvement in the 100 hurdles. The Tigers may be more inclined to lean on Messana, a Star-News cross country first-team runner in the distances, along with Fata. It’s unlikely anyone will challenge South Pasadena in league. Arcadia It seems like every year the Apaches inch closer and closer to knocking off Pacific League rival Muir, and fall just short. Last season, Arcadia lost in the day’s final event to Muir in its head-to-head meet. This year, Apaches coach Chris Schultz feels his team has a good shot of dethroning the Mustangs. Such enthusiasm comes from knowing junior Joanne Boulat is returning. The league champion in both the triple jump and long jump actually challenged the Mustangs girls in the 100 hurdles before ultimately finishing third. What makes Boulat so special, according to Schultz, is that the junior can compete in nearly any event, including the distances. “She’s amazing,” Schultz said. “We might move her around a bit, especially if we have a specific need.” Backing up Boulat is senior high jumper Karen Han and junior pole vaulter Lindsey Richert. Both are league champions, who have a realistic shot at making the CIF-SS Masters. Westridge Let’s face it, the team lost an irreplaceable standout in Maddie Weissman. Not only was Weissman the area’s best 800-meter runner (2:17.43), but she could also carry her weight on the 400- and 1,600-relay team. The good news for Westridge is that a pair of pivotal juniors return. Emily Townsend may have been the most overlooked area sprinter last season. She finished in the top five in both the 100- (12.16) and 200-meter dashes in last year’s CIF-SS Division IV championship, propelling Westridge to a sixth-place finish overall. Townsend and South Pasadena’s Mohamadi are the clear-cut two best short sprinters in the West San Gabriel Valley. Junior Rikki Jeffries also had a solid performance at the Division IV championships, taking seventh place in the 400 (61.12), which was slightly slower then her prelim time (60.04). La Salle (25.40) Coach Fred Riley has a quiet confidence about his team for several reasons. The first being the return of senior Margaret Sitker, the 2006 Star-News cross country Runner of the Year. At last year’s Division IV championships, Sitker finished second in both the 1,600 (5:20.36) and 3,200 (11:31.18). This year’s Division IV championship will likely again pit Sitker against her friendly rival from Maranatha, Rachel Gill (11:21.05), in the 3,200. While Sitker had a great finish toward the end of the season, another highly-touted Lancer did not. Once ranked No. 1 in her division last season, senior thrower Shelby McCray will be hoping to rebound from her disappointing 12th-place finish (31-01.25) in the discus at the Division IV finals. “(She) will be right there for the championship in 2007,” Riley said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MCGEE ABSOLUTELY GUTTED AT ALL-IRELAND FINAL LOSS

first_imgDonegal’s Neil McGee just can’t pin-point where Donegal went wrong in Sunday’s All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry. The Ulster champions were defeated by Kerry after a tense and rigid All-Ireland final.Donegal didn’t get anywhere close to the levels of performance they displayed in the All-Ireland semi-final when they beat the hotly tipped Dublin by six points. McGee told The Irish News, “I suppose we didn’t really reflect much yet, it will probably be worse now in a couple of weeks time when you’re sitting in the house on your own, especially when we didn’t perform.“Jim said before the game, regardless of the result, leave it all out there on the pitch.“We just did not perform on the day. It was just one of those days.“You can’t say that they were the hungrier team or that we were hungrier. It’s just that they got things right. It’s hard to put the finger on it. McGee won’t have much time to lick his wounds, he’ll be back in club action this weekend as the Donegal SFC finally starts.It was postponed until Donegal’s involvement in the All-Ireland series ended.McGee will be joined by his brother Eamon and Odhran MacNiallais as Gaoth Dobhair face Killybegs on Saturday evening. MCGEE ABSOLUTELY GUTTED AT ALL-IRELAND FINAL LOSS was last modified: September 24th, 2014 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALdonegalneil mcgeenewsSportlast_img read more

Mission College picks interim president

first_imgAn Arizona community college official has been tapped to serve as the interim president of 7,600-student Mission College in Sylmar, officials said Thursday. Jose A. Leyba, 53, of Chandler, Ariz., who is provost of the Maricopa County Community College District’s downtown campus and extended programs, was named the interim president Wednesday by the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. “It’s really an honor and a privilege to be selected,” Leyba said Thursday in a telephone interview. “I think the (LACCD) Chancellor (Darroch “Rocky” Young) has a great vision for the system and there are a lot of exciting things happening with the construction and growth of the campus. There’s a great family atmosphere to the campus.” Leyba will begin his new duties at Mission in December and will lead the campus while a nationwide search for a permanent president takes place. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Leyba succeeds Adriana Barrera, who was recently appointed senior vice chancellor for the nine-college district after serving as president of Mission College for five years. Barrera praised Leyba’s energy and enthusiasm, and said he impressed district officials by arriving a day early to talk to Mission employees and demonstrating a solid knowledge of the district. “I think he will be just what Mission College needs at this time,” she said. The Maricopa District has 10 campuses and approximately 123,865 students, compared with LACCD’s nine campuses and 119,000 students. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Basketball’s Berg to Redshirt this Season

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University women’s basketball sophomore forward Grace Berg has announced her intention to redshirt the 2019-20 season. Berg will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting in the 2020-21 season. Berg, who transferred to Drake from the University of Missouri, had her waiver and appeal to play at the start of the 2019-20 season denied by the NCAA. The former Indianola standout played in 19 games at Missouri in 2018-19. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

DONEGAL LGFA: MEET THE COUNTY’S 19 NEW WHISTLEBLOWERS!

first_imgREFEREE! The 19 people who took part in the courseDONEGAL Ladies football has 19 new referees!And here they all are after competing stage 1 of the pathway to becoming referees of the game.They completed a course at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny aimed at people over 16 who want to start a career, starting with taking GoGames matches for the U12s. LGFA development officer Donal O Searcaigh said: “I want to thank everyone for taking part in this course. Their clubs will benefit from having referees who understand the LGFA rules.“Donegal ladies football will reap the benefits.”He also thanked Sinead McHugh for taking the course and the Clanree for their support.  DONEGAL LGFA: MEET THE COUNTY’S 19 NEW WHISTLEBLOWERS! was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal ladies footballLGFAreferee courselast_img read more

DD LOCAL: CAMERA CLUB BEGINS IN LIFFORD

first_imgLIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTESLiffordCamera Club: If anyone at any level of experience from complete beginner to the advanced seasoned photographer is interested in joining this new club, please leave your name and number at Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre reception if interested. We will meet for 2 hours at Lifford/Clonleigh Centre once a month where we will have regular speakers, camera knowledge sessions, organised field trips and more. Over 18s only. Start date: Tuesday 31st March, 7pm to 9pm, €3. Grow Your Own. Six week course starting on Tuesday 14th of April from 11am to 1pm. Learn about: Preparing your ground, seed sowing, plant cutting, crop rotation, planting containers/hanging baskets and growing without pesticides. This is all towards saving money, healthy diet as well as a bit of exercise. Cost €20. Contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre with your details.Crochet Classes: Wednesday nights from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Everybody welcome. Parents Plus: Supporting Parents. Do you have a child/children aged 6-11 years old? Does it ever feel like World War 3 is breaking out in your home when it’s time to get down to homework or when bedtime is mentioned?Do you find it hard to get your child’s attention and end up becoming more frustrated when they just won’t listen? Do you ever just feel at a loss as to what to do next (who hasn’t)?St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Child and Family Agency are offering parents an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to share ideas and learn new techniques to help children be more cooperative and keep rules, help them learn and reach their full potential, and manage difficult behaviour.Running from 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday morning starting Tuesday, 24th February, for 8 weeks.Book Club: Do You Love Reading?Do you want to meet people with the same interests as you?Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre.Contact 074 91 41773 for further information! Men Sheds. Free courses and training.Health and Safety (Safe Pass).Carpentry (Basic Skills).Telephone Reception on 074 91 41773. Email: mensshedslifford@yahoo.co.uk.BLOSSOMS: Blossoms charity shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. We would also like you to donate any old items such as books, clothes etc. We are looking for summer clothing.DD LOCAL: CAMERA CLUB BEGINS IN LIFFORD was last modified: April 24th, 2015 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:Lifford local noteslast_img read more

This cottage may look small from the front – but wait until you see the inside

first_imgThis quaint and quirky cottage demonstrates how looks can be deceiving.From the main road, it looks as though it would be quite small – that is, until you drive around the back. Only two miles outside of Letterkenny on Golf Course Road, all local amenities are easily within reach without having to worry about the hustle and bustle of living in the town itself.This recently refurbished cottage boasts three spacious double bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an extraordinary attention to detail in the design.With views overlooking Letterkenny Golf Course, the sizable patio is the perfect summer hangout to host a barbecue, delve into a good book, or simply sit back and watch the world go by.The newly renovated open-plan kitchen is bright and airy, with high ceilings that are enhanced by rustic beams.For the winter nights, the Stanley solid fuel stove radiates enough heat to keep you nice and toasty as you kick back on one of the plush couches in the living room. The bohemian chic bedrooms each have a different style, and it is especially apparent when viewing the bedrooms that the previous owner put a lot of thought and care into ensuring each little detail is exactly right; from the lampshades, to the cushion covers, to the knobs on the cupboard doors.Even the bathrooms have an eclectic vibe, with the carefully chosen collage of tiles giving each bathroom its own distinct personality.This unique cottage is on the market for €325,000 from Brendan McGlynn Associates Ltd.To see the full listing, click here.This cottage may look small from the front – but wait until you see the inside was last modified: August 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Brendan McGlynn Associates Ltd.cottagehouseletterkennypropertyStunninglast_img read more

You’re going to love these sizzling summer BBQ offers at Kelly’s Centra!

first_imgThe award-winning Kelly’s Centra at Mountain Top Letterkenny have some mouth-watering deals for this hot and sunny weekend. Whether it’s a BBQ feast at home or a delicious steak meal in Kelly’s Diner – you’ll be satisfied however you choose to celebrate the weekend. Here at Kelly’s Centra, we have it all, so you can do all your shopping under the one roof. Not only do we have excellent everyday low prices on the products you want we have a great roadside diner that you should come and try also.Did you know you can get your GAA tickets at Kelly’s too? Call in store to buy tickets for Derry v Donegal at Celtic Park in Derry on Sunday, May 27th. How about a BBQ Feast?Now that the weather is getting hotter it’s time to light up the BBQ and enjoy an outdoor feast, and Kelly’s has it all.Celebrate summer with our new range of BBQ meats prepared fresh in store every day by the butcher.There is a sensational offer on the BBQ meat range – get three items for €10. Plus, great off-licence deals in store all this weekend to help with the thirst. Sensational steak offer:This Saturday and every Saturday customers looking for a steak deal that’s cooked to their own liking can have it all day @ the award-winning roadside diner for just €10 – that’s right, an 8oz steak with all the trimmings from just €10 all day Saturday from 12noon-10pm.The team at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top hope you all have a great weekend and remember: we have everything you need.*forecourt*atm*diner*off-licence*ice cream*deli*papersVisit www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintop on Facebook for more fantastic offers!Sponsored Post You’re going to love these sizzling summer BBQ offers at Kelly’s Centra! was last modified: May 25th, 2018 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)Tags:BBQdinerKelly’s Centrasteaklast_img read more

Darwinists Fight Over Niche Construction Theory

first_imgAccording to the Sacramento Bee last week, Roseville teachers who rejected the “Quality Science Education Policy” (see 06/04/2004 headline) did so because “there are no scientifically valid arguments against the theory of evolution.”  They must not be reading Nature.    In the current June 10 issue,1 three scientists say there has long been “vigorous debate” about basic evolutionary theory.  Laland, Odling-Smee and Feldman do not dispute whether evolution occurred, but their “niche construction” approach has touched off “strong and polarized responses” from evolutionists.  Though they consider this “fuss” a comparatively mild “spat” compared to earlier rows over lamarckism, punctuated equilibria and group selection, the theory of niche construction was heretical enough for Darwinist champion Richard Dawkins to term it “pernicious.”  (For more on niche construction, see 10/23/2003 headline fourth item, 03/17/2003 headline, or see its promoters’ website, www.nicheconstruction.com).  The basic idea behind niche construction is that adaptation is a two-way street:At the heart of the controversy lies the nature of causality in evolution.  Adaptation is conventionally seen as a process by which natural selection shapes organisms to fit pre-established environmental ‘templates’.  The causal arrow points in one direction only: it is environments, the source of selection, that determine the features of living creatures.    Yet it is also obvious that organisms bring about changes in environments.  Numerous animals manufacture nests, burrows, holes, webs and pupal cases.  Plants change the levels of atmospheric gases and modify nutrient cycles.  Fungi decompose organic matter, and bacteria engage in decomposition and nutrient fixation.  The standard view of evolution does not deny this, but treats niche construction as no more than the product of selection.    Conversely, from the niche-construction perspective, evolution is based on networks of causation and feedback.  Organisms drive environmental change and organism-modified environments subsequently select organisms.  The argument that niche construction does not play a causal role in evolution because it is partly a product of natural selection, makes no more sense than would the counter-proposal that natural selection can be disregarded because it is partly a product of niche construction.It is this robbing of natural selection of some of its power that seems to anger the conventional Darwinists.  Yet the niche constructionists provide a couple of examples that show how the modified environment must be taken into account when deciding how natural selection operates:“When a beaver builds a dam it not only affects the propagation of dam-building genes, but it must also transform the selection acting on a host of other beaver traits.”“Contemporary earthworms are adapting to a soil environment largely constructed by their ancestors.”First proposed in the 1980s by Richard Lewontin, niche construction was at first largely ignored.  Now, these authors feel it is “a fact of life.”  It is not just man that adapts himself, as Theodosius Dobzhansky used to claim.  All organisms modify the environment that selects their traits; this is a ubiquitous process, and can no longer be disputed.    It seems intuitively obvious.  Why the controversy, then?  Perhaps because niche construction “changes the evolutionary dynamic” and can actually put the brakes on natural selection:Niche construction can create new equilibria, affect the stability of others, generate unusual phenomena, such as momentum effects (where populations continue to evolve in the same direction after selection has stopped or reversed) and inertia effects (a delayed evolutionary response to selection), as well as opposite and catastrophic responses to selection.Such realizations might raise a host of new questions.  Nevertheless, the authors are optimistic, and suggest some fruitful lines of research.  A number of evolutionists are jumping on this bandwagon.  This “alternative panorama” may prove to be a “fleeting fad”; but if not, David Hull’s ominous prophecy may be fulfilled: “the result should be a massive reorientation of evolutionary theory.”1Kevin N. Laland, John Odling-Smee, and Marcus W. Feldman, “Causing a commotion: Niche construction: do the changes that organisms make to their habitats transform evolution and influence natural selection?” Nature 429, 609 (10 June 2004); doi:10.1038/429609a.To be fair before discussing this “spat” among evolutionists, it must be clarified that the parties on both sides are committed naturalists who affirm that unguided, unplanned, purposeless natural processes created humpback whales and hippo sunscreen out of bacteria.  All the combatants would have risen up in holy horror at Roseville to protest the insertion of any doubts about evolution into the biology curriculum.  That being understood, think about this controversy.  What damage does niche construction do to evolutionary theory?  Why would Dawkins call the reasoning “pernicious”?  What do the ongoing intramural battles tell us about the “fact” of evolution?    Each of these internal controversies – whether lamarckism, punctuated equilibria, group selection or niche construction – has questioned the core belief of Darwinists, that Charlie’s mechanism, a simple process so intuitively obvious it elevated bacteria-to-man evolution to the status of accepted truth, is perfectly capable of explaining everything.  Remember, it was the discovery of a plausible mechanism of evolution that made Charlie famous.  Apparently, quite a few evolutionists do not consider it all that plausible.  The fundamentalist Darwinists insist Charlie’s original dogma must be kept sacrosanct (see 05/31/2004 headline).  Yet ever since Darwin, heretical views have threatened the integrity of the myth.  Lamarckism is pretty much dead, falsified by experiment (even though Darwin himself became more Lamarckian in his old age—see February 2004 bio of Kelvin).  The radical view called punctuated equilibria arose because the fossil record, with its systematic gaps, did not support Darwinian gradualism.  Group selection was a sect that cast doubt on Darwin’s orthodoxy of individual selection.  We could add to the list the heresies of sympatric speciation and neo-Gaia.  Now, the cult of niche construction tends to complicate Dawkins’ life by telling him that the vectors of natural selection and the environment interact in complex ways, often opposing each other (see 03/17/2003 headline).    Whichever you think is the best storytelling plot, let’s ask some serious questions about this article and its relevance to the heated arguments occurring at school board meetings all around America, both in big cities and small towns, about the teaching of evolution.  Do you feel that any of the Darwin Party storytellers has a real, defensible, comprehensive account of how bacteria evolved into humans?  If so, why is it controversial to other evolutionists?  Why are the controversies heated enough for them to call each other names and question each others’ motives?  Has any of them provided a detailed account, with all the transitions that would be required, to explain the emergence of a single complex organ?  (See 08/20/2003 headline.)  Have the newly-acquired genomes of dozens of different organisms fulfilled what Darwinists predicted?  (See 06/09/2004 and 01/02/2003 headlines.)  Has the fossil record filled in the gaps that Darwin himself acknowledged were a major problem for his theory?  (See 06/02/2004 headline.)  Is there any reason why the eyes and ears of high school students should be shielded from these controversies and failings of Darwin’s theory?  Do these controversies have anything to do with Christianity or any other religion?  If not, why is the mantra “separation of church and state” invoked to subvert proposals for honest discussion about problems with evolutionary theory?  Can you think of any other reason, other than a sincere desire to educate students honestly, that the ACLU, the National Center for Science Education, and other Darwinist front groups are so adamant that no scientific criticisms of Darwinism are permissible in the schools?  If you engaged in these mental exercises, you just committed the very crime the Darwin-only side is trying to prevent.  You utilized critical thinking skills.(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more