Grenada’s football coach banned

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):FIFA has suspended Grenada’s senior men’s national football coach Anthony Modeste for four games and fined him more than US$10,000 for misconduct against match officials.The Disciplinary Committee, comprising of Claudio Sulser of Switzerland as chairman, and members Jim Shaw of Northern Ireland, Ariel Alvarado of Panama, and Cristian Varela of Chile, handed down its decision on July 23. The ruling was communicated to the Grenada Football Association (GFA) last week.The Spice Boyz coach is accused of breaching the FIFA Disciplinary Code by committing an unsporting conduct towards a match official during their World Cup preliminary round game against Puerto Rico in June.According to FIFA, Modeste, who received a red card during the first-leg preliminary game against Puerto Rico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 12, will miss Grenada’s third-round qualifying games against Haiti next month.FIFA said that the automatic match suspension was already served when Grenada played Puerto Rico on June 16 in St George’s and in light of the fact that Grenada has qualified for the next round of the preliminary competition, Modeste will be served two match suspensions against Haiti on September 4 and 8.The governing body said that the remaining match suspension will have to be served if Grenada qualify for round four of the competition.However, if Grenada does not qualify for the subsequent round of the preliminary competition of the FIFA World Cup 2018, the remaining match suspension will be carried over to Grenada’s next official match.Modeste is also fined US$9,000 in application of the ruling and US$1,000 for the proceedings. He has 30 days from the date of notification of the decision to pay the fine.last_img read more

Robust Public Health System Needed, African Union Commission Chair Declares

first_imgThe Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has  said that the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease exposed  the weakness in the health sector of countries.  She has warned that as a lesson from  the Ebola crisis, Africans governments should now see the need to develop  a robust public health systems in their various countries.Dr. Zuma, a former Health Minister of South Africa, said if this is done, it will help African governments to respond  sufficiently to such outbreaks as the EVD and any other future health eventualities.Speaking in Monrovia last week, the AUC boss also said that governments on the continent should put a lot of emphasis on health and hygiene being taught in schools so that children grow up having a good understanding about health issues, including infectious diseases and among others.She was addressing a press stakeout along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the foyer of the Foreign Ministry during a solidarity visit. Dr.  also stressed that Africans should make sure that our various cultures and health should go together.Dr. Zuma, who was heading a 14-member delegation that paid a daylong official visit to Liberia, said they were in the country to express solidarity and sympathies to the government and people of Liberia.“We are very happy to be here, even though under difficult circumstances, to show and express our solidarity and to also extend our sympathies to those who have passed due to the Ebola crisis,” Dr. Zuma said.She commended Liberia for its fortitude and courage in facing this very difficult situation. “We hope that you will continue and sooner rather than later you will be successful in dealing with Ebola.”On lessons learnt from the Ebola outbreak, the AU Chairperson emphasized that health and education should be embedded in each country’s economic development plan. “If there is no health and skills, there can be no economic development,” she warned, adding, “You need both human and financial capital. All our countries should be strengthening their health services and making sure that investment in its citizens is strong.”“Countries like Japan they don’t have many mineral resources, but they invest more in health and education and we can see how far these  countries are developed. So in all of our countries we need to prioritize the issues of health and education,” she said.Dr. Zuma disclosed that the AUC is trying to mobilize more human resources from member states to contribute to the efforts of the international community to contain and eradicate the virus that’s devastating the sub-region.The African Union has already deployed a 36-member team of medical personnel to assist with the fight against Ebola under the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak Operations in West Africa (ASEOWA).She disclosed that the AU is also trying to mobilize the business community within the region to contribute to the fight against the Ebola virus disease as well post-Ebola “because of the socio-economic challenges it will pose afterwards.”Meanwhile, many health experts, both continental and global, have  noted that the level of devastation or destruction carried out by the Ebola Virus Disease in the Mano River Union basin since its outbreak is as a result of the fragile state of the public health systems in the region.  Similar situations also exist in most parts of the African continent, they said.This rendered citizens of these countries vulnerability to any viral attacks as it is being experienced with this outbreak, health experts have maintained.The outbreak of the Ebola Virus disease further laid bare the vulnerability of countries of the African continent, situations that are most times attributed to corruption and bad governance on the continent.The AUC delegation  that visited Liberia included the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA), Dr. Carlos Lopes; the head of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak Operations in West Africa (ASEOWA), Major General Dr. Julius Oketta; and African Union Commission Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Toyin Solaja.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt continues to display gross incompetence in looming oil and gas sector

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is of the belief that Guyana has become a laughing stock on the international stage owing to the gross incompetence the coalition Government and top officials continue to portray.He was at the time speaking about statements made by Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe, during an interview with the New York-based Bloomberg.The August 13, 2019 article titled “The World’s Newest Petrostate Isn’t Ready for a Tsunami of Cash” states: “When Mark Bynoe, the director of Guyana’s Department of Energy, was a boy, he used to play cricket barefoot with friends in his village outside Georgetown. At the end of the day, his feet “would be shiny at the bottom,” he remembers. “We knew oil was around.”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoStatements like this, Jagdeo pointed out, highlights the incompetence of the governing coalition.“This is the person who heads our Department of Energy, giving an interview to Bloomberg which is the premier business and economic news [agency] and is read around the world. When the Head of our Energy Department makes such a statement, you recognise how sad our situation is about the state of affairs in our country.“I can imagine how people around the world, when they read this, how they think of Guyana – how disparaging their views may be about our country. It is the same incompetence and comical actions on the part of the Government that causes so little respect for Guyana and our people,” the Opposition Leader stated.He went on to say that this was the same sort of incompetence that took the country into the negotiation of contracts with United States oil giant ExxonMobil and British-based Tullow Oil, which saw Guyana being short-changed.Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe“So, this is the tragedy of Guyana today – having an incompetent government in place that squanders all of the opportunities for the future of all Guyanese and we’ve become the laughing stock of the international community when key Government officials – imagine the person that is in charge of our total Energy Department and policy making makes a statement like this. His foot bottom was ‘shiny’ so he knew we had oil,” Jagdeo posited.The Opposition Leader, who is also a former President, said that this sort of incompetence “pains” him, especially since Guyana once had a reputation as a pioneering country.“We had a growing reputation for leading the world, almost, on green policy-making and pioneering the sale of forest carbon around the world. That was our reputation; people used to quote what we’re doing in Guyana prior to the oil and gas find. And today to be reduced to a laughing stock because of the incompetence of the Government … it pains me,” he lamented.Jagdeo has always been critical of the coalition Government’s failure to negotiate a better deal with Exxon and more recently, his criticism was directed at the contract with Tullow, which will see the company paying zero royalties. This is despite the contract with the British company being signed after oil had already been discovered in commercial quantities offshore Guyana, Jagdeo contended.But Tullow has defended recovering the one per cent royalty it pays to Guyana through cost oil, saying it is consistent with international frontier exploration standards.In an interview with Guyana Times last month, the British oil company’s Head of Media Relations, George Cazenove reminded that back in 2012, Tullow and its partners spent and lost over US$100 million on a failed exploration well in Guyana.“What I can say is that our licence is entirely in line with licences around the world in frontier exploration areas. Don’t forget that the Jethro well had a one-in-four chance of success at our risk. And we know what it’s like to lose money in exploration – we and our partners spent US$185 million in Guyana in 2012 on the Jaguar well and, as per our licence, got nothing back,” Cazenove had said.Experts have argued for some time that the Guyana Government has not done enough to include ring-fencing provisions within the oil contracts it signed with operators. Ring-fencing terms ensure that liabilities (losses) associated with a company’s asset, in this case a previous well, cannot be transferred and the costs recouped from another well.Tullow’s one per cent royalty, itself, has been criticised in recent times for the very amount. It falls short of the two per cent ExxonMobil has to pay to Guyana. When compared to oil producers around the world, however, the rate falls even shorter.While some oil producers did start with low royalty rates similar to Guyana’s, their respective governments had the foresight to include provisions in their contracts for a sliding scale that would ensure the royalty rate went up as oil production increased.On August 12, the British oil company announced that it discovered oil in commercial quantities at the Jethro-1 exploration well in the Orinduik Block. This is the first discovery in the Orinduik Block, which is located in close proximity to the Stabroek Block – where ExxonMobil has already made 13 lucrative oil discoveries since 2015.The US oil giant is gearing up for oil production in the first quarter of next year, producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day from the Liza Phase 1 development.last_img read more

Marriott/Casino deal to be shrouded in secrecy

first_img…confidentiality agreement imposes unilateral restriction on bidders…project document allows for tender to be cancelled at any timeIt was only a few weeks ago that Government, in a tender seeking expressions of interest from contractors for the new Demerara River Bridge, attached a number of restrictions that saw bidders waiving a number of their rights to maintain confidentiality.That trend is continuing, with bidders expressing an interest to partner with Atlantic Hotels Incorporated (AHI) to build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) a casino at the Marriott Hotel also being saddled with red tape and restrictions.Bidders engaging in the project have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as has been noted with a number of other projects, including the new Demerara River Crossing, among others. The vernacular of this document reveals that bidders are restricted from disclosing “information of whatever nature relating to the project which is obtained either in writing or orally from or pursuant to discussions with management and employees of the AHI project or any of its subsidiaries or advisors of AHI.”The confidentiality agreement also informs prospective bidders that if they are required by a valid court order to disclose confidential information, they are to immediately notify AHI – a Government owned special purpose company that had constructed, and is now maintaining, the Marriott Hotel. They also have to seek the company’s advice on seeking legal ways to “resist or narrow” the requirements of the order.The Marriott HotelThe document adds: “if disclosure of such information is required, exercise your best efforts to obtain an order or other reliable assurance that confidential treatment will be accorded to such portion of the disclosed information which AHI so designates.”Going even further, the agreement sets out that bidders cannot disclose to anyone outside their company “either the fact that discussions or negotiations are taking place concerning a possible transaction by you relating to the project or any terms, conditions, or other facts with respect to any such possible transaction, including the status.”Rejection of proposalsFor some time, the Government’s tendency to annul whole tenders during the early stages of projects has been the source of much concern. The political Opposition has even accused the Government of using this practice to get rid of legitimate but ‘out of favour’ bidders vying for a project.In the invitation of ‘expressions of interest’ project document, AHI ensures it is covered in case it decides to cancel the tender. According to section 21, Rejection/Disqualification of Proposals, the public company states it doesn’t have to accept the lowest costing bid, or even any bid.“AHI is not bound to accept the lowest or any EOI or Proposal Documents, and reserves the right to reject any or all EOI or Proposal Documents,” AHI sets out, adding that it can also disqualify any EOI or proposal documents based on three reasons.Non-compliance with any provision in the EOI guidelines; inconsistency in the numbers or words in the EOI; and failing to provide enough details to allow AHI to do a thorough evaluation.The Guyana Government, late last month, sent out the invitation in its search for partners to finally complete construction and operation of the casino at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.The US$58 million project was completed in 2015, and was advertised as a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient edifice, complete with hotel, casino and entertainment complex. According to the request for expressions of interest (EoI) advertised locally, Atlantic Hotels Inc, the special-purpose Government-owned company that was set up to construct and own the Marriott Hotel has invited interested parties to present proposals for the completion and operation of the facility.According to the advertisement, “AHI is seeking expression of Interest from reputable organisations/individuals to complete the construction, outfitting and operating its casino annexed to the Marriott Hotel…”The Government-owned company says it “is interested to receive EoIs from either persons or companies, either individually or as part of a joint venture/consortium.”AHI said preference would be given to submissions by applicants who are established in the gaming and entertainment industry.It was also pointed out that in selecting the lessee, “AHI will consult with Marriott.”Those interested in partnering with AHI in order to complete construction and operation of the casino are being asked to submit design proposals, proof of financial viability, a financial plan; and are being asked to sign on to a ‘confidentiality undertaking’ on registration.Government had, in the past, publicly indicated its intention to sell off the multi-million-dollar tourism flagship project of its predecessors.last_img read more

Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup

first_img0Shares0000The Yekaterinburg Arena football stadium being renovated for the 2018 World Cup including two temporary stands on empty plots of land at each goal end of the stadium’s facade © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Nov 28 – Football fans visiting Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals for the 2018 World Cup are going to find out first hand what it feels to be on the outside looking.Because the area was originally too small to fit FIFA rules, officials built two temporary stands on empty plots of land nextdoor. Openings at each goal end of the stadium’s facade offer a remote view of the pitch but no protection from the sun or rain.And those unlucky enough to only get tickets for the extensions’ upper-most rows will stare out directly at the outer edge of the refurbished Yekaterinburg Arena’s circular roof.The UK’s perplexed Guardian newspaper suggested the entire ensemble might have come from “outer space” while USA Today screamed that it “couldn’t look any scarier”.All of which has left the construction company behind the 42-metre-tall (138-foot-tall) extensions sounding somewhat bemused.Two temporary stands on land next to the Yekaterinburg Arena football stadium for the 2018 World Cup will allow fans to peer through the open facade at each goal end but with no protection from sun or rain © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOV“This is a typical solution for sport facilities built for major international competitions,” Sinara-Development Director General Timur Ufimtsev told AFP.“In addition, you can see a beautiful panoramic view of Yekaterinburg itself since the stadium is in a central part of the city.”He added that the whole seating section is protected by “tall railings” to make sure no one falls off.The additions will make Yekaterinburg Arena into a 35,000-seater that will shrink back down in size to 23,000 once the stands are dismantled when all the tourists go home.– Cultural heritage site –The world media’s sceptical gaze fell on the 60-year-old stadium once it was selected as the eastern-most venue of the 12 hosting the marquee June 14-July 15 event.The Kremlin wanted to show off Russia’s cultural diversity and settled on Yekaterinburg — the mining capital of the tsars in which the late president Boris Yeltsin built his career.The unassuming industrial home to almost 1.5 million people has a team that played middling football in the Soviet era and most recently won promotion to the Russian Premier League in 2013.It is safe to say that its 27,000-seat stadium suited the needs of a club that has gone through many incarnations and is currently called simply Ural.Yet its size fell just short of FIFA’s carefully spelled out “minimum capacities of 30,000” requirement for stadiums hosting group stage World Cup matches.Four were scheduled for Yekaterinburg and Russia had a problem.Sinara-Development said it also could not simply rebuild the entire arena because it was listed as a cultural heritage site that needed to be preserved in its original form.Football’s world governing body not only agreed but applauded the unique way Yekaterinburg worked its way out of a potential mess.Workers climb on the metal structure of the Yekaterinburg Arena where some fans visiting for the 2018 World Cup are going to get an unusual view of the game © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOV“Temporary seats are being installed in order to ensure that the renovation work would conserve the historical facade of the stadium and that maintenance costs are reduced after the World Cup,” a FIFA spokesman told AFP.The old stadium’s entrance featured six columns topped by sculptures of communist factory workers and athletes.These will stay in place for posterity’s sake.The FIFA spokesman also brushed aside any safety concerns.“Inspection visits and detailed reports have shown that the temporary seats in the Yekaterinburg Arena fully comply with all safety and security requirements,” he said.Ufimtsev said the stadium was “90 percent ready” and would be completed by the end of the year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Duo behind award-winning Harry’s Restaurants to feature in RTE series

first_imgDonegal men Donal Doherty and Derek Creagh are set to showcase the secrets to the success of Harry’s Shack on Donal Skehan’s ‘Meals in Minutes’ on RTE One next week.Owner Donal Doherty and head chef Derek Creagh will be talking all things fish and fresh as celebrity chef Donal Skehan visits them at Harry’s Shack at Portstewart. A critics’ favourite, the Shack appeared on the list of Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in the UK and was named Ireland’s Restaurant of the Year 2014 by the influential John and Sally McKennas’ Guides.Award-winning food writer and TV presenter Donal Skehan is travelling to the North Antrim coast to meet Donal and Derek this week’s episode on ‘Meals in Minutes’, airing on RTE One on 11th July at 8.30pm. Advertisement Donal DohertyDerek CreaghSkehan will be finding out how Harrys Shack has taken a more relaxed approach to fine dining, and how it is certainly working well. Highly-acclaimed Donegal-born chef Derek Creagh is renowned for using fresh fish from Greencastle in Co Donegal, with vegetables from the restaurant’s own farm.Harry’s Shack is one of two Harry’s Restaurants now operating in Co. Derry. The first Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend, Co. Donegal, closed last month after 26 years in business.Harry’s Restaurant BridgendAlso in this week’s Meals in Minutes Donal will be making dishes for modern cooks and taking on a 5 minute challenge. In a race against time the chef takes it upon himself to conjure up five minute meals that are fresh, flavoursome and result in some delicious dishes.Donal SkehanDishes include Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad and a One Pan Chicken Cacciatore and Donal also shows viewers how to make some Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles and some Tomato, Spinach, Chickpea Angle Hair Soup. This week’s 5 minute challenge is a Rosemary Lamb Steak with Quick Bean Stew. Advertisement Donal Skehan’s Meals in Minutes will be broadcast on  Tuesday on RTÉ One at 8.30pm 11th July 2017.    Duo behind award-winning Harry’s Restaurants to feature in RTE series was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Derek CreaghDonal DohertyDonal Skehanharrys shackRTElast_img read more

GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 12, 16, 25 and 27. There was no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,450 and Match 3 rolls over to €180. Gary Conaghan’s Team is selling Killotto this Saturday 8th and Conal Molloy’s team selling on 15th of October. The Killotto is now online. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Denise McGuire, Binbane. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,350 on 46 calls.The Bord Na OG Race Night is on 11 – 11 – 11. Please support and have a good night’s entertainment. The club would like to extend it sincere sympathy to Jim McHugh’s Family and friends.Anyone looking for their membership card can contact Macdara to get the card. Also anyone who has an email and wants to be on the clubs mailing list, should send an e-mail to secretary.killybegs.donegal@gaa.ieEndsGAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS was last modified: October 4th, 2011 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:GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGSlast_img read more

Who Knows the Evil that Darwinians Do?

first_img(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Look no further for disproof of Darwinism than the horrid fruits of believing in it.Human SacrificeThe God of the Bible told Moses and the prophets that the pagan practice of child sacrifice was so horrible, it never entered his mind (Jeremiah 7:31). It was one of the reasons that Canaan was vomiting out its inhabitants, He said, as he forbade His people to commit such evil (Leviticus 18:24-30, Leviticus 20:1-5). Leave it to evolutionists to say that human sacrifice can be useful! In Nature, a group of evolutionary psychologists thinks “Ritual human sacrifice promoted and sustained the evolution of stratified societies.” They’re not alone in their complicity of rationalizing a universally recognized evil. In the same issue of Nature, Philip Ball justifies this, explaining “How human sacrifice propped up the social order.” Then, Ball compares Mayan priests ripping out live hearts to the American death penalty as a kind of human sacrifice ritual (see Association Fallacy). Would he say that about Hitler or Stalin? On top of all this, the evolutionists blame religion for human sacrifice! “Whilst evolutionary theories of religion have focused on the functionality of prosocial and moral beliefs, our results reveal a darker link between religion and the evolution of modern hierarchical societies.” But wait—if it evolved, why is it dark?  Maybe Live Science will bring some sanity to this evolutionary reasoning. Nope; their coverage repeats the same self-contradictory fallacies; it evolved, and it’s religion’s fault.Child SacrificeOne might think scientists are above the moral evil of human sacrifice, particularly of child sacrifice. One would be mistaken to think so. The Big Science journals and their secular reporters are “all in” for sacrificing human embryos (which they call fetuses, instead of babies), to their secular god, science. The answers are usually based on pragmatic philosophy. Live Science tells its readers all the good that fetal tissue research does. But in what other context is it justifiable to kill a healthy person to save a sick one? Nature uses the Zika virus crisis to justify “controversial” fetal tissue research, failing to explain why killing babies is the only way to work on the problem. When else was that a justification in the history of medicine going back to Hippocrates and Galen? It’s a new rationale that arose after Darwin changed the world, turning humans into just animals.Chinese evolutionists are stepping on themselves to be first to use the new CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit human embryos. Nature, in a rare show of ethical queasiness, warns that this violates an international moratorium on the practice. But they’re complicit with the Chinese, continually supporting embryonic stem cell research like this example in Nature Communications. As for using CRISPR to edit embryos, New Scientist is all in favor of it. Cutting up human embryos for their stem cells is so common, Science Daily treats it as just another humdrum news item where progress is made from time to time. (Note that there is an ethical difference between killing embryos for their stem cells and implanting stem cells into an unborn baby to heal it from genetic disease; Science Daily’s article is about the former.)GendercideWe’ve reported before how evolutionists and the Big Science institutions that promote DODO policies are overwhelmingly pro-abortion (9/27/15, 4/14/15). They support Planned Parenthood, the abortion mill founded by the racist, eugenicist and evolutionist Margaret Sanger, even to the point of justifying the sale of baby body parts as exposed by last year’s undercover videos. While abortion is not linked to Darwinism directly, it becomes easier to justify if man is just an animal. Natural selection and survival of the fittest, furthermore, promote individual selfishness, in this case the selfishness of the mother and the “sperm donor” who put their own needs (or wants) over the life of the child inside her. In addition, John West documented, with damning source quotations, how abortion supporters have long appealed to Ernst Haeckel’s phony “recapitulation theory” (which Darwin loved) to argue that the fetus is not really a human being (see Darwin Day in America, ch. 14-15).What gets interesting is when sex-selective abortions are on the rise. This tends to twitch the consciences of evolutionists, but on what grounds can they oppose it? Secularists already wink at abortions for Down syndrome babies (Science Daily) and those who might get microcephaly from the Zika virus (Science Daily), so why not for the wrong gender? New Scientist reports that this “ethically thorny” situation is on the increase in Canada, of all places, usually among immigrants from cultures that prefer boys to girls. Breitbart News exposed the extent of this problem, claiming that the real “war on women” is sex-selection abortion. Some 200 million girls have been aborted on purpose, a human rights group found, amounting to a literal “gendercide.” Guess who justifies a bill intended to put a stop to gender-specific abortions? “The bill is being opposed by abortion-giant Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other abortion-rights groups.” You can put most evolutionists into the “abortion rights” category. One can almost hear them justifying sex-specific abortions as an evolved behavior for some kind of fitness benefit. And why not, if morality is a phantom, produced by evolutionary pressures on human psychology? New Scientist quotes a Cornell law professor giving the logical response from a Darwinian worldview on the issue of sex-selection abortion: “If you think women should have the right to choose, I wouldn’t get worked up about it.”Eugenics“If we’re not careful, epigenetics may bring back eugenic thinking,” Maurizio Meloni (U of Sheffield) worries on The Conversation. In the 1920s, he recounts, “Those seen as unfit to pass on their genes typically included people with mental or physical disabilities” till such practices fell “increasingly out of fashion after World War II” when Hitler’s atrocities came to light. Yet now in our time (as Meloni shows with examples) people in certain racial and economic classes are being judged as having bad genes. The new science of epigenetics gives some who forget history occasion to call for the eradication of “poisoned inheritance.” Meloni completely ignores the Darwinian mindset that was behind the original eugenics, preferring to speak in politically-correct buzzwords like “social justice” and “progressive, liberal and inclusive social policy.” Can this distortion of history prevent a recurrence? Darwin’s own half-cousin, Francis Galton, was the father of eugenics. Meloni gives his readers the false assurance that, “Today, we generally are educated about the dangers of eugenics.” Are we?To Be Continuedlast_img read more

J&K CM supports probe into Shopian killings

first_imgPolice register case against Army unit, Major for Shopian firing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday stood firm on the police investigation into the recent killings of civilians in Army firing in Shopian. She made the stand clear a day after coalition partner BJP questioned the lodging of “murder” and “attempt to murder” cases against the Army unit and a Major.Also Read  “The probe ordered into the killing of two civilians will be taken to its logical conclusion. Such killings only impair and slow down the political process here. An FIR was lodged against the guilty and the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, will come up with its report within 15 days,” Ms. Mufti told the Assembly.Withdrawal of FIRShe said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman “shared her anguish and has assured to take appropriate measures”.“The Army as an institution has done a great job, but the grace of an institution only enhances once the black sheep within are identified and weeded out,” she said.The ruling PDP’s stand on the issue is contrary to that of the BJP, which criticised the police for lodging the FIR against the Army. R.S. Pathania, a BJP MLA, again demanded withdrawal of the FIR against the Army.“The government should lodge a fresh FIR without naming anyone. Why are serious charges levelled against the Army,” Mr. Pathania asked.Scores of separatists held street protests in Srinagar against the Shopian killings.‘Engage in dialogue’Ms. Mufti said incidents like Shopian “remind us that we cannot afford confrontation at any level and there is an urgent need to engage in a meaningful dialogue at all levels, including between India and Pakistan”.Her statement came after the Opposition parties, including the National Conference, the Congress, the CPI(M) and the People’s Democratic Front created a ruckus in the Assembly and sought an adjournment motion to discuss the killing of two young men when Army fired at “stone-throwing protesters” on Saturday afternoon.NC working president and former CM Omar Abdullah accused Ms. Mufti “of only knowing how to play politics over the dead”.“On one hand, the government ordered a magisterial probe and on the other, registered an FIR against the Army,” Mr. Abdullah said. He said his party will support Ms. Mufti “on measures taken to end the cycle of bloodshed”.last_img read more