Cool Smashers show they can still dominate as Valdez cheers on

first_imgAir Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube After all, the Cool Smashers have easily figured out how to play sans Valdez, whose contributions are nearly impossible to replicate.And it’s all about playing collectively.READ: Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conferenceOn Saturday, Creamline did just that with Rose Vargas leading the way with 19 points.Pau Soriano added 18 points while Jing Balse turned back the clock with 10 points, four of which off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Alyssa Valdez cheering, Creamline proved it can win minus its superstar spiker even in the big stage.The Cool Smashers improved to 4-0 without Valdez in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and it won’t be of any surprise if they end up winning it all in the absence of the three-time UAAP MVP.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “They’ve already played without me and everyone stepped up. I’m just really happy and proud of the team,” said Valdez.“The players showed their heart,” Almadro said.READ: LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffsValdez thinks Creamline will be up to the task of sweeping BaliPure less than 24 hours from now in Game 2.Momentum is with Creamline, but Almadro knows it will take more if the team wants to continue its winning ways.“I guess it’s going to be the mentality of the players for tomorrow’s game. We hope to duplicate our heart and intensity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “The team is capable of winning without her,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro after the Cool Smashers downed BaliPure in five sets in Game 1 of semifinals Saturday.READ: Valdez-less Creamline survives Bali, nears finals FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The team is ready to play without Alyssa.”Valdez is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs to prioritize her national team commitments but she is confident Creamline can get the job done. LATEST STORIES MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Magistrate Sends Murder Case to Circuit Court, With Probable Cause

first_imgMagistrate Richard Browne of the Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County has, with probable cause, transferred a murder case to the Second Judicial Circuit Court in the county, following the ruling of the preliminary examination proceeding of the case last weekThe case was formally brought before the court for pre-trial proceeding on September 10 with the dependants Samuel Tarragban, James Reeves, Emmanuel Joludoe, Onegar Zangban, Philip Zeo, and Daniel Ben being charged with murder.At the call of the case, the state was represented by the Ministry of Justice through its prosecuting Attorneys with the Buchanan City Solicitor Isaac Yorcee and Buchanan Assistant City Solicitor Johnson Tukeh, in association with Grand Bassa County Attorney, Cllr. Onesimus Banwon.The county’s Public Defender, Cllr. Paul P. Jarvan represented the legal interest of the defendants.Following the representation, which the court granted, the state moved the court for a plea of nulli prosequio in favor of three of the defendants, Onegar Zangban, Daniel Ben and Philip Zeo, and the Public Defender interposed no objection.The court having granted same, gave an order to the clerk of the court, Samuel Bryant,  and he qualified and sequestrated the state witnesses in the persons of Onegar Zangban, Philip Zeo and Daniel Ben, as well as the Deputy CID Commander of the Grand Bassa County Police Detachment, John W. Toby.The state’s first witness, Onegar Zangban, testified that he met defendants Samuel Tarragban, James Reeves and Emmanuel Juludoe brutally killing Nimley Tarr in an old sugar cane farm near Pay’s Town in District #1, in Grand Bassa County, on August 10, 2014.He further explained that the prime defendants threatened to kill him should he expose the incident to anybody.The second state witness, CID Deputy Commander John W. Toby, in his testimony, narrated that during their preliminary interrogation, the missing man (Tarr) was on August 24, 2014  discovered dead in a sugar cane farm in Pay Toe’s Town in District #1, with the arm and heart missing.  He quoted the testimony of witness Onegar Zangban.In his ruling after the testimonies of the witnesses and arguments between the state prosecution and the defense lawyer, Magistrate Browne said murder is universally considered one of the greatest crimes against society.He reiterated that society must be protected by the law of the land and someone held for that crime must be for probable cause established, and where the evidence proven fails to meet the test, then the law will acquit the accused.According to Magistrate Brown, the state witnesses’ testimonies were reliable, trustworthy and corroborated with the coroner’s jury reports which linked in the proof of circumstantial, presumptive and positive evidence that built a solid chain of probable cause.He underscored that in view and wherefore the state had established probable cause that a crime was committed and the defendants committed murder, they are answerable at the Second Judicial Circuit Court in the county.Based upon his order, the Clerk of the court, Mr. Stephen Quahgar, has transmitted the record of the trial proceedings along with the defendants to the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Upper Buchanan for trial.Meanwhile, the clerk of the Circuit Court, Mr. Emmanuel Quergar, has acknowledged receipt of the records from the Buchanan City Court along with the defendants in question.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Audit needed

first_imgSherman Oaks Drought problems Re “Villaraigosa threatens mandatory water cuts” (Dec. 11): Is the mayor going to limit or stop construction within the city until the drought is over? I don’t think so. New construction uses copious amounts of water. Usually, in Los Angeles, replacing older buildings means building bigger buildings. In both cases, the construction site will use more water then before. Unless part of the approval for the construction identifies, and pays for new, not previously used, sources of water the building(s) will be adding to our drought problems. – Irving Leemon Northridge Spending money Re “LAUSD pays for fliers backing mayor’s plan,” and “$4.7 million more may go to fixes of payroll system” (Dec. 11): Many weeks ago, the LAUSD spent millions fighting the mayor’s takeover of the L.A. schools. Now, it is helping him do it? Does anyone in the Los Angeles Unified School District know what they are doing, except spending money? Were not the teachers getting paid before LAUSD decided to spend $21million on a new payroll system? The LAUSD is too big and is just wasting our kids’ money? All you have to do is look at the above and Belmont High School to see that! Whatever happened to Belmont, by the way? Are we still wasting money there? – William Conroy Northridge Too much to ask? Regarding the proposed telephone-user tax referendum and the desire of the Department of Water and Power to raise water and power rates, I have only one concern. I would be happy to help if these agencies who come to us taxpayers for handouts would once show us they care about good stewardship of our resources. How about them taking the time to look at spending and using zero-based budgeting (a top to bottom audit of how a department can save money) to show us that they are doing all they can to spend our money wisely? Would that be too much for us, who are paying their salary, to ask? – Rev. Mark J. Jaufmann Woodland Hills Evil disclosure The editorial “Point, set, match” (Dec. 10) asserts the “public clearly has the right to know” the names, positions and salaries of Department of Water and Power employees. The Daily News editors fell into the cesspool of immorality when they exposed the private salary information of DWP employees – good, hard-working people who don’t negotiate salaries – to the world. Evil was victorious. The Daily News lost its moral compass. It was unnecessary, wrong and hurt people, even if it was legal. – Cliff Jones La Crescenta Phone-y tax Re “Phone tax could tap Net usage” (Dec. 11): Here we go again with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s phony phone tax. When will it stop? We are being taxed to death. Let’s see how many voters are going to fall for this scam. – Jose Fajardo Sylmar160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNorthridge Amen to Alan Re “Not the dark ages” (Letters, Dec. 10): A big “Amen” to letter writer Alan Falconer who had the conviction to step forward and state what I have believed for quite some time: If this world paid less attention to its self-serving, bullying organized religions and devoted a little more attention to basic common sense, it would be a much saner place. – Thomas R. Atkins Re “Rate hikes and phone tax are ingredients for trouble” (Dec. 10): If the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is to succeed in becoming a well-run department, a thorough and complete audit must be done. This includes auditing the purchasing department that spends more than $1billion annually. David Nahai should have a clean slate to begin his tenure as the new general manager. With a complete audit, the ratepayers will know if they are asked for a new rate increase that everything possible has been done to prevent it. We must have a complete and thorough audit. – Candido Marez last_img read more

MAN TO FACE TRIAL ON AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGE

first_imgA man has been sent forward for trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with a range of offences.Martin McDonagh, 21, of the Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny, is charged with criminal damage, the production of an article during a dispute and also aggravated burglary.The alleged offences took place at 71 Cluain Ard, Killyclug, Letterkenny on May 3rd last. The case was put forward to the circuit court on December 8th next.MAN TO FACE TRIAL ON AGGRAVATED BURGLARY CHARGE was last modified: October 12th, 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:burglarycourtdonegalMARTIN MCDONAGHlast_img read more

GAA: NA CEALLA BEAGA G.A.A. NOTES

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 1, 4, 17 and 30. There was no winner of Match 3 Numbers. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €1,650. Match 3 is €120. Next week’s Killotto seller is Gary Conaghan’s Team and David Conwell’s team is selling 25th of June. 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 the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prize went to Ross Chapman, Mountcharles. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,600 on 47 calls.There is a club meeting this Friday 17th in Fintra clubrooms at 8.30.The seniors and reserves are playing Fanad in Fanad this Sunday. Throw in’s 1.30 and 3p.m. The Ladies are playing in the third game of the championship against Lifford this Sunday. The venue and time still has to be decided.The under 14’s had a good win against St. Nauls last Friday in a wet and dreary evening. Killybegs 2-12 St. Nauls 2-04. Scorers Mark Hegarty (0-6), Daniel Gallagher (1-3, 1f), Daniel Keeney (1-0), Conor Callaghan (0-2), Callum Quinn (0-1)GAA: NA CEALLA BEAGA G.A.A. NOTES was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:NA CEALLA BEAGA G.A.A. NOTESlast_img read more

Leeds begin incredible run of matches live on Sky Sports

first_img Leeds United star Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring a goal. But this current run is set to test fans who will now see themselves playing at all manner of times, starting with a Friday night match.Many have been frustrated by the switches, although they concede it reflects the club’s excellent supporter network and their current form under Marcelo Bielsa.Meanwhile fans at rival clubs are hoping to capitalise on their visibility as they hope the early frontrunners in the division begin to fall apart in their living rooms. 1 Leeds United face Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Championship tonight as they start an incredible run which sees six out of their next seven games live on Sky Sports.The Elland Road side have a sizeable fanbase and since the increase in Football League matches on TV have been used to having games shown on the broadcaster. Sky Sports showing Leeds United’s next 7 out of 8 games so we can all watch them fall apart is hilarious!— 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Michael Dubin (CTID)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@mikedubz87) September 27, 2018Leeds’ next seven fixtures:Sheffield Wednesday (A) (Friday, September 28 at 7:45pm) live on Sky Sports and on talkSPORTHull City (A)(Tuesday, October 2 at 7:45pm) live on Sky SportsBrentford (H) (Saturday, October 6 at 12:30pm) live on Sky SportsBlackburn Rovers (A) (Saturday, October 20 at 12:00pm)Ipswich Town (H) (Wednesday, October 24 at 7:45pm) live on Sky SportsNottingham Forest (H) (Saturday, October 27 at 5:30pm) live on Sky SportsWigan Athletic (A) (Sunday, November 4 at 1:30pm) live on Sky SportsWest Bromwich Albion (A) (Saturday, November 10 at 5:30pm) live on Sky Sportslast_img read more

DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: BITTER RIVALS ARDARA AND NAOMH CONAILL ALL SET FOR CRUCIAL CLASH

first_imgPaddy McGrath will be a key man for Ardara in their Donegal SFC quarter-final against Naomh Conaill.In 2009, old foes Naomh Conaill and Ardara faced each other in the Donegal SFC quarter-final, it was expected that Glenties would dispose of their rivals at ease, but that’s not how it panned out.Ardara took Naomh Conaill to the pin of their collar and forced the game into a replay.In the subsequent replay, after sixty minutes the two sides still couldn’t be separated so the game was brought into extra-time. Naomh Conaill eventually won through in the end in what was a truly epic two-game club championship series.Five years have passed since that encounter, and since then Naomh Conaill have won a Donegal SFC, they defeated Killybegs in 2010, and also reached the Ulster Final that season.Naomh Conaill under the stewardship of Paddy Campbell have ambitions of taking the Dr Maguire cup back to Glenties.With Anthony Thompson, Dermot Molloy and Dara Gallagher at their disposal they have the firepower to do so. Ardara were unlucky not to reach the Donegal SFC final last year, after being narrowly defeated by one point by eventual champions Glenswilly.They’ll be hoping they can go one better this year, and would love to send their local rivals tumbling out of the championship and book a semi-final spot.They’ve enjoyed a consistent season, they’re a consistent team, and have a great championship pedigree.Naomh Conaill are expected to beat Ardara on Saturday, but the Ardara men will have something to say about that.It wouldn’t be surprising of this game needed another replay to decide the winner. The game is at Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal Town, with throw-in at 4pm.It’s going to be close and with a lot at stake, it’s hard to pick a winner.Naomh Conaill have greater experience in big matches, so they might just shade it.VERDICT – NAOMH CONAILL DONEGAL SFC QUARTER-FINAL PREVIEW: BITTER RIVALS ARDARA AND NAOMH CONAILL ALL SET FOR CRUCIAL CLASH was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ArdaraDonegal SFCDonegal SFC PreviewGAANaomh ConaillnewsSportlast_img read more

New Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect

first_imgThe new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect today, Monday, August 20.The Plan was adopted by the elected members of Donegal County Council on July 23, 2018, and is the first consolidated local area plan for An Clochán Liath/Dungloe, Ballybofey-Stranorlar, Ballyshannon, Bridgend, Carndonagh, Donegal Town and Killybegs – between 2018 to 2024.This new Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan supersedes the County Donegal Development Plan that was in place from 2012 – 2018. This new Plan was adopted following an extensive public consultation process including engagement with numerous stakeholders in each of the respective towns and sets out an overall strategy, land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns guiding the way in which the towns will be developed into the future.The six-year-long Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan is consistent with the Core Strategy of the recently adopted County Development Plan which came into effect in early June.Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely believes that the adoption of this Plan is timely.“The timing is excellent in that this Plan was adopted shortly after the County Donegal Development Plan came into effect in early June and also following the recent publication of the new National Planning Framework which has identified a number of national strategic outcomes including enhanced regional accessibility and strengthened rural economies and communities. “This Local Area Plan is a very important document in the context of this National Planning Framework and will have a key role to play in unlocking the strategic potential of these towns which will in turn contribute in a meaningful way to the social, cultural, environmental and economic growth and well being of the entire county”.Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill acknowledged the role played by the elected members.“This Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan is a very important Plan for Donegal.  It sets out an overall strategy as well as land use and zoning objectives for the proper planning and sustainable development of the seven towns in question and I would like to thank my colleagues on Donegal County Council for their deliberations and their concerted effort in framing this plan and for engaging in this process in such a constructive and positive way.”New Seven Strategic Towns Local Area Plan comes into effect was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:ballybofey-stranorlarBallyshannonbridgendCarndonaghDonegal TowndungloeKillybegslast_img read more

Silly Evolution Speculations Would Cease If Media Allowed Fair Debate

first_imgEvolutionists get away with ridiculous stories because Big Science and Big Media are intolerant of opposing views. Healthy science requires open debate.Darwinians have their own blasphemy laws. Try criticizing Darwin, natural selection, universal common ancestry or any of his core precepts and you will feel the heat of wrath and mockery, if not expulsion. Darwin skeptics have been relegated to their own institutions outside of Big Science and Big Media, where many in the public never hear that answers to Darwinian claims even exist. In the vacuum of debate about the origin of life’s amazing diversity and complexity, charlatans have rushed in with no shame or conscience, presenting themselves as reliable spokespersons for ‘science.’ Take a look at these recent examples out of hundreds we have reported over the years.Evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest’ (Science Daily). So malleable is Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law (i.e., “whatever happens, it evolved”), anything can count as ‘fitness,’ even laziness. Look how this article begins: “If you’ve got an unemployed, 30-year-old adult child still living in the basement, fear not.” Whoever wrote this has just given slackers a new excuse for irresponsibility: ‘Darwin made me this way.’ According to champion Darwin storytellers at the University of Kansas, lazy slackers are just as fit as cheetahs, peregrine falcons and pronghorns— maybe more so!“Maybe in the long term the best evolutionary strategy for animals is to be lassitudinous and sluggish — the lower the metabolic rate, the more likely the species you belong to will survive,” Lieberman said. “Instead of ‘survival of the fittest,’ maybe a better metaphor for the history of life is ‘survival of the laziest’ or at least ‘survival of the sluggish.’”Laziness May Have Driven Homo Erectus to Extinction (Live Science). This article illustrates how Darwinians can use their vacuous theory to ‘explain’ opposite things. We just heard one argue for survival of the laziest, and now another argues for extinction of the laziest. Stuff happens! What kind of ‘law of nature’ is this? A house divided against itself cannot stand. Can we laugh out loud at this writer’s folly, or will that risk arrest by the Darwin enforcers?It turns out laziness existed long before couches and takeout. The “why bother?” attitude not only existed hundreds of thousands of years ago, but may also have led to the decline of an ancient human ancestor.The illogic of this explanation presents itself if you ask the question, “Did natural selection make Homo erectus lazy, or did they choose laziness by intelligent design and free will?” If the former, then natural selection not only evolved extinction (the opposite of survival); it also evolved the lazy reporter who believes it. If the latter, then how could natural selection come up with its opposite, intelligent design? That’s not the only illogical aspect of the story. Are we to accept the either-or fallacy that every individual in the H. erectus population was lazy, and every individual in the modern human population was not? That is clearly not the case by observation of modern humans today. The story also commits the fallacies of glittering generalities, post hoc, non-sequitur, and other blunders (see Baloney Detector). Where are the peer reviewers who should have tossed this idea into the circular file, or submitted it to the IgNobel Prize contest?Why war evolved to be a man’s game – and why that’s only now changing (The Conversation). This politically-correct argument by Alberto Micheletti (PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Biology, University of St Andrews) may please liberals who decry ‘toxic masculinity’ but deserves laughter, not serious consideration. Why? Because if “the evolution of war” is a result of evolutionary biology instead of mental activity, free will or intelligent design, so is “the evolution of evolutionary just-so storytelling.” Short circuit!Evolution and the concrete jungle (Phys.org). Evolutionists from the University of Toronto are finding that birds or plants that inhabit cities show variations from those in the wild. That much is not controversial; even the most ardent young-earth creationists accept variation within kinds. But these evolutionary biologists bring in Darwin:“These papers greatly advance our knowledge of urban evolutionary biology,” says Marc Johnson, an associate professor of biology at UTM and director of the Centre for Urban Environments. “These are the same evolutionary mechanisms first identified by Charles Darwin more than 150 years ago and the findings from these studies will be increasingly important as more and more of the world’s population flocks to urban environments.“It’s pretty remarkable. For years, biologists ignored cities, seeing them as ‘anti-life’, and only recently biologists began to realize that cities are agents of change, driving evolution of organisms living around us and even some living on us.”Clarity about terms is essential for seeing through this equivocation fallacy, which confuses microevolution with macroevolution. Darwin argued that the entirety of life, from bacteria to humans, arose by natural selection. Creationists back to Adam have known about small-scale changes, such as in flower color or plant height. There is no Darwinian evolution or ‘origin of species’ then or now. Notice:The clovers are still clovers.The Daphnia are still Daphnia.The burrowing owls are still burrowing owls.The Brachypodium sylvaticum grass is still the same species.Nothing has ‘evolved’ in a Darwinian sense. The evolutionists only observed very small-scale changes within species. Ken Ham would yawn at this. He believes even greater changes have occurred in just the last few thousand years since the Flood, so much so that we might not recognize the animals that came off Noah’s Ark. If these evolutionists cannot distinguish between Darwin’s theory and creationist baraminology (variation within created kinds), the actual data could be adduced by creationists in support of their view. Unfairly, Big Science and Big Media forbid them to make their case. Readers get the impression that Darwin’s macroevolutionary theory has been vindicated by the observations.What is nothing? Q&A with Martin Rees (The Conversation). If you don’t believe that highly-educated people can say stupid things, watch the Astronomer Royal of Great Britain flub up the definition of ‘nothing’ by making it something. This ardent materialist and evolutionist says, “empty space isn’t really empty – there’s a mysterious energy latent in it which can tell us something about the fate of the universe.” Dr Rees, please: if the vacuum of space has energy and properties, then it is not nothing. He admits, “everyone who ponders these mysteries should realise that the physicist’s empty space – vacuum – is not the same as the philosopher’s “nothing”.” OK, then answer the question: What is nothing? He commits a major sidestepping blunder by talking about something instead of nothing. A child could have noticed this.Evolutionists would be ashamed to make such arguments if creationists had a chance at the podium. Whenever an ID advocate or creationist has a fair opportunity to debate an evolutionist (something Darwin himself stated was essential to get a fair result), the evolutionist usually gets voted down by the audience. Silliness thrives in the absence of debate. Darwinist totalitarianism, enforced by Big Science and Big Media, must be overthrown!C.S. Lewis pulled the rug out from everything evolutionary materialists say by pointing out how it is self-refuting. The moment an evolutionist speaks or writes to ‘explain’ nature in material terms, he shoots himself in the foot. Here are Lewis’s inimitable words. Learn these ideas well.Unless you start by believing that reality in the remotest space and the remotest time rigidly obeys the laws of logic, you have no ground for believing in any astronomy, any biology, any paleontology, any archaeology. If my own mind is the product of the irrational— if what seem my clearest reasonings are only the way in which a creature conditioned as I am is bound to feel – how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about Evolution? They say in effect ‘I will prove that what you call a proof is only the result of mental habits which result from heredity which results from bio-chemistry which results from physics.’ But this is the same as saying: ‘I will prove that proofs are irrational’: more succinctly, ‘I will prove that there are no proofs’.”  …A theory which explained everything else in the whole universe but which made it impossible to believe that our thinking was valid would be utterly out of court. For that theory would itself have been reached by thinking, and if thinking is not valid that theory would, of course, be demolished. It would have destroyed its own credentials. It would be an argument which proved that no argument was sound—a proof that there are no such things as proofs.  (Visited 516 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How To Keep People From Waiting Out Your Transformation

first_imgYou are leading a transformation. What you are doing is critical to the future of your organization. It’s strategic. You can’t afford to fail.You built the burning platform and you made the case for change. You sold that change with a massive meeting, and you threw down the gauntlet.Week one: Everyone is on board, excited, and taking action. You are implementing, executing, and gathering feedback. You are sharing the results. Things are moving a long nicely.Week two: Mostly everyone is still on board and taking some action. Some of them are implementing, and some are struggling with the new actions. Those that are struggling are asking questions–and they’re questioning whether or not they can do what is being asked of them. Your leadership team keeps pushing forward.Week three: A lot of people are still on board, but they’ve gotten busy. They are too busy to focus on the new initiative, and they start slipping back into their old habits, the habits and activities that you are trying to kill. Your leadership team keeps pushing forward, but it’s hard to hold back the flood of problems, challenges, and backsliders.Week four: The leadership team starts to give up the ghost. They start backsliding. You’ve let up a bit, and you accept that they really are busy. You start to give them more room. You let them off the hook. The initiative teeters on the brink.Maybe I have the timeline wrong. Maybe it’s not 4 weeks. Let’s say it’s 12 weeks. Or 16 weeks if you like that better. It changes nothing; this is how initiatives die. Here’s what to do about it.Hold Them Accountable: If you are going to push your initiative over the line, you are going to have to hold everyone in the organization accountable for the changes. This includes the leadership team, as well as all of the individuals they lead.Put Change First on the Agenda: Begin every conversation and every meeting with an update on the status of the changes being made. By putting the change initiative first, you demonstrate its importance. And you prove that you are never going away or giving up.Appoint a Task Force: Find the true believers, the proselytizers, the fire-breathers and appoint them to a task force. Give them responsibilities for identifying those who are struggling to make change with the directive to help them–at any cost.Identify and Resell the Holdouts: There are many who will try to wait you out. They’re smart, too. They’ve seen enough initiatives die in the past, they’ve been trained to wait you out. Identify them. Single them out. Isolate them and sell them individually on the importance of your initiative. Ask them to personally support you and to act as leaders.If you give people space, they will wait you out. If you aren’t serious about your transformation, if you dabble around the edges, you will lose to the great pull and the irresistible allure of the status quo.last_img read more