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The Road from Necessity to Luxury

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Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Make a comment Top of the News center_img When the financial crisis hit, both David Brownlow and Yeu-Jye Chen found themselves laid off and not happy about it. The two had strong design backgrounds and together they thought they could really make the best out of their situation. So they put their heads together and decided the only way to do it was to jump in with both feet.The pair started their company by working out of their homes and meeting up in the local coffee shop. Brownlow recalls; “We started quite hastily really and one of the bigger questions was—do we have enough relationship equity with the builders, developers, architects that we worked with over the years? Particularly as we were now outside the umbrella of the large companies were used to working for and on our own?”It was a question that would soon be answered.“We had a few good supporters at the very beginning, four to five in particular that were really incredible for us and gave their endorsed despite knowing that we didn’t have a showroom,” Brownlow shares. They started out with samples in the trunk of their cars.But Brownlow and Chen had noticed a shift in the industry, so the two persisted despite their struggles. Due to the financial crisis, everyone had been affected including the wealthy. Values had shifted and people were more conscience of what they were buying and who they were doing business. Although many were cutting prices, quality and in particular service they saw that they needed to do the opposite. They decided they would only work with high quality products to keep the design & craftsmanship high. In addition they would keep their overhead low so they could offer fair pricing and lastly double down on their service package so there was no doubt on who the customer would choose for their projects.They also reached out to their contacts in Italy sparked new relationships and agreements and buying direct from those factories. They were a lean, mean, designing machine; “We were keeping overhead low but we were high in content.”Brownlow knew; “Customers in this new economy demanded quality of product and service and would pay to have it”.The company started picking up steam as they went, but it wasn’t until they landed a particularly challenging project that they had their real big break. Brownlow tells us, “We got this opportunity to work on a house in Beverly Hills that went on to break sales records. It was an amazing 11,000 square foot home of which we were asked to design and provide product for 28 in the rooms, including kitchen, bathrooms, closets, bars, libraries. “We actually closed the deal during a 5 hour meeting at a local deli….no showroom required” added Brownlow. It did however prove to be a true challenge for the pair.They designed the kitchen, bathrooms and closets. They challenged themselves and achieved greatness. What happened next thrilled them.“The project got a lot of press. Lots. It was on TV News & Entertainment shows, Magazines etc etc…..it was everywhere” Brownlow recalls. “We got a lot of exposure that way and somehow some of it trickled down,” he adds.As though it was fate, Chen met with a friend during this time that clued him into a space the team could use for their first showroom. The team got to work, creating a bathroom display using fixtures from Italy and finally, they built their own office.Before the team could event settle in, a space adjacent to their new offices opened up. “That’s when we started working with Molteni&C | Dada,” one of the worlds preeminent luxury furniture & kitchen companies, that are at the forefront of luxury Italian Design. They now have a Molteni &C | Dada flagship store in Old Pasadena that exclusively carries Molteni&C and Dada products, something few other designers can say.“They came up with the concept, we loved it, tweaked it a little bit,” and that’s how their incredible “jewelbox” kitchen, closets & furniture showroom came to be. Trust us, you don’t know how cool these products are until you experience them first hand.Now the team is on the verge of opening their newly remodeled adjacent spaces, featuring other great Italian companies such as Rimadesio (Doors & Furniture) & Antonio Lupi (Bathrooms) , with signage on its way and a grand opening date set. Their snowballing success has resulted in beautiful showrooms that you’ll want to wander through on lazy Sundays or when life is good and you want to treat yourself to the best.But don’t expect Brownlow + Chen to slow down any time soon—the team has more interesting, incredible, unique projects in store that don’t stop with design.Brownlow + Chen is located at 169 W. Green St., Pasadena. For more information, visit www.brownlowchen.com. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Design The Road from Necessity to Luxury By ANGELA MORGAN Published on Friday, October 9, 2015 | 12:03 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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Pump prices could go up and down for weeks to come

first_img Pinterest Pump prices could go up and down for weeks to come WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Network Indiana – February 22, 2021 3 192 Previous articleFormer Governor’s daughter hoping to secure leadership post of Indiana’s Democratic PartyNext articleIndiana GOP lawmakers not sold on new relief bill under consideration Network Indiana Google+ Twitter Pinterest (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) Gas prices should go down in the near future, but there could be more increases at the pump in the spring and summer.“As we near spring weather, we’ll likely see another longer-term rise in prices begin as refineries start to transition to summer gasoline, so motorists shouldn’t jump for joy just yet,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.”Prices, however, should go down for the first half of the week. There’s no rush to fill your tank today or tomorrow.”DeHaan says oil refineries that were shut down in Texas last week because of the cold weather are getting back to their normal operations, which helps the price of gas go down in the short-term.Some analysts have predicted that gas prices could reach as high as $3 per gallon by Memorial Day.“That’s in the realm of possibility. It’s more about probability. For us to get $3 per gallon, we would have to see no action from OPEC. They are meeting next week to discuss oil production numbers. There also has been some chatter that Russia and Saudi Arabia are looking to boost oil production. That would keep $3 per gallon at bay, at least for the time being,” said DeHaan.Gas could get to $3 if no one increases oil production by summer.GasBuddy said Monday that the average price for gas across Indiana is $2.63, which is an increase of 16 cents from where it was this time last week. Google+last_img read more

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Williamson makes sun set on Shootout foes

first_imgA three-time champion of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout, Jesse Williamson raced to his first $1,000 win of the 2017 tour at Sunset Speedway Park Wednesday night. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (June 28) – A three-time champion of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout got his first win of the 2017 tour Wednesday at Sunset Speedway Park.Jesse Williamson caught Collen Winebarger on the 19th lap, making up distance after Winebarger had gotten into heavy lapped traffic, then led to the $1,000 checkers.Williamson, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate, went on to the win ahead of Winebarger, Ethan Dotson, Aaron Elwess and Bricen James.The main event went non-stop and all 20 cars that started the race were still running when the checkers flew.Winebarger had started from the pole and remained in charge up front before catching up with the back of the field. Williamson maneuvered through traffic to pressure then pass Winebarger.The victory was his career third at Banks and tour leading ninth overall. The fifth different winner in as many Shootout events this year, Winebarger was tour champion in 2012, 2013 and 2015.The Wild West Modified Shootout heads next to Willamette Speedway for three straight nights of action on June 29, June 30 and July 1. It will be the first time the tour will end with a three race finale at the same facility.Feature results – 1. Jesse Williamson; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Ethan Dotson; 4. Aaron Elwess; 5. Bricen James; 6. Grey Ferrando; 7. Kenny Miller; 8. Craig Cassell; 9. Jeff Lovell; 10. John Campos; 11. Jeremy Shank; 12. Brian Pearce; 13. Brad Martin; 14. Doug Lockwood; 15. Brian Thompson; 16. Mark Wauge; 17. Steve Moore; 18. Mark Reser; 19. Bubba Foster; 20. Brandon Potter.last_img read more

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United never in Mourinho’s thoughts

first_imgNew Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed how he told Sir Alex Ferguson he had no interest in succeeding him at Manchester United. However, Mourinho maintains there was only ever going to be one destination for him this summer, which he happily shared with Ferguson, who also revealed to the Portuguese his own plans to stand down after one last campaign at the helm long before that news became public knowledge. He said: “I knew that Ferguson was retiring many months ago, and I am so happy with his trust because it was big news for the world – I can imagine that just a very small circle around him knew that, and it was a big responsibility for me to know that. “Why do I know that? Because we are friends, so if I am his friend to know that he is going to retire, he is also my friend to know that the club I want to coach in England is Chelsea. Of course I told him I want to come to Chelsea.” Mourinho added: “I would have turned down every job in the world, the Manchester United job, everyone, for Chelsea I would turn down every job in the world.” The Portuguese coach, 50, agreed a four-year deal to take over once again at Stamford Bridge after he left Real Madrid at the end of last season. There had been suggestions Mourinho, a Champions League winner with Inter Milan after leaving England almost six years ago, was in the frame for the United post when Ferguson stepped down as well as on Manchester City’s list of potential replacements for the axed Roberto Mancini. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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B&H Tennis Players in the First Round of Davis Cup Against Greece

first_imgThe Tennis team of B&H in the first round of the Euro–African zone Davis Cup will play with the selection of Greece. The Greek selection unlike B&H, this year played in the third group of the tournament in San Marino. B&H is the host of this match, which will be held on 31st January until 2nd February 2014. In case of winning, the tennis players of B&H on the second round (4th – 6th April 2014) will play with the winner of the match Finland – Bulgaria.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Bombers continue impressive field hockey performance on pitch

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers continue their strong play this High School Girl’s Field Hockey season finishing with a 3-1 record at the South Okanagan Hornets Tournament in Oliver.The Bombers defeated host South Okanagan, Enver Creek of Surrey and GW Graham of Chilliwack. The lone loss came against a strong team from Churchill in Vancouver.LVR opened against the host Hornets.“This was a very good game as Oliver worked hard checking the bombers tenaciously,” said Bomber coach Bruce Walgren.“Even under pressure the experienced seniors, Hanna Quinn, Shianne Michalchuck and Julia Burkhart turned the tide of the game and began to control play. Quinn scored three times and goalies Rylee Zondervan and Johanna Brochhagen shared in the shut out for a Bomber 3-0 win. LVR then matched up against Enver Creek.The offence was flowing as the Bombers routed the Fraser Valley squad 6-1.“The Bombers started the game fast and pressed Enver Creek right from the start never giving them a second with the ball,” Walgren explained.Quinn continued to score in bunches along with Shianne Michalchuck and Julia Burkart.Saturday, LVR was edged by Churchill.“This was a really hard game for the girls as Churchill is a very fast and highly skilled team, this really tested the Bomber defense and mid-field,” Walgren said.In the final game, Quinn scored twice while Michalchuck added a single to lead the Bombers to the 3-0 win.Bomber Senior keeper Rylee Zondervan shut the door to register the shutout in goal.LVR played a league game this week before heading to Chilliwack Friday to compete in a tournament.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JULY 1, 2016

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER JULY 10 On Sunday, July 10, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird, arguably the two best (dirt) females in the country.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder’s favorite treat, peppermints!FINISH LINES: Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, who galloped a mile and a half today, is scheduled to work five furlongs Monday, Doug O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora reported Friday, while Richard Mandella has three-time champion Beholder set to work Sunday or Monday . . . Kent Desormeaux rides at Belmont Park Monday, Swipe in the Dwyer and Decked Out in the Belmont Oaks Invitational, both horses trained by brother Keith . . . Today through Sunday, July 3, the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States takes place at Santa Anita in the form of 626 Night Market. The growing entertainment tradition features merchandise vendors, games, food, music, and more. For more information, visit santaanita.com/events or www.626nightmarket.com. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 Bob Baffert47129626%57%$719,003 Edwin Maldonado13623221517%44%$939,766 Richard Baltas53991117%55%$398,430 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.VISIT http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES. Robertino Diodoro1967132%74%$280,910 Philip D’Amato882317726%53%$1,488,318 CASSIDY SEEKS AFFIRMED UPSET WITH PRINCE OF ARABIAJim Cassidy, who quietly pulled a $29.60 shocker when he sent out Shh She’s Ours to win Sunday’s Grade II Desert Stormer II Stakes over 1-2 favorite Sensitively, hopes to register another upset with Prince of Arabia in Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.It will mark only the second stakes start for the son of Mineshaft, who was ninth after a slow start last out in the grassy Rainbow Stakes June 18.“He’s a decent horse,” Cassidy said. “He’s just been a little unlucky. Last time he broke slowly, but he’s coming up to this race well.”The field for the Affirmed, named for the 1978 Triple Crown winner: Curlin Rules, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Beaumarchais, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Prince of Arabia, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Danzing Candy, Rafael Bejarano, 2-5. Mike Puype50105520%40%$325,450 James Cassidy4374516%37%$415,500 (Current Through Thursday, June 30) Rafael Bejarano16240322925%62%$2,240,405 Tiago Pereira94715157%39%$393,517 Stewart Elliott898879%26%$365,875 Santiago Gonzalez15918232511%42%$958,145 Mike Smith38127132%53%$881,237 Chad Lindsay60971015%43%$201,750 Richard Mandella3585623%54%$686,052 Martin Pedroza741081214%41%$348,010 Fernando Perez881110813%33%$425,493 Mario Gutierrez6661439%35%$531,430 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ AND MORE ON DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4Monday, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Joseph Talamo12524171719%46%$1,402,788 Brayan Pena6165810%31%$152,235 Flavien Prat12634191727%56%$1,670,732 Peter Eurton4185520%44%$480,375 John Sadler59951215%44%$724,773 Doug O’Neill88818189%50%$626,106 HOFMANS EYES PACIFIC CLASSIC FOR MELATONIN            Melatonin, who has performed well when his races are well-spaced, likely will make his next start in Del Mar’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at a mile and a quarter on Aug. 20, David Hofmans said Friday.“We’ll see; we’ll take it as it comes,” said Hofmans, who trains the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms. “We’re probably going to end up running in the Pacific Classic, I would think.”Hofmans had mentioned last Sunday that the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1 could be the next race for Melatonin, but noted Friday that “three months between starts is a little difficult to do. The San Diego (Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on July 23) is too soon and too short, so the Pacific Classic is probably the way we’re going to go.” Tyler Baze17228332816%52%$1,410,354 Peter Miller551013718%55%$475,660 Jerry Hollendorfer691471320%49%$962,143 WRONA TO MARRY FOLLOWING SPRING MEETIn a column by Art Wilson in today’s Los Angeles Newspaper Group daily publications, Santa Anita announcer Michael Wrona revealed that he’ll be getting married in Lake Tahoe one week after the current Spring Meet concludes on July 10.And, with the relocation process to Southern California fully underway, the 50-year-old native Australian is well aware of the large footsteps he’s following, cast over parts of nine decades by legendary announcers such as Hernandez, Johnson and Denman.“I’m well aware of how few people have occupied this booth,” he told Wilson yesterday. “This place is renowned for not being a turnstile, or a revolving door, of announcers. So there’s a legacy that I hope that I can uphold. That weighs on my mind.” . . . I hope I can have a good, long run and contribute to the legacy for as long as I can keep calling at the appropriate level, the top level.” Brandon Boulanger4661413%24%$135,485 FOREST CHATTER SET FOR MAIN TRACK MONDAY            Rather than stand around and watch the grass grow, Team Mandella will run downhill turf course specialist Forest Chatter on dirt in the $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap, one of two stakes races in the Golden State Series on Monday’s Independence Day holiday program.In 13 career starts, 11 have been on grass for Forest Chatter, a gelded son of Dixie Chatter trained by Richard Mandella for Pam and Martin Wygod. Forest Chatter was unbeaten in five races on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course at about 6 ½ furlongs until finishing second under regular rider Mike Smith in the Lennyfromalibu on May 28.He was second in the seven furlong Cary Grant on Del Mar’s main track last November and unplaced in his lone start on synthetic.“He’ll run on dirt and he’s doing well right now,” said Smith, alluding to two recent bullet works on Santa Anita’s main track. “He got away slow last time, too (from the No. 1 post position), so with a better break he’s certainly going to run a lot better.” Patrick Gallagher2872225%39%$261,390 Mark Glatt6611151017%55%$417,666 ‘GIANT KILLER’ CASSIDY EYES AN UPSET IN AFFIRMED FOREST CHATTER ON DIRT IN MONDAY’S THOR’S ECHOBIG ‘CAP ACE MELATONIN LIKELY FOR PACIFIC CLASSICNEW TURF COURSE INSTALLED FOR AUTUMN CAMPAIGNWRONA SET TO TIE THE KNOT FOLLOWING SPRING MEETBIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCK ON MONDAY AT SANTA ANITAKENTUCKY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST TO WORK ON JULY 4 Kent Desormeaux5198318%39%$350,995 NEW TURF COURSE IN FOR SANTA ANITA’S AUTUMN MEETWith precision like timing and teamwork, Santa Anita Park has completed installation of its all-new Bermuda turf course, which will be ready for use with the onset of the track’s 2016 Autumn Meet on Sept. 30.Including the Camino Real hillside component, Santa Anita’s unique turf course encompasses approximately nine acres of surface area, which has now been amended and covered. The Bandera Bermuda turf mixture was grown in La Quinta, California, approximately 120 miles to the east, near Palm Springs.“This has been a major undertaking and we’re very pleased with how the entire project has progressed,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The hillside portion of the course was completed about three weeks ago and the oval was finished late Wednesday. This particular turf has proven very resilient in our immediate area and right now, with the warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing, conditions are optimal for fast growth.“The hillside has already begun to root, so that’s great news. About 40 percent of our races are run on grass, so this project is obviously a huge priority for us, our customers and horsemen.“We’ve been told that we’d be able to run on it in 45 days, but with the installation completed on time, we’ll have 90 days before we have horses competing on it. We’re excited about opening day on Sept. 30 and we’re looking forward to welcoming the best horses in the world here for the Breeders’ Cup in November (4 and 5).”Santa Anita’s current 40-day Spring Meet, which began May 5, will conclude a week from Sunday, July 10. -30-last_img read more

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Sensational beaver-trick for Santokie in losing cause

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Not even a sensational beaver-trick by former Jamaica and West Indies left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie could prevent Gemini Arabians from pulling off a 12-run victory over Sagittarius Strikers in the Masters Champions League here yesterday.The 31-year-old, who played the last of his 12 Twenty20 Internationals two years ago, grabbed four consecutive wickets off the first four balls of the final over to help restrict a rampant Arabians to 224 for seven off their 20 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.Opting to bat first, Arabians were propelled by Indian opener Virender Sehwag who belted 134 off 63 balls, with ten fours and 11 sixes.He put on 86 for the first wicket with South African Jacques Rudolph who hit 27 and a further 135 for the second wicket with Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who scored 51 from 33 deliveries.Recently retired West Indies left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was unbeaten on one from two deliveries at the end.SUPERB OVERSSantokie, who had taken one wicket in an earlier spell, finished with five for 30 in a superb four-over spell to be the leading bowler for Strikers.He bowled Sangakkara with the first ball of the over and then proceeded to remove Brad Hodge, Justin Kemp and Naved-ul-Hasan all without scoring, while conceding just one run from the final over of the innings.In reply, Imran Farhat stroked 52 from 32 deliveries, Yasir Hameed, 41 from 22 balls with a four and four sixes and Yasir Arafat a 16-ball 32 with four sixes, but Strikers still slumped to 177 for nine in the 18th over.However, Santokie arrived to smash an unbeaten 23 from nine balls with three sixes in a 35-run, last wicket stand with Shane Bond who got 12 not out, as Strikers came up short in the end.last_img read more

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Reporter Perpetuates Evolution Stereotypes in Texas Ed Article

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 AP reports are often multiplied uncritically across the world, even when their facts are wrong.The power of media to shape public perception about a subject through carefully crafted words and phrases is evident in an Associated Press story about the Texas school board. AP reporter Will Weissert spared no stereotypes in his effort to create fear-mongering about one of his favorite bogeymen, the creationists.He referred to “long-simmering ideological objections” to evolution, not matters of fact and evidence.The critics of a textbook cited “alleged factual errors,” not real factual errors.“Creationists” are described as “those who see God’s hand in the creation of the universe.”  Nothing is said of Darwin skeptics or intelligent design advocates.Those are set in opposition to “academics who worry about religious and political ideology trumping scientific fact.”Some of the committees for reviewing textbooks were “nominated by creationists“.Weissert claims one of the committees “argued that creationism based on biblical texts should be taught in science classes” (this is highly doubtful, but no evidence was cited).“Another objection called for emphasizing that modern discoveries in the fossil record reveal a ‘balance between gradualism and sudden appearance,’ suggesting that rather than developing over time, life got a boost from an intelligent designer.”The objections came from “the most conservative members among the board’s 10 Republicans.”  The Democrats and some of the “more moderate Republicans” joined in “questioning whether reviewers’ objections were factually correct.”Weissert gave a prominence to a fear-mongering statement from one of the moderate Republicans: “‘I believe this process is being hijacked, this book is being held hostage to make political changes,’ said Thomas Ratliff, a Republican from Mount Pleasant who is the board’s vice chairman.”  Ratcliffe apparently thought the debate over a factual error was “laughable.”Ratcliffe also “believes” the Pearson biology textbook is “being used in over half of the classrooms in the United States.”Weissert’s report that apparently first appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal was reprinted without corrections by the Houston Star-Telegram,  USA Today, US News and World Report, and across the United States and abroad.The power of the pen is mightier than the sword – especially today in the internet age.  Falsehoods can be broadcast worldwide in minutes.  I (David Coppedge) saw this after my JPL trial, when an AP reporter took the judge’s ruling, wrote a biased story, and put it on the web.  I watched helplessly as that story multiplied around the US and even the world in minutes.  A search for that story turned up thousands of hits as it spread to all the major news outlets, even the Times of India.  Not a single reporter called me for my side of the story.  One liberal judge had ruled against me without any explanation, and then one unseen reporter presented what the world would read as the “official” story of the trial.  In that one night (as far as the world was concerned), years of work and evidence-gathering by my attorney and me, including 368 exhibits, ten counts of discrimination and retaliation, and hundreds of pages of facts and legal arguments went down the drain, except for what we were able to say to limited audiences in alternative media.If AP said it, it must be true, right?  Where are the independent investigative reporters doing their own work?  It is shocking to see one reporter in one “recognized” media organization have that much power.Thanks to alternative media, we can spin the story differently.  Here’s how a Darwin skeptic liberated from the boilerplate room might revise Weissert’s article:At a late-night meeting in Texas, long-successful ideological tactics against criticizing evolution nearly succeeded at allowing factual errors in a biology textbook to slip through. Undaunted, a majority on the Board of Education stood their ground. While extending preliminary approval of new science textbooks, they held up one biology tome because of its erroneous claims about Darwinian evolution.With midnight looming, some board members (mostly Democrats and liberal Republicans) on Thursday tried to let the flawed biology text skip through the review process. The text is from Pearson Education, a publisher standing to profit enormously from the federal government’s Common Core campaign. The school board majority pointed to errors about natural selection, noting that the book fails to point out that Darwin’s mechanism lacks the creative power to generate new functional information, especially the profusion of new body plans at the “Cambrian explosion” seen in the fossil record.Darwinists – those who deny anything but chance or natural law in the origin of the universe and life – have long objected to any attempts to allow academic freedom on the subject in science classes. Skeptics of evolution are concerned that the Pearson text’s one-sided presentation of evolution amounts to materialist and political ideology trumping scientific fact. Special-interest groups like the ACLU and NCSE have long obstructed attempts by the board to have evolution presented honestly. Texans, though, consistently approve of the statement, “When evidence for Darwinian evolution is taught, the evidence against it should also be taught.”Exercise: continue rewriting the rest of Weissert’s article in a way that is fair to Darwin skeptics.last_img read more

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SA to give R100m drought aid to Namibia

first_img11 November 2013 South Africa has pledged a R100-million aid package to help alleviate the effects of drought in Namibia, it was announced after talks last week between President Jacob Zuma and his Namibian counterpart Hifikepunye Pohamba. Zuma was in Windhoek, Namibia for a two-day state visit on Wednesday and Thursday. The semi-arid country has been hard hit by its worst drought in 30 years. South Africa’s president said the package added to international efforts to help Namibia minimise the drought’s impact on food security, according to an SABC report. During their talks, Zuma and Pohamba also reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues, and reaffirmed their commitment to work together in pursuit of regional economic integration. The presidents said they hoped the newly established Bi-National Commission between the two countries would enhance bilateral economic and political ties. The commission will cover sectors such as education, gender, health, fisheries, land, culture and ICT. South Africa has emphasised that the commission should also contribute to improving regional integration, intra-African trade, and infrastructure development, in order to ease the movement of people and goods across borders. According to official statistics, about 66% of Namibian exports go to South Africa, while South Africa takes up about 80% of total investment in Namibia’s mining, retail, banking and insurance sectors. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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