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Power out in parts of Fort St. John and Baldonnel

first_imgUPDATE: Hydro expects power to be restored by 11 a.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is working to restore a large power outage in parts of Fort St. John and Baldonnel.  The power when out just before 5 a.m. MST and is affecting over 1,400 customers.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage runs from East of OLD FORT LP, North of JOHNSON RD 232 RD.- Advertisement -B.C. Hydro’s website doesn’t not say when power will be restored.For more information, visit www.bchydro.com/outages.  Just a reminder all times listed on B.C. Hydro’s website are in  Pacific Time Zone.last_img read more

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Mourinho impressed by versatile Fabregas

first_imgJose Mourinho says Cesc Fabregas’ versatility in midfield and ability to play for the team has been “fantastic” this season.The summer signing from Barcelona has 19 assists and five goals this season, playing in both a deeper role and as a ‘number 10′ behind the main striker.Manager Mourinho said: “He is doing what we need and adapting to many different situations and roles.“He is doing every job the team needs him to do. His contribution has been fantastic.”Chelsea top the Premier League by 10 points prior to Sunday’s away game against Fabregas’ old side Arsenal, the team in second place in the tableMourinho has no concerns about how Fabregas will respond on his first return to Emirates Stadium.“I don’t know what reception he will get,” Mourinho added. “But I am not worried for him. If he has some bad reactions he will be ready.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Darwinist Intolerance Is Intensifying

first_img(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Some recent cases of intolerance against  Darwin skeptics are so extreme, they defy all logic or propriety.  Yet when Darwinists promote radical ideas, they get a pass.The Discovery Institute is on a campaign to defend the career and reputation of a Ball State University professor, Eric Hedin, who dared to present both sides of the debate over intelligent design instead of just the pro-Darwin side (see Evolution News & Views).  Not only that, he offered the material in an elective class in philosophy – not in a science class.  At the same time, Ball State openly promoted another class called “Dangerous Ideas” that claims “Science must destroy religion” and “There is no intelligent designer” (Evolution News & Views).  This “selective academic freedom” means professors are only allowed one position on ID: to oppose it.  This “Orwellian” view of academic freedom by a university that claims to respect controversial topics was described by John West on Evolution News & Views.Hedin did not advocate or teach intelligent design (ENV).  He only permitted a pro-ID book (along with many anti-ID works) in the suggested reading list for his honors course on the “boundaries of science” (ENV).  For that, he was targeted by a radical atheist group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, that wrote Ball State’s president, Jo Ann Gora, to complain.  Unfortunately for Hedin, the president heeded their complaints and ordered that no one on campus was to teach ID in science classes at the university.  The atheist propaganda in the other class, however, was not restricted.  Ironically, Gora maintained that Ball State’s “commitment to academic freedom is unflinching.”Earlier in the year, David Coppedge lost his lawsuit against JPL in which he alleged he was demoted, humiliated and ultimately fired for sharing pro-ID DVDs in the workplace (ENV).  The judge gave no explanation for ruling against him on 10 counts of discrimination and retaliation.  In hindsight, the reaction in the Coppedge case appears part of the same trend in academic and scientific institutions: only the secular, atheist, Darwinian position is permitted, and those who disagree must be silenced.  (The Coppedge case will be reviewed in Volume II of Jerry Bergman’s work, Slaughter of the Dissidents, about the persecution of Darwin skeptics.)It appears the only ones able to stand up successfully against the evolution lobby in a public platform are those with nothing to lose.  Retired surgeon Ben Carson, for instance, has no dirty laundry to hide and, with a stellar reputation as one of the world’s finest  neurosurgeons, a black man from a poor family who rose to excellence via self-education and determination, has credentials that cannot be impugned (see movie of his life, Gifted Hands).  His charitable work for improving education with reading scholarships is another big asset (see CarsonScholars.org).  With nothing in his life to assail, and much to commend, he boldly yet graciously presents scientific arguments against evolutionism, as exemplified in a presentation on YouTube.   Darwinists cannot destroy the career of this kind of enemy, so they try to ignore him.Others are not so fortunate.  They have careers to maintain, or tenure to earn.  They risk losing access to research labs and publications.  They have families to feed.  Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez, after receiving unfair treatment by colleagues and loss of tenure at Iowa State for his book The Privileged Planet (even though he never taught intelligent design on campus), took years to find another reputable university position (ENV).  He recently obtained a position at the same Ball State over the protests of outside evolutionists, but he knows that he must keep silent about ID to avoid a recurrence of persecution.This past summer, the Michael Medved radio talk show began a “Science and Culture Update” that airs on Tuesdays.  The Michael Medved website includes a new page with news and information on the programs.  Past episodes can be heard as podcasts on IDtheFuture.com, where the Eric Hedin story and other matters are discussed.  Often, the intolerance of some pro-Darwinist callers is displayed when Stephen Meyer and other representatives of the Discovery Institute try to make the scientific case for intelligent design.  Medved and his guests from the institute usually have to spend excessive time correcting the misrepresentations of ID by angry callers who clearly have not read Meyer’s books, but are intent only on repeating talking-point accusations  from pro-Darwin sources.The Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture began as a think tank to promote scientific research into intelligent design, a role it continues to fulfill.  Increasingly, though, the center finds itself rushing to the defense of victims of extreme intolerance against the ID position – intolerance not just against teaching ID, but even for the “thought crime” of holding to an ID position privately or in outside activities.  John G. West at the Center explained the issues on Evolution News & Views.  In the wake of a bullying campaign by the press and prominent evolutionists against Eric Hedin (ENV), the Institute has also opened a page under AcademicFreedomPetition.org asking for public response to Ball State for their unfair discrimination.Here we are, five years after the movie Expelled, and the Darwinists are still on the rampage.  If anything, they are worse.  At the same time, the scientific evidence has been militating against them: the origin of life troubles, the Cambrian explosion, the collapse of Darwin’s tree of life, and much more (have you been reading our recent articles?).  Either this is the last gasp of Darwinists terrified that their world view is imploding, or (more likely), Satan is protecting his masterpiece at all costs.  Whether or not you believe in a devil, the Darwin defenders are acting mighty devilish.  They cannot allow open debate on their view, because it always gets trounced.  Their only hope is to destroy their opponents before they can get a hearing.DODO! is their chant: Darwin Only!  Darwin Only!  So terrified are they of intelligent design (and any scholarly critique of Darwinism) they passionately weed out any hint of it creeping into academia, public schools, and scientific institutions.  What do they have to fear from debate?  If the evidence for their view is so strong, let them defend it in public against legitimate scientific criticisms.  Their paranoia would be amusing were it not so damaging to the individuals whose careers are lost, and to the students who are prevented from seeing the house of cards on which Darwinism sits.How ironic it is that the Darwin dobermans, mostly leftist liberals, are the very ones who have the traditional reputation for academic freedom.  Remember them in the free speech protests of the 1960’s?  They demanded academic freedom to the point of violence.  You cannot trust these people.  Like communists, they promote “freedom” just long enough to gain power, then they take away the freedom of their opponents.  They promote “democracy” just long enough to win a majority, then they establish tyranny.  Knowing their strategy, wise men will act accordingly – not by imitating them, but by being wise as serpents and harmless as doves, as a certain advocate of intelligent design once advised.You only have till Sept 30 to write Ball State and protest the treatment of Eric Hedin.  Do it today.last_img read more

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South African artist to serve residency in France

first_imgShamin ChibbaSome of Nelson Makamo’s paintings sell for hundreds of thousands of rands. Singer Annie Lennox and designer Giorgio Armani own his work. But he remains humble about his achievements. Now, the 34-year-old artist has been invited to complete a three-month residency in France with the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art.Makamo leaves this week for the southern town of Saint-Émilion, where he will join a number of other artists from southern Africa.He will also travel through the country to find inspiration for his art.Makamo and the other African artists will be following in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest artists who have produced series of works inspired by the French countryside. The residency focus Makamo on producing a series of drawings, a more intimate medium from his usual large-scale paintings and monographs.Quick visit to @nelsonmakamo‘s studio. pic.twitter.com/shHASZtRGW— Gareth Pon (@garethpon) July 12, 2016Speaking from his sunlit studio in August House, in downtown Johannesburg, Makamo says he has a few good ideas for what he wishes to create. “For me those are going to be three months of just doing sketches only. I have two concepts in mind: either I’m going to produce blocks of small oil paintings or a series of sketches.”The work Makamo and his peers produce will be exhibited in a prospective museum for South African contemporary art in France. “They invite artists from South Africa and we all come with different concepts. We put together a body of work and they curate and show it.”Makamo says he will use the countryside concept back in South Africa where he will look to create new works based on local rural communities. One of these ideas is a school mural project he wants to take to small towns across the country.Nelson Makamo takes his art to rural communitieshttps://t.co/4DCEqFgLXz pic.twitter.com/PUg6kfFhFN— Artcoza (@Artcoza) August 5, 2016After the Saint-Émilion residency, Makamo will host an exhibition in Paris with artwork produced during those three months under the title An African in the south of France.He will also be using the residency to prepare for a solo exhibition of his larger works in Munich, Germany in 2017.An artist evolvingMakamo believes the residency and the focus on sketches will bring about a transformation in his work. “There’s something about drawings that will always be mind-blowing. I always say to collectors, ‘You can’t say your collection is complete if you don’t have drawings from an artist.”Makamo says an artist’s sketchbook is where ideas are born. He has about 150 sketchbooks. “That’s the work that is hardly exhibited. I sketch almost every night when I get a chance. I’ve never done a show with only drawings and that is one of the things I’m planning to do in South Africa; just to have an exhibition of small drawings, from some as small as A5. It’s going to be stories of life, like what I’m feeling at that moment.”Makamo’s inspiration comes from the everyday life, observing and speaking to people around him. “[Inspiration] comes from people I always have a conversation with. It can be a joke or something else we have shared, and you always visualise those things. And what do you do? You summarise them and turn them into pieces of art.“I miss those days when I used the taxi because you realise that people read a lot and you underestimate that. You get that from a conversation that someone would share, something that you were not aware of. As long as you are alive you’re a scholar of life. So you can’t say you’ve (finished studying) because every day is a new thing.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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2nd Test: South Africa leave England with record total to chase

first_imgSouth Africa set England an almost insurmountable 474 to win the second test after declaring its second innings on 343-9 on Sunday.England saw out four testing overs before stumps to be 1-0, but has two full days left to survive if it is to save the match and preserve its 1-0 lead in the four-test series.Never mind that England would set a world record for the highest fourth-innings score to win a test, it also needs to make the biggest fourth-innings score ever at Trent Bridge.Only once, New Zealand in 1973, has a team made over 400 in the final innings at Nottingham.South Africa’s big lead was built on second-innings half-centuries by opener Dean Elgar (80), Hashim Amla (87) and captain Faf du Plessis (63), who is on course to lead his team to a series-leveling victory on his return after missing the defeat at Lord’s for the birth of his first child.South Africa also had some fun at the back end of its second innings as the declaration approached in the late afternoon, with Vernon Philander (42) and Morne Morkel (17 not out) given license to swing at anything in a final hurrah.Morkel connected for three fours and Philander heaved Moeen Ali away for two big sixes off successive balls before falling caught and bowled to the spinner.Ali finished with 4-78 to lead England’s bowling effort but the Day 3 pitch didn’t offer the same pronounced swing and seam movement for the quick bowlers as it did in the early stages of this test.advertisementInstead, there were signs late in the day of uneven bounce as the surface wears away.Elgar and Amla, continuing their partnership from Day 2, put on 135 for the first wicket in a stand that wasn’t flashy but ground down England’s bowlers and ensured South Africa held the upper hand from the start of the day onward.last_img read more

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Michael Vick Talking Dynasty With Eagles

The supposed “Dream Team” of last year’s Philadelphia Eagles didn’t even make the playoffs. A year later, Michael Vick surveyed his team’s roster and declared it worthy of not just one Super Bowl, but many.“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there,” Vick said.“I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty,” he said on Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia.That’s big — outrageous? — talk for someone on a team that went 8-8 last year and has not even gotten into training camp for the upcoming season. But Vick said it is not just his feeling.“I think it’s just a mindset for my organization on down to the players,” he said in the interview. “We know we can do it. We know what we have, that’s the great thing about it. We know what we have as a team, as an organization and what better position to be in than to know that you have an opportunity?”They had an opportunity last season, adding quality free agents to the point where backup quarterback Vince Young dubbed the Eagles the “Dream Team.” It did not work out so well. The Eagles did not mesh as a unit until it was too late.This off-season the Eagles issued  big-money extensions to players already on the roster, like wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back LeSean McCory and defensive end Trent Cole. They added two-time Pro Bowl lineback DeMeco Ryans in a trade with the Houston Texans.Vick said the Eagles are in a “special place” now. And while the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, having a strong regular season is the immediate goal.“I think just getting to the postseason right now is our focus,” he said. “The Super Bowl is going to come if it’s meant to happen. Some of the best teams have some of the best luck. Maybe we’ll have some of that. I think our focus needs to be one game at a time, just getting into the postseason.” read more

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