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Ex-boyfriend, cops released from custody

first_imgSchool teacher’s deathThe ex-boyfriend of 22-year-old Kescia Branche, who succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital while being treated after she was brutally beaten, along with the four Police Constables who were detained by investigators forDead: Kescia Branchequestioning, has been released.This is according to acting Crime Chief Paul Williams, who told Guyana Times that the ex-boyfriend of the dead woman was released on bail, while the Police Constables have also been released but remain under close arrest.Investigators are now said to be pursuing the driver whose taxi Branche used on the night of the incident.The teacher’s battered body was discovered in an unconscious state on the morning of November 5 and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she later succumbed without ever regaining consciousness.A post-mortem conducted showed that she died of haemorrhaging due to blunt trauma to the head.The teacher of Richard Ishmael Secondary School was found at Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown.Branche, of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, had left home for a night of partying. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

Oracle Arena’s sign is coming down now that Warriors have left Oakland

first_imgLooks like the “Oracle” logo is … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors’ sometimes magical, sometimes depressing run at Oracle Arena has been over for nearly two months now.As the team begins preparing for its move from Oakland to San Francisco, the East Bay arena is undergoing some change of its own: the removal of its “Oracle” logo.Twitter user Tommy Call III (@tommy_III) posted a photo of a crane taking down the sign Thursday.last_img read more

Dumb Down or Wise Up?  Rhetoric Over ID Intensifies

first_imgMore and more reporters, scientists and scientific societies are weighing in with their opinions on evolution vs. intelligent design (ID) this week (see 08/13/2005 entry).  Here are some of the more interesting of the recent salvos:It’s Official: ID Is Not Science:  If the scientific validity of an idea can be ruled by authority, then intelligent design has been voted unscientific by three agricultural societies, reported EurekAlert.  The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America have joined other scientific organizations in condemning President Bush’s remark (08/13/2005) that students should hear both sides in the origins debate.  To them, anything other than evolution is religious, and evolution is just as scientific as gravity.Tolerance:  In a somewhat surprising tone of conciliation, considering previous attacks on ID as religiously motivated (08/10/2005), Nature argued that a religious leader should be allowed to speak at a scientific meeting.  Why should the Dalai Lama not be barred from sharing his views on neuroscience and society?  History: “But speakers at meetings – non-scientists or scientists – should not be barred on the basis of their religious beliefs.  Well-known scientists including Newton have had religious beliefs that many people would disagree with,” Nature points out, “but these have no bearing on the credibility of their scientific ideas.”  Since the Dalai Lama will not be speaking as a scientist, presumably that’s OK.  He is perfectly entitled to do so, the editorial argues, with the title reading, “Science and religion in harmony.”BBC: British Bashing Creation:  Harold Evans gave his point of view on the question of creation for the BBC News.  Scopes, fundamentalism, creationism in a subtler guise – you get the idea.KDE: Kansas Denigrating Evolution:  Geoff Brumfiel in Nature 08/18/2005 reported on the Kansas decision to allow criticisms of evolution.  Brumfiel gives quotation rights to those who claim this is a “religiously motivated” that paves the way for teaching of intelligent design.  Education board chairman Steve Abrams called the charges baloney: “Is it wrong to teach critical analysis and critical thinking?” he asked.  Eugenie Scott got the last word: “These standards are very clearly denigrating evolution.”No Worries, Mate:  The Australian minister of education, Brendan Nelson, doesn’t want intelligent design to replace “teaching the origins of mankind in a scientific sense,” reports CNS News, but if parents want their children to be taught about ID, that’s fine.  “It’s about choice, reasonable choice,” he remarked.Battle Royale at USA Today:  Evolutionists and ID theorists faced off in USA Today.  Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch gave their side, and ID spokesmen John Angus Campbell and Stephen Meyer got equal time.Persecution:  David Klinghoffer, writing in the National Review, exposed underhanded tactics used by members of the Smithsonian Institution in its treatment of Richard Sternberg last year for his allowing the publication of an ID paper in one of its journals (09/24/2004).  The Washington Post followed with an exposé.  The US Office of Special Counsel issued a letter (posted by Sternberg), finding that the Smithsonian’s actions constituted a “hostile work environment” designed to retaliate against Sternberg and force him out of the Smithsonian.  The actions included disseminating misinformation throughout the institution about him and digging for dirt in his background.Dumb Down:  With what Rob Crowther (Discovery Institute) called “shrill polemics,” Peter Ward (U. of Washington), co-author of Rare Earth, gave a piece of his mind to the Seattle News Tribune.  Incredulous that intelligent design is being given the time of day, he compared creationism with belief in a flat earth, and claimed the ID leadership must admire religious states like Iran.  “Teaching intelligent design at the middle school or high school level will rob our young students of a proper grounding in science, because it bears no relationship to science,” he said.  “Those who say it does are toying with the future of our nation.  And I believe they are doing so deliberately, even maliciously.”  Now, Dr. Ward, tell us what you really think.Wise Up:  Jonathan Witt (Discovery Institute) responded to Peter Ward in the News Tribune without flinching.  He claimed such comments represent an attitude of desperation on the part of Darwinists, who don’t want competition.  To them, President Bush committed the unforgivable sin by allowing Darwinism to be questioned.  Witt claims that the Darwinists’ reactions bear all the hallmarks of a paradigm in crisis.If the Darwinists don’t come up with better talking points, they’re going to lose.  They all sound like each other, throwing around loaded words and ridicule with talk of flat earth, bogeymen, Taliban, pseudoscience, fundamentalism and, worst of all, “creationism.”  Come on, you guys, wise up.  Tell ID how molecular machines built themselves and they’ll turn down the heat.  It is indeed strange how tolerant the materialists are of religion when it is the Eastern, mystical kind, maybe because it only makes them meditate instead of think.  They can relate to that.  After all, Darwinian storytelling puts one into an altered state of consciousness.    It’s good to see the question of origins get some public exposure, but the thing ID should fear most is not the arguments of the Darwin Party.  It is the raw exercise of their power to shut off discussion, and to rule, by fiat, Charlie Worship as the official state religion.  Such a tactic would be analogous to frequent cases where laws passed by Congress or by public initiatives – sometimes by overwhelming margins – have been ruled “unconstitutional” by a single activist judge or circuit court.  They could do it, you know, and they just might.  The dumb will just roll over and accept the decision of the oligarchy.  The wise will take note of what such a response signifies.  The rulers of Athens can neither explain, nor endure, a gadfly.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nebraska Releases Powerful Tribute Video Honoring Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska Sam Foltz 27 tribute.Nebraska Football/TwitterAfter a week of heartbreak, the Nebraska football community is turning sorrow into pride.Last weekend, the Nebraska Huskers lost Sam Foltz,  their senior punter, in a fatal car crash in Wisconsin. His funeral was yesterday in Grand Island, Neb.Yesterday, the Huskers released a video that highlights the incredible career of the three-year starter, as well as his significant leadership role both on the team and in the local community.“My message today is all about teamwork,” the punter says.Now, the Huskers honor Foltz’s legacy by joining together in memory of their brilliant teammate with this video memorial.You can watch the tribute video here:“My name is Sam Foltz, I’m the starting punter here.My message today is all about teamwork.” pic.twitter.com/Sb885pH3VR— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) July 30, 2016Unfortunately, the car crash that took Foltz’s life also killed former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.  LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, also in the accident, managed to escape the burning vehicle.Foltz, a Nebraska native, was entering his fifth year in the Huskers program. Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List earlier this summer, he was expected to be one of the best punters in the country.last_img read more

Smokes seized on Alberta FN had federal stamp commission

first_img(Photo: Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson.  Photo courtesy of Steve Bonspiel, The Eastern Door)By Noemi LoPinto APTN National News EDMONTON-The millions of cigarettes seized by Alberta authorities last week on the Montana First Nation reserve had the proper federal registration, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission said.The cigarettes displayed the proper “Canada Duty-Paid” stamp, according to a spokeswoman. The commission, however, is still investigating the matter because the 75,000 cartons of cigarettes were not legal for sale in Alberta under provincial law, said Christine Wronko.The 14 million cigarettes were being stored on Montana First Nation to be distributed to reserves throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.The cigarettes were manufactured and shipped to the reserve by Rainbow Tobacco, a federally licensed manufacturer based in Kahnawake, Que.Rainbow Tobacco claims it wasn’t necessary for the Mohawk company to obtain provincial paperwork because the cigarettes were for sale only on First Nations reserves which fall under federal jurisdiction.RCMP investigators also found that the cigarettes appeared to have the proper federal stamp, but continued to investigate to ensure everything was in order.If police investigators believe everything checks out, it may limit the RCMP’s involvement, leaving the Alberta agency to pursue the case.Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission agents seized the 14 million cigarettes Jan. 5 in a raid conducted with the RCMP.Authorities were tipped to the cigarette’s existence after police were called on Jan. 3 following a break-in and theft of over two dozen cases from the Quonset holding the product.The raid also triggered major political upheaval on the First Nation, which sits about 90 kilometres south of Edmonton and is one of four First Nations in Hobbema, Alta.The fate of band Chief Carolyn Buffalo and Coun. Len Standinontheroad, who were involved in the arrangement to bring the cigarettes to the community, remains unclear.Another heated band meeting was held Friday in the community to again discuss the future of the two band politicians.Buffalo and Standingontheroad were initially suspended after the raid. During a press conference Thursday, Buffalo claimed she was still the chief.Coun. Brad Rabbit, who said he was the acting chief, told APTN National News Friday that Buffalo and Standingontheroad were still suspended.He said Buffalo was not authorized by the band council to hold the press conference, which was also attended by the president of Rainbow Tobacco Robbie Dickson.New details have since emerged of the ambitious scope of Rainbow Tobacco’s plan to corner the on-reserve tobacco market in three Western provinces with Montana First Nation acting as the main distribution point.Kahnawake newspaper, The Eastern Door, reported Friday that Rainbow Tobacco had managed to finalize a deal two years in the making to replace all other tobacco brands on the shelves of on-reserve stores across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.“The Montana First Nation would have been the distribution centre for Rainbow Tobacco to all of the reserves out West. The stores on those reserves were ready to take all other cigarettes off their shelves and only sell Rainbow products,” Dickson told the newspaper.Rainbow Tobacco chief financial officer Chad Rice told APTN National News that the company would go to court to get its seized cigarette’s back.Rainbow Tobacco believes provinces have no jurisdiction to interfere in nation to nation trade between First Nations communities, said Rice.Dickson told The Eastern Door that the Montana First Nation deal would have created 18 jobs in Kahnawake, which counts tobacco as its economic [email protected]last_img read more

World Indigenous Nations Games to hit central Alberta in July

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe second annual World Indigenous Nations Games is heading to Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton July 2-9 said 0rganizers at its official launch Monday in Enoch.So far 14 countries have registered to compete in the games, some of which include Panama, Finland, New Zealand, Uruguay and Russia.“I take full responsibility to work with our predecessors who blazed these trails for us to celebrate sport and culture on not just a national but an international level,” said Chief Billy Morin of Enoch.“We look forward to taking care of all Indigenous peoples of the world for that time that they’re here. They’re going to be our people. They’re going to be our brothers and sisters. We’re going to feed them, house them and make them feel comfortable.”Peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity is the theme for the games. Surrounding First Nations, the Metis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton and the University of Alberta will join Enoch to sponsor the event.“Our commitment to reconciliation goes beyond the walls of our institution,” said Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse on behalf of U of A. “We are very proud to contribute to the success of these games. We see these games as an opportunity to be a pillar of the lifting up of Indigenous people from around the world.”Over the course of eight days spectators will witness various sporting competition taking place in Enoch and Edmonton. Traditional games will also be featured where Indigenous peoples from Canada will showcase horse relays, lacrosse and Denesuline hand games.Founder and ambassador Dr. Wilton Littlechild said the games will showcase the strength and beauty of cultural diversity from around the globe.“Sport has the power to change lives,” said Littlechild. “We’ve gone through a very sad chapter in Canada where our cultures have been suppressed. We are calling on all governments to join us in leaving a positive legacy for all humanity.”The games are expecting up to 4,000 athletes and participants with registration from at least 30 countries. A budget of $25 million is the goal with fundraising efforts still in motion.Organizers welcome volunteers to submit an application on its website at www.wingames2017.comThe event is designed to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 140th anniversary of Treaty [email protected]last_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family fun event that raises money for the less fortunate in our community.With the holiday season fast approaching, Community Bridge would like to send out a reminder to mark February 23rd, 2019 in your calendars to participate and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser. Registration for the walk is $25 which includes an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, delicious chilli dinner donated by the NLC and more great prizes donated by local companies. Walkers can choose to fundraise for the entry to the event in exchange for the $25 entry.The walk starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  This year goal is to raise $25,000. Over the past two years, Community Bridge has raised $40,000. These monies continue to help provide high quality, accessible, inclusive, and flexible services for the needy in the Peace Region. To Visit the Official Page CLICK HERE This Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs, to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.Community Bridge is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Walkers can choose to be solo or join a team! Dressing up is welcomed and encouraged, just remember, Its Cold Out There!last_img read more

STARS Air Ambulance seeking support to renew helicopter fleet

first_imgAccording to Robertson, following the assessment, STARS made the decision to replace the entire fleet by 2022.Robertson says the process of renewing the fleet will be a combination of government contributions, selling the old fleet, and starting a capital campaign. The target of the campaign is $4 million for the Grande Prairie base, with Shell Canada already donating $500,000.Currently, STARS operates an Airbus BK117 helicopter which will be replaced by an Airbus H145 helicopter.STARS is an organization funded by individual donors, service groups, corporate donors and government contributions which provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients across Western Canada.For more information on STARS and to make a donation, you can visit stars.ca. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – STARS Air Ambulance is seeking support to renew its aging helicopter fleet.STARS President and CEO, Andrea Robertson, says they are using the same helicopter fleet since starting operations in 1985 and launched an independent assessment to start looking at renewing the fleet.“We started STARS in 1985, and as it turns out, we’ve been flying the same aircraft for that entire period of time. We knew they were getting old, so we got some independent assessments done, which told us they are pretty much getting to be at end of life.”last_img read more

ExBuckeye kicking away with Crew

Eric Brunner knows how to perform well for his team, past and present. Just two years ago, the starting Columbus Crew defender was leading the Ohio State men’s soccer team to the 2007 NCAA College Cup National Championship and its winningest season in program history as a senior team captain. Today, the native of Dublin, Ohio prepares with the rest of the black and gold for the CONCACAF Champions League matchup vs. Saprissa of Costa Rica in an 8 p.m. kickoff at Crew Stadium. A Crew victory will advance the team through group play into the quarterfinals of the International Championship League. Between the Champions League and MLS play, the Crew is in the process of completing seven matches in 21 days, and Brunner has done his part. Last Saturday, in MLS play, Columbus (12-4-10) defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, in front of a sell-out crowd to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference and continue its MLS-record home unbeaten streak to 24 matches. En route to the Crew’s eighth shutout of the season, in the 59th minute, Brunner blasted an 80-yard ball down the left side where forward Emilio Renteria ran onto the pass and headed into the penalty area to set up the final goal of the match. “They’re a really good team,” Brunner, who has started 20 games for the Crew in 2009, said. “They’ve had some great results this year and only lost a handful of games this season and we knew they were going to come in tough. We just wanted to out-work them and let the ball do the work on a fast pitch.” Winning matches with a complete team effort has been the name of the game for the defending MLS champions. Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha’s plan coming into the final month of regular-season play is making sure his players are well rested and ready to compete when their numbers are called. “We have a very important game against Saprissa,” Warzycha said. “We don’t have a reserve on the team. Everybody here on this club is contributing. We have a very deep squad. I can go with any player and as long as we are playing as a team, we can be very successful.” This game is crucial for both teams. In the Champions League standings in Group C, the Crew (2-2-0) sits in second with six points, while Saprissa (1-2-1) follows in third with four points. Earlier this month, on Sept. 16, the Crew defeated Saprissa on the road 1-0, and look forward to continued success against its group opponent. The 23-year-old Brunner, a former first-team All-Big Ten and NSCAA first-team All-American with the Buckeyes, will consistently have an impact stopping opposing forwards, and as shown over the weekend can make game-changing plays for the offense. The Crew returns to MLS play 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Seattle Sounders FC at Crew Stadium to complete a four-match home swing. read more

Oftoverlooked Lauderdale a driving force for Buckeye offense

Playing in a rotation alongside three of the top 35 scorers in school history and three players who have won a combined 10 Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season, it can be easy to overlook what Ohio State senior center Dallas Lauderdale can bring to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. But there was Lauderdale, fresh off playing just nine and seven minutes in the Buckeyes’ past two games, respectively, jump-starting OSU’s offense in the opening moments of the Buckeyes’ 70-48 win against Iowa on Wednesday. After committing a turnover on OSU’s opening possession, the senior from Solon, Ohio, bounced back with a pair of dunks on the Buckeyes’ following two possessions, giving OSU a 4-0 lead in the process. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said it would be easy to forget about Lauderdale when faced with the talent that the OSU roster possesses. “They run their plays for everybody else, but he scores as a byproduct of so much other offensive talent and the fact that we were having trouble guarding those guys,” McCaffery said. “That’s how he hurts you. He hurts you with blocked shots. He hurts with his physical presence and rebounding. And then he hurts you when he hides around the basket and catches and dunks. It wasn’t like they were going to him.” OSU senior guard David Lighty credited Lauderdale’s quick start — on both ends of the floor — as a reason for the Buckeyes’ 22-point victory. “That gave us a big lift. I mean, he’s our key guy in the middle, especially on the defensive end,” Lighty said. “Him coming in and rebounding and getting easy buckets and holding down the paint for us in the middle is something that pretty much got us all started. It’s probably why we all played great defense today.” Playing 14 minutes Wednesday, the most he’s played since Jan. 4, Lauderdale scored nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, grabbed two rebounds and blocked one shot. Lauderdale’s nine points pushed his career scoring total to 508 points. On one particular sequence early in the second half, Lauderdale showcased his value to the Buckeyes as he blocked a shot out of bounds, contested a missed 3-point attempt and finished with a dunk on the other end of the court, stretching the OSU lead to 47-25. Despite Lauderdale’s playing time being decreased by an average of more than six minutes per game this season, OSU coach Thad Matta said the Buckeyes will continue to rely on Lauderdale as they enter the heart of Big Ten play. “Defensively, to start the game, he was as good as he’s ever been just with his energy and his movement and that sort of thing,” Matta said. “That’s the level we need him at.” read more