‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Blackwater gunslinger took a more active role in offense and led the Elite to their first franchise victory over the KaTropa, 104-98, in overtime in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night.“I’m focusing more on leading this team to develop good decision-making,” said Maliksi, after knocking down nine of his game high 28 points in extra time, including a turnaround jumper over Terrence Romeo that sealed the outcome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alaska opened its campaign in this tournament with style, hammering out an 80-72 victory over Meralco in the other match.Import Mike Harris had 23 points as the Aces pinned a second straight loss on the Bolts. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Maliksi credited Blackwater import Henry Walker for encouraging him to take a new approach on the floor.“He keeps on telling me to be aggressive and play my game,” Maliksi said.The former FEU frontline duo of Mac Belo and Raymar Jose were also instrumental late in the fourth while guards Mike DiGregorio and Mike Cortez had their share of brilliance along with Nards Pinto, who drilled a three for an eight-point Elite cushion late in overtime.The victory was the result of Blackwater’s stints in tournaments in Indonesia, where they won a championship, and Macau prior to the conference.“Those trips to Indonesia and Macau really helped a lot to develop our chemistry,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos, tears rolling down his cheeks.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gao, Saso find their groove, move within striking distance of a medal finish TNT coach Nash Racela kept a list of Blackwater players marked as dangerous and highlighted on that piece of paper was Allein Maliksi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “These are tears of joy. We really sacrificed a lot.”The Elite are coming off a dismal 1-10 record in the Philippine Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
“I was hungry so I pick up the money to buy things to eat. I took the money and buy two-piece chicken for both of us because is six years we living together,” were the words of 40-year-old Leah Cadogan of John Street, Lodge, Georgetown, who was slapped with two simple larceny charges.The first charge stated that on July 8, 2019, at 36 John Street, Lodge, Georgetown, she stole $10,000 cash from Angelo Lupe, her spouse.It was further alleged that on July 16, at 36 John Street, Lodge, Georgetown, she stole one phone valued $25,000, property of Angelo Lupe.The woman pleaded guilty with an explanation to the first charge and denied the latter charge. The unrepresented woman in her explanation stated that she was hungry and as such, she collected the money to purchase food.The woman said in relation to the phone, “He get three phones and the day he forgets his phone home and while I was taking it to him, somebody robbed me. The person took away his phone and my iPhone also”.After listening to the woman, the presiding Magistrateenquired if the VC would like to proceed with the matters but he responded in the negative and told the court that he would like for his spouse to stop “smoking” and get the necessary help.The woman, upon hearing that, stated “smoking does make me feel happy because this man and his family does stress me out. When I ready to stop smoke, I will. I don’t want no one making that decision for me.”When asked by the Magistrate if she works, the teary woman stated “I am a cosmetologist but nobody ain’t want hire me. I does go and wash for some people every two weeks and they does pay me.”Magistrate Daly dismissed the matters against the woman and ordered that she undergo counselling.
The BBC News published a male-bashing article by Baroness Susan Greenfield, Director of The Royal Institution, on March 29. It must have created a stir, because the next day, Prof. Steve Jones of University College, London, tried to restore the male ego. This was apparently a two-part documentary exploring what would happen “If women ruled the world.” Greenfield had alleged that women will outperform men in 20 years, no longer have need of male muscle power, and have lots of alternative methods for bearing and raising children. Her dismissal of men was just slightly less than total: “More probably, it is not so much that men could be extinct, as opposed to our family lives changing dramatically,” she said. They might be useful to keep around as historical curiosities. Jones responded with an article illustrated with a superman cartoon. The caption read, “Superhero or zero? Professor Jones says men are indispensable.” His point, however, reeks of Darwinian kryptonite and seems unlikely to make his buddies feel able to leap tall buildings in a single bound: In fact the question of males raises not one, but many biological issues: the origin of sex, of distinct sexes, of why there are only two sexes rather than dozens. And how is that pastime maintained, given that it is so expensive? A woman, it seems, could much increase the rate at which she copies her own genes if she avoided having them diluted by those of a man. Yes, men are a complicated lot, and there’s a lot we do not know. As we look through the living world, one thing is clear: it is very hard to get rid of them.The best justification Jones seems to come up with for being male is that men enable the human race to shuffle the genetic cards. Organisms without both sexes seem to come to an evolutionary dead end, he claims. So since women can’t get rid of the louts, they might as well tolerate them.If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you …Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son.— Rudyard KiplingThese BBC articles would make Dr. Dobson hopping mad. And they should make any red-blooded man or woman upset. This is really ugly. It illustrates the utter devastation Darwinian thinking has foisted on our culture. Greenfield’s comments disparage the Royal Institution, which was brought to its pinnacle of prestige by an unselfish, honorable, God-fearing, hard-working man: Michael Faraday. Male chauvinism is wrong, but so is female chauvinism – what’s bad for the gander is bad for the goose. Neither of these articles has restored any dignity to men or women. Darwinism has reduced males and females to gene-propagating commodities. Carl Sagan expressed the Darwinian view of humanity in black ink:In a very real sense human beings are machines constructed by the nucleic acids to arrange for the efficient replication of more nucleic acids. In a sense our strongest urges, noblest enterprises, most compelling necessities, and apparent free wills are all an expression of the information coded in the genetic material: We are, in a way, temporary ambulatory repositories for our nucleic acids. This does not deny our humanity. It does not prevent us from pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful. But it would be a great mistake to ignore where we have come from in our attempt to determine where we are going.The Cosmic Connection (Dell 1960), p. 6.Talk about schizophrenia; he just denied our humanity and then said it does not deny our humanity. He used his free will to deny that we have free will. He left “the good, the true, and the beautiful” as undefined terms, and reduced our noblest enterprises to the action of selfish genes. This is the legacy of Darwinism, of which Sagan was one of the staunchest evangelists. It leaves humanity as nothing more than gene-replicating machines accidentally emerging from nothingness and headed nowhere. How can machines “attempt to determine where we are going”? Want to know where we are going if Darwinism is true? To the grave, where consciousness and intelligence and noble enterprises are extinguished, returning to the nothingness from which they emerged. Had enough? Good. Forget Sagan’s cynical and depressing view, because he contradicted himself. The only way he could make his point was to cheat: he borrowed words from a Christian vocabulary (good, true, beautiful, noble, information, free will, etc.). Thus, he shot his straw man in the foot. If he really believed what he was saying, he would cry “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” in despair. He would realize that his own noble enterprises, whether writing books, exploring Mars or appearing on the Johnny Carson show, were all emptiness and striving after wind. He would just have sex (to help out the selfish genes) and then die. And forget the BBC’s rant against maleness, which would have even robbed him of the joy of sex. Forget, too, Jones’ wimpy comeback. All these ideas are worthless, built on a foundation of Darwinian shifting sand. Darwinians cannot answer any of the questions they raised: the origin of sex, of distinct sexes, of why there are only two sexes rather than dozens, and why sex persists when it is so expensive (see 04/14/2003 headline, for example). Sex and gender roles are incomprehensible to a Darwinian, because they have no solid foundation for ultimate meaning. Here’s the first step for restoring your worth as a real man, or a real woman: keep your head, like Kipling warned. Don’t fall for Darwinian propaganda. It’s contradictory, unsupported by evidence, and leads to despair. You have a soul, brother; you have a soul, sister; and being a man or woman is all about soul. Souls did not evolve. To the degree Darwinism degrades humanity, the Bible restores it, and then some! God Himself took our physical bodies He had formed by His intelligent design, and breathed into them the breath of life, and we became living souls. Human beings, both male and female, were inscribed with the image of God, unlike anything else He had made. Your purpose is not just to pass on your genes and die. You have worth as an individual. You are responsible as an individual for what you do with your life. You, as an individual, will face the judgment of your Maker. Physically, God made men and women to need and desire one another. All higher animals propagate by sexual reproduction, but with humankind, God instituted the family as a means of passing on His commandments to future generations, and gave sexual reproduction a spiritual and emotional meaning beyond mere procreation, as a picture of love – something animals, without God’s image, cannot experience. He assigned roles to men and women appropriate to our natures. But spiritually, He made us much more than mere sexual dimorphisms of an animal species. Because of His image we bear, we have minds, and language, and the possibility of meaningful relationships. We can think, reason, speak, write, communicate, and love. His two great commandments are for men and women: to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. As His creations made in His image, we are going to live forever. Eternity will be either with or without our Creator, depending on our response to His call. By default it will be without Him, because we have all sinned. But because the Lord loved us, He offered His Son as a sacrifice to redeem us from our sins. This is the good news of the Word of God to us: He offers us reconciliation, without penalty, as a gift. You can receive this gift by turning from your sin and placing your trust, your empty hands of faith, into his strong hand of salvation. That can be the start of a new life, a new relationship with your Maker. Just how great His love to us was only hinted at in the recent blockbuster movie The Passion of the Christ. The movie quoted Jesus’ proverb and promise from John 15, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” The remembrance of that passion of Christ, and the subsequent glorious resurrection, is approaching. The contrast between the two world views – the dismal, meaningless, gene-propagating Darwinian world expressed by Sagan and the BBC articles, and the rich relationship between men, women and a heavenly Father taught in the Word of God – could hardly be more stark. One leads to death, one to life. So choose life: won’t you repent of your sin, and receive Him today? Then you can find fulfillment and abundant life as a man or woman of God.Homework: Watch The Passion of the Christ, then come home and read how it was prophesied 700 years before it happened by Isaiah (read Isaiah 52-54, esp. ch. 53). Then read Jesus’ explanation of why He came and the importance of being born again by believing (trusting) in Him, in John ch. 3. To take your belief to the point of commitment, read the Apostle Paul’s instructions in Romans 10. Then for a real encouragement, and in preparation for Easter, read what is in store for those who trust in Christ by reading I Corinthians 15, the great “resurrection” chapter of the Bible. When you get to the last verse, you will see why pursuing the good, the true, and the beautiful, is indeed a noble enterprise for the redeemed: whether man or woman, boy or girl.If you have any questions understanding these things, write here.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
President of the Republic of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World conference hosted by South Africa “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World provides a guide and compass to the future, as it enables us to navigate a new bright and brave world that many countries are traversing. The deliberations that will take place here concern the economies and societies of tomorrow that we are building today,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa at the official opening ceremony of the ITU Telecom World Conference 2018.Hosted by South Africa at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, from 10-13 September 2018 the ITU Telecom World under the theme “Innovation for a Smarter Digital Development” the annual exhibition and forum organised by the ITU aims to deliver economic development and foster social good through its exhibition for digital solutions, and forum for sharing knowledge and networking.President Ramaphosa adds that it is a great privilege and honour for the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent. “This is a gathering of people who are involved in one of the most important sectors of various economies in the world. It is through bodies like the ITU that a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainable and development can be crafted. We have the means and responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the advancement of a better life for all the people of the world.“It is therefore our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world and its economies. It must contribute in overcoming some of the challenges that the world faces today which include unemployment, inequality and poverty. It must also bridge the digital divide and not widen it. And as such, as we develop technologies we must bear in mind that these technologies must not be the preserve of elite areas, but must be technologies that can be utilised by all,” said President Ramaphosa yesterday.Secretary-General of the ITU which is the United Nations agency for information and ICT, Mr Houlin Zhao paid tribute to the late statesman, former President Nelson Mandela. Mandela who in 1995, as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition (ITU event) in Geneva and led South Africa’s participation at the global ICT event as a full member of the ITU, post-apartheid.“I wish to pay my respect to Mr Nelson Mandela, a global icon, a son of the African soil and a strong supporter of ITU. He reminded us that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have the potential to solve many of the critical challenges facing society. Mr Mandela once said that ICT is one of the most powerful tools for human progress.“ITU is honoured and proud today to bring one of its flagship events to a continent on the cusp of a new digital era. Over the next four days we are going to have the opportunity to put investment, innovation and inclusivity in the spotlight. These areas are critical to bridging the digital divide and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Let us use ITU Telecom World conference for smart digital development, let us all work together to ensure a smart and inclusive digital future for all — for Africa and for our world,” said Zhao in his address at the opening ceremony.The ITU and the Telecom World Exhibition and Forum supports the African Union Agenda 2063 call to support Africa‘s accelerated growth, technological transformation, and for the attainment of a well-developed ICT and digital economy. This goal, is aligned to South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 of transforming South Africa into an inclusive and innovative digital and knowledge society, through the promotion of leadership and partnership to tackle the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.President Ramaphosa stressed the important role of women, young people and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in driving the agenda for technological advancements. “We need to use the three pillars to enable technological advancement to gain traction and if we are talking about the 4th industrial revolution – we need to ensure that it is supported by these three pillars.“As our economies become increasingly dependent on ICT it is critical that government work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations. It is equally critical that we develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities we are expected to serve. Let us be guided by the vision that Nelson Mandela had – of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by tech but also by a common humanity,” concluded President Ramaphosa.It is anticipated that there will be significant and long term multiplier effects from hosting the event, in sectors such as tourism and the hospitality industries, as well as for a number of export products. Immediate economic benefits could amount to approximately R60 million in the area of accommodation for the host city, and approximately R80 million to the industry on exhibition and local procurement, in addition to the direct benefits to the venue.– Tsabeng NthiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
A third year resident doctor of Ahmedabad civil hospital attempted suicide, alleging caste discrimination. M.. Mariraj, a native of Tamil Nadu, and currently a resident doctor studying general surgery in Civil Hospital and Medical College, attempted suicide by consuming sleeping tablets following a spat with some staff members in Operation Theatre (OT).The civil hospital authorities have dismissed his allegations and said he had threatened the administration of extreme step in the past also.“His all allegations are baseless. In fact, his Head of Department himself is from the SC community so there is no question of any caste discrimination,” Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr M.M. Prabhakar said.The hospital’s post graduate course director Dr Hansa Goswami also dismissed the allegations and held that “there has been some issue with this particular student.” In the past also, he made allegations and a committee was also formed to look into his issues, she said.According to sources, the student sometimes got stressed because of language issues as he does not understand both Gujarati and Hindi while majority of people in the hospital use these two languages.“We have taken his compliant seeking to file atrocity case against two persons Dr Neel Patel and Dr Utkarsh Shah,” a police official from Zone 4 said, adding the victim has stated in his complaint that he was not allowed to perform individual surgery and faced caste-based discrimination from people belonging to the upper castes.