Public Not Patronizing Evolution-Based IMAX Films

first_imgMark Looy at Answers in Genesis comments on reports that some IMAX movie theaters are dropping evolution-based films because the public is taking offense at them.  Looy denies that “religious fundamentalists” or creation organizations are putting any pressure on the theaters.  He claims this is just an informal grass-roots response by viewers who are becoming increasingly aware of the controversy over evolution.Update 03/29/2005: Alan Leshner, AAAS president, wrote his colleagues expressing “strong concerns” over this trend, reports EurekAlert.  “The desire not to antagonize audiences and to avoid negative business outcomes is entirely understandable.” he conceded.  “Yet, the suppression of scientifically accurate information as a response to those with differing perspectives is inappropriate and threatens both the integrity of science and the broader public education to which we all are committed.”  He applauded the Forth Worth theater that reversed its decision to withdraw the film “Volcanoes of the Deep Sea.”What if they threw a Darwin Party and nobody came?  The Darwinists must be running scared if their traditional propaganda markets are drying up.  They can’t force people to buy IMAX tickets, and no amount of big-budget special effects can compensate for distasteful ideas.  Nobody desires the suppression of “scientifically accurate information,” Dr. Leshner; that’s what this controversy is all about.  The public doesn’t like indoctrination into evolutionary just-so stories presented as if they were facts.    Here’s the solution: make films with debate instead of indoctrination.  People like a good fight.  The creation side typically gives the best evolutionary arguments and then rebuts them.  Darwinists, even if they mention any controversy at all, either dispute other committed evolutionists, or set up straw men or red herrings without really dealing seriously with the main issues.    Here’s another suggestion for IMAX theater managers.  Want to pack the places out?  Commission IMAX versions of the films Unlocking the Mystery of Life and The Privileged Planet.  Based on the track records of these films, you would probably attract busloads of interested people, who would come back with all their friends.  Even more would come just to find out what the commotion is about as a few Darwinists picket outside, chanting Evolution is a fact, read this place the riot act; ask me how I know it’s true, teacher said design’s taboo.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

AU stands by Zimbabwe

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneLeaders of the African Union (AU) are optimistic that a lasting solution to Zimbabwe’s debilitating crisis can still be found without tougher action taken against President Robert Mugabe.On 9 December 2008 Salva Rweyemamu, the spokesperson for the chairperson of the AU and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said, “Only dialogue between the Zimbabwean parties, supported by the AU and other regional actors, can restore peace and stability to that country.”Rweyemamu said that the forceful removal of Mugabe, as suggested by prominent figures including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and South Africa’s Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, were not options.“We have a serious humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. We have cholera. Do they think that we can eradicate cholera with guns?” he said.Mugabe called to step downThe stance taken by the AU to stand by Mugabe comes as world leaders call for the insistent leader to relinquish his power.On 9 December, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan made an urgent call to world leaders to help in finding a new, long-term and coherent approach to the Zimbabwe crisis.Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, Annan said the collapse of Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector meant that the country will no longer be able to feed its own people, let alone export food to neighbouring countries.The Clingendael Institute of International Relations acts as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy, which identifies and analyses emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public.To date, five million malnourished Zimbabweans are in urgently need of food aid.Further afield world leaders are also increasing the pressure on Mugabe to step down, amidst fears that the country has finally reached the brink of collapse.European Union leaders announced on 8 December that they are widening sanctions against the Southern African country’s government, adding the names of 11 high ranking Zimbabwean officials to a list of people banned from entering Europe.British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the new names are “middle-ranking members of the regime” and were added to 168 already on the persona non grata list.This list also includes Mugabe and his wife Grace.The world leaders are stepping up their efforts of dethroning Mugabe as the country battles its worst cholera outbreak, critical food shortages, a struggling economy and political instability.During a press conference, France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who chaired the EU ministerial meeting at which the decision to tighten the screws on Zimbabwe was announced, said that further sanctions could be imposed depending on how events played out in Zimbabwe.Kouchner also said EU ministers had called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to tackle the outbreak of cholera, which has claimed hundreds of lives, pointing out that it is one of the communicable diseases which require international intervention.Speaking from Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, “President Mugabe must go,” also adding that the time for negotiations was over.“There comes a time when a dictator does not want to hear, does not want to understand, and so my understanding is that heads of states and governments must end discussions.”Zimbabwe’s strongest foreign ally China, has also voiced its concern, “We sincerely hope that all concerned parties in Zimbabwe will truly focus on the interests of the country and its people and soon form a government of national unity,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao, speaking from Beijing.Meanwhile in South Africa, ANC President Jacob Zuma said that he still supported the negotiation process started by former President Thabo Mbeki.Speaking during a meeting with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Zuma said that even as the political negotiations continue, swift action was needed to meet the immediate needs of the people of Zimbabwe.“We need some swift action to deal with the situation in Zimbabwe. We fully support Mbeki’s mediation efforts and we urge the Zimbabwe leadership to act and … pave the way for a unity government.”Zim authorities defend sovereigntyThe widespread call for an immediate resolution to Zimabwe’s problems has however not alarmed President Mugabe, who, through his spokesperson George Charamba, said the West was using the cholera outbreak to sabotage his leadership.“The British and the Americans are dead set on bringing Zimbabwe back to the U.N. Security Council. They are also dead set on ensuring that there is an invasion of Zimbabwe but without themselves carrying it out.”Charamba also criticised British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s comments that a “command and control structure” in Zimbabwe needed to be set up.“It is clear the command centre which Brown is referring to has nothing to do with cholera. It has everything to do with the running dispute between Zimbabwe and Britain over land.”“It has to do with regime change politics. He is asking for an invasion of Zimbabwe,” he added.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the cholera death toll now stood at 589 with the number of reported cases now standing at 13 960.The WHO speculates that up to 60 000 people could contract cholera if the epidemic continues to spiral out of control.The disease is preventable and treatable under normal circumstances, but with Zimbabwe’s health sector in near collapse, it has been difficult to successfully manage the outbreak.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Useful linksThe Zimbabwe SituationZimbabwe governmentWorld Health OrganisationAfrican UnionEuropean Unionlast_img read more

Video Editing Quick Tip: Dynamic Trimming in Premiere Pro

first_imgThis quick tutorial covering dynamic trimming in Premiere Pro will help you achieve more precise playback while editing in the timeline.Top image via ShutterstockOne of the most frustrating aspects of video editing is noticing a mistake (or finding something specific you want to examine) in the middle of your timeline. Controlling playback dynamically as you cut is a great skill set to add to your Premiere Pro arsenal.Step 1: Play AroundFirst you want to hit the Play Around option (or Shift+K). This takes you back a few seconds.To change that number of seconds, choose Premiere Pro CC > Preferences > Playback. If you’re working on a PC: Edit > Preferences > Playback and then edit the amount of time under PreRoll and PostRoll. Just remember — Shift+KStep 2: LoopingAfter you’ve figured out what Play Around does, you can loop this action by going to the Wrench Tool on the program monitor and picking Loop.Hitting Shift+K now will take you back a few seconds, play through to a couple of seconds after, and then loop back around and play it again. This saves you from having to manually go back to where you want to begin your edit.Step 3: TrimmingFirst, hit the shortcut T to highlight the cut you want to play with, then hit Option+Left Arrow or Option+Right Arrow. If you’re working on a PC, Alt+Right Arrow or Alt+Left Arrow.This shifts the point where your Play Around starts and moves the cut backwards. This is perfect for trimming your clip frame by frame to exactly the right moment.Another helpful hint: Option+Shift+Left Arrow. This moves it back five frames at a time. For additional tips/tricks/techniques, check out the Premiere Pro section of the PremiumBeat blog!Have you made use of dynamic trimming in the past? Know of any other quick editing tips? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Officer who probed Sohrabuddin case seeks voluntary retirement

first_imgGujarat-cadre IPS officer Rajnish Rai, who had probed the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case and arrested three senior police officers — Rajkumar Pandian, D.G. Vanjara and Dinesh M.N. in 2007 — has reportedly sought voluntary retirement from service.The 1992-batch IPS officer is currently on central deputation and is posted in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, at the Counter Insurgency and Anti-Terrorism School of the CRPF. According to sources, Mr. Rai has written to the Gujarat government seeking premature retirement from service. The State government has received his application but is yet to forward it to the Centre.He is the second IPS officer to opt for retirement after Rahul Sharma, who had probed the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. Both these officers were at loggerheads with the State BJP government owing to their investigations into the Sohrabuddin case and 2002 riots cases.Transferred frequentlyIn 2014, Mr. Rai was sent on central deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer to Uranium Corporation of India at Jaduguda, Jharkhand, where he had exposed alleged corruption and financial irregularities. He was then transferred to Assam as IG, CRPF. There also he had in a report alleged that two operatives of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (S) were gunned down in a staged shooting by the Army, the Assam Police, the Sashastra Seema Bal and the CRPF in Chirang district. Following his report, the Home Ministry had set up a panel to probe the allegations of extrajudicial killings.last_img read more

No positive dope test spells good news

first_imgWith almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine).Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games.He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games.Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.last_img read more

Ramil de Jesus frustrated with La Salle’s latest showing: You can’t blame mistakes on your opponents

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus wasn’t all too pleased with how his team performed against National University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT De Jesus, owner of all 11 of the Lady Spikers’ UAAP titles, was visibly frustrated during second set and only simmered down after the game when he began joking with his players.Despite that, he remained his tone of authority that the Lady Spikers know would bring forth some added training.READ: Michelle Cobb, La Salle thump AdamsonDe Jesus likened his players’ errors and lackluster performance to a basketball player shooting routine free throws.La Salle committed 25 errors, six less than what the Lady Bulldogs did, but those were still too many for De Jesus’ liking.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Lady Spikers were able to take the win in four sets, 25-10, 20-25, 27-25, 25-22, but De Jesus still ripped his players for their showing.De Jesus did not like how his team played one bit against the Lady Bulldogs and that the Lady Spikers should blame themselves, not their opponents, when they make a mistake.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesREAD: UAAP: La Salle survives NU to keep unbeaten record alive “I always tell my players that when you make a mistake, that’s on you,” said De Jesus in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. “You can’t blame it on the opponent. Once you leave the service line, everything falls on you.” LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “If there was something wrong, we’re the ones responsible for it and not our opponents. That’s where I got frustrated,” said De Jesus.“It’s just like free throws in basketball, you do it everyday so technically you’re all by yourself there since you’re the one taking it. If you make a shot then okay, what we did earlier were air balls and our shots didn’t even hit the rim.”La Salle did improve to a 3-0 record to retain its top spot in the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PBA: Columbian breaks out of slump, ekes out win over Meralco MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more