Warriors fans should start getting familiar with those names now, because after Stephen Curry broke his left hand in the Warriors’ latest embarrassing loss Wednesday, the path forward for this team is clear:Pack it up. It’s time to tank.Injury to insult. pic.twitter.com/o9U9IEehqF— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dieter) October 31, 2019 Curry’s … SAN FRANCISCO — You probably have heard of LaMelo Ball.But do you know who Anthony Edwards is?What about James Wiseman? Cole Anthony?
Mark 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0
Queen Elizabeth II and South African President Jacob Zuma ride in the royal carrage to Buckingham Palace in the UK in early March. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent Magwenya Presidential spokesperson +27 72 715 0024 RELATED ARTICLES • Gallery: Zuma’s UK state visit• Zuma speech in UK Parliament• SA to strengthen ties with Britain• UK pupils learn SA languages• Drawing expats back to SAOnly two of the statues outside Westminster are not of British leaders, and both are South African. After President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK, John Battersby reflects on the long and deep relationship between the two countries.I was often asked in the long run-up to President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the UK: what is the purpose of a state visit?It is a fair question.The amount of preparation and coordination that goes into a state visit is mind-boggling. It involves hundreds of people working continually for three months. It is expensive and time-consuming. And there are no immediate outcomes.Consolidating relationshipsA state visit is a time for consolidating the long-term relationship between two countries and reflecting on what has been achieved and what can be achieved in the future through deeper collaboration, partnership and mutual support.It brings a sense of perspective.As Zuma noted in his closing speech on 5 March to an audience of British investors in the City of London’s Drapers Hall, the state visit would take relations between the countries to a new level.The fact that the president was accompanied by 12 cabinet ministers and a 200-strong contingent of South African businesspeople was in itself a powerful statement about the importance South Africa attaches to its relationship with the United Kingdom.One could not but be deeply moved by the extraordinary hospitality which the British extended to Zuma and his entourage.From the impressive display of pomp and pageantry at the Royal Horse Guards, the ride in the carriage with the Queen, the dazzling state banquet at Buckingham Palace, the white-tie banquet for 700 people hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, to the address in the Royal Robing Room at Westminster, it was an awesome spectacle.Culture, tradition and history come to the fore in a state visit and, as a proud South African and a proud Zulu, no-one was more aware of this than Zuma, attired in his white bow-tie, white waistcoat and black jacket with tails.As the trumpets sounded forth from either end of the historic Guildhall and the Lord Mayor’s guests engaged in the traditional slow-clapping, the mundane nature of government was transcended by a mutual celebration of the enduring relationship between the two countries and the peaks of their national achievements over the past century.A seminal year for South AfricaIt was the third state visit since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994: first President Nelson Mandela in 1996, President Thabo Mbeki in 2001 and now President Jacob Zuma in 2010, a seminal year for South Africa as host of the 2010 World Cup.And it marked the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, the 49th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of South Africa in 1961 and the 98th anniversary of the Africa National Congress, which was founded in response to the exclusion of Africans from the Union Parliament in 1910.It is also the 16th year since the establishment of democracy in South Africa in 1994, which marked the final step on the path to nationhood after 358 years of colonial rule, the last 40 years under the notorious apartheid regime which brought the country to the brink of an apocalyptic civil war.Zuma thanked the British people for their prominent role in hastening the end of apartheid through their active participation in the anti-apartheid movement and in providing support to the victims of apartheid.He underscored the importance of Britain as a trade and investment partner and stressed the need to develop and expand partnerships to ensure further knowledge exchange, mentoring and training.Zuma stressed that expanded collaboration was necessary to meeting the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment and to address the government’s five priority objectives: upgrading the health and education sectors, job creation, fighting crime and addressing rural poverty and land reform.An extraordinary royal relationshipSouth Africa already benefits from bilateral relationships with some of Britain’s most influential institutions, including the Royal Society and the Royal Institution of Science, the British Museum, the Royal Africa Society, the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the Royal Institute of British Architects, as well as many of the country’s leading universities.On the British side, the continuity of the extraordinary relationship between Britain and South Africa is embodied by the reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have paid two state visits to South Africa: in 1995 during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela and then again in 1999 when President Mbeki became head of state.The Queen’s relationship with South Africa spans more than six decades beginning with her official visit as Princess Elizabeth with her parents, the King and Queen, in 1947 which lasted three months and included Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) and Botswana (then Bechuanaland).The Queen’s personal collection of letters, photographs and memorabilia from that trip – and the subsequent state visits – were on display at Buckingham Palace for the South African delegation and invited guests to view.It was clear from the display that her visit to South Africa was one the highpoints of her youth. She celebrated her 21st birthday during the visit. Five years later, in 1952, her father died and she was crowned as Queen of the United Kingdom at the tender age of 25.Among the letters were those between her and General Jan Smuts, who was Prime Minister at the time. It was the year before the National Party came to power in 1948, which ushered in a dark period in relations between South Africa and the UK.But the monarch’s relationship with Smuts, and later with Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma, has served as an arch of continuity which has preserved the growing and valuable trade, investment, cultural and historic relationship between the two countries.As Zuma observed in his address to Westminster, nowhere is that relationship more powerfully symbolised than in Parliament Square, adjoining the Palace of Westminster, where the statues of British prime ministers spanning more than a century stand.There are only two statues of leaders who are not British and they are both South Africans: Jan Smuts and Nelson Mandela, the only leader whose statue was erected in his own lifetime. John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. He is a former bureau chief of the South African morning group office in London and was editor of The Sunday Independent from 1996 to 2001.
A group of 131 academics, intellectuals, professionals and civil society leaders in Assam have sought rescheduling of hearings for National Register of Citizens applicants who have been issued notices to have their citizenship documents re-verified within a very short time.In an appeal to the Supreme Court, which has been monitoring the NRC updating exercise, the 131 signatories said the “sudden, suspicious and mischievous” notices have created panic among a section of the people who were included in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.“The people of Assam have been supporting the NRC updating process and participating in the hearings and verifications, sometimes even by paying huge costs in terms of time, energy and financial resources. Nevertheless, they are ready to go through any verification whenever required for the greater interest of an error-free and just NRC,” said the appeal to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi submitted to the court’s Registrar on Tuesday.‘Panicky situation’“However, we would like to draw your kind attention regarding the panicky situation created by suspicious and mischievous notices served to NRC applicants for reverification by the NRC authority in Assam. Now notices are being served to people and they are asked to go in far-flung areas with a short notice of one or two days,” the appeal reads.Also Read Protest against NRC reverification notices “The people of Assam in general and people living in riverine areas in particular have experienced one of the worst floods in recent years. They are struggling to cope with the losses and many of them are still living in temporary relief camps. Under such circumstances, if these people are asked to attend the NRC hearing giving them just one or two days and summoned to 500-600 km away from their homes, there is little doubt that a large number of them wouldn’t be able to attend the hearings,” the signatories said.‘At least a week’They asked the court to direct the NRC authority to reschedule the hearing either within the district or within adjoining districts and provide at least a week’s time so that the applicants could attend the hearing and complete the process within the August 31 deadline.“Kindly direct the NRC authority to make the notice available on the Internet along with the physical serving so that people living in other States can also access the same and attend the hearing accordingly,” the signatories said, also seeking instruction to the district administration to provide basic transport facilities in the greater interest of an error-free and fair NRC.