Honorio Banario determined to prove worth against ONE’s top lightweights

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Grizzlies acquire Justin Holiday from Bulls SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:43Honorio Banario inspired to get back on winning track in ONE Championship03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MANILA, Philippines—Honorio Banario is slowly making a name for himself in the lightweight division of ONE Championship and he’s taking every opportunity to put himself at the pedestal of that stacked division.ADVERTISEMENT The step-ladder tournament that features eight fighters will flesh out the contenders and the winner of the whole event will get a crack at the ONE World lightweight title.Banario (14-7) already tasted championship gold but his reign atop the 155-lb division lasted just around four months after he lost to Koji Oishi 1:45 into the second round of their May 2013 fight.“I plan to show that I am one of the best lightweights in the promotion, and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding our division because of the tournament,” said Banario. “And because there’s a new crop of athletes who joined ONE there’s a lot of pressure to perform.”A part of that group of newcomers to the promotion is former UFC World lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez who’s also in the Lightweight Grand Prix.“I would be happy to put on a show for the fans against anyone ONE puts me in the cage with,” said Banario. “It doesn’t’ matter, I am confident in myself and my team. Through hard work we will achieve great things.”ADVERTISEMENT As for a potential fight with Folayang, Banario said he’s not after his teammate and rather he’d like to challenge himself.“It is a great way to really see who is the best in the division, apart from my brother Eduard Folayang who’s the World champion,” said Banario. “I am definitely aiming to be the Grand Prix tournament champion. That’s my number one goal in 2019.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The promotion’s inaugural World featherweight division had a stellar record in his past seven fights going 6-1 with his lone loss against title contender Amir Khan back in September of 2018.Banario, however, ended his 2018 with a unanimous decision win over Rahul Raju on November 23 and he hopes to use that victory as a springboard to a prosperous showing in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I learned a lot in 2018 and I’m going to learn a lot more this 2019,” said Banario. “I think the biggest lesson for me is to continue to stay hungry to learn, and to achieve more.”Banario will compete against seven top lightweights in the division that is currently under the rule of Team Lakay teammate Eduard Folayang. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

GMSA presented measures to reduce taxation on small businesses

first_imgBudget 2019Some 50 measures were presented in the Budget 2019 by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) to assist small businesses with the hefty taxation costs which they face among other key challenges.This was shared by the President of the organisation, Shyam Nokta, during the presentation of the annual report for 2018, where he noted that specific measures were created for sectors under their association.Shyam Nokta“For Budget 2019, the GMSA advanced about 50 measures covering a range of areas from taxation, access to finance, public procurement, energy, standards and regulations among others. We also put forward very specific measures for sectors under the GMSA forestry and wood products, agro-processing, construction and engineering and services,” he said.According to Nokta, this is in keeping with their mandate to stimulate the economy and improving the manufacturing sector entirely. He is of the view that these points will prove to be of tremendous support. Taxation was reduced in some areas on some locally manufactured products.“We are of the firm belief that these measures, if implemented, could help stimulate the economy and help to boost manufacturing. Budget 2019 did contain provisions that can prove helpful for the manufacturing sector. The reduction of the manufacturing and non-commercial rate to 25 per cent reduction of income and corporate tax to 25 per cent on taxable profits and reduction in excise tax on indigenous wines and other locally manufactured beverages,” the GMSA President stated.However, one of the concerns shared related to the structure in which businesses are conducted, stating that the scheme has not been modified to make it easier for stakeholders.“These measures can prove to be helpful. However, the overall business environment and ease of doing business has not been significantly enhanced in recent years and this ultimately could have implications for all businesses.”On the Government’s end, consultations were extended on the Food Safety Bill along with a facelift to the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) and the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GAFDD).Weighing in on successes, Nokta stated that the Marketplace Uncapped was undoubtedly a hit in providing a medium for persons to showcase their products. Plans are on stream to make this event a regional awareness programme for 2019.“The uncapped initiative targeted small agro-processors and already, some have been benefit in having their products recognised at the national level and also being featured in local supermarkets while some have been able to secure lucrative regional and international markets. The uncapped initiative will soon be embarking on a nationwide public awareness programme to further promote and feature agro-processors and their products.”last_img read more

Get me Lucas! Mancini urges Inter to sign Liverpool ace

first_img1 Roberto Mancini is urging Inter Milan to sign Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva in January.The Brazilian has been linked with a New Year move to Serie A and Mancini, who returned to the San Siro last month for a second spell in charge, has revealed he would love to add the 27-year-old to his squad.“Lucas is a great player but he is a Liverpool player and it will be hard to get him,” Mancini said. “It certainly would be useful to us as he could help our youngsters grow.”Leiva is under contract with the Reds until June 2017. Lucas Leiva warms up ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal last_img

Best president for nation might not be dream date

first_imgIn 2004, it was all about blogs and online videos, particularly that one from the Swift-boat vets. But this time around, the technology hasn’t really leapt so much as slipped into something a little more comfortable. As such, 2008 may be remembered, at least to me, as of the year of online candidate dating. I’d like to take a strong stand here and say that I unequivocally will not vote for a candidate who has one of those staples of the members of Generation Text, the MySpace page. One has to have principles. But I can’t do that, otherwise I’d have no one left to vote for. Even crazy ol’ Ralph Nader has one, on which there is a startling amount of “friend comments” that include video or pictures of busty chests. Everyone’s hip to this revolution of the Internets nowadays, and its very inclusiveness brings me to this profound thought: Ew. There’s something sadly desperate about those vying to lead this once-great country pandering to youngsters who rarely vote by “speaking on their level” and getting all personal. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to know that Mitt Romney is a Pisces who likes to listen to Roy Orbison and Garth Brooks. Or that the slender Mike Huckabee plays the bass guitar to unwind, when he’s not catching up on “The Sopranos” season three or reading the Holy Bible. Or that two of Leo Barack Obama’s three favorite movies are from the “Godfather” trio (found on the Spanglish MyGrito.com). The mistake that campaigners have is that the older people who actually vote, like me, don’t want a president to hang out with and watch videos. I certainly don’t want someone like me running the country, because I know that someone like me would lose the keys to the White House, impetuously push the nuclear launch codes to hit France or Costa Rica just to see what would happen and possibly restart the Cold War with Russia. That Putin really ticks me off. What I want is a candidate, and a president, who is smarter than me. A candidate whom I can respect; not one I want to date. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Gravel, though, is a real person. He’s a former senator from Alaska from 26 years back who fought against the war and seems to have single-handedly held back the dark forces of the draft against the evil Republicans. I know this because Gravel has a Web site on which I can read all about it. Plus a link to a MySpace page, a Facebook profile and Gravel’s own YouTube channel, on which one can watch a video of the 77-year-old huff it up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a re-creation of the famous scene of “Rocky,” or a rocking anti-war video with 36-year-old footage of a young and handsome Gravel crying over the loss of life in the Vietnam War. Wow. That’s my kinda man, I mean, candidate. If it seems like presidential politics has become another form of Internet dating, that’s because it’s looking a lot like one. The lightning leaps of technology in just the last 15 years have shaped the presidential campaign season into very technologically distinct years. In 1992, the rise of the cable news brought much more round-the-clock coverage of the candidates, and surely played a role in Ross Perot’s unprecedented success as a third-party candidate. In fact, he announced his campaign on Larry King’s CNN show. Then the Internet showed up. In the 1996 race, just having a Web site was a very big deal, provided you could remember the address. Who is Mike Gravel, and why do I suddenly want to date him? I thought I was keeping up with the presidential primary races until I took ABC’s Match-O-Matic, a strictly nonscientific online political quiz that hooks you up with your ideal candidate based on his or her past performance and your political preferences. It operates not unlike an online dating site. I was sure I’d be paired with Hillary, or maybe even Dennis Kucinich, that wild and crazy peace-loving, UFO-seeing candidate. No, it seems my dream candidate isn’t someone I’d even heard of. According to Match-O-Matic, Mike Gravel is the guy for me. (I don’t even want to talk about Match-O-Matic’s third choice for me, John McCain.) To this I replied as any informed voter might: “Huh?” At first, I wondered if this Mike Gravel person wasn’t just a put-on. Maybe this “quiz” was a well-disguised and elaborate advertising campaign for a new eponymous made-for-TV movie about a lovable but tough-as-nails senator and his antics in the cutthroat world of presidential primary campaigns. You just couldn’t make up a better name. last_img read more

I-5 truck tunnel set to reopen today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It will be open for the evening commute,” Bonfilio said. Oxnard-based Security Paving Company Inc. will be paid $11 million for the work plus the bonus for finishing early. The contractor Security Paving had faced a $150,000-a-day penalty if work ran behind schedule. It was a rainy night Oct. 12 when a truck near the exit of the southbound tunnel skidded out of control, igniting a pileup involving 30 trucks and a car. Two truck drivers and a boy traveling with his father were killed. NEWHALL – The freeway truck tunnel in which three people died last month in an explosive chain-reaction collision will reopen this afternoon, a week ahead of schedule, Caltrans officials said Wednesday. Spurred by a $2.9 million incentive for an early opening, contractors finished repairs to the Newhall truck bypass tunnel on the Golden State Freeway well ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday rush, said Jeanne Bonfilio, a Caltrans spokeswoman. “We’re really happy to open this early and open it safely,” Bonfilio said. State Department of Transportation engineers inspected the work this afternoon and gave their OK for a 5 p.m. opening today. Cargo loads exploded in flames that burned overnight as hot as 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and caused extensive damage to the structure, melting some of the steel reinforcement. There was initial concern that the main freeway lanes that run over the tunnel were compromised, but within days the lanes were deemed safe. Security Paving replaced part of the tunnel wall, a section of ceiling and the pavement. Lighting was added and railings replaced. The investigation into what went wrong is being conducted by a special California Highway Patrol team and is not complete. Caltrans is now studying a series of recommendations from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve safety. Those include adding a control system to block traffic from the tunnel should a fire alarm sound, installing ventilation and emergency lighting and providing a water source outside for firefighting. The tunnel closure resulted in big rigs sharing the freeway with passenger lanes, a mix that clogged the road more than usual. Caltrans was hoping to reopen the tunnel – thus taking trucks off the passenger lanes – in time for Thanksgiving traffic. Last year, almost 3 million Southern Californians took to the roads over the holiday. pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA bizarre rock feature apparently showing the face of Jesus has been found by staff at Glenveagh National Park.The unusual feature, which was discovered in recent weeks, has become a major talking point amongst excited staff at the leading tourist attraction.The picture (CLICK MORE TO SEE PICTURE INSIDE) shows a face in a bowed pose complete with a crown of thorns. The rare stone was found by manager of the park, Pat Vaughan, who was out walking.He told Donegaldaily “I just happened to be doing bits and pieces when it caught my eye. The more I looked at it the more I seen the face of what looks like Jesus,” he said.Pat said he didn’t want to get too carried away with his find so he took a couple of pictures of the rock.“I brought it into some of the staff and showed them the pictures without mentioning what I thought it looked like. “The reaction has been amazing and everyone said the same thing – that it was a picture of Our Lord.“No matter how many times I look at it I see the same thing.”Pat has refused to tell anyone else where the rock feature is as he does not want to blow it out of al proportion.“I know exactly where it is and I can guarantee that nobody else will find it.“The last thing I want is to create another stampede for people looking for religious icons. “However, I can’t deny what I see and anyone who I have spoken to and shown the picture, sees the same,” he said.He said that he may consider arranging for people to see the rock feature if there is a demand for it.‘FACE OF JESUS’ LEAVES GLENVEAGH CASTLE STAFF MYSTIFIED was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:face of JesusGlenveagh Castleglenveagh national parklast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677 to R.S.V.P. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Winter story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Open auditions for the Canyon Theatre Guild production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” 7-10 p.m. at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.last_img read more

Softball Splits Two Games on Second Day of USF Tournament

first_img Bryant PDF Box Score Fordham PDF Box Score Drake closes its stint in Tampa with a rematch against Fordham Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m. CST. Print Friendly Version Freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) tossed five innings and allowed three hits with nine strikeouts and she worked around three walks to improve to 3-2 on the season. Story Links Drake fell behind Fordham, 3-0, after the Rams scored their first run in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Paige Rauch off Bulldog starting pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.). Later Fordham, added two runs in the sixth inning capitalizing on a two-out error by Drake. Skylar Johnston doubled in Rauch, who reached on the error by Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.), and later in the frame Kelly Bright drove in Brianna Pinto with a single. Live Stats Next Game: The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth scoring one run due to a pair of errors as Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) hit an RBI single to plate Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa). They tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of two-out runs. Maddox started the frame off with a triple before Rauch got two outs. Fordham then committed an error at second followed by a throwing error that brought in Maddox and later another triple by Roemmich plated the second run. Rauch got out of the jam with an infield pop-up by Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) to send the game to extra innings.center_img Full Schedule Roster Drake threatened in the bottom of the ninth getting runners on the corners, but Pena’s flyout ended the game. Smith fell to 1-2 overall with the loss as she went all nine innings and allowed one earned run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.   vs. Fordham 2/25/2018 – 7:45 AM TAMPA, Fla. – The Drake University softball team split two games on the second day of the 2018 USF Tournament Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Fordham (1-8) edged Drake (9-4), 5-4, in nine innings but the Bulldogs bounced back with an 8-0 win over Bryant (3-5) in five innings. For the second straight day, Drake jumped on Bryant early with three first-inning runs. Roemmich scored on a throwing error and Smith drove in a pair with a double. Smith then hit another RBI double in the second inning, this one bringing in three Bulldogs as Alexander, Pena and Wright all scored. Maddox drove in the final runs, the first with an RBI double in the second that scored Smith and later in the third with a RBI single to bring in Wright. The USF Tournament abides by international rules and a runner is placed on second base to start every extra inning. Each team scored one run in the eighth inning, but Drake had bad luck as Smith was called out on interference as she collided with the Rams shortstop on a shot in the infield and with bases loaded. The interference ended the frame. In the ninth inning, Fordahm scored after a throwing error by Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) brought in the eventual winning run. Previewlast_img read more

Steve Kerr with measured outlook on Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and their technicals

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – If the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive year, coach Steve Kerr already anticipates Kevin Durant and Draymond Green could compromise the team’s ability to win its fourth NBA title in five seasons.“If we go to the Finals, I think Kevin and Draymond are each on pace for about 42 technicals and six suspensions,” Kerr said. …last_img

Evolutionists Plan Secret Weapon for Kansas Debate

first_imgPro-evolution scientists have changed their mind and decided to join the hearings about the Kansas science standards, but haven’t released a list of witnesses.  Those in favor of the new standards, which call for critical thinking about evolution, have published a complete list.    On March 31, Geoff Brumfiel in Nature1 reported, “Biologists snub ‘kangaroo court’ for Darwin,” claiming that the hearings were rigged as a “political smokescreen” for a predetermined outcome, and they didn’t want to lend an air of credibility to the intelligent design movement.  That was the decision of Harry McDonald, president of Kansas Citizens for Science, a pro-evolution lobby.  Now, according to the Lawrence Journal-World, “in a surprise move, it appears that supporters of evolution will present their side May 12 through May 14” the week after the other side has their say.  But to the consternation of John Calvert (pro-ID lawyer) and the pro-ID members on the board favoring the new science standards, pro-evolution attorney Pedro Irigonegaray said “he would not reveal whom he may call as witnesses,” according to reporter Scott Rothschild.    The Wichita Eagle highlighted a spirited interchange between the combatants.  Calvert said “You cannot cross-examine an expert witness without preparation.  I’m a little bit perplexed about why these witnesses need to be kept secret, especially in light of the boycott.”  When fellow board member Connie Morris remarked that they need to know the list so they could be “praying over” their coming decision, Irigonegaray leaped on the statement like Huxley on Wilberforce: “Did you say praying over?” he asked, adding, “I’m just very disturbed that one of the reasons I have to do this is so the board can pray about it.”  The Wichita Eagle gave the last word to John Burch, a private investor concerned “that Kansas’ bioscience industry will suffer if the anti-evolution push continues,” said his side can’t play Mr. Nice Guy any more: “We can’t afford to be nice about this anymore to religious partisans.  We’ve really got to get serious.”    Supporters of the new standards have been very up front about their plans.  KansasScience2005.com displays the complete list of witnesses to be called May 5-7, and the proposed revisions to the science standards.  Irigonegaray said his side would spend no public funds for the hearings.  The Board had agreed to give Calvert up to $5000 to cover the cost of bringing in witnesses; in justifying the expense, Calvert said, “This is one of the most important issues facing education in the entire country.”  During the teleconference in which the latest decisions were made, the “combative” Irigonegaray countered, “We would object to the use of a single penny to conduct what we believe is a political process as opposed to a legitimate issue regarding science.”    Meanwhile, in California, Larry Caldwell is asking for a retraction from Eugenie Scott (National Center for Science Education) and the California Academy of Sciences for alleged false and defamatory claims about him during his year-long attempt to get the Roseville School District to permit criticisms of Darwin’s theory.  John West on the blog EvolutionNews remarked, “Has Scott found it so difficult to locate someone who actually fits her preconceived stereotype of a Bible-thumper trying to ban evolution that she must now resort to reinventing someone to fit her stereotype?  It will be interesting to see whether Scott and the California Academy of Sciences have the decency to correct the record.”Update  04/22/2005:  Some details of the Darwinist strategy were just revealed by Science Now, a pro-Darwin news source for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  A news item entitled, “Scientists Gear Up to Battle Intelligent Design,” reveals that scientists and educators opposed to the new science standards plan to focus on the possible economic impact of the new standards.  This was the emphasis at a public meeting in Kansas on Thurs. 4/21:Yesterday’s meeting focused on the economic consequences of downplaying evolution in school curriculums.  “Most industries today want workers with analytical skills,” says microbiologist Charles Decedue, executive director of the Higuchi Biosciences Center at the University of Kansas (KU), which is dedicated to the development and transfer of bioscience technologies.  “ID does not foster analytical thinking because its arguments are faith-based.”  Leonard Krishtalka, an evolutionary biologist who directs the Biodiversity Institute at KU, predicts that ID instruction would also turn away potential investors. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The meeting was part of an effort by John Burch to “build a broad coalition behind Darwin’s teachings,” the article states.  Interestingly, it gives the last word to Don Covington of the Intelligent Design Network, one of half a dozen ID supporters at the meeting.  He was not impressed with the economic arguments.  “Corporate executives don’t discuss Darwinism,” he countered.  “When kids find out that they are going to learn the truth, they might be excited to come here,” he argued, and it would make the state a magnet for families.1Geoff Brumfiel, “Biologists snub ‘kangaroo court’ for Darwin,” Nature 434, 550 (31 March 2005) | doi: 10.1038/434550a.This is turning into a contest to watch.  The most amazing thing about the Darwinist response is that it is a red herring strategy.  They want to scare the public into thinking anything other than 100% pure Darwin might hurt the economy.  That is really funny.  Apparently, they don’t want to touch the scientific case for ID with a ten foot strand of DNA.  This has all the earmarks of a desperate ploy by special interests who know they have a weak case.  Analytical skills?  Take this bacterial flagellum and analyze it.  “Faith-based” arguments?  No devotee is as incorrigible as a 33rd-degree Charlie worshiper (see 11/14/2004 entry about Priest Dawkins).  Covington should argue that Darwinists are bad for the economy, because they believe evolution made us liars (see 11/23/2004 and 11/19/2004 entries) and criminals (see 03/04/2005 entry).  If it’s embryonic stem cell research they have in mind that’s going to make Wichita the new boom town, do Kansans really want to gain the whole bandwagon and lose their own soul? (See 02/08/2005 entry.)  Kansas will do just fine economically without obligatory naturalism, just like Britain did after Faraday and Maxwell, both creationists.  Nobody on the board is proposing downplaying evolution, anyway – read the standards.  If anything, students will get more than before, this time fair and balanced.    Why should a Darwinist be disturbed that someone wants to pray over an important decision?  The Darwin Party keeps telling everyone that evolution is not a threat to one’s religious beliefs.  They stress how many evolutionists believe in God, and that belief in God is no issue at all, because “science” has nothing to say about faith.  This is the two-platoon strategy at work (see 01/14/2002 commentary).  Out of one mouth they try to soft-pedal any threats of Darwinian philosophy to religion, and out of the other mouth they scream and holler if someone prays about an important decision affecting the teaching of science.  Make up your mind, Darwinists: if the destruction of religion is what you believe in, at least everyone will know where you stand.  We’d also like a count on how many of you are Democrats (see 12/02/2004 entry).    Irigonegaray is grandstanding about the money.  $5,000 is nothing in a state budget, and is only fair, considering that some of the witnesses must be flown in from across the country.  The Board would have made the same amount available to him, as if he needed it with all the pro-Darwinian establishment on his side.  Who is he to play the martyr?  Stop the false piety; it doesn’t matter if you spend twice as much.  Let’s see you bring in some big brains who can tell us how life evolved out of a chemical soup, or how molecular machines learned ballet (see 04/13/2005 entry), without resorting to just-so stories or defining your opposition out of the game.  Have them tell us why Darwinism is such a sacred belief that it cannot be critically examined by anyone except those initiated into the rituals of the Temple of Charlie, whose survivors turn into lobotomized robots quacking “evolution is a fact, like gravity.”    Sorry, but our memory banks don’t recall any instance of pro-Darwin advocates in Kansas being nice.  They tell jokes about Kansas being the Land of Oz, threaten that universities will not accept Kansas grads, or spread fear about loss of revenues for research.  They make it sound like the scientific revolution began with Darwin, when in fact, science had a long creationist history that continues to the present (see online book).  The opponents of the evolution-only position of the NCSE want some long-overdue fairness in the presentation of an admittedly controversial subject (see 11/30/2004 entry).  Science is supposed to flourish with evidence, logic and critical thinking.  How can any Darwinist, in the name of science, continue to support indoctrination into an all-encompassing belief system that is so poorly supported by actual evidence? (See 12/30/2004 and 11/29/2004 entries, and over 500 chain links on “Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory” over the last five years).  John Calvert has gone out of his way to invite a fair and balanced presentation by both sides in this important debate.  Larry Caldwell has presented a rational, limited case in California for a long time to permit criticisms of Darwinism, well known in the scientific community, to be heard by students.  How does the opposition respond?  With stereotypes, epithets, outrage, underhanded tactics, refusal to talk, blame, allegations, lies, distortions and sidestepping.  Don’t just listen to the words in the upcoming hearings.  Watch which side acts with decency.    We can only hope that the Darwinites will take Burch’s advice to get serious.  We’ve been wanting them to get serious for a long time (see 04/06/2005, 02/10/2005, 11/29/2004, 11/23/2004, 08/12/2004, 02/25/2004, 09/26/2003, 05/08/2003, 03/21/2003, 01/16/2003, 02/24/2003, 11/07/2002, 10/25/2002, 04/08/2002, 01/29/2002, 11/15/2001, 10/16/2001 and 08/29/2001 entries for samples).  In fact, Mr. Calvert, why not hand out to everyone at the hearing a compilation of all the Dumb awards in these pages?  After they’ve all had a good laugh, they will probably be thinking: should we really be teaching this stuff to our kids?  The Darwinites, during this expose, will probably be secretly praying in the background.  The Kansas school board could be very lenient and tolerant of the losers.  They could give the Darwinites free rein in the theater class (see 11/29/2004 entry).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more