Wheelchair Females 1. Jozanne Harrus- Sun Island Ltd. 24.16 2. Faeiona Clarke Pitter- Pepsi Janaica Bottling Ltd 24:20 3. Onecia Bryan Ministry of Industry 24:33 Males 1. Robin Rowe UWI 18:40 2. Keroy Benjamin Seprod 18:46 3.Gerald Palmer Dennis Electrical 20:29 CORPORATE JAMAICA GC Foster College’s Oshane Archibald and Juliet Dinal were the top male and female finishers at yesterday’s staging of the Sagicor Sigma 5K Run in New Kingston which had a record number of 25000 participants. That was not the only record set at the event where over $50 million was raised for charity. Archibald continued his good form this season following success two weeks ago at the High Mountain 10K in Williamsfield, Manchester, where he won the event. This time around it was not that easy for Archibald who prevailed in what was very close finish, eventually winning in 16 minutes 52 seconds. He had to see off the challenges of Garfield Gordon (16:53) and Dwyane Graham (17:02), who finished second and third respectively. “I knew it was going to be tough in winning but I am in the best shape of my life as I am preparing for the NACAC Cross Country Championships”, said Archibald. Females 1. Sylvia Grant. 31:11 2. COLEEN Morrison – 36:26 3, Vinette Green 37:40 Males 1.Alphanso Cunningham 26:56 2. Leroy Cole 29:33 3. Joel Brown 31:17 Selected Top 3 Results SECOND SUCCESS Dinal had her second success at after topping the female section in 22 minutes 38 seconds, easily turning back the challenges of Tamika James, who was second in 23:57 and Karen Blagrove (24:15) in third. “I am extremely happy for the win as it was a miracle I was able to compete because coming to the event I had some medical issues but I am grateful to participate because it was for a worthy cause in helping needy children”, said Dinal. Ingrid Card, vice-president of Group Marketing at Sagicor was elated about this year’s staging. “I am really happy and we all are excited as over 25000 registered and over $50M was raised bearing in mind we raised $35 million last year. Our target was to raise $60M but we have time to do so as we have until March and I am confident we will reach that target”, said Card. “Next year will be our 20th staging and we will be hoping to select more beneficiaries and I would like to thank corporate Jamaica and all those who participated, along with my management team, including over 300 volunteers from Sagicor, who worked tirelessly to make this venture successful.” One of the institution to benefit from yesterday’s staging is the Spanish Town Hospital’s Special Care Unit and Gregory Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of that institution was grateful for the gesture. “I feel overwhelmed and happy to see the turnout from my company as over 430 turned out and it was not easy to pull out our doctors and nurses but it is for a worthy cause and we feel humbled for what Sagicor has done and we salute them for choosing my institution as they really don’t have to do it,” he said. Olympic 100 metres finalist, Yohan Blake who was the Patron of this year’s staging was pleased to play a role in the event. “It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of this venture as I know what struggles have been as I have gone through that in my career and there are many needy children out there and I am willing to contribute in any way I can”, said Blake. Other institutions to benefit from this year’s staging included, Bethlehem Home for abandoned children (operated by Missionaries of the Poor) and Mandeville Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
As in the past stagings of the event, the Biñan, Laguna-born Baniqued is once again the favorite to win the boys’ 13-14 category after ruling for the past two years.Out to deny him of a three-peat are Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Jose Manuel Arao, as the field gun to dislodge Baniqued out of his throne in the grueling 12.4-kilometer course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Tara, meanwhile, bested her older sister Sam last year as the Borlains once again finished 1-2 in the girls’ 13-14 category.Ruling the swim-bike-run event since joining the field five years ago, Borlain hopes to extend that reign in her final IronKids run. View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite However, Karen Andrea Manayon and Everly Jana Macalalad emerge as the biggest threat to snare away her tiara.A total of 335 young triathletes, including 72 participants (24 teams) in the relays, will partake in the 400-meter swim, 9-kilometer bike, and 3-kilometer run course which will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan parking lot.All in all, 263 budding triathletes answered the challenge, comprised of 155 boys and 108 girls divided into four age groups.Younger triathletes will join in the Category 1 (short) and Category 2 (long) races.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson IronKids champion Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonLAPU-LAPU CITY — Dominating their age group for the past few years, Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain are both out for a fitting curtain call as they join in their final Alaska IronKids on Saturday at the Shangri-La Mactan here.Graduating from the 14-and-below age group, the former champions seek for one last victory lap as they banner the young triathletes for one last time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The 23-year-old Parker led Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy to four state championships and starred for one season at Duke before the Bucks drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2014.The Bulls are banking on him to stay healthy after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee twice in four seasons with Milwaukee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core, and is a proven scorer at the NBA level,” general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming him back to his hometown.”Parker has averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds. His best season was in 2016-17 when he averaged 20.1 points in 51 games before tearing his ACL a second time. He played 31 games last year, averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. “Jabari and I felt it was in the best interest of both he and the team to rescind our qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said. “We appreciate everything Jabari has brought to our team and our community over the last four years and we wish him well.”Bartelstein praised the Bucks for “working side-by-side with us.”“From the moment the Bucks drafted Jabari with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 Draft, they have gone out of their way to treat Jabari as a member of the Bucks family, and this is another perfect example of doing exactly that, and we’re very appreciative,” he said.Parker goes from playing alongside superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to trying to help the Bulls rise in the Eastern Conference after a 27-win season. He figures to start at small forward, with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine in the backcourt, Lauri Markkanen at power forward and either rookie Wendell Carter Jr. or veteran Robin Lopez at center.The son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, Jabari Parker was one of the most highly touted prospects to come out of Illinois.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names A win for Balkman’s 34th birthday Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He played at the same high school as Derrick Rose, who was drafted by the Bulls with the No. 1 pick in 2008 and became the youngest MVP in league history three years later. Of course, knee injuries derailed his run in Chicago. And the Bulls are hoping Parker’s injuries are behind him.Chicago also released guard Julyan Stone and forward Paul Zipser on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West FILE – In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Milwaukee. Parker and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team. Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal Saturday, July 14, 2018, after the Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an unrestricted free agent, clearing the way for him to join the rebuilding Bulls.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)CHICAGO — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls agreed Saturday to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team.Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an unrestricted free agent, clearing the way for him to join the rebuilding Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
“Considering what I have gathered from informal discussions and observations with those who should know, unless some serious efforts are made to beef-up our national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of this country could be at a risk.”Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, in a communication dated February 12, 2015, and addressed to the Senate Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah, is requesting an urgent hearing on Executive.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration. As UNMIL was “not likely to consent to participate in a public hearing, the Liberian Senate should request a closed door meeting with a representative of UNMIL to assist us in getting a better understanding of the status of the security situation in the country and the post-drawdown security challenges that we may expect.” Though she is aware that the Senate works through committees and the Defense Committee has the representation of all counties, “[yet] due to the urgency and seriousness of this matter, an executive hearing will get the full participation of the entire Senate, which I think is needed at this point,” the Senator advised.Senator Lawrence’s communication comes as UNMIL drawdown approaches its concluding stages in June, 2016 and questions are already being raised as to the readiness of the country’s security apparatus to fill the vacuum that may be created.Some of the issues that need to be addressed, according to Senator Lawrence are: whether the army is at optimal strength or does it require additional soldiers in order for it to become a viable army; are the Army, Police, and Immigration sufficiently equipped to be able to assume their respective mandates, capable of defending the country…?Senator Lawrence also expressed concern about the morale of the officers and members of the Army, Police and Immigration, and whether they are enjoying minimum benefits, such as accommodations for them and their families.The document was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks. InterpretationDaily Observer reporters around the country have frequently reported on the lack of logistical preparedness on the part of the Joint Security, which includes particularly the Police and Immigration.A case in point is a story carried last week and again in today’s edition about two gruesome murder cases in Nimba County. The first murder occurred in Beeplay, Buu-Yao Administrative District and the culprit fled to Buutuo on the Ivory Coast boarder where he reported himself to the police station, manned by only two officers. When friends of the victim from Beeplay descended on the Buutuo station with cutlasses and other weapons to revenge the killing of their friend, the two police officers fled the scene, leaving the prisoner at the mercy of the attackers. They chopped him up with their cutlasses and disemboweled him. These murderous avengers had a totally free hand because their numbers were too strong for the two police officers.There has also been grave concern about the lack of communication equipment, transportation and weapons, leaving the security apparatus at the country’s many border points practically defenseless. That is how Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia were able to begin their invasion of the country on December 24, 1989, igniting the civil war that lasted 14 years.Senator Kanga Lawrence’s concerns are, therefore, indeed very legitimate and need to be carefully and urgently investigated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
….as APNU/AFC antagonism continues to hurt economy China has been good for Guyana; aid and investment have flowed liberally and Guyana has benefited greatly but unfortunately the present government, when in opposition, took a negative position on the activities of Chinese companies in Guyana and it has brought some of that sentiment in its policies.This is the view held by former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran, who over the weekend in his converstationtree.org outlet called on the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government to embrace China and the opportunities that exist for Guyana.Finance Minister Winston Jordan shares a light moment with Ambassador Zhang Limin during celebrations held on Friday last at the EmbassyRamkarran made his position public on the heels of that nation celebrating its 67th Anniversary, an occasion at which Head of State, President David Granger pledged continued cooperation with China and its peoples.The former Speaker did observe that some Chinese companies have not adhered to investment agreements and this has resulted in the impression that all Chinese investments are questionable.Former Speaker Ralph RamkarranDuring the celebrations held locally by the Chinese Embassy, Ambassador Zhang Limin did warn Chinese companies operating locally to ensure they abide by the local laws.Ramkarran, in his appeal to the APNU/AFC Government to seek to foster better relations with China, conceded that the reputation of the Chinese has suffered as a result of the Skeldon Sugar Factory, which they constructed but did not live up to its expectations.“Little has been said about possible design flaws of Skeldon, for which the Chinese were not responsible, which it is alleged may have been an important factor in its failure to produce.”He pointed too to the Marriott Hotel, which was built by the Chinese and had attracted significant criticism particularly over the refusal to provide jobs for Guyanese, in addition to what some had called the ‘shadiness’ of the entire arrangement.According to Ramkarran however, the government’s hostility to this project may well have been responsible for their reticence in commenting on its quality.He was adamant that Guyana has much to gain by consolidating and strengthening relations with China at this time, “when the economy is in serious difficulties with declining production and declining economic growth, except in mining.”According to Ramkarran, “It is about time that the Guyana Government re-evaluates its attitude to Chinese investment.”He pointed to the fact that Chinese businesspeople are the same as any other anywhere in the world: “Unless they are held to their contract and their activities are monitored, both for their benefit and for Guyana’s, the tendency would be that chances are taken.”According to Ramkarran, “Given a free reign, as has happened with the past government, will result in constraints being challenged… China’s National Day is an appropriate occasion for the Government to make a determined effort to encourage Chinese investment in this guava season.”According to the former Speaker, “For developing countries, China has been good… Aid has been granted without suffocating strings… Investments have flowed and many developing countries have benefited enormously.”He did concede that there have been many criticisms of China’s aid and investment in developing countries by developed countries, coupled with talk about exploitation of natural resources and the toleration of undemocratic practices.“Such talk is of course ‘doublespeak’… Countries which criticise cannot match China’s assistance which is sorely needed in developing countries and developed countries have no basis to talk about exploitation or protecting undemocratic regimes around the world.”Longstanding relationshipFollowing a toast with Chinese Ambassador Zhang on the occasion of its Anniversary on Friday last at the Chinese Embassy, President Granger in his remarks, used the occasion to remind of the longstanding relationship between the two countries dating back to October 1971 United Nation’s resolution, supported by Guyana, meant to recognise the role of China and its representation at that forum.He said too that Guyana and China share common values including the mutual non-interference in each other’s affairs, “cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of international peace and security.”The President used the occasion to recognise that both Guyana and China share a common interest in the promotion of sustainable development, particularly in the area of renewable energy.According to President Granger, Guyana has been observing with keen interest, China’s introduction of its 13th five-year plan for 2016 to 2020 which is committed to achieving a green economy by introducing green low-carbon industries—something the two countries share in common.“Guyana through its own green agenda has similar objectives; we look forward therefore to intensifying cooperation between our two republics in our common quest to ensure greater use of clean green low carbon technologies and renewable sources of energies.”Recognising China as one of the world’s largest and fastest growing economies, he said Guyana “welcomes especially the introduction of the multilateral multibillion-dollar platforms, such as the People’s Republic of China/Latin American/Caribbean, industrial cooperation investment and infrastructure funds.”An initiative, he said that, “will certainly strengthen our economic relations.”
Tomorrow is World Health Day and, here in BC new vehicular smoking regulations will go into effect.They give police the authority to stop any vehicle in which they believe someone is smoking in the presence of children under 16 years of age.The Campbell government has set $109 as the fine and failure to pay, will result in a refusal to issue both a driver’s licence and auto insurance.- Advertisement -The regulations follow legislation passed in the spring of last year under the Motor Vehicle Act and have drawn praise from the Canadian Cancer Society, as a significant step in the protection of children from the harmful effects of second hand smokeBC already has the lowest provincial smoking rate in the country at 14.4 percent and now joins Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Yukon, which also have child protection laws against smoking in vehicles.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Commercial construction building permits continue to drive construction numbers in Fort St. John.During the month of August, $3,834,097.83 in permits were issued by the City, with $2.7 million of that from commercial permits.For the year to date, the City has issued $45.7 million in construction permits with $17.7 being for commercial projects. In August of 2018, the City had issued building permits worth a total of $25.1 million.- Advertisement -In August the largest permit was issued for the construction at the new Canadian Tire location on the Old Fort Road. That permit was worth $2.1 million.So far in 2019, there have been 70 building permits in the city. Of those, 17 were for single-family homes, 23 were for commercial projects, seven for institutional projects and 15 were for garage/renovation projects.
Club players and management are this week up in arms following the decision by the Donegal Competitions Control Committee (CCC) to move the championship fixtures from the provisional date of September 15th to next weekend. It is believed several clubs have both players and management that have organised their holidays around these dates and will now either have to cancel these holidays or risk not being involved in championship action for their clubs.County player Rory Kavanagh booked a holiday on the back of the belief that the games wouldn’t be brought forward and that the quarter finals would still take place on September the 15th, however that is now not the case. Glenswilly and Kilcar have also expressed their anger that they have to play each other in an U21 clash just five days before they clash in their crunch Senior championship quarter final.It is believed that the management of the clubs were keen to get the championship played as soon as possible and that is what influenced the CCC to bring the games forward.But it seems the confusion and lack of communication between both parties has caused fury among club players and management.The Donegal SFC Quarter-finals schedule is as follows, Saturday August 17th , 6.30pmSt. Eunan’s V Malin – Venue – The Scarvey BuncranaMacCumhaills v Killybegs – Venue – Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal TownSunday August 18th, 3.00pmKilcar v Glenswilly – Venue – MacCumhaill Park Ardara v Gaoth Dobhair – Venue – O’Donnell Park (6.30pm)CLUB PLAYERS FURIOUS AT RESCHEDULING OF CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share 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:AugustClubsGAAProvisional DatesQuarter finalsSenior championshipSeptemberSFC
An innovation between Letterkenny Chamber and local businesses is set to reach the magic €1 million mark.Shop LK voucher sales have been increasing year on year and have really caught the imagination of the public.Young and old buy them throughout the year for gifts and prizes or are given them as staff bonuses. Thousands of Euro worth are sold each year since the scheme started in 2006 and total sales are about to reach €1m and exciting landmark for Shop LK and Letterkenny Chamber.John Watson, Chamber President said they are delighted that we are about to reach the €1m mark on our Shop LK scheme.“It’s such a great achievement to have this amount of money being spent right here in Letterkenny and all the time reinforcing the shop local concept. Letterkenny led the way in this campaign and we are now seeing the results.“Over the last 6 years this represents €1m that has been spent only in Letterkenny and there is also a spin off effect where consumers spend more during any transaction. This contributes to supporting these outlets and most importantly supporting local jobs.” Vouchers are bought throughout the year by individuals, groups and businesses whose staff have opted to have them instead of cash bonuses.A percentage of the sales are to corporate clients but every voucher sold makes a difference and has contributed to making this one of the most successful town voucher schemes in the entire country.“The Shop LK initiative offers local consumers an opportunity to support their local town in a really tangible way. Sales have increased year on year and the outlets involved in the initiative get real benefits. Many other towns have now developed local shopping initiatives but Letterkenny Chamber started Shop LK well before the recession and over the years it has caught the imagination of the general public,” added the Chamber President.However Shop LK is more than vouchers. It’s about promoting Letterkenny as a retail destination, the commercial hub of the county.Letterkenny provides something unique not found in neighbouring towns and cities – a main street with many independent traders, a local town feel with high street names, a clean well kept town, ample and reasonably priced parking close to the shopping areas and not least helpful and friendly staff who will go that extra mile to give customers exactly what they need. The “Shop LK – Love Shopping Letterkenny” brand helps to underpin all that is good about shopping in Letterkenny for local people and visitors alike. Letterkenny Chamber makes no money from the sale or redemption of vouchers so every cent brought in through Shop LK is invested back into the promotion of the brand throughout the year. Through the Shop LK initiative Letterkenny Chamber has always advocated the principles of keeping it local. The brand and the vouchers are a way of celebrating all that is good in Letterkenny.Vouchers are spent on a wide variety of goods and services, from an oil fill to a beauty treatment, from a gourmet meal to a quick sandwich, from your grocery shopping to the perfect gift.Over 90 outlets, from household names to local independent traders accept the vouchers reflecting the fantastic variety that is available in Letterkenny. Available in €5, €10 and €20 denominations they make the perfect gift for old and young alike, for families, for those moving house or getting married. The list of uses is endless.Toni Forrester of Letterkenny Chamber who has watched the initiative develop and mature over the last 3 years says “Reaching the €1m landmark is great news for Letterkenny Chamber, great news for the 90 Shop LK members that contribute so much to the scheme and great news for Letterkenny. We weren’t sure we would get to this figure so early in the year so we intend to celebrate. Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni Forrester“Over the Easter season we will be selling vouchers at the Chamber office for anyone needing that perfect Easter gift, we’ll have a prize draw for those coming in to buy and we will be announcing name of the person who buys the €1m voucher at a celebration on 18th April, where we also hope to have the person who bought the very first voucher back in 2006.“This year we are also being supported by Letterkenny Town Council to promote Letterkenny as a retail centre and we have plans to really put Shop LK and Letterkenny on the map.”Letterkenny Chamber could not run this highly successful initiative without the support of FAS community employment programme through which the Chamber is staffed. It is the frontline staff in the Chamber that provide the much needed resources throughout the year to make Shop LK such a success and the support of FAS is very much appreciated.LETTERKENNY CHAMBER CREEP CLOSER TO MAGIC €1MILLION VOUCHER SALES was last modified: April 1st, 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:JOhn WatsonLetterkenny ChamberShop LKToni Forrester
Consider two propositions: (1) Plants are highly complex, integrated systems that we don’t fully understand. (2) They evolved to become highly complex, integrated systems. That’s basically what two scientists claimed in the American Journal of Botany, according to Science Daily reported. But do these two propositions comport with one another?Mathematical models for the distribution of light within the canopy predict that the photosynthetic rate of the entire canopy is maximized when the specific leaf area is lowest for leaves at the top of the canopy. This research provides new insight into the mechanism by which trees have evolved to obtain light and photosynthesize at the greatest rate. “Our research shows that plants are highly integrated organisms that respond to their environments in ways that are every bit as complex as even the most sophisticated animals,” [Karl] Niklas said. “This research also shows that we still have plenty to learn about phenomena that we thought we understood very well.”The article did not explain how a blind, unguided process like evolution could produce a complex, highly integrated organism. The E-word evolution was used only in a flippant, passing way: e.g., the title was, “New Insight on How Trees Have Evolved to Obtain Light and Photosynthesize at the Greatest Rate.” Strictly speaking, it is improper in evolutionary theory to use the phrase “evolve to” as an action that an organism performs toward a goal. Evolution is a passive result. According to neo-Darwinism, the organisms that won the lottery and got the rare, lucky mutations to produce a complex, integrated system survived; the others all died.If we held evolutionists’ feet to the fire and made them talk consistent with their own assumptions, their belief system would fall apart. They cannot help themselves. All humans have to talk in terms of teleology and design. It’s in our DNA. References to evolution are mere genuflections most of them perform to keep out of trouble with the academic thought police. Dropping the E-word at least once per press release is usually sufficient to keep the informers from getting suspicious.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0