North Peace Rod and Gun Club hosting Oilmen’s Trapshoot July 6th and 7th

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The North Peace Rod and Gun Club will be hosting the Oilmen’s Trapshoot next weekend.The event will see over 65 members of the petroleum industry battling it out to be named the industries top shooter. To qualify for the Oilmen’s residents must make 80 percent of their revenue from the petroleum industry.The event will see the shooters taking 150 shots while trying to hit as many targets as possible.- Advertisement -Shooters will be competing for a variety of awards as well as trophies. There are 28 total trophies and competitors can win no more than two trophies each.Awards can be won in the singles class, handicap, overall, and more.The event starts Friday, July 6th at 4:00 p.m. with the practice round, and then again on Saturday, July 7th at 9:00 a.m.Advertisement For more information on the Oilmen’s Trapshoot contact the North Peace Rod and Gun Club at (250) 785-9686.last_img read more

Turkish Family Evolving Into Quadrupeds

first_imgIs this a hoax?  The Times Online UK posted a picture of a family in Turkey that walks naturally on all fours, and calls this a “unique insight into human evolution.”  Sean O’Neill at New Scientist is not sure what to think.  A professor Humphrey claims this is an example of “backward evolution,” or a throwback to a long-lost animal behavior.  O’Neill thinks it’s probably not evolution, but an unfortunate genetic accident.  “Also, for our ancestors to switch to bipedalism, many skeletal changes would have been needed,” he said.  “In fact, the ability to run long-distances may have been a more significant point in our evolution, suggest some researchers.” (see 11/18/2004).  Nevertheless, some are calling this a “missing link.”Suckers.  These are overgrown rug rats, not missing links.  Or else they get dizzy standing up, and thus obey Paul’s Law: you can’t fall off the floor.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Darwinians Claim to See Evolution Happening Now

first_imgUnable to see evolutionary progress in the fossil record, some Darwinians try to claim they are watching it before our eyes.Since Darwin’s time, the fossil record has been a graveyard of evolutionary theories. Darwin knew it and mumbled out the record’s incompleteness. Stephen Jay Gould famously commented that sudden appearance followed by stasis was the “trade secret of paleontology.” Molecular clock studies often disagree with morphological studies, even granting millions of Darwin Years. Since they can’t find gradual evolution in the record, some Darwinians look for evidence of change in living organisms, including people. Their illustrations can appear quite ridiculous.Before reading the following examples, one must keep an eye on the ball. The ball is not just any change, but positive, innovative change by unguided natural selection that could take a bacterium to a human, given enough time. To claim that disease represents evolution, for instance, would be no more helpful to Darwinism than a company’s balance sheet that reported only losses.Evolutionary geneticists spot natural selection happening now in people (Hakhamanesh Mostafavi at The Conversation). How can you have evolution without speciation and reproductive isolation? If Mostafavi’s view of natural selection prevails, then every tiny variation within the human species becomes evidence for Darwinian evolution! It means that your own children have evolved from you. But even Mostafavi knows that evolution is supposed to be bigger than that:Cartoon by J. Beverly Greene for Creation-Evolution HeadlinesHuman evolution can seem like a phenomenon of the distant past which applies only to our ancestors living millions of years ago. But human evolution is ongoing. To evolve simply means that mutations – the accidental changes to genes that happen normally in the process of copying DNA – are becoming more or less common in the population over time.These changes can happen by chance, because the individuals who reproduced happened to carry a particular mutation somewhat more often than individuals who didn’t have children. They can also happen because of natural selection, when carriers of a specific mutation are better able to survive, reproduce or tend to their family members – and therefore leave more descendants. Every biological adaptation, from the ability of humans to walk upright on two feet to flight in birds, ultimately traces back to natural selection acting on these minute changes, generation after generation.So humans are definitely still evolving….Mostafavi is equivocating here about the definition of evolution. The examples he gives, like genes for lactose intolerance, do nothing to change Homo sapiens into another fitter species. He calls smoking evolution. He calls genes for Alzheimer’s Disease evolution. Can he point to any inherited trait that will help humans of the future grow a wing or a new sense organ? Of course not. None of this is evidence for Darwinian evolution by natural selection. Calling his minor variations “evolution” (especially when they are deleterious) amounts to blowing smoke.Great Tits May Be Evolving Bigger Beaks. Here’s Why. (National Geographic). Before proceeding, let us quickly calm our female readers by pointing out that the “great tit” (we didn’t name it) is a beautiful bird that lives in England (not in the Grand Tetons). Here’s a picture of one.National Geographic loses no time to credit Darwin for a slight change in beak size here, saying in the subtitle, “Since Darwin’s time, birds have served as models for the wonders of evolution—and this study was no exception.”They just keep coming back.Reporter Jason Bittel calls on evolutionist Lewis Spurgin (U of East Anglia) to celebrate another triumph of evolution by claiming that humans are modifying the birds’ evolution by setting up bird feeders. And yet Bittel is not even sure that the feeders caused a slight change in beak size between populations in the U.K. and the Netherlands. No matter; start the Darwin party!“We know that evolution by natural selection produces peacocks’ tails and giraffes’ necks and that sort of thing,” says Spurgin, whose findings were published today in Science….“But it also works in much more subtle ways that are much more difficult to observe.”This is just another case of making mountains out of molehills, like Darwinians did with “Darwin’s finches” on the Galapagos. Jonathan Wells roundly debunked that example of Icons of Evolution. How much easier could he dispense with this one? He would certainly call it a case of Zombie Science – dead arguments for Darwinism rising from the dead in the media.Spurgin was rebuked by other biologists for making too much of this, but he was too drunk on Darwine to stop partying:For Spurgin, this is all part of the fun. “I don’t imagine that Darwin in his wildest dreams could have thought that this stuff would have been happening,” he says.So do evolutionists really think these little birds with their tiny beaks reveal anything about Darwinism? In their dreams. Dreaming about natural selection is a cash cow in Britain. Science Daily indicates that Spurgin’s Darwine party was “funded by the European Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council and supported by the Edward Grey Institute, University of Oxford.”Flu forecasting tool uses evolution to make earlier predictions (UChicago Medicine). Evolutionists keep trying to make a big deal out of influenza “evolution”, but the flu has never evolved into non-flu. This press release tries to make evolutionary theory sound useful. The team knows this is not evolution, but they credited Darwin anyway.Each year, four influenza strains circulate in the human population: H3N2, H1N1, and two B variants. These viruses spread seasonally each year because of a phenomenon known as antigenic drift. They evolve just enough to evade human immune systems, but not enough to develop into completely new versions of the virus.In other words, they are just variants of the same virus strains. The ones that “drift” enough from the antigen in the vaccine don’t get killed off. But they are still flu viruses, not even completely new versions of the flu virus. If the team can forecast what the new strain will look like earlier, that’s well and good, but this kind of ‘horizontal’ variation is not what Darwin had in mind. Viruses are not even independent organisms.Is biology behind your political views? (Phys.org). This question collapses with the self-refuting fallacy. “People can be biologically predisposed to certain feelings toward politics and society,” the proposition goes. But if biology predisposes one’s political views, then it also predisposes one’s scientific views. [Cue sound of short circuit.]The cartoon says it. Darwinism is kept aloft by the hot air of those whose careers depend on it.Our thanks to J. Beverly Greene for the illustration.(Visited 903 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Darwinists Use Fossils as Props for Propaganda

first_imgWith one-party rule in any institution, everything supports the party line. Open debate would be healthy for paleontology.In the heyday of communist Russia, the “mainstream media” of the day (Pravda, Izvestia), towed the party line as it presented the “news” to the people. It wasn’t news, of course; it was party propaganda, sanitized of any serious investigative reporting. Lenin had destroyed the free press and replaced it with instruments of his own messaging. Consequently, every news development could be framed in terms of Marxist-Leninist doctrine: dialectical materialism, the class struggle, the revolution of the oppressed proletarians against the bourgeoisie, and the triumphal progress of world communism [for more on Marx, see Prager U]. This was absolutely necessary to the dictators, because a free press would undermine their regimes. If starving North Koreans could see how prosperous Americans are, they might begin to doubt what Kim’s state-controlled press tells them, that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the most successful and free society in history.Darwin and Marx: partners in totalitarianism.A similar situation exists within Big Science (BS), which has not only embraced the Darwinian Revolution unquestioningly, but has rejected anything that does not promote scientific materialism and Darwinian evolution. Obviously, creation and intelligent design never get a hearing, as one could imagine under Darwin Party control, but neither do criticisms of Darwin—the Dear Leader of BS. He must be presented to the public continually like the huge posters of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Kim have been used in totalitarian dictatorships of the past and present, staring down in every public venue to keep the populace aware of who is in charge. BS uses BM (Big Media) as its propaganda arm: it is the Pravda of BS, and even more powerful than its communist predecessor, because it has truly achieved global revolution. The Darwin Party Comintern punishes reporters in Turkey [17 Sept 2018 commentary], Louisiana or Uganda—wherever dissidents might emerge. BS uses BM to achieve BB (Big Brother).Ideology Before Interpretation, and EnforcementReaders of secular science media need to realize that every fossil bone, every tooth, and every footprint is being interpreted in terms of millions of years of death and struggle in the upward march of progress from bacteria to man. Free-thinking reporters never stray, because they would quickly be shamed out of their jobs. Readers of BM, whether at Science Daily or at national park signs, never hear that there are other ways to interpret fossils. Even when Dr Mary Schweitzer found soft, stretchy tissues in dinosaur bones, eliciting gasps from hosts on 60 Minutes, nobody was permitted to question the 80-million-year age of the fossils or the reality of dinosaur evolution. Only creationists pointed to the obvious contradiction with the party line, but they have to operate in the gulags of BS, or outside the institutions of power, as did members of unregistered churches or dissident groups in communist countries. The situation is so bad that even anti-creationist scientists who have doubts about Darwin’s mechanism have to meet in semi-secret groups and publish with caution (example: The Third Way of Evolution). They feel obligated to make it clear up front that they are not one of “them” (the creationist counter-revolutionaries).Plagiarism for the Good of the PartyLenin and Mao tolerated limited capitalism in times of crisis, when communism was failing, as it inevitably did. In a similar way, BS tolerates some forms of intelligent design: e.g., SETI. But as Richard Dawkins asserted in the movie Expelled, if space aliens were to send an intelligent message to us (the I in SETI), the aliens would have had to initially evolve by Darwinian evolution. As with communism, Party doctrine serves as a covering model that handles all apparent exceptions. Undoubtedly Pravda reported many actual facts that were uncontroversial. The point is that its raison d’être was to advance world communism. Facts, half truths and big lies were all acceptable as long as they served that over-arching goal.Note: As we read BS paleontology news, keep your eye on the ball: the Darwin Party Line is naturalistic origin of species by means of natural selection resulting in molecules-to-man common ancestry over millions of years. Don’t be distracted by ancillary details or jargon; they don’t matter. Creationists might agree on many facts in BM articles, such as classification and scientific names. They might find the writing polished and engaging. The only non-negotiable aspect of secular BS and BM is to advance the Party line in some way, even if to just appear scholarly and nice.Using scenarios to manage objections.The Party Play and the Fossil PropsWhat can you tell from a bone? You dig up a fossil. There’s no date on it. All you really know is that a creature once alive has died some time in the past. You can tell some things from experiments on living animals. If a dinosaur has its neck arched back (the common “dinosaur death pose”, 23 Nov 2011), it must have suffocated in water, because drowning chickens look like that. If it is intact (i.e., articulated), it might have been buried quickly without being transported. Such details are OK to state, as long as you reassure the Party that it happened over 65 million years ago, and probably happened in a localized flood, not a global flood like creationists teach. A secular scientist or reporter can even express shock and surprise at an anomalous fossil, like a “living fossil” or out-of-place fossil. The Party supplies BM with ready-made explanatory strategies, such as “this species must have evolved 60 million years earlier than thought” (thought by whom, you ask? by the Party loyalists, the only ones holding the imprimatur). The important thing is never to violate the party line: millions of years and Darwinian evolution. Let’s watch how BS and BM treat fossils as props for their propaganda.Newly discovered dinosaurs fill in evolutionary gap spanning 70 million years (Phys.org). The top illustration looks like drawings of ducks and chickens covered in gaudy feathers, but the writer insists these are dinosaurs. Writer Katie Willis (U of Alberta) tells her comrades that these are missing links that had been reported in Current Biology. Were any feathers found on them, as the picture implies? No; just imaginary feathers. Looks like a Big Lie just came to Darwin’s rescue. (For more problems with these fossils, see the 28 Aug 2018 entry.)Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution (University of Texas at Austin). We are told by these Darwin loyalists that a Jurassic fossil represents a “mammal ancestor” even though there were mammals before the Jurassic, and this animal “probably had hair.” The only observational evidence presented is an adult with the bones of 38 babies, assumed to be its clutch or litter. From that, an evolutionary tale is woven: “The discovery that Kayentatherium had a tiny brain and many babies, despite otherwise having much in common with mammals, suggests that a critical step in the evolution of mammals was trading big litters for big brains, and that this step happened later in mammalian evolution.”Note: The paper in Nature on which this press release is based says very little about evolution. Authors Hoffman and Rowe only mention it twice, and never explain why a mammal with a smaller litter should be considered more fit than this animal with a large litter (if that is what the fossil cache represents). Mammals exhibit a lot of variation in litter sizes and brain sizes. So what? The authors speculate that the animal “may reflect a transitional phase” in limb sizes, but they don’t say what about brain sizes require smaller litters. They say the fossil is “consistent with a scenario” (a just-so story) where larger brains “drove later changes to mammalian reproduction,” but the connection is foggy, and association does not prove causation anyway. Did this animal somehow “want” to evolve a bigger brain? Did Darwin tell it, “The only way I can give you a larger brain is for you to give up large litters”? If this were a law of nature, large families would have no geniuses, and pandas would be the brainiest, fittest animals on the planet, instead of being on the verge of extinction. None of this makes any Darwinian sense. It reinforces the observation that the Darwin Party can use any fossil as a prop, just like the editors of Pravda could twist any news item into support for communism. In dictatorships without free and open debate about evidence, ideology drives the interpretation, and nobody gets to hear hard questions asked by dissidents.Tiny fossils reveal how shrinking was essential for successful evolution (University of Birmingham). The previous story argued that evolution makes things bigger. Here comes a story that evolution makes things smaller. “A new study published today in Nature shows that getting smaller was a key factor contributing to the exceptional evolution of mammals over the last 200 million years.” What a convenient theory! It simultaneously explains why “exceptional evolution” in dinosaurs made them gigantic, but the same force made mammals smaller. They even say this openly:The origin of modern mammals can be traced back more than 200 million years to the age of dinosaurs. But while dinosaurs evolved to become some of the largest land animals, for the following 150 million years, the ancestors of all modern mammals pursued an entirely different strategy: getting very small.Did the mammals “pursue” this “strategy” by design, or did the Stuff Happens Law direct it? Such a theory could explain anything, even opposites (as here), depending on what “scenario” a BM reporter wants to tell about that day. In this scenario, the authors use a jawbone as their divination tool. As expected, whatever happens always requires “millions of years” that are never open to observation.Fossil teeth show how reptiles adapted to change (University of Ediburgh). This story, emerging from Darwin’s alma mater, quotes Darwin Party fossil commissar Steve Brusatte using teeth as divination tools to glorify Darwin:Teeth are humble fossils, but they reveal a grand story of how sea reptiles evolved over millions of years as their environments changed. Changes in these Jurassic reptiles parallel changes in dolphins and other marine species that are occurring today as sea-levels rise, which speaks to how important fossils are for understanding our modern world.Notice that all they had in their hands were a few teeth. Can a yarn about climate, ecology and evolution really support the bite put on it? Such language parallels what a Pravda editor might say to affirm Party loyalty when reporting that an election in America demonstrates the class struggle against the bourgeousie.Are the Paleozoic era’s giant dragonflies still among us? (The Conversation). A fun mystery story can sometimes entertain the peasants so they don’t revolt. In this tale, Romain Garrouste and André Nel tease that the large dragonflies found in Permian rocks might still live today! Actually, they don’t – but it’s fun to imagine. Remember to ask what this has to do with Darwinism. Shouldn’t today’s smaller relatives of dragonflies indicate de-evolution has occurred? But lest we spoil the play, we sit and listen quietly to the actors:Don’t worry. This isn’t an announcement of a new invasion from elsewhere, but a leap into the past in the Paleozoic: the time of giant insects, 100 million years before the dinosaurs, during which insects also had their T-Rex: Carboniferous and Permian giant dragonflies that terrorised the skies of those times, sometimes call “griffenflies”). A short trip back in time to a kind of another Earth in search of insects that were already major actors of the ecosystems.Holding their props, they sing praise to Darwin: “This observation complements our vision of the ecosystems of this period during which the conquest of airspace allowed important evolutionary lineages to be established.” Dissidents in the audience might be wondering how the Party could explain the origin of powered flight in the first place, using only the Stuff Happens Law.These Tiny Burrows Might Be Some of the Oldest Fossils on Earth (Live Science). Might doesn’t make right, but Darwinist reporters love to speculate whenever a fossil “might” make a good offering to lay at the Dear Leader’s feet. Faithful BM reporter Catie Keck looks at some tiny openings in Australian rocks, and says they “might” be fossils. They are “suggesting that these 3.4-billion-year-old rock samples once housed some of Earth’s earliest life.” To add tension to the story (and thus not appear too doctrinaire), she mentions some Party scientists who are not convinced they are fossils at all. But they might be! Mission accomplished. Dear Leader BBBB* has been honored. (*Big Brother Bearded Buddha.)End-Permian extinction, which wiped out most of Earth’s species, was instantaneous in geological time (Phys.org). Danger ahead! Here’s a story that creationists might use to support a global Flood in the recent past. This must not happen! In totalitarian regimes, Party strategists sometimes allow risky stories to be published, because it can pre-empt the enemy’s line. This story supports de-evolution (extinction), not Darwinian evolution, and it risks sudden, catastrophic scenarios. Not to worry; BM can handle this. By “instantaneous” they still mean a lot of time. “From their analysis, they were able to determine that the end-Permian extinction occurred suddenly, around 252 million years ago, give or take 31,000 years.” Why, it could have taken a few centuries! But it was so long ago—252 million Darwin years, BBBB will not object. Besides, think of how so many new “endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful” would be able to evolve in the cleared habitats after the slate was cleaned!Note: Did anyone point them to another recent news item that asked, “Does the fossil record tell the true story about mass extinctions?” (Astrobiology Magazine). Actually, the answer to that question was “Not necessarily” (see “Fossils Can Mislead Big Time,” 15 Sept 2018).Finally, don’t forget one of the biggest whoppers of all. We just reported it a few days ago: scientists found soft tissue (original fat molecules) in an Ediacaran fossil (22 Sept 2018). Did BS and BM repent of their big lies and fake ages? Never! Without blinking, they immediately twisted it into support for Darwinism, claiming it is an ancestor of all the animals. And they cheered the Big Lie that this organism’s original fat molecules survived for 558 million years, something they could never test or prove without first pledging allegiance to Darwin. Not only that, they announced that future soft tissue discoveries—rather than falsifying their belief—actually will help them find more evidence for evolution! That’s not just holding up props for propaganda. That’s parading them like batons before a marching band.Scientists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but blind chance. You have a designed world to win. Join the Revolution!Soviet communism fell rapidly. Why? It became increasingly obvious to the subjects that it wasn’t working. The people got more access to news from non-Party sources. They could see how prosperous free societies were. They fell in love with American music and western dress. Remember how the Party bosses, with trembling fingers, read a statement that the regime was still in control? Boris Yeltsin was standing on a tank assuring the people that a new day was dawning. Gorbachev could not stop the trend, and said he would no longer support East Germany’s prevention of passage from east to west. The Berlin Wall fell. It was over in a flash! How long can North Korea hold out?This is why Darwin skeptics should not be discouraged at the totalitarian dictatorship of Darwinism. The old guard is trembling. The journals are having to accommodate Open Science initiatives, where scientists with the best ideas and evidence can get a hearing without the stranglehold of traditional peer review, which often serves as a means of suppression of dissidents. Scientists do not have to imbibe Darwin Pravda like they had to decades ago; creation and ID material is out there. Darwin Party comrades sometimes read it, like Gunter Bechly did, and find it convincing. When a critical mass decides it is safe to revolt against King Charles, and when being pro-Darwin is no longer ‘cool,’ the mass exodus to freedom could be swift and beautiful to see. Transparency is the best weapon against totalitarianism. (Of course, subsequent history with Vladimir Putin taking power shows that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.)A revolution against evolution is coming. Sources like CEH need your help to get the word out and keep the pressure on. The Soviets tried to jam frequencies broadcasting Radio Free Europe, but that’s harder now with the internet. Help spread our news and commentary on social media, and don’t let the tech giants engage in censorship. When Open Science comes, with transparency and freedom to debate the evidence, new interpretations of the evidence will get a hearing. If creationists can finally get a hearing without Party censorship, science will flourish; why? Because only Judeo-Christians in science have a moral foundation that science desperately needs: a worldview that values honesty and has a high regard for the truth (here’s evidence). Like Soviets importing American grain to keep their people from starving, Darwinians have plagiarized Biblical values to deal with rampant corruption and fraud, because they cannot grow integrity in their own soil. Darwinists hate Christians but need their goods. It’s an unstable standoff that the Darwin Party, like Gorbachev, cannot maintain forever. When the Darwin idol is toppled, the sufferings of those who were persecuted for doubting Darwin will not have been in vain.(Visited 457 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Amer thanks coaches’ trust in bounce back game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Amer’s shot, however, wasn’t his to take as the play was originally designed for Allen Durham to try to get two points in the interior after Black called the timeout with 1:32 remaining.Durham, though, was hounded inside and he found the open Amer who had no defender within five of him.And Amer was ready to bail out Meralco in whatever way he can.“When I entered the floor off the timeout, coach Jimmy [Alapag] and coach Ronnie [Magsanoc] told me to just shoot it if I find myself open, and it just happened,” said Amer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He ended up contributing 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to help the Bolts take an 85-83 win against Ginebra in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.“The coaches are there, my teammates are there to help me,” said Amer in Filipino. “They were there for me the last three games and they’re always motivating me to help bring back my game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd of Amer’s 11 points, none was bigger than the three he put up with 1:18 remaining in the game that gave Meralco an 81-80 lead, a shot head coach Norman Black essentially called as the “game-winner.”“That was a big shot by Baser from the corner, actually you can say that was the game-winner,” said Black.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer walked into Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday carrying a proverbial blank sheet.His 0-of-6 shooting night in Game 3 was a thorn in his side and he knew he had to start making his attempts if he hoped to help Meralco tie the series at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

City updates

first_imgWhat’s new in the big cities.LondonMusic festival: A month-long musical bonanza takes over St Martin-in-the-Fields Church at Trafalgar Square. The Handel Festival begins April 2, with the maestro’s choral masterpiece Messiah. Till April 30. www.stmartin-in-the-fields.orgStreet photography: An interesting collection of street photography at the Museum of London (150 London Wall; tel: 020 7814 5503) captures the diversity and vibrancy of the city.Exhibition: James Watt, one of the pioneers of the Industrial Revolution, is the subject of a new exhibition at the London Science Museum (South Kensington; tel: 020 7942 4000). Titled Watts Workshop, the exhibition recreates, for the first time, the attic workshop in which Watt experimented with chemistry, engine design and more.Seafood restaurant: Chef Massimo Riccioli, who has made a name for himself in Rome, has brought to London La Rosetta, a seafood speciality restaurant, at the refurbished five-star Corinthia Palace (www.corinthia.com).New yorkMuseum reopening: The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria; tel: 718 777 6888; Monday closed) has reopened with a newly expanded and redesigned building. Additions include a cafe, store, screening areas and a garden. Exhibition: Step into a magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which opened at Discovery Times Square this month. Original artefacts from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part I and the highly anticipated finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2, are on display. Runs till September 5.Brunch menu: Austrian tavern Edi & The Wolf (102 Avenue, 7th & 8th Streets, East Village; tel: 212 598 1040) has just launched a weekend brunch. Timings: 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.Must seeArt installation: The Union Square is where a 10-ft tall sculpture–a tribute to Andy Warhol–has been installed. Created by artist Rob Pruitt, it has the Pop mastermind with a camera around his neck. It’s sure to be the backdrop of many photos itself. The sculpture will remain there till October 2.advertisementMelbournePizzeria: After delighting the city with artisan pizzas from its Fitzroy outlet for the past few years, Ladro has opened a branch on Greville Street, Prahran (03 9510 2233). An additional bar menu includes Cotechino Sausage and Polenta-crumbed Sardines. You can also order some house-made pasta and roasted meat. Beer bar: Masterchef contestants Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins are the owners of Josie Bones, a new beer bar at Smith Street, Collingwood (03 9417 1878). A good way to start the evening is with the beer flight, which gives you a taste of three varieties served in 110 ml glasses. Comedy festival: Get your fill of laughs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs till April 24. Considered the third largest festival of its kind, tickets to this comedy bonanza comes for AU$ 22. More details on www.comedyfestival.com.auCyclists guide: A new edition of Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists Guide is designed with the food-savvy and culturally-aware cyclist in mind. It includes a ‘Window Shopper’ journey through the CBD, Richmond and South Yarra. Buy for AU$ 3 at bookshops or pick up free with any Humble Vintage bike hire; http://thehumblevintage.comMumbaiAdventure park: Della Adventure in Lonavala, an easy drive from Mumbai, is perfect for both the lazy and the active. The 34-acre park offers everything from rock-climbing and rappelling or pottery and karaoke. Restaurant and Lounge bar: Mumbai’s favourite Busaba has opened a branch at Lower Parel (Next to Blue Frog, Senapati Bapat Marg; tel: 022 6747 8971). The dishes on the menu, we are told, are mementos from the people that owner Nikhil Chib has met over the years. Deli: The newest hotspot for cupcakes is Indigo Deli (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road, Colaba; tel: 022 6655 1010). On offer are cupcakes that range from flavours like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and red velvet to more spirited flavours like tequila, cointreau and pi-a colada. Goan restaurant: Tavira (LT Road, Gorai, Borivli West; tel: 022 6511 2248) looks every bit of its owner’s Bandra restaurant Soul Fry, with its cheery orange and yellow walls. Thursdays are karaoke evenings.BangloreSky diving camp: This one is for those with a head for heights. A sky diving camp at Waltair Escapade Thrills (101 Silver Meadows, Off Sarjapur Road; mobile: 99860 41076/ 93436 38695) will give you a certificate that allows you to practice the sport anywhere in the world. Join by April 7.Crepes menu: Canadian yogurt chain Kiwi Kiss (outlets at Phoenix Arcade on Church Street & Koramangala) has introduced a range of sweet and savoury crepes too. Options for toppings include Nutella, maple syrup, honey, fresh fruit, Cayenne chicken and cottage kadai. Deli counter: You can now take home Toscano’s pesto and tomato oils. They’ve opened a deli counter at the Whitefield restaurant (Forum Value Mall; tel: 080 2593 9224) and the fresh take-away list includes cheese, pasta, cookies, cakes and breads. Vietnamese restaurant: If ambience is what you rate higher than the food, then Phobidden Fruit (HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar; tel: 080 4125 5175) may be worth a visit. Don’t be surprised if the waiter brings you a torch along with the menu card at this dimly-lit restaurant. The atmosphere is just what you would find in a Saigon eatery; the prices are affordable and the pho, decent.advertisementToronto with Akshay KumarThe city: I first visited Toronto in 1994 for a shoot and fell in love with this gorgeous city. I told myself that I will have a home here someday, and make it a point to visit every three or four months. You’ll get everything in this city, be it great food or good weather. CN Tower: One of my favourite attractions in Toronto is the CN Tower. Riding the glass elevators up one of the highest freestanding structures in the world (553m) is one of those ‘typical’ things you just have to do. The other thing you must do at the CN Tower is having a meal at Horizons. The casual cafe boasts spectacular views of the city and Lake Ontario. Don’t miss a fascinating 3D theatre experience at CN Tower theatre. It is now showing The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, first 3D surf film ever created. (There are shows every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m; www.cntower.ca)Japanese restaurant: One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto is Blowfish (668 King Street West; tel: 416 860 0606)–we celebrated Suniel Shetty’s birthday there while we were in the city to shoot for Thank You. The menu features the expected sushi and sashimi, but the quality and presentation are uniformly excellent.last_img read more

Team Lakay aspiring for Manny Pacquiao’s longevity

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Eduard Folayang, the current ONE lightweight king, said winning titles across different divisions the way Pacquiao did is near impossible to pull off in MMA.“Boxing and mixed martial arts are two different sports, so it will be hard to replicate his success in being a world champion in as many weight classes,” Folayang said. “There’s a huge gap in weight in each division in mixed martial arts.”But aiming to have the same staying power as Pacquiao’s is tough but achievable for Folayang. “What I hope to accomplish instead is to be a world champion for as long as he is. He encourages me to stay healthy, long enough to compete in a world championship at 40,” said Folayang.“Everything he is right now is a result of his hard work and perseverance. His story inspires all of us in Team Lakay.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 View comments NorthPort teammates blown away by Robert Bolick: ‘He’s not even a rookie’ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Team Lakay doesn’t have to look far for an added source of motivation in its fighters’ bid to remain as world champions for as long as they could.Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has been one of the best boxers of his generation for the longest time and although, he’s not the same fighter he once was when he conquered one division after another, he’s still a world champion even at age 40.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ That longevity is what the warriors of Team Lakay are aspiring to emulate on the MMA stage.“Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration to all of us in Team Lakay. We all saw how he rose from from poverty to superstardom,” said Team Lakay headmaster Mark Sangiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If we can, we would love to replicate the duration of his title reign. We also hope to compete at that level on a global stage at 40 years old.”  Pacquiao won his first world title as a flyweight in 1998 then, went on to claim seven more major belts to become the sport’s only eight-division champion after dismantling Antonio Margarito for the WBC light middleweight crown in 2010. On Sunday (Manila time), the fighting Senator is defending his WBA (regular) strap against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

ESPN Announces This Year’s Theme Song For The College Football Season

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffIf you’re constantly tuned in to ESPN during pigskin season, you’ll likely see the network’s college football promo commercials dozens, if not hundreds of times. The Worldwide Leader, much to the dismay of many, uses the same song for every bit. By the end of the year, you’ll know every word.So which song will you know every word to this year? According to Chris Fowler, who used to host College GameDay before giving up the job to Rece Davis last year, this year’s song will be “Collider” by the X Ambassadors and Tom Morello. The X Ambassadors are an alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York. Morello, of course, was the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine.Here’s the video for the song, if you’re so inclined. It was released on August 1st.As a huge Tom Morello/Rage Against the Machine fan, this makes me happy: new ESPN CFB anthem w/X Ambassadors https://t.co/0ipVtmRM4y— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 3, 2016Last year, the tune was “History” by Lauren Alaina. In 2014, it was “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy.The X Ambassadors were formed in 2009 and released their first full-length album in 2015. The band is comprised of four members – Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.ESPN will kick off its college football coverage in 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Hawaii and California are set to meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday, August 26. The Rainbow Warriors and Golden Bears will meet a week before all other teams.College football’s opening weekend will feature a number of important games, so expect to see a number of promos. In the first few days of the season, we’ll get to see Kansas State vs. Stanford, Oklahoma vs. Houston, UCLA vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Wisconsin, Alabama vs. USC, Florida State vs. Ole Miss, Texas vs. Notre Dame and Auburn vs. Clemson.last_img read more

Defence minister in Halifax to talk spending on Royal Canadian Navy

first_imgHALIFAX – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will roll out more details today about Ottawa’s spending plans for the Royal Canadian Navy.Sajjan is expected to highlight investments in capabilities and support for the navy in Halifax, as part of the Liberals’ new defence policy.He has been holding events across the country to promote the Liberals’ proposed increase in defence spending.The Trudeau government announced last week that it will spend $62 billion more over the next two decades for a major expansion of the Canadian Armed Forces.But much of the money won’t flow until after the next election, and it’s not clear whether the spending spike would mean bigger federal deficits or spending cuts in other areas.Sajjan will also likely be asked about a recent meeting he had with the head of the American defence giant producing the controversial F-35 stealth fighter, which the governing Liberals had vowed not to purchase.last_img read more

NFB gets new home in Torontos Entertainment District at 145 Wellington Street

first_imgAdvertisement Recent successes from the Ontario Studio include Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley, and the multi-year HIGHRISE digital project, directed by Katerina Cizek―two of the most highly acclaimed works in NFB history―as well as powerful new releases like Tiffany Hsiung’s breakthrough feature doc, The Apology. Upcoming from the studio are major releases like Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses and Attiya Khan and Larry Jackman’s A Better Man.The Ontario Studio is also the new space for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio (Studio de la Francophonie canadienne), headed by Dominic Desjardins, which produces French-language works from Ontario and the West that serve a vital need in supporting and strengthening Canada’s French-language communities.Also moving to the new space will be members of the NFB’s education, audience development, communications and marketing teams.The Ontario Studio has been located at 150 John Street since 1991, and its move to nearby 145 Wellington Street West is intended to keep the NFB in the Toronto’s key cultural district, close to creators, co-producers and partners. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook On December 12, the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning Ontario Studio in Toronto is moving to a new home in the Entertainment District, at 145 Wellington Street West, Suite 1010. The NFB is making the move to a custom-designed space that meets its changing needs for film and interactive media creation, with six digital editing suites, a 20-seat screening room and a virtual reality lab, all designed to create world-class audiovisual works in the heart of Toronto.Headed by executive producer Anita Lee, with producers Lea Marin, David Oppenheim and Justine Pimlott, the Ontario Studio works closely with creators and partners in Toronto and across the province, the country and the world, to produce film and digital works that explore vital issues and break new ground in form and content. The NFB’s Toronto office is also the base for its new Director General of Creation and Innovation, René Bourdages, responsible for the NFB’s long-term programming vision, working with NFB studios across Canada. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more