Serving credit union members best – Auto loans

first_imgPresenting your services with a product description and cost isn’t appealing to anyone. It’s about asking the right questions, then offering what makes sense in the right way for that member.I’m not going into selling here (we’ve talked about that many times in the past). Ok, maybe I am. Again, because it’s so important! Let me repeat: Selling is helping. And you are helping, right?Your car buying service helps save members time and money. Explaining its benefits and how to best take advantage isn’t selling.GAP helps a member avoid thousands in unexpected costs after an insurance settlement. Sharing the exact “GAP curve” that member experiences isn’t selling.VSCs are expensive up-front, but how might a surprise $2000 repair affect your member, their job, family, and financial stability? VSC helps your members keep their car on the road (and reduces repossessions, which are often caused by unaffordable vehicle repairs). HIghlighting this isn’t selling.Your Member Walked Into A Dealership…That looks appetizing…The dealer your member visits will present all of these services. You know they’ll be more expensive, and who knows if they are even the best fit?But if it’s the first time your member hears about them, that’s a huge opportunity missed for your credit union.And it’s a disservice to your member.On the other end, it’s important the credit union recognize the partner status of the dealers. They have the “cool” part of auto loans. Just because you need them doesn’t mean they have to hold all the cards. Welcome to Part 3 of what became the Unseen Credit Union Competition series. The first part highlighted what members receive in the mail from not-to-your-standards protection services. Did they know you could help them more effectively, at a lower cost?Then we saw “A Credit Union Member Walks Into a Car Dealership…” This revealed the necessity of positive, mutually-beneficial relationships with car dealers. It also raised the question of what your CU offers alongside that loan. You may know. Do your members?This post continues right from where we left off, finishing the buying process. We’ll look at how your credit union compares on the “easy scale” for loan closing, protection offerings, funding, and more. Remember, it’s always about getting the member what they really need…easily!Be Confident! Credit Unions Can Compete.What do you mean that’s not you and your dealer partners?What’s your loan team’s relationship with auto dealers? In the previous post, we saw the range from best buddies to mortal enemies, with everything in-between.Unless you are able to meet all your lending goals through tent sales, you’re going to need to work with dealers. That doesn’t mean you have to be a pushover!Explain to your dealer partners how members sent there may receive information about your ancillary services and financing. If the member wants to learn about dealer offerings, that’s their choice.Some members will just do everything at the dealer. Perfect for your indirect program, if you have one.Others will want to do it all on their phone before ever visiting the dealer. And stopping at a branch? Fat chance! Thus, how can you help accommodate this scenario? Does your technology allow it?Credit Unions Can Sell. Really!It shouldn’t matter how members choose to conduct their car search, financing research, and buying process. You simply need to provide the tools to make it easy.An unlikely, though fun, communication medium.Which leads us right into talking about your products! Ok, maybe not talking, but some form of member interaction, whether chat, clean website/app, or something else. It’s for them as much as for you!This is where you guide members through what you can offer. Explain why each matters to them (Big Data comes in handy here) and how you are helping reduce their risk, expenses, while preserving peace of mind.It sounds like selling. Maybe you’re not about selling to members. Then let’s change the word: Helping. Would you be willing to help your members choose what services make the most sense for their situation?Since you’re not always doing it in-person, yes, that means some pretty awesome site and mobile app design. You can do it!I was “sold” GAP by my credit union like this:“Ok, so your loan is approved. Do you want GAP? It can pay the difference between your loan and insurance payout in the event of your vehicle being totaled. It’ll be $$ more per month.”I declined. Shocked?I’m Just BrowsingIf you’re at a store and someone asks if you need help, what do you say? “No thanks. I’m just browsing.”In this case, I’m just browsing the ancillary services. If you present them as I expect, ie. selling, I won’t be interested. Yet maybe it’s actually perfect for me! Creating a beneficial relationship for all parties means the experience is better for your members (and the credit union, too!).Then there’s the question of “selling”. There are two extremes. We covered one in the first part: Companies trying to sell your members questionable products they may or may not even need.The other extreme is not mentioning anything to a member. You probably fall somewhere in the middle, and that’s a great place to start.Now, it’s up to you to make sure you provide the best everything for a member. And ensure it’s clear and easy for them!Because isn’t “serving members the best” what your credit union is all about?center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

The Latest: F1 cancels season-opening Australian Grand Prix

first_imgThe Latest: F1 cancels season-opening Australian Grand Prix The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___ ___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament. The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m. 12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days. 2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m. The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway. Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments.The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___7:10 p.m. 5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___5:15 p.m. The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m. 7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption. The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings. Associated Press The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus. The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.” Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___ Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m. The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___ 5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___ The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___ IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m. March 12, 2020 The Colonial Athletic Association says it has been informed that a game official who worked at the conference men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The CAA said the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference said it was using an “abundance of caution” to make the involved institutions and tournament personnel “aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.”Hofstra beat Northeastern in the conference championship game on Tuesday in Washington.___4:30 p.m. ___12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan.The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners. Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” last_img read more

Westport Winery Wins Unanimous Double Golds at Great Northwest Invitational

first_imgFacebook180Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryThis week we were excited to get the text that said, “Your Cabs are kicking a** in Hood River.” This the first time we were invited to participate in the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition held at the Columbia Gorge Inn in Hood River, Oregon.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryThe prestigious event offers twenty wine judges the opportunity to invite up to 100 wines each to compete for top honors. That means a win, is a BIG win!We had three 2017 Cabernet Sauvignons represented in this competition. Charterboat Chick, MV Endeavor, and MV Argonaut. All three received double gold medals (unanimous panel decisions).Our Cabernet Sauvignon “program” is one that our director of winemaking Dana Roberts has been nurturing for years. He is convinced that Washington State grows the best Cab Sauv grapes. For Dana, the best way to finish wine from his favorite vineyards is to age it in special French oak barrels. The results of this event proves that his passion is in the right place.To accomplish this feat we are fortunate to partner and collaborate with the top wine grape growers in Washington.Joe Hattrup, who owns both Sugarloaf and Elephant Mountain Vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, grew the fruit Dana used to craft MV Endeavor—named after the dive boat Blain built at Westport Shipyard where he met his future wife Kim Irving. We also harvest Malbec, Mouvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and of course, our beloved Cabernet Sauvignon at Hattrup Farms.Charterboat Chick features 52% Cab from Conner-Lee Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA and 48% from May’s Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryMV Argonaut (named after Blain’s first dive boat on Maui) is made from grapes exclusively grown at Conner-Lee Vineyard.During your next visit to Westport Winery Garden Resort you will see the new tasting room for Ocean’s Daughter Distillery. We hope to have our first few selections available for tasting and purchase by Thanksgiving. Just like at the winery we will offer complimentary gift wrapping to be sure to include spirits in your holiday gift list.Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryIn Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Canucks Overcome Avalanche in Snowy Denver, Win 3-2 in Shootout

first_img Colorado has a number of good young forwards.  Rookie Gabriel Landeskog was noticeable today.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  I think I have finally found a rink that apparently plays worse music than Rogers Arena.  I heard that horribly annoying LMFAO song, as well as Maroon 5’s equally brutal “Moves Like Jagger”.  Wow.  This coming from a rink that, along with Dallas, used to play some of the best music in the league (admittedly based on limited sample size).I thought Garrett offered some great insight when he was talking about how some of the league’s best face-off men will intentionally lose a meaningless neutral-zone faceoff early in a game in order to learn what the other guy does, as well as to give him a false sense of security. While this tactic makes a lot of sense, I would never have thought about that.  It’s these kinds of tidbits that can really add quality to a broadcast.Looking ahead: The Canucks continue their road trip on Tuesday in Music City, as they visit the Nashville Predators. I touched on this above, but the power play has been very poor for over 20 games now.  Going back to the game in Columbus on December 13, the power play is only 11 for 70 (15.7%).  If you take out the Boston game in which they went 4 for 11, they have only scored on 7 of their last 59 opportunities (11.9%).  That is positively brutal.  Unbelievably, they still lead the league, however their percentage has come off at least 4 points and is now only 22.3% (Nashville is second at 22.2% – so the gap has narrowed significantly). Byron Bitz made his Canucks debut tonight and was pretty good overall.  Skating on a line with Cody Hodgson and Jannik Hansen, he was able to use his size effectively in the offensive zone, and got into an entertaining bout with Avalanche tough guy Cody McLeod.  Vigneault should be pleased with what he saw. Bieksa’s final shift where he prevented a goal at one end and scored at the other, tying the game, was unbelievable.  The goal bore an uncanny resemblance to his series-winning goal against San Jose in last season’s playoffs.  He was able to atone for his mistake that led to Colorado’s second goal, which occurred on a shift where prior to the puck drop, he was preoccupied by attempting to get Galiardi to fight him (Galiardi has elbowed him in the first period). Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks visited the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon in the Mile High City, exiting with a 3-2 shootout victory.Coming off two substandard performances against Chicago and Detroit, the Canucks came out of the gate strong, taking the game to Colorado for most of the first eight minutes of the game.  Ryan Kesler opened the scoring at 3:31 of the first, wiring a slap shot past Avalanche netminder Jean-Sebastian Giguere. The first took a turn for the worse for the visitors after David Booth took a dubious goaltender interference penalty at 8:46 of the first, as David Jones converted a great pass from Paul Stastny on the ensuing power play to even the score.Shortly after that goal, Colorado went back on the power play, which shifted the momentum solidly in their favour.  While they didn’t score, the Avalanche rode that momentum for the rest of the period, eventually outshooting the Canucks 18-7.The second period was much better for Vancouver.  They were unfortunate to go down 2-1, after a Kevin Bieksa back pass came out awkwardly from the boards behind the net, and Daniel Winnik fed Jay McClement who fired the puck past Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo.  The Canucks played decently through the rest of the middle frame, however, were unlucky to not have any of their chances go in the net.  Meanwhile, the Avalanche were able to generate a number of chances, there were very few Grade A chances.Consistent with recent history, the Canucks were able to mount more of an attack in the third period, drawing a couple of penalties along the way.  However, Giguere was up to the task, and turned the puck back on a number of occasions. The Canucks finally tied the game after a phenomenal shift for Bieksa. With Luongo on the bench for the extra attacker, Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi flipped a puck from centre that was heading into the net – until Bieksa skated hard from the opposite side of the ice, dove, and kept the puck out.  He then cleared the zone and the puck went in deep.  The Avalanche got to it first, and rung the puck around the boards, where it took a strange bounce off the stanchion, into the slot, onto Bieksa’s stick, from where he got a wrist shot past Giguere with only 35 seconds left.The overtime was relatively uneventful, although, Colorado outshot Vancouver 5-1 in the extra frame.  The game went to the dreaded shootout, but Luongo was up to the task, saving all three Avalanche attempts.  Mason Raymond was the Canucks’ second shooter, and his goal through Giguere’s legs was enough to get the Canucks two points.Statistically, Colorado was the much better team today, in the end outshooting the Canucks 46-29 and outchancing the Canucks 27-18 (as detailed over at Canucks Army). I wasn’t able to watch the game live today, but I was able to listen to portions of it on the radio live – and based on what I heard, I was expected to be horrified when I watched the game tonight.  Shockingly, I wasn’t.  In my mind, today was merely “one of those days”, which I’ll expand on below.Also, again, it must be said that Luongo was extremely good today as he kept Vancouver in the game throughout regulation, and was able to stop all three Avalanche shooters in the shootout.  Without Luongo at the top of his game, the Canucks don’t likely end up leaving Denver with two points. DID THE CANUCKS “DESERVE” THIS WIN?While it’s the only statistic that decides winners and losers, generally I advocate for looking past only goals for and against in order to assess a team’s performance.  Shots on goal can often be a reasonable indicator of the general effectiveness of a team and run of the play, and it’s a relatively well-defined, objective measure. While more subjective, some statisticians (and many NHL teams) are using “scoring chances” as a more meaningful metric (typically the scoring chances must come from certain areas on the ice in order to be counted).As noted above, both measures were slanted heavily in favour of Colorado today.  That said, in watching the game, I really feel like most of their advantage was gained in one 12 minute stretch of the game – basically, the second half of the first period.  During this stretch, the Avalanche were playing well, getting power play opportunities, and giving the Canucks fits in their own end. However, the Canucks had a very good first eight minutes (two early odd-man rushes against notwithstanding), during which they were able to jump out to a lead on Kesler’s goal.  Overall, I felt it was a reasonably even period, even though Colorado significantly outshot the Canucks. Henrik and Daniel continue to struggle immensely.  Like the rest of the team, their stat line was worse than they played, but their lack of production recently is astounding, considering the rate at which they have scored over the past few years.  Hopefully they get their game figured out soon.  They weren’t even afforded first-unit power play time on the team’s final man advantage. Ryan Kesler’s second line continues to be the most dangerous.  Mason Raymond, given a shot on that line in Chris Higgins’ absence, isn’t making much of his opportunity, but his shootout goal was very good. Aaron Rome isn’t doing a lot for me right now.  I’d welcome giving Alberts another turn on the third pairing. The other stretch in the game where they took it to the Canucks statistically was the overtime period, when they outshot Vancouver 5-1.  However, again, this doesn’t tell the entire story. The Canucks controlled the play in the extra period for most of the first three minutes, while Colorado had better run of the play in the final couple of minutes.  That said, it was Vancouver who tallied the only two credited scoring chances in the overtime – so again, I feel it was a pretty even overtime session.The second and third periods were statistically even between the two teams.  However, again, I feel that the stats here are a bit misleading.  Vancouver had some very good stretches in those periods, and were unlucky not to score on a couple (or more) occasions.So what really happened today?  Were the Canucks deserving victors?My take is that while the Canucks were (again) far off their best game, they did enough to legitimately get the win.  For one, the ice was terrible (day game which was preceded by an NBA game the prior night) and this caused a number of strange bounces – Colorado’s second goal and Bieksa’s tying goal being prime examples.  Vancouver is a high-skill team, and today there were a number of instances where pucks just plain bounced over their sticks, or passes weren’t flat on the ice, shots were fanned on, etc.Secondly, while this really sounds like a cop-out, the Canucks were just plain unlucky.  They had a number of shots which were “almost” deflected in front of the net; or where the deflections put the puck straight into Giguere or inches past the post.  They were just a fraction off on a number of other shots or passes – it seemed like they missed the net, albeit only marginally, quite often.  Hodgson wired a slap shot off the post early in the third.Thirdly, the Canucks power play continues to struggle, going 0 for 5 on the day.  One goal would have changed the outcome of this game.  Typically the Canucks are good for one power play goal on approximately every four opportunities, if that had held true today, Bieksa’s heroics wouldn’t have been necessary.Lastly, and most importantly, the goaltending was stellar.  While I question the overall quality of many of Colorado’s shots and scoring chances, Luongo did make a number of very tough saves over course of the contest.  As much as it displeases many in Canucks Nation, Luongo is a part of the team, and therefore, his contributions can’t be ignored in assessing the quality of the win.  He also made three very good saves in the shootout, enabling the Canucks to seize the extra point.The bottom line is that good teams will find ways to get points and wins.  Vancouver is playing some of its worst hockey of the season, however, they are finding ways to get things done. There are worries and warning signs, and by no means should their recent play not be cause for concern.  That said – today, at least – they were deserving of the points they got.  They just were not as bad as the stats would have you believe. OTHER TOP NHL TEAMS STRUGGLING AS WELLIt’s funny, the Canucks are playing poorly at the moment, and yet they are climbing up the standings.  Detroit, Nashville, and Pittsburgh are all playing well and are rolling along. On the flip side, in their last 10 games, Boston is 4-5-1, Philadelphia is 5-3-2, San Jose is 5-4-1, and Chicago is 4-4-2.What this all means is that after the close of play tonight, Vancouver is tied for second in the NHL in points, at 69 (although the team they are tied with, New York, has three games in hand). More importantly, in looking at the most telling number, Vancouver is now in a three-way tie for third in regulation losses with Philadelphia and San Jose (only New York and St. Louis having fewer).  This is an area where the Canucks have been chasing the top teams all season long, and only recently have they caught the top level teams here.This is exactly why these most recent games are very important for the Canucks.  They have found ways to avoid regulation losses this week, even though they definitely deserved them in the Chicago and Detroit games.  As a result, they are increasing their position in the standings even while not playing their best. That, if nothing else, is an impressive feat, and makes me look forward to when the team starts firing on all cylinders again.  Perhaps more importantly, it also keeps the team’s recent woes in perspective. PARTING SHOTSQuick comments:  Vancouver is now 13-0-2 against the Avalanche in their last 15 games against this former arch-nemesis.last_img read more

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