New RSPL format gets strong support

first_imgWith the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) set to kick off on September 4 under a new format, president of Montego Bay United Orville Powell and two of the island’s top coaches have said the move will be good for local football. For the new season, the RSPL administrator, the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), added two more teams to vie for the main title. In a release, the PLCA stated that the play-off round will comprise the top six teams on points on the completion of rounds one to three. This round will comprise two-way quarter-finals and semi-finals and a one-way final to decide the champions. The teams ranked third to sixth will participate in the two-way quarter-finals. The third ranked against the sixth ranked and fourth versus fifth. The quarter-final winners on aggregate will then play against the teams ranked first and second. PLCA general manager, Pat Garel says that the decision to change the format was taken in the best interest of the league and there was no pressure from the title sponsor. “There is no pressure from the sponsor. We believe this format could enhance the league. Last year, we had very good support during the play-off stage,” Garel, who was appointed general manager two months ago explained. “We got clearance from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the PFAJ (Professional Football Association of Jamaica). The PLCA put forward the suggestion to tweak the league to generate more interest. It had to be approved and that was done on August 2 by the JFF’s competitions committee,” she added. Powell welcomed the new format but insisted that it should have been in place years ago. “I am for it. I have been saying it for a while. What we need is to get back interest in football. I’m against them (PLCA) for taking too long. The straight league format does not create much excitement. “Now, two more teams get chances in the knockout phase. It gives more clubs opportunity to make more money from home games. It creates more revenue. I love it, but it is too long in coming,” Powell reasoned. GOOD FOR FOOTBALL Arnett Gardens FC’s coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite also supported the new format. “Well, it will be good for football. It opens the opportunity for two more teams to win the league. This will push other teams to perform well,” Waite said. Former PLCA general manager and long-serving Boys’ Town FC coach, Andrew Price, is also fully behind the new format. “I don’t have a problem with the format as it will make the league more competitive,” Price said. “We have tried other systems. At the end of the day, we have to look at ways to make the league more competitive,” Price, who is one of 12 PLCA directors added. However, Marcel Gayle, head coach of the University of the West Indies FC is a staunch supporter of the league format. “The league format is always good for me, but I’m willing to give the new format a try. Looking at it from a business perspective it makes sense. But as a coach it is mind-boggling for a team to work very hard to reach the top and don’t win the main trophy,” Gayle said.last_img read more

MTN, Ecobank to Extend Mobile Money Services

first_imgMTN Mobile Money users, who are also Ecobank customers in 12 African countries, will soon be able to withdraw cash from Ecobank Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). They will also be able to transfer money between their Mobile Money and Ecobank accounts.According to MTN and Ecobank, the service was piloted in Ghana last month, and will soon be launched in Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, the Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Congo Brazzaville, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.MTN and Ecobank have partnered to improve access to mobile financial services in the African continent.Both pan-African multinationals have vast experience in extending financial services in several of their markets, with MTN’s Mobile Money registered subscriber base growing 57.3% to 14.8 million in 2013.“We are extending our co-operation in Africa to expand the range of services provided, as well as to further explore the development of mobile financial services in these countries. MTN is particularly excited by this agreement as it fits in perfectly with our on-going efforts to improve access to financial services for our customers and broader communities in the countries where we operate,” says Pieter Verkade, MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer.According to this MTN official, MTN and Ecobank are also looking to partner in developing a unique mobile savings offering within their countries of mutual presence. Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank’s Group Executive Director for Domestic Banking, is quoted as saying “This roll-out further demonstrates our commitment to make branchless banking a reality by activating multiple service channels in every country in which we operate. Our unique pan-African footprint will also enable us to be at the forefront of developing the market for cross-border mobile money services in Africa.”The collaboration with Ecobank, Verkade observed forms part of MTN’s renewed focus to deliver a distinct customer experience by providing value-added products and services.MTN Mobile Money enables users to perform local and international money transfers, make utility and other service payments, purchase airtime and access range of mobile financial products. As of31 December 2013, MTN Mobile Money had 14.8 million registered users, and was available in 14 African countries. Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank.It currently has a presence in 35 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The MTN Group was launched in 1994 and is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 31 December 2013, MTN recorded 207.8 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is the GDF harbouring ‘ticking time bombs’?

first_imgDear Editor,My respect to the bereaved of the late Ms Reona Payne, who was gruesomely gunned down in public, and I would also like to include the kids of the accused, Captain Orwain Sandy; I am sorry that you are feeling the consequences.I dare say that the deceased and accused were two selfish and irresponsible humans, playing Russian roulette and not thinking of the damages that the kids from both sides will encounter.I have been following the press reports and social media forums, and though I am no expert on matters relating to the Guyana Defence Force, I am left to wonder about quite a lot.Doesn’t the GDF offer the service of ‘Psychological Evaluation’ of its officers/ranks?Didn’t anyone within the GDF ever see signals or signs of abnormal behaviour from Captain Sandy?Even if it is accurate that the accused was seeing/visiting private doctors for the past two years because of mental issues, did the GDF know of his condition?If they did, why was Captain Sandy still in possession of his firearm, knowing he was a threat to the general public?Did the GDF/State fail Captain Sandy and other ranks currently serving by not providing the necessary services for their personal safety and that of the general public?I am now left thinking that the Guyana Defence Force is filled with mentally dysfunctional and ‘ticking time bomb’ personnel.Where do we go from here, and how do we fix the situation?Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Senate Receives US$5M Ebola Fund Report

first_imgFollowing days of debates calling on the National Task Force on Ebola to report on how US$5 million which that body approved for use in the fight to contain Ebola, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who chairs the task force, Thursday, September 25, presented to the Senate an expenditure report covering the month of August.The President’s communication came hours after the Senate plenary had voted unanimously requesting the Ebola Task Force to make report to that body on how the amount of US$5 million approved for the fight of Ebola was expended.According to the communication dated September 22, 2014, addressed to the President, Pro Tempore of the Senate Gbehzohngar Findley, President Sirleaf said the report is the first covering up to date deposits and disbursement through the Ebola Trust Fund.Her communication also submitted a three-month budget covering August-October, which she said was received from several implementing agencies with responsibility for the national response to the anti-Ebola fight.President Sirleaf firstly spelled out in her letter that during the three months, the implementing agencies’ budget as requested, will be US$34,820.98.According to individual implementing agency budget for the three months, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare submitted a budget of US$29,283.57 which will be used for health related inventions; Ministry of National Defense, for its lead on national security and support to quarantine will receive US$1,057.08; the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization gets US$432. 20 for enforcement of border control; Liberia National Police budget for enforcing rule of law and support quarantine is US$1,721.78; the Ministry of State will receive US$320.000 for community water kiosks/outreach; Ministry of Internal Affairs gets US$1,114.21 for lead on burial/cremation and community engagement; for communication dissemination, Ministry of Information receives US$550,000; the Program Management (Command Center), and the Ministry of Gender and Development are budgeted for US$300,000, and US$33,014 respectively.After a month of implementation, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that approximately US$4.7 million was disbursed to the various implementing agencies against their budgets submitted, leaving an undisbursed balance of approximately US$1,069,094.91.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare received US$2,882,000.96; Ministry of Defense US$352,000.36; BIN received US$357,000.45; LNP US$346,000.32; Ministry of State received US$130,000; Ministry of Internal Affairs US$484,000.98; Ministry of Information received US$17,000.50, while the Program Management Command Center received US$100,000 the Ministry of Gender is yet to receive allotment, bringing the total expenditure to US$4,668,003.57.In her letter, President Sirleaf displayed a requested expenditure for September 2014, which she said is subject to evaluation, at US$5 million with the same implementing agencies as beneficiaries.The National Task Force leader informed the Senate that towards meeting the needs of the implementing agencies, a total of US$5,737,098.48 consisting of US$5,624,250 and L$9,400,000 was paid into the Ebola Trust Fund as donations from the government (US$5M), individuals and organizations.Among the highest donors to the Ebola Fund, according to President Sirleaf’s communication, are the Central Bank of Liberia, US$100,000; National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), US$150,000; CGC (Chinese Company), US$100,000; Tony Elumelu, US$100,000; LPRC, US$75,000; and CEMENCO, US$25,000, among several individuals and organizations.From the three months budget submitted by implementing agencies, President Sirleaf said the emergency request of US$20 million based on an initial assessment by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is inadequate to the fund response efforts.“We must therefore intensify our resource mobilization efforts both locally and internationally to secure funding for national response. Towards this end, we have begun engagement with the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund…A more comprehensive report which captures the totality of support will be prepared.”President Sirleaf pointed out that with regards to accountability, the entities to which disbursement have been made are responsible to ensure that funds are used for the purpose detailed in their strategies and budgets. “They are to observe financial rules as much as possible without prejudice to the need for flexibility in procurement rule due to the urgency involved.”Additionally, she said a staff of the Internal Audit Agency works with the Finance Team, and the General Auditing Commission has provided input to facilitate post transaction audits.Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Senate was requested to make copies of four-page communication and distribute them among the various Senators for deliberation on Tuesday ensuing.­ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver allegedly commits suicide

first_imgThe lifeless body of a taxi driver was on Thursday morning found crouched in a sitting position at his mother’s Edingburg, East Bank Berbice home.Dead is Sewdath Persaud, also called “Stiky”, 52, of Lot 1025 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The discovery was made by the man’s 16-year-old son.His mother, Narmaline Persaud, recalled taking the now dead man to the New Amsterdam Hospital on Friday where he was admitted a patient.However, on Wednesday he came to her home claiming that he had taken a self-discharge because he was in too much pain.Dead: Sewdath PersaudAccording to Persaud, her son was a diabetic and one of his feet began to swell and pain forcing him to ask her to accompany him to the hospital on Friday.The dead taxi driver’s 16-year-old son said he got up to use the washroom and decided to check on his father but did not see him in the bedroom. “I start looking around for him and as I was passing the step I see him hanging”, the son stated.He immediately informed his grandmother but she was too overwhelmed to go close. He explained that an electric cord was wrapped around his father’s neck which was tied to a bar on the window. The distraught young man went to inform his older brother and they went to the Police station to make a report.Persaud had been a taxi driver for the past 30 years. He leaves to mourn his mother and two children. He and his wife separated more than a decade ago.last_img read more

DONEGAL BOY LEFT DEVASTATED AFTER DREAM HOLIDAY FALLS THROUGH

first_imgA 13-year-old Buncrana boy has been left devastated after a dream holiday was ruined when he wasn’t able to acquire tickets to a comic convention in America. Lochláinn Kelly from Buncrana had been planning his ‘dream’ holiday to San Diego since he was 11.Lochláinn suffers from Aspergers Syndrome but is a highly functioning child with an incredible talent in animation. Lochláinn along with his older brother Rory, a former Finn Harps and Derry City goalkeeper, excitedly logged on at 5pm for the start of the sale.However, after countless attempts to book the ‘Golden’ tickets to Comic Con and frenetic refreshing of the page, their heart sank when they quickly discovered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and the preview day had all sold out in record time.Lochláinn was left absolutely devastated and didn’t want to speak to anyone, who couldn’t hide his disappointment.The holiday he had planned for two years was now ruined. His brother Rory has started an online campaign to create awareness of what happened Lochláinn in the hope that somebody somewhere reads his history and gives him a pass to the event.Rory posted the following on his Facebook account, “Last week I posted a status about my 13-year old brother and a trip he had been planning towards for the last two years.Each of his Birthdays, he asked for just dollars towards going to Comic Con in San Diego in 2015.“For my brother, Lochláinn, this was the be-all and end-all. Go to Comic Con, meet his heroes, see LA during that time and come home ready to take on the world.“As many of you may be aware, Lochláinn is a highly functioning kid with Aspergers Syndrome, and you could imagine how important such an event would be. “Who else would put two years of preparation into a trip at the ages of 11, 12 and 13? His talents in animation are gob-smacking, and similar to other kids putting hours of work into playing a sport or an instrument, this is his game.“But last week, his dreams came crashing down with nothing but a drawn-out fall.“Having woken excitedly earlier in the morning, he ensured that everything was ready so he would get his hands on the holy grail.“He sat awaiting the screen which allowed him into the waiting room for the sale. Once it hit 5pm, the sale began. With the refresh nature of the page, 120 seconds would elapse before refreshing automatically. “In short, we waited for 30 of these cycles. Saturday sold out. Friday sold out. Sunday sold out. And finally, the preview day sold out. Not one word was said.“He abruptly closed his laptop, and walked upstairs with sheer disappointment covering every single millimetre of his face.“For all the reassuring we had done during this process, he was one, of many, that wasn’t successful in his quest for tickets. What would be a trip of a lifetime to most people, he deterred the idea of even bothering to go to LA for holiday, calling it ‘pointless’.“I am fully aware that there are thousands of others in the same boat – no doubt about that.“But I am sure that the disappointment he is feeling will last ten times longer than anyone else’s. Everyone tastes disappointment and has to get over it at some stage.“But spare a thought for my brother – his dreams have been taken away from him as quick as a candle being blown out.“What we’re hoping to do now is try and generate a bit of online interest and somehow get our hands on a pass for him to attend this event.“There is no financial issue or anything like that, more just getting a pass which would help Lochláinn dreams come true.“Please like and share and hopefully in a few days, we might be able to get something sorted. Thanks x #‎LochlainnCon‬.”DONEGAL BOY LEFT DEVASTATED AFTER DREAM HOLIDAY FALLS THROUGH was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Comic ConDreamFeaturesholidayLochlainn KellynewsRuinedlast_img read more

A new Chabad, as always, with an open door

first_imgWEST HILLS – The welcome mat will be out Sunday for the grand opening of the Chabad of West Hills, the 19th Chabad center in the San Fernando Valley. The synagogue actually held its first service at sundown June 1 for the Jewish festival of Shavuot. It was an appropriate holiday on which to launch a Chabad center because Shavuot, Hebrew for “weeks,” is all about making a sincere connection to God. Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah – God’s instruction and guidebook for living a good life – and its acceptance by the Jewish people. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Chabad synagogues have an open-door mission to all Jews, no matter if they are religious or not, to help them strengthen or discover their link to God and the commandments. “The key word is inspired. I’ve become more observant because Chabad has inspired me,” said Gil Weinreich, a finance journalist who took a business ethics course at Chabad of Agoura Hills. “I wanted to make my work more meaningful. “The class was very powerful. There were some very deep moral lessons about a person’s responsibility in the world of business.” Weinreich, who grew up in a nonobservant Jewish family, began taking more courses, many led by Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski from Chabad of Agoura Hills. He was bowled over by the welcoming and caring of the “Chabadniks” whom he met there. “The target audience of Chabad is the nonobservant Jew. It’s for Jews who don’t know what they’re doing. It’s about personal growth, and the starting point is up to you,” Weinreich said. Chabad is an acronym of Hebrew words for wisdom, understanding and knowledge. It is also a Hasidic sect founded more than 200 years ago by Rabbi Schneur Zalman in Eastern Europe. The roots of Chabad come from the Hasidic movement that was started by Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer in the early 1700s. Hasidism – from the Hebrew word for “pious” – was an attempt to bring religious education and a sense of joy in following God’s commandments in everyday life, to all class levels of Jews of that time. Chabad often has the word Lubavitch added to its name. Lubavitch, “the town of brotherly love,” is the name of the town, now in Belarus, where the movement was based until the early 1900s. “Chabad is a family center for all Jews. It’s a place where you can feel happy and be proud to be a Jew,” said Rabbi Avi Rabin, who will lead the new Orthodox Jewish congregation. “Our mission is to bring the light of Judaism to all, to create a warm and exciting environment and to educate people in a beautiful heritage.” Rabin, who grew up in South Africa, said that members of Chabad follow all the traditional Orthodox Jewish customs and laws. It should be noted for those attending a Shabbat service and not accustomed to Orthodox services, that men and women sit separately and all prayers are said in Hebrew. Selected parts of a service are in English and, Rabin said, he has a running commentary in English throughout. “The first impressions are that people will feel an excitement and a warmth at the service. They will feel at ease,” said Rabin. “It’s a smooth entry into Orthodox tradition.” Grand opening of Chabad of West Hills, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 23747 Roscoe Blvd. Shabbat services at sundown Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call (818) 268-9666. holly.andres@dailynews.com (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spurs and Borussia Dortmund ‘keen’ on AC Milan star Ricardo Rodriguez

first_img Gossip 1 Top transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Rodriguez in action for Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia Man City eye Poch, Haaland pictured with United shirt, Chelsea dealt double blow Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED LATEST Tottenham Hotspur are ready to battle Borussia Dortmund for the services of AC Milan full-back Ricardo Rodriguez.The Switzerland international arrived at the San Siro from Wolfsburg last summer and played 34 times in an impressive debut season in Serie A. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets center_img The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino targets IN DEMAND REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January blunder The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade But, according to reports in Italy, the 25-year-old could be on the move once again during the window – and he could be headed for England.Tutto Mercato Web has claimed that Spurs have got the ball rolling on a potential deal while Borussia Dortmund are hoping to lure him back to Germany.It has even been suggested that Milan have already identified Fiorentina’s Cristiano Biraghi as a potential replacement for Rodriguez.The left-back shone for Switzerland during his country’s run to the last-16 of the World Cup Finals in Russia. Despite crashing out to Sweden on Tuesday, the Swiss managed to claim credible draws over Brazil and Costa RicaThey ensured qualification to the knockout phase courtesy of a last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri winner over Serbia.last_img read more

NFL suspends Raiders’ Richie Incognito

first_imgIf Richie Incognito is to help the Raiders offensive line this season he’ll have to wait until Week 3 after Friday’s announcement the talented but troubled guard has been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.The Raiders signed the four-time Pro Bowler in late May fully realizing he was likely facing discipline from the league for an incident last year at an Arizona funeral home.“It’s a one-year, minimum prove it deal and we feel …last_img read more

Dismissing Religion by Evolving It

first_imgReligion evolved, and a computer program shows it.  This is the claim made by an article on New Scientist.  “God may work in mysterious ways, but a simple computer program may explain how religion evolved,” remarked Ewen Callaway with sweeping implications for the majority of earth’s population.    James Dow, an evolutionary anthropologist at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, wrote a program called “Evogod” that supposedly demonstrates how “believers in the unreal” spread in a population of early humans.  He began by assuming that the desire to spread religious information to others has a genetic basis.  The rest falls out of the software:The model assumes, in other words, that a small number of people have a genetic predisposition to communicate unverifiable information to others.  They passed on that trait to their children, but they also interacted with people who didn’t spread unreal information.    The model looks at the reproductive success of the two sorts of people – those who pass on real information, and those who pass on unreal information.    Under most scenarios, “believers in the unreal” went extinct.  But when Dow included the assumption that non-believers would be attracted to religious people because of some clear, but arbitrary, signal, religion flourished.    “Somehow the communicators of unreal information are attracting others to communicate real information to them,” Dow says, speculating that perhaps the non-believers are touched by the faith of the religious.”Dow thus feels he has demonstrated that the transmission of “unreal information,” such as belief in an afterlife, has adaptive value and will be preserved by natural selection.    Richard Sosis, another evolutionary anthropologist (U Connecticut) who has also speculated about the evolution of religion, believes that “the forces that maintain religion in modern humans could be very different from those that promoted its emergence, thousands of years ago.”    For previous entries on the evolution of religion, see 09/25/2006, 02/02/2006, 03/16/2005, and commentaries from 08/16/2002 and 04/23/2003In spite of the movie Expelled, and years of sophisticated criticisms of evolutionary theory, the Darwinists continue to flaunt their stupidity in public.  We don’t persist in the tedious task of unraveling their tangled logic with any hope of changing them.  They are incorrigible, hooked and stoned on Darwin beyond recovery.  For our sophisticated and discriminating readers, in hopes of empowering the paradigm revolution, let’s do the analysis.    Always start by looking for pertinent questions to ask.  To an evolved monkey-brain, what is the difference between real information and unreal information?  What is information in the first place?  What is reality?  Can a theoretical system built on chance and necessity include abstract concepts and laws of logic?  (Remember, without laws of logic, you can prove anything, and if anything is true, nothing is true – including evolutionary theory.)  How can a genetic trait produce abstract concepts such as information?  What kind of genetic trait attracts the members of the population who do not have the trait?  What is an evolutionary force?  Can you write an equation for it?  How can I tell a selection force that maintains unreal information from one that causes real information to “emerge”?    Good questions just warm the discussion up.  Next, test the evolutionists’ logic on their own assumptions.  They are assuming that their theorizing is immune from the same selection forces.  That’s a no-no.  Inconsistency and arbitrariness are two sins in logic.  If you commit either, you can prove anything, even opposite propositions, therefore you prove nothing.  Let’s see if evolutionary theory itself survives Dow’s Law.  He said that selection pressures on a genetic trait caused a population to wish to spread unreal information.  We observe that many Darwinists are eager to spread their ideas with evangelistic fervor.  Could we propose that the Darwin-dogma trait is genetic, that it emerged from selection pressure, and that evolutionary theory consists of unreal information?  Indeed we could.  The evolutionist has no basis to define reality, information, logic, truth or evidence.  He’s just doing what selection forces in his animal past are making him do.  He cannot stand outside the world of the evolved like some all-wise Yoda on a platform of neutrality and wisdom, observing what the silly humans are doing.    Once you diagnose the Yoda complex in the evolutionist, the argument is over.  It becomes obvious his theory is self-refuting.  If it refutes itself, guess what!  It is refuted – it is necessarily false.  Dow’s own theory cannot survive itself.  The gig is up.  Salvation requires repenting of this sin of arbitrariness and inconsistency, and accepting the premise that at least some religious beliefs (certainly not all) might be real.  Why?  Because meaning requires an ultimate reference point.  Reality requires a reality-Maker.  Information requires an intelligent Communicator.  Logic requires a Thinker who is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent.  Truth requires a truth-Teller.  Only with those presuppositions can one reason inductively and deductively.  Only with those presuppositions is there a standard by which to make sense of the world.  The evolutionary world view does not provide a pole star; it wobbles uncontrollably and chaotically.  What’s up one moment is down the next.    For overkill, let’s remind the evolutionist that writing programs requires intelligent design, and human designers are subject to bias (see 04/26/2008 commentary).  Dr. Dow conveniently defined his parameters to guarantee the outcome his bias preferred.  Could his critics design a computer program that shows Darwinism emerging and becoming established in a population?  Certainly.  Could they decide that Darwinism represents unreal information?  Why not?  Sounds like fun.    A perceptive reader offered these additional thoughts:The analysis assumes that those first promulgated the ‘unreal info” had no real experience–in other words they were liars.  The moral standards of religious people either do or do not support their claims.    In the case of Judaism and Christianity, the high moral standard–perhaps the highest moral standard on earth–that developed at exactly the same time and by the exact same people who supposedly developed the “unreal info” contradicts the assumption that they were liars.    It is more likely that Moses, for example, when he came down the mountain with the Ten Commandments described the truth about what he saw and heard than that he fabricated it.  If he had been lying, he quickly would have been exposed by the multitude that didn’t like his standards very much.So you see that selection pressure in a population would actually work against someone commanding them to not bear false witness.  Let’s ask Dr. Dow if he agrees that bearing false witness is wrong.  Did that standard evolve?  Does it ever change?  Don’t let him appeal to the Ten Commandments.  He doesn’t believe in them.  When you cut off the Judeo-Christian grounding assumptions (truth, morals, logic, absolutes) from the evolutionary belief network, it short circuits.  When you force Darwinism to run on its own operating system, without a proper BIOS (Bible input-output system), every algorithm produces a blue screen of death.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more