Pepsi feels it has got great return on its $5 million investment in the 2015 ISSA/Flow Super Cup. The competition dubbed the ‘Champions League of Schoolboy Football’ and already deemed a resounding success, concludes today with defending champion Jamaica College taking on St George’s College at 6 p.m. inside the National Stadium.The winner will walk away with the Super Cup trophy and $1million in cash.At 4 p.m. Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago square off for third place and $175,000 and $100,000 respectively.According to Pepsi Cola’s marketing manager, Mitchell Watson, football has been an integral part of his brand’s global campaign, and as such, the Flow Super Cup was the perfect vehicle to pursue that campaign here in Jamaica.”Partnering with Flow for a second year was really a no brainer as we figure the Super Cup or better yet the ‘Champions League of Schoolboy Football’ cements our point in the local football community,” he said. “Our support for the event is also bolstered by us providing hydration through our Gatorade brand for all the teams participating in the event which is key, given the need for all athletes involved in sports on all levels.”tremendous feedbackWatson revealed that the feedback has been tremendous. This year they had all their vendors at the locations supporting the competition with the numbers at each stadium increasing for each game and that was not all. “From a brand and sales perspective, we are happy with the opportunities the games presented as great locations for the games a controlled environment where we are given the chance for sales of the products, and great interactions with the consumer,” he said. “In regards to cost and prizes for the schools which make it to the round, winning $25,000 for each game does well for the school, not to mention the ultimate winner of the event. Last but not least, for our partners Flow and us, it offered great TV since the games are being broadcast on both Flow TV as well as CVM.”Watson said they were keen on being part of the competition for the foreseeable future. “We look forward to continued participation in the event for 2016,” he said.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It was a match in which we suffered,” Ronaldo said. “It shows that nothing is a given in football, you have to fight until the end. We didn’t play well, we have to admit. But in the end we deserved to advance.”A day after seeing Spanish rival Barcelona blow a three-goal advantage against Roma in Italy, Madrid nearly did the same. But Juventus’ heroics came up just short after substitute Lucas Vazquez appeared to be pushed from behind inside the area in the third and final minute of stoppage time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVeteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what was likely his last Champions League game, was then sent off for furiously complaining after the penalty decision. The Madrid crowd at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium gave Buffon a standing ovation as he left the field.“Life goes on,” Buffon said. “I’m happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible. It’s a shame it ends like this.” In the night’s other quarterfinal, Bayern Munich advanced with a 0-0 home draw against Sevilla as the newly crowned Bundesliga champions defended a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.Madrid won the first leg 3-0 in Turin last week, when Ronaldo scored with a spectacular bicycle kick for his second goal of the match.That deficit made Wednesday’s return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but it got off to the perfect start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match. He added to the lead with another header before halftime, and Blaise Matuidi scored the third early in the second half after a blunder by Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.But Ronaldo, in his 150th Champions League appearance, then netted his 120th goal in the competition by converting the penalty with a firm shot into the top corner. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running toward the euphoric Madrid crowd.Ronaldo has scored 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions, and has netted in 11 straight Champions League matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo hols his shoe during a Champions League quarter final second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Just when it looked like Juventus would pull off another stunning Champions League comeback, Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up once again.Ronaldo converted a penalty kick deep into injury time to send Real Madrid through to the semifinals for the eighth straight season despite a 3-1 home loss to Juventus on Wednesday. The goal was enough to give the two-time defending champion a 4-3 aggregate win and avoid nerve-racking extra time after the Italian side had erased a seemingly insurmountable deficit from the first leg.ADVERTISEMENT “The first leg had given me confidence we could do this and the side deserved at least extra time,” Allegri said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A windfall for Beermen Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The penalty came as Vazquez was in position to score in front of the goal after Ronaldo headed down a cross into the area. Juventus players stormed toward English referee Michael Oliver, who apparently had help from his behind-the-goal assistant to make the call.The penalty was taken eight minutes into stoppage time as it took a while for Oliver to clear the Juventus players who were protesting against the decision.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had a brief encounter in the tunnel with Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who didn’t play because of a suspension.“I just told him that it wasn’t a clear penalty,” Allegri said.Madrid had conceded three goals at home only two other times this season, in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona and a 6-3 win over Girona. It was the first time Madrid was down 3-0 in the Champions League since losing 4-0 at Liverpool in the round of 16 in 2008-09.“We didn’t expect to concede an early goal like that,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “That allowed their team to grow and it made things difficult for us.”Juventus took advantage of Madrid’s depleted defense, which had 21-year-old Jesus Vallejo playing alongside Raphael Varane.Mandzukic opened the scoring in the second minute by entering the area behind the Madrid defenders to head in a well-placed right-flank cross by Sami Khedira in what was the fastest ever goal conceded by Madrid at home in the Champions league.Mandzukic’s second goal came with another header in the 37th, after Madrid had created a few good scoring opportunities of its own despite looking lost on defense. Stephan Lichtsteiner made the cross from the right side and Mandzukic beat Dani Carvajal to the ball.The third goal came thanks to a 61st-minute mistake by Navas, who failed to hold on to a mid-height cross into the area and dropped the ball into Matuidi’s feet in front of the goal. LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames
Raonic beats Pouille for place in Stuttgart Open final Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours He had yet to produce a blockbuster World Cup performance like the many he had over the years with Real Madrid in the Champions League, a tournament in which he is the all-time leading scorer with 120 goals — 20 more than Lionel Messi.Ronaldo had nine goals in the four European Championships in which he played, including three in the title-winning campaign in France. One of his goals opened the way for the team’s 2-0 win over Wales in the semifinals.“Cristiano has great physical strength but his mental strength is very impressive as well,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “He has played at the highest level for a long time now.”Ronaldo’s performance against Spain came despite him arriving in Russia surrounded by distractions about his club future and a tax-fraud accusation back in Madrid.On the eve of the match, Spanish media reported that Ronaldo agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 million). Earlier, he had already been criticized for not saying whether he would continue at Real Madrid after the World Cup.“People who criticize him must have some kind of a problem,” Spain striker Diego Costa said. “Every season he is scoring 40 or 50 goals. Cristiano is Cristiano, there’s nothing else to say about him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ronaldo carried his national team on Friday, scoring all three goals in a 3-3 draw against Spain in Sochi.“I’m happy, it’s my best performance in a World Cup,” Ronaldo said after the Group B match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfter only one game in Russia, Ronaldo has already doubled his total goals from previous World Cups. And with matches against Morocco and Iran coming up, he is already in good position to contend for this year’s “Golden Boot” trophy.In the last 10 World Cups, only once has the top scorer had more than six goals in a single tournament — Brazil forward Ronaldo in 2002 with eight. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez ended up with six goals in Brazil four years ago. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo slides on his knees on the pitch as he celebrates after scoring his side’s 2nd goal during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)SOCHI, Russia — After conquering Europe with his club and his country, Cristiano Ronaldo is out to show he can also dominate on the world stage.The Portugal forward hasn’t been at his best in past World Cups, but his opening hat trick in Russia is a sign that things are starting to change.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo’s third goal at Fisht Stadium was a remarkable 88th-minute free kick that salvaged the draw. The perfectly taken shot — with the ball going over the wall and into the top corner — was the talk of the World Cup on Friday.“When you play against a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, that kind of thing can happen,” Spain coach Fernando Hierro said. “With Cristiano, one moment of inspiration can be enough.”The goal allowed Ronaldo to join Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s top international scorer with 84 goals, matching a record that was set more than six decades ago. Ronaldo’s first goal had already allowed him to become the fourth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler. He celebrated that goal by apparently implying he is the greatest player of all time.“This is the work of many years,” said the 33-year-old Ronaldo, who became the oldest to score a hat trick at the World Cup.The World Cup hasn’t been where Ronaldo has impressed the most, though. While he was crucial for Portugal when it won the European Championship for the first time two years ago, and has been nearly unstoppable with Real Madrid in the Champions League in recent seasons, Ronaldo had only one goal in each of the last three World Cups.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
By Linda A. Johnson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. – New data show that a vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer partially blocks infection by 10 strains of the virus on top of the four types the vaccine targets. That boosts protection – at least partially – to 90 percent of strains causing the deadly cancer, according to data presented Wednesday at a medical conference by Merck & Co., maker of Gardasil. Gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine on the market, approved for sale in 85 countries and pending approval in 40 more; it has racked up about $1 billion in sales since its June 2006 U.S. launch. GlaxoSmithKline PLC is awaiting approval of its own vaccine, Cervarix. There are more than 60 strains of the HPV virus. About 15 are thought to cause cervical cancer; Gardasil protects against 12 of those, plus another two that cause genital warts but not cancer. Two strains cause 70 percent of cervical cancer. Merck studies following 17,600 young women for three years found the vaccine to be 99 percent effective in blocking those strains.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whitehouse Station-based Merck called it the first evidence of any vaccine providing cross- protection against other strains of the human papilloma virus, or HPV. Dr. Stephanie Blank, a gynecologic oncologist at the NYU Cancer Institute, said the finding could encourage more widespread use of Gardasil in developing countries, where some of the additional strains are more widespread and women rarely get Pap smears to detect early, curable cancers. “That could be huge,” Blank said.
RESEDA – Cops identified the man arrested today for allegedly impersonating a police officer and robbing at knifepoint an elderly couple of $100 inside their Reseda townhouse as Dennis J. Bryley. Bryley was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on robbery charges and held on $1.1 million bail. The robbery occurred about 8 p.m. yesterday in the 7500 block of Corbin Avenue, when a man dressed in police-type clothing knocked on the couple’s door and inquired about an auto accident the couple was involved in earlier in the day, said Los Angeles police Officer Jason Lee. When one victim grew suspicious and asked the suspect for identification, he allegedly pulled out a knife and robbed the couple of $100 before fleeing on foot, Lee said. No one was injured in the robbery, Lee said. The man was arrested early today, according to a lieutenant at the LAPD’s West Valley Station. His name was not immediately released. The man usually is the one who confronts people on sidewalks while the woman stays in the car, described as a black foreign model with four doors. The heists have occurred in the following locations: Police said it did not appear that the man involved in last night’s stick-up was the same as a man involved in similar robberies involving crooks posing as law enforcement in the San Fernando Valley. In those cases, police were searching for a couple who has been impersonating sheriff’s deputies, detaining San Fernando Valley pedestrians and making off with cash. The man and woman have targeted four people in the Valley since July 19, swiping about $2,000, police said. None of the incidents have been violent, but the suspects – complete with khaki get-ups, badges and caps that say “sheriff” – pat down victims and go through their pockets, taking cash and whatever else they can find. The man is described as white, 30, between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 9 and weighing 180 pounds. The woman is described heavyset, and 5 foot 4 with blond hair. July 19 in the 10800 block of Oxnard Street, North Hollywood. July 31 in the 11200 block of Sherman Way, North Hollywood. Aug. 14 in the 8900 block of Canterbury Avenue, Pacoima. Aug. 25 in the 4900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood. Aug. 29 in the 2700 block of Fletcher Drive, Glassell Park. Sept. 4 in the 11200 block of San Fernando Road, Sylmar.It can be tough to tell sometimes who is an actual officer, partly because some work undercover, police said. If there’s ever a question, ask to see a badge, picture ID and where the cop works. “It makes it difficult for the public because people want to cooperate with police,” said Los Angeles police Detective Dan Jaramillo, who is investigating the cases. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies wear uniforms with green pants and tan shirts, Deputy Maribel Rizo said. They wear badges on their chests along with a name plate and a gun belt. They usually drive black-and-white patrol cars with lights and sirens. Undercover officers usually present their badges and will show photo IDs if anyone has questions, she said. Deputies never seize property unless the individual is put under arrest before they are frisked, she said. email@example.com (818) 713-3635 —————————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – The fate of former Crips leader Stanley Tookie Williams was placed Thursday in the hand of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who held a private clemency hearing to determine if the convicted murderer of four people should be executed. As some 200 Williams supporters and death-penalty opponents rallied outside the Capitol, defense attorneys urged the governor to spare Williams, saying he has renounced his criminal past and dedicated his life to keeping youths out of gangs. But prosecutors, noting the brutality of the four murders and casting doubt on Williams’ redemption, maintained that he deserves to be executed as scheduled Tuesday. Attorneys for both sides refused to reveal details about the private hearing or to characterize the governor’s reactions. Officials with the Governor’s Office also declined to comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals A decision could come at any time. Lead defense attorney Peter Fleming Jr. told reporters that Williams has received 100,000 e-mails and letters in support of clemency, many of them from children, parents and teachers. “I believe that Stanley Williams, for the past 13 years, has struggled mightily in the most difficult circumstances to address that problem (of gang involvement) – and to address that problem particularly in those environments where life can be seen as most hopeless,” Fleming said. “You cannot fake that for 13 years.” While in prison, Williams has worked to prevent gang violence, written nine children’s books, helped broker gang truces and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A movie about his life, “Redemption,” starring Jamie Foxx, was released last year. But prosecutors argue that Williams was involved in the growth of the notorious Crips gang that has been responsible for thousands of killings. They say he has not truly been redeemed or helped as many people as his supporters claim. Williams has refused to tell authorities what he knows about the Crips gang, its founding and activities, saying that providing such information would make him a snitch. Prosecutors also note that Williams, who has maintained his innocence, never confessed or apologized for the four murders, although evidence of his guilt stood up through repeated appeals. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan, who led the presentation to the governor, said the murders were so senseless and brutal that the death penalty is warranted. The execution by lethal injection is scheduled for just after midnight Tuesday at San Quentin State Prison, where Williams has been on Death Row since 1981. It would be the state’s 12th execution since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977. It is the third death-penalty case to be considered by Schwarzenegger, who declined to grant clemency in the two previous cases. In one, triple murderer Donald Beardslee has been executed. In the other, Kevin Cooper, who murdered four people in 1983, has returned to court for further appeals. Schwarzenegger did not hold private hearings in those two cases, but a spokeswoman said he wanted to hear directly from the two sides in the Williams case. Schwarzenegger will be making the decision when he is already under political pressure from the Republican Party’s conservative base. He has angered conservatives by appointing a Democrat as his chief of staff, planning a multibillion-dollar infrastructure bond measure next year and taking other steps in a shift back to the political center. But Schwarzenegger also has faced an outpouring of high-profile public pleas from death-penalty opponents, Hollywood celebrities and others to spare Williams’ life. Joan Sturgis, a friend of the Williams family, said Williams has redeemed himself through his anti-gang work in prison. “If you were to look at his Web site and read all of the letters that have come to him from children all across this nation who had an opportunity to read his books and hear him speak over the phones into the classrooms, you’ll see he is deterring kids from gangs,” Sturgis said. Williams’ parents, ex-wife and son did not travel to Sacramento because of the stress they have been under recently, Sturgis said. With the governor’s decision now pending, Los Angeles community activists braced for possible escalation of racial tensions if clemency is denied. Tony Muhammad, western regional director for the Nation of Islam who is known for his anti-gang work and his own recent scuffle with police officers, said executing Williams might touch off “a serious powder keg” of anger at law enforcement within the black community. But Joe Hicks, vice president of Community Advocates and a former city Human Relations Commission leader, said he doubts there will be unrest. “There’s a lot of people in the community who see this guy as a thug and a killer,” Hicks said. Los Angeles Police Department officials said they are not expecting any civil unrest when the decision is announced, and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has sent a memo to community leaders, schools and clergy on peacekeeping strategies. “In light of the tremendous human trauma and damage to our communities that resulted from the rebellion/riots of 1992, we need to take steps to promote a nonviolent response to whatever the decision may be,” the commission executive director, Robin Toma, said in a written statement. Staff Writer Dan Laidman contributed to this story. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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THERE’S no more debate about it – Patrick McBrearty’s shot WAS a point.This clip from The Sunday Game clearly shows the ball go over the bar….and only tail off to the right AFTER it goes over the bar. That’s why Donegal fans behind the goal – and around Clones – celebrated what they thought was the score to tie the game.Click play to watch….what do you think? WATCH VIDEO WHICH SHOWS McBREARTY SHOT WAS A POINT was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:patrick mcbreartypointscoreumpires
A man who couldn’t get a taxi home from the Clonmany Festival was caught by Gardai for drink-driving.Hugh Prior, aged 50, was stopped by Gardai at Strad, Clonmany at 10.50pm on Saturday night last, AUgust 12th. Gardai said that Prior was driving slowly and in an erratic manner and was unable to stay on the right side of the white road markings.Prior was arrested and a breath test which gave a reading of 47 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.Solicitor Kevin McElhinney said his client had been driving for 30 years and had no previous convictions for anything including road traffic offences.He said that Prior, a tarmac worker from Glenmean Close in Belfast, made the wrong decision on the night.He added that he had been waiting half an hour for a taxi at the festival but could not get want and took a chance on driving the one and half kilometres to his holiday home where he had visited for the past 19 years.“He accepts now it was the wrong thing to do,” he added.Judge Deirdre Gerathy said Mr Prior had put up his hands to the case fair and reasonably.She postponed a two-year driving ban until October 1st and also fined Prior €350.Man who couldn’t get taxi from festival is caught drink-driving was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clonmany Festivaldonegaldrink driving
Seeds of change have been sown for the upgrading of the Newmills Corn and Flax Mill outside Letterkenny.The historic attraction could be set for redevelopment as Donegal County Council makes plans to engage with the Office of Public Works on improving the facility.The move follows a motion raised by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh at this week’s Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District meeting. Cllr Kavanagh said that visitor numbers could quadruple if the site is restored and if opening hours are changes.“It’s such an amazing facility that we have on our doorstep in Letterkenny,” Cllr Kavanagh said. “Some buildings are 400 years old.”“Admission is free, it only takes an hour to look around it. If you look at the reviews of TripAdvisor they are so positive. One criticism that comes up is there is no coffee shop or souvenir shop so we need to develop the site to its full potential,” he said.Newmills recorded just 3,258 visitors in 2017. Cllr Kavanagh said that the visitor numbers could also be boosted if the centre was kept open beyond the summer months.“The current opening hours from May to September makes it virtually impossible for schools to visit. If the opening hours changed to after St Patrick’s Day it would make a huge difference and it is something I think school children will find fascinating,” he said.Upgrade sought to realise full potential of Newmills attraction was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghletterkenny-milford municipal districtNewmills Corn and Flax Mills
Even some Darwinians are growing weary of Darwin hoopla. The Darwin Bicentennial and Origin of Species 150th Anniversary celebrations have come and gone, but Darwin is just as contentious and controversial as ever. Historians may remember not just the pro-Darwin celebrations of 2009, but the strong internet and media presence of Darwin skeptics. On the pro-Darwin side, Science magazine wrapped up its year-long blog Origins announcing its last post. “Of course, Science’s interest in origins and all things evolutionary continues,” wrote bloggers Elisabeth Pennisi, Elisabeth Culotta and John Travis. “For although 2009’s evolutionary parties are ending, the science behind them continues to serve as the firm foundation of modern biology as well as a rich source of new research.” Nature’s feature Darwin 200 appears to be winding down, too. Other December entries by Science Origins included reports of a Darwin Festival on Cambridge and a Darwin-themed string quartet. All the posts were pulled into the page www.sciencemag.org/darwin, where the only mention of skepticism of Darwinism included scare headlines about creationists influencing school boards. “Eugenie Scott Toils in Defense of Evolution,” encouraged one headline. The complete works of Darwin were posted online by the Cambridge University Library. Corresponding with the Darwin hype were strident anti-religious attacks by the “new atheists” like Richard Dawkins, who not only portrays all religion as silly if not evil, but in the same breath proclaims Darwinian evolution as the “greatest show on earth.” The anti-Darwin side capitalized on the Darwin Bicentennial with strong initiatives of their own. Three films were released: The Voyage that Shook the World by CMI, God of Wonders by Eternal Films, and Darwin’s Dilemma by Illustra Media. The latter was scheduled to be shown in the California Science Center on Oct. 25 but the sponsor’s contract was dropped unexpectedly and they sued (see 12/30/2009). Calvary Chapel hosted a Darwin Was Wrong conference. ICR held several “Demand the Evidence” conferences. The Discovery Institute’s blog Evolution News & Views was very active all year, as was I.D. leader William Dembski’s blog, Uncommon Descent. Stephen Meyer’s book Signature in the Cell was among many new books highlighting flaws in evolutionary theory and making a case for intelligent design. Here at Creation-Evolution Headlines, we reported 170 news stories with commentary related to Darwin and his theory of evolution – an average of 14 per month. Around America and Europe debates were held, panel discussions presented various views, and a great deal of ink was spilt about the hirsute guru of biology. It would be hard to think of any other scientist or thinker who gets the attention Darwin gets. The 50-year interval celebrations of 1909, 1959, and 2009 have become increasingly boisterous and vociferous. Like it or not, the ghost of Charles Darwin is not leaving the culture any time soon. And whether the pro-Darwinists like it or not, his skeptics are advancing and increasing their influence – especially with alternative media and world-wide internet access giving them platforms they lacked to counter the mainstream media 50 and 100 years ago.This has actually been a great year for the Darwin skeptics. Sure, the Darwin Party hacks stride about as pompous as ever, but they seem to be making more furtive glances from side to side. Eugenie Scott and Michael Shermer try unsuccessfully to shush the radical atheists from their harsh rhetoric, knowing it is politically expedient to present a gentle Darwin who can be piteous to religious people. After all, they just don’t understand “science” (the Darwin Thought Collective, that is). Their targets, however, are marching about with confidence, scholarship, charm, and scientific ammunition, increasing in numbers. People are seeing through the ridicule and fear mongering by the Darwinists and realizing that most of the skeptics are sharp, smart people who are making good scientific and philosophical points. Then just when E. Scott and her propagandists were poised to repeat their talking points about the Rules of Science, Climategate threw another curve ball into the game late in the year, showing that the Consensus of the Academic Community can be just as doggedly perverse as politicians (11/26/2009). What a story – one of the biggest hyped consensuses of modern times was shown to be underlain by shenanigans, secret dealing, evidence-tampering and marginalization of opponents, while their big Copenhagen political gala was slowed down by one of the biggest snows in their history, casting doubt on the claims about global warming. The parallels to the Darwin Consensus were not lost by the critics.09/30/2009). They’ve gorged on their booze and croissants, sung their silly songs, worn their silly T-shirts, chanted their silly mantras (and hate speeches against their critics), watched their silly dancers and worshipped their bearded buddha. Our readers have chuckled at all the Stupid Evolution Quotes. Party’s over. Now it’s time to get serious and shout, The buddha is naked. By the way, don’t forget: 2009 was also the International Year of Astronomy (400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope), and the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0