Local mall invaded by two thieves

first_imgOfficers with the Fort St. John RCMP are looking for the public’s assistance in locating whoever broke into a local business Monday morning.- Advertisement -An investigation has found that the two thieves got into the Totem Mall by breaking a window on the east side of the building. The culprits then broke another window at an undisclosed clothing store inside the mall.Police say the suspects took an undetermined amount of money ‘or’ clothing.The Police Dog Services unit was called to the scene, and discovered that the suspects fled the scene through a rear exit door. Witnesses also report seeing a blue car speeding through the parking lot around the time of the burglary, though it has not been located by police.Officers are now turning to the public for help in locating the thieves. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140, or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisement By Energeticcity.ca stafflast_img read more

Big Texas Win on “Critical Thinking”

first_imgStudents in Texas schools will now have more opportunities to hear the flaws in Darwinism as well as evidences for it.  After months of acrimonious debate, the Texas State Board of Education adopted science standards that require students learn to “analyze, evaluate and critique scientific explanations” including theories of evolution and the origin of life.    The new language replaced the long-standing wording of teaching the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution.  Though Darwin critics were advocating to retain the old language (the website of Texans for Better Science Education is StrengthsAndWeaknesses.org), they feel the new language is even stronger.  The general critical thinking language states:…in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations so as to encourage critical thinking by the student.As applied to evolutionary theory, this means students will have opportunity to “analyze, evaluate and critique” hypotheses of natural selection, mutations and common ancestry.  They will also be able to evaluate evolutionary explanations for the “sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record,” the “complexity of the cell,” and the “formation of simple organic molecules and their organization into long complex molecules having information such as the DNA molecule for self-replicating life.”  They can also “discuss scientific hypotheses for the origin of life by abiotic chemical processes in an aqueous environment through complex geochemical cycles given the complexity of living organisms.”    As reasonable and straightforward as this language may sound to outside observers, the evolutionists are treating the vote as a defeat for them and a victory for supporters of intelligent design.  The NCSE was just crowing over defeat of the “strengths and weaknesses” language by a tie vote (and therefore defeat) on March 26, but was angry at the final vote today, March 27.  On the other side, Evolution News and Views blog of the Discovery Institute, which has been giving the blow-by-blow account of the proceedings, calls the vote a big win, “a huge victory for those who favor teaching the scientific evidence for and against evolution.”  Undoubtedly, cheers and boos will soon be heard in the press.  Evolution News is keeping a running blog on whether the reporting in the media is accurate or not.    What happens in Texas matters to the whole country.  Texas is the biggest textbook buyer in the United States.  Authors of biology textbooks will not wish to write one version for the Lone Star State and another for other states.  The textbooks written to incorporate the new standards, therefore, will likely become normative for the rest of the country.    The NCSE and other pro-Darwin groups had tried to persuade the SBOE that their opponents had religious motivations.  John West of the Discovery Institute was quick to point out that the vote is a victory for fairness and balance, not the teaching of creationism or religion.  “Contrary to the claims of the evolution lobby, absolutely nothing the Board did promotes ‘creationism’ or religion in the classroom.  Groups that assert otherwise are lying, plain and simple.  Under the new standards, students will be expected to analyze and evaluate the scientific evidence for evolution, not religion.  Period.”  The chairman of the Texas State Board of Education, Don McLeroy, has written a commentary in The Statesman explaining why the new definitions will help teachers and students weigh testable evidence instead of ideology.It is a sad measure of our cultural demise when getting a vote in favor of fairness and critical thinking requires a herculean effort against a dogmatic establishment.  Much as we celebrate with those who won, consider what a small advance this is.  The Darwinist totalitarian regime has imposed such thought control on the scientific and educational institutions they can hardly think straight.  This should have been common sense.  In what other branch of inquiry is it normal for students to have predigested conclusions poured down a funnel into their skulls?  Of all subjects, science should be the most open to critical thinking.  Not so with Darwinism.    Less than a century ago the Darwinists were clamoring for fairness themselves.  They wanted to defend the right of a teacher to teach their views in the classroom.  Now that the shoe is on the other foot, they have redefined one-sided dogmatism to whole new levels of shame (see 12/16/2008).    They’re like crooks who rob a radio station by begging at the door that they just want a minute to give their commercial on the air, because they want fairness and it isn’t right for the owners of the station to give just one point of view.  After enough pressure, the exasperated manager lets the Darwinists in.  They grab the manager, owner, broadcasters and toss them outside and lock the door.  Then they take over the microphones and announce that the station is under new management.  While the rightful owners are banging at the locked doors and windows, the usurpers commandeer the airwaves, teaching fairy tales about how dirt came to life and bacteria became human.  The owners spend years in court trying to get the usurpers to open the door.  The courts (in cahoots with the crooks) rule against the owners over and over, often by one-vote margins.  Finally, by a close vote, after months of wrangling, a board still doesn’t let them in, but grants them one small concession: allowing them to insist that the stories the Darwinist usurpers tell on the air can be analyzed and critiqued by the public.    That is where this vote brings us.  It does not restore the rightful owners (i.e., the taxpayers) to their place.  It does not allow two sides to be heard.  It only means that the listeners will no longer be forced to endure propaganda taught as fact; they will have the right to think about it critically in light of empirical evidence.  In today’s mad, mad world, one can be grateful for any glimmer of sanity, no matter how slight.    This “huge victory” is just a cloud the size of a man’s hand on the horizon (I Kings 16).  Whether it ends the drought of reason will require much more work and providence.  Lovers of fairness should take heart at the hard work and persistence of Texans for Better Science Education and the many who testified, wrote the Board and assisted in the effort in numerous small ways.    New Scientist is all paranoid that this vote “leaves loopholes for teaching creationism.”  No it doesn’t.  It takes away the dogmatism of the Darwin Party and calls their presumptive authority to account.  They can no longer merely tell students their story is plausible.  They will have to provide evidence.  This is a good thing that everyone should welcome – parents, teachers, scientists.  The taxes in Texas should promote facts and a nexus of fair-minded people, not an axis of hacks devoted to dogmatism.  Let’s work to make last year’s movie Expelled represent the rock bottom of Darwinist intolerance, about which, from the vantage point of a new era of critical thinking, society will look back at with disgust and promise, “never again.”The stars for right, are big and bright,deep in the heart of Texas,The science sky is wide and high,deep in the heart of Texas.The sage advice is so precise,deep in the heart of Texas,Reminds me of, the vote I love,deep in the heart of Texas.Fanatics wail, along the trail,deep in the heart of Texas,Reporters beat around the bush,deep in the heart of Texas.The righteous cry, “Ki-yip-pee-yi,”deep in the heart of Texas,The bigots brawl, and crawl and bawl,deep in the heart of Texas.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read 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‘Beast mode’ Maraño named league ambassador

first_img“That’s my personality. I’m very vocal especially when I think I’m on the side of the truth,” Maraño told the Inquirer. The 24-year-old is playing for F2 Logistics in the coming PSL Grand Prix. “I speak out no matter what.”With almost 200,000 Twitter followers and a “Beast Mode, Don’t Care” attitude, Maraño said she hopes to inspire fellow players as well as volleyball fans to “give it their best and show the detractors how strong they are.”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 shutoutA member of many national teams, Maraño has proven herself not only on the court where she stood her ground against taller, foreign players, but also against social media trolls who attacked the Philippine squad and the PSL.“Maybe it’s because I once defended the PSL against trolls, there was a time when I made a stand against so-called fans who were out of line,” said Maraño . QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort College leagues form sports ‘super group’ Aby Marano of F2 Logistics formally accepted the role as PSL Ambassador from Mika Reyes of PetronFor its latest ambassador, Philippine Superliga wanted somebody who represents “girl power, sisterhood and strength.”The league found all that—and more—in feisty middle blocker Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH She herself was surprised of the PSL’s choice of image model which used to lean on the likes of former ambassadors Mika Reyes, Cha Cruz and Gretchen Ho.“When I feel there’s a need to speak up, I never hesitate, of course I have to defend my teammates,” said Maraño. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini tells 2-goal Anderson: I want more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini tells 2-goal Anderson: I want moreby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with two-goal Felipe Anderson after victory at Southampton.Pellegrini has now challenged the 25-year-old to be even better than his current form, although the manager is delighted with how the club’s record signing is performing.“He’s a different player,” Pellegrini said. “He’s a player that makes important things in every game. “I continue to think that he will continue to improve. He’s still losing too many balls; maybe he needs to understand that it’s not easy in the Premier League. “But in every game, he makes a difference, with important play.” last_img read more

Sport Relief Weekend Raises Over £55 Million

first_imgSport Relief has raised over £55,444,906 following its massive weekend of television in the UK.The Sport Relief Weekend kicked off with a fantastic night of sporting fun and sketches galore, as this year’s Sport Relief Night of TV (BBC One and BBC Two) entertained the nation while raising an incredible £55,444,906 so far. The money will help make a real difference to people living incredibly tough lives at home in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities.“Thank you so much to the wonderful British public for their generosity and to everyone who has done their bit this Sport Relief – I could not be prouder!” said David Walliams. “The amazing amount of money raised is going to make a huge difference to people living incredibly tough lives, not only in the world’s poorest communities but right here at home in the UK too – thank you!”Included in the overall total and the largest corporate contribution on the night was £7,060,681 raised by Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers who have been doing themselves proud across the country by carrying out fundraising events. Sainsbury’s also raised money by selling the range of must-have merchandise, which includes the official Sport Relief t-shirt, available to buy in store and online until 22nd March.Hosting the TV spectacular on the BBC were John Bishop, Alesha Dixon, Greg James, Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman. The return of the Clash of the Titans was hosted by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba and Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff were the captains of the two teams, with Team Flintoff winning an epic battle.The overall total also includes money raised by this year’s BT Sport Relief Challenges. Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk saw the comedienne take on an incredible 135.7 miles as she walked from east to west, across the width of the country. The toughest challenge of Jo’s life raised an incredible £1,159,220 with £360,331 of that pledged by BT.The One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan, and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry all took part in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas which saw the team battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. The mammoth challenge raised a fantastic £1,062,868 with £160,000 of that pledged by BT.BT also handled more than 104,000 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 88 calls per second with BT over 6,000 volunteers at 79 call centres across the UK.Through its ‘Flying Start’ partnership, British Airways has raised £2,509,528 this Sport Relief from money donated by customers on board, as well as from staff competing in fundraising events.Reflecting the UK public’s generous support for Sport Relief, the UK government Department for International Development has matched £10million of the 50% of public donations that will be spent internationally to help young people overcome the obstacles they face. HM Treasury has also donated £3 million to the campaign as part of a funding partnership with Comic Relief to transform the lives of women and girls in the UK.Global healthcare company GSK donated £3 million to help fight malaria and improve health as part of a new five-year partnership launched with Comic Relief in 2015.Greg James also took on an epic challenge, BBC Radio 1’s Gregathlon for Sport Relief. The challenge saw the DJ complete a triathlon a day for five consecutive days, across five different UK cities, raising a phenomenal £1,041,001.The Premier League continued their fantastic backing for Sport Relief by contributing an astonishing £1,050,638 for the campaign. This included their support of BBC 5 Live’s Battle of the Five-A- Sides with footballing legends Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage taking on a challenge for Sport Relief once again. This time round the pair held Sport Relief’s biggest ever five-a-side football match, which saw over 1,100 players take part in over 57 hours of continuous football. The stars were also joined by Danny Jones, Rachel Riley and Josh Cuthbert, who all played 12 hours straight of continuous football. Alan Shearer came out on top when the final whistle blew.Sport Relief (BBC One and BBC Two) was packed with incredible entertainment, with highlights including: Live events from LeeValley Velopark and Aquatics Centre as Sir Steve Redgrave and Andrew 
’Freddie’ Flintoff captained two teams of celebrities in the return of the Clash of the Titans, hosted 
by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba. David Walliams brought back popular Little Britain character, Emily Howard, for a special one-off sketch with comedian Micky Flanagan and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as you’ve never seen him before. A one-off Luther special as Idris Elba stared alongside Sir Lenny Henry and a whole host of sports stars including Rio Ferdinand, Denise Lewis, Louis Smith, Ian Wright and David Haye. Alex Jones, Hal Cruttenden, Ore Oduba, Angellica Bell, Doon Mackichan and Suzi Perry looked back on their sail around the UK that saw them battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures 
and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. James Corden reprised his much-loved character, Smithy, for a spoof in which he runs for FIFA President with some of footballs greatest names including Sir Geoff Hurst, Brazilian football legend Pelé, England icon Steven Gerrard and the ‘Special One’ himself, Jose Mourinho. Paddy McGuinness and Harry Judd went head-to-head in a wrestling spectacular, Russell Kane and Will Young sported nose pegs for synchronised swimming routines and Freddie Flintoff and Darren Gough had their twirling batons at the ready as they took to the floor for rhythmic gymnastics.center_img Returning to his role after 40 years, Michael Crawford, who performed all of his own stunts, sported his beret as the disaster prone Frank Spencer in an exclusive Some Mothers Do Ave ’Em sketch with Michele Dotrice and cameos including Sir Bradley Wiggins. There were powerful reminders of the serious side of Sport Relief with moving appeal films that were presented by the likes of Danny Dyer, Marvin and Rochelle Humes and Olivia Colman, who showed how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and around the world. 
Some of the issues highlighted in the programme included Ebola, maternal mental health, HIV, malaria, and dementia. Money raised through donations to Sport Relief will go towards supporting these, and many other issues, to help make a real difference.
For those who missed out or just can’t get enough of the Sport Relief TV gold, bundles featuring the sketches from the night and exclusive behind-the-scenes content are available on the BBC Store and iTunes. Also available to download is ‘Running (Live from Abbey Road Studios)’, the official Sport Relief single by James Bay. Jo Brand and Greg James re-lived their outstanding fundraising challenges, whilst Eddie Izzard 
nears the climax of his epic 27 day Marathon Man endeavour in South Africa. There was also live music from Birdy and James Bay who gave a special performance of his track ‘Running’, the official Sport Relief single.last_img read more

Montreal Port Authority expansion project underway to compete with US

first_imgMONTREAL – The Montreal Port Authority says it has crossed a key milestone in its plans to grow its container-handling capacity in order to stay competitive with large American ports.The authority says it has submitted its plans to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and will be part of a public consultation, with information sessions beginning at the end of the month.It says for several years it has been planning a container terminal on its land in Contrecoeur on Montreal’s South Shore, a land reserve it acquired between 1988 and 1992.The MPA says this is a strategic location for container handling because of its favourable geometry, nearby rail and road networks and the proximity of the markets it serves.The MPA says the project submitted to the assessment agency will make it possible, when completed, for the port to handle 1.14 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) per year.Project lead Daniel Dagenais says the additional port space will allow the MPA to make the most of the economic and commercial opportunities arising from emerging markets, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Quebec Maritime Strategy.Melanie Nadeau, director of communications for the Montreal Port Authority, says the project’s value is estimated at $750 million.last_img read more

Eyewitnesses reporting crash on South Taylor Hill

first_imgORIGINAL POSTFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A number of eyewitnesses are reporting that Highway 97 is closed at the top of the South Taylor Hill because of a collision.The first report came in at 4:55 p.m. from Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier, who was driving on Highway 97 headed to the Fort St. John Airport. Bernier said that the crash, which involved a pickup truck and a semi-truck, had occurred just moments before he happened upon the scene. According to Bernier, the crash is located roughly 300 metres from the chain-up area at the top of the South Taylor Hill, and that emergency crews were just arriving on the scene when he arrived. He added that the crews at the scene have closed the highway in both directions.Several other motorists have also messaged Energeticcity.ca to report the crash, though at this point, there’s no word about the crash from DriveBC.ca or the RCMP. There were also no vehicles visible on the DriveBC highway cam at the top of the South Taylor Hill as of 5:06 p.m. MST. 12:30a.m. UPDATE – The Highway is open in both directions.11:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca still says the Highway will be closed until 3:30 a.m. Mountian time Monday.  For updates throughout the night visit www.drivebc.ca9:30 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca continues to say the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time Monday.  The next update on the status of the Highway will be issued at 11 p.m. 6:40 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says the Highway will be closed until at least 3:30 a.m. Mountain time.  The only detour they recommend is using the highways through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.6:00 p.m. UPDATE – Drivebc.ca says there is no current estimate on when the Highway will re-open.  They list the best detour as going back through Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope.#BCHwy97 Closed 7km South of #TaylorBC due to vehicle incident. Detour available see: https://t.co/Ji95sHT9NK #YXJ #FortStJohn— Drive BC (@DriveBC) March 5, 20185:45 p.m. UPDATE – Eyewitnesses in the area of the collision say they are being told it will be several hours before the Highway will be open again.  Official information about the closure or the collision has not been released as of yet by authorities.Here is a photo of the scene.This image was sent to Energeticcity.ca.center_img This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

BC Homicide Suspects may be in Northern Ontario

first_imgKAPUSKASING, O.N. – Global News is reporting that the two B.C. Homicide Suspects may have been seen in Northern Ontario.The Ontario Provincial Police says it is investigating a sighting of two “suspicious” men that the complainant believed to be B.C. murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.According to OPP, on Wednesday at around 10:30 a.m. local time, a suspicious, white vehicle was seen driving through a construction site on Highway 11 in the Northern Ontario town of Kapuskasing. Kapuskasing is located approximately 230 kilometres north of Sudbury.According to Global News, the OPP has not confirmed if this was, in fact, a sighting of the wanted men, saying only that the force is investigating a report of “two suspicious males.”According to the OPP, officers have been actively patrolling but have not located the vehicle.Earlier on Wednesday, the RCMP made the decision to scale back the search for the suspects after they were not located in the communities of Gillam and York landing, Manitoba.Schmegelsky and McLeod have been charged in connection with the death of Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake and are suspected of also killing Lucas Folwer and Chynna Deese.  The RCMP have not released details about when the pair will be officially charged in the deaths near the Liard Hot Springs of Folwer and Deese.last_img read more

Hope nations take real action to maintain peace in space

first_imgBeijing: The Chinese military on Thursday said it hopes all countries can take “real actions” to maintain lasting peace and stability in the outer space, a day after India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite. The test made India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites. Commenting on the development, Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesman Sr. Col Wu Qian told a media briefing: “We have read the related reports”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We hope all the countries can take real actions to protect lasting peace and stability in the outer space,” he said without referring to India. Soon after the test, China reacted guardedly and expressed hope that all countries will uphold peace and tranquillity in the outer space. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a written response to a question from PTI, said: “We have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquillity in outer space”. China conducted such a test in January 2007 when its anti-satellite missile destroyed a defunct weather satellite. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPrime Minister Modi said in New Delhi that the action was not directed against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km. He said India did not breach any international laws or treaties by testing the anti-satellite missile. Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India’s overall security, Modi said in his address that comes a fortnight before the start of the general election. In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement that India has no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space.last_img read more

Parrikars sons promise to continue fathers legacy

first_imgPanaji: Late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s sons Utpal Parrikar and Abhijat Parrikar have said that they would “honour his (Parrikar’s) life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation”. The public statement comes amid speculation that the late Chief Minister’s elder son Utpal Parrikar is likely to join active politics. In a joint letter, which was released to the media via the Chief Minister’s Office, both the brothers have also said that BJP karyakartas (cadres) were much closer to Parrikar than the two brothers and the bond, the letter says, became evident when the former Defence Minister passed away on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We will honour his life by continuing his legacy of service and dedication to the State and the Nation,” the Parrikar brothers said in their open letter of appreciation, which expresses gratitude to the Goa government, the Central government, foreign diplomatic missions, the Indian armed forces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, doctors who attended to the late Chief Minister, as well as the host of VIPs who attended Parrikar’s funeral on March 18. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We express our gratitude to the Governemnt of Goa, Government of India, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, BJP, coalition allies and members of other political parties,” the letter stated. “Above all we express our sincere gratitude to the thousands of karyakartas for their love and affection. You have been his pillars of strength throughout. We always knew that you and the people of Goa meant much more to him than even us and this bond was evident when he passed away,” the letter said. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Utpal Parrikar, who has been tipped to take over Manohar Parrikar’s political legacy, said that he would decide about joining politics in due time.last_img read more