Kalvin Phillips snubs Tottenham and claims he wants to spend career with Leeds

first_imgLEEDS star Kalvin Phillips has delivered a big blow to Jose Mourinho by insisting he wants to stay at Elland Road for the rest of his career.Tottenham boss Mourinho is one of several top-flight managers monitoring the midfielder, who has played a key role in the Elland Road club’s rise to the top of the Championship.2 Kalvin Phillips has commited his career to LeedsCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut Phillips, 24, speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, said: “I want to spend my career at Leeds and see the club doing well in the Premier League.“I’m just enjoying every minute right now.”Leaders Leeds are one point clear of West Brom — and seven points ahead of third-placed Fulham — with nine matches to go.Marcelo’s Bielsa’s men will be keen to avoid the play-offs after suffering a heartbreaking semi-final defeat by Derby last year.Phillips said: “We’ve massively improved in this campaign, we’re a lot more experienced.“We went through a bad patch at the wrong time last season and then lost in the play-offs. It was tough but it has helped us.”Phillips has developed into one of the best midfielders outside of the Premier League — and is included in the ‘Football League Top 50’ published in the new issue of FourFourTwo out on Wednesday — after being played in a deeper playmaker role since Bielsa took over in 2018.The player admitted: “I was surprised at first. The season before he arrived, I’d scored seven goals, so I was a bit confused and disappointed when he spoke to me. I could hardly say no, though, could I? Especially given his track record of improving players.I want to spend my career at LeedsKalvin Phillips“He saw something in me and offered to teach me how to play a different role.“I’ve adapted well, although he’s never completely satisfied! He’s always saying I can improve.“That can be frustrating when you think you’ve played well but those are the standards he sets.“We’re probably the fittest team in the league — that’s important to him. He’s on our case all the time, checking weight and conditioning and demanding we always give absolutely everything in training.“Honestly, if someone from outside came in and saw what he had us doing for pre-season, they’d think he was crazy. But we’re in a strong position because of it.“Leeds brought him in to coach the club but he has had a big effect on the whole city. He wants to do Leeds proud.”Leeds-born Phillips’ performances for his hometown club have even led to widespread calls for an England call-up.The modest midfielder said: “All I can do is stay fit and carry on doing what I’m doing.2 The midfielder has been attracting the interest of TottenhamCredit: Getty Images – Gettymost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’“I know the bar is incredibly high for international footballers but I feel like I’m on the border of that.“Once Leeds have become an established Premier League side again, I’ll be competing with the best.“Hopefully I can do well enough to convince Gareth Southgate that I deserve a spot in his squad.”FOR an exclusive Sun subscription offer to FourFourTwo, which includes three issues for £3 and free download, go to myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/thesunTanguy Ndombele shows off his moves as he joins Tottenham players in traininglast_img read more

Woods’ haircut savaged by rugby league fans

first_imgThat’s the message from NRL fans, who have taken to social media in droves to express their displeasure with the Canterbury prop’s latest ‘do.Even though the NSW Origin star was making his Bulldogs NRL debut on Saturday night against Melbourne in Perth, all the attention was on his hair as opposed to his performance.The former Wests Tigers skipper has sported a long mane for most of his NRL career, so much so it’s become a trademark look.But since his move to Belmore, he’s had a significant snip — and footy fans aren’t, well, fans.“I’m calling it right now, Aaron Woods the ugliest hair in the #NRL by a country mile,” one Twitter user posted.Another one said: “Aaron Woods’ hair could be the worst thing to happen to Perth since the Reds wound up.”For the record, the Bulldogs went down 36-18, with Woods running for 117 metres while also making 31 tackles and four offloads.(Gettyimages)last_img read more

Pacquiao would’ve ‘easily’ beaten Mayweather in their prime, says De La Hoya

first_imgFILE — Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Oscar De La Hoya has no doubt Manny Pacquiao would beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. had the two fought in their prime.Mayweather and Pacquiao finally faced each other in 2015 in a megafight that came several years too late as both fighters stepped inside the ring already at the tailend of their careers.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Santos admits Abueva not playing in semis a relief for Beermen Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 LATEST STORIES Mayweather won by unanimous decision but De La Hoya said the result would’ve been “a lot different” had the showdown happened earlier.“Pacquiao would have beaten him easily. In their prime? Absolutely,” said De La Hoya, who had the chance to fight both fighters before retiring in 2009.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’De La Hoya lost to Mayweather by split decision in 2007 and suffered a TKO defeat to Pacquiao in 2008 before announcing his retirement five months later.De La Hoya, who is a former six-division champion, arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday from Los Angeles in time for the final press conference of “The Fight of Champions.” View commentslast_img read more

Bait and switch – again

first_imgRe “Brakes slammed on 405 HOV lane” (Feb. 17): The billions of Proposition 1B property tax dollars are supposed to be used for, among other things, a high-occupancy-vehicle lane on the 405 Freeway. The same state officials who touted the measure have now decided not to fund the lane, effectively killing the plans for it, even though the property owners will continue to pay for the nonexistent lane for the next 30 years. Once again, the dishonest and corrupt officials commit bait and switch on the voters, treating property taxes as their private slush fund to spend as they please while totally disregarding the voters. You might want to think about this the next time you see a property-tax-increase measure on the ballot. A dollar sign should mean “Vote no!” – John R. Schlank The Transportation Commission should reverse its staff’s recommendation when it meets next week and put the 405 project – and other vital L.A. projects – back on the front burner. – Mike Feuer Assemblyman, 42nd District That sinking feeling I have been reading that a number of schools have been banning the traditional birthday-party cupcakes for nutritional reasons. I was wondering if your readers could advise me as to which grade of tofu can best support the lighted candle? – Mary Edwards Granada Hills His own fault Re “Cycling case challenges suit shield” (Feb. 17): The original judge was right to throw this case out. Like very many other idiots in this city, David Prokop ignored a warning and instruction and suffered injuries. It was his own vanity and his own fault, not the city, that caused his injuries. If every judge at every level would throw out more of these kinds of suits, people would soon learn to accept responsibility for their own actions and think twice about disobeying city warnings and instructions – and maybe also start to practice plain old common sense. – Sheila Cooley Van Nuys Change hobbies Re “Glaring woes noted by foes of night lights” (Santa Clarita edition, Feb. 17): Here we go again, one person wanting to influence the powers that be to bend to the whim of a few. If Steve Petzold wants to view the night sky without lights, why not move to an area that would accommodate his “hobby”: Barstow, Acton, Mojave or Lake Elizabeth, to name a few. Santa Clarita is nearly an urban area. With all the growth and the proposed growth, it will only get brighter. I think they call it progress. Furthermore, darkness is also where crime thrives. These are the same people – or type of people – who move next to an airport and then complain about the noise. – Clovis Kerr Castaic Sick joke? Re “3 weeks of hiccuping” (Feb. 17): Was that some sort of sick joke to have Jennifer Mee, the girl with the continuous hiccups, pose with a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter? I don’t think that salmonella is listed as a home remedy. – Sheryl Taubman West Hills A stupid law Re “Protecting cyclists” (Your Opinions, Feb. 1): I have been cycling since I was 8 years old. Riding 50 miles a day used to be fun. I stop at stop signs and red lights, and I don’t ride on the sidewalk, which is a pet peeve of mine and against the law. I know of one cyclist who was shot with a shotgun just for fun, and I have been run down on at least two occasions. Still, I agree with you that a three-foot barrier around a cyclist would be a stupid law. The law already states that a cyclist is entitled to the space on the roadway and deserves as much room as an automobile. As a cyclist, I believe people should watch out for us and respect us. – Dave Whitelaw Eagle Rock Surge vote Where was John McCain when the Senate attempted on Saturday morning to debate the fate of American troops in Iraq? The one-time war hero and would-be president went AWOL. On the vote that would have permitted that debate to go forward – a discussion that the American people are calling for, loud and clear – the guy who wants to command our troops couldn’t even muster the courage of his convictions to vote yea or nay. It seems he no longer has any. – Marcy Rothenberg Porter Ranch Bush lying – again The elite faction of the Iranian military President George W. Bush has been mentioning answers to the religious leadership and frequently operates outside Iran. The administration has known this from Day One. The explosive devices mentioned recently have been in widespread use for at least a century and have shown up in every recent conflict. They are also nothing new. The way the administration is only now posturing, with these facts as evidence of Iranian involvement, is disingenuous. Though each bit of information in the president’s statements cannot be put in the fabrication-and-lies column, he is in fact lying to us again. – Robert Crew Burbank Ethanol bonanza In a desperate attempt to improve the president’s popularity, people in his administration are now pretending to be environmentally responsive. They are supporting ethanol as an alternative fuel additive. Farmers never turn their back on a cash bonanza, so the farmers in the Midwest are constructing 1,500 corn refineries to produce ethanol. They are not concerned with a market glut, since they know that the government will buy all that they produce at premium prices. Initial effects of this additive indicates that ethanol attacks fuel-system elements, particularly in older cars, requiring costly repairs. Since mostly poor people drive older cars, is this another penalty that the poor have to suffer in the name of environmental progress? – Sion Colvin Woodland Hills Migration patterns Re “Colorado high, W. Virginia low in heart health ranks” (Feb. 16): The map of states published with the article on heart health shows that, in general, the coldest states (Rocky Mountain and northern) have the lowest incidence of heart disease. Could it be that shoveling snow promotes good health? Or perhaps the researchers could have indicated to what extent retirees who migrate from those colder states to warmer states reduce the number of people with health problems in the coldest states. – Lloyd A. Dent Studio City160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Granada Hills 405 lane cut from list Re “Brakes slammed on 405 HOV lane” (Feb. 17): After years of enduring unremitting congestion, the 280,000 Valley residents and other motorists who travel the 405 Freeway were poised to get some relief – a northbound car-pool lane. Until last week, that is. That’s when the California Transportation Commission staff made the unbelievable decision not to provide the transportation-bond funding the project needs. We cannot allow this outrageous staff decision to stand. The CTC staff apparently decided against funding the 405 because it “infers” that construction would not begin until 2011. Had staff members taken 10 seconds to pick up the phone, they would have learned construction is scheduled to begin in 2009. Using a design-build process, this project would be on a fast track. The staff’s decision jeopardizes $130 million in federal funding Rep. Howard Berman obtained for the project and ignores strong support for the car-pool lane from the governor, dozens of key state and local officials, numerous community organizations representing commuters who endure the 405 daily, the California Department of Transportation and the county Metropolitan Transportation Authority. last_img read more

Tree planting project needs volunteers

first_imgWant to get your hands dirty? A coalition of environmentalists is looking for thousands of volunteers to help plant at least 5,000 trees throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties on Oct. 27 – including about 100 trees that will be planted along Pacific Avenue in San Pedro. The Great Clean Air Tree Planting Project is so big it will make history, according to a group called United Voices for Healthier Communities. Trees will be planted at parks, schools, along sidewalks, medians – and even in a few backyards. Chris Car wrote in to share with us a list of “What Happened to San Pedro” presented recently at a meeting of the Holy Trinity Better Half Seniors. See if you can “remember when” and relate. 1906 San Pedro established its first hospital. Now it’s merged with Little Company of Mary. The San Pedro News-Pilot is now the Daily Breeze. Backyard incinerators were banned in 1950. “Now, we pay for trash pickup.” 1971 – Demolition of Beacon Street. “Still nothing” of note to replace it, though. 1914 – Fish Harbor attracted numerous canneries, putting the Port of Los Angeles on a course to become the largest fishing industry center in the world. “Now, 21st century: Gone.” 1940 – The first drive-in restaurant in San Pedro was established by Nick Oreb at the corner of Sixth and Gaffey streets. He was obviously on to something. Now, fast-food restaurants populate just about every corner along that stretch of Gaffey. 1944 – The hill called Western Avenue had only two lanes, which were considered more than enough for future traffic. It’s only increased by two additional lanes since then. Dances and weddings took place at the Slav Hall. Now, they hold them in the fancier-named Dalmatian American Club. Going to a local bank used to mean being greeted by a friendly teller. Now, you’re greeted with bullet-proof glass. McCorkel’s Toy Store: Gone. Folks used to go to church in a dress, with nice shoes to match. “Now, it’s X-rated.” Need a gift for a shower or wedding? Everyone used to go to San Pedro Hardware or Sunset Photo. Remember the Globe, Strand, Cabrillo, Warner Bros. and Barton Hill theaters? Family vegetable gardens are now replaced by tropical plants and white rocks. And “the best one: leaving our houses unlocked and never having to worry. Now, we install alarm systems.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The event is being coordinated by a large coalition of nurseries, arborists and environmentalists. “Bringing so many organizations together for a single project is unique,” said Andy Trotter, president of the California Urban Forest Council. “If individuals and families and schools work together with us, the air we breathe will be cleaner and healthier.” Boy Scouts, community groups, neighborhood councils and others will join in the effort, but more volunteers are needed since additional planting sites are still sought. And if you’re an individual home or business owner, you can also get in on the deal to plant trees on your own property. For more information, go to www.unitedvoices.org. last_img read more


first_imgHave you ever looked longingly at those impressive massed choirs performing major works on television and thought to yourself ‘I’d love to do something like that’?Maybe you’ve taken the trip to London to be part of ‘The Big Sing’ in the Royal Albert Hall like so many other Irish choirs?Well, now you can be part of something big – without leaving Donegal! The Donegal Music Partnership plan to bring a massed choir of as many adult voices as possible together to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C in May 2014.It might seem like a long way off in the middle of February 2013, but by the time your choir has done its’ usual programme of events and had the traditional long summer holiday, May 2014 will be just around the corner.There will be one or two rehearsals in late spring/early summer 2013 to get the ball rolling and for interested choirs to meet with the conductor.The performance will be conducted by the internationally renowned choral conductor Alan Tongue. Alan worked with BBC NI for a long number of years before re-locating to Cambridge where he most recently premiered his arrangement of Vaughn Williams’ Graduation Mass for double choir and orchestra. He has worked extensively throughout Europe and America.Written for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists along with four part choir and orchestra Beethoven’s Mass in C consists of five movements and lasts roughly 35 minutes. It might make a great introduction to complete works for your choir or be just the challenge you’re looking for?This is a great opportunity for adult choirs in Donegal to work with a talented and well-respected conductor.If you think your choir would be interested in taking part in what will be a wonderful event, please contactDonegal Music Education Partnership on 074 9176293 for further details. ALL DONEGAL CHOIR HOPEFULS COULD BE SINGING FROM THE SAME HYMN-SHEET was last modified: February 14th, 2013 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:choirDonegal Music Education Partnershiplast_img read more

Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham still in the dark over Blues future

first_imgChelsea striker Tammy Abraham admits he is still in the dark over his Blues future as he prepares to return to Stamford Bridge.The 19-year-old’s loan at Bristol City ends on Sunday, with speculation growing over where he will play next season. He has scored 26 goals for the Robins after joining on a season-long loan last summer to help them beat the drop in the Championship. Reports have suggested Chelsea are ready to offer Abraham a new contract, but the forward insisted he is still waiting to hear from the Premier League leaders. “There’s nothing yet. I’m not too sure but hopefully there will be [a new contract],” he said, ahead of Bristol City’s final game of the season at home to Birmingham on Sunday.“I’ve heard a few bits, this and that, but I’m not too sure what I’m doing yet and I haven’t spoken to Chelsea about next season. I’m focused here before I end up shooting off back to Chelsea. “Bristol is always going to be in my heart now but I’m not too sure what I’m doing. “Bristol would be interested in taking me again but it’s a situation if Chelsea want me to come back or want me to go somewhere else to develop in a different way. It would be nice to come back to Bristol in the future.”Abraham has two years left on his current Chelsea contract and Brighton, Leicester and Everton have been linked with a loan move next season. And the England Under-21 international, who scored twice on his debut against Bosnia in October, would be open to another temporary switch after benefiting from his spell at Ashton Gate.“Loans are a different experience for everyone but the mentality you have to have is not to feel relaxed. You have to have a mindset that you’re going to try harder and work harder than anyone,” he added. Tammy Abraham 1last_img read more

Breaking new rules could be fatal

first_img Visibility at some intersections is limited, so a flashing sign – “Bus” – will indicate when a bus is approaching and should be heeded. Pedestrians and bicycle riders also are being warned to stay off the busway and instead use the separate bike/pedestrian lanes. There are bike racks and lockers at each station. A recent presentation to about 40 students at Thoreau High School in Woodland Hills got a response. The students chuckled at an animated video about the new busway, geared for elementary school children, and then gasped at the ultra-realistic effects on a video about rail safety. Orange Line rides will be free this weekend. After that, tickets – $1.25 for one way or $3 for a one-day pass – can be purchased at the stations along the route. The system also features free Park and Ride lots at the Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys and North Hollywood stations. An additional Park and Ride lot is to be built next year at Canoga Park. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com IF YOU GO: The Orange Line will debut this weekend, with buses running 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m.-midnight Sunday. Community celebrations are planned 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the following locations: Warner Center Station, Erwin Street and Owensmouth Avenue, Woodland Hills. DeSoto Station, Pierce College campus, Victory Boulevard and DeSoto Avenue, Woodland Hills. Balboa Station, Victory and Balboa boulevards, Encino. Van Nuys Station, Van Nuys Boulevard and Aetna Street. North Hollywood Station, 5350 Lankershim Blvd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s safety tips for the new Orange Line are fairly simple: Obey signal lights, don’t turn right on red, and don’t walk or drive on the busway. But MTA officials, pointing to the words of a president and others who have said “common sense isn’t too common,” have been conducting safety-education programs at more than 100 elementary, middle and high schools, both public and private, within 1 miles of the route. Officials hope that children will share the safety tips with their families. “People are used to interacting with a street in a certain way, and they take it for granted; it becomes a memory. They don’t think about it,” MTA spokesman Dave Sotero said. But when the Orange Line is operating, he noted: “That same intersection – the rules can be different from day to day.” Sotero said the MTA launched a similar information campaign when the Gold Line was introduced in Pasadena in July 2003. And while there have been minor accidents, there have been no fatalities on that line. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Orange Line, which will open on Saturday, runs 14 miles between Warner Center and the Red Line subway station at North Hollywood, with 13 stops along the way. A Metro Liner bus, which can seat 57 passengers, will arrive at each station on the route every six minutes during peak traffic hours and every 12 minutes during other hours. Critics have complained that the busway doesn’t have crossing gates, as trains do, and Orange Line bus drivers have reported close calls with motorists during test runs. Gates are now being considered for a similar busway in Florida. But MTA officials say gates are not necessary, and the agency is not required to have them. MTA officials say they expect it will take drivers, pedestrians and cyclists some time to get used to the new system. They have been conducting test runs of the system and watching for potential problems before the busway officially opens. For example, MTA officials learned the entire track team of a San Fernando Valley high school – and the teacher – were hopping the fence and crossing the busway as a shortcut while the route was under construction. Because Metro Liners need 250 feet to come to a stop, motorists are prohibited from making right turns on red lights to keep them from colliding with a bus traveling at 50 mph. And since the busway is an enclosed right-of-way, there are no escape routes or exits, so private vehicles are not allowed on the busway, officials said. last_img read more

Creepy!  Creationism in School

first_imgIs there some reason that two reports described creationism as something that is “creeping” into schools?USA:  In Live Science, senior editor Robin Lloyd described creationism as “creeping” into U.S. classrooms.  “One in eight U.S. high school biology teachers presents creationism or intelligent design in a positive light in the classroom, a new survey shows, despite a federal court’s recent ban against it.”  The basis of her report was a paper in PLoS Biology by Berkman, Pacheco, and Plutzer.1  The paper said 38% of the public would prefer that creationism be taught instead of evolution.  A survey of 939 teachers showed that between 12% and 16% are creationists, and only 23% feel strongly that evolution is a central unifying theme for biology.    The federal ban that Lloyd referred to was the decision by John E. Jones in Dover, Pennsylvania – a ruling that had no bearing on any school outside that county.  She referred vaguely to “many other legal victories at the state and local level for the teaching of evolution.”  One should recall that calling a decision a “victory” depends on one’s point of view.  Science Daily and PhysOrg also alleged that creationism violates the Establishment Clause, but did not describe creationism as “creeping” into schools.  Actually, the US Supreme Court, while forbidding “equal time” laws, allows teachers “considerable leeway” in how the subject of origins is presented – a point Berkman admitted in his paper.    Did Lloyd provide evidence that creationism is “creeping” into schools, as opposed to declining or maintaining a presence that has always been there?  She quoted Berkman saying “The status of evolution in the biology and life sciences curriculum remains highly problematic and threatened,” but otherwise there was no indication of a conspiracy to sneak creationism into schools – which is what the phrase “creationism creeps into U.S. classrooms” suggests.    Lloyd used additional language to portray creationism as something sinister and threatening.  Whereas creationists believe life was created by God, “Scientists, on the other hand, agree that humans evolved from a common primate ancestor in a process that stretches back tens of millions of years,” she proclaimed.  “The theory of evolution on which this is based is one of the most well-supported theories in science.”  Other statements stressed the “victory for evolution” theme or the “all experts agree” theme: “This issue [the teaching of evolution] is particularly interesting in that context because the public opinion on it is in many ways so far away from where the experts are,” Berkman told Live Science.  He also told the reporter, “Victory in the courts and state standards will not ensure that evolution is included in high school science classes.”    As usual, Live Science included icons at the bottom for its featurettes that mock creation beliefs: “Top ten creation myths” and “Top 10 missing links.”Et tu, Turkey?  “Creationism is creeping into the universities to the alarm of researchers supporting Ataturk’s vision of a secular state,” Nigel Williams wrote in Current Biology this week.2  His article has the bellicose title, “Secular Turkey’s evolution battle.”  Later he said, “Ankara is now the centre of a battle against the rise of creationism in Turkey.”    Williams also did not provide evidence that creationism is “creeping” in under the wire.  He admitted that an Islamic version of creationism has been taught in Turkish high schools since 1985.  That’s 23 years – hardly a creepy new threat, though creationist leanings seem more prevalent among younger teachers.  If anything is creeping in now, it is American evolutionists like Douglas Futuyma and Jerry Coyne who came to lecture against creationism in Ankara.    Like the Live Science article, the editorial in Current Biology stressed the warfare metaphor: “Ankara is now the centre of a battle against the rise of creationism in Turkey.”  There was a reference to Adnan Oktar (a.k.a. Hahrun Yahya), whose thick and lavishly illustrated Atlas of Creation was sent to teachers and researchers.  This person and his group, which also supports an elaborate multi-language website (see HarunYahya.com) has no connection to American creationists, who oppose the Islamic slant and many aspects of the beliefs presented.  American creationists also lack the kind of funding that supported this one organization’s effort, which most likely came from rich Muslim supporters, perhaps Saudis.3  American evolutionists, by contrast, are amply funded by the American government.  All creationist organizations in the West and Australia are privately funded and get no such government subsidies.    Williams not only lumped Islamic and Christian creationism into the same pot, he linked it to the highly-charged word “fundamentalism” and described evolution as “secular” in the vision of Ataturk.  This begs the question whether Darwinism is devoid of religious implications, and whether scientific evidence for intelligent design could be presented with the same secular criteria as evolution.  The last word: “Although creationists are spending incredible amounts of funds of unknown origin in their campaign against evolution, we believe that science will win in the end.” 1.  Michael B. Berkman, Julianna Sandell Pacheco, Eric Plutzer, “Evolution and Creationism in America’s Classrooms: A National Portrait,” Public Library of Science: Biology, Vol. 6, No. 5, May 20, 2008, e124, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060124.2.  Nigel Williams, “Feature: Secular Turkey’s evolution battle,” Current Biology, Vol 18, R398-R399, 20 May 2008.3.  Science magazine reported on May 23 in its “Newsmakers” section that Adnan Oktar, an “influential Islamic creationist,” was sentenced by an Istanbul court to 3 years in prison “for starting a criminal organization and profiting from it.”  This organization, however, is unrelated to his Foundation for Scientific Research (BAV) that published the Atlas of Creation.  “BAV is not directly linked to the activities that landed Oktar in trouble, and creationism had nothing to do with the charges,” the news item stated.  Even so, members of BAV feel Oktar is being persecuted for his views – and Science quoted a physicist who feels that is “not entirely implausible” given the political pressures on Turkey’s justice system. The wording in these articles was rigged to color creationism in fundamentalist, religious, superstitious, insidious, sneaky, dark tones and evolution in secular, scientific, victorious, brave strokes, as the stalwart soldiers of Scientific Truth battle this “threat.”  Statistics were carefully selected to support the portrayal of creationism as a creepy minority view.  Lloyd and Berkman used the figure 38% for those wanting creationism taught instead of evolution – a minority, but substantial enough to appear threatening indeed.  When people are asked if they want both views taught, the number can be as high as 65-85% or more.  As few as 10-20% want DODO (Darwin-only, Darwin-only), yet that minority view is imposed by dictatorial courts and lawsuit-threatening organizations like the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (a.k.a. secularists determined to overthrow the First Amendment free-exercise clause), funded by radical leftist liberals.    Boy, could we have fun setting the record straight on what is really going on by the Darwinist minority imposing their religious view (atheism) onto the public, fighting Academic Freedom bills, shutting down debate, and issuing shrill, heated propaganda with no understanding of the issues involved, and precious little attempt to honestly articulate distinctions or weigh evidence.  Take a little tour through the Chain Links on Evolution and Education for plenty of supporting material.  A look at the history of the Darwin revolution, too, would be very illuminating about creepiness.  CEH does not endorse Yahya’s Atlas of Creation but would like to point out that even that was privately funded and offered as a free gift to teachers and academics.  Was anything stopping Dr. Hatecreationism from simply depositing it in the trash can?  It’s not like the organization was invading libraries and burning copies of Origin of Species or something.  The Darwinists, by contrast, get government funding to build pro-evolution websites taking positions on religion, and can send every teacher in the country their propaganda, like the NAS booklet Science, Evolution and Creationism.  How do they indoctrinate?  With bad science in textbooks (Haeckel’s embryos and other hoaxes, see 07/25/2003), with one-sided museum extravaganzas (04/30/2008) and with ridicule and intimidation by arrogant teachers and threats from the courts.  When someone doesn’t tow the party line, as shown in Expelled, the Darwinists ruin careers, lambaste, marginalize, deny degrees and tenure, and act in other creepy ways.    Creationism is not creeping like some insidious spider or snake under the door, seeking opportunity to multiply and strike.  Belief in creation was the dominant view for centuries till a creeping secularism usurped the scientific institutions and shut off debate (the hallmark of science).  Today’s creationist ladies and gentlemen, well-dressed and educated, knock patiently on the door of public opinion, seeking an opportunity to talk rationally about the evidence once again.  This may seem creepy to inbred liberals unaccustomed to such things, but creepiness is in the eye of the beholder.  Does a creation scientist with a PhD in geology or biochemistry appear creepy?  To whom does a Doctor of Divinity with expertise in archaeology and history appear creepy?  Does a book written by PhD scientists and philosophers of science and a science curriculum writer like Explore Evolution appear creepy to a Darwin-indoctrinated high school biology teacher?  Undoubtedly conservatives appear creepy to liberals.  Why, under certain circumstances, sheep might even appear creepy to wolves.  (Especially those sheep with the big horns.)    Teachers, would you like to really freak out the Darwinists?  Teach ALL the facts about Darwinism.  Spend lots of time on the subject.  Teach both the strengths and weaknesses about Darwinism.  You don’t even have to mention creation, God, or anything even remotely religious.  Just say something like, “Today, class we are going to talk about evolution.  Many scientists believe that humans came from bacteria.  They have lots of evidence for this.  Here, for instance, are some finch beaks that got longer and shorter as the weather changed.  Here are some moths that scientists glued to tree trunks.  Here is a display of embryos – whoops, I’m sorry, that turned out to be a hoax.  Here is the fossil record, where all the major phyla burst onto the scene without any apparent ancestors.  And here is the inside of a cell, with thousands of molecular machines and a coded language, which they say came from lucky mud.  Any questions?”  To Darwin Party enforcers, the giggles among the students would sound really, really creepy.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Opioid measures signed into law

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Trump signed into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure that promises help in the fight against drug addiction.“Opioids are stalking rural America. Our farmers and ranchers once thought addiction was predominantly something cities had to deal with,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Sadly, we know now that opioids are taking the lives of Americans from all walks of life. And unlike years ago, rural America is showing some of the highest rates of opioid addiction anywhere.”The new law will make it easier for Medicaid patients to seek and receive the treatment they need to overcome drug addiction. It increases policing of the mail that accounts for much of the opioid trade and increases grant funding to fight addiction in our communities.“We lost a record 72,000 lives to overdoses in 2017,” Duvall said.“We thank Congress and the President for making this legislation law.”last_img read more