National left back Lance Laing has joined Major League Soccer (MLS)-designate club, Minnesota United FC, the club announced on Tuesday on its website through the link http://www.nasl.com/news/2015/12/15/jamaican-international-lance-laing-j….Laing is one of six NASL All-Star selections this year to be snapped up by Minnesota, who are hoping the Jamaican can add to their record-setting offence as they look to make the step up from the North American Soccer League (NASL) to the more prestigious and lucrative MLS by the 2017 or 2018 season.Minnesota’s sporting director, Manny Lagos, told NASL.com news they played against Laing for many years in the NASL and are excited to get the player.”Seeing his growth from Fort Lauderdale to last season in Edmonton gives us the belief he will continue to grow and excel. As a player, he always presented us with challenges to play against and we’re just really excited to have a player like that on the roster,” he stated.The 27-year-old has played every NASL season since the modern-era league began in 2011 and is the only player to be named in the NASL Best 11 three times. He has been a NASL All-Star for the last two years.The Trelawny native first represented his country at the Under-17 level. He made his national senior team debut in 2008 against El Salvador and most recently played in the 2015 Copa America, where he starred against Lionel Messi and Argentina and the 2015 Gold Cup, helping Jamaica to a historic second-place finish behind Mexico.He began his professional career in 2007 at Harbour View FC and moved after three seasons to his native parish club Village United, then playing the local top-flight. The defender then moved to Fort Lauderdale Strikers, where he played for two years.”I’m very happy to be cheered on by Dark Clouds and their fans. I have always felt (from) playing here that Minnesota fans are the best in the League and I can’t wait to be on the right side of their cheers. It’s an honour to be joining a team that has so many great players and great coaches. It’s going to be a great team to be a part of,” Laing told NASL.com.
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Government to intervene and take action on the ongoing crises of insurance premiums are increasing by 50% to 80 % or more in some cases.The Donegal Deputy says the increases are placing unsustainable pressure on motorists seeking to renew their annual premiums.Statistical analysis of insurance claims for the period 2010 to 2014 shows that insurance claims pay-outs were static and showed no significant increases in payout levels in Ireland, he added. The Chief Executive of the Injuries Board in his evidence to the Dail Committee on Insurance premiums stated “the average insurance payout claim has risen by €400 in the past 8 years” but over the same period insurance premiums have risen by multiples of that.Pat the Cope called on the Government to take real action rather than just talking about action and tackle the crises on insurance premiums hikes, which for the third year in a row costs are spiralling out of control for Irish motorists.“Previously I called on the Government to re-establish the Motor Insurance Advisory Board and to open the insurance market to European Insurance companies under the free movement of goods and services, which many transcontinental haulage companies are currently doing and availing of much cheaper insurance premiums within the EU by obtaining Insurance on the continent rather than here.“No other European country is experiencing premiums hikes to the level as Ireland at present, in an average of 8 European counties the level of increase is only 3% over the past 2 years,” stated Pat the Cope. The cost of insurance is now a major concern for every motorist and it is rapidly becoming beyond the reach of many motorists who depend on their car or van for their livelihood, and yet nothing seems to be done by the Government, he added.“All options have to put on the table in order to solve this crises and further time cannot be wasted talking about solutions – action needs to be taken by the Minister of State Eoghan Murphy and his Department,” added Deputy Gallagher.The burden of this crises has to be lifted from the backs of the ordinary motorist and it is only the Government that can intervene and take the necessary actions and measures to counter act the hikes in insurance premiums, he concluded.No progress by Govt on insurance hike saga – Pat the Cope was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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)
Among examples of evolution cited by Darwinists in the past, these should be taken off the shelf and thrown in the trash.The family that walks on all fours: Back in 2006, reports of a Turkish family that habitually walks on all fours gave some evolutionists opportunity to call them “missing links” or “evolutionary throwbacks” (see 3/07/2006). Their ape-like gait was even given a name, “Uner Tan Syndrome.” Darwin had pointed to “atavisms” (reversals to previous evolutionary states) as evidence for common ancestry.Better late than never; a new analysis debunks this interpretation. Bless her heart, Stephanie Pappias at Live Science has made it clear that these people are not evolutionary throwbacks at all. Their gait has nothing to do with ape walks or other primate traits. Instead, lacking wheelchairs or physical therapy, the people were responding as best they could to a genetic disorder. Only 5 of the family of 19 have this disorder, which includes cognitive disabilities. Yet it was the subject of a BBC documentary, “The Family that Walks on All Fours.” The researcher who looked into this evolutionary claim, Liza Shapiro (U of Texas) describes her reaction to the documentary:“It was all about whether or not it was evolutionary reversal, which kind of horrified me,” she said. Immediately, though, she could see that the family was not using the primate diagonal gait….About 99 percent of the strides were lateral, not diagonal — a blow against the notion that the family members had “rediscovered” an ancestral primate way of walking. Instead, they were walking like any typical adult would if asked to move on hands and feet.Pappias goes on to explain that an “evolutionary reversal” cannot involve just one trait like this:“They’re doing what any human does in that situation where they can’t stand up,” Shapiro said.Shapiro emphasized that even if the family had moved with a diagonal gait, the pattern would not prove anything about human evolution or the origins of bipedalism.“Bipedalism requires a lot of changes, physical and anatomical changes in the body,” she said. “Neurological changes. Motor changes. It’s not just one thing.“Bottom line: this family’s walking behavior provides no support for evolutionary theory. Instead, it shows what can happen when errors occur in the complex programs required for bipedal locomotion. In this case, a mutation on chromosome 17 affecting the cerebellum left the sufferers crippled, unable to enjoy a highly complex human ability.About the human eye’s bad design: A stock response by Darwinists to intelligent design has been to allege bad design (dysteleology), particularly in the alleged “backward” wiring of the human eye. Some evolutionists have been adamant about this, claiming that a human engineer would never be so stupid as to put the photoreceptors behind a tangle of blood vessels. The flipside of this argument has been that the eyes of octopus and squid got it right, with the photoreceptors in front of the vessels. As quoted in the Baloney Detector, Jared Diamond once said we would have to conclude “God is indeed a squid” if he had lavished his best design on those creatures. (Diamond was later accused of research misconduct; see 5/17/2009.)This evolutionary argument began to unravel in 2007 when researchers found that Müller cells, penetrating the thicket of blood vessels in the human retina, actually provide near-ideal vision by acting as wave guides to the individual photoreceptors—providing better performance than could be had if the rods and cones were in front of the blood vessels (see 5/02/2007 and subsequent research reported 5/07/2010 about additional vision enhancements provided by the Müller cells).Now, Nature News adds to the design bonanza exhibited by Müller cells. Under Research Highlights, the journal mentioned findings by the Technion Israel Institute of Technology about the “prism of the eye” that concentrates individual colors for best vision:The team found that Müller cells concentrate green and red light onto the daytime-light-sensing cones, increasing by up to ten times the amount of light they absorb than if Müller cells were absent. Blue light, however, leaks out of Müller cells towards rod cells, which enable night vision. Imaging experiments on isolated guinea-pig retinas largely confirmed the model’s results.The findings could explain how light is able to travel efficiently through various cellular layers in the retina to reach the cone cells.Design perfection speaks for itself. As for squid eyes, we wouldn’t want to use them unless we lived in their dark, murky environment. Squid and humans have the ideal eyes for their habitats.Brought to you in the tradition of radio icon Paul Harvey’s famous pivotal phrase, “And now, the rest of the story.” The Darwinists set themselves up for a big fall, didn’t they? We hope they will learn a lesson not to hasten to disparage design, let alone mock God like Jared Diamond did so crudely. Unfortunately, evolutionary claims like this often do years of damage on impressionable minds before they are debunked. We must ask at this point, though, how many other classic “proofs” of evolution are waiting for their turn at the intellectual guillotine of “further research”? Don’t be so gullible as to think a claimed evolutionary “evidence” is conclusive. (Visited 139 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cherlyn Tshabangu is determined to get drug dealers out of her city, and rehabilitate and educate drug-addicted underage sex workers and reunite them with their families.Believing that the rise in crime in Krugersdorp could be attributed to high rates of drug dealing and forced sex work, Cherlyn Tshabangu has started a clean-up operation. Asilweni Cleaning Streets, founded in 2012, aims to help rehabilitate drug-addicted sex workers and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse.Asilweni Cleaning Streets, founded in 2012, aims to help rehabilitate drug-addicted sex workers and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse (Image: Asilweni)Tshabangu believes that the town, in Gauteng, is a hub for human trafficking and drug dealing. She says, “We decided to take an initiative to help clean our streets of drugs and prostitution. We would also like to see the community taking control of their own streets and making sure that their kids are not exposed to all that we’re trying to stop as these are done right on the streets with no shame.”The organisation runs campaigns on drug abuse awareness, how to identify illegal drugs, and educates residents on how to get help with their addictions and whom to speak to regarding their problems.“We help all age groups that are affected by substance abuse and prostitution through counselling as well as detox programmes,” said Tshabangu.“We work in collaboration with Home Affairs to verify the identities of the drug dealers and prostitutes and we locate families of the girls as most of them are trafficked from different places.”Many sex workers in the area are young girls in their teens who have fallen victim to drug abuse, and who conduct sex work to fund their addiction. Asilweni works closely with the South African Police Service’s Missing Persons unit to identify the girls they work with, helping to rehabilitate them and reunite them with their families. The organisation also works with Crime Line, Lead SA, the Department of Social Development, and other organisations in the West Rand.“We are also networking with other African states and are hoping to work closely with them to fight drugs, prostitution and human trafficking. We would ensure that we have volunteers in all areas and all the time helping the community if need be,” said Tshabangu.“We hope to restore our communities throughout our nation and make them safe and conducive for everybody to live in them.”“We would like to also have a development centre in all provinces where we can have different skills training for recovered addicts and prostitutes. Most of them are rejected and may relapse so we will help them after rehab to either get work or go to school. And we would like to have these centres all over the country,” she said.The organisation also involves the community in its effort to eradicate crime, holding marches to protest against the drug dealing.“In March we had a successful march in demonstration of drugs and prostitution around the West Rand area and we were part of the committee that organised the march. Following that we were also involved in the march in Kagiso where we were sending a message to the dealers there that we are leaving no stone unturned and are intensifying our operations,” said Tshabangu.PLAY YOUR PARTAsilweni needs donations towards a car or taxi fares to help take their young charges back to their families; and towards medication to help wean the women off their addictions. The funds will also go towards food parcels and toiletries. The organisation is also looking to form partnerships with local municipalities and businesses.For more information on how to help, contact Cherlyn Tshabangu on 073 960 0905 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johannesburg, Monday 7 March 2016 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with Operation Hydrate, will host a dialogue looking at how all citizens can play their part to promote a culture of active citizenship and the respect for human rights with the communities of the Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality on Saturday 12 March 2016 at the Swartruggens Combined School in the North West.The Constitution of South Africa not only protects our human rights, but also envisions a prosperous, democratic, non-sexist, non-racist and equitable society. To bring the spirit of the Constitution to life, all citizens must be empowered to play their part. Only when all sectors of South Africa come together will the Constitution become a reality for all citizens. This dialogue will within this context, explore current challenges and solutions towards building a socially cohesive South Africa.Panellists for the dialogue will include, amongst others, Mayor Kim Madupe, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba and social advocate Yusuf Abramjee.Following the discussions, Brand South Africa and Operation Hydrate will hand over water to the communities of Kgetlengriver Local Municipality which is one of those worst affected by the current drought.Media are invited as follows:Date: Saturday 12 March 2016Time: 08h00-14h00Venue: Swaartruggens Combined School, 1 Jasmin Street, Swaartruggens, North WestRSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Kelly Davids on email@example.comFollow the conversation on #UniteSA
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Two people have been arrested in connection with the attack on 30 dogs at a private shelter in Punjab’s Mohali in which one canine was killed and several others were injured, animal rights body PETA on Thursday said.The Punjab Police have arrested the duo for allegedly attacking the dogs with sticks and acid on Tuesday, while their third associate is still at large, it said.“The attack resulted in death of one dog, 19 missing, probably killed, and 11 with grievous injuries.“Following the complaint by PETA, Punjab police arrested two of the three attackers and filed an FIR. The third attacker is on the run and police expect to nab him soon,” the animal rights body said in a statement.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India had shot off a letter to Punjab Director of General of Police (DGP) demanding immediate action against the attackers.PETA had come to know about the incident through news reports besides calls and emails from various concerned citizens.In the letter, PETA India pointed out that causing animals to suffer in this manner is a punishable offence under law and attracts imprisonment for a term of five to seven years, and the guilty is also liable for fine.It had urged the DGP to take steps to help ensure that the strongest police action is taken by registering an FIR against the attackers of the dogs under the IPC.PETA had also asked the Punjab police to ensure that the attackers undergo psychiatric counselling and evaluation.“PETA commends and thanks Punjab police for devoting the serious attention to this case that it deserves. The attackers may now be prevented from harming more animals and humans thanks to the police.“PETA encourage everyone to stop and speak up for animals who are subjected to pain or suffering, because if you don’t, maybe no one else will,” said Meet Ashar, PETA India’s Emergency Response Coordinator.Currently, the penalty for cruelty to animals under the PCA Act, 1960, is between Rs 10 and 50 for the first offence, which may go up to a mere Rs 100 or up to three months in prison for a subsequent offence.Lately, numerous extreme cruelty to animals cases have come to light —— including one from Bangalore where a woman killed eight puppies, Chennai where medical students threw a puppy from a roof, and Vellore where medical students killed a monkey —— proving the need for stronger penalties.