Education & Political News

first_imgWhat’s been happening in school boards about evolution and intelligent design?  Here are some recent stories about politicians, reporters and ordinary citizens:Kansas Grass Roots:  Candidates vying for school board seats in Liberal, Kansas squared off over the evolution issue: see Hutchinson News.Ohio Rematch:  Despite an earlier loss, Darwin critics in Ohio are hoping to bring up the issue for a vote again, reports CNS News.  The article editorializes that “Their goal is to force curriculum changes that would also allow discussion of the intelligent design theory,” when the wording of the proposed changes specifically denies this.McCain’s Open Mind:  Though an evolutionist himself, Senator John McCain thinks students ought to hear both sides in the debate over evolution, according to a piece in Evolution News that comments on a story reported in the New York Sun July 18.  The Sun said, “the senator mocked the idea that American young people were so delicate and impressionable that they needed to be sheltered from the concept” and compared it to cold-war efforts to shield students from learning about Marxism.White House Press:  President Bush’s press secretary Tony Snow entertained Wesley J. Smith of the Discovery Institute.  Smith was there to congratulate the president for vetoing the stem cell funding bill this week.Quilt Warfare:  In a bizarre piece of propaganda, Canadian quilt-making mom Barbara West ridiculed intelligent design on her (hopefully) intelligently-designed quilt.  According to Canmore Leader, West, whose quilt showed the earth on a pile of turtles (see humor page), won the National Award of Excellence for her design.  Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute had some smirks about this.Free Press:  Patrick Gavin, associate editorial page editor of the LA Examiner, gave lengthy coverage to Casey Luskin and John West about their post-Dover book Traipsing Into Evolution that critically analyzes Judge Jones’ ruling.WWJD:  Lita Cosner wrote for Creation Ministries International about how governments and secularists are fighting to make US schools Christ-free zones and are erring on the side of censorship.Conservative Backlash:  Not all pro-evolutionists are liberals.  A new group calls itself Conservatives Against Intelligent Design.  See also report on Science and Theology News.National Wahoo:  In the vein that everyone is someone elses’ weirdo, George Gilder of the Discovery Institute wrote a lengthy article supporting intelligent design for National Review, only to be trashed a week later by John Derbyshire on National Review.Evolutionary Faith:  Uncommon Descent found out that the National Center for Science Education is looking for a “Faith Project Director,”  This is odd, because the NCSE argues that evolution is built on science, and creation is based on faith.  The job duties include “developing materials pertaining to evolution and religion for print and web; representing NCSE to the faith community, in print and in person; serving as liaison between NCSE and professional theological societies and religious organizations; speaking to the press about issues involving evolution education and challenges to it; counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and others facing challenges to evolution education.” Thanks to Evolution News and Access Research Network for most of these leads.  Let’s get the ACLU to turn on the NCSE over separation of church and state.  Derbyshire is an arrogant hack who likens creationists to whack-a-moles.  This is a psychological disorder known as role reversal.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Tata to increase Neotel stake

first_img25 June 2008Indian multinational Tata Communications has announced its intention to acquire a further 30% interest in South Africa’s second landline operator Neotel, from the state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transnet.Upon completion of the transaction, Tata Communications and Tata Africa, both controlled by the Tata Group, will become the major shareholder in Neotel, with an effective 56% stake.“This agreement is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent, some of which have a period of up to 180 days to be fulfilled,” Tata communications says in a statement this week.The other shareholders of Neotel are Nexus, Communitel and Two Telecom Consortium.Neotel introduced its first consumer offering in April this year, with their NeoConnect bundle which includes 1 000 Neotel to Neotel voice minutes, 50 Neotel to Neotel SMS’s, an email account and free internet access up to 10 gigabytes of data for a monthly charge of R599.The company is also providing the optical fibre backbone for the newly established South African National Research Network (Sanren), and will also operate the local landing station of the majority African-owned Seacom cable that will link southern and eastern Africa with India and Europe.Tata Africa Holdings, situated in Johannesburg, is the company which holds the Tata Group’s interests in 10 countries across the continent, with collective investments of over US$100-million.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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United VC tries to add to Generika’s troubles

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sandwiched between those matches, PLDT, led by exciting spiker Grace Lazard, guns for a third win when it takes on Sta. Lucia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy It may not seem like it, but there are other contenders in the PSL Grand Prix outside of powerhouses F2 Logistics and Petron.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting On Saturday, some of the darkhorses try to close the gap with the leaders when they battle separate foes in a Philippine Superliga Grand Prix triple treat at Malolos Sports and Convention Center.United Volleyball Club battles winless Generika-Ayala in the nightcap hoping its roster powered by US NCAA players will take charge in the 6 p.m. match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCignal and Foton kick off the heavy schedule at 2 p.m. with the Tornadoes, a former champion, struggling to get the right mix this conference.Foton suffered a three-set defeat to F2 Logistics (25-20, 25-20, 26-24) Thursday night. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Luisita seizes seniors lead, takes six-point cushion to final round Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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