first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor The Office of Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has reiterated that she does not only remain committed and loyal to the Presidency of President George Weah, but to the advancement and implementation of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).The office of the VP said in a statement issued yesterday, November 13, that she is fully cognizant of her role, which is meant to serve as a critical support arm to the President. “The role of a VP is in strict consonance with clearly stated constitutional roles and responsibilities of the office, and Madam Howard-Taylor is fully mindful of her sphere of duties.”This clarity comes amid rumors that the Vice President, who is the political leader (standard bearer) of the National Patriotic Party (NPP)—one of the three political parties that made up the victorious CDC — is harboring an unquenchable ambition for the nation’s highest seat and has, therefore, planned to contest the 2023 presidential election.The NPP has been rocked by controversies in recent times, thus bringing its leadership to public disrepute.Expelled party chairman, James Biney, accused VP Taylor of harboring an ambition to become the country’s next President.The former Maryland County Representative told reporter in an exclusive interview that the NPP is engulfed in crisis, because VP Taylor wants to remove it from the Coalition so that she can contest for the office of the presidency in 2023.Biney was reportedly expelled from the party for violating its key provisions, including by-laws and constitution.In a reaction, the office of the VP said: “By her grateful acceptance of her nomination from Dr. Weah, and the blessed election of the ticket to national leadership, she undertook an irreversible commitment to always work with and remain supportive of the President. To this, she remains unwavering.”“The VP wishes to reiterate her awareness that the prime focus of her energy and intention has always been to lend full support to the agenda and purposes of the President, not to pursue a separate end of her own,” a statement for the VP’s office said.NPP Acting leadership also dispelled allegations that VP Taylor intends to contest the 2023 presidency as alleged by the former chairman.Acting party Chairman John Gray said at a press conference on Monday, November 12, that such a rumor should have been in the public long ago if the expelled chairman is sincere in his claim.“It is therefore ludicrous, diversionary and a bold-faced lie to have heard Mr. Biney telling the public that the VP met with him and expressed the desire to contest for the presidency in 2023,” Madam Taylor’s office said.She also acknowledged creeping political uneasiness within the Party at the moment as unfortunate, adding that this is “unwelcome development,” and that such scenario is not uncommon in political institutions, especially in an illiterate setting.“Such should not mislead any partisan to assume that he or she can maliciously distract the Party by resorting to acts bordering on self-aggrandizement and manifested by the spewing of lies and libelous statements about her person and the NPP,” the statement said.“NPP remains a reliable and unshakable pillar under the indomitable Coalition for Democratic Change, the institution that is destined to change the sad story of this country remains unfazed by the ill-advised bidding of mischievous elements.She refuses to be swayed away from her preoccupation with the championing of the strengthening and forward march of the Coalition, an alliance in which her Party is a willing and proud constituent member.The Vice President remains firm in her commitment to upholding and defending all party laws as well as ensuring that the NPP keeps glued within the Coalition, staying the course of loyalty and faithfulness to President Weah as he steers our national developmental agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe differences between Neanderthals and modern humans were not due to evolution for bigger brains or anything of the sort.  They were due to genetic drift, says an article on Live Science.    “A team of anthropologists has compared measurements of Neanderthal skulls to modern human skulls, and argues that most variations among them are the result of random changes that occur over time, and not of adaptations driven by natural selection,” the article states up front.    Don’t chalk up the differences in modern humans to bigger brains, better eyesight, better noses, or better ability to survive and reproduce.  That’s the assertion of Tim Weaver and a team from University of California, Davis.  The article says, “This finding may contradict a common belief that humans won out over Neanderthals because they acquired helpful physical changes in their skulls.”    Erik Trinkaus, anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, agrees. When we look at the archaeology, there’s essentially no difference in their implied social sophistication,” he said.  “They use the same kinds of tools, they’re all burying their dead, they’re all using body decorations of some form or another.  They were equally effective at hunting animals.  In anything that we can measure, there’s very little difference between Neanderthal and modern humans 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.”    Trinkaus said the reason modern humans flourished and Neanderthals didn’t may have just been luck.Trinkaus explained that it’s like football.  One team wins one year, another team the next.  “Why, in more recent time periods, do you have some groups of humans with certain cultural advances who displace others?  It’s happened many times.  There’s nothing biologically superior about one group versus the other.”    If modern humans and Neanderthals diverged from a common ancestor 370,000 years ago, as the article claims, this would have to mean that two independent lines of humans converged on the same intelligence, culture and physical capabilities without natural selection – only by random genetic changes.    We need to keep repeating that the Neanderthal myth is dead.  Neanderthals were Homo sapiens, wise, intelligent, capable hunters who made art, buried their dead, survived and flourished.  Their traits overlap with those of other humans.  There is no reason to believe they were not fully human, capable of interbreeding with other Homo sapiens and talking and communicating with them.  They were members of the ONE human race.    The article dubs this a “counterintuitive hypothesis.”  It’s not counterintuitive at all.  It makes perfect sense to those not drunk on Dar-wine.  Neanderthals and modern humans were brethren; they were both descendants of the original created human beings.    The new evolutionary myth, that Neanderthals and “modern humans” (note the embedded evolutionary assumption) diverged from some mythical common ancestor 370,000 years ago, but never learned how to ride a horse in all that time, is no better than the old one.  Evolutionary myths are tales told about bones that have been sacrificed in homage to Charlie.  There’s no meat on them.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farmers Union will hold its 83rd Annual Convention beginning Friday, January 27, 2017.Among public policy topics to be decided by the delegates are Ohio farmland tax issues and whether or not to establish carrying capacities for livestock in Ohio’s sensitive western Lake Erie watershed.“We are delighted to announce the convening of the 83rd annual convention of the Ohio Farmers Union this coming weekend. Our convention will feature inspirational and educational presentations from key leaders in Ohio agriculture, thoughtful discussion on policy issues and great fellowship among members, delegates and guests. Please join us,” said Joe Logan, OFU President .Delegates will hear from a variety of speakers and decide whether to discuss and adopt number of policy priorities for 2017 including, setting livestock carrying capacities for the western basin of the Lake Erie watershed and making adjustments to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) of Ohio’s farmland.CAUV will be an especially hot topic as many farmers around the state have experienced farmland property tax increases of 300 percent or more since 2008.On Friday, delegates will hear from Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels as well as Mike Weaver, president of the Organization for Competitive Markets. Friday will conclude with awarding Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni OFU’s “Legislator of the Year.”“We’ll also hear from renowned Ohio farmer and an agriultural advisor to President Donald J. Trump’s recent campaign, Fred Yoder, among many others,” Logan said.Logan announced this week that Ohio State Sen. Cliff Hite will deliver the convention’s closing keynote at a luncheon on Saturday.To view the entire program, follow this link.The Ohio Farmers Union represents around 4,000 family-sized farm members and consumers throughout Ohio. Each year, the organization gathers in January to set policy priorities for the year and honor state legislators for their work in the prior year.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement3×3 Pro Basketball League concludes its inaugural season with the sixth and final round in Mumbai.Delhi Hoopers emerged as the Champions of Round 6, after having won four rounds previously.The franchise, owned by Actor/Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt, has given strong performances consistently throughout the season.India was also represented for the first time at FIBA 3×3 World Tour at the Utsunomiya Masters in July 2018 by Delhi Hoopers. The team has qualified for Mexico City Masters (8th-9th September) and Hyderabad Masters (22nd-23rd September) as well in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.Delhi Hoopers stand a chance to become the first Indian team to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals in Beijing, China in October 2018 depending on their performance in Mexico and Hyderabad.Below are the results of the Day 2 of Round 6 of 3BL:Quarter Finalso   Goa Snipers vs Mumbai Hustlers: 14 – 18o   Ahmedabad Wingers vs Aizawl Legends: 22 – 13o   Jaipur Regals vs Delhi Hoopers: 10 – 22Semi-Finalso   Mumbai Hustlers vs Ahmedabad Wingers: 14 – 18o   Bangalore Machas vs Delhi Hooper: 14 – 22Finalo   Ahmedabad Wingers vs Delhi Hoopers: 19 – 22last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo splits cameraman’s head open in Champions League final warm-up Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:06 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Cristiano Ronaldo cameraman composite Getty/Goal composite Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League Videos The 33-year-old handed over his training jacket to make up for his wayward shot leaving a cameraman needing stitches Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to make amends for smacking a cameraman on the head with a ball while preparing for the Champions League final.Real Madrid’s hopes of winning a third consecutive European crown are resting on the Portuguese star’s shoulders ahead of their meeting with Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.Hit by a @cristiano shot… But the four-time #UCLfinal winner makes up for it!Ronaldo = @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/Km3ggwzT67 — #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) May 25, 2018 However, the 33-year-old will have to improve on the level of shooting he showed in their last training session before the big game. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Ballon d’Or holder hit a shot but immediately recoiled in horror as he saw it hit cameraman Juan Lorenzana Prieto on the head, leading to him needing stiches.(Square) Cristiano Ronaldo's cameraman Real MadridRonaldo was left feeling guilty by the incident, as he checked to see if the Lorenzana Prieto was okay and even handed him his training jacket as a gift.Luckily, however, the injury was not severe, but Ronaldo will have to improve his accuracy on Saturday night.The former Manchester United forward is hoping to bag his fifth Champions League win, surpassing Lionel Messi and equalling Real legend Alfredo Di Stefano.Liverpool aren’t without their own fantastic forwards, with Mohamed Salah (10), Sadio Mane (9) and Roberto Firmino (10) having scored 29 goals between them in the Champions League this season.Real defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, Juventus in the quarter-finals and Bayern Munich in the last four as they bid to win the title for a third consecutive time.Last year, their victory over Juventus in the Cardiff final made them the first club in the Champions League era to defend the top European club crown.last_img read more