Bayern releases Javi Martínez

first_img“What’s on my desk is that the membership has me they usually have the final phrase. There aren’t any clauses right here as in Spain. If the membership says that you’re not leaving, you aren’t leaving. If they don’t need to promote you, they won’t Promote, “stated Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez in an interview with Movistar` + days in the past.The Spanish midfielder feels necessary in Bavaria for each the membership and Hansi Flick. “He advised me that he was very proud of me, that he believed that he was essential to the crew and that he counted on me. I’ve each the boldness of the membership and the coach,” added the Navarrese. Now, in keeping with Kicker, he might come out subsequent summer season if the membership and the participant so want. If Bayern discovered a substitute and Javi needed to depart, in Germany they guarantee that the membership wouldn’t hinder him.What choices seem in your future? The final ones have been a potential return to Athletic, the place he shone in Spanish soccer, or an incorporation to Getafe de Bordalás, revelation crew of the final campaigns in LaLiga, though he additionally has a superb lineup in the remainder of Europe and even in the USA.This season accidents have stored him from showing extra on the pitch. The one which made him lose essentially the most video games was a muscle harm he suffered in late December throughout Bayern-Wolfsburg that stored him out for six weeks.last_img

Top seed Creamline forges Finals showdown vs PayMaya

first_imgWhat was supposed to be a classic battle to the finish turned into a cruise for Creamline, which crushed a Pocari-Air Force squad missing its key player, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, Friday to reach the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Matthysse no stranger to Pacquiao legend Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READcenter_img Pocari was without two-way star Myla Pablo, the team’s vaunted hitter who also does a good job covering the floor on defense. Pablo hurt her back during pregame warmups.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers02:14Carpio 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 Creamline will go up against PayMaya, which took a much more difficult route executing a dramatic comeback to outlast BanKo Perlas, 22-25, 14-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12, in Game 3 of their semifinal duel.Tess Rountree banged in 35 points for PayMaya, countering Lakia Bright’s rousing 41-point performance for the Perlas Spikers.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’Perlas and Pocari will fight for third place also on Sunday.Alyssa Valdez and Thai Kuttika Kaewpin had 15 points each as the top-seeded Cool Smashers came back from a 0-1 series deficit to clinch a championship berth via sudden death. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kofi Woods Calls on FAWUL to Show Love in Leadership

first_imgAtty. Sam Kofi Woods described forests as of vital importance for the livelihood of millions of West Africans and that they provide key ecosystem services of local and global importance.-Blamed Liberians for giving a bad definition of public serviceFormer Minister of Labour and Public Works, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, has called on the newly elected leadership of the Firestone Agricultural Workers’ Union of Liberia (FAWUL) to show love to their fellow workers.According to Atty. Woods, leaders that love their people will not steal from them, buy expensive cars, build big houses and leave them in poverty, pain, and suffering.“So today I have come to you to speak on two important things in our society ‘Love and Service,’” said Woods, who served as keynote speaker at a program marking the induction ceremony of FAWUL’s new leadership over the weekend in Harbel City, Margibi County.“The first thing is love. The Bible says that the greatest of all is love. It also says love thy neighbor as yourself. But, too many times leaders don’t understand these biblical verses; too many times they see one another and pretend to be in love, but loving thy neighbor is more than the romantic love we show to one another. It is deeper than we understand it,” Mr. Woods said.He told the gathering that people who are elected to serve need to understand the real meaning of love for the people they serve.Atty. Woods said, “If you are elected and you understand that you are called upon to love thy neighbor as thyself, then you will not steal from them. When you are called to love thy neighbor as thyself; you will not prioritize buying your own cars or building your own houses.”Woods further noted that if one is called to love his neighbor as himself, he must realize that their progress must be linked to the progress of their neighbors and they will realize that they don’t have to be rich at the detriment of the suffering and agony of their neighbors.“Too many times, we think that we must exploit people and fail to realize that we can do well and by doing good, we do well to ourselves. We must realize that we must do good and by doing so we will give life a purpose of living. That is why in our world today, we see the pains of people begging, we see the difficulties of the challenges to put bread on the table of people because we fail to love each other.“We fail to love each other because we feel that to exploit others is good. Love does not mean to be better off than your friends. When friends and brothers combine their love for one another, their lives can be better off.“So, my friends of FAWUL, my brothers and sisters, I have been on this road for a very long time with you and I have come knowing the workers in different ways and appreciate not only their suffering but their dignity and perseverance,” he said.Atty. Woods called on the FAWUL new leadership to show love to the workers by ensuring that the next Collective Bargain Agreement between the Workers and the Firestone Management will improve the lives of workers of the plantation who are living beyond the trees and crying for justice.Atty. Woods again made reference to the Holy Bible and “The Bible says the greatest among you shall be your servant. Too many times, we misinterpret leadership; we think we have to be served. Some believe that as leaders, we must take charge of everything, but we are called to serve.”He said those in a position today must reflect on the time that they will be on the other side of the table. “As a Minister of Labour, you must enact laws and policies, so that when you are no longer a minister and you are now an employer or employee you must respect those same policies and laws; you will recognize them to be just and fair. So when you are a minister or leader, you must see your policies and actions from the other end of the table. You must also see service as a possibility to lead honestly and walk the street with dignity. This is the importance of public service.”Atty. Woods, however, noted that too many times “we think that service is about getting rich or we see service about getting your children better off than those of your neighbors. This is not service. We see public service from a different perspective.”He blamed Liberians for giving bad definition to public service, noting that “if you don’t steal, we don’t honor you. If you don’t corrupt, we don’t love you. We appreciate those who corrupt and steal from us. Those who abuse us are those we honor. We need to change our value of service because how we define it is wrong. So, we as a people ourselves have a problem and we should change our mentality of how we see public service.”He called on the workers of FAWUL to encourage their leaders not to steal from them, but to help them become accountable and better stewards. He said that workers of Firestone have a lot to offer not only to the company but to Liberia.Woods admonished the new FAWUL leadership to continue with the conversation with the management noting that they too understand the benefits it brings.“Today working along with workers, management and government we have a High School to be proud of and this is a success story for all,” he said.The Chairman of the Leadership of the FAWUL, Abel Fallah Ngigie said that Liberia is rich but underdeveloped and its citizens are poor and suffering due to bourgeois concessional agreements signed by past and present leaders and as such, foreigners are exploiting the country’s natural resources on a daily basis, while other Liberians are fronting for these “so-called foreign investors.”He added that such unwholesome practices that benefit the few and punish the majority must be brought to book, especially under the Agenda of the Pro-Poor Government.“It is, therefore, our fervent hope that the management, the union and the government will co-exist in fostering industrial peace and harmony on this plantation, while at the same time ensuring that our members are treated with dignity.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawndale wins with late flurry

first_imgNONLEAGUE: Bishop Montgomery breaks down in fourth quarter. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER For three quarters, a winless Bishop Montgomery squad stood toe-to-toe with a more explosive Lawndale team. Rutledge is the speed guy, and the workhorse is 5-6, 195-pound senior Trayveon Thomas, who had 16 carries for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas had a 21-yard TD run in the third quarter and scoring runs of 21 and 14 yards in the fourth quarter. “It opens Thomas up so much more by having those other two guys,” Gomez said. The third head in this scenario is fullback Carlton Callaway, who added six carries for 52 yards. “We’ve worked hard to get this three-headed monster going,” Gomez said. “It’s taken a long time.” Bishop Montgomery (0-3) used a balanced offense in the first half to keep pace with Lawndale. Quarterback Brian Cabanas had nine completions on 15 attempts for 155 yards in the first half. His 39-yard pass play to Ashton Pittman early in the second quarter helped set up Quinton Howard’s 6-yard touchdown run to give the Knights a 7-0 lead with 8:10 left in the first half. Pittman recovered a loose ball on a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff, setting up his own 21-yard touchdown run and giving Bishop Montgomery a 14-0 lead with 7:02 left in the half. Lawndale scored four of the next five touchdowns, including Thomas’ second 21-yard scamper to give the Cardinals a 26-20 lead with 11:52 left in the game. Bishop Montgomery responded with a 55-yard scoring drive, highlighted by Cabanas’ 21-yard run on an option keeper and capped by his 9-yard scoring run on another option keeper. Lawndale answered with a one-play drive – Rutledge’s 76-yard touchdown run – then Crawford Wilkerson ran in the 2-point conversion and the Cardinals led, 34-27, with 9:26 left. The Knights turned the ball over on downs on their next possession. Then the Cardinals rambled 50 yards on nine plays, capped by Thomas’ 14-yard run. Pittman had 233 all-purpose yards for Bishop Montgomery, including six receptions for 114 yards. Cabanas was 14-for-27 passing for 216 yards and an interception. He also had 18 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Try as it might, Lawndale did not kill itself with penalties. The Cardinals had 15 penalties for 86 yards. dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But in the fourth quarter, Lawndale delivered the knockout blow in the form of three touchdowns, the most damaging being Kelvin Rutledge’s 76-yard touchdown run. Rutledge’s TD put the game away with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter as Lawndale improved to 2-1 with a 41-27 win at Bishop Montgomery. Rutledge led the Cardinals with 217 yards rushing and three touchdowns on eight carries. The 5-foot-6, 155-pound senior had touchdown runs of 78 and 44 yards in the second quarter. “Obviously, it was their big plays that hurt us the most,” Bishop Montgomery coach Arnold Ale said. “They popped their big plays, and we had a couple of mental breakdowns that hurt us.” Lawndale, which attempted two passes, amassed 501 yards rushing on 42 attempts. Lawndale coach Mark Gomez attributes the success on the ground to what he calls the “three-headed monster” the program has been trying to establish the last couple of years. last_img read more

Pakistan now says Bhutto died of fractured skull, not bullet wounds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAuthorities on Thursday said Bhutto died from bullet wounds fired by a young man who then blew himself up, killing 20 other people. A surgeon who treated her said Friday she died from the impact of shrapnel on her skull. But later Friday, Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said all three shots missed her as she greeted supporters through the sunroof of her vehicle, which was bulletproof and bombproof. He also denied that shrapnel caused her death, saying Bhutto was killed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle, and the shock waves from the blast knocked her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull. At a news conference, Cheema played a videotape of the attack showing Bhutto waving, smiling and chatting with supporters from the sunroof as her car sat unmoving on the street outside a campaign rally. Three gunshots rang out, the camera appeared to fall, and the tape ended. Bhutto was slain while campaigning for the crucial Jan. 8 parliamentary elections in which she hoped to return as prime minister of the nuclear-armed country, a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism. Upon her return from exile in October, she survived an assassination attempt. She had repeatedly complained that the government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf did not give her adequate security. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Benazir Bhutto died from a skull fracture suffered when her head slammed against her car during a suicide attack – not from bullet wounds, the government said Friday. Pakistan’s interior minister blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for Thursday’s assassination and said another key opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, is also under threat of militant attack. The government released a transcript Friday of a purported conversation between militant leader Baitullah Mehsud and another militant. “It was a spectacular job. They were very brave boys who killed her,” Mehsud said, according to the transcript. As word of her death spread, her supporters blamed Musharraf of complicity in her assassination. On Friday, Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz told The Associated Press that the government had evidence that al-Qaida and Taliban were behind the suicide attack. Later, Cheema blamed Mehsud, described him as an “al-Qaida leader” and said he was also behind the Oct. 18 bombing against Bhutto’s homecoming parade through Karachi that killed more than 140 people. Mehsud is a commander of pro-Taliban forces in the lawless Pakistani tribal region South Waziristan, where al-Qaida fighters are also active. His forces often attack Pakistani security forces. This fall, he was quoted in a Pakistani newspaper as saying that he would welcome Bhutto’s return from exile with suicide bombers. Mehsud later denied that in statements to local television and newspaper reporters. Cheema said Mehsud was “behind most of the recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in Pakistan.” He said Pakistani security forces would hunt down those responsible for Bhutto’s death. Cheema also said Sharif – also a former prime minister and now the most prominent opposition leader in Pakistan – was among several politicians under threat of militant attack. He named others as Fazlur Rehman, the leader of an Islamist opposition party; former Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, a close ally of President Pervez Musharraf; and former Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao, who narrowly escaped a suicide bombing last weekend that killed 56 people.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY General Hospital is among a list of hospitals found to still not have filled have the senior doctors’ positions.The survey by the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine said that eight hospitals have emergency departments where more than half of all registrar posts remain unfilled.Letterkenny was also found not to have a permanent registrar. The IAEM said while all Senior House Office vacancies have now been filled, mostly by the recruitment drive from India and Pakistan, just four registrar posts were filled by the same drive.It said 108 of 152 positions have now been filled, meaning almost a third still require locum staff.According to the review, there are eight hospitals where half or more registrar posts remain unfilled, including Letterkenny General.The others are Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin; Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown; Galway University Hospital; Limerick, Mayo, Naas General Hospitals; and Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan. It also found that three hospitals, Navan, Letterkenny and Naas, have no permanent registrar.The association said continued reliance on locum senior medical staff is not only expensive but is potentially detrimental to patient care.It said it will also place in jeopardy the recent success of the reforms undertaken by the Special Delivery Units.IAEM has urged an immediate Government focus on potential strategies to ensure that the medical staffing of emergency departments is secured.In the longer term, this is dependent on significant consultant expansion to ensure that patients receive the best possible emergency care. Heath Minister James Reilly has said that some elective surgeries may have to be delayed while the HSE absorbs staff changes.Around 8,000 public sector staff will leave their roles in the next month.© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on THAN HALF OF SENIOR DOCTOR POSITIONS AT LETTERKENNY GENERAL STILL NOT FILLED was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgEarlier today Finn Valley AC athlete Dempsey McGuigan beat his own club, Donegal and Ulster record – on six different occasions.Competing at Oxford , Mississippi, Dempsey got the hammer out 6 times beyond the current record he set in 2013 at Watford of 63-30 .His new encouraging series of record-breaking throws was 65-44,65.20,66.15,65.21,65.80,66.39. He began an athletics scholarship with University of Mississippi in January and this sets him up extremely well for the season ahead.DEMPSEY HAMMERS HIS OWN RECORD – SIX TIMES! was last modified: March 22nd, 2014 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:Dempsey McGuiganfinn valleyhammer throwrecordlast_img read more


first_imgMatch report for the U12 Hurling County A FinalThe U12 Hurling County A Final was held in O’Donnell park last Thursday night between St Eunan’s and Four Masters.Conditions were wet underfoot with a blustery gale blowing across the pitch but nothing could diminish the excellent hurling game and skills that was on show. Both teams had met earlier in the league with St Eunan’s only edging Four Masters out, so the numerous supporters were expecting a good game and they were not disappointed. St Eunan’s opened the scoring with a fine point taken by Shane O’Donnell. However, from the puck out, Leo Dunphy broke through the midfield to level the score after 4 minutes of play. Both teams traded points and after 11 minutes the score was level.St Eunan’s Cian Harkin and Shane O’Donnell gradually started to get the better of the midfield area and were able to drop balls into the Four Masters square.The Four Masters backs Katie O Donnell and Ciaran McGroary dealt expertly with a lot of the pressure but eventually the St Eunan’s forward, Rory Doherty scored the opening goal on the 13th minute.This sustained period of pressure led to St Eunan’s goals by Oisin Randles and Shane O Donnell. However Four Masters proved why they were in the final with superb runs and shots on the St Eunan’s goals. However, both goalkeeper Russel Forde and backs Eoin Dowling and Andrew O’Connor were able to clear the area and deliver pin point passes to their brilliant half back line of Marty Duffy and Gavin Forde and start the attack the other direction.However, Four Masters Matthew Laffan scored an unstoppable goal on the stroke of half time. Half time score was 5-2 to 1-2 to St Eunan’s.The second half started with the same intensity and passion from both teams and both traded goals within the first 10 minutes.Four Masters point from Leo Dunphy on the 12th min proved to be their last score. Great battling by forward Ger Duffy allowed Paul O Donnell to take a great point under pressure and Shane O Donnell added a few more scores to his tally. St Eunans forward subs Michael O’Donnell, Oran Brogan, Matthew Noonan and Mark Mulholland kept the pressure on Four Masters with fresh legs. Late in the game subs Conor Whoriskey, Peter McGee, Ed Grant and Kieran Tobin all played a pivotal role in keeping the Four Masters threat at bay.St Eunan’s won in the end 7-6 to 2 -3 to retain the U12 A Final cup that they won in 2012. However the score does not reflect the exciting and thrilling contest that was on show and no doubt that these athletes will be meeting each other again in the future. St Eunans: Russell Forde, Andrew O’Connor, Eoin Dowling, Gavin Forde, Marty Duffy, Shane O’Donnell, Cian Harkin, Paul O’Donnell, Oisin Randles, Ger Duffy, Rory Doherty, Subs used: Michael O’Donnell, Matthew Noonan, Ed Grant, Conor Whoriskey, Peter McGee, Oran Brogan, Mark Mulholland, Kieran Tobin, subs not used: Jack Doherty, Sam Grant, James O’Donnell, Liam Hannigan, James McLaughlin, Conor HorganFour Masters: Leo Dunphy, Katie O’Donnell, Luke O’Sullivan, Ciaran McGroary, Sean Conway, Dillan Thomas, Luke Sweeney, Corey Byrne, Cathal McGlynn, Evan Towey, Joshua Laffan, David Oates, Elaine Knight, Ross O’Keeney, Jack Myres, Mark Jordan, Mathew LaffanST EUNAN’S EDGE OUT FOUR MASTERS IN U-12 COUNTY HURLING FINAL was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:four masters gaa clibSt Eunan’s GAA clubU12 DONEGAL HURLING FINALlast_img read more


first_imgKevin with his uncle Tomm.“Song of the Sea” will be making waves in Letterkenny this week as young local actor Kevin Swierszcz takes to the silver screen.Kevin is a student of Educate Together and drama student of Karen Murphy Speech Drama & Communications.His voice is the character of “Little Ben” age 4 in the film which will run each afternoon at Century Cinemas in Letterkenny until Thursday.Kevin recorded this work at the age of 3 and half years old.Kevin’s Mum Helen explained how her brother Tomm Moore, a Director with Cartoon Saloon based in Kilkenny, couldn’t find anyone to fit the part at the first auditions.But, while playing with Kevin asked him to play pretend and fed him the lines and recorded his voice on his iPhone.Kevin’s sister was only just born at the time and when Tomm played it back, everyone was very impressed.Tomm brought it to the Cartoon Saloon and Kevin was called back to do a proper audition. It was all very exciting and Kevin just loves acting ever since.Normally he’s quite a shy boy but he has caught the bug – and everyone is so proud of him.Song of the Sea, the latest work of art from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, opens on a scene between a pregnant mother and her young son (voice of Kevin Swierzcsc at age 3 now age 6) They’re preparing a room for the baby, painting its walls with elaborate imagery depicting the ancient Celtic myth of the selkie, a magical creature that’s something of a cross between a human and a seal. Little does the son, Ben know that his mother and soon-to-be sister are both selkies themselves.Fortunately, the story itself is simple enough without sacrificing narrative depth. Ben’s mother dies within moments of that opening scene, plunging herself into the ocean for reasons not yet made clear. We fast-forward six years and see that Ben has morphed into a grumpy preteen who continues to blame his sister, Saoirse, for their mother’s death. Like many an older brother, he’s irritated by practically everything she does — including the things she doesn’t do.See, Saoirse has yet to speak or sing a word; in order to do so, she needs a special coat that her father, Conor (voiced by Brendan Gleeson), has locked away in a closet.On the night of her sixth birthday, she finds the coat and finally transforms into her true seal self, diving into the ocean to commence one of the film’s most beautifully stylized scenes.But no sooner does Saoirse finally become comfortable in her slippery skin than her father takes away her mystical coat, throws it into the sea, and sends her and Ben off to live with their Granny in the Dublin City. The rest of the film chronicles their escape and adventure back home to Donegal and it’s filled with all the touchstones of a children’s fantasy: fairies, magical flutes, even an owl witch. An adventure for all the family to enjoy.Don’t miss your opportunity to see the magical movie.LETTERKENNY DRAMA STUDENT KEVIN LIGHTS UP THE SILVER SCREEN was last modified: July 14th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: Better Living Through Chemistry

first_imgJoel Achenbach (Washington Post) got a page in the March 2006 National Geographic.  His short piece on chemical evolution was juxtaposed (whether intentionally or not we do not know) against a news item on archaeology announcing the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll – the first found in 40 years – a fragment from Leviticus 23 on priestly ordinances for feasts and solemn assemblies unto the Lord.  Achenbach’s page could hardly contrast more starkly.  It is entitled, “The Origin of Life… Through Chemistry.”  For Achenbach, the Pentateuch is clearly not a contender as a source of answers to the big questions:The emergence of life on Earth is on a short list of the biggest unknowns in science.  Did life begin in a small, warm pond at the edge of a primordial sea, as Charles Darwin speculated?  Or deep beneath that sea, around one of the burbling hydrothermal vents first seen in the 1970s?  And never mind the where: What was it, this initial germ of life?  Was it a cell?  A replicating molecule?   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)By implication, only naturalistic, unguided explanations need apply.  Achenbach spent the page promoting the view of Harold Morowitz, Eric Smith and Robert Hazen that life originated not with a cell, RNA or DNA, but rather via metabolism – some self-perpetuating chemical cycle that needed no cell to grow and evolve.  Even though he admits this is a very controversial idea (and fails to mention it begs the question how a cell or genetic code could have co-opted a metabolic cycle to become a living cell), it didn’t stop him from launching into opinions about education, creationism, and the long philosophical debate over free will vs. determinism:This is probably not what opponents of the teaching of evolution want to hear, but it seems that a kind of molecular natural selection applies even to the world of geochemistry.  Some types of molecular chains outcompeted [sic] other molecular chains for the planet’s resources, and gradually they led to [sic] the kind of molecules that life depends upon—and all this before the first living thing oozed forth [sic].  Many scientists say that life wasn’t a freak accident at all, but the likely outcome of the interaction of the molecules and minerals of the Earth.  “Life is an elaboration of something very simple,” says Smith.  “It looks easy and inevitable.”Hazen’s new book adapts the Biblical creation title, Ge•ne•sis, but with no spirit of God hovering over the surface of the waters.  Hazen emphasizes the idea of “emergence,” i.e., that “From simple beginnings, complexity can emerge.”  An example cited is that consciousness emerges from the collective activity of individual neurons.  Then comes Achenbach’s winning entry:All of this is sure to be a matter of contentious debate for a long time.  But ours would not be so interesting a world if its ultimate secrets were easily discovered. It took us four billion years to evolve to a point where we could even begin the search. The cartoon illustration shows molecules combining, emerging upward, till one breaches the surface and looks like a rising sun, its beams spreading gloriously into a new sky.    Achenbach’s entry is equaled or perhaps surpassed by a quote from James Shreeve in the article on DNA and human migration (p. 63): “What accounts for the ancient wanderlust?  Perhaps some kind of neurological mutation led to spoken language and made our ancestors fully modern, setting a small band on course to colonize the world.”Achenbach’s page should be ridiculed, scoffed at, deplored and castigated on scientific grounds, let alone on grounds of philosophy, theology, or history.  Why is there no rebuttal?  Why do stupid ideas get free press in NG and most other pop-sci rags, even when any educated science writer should be aware of the extreme implausibility of the whole scenario?  Any kind of metabolic cycle that consumes all available resources is not going any further, even if geochemists find one (don’t hold your breath).  A chemical cycle is not a perpetual motion machine, and natural selection cannot be invoked for a system that does not yield progeny able to mutate.  Furthermore, it is virtually impossible that a genetic molecule would ever arise with a code matching this chemical cycle, let alone incorporate it into a membrane and discover the art of complete automated self-replication, even if it “wanted” to (which is against materialist rules to even imagine).    “Emergence” is one of those miracle words in the naturalist dictionary.  Hazen talks glowingly about emergence in his lectures, but the examples he gives are really lame.  For inorganic processes, are you impressed by wave patterns in sand?.  All his examples in the living world, whether internet commerce or neurons producing consciousness, involve intelligence, or else logically beg the question whether naturalistic processes could have produced them.  In short, the whole theory of metabolism-first origin of life is fraught with extremely serious scientific and conceptual challenges.  The little bit of chemistry lab work done in support of it is irrelevant, because it is done under highly controlled conditions by intelligent design.  Metabolism-first is a fringe opinion among evolutionists themselves.  Its popularizers are in no position to start lecturing about determinism, human consciousness and the meaning of life.  We trust that any explanation of why the quote above wins SEQOTW is superfluous for our highly perceptive and intelligent readership.    Scientific materialism became a fad in Germany in the mid-1800s.  Ludwig Feuerbach popularized the term “you are what you eat.”  Karl Vogt, Jakob Moleschott and Ludwig Büchner formed an “unholy trinity” of scientific materialists who promoted, with religious fervor, a radically naturalistic view of a universe consisting of nothing more than molecules in motion.  Their materialism was absolute and positivistic.  It included human rationality: Vogt wrote that “thoughts stand in the same relation to the brain as gall does to the liver and urine to the kidneys.”  They built their materialistic house on the assumptions that (1) life was simple (just one more natural arrangement of matter) and (2) natural laws in a clockwork universe rendered a Creator obsolete.  They also worked to promote a new view of scientific practice – methodological naturalism – i.e., working as if scientific materialism is true.  Like today’s evolutionary evangelists, they demanded surrender of all of philosophy and the humanities.  Worth noting, each of these men hated Christianity.  By young adulthood, having become enthralled by scientific laws, each went on a crusade to replace all religion with a “scientific” view of the world.  It was time, they preached, for mankind to grow up and get real.  Science had taught us to jettison all “superstitions” about God and a spiritual realm.  The only thing that existed was matter, obeying Newtonian-style force laws.  Mind was just an artifact, an “emergent property” of matter, a secretion of the brain.  (Historians note: Karl Marx was also caught up in this materialistic euphoria.)    The science that fueled 19th century materialism can no longer hold up.  We know much more now about the fine-tuning of the universe and the extreme complexity of life.  We have discovered that living cells are not just bags of molecules obeying force laws, but programmed factories of molecular machines with incredibly rich libraries of coded information.  Though mind is clearly influenced by the brain, scientists still struggle to reduce consciousness and rationality to mere neurons.  Natural laws expressible in equations, the Newtonian dream of the materialists, have proved elusive in biology.  The “clockwork universe” of Laplace has given way to a statistical world, with uncertainties residing in the basic units of matter.  We have learned that positivism is self-refuting.  The hope of eternal progress has turned to vanity.  The vision of an eternal, steady state universe has been replaced by one with a sudden beginning and a slow, ignominious end.    Notice that their assumptions and anti-religious sentiments preceded their “scientific” writings and popularizations of materialism.  The same assumptions and motivations still drive today’s evolutionary-science community, even though their castle was built on an obsolete early-19th-century conception of the world.  Meanwhile, the enforcement of methodological naturalism that came to dominate scientific practice after Darwin ensures they will never escape from their bonds.    The present crop of scientific materialists, with their evident optimism and confidence in the eventual success of origin-of-life studies, should consider the bitter end of their path.  They should ponder the fact that depression afflicted many of the early scientific materialists.1  Büchner, the symbolic leader of the scientific materialism movement, expressed his personal feelings years after the publication of his immensely popular and influential materialistic gospel, Force and Matter.  His pessimistic conclusions must necessarily follow if Ge•ne•sis rather than Genesis is the true history of the world.  Extremely depressed and nearly suicidal, Büchner wrote under a pseudonym what he felt about life around the same time he was confidently preaching materialism in his book.  He reflected, “We are like dogs on a treadmill.  The glowing irons of life prod us to restless running without goal, until we fall dead from exhaustion in the grave we have made for ourselves.”2(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more