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first_img Australia qualify for Olympic basketball WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut and his Australia teammates have qualified for next year’s Olympic basketball tournament. Bogut scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had two blocks as Australia beat New Zealand 89-79 yesterday in an Oceania qualifying game to earn its place in Rio de Janiero. Bogut was in doubt because of a back injury, but his play helped the Aussies win the two-game aggregate series by 22 points following a 71-59 victory in the first leg. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova added 14 points, Chicago Bulls forward Cameron Bairstow had 10 and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills scored nine for Australia. New Zealand still have a chance to make it to Rio through another qualifying series next year. Rogers to retire from Test cricket LONDON, England (AP): Chris Rogers will retire from Test cricket after the final Ashes match against England, becoming the third Australia player to end his international career on the tour. The 37-year-old opening batsman said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play cricket as a living for nearly 20 years and it’s been amazing and a privilege, but everything good comes to an end.” Rogers, who will play his 25th Test when the fifth and final Ashes Test starts at The Oval tomorrow, made his debut in 2008, but didn’t win his second cap until the 2013 Ashes. Ryan Harris quit because of injury before the Ashes series began and Australia captain Michael Clarke announced after the fourth Test, which England won to regain the urn, he will retire after the Ashes. Former FIFA, UEFA official dies at 82 FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, a former FIFA and UEFA official who also served as president of the German soccer federation, has died. He was 82. The German federation said Mayer-Vorfelder died in a Stuttgart hospital on Monday. The DFB gave no cause of death. Mayer-Vorfelder headed the DFB from 2001-06 and oversaw the organisation of the 2006 World Cup in Germany before leaving the organisation. He also served two terms on the FIFA executive committee and was UEFA vice-president from 2007-09. Mayer-Vorfelder was also president of Bundesliga club Stuttgart from 1975-2000. Stuttgart won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during that time. Mayer-Vorfelder is survived by his wife Margit and their four children.last_img read more

‘CBL Will Stand for Women’s Inclusion at all Levels of the Economy’

first_imgWorld Bank Country Manager to Liberia, Ms. Larisa Leshchenko and CBL Governor, Milton Weeks-Governor Milton WeeksMilton A. Weeks, Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has said the bank will continue to push for women’s inclusion at all levels and sectors of the economy by ensuring female representation internally at the senior management level and up to CBL’s Board.Governor Weeks, who served as keynote speaker at the second women’s conference organized by the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) under the theme “More Women, Better Boards,” said the conference recognizes that gender equality is necessary for sustained development.Weeks explained that the purpose of inclusion of women at the Board’s level is to enhance good governance within the organization, and those who are selected should be well equipped to do so.According to him, CBL has over the years implemented various programs and policies aimed at developing the economic potential and development of women.Across the financial sector, the Governor noted that figures have not been collected on female representation on boards, “but I can assure you that those numbers would not be encouraging.”He further said that the CBL will, therefore, begin to collect statistics from the women taskforce and use its approval process for board nominations from financial institutions, to encourage the inclusion of women at the highest level of decision making across the sector.“I don’t take it lightly because it speaks to the major role that the CBL plays in Liberia’s economic development. It also speaks to the weight of the CBL’s mandate to promote good governance across the financial sector – the sector that greases the wheels of all the other sectors of our economy,” he said.The CBL Governor then congratulated the organizers for the strategic approach to promoting diversity through partnership and constructive engagement with such a wide variety of stakeholders, including the CBL.He said the CBL is proudly taking strides to promote gender diversity in a notoriously male dominated field such as banking, adding: “In realization of male domination of senior management positions, women are quickly rising in the Bank. They are taking on major responsibilities and blazing trails in highly technical fields such as payment systems and capital markets, taking the financial system to new heights.“We will seek our Board’s endorsement to recommend to the Executive for onward submission to the Legislature a provision for gender balance on the CBL Board of Governors among the proposed amendments to the CBL Act that we will be submitting to the national legislature this year,” he noted.At present, Governor Weeks said the Act demands that the board members bear a wide range of qualifications in the areas of business, finance and economics; however, it is silent on gender.It should be noted, however, that over the last ten years the CBL Board saw consistent female representation, resulting in an average annual Board composition of 69% male and 29% female, which means at least one out of five persons.Cross section of women task force at the conferenceEarlier, World Bank Country Manager to Liberia, Ms. Larisa Leshchenko, said that women are key to the economic development of Liberia.“It has been proven that women have immense potentials as engines of growth and economic development. Consequently, empowering them becomes beneficial to the society at large,” she said.The conference was intended to encourage better women participation at all levels, thus creating more diverse Boards to make good business sense. It brought together a cross section of women, to actively engage and fine the way forward on how to serve and be good board members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tango Acquires 80% Stake in Diamond Mine in Western Liberia

first_imgTango Mining Limited (TSXV:TGV), based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has signed an acquisition agreement to acquire an 80% unencumbered interest in the Mano River Project — a diamond mining concern — from West Mining Ltd (“WML”), located in western Liberia, a release from Globe Newswire has said. The property consists of one recently granted 104.3 square kilometer (“km”) diamond mineral exploration license.Western Liberia is well known for the wide spread occurrence of alluvial diamonds and the known presence of kimberlites.According to the release, Mineral Exploration License MEL7003018 (MEL) was granted on the September 7, 2018 and expires September 7, 2021. Upon completion of the acquisition of MEL, to be completed by 31 October 2018, Tango shall develop an exploration program by the end of Q1 2019 and carry out the work on the Property. This exploration work is expected to consist of geological and structural mapping, sampling and ground geophysical surveys. As consideration for the acquisition of the 80% interest in the Property, the Company shall assume all holding costs and WML will provide full local support and assistance to Tango within the Republic of Liberia.The Property is underlain by Precambrian rocks of Archean age within what is known as the Leo-Man Shield. During the 1960s and early 1970s, a joint program between the Liberian Geological Survey (“LGS”) and the United States Geological Survey (“USGS”), collected a significant amount of topographic, airborne magnetic and radiometric data covering the entire country. This resulted in an excellent digital regional exploration database to support future exploration work.The exploration results importantly identified that the geology of Liberia is very favorable for the occurrence of a wide range of metals and minerals, including gold and diamonds. The LGS and USGS documented approximately 160 kimberlite occurrences in central and western Liberia. Due to the lack of bedrock exposure, access and vegetation, further follow up work was difficult. Since the 1980s, according to the release, exploration for diamond bearing kimberlites has increased significantly and a number of distinct kimberlite clusters have been identified in western Liberia around the Property. This includes Kumgbor, Mano Godua and Weasua and the most important recent discovery, approximately 25 km north of the Property is an area with three identified kimberlites, known as Camp Alpha, which is being explored by a private US funded company.The Property is underlain by favorable basement geology and within a part of Liberia that is well known for the wide spread occurrence of alluvial diamonds and the known presence of kimberlites but there has been little systematic modern exploration.The largest active gold mine in Liberia, called the New Liberty Gold Mine, operated by Avesoro Resources (LSE and TSX listed), is located 45 km south west of the Property and commenced production in 2015.Tango Mining Limited (TGV – TSXV) is a Canadian diversified junior mining company. Tango via its South African subsidiaries hold three thermal coal, metallurgical and processing plant and engineering contracts that process 6.5 Mt of coal per annum, with clientele that include Exxaro. The three projects are located within the Ogies and Highveld coalfields, Mpumalanga Province and Kliprivier coalfield, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. The Company also holds an interest in the Oena Diamond Mine, an alluvial diamond property, Northern Cape Province, South Africa that has recently recommenced operations under contract to Bluedust Pty. Tango has a continued development plan in place to grow the business using the successful past 19-year business model of the South African operations, an established market presence and its proven successful operational reputation in the coal, base and precious metal and precious stone mining sector in Southern Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Buncrana company seeks book-keeper

first_imgJ.G. Carlin & Co. Ltd, Chartered Certified Accountants & Registered Auditors are seeking a qualified book-keeper for one of their clients.The client, Mr. Colm O’Donnell, based in Buncrana, has the following vacancy:Bookkeeper Duties to include but not exclusively, bookkeeping, VAT, payroll, cost analysis and office administration. A minimum of five years bookkeeping experience is essential. The successful candidate will be computer literate, highly proficient in using Sage Line 50 and Microsoft Office, have excellent analytical skills and must be capable of working on their own initiative. Experience in the preparation of monthly management accounts would be desirable.Applications in writing together with a curriculum vitae to the attention of the Practice Manager at or it can be posted to JG Carlin and Co Ltd, The Business Centre, Lisfannon, Buncrana, Co. Donegal.The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 4th December 2018.Job Vacancy: Buncrana company seeks book-keeper was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 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:book-keeperbuncranadonegaljoblast_img read more

Skirmish on bills looming

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But supporters of the Senate legislation hailed the coalition of Republicans and Democrats that fended off repeated attempts by conservatives to kill the bill. The advance of the Senate bill would also be a victory for President George W. Bush, who had thrown his support behind it. “We’re now down the home stretch,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of the bill’s architects. In December, the House defied Bush’s call for a temporary-worker program and passed a border-security bill that would criminalize undocumented workers. House conservatives “remain steadfast in their support for a security-first approach to immigration,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. So with passage of the Senate legislation on track, Bush administration officials and lawmakers quickly turned their attention to wooing House Republicans. The White House dispatched Karl Rove, the president’s political adviser, to a meeting of House Republicans for the second week in a row to press the president’s case for a broader approach than the one adopted by the House. In an effort to reassure conservatives, administration officials moved swiftly to make good on their promise to reinforce beleaguered Border Patrol agents, telling the House Armed Services Committee that the first contingent of up to 6,000 National Guard soldiers would be deployed to the border with Mexico on June 1. WASHINGTON – A compromise Senate bill that would toughen border security and put most illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship emerged intact from more than a week of impassioned debate Wednesday, setting up a showdown with the House over the most substantial overhaul of immigration law in 20 years. After eight days of amendments and fiery arguments about national identity, the Senate voted 73-25 to limit further debate on the bill, suggesting that it had broad bipartisan support. The Senate also defeated several last-ditch efforts to derail it, and members of both parties predicted that the legislation would pass today. The effort to limit the tide of illegal immigration and deal with those illegal immigrants who are already in the United States will then move to negotiation between the Senate and the House, which has passed legislation that focuses on bolstering border security and offers no provision for citizenship. The gulf between the two versions is so vast, and the politics of immigration so heated in this election year, that the prospects for a deal remain murky at best. Many House Republicans vehemently oppose the provisions in the Senate bill that would legalize most illegal immigrants and create a guest-worker program that would bring 200,000 foreign workers into the country each year. They have vowed to fight to prevent the legislation from becoming law, and they have the support of many grass-roots conservatives around the country. A number of Senate Republicans, including McCain, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said they were reaching out to their House colleagues. They said some House Republicans seemed interested in finding common ground. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the leader of the conservative caucus in the House, proposed a bill Tuesday that would allow illegal immigrants to become guest workers, though they would not be allowed to become permanent residents or citizens. In addition, McCain said he had spoken to Rep. Michael N. Castle, R-Del., who told him that several of his colleagues were interested in supporting a compromise. But Castle, a moderate, warned that the negotiations ahead would be extremely difficult and said that both the bill produced by the House and the one produced by the Senate might end up being significantly rewritten. “There are House members who think the Senate has already gone too far,” said Castle, who said he supports the outlines of the Senate legislation. “Blending it with the House bill is going to be a very difficult process.” “I wish I could tell you that I think a majority of the House is looking for the same kind of solution,” he said. “I couldn’t say that right now.” Opponents of the bill in the Senate said they were looking now to their allies in the House to sink the legislation. “We’ve had some good debate in the Senate,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is a fierce critic of the bill. “But it’s still not fixed, in my opinion, in a whole number of ways. What really needs to be done is for the bill to be pulled down.” Under the Senate agreement, illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for five years or more, about 7 million people, would eventually be granted citizenship if they remained employed, had background checks, paid fines and back taxes and learned English. Illegal immigrants who have lived here for two to five years, about 3 million people, would have to travel to a U.S. border crossing and apply for a temporary work visa. They would be eligible for permanent residency and citizenship over time, but they would have to wait several years for it. Illegal immigrants who have been here less than two years, about 1 million people, would be required to leave the country altogether. They could apply for spots in the temporary-worker program, but they would not be guaranteed positions. The legislation would also require employers to use a new employment verification system that would distinguish between legal and illegal workers, create documents resistant to counterfeiting for legal immigrants and impose stiff fines for violations by employers. It also increases the number of Border Patrol agents and calls for other enforcement measures. Critics of the bill did win some notable victories. They won agreement on amendments that call for 370 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, designate English as the national language and reduce the number of foreign guest workers to be admitted annually from 320,000 to 200,000. Still, the central elements of the bill, the legalization of illegal immigrants and the guest-worker program, emerged almost entirely intact.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

Firecracker ignites fights at Knight High; 5 arrested

first_imgPALMDALE – Knight High School’s last day of class turned ugly Friday when at least eight fistfights erupted after the dismissal bell rang, and more than 25 sheriff’s deputies were called in to clear students off the campus, officials said. Four boys were arrested on suspicion of assaulting school security staff members who tried to break up fights, and a girl was arrested on suspicion of punching a deputy, officials said. “We had a fight that started in the commons area that carried out to another fight in the bus area. There was a third fight in the parking lot,” Deputy Erik Riddle said. “There were approximately 1,500 students out in front of the school.” When school security staff tried to break up the fights, other students assaulted the security staffers, Riddle said. There were no injuries. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Knight High School has more than 2,400 students in ninth through 11th grades. The five students were arrested on suspicion of offenses ranging from battery on a school employee to trespassing to resisting arrest, Deputy Jeff Larson said. The girl had been told by school officials to leave the campus, and when a deputy went over to talk to her, she took a swing and hit him, Sgt. Kyle Bistline said. The fights started just as school let out about noon. Junior Mark Salvi said firecrackers lit by some students were mistaken by other students as gunshots. “All these kids started running around,” Salvi said. “They were celebrating. Maybe they got into a fight. They started arresting kids who were running around. Security got punched in the middle of it. There is celebration to the end the year, but they went too far.” Cynthia Daley, mother of one of the boys arrested, said students told her security staffers hit students. “They are holding my son in a police car. They have my son and (are) telling me, `Get away from the car,”‘ Daley said. The boy’s uncle, Emmanuel Simpson, said the fights involved African-Americans and Latinos, but “only the blacks get handcuffed and arrested.” Sheriff’s deputies said the brawls did not appear to involve race. They didn’t know why the fights broke out or whether they were connected. Principal Brett Neal said the firecrackers started the commotion as teens were leaving campus. “Some kid lit a firecracker. It caused a commotion right at the end of school when the kids are leaving,” Neal said. “Couple of kids got into a fight and others crowded around to see. Administrators were trying to get kids off campus.” Once sheriff’s deputies arrived to help school security staff and Riddle, the crowds dispersed. Larson said there was also a dismissal-time fight between two girls at Quartz Hill High School and unconfirmed reports of fights at Eastside, Palmdale and Lancaster high schools. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

NFL is dealing with a big issue

first_img Wednesday, kids from L.A. schools watched a demonstration of Punt, Pass & Kick competition skills. They took football instruction from ex-NFL players Sharpe, Jamal Anderson, Roger Craig, Eddie George, Brian Mitchell, Warren Moon, Jason Sehorn and Thurman Thomas, as well as a former NFL head coach by the name of Pete Carroll. They heard a nutritionist tout the benefits of the four food groups. They watched a group of Raiderettes perform – the sixth-grade boys might have felt their pulses quicken and not even know why. Finally they all toured health-info booths set upin the Coliseum’s peristyle end. Good stuff, all of it. Now, what if the NFL backed up all this message-making by setting a better example on the field? Among the statistics to rattle across the league’s crowded dining table after Herrion’s death: The number of 300-pound players in the NFL has jumped from 39 in 1990 to 370 last season. Thirty of the 32 teams have offensive lines that average 300 pounds or more. There are persuasive studies that show how heart-disease risk multiplies for players that big. Let’s just say that even if we all understand that changes in the game have created the shift from sleek Green Bay Packers pulling guards in the 1960s to super-size pass-blockers in the 2000s, a lot of these guys could stand to drop a few. If stick-figure runway models are partly to blame for making girls believe they must starve themselves, then soft-bellied linemen share some responsibility for teaching boys they can be overweight athletes. “You know children look up to these football players,” said dietician Bettye Nowlin of Calabasas, organizer of Action for Healthy Kids (, a program founded by David Satcher, the former U.S. surgeon general. “They think if you want to be a guard, you’ve got to be big.” ReCharge! is billed as the first nationally distributed after-school sports and nutrition program. Packages of materials were on display Wednesday for use by teachers and coaches hoping to get the Internet and video-games generation back out on the playing fields. The message is a good one that would get better if the NFL actually lived it. The league is asked to put its actions where its mouth is. And hold the cheese. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The NFL brought 1,000 third- to sixth-graders to the Coliseum on Wednesday for a program promoting youth sports, physical fitness and smart eating habits. Running through the day of punt-pass-and-kick competition, instruction from ex-players, and informational displays was an anti-obesity message that’s truly laudable. You could see that the kids were listening to the NFL. Now, is the NFL listening to the NFL? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Every (kind of football) player has gotten bigger,” former Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe, one of the ex-players taking part in Wednesday’s portion of the NFL Kickoff Celebration. “Quarterbacks have gotten bigger, running backs have gotten bigger, defensive linemen have gotten bigger. Offensive linemen say, ‘I’ve got to be bigger to block these guys.’ ” This was just Sharpe talking to a reporter. Discussion of the NFL’s weight issues definitely was not part of the official program. “Granted, in getting bigger (and) stronger, it can get to the point where it may be too much,” Sharpe said. “Do you really need to be 375 pounds to play in the NFL? If you’ve got a 20 percent (body fat) index, you’re fat. “You can tell a Pop Warner kid, ‘You’re too big to play.’ You can’t tell a (professional) player, ‘You’re too big to play.’ It comes down to the individual saying, ‘I can do the job as well at 310 as 330.’ ” The NFL’s heart seems to be healthy in one sense. The NFL and its players’ union, under a program inaugurated in 1999, spend $150 million to promote youth football and the related virtues of team-sports participation. And the league just announced an affiliation with the Action for Healthy Kids program to promote after-school physical activity nationwide under the ReCharge! banner. center_img Pro football is preaching healthy living for little children just as its commitment to healthy living or its own players has come open to question. Last month, the San Francisco 49ers’ Thomas Herrion dropped dead in the locker room after a game against the Denver Broncos, and this week the coroner ruled that the 315-pound lineman was the victim of a blocked coronary artery. The Herrion tragedy has focused attention on a different sort of NFL expansion as the league opens its season with tonight’s Oakland Raiders-New England Patriots game. last_img read more

Trakpus hits walk-off, Arcata advances

first_imgMason Trakpus hit a walk-off sac-fly RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning which scored Xavier Finegan and the No. 2 seeded Arcata High baseball team fended off visiting No. 3 St. Patrick-St. Vincent, winning 5-4 in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division-IV playoffs Friday night at the Arcata Ball Park.Tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh Arcata needed just one run to get back to its first section championship game since 2016.SPSV’s Michael Dennis came into pitch …last_img

Who’s Got Logical Reasoning? Protestants, Not Atheists

first_imgSurprising news articles undercut atheists’ claims to reason, and score points for Protestants.Why atheists are not as rational as some like to think (The Conversation). Here’s a rare article: a debunking of atheism by an evolutionist! Lois Lee, a Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent, speaks of evolution as fact when she tries to explain why children do not necessarily follow their parents’ religion:This is perfectly rational in a sense, but children aren’t processing this on a cognitive level. Throughout our evolutionary history, humans have often lacked the time to scrutinise and weigh up the evidence – needing to make quick assessments. That means that children to some extent just absorb the crucial information, which in this case is that religious belief doesn’t appear to matter in the way that parents are saying it does.Theists will find plenty to criticize in this quote, but most of the rest of Lee’s article is quite illuminating. For once, someone at The Conversation (a soap box for anti-creationist Darwin dogmatists) pushes atheists off their self-righteous pedestals. Under a banner photo of Richard Dawkins speaking at a microphone, she begins,Many atheists think that their atheism is the product of rational thinking. They use arguments such as “I don’t believe in God, I believe in science” to explain that evidence and logic, rather than supernatural belief and dogma, underpin their thinking. But just because you believe in evidence-based, scientific research – which is subject to strict checks and procedures – doesn’t mean that your mind works in the same way.Unlike many scientists, Lois Lee has a career of asking atheists why they became atheists. She finds that theory and practice are two separate things. Some of her points are listed here:Religious people make the same point against atheists, that reason leads them to reject atheism.The science increasingly shows that atheists are no more rational than theists.Atheists are just as susceptible as the next person to “group-think” and other non-rational forms of cognition.Religious and nonreligious people alike can end up following charismatic individuals without questioning them.Our minds often prefer righteousness over truth.Emerging research is demonstrating that atheist parents (and others) pass on their beliefs to their children in a similar way to religious parents – through sharing their culture as much as their arguments.Atheists complain that children of religious people usually end up with the same beliefs, but this is true for atheist children, too – even in families that claim that children should be free to choose their own beliefs.Religious people (especially Protestants) often embrace science as important for their worldview.Some post-modern atheists embrace anti-scientific views of reality and the importance of science.Atheism provides a sense of meaning and comfort for them similar to the feelings religious people get from their beliefs.Christians will not find everything praiseworthy in this article. One thing she makes clear, however, is that atheists can’t claim the high ground on science or reason. In fact, among religious people, Protestants stand out:But are atheists more likely to embrace science than religious people? Many belief systems can be more or less closely integrated with scientific knowledge. Some belief systems are openly critical of science, and think it has far too much sway over our lives, while other belief systems are hugely concerned to learn about and respond to scientific knowledge.But this difference doesn’t neatly map onto whether you are religious or not. Some Protestant traditions, for example, see rationality or scientific thinking as central to their religious lives. Meanwhile, a new generation of postmodern atheists highlight the limits of human knowledge, and see scientific knowledge as hugely limited, problematic even, especially when it comes to existential and ethical questions. These atheists might, for example, follow thinkers like Charles Baudelaire in the view that true knowledge is only found in artistic expression.Lee ends by saying that humans “invented” science but are not “like” science in our choices and behaviors. We all have moments of irrationality. “Importantly, the scientific evidence does not tend to support the view that atheism is about rational thought and theism is about existential fulfilments.”Protestantism still matters when it comes to education, study shows ( The Legacy of Martin Luther who wished to expand public education continues to have beneficial effects around the world, claims Andy Dunne at the University of Bath.An ‘enduring historical legacy’ of Protestant religion is still having a significant, positive impact on secondary school enrolment rates around the world, according to the results of a new international study from a researcher at the University of Bath (UK).Despite nearly two centuries of secularization and a dramatic expansion of government-provided secondary education since the mid-20th century in many countries around the world, the research by Dr. Horst Feldmann—just published in the journal Comparative Sociology —finds that in countries with a historical legacy of Protestantism more young people are attending secondary school.The influence is widespread:Looking at data from 147 countries—both from developed and developing countries—the paper studies the influence of historical as well as contemporary Protestantism on education in recent years—specifically the period from 1975 to 2010.How did this come about?At the start of the Reformation in 1517, initiated by Martin Luther, Protestantism made strenuous efforts to expand schooling. Luther demanded compulsory elementary education for boys and girls from all social classes. Other German Protestants soon developed a comprehensive system of schooling, including a system of secondary education. The German reforms quickly became a blueprint for education across many other countries in western and northern Europe.Why was this not known before?“This study is the first to show that the historically positive effect of Protestantism on schooling is still noticeable today.“It also shows that this is not only the case in a few traditionally Protestant countries. Rather the historically positive effect of Protestantism on schooling is a global phenomenon.“Unfortunately, Dunne ends that this positive influence is on the decline. Why? Dr Feldmann found that “contemporary Protestantism, in contrast to historical Protestantism, does not affect schooling.” It’s been very clear for the last few decades that the traditional bastions of Protestantism, including the UK and Germany, have not only become secularized (with very few people attending any church at all), but are now being overrun with Muslims who have a very different view of the world, and very different values in education.Think of the madrassas in Muslim countries teaching children from the very earliest ages that their greatest goal in life is to blow up as many non-Muslims as possible. Think of how they teach children to hate Jews and Americans. Now think of eastern countries that teach children that the greatest good is to abandon reality and meditate on the great nothingness. Now think of the modern western countries saturated in scientific materialism and Darwin’s belief in a universe of blind, pitiless indifference. Do you see problems ahead?The solution would be to return to the doctrines and values that Martin Luther taught. He did not invent these. He opened the Scriptures, which had been forgotten and locked up by the corrupt church leaders of his day. He saw what God had clearly said to mankind thousands of years ago: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools lack wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). Throughout the Bible, knowledge is praised. God instructed Moses to tell parents to teach their children diligently. Hard work, knowledge and wisdom are valued throughout the Bible. God’s word is the key. To avoid cultural catastrophe, we need a revitalization of the Reformation. Open the Word of life.97 Oh how I love your law!It is my meditation all the day.98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,for it is ever with me.99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,for your testimonies are my meditation.100 I understand more than the aged,for I keep your precepts.101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,in order to keep your word.102 I do not turn aside from your rules,for you have taught me.103 How sweet are your words to my taste,sweeter than honey to my mouth!104 Through your precepts I get understanding;therefore I hate every false way.105 Your word is a lamp to my feetand a light to my path.From Psalm 119(Visited 722 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more