“Creationism and intelligent design have no place in the UK science curriculum” says UK Government
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“Creationism and intelligent design have no place in the UK science curriculum” says UK Government

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Government is clear that creationism and intelligent design are not part of the science National Curriculum programmes of study and should not be taught as science.

The U.K. government defined Intelligent Design along with creationism as religion and ruled that neither has a place within the country’s school science curriculum.

This was in reaction to an electronic petition launched by James Rocks of the “Science, Just Science” campaign, a group formed to oppose “Truth in Science” and other groups in the anti-evolution lobby in the UK. The petition was signed by 1,505 people.

In the petition details, Rocks wrote, “Creationism & Intelligent design are greatly featured in the media and are being used disingenuously to portray science & the theory of evolution as being in crisis when they are not. Moreover groups such as Truth in Science are targeting our nation’s children and their science education with material that is not only non-scientific but have been rejected by the scientific community. These ideas therefore do not constitute science, cannot be considered scientific education and therefore do not belong in the nation’s science classrooms.”

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office wrote: “The (UK) Government is aware that a number of concerns have been raised in the media and elsewhere as to whether creationism and intelligent design have a place in science lessons. The [UK] Government is clear that creationism and intelligent design are not part of the science National Curriculum programmes of study and should not be taught as science.”

The government will also be “publishing guidance for schools, on the way creationism and intelligent design relate to science teaching”.

U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships
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U.S. automaker GM plans to close 1,100 dealerships

Friday, May 15, 2009

American automobile manufacturer General Motors (GM) announced plans Friday to shut down about 1,100 of its dealerships, in an effort to evade bankruptcy and lower its expenditures.

GM’s move comes a day after Chrysler, another U.S. car maker, released a list of 789 dealerships that it was closing. Unlike Chrylser, GM will not publicly announce the dealerships that it intends to shut down. Instead, dealerships whose franchises won’t be renewed after October of next year will receive a private letter telling them of the decision.

At the moment, GM has 6,246 dealers in the U.S. It intends to reduce that number to 3,605 by the end of 2010. GM said the dealerships that were to be closed are “underperforming and very small sales volume U.S. dealers.”

“They’re dealerships that are in most cases hurting, losing money, and in danger of going out of business anyway,” said GM’s sales, service, and marketing vice president in a telephone conference. “It’s a move that people could argue should have been taken years ago but this leadership team had no choice but to do it today.”

The dealers that are to be closed represent 18% of the firm’s dealership network, but only 7% of GM’s 2008 revenue.

Gunman kills official, two journalists in Imatra, Finland
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Gunman kills official, two journalists in Imatra, Finland

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A gunman last night killed Tiina Wilen-Jappinen, Social Democratic town council leader, and two journalists in Imatra, Finland.

The trio had just left a restaurant in the southeastern border town’s nightlife centre when they were shot. A 23-year-old suspect was immediately, peacefully arrested. Police believe the attack was random and not political or religious.

The male suspect did not own the lawfully-registered hunting rifle used in the shooting. The shooting at around midnight killed all three female victims at the scene. The women were shot in their heads and torsos. Candles were left at the scene. Police have yet to confirm the journalists’ identities, but said one was in her 50s and the other in her 30s.

South Karelia health and social care spokesperson Saara Raudasoja said “We decided to open a crisis centre after the shooting occurred right in the middle of the town centre near restaurants and nightclubs[…] In such a small place, it’s quite a huge incident and many people were shocked.” The town is home to around 28,000 people.

Police said the attacker outside the restaurant opened fire when the victims left. He then stayed in his car awaiting police. Southeast Finland police Sgt Heli Jämsén-Turkki said the attack was so rapid the victims were most likely chosen at random. Lead investigator Saku Tielinen said the suspect had prior convictions for violence and theft.

“It seems the gunman and victims didn’t know each other,” said Tielinen. Police said four or five shots were fired. The suspect, who lives locally, tested negative for alcohol and other tests are pending.

Bloodstains were visible in the snow. A church service was planned for tonight. Officials including Prime Minister Juha Sipila have expressed respects online.

Finland enjoys one of Europe’s lowest crime rates and has one of the highest levels of gun possession. The country has strong hunting traditions. Of 5.4 million inhabitants, 650,000 have registered ownership of firearms. Two school shootings led to a recent increase in gun control nationally.

Gas Station Services Offer More Than Just Fuel

byAlma Abell

Gas stations keep the world running. Fuel is used in all different kinds of equipment. Most commonly, when you think of fuel, you think of operating vehicles. Tractors, lawn mowers, weed eaters, recreational vehicles, grills, boilers, generators, and so much more operate off of fuel.

Gas Station Services

Gas stations offer a variety of services both for necessity and convenience. As the name suggests, gas station services offer gasoline, diesel, and some offer kerosene as well. When you are traveling, it’s easier that you can stop at one place and get everything that you need.

This is why gas station services have convenience stores attached for all of your needs. Convenience stores offer a wide variety of items to meet your every need if you’re in a hurry.

What Can You Find at Convenience Stores?

Convenient stores are typically attached to gas stations. Most commonly, convenience stores offer restroom facilities for those traveling, as well as coffee and hot chocolate. They offer all kinds of beverages, from water, coke to alcoholic beverages such as beer.

Prepackaged snacks are also available, such as chips, cookies, crackers, peanuts, and much more. An assortment of candy bars and candy, such as snickers, skittles, starburst, paydays, and much more can be bought to soothe that sweet tooth. Customers can find a wide selection of gum. If tobacco products are what you are looking for, these can be purchased behind the counter. You will also be able to find common necessities such as over the counter pain medication, chapstick, and other common items.

Gas stations are made for convenience. They provide an easy way to purchase fuel for your vehicle and other equipment. They also make great stops, if you’re traveling, to meet all of your family’s needs without wasting time getting back on the road. Visit unionpetroleum.net for more information. You can also connect with them on Facebook.

Nine firefighters killed in South Carolina blaze
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Nine firefighters killed in South Carolina blaze

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Nine firefighters were killed on Monday while battling a massive fire at a furniture warehouse in Charleston, South Carolina.

Firefighters were called to the scene of a massive blaze at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C. at around 6:30 p.m. EST. At around 7 p.m., nine firefighters were sent inside the inferno to rescue people who were trapped inside the building. They rescued two before the ceiling collapsed on top of them. All nine firefighters who were inside the warehouse died. They are:

  • Capt. William Hutchinson, 48
  • Capt. Mike Benke, 49
  • Capt. Louis Mulkey, 34
  • FF Mark Kelsey, 40
  • FF Bradford Baity, 37
  • FF Michael French, 27
  • FF James “Earl” Drayton, 56
  • FF Brandon Thompson, 27
  • FF Melven Champaign, 46

The disaster recalls Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse fire that killed six firefighters on Dec. 3, 1999, in Worcester, Massachusetts. The chief of the Worcester Fire Department flew down to South Carolina for the memorial service.

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First face transplant performed on French woman
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First face transplant performed on French woman

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Surgeons in France have performed a face transplant operation on a French woman who had lost her nose, lips and chin after being savaged by a dog. According to Iain Hutchison, an oral-facial surgeon at Barts and the London Hospital, the transplant is the first one to use skin from another person.

Doctors say the woman’s new face will be a “hybrid” between her donor’s face and her own face before the attack. In the five hour long operation, the donor’s tissues, muscles, arteries and veins were attached to the patient’s lower face. It is more favourable to use skin from another person’s face instead of skin from another part of the patient’s body, as the texture and colour of the skin are more likely to match.

A statement released by the hospital in Amiens said that the 38-year-old patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, has not been able to eat or speak properly since the attack in May this year. The woman was reportedly in “excellent general health” and her graft looked normal.

Ethical concerns, psychological impact, concerns relating to immunosuppression and consequences of technical failure have prevented teams from performing face transplant operations in the past, even though it has been technically possible to carry out such procedures for years.

Mr Hutchison warned of several problems with face transplants, such as blood vessels in the donated tissue clotting and immunosuppressants failing or increasing the patient’s risk of cancer. He also pointed out ethical issues with the fact that the procedure requires a “beating heart donor”. The transplant is carried out while the donor is brain dead, but still alive by use of a ventilator.

According to Stephen Wigmore, chair of British Transplantation Society’s ethics committee, it is unknown to what extent facial expressions will function in the long term. He said that it is not certain whether a patient could be left worse off in the case of a face transplant failing.

Mr Michael Earley, a member of the Royal College of Surgeon’s facial transplantation working party, commented that if successful, the transplant would be “a major breakthrough in facial reconstruction” and “a major step forward for the facially disfigured.”

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How To Sell Beats On Roc Battle}

Submitted by: Kyler Artz

It’s not really that difficult to understand how to sell beats on RocBattle, and as long as you understand it you’ll be able to get into the top of the charts and take over it. It just takes some time to be able to implement the right strategies and really take over the game. Just reading this article will give you a huge advantage when trying to learn how to sell beats.

Websites like Soundclick are extremely difficult to rank for because the fact of the matter is, you need an enormous amount of plays to do so. I’m talking about getting tens of thousands of plays every single day and not even breaking the top 30, much less the top 10… And the top 3 is where the “legendary” status remains.

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RocBattle is cool because it’s a lot easier to rank for, and you really don’t have to think nearly as much. It’s all about wins and losses, which makes the charts system simple and easy to take advantage of. The charts are based upon who wins the most battles per month, meaning that the guys who lose a lot of battles on that site are going to be at a serious disadvantage. Luckily the numbers reset every month.

OK, so basically that all leads up to one inevitable thing happening. All the people who compete on this website simply get a click full of people together to constantly vote for each others battles. Basically this is like cheating, because obviously whoever knows more people and who can get more people voting will win, so its not based on fairness. The good thing is, if you know this information then you can easily change the situation for the better.

This may sound a little bit gray-hat, and in truth I think it is, but that’s OK. The fact of the matter is, you’re not going to be hurting anybody’s experience online, all that’ll happen is you’ll get to a higher point in the charts, bringing you more plays and higher chance of sales. What you should do is get a group of friends together (probably about 10), and manage them all in an easy mailing list system. What happens is, every time one of the people on the list puts up a new beat, you can use a simple email system (even gmail would work) to contact everybody in your group, so that everyone constantly votes for each others battles! You can make two accounts each, one for the Exclusive members charts and one for the basic charts… Take over both! Why not?

Of course the other part of it is that you really have to be ready to take on the challenge ahead of you. If you expect to do one or two battles a month using this method, you’re thinking far too small. You need to start doing 50-60 battles per month, both on a basic account and on an exclusive member account. Yes, everybody in the group will have to pay the $7 monthly fee, but with those charts positions it can be very, very worth it. You can completely dominate on this site just by using simple methods such as that. It’s not done very much but the fact of the matter is, RocBattle isn’t that hard to rank for.

Soundclick is basically impossible to rank for because it takes so many plays to get into the charts. But the thing about it is, you don’t have to get anywhere near the top 10. Soundclick has so much massive traffic that you can generate thousands of visitors even in the low 100’s!!

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Sealing in New Delhi put off until Monday
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Sealing in New Delhi put off until Monday

Thursday, November 2, 2006

 Correction — November 9, 2006 The article incorrectly reports that the “opposition parties opposed” the HC notice on exempting Lal Deora areas from building bylaws. The article should read, BJP Municipal corporators opposed some provisions of resolutions passed by the MCD on March 13 urging postponement of demolition and sealing of buildings. The error is regretted. 

The Group of Ministers which is overseeing the issue has decided not to resume the sealing of unauthorised commercial establishments until Monday. The decision came after seeing the current tense situation in New Delhi.

The Group of Ministers is headed by Home minister Shivraj Patil and comprised of Law minister H R Bhardwaj, Delhi CM Sheila Dikhit, Union Urban Development minister S Jaipal Reddy and his deputy Ajay Makan.

S Jaipal Reddy told reporters that it is very difficult to conduct the sealing drive in the city under these circumstances. He made the statement after a meeting of Group of Ministers.

The Supreme Court had already sent the notice to Municipal Corporation of Delhi to resume the sealing drive from Thursday. They will approach the apex court on Friday and will apprise the court about the difficulties in carrying out the sealing drive in these circumstances where the traders are going on strike and creating situation of tension in the capital.

Supreme Court’s Monitoring committee called on the MCD to resume the sealing of unauthorised shops in the city on Friday.

Contents

  • 1 History of sealing drive in New Delhi
    • 1.1 MCD movement to demolish commercial establishments in residential areas
    • 1.2 Traders’ movement against the demolition activities
    • 1.3 Notifications from the authorities
    • 1.4 MCD’s drive of sealing commercial establishments
    • 1.5 Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill, 2006
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 References
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Second case of BSE confirmed in U.S.
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Second case of BSE confirmed in U.S.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Seven months after suspicions were first raised, United States Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns confirmed that a second American cow has tested positive for BSE (also known as ‘mad cow disease’), as determined by a lab in Weybridge, England. The department believes that this cow was born in the United States.

The delay in confirmation followed two conflicting test results from last November. The “Western blot” test, which is a more sophisticated test, could have helped reach a final determination, but the U.S. refused to perform it in November. The department’s inspector general, Phyllis Fong, ordered the Western blot test in June without advising Johanns and by the time Johanns found out about it, the testing was under way.

Johanns was annoyed that the round of testing which confirmed “Mad Cow” had been ordered without him being consulted first.”I was asked by the Senate and the president to operate the department,” Johanns said. “I believe, in this area, very clearly, the secretary should be consulted, whoever the secretary is, before testing is undertaken. From my standpoint, I believe I was put there to operate the department and was very disappointed.”

A senior research associate with Consumers Union, Michael Hansen, said USDA officials “almost sound like some Keystone Kops.”

Johanns reassured Americans that they should not be afraid of eating beef, saying: “This animal was blocked from entering the food supply because of the firewalls we have in place. Americans have every reason to continue to be confident in the safety of our beef.”

On June 17, the Associated Press reported: “American cattle are eating chicken litter, cattle blood and restaurant leftovers that could help transmit mad cow disease — a gap in the U.S. defense that the Bush administration promised to close nearly 18 months ago.”

John Stauber, co-author of “Mad Cow USA: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?” said: “Once the cameras were turned off and the media coverage dissipated, then it’s been business as usual, no real reform, just keep feeding slaughterhouse waste. The entire U.S. policy is designed to protect the livestock industry’s access to slaughterhouse waste as cheap feed.”

Critics of the U.S. testing regimen said the fumbles this time increase their concerns about America’s screening process.

“How can we be sure they were really negative?” Craig Culp, a spokesman for the Center for Food Safety asked; “After all, (here is a cow that was) negative in November that is positive in June.”

The companies which render slaughter waste say new restrictions are not warranted. “We process about 50 billion pounds of product annually — in visual terms, that is a convoy of semi trucks, four lanes wide, running from New York to L.A. every year,” said Jim Hodges, president of the American Meat Institute Foundation.

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Donald Trump plans £300m “golfing paradise” for rural Scotland
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Donald Trump plans £300m “golfing paradise” for rural Scotland

Saturday, April 1, 2006

American multi-billionaire Donald Trump has announced plans to build a massive golf complex on an 800-acre site just north of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Speaking last night from the Trump Tower in New York, Trump said that the development will be akin to a “homecoming” for him. The ginger-haired property tycoon’s mother is from the Western Isles of Scotland.

The £300m project at Menie in Aberdeenshire will include both a links course and an inland course, and a 400-bedroom hotel as well as a golfing academy and holiday homes. The facilities are being built with the intention of attracting the Open Championship to the site, officially dubbed Trump International Golf Links, Scotland.

Fields and sand-dunes make up the landscape of the coastal site. Trump said of the location, “As soon as I saw it there was no question about it. I looked at 211 fantastic sites all over Europe, but here it is – the dune size and the ocean front. There is no piece of land that I have ever seen that is comparable to this.” The billionaire claims that the complex, set to be his only development outside the United States, will be the “best course in the world.”

Local and national political figures, including Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell, have welcomed the announcement with open arms, as the project is expected to bring in an additional £157m to the region’s economy within the first ten years. Scottish tourism company VisitScotland is also optimistic, expecting an influx of international visitors to play on (or simply visit) the site. Plans to expand the A90 road running past the site in the near future will enable more road traffic to and around the area. An £60m expansion of Aberdeen Airport will also allow for vastly increased international air links, akin to those operated using Boeing 767 aircraft.

Work on the golf complex itself is set to begin in September this year, with the Trump Organisation hopeful for a Spring 2008 opening date.

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