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Govt officials not addressing oil payout proposal honestly

first_imgDear Editor,Since Professor Clive Thomas made the proposal that a part of the oil revenue be used to pay cash transfers to each Guyanese household, and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) subsequently adopting the recommendation, pointing out its potential transformative effects on the lives of the poor and powerless in the country, there have been a number of letters and articles expressing opinions for and against.I am aware that Dr Thomas and the WPA welcome the spirited debate that has emerged so far in response to the proposal, and are paying keen attention to positions and ideas coming from both policymakers and citizens.While I appreciate the interest shown in this matter, I am personally disappointed that critics, including Government officials, have chosen not to address the proposal honestly, but instead to engage in the tactics of deliberate misrepresentation and disinformation. Interestingly, this approach to the debate cuts across the political divide (Government, Opposition, and civil society), so much so that a case can be made that morality and honesty in public debate have become something that our political culture is devoid of.To illustrate the above, I have chosen to cite a recent letter written by Hamilton Green and published in the Guyana Chronicle’s Monday, August 13, 2018 edition, under the caption, “ Professor Thomas’ proposal may not be the best course of action”. Green has been a politician and public administrator for most of his adult life, and as he reminds readers, he had been “…on the hustings for generations”. Now retired, he has ample time to read and comprehend, and in relation to the Thomas/WPA recommendation for the use of part of the oil money as cash transfers to each Guyanese household, I can only assume that the veteran politician has done so. But his letter runs contrary to that logic and forces one to conclude, that he consciously decided to engage in deception and disinformation in stating his position on the proposal, bearing in mind that Thomas and the WPA made it quite clear that the cash transfers to each household of a minimum of one million Guyana dollars annually, would amount to a very small portion of the expected oil money since it represents between two to five per cent of gross revenue.This means that the Government has at least 95 per cent of the oil revenue to spend on other policy initiatives. Hamilton Green and similarly minded critics have mentioned in letters and articles many areas that the money should be spent on. In Green’s letter, he cited seven areas, all of which and more can be funded from the 95 per cent of the oil revenue the Government will have after giving the five per cent in cash transfers to the poor and powerless.I am convinced that the detractors of the proposal are aware that the Thomas/WPA proposal represents a very small portion of the enormous wealth that will be in the hands of those who manage the State. In spite of this knowledge, they choose to demonstrate ignorance in the public space (not understanding simple maths). In doing so they do a disservice to themselves and the country.The way they are debating this important national issue gave Clifford Krauss the ammunition to justify his ridiculous and racist description of our country and its people.Finally, I end by taking note of an article published on August 14, 2018 captioned, “Justice For All leader hammers WPA cash transfer proposal”. In this article, the Honourable Minister, Mr Jaipaul Sharma is quoted as referring to “… the suggestion from the WPA that oil revenues should be used for cash payouts to every Guyanese…”. This clearly illustrates my point about the dishonest approach to this debate by some Government officials. If he is quoted correctly, the Minister is devoid of political morality – he can’t claim that he doesn’t know the difference between each household and every Guyanese.Sincerely,Tacuma Ogunseyelast_img read more

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Executive Submits Delayed US$526.5M Budget

first_imgActing Minister for Finance and Development Planning Madam Tanneh Brunson presents 2017/2018 Budget to Speaker J. Emmanuel NuquayThe long awaited 2017/2018 National Budget, which should have been submitted to the Legislature on April 30, has finally been presented to the national legislature for that august body’s timely consideration. The late submission of the budget by the Executive has been creating some uneasiness in many quarters as the current budget year (2016/2017) has just a little over a month to expire on June 30.On Monday, May 22, the 2017/2018 fiscal budget was presented to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay by Deputy Finance Minister for Budget and Development Planning, Tanneh Brunson.Upon the presentation of the budget, Minister Brunson, currently acting Finance and Developing Planning Minister, said the formulation of the budget has been exceptionally constrained, not only by the impacts of slow post-Ebola economic recovery and unfavorable and domestic macroeconomic conditions, but also by the increasing expenditure demands placed on it.The Acting Minister said despite these challenges and a constrained fiscal space, the 2017/18 National Budget has been prepared in a framework which addresses critical public expenditure demands as the country faces two major transactions – the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections and the UNMIL drawdown.She indicated that the government remains committed to the delivery of critical public services, as well as the completion of ongoing projects in line with the national development plan (Agenda for Transformation).The Acting Minister said the total revenue estimate for FY2017/2018 is US$526.5 million – a 12.3% reduction from the US$600.2 million approved for FY2016/17, which reflects a 3.5% decrease on the end-of-year forecast of US$545.5 million.She said in order to submit a balanced budget the expenditure portfolio is constrained to US$526.5 million and consists of two major segments: Recurrent Expenditure of US$498.9 million or 94.8% and the Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) of US$27.5 million or 5.2%.She explained that the major components comprised of US$31 million for liabilities (debt services), including US$10.8 million to pay off domestic liabilities (debt)-principal and interests, and US$20.2 million for payment of foreign liabilities (debt)-principal and interests.Others are US$19.8 million for the conduct of the October elections; US$296 million for compensation of employees; US$81.1 million for goods and services, including supplies for education and health; US$3.4 million in subsidies to non-governmental service delivery entities; and US$60.3 million in grants to government service delivery entities.The Acting Minister further said the Liberian economy, like most in the world, is experiencing some turbulence due in large part to the global economic downturn.“We are confident that our economy will withstand the tests of the moment and is highly poised to come out stronger than before. However, this will not happen by chance, we will have to make tough decisions in both the short and medium term, not only within the Executive but also in the Legislative and Judicial branches of government,” she said.“In the short term, we will continue to apply fiscal measures to control expenditure and demonstrate our commitment to the priorities before us…But more importantly, we must continue to lead the charge together in taking practical steps to diversify our economy and insulate it from external shocks of the types we have and continue to experience over the last three years.”The Acting Minister also added that the budget will require government to continue to make investments in certain critical infrastructure such as electricity and roads, but it also requires that citizens, through private enterprise, take advantage of the opportunities in agriculture, agro-processing and light manufacturing.Meanwhile, receiving the Budget, Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay said the House of Representatives would prioritize roads, safe drinking water, health and education in the 2017/2018 National Budget.The Speaker said these four priorities stemmed from a Development Focus Survey and would be points of focus to disabuse the minds of Liberians that the Legislators are ‘self-interested’ in the Budget process.The Speaker, meanwhile, expressed his disappointment over the delay of the Budget, arguing that by law, it should have been submitted on April 30.He indicated that despite the procrastination, the Budget could be passed in a timely manner, and be used by July 1 if the Legislature gets the desired cooperation from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.“We would like to encourage that every member of the Legislature receive a copy of the 2017/2018 Draft Budget to help with the speedy passage,” the Speaker said.The Budget is expected to be included in today (Tuesday’s) agenda and subsequently be turned over to the Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Public Accounts Committees to begin scrutiny.For a speedy passage, there will likely be a Joint Budget Hearing of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Possible school bus fees pushed back to September

first_imgThe shortfall came about when a $541,000 cut in transportation funding was presented to School District 60. At the time the funding was cut the district was already running more than $200,000 over budget. Boyd says much thought has gone into the dilemma facing the school district heading into Thursday’s meeting, and while no conclusions have been made, nothing will be brought in during the current school year as previously thought.“We’ve been doing as much of the background research as we can in regards to the formula and calculations and things like that. At this point obviously no decision has been done by anyone but the Minister [of Education] has followed up with addressing the idea with the Technical Review Committee, who were assigned the task of looking at it,” Boyd explains. “What we’re suggesting is, is that we utilize our budgeting procedures to cover off as much as we can this year and not implement until September, if in fact we need to implement it.”Covering the shortfall in the transportation budget is already costing the school district $370,000 this year.- Advertisement -Boyd seems cautiously optimistic that some progress can be made on the issue based on conversations with the ministry, but acknowledges that the process is a complex one.“We did talk to a gentleman from the ministry today who basically is one of the most knowledgeable about the actual formula and calculations. It is very complicated and they do recognize that there’s some issues with it. That information has been turned over to the review committee and he will be at the review committee on Thursday as well, so he’ll be able to add his information at that. I think we’ve got enough information to pursue the discussion at a fairly decent level with review.” The district also pledged to provide an update at every public meeting to keep parents informed, even if nothing has changed on the issue leading up to the time that a final decision is made. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sunderland v Newcastle: Mitrovic vows not to do ‘something stupid’

first_img Aleksandar Mitrovic YOU CAN LISTEN TO LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE NATIONAL RADIO COMMENTARY OF SUNDERLAND v NEWCASTLE ONLY ON talkSPORT ON SUNDAY FROM MIDDAYBad boy Aleksandar Mitrovic has vowed to be on his best behaviour when Newcastle United travel to Sunderland on Sunday.The 21-year-old Serbia international has already picked up five yellow cards and one red in just 11 games for club and country so far this season.But Mitrovic, who was also sent off for former club Anderlecht against Bruges – the biggest clash in Belgian club football – earlier in his career, insists he has learnt his lesson after receiving his marching orders against Arsenal in August and serving a three-game ban.He told Newcastle’s official website: “There will be a lot of passion at the next game, but I do not want to make the same mistake that I did against Arsenal and do something stupid.“I want to stay on the level. I know they will try to provoke me, but I will keep my head strong and try to score goals and help my team-mates.“It’s a derby. I am only 21 but I have played in a lot of big derbies, big games, and I can say I know how to play these games and score goals in them.“I hope I will continue with my goals and score in my first game against Sunderland.” 1last_img read more

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Bush authorized CIA leak, Lewis Libby told prosecutors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Bush’s political foes jumped on the revelation about Libby’s testimony. “The fact that the president was willing to reveal classified information for political gain and put interests of his political party ahead of Americas security shows that he can no longer be trusted to keep America safe,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said. Libby’s testimony also puts the president and the vice president in the awkward position of authorizing leaks – a practice both men have long said they abhor, so much so that the administration has put in motion criminal investigations to hunt down leakers. The most recent instance is the administration’s launching of a probe into who disclosed to The New York Times the existence of the warrantless domestic surveillance program authorized by Bush shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. The authorization involving intelligence information came as the Bush administration faced mounting criticism about its failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the main reason the president and his aides had given for going to war. Libby’s participation in a critical conversation with Miller on July 8, 2003 “occurred only after the vice president advised defendant that the president specifically had authorized defendant to disclose certain information in the National Intelligence Estimate,” the papers by Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald stated. The filing did not specify the “certain information.” “Defendant testified that the circumstances of his conversation with reporter Miller – getting approval from the president through the vice president to discuss material that would be classified but for that approval – were unique in his recollection,” the papers added. Libby is asking for voluminous amounts of classified information from the government in order to defend himself against five counts of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI in the Plame affair. He is accused of making false statements about how he learned of Plame’s CIA employment and what he told reporters about it. Her CIA status was publicly disclosed eight days after her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, accused the Bush administration of twisting prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat from weapons of mass destruction. In 2002, Wilson had been dispatched to Africa by the CIA to check out intelligence that Iraq had an agreement to acquire uranium yellowcake from Niger, and Wilson had concluded that there was no such arrangement. Libby says he needs extensive classified files from the government to demonstrate that Plame’s CIA connection was a peripheral matter that he never focused on, and that the role of Wilson’s wife was a small piece in a building public controversy over the failure to find WMD in Iraq. Fitzgerald said in the new court filing that Libby’s requests for information go too far and the prosecutor cited Libby’s own statements to investigators in an attempt to limit the amount of information the government must turn over to Cheney’s former chief of staff for his criminal defense. According to Miller’s grand jury testimony, Libby told her about Plame’s CIA status in the July 8, 2003 conversation that took place shortly after the White House aide – according to the new court filing – was authorized by Bush through Cheney to disclose sensitive intelligence about Iraq and WMD contained in a National Intelligence Estimate. The court filing was first disclosed by The New York Sun.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Dick Cheney’s former top aide told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case. Before his indictment, I. Lewis Libby testified to the grand jury investigating the CIA leak that Cheney told him to pass on information and that it was Bush who authorized the disclosure, the court papers say. According to the documents, the authorization led to the July 8, 2003, conversation between Libby and New York Times reporter Judith Miller. There was no indication in the filing that either Bush or Cheney authorized Libby to disclose Valerie Plame’s CIA identity. But the disclosure in documents filed Wednesday means that the president and the vice president put Libby in play as a secret provider of information to reporters about prewar intelligence on Iraq.last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: BRYAN NORTHEY IN DEVASTATING FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgSunday 11th October 2015 Confined on The Old Links 1st Bryan Northey (5) 43pts2nd James O’Donnell (8) 42pts 3rd Gary McGeoghegan (6) 42pts4th Patrick Farren (10) 41ptsGross: Paul Doherty C (3) 34 GrossCSS 71Saturday Open 10th October 2015 Glashedy Links1st Des Kemmy (5) 38pts2nd Chris Keegan (7) 38pts3rd Jayson McIntyre (4) 37pts4th Stephen McNutt (11) 37pts Gross: Stephen Martin (1) 32ptsCSS: 71Members Final Scramble Saturday 10th October 20151st R.Doherty, M.Mullan, D.Butler, P.Doherty (54.4) 2nd D.McLaughlin, M.McGeoghegan, R.Toland, M.McLaughlin (57.0)3rd J.Gibbons, K.McKeague, C.Friel, P.Logue (58.7)4th P.Mooney, J.Moore, P.Toland, A.N Other (59.2)5th M.Desmond, N.Grant, B.Kelly, K. Doherty (60.0)6th D.McLaughlin, A. McEleney, J.Doherty, R.Logue (60.3)Wednesday Society Results 7th October 20151st Michael Butter 41pts bot2nd Eamonn O’Donnell 41pts3rd Martin Boyle 40pts2’s: Michael Butter, Mick McGarry, Terry Coyle(2), Pascal Harkin, Martin BoyleThe Great North Links Challenge 2015Overall ResultsTeam1st        Team 59   316 POINTSCOWWYN MARTIN (+1)   NENAGH GC            58PTSPADDY MARTIN (19)         NENAGH GC            106PTSKEVIN MCCORMICK (15) NENAGH GC            101PTSPJ BURNS (12)                      NENAGH GC            109PTS2nd        Team 55    292 POINTSBRYAN NORTHEY (5)                    BALLYLIFFIN         101PTSSHAUN GRANT (14)                       BALLYLIFFIN         89PTSBRENDAN DEVLIN (1)                  BALLYLIFFIN         98PTSKIERAN TONNER (14)                   BALLYLIFFIN         76PTS3rd        Team 53     286 POINTSAARON TAYLOR (1)                      CITY OF DERRY     91PTSJAYSON MCINTYRE (4)                 BALLYLIFFIN         100PTSJAMES KILGORE (9)                       CITY OF DERRY     92PTSCONNOR MCKNIGHT (10)            CITY OF DERRY      85PTSIndividual1st  GLEN MAITLAND (11)       CLANDEBOYE              110PTS2nd JOHN MC DONAGH (16)   CASTLEBAR                 105PTS3rd PAUL DOWD (13)               BLESSINGTON LAKES   102PTSGROSS CHRIS LUNDY (4)         PORTSTEWART            83 GROSS PTSLadies:6th October 2015 18 holes confined1st Sadie Grant 33pts2nd Jackie Doherty 32pts3rd Lucia Mullan 29pts BOT4th Joan Doherty 29ptsB9 Marian Theseira 14ptsForthcoming Events & FixturesCongratulations to our Minor League team who won the final in Rosapenna on Sunday 11th OctoberFriday 16th Oct Ladies & Gents Open on The Old LinksSat 17th Oct GUI Open competition on Glashedy LinksSun 18th Oct Members Glashedy number 1 on both courses.GOLF NEWS: BRYAN NORTHEY IN DEVASTATING FORM AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BallyliffingolfSportlast_img read more

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Nyamityobora strike late to win Ankole derby

first_img Tags: Mbarara CityNyamityobora FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Nyamityobora have collected three points from their first four games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueNyamityobora 2-1 Mbarara CityMutessa II War Memorial StadiumWednesday, 24-10-2018WANKULUKUKU – Nyamityobora came from behind to defeat Mbarara City 2-1 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday.In the game played at Wankulukuku,Hilary Mukundane headed the Ankole Lions in front at the stroke of half-time but the home side responded with two second half strikes of their own from substitutes Joseph Akwandanaho and Charles Kiggundu of to win the Mbarara derby and in process, register their first points of the season.Mbarara started strongly asking all the questions and in the process getting the first corner of the game which yielded nothing.The first notable attempt on goal came on three minutes, when Zaidi Byekwaso crossed in for Odit Ibrahim who headed straight at Jomi Hillary in Nyamityobora’s goal.Mbarara was forced into an early substitution as Ivan Eyam was stretchered off with a knee injury and replaced with Steven Kabuye.Nyamityobora’s first worthy chance came on 27 minutes when Dada Juma crossed in from the right, Patrick Gonahasa headed towards goal and Lameck put it in the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.The home side looked to have grown into the game and Dada was at it again, sending a low cross into the area but Gonahasa shot tamely straight at Ali Kimera in Mbarara’s goal.Mbarara’s marquee signing Paul Mucureezi got a chance to put his side one up in the 36th minute but his free-kick was saved excellently by Jomi.Like Mbarara earlier, Nyamityobora were also forced into a substitution before the break as Joseph Akandanwaho replaced the injured John Wesley Kisakye.At the stroke of half-time, Mbarara took the lead through Hilary Mukundane who headed Mucureezi’s well taken free-kick kick into the bottom right corner. It was the last action of the half and referee Brian Nsubuga blew for the mandatory rest.In an attempt to chase the game, James Odoch introduced forward Misiige Charles for midfielder Kiggundu Derrick at the start of the second half.After a slow start to the second half, Muhammad Rashid was booked for time wasting on 53 minutes and straight after, Livingstone Mbabazi brought on team captain Kutego Alishe in place of Umari Mbusa to try and see out the 1-0 lead.As Mbarara attempted to slow down the game, Mucureezi was also booked by Nsubuga for time wasting.Odit had a chance to make it 2-0 on 64 minutes but could only head wide Jasper Ahebwa’s inch perfect cross while unmarked in the area.Ten minutes later, substitute Kiggundu made Odit pay for his missed chance as he connected brilliantly with Steven Kabuye’s cross to tap in past Kimera for 1-1.On 78 minutes, Karim Ndugwa raced through on Nyamityobora’s goal but decided to play in Mucureezi while one on one with Jomi and somehow the home side managed to clear their lines.As Mbarara upped it, Alishe blasted over from close range after he was teed up by Odit with nine minutes to play.With the game headed for a draw, Nyamityobora caught Livingstone Mbabazi’s side on the break and Akandwanaho found himself in acres of space, he unleashed a fierce drive into the top right corner to put the home side 2-1 up on 89 minutes.Despite a late surge by Mbarara to score an equalizer, Nyamityobora held on to a first victory of the season.The three points lift Nyamityobora off the bottom into 14th place while Mbarara slip to 7th on the log with six points from four games.The other results from Wednesday’s games:-SC Villa 1-3 Vipers SC-Maroons FC 1-1 URA FC-Ndejje University FC 1-2 Police FCComments last_img read more

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Exceptional Donegal student is awarded €20,000 science scholarship

first_imgAbbey Vocational School student Emily McGill has been awarded a prestigious Naughton Foundation Scholarship worth €20,000 towards her third level studies in Applied Physics at Dublin City University (DCU).The school has also received an award of €1,000 towards its science facilities as an appreciation of their assistance.The Naughton Scholarships are a scheme of scholarships to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland. Abbey Vocational School Principal, Geraldine Diver, is absolutely delighted with Emily’s success; “We are delighted at the Abbey Vocational School to hear of Emily’s success in being awarded this prestigious scholarship. Emily is extremely deserving of this scholarship and I wish her every success in the very bright future I know that she has ahead.“I would like to acknowledge all of our staff here in the school for all of the support given to Emily and indeed all of our students during their time here.“This programme seeks to connect exceptional students at undergraduate, masters and postgraduate level with leading faculty in those fields, stimulating collaborative research among the participating students and faculty and build stronger connections between the host institutions and countries. “It is an excellent opportunity for Emily and I know we will hear more of this marvellous young lady in the future!”Emily McGillThe Abbey Vocational School is one of fifteen post-primary schools in the county under the direction of Dr Martin Gormley, Donegal ETB Director of Schools.Speaking after hearing the announcement, Dr Gormley paid tribute to Emily and the school staff, “I would like to congratulate Emily and her family on receiving this prestigious scholarship. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of Emily, assisted and supported by the staff and management of the Abbey Vocational School.“It is also further evidence of the exceptional standards of Teaching and Learning being promoted across Donegal ETB’s schools, colleges and centres. On behalf of Donegal ETB, I wish Emily every success in her chosen field of study, Applied Physics.”The Naughton Foundation was established by Martin and Carmel Naughton in 1994. It is a private family foundation and its goal is to support worthwhile causes in the arts and education.In 2008 they created the scholarship programme to increase their support for Leaving Certificate students who would like to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at third level in Ireland. Emily will receive her scholarship and medal at a ceremony in Trinity Biomedical Science Institute, Trinity College Dublin on 23 September.Exceptional Donegal student is awarded €20,000 science scholarship was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:abbey vocational schoolemily mcgilllast_img read more

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49ers OTAs: Garoppolo OK but add Bosa to slew of injured players

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/22/bang_09ba0fb2-182c-4fd6-bcd1-1aa93074d780″](CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) SANTA CLARA — Watching Jimmy Garoppolo throw passes on a reconstructed knee actually wasn’t the most jarring sight Tuesday on the 49ers practice field.Instead, top draft pick Nick Bosa sustained a hamstring injury in linemen drills on Day 2 of organized team activities. He’s got plenty of company on the injury list.Coach Kyle …last_img

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New Guidebook for Earthlings Published

first_imgA new book by two CEH authors can help readers understand their spacecraft and its mission.Dr Henry Richter, distinguished NASA scientist, former Caltech professor and inventor, the last surviving manager of Explorer 1 (January 31, 1958), has a new book worth sharing. Its title appeals to all readers on the planet: Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers. Published by Creation Ministries International (CMI), this highly accessible and fact-filled book will interest everyone who has a human body and is interested in where life, our planet, and the universe came from. The publisher’s summary states,We hear so much today about how the universe, the earth and life all supposedly came about by chance events and processes. In this book, a bona fide rocket scientist, Dr Henry Richter—a pioneer in aerospace—challenges these views by exploring what is required for us to exist in the universe. He shows that our planet can be thought of as a sophisticated spacecraft designed for our benefit. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand this fascinating book, so dive in and discover for yourself the truth about our amazing universe and how it came to be.Attractively printed on glossy paper with dozens of color illustrations and specially-commissioned cover art, this new book makes a great impression and invites page turning. Just the right length to look inviting (164 pages), it makes a great gift to share the gospel with teens and adults in our scientifically-minded society. Cost is only $12 for one, but you can buy 5 for just $8 each – a 34% savings. (The book is not yet available from Amazon, but should be in due time.)Since Dr Richter was instrumental in the design and success of the first US satellite, the book is organized around the theme of Earth as a well-designed spacecraft. Although the term “Spacecraft Earth” is not original, this may be the first book-length treatment from an intelligent design and Biblical creationist viewpoint. Here are the chapter titles:Foreword by David CoppedgeIntroduction by Henry Richter1. The Spacecraft: Planet Earth2. The Spacesuit: The Amazing Human Body3. The Other Passengers: Plants and Animals4. Explaining the Observations5. Populating the Spacecraft6. The Final Frontier7. A Matter of Time8. From One Passenger to AnotherEpilogueCEH regulars will recognize Dr Richter’s name from his occasional contributed articles to this website. The new book began as an upgrade project for a small book he had self-published years ago, called The Universe: A Surprising Cosmological Accident. Richter had written about some of the scientific discoveries that led him from nominal church attender (but practical atheist) to vibrant Christian. With no marketing or distribution channel, he would hand out copies to friends and acquaintances. CEH editor David Coppedge felt that the book had potential for a much wider audience, but needed updating and polishing. Three years ago, they began the long task of revision.Many of the latest design evidences, often drawn from news items here at CEH, were added. Chapters were rearranged and a new title was chosen. CMI agreed to publish the book in 2016, but many months of review and revision continued into 2017. CMI staff and co-author David Coppedge spent months fact-checking and referencing each claim, choosing illustrations, and formatting pages, all with Dr Richter’s approval. By summer of 2017, Spacecraft Earth was ready for launch… but printing required several months more. Finally, this November, it is in stock and ready for shipment.Each page of Spacecraft Earth is packed with amazing evidence for intelligent design: from the cosmological level on down: stars, planets, life, human life, animal life, plant life, the cell, and genetics. The book makes crystal clear why Darwinian evolution cannot account for any of it. Most importantly, it leads the reader to the implications: there is a Designer, and we need to get right with him. That story is told gently through Richter’s own story. We hope CEH readers will find this resource “just right” as a message well aimed for modern readers.No one needs to see themselves adrift on a planet in a vast universe, wondering what it all means. Here’s “A Guide for Passengers” to open their eyes to the wonders around them – the greatest of which is God’s love.Richter and Coppedge at JPL in 2008.Dr Richter and I pray that this book will reach many people for the Lord. Would you like to help? Please buy it, read it, share it, and promote it. Once it comes out on Amazon, you can help by writing a good review and rating it.View Henry Richter’s Author Profile to see his previous articles on Creation-Evolution Headlines.At Richter’s personal web page, you can order his previous book, America’s Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites. This engaging book describes the early days of rocketry and space travel from the viewpoint of the Russians, the Germans, and the Americans, capped by his insider’s view of the development of America’s answer to Sputnik. A valuable history from a key person on the team that brought America to pre-eminence in space flight.(Visited 539 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more