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Manager of Fresco Supermarket cleared of attempted murder charge

first_imgThe attempted murder charge brought against 28-year-old Xinoxi Qu of Lot 1B Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara was dismissed on Thursday by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when this accused made another appearance in that Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.Xinoxi QuQu was represented by Attorney-at-law George Thomas.On his first court appearance, Xinoxi Qu, a manager of the Fresco Supermarket at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The Police contention was that, on April 28, 2019 at Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara, with intent to commit murder, Qu wounded Sanmoogan Gregory. It was reported that, on the day in question, Gregory had gone to the Fresco Supermarket to purchase some items, which he paid for before leaving the store.After leaving the supermarket, Gregory was standing on the Diamond Public Road when Qu allegedly approached from behind and dealt him several blows to his body with an object, accusing him of removing a bag of money from the store.Sanmoogan reported the matter at the Grove Police Station, and was subsequently taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre for medical care. However, due to the severity of his injuries, he was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital(GPHC), where he was admitted for several days.When the matter was called on Thursday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who was conducting the preliminary inquiry (PI), she said the prosecutor needed to prove that the accused had attempted to unlawfully kill or cause bodily harm to the complainant.The magistrate said that, throughout the trial, the prosecution did not provide evidence that the defendant had acted unlawfully. She went on to say that, in the opinion of the court, the defendant was merely trying to retrieve a bag which belonged to him. Hence, she ruled that the prosecution’s evidence, at its highest, was insufficient, and thus dismissed the matter against Xinoxi Qu.last_img read more

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Fort St. John Peewee Flyers take first place in weekend tournament

first_imgThe VE Brandl Flyers opened with a close loss to the Sexsmith Vipers by a score of 6-5 but would rebound nicely in their next two games. The team would take on Grande Prairie in their next game and would take the contest by a score of 8-1, and followed that up with a 7-1 over the Spirit River Rangers.The Flyers would meet the Vipers once more, this time in the finals. Fort St. John would win the game 4-3. The game didn’t start smoothly for the Flyers however. Fort St. John found themselves trailing after the first period 3-0, but rebounded with a very strong second period as the game was tied after 40 minutes. The third period was quiet until the final seconds when the Flyers scored with 5.8 seconds remaining.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Flyers were Sam Webster, Nathan Zinck, Chase London, and Nathan Zinck. The Flyers also netted three powerplay goals in the game.Skylar Paice was in goal for the Flyers and stopped 33 of 36 shots in the game.last_img read more

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A taste of local talent at this year’s Solstice Chili Bowl Bash

first_imgTickets sell for $30.00 a piece, with only 100 being distributed across town. They can be found at The Hairbin, Pottery Studio or the Artspost.There’s also music and live performances provided by Ryan Hennessy and Joscelyn Hannaford.A silent auction and piñata are also part of the fun-filled event.- Advertisement -The bash begins Saturday, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the side entrance of the Potter’s Guild Studio, located at 10320 93 Avenue.last_img

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Federal subprime mortgage bailout offers little for California

first_imgWell, that didn’t take long. Last Sunday we asked for a little help with the housing mess. The Big Daddy of All Lifelines arrived on Thursday, courtesy of big government teaming with big lenders so more than 1 million homeowners can keep their heads above roiling financial waters. It was damage control from the nation’s capital for about 1.2 million homeowners with subprime loans that may turn into foreclosures. The main talking point (Washington loves these) is that these homeowners would have their mortgage rates frozen for five years. For example, the administration bailout came on the same day that the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that a record number of homeowners entered the foreclosure process in the third quarter. As those numbers mount, prices tend to fall. “If we can forestall a large part of these foreclosures, it would take a lot of pressure off these prices in some of the hardest hit areas,” Ratcliff said. But great deals don’t abound in the Los Angeles area, at least not yet. Prices here remain at an unaffordable level. Robert Kleinhenz, deputy chief economist at the California Association of Realtors, doesn’t think that the bailout will boost sales, either. Since about 1980, sales here of existing homes have averaged about 410,000 per year. This year the market is on track for 260,000 sales and that could fall by 9 percent next year. Unclear still is what happens to mortgage lenders and the investors who bought huge numbers of mortgage-backed securities and were counting on an increased revenue stream once those adjustable rates reset. Since the housing market began its plummet, the investment banking sector has been battered by billions of dollars in losses. When the liquidity crisis exploded in August, some observers thought it would last for two months. We’re in the fifth month and nothing much has changed. And that includes the fact that neither Ratcliff nor Kleinhenz believe that this housing market collapse will drag the nation, state or region into recession. The Big Daddy Bailout will likely have some unwilling participants, too. Like those investors in mortgage-backed securities. “When you sell your loans as a mortgage-backed security, you’re representing that the bond holders will be getting this particular payment in this particular time and this (interest rate) will reset at this particular payment at this particular time,” Ratcliff explained. The bailout takes away the last part of that promise for at least five years. There is still a market for conforming loans, those up to $417,000 that can be packaged and bought by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Not much help for California here, either. Kleinhenz notes that less that 50 percent of the home loans in California are at the conforming level. To get this market moving again the buyers of jumbo loans (those above the conforming limit) have to get back into the game. And the bailout plan doesn’t seem to have addressed this issue. Yet.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe concept is simple, the execution won’t be. These homeowners are the only clear winners so far and what else is going to happen remains fuzzy. Ryan Ratcliff, an economist at UCLA’s Anderson Forecast, calls this bailout plan “cutting through the Gordian knot with a sword kind of approach.” One of the plan’s consequences might be support for housing prices, which have been falling in areas where the foreclosure problems are most severe. This likely won’t be very good news for potential buyers who are waiting for deeply discounted resale prices as the foreclosure numbers mount. last_img read more

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JUDGE PRAISES GARDA FOR SPOTTING ‘RINGED’ CAR AND ORDERS ITS DESTRUCTION

first_imgJudge Paul KellyA JUDGE has praised a Garda for his ‘excellent detection’ work after taking a ‘ringed’ car off the road.So-called ‘ringed’ cars are vehicles where the identity has been changed because it is made up of parts of other cars. They can be highly dangerous. Judge Paul Kelly said Garda Paul McGee deserved credit after spotting the vehicle in Letterkenny last March.On St Patrick’s Day Garda Paul McGee, Traffic Corps, Letterkenny was on patrol at the Orchard Inn monitoring the public order situation.Whilst standing outside the patrol car he observed at white Vauxhall cavalier driving on Kilmacrennn Rd, his suspicion was drawn to the note of the exhaust and the sound of the engine.As the cavalier drove past the Orchard Inn Garda McGee noticed an “SRI” badge on the boot lid, Garda McGee followed the car and spoke with the driver Mr. Ciaran Boyce age 20 of Woodquarter, Cranford, Co Donegal outside Milan nightclub, Garda McGee cautioned the driver and took a memo of interview from him, he told Letterkenny District Court today.Garda McGee asked Boyce was it a two litre 8 valve or two litre 16v valve engine in the car.The garda said Boyce claimed he didn’t know which but when Garda McGee asked Boyce to open the bonnet, he noticed that it was a 6 cyclinder V6 2.5 engine in the car as he had suspected.Garda McGee also noticed that the the wheels contained 5 studs which was different to that of a 2.0 cavalier which are a 4 stud wheel.Garda McGee also noted that the chassis number etched into the glass on the vehicle was different to the chassis number in the normal floor position.Eventually Boyce admitted to fitting a 2.5 V6 engine to the car.  Garda McGee found this  peculiar and he seized the vehicle.Boyce also tampered with the chassis plate in the car to disguise the other one by etching out the old one and putting in his one from an Irish registered car.Judge Kelly asked was this to evade a higher rate of tax and Garda McGee explained that this would be the case and also a bigger engine.Garda McGee stated though that a 2.0 16 valve engine would be some what quicker than a 2.5 v6, Boyce was also evading the importation of the vehicle, Garda McGee seeked a destruction order on the vehicle from Judge Kelly and it was granted.Judge Kelly praised Garda McGee for his “excellent detection” of the vehicle and ordered it to be destroyed.JUDGE PRAISES GARDA FOR SPOTTING ‘RINGED’ CAR AND ORDERS ITS DESTRUCTION was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CranfordGarda Paul McGeeringed carTRAFFIC CORPSlast_img read more

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Saddam Juma returns as KCCA host Ssenkatuka’s Bright Stars

first_imgIbrahim Saddam Juma(left) is expected to feature in his first league game since joining KCCA FC as confirmed by coach Mike Mutebi (centre). Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–KCCA FC will be boosted by the return to fitness of star midfielder Ibrahim Saddam Juma as they host Bright Stars at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo to.Saddam Juma has not featured in the league for the Kasasiro boys due to persistant injuries since his controversial move from Express in April.His only official games for KCCA came in the CAF Confederation cup against FUS Rabat and Club African and since then, he has been struggling for fitness.“I feel I am in the best condition now to play for KCCA although am not yet back to 100%,” said Saddam Juma at the pre-game press conference.“I am happy about the team’s perfomance so far and hopefully I can come in and help the lads so as we reach the desired goals.Isaac Muleme will be joining Saddam Juma as another returnee in the game tomorrow after his compassionate leave expired.Muleme lost one of his new born twins last week and was given the whole of last week off but is back and took part in the last training.That leaves the likes of Muzaimr Mutyaba, Peter Magambo, Paul Musamali, Filbert Obenchan, Patrick Kaddu, Jackson Nunda, Derrick Nsibambi and Hassan Wasswa Dazo all still out injured with Shaban Muhammad yet to get clearance to play.Fred Kajoba, the Bright Stars coach, said: “We are fortunate that all players are available so we have a huge lot to choose from.“It has not always been easy against KCCA because we have been loosing home and away against them in the previous seasons but hopefully we can change those stats tomorrow,” he added.Mike Mutebi, the KCCA FC coach, said they will attack and try to score as many as possible.“We have Saddam Juma back and it’s a great thing for us and I also know he can’t wait to get started in the league,” Mutebi said.Azam Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC vs Bright StarsStarTimes Stadium,Lugogo4pmCommentslast_img read more

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Premier League: Man City eye return to second spot, Chelsea away to Burnley

first_imgManchester City vs Aston VillaEtihad Stadium, ManchesterSaturday, 26-10-2019 @2:30pmReferee: Graham ScottAfter Leicester City humiliated Southampton 9-0 on Friday night, Man City will start the day in third and will be hoping to be second by the end of 90 minutes in their contest at home to Aston Villa.Manchester City midfielder Rodri suffered a hamstring injury in midweek and is expected to be out until after the November international break. Oleksandr Zinchenko faces a lengthier spell on the sidelines following knee surgery, but John Stones could make his first start since mid-September.Aston Villa defender James Chester is available for the first time this season, while Jonathan Kodjia and Kortney Hause are also fit again. Villa’s only absentee is winger Jota. The Spaniard is continuing his rehabilitation after a hernia operation.Manchester City have won nine successive Premier League home games against Aston Villa by an aggregate score of 30-4. Their last home league defeat in this fixture came in April 2007. City could equal their longest top-flight home winning streak against a single opponent, while Villa are in danger of matching their club top-flight record for consecutive away defeats versus the same team. Villa have failed to score in seven of the last nine Premier League meetings home and away.City have not lost consecutive home league fixtures since February 2016. Pep Guardiola has never lost back-to-back home league games in his managerial career. Manchester City have dropped five points at home after four matches, two more than they did in the whole of last season. They haven’t lost at home against a promoted team since a 2-0 defeat by Reading in February 2007. Sergio Aguero has scored six goals in his past four league games against Aston Villa, including five in three appearances at the Etihad. Gabriel Jesus has scored in seven successive league and cup starts for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling is the club’s leading scorer this season with 12 goals in 13 appearances. Fernandinho’s next Premier League appearance will be his 200th.Brighton vs EvertonThe American Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 26-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Andy MadleyBrighton could secure their first back-to-back victories against Everton, having won 1-0 in this fixture last season. It was their first triumph against the Toffees since 1982. Everton have not won at Brighton since a 2-1 top-flight victory in 1983. The Seagulls have won just three of their 15 fixtures with Everton in all competitions (D5, L7), with every win coming at home.Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Aaron Mooy serves a one-match ban after being sent off at Aston Villa. Jose Izquierdo and Bernardo remain out but there are no fresh injury concerns.Everton defender Yerry Mina is a major doubt after sustaining a knee injury against West Ham, with Mason Holgate set to deputise. Midfielders Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin are back in contention following minor injuries, while Seamus Coleman returns from suspension.Watford vs AFC BournemouthVicarage Road, LondonSaturday, 26-10-2019 @5pmReferee: Mike DeanWatford forward Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for “months rather than weeks” with the hamstring injury sustained last weekend. Troy Deeney remains out and Jose Holebas is suspended, but Sebastian Prodl, Etienne Capoue and Isaac Success are in contention following injury.Bournemouth welcome back Jefferson Lerma, who has recovered from a hip injury suffered on international duty. David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are still sidelined.The home side has yet to win after eight Premier League meetings (D6, L2). Watford are winless in five home league encounters against Bournemouth since a 6-1 triumph in the second tier in August 2013. Bournemouth can win successive away league matches at Vicarage Road for the first time since 1948.West Ham United vs Sheffield UnitedLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 26-10-2019 @5pmReferee: David CooteWest Ham won their most recent Premier League fixture at home to Sheffield United in November 2006, but it’s their only victory in the past seven London meetings in all competitions (D5, L1). The sides last met in the League Cup second round at Upton Park in August 2014, when then-League One Sheffield United progressed on penalties after a 1-1 draw.West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell is expected to be available following a groin strain. Winston Reid is set to step up his recovery from a long-term knee injury with an appearance for the Under-23 side next week.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has no fresh injury concerns. Wilder has selected the same back five in every league game this season but he may again make changes in the attacking positions.Burnley vs ChelseaTurf Moor, BurnleySaturday, 26-10-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Mike OliverChelsea have won six successive games in all competitions, the best winning run of Frank Lampard’s managerial career. They can win four straight league fixtures for the first time in more than a year. Chelsea could set a new club top-flight record of winning four consecutive away matches while scoring three or more goals. The Blues have kept back-to-back clean sheets in all competitions for the first time under Lampard. Chelsea have let in 28 goals in 13 Premier League away trips in 2019, the most they have conceded in a calendar year since 1997.Burnley’s solitary victory in their 10 Premier League meetings with Chelsea was 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in August 2017 (D3, L6). Chelsea are unbeaten in their five Premier League trips to Turf Moor, scoring at least twice in each of their four victories. Burnley’s last home win against the Blues came in 1983 in the Second Division.Burnley are set to welcome back Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes, who are in contention following respective shoulder and groin injuries. In-form striker Chris Wood faces a fitness test due to a tight hamstring, while Danny Drinkwater will resume full training next week.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante remains out after missing the wins against Newcastle and Ajax with a groin injury. Ross Barkley, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger are also sidelined.The other gamesFriday, 25-10-2019-Southampton 0-9 Leicester CitySunday, 27-10-2019-Newcastle United vs Wolves @5pm-Arsenal vs Crystal Palace @7:30pm-Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur @7:30pm-Norwich City vs Manchester United @7:30pmComments Tags: Aston VillaBurnleyChelseaMan Citypremier leaguelast_img read more

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2 players kneel for anthem, Kaepernick tweets to thank them

first_imgBy EDDIE PELLSDENVER (AP) — Colin Kaepernick called them his brothers.Dolphins teammates Kenny Stills and Albert Watson were the only two players to kneel during the national anthem on the NFL’s opening Sunday, and Kaepernick, who is no longer welcome on an NFL sideline, made sure to offer his thanks to them via social media .“My Brothers (Stills) and (Watson) continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed,” Kapernick said in his tweet. “They have not backed down, …last_img read more

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Are Evolutionists Remorseful Over Nazi Experimentation?

first_img(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The pro-evolution BBC is squeamish over German anatomy illustrations from cadavers of executed prisoners.  Why?According to the BBC News, German scientists in the 1940s received cadavers from prisoners and nonchalantly used them for science:“The University of Vienna had a special streetcar hearse that delivered the cadavers from the execution chamber of the regional court to the anatomy institute,” explained Prof Seidelman.Eduard Pernkopf, who was chairman of anatomy there between 1933 and 1945, left a printed legacy in the form of a now infamous anatomy tome. It is now understood that many of the incredibly detailed illustrations in Pernkopf’s atlas depicted the bodies of victims of Nazi terror.The anatomists welcomed this ‘experimental material‘ for their research, apparently indifferent to where it came from.  To them, the cadavers were just ‘inanimate objects‘ for science.If materialism is true, that’s really all the cadavers were.  Yet the BBC (normally staunchly pro-Darwinian) spoke up for the victims, calling attention to their humanness by promoting efforts of Sabine Hildenbrandt and others to preserve their memories:Dr Hildebrandt agrees that the issue still casts a shadow on anatomy today, and while a great deal has been published about the crimes of the perpetrators, “German post-war anatomy was built in part on the bodies of [the] victims”.She added: “It’s time to return the names to the numbers – to give faces and biographies to the so far anonymous victims of anatomy in the Third Reich in order to remember and honour their humanity and the iniquities they had to endure.Honor; iniquities; that’s the talk of righteous indignation.  Early studies had concluded that German scientists colluded in Nazi atrocities (see 2/17/08), making today’s scientists in Germany reluctant to repeat errors of the past (7/30/2001, 7/18/2010).Many of the victims were Polish or Russian slave laborers, or opponents of the Third Reich convicted of treason.  The article described how repulsive it was to inform a woman of the date of her execution, then examine the body later to study the effects of stress on her reproductive parts.  Hermann Stieve, for instance, would do this and then cut up the pelvis looking for changes.  “Stieve was particularly interested in the effects of stress and psychological trauma on the doomed woman’s menstrual pattern.”  The article called it “macabre” that anyone would do such a thing, adding, “Stieve published reports based on those studies without hesitation or apology.”But Stieve and Pernkopf didn’t kill the prisoners.  They would probably argue that the prisoners were going to die anyway, so why not use the ‘material’ to advance science? The practice was widespread over Germany:Of the 31 anatomical departments at universities in Germany and its occupied territories between 1933 and 1945, Dr Hildebrandt found that “all of them – without exception – received bodies of the executed from execution chambers”.Dr. Hildenbrandt said that “her research made it ‘painfully clear’ how little anatomists at the time were interested in the fate of the people whose bodies they were dissecting,” implying that they should been interested or concerned.  Here it is 67 years after the end of the atrocities, and “The issue only came to public attention in the past two decades.”You can’t keep humanity in a materialistic box.  Some part always sticks out.  Why would the BBC care about these victims from decades ago, putting their portraits in their Science news section, seeking to revive their personal stories?  We’ve just seen them arousing sympathy for the formerly anonymous, trying to restore a semblance of dignity to the victims of one of the most heinous regimes of history – a regime founded squarely on Darwinist materialism (ask why else would the German scientists call the cadavers “inanimate objects” or “experimental material”).In a sense, a cadaver is material. Theists believe there’s much more to a person than the body: there’s a soul, or spirit, or both (depending on one’s theology); the body is a temporary dwelling.  If a person wills their body to science voluntarily, or their organs for transplants, that’s a personal choice. Some reason that their body will decay to dust in a cemetery plot anyway; why not do something good for humanity by letting science benefit?  Don’t theists benefit by seeing in more detail how “clearly and wonderfully made” the human body is?  Has not science advanced wonderfully due to dissections of cadavers in medical schools?Additionally, anatomy (and art) has a long history of dissections on prisoners.  Vesalius, Michelangelo, Leonardo and others in the Renaissance period dissected bodies of convicted criminals or of unknown persons found dead of natural causes.  The Church generally did not object; however, because it’s obvious that fresh bodies are needed for anatomy lessons, fears of “anatomy murder” and body-snatching, though illegal, rose in some quarters to meet the demand.  What’s different about the Nazi regime?One thing is the sheer scale of the atrocity.  Another is the coldness of the perpetrators, welcoming the supply of “experimental material” with no tinge of conscience about where it came from.  In previous cases, perpetrators of “anatomy murder” knew what they were doing was wrong, and they were often punished by law.  None of this happened in Nazi Germany.  There was no informed consent.  The “prisoners” were killed simply for their race, “defects” or presumptive resistance to the Reich – not for verifiable crimes like murder.German scientists had plenty of rationalizations to use; they could say they had nothing to do with the killings; they could say they were turning an ugly thing into a good thing (advancing science); they could say resistance would have been fatal for them, too.  Why do those rationalizations seem so repulsive?  Why does the cold indifference of these scientists strike us as macabre?  Would it have made a difference if the cadavers they used came from real criminals, like murderers, instead of from innocent women targeted because of their race?  Would the Nazi anatomists defend themselves by pointing to Renaissance practices, claiming they were just continuing a long tradition?  What about the plasticized bodies on display at some museums?Demand motivates supply.  When the sanctity of human life is diminished, people can more easily be looked at as chattel, property, just inanimate material.  Demand for fetal parts motivates black markets for abortion.  Demand for embryonic stem cells motivates political pressure to consider it “just clusters of cells” that weren’t going to ever lead to a birth anyway.  It can all sound so righteous; scientists just want to advance knowledge. They just want to lead to cures.  There have been cases of ethics violations for paying women to “voluntarily” donate eggs for research; were they coerced?  Were they lured on false pretenses?It’s incomprehensible why Darwinists should care about what the Nazis did.  To them, humans are evolved animals, no different in kind than apes, dogs or pigs that can be dissected without qualms.  Groups like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) come at this same belief from the opposite extreme; “a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy,” one of its leaders said, treating the slaughter of chickens for food the same as the Holocaust.  Some evolutionists, like David Attenborough, look at humanity as a plague on the planet (see Evolution News & Views).  None of these groups have any justification for valuing humanity at all, let alone caring about the tragic story of Liane Berkowitz, featured in the BBC story.  A chilling episode in the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed shows Ben Stein touring of the Hadamar mental hospital, where the tour guide described the conscience-free coldness of the Nazi executioners, attributing their motivation to Darwinism.In Nazi Germany we see a particularly egregious case of innocent victims supplying an all-too-eager university anatomy program without informed consent, moral law or legal grounds.  Many people these days would agree that an organ donor at an accident scene did a good thing to give his or her consent in advance.  Many would accept voluntary donations of bodies to science after natural death, provided the person gave informed consent and understood the choice.   The law can permit cases of scientific use of cadavers of accident victims of those with no family or will, or of criminals executed for capital crimes, as long as due process is followed (usually a long, tedious ordeal, laboriously considering every alibi).But greed lies at the door.  Beware the government that relaxes capital punishment laws because universities need more cadavers.  Beware the scientists who rationalize fetal research on the grounds they were going to be aborted anyway.  Beware the scientists who rationalize embryonic stem cell research because the cells could never lead to a live birth anyway.  Beware!  Only a commitment to the sanctity of human life – the conviction that every individual has value because of the image of God – can prevent another Holocaust.  That conviction comes from Scripture.  It’s also evident in the conscience of Sabine Hildenbrandt and the BBC News.  It’s evident in everyone horrified at the BBC story.  Consistent Darwinian materialism has no such scruples, and its ideological roots remain strong.  The horrors of Darwinian thinking were not exhausted in the 20th century.  Beware!Suggested reading: Darwin Day in America by John West explores the roots of materialism that devalues human life.  Join the discussion!  Send your comments about organ donation, cadaver donation, use of criminals for cadavers, fetal research, or any other issues mentioned in this article and commentary.last_img read more

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Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands – Starting With Mine

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook Now Cuban tells me he’s doing more than considering a move – he’s doing it. And not just with the Mavs but with the 70 or so companies in which he has invested.“We are moving far more aggressively into Twitter and reducing any and all emphasis on Facebook,” Cuban says, via email. “We won’t abandon Facebook, we will still use it, but our priority is to add followers that our brands can reach on non-Facebook platforms first.”Cuban and other corporate Facebook members are howling because new rules on the social network make it harder for brands to reach people without spending big money on sponsored posts.That’s because in September Facebook changed the algorithm that controls which messages get through to which members. The result is that some brands a sharp dropoff in the reach of their posts – as much as 50% in some cases.It’s Not A Shakedown – We’re Trying To Fight SpamFacebook insists it isn’t choking off reach as a way to push brands to spend more on sponsored posts. Facebook uses an algorithm called EdgeRank to determine which people see which posts. EdgeRank uses a lot of factors, including how often your friends log in to Facebook and what settings they choose on their news feeds, the company says.Facebook constantly tinkers with EdgeRank to make it more effective, says product manager Will Cathcart. The algorithm change in September was a bigger change than usual, Cathcart says, but its goal was simply to cut down on spam in people’s news feed.Still, Facebook seems more determined than ever to crank up its revenue, especially as its stock price has collapsed more than 50% since its initial public offering earlier this year.Cuban says the company’s hunger for revenue is backfiring. In an email conversation, excerpted below, he lays out his case for moving away from Facebook:Why We’re Looking Elsewhere“It’s not feasible yet, but we have no choice but to continuously evaluate alternatives. We have already pushed more to Twitter. The new Myspace looks promising. And Instagram and Tumbler and others are much more open and are getting more of our attention.“The big negative for Facebook is that we will no longer push for likes or subscribers because we can’t reach them all. Why would we invest in extending our Facebook audience size if we have to pay to reach them? That’s crazy.“In many respects it has already blown up on Facebook. Their search for revenue has severely devalued every brand’s following and completely changed the economics of consumer interaction.”Brands Have Made A Bad Investment“Brands have invested in getting consumers to like their Facebook page with the presumption that every like is created equal, that the brand can reach the user easily. That is not the case. “I realize that Facebook has never given 100% user coverage to followers of a brand. However it now appears that to extend beyond minimal reach is going to cost brands more money. “I think this is a reflection of Facebook searching for more revenue since going public and the more it costs to reach followers on Facebook the lower the value to the brand of being on Facebook.”I Wouldn’t Buy Facebook Stock“I haven’t bought [at the current price] and I wouldn’t buy here. I think they have to determine what their business is right now and how they will make money at it. I don’t believe they are clear about either.”Using Myspace Is Not As Crazy As You Think“Actually, Myspace is going through a reformatting that looks pretty good. There is a greater than zero chance that it could gather quite a bit of momentum.“In addition to Myspace, Twitter and Tumblr are both ready, willing and able to support brand activation without holding followers hostage for additional revenue. And in the ironic department, Instagram has the same friction-free reach to followers that Twitter and Tumblr have but Facebook doesn’t.”Why Brands Feel Betrayed“Facebook has never allowed 100% reach. I think the disconnect is that not everyone realized that they didnt allow 100% reach. I bet if you asked  anyone who has subscribers if their posts reached 100% of their subscribers, they would say yes unless they have seen the dollar box for promoted posts show up.“I think the same applies to brands as well. Remember most brands don’t have social media departments. They rely on common sense. If someone likes your brand, it seems like common sense to me that you can expect your posts to reach 100% of those that like your brand. Doesn’t it to you?”Facebook Has A Fundamental Business Model Problem“And one more point. I get that they want to reduce the speed at which news scrolls off of people’s Facebook pages. The more stuff, the less you see; the less you see, the less you engage. All good points by Facebook. “But it’s a reflection of overall design and strategy weakness. Again, why would a brand invest in getting likes they can’t reach without paying a premium?”I’d Rather Pay An Upfront Fee“The right price is to charge an upfront fee for brands. In the current system there is complete uncertainty on the cost. And even worse, at least for our size brands, you have to deal with the pricing for each posting, which is a time waster.“I’m just suggesting that a single upfront fee or a monthly fee where there is certainty of cost would allow brands to focus on bringing in consumers to like the brands knowing that they can always reach everyone that likes them. I don’t know what that number should be.“And let me add, I’m not trying to come off as some Facebook expert. I’m not. I have a bunch of little companies via SharkTank and other investments that use Facebook in the normal course of business. They shouldn’t have go to great lengths to figure out the nuances of Facebook audience reach. That complexity, IMHO, will come back to haunt Facebook.”Read on: Macromedia’s Marc Canter says, Hell, yeah!Image courtesy of Reuters. Tech billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he is fed up with Facebook and will take his business elsewhere. He’s sick of getting hit with huge fees to send messages to his team’s fans and followers.Two weeks ago Cuban tweeted out a screen grab of an offer he’d received from Facebook. The social network wanted to charge him $3,000 to reach 1 million people. Along with the screen grab, Cuban wrote, “FB is blowing it? This is the first step. The Mavs are considering moving to Tumblr or to new MySpace as primary site.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts dan lyonslast_img read more