A mystical tale from Mogadishu… For years, followers of the Sufi branch of Islam have been persecuted by extremist group, Al-Shabaab. But now the Sufis are making a comeback. CCTV’s Mohamed Hirmoge has this special report
Greensburg, In. — Circuit Court Judge Tim Day has sentenced Jason Eaton to 47 years for the murder of Wendy Sabatini in October of 2016. Court documents show Eaton shot Sabatini in the head after a rejected marriage proposal.The plea agreement between Eaton and the state, reached in January of 2018, says he will be sentenced to 47 years in prison, two years of the sentence suspended to supervised probation. Indiana law dictates that offenders convicted of murder serve 75% of their sentence with good behavior in prison. The plea agreement also agreed that the Defendant will have no contact with the victim’s family for the duration of his sentence.Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter publicly thanked Greensburg Police Department Chief Brendan Bridges, detective Mike McNealy, detective Steve Barnes, Cpt. Dennis Blodgett, Sgt. John Albert, Sgt. Wayne Davis, patrolmen Jacob Mays and Mike Colson, Indiana State Police trooper Steve Weigel, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department detectives Jeff Porter, Chris Hellmich and Derek Fasnacht.Following the case, Harter said, “Today closes a tragic chapter for Decatur County. There is no measure of justice that can restore Wendy Sabatini to her family. It is fitting that Mr. Eaton will reside with the Department of Correction for the next 35 years. Here we see the most severe consequences of domestic violence, and we must continue to combat domestic abuse in order to protect our friends, family, and neighbors from such tragic outcomes. Those present in the courtroom were moved by the impact statements given by Wendy’s family, and we as a community should continue to hold those she left behind in our prayers.”
Football player of Atalanta and BiH national team player Ervin Zukanović is currently preparing with the national team of BiH. Prior to the beginning of qualifications for the World Championship and the match against Estonia, Zukanović said that the BiH must enter the new cycle carefully, but that they also must win the prey.“A difficult match is ahead of us. At the European Championship we saw how smaller national teams demonstrated quality. We must prepare well and enter the game seriously. I truly hope we learned a lesson from the past qualifications, when we lost the points we should not have lost. The most important thing for us is to open the qualifications by winning three points,” Zukanović said.Estonia is not a very well-known opponent, which is why the BiH national team must be very careful.“I do not know much about Estonia, but I respect them. They are looking for their chances for the World Championship, so we must be ready and cautious,” said Zukanović.BiH will play the match against Estonia on September 6 at the stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica.(Source: klix.ba)
Did a gene turn on speech? Five years ago, evolutionary geneticists were claiming that mutations in a gene called Foxp2 were the key to human language (see 08/15/2002, 05/26/2004). This was based on two observations: chimps do not have these mutations, and people with alterations to Foxp2 have language impediments. This idea is very unlikely to be right, claims a professor of computational linguistics at MIT, Robert Berwick. An article in Science Daily discusses his ideas:“This kind of straightforward connection is just not the way organisms are put together,” he says. When it comes to something as complex as language, “one would be hard-pressed to come up with an example less amenable to evolutionary study.” And the specific Foxp2 connection is based on a whole chain of events, each of which is speculative, so there’s little chance of the whole story being right. “It’s so chaotic, it’s like weather forecasting,” he says. “The noise overwhelms the signal.” Rather, language is almost certainly the result of a far more complex and subtle interplay among a variety of factors, Berwick says, and it may never be possible to connect it to specific genetic changes. “There are some things in science that are very interesting, but that we’re never going to be able to find out about,” he says. “It’s a sort of romantic view some people have, that anything interesting can be understood.”Even defining language is hard, he said. Is bird song a kind of language? Whale song? “If you can’t define what it is,” he said, “why study it from an evolutionary point of view?” If anything, Berwick said, Foxp2 is peripheral to the capacity for language – just like a printer is peripheral to a computer system. Where does this leave research on the evolution of language? For himself, Berwick is looking for deeper, internal mechanisms. He sees some similarity to the rhythm in poetry and the song patterns in birds, for instance. This is unlikely, however, to do more than show some similarities without revealing causal mechanisms. The article ends by describing language as essentially a non-verbal function of the mind:Ultimately, the important thing is to understand that language is, at bottom, something that takes place inside the human mind and is independent of any particular sound, sight or motion. The same internal mental construction could be expressed through verbal speech, through writing or through sign language without changing its basic nature, Berwick says. “It’s not about this external thing you hear,” he says. “It’s about the representation inside your head.”A picture of Berwick in his lab is posted on the original press release at MIT.Intelligent design theorists and cognitive neuroscientists can have a field day with this! If language at its core is not a physical representation but a concept in the mind, then it has no basis in evolution. ID scientists have been demonstrating for years the common-sense idea that information, a product of intelligence, can be represented in a variety of ways independent of the substrate that conveys it. The sentence “John loves Mary” can be represented by sand writing, sky writing, electrons (email, TV), sound waves, paper and ink, sign language, knots in rope, and a host of other ways – yet the message is unchanged. The “evolution of language,” therefore, would have to be a theory about the evolution of meaningful information. You cannot get meaning out of meaninglessness, or purpose out of purposelessness. Did you see Berwick make an irrational leap? He just said it is unlikely that an evolutionary approach will ever figure out language, but then he went back to studying bird song and poetry for insight. He isn’t going to figure it out till he adds in the fundamental term missing from all materialistic world views: information. Notice how evolutionists deceived the public (again). They sent the Foxp2 gene up the flagpole for people to salute and sing “Darwin wins again” (example). Now, five years later, comes the admission that their explanation cannot possibly be right. Typical. John may love Mary, but Charlie despises tRuth.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Callum Hudson-Odoi: Chelsea transfer ban has worked out wellby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says Chelsea’s transfer ban has helped the development of the club’s young players.As a result of the restrictions Chelsea have turned to youth, and the likes of Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have been given a chance in the first team.“I would say the transfer ban is a good thing for us because it gives more players more opportunities to play,” the 18-year-old said ahead of England Under-21’s games against Slovenia and Austria.“I don’t think it’s really restricting anything. Even if there wasn’t a transfer ban I think the young players would still be working hard and pushing in training to get a start. The manager is obviously rewarding the players depending on who’s working hard, who’s training well.“It doesn’t matter if you’re the best in the world or the worst in the world, as long as you have the right mentality and work ethic.”
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the launch of the Seprod Group’s new $3-billion state-of-the-art grains mill, Jamaica Grain and Cereals Limited, which has created employment for 300 more Jamaicans.“It is an important signal when one of the largest food manufacturers in the Caribbean undertakes such an expansive investment,” Mr. Holness said, at a ceremony to officially open the facility at Seprod, located on Felix Fox Boulevard in Kingston on Thursday (March 15).The Prime Minister said Seprod’s new venture is significant, as it puts the country “on a good footing for (continued) growth,” adding that he is pleased to see that level of investment in downtown Kingston.“What Seprod is doing is taking a calculated risk to ensure its success and is confirming its significant role within the virtuous cycle of business success and national economic growth,” he said.The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government continues to support the private sector by creating a stable and predictable environment where businesses can take the calculated risks required to invest and earn a profit from their investments.“The Government has created an environment where entrepreneurs can take calculated risks (on investment), and we want to see more entrepreneurs, more businesses, whether it is in manufacturing or agriculture (taking more risks), and we are making sure that the environment is one which (facilitates this),” he said.Mr. Holness said he is pleased that the investment, which also represents a milestone in Jamaica’s reindustrialisation, will assist with economic growth through import substitution.He thanked the Seprod Group for continuing to demonstrate confidence in Jamaica, assuring that the Government will continue to play its role in facilitating the private sector in creating growth.The multigrain milling facility, which involves a partnership with Seaboard Corporation, will produce the company’s new Gold Seal Flour brand and corn products.The Seprod Group manufactures and distributes edible oils and fats, dairy and fruit beverages, corn products, flour, sugar, baked snacks and other household consumer products. Story Highlights “It is an important signal when one of the largest food manufacturers in the Caribbean undertakes such an expansive investment,” Mr. Holness said, at a ceremony to officially open the facility at Seprod, located on Felix Fox Boulevard in Kingston on Thursday (March 15). “What Seprod is doing is taking a calculated risk to ensure its success and is confirming its significant role within the virtuous cycle of business success and national economic growth,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has welcomed the launch of the Seprod Group’s new $3-billion state-of-the-art grains mill, Jamaica Grain and Cereals Limited, which has created employment for 300 more Jamaicans.
TAYLOR, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure isn’t able to say when work will resume on widening the South Taylor Hill to four lanes, though Taylor mayor Rob Fraser said that the costs of the remaining two-thirds of the widening project are escalating.Fraser met with Transportation Minister Claire Trevena on four separate occasions at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Whistler last week, with the meeting involving Taylor District Council focusing largely on the topic of the South Taylor Hill.In 2016, the provincial government completed the first phase of the project, widening the bottom two kilometres of the hill and building a new truck chain-up area near Big Bam Road. Construction work has not yet begun on the middle portion of the hill, which would widen the road for the 1-kilometre stretch from the first phase to the curve in the road unofficially known as “Drive Shaft Corner.”Ministry spokesperson Danielle Pope said that design and project development is underway, and a $40 million federal funding partnership was announced last year.“The final delivery option remains to be determined based on the outcome of the ongoing project investigation. Once this is determined, the ministry will seek approvals from the Capital Board and Treasury Board to proceed with the remaining project phases. At that time, we will be able to provide details regarding the timeline and cost for the remaining work,” she said in an email.However, Fraser said that planning costs for that segment of road are escalating, especially after part of the hill slumped on the downhill side of the highway during heavy rains in the spring of 2017, which caused delays on the hill for the rest of the summer.“The Ministry was pretty clear that there’s an increase in design costs, the more they look at that one kilometre, the costs of changing that somehow are really starting to ramp up and increase.”Fraser said that while meeting with Trevena, he stressed the important role the highway plays in the regional economy and that the Ministry needs to look at the entire route of the road through the river valley, rather than in individual portions.