Press Association The pair – who shared a ninth-placed finish in Dubai last week – both carded six-under-par 66s, recording their only bogeys at the 420-yard sixth, to edge one clear of England’s Tommy Fleetwood. It was no surprise as McDowell, 20th in the world, and Westwood, 30th and defending champion, are the two highest-ranked players in the field at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Westwood, starting at the 10th, had four birdies to the turn while McDowell, playing in the group behind, had three. McDowell birdied the first and second to be five under through 11 with Westwood reaching a similar score after 12. Westwood missed a six-foot par putt at the sixth – McDowell failed to get up and down from the front of that green – but holed a six-footer at the seventh and again from 20 feet at the ninth. McDowell also birdied those holes and could have had the outright lead had he not missed from five feet at the short eighth. “I putted very nicely and started the ball on line well,” Westwood told europeantour.com. “I left a couple short in the middle when I was fooled by the grain, but overall I’m very happy. “It’s probably the toughest I’ve ever seen this golf course play.” McDowell was more satisfied with his form off the tee. “I’m pretty happy. I hit the ball great today – drove it well and gave myself a lot of looks for birdie,” he said. “I’ve liked the way this golf course looks from the start and I enjoyed playing it this morning with good company from the boys; it’s a solid start.” Fleetwood holed a lengthy birdie putt at the eighth for his 67 to move alongside home favourite Danny Chia and South Korea’s Kan Sung-hoon on five under. Ryder Cup team-mates Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell matched each other virtually shot-for-shot to share the first-round lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The central feature on the wrestling schedule for well over three decades, WWE’s WrestleMania has provided countless memories and a number of stunning matches.Over the past few weeks, Sporting News has revisited every WrestleMania to determine the top 10 matches in history. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year10. Macho Man Randy Savage vs. The Ultimate Warrior: WrestleMania VIIArguably the finest match of both men’s careers — definitely The Ultimate Warrior’s. But although Macho Man possessed a body of work that contained some absolute scorchers, the psychology and storytelling on display in their career-ending match was of the highest order.Was this match as scientific or technical as Savage’s battle with Ricky Steamboat four years earlier? Not a chance. But in terms of holding the audience’s attention for over 20 minutes and taking them on an unforgettable journey, this was the perfect climax to a brilliant rivalry. Savage had cost Warrior the WWE title against Sgt. Slaughter at the 1991 Royal Rumble and the painted- face icon was desperate for revenge. With both men’s futures on the line, they met at WrestleMania VII, where they both brought the best out of each other.Savage’s five consecutive elbow drops leading to Warrior kicking out was a special moment and Savage’s selling of disbelief afterwards was award worthy. Ultimately, Warrior took the win after a grueling effort and he quickly left the ring to let Savage have the spotlight as he turned face to reunite with Miss Elizabeth, who had been watching from ringside. WRESTLEMANIA 35Match card | Schedule | Buy PPV & tickets9. The Undertaker vs. HHH: WrestleMania XXVIIIAlthough these two classic wrestlers met at WrestleMania three times, it was their third meeting inside Hell in a Cell that made the biggest impact. With Shawn Michaels serving as special guest referee, the contest was given an extra twist, with “The Heartbreak Kid” playing his part expertly as the perfect foil for his fellow veterans. Both battered and aged, the pair relied on telling a story to deliver a classic match and they got it right from the opening bell.Although most agreed that HHH was no threat to Undertaker’s streak, the hush from the crowd when Michaels super-kicked Taker into HHH’s pedigree was an amazing moment followed by the kick-out, which brought even more pleasure from the audience. Ultimately and predictably, Undertaker grabbed the win to keep his undefeated streak intact, but the sight of all three cozied together on the ramp following a hellacious battle remains iconic. MORE: How WaleMania became WrestleMania weekend’s most anticipated event8. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart: WrestleMania XBret Hart had spoken to WWE creative on several occasions about feuding with his real-life brother, believing that a family feud against his younger sibling could draw well and also elevate Owen to a higher platform. He got his wish at the backend of 1993 as Owen began a slow heel turn, which prompted their match at WrestleMania X.The greatest opening PPV match in WWE history, Bret, perhaps with one eye on Yokozuna later in the show for the WWE championship, still demonstrated his professionalism by having one of the finest matches of his illustrious career. In a stellar piece of booking, Bret stared at the ceiling for Owen, and after defeating Yokozuna in the main event, a ready-made feud with Owen was waiting for him. MORE: SN Q&A: Charlotte Flair talks all-women WrestleMania 35 main event7. Macho Man Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat: WrestleMania IIIFor years, Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat could claim they were responsible for WrestleMania’s greatest ever match, but with WWE introducing host of gimmicks and consistently pushing the boundaries, by the time the new millennium arrived, the contest, technically perfect, had slightly aged. Still, in terms of quality, it was one of Steamboat’s finest efforts, a massive compliment and the springboard that elevated Savage towards a main event run the following year.With Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant bringing customers through the door at Detroit’s Pontiac Silverdome, it was left to Savage and Steamboat to quench the thirst of wrestling purists. With WWE operating a formulaic approach to its matches, largely featuring lethargic bodybuilders, Savage and Steamboat was a welcomed treat.Plotted meticulously backstage, it was the blueprint for how all WWE matches would be booked beforehand as they delivered something way ahead of the time that Vince McMahon’s company was operating in. Steamboat grabbed the win, but Savage’s performance would soon be rewarded as he quickly became one of the company’s most dependable entertainers. MORE: 10 great moments that define WrestleMania like no other6. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock: WrestleMania X-SevenRuined by a tedious finish that was unnecessary and nonsensical, WWE’s decision to shock the crowd in Texas by having Stone Cold Steve Austin turn heel and align himself with Vince McMahon was short-sighted at best. Having Austin go over The Rock was the right choice due to the latter’s movie commitments, but the journey there, promising at first, was not ideal, considering Austin would be a face just a few months later. Despite the rotten ending, what happened beforehand was two wrestlers, brought together by destiny, competing in a match of the highest order.Considering the amount of barren periods wrestling has had to endure, for Austin and The Rock to be around at the same time is truly astonishing. This absolute clinic in near-falls brought out the best in both men and although the climax was absurd, what occurred leading up to it was simply breathtaking. The main event of the finest WrestleMania ever was just a few minutes away from perfection. SN Q&A: Rob Van Dam talks return to Impact Wrestling, Vince McMahon, more5. Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon: WrestleMania XWWE approached WrestleMania X with a determined swagger as it was the first version of the event not to feature Hulk Hogan. For years, each Mania main event had been dominated by the familiar red and yellow of “The Hulkster,” but in 1994, it was time for other performers to step up and show Vince McMahon that they were capable of helping the company move forward.Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, and a ladder accepted that challenge. With gimmicks firmly attached to wrestling matches in 2019, the sight of a ladder in a WWE ring was foreign to wrestling audiences with the Connecticut company only ever having staged one previously in a house show featuring Michaels and Bret Hart. This time, they were having one on the biggest show of the year and the grandness of the event brought out the very best in Ramon and Michaels as they battled back and forth for Intercontinental supremacy.A match ahead of its time, both superstars emerged from the match with immense credit, but it was Ramon who claimed the gold in a stunning effort with his real-life friend. 4. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian: WrestleMania X-SevenWhat these duos achieved in terms of raising the bar for tag-team grappling was nothing short of revolutionary. Whether facing each other or part of multi-man matches, the contrasting styles possessed by all three teams came together wonderfully whenever they shared a ring.At WrestleMania X-Seven, in front of a magnificent Texas crowd, all six men went that extra mile to deliver one of the greatest matches in a WWE ring. Using their own unique abilities and combining it with the countless weapons that were available at ringside, this death-defying tables, ladders and chairs match raised the bar in so many areas. For every stunt-filled ladder match you’ve witnessed in recent history, go back to this one as the birth of such chaos.Edge’s spear on Jeff Hardy as he swung from the cable holding the belts still defies belief today. The Canadian pair grabbed the win, but there wasn’t a loser in this match as all their stocks were heavily raised at the final bell. 3. Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels: WrestleMania 21WWE didn’t need a major storyline to pair Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels together at Wrestlemania 21. Both perfectionists, the veterans were relegated to a mid-card spot as WrestleMania went Hollywood, with the bulk of the spotlight being reserved for faces to carry the company forward, most notably, John Cena and Dave Batista.That didn’t prevent the masterful duo from weaving together a story that blew away already high expectations. With Michaels desperate to prove to Angle he was just as good on the mat as the former amateur wrestler, and the Pittsburgh man striving to make “HBK” submit, what transpired was a match for the ages that stole the show by quite a distance. Some wrestlers are just destined to have classic matches whenever they are paired together and that can be said of both Angle and Michaels.In the end, after a herculean effort from both where the pendulum swung both ways, Angle locked in an ankle lock with all his might and Michaels had no choice but to tap out. 2. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels: WrestleMania XXVThere’s a line in “The Warriors” when describing Cyrus that goes “A whole lotta magic,” and it’s the quote that comes to mind when describing the chemistry possessed by The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels whenever they shared a ring together. Before WrestleMania 25, the veterans had already engaged in first class battles as their 1997 showdown inside the inaugural Hell in a Cell still remains the greatest cell match in WWE history.Twelve years later, they managed to better it. There was no shocking or controversial tactics used to promote this matchm as WWE knew exactly what both were capable of, but I don’t think anyone backstage, even the closest allies of both men, had any idea what was about to unfold. Everything good about professional wrestling was featured in this match as the drama and emotion reached levels rarely seen in a WWE ring.Undertaker’s reaction to Michaels kicking out of Tombstone finisher was one of the most believable moment in wrestling history. Another Tombstone after Michaels’ failed moonsault was enough to close the show on what had been a half hour master class.1. Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin: WrestleMania 13 Quite simply put, the greatest match in WWE history. Never has a contest in professional wrestling changed the fortunes for so many people than what occurred at WrestleMania 13 when Bret Hart took on Stone Cold Steve Austin. Plans were in place backstage to elevate Austin to the face of the company and his face turn at the end of this match, with Hart reverting to a heel, was one of the best laid out plans ever devised in wrestling as the aftermath led to astronomical results.For 20 minutes, Hart and Austin could’ve been in a car, park or bar in Chicago as they treated the crowd inside the Rosemont Horizon to a crazy brawl that went all over the arena. With Ken Shamrock officiating, both Superstars failed to stop for breath once as this fast-paced showdown had the entire audience gripped.With Hart locking in his Sharpshooter finish to finish the match, Austin, blood pouring from his battered face, refused to tap out and instead passed out with Shamrock awarding Hart the victory. The Canadian’s continued beatdown of Austin afterwards drew sympathy for the Texan and the most successful period in WWE history was about to be conceived.
18 Aug 2013 Charlotte wins English mid-amateur title Charlotte Thomas won the English women’s open mid-amateur championship at John O’Gaunt, Bedfordshire, today with a sizzling display of golf.She had the answers to every situation as she took on and defeated Olympian Chloe Rogers 4/3 in an excellent final.Both played extremely well but Charlotte (image © Leaderboard Photography) was superb on and around the greens, and her short game kept her opponent at bay.Time and again she chipped or pitched stone dead, most memorably on the long 13th, where her second found water and she had to drop back under penalty. A glorious shot with a wedge soared over a tree and finished close to the hole – and she’d rescued a par and a half.Winning the title was particularly satisfying for Charlotte after last week, when she came so close to capturing the English women’s stroke play championship, losing only in a play-off.“It was such a good last day last week that it was difficult to be disappointed, but I was determined to win this week. This means a lot, it’s my first national English title and I’m very happy,” said Charlotte, who is based in Singapore and makes an annual golfing trip to England.She laid the foundations of her win with four consecutive birdies, starting on the par four third where she drove the green on the 268-yard hole.She followed up by ramming home a 12-footer on the short fourth for two, chipping dead on the fifth to set up a birdie four, and then pitching up stiff, over a greenside bunker on the sixth, for another birdie four.Chloe, meanwhile, was hanging on tight. The Braintree golfer had a couple of birdies of her own in that stretch and was just two down after the sixth. But, after a par putt stopped on the lip on the seventh and a tangle with the deep rough on the ninth, she was four down.She produced her own short-game magic on the 10th, where she got up and down from a difficult greenside bunker for a par three to win the hole.But Charlotte’s bogey on 10 was one of only two she had during the final and, as she relentlessly secured the pars, she piled on the pressure.On the 12th, for example, she chipped up stone dead for par from the edge of the green. Chloe had a birdie opportunity, but charged her putt past the hole and missed the return, dropping back to four down in the match. After the next three holes were halved the title belonged to Charlotte.Chloe, who won a hockey bronze medal at the London Olympics, remarked: “Charlotte played very well and I just couldn’t do anything about it. She was top qualifier and she’s been on top form all week. But I’ve loved it, I wasn’t expecting to get this far, so it’s been a bonus.”Now Charlotte will return to Singapore and, before long, will be back to the University of Washington in Seattle – where her first golfing date is a much-anticipated match in Japan. Chloe meanwhile heads to Prestwick and next week’s British stroke play championship.ResultCharlotte Thomas (Singapore) beat Chloe Rogers (Braintree) 4/3
By Jay Cook |RED BANK – In a move that officially turns the page on Stanley Sickels’ nearly four-decade career, Red Bank officials announced last week their appointment of a former Union County mayor and Army veteran as its next business administrator.Ziad Andrew Shehady, 33, of Springfield, will officially take over the position on May 14, replacing Sickels, who retired at the end of 2017 after a 38-year tenure in Red Bank. He had served as the borough administrator for the past 21 years and also held positions as the borough’s qualified purchasing agent, fire marshal, construction code official, community development liaison and municipal housing liaison.Shehady currently serves as Springfield Township’s business administrator and has been no stranger to municipal government or public service. A registered Republican, he was elected to three terms in Springfield and was twice chosen to serve as mayor, in 2010 and 2012, and as deputy mayor in 2016.Shehady’s hire highlights a “complete overhaul” of Red Bank borough hall, a task some elected officials alluded to frequently coming into 2018, said Mayor Pasquale Menna this week.“He’s an extraordinarily smart man and will be a full partner with the council moving forward on a substantial number of reforms which are going to be painful on the administrative structure, but they have to be implemented,” Menna said.Shehady is also a U.S. Army veteran who said he joined the military because of 9/11. Shehady then transitioned into active involvement with the U.S. Army National Guard, he said.But what sets him apart from the rest, he believes, is his ability to immerse himself in the communities he’s serving.“I want to be involved in the community, not just a clock-in, clock-out, kind of administrator,” Shehady said by phone this week. “Residents and business community members can expect to, and I assure them, that they’ll see me around at events day and night. I’ll be responding to any calls for help they might need.”Shehady’s hands-on style made him stand out from “an exhaustive amount of replies” for the position, Menna said. That list exceeded 140 inquiries, which the borough whittled down to about 10 qualified candidates.Some council members – the two Republicans Mark Taylor and Michael Whelan – had requested Sickels’ replacement be hired and brought on board before he stepped down, but that ultimately didn’t happen.Red Bank’s borough administration has been handled since Sickels’ retirement by two contracted professionals, Kenneth DeRoberts and Joseph Harnett, of Government Strategy Group. Their tenure in Red Bank will end five months after their appointments in January.Menna and Shehady both separately said Shehady’s knowledge and experience with information technology and a desire to streamline services will improve governmental functions at 90 Monmouth St.“Whether its filing for a garage sale, filing for a dog or cat license or for an ABC license, I’ll be looking at every one of those transactions and asking ‘how can we do it better, how can we refine this process for everyone?’ ” Shehady said.Shehady’s salary is set at $152,000 when he takes over in mid-May. Sickels, on the other hand, was last paid $181,080 in 2017 for his work in Red Bank – $50,153 of that was for the administrator position and the remaining $130,927 was for his construction and fire official positions, according to borough clerk Pam Borghi.Some Red Bank residents had criticized Sickels’ multiple appointments, believing it would put a strain on the borough when his retirement eventually came, due to more hires. Menna, on the other hand, challenged that, saying Red Bank always had other employees in Sickels’ departments.Also, Menna said Shehady would be saving Red Bank an approximate $20,000 in health insurance costs because of “various federal entitlements” he has.And about the over $100,000 increase in the administrator salary? Menna believed Red Bank had to bump that up.“You try getting an administrator the size of Red Bank for anything under $150,000 and you’re not going to be able to find anyone. That’s No. 1,” Menna said. “The world has changed.”Shehady will be joining a borough council split 4-2 between Democrats and Republicans which has battled in recent months over how to address Red Bank’s parking shortfall and how the borough can handle redevelopment in the areas surrounding NJ Transit’s Red Bank station, Shrewsbury Avenue and Riverside Avenue.And as the borough takes its next step, Shehady said he plans to make any governmental transitions “lean and efficient.”“I’m available and I’m responsive,” he said. “Those are two qualities that people desire of their government’s officials nowadays.”This article was first published in the April 19-26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily There are major challenges facing the 2011 Senior Games before it comes to the West Kootenay region, but they are challenges that could see the region prosper, says the president of the Games committee. Pat Metge said with the Waneta Dam expansion project in Trail, all of the construction projects in Castlegar and the stream of tourists that are regularly coming into Nelson, the Games next August will be hard pressed to accommodate 3,500 athletes. The region is going to be very busy, he said, and people coming to the Games are going to go beyond the accommodations of the three cities. “Accommodations up in the Slocan Valley, Nakusp way, there is a great opportunity here. These people will be in our communities for over four days,” he said. “The economic spin-off is great for our area.” The Games does not provide accommodations, food or transportation to the events, said Games vice president Keith Smythe. It will be the largest event the West Kootenay has seen, he said, with 28 events being split between three cities of Nelson, Trail and Castlegar. With a headquarters now being set up in Castlegar, the Games committee has to raise $50,000 in corporate sponsorship to go with the core grant of $85,000 from the Senior Games Society, $112,000 from registration fees for 3,500 registrations, $55,000 in cash from each city and $55,000 of in kind donations. “But we are very positive and we see it as a big challenge and an opportune time to bring our three areas together,” said Smythe. [email protected] Not everyone is happy with the Games There is some ill will towards the Games since the West Kootenay area of Creston and the Creston Valley was left out of the hosting process. Area C director Larry Binks wondered why the town of Creston, the valley and that side of the mountain were ignored. “If they come to me asking for money, I give this push back right away. I’m feeling a little out of sorts the way this is looking,” he said. Creston and the valley were not part of the bid package, said Smythe. “But, with regard to economic benefit, I think there will be total economic benefit to all areas of the West Kootenay because people will be traveling through your communities,” he said. “And there is a limit with regard to accommodations so who knows where people will be staying,” added in Metge. RDCK chair Gary Wright said so far the Creston area has not been asked to front any money for the Games.
The Nelson U16 Selects girls picked up where they left off in July and captured gold at the annual Little Bear Tournament in Revelstoke over the weekend.The U16s — who captured the Provincial B Cup Championship in Penticton in early summer — went 3-0-1 in the first tournament since the summer break to secure the top spot.“Our entire line-up played very well, it was enjoyable to watch,” says U16 Selects head coach Paul Burkart.“What made this title particularly impressive is that we were playing in the U18 division so most of the teams were older than us. That didn’t stop our girls as they were in control with their ball movement and played really solid defence all weekend and showed once again that they are champions.”The tournament started on Saturday morning with a contest against the Calgary Villains U16 squad. Two minutes into the game, Nelson midfielder Emily Taylor shot a laser into the top corner for the 1-0 lead. The game was evenly played for the rest of the first half.Twelve minutes into the second half, Maya Ida took a nice through pass from Taylor and deposited it into the Calgary goal for a 2-0 lead. Four minutes after that Nelson mid-fielder Shianne Michalchuk picked up a loose ball in front and dangled her way past a couple of Villain defenders making the score 3-0. Calgary got one back late in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Nelson started the tournament with a 3-1 win.In a hard fought second game against the Airdire FC U17 team produced a 1-1 draw which the Alberta club was lucky to escape with. Lucy Fox scored the lone goal for Nelson. “It’s always a concern after a few weeks off for summer break that the girls would come out flat,” says Burkart.“Although we started a little flat against the Calgary squad, the girls picked it up in the second game against a very strong team from Airdrie. We played very well, controlled the majority of the play and created a lot of scoring opportunities but had a hard time finishing. We were a bit disappointed not picking up a win in this one.”Sunday morning, the Selects faced a much bigger Cochrane Wolves U18 team, but again got off to a quick start when Shane Panko Dool took a nice pass from Fox and gave her team a 1-0 lead just over two minutes in.In a hard fought game, the Wolves came back to tie the game midway through the second, but Nelson quickly responded when Mattea Lorenzo pounced on a Jodi Surina rebound to give the Selects a 2-1 lead.Another fine pass from Fox, this time to Michalchuk gave the Selects a 3-1 advantage. A huge diving save late in the game by Nelson keeper Hanna Quinn preserved the second victory of the tournament.Needing to score three goals and win the final game to lock up the gold, the Selects were matched against rival Kootenay South U17s.In a spirited match, Nelson finally got on the board when Panko Dool scored off a header that was fed through by Surina. Three minutes after that, Ruby Seright was fouled in the box and Grace Dehnel was successful on the penalty kick to give Nelson the 2-0 lead heading into the half.Kootenay South scored early in the second half on a rebound and then tied the score 22 minutes into the half on a penalty kick to tie the score. But one minute after that, Taylor fired another shot over the Kootenay South keeper to regain the lead for Nelson. Michalchuk salted the game away late in the game to make the final 4-2.“Although the girls had two months off and looked a bit rusty at times, they played some real top notch soccer against very good, older girls,” says Burkart.“Their hard working, physical play is what won them the provincials and again won them gold this weekend.”The U16 Selects next action is this coming weekend when they take part in the annual Kootenay South Eye Of The Storm Tournament in Castlegar/Trail.
The inquests will be held in Buncrana next week of two brothers who drowned while fishing for lobster off the Donegal coast.Glengad men Francis (68) and Danny McDaid (70) died when their boat capsized three miles off Inishowen in March, 2008.The brothers had been plucked from the water and rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital but were pronounced dead later. No alert had been issued by the vessel, and it is believed the two men had been in the water for some hours.Both had been separated and swept some three miles from where they had been working, into Northern Irish territorial waters.Apart from loose debris, there was no sign of their boat, the 10 metre Strath-Marie.The alarm had been raised by Francis McDaid’s son when their wooden half-decker boat failed to return to Bunagee harbour. The search for the men, which was coordinated by the Malin Head Radio Coastguard, involved the Rescue 118 helicopter as well as the Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Portrush Lifeboat, the Greencastle Coast Guard vessel and several local boats.Inquests into deaths of two Donegal fishermen to be held next week was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Acknowledgement of God as Creator permeated the inauguration celebrations today in the US Capitol.A new presidential term is called an inauguration: a beginning. The Bible opens with an inauguration, too: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Here are a few moments during today’s presidential inauguration ceremonies where God was acknowledged as the Creator of all things.For the invocation, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made two references to God as Creator.Also at the invocation, Dr Samuel Rodriguez quoted James 1:17, “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights.”The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang “America the Beautiful,” which opens with glorious visions of spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain. The prayer in the chorus, “God shed his grace on thee,” signify that God is the source of these wonders of nature.In his first inaugural address, President Trump said that all men, whether black, brown or white, bleed the same red blood of patriotism, implying we are all descended from one human pair as taught in Genesis. Shortly after that, he said, “And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.” Earlier in the speech, he quoted Psalm 133, which speaks of how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity. He ended with repeated invocations, “God bless America.”At the benediction, Franklin Graham quoted I Timothy 2:3-5 and 1:7 that speak of one God, immortal, invisible, to whom our prayers should be addressed, and one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus.In the final prayer, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson cited Acts 17:26 which says that God has made from one blood all the nations to live on the face of the earth.At the inaugural luncheon, a black pastor led the invocation, calling on the eternal Lord God, our refuge and strength. He spoke of God’s providence and, like Franklin Graham earlier, cited I Timothy 2:3-5. He spoke of God-appointed duties. He used nature imagery, praying that Trump’s presidency might be like the sun shining through clouds, like a rainbow after the storm, and like the singing of birds at dawn. In conclusion, he invoked God’s sovereign name.After the luncheon, Patrick Conroy led the benediction, praying, “May we always be grateful for the kindnesses we receive.”The day’s celebrations began and ended with religious observances: first, a service at St. John’s Church; on Saturday morning, the National Prayer Service.In Live Science, Jeanna Brynner explains the history of God-and-Bible traditions in inaugurations. She explains why they are constitutional, but “separation of church and state” is not. Phys.org, by contrast, posted a rather funny article about how secularists are looking for non-religious hymns. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Imagine” are contenders for unbelievers who still want some kind of spiritual celebration for special occasions.Acknowledgement of God as our Creator has a unifying message. We are all on this earth together. Malachi considered it intuitively obvious: “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” (Malachi 2:10). Paul, speaking in Athens, agreed that he was of the same “one blood” of the Greeks and “all nations.” America’s Declaration of Independence also unifies us, stating that all men are created equal, and that our rights our endowed by our Creator. The peaceful transfer of power illustrated today despite deep political divisions was smoothed by these repeated acknowledgements that a single, common Creator is the ultimate source of our blessings, and deserves our common allegiance.What can atheists and evolutionists say? Darwinians might allege (and notoriously have alleged) that some people are more evolved than others. Here’s a recent example: Science Daily put out a blatantly racist claim, “Arctic Inuit, Native American cold adaptations may originate from extinct hominids” (notice the perhapsimaybecouldness index). And on solemn occasions, to whom will they give the invocation and benediction? To Darwin? To chance? to the Stuff Happens Law?Imagine Darwin’s Moron Pumpernickel Choir singing the atheist version, America the Ugliful (see Panspermia in the Darwin Hymnbook). We post it here to accentuate the contrast between Biblical creationism and Darwinian evolutionism. Be sure to go back and read Katherine Lee Bates’ original uplifting lyrics as cleansing after groaning at the Darwin version below.PANSPERMIA (to the tune of America the Beautiful)1. O ugliful for birdless skies, for amber acid rain,For purple lightning tragedies above the fruitless plain;Panspermia, panspermia, come shed thy spores on me,And crowd my scenes with selfish genes from sea to lifeless sea.2. O ugliful for stinking slime, that sees beyond the years;Thine accidental mutants climb, evolving blood and tears.Mutation rate, mutation rate, chance mend thine every flaw,Select the best, blot out the rest, till red in tooth and claw.3. O horrible for meteor strikes, whose stern dispassioned stress,Bombard thy dinosaurs extinct, across the wilderness;No miracle, no miracle, may chance thy luck refine,Till all success be randomness. (Don’t say that word Design!)4. Unscrupulous for theories proved by suffocating strife,Who more than truth their status loved, abortion more than life,O media, our media, we spread disgrace by thee,And drown our foes with legal woes from plea to whining plea. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
20 August 2013 Decisive leadership, a framework agreement for the mining sector, and the adoption of the National Development Plan have helped South Africa maintain a strong reputation in Africa and abroad following last year’s Marikana tragedy, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Monday, Matola said the country’s improved ratings around its financial discipline, education and human development, had also contributed to the world’s perception of the country as a preferred destination for investors. On Friday, South Africa commemorated the first anniversary of the Marikana tragedy, in which 44 people lost their lives in strike-related unrest in the days leading up to and on 16 August 2012.Response to Marikana Matola said the the South African government’s response to the tragedy had contributed to the country’s sustained positive outlook. “I think what is important is the action that came out of that, and what was gratifying for us as South Africans was that in July, for example, [ratings agency] Moody’s indicated that they were encouraged by the kind of responses they were seeing, hence they affirmed our rating although still keeping it at a negative. “But I think the critical point is they affirmed the rating. [That] really speaks to some of the actions that have been taken by the government in terms of commitment to fiscal discipline, ensuring we bring down our debt-to-GDP ratios.” Matola said while the second half of 2012 and parts of 2013 had been testing, President Jacob Zuma’s prompt establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana tragedy, and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s role in developing a framework agreement to ensure that the mining industry never faced a repeat of the tragedy, were good steps. While the commission of inquiry was still ongoing, the government, mining companies and labour unions – with the exception of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) – had signed a framework aimed at bringing stability to the sector.National Development Plan Matola said it was importantly that the National Development Plan (NDP) had been accepted as a policy blueprint and was being adopted by government departments as a guide for delivering on the government’s mandate. A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Matola said that, having massively boosted its image by hosting a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa’s next “world cup” should be the implementation of the NDP. He noted that on top of an increased investment in skills and education, South Africa had, according to recent studies and surveys, improved in terms of rankings when it came to education, doing business and confidence in its banking sector. South Africa maintained its 36th position out of 50 nations under review in the 2012 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, an annual survey which measures the international perceptions of various developing and developed countries across the world. “If you look at the Nation Brand Index … we remained 36 out of 50 countries, and largely those are developed economies,” Matola said. “That is a year when two-thirds of the economies declined in terms of their brands, and I think that says a lot about this country.” SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfo
mike melanson Tags:#New Media#news#Video Services#web Related Posts You guessed it folks, it’s that time again – one more rousing rendition of “Hulu is going to offer a pay service”, this time as told by Peter Kafka of All Things Digital.“Hulu Plus”, as Kafka has called it, would be an additional paid version of the website, not a paywall behind which all content would be hidden, and could be available to as many as 10,000 people starting early next week. The new service would offer “access to a deeper catalog of shows than the free service currently offers, plus the ability to watch it on devices other than a laptop or PC, including Apple’s iPad”, as well as the Sony PlayStation for $9.95 a month. As Kafka notes, the new service could help to assuage fears of network owners such as ABC and Fox, which have content on the site, that Hulu is cutting into their core business. The move, were it to succeed, could also prove that there are other ways (such as subscription models) to sell television content online that were more viable than mere advertising. Already, Viacom pulled the Daily Show and the Colbert Report from Hulu earlier this year because they weren’t earning enough through advertising. According to the last time we wrote about rumors of a Hulu Plus, the five most recent episodes of current shows would be available for free, but older shows would require membership. Surely, Hulu would be doing more than this, right? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market