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Sharks’ Erik Karlsson undergoes groin surgery

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent surgery last week to address a groin injury that he suffered this season, the Sharks said in a news release Wednesday.Karlsson underwent the surgery on May 31. The Sharks said the surgery was successful and that Karlsson has started rehabilitation. Karlsson, slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, is expected to be ready for the 2019-20 season.Karlsson first suffered the injury in mid-January and missed 27 of the Sharks’ final 33 …last_img


Raiders take another shot at Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce

first_imgOAKLAND — The acquisitions the Raiders made in the offseason to upgrade their offensive and defensive lines and bolster their running game all paid dividends in their Week 1 win over the Denver Broncos.Now it’s time to see if the Raiders secondary, with Lamarcus Joyner but without Johnathan Abram, can slow down the Kansas City Chiefs and what is arguably the NFL’s best passing attack, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, receiver Sammy Watkins and tight end Travis Kelce.The Raiders host the …last_img


Give Me Liberalism and Give Me Death

first_imgNowhere does the divide between left and right show more starkly than in policies about killing the innocent.  Leftist liberals, who are the most supportive of Darwinism, seem to have no problem with tinkering with human life to the point of killing it.1.  Stem cell case denied:  The 3-year long effort by James Sherley and Theresa Deisher to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell  research (2/13/2011)  came to an end this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving intact a lower court’s decision to permit it (4/30/2011).  Sherley and Deisher based their lawsuit on federal policy that denies funding for killing human embryos.  The lawsuit wavered back and forth in the courts, including one decision by Judge Lamberth in 2010 that “shocked” the science community by shutting down hESC funding (but only for 17 days until another court stayed the injunction, 9/26/2010).  That was followed by an appeals court ruling in favor of the defendants in August 2012.The Supreme Court’s action permits federal funding for research on human embryos to continue unabated.  According to a newsletter from Family Research Council (item #2), “it’s very likely that a great deal more human embryos will be destroyed in this research now.”  What’s notable is the reaction of the leading pro-Darwin journals.  Science Magazine touted it as “a victory for scientists, patients, and the entire biomedical research community.”  Nature quoted one researcher saying, “What a great day for science,” noting also that NIH director Francis Collins (a nominal Christian in favor of Darwinism and opposed to intelligent design) was “very pleased”.  The plaintiffs’ consolation is that during the interim more researchers turned to research on adult stem cells that do not raise ethical issues (5/23/2011).2.  Planned unParenthood:  It’s undeniable that Democrats, liberals and the current administration are predominantly “pro-choice” (pro-abortion) while their opponents are predominantly pro-life (anti-abortion).  It’s also undeniable that Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the U.S., rooted strongly for Obama.  Voters might remember efforts in the last two years to de-fund Planned Parenthood, led by conservative Congressman and governors in line with the pro-life majority of the country, that were attacked by liberals who claimed it would deny essential health services to women.  Now the truth comes out.According to a newsletter from Family Research Council, Planned Parenthood is “making a killing” with taxpayer money, garnering more funding than ever from federal and state governments in the last year – over half a billion dollars – despite providing fewer non-abortion services (and zero mammograms, contrary to the claims of some liberal congresspersons that mammography was one of the essential women’s services PP provided).  Fox News investigated the income and practices of Planned Parenthood based on their annual report.  The results were shocking; “The numbers showed roughly 45 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget now comes from taxpayer dollars.”  FRC wrote,Fox News crunched the numbers and was shocked to find that government support for Planned Parenthood had jumped by 167% in the last 10 years alone. Of course, as more states aggressively step in to defund Planned Parenthood, the Left has been just as aggressive in filling the gap. They claim the money helps women, but based on this report, Planned Parenthood was too busy reelecting President Obama to help anyone! Cancer screenings (the theme of [Cecile] Richards’s incessant election ads) dropped by a stunning 29% in 2011-12, and contraception services slumped 12%. Of course, the number of mammograms performed at Planned Parenthood stayed the same: zero.While all of this “vital medial care” plunged, the group’s primary moneymaker-abortion–raked in more than ever. It was one of the bloodiest years in the organization’s history, as unborn casualties climbed to 333,964–enough to fill Yankee stadium six and a half times. The loss of life represented a 4,519 spike in abortions (almost twice the enrollment of Regent University). In just three years, Richards’s group has claimed credit for 995,687 deaths through abortion–and that doesn’t include the handful of women lost to botched abortions in the last 12 months. Perhaps the biggest misnomer about the organization is this: most people aren’t planning parenthood when they visit these clinics; they’re planning abortions. That was obvious from the tiny sliver of adoption referrals from Richards’s network: 2,300–barely one half of one percent of the total abortions performed.So while “The President complains about tax breaks for millionaires,” FRC writes, “he supports welfare for billionaire organizations” such as Planned Parenthood, an organization whose main mission (killing the unborn) flies in the face of the ethics of most people in America, certainly conservatives, who tend to be predominantly theistic in outlook.A common comeback by liberals is, “Well, don’t conservatives support the death penalty?”  There’s a big difference.  The death penalty is about killing the guilty.  Abortion and human embryonic stem cell research kill the most innocent and vulnerable humans of all – the unborn.  How can anyone stomach the ugly euphemism by Cecile Richards (president of Planned Parenthood) that any effort to stop the carnage is “blocking women’s access to health care”?  Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List put it straight: “While government subsidies to Planned Parenthood have reached an all time high, so too has the number of lives ended by this profit-driven abortion business.” (Fox News)Are you a pastor reading this?  Are you concerned about abortion?  Is your church planning to take part in Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 20th?  Have you ever made the connection between Darwinism, which devalues human life, and the evil fruits as seen in the abortion and embryonic stem cell industries?  (Darwin Day in America by John G. West elucidates the connection). Maybe it’s time you attack the root and not just the fruit.  An evil tree produces evil fruit, the Lord said.  The evil tree will continue producing evil fruit, day after day, year after year, until the evil foundation of the tree, the secularist worldview dependent on Darwinian evolution, is uprooted.  Do that by counteracting the secular worldview with the truth of God, wielded wisely where it needs to strike, at doctrines of demons who work to destroy the image of God in man.  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” Solomon said, “and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged, either.  It’s been 40 years now since Roe v. Wade granted a cryptic Constitutional “right” of abortion.  Remember that many great causes of freedom, like the anti-slavery movement, suffered great setbacks. It took many years to turn the mood of the country.  Now most decent people hate slavery and are appalled at racism.  Persistence in a righteous cause can pay off in due time.  Even if not, the Lord loves those who rescue the perishing, and who obey Him whatever the cost. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Africa should claim the 21st century as its own

first_imgVusi GumedeBrand South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, hosted a dialogue with African Heads of Mission based in South Africa at the CSIR in Pretoria on 30 September.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola was joined at the dialogue by African representatives from Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon, Algeria, Madagascar, Libya and Zambia as well as Dave Malcomson from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, Prof Vusi Gumede of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, and Dr Petrus de Kock, Head of Research at Brand South Africa.As Africa commemorates 50 years since the formation of the Organisation of African Union, participants deliberated on the timely issue of African Integration and Improved Competitiveness through Intra-Africa Trade and Infrastructure Development.African integration at all levels – political, economic and social – has been a matter with which Heads of State and Government have been seized since the establishment of the OAU. Increased intra-African trade is seen as a critical enabler to improve the lives of citizens on the continent and this debate has been led by Heads of State and Government at continental and regional fora. Participants at the dialogue were emphatic that Africa needs to move beyond talking to the implementation of agreed policies and frameworks to drive this development.While Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola reflected on the issue of the potential of African infrastructure to drive African development into the next 50 years, DIRCO’s Dave Malcomson cautioned African representatives that unless governments, working with civil society and citizens, deliver on the aspirations of the people of the continent, Africa shall be judged harshly by future generations. Prof Gumede of the Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute reminded participants that in 80 years, Africa will be in the 22nd century and that it is indeed time that Africa makes the 21st century its own.This dialogue was part of Brand South Africa’s efforts to build partnerships with civil society and social partners to enable all stakeholders to play their part in creating a competitive South Africa in a competitive Africa.last_img read more


USDA Touts Locks, Dams ROI

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorALTON, Ill. (DTN) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is pushing for increased spending on locks and dams in the upper Mississippi River and Illinois River so U.S. agriculture can boost sales and remain competitive in the coming decades.Perdue released a USDA study Wednesday stating that spending $6.3 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the lock and dam system would boost agricultural sales as much as $142 billion through 2045.“This is where we need to be folks, right here,” Perdue told a group of farmers, local officials and barge industry representatives at the Alton, Illinois, lock and dam.The secretary frequently pointed to the “rate of return” from boosting investment to $6.3 billion in Corps of Engineers construction funds, which would boost GDP by $72 billion over time. Perdue added that global competitors are investing in infrastructure, and he noted that China is investing in Brazilian infrastructure. “If we want to remain as the superpower for food in the world, this is what we have got to do,” Perdue said.The secretary said global competitiveness was the driver behind the report. Perdue noted the production of corn and soybeans in the U.S. has a great deal to do with access to the waterways for exports. “Everybody is for infrastructure and wants to invest in infrastructure, but what difference does it make? I’m a return on investment guy, and that is what we wanted to have was a valid argument we could take to Congress to show this is what we get back when we are willing to invest,” Perdue said.The USDA report proposes a few scenarios for increased investment in inland waterways through 2045, or maintaining the status quo and reducing investment. Increased investment in the river would boost employment by 77,000 jobs and increase gross domestic product by $72 billion. Agricultural sales would rise from $354 billion to $496 billion, or 40%, over that time. Reducing investment in locks and dams would curb jobs, GDP and agricultural sales by nearly comparable amounts, the report stated.While calling for $6.3 billion more in direct construction investment over 10 years, the USDA analysis calls for increased funding through 2045 to rehabilitate existing locks and conduct routine maintenance that would cost just under $36 billion over that time span.USDA shows the costs of a metric ton of U.S. soybeans last year to Shanghai, China, — including the farm-gate price, was about $397.45 while from Mato Grosso, Brazil, the costs were $402.80. With increased investment, those costs in the U.S. could come down about 4% to around $380.25 a ton.Also taking part in the report release was R.D. James, assistant secretary for the U.S. Army Civil Works Division. James farms cotton, corn and soybeans in southeast Missouri, but also has served multiple stints on the Mississippi River Commission, which oversees management of the river south of St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico. James pointed out roughly 60% of corn exports move down the Mississippi River and roughly 40% of all agricultural exports move down the river.“I know the importance of this river and the inland waterways system to farmers,” James said.James noted most of the locks and dams on the Mississippi were built in the 1930s and ’40s. They were also built at a much quicker pace than similar Corps of Engineers projects now take today.Constant delays and repairs up and down the river all translate into widening basis for farmers, James added. The system now can often be compared to a two-lane highway in which traffic has been shifted down to just one lane, he said. James said some locks have smaller lock chambers that require barges to break apart and move through in segments, taking up hours at a time.“Improvements to this lock and dam system are crucial for the American farmer,” James said. He later added, “Basis affects all of us.”The Corps has been focused this spring and summer on flood recovery on both the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers. James said that can affect overall congressional appropriations for the Corps spending. “Congress basically has in their minds the top limits, and they are only going to give the Corps so many dollars, and if the Corps has to put that in flood recovery, they will, instead of construction projects,” James said.Perdue and James called on agricultural groups, the barge industry and local officials to begin aggressively lobbying congressional appropriators to increase funding for lock and dam projects. An official for the Iowa Department of Transportation at the meeting noted that upgrading locks and dams is one of Iowa DOT’s main priorities, because state highways cannot handle the volume of commodity traffic that the Mississippi River can carry.A full copy of the USDA study, “Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture,” can be found here: https://www.ams.usda.gov/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more