‘Burning Buses Not Solution to Accidents,’ -Sekou Kamara

first_imgOne of the ‘Killer Bean’ bus on Johnson Street yesterday in MonroviaSekou Kamara, a driver of one of the yellow American school buses popular known as ‘Killer Bean,’  says angry residents burning buses whenever there is a tragic accident is not the solution to the problem.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday following the resumption of operation of the buses which were grounded after angry commercial motorcyclists razed one on Battery Factory Road on Monday, Kamara said such an action does not ease the pain of the tragedy.Kamara said bus owners and stakeholders held meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, and the owners agreed to put their buses back on the road.He said the buses have third party insurance coverage and so whenever there is an accident, common sense should lead everyone involved to dialogue in order to resolve the problem.“In the incident on Monday, the motorbike rider ran his bike in front of the bus and because it is a large vehicle, the bus driver could not avoid what happened,” he said.Kamara rejected claims that because ‘Killer Bean’ buses are huge, their drivers don’t provide space for other road users.Sekou Kamara appeals to Liberians to avoid mob action because it does not solve the problem“Sometimes other vehicles and motorbikes try to overtake when the bus driver is not aware of their action,” he said. “So other road users should make sure that whenever they are behind any such large vehicles they should allow some space between them.”Kamara said overtaking any huge vehicle when that driver is unaware is extremely dangerous, “and they must work hard to avoid that.”He said he regrets the death of Victor Morris, who was crushed to death after reportedly crossing in front of the bus on Monday evening.Kamara said all yellow buses were back on the streets early yesterday morning plying their normal routes, including trips to Red Light, Gardnersville, New Georgia, Topoe Village – all on Somalia Drive, and destinations on Bushrod Island.The temporary withdrawal of the buses from the streets caused enough transportation difficulties for commuters, who appealed to commercial motorcycle riders to avoid mob action and allow the Liberia National Police to handle such cases.“The Liberia National Police must be vigorous against mob action,” a commuter told the Daily Observer in an interview on Johnson Street in Monrovia.The yellow American school buses got the name ‘Killer Bean’ from Killer Bean Forever a 2009 computer-animated action film that tells the story of an anthropomorphic coffee bean assassin named Jack Bean, known as Killer Bean, who was a no-nonsense killer who made light use of his enemies. Like the movie, the yellow American school bus “is like a Roadmaster that exerts its position on the road so that vehicles, motorbikes and other road users always stay clear when it is coming,” said a young woman who spoke to the Daily Observer last night. “When the yellow bus, with its huge side, is moving down the road, all vehicles give way,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Drops Home Opener to Western Michigan, 2-1

first_img“I thought we deserved more from the game today, which makes the result tough to accept,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “We are on a tough run of games and even though we are playing top teams in the country I believe our young group is capable of taking more from the games.” Western Michigan (5-0-1) built a 2-0 lead behind goals by Ben Thornton in the 13th minute (13:00) and Brandon Bye’s in the 60th minute (60:33). Drake, which finished with eight shots and two shots on goal in the match, was unable to get off a shot after the PK by Leonard. Leonard, who now has three career goals, led the Bulldogs with two shots on goal. Drake (0-5-0) cut the deficit in half in the 77rd minute (77:03) when senior Mason Leonard (Overland Park, Kan.) converted a penalty kick. The Bulldogs were awarded the penalty kick after freshman Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) was taken down by a Broncos defender with a hard tackle sprinting after a ball deep in the WMU box. Story Links Full Schedule Roster Preview at Green Bay 9/13/2017 – 6 PMcenter_img Photo Gallery “I was happy with our application and commitment to compete throughout the game,” Smith said. “However, we need to execute better in key moments of the game. The guys are learning some tough lesson because when you play high-level teams you get punished on the small details. It was disappointing to concede goals on two restarts as these are areas we have focused on. It all boils down to individual errors and so we need to help a few guys tighten up at an individual level. We have a quick turnaround as we head up to Green Bay for our last road trip prior to Missouri Valley Conference play next weekend.” Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer dropped its home opener to Western Michigan, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Live Stats Drake will play at Green Bay on Wednesday night with first kick at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will then host MVC newcomer Valparaiso on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Alien Religion Unrebuked

first_img(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Big Science only forbids some religions, like those with evidence. The wacky ones pass right by the censors.Defining “religion” is hard, but to Big Science, it generally means matters of faith unconstrained by evidence. Materialists don’t take Christian evidences seriously, such as the empty tomb of Jesus; those can be explained away by various rescue devices. Some unconstrained beliefs, though, have no problem getting published in scientific journals and on science news websites. One of the most bizarre is SETI: the belief in intelligent space aliens. Recent articles take that belief to new extremes. Let’s go from mild cases to what could only be described as paranoid.Giant Telescope in China Joins International Hunt for Extraterrestrial Life (Space.com): No real problem here. Data collection is defensible. Of course, nothing has been found for sure yet, but no harm in looking (as long as we don’t have to pay for it). Billionaire Yuri Milner forked over the dough for this latest project. He can waste his money if he chooses.Are aliens trying to tell us something? Brightest burst of radio waves detected (The Conversation): Carole Mundell takes a step beyond observation, wondering what certain radio waves are “telling us.” That depends on whether they emanate from sentient beings. Even advocates of intelligent design apply the Design Filter in these cases, giving preference to natural or chance causes before inferring design. Mundell speaks mostly about possible physical causes for the mysterious bursts, but ponders: “Nobody knows what causes these powerful bursts, but some have even speculated that the signals could be transmitted by distant alien civilisations.” The word could is a faith word.If we find ET, don’t talk to it, says the man who wants to find ET (The Conversation, Update 11/21/16): In this article, astronomer Charley Lineweaver and his friend Stephen Hawking speculate about the moral and intellectual traits of space aliens they have never seen. Judging from his beliefs about evolution, Lineweaver thinks aliens would most likely have evolved millions of years beyond us and would probably be hostile. His alien religion requires a kind of genuflection. He notes that Hawking thinks humans should keep their head low; “in the spectrum between, paranoia and unjustifiable fear on one side, and reasonable caution on the other, where does keeping your head low fit in?” Lineweaver concludes, “even if there aren’t any advanced alien civilisations elsewhere in the universe, keeping your head down is probably a good exercise in humility.”Why Our First Alien Encounter Could Happen Soon (National Geographic, Update 11/22/16): Ben Miller gets a pass by a friendly interviewer at NG in this article while he shares his religious beliefs about aliens. He thinks they will be discovered very soon, perhaps in 10 years. Why? Because “Once we find life out there, you have to think that other intelligent life-forms and civilizations exist as well.” Technically, that’s a non-sequitur. Bacteria on an exoplanet does not necessitate intelligent life elsewhere, unless one believes that intelligence is a necessary consequence of Darwinian evolution, given enough time. While Miller admits the possibility that humans are alone in the universe, he thinks his faith in aliens will end up evangelizing all the world’s religions:At the moment we are in this extraordinary position that our planet may be the only thing in the entire universe with life. So we would be taking a closer step to one of two extraordinary results: that we are the only life-form in the universe or that we are not alone. Either will be species defining. It will change the whole way we view ourselves: religion, politics, our individual psyches, everything.Aliens are everywhere, says Ivy League professor (Fox News): This one takes the cake for wildest speculation we have ever seen concerning space aliens. Columbia astrophysicist Caleb Scharf is floating the idea that aliens have evolved so far ahead of humans, they have transmogrified themselves into the laws of nature and even subatomic particles that surround us.The expert says our universe is the remains of intelligent alien life which controls all aspects of the physical world — from gravity to the speed of light.The theory helps to explain the great mysteries of the cosmos and also answers why we are yet to find intelligent life beyond our planet, Professor Caleb Scharf says….“Perhaps hyper-advanced life isn’t just external. Perhaps it’s already all around”, he said.“It is embedded in what we perceive to be physics itself.“In other words, life might not just be in the equations. It might be the equations.”He even thinks that we are the products of an alien 3-D printer. No wonder we haven’t found space aliens, he explains; “We don’t recognize advanced life because it forms an integral and unsuspicious part of what we’ve considered to be the natural world.” Scharf is a respected astronomer at an ivy league university. But if he takes his speculations seriously, he cannot differentiate inner and outer worlds. He has become a space alien himself.This “expert” would look good in a white lab coat, particularly one that he cannot get out of easily. Where are the censors? How come this “radical new theory” gets a pass, but intelligent design does not?The difference between Scharf’s alien-is-everything and the Christian doctrine of God’s omnipresence must be understood. To the Christian, God is the eternal first cause. Omnipresence is one of his attributes. To Scharf, material particles evolved into minds that took over. It’s the exact opposite: evolved materials turning themselves into masters of the universe. It’s the latest iteration of Satan’s old lie, “you shall be as gods.”Big Science should be consistent. If it cannot endure religion within its holy domain of “science,” it should repudiate Satanism, too.last_img read more

Team SA profile: Amanda Dlamini

first_img5 July 2012Amanda Dlamini will lead the first ever South African women’s football team to take part in an Olympic Games in London, where they will face a level of competition they have not previously experienced. The Banyana Banyana captain is not overawed.Nonetheless, a daunting task awaits Dlamini and her team. At 61st in the world rankings, they are the lowest ranked team in the 12-team field, and their group, Group F, is undoubtedly the toughest of the three.The other teams in the group include World Cup holders and world number three Japan, world number four Sweden, and world number seven Canada.It’s unknown territory for South Africa. The national women’s football team has never previously qualified for the Olympics or the World Cup. It is truly a giant step up.Not overawedIn a television interview with Morning Live to mark 100 days to go to the Olympics, Dlamini said: “Our objective is to win our group matches, qualify, and go through to the next round. I think for us, then, the game will be open for anyone.”She explained that Banyana Banyana, as a team, had decided to uplift the sport of women’s football in South Africa, and that had paid off.“We took it upon ourselves to represent the sport, represent women as well, go out there and do our best,” Dlamini said.“And I think with that kind of mentality, we managed to pull in crowds, we managed to pull in people that could sponsor us, like Sasol. So, I think if we as women could unite with just one goal, and that is to achieve a better structure of women’s football, we could do anything.‘Anything is possible’“Anything is possible with this team, as long as we take ourselves seriously.”Describing what it felt like to secure a place at the London Olympics, Dlamini said: “The last five minutes against Ethiopia were the most exciting minutes, because we knew that we were 3-0 up on aggregate, so we were just waiting for the referee to blow the final whistle.“We were crying tears of joy. I remember, when we failed to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa, we were crying because we didn’t make it, but this time we cried tears of joy.”‘A special feeling’Interviewed by SA Women Soccer in May, Dlamini spoke about captaining the national team. “To wear the captain’s armband is a special feeling. I am enjoying this experience,” she said.Dlamini and company have played 10 internationals in 2012 so far, and with plenty of time in training camps together, they should be well prepared when the London Olympics kick off.Two recent draws against Nigeria, the number one ranked team in Africa at 27th in the world, suggests that the hard work is paying off.Dlamini believes Banyana Banyana have a responsibility to fly the South African flag high. “The ball is in our court. We have to make South Africans proud. We will not be making up numbers in London; we’re going to compete.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Watch for mid-season pests

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn insects we may see in July are European corn borer and new to northern Ohio the Western bean cutworm. See your Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for images and scouting suggestions.If you are in continuous corn, watch for Western corn rootworm. This pest has reappeared in areas of the central Corn Belt in continuous corn situations, apparently overcoming the Bt insect protection trait. Let us know if you see unexpectedly lodged corn later this summer.Last year we had Northern corn leaf blight and Gray leaf spot appear later than normal and then get slowed by dry weather. With our wet weather, I think I am seeing gray leaf spot already on susceptible hybrids. The watch in soybeans is Frogeye leaf spot. We have too many bean-on-bean acres so look for this disease and read these comments from Anne Dorrance: http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AC-53.Watch the Crop Observation & Recommendation Network newsletter for reports of disease and insect appearance across the state: http://corn.osu.edu.last_img read more