TOP AWARDS Eurotrend, with a goal from Kemar Bygrave in the 12th minute, defeated Miles to win the third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition, which is held at 451 Spanish Town Road in her native Waterhouse community. Earlier, Varma Rangers defeated defending champions Darkside 9-8 on penalties to claim third place, after playing to a 0-0 scoreline in regulation time. Bygrave, showing good dribbling skills, picked up a clearance from defence, then went by one Miles defender in their half before powering a low, hard shot to beat the other Miles defender at his far left post. For their effort, Eurotrend earned the winners’ prize of $180,000, while second-place Miles earned $80,000. Varma Rangers earned $50,000, while Darkside got $30,000 for fourth place. Choppas earned $10,000 for being the Most Disciplined team and Angola Strikers were presented 15,000 for winning the dress parade at the start of the competition. Bygrave won the leading goalscorer award with four goals, while his teammate Fernando Hunt was voted the competition’s Most Valuable Player. Both players were awarded phones courtesy of Digicel. “It brings me so much joy to see these young men relating to each other on and off the field, especially when former schoolmates talk about the old days, parents and kids sharing family time as the atmosphere fosters friendship,” said Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic and World 100m champion. “The response from the players and the community has been great and I will continue to help them.” Digicel, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, is the competition’s title sponsor, while GraceKennedy; Wisynco, through their product Wata; Tank-Weld Metals; Sagicor Bank; and the National Commercial Bank Foundation were the other sponsors.
Can morality evolve in Darwin’s universe? Steven Pinker, evolutionary psychologist at Harvard, is just the man to ask. He wrote an 8-page article for the New York Times about it, facing the issues with frankness and forthrightness. To Pinker, as with other evolutionary psychologists, the “moral” behind morality is an evolutionary artifact of psychological choices and behaviors that have evolved over millions of years. Populations choose what is right or wrong based on shared and habitual patterns that aid survival. Pinker justified his scientific amorality on the grounds that scientists are just trying to be objective observers:Science amoralizes the world by seeking to understand phenomena rather than pass judgment on them. Secular philosophy is in the business of scrutinizing all beliefs, including those entrenched by authority and tradition. It’s not surprising that these institutions are often seen to be morally corrosive. And “morally corrosive” is exactly the term that some critics would apply to the new science of the moral sense. The attempt to dissect our moral intuitions can look like an attempt to debunk them. Evolutionary psychologists seem to want to unmask our noblest motives as ultimately self-interested – to show that our love for children, compassion for the unfortunate and sense of justice are just tactics in a Darwinian struggle to perpetuate our genes. The explanation of how different cultures appeal to different spheres could lead to a spineless relativism, in which we would never have grounds to criticize the practice of another culture, no matter how barbaric, because “we have our kind of morality and they have theirs.” And the whole enterprise seems to be dragging us to an amoral nihilism, in which morality itself would be demoted from a transcendent principle to a figment of our neural circuitry.So Pinker is certainly aware of the criticisms of the “new science of the moral sense,” but blames them on misunderstanding of the “logic of evolutionary explanations.” Evolutionists don’t believe that “selfish genes” are really selfish, he says; the phrase is merely an anthropomorphism to describe appearances in behavior shaped by the process of natural selection. The first half of Pinker’s article concerned itself with moral dilemmas and taboos, and results of neuropsychological tests on twins and on people forced into difficult choices. On page 6 and following, he got into the meaning of evolutionary explanations when talking about morality itself. Does natural selection necessarily lead to moral relativism?Here is the worry. The scientific outlook has taught us that some parts of our subjective experience are products of our biological makeup and have no objective counterpart in the world. The qualitative difference between red and green, the tastiness of fruit and foulness of carrion, the scariness of heights and prettiness of flowers are design features of our common nervous system, and if our species had evolved in a different ecosystem or if we were missing a few genes, our reactions could go the other way. Now, if the distinction between right and wrong is also a product of brain wiring, why should we believe it is any more real than the distinction between red and green? And if it is just a collective hallucination, how could we argue that evils like genocide and slavery are wrong for everyone, rather than just distasteful to us?Well-stated questions. What is the Darwinian answer? Religions and Platonic philosophers can point to God or the Logos for a universal morality, he knows, but can evolutionists find a moral pole star in an unguided, essentially amoral process? The crux of his argument is on page 7, where he argues that nonzero-sum games push any rational, self-preserving social agent in a moral direction, and that this direction becomes a natural standard, like a mathematical eigenvalue, by which moral actions can be judged. Two features of reality, he says, might not give us 10 Thou-Shalt-Nots, but provide useful If-Thens:One is the prevalence of nonzero-sum games. In many arenas of life, two parties are objectively better off if they both act in a nonselfish way than if each of them acts selfishly. You and I are both better off if we share our surpluses, rescue each other’s children in danger and refrain from shooting at each other, compared with hoarding our surpluses while they rot, letting the other’s child drown while we file our nails or feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys. Granted, I might be a bit better off if I acted selfishly at your expense and you played the sucker, but the same is true for you with me, so if each of us tried for these advantages, we’d both end up worse off. Any neutral observer, and you and I if we could talk it over rationally, would have to conclude that the state we should aim for is the one in which we both are unselfish. These spreadsheet projections are not quirks of brain wiring, nor are they dictated by a supernatural power; they are in the nature of things. The other external support for morality is a feature of rationality itself: that it cannot depend on the egocentric vantage point of the reasoner. If I appeal to you to do anything that affects me – to get off my foot, or tell me the time or not run me over with your car – then I can’t do it in a way that privileges my interests over yours (say, retaining my right to run you over with my car) if I want you to take me seriously. Unless I am Galactic Overlord, I have to state my case in a way that would force me to treat you in kind. I can’t act as if my interests are special just because I’m me and you’re not, any more than I can persuade you that the spot I am standing on is a special place in the universe just because I happen to be standing on it.In this way, Pinker has described morality as a “natural” outcome of rational parties having to survive. As support for his thesis, he points to the fact that great minds throughout history – Spinoza, Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Kant and Rawls (all noteworthily non-religious in their approach) – have ended up aligning with the same eigenvector we call the Golden Rule. There must be something natural about this outcome. “It also underlies Peter Singer’s theory of the Expanding Circle – the optimistic proposal that our moral sense, though shaped by evolution to overvalue self, kin and clan, can propel us on a path of moral progress, as our reasoning forces us to generalize it to larger and larger circles of sentient beings.” Pinker ended by pointing to cases of opposing groups moralizing against each other. “Our habit of moralizing problems, merging them with intuitions of purity and contamination, and resting content when we feel the right feelings, can get in the way of doing the right thing,” he says. The surprising conclusion? Evolutionary theory does not lead to moral relativism! “Far from debunking morality, then, the science of the moral sense can advance it, by allowing us to see through the illusions that evolution and culture have saddled us with and to focus on goals we can share and defend.”Did you catch the flaw in Pinker’s reasoning that makes his whole case collapse? For some of you who are getting good at baloney detecting, it was a no-brainer. The core of his argument was that competing (selfish) parties are better off if they cooperate rather than compete, and that this can become a standard for morality. Let’s ask the eminent Hahvahd professor a simple, two-word question: “Define better.” As we explained in our 12/19/2007 commentary, evolutionary “progress” is like erratic motion on a frictionless surface infinite in all directions. There are no guidelines to what constitutes “better” or “worse” in Darwinland. Why? Because the core belief that underlies all Darwinian thinking is that evolution must be unguided. Purpose and aim, therefore, are out, along with any ideas of universal truths. There are neither gridlines nor compass points on the Darwinland surface. They try to hide this fact sometimes using their two-platoon strategy (01/06/2008 commentary), but Phillip Johnson in his books has exposed this essential feature of Darwinian evolution, and you see it in the evolutionary literature all the time. What you don’t find in the evolutionary literature is an acknowledgement of the fact that this leads to a self-refuting belief system. Learn the following principles well, because the Darwinists are ratcheting up the propaganda campaign to sell their pseudo-scientific “evolution of the moral sense” plot in a devious attempt to undermine the claims of Christianity and make Darwinism appear self-sufficient, able to explain the most intractable aspects of human behavior (06/25/2007, 12/01/2007, 05/22/2007, 05/17/2007, 06/14/2007). Their explanations do little more than add to the just-so story database (11/05/2005, 09/09/2007 01/21/2006) and cannot be defended rationally, but they are luring students into the Darwin Party with their seductive tales (12/21/2005). Pinker has no grounds on which to describe his pseudo-morality as “better” than a Hobbes-style “war of all against all.” Remember? Darwinists claim that meteorites have bombarded most of life extinct several times. Can a Darwinist shed a tear about those episodes in his myth? No. He must be consistent and simply take notes when the world kills itself, gets killed by natural causes, or never generates life in the first place. Evolution is what evolution does. There is no goal, no purpose, no destiny. The myth of evolutionary progress went out with Lamarck. This means that Sewall Wright’s model of the “fitness landscape” is a also myth. Since fitness is a vacuous term (fitness, remember, is not “better” than the lack of it; see “Fitness for Dummies” from 10/29/2002), the model collapses into the flat, frictionless surface where there are no measures of good, bad, right, or wrong. Any attempt to extrude the Darwinland flat surface into a third dimension, such as describing a fitness landscape with peaks and valleys, is cheating. Similarly, you cannot add coordinates, pole stars or GPS systems. Where would they come from? What rational being would impose them on the flatland? As surprising as this sounds, one consequence is that fitness is a concept alien to the Darwinian world view. Why? Because it implies fitness is “better” than non-fitness. Says who? I don’t see any impartial judges or scorekeepers around; do you? Where did they come from? Did they evolve? If so, what gives them any right to sit in judgment? Pinker might respond that as a scientific observer, he is not making value judgments at all, but simply attempting to describe objectively what populations tend to do: cooperation among sentient beings, a.k.a. morality, “happens”. But here he has snuck in another alien concept (that is, alien to his world view): sentience. Pinker simply helped himself to the concept of sentience (consciousness), like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Sentience is not composed of particles. You can look inside a brain all you want and you will never discover sentience. You will see neurotransmitters moving from point to point, and electrical impulses traveling. You might even see more activity when a sentient being is having a sensation. You will not, however, “see” sentience, any more than watching the pixels in an LCD with an oscilloscope will reveal the conceptual content of the TV program. Neither will you ever be capable of observing sentience emerging from a Darwinian process. A creationist will come along and say that “God endowed animals and humans with sentience” – on what scientific basis can Pinker show this is not the case? It certainly fits the observations. It fits the logic of causality, because out of nothing, nothing comes. God’s sentience is the foundation for our sentience. Q.E.D. OK, Mr. Darwinist, explain that. Pinker, like so many other Darwinists, has the Yoda Complex (see 04/30/2007 commentary and links). He has conveniently removed himself from Darwinland and is portraying himself as a detached, neutral, unbiased observer. This is cheating. He cannot simply step outside his evolved skin and pretend that there are laws of logic and universal truths that are eternal, necessary and certain, nor can he take with him the Judeo-Christian concept of rationality, or spiritual concepts and values found in the Bible: truth, logic, honesty, right and wrong. The devil didn’t write Scripture, but he quotes it when it suits his purposes. Pinker was aware of the problem of universal truths and thought he could get away with a slick appeal to philosophical dualism (that there is a world of matter and a world of ideas). He dismissed Platonic forms but then turned right around and reintroduced them in a modern Darwinian sense, filching concepts that Darwinism cannot generate on its own. Watch him:This throws us back to wondering where those reasons could come from, if they are more than just figments of our brains. They certainly aren’t in the physical world like wavelength or mass. The only other option is that moral truths exist in some abstract Platonic realm, there for us to discover, perhaps in the same way that mathematical truths (according to most mathematicians) are there for us to discover. On this analogy, we are born with a rudimentary concept of number, but as soon as we build on it with formal mathematical reasoning, the nature of mathematical reality forces us to discover some truths and not others. (No one who understands the concept of two, the concept of four and the concept of addition can come to any conclusion but that 2 + 2 = 4.) Perhaps we are born with a rudimentary moral sense, and as soon as we build on it with moral reasoning, the nature of moral reality forces us to some conclusions but not others. Moral realism, as this idea is called, is too rich for many philosophers’ blood. Yet a diluted version of the idea – if not a list of cosmically inscribed Thou-Shalts, then at least a few If-Thens – is not crazy. Two features of reality point any rational, self-preserving social agent in a moral direction. And they could provide a benchmark for determining when the judgments of our moral sense are aligned with morality itself.Did you catch it? Don’t be fooled by the magician; watch his hands and learn how the trick is done. He just helped himself to ideas. He helped himself to rationality (i.e., his proposed idea is “not crazy”). He helped himself to If-Then statements, which presuppose laws of logic. He helped himself to Universals, a moral sense (no matter how rudimentary), moral reasoning, benchmarks and all kinds of non-Darwinian things. Foul! Don’t let him get away with it. Appealing to “mathematical reality” with an argument from analogy only adds fallacy to trickery. If mathematical truths are abstract concepts, then abstract concepts are true, universal, necessary and certain: they too could not evolve from particles in motion.Plato was a secular idealist: he believed in the existence of a world of ideas, including idealized universal forms of which actual instances are particulars, and of universal values like truth, love and morality. But it is not going to help Pinker to appeal to an updated, Darwinized version of Platonism, because Platonism collapses under its own arbitrary assumptions. Plato had no explanation for how the forms get impressed on the world of reality. He speculated that maybe it’s like an actor playing a role; different particulars are like different actors acting out the universal character. This is another argument from analogy, and it fails to explain how the forms get impressed on the particulars. To account for the connection, he had to resort to a myth about some demiurge he could not justify other than that he believed it. You can prove anything with an arbitrary assumption. Christians have evidence of God, the eternal and universal standard of rationality, virtue and truth, imposing these universals onto the world of particulars at Creation, in the 10 Commandments, and in Christ, among many documented cases of His revelation (including the whole Bible). Christians, therefore, have a “justified true belief” that legitimizes universal truths and explains how they were impressed on the particulars. Evolutionists have no such resources. Interestingly, both Augustine and Justin Martyr believed Plato got his ideas from Moses. This is possible in light of archaeological evidence that there was trade, including trafficking in slaves, from the Middle East into Greece centuries before Greek philosophy reached its zenith. Jewish victims could easily have taught their masters the principles of the Torah (illustration from another context: the servant girl of Naaman the Syrian, II Kings 5). Additionally, Israel was located at the crossroads of empires; undoubtedly there was ample opportunity for trade in ideas as well as goods and services. In this view, Platonism is parasitic on concepts that did not emerge out of the presuppositions of Greek thought. Another view is that Plato, and Pinker, reason about these things based on the innate sense of morality and rationality that is part of the image of God embossed in every human soul. Either way, the world of ideas requires a real soul; it cannot emerge naturally from particles in motion. Pinker can only write an 8-page treatise on morality when he plagiarizes Judeo-Christian concepts. If he were forced to use his own evolutionary presuppositions, he would babble Que sera, sera incoherently and go have more sex any way he can. Morality? What is that? Logic? Rationality? No comprendo. This pernicious habit of the Darwinists will only be eradicated when enough sentient, rational, moral souls on this planet rise up and demand consistency from the thieving Darwinists. For without consistency, you can prove anything – therefore, nothing. Without universal truths, rationality and morality are vacuous concepts. Arrest the thieves. Make them get their own dirt.(Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
The science media seem beside themselves with enthusiasm over some dots and lines. When scientists analyzing data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) told reporters they determined the polarization of certain points in the cosmic microwave background, one could almost hear the yawns. But when they suggested that this tells us something about what might have happened in the first trillion-trillionth of a second of the birth of the universe, one could hear the laptop keys chattering like old-fashioned ticker tape. “Proof of Big Bang Seen by Space Probe,” reported National Geographic. “New Satellite Data on Universe’s First Trillionth Second,” trumpeted a Johns Hopkins press release. NASA helped translate the data bits into interpretation with a glitzy diagram and title, “Ringside Seat to the Universe’s First Split Second.” And Science Now explained, “Big Bang Afterglow Points to Inflation.” What’s the ruckus about? Some of the WMAP astronomers believe that the polarization data is consistent with a controversial model of the Big Bang proposed by Alan Guth in 1981. He claimed that the universe doubled in size a hundred times times in a trillionth of a second, going from the size of a marble to “outta sight” in less than the blink of an eye. Inflation Theory, despite numerous criticisms, overhauls, deaths and resurrections since it was proposed, has become somewhat mainstream in the last decade. Science Now explains that the WMAP polarization data merely falsify certain models of inflation, assuming inflation happened. Brian Greene, a theoretical physicist from Columbia University, said, “This is a powerful step toward winnowing the field of contenders of how inflation took place.”Is that all? They woke us up for that? Good grief. The only inflation here is exaggeration in the media, taking a data point and making a worldview out of it (cartoon). Theoretical astrophysics is nearly incomprehensible (cartoon), certainly not enough to produce confident pronouncements (cartoon) that violate all common sense (cartoon). Whatever happened to scientific objectivity and caution? Not a word said about all the problems with inflation theory (11/02/2002). In these days of molecules-to-man hype, hubris is the highest virtue. Are all science reporters from Texas? (cartoon).(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio State University Extension Nutrient Management Field Specialist Glen Arnold and Ohio State University Extension Educator Sam Custer have been running tests on side dressing corn with manure since 2013. This spring, they purchased a new piece of equipment to make this unorthodox task a bit more efficient. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this video from Harrod Farms in Darke County.
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Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the July 17 clash over a land dispute in Sonbhadra, even as the death toll in the incident rose to 10 with one more person succumbing to injuries, officials said on July 18.18 others were injured when a village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group, leading to the clash. The deceased belonged to the Gond tribe.Superintendent of Police S.T. Patil said 24 persons have been arrested and attempts are on to nab others.Police have also arrested Girijesh and Vimlesh, two nephews of the village head, and are trying to trace him as well. An FIR has been lodged against 61 people including 11 named.The matter is likely to rock proceedings of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on July 18.Samajwadi Party (SP) legislators are holding a sit-in at Chowdhury Charan Singh statue in assembly premises ahead of the start of the Monsoon session of the State assembly.With placards in hand, SP leaders alleged that the State government has failed to control law and order.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the Director General of Police to personally monitor the case and ensure action against the culprits, a government spokesperson said. Mr. Adityanath had also directed the Mirzapur commissioner and Additional Director General (Varanasi zone) to jointly investigate the cause of the clash and fix responsibility.The land in the district’s Ghorawal area earlier belonged to an IAS officer and he had sold it to village head Yagya Dutt, who wanted to take its possession, Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh had told PTI. When Yagya Dutt reached the spot with his henchmen in 10 to 12 tractors, local villagers tried to stop them from taking over the land, police said. Those accompanying him then showered a hail of bullets on villagers, all tribals, killing nine of them. Official sources said another person injured in the firing died during treatment on the night of July 17. He has been identified as Ashok Gond.The condition of some of the 18 injured is said to be stable. Some of them with minor injuries have been discharged. read more
Isaiah Thomas (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)The blockbuster Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas swap is most likely set in stone by now, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “weighing their options” after the latter’s standard post-trade physical.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference Champions are wary of their newly acquired 5-foot-9 point guard due to “uncertainty over the fitness of his injured hip.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a very sensitive situation,” a source reportedly told the veteran sports journalist, as relayed by Bleacher Report.Screen Grab from Twitter/@wojespnAlthough all signs point to the trade not being rescinded, Cleveland reportedly could push for an extra draft pick from the Boston Celtics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe original deal included the package of Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving.Meanwhile, Andre Igoudala, forward for the Cavs’ rivals Golden State Warriors, sent out a cryptic tweet, which most believe pertains to the ongoing trade situation. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments “Return to sender???” he wrote, which has since been retweeted over 3,000 times.Return to sender???— Andre Iguodala (@andre) August 26, 2017Meanwhile, despite having a tremendous regular season and a stellar start earlier in the playoffs, Thomas was sidelined for much of the Eastern Conference Finals showdown against the Cavs due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Prior to being traded, the two-time NBA All-Star was expected to miss the Celtics’ training camp. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT RELATED STORIES:On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win tradeNBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatrade LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ read more
November 13, 2010: Head to Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad for the general meeting of Fanatika Theatre Club. November 14, 2010: Gallery Lemongrasshopper is decorating the Ahmedabad heritage walk route with installation art. November 15, 2010: Last day Kirti Mandir Central Hall, Vadodara: Rangoli Exhibition by Swastik Group. November 18, 2010: Exhibition,November 13, 2010: Head to Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad for the general meeting of Fanatika Theatre Club.November 14, 2010: Gallery Lemongrasshopper is decorating the Ahmedabad heritage walk route with installation art.November 15, 2010: Last day Kirti Mandir Central Hall, Vadodara: Rangoli Exhibition by Swastik Group.November 18, 2010: Exhibition of Bandhani Sarees at Bandhej stores in Ahmedabad. On till 21st November 2010.November 20, 2010: If you are free on this weekend, watch the screening of Je crois que je l’aime. At: 4:00 pmNovember 22, 2010: Museum workshop at Shree Swaminarayan Museum,opp. Terf School,Ahmedabad. Tel: 27499597November 23, 2010: Enjoy the foot-tapping music and groovy dance tracks by YAPA live at Sports Club of GujaratNovember 24, 2010: Workshop on managing private heritage collections at Ahmedabad Management Association buildingNovember 25, 2010: Go for Heritage festival in Ahmedabad. The festival focusses on various monuments. On till November 26.November 27, 2010: Watch the Mercedes Benz Open Golf Tournament at Kensville Golf & Country Club near AhmedabadDecember 3, 2010: First day of an exhibition dedicated to electrical equipments at Ahmedabad Education Society Grounds December 5, 2010: Get your pets ready for INKC Dog Show in Ahmedabad at GLS School grounds. December 6, 2010: Last day of the Hardware and Tools Expo at the Ahmedabad Society Grounds.December 8, 2010: Play at your best at the Sports festival in Ahmedabad. Ending on December 20. December 9, 2010: Exhibition of Kanjeevaram Sarees at Bandhej stores in Ahmedabad. On till 12th December 2010. December 10, 2010: Watch the screening of L’ile de Black Mor at Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad. read more
TORONTO – Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne says it’s “a healthy thing” that one of her candidates is planning a bid for her job as party leader if elected.Wynne admitted over the weekend that she would not be premier after Thursday’s election but declined to say whether she would resign as Liberal leader.But David Henderson, the party’s candidate in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, told supporters he would vie for the job if he wins in his riding.In a clip posted to his Facebook on Monday, Henderson said Wynne’s weekend announcement means she has “effectively” stepped down as Liberal party leader following the election.Henderson says he would put his name forward for the leadership in order to help rebuild the party, which polls suggest could lose significant ground in the election.“Tradition has it…that means a leadership change post-election,” the Brockville, Ont., mayor told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Though he has not yet held political office at the provincial level — and is running in a Tory stronghold — Henderson said he believes he is qualified to succeed Wynne.“I’ve owned my own manufacturing company for 20 years and I’ve built it up,” he said. “I’ve been 12 years as a mayor of a city…I’ve been on just about every board.”“I have to think if you stack that up against the credentials of Doug Ford, who’s the current leader of the Conservatives, I’d say I come out OK in that comparison,” he said.Ford, a former Toronto city councillor and businessman, has repeatedly touted his experience running the family company in painting himself as the only leader capable of cutting waste at the legislature.Wynne’s weekend plea appears to be resonating with some voters, Henderson said.“We had been getting resistance about some of this antagonism towards the premier and now there’s a little bit of confusion and that confusion is starting to recognize that, OK, if that’s not a concern then the big concern is Doug Ford,” he said.“And if our riding, which is a traditionally Conservative riding, which will never elect an NDP candidate, wants to stop Doug Ford then it has to be a Liberal vote. And that message is starting to form,” he said.When asked Tuesday about the Liberal candidate’s comments, Wynne said she encouraged ambition in her ranks.“I think that it is healthy in a democratic system to have people who aspire to lead, people who aspire to higher office, I think that’s a healthy thing,” she said.“And I hope there are other Liberals in the province who, somewhere in the back of their mind, are thinking, ‘One day I might want to be the leader as well.’” read more
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The amount Canadians owe relative to their income ticked higher in third quarter.Statistics Canada says household credit market debt as a proportion of disposable income was 177.5 per cent in the third quarter on a seasonally-adjusted basis. That compared with 177.4 per cent in the second quarter.In other words, Canadians owed nearly $1.78 in credit market debt, which includes consumer credit and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, for every dollar of household disposable income in the third quarter.Total credit market borrowing slowed for the third consecutive quarter as households borrowed $18.3 billion, down from $20.0 billion in the previous quarter.Mortgages posted a third consecutive quarterly decline as they decreased by $1.2 billion. Demand for consumer credit also fell by $500 million, while non-mortgage loans decreased by $100 million.The household debt service ratio, measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest as a proportion of disposable income, was 14.5 per cent in the third quarter, relatively unchanged from the previous quarter. read more